Alfred Nobel

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Skyhorse Publishing Inc., Feb 1, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 364 pages
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This is the most complete and only full-length biography available of the legendary inventor of dynamite and founder of the prizes that bear his name, Alfred Nobel. Nobel's story-which the New York Review of Books described as "extraordinary"-reads better than most commercial fiction. Born in poverty, Nobel devised a way to detonate nitroglycerine safely and make a new explosive called dynamite available for commercial exploitation. The discoveries and ensuing patents made him fabulously wealthy-but ultimately lonely. Spurned by the only woman he ever loved, he began a long and stormy romance with a flower girl named Sofie Hess, whom he eventually abandoned after she became pregnant by another man. Deeply disturbed that the press of the day had labeled him "the merchant of death," Nobel bequeathed his entire fortune (as written in a one-page, cryptically worded will fiercely contested by his family) toward the foundation of prizes celebrating peace, literature, and scientific achievement. Fant makes generous use of previously unavailable letters between Nobel and his mistress, bringing Nobel vividly to life.

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Thoroughly researched and ably presented. There are more explosions in this guy's life than in any Road Runner cartoon. Might be because he invented dynamite? And the Nobel "peace" prize goes to...? A ... Read full review

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Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 34
Chapter 35
Chapter 36
Chapter 37
Chapter 38
Chapter 39
Chapter 40
Chapter 41

Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
Chapter 31
Chapter 32
Chapter 33
Chapter 42
Chapter 43
Chapter 44
Chapter 45
Chapter 46
Chapter 47
Chapter 48
Chapter 49
Chapter 50
Chapter 51
Chapter 52
Chapter 53
Chapter 54
Chapter 55
Chapter 56
Chapter 57
Chapter 58
Chapter 59
Chapter 60
Chapter 61
Chapter 62
Chapter 63
Chapter 64
Chapter 65
Chapter 66

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About the author (2012)

Marianne Ruuth has published several novels and biographies in the United States. She works as a correspondent for foreign publications, mainly in France and Sweden. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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