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A New Breed of Undersea Warriors Duel for the World's Most Dangerous Prize... Captain Peter MacKenzie: After years of extraordinary leadership, the most victorious submarine commander in the fleet has a new job: training America's warriors for the next century. On the Jacksonville, it's time for him to step back and loose the reins -- until the action gets hotter than any he's ever seen... Captain Pari Avilov: Commander of the Northern Star, he's a legendary Soviet hero, the unpredictable genius they call the Hawk. Now he's been blackmailed into committing the most daring and treacherous act ever attempted on board a submarine...
He'd set his mind to raise two of the greatest women champions in professional tennis well before they could even hold a racket. The father of Venus and Serena Williams had a grand plan for his daughters. The source of his vision, the method behind his execution, and the root of his indomitable spirit he held private. Until now. What he reveals about his success--his story of struggle, determination, hard work, and family--is told in the pages of this inspiring memoir, Black and White: The Way I See It. Richard Williams, for the first time ever, shares stories about the poverty and violence of his early life in Shreveport, Louisiana, in the 1940s--a life that could have ended on the day he was born because of indifference, racism, and cruelty were it not for the strength of his mother and the kindness of a stranger. Williams's mother was his hero, just as he became a hero to Venus and Serena, who express in the book the lessons he taught them and how much they love their much-criticized and even maligned father. His critics claimed that he was "in the way" of his daughters' athletic success, that he was "destroying his daughters' marketing and advertising abilities," and even accused him of "abuse." Richard Williams describes a family life held together by the principles that matter most: courage, confidence, commitment, faith, and above all, love. "When you're younger, as a female, you flock to your father. When you get older, you're closer to your mother. I still feel really, really close to my father. . . . We have a great relationship. There is an appreciation. There is a closeness because of what we've been through together, and a respect," says Serena. "Training started early for my kids, but it wasn't only on the tennis courts. I used to take Venus and Serena to work with me so they could learn the importance of planning, responsibility, and a strong work ethic, even at their early age," Richard Williams writes. The self-made man saw the value of education and had the discipline to practice what he learned. He went so far as to write a plan for his family's future before his tennis champion daughters were ever born. Richard Williams has walked a long, hard, exciting, and ultimately rewarding road for seventy years, fighting every hand raised against him while raising a loving family and two of the greatest tennis players who ever lived.
One of the four Operations Commanders of the World Trade Center site chronicles the rescue and recovery mission at Ground Zero from September 11, 2001, through the end of operations on May 30, 2002, while telling the story of his own struggle to make peace with all that he saw there. On the morning of 9/11, the Port Authority Police Department was the first uniformed service to respond to the attack on the World Trade Center. When the towers collapsed, thirty-seven of its officers were killed -- the largest loss of law enforcement officers in U.S. history. That afternoon, Lieutenant William Keegan began the work of recovery. The FDNY and NYPD had the territory, but Keegan had the map. PA cops could stand on top of six stories of debris and point to where a stairwell had been; they used PATH tunnels to enter "the pile" from underneath. Closure includes many never-before-told stories, including how Keegan and his officers recovered 1,000 tons of gold and silver from a secret vault to keep the Commodities Exchange from crashing; discovered what appeared to be a black box from one of the planes that hit the towers; and helped raise the inspirational steel beam cross that has become the site's icon. For nine brutal months, the men at Ground Zero wrestled with 1.8 million tons of shattered concrete, twisted steel, body parts, political pressure, and their own grief. Closure tells the unforgettable story of their sacrifice and valor, and how Keegan led the smallest of all the uniformed services at the site to become the most valuable.
Spies, soldiers and true believers -- in the hunt for the Kentucky. This year's most exciting submarine hunt for the most dangerous underwater target in the world. PETER MacKENZIE: In the USS Seawolf he had out-dueled the Soviet's best submarine. But a tragic accident wrecked his self-confidence. Now he's back in foreign waters in command of a Soviet submarine--and a top-secret hunt for the stolen U.S. mini-sub ... RAZA: Brought to Moscow for special training, he became a colonel in the Spetsnatz Special Forces and head of a radical group in Turkmenistan, his native Arab land. Then he masterminded the taking of the Kentucky--and turned it against his former masters . . . JUSTINE SEGURRA: She was painfully familiar with the ways of revolution. Now the CIA agent and wife of Captain MacKenzie is living and riding with hard, committed desert men--searching for the Kentucky's missing nuclear payload ... KEMAL: He is the charismatic leader of the Karadeen and the grandson of the Mahdi--holy man--imprisoned by the Soviets. The Russians have told him that the recovery of the hijacked missiles will mean freedom for the Mahdi, but he has his own plans for his proud people ...
Davis's ( Blind Prophet ) latest effort to cash in on the popularity of military techno-thrillers involves a Soviet submarine that becomes helplessly frozen in an arctic ice cap. Both Soviets and Americans race to recover the sub, which is carrying a revolutionary new superconductor, iriniump. 65 . This novel offers plenty of action, but the writing is unintentionally funny. It's hard to believe that an author could put these words into a character's mouth: "I used to walk five miles to school in weather like this. . . . Used to say it was colder than a witch's left tit. Damned if I ever knew why the right one was warmer." Or this, when a polar bear approaches a female CIA agent on the ice cap: "With a sinking feeling, Justine realized she was not alone." The characters are stereotypes straight from central casting, including the absent-minded professor, the evil Soviet sub commander and the beautiful female spy. Davis even manages to include two lovemaking scenes, which severely strain the credibility of his story. One of these scenes takes place in an empty torpedo tube while the father of the woman guards the couple's privacy. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
A vintage attack sub rises from the grave to torpedo a deadly terrorist plot! Admiral Peter MacKenzie has stood at the helm of the most advanced submarines in the world -- the U. S. Navy's nuclear-powered lords of the sea. Now, when Hawaii and America's Pacific coast are at risk, he has but one vessel under his command: the H. M. S. Storm, a World War II sub salvaged from the bottom of the sea. The Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington have assigned Admiral MacKenzie to oversee the transfer of a shipment of plutonium from Russia to Japan. But fanatic Japanese terrorists have hijacked the deadly cargo in mid-ocean. Isolated on a South Seas island, MacKenzie and a small band of survivors are determined to raise the Storm and sink the terrorists before they unleash a ring of deadly fire. Success could come at a terrible price: The terrorists have taken hostages, among them Peter MacKenzie's CIA agent wife, bearing their unborn child. The Storm is underway -- and it's a voyage into hell.
Jill Price has the first diagnosed case of a memory condition called "hyperthymestic syndrome" -- the continuous, automatic, autobiographical recall of every day of her life since she was fourteen. Give her any date from that year on, and she can almost instantly tell you what day of the week it was, what she did on that day, and any major world event or cultural happening that took place, as long as she heard about it that day. Her memories are like scenes from home movies, constantly playing in her head, backward and forward, through the years; not only does she make no effort to call her memories to mind, she cannot stop them. The Woman Who Can't Forget is the beautifully written and moving story of Jill's quest to come to terms with her extraordinary memory, living with a condition that no one understood, including her, until the scientific team who studied her finally charted the extraordinary terrain of her abilities. Her fascinating journey speaks volumes about the delicate dance of remembering and forgetting in all of our lives and the many mysteries about how our memories shape us. As we learn of Jill's struggles first to realize how unusual her memory is and then to contend, as she grows up, with the unique challenges of not being able to forget -- remembering both the good times and the bad, the joyous and the devastating, in such vivid and insistent detail -- the way her memory works is contrasted to a wealth of discoveries about the workings of normal human memory and normal human forgetting. Intriguing light is shed on the vital role of what's called "motivated forgetting"; as well as theories about childhood amnesia, the loss of memory for the first two to three years of our lives; the emotional content of memories; and the way in which autobiographical memories are normally crafted into an ever-evolving and empowering life story. Would we want to remember so much more of our lives if we could? Which memories do our minds privilege over others? Do we truly relive the times we remember most vividly, feeling the emotions that coursed through us then? Why do we forget so much, and in what ways do the workings of memory tailor the reality of what's actually happened to us in our lives? In The Woman Who Can't Forget, Jill Price welcomes us into her remarkable life and takes us on a mind-opening voyage into what life would be like if we didn't forget -- a voyage after which no reader will think of the magical role of memory in our lives in the same way again.
The Woman Who Can't Forget: The Extraordinary Story Of Living With The Most Remarkable Memory Known To Scienceby Bart Davis Jill Price
People might envy someone with such an extraordinary memory that she has been studied by neuroscientists, until they learn that Jill Price's ability extends only to details of her own life, sometimes haunting her, and does not to apply to memorizing facts. In collaboration with an established writer, this Los Angeles resident relates how she has coped since adolescence with hyperthymestic syndrome (defined in the glossary), in the context of current understanding of how memory works. This first-known case was documented in a 2006 journal article.
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