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The Big Fight is Sugar Ray Leonard's unflinching autobiography, revealing the Olympic hero and world champion in five weight divisions, and the man who struggled with depression, rage, drug addiction and greed. One of six children in a chaotic impoverished family, Ray started boxing as a teenager. His remarkable talent and determination guaranteed his swift rise through the ranks of amateur boxing, culminating in his gold medal win at the 1976 Olympics. In the 1980s his remarkable fights against 'Marvelous' Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran u known collectively as the 'Four Kings of the Ring' u revolutionised the sport. This legendary series of fights made Leonard the star at the centre of the golden era of modern boxing, and, next to Ali, the biggest ever draw in the sport's history. Leonard tells of the gruelling workouts, the fierce competition, and the notorious corruption he encountered within the sport as he battled to become a champion. With candour and humour he comes to terms with the contradictions that tormented him. Despite his enormous strength, focus and discipline, he was a serial adulterer who suffered bouts of rage and succumbed to alcohol and drug addiction. In examining his victories and failures, Sugar Ray Leonard presents a remarkable portrait of the rise, fall, and ultimate redemption of a true fighter u both inside and outside of the ring.
Not all love is innocent. Some desires swallow you whole. . . There's more than meets the eye to the twenty twisted pleasures collected here, with death and desire lying in wait behind every corner. One goth girl finds the man whose love can make her beautiful and whose body can bring her ecstasy-if she can stomach the price. . . A zombie apocalypse destroys a man's family, but "til death do us part" is a vow his wife won't forget-even if she's now more on the undead side. A vampire hunter wakes up the morning after and has to discover what forbidden pleasures he indulged in the night before-he suspects they might involve the drop-dead gorgeous bloodsucker next door. . . These and many more tales of sinister passion lie inside-if you aren't afraid of the dark. . . .
For at least thirty years, high school and college students have been taught to be embarrassed by American history. Required readings have become skewed toward a relentless focus on our country's darkest moments, from slavery to McCarthyism. As a result, many history books devote more space to Harriet Tubman than to Abraham Lincoln; more to My Lai than to the American Revolution; more to the internment of Japanese Americans than to the liberation of Europe in World War II. Now, finally, there is an antidote to this biased approach to our history. Two veteran history professors have written a sweeping, well-researched book that puts the spotlight back on America's role as a beacon of liberty to the rest of the world. Schweikart and Allen are careful to tell their story straight, from Columbus's voyage to the capture of Saddam Hussein. They do not ignore America's mistakes through the years, but they put them back in their proper perspective. And they conclude that America's place as a world leader derived largely from the virtues of our own leaders--the men and women who cleared the wilderness, abolished slavery, and rid the world of fascism and communism. The authors write in a clear and enjoyable style that makes history a pleasure, not just for students but also for adults who want to learn what their teachers skipped over. .
An original collection of the most influential documents in American history, from the bestselling author of A Patriot's History of the United States. Since 2005, A Patriot's History of the United States has become a modern classic for its defense of America as a unique country founded on principles of justice, equality, and freedom for all. The Patriot's History Reader continues this tradition by going back to the original sources-the documents, speeches, and legal decisions that shaped our country into what it is today. The authors explore both oft-cited documents-the Declaration of Independence, Emancipation Proclamation, and Roe v. Wade--as well as those that are less famous. Among these are George Washington's letter to Alexander Hamilton, which essentially outline America's military strategy for the next 150 years, and Herbert Hoover's speech on business ethics, which examines the government's role in regulating private enterprise. By helping readers explore history at its source, this book sheds new light on the principles and personalities that have made America great. .
Christmastime brings back memories as surely as office parties bring recriminations. The childhood wishes fulfilled (or dashed), the magic of anticipation, fighting over the dinner table. . . these are the ghosts of every Christmas past and present. Remembering Christmas brings together three holiday stories in a sparkling anthology sprinkled with nostalgia. It's Christmas Eve in Tom Mendicino's Away in a Manger, and James is snowbound en route from New York City to his West Virginia hometown. While the sight of a familiar Motor Lodge sparks longing for a roadside America of yesteryear, his visions of peppermint stick ice cream are thwarted by a vending machine. But amid the revelry at the local diner, James finds something far more satisfying that will change his Christmases forever. . . 1991, Michigan State University. Best friends Jack and Kirk are preparing for an end-of-semester party in Frank Anthony Polito's A Christmas to Remember. But there's something unspoken in the air-and it's not just the aroma of cinnamon-speckled eggnog. In Missed Connections by Michael Salvatore, two childhood friends reconnect in an airport lounge on Christmas Eve. And over cocktail-fueled reminiscences, they reconsider the paths they're on-and the roads never taken. . . Get what you really want this Christmas, with three captivating stories stuffed with warmth, wit, surprises-and the promise of sweet Christmases yet to come. . .
Washington has long been viewed as the patron saint of secular government, but in Washington's God, Michael Novak and his daughter, Jana, reveal that it was Washington's strong faith in divine Providence that gave meaning and force to his monumental life. Narrowly escaping a British trap during the Battle of Brooklyn, Washington didn't credit his survival to courage or tactical expertise; he blamed himself for marching his men into certain doom and marveled at the Providence that delivered them. Throughout his career, Washington held fast to the conviction that America's liberty was dependent on our faithfulness to God's will and our trust in Providence. Washington's God, shows Washington not only as a man of resource, strength, and virtue, but also as a man with deeply held religious values. This new presentation of Washington-as a man whose religion guided his governance-will bring him into today's debates about the role of faith in government and will challenge everything we thought we knew about the inner life of the father of our country.
'O'Malley brings to life timeless principles of organizational success in a mind-opening, insightful and compelling way by examining the life of bees. & That may sound like a stretch, but it won't after you read this plainspoken, well written book'JOHN PEPPER, former CEO and chairman. Procter & Gamble'What in the world can we learn from a honeybee colony that would provide any useful knowledge for how to run &- or, better yet, change for the better &- a human organisation/& Read this remarkable book and you will see'W. WARNER BURKE, chair, Department of Organization and Leadership, Columbia University'Unlike many business books, this guide, inspired by Michael O'Malley's observations of this backyard beehive, is filled with substance and uncommon sense. & I have benefited from O'Malley's guidance for years, and, with this book, everyone elso now can, too'MARK JACOBSEN, president and CEO, Promontory Interfinancial Network, LLC'Not only a fascinating look into the world of bees, but also and excellent operating guide for good management. & Who wouldn't want a company as organised and productive as a beehive?& This book explains how'PHIL JOHNSON, CEO, PJA Advertising and Marketing'Humanity is fortunate that Michael O'Malley became a beekeeper. & He beautifully presents twenty-five lessons that we humans can, and really should, learn from the bees about working together for group success'THOMAS D. SEELEY, professor of biology, Cornell University&
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