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The last lecture on leadership by the NFL's greatest coach: Bill Walsh Bill Walsh is a towering figure in the history of the NFL. His advanced leadership transformed the San Francisco 49ers from the worst franchise in sports to a legendary dynasty. In the process, he changed the way football is played. Prior to his death, Walsh granted a series of exclusive interviews to bestselling author Steve Jamison. These became his ultimate lecture on leadership. Additional insights and perspective are provided by Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and others. Bill Walsh taught that the requirements of successful leadership are the same whether you run an NFL franchise, a fortune 500 company, or a hardware store with 12 employees. These final words of 'wisdom by Walsh' will inspire, inform, and enlighten leaders in all professions.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was only 25 when he helped organize the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was soon organizing black people across the country in support of the right to vote, desegregation, and other basic civil rights. Maintaining nonviolent and peaceful tactics even when his life was threatened, King was also an advocate for the poor and spoke out against racial and economic injustice until his death?from an assassin?s bullet?in 1968. With clearly written text that explains this tumultuous time in history and 80 black-and-white illustrations, this Who Was?? celebrates the vision and the legacy of a remarkable man.
A major motion picture starring Ben Affleck, Morgan Freeman, James Cromwell, Alan Bates and Michael Byrne!Peace may finally be at hand in the Middle East--as Deputy Director of the CIA Jack Ryan lays the groundwork for a peace plan that could end centuries of conflict. But ruthless terrorists have a final, desperate card to play: they have their hands on a nuclear weapon and have placed it on American soil in the midst of an escalation in tension with the Soviet Union. The terrorists hope to rekindle cold war animosity and prevent reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. With one terrible act, distrust mounts, forces collide, and the floundering U.S. president seems unable to cope with the crisis. With the world on the verge of nuclear disaster, Ryan must frantically seek a solution--before the chiefs of state lose control of themselves and the world.Movie release: May 31, 2002Studio: ParamountDirector: Phil Alden Robinson (Sneakers, Field of Dreams)Producer: Mace Neufeld (Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger)
A Soul of a New Machine for our time, a gripping account of invention, commerce, and duplicity in the age of technologyA worldwide race is on to perfect the next engine of economic growth, the advanced lithium-ion battery. It will power the electric car, relieve global warming, and catapult the winner into a new era of economic and political mastery. Can the United States win?Steve LeVine was granted unprecedented access to a secret federal laboratory outside Chicago, where a group of geniuses is trying to solve this next monumental task of physics. But these scientists-- almost all foreign born--are not alone. With so much at stake, researchers in Japan, South Korea, and China are in the same pursuit. The drama intensifies when a Silicon Valley start-up licenses the federal laboratory's signature invention with the aim of a blockbuster sale to the world's biggest carmakers.The Powerhouse is a real-time, two-year thrilling account of big invention, big commercialization, and big deception. It exposes the layers of competition and ambition, aspiration and disappointment behind this great turning point in the history of technology.From the Hardcover edition.
When a beautiful blonde turns his head, a mob enforcer risks losing his neck Charley Partanna sits in his office, quietly rigging an election. As the chief executioner for the Prizzi family, he has taken time out of his busy schedule of cold-blooded murder to ensure that New York reelects its mayor, and that dirty money continues to flow his way. When he isn't killing snitches or stealing votes, Partanna goes to night school, but tonight, his homework will have to wait. The Prizzis are going to war. For Partanna, a mob war is nothing but an inconvenience. The streetwise underboss can make a hit completely undetected. But when he makes the mistake of falling in love with the don's granddaughter, Partanna will see just what kind of trouble the Prizzi family can cause. Prizzi's Family is the 2nd book in the Prizzi series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
A riveting tale of love and death in a small New Mexico town that ranks alongside Anatomy of a Murder and To Kill A Mockingbird as one of the twentieth century's most captivating courtroom dramas On a sultry day in the spring of 1923, Louise Talbot spends the last afternoon of her life lounging in the shade of a sycamore tree in her front yard. Beautiful and vivacious, Louise is the talk of Soledad City--every man lusts after her; every woman wants to know her secrets. She is found strangled to death that evening, and when the investigation uncovers her affair with another man, the citizens of the frontier town draw the obvious conclusion: Bryan Talbot murdered his wife in a fit of jealousy and rage. Presiding over the trial is twenty-nine-year-old Ben Lewis. Appointed to the bench as a tribute to the memory of his late father, he fears he is too inexperienced to sentence another man to death. All the evidence points to Talbot, however, and it is a magistrate's sworn duty to see that justice is served. But when a last-second twist casts the question of the defendant's guilt or innocence in a shocking new light, Judge Lewis must decide whether to uphold the law--or let a murderer go free. A thrilling suspense story and a fascinating inquiry into human nature and the true meaning of justice, A Covenant with Death was a New York Times bestseller and the basis for a feature film starring George Maharis and Gene Hackman.
Indianapolis social worker Adele Buffington's caseload is unusually heavy: Solve a murder, find a missing mother and her young daughters, stay alive Adele Buffington is working late when she's startled by an intruder. The next day a man is found murdered. The note pinned to his jacket reads, "Hands off, social workers!" Then, a woman and her two young daughters go missing. When Adele decides to launch her own investigation, with the help--or hindrance--of PI Albert Samson and Lt. Leroy Powder, she quickly finds herself out of her depth, haunted by echoes of her own past and by a killer who could obliterate her future.
Winner of the National Book Award: In the shadow of the Holocaust, a young girl discovers the power of magic In the schoolroom of a simple European village, Kicsi spends her days dreaming of the lands beyond the mountains: Paris and New York, Arabia and Shanghai. When the local rabbi curses Kicsi's school for teaching lessons in Hebrew, the holy tongue, the possibility of adventure seems further away than ever. But when a mysterious stranger appears telling stories of far-off lands, Kicsi feels the world within her grasp. His name is Vörös, and he is a magician's assistant who seems to have powers all his own. There is darkness growing at the edge of the village--a darkness far blacker than any rabbi's curse. Vörös warns of the Nazi threat, but only Kicsi hears what he says. As evil consumes a continent, Vörös will teach Kicsi that sometimes the magician's greatest trick is survival.
Wallie Smith can feel the pain. He goes to the hospital and remembers the doctors and the commotion, but when he wakes up it all seems like a dream. However, if that was a dream, how do you explain waking up in another body and in another world? Little Wallie finds himself in the physique of a barbarian swordsman, accompanied by both an eccentric priest babbling about the Goddess and a voluptuous slave girl. Is this a rude awakening or a dream come true? What in the world will Wallie do now that he has found himself stranded in a strange realm? Well, it just so happens that the Goddess is in need of a swordsman. It will not be easy, but if he succeeds he will have everything he wants. If he does not, things could get ugly. Wallie is reluctant but sees his chance. If only he had the faintest clue as to the adventure he is about to unleash! If only he could imagine the forces that will be out to vanquish him!
Wallie Smith is staring death in the face; only a miracle can save him. And then one does! The Goddess appears to preserve his soul, but she does much more than that. She promises to bestow upon him a new and powerful body, and, more important, to endow him with the fabled Sapphire Sword of Chioxin. But nothing in this world or any other comes without a price. The Goddess demands that, for her services, Wallie become her champion. It will be an honor to serve such a presence, to have the chance to be victorious over all challengers. But Wallie and his sword quickly find themselves outmatched in a world of high-stakes magic. Even the Goddess's priests cannot offer any resistance to the invading sorcerers and their quest to conquer souls for the Fire God. Wallie will need to find in himself and in the world the powers that will save all mortals. He will need to find the Coming of Wisdom.
For fifteen years, the truce has held. Swordsmen of the Tryst of Casr have kept the peace and extended the rule of law over half the world, but now sorcerers have started killing swordsmen again, and swordsmen traitors are aiding them. Shonsu--who was Wallie Smith before he became a swordsman of the seventh rank and liege lord of the Tryst--must once more gird on the seventh sword of Chioxin, and this time he rides out to fight the war that he hoped would never come. As he leads his army forth, its two most junior members are Vixini, son of Shonsu, and Addis, son of Nnanji, who has an oath of vengeance to fulfill. Their failure or success will determine the fate of the world for the next thousand years.
Wally Smith, having died on Earth, finds himself reincarnated as a swordsman in another world and entrusted by the presiding goddess with a mission that has no appeal for him at all. Can he bring together all the swordsmen to finally defeat the sorcerors and their terrible technology? Wally is not quite convinced he should, but goddesses can be very persuasive . . . This is the third and final exciting book, after The Reluctant Swordsman and The Coming of Wisdom, in the Seventh Sword Trilogy.
Investigating a fake birth certificate leads Indianapolis PI Albert Samson to ask why a woman would abandon her only child A short television spot about the life of the average private eye gives Albert Samson hope that his economic blues are about to disappear. Better yet, his newest case looks promising too. He's just been paid a hefty retainer by Paula Belter, who has discovered that her birth certificate is a fake. There's no record of her existence. The trail leads to an unsolved murder and a highly publicized trial that dates back decades. But as Samson connects the dots, he doesn't end up with a pretty picture. As another murder sends the investigation spiraling out of control, the PI edges closer to the dangerous truth.
Indianapolis's least employed PI, Albert Samson, heads to southern Indiana in search of a missing woman Facing insolvency and imminent eviction, private detective Albert Samson finally catches a break. Elizabeth Staedtler hires him to find her missing friend, Priscilla. But is Priscilla really missing or has she simply run away from her husband? Conducting an investigation in an unfamiliar city lands Samson a stint in lockup, two murderers on his tail, and a narrow escape from his own violent end that makes the dispossessed detective consider hanging up his gumshoes for good.
A moving and uproarious portrait of a modern American loser from the award-winning author of the Albert Samson Mysteries Small-time hustler and ex-jailbird Jan Moro is trying hard to make an honest living for a change. Never at a loss for a story or a moneymaking idea, he discovers that finding a backer, or even a place to sleep, in the alleys and bars of Indianapolis can lead a guy into worlds of trouble. Reminiscent of the works of Elmore Leonard, with its loquacious, larger-than-life protagonist and singular cast, Underdog is a comedy about life, death, and cashing in.
No case is too small--or too strange--for the Lunghi family detective agency For the Lunghis of Bath, England, detecting is best discussed around the family dinner table; everyone gets a say. The various members of the Lunghi family are old and cantankerous, young and bolshie, responsible, clever, and even artistic. But relentless curiosity is the one quality they all possess. The Lunghi Detective Agency's latest client, pretty, thirty-something Eileen Shayler, suspects that her husband, Jack Shayler, is in terrible trouble. Jack failed to return the bottle of dishwashing liquid to its proper place under the sink. Thus, he could be having an affair. Or he has a gambling problem and owes money to his bookie. When the case suddenly collides with several others, the Lunghis will find themselves knee-deep in an unsolved murder, a mysterious stakeout, and some damning personal secrets.
A child reports a missing father, Indianapolis's disabled are being killed off, and Lt. Leroy Powder's sergeant is hassling him: just an ordinary day for the cranky cop Lt. Leroy Powder, the crankiest and most arrogant cop on the Indianapolis PD, is presented with a seemingly routine case: A twelve-year-old kid wants to report his dad missing. But Powder knows that the most complicated cases often start with something apparently simple. And now his own son has just been released from prison. As Powder's work and personal life collide, there's nothing left to do but deal with it. And--if possible--steer clear of a conspiracy that puts him in the sights of the FBI.
Reluctantly heading up the Indianapolis PD's Missing Persons Bureau, Lt. Leroy Powder investigates a series of unusual cases while training a female sergeant Indianapolis police lieutenant Leroy Powder's new job in Missing Persons calls for tact, sensitivity, and diplomacy: three traits no one would use to describe the lieutenant. He also has to break in a new sergeant, Carollee Fleetwood. Taking a bullet for her partner in the line of duty made Fleetwood a hero. It also relegated her to a wheelchair. But this cop gives as good as she gets, and won't take any sass from her unconventional superior as, together, the two take on a series of very strange cases.
Indianapolis PI Albert Samson gets his license back just in time to take on a high-profile, big-bucks case After a falling out with a cop cost him his PI license, Albert Samson is thrilled to be reinstated. Within hours, he has two new clients. But the real payday arrives when he is co-opted onto the defense team for a man accused of a series of extremely ugly crimes. Of all the private eyes in town, why have the lawyers handpicked Samson for the biggest case to hit Indianapolis in decades? With cash in hand, Samson starts investigating. But what he finds isn't pretty . . .
Lt. Leroy Powder, Indianapolis PD, investigates a series of gruesome murders and the disappearance of a teenage girl Six burglaries, two assaults, one armed robbery, and a bomb scare all come in at the tail end of Lt. Leroy Powder's swing shift in the night cover room of the Indianapolis PD--a shift he's been working for nineteen years. About to wrap up, he gets a call from low-level criminal Johnny Uncle, who claims to have found a body. The cause of death is strangulation. There's no sign of sexual assault, no apparent motive, and no form of ID on the corpse--including prints because the killer took a sledgehammer to the victim's hands postmortem. But Powder's problems have only begun: This body won't be the last.
Business is picking up for Indianapolis PI Albert Samson--until three intersecting cases land him on the city's Most Wanted list Unusually, Albert Samson, Indy's least successful PI, is working three cases at once: An ecoterrorist group threatens to bomb the city, an obnoxious poet wants help murdering his wife, and a mysterious package needs a courier. Thankfully, the Scum Front has only blown up fallow cornfields so far. But the poet is not, in fact, married. And why would a beautiful socialite hire him as a delivery boy? The minutes tick down as the three seemingly unrelated cases collide and Samson races to find the missing explosives and nail the culprit.
Indianapolis PI Albert Samson takes on a hospital, a pharmaceutical company, and the FBI After his slowest summer ever, struggling and desperate private eye Albert Samson places an ad in the local paper, offering his services at a bargain price. Instead of new business, he gets an eviction notice. But his luck seems to change when Dorothea Thomas calls with an unusual tale of woe. Her brother, John, a chemist and pharmaceutical salesman, has been in a coma since a lab explosion seven months ago. Dorothea hasn't been allowed to visit her brother in an experimental wing of the hospital--and she needs Samson to find out why. The case leads him straight to the black heart of the pharmaceutical industry and the FBI, where secrets only reveal more secrets.
PI Albert Samson takes on a new and deceptively dangerous case in the dead of an Indianapolis winter After a Florida vacation spent at the horse races--turning a measly profit of eighty-two cents before expenses--private detective Albert Samson is back in slushy, freezing Indy, where, thankfully, it's a short walk from his living room to his office door. On this night, he opens it to find a hesitant stranger in an overcoat standing there. With some prodding from the PI, Bennett Willson admits he wants Samson to strong-arm the Broadway producer who stole his play. It turns out that the cleverly crafted story is as bogus as the client himself. Samson blows the lid off a simmering brew of hatred and revenge--leaving his own life hanging in the balance.
Indianapolis private eye Albert Samson must prove the innocence of an unstable war veteran on the hook for murder Martha Jerome chose struggling PI Albert Samson because he's the cheapest detective in Indianapolis. She wants Samson to find evidence that will exonerate her son-in-law, Ralph Tomanek, who has been charged with manslaughter. A troubled Vietnam veteran who's been in and out of mental hospitals, Tomanek fired his shotgun and killed a man who may or may not have been reaching for his own weapon. Refusing to believe Tomanek is just a crazy vet with a bad case of PTSD, Samson goes to bat for him--and uncovers a nasty web of blackmail that could land the inquisitive detective on the wrong end of a gun.
An Edgar Award Finalist: A teenager's search for her birth father sends Indianapolis PI Albert Samson on a quest that rattles the skeletons in an old-money family's closet It's a slow afternoon for Indianapolis private detective Albert Samson. He's just awoken from an office doze when a new client walks in. Sixteen-year-old Eloise Crystal recently discovered that her blood type doesn't match either of her parents', and she wants Samson to find her biological father. Skeptical, but one hundred dollars richer, Samson begins some preliminary digging. What he unearths is the kind of dirt that makes people do desperate things--and it thrusts him into a shifting world of lies, deceit, and murderous secrets.
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