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The Glass Shoe

by Kay Hooper

An ambitious heiress disguised as Cinderella meets her match--a bad boy who pursues her in the ballroom and the boardroom--in this charming short novel from bestselling author Kay Hooper, part of her Once Upon a Time series. There's fantasy in the air, and more than a touch of irony, as Amanda Wilderman taps her dainty glass slipper impatiently and watches the clock. Would this costume party ever end? But when an anonymous Prince Charming sweeps her off her feet and onto the dance floor, Amanda tries to have some innocent fun before returning to the real world. Her obligations to the family business keep her too busy for love--and, besides, she's never known anyone like this mystery man. Despite his elegant attire, Ryder Foxx is a butcher when it comes to the competition. No one's ever brought the ruthless mogul to his knees, until his dance partner leaves him holding her glass shoe . . . literally. But when fate--or perhaps a matchmaking fairy godmother or two--finds him snowbound at a Wyoming dude ranch with a gorgeous redhead who seems strangely familiar, Ryder realizes that Cinderella's also his biggest competitor. And if the shoe fits, maybe he'll have to start believing in magic--or at least in the power of love. Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Golden Threads

by Kay Hooper

Passion, suspense, and a bit of magic come together in an irresistible short novel from bestselling author Kay Hooper's Once Upon a Time series: the tale of a real-life Rapunzel who needs a hero fast. Lara Mason just wants to let her hair down a little. A community theater production of a children's fairy tale seems like a perfectly harmless break from a life in hiding. But the cyber criminals who murdered her father are stalking her, and they've tracked her down once again. Enter Devon Shane--dark, brooding, and sexy as a rock star, the chivalrous counterpart to her Rapunzel. Before long her mysterious co-star pulls her out of harm's way--twice--and kisses her senseless, adding a seductive twist to a savage plot. Working undercover for the FBI, Devon thinks he's got his part down cold: act the prince, protect the fair maiden, and break up a ring of spies trading on corporate espionage. But as soon as Devon lays eyes on brave, lovely Lara, he starts improvising. Because the powerful emotions he's feeling are as real as the peril she's facing. Now, with a relentless evil closing in, he needs to win Lara's trust if he wants a shot at happily ever after. Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Hidden Figures Young Readers' Edition

by Margot Lee Shetterly

New York Times bestselling author Margot Lee Shetterly's book is now available in a new edition perfect for young readers. This is the amazing true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African-American women who lived through the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.

CHOP Line: The Sim War: Book Four

by Henry V. O'Neil

THE FOURTH INSTALLMENT IN THE GRIPPING SIM WAR SERIESThings are looking grim for the human Alliance against the Sims. A revolution on Celestia is draining the war zone of badly needed troops, and Alliance Chairwoman Reena Mortas is being blamed for the debacle. Her husband and predecessor, Chairman Olech Mortas, remains missing in the faster-than-light mode of travel known as the Step. Jander and Ayliss Mortas are putting their lives on the line against the Sims, he with the hardcore Orphan Brigade, and she with the elite, all-female Banshees. But when the mysterious alien shapeshifter from Jander's past reappears, he is sent on a secret mission that could possibly allow humanity to finally communicate with the Sims--and end the war. Meanwhile, Reena's attempts to find her missing husband are yielding surprising revelations from inside the Step that could answer two of humanity's greatest questions. Who gave us the Step? What is making the Sims? In the penultimate book of the Sim War series, the truth of these hidden space entities begins to emerge.

The Scottish Duke

by Karen Ranney

New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney returns with the first novel in a new series about dashing, charismatic dukes--and the women who tame them...Though raised as a gentleman's daughter, Lorna Gordon is obliged to take a position as an upstairs maid at Blackhall Castle when her father dies. Alex Russell, the Duke of Kinross, is the most tempting man she's ever seen--and completely unattainable--until, at a fancy dress ball, Lorna disguises herself as Marie Antoinette and pursues an illicit tryst...with scandalous consequences. Months after his mysterious seductress disappears, Alex encounters her again. Far from the schemer the distrustful duke assumed her to be, Lorna is fiercely independent and resourceful. She's the one woman capable of piercing his defenses. But when danger threatens Lorna, Alex must prove himself not just the lover of her fantasies, but the man who will fight to protect her.

Road to Paradise: A Novel

by Paullina Simons

Love, passion, and friendship collide on the road trip of a lifetime in this breathtaking novel from Paullina Simons, internationally bestselling author of The Bronze Horseman and Tully.There's no telling where a journey will lead you...Shelby Sloane has big plans for the summer of 1981. She'll drive cross country in her graduation present--a classic yellow Mustang. In California, she hopes to find the mother who left her behind long ago, and then return East in time to start college. Her childhood friend Gina is desperate to reunite with her boyfriend in Bakersfield and has convinced Shelby to bring her along. With Gina on board, Shelby's carefully mapped-out itinerary is quickly abandoned. Soon, so is their "no hitchhikers" rule when Shelby picks up a mysterious girl named Candy Cane, who sets them all on a new and dangerous course. Streetwise beyond her years and decked out with tattoos, piercings, and spiky hair, Candy is on the run from a past darker than anything the two suburban girls have ever known. Candy draws Shelby and Gina into her terrifying world, where life as they know it is turned upside down and there is no place left to hide.

Superconsumers: A Simple, Speedy, and Sustainable Path to Superior Growth

by Eddie Yoon

Pork dorks. Craftsters. American Girl fans. Despite their different tastes, these eclectic diehards have a lot in common: they're obsessed about a specific brand, product, or category. They pursue their passions with fervor, and they're extremely knowledgeable about the things they love. They aren't average consumers-they're superconsumers.Although small in number, superconsumers can have an outsized impact on a company's bottom line. Representing 10% of total consumers, they can drive between 30% to 70% of sales, and they're usually willing to spend considerably more than the average consumer. And because they're so engaged and passionate, they can offer invaluable advice to managers looking to improve their products, change their business models, energize their cultures, and attract new customers.In Superconsumers, growth strategy expert Eddie Yoon lays out a simple but extremely effective framework that has helped companies of all types and sizes achieve more sustainable growth: he'll show you how to find, listen to, and engage with your most passionate and profitable consumers, and then tailor your decisions to meet their wants and needs. Along the way, he'll let you into the minds and homes of superconsumers of all kinds, revealing what makes them tick and why they're willing to spend so much more than other consumers.Rich with data and case studies of companies that have implemented superconsumer strategies with great success, Superconsumers is a fun, practical, and inspiring guide for anyone interested in making their best customers even better.

Courting Death: A Novel

by Paul Heald

From an internationally recognized law professor comes the third legal thriller in an exciting mystery series, the Clarkeston Chronicles.Courting Death finds Melanie Wilkerson (from Cotton, book two of the Clarkeston Chronicles) and Arthur Hughes working uncomfortably together in the chambers of a famous federal judge. While Melanie neglects her duties as a law clerk to investigate the mysterious death of a young woman in the courthouse five years earlier, Arthur wades through the horrific habeas corpus appeals of two prisoners: an infamous serial killer and a pathetic child murder.Melanie, a Georgia native who returns from law school in the Northeast, hoped to establish a legal reputation that will eclipse her beauty pageant queen past, which she is now desperate to disown. Arthur is a bright but naive Midwesterner who is rapidly seduced by the small Georgia college town of Clarkeston which, to his surprise, comes with an exotic and attractive landlady. The cohort of federal court clerks is completed by Phil Jenkins, a Stanford graduate from San Francisco who tries his best to balance the personalities of his volatile colleagues.Living and working in bucolic Clarkeston comes with a price. In Courting Death, Arthur, Melanie, and Phil are confronted with the extremes of human mortality, both in and outside the legal system, in ways that they could never have expected or prepared for.Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction-novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

The Longest Year: America at War and at Home in 1944

by Victor Brooks

A meticulous exploration of one of the most important years in American history.The D-Day invasion, launched on June 6, 1944, is widely referred to as the longest day of World War Two. Historian Victor Brooks argues that 1944 was, in effect, "the longest year" for Americans of that era, both in terms of casualties and in deciding the outcome of war itself.Brooks also argues that only the particular war events of 1944 could have produced the "reshuffling" of the cards of life that, in essence, changed the rules for most of the 140 million Americans in some fashion. Rather than focusing on military battles and strategy alone, the author chronicles the year as a microcosm of disparate military, political, and civilian events that came together to define a specific moment in time.As war was raging in Europe, Americans on the home front continued to cope (with some prospering). As US forces launched an offensive against the Japanese in the Mariana Islands and Palau, folks at home enjoyed morale-boosting movies and songs such as "To Have and Have Not" and "G.I. Jive." And as American troops invaded the island of Leyte-launching the largest naval battle during the war-President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Thomas E. Dewey were in the home stretch leading up to the election of 1944.It has been said that the arc of history is long. Throughout American history, however, some years have been truly momentous. The Longest Year makes the case that 1944 was one such year.Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Attack of the Shadow-Crafters: The Birth of Herobrine Book Two: A Gameknight999 Adventure: An Unofficial Minecrafter's Adventure

by Mark Cheverton

A journey into Minecraft's past reunites Gameknight999 with old enemies.Trapped one hundred years in Minecraft's past, Gameknight999 struggles to keep his real identity a secret from the villagers of long ago, all while preparing them for battle. Herobrine's forces are getting closer every day, advancing across the Overworld and leaving a path of destruction in their wake.Furious at Gameknight's unexpected meddling, the evil virus takes revenge, creating the terrifying shadow-crafters. He gives these strange NPCs of darkness the power to build super-monsters, servants of Herobrine that are meaner, stronger, and more dangerous than anything Minecraft has ever seen before.As casualties mount, it's clear that every last bit of the villagers' strength and bravery will be tested before the dust settles. Even worse, in the heat of battle the User-that-is-not-a-user will come face to face with Herobrine's most terrible creation, a monster from his nightmares he thought he would never have to face again...Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers-picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Passage to Afghanistan

by Peter Bussian

In 2001, the Taliban approved Peter Bussian's request to photograph Afghanistan, asking him to "show the world the true Afghanistan," and for the past fifteen years, he's followed through on his promise to do so. In total, Bussian has spent nearly four years on the ground in Afghanistan, traveling there as both a photojournalist and with aid organizations such as the United Nations. In this entrancing volume, Bussian presents 150 photographs of what he calls "the land that time forgot." His captivating images feature everything from jaw-dropping landscapes-jagged mountains, desolate deserts, broad planes, and lush valleys-to its passionate people-Kabul street vendors and donkey cart drivers, devout Muslims, and displaced refugees.A fascinating introduction gives perspective on the special allure of the land-a place whose mystery was described by great poets, such as Rumi and Kipling, and that today is grounded in the fierce independence of its people, a physical and mental toughness that survives, even thrives, despite forty years of uninterrupted wars, and great famines.Side-by-side with the photographs are enlightening captions to give context to the compelling, memorable images. As a compilation, this is one of the most significant visual volumes of our time. While the world is at war with terrorism, Afghanistan, for many, represents the start of it all: the home of the terrorists behind 9/11 and the physical center of where America began its war on terrorism. To understand what we are up against and what follows Western intervention, here, at last, is a visual gateway: a portal to a significant, but little-understand land.

High School Chemistry Unlocked: Your Key to Understanding and Mastering Complex Chemistry Concepts

by Princeton Review

UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF CHEMISTRY with THE PRINCETON REVIEW.High School Chemistry Unlocked focuses on giving you a wide range of key lessons to help increase your understanding of chemistry. With this book, you'll move from foundational concepts to complicated, real-world applications, building confidence as your skills improve. End-of-chapter drills will help test your comprehension of each facet of chemistry, from atoms to alpha radiation. Don't feel locked out!Everything You Need to Know About Chemistry.* Complex concepts explained in straightforward ways* Walk-throughs of sample problems for all topics* Clear goals and self-assessments to help you pinpoint areas for further review* Guided examples of how to solve problems for common subjectsPractice Your Way to Excellence.* 165+ hands-on practice questions, seeded throughout the chapters and online* Complete answer explanations to boost understanding* Bonus online questions similar to those you'll find on the AP Chemistry Exam and the SAT Chemistry Subject TestHigh School Chemistry Unlocked covers:* Building blocks of matter* Physical behavior of matter* Chemical bonding* Chemical reactions* Stoichiometry* Solutions* Acids and bases* Equilibrium* Organic chemistry* Radioactivity... and more!From the Trade Paperback edition.

High School Physics Unlocked: Your Key to Understanding and Mastering Complex Physics Concepts

by Princeton Review

UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF PHYSICS with THE PRINCETON REVIEW.High School Physics Unlocked focuses on giving you a wide range of key lessons to help increase your understanding of physics. With this book, you'll move from foundational concepts to complicated, real-world applications, building confidence as your skills improve. End-of-chapter drills will help test your comprehension of each facet of physics, from mechanics to magnetic fields. Don't feel locked out!Everything You Need to Know About Physics.* Complex concepts explained in straightforward ways* Clear goals and self-assessments to help you pinpoint areas for further review* Bonus chapter on modern physicsPractice Your Way to Excellence.* 340+ hands-on practice questions in the book and online* Complete answer explanations to boost understanding, plus extended, step-by-step solutions for all drill questions online* Bonus online questions similar to those you'll find on the AP Physics 1, 2, and C Exams and the SAT Physics Subject TestHigh School Physics Unlocked covers:* One- and Multi-dimensional Motion* Forces and Mechanics* Energy and Momentum* Gravity and Satellite Motion* Thermodynamics* Waves and Sound* Electric Interactions and Electric Circuits* Magnetic Interactions* Light and Optics... and more!From the Trade Paperback edition.

High School Biology Unlocked: Your Key to Understanding and Mastering Complex Biology Concepts

by Princeton Review

UNLOCK THE SECRETS OF BIOLOGY with THE PRINCETON REVIEW.High School Biology Unlocked focuses on giving you a wide range of lessons to help increase your understanding of biology. With this book, you'll move from foundational concepts to a look at the way biology affects your life every day. End-of-chapter drills will help test your comprehension of each facet of biology, from molecules to mammals. Don't feel locked out!Everything You Need to Know About Biology.* Complex concepts explained in straightforward ways* Walk-throughs of the ins and outs of key biology topics* Clear goals and self-assessments to help you pinpoint areas for further review* Guided examples of how to solve problems for common topics Practice Your Way to Excellence.* 100+ hands-on practice questions, seeded throughout the chapters and online* Complete answer explanations to boost understanding* Bonus online questions similar to those you'll find on the AP Biology Exam and the SAT Biology E/M Subject TestHigh School Biology Unlocked covers:* The Nature of Science* Biomolecules and Processing the Genome* Cells and Cellular Energy* The Human Body* Genetics* Diseases* Plants* Ecology* Biological Evolution... and more!From the Trade Paperback edition.

Enhanced Interrogation: Inside the Minds and Motives of the Islamic Terrorists Trying To Destroy America

by James E. Mitchell Bill Harlow

In the dark days immediately after 9/11, the CIA turned to Dr. James Mitchell to help craft an interrogation program designed to elicit intelligence from just-captured top al-Qa'ida leaders and terror suspects. A civilian contractor who had spent years training U.S. military members to resist interrogation should they be captured, Mitchell, aware of the urgent need to prevent impending catastrophic attacks, worked with the CIA to implement "enhanced interrogation techniques"--which included waterboarding.In Enhanced Interrogation, Mitchell now offers a first-person account of the EIT program, providing a contribution to our historical understanding of one of the most controversial elements of America's ongoing war on terror. Readers will follow him inside the secretive "black sites" and cells of terrorists and terror suspects where he personally applied enhanced interrogation techniques. Mitchell personally questioned thirteen of the most senior high-value detainees in U.S. custody, including Abu Zubaydah; Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the amir or "commander" of the USS Cole bombing; and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001, terror attacks--obtaining information that he maintains remains essential to winning the war against al-Qa'ida and informing our strategy to defeat ISIS and all of radical Islam.From the interrogation program's earliest moments to its darkest hours, Mitchell also lifts the curtain on its immediate effects, the controversy surrounding its methods, and its downfall. He shares his view that EIT, when applied correctly, were useful in drawing detainees to cooperate, and that, when applied incorrectly, they were counter-productive. He also chronicles what it is like to undertake a several-years-long critical mission at the request of the government only to be hounded for nearly a decade afterward by congressional investigations and Justice Department prosecutors.Gripping in its detail and deeply illuminating, Enhanced Interrogation argues that it is necessary for America to take strong measures to defend itself from its enemies and that the country is less safe now without them than it was before 9/11.From the Hardcover edition.

The Buddha before Buddhism: Wisdom from the Early Teachings

by Gil Fronsdal

In the tradition of the best-selling Dhammapada: a translation with commentary of one of the earliest of the surviving Buddhist texts, which reveals the teachings to be remarkably simple and free of religious trappings. One of the earliest of all Buddhist texts, the Atthakavagga, or "Book of Eights," is a remarkable document, not only because it comes from the earliest strain of the literature--before the Buddha, as the title suggests, came to be thought of as a "Buddhist"--but also because its approach to awakening is so simple and free of adherence to any kind of ideology. Instead the Atthakavaggapoints to a direct and simple approach for attaining peace without requiring the adherence to doctrine. The value of the teachings it contains is not in the profundity of their philosophy or in their authority as scripture; rather, the value is found in the results they bring to those who live by them. Instead of doctrines to be believed, the Book of Eights describes means or practices for realizing peace. Gil Fronsdal's rigorous translation with commentary reveals the text to be of interest not only to Buddhists, but also to the ever-growing demographic of spiritual-but-not-religious, who seek a spiritual life outside the structures of religion.

Pilgrimage: My Search for the Real Pope Francis

by Mark K. Shriver

A down-to-earth and deeply intimate portrait of Pope Francis and his faith, based on interviews with the men and women who knew him simply as Jorge Mario Bergoglio Early on the evening of March 13, 2013, the newly elected Pope Francis stepped out onto the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica and did something remarkable: Before he imparted his blessing to the crowd, he asked the crowd to bless him, then bowed low to receive this grace. In the days that followed, Mark K. Shriver--along with the rest of the world--was astonished to see a pope who paid his own hotel bill, eschewed limousines, and made his home in a suite of austere rooms in a Vatican guesthouse rather than the grand papal apartment in the Apostolic Palace. By setting an example of humility and accessibility, Francis breathed new life into the Catholic Church, attracting the admiration of Catholics and non-Catholics alike. In Pilgrimage, Shriver retraces Francis's personal journey, revealing the origins of his open, unpretentious style and explaining how it revitalized Shriver's own faith and renewed his commitment to the Church. To help us understand how Jorge Mario Bergoglio became Pope Francis, Shriver travels to Bergoglio's native Argentina to meet with the people who knew him as a child, as a young Jesuit priest, and as a reformist bishop. Shriver visits the confessional where Bergoglio first felt called to a faith-based life and takes us to the humble parish where the future pontiff's pastoral career began: in a church created from a converted vegetable shed in an area just outside the city of Buenos Aires. In these impoverished surroundings, Bergoglio answered Christ's call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and shelter the homeless, following the example set by his papal namesake, St. Francis of Assisi. In this deeply reported yet highly personal book, Mark K. Shriver explores how Francis's commitment has struck a chord in the hearts of millions who long to make faith, love, humility, and mercy part of their lives as they go out into the world to serve and learn from the most marginalized.Advance praise for Pilgrimage"This fast-paced and fascinating tale takes us on Jorge Mario Bergoglio's pilgrimage from his grandmother's knee in the Italian-Argentine community, through years of success and sorrow in the tumultuous country that he loved, to his surprise election as Pope Francis. Mark K. Shriver finds himself on his own pilgrimage as he comes to understand the role of the Society of Jesus--the Jesuits--in shaping the charismatic pontiff. Then, with smart subtlety, Shriver shows how the fundamental fact of faith makes pilgrims of us all."--Cokie Roberts, New York Times bestselling author of Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868 "Pilgrimage provides a new and important perspective on Pope Francis, garnered from extensive interviews with the people who have been closest to the Holy Father throughout the course of his life. All people of good faith, including those whose lives are not guided by religious beliefs, will be inspired and enlightened by the compelling manner in which Pilgrimage brings us closer to the heart and mind of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis. I highly recommend this book; it will make a difference in your life."--Cardinal Seán O'Malley, OFM Cap.From the Hardcover edition.

The Devil's Legion

by William W. Johnstone

THE GREATEST WESTERN WRITERS OF THE 21ST CENTURY National bestselling author William W. Johnstone is the premier chronicler of the glory days of the brutal American West--and Frank Morgan, the Last Gunfighter, is one of his greatest sharpshooting legends . . . EVERY BODY DESERVES A BULLET In the Mongollon Rim country of Arizona, Frank Morgan walked into a blood feud between two powerful cattle barons. When the shooting stopped and the smoke cleared, Morgan had killed one of the men. Now, the dead man's family wants revenge and the surviving rancher wants to silence Frank Morgan forever. Suddenly, the last gunfighter is on his own against a devil's brew of murderous enemies. And amidst the lying and the killing is the beautiful young woman whose father Frank shot down-and one last thing worth dying to defend . . .

Savage Country

by William W. Johnstone

The Greatest Western Writer Of The 21st Century National bestselling author William W. Johnstone and Fred Austin write about the wild American West as if they dodged every bullet ever fired in those bygone times--and the legendary Frank Morgan, the Last Gunfighter, is one of their deadliest, most unstoppable heroes . . . Bullets Are His Business For Frank Morgan, a reunion with his estranged son brings back bittersweet memories of another time and place. Conrad Morgan is an Eastern businessman trying to build a railroad through an untamed corner of New Mexico Territory. Even though Frank has revenge-hungry killers on his trail, his kin needs him now. So with a gun-toting, hard-loving beauty named Rebel by their side, father and son ride straight into a pitched battle with hired killers and furious Apache warriors. It's a firestorm more treacherous and evil than Frank Morgan has ever faced. Because a criminal mastermind is in the middle of it, waiting for a chance kill two Morgans for the price of one . . .

Violent Sunday

by William W. Johnstone

THE GREATEST WESTERN WRITER OF THE 21ST CENTURY National bestselling author William W. Johnstone is the premier chronicler of rough-and tumble American West--and of the kind of iron-willed men who defined a nation. This gritty, action-packed new adventure in the Last Gunfighter series captures the fury of a Texas range war . . . LIVE BY THE GUN . . . DIE BY THE GUN When iron clears leather, anything can happen. In Frank Morgan's case, a sudden duel with an assassin has left an innocent woman with a bullet in her back--and a friendship between Frank and a young Texas Ranger in tatters. Wanting to make up for his part in the tragedy, Frank rides to central Texas to help Ranger Tyler Beaumont put down the so-called Fence-Cutting War. But as big ranchers battle small ones, an outlaw gang has hellish plans of its own. Now, as an innocent town is threatened with annihilation, Frank must make his final stand on a hot Sunday in Texas--when the dying will say their final prayers . . .

Summary and Analysis of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness: Based on the Book by Michelle Alexander

by Worth Books

So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of The New Jim Crow tells you what you need to know--before or after you read Michelle Alexander's book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander includes: Historical context Chapter-by-chapter summaries Detailed timeline of key events Profiles of the main characters Important quotes Fascinating trivia Glossary of terms Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander: Legal scholar and civil rights lawyer Michelle Alexander's invaluable and timely work, The New Jim Crow, examines what she calls the new racial caste system in United States: mass incarceration. Following the practices of slavery and institutional discrimination, Alexander argues, mass incarceration is part of America's legacy to dehumanize and disenfranchise African Americans and Latinos. According to Alexander, "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." Thanks in a large part to the War on Drugs, more than two million people are in America's prisons today--an overwhelming majority of them are people of color who've been jailed for minor drug charges. When these adults leave prison, they are often denied employment, housing, the right to vote, and a quality education. As a result, they are rarely able to integrate successfully into society. The New Jim Crow is a well-argued call to dismantle a system of policies that continues to deny civil rights, decades after the passing of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.

Summary and Analysis of The Great Gatsby: Based on the Book by F. Scott Fitzgerald

by Worth Books

So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of The Great Gatsby tells you what you need to know--before or after you read F. Scott Fitzgerald's book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald includes: Historical contextChapter-by-chapter summariesAnalysis of the main charactersThemes and symbolsImportant quotesFascinating triviaSupporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Set in the Roaring Twenties--the years of excess just before the Great Depression--F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is a remarkable cautionary tale that explores the decline of morality in pursuit of the American Dream, and offerings a memorable social critique of 1920s high society. Though commercially unsuccessful when first published, this Jazz Age-novel of decadence and betrayal endures as one of the most loved works in American literature. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of fiction.

Summary and Analysis of Between the World and Me: Based on the Book by Ta-Nehisi Coates

by Worth Books

So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of Between the World and Me tells you what you need to know--before or after you read Ta-Nehisi Coates's book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates includes: Historical contextSection-by-section summariesThemes and symbolsDetailed timeline of key eventsImportant quotesFascinating triviaGlossary of termsSupporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: Written in the form of a letter to his young son, Ta-Nehisi Coates's National Book Award winner, Between the World and Me, is a powerful personal essay that addresses the history of racism in America and its impact on our lives today. Using his own experiences and observations as a starting point, Coates poses questions and imparts insights about the systematic oppression of persons of color, covering topics from the dark days of slavery to growing up in Baltimore in a "black body" to all-too-common instances of police brutality and everyday discrimination. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.

The Art of the Bribe: Corruption Under Stalin, 1943-1953

by James Heinzen

The first archive-based study of official corruption under Stalin and a compelling new look at the textures of everyday Soviet life after World War II In the Soviet Union, bribery was a skill with its own practices and culture. James Heinzen's innovative and compelling study examines corruption under Stalin's dictatorship in the wake of World War II, focusing on bribery as an enduring and important presence in many areas of Soviet life. Based on extensive research in recently declassified Soviet archives, The Art of the Bribe offers revealing insights into the Soviet state, its system of law and repression, and everyday life during the years of postwar Stalinism.

Human Rights or Global Capitalism: The Limits of Privatization

by Manfred Nowak

The fall of communism in the late 1980s and the end of the Cold War seemed to signal a new international social order built on pluralist democracy, the rule of law, and universal human rights. But the window of opportunity for creating this more just, more equal, and more secure world slammed shut just as quickly as it opened. Rather than celebrate the triumph of democracy over autocracy, or political freedom over totalitarian rule, the West exulted in the victory of capitalism over communism. Neoliberal policies of deregulation and privatization that minimized the role of the state were imposed on the transitional societies of Central and Eastern Europe, as well as economically weak and politically fragile nations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Twenty-five years later, the world reaps the fruits of that market-driven state foundation: inequality; poverty; global economic, food, financial, social, and ecological crises; transnational organized crime and terrorism; proliferating weapons; fragile states.Human Rights or Global Capitalism is not simply concerned with the success or failure of neoliberal policies per se or judging whether they are good or bad. Rather, it examines the application of those policies from a human rights perspective and asks whether states, by outsourcing to the private sector many services with a direct impact on human rights--education, health, social security, water, personal liberty, personal security, equality--abdicate their responsibilities to uphold human rights and thereby violate international human rights law. Manfred Nowak explores these examples and outlines the ways in which neoliberal policies contravene the obligations of states to protect the human rights of their people.

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