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John Perkins has seen the signs of today's economic meltdown before. The subprime mortgage fiascos, the banking industry collapse, the rising tide of unemployment, the shuttering of small businesses across the landscape are all too familiar symptoms of a far greater disease. In his former life as an economic hit man, he was on the front lines both as an observer and a perpetrator of events, once confined only to the third world, that have now sent the United States--and in fact the entire planet--spiraling toward disaster. Here, Perkins pulls back the curtain on the real cause of the current global financial meltdown. He shows how we've been hoodwinked by the CEOs who run the corporatocracy--those few corporations that control the vast amounts of capital, land, and resources around the globe--and the politicians they manipulate. These corporate fat cats, Perkins explains, have sold us all on what he calls predatory capitalism, a misguided form of geopolitics and capitalism that encourages a widespread exploitation of the many to benefit a small number of the already very wealthy. Their arrogance, gluttony, and mismanagement have brought us to this perilous edge. The solution is not a "return to normal."But there is a way out. As Perkins makes clear, we can create a healthy economy that will encourage businesses to act responsibly, not only in the interests of their shareholders and corporate partners (and the lobbyists they have in their pockets), but in the interests of their employees, their customers, the environment, and society at large.We can create a society that fosters a just, sustainable, and safe world for us and our children. Each one of us makes these choices every day, in ways that are clearly spelled out in this book. "We hold the power," he says, "if only we recognize it." Hoodwinked is a powerful polemic that shows not only how we arrived at this precarious point in our history but also what we must do to stop the global tailspin.From the Hardcover edition.
With gentle humor and a touch of magic, Arthur Howard reveals how true friendship sometimes turns up in the most surprising places.
For a century, "progressive" writers and filmmakers-multiculturalists like Ward Churchill and Alex Haley, sexual revolutionaries like Kinsey and Margaret Mead, quasi-Marxists like Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore, and radical naturalists like Paul Ehrlich and Rachel Carson-have been using falsehood and fraud as their principal weapons in their assault on traditional American culture. For years, an unconnected squad of literary detectives, anthropologists, scientists, and historians, has been picking off the frauds and their enablers one by one. Taken together, the work of these critics is devastating. Jack Cashill's Hoodwinked synthesizes their dogged research and reveals the depth and breadth of the corruption at the very foundation of contemporary intellectual culture.
Lisa's love of horses has grown over the past few months. As a member of the Saddle Club, she feels it's her duty to spread the word about all the good things happening at Pine Hollow Stables. But when her new column, Hoof Beat, starts running weekly in the local paper, Lisa's not getting the happy reaction she expected. Is there a difference between telling the facts, and reporting the news?
Katie Rose is dreaming of going west to find her Uncle Jack. Mr. Stevens brings home an unbroken Mustang. Katie is drawn to the horse's wildness. When Katie learns that the Stevenses plan to join the expansion West without her or the Mustang she decides to go on her own.
Katie Rose dreams of going west to find her Uncle Jack. Mr. Stevens brings home an unbroken Mustang. Katie is drawn to the horse's wildness. When Katie learns that the Stevenses plan to join the expansion she makes a decision to go on her own with Mustang.
Katie Rose dreams of going west to find her Uncle Jack. Then Mr. Stevens brings home an unbroken mustang. Katie is drawn to the horse's wildness. When the Stevens' plan to join the expansion West, without her or the mustang, she makes a desperate decision to go on her own, taking her mustang.
Katie continues westward with the Kylers to search for land. Katie's worst fears are confirmed in that her uncle is not there. She realizes that she cannot keep the mustang at home anymore. Left with no family and without the mustang to rely on, Katie must find her own way.
The spirit of Connemara shines in four exciting novels about a girl and a foal during the time of the Norman invasion. In Book One, Lara, the kind-hearted daughter of a cattle baron, tends to her family's herd in the Irish highlands, where she rescues an orphaned foal. In a heated battle, both are kidnapped by a warring clan. In Book Two, as the foal matures, Lara becomes a competent horsewoman and decides to search for her family, only to find that her homeland has been destroyed. Book Three finds Lara back with the clan. Recognized for her great skills, she is traded, along with the horse, to Norman invaders. In Book Four, the series concludes as Lara finds purpose in training nuns to breed horses.
Captured by members of another Irish clan, Lara continues to protect the young filly, Dannsair, and ponders how they might escape together.
Nine-year-old Lara is the daughter of the leader of her cattle-raising clan. While she spends her days tending to the cattle, her heart lies with her beloved gray mare. When Lara goes to the highlands to set the cattle out to graze, she finds the mare in the process of a difficult birth.
Lara is the daughter of the leader of her cattle-raising clan. Her heart lies with her beloved gray mare. She finds the mare in the process of a difficult birth. Childless milk-cow helps her. A rival clan captures them both.
The year is 1875, and twelve-year-old orphan Margret and her sister, Libby, are living with the kind Mrs. Fredriksen in her sod house in rural Littleton, Colorado. Margret would be happy to stay forever, but she knows that Libby, with her basic distrust of anyone other than Margret, will have them moving soon enough. Then a tornado sweeps through, bringing with it an injured horse. Immediately Margret lays claim to the horse, naming him Flynn, nursing him back to health, and teaching herself to ride. Now more than ever, Margret yearns for some stability in her life. Somehow, she's got to find a way to convince Libby to stay so she can make Flynn hers. Powerfully written and historically accurate, this is a great addition to the series that's tailor-made for girls who love horses and historical fiction.
These suspenseful stories will leave readers on the edge of their seats! Each spine-tingling tale features a brave, clever girl solving an intriguing mystery at an important time in America's past. Life at a Pony Express station in 1860 is filled with danger -- especially after someone poisons Annie's beloved pony.
Critically acclaimed for his recent bestseller, "The Ax, " Westlake returns with a tale of twisted psychological suspense involving two cunning authors--and one deadly proposition.
After catching a cutthroat, a vanishing species of fish in the Snake River, Spinner Shafter and her cousin Alligator do some ecological detecting to determine where the fish came from and how he had survived.
Outdoorsy Bobbie and her city cousin, Alex, begin a vacation of rivalry at their grandfather's ranch but must find a way of dealing together with a wild bull, a violent storm, and the nasty Bledsoe boys.
Since when are vacations ever relaxing? All Chicago police Detective Paul Turner is hoping for on his annual retreat from the city and his job is a little peace and quiet. This time he's headed to the Canadian Great North Woods for a couple of weeks with family and friends -- his two teenaged sons, his lover Ben, neighborhood pals, and his long-term police partner, Detective Buck Fenwick, along with his wife. But hopes of tranquility are soon crushed when Turner intervenes in a scuffle between a group of First Nations teens and a local bully and his cohorts. In the days following the incident, Turner and company find themselves the object of a series of attacks, break-ins, and sabotage of their equipment. Unable to get the attention of the local police, the events continue to escalate, culminating in the local bully's dead body being found floating in the water near the dock of their houseboat. Making this not only one of the least relaxing vacations ever, but one of the deadliest.
HOOK--As in hook up. For newly divorced Roxanne Ingram, it's a new age of speed dating, singles parties and noncommittal encounters. Frankly, it's all a little awkward for a successful businesswoman about to hit the big four-0. LINE--What's your screen name, Web site or text-messaging address? Is anyone out there over twenty-five? What about roses, candlelight and a lover who wants endless tomorrows? SINGLE--Relax, it's just a state of mind. Between keeping her business afloat, coping with a teenage daughter and lying awake fantasizing about the mysterious and sexy new client who wants her to watch his cat, Roxanne feels like a fish out of water. Luckily, she's got courage, faith and a mind of her own. Boldly going where only singles dare to go, she braves the holiday fixups, the flirty singles theme parties and the wild world of online dating. Still, Roxanne dreams of the kind of man who makes love easy. And maybe, just maybe, he's out there looking for her. . .
Tim Daniels is back at Camp Wikasaukee with rest of the gang from Nothin' But Net, serving as a mentor to three young rookies, and he's got his hands full! He's still working on keeping his height from getting in the way of his game--he's shorter than most of the guys. Plus, he's got a bully on his hands, and he's got to find a way to inspire his campers. Good thing NCAA pro Dick Dunbar is there to help Tim with a super-cool shot that gives him the confidence to make his mark at camp.Packed with on the court action and useful lessons about the game, this is story that gets to the heart of what team sports are all about--and because it comes from Matt Christopher, young readers know they're getting the best sports writing on the shelf.
Thea Galehouse has always known how to take care of herself. With a flighty club-owner mom and a standoffish, recovering-alcoholic dad, Thea has made her own way in her hometown of New York, attending the prestigious and competitive Stuyvesant High School. But one chat with Will, a handsome and witty senior, and she's a goner--completely hooked on him and unable to concentrate on anything else.Always worried that she loves Will more than he loves her, Thea is pleasantly surprised when their romance weathers his move to college and Will goes out of his way to involve her in his life. But then, Thea misses a period. And that starts Thea and Will on a wild ride that neither of them could have possibly prepared for. When they decide to keep the baby, their concerned parents chip in what they can to keep Will in school and give both teenagers a comfortable place to raise their child. But when a freak accident leaves Thea shaken and threatens to upend their little family altogether, Thea is forced to turn to the last place she would have chosen for comfort: her stiff, uncompromising father.This smart, touching first novel brims with realistic, beautifully drawn characters, and reminds us that love is never as easy or predictable as we might like it to be.From the Hardcover edition.
Agents and editors agree; Improper story beginnings are the single biggest barrier to publication.
Get Hooked on a Girl Named Fred...He said: Fred Oday is a girl? Puh-leeze. Why is a girl taking my best friend's spot on the boys' varsity golf team?She said: Can I seriously do this? Can I join the boys' team? Everyone will hate me-especially Ryan Berenger.He said: Coach expects me to partner with Fred on the green? That is crazy bad. Fred's got to go-especially now that I can't get her out of my head. So not happening.She said: Ryan can be nice, when he's not being a jerk. Like the time he carried my golf bag. But the girl from the rez and the spoiled rich boy from the suburbs? So not happening.
How do successful companies create products people can't put down? Why do some products capture widespread attention while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of sheer habit? Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us? Nir Eyal answers these questions (and many more) by explaining the Hook Model--a four-step process embedded into the products of many successful companies to subtly encourage customer behavior. Through consecutive "hook cycles," these products reach their ultimate goal of bringing users back again and again without depending on costly advertising or aggressive messaging. Hooked is based on Eyal's years of research, consulting, and practical experience. He wrote the book he wished had been available to him as a start-up founder--not abstract theory, but a how-to guide for building better products. Hooked is written for product managers, designers, marketers, start-up founders, and anyone who seeks to understand how products influence our behavior. Eyal provides readers with: * Practical insights to create user habits that stick. * Actionable steps for building products people love. * Fascinating examples from the iPhone to Twitter, Pinterest to the Bible App, and many other habit-forming products.
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