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The story of American track-and-field athlete Wilma Rudolph, who overcame childhood polio to win three Olympic gold medals, is told.
"Nothing and nobody stops Wilma Tenderfoot!" (If she does say so herself. ) Wilma Tenderfoot, a tiny, brash, and determined ten-year-old orphan, dreams of becoming a worldfamous detective so she can find out who her parents are. Wilma discovers that her new next-door neighbor is the renowned detective Theodore P. Goodman, and he has a new case. Wilma is set on becoming Mr. Goodman's apprentice, so with the help of her beagle, Pickle, she makes deductions, follows leads, and scouts out suspects. She's sure she'll win the famous detective over and crack the case, as soon as Pickle stops eating the clues. With wicked humor, dastardly villains, red herrings, and a setting that would make Sherlock Holmes proud, this mystery is just like Wilma-funny, feisty, cheeky, and charming. .
One hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century, and one of the most enigmatic. And now, after more than a decade of research and writing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg has completed Wilson--the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the 28th President. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of documents in the Wilson Archives, Berg was the first biographer to gain access to two recently-discovered caches of papers belonging to those close to Wilson. From this material, Berg was able to add countless details--even several unknown events--that fill in missing pieces of Wilson's character and cast new light on his entire life. From the scholar-President who ushered the country through its first great world war to the man of intense passion and turbulence , from the idealist determined to make the world "safe for democracy" to the stroke-crippled leader whose incapacity and the subterfuges around it were among the century's greatest secrets, the result is an intimate portrait written with a particularly contemporary point of view - a book at once magisterial and deeply emotional about the whole of Wilson's life, accomplishments, and failings. This is not just Wilson the icon - but Wilson the man.
The fateful blunder that radically altered the course of the twentieth century--and led to some of the most murderous dictators in history President Woodrow Wilson famously rallied the United States to enter World War I by saying the nation had a duty to make "the world safe for democracy." But as historian Jim Powell demonstrates in this shocking reappraisal, Wilson actually made a horrible blunder by committing the United States to fight. Far from making the world safe for democracy, America's entry into the war opened the door to murderous tyrants and Communist rulers. No other president has had a hand--however unintentional--in so much destruction. That's why, Powell declares, "Wilson surely ranks as the worst president in American history. " Wilson's War reveals the horrifying consequences of our twenty-eighth president's fateful decision to enter the fray in Europe. It led to millions of additional casualties in a war that had ground to a stalemate. And even more disturbing were the long-term consequences--consequences that played out well after Wilson's death. Powell convincingly demonstrates that America's armed forces enabled the Allies to win a decisive victory they would not otherwise have won--thus enabling them to impose the draconian surrender terms on Germany that paved the way for Adolf Hitler's rise to power. Powell also shows how Wilson's naiveté and poor strategy allowed the Bolsheviks to seize power in Russia. Given a boost by Woodrow Wilson, Lenin embarked on a reign of terror that continued under Joseph Stalin. The result of Wilson's blunder was seventy years of Soviet Communism, during which time the Communist government murdered some sixty million people. Just as Powell's FDR's Folly exploded the myths about Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal, Wilson's War destroys the conventional image of Woodrow Wilson as a great "progressive" who showed how the United States can do good by intervening in the affairs of other nations. Jim Powell delivers a stunning reminder that we should focus less on a president's high-minded ideals and good intentions than on the consequences of his actions. A selection of the Conservative Book Club and American Compass From the Hardcover edition.
"I know that I'll be evaluated in Seattle with wins and losses, as that is the nature of my profession for the last thirty-five years. But our record will not be what motivates me. Years ago I was asked, 'Pete, which is better: winning or competing?' My response was instantaneous: 'Competing ... because it lasts longer.'" Pete Carroll is one of the most successful coaches in football today. As the head coach at USC, he brought the Trojans back to national prominence, amassing a 97-19 record over nine seasons. Now he shares the championship-winning philosophy that led USC to seven straight Pac-10 titles. This same mindset and culture will shape his program as he returns to the NFL to coach the Seattle Seahawks. Carroll developed his unique coaching style by trial and error over his career. He learned that you get better results by teaching instead of screaming, and by helping players grow as people, not just on the field. He learned that an upbeat, energetic atmosphere in the locker room can coexist with an unstoppable competitive drive. He learned why you should stop worrying about your opponents, why you should always act as if the whole world is watching, and many other contrarian insights. Carroll shows us how the Win Forever philosophy really works, both in NCAA Division I competition and in the NFL. He reveals how his recruiting strategies, training routines, and game-day rituals preserve a team's culture year after year, during championship seasons and disappointing seasons alike. Win Forever is about more than winning football games; it's about maximizing your potential in every aspect of your life. Carroll has taught business leaders facing tough challenges. He has helped troubled kids on the streets of Los Angeles through his foundation A Better LA. His words are true in any situation: "If you want to win forever, always compete."
"I know that I'll be evaluated in Seattle with wins and losses, as that is the nature of my profession for the last thirty-five years. But our record will not be what motivates me. Years ago I was asked, 'Pete, which is better: winning or competing?' My response was instantaneous: 'Competing. . . because it lasts longer. '" Pete Carroll is one of the most successful coaches in football today. As the head coach at USC, he brought the Trojans back to national prominence, amassing a 97-19 record over nine seasons. Now he shares the championship-winning philosophy that led USC to seven straight Pac-10 titles. This same mind=set and culture will shape his program as he returns to the NFL to coach the Seattle Seahawks. Carroll developed his unique coaching style by trial and error over his career. He learned that you get better results by teaching instead of screaming, and by helping players grow as people, not just on the field. He learned that an upbeat, energetic atmosphere in the locker room can coexist with an unstoppable competitive drive. He learned why you should stop worrying about your opponents, why you should always act as if the whole world is watching, and many other contrarian insights. Carroll shows us how the Win Forever philosophy really works, both in NCAA Division I competition and in the NFL. He reveals how his recruiting strategies, training routines, and game-day rituals preserve a team's culture year after year, during championship seasons and disappointing seasons alike. Win Forever is about more than winning football games; it's about maximizing your potential in every aspect of your life. Carroll has taught business leaders facing tough challenges. He has helped troubled kids on the streets of Los Angeles through his foundation A Better LA. His words are true in any situation: "If you want to win forever, always compete. "
For new recruit Nicki, college tennis becomes a match to the deathA scholarship to college is what every high school student dreams about. But for military brat Nicki Bledsoe, who's changed schools eight times over twelve years, a tennis scholarship to Salem University means having to prove herself all over again. It doesn't help that Nicki gets a far-from-warm welcome from Libby DeVoe, the school's reigning tennis star. The fiercely competitive Libby seems intent on making Nicki's life miserable.Someone writes "go away, loser" in hair mousse on Nicki's locker. A tire on her car is slashed. Her lucky tennis racket is destroyed. It has to be Libby . . . right? Nicki is determined to prove that she doesn't scare so easily . . . but it's already too late. Her enemy has put a plan in motion to beat Nicki in a terrifying game--and losing means certain death.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Diane Hoh including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
This would be the most amazing and romantic race of their lives! After being dumped so publicly, Millie Kincaid never wanted to see Jace Westfall or be on reality TV ever again. But she finds herself on Cash Around the Globe. . . with Jace! Although she doesn't trust him, to win they must work as a team. They race around the world, tested to their limits, and everything is captured on camera. . . including their stolen kisses! Can they determine what is real and what is just for TV? And, with the finish line in sight, will they win the one thing that money cannot buy?
It's time for the annual fund-raiser at Seaview Middle School, and Miley's got something to prove. Last year, Amber and Ashley raised the most money. This year, they're already bragging about how they've got the charity drive in the bag. Someone has to dethrone the queens of mean, and Miley and Lilly decide it's up to them. But their door-to-door fund-raising doesn't generate enough money, even when they walk ten Miles, fake six accents, and sing the same song fifty-eight times. Luckily, Miley's got a secret weapon--Hannah Montana! Suddenly, Miley has to decide how far she'll go to win ....
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From the book jacket: BORN OF WIND AND WOMAN Daniel East's mother was dead. Laure Lafayette-Remington East, the only person who had ever been able to speak with the Kistraalians, the wind beings who'd called Aeolis their home long before humans transformed it into a paradise planet for the very wealthy. Alive, Laure could have warned the winds about the human weapon that could threaten their very existence. Now Daniel alone remained to carry his mother's message of survival But to accomplish his mission Daniel had to learn how to communicate with the winds. And in the learning, he discovered a ten-thousand-year-old secret that sent him rocketing across the galaxy in search of a living legend which could herald the beginning of a new age or the final extinction of an entire race.... WIND CHILD
A new Nazi Reich, an international terror organization, puts a sinister plan of world conquest in motion.
Lord and Slave -- Their Destinies Were Bound to an Exquisite Gold Statue LIONELLO ANDREAS -- Soldier and shipbuilder, as honorable as he is strong, obligated by vows to protect the Wind Dancer -- even when he yearns to be free from the bonds that hold him, even when seized by a true passion as sudden and ferocious as the fires that threaten to engulf all he holds dear. SANCHIA -- With a rare brand of remarkable beauty, and her wits her only armor against an angry world, she can withstand abuse and even torture, but her will crumbles in the face of the unexpected cruelty of kindness. CATERINA ANDREAS -- The magnificent and strong-willed matriarch who would dare anything to protect Mandara, the Andreas domain -- she is a fierce warrior whenever fate hurls its arrows ... yet only the tender nurturing of her splendid rose garden betrays the warm heart within her regal breast. LORENZO VASARO -- Cold, calculating, an assassin by trade, his only weakness is his passionate attachment to the Andreas family -- an attachment so deep, so obsessive it brings him to the brink of destruction. MARCO ANDREAS -- Gentle, sensitive, a painter who is the opposite of Lion, his impetuous brother -- Marco burns with chaste but forbidden love for the one woman he can never have. FRANCISCO DAMARI -- Rising from the house of an Andreas mistress, he became a hateful force whose appetites for power and women were as twisted as the mazes he delighted in building to "entertain" his "guests." Determined to destroy Mandara and its greatest treasure, the Wind Dancer, he plots with the rapacious, cunning Cesare Borgia and Cesare's ruthless father, the Pope. GUIDO CAPRINO -- Procurer of prostitutes and thieves, he leads Lion to Sanchia. But his soul and his information belong to the highest bidder. When his greed couples with the jealousy of a vengeful whore, the lives of Sanchia and Lion are catapulted into a terrifying realm -- where death might provide the only tolerable escape.
THE MORTS were turning up all over Aeolis, the Eden-like planet named for the unexpected winds which sprang from nowhere and swiftly faded again. But unlike the winds, the Morts didn't just fade away. These unidentifiable corpses--which on closer examination proved far from human--posed a bizarre threat to human control of Aeolis. So the Serviceship Halcyon XLV was dispatched to the planet to solve the secret of the Morts, a secret whispered by winds every day--a secret older than mankind, which could spell the end of human life on the planet...
In this daring and provocative literary parody which has captured the interest and imagination of a nation, Alice Randall explodes the world created in GONE WITH THE WIND, a work that more than any other has defined our image of the antebellum South. Taking sharp aim at the romanticized, whitewashed mythology perpetrated by this southern classic, Randall has ingeniously conceived a multilayered, emotionally complex tale of her own - that of Cynara, the mulatto half-sister, who, beautiful and brown and born into slavery, manages to break away from the damaging world of the Old South to emerge into full life as a daughter, a lover, a mother, a victor. THE WIND DONE GONE is a passionate love story, a wrenching portrait of a tangled mother-daughter relationship, and a book that "celebrates a people's emancipation not only from bondage but also from history and myth, custom and stereotype" (San Antonio Express-News).
A tragedy of good intentions gone hopelessly wrong, Wind from an Enemy Sky tells the story of the Little Elk People, a fictional Northwestern tribe. Through the eyes of Antoine, grandson of the tribal leader, we see the tribe attempt to overcome their demoralization at the hands of advancing white civilization. The Indians respond to the building of a dam by trying to gain the return of a sacred medicine bundle. McNickleï¿½s ability to depict psychologically complex characters of both races, such as Bull, the aging leader of the Little Elk, and Rafferty, the Indian Agency Superintendent, results in a convincing story and leads the reader to hope that tragedy can be averted. At the same time, McNickle provides a sensitive portrait of the religious depth and human warmth of Indian culture. But although whites and Indians grow in their understanding of one another, the mistakes of the past compound to bring about the violent final confrontation, envisioned in the dreams of the mysterious Two Sleeps.
For Innis and Biddy, life has changed greatly from the days when they were poor crofters. Innis has found marriage to a handsome shepherd to be utterly different from what she expected. And Biddy has become quite accustomed to being a wealthy widow, aloof from both her past and her dead husband's family. Though the sisters' lives seem set, they are destined to change once more as their island moves half-willingly into a new era. [from inside flaps] "In her magnificent new novel Jessica Stirling continues the epic of love, greed, and betrayal that began in The Island Wife. For Innis and Biddy, daughters of the embittered Vassie Campbell, life has changed greatly from the days when they were poor tenant farmers. Innis, the mother of three young children, has found that marriage to handsome Michael Tarrant is utterly different from the idyll she expected. And Biddy has become only too accustomed to being a wealthy widow who keeps herself aloof from both the life she once knew and her dead husband's family. But though the sisters' lives seem set, they are destined to change once more. For Innis, a temptation to a better life may have come too late--and for Biddy, courted by an ardent new suitor, happiness may have come at last. Set against the background of an island that is being forced half-willingly into a new era, the story of the two different sisters and their very different longings is one of the most memorable Jessica Stirling stories yet." This is book #2 in Jessica Stirling's the Isle of Mull trilogy, rich with emotion and filled with details about life in the Scottish Hebrides islands at the end of the nintee4nth century. If you enjoy historic fiction, family sagas, character-driven plots or romance, Look for #1 Island Wife and #3 The Strawberry Season, in the Bookshare collection.
Anarchy and chaos have erupted out of the devastation of World War III. Now, it is one survivor's duty to lead his nation out of the ashes: legendary soldier and freedom fighter, Ben Raines. Whatever it takes, he is going to rebuild America...and he is going to do it his way. From his secret outpost in the far west, Raines orders his Rebels to back him in one last desperate assault against the Russian invaders and the mercenary turncoat, Sam Hartline, who joined their brutal brigade. But until reinforcement arrives, Raines is forced to wage a one-man guerilla war against the enemy. It could be the first step toward a free America-or the kamikaze warrior's final showdown.
lThe day that Mole abandons his spring-cleaning and sets out to enjoy the sunshine is the start of many adventures. Not only does he discover the river and the joys of messing around in boats, but he also makes lifelong friends with Rat, Badger and the eccentric and incorrigible Toad.
The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring- cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur, and an aching back and weary arms. Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.
The exciting and hilarious adventures of Toad, Rat, Mole, and Badger are retold for young readers in this thoughtfully abridged volume.
The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside--Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.
A gripping tale of survival and an epic love story in which a husband and wife-separated by the only battle of World War II to take place on American soil-fight to reunite in Alaska's starkly beautiful Aleutian IslandsFollowing the death of his younger brother in Europe, journalist John Easley is determined to find meaning in his loss, to document some part of the growing war that claimed his own flesh and blood. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Helen, after an argument they both regret, he heads north from Seattle to investigate the Japanese invasion of Alaska's Aleutian Islands, a story censored by the U.S. government.While John is accompanying a crew on a bombing run, his plane is shot down over the island of Attu. He survives only to find himself exposed to a harsh and unforgiving wilderness, known as "the Birthplace of Winds." There, John must battle the elements, starvation, and his own remorse while evading discovery by the Japanese.Alone in their home three thousand miles to the south, Helen struggles with the burden of her husband's disappearance. Caught in extraordinary circumstances, in this new world of the missing, she is forced to reimagine who she is-and what she is capable of doing. Somehow, she must find John and bring him home, a quest that takes her into the farthest reaches of the war, beyond the safety of everything she knows.A powerful, richly atmospheric story of life and death, commitment and sacrifice, The Wind Is Not a River illuminates the fragility of life and the fierce power of love.
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