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"A fascinating study not only of the roots and growth of our own language but of its future."--Bloomsbury Review It seems impossible: a small island in the North Atlantic, colonized by Rome, then pillaged for hundreds of years by marauding neighbors, becomes the dominant world power in the nineteenth century. In this provocative new look at the course of empire, Robert McCrum shows how the language of the Anglo-American imperium has become the world's lingua franca. In the twenty-first century, writes the author, English + Microsoft = Globish.
In this provocative and compelling new work, the co-author of the bestselling book and television series "The Story of English" shows how English became the language of the world.
This short eBook teaches you how to take apart and reassemble your Glock with confidence. Thanks to clear Assembly/Disassembly instructions and crisp photography - aided by gun expert J. B. Wood's sage advice - you'll save an expensive trip to the gunsmith by getting to know your gun inside and out!
If you liked Gun Digest Book of the Glock Volumes 1 and 2, you are going to absolutely love Patrick Sweeney's Glock Deconstructed! In a complete departure from his previous works on the famed gun maker, Sweeney examines why Glock makes what it makes, how it does it, and where and why they still lead the pack among all copycats. Inside you'll find: The history behind Glock's innovations through four generations of pistols. Glock's competition--is imitation still flattery? Carbines, full-autos, suppressors, and more. Where is Glock in these developments? Custom conversions--Glock Deconstructed has the low-down on companies and individuals taking Glock pistols to new performance levels. A complete breakdown of the new Gen4 Glocks. An inside look at GSSF Glock matches. And much, much more! Perhaps the most influential firearms design in recent history, Glock pistols are the preferred auto-loading firearms for law enforcement use and personal protection. Glock Deconstructed is a first of its kind, in-depth, behind the scenes look at one of the most famous gun makers in modern firearms history and one sure to fascinate every handgun enthusiast, Glock owner or not. A must-have for any handgun owner's library.
Based on fifteen years of research, Glock is the riveting story of the weapon that has become known as America's gun. Today the Glock pistol has been embraced by two-thirds of all U.S. police departments, glamorized in countless Hollywood movies, and featured as a ubiquitous presence on prime-time TV. It has been rhapsodized by hip-hop artists, and coveted by cops and crooks alike. Created in 1982 by Gaston Glock, an obscure Austrian curtain-rod manufacturer, and swiftly adopted by the Austrian army, the Glock pistol, with its lightweight plastic frame and large-capacity spring-action magazine, arrived in America at a fortuitous time. Law enforcement agencies had concluded that their agents and officers, armed with standard six-round revolvers, were getting "outgunned" by drug dealers with semi-automatic pistols. They needed a new gun. When Karl Water, a firearm salesman based in the U.S. first saw a Glock in 1984, his reaction was, "Jeez, that's ugly." But the advantages of the pistol soon became apparent. The standard semi-automatic Glock could fire as many as 17 bullets from its magazine without reloading (one equipped with an extended thirty-three cartridge magazine was used in Tucson to shoot Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others). It was built with only 36 parts that were interchangeable with those of other models. You could drop it underwater, toss it from a helicopter, or leave it out in the snow, and it would still fire. It was reliable, accurate, lightweight, and cheaper to produce than Smith and Wesson's revolver. Made in part of hardened plastic, it was even rumored (incorrectly) to be invisible to airport security screening. Filled with corporate intrigue, political maneuvering, Hollywood glitz, bloody shoot-outs--and an attempt on Gaston Glock's life by a former lieutenant--Glock is at once the inside account of how Glock the company went about marketing its pistol to police agencies and later the public, as well as a compelling chronicle of the evolution of gun culture in America.
Gloria and Trixie head off to boarding school. When Gloria opens the trunk that she thinks is hers, she finds beaded costumes and a mysterious jewel instead. Jack, a flashy talkative girl, suddenly departs from school. Gloria saves Jack from the water and becomes her confidant. Will Gloria fit in and will the girls figure out the mystery behind the jewel?
Presents a biography of the Cuban-born singer and composer.
Not only does Gloria march in the Gay Pride Parade, she plays a tambourine, too! She meets people along the way who wave and smile. Only a small group outside the park display the negative signs of homophobia.
Sometimes it's the little things that are really big, Gloria learns when her mom sends her to the grocery store for an onion. Because of the onion, she meets Dr. Grace Street, an astronaut. But how is she supposed to understand Dr. Street's advice that the big things are often not as big as they seem? Especially since it's only the beginning of fourth grade and already Gloria has enormous teacher troubles! The Dragon of Doom, a.k.a. Mrs. Yardley, doesn't seem to like Gloria, or anyone else for that matter-except for Billy Watkins, the class bully. Things go from bad to worse when Billy gets the whole class in trouble. Then a surprise visit from Dr. Street reminds Gloria that she knows how to rise above her difficulties. In this sincere and funny follow-up to Glorias Way, Gloria learns that a little self-confidence can help her accomplish big things.
Gloriana rules an Albion whose empire embraces America and most of Asia. A new Golden Age of peace, enlightenment and prosperity has dawned. Gloriana is Albion and Albion is Gloriana; if one falls, so too will the other. And Gloriana is oppressed by the burden this places upon her - and by the fact that she remains incapable of orgasm. The maintenance of the delicate balance that keeps Albion and Gloriana thriving depends of Montfallcon, Gloriana's Chancellor, and on his network of spies and assassins - in particular on Quire, cold hearted seducer of virtue and murderer of innocence. When Quire falls out with Montfallcon, he forms an alliance with his greatest enemy and conceives a plan to ruin Gloriana, destroy Albion, the empire and the Golden Age itself. But even the utterly ruthless Quire does not fully understand what he has set in motion when he persuades the Queen to fall in love with him...Moorcock's masterly evocation of Gloriana's strange and secretive palace and of a vibrant London make this one of his most powerful and memorable novels.
By the author of The Secret Life of Amanda K Woods and The Stories Julian Tells In six spirited stories, Gloria has a confrontation with a loquacious parrot; helps Julian and Huey train their dog and cure him of his squirrel obsession; faces her fear of fractions; and learns that some promises shouldn't be kept, some bets aren't fair, and, most important, you cant put a measuring stick to friendship. Ann Cameron's stories about brothers Huey and Julian have captured the hearts of millions of readers, and Julian's best friend, Gloria, has joined them on every adventure. Now Gloria gets to have her own adventures, with Julian and Huey along for the ride! Presenting truly lovable characters engaged in situations that are immediate and fresh, these stories are perfect for reading aloud or alone.
"There is a happy union of sound doctrine, heart-searchingexperience and practical wisdom throughout all his works." --CharlesSpurgeonThomas Watson, vicar at St. Stephen's Walbrook, wasone of England's most popular preachers of the mid 17th Century--despitebeing imprisoned for a year for his refusal to conform toecclesiastical pressures of his day. Watson left behind a legacy ofwritings--including The Art of Divine Contentment, The Body of Divinity, and The Happiness of Drawing Near to God--thathave influenced both theologians and common people for centuries. NowPatti Hummel has pulled together a year of readings from the man builtaround his favorite theme that "man's chief aim is to glorify God andenjoy him forever."
"The seeming inevitability of cruel fate juxtaposes the triumph of the spirit in this remarkably rich and powerful novel, Glorious. Bernice McFadden's fully realized characters are complicated, imperfect beings, but if ever a character were worthy of love and honor, it is her Easter Bartlett. This very American story is fascinating; it is also heartbreaking, thought-provoking, and beautifully written."--Binnie Kirshenbaum, author of The Scenic Route"Riveting. . . . I am as impressed by its structural strength as by the searing and expertly imagined scenes."--Toni Morrison, on The Warmest DecemberGlorious is set against the backdrops of the Jim Crow South, the Harlem Renaissance, and the civil rights era. Blending the truth of American history with the fruits of Bernice L. McFadden's rich imagination, this is the story of Easter Venetta Bartlett, a fictional Harlem Renaissance writer whose tumultuous path to success, ruin, and revival offers a candid portrait of the American experience in all its beauty and cruelty.Glorious is ultimately an audacious exploration into the nature of self-hatred, love, possession, ego, betrayal, and, finally, redemption.Bernice L. McFadden is the author of six critically acclaimed novels, including the classic Sugar and Nowhere Is a Place, which was a Washington Post best fiction title for 2006. She is a two-time Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist, as well as the recipient of two fiction honors from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA). McFadden lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she is working on her next novel.
She was the beautiful daughter of a dirt-poor Alabama farmer. But Angela Sherrington had a dream: to love dashing Bradford Maitland, the handsome heir to magnificent Golden Oaks. In the satin boudoir of a Yankee bordello, Angela's prayers are answered in the loving arms of the man she lived for. But scandal, cruelty and a shocking family secret threaten to tear apart two passionate hearts newly joined, imperilling a bold and forbidden romance too overpowering to deny.
Beautiful and amazing dual art elements and center spread pop up tell the story of Christ's birth on earth, and shows the angels' preparation in heaven.
In Rise to Rebellion, bestselling author Jeff Shaara captured the origins of the American Revolution as brilliantly as he depicted the Civil War in Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure. Now he continues the amazing saga of how thirteen colonies became a nation, taking the conflict from kingdom and courtroom to the bold and bloody battlefields of war.It was never a war in which the outcome was obvious. Despite their spirit and stamina, the colonists were outmanned and outfought by the brazen British army. General George Washington found his troops trounced in the battles of Brooklyn and Manhattan and retreated toward Pennsylvania. With the future of the colonies at its lowest ebb, Washington made his most fateful decision: to cross the Delaware River and attack the enemy. The stunning victory at Trenton began a saga of victory and defeat that concluded with the British surrender at Yorktown, a moment that changed the history of the world.The despair and triumph of America's first great army is conveyed in scenes as powerful as any Shaara has written, a story told from the points of view of some of the most memorable characters in American history. There is George Washington, the charismatic leader who held his army together to achieve an unlikely victory; Charles Cornwallis, the no-nonsense British general, more than a match for his colonial counterpart; Nathaniel Greene, who rose from obscurity to become the finest battlefield commander in Washington's army; The Marquis de Lafayette, the young Frenchman who brought a soldier's passion to America; and Benjamin Franklin, a brilliant man of science and philosophy who became the finest statesman of his day. From Nathan Hale to Benedict Arnold, William Howe to "Light Horse" Harry Lee, from Trenton and Valley Forge, Brandywine and Yorktown, the American Revolution's most immortal characters and poignant moments are brought to life in remarkable Shaara style. Yet, The Glorious Cause is more than just a story of the legendary six-year struggle. It is a tribute to an amazing people who turned ideas into action and fought to declare themselves free. Above all, it is a riveting novel that both expands and surpasses its beloved author's best work.From the Hardcover edition.
Madelyn Morrison is going home for Christmas to get an interview with America's newest sweetheart. Madelyn grew up with the hero, so she knows she'll get the interview, but she has bigger problems. The biggest stands six foot two inches and his name is Johnny Hart. He left her standing at the altar. And there's no part of the small town that doesn't hold some memory of him and her broken heart.From the moment Johnny Hart met Madelyn, he knew she was too good for him. Then he fell hard, he fell fast, and for a moment he believed they could have everything. Until reality intruded...and he behaved like a coward. Now fate has brought her back to Glory and given him a second chance. Dare Johnny believe that the magic of the holidays could bring him the most special gift of all?
In contrast with many current books that treat the war as a fundamentally American experience, Timothy J. Henderson offers a fresh perspective on the Mexican side of the equation. Examining the manner in which Mexico gained independence, Henderson brings to light a greater understanding of that country's intense factionalism and political paralysis leading up to and through the war. Also touching on a range of topics from culture, ethnicity, religion, and geography, this comprehensive yet concise narrative humanizes the conflict and serves as the perfect introduction for new readers of Mexican history.
A Glorious Disaster Barry Goldwater's Presidential Campaign and the Origins of the Conservative Movementby J. William Middendorf II
Barry Goldwater's 1964 run for the presidency was one of the major political turning points of the twentieth century: The policy positions and electoral strategies of that campaign have become standard tenets of Republican politics. A member of the "Draft Goldwater" movement as early as 1962, Bill Middendorf had better than a ringside seat for this pivotal event and knows its inside story better than anyone else. A Glorious Disaster tells that story in all its rollicking, agonizing, and never-before-published detail.
From the Book Jacket: THE GLORIOUS FLIGHT MR. LOUIS BLéRIOT IS OUT FOR A DRIVE WITH his family on a morning like any other morning in France in the year 1901. Suddenly he sees a machine flying through the air, and immediately he knows, even before he drives into a wagon full of pumpkins, that he too must fly. So begins Briot's obsession with flying, marked by efforts both humorous and dangerous and culminating in a daring flight across the English Channel in 1909. The astonished world applauds Louis Briot, whose flight is the first of its kind, eighteen years before Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Alice and Martin Provensen's richly detailed paintings convey this exciting and historic event with wonderful authenticity. Exquisite color tones and shifting perspectives create a convincing sense of air and space, allowing every reader to experience the wonder of flight.
What exactly is the Golden Ratio? How was it discovered? Where is it found? These questions and more are thoroughly explained in this engaging tour of one of mathematics' most interesting phenomena. Veteran educators and prolific mathematics writers trace the appearance of the Golden Ratio throughout history and demonstrate a variety of ingenious techniques used to construct it and illustrate the many surprising geometric figures in which the Golden Ratio is embedded. Requiring no more than an elementary knowledge of geometry and algebra, the authors give readers a new appreciation of the indispensable qualities and inherent beauty of mathematics.
'Totally and unmistakably the real deal' KEVIN BARRY 'A real stunner; a wild ride of a read' DONAL RYAN 'A gripping and often riotously funny tale' COLIN BARRETT 'A punchy, edgy, sexy, fizzing feast of a debut novel' JOSEPH O'CONNOR 'He was definitely dead, whoever he was. He wore a once-black jumper and a pair of shiny tracksuit bottoms. The back of his head was cracked and his hair matted, but it had been foxy before that. A tall man, a skinny rake, another string of piss, now departed. She hadn't gotten a look at his face before she flaked him with the Holy Stone and she couldn't bring herself to turn him over.' One messy murder affects the lives of five misfits who exist on the fringes of Ireland's post-crash society. Ryan is a fifteen-year-old drug dealer desperate not to turn out like his alcoholic father Tony, whose obsession with his unhinged next-door neighbour threatens to ruin him and his family. Georgie is a prostitute whose willingness to feign a religious conversion has dangerous repercussions, while Maureen, the accidental murderer, has returned to Cork after forty years in exile to discover that Jimmy, the son she was forced to give up years before, has grown into the most fearsome gangster in the city. In seeking atonement for the murder and a multitude of other perceived sins, Maureen threatens to destroy everything her son has worked so hard for, while her actions risk bringing the intertwined lives of the Irish underworld into the spotlight . . . Biting, moving and darkly funny, The Glorious Heresies explores salvation, shame and the legacy of Ireland's twentieth-century attitudes to sex and family.
Discover Peace, Perspective, and Healing.From a human perspective, God often appears to be an intruder. He presumes, invades, and infringes upon our lives. At times, God encroaches with gentle, subtle reminders - at others, with sudden, devestating judgement.God is not tucked away in some far corner of the universe, uncaring, unfeeling, unthinking...uninvolved. You can count on it - He is intimately involved with the tiniest details of your existence. Learn how His constant presence can bring peace, perspective, and healing into the puzzling and chaotic circumstances of your life.From the Trade Paperback edition.
In ten groupings of devotional insights, Joni shows how God's consistent presence can bring peace, perspective, and healing into the puzzling even chaotic circumstances of your life.
New York Times-bestselling author of The Last Gunfight, Jeff Guinn turns his eye for evocative detail and history to a sweeping novel of the Old West, weaving a compelling tale of life in the Arizona Territory in 1872.<P><P>We've all got mistakes in our past we'd rather forget.Cash McLendon has always had an instinct for self-preservation, one that was honed by an impoverished childhood and life with an alcoholic father barely scraping by on the streets of Saint Louis in 1872. He's always had a knack for finding and capitalizing on the slightest opportunities, choosing the path of financial security over happiness or real friends. He eventually builds himself up from a Saint Louis street urchin to the son-in-law and heir apparent to industrial mogul Rupert Douglass. Though it lacks passion, his life seems securely set: a wife, a career, property, standing.But when tragedy strikes, all of his plans and his entire future dissolve in an instant. McLendon's instinct for survival kicks in; he flees Saint Louis, and Douglas assigns his enforcer, an ominous skull-cracker with steel-toed boots, to track him down.With nothing to lose, McLendon attempts to reconcile with an old flame--a woman he was nearly engaged to but put aside in exchange for the life now in shambles. He heard through the grapevine that she and her father moved their dry-goods store out west, to a speck-on-the-map mining town named Glorious, in the Arizona Territory. There, McLendon tries to win her back, and in the process discovers a new way of life at the edge of the final American frontier. But he can't outrun his past forever. . . .
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