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On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants stormed the United States Embassy in Tehran and took sixty-six Americans captive. Thus began the Iran Hostage Crisis, an affair that captivated the American public for 444 days and marked America's first confrontation with the forces of radical Islam. Using hundreds of recently declassified government documents, historian David Farber takes the first in-depth look at the hostage crisis, examining its lessons for America's contemporary War on Terrorism. Unlike other histories of the subject, Farber's vivid and fast-paced narrative looks beyond the day-to-day circumstances of the crisis, using the events leading up to the ordeal as a means for understanding it. The book paints a portrait of the 1970s in the United States as an era of failed expectations in a nation plagued by uncertainty and anxiety. It reveals an American government ill prepared for the fall of the Shah of Iran and unable to reckon with the Ayatollah Khomeini and his militant Islamic followers. Farber's account is filled with fresh insights regarding the central players in the crisis: Khomeini emerges as an astute strategist, single-mindedly dedicated to creating an Islamic state. The Americans' student-captors appear as less-than-organized youths, having prepared for only a symbolic sit-in with just a three-day supply of food. ABC news chief Roone Arledge, newly installed and eager for ratings, is cited as a critical catalyst in elevating the hostages to cause célèbre status. Throughout the book there emerge eerie parallels to the current terrorism crisis. Then as now, Farber demonstrates, politicians failed to grasp the depth of anger that Islamic fundamentalists harbored toward the United States, and Americans dismissed threats from terrorist groups as the crusades of ineffectual madmen. Taken Hostage is a timely and revealing history of America's first engagement with terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism, one that provides a chilling reminder that the past is only prologue.
Eight self-contained stories look insightfully at the delicacies of flying. Elegant ruminations about flying range from the dreamy to the concrete, from wartime to peacetime.
A hotshot investment banker is about to organize the largest corporate takeover the world has ever seen in this New York Times bestseller.
In the tradition of Kathy Reichs and Jeffery Deaver, a talented novelist introduces a gutsy forensic investigator caught in the middle of an explosive crisis Early one Thursday morning, forensic scientist Theresa MacLean is called to the scene of a gruesome murder. The body of a man has been found on the front lawn of a house in suburban Cleveland, the back of his head bashed in. Although it's not the best start to her day, Theresa has been through worse. What unfolds during the next eight hours, though, is nothing she could ever have imagined. Downtown at the Federal Reserve Bank, her police detective fiancÉ is taken hostage with six others in a robbery masterminded by two clever criminals. When she arrives at the scene, Theresa discovers that the police have brought in the city's best hostage negotiator: handsome, high-profile Chris Cavanaugh. He hasn't lost a victim yet, but Theresa wonders if he might be too arrogant to save the day this time around. When her fiancÉ is injured, she seizes the opportunity to trade places with him. Once on the inside, she will use all her wiles, experience, and technical skills to gain control of the situation. But what initially appears to be a bank heist turns into something far more complex and deadly, and Theresa must decide how much more she is willing to sacrifice in order to save the lives of innocent people as well as her own.
Substitute fiancé? When Case Travers wanted something, he wouldn't let anything or anyone stand in his way! And he seemed determined to take over Lucy's life.... It all happened so fast. One minute her boyfriend had proposed, and Lucy was happily looking forward to planning the wedding. Then she met Case, and discovered he had very different plans for her! And it seemed he had the power to arrange anything-even transferring Lucy's fiancé to another city. The man was infuriating...intriguing. Lucy had no idea what to do if Case decided to offer himself as a substitute fiancé! "Ms. Duke captivates readers with...intense passion, a strong emotional conflict and endearing characters." -Romantic Times
This eBook edition of The Taker also includes an exclusive extended excerpt from The Reckoning, the highly anticipated second installment in Alma Katsu's breathtaking trilogy.n unforgettable tale about the power of unrequited love not only to elevate and sustain but also to blind and ultimately destroy. It is also a potent reminder that each of us is responsible for finding our own path to redemption.
What makes you happy? From stripes to shoes, running around or sleeping upside down, it seems that everybody has a different answer to this BIG question. Sweet Pea is feeling sad today. Can she discover what makes her happy? Sweet Pea's quest will inspire readers of all ages to begin thinking of all their own personal reasons to smile--and this irresistible story by Scott Menchin might just top the list.
Josie is afraid that her record-breaking swim in the 200-metre butterfly at the Alberta provincial championship was a fluke. As her Calgary swim team trains for a big meet she can't come anywhere near her best time, and sees her dreams of national and Olympic glory slipping away. When she participates in her school's Athletic Challenge, however, she's forced to learn the meaning of "personal best" all over again. The insight she gains there spurs her on when she hits the water again. Taking a Dive uses the exciting world of competitive swimming to explore the links between self-confidence and success.
A kidnapping offers an FBI agent a second chance at redemption in Elle James's Covert Cowboys, Inc. miniseries.After witnessing the murder of his partner, former FBI agent Zach Adams suffers the weight of his own guilt. An unexpected assignment hunting down the members of the Texas gang responsible-who have kidnapped a local woman-could offer long-awaited revenge. Zach understands the danger of tracking the cartel, but it's his desire for the sister of the missing person that he fails to anticipate. Determined to find her twin, Jacie Kosart is as strong-willed as she is alluring. But when Zach's ruthless search for the kidnappers lands Jacie in the crosshairs of deadly enemies, Zach realizes he'll risk everything to keep her alive...even if it means confronting the demons of his own past.
To chart the inspiring journey of Pierre Jeanniot is to trace the remarkable development of the air transport industry. In his youth, Jeanniot survived the bombing of Rome, the occupation of France, and was a witness to the Resistance in the Jura Mountains. In 1963, after the Sainte-Thérèse air tragedy and the threat of finding himself jobless, Jeanniot was inspired to create the famous Black Box, which has since become a pillar of aviation security. Under his direction, Air Canada chose the Airbus rather than the Boeing to renew its fleet, in the midst of a highly visible political crisis. Against all odds, Jeanniot also orchestrated the successful privatization of the airline. His visionary speech at Amman, delivered when he was at the helm of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), laid out modern aviation's most urgent priorities regarding accident prevention, protection of the environment, and technological progress. A master of logistics, he successfully negotiated the impasse in the skies following the September 11 terrorist attacks and handled the many complications that came in their wake. Pierre Jeanniot's influence has been felt far beyond the aviation world. His longstanding desire to facilitate access to higher learning led him to participate actively in the founding of the Université du Québec. A skilled diplomat, he also helped to resolve political problems in Iran, Libya, North Korea, and the Middle East. Taking Aviation to New Heights is the story of a great leader who has left an indelible mark on his milieu. He has truly piloted aviation to new heights.
In this emotional story of hope and inspiration, an African boy, orphaned by AIDS becomes a catalyst for AIDS orphans worldwide. Living in a shantytown in Kenya, Kevin Sumba's life was one of loneliness and hardship. Yet he was determined to get an education. Miles Roston, a documentary filmmaker, first met Kevin while making a film on AIDS orphans. He found that this particular boy touched his heart in a way he hadn't anticipated. Together, they set out to answer "Kevin's Questions" about the AIDS epidemic and more specifically, Kevin's situation. Taking Away the Distance takes us on a singular journey, as powerful policymakers and those working at a grassroots level deal with the direct, and at times confronting, questions of one boy. Along the way, we also meet people directly impacted by the epidemic and face their lives heroically: from children surviving homelessness on Nairobi's streets to a mother on her deathbed whose only thought is how to care for the children she will leave behind. As Kevin and Roston form a bond of love and respect, each learning from the other, we discover just how much our own lives can change if we dare to help.
The world according to Williams is a world unlike any other in contemporary short fiction. Taking Care is a stunning collection of stories, and Joy Williams is simply a wonder- Raymond Carver
STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL ATTRACTION"I need you, Alli. " Did Mark mean what Alison Lind hoped? Was her boss declaring his passion? Did he feel the same way she secretly did? Apparently not. He was asking her to be nanny to his baby niece. Not an ounce of desire in sight. Or was there? Living together, spending time in intimate surroundings, created a sensual tension too powerful to ignore. How long before this strictly business relationship turned into a strictly passionate predicament?TAKING CARE OF BUSINESSFrom the moment she met Tag Elliott, Renee Williams thought of nothing but how his lips would feel on hers. But as a member of Manhattan's wealthiest family, Tag was out of the social worker's league. There was another small matter: she was black and he was white. Renee agreed to one night to live their fantasies, but Tag decided once was not enough. He could ignore the scandal they'd stir; couldn't she? After all, Tag wanted her. And he always got what he wanted. . .
Mama Rabbit is too sick to leave her bed. Poor Mama! When Papa Rabbit leaves home to get her some medicine, the ten little rabbit children take it upon themselves to help her feel better. One by one they bring her treats from around the house, including a steaming cup of hot chocolate, a cuddly toy, a good book, and a shiny necklace. Before long, Mama Rabbit begins to feel better even without the help of medicine.Picture-book legend Anita Lobel returns with this sweet and funny follow-up to 10 Hungry Rabbits.
Garrett's compelling depiction of the hospital in York, Maine, that she administered for six years becomes her occasion to examine what she terms the "fix" today's medical practitioners find themselves in. Noting that market competition has not contained medical costs, she shows us the turf battles within the system as her not-for-profit hospital attempts to reinvent itself to survive. What services should be added to compete in the hospital marketplace? Contract for a traveling CAT scanner owned by a for-profit firm? Institute a cardiology lab, a market niche? The 79-bed, 80-year-old York Hospital is vexed by its perceived mandate to take care of its own. Along with the affluent summer folk, the hospital's "neighbors" include the likes of homeless Tim Bailey, who turns up with chest pains each Christmas Eve and is hospitalized so he needn't be alone for the holidays; Elizabeth Littlejohn, a 19-year-old bulimic with a hospital bill of $76,000, who defaults on her $10 monthly payments and whose dirt-poor family has looked to York Hospital for social services for three generations. As Garrett ruminates on what hospitals should contribute to their communities, she vivifies the daily happenings at her own. And if she doesn't have ready answers, Garrett, who is now a freelance writer, makes us ponder the price of valuing too highly the cold logic of cost-benefit analysis.
Going to the park to broaden his horizons, fourteen-year-old babysitter Enid enjoys unexpected friendships with a bag lady and a black saxophonist.
Guide to medical care for children from pre-natal preparation to adolescent problems. Dispels many myths about children's health and clearly explains procedures to take in response to various symptoms, such as when it is or is not necessary to visit a doctor. Includes growth charts and an index.
The real facts about your "girls" and how to take care of them "Well, all my friends think they will never have breasts--and it's not funny--because a lot of girls feel this way. " --Elena, 13 "I went up two sizes over summer break! I started seventh grade with a 'C' cup. Then my breasts got weird pink stripes on the side. What happened?" --Veronica, 12 Girls are as anxious and confused about their breasts as ever. That's why Marisa Weiss, M. D. , an oncologist and breast health specialist, and her teenage daughter, Isabel, decided to createTaking Care of Your "Girls. "Together, they polled more than three thousand girls and their moms and came up with a surprisingly huge list of worries and misconceptions. Based on their research, you'll get answers to questions like: * How do I know when I need to get my first bra--and what kind should I get? * Do big breasts have a higher risk of breast cancer than small ones? * How do I get rid of stretch marks? * When will my breasts stop growing? * How do I examine my own breasts? * Will the size of my breasts even out? * Do tanning, antiperspirants, wearing a bra at night, and talking on a cell phone cause breast cancer? A groundbreaking book for both mothers and daughters,Taking Care of Your "Girls"is a practical guide to breast care and a girl-to-girl conversation about the feelings and emotions that come with the territory. "This all-in-one, indispensable breast health guide captures exactly what teen girls and their moms really need: practical, easy-to-read, great advice. It's one of the best gifts you can give to your girl. " --Harvey Karp, M. D. , F. A. A. P. , author ofThe Happiest Toddler on the Block, board member of Healthy Child, Healthy World
So simple to use, so essential to your health-a must for every household. More than 2 million readers already turn to the original edition ofTaking Carefor quick, accurate answers to their everyday health questions. Not feeling well? Coping with a recent diagnosis? Not sure if a situation is an emergency? Whether you're single, raising a family or enjoying your retirement years, you'll come to rely on these valuable features: -A detailed guide to first aid and emergencies -Tips on healthy living, prevention and screenings -Information on hundreds of symptoms and illnesses -Easy-to-follow decision charts for choosing care -Chapters on mental health, sexual health, pregnancy, complementary medicine, workplace health and more -Highlighted children's health information -Extensive listing of health-related organizations and Web sites -A guide to preparing for your doctor visits
Kristin Lowrey wasn't accustomed to widowhood yet, but she was all too familiar with being at the beck and call of her three grown children and their children. Now, though, she had finally summoned the courage to start over again-a new job, a new look, and a whole new life far from her native Augusta, Georgia. . all the way to California! Getting away was hard enough, but having an accident en route and ending up on a ranch in New Mexico was nearly disastrous. Especially when her all-too-welcoming host turned out to be a divorced doctor with an irresistibly appealing bedside manner. She and Christopher Harrison had a lot in common. And it wasn't so very far from New Mexico to California. Maybe they could even go there together. . . if Kirstin could just learn to let go of the past. Was it time to take a chance on a brand new future-time to love again?
Eighteen year old Harper has grown up under her career Marine of a father's thumb. Ready to live life her own way and experience things she's only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father's unit; she's on her way to college at San Diego State University. Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family and emotions. Some she wasn't expecting yet, and others she never knew she was missing.
Amy's life has changed. She's found herself taking on the huge responsibility of running Heartland, the horse refuge that was her mother's life work. The one constant for Amy has been her friendship with Ty, Heartland's 17-year-old stable hand. But the arrival of a new stable hand throws everything off balance. By the time Amy realizes she's taken Ty for granted, it could be too late.
A history of electric cars.
Empowers parents of children with ADHD by giving them a step-by-step plan for behavior management, hard data on diagnosis and treatment, strategies for helping children succeed at school and in social situations, and information on advances in genetic and neurological research that enhance understanding of the causes of ADHD. Includes an annotated list of books, organizations, and Internet resources. This edition is revised to incorporate the most current information. Barkley is director of psychology and professor of psychiatry and neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
For adults with ADHD, problems with attention, planning, problem solving, and controlling emotions can make daily life an uphill battle. Fortunately, effective help is out there. No one is a better guide to how to get the best care and what sufferers can do for themselves than renowned ADHD researcher/clinician Russell A. Barkley. Dr. Barkley provides step-by-step strategies for managing symptoms and reducing their harmful impact. Readers get hands-on self-assessment tools and skills-building exercises, plus clear answers to frequently asked questions about medications and other treatments. Specific techniques are presented for overcoming challenges in critical areas where people with the disorder often struggle work, finances, relationships, and more. Finally, an authoritative one-stop resource for adults with ADHD who are ready to take back their lives.
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