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In this new book, Gavin Mortimer reveals the 12 legendary Special Forces commanders of World War II. Prior to the war, the concept of 'special forces' simply didn't exist, but thanks to visionary leaders like David Stirling and Charles Hunter, our very concept of how wars can be fought and won has totally changed. These 12 men not only reshaped military policy, but they led from the front, accompanying their troops into battle, from the sands of North Africa to jumping on D-Day and infiltrating behind enemy lines. Mortimer also offers a skilful analysis of their qualities as military commanders and the true impact that their own personal actions, as well as those of their units, had on the eventual outcome of the war.
From the award-winning picture book biographer of Woody Guthrie comes the inspirational story of Nellie Bly. Born in 1864, during a time in which options were extremely limited for women, Nellie defied all expectations and became a famous newspaper correspondent. Her daring exploits included committing herself to an infamous insane asylum in New York City to expose the terrible conditions there and becoming the first American war correspondent of either sex to report on the front lines of Austria during World War I. In 1889, Nellie completed her most publicized stunt, her world-famous trip around the world in just 72 days, beating the record of Jules Vernes' fictional hero inAround the World in 80 Days. With an informative text and pen-and-ink illustrations reminiscent of the graphic style of the late 1800s,The Daring Nellie Blycaptures the independent spirit of America's first star reporter, Nellie Bly. From the Hardcover edition.
Not the Marrying KindSamantha didn't want to leave her job-or her boss, Guy Haywood. But how long could a woman wait for a man to return her love? Then Guy revealed a desperate secret that gave Sam an opportunity, if not to have his love...to have his child.But the business of conception was anything but business-and much more pleasurable than either of them had been ready to accept. Facades began to crumble and forbidden emotions came into play as Guy discovered his cool, conservative assistant was all fire-and that the flames between them would not be controlled.
The Joyton family runs a station for the famed Butterfield Stage Line on a mountain pass in southern Arizona. It is a pleasant, solitary life until a stagecoach arrives with a dead man inside. They are told that the mysterious man accidentally shot himself, but fourteen-year-old Drew suspects foul play. A new family arrives and begins to build a store, even though there is no town nearby, and a dangerous stranger appears. Then hostile Apaches pin down two wagon drivers headed for the pass. As Drew and his sister Blaze risk their lives to help the wounded men to safety, their family comes together to conquer some of the dangers of the untamed Western frontier.<P>Through all these adventures, the Joytons' unreserved commitment to one another and their unflagging trust in God inspire those who meet them and create opportunities to share the love of Christ.<P>Don't miss this first book in the brand-new Adventures on the American Frontier series.
Fiery beauty Raina Kahlil was content until her long-absent fiancé, Sheikh Dharr Halim, came to whisk her back to his kingdom-to visit her family, not to marry her. Deep down she ached for the playboy prince, but tried to resist the palpable heat between them. Yet as his fevered touch fueled her desire, she realized she'd been saving herself all these years...for him!Dharr prepared himself for his eventual marriage to Raina and tried to warm her to the idea of a loveless union. But at each turn she dared him to unravel his guarded heart. And the more heated their encounters became, the more he lost all reason-and ran the risk of complete surrender to her....
During her summer at Camp Nashaquitsa, eleven-year-old Abby tries to reinvent herself, while worrying about her mother, missing her dead father, and getting to know her equally self-conscious bunkmates.
She's ruled out romance...Liz Strauss is the queen of control. As a single mom she's got to be. But her attraction to new boss Charles "Ice King" Bishop throws oh-so-careful Liz into a complete tailspin. Suddenly her nightmares over her son's future have been replaced by dreams of romantic dates!But her boss has other ideas!It's been years since Liz has trusted anyone not to hurt her. Sharing sizzling kisses with Charles is one thing, but believing that his frosty exterior conceals a heart that will beat for her-for always-is quite another....
Near the end of her career, Dorothea Lange lamented, "No country has ever closely scrutinized itself visually... I know what we could make of it if people only thought we could dare look at ourselves." Lange, however, did look, unflinchingly turning her lens on the despair, degradation, and greed unleashed by the Great Depression, and her photographs for the New Deal's Farm Security Administration have become the defining images of that time, capturing a country and a people on the brink of cataclysmic change. But the iconic images we all know don't come close to telling the whole story. Lange viewed her photographs as part of sequenced narratives, contextualized and enriched by her descriptive captions-- without which, she wrote, "half the value of fieldwork is lost." Daring to Look presents never-before-published photos and captions from Lange's fieldwork in California, the Pacific Northwest, and North Carolina during 1939. Lange's images of squatter camps, benighted farmers, and stark landscapes are stunning, and her captions-- which range from simple explanations of settings to historical notes and biographical sketches--add unexpected depth, bringing her subjects and their struggles unforgettably to life, often in their own words. When Lange was dismissed from the Farm Security Administration at the end of 1939, these photos and field notes were consigned to archives, where they languished, rarely seen. With Daring to Look, Anne Whiston Spirn not only returns them to the public eye, but sets them in the context of Lange's pioneering life, work, and struggle for critical recognition-- firmly placing Lange in her rightful position at the forefront of American photography.
In the early hours of June 26, 1948, phones began ringing across America, waking up the airmen of World War II--pilots, navigators, and mechanics--who were finally beginning normal lives with new houses, new jobs, new wives, and new babies. Some were given just forty-eight hours to report to local military bases. The president, Harry S. Truman, was recalling them to active duty to try to save the desperate people of the western sectors of Berlin, the enemy capital many of them had bombed to rubble only three years before. Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin had ordered a blockade of the city, isolating the people of West Berlin, using hundreds of thousands of Red Army soldiers to close off all land and water access to the city. He was gambling that he could drive out the small detachments of American, British, and French occupation troops, because their only option was to stay and watch Berliners starve--or retaliate by starting World War III. The situation was impossible, Truman was told by his national security advisers, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His answer: "We stay in Berlin. Period." That was when the phones started ringing and local police began banging on doors to deliver telegrams to the vets. Drawing on service records and hundreds of interviews in the United States, Germany, and Great Britain, Reeves tells the stories of these civilian airmen, the successors to Stephen Ambrose's "Citizen Soldiers," ordinary Americans again called to extraordinary tasks. They did the impossible, living in barns and muddy tents, flying over Soviet-occupied territory day and night, trying to stay awake, making it up as they went along and ignoring Russian fighters and occasional anti-aircraft fire trying to drive them to hostile ground. The Berlin Airlift changed the world. It ended when Stalin backed down and lifted the blockade, but only after the bravery and sense of duty of those young heroes had bought the Allies enough time to create a new West Germany and sign the mutual defense agreement that created NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. And then they went home again. Some of them forgot where they had parked their cars after they got the call.
Darius A supersmart writer. His two escapes: his alter ego, Fury, a peregrine falcon; and hanging out with Twig. Darius thinks Twig could go far as a top-notch runner. But Darius isn't so sure about himself. Is it possible for an artist's life to lead anywhere? Twig An outstanding middle-distance runner. When Twig runs, he's the only one to beat. Darius & Twig Best friends. They need to navigate their Harlem world: the gangs, the bullies, an absent dad, an abusive uncle, the sleazy side of sports, the uncertainty of an artist's prospects. And they need to figure out how to grow up together, but apart. Author Walter Dean Myers says, "You cannot live someone else's dream. Darius & Twig is about needing to live your own dream. "
Nestled in the Himalayan foothills of Northeast India, Darjeeling is synonymous with some of the finest and most expensive tea in the world. It is also home to a violent movement for regional autonomy that, like the tea industry, dates back to the days of colonial rule. In this nuanced ethnography, Sarah Besky narrates the lives of tea workers in Darjeeling. She explores how notions of fairness, value, and justice shifted with the rise of fair-trade practices and postcolonial separatist politics in the region. This is the first book to explore how fair-trade operates in the context of large-scale plantations. Readers in a variety of disciplines--anthropology, sociology, geography, environmental studies, and food studies--will gain a critical perspective on how plantation life is changing as Darjeeling struggles to reinvent its signature commodity for twenty-first-century consumers. The Darjeeling Distinction challenges fair-trade policy and practice, exposing how trade initiatives often fail to consider the larger environmental, historical, and sociopolitical forces that shape the lives of the people they intended to support.
In this indispensable book, urban visionary Jane Jacobs--renowned author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities and The Economy of Cities--convincingly argues that as agrarianism gives way to a technology-based future, we stand on the brink of a new dark age, a period of cultural collapse. Jacobs pinpoints five pillars of our culture that are in serious decay: community and family; higher education; the effective practice of science; taxation, and government; and the self-regulation of the learned professions. The corrosion of these pillars, Jacobs argues, is linked to societal ills such as environmental crisis, racism, and the growing gulf between rich and poor. But this is a hopeful book as well as a warning. Drawing on her vast frame of reference-from fifteenth-century Chinese shipbuilding to Ireland's cultural rebirth-Jacobs suggests how the cycles of decay can be arrested and our way of life renewed. Invigorating and accessible, Dark Age Ahead is not only the crowning achievement of Jane Jacobs' career, but one of the most important works of our time.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Someone is poisoning people. Sweetheart and Dr. Strange are investigating these cases. Can they solve the mystery before one of them gets poisoned?
From the lazy heat of Miami to the steamy Colombian jungles, Mack Bolan is on the trail of a missing American journalist. The woman was close to exposing the key players in a dangerous drug cartel, and Bolan figures they snatched her to protect their illicit empire. Each step pulls him further into an unforgiving world of guns and violence until he himself is captured. The vicious drug czar responsible for Bolan's plight reveals a carefully planned conspiracy that could topple a government. . . and an entire nation. Tortured and beaten, Bolan is only seconds away from escape. . . or death. His only advantage: the enemy isn't banking on the unrelenting force known as The Executioner.
The continuing voyages of the Starship Excalibur! Many years ago, a bizarre alien life-form known as the Black Mass consumed and destroyed an entire solar system in what was then the Thallonion Empire. Now the Black Mass has returned and its target is Tulan IV, homeworld of the fearsome Redeemers. Faced with near-certain destruction the Overlord of the Redeemers is forced to turn to an unlikely ally: Captain Calhoun and the Starship Excalibur. Busy coping with the return of his rebellious son, Calhoun is none too eager to come to the aid of his despotic enemy, but when innocent lives are threatened he has no choice but to confront the unstoppable Black Mass. But how can one starship turn back a force capable of consuming entire suns?
Topol explores the highest levels-and darkest corruptions-of power. The secretary of state has been murdered in his home. It looks like a robbery gone wrong. It seems the prime suspect is the politician's gardener. But in Washington, D.C., nothing is as it seems. Justice Department lawyer Ben Hartwell is assigned the unenviable task of finding the truth. His greatest obstacle-and ally-is the lawyer for the accused. Together they uncover a lifetime of political intrigues, private indiscretions, personal enemies-and questionable ties to the Chinese government-in the victim's high-level career. But was the secretary of state merely a puppet in a vast conspiracy? And if so, who cut the strings? The answers could expose America's darkest secrets-and silence anyone who digs too deep
In Jeanne Adams pulse-pounding thriller, a woman whos lost everything must turn to the man she considers her worst enemy. But he isnt the one who wants her dead. . . No Escape Cursed. Bad things happen to men who get close to Victoria Hagan. Now one of them has paid the ultimate price. Her ex-fiance, Todd, has been found murdered in the very church where he left her at the altar--and Torie is the prime suspect. Her only hope is the last person she wants to see. . . Ever since he advised his best friend not to marry her and the bride-to-be walked in on the conversation, Paul Jameson has stayed far away from Torie--and resisted their dangerously hot mutual attraction. Still, Paul promised Todd he would take care of Torie. She certainly needs him now. . . almost as much as he wants her. And thats exactly what a killer is counting on. . . Praise for Dark And Dangerous "Non-stop action!. . . this thrilling debut. . . . will leave you rapt and breathless. " --Lisa Gardner
Liz enjoys her summer pool job at the glamorous Ridley Hotel. Until the night, a dark and lonely night, a ghastly shadow surges up from the pool. A face -- eyes wide, mouth gaping -- stares at Liz. A hand clutches at her sneaker.
A master storyteller, Stephen R. Donaldson established a worldwide reputation with his unforgettable, critically acclaimed fantasy series The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant. Then, with The Real Story and Forbidden Knowledge, he launched a thrilling new science fiction series. Now the galactic epic continues as humanity struggles against the forces of ultimate evil--and its own dark nature.The stage is set of confrontation at Billingate--illegal shipyard, haven for pirates and brigands, where every vice flourishes and every appetite can be sated. Gateway to the alien realm of the Amnion, the shipyard is a clearinghouse for all they require to fulfill their mutagenic plans against humanity.It is here that the fate of Morn Hyland is to be decided amid a kaleidoscopic whirl of plot and counterplot, treachery and betrayal.As schemes unravel to reveal yet deeper designs, Morn, Nick, Angus' lives may all be forfeit as pawns in the titanic game played our between Warden Dios, dedicated director of the UMC Police, and the Dragon, greed-driven ruler of the UMC. Here, the future of humankind hangs on the uncertain fortune of Morn Hyland in a daring novel of epic power and suspense, relentlessly gripping from first page to last.From the Paperback edition.
Curiosity Killed the Cat Knitting graffiti, in Plum Harbor? Maggie Messina doubts it could ever happen in her quiet village. Until the new parking meters on Main Street are found covered with cat-faced cozies. In the dark of night, the mysterious Knit Kats have struck again! The infamous gang of stitching graffiti artists are totally harmless, and their pranks all in good fun. Or so Maggie and her friends think. Until a yarn-covered corpse is discovered a few days later--the tangles identical to Knit Kat handiwork. These threads of evidence should be easy to follow. But the clever Knit Kats hide behind a website and secret identities. The murderer could be anyone. A familiar face in town, even a copy Kat. But when Maggie's assistant, Phoebe, becomes the prime suspect, the knitting friends know the police have dropped a few stitches. With no time to rest on their needles, the Black Sheep set out to unmask the crafty killer. No simple task, when all Knit Kats look the same in the dark.Knit Kat mischief. Detectives investigating the crime soon discover that Maggie Messina's assistant, Phoebe, has been auditioning for a spot in the Knit Kat group. When Phoebe is implicated, the Black Sheep try to untangle the clues, determined to clear her name. Are the mysterious Knit Kats capable of deadly mischief? Or, is this the work of some copycat knitter trying to hook the group with a murder rap? With clever detection skills and their own, irrepressible curiosity, Maggie and the knitting crew soon find a tell-tale thread that leads to the guilty party--and the truth about the Knit Kats.
Halley's Comet night at Winterscombe in 1910 ends with a violent death which throws a shadow over three generations of the Cavendish family. At the centre of events is the intriguing but dangerous Constance Shawcross, who casts a spell - which may be a curse - on all the sons of the family. Following the destruction of two World Wars-and the passions, deceits and hatreds of the intervening peace-it is the coruscating power of Constance's personality, and the sinister secret at the heart of her life, which will determine if Victoria, last of the Cavendishes, is to inherit happiness or misery.
One morning Leah Kurtz goes to wake her adopted infant daughter and instantly knows something is terribly wrong. She is convinced that her baby has been switched with another child. Afraid that no one will believe her, Leah turns to an unlikely ally, despite the fact that her Amish community frowns on its members seeking help in the outside world. Dr. Mark Morelli studies the genetic illnesses that plague the Amish, but he has other, private reasons for coming to Maplecreek...reasons that may be tied to the mysterious disappearance of Leah's daughter. Together, Leah and Mark must uncover a conspiracy--before there are deadly consequences.
Knight in shining armor...or avenging angel?International business tycoon Luciano de Valenza stepped in to save the Linwood family's failing wine business and swept the young, impressionable Kerry Linwood off her feet. Yet Kerry feared Luciano didn't want her, but the wine empire she would inherit. Then money was embezzled from the business, and there was evidence enough to put Luciano in prison.Five years later, Luciano was back and out to clear his name. He was certain that he'd been framed by the Linwoods and he was planning to take everything that was theirs-beginning with Kerry. He had always loved her, and now he was more determined than ever to have her....
A deadly quest . . . The sworn knight of an English lord, Gareth returns to the Highlands to pay a debt of blood to his uncle, the man who killed his father. But when his uncle's men murder his companions and leave him for dead, a mysterious beauty rescues him. Tender one moment, cruel the next, she bewitches him to his core. A hidden desire . . . Roxanna, a vampire princess, is sworn to break the curse that banished her kind to the dark. Awakened from her years-long slumber by Gareth's voice, she preyed on his attackers and kept him alive only to feed her hunger. But every night with Gareth makes her want him more, not just as a lover but as the soul mate she has never known. Together they will achieve both their dreams . . . or be lost to the darkness as one.
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