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Can you keep a secret? This book reveals the most confidential, "top-secret" events and cases in history! You'll travel through time and across the globe to meet some incredible people who have worked behind the scenes of history. . . and forever changed the world! Welcome to a world where spies share a super"Sixth Sense" and a group of forbidden astronauts plan to sneak into space. From an ancient, mysterious club whose members are sworn to secrecy to a daring diplomat who saved hundreds of lives, you'll discover truths that will amaze you. But you have to promise not to tell a soul!
For almost four decades, controversy has surrounded the tactical use of herbicides in Southeast Asia by the United States military. Few environmental or occupational health issues have received the sustained international attention that has been focused on Agent Orange, the major tactical herbicide deployed in Southern Vietnam. With the opening and establishment of normal relations between the United States and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1995, the time has come for a thorough re-examination of the military use of Agent Orange and other "tactical herbicides" in Southern Vietnam, and the subsequent actions that have been taking place since their use in Vietnam. The United States Department of Defense has had the major role in all military operations involving the use of tactical herbicides, including that of Agent Orange. This included the Department's purchase, shipment and tactical use of herbicides in Vietnam, its role in the disposition of Agent Orange after Vietnam, its role in conducting long-term epidemiological investigations of the men of Operation RANCH HAND, and its sponsorship of ecological and environmental fate studies. This book was commissioned by The Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment) with the intent of providing documentation of the knowledge on the history, use, disposition and environmental fate of Agent Orange and its associated dioxin.
Starting with an examination of how historians work, this "Very Short Introduction" aims to explore history in a general, pithy, and accessible manner, rather than to delve into specific periods.
Conventional chronologies of world history concentrate on the reigns of kings and queens, the dates of battles and treaties, the publication dates of great books, the completion of famous buildings, the deaths of iconic figures, and the years of major discoveries. But there are other more interesting stories to tell--stories that don't usually get into the history books, but which can nevertheless bring the past vividly and excitingly to life.Imagine a history lesson that spares you the details of such seminal events as the 11th-century papal-imperial conflict, that fails to say much at all about the 1815 Congress of Vienna--and that neglects entirely to mention the world-changing moment that was the 1521 Diet of Worms. Imagine instead a book that tells you the date of the ancient Roman law that made it legal to break wind at banquets; the name of the defunct medieval pope whose putrefying corpse was subjected to the humiliation of a trial before a court of law; the identity of the priapic monarch who sired more bastards than any other king of England; and last but not least the date of the demise in London of the first goat to have circumnavigated the globe twice. Imagine a book crammed with such deliciously disposable information, and you have History without the Boring Bits.By turns bizarre, surprising, trivial, and enlightening, History without the Boring Bits offers rich pickings for the browser, and entertainment and inspiration aplenty for those who have grown weary of more conventional works of history.
Packed with quizzes, photos, and bone-chilling facts, this creepy chronicle investigates people and places doomed to disaster.
The Hit is the story of the downward spiral of Luke Carr, a Vietnam war veteran, and, at the time of the story's telling, mental patient at a V A hospital in Mississippi. In a series of notebooks written while holed up in his hospital room, Carr relates the tale of his downfall; a recounting of passion, betrayal, and the perfect crime gone wrong. Days before leaving to fight in the Vietnam War, Luke Carr lost the only woman he'd ever loved. He returns from the war to a solitary existence-his only company, a bird dog named Adel--keeping below the radar of a world that no longer makes much sense to him. Beneath this cover, Carr plans the perfect crime. He intends to steal the fabled art collection of his ex-lover's rich husband, a local grandee named Tom Morris. His scheme is fool-proof. Enter Kinnerly Morris, who rekindles an old passion in the dark mind of Luke Carr. An anonymous phone call asking him to carry out a "hit" sets off a series of events that are as unpredictable as they are deadly in this irresistible story about honor, loyalty, betrayal, and revenge.
Live the ultimate high. Pay the ultimate price. The shocking return to YA by the author of SMACK. A new drug is on the street. Everyone's buzzing about it. Take the hit. Live the most intense week of your life. Then die. It's the ultimate high at the ultimate price. Adam thinks it over. He's poor, and doesn't see that changing. Lizzie, his girlfriend, can't make up her mind about sleeping with him, so he can't get laid. His brother Jess is missing. And Manchester is in chaos, controlled by drug dealers and besieged by a group of homegrown terrorists who call themselves the Zealots. Wouldn't one amazing week be better than this endless, penniless misery? After Adam downs one of the Death pills, he's about to find out.
For years now Keller's had places to go and people to kill. But enough is enough. Just one more job--paid in advance--and he's going to retire. Waiting in Des Moines for the client's go-ahead, Keller's picking out stamps for his collection at a shop in Urbandale when somebody guns down the charismatic governor of Ohio. Back at his motel, Keller sees the killer's face broadcast on TV. A face he's seen quite often. Every morning. In the mirror. Keller calls his associate Dot in White Plains, but there's no answer. He's stranded halfway across the country, and every cop in America has just seen his picture. His ID and credit cards are no longer good, and he just spent almost all of his cash on the stamps. Now what?
Chip Fiske was a nimble, place-hitting specialist, but his short stature haunted him all the way up from the bush leagues. Now that he was big-time, he still threw his Sunday punch at the first wisecrack . . . and there were plenty of them, because this crowd liked big fellows and long-ball clouts. Then Kennie Willard came along-even more of a lone wolf than Chip. For Kennie was a Negro, the first in the League, and slated strictly for the benches. These two youngsters help each other to become really "big league"-in spirit and in action. You'll call HIT AND RUN one of the best baseball stories Duane Decker has ever written.
If no one meant for it to happen, should someone be guilty? Analise: She knows the roads and feels secure riding her bike. Laurie: When asked out by Quin, Laurie is happy. Then his car hits something. Later, Laurie realizes there is a way to get Quin to date her. Quin: Because Quin is athletically gifted, his father expects him to get a scholarship. Nothing is to get in his way of college, athletics, money, and success. When he realizes what has happened, he decides he must not let it ruin his future. Jeremy: It's been the perfect relationship with Analise. Little does Jeremy realize that the beautiful wood he carves will be used for something for Analise. As the lives of people who never wanted to hurt others intersect, harsh realities of choices that cannot be changed are explored. From the Hardcover edition.
HAS JANA LOST RANDY--FOR GOOD? Jana Morgan, Melanie Edwards, Beth Barry, Christie Winchell, Katie Shannon... they're The Fabulous Five. They started out as a club whose secret purpose was to keep up with snobby Taffy Sinclair. Now these five best friends are in the seventh grade--are they ready for the ups and downs of junior high? HIT AND RUN When Jana overhears Laura McCall talking in the hallway at school, she's convinced that Laura wants to steal her boyfriend, Randy Kirwan, away from her. And when she spots them together at Bumpers, it's the last straw! Angry and hurt and anxious to get away, Jana dashes out of the restaurant. She never sees the oncoming car as she blindly runs into the street. But Randy does, and as he pushes Jana out of the way, he is hit instead. Now they're both in the hospital, and Randy is in serious condition. Jana realizes she was wrong about Laura and Randy, but will it now be too late to tell him?
Nancy Drew's quest for the driver who mowed down Kim Baylor in broad daylight leads her into extreme danger and an encounter with a murderer.
Mike lost his mother in a hit-and-run case. When things take a turn, he starts to wonder about his mother's case. With the help of Riel, an ex-cop, Mike starts to uncover things that he shouldn't really know and it leads him into lots of trouble ...
"Hello?" More crackling. And then a sound like a gasp, a dry gust of wind. "You can't run away." The voice wasn't a whisper. It was a breeze. A burst of air. A burst of foul air. "You can't run away." And then the line went dead ... Out on the road helping Eddie practice for his driving test, Scott, Winks, and Cassie are horrified when Eddie accidentally hits and kills a pedestrian, and the four friends are soon keeping a terrible secret.
In his second riveting political thriller, the author of The Greater Goodpits an ordinary man against the nation's most influential power brokers in a struggle to save his son, who's being framed for murder. Steven Adler had the world at his feet. A junior at Harvard, he had far surpassed the hopes and dreams of his working-class Oklahoma family. But all of that ends one foggy night while driving to Boston from New York when his best friend, Nick Calevetti-the golden child of one of America's richest families- commits a gruesome crime and maliciously points the finger at Steven. Allan Adler knows his son, and he knows he's innocent. Bereft of the money that could get Steven effective legal counsel, he embarks upon a desperate mission to save his son from a murder conviction-an odyssey that will thrust him into the highest echelons of Washington politics. His weapon of choice: blackmail. Twenty years ago, Allan had been the chauffeur for a Pentagon official named Getty Fairfield and had been privy to Fairfield's affair with a sexy Russian spy. Now, as Fairfield becomes the president's choice for chief justice of the Supreme Court, Allan is determined to leverage his knowledge of the past to save his son's future. But other forces are at work-specifically, two giant software corporations whose monopoly trial has come before the Supreme Court. And as they bribe, steal, murder, and manipulate their way into influencing the chief justice vacancy, Allan finds himself caught in a cross fire that could cost him much more than he'd bargained for. A page-turner right through to its explosive conclusion, Hit and Run is a gripping story of political corruption, the vulnerability of those at the peak of wealth and power, and the lengths a father will go to save his child.
Barry McGee, hit-away batter for the Peach Street Mudders, enjoys winning so much that he has a tendency to bend the rules; then the dirty tactics of the pitcher on a rival team give him a new perspective on sports ethics.
Hit by a Farm is a hilarious and engaging recounting of two women's trials of "getting back to the land." It is also a coming-of-age story of a middle-aged woman trying to cross the divide between who she is and who she wants to be, and the story of a couple who say "goodbye to city life" - and learn more than they ever bargained for about love, land, and the animals that win their hearts.
Without Lou Pearlman, there would have been no Backstreet Boys, no *NSYNC, and possibly no Justin Timberlake. In the late 1990s, Pearlman's boy bands ushered out guitar-and-angst-driven grunge music, and *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys began to dominate the television and radio airwaves. At the core of this squeaky-clean pop revolution was a sinister international fraud conceived by Pearlman, a husky huckster who first honed his crooked business skills as a teenage math nerd and blimp enthusiast in Flushing, Queens. From there in the mid 1980s and from his Orlando, Florida, base in the early 1990s through 2007, he cheated hundreds of investors out of nearly $500 million. When they finally caught on to him and started demanding he return their money, the "Sixth Backstreet Boy" had already fled to Germany and then to Indonesia, where he was eventually nabbed by authorities and charged with a historic federal fraud. Tyler Gray (the only journalist to speak with Pearlman while he was in jail) weaves together the fascinating behind-the-scenes story of the greed and desperation of this boy-band mogul and monumental scam artist. Gray unravels Pearlman's twenty-year long Ponzi scheme and explores persistent rumors about alleged inappropriate behavior by Pearlman toward members of the boy bands and other young men. Along the way, former friends, family members, Pearlman business associates, and band members themselves reveal detailed accounts of everything from the heyday of their stardom to Pearlman's more troubled times. The Hit Charade starts with Pearlman's awkward youth and follows along as his juggling act becomes increasingly complex, then builds to the heartbreaking moments when investors--retirees, relatives, and friends--and government authorities discover that the man they had trusted had been cheating them all along. How did this chubby boy from middle-class Queens, who pioneered some of the music industry's most lucrative pop ensembles, mastermind one of the largest and longest running Ponzi schemes in U.S. history? Here, finally, is the true story of Lou Pearlman's epic rise and fall.
In 1997, amid Aerosmith's sold-out world tour and number one album release, word about Joey's troubles was reported in the press.Despite the advice he had received to play it down, Joey revealed in an interview his ongoing struggles with depression. The response from fans and people battling those same internal demons was overwhelming. Joey-who has been the drummer in Aerosmith since it was founded in 1970 and is the first member of the band to release his own book-now tells the complete story: the early days of the band, glamorous drug-addled events leading up to their eventual sobriety, battles within his family and among bandmates, and the explosive internal dynamics in Aerosmith that continue to unleash a fury of endless creativity. This is not just another rock 'n' roll memoir. In addition to the never-before-told Aerosmith war stories that abound in the book, Hit Hard unpacks the history of a rock star who was both fragile and tough, who after years of insane wildness became willing to accept help and finally kick a serious alcohol and drug addiction, only to find that the real terrors and hard work were still ahead. It's the story of an average kid from an average American suburb who went through physical and emotional trauma. It's about years of depression and the nervous breakdown at the height of the band's comeback success. Ultimately, Hit Hard is about how Joey recognized his confusion between love and abuse, awakening to the kind of self-acceptance and compassion that make relationships possible in the "real world" as a member of the biggest band in American history.
Keller is your basic urban Lonely Guy.He makes a decent wage, lives in a nice apartment.Works the crossword puzzle. Watches a little TV. Until the phone rings and he packs a suitcase, gets on a plane, flies halfway across the country...and kills somebody. It's a living. But is it a life? Keller's not sure. He goes to a shrink, but it doesn't work out the way he planned. He gets a dog, he gets a girlfriend. He gets along.
A shy, bright, classy young man Kelly meets a beautiful celebrity Maggie, and cheerfully improbable things begin to occur.
Hit Men is the shocking, highly controversial expose of the venality, greed, and corruption of many of the assorted kingpins and hustlers who rule over the music industry. "A sobering, blunt, and unusually well-observed depiction of the sometimes sordid inner workings of the music business."--Billboard. 4 pages of photographs.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Keller is friendly. Industrious. A bit lonely, sometimes. If it wasn't for the fact that he kills people for a living, he'd be just your average Joe. The inconvenient wife, the troublesome sports star, the greedy business partner, the vicious dog, he'll take care of them all, quietly and efficiently. If the price is right. Like the rest of us, Keller's starting to worry about his retirement. After all, he's not getting any younger. (His victims, on the other hand, aren't getting any older.) So he contacts his "booking agent," Dot, up in White Plains, and tells her to keep the hits coming. He'll take any job, anywhere. His nest egg needs fattening up. Of course, being less choosy means taking greater risks--and that could buy Keller some big trouble. Then again, in this game, there are plenty of opportunities for some inventive improvisation . . . and a determined self-motivator can make a killing.
What's worse than spam, more dangerous than cyber sex, and scarier than getting a computer virus? An Instant Message from the guy who got away ten years ago... grayscale: amber fleece? is that you? foreveramber: OMG. Am I dreaming? grayscale: it's me, toots. amazing how many people this classreunion.com thing unearthed. foreveramber: Sort of like worms. What happens when a randomly accessed memory changes from a harmless Google to rekindled love? Someone has to draw the line between adultery and e-dultery... to: wonderwoman from: tmark Hey gorgeous. I'm back in the halls of the old workplace. to: tmark from: wonderwoman Just when I thought it was safe to go on line... to: wonderwoman from: tmark I think of you every time I pass the video closet...remember? to: tmark from: wonderwoman Sorry, Tom, I've gone down the mommy track and not even you can derail me. (I hope.) Hit Reply is what happens when female friends turn to former lovers -- and each other -- to find fulfillment. foreveramber: I'm 28, in advertising, single, and you know what I need the most? wonderwoman: You need the strength of character to survive corporate politics, the confidence to believe in your inner beauty, and a trip to the Borghese counter. foreveramber: Nah. I need a guy who looks like Brad Pitt.
This is Mickey's first year at Grandview High. After transferring, all he wants to do is keep his head down, work hard and fit in with the upscale crowd. He is approached, because of his tough reputation, to join a group of students to take back the school from the bullies. Mickey finds himself caught up in a shadowy world of violence and retribution. When their planned payback goes horribly wrong, Mickey is forced to acknowledge the thin line between victim and victimizer.
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