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A remarkable compendium of the worst military decisions and the men who made them. The annals of history are littered with horribly bad military leaders. These combat incompetents found amazing ways to ensure their army's defeat. Whether it was a lack of proper planning, miscalculation, ego, bad luck, or just plain stupidity, certain wartime stratagems should never have left the drawing board. Written with wit, intelligence, and eminent readability, How to Lose a Battle pays dubious homage to these momentous and bloody blunders, including: Cannae, 216 B.C.: the bumbling Romans lose 80,000 troops to Hannibal's forces. The Second Crusade: an entire Christian army is slaughtered when it stops for a drink of water. The Battle of Britain: Hitler's dreaded Luftwaffe blows it big-time. Pearl Harbor: more than one warning of the impending attack is there, but nobody listens. How to Lose a Battle includes more than thirty-five chapters worth of astonishing (and avoidable) disasters, both infamous and obscure -- a treasure trove of trivia, history, and jaw-dropping facts about the most costly military missteps ever taken.
He saved her life. . . When Annalise Hadley is tossed over the side of her honeymoon barge, the newly minted duchess knows shes been left for dead--for her husbands only interest is in her vast dowry, not her muddied lineage. However, she didnt count on a savior. Especially not an honorable, sinfully intriguing earl who will tempt her to risk everything--again. Now he will seduce her heart and soul. A man with his own demons, Owen Crawford, the reclusive Earl of McDowell, is enchanted by the mysterious, courageous woman he rescued. He will help her heal, teach her to protect herself, and then send her away--so that shell never see hes far from the hero she believes him to be. But days and nights alone prove that some secrets are meant to be discovered. . . some desires are too powerful to resist. . . and some wounds can be healed only by love.
An engrossing compendium of high-seas military disasters From the days of the Spanish Armada to the modern age of aircraft carriers, battles have been bungled just as badly on water as they have been on land. Some blunders were the result of insufficient planning, overinflated egos, espionage, or miscalculations; others were caused by ideas that didn't hold water in the first place. In glorious detail, here are thirty-three of history's worst maritime mishaps, including: The British Royal Navy's misguided attempts to play it safe during the American Revolution The short life and death of the Imperial Japanese Navy The scuttling of the Graf Spee by a far inferior force The sinking of the Nazi megaship Bismarck "Remember the Maine!"--the lies that started the Spanish-American War Admiral Nelson losing track of Napoleon but redeeming himself at the Nile The ANZAC disaster at Gallipoli Germany's failed WWII campaign in the North Atlantic Kennedy's quarantine of Cuba Chock-full of amazing facts and hilarious trivia, How to Lose a War at Sea is the most complete volume of nautical failures ever assembled.
From the Crusades to the modern age of chemical warfare and smart bombs, history is littered with truly disastrous military campaigns. How to Lose a War chronicles some of the most remarkable strategic catastrophes and doomed military adventures of overreaching invaders and clueless defenders--whether the failure was a result of poor planning, miscalculations, monumental ego, or failed intelligence . . . or just a really stupid idea to begin with. Alexander invades India--and ends up in deep vindaloo. Sacre bleu! The French are humiliated by Prussia in 1870. spain's "invincible navy" breaks up off the coast of britain while attempting an invasion. the mau mau rebellion against the british in kenya shows us how not to run an insurgency. Chiang Kai-Shek's pathetic army fails to keep Mao's Communists from grabbing China.
His internal computers are offline, his former employers want him dead and the Men in Black are after him. Without his cyberpowers, Reef is as weak as a lowly Earthling. He's tried to kill every human he's met-so why on Earth would they help him?Evie Holloway needs a bodyguard! Her fledgling chocolate business is mistaken as a money-laundering scheme for the mob and the bullets have started flying. But does the suburban soccer mom really want to shelter the alien hit man who almost offed her future brother-in-law?She is desperate, and Reef is incredibly sexy. "Ten days," she tells him-but it turns out that ten days just might be long enough to spark a love that's truly out of this world.
Jonathan, Sam, Schulz, and Eric usually spend their summers hanging out at the park, skateboarding and dreaming about the time when they'll finally move out of the suburbs. But in the summer of 1994, the four teenagers find a small fortune hidden inside an abandoned house. What starts out as a blessing soon turns into a curse, however, as stress, drugs, and dwindling funds raise some serious questions about the future. Eighteen years later Jonathan returns to that life-changing summer to tally up the cost of that discovery, exploring how a broken dream led to a totally renewed sense of purpose.
A journalist who has been fired from a succession of prestigious newspapers and magazines recounts five years of his life during which he was cast out of numerous jobs, social hangouts, and organizations in his quest to find himself.
A fascinating and fact-filled collection of the greatest and dumbest missteps of America's bloodiest conflict. For four years in the middle of the nineteenth century, brother fought brother on American soil. No American war ever had higher stakes than, or changed a nation as profoundly as, the terrible conflict between the Union and the Confederacy. A dark historical panorama populated by a remarkable cast of colorful characters, the War Between the States was indelibly marked by both brilliant military maneuvers and mind-boggling battlefield blunders that gravely threatened the continuation of the American Experiment. With suitable irreverence, Bill Fawcett chronicles the unbelievably disastrous decisions made by both sides in this monumental clash, including: The Second Battle of Bull Run, where Robert E. Lee looks smart beating a remarkably stupid general; How the Union's shortsighted Colonel James Ripley's bad decision arms the Confederate Army better than his own; Lincoln's roller-coaster search for competent commanders, a long-running dark comedy of tragic errors; A golden opportunity squandered: General Lee fails to exploit a vulnerable Union and capture Washington, D.C.; Pickett's disastrous charge and the many, many Confederate command failures at Gettysburg; Lincoln's contentious draft policy that nearly burns New York City to the ground; and more.
An engrossing and fact-filled collection of the great screwups of the Great War. Never had there been a war on the scale of World War II--a global conflict so widespread and involving so many different military organizations from such a diverse pool of combatant countries that the consequences of every decision, both the brilliant and the bad, were multiplied one hundredfold. Bill Fawcett, popular chronicler of monumental military mistakes and truly boneheaded battlefield blunders now looks closely at the historic errors that ultimately determined the course of post-WWII history. A cornucopia of catastrophic missteps, including: An unprepared Poland is caught napping as the Nazis storm in virtually unopposed; Germany misses a golden opportunity to take Britain out of the war at Dunkirk; Russia plays Goliath to Finland's David; Four valuable months are wasted as Allied forces sit trapped on the beaches of Anzio; Germany squanders its costly development of jet power; The secret 1942 battle Marshal Zhukov lost, along with half a million soldiers; Battles lost that should have been won, including Moscow, Stalingrad, and D-Day.
As he sheds light on the hidden emotional psychological recesses of the black man's inner world, Dr. Elmore provides down-to-earth advice and real-life anecdotes drawn from his seminars and radio call-in shows to show women how to create the fulfilling relationship each partner wants and deserves.
Hot Chick: A confident, passionate, honest woman. . . . You want to be around her to soak up those good vibes. The duo that taught you to embrace your body and indulge without guilt in How to Eat Like a Hot Chick is back to remind you of something that will transform your love life forever-you are a Hot Chick! With their feisty humor and uplifting message, Jodi Lipper and Cerina Vincent will help you figure out what you want, how to get it, and why you shouldn't settle for anything less. Most important, they'll make the entire process a lot more fun with their advice on the hidden joys of being single, how to send out magical Hot Chick vibes and interpret your date's vibes, falling in love without freaking out, tactful dumping procedures, survival techniques for heart-wrenching breakups, and much more. Whether you're single, dating, in a relationship, or so confused you don't know what your status even is, How to Love Like a Hot Chick will have you laughing your way through dating and relationship issues and tackling them like the sexy, fabulous woman you deserve to be.
Eric Asimov, the acclaimed chief wine critic for the New York Times, has written a beautiful and thought-provoking combination memoir and manifesto, How to Love Wine. With charm, wit, and intelligence, Asimov tells how he went from writing beer reviews for his high school newspaper on Long Island to the most coveted job in the industry. He evaluates the current wine culture, discussing trends both interesting and alarming, and celebrates the extraordinary pleasures of wine while, at the same time, questioning the conventional wisdom about wine. Whether you're a connoisseur or a novice, already love wine or want to know it better, How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto is the book for you.
When nomad artist and free spirit Dan Price began jotting down his musings in the form of whimsical drawings and inspired prose, he hardly could have imagined that his self-published journal-zine, the MOONLIGHT CHRONICLES, would earn him a cult following across the country. Now in its twentieth edition, the MOONLIGHT CHRONICLES has brought Dan's creed of "truth, beauty, and really big sabbaticals from the convention of life" to thousands across the countryWith such a following, Dan figured it was time to collect his offbeat observations into book form in hopes of inspiring other would-be journal writers to take pen, camera, and brush in hand. As Dan is fond of noting "Seems there's tons of empty journal books, but not too many on how to fill 'em up!" In HOW TO MAKE A JOURNAL, Dan answers the call, teaching readers how to tap into those pent-up creative juices and collect their life experiences on paper.From the Trade Paperback edition.
In this funny, fact-filled book, author James M. Deem takes readers on a mummy-discovery tour that spans centuries and continents. He explains exactly what mummies are, how they are created, where they have been found, how scientists investigate them, and what they tell us about the people who lived long ago.
7 sets of quilting instructions bind together the stories of the members of a quilting group in central California
A beautiful novel that captures the aching of a teenager ready to heal. It's dawn, on an empty road in the countryside. Empty, except for the girl in the long, red evening gown, standing next to a bicycle, and looking back at the home she's about to leave. Mannie's ready to start a new life and forget the terrible things that have happened here, but there are questions that need to be answered before she can let go. Questions about her elegant but unstable mother, her brother who's always overshadowed her, and his friend Harry Jacob, who just might be Mannie's boyfriend . . .
Smiley, a political commentator and talk-show host on the BET television network, has gathered 28 brief essays from prominent African-American writers, academics, politicians, and celebrities, who pick apart issues such as affirmative action, crime, political power, economic independence, and race relations. These are sandwiched between Smiley's "Ten Challenges to Black America" and excerpts from a panel discussion, held in Los Angeles before the 2000 Democratic National Convention, with Magic Johnson, Johnetta Cole, Cornel West, Maxine Waters, Jesse Jackson, and other speakers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
How to make choices now that you won't regret later. You may be wondering how you ended up where you are, whether your life would have been better if you had made different decisions along the way. Or maybe your current situation is great, but you're facing some difficult choices. God wants to help you. Every day you and I are faced with innumerable decisions, some of which have the potential to change the course of our lives forever. Certain avenues open to us are marked with hidden pitfalls or lead in harmful directions. And in some instances the wrong choice can even bring death. Where do you go for direction? What do you do when faced with temptation? How do you decide what choices to make? This study answers those questions by exploring the role of Scripture and the Holy Spirit in the process, as well as examining the decision-making of people such as David, Josiah, Eve, and Jesus. As a result, my friend, I pray you will be equipped to make choices that bring honor to God and peace to your heart. --Kay Arthur The 40-Minute Bible Studies tackle vital issues in short, easy-to-grasp lessons for personal or group use-with no homework required.
Every day we work with others to solve problems and make decisions, but the experience is often stressful, frustrating, and inefficient. In How to Make Collaboration Work, David Straus, a pioneer in the field of group problem solving, introduces five principles of collaboration that have been proven successful time and again in nearly every conceivable setting. Straus draws on his thirty years of personal and professional experience to show how these principles have been applied by organizations as diverse as Ford Motor Company, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Harvard Business School Publishing, Boston Public Schools, Kaiser Permanente, the city of Denver, and many others. How to Make Collaboration Work shows how collaboration can become a joy rather than a chore-a kind of chemical reaction that releases far more energy than it consumes.
How to Make Collaboration Work: Powerful Ways to Build Consensus, Solve Problems, and Make Decisionsby David Straus
Every day we must work with others to solve problems and make decisions. Yet these efforts at collaboration often leave us frustrated, angry and exhausted, and end up taking too much time.
Renowned psychotherapist and career counselor Linda Buzzell is the expert in knowing how to create and develop a career in Hollywood. With this book, she shows you how to look at your personality, your strengths, your weaknesses, your special skills, and your talents in order to target your personal goals and maximize your career success. She then explains all the jobs in Hollywood and how to find them, get them, and advance through each stage in your career. How To Make It in Hollywood includes everything you need to know about agents, managers, lawyers, the casting couch, chutzpah, schmoozing, networking, Godfather Calls, rhino skin, Power Rolodexes, handling rejection, constant unemployment, and keeping yourself on the track to your dreams when real life keeps telling you to give it all up and move back to Cincinnati!
How to Make It in the New Music Business leads both novice and professional musicians into today's digital world, helping them to take complete control over all aspects of their music, from writing and performing to recording and selling. Motivating readers to live their dreams, author Robert Wolff shows how anyone can set up and run their own music business and become a highly successful businessman or businesswoman; record major label quality music in their home, aided by tips from music professionals; broadcast that music over their own web site and radio station to a potential audience of over 500 million people via the world wide web; and do it without a major record label's support. Divided into lessons, the book focuses on such key areas of interest as: * Lesson One: Old School vs. New Reality: The Digital Revolution Levels the Playing Field * Lesson Two: Radio & Records: Learning How to Play the Game * Lesson Three: The Illusion of Needing a Record Deal: Courtney Love's Real World Wake-Up Call * Lesson Four: A View from Both Sides of the Fence: Steve Lukather on What's Right & What's Wrong with the Music Business * Lesson Five: Building Your A Team: Who You Need and Who You Don't * Lesson Six: It's All about the Song: Advice & Inspiration from Diane Warren * Lesson Seven: Developing Your Sound: Advice from Bob Bradshaw * Lesson Eight: Finding the Best Recording & Creating Platform for You: Using What the Pros Use * Lesson Nine: Mixing Your Music: Advice from Bob Clearmountain * Lesson Ten: Mastering Your Music: Advice from Bob Ludwig * Lesson Eleven: Launching the Business of "You, Inc"; Powerful Business Strategies That You Too Can Use * Lesson Twelve: Real World New Music Boot Camp: What You Need to Know About Copyrights, Music Publishing, & Licensing * Lesson Thirteen: Premiering Your Music to Listeners All Over the World: Three Steps to Broadcasting & Selling Your Music to a Global Audience The book also includes interviews with some major names in the music business, including Grammy-winning guitarist and composer Steve Lukather, Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren, guitar/sound system designer Bob Bradshaw, legendary engineer/producer/record mixer Bob Clearmountain, and sound mixer/masterer Bob Ludwig. How to Make It in the New Music Business is the any person's how-to, offering step-by-step advice to making it in the music business in one's own way, on own's own terms.
How to Make Love Like a Porn Star, the mega-bestselling memoir, triumphant survival story, and cautionary tale that spent over six weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and rocketed adult film icon Jenna Jameson into the mainstream spotlight, is now in paperback and ebook for the very first time. Her unforgettable memoir, written with master storyteller Neil Strauss, is many things at once: a shocking sexual history; an insider's guide to the secret workings of the billion-dollar adult-film industry; and a gripping thriller that probes deep into Jameson's dark past. With never-before-seen photographs from Jenna's private collection, exclusive photos taken for this book, and original cartoon strips, this memoir is an unparalleled exploration of sexual freedom. In the underbelly of Las Vegas, a cesspool of warring biker gangs and seedy strip clubs, gawky, brace-faced Jenna Massoli was transformed into the bombshell Jenna Jameson. Today, Jenna is the biggest star in the history of adult movies, consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful women alive. But behind the glamour and the meteoric rise to fame was a path paved with tragedy and heartbreak. As a teenager-drawn into a dark and chaotic world where rape, abuse, and murder were commonplace-Jenna began her rapid downward spiral of addiction and degradation . . . while at the same time becoming the porn world's biggest crossover success story.
ASK ANY MAN. If you can get him to admit it, he'll probably tell you that he would like to be made love to almost as much as being a good lover. In the past, it is the man who has been responsible for not only the lovemaking, but the romance: candlelight, flowers, music, and tenderness. HOW TO MAKE LOVE TO A MAN, a classic best-seller, is the first book to focus on men's sexual and emotional needs, and to talk to today's woman who would like to be an active partner but doesn't quite know how. More than a manual for having sex (though it is that too), this is a guide to the art of making love. The author, after interviewing doctors, sex therapists, women, and most important, more than 200 men, has been able to understand men's deepest emotional needs. The author discusses what men find sexy in a woman; how to show a man that you are interested, how to get a man to share his emotional and sexual needs, how to enhance sex through a massage, touching, and improved timing, and much more. Whether married or single, the reader will gain new insight on making "whole" love--developing the attitude and the understanding that make the love act complete and meaningful.
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