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In Living Ideology in Cuba, Katherine Gordy demonstrates how the Cuban state and its people engage in an ongoing negotiation that produces a "living ideology. " In contrast to official slogans and fiats, Cuba's living ideology is a decentralized phenomenon, continually adapting, informing, and responding to daily life, without losing sight of the fundamental national principles of socioeconomic equality, unified leadership, and inclusive nationalism. Tracing Cuba's ideological history, Gordy first looks at the ways in which the 19th century wars of independence and the 1959 revolution were used as the basis for both challenging and legitimizing Cuban socialism. Following the embrace of a pure socialist ideology in the 1960s, state policies of the 1970s became more accommodating of market imperatives, while still holding on to the principles articulated by Che Guevara and Karl Marx. In the 1990s, the Cuban people themselves pushed back against further economic reforms, reasserting the value of socioeconomic equality. Gordy also examines ideological debates among intellectuals, from the controversy sparked by Fidel Castro's "Words to the Intellectuals" speech to the demand in the 1990s for a separation between academia and the state--not to safeguard academia from politics, but to ensure that academics as such could contribute to the political dialogue.
A #1 New York Times bestseller: A visionary analysis of the degradation of our public sphere and its consequences for our democracy Nobel Peace Prize winner, bestselling author, activist, and political icon, Al Gore has become one of the most respected and influential public intellectuals in America today. The Assault on Reason takes an unprecedented look at how faith in the power of reason?the idea that citizens can govern themselves through rational debate?is now under assault. The marketplace of ideas, once open to everyone through the printed word, has been corrupted by the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith. By leading us to an understanding of what we can do to restore the rule of reason, Gore has written a farsighted and powerful manifesto for clear thinking. .
A visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith have combined with the degradation of the public sphere to create an environment hostile to reason
Our climate crisis may appear to be happening slowly but in fact it is happening very quickly, and has become a true planetary emergency.
It is now abundantly clear that we have at our fingertips all of the tools we need to solve the climate crisis. The only missing ingredient is collective will. Properly understood, the climate crisis is an unparalleled opportunity to finally and effectively address many persistent causes of suffering and misery that have long been neglected, and to transform the prospects of future generations, giving them a chance to live healthier, more prosperous lives as they continue their pursuit of happiness. Our Choice gathers in one place all of the most effective solutions that are available now and that, together, will solve this crisis. It is meant to depoliticize the issue as much as possible and inspire readers to take action - not only on an individual basis but as participants in the political processes by which every country, and the world as a whole, makes the choice that now confronts us. There is an old African proverb that says, "If you want to go quickly, go alone; if you want to go far, go together." We have to go far, quickly. We can solve the climate crisis. It will be hard, to be sure, but if we can make the choice to solve it, I have no doubt whatsoever that we can and will succeed. - Al Gore, from the introduction.
This may come as a shock, but brilliant writing and clever wordplay do not a published author make. True, you'll actually have to write if you want to be a writer, but ultimately literary success is about much more than putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys). Before you snap your pencil in half with frustration, please consider the advice writer, teacher, and self-made lit star Ariel Gore offers in this useful guide to realizing your literary dreams. If you find yourself writing when you should be sleeping and scribbling notes on odd pieces of paper at every stoplight, you might as well enjoy the fruits of your labor. How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Deadis an irreverent yet practical guide that combines solid writing advice with guerrilla marketing and promotion techniques guaranteed to launch you into print--and into the limelight. You'll learn how to: * Reimagine yourself as a buzz-worthy artist and entrepreneur * Get your work and your name out in the world where other people can read it * Be an anthology slut and a brazen self-promoter * Apply real-world advice and experience from lit stars like Dave Barry, Susie Bright, and Dave Eggers to your own career Cheaper than an M. F. A. but just as informative,How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Deadis your catapult to lit stardom. Just don't forget to thank Ariel Gore for her inspiring, hands-on plan in the acknowledgments page of your first novel!
Chris Gore's Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide: The Essential Companion for Filmmakers and Festival-Goers (Fourth Edition)by Chris Gore
The guerrilla guide to marketing and selling an indie film. Some people are just there for the loot bags. But most of the people at a film festival are trying to market and sell an independent film. Don't be just one of the horde. Use Chris Gore's Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide to help your indie film stand out! Entertainment Weekly loves Gore's book, calling it a "treatise on schmoozing, bullying, and otherwise weaseling one's way into the cinematic madness known as film festivals." The newly revised and updated fourth edition includes full listings for more than 1,000 film festivals, with complete tips and contact information, plus in-depth analysis of the Big Ten festivals. With detailed, fresh how-tos for marketing, distributing, and selling a film and using websites to build buzz, plus interviews with top festival filmmakers, step-by-steps on what to do after your film gets accepted, and explanations of how to distribute a film, Chris Gore's guide tells filmmakers exactly how to become a player in the indie world. Chris Gore's Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide includes complete listings for more than 1,000 festivals--find the best for indie, documentary, short, student, digital, and animation, and a CD-ROM!
Offering candid, heartfelt, and inspiring stories of 40 diverse individuals who have been affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), this compilation creates a connection that is vital to those dealing with the mysterious and difficult symptoms of this nerve condition. With 10,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States each year and its causes still not fully understood, these stories of personal experience act as a support group by offering advice and encouragement and creating a sense of community. The collection also features current medical information by noted experts in the fields of MS research and treatment. The resource section is packed with organizations offering hope and help for those with MS and their families and friends.
A terrorist bombing in Asia . . . A dead FBI agent in Marseilles . . . Bank accounts linked to a genius finance professor in Boston . . . Can investigator Graham Gage make the connection before his world collapses? Days after failing to arrive for a secret meeting with the Federal Reserve chairman, FBI agent Michael Hennessy's body is found at the base of a cliff. But was it suicide or murder? A call from the chairman sends Gage hunting for the truth. As a desperately ill U.S. president prepares to hand over power to his vice president-a man in the thrall of religious extremists-Gage follows a trail of deceit and terror to a conspiracy that threatens to plummet the world into chaos. But for Gage, there is even more at stake. His wife is trapped between an uprising in Central China and the ruthless Chinese government. And unless Gage exposes the greatest treachery of our age before the clock counts down, Faith will die.
Mt. Shasta is far from the San Francisco sidewalk on which Harlan Donnally's life nearly ended in a crossfire- But all too close to a decades-old secret that will force him into another. The former detective swore he'd never play anyone's postman. But a dying friend's plea takes Donnally bearing a letter alive with tragedy toward a sister long dead-the victim of the bizarre criminality of a counterculture that had lost its way. Stunned to learn that her killer was never prosecuted, Donnally soon finds himself in battle against a broken justice system and on a trail of evil into a dangerous borderland in which the falsely pious and the wealthy abuse the young and the poor. And though each step takes him farther down a perilous path that wrenches him between his inner demons and his mission to redeem a brother's love, he won't stop until he knows the truth. For Donnally made a promise to a dead man, and he'll keep it-or die trying.
Betrayal wounds. Revenge destroys. Over three decades, Hamlins practice devolved into just another racket: intimidating witnesses, suborning perjury, destroying evidence, laundering money. But is he the victim of murder--or of a dangerous sexual encounter gone wrong? And when law enforcement believes justice has already been done, who can be trusted to find out?Once again in the city where his career came to a shattering end, former detective Harlan Donnally resolved it wouldnt be him. He had no desire to immerse himself in the deceit that was Hamlins career . . . nor entangle himself in the corrupted loyalties that turned the dead lawyers associates into both co-conspirators and suspects . . . nor make himself the proxy for the hatreds and betrayals Hamlin left behind. But the presiding judge demanded otherwise--and that might cost Donnally his life.
A man lies unconscious in a hospital bed, the victim of a violent assault the police are calling "road rage." If he recovers, prosecutors are waiting to indict him for conspiracy, eager to send him to prison for the rest of his life. And he's the lucky one . . . Private investigator Graham Gage believes the injured man-his closest friend Jack Burch-had no part in the ever-widening criminal conspiracy surrounding the collapse of defense contractor SatTek Industries. But Gage's search for the truth is rocketing him to hot spots around the globe-and dragging him into a deadly morass of lies, greed, and terror alongside traitors, killers, and international gangsters. As the plot slowly unravels the body count soars, and Gage finds himself in an impossible race to prevent the unimaginable. Because the first target was his friend . . . but the final target is his country.
They call it pulling the trigger.Not by a killer in the night, but by a judge on the bench.Twenty years ago, Judge Ray McMullin proved to the people of San Francisco that he could pull that trigger by sentencing Israel Dominguez to death for a gangland murder. But it meant suppressing his own doubts about whether the punishment really did fit the crime. Now, as the execution date nears, the conscience-wracked judge confesses his unease to former homicide detective Harlan Donnally on a riverbank in far Northern California. And after immersing himself in the Norteño and Sureño gang wars, which left trails of bullets and blood crisscrossing the state, and in the betrayals of both cops and crooks alike, Donnally is forced to question not only whether the penalty was undeserved but the conviction itself.Soon those doubts and questions double back, for in the aging judge's panic, in his lapses of memory and his confusions, Donnally begins to wonder whether he's chasing the facts of the case or just phantoms of a failing mind. But there's no turning back, for the edge of night is fast closing in on Dominguez, on McMullin, and on Donnally himself.
Graham Gage is back! The private investigator with an unfailing moral compass--whom Cornelia Read, author of The Crazy School, calls a "James Bond for grown-ups"--returns in Power Blind, another high-stakes political thriller from Steven Gore. The murder of a "fixer" for the wealthy and corrupt puts Gage on the trail of a conspiracy that threatens American democracy, an all-too-real nightmare deep-rooted in the heart of the federal government. Aside from superior writing, what sets this page-turning adventurer from the author of Final Target, Absolute Risk, and Act of Deceit apart from other edge-of-the-seat thrillers is the intelligence and astonishing authenticity author Gore--himself a former private investigator trained in forensic science--adds to the story. If you are blind to the corrupt inner workings of those in power in Washington, D.C., Power Blind will open your eyes.
From the author of Final Target and Power Blind comes the fourth book in the high stakes thriller series featuring private investigator Graham Gage.For over thirty years Graham Gage has faced down enemies both near and far, but now he faces one from within.Diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, Gage must delay treatment in order to repay the woman who saved his life in San Francisco's Chinatown thirty years earlier when he was homicide detective. She has come out of hiding after her troubled teenage son was ensnared and killed in a multimillion dollar microchip robbery executed by the United Bamboo Triad.With the FBI straight-jacketed and despite his plaguing symptoms, Gage heads to Hong Kong, then on to Thailand, and finally to China to untangle a fast moving and brilliantly orchestrated deal bartering the chips for a billion dollars of China White heroin. Racing ahead of the disease, he puts in place a scheme to tie the conspiracy directly to the US-based godfather behind her son's death.With his plan in place, Gage returns to the US, hands off the case to the FBI and begins a highly toxic treatment, but is soon drawn into a deadly confrontation with the godfather himself.An electrifying, harrowing thriller, White Ghost, will leave readers hanging in suspense until the final shocking moments.
This timely volume addresses the intimate pathophysiologic relationship between hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Hypertension is one of the most important global public health challenges, and its relationship to stroke and other catastrophic cerebrovascular diseases is an area of growing understanding. In this outstanding book, the editors and authors clearly and concisely synthesize our developing knowledge and place epidemiologic and physiologic information into a practical clinical context. Comprehensive chapters present the evidence supporting strategies for stroke prevention and care, including blood pressure lowering therapies, anti-coagulation, and management of other cerebrovascular risk factors. In addition to prescriptive measures for first stroke prevention, the book illuminates current regimens for care immediately after acute stroke and for the prevention of recurrent stroke. A unique section is dedicated to the exploration of the interaction between elevated blood pressure and brain function and cognition. The concluding chapter provides a resource towards optimizing the organization of stroke care. Hypertension and Stroke is of great utility for specialists in neurology and cardiovascular medicine and a valuable practical resource for all physicians caring for older adults and hypertensive patients.
Group Coaching is a practical guide to developing effective group coaching practice to develop and grow talent.Based on over 40 years of HR, consulting and coaching practical experience, it provides a framework of best practice supported by a range of tried and tested group exercises and tools.With tools and case studies throughout it will provide everything you need to run successful group coaching sessions effectively and develop group coaching as a way of liberating talent throughout any organisation.
This fully revised, 3rd edition of 50 Top Tools for Coaching will equip you with the techniques you need to comfortably face every coaching situation and know that you are prepared to do the best for your client. Learn how to assess the needs of your clients, select the right tools to use to match the circumstances and deliver effective coaching with confidence. A complete resource for both in-house and external coaches, the book covers all the key areas from the start of an assignment to its finish, including: setting up and managing the coaching relationship; understanding and resolving problems and conflict; increasing your client's confidence and enhancing their performance; communication and influence and developing a leadership style.
How to Create a Coaching Culture is a practical guide to developing an effective, efficient coaching culture in your organization. It demonstrates how to empower your workforce to achieve higher performance and greater business results. Specifically tailored to practitioner needs it offers an overview of coaching practice and aligns it clearly with organizational and HR strategy and objectives. Using a combination of practical tools, assessments, scenarios and case studies from best practice it will build your fundamental knowledge and equip you to take action by planning, pitching, and building a scheme. It also offers a complete framework for evaluating benefits and measuring return on investment.
The new millennium dawned quietly, defying modern-day prophets of apocalypse. Yet for countless believers around the globe - Christians, Jews and Muslims -- anticipation that the world is about to end burns more intensely than ever. God's kingdom is near, they believe, and the key to salvation is Jerusalem's Temple Mount, -- the most sacred and contested real estate on earth. In The End of Days, leading Israeli journalist Gershom Gorenberg portrays how such faith has fueled the real-world struggle in the Middle East and reveals why, even in times of peacemaking, it continues to be a powerful catalyst for conflict. Adroitly portraying former-hippies-turned-true-believers, American radio evangelists of the End, radical Palestinian sheikhs, and Israeli ex-terrorists, Gorenberg weaves a story that stretches from California churches to West Bank settlements. He explains why believers hope for the End, and why prominent American fundamentalists provide hard-line support for Israel, while looking forward to an apocalypse in which they expect Jews to die or else convert. He makes sense of the messianic fervor that has driven Israeli settlers to oppose peace, and describes the Islamic apocalyptic visions that cast Israel's actions in Jerusalem as diabolic plots. He examines, as well, what happens when secular politicians try to channel these religious passions for their own purposes. At the center of this story is the Temple Mount, where Solomon and Herod built their Temples, where the Dome of the Rock now stands -- and where both Jewish extremists and millions of Christian fundamentalists expect the Third Temple to be built soon. Holy to both Judaism and Islam, the Mount is where nationalism and faith join in a volatile mix. Any attempt to spark the End by clearing the ground for the Temple, therefore, could ignite holy war. This book explains the Mount's dangerous fascination for fundamentalists, and shows why the risks will actually increase in the new millennium as prophesied dates pass and believers look for a way to ensure that the End comes. Cain murdered Abel, according to an ancient legend, in an argument over who would possess the Temple Mount. That parable sums up the passions aroused by the sacred hilltop. The End of Days shows, with clarity and poise, how conflict over Jerusalem is rooted not only in the past but even more in expectations of the future, and how the fiery belief in apocalypse has a very real impact on contemporary life and international politics.
32 Cadillacs is the fourth novel in Joe Gores' delightful series about the San Francisco private eye firm Dan Kearny Associates. This time the squad must recover 32 Cadillacs stolen from their largest client by Gypsies to be a casket for their dying king. The result is a fast, furious, funny, nonstop action tale with esoteric Gypsy lore and hard-edged investigation.
In 1953 Pierce Duncan leaves college and sets off to see America. From Georgia, to Texas and on to San Francisco, Dunce's travels take him along back streets and freight lines where he meets beautiful women, dangerous men, and murder. In California, he teams up with the dynamic head of a private investigation agency where he will learn about being a man - and about brutal betrayal. Gores has written a violence-marked love story of a lost time in America.
The likable pack of operatives for Daniel Kearny Associates of San Francisco return for a fun romp, working fast repos on a list of classic cars missing after a raid on a shady auto dealer. Told vignette-style, with a huge cast of characters and many subplots, this novel is anchored by the adventures of the beautiful Gypsy witch Yana.
Things aren't going well for the tough private eyes of San Francisco-based Dan Kearny Associates. Marriages are falling apart, associates are going to jail, and dowagers are demanding sexual favors. Before long, DKA's cases begin to turn up murder and mayhem, bodies and blood, all engineered by someone who would like to see a troubled agency rendered null and void.
It began with the murder of the adulterous wife of a mild-mannered professor. Then a corrupt cop was gunned down in a phone booth. After that, the killer who called himself Raptor moved through a list of players, playboys, and mobsters from Palm Springs to Minnesota. And the final truth about his death trip will not be revealed until the last victim is claimed.