Charlie Mike: A True Story of Heroes Who Brought Their by Joe Klein

By Joe Klein

This is often the genuine tale of 2 embellished strive against veterans associated by way of tragedy, who come domestic from the center East and discover a new option to keep their comrades and heal their country.

In Charlie Mike, Joe Klein tells the dramatic tale of Eric Greitens and Jake wooden, larger-than-life battle heroes who come domestic and use their army self-discipline and values to assist others. this can be a tale that hasn’t been instructed ahead of, some of the most hopeful to emerge from Iraq and Afghanistan—a saga of lives kept, no longer wasted.

Greitens, a army SEAL and Rhodes student, spends years operating in refugee camps earlier than he joins the army. He enlists simply because he believes the blameless of the area want seriously armed, ethical safeguard. Wounded in Iraq, Greitens returns domestic and reveals that his fellow veterans at Bethesda Naval medical institution all wish a similar factor: they wish to proceed to serve their state ultimately, irrespective of the level in their accidents. He founds The project keeps to supply paid public provider fellowships for wounded veterans.

One of the 1st venture maintains fellows is charismatic former Marine sergeant Jake wooden, a usual chief who all started group Rubicon, organizing 9-11 veterans for harmful catastrophe reduction initiatives worldwide. “We do chaos,” he says.

The chaos they face isn’t simply within the streets of Haiti after the 2011 earthquake or in ny urban after storm Sandy—it’s additionally within the lives in their fellow veterans, who’ve come domestic from the wars traumatized and searching out a feeling of objective. Greitens and wooden think that the army virtues of self-discipline and selflessness, of sacrifice for the better sturdy, can retailer lives—and not only the lives in their fellow veterans. they suspect that invigorated veterans can lead, via own instance, to better communities—and they end up it in Charlie Mike. Their own saga is compelling and inspirational: Greitens and wooden display how the talents of conflict may also supply a route to peace, own pride, and a extra full of life state.

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No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington by Condoleezza Rice

By Condoleezza Rice

From one of many world’s so much popular ladies, this is often former nationwide safeguard consultant and Secretary of nation Condoleezza Rice’s compelling tale of 8 years serving on the optimum degrees of government.  In her place as America’s leader diplomat, Rice traveled nearly constantly world wide, looking universal flooring between occasionally sour enemies, forging contract on divisive concerns, and compiling a striking list of achievement.
 
A local of Birmingham, Alabama who overcame the racism of the Civil Rights period to turn into a super educational and professional on overseas affairs, Rice extraordinary herself as an consultant to George W. Bush throughout the 2000 presidential campaign.  as soon as Bush used to be elected, she served as his leader adviser on national-security concerns – a role whose tasks incorporated harmonizing the connection among the Secretaries of country and Defense.  It used to be a job that deepened her bond with the President and eventually made her one among his closest confidantes.
 
With the September eleven, 2001, terrorist assaults, Rice chanced on herself on the middle of the Administration’s excessive efforts to maintain the USA safe.  right here, Rice describes the occasions of that harrowing day – and the tumultuous days after.  No day was once ever the same.  also, Rice additionally finds new information of the debates that ended in the conflict in Afghanistan after which Iraq.
 
The eyes of the kingdom have been once more inquisitive about Rice in 2004 whilst she seemed earlier than the Sep 11 fee to reply to difficult questions concerning the country’s preparedness for – and fast reaction to – the 9/11 attacks.  Her responses, it used to be mostly conceded, could form the nation’s conception of the Administration’s competence throughout the crisis.  Rice conveys simply how pressure-filled that visual appeal used to be and her stunned gratitude while, in succeeding days, she used to be extensively saluted for her grace and forthrightness.

From that time ahead, Rice used to be aggressively wanted by way of the media and considered by way of a few because the Administration’s superior champion.
 
In 2005 Rice used to be entrusted with much more accountability while she used to be charged with assisting to form and hold ahead the President’s overseas coverage as Secretary of State.  As such, she proved herself a deft crafter of strategies and negotiation aimed to comprise or lessen the probability posed through America’s enemies.  right here, she unearths the behind-the-scenes maneuvers that saved the world’s relationships with Iran, North Korea and Libya from collapsing into chaos.  She additionally talks approximately her position as a concern supervisor, exhibiting that at any hour -- and at a moment’s realize -- she was once prepared to convey all events to the bargaining desk at any place within the world.
 
No greater Honor takes the reader into mystery negotiating rooms the place the fates of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Lebanon usually hung within the stability, and it attracts again the curtain on how frighteningly shut all-out conflict loomed in clashes regarding Pakistan-India and Russia-Georgia, and in East Africa. 
 
Surprisingly candid in her value determinations of assorted management colleagues and the loads of international leaders with whom she dealt, Rice additionally bargains the following willing perception into how heritage truly proceeds.  In No larger Honor, she delivers a grasp classification in statecraft  -- yet regularly in a fashion that unearths her crucial heat and humility, and her deep reverence for the beliefs on which the USA was once based.

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I'm Perfect, You're Doomed: Tales from a Jehovah's Witness by Kyria Abrahams

By Kyria Abrahams

I'm ideal, You're Doomed is the tale of Kyria Abrahams's coming-of-age as a Jehovah's Witness -- a doorbell-ringing "Pioneer of the Lord." Her early life was once haunted by way of the data that her buddies and schoolmates have been doomed to die in an forthcoming fiery apocalypse; that Smurfs have been evil; that nearly whatever you'll purchase at a backyard sale used to be infested through demons; and that Ouija forums -- no matter if they have been synthetic by means of Parker Brothers -- have been portals to hell. by no means brain how renowned you're for those who hand out the Watchtower rather than sweet at Halloween.

When Abrahams became eighteen, issues obtained even stranger. That's while she came upon herself married to a guy she didn't love, with adultery her basically means out. "Disfellowshipped" and exiled from the one international she'd ever recognized, Abrahams learned that the single those that may retailer her have been the very sinners she had prayed will be obsessed with God's wrath.

Raucously humorous, deeply unsettling, and written with hot wit and deep compassion, I'm ideal, You're Doomed explores the ironic absurdity of becoming up believing that not anything concerns simply because everything's approximately to be destroyed.

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Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman

By Francisco Goldman

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In 2005, celebrated novelist Francisco Goldman married a gorgeous younger author named air of secrecy Estrada in a romantic Mexican hacienda. The month sooner than their moment anniversary, in the course of a long-awaited vacation, charisma broke her neck whereas physique browsing. Francisco, blamed for Aura’s demise via her kin and blaming himself, desired to die, too. as an alternative, he wrote Say Her Name, a unique chronicling his nice love and unspeakable loss, monitoring the levels of grief whilst natural love provides solution to bottomless pain.

Suddenly a widower, Goldman collects every thing he can approximately his spouse, hungry to maintain air of mystery alive with each reminiscence. From her youth and college days in Mexico urban along with her fiercely committed mom to her experiences at Columbia college, via their newlywed years in big apple urban and travels to Mexico and Europe—and consistently during the prism of her talented writings—Goldman seeks her essence and grieves her loss. Humor leavens the discomfort as he lives throughout the insanity of grief and creates a dwelling portrait of a love as joyous because it is deep and profound.

Say Her Name is a love tale, a daring inquiry into future and responsibility, and a tribute to air of secrecy, who she was once and who she would've been.

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Getting High: The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal by Bill Walker

By Bill Walker

What's the most sensible means for the common individual to see the world's maximum mountain range--the Himalayas? thankfully, there's now an excellent solution. The Annapurna Circuit in Nepal is the preferred footpath in Asia. Its genius lies in its layout. Trekkers wind their method round and alongside a number of the world's maximum peaks, finally getting close to 18,000 toes, with out ever having to do any 'technical climbing'. This Circuit is greatly certainly one of the world's nice treks; mortals from all over the international are coming to Nepal for the original probability to 'get high'. invoice Walker ('Skywalker') struggled his approach throughout the Annapurna Circuit in 2012. He has written this interesting story of his trip during this land of Sherpas, chilly, altitude, and dashing water.

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Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the by Ingrid Betancourt

By Ingrid Betancourt

Ingrid Betancourt tells the tale of her captivity within the Colombian jungle, sharing robust teachings of resilience, resistance, and religion.

Born in Bogotá, raised in France, Ingrid Betancourt on the age of thirty-two gave up a lifetime of convenience and protection to come back to Colombia to turn into a political chief in a rustic that was once being slowly destroyed through terrorism, violence, worry, and a pervasive experience of hopelessness. In 2002, whereas campaigning as a candidate within the Colombian presidential elections, she used to be kidnapped through the FARC. not anything may have ready her for what got here subsequent. She may spend the subsequent six and a part years within the depths of the jungle as a prisoner of the FARC. Even Silence Has an End is her deeply own and relocating account of that point. Chained day and evening for far of her captivity, she by no means stopped dreaming of get away and, in truth, succeeded in getting away a number of instances, constantly to be recaptured. In her such a lot profitable attempt she and a fellow captive survived every week away, yet have been stuck whilst her spouse turned desperately in poor health; she realized later they had been mere miles from freedom.

The evidence of her tale are astonishing, however it is Betancourt's indomitable spirit that drives this very distinctive account, bringing existence, nuance, and profundity to the narrative. Attending as in detail to the panorama of her brain as she does to the occasions of her seize and captivity, Even Silence Has an End is a meditation at the very stuff of life-fear and freedom, desire and what conjures up it. Betancourt tracks her metamorphosis, sharing how within the exercises she proven for herself-listening to her mom and teenagers broadcast to her over the radio, day-by-day prayer-she used to be in a position to do the unthinkable: to maneuver in the course of the ache of the instant and discover a position of serenity.

Freed in 2008 by means of the Colombian military, at the present time Betancourt is set to attract cognizance to the plight of hostages and sufferers of terrorism through the international and it truly is that zeal that motivates Even Silence Has an End. the teachings she deals here-in braveness, resilience, and humanity-are presents to treasure.

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La première pierre by Pierre Jourde

By Pierre Jourde

«Dans ces terres reculées, dans ces can pay perdus, on vit toujours plus ou moins dans une légende, dans l'image d'un chapiteau roman historié de scènes naïves et cruelles...»

Pierre Jourde revient sur des événements qui en 2005 ont défrayé los angeles chronique. Lors de los angeles parution d'un de ses livres, can pay perdu, une partie des habitants du village d'Auvergne dont il était query dans le récit s'est livrée à une tentative de lynchage de l'auteur et de sa famille. Pierre Jourde y décrivait los angeles rudesse de l. a. vie dans ce hameau lointain dont il est originaire, mais aussi une fraternité archaïque, solide, des kin humaines à los angeles fois brutales et profondes, tout cela raconté à l'occasion de los angeles mort d'un enfant.

Célébration d'un village aimé, le livre y a été reçu par certains comme une offense. los angeles première pierre retrace les événements violents qui ont suivi los angeles parution de will pay perdu, et suggest l'analyse passionnante de leurs reasons. Il offre aussi une magnifique démonstration des puissances de los angeles littérature, en même temps qu'un récit shiny d'émotion et d'admiration pour ces contrées et ces gens qui vivent dans un temps différent de celui des villes.

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Opium Fiend: A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century by Steven Martin

By Steven Martin

A popular authority at the mystery international of opium recounts his descent into ruinous obsession with one of many world’s oldest and so much seductive medications, during this harrowing memoir of dependancy and recovery.
 
A natural-born collector with a nostril for unique experience, San Diego–born Steven Martin his bliss to Southeast Asia, the place he came across paintings as a contract journalist. whereas studying a piece of writing in regards to the vanishing tradition of opium smoking, he was once encouraged to start amassing infrequent nineteenth-century opium-smoking gear. through the years, he collected a useful collection of beautiful pipes, old lamps, and different opium-related accessories—and started placing all of it to exploit through smoking an exceptionally powerful kind of the drug known as chandu. yet what began as leisure use grew right into a thirty-pipe-a-day behavior that fed on Martin’s each waking hour, left him incapable of labor, and exacted a frightful actual and monetary toll. In passages that might ship a sit back up the backbone of someone who has ever lived within the shadow of substance abuse, Martin chronicles his efforts to manage after which triumph over his addiction—from quitting chilly turkey to taking “the cure” at a Buddhist monastery within the Thai countryside.
 
straight away a strong own tale and a desirable ancient survey, Opium Fiend brims with anecdotes and lore surrounding the drug that a few have referred to as the methamphetamine of the nineteenth-century. It remembers the heyday of opium smoking within the usa and Europe and takes us contained in the befogged opium dens of China, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. The drug’s beguiling results are defined in brilliant detail—as are the excruciating pains of withdrawal—and there are intoxicating stories of pipes shared with an eclectic selection of opium aficionados, from Dutch dilettantes to hard-core addicts to world-weary international correspondents.
 
A compelling story of 1 man’s transformation from revered student to hapless drug slave, Opium Fiend places us lower than opium’s spell along its protagonist, permitting modern readers to event anew the insidious attract of a diabolical vice that the realm has all yet forgotten.

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The Prince of Frogtown by Rick Bragg

By Rick Bragg

During this ultimate quantity of the cherished American saga that all started with All Over however the Shoutin’ and persevered with Ava’s Man, Rick Bragg closes his circle of family members tales with an unforgettable story approximately fathers and sons encouraged by means of his personal dating together with his ten-year-old stepson.

He learns, correct from the beginning, guy who chases a girl with a baby is sort of a puppy who chases a motor vehicle and wins. He discovers that he's unsuited to fatherhood, unsuited to fathering this boy particularly, a boy who doesn't understand how to throw a punch and doesn’t have to; a boy conversant in love and affection instead of violence and forget; briefly, a boy fully not like the kid Rick as soon as was once, and who longs for a dating with Rick that Rick hasn’t the 1st inkling of ways to embark on. With the burden of this new boy tugging at his outfits, Rick units out to appreciate his father, his son, and himself.

The Prince of Frogtown records a spell binding trip again in time to the luxurious Alabama panorama of Rick’s early life, to Jacksonville’s one-hundred-year-old mill, the town’s blight and salvation; and to a afflicted, charismatic hustler coming of age in its shadow, Rick’s father, a guy sure to deliver damage even to these he actually loves. And the booklet files the unforeseen corollary to it, the terrific trip of Rick’s later lifestyles: a trip into fatherhood, and towards a baby for whom he involves think a devotion that staggers him. With candor, perception, super humor, and the outstanding reward for descriptive storytelling on which he made his identify, Rick Bragg provides an excellent and relocating rumination at the lives of boys and males, a poignant mirrored image on what it skill to be a father and a son.

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A Cook's Tour: In Search of the Perfect Meal by Anthony Bourdain

By Anthony Bourdain

Dodging minefields in Cambodia, diving into the icy waters open air a Russian bathtub, Chef Bourdain travels across the world looking for the last word meal. the single factor Anthony Bourdain loves up to cooking is touring, and A Cook's journey is the shotgun marriage of his maximum passions. encouraged through the query, 'What could be the ideal meal?', Anthony units out on a quest for his culinary holy grail. Our adventurous chef begins out in Japan, the place he eats conventional Fugu, a toxic blowfish that are ready merely through particularly approved cooks. He then travels to Cambodia, up the mine-studded street to Pailin into independent Khmer Rouge territory and to Phnom Penh's Gun membership, the place neighborhood fare is served up along a menu of accessible firearms. In Saigon, he's handled to a maintaining meal of dwell Cobra middle ahead of relocating directly to enjoy a snack with the Viet Cong within the Mecong Delta. extra west, Kitchen exclusive lovers will realize the Gironde of Tony's formative years, the 1st cease on his ecu itinerary. And from France, it's directly to Portugal, the place a whole village has been fattening a pig for months in anticipation of his arrival. And we're merely midway all over the world. . . A Cook's journey recounts, in Bourdain's inimitable type, the adventures and misadventures of America's favourite chef.

Copyright 2001. First released via Bloomsbury united states in 2001. This ebook version released in 2010.

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