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A tale of a hapless young artist, a truck called Yasmine and an extraordinary journey, Misadventures in the Middle East creates a portrait of the post-9/11 Middle East that transports the reader into the human heart of the region. Henry Hemming, using art as his passport, travels from the drug-fuelled ski slopes of Iran via the region's mosques, palaces, army barracks, secret beaches, police cells, nightclubs, torture chambers, brothels and artists' studios all the way to Baghdad. From being accused on the one hand of being an Islamic extremist and on the other a British spy, from dancing in a dervish hideaway to a Fourth of July party with GIs in Saddam's Republican Palace, Hemming reveals an alternative Middle East that flies beneath the radar of the nightly news.
When Colin Barron and Vivien Thompson first met, it was love at first sight. Both were forty-two, had attended Glasgow University, and shared many interests. In 2002, the couple married. Colin had a dream job as a self-employed hypnotherapist while Vivien worked as a learning-support teacher. They had a blissful marriage based on mutual respect and intellectual parity. Then in May 2011, Vivien collapsed at home with a massive stroke caused by a heart tumour that the NHS had failed to diagnose. Though her life was saved by a brilliant cardiac surgeon, Vivien was left with severe disabilities, little speech, and partial blindness. Her husband realized that the tragedy had been caused by inadequate investigation and helped Vivien claim compensation. Just after the case was settled in 2015, Colin himself had a massive heart attack and nearly died three times. Miraculously, he survived. A Life by Misadventure is a story of two peoples struggle against impossible odds. It is also a great love story, a tale of a love between two people, which would not die. Instead of dying, the love actually got stronger.
THE SPIRITUAL DREAM One day in the 21st Century, God went unto Noah, who was living in the U. S. in Harlem, NY-and said, "Again, the earth has become wicked. Build another Ark and save 2 of every living thing and a few good humans." He gave Noah instructions, "You have 6 months to build it before I start the storms." Six months later, God looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard-but no Ark. "Noah!" He roared, "Where is the Ark?" "Forgive me, God," begged Noah, " but I needed a building permit. I've been arguing with the code inspector. " I know you want decent humans-so I tried to test for those who are reasonably healthy. This will take a long time because most are filled with drugs of one kind or another. "And if all that is not enough-the Dept. of Homeland Security has me under investigation for plotting to kidnap citizens. "And you may have heard about the pathetic way FEMA handled the folks in the Super Dome after a hurricane. FEMA won't let me do any type of rescuing. "So, forgive me, Great One, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this Ark." Suddenly a rainbow stretched across the sky. Noah looked up in wonder and asked, "You're not going to destroy the world?" "No," said God. "This is a new situation red tape beat me to the punch. Renewal may require a more ancient solution."
John Elliott Cornell, a renowned author, whose life seems perfect, disappears. A year later, Alex McKay, a reporter for World Mirror Magazinea man whose own life is in tragic discordis assigned the job of writing an article about Cornell, to be published on the anniversary of Cornells disappearance. Mystery surrounds the missing author. The novels story is the unfolding process of Alex McKay discovering the secrets of that mysterythe reasons for Cornells unusual relationships with those who knew him, the enigmas associated with the man, and ultimately the elements in his life that led to his disappearance. As the plot develops, Alex becomes increasingly involved with those who were close to the author. He also becomes aware of a strange, seemingly unaccountable connection between himself and the missing Cornell. A series of clues, left by Cornell, eventually lead Alex McKay to an unpublished manuscriptan autobiography that provides the answer to the mystery. That answer begins with the question weve all asked ourselves: If I could do it over again, knowing what I know now, how would I live my life? Alex discovers John Cornell was given the chance to do just that. The core of act three of my story is what Cornell does with that chancewhat he does right, and what he does wrong. Cornells adventures in his second world become a play within a play, and ultimately reveal why the author disappeared and where he has gone. Finally, when Alex McKay discovers John Cornells fate, he also discovers his own. He finds the reason for the link between himself and Cornellwhy the lives of two men who never met, in the world Alex knew, were destined to be interwoven in a much larger fabric of time.
Explores over 100 historical, political, military, and social events where human error has led to disaster.
To understand any society look first to the outsiders...This monograph will tell the story of one of Saudi Arabia's most talked about contemporary artists. Abdulnasser Gharem stands apart in so many ways. He is a soldier and an artist. He is widely regarded as a pioneer in the region for his firebrand intellectual courage and innovative use of materials. Even though his work is in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum, he does not produce art for the sake of basking in its reflected glory but the possibility of bringing about change - actual cultural change. But what really sets him apart is his story. The tale of the last eight years in Gharem's life is not the familiar plod of evolving artistic practice, safe within the hermetic confines of a studio. It couldn't be more different. The story of this man takes us to the very heart of what it is to stand against the tide, to innovate, to do so fearlessly, and precisely what happens when a trickster figure positions himself both at the heart of society and at the margins. If there is just one thing we can say about a book on Abdulnasser Gharem, it is that this is not destined to sit on a coffee-table. The publication of this book coincides with his first major exhibition outside the Middle East in London in October 2011 during the Frieze Art Fair.
A hard-hitting assessment of Obama's current foreign policy and a sweeping look at the future of the Middle East The 2011 Arab Spring upended the status quo in the Middle East and poses new challenges for the United States. Here, Fawaz Gerges, one of the world's top Middle East scholars, delivers a full picture of US relations with the region. He reaches back to the post-World War II era to explain the issues that have challenged the Obama administration and examines the president's responses, from his negotiations with Israel and Palestine to his drawdown from Afghanistan and withdrawal from Iraq. Evaluating the president's engagement with the Arab Spring, his decision to order the death of Osama bin Laden, his intervention in Libya, his relations with Iran, and other key policy matters, Gerges highlights what must change in order to improve US outcomes in the region. Gerges' conclusion is sobering: the United States is near the end of its moment in the Middle East. The cynically realist policy it has employed since World War II-continued by the Obama administration--is at the root of current bitterness and mistrust, and it is time to remake American foreign policy.
An impassioned call to arms for Democrats to embrace the principles that made the party and the country great—a true moral vision for leadership at home and abroad In this powerful and provocative manifesto, a cri de coeur for Democrats who have grown increasingly frustrated with their party's leaders, former senator Gary Hart takes the Democrats to task for choosing caution and calculation in place of moral principles. That path, Hart says, will lead only to sorrow—for the party and for the country. The Courage of Our Convictions is Hart's call to action—a clear-eyed and plainspoken manifesto that urges a return to the principles bequeathed to the party by its great twentieth-century presidents: Franklin D. Roosevelt's commitment to a single national community, where no American would be left behind; Harry S. Truman's internationalism, which preserved democracy after World War II and led eventually to the defeat of communism; John F. Kennedy's ideal of civic duty and service to the nation; and Lyndon B. Johnson's insistence on equality for all our citizens. As the midterm elections approach—and with the 2008 presidential election just over the horizon—Hart speaks directly and passionately to the many Democrats who seek a principled change of leadership in Washington. It is the wake-up call that so many Americans have been waiting for.
The What Every American Should Know series returns with a timely guide to the region Americans need to understand the most (and know the least) The latest edition of Melissa Rossi's popular What Every American Should Know series gives a crash course on one of the most complex and important regions of the world. In this comprehensive and engaging reference book, Rossi offers a clear analysis of the issues playing out in the Middle East, delving into each country's history, politics, economy, and religions. Having traveled through the area over the past year, she exposes firsthand the U.S.'s geopolitical moves and how our presence has affected the region's economic and political development. Topics include: · Why Iran is viewed as a threat by most Middle East countries · What resource is more important than petroleum in regional power plays · What's really behind the fighting between Sunni and Shia · How Saudi Arabia inadvertently feeds the violence in Iraq and beyond · How monarchies like those in Jordan and Qatar are more open and progressive than the so-called republics With answers that will surprise many Americans, and covering a vast history and cultural complexity that will fascinate any student of the world, What Every American Should Know About the Middle East is a must-read introduction to the most critical region of the twenty-first century.
The English eccentric is under threat. In our increasingly homogenised society, these celebrated parts of our national identity are anomalies that may soon no longer fit. Or so it seems. On his entertaining and thought-provoking quest to discover the most eccentric English person alive today, Henry Hemming unearths a surprisingly large array of delightfully odd characters. He asks what it is to be an eccentric. Is it simply to thrive on creativity and non-conformity, and where does this incarnation of Englishness stem from? Hemming concludes that this tribe is, in fact, in rude health, as essential as ever to the English national identity, only they are no longer to be found where youd expect them.
What will life be like in America, Europe, Japan or China in the year 2020? As everyone's lives across the world are become increasingly interconnected by globalization and new technologies quicken the pace of everything, the answer to that question depends on the fate and paths of the world's major nations. In Futurecast, Robert Shapiro, former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce and Chairman/Co-founder of Sonecon, looks into the future to tell us what our world will over the next dozen years. Though that time span seems brief, Shapiro foresees monumental changes caused by three historic new forces—globalization, the aging of societies, and the rise of America as a sole superpower with no near peer— will determine the paths of nations and the lives of countless millions. What jobs will there be for you and your children? What will happen to your health care? How safe will you be at home or abroad? Answers to these questions will depend, even more than today, on where you live in the world: • Even as China expands its military and its economy, America will be the world's sole superpower for at least the next generation, and continue to lead efforts to preserve global security and stability. • The U.S. and China will be the world's two indispensable economies, dominating the course of globalization. • Globalization will continue to shift most heavy manufacturing and millions of high-end service jobs from advanced countries like the US, to China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Romania, Turkey and other developing nations. • Europe's major nations and Japan will face the prospect of genuine economic decline and critical problems in their retirement pension systems, moving further towards the periphery of global economic and geopolitical power. • Every major country—the U.S., Europe, Japan, China—will face critical problems with their health care systems, and the entire world will face a crisis over energy and climate change. If one adds the wildcard of possible, catastrophic terrorist attacks to this mix, the period between now and 2020 will be as challenging as any in modern times. Taking these deep global developments into account when planning for the future isa necessity. Robert Shapiro's clear-eyed Futurecast is the knowledge portfolio you need to prepare for the years to come.
A pet sheep's adventure that turns into a life threatening disaster. Jumbuck's Misadventure combines people's love and care of animals with the harsh reality of live export. JUMBUCK'S MISADVENTURE is an original and topical story for young readers, that sees a much-loved pet sheep accidentally trapped in the dark world of live animal exports. Sally Nowlan uses her experience as a former sheep farmer, a vet nurse, and rural journalist to engage the reader with her detailed knowledge of rural life, and sheep. Rescued as a baby lamb and raised by Jill, a farmer's daughter, Jumbuck learns to do lots of clever things. He's way too smart for his own good, and of course, doesn't think he's a sheep. So it's not surprising that he gets into serious trouble. A terrible mistake lands Jumbuck on a doomed live export boat headed to the Middle East. He has to use all the skills he's learned to survive a terrifying situation. Jumbuck's Misadventure takes young readers, 8-12 years, to different and challenging places, from Jumbuck's life on the farm, to him being stuck in a feedlot, trapped on a boat in terrible conditions, then stranded on a deserted island. Like her character Jill, author Sally Nowlan grew up on the family sheep farm in NSW, which she later ran with her sister. "I'm leaving it up to the reader to draw their own conclusions about this controversial trade, by presenting the facts imaginatively and first-hand - from the perspective of a sheep. It's realistic, but not gruesome, and gives insights into the special friendships between people and the animals they care for." The empathy in Maree Woolley's beautiful illustrations adds emotional reality to this story, which is based on a real life incident - the sinking of the MV Uniceb in 1996, which saw 62,000 sheep drown in the Indian Ocean.
From the author of the Sunday Times bestseller, M: Maxwell Knight, MI5's Greatest Spymaster In the World War II era, Geoffrey Pyke was described as one of the world's great minds. An inventor, adventurer and polymath, he was an unlikely hero of both world wars. He earned a fortune on the stock market, founded an influential pre-school, and is seen as the father of the U.S. Special Forces. In 1942, he convinced Winston Churchill to build an aircraft carrier out of reinforced ice. He escaped from a German WWI prison camp, wrote a bestseller, and aided Republicans in the Spanish Civil War. He even launched a private attempt to avert the outbreak of the Second World War by sending into Nazi Germany a group of pollsters disguised as golfers. And he may have been a Russian spy. 70 years after his death, Henry Hemming reveals Pyke's astonishing story in full: his brilliance, his flaws, and his life of adventures, ideas, and secrets.
*** The Sunday Times bestseller *** 'Vividly imagined and prodigiously researched' Helen Davies, Sunday Times, Books of the Year 'Such a rewarding read' John Preston, Daily Mail, Books of the Year 'This odd, secretive man is brought to life', Robbie Millen, The Times, Books of the Year Maxwell Knight was a paradox. A jazz obsessive and nature enthusiast (he is the author of the definitive work on how to look after a gorilla), he is seen today as one of MI5's greatest spymasters, a man who did more than any other to break up British fascism during the Second World War – in spite of having once belonged to the British Fascisti himself. He was known to his agents and colleagues simply as M, and was rumoured to be part of the inspiration for the character M in the James Bond series. Knight became a legendary spymaster despite an almost total lack of qualifications. What set him apart from his peers was a mercurial ability to transform almost anyone into a fearless secret agent. He was the first in MI5 to grasp the potential of training female agents. M is about more than just one man however. In its pages, Hemming reveals for the first time in print the names and stories of seven men and women recruited by Knight, on behalf of MI5, and then asked to infiltrate the most dangerous political organizations in Britain at that time. Until now, their identities have been kept secret outside MI5. Drawn from every walk of life, they led double lives—often at great personal cost—in order to protect the country they loved. With the publication of this book, it will be possible at last to celebrate the lives of these courageous, selfless individuals. Drawing on declassified documents, private family archives and interviews with retired MI5 officers as well as the families of MI5 agents, M reveals not just the shadowy world of espionage but a brilliant, enigmatic man at its centre.
On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck the nation least prepared to handle it. Jonathan M. Katz, the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti, was inside his house when it buckled along with hundreds of thousands of others. In this visceral, authoritative first-hand account, Katz chronicles the terror of that day, the devastation visited on ordinary Haitians, and how the world reacted to a nation in need. More than half of American adults gave money for Haiti, part of a monumental response totaling $16.3 billion in pledges. But three years later the relief effort has foundered. It's most basic promises—to build safer housing for the homeless, alleviate severe poverty, and strengthen Haiti to face future disasters—remain unfulfilled. The Big Truck That Went By presents a sharp critique of international aid that defies today's conventional wisdom; that the way wealthy countries give aid makes poor countries seem irredeemably hopeless, while trapping millions in cycles of privation and catastrophe. Katz follows the money to uncover startling truths about how good intentions go wrong, and what can be done to make aid "smarter." With coverage of Bill Clinton, who came to help lead the reconstruction; movie-star aid worker Sean Penn; Wyclef Jean; Haiti's leaders and people alike, Katz weaves a complex, darkly funny, and unexpected portrait of one of the world's most fascinating countries. The Big Truck That Went By is not only a definitive account of Haiti's earthquake, but of the world we live in today.

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