Smoke and Mirrors

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Author: Neil Gaiman

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0755379977

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

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The storytelling genius of Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Stardust, is one dazzling display in the variety of Smoke and Mirror's original and brilliant short pieces. 'A very fine and imaginative writer' The Sunday Times. If you love Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected or Terry Pratchett, Smoke and Mirrors is highly recommended. An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat. A stray cat fights and refights a terrible nightly battle to protect his unwary adoptive family from unimaginable evil. A young couple receives a wedding gift that reveals a chilling alternative history of their marriage. These tales and much more await in this extraordinary book, revealing one of our most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers.

Smoke and Mirrors

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Author: Lesley Choyce

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 9781550025347

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 200

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Sixteen-year-old Simon has always been considered odd. Three years ago, a skateboarding accident caused some minor brain damage and made him a little stranger. He spends much of his time living in his imagination. When Andrea appears to Simon in class, he strikes up a friendship, even though he knows she may be pure hallucination.-Simon strikes up a friendship with Andrea, even though he knows she may not be real. Andrea says she's there to save him, but Simon discovers it's he who must save her.

Smoke and Mirrors

Globalized Terrorism and the Illusion of Multilateral Security

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Author: Frank P. Harvey

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802089489

Category: Political Science

Page: 342

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Frank P. Harvey mounts a powerful case for American unilateralism. He addresses the relationship between globalization, terrorism, and unilateralism, and provides a systematic explanation for, and defense of, Washington's response to threats of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Land of Smoke and Mirrors

A Cultural History of Los Angeles

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Author: Vincent Brook

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813554586

Category: History

Page: 288

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Unlike the more forthrightly mythic origins of other urban centers—think Rome via Romulus and Remus or Mexico City via the god Huitzilopochtli—Los Angeles emerged from a smoke-and-mirrors process that is simultaneously literal and figurative, real and imagined, material and metaphorical, physical and textual. Through penetrating analysis and personal engagement, Vincent Brook uncovers the many portraits of this ever-enticing, ever-ambivalent, and increasingly multicultural megalopolis. Divided into sections that probe Los Angeles’s checkered history and reflect on Hollywood’s own self-reflections, the book shows how the city, despite considerable remaining challenges, is finally blowing away some of the smoke of its not always proud past and rhetorically adjusting its rear-view mirrors. Part I is a review of the city’s history through the early 1900s, focusing on the seminal 1884 novel Ramona and its immediate effect, but also exploring its ongoing impact through interviews with present-day Tongva Indians, attendance at the 88th annual Ramona pageant, and analysis of its feature film adaptations. Brook deals with Hollywood as geographical site, film production center, and frame of mind in Part II. He charts the events leading up to Hollywood’s emergence as the world’s movie capital and explores subsequent developments of the film industry from its golden age through the so-called New Hollywood, citing such self-reflexive films as Sunset Blvd., Singin’ in the Rain, and The Truman Show. Part III considers LA noir, a subset of film noir that emerged alongside the classical noir cycle in the 1940s and 1950s and continues today. The city’s status as a privileged noir site is analyzed in relation to its history and through discussions of such key LA noir novels and films as Double Indemnity, Chinatown, and Crash. In Part IV, Brook examines multicultural Los Angeles. Using media texts as signposts, he maps the history and contemporary situation of the city’s major ethno-racial and other minority groups, looking at such films as Mi Familia (Latinos), Boyz N the Hood (African Americans), Charlotte Sometimes (Asians), Falling Down (Whites), and The Kids Are All Right (LGBT).

Just Smoke and Mirrors

Religion, Fear and Superstition in Our Modern World

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Author: Dr. W. Sumner Davis

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1469702738

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 140

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What is it about mythology, mysticism and pseudoscience that has such a vast appeal to us? From dark roomed seances, to Tarot cards and Ouija boards, to Astrology and Rune stones, American Culture seems fascinated by the paranormal. Has our society lost faith in the age old institutions of religion? Or are we attempting to escape what many feel is a mundane reality? In this latest book, we will explore this search for wonder, and examine its negative effects on true science and critical thought.

Smoke and Mirrors

Colombia's Demobilization of Paramilitary Groups

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Author: N.A

Publisher: Human Rights Watch

ISBN: N.A

Category: Colombia

Page: 64

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Smoke and Mirrors

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Author: Eluki Bes Shahar

Publisher: Boulevard

ISBN: 9781572972919

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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When research uncovers a way to reverse the genetic mutation responsible for mutant powers, the government tries to use the procedure to eliminate the X-Men, who soon discover that the procedure's true source is their enemy, Sinister. Original.

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How Science Reflects Reality

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Author: James Robert Brown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134873573

Category: Philosophy

Page: 216

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Realism is an enlightening story, a tale which enriches our experience and makes it more intelligible. Yet this wonderful picture of humanity's best efforts at knowledge has been badly bruised by numerous critics. James Robert Brown in Smoke and Mirrors fights back against figures such as Richard Rorty, Bruno Latour, Michael Ruse and Hilary Putnam who have attacked realist accounts of science. But this volume is not wholly devoted to combating Rorty and others who blow smoke in our eyes; the second half is concerned with arguing that there are some amazing ways in which science mirrors the world. The role of abstraction, abstract objects and a priori ways of getting at reality are all explored in showing how science reflects reality. Smoke and Mirrors is a defence of science and knowledge in general as well as a defence of a particular way of understanding science. It is of interest to all those who wish or need to know how science works.

Smoke and Mirrors

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Author: Jenna Mills

Publisher: Silhouette

ISBN: 145920395X

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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Undercover cop Cassidy Blake's top priority was to infiltrate mercenary millionaire Derek Mansfield's life—and take him down. Cass expected to find a ruthless criminal; instead she found a darkly magnetic man whose bone-melting intensity blurred the line between her duty and her own desires. Derek Mansfield had returned to Chicago to settle a score, not to become entangled in a seductive game of cat and mouse with the intriguing Cass. But the secrets in her eyes and her searing kisses had made him hungry for more than revenge. Could either of them risk their hearts in this perilous game of smoke and mirrors?

Smoke & Mirrors

The Canadian Tobacco War

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Author: Rob Cunningham

Publisher: IDRC

ISBN: 9780889367555

Category: Medical

Page: 361

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Smoke and Mirrors: The Canadian tobacco war

Smoke and Mirrors

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Author: Tanya Huff

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101573120

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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When Tony and his TV crew find themselves shooting in an actual haunted house, all hell threatens to break loose. Locked into the house overnight, can Tony keep the diabolical controling spirit from turning the crew against one another in an orgy of blood?

Smoke & Mirrors

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Author: John Ramsey Miller

Publisher: Dell

ISBN: 0440337534

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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One shot One warning and no end in sight The murder was shocking in its brutality: A thousand-yard high-velocity shot that left an innocent nineteen-year-old babysitter dead on a Mississippi plantation. At first, police called it a hunting accident. But the killer left a calling card—for ex–U.S. marshall Winter Massey. And when Massey investigates, he knows exactly who the shooter is. He just doesn’t know why.… Once Massey dueled an elite assassin. Now, in a land of fading plantations and a booming casino industry, this sworn enemy has resurfaced to play a cat-and-mouse game of revenge. While Massey ignites a hunt for the killer, another murder is committed and violent secrets are exposed inside a powerful gambling conglomerate, in the star-crossed family of a beautiful landowner, and even within the FBI itself.… For Massey, the hunt for the sniper is personal. But the more he learns, the more he suspects that he’s being blinded by a whole lot of smoke and mirrors—behind which lies the most explosive secret of all.… From the Paperback edition.

Smoke and Mirrors

The Politics and Culture of Air Pollution

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Author: E. Melanie Dupuis

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814719619

Category: Law

Page: 360

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From the sixteenth to early-nineteenth century, four times more Africans than Europeans crossed the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas. While this forced migration stripped slaves of their liberty, it failed to destroy many of their cultural practices, which came with Africans to the New World. In Working the Diaspora, Frederick Knight examines work cultures on both sides of the Atlantic, from West and West Central Africa to British North America and the Caribbean. Knight demonstrates that the knowledge that Africans carried across the Atlantic shaped Anglo-American agricultural development and made particularly important contributions to cotton, indigo, tobacco, and staple food cultivation. The book also compellingly argues that the work experience of slaves shaped their views of the natural world. Broad in scope, clearly written, and at the center of current scholarly debates, Working the Diaspora challenges readers to alter their conceptual frameworks about Africans by looking at them as workers who, through the course of the Atlantic slave trade and plantation labor, shaped the development of the Americas in significant ways.

Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors

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Author: Randy Roach

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1467038407

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 728

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The research for this extensive, two volume project. represents a comprehensive effort to establish a complete context from which the sport of bodybuilding arose. "Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors" is the rise and fall of what was truly once an extraordinary discipline associated with a term known as "Physical Culture." Experience what bodybuilding was originally and learn just exactly what "Physical Culture" really is. See what growing philanthropic power flexed its financial and political muscles to foster its corporate agenda, compromising human health internationally. Read how the merger of technology and politics culminated in the industrialization, commercialization, federalization, internationalization and finally the STERILIZATION of a nation's food supply, rendering it suspect not only to the general public; but also to the most elite of athletes. Whether you are a novice, an elite bodybuilder or simply sports-nutrition minded, learn how the emerging forces of the Iron Game evolved. Ultimately, the factions of this industry would grow powerful and manipulative while fighting for control over the Game. It took the running of several parallel histories on bodybuilding, nutrition, supplements and the role of drugs to offer a complete, first-time unraveling of the web of confusion and politics that still permeates the sport into the 21st century! Volume I of "Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors" is truly the untold stories surrounding "Bodybuilding's Amazing Nutritional Origins."

Smoke in Mirrors

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Author: Jayne Ann Krentz

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101214597

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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A con artist and seductress, Meredith Spooner lived fast—and died young. But her final scam—embezzling more than a million dollars from a college endowment fund—is coming back to haunt Leonora Hutton. The tainted money is stashed away in an offshore account for Leonora. And while she wants nothing to do with the cash, she discovers two other items in the safe-deposit box: a book about Mirror House—the place where Meredith engineered her final deception and a set of newspaper stories about an unsolved murder that occurred there thirty years ago. Now Leonora has an offer for Thomas Walker, another victim of Meredith’s scams and seductions. She’ll hand over the money—if he helps her figure out what’s going on. Meredith had described Thomas as “a man you can trust.” But in a funhouse-mirror world of illusion and distortion, Leonora may be out of her league…

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The Hidden Context of Violence in Schools and Society

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Author: Stephanie Urso Spina

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847695614

Category: Education

Page: 280

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Jacksonville, FL, USMC Facility, Time: 0643Each figure stood in the morning's darkness frozen and silhouetted by the defused rays of early sunlight, each man looked at the same distant point. Stricken into silence, Mitchell's eyes widened and unconsciously he wet his pants while stark fear covered each of the other's faces. While the terrified man evacuated, the surrounding figures took in the panoramic and held their breaths when seeing in the distance, outlined in Jacksonville's sky, a mushroom cloud.This is the day's beginning for a group of military and civilians finding after the horrific event, in order to survive they must learn to fight through the devastation now surrounding them. Coupled with driving off the escalating malevolence and lunacy of an instantly created new leader, the group must seek out clues to stop a suicidal and murderous traitor - a traitor whose only task is to right his bombing error and complete his timetable for laying the next nuclear device on them all.

Smoke & Mirrors

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Author: Stephen Paine

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0615146716

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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A hypnotist counts us collectively back to 2000 - where it all began. "We were mesmerized, hypnotized and bamboozled." It was all a deceptive show, performed through the tricks of Smoke & Mirrors. Mr Paine, hypnotist, social philosopher and activist, uses cutting edge investigations - and a sharp pin - to pop the fantasy bubble/babble that fooled a nation into believing that the candidate who came in second, won the race. Look past the barrage of Bushspeak, sound bites, slanted news and spin-meisters and see HOW it was done. "Wake up from the trance: we were, as a people and a nation, hood-winked into surrendering the highest office in the land." The crime, treason, points to what we need to do now - what we should have done years ago. The solution is clear: We need to overcome our timidity, uncertainty and fear, and stand up for the right thing; namely, getting our country back. We do not have to sleep walk, nor goose step, any more. We can end this Now.

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Accounting for Capitalism

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Author: Nicolas Véron,Matthieu Autret,Alfred Galichon

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801444166

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 233

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The authors challenge widespread beliefs that business accounting practices are neutral and involve the mere reporting of objective data, revealing how easily balance sheets can be manipulated.

Smoke And Mirrors

Making the Transformation to Nonsmoker a Path of Spiritual And Personal Growth

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Author: Cynthia Thorson,Richard Levine

Publisher: Hidden Owl Books

ISBN: 0977146707

Category: Self-Help

Page: 96

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Smoke and Mirrors shows how quitting smoking can be an opportunity for spiritual and personal growth. It is not a health book, there are enough of those, nor a book filled with techniques. Rather, it invites the reader to see his or her habit in a nonjudgmental mirror, and to transcend it. The playful tone and drawings make it a pleasant read.