An Improbable Friendship

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An Improbable Friendship

An Improbable Friendship

The story of Yasser Arafat's mother-in-law, the wife of Israel's top general and their 40-year mission of peace

  • Author: Anthony David
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1471154610
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 304
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An Improbable Friendshipis the dual biography of Israeli Ruth Dayan, now ninety-seven, who was Moshe Dayan's wife for thirty-seven years, and Palestinian journalist Raymonda Tawil, Yasser Arafat's mother-in-law, now seventy-four. It reveals for the first time the two women's surprising and secret forty-year friendship and delivers the story of their extraordinary and turbulent lives growing up in a war-torn country. Based on personal interviews, diaries, and journals drawn from both women-Ruth lives today in Tel Aviv, Raymonda in Malta-author Anthony David delivers a fast-paced, fascinating narrative that is a beautiful story of reconciliation and hope in a climate of endless conflict. By telling their stories and following their budding relationship, which began after the Six-Day War in 1967, we learn the behind-the-scenes, undisclosed history of the Middle East's most influential leaders from two prominent women on either side of the ongoing conflict. An award-winning biographer and historian, Anthony David brings us the story of unexpected friendship while he discovers the true pasts of two outstanding women. Their story gives voice to Israelis and Palestinians caught in the Middle East conflict and holds a persistent faith in a future of peace.

An Improbable War?

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An Improbable War?

An Improbable War?

The Outbreak of World War I and European Political Culture Before 1914

  • Author: Holger Afflerbach,David Stevenson
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books
  • ISBN: 0857453106
  • Category: History
  • Page: 365
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The First World War has been described as the "primordial catastrophe of the twentieth century." Arguably, Italian Fascism, German National Socialism and Soviet Leninism and Stalinism would not have emerged without the cultural and political shock of World War I. The question why this catastrophe happened therefore preoccupies historians to this day. The focus of this volume is not on the consequences, but rather on the connection between the Great War and the long 19th century, the short- and long-term causes of World War I. This approach results in the questioning of many received ideas about the war's causes, especially the notion of "inevitability."

An Improbable Life

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An Improbable Life

An Improbable Life

My Sixty Years at Columbia and Other Adventures

  • Author: Michael I. Sovern
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231537050
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 312
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Columbia University began the second half of the twentieth century in decline, bottoming out with the student riots of 1968. Yet by the close of the century, the institution had regained its stature as one of the greatest universities in the world. According to the New York Times, "If any one person is responsible for Columbia's recovery, it is surely Michael Sovern." In this memoir, Sovern, who served as the university's president from 1980 to 1993, recounts his sixty-year involvement with the institution after growing up in the South Bronx. He addresses key issues in academia, such as affordability, affirmative action, the relative rewards of teaching and research, lifetime tenure, and the role of government funding. Sovern also reports on his many off-campus adventures, including helping the victims of the Tuskegee syphilis experiment, stepping into the chairmanship of Sotheby's, responding to a strike by New York City's firemen, a police riot and threats to shut down the city's transit system, playing a role in the theater world as president of the Shubert Foundation, and chairing the Commission on Integrity in Government.

Ghost Country

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Ghost Country

Ghost Country

A Novel

  • Author: Sara Paretsky
  • Publisher: Delta
  • ISBN: 0307485439
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 416
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Sara Paretsky's genius made Chicago private eye V.I. Warshawski a household name. Now the New York Times bestselling author explores an unseen corner of the city she loves. In Ghost Country she has written a parable for the millennium, a powerful, haunting novel of magic and miracles, of four troubled people who meet beneath Chicago's shadowy streets--and of the woman whose mysterious appearance changes all of their lives forever. They come from different worlds and meet at a time of crisis for all of them. Luisa, a drunken diva fallen on hard times, discovers on Chicago's streets a drama greater than any she has experienced onstage. Madeleine, a homeless woman, sees the Virgin Mary's blood seeping through a concrete wall beneath a luxury hotel. Mara, a rebellious adolescent cast out by her wealthy grandfather, becomes the catalyst for a war between the haves and have-nots as she searches among society's castoffs for the mother she never knew. As the three women fight for their right to live and worship beneath the hotel, they find an ally in Hector Tammuz, an idealistic young psychiatrist risking his career to treat the homeless regardless of the cost. Tensions in the city are escalating when a mysterious woman appears during a violent storm. Erotic to some, repellent to others, she never speaks; the street people call her Starr. And as she slowly transforms their lives, miracles begin to happen in a city completely unprepared for the outcome. In this extraordinary novel, Sara Paretsky gives voice to the dispossessed, to men and women struggling to bury the ghosts of the past, fighting for their lives in a world hungry for miracles, terrified of change. A magical, unforgettable story of myth and madness, hope and revelation, Ghost Country is Sara Paretsky's most eloquent and ambitious work yet.

Seven Reasons Life Is Better with God

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Seven Reasons Life Is Better with God

Seven Reasons Life Is Better with God

  • Author: Nathan Brown
  • Publisher: Autumn House Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780812704365
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 159
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We don't have to hit rock bottom to need God. No matter how good-or bad-life might seem, God still calls us to follow Him. This book ponders seven reasons life is better with God-when things are bad, God can make them better; when things are good, God makes them better still.

"Bad News"

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"Bad News"

The Turbulent Life of Marvin Barnes, Pro Basketball's Original Renegade

  • Author: Mike Carey
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1613219644
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Page: 264
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Marvin “Bad News” Barnes was considered a future Hall of Fame basketball player before he even graduated from college. A standout at Providence College, where he averaged 20.7 points and 17.9 rebounds per game, he was an All-American with the world at his fingertips. Although Barnes enjoyed two highly successful years in the American Basketball Association with the Spirits of St. Louis (winning Rookie of the Year honors and twice being named an All-Star), his career fizzled in the NBA as he wore out his welcome with the Detroit Pistons, Buffalo Braves, Boston Celtics, and San Diego Clippers in four years. His immaturity, as well as a chronic losing battle with drugs and alcohol, turned a potential superstar into a has-been by 1979. By then, his swagger was gone. So too was his game. Written by Mike Carey, who opened his house to Barnes later in his life, this is the story of a supremely gifted athlete whose self-destructive nature led to him living on the mean streets of East San Diego for three years as a panhandler and pimp. Eventually he would serve a total of five years in prison for various felony charges, including the sale of cocaine. Throughout his life, every time it appeared that “Bad News” had turned the corner, his demons reappeared and succeeded in luring him back into becoming a conniving dope fiend. On September 8, 2014, Barnes finally hit rock bottom, passing away due to acute cocaine and heroin intoxication. He was sixty-two years old. With stories and quotes from Julius Erving, Bill Walton, Larry Brown, Mike D’Antoni, and many others who crossed paths with Barnes, as well as a foreword from former Spirits announcer Bob Costas, “Bad News” is the story of a squandered talent who could never defeat his inner demons.

A Capital Place

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A Capital Place

A Capital Place

Reminiscences of a Sandy Lake Boyhood

  • Author: David Laursen
  • Publisher: iUniverse
  • ISBN: 1469770172
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 220
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A Capital Place is how the author remembers Minnesota's historic Sandy Lake: important fur-trading hub, promised land to a succession of Native American tribes, 18th-century capital of the Ojibwe Nation, strategic gateway to the Mississippi River from Lake Superior- and route followed by nearly all the famous men of Minnesota history.

A Capital Place

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A Capital Place

A Capital Place

Memories of a Minnesota Life

  • Author: David Laureen
  • Publisher: iUniverse
  • ISBN: 1469713772
  • Category: History
  • Page: 330
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A CAPITAL PLACE ...is how the author remembers Minnesota's historic Sandy Lake: important fur-trading hub, promised land to a succession of Native American tribes, 18th-century captial of the Ojibwe Nation, and strategic gateway to the Mississippi River from Lake Superiorroute follwed by nearly all the famous men of Minnesota History. In this Reminiscence spanning more than a half-century, Laursen writes of boyhood days on a primitive Sandy Lake fishing resort, of his long struggle to become a writer, of exciting years with a youthful Medtronic and of the inspiring seqence of events which led him and wife to a Bed & Breakfast Inn on the shores of Leech Lake.

A Reason to Believe

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A Reason to Believe

A Reason to Believe

Lessons from an Improbable Life

  • Author: Governor Deval Patrick
  • Publisher: Broadway Books
  • ISBN: 0307720764
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 240
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“I’ve simply seen too much goodness in this country—and have come so far in my own journey—not to believe in those ideals, and my faith in the future is sometimes restored under the darkest clouds.” —Governor Deval Patrick In January 2007, Deval Patrick became the first black governor of the state of Massachusetts, one of only two black governors elected in American history. But that was just one triumphant step in a long, improbable journey that began in a poor tenement on the South Side of Chicago. From a chaotic childhood to an elite boarding school in New England, from a sojourn doing relief work in Africa to the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, and then to a career in politics, Patrick has led an extraordinary life. In this heartfelt and inspirational book, he pays tribute to the family, friends, and strangers who, through words and deeds, have instilled in him transcendent lessons of faith, perseverance, and friendship. In doing so, he reminds us of the power of community and the imperative of idealism. With humility, humor, and grace, he offers a road map for attaining happiness, empowerment, and success while also making an appeal for readers to cultivate those achievements in others, to feel a greater stake in this world, and to shape a life worth living. Warm, nostalgic, and inspirational, A Reason to Believe is destined to become a timeless tribute to a uniquely American odyssey and a testament to what is possible in our lives and our communities if we are hopeful, generous, and resilient. GOVERNOR DEVAL PATRICK is donating a portion of the proceeds from A REASON TO BELIEVE to A Better Chance, a national organization dedicated to opening the doors to greater educational opportunities for young people of color. To learn more, visit www.abetterchance.org.