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Now With Kung Fu Grip

Author : Jared Miracle
ISBN : 9781476663500
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Why do so many Americans practice martial arts? How did kung fu get its own movie genre? What makes mixed martial arts so popular? This book answers these questions for the first time with historical research. At the turn of the 20th century, the United States enjoyed a time of prosperity but feared that men were becoming soft. At the same time, the Japanese government sponsored research to develop the best fighting techniques for its new empire. Before World War II, American men boxed and Japanese men practiced judo and karate. Postwar Americans began adopting Chinese, Brazilian, Filipino and other fighting styles, in the process establishing a masculine subculture based on physical and social power. The rise of Asian martial arts in America is a fascinating untold story of modern history, from the origin of karate uniforms to the first martial arts themed birthday party. The cast of characters includes circus strongmen, professional cage fighters, an award winning comic book artist, the inventors of judo, aikido and Cornflakes, and Count Juan Raphael Dante, a Chicago hairdresser and used car salesman with the "Deadliest Hands in the World." Readers will never look at taekwondo class the same way again.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Daddyhood

Author : Charles Blount
ISBN : 9781467825306
Genre : Family & Relationships
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In his book Daddyhood, Charles Blount, well-known author of Whatever Happened to Charlie Boy continues his journey to break the chain of abuse and neglect, which he vividly describes in the story about Charlie Boy. Mr. Blount poses the question, “What is a Daddy?” and presents in convincing argument that, though any man can become a father, it takes lots of work and something special to become a “Daddy.” The author presents his argument through the personal experience of marriage, childbirth and divorce. He also argues that even the break-up of a marriage does not have to mark the end of a family, and for the sake of one’s child, should not. In a series of simple rules, Mr. Blount shows the reader how to accomplish this for the good of your child and your own well being; good advice for anyone wanting the best for their family.
Category: Family & Relationships

Comics Studies Here And Now

Author : Frederick Luis Aldama
ISBN : 9781351015257
Genre : Social Science
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Comics Studies Here and Now marks the arrival of comics studies scholarship that no longer feels the need to justify itself within or against other fields of study. The essays herein move us forward, some in their re-diggings into comics history and others by analyzing comics—and all its transmedial and fan-fictional offshoots—on its own terms. Comics Studies stakes the flag of our arrival—the arrival of comics studies as a full-fledged discipline that today and tomorrow excavates, examines, discusses, and analyzes all aspects that make up the resplendent planetary republic of comics. This collection of scholarly essays is a testament to the fact that comic book studies have come into their own as an academic discipline; simply and powerfully moving comic studies forward with their critical excavations and theoretical formulas based on the common sense understanding that comics add to the world as unique, transformative cultural phenomena.
Category: Social Science

The Complete Encyclopedia To Gi Joe

Author : Vincent Santelmo
ISBN : 0873418743
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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This third edition's new, reader-friendly format makes it easy for collectors of each GI Joe version to learn the history of their favorite figures and determine exactly when action figures and accessories were released. The updated price guide is a complete chronological listing from 1964-2000. 1,000 photos. 48-page color section.
Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Life On A Shoestring

Author : Scott Chisman
ISBN : 0595325947
Genre : Political Science
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What am I going to do in life? What am I supposed to do? How can I decide what to do when everything looks like a sham? What is this American Dream? Are we not all living our lives on a shoestring? By the time I completed this book I realized the nature of my problem. I rearranged my work to look like an eighteen-hole golf course, and I saw the light. I realized that I was a guitar player living in a golfer's world. We don't understand our leaders because they are golfers, and they are living on a golf course. They don't understand us because we are living on a shoestring. I realized that I was just shooting a bad round. I reformatted my work into a language that the golfer's can understand. I looked at my journey through the American Dream for the last forty years like I was playing a round of golf. As I play the course, I try to stay right in the middle of the fairway, neither hook nor a slice. I try to stay out of the sand traps and avoid the water. Unfortunately, I've had to spend some time in the woods looking for my ball. I hope this book will teach you the attitude that overcomes adversity and an attitude of hope and of humor, because we'll need it. And I hope that I find my ball. See you at the nineteenth hole!
Category: Political Science

Kung Fu High School

Author : Ryan Gattis
ISBN : 9780374716639
Genre : Fiction
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“[An] ultraviolent, dystopian debut novel from Ryan Gattis, the spawn of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Cormier.” —Publishers Weekly High school is brutal, but Jen B. has learned to pick her battles. Except the first one—that one is mandatory. At the Good Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King High School, aka “Kung Fu,” everyone gets beaten to a pulp in their first week. Getting “kicked in” helps Ridley, the drug kingpin who runs the school and everyone in it, maintain order. He's the reason that 99.5 percent of the students know some form of martial art, and why they suit up in body armor and blades before class. Jen’s life is savage but simple until the day her cousin Jimmy, a world-famous kung fu champion, shows up. Everyone at Kung Fu wants a piece of him, especially Ridley, but Jimmy’s made a promise never to fight again—a promise that sends the whole school hurtling toward a colossal clash, ending in an epic bloody showdown. Ryan Gattis’s dystopian satire, Kung Fu High School, is a cult classic in the making—a darkly comic, gleefully graphic, barbaric opera about loyalty, survival, and the horrors of high school, which earned comparison with the works of such icons as Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Price, and Anthony Burgess.
Category: Fiction

Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu Omnibus

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ISBN : 1302901346
Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
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Completing this never-before-reprinted series, volume two shifts focus to Iron Fist, the Living Weapon! Written by Chris Claremont and with lush artwork by Rudy Nebres, Danny Rand battles Firebird and Dhasha Khan in a saga filled with the mystery of K'un-Lun! Meanwhile, from the ashes of the Sons of the Tiger, Bill Mantlo and George P?rez introduce Hector Ayala, the White Tiger! Also featuring Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu; Jack of Hearts; Swordquest's samurai action; two team-ups with all of Marvel's martial arts heroes; and Claremont and Marshall Rogers' beautiful Daughters of the Dragon! COLLECTING: DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU (1974) 19-33; MATERIAL FROM BIZARRE ADVENTURES (1981) 25
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Suzy S Case

Author : Andy Siegel
ISBN : 9781451658804
Genre : Fiction
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This wild ride of a debut thriller is packed with insider details that reveal the fascinating world of a New York lawyer who’ll stop at nothing to secure justice. Introducing Tug Wyler, a dogged and irreverent New York City personal injury and medical malpractice attorney. He is as at home on the streets as he is in the courtroom, and larger than life in both places. Once you’ve met him, you won’t ever forget him. When Henry Benson, a high-profile criminal lawyer known for his unsavory clients, recruits Tug to take over a long-pending multimillion-dollar lawsuit representing a tragically brain-damaged child, his instructions are clear: get us out of it; there is no case. Yet the moment Tug meets the disabled but gallant little Suzy Williams and June, her beautiful, resourceful mother, all bets are off. With an offbeat, self-mocking style, Tug Wyler’s a far cry from your ordinary lawyer. Unswerving in his dedication to his mostly disadvantaged clients, he understands only too well how badly they need him with the system stacked against them. Tug is honest about his own shortcomings, many of them of the profoundly politically incorrect variety, and his personal catchphrase, handy in all situations, is “At least I admit it.” When his passionate commitment to Suzy’s case thrusts him into a surreal, often violent sideshow, the ensuing danger only sharpens his obsession with learning what really happened to Suzy. Blending razor-sharp intuition, intellectual toughness, and endlessly creative legal brinkmanship, Tug determinedly works his way through a maze of well-kept secrets—encountering a cast of memorably eccentric characters along the way—to get to the truth. Among the many fresh-to-the-genre pleasures of Suzy’s Case is its eye-opening portrait of the brutally tough world of medical malpractice law in New York City, an aggressive, very-big-bucks, winner-takes-all game in which lawyers relentlessly cut corners, deals—and throats. With Andy Siegel as the expert guide to his daily home turf, that largely unseen medicolegal universe, where life—and death—always have a price, you’ll experience its addictive, risk-taking reality. The result is a stunning debut as gripping as it is unexpected, as rollicking as it is compassionate, revealing Andy Siegel to be a bright new voice of remarkable energy, wit, and style.
Category: Fiction

Mister Goodbye Easter Island

Author : Jon Woodward
ISBN : UOM:39015057599519
Genre : Poetry
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An unconventionally brilliant, darkly funny debut.
Category: Poetry

O Me Of Little Faith

Author : Jason Boyett
ISBN : 9780310563341
Genre : Religion
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In this O Me of Little Faith Ebook, author Jason Boyett brings you a transparent and personal account of his own of struggles with doubts and unbelief in living out his faith. With humor and frankness, Boyett uses personal anecdotes and a fresh look at Scripture to explore the realities of pursuing Christ through a field of doubt.After three decades of knowing God, understanding Christianity, and living a Christian life, Boyett has come to the place where he can voice the tough questions and travel the road of uncertainty with blinders off, candor on. The message along the way is one of encouragement: Relax. Rely on the grace of a merciful God, a kind father who realizes that his finite creatures must have doubts, should have questions, and will have trouble making sense of an infinite Creator. Ultimately, Boyett concludes that doubt and faith are not polar opposites, but actually work together, existing side-by-side. Uplifting, entertaining, hopeful, O Me of Little Faith will strike a chord with you and any Christian who's dealing with the uncertainties of living life in pursuit of a God who occasionally seems to disappear.
Category: Religion