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American Huckster

Author : Mary Papenfuss
ISBN : 9780062449702
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The first inside account of the international soccer scandal that rocked the world and the American at its center—the incredible story of how a stay-at-home New York soccer dad illegally made millions off the world’s most powerful and corrupt sports organization and became an unlikely FBI whistleblower. He was the middle-class Jewish kid from Queens who rose from local youth soccer leagues to the heights of FIFA, becoming a larger-than-life, jet-setting buccaneer—and the most notorious FBI informant in sports history. For years, Chuck Blazer skimmed over $20 million from FIFA, stashing his money in offshore accounts and real estate holdings that included a luxury apartment in Trump Tower, a South Beach condo, and a hideaway in the Bahamas. Instantly recognizable with his unruly mass of salt-and-pepper hair and matching beard—and a rotating crop of arm candy—Blazer was one of the most flamboyant figures in the glitzy social and political circles of international soccer. Over the course of thirty years, Blazer leveraged his friendships with the likes of Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton and Nelson Mandela, to increase his influence with the mandarins of global soccer—most notably Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s long-time godfather. Once Blatter tapped Blazer to be the first American in almost fifty years to sit on FIFA’s executive committee, the erstwhile accountant steadily accumulated money and power—until 2013 when the FBI and IRS nabbed Blazer and charged him with fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion. In exchange for immunity, Blazer agreed to let the Feds install a microphone in his keychain to entrap his larcenous band of brothers—leading to the shocking arrest and indictment of eighteen FIFA officials for racketeering and bribery. In this taut and suspenseful tale of white-collar crime and betrayal at the highest levels of international business, investigative reporters Mary Papenfuss and Teri Thompson draw on sources in U.S. law enforcement as well as in Blazer’s inner circle to tell the surreal tale of this astonishing character and the scandal that rocked the world.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Constructing American Lives

Author : Scott E. Casper
ISBN : 9781469649047
Genre : History
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Nineteenth-century American authors, critics, and readers believed that biography had the power to shape individuals' characters and to help define the nation's identity. In an age predating radio and television, biography was not simply a genre of writing, says Scott Casper; it was the medium that allowed people to learn about public figures and peer into the lives of strangers. In this pioneering study, Casper examines how Americans wrote, published, and read biographies and how their conceptions of the genre changed over the course of a century. Campaign biographies, memoirs of pious women, patriotic narratives of eminent statesmen, "mug books" that collected the lives of ordinary midwestern farmers--all were labeled "biography," however disparate their contents and the contexts of their creation, publication, and dissemination. Analyzing debates over how these diverse biographies should be written and read, Casper reveals larger disputes over the meaning of character, the definition of American history, and the place of American literary practices in a transatlantic world of letters. As much a personal experience as a literary genre, biography helped Americans imagine their own lives as well as the ones about which they wrote and read.
Category: History

The Best American Sports Writing 2017

Author : Glenn Stout
ISBN : 9780544821552
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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For a quarter century, the annual Best American Sports Writing has showcased the greatest sports journalism of the previous year. This year's guest editor, acclaimed author Howard Bryant, continues the tradition, seeking out writing that best captures the unpredictable journey of sports. Triumphantly and painfully, these stories reflect on that journey, asking difficult questions about who we are, as individuals and as a nation: What does it mean when a football player takes a knee during the national anthem, who decides where the remains ofan American legend should rest, and how far will people go to reclaim dreams that have long slipped away? Spanning different sports, disciplines, and styles, these pieces are, above all, inspirational to readers, writers, and athletes around the world, proof of the bonds and breaking points that exist between and within us all.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

American Presidents Attend The Theatre

Author : Thomas A. Bogar
ISBN : 9781476606804
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Not every presidential visit to the theatre is as famous as Lincoln’s last night at Ford’s, but American presidents attended the theatre long before and long after that ill-fated night. In 1751, George Washington saw his first play, The London Merchant, during a visit to Barbados. John Quincy Adams published dramatic critiques. William McKinley avoided the theatre while in office, on professional as well as moral grounds. Richard Nixon met his wife at a community theatre audition. Surveying 255 years, this volume examines presidential theatre-going as it has reflected shifting popular tastes in America.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Grand Huckster

Author : Edgar W. Ray
ISBN : UOM:39015002972993
Genre : Astrodome
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This book reflects Hofheinz's many faceted interests and his versatility and talents. Son of a poor Texas truck driver, his talents led him from a life to poverty to much wealth.
Category: Astrodome

Studies In American Humor

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ISBN : IND:32000004581411
Genre : American literature
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Category: American literature

The American Past

Author : Joseph R. Conlin
ISBN : 0155023780
Genre : History
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Category: History

U S News World Report

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ISBN : UOM:39015053299882
Genre : United States
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Category: United States

Buffalo Cinderellas

Author : Rick Barrett
ISBN : 0999578502
Genre :
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The electrifying 1901 Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York offered a spirited message of hope and possibility. Over eight million people flocked to the spectacular Pan Am, and there were substantial opportunities for businessmen to profit.Two very different people did so by creating souvenir ¿cinderella¿ stamps for the event. One was a reputable man who sold over four million Expo stamps and became a respected philatelic expert; the other was a traveling charlatan who later drifted into the darkness of forgery and swindling.Their fascinating stories and adventures are inside this book. The items they created, that are an ever-increasing attraction to stamp collectors and lovers of intrigue alike, are beautifully pictured and precisely detailed inside as well!

The American City

Author : Harold S. Buttenheim
ISBN : UOM:39015068229825
Genre : Cities and towns
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Category: Cities and towns

New York

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ISBN : NWU:35556023641145
Genre : New York (N.Y.)
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Category: New York (N.Y.)

Forked Tongues

Author : Ann Massa
ISBN : UOM:39015032248463
Genre : Literary Collections
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This collection of essays from scholars, critics and poets from both sides of the Atlantic sets out to discover the distinctiveness of modern British and American literature by comparing and contrasting the two traditions. It considers both the way the two literatures have influenced each other and what distinguishing characteristics they each possess.
Category: Literary Collections