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Tasting Victory

Author : Gerard Basset
ISBN : 9781783528615
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This the memoir of Gerard Basset, OBE, the greatest wine professional of his generation. A school dropout, Gerard had to come to England to discover his passion. He threw himself into learning everything he could about wine, immersing himself in the world of Michelin star restaurants and beginning the steep climb to the top of the the career ladder. Tasting Victory charts his business successes: co-founding and selling the innovative Hotel du Vin chain and founding, with his wife Nina, the much-loved Hotel TerraVina. It recounts in detail just how he managed to earn his unprecedented sequence of qualifications; Gerard is the first and only individual to hold the famously difficult Master of Wine qualification simultaneously with that of Master Sommelier and MBA in Wine Business. But it is his pursuit of the most important award of all that forms the core of this book – how, at his seventh attempt, and after a training regime that would shame most Olympic athletes, the fifty-three-year-old Gerard Basset was finally crowned the Best Sommelier of the World, and acknowledged as the greatest sommelier of his generation. Gerard's memoir is not only the story of how a champion is made, but also a record of how fine dining and hospitality changed in England, going from stale and unexciting to the world-leading sector it is today. Above all, it’s a book about succeeding against great odds: in typical fashion it was when he was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus that Gerard responded by deciding to write Tasting Victory, which he completed shortly before his death in January 2019.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Canadian Federal Election Of 2006

Author : Jon H. Pammett
ISBN : 9781459718623
Genre : Political Science
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The Canadian Federal Election of 2006 is a comprehensive analysis of all aspects of the campaign and election that ended the 12-year Liberal reign in Canadian politics and saw the House of Commons shift from one minority government to another. The chapters, composed by leading political writers, commentators, and pollsters, examine the strategies, successes, and blunders of the major players — the Conservatives, Liberals, New Democrats, Bloc Québécois, and Greens — and also explore the role of the media coverage and the performance and influence of public opinion polls. Special features in this definitive volume explore the way candidates are nominated and the changes in the legislation governing Canadian federal elections. Finally, the book includes a detailed analysis of voting patterns and the rate of voter participation.
Category: Political Science

The Kentucky Derby Preakness And Belmont Stakes

Author : Richard Sowers
ISBN : 9780786476985
Genre : History
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This is the definitive history of thoroughbred racing's three premier events, which have never before been explored in such detail. This book gives the history of America's classic races from the inaugural Belmont Stakes in 1867 through 2013, identifying which equine participants were truly worthy of lasting acclaim and which were one-hit wonders. Perhaps even more compelling are the stories of the men and women who rode, trained, owned, or bred classic winners, including their exploits on the turf and their triumphs and failures in arenas far removed from horse racing.
Category: History

The Orwell Conundrum

Author : Erika Gottlieb
ISBN : 0886291755
Genre : Literary Criticism
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An important contribution to the understanding of George Orwell's thought, particularly to Nineteen Eighty Four. The author challenges the view of the novel as a flawed work of crushing pessimism, arguing convincingly that it is a great humanist's mature vision of his deeply troubled times.
Category: Literary Criticism


Author : Rose Brady
ISBN : 9780300127621
Genre : Business & Economics
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As Moscow bureau chief for Business Week magazine, Rose Brady was on the scene during the fall of the Soviet Union and the key early years of Russia’s transformation from a socialist state to a market economy. Brady interviewed scores of major political and economic figures, entrepreneurs, and ordinary Russian citizens, all of whom confronted enormous changes during the first five years of economic reform. In this compelling book, Brady provides one of the first accounts of Russia’s transition period written by an observer without a personal stake in the reform efforts’ outcome. The author takes readers into the factories, stores, banks, impromptu markets, homes, and schools of Russia, as well as into the corridors of power, to explain how the country’s own brand of capitalism has evolved. The book describes the shock to citizens when Boris Yeltsin’s government liberated prices in 1992; the early entrepreneurs who scrambled for position as state assets were privatized; privatization chief Anatoly Chubais’s crucial compromises, which altered the shape of Russian capitalism; and the development of an oligarchical system dominated by a handful of financial-industrial conglomerates. Some people have been left behind in poverty, sickness, and confusion as Russia has lurched toward capitalism, Brady concludes, yet by 1997, with private-sector domination of the economy, Russia had achieved an essentially successful economic transformation.
Category: Business & Economics

The Ultimate Guide To Pro Football Teams

Author : Shane Frederick
ISBN : 9781429656429
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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"Describes each of the teams in the NFL, including players, coaches, history, and fun facts"--Provided by publisher.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction


Author : A. C. Green
ISBN : 0884194175
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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As you read A.C.'s 52 principles for championship living, you'll discover how you too can be a champion for God, live a pure and moral life, have discipline and self-control, and be a bold witness for the Gospel.
Category: Sports & Recreation

An Improbable Life

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ISBN : 9780231537056
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

A Gathering Of Finches

Author : Jane Kirkpatrick
ISBN : 9780307569134
Genre : Fiction
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Based on historical characters and events, A Gathering of Finches tells the story of a turn-of-the-century Oregon coastal couple and the consequences of their choices, as seen through the eyes of the wife, her sister, and her Indian maid. Along the way, the reader will discover reasons to trust that money and possessions can't buy happiness or forgiveness, nor permit us to escape the consequences of our choices. The story emphasizes the message that real meaning is found in the relationships we nurture and in living our lives in obedience to God.
Category: Fiction

Wolf Mountain Moon

Author : Terry C. Johnston
ISBN : 0307756386
Genre : Fiction
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“Terry Johnston is an authentic American treasure.”—Loren D. Estleman, author of Edsel As swirling snows fall from a leaden sky and a deadly winter approaches, two bitter enemies meet in a season of savage vengeance. Scout Seasmus Donegan—wondering whether he will ever return to Fort Laramie and the warm embrace of his wife and newborn son—is now under the command of Colonel Nelson A. Miles, who pushes his war-weary troops up the Tongue River into butte country. There, amid the rugged, snow-covered bluffs awaits Crazy Horse with a fighting force of Lakota braves one thousand strong. Gathering in the high, cold canyons, these courageous warriors prepare to engage Colonel Miles and the Fifth U.S. Infantry . . . one last chance for the proud Lakota to shape their own destiny, the last battle Crazy Horse will ever fight against the white man’s army.
Category: Fiction

Whipping Post

Author : Barry Barnes
ISBN : 9780595306121
Genre : Fiction
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Claude Henry Hudson is so simple that he's complex. He wears his heart on his sleeve then puts a jacket on. His funeral features laughter, tears, and people from his life that can truly tell the special stories. Heaven is a virtual who's who of history. The "celebrity" of it all preoccupies his mind. An innocent checker game between General Robert E. Lee and General George Gordon Meade commemorating the Battle of Gettysburg renews sectional differences of opinion between North and South. Claude somehow becomes an integral part of this historic rivalry. A hundred-yard battlefield resolves the issue. A window allows him to observe past history, watch current events, get philosophical, and even eavesdrop on his former fiancé. A burning desire inside of him to make one last contribution to humanity is sparked by noticing the trials and tribulations of daily life by those still living. A double-dealing angel gives him his wish. Claude and the Devil are tied to the Whipping Post.
Category: Fiction

The World Is Stupid You Can T Fix It

Author : Claude Roessiger
ISBN : 9781450276672
Genre : Philosophy
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Why is the country in a state of disarray? Why do our systems not work? In The World is Stupid You Can't Fix It! author Claude Roessiger examines the major issues plaguing the United States today and proposes solutions to some of the ills. From the origins of man's society to windmills and boorish manners, Roessiger discusses a wide range of public policy issues social democracy; drug, alcohol, and sexual policies; education; economics; technology; government spending; and government size. His inquiry ranges far, cuts incisively, and gives no quarter. In The World is Stupid You Can't Fix It! he delves into a range of questions: Does the populace understand that a major portion of public spending is waste? Is anyone truly incensed? Was the Spirit of '76 no more than a fl ash in the pan? Can men preserve liberty? Was man made for liberty? Roessiger admits that the questions are difficult to ask and the answers even more difficult to discern. But they are important to discuss because for free people to remain free, they must be capable of rational argumentation and dialogue.
Category: Philosophy

Finding Zoe

Author : Brandi Rarus
ISBN : 9781940363455
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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At just a few months old, Zoe was gradually losing her hearing. Her adoptive parents loved her—yet agonized—feeling they couldn’t handle raising a Deaf child. Would Zoe go back into the welfare system and spend her childhood hoping to find parents willing to adopt her? Or, would she be the long-sought answer to a mother’s prayers? Brandi Rarus was just 6 when spinal meningitis took away her hearing. Because she spoke well and easily adjusted to lip reading, she was mainstreamed in school and socialized primarily in the hearing community. Brandi was a popular, happy teen, but being fully part of every conversation was an ongoing struggle. She felt caught between two worlds—the Deaf and the hearing. In college, Brandi embraced Deaf Culture along with the joys of complete and effortless communication with her peers. Brandi went on to become Miss Deaf America in 1988 and served as a spokesperson for her community. It was during her tenure as Miss Deaf America that Brandi met Tim, a leader of the Gallaudet Uprising in support of selecting the university’s first Deaf president. The two went on to marry and had three hearing boys—the first non-deaf children born in Tim’s family in 125 years. Brandi was incredibly grateful to have her three wonderful sons, but couldn’t shake the feeling something was missing. She didn’t know that Zoe, a six-month-old Deaf baby girl caught in the foster care system, was desperately in need of a family unafraid of her different needs. Brandi found the answer to her prayers when fate brought her new adopted daughter into her life. Set against the backdrop of Deaf America, Finding Zoe is an uplifting story of hope, adoption, and everyday miracles.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Legacy Of The Vampire

Author : Philip M. LaVoie
ISBN : 9780595795741
Genre : Fiction
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An ancient being, deriving from an ancient land. Born a servant of evil, he now exists among us with his true self safely anonymous. But a stranger is about to awaken a nightmare long thought banished, a demonic force of unspeakable power that has not walked the Earth for three millennia. If unleashed, it shall face little resistance conquering a world unprepared to fight such a creature. This former slave must stop the unknown foe from completing his plans, with the help of a handful of humans the same life forms he was once sworn to destroy. If he fails, not only shall the face of the land be overtaken by this demon's vampire hordes, but he will revert back into the mindless golem of his past. The final conflict will take place not in the land of its primeval Grecian origin, but across the oceans, within a modern city where humans and immortals will clash for the future of all mankind.
Category: Fiction

Getting Into Management

Author : Cassandra Chapman
ISBN : 9781475997354
Genre : Business & Economics
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If you want to change your life for the better and get yourself a job that you truly enjoy doing, then this book is all about helping you find your way there. It's a realistic look at life and all its challenges, whether it is about finding a job or securing a management position. By using the card game of Spades, Cassandra hopes to show you just how taking risks and calling bluffs can be a good thing. Life is a game and learning how to play it well is all you need to focus on, and with Cassandra, your trip will be exciting and wonderful, all in one. The explanations and examples used in the book are so simple and common that anyone and everyone will have no problem finding it an entertaining and easy to follow read. Be a winner today. Take the first step with this book.
Category: Business & Economics

A Buried Past

Author : Khanya Maselela
ISBN : 9781462880263
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"A Buried Past" What if your past was recorded to fortell your future as it happens?? Introducing "A Buried Past" of Khanya Maselela. A story about a young lady who walked through life to end up as a Writer of Divinity that can capture multiple events in words, a person's lifespan in her own autobiography. Khanya Maselela documents her intimate discovery of the spiritual world. As she wrote & transformed this biography about herself in the year 2008 she realized the power of memories and how they could be used as a tool to fortell a future. She became a "Student of the Spirits" from an early age but only at the tender age of 21, in the year 2002, was she called by nature to Evolve. Through divine interventions from the supernatural world, she was channelled into different spiritual positions from prophesies to predictions down right to negotiations moving past image consultations by using Time as a major subject in perfecting a lifestyle. "A Buried Past" is in an unusual pattern of a healing revelation. The pace of this autobiography is smooth and personal with conversations that will amaze the very core of your consciousness. She introduces the process that has groomed her spirit into a true believer of Time Management. According to her writings, it is safe to bury a legacy you can always go back to. "A Buried Past" will trigger a past that is ready to be healed, a presence ready to be lived & a future that is waiting to be perfected...:)
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Next Target

Author : Nikki Arana
ISBN : 9780781408271
Genre : Fiction
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It only took one bullet. Austia's friend and student fell dead. And with a glimpse of a newspaper headline, the young and recently widowed Austia knows more about what happened than the police. From that fatal night, Austia’s secret outreach to the U.S. Muslim community—in the guise of English language classes—becomes a target. Local Muslim extremists set their sights on ending her ministry and even her life. And the women she ministers to will be next.A thick web of deceit closes in around Austia, and her circle of friends becomes smaller by the day, even as she finally opens herself to the idea of falling in love again. But who can she trust? Facing a spiritual battle that proves more treacherous than it at first seemed, Austia’s convictions are tested to their limits and her heart becomes primed for breaking. She must ask herself: how much she will risk to stay true to her herself, her faith, and to the lives of the women she serves?
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Harper S Team

Author : Tom Flanagan
ISBN : 9780773578722
Genre : Political Science
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Harper's team fought four campaigns in five years: two leadership races and two national elections. Through trial and error - and determination - they learned to combine the Reform Party's strength in grassroots politics with the Progressive Conservative expertise in advertising and media relations, while simultaneously adopting the latest advances in information and communications technology.
Category: Political Science

Heart Of The Hide

Author : Lou Petrucci
ISBN : 9780595603091
Genre : Fiction
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Somewhere Nicky realized from the truth that telling lies was much more fun. They never ended. Nicky made them up and changed the rules as he went along. It was so much easier than dealing with the truth. On the outside, twelve-year-old Nicky Palmieri is just a little different from the average kid who loves baseball. Several surgeries on his cleft palate have left noticeable bumps and scars on his lip. He desperately wants to look like the other kids, but the doctors' empty words and promises set bad examples about lying. On the inside, Nicky dreams of reaching the major leagues. His baseball glove, an expensive professional model, is an extension of his left hand. Nicky knows where his glove is at all times. Then one day he secretly places his prized possession in an unusual place. When his family and closest friends ask him about the glove's whereabouts, Nicky follows with a long string of lies. Most are harmless fibs-but one falsehood leads to a catastrophe that changes Nicky's life. Join Nicky and the Kelsey Avenue Crew for a series of wild events that teach him about the power of the truth. -- "Elementary-school teacher and former sports reporter Petrucci weaves a poignant tale of a young boy with a cleft palate, who finds respite from the harsh realities of small-town life by playing baseball. A lengthy yet endearing treat for young sports fans." - Kirkus Review
Category: Fiction