Spoils of Victory

Author: John A. Connell
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0425283399
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a scenic Alpine ski town that managed to escape the destruction of World War II. It is also the home of fleeing war criminals, a depository for the Nazis' stolen riches, and the latest post for Army investigator Mason Collins. When a friend who fought alongside Mason tells him about a plot by a group of powerful men-and is killed soon afterward-it's clear that Mason must make his investigation as quick and quiet as possible for his own safety. For someone up high is pulling strings to prevent him from discovering the truth..

Ruins of War

Author: John A. Connell
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0425278956
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Winter 1945. Seven months after the Nazi defeat, Munich is in ruins. Investigator Mason Collins must enforce the law in a place where order has been obliterated. And his job just became much more dangerous. A killer is stalking the devastated city - one who has knowledge of human anatomy, enacts mysterious rituals with his prey and seems to pick victims at random. Relying on his wits and instincts, Mason must venture places where his own life is put at risk. What Mason doesn't know is that the killer he's chasing is stalking him, too.

The Cow Book

Author: John Connell
Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 1783784199
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Farming has been in John Connell's family for generations, but he never intended to follow in his father's footsteps. Until, one winter, he finds himself back on the farm and begins to learn the ways of the farmer and the way of the cows. Connell records the hypnotic rhythm of the farming day - cleaning the outhouses, milking the herd, tending to sickly lambs, helping the cows give birth. But alongside the routine events, there are the unforeseen moments when things go wrong: when a calf fails to thrive, when a sheep goes missing, when illness breaks out, when depression takes hold, when an argument erupts and things are said that cannot be unsaid. The Cow Book is the story of a calving season. It is also the story of the cow itself, from its domestication and worship as a God by the Ancient Egyptians to the modern practice of mechanized herds, via the figure of the cowboy, the destruction of the American buffalo, the demise of the aboriginal jackaroos and the consequences of BSE. And, above all, it is the story of Connell's life as a farmer, of his relationship with his birthplace of County Longford, with the community around the family farm, with the animals he tends, and with his father.

The Republic of Virtue

Author: F. H. Buckley
Publisher: Encounter Books
ISBN: 1594039712
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Public corruption is the silent killer of our economy. We’ve spawned the thickest network of patronage and influence ever seen in any country, a crony capitalism in which business partners with government and transfers wealth from the poor to the rich. This is a betrayal of the Framers’ vision for America, and of the Constitution they saw as an anti-corruption covenant. Most Americans get it, and this explains the otherwise improbable rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. When a country is corrupt, legislative efforts to make things better can actually make them worse. That’s what has happened with our campaign finance laws, says the conservative, and not entirely without reason. We’ve criminalized political speech and sent the message that it’s unsafe to get involved in politics without a lawyer at one’s side. Donor disclosure requirements have also unleashed Internet mobs that attack political opponents. We’d be better off without any of them, Buckley argues in this provocative book. They’re a net with the curious feature that the big fish swim through safely while only the little fish are caught, and those with the wrong political beliefs. All such rules are a disaster, and should be replaced by a different set of laws that focus on crony capitalism and the nexus of legislators and lobbyists that prey on our economy.

The Far Side of the World Vol Book 10 Aubrey Maturin Novels

Author: Patrick O'Brian
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393063828
Format: PDF
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The inspiration for the major new motion picture starring Russell Crowe. The war of 1812 continues, and Jack Aubrey sets course for Cape Horn on a mission after his own heart: intercepting a powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc with the British whaling trade. Stephen Maturin has fish of his own to fry in the world of secret intelligence. Disaster in various guises awaits them in the Great South Sea and in the far reaches of the Pacific: typhoons, castaways, shipwrecks, murder, and criminal insanity.

Paper in the Wind

Author: Olivia Mason-Charles
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781520399263
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Paper in the Wind is a compassionate and riveting story depicting a single father's dedication to his daughter. In the midst of the overwhelming struggles that accompanied autism, he continues to persevere. Her father's love enabled her to overcome insurmountable obstacles, discovered the power of love and embraced the gift of life.

The Alienist

Author: Caleb Carr
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
ISBN: 0525510273
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Paperback edition with new afterword originally published by Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2006.

Newton s Cannon

Author: Greg Keyes
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 150402656X
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This novel of Ben Franklin, Isaac Newton, and a demonic Louis XIV is “eminently worthwhile reading for both fantasy and alternate-history lovers” (Booklist). In 1681, in an England somewhat like our England . . . the great alchemist Sir Isaac Newton makes the remarkable discovery of a substance he calls philosopher’s mercury, with which one can manipulate the four essential elements of the universe: earth, water, air, and fire. In the opulent court of Britain’s greatest enemy, the ancient King Louis XIV, his life alchemically and indefinitely prolonged, employs treacherous means to obtain the prize that will grant him dominion over the entire continent. Meanwhile, his brilliant and beautiful mistress, Adrienne de Mornay de Montchevreuil, secretly pursues a mathematical method to prevent his takeover. And in another corner of the world, the young printer’s apprentice and aspiring alchemist Ben Franklin is plagued by a demon and flees to England seeking the aid of his hero: Newton. But Franklin will discover that Newton has demons of his own . . . A wondrously dark and richly imagined alternate history, Greg Keyes’s Newton’s Cannon is the first book in his extraordinary Age of Unreason series—a magnificent journey to a past that never was in a world where magic is a science and the greatest minds must conspire to prevent an end to all things.

Secession and Security

Author: Ahsan I. Butt
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 1501713965
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"The book is an excellent addition to the scholarly literature on subnational movements, both past and present, offering a range of insights to policymakers across the globe."—Ayesha Jalal, author of The Struggle for Pakistan "With judicious use of empirical evidence and rich case studies, Ahsan I. Butt makes a compelling case that states’ responses to secessionist movements turn to a considerable degree on their external security environments."—S. Paul Kapur, author of Jihad as Grand Strategy In Secession and Security, Ahsan I. Butt argues that states, rather than separatists, determine whether a secessionist struggle will be peaceful, violent, or genocidal. He investigates the strategies, ranging from negotiated concessions to large-scale repression, adopted by states in response to separatist movements. Variations in the external security environment, Butt argues, influenced the leaders of the Ottoman Empire to use peaceful concessions against Armenians in 1908 but escalated to genocide against the same community in 1915; caused Israel to reject a Palestinian state in the 1990s; and shaped peaceful splits in Czechoslovakia in 1993 and the Norway-Sweden union in 1905. Using more than one hundred interviews and extensive archival data, Butt focuses on two main cases—Pakistani reactions to Bengali and Baloch demands for independence in the 1970s and India’s responses to secessionist movements in Kashmir, Punjab, and Assam in the 1980s and 1990s. Butt’s deep historical approach to his subject will appeal to policymakers and observers interested in the last five decades of geopolitics in South Asia, the contemporary Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and ethno-national conflict, separatism, and nationalism more generally.

The Whole Story of Half a Girl

Author: Veera Hiranandani
Publisher: Yearling Books
ISBN: 0375871675
Format: PDF
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When Sonia's father loses his job and she must change schools, she experiences culture shock as she tries to navigate the social scene, and after her father is diagnosed with depression, she finds herself becoming more confused about herself and her family.