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"Grand Ambition"

♥ Book Title : Grand Ambition
♣ Name Author : G. Bruce Knecht
∞ Launching : 2015-06-30
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781416576013
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1416576010
⊕ Number Pages : Total 264 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Doug Von Allmen, a self-made man who grew up in a landlocked state dreaming of the ocean, was poised to build a 187-foot yacht that would cost $40 million. Lady Linda would not be among the very largest of the burgeoning fleet of oceangoing palaces, but Von Allmen vowed that it would be the best one ever made in the United States. Nothing would be ordinary. The interior walls would be made from rare species of burl wood, the floors paved with onyx and exotic types of marble, the furniture custom made, and the art specially commissioned. But the 2008 economic crisis changed everything. Von Allmen's lifestyle suddenly became unaffordable. Then it got worse: desperate to reverse his losses, he fell for an audacious Ponzi scheme. Would Von Allmen be able to complete Lady Linda? Would the shipyard and its one thousand employees survive the financial meltdown? The divide between the very rich and everyone else had never been greater, yet the livelihoods of the workers, some of them illegal immigrants, and the yacht owners were inextricably intertwined. In a sweeping, high-stakes narrative, the critically acclaimed author of The Proving Ground and Hooked weaves Von All men's story together with those of the men and women who are building his yacht. As the pursuit of opulence collides with the reality of economic decline, everyone involved in the massive project is forced to rethink the meaning of the American Dream. Book jacket."Article| G. Bruce Knecht| Statement ..."

"Grand Ambition"

♥ Book Title : Grand Ambition
♣ Name Author : Lisa Michaels
∞ Launching : 2002-04
◊ Info ISBN Link : 0393322955
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780393322958
⊕ Number Pages : Total 288 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Newlyweds Glen and Bessie Hyde plan to set a record by navigating the treacherous rapids of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, only to vanish one month later, in a historical novel that interweaves the story of their fateful journey with their families' desperate efforts to find them. A first novel. Reprint."Article| Lisa Michaels| Statement ..."

"The Case for Greatness"

♥ Book Title : The Case for Greatness
♣ Name Author : Robert Faulkner
∞ Launching : 2008
◊ Info ISBN Link : 030015027X
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780300150278
⊕ Number Pages : Total 264 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "This is a spirited look at political ambition, and particulary its good version, honourable ambition. Robert Faulkner contends that too many modern accounts of leadership slight such things as a determination to excel, good judgement, and a sense of honour, the very qualities that distinguish the truly great."Article| Robert Faulkner| Statement ..."

"Ambition and Division"

♥ Book Title : Ambition and Division
♣ Name Author : Steven Schier
∞ Launching : 2009
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780822973652
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 0822973650
⊕ Number Pages : Total 342 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "The presidency of George W. Bush is notable for the grand scale of its ambitions, the controversy that these ambitions generated, and the risks he regularly courted in the spheres of politics, economics, and foreign policy. Bush's ultimate goal was indeed ambitious: the completion of the conservative “regime change” first heralded by the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980. But ironically this effort sewed the very discord that ultimately took root and emerged to frustrate Bush's plans, and may even have begun to unravel aspects of the Reagan revolution he sought to institutionalize. Politically, the Bush White House sought the entrenchment of consistent Republican electoral majorities. Institutionally, the Bush administration sought to preserve control of Congress by maintaining reliable partisan Republican majorities, and to influence the federal courts with a steady stream of conservative judicial appointees. The administration also sought increased autonomy over the executive branch by the aggressive use of executive orders and bureaucratic reorganizations in response to 9/11. Many of these efforts were at least partially successful. But ultimately the fate of the Bush presidency was tied to its greatest single gamble, the Iraq War. The flawed prosecution of that conflict, combined with other White House management failures and finally a slumping economy, left Bush and the Republican Party deeply unpopular and the victim of strong electoral reversals in 2006 and the election victory of Barack Obama in 2008. The American public had turned against the Bush agenda in great part because of the negative outcomes resulting from the administration's pursuit of that agenda. This book assembles prominent presidential scholars to measure the trajectory of Bush's aspirations, his accomplishments, and his failures. By examining presidential leadership, popular politics and policymaking in this context, the contributors begin the work of understanding the unique historical legacy of the Bush presidency."Article| Steven Schier| Statement ..."

"Proceedings of the ... Annual Conclave of the R. E. Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Pennsylvania"

♥ Book Title : Proceedings of the ... Annual Conclave of the R. E. Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of Pennsylvania
♣ Name Author : Knights Templar (Masonic order). Grand Commandery (Pa.)
∞ Launching : 1857
◊ Info ISBN Link : CORNELL:31924016249967
⊗ Detail ISBN code :
⊕ Number Pages : Total 233 sheet
♮ News id : z2ctAQAAMAAJ

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"High Risk and Big Ambition"

♥ Book Title : High Risk and Big Ambition
♣ Name Author : Steven E. Schier
∞ Launching :
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9780822972624
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 082297262X
⊕ Number Pages : Total 304 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Elected with no clear public mandate, George W. Bush achieved surprising legislative successes in his early months in the White House. Following September 11, 2001, his public support rose to unprecedented heights. Actions taken in the following months and years have revealed the exceptionally ambitious nature of the Bush presidency. High Risk and Big Ambition brings together leading presidency scholars and journalists to assess the trajectory and character of Bush’s time in office. The common theme running through their contributions is that this presidency is best characterized by a series of bold political and policy risks in the service of two primary goals: the transformation of American foreign policy and the creation of a lasting Republican dominance of domestic politics. Included are discussions of foreign policy, national security, the war in Iraq, Bush’s leadership style, religious politics, and economic policy. George W. Bush emerges as an "orthodox innovator" who skillfully deploys both personal politics and the power of his office in an effort to complete the conservative governmental agenda initiated by Ronald Reagan. Yet because of the size of his ambitions, each success sets up a greater risk of failure. That alone makes his presidency one of the most interesting and consequential in decades."Article| Steven E. Schier| Statement ..."

"Song of Spider-Man"

♥ Book Title : Song of Spider-Man
♣ Name Author : Glen Berger
∞ Launching : 2013-11-05
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781451684582
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1451684584
⊕ Number Pages : Total 384 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "“One of the best literary works of this year” (Miami Herald-Tribune): The true story of a theatrical dream—or nightmare—come true…the making of the Spider-Man musical. As you might imagine, writing a Broadway musical has its challenges. But it turns out there are challenges one can’t begin to imagine when collaborating with two rock legends and a superstar director to stage the biggest, most expensive production in theater history. Renowned director Julie Taymor picked playwright Glen Berger to cowrite the book for a $25 million Spider-Man musical. Together—along with U2’s Bono and Edge—they would shape a work that was technically daring and emotionally profound, with a story fueled by the hero’s quest for love…and the villains’ quest for revenge. Or at least, that’s what they’d hoped for. But when charismatic producer Tony Adams died suddenly, the show began to lose its footing. Soon the budget was ballooning, financing was evaporating, and producers were jumping ship or getting demoted. And then came the injuries. And then came word-of-mouth about the show itself. What followed was a pageant of foul-ups, falling-outs, ever-more harrowing mishaps, and a whole lot of malfunctioning spider legs. This “circus-rock-and-roll-drama,” with its $65 million price tag, had become more of a spectacle than its creators ever wished for. During the show’s unprecedented seven months of previews, the company’s struggles to reach opening night inspired breathless tabloid coverage and garnered international notoriety. Through it all, Berger observed the chaos with his signature mix of big ambition and self-deprecating humor."Article| Glen Berger| Statement ..."

"Annals of Astoria"

♥ Book Title : Annals of Astoria
♣ Name Author : Robert Francis Jones
∞ Launching : 1999
◊ Info ISBN Link : 0823217639
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780823217632
⊕ Number Pages : Total 256 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "When we think of the fur trade in the early days of America's expansion westward, visions of mountain men with untamed beards, shouldering muskets, and braving an unexplored wilderness filled with eminent danger, spring to our minds. This "mountain man" was indeed an integral part of the fur trade in America's northwest territory, but equally important, and sorely unremembered, were the merchant and the members of the trading companies whose responsibility it was to take the raw product and see that it found its way into the hats and coats that graced the inhabitants of the major cities of the world. Annals of Astoria is the story of these men. This is the journal of Duncan McDougall, supervising partner of the Pacific Fur Company at Astoria. It records the daily operations at the post and in the Oregon country from the ship Tonquin's arrival on the Columbia until the sale of the post and the company's assets to the North West Fur Company in November 1813. Like much of theeconomic history of the United States during the early republic, this document is closely associated with John Jacob Astor. An emigrant from Germany in 1763, the ambitious youth set out to forge new territory in the fur trade and, with his 1808 charter for the American Fur Company, created a monopoly in the fur trade, practically eliminating competition with Canada and Britain. In 1810, Astor organized the Pacific Fur Company with Duncan McDougall as one of its partners. Later that year, McDougall set out with a crew on the ship Tonquin toward Vancouver Island as part of Astor's three-pronged effort to infiltrate the northwest coast. McDougall was the supervisor of the post during the years 1811-1813 and was solely responsible for what was recorded in it. Thus, his log is the most accurate account of the daily activity of the trading post."Article| Robert Francis Jones| Statement ..."


♥ Book Title : Heidegger
♣ Name Author : John Richardson
∞ Launching : 2012-02-27
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781136460470
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1136460470
⊕ Number Pages : Total 432 sheet

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☯ Full Synopsis : "Martin Heidegger is one of the twentieth century’s most influential, but also most cryptic and controversial philosophers. His early fusion of phenomenology with existentialism inspired Sartre and many others, and his later critique of modern rationality inspired Derrida and still others. This introduction covers the whole of Heidegger’s thought and is ideal for anyone coming to his work for the first time. John Richardson centres his account on Heidegger’s persistent effort to change the very kind of understanding or truth we seek. Beginning with an overview of Heidegger’s life and work, he sketches the development of Heidegger’s thought up to the publication of Being and Time. He shows how that book takes up Husserl’s method of phenomenology and adapts it. He then introduces and assesses the key arguments of Being and Time under three headings—pragmatism, existentialism, and temporality—its three levels of analysis of human experience. Subsequent chapters introduce Heidegger’s later philosophy, including his turn towards a historical account of being, and new ideas about how we need to ‘think’ to get the truth about it; his influential writings on language, art, and poetry, and their role in the Western history of being; and his claim that this history has culminated in a technological relation to things that is deeply problematic, above all in the way it excludes the divine. The final chapter looks at Heidegger’s profound influence on several intellectual movements ranging from phenomenology to existentialism to postmodernism. A much-needed and refreshing introduction to this major figure, Heidegger is ideal reading for anyone coming to his work for the first time and will interest and stimulate students and scholars alike."Article| John Richardson| Statement ..."

"Architecture in the Age of Divided Representation"

♥ Book Title : Architecture in the Age of Divided Representation
♣ Name Author : Dalibor Vesely
∞ Launching : 2004
◊ Info ISBN Link : 0262220679
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 9780262220675
⊕ Number Pages : Total 506 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Reclaiming the humanistic role of architecture in the age of technology: an examination of architecture's indispensable role as a cultural force throughout history."Article| Dalibor Vesely| Statement ..."

"A Country of Vast Designs"

♥ Book Title : A Country of Vast Designs
♣ Name Author : Robert W. Merry
∞ Launching : 2009-11-03
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781439160459
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1439160457
⊕ Number Pages : Total 592 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "A New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Notable Book Robert Merry's brilliant and highly acclaimed history of a crucial epoch in U.S. history—the presidency of James K. Polk, "our most underrated president" (Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein). In a one-term presidency, James K. Polk completed the story of America’s Manifest Destiny—extending its territory across the continent by threatening England with war and manufacturing a controversial and unpopular two-year war with Mexico. "A crucial architect of modern America, James K. Polk deserves to be elevated out of the mists of history" (Jon Meacham, author of American Lion)."Article| Robert W. Merry| Statement ..."

"Alexander the Great"

♥ Book Title : Alexander the Great
♣ Name Author : Waldemar Heckel
∞ Launching : 2011-09-19
◊ Info ISBN Link : 9781444360158
⊗ Detail ISBN code : 1444360159
⊕ Number Pages : Total 392 sheet
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☯ Full Synopsis : "Alexander the Great: A New History combines traditional scholarship with contemporary research to offer an innovative treatment of one of history's most famous figures. Written by leading experts in the field Looks at a wide range of diverse topics including Alexander's religious views, his entourage during his campaign East, his sexuality, the influence of his legacy, and his representations in art and cinema Discusses Alexander's influence, from his impact on his contemporaries to his portrayals in recent Hollywood films A highly informed and enjoyable resource for students and interested general readers"Article| Waldemar Heckel| Statement ..."