This memoir explores relevant issues of international importance, especially now with the world in turmoil and the United States in a position to help find solutions to reduce it. The story is based on events in the life of Ahmad Ansari, an Afghan teenager during the 1970s when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. It is a tale of a young boy badly injured during a rocket attack on his house and how he has faced life’s challenges since then. He graduated as the valedictorian of his French high school in Kabul and earned a French government scholarship that he almost lost because the communist government at the time considered him “unpatriotic.” With the help of his parents, he managed to leave Afghanistan and go to France to pursue his education. After earning a doctorate degree in engineering, he immigrated to the United States to join his refugee family who had escaped political persecution and war in his homeland. Through his life story, Ahmad shows how unrealistic foreign policies and unfounded idealism of powerful countries can lead to global disasters that can impact us all. Readers will understand the role the United States played to support the Afghan Mujahedeen and foreign fighters, including Osama Bin Laden and his followers, to defeat the Soviets. It also clearly shows how the lack of a coherent and well-thought-out post-war foreign policy by the United States, by abandoning Afghanistan after succeeding in giving the Soviets their own “Vietnam,” enabled an environment for Regional Powers such as Pakistan and Iran to ignite and expand a civil war in Afghanistan. Pakistan with the creation of the Taliban movement, wanting to control Afghanistan, did not realize the consequences of its action and the danger it created for the entire world. The Taliban in Afghanistan played a major role in allowing Osama Bin Laden to become the de facto leader of that country. Emboldened by the defeat of a Superpower (The Soviet Union), Osama Bin Laden found a base to start terrorizing the United States and the West from there. The author points out how subsequent tragedies and wars could have been avoided if, after getting involved in the Afghan conflict and playing a crucial role in defeating the Soviet Union, the United States had not abandoned Afghanistan.
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A captivating and intriguing insight into the joys, the mishaps and the real ‘Happenings’ that surround symphony orchestras, performance groups and musical theatre. Told by a man with a lifetime onstage, offstage and occasionally even under the stage. Maestro Gary Daverne ONZM tells us so many of the delightful stories, precarious events and hilarious moments encountered over many decades of his life at the top of his chosen field. Gary’s artistic brilliance, musical talent, composing genius, along with conducting, arranging and producing skills have earned him worldwide renown and admiration. In 1996, he was appointed an Officer of The New Zealand Order of Merit. An honour bestowed by Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of England. This wonderfully entertaining collection of interludes and anecdotes come from: Musical theatre – TV shows – National Day celebrations – Military Tattoos – Symphony orchestras – Operatic performances – Massed Choirs – Accordion orchestras – Grand scale outdoor concerts – Theme parks – Recording sessions – School musical productions (choirs and orchestras) – Radio broadcasts – Brass bands – and as Adjudicator for many international musical competitions and festivals. Gary has shared his talent (and gathered these wonderful stories) in so many exotic locations: New Zealand (Gary’s home country), Australia, Fiji Islands, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Turkey, Hawaii and extensively across mainland USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Portugal, France, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Brazil. Gary on YouTube Pirates of the Caribbean (Auckland Symphony Orchestra) (over 11 million views)
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Becca Chopra, best-selling author of The Chakra Diaries, takes you on a wild ride as she learns chakra balancing, yoga and meditation on her journey from aspiring actress to respected yoga teacher and chakra healer in Chakra Secrets: On the Path to Love and Happiness.
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Set in a world where crime and government coexist, AMERICAN MADE is the mind-twisting true story of CIA pilot Barry Seal that the Hollywood movie starring Tom Cruise is afraid to tell.
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Coming from very humble beginnings, through his childhood, and on to the young man that became a family man & friend to many.
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This provocative story is about an adolescent who was initiated into a clandestine sexual society. He was spirited to the Middle East, from his UK boarding school. He attended the Bahriji School (Oasis,) in The United Arab Emirates in preparation for serving in Harems for the wealthy and elite.
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S. R. Reynolds has never forgotten the mishandled case of fifteen-year-old Michelle Anderson, a vibrant beauty who went missing from Reynolds’ Knoxville, Tennessee, neighborhood years earlier. Aided by her old professor, famed forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass–founder of the University of Tennessee’s “Body Farm”–Reynolds picks up the trail of this cold case.
As she presses neglected pieces of the puzzle into place, Reynolds unearths a string of heinous kidnappings and rapes across the South, crimes that span decades. She talks to the victims. A picture begins to form. Patterns appear. And all evidence points to one man: convicted sex offender Larry Lee Smith.
As a result of Reynolds’s efforts, the Knoxville Police Department reopens the cold case of Michelle’s disappearance, but Larry Lee is about to be released from a Georgia prison, where he served time for a related crime–a “similar transaction.” What transpires in this story is amazing on many levels. Larry Lee is every parent’s worst nightmare.
“Similar Transactions” is a gripping memoir about the author’s determination to solve a murder and to bring the perpetrator to justice.
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Three complaisant kids, two stormy parents, one anxious French poodle, too many U-haul trailers, and the potholed road of the early 1960s.
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George Monteiro’s stories, poems, and sketches about his childhood in a Depression-Era New England mill town create a vibrant composite memoir of Valley Falls, Rhode Island and its Portuguese American community. Like his parents, many of these people had emigrated from rural Portugal to find work in the textile mills and build a life more hopeful and prosperous than the one they had left behind. Through its various forms of expression, this memoir seeks to understand Francisco and Augusta Monteiro, who found a life that was more difficult than they expected. But it also paints a vivid picture of the colorful characters whose varied adaptations to American life made the Portuguese community of Valley Falls both a unique environment in which to grow and one that is familiar to everyone in this nation of immigrants.
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A brother drives cross-country with the spirit of his older brother to relive the intersection of their lives and unravel the impact of the older brother’s forty-five year disappearance.
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This eBook is my life from the past fourteen years through poetry, and I’ve always wanted to share because friends and family love it and I hope that you will as well. There are happy poems, sad poems, morbid poems, goofy poems, relaxing poems, random poems etc. There’s something in there for everyone. No matter who you are, I am sure that you will find at least one poem in this book that speaks to your soul. Give it a try and you will see what I am talking about, or better yet, writing about.
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Some people hear the word sociopath and conjure up the image of a psychopathic killer, but while all psychopaths have sociopathic characteristics, sociopaths do not kill the body. They are killers of souls. Recently divorced and vulnerable, I was unaware of his motives. It started with “love-bombing.” Once he had me where he wanted me, he played on my sentiments to throw me off balance and put my world on the crazy train. Disguised by his upbeat greetings and funny demeanor, his abuse was subtle and hard to pinpoint. I walked around in a fog and functioned, mindlessly accepting his behaviors for fear of causing a rift. Under constant stress and anxiety over losing him, I give Daniel the benefit of the doubt. Doubt! Remember that word. It will drive me to the edge of insanity by the time the relationship is done. Not everyone will understand how he could manipulate and deceive me for so long. They don’t know.
Daniel was clever and a master of manipulation, able to twist the truth until I accepted his fabricated reality. I didn’t recognize his cunning, devious nature. It’s still hard to believe that the person I loved never really existed. He was a ghost, a man without a soul.
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A true story of the horrific childhood of Nikki Lee Brannon.
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A down-and-out musician chops off his hair to become a server at the top of the Hollywood food chain, discovering a cloistered world of money, fame, bad behavior and intrigue.
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AWARD-WINNING and BESTSELLING AUTHOR
WINNER of New Apple Literary Award in the Inspirational and Spirit Categories
Parts of this memoir appeared on ESPN and in Rosie.
Fractured Not Broken is a true story of loss, faith, and a rare love that only happens in nonfiction.In a sweeping and heart-wrenching narrative, Kelly exposes the truth about what happened after a drunk driver rendered her a quadriplegic. She shares how she found her way back–through faith and pain, her community, her family, and the love of a man she prayed for.
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Fred’s Diary 1981: Travels in Asia, proves that reality is usually more interesting than fiction. This book features the author – who could be anyone’s friend – travelling through Asia in his mid-twenties and experiencing a series of adventures that test his resilient and likable character. The aim of the book, however, is not about getting into the author’s mind, it is a diary and, because of this format, it brings to life the subculture of young western – Australian and New Zealanders included in the definition – travelers/adventurers crossing Asia in the early eighties. Like other travelers, Fred is out there to enjoy freedom and the relative wealth that his European currency provides him. However, in the process, what he ends up discovering is himself during his 6 month existence beyond the walls of western civilization.
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A daughter is forced to confront the uncomfortable truths of her mother’s seemingly ordinary life. By trying to make sense of the past, will she feel able to move on with her future? Honest, yet unsentimental and told with abundant love and compassion.
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One freezing morning in early March I made a dash for a tiny police station in rural Minnesota. I was a frightened Amish girl with no where to go, a second grade education and no ID or social security card…… Based on the authors tragic true life story.
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From a small village in Sudan to the slums of Mumbai, this story is a remarkable chronicle of humanitarian service and insight into places hardly imaginable. What begins as a simple desire to give back through charitable work becomes a fascinating tale of places where life is a constant struggle.
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After fighting off physical indignities that would keep a lesser woman in her recliner, Pat Dennis sets out on a solo journey to experience the loves of her life–Las Vegas, gambling and all-you-can eat buffets. Pat travels the two thousand miles alone from Minnesota to Sin City by car, train and greyhound bus. Pat’s ability to take an honest and often hilarious look at aging, declining health, out-of-control gambling and a myriad of nueroses, make this an inspiring, funny and enjoyable read. Pat Dennis’ short stories and humor appear in magazines such as Woman’s World and Minnesota Public Radio’s, Minnesota Monthly. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies, including Anne Frasier’s Deadly Treats. Who Died in Here?; The Silence of the Loons; Resort to Murder; Fifteen Tales of Murder, Mayhem and Malice From the Land of Minnesota Nice; Once Upon a Crime Anthology; Writes of Spring, and Mood Change. She is the author of the Betty Chance mystery series which includes Murder by Chance and Killed by Chance. The third book in the series, Dead by Chance, will be published in the Spring of 2016. Her other novels include Stand-Up and Die, and a Middle School novel The Witches of Dorkdom, written under her pen name, Nora England. Pat performed as a stand-up comedian with over a thousand performances at comedy clubs, Fortune 500 companies, women’s expos, and special events. She has appeared on the same venue as Lewis Black, Phyllis Diller, and Nick Swardson. Visit her at patdennis.com.
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