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|Author||: LaVyrle Spencer|
Agatha was the picture of primness and propriety, but her green eyes could blaze with anger-or sparkle with humorhellip; Scott was the picture of lazy charm and happy indifference to what others thought was right and wronghellip; They were enemies, then friends. Then the sweet innocence of a child opened their eyes and their hearts-and they were reborn in each otherrsquo;s arms by the soft, wondrous gift of lovehellip; Annotation. In the late 1800s, a southern gambler moves to Proffitt, Kansas, hoping to make a living as a saloonkeeper. But he soon becomes a target of the prohibition movement, led by the enchanting yet volatile Agatha Downing. They are hopeless adversaries--until the innocence of a child opens their eyes and hearts to each other.
|Author||: Kristen Ashley|
"I adore Kristen Ashley's books!"---Maya Banks, New York Times bestselling author Love is the greatest gamble of all . . . Nina Sheridan desperately needs a timeout vacation. With a fiancé who can't even remember how she takes her coffee, Nina wants some distance to rethink her engagement. Flying halfway around the world from England to a mountain town in Colorado should do the trick. But when she finds a gorgeous man at her rental cabin, Nina's cold, lonely adventure suddenly heats up. The owner of the house, Holden "Max" Maxwell is surprised by the beautiful woman who turns up at his door. But when Nina becomes ill, Max spends days nursing her back to health. A private man with a broken heart, Max finds himself drawn to the strong-willed woman. Soon it becomes impossible for Nina and Max to deny their growing attraction to one another. Yet even as these two wounded lovebirds think about taking a chance on a relationship, a dangerous secret from Max's past emerges-and threatens to end their love for good.
|Author||: Thomas E. Ricks|
Fiasco, Thomas E. Ricks’s #1 New York Times bestseller, transformed the political dialogue on the war in Iraq—The Gamble is the next news breaking installment Thomas E. Ricks uses hundreds of hours of exclusive interviews with top officers in Iraq and extraordinary on-the-ground reportage to document the inside story of the Iraq War since late 2005 as only he can, examining the events that took place as the military was forced to reckon with itself, the surge was launched, and a very different war began. Since early 2007 a new military order has directed American strategy. Some top U.S. officials now in Iraq actually opposed the 2003 invasion, and almost all are severely critical of how the war was fought from then through 2006. At the core of the story is General David Petraeus, a military intellectual who has gathered around him an unprecedented number of officers with both combat experience and Ph.D.s. Underscoring his new and unorthodox approach, three of his key advisers are quirky foreigners—an Australian infantryman-turned- anthropologist, an antimilitary British woman who is an expert in the Middle East, and a Mennonite-educated Palestinian pacifist. The Gamble offers news-breaking account, revealing behind-the-scenes disagreements between top commanders. We learn that almost every single officer in the chain of command fought the surge. Many of Petraeus’s closest advisers went to Iraq extremely pessimistic, doubting that the surge would have any effect, and his own boss was so skeptical that he dispatched an admiral to Baghdad in the summer of 2007 to come up with a strategy to replace Petraeus’s. That same boss later flew to Iraq to try to talk Petraeus out of his planned congressional testimony. The Gamble examines the congressional hearings through the eyes of Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, and their views of the questions posed by the 2008 presidential candidates. For Petraeus, prevailing in Iraq means extending the war. Thomas E. Ricks concludes that the war is likely to last another five to ten years—and that that outcome is a best case scenario. His stunning conclusion, stated in the last line of the book, is that “the events for which the Iraq war will be remembered by us and by the world have not yet happened.”
|Author||: Kathryn Jacques|
It's 2135, and no human alive has seen the sun, or the stars, or even the sky. In the radioactive aftermath of WWIII, eighteen-year-old Kelsey Keslin is one of only 50,000 people left on the planet. Sealed inside the Republic of the Continuation, a subterranean city housing the last of humanity, the laws are strict, punishments brutal, and space and resources severely limited. The best form of population control has become the Gamble, a lottery based system which sentences thousands to death each year.Kelsey lives a privileged life. Of anyone, she has the least to worry about with the Gamble, but that doesn't stop her fear and anxiety as her first official day of potential selection draws closer. When someone she loves is chosen for execution, a part of her dies too. No longer willing to struggle alone, buried alive in a world made of nothing but grey concrete and cold metal, Kelsey collapses into a self-destructive depression. But then she meets the stunning, yet abrasively arrogant Jaxon Cole. Despite his aloof exterior, there's a connection between them that Kelsey can't quite explain. He sets out to prove the world holds more secrets than Kelsey ever realized, and some she never wanted to know.Accused of being a spy, kidnapped and tortured by a radical fringe group, and faced with death more than once, the biggest problems Kelsey battles, are the lies and betrayals of those she loves most.
|Author||: John Sides,Lynn Vavreck|
|Editor||: Princeton University Press|
"Game changer." We heard it so many times during the 2012 U.S. presidential election. But what actually made a difference in the contest—and what was just hype? In this groundbreaking book, John Sides and Lynn Vavreck tell the dramatic story of the election—with a big difference. Using an unusual "moneyball" approach and drawing on extensive quantitative data, they look beyond the anecdote, folklore, and conventional wisdom that often pass for election analysis to separate what was truly important from what was irrelevant. The Gamble combines this data with the best social science research and colorful on-the-ground reporting, providing the most accurate and precise account of the election yet written—and the only book of its kind. In a new preface, the authors reflect on the place of The Gamble in the tradition of presidential election studies, its reception to date, and possible paths for future social science research.
|Author||: Kristen Ashley|
|Editor||: Kristen Ashley|
Justice Lonesome has enjoyed a life of bounty. Even so, she’s inherited the curse of the Lonesome. A poet’s soul. Which means she’s still searching for something. Searching for peace. Searching for the less…that’s more. And when the foundation of her life is pulled out from under her, grieving, she goes to the mountains to find her oasis. She hits Carnal, Colorado and decides to stay. Deke Hightower lost everything at the age of two. He lost it again at fifteen. His life has not been about bounty. It’s been about learning to live with less, because there’s no way to get more. Deke’s also watched all his friends go down to the women who gave them what they needed. He wants that for himself. But he knows that search isn’t going to be easy because he’s a rider. His home is the road. That’s the only place he can breathe. And the woman who takes her place at his side has to do it sitting on the back of his bike. When Deke meets Justice, he knows she’s not that woman. She’s cute. She’s sweet. And she’s into him, but she’s got it all and Deke knows he won’t fit into that. So he holds her at arm’s length. Establishes boundaries. And Justice will take it because she wants Deke any way he’ll let her have him. But when Justice finds herself a pawn in a dangerous game, Deke makes a decision. When he does, he has no idea he’s just opened himself up to bounty.
|Author||: Mark Peel|
|Editor||: Princeton Architectural Press|
The Gamble House is a winter house designed in 1908 by architects Greene & Greene for the Gamble family of Proctor & Gamble fame. Built at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement, it remains an important international architectural landmark and a monument to gracious living. Presented in Mrs. Mary Gamble's original handwriting and reinterpreted for today by celebrity chef Mark Peel, The Gamble House Cookbook brings the spirit of this legendary home into the modern kitchen. Architect Robert Harris contributes an appreciation of the Gamble House dining room gleaned from his memories of meals shared there with colleagues. This unique cookbook is filled with beautiful images by photographer Meg McComb that transport the reader back to a more relaxed time on the grounds and in the rooms of one of America's most beautiful homes.
|Author||: Juliet E. McKenna,Little Brown Co.|
|Editor||: Harper Collins|
The Secrets of the Shadow-Men Magic? It's for the rich, the powerful...the Archmage and his elite wizards and cloud-masters. Livak is not among them. She haunts the back taverns of the realm, careful to appear neither rich nor poor, neither tall nor short . . . neither man nor woman. Obscurity is her protection, thievery her livelihood, and gambling her weakness. Alas, some bets are hard to resist. Particularly when they offer a chance to board a ship for Hadrumal, the fabled city of the Archmage. So Livak follows a minor wizard, Shiv, in an attempt to turn a rune or two, never dreaming that the stolen tankard she wants to sell contains the secrets of an ancient magic far more powerful, and infinitely darker, than any mortal mage's spells.
|Author||: Thomas E. Ricks|
Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize • One of the Washington Post Book World's 10 Best Books of the Year • Time's 10 Best Books of the Year • USA Today's Nonfiction Book of the Year • A New York Times Notable Book "Staggeringly vivid and persuasive . . . absolutely essential reading." —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times "The best account yet of the entire war." —Vanity Fair The definitive account of the American military's tragic experience in Iraq Fiasco is a masterful reckoning with the planning and execution of the American military invasion and occupation of Iraq through mid-2006, now with a postscript on recent developments. Ricks draws on the exclusive cooperation of an extraordinary number of American personnel, including more than one hundred senior officers, and access to more than 30,000 pages of official documents, many of them never before made public. Tragically, it is an undeniable account—explosive, shocking, and authoritative—of unsurpassed tactical success combined with unsurpassed strategic failure that indicts some of America's most powerful and honored civilian and military leaders.
|Author||: Kristine Raymond|
|Editor||: Me, Myself, & I Publishing, LLC|
Olivia Thatcher spent her life living up to other people's expectations. The town's only schoolteacher, she conducts herself as a proper lady, never revealing that underneath her reputable exterior lies a soul aching with desire. Dallas Trent lives life on the edge, always on the lookout for the next game of chance. A gambler by nature, he's ready to take any risk...except when it comes to his heart. Butting heads the first time they meet, both are surprised to discover they have common interests. Forming an unexpected bond, their friendship quickly grows into passion, much to the disapproval of the town's busybody. Rumors fly, and when Dallas is accused of murder, their relationship is put to the test. For the first time in her life, Olivia must make a choice between her heart and her home. Will falling in love be worth the gamble? Enjoy the entire Hidden Springs series - historical romance with a contemporary twist. Here to Stay Hearts on Fire Abby's Heart A Chance on Love A Will of Her Own Dancing in the Dark Worth the Gamble Coming Home Enduring Traditions historical western romance, historical western, western romance, cowboys, 1800s, Arizona, Arizona Territory, Hidden Springs, gambler, romantic suspense, schoolteacher, secrets, historical western suspense, later in life romance, murder
|Author||: Gernot Wagner|
|Editor||: John Wiley & Sons|
Stabilizing the world’s climates means cutting carbon dioxide pollution. There’s no way around it. But what if that’s not enough? What if it’s too difficult to accomplish in the time allotted or, worse, what if it’s so late in the game that even cutting carbon emissions to zero, tomorrow, wouldn’t do? Enter solar geoengineering. The principle is simple: attempt to cool Earth by reflecting more sunlight back into space. The primary mechanism, shooting particles into the upper atmosphere, implies more pollution, not less. If that doesn’t sound scary, it should. There are lots of risks, unknowns, and unknowables. In Geoengineering: The Gamble, climate economist Gernot Wagner provides a balanced take on the possible benefits and all-too-real risks, especially the so-called “moral hazard” that researching or even just discussing (solar) geoengineering would undermine the push to cut carbon emissions in the first place. Despite those risks, he argues, solar geoengineering may only be a matter of time. Not if, but when. As the founding executive director of Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program, Wagner explores scenarios of a geoengineered future, offering an inside-view of the research already under way and the actions the world must take to guide it in a productive direction.
|Author||: Milena Belloni|
|Editor||: University of California Press|
A free open access ebook is available upon publication. Learn more at www.luminosoa.org. Tens of thousands of Eritreans make perilous voyages across Africa and the Mediterranean Sea every year. Why do they risk their lives to reach European countries where so many more hardships await them? By visiting family homes in Eritrea and living with refugees in camps and urban peripheries across Ethiopia, Sudan, and Italy, Milena Belloni untangles the reasons behind one of the most under-researched refugee populations today. Balancing encounters with refugees and their families, smugglers, and visa officers, The Big Gamble contributes to ongoing debates about blurred boundaries between forced and voluntary migration, the complications of transnational marriages, the social matrix of smuggling, and the role of family expectations, emotions, and values in migrants’ choices of destinations.
|Author||: Martin Blumenson|
|Editor||: Cooper Square Press|
Anzio, a small town a mere hour's drive from Rome, became a battleground on which both Allies and Germans paid a bloody price. Planned by Churchill as a swift amphibious flanking maneuver, the 1943 battle of Anzio has been viewed by some as one of the most ill-conceived tactical operations of the Allied war effort, and by others as one of the war's singular lost opportunities. Blumenson examines the actions of the men involved, including Churchill, Eisenhower, Clark, and Montgomery, and takes into account records from Allied and German sources.
|Author||: Xavier Neal|
|Editor||: Xavier Neal|
From bestselling author Xavier Neal comes a Friends-to-Lovers standalone romance with a wicked twist... 3 friends. 2 players. 1 bet. When Luca Larson makes an expensive wager, guaranteeing the bedding of his only real female friend, he's expecting the situation to go as smoothly as sleeping with any other woman would. It doesn't take long before he realizes his usual plays won't work. She knows them too well. She knows him too well. If Luca wants to win, he'll have to do things he's never done before. Friendships will be challenged. Hearts will be broken. Lives will be inevitably changed. But one question will remain. Was it all worth the gamble?
|Author||: Harry Y. Gamble|
|Editor||: Yale University Press|
This fascinating and lively book provides the first comprehensive discussion of the production, circulation, and use of books in early Christianity. It explores the extent of literacy in early Christian communities; the relation in the early church between oral tradition and written materials; the physical form of early Christian books; how books were produced, transcribed, published, duplicated, and disseminated; how Christian libraries were formed; who read the books, in what circumstances, and to what purposes. Harry Y. Gamble interweaves practical and technological dimensions of the production and use of early Christian books with the social and institutional history of the period. Drawing on evidence from papyrology, codicology, textual criticism, and early church history, as well as on knowledge about the bibliographical practices that characterized Jewish and Greco-Roman culture, he offers a new perspective on the role of books in the first five centuries of the early church.
|Author||: Joan Wolf|
|Editor||: Grand Central Pub|
The best-selling author of the The Guardian presents her fourth suspenseful Regency romance, involving Georgiana Newbury, the daughter of a notorious blackmailer, and her prey, the roguish Lord Winterdale, who has a price of his own. Original.
|Author||: Gregory Feifer|
|Editor||: Harper Perennial|
The Soviet war in Afghanistan was a grueling debacle that has striking lessons for the twenty-first century. In The Great Gamble, Gregory Feifer examines the conflict from the perspective of the soldiers on the ground. In gripping detail, he vividly depicts the invasion of a volatile country that no power has ever successfully conquered. A riveting account as seen through the eyes of the men who fought in the war, The Great Gamble tells an unforgettable story full of drama, action, and political intrigue whose relevance in our own time is greater than ever.
|Author||: Patrick Jones|
|Editor||: Darby Creek|
For years, Leung has been learning Wing Chun. This fighting art demands balance. It makes Leung find his center. So when Leung sees the boxing matches at New York's Woodrat Club, he's shocked by the fighters' wild, sloppy styles. But he can't stop watching.Leung's Irish friend, Sean, thinks that Leung could conquer the bareknuckle boxing scene. But first, Leung's uncles, Tso and Nang, have to approve. Then Leung will have to learn to ignore jeers and hard stares--because he'll be fighting before a crowd that wants to see a Chinese immigrant lose.
|Author||: Linda Lael Miller|
|Editor||: HQN Books|
When Mojo Sheepshanks, a regular at Bad-Ass Bert's Biker Saloon who is in love with an undercover cop, begins seeing ghosts, she uses her strange new talent to find her true identity, despite the danger it leads to.