In 1919, Texas rancher J. Frank Norfleet lost everything he had in a stock market swindle. He did what many other marks did - he went home, borrowed more money from his family, and returned for another round of swindling. Only after he lost that second fortune did he reclaim control of his story. Instead of crawling back home in shame, he vowed to hunt down the five men who had conned him. Through Norfleet's ingenious reverse-swindle, Amy Reading reveals the mechanics behind the scenes of the big con.
"A very pleasant surprise!"
Long-held myths defining the sources of and cures for crime are shattered in this ground-breaking book - and a chilling profile of today's criminal emerges.
Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read is the son of a strict Seventh Day Adventist mother and a shell-shocked former soldier who slept with a loaded gun at his side. Bullied at school, he grew up dreaming of revenge ("There are none so merciless as those who have been shown no mercy", as he later noted). He became a criminal legend who terrorised drug dealers, pimps, thieves and armed robbers on the streets and in jail - but boasts he never hurt an innocent member of the public.
Remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), commonly referred to by the media as drones, are a mysterious and headline-making tool in the military's counterterrorism arsenal. Their story has been pieced together by technology reporters, major newspapers, and on-the-ground accounts from the Middle East, but it has never been fully told by an insider. In Hunter Killer, Air Force Lt. Col. T. Mark McCurley provides an unprecedented look at the aviators and aircraft that forever changed modern warfare.
"No political Bias. Just a narration of modern soldier's perspective."
Many are familiar with teacher and poet Mark Nepo's books on inner transformation, relationship, and the emergence of purpose in our lives. Less well-known is that in 1987 he was diagnosed with cancer, and the revelations during that time would inform every dimension of his work to follow. With Inside the Miracle, Mark Nepo shares what he discovered along this challenging terrain and the insights most essential to those of us who now find ourselves there.
Are you challenged maintaining balance while incorporating triathlon as a part of your life? What is the secret sauce to those who excel in triathlon? Why does it look so easy for those people who succeed in triathlon - or any aspect of life, for that matter?
"Don't waste even an hour."
He swore to take a bullet for the President and left it all behind to take a bullet for the American people. Why would a successful, twelve-year Secret Service agent resign his position in the prime of his career to run for political office against all the odds? New York Times bestseller, Life Inside the Bubble is an intimate look at life inside the presidential "bubble," a haze of staffers, consultants, cronies, acolytes, bureaucrats and lobbyists that creates the "alternate reality" in which monumental policy decisions are made.
"Disappointing platform for author's beliefs"
Jeffrey Bartholet reports on how scientists are trying to provide high-protein food free of the environmental and ethical concerns that accompany large-scale livestock operations.
In August 2009 former madam Dalia Dippolito conspired with a hit man to arrange her ex-con husband's murder. Days later it seemed as if all had gone according to plan. The beautiful young Dalia came home from her health club to an elaborate crime scene, complete with yellow tape outlining her townhome and police milling about. The only thing missing from the murder scene was an actual murder.
Next month, the UK-based company MeyGen will install four underwater turbines off the coast of Scotland.
Pat Williams has drawn on his basketball industry connections to compile great stories from on and off the court. Fans will be inspired, surprised, and even amused, by inside stories from well-known coaches and players, fascinating looks behind the scenes, and anecdotes from the people who make it all possible - the fans. Includes first person stories from 21 basketball celebrities, plus Pat Williams.
Inside this very special program, you'll learn the secrets of mass media and consumer manipulation used by Fortune 500 companies to build their empires, and you'll discover how to apply this new-found knowledge to your own endeavors to produce amazing results, without spending thousands of dollars to do it.
Personal mentor and entrepreneur Mark Sephton challenges you to create the right environment and mental culture to tap into your creative genius. Inside Job is built on your capability to work on the way you think, act, and behave. Your beliefs about who you are determine your behavior. The way we think, our attitude and mindset toward ourselves, is an "inside job". Discovering your own identity and purpose is paramount to achieving extraordinary shifts in the way you live, develop, and advance.
When he was three years old, Tito was diagnosed as severely autistic, but his remarkable mother, Soma, determined that he would overcome the "problem" by teaching him to read and write. The result was that between the ages of eight and eleven he wrote stories and poems of exquisite beauty, which Dr. Oliver Sacks called "amazing and shocking". Their eloquence gave lie to all our assumptions about autism....
The hotel sparkled then, its 19 stories leaning against a sky made gray and gritty by furnaces to the north and east. Birmingham, Alabama's Thomas Jefferson Hotel opened in 1929 with a week of parties, dinners and dances - and the stock market crash that happened just weeks after the opening had seemingly no effect on the luxury hotel. Prohibition was no deterrent, either; bellboys sold smuggled liquor from the local police station to hotel guests.
When mega insurance group HIH sank in March 2001, posting losses of $5.3 billion, it was Australia's biggest ever corporate collapse. Overnight, professional indemnity and public liability insurances were priced out of reach. Businesses came to a standstill. Doctors, childcare centres, and sports clubs closed their doors. Thousands of ordinary people found that their policies and unpaid claims were worthless. Yet the warning signals had been flashing for many months.
Researcher dissects howler monkey roars.
A pair of balloons and some glue can do the work of surgical stitches.
Immune response may be the real killer after infection with N. fowleri.
Using EEG and fMRI, researchers try to learn who is conscious but unable to respond.