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Driving With The Devil by Neal Thompson

Title Driving with the Devil
Author Neal Thompson
Publisher Crown
Release Date 2009-02-04
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9780307522269
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“Moonshiners put more time, energy, thought, and love into their cars than any racer ever will. Lose on the track and you go home. Lose with a load of whiskey and you go to jail.” —Junior Johnson, NASCAR legend and one-time whiskey runner Today’s NASCAR is a family sport with 75 million loyal fans, which is growing bigger and more mainstream by the day. Part Disney, part Vegas, part Barnum & Bailey, NASCAR is also a multibillion-dollar business and a cultural phenomenon that transcends geography, class, and gender. But dark secrets lurk in NASCAR’s past. Driving with the Devil uncovers for the first time the true story behind NASCAR’s distant, moonshine-fueled origins and paints a rich portrait of the colorful men who created it. Long before the sport of stock-car racing even existed, young men in the rural, Depression-wracked South had figured out that cars and speed were tickets to a better life. With few options beyond the farm or factory, the best chance of escape was running moonshine. Bootlegging offered speed, adventure, and wads of cash—if the drivers survived. Driving with the Devil is the story of bootleggers whose empires grew during Prohibition and continued to thrive well after Repeal, and of drivers who thundered down dusty back roads with moonshine deliveries, deftly outrunning federal agents. The car of choice was the Ford V-8, the hottest car of the 1930s, and ace mechanics tinkered with them until they could fly across mountain roads at 100 miles an hour. After fighting in World War II, moonshiners transferred their skills to the rough, red-dirt racetracks of Dixie, and a national sport was born. In this dynamic era (1930s and ’40s), three men with a passion for Ford V-8s—convicted criminal Ray Parks, foul-mouthed mechanic Red Vogt, and crippled war veteran Red Byron, NASCAR’s first champion—emerged as the first stock car “team.” Theirs is the violent, poignant story of how moonshine and fast cars merged to create a new sport for the South to call its own. Driving with the Devil is a fascinating look at the well-hidden historical connection between whiskey running and stock-car racing. NASCAR histories will tell you who led every lap of every race since the first official race in 1948. Driving with the Devil goes deeper to bring you the excitement, passion, crime, and death-defying feats of the wild, early days that NASCAR has carefully hidden from public view. In the tradition of Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit, this tale not only reveals a bygone era of a beloved sport, but also the character of the country at a moment in time.

The Vatican S Exorcists by Tracy Wilkinson

Title The Vatican s Exorcists
Author Tracy Wilkinson
Publisher Grand Central Publishing
Release Date 2007-02-21
Category Religion
Total Pages 208
ISBN 9780759518377
Language English, Spanish, and French
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* How the Vatican's Office of Exorcism drives out demons and battles Satanic evil in today's world

Title The Devil s Cup A History of the World According to Coffee
Author Stewart Lee Allen
Publisher Soho Press
Release Date 2003-07-01
Category Cooking
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9781616950279
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this captivating book, Stewart Lee Allen treks three-quarters of the way around the world on a caffeinated quest to answer these profound questions: Did the advent of coffee give birth to an enlightened western civilization? Is coffee, indeed, the substance that drives history? From the cliffhanging villages of Southern Yemen, where coffee beans were first cultivated eight hundred years ago, to a cavernous coffeehouse in Calcutta, the drinking spot for two of India’s three Nobel Prize winners ... from Parisian salons and cafés where the French Revolution was born, to the roadside diners and chain restaurants of the good ol’ USA, where something resembling brown water passes for coffee, Allen wittily proves that the world was wired long before the Internet. And those who deny the power of coffee (namely tea-drinkers) do so at their own peril.

The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell

Title The Devil Aspect
Author Craig Russell
Publisher Anchor
Release Date 2020-01-21
Category Fiction
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9780525564782
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Steeped in the folklore of Eastern Europe, and set in the shadow of Nazi darkness erupting just beyond the Czech border, this bone-chilling, richly imagined novel is propulsively entertaining, and impossible to put down. Czechoslovakia, 1935: Viktor Kosárek, a newly trained psychiatrist who studied under Carl Jung, arrives at the infamous Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane. The facility is located in a medieval mountaintop castle surrounded by forests, on a site that is well known for concealing dark secrets going back many centuries. The asylum houses six inmates--the country's most treacherous killers--known to the terrified public as the Devil's Six. Viktor intends to use a new medical technique to prove that these patients share a common archetype of evil, a phenomenon he calls The Devil Aspect. Yet as he begins to learn the stunning secrets of these patients, he must face the unnerving possibility that these six may share a darker truth. Meanwhile, in Prague, fear grips the city as a phantom serial killer emerges in the dark alleys. Police investigator Lukas Smolak, desperate to locate the culprit (a copycat of Jack the Ripper), turns to Viktor and the doctors at Hrad Orlu for their expertise with the psychotic criminal mind. And Viktor finds himself wrapped up in a case more terrifying than he could have ever imagined.

The Devil All The Time by Donald Ray Pollock

Title The Devil All the Time
Author Donald Ray Pollock
Publisher Anchor
Release Date 2011-07-12
Category Fiction
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9780385535052
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Now a Netflix film starring Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson A dark and riveting vision of 1960s America that delivers literary excitement in the highest degree. In The Devil All the Time, Donald Ray Pollock has written a novel that marries the twisted intensity of Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers with the religious and Gothic over­tones of Flannery O’Connor at her most haunting. Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There’s Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can’t save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrifi­cial blood he pours on his “prayer log.” There’s Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial kill­ers, who troll America’s highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. There’s the spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte’s orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right. Donald Ray Pollock braids his plotlines into a taut narrative that will leave readers astonished and deeply moved. With his first novel, he proves himself a master storyteller in the grittiest and most uncompromising American grain.

The Devil S Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea

Title The Devil s Highway
Author Luis Alberto Urrea
Publisher Back Bay Books
Release Date 2008-11-16
Category Political Science
Total Pages 256
ISBN 031604928X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The author of "Across the Wire" offers brilliant investigative reporting of what went wrong when, in May 2001, a group of 26 men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona. Only 12 men came back out. "Superb . . . Nothing less than a saga on the scale of the Exodus and an ordeal as heartbreaking as the Passion . . . The book comes vividly alive with a richness of language and a mastery of narrative detail that only the most gifted of writers are able to achieve.--"Los Angeles Times Book Review."

Donnie Allison by Donnie Allison

Title Donnie Allison
Author Donnie Allison
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2013-05-01
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9781613214398
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Donnie Allison was always the “other” brother of the famous NASCAR racing duo. Perhaps only true students of NASCAR history know that Donnie Allison won ten races in his career; that he posted top ten finishes in 47 percent of all the races he ever ran; that four of the five times the Allison brothers ran 1-2 in a race, it was Donnie in front at the checkers. Fewer still may know that he was Rookie of the Year in the 1970 Indianapolis 500. Little is known about Donnie Allison because he wasn’t much of a talker. Donnie lived by the philosophy that his driving did his talking for him. Over the years, his being so tight-lipped led to many misconceptions, twisted tales, and outright falsehoods about Donnie Allison, his racing career, and his life. In Donnie Allison: As I Recall . . ., he sets the record straight on a variety of subjects he’s wanted to clear up for years, including the 1979 Daytona 500 and the famous fight in the infield with Cale Yarborough; the win NASCAR tried to steal from him and give to Richard Petty; and his ultra-competitive, often-combative relationship with a racing brother who didn’t like to lose to anybody. “I’ve got lots of stories to tell, and I want to tell them the way I remember them,” Donnie says. In Donnie Allison: As I Recall . . ., he’s done just that.

Growing Up Nascar by Humpy Wheeler

Title Growing Up NASCAR
Author Humpy Wheeler
Publisher Motorbooks International
Release Date 2010-03-15
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 304
ISBN 0760337756
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the earliest days of the sport, when Humpy often used his fists to keep order, to NASCAR's transition to a multi-billion-dollar business, Humpy's life has paralleled American stock car racing.

Junior Johnson by Tom Higgins

Title Junior Johnson
Author Tom Higgins
Publisher David Bull Pub
Release Date 1999
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 191
ISBN 1893618005
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Courage, determination, and willingness to take risks have made Junior Johnson a legend on and off the race track for over four decades. Celebrated as The Last American Hero by novelist Tom Wolfe, portrayed on the big screen by actor Jeff Bridges, Junior was named the greatest NASCAR driver of all time by Sports Illustrated magazine in 1998.The Johnson family business was making and hauling moonshine whiskey, and Junior quickly developed a talent for driving fast, taking chances, and never getting caught. This background shaped the fearless win-or-crash-trying attitude that defined Junior's NASCAR career. He won the Daytona 500 in 1960, took a run at Indy racing in 1963, helped establish Winston's sponsorship of NASCAR in 1971, and as a team owner won six Winston Cup Championships in ten years.Junior Johnson: Brave in Life reveals the dedication, intelligence, and humor of one of racing's most colorful figures, and uncovers a history of NASCAR and American culture rarely told.

Racing The Devil by Charles Todd

Title Racing the Devil
Author Charles Todd
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 2017-02-14
Category Fiction
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9780062386236
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge finds himself caught in a twisted web of vengeance, old grievances, and secrets that lead back to World War I in the nineteenth installment of the acclaimed bestselling series. On the eve of the bloody Battle of the Somme, a group of English officers having a last drink before returning to the Front make a promise to each other: if they survive the battle ahead—and make it through the war—they will meet in Paris a year after the fighting ends. They will celebrate their good fortune by racing motorcars they beg, borrow, or own from Paris to Nice. In November 1919, the officers all meet as planned, and though their motorcars are not designed for racing, they set out for Nice. But a serious mishap mars the reunion. In the mountains just north of their destination, two vehicles are nearly run off the road, and one man is badly injured. No one knows—or will admit to knowing—which driver was at the wheel of the rogue motorcar. Back in England one year later, during a heavy rainstorm, a driver loses control on a twisting road and is killed in the crash. Was it an accident due to the hazardous conditions? Or premeditated murder? Is the crash connected in some way to the unfortunate events in the mountains above Nice the year before? The dead driver wasn’t in France—although the motorcar he drove was. If it was foul play, was it a case of mistaken identity? Or was the dead man the intended victim after all? Investigating this perplexing case, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge discovers that the truth is elusive—and that the villages on the South Downs, where the accident happened, are adept at keeping secrets, frustrating his search. Determined to remain in the shadows this faceless killer is willing to strike again to stop Rutledge from finding him. This time, the victim he chooses is a child, and it will take all of Rutledge’s skill to stop him before an innocent young life is sacrificed.

Shame The Devil by George P. Pelecanos

Title Shame the Devil
Author George P. Pelecanos
Publisher Little, Brown
Release Date 2009-05-30
Category Fiction
Total Pages 304
ISBN 0316073806
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Several restaurant workers are murdered by a robber, whose brother is killed by police during the chaotic event. As everyone struggles to heal after the incident, the gunman is determined to kill everyone involved in his brother's death.

The Devil S Mercedes by Robert Klara

Title The Devil s Mercedes
Author Robert Klara
Publisher Macmillan
Release Date 2017-03-07
Category History
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781466878587
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In 1938, Mercedes-Benz began production of the largest, most luxurious limousine in the world. A machine of frightening power and sinister beauty, the Grosser 770K Model 150 Offener Tourenwagen was 20 feet long, seven feet wide, and tipped the scales at 5 tons. Its supercharged, 230-horsepower engine propelled the beast to speeds over 100 m.p.h. while its occupants reclined on glove-leather seats stuffed with goose down. Armor plated and equipped with hidden compartments for Luger pistols, the 770K was a sumptuous monster with a monstrous patron: Adolph Hitler and the Nazi party. Deployed mainly for propaganda purposes before the war, the hand-built limousines—in which Hitler rode standing in the front seat—motored through elaborate rallies and appeared in countless newsreels, swiftly becoming the Nazi party’s most durable symbol of wealth and power. Had Hitler not so thoroughly dominated the scene with his own megalomania, his opulent limousine could easily have eclipsed him. Most of the 770Ks didn’t make it out of the rubble of World War II. But several of them did. And two of them found their way, secretly and separately, to the United States. In The Devil’s Mercedes, author Robert Klara uncovers the forgotten story of how Americans responded to these rolling relics of fascism on their soil. The limousines made headlines, drew crowds, made fortunes and ruined lives. What never became public was how both of the cars would ultimately become tangled in a web of confusion, mania, and opportunism, fully entwined in a story of mistaken identity. Nobody knew that the limousine touted as Hitler’s had in fact never belonged to him, while the Mercedes shrugged off as an ordinary staff car—one later abandoned in a warehouse and sold off as government surplus—turned out to be none other than Hitler’s personal automobile. It would take 40 years, a cast of carnies and millionaires, the United States Army, and the sleuthing efforts of an obscure Canadian librarian to bring the entire truth to light. As he recounts this remarkable drama, Klara probes the meaning of these haunting hulks and their power to attract, excite and disgust. The limousines’ appearance collided with an American populous celebrating a victory even as it sought to stay a step ahead of the war’s ghosts. Ultimately, The Devil’s Mercedes isn’t only the story of a rare and notorious car, but what that car taught postwar America about itself.

The Devil S Motor by Marie Corelli

Title The Devil s Motor
Author Marie Corelli
Publisher Health Research Books
Release Date 1996-09
Category
Total Pages 80
ISBN 078730221X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Fantasy illustrated by Arthur Severn printed in the City of London by the Edinburg.

Driving With Dead People by Monica Holloway

Title Driving with Dead People
Author Monica Holloway
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2008-12-09
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781847396907
Language English, Spanish, and French
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At nine years old, Monica Holloway develops a fascination with the local funeral home. Small wonder, with a father who drives his Ford pick up with a Kodak movie camera sitting shotgun just in case he sees an accident, and whose home movies feature more footage of disasters than of his children. In between her father's bouts of violence and abuse, Monica becomes fast friends with Julie Kilner, whose father is the town mortician. She and Julie preferred the casket showroom to the parks and grassy backyards in her hometown of Elk Grove, Ohio, where they would take turns lying in their favourite coffins. In time, Monica and Julie get a job driving the company hearse to pick up bodies from the airport, yet even Monica's growing independence can't protect her from her parents' irresponsibility, and from the feeling that she simply does not deserve to be safe. Little does she know, as she finally strikes out on her own, that her parents' biggest betrayal has yet to be revealed...

Real Nascar by Daniel S. Pierce

Title Real NASCAR
Author Daniel S. Pierce
Publisher Univ of North Carolina Press
Release Date 2010-04-01
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 360
ISBN 0807895725
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this history of the stock car racing circuit known as NASCAR, Daniel S. Pierce offers a revealing new look at the sport from its postwar beginnings on Daytona Beach and Piedmont dirt tracks through the early 1970s, when the sport spread beyond its southern roots and gained national recognition. Real NASCAR not only confirms the popular notion of NASCAR's origins in bootlegging, but also establishes beyond a doubt the close ties between organized racing and the illegal liquor industry, a story that readers will find both fascinating and controversial.

Martinis With The Devil by A.A. Chamberlynn

Title Martinis with the Devil
Author A.A. Chamberlynn
Publisher A.A. Chamberlynn
Release Date 2016-04-11
Category Fiction
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9203456XXXX
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Soul Thief. Bartender. Bounty Hunter. When offered a job on the Holy Representative's special security team, bounty hunter Zyan Star couldn't be less interested - until she finds out it's her most hated of exes they're trying to track down. She's had over two hundred years to fantasize about revenge. She just didn't quite imagine it playing out alongside the emissaries of Heaven. Working with Eli, the uptight angel who heads up the HR's security, is just about as much fun as Zy expects. He of course wants her ex brought to justice through legal avenues, which is very inconvenient and incredibly boring. As she dives into the case, however, she realizes there's more at stake than her plot for payback. Like, the free will of mankind, and preventing the minions of hell from taking over the sovereign dimensions. This job is going to push her to the limits of her abilities, and there's just a slight problem with that: the powers she's suppressed for centuries after losing control of them are exactly the powers she's going to need to save the HR, end her millennia-old ex, and stop Lucifer's little plot to join the party and invade Earth. Savior of humanity? Not so much. Or so she thought. *** A sassy, sexy thrill ride of an urban fantasy by bestselling author A.A. Chamberlynn. Perfect for fans of Laurell K. Hamilton, Patricia Briggs, and Jim Butcher. An action-packed supernatural thriller with hefty doses of romance, humor, and magical badassery. WANT MORE ZYAN STAR? Zyan Star Series Reading Order Martinis with the Devil (Book 1) Whiskey and Angelfire (Book 2) Vengeance and Vermouth (Book 3) Black Magic and Mojitos (prequel novelette/Book 4) Sorcery and Sidecars (origin story novella/Book 5) The Quinn Chronicles (A spin-off series) Death and Dating (Book 1) Death and Promises (Book 2) Death and Eternity (Book 3) Zyan Star Book 6 coming soon Reviews: “Urban fantasy is up there with my favorite genres to read, and A.A. Chamberlynn is quickly becoming my go-to author.” USA Today Bestselling Author T.F. Walsh “Fans of Mercy Thompson, Harry Dresden, and Anita Blake: meet Zyan Star.” Galleywampus Reviews “I could probably happily read 1,000 pages about these characters…Excuse me while I slowly die waiting for the next one to be released.” Goodreads Reviewer “I am obsessed with this book!! I adored reading this highly addictive book!” Goodreads Reviewer “Powerful, comical, vulnerable, heroic....what an outstanding character. I'll be back for more.” Goodreads Reviewer “I couldn't put this book down until I finished it and then bought the entire series when I finished the book! This is a must read if you enjoy Fantasy.” Goodreads Reviewer “The story is well written, the world building is wonderful. Every type of supernatural creature you can imagine and some you’ve never heard of and there’s even a couple of cameos by a Lucifer himself. Sassy, powerful and with a hidden heart of gold Zyan is a delightful character who drives this action-packed adventure.” Goodreads Reviewer Keywords: Urban fantasy with angels and demons, supernatural suspense with romantic elements, supernatural bounty hunter, kickass heroine with katana, soul thief, witches and shapeshifters, Lucifer, love-triangle, paranormal elements, paranormal ebook, urban fantasy ebook, top urban fantasy reads, top supernatural suspense reads, top ebooks in urban fantasy, top ebooks in supernatural suspense, contemporary fantasy, fantasy books

Lie Down With The Devil by Linda Barnes

Title Lie Down with the Devil
Author Linda Barnes
Publisher Open Road Media
Release Date 2019-03-05
Category Fiction
Total Pages 300
ISBN 9781504057028
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A jittery bride-to-be draws the Boston PI into an “utterly compelling” case of betrayal and dangerous love (Publisher Weekly, starred review). Six-foot-tall, redheaded ex-cop and Boston-based private eye Carlotta Carlyle is “the genuine article: a straightforward, funny, thoroughly American mystery heroine” (New York Post). On the outs with her secretive mob boss lover, Sam Gianelli, Carlotta occupies herself with a seemingly routine case. She feels an immediate bond with her new client, Jessie Franklin. Right now, both women are dealing with issues of trust. For Jessie, it’s the man she’s soon to marry. Tipped off that he’s cheating on her, she wants Carlotta to tail him. No sooner does Carlotta get a track on the likely cad, than Jessie is killed by a hit-and-run driver. But when the accident is ruled a homicide, Carlotta discovers that Jessie has being lying about everything—including her name and her fiancé. But it’s the reason for roping Carlotta into the deception that has the sleuth on edge. Because Carlotta’s the number one suspect in the murder. Now she must investigate her own past—and Gianelli’s—to save her neck. Only one thing is certain: “The course of mobbed-up love never runs smooth [in this] startling new chapter in the heroine’s checkered personal life” (Kirkus Reviews). Lie Down with the Devil is the 12th book in the Carlotta Carlyle Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.

Nascar Legends by Robert Edelstein

Title NASCAR Legends
Author Robert Edelstein
Publisher ABRAMS
Release Date 2012-02-28
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9781468300871
Language English, Spanish, and French
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“A book that should be required reading for everyone who considers themselves to be a NASCAR fan” from the author of Full Throttle (SB Nation). NASCAR Legends traces the story of stock car racing through the courageous, record-breaking drivers who made it the number one spectator sport in America. NASCAR’s sixty-year history is rich with varied lore about heroic racers, incredible races, and love of family. There are profiles of true NASCAR stars: Bill France; Bobby and Davey Allison; Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; Tony Stewart; Richard, Kyle, and Adam Petty, among other legends of the speedway. TV Guide motorsports reporter Robert Edelstein’s painstaking journalistic work, combined with his encyclopedic knowledge and love of the sport, make NASCAR Legends an essential book for anyone drawn to the roaring magic of the track. “A true delight to read, and the writing in each chapter is pitch-perfect. Not only did it educate me, but it entertained me. It will stay on my bookshelf as a handy source of reference or a refresher on history, too.” —SB Nation

Title The Sacred Herb the Devil s Weed
Author Andrew Struthers
Publisher New Star Books
Release Date 2017-04-20
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 160
ISBN 1554201152
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Literary Nonfiction. THE SACRED HERB / THE DEVIL'S WEED is informative and even enlightening, but above all, it's a hilarious look at a humble plant that has entertained, inspired, and occasionally terrified so many for so long. Andrew Struthers directs his "brilliant madness" towards the ambivalent nature of marijuana, once the target of "reefer madness" hysteria and now available for quasi- legal purchase at dispensaries on every other block (at least in some jurisdictions). One side of this double paperback celebrates the glorious highs of pot, from the friendships it helps forge to the creative output it enhances. The other side grapples with the other side of pot: the embellished claims of its proponents, the lives its overuse has ruined, and the dangers of a product so strong it bears little resemblance to your parents' pot.

Shake Hands With The Devil by Romeo Dallaire

Title Shake Hands With the Devil
Author Romeo Dallaire
Publisher Vintage Canada
Release Date 2009-02-24
Category Political Science
Total Pages 592
ISBN 9780307371195
Language English, Spanish, and French
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On the tenth anniversary of the date that UN peacekeepers landed in Rwanda, Random House Canada is proud to publish the unforgettable first-hand account of the genocide by the man who led the UN mission. Digging deep into shattering memories, General Dallaire has written a powerful story of betrayal, naïveté, racism and international politics. His message is simple and undeniable: “Never again.” When Lt-Gen. Roméo Dallaire received the call to serve as force commander of the UN intervention in Rwanda in 1993, he thought he was heading off on a modest and straightforward peacekeeping mission. Thirteen months later he flew home from Africa, broken, disillusioned and suicidal, having witnessed the slaughter of 800,000 Rwandans in only a hundred days. In Shake Hands with the Devil, he takes the reader with him on a return voyage into the hell of Rwanda, vividly recreating the events the international community turned its back on. This book is an unsparing eyewitness account of the failure by humanity to stop the genocide, despite timely warnings. Woven through the story of this disastrous mission is Dallaire’s own journey from confident Cold Warrior, to devastated UN commander, to retired general engaged in a painful struggle to find a measure of peace, reconciliation and hope. This book is General Dallaire’s personal account of his conversion from a man certain of his worth and secure in his assumptions to a man conscious of his own weaknesses and failures and critical of the institutions he’d relied on. It might not sit easily with standard ideas of military leadership, but understanding what happened to General Dallaire and his mission to Rwanda is crucial to understanding the moral minefields our peacekeepers are forced to negotiate when we ask them to step into the world’s dirty wars. Excerpt from Shake Hands with the Devil My story is not a strictly military account nor a clinical, academic study of the breakdown of Rwanda. It is not a simplistic indictment of the many failures of the UN as a force for peace in the world. It is not a story of heroes and villains, although such a work could easily be written. This book is a cri de coeur for the slaughtered thousands, a tribute to the souls hacked apart by machetes because of their supposed difference from those who sought to hang on to power. . . . This book is the account of a few humans who were entrusted with the role of helping others taste the fruits of peace. Instead, we watched as the devil took control of paradise on earth and fed on the blood of the people we were supposed to protect.