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Road to Valour: A True Story of World War II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation, Aili McConnon & Andres McConnon.
1 Aili McConnon & Andres McConnon. Road to Valour: A True Story of World War II Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation
Toronto: Doubleday Canada 2012 0385669488 / 9780385669481 1st Hardbound New New 16.8 x 3.1 x 24.1 cm 
Road to Valour is the inspiring, against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, the cyclist who made the greatest comeback in Tour de France history and, between his Tour victories, secretly aided the Italian resistance during World War II. Gino Bartali is best known as an Italian cycling legend: the man who not only won the Tour de France twice, but also holds the record for the longest time span between victories. During the ten years that separated his hard-won triumphs, his actions, both on and off the racecourse, ensured him a permanent place in Italian hearts and minds. In Road to Valour, Aili and Andres McConnon chronicle Bartali’s journey, starting in impoverished rural Tuscany where a scrawny, mischievous boy painstakingly saves his money to buy a bicycle and before long, is racking up wins throughout the country. At the age of 24, he stuns the world by winning the Tour de France and becomes an international sports icon. But Mussolini’s Fascists try to hijack his victory for propaganda purposes, derailing Bartali’s career, and as the Nazis occupy Italy, Bartali undertakes secret and dangerous activities to help those being targeted. He shelters a family of Jews in an apartment he financed with his cycling winnings and smuggles counterfeit identity documents hidden in his bicycle past Fascist and Nazi checkpoints because the soldiers recognize him as a national hero in training. After the grueling wartime years, Bartali fights to rebuild his career as Italy emerges from the rubble. In 1948, the stakes are raised when midway through the Tour de France, an assassination attempt in Rome sparks nationwide political protests and riots. Despite numerous setbacks and a legendary snowstorm in the Alps, the chain-smoking, Chianti-loving, 34-year-old underdog comes back and wins the most difficult endurance competition on earth. Bartali’s inspiring performance helps unite his fractured homeland and restore pride and spirit to a country still reeling from war and despair. Set in Italy and France against the turbulent backdrop of an unforgiving sport and threatening politics, Road to Valour is the breathtaking account of one man’s unsung heroism and his resilience in the face of adversity. Based on nearly ten years of research in Italy, France, and Israel, including interviews with Bartali’s family, former teammates, a Holocaust survivor Bartali saved, and many others, Road to Valour is the first book ever written about Bartali in English and the only book written in any language to fully explore the scope of Bartali’s wartime work. An epic tale of courage, comeback, and redemption, it is the untold story of one of the greatest athletes of the twentieth century. 
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Chavez, Venezuela and the New Latin America: an interview with Hugo Chavez, Aleida Guevara
2 Aleida Guevara Chavez, Venezuela and the New Latin America: an interview with Hugo Chavez
Melbourne: Ocean Press 2004 1920888004 / 9781920888008 1st Paper back Very good Not issued 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches 
An intimate encounter between the charismatic Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and Che Guevara's daughter Aleida Is Venezuela the new Cuba? Elected by an overwhelming popular mandate in 1998, which has been reaffirmed in elections several times since, Hugo Chávez is one of Latin America's most outspoken political leaders today. In this extraordinary encounter, Chávez is interviewed by Aleida Guevara, the daughter of the legendary revolutionary Che Guevara. He expresses a fiercely nationalist vision for Venezuela and a commitment to a united Latin America. He also discusses the significance of the military coup against his government in April 2002, Venezuela's new democratic constitution, the extensive social programs undertaken as part of the Bolivarian revolution and assesses his country's relations with the United States and Cuba. In what became a remarkably intimate dialogue over several days, Chávez is probed about his personal political formation and his views about the legacy of Che Guevara's ideas and example in Latin America today. Included as an appendix is an exclusive interview with Venezuela's former minister of defense Jorge García Carneiro, who played a key role in defeating the 2002 coup against Chávez. "There is a different Venezuela where the wretched of the earth know that they can free themselves from their past. And this is a different Latin America." - Hugo Chávez Aleida Guevara is the eldest daughter of Ernesto Che Guevara and Aleida March. She works as a pediatrician in Havana, Cuba, and is a prominent figure in the anti-globalization movement. 
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Open: An Autobiography, Andre Agassi.
3 Andre Agassi. Open: An Autobiography
Toronto: Vintage 2010 0307388409 / 9780307388407 Paper back Like New Not issued 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches 
Far more than a superb memoir about the highest levels of professional tennis, Open is the engrossing story of a remarkable life. Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of twenty-two Agassi had won the first of his eight grand slams and achieved wealth, celebrity, and the game’s highest honors. But as he reveals in this searching autobiography, off the court he was often unhappy and confused, unfulfilled by his great achievements in a sport he had come to resent. Agassi writes candidly about his early success and his uncomfortable relationship with fame, his marriage to Brooke Shields, his growing interest in philanthropy, and—described in haunting, point-by-point detail—the highs and lows of his celebrated career. 
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First impressions: what you don't know about how others see you, Ann Demarais & Valeries White.
4 Ann Demarais & Valeries White. First impressions: what you don't know about how others see you
New York: Bantam Dell 2004 0553803204 / 9780553803204 Hard bound New New 23.6 x 16.1 x 2.3 cm 
What kind of first impression do you make? A first impression is the most important impression you’ll ever make—and you get only one chance to make it. Business deals can be made or broken, first dates become second dates or not, friendships are created or fail to form; everything hinges on that all-important initial encounter. And yet most of us don’t know how we’re really seen by others. Many of us don’t know how to make a good impression. Wouldn’t you like others to see you as confident, interesting, attractive, and sincere? Ann Demarais, Ph.D., and Valerie White, Ph.D., consultants to many Fortune 100 companies as well as creators of First Impressions, Inc., a New York–based dating and consulting firm, offer you the keys to putting your best self forward in any new situation, whether you want to strike up a conversation at a party or are meeting a blind date or a new business client. You’ll learn to see yourself as others see you, and how to tweak your style to create the impression that reflects the real you. Breaking down a successful first impression into its seven fundamentals, the authors show you how to master these principles so that you can make the best first impression. They also show how to avoid common misunderstandings that leave others with a bad impression, how to reveal the four universal social gifts, and they outline practical steps you can take to enhance your personal charm. Informative and filled with enlightening research studies, do-it-yourself checklist reviews, and dozens of helpful case histories, First Impressions is a fun, groundbreaking, and long-overdue guide to the most important moment of virtually any relationship. 
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Seeking Balance: Conversations with BC Women in Politics, Anne Edwards.
5 Anne Edwards. Seeking Balance: Conversations with BC Women in Politics
Halfmoon Bay: Caitlin Press 2008 1894759311 / 9781894759311 paper back New Not issued 23 x 3 x 15.5 cm 
Many Canadians say that British Columbia is the zaniest political province. It's too diverse, too polarized - geographically, demographically and ideologically. But the British Columbia political arena is lively, and it has often led the way in electing women to parliaments - as respected spokespeople for the public and as equal people. In Seeking Balance, Anne Edwards shares her conversations with more than eighty Briths Columbia women politicians, including Rita Johnston, Rosemary Brown, Grace McCarthy, Kim Campbell, Pat Carney, Darlene Marzari, Joy MacPhail and Carole James. These women who served as members of the provincial legislature or the Canadian parliament reveal their ambitions and their reactions to serving in a political system designed and dominated by men. Women struggle to find their place in the pyramids of power. They reach decisions in ways untraditional to Canadian politics; they bring ideas to a systemill-suited to respond; and they see clearly the jagged edges that should be smoothed in order to create a vibrant democratic state. These women - of many ages, across party lines and from all parts of the province - share attitudes and insights into the lively world of British Columbia politics, at home and aross our nation. 
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A Lion Called Christian: The True Story of the Remarkable Bond Between Two Friends and a Lion, Anthony Bourke & John Rendall.
6 Anthony Bourke & John Rendall. A Lion Called Christian: The True Story of the Remarkable Bond Between Two Friends and a Lion
New York: Broadway Books 2009 0767932307 / 9780767932301 Hard bound New New 5.4 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches 
In 2008 an extraordinary two-minute film clip appeared on YouTube and immediately became an international phenomenon. It captures the moving reunion of two young men and their pet lion Christian, after they had left him in Africa with Born Free’s George Adamson to introduce him into his rightful home in the wild. A Lion Called Christian tells the remarkable story of how Anthony “Ace” Bourke and John Rendall, visitors to London from Australia in 1969, bought the boisterous lion cub in the pet department of Harrods. For several months, the three of them shared a flat above a furniture shop on London’s King’s Road, where the charismatic and intelligent Christian quickly became a local celebrity, cruising the streets in the back of a Bentley, popping in for lunch at a local restaurant, even posing for a fashion advertisement. But the lion cub was growing up—fast—and soon even the walled church garden where he went for exercise wasn’t large enough for him. How could Ace and John avoid having to send Christian to a zoo for the rest of his life? A coincidental meeting with English actors Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers, stars of the hit film Born Free, led to Christian being flown to Kenya and placed under the expert care of “the father of lions” George Adamson. Incredibly, when Ace and John returned to Kenya to see Christian a year later, they received a loving welcome from their lion, who was by then fully integrated into Africa and a life with other lions. Originally published in 1971, and now fully revised and updated with more than 50 photographs of Christian from cuddly cub in London to magnificent lion in Africa, A Lion Called Christian is a touching and uplifting true story of an indelible human-animal bond. It is is destined to become one of the great classics of animal literature. 
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A Different Road: A Memoir, Arthur Labatt.
7 Arthur Labatt. A Different Road: A Memoir
Toronto: BPS Books 2012 9781827483282 Hardbound New New 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches 
At times during his early years, Arthur Labatt felt like an observer of his own life: What was he supposed to do next? Where would his decisions take him? How would it all turn out? Labatt was born into privilege, the youngest child of John Sackville Labatt, who, with his brother, Hugh, ran the family-owned brewery John Labatt Limited in London, Ontario. Arthur spent his youth looking forward to, and enjoying, summers at Port Stanley on Lake Erie and Camp Ahmek in Algonquin Park. He was only vaguely aware of the shadow cast over his family by the famous kidnapping of his father in 1934. His education, however, took him on a decidedly zigzag itinerary through an assortment of Roman Catholic and public schools. And by the time it was his turn to join Labatt's, his father had died, the firm was on its way to being sold, and he had taken a detour from his studies at McGill University, becoming a chartered accountant under the auspices of Clarkson, Gordon & Company. Things began to make more sense to him after a period of career moves at Clarkson's and then investment dealer McLeod Young Weir. After four years in Paris selling Canadian securities to institutional investors in Europe for MYW, he got his feet wet in the insurance and trust industries and then, with portfolio manager Bob Krembil and mutual fund salesman Michael Axford, started a mutual fund company, Trimark Investment Management Inc., which they eventually sold to U.K.-based AMVESCAP (now called Invesco). Throughout these years, Labatt and his wife, Sonia, and their three children lived in ten different homes in Toronto, Montreal, and Paris and travelled the world. The couple now spend most of their time at their homes in Toronto and Tucson, contributing time, energy, and resources into major charitable projects, including the Hospital for Sick Children, St. Michael's Hospital, Foundation Fighting Blindness, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and L'Arche. 
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Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
8 Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Infidel
New York: Free Press 2007 0743289684 / 9780743289689 Hardbound New New 9.4 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches 
In this profoundly affecting memoir from the internationally renowned author of "The Caged Virgin, " Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells her astonishing life story, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya, to her intellectual awakening and activism in the Netherlands, and her current life under armed guard in the West.One of today's most admired and controversial political figures, Ayaan Hirsi Ali burst into international headlines following an Islamist's murder of her colleague, Theo van Gogh, with whom she made the movie "Submission.""Infidel" is the eagerly awaited story of the coming of age of this elegant, distinguished -- and sometimes reviled -- political superstar and champion of free speech. With a gimlet eye and measured, often ironic, voice, Hirsi Ali recounts the evolution of her beliefs, her ironclad will, and her extraordinary resolve to fight injustice done in the name of religion. Raised in a strict Muslim family and extended clan, Hirsi Ali survived civil war, female mutilation, brutal beatings, adolescence as a devout believer during the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, and life in four troubled, unstable countries largely ruled by despots. In her early twenties, she escaped from a forced marriage and sought asylum in the Netherlands, where she earned a college degree in political science, tried to help her tragically depressed sister adjust to the West, and fought for the rights of Muslim immigrant women and the reform of Islam as a member of Parliament. Even though she is under constant threat -- demonized by reactionary Islamists and politicians, disowned by her father, and expelled from her family and clan -- she refuses to be silenced.Ultimately a celebration of triumph over adversity, Hirsi Ali's story tells how a bright little girl evolved out of dutiful obedience to become an outspoken, pioneering freedom fighter. As Western governments struggle to balance democratic ideals with religious pressures, no story could be timelier or more significant. 
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My Jerusalem: Secular Adventures in the Holy City, Bronwyn Drainie.
9 Bronwyn Drainie. My Jerusalem: Secular Adventures in the Holy City
Toronto: Doubleday Canada 1994 0385254741 / 9780385254748 ` Hard bound New New 3.8 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm 
My Jerusalem begins with the preparation for and arrival in the Middle East. Bronwyn, her husband Patrick Martin and their two boys went there because Patrick was asked by the Globe and Mail to become its first Middle East correspondent. Living right on the Green Line between Arabs and Israelis, Bronwyn had to get her children settled in a new school and learn how to behave, react, drive, cook, and dress on the cusp of two unfamiliar and historically antagonistic cultures. She also had to struggle with Hebrew, and adjust to a major change in her professional identity as a writer. From this unique perspective, she was able to capture the charming and engaging side of Jerusalem life, along with the curious, the provocative, and the horrible. An independent woman coping with restrictive cultures on all sides, she was able to make meaningful contact with people in both communities while maintaining the journalistic distance needed to trustworthy observation. Out of her rich two years' experience, Drainie has woven a highly readable narrative that will appeal not only to those who avidly follow events in the region but also to readers whose eyes normally glaze over when they hear the words "the Middle East." 
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Female Icons: Marilyn Monroe to Susan Sontag, Carl Rollyson.
10 Carl Rollyson. Female Icons: Marilyn Monroe to Susan Sontag
Lincoln: iUniverse 2005 0595357261 / 9780595357260 Paperback New 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches 
This volume represents more than twenty-five years of writing about female icons and biography. Rollyson provides the bits and pieces that resulted not only in his biography of Marilyn Monroe but also in much of the work he has subsequently done on Lillian Hellman, Martha Gellhorn, Rebecca West, Susan Sontag, and on the nature of biography itself. This book includes a selection of Rollyson's New York Sun book reviews dealing with female icons such as Mary Stuart, Mary Wollstonecraft, The Brontës, Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, Zelda Fitzgerald, and Sylvia Plath. Rollyson's writing about icons has provoked him to question the process by which selves are defined. Discovering the shaping mechanisms of the self is simultaneously a way of understanding how biographies are built. In the end, this book should be of interest not merely to devotees of Monroe, Sontag, and other icons but also to anyone curious about the nature of biography and the biographer. 
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Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, Carmen Aguiree.
11 Carmen Aguiree. Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter
Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre 2011 1771000368 / 9781771000369 Paper back New Not issued 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches 
On September 11, 1973, General Augusto Pinochet led a violent coup that removed Salvador Allende, the democratically elected socialist president of Chile, from office. Thousands were arrested, tortured and killed under the repressive new regime. Six-year-old Carmen Aguirre and her younger sister fled the country with their parents for a life in exile. Five years later, when her mother and stepfather returned to South America as Chilean resistance members, Carmen and her sister?s double lives began. At 18, Carmen herself joined the resistance, plunging further into a world of terror, paranoia, and euphoria. Something Fierce takes the reader inside war-ridden Peru, dictatorship-run Bolivia, post-Malvinas Argentina, and Pinochet's Chile during the eventful decade between 1979 and 1989. Dramatic, suspenseful, and darkly comic, it is a rare account of revolutionary life and a passionate argument against forgetting. About the Author: Carmen Aguirre is a Vancouver-based writer and theatre artist who has worked extensively in North and South America. She has written or co-written eighteen plays, including The Refugee Hotel, which was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for best new play in 2010. Something Fierce is her first book. 
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Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, Carmen Aguirre.
12 Carmen Aguirre. Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter
Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre 2012 1771000368 / 9781771000369 Paperback New 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches 
On September 11, 1973, General Augusto Pinochet led a violent coup that removed Salvador Allende, the democratically elected socialist president of Chile, from office. Thousands were arrested, tortured and killed under the repressive new regime. Six-year-old Carmen Aguirre and her younger sister fled the country with their parents for a life in exile. Five years later, when her mother and stepfather returned to South America as Chilean resistance members, Carmen and her sister’s double lives began. At 18, Carmen herself joined the resistance, plunging further into a world of terror, paranoia, and euphoria. Something Fierce takes the reader inside war-ridden Peru, dictatorship-run Bolivia, post-Malvinas Argentina, and Pinochet's Chile during the eventful decade between 1979 and 1989. Dramatic, suspenseful, and darkly comic, it is a rare account of revolutionary life and a passionate argument against forgetting. 
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The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country, Charlotte Gray.
13 Charlotte Gray. The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country
Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers 2013 1443409235 / 9781443409230 1st Hardbound New New 16.5 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm 
A Globe & Mail 100 Selection and longlisted for the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize! A scandalous crime, a sensational trial, a surprise verdict―the true story of Carrie Davies, the maid who shot a Massey In February 1915, a member of one of Canada’s wealthiest families was shot and killed on the front porch of his home in Toronto as he was returning from work. Carrie Davies, an 18-year-old domestic servant, quickly confessed. But who was the victim here? Charles “Bert” Massey, a scion of a famous family, or the frightened, perhaps mentally unstable Carrie, a penniless British immigrant? When the brilliant lawyer Hartley Dewart, QC, took on her case, his grudge against the powerful Masseys would fuel a dramatic trial that pitted the old order against the new, wealth and privilege against virtue and honest hard work. Set against a backdrop of the Great War in Europe and the changing faceof a nation, this sensational crime is brought to vivid life for the first time. As in her previous bestselling book, Gold Diggers―now in production as a Discovery Television miniseries―multi-award-winning historian and biographer Charlotte Gray has created a captivating narrative rich in detail and brimming with larger-than-life personalities, as she shines alight on a central moment in our past. 
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The prime ministers of Canada: Macdonald to Mulroney, 1867-1985, Christopher Ondaatje.
14 Christopher Ondaatje. The prime ministers of Canada: Macdonald to Mulroney, 1867-1985
Toronto: Pagurian Press 1985 0889321256 / 9780889321250 1st Paperback New 
The eighteen men who have been prime ministers of Canada since Confederation have been astonishingly different in background, character, their route to power, and in the impact they made in their own time and on ours. Some are etched in the national memory, such as Sir John A. Macdonald, the brilliant, bibulous, visionary leader who can be called the father of the country, and Sir Wilfrid Laurier, whose "sunny ways" led the country through its great flowering at the turn of the century. Others are fascinating in their ambiguous reputations - for example Mackenzied King, whose stodgy manner disguised a brilliantly manipulative politician determined to retain power and to preserve the country's unity. Others still are nearly forgotten, like the undeniably inadequate Sir Mackenzie Bowell, and the able, but disastrously uncompromising Arther Meighen. All these men from Macdonald to Mulroney have, in turn, played the leading role in the country's life, and they link together our knowledge of our history. 
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Into the Blast Furnace: The Forging of a CEO's Conscience, Courntey Pratt & Larry Gaudet.
15 Courntey Pratt & Larry Gaudet. Into the Blast Furnace: The Forging of a CEO's Conscience
Toronto: Random House Canada 2008 0307356035 / 9780307356031 Hard bound New New 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.7 cm 
From one of Canada’s top CEOs, a heartfelt invitation to reimagine the business world as a place in which conscience and empathy count. Steel manufacturer Stelco Inc. went into bankruptcy protection in early 2004. There was a lot at stake during the company’s gruelling court-mandated restructuring: 6,000 jobs, 10,000 pensions; the struggling economy of a company town; and the egos and pocketbooks of lawyers, investors, union leaders, politicians and hedge fund managers, each with a special interest to flog and no interest in compromise. Also on the line was the reputation–and conscience–of CEO Courtney Pratt, who was hired to clean up the mess. To Pratt, survival for Stelco meant attempting to keep the company alive as he ethically reconciled the competing interests, a task made absurdly difficult by the circus-like atmosphere that reigned among those fighting over its future. But at what cost? To answer that question, Pratt has joined forces with novelist and non-fiction writer Larry Gaudet in a collaboration the two almost jokingly call “magic corporate realism.” Their book provides a thoughtful challenge to the very tired notion that, in the age of Enron and Worldcom, all CEOs are incubated for the sole purpose of looking after their own selfish interests. Pratt’s story, told with imagination, honesty and wit, is about a more important challenge: how to stay human in a bottom-line world. 
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Do You Really Need An MBA?, David M. Campbell.
16 David M. Campbell. Do You Really Need An MBA?
Vancouver: Douglas & Mclntyre 2004 1553650794 / 9781553650799 Hard bound New New 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches Author's sign on first page.
One of Canada’s great entrepreneurs tells his personal story of overcoming poverty and exclusion to make a fortune the old-fashioned way: with chutzpah, hard work and a keen eye for opportunity. What does it take to become an entrepreneur? David Campbell shares the secrets to his success and gives readers the tools they need to follow in his footsteps. Campbell focuses on the importance of seeking out new, different and unique opportunities—just as he did in the 1950s, wagering on the novel technology of cable television, and again in the 1970s, riding the wave of global business. He promises easy-to-follow value to a busy reader with an interest in how real fortunes are built. He details the endowments of character and personality that contribute to entrepreneurial success, such as a strong work ethic, appreciation of value, ambition to bring ideas to fruition, sociability and invention. He underscores the importance of re-investing continuously in one’s self. This is an inspiring story with invaluable how-to advice for anyone who wants to enrich their business skills and lead a life of personal success. 
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Man in the Shadows: Inside the Middle East Crisis with a Man Who Led the Mossad, Efraim Halevy.
17 Efraim Halevy. Man in the Shadows: Inside the Middle East Crisis with a Man Who Led the Mossad
New York: St. Martin's Press 2006 031233771X / 9780312337711 1st Hard bound Like New Like New 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches 
Israel's Mossad is thought by many to be one of the most powerful intelligence agencies in the world. In Man in the Shadows, Efraim Halevy--a Mossad officer since 1961 and its chief between 1998 and 2002--provides an unprecedented portrait of the Middle East crisis. Having served as the secret envoy of prime ministers Rabin, Shamir, Netanyahu, Barak, and Sharon, Halevy was privy to many of the top-level negotiations that determined the progress of the region's struggle for peace during the years when the threat of Islamic terror became increasingly powerful. Informed by his extraordinary access, he writes candidly about the workings of the Mossad, the prime ministers he served under, and the other major players on the international stage: Yasir Arafat, Saddam Hussein, Hafiz al-Assad, Mu'amar Gadhafi, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush. From the vantage point of a chief in charge of a large organization, he frankly describes the difficulty of running an intelligence agency in a time when heads of state are immersed, as never before, in using intelligence to protect their nations while, at the same time, acting to protect themselves politically. Most important, he writes fiercely and without hesitation about how the world might achieve peace in the face of the growing threat from Islamic terrorist organizations. In this gripping inside look, Halevy opens his private dossier on events past and present: the assassination attempt by the Mossad on the life of Khaled Mashal, now the leader of Khammas; the negotiations surrounding the Israeli-Jordan Peace Accord and its importance for the stability of the region; figures in the CIA, like Jim Angleton and George Tenet, with whom he worked (Halevy even shares his feelings about Tenet's abrupt resignation). He tells the truth about what the Mossad really knew before 9/11. He writes candidly about assessing the threat of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the region and beyond, and what this spells for the future of international stability and survival. He touches on the increasing visibility of the CIA in the Middle East and openly shares his misgivings about both the report of the 9/11 Commission and the Middle East road map to peace that was pressed on all sides of the conflict by the U.S. government. He looks at the terrorist attacks in Madrid and London and their far-reaching effects, and states the unthinkable: We have yet to see the worst of what the radical Islamic terrorists are capable of. Sure to be one of the year's most talked-about books, this fierce and intelligent account of will be a must-read for those looking to hear from a man who wielded his influence, in the shadows, to save the Middle East and the world from a never-ending cycle of violence and destruction. 
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Man in the Shadows: Inside the Middle East Crisis with a Man Who Led the Mossad, Efraim Halevy.
18 Efraim Halevy. Man in the Shadows: Inside the Middle East Crisis with a Man Who Led the Mossad
New York: St. Martin's Griffin 2006 0312337728 / 9780312337728 Paper back Like New (Advance Uncorrected Proofs) 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches 
Israel's Mossad is one of the world's most powerful intelligence agencies. Having served as its director, Efraim Halevy has witnessed the Middle East crisis from the inside-out. As the secret envoy to prime ministers ranging from Yitzhak Rabin to Ariel Sharon, Halevy was privy to many of the top-level negotiations that changed the landscape of the region--and, in turn, the rest of the modern world. In Man in the Shadows, he provides a fascinating, deeply informed look at the secret workings and global repercussions of Mossad's fight against Islamic terror, and writes with passion and authority about such topics as: • September 11, 2001: What the Mossad knew before and after the attacks; his critique of the 9/11 report; and his assertion that we haven't seen the worst of radical Islam • His candid thoughts about the Bush Administration; George Tenet and his dismissal; the assassination attempt of Hamas leader Khaled Mashal; and other key players in the war on terror • Iraq: From Operation Desert Storm to the WMD crisis to the war of the present day, Halevy offers a modern history of the region, as well as an action-plan for the future …and more. By turns a powerful history lesson and a roadmap to world peace, Man in the Shadows is a must-read for the twenty-first century. 
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Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye Can See, Erik Weihenmayer.
19 Erik Weihenmayer. Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man's Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye Can See
New York: Penguin Group 2001 0525945784 / 9780525945789 Hard bound New New 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches Author autographed.
The incredible, inspiring story of world-class climber Erik Weihenmayer, from the terrible diagnosis that foretold of the loss of his eyesight, to his dream to climb mountains, and finally his quest to reach each of the Seven Summits. Erik Weihenmayer was born with retinoscheses, a degenerative eye disorder that would progressively unravel his retinas. Erik learned from doctors that he was destined to lose his sight by age thirteen. Yet from early on, he was determined to rise above this devastating disability and lead a fulfilling, exciting life. In Touch the Top of the World, Erik recalls his struggle to push past the limits placed on him by his visual impairment-and by a seeing world. He speaks movingly of the role his family played in his battle to break through the barriers of blindness: the mother who prayed for the miracle that would restore her son's sight; the father who encouraged him to strive for that unreachable mountaintop. Erik was the first blind man to summit McKinley. Soon he became the first blind person to scale the infamous 3000-foot rock wall of El Capitan and then Argentina's Aconcagua, the highest peak outside of Asia. He was married to his longtime sweetheart at 13,000 feet on the Shira Plateau on his way to Kilimanjaro's summit, and recently Erik scaled Polar Circus, the 30,000-foot vertical ice wall in Alberta, Canada. Erik's story is about having the vision to dream big; the courage to reach for near impossible goals; and the grit, determination, and ingenuity to transform our lives into "something miraculous." 
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An Enduring Love: My Life with the Shah - A Memoir, Farah Pahlavi.
20 Farah Pahlavi. An Enduring Love: My Life with the Shah - A Memoir
New York: Miramax Books 2004 140135209X / 9781401352097 1st Hardbound New New 15.6 x 23.5 cm 
Farah Pahlavi has lived a life of extremes: a loving marriage to the Shah that ended with his death in 1980; a period of luxury in the court followed by years of exile and loss. Her story has been covered in the press and in countless books, but here she speaks out for the rst time, and tells her own remarkable story. The only child of an Iranian army ofcer, Farah Diba was an architecture student in Paris when she became engaged and married the Shah. Pitched from her ordinary existence into a maelstrom of paparazzi and international attention, she quickly became an icon for her age-a beautiful, serene young woman, romantically married to one of the most powerful men in the world. She writes about her early years and about Iran itself and her profound love for it, of encounters with world leaders, of family life in the palaces of Tehran. She describes the divisions of Iranian society and the gradual shift of public opinion, fuelled by the rise in religious fundamentalism, which led to the sudden overthrow of the Shah in 1979. An Enduring Love includes a moving account of the year the Shah and his Queen spent wandering the globe, rejected from the United States and shuttling between Egypt, Morocco, the Bahamas, Panama, and Mexico. Farah Pahlavi details the years of exile after the Shah's death, as she rebuilt a life for herself and for her children in the United States. Written with an affecting simplicity and directness, this is both a powerful human document and a fascinating perspective on an especially turbulent period in Middle Eastern history. 
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