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A Personal Odyssey

Author: Thomas Sowell
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743215087
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This is the gritty story of one man's lifelong education in the school of hard knocks, as his journey took him from Harlem to the Marines, the Ivy League, and a career as a controversial writer, teacher, and economist in government and private industry. It is also the story of the dramatically changing times in which this personal odyssey took place. The vignettes of the people and places that made an impression on Thomas Sowell at various stages of his life range from the poor and the powerless to the mighty and the wealthy, from a home for homeless boys to the White House, as well as ranging across the United States and around the world. It also includes Sowell's startling discovery of his own origins during his teenage years. If the child is father to the man, this memoir shows the characteristics that have become familiar in the public figure known as Thomas Sowell already present in an obscure little boy born in poverty in the Jim Crow South during the Great Depression and growing up in Harlem. His marching to his own drummer, his disregard of what others say or think, even his battles with editors who attempt to change what he has written, are all there in childhood. More than a story of the life of Sowell himself, this is also a story of the people who gave him their help, their support, and their loyalty, as well as those who demonized him and knifed him in the back. It is a story not just of one life, but of life in general, with all its exhilaration and pain.

Salvage A Personal Odyssey

Author: Ian Tew
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1574093584
Size: 45.95 MB
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'No cure, no pay'- those are the terms under which a salvor operates, and in doing so he takes on an onerous responsibility. If he is defeated by the elements he is not paid. He receives nothing, however much money, effort, sweat and tears he has put in. Salvage is not a business for the faint-hearted. Ian Tew joined Selco Salvage of Singapore in 1974, and spent over a decade on the front line. Already an experienced master mariner, he learnt the salvage trade in the busy waters of the Far East before rising to command some of the world's largest supertugs, eventually becoming a roving salvage master. In his odyssey he roamed the world, from the coast of Cornwall to the Southern Ocean, from the Gulf of Suez to the dangerous reefs of the South China Sea. This is a vivid account of those ten tough years - successes, failures, tows and rescues - a barge adrift in a hurricane in the English Channel - a freighter aground on a reef hundreds of miles from land with a tropical storm approaching - a trawler battered by the surf on a coral reef, its bottom ripped out - a tanker hit by a missile in the Gulf during the 'Tanker War' of the 1980s. The tugs themselves play a big part in the story, as do the crews and captains the author worked with. This gripping account of drama at sea is a tribute to the seamanship, courage and resourcefulness of the salvor, and an insight into the technical, commercial and human issues behind the headlines.

The Incredible Voyage

Author: Tristan Jones
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1497630738
Size: 60.39 MB
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A Welshman’s witty and gritty sailing adventure memoir with “the bite of fine sea salt and a whiplike delivery” (Kirkus Reviews). Follow the supreme adventurer, Tristan Jones, as he takes a solitary and intrepid six-year voyage on his small craft, The Sea Dart. Covering a distance twice the circumference of the globe, from the lowest body of water in the world—the Dead Sea—to the highest—Lake Titicaca in the Andes—Jones finds himself "a thousand times beyond the limit of endurance." With tenacity stronger than any obstacle, Jones refuses to give up his adventure, even after falling prey to several disasters that could have killed him. Struggling against the mighty current of the Amazon, hauling his boat over the Andes Mountains and capsizing off the Cape of Good Hope do not discourage him. This gripping story is a testament to his indomitable spirit and thirst for danger.


Author: Marsha Mason
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743216857
Size: 38.63 MB
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As an actress, Marsha Mason has had a varied and very successful career. Winner of the Golden Globe award as best actress and a four-time Academy Award® nominee, she has worked in film (perhaps most notably in the movies Cinderella Liberty, Chapter Two, and The Goodbye Girl), television (most recently as Sherry on Frasier), and the theater (having performed in London's West End, on and off Broadway, and in regional theater around the U.S.). While the path she followed to achieve her success was seldom an easy one, Marsha Mason never wavered in her determination. She wanted to be an actress -- that much she knew even as a young girl growing up in a modest neighborhood in St. Louis. For her, acting would be an escape, a chance to be someone other than the girl who seemed always to disappoint and anger her parents, the ticket that would take her out of their provincial, strict Catholic household and transport her to another world somewhere between reality and fantasy. Now, in Journey, Marsha Mason retraces the path she followed out of her difficult childhood. She moved to New York City, where she worked as a waitress and go-go dancer before landing a role in the then popular daytime TV soap opera Love of Life. After that, her world started to change, as one success led to another. The biggest change, however, came when she met Neil Simon, Broadway's most successful and powerful playwright, the creator of such long-running shows as Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple. Cast in his play The Good Doctor, Mason found herself drawn to the charismatic Simon, who was still struggling with the pain of losing his wife, Joan, to cancer. After a brief, whirlwind courtship, they married, and nothing was ever the same. The couple moved to Hollywood so Mason could pursue film work, and Simon began writing a string of films to star his new wife. Her journey had indeed taken her far, as she realized an undreamed-of level of success. There was, however, a price to pay. The marriage to Simon ended so abruptly, and left such a major void, that for quite some time afterward Marsha Mason seemed to have neither direction nor focus in her life. Finally deciding to leave Hollywood and to undertake an entirely different career raising herbs on a ranch in New Mexico, she began a new stage of her journey -- the one that frames this very personal and involving memoir -- by packing up a lifetime of memories and setting off with friends on an odyssey that finds her today a successful farmer with a still active career as an actress. Marsha Mason's Journey is revealing of the demands and sacrifices of the life of a successful actress, and at the same time inspiring, as she traces a lifetime spent in search of an elusive happiness. As an adult child of alcoholics, she has come to understand the forces that shaped her life and propelled her along a path that was as inevitable as it was debilitating. And now, from her present vantage point, she is able to look back with a new understanding, one that enables her to take comfort in the success she has found and find joy in learning to celebrate life.

Soul Reflections

Author: Miriam Jaskierowicz Arman
Publisher: Musicvisions International
ISBN: 9780967418124
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This CD is the companion for the book Soul Reflections A Personal Odyssey in Poetry and Paintings'' The poems are powerfully presented by the author Miriam Jaskierowicz Arman and each poem is accompanied by original compositions for Cello by Mme. Johanne Perron. This is an outstanding production with nothing else like it on the market. The combination of the extraordinary poetry, recently nominated by the National Center For Jewish Cultural Arts for the Pulitzer Prize- and the haunting accompaniment of original compositions, which musically underscore the Authors readings, create a deeply emotional, sensitive and spiritual atmosphere, lending total artistic expression to both art forms. No Emotion Remains Untouched Soul Reflections is Personal, Searching, Probing, Demanding and Reflective Soul Reflections is brilliant, honest, descriptive, open, powerful and deep...This book is not for the casual life traveler...No emotion remains untouched...Ms.Arman's work is personal, searching, probing, demanding and reflective...Colored with images and words that cause your imagination to soar. This is a work of truly great importance, deserving and demanding your attention and concentration- because of the message it states profoundly and unpretentiously. She demonstrates that poetry can speak the language of humanity as a whole. The combination of the extraordinary poetry, recently nominated by the National Center For Jewish Cultural Arts for the Pulitzer Prize- and the haunting accompaniment of original compositions, which musically underscore the Authors readings, create a deeply emotional, sensitive and spiritual atmosphere, lending total artistic expression to both art forms.

Ithaca Is The Journey

Author: Charles C. Finn
Publisher: Author House
ISBN: 1467819549
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While the odyssey traced in Ithaca Is The Journey is highly personal, its central insight relates to the odyssey of all. Spiritual journeyers are invited by these pages to remember the great secret: the Promised Land they are yearning for is somehow the very ground upon which they stand; the haven they hope to find at their journey’s end is, as sages have long mysteriously suggested, no where other than at hand. The paradox of life thus has it that we are to honor our homesickness by continuing to search far and wide and deep, and simultaneously to smile from our mystic’s soul to know that we’re already home. Let another’s evolution from Catholicism to Quakerism with multiple spirit-riches accruing along the way serve to deepen your appreciation of how far or wide or deep your own evolution has taken you, and how close you just might discover yourself to be, even as your sails still catch stiff breezes, to Ithaca.

Liverpool Gateway To Heaven And Hell

Author: Neil Deane
Publisher: Pro BUSINESS
ISBN: 3864605733
Size: 74.18 MB
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This book on Liverpool offers the reader many things: a comprehensive social and cultural history; an insider travel guide; an analysis of the city s people and the places they inhabit; the gripping tale of the Beatles in their Liverpool home and an evaluation of the music that preceded their rise and followed their demise in 1970. An inside view of the Scouser s unbreakable bond with his football team and the pub completes the picture. Neil Deane weaves in his own story after joining the proceedings in 1957, relating his everyday experience of life in his home town until his departure in 1979, after which he continues his autobiographical narrative as a self-exiled, committed observer and frequent visitor. He attempts to explain how and why Liverpool is a city on the edge , different from its northern neighbours, misunderstood and even reviled by sections of the southern establishment, and too often making the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Sweeping away lazy clichés, he aims to get the reader that bit closer to the truth. The book is not a typical tourist guide, more an authentic tale told with love and passion, a personal odyssey with heaven and hell present in equal proportions; however, his final message of optimism is that any stranger visiting Liverpool will be uplifted most of all by its people, ever determined to make sure that heaven wins the penalty shoot-out.