History s Greatest Scandals

Author: Ed Wright
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781740458092
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Ed Wright presents some of the most respected members of society, politics, business, sports and the arts in a new and disturbing light to reveal the dark side of driven personalities. The narratives reveal clandestine affairs, underhand political dealings, blatant criminal activity, and other dramatic episodes.

History s Worst Decisions

Author: Stephen Weir
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781740456692
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History is strewn with mistakes. Many of them were made by well-intentioned people who were bright, intelligent, capable ? but just made the wrong decision. Many of them fall into the simplest category of error: they took Route A instead of Route B. And a lot of them ?seemed like a good idea at the time.? But there have also been some monumentally stupid decisions, too. Histories Worst Decisions and the People Who Made Them journeys through the foolishness of humanity, from the honest gaffe to the really, really dumb. What the blunders collected here share is far-reaching consequence. We all drop the ball from time to time, but sometimes it really matters.The motivators for history?s most foolish moves are many, and often insidious in nature. Pope Gregory the Great in the late sixth century kindly categorized these types of emotions as the Seven Deadly Sins and they?ve served as apt inspiration for some of the most devastating decisions in the fifteen or so centuries since. Author Stephen Weir has examined each instance to determine which of the sinister seven applies, and has categorized the affair with a nod toward its most notable driving, be it anger, envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride or sloth (or all of the above).But it?s hardly the case that evil alone begets evil; it would be foolish to believe that only the wicked are stupid. Histories Worst Decisions and the People Who Made Them chronicles the most awful choices motivated by a pursuit of noble ends. Faith, hope and charity can have wrought folly as well.

I Libertine

Author: Theodore Sturgeon
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1480410101
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The novel that began as a radio hoax, Theodore Sturgeon’s I, Libertine is a hilarious erotic romp through the royal boudoirs of eighteenth-century London Inspired by a notorious radio hoax in the mid-1950s, popular radio host and prankster Jean Shepherd exhorted his faithful listeners to approach their local booksellers the next morning and request copies of the historical novel I, Libertine by Frederick R. Ewing—a book that had never been written, by an author who had never been alive. The hoax was so successful that I, Libertine became the talk of the town, even earning the unique distinction of being banned by the Archdiocese of Boston, despite the fact that it didn’t yet exist. Now there was nothing left to do but write the thing . . . and fantasy and science fiction legend Theodore Sturgeon was called in to work his magic. Originally written pseudonymously, Sturgeon’s I, Libertine is a glorious tale of close shaves, daring escapes, and wildly licentious behavior. It covers the bawdy misdeeds of Captain Lance Courtenay as he carelessly romps through the royal court and the bedchambers of London’s finest ladies. Chock-full of wicked wit and Sturgeon’s trademark twists and turns, it is a hilarious, picaresque adventure that Ewing himself would certainly have been proud to call his own, if he had existed. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Theodore Sturgeon including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the University of Kansas’s Kenneth Spencer Research Library and the author’s estate, among other sources.

Mathematical Scandals

Author: Theoni Pappas
Publisher: Paw Prints
ISBN: 9781442063518
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A collection of stories about famous mathematicians and their very human background in the history of mathematics, including the paranoia of Godel and how Newton's apple never was

A Treasury of Great American Scandals

Author: Michael Farquhar
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1440684189
Format: PDF, ePub
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Following on the heels of his national bestseller A Treasury of Royal Scandals, Michael Farquhar turns his attention to matters a little closer to home with A Treasury of Great American Scandals. From the unhappy family relationships of prominent Americans to the feuds, smear campaigns, duels, and infamous sex scandals that have punctuated our history, we see our founding fathers and other American heroes in the course of their all-too-human events. Ineffectual presidents, lazy generals, traitors; treacherous fathers, nagging mothers, ungrateful children, embarrassing siblings; and stories about insanity, death, and disturbing postmortems are all here, as are disagreeable marriages, vile habits, and, of course, sex: good sex, bad sex, and good-bad sex too. We can take comfort in the fact that we are no worse and no better than our forebears. But we do have better media coverage. Bonus educational material: A brief history of the United States, including scandals! The American Hall of Shame! A complete listing of presidential administrations!

The Spider Network

Author: David Enrich
Publisher: Virgin Books Limited
ISBN: 9780753557501
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In 2006, an oddball group of bankers, traders and brokers from some of the largest financial institutions made a startling realization: Libor�e"the London interbank offered rate, which determines the interest rates on trillions in loans worldwide�e"was set daily by a small group of easily manipulated administrators, and that they could reap huge profits by nudging it fractions of a percent to suit their trading portfolios. Tom Hayes, a brilliant but troubled mathematician, became the lynchpin of a wild alliance that included a prickly French trader nicknamed �eoeGollum�e ; the broker �eoeAbbo,�e who liked to publicly strip naked when drinking; a nervous Kazakh chicken farmer known as �eoeDerka Derka�e ; a broker known as �eoeVillage�e (short for �eoeVillage Idiot�e ) who racked up huge expense account bills; an executive called �eoeClumpy�e because of his patchwork hair loss; and a broker uncreatively nicknamed �eoeBig Nose�e who had once been a semi-professional boxer. This group generated incredible riches �e"until it all unraveled in spectacularly vicious, backstabbing fashion. With exclusive access to key characters and evidence, The Spider Network is not only a rollicking account of the scam, but also a provocative examination of a financial system that was crooked throughout.

Stones into Schools

Author: Greg Mortenson
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141949821
Format: PDF
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In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson picks up where Three Cups of Tea left off in 2003, recounting his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake hit the region in 2005; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders even as he was dodging shootouts with feuding Afghan warlords and surviving an eight-day armed abduction by the Taliban. He shares for the first time his broader vision to promote peace through education and literacy, as well as touching on military matters, Islam, and women - all woven together with the many rich personal stories of the people who have been involved in this remarkable two-decade humanitarian effort.

Introduction to Criminology Theories Methods and Criminal Behavior

Author: Frank E. Hagan
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1483307263
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Designed for introductory undergraduate courses in two- and four-year programs, Introduction to Criminology, 8th Edition is a streamlined, focused introduction to the study of criminology with more attention to crime typologies than other texts, plus Crime Files boxes that offer real-world, well-known examples of the crime types discussed. Written by an active researcher, this student-focused text is intended to arouse student interest in the fascinating field of criminology. The full-color design and a new just-in-time learning enhancement—margin notes that link students to online learning materials at appropriate points in the chapters—bring the text to life for students visually and virtually. Key topics and statistics have been fully updated in this new edition to make the material most relevant for your course.


Author: William Safire
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743212053
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A presidential hopeful has taken a beautiful, vulnerable woman as his mistress, though both are married to others. His rival for the presidency of the United States has even more sensational secrets to guard about his own past. An ambitious journalist unearths the stories of the private lives of both, and he hefts in his hand what he calls "the hammer of truth." The time is the end of the eighteenth century. The political figures whose intimate lives are about to be revealed are Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. The journalist out to shape the course of the young nation's history is "that scurrilous scoundrel Callender," the fugitive from Scottish sedition law who pioneered the public exposure of men in power. The women he makes famous are the mysterious Maria Reynolds and the slave Sally Hemings. The novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist William Safire brings these real characters in our history to life. He recounts the dramatic clash of the Founders and the first journalists -- drawn from actual events of the nation's beginnings -- that has special relevance for our time. Scandalmonger is dramatized history at its best and presidential politics at its most fascinating. For those who think that Washington sex scandals and lurid journalism are recent developments, this novel will be a revelation, for Safire shows vividly how media intrusiveness into private lives -- and politicians' cool manipulation of the press -- are as old as the Constitution. The "scandalmonger" of the title is James Thomson Callender, a writer with a poisonous quill pen who is secretly on the payroll of Vice President Jefferson. When Callender publishes documents leaked to him about a secret Congressional investigation into Treasury Secretary Hamilton's financial dealings, Hamilton counters with a confession of an affair with the blackmailing Mrs. Reynolds -- admitting to a sin but not a crime. Callender's scathing newspaper attacks on Hamilton and on President John Adams as a "hoary-headed incendiary" so incensed the Federalists in power that they enacted the Sedition Act to crush freedom of speech. The scandalmonger was convicted and jailed, but his widely reported martyrdom after an unfair trial angered many voters and helped to sweep the Jeffersonians into power. The new President pardoned his partisan publicist but refused to reward him -- indeed, cut him off in favor of less divisive supporters. Broke and betrayed, Callender set out to wreak vengeance on his former hero by breaking the story of Jefferson's fathering of children with his slave Sally Hemings -- an account that would be scornfully disbelieved until largely authenticated by DNA evidence almost two centuries later. Central to the story of Scandalmonger is the enigmatic allure of Maria Reynolds, a haunting adventuress who in real life bedazzled both Hamilton and his arch-enemy, Aaron Burr, and, in this novel, attracted the reviled scandalmonger as well. Much of the dialogue of Presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe is drawn from their letters. The accounts of libel and sedition trials to suppress the opinions of Callender and his bombastic newspaper antagonist, "Peter Porcupine," are accurate. Hamilton's passionate and ironic defense of freedom of the press is true (although the notes of his speech were fleshed out by Safire, a former White House speechwriter). In a unique "Underbook," the author scrupulously sets forth his scholarly sources, separating fiction from dramatized history -- and in so leveling with the reader, truly re-creates the passionate controversies of an era that presages our times.