Poorer Richard’s America
Author: Tom Blair
Category: Political Science
The New York Times–bestselling author of Letters to America shares Ben Franklin’s thoughts on health care reform, taxes, the minimum wage, and more. What would Ben Franklin say if he could see us today? For decades, Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack provided sage advice and commentary on eighteenth-century America. Now, a modern businessman reflects—writing as Benjamin Franklin—on what America has become. Federal and personal debt are ballooning beyond sustainable levels. Our futures are being jeopardized. Partisan bickering and the entrenched powers of special interests have made it nearly impossible for a real leader to lead. Where is a good American to turn? How about to the man who wrote this timeless observation: “A small leak will sink a great ship?” Ben is back! With his signature intelligence and wit (not to mention a good sprinkling of aphorisms both old and new), Benjamin Franklin, through Tom Blair, moves from the national deficit to Wall Street, from health care to marital bliss. The result is electrifying. “Highly insightful and enjoyable . . . Tom Blair has written what is an essential book that readers will very much enjoy. Seemingly a libertarian in philosophy, he’s offered very compelling advice on what ails our great nation through the eyes of one of its foremost founders.” —Forbes
Applying the Wisdom of a Modern-Day Prophet to Tackle the Challenges of Work and Life
Author: Ben Stein
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
Why should you let Ben Stein tell you how to live? Who's he to say what's what? The reason you should listen to Ben Stein is, quite simply, he says a lot of smart stuff about many different things. He's the wise old owl perched in a tree, waiting to answer all of your questions about life, marriage, work, and money. Delivered with the dry, honest wit that millions of people have come to know and love, Ben Stein shares his advice on nearly every topic imaginable, from the importance of being a loving spouse to the folly of supply-side economics. Understand the value of punctuality, sleep, and diversification. Let his wisdom guide you in coping with loss, feelings of despair, and national deficits. Stein's experience from Washington to Hollywood—and everywhere in between—makes him an ideal individual to offer guidance to others. His expertise in countless fields substantiates his keen observations on the range of challenges that people face every day. What Would Ben Stein Do? Well, he would read this book. Learn something new and useful from Ben Stein today.
Courageous Voices from the Past
Author: Tom Blair
Category: Political Science
Letters to America was written to energize Americans at a time of economic stress and self-doubt. By reading of the sacrifices the previous American generations—that often endured everyday hardships beyond the comprehension of those of us with running water—challenges confronting individual modern Americans pale in comparison. Starvation and hardship was a given for the early settlers, and yet somehow they persevered and through the fruits of their labors and the tenacity of subsequent immigrants and their descendants, the United States of America grew and flourished. Do we have the work ethic and perseverance today of our forefathers? Do modern Americans even know what true suffering is? Tom Blair believes that Americans can come together to solve this country’s problems, but they will need to be able to sacrifice and work like those who have come before us. A blending of Forrest Gump, Roots and a Profiles in Courage populated by characters from the country’s past. Letters to America is a compilation of twelve letters, each a chapter told in first person, by fictional Americans about their everyday lives. The voices are entirely distinct—men, women, and children; white, black, Native American, Jewish—spanning four centuries, from early American settlers in Jamestown in the 1620s to modern day corporate lunches in mid-town Manhattan. Yet the stories are loosely linked by subtle resonances; and the letters have a cumulative effect that is both humbling and deeply affecting, filled with hope for a future that can be as inspirational as our past.
Author: Ben Mack,Kristin Pulkkinen
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
Answering the question, what would Bill Hicks say, dozens of commentators imagine the response of the upstart comic to a wide variety of current events, including contributions from Jeff Danziger, Neal Pollack, Robert Newman, and A. L. Kennedy, among others. Original.
A New Value Investing Playbook for a Global Age
Author: Jeffrey Towson
Publisher: FT Press
Category: Business & Economics
As originally conceived by the legendary Benjamin Graham, traditional value investing involves purchasing relatively stable stocks and companies at a percentage below their intrinsic value. But this approach contains many hidden, U.S.-centric assumptions that simply don’t work well in today’s high-growth emerging markets. In this book, leading global value investor Jeffrey Towson extends and modernizes value investing, helping you apply its core principles while you access tremendous opportunities available in today’s fastest-growing markets. Towson introduces the powerful Value Point system that grows out of his experience on the elite investing team selected by Prince Alwaleed, the "Arabian Warren Buffett." While retaining Graham’s relentless focus on price and quality, he shows how to integrate three crucial additional forms of value into your stock assessments: the value of political access in a government-infused investment world, the value of reputation in a world of colliding markets, actors and biases, and the value of capabilities in a multi-local world. Building on these techniques, Towson presents a complete investment playbook for the next five years. Next, he shows how to invest for the next twenty years—successfully navigating the titanic market collisions that will batter investors who aren’t prepared for them.
From Temperance to Humility--Stumbling Through Ben Franklin's Thirteen Virtues,O ne Unvirtuous Day at a Time
Author: Cameron Gunn
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Thirteen weeks. Thirteen virtues. Cameron Gunn considered himself a regular guy-a pretty good husband, father, attorney, and friend. But was there room for improvement? A reader of history and a fan of Ben Franklin (and weary of self-help advice that never seems to offer much help), Gunn decided to try a little experiment. He would attempt to live by Franklin's thirteen virtues, a list of lofty ideals the Founding Father held dear, as enumerated in his famous autobiography. Would Gunn's plan to improve his life, Citizen Ben-style, prove to be a brilliant reinvention of the self-help movement or a boondoggle of revolutionary proportions? By turns heartfelt, hilarious, and more than a little humbling, Gunn's adventure takes this ordinary man way outside his comfort zone and into a thicket of not-so-modern values. The result is an engaging mix of humor and history-with perhaps a lightning bolt of inspiration or two along the way. Prepare to get up close and personal with everyone's favorite Founding Father. Temperance * Silence * Order * Resolution * Frugality * Industry * Sincerity * Justice * Moderation * Cleanliness * Tranquility * Chastity * Humility
Author: Kristen Heitzmann
Publisher: Bethany House
It was the halo that caught her heart between beats and made her pause to take notice. When Alessi Moore drives her red Mustang convertible into town, she wonders if this could be the place she was meant to find, a place to settle down. But when her convertible and all she owns is stolen, she is filled with doubt.
Hamlet's Words, Words, Words; What They Mean and When to Use Them
Author: Ben Nelson,U S Senator,Alex Kleider,Paul Nelson
Category: Literary Criticism
Want the right words for the right moment? Read this book. It is a coffee-table-meets-"The Far Side" compilation of Shakespeare's best quotes from Hamlet. "To be or not to be", "There's the Rub", “Murder most foul”, “Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.” All famous quotes; why were they said, and what could they mean today?English teacher and professional wrestler Ben Nelson takes you through Hamlet, Shakespeare's most famous play. You will learn not just what Shakespeare meant, but what he would say today, only you can say it for him.
Author: Mike Huckabee
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly bestseller from a presidential candidate for the 2016 election! In God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, Mike Huckabee asks, "Have I been taken to a different planet than the one on which I grew up?" The New York Times bestselling author explores today's fractious American culture, where divisions of class, race, politics, religion, gender, age, and other fault lines make polite conversation dicey, if not downright dangerous. As Huckabee notes, the differences of opinion between the "Bubble-villes" of the big power centers and the "Bubba-villes" where most people live are profound, provocative, and sometimes pretty funny. Where else but in Washington, D.C. could two presidential golf outings cost the American taxpayers $2.9 million in travel expenses? Government bailouts, politician pig-outs, and popular culture provocations from Jay-Z and Beyoncé to Honey Boo-Boo to the Duck Dynasty's Robertson family. Gun rights, gay marriage, the decline of patriotism, and the mainstream media's contempt for those who cherish a faith-based life. The trouble with Democrats, the even bigger trouble with Republicans, our national security complex, and how our Constitution is eroding under our noses. Reflections on our way of life as it once was, as it is, and as it might become...these subjects and many more are covered with Mike Huckabee's signature wit, insight, and honesty.
Author: Leonard Pitts, Jr.
Publisher: Agate Publishing
Freeman, the new novel by Leonard Pitts, Jr., takes place in the first few months following the Confederate surrender and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Upon learning of Lee's surrender, Sam--a runaway slave who once worked for the Union Army--decides to leave his safe haven in Philadelphia and set out on foot to return to the war-torn South. What compels him on this almost-suicidal course is the desire to find his wife, the mother of his only child, whom he and their son left behind 15 years earlier on the Mississippi farm to which they all "belonged." At the same time, Sam's wife, Tilda, is being forced to walk at gunpoint with her owner and two of his other slaves from the charred remains of his Mississippi farm into Arkansas, in search of an undefined place that would still respect his entitlements as slaveowner and Confederate officer. The book's third main character, Prudence, is a fearless, headstrong white woman of means who leaves her Boston home for Buford, Mississippi, to start a school for the former bondsmen, and thus honor her father’s dying wish. At bottom, Freeman is a love story--sweeping, generous, brutal, compassionate, patient--about the feelings people were determined to honor, despite the enormous constraints of the times. It is this aspect of the book that should ensure it a strong, vocal, core audience of African-American women, who will help propel its likely critical acclaim to a wider audience. At the same time, this book addresses several themes that are still hotly debated today, some 145 years after the official end of the Civil War. Like Cold Mountain, Freeman illuminates the times and places it describes from a fresh perspective, with stunning results. It has the potential to become a classic addition to the literature dealing with this period. Few other novels so powerfully capture the pathos and possibility of the era particularly as it reflects the ordeal of the black slaves grappling with the promise--and the terror--of their new status as free men and women.
What every practitioner needs to understand about the development of two-year-olds
Author: Jennie Lindon
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
This revised and updated edition helps practitioners to understand the distinction in the 2012 revised EYFS between the prime and specific areas of development for two-year-olds. It considers key issues in a well-rounded assessment of individual twos. It also includes an invaluable checklistto help practitioners prepare for the new progress check.
Author: Val Jones
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Juvenile Fiction
The Robertson family has lived on their New South Wales sheep and cattle property, Brindabella, for five generations. However, their continued ownership of the farm is under threat. An adjoining property has been sold and the new owners are unfriendly to say the least. Then things start to go very wrong on Brindabella. Stock begins to die and there seems to be no reasonable explanation. Facing bankruptcy and the loss of Brindabella, Ben's father commences an opal-mining venture in Coober Pedy in South Australia's remote outback. But even here mysterious mishaps plague the smooth operation of what began as a successful opal mine. In this well-rounded, gripping story of rural crisis, Val Jones writes how lives are threatened and 'accidents' occur, which make life in Coober Pedy very dangerous. Suddenly opal mining isn’t as straightforward as it seems ...
Author: Justin Richards
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Category: Juvenile Fiction
There is an unseen world most people can't begin to imagine... ... Unless they can see the ghosts. Ben's sister Sam saw them all the time. Then she looked into the Judgement Box, and that's when Ben's life changed for ever. Would you look into the Judgement Box? Would you dare? If you can see what's inside, then maybe you have what it takes to join: The School of Night Demon Storm - The Terror is only just beginning Praise for Justin Richard's latest novel, The Parliament of Blood: 'A spine-tingling read . . . I loved it.' Julia Golding [A] rollicking ghoulish horror story written with great pace and historical detail. Children will love it.' Daily Mail 'A rollicking historical yarn about streetwise boys foiling a dastardly conspiracy . . . Impressive.' Daily Telegraph 'You can always trust Justin Richards to provide a rip-roaring story that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, and this follow-up to The Death Collector is no exception ... This is the kind of book for reading late at night under the covers. A perfect Halloween read for anyone who prefers an adventure over gore.' Waterstone's Books Quarterly
Author: John Boyd Brandon
In The Boy at the Window, Scott Morgan and Vallie Taylor are two young, gay men who decide they want nothing more than to adopt a child. They contact Happy Home Adoption Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to find out what their chances might be to adopt. They are investigated, finding out they do qualify. Prepared to adopt a newborn or toddler of any race, they find a fourteen-year-old gay teenager, Nicholas, desperately needs a home. They take the time to get to know him and decide to make him their new son. Nicholas is elusive, never smiling and does not make eye contact, but he agrees to be adopted. Nicholas starts high school and begins having trouble with a bully. Scott, Vallie, and the rest of their family do what they can to help. Nicholas goes through a frightening experience, which helps him finally realize what a real family is and how much his new family really loves him.
Author: Susan Meier
THE STORKVILLE SCOOP "From the Stork's Mouth…" Has reticent rancher Ben Crowe finally decided to lasso himself a wife? After all, the sexy bachelor seems to have taken more than a passing interest in expectant mother Gwen Parker. Although he insists that his duty as Gwen's landlord and neighbor…and not her allure as a woman…inspired his attentions, some townsfolk think Ben doth protest a bit too much. Especially since he has been seen showering Gwen with affection and tossing her seductive glances. Loner Ben may have spent the past few years holding the marriage-minded women of Storkville at arm's length, but has new resident Gwen found the way to his soul?
Author: Kerry Needham
Publisher: Random House
Category: Biography & Autobiography
‘It’s amazing how some people can light up a room just by stepping into it. Ben was twenty-one months old and full of smiles. He spread happiness simply by being there.’ In 1991 Kerry and her son Ben followed Kerry’s parents to live on the Greek island of Kos. On 24 July, she was at work when her mum Christine arrived crying uncontrollably. Ben had been playing outside, and then disappeared. Someone had taken Ben. In her heartbreaking memoir, Kerry describes the agony of being initially suspected by the police, which meant the closure of airport and ferry terminals were delayed, the early sightings that raised their hopes and the hoaxes which dashed them completely. And the unbearable pain of knowing her baby boy was alone somewhere without his mum. Back in the UK, the long years of waiting and hoping have been difficult on the whole family. Kerry has raised her daughter, Leighanna, while following up more than 300 leads. In 2011 they had a breakthrough when South Yorkshire Police agreed to work with the Greek authorities to reopen the case. The chance that Ben will read about himself and come home becomes more real every day. All of Kerry's royalties from the sale of this book will go toward the Help Find Ben campaign.
Part One, the Rescue Mission
Author: Chris Walker
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Who is after the twins and why would anyone want to hurt them? Jean and the others didnt have the answers but they knew that without the twins the world would be in real danger, so it was up to them to keep one step in front of whoever was after the twins. Jenny and Bunda didnt think they were special, they just thought everyone was like them until someone wanted to take them away from Jean, then they meet John and Sam and the adventures starts.
Author: James Neal Harvey
Publisher: Overamstel Uitgevers
After a senator’s scandalous death, police detective Ben Tolliver investigates the man’s wretchedly corrupt family Ten years after leaving the Senate, Clayton Cunningham III remains as powerful as ever. In his boardroom, he rules over a business empire that stretches across the globe. In his dining room, he controls his family with a tight fist. And in his bedroom, well—in his bedroom the senator does whatever he wants. After commanding his children to get an SEC investigation of the family finances under control, he retires to make love to his mistress. He is just starting to enjoy himself when he feels a pain—and drops dead. NYPD homicide detective Ben Tolliver plans to make Cunningham’s lover his chief witness, but she dies of an apparent suicide not long after the senator’s demise. As public pressure mounts to find Cunningham’s killer, Tolliver grapples with a family for whom lying is second nature—and murder might come easily as well.