Author: Thomas E. Ricks

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141902302

Category: History

Page: 528

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Cutting through the headlines and spin, this is the first book to give us a true picture of the reality on the ground, through the words of the people there - from commanders to intelligence officers, army doctors to ordinary soldiers. Providing eye-witness accounts that contradict the official stories and figures, they give a chilling picture of the deceit, stupidity, wishful thinking, lack of forward planning and total intellectual failure of those behind the invasion. The result is an extraordinary new insight into the plight of ordinary soldiers doing nightmarish jobs, and the real nature of the fighting in Iraq.

Mr. Brecher's Fiasco

Author: Martin Kessel

Publisher: Terrace Books

ISBN: 9780299214302

Category: History

Page: 470

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In the offices of a large media conglomerate responsible for all kinds of advertising, Max Brecher considers himself the intellectual among the clerks. He reflects on the personal relations in the office, his own situation as an employee and human being, and the shifts in the values and ideas of life in 1920s Berlin. His office has its share of interesting characters, such as the corrupt Dr. Geist, who becomes a hypocrite in order to advance in the office hierarchy; the lovely Mucki Schopps, a tricky young girl with whom everyone falls in love; Gudula Often, who strives for harmony among her coworkers but never achieves her goal; and the department head, Mr. Sack, who meets an unfortunate end.

A Fiasco in Turin

Author: Justin De Mazia

Publisher: Justin de Mazia

ISBN: 9788889123287

Category: Fiction

Page: 276

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Florida Fiasco

Author: Rembert W. Patrick

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820335495

Category: History

Page: 372

View: 9532

Published in 1954, Rembert Patrick's Florida Fiasco details the aggressive schemes developed by President Madison and Secretary of State Monroe in the attempted acquisition of Florida. Patrick shows that George Matthews's influence over General John McIntosh inspired him to plan a revolt in east Florida in the hopes of turning the conquered territory over to Matthews. The plot was thwarted when Spanish minister Luis de Onis heard of the coming attack and appealed to the British. Thus begins the five-year attempt which was led in succession by George Matthews, David Mitchell, and Thomas A. Mitchell. Patrick's account includes the plotting of undercover agents, manipulation of discontented nationals, denials by high officials, and adventurers seeking rich rewards.


Author: Frank Partnoy

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1847651461

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

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Frank Partnoy, a former high-flying derivatives salesman, gives a vivid and shocking account of the vicious competition, raw machismo and dirty tricks at work in the riskiest sector of the stock market. Billions of dollars worth of securities are traded - and lost - in this amazing arena. Derivatives trading has also played a huge part in the global credit crunch that is the biggest story in the world today. This edition includes a sensational new chapter covering this, and all the other latest scandals.

Unraveling the ADD/ADHD Fiasco

Author: David B. Stein

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 9780740718595

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 272

View: 7597

A parent's guide to raising a child suffering from ADD/ADHD explains how to treat problem behavior without Ritalin or other powerful drugs and how to teach children appropriate behavioral and cognitive skills, without drug therapy. Original.


Author: Jack Anderson,James Boyd

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Times Books


Category: Petroleum industry and trade

Page: 386

View: 9114

Alleges that the huge increases in the price of oil during the seventies were the result of misjudgments rather than a real scarcity


Author: Imre Kertesz

Publisher: Melville House

ISBN: 1612193293

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 2382

Translated into English at last, Fiasco joins its companion volumes Fatelessness and Kaddish for an Unborn Child in telling an epic story of the author's return from the Nazi death camps, only to find his country taken over by another totalitarian government. Fiasco as Imre Kertesz himself has said, "is fiction founded on reality"—a Kafka-like account that is surprisingly funny in its unrelentingly pessimistic clarity, of the Communist takeover of his homeland. Forced into the army and assigned to escort military prisoners, the protagonist decides to feign insanity to be released from duty. But meanwhile, life under the new regime is portrayed almost as an uninterrupted continuation of life in the Nazi concentration camps-which, in turn, is depicted as a continuation of the patriarchal dictatorship of joyless childhood. It is, in short, a searing extension of Kertesz' fundamental theme: the totalitarian experience seen as trauma not only for an individual but for the whole civilization—ours—that made Auschwitz possible. From the Trade Paperback edition.





Category: Fiction

Page: 136

View: 9638

Fiasco, Bravo International World Record Holder book is a collection of quotes, poetries and short stories and all the co-authors from all over India framed their write-ups within 100 words about failure. Each writer have penned down their views in such a way that you'll feel empowered, happy and also experience the impact of words. Fiasco teaches a lesson to each and everyone about not letting oneself fade or vanished when continue failure chases you, you can change direction of sail to float flawlessly and to debug yourself from the ultimate failure.


Author: Stanislaw Lem

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241337860

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

View: 1160

'There were two kinds of landscape characteristic of the inner planets of the Sun: the purposeful and the desolate.' The planet Quinta is pocked with ugly mounds and covered by a spiderweb-like network draped from spindly poles. It is a kingdom of phantoms and of a beauty afflicted by madness. The Earth spaceship Hermes arrives on Quinta with the best of intentions towards the humans' 'brothers in intelligence'. But something on the planet has gone terribly wrong...