Our Man

Author: George Packer

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307958035

Category: History

Page: 608

View: 1976


*Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography* *Winner of the Los Angeles Times Prize for Biography* *Winner of the 2019 Hitchens Prize* "Portrays Holbrooke in all of his endearing and exasperating self-willed glory...Both a sweeping diplomatic history and a Shakespearean tragicomedy... If you could read one book to comprehend American's foreign policy and its quixotic forays into quicksands over the past 50 years, this would be it."--Walter Isaacson, The New York Times Book Review "By the end of the second page, maybe the third, you will be hooked...There never was a diplomat-activist quite like [Holbrooke], and there seldom has been a book quite like this -- sweeping and sentimental, beguiling and brutal, catty and critical, much like the man himself."--David M. Shribman, The Boston Globe Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America's greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era. His power lay in an utter belief in himself and his idea of a muscular, generous foreign policy. From his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted. His story is thus the story of America during its era of supremacy: its strength, drive, and sense of possibility, as well as its penchant for overreach and heedless self-confidence. In Our Man, drawn from Holbrooke's diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited.

Our Man in Havana

Author: Graham Greene

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1783192674

Category: Drama

Page: 118

View: 1218


'Listen. You're a patriotic Englishman. Highly respected. Been here for years. A wide circle of influential friends. It is important that we have our man in Havana, Mr Wormwold.' Jim Wormwold, an under-employed vacuum cleaner salesman living in 1950s Cuba, is struggling to pay for his teenage daughter's increasingly extravagant lifestyle. So when the British Secret Service asks him to become their 'man in Havana' he can't afford to say no. There's just one problem... he doesn't know anything! To avoid suspicion, he begins to recruit non-existent sub-agents, concocting a series of intricate fictions. But Wormwold soon discovers that his stories are closer to the truth tan he could ever have imagined... In Clive Francis' adaptation, Graham Greene's classic satirical novel becomes a wonderfully funny and fast-moving romp.

Our Man In Hibernia

Author: Charlie Connelly

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748115072

Category: Travel

Page: 256

View: 6187


Each year on St Patrick's Day eighty million people around the world celebrate their Irish ancestry. Millions more don leprechaun hats and down pints of Guinness in the annual high-fiving of Ireland and the Irish. Charlie Connelly was one of them. He thought he had a good idea of what Ireland was all about. He was, after all, practically Irish. He had a bodhran and everything. Then, when he was least expecting it, he went to live there. Our Man in Hibernia follows Charlie's adventures among the Irish. Immersing himself in Ireland's language, music and literature, he learns how closely the rose-tinted image he'd grown up with matches the reality, and explores the land, from the small patch of Connemara bog that changed the world to the Holy Tree Stump of Rathkeale. From defining moments of the country's history - the Great Famine and the Easter Rising - to its quirkier phenomena, such as the National Ploughing Championships and the Rose of Tralee, in Our Man in Hibernia Charlie Connelly paints an evocative, entertaining and witty portrait of Ireland today.

Our Man in the Dark

Author: Rashad Harrison

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451625758

Category: Fiction

Page: 322

View: 8137


After embezzling from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, John Estem is forced to become an FBI informant, relaying information on both the organization and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Brandy, Our Man in Acapulco

Author: Rodney P. Carlisle,Dominic J. Monetta

Publisher: University of North Texas Press

ISBN: 9781574410693

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 377

View: 633


A glowing biography of a Hungarian who came to the US at the age of 16 and worked his way from immigrant factory jobs to wealth and fame as an international hotelier, corporate executive, and US Army intelligence officer with friends in all the right places. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

OUR MAN IN ARGENTINA

Author: LEFVARCH CHRISTENSEN

Publisher: Lefvarch Christensen

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 386

View: 370


An unexpected report shakes the foundations of British intelligence just hours before the Argentine landing in the Falkland Islands. With no personnel operating in the area and with a short margin of time, MI6 must urgently corroborate the veracity of the information sent from Chile, which will be confirmed by the majority of the allied secret services over time. To carry out this mission, they will turn to an Intelligence Service applicant who lived her childhood in Argentina and with no field experience in the world of intelligence, who will become a key part of this operation Trapped between two worlds, nothing will be easy for her, who will be involved in a game of power and ambition, discovering much more than she was looking for. Diana Fletcher will return to the country where she was born to fulfil this mission and face the ghosts that will begin to emerge from the shadows of her own past

I Still Miss My Man But My Aim Is Getting Better

Author: Sarah Shankman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476757224

Category: Fiction

Page: 292

View: 1896


In her witty, southern-fried suspense novels, Sarah Shankman delivers nonstop action with a hilarious bite. Now she sends her acclaimed, irreverent heroine -- New Orleans writer Samantha Adams -- to a southwestern New Age hot spot, to unearth a secret past that was supposed to be six feet under. My dearest Sugar. I must see you. It's urgent. I need your help. The letter that arrived from Sam's mother was postmarked Santa Fe, penned in her mother's handwriting, and disclosed details only Johanna Adams could know. There was just one catch: Johanna Adams had been dead for thirty-four years. The mind-blowing missive could have been an entry from Sam's latest book of bizarre anecdotes, American Weird -- or an elaborate hoax. Either way, it instantly rekindled Sam's impossible wish that her mother hadn't really died in a plane crash when Sam was a child. Fueled by her journalistic instincts -- and a daughter's need for closure -- Sam touches down among Santa Fe's tourists and crystal gazers, jewelry shops and fast-food stands. But only when she summons the courage to knock on the door of Room 409 at the La Fonda Hotel does her surreal, mother-seeking adventure take off with no turning back.

My Man's Best Friend II

Author: Tresser Henderson

Publisher: Urban Books

ISBN: 1622861485

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 7893


Love happens when you least expect it. Derrick knows this all too well after falling for Kea, his best friend's girlfriend. But as fate would have it, he has just found out the love of his life is also his sister. Derrick is devastated by the news, but the beautiful and alluring Trinity is more than eager to help him forget about the turmoil he's going through. Little does Derrick know that Trinity has her own secrets, and she's willing to do whatever it takes to keep them buried. Kea understands the emotional rollercoaster Derrick is on, because she's on her own downward spiral. Kicking her boyfriend Jaquon out of her life is a start, but it won't solve everything, because in spite of it all, she's still in love with him. Jaquon knows Kea means it this time, and he's determined to change for the better to get his baby back. He's slowly working his way back into Kea's good graces, but he's not alone in his quest for her heart. Derrick, who believes the DNA test is not true, convinces Kea to have another test done to prove they are not related. Trinity, Jaquon, and even Zacariah are against this test happening, afraid it will change the dynamics of their relationships. Not every story has a happy ending. Will anyone succeed in getting the love they are so eagerly seeking? And who will be left mourning the loss of a loved one? Tresser Henderson continues to deliver the drama in My Man's Best Friend II.

God, Is This My Man?

Author: Hilda A. Stephens

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1479710318

Category: Fiction

Page: 196

View: 7201


Sheena Renee Jackson the high profile attorney is on an unbelievable journey. The move to Washington DC to open a new law firm is a simple task compared to the seven men Sheena meets along the way. It’s no doubt one case Sheena is having trouble winning. It is a matter of the heart and Sheena finds herself against the odds as she tries to find true love. Sheena is in a state of confusion and things change for the worst. Will Sheena find true love or will true love find Sheena? It all depends on the support from her four friends and the lessons learned along the way.

He Was My Man First

Author: Nancey Flowers,Courtney Parker

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781429967440

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 2883


Valentine Daye is a product of the streets. Raised in the projects, she lost her father and her mother young. By fifteen, she was living the life with drug lord Colombo. But when Colombo and his crew are murdered, Richard Washington, one of Colombo's many street runners, swoops in and wastes no time making Valentine his queen. Nine years later, Valentine and Rich are a happy couple who have weathered some "minor" problems. Valentine is well aware that Rich steps out on her. But doesn't every man? He always finds his way home. Or at least he did before Vanessa Knight. Vanessa Knight is a woman who has everything . . . except Richard Washington. An heiress to a multimillion-dollar company, Vanessa is willing to forgive Rich's flawed background. However, she wants him for herself, and tells him that he must decide what's important to him—a flourishing career at clothier Jorge Jacobs, where she can make him a VP, or a life with his street past, Valentine? When Daye meets Knight, each woman plots and schemes to steal Rich's heart. Rich must make a decision. Does he gamble and start a new life with the beautiful and cunning Vanessa, or does he stay with his around-the-way girl Valentine, who has been with him through thick and thin?