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February 29, 2020

Jack Dempsey and the Roaring ’20s – Roger Kahn

February 29, 2020


A Flame of Pure Fire – Jack Dempsey was perfectly suited to the time in which he fought, the time when the United States first felt the throb of its own overwhelming power. For eight years and two months after World War I, Dempsey, with his fierce good looks and matchless dedication to the kill, was heavyweight champion of the world. A Flame of Pure Fire is the extraordinary story of a man and a country growing to maturity in a blaze of strength and exuberance that nearly burned them to ash. Hobo, roughneck, fighter, lover, millionaire, movie star, and, finally, a gentleman of rare generosity and sincerity, Dempsey embodied an America grappling with the confusing demands of preeminence. Dempsey lived a life that touched every part of the American experience in the first half of the twentieth century. Roger Kahn, one of our preeminent writers about the human side of sport, has found in Dempsey a subject that matches his own manifold talents. A friend of Dempsey’s and an insightful observer of the ways in which sport can measure a society’s evolution, Kahn reaches a new and exciting stage in his acclaimed career with this book. In the story of a man John Lardner called “a flame of pure fire, at last a hero,” Roger Kahn finds the heart of America. 

Don’t Fall Off the Mountain – Shirley MacLaine

February 29, 2020


“I’ve always felt that I would never develop into a really fine actress because I cared more about life beyond the camera than the life in front of it. Over the years my search became broader and broader. After two months on a picture my car seemed to veer toward the airport of its own accord. I still loved acting and enjoyed it. I was a professional, but basically I was more interested in the people I played than the movies I played them in… ” ―Shirley MacLaine

An outspoken thinker, a keen observer, a truly independent woman, Shirley MacLaine takes us on a remarkable journey into her life and her inner self. From her Virginia roots, to stardom, marriage, motherhood and her enlightening travels to mysterious corners of the world, her story is exciting and poetic, moving and humorous-the varied and life-changing experiences of a talented, intelligent and extraordinary woman.

American Factory – Netflix

February 22, 2020

GM factory closed down in Dayton, Ohio in 2008 paying $28/hour UAW wages. Communist Chinese billionaire Chairman Chao reopens as Fuyao automobile glass factory with Ohio taxpayer subsidies. Chao’s brother in law is head of Fuyao Workers Union & Chinese Communist Party. 200 Chinese now are the managers in Dayton over 2,200 American employees making $14/hour. Chao spent $1 million with LRI a Union Avoidance Company to indictrinate employees from joining the UAW. Sort of like a Communist Chinese Corporation has slipped their fortress into Dayton like a Trojan Horse.

Cultures collide. Hope survives. When a Chinese billionaire re-opens a factory and hires two thousand blue-collar Americans, early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.

The Return of Depression Economics – Paul Krugman

February 22, 2020


The New York Times bestseller: the Nobel Prize–winning economist shows how today’s crisis parallels the Great Depression―and explains how to avoid catastrophe. With a new foreword for this paperback edition.

In this major bestseller, Paul Krugman warns that, like diseases that have become resistant to antibiotics, the economic maladies that caused the Great Depression have made a comeback. He lays bare the 2008 financial crisis―the greatest since the 1930s―tracing it to the failure of regulation to keep pace with an out-of-control financial system. He also tells us how to contain the crisis and turn around a world economy sliding into a deep recession. Brilliantly crafted in Krugman’s trademark style―lucid, lively, and supremely informed―this new edition ofThe Return of Depression Economics has become an instant classic. A hard-hitting new foreword takes the paperback edition right up to the present moment.

The White Rock – Hugh Thomson

February 15, 2020


An exploration of the Inca heartland.
With the backdrop of the ever-intriguing Andes mountains, The White Rock, Hugh Thomson’s intoxicating history of the Inca people and their heartland, is a thrilling mix of information and adventure. The author, an acclaimed documentary filmmaker and explorer, expertly weaves accounts of his own discoveries and brushes with danger with the history of those who preceded him—including the explorer Hiram Bingham, who discovered Machu Picchu; the twentieth century South American photographer, Martín Chambi; the poet Pablo Neruda; and the Spanish conquistadores who destroyed the Inca civilization—and the eccentric characters he meets on his travels.

The Circumnavigators – Derek Wilson

February 15, 2020


Traces the evolution of circumnavigation from economic necessity, to scientific endeavor, to pure sport, and describes the larger-than-life characters who made it their trade

From School Library Journal

YA– The concept of the attempt to travel completely around the world surfaced four and a half centuries ago. Wilson documents those first hesitant and fatal attempts, leads readers through centuries of exploration, and captures the spirit of those adventurers who recorded their experiences for posterity. The book features interviews with modern-day adventurers who have helped to map our globe, as well as manuscripts, logs, and journals of captains, pirates, ordinary sailors, modern yachtsmen, and women who had to record data for travelers who might come after them or for owners who demanded accountability. Magellan and Drake are found in these pages, along with lesser-known privateers and buccaneers such as George Shelvocke and James Forbes. This chronicle of achievement and discovery will fascinate teenage history students and armchair adventurers.
– Gwen Salama, Hastings High School, Alief I.S.D., TX
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Corona Virus, Contagion, Andromeda Strain & Simpsons

February 15, 2020

This movie was released in 2011 yet sounds earily like the Corona Virus of 2020. Both originating in Asia from bat / pig virus. It mentions vaccinations cause autism. The CDC is in bed with Pharmaceutical Companies. Law firms indemnify Pharmaceutical Companied. WHO Epidemiologists and more. Is this a diversion to the Hong Kong riots ? :


In the 1971 movie Andromeda Strain a scientists in an underground labratory created a deadly virus that escapes to the surface and destroyed huanity:

The TV series The Simpsons named Corona Virus a decade ago :


John Muir’s Wild America

February 15, 2020


In John Muir’s Wild America, author Tom Melham and photographer Farrell Grehan take you along the paths Muir traveled. Throughout this book, discover Muir’s immense love for the wild lands he roamed, and the impact of his work to preserve them.


February 6, 2020

Based upon a true story. You may be familiar with Balto, one lead sled dog in Nome, Alaska in 1925 during a snow blizzard of 60° below zero and winds up to 50 miles per hour that was recruited along with 19 more dog sled teams that formed a relay team that traveled an average of 31 miles each. They set out to collect the syrum for an outbreak of diptheria.


The round trip was 640 miles. This untold story of one dog sled team lead by Togo & his master Leonhard Seppala traveled 264 miles. Seppala Siberian sled dog is a breed he sired.


Balto has a statue erected in New York Central Park . In 2010, Time magazine pronounced Togo as the most couragious animal of all time.

An Original Movie starring Willem Dafoe and Julianne Nicholson, “Togo” is the untold true story set in the winter of 1925 that treks across the treacherous terrain of the Alaskan tundra for an exhilarating and uplifting adventure that will test the strength, courage and determination of one man, Leonhard Seppala, and his lead sled dog, Togo. The poignant and emotional adventure debuts on Disney

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