Author: Marcel Durieux
Publisher: University of Alberta
Release Date: 1980-01-01
The journal of Marcel Durieux records the joys of harvesting vegetables after a winter of rice and beans, of spiritual awareness and of strong ties among the people, as well as the suffering that came from hardship, pain, loss and loneliness in pioneering the West.
Author: Scott Turow
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Release Date: 2011-07-22
All parents keep secrets from their children. My father, it seemed, kept more than most . . . Whilst mourning the death of his father, journalist Stewart Dubin decides to research the life of a man he had always respected, always admired, but possibly never quite knew . . . As a young, idealistic lawyer during the last terrible months of the Second World War, David Dubin was sent to the European Front – ostensibly to bring charges against a brave American hero, Robert Martin, who had suddenly, inexplicably, gone local and stopped following orders. Martin has become a liability and the authorities want him neutralized. But as Dubin learns more about Martin and the demons possessing him, he finds himself falling in love with Martin's enigmatic ex-mistress – a dangerous woman of incredible courage. And someone who will do anything to protect her comrade-in-arms . . . Stewart discovers a journal written by his father – and learns of his incredible courage in the face of battle, reads first-hand of the shattering moral consequences for those caught in the chaos of war and, finally, the secret he had died protecting . . .
Author: Lisa Weedn
Publisher: Cedco Publishing Company
Release Date: 2003-04-01
Genre: Conduct of life
The teacher with infinite patience, the caregiver with compassion, the friend with the ready ear, the mother with the hard-won wisdom--these are among the ordinary heroes honored in this beautiful new coffee table book.
"My favorite author." –RICHARD WHEELER, author of Iwo Sixty-four heroes. One story. Sharon Wells Wagner, author of Red Wells, collaborated with her son, Stephen Wagner, on this extraordinary account of one of history's greatest conflicts: World War II. Told through the eyes of its participants, Ordinary Heroes is a compelling collection of true stories woven into a single narrative spanning the entire war-from the waters of Pearl Harbor to the sands of Normandy to the mountains of Okinawa. The result of more than sixty interviews, this is a story about enlisted men — ordinary men whose families struggled to survive the Great Depression, who grew up on farms and in the small towns of rural America. When called upon to serve they rose to the challenge. In war they saw the best and the worst of humanity. They experienced hope and despair, joy and heartbreak. Those who survived returned home profoundly changed. War leaves its mark on the best of men, and the courageous individuals within these pages are no exception. They did not turn their backs when history needed them most, but met the challenge head on. In doing so they brought peace to a world at war.
This brief book tell about the lives of two participants in World War II, Abraham and Isidore Hertzberg and their lives after they returned from this conflagration. There fore it is both a bona fide account of combat plus a family history. There are some unbelievable incidents in this account. If it were not for the navigational knowledge of Abraham Hertzberg, he might not have even made it to his base in England. Isidore Hertzberg might have fought in the Battle of the Bulge, if the Germans had been stronger. The lives of these brothers after the war is unremarkable, except that Abraham became a very successful Civil engineer and Architect, and Isadore, while working as a carpenter sired a fine family who have far exceeded his own academic achievements. This book surveys the lives of both ordinary and extraordinary people and is a reflection of life in the United States in the second half of the 20th century.
Author: Gerald M. Pomper
Release Date: 2016-01-08
Genre: Political Science
True American heroes need not have superhuman abilities nor do they need to act alone. Heroism in a democracy is different from the heroism of myths and legends, writes Gerald Pomper in this original contribution to the literature of U.S. politics. Through the remarkable stories of eight diverse Americans who acted as heroes by "just doing their jobs" during national crises, he offers a provocative definition of heroism and fresh reasons to respect U.S. institutions and the people who work within them. This new paperback edition includes photographs, an introductory chapter on American heroism after 9/11, a survey of the meanings of heroism in U.S. popular culture, and an original concluding theory of "ordinary" heroism.
Author: Chas Jones
Release Date: 2004-09
This is the book about a group of men who soldiered for their country from September 1939 until liberated in May and June 1945. The historical issues opened by these diaries were substantial: Could they really have been the first unit to go to France in 1939 and did some not leave until after the fall of france? Could this small unit have played a significant role in the battle of El Alamein even though they were struggling to survive as POWs by the time the battle took place? Were they present at the birth of the legend that has become the Special Air Service? The answer to all these questions I believe is 'Yes'. Did British soldiers take over and run a death camp when the war ended as they waited for liberation by US 101st Airborn Division.? The photos to prove it. The three subjects recorded their stories and representatives of all the men from Doncaster and surrounding district who formed 106 Army Troops Company Royal Engineers.
Ordinary Heroes recreates the sights, sounds and textures of a world gone by - a world of freedom, innocence and mystery - where boys leave home at 6:00 in the morning and return home for dinner - a world of sleep outs and midnight escapades. 14 year old Randy's life begins as a near-death experience. But - cerebral palsy aside - by 1959, he loves Sandra Dee, Sandy Koufax, the Dodgers, Wolfman Jack - and a girl named Daisy Clover - in that order. Things begin to pop when the boys poke around the crumbling Jefferson place and discover perplexing evidence - pointing to something very different than the official version of their neighborhood hero's death - confusing clues, threatening notes, phone calls - and violence. If 19 year old Scotty Jefferson's death is an "open and shut, police slam dunk" - why all the fuss? Ordinary Heroes salutes the goodness of boys everywhere!
Author: Sarah Nachin
Release Date: 2001-10-01
“Right in the middle of the movie, a group of kamikazes flew over and one of them landed on the USS Randolph…this was our first touch of war…” - Betty Gallagher “We were about five hundred miles from England when we got attacked. We knew we weren’t going to make it. We got an anti-aircraft shell stuck in the plane…” - Frank Horsch Ordinary Heroes relates, in their own words, the experiences of men and women who served in the American military forces through five decades of conflict. These stories - humorous, heartwarming, tragic and gripping - are a testimony to the unconquerable human spirit.
Author: Edwin Page
Publisher: Janus Publishing Company
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Performing Arts
From Bury to the Academy, Danny Boyle's has been a career less ordinary, and it's charted here in a loving, if occasionally starchy film-by-film detail. Taking in recurrent Boyle motifs (religion, windfalls, subcultures) and techniques, it's a satisfying guide for fans and film students. With chapters dedicated to each of the ten films Danny Boyle has directed, this book explores the themes, techniques and styles of the director's work. From Shallow Grave to Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire - and including the hit movies Trainspotting, The Beach and 28 Days Later. Danny Boyle's influence is examined and assessed.
Author: Barry Dickens
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
Release Date: 1999-11-29
Genre: Technology & Engineering
Ordinary Heroes is the result of a year on the road in a battered Kingswood, searching for memories of war. It records Barry Dickins's remarkably frank interviews with ordinary Australians who found themselves caught up in some of the most nightmarish events of the twentieth century. With them we go back to the trenches at Gallipoli, revisit the Burma–Thailand railway and experience the terror of being stranded in the jungles of Vietnam. These are tender stories from rather reluctant heroes who saw what they did as nothing more than duty.