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.
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: 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.
"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.
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.
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: Peter Hay
Release Date: 1986
Genre: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Highlights the Zionist spirit that drove Chana Szenes to the wilderness of Israel and, during World War II, motivated her to attempt a daring mission behind German lines--a mission that brought her a heroic death at age twenty-three
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: 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: Richard Demaree Inglese
Publisher: Citadel Press
Release Date: 2008-07-25
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Dr. Inglese was one of many New Orleans residents convinced that the approaching Hurricane Katrina would pass with minimal impact. The next few days' events proved how mistaken they were as Dr. Inglese, medical director of the city jail, leads his staff through a crisis of deadly proportions.
Author: George Binney
Publisher: Pearson UK
Release Date: 2012-09-07
Genre: Business & Economics
What really makes a good business leader? Do you have to be an extraordinarily charismatic hero with a larger than life personality before you can make things happen? What if you’re not? What are the practical and personal lessons of good leadership that will help ordinary managers get the results they want by leading their teams effectively? Living Leadership 2e has the answers. This insightful and motivating book will help you discover how to make real connections with people, and become an effective leader who makes things happen in the real world. Built on a unique four-year experiment working alongside real leaders in real businesses, Living Leadership explodes the myth of the charismatic, transformational leader, to show that real progress comes from the dramatically ordinary stuff of leadership. By observing business leaders in top companies on a day-to-day basis, the authors found out how these top managers really spent their time and how they really made an impact. They saw these leaders holding key discussions with their teams; watched them formulate strategies, plans and visions; observed their behaviours, ambitions and frustrations. What emerged was a powerful set of principles and proven advice for managers everywhere who want to develop their leadership skills. New to this edition: The content is refreshed by using different quotes and examples from the leaders who took part in the original research. Plus there will be updates throughout.