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Everest Alone At The Summit

Author : Stephen Venables
ISBN : 9781912560042
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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In 1988, Stephen Venables became the first Briton to summit Everest without oxygen. Everest: Alone at the Summit is the story of his thrilling journey. Near-impossible challenges are conquered with determination and strength, and the experience of an expedition on the world’s highest mountain is recounted in a refreshingly honest light. The Kangshung Face remains the least frequented of Everest’s flanks due to its narrow gullies, hanging glaciers and steep rock buttresses. This, however, did not deter Venables and his team of three international climbers, Ed Webster, Robert Anderson and Paul Teare, who not only attempted this dangerous route, but did so without the use of supplementary oxygen – testing boundaries, exploring the unknown and pushing the limits of human endurance. ‘ ... I forced my mind to concentrate on directing all energy to those two withered legs. The effort succeeded and I managed six faltering steps down the slope, sat back for a rest, then took six steps more, then again six steps. It was going to be a long tedious struggle, but I knew now that I was going to make it.’ Venables’ account of survival and success is fully immersive. He details the highs – the unique bonds made on the mountain, the stunning scenery, and the triumph of reaching the summit – as well as the lows: the threat of deadly high-altitude illness, turbulent weather and the exhaustion-induced hallucinations. Throughout it all, Venables’ drive to keep going amidst hardship and his willingness to succeed is powerful – readers will find themselves invested in this extraordinary narrative from the start. As Lord Hunt, the leader of Everest’s 1953 expedition, observes in the foreword: ‘People who, in this age of ease and plenty, pause to reflect upon the reason why some prefer to do things the hard way, could hardly do better than read this book.’
Category: Sports & Recreation

Alone On Watch

Author : Harold Adler
ISBN : 9780595140367
Genre : Fiction
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Dr. Robert Judy, director of the Alexander Hamilton Foundation, authorizes Arturo Eno to print two billion dollars of counterfeit money outside the knowledge of the US Treasury Department. Arturo blackmails Dr. Judy. The sly Dr. Judy pulls a few strings from an admiral by inventing a cheating scheme at the US Naval Academy. Ensign Nick McMasters, a recent graduate, is randomly selected. Nick is hidden inside the foundation. Dr. Judy persuades him to go undercover and find Arturo Eno. For the mission to work, Nick has to engage two retired spies and employ their expertise. The undercover operation lands Nick inside a counterfeiting ring where he acts like a chameleon to survive. Arturo is spooked and decides to move the money. We follow Nick to the counterfeiting lair where he learns the fine art of printing money. The money is loaded on to a waiting freighter. The next day at sea, they discover a submarine is hunting them. Damage done by the ramming of the submarine, the freighter beaches next to a posh resort in Mexico. The money is retrieved; however, Nick continues his search for the men. A knife thrown by Arturo at the wharf nearly kills Nick. Nick recovers to learn the counterfeiting operation was sanctioned by Dr. Judy to bribe the terrorists from their random bombings in the US.
Category: Fiction

Alone At The Helm

Author : LAWRENCE MARTIN
ISBN : 9781462860272
Genre : Family & Relationships
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“This book is a concisely written guide to help those who have lost a partner, either from death or divorce, tackle the unwanted onslaught of extra daily responsibilities. The book provides valuable tips on how to organize and simplify one’s life to mitigate stress during the readjustment period. It is a must read for all who suddenly find themselves alone at the helm.”
Category: Family & Relationships

Alone On Pasture Ridge

Author : J. R. Hightower
ISBN : 9781532040498
Genre : Fiction
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It is the late 1870s in East Texas. Rob Wilson is a teenager who has just lost his entire family to typhoid fever. In an attempt to put his pain behind him, Rob sells the family ranch and travels with his friend, Jessie Hatfield, to Southern New Mexico to seek a new beginning. While searching for land to start a ranch, their paths cross with that of a valiant coyote, a Mexican cook, a gringo rancher and his foreman, an Apache chief and a young brave, teenage Mexican cowboys, and a stowaway Mexican orphan. As their dreams become reality, they embark on a wild adventure to the Llano Estacado to find a lost herd of cattle. Along the way, Rob meets a beautiful Mexican girl who quickly captures his heart. As Rob attempts to win her for his own, news of their adventures reaches an El Paso newspaperman whose articles eventually transform them from ranchers into heroes. But just when Rob finally adjusts to being a hero, he must use his newfound fame to discourage outlaws and rustlers from exploiting the gringos, Mexicans, and Indians who have more cattle than they can handle. In this historic western tale, a young rancher must create a new life in New Mexico after losing his family to typhoid fever.
Category: Fiction

Alone On The Ice The Greatest Survival Story In The History Of Exploration

Author : David Roberts
ISBN : 9780393089646
Genre : History
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"Gripping and superb. This book will steal the night from you." —Laurence Gonzales, author of Deep Survival On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface. Mawson was sometimes reduced to crawling, and one night he discovered that the soles of his feet had completely detached from the flesh beneath. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizably skeletal, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, "Which one are you?" This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders. It is illustrated by a trove of Frank Hurley’s famous Antarctic photographs, many never before published in the United States.
Category: History

Alone In Antarctica

Author : Felicity Aston
ISBN : 9780857659774
Genre : Travel
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What would it feel like to be out there alone in that empty vastness? Just before midnight on 24 November 2011, Felicity is left completely alone on the coast of Antarctica. The isolation is instant and devastating. Only three people in the world have crossed Antarctica alone. The first two were men and both Norwegian. At the age of 34, British woman Felicity Aston became the third. Unlike her predecessors, she didn’t use kites or parasails to assist her. Within days, frozen into her facemask and reflecting on what had drawn her to such a place, she was battling desperate weather as she towed her heavy sledges. Every morning she wakes believing she cannot face another day as the expedition becomes a race against time to reach the coast before the last flight out. This gripping and inspirational account of personal endurance shows what you can achieve when you grit your teeth and decide just to get through today in one piece.
Category: Travel

Alone At Sea

Author : Ann Spencer
ISBN : 9780385674072
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The true story of Canada's greatest sailor, the first to sail around the world single-handedly. When Joshua Slocum sailed into port in Massachusetts on June 27, 1898, he was the first man ever to have completed a voyage around the world without technology, money or companion. It took him three years to cover the 46,000 miles, and along the way he was chased by pirates, buffeted by storms, and narrowly escaped death by sharks. When a goat ate his charts, he managed to navigate through the Caribbean by memory and intuition. This is the true-life adventure story of an extraordinary man, who ran away to sea at sixteen and never looked back. Born on a farm in Nova Scotia, he apprenticed on voyages to China, Hong Kong and Indonesia; met and married his wife in Sydney, Australia, and raised his family aboard sailing vessels in ports around the world. He survived mutinies, lost cargoes, terrible storms, and treacheries at sea before resolving on his voyage around the world in a dilapidated oyster sloop he named The Spray. After settling down and writing his memoirs, he set sail on November 14, 1909, and was never seen again.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Alone On The Road At Night

Author : Edessa Ramos
ISBN : 971232687X
Genre : Philippine fiction (English)
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Category: Philippine fiction (English)

Alone At Night

Author : K. J. Erickson
ISBN : 9781466849235
Genre : Fiction
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Tired of the politics, publicity and endless nights that go with major homicides, Detective Mars Bahr and his partner Nettie Frisch have moved to the Cold Case Unit, which covers the Minneapolis Police Department's oldest unsolved cases. One of their first assignments is tackling the murders of rural convenience store employees, which leads them to a sixteen-year-old missing persons case. In 1986, seventeen-year-old Andrea Bergstad was working alone at night at a rural Minnesota gas station when she vanished without a trace. On the store's fuzzy security videotape, one minute she's there, talking on the phone to her best friend, and the next she's gone. Now, sixteen years later, Mars goes back to Redstone, Minnesota, to try to put together the pieces of this baffling case. In Redstone, Mars meets retired sheriff Sig Sampson, off the job for several years but haunted by the Bergstad case like it was yesterday. Sig Sampson is the only person who can help Mars do what needs to be done in order to solve it: His memory is the only thing that can take this cold case and make it hot. Mars and Sig dive into the investigation, and Mars soon begins to think that their hard work will get them somewhere. But his concern over the details distracts him from the greater issues in the case, and before he knows it, the lives of the two most important people in Mars' life are at risk. As with her most recent acclaimed novel, The Last Witness, KJ Erickson delivers a fast-paced, engaging, and surprising thriller.
Category: Fiction

Alone In The Dark

Author : Elaine Coffman
ISBN : 9781416525431
Genre : Fiction
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When her dying father confesses that he is not her biological father -- and that he has a twin -- Washington, D.C., morning news anchor Ellery O'Brien is desperate for answers. Plagued by a recurring nightmare in which a blood-covered woman who has been stabbed repeatedly by a killer, staggers down the staircase of a beautiful old house, Ellery travels to her late mother's hometown -- Agarita Springs, Texas -- not realizing until she arrives that she has rented the very house she sees in her dreams. No one in town wants to dig up the past, but rancher Clint Littleton begins to help Ellery and white-hot attraction sparks between them. The nightmares, however, persist. And each time, before Ellery awakes, she sees an increasingly terrifying image: just a little more of the killer's face. . . New York Times bestselling author Elaine Coffman switches gears with pulse-pounding results in her first novel of heart-stopping romantic suspense.
Category: Fiction

Home Run

Author : Associated Press
ISBN : 1582610266
Genre : Baseball players
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Home Run: The Year the Records Fell chronicles the record-setting home run chase of 1998 and features every home run by Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. This attractive hardcover book is filled with interesting sidebars and loaded with color graphics and pictures. Some highlights include features on Ruth and Maris, McGwire's son Matt, Sosa's 20-homer month in June, statistics, notes, quotes, the All-Star Game home run contest, plus much more.
Category: Baseball players

Mission Based Alignmenttake Your Company To The Top And Keep It There

Author : Robert K. Bennett & William R. Lingar
ISBN : 8126908432
Genre : Mission statements
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In A Capitalist Economy, The Holy Grail Of Business Is A Sustainable Competitive Advantage, Which Is Defined By Michael Porter, A Harvard Business School Professor, As Follows: Sustainable Competitive Advantage (Sca) Exists When A Company Makes Economic Rents, That Is, Their Earnings Exceed Their Costs, Especially Including Cost Of Capital. That Means That Normal Competitive Pressures Are Not Able To Drive Down The Firm S Earnings To The Point Where They Cover All Costs And Just Provide Minimum Sufficient Additional Return To Keep Capital Invested. Most Forms Of Competitive Advantage Cannot Be Sustained For Any Length Of Time Because The Promise Of Economic Rents Drives Competitors To Duplicate The Competitive Advantage Held By Any One Firm. The Key To Sustainable Competitive Advantage Is Differentiation. You Must Offer Your Customer A Difference That Is Both Recognizable By And Valuable To That Customer. However, It Is Not Sufficient To Merely Offer Your Difference In Products Or Services, Because In Today S Environment, Those Differences Will Be Copied By Your Competitors Within One Or Two Years. In Order For Your Competitive Advantage To Be Sustainable, You Must Develop And Maintain A Unique, Customer-Focused, Business Model. Mission-Based Alignment Is A Step-By-Step Process For Developing And Maintaining This Unique And Uncopiable Business Model. Properly Developed And Maintained, This New Business Model Will Lead To Sustainable Competitive Advantage.
Category: Mission statements

Goldmine Record Album Price Guide

Author : Martin Popoff
ISBN : 9781440229169
Genre : Antiques & Collectibles
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Whether you're cleaning out a closet, basement or attic full of records, or you're searching for hidden gems to build your collection, you can depend on Goldmine Record Album Price Guide to help you accurately identify and appraise your records in order to get the best price. • Knowledge is power, so power-up with Goldmine! • 70,000 vinyl LPs from 1948 to present • Hundreds of new artists • Detailed listings with current values • Various artist collections and original cast recordings from movies, televisions and Broadway • 400 photos • Updated state-of-the-market reports • New feature articles • Advice on buying and selling Goldmine Grading Guide - the industry standard
Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Alone At Dawn

Author : Dan Schilling
ISBN : 9781538729670
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The New York Times bestselling true account of John Chapman, Medal of Honor recipient and Special Ops Combat Controller, and his heroic one-man stand during the Afghan War, as he sacrificed his life to save the lives of twenty-three comrades-in-arms. In the predawn hours of March 4, 2002, just below the 10,469-foot peak of a mountain in eastern Afghanistan, a fierce battle raged. Outnumbered by Al Qaeda fighters, Air Force Combat Controller John Chapman and a handful of Navy SEALs struggled to take the summit in a desperate bid to find a lost teammate. Chapman, leading the charge, was gravely wounded in the initial assault. Believing he was dead, his SEAL leader ordered a retreat. Chapman regained consciousness alone, with the enemy closing in on three sides. John Chapman's subsequent display of incredible valor -- first saving the lives of his SEAL teammates and then, knowing he was mortally wounded, single-handedly engaging two dozen hardened fighters to save the lives of an incoming rescue squad -- posthumously earned him the Medal of Honor. Chapman is the first airman in nearly fifty years to be given the distinction reserved for America's greatest heroes. Alone at Dawn is also a behind-the-scenes look at the Air Force Combat Controllers: the world's deadliest and most versatile special operations force, whose members must not only exceed the qualifications of Navy SEAL and Army Delta Force teams but also act with sharp decisiveness and deft precision -- even in the face of life-threatening danger. Drawing from firsthand accounts, classified documents, dramatic video footage, and extensive interviews with leaders and survivors of the operation, Alone at Dawn is the story of an extraordinary man's brave last stand and the brotherhood that forged him.
Category: Biography & Autobiography