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|Author||: Yasmeen Abutaleb,Damian Paletta|
From the Washington Post journalists Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta—the definitive account of the Trump administration’s tragic mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the chaos, incompetence, and craven politicization that has led to more than a half million American deaths and counting. Since the day Donald Trump was elected, his critics warned that an unexpected crisis would test the former reality-television host—and they predicted that the president would prove unable to meet the moment. In 2020, that crisis came to pass, with the outcomes more devastating and consequential than anyone dared to imagine. Nightmare Scenario is the complete story of Donald Trump’s handling—and mishandling—of the COVID-19 catastrophe, during the period of January 2020 up to Election Day that year. Yasmeen Abutaleb and Damian Paletta take us deep inside the White House, from the Situation Room to the Oval Office, to show how the members of the administration launched an all-out war against the health agencies, doctors, and scientific communities, all in their futile attempts to wish away the worst global pandemic in a century. From the initial discovery of this new coronavirus, President Trump refused to take responsibility, disputed the recommendations of his own pandemic task force, claimed the virus would “just disappear,” mocked advocates for safe-health practices, and encouraged his base and the entire GOP to ignore or rescind public health safety measures. Abutaleb and Paletta reveal the numerous times officials tried to dissuade Trump from following his worst impulses as he defied recommendations from the experts and even members of his own administration. And they show how the petty backstabbing and rivalries among cabinet members, staff, and aides created a toxic environment of blame, sycophancy, and political pressure that did profound damage to the public health institutions that Americans needed the most during this time. Even after an outbreak in the fall that swept through the White House and infected Trump himself, he remained defiant in his approach to the virus, very likely costing him his own reelection. Based on exhaustive reporting and hundreds of hours of interviews from inside the disaster zone at all levels of authority, Nightmare Scenario is a riveting account of how the United States government failed its people as never before, a tragedy whose devastating aftershocks will linger and be felt by generations to come.
|Author||: Robert Cole|
On a holiday in England, Alex Carhill is caught in the nightmare of a nuclear holocaust. In a matter of hours a mid-summer's day is turned into a nuclear winter. This is the story of his survival in a world that no longer has rules; where climatic extremes, murder, starvation and disease are commonplace. As the land slowly heals, the survivors scratch together an existence in a contaminated wasteland ravaged by plagues of insects and disease. In this world, through hardship and pain, a new society is forged based on new rules and values molded from the demands and necessities of life. After years of struggle, the survivors find themselves facing their greatest adversary. One they despised and thought had long disappeared in the first months of the holocaust. Now they must marshal all they resources and strength for one last battle against an enemy bent on their destruction.
|Author||: Hazel Clarke|
Eighteen-year-old Gracie Thrace has a secret. She's started to hear voices that force her to carry out frightening scenarios. When a new voice called Kai materialises, Gracie finds herself attracted to his kindness. But how can she let herself fall for someone who isn't real?
|Author||: Bill Kincaid|
The United States Supreme Court's ruling regarding Florida's hanging chads settled the presidential race between George W. Bush and Al Gore. Various courts were called upon to settle disputes regarding alleged electoral fraud in the 2020 election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. A divided nation has become aware that the U.S. electoral system might not produce a clear winner in the presidential sweepstakes that occur every four years. Bill Kincaid has reached back to the events that occurred in 1992 to show what could have happened that year--or any year when the vote is sufficiently divided to produce The Nightmare Scenario.
|Author||: Gunnar Duvstig|
When a catholic nurse discovers an entire village wiped out in the Papua province of Indonesia, the WHO sends a team to investigate. The investigation yields no definitive results and speculations within the team ranges from a freak immune system response to ebola.Three weeks later a local hospital in the Maluku Islands reports seven deaths from something they believe to be a new strain of influenza.As the closest lab in Singapore concludes its analysis of these cases it becomes clear that the cause of death is neither a freak immune system response nor ebola. It's something much worse - a virus with the potential to kill more than a billion people and bring the entire world to a halt.
"During the Cold War, NATO and the Warsaw Pact were led by strong nation-states with strong chains of command. Today's multiple terrorist players are driven by ideology, religious interpretation, and language that many Americans do not comprehend; America and its allies have no alternative but to combat them while preventing them from obtaining and using weapons of mass destruction."--Abstract from Heritage Foundation web site.
|Author||: Phil Harris|
|Editor||: Russell House Pub Limited|
Examining the core skills necessary for effecting change in problematic substance users, this important new book explores practical ways of establishing or improving social practice. It steps beyond clinical, theoretical, and moral undertones to the reality of working with substance misuse. Empathy for the Devil provides positive and reflective support for both experienced and novice workers - or those affected by others' use. It suggests ways ahead for social workers stuck in seemingly perennial impasses, as they strive with their colleagues to address multi-faceted and entrenched problems. Increasingly, social policy now demands evidence-based practice, putting ever greater pressure on professionals from all disciplines to grasp the core ideas and skills drawn from research findings. But this research is often too arid and abstract, and can make the lay person feel even more under-skilled. Empathy for the Devil bridges this chasm, bringing together a wide range of proven skills in supporting people through change in an open and accessible way. It illuminates the key ideas, skills, and techniques in addiction work. Additionally, it lucidly explains the latest findings in effective practice, illustrating them with case examples, and provides optional self-reflective exercises and activities to aid learning and training. For everyone working with people whose lives are affected by drugs or alcohol, Empathy for the Devil provides new ideas and perspectives to address old and intractable problems.
|Author||: Robin Ann Cantor,Stuart Henry,Steve Rayner|
|Editor||: Greenwood Publishing Group|
This book considers the social and economic arrangements that would be necessary for rational mechanisms of exchange and distribution to emerge, function, and remain viable if extreme conditions produced an absence or the severe destruction of an institutional infrastructure and of resource endowments. Written by an economist, a sociologist, and an anthropologist, the study confronts such radical circumstances from an interdisciplinary perspective, thereby rethinking and revising some cherished conventional economic and social assumptions. At one level, the book discusses the kinds of market structures that would be viable under different socioeconomic conditions. At another level, the analysis questions monolithic approaches to applied economic analysis and policy based on what works under existing conditions. To illustrate the applicability of theoretical modeling, the authors consider two policy areas: economic recovery from a major societal disaster and economic development. The book will be of particular interest to students of applied economics, but it will also be of interest to those concerned with social ecology, economy and society, economic history, economic anthropology, applied sociology, and developmental studies. It will be especially valuable to scholars in Eastern European and socialist economic systems that are currently seeking to establish market economies.
|Author||: Melvin R. Lansky,Carol R. Bley|
|Editor||: Psychology Press|
Despite the early interest of Freud and Ernest Jones, posttraumatic nightmares have long been exempt from psychodynamic investigation. The neglect is accounted for by one simple reason: posttraumatic nightmares have not been viewed as psychodynamic events at all. Rather, they have been assumed to be literal replays of trauma to which the dreamer was subjected; in Freud's terms, such nightmares have been understood as simple "manifest content" lacking and latent meaning. In Posttraumatic Nightmares, Melvin Lansky challenges this long-accepted view in the first comprehensive study of posttraumatic nightmares as true mental products rather than signs of posttraumatic reaction. Lansky's study draws on a unique research project. He and his colleagues compared nightmare texts with conscious reports of trauma in a population of 200 psychiatric inpatients hospitalized over a seven-year period. This project showed that patients' retelling of nightmare scenarios was significantly discrepant from the patients' waking accounts of their traumas. Furthermore, the distortions served the dream work in the manner of everyday dreams: they helped to screen out intolerable latent dream thoughts. Posttraumatic Nightmares is not only an empirically grounded expansion of psychoanalytic dream theory to the phenomena of posttraumatic nightmares. It is a refinement of dream theory per se. Enriching psychoanalytic theory with the insights of family systems theory, recent trauma research, and contemporary perspectives on affect, Lansky proceeds to a clinically compelling finding: that posttraumatic nightmares, understood psychodynamically, can play a major role in the treatment of trauma victims.
|Author||: Gavriel D. Rosenfeld|
|Editor||: Cambridge University Press|
A fascinating 2005 study of the place of alternate histories of Nazism within Western popular culture.
|Author||: Marcos Gabriel|
|Editor||: Bell Bridge Books|
I'm just a high school biology teacher in southern California. I wrote a paper on bio-toxins in college. Nine months ago the government asked me to be the 'ordinary citizen' on a seven-member panel. For three days we brainstormed potential homegrown terrorist scenarios. That was all. I thought. "We're the only two left," John Ryder said, no emotion in his voice. "The others have been assassinated. If you want to live, you'll have to come with me." Terrorists have adopted one of the team's scenarios, and if they're successful, it could claim a half-million lives. Samantha Waters and ex-Navy SEAL John Ryder are caught in the middle of a dark conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of power. They have to rely on each other to survive--and to somehow stop the nightmare scenario they imagined before it becomes a terrifying reality. Marcos Gabriel is an award-winning writer whose body of work includes novels, plays, screenplays, and television productions. Working in Los Angeles as the Creative Director of an entertainment advertising agency, he has crafted television commercials and theatrical trailers for many blockbuster and critically-acclaimed Hollywood films. Marcos lives in Southern California with his wife and two children. Marcos Gabriel is a member of the International Thriller Writers Association.
|Author||: Stephen M. Gardiner|
|Editor||: Oxford University Press|
Climate change is arguably the great problem confronting humanity, but we have done little to head off this looming catastrophe. In The Perfect Moral Storm, philosopher Stephen Gardiner illuminates our dangerous inaction by placing the environmental crisis in an entirely new light, considering it as an ethical failure. Gardiner clarifies the moral situation, identifying the temptations (or "storms") that make us vulnerable to a certain kind of corruption. First, the world's most affluent nations are tempted to pass on the cost of climate change to the poorer and weaker citizens of the world. Second, the present generation is tempted to pass the problem on to future generations. Third, our poor grasp of science, international justice, and the human relationship to nature helps to facilitate inaction. As a result, we are engaging in willful self-deception when the lives of future generations, the world's poor, and even the basic fabric of life on the planet is at stake. We should wake up to this profound ethical failure, Gardiner concludes, and demand more of our institutions, our leaders and ourselves. "This is a radical book, both in the sense that it faces extremes and in the sense that it goes to the roots." —Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews "The book's strength lies in Gardiner's success at understanding and clarifying the types of moral issues that climate change raises, which is an important first step toward solutions." —Science Magazine "Gardiner has expertly explored some very instinctual and vitally important considerations which cannot realistically be ignored. —Required reading." —Green Prophet "Gardiner makes a strong case for highlighting and insisting on the ethical dimensions of the climate problem, and his warnings about buck-passing and the dangerous appeal of moral corruptions hit home." —Times Higher Education "Stephen Gardiner takes to a new level our understanding of the moral dimensions of climate change. A Perfect Moral Storm argues convincingly that climate change is the greatest moral challenge our species has ever faced - and that the problem goes even deeper than we think." —Peter Singer, Princeton University
|Author||: Joel C. Rosenberg|
|Editor||: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.|
From the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author! A game-changing peace treaty between Israel and the Saudis is nearly done. The secretary of state is headed to the region to seal the deal. And Special Agent Marcus Ryker is leading an advance trip along the Israeli-Lebanon border, ahead of the secretarys arrival. But when Ryker and his team are ambushed by Hezbollah forces, a nightmare scenario begins to unfold. The last thing the White House can afford is a new war in the Mideast that could derail the treaty and set the region ablaze. U.S. and Israeli forces are mobilizing to find the hostages and get them home, but Ryker knows the clock is ticking. When Hezbollah realizes who theyve captured, no amount of ransom will save themtheyll be transferred to Beirut and then to Tehran to be executed on live television. In the fourth installment of Rosenbergs gripping new series, Marcus Ryker finds himself in the most dangerous situation he has ever facedcaptured, brutalized, and dragged deep behind enemy lines. Should he wait to be rescued? Or try to escape? How? And what if his colleagues are too wounded to run? This is the CIAs most valuable operative as you have never seen him before.
|Author||: Mark Eyre|
|Editor||: Business Expert Press|
Modern society is ill. Many people sit in their work cubicle, at jobs that are stressful and unfulfilling. With a boss they don’t like. With a mortgage they cannot afford. With relationships that aren’t all they could be. With a work-life balance that’s all work and no life. It’s no wonder there’s a stress and depression epidemic in the Western world. Many people have simply lost themselves. Is this you? If so, life doesn’t have to be like this. You can choose to live life in a different way. Most people will say that they want more than anything to be themselves and to make a difference. This book is about how to be true to yourself in a society that more than ever pushes us to disguise who we are, so we end up pretending to be who we’re not. How can I find a way to be myself? Join Mark Eyre to find your own real me, and along the way, pick up some practical strategies and approaches to help you express who you really are. It’s time to join the journey of a lifetime, and in the words of George Eliot, to “be who you might have been.”
|Author||: Debbi Mack|
|Editor||: Renegade Press|
"Thoroughly intriguing! A real page-turner." — Zoë Sharp, author of the best-selling Charlie Fox series On a dare, grad student Jessica Evans writes a thriller, creating a nightmare scenario based upon the theory that the speed of light is not a constant—one that has a dark application. Her protagonist (the fiancé of a scientist killed in a car crash) is pursued by those who want to use the theory to create the world’s most powerful weapon. However, Jessica is soon running for her life when events mimic that of her protagonist. She’s threatened by terrorist conspirators who intend to use the knowledge to create an event that causes mass destruction—even threatens the global extinction of all life. As the clock ticks down, Jessica must outwit the enemies and avert an apocalypse. MORE REVIEWS AND ENDORSEMENTS “Does art hold a mirror to life? Or does life mirror art? New York Times best-selling author Debbi Mack builds this surprising thriller layer upon layer with an ending that will make you want to read it all over again.” — Donna Fletcher Crow, author of An All-Consuming Fire, The Monastery Murders “Mack takes her reader on a roller-coaster ride with science, imagination, and a terrible possibility.” — Peg Brantley, author of the Aspen Falls Thriller series "[A] sleek tour-de-force exercise in Hitchcockian suspense about domestic terrorism, in which the McGuffin is a novel-within-the-novel and the novelist and her work intersect in unpredictable ways. Reality and fiction clash and spar for supremacy until the final paragraph." — W.D. Gagliani, author of Wolf's Blind (The Nick Lupo Series) and Savage Nights ABOUT THE AUTHOR Debbi Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sam McRae Mystery Series. She's also published one young novel. In addition, she's a Derringer-nominated short story writer, whose work has been published in various anthologies. Debbi is also a screenwriter and aspiring indie filmmaker. Her first screenplay, The Enemy Within, made the Second Round in the 2014 Austin Film Festival screenplay contest and semifinals in the 2016 Scriptapalooza contest. A former attorney, Debbi has also worked as a journalist, librarian, and freelance writer/researcher. She enjoys walking, cats, travel, movies and espresso--not necessarily in that order.