Description : "Game changer." We heard it so many times during the 2012 U.S. presidential election. But what actually made a difference in the contest—and what was just hype? In this groundbreaking book, John Sides and Lynn Vavreck tell the dramatic story of the election—with a big difference. Using an unusual "moneyball" approach and drawing on extensive quantitative data, they look beyond the anecdote, folklore, and conventional wisdom that often pass for election analysis to separate what was truly important from what was irrelevant. The Gamble combines this data with the best social science research and colorful on-the-ground reporting, providing the most accurate and precise account of the election yet written—and the only book of its kind. In a new preface, the authors reflect on the place of The Gamble in the tradition of presidential election studies, its reception to date, and possible paths for future social science research.
Description : For years, Leung has been learning Wing Chun. This fighting art demands balance. It makes Leung find his center. So when Leung sees the boxing matches at New York's Woodrat Club, he’s shocked by the fighters' wild, sloppy styles. But he can't stop watching. Leung's Irish friend, Sean, thinks that Leung could conquer the bareknuckle boxing scene. But first, Leung's uncles, Tso and Nang, have to approve. Then Leung will have to learn to ignore jeers and hard stares—because he'll be fighting before a crowd that wants to see a Chinese immigrant lose.
Description : A hate crime revives ancient racial tensions in the nearly all white town of Jackson, Iowa. The aftermath, including damning national publicity, leads the mayor to consider implementing a highly controversial program aimed at promoting racial understanding within the community. The program faces opposition from every direction, with citizens and city leaders alike believing they know what's best for Jackson.Thousands of townspeople remain unemployed, and tensions increase as a black out-of-town contractor gets a coveted job on the city's dog track project, a white supremacist radio station takes over the airwaves, and Jackson is visited by a notorious former Klansman. With racial hostilities mounting, compromise seems impossible, and the future is as ominous as it is uncertain.
Description : Based on unprecedented real-time access to the military's entire chain of command, The Gamble is the definitive account of the insurgency within the US military that led to a radical shift in America's strategy in Iraq - and the bloody implementation of that strategy on the ground. In his international bestseller Fiasco, Thomas E. Ricks gave us the definitive reckoning with what went so wrong in Iraq. The story The Gamble tells is how, when the war was at its darkest hour, a group of dissident junior commanders and their civilian allies did an end run around their superiors in the military establishment and seized control of the war. The result was "the Surge," one of the American military's boldest strategic gambles since the landings at Inchon. General David Petraeus gave military expert Thomas E. Ricks extraordinary privileged access to himself and his team during the past two years, and the result is a chronicle of astonishing vividness and analytical depth. It is the story of military leadership in the crucible of war, under excruciating political pressure at home. It is also the story of the soldiers who executed the strategy out in the field. Ricks concludes that the war likely will last for many years to come - and that it will not be remembered for the reasons we think.
Description : This book analyzes the justification of preventive war in contemporary asymmetrical international relations. It focuses on the most crucial aspect of prevention: uncertainty. It builds a new framework where the role of luck—whether military, political, moral, or normative—is a corrective to the traditional approaches of the just war tradition.
Description : The Gamble House is a winter house designed in 1908 by architects Greene & Greene for the Gamble family of Proctor & Gamble fame. Built at the height of the Arts and Crafts movement, it remains an important international architectural landmark and a monument to gracious living. Presented in Mrs. Mary Gamble's original handwriting and reinterpreted for today by celebrity chef Mark Peel, The Gamble House Cookbook brings the spirit of this legendary home into the modern kitchen. Architect Robert Harris contributes an appreciation of the Gamble House dining room gleaned from his memories of meals shared there with colleagues. This unique cookbook is filled with beautiful images by photographer Meg McComb that transport the reader back to a more relaxed time on the grounds and in the rooms of one of America's most beautiful homes.
Description : Olivia Thatcher spent her life living up to other people's expectations. The town's only schoolteacher, she conducts herself as a proper lady, never revealing that underneath her reputable exterior lies a soul aching with desire. Dallas Trent lives life on the edge, always on the lookout for the next game of chance. A gambler by nature, he's ready to take any risk...except when it comes to his heart. Butting heads the first time they meet, both are surprised to discover they have common interests. Forming an unexpected bond, their friendship quickly grows into passion, much to the disapproval of the town's busybody. Rumors fly, and when Dallas is accused of murder, their relationship is put to the test. For the first time in her life, Olivia must make a choice between her heart and her home. Will falling in love be worth the gamble? Enjoy the entire Hidden Springs series - historical romance with a contemporary twist. Here to Stay Hearts on Fire Abby's Heart A Chance on Love A Will of Her Own Dancing in the Dark Worth the Gamble Coming Home Enduring Traditions historical western romance, historical western, western romance, cowboys, 1800s, Arizona, Arizona Territory, Hidden Springs, gambler, romantic suspense, schoolteacher, secrets, historical western suspense, later in life romance, murder
Description : In the second book, THE GAMBLE -Shekinah is discovered and rescued by a thirteen-year-old girl named Brittany. She just happens to be the daughter of Angelo Gaudino, personal friend of Lord Wizard Star and the head of the CEF plot to find the colt and destroy him. Brittany secretly brings the colt back to her father's ranch where he is given the best of care, training and love. God protects the colt by only allowing true Christians to recognize that he is pure white. The girl takes personal responsibility for raising him and forms an unbreakable bond of love and trust with him. Tom Ravasio is an ordained minister, author, certified pastoral counselor, and founder of the Shekinah Western Ranch Camp. Tom grew up with a God given passion for horses, which eventually led him to telling bedtime stories about the marvelous and heroic white horse of Revelation 19: 11 to his children. These stories took on a metamorphosis of their own and later became pages of thrilling excitement for people of all ages. He and his wife Karen have three daughters and three grandchildren. The Ravasio family lives on a 20-acre horse farm in Monongahela, Pennsylvania.