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A Sacred Oath

By Mark T. Esper
  • ISBN Code: : 0063144344
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Pages : 752
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
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Former Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper reveals the shocking details of his tumultuous tenure while serving in the Trump administration. From June of 2019 until his firing by President Trump after the November 2020 election, Secretary Mark T. Esper led the Department of Defense through an unprecedented time in history—a period marked by growing threats and conflict abroad, a global pandemic unseen in a century, the greatest domestic unrest in two generations, and a White House seemingly bent on breaking accepted norms and conventions for political advantage. A Sacred Oath is Secretary Esper’s unvarnished and candid memoir of those extraordinary and dangerous times, and includes events and moments never before told.

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The powers of political secrecy and social spectacle have been taken to surreal extremes recently. Witness the twin terrors of a president who refuses to disclose dealings with foreign powers while the private data of ordinary citizens is stolen and marketed in order to manipulate consumer preferences and voting outcomes. We have become accustomed to thinking about secrecy in political terms and personal privacy terms. In this bracing, new work, Hugh Urban wants us to focus these same powers of observation on the role of secrecy in religion. With Secrecy, Urban investigates several revealing instances of the power of secrecy in religion, including nineteenth-century Scottish Rite Freemasonry, the sexual magic of a Russian-born Parisian mystic; the white supremacist BrüderSchweigen or “Silent Brotherhood” movement of the 1980s, the Five Percenters, and the Church of Scientology. An electrifying read, Secrecy is the culmination of decades of Urban’s reflections on a vexed, ever-present subject.

Sacred Trust

By Hannah Alexander
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  • Publisher : Steeple Hill
  • Book Code : 1426838573
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 236
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Dr. Lukas Bower believes in God, the Hippocratic Oath and doing the right thing. Lukas won't prescribe drugs to an addict just because he's the son of a hospital board member. Or let an obese man die because he doesn't have insurance. Lukas didn't play hospital politics at his former job, and he won't in this small-town Missouri emergency department. One very attractive colleague seems to appreciate Lukas's commitment to honor and truth. But Dr. Mercy Richmond's feelings will be tested when her child is brought into Lukas's E.R., putting her sacred trust, her heart—and her daughter's life—in his hands.

The Obama White House and the Supreme Court

By Jeffrey Toobin
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  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Book Code : 0525433767
  • Total of Pages : 24
  • Category : Law
  • Members : 516
  • Pdf File: the-obama-white-house-and-the-supreme-court.pdf

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A Vintage Shorts Selection The bestselling and prizewinning author of The Nine and American Heiress tells the dramatic and gripping insider’s story of the momentous ideological war fought between the Obama White House and the Supreme Court. President Obama and Chief Justice Roberts could not be more different. Obama, a legal conservative grappling with the second amendment among other issues, believes in the close interpretation of the Constitution, incremental change, and pragmatism over ideology. But, for Roberts the law is all about winning. And, from the moment he botched Obama’s oath of office in 2009, the relationship between the Court and the White House has been fraught. This is essential history that unravels the forces that have shaped the Roberts Court over the last eight years. The nation is preparing to vote for its next president, and it bears remembering that the future of the Supreme Court will also be on the ballot. An ebook short.

Oathbreakers

By Mercedes Lackey
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  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 1101127899
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 247
  • Pdf File: oathbreakers.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Evil had cast its shadow over the kingdom of Rethwellan. When Idra, leader of the Sunhawks mercenaries, failed to return from a journey to her home, Tarma and Kethry, warrior and mage, set out in search of their vanished leader.

Confidential Relationships

By Christine M. Koggel,Allannah Furlong,Charles Levin
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  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Book Code : 9789042008359
  • Total of Pages : 263
  • Category : Law
  • Members : 645
  • Pdf File: confidential-relationships.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This book focuses the collective attention of psychotherapists, the legal community, social scientists, and ethicists on the moral, legal, and clinical problems of confidentiality in psychotherapeutic practice. By providing timely and important interdisciplinary contributions, the book opens the way to understanding, if not resolving, the conflicting interests and values at stake in the debate on confidentiality.

Moonfall

By Joseph F. Cohan
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 9781462826698
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  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 821
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Read and download full book Moonfall

The Story of the Bayeux Tapestry: Unraveling the Norman Conquest

By David Musgrove,Michael Lewis
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  • Publisher : Thames & Hudson
  • Book Code : 050077658X
  • Total of Pages : 352
  • Category : Art
  • Members : 738
  • Pdf File: the-story-of-the-bayeux-tapestry.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The definitive and fully illustrated guide to the Bayeux Tapestry. The full history of the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings and the story of the tapestry itself. Most people know that the Bayeux Tapestry depicts the moment when the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, Harold Godwinson, was defeated at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 by his Norman adversary William the Conqueror. However, there is much more to this historic treasure than merely illustrating the outcome of this famous battle. Full of intrigue and violence, the tapestry depicts everything from eleventh-century political and social life—including the political machinations on both sides of the English Channel in the years leading up to the Norman Conquest—to the clash of swords and stamp of hooves on the battle field. Drawing on the latest historical and scientific research, authors David Musgrove and Michael Lewis have written the definitive book on the Bayeux Tapestry, taking readers through its narrative, detailing the life of the tapestry in the centuries that followed its creation, explaining how it got its name, and even offering a new possibility that neither Harold nor William were the true intended king of England. Featuring stunning, full- color photographs throughout, The Story of the Bayeux Tapestry explores the complete tale behind this medieval treasure that continues to amaze nearly one thousand years after its creation.

Materialities of Ritual in the Black Atlantic

By Akinwumi Ogundiran,Paula Saunders
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  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • Book Code : 0253013917
  • Total of Pages : 410
  • Category : History
  • Members : 686
  • Pdf File: materialities-of-ritual-in-the-black-atlantic.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Focusing on everyday rituals, the essays in this volume look at spheres of social action and the places throughout the Atlantic world where African–descended communities have expressed their values, ideas, beliefs, and spirituality in material terms. The contributors trace the impact of encounters with the Atlantic world on African cultural formation, how entanglement with commerce, commodification, and enslavement and with colonialism, emancipation, and self-rule manifested itself in the shaping of ritual acts such as those associated with birth, death, healing, and protection. Taken as a whole, the book offers new perspectives on what the materials of rituals can tell us about the intimate processes of cultural transformation and the dynamics of the human condition.

Untouchable

By James M. Freeman
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1351797956
  • Total of Pages : 430
  • Category : History
  • Members : 132
  • Pdf File: untouchable.pdf

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Nearly 16% of India’s population – or over 100 million people – are untouchables. Most of them, despite decades of government efforts to improve their economic and social position, remain desperately poor, illiterate, subject to brutal discrimination and economic exploitation, and with no prospect for improvement of their condition. This is the autobiography, first published in 1979, of Muli, a 40-year-old untouchable of the Bauri caste, living in the Indian state of Orissa, as told to an American anthropologist. Muli is a narrator who combines rich descriptions of daily life with perceptive observations of his social surroundings. He describes with absorbing detail what it is like to be at the bottom of Indian life, and what happens when an untouchable attempts to break out of his accepted role.

The Social Art

By Ronald Macaulay
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  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Book Code : 0199908419
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Members : 478
  • Pdf File: the-social-art.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The Social Art is an engagingly written, highly accessible tour through the world of languages. Macaulay uses jokes, anecdotes, quotations, and examples to introduce readers to the full range of current linguistic knowledge, covering in 35 chapters, topics like language acquisition, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, dialects, conversation, narrative, swearing, and many others. In this revised and expanded second edition, Macaulay brings the book up to date with the last decade of progress in linguistics, adding more American examples, and updating bibliographies. Two new chapters have been added, on theories of language development and on the evolution of language. The Social Art is perfect for general readers and students who want to learn about what it is that linguists do.

The American Heritage and Constitution Study Course

By W. Cleon Skousen
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  • Publisher : Verity Publishing
  • Book Code : 0934364672
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  • Category : Law
  • Members : 916
  • Pdf File: the-american-heritage-and-constitution-study-course.pdf

Book Short Summary:

For over two decades Dr. Skousen taught the American Heritage and the Constitution seminar course to several hundred thousand people. Students observed that he taught from a brown binder of notes and background material. They therefore asked that he publish his lecture notes. This is his “Brown Binder” and its contents. It contains two separate teaching materials under each section: 1. Lecture handouts with blanks which are filled in by the students during the presentation of the material (answers are now included). 2. Comprehensive background material which Dr. Skousen used as reference material.