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Aces & Eights

By Loren D. Estleman
  • ISBN Code: : 9781429911757
  • Publisher : Forge Books
  • Pages : 224
  • Category : Fiction
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Dead Man's Hand No one paid any mind to Jack McCall as he unloaded a .44 caliber slug into Wild Bill Hickok's brain at point-blank range. Deadwood's legendary gunslinging marshal was dead, holding a poker hand of aces and eights, a dead man's hand. The question the law wanted to know: was McCall a hired killer or did he kill Hickok to avenge his brother's death? Find out in Loren D. Estleman's Aces & Eights. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

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  • Pdf File: dead-man-s-hand.pdf

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In Deadwood, Nick Caden discovers the body of Billy the Kid. Is there a "ghost killer" running loose in this Old West ghost town? It's all for show...right? Nothing more than Hollywood theatrics? "This is an authentic Old West ghost town," the sheriff tells Nick. "Around these parts the dead don't stay dead." But Nick Caden's vacation becomes a nightmare when this "living" ghost town takes a deadly turn toward trouble. Soon Nick finds himself trapped in a stable with the infamous outlaw Jesse James. The shooter whirls, aims and... vanishes. Great theatrics, Nick thinks. Only then does he discover the body of a real dead cowboy. Soon Nick is caught in a deadly chase—from an abandoned gold mine, through forbidden buffalo hunting grounds, and across Rattlesnake Gulch—around every turn he finds another suspect. Will Nick solve the murder before his family leaves Deadwood? Or will the town's desperate need for tourists' income bury the haunting truth that a "ghost killer" stalks the living in Deadwood? In this middle-grade murder mystery series, award-winning author Eddie Jones takes readers on a Wild, Wild, West ride. ★ 2013 Selah Award Finalist for Middle Grade Fiction ★ Parents can trust the Caden Chronicles. There are no sexual situations, violence, or strong language, only positive moral values.

Genre-Busting Dark Comedies of the 1970s

By Wes D. Gehring
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 1476622515
  • Total of Pages : 252
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 404
  • Pdf File: genre-busting-dark-comedies-of-the-1970s.pdf

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This examination of dark comedies of the 1970s focuses on films which concealed black humor behind a misleading genre label. All That Jazz (1979) is a musical...about death—hardly Fred and Ginger territory. This masking goes beyond misnomer to a breaking of formula that director Robert Altman called “anti-genre.” Altman’s MASH (1970) ridiculed the military establishment in general—the Vietnam War in particular—under the guise of a standard military service comedy. The picaresque Western Little Big Man (1970) turned the bluecoats vs. Indians formula upside-down—the audience roots for the Indians instead of the cavalry. The book covers 12 essential films, including Harold and Maude (1971), Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and Being There (1979), with notes on A Clockwork Orange (1971). These films reveal a compounding complexity that reinforces the absurdity at the heart of dark comedy.

#TIL: Today I Learned

By Stephen Spignesi
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1510755527
  • Total of Pages : 216
  • Category : Reference
  • Members : 442
  • Pdf File: til.pdf

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From Abraham Lincoln to Babe Ruth, movies and music to politics and biology, New York Times bestselling author Stephen Spignesi compiles five hundred facts in this addictive bathroom reader trivia book. From history and science to sports and literature, New York Times bestselling author Stephen Spignesi offers eye-opening trivia in 500 facts inspired by the viral social media acronym TIL used on Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, and Facebook. #TIL: Today I Learned is sure to intrigue even the most jaded know-it-alls and walking encyclopedias, including little-known anecdotes and stories involving some of history’s most famous people, places, and things, like: Stephen King Downtown Abbey Elton John World War II Jennifer Aniston John Wayne Gacy Call of Duty Salem witch trials Benjamin Franklin “The Star Spangled Banner” Jesus Christ James Bond Alexander Hamilton O.J. Simpson Titanic George W. Bush KFC Lord of the Rings UFO sightings “Bohemian Rhapsody” Donald Trump Star Trek Stephen Hawking Pocahantas Oprah Winfrey The Wizard of Oz Genghis Khan Vincent Van Gogh And many more!

Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West

By David Fisher,Bill O'Reilly
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Book Code : 1627795081
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : History
  • Members : 839
  • Pdf File: bill-o-reilly-s-legends-and-lies.pdf

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The must-have companion to Bill O'Reilly's historic series Legends and Lies: The Real West, a fascinating, eye-opening look at the truth behind the western legends we all think we know How did Davy Crockett save President Jackson's life only to end up dying at the Alamo? Was the Lone Ranger based on a real lawman-and was he an African American? What amazing detective work led to the capture of Black Bart, the "gentleman bandit" and one of the west's most famous stagecoach robbers? Did Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid really die in a hail of bullets in South America? Generations of Americans have grown up on TV shows, movies and books about these western icons. But what really happened in the Wild West? All the stories you think you know, and others that will astonish you, are here--some heroic, some brutal and bloody, all riveting. Included are the ten legends featured in Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies docuseries -from Kit Carson to Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok to Doc Holliday-- accompanied by two bonus chapters on Daniel Boone and Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley. Frontier America was a place where instinct mattered more than education, and courage was necessary for survival. It was a place where luck made a difference and legends were made. Heavily illustrated with spectacular artwork that further brings this history to life, and told in fast-paced, immersive narrative, Legends and Lies is an irresistible, adventure-packed ride back into one of the most storied era of our nation's rich history.

The Old West in Fact and Film

By Jeremy Agnew
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  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 0786493119
  • Total of Pages : 266
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 664
  • Pdf File: the-old-west-in-fact-and-film.pdf

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For many years, movie audiences have carried on a love affair with the American West, believing Westerns are escapist entertainment of the best kind, harkening back to the days of the frontier. This work compares the reality of the Old West to its portrayal in movies, taking an historical approach to its consideration of the cowboys, Indians, gunmen, lawmen and others who populated the Old West in real life and on the silver screen. Starting with the Westerns of the early 1900s, it follows the evolution in look, style, and content as the films matured from short vignettes of good-versus-bad into modern plots.

American Murder

By Mike Mayo
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  • Publisher : Visible Ink Press
  • Book Code : 1578592569
  • Total of Pages : 448
  • Category : True Crime
  • Members : 110
  • Pdf File: american-murder.pdf

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Investigating the way Hollywood scoops up notorious criminals and turns them into legends, this entertaining who's-who guide provides thumbnail sketches of such killers as Ma Barker, Black Beard, Al Capone, John Wesley Hardin, and Charles Starkweather. Noting that some figures are glamorized in popular culture (Jesse James), while others are demonized (Charles Manson), this encyclopedic collection explores the legends' emotional truths as depicted in movies, stories, and songs. Facts of the real cases behind these notorious criminals are also presented, including the landmark rulings that pioneered new approaches to criminal justice.

The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy

By Edwin Wong
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  • Publisher : FriesenPress
  • Book Code : 1525537571
  • Total of Pages : 374
  • Category : Drama
  • Members : 428
  • Pdf File: the-risk-theatre-model-of-tragedy.pdf

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WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT, BIRNAM WOOD COMES TO DUNSINANE HILL The Risk Theatre Model of Tragedy presents a profoundly original theory of drama that speaks to modern audiences living in an increasingly volatile world driven by artificial intelligence, gene editing, globalization, and mutual assured destruction ideologies. Tragedy, according to risk theatre, puts us face to face with the unexpected implications of our actions by simulating the profound impact of highly improbable events. In this book, classicist Edwin Wong shows how tragedy imitates reality: heroes, by taking inordinate risks, trigger devastating low-probability, high-consequence outcomes. Such a theatre forces audiences to ask themselves a most timely question---what happens when the perfect bet goes wrong? Not only does Wong reinterpret classic tragedies from Aeschylus to O’Neill through the risk theatre lens, he also invites dramatists to create tomorrow’s theatre. As the world becomes increasingly unpredictable, the most compelling dramas will be high-stakes tragedies that dramatize the unintended consequences of today's risk takers who are taking us past the point of no return.