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The Mine

John A. Heldt (Oregon)

ASIN: B0078S9B6G

In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can't use, money he can't spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of swing dancing and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE is a love story that follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

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Notes from the Corporate Underground: Paradise is not for Sissies

Notes from the Corporate Underground: Volume II: Work for a Jerk and Love It!

By Stan Sewitch (San Diego State)

ISBN: 978-1412052696

Most of us are cautious at work. We don't reveal who we really are. We don't think that our true selves will be accepted or valued. Throughout our working population, there exists a subterranean culture of honest human feelings, thoughts and beliefs. We may share those hidden treasures with one or two others in our place of work. But we hardly ever reveal ourselves. And almost never to our bosses. It's just too risky.

For years, Stan Sewitch felt this way. He kept his personal side quiet. He had a family to feed. He recognized the same practical reality shared silently by many others. Then one day, unpredictably, he was freed from that ruse. Stan was fired.

Since that moment, his experience of Corporate Land changed. Stan decided to become an entrepreneur. After three companies, 1,200 clients, three industries, lots of airplane rides and more mistakes than he can remember, Stan has learned that revealing the real stuff under the surface is the Philospher's Stone of business. The book is a collection of glimpses from an Operative in this Corporate Underground.

Read Paradise is not for Sissies to find out why counter-culture perspectives can be both personally satisfying and much more profitable.

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Dustoff 7-3

By Erik Sabiston (Virginia Wesleyan)

This book is for heroes. Dustoff 7-3 tells the true story of four unlikely heroes in the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, where medics are forced to descend on wires to reach the wounded and helicopter pilots must fight wind, weather, and enemy fire to pluck casualties from some of the world’s most difficult combat arenas. Complete opposites thrown together, cut off, and outnumbered, Chief Warrant Officer Erik Sabiston and his flight crew answered the call in a race against time, not to take lives—but to save them. The concept of evacuating wounded soldiers by helicopter developed in the Korean War and became a staple during the war in Vietnam where heroic, unarmed chopper crews flew vital missions known to the grateful grunts on the ground as Dustoffs. The crew of Dustoff 7-3 carried on that heroic tradition, flying over a region that had seen scores of American casualties, known among veterans as the Valley of Death. At the end of Operation Hammer Down, they had rescued 14 soldiers, made three critical supply runs, recovered two soldiers killed in action, and nearly died. It took all of three days.

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A Brilliant Death

Robin Yocum (Bowling Green State)

Amanda Baron died in a boating accident on the Ohio River in 1953. Or, did she? While it was generally accepted that she had died when a coal barge rammed the pleasure boat she was sharing with her lover, her body was never found.

Travis Baron was an infant when his mother disappeared. After the accident and the subsequent publicity, Travis’s father scoured the house of all evidence that Amanda Baron had ever lived, and her name was never to be uttered around him. Now in high school, Travis yearns to know more about his mother. With the help of his best friend, Mitch Malone, Travis begins a search for the truth about the mother he never knew. The two boys find an unlikely ally: an alcoholic former detective who served time for falsifying evidence. Although his reputation is in tatters, the information the detective provides about the death of Amanda Baron is indisputable—and dangerous.

Nearly two decades after her death, Travis and Mitch piece together a puzzle lost to the dark waters of the Ohio River. They know how Amanda Baron died, and why. Now what do they do with the information?

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Louisiana Wind

By Randy Willis (Texas State)

“The best men I’ve known have been cowmen. There’s a code they live by—it’s their way of life. It starts with an abiding reverence for the Good Lord. They’re taught to honor and respect their parents and to share both blanket and bread. Their words are their bond, a handshake their contract. They’re good stewards of His creation, the land. They believe the words in His Book.
Learn from these men—from their stories of triumph over tragedy—victory over adversity, for the wisdom of others blows where it wishes—like a Louisiana Wind.” — Daniel Hubbard Willis Jr., 1900. This is the story of such men...

Reprinted from http://threewindsblowing.com.

The Rise & Fall of the American Medical Empire: A Trench Doctor's View of the Past, Present and Future of the U.S. Healthcare System

By Dr. Robert Linden (Cornell)

There are four major dilemmas at work in the decline of the US healthcare system: the disappearing primary care sector, healthcare insurance reform, the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on medicine, and the reform of malpractice litigation. Dr. Linden analyzes what's wrong, provides an impartial review of solutions, and looks at how other countries have reformed their systems.

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