The Big One

An Island, an Obsession, and the Furious Pursuit of a Great Fish
Author: David Kinney
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 9780802199997
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 288
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Published to rave reviews in hardcover and purchased by DreamWorks in a major film deal, The Big One is a spellbinding and richly atmospheric work of narrative journalism in the tradition of Friday Night Lights. Here is the story of a community—Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts—and a sporting event—the island’s legendary Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby—that is rendered with the same depth, color, and emotional power of the best fiction. Among the characters, we meet: Dick Hathaway, a crotchety legend who once caught a bluefish from a helicopter and was ultimately banned for cheating; Janet Messineo, a recovering alcoholic who says that striped bass saved her life; Buddy Vanderhoop, a boastful Native American charter captain who guides celebrity anglers like Keith Richards and Spike Lee; and Wyatt Jenkinson, a nine-year-old fishing fanatic whose mother is battling brain cancer. At the center of it all is five-time winner Lev Wlodyka, a cagey local whose next fish will spark a storm of controversy and throw the tournament into turmoil. Much more than just a book for fishing enthusiasts, The Big One is an exhilarating story of passion and obsession—and a powerful testament to the dreams that keep us all going.

The Big Ones

How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and What We Can Do About Them)
Author: Lucy Jones
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 0385542712
Category: Nature
Page: 256
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By the world-renowned seismologist, a riveting history of natural disasters, their impact on our culture, and new ways of thinking about the ones to come Earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, volcanoes--they stem from the same forces that give our planet life. Earthquakes give us natural springs; volcanoes produce fertile soil. It is only when these forces exceed our ability to withstand them that they become disasters. Together they have shaped our cities and their architecture; elevated leaders and toppled governments; influenced the way we think, feel, fight, unite, and pray. The history of natural disasters is a history of ourselves. In The Big Ones, leading seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones offers a bracing look at some of the world's greatest natural disasters, whose reverberations we continue to feel today. At Pompeii, Jones explores how a volcanic eruption in the first century AD challenged prevailing views of religion. She examines the California floods of 1862 and the limits of human memory. And she probes more recent events--such as the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 and the American hurricanes of 2017--to illustrate the potential for globalization to humanize and heal. With population in hazardous regions growing and temperatures around the world rising, the impacts of natural disasters are greater than ever before. The Big Ones is more than just a work of history or science; it is a call to action. Natural hazards are inevitable; human catastrophes are not. With this energizing and exhaustively researched book, Dr. Jones offers a look at our past, readying us to face down the Big Ones in our future.

The Big One-Oh


Author: Dean Pitchford
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101057785
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 208
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Charley Maplewood has never been one for parties? that would require friends, which he doesn?t have. But now that he?s turning ten?the big oneoh? he decides to throw a birthday party for himself. Of course things don?t work out as he plans. In trying to make friends, he ends up inviting the class bully, and that?s before he ruins the cake and sets the garage on fire. Will Charley be able to pull it together before the big one-oh . . . becomes the big OH-NO?

The Big One

A Story of San Francisco
Author: David Littlejohn
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
ISBN: 1609769538
Category: Fiction
Page: 482
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The Big One follows the lives of nine very different but interrelated characters through the day before, the day of and the day after the greatest earthquake ever to hit San Francisco - an event expected in the very near future. It concludes with a huge, internationally televised memorial service for the dead a month later, when some of the mysteries that tie together these tormented people are resolved. "This appears to be a novel about 'The Big One, ' the great earthquake that we've been told will inevitably strike San Francisco. But it is really a story about human catastrophe, dissolution, and the heartbreaking struggle for redemption. Littlejohn deftly weaves interconnected and unraveling lives on the brink of cataclysm. A bold and mesmerizing novel." - Paul Zalis, author, Who is the River "This is a terrific novel, a vivid, utterly convincing, utterly compelling depiction of the event we've all spent our lives dreading. David Littlejohn brings to his tale breathtaking erudition, a born storyteller's gift for page-turning narration, and a native San Franciscan's love for and intimate knowledge of his home town." - Erik Tarloff, author, Face Time and The Man Who Wrote the Book "David Littlejohn's The Big One dares to imagine a natural catastrophe of unheard-of proportions, and then pulls the reader irresistibly through it with luminous details and genuinely complex characters. In its epic sweep it gives us people from the full social spectrum of the city--from the mentally disturbed homeless street artist to the dowager at the opera. And it gets us to care about them." - Ron Loewinsohn, author, Magnetic Field(s) David Littlejohn was born in San Francisco, the descendant of 1850 gold-seekers. He taught English and journalism at the University of California at Berkeley for 35 years. He has written fifteen books (including two other novels), more than 400 articles and 238 television broadcasts, and is working on a memoir of his life entitled I Can't Feel a Thing. Front-cover drawing by Lebbeus Woods, courtesy of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. http: //sbpra.com/davidlittlejohn

Going for the Big One


Author: P. J. Petersen
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
ISBN: 9780440931584
Category: Brothers and sisters
Page: 178
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Shocked by their stepmother's abandonment, three California teenagers set out in search of their irresponsible father, prospecting for gold in Alaska, only to find themselves hostages of a wounded young man on the run.

The Big One


Author: Stuart Slade
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 193933599X
Category:
Page: 213
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It is Summer, 1947. Europe is being torn apart by a war nobody can win. Nazi Germany occupies everything from the Pyranees to the Volga. In the East, American and Russian troops fight side-by-side to hold the Germans back. in the West, the U.S. Navy owns the Atlantic and uses its aircraft carriers to hurl fleets of fighter-bombers against any targets they can find, Nothing can stop the madness except the one last card America has left to play. A fleet of the largest bombers the world has ever seen and a terrifying new weapon to arm them.

Riding the Big One


Author: Ken Smith
Publisher: Lethe Press
ISBN: 1590214528
Category: Fiction
Page: 214
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Living somewhat isolated in the English countryside, the virgin Sandy, smooth bodied and slight of build, has just finished school when he is happily seduced by his best friend Pip, only to learn that this one he so desired is now off the join the army. With nothing else in mind to do for his future, Sandy promptly signs up for the navy, but with one thing on his mind, that is to follow up on his seduction by Pip, and ride the big one. What follows is a blow by blow (pun intended) account of Sandy's encounters, on ship and ashore, with shipmates and any number of gorgeous guys, one to one, threesomes and more; with Sandy thoroughly enjoys every minute of it, particularly when he is on the receiving end. An enjoyable and titillating diversion with the occasional surprise, Riding the Big One is well-worth reading.

The Big One

The Next Great California Earthquake; Understanding Why, Where, and When, It Will Happen
Author: George Pararas-Carayannis
Publisher: Aston Forbes Pub
ISBN: 9780970972507
Category: Science
Page: 348
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A book about earthquakes--how, when, and where the next big one may strike.

The Big One

The Earthquake that Rocked Early America and Helped Create a Science
Author: Jake Page,Charles B. Officer
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780618341504
Category: Science
Page: 239
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Investigates the series of massive earthquakes, centered in what is now Missouri and Arkansas, at the start of the 1800s that wreaked almost unimaginable destruction on the American frontier.

The Big One


Author: Harrison Arnston
Publisher: E-Rights/E-Reads Limited
ISBN: 9780759245907
Category: Fiction
Page: 336
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The people of Los Angeles have always been famous for their obliviousness but little did they know how close they were to oblivion. In a mere three weeks, the swaying palms and studded stucco of Southern California would be reduced to burning embers and rusty rubble. "The Big One" had always been a distant worry but the immediate reality was what only a select few knew. They knew when and where the end would come and they weren't about to do a thing about it. As the millions went on with their day-to-day lives, one man did find out. Ex FBI agent Ted Kowalcyzk was the only one to expose the cover-up. But with a secret that could make ordinary men tremble and shake in their boots, Ted found himself on the run. Shocked by his government's lies and hunted by their assassins at every turn, Ted knew time was running out. But he had one last chance to save everyone from...The Big One.

The Big One

What to Do Before, During, After the Imminent Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake
Author: Vernelle J. Judy
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781539484974
Category:
Page: 84
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This manual is the guidance needed to prepare for the largest natural disaster to hit the West Coast of America in more than 300 years: The Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. On these pages you will find specific, practical and easy steps to prepare your home, your family, yourself to remain safe, stay healthy and survive well.

Preparing for the "Big One"

saving lives through earthquake mitigation in Los Angeles, California
Author: United States. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Office of Policy Development and Research
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Nature
Page: 52
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Preparing for the "Big One"


Author: Jean Lin
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
ISBN: 9780788119972
Category:
Page: 52
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This report, written after the terrible Jan. 1994 Northridge, CA, earthquake, focuses attention on the earthquake mitigation needs of the L.A. area, discussing steps that can be taken to minimize injury & loss of life in future earthquakes. Most current mitigation efforts are actually a form of post-disaster response & recovery. This report looks at what can be done before the next emergency occurs. Extensive interviews were conducted to draw on the experience & insights of persons directly involved in earthquake recovery & mitigation efforts, including Federal, State, & local government officials, as well as representatives from utility companies & other private & nonprofit institutions in the L.A. area. Information was also compiled from news articles, published research on mitigation technology & the experience of other earthquakes, as well as from recently published assessments of the damage caused by the Northridge quake.

The Accidental Guerrilla

Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One
Author: David Kilcullen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199709564
Category: Political Science
Page: 384
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David Kilcullen is one of the world's most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare, a ground-breaking theorist whose ideas "are revolutionizing military thinking throughout the west" (Washington Post). Indeed, his vision of modern warfare powerfully influenced America's decision to rethink its military strategy in Iraq and implement "the Surge," now recognized as a dramatic success. In The Accidental Guerrilla, Kilcullen provides a remarkably fresh perspective on the War on Terror. Kilcullen takes us "on the ground" to uncover the face of modern warfare, illuminating both the big global war (the "War on Terrorism") and its relation to the associated "small wars" across the globe: Iraq, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Thailand, the Pakistani tribal zones, East Timor and the horn of Africa. Kilcullen sees today's conflicts as a complex interweaving of contrasting trends--local insurgencies seeking autonomy caught up in a broader pan-Islamic campaign--small wars in the midst of a big one. He warns that America's actions in the war on terrorism have tended to conflate these trends, blurring the distinction between local and global struggles and thus enormously complicating our challenges. Indeed, the US had done a poor job of applying different tactics to these very different situations, continually misidentifying insurgents with limited aims and legitimate grievances--whom he calls "accidental guerrillas"--as part of a coordinated worldwide terror network. We must learn how to disentangle these strands, develop strategies that deal with global threats, avoid local conflicts where possible, and win them where necessary. Colored with gripping battlefield experiences that range from the jungles and highlands of Southeast Asia to the mountains of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border to the dusty towns of the Middle East, The Accidental Guerrilla will, quite simply, change the way we think about war. This book is a must read for everyone concerned about the war on terror.

The Big Book of Bieber

All-in-One, Most-Definitive Collection of Everything Bieber
Author: Katy Sprinkel
Publisher: Triumph Books
ISBN: 1617495921
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 192
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Beginning with Justin Bieber's childhood in Canada, this chronicle pays tribute to the YouTube videos, famous friends, and windswept hair of the pop-star phenomenon. The information offered explores his meteoric rise to fame and what makes this teen heartthrob a music sensation. This comprehensive collection looks at Bieber's relationship with his fans, his love life, his ventures outside of music, and his plans for the future with lavish photographs and in-depth details.

Full-Rip 9.0

The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest
Author: Sandi Doughton
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
ISBN: 1570618550
Category: Nature
Page: 288
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Scientists have identified Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver as the urban centers of what will be the biggest earthquake—the Really Big One—in the continental United States. A quake will happen--in fact it's actually overdue. The Cascadia subduction zone is 750 miles long, running along the Pacific coast from Northern California up to southern British Columbia. In this fascinating book, The Seattle Times science reporter Sandi Doughton introduces readers to the scientists who are dedicated to understanding the way the earth moves and describes what patterns can be identified and how prepared (or not) people are. With a 100% chance of a mega-quake hitting the Pacific Northwest, this fascinating book reports on the scientists who are trying to understand when, where, and just how big THE BIG ONE will be. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Big Fat Surprise

Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet
Author: Nina Teicholz
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451624433
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 496
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Challenges popular misconceptions about fats and nutrition science, revealing the distorted claims of nutrition studies while arguing that more dietary fat can lead to better health, wellness, and fitness.

The Big Picture


Author: Sean Carroll
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1780746075
Category: Science
Page: 464
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Where are we? Who are we? Do our beliefs, hopes and dreams mean anything out there in the void? Can human purpose and meaning ever fit into a scientific worldview? Acclaimed award-winning author Sean Carroll brings his extraordinary intellect to bear on the realms of knowledge, the laws of nature and the most profound questions about life, death and our place in it all. In a dazzlingly unique presentation, Carroll takes us through the scientific revolution’s avalanche of discoveries, from Darwin and Einstein to the origins of life, consciousness and the universe itself. Delving into the way the world works at the quantum, cosmic and human levels, he reveals how human values relate to scientific reality. An extraordinary synthesis of cosmos-sprawling science and profound thought, The Big Picture is Carroll’s quest to explain our world. Destined to sit alongside the works of our greatest thinkers, from Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan to Daniel Dennett and E. O. Wilson, this book shows that while our lives may be forever dwarfed by the immensity of the universe, they can be redeemed by our capacity to comprehend it and give it meaning.