Twilight in the Desert

The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy
Author: Matthew R. Simmons
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0471790184
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 428
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Discusses the fate of the Saudi Arabian oil industry and how it will effect the global economy.

Gathering the Desert

Author: Gary Paul Nabhan
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 9780816510146
Category: Gardening
Page: 209
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Looks at the history and uses of plants of the Sonoran Desert, including creosote, palm trees, mesquite, organpipe cactus, amaranth, chiles, and Devil's claw


Author: Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio
ISBN: 1567924441
Category: Fiction
Page: 360
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After being driven from their land by French colonial soldiers in 1909, Nour and his people, "the blue men" must search for a haven out of the desert that will shelter them. Interspersed with the story of Nour is the contemporary story of Lalla, a descendent of the blue men, who lives in Morocco and tries to stay true to the blood of her ancestors while experiencing life as a modern immigrant.

A Diamond in the Desert

Author: Kathryn Fitzmaurice
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101560215
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 272
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Twelve-year-old Tetsu eats, sleeps and breathes baseball. It’s all he ever thinks about. But after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Tetsu and his family are forced from their home into an internment camp in the Arizona desert with other Japanese Americans, and baseball becomes the last thing on his mind. The camp isn’t technically a prison, but it sure feels like one when there’s nothing to do and no place to go. So when a man starts up a boys’ baseball team, Tetsu is only too eager to play again. But with his sister suddenly falling ill, and his father taken away for questioning, Tetsu is forced to choose between his family and his love of the game.

Sharks in the Desert

The Founding Fathers and Current Kings of Las Vegas
Author: John L. Smith
Publisher: Barricade Books Incorporated
ISBN: 9781569802748
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 400
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The Las Vegas Review-Journal writer traces the origins of the gambling racket, from mafia vice to big corporate dollars, exploring the changes in the gambling industry over the past two decades.

Way Out in the Desert

Author: T. J. Marsh,Jennifer Ward
Publisher: Northland Pub
ISBN: 9780873588027
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 32
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This toe-tapping text will have you singing along with the lovable creatures of the desert in no time! Filled with vibrant illustrations of many of the charming plants and animals that call the Sonoran Desert home, Way Out in the Desert is a wonderful teaching tool that takes you on a trip down memory lane. If you remember singing Over in the Meadow as a child, now you can give your children their own memories of this timeless tune. So take a child on a trip where Way out in the desert having fun in the sun lived a mother horned toad and her little toady one...

Voices of the Desert

A Novel
Author: Nélida Piñon,Clifford E. Landers
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
ISBN: 0307266672
Category: Fiction
Page: 254
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Tells the story of One Thousand and One Nights from Scheherezades perspective, describing how she endures the nightly amorous advances of Caliph, the loyalty she has for her sister, and her determination to save the women of Baghdad.

The Desert

Lands of Lost Borders
Author: Michael Welland
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1780233892
Category: Nature
Page: 232
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From endless sand dunes and prickly cacti to shimmering mirages and green oases, deserts evoke contradictory images in us. They are lands of desolation, but also of romance, of blistering Mojave heat and biting Gobi cold. Covering a quarter of the earth’s land mass and providing a home to half a billion people, they are both a physical reality and landscapes of the mind. The idea of the desert has long captured Western imagination, put on display in films and literature, but these portrayals often fail to capture the true scope and diversity of the people living there. Bridging the scientific and cultural gaps between perception and reality, The Desert celebrates our fascination with these arid lands and their inhabitants, as well as their importance both throughout history and in the world today. Covering an immense geographical range, Michael Welland wanders from the Sahara to the Atacama, depicting the often bizarre adaptations of plants and animals to these hostile environments. He also looks at these seemingly infertile landscapes in the context of their place in history—as the birthplaces not only of critical evolutionary adaptations, civilizations, and social progress, but also of ideologies. Telling the stories of the diverse peoples who call the desert home, he describes how people have survived there, their contributions to agricultural development, and their emphasis on water and its scarcity. He also delves into the allure of deserts and how they have been used in literature and film and their influence on fashion, art, and architecture. As Welland reveals, deserts may be difficult to define, but they play an active role in the evolution of our global climate and society at large, and their future is of the utmost importance. Entertaining, informative, and surprising, The Desert is an intriguing new look at these seemingly harsh and inhospitable landscapes.

The Desert and the Sea

977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast
Author: Michael Scott Moore
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062449192
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 464
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Michael Scott Moore, a journalist and the author of Sweetness and Blood, incorporates personal narrative and rigorous investigative journalism in this profound and revelatory memoir of his three-year captivity by Somali pirates—a riveting,thoughtful, and emotionally resonant exploration of foreign policy, religious extremism, and the costs of survival. In January 2012, having covered a Somali pirate trial in Hamburg for Spiegel Online International—and funded by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting—Michael Scott Moore traveled to the Horn of Africa to write about piracy and ways to end it. In a terrible twist of fate, Moore himself was kidnapped and subsequently held captive by Somali pirates. Subjected to conditions that break even the strongest spirits—physical injury, starvation, isolation, terror—Moore’s survival is a testament to his indomitable strength of mind. In September 2014, after 977 days, he walked free when his ransom was put together by the help of several US and German institutions, friends, colleagues, and his strong-willed mother. Yet Moore’s own struggle is only part of the story: The Desert and the Sea falls at the intersection of reportage, memoir, and history. Caught between Muslim pirates, the looming threat of Al-Shabaab, and the rise of ISIS, Moore observes the worlds that surrounded him—the economics and history of piracy; the effects of post-colonialism; the politics of hostage negotiation and ransom; while also conjuring the various faces of Islam—and places his ordeal in the context of the larger political and historical issues. A sort of Catch-22 meets Black Hawk Down, The Desert and the Sea is written with dark humor, candor, and a journalist’s clinical distance and eye for detail. Moore offers an intimate and otherwise inaccessible view of life as we cannot fathom it, brilliantly weaving his own experience as a hostage with the social, economic, religious, and political factors creating it. The Desert and the Sea is wildly compelling and a book that will take its place next to titles like Den of Lions and Even Silence Has an End.

Out of the Desert

My Journey From Nomadic Bedouin to the Heart of Global Oil
Author: Ali Al-Naimi
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0241978394
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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The extraordinary memoir of global oil's former central banker Ali Al-Naimi is the former Saudi oil minister - and OPEC kingpin - a position he held for the two decades between August 1995 and May 2016. In this time, Al-Naimi's briefest utterances moved markets. But it wasn't always that way. Al-Naimi was born into abject poverty as a nomadic Bedouin in the 1930s, just as US companies were discovering vast quantities of oil under the baking Arabian deserts. From his first job as a shepherd boy, aged four, to his appointment to one of the most powerful political and economic jobs in the world, Out of the Desert charts Al-Naimi's extraordinary rise to power. Described by Alan Greenspan as 'the most powerful man you've never heard of', Al-Naimi's incredible journey proves that anyone can make it - even a poor Bedouin shepherd boy. This is his exclusive inside story of power, politics and oil. His Excellency Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi is the former Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. One of the most powerful economic and political jobs in the world, he held this post from August 1995 to May 2016. Prior to that he held a wide range of leadership positions in the Kingdom's national oil company, Saudi Aramco. He was the first Saudi national to be named President of the company in 1984 and became the first Saudi CEO in 1988. Al-Naimi joined the company, then called Aramco, as an office boy in 1947. A Bedouin, he was born in the deserts of eastern Arabia in 1935.

Penguins in the Desert

Author: Eric Loudon Wagner
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780870719240
Category: Nature
Page: 216
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Every year, hundreds of thousands of Magellanic penguins gather to breed at Punta Tombo, Argentina, along a windswept edge of the Patagonian desert, and for more than three decades, biologist Dee Boersma has joined them. Penguins in the Desert follows both the penguins and Boersma through a season of their remarkable lives.

The Desert

Author: Pierre Loti
Publisher: N.A
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 149
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Eccentric! Decadent! The words pale when applied to Pierre Loti, the pseudonym of Julien Viaud, 1850-1923. Artist, naval officer, consort of countesses, & well-published author, his excesses & experimentation mirror those of such Decadent contemporaries as Rimbaud & Verlaine. First published in 1895 & finally available in English, THE DESERT has gone through dozens of French editions. Loti's book is the diary of a journey on camelback through the Sinai. He describes in detail the various sheikhs he encounters & the set up of the caravan, all crafted in poetic prose of gripping beauty. Loti's preface hints at the reason behind the journey; in an attempt to bolster his flagging faith, he chose to visit the desert Holy Land. Suffering (as he saw it) would prepare his soul for an awakened faith. Yet despite the perils of the open desert, the relative luxury of the trip is evident. This beautiful work, admirably rendered in English by Jay Paul Minn, reveals a rudderless man retracing Biblical trails in the wilderness in classic fin-de-siecle style.

The Desert

Further Studies in Natural Appearances
Author: John C. Van Dyke
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801862243
Category: Nature
Page: 240
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Since its first appearance in 1901, John C. Van Dyke's The Desert has been considered one of the classics of American nature writing. Before its publication, Americans thought of deserts as scorpion-infested wastelands—with names like Devil's Domain and the Lands That God Forgot. All this changed as The Desert drew attention to the extraordinary beauty that existed in the American West: rolling sand dunes, golden vistas, vibrant sunsets, and remarkable plant and animal life. Van Dyke's book captured the nation's imagination at a time when attitudes about the land were changing. It provided a vocabulary that continues to be used as appreciation of deserts increases and ever greater pressures lead to new calls to protect these fragile environments. With a critical introduction by Peter Wild, this edition offers new insights—and reveals some surprising truths—about this legendary author and his best known work. Van Dyke was not, it seems, the "plaster saint of the desert." He was not entirely honest with his readers about the journeys that inspired the book, and his natural history includes serious errors. But in this more informed reading, Wild notes, Van Dyke "emerges as all the more fascinating a writer and his famous book becomes far more intriguing than most readers have imagined through the decades." As the centennial of its publication approaches and the complex story behind its long success is finally told, this new edition of The Desert reveals an equally complex and dramatic narrative: our changing relationship with the American landscape. "Van Dyke came at just the right time... No sooner had Americans conquered the wilderness, cut down the forests, and slaughtered the buffalo than the romantic nation began sentimentalizing the past, longing for what it had just destroyed."—from the Introduction

The Wisdom of the Desert

Sayings from the Desert Fathers of the Fourth Century
Author: N.A
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 9780811201025
Category: Philosophy
Page: 81
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The Wisdom of the Desert was one of Thomas Merton's favorites among his own books--surely because he had hoped to spend his last years as a hermit.

Encounter in the Desert

The Case for Alien Contact at Socorro
Author: Kevin D. Randle
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
ISBN: 1632658933
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 288
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The UFO landing at Socorro has been wrapped in controversy almost from the moment that police officer Lonnie Zamora watched a craft descend and land. Zamora saw alien beings near the craft and a symbol on its side but was told that he shouldn’t mention either. Encounter in the Desert reveals—for the first time—exactly what he saw in that arroyo in 1964 and what an examination of the landing revealed to investigators. Socorro wasn’t a stand-alone case. Other sightings, some of them nearly as spectacular as Zamora’s, were reported at the time. A study of the Air Force investigation of this case reveals an effort, at first, to learn the truth that mutated into a clever attempt to hide the information from the public. Encounter in the Desert reveals all this and much more, including: The first new, in-depth look at the Zamora UFO landing in more than three decades. Other reports of alien creatures sighted around the country at the same time. An examination of the physical evidence found on the landing site. The revelation that there were other witnesses to the craft and the landing.

Creatures of the Desert World

Author: Barbara Gibson,Jennifer C. Urquhart
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books
ISBN: 9780870446870
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 10
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Covers clouds, precipitation, severe storms, and weather forecasting.

Ascetics, Society, and the Desert

Studies in Early Egyptian Monasticism
Author: James E. Goehring
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 9781563382697
Category: Religion
Page: 287
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Through rigorous examination of papyrological documentary sources, archaeology, and traditional literary sources, James Goehring gradually forces a new direction in understanding the evolution of monasticism. He ably transforms these sources into a clear narrative, thereby infusing the history of Egyptian monasticism with renewed energy.

Streams in the Desert

366 Daily Devotions for Children
Author: L. B. Cowman
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310716004
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 371
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Presents psalms and verses from the Bible that focus on Christian faith and hope, and explains each verse using examples from everyday life and prayers useful for each day.

In the Desert of Desire

Las Vegas and the Culture of Spectacle
Author: William L. Fox
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
ISBN: 9780874177275
Category: Social Science
Page: 186
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Las Vegas, says William Fox, is a pay-as-you-play paradise that succeeds in satisfying our fantasies of wealth and the excesses of pleasure and consumption that go with it. In this context, Fox examines how Las Vegas's culture of spectacle has obscured the boundaries between high art and entertainment extravaganza, nature and fantasy, for-profit and nonprofit enterprises. His purview ranges from casino art galleries--including Steve Wynn's private collection and a branch of the famed Guggenheim Museum--to the underfunded Las Vegas Art Museum; from spectacular casino animal collections like those of magicians Siegfried and Roy and Mandalay Bay's Shark Reef exhibit to the city's lack of support for a viable public zoo; from the environmental and psychological impact of lavish water displays in the arid desert to the artistic ambiguities intrinsic to Las Vegas's floating world of showgirls, lapdancers, and ballet divas. That Las Vegas represents one of the world's most opulent displays of private material wealth in all its forms, while providing miserly funding for local public amenities like museums and zoos, is no accident, Fox maintains. Nor is it unintentional that the city's most important collections of art and exotic fauna are presented in the context of casino entertainment, part of the feast of sensation and excitement that seduces millions of visitors each year. Instead, this phenomenon shows how our insatiable modern appetite for extravagance and spectacle has diminished the power of unembellished nature and the arts to teach and inspire us, and demonstrates the way our society privileges private benefit over public good. Given that Las Vegas has been a harbinger of national cultural trends, Fox's commentary offers prescient insight into the increasing commercialization of nature and culture across America.