The Oval World

A Global History of Rugby
Author: Tony Collins
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408843722
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 560
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The Rugby World in the Professional Era


Author: John Nauright,Tony Collins
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317215257
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 190
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Twenty years of professionalism has seen rugby union undergo dramatic transformations, from changes to everyday training cultures to the growth of the Rugby World Cup into one of the largest global sporting events. The Rugby World in the Professional Era is the first book to examine the effect that professionalism has had across a number of different aspects of the game and the wider socio-cultural significance of these changes through case studies from across the globe. Drawing on contributions from scholars from across the rugby-playing world, the book explores the role of rugby's professionalisation through a number of social-scientific lenses, including: labour migration race and indigenous populations the globalisation of the game mega-event management male sexualities media representations of rugby - from broadcasting matches to rugby in museums and on stage and screen Offering insights into under-researched areas of the sport, such as the growth of Rugby Sevens into an Olympic sport, and providing the most up-to-date recent history of the sport available, The Rugby World in the Professional Era is essential reading for anyone with an academic interest in rugby, and any student or scholar with interests in sports history, sports sociology, sport management or the economics of professional sport.

Cartography in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Fresh Perspectives, New Methods
Author: Richard Unger
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9047443195
Category: History
Page: 340
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There was no sharp break between classical and medieval map making. Contributions by thirteen scholars offer fresh insight that demonstrates continuity and adaptation over the long term. This work reflects current thinking in the history of cartography and opens new directions for the future.

Religion in the Oval Office

The Religious Lives of American Presidents
Author: Gary Scott Smith
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199391416
Category: Political Science
Page: 512
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In his highly praised book Faith and the Presidency, Gary Scott Smith cast a revealing light on the role religion has played in presidential politics throughout our nation's history, offering comprehensive, even-handed examinations of the role of religion in the lives, politics, and policies of eleven presidents. Now, in Religion in the Oval Office, Smith takes on eleven more of our nation's most interesting and influential chief executives: John Adams, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William McKinley, Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. Drawing on a wide range of sources and paying close attention to historical context and America's shifting social and moral values, he examines their religious beliefs, commitments, affiliations, and practices and scrutinizes their relationships with religious leaders and communities. The result is a fascinating account of the ways in which religion has helped shape the course of our history. From John Quincy Adams' treatment of Native Americans, to Harry Truman's decision to recognize Israel, to Bill Clinton's promotion of religious liberty and welfare reform, to Barack Obama's policies on poverty and gay rights, Smith shows how strongly our presidents' religious commitments have affected policy from the earliest days of our nation to the present. Together with Faith and the Presidency, Religion in the Oval Office provides the most comprehensive examination of the inseparable and intriguing relationship between faith and the American presidency. This book will be invaluable to anyone interested in the presidency and the role of religion in politics.

In the Shadow of the Oval Office

Profiles of the National Security Advisers and the Presidents They Served--From JFK to George W. Bush
Author: Ivo H. Daalder,I. M. Destler
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439156522
Category: History
Page: 400
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The most solemn obligation of any president is to safeguard the nation's security. But the president cannot do this alone. He needs help. In the past half century, presidents have relied on their national security advisers to provide that help. Who are these people, the powerful officials who operate in the shadow of the Oval Office, often out of public view and accountable only to the presidents who put them there? Some remain obscure even to this day. But quite a number have names that resonate far beyond the foreign policy elite: McGeorge Bundy, Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice. Ivo Daalder and Mac Destler provide the first inside look at how presidents from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush have used their national security advisers to manage America's engagements with the outside world. They paint vivid portraits of the fourteen men and one woman who have occupied the coveted office in the West Wing, detailing their very different personalities, their relations with their presidents, and their policy successes and failures. It all started with Kennedy and Bundy, the brilliant young Harvard dean who became the nation's first modern national security adviser. While Bundy served Kennedy well, he had difficulty with his successor. Lyndon Johnson needed reassurance more than advice, and Bundy wasn't always willing to give him that. Thus the basic lesson -- the president sets the tone and his aides must respond to that reality. The man who learned the lesson best was someone who operated mainly in the shadows. Brent Scowcroft was the only adviser to serve two presidents, Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush. Learning from others' failures, he found the winning formula: gain the trust of colleagues, build a collaborative policy process, and stay close to the president. This formula became the gold standard -- all four national security advisers who came after him aspired to be "like Brent." The next president and national security adviser can learn not only from success, but also from failure. Rice stayed close to George W. Bush -- closer perhaps than any adviser before or since. But her closeness did not translate into running an effective policy process, as the disastrous decision to invade Iraq without a plan underscored. It would take years, and another national security aide, to persuade Bush that his Iraq policy was failing and to engineer a policy review that produced the "surge." The national security adviser has one tough job. There are ways to do it well and ways to do it badly. Daalder and Destler provide plenty of examples of both. This book is a fascinating look at the personalities and processes that shape policy and an indispensable guide to those who want to understand how to operate successfully in the shadow of the Oval Office.

Wisden at The Oval


Author: Jon Surtees
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472942647
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 320
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The Oval in Kennington, south London – with its instantly recognisable gasholders – is one of sport's most iconic and popular venues. It has played host to an array of blue-ribbon sporting events over the years, including the FA Cup final and rugby's first varsity match. But it is as an iconic cricket venue that it is so widely known and loved. Since opening in 1845, The Oval has been the home of Surrey County Cricket Club, and these days it traditionally hosts the final Test match of the English season. It was one of the first grounds to stage a Test match (second only to Melbourne's MCG), when it hosted England–Australia in 1880, and its place in sporting history continues as 2017 sees the 100th Test match at the venue. The modern-day history of cricket can be told purely by referencing events that have taken place at The Oval or players that called the ground home. Wisden at The Oval takes the reader through that rich history, delving into the Almanack's archive, and arguing that more memorable events and moments have happened at The Oval than any other ground in the world. It will showcase the remarkable matches and series: from that first Test match in England and the subsequent birth of the Ashes, to the first ever official County Championship (won by Surrey), the first ever One Day World Cup in 1975, The Oval's key role in the birth of Twenty20 in 2003, and the biggest series of modern times with the 2005 Ashes and three subsequent Ashes victories in the following decade. It will celebrate the outstanding players and performances, including: Jack Hobbs, who played home games and his final Test at The Oval; Len Hutton's astounding 364* in 1938; Don Bradman's final innings; the iconic performances of Surrey's Jim Laker; Fred Trueman becoming the first player to take 300 Test wickets; the era-defining West Indians of the 70s and 80s who called it a home from home; and all the greats of the game through to today.

China, the Oval Office, and UFO's


Author: J J Gregory
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1452019797
Category: Fiction
Page: 360
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In this installment of the Alien Ambassador series, China's UFO experience and its reverse engineering efforts are finally exposed. Members of GUTS (Galaxtic University for Technology and Science) leave their underground base on Mars and return to earth with a female Cyanmite that has the ability to travel back in time. With this creature's time travel powers, Tom and his alien wife Crystal travel back in time to learn how our government began its cover-up of all encounters with aliens and their crafts. This book is the second of the Alien Ambassador series

The Oval Menace


Author: James Couch
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595317642
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
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As the United States and the world tire of the war on terrorism, the media of the United States engage in full-scale vilification of the nation's president. The Democratic Party, feasting off of the media's banquet of barbs and bullets, quickly seizes the moment to re-take the White House in November 2004. Due to the emergence of a weak, front running nominee, the Democrats broker their nominating convention and select a senator from Missouri as their choice. Mary Lou Anderson receives full media support and easily wins the presidency, becoming the country's first woman occupant of the Oval Office. What follows her assumption of the position astounds the world, shocks the nation and results in a startling and different way of American Life.

Next in Line to the Oval Office

But What If It Weren't the Vice President?
Author: David H. Brown
Publisher: Author House
ISBN: 9781463421045
Category: Fiction
Page: 316
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Never before in the history of the U.S. have the outgoing and incoming presidents and vice presidents been killed on Inauguration Day. By law, the Speaker of the House should be sworn in as president, but he is not able to serve. Next in line would be the President of the Senate Pro Tempore, but he is not sworn in. A new Speaker is named, and she is given the Oath of Office. The Senator vows revenge. Meanwhile, the search goes on to determine who caused the three explosions on the west portico of the Capitol, why, and how. The plot twists and turns, with an O. Henry-type ending, and includes a "Deep Throat II," whose identity will fool almost all readers.

The World of Physics


Author: John Avison
Publisher: Nelson Thornes
ISBN: 9780174387336
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 504
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This clear and easy to follow text has been revised to meet modern exam requirements: - New material on forces, machines, motion, properties of matter, electronics and energy - Actual GCSE and Standard Grade exam questions - Problem-solving investigations - Practice in experimental design

Furcht

Trump im Weißen Haus
Author: Bob Woodward
Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH
ISBN: 3644002738
Category: Political Science
Page: 512
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Bob Woodward, die Ikone des investigativen Journalismus in den USA, hat alle amerikanischen Präsidenten aus nächster Nähe beobachtet. Nun nimmt er sich den derzeitigen Präsidenten vor und enthüllt den erschütternden Zustand des Weißen Hauses unter Donald Trump. Woodward beschreibt, wie dieser Präsident Entscheidungen trifft, er berichtet von eskalierenden Debatten im Oval Office und in der Air Force One, dem volatilen Charakter Trumps und dessen Obsessionen und Komplexen. Woodwards Buch ist ein Dokument der Zeitgeschichte: Hunderte Stunden von Interviews mit direkt Beteiligten, Gesprächsprotokolle, Tagebücher, Notizen – auch von Trump selbst – bieten einen dramatischen Einblick in die Machtzentrale der westlichen Welt, in der vor allem eines herrscht: Furcht. Woodward ist das Porträt eines amtierenden amerikanischen Präsidenten gelungen, das es in dieser Genauigkeit noch nicht gegeben hat.

God and the Oval Office

The Religious Faith of Our 43 Presidents
Author: John McCollister
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 1418515329
Category: History
Page: 256
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"We need to remember that the separation of church and state must never mean the separation of religious values from the lives of public servants." ?Lyndon B. Johnson "So help me God." Goerge Washington added those words to the presidential oath, and every president since has followed suit. Whether their faith was devout or doubted, heartfelt of pragmatic, John McCollister plumbs America's strong and deep spiritual heritage, showing the fascinating and vital role faith played in the lives of each of our forty-three presidents: Thomas Jefferson's "edited" version of the Gospels Abraham Lincoln's unique approach to organized religion Andrew Johnson's "secret" Catholicism James Garfield's personal sacrifice of the pulpit for the presidency Dwight Eisenhower's trust in God's sovereignty Ronald Reagan's profound sense of forgiveness George W. Bush's unapologetic faith in Jesus Christ From George Washington to George W. Bush, most of our country's chief executives have turned to God for assurance, guidance, and hope, Through what they learned in the Bible, bolstered by strength found in prayer, they have led America to become the greatest nation on earth. Timely and timeless, God and the Oval Office tells tells their story.

The Third World


Author: R.J. Brown
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1479765651
Category: Fiction
Page: 338
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The world is in ruins after a cataclysmic event, known as the flash, has destroyed every adult in the western world, leaving only a generation of children to preserve the remnants of Australian culture. This generation, however, is not alone, as a cascade of third world refugees soon arrive on the shores, and a new society is formed. Clair, Danny and Sarah are three siblings trapped in the torment of this ever changing world, and it is only through great pain, suffering and endurance that they can rise to the relentless struggle for survival. Fighting against vicious gangs, gamblers and slavers, the three embark on an adventure that will have them face the brutal reality of The Third World.

Day of Reckoning

How Hubris, Ideology, and Greed Are Tearing America Apart
Author: Patrick J. Buchanan
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1429928964
Category: Political Science
Page: 304
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America is coming apart at the seams. Forces foreign and domestic seek an end to U.S. sovereignty and independence. Before us looms the prospect of an America breaking up along the lines of race, ethnicity, class and culture. In Day of Reckoning, Pat Buchanan reveals the true existential crisis of the nation and shows how President Bush's post-9/11 conversion to an ideology of "democratism" led us to the precipice of strategic disaster abroad and savage division at home. Ideology, writes Buchanan, is a Golden Calf, a false god, a secular religion that seeks vainly, like Marxism, to create a paradise on earth. While free enterprise is good, the worship of a "free trade" that is destroying the dollar, de-industrializing America, and ending our economic independence, is cult madness. While America must stand for freedom and self-determination, the use of U.S. troops to police the planet or serve as advance guard of some "world democratic revolution" is, as Iraq shows, imperial folly that will bring ruin to the republic. While America should speak out for human rights, the idea that we get in Russia's face and hand out moral report cards to every nation on earth is moral arrogance. While we have benefited from immigration and the melting pot worked with millions of Europeans, the idea we can import endless millions of aliens, legal and illegal, from every culture, clime, creed, and continent on earth, and still remain a country, is absurd. To save America the first imperative is to remove from power the ideologues of both parties who have nearly killed our country. In his final chapter, Buchanan lays out ideas to prevent the end of America. He calls for a bottom-up review of all of America's Cold War commitments, a ten-point program to secure America's borders, ideas to halt the erosion of our national sovereignty and restore our manufacturing preeminence and economic independence, and a formula for finding the way to a cold peace in the culture wars. Buchanan offers a radical but necessary program, for neither party is addressing the real crisis of America -- whether we survive as one nation and people, or disintegrate into what Theodore Roosevelt called a "tangle of squabbling nationalities" and not a nation at all. IN THIS EYE-OPENING BOOK, PAT BUCHANAN REVEALS THE PERILOUS PATH OUR NATION HAS TAKEN: - Pax Americana -- the era of U.S. global dominance -- is over. - A struggle for world hegemony among the United States, China, a resurgent Russia and radical Islam has begun. - Torn apart by a culture war, America has begun to Balkanize and break down along class, cultural, ethnic, and racial lines. - Free trade is hollowing out U.S. industry, destroying the dollar, and plunging the country into permanent dependency and unpayable debt. - One of every six U.S. manufacturing jobs vanished under Bush. - The Third World invasion through Mexico is a graver threat to U.S. survival than anything happening in Afghanistan or Iraq. ...IS OUR DAY OF RECKONING JUST AHEAD?

Global Village Idiot

Dubya, Dunces, and One Last Word Before You Vote
Author: John O'Farrell
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 1555847056
Category: Humor
Page: 290
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Winner of the Best Columnist of the Year at the British Liars’ Awards and Britain’s finest satirist, O’Farrell takes dead aim in Global Village Idiot at cell phones, awards ceremonies, genetic sheep splicers, America’s right wing cabal of dunces, dunderheads, dimwits, and the Big D’ himself. Just when we thought the lawlessness in Iraq was over,” O’Farrell observes, even more blatant incidents of looting have begun. With handkerchiefs masking their faces, two rioters roughly the height of George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld kicked in the gates of the largest oilfield and grabbed the keys of the gasoline trucks. Yee-haw! It’s all ours! Millions of barrels of the stuff’ they laughed. Yup!’ added the leader and this mask guarantees my anonymousinity!’ So after all these years there really is such a person as the Thief of Baghdad. Except strangely his accent sounded vaguely Texan.” A writer for the groundbreaking television show Spitting Image and contributor to the screenplay for the hit movie Chicken Run, O’Farrell meticulously researched his conclusions by spending five minutes on the internet and then giving up.” And while O’Farrell’s sharpest barbs and stingers have often been written to come out of the mouths of grotesque puppets and Claymation chickens, this time around he keeps the best lines for himself: With the election of the 43rd President of the United States, the global village is complete,” O’Farrell writes. ’It has its own global village idiot.’”

The Imaginarium World


Author: John Adrian Tomlin
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1493157272
Category: Fiction
Page: 219
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Five years after the events of Imaginarium Machine, Legion (brainwashed people controlled by the cocreator of the Imaginarium Machine Kevin Young) and Kevin Young took over the world. FBI Mike Thompson and his partner Becks are on the run while trying to save humanity from Legions clutches. Discover what is possible with a little imagination as humanity tries to break free from Kevins grasp. Will they succeed or will Kevins madness continue?

Fifty Cars that Changed the World

Design Museum Fifty
Author: Design Museum Enterprise Limited
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1840915854
Category: Transportation
Page: 112
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Everything around us is designed and the word 'design' has become part of our everyday experience. But how much do we know about it? Fifty Cars That Changed the World imparts that knowledge listing the top 50 cars that have made a substantial impact in the world of British design today. From the1908 Ford Model T to the 1998 smart car, each entry offers a short appraisal to explore what has made their iconic status to give them a special place in design history.