The Boys Triumph Over Adversity

Author: Martin Gilbert
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781474607728
Release Date: 2017-05-25
Genre: History

In August 1945, the first of 732 child survivors of the Holocaust reached Britain. First settled in the Lake District, they formed a tightly knit group of friends whose terrible shared experience is almost beyond imagining. This is their story, which begins in the lost communities of pre-World War II central Europe, moves through ghetto, concentration camp and death march, to liberation, survival, and finally, fifty years later, a deeply moving reunion. Martin Gilbert has brought together the recollections of this remarkable group of survivors. With magisterial narration, he tells their astonishing stories. The Boys bears witness to the human spirit, enduring the depths, and bearing hopefully the burden and challenge of survival. 'Martin Gilbert is to be congratulated on producing a masterly and deeply moving tribute to those who had the courage and luck to survive' Literary Review

Short Handed

Author: Bill Schultz
Publisher: WestBowPress
ISBN: 9781490826424
Release Date: 2014-02-24
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Bill Schultz considers himself blessed. Early in life, he was a great athlete and a student leader. As an adult, he excelled in the corporate world and as a business owner. He’s a loving husband, father, grandfather, and leader in his church and community. But what makes Bill’s life story truly extraordinary is how it all began. Bill was born with severe congenital deformities of his left arm and hand and his right leg, which was amputated shortly after his birth. He overcame these unbelievable obstacles through the acceptance and encouragement of many people in his life. From the moment he was born, Bill was accepted and loved by his parents and extended family. Throughout his life, schoolmates, co-workers, friends, his wife, and his children continued that same level of love and encouragement. With this unending support, and God’s grace, Bill overcame many physical and emotional obstacles, and achieved both personal and career happiness and success. Bill’s life journey is a powerful message of faith, grace, and hope! “I can’t really say that I ever considered you handicapped. Sure, I recognized you were different. But ... to me, you were just a great guy. I’m not sure where you got this inner strength and courage. I’m sure some was from your folks and your older brother. But I know for sure a lot came from Bill Schultz himself.” —Jim Emery, Bill’s best friend growing up in Schenectady (NY) “I was always impressed with your determination and infectious enthusiasm. It was not a hard decision selecting you as my varsity football manager ... You became an integral part of the team. You had the charisma and leadership ability to overcome that barrier. You were always inspirational and we were much better because of that.” —Don Boothe, head football coach, Niskayuna High School (NY), 1959–1974

The Logic of the Spirit in Human Thought and Experience

Author: Dana R. Wright
Publisher: The Lutterworth Press
ISBN: 9780718843434
Release Date: 2015-02-26
Genre: Religion

In March 2012 a small consultation convened on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary, where James E. Loder Jr. had served for forty years as the Mary D. Synnott Professor of the Philosophy of Christian Education. Members from the Child Theology Movement had begun to read LoderÕs work and they wanted to go further. So they invited former students of LoderÕs to meet with them for conversations about things that really mattered to them and to Loder: human beings (and especially children), the churchÕs witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and discerning the work of Spiritus Creator in the postmodern world. The conversations proved rich and rewarding and some would even say they took on a life of their own - serious scholarship set to the music of the SpiritÕs communion-creating artistry forming new relationships, inspiring new ideas, and sustaining all of it amid much laughter, joy, and hope. These essays, taken from the papers delivered at the consultation, are offered as a means of extending that conversation inspired by LoderÕs interdisciplinary practical theological science and his discernment of the "logic of the Spirit". They are offered with confidence that the same Spirit continues to work in all persons who hope for the SpiritÕs redemptive transformation of all creation, beginning with children.

The Social Inheritance of the Holocaust

Author: A. Reading
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9780230504974
Release Date: 2002-11-26
Genre: Social Science

This book challenges current thinking on memory by examining the complex ways in which the social inheritance of the Nazi Holocaust is gendered. It considers how the past is handed down in the US, Poland and Britain through historiography, autobiographies, documentary and feature films, memorial sites and museums. It explores the configuration of socially inherited memories about the Holocaust in young people of different cultural backgrounds. Scholarly and accessible, the book provides a groundbreaking approach to understanding the significance of gender in relation to cultural mediations of history.

The Somme

Author: Martin Gilbert
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 9781429966887
Release Date: 2007-05-29
Genre: History

From one of our most distinguished historians, an authoritative and vivid account of the devastating World War I battle that claimed more than 300,000 lives At 7:30 am on July 1, 1916, the first Allied soldiers climbed out of their trenches along the Somme River in France and charged out into no-man's-land toward the barbed wire and machine guns at the German front lines. By the end of this first day of the Allied attack, the British army alone would lose 20,000 men; in the coming months, the fifteen-mile-long territory along the river would erupt into the epicenter of the Great War. The Somme would mark a turning point in both the war and military history, as soldiers saw the first appearance of tanks on the battlefield, the emergence of the air war as a devastating and decisive factor in battle, and more than one million casualties (among them a young Adolf Hitler, who took a fragment in the leg). In just 138 days, 310,000 men died. In this vivid, deeply researched account of one history's most destructive battles, historian Martin Gilbert tracks the Battle of the Somme through the experiences of footsoldiers (known to the British as the PBI, for Poor Bloody Infantry), generals, and everyone in between. Interwoven with photographs, journal entries, original maps, and documents from every stage and level of planning, The Somme is the most authoritative and affecting account of this bloody turning point in the Great War.

Churchill and the Jews

Author: Martin Gilbert
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 9781466829626
Release Date: 2008-09-02
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

An insightful history of Churchill's lifelong commitment—both public and private—to the Jews and Zionism, and of his outspoken opposition to anti-Semitism Winston Churchill was a young man in 1894 when Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer in the French army, was convicted of treason and sent to Devil's Island. Despite the prevailing anti-Semitism in England as well as on the Continent, Churchill's position was clear: he supported Dreyfus, and condemned the prejudices that had led to his conviction. Churchill's commitment to Jewish rights, to Zionism—and ultimately to the State of Israel—never wavered. In 1922, he established on the bedrock of international law the right of Jews to emigrate to Palestine. During his meeting with David Ben-Gurion in 1960, Churchill presented the Israeli prime minister with an article he had written about Moses, praising the father of the Jewish people. Drawing on a wide range of archives and private papers, speeches, newspaper coverage, and wartime correspondence, Churchill's official biographer, Sir Martin Gilbert, explores the origins, implications, and results of Churchill's determined commitment to Jewish rights, opening a window on an underappreciated and heroic aspect of the brilliant politician's life and career.

Lobster Boy

Author: Rodman Philbrick
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781409591092
Release Date: 2015-04-01
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Twelve-year-old Samuel "Skiff" Beaman is a boy with incredible determination. Since the death of his mother, his father has sunk into depression, and now Skiff's pride and joy, their boat the Mary Rose has sunk too. If only he can raise and fix Rose, Skiff is sure he'll be able to get the family business, and his dad, back on track. But to fix the boat he needs $5000. Determined to raise the money himself, Skiff decides to go out on the open ocean all alone, on a dangerous mission to harpoon a prize giant tuna. "Beautifully written and instantly enthralling." - The Funday Times

Triumph Over Darkness

Author: Lennard Bickel
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781448214853
Release Date: 2015-01-27
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Born in France in 1809, Louis Braille was the fourth child of a village saddler. At the age of three, he stabbed himself in the eye with a pointed tool taken from his father's work bench. Some thirteen years later he again took a sharp tool from the same bench and used it to create a code of raised dots punched through sheets of paper. With the patience of genius, he perfected his code – still unsurpassed – and fashioned an alphabet that opened the world of learning to the blind. Louis Braille died at the age of forty-three, unknown and unhonoured. His superiors at the Royal Institute for the Young Blind in Paris would not recognise a system that was not based on the shapes of the alphabet. Lennard Bickel researched this story in Paris and in the small village where Louis Braille was born. He tells of the trials and torments of young blind man struggling amid the harshest conditions to perfect something he believed in. Triumph Over Darkness, first published in 1988, is a stirring story of determination and tenacity in the face of adversity.

The Barefoot Shoeshine Boy

Author: Al Rivera
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781438921204
Release Date: 2008-09-01
Genre: Family & Relationships

Poet 4 Hire Review. Akilah D. Sneed Tone One has done it again. His words totally put you in tune to all of your emotions, even ones that you either forgot you had or didn't know you possessed in the first place. There is something here for everyone. From the love sick dreamer, to the stone cold hustler. Some words make you see the world through other people's eyes; these words make you feel the world through Tone One's soul. So sit back, relax and just let Tone One's words wash over you.

The Wonders

Author: Paddy O'Reilly
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781476766379
Release Date: 2015-01-14
Genre: Fiction

From the author of the “funny, irreverent, and highly entertaining” (Liane Moriarty, author of The Husband’s Secret) Fine Color of Rust comes a brilliant new novel about a misfit trio who become instant international reality stars, probing the nature of celebrity, disability, and the value of human life. Perhaps every human being was a freak. Hadn’t he read somewhere that every person has at least a handful of damaged genes? That all humans embody a myriad of nature’s mistakes? Meet Leon (stage name: Clockwork Man), a nervous, introverted thirty-year-old man with a brass heart; Kathryn (stage name: Lady Lamb), a brash, sexy woman covered almost entirely with black, tightly furled wool; and Christos (stage name: Seraphiel), a vain performance artist who plays a winged god with the help of ceramic implants inserted between his shoulder blades. These are The Wonders, three extraordinary people whose medical treatments have tested the limits of the human body. When they are brought together by a canny entrepreneur, their glamorous, genre-defying, twenty-first-century circus act becomes a global sensation. But what makes them objects of fascination also places them in danger. With warmth, humor, and astonishing insight, Paddy O’Reilly has written a wonderful novel that will appeal to fans of Sara Gruen’s Ape House, Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, and Teddy Wayne’s The Love Song of Jonny Valentine—or anyone who’s ever questioned the nature of fame, our kinship with the animal kingdom, and the delicate balancing act of life and death.

The Spin

Author: Rebecca Lisle
Publisher: Hot Key Books
ISBN: 9781471400247
Release Date: 2013-01-03
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

An orphan boy's triumph over adversity, with help from a fire-breathing, winged horse Stormy is an orphan and a kitchen skivvy. He tends the compost, he scrubs the floors, and watches feasts make their way up the mountain as he survives on bread and water. A skivvy is all that Stormy can hope to be. But Stormy has a secret. He wants to be a sky-rider, to soar amongst the clouds on spitfyres: flying horses that spit fire and smoke, and answer only to their riders. A chance meeting with an escaped convict turns Stormy's life upside down. Sent up to the Academy he uncovers a web of lies, deceits and neglect, at the centre of which lies the mysterious thirteenth horse. Can Stormy save Thirteen, defeat the dark forces at work within the Academy and prove himself worthy as a sky-rider?

The Graves County Boys

Author: Marianne Walker
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813144184
Release Date: 2013-12-05
Genre: Sports & Recreation

In 1952, just one year after Coach Adolph Rupp's University of Kentucky Wildcats won their third national championship in four years, an unlikely high school basketball team from rural Graves County, Kentucky, stole the spotlight and the media's attention. Inspired by young coach Jack Story and by the Harlem Globetrotters, the Cuba Cubs grabbed headlines when they rose from relative obscurity to defeat the big-city favorite and win the state championship. A classic underdog tale, The Graves County Boys chronicles how five boys from a tiny high school in southwestern Kentucky captured the hearts of basketball fans nationwide. Marianne Walker weaves together details about the players, their coach, and their relationships in a page-turning account of triumph over adversity. This inspiring David and Goliath story takes the reader on a journey from the team's heartbreaking defeat in the 1951 state championship to their triumphant victory over Louisville Manual the next year. More than just a basketball narrative, the book explores a period in American life when indoor plumbing and electricity were still luxuries in some areas of the country and when hardship was a way of life. With no funded school programs or bus system, the Cubs's success was a testament to the sacrifices of family and neighbors who believed in their team. Featuring new photographs, a foreword by University of Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall, and a new epilogue detailing where the players are now, The Graves County Boys is an unforgettable story of how a community pulled together to make a dream come true.

Not Spoken of the Soul

Author: Joe D'Antonio
Publisher: PublishAmerica
ISBN: 9781456059965
Release Date: 2010-10-12
Genre: Fiction

The novel tells the story of Mark Travers and his search for redemption after a fall from grace. It is a contemporary retelling of a classic theme: man’s search for the Holy Grail, and the answer to the age old question, “Whom does the Grail serve?” Once a respected reporter for The Journal, Mark departs the city in a self-imposed exile after committing the one unpardonable sin that City Room boss Dave Larsen could never tolerate. Mark gets caught up in a web of deceit, manipulated by the notorious crime boss Lucky Luciano to do his bidding in the pages of The Journal. Mark is destined to find the redemption he seeks among the good people of Harlan, Iowa, and in the person of a humble boy dying of leukemia. There he finds the answer to his modern day version of the age old quest, “Whom does The Journal serve?”