Robert Wilson - Author

About the Author

Robert Wilson has lived and worked around the world, including spells shipbroking, tourguiding, and exporting bathrooms to Nigeria. After escaping car crashes, civil wars and angry baboons, he and his wife settled in Portugal, and Rob turned to novels. Since then, he's written ten acclaimed crime novels including the CWA Gold Dagger award winning A SMALL DEATH IN LISBON.

 

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Featured books by Robert Wilson

Stealing People

Stealing People

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/06/2015

London, January 2014. In the space of 32 hours, in a well-planned and highly organized operation, six billionaires' children are taken off the streets of London in a series of slickly well-executed kidnaps. The gang demands GBP25 million per hostage for 'expenses' - not ransom. And when your child goes missing, you need Charles Boxer: a man with little left to lose who'll stop at nothing to save families suffering what he has. The wealthy parents of the missing children know that Boxer will do more than police can - but that doesn't mean the law will leave it to him. Intelligence agencies are all interested in the kidnaps because in each case the parents are related to people in power in the various countries involved. Soon the investigation goes beyond the corridors of power and the boardrooms of big corporations - and to far darker corners. Even more worryingly for Boxer, and his ex-wife Mercy, it threatens to lead back to their own lives, too. But still nobody knows what this mysterious kidnap gang ultimately want and, if they have a cause, what the hell is it?

You Will Never Find Me

You Will Never Find Me

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/01/2015

YOU WILL NEVER FIND ME. When Charlie Boxer reads this note from his daughter in her empty room, the words only reinforce what he already knows: he's always got his priorities wrong. His ex-wife, DCI Mercy Danquah, and their daughter, Amy, have learned to live without him. Boxer's work in high stakes kidnap and recovery has taken him to places from which no man returns unscathed. And Amy has been around enough police business to plan the perfect disappearing act. But what Amy doesn't realise - and Boxer knows only too well - is how quickly a life can fall apart when living under the radar. Charlie follows Amy's tracks from London to Madrid - but will the trail last long enough for him to face up to the true meaning of the sins of the fathers?

You Will Never Find Me

You Will Never Find Me

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/02/2014

Charlie Boxer messed up his family life. First the army, then the police, then high-stakes kidnap and recovery, his ex-wife and daughter learnt to live without him as his work took him places no man can come back from unscarred. Trying to rebuild a relationship with Amy, his teenage daughter, hasn't been easy. But Charlie only realises just how wrong things have gone when he finds her empty room and a note: You will never find me. Having spent years working to track down kidnap victims, Charlie knows that sometimes, the missing don't want to be found. And he knows the hell it brings for families - the vanished are neither dead or alive, but simply gone. Worse still, Charlie Boxer knows how quickly a life can fall apart once you're living under the radar. For Charlie, danger has finally come to his front door and to crack the hardest case he's ever worked, it's time to face up to the true meaning of the sins of the father.

Other books by Robert Wilson

Astronomy through the Ages The Story of the Human Attempt to Understand the Universe

Astronomy through the Ages The Story of the Human Attempt to Understand the Universe

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/08/2018

When astronomers today look up at the night sky they picture a spectacular and infinite universe--full of pulsars, quasars, and black holes and ruled by arcane laws of space and time. Once, ancient astronomers looked up and saw only points of light tracing calm movements across the heavens. But they too were moved to wonder about the meaning of what they saw. In Astronomy through the Ages, Sir Robert Wilson tells the story of how our understanding of the universe has evolved through history--of how the sedate and stable star field of ancient times has been replaced by the vast and explosive universe we know today. Wilson, one of the most distinguished astronomers of the twentieth century, begins by tracing the astronomical studies of the ancient Babylonians, Egyptians, and Greeks and reviews important early contributions from India, China, and the Islamic world. He explains the development of the sun-centered model of the universe in Renaissance Europe. He then tells how the development of the telescope, photography, and spectroscopy pushed back the limits of the observable universe and eventually brought astronomy into the twentieth century. Finally, he describes the rapid advances in radio and space astronomy and other methods over the past fifty years that have ushered in a new golden age of astronomy. These advances have not only allowed observation of deep space but also enabled scientists to unlock the secrets of the universe itself from its origin to its possible fate. Wilson himself has played an important role in these discoveries as the developer of one of the most successful astronomical satellites ever launched, the International Ultraviolet Explorer. While focusing on the human side of astronomical discovery, Wilson also provides readers with a basic understanding of difficult concepts, explaining relativity and quantum mechanics without using technical language or mathematics. Remarkable in its scope and clarity,Astronomy through the Ages provides an accessible view of historical discoveries and modern advances and shows why excitement about astronomy is even greater today than when Galileo first gazed in wonder at the rings of Saturn. Originally published in 1998. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Erma Turtle in Something Special

Erma Turtle in Something Special

Author: Robert Wilson Format: eBook Release Date: 04/08/2017

This easy-to-read, must have new children's book is about a pink loving, big bow wearing turtle named Erma and all of her amazing friends. Join this lovable turtle on her journey to give an unexpected, but special gift to her amazing teacher. Children will easily relate to the simplicity of the hand drawn illustrations as they are introduced to so many different aquatic animals with their own unique personalities. Watch as your child's eyes dance across each page and enjoy the priceless look on their face when they find out what the special gift is.

Astronomy through the Ages The Story of the Human Attempt to Understand the Universe

Astronomy through the Ages The Story of the Human Attempt to Understand the Universe

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/03/2017

When astronomers today look up at the night sky they picture a spectacular and infinite universe--full of pulsars, quasars, and black holes and ruled by arcane laws of space and time. Once, ancient astronomers looked up and saw only points of light tracing calm movements across the heavens. But they too were moved to wonder about the meaning of what they saw. In Astronomy through the Ages, Sir Robert Wilson tells the story of how our understanding of the universe has evolved through history--of how the sedate and stable star field of ancient times has been replaced by the vast and explosive universe we know today. Wilson, one of the most distinguished astronomers of the twentieth century, begins by tracing the astronomical studies of the ancient Babylonians, Egyptians, and Greeks and reviews important early contributions from India, China, and the Islamic world. He explains the development of the sun-centered model of the universe in Renaissance Europe. He then tells how the development of the telescope, photography, and spectroscopy pushed back the limits of the observable universe and eventually brought astronomy into the twentieth century. Finally, he describes the rapid advances in radio and space astronomy and other methods over the past fifty years that have ushered in a new golden age of astronomy. These advances have not only allowed observation of deep space but also enabled scientists to unlock the secrets of the universe itself from its origin to its possible fate. Wilson himself has played an important role in these discoveries as the developer of one of the most successful astronomical satellites ever launched, the International Ultraviolet Explorer. While focusing on the human side of astronomical discovery, Wilson also provides readers with a basic understanding of difficult concepts, explaining relativity and quantum mechanics without using technical language or mathematics. Remarkable in its scope and clarity,Astronomy through the Ages provides an accessible view of historical discoveries and modern advances and shows why excitement about astronomy is even greater today than when Galileo first gazed in wonder at the rings of Saturn. Originally published in 1998. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Vermont Curiosities Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Offbeat Fun

Vermont Curiosities Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Offbeat Fun

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2017

Vermont Curiosities brings to the reader with humor and affection-and a healthy dose of attitude-the oddest, quirkiest, and most outlandish places, personalities, events, and phenomena found within the state's borders and in the chronicles of its history. A fun, accessible read, Vermont Curiosities is a who's who of unusual and unsung heroes. Full color with maps throughout, this compendium of the state's quirks and characters will amuse Vermont residents and visitors alike.

Stealing People

Stealing People

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/01/2016

In the space of 32 hours, the children of six billionaires are taken off the streets of London in a well-planned kidnapping. The perpetrators demand GBP25 million per hostage. For 'expenses'. Not ransom. And when your child goes missing, you need Charles Boxer. A man who will stop at nothing. The wealthy parents of the missing children know that Boxer will do more than the police can, but that doesn't mean the law will leave it to him. Soon the investigation goes beyond the corridors of power and into even darker corners. But still nobody knows what this mysterious kidnap gang ultimately want - and, if they have a cause, what the hell is it?

You Will Never Find Me

You Will Never Find Me

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/01/2015

YOU WILL NEVER FIND ME. When Charlie Boxer reads this note from his daughter in her empty room, the words only reinforce what he already knows: he's always got his priorities wrong. His ex-wife, DCI Mercy Danquah, and their daughter, Amy, have learned to live without him. Boxer's work in high stakes kidnap and recovery has taken him to places from which no man returns unscathed. And Amy has been around enough police business to plan the perfect disappearing act. But what Amy doesn't realise - and Boxer knows only too well - is how quickly a life can fall apart when living under the radar. Charlie follows Amy's tracks from London to Madrid - but will the trail last long enough for him to face up to the true meaning of the sins of the fathers?

Anti-Inflammation Diet

Anti-Inflammation Diet

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2014

Hypnotic Healing

Hypnotic Healing

Author: Robert Wilson Format: eBook Release Date: 18/02/2014

Some of the common recorded physical effects of the mind reaching this relaxed state are as follows:Total relaxation from head to toe. There are vivid visualizations, color and pattern in the mind's eye. Some level of separation between the conscious and the subconscious is apparent. The levels of anxiety, stress, and tension are considerably eased. Improved levels of concentration, memory and mental stamina. The ability to achieve a high level and quality of the meditative state. Harness the energy needed to address the specific problem area. Boost the immune system and other bodily functions. Deepen the sleep and relaxation patterns. Being clear in the goals and benchmarks set for achievements. Creating the happy and confident frame of mind needed. Dramatically reduce stress, tension, and anxiety levels. The increase of motivation levels. The ability to better focus and solve problems.

Capital Punishment

Capital Punishment

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

A crime thriller to take you on a terrifying journey into London's dark side. Beautiful Alyshia D'Cruz has grown up in London and Mumbai wanting for nothing. But one night she takes the wrong cab home. Charles Boxer, expert in high-stakes kidnap resolution, teams up with his ex-partner, investigative cop Mercy Danquah, who's battling with their rebellious teenage daughter. Alyshia's father hires Boxer, who knows all about the tycoon's colourful career, which has made him plenty of enemies. But despite the vast D'Cruz fortune, the kidnappers don't want cash, instead favouring a cruel and lethal game . . . To save Alyshia, Boxer must dodge religious fanatics, Indian mobsters and London's home-grown crime lords. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT is a journey to the dark side of people and places that lie just out of view, waiting for the moment to tear a life apart.

Anti-Inflammation Diet: Critical Tips and Hints on How to Eat Healthy and Prevent Inflammation (Large)

Anti-Inflammation Diet: Critical Tips and Hints on How to Eat Healthy and Prevent Inflammation (Large)

Author: Robert Wilson Format: eBook Release Date: 13/01/2014

Lots of individuals suffer from inflammation, especially those individuals that have arthritis or some other disease that affects mobility. Of course there are numerous medications that can help to alleviate the pain but many persons are trying to find natural solutions to the problem. One of the most natural solutions for the problem is to modify the diet and eat foods that will help to reduce the levels of inflammation in the body. The text "e; Anti-Inflammation Diet: Critical Tips and Hints on How to Eat Healthy and Prevent Inflammation "e; helps the reader to learn what inflammation is, what causes it and to learn what the foods are that are best suited for this diet. The book also highlights the foods and other things that are to be avoided. It is a great text for the home. The recipes that are found toward the end of the book are great and will satiate any palate. TABLE OF CONTENTS Chap 1? What Is the Anti?Inflammatory Diet and What Damage Does It Cause?........ 5 Chap 2? What Are the Symptoms of Food Allergies and the Anti?Inflammation Disease? ..... 10 Chap 3? Why Is an Anti?Inflammation Diet Important? .......... 14 Chap 4? Useful Ingredients and Kitchen Utensils To Have When Preparing Anti?Inflammation Diet Recipes ........ 18 Kitchen Gadgets....... 18 Basic Foods .......... 19 Chap 5? Some Sample Menus or Meal Plans for Anti? Inflammation Diet ...... 22 Chap 6? 8 Anti?Inflammation Diet Appetizer Recipes ....... 28 Chap 7? 8 Anti?Inflammation Diet Lunch Recipes ...... 34 Chap 8? 8 Anti?Inflammation Diet Dinner Recipes ....... 41

Anti-Inflammation Diet: Critical Tips and Hints on How to Eat Healthy and Prevent Inflammation

Anti-Inflammation Diet: Critical Tips and Hints on How to Eat Healthy and Prevent Inflammation

Author: Robert Wilson Format: eBook Release Date: 13/01/2014

Lots of individuals suffer from inflammation, especially those individuals that have arthritis or some other disease that affects mobility. Of course there are numerous medications that can help to alleviate the pain but many persons are trying to find natural solutions to the problem. One of the most natural solutions for the problem is to modify the diet and eat foods that will help to reduce the levels of inflammation in the body. The text "e; Anti-Inflammation Diet: Critical Tips and Hints on How to Eat Healthy and Prevent Inflammation "e; helps the reader to learn what inflammation is, what causes it and to learn what the foods are that are best suited for this diet. The book also highlights the foods and other things that are to be avoided. It is a great text for the home. The recipes that are found toward the end of the book are great and will satiate any palate.

My Kawy

My Kawy

Author: Robert Wilson Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2011

Crossing Six

Crossing Six

Author: Robert Wilson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/08/2011

Kendall Huffman begins her senior year in high school unaware that she will have to adjust to a life alone without her boyfriend who leaves her and her best friend who dies of cancer in November. Crossing Six is the story of a young person forced to rely on herself after losing the support of two of the most important people in her life.

Managing Sport Finance

Managing Sport Finance

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/03/2011

All good managers working in sport need to have a clear understanding of the principles of finance and accounting. Whether working in the private, public or voluntary sectors, a firm grasp of the basic concepts and techniques of financial management is essential if a manager is to make effective decisions and to implement those decisions successfully. Managing Sport Finance is the first book to offer a comprehensive introduction to financial management and accounting specifically designed for managers working in sport. The book assumes no prior knowledge of finance or accounting on the part of the reader. It clearly and succinctly guides the reader through each key concept and practical technique, including: balance sheets income statements costing systems and decision making investment appraisal budgeting and budgetary control double entry bookkeeping funding for sport interpreting annual reports. Using a rich variety of case studies, examples and data from the real world of sport management, the book places each concept into a managerial context, ensuring that the reader understands why that concept is important and how best to employ each technique. Each chapter also contains a range of useful features, including chapter introductions, learning objectives, activities, summaries, review questions and further reading. This is the most useful, comprehensive and accessible introduction to financial management for sport currently available and is essential reading for any student of sport management or sport development.

Managing Sport Finance

Managing Sport Finance

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/03/2011

All good managers working in sport need to have a clear understanding of the principles of finance and accounting. Whether working in the private, public or voluntary sectors, a firm grasp of the basic concepts and techniques of financial management is essential if a manager is to make effective decisions and to implement those decisions successfully. Managing Sport Finance is the first book to offer a comprehensive introduction to financial management and accounting specifically designed for managers working in sport. The book assumes no prior knowledge of finance or accounting on the part of the reader. It clearly and succinctly guides the reader through each key concept and practical technique, including: balance sheets income statements costing systems and decision making investment appraisal budgeting and budgetary control double entry bookkeeping funding for sport interpreting annual reports. Using a rich variety of case studies, examples and data from the real world of sport management, the book places each concept into a managerial context, ensuring that the reader understands why that concept is important and how best to employ each technique. Each chapter also contains a range of useful features, including chapter introductions, learning objectives, activities, summaries, review questions and further reading. This is the most useful, comprehensive and accessible introduction to financial management for sport currently available and is essential reading for any student of sport management or sport development.

Guide to the South-Western Railway and Surrounding Neighbourhood in Ayr and Dumfriesshires Via the Glasgow And South-Western Railway (1852)

Guide to the South-Western Railway and Surrounding Neighbourhood in Ayr and Dumfriesshires Via the Glasgow And South-Western Railway (1852)

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/07/2010

The 1840s had seen a rapid expansion of railways in Britain. Some were more likely to succeed than others. The Glasgow & South Western found itself always in the shadow of its competitors; its route from Glasgow to Carlisle lacked the direct approach taken by the rival Caledonian Railway. The G&SWR trains from Glasgow meandered through Renfrewshire and Ayrshire, calling at Paisley, Johnstone, Lochwinnoch, Beith, Kilbirnie and Dalry before heading to Ayr or Kilmarnock, Mauchline, Cumnock then south into Dumfriesshire, through Sanquhar, Thornhill, Closeburn, Auldgirth and Dumfries. Completed in 1850, and lightly populated for most of the route, the line needed to attract additional traffic. This guide, published in 1852, is an attempt to tempt visitors by describing the highlights to be seen along the route. Guides of this nature were not uncommon as the railways sought to capitalise on what was to become an expanding tourist market. However, this didn't prevent the Company offering early commuters First Class Annual Season Tickets for the 184-mile round trip from Dumfries to Glasgow!

A Small Death in Lisbon

A Small Death in Lisbon

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2009

This stunning, atmospheric thriller set in war-torn Europe won the CWA Gold Dagger and has now been reissued with the Javier Falcon series. A Portuguese bank is founded on the back of Nazi wartime deals. Over half a century later a young girl is murdered in Lisbon. 1941. Klaus Felsen, SS, arrives in Lisbon and the strangest party in history where Nazis and Allies, refugees and entrepreneurs dance to the strains of opportunism and despair. Felsen's war takes him to the bleak mountains of the north where a brutal battle is being fought for an element vital to Hitler's blitzkrieg. Late 1990s, Lisbon. Inspector Ze Coelho is investigating the murder of a young girl with a disturbing sexual past. As Ze digs deeper he overturns the dark soil of history and unearths old bones. The 1974 revolution has left injustices of the old fascist regime unresolved. But there's an older, greater injustice for which this small death in Lisbon is horrific compensation, and in his final push for the truth, Ze must face the most chilling opposition.

The Blind Man of Seville

The Blind Man of Seville

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2009

The first in Robert Wilson's Seville series, featuring the tortured detective Javier Falcon. The man is bound, gagged and dead in front of his television.The terrible self-inflicted wounds tell of his violent struggle to avoid some unseen horror. On the screen? In his head? What could make a man do that to himself? It's Easter week in Seville, a time of passion and processions. But detective Javier Falcon is not celebrating. Appalled by the victim's staring eyes he is inexorably drawn into this disturbing, mystifying case. And when the investigation into the dead man's life sends Javier trawling though his own past and into the shocking journals of his late father, a famous artist, his unreliable memory begins to churn. Then there are more killings and Falcon finds himself pushed to the edge of a terrifying truth...

The Ignorance of Blood

The Ignorance of Blood

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/08/2009

A new psychological thriller in the Javier Falcon quartet, that includes THE HIDDEN ASSASSINS and The Blind Man of Seville. The sweltering city of Seville is still recovering from a shocking and unsolved terrorist attack but now a spectacular car crash brings to light another threat. A dead gangster and a suitcase filled with millions in cash means the prospect of a serious Russian mafia presence on Inspector Jefe Javier Falcon's beat. As a turf war erupts, Falcon finds himself and those closest to him personally targeted by the lethal forces suddenly unleashed. In the face of such a brutal attack, Falcon decides to retaliate with a ruthlessness that surprises him as much as his adversaries - but it will come at a tragic price.

Power And The Presidency

Power And The Presidency

Author: Robert Wilson Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2007

This sterling collection of original, never-before-published essays on six fascinating contemporary presidents by some of the leading presidential biographers of our time is must reading for anyone interested in American politics, the history of the American presidency, or the lives of the presidents. Each essayextending and elaborating on lectures originally delivered as part of the Montgomery Lecture Series at Dartmouth Universityexplores how a particular president came to power, wielded power, and was changed by power, and how each presidency affected the power of the office itself. The presidencies addressed are those of Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Reagan, and Clinton. Published as our nation begins the process of electing the 43rd president, during a time when some believe the independence of the office itself is at stake, Power and the Presidency is a timely and thought-provoking look at the nature of power in American democracy.

Finance for Sport and Leisure Managers An Introduction

Finance for Sport and Leisure Managers An Introduction

Author: Robert Wilson, John Joyce Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/10/2007

Sport and leisure managers need to understand the financial side of their industry to offer the most cost-effective facilities and to make sound business decisions. However, to the non-expert the language and practice of finance is often bewildering and perceived as complicated, difficult and impenetrable. This textbook guides the reader through the maze of financial terms and concepts, illustrating theory with examples drawn specifically from sport-based contexts to make this the most relevant, transparent and helpful handbook for students of leisure management available. Written by experts in accounting and sport management, this book enables readers to work through the subject at their own pace, with case studies, worked examples and self-tests to ensure students can apply their knowledge to industry-specific situations. Ideal for students on sport and leisure management courses, this book will also be valuable to practising managers who need a quick-reference guide to everyday financial questions.

Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/07/2006

This wonderful building combines the historic site of the old royal Palace of Westminster with the good planning and fine craftsmanship of the nineteenth century. For over 700 years it has been the cradle of democracy. The guidebook describes the many aspects of the building and will help you enjoy the marvellous interiors created by Barry, Pugin and their successors. Look out for more Pitkin Guides on the very best of British history, heritage and travel.

A Darkening Stain

A Darkening Stain

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/08/2002

A stylish, tough and exciting thriller set in West Africa, the fourth in Robert Wilson's critically acclaimed Bruce Medway series. Bruce Medway, fixer for the great unfixed, does not see the disappearance of schoolgirls off the streets of Cotonou as any of his business. That is the domain of his ex-partner, police detective Bagado. Bruce has the more pressing matter of a visit from two mafiosi, employees of the Lagos-based capo, Roberto Franconelli. They want him to find Jean-Luc Marnier, a French businessman, who is definitely in for more than a wrist-slapping. In a night of brutal terror with Marnier, Bruce finds himself with a choice to make, followed by a life-saving lie that has to be told. Both choice and lie will rumble over the rest of his days like the interminable rainy season. Then an eighth and very important schoolgirl goes missing and Bruce must descend into a morass of police corruption, mafia revenge, sexual depravity, and illegally mined gold... To save himself, Bruce has to conceive a plan. A scam that will excite the natural greed that prevails along this coast and when executed will inevitably result in death and destruction. But then innocence has always been the burden of dark experience.

Wired for Change by a Journeyman A Personal Journey

Wired for Change by a Journeyman A Personal Journey

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/07/2002

Wired for Change by a Journeyman A Personal Journey

Wired for Change by a Journeyman A Personal Journey

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/07/2002

Power And The Presidency

Power And The Presidency

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/01/2000

This sterling collection of original, never-before-published essays on six fascinating contemporary presidents by some of the leading presidential biographers of our time is must reading for anyone interested in American politics, the history of the American presidency, or the lives of the presidents. Each essay,extending and elabourating on lectures originally delivered as part of the Montgomery Lecture Series at Dartmouth University,explores how a particular president came to power, wielded power, and was changed by power, and how each presidency affected the power of the office itself. The presidencies addressed are those of Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Reagan, and Clinton. Published as our nation begins the process of electing the 43rd president, during a time when some believe the independence of the office itself is at stake, Power and the Presidency is a timely and thought-provoking look at the nature of power in American democracy.

The Big Killing

The Big Killing

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/01/1997

An evocative and atmospheric thriller set along the part of the African coast they used to call the White Man's Grave, The Big Killing is the second novel to feature Bruce Medway Bruce Medway, go-between and fixer for traders in steamy West Africa, smells trouble when he's approached by a porn merchant to deliver a video to a secret location. And just to add to his problems, BB, Medway's rich Syrian patron, hires him to act as minder to Ron Collins - a spoilt playboy in Africa to buy diamonds - in the Ivory Coast. All this could be the answer to his cashflow crisis, but when the video delivery leads to a shootout and the discovery of a mutilated body, Medway is more inclined to retreat to his bolthole in Benin - especially as the manner of the victim's death is too similar to a current notorious political murder for comfort. His obligations, though, keep him fixed in the Ivory Coast and he is soon caught up in a terrifying cycle of violence. But does it stem from the political upheavals in nearby Liberia, or from the cutthroat business of the diamonds? Unless Medway can get to the bottom of the mystery, he knows that for the savage killer out there in the African night, he is the next target...

Nonlinear Pricing

Nonlinear Pricing

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1997

Nonlinear pricing is pricing that is strictly proportional to the quantity purchased. For example, railroad tariffs are often based on weight, volume, and distance to be shipped; airlines offer frequent flyer bonuses based on miles flown; electric utilities charge different rates for different amounts of electricity used combined with the time it is used based on peak power demands. The book is divided into two parts. The first in a non-mathematical discussion of nonlinear pricing and the second part is more technical and is intended for readers interested in advanced topics.

Instruments of Darkness

Instruments of Darkness

Author: Robert Wilson Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/01/1996

'First in a field of one' (Literary Review) Robert Wilson's first novel, a tense and powerful thriller set in the sultry heat of West Africa Benin, West Africa. Englishman Bruce Medway operates as a 'fixer' for traders along the part of the coast they used to call the White Man's Grave. It's a tough existence, but Medway can handle it! until he crosses the formidable Madame Severnou. Warned off by his client, Jack Obuasi, his energies are redirected into the search for missing expat Steven Kershaw. Kershaw, though, is a man of mystery: trader, artist, womanizer! and sado-masochist. Against background rumblings of political disturbance, in the face of official corruption, egged on by an enigmatic policeman, Medway pursues his elusive quarry across West Africa. Is Kershaw tied to Obuasi's and Madame Severnou's shady dealings? Is he a vicious murderer? Is he, indeed, alive or dead?

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