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Father of Lions The Story of Mosul Zoo

Father of Lions The Story of Mosul Zoo

Author: Louise Callaghan Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Between 2014 and 2017, the 'Islamic State' ruled the city of Mosul, in northern Iraq, killing 'traitors', destroying books and oppressing women. But miraculously, in a park on the eastern edge of the Tigris, a zoo was kept open. Father of Lions is the story of Mosul Zoo. It survived under the stern hand of Abu Laith, the zookeeper, a man with an interesting past and a lifelong animal lover. His real name was Imad, but for as long as he could remember everyone had called him by his nickname, Abu Laith - 'Father of Lions'. And the lions and bears survived not only two years of Isis occupation, but starvation and bombardment by liberating forces. As the animals began to starve, Abu Laith and his family and helpers went hungry to keep them alive. They risked their lives to pick through bins for leftovers in Isis-occupied neighbourhoods. In a final heroic effort, the surviving animals were smuggled out of Iraq in a daring rescue operation. This is a story of human decency in the midst of barbarism.

Father of Lions The Story of Mosul Zoo

Father of Lions The Story of Mosul Zoo

Author: Louise Callaghan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Between 2014 and 2017, the 'Islamic State' ruled the city of Mosul, in northern Iraq, killing 'traitors', destroying books and oppressing women. But miraculously, in a park on the eastern edge of the Tigris, a zoo was kept open. Father of Lions is the story of Mosul Zoo. It survived under the stern hand of Abu Laith, the zookeeper, a man with an interesting past and a lifelong animal lover. His real name was Imad, but for as long as he could remember everyone had called him by his nickname, Abu Laith - 'Father of Lions'. And the lions and bears survived not only two years of Isis occupation, but starvation and bombardment by liberating forces. As the animals began to starve, Abu Laith and his family and helpers went hungry to keep them alive. They risked their lives to pick through bins for leftovers in Isis-occupied neighbourhoods. In a final heroic effort, the surviving animals were smuggled out of Iraq in a daring rescue operation. This is a story of human decency in the midst of barbarism.

American Sherlock Remembering a Pioneer in Scientific Crime Investigation

American Sherlock Remembering a Pioneer in Scientific Crime Investigation

Author: Evan E. Filby Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Luke S. May played a significant role in the development of scientific methods of crime investigation. Although basically self-taught in scientific matters, May spent over a half century practicing scientific crime detection and built a solid reputation among police agencies and attorneys in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada as a serious and effective scientific investigator. This reputation as America's Sherlock Holmes also led to his being consulted on the establishment of the first full service public American crime laboratory at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, and on a laboratory for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. When May began, few people, anywhere, used scientific tools to investigate crime. Except for a couple of minimal installations in Europe, there were no crime labs. So to solve his cases - criminal and civil - May improved or invented techniques in every area of forensic science in the era before public crime laboratories. Along the way, he exchanged ideas with many other well-known crime fighting pioneers. American Sherlock: Remembering a Pioneer in Scientific Crime Investigation is the biography of this innovative criminologist, giving a case-based account of his life and honoring him as one of the pioneers of scientific crime detection.

Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese's

Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese's

Author: Tiffany Midge, Geary Hobson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2019

Why is there no Native woman David Sedaris? Or Native Anne Lamott? Humor categories in publishing are packed with books by funny women and humorous sociocultural-political commentary-but no Native women. There are presumably more important concerns in Indian Country. More important than humor? Among the Dine/Navajo, a ceremony is held in honor of a baby's first laugh. While the context is different, it nonetheless reminds us that laughter is precious, even sacred. Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese's is a powerful and compelling collection of Tiffany Midge's musings on life, politics, and identity as a Native woman in America. Artfully blending sly humor, social commentary, and meditations on love and loss, Midge weaves short, stand-alone musings into a memoir that stares down colonialism while chastising hipsters for abusing pumpkin spice. She explains why she does not like pussy hats, mercilessly dismantles pretendians, and confesses her own struggles with white-bread privilege. Midge goes on to ponder Standing Rock, feminism, and a tweeting president, all while exploring her own complex identity and the loss of her mother. Employing humor as an act of resistance, these slices of life and matchless takes on urban-Indigenous identity disrupt the colonial narrative and provide commentary on popular culture, media, feminism, and the complications of identity, race, and politics.

The Hilton Bombing Evan Pederick and the Ananda Marga

The Hilton Bombing Evan Pederick and the Ananda Marga

Author: Imre Salusinszky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2019

The terrorist turned reverend: a remarkable story told for the first time In 1978, Evan Pederick, a naive 22-year-old in the thrall of a radical religious movement, Ananda Marga, placed an enormous bomb outside Sydney's Hilton Hotel. It killed three people. A decade later, Pederick confessed to this act of terrorism. But when one of his alleged accomplices was later acquitted, significant parts of Pederick's testimony were undermined and he was accused of being a 'fantasist'. Conspiracy theories flooded in to fill the vacuum. Was it a plot by ASIO, rather than, as Pederick asserted, a plot to assassinate the Indian prime minister? In the absence of a Royal Commission or similar inquiry, mystery continues to shroud the deadliest terror attack on Australian soil. Pederick, an Anglican priest, stands by his confession and testimony. Here is his story, told for the first time. It is an extraordinary tale of guilt, remorse, renewal, and the search for forgiveness.

Coming of Age in a Hardscrabble World A Memoir Anthology

Coming of Age in a Hardscrabble World A Memoir Anthology

Author: Nancy C. Atwood Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2019

Coming of Age in a Hardscrabble World A Memoir Anthology

Coming of Age in a Hardscrabble World A Memoir Anthology

Author: Nancy C. Atwood Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2019

Sir John Plumb The Hidden Life of a Great Historian

Sir John Plumb The Hidden Life of a Great Historian

Author: Neil McKendrick Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2019

Headed into the Wind A Memoir

Headed into the Wind A Memoir

Author: Jack Loeffler Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2019

With the temperament of Santa Claus and the tenacity of a badger, Jack Loeffler reveals his compassion and concern for Southwestern traditional cultures and their respective habitats in the wake of Manifest Destiny. Working both as an individual and with comrades--including Edward Abbey and Gary Snyder--he was part of an early coterie of counterculturalists and environmentalists who fought to thwart the plunder of natural resources in the Southwest. Loeffler, a former jazz musician, fire lookout, museum curator, bioregionalist, and self-taught aural historian, shares his humor and imagination, his adventures, observations, reflections, and meditations along the trail in his retelling of a life well lived. In this honest memoir, he advises each and every one of us to go skinny-dipping joyfully in the flow of Nature to better understand where we're headed.

The Longer We Were There A Memoir of a Part-Time Soldier

The Longer We Were There A Memoir of a Part-Time Soldier

Author: Steven Moore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2019

The Grove Music Guide to American Film Music

The Grove Music Guide to American Film Music

Author: Daniel Goldmark Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2019

The Grove Music Guide to American Film Music documents the lives and works of many of the individuals responsible for writing music for some of the most popular and well-known films, television shows, video games, and music videos ever created. Its 150 articles and 30 images, updated and expanded from The Grove Dictionary of American Music by film scholar Daniel Goldmark, cover key composers, sound engineers, and other figures in American film music history, and include in-depth articles on film music, musical film, production music, video game music, television music, television musicals, and music videos. This book is intended first and foremost as a musical primer for the student of American film, television, and video, whether you're a casual fan, a longtime listener, or someone wanting to gain a deeper understanding of those who have shaped the modern media soundtrack. Bibliographies are curated, not comprehensive, and are most detailed for the subject areas and composers who have been especially popular with historians.

Earl Warren A Life of Truth and Justice

Earl Warren A Life of Truth and Justice

Author: D. J. Herda Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2019