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Hell on Wheels
  • Author : Dick Kreck,David Halass
  • Publisher : Fulcrum Publishing
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN : 9781555919528
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Transportation
  • Overnight settlements, better known as "Hell on Wheels," sprang up as the transcontinental railroad crossed Nebraska and Wyoming. They brought opportunity not only for legitimate business but also for gamblers, land speculators, prostitutes, and thugs. Dick Kreck tells their stories along with the heroic individuals who managed, finally, to create permanent towns in the interior West.

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    Hell on Two Wheels
  • Author : Amy Snyder
  • Publisher : Triumph Books
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9781617495199
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : Sports & Recreation
  • Contestants have died, been maimed, and spiraled down into the nightmarish realm of madness. Half of them don't finish--in fact, only 200 racers have ever made it to the end. "Outside" magazine calls it "the toughest test of endurance in the world." RAAM (the Race Across America) is a bicycle race like no other. This epic race is the most brutal organized sporting event you've never heard of and one of the best-kept secrets in the sports world. Author Amy Snyder follows a handful of athletes before, during, and after the 2009 event, the closest and most controversial in history. "Hell on Two Wheels" is a thrilling and remarkably detailed account of their ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies. By experiencing the race from the perspective of the racers themselves, "Hell on Two Wheels" breaks new ground in helping us appreciate how such a grueling effort can be so cleansing and self-revelatory. This is more than just a race; it's a monster, a crucible, an unforgettable allegory about the human experience of pain and joy and self-discovery.

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    Hell on Wheels
  • Author : David Blanke
  • Publisher : Culture America (Hardcover)
  • Pages : 266
  • ISBN : STANFORD:36105123266756
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  • Genre : History
  • A fascinating look at the rise and growing popularity of the automobile during the first half of twentieth-century America, which brought with it a dark undercurrent. On the one hand, Americans embraced the newfound sense of freedom and mobility embodied by the automobile; on the other, they grew increasingly anxious about and fearful of the enormous threat that cars--and car accidents--posed to public safety.

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    Ghost Rider Epic Collection: Hell on Wheels
  • Author : Gary Friedrich
  • Publisher : Marvel
  • Pages : 424
  • ISBN : 1302946110
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  • Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
  • In 1972, one of the most iconic characters in comic book history, the flame-skulled Ghost Rider, burned his demonic presence into readers' minds. Forevermore, a legion of fans were addicted to the Rider's combination of hell-on-wheels drama and action-horror adventure. And it begins here when Johnny Blaze makes a deal with the devil to save his friend's life. The payment due? Transformation into the Ghost Rider. The stories that follow will take the horror hero to Hell to battle Satan, pit him against the tempting Witch-Woman and team him with Daimon Hellstrom, Son of Satan. Written by Gary Friedrich and Tony Isabella and gloriously illustrated by Mike Ploog, Tom Sutton and Jim Mooney. COLLECTING: Marvel Spotlight (1971) 5-12, Ghost Rider (1973) 1-11, Marvel Team-Up (1972) 15

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    Hell On Wheels
  • Author : Rhyll Biest
  • Publisher : HarperCollins Australia
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 9781489223425
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • An imperious princess, an arrogant mercenary, a marriage of convenience, and one hell of a roller derby bout. Princess Valeda fled Hell to hide from her mad brother, but a war on her realm sees her dragged straight back to seal a military alliance through marriage. Her betrothed? The Captain of Bloodshed and Slaughter, a royal bastard with blood black as night whose passion for her might prove as dangerous as the war with her brother. Valeda is going to need all of her wits, treachery and cunning–and some lessons learned through demon roller derby–to overcome her past, defeat the enemy, and survive her marriage.

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    Murder at the Brown Palace
  • Author : Dick Kreck
  • Publisher : Fulcrum Publishing
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9781555918729
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : True Crime
  • On May 24, 1911, one of the most notorious murders in Denver's history occurred. The riveting tale involves high society, adultery, drugs, multiple murder, and more, all set in Denver's grand old hotel, the Brown Palace.

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    Hell on Wheels: Disabled Dominants
  • Author : Raven Kaldera
  • Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
  • Pages : N.a
  • ISBN : 9781300180425
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Family & Relationships
  • In the world of Dominant/submissive and Master/slave relationships, new seekers often find an overriding ideal archetype of dominants, masters, and mistresses always being big and strong, and able to physically overpower and discipline their submissives and slaves. But what happens when the dominant is or becomes disabled, and requires caretaking from the submissive? This book is an anthology of the experiences of brave disabled dominants and the people who gladly serve them, and how they maintain their authority from the darkness, the chair, and even the bed. These stories are a bouquet of triumph and loyalty, and an inspiration to every temporarily-abled person who reads them.

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    Kneeling in Spirit [ePUB]
  • Author : Raven Kaldera
  • Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
  • Pages : N.a
  • ISBN : 9781300827788
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  • Genre : Family & Relationships
  • In erotic stories, consensual submissives and slaves are usually beautiful, perfect-bodied people who can endure any physical hardship while balancing a tray of drinks in one hand. But what about real life, where many of us in dominant/submissive or master/slave relationships cope with imperfect bodies and real-life challenges? Kneeling In Spirit explores the brave stories of disabled people in service and surrender, and the inventive masters and mistresses who love them.

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    Hell on Wheels
  • Author : Bill Hayes
  • Publisher : Motorbooks
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 9781627881432
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  • Genre : Transportation
  • A gripping history of outlaw motorcycle club culture from its beginnings to the present day. In a world where most of us roll over when confronted by the power of authority, the antihero figure of the outlaw biker stands beyond the crowd, a beacon of social freedom. By choosing to live outside of society’s conventions, the one-percenter has the inner strength to act on his own convictions. Though most of us are too timid to venture into these outer margins of society, the one-percenter not only enters those margins—he stomps on them. In Hell on Wheels, avid motorcyclist Bill Hayes dives deep into the world of the outlaw motorcyclist, exploring legendary clubs like the Hells Angels, the Bandidos, the Outlaws, the Vagos, the Pagans, the Mongols, and many others, allowing the reader to peer into motorcycle club culture. Featuring both modern and historical photos, as well as a rare collection of club memorabilia found in no other publication, Hell on Wheels traces the roots and development of motorcycle club culture: its origins in the years following World War II; the turbulent 1960s and the disco era; the transition of clubs from loose groups of hooligans to highly organized machines; and, more recently, the copious clashes with law enforcement amid the post-9/11 world of the Patriot Act. The one-percenter has become one of the most popular figures in outlaw culture, and Hell on Wheels is his story.

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    Hell on Wheels
  • Author : Donald Eugene Houston
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 506
  • ISBN : UCAL:B4239362
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  • Genre : Mechanization, Military
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    Hell on Wheels
  • Author : Karen Leabo
  • Publisher : Loveswept
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9780345534620
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • Karen Leabo ratchets up the suspense with a sexy tale of two people chasing tornadoes—and flirting with danger. Roan Cullen isn’t used to feeling out of his depth. As a photojournalist, Roan travels the planet in search of trouble and chaos—and captures it all through the lens of his camera. But the woman leading him on his first-ever tornado chase makes him crazy. She’s subtle, mysterious, drop-dead gorgeous, and always in control. If the conditions are right, Roan could end up with some incredible photos—and a newly broken heart. Victoria Driscoll is used to the “boys’ club” that is storm chasing, but the man she’ll be sharing the Chasemobile with for two solid weeks is unlike any of her meteorological colleagues—for a start, he’s far more handsome. But Roan Cullen is a brash risk taker, the exact opposite of Victoria with her precise measurements and forecasts. As tornado season ramps into high gear, the elements are all in place for a massive twister—and an electric, shocking connection between these two chasers. Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Along Came Trouble, The Notorious Lady Anne, and Unforgettable.

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    Hell on Wheels
  • Author : Dick Kreck
  • Publisher : Fulcrum Pub
  • Pages : 265
  • ISBN : 1555919480
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : History
  • Overnight settlements, better known as "Hell on Wheels," sprang up as the transcontinental railroad crossed Nebraska and Wyoming. Kreck tells their stories along with those of the heroic individuals who managed, finally, to create permanent towns in the interior West.

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    Iron Rails, Iron Men, and the Race to Link the Nation
  • Author : Martin W. Sandler
  • Publisher : Candlewick Press
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 9780763680411
  • Reader Reviews : 9
  • Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Experience the race of rails to link the country—and meet the men behind this incredible feat—in a riveting story about the building of the transcontinental railroad, brought to life with archival photos. In the 1850s, gold fever swept the West, but people had to walk, sail, or ride horses for months on end to seek their fortune. The question of faster, safer transportation was posed by national leaders. But with 1,800 miles of seemingly impenetrable mountains, searing deserts, and endless plains between the Missouri River and San Francisco, could a transcontinental railroad be built? It seemed impossible. Eventually, two railroad companies, the Central Pacific, which laid the tracks eastward, and the Union Pacific, which moved west, began the job. In one great race between iron men with iron wills, tens of thousands of workers blasted the longest tunnels that had ever been constructed, built the highest bridges that had ever been created, and finally linked the nation by two bands of steel, changing America forever.

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    Hell on Wheels
  • Author : Christopher J. Anderson
  • Publisher : Chelsea House Pub
  • Pages : 75
  • ISBN : 0791066703
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  • Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • A history of United States armored forces, beginning in France in 1918 with the deployment of FT17 tanks and continuing in the Persian Gulf in the 1990s with Abrams tanks.

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    Hell on Wheels
  • Author : Pete Martin
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN : UCAL:$B301814
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  • Genre : Families
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    The Devil's Mercedes
  • Author : Robert Klara
  • Publisher : Macmillan
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9781466878587
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : History
  • In 1938, Mercedes-Benz began production of the largest, most luxurious limousine in the world. A machine of frightening power and sinister beauty, the Grosser 770K Model 150 Offener Tourenwagen was 20 feet long, seven feet wide, and tipped the scales at 5 tons. Its supercharged, 230-horsepower engine propelled the beast to speeds over 100 m.p.h. while its occupants reclined on glove-leather seats stuffed with goose down. Armor plated and equipped with hidden compartments for Luger pistols, the 770K was a sumptuous monster with a monstrous patron: Adolph Hitler and the Nazi party. Deployed mainly for propaganda purposes before the war, the hand-built limousines—in which Hitler rode standing in the front seat—motored through elaborate rallies and appeared in countless newsreels, swiftly becoming the Nazi party’s most durable symbol of wealth and power. Had Hitler not so thoroughly dominated the scene with his own megalomania, his opulent limousine could easily have eclipsed him. Most of the 770Ks didn’t make it out of the rubble of World War II. But several of them did. And two of them found their way, secretly and separately, to the United States. In The Devil’s Mercedes, author Robert Klara uncovers the forgotten story of how Americans responded to these rolling relics of fascism on their soil. The limousines made headlines, drew crowds, made fortunes and ruined lives. What never became public was how both of the cars would ultimately become tangled in a web of confusion, mania, and opportunism, fully entwined in a story of mistaken identity. Nobody knew that the limousine touted as Hitler’s had in fact never belonged to him, while the Mercedes shrugged off as an ordinary staff car—one later abandoned in a warehouse and sold off as government surplus—turned out to be none other than Hitler’s personal automobile. It would take 40 years, a cast of carnies and millionaires, the United States Army, and the sleuthing efforts of an obscure Canadian librarian to bring the entire truth to light. As he recounts this remarkable drama, Klara probes the meaning of these haunting hulks and their power to attract, excite and disgust. The limousines’ appearance collided with an American populous celebrating a victory even as it sought to stay a step ahead of the war’s ghosts. Ultimately, The Devil’s Mercedes isn’t only the story of a rare and notorious car, but what that car taught postwar America about itself.

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    Hell on Wheels
  • Author : Julie Ann Walker
  • Publisher : Sourcebooks Casablanca
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN : 1728205336
  • Reader Reviews : 13
  • Genre : Fiction
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    Hell on Wheels
  • Author : Peter Brandvold
  • Publisher : Perigee Trade
  • Pages : 228
  • ISBN : 0425212173
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • On his way home from a wedding in Sulfur, Montana, Judge John Bannon is attacked by Angus Whateley, who has just been released from prison, and Sheriff Ben Stillman must come to his rescue, waging war on a gang of ruthless killers out for revenge. Original.

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    Laptop from Hell
  • Author : Miranda Devine
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN : 9781637581063
  • Reader Reviews : 3
  • Genre : Political Science
  • As seen on Tucker Carlson Tonight! USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller! The inside story of the laptop that exposed the president’s dirtiest secret. When a drug-addled Hunter Biden abandoned his waterlogged computer at a Mac repair shop in Delaware in the spring of 2019, just six days before his father announced his candidacy for the United States presidency, it became the ticking time bomb in the shadows of Joe Biden’s campaign. The dirty secrets contained in Hunter’s laptop almost derailed his father’s presidential campaign and ignited one of the greatest media coverups in American history. This is the unvarnished story of what’s really inside the laptop and what China knows about the Bidens, by the New York Post journalist who brought it into the open. It exposes the coordinated censorship operation by Big Tech, the media establishment, and former intelligence operatives to stifle the New York Post’s coverage, in a chilling exercise of raw political power three weeks before the 2020 election. A treasure trove of corporate documents, emails, text messages, photographs, and voice recordings, spanning a decade, the laptop provided the first evidence that President Joe Biden was involved in his son’s ventures in China, Ukraine, and beyond, despite his repeated denials. This intimate insight into Hunter’s dissolute lifestyle shows he was incapable of holding down a job, let alone being paid tens of millions of dollars in high-powered international business deals by foreign interests, unless he had something else of value to sell—which of course he did. He was the son of the vice president who would go on to become the leader of the free world.

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    Hell On Wheels
  • Author : Karen Kelley
  • Publisher : Kensington Books
  • Pages : 324
  • ISBN : 9780758219589
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  • Genre : Fiction
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    Trains of Thought: Memories of a Stateless Youth
  • Author : Victor Brombert
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 9780393247060
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  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • "A beautifully cadenced work of art—it will remind some readers of Nabokov's classic Speak, Memory."—Joyce Carol Oates Paris in the 1930s—melancholy, erotic, intensely politicized—provides the poetic beginning for this remarkable autobiography by one of America's most renowned literary scholars. In Trains of Thought Victor Brombert recaptures the story of his youth in a Proustian reverie, recalling, with a rare combination of humor and tenderness, his childhood in France, his family's escape to America during the Vichy regime, his experiences in the U.S. Army from the invasion of Normandy to the occupation of Berlin, and his discovery of his scholarly vocation. In shimmering prose, Brombert evokes his upbringing in Paris's upper-middle-class 16th arrondissement, a world where "the sweetness of things" masked the class tensions and political troubles that threatened the stability of the French democracy. Using the train as a metaphor to describe his personal journey, Brombert recalls his boyhood enchantment with railway travel—even imagining that he had been conceived on a sleeper. But the young Brombert sensed that "the poetry of the railroad also had its darker side, for there was the turmoil of departures, the terror . . . of being pursued by a gigantic locomotive, the nightmare of derailments, or of being trapped in a tunnel." With time, Brombert became acutely aware of the grimmer aspects of life around him—the death of his sister, Nora, on an operating table, the tragic disappearance of his boyhood love, Dany, with her infant child, and the mounting cries of "Sale Juif," or "dirty Jew," that grew from a whisper into a thundering din as the decade drew to a close. The invasion of May 1940 dispelled the optimistic belief, shared by most of the French nation, that the horrors that had descended on Germany could never happen to them. The family was forced to flee from Paris, first to Nice, then to Spain, and finally across the Atlantic on a banana freighter to America. Discovering the excitement of New York, Brombert nonetheless hoped to return to France in an American uniform once the United States entered the war. He joined the U.S. Army in 1943, and soon found himself with General Patton's old "Hell-on-Wheels" division at Omaha Beach, then in Paris at the time of its liberation, and later at the Battle of the Bulge. The final chapter concludes with Brombert's return to America, his enrollment at Yale University, and the beginning of a literary voyage whose origins are poignantly captured in this coming-of-age story. Trains of Thought is a virtuosic accomplishment, and a memoir that is likely to become a classic account of both memory and experience.

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    Hell on Wheels
  • Author : Maggie May
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : N.a
  • ISBN : 9780463896549
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  • Genre : Fiction
  • A sexy and humorous coming of age story about an 18-year-old girl's loss of innocence amongst the men who built the transcontinental railroad and the prostitutes who traveled with them. Falling in love and lust with several men along the way, she meets a surveyor for the railroad who offers her a different life. Will she be able to leave behind what she has seen and experienced in the Hell on Wheels camps? And will one man be enough? Very sexually explicit and meant for adults only.

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    Roosevelt's Butchers
  • Author : Timothy John Lossner
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 220
  • ISBN : 9798701467956
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  • Genre : Books
  • This is the story of Arnold Lossner, a young man of twenty two, when his life took a dramatic turn. He went from following his father's footsteps into the ministry, to following the U.S. 2nd Armored Division into battle. He became a machine gunner on an M-2 half track, and, due to his bilingual upbringing, assumed the roles of translator and interpreter when needed. The division's nickname, "Hell On Wheels", came from General George Patton, who, after watching them train, commented that the Germans were going to be facing "Hell on Wheels!". They were called "Roosevelt's butchers" by the German citizens in towns like Magdeburg and Julich, who witnessed first hand, the bloodbath that resulted with victory on the line; when taking prisoners was no longer an option. From Camp Hahn, in the California desert, to England and through Europe, the friendships that Arnold developed helped him Survive without the love and support of his family. Arnold's faith in God, and his love and passion for his wife, Jane, drove him to not only survive, but to become a hero; bravely going into battle, and beyond the call of duty, saving the life of a friend and fellow soldier. They were the first armor ashore at Normandy, the first Armor into Belgium and the first U.S. armor into Berlin. Like prizefighters facing a larger opponent, they faced tanks with larger guns and thicker armor, forcing them to spar and parry in order to gain any strategic advantage. The smaller, more maneuverable Sherman tanks would swarm the Germans in all out free for alls, like packs of wolves bringing down their larger prey. They were, as described by Stanley Baron of the London Times, "Americans at their most magnificent!".

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    Hell on Wheels
  • Author : Bill Hayes
  • Publisher : Motorbooks International
  • Pages : 195
  • ISBN : 9780760345795
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  • Genre : Transportation
  • "Bill Hayes' Hell on Wheels is an illustrated history to many motorcycle clubs' histories, including the stories, slogans, insignias, characters, and conflicts that made each club what it is today"--

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    The Blue Tattoo
  • Author : Margot Mifflin
  • Publisher : U of Nebraska Press
  • Pages : 277
  • ISBN : 9780803211483
  • Reader Reviews : 13
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • "Based on historical records, including the letters and diaries of Oatman's friends and relatives, The Blue Tattoo is the first book to examine her life from her childhood in Illinois including the massacre, her captivity, and her return to white society - to her later years as a wealthy banker's wife in Texas."--BOOK JACKET.

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    The Last Spike
  • Author : Pierre Berton
  • Publisher : Anchor Canada
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN : 9780385673549
  • Reader Reviews : 2
  • Genre : History
  • In the four years between 1881 and 1885, Canada was forged into one nation by the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The Last Spike reconstructs the incredible story of how some 2,000 miles of steel crossed the continent in just five years — exactly half the time stipulated in the contract. Pierre Berton recreates the adventures that were part of this vast undertaking: the railway on the brink of bankruptcy, with one hour between it and ruin; the extraordinary land boom of Winnipeg in 1881–1882; and the epic tale of how William Van Horne rushed 3,000 soldiers over a half-finished railway to quell the Riel Rebellion. Dominating the whole saga are the men who made it all possible — a host of astonishing characters: Van Horne, the powerhouse behind the vision of a transcontinental railroad; Rogers, the eccentric surveyor; Onderdonk, the cool New Yorker; Stephen, the most emotional of businessmen; Father Lacombe, the black-robed voyageur; Sam Steele, of the North West Mounted Police; Gabriel Dumont, the Prince of the Prairies; more than 7,000 Chinese workers, toiling and dying in the canyons of the Fraser Valley; and many more — land sharks, construction geniuses, politicians, and entrepreneurs — all of whom played a role in the founding of the new Canada west of Ontario.

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    Duty
  • Author : Robert M. Gates
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Pages : 642
  • ISBN : 9780307949639
  • Reader Reviews : 13
  • Genre : Biography & Autobiography
  • After serving six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, Robert M. Gates believed that he had left Washington politics behind for good—but when he received the call from the White House in 2006 to help a nation mired in two wars, he answered what he felt was the call of duty. Forthright and unsparing, Duty is Gates’s behind-the-scenes account of his nearly five years as a Secretary of Defense at war: the battles with Congress, the two presidents he served, the military itself, and the vast Pentagon bureaucracy; his efforts to help George W. Bush turn the tide in Iraq; his role as a guiding (and often dissenting) voice for Barack Obama; and, most importantly, his ardent devotion to and love for American soldiers. Offering unvarnished appraisals of our political leaders, including Dick Cheney, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton, Duty tells a powerful and deeply personal story, giving us an unprecedented look at two administrations and the wars that have defined them.

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    Hell on Wheels 4
  • Author : Jean Starnes
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Pages : 102
  • ISBN : 9780595362400
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  • Genre : Humor
  • From the time she was born with Cerebral Palsy, Jean Starnes has used her humor, intelligence and determination to meet many challenges. Unable to walk, she attained two master degrees and worked forty years as a teacher and a Psychological Associate with children and adults who had various handicaps. She, as a single parent, adopted and raised a son. Jean has written four books. The first, Hell on Wheels, was an autobiography. The others, including this one, are mostly collections of her columns written for the Midland Reporter-Telegram Newspaper. Jean's unique sense of humor shines through her books which will appeal to the handicapped and the able-bodied alike.

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    Under and Alone
  • Author : William Queen
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Pages : 306
  • ISBN : 9780812969528
  • Reader Reviews : 19
  • Genre : True Crime
  • In 1998, William Queen was a veteran law enforcement agent with a lifelong love of motorcycles and a lack of patience with paperwork. When a “confidential informant” made contact with his boss at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, offering to take an agent inside the San Fernando chapter of the Mongols (the scourge of Southern California, and one of the most dangerous gangs in America), Queen jumped at the chance, not realizing that he was kicking-starting the most extensive undercover operation inside an outlaw motorcycle gang in the history of American law enforcement. Nor did Queen suspect that he would penetrate the gang so successfully that he would become a fully “patched-in” member, eventually rising through their ranks to the office of treasurer, where he had unprecedented access to evidence of their criminal activity. After Queen spent twenty-eight months as “Billy St. John,” the bearded, beer-swilling, Harley-riding gang-banger, the truth of his identity became blurry, even to himself. During his initial “prospecting” phase, Queen was at the mercy of crank-fueled criminal psychopaths who sought to have him test his mettle and prove his fealty by any means necessary, from selling (and doing) drugs, to arms trafficking, stealing motorcycles, driving getaway cars, and, in one shocking instance, stitching up the face of a Mongol “ol’ lady” after a particularly brutal beating at the hands of her boyfriend. Yet despite the constant criminality of the gang, for whom planning cop killings and gang rapes were business as usual, Queen also came to see the genuine camaraderie they shared. When his lengthy undercover work totally isolated Queen from family, his friends, and ATF colleagues, the Mongols felt like the only family he had left. “I had no doubt these guys genuinely loved Billy St. John and would have laid down their lives for him. But they wouldn’t hesitate to murder Billy Queen.” From Queen’s first sleight of hand with a line of methamphetamine in front of him and a knife at his throat, to the fearsome face-off with their decades-old enemy, the Hell’s Angels (a brawl that left three bikers dead), to the heartbreaking scene of a father ostracized at Parents’ Night because his deranged-outlaw appearance precluded any interaction with regular citizens, Under and Alone is a breathless, adrenaline-charged read that puts you on the street with some of the most dangerous men in America and with the law enforcement agents who risk everything to bring them in.

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    Ready Player One
  • Author : Ernest Cline
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN : 9780307887450
  • Reader Reviews : 3504
  • Genre : Fiction
  • #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Now a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg. “Enchanting . . . Willy Wonka meets The Matrix.”—USA Today • “As one adventure leads expertly to the next, time simply evaporates.”—Entertainment Weekly A world at stake. A quest for the ultimate prize. Are you ready? In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the OASIS, a vast virtual world where most of humanity spends their days. When the eccentric creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of fiendish puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop culture of decades past. Whoever is first to solve them will inherit his vast fortune—and control of the OASIS itself. Then Wade cracks the first clue. Suddenly he’s beset by rivals who’ll kill to take this prize. The race is on—and the only way to survive is to win. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Entertainment Weekly • San Francisco Chronicle • Village Voice • Chicago Sun-Times • iO9 • The AV Club “Delightful . . . the grown-up’s Harry Potter.”—HuffPost “An addictive read . . . part intergalactic scavenger hunt, part romance, and all heart.”—CNN “A most excellent ride . . . Cline stuffs his novel with a cornucopia of pop culture, as if to wink to the reader.”—Boston Globe “Ridiculously fun and large-hearted . . . Cline is that rare writer who can translate his own dorky enthusiasms into prose that’s both hilarious and compassionate.”—NPR “[A] fantastic page-turner . . . starts out like a simple bit of fun and winds up feeling like a rich and plausible picture of future friendships in a world not too distant from our own.”—iO9

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    Hell on Wheels
  • Author : Madlen Dye,Nick Dye
  • Publisher : N.a
  • Pages : 0
  • ISBN : 022887307X
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  • Genre : Business & Economics
  • Hell on Wheels, a non-fiction book, is a culmination of stories from my perspective as a ride-share driver, as well as strangers I have met. The book consists of 54 chapters, and each one is like driving with me in the moment. I had to drive for a ride-share company to make ends meet. I named the novel Hell on Wheels because whenever I drove passengers it was like driving in hell. The novel is the truth behind the wheel. I want to help people understand what it takes to be a driver for a ride-share company. Before you sign in for hell, read my book.

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    The Iron Way
  • Author : William G. Thomas
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Pages : 291
  • ISBN : 9780300171686
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : History
  • How railroads both united and divided us: “Integrates military and social history…a must-read for students, scholars and enthusiasts alike.”—Civil War Monitor Beginning with Frederick Douglass’s escape from slavery in 1838 on the railroad, and ending with the driving of the golden spike to link the transcontinental railroad in 1869, this book charts a critical period of American expansion and national formation, one largely dominated by the dynamic growth of railroads and telegraphs. William G. Thomas brings new evidence to bear on railroads, the Confederate South, slavery, and the Civil War era, based on groundbreaking research in digitized sources never available before. The Iron Way revises our ideas about the emergence of modern America and the role of the railroads in shaping the sectional conflict. Both the North and the South invested in railroads to serve their larger purposes, Thomas contends. Though railroads are often cited as a major factor in the Union’s victory, he shows that they were also essential to the formation of “the South” as a unified region. He discusses the many—and sometimes unexpected—effects of railroad expansion, and proposes that America’s great railroads became an important symbolic touchstone for the nation’s vision of itself. “In this provocative and deeply researched book, William G. Thomas follows the railroad into virtually every aspect of Civil War history, showing how it influenced everything from slavery’s antebellum expansion to emancipation and segregation—from guerrilla warfare to grand strategy. At every step, Thomas challenges old assumptions and finds new connections on this much-traveled historical landscape."—T.J. Stiles, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

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    Hell on Wheels
  • Author : Z.A. Maxfield
  • Publisher : Riptide Publishing
  • Pages : 291
  • ISBN : 9781626491724
  • Reader Reviews : 1
  • Genre : Fiction
  • Nash is the reliable one in the Holly family, the guy everyone counts on to keep things going. His genius twin brother is off at university, so Nash runs the family’s auto repair business and cares for his partially-paralyzed little sister while his crackpot father invents. His life seems mapped out for the foreseeable future, however much that might chafe. So when Wolf’s Landing actor Spencer Kepler-Constantine lands in his life, Nash is ready for a diversion. Spencer is in the middle of a very painful, very public divorce and isn’t ready for a relationship — not that Nash wants one. But they both need a friend, especially one with benefits. As they grow closer, Nash starts to see his family in a whole new light. Do they really need him so badly? Or does he simply need to be needed? Then Spencer’s ex reappears with a grand romantic gesture, and Nash has to figure out what he wants — and how to get it — before Spencer’s gone for good.