Bullet Magnet

Britain's Most Highly Decorated Frontline Soldier

Author: Mick Flynn

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297860011

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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A raw, honest and evocative account of life as the most highly decorated serving soldier in the British Army. From the breakneck pace of an opening where he is in action in Helmand province, under fire from the Taliban, Mick Flynn pulls no punches. It's obvious that he is a trained killer. But how did it reach this point? The journey starts with his childhood, a working class lad, learning to fight and finding himself repeatedly on the wrong side of the law. Even after joining the Army he is found at fault and jailed, an experience that finally shocks him into behaving himself. From there, it is off to Northern Ireland and straight into hotspots where Mick's courage and determination are all that keep him alive. There's love too: his estranged wife, Denise, is being brought back into the picture, just as Mick tries to start a new life with his girlfriend Rachel. Can he manage to separate his ferocious soldiering persona from the real Mick? As things remain complicated, Mike flings himself into further tours of duty, in Bosnia, Iraq, the Falklands. Action-packed, shoots-from-the-hip narration from an engaging hero, this is gritty realism at its most shocking.
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Papers, Poetry & Prose

An Anthology of Eighth Grade Writing

Author: pierce Middle School

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1440142793

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 168

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Papers, Poetry & Prose offers a reminder to all of us that dealing with life as a teen can be an emotional, difficult, and challenging. It also reminds us that friendships, new experiences and growing up is an amazing experience. Sit back reflect and remember your teen years as these students share theirs. No celebrities here, just dedicated young writers exercising their voices. Papers, Poetry & Prose is a teenage perspective on life. Eighth grade students from Pierce Middle School in Waterford, Michigan open their writer's notebooks and inspire other teens to pick up their pens and write. They take on topics that are funny, sad, creative and difficult. The ideas range from tiny hurdles that are faced in daily life, to obstacles that no one should have to face. The writings include poems, memories, stories and insights. The writing presented is created through a writer's workshop format which allowed the students to choose their own topics, revise and peer edit as well as share their ideas and work along the way.
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Ten Thousand Birds

Ornithology since Darwin

Author: Tim Birkhead,Jo Wimpenny,Bob Montgomerie

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400848830

Category: Nature

Page: 544

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Ten Thousand Birds provides a thoroughly engaging and authoritative history of modern ornithology, tracing how the study of birds has been shaped by a succession of visionary and often-controversial personalities, and by the unique social and scientific contexts in which these extraordinary individuals worked. This beautifully illustrated book opens in the middle of the nineteenth century when ornithology was a museum-based discipline focused almost exclusively on the anatomy, taxonomy, and classification of dead birds. It describes how in the early 1900s pioneering individuals such as Erwin Stresemann, Ernst Mayr, and Julian Huxley recognized the importance of studying live birds in the field, and how this shift thrust ornithology into the mainstream of the biological sciences. The book tells the stories of eccentrics like Colonel Richard Meinertzhagen, a pathological liar who stole specimens from museums and quite likely murdered his wife, and describes the breathtaking insights and discoveries of ambitious and influential figures such as David Lack, Niko Tinbergen, Robert MacArthur, and others who through their studies of birds transformed entire fields of biology. Ten Thousand Birds brings this history vividly to life through the work and achievements of those who advanced the field. Drawing on a wealth of archival material and in-depth interviews, this fascinating book reveals how research on birds has contributed more to our understanding of animal biology than the study of just about any other group of organisms.
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Words and Images

Chinese Poetry, Calligraphy, and Painting

Author: Alfreda Murck,Wen Fong

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 0870996045

Category: Calligraphy, Chinese

Page: 589

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In May of 1985, an international symposium was held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in honor of John M. Crawford, Jr., whose gifts of Chinese calligraphy and painting have constituted a significant addition to the Museum's holdings. Over a three-day period, senior scholars from China, Japan, Taiwan, Europe, and the United States expressed a wide range of perspectives on an issue central to the history of Chinese visual aesthetics: the relationships between poetry, calligraphy, and painting. The practice of integrating the three art forms-known as san-chiieh, or the three perfections-in one work of art emerged during the Sung and Yuan dynasties largely in the context of literati culture, and it has stimulated lively critical discussion ever since. This publication contains twenty-three essays based on the papers presented at the Crawford symposium. Grouped by subject matter in a roughly chronological order, these essays reflect research on topics spanning two millennia of Chinese history. The result is an interdisciplinary exploration of the complex set of relationships between words and images by art historians, literary historians, and scholars of calligraphy. Their findings provide us with a new level of understanding of this rich and complicated subject and suggest further directions for the study of Chinese art history. The essays are accompanied by 255 illustrations, some of which reproduce works rarely published. Chinese characters have been provided throughout the text for artists names, terms, titles of works of art and literature, and important historical figures, as well as for excerpts of selected poetry and prose. A chronology, also containing Chinese characters, and an extensive index contribute to making this book illuminating and invaluable to both the specialist and the layman.
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