The Day of the Jackal

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The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth Summary

One of the most celebrated thrillers ever written, The Day of the Jackal created a new thriller genre. It is the electrifying story of an anonymous Englishman who in, the spring of 1963, was hired by Colonel Marc Rodin, Operations Chief of the OAS, to assassinate General de Gaulle.

Chacal

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Chacal by Frederick Forsyth Summary

Traduit de l'anglais par Henri Robillot A cent trente mètres de là et six étages plus haut, le Chacal tenait fermement son fusil bien calé au centre du coussin, l'œil vissé à la lunette. Il distinguait avec netteté la visière du képi, les yeux cernés au creux des orbites, la tempe grisonnante au milieu de laquelle se croisaient les fils du collimateur. Doucement, sans hâte, il pressa la détente... Une fraction de seconde plus tard, il considérait le centre de la cour sans parvenir à en croire ses yeux.

The Negotiator

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The kidnapping of a young man on a country road in Oxfordshire is but the first brutal step in a ruthless plan to force the President of the United States out of office. If it succeeds, he will be psychologically and emotionally destroyed. Only one man can stop it - Quinn, the world's foremost Negotiator, who must bargain for the life of an innocent man, unaware that ransom was never the kidnapper's real objective . . . The Negotiator unfolds with the spellbinding excitement, unceasing surprise and riveting detail that are the hallmarks of Frederick Forsyth, the master storyteller.

The Films of Fred Zinnemann

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The Films of Fred Zinnemann by Arthur Nolletti Summary

Fred Zinnemann, celebrated director of such classic films as High Noon, From Here to Eternity, and A Man for All Seasons, is studied here in a book-length work for the first time. Zinnemann’s fifty-year career includes twenty-two feature films, which are characterized by an unshakable belief in human dignity, a preoccupation with moral and social issues, a warm and sympathetic treatment of character, and consummate technical artistry. In discussing such issues as the role of Zinnemann’s documentary aesthetic throughout his career, the relationship between his life and his art, his use and construction of history, and the central importance of women characters in his films, The Films of Fred Zinnemann lends new perspectives to the work of a major filmmaker and makes a significant contribution to the study of American cinema.

The Day of the Locust and Miss Lonelyhearts

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In The Day of the Locust a young artist, Tod Hackett, arrives in LA full of dreams. But celebrity and artifice rule and he soon joins the ranks of the disenchanted that drift around the fringes of Hollywood. When he meets Faye Greener, an aspiring actress, he is intoxicated and his desperate passion explodes into rage... Miss Lonelyhearts is a decidedly off-kilter, darkly comic tale set in New York in the early 30s. A nameless man is assigned to produce a newspaper advice column. It was meant to be a joke. But as endless letters from the Desperate, Sick-of-it-All and Disillusioned pile up for Miss Lonelyhearts's attention the joke begins to escape him...

The Jackal of Nar

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The Jackal of Nar by John Marco Summary

This powerful, multilayered saga features a complicated hero: brave yet sensitive General Richius Vantran. Ordered by the Emperor to halt a revolt by a religious faction, Vantran's success wins him both Imperial favor and a wife--though neither sits well with him. For in battle, he fell in love with a member of the very religious faction he put down. Torn between duty and passion, Vantran surprises himself by choosing to love the enemy--and march against his old companions.

L'Outsider

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L'Outsider by Frederick Forsyth Summary

« Au cours de mon existence, j'ai échappé de justesse à la fureur d'un trafiquant d'armes de Hambourg, j'ai été mitraillé par un Mig pendant la guerre civile au Nigeria, et j'ai atterri en Guinée-Bissau au beau milieu d'un sanglant coup d'état. La Stasi m'a arrêté, les Israéliens m'ont chouchouté, l'IRA m'a réexpédié en catastrophe d'Irlande en Angleterre, et une certaine Tchèque tout à fait charmante, agent de la police secrète... bref, ce qu'elle m'a fait était plus intime. Et tout cela n'était que prémices et amuse-gueules. Ces divers événements furent vécus de l'intérieur. Mais aussi, et toujours, de l'extérieur. En outsider. » Avant de devenir le maître du roman d'espionnage que l'on sait (Chacal, Les chiens de guerre, Le 4e Protocole...), Frederick Forsyth fut le plus jeune pilote de la Royal Air Force, puis l'un des meilleurs grands reporters de sa génération. Il revient dans cette autobiographie sur son parcours exceptionnel, une vie d'aventures passionnantes qui ont inspiré nombre de ses best-sellers.

Fred Zinnemann

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Fred Zinnemann by Neil Sinyard Summary

Director Fred Zinnemann was one of the most honored and revered directors of Hollywood’s golden age. Peter Ustinov said, “Working with him was a permanent lesson in integrity.” Zinnemann will always be remembered for such award-winning classics as High Noon, From Here to Eternity and A Man for All Seasons, and for his direction of such stars as Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Rod Steiger, Spencer Tracy, Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Robert Mitchum, Jane Fonda, Meryl Streep and Sean Connery. Above all, he deserves to be appreciated for raising the intelligence of popular cinema, making individualist dramas of conscience that could appeal to mass audiences without condescending to them and without compromising the director’s vision. This book, the first single-author survey of Zinnemann’s career, draws on the author’s personal interviews with Zinnemann and reveals the coherence and subtlety of the director’s work. The first part of the book deals with Zinnemann’s struggle to make films of his own choosing in his own way, up to his breakthrough with The Search. The remainder of the text discusses Zinnemann’s post–Search films according to major themes, including the ravages of war, the “sovereignty of selfhood,” character as destiny, the outsider in society, and politics and the liberal conscience. A list of Zinnemann’s awards is provided.

Imagined Australia

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Imagined Australia by Renata Summo-O'Connell Summary

From Terra Nullius to Land of Opportunities and Last Frontier, the European dream has constructed and deconstructed Australia to feed its imagination of new societies. At the same time Australia has over the last two centuries forged and re-invented its own liaisons with Europe arguably to carve out its identity. From the arts to social sciences, to society itself, a complex dynamic has grown between the two continents in ways that invite study and discussion. A transnational research group has begun its collective investigation project of which this first volume is the outcome. The book is a substantial multidisciplinary collection of current research and offers critical perspectives on culture, literature and history around themes at the heart of the Imagined Australia project. The essays instigate reflection, discovery and discussion of how reciprocal imagining between Australia and Europe has articulated itself and ways and dimensions in which a relationship between communities, imagined and not, has unfolded.

Kill list

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Identifiez-le. Trouvez-le. Tuez-le ! La « Kill List » : le secret le mieux gardé du gouvernement américain. Les noms de tous ceux qui menacent la sécurité du monde. Le Prédicateur : l'ennemi public no1. Un fanatique islamiste qui incite les jeunes musulmans à tuer des personnalités occidentales de premier plan. Le Traqueur : ex-US Marine, un des agents antiterroristes les plus redoutables des Etats-Unis. Alors qu'une vague de massacres déferle sur l'Occident, ordre est donné d'éliminer le Prédicateur. Mais comment arrêter une ombre ? «Vous aurez des frissons dans le dos en réalisant que tout ce que raconte Forsyth pourrait se dérouler aujourd'hui même... Les fans de Chacal ne seront pas déçus ! » The Express Tribune « Un thriller qui carbure à la testostérone. » The New York Times

The Novels of Bhabani Bhattacharya

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Bhabani Bhattacharya Is One Of The Remarkable Novelists In The Realm Of Indo-English Fiction. This Anthology Containing Twenty Articles By Dedicated Indian Scholars Deals With Almost All The Significant Aspects Of Bhattacharya S Fictional World. All The Six Novels Focussed Upon Are : So Many Hungers!, Music Of Mohini, He Who Rides A Tiger, A Goddess Named Gold, Shadow From Ladakh, A Dream In Hawaii. It Is Hoped That Present Critical Study Will Be Helpful To The Teachers, Research Scholars And Students For Recent Studies On Bhabani Bhattacharya.

Lair of the Jackal

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Lair of the Jackal by Daniel Molitor Summary

Archaeologists Steven and Catherine Gordon specialize in solving the puzzles of the past, but this time they've dug up something different--an object linked to a modern mystery...and murder! When Steven vanishes from his dive site in Alexandria, Catherine must piece together what few clues are left behind and follow a trail that leads from the shadows of the pyramids to the maze of twisting streets in Cairo's City of the Dead. As they rush toward a thrilling finale, Catherine and Steven find themselves chased by a demented assassin oblivious to pain, buried alive in a desert tomb, and stalked by killers who've been waiting for them since the time of the pharaohs. "It's The Mummy meets MacGyver!" "Big time fun...with fascinating details and a killer ending!" 448pp, softcover.

The Adding Machine

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"Sheer pleasure. . . . Wonderfully entertaining."—Chicago Sun-Times Acclaimed by Norman Mailer more than twenty years ago as "possibly the only American writer of genius," William S. Burroughs has produced a body of work unique in our time. In these scintillating essays, he writes wittily and wisely about himself, his interests, his influences, his friends and foes. He offers candid and not always flattering assessments of such diverse writers as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Samuel Beckett, and Marcel Proust. He ruminates on science and the often dubious paths into which it seems intent on leading us, whether into outer or inner space. He reviews his reviewers, explains his famous "cut-up" method, and discusses the role coincidence has played in his life and work. As satirist and parodist, William Burroughs has no peer, as these varied works, written over three decades, amply reveal.

The Rise and Splendour of the Chinese Empire

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Download or read The Rise and Splendour of the Chinese Empire book by clicking button below to visit the book download website. There are multiple format available for you to choose (Pdf, ePub, Doc).

At the Tomb of the Inflatable Pig

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Paraguay - the name conjures up everything most exotic and extreme in South America. It's a place of hellish jungles, dictators, fraudsters and Nazis, utopian experiments, missionaries and lurid coups. It's not a place for the timid tourist. It doesn't even have its own guidebook. But Paraguay, as revealed in this outstanding new travel book, is among the most beautiful and captivating countries in the world. The beguiling Paraguayans, despised and feared by their neighbours, are unfathomable. They adore Diana, Princess of Wales, as if she were still alive and hundreds volunteered to fight for Britain in the Falklands War. Their politics are Byzantine but when the Vice-President is murdered, they call in Scotland Yard. Discover more about the unique traditions of South American culture through this fascinating piece of travel journalism.

King of the Turkeys

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King of the Turkeys by Robert Cettl Summary

Michael Caine.He may be a two-time Oscar winner but at one point in his career his resume boasted more flops, turkeys and movie disasters than any actor would care to have on their CV.Though his early screen career 1966 to 1974 courted American film directors such as Robert Aldrich and Don Siegel, Caine maintained a steadfast Englishness. Until, that is, the soaring taxes in pre-Thatcher Britain turned him, as it had his friends and fellow actors Sean Connery and Roger Moore, into a tax exile.Needing to re-establish his career in Hollywood, the decade from 1976 to 1986 saw Caine accept roles in films so bad the critics derided them. With flop after flop, loss after loss it seemed at this time that the future two-time Oscar winner was bound to be a box-office two-time loser. But Caine persisted, his career rebounded and by the time he returned to the UK was an American and international star.Comprehensively researched, referenced and written by former Australian National Film & Sound Archive SAR Research Fellow Robert Cettl, King of the Turkeys is an affectionate, evaluative and informative historical portrait of Caine's brush with America 1966 to 1987.

The Phantom of the Cinema

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The Phantom of the Cinema by Lloyd Michaels Summary

The first book to focus on the representation of character in film, encompassing the art cinema, popular movies, and documentaries.

Stein On Writing

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Your future as a writer is in your hands. Whether you are a newcomer or an accomplished professional, a novelist, story writer, or a writer of nonfiction, you will find this book a wealth of immediately useful guidance not available anywhere else. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of useable solutions-- how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place." You will find one of the great unspoken secrets of craftsmanship in Chapter 5, called "Markers: The Key to Swift Characterization." In Chapter 7, Stein reveals for he first time in print the wonderful system for creating instant conflict developed in the Playwrights Group of the Actors Studio, of which he was a founder. In "Secrets of Good Dialogue," the premier teacher of dialogue gives you the instantly useable techniques that not only make verbal exchanges exciting but that move the story forward immediately. You won't need to struggle with flashbacks or background material after you've read Chapter 14, which shows you how to bring background into the foreground. Writers of both fiction and nonfiction will relish the amphetamines for speeding up pace, and the many ways to liposuction flab, as well as how to tap originality and recognize what successful titles have in common. You'll discover literary values that enhance writing, providing depth and resonance. You'll bless the day you read Chapters 32 and 33 and discover why revising by starting at page one can be a serious mistake, and how to revise without growing cold on your manuscript. In the pages of this book, nonfiction writers will find a passport to the new revolution in journalism and a guide to using the techniques of fiction to enhance nonfiction. Fresh, useful, informative, and fun to read and reread, Stein on Writing is a book you will mark up, dog-ear, and cherish.

Understanding Terrorism

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As in previous editions, Understanding Terrorism, Third Edition offers a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive exploration of contemporary terrorism that helps readers develop the knowledge and skills they need to critically assess terrorism in general and terrorist incidents in particular. The Third Edition offers new, updated theories and cases, covers homeland security in the opening chapter and throughout the book, offers a consolidated discussion of ideological terrorism, and offers new photographs, updated tables, enhanced graphics and a new two-color design. Key Features Provides a “one-stop shop” for understanding terrorism, emphasizing contextual analysis and multiple perspectives Offers new or expanded case studies and profiles, covering such topics as the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, women as terrorists, events in Zimbabwe, the Palestinian movement and other religious terrorism, the death of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, Hezbollah, FARC (including the Betancourt operation), recent narco-terrorist events in Mexico, and terrorist profiles of Leila Khaled and Abu Nidal Includes “Opening Viewpoints” at the beginning of each chapter with relevant examples to introduce readers to the themes and theories in the discussion that follows Updated throughout with new Chapter Perspectives, Cases in Point, photos, literature references, recommended readings, web exercises, and recommended web pages Ends each chapter with “Discussion Boxes” that provide controversial information, along critical thinking questions to stimulate classroom discussions

The Jackal's Share

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A gripping spy thriller from a new Le Carre Boundless wealth hides the deepest secrets . . . When a charismatic billionaire asks Ben Webster to investigate his personal affairs it isn’t long before the private spy is convinced that there is something very wrong with his new client. What is Darius Qazai’s real motive for contacting Webster? And what – beneath his generous, honourable image – does he have to hide? Soon Webster will discover that the tycoon's secret is far bigger and more dangerous than he could have imagined, and that his new enemy will think nothing of destroying him, or his family . . . In a heart-pounding journey which will take readers from London to Marrakech, from Italy to Dubai, Chris Morgan Jones once again asserts himself as the spy thriller writer for a new generation. Also in the Ben Webster series: An Agent of Deceit Praise for Chris Morgan Jones' Ben Webster series: ‘The best spy adventure I’ve read in a long time’ The Times ‘The Jackal's Share reunites us with corporate spy Ben Webster from his debut An Agent of Deceit. Morgan Jones does invite comparisons with Le Carre, and never more so than in this elegant novel about the dark, amoral charisma of the super-rich. Murky, mesmerising stuff’ Guardian ‘Moves at tremendous pace and teems with exciting moments . . . such a clever and entertaining novel’ The Times ‘Chris Morgan Jones's debut novel, An Agent of Deceit, was rightly praised for continuing the reconfiguration of the spy novel begun by such terrific authors as Charles Cumming after the Berlin Wall came down and east versus west became too simplistic an analysis of world politics. But with The Jackal's Share it becomes clear that, actually, Morgan Jones is writing detective as well as spy fiction. The novel is as much Raymond Chandler as John le Carré; as much The Big Sleep as The Spy Who Came in From the Cold . . . Morgan Jones has more than equalled his powerful debut ’ Observer ‘Accomplished and believable’ Sunday Times ‘An elegant, tense thriller’ Grazia 'Morgan Jones's prose is clean and cold, crisp and ominous . . . this is a world Morgan Jones knows, and it shows’ Observer