Zen Masters by Steven Heine, Dale Wright

Zen Masters by Steven Heine , Dale Wright
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Overview: Extending their successful series of collections on Zen Buddhism, Heine and Wright present a fifth volume, on what may be the most important topic of all – Zen Masters. Following two volumes on Zen literature (Zen Classics and The Zen Canon) and two volumes on Zen practice (The Koan and Zen Ritual) they now propose a volume on the most significant product of the Zen tradition – the Zen masters who have made this kind of Buddhism the most renowned in the world by emphasizing the role of eminent spiritual leaders and their function in establishing centers, forging lineages, and creating literature and art. Zen masters in China, and later in Korea and Japan, were among the cultural leaders of their times. Stories about their comportment and powers circulated widely throughout East Asia. In this volume ten leading Zen scholars focus on the image of the Zen master as it has been projected over the last millennium by the classic literature of this tradition. Each chapter looks at a single prominent master. Authors assess the master’s personality and charisma, his reported behavior and comportment, his relationships with teachers, rivals and disciplines, lines of transmission, primary teachings, the practices he emphasized, sayings and catch-phrases associated with him, his historical and social context, representations and icons, and enduring influences.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs > Religious Leader Biographies

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Why We Need Fats

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What Will Be Made Plain by Latayne C. Scott

Valley of Death by Scott Mariani

Upton and the Army by Stephen E. Ambrose

Upton and the Army by Stephen E. Ambrose
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Overview: This book is a biography on Emory Upton’s career from a commissioned second lieutenant in the Fifth United States Artillery to his death by suicide in 1881.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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Undercover With The Earl (brotherhood Of The …

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Three Minutes to Doomsday by Joe Navarro

Three Minutes to Doomsday: An Agent, a Traitor, and the Worst Espionage Breach in U.S. History by Joe Navarro
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Overview: An intense cat-and-mouse game played between two brilliant men in the last days of the Cold War, this shocking insider’s story shows how a massive giveaway of secret war plans and nuclear secrets threatened America with annihilation.

In 1988 Joe Navarro, one of the youngest agents ever hired by the FBI, was dividing his time between SWAT assignments, flying air reconnaissance, and working counter-intelligence. But his real expertise was “reading” body language. He possessed an uncanny ability to glean the thoughts of those he interrogated.

So it was that, on a routine assignment to interview a “person of interest”-a former American soldier named Rod Ramsay-Navarro noticed his interviewee’s hand trembling slightly when he was asked about another soldier who had recently been arrested in Germany on suspicion of espionage. That thin lead was enough for the FBI agent to insist to his bosses that an investigation be opened.

What followed is unique in the annals of espionage detection-a two-year-long battle of wits. The dueling antagonists: an FBI agent who couldn’t overtly tip to his target that he suspected him of wrongdoing lest he clam up, and a traitor whose weakness was the enjoyment he derived from sparring with his inquisitor. Navarro’s job was made even more difficult by his adversary’s brilliance: not only did Ramsay possess an authentic photographic memory as well as the second highest IQ ever recorded by the US Army, he was bored by people who couldn’t match his erudition. To ensure that the information flow would continue, Navarro had to pre-choreograph every interview, becoming a chess master plotting twenty moves in advance.

And the backdrop to this mental tug of war was the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the very real possibility that its leaders, in a last bid to alter the course of history, might launch a devastating attack. If they did, they would have Ramsay to thank, because as Navarro would learn over the course of forty-two mind-bending interviews, Ramsay had, by his stunning intelligence giveaways, handed the Soviets the ability to utterly destroy the US.

The story of a determined hero who pushed himself to jaw-dropping levels of exhaustion and who rallied his team to expose undreamed of vulnerabilities in America’s defense, Three Minutes to Doomsday will leave the reader with disturbing thoughts of the risks the country takes even today with its most protected national secrets.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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The Third Tower- Journeys in Italy by Antal Szerb

The Third Tower- Journeys in Italy by Antal Szerb
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Overview: In August 1936 a Hungarian writer in his mid-thirties arrives by train in Venice, on a journey overshadowed by the coming war and charged with intense personal nostalgia.

Aware that he might never again visit this land whose sites and scenes had once exercised a strange and terrifying power over his imagination, he immerses himself in a stream of discoveries, reappraisals and inevitable self-revelations. From Venice, he traces the route taken by the Germanic invaders of old down to Ravenna, to stand, fulfilling a lifelong dream, before the sacred mosaics of San Vitale.

This journey into his private past brings Antal Szerb firmly, and at times painfully, up against an explosive present, producing some memorable observations on the social wonders and existential horrors of Mussolini’s new Roman Imperium.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs > Travel > Italy > Venice

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The Take by L. Brown

The Sudden Appearance of Hope


The Sudden Appearance of Hope
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The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters

The Other Side of the Wall by Mario Reynoso

The Other Side of the Wall: An ultramarathoner’s story by Mario Reynoso
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Overview: THE FINAL PART OF A ONE-HUNDRED MILE RACE CAN BE A VERY LONELY PLACE." Steve Cairns

"WHEN THE FATIGUE IS SO GREAT THAT YOU BELIEVE YOU CAN’T GO ANY FARTHER, SEARCH, LOOK WITHIN YOURSELF AND I PROMISE YOU THAT YOU WILL FIND MORE." Ken Chlouber, Race director, Leadville 100

Have you ever heard the phrase "The great ones are not the ones who have never failed, but the ones who have never failed to give up?" Mario Reynoso is one who has never given up. In this book not only does he tell you how he became an ultramarathoner; he delivers his soul to you, his passion for overcoming pain, fatigue, and mistakes. His story is one that shows that happiness is found on the road, not at the finish line.

A book that teaches you that the mind is the most powerful muscle for every runner.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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The Known, the Secret, the Forgotten by Joan Wheelis

The Known, the Secret, the Forgotten: A Memoir by Joan Wheelis
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Overview: Crafted from slivers of reminiscence and reflection, Joan Wheelis’s beautifully written memoir explores the intricacies of attachment and the perils of love and inevitable loss.

We glimpse the author’s childhood in San Francisco and her relationship with her distinguished psychoanalyst parents through a series of jewel-like vignettes. She explores her past through her questions about life and the lessons her parents taught her about the existence of God, how to cut a napoleon and build a fire, and the hazards of self-deception.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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The Ghost of Hollow House by Linda Stratmann