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AmeXit: America’s Departure from Reason

In the aftermath of the 2008 elections, where an African-American was elected president, there was widespread consensus that anyone in America, regardless of race, gender or creed, could aspire to become anything, even president! We hailed it at the time as evidence of American Exceptionalism, without realizing that this could also be true in the opposite/negative. The 2016 presidential election pitted against each other, two New Yorkers who couldn’t be more different. Donald Trump, a novice politician, emerged from a crowded GOP field while Hillary Clinton, erstwhile Senator and Secretary of State, emerged for the Democrats. AmeXit is a collection...

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The Intelligent Advertiser: The Definitive Guide to Finding Value in Local Broadcast Media

HOW TO BE AN INTELLIGENT INVESTER — AND ADVERTISER In 1949 Benjamin Graham, a legendary investor, author, and teacher, published one of the most popular books ever written about investing in the stock market, The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. Graham pioneered his value investing philosophy at Columbia Business School after the Great Depression. His approach is still followed today by some of the world’s top investors, including and especially his most famous student—Warren Buffett. I believe the core principles of value investing in the stock market also apply to the world of advertising. Whether you’re buying...

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Voyage Magique

This book is a personal story centering on exploring your roots, and an early-age determination to achieve your dream. At the young age of 17, this “Yooper” from the city of Escanaba in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, wished to journey to France and experience the country of her family’s origin. As her 1968 travel journal shows, during high school she helped organize a challenging way to earn money to participate in a six-week educational opportunity to complete foreign study in Vanves, France, a suburb of Paris. Just after high school graduation, together with 5 high school friends, she experienced a transatlantic...

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Indiana Shanachie: A Hoosier’s Tales of Ireland

Indiana Shanachie, a Hoosier’s Tales of Ireland offers a Midwesterner’s unique peek into the people and places of County Donegal, Ireland. Isolated in the far northwest corner of Ireland, this very special place holds unbelievably beautiful scenery, as well as some of the finest people on the planet. The tales in this book describe personal visits ranging from 1980 to 2018, and cover topics as varied as undertaking and turf cutting, to old stone cottages and St. John’s Eve bonfires. The elusive genealogical quest described therein spans nearly four decades. During those remarkable years, much has changed in Ireland in...

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A Three War Combat Marine

Over the many years I have talked with people about my military service. More often than not, the question would come up, “Why don’t you write a book?” For many years, I didn’t think I had time to do it while employed. After 24 ½ years with the Indianapolis Star and News Advertising Department, we traveled south during the winter months in our motor home. So, time was of an essence. Retirement took over which gave me more free time, but that didn’t seem to work because my wife became ill and required lots of personal  attention. I gave her...

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The Jo’Burg Gazette: Reflections on South Africa

In his book, The Jo’Burg Gazette, Louis A. Dezelan captures a snapshot in time that chronicles what it was like to live in South Africa during the demise of Apartheid. Dezelan offers a first-hand account of eclectic experiences in one of the world’s most fascinating countries; from the antics of such simple creatures as the dung beetle, to the thrill of personally seeing the 2.5-million-year-old skull of one of the earliest hominoids, to the battlegrounds of the Zulu Wars, to the hatred that still lingered in some citizens who lost privileges with the collapse of Apartheid. The Jo’Burg Gazette is...

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#Bars: The Evolution of Battle Rap in the Internet Age

As hip-hop culture has gradually become American culture over the past quarter century, battle rap has very much been a part of the takeover. The battle culture, however, has never properly been chronicled in print — until now. In #BARS, the history of the scene gets told by those who have lived it. The voices of nearly 150 rappers, league organizers, journalists and other figures in the scene have been pieced together to provide an oral history of verbal warfare through the Internet age, tracing its growth from a series of loosely organized local events in the 1990s to a...

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Junior League of Indianapolis Handbook: 2018

For more than 90 years, the Junior League of Indianapolis (JLI), a non-profit organization of women, has strived to positively impact the Indianapolis community by investing in the lives of children and their families throughout the area. JLI promotes voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The Handbook contains information about JLI, its calendar and office holidays, JLI history, projects for the upcoming year, the JLI Endowment Fund and the JLI Trust Fund, the Board of Directors and a list of all leaders, membership obligations, prospective members, FAQs, projects...

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The American Dream

Alex Kontos and Maxwell Bello reside in the same city, but they live in different worlds. Bello is the head of a vicious criminal organization that has terrorized inner-city Detroit for decades. Alex and his parents are Greek immigrant shop owners struggling to achieve their American Dream. Two senseless murders turn Alex’s life upside down. Destitute and alone, his future looks bleak. While the Bello gang prepares to consummate an historic drug score, Alex tries to figure out how to pick up the pieces of a shattered pipe dream.  Then, in a singular moment of serendipity, an overheard conversation changes...

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The Blue Ape

Illustrated by: Joel Dale A lost teenager is presented with one rule from a strange old man, “Never touch the blue ape!”  Hissing king cobras, snapping crocodiles and taunting curiosity get the best of Billy, but that’s not the only twist!

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