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Author : Frank Conroy
ISBN : UOM:39015014395720
Genre : Fiction
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A collection of short narratives captures the vital routine of coming into manhood in America and experiencing and becoming involved with the world around


Author : Craig K. Collins
ISBN : 9781493026838
Genre : History
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Midair is a true account of one of the most remarkable tales of survival in the history of aviation – a midair collision at 30,000 feet by two bomb-laden B-52s over a category 5 super typhoon above the South China Sea during the outset of the Vietnam War. Authored by Craig K. Collins, the nephew of B-52 pilot Maj. Don Harten, Midair is an historically important work that is about more than survival. Interwoven through Harten’s dramatic story of his million-to-one struggle against near-certain death is a previously unexamined look at how America had developed an aerial battle plan that would likely have ended the Vietnam conflict in under a month during the late winter of 1965. Instead, the country’s war planners and politicians veered off course and into a bloody eight-year quagmire. Harten was on the February 1965 top-secret mission – a massive B-52 bombing raid of railways, supply depots, and airfields in and around Hanoi – that was called off in mid-flight. That mission and battle plan was mothballed until Dec. 18, 1972, when it was dusted off and dubbed Linebacker II, effectively ending the war within a week. Over 120 B-52s bombed Hanoi-area military installations for eight consecutive days. As a result of the heavy bombing, the North Vietnamese declared a truce, attended peace talks in Paris in early January and signed the Paris Peace Accords, ending hostilities in Vietnam on Jan. 27, 1973. It is the gripping tale of a young Air Force officer’s first combat mission that instantly pulls the reader in and never lets up.

Love In Mid Air

Author : Kim Wright
ISBN : 9780446558679
Genre : Fiction
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A chance encounter with a stranger on an airplane sends Elyse Bearden into an emotional tailspin. Suddenly Elyse is willing to risk everything: her safe but stale marriage, her seemingly perfect life in an affluent Southern suburb, and her position in the community. She finds herself cutting through all the instincts that say "no" and instead lets "yes" happen. As Elyse embarks on a risky affair, her longtime friend Kelly and the other women in their book club begin to question their own decisions about love, sex, marriage, and freedom. There are consequences for Elyse, her family, and her circle of close friends, all of whom have an investment in her life continuing as normal. But is normal what she really wants after all? In the end it will take an extraordinary leap of faith for Elyse to find--and follow--her own path to happiness. An intelligent, sexy, absorbing tale and an honest look at modern-day marriage, Love in Mid Air offers the experience of what it's like to change the course of one's own destiny when finding oneself caught in mid air.

Both Feet Firmly Planted In Midair

Author : John J. McNeill
ISBN : 0664258085
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Details the life of the former Jesuit priest who was expelled from the Soceity of Jesus for his views on gay and lesbian sexuality

Plant Your Feet Firmly In Mid Air

Author : Janet Lapp
ISBN : 9781885365101
Genre : Business & Economics
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The premise of this book is that even though many organizations appear to have joined the ‘new wave,’ or the new way of doing business, their people and management systems are stuck in the first wave, that is, in the old way of doing business and of managing people. The dissonance created by these two competing systems has created unprecedented and uncomfortable turbulence in today’s corporation. It is as if two storm fronts are clashing, and although we know the air will be turbulent, it is nonetheless confusing, and occasionally frightening. This book was designed to guide through this current dissonance created by two competing systems toward the calmer weather of consonance and stability. Many of the familiar guideposts are missing. Imagine you are seated comfortably in an airline seat, waiting at the gate. You watch the luggage and meals being loaded, hear the familiar announcements, and feel the push back, taxi and take-off. You enjoy the topography of the land as it zooms out of view. But then, suddenly, everything becomes clouded. You lose all sense of position. There are no indicators to judge distance. You have to trust that the pilot is taking you to your destination. If you are the pilot, a different picture emerges. There are reliable guides through the clouds. Even when the sky is occluded, pilots believe their instruments can lead them faithfully to their destination. Similarly, though transformational change can be described as leaving the known and venturing into the unknown, there are instruments to guide us. Much of the skill upon which I have relied as an instrument pilot can be transferred to guiding change in times of confusion and ambiguity, and this is the source and focus of much of my writing. This book developed for two reasons: first, I became dissatisfied with materials currently available to help people during the chaotic changes in today’s companies. Many materials offer theories which do little to guide today’s manager. In Plant Your Feet Firmly in Mid-Air, I have outlined clear steps toward change, and offer suggestions that are easy to follow. The second reason this book developed, was to try to help alleviate the confusion I see when I travel and work with various corporations and associations. I am awed by the herculean efforts of courageous people in today’s companies who are trying to cope with uncertainty, confusion and overwork. There are masses of employees at all levels who exhibit a committed caring about their work and their fellow workers. These people need real answers, strategies, ways of thinking and acting based on common-sense to help them steer through turbulence. I believe that this book addresses those people and their needs, while simultaneously offering their leaders the tools to better guide them. Richard Pascale, in Managing on the Edge, argues that there never have been short-cuts to ‘good management.’ To understand how highly rated companies work, we need to study why others can fail. Chapter One examines some of the possible causes for failure. The most popular business gurus reflect North America's obsession with the new. There is the admonition in business circles to ‘hurry up and use the new technique while it still works.’ Tom Peters captured this ‘new’ spirit when he coined the axiom, ‘Get Innovative or Get Dead.’ But subjecting any organization to repeated epidemics of ‘hit or miss,’ trial-and-error roller coasters, replete with fancy jargon, demoralizes employees, confuses customers and eventually, obscures the very purpose of the business. Most importantly, this is not a book about what’s wrong. It is a book about what is right, hopeful, and workable. The principles identified and explained herein can make you a much better guide of behavioral change than you already are. I hope this book guides you on your journey to an exciting future.

Murder Midair

Author : James Austin
ISBN : 9781475964486
Genre : Fiction
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Aging actress Wynonna Bertrand is well-known among the entertainment elite as someone not to cross in business—or in bed. Known for her evil temper and total disregard for anyone else but herself, Wynonna still thinks she is the hottest property in Hollywood. But as she boards Trans County Airways Flight 19 from New York to Los Angeles, no one knows that Wynonna is hiding a dark secret. Already in a foul mood before the plane takes off, Wynonna unhappily settles into her seat in first class with the intent of drowning her troubles in Scotch. On board with her is an eclectic group of passengers, including Paul Danielson, a drop-dead gorgeous New Yorker with a look that could set Hollywood on fire; Craig Lewis, a talent scout who is always on the search for a new recruit; Thelma and Millicent, longtime friends who are headed to California for a girl’s getaway; and Norman and Katherine Great, seemingly quiet airplane virgins who are about to reveal a completely different side. To make matters worse, just as the already-eventful flight is winding down, a first-class crew member discovers Wynonna’s lifeless body. In this humorous drama, all the passengers of Flight 19 suddenly become murder suspects as a famed actress’s past comes back to haunt her.

Two Arrows Meeting In Mid Air

Author : John Daido Loori
ISBN : UVA:X002528264
Genre : Religion
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Through a comprehensive introduction and twenty-one chapters centered on koans from classic collections, western literary sources, and modern encounters, this book explains the relevance of koan study to Zen training today. It illuminates the value of koans in the practice of self-realization and their aliveness within the teacher-student relationship. This collection will prove an invaluable reference on koan study for those pursuing a greater understanding of Zen Buddhism.

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