Robert Baer was known inside the CIA as perhaps the best operative working the Middle East. Over several decades he served everywhere from Iraq to New Delhi and racked up such an impressive list of accomplishments that he was eventually awarded the Career Intelligence Medal. But if his career was everything a spy might aspire to, his personal life was a brutal illustration of everything a spy is asked to sacrifice. Bob had few enduring non-work friendships, only contacts and acquaintances. His prolonged absences destroyed his marriage, and he felt intense guilt at spending so little time with his children. Sworn to secrecy and constantly driven by ulterior motives, he was a man apart wherever he went. Dayna Williamson thought of herself as just an ordinary California girl -- admittedly one born into a comfortable lifestyle. But she was always looking to get closer to the edge. When she joined the CIA, she was initially tasked with Agency background checks, but the attractive Berkeley graduate quickly distinguished herself as someone who could thrive in the field, and she was eventually assigned to “Protective Operations” training where she learned to handle weapons and explosives and conduct high-speed escape and evasion. Tapped to serve in some of the world's most dangerous places, she discovered an inner strength and resourcefulness she'd never known -- but she also came to see that the spy life exacts a heavy toll. Her marriage crumbled, her parents grew distant, and she lost touch with friends who'd once meant everything to her. When Bob and Dayna met on a mission in Sarajevo, it wasn't love at first sight. They were both too jaded for that. But there was something there, a spark. And as the danger escalated and their affection for each other grew, they realized it was time to leave “the Company,” to somehow rediscover the people they’d once been. As worldly as both were, the couple didn’t realize at first that turning in their Agency I.D. cards would not be enough to put their covert past behind. The fact was, their clandestine relationships remained. Living as “civilians” in conflict-ridden Beirut, they fielded assassination proposals, met with Arab sheiks, wily oil tycoons, terrorists, and assorted outlaws – and came perilously close to dying. But even then they couldn’t know that their most formidable challenge lay ahead. Simultaneously a trip deep down the intelligence rabbit hole – one that shows how the “game” actually works, including the compromises it asks of those who play by its rules -- and a portrait of two people trying to regain a normal life, The Company We Keep is a masterly depiction of the real world of shadows. From the Hardcover edition.
Friendship. This one word can mean a hundred different things to each person. We all want friends, but often struggle to develop meaningful friendships. Does the Bible speak to and present a vision and theology of biblical friendship? Is there anything unique about biblical friendship?
Now a major motion picture directed by Robert Redford and starring Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie, Terence Howard, Anna Kendrick, Nick Nolte, and Stanley Tucci It is 2006. Seventeen-year-old Isabel Montgomery starts to receive emails from her father, a man who had abandoned her in a hotel room ten years ago when his past finally caught up with him. Why has he contacted her now? Because he needs her help and is finally ready to reveal the truth. Over the course of the next month, further emails arrive telling her more about her family's past. Isabel discovers that her father adopted a false identity in the hope of avoiding murder charges for a robbery gone wrong in 1974. By 1996, with a marriage falling apart around him, he is one last Vietnam-era fugitives still wanted by the law. When he is finally tracked down by a young newspaper reporter in search of a story he must abandon years of safe underground life in an attempt to exonerate himself. Set against the rise and fall of the radical anti-war group the Weather Underground, The Company You Keep is a sweeping American saga about sacrifice, the righteousness of youth, and the tension between political ideals and family loyalties.
In The Company We Keep, Wayne C. Booth argues for the relocation of ethics to the center of our engagement with literature. But the questions he asks are not confined to morality. Returning ethics to its root sense, Booth proposes that the ethical critic will be interested in any effect on the ethos, the total character or quality of tellers and listeners. Ethical criticism will risk talking about the quality of this particular encounter with this particular work. Yet it will give up the old hope for definitive judgments of "good" work and "bad." Rather it will be a conversation about many kinds of personal and social goods that fictions can serve or destroy. While not ignoring the consequences for conduct of engaging with powerful stories, it will attend to that more immediate topic, What happens to us as we read? Who am I, during the hours of reading or listening? What is the quality of the life I lead in the company of these would-be friends? Through a wide variety of periods and genres and scores of particular works, Booth pursues various metaphors for such engagements: "friendship with books," "the exchange of gifts," "the colonizing of worlds," "the constitution of commonwealths." He concludes with extended explorations of the ethical powers and potential dangers of works by Rabelais, D. H. Lawrence, Jane Austen, and Mark Twain.
Some business books try to teach success in a competitive marketplace. In The Company We Keep, John Abrams shows how a company can flourish as a part of a thriving community of people dependent on one another. His eight cornerstone principles, including employee ownership and long-term thinking, express the entrepreneurial spirit as a potent force for change—with profitable results that extend across multiple bottom lines.Part visionary business plan, part guide to democratizing the workplace, and part prescription for strong local economies, The Company We Keep marks the debut of an important new voice in American business.With a craftsman's eye, a storyteller's sensibility, and a CEO's pragmatism, he brings his experience to bear on the challenges faced by progressive small businesses everywhere.
Whether we are black, gay, Republican, women, or deaf, our associations--whether voluntary or assigned--constitute crucial and inescapable elements of our identities. Both voluntary and involuntary groups have been important in American history--more important than is generally recognized. But these groups have never been adequately addressed by law, which has as its primary focus the relationship between the individual and the state. The company we keep, says the constitutional law scholar Aviam Soifer, is presumed to be each person's own business, and generally beyond notice of the law. But as America becomes a more varied country and issues arising out of multiculturalism threaten to divide us, it becomes essential, Soifer argues, to recognize rights under the First Amendment that will protect the crucial roles of groups and communities within the larger national community. Legal doctrine and the outcomes reached in judicial proceedings will be more coherent if we acknowledge that groups qua groups have significant legal impact. The building blocks of any quest for justice must include the groups--social, political, professional, civil, interpretive, religious--from which we derive and apply ethical standards in search of a better life. The ability to step outside traditional doctrinal boxes that concentrate on relationships between individuals and government will help not only legal thinkers but every person to reason toward justice. Using history and literature to explore the complex issues of individual and group rights, Law and the Company We Keep is the first sustained account of the presence and importance of groups in our legal culture. It confronts central questions about the multiple roles of culture and symbol in defining our groups, and through them, our lives.
We become the company we keep! This account of "holiness" invites unholy humans into holy community, connecting the individual's experience of holiness with God's own communal and social self. God deepens the experience through the forms of company we keep, tying the experience of holiness to participation in the loving mission of Jesus.
Men rarely invest time and effort building intentional and mutually supportive friendships. However, long-term friendships can inspire us, challenge us, and have the potential to transform our lives. Exploring the experiences of three men who have supported each other for more than 12 years, the author shows how such friendships influence many areas of a person's life, including family relationships, physical fitness, self-esteem, and spirituality.
Take “a wild and crazy ride” with this novel about friendship, love, lust—and everything in between—from the acclaimed author of Trouble Loves Company (RAWSISTAZ Reviewers). After finding her husband in a compromising position, romance author Renee Moore returns to her hometown, hoping to start over. But she just keeps looking for love in all the wrong places. To make matters worse, just as she decides that real love may not be in the cards, her ex delivers shocking news that could change her life forever. Practical nurse Danielle Brooks’s professional life is picture perfect, but her personal life is a mess. After a crushing heartbreak, she’s been dating Calvin Cambridge, who is a truly nice guy. But when Calvin proposes, Danielle wants to be sure she is ready to commit, so she enlists Renee to test his fidelity. But when the seduction goes too far, all their relationships may be in jeopardy. It all comes to a head when a mutual friend asks Renee and Danielle to help her plan her big wedding . . .whether they’re speaking to each other or not. And unless the longtime friends can get over the past—and themselves—things are going to get a lot worse they get any better. Full of love, laughter, and hard-learned lessons, Careful of the Company You Keep is a raucous read that will have you clutching your heart as two friends find their way through the darkest parts of life only to be each other’s shining light.
New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe's extraordinary novel celebrates life, love, and the power of sisterhood--proving that friends, like fine wine, only get better with age. . . Gorgeous, successful executive Teri Stewart spends her days working for L.A.'s hottest record company--and her nights all alone. Her best friend Nicole is determined to find Teri a man, but she hasn't had much luck. . .because Teri wants more than Mr. Maybe. She's holding out for Mr. Right and won't settle for anything less. Just when Teri is ready to give up, a man from her past returns to reignite their romance. With his sultry smile and easy-going charm, radio DJ Harrison Starr is one-of-a kind--and Teri can't deny she's fallen hard for him again. With her life finally falling into place, Teri thinks her dreams might come true after all. But Harrison may have a secret that could change everything. . .
Examines the current status of more than 650 endangered North American species and discusses conservation efforts
Birds of a feather flock together. We’re all in the same boat. Great minds think alike. While just figures of speech to some, they reflect a simple truth—it’s the company we keep that often determines the level of personal growth and professional success we achieve in life. Business leaders exchange information and ideas. They network to make deals and build partnerships. They work together to optimize best practices, and they reach out to leaders outside their companies to accelerate growth. Simply put, CEOs and business leaders provide value to one another that they can’t find anywhere else. In The Power of Peers, authors Leon Shapiro and Leo Bottary introduce peer advantage, a concept that transcends peer influence. This is what CEOs and business leaders experience when they are more selective, strategic, and structured in the way they engage their peers. Peer advantage gives CEOs the insights to compete and the courage to act. The Power of Peers features stories of business leaders from a range of industries to illustrate the five essential factors for peer advantage, how it impacts personal growth and why it has proven so effective in helping leaders identify future opportunities and challenges. It’s what top, growth-oriented executives have relied upon for decades to be successful in business and in life.
"I didn't stop robbing banks because I became a nice guy. I just didn't enjoy being in prison." - Ted Nellis, 1981 Journey to Redemption paints an intimate portrait of a man desperately searching for himself and for his place in a world he found himself at odds with. Travel with Ted Nellis into some of the dingiest pool rooms, hotels, and hostels in western Canada. Join him in his cell in Kingston Penitentiary. Peek into a deserted doctor's waiting room on a quiet October evening and discover Ted on his knees during an encounter with God that would change his life forever. "My father's life reads like something out of a movie. I'm very excited about his book." - Cole Nellis "Ted is a trophy of God's grace." - Pastor Ken Miles In addition to holding down a full-time job, Ted Nellis is a licensed minister, author, speaker, and ministry leader. He is also a husband, father, and grandfather with a past as colourful as a fall landscape. Possessing only a grade-eight education, Ted stands in stark contrast with today's multi-degreed, formally trained church and ministry leaders, yet has an ability to engage, connect, and relate to people of all ages and backgrounds in a way that is very real and refreshing. Ted's passion for reading, studying, obeying, and living out God's word in very practical and tangible ways is both inspiring and contagious.
In this book, the chief executive officers of 14 community colleges, the director of a state agency, and the director of a national project share their experiences about partnerships, collaborations and alliances. The following chapters are included: (1) "Chapter and Verse: How We Came To Be Where We Are," by Lynn Sullivan Taber; (2) "Community Colleges and Collaboration," by J. Richard Gilliland; (3) "Community Is Our Middle Name," by Robert McCabe; (4) "Community Colleges as a Nexus for Community," by Byron N. McClenney; (5) "Collaboration at Chattanooga State," by James Catanzaro; (6) "Partnerships at Humber College: A Pathway to Institutional Success," by Robert A. Gordon; (7) "Partnerships: The Parlaying Principles," by Carl M. Kuttler, Jr.; (8) "Community College Partnerships: A Door to the Future," by Norm Nielson; (9) "Building the Community College of the Future through Partnerships," by Thomas E. Barton, Jr.; (10) "The Great Balancing Act: Community Needs Versus Resources," by Jerry Sue Thornton; (11) "Academic Rhetoric Versus Business Reality," by Paul C. Gianini, Jr., and Sandra Todd Sarantos; (12) "The Dallas Commitment: Partnerships in the Era of Collaboration," by J. William Wenrich and Martha Hughes; (13) "A State and Local Initiative To Create a Workforce Development Partnership," by Sally J. Andrade and Dale F. Campbell; (14) "Repositioning the College as an Essential Community Partner," by James L. Hudgins and Starnell K. Williams; (15) "Information Technology," by David H. Ponitz; (16) "The Role of Community College in Building Communities through Coalitions," by Janet Beauchamp; (17) "A Mission of Leadership," by Charles C. Spence, Carol Spalding Miner, and Tracy A. Pierce; and (18) "Striking a Balance: Creating the Collaborative Mosaic," by John E. Roueche, Lynn Sullivan Taber, and Suanne D. Roueche. Appended are a list of resources and a list of contact persons. (KP)
Zoe Travister has always been a good student and a good person, but her life gets a lot more complicated when she meets a new friend. Zoe's parents and sisters have always encouraged her to do the right thing, and Zoe has never disappointed them. She makes great grades in school and is helpful, cheerful, and kind. But despite the face she shows the world, Zoe is unhappy. She feels like her family never has enough money to buy the things she wants. Her mother works as a maid, and her father works on a farm. She's embarrassed. Crystal is the exact opposite of Zoe. When she isn't happy, she does something to change her circumstances. Zoe likes her new friend's confidence but soon realizes that Crystal is perfectly OK with lying and stealing to get what she wants. Zoe is uncomfortable with her friend's actions, but she is also intrigued by Crystal's fearless lifestyle. As the two friends grow closer, Zoe will have to confront her feelings about her family and Crystal. If she isn't careful, Crystal could push her to do something she will regret for the rest of her life.
René Girard (1923–2015) was one of the leading thinkers of our era—a provocative sage who bypassed prevailing orthodoxies to offer a bold, sweeping vision of human nature, human history, and human destiny. His oeuvre, offering a “mimetic theory” of cultural origins and human behavior, inspired such writers as Milan Kundera and J. M. Coetzee, and earned him a place among the forty “immortals” of the Académie Française. Too often, however, his work is considered only within various academic specializations. This first-ever biographical study takes a wider view. Cynthia L. Haven traces the evolution of Girard’s thought in parallel with his life and times. She recounts his formative years in France and his arrival in a country torn by racial division, and reveals his insights into the collective delusions of our technological world and the changing nature of warfare. Drawing on interviews with Girard and his colleagues, Evolution of Desire: A Life of René Girard provides an essential introduction to one of the twentieth century’s most controversial and original minds.
This book argues that investor risk in emerging markets hinges on the company a country keeps. When a country signs on to an economic agreement with states that are widely known to be stable, it looks less risky. Conversely, when a country joins a group with more unstable members, it looks more risky. Investors use the company a country keeps as a heuristic in evaluating that country's willingness to honor its sovereign debt obligations. This has important implications for the study of international cooperation as well as of sovereign risk and credibility at the domestic level.
Part memoir and part examination of a new business model, the 2005 release of The Company We Keep marked the debut of an important new voice in the literature of American business. Now, in Companies We Keep, the revised and expanded edition of his 2005 work, John Abrams further develops his idea that companies flourish when they become centers of interdependence, or “communities of enterprise.” Thoroughly revised with an expanded focus on employee ownership and workplace democracy, Companies We Keep celebrates the idea that when employees share in the rewards as well as the responsibility for the decisions they make, better decisions result. This is an especially timely topic. Most of the baby boomer generation—the owners of millions of American businesses— will retire within the next two decades. In 2001, 50,000 businesses changed hands. In 2005, that number rose to 350,000. Projections call for 750,000 ownership transitions in 2009. Employee ownership—in both the philosophical and the practical sense—is gathering steam as businesses change hands, and Abrams examines some of the many ways this is done. Companies We Keep is structured around eight principles—from “Sharing Ownership” and “Cultivating Workplace Democracy” to “Thinking Like Cathedral Builders” and “Committing to the Business of Place”—that Abrams has discovered in the 32 years since he cofounded South Mountain Company on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Together, these principles reveal communities of enterprise as a potent force of change that can—and will— improve the way Americans do business.