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"Winchester Remington Smith is a crack shot. Problem is, surrounded by roller coasters and merry-go-rounds, his talent is going to waste, knocking down ducks in a carnival shooting gallery. Win wants some real action, and like Gary Cooper as Sergeant York, he's going to war—running off to join the U.S. Marines to fight a guerilla insurgency south of the border. In the jungles of Central America, Win takes a different kind of roller coaster ride. Quick and quiet, he's now a runner. It's a vital role, but he feels like a messenger boy, unable to put his rifle to good use. Even when he saves the life of First Sergeant Fifty-Fifty O'Brien—a Marine so gung-ho he has about a fifty-fifty chance of survival—Win ends up facing a disciplinary hearing for disobeying orders. Can the young sharpshooter redeem himself? Win's about to get his chance, an opportunity to deliver a message that the Marines will never forget. Hubbard knew exactly what it meant to be a Marine. As he wrote in 1935: ""Most of the fiction written about [Marines] is of an intensely dramatic type, all do-or-die and Semper Fidelis."" But the reality, he said, was far different. ""I've known the Corps from Quantico to Peiping, from the South Pacific to the West Indies, and I've never seen any flag-waving. The most refreshing part of the U.S.M.C. is that they get their orders . . . and do the job and that's that."" It's that kind of unique and pointed insight that he brings to stories like Fifty-Fifty O'Brien. Also includes the military adventures The Adventure of X, in which a French Foreign Legionnaire's intelligence mission leads him into an enemy ambush, and he has to warn his fellow Legionnaires before they walk into a massacre; and Red Sand, the story of a disgraced Chicago cop who joins the Legionnaires and finds his investigative skills invaluable in the desert."
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Explains the story of John Brown's 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Written in graphic-novel format.
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A cranky, clever donkey. A grumpy, chubby cat. An old, loyal hound dog. A kooky, eager rooster. What do these four animals have in common? They can sing! Well, kind of. The quartet of yowling outcasts take their musical troupe on the road to Bremen Town, but along the way, they spot some robbers counting their ill-gotten treasures in an abandoned house. Hungry and tired, the creatures hatch a plan to upend the crooked criminals -- but they'll have to lean on each other to get the job done.
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It is undeniable the influence Google has had. The company filters into every aspect of our lives—whether we are searching for information, using a map to navigate to a destination, or shopping online. “Sergey Brin and Larry Page: The Creators of Google” introduces readers to the two men that have put the world at our fingertips.
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The best known woman in France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is an Italian heiress who is one of the most recognizable and self-assured women in Europe. Having been one of the most famous supermodels of the 1990s, she has been driven by determination and by the music in her blood to become successful in many walks of life. Learn how the heiress and artist has risen to become the best known First Lady of France since Josephine.
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