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The Illness of Medicine




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The Illness of Medicine: Experiences of Clinical Practice

ABOUT THE BOOK: Dr. Michael J. Young, a practicing physician for 3 decades sheds light on the current debacle of the medical health delivery system in America. His powerful book is an important message and honest look behind and around the process of health care delivery, from the perspective of both patient and provider.

The book examines and reviews how one experiences medical treatment from both sides of the table. The significant obstacles patients endure, as well as the exasperation many of the truly dedicated medical professionals feel, has been assessed. The controlling arrogance of the insurance industry and the clout pharmaceutical companies have over us have just become overwhelming. Dr. Young recalls a time in his 30-year medical practice when these industries worked with, and for, us. Today, they appear to be the opposition. Patients have essentially no control and doctors have lost the ability to direct their own profession. Profit-driven corporations dictate how our care is now governed. This is an undeniable problem. We are all frustrated with how we are so restricted, so vulnerable as we struggle to navigate through our health care system. Most painful is how we are treated by the medical system itself. Absent today is the sense of concern and empathy we used to associate with the medical profession. We yearn to be treated with compassion; to have trust and confidence in those engaged in taking care of us. Unfortunately, medicine has become a mechanism of profit. It has become a business whose own bureaucratic tendencies have spread like a powerful, aggressive disease.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Michael J. Young is a graduate of Indiana University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an undergraduate degree in Biology. He then matriculated to Rush Medical College for his medical degree, and subsequently to Loyola University Medical Center, to complete his residency in Urology. Dr. Young was certified by the American Board of Urology, and went into private practice upon completion of his training. He was the Section Chairman of Urology at two Chicago area medical centers, as well as the Residency Program Director at these institutions for The Department of Urology, University of Illinois at Chicago. Upon retiring from clinical practice, Dr. Young retained his Clinical Assistant Professorship in the Department of Urology at the University of Illinois. Currently, he is involved in the innovation and development of surgical and medical devices and instrumentation at the university. Dr. Young is an avid photographer, traveler, and golfer.

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The Budget Primer



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THE BUDGET PRIMER by Dr. Ron M. Zobenica

The headline jumped out of the newspaper, “Don’t Call It a Budget.” Per the author, the word “budget” doesn’t create excitement. Reading further, I learned that the act of “budgeting” is an exercise in deprivation. Call it a “spending plan.” Spending is fun, something to look forward to. These were not the words of an accountant. They came from a psychologist.

The new operative phrase is “financial illiteracy.” It is an increasingly common problem, one that crosses economic class lines. During nearly a quarter century of unprecedented economic expansion, “we can’t afford it” slowly disappeared from many a family’s vocabulary, with unpleasant consequences for everyone from garbage guys to gynecologists, pilots to plumbers. Failure to budget is a common cause of financial failure.

1. Live below your means; save the rest.
2. Pay yourself first.
3. Prior planning prevents poor performance.
4. You are not entitled to a good time.
5. Life is about choices.
6. Choices have consequences.
7. Today’s decisions are with us tomorrow.
8. Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses.
9. Don’t make yourself a prisoner in your own home.
10. Rent vs. Leasing
11. What about homeowner’s insurance?
12. Medical and health care
13. Life Insurance vs. Term Insurance vs. Whole Life
14. Long Term Care
15. How a Bank Account works

About the Author:  Ronald M. Zobenica holds degrees in industrial engineering and veterinary medicine. He is a former U.S. Marine Corps jet pilot, call sign “Zeb.” He spent time in the aerospace industry before returning to college to pursue studies in veterinary medicine. Dr. Zobenica retired in 2002 after a rewarding career as a small-animal practitioner. All of the money-management methods advocated in this handbook have been utilized in his household and in his practice. He is confident they will work for others.

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Nuclear Lies, Deceptions and Hypocrisies: By Mehdi Sarram




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By Mehdi Sarram

For the first time in decades, this timely book attempts to document the lies, deceptions and hypocrisies in seven countries, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Iran, Pakistan, India and the US. Certainly, not all these seven countries have lied and deceived to the same extent. It will be shown that the lies and deceptions have changed the world we live in today. The unacceptable consequences of some of these lies and deceptions have resulted in a more unsafe world. There is plenty of public information on nuclear issues in these countries except Israel where the nuclear program has been kept secret from the beginning. 

Mehdi Sarram is a Professional Engineer with 47 years nuclear experience and has traveled to 38 countries, many with nuclear programs. He holds a postgraduate degree, University of Michigan, in nuclear engineering (1967) with a US Atomic Energy Commission Senior Reactor Operator License (1965). Was an assistant professor at the University of Tehran, 1968-1974 and was one of eight directors of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, 1974-1979, reporting to the Deputy Minister of Iran. In April 1977, he organized the first International Conference on Transfer of Nuclear Technology in Persepolis, Iran attended by 500 senior government and industry representatives from 42 countries. He left Iran for Vienna in 1981 and worked for the International Atomic Energy Agency department of safeguards. He immigrated to the US in 1982, working for the nuclear industry including Raytheon Nuclear, Duke Engineering, AREVA NP and URS and has over 30 publications in the nuclear field. In the recent years, he has been lecturing at various Universities in California about Iran nuclear program since 1955. Most recently, he gave lectures at UC Berkeley, UCSD and SDSU about Iran and P5+1 nuclear negotiation.


We know that truth is the first casualty in war. We should be more aware that when it comes to the development of nuclear weapons truth is lost even in peace time. Mehdi Sarram, a nuclear power expert with solid American and international experience, is well placed to show it. Through expert knowledge, dedicated research and extensive documentation he demonstrates how we are subjected to disinformation and deception and how this can lead to dangerous confrontations, arms races and conflicts in an already risky world.

Dr. Hans Blix, former IAEA Director General

I have greatly enjoyed my professional and personal relationship with Mehdi. When I first heard his personal story, from education in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Michigan, to the first Senior Operator at the research reactor in Iran, to working at the IAEA, to working in the West...I knew he had to share this with a wider audience. His insights based on his life experiences offer lessons for us today as nuclear proliferation remains an important issue in the headlines.

 David H. Johnson, ScD MIT, Nuclear Engineering (Applied Radiation Physics), Orange, California

Mehdi Sarram has a very difficult challenge: to describe what he defines as 'nuclear lies, deceptions and hypocrisies,' which he imputes to seven countries Iraq, Syria, Israel, Iran, Pakistan, India, and USA. Knowing Mehdi's nuclear experience, this book will shed light on nuclear proliferation which is a current issue and I imagine that this taxing subject should make a good reading. I met Mehdi for the first time in the 70's. At that time he was a high officer of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, which was under the direction of Dr. Akbar Etemad, who is popularly called the father of Iran's nuclear program, during the administration of the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The successful Iranian nuclear programme started at that time. Mehdi was a real insider of these early stages, remaining involved until 1979. After that, he has continued to be acquainted of the programme evolution until present days through personal contacts. Immediately after that period, he joined the IAEA, which at that time was under the direction of Sigvard Eklund. Shortly he attached himself to professional nuclear activities in the US and our professional contact became partial.

Abel J. Gonzales, Former IAEA Director of Radiation Safety

Mehdi Sarram pulls no punches as he reveals the shadowy 50-year history of lies and deceptions by seven countries, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Iran, Pakistan, India and the US. Fascinating reading for anyone concerned about the threat of nuclear proliferation and terrorism.

Martin Judge, former State Department executive and author of The Fifth Coup

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The Geek: by Jonathan Latt



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Gary Geiecki (pronounced Gee-ecki) is a skilled assassin. He's been an unofficial CIA killer for the past twenty years and has decided to retire. There is no such thing as a truly perfect assassin and Gary was no exception. He was, however, very good. Gary left a wide trail of bodies behind him, over his long and productive career. Riddled with childhood insecurities and social awkwardness Gary desperately tries to move forward with his life after retirement. He quickly finds it is far easier to kill someone else than it is to kill the ghosts of the past. Gary soon learns that what is in the past doesn't always stay there. His greatest enemy... a man thought long dead... is back and seeking vengeance. Gary must now fight for not only his life, but everyone he holds dear and finally put this last ghost to rest. Gary will learn that the old saying You can't go home again isn't exactly true. You can go home again, but you shouldn't.

About the Author

Jonathan Latt was born in Los Angeles, has traveled the world, and lived in Asia (mainly Tokyo) for a year and a half. He has written for film, television and video games and is a script doctor and consultant in those genres. The authors he admires and who have influenced him most are Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway, Robert Heinlein and William Gibson. He is an avid gamer and Lego builder. His greatest childhood memory is waiting in line at age eight with his father to see the original Star Wars movie. His greatest regret is actually playing with his Star Wars games, which renders them no longer valuable in the area of collectibles. He is convinced that: If you think there is something scary in your closet or under your bed, there probably is, so don't go to sleep, or it will get you. If you put a monkey or a robot in a movie it instantly gets better. If you put a monkey that is a robot in a movie that will probably be the best movie of all time. "Violence is never the answer" is said by people who don't understand the question. Your life is a precious thing, but not as precious as mine. If you are compelled to tell stories, even if no one is listening... just do it! Jonathan resides in the San Fernando Valley surrounded by his vast collection of books ranging from everything to the occult, UFOs and espionage, as well as his noteworthy collection of comic books.


Hungry Monster...14 Likes...5 Stars, November 20, 2015

"This book grabbed my attention because it was never what I expected. From the beginning, the character's codename "The Geek" to the plot twists that happened throughout the book.. It was also a little darker than I expected in the beginning. It featured great description, though with just the right amount of detail and insight I needed to understand the characters. The switch to action jolted my attention. The more you read, the more layers are exposed. I especially liked the cat and mouse games that is mirrored between the characters as well between the reader. A good example of thi iis the Geek's interaction with Joana. It starts innocent enough, then descends into a cat and mouse game between Gary and the operative. A chapter or two later, that scene shows up as only one layer of a deeper drama that neither Gary nor Joana expected.

The author only provides a few lines of detail to provide the backstory, but it's more than enough to keep readers intrigued. Nowhere was this more prononced than in the lead character, Gary. The book found an interesting twist to the 'Army dude who was hired by CIA' cliche that has been repeated ad nauseam in spy films and books. That twist is especially pronounced midway in the book, when the character makes a key decision that starts a whole new chain of events. The Geek seems to go in one direction, but once a reader thinks they have figured it out the book goes in another. These changes aren't dramatic, over-the-top plot twists (in most cases), but tiny details (like a death or even a simple gesture) that alters the story's direction in a way that a reader never saw coming.

The story is a highly engrossing read. Readers can easily find themselves lost in another world filled with spies, secrets, and lies played on a global stage. Despite the exotic locations, the book doesn't suffer from being too out of the realm of reality. Every character has a history based in a reality that is plausible. The way the author treats each character's origin as hero or villain (most often both) is what draws readers further into the book. Overall, It's not just another espionage novel. It's an incredible story about an assassin and the choices he has to make in a world where evil and good isn't clear cut. All of the characters add or peel back a layer of depth on the journey. As a result, The Geek is a ride you will never forget. The ending chapters tie everything together in slightly predictable fashion (at first), then ends on a cliffhanger similar to a really good TV series."

... ... 5 stars... The past is always with you. By lynne on December 9, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase..

"What a great addition to the pulp-fiction genre doing exactly what the cult classics before it have done. There is a darkly fascinating humor at work here and enough plot twists and turns so that you never quite know what to expect will happen next. While the book is both funny and exciting it also runs seriously enough so that it never becomes in danger of being a parody of itself. I've read novels in the past that have attempted to overdo many aspects and gotten into a teeth-gratingly awkward niche that they don't escape from. Great writing, excellent plot, I now want to read more by Latt."

5 stars...Unique thriller By TFL Reader TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 6, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

"If you like your fiction fast, hard-hitting and close to the bone then The Geek is the book for you. Its un-apologetic approach is as refreshing as it is entertaining, especially after the current young-adult craze that seems determined to have all issues tackled in books wrapped in cotton wool. Despite being over 300 pages I found this to be a quick read. Kind of a Bret Easton Ellis book on speed, which for me is no bad thing. It's reminded me there are authors out there determined to buck the trend and give us books that don't strive for political correctness. A great find and one I'll be sharing with friends.

The story is a highly engrossing read. Readers can easily find themselves lost in another world filled with spies, secrets, and lies played on a global stage. Despite the exotic locations, the book doesn't suffer from being too out of the realm of reality. Every character has a history based in a reality that is plausible. The way the author treats each character's origin as hero or villain (most often both) is what draws readers further into the book. Overall, It's not just another espionage novel. It's an incredible story about an assassin and the choices he has to make in a world where evil and good isn't clear cut. All of the characters add or peel back a layer of depth on the journey. As a result, The Geek is a ride you will never forget. The ending chapters tie everything together in slightly predictable fashion (at first), then ends on a cliffhanger similar to a really good TV series."

3.0 out of 5 stars...If you like Quentin Tarantino films you will like this book By Otteron October 18, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

 "If you like Quentin Tarantino films you will like this book. Violence is frequent and graphic, along with sexual sadism and mature language. That said I think the underlying focus is comedy, much like a Tarantino film. The pulp mayhem is front and center, but not the point of the story so much as a vehicle for dark humor through pretty well developed characters. It's too violent for me (minus one star), and I'm a bit squeamish of profanity like the 'c' word (minus the 2nd star) ... but I can't deny it's a page turner, and I could not abandon it. Chapters are short, pacing is great."

Good Reads...Cracked Spine...5 Stars December 15, 2015

"I guess some professions you just don't retire from, at least that's what Gary Geiecki finds out in Jonathan Latt's The Geek. This is a real blockbuster novel that packs a punch and doesn't apologise for the lack of kid gloves. The plot is excellent but it's protagonist Geiecki that really made it all work for me. An exceptional lead just begging to be made into a funny (dark that is) and compelling action movie. A rollercoaster ride and, maybe not one for the light-hearted, but I loved it."

5 stars...What a great fast read this was By Tony Garcia on September 26, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

"What a great fast read this was. Like Clive Cussler books, you seem to know the characters in real life as you read. They developed quickly, but then their backstory was brought it to really open them up. I can't wait to see where the author goes from here. It's most definitely a fun and fast ride."

4.0 out of 5 stars...Hard driving page turner. Well defined characters pop out ... By George A. Weinstock on September 24, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition

"Hard driving page turner. Well defined characters pop out at you from the pages in all their glory and obstacles. A well defined story full of grit and muscle."

5 stars...Exciting... Fast paced By Amazon Customer on September 16, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

"Loved the character development. I became invested in the players involved. Detailed and told the back story of the parties involved. I can not wait to the next book by this author."

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Jo by Viedelle Smith



"JO by Nigel Wyndham"

Author, Viedelle Smith


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JO by Nigel Wyndham
by Viedelle Smith
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Reviewed by J. Duffield

"And then his voice turned into a solemn but deliberate whisper. 'I am betrothed to another, my love.'"

Smith has crafted a well-written historical romance, based on historic facts. The novel is produced as a story within a story. Newspaper man, Nigel Wyndham, upon hearing Josephine Mary’s tale of unfair imprisonment and subsequent banishment to Sydneytowne, vows to tell the world her story. Born in New York in 1764, Josephine witnesses English felons working alongside black slaves. When Jo’s brother runs off to join the Northern troops, Jo runs away to find him–infuriating her father, Victor. Jo finds her brother dead on a battlefield, and English Sergeant Brian Eagan is ordered to protect her.

Brian and Jo fall in love, but their romance is forbidden by Victor. Heartbroken, Jo travels to England to find Brian–only to discover that he is betrothed to another. The strong-willed Jo runs away again and is taken in by Susie and Sean, the latter of whom is an Irish political activist. Jo’s world collapses when she is found guilty of treason by association and sent to the Australian women's prison in Sydneytowne. She could never have imagined that her life in Australia would be made even more difficult by the resurgence of Brian, who is determined to win her back one way or another.

The author writes with a great familiarity of both dialect and history. The vivid settings Smith creates bring the reader deep into the world of war and imprisonment. Female readers will especially empathize with Jo’s plight as a woman with very little say in her own future. Bound by so many men, Jo attempts to make the best of each of the situations she finds herself in. In the end, she proves to be the strongest character of all—surviving challenges that even the most controlling and cruel men in her life cannot manage. The story of Josephine’s harrowing life is an engaging, emotional read. The heroism and perseverance she shows in the face of such adversity makes her an excellent role model for women and girls alike. Her story is not only timely but arguably needed, which would translate well to the big screen.



I am in complete awe of this book! It truly is flawless with great, well drawn characters that I became thoroughly vested in - meticulously researched history that comes to exciting life within this carefully crafted presentation. This is LITERATURE encased in a compelling, easy to read novel that should be at the top of everyone's reading list. 

Roberta Fresh - Valley Glen Bi-Monthly Newspaper-2014.

"JO" is a sweeping drama filled with romance and adventure that grabs the reader from page one. Filled with colourful characters, Viedelle Smith takes us on an epic journey through early America; London; finally unravelling against the vast expanse of an unchartered continent. It reminds me of the historical epics Hollywood used to make. 

John-Michael Howson - OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) Fairfax Radio Australia, Writer, Reporter, Entertainer-2014.

One of the most exceptional stories I've ever read. Completely engrossing: meticulously researched: rich in characters and storytelling. A historical masterpiece filled with fictional and non-fictional characters - an exciting comparative to, "Gone With the Wind," a MUST on every avid reader's book-list! I'm already envisioning top international actors who I will want to cast in key roles. Every character, a gem. With extraordinary writing, each setting will make JO an epic on the screen today, and for all future generations to come! 

Melissa Skoff - Casting Director, Producer, Acting Coach-2014.

JO - thumbs up! Riveting: a powerful tour de force: a page-turner of exciting fictional characters amongst colourful non-fictional happenings during times when women were to be seen and not heard: a story that captures the hearts and souls of every reader as our leading lady takes us on a historical journey of unrequited love - to chaos - to finally reaching her own self-proclaimed sovereignty. 

Brian Leonard - Composer, Violin Master, World Renowned Concert Violinist-2014.

By clarezview on September 21, 2015 Format: Paperback I hope this book is the first of a series about this wonderful heroine, Jo. I believe this book gives young women of today a true heroine...a young girl who becomes a woman of strength and remarkable character as she confronts the consequences of her own choices and the unrelenting systems that condemn her for them.

Viedelle Smith is a brilliant storyteller that takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride in this extraordinary novel. She uses her pen like a brush painting sweeping strokes of reality into her vivid scenes-we see the lush forest of the English country side and feel the scorching heat of the land down under. Our leading lady is forced into an unmanageable life of degrading hardship, survival and redemption and through it all redefines the meaning of courage. If ever a novel belongs on the silver screen it is this epic masterpiece by Veidelle Smith. 

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SERBIA: Faces & Places: By Val Rajic with Bill Dorich



Serbia: Faces & Places By Val Rajic with Bill Dorich

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Serbia ... a nation vilified by the media for the past decade introduces the international traveler to the other Serbia that was hidden from public view.

Like eye-candy, the book's pages are intoxicating for those who have already explored her beauty or those who may be intrigued with Balkan travel to discover Serbia's many secrets.

There have been numerous books inspired by malice of Serbia, however, Faces & Places was inspired by the love of a nation and her people. With few words and hundreds of fabulous photographs, the authors explored nature's wonders, the family farm, museums, the royal palace, the performing arts in Belgrade, historic places and statues as well as important churches and monasteries whose frescoes from the 12th and 13th centuries are considered World Treasures.

The book also contains close-up and personal presentations of Serbians in various walks of life, revealing the reasons Serbs have managed to overcome centuries of difficulties brought on by both friend and foe. Serbia's spirit of optimism, her work ethic, a 1,000 years of Orthodox Christianity and her tenacity for freedom is a reminder that Belgrade's citizens, in the 20th century alone, endured 5 separate, lethal, organized and sustained aerial bombing attacks at the hands of foreign aggressors.

"The pages exude the soul and heartbeat of Serbia."... Alex Machaskee, retired President and Publisher of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio.

Come... Discover Serbia, The Best-Kept Travel Secret In The Balkans. 

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Stolen Glory: by Matt Brewster and Taps Gallagher



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This book is, ostensibly, about a sinlge basketball game. Officially, the Soviet Union beat the United States, 51-50, in the gold medal game at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich on a desperate basket at the final buzzer. 

In many ways, the game was for the Soviets a mirror image of what the U.S. Olympic hockey team would experience eight years later at the Winter Games in Lake Placid: an improbable, almost unthinkable, victory over the sport's long-time Olympic standard-bearers and a Cold War shot in the arm for a politically struggling government.

But that is where the similarities end. Because there's one Olympian-sized difference between what is, arguably, each country's greatest Olympic achievement: the Soviets didn't actually win the gold medal in basketball in 1972. Or, more specifically, they have never been recognized as having won by their American opponents. To this day, 40 years after that final buzzer sounded, 12 silver medals lay unclaimed in a storage room maintained for the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. History says those silver medals belong to the Americans. Doug Collins and his teammates say that "history" is mistaken.

Why do Collins, the sparkplug of the '72 team and now the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, and his former teammates--all of whom are still alive--continue to insist the gold medals were wrongly awarded to the Soviet Union?

To understand, it helps to go back to Benton, Illinois just for a moment, where Collins would imagine countless times what it would be like to sink a historic winning basket. In his mind, he was playing in the state championship for the Benton High Rangers or in the NCAA title game for Illinois State (the alma mater of his high school coach and the school Collins would attend, too). Or, just maybe, he would hit those shots someday in the NBA finals. The whip-thin, 130-pound high school sophomore would always use the same routine as he practiced shooting that pair of free throws that would make history: Bounce the ball three times. Spin it in his hands. Shoot.

But Collins never could have imagined what would transpire in the wee hours of September 10, 1972, in Munich, West Germany, just days after the kidnapping and murder of 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists, an atrocity that led Olympic officials to consider cancelling the rest of the Games. With three seconds remaining on the clock, Collins stood at the free throw line for the United States of America, with his team, after mounting a heroic comeback, down by one point to the Soviet Union in the Olympic gold medal game. Collins, as it happened, couldn't even see straight. Moments earlier, after making a spectacular open-court steal from one of the best Soviet players, he had been knocked out cold as he drove the lane for a potential game-winning layup.

In his haze, a bruise welling under his left eye, Collins grabbed his aching left wrist, on which he had landed, and tried to gather his faculties. Confusion reigned as assistant coaches scrambled to find a player they trusted to replace Collins and shoot the two free throws. That's when Collins heard the team's 68-year-old head coach, Hank Iba, say in his trademark raspy tone: "If Doug can walk, he's going to shoot." It was the last game Iba ever coached in a long and celebrated career--and one of the best moves he ever made.

Collins blocked everything out: the crowd, his injuries, the Cold War, the potential gold medal. He was trying to become that kid on the playground again. He had come full-circle: the schoolboy who imagined being in the big game became the Olympian who imagined being back in the schoolyard. "I thought about the one thing that I had always counted on regardless of the situation," Collins says. "Three dribbles, spin, and shoot it."***

Even though their loyalties had seemed divided throughout the game, the 6,500 spectators crammed into Munich's basketballhalle cheered wildly as Collins made both free throws to put the U.S. ahead, 50-49. Olympic gold seemingly belonged to the Americans. But after the Soviets' first unsuccessful attempt at scoring during the last three ticks of the clock, they were given another chance to inbound, because of reasons still disputed to this day. When the Soviets failed on their second attempt, the ball harmlessly clanging off the backboard, the U.S. players erupted at midcourt, jumping up and down with their arms raised in triumph. This was the era, long before the strict stadium security of today, when fans would storm the court or playing field after a championship game, and sure enough they swarmed the American team. One fan tried to pull off Tom Henderson's jersey; another stole Iba's wallet. ABC's Frank Gifford, calling the game for TV viewers back in the States, announced that the U.S. had capped an unlikely comeback. The game was over. Collins, the man, had fulfilled his boyhood dream, and on the biggest stage of all. He had sunk two foul shots that instantly made history.

Except, fantastically, they would not. As the American team rejoiced, the head of FIBA, basketball's international ruling body, ordered that the Soviets be given a third chance to take the ball out of bounds.

This time, Aleksandr Belov, the Soviet player who earlier had let his poor pass be filched by Collins, leapt high in the air to catch a full-court heave from a teammate, shed two U.S. defenders, one on either side of him, and laid the ball into the basket.

Belov, arms aloft, sprinted all the way to the other side of the court to be enveloped by his teammates, all dressed in Soviet-issue red jerseys. The Soviet players rolled around on the floor, hugging each other as well as their coaches and trainers, and swigging from bottles of vodka that had appeared out of nowhere.

The scene in the Americans' locker room moments later was chaotic. Some players were despondent; others gathered to form a plan. Soon, they all agreed: if the protest they would file did not result in the Soviets' victory being overturned, the American players would refuse to accept the silver medals. Forty years later, say Collins and many of his teammates, what hurts the most is the memory of that celebration at midcourt, the euphoric moment when they felt and believed they had won.

**Unless otherwise indicated, all interviews cited in this book were conducted by the authors.

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And Into The Fire: by Rodney Atkinson



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And Into The Fire, a title taken from the English idiom, "Out of the frying pan and into the fire,"this 165 page book minces no words in exposing how German Nazis and European Fascism, which the Allies thought to have vanquished in WWII, were the handmaidens of today's European Union.


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Author, Rodney Atkinson is one of Britain's leading political economists, an expert on the constitutional effects of British membership of the European Union and a former occasional adviser to ministers. He has a track record of successful prediction of economic and political crisis, having predicted in advance inter alia the collapse of oil prices in 1983, the fall in British house prices in 1989, the end of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism in 1990, and the precise consequences of the Euro in 2000.

He has been a successful linguist and linguistic theorist, was formerly a lecturer at the University of Mainz, Germany and a merchant banker in the City of London. He is the Founder of the Freenations website (visited by individuals and government institutions from over 100 countries) an occasional adviser to MPs and the proprietor of his own commercial property company.

He is the author of over 100 articles and policy papers three internationally praised books on political economy: Government against the People (1986), The Emancipated Society (1988), The Failure of the State (1989) and three on the European Union, Treason at Maastricht (with Norris McWhirter CBE, fourth edition 1998) Europe's Full Circle (third edition 1998 also published in Yugoslavia and Poland) and Fascist Europe Rising (2001 also published in Yugoslavia). For the extensive all party and international praise of these books and other work see the websites www.rodneyatkinson. freeuk.comand He was Referendum Party candidate in North West Durham in the 1997 General Election (5.2% of the vote) and the lead UK Independence Party candidate for the North East Region in the 1999 European Elections (8.83% of the vote). He has been a contributor to radio and television programmes on both sides of the Atlantic. He launched the cross party British Declaration of Independence in 1999.





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The Nursing Home Crisis By William Dorich



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As our population continues to age, more of us will one day need to face the possibility of nursing home care for ourselves or a loved one.

That decision is far too important to be left to chance and urgency does not allow us the luxury of learning by trial and error. Research writer William Dorich found this out the hard way when dealing with his own family experience with nursing home care. In this new eBook The Nursing Home Crisis William Dorich sheds valuable light and shocking detail on the problems of physical and sexual abuse as well as neglect and medical malpractice in some nursing homes today. William Dorich provides his readers with the tools they need to find and evaluate a good nursing home for themselves or a loved one.

While this book graphically exposes the Good, the Bad and the Terrible in nursing home care today it also brings a clear understanding about the rights of the patient and how to wisely spend down assets. This book will also show you how to apply for Social Security and Medi-Care benefits while still protecting the rights of your loved one. This book is an important addition to any home research library and an especially valuable tool for anyone facing nursing home decisions.

This Book Contains:

  • The Good, The Bad, and the Terrible
  • Elder and Sexual Abuse
  • Recognizing Abuse Warning Signs
  • Common Types of Abuse in Nursing Homes
  • Other Nursing Home Problems
  • Where to Turn if the Unthinkable Happens
  • How to Report Elder Abuse
  • Gathering Evidence
  • Helping Your Loved One Cope
  • Non-Nursing Home Options
  • Determine What You Can Afford
  • Choosing a Nursing Home
  • Managing the Costs
  • Nursing Home Litigation
  • Information Everyone Should Know
  • Legal Issues That Will Arise
  • Power of Attorney, Guardian and Conservatorship
  • How Care is Monitored
  • Know the Laws and How They Work For you
  • Directing Medical Care and Final Expenses
  • Nursing Home Regulations
  • Personal Privacy Rights ... and more!

About the Author:

William Dorich has lived and worked in Westwood, California for more than 30 years. His early training was at Art Center College of Design in photography and journalism at UCLA. His career includes ten years as regional sales manager for two major west coast printing companies prior to founding his publishing firm in 1985, GM Books. William is the author of 5 books on Balkan history and music. His newest book, Defeat Foreclosure, preceded the publication of this book. The book was written to help homeowners save their house, their credit and prevent fraudulent foreclosure scam artists from victimizing them a second time. His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, and the Washington Times, among other publications.

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