The research for this extensive, two volume project. represents a comprehensive effort to establish a complete context from which the sport of bodybuilding arose. "Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors" is the rise and fall of what was truly once an extraordinary discipline associated with a term known as "Physical Culture." Experience what bodybuilding was originally and learn just exactly what "Physical Culture" really is. See what growing philanthropic power flexed its financial and political muscles to foster its corporate agenda, compromising human health internationally. Read how the merger of technology and politics culminated in the industrialization, commercialization, federalization, internationalization and finally the STERILIZATION of a nation's food supply, rendering it suspect not only to the general public; but also to the most elite of athletes. Whether you are a novice, an elite bodybuilder or simply sports-nutrition minded, learn how the emerging forces of the Iron Game evolved. Ultimately, the factions of this industry would grow powerful and manipulative while fighting for control over the Game. It took the running of several parallel histories on bodybuilding, nutrition, supplements and the role of drugs to offer a complete, first-time unraveling of the web of confusion and politics that still permeates the sport into the 21st century! Volume I of "Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors" is truly the untold stories surrounding "Bodybuilding's Amazing Nutritional Origins."
The astonishing and impressive first collection of short stories from New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat in a second-hand store . . . A stray cat fights and refights a nightly battle to protect his adoptive family from an unimagiable evil . . . A young couple receives a wedding gift that will reveal a chilling alternate history of their marriage . . . Beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks, a frightened little boy bargains for his life with a most persistent troll . . . Such miraculous inventions and more await within Neil Gaiman’s first collection of short fiction, a gift of wonder and delight from one of the most unique literary artists of our day. In his capable hands, magic is no mere illusion, but a powerful means to reveal the nature of our humanity obscured in the smoke of our fears and anxieties . . . and reflected in the funhouse mirrors of our dreams.
Smoke and Mirrors takes you on a journey of self-reflection through the mind of a teenage DJ as she navigates her way through a smoky haze of music, drugs and partying. To the outside world, she appears to be a 19-year-old having the time of her life. But on the inside, she’s battling hurdles that most people wouldn’t experience in a lifetime. She’s eventually forced to look in the mirror, past the thick smog of the illusion, and ask, “Who am I when the smoke clears?”
Unwittingly involved in a clever scheme devised by the late con artist and seductress Meredith Spooner, Leonora Hutton sets out to make things right and prove her innocence to Thomas Walker, another victim of Meredith's deceptions, but she gets more than she bargained for when she finds a safe-deposit box containing a book about Mirror House, the mansion where Meredith died, and newspaper clippings about an unsolved murder. Reprint.
Blacks born in colonial America were Englishmen with an inalienable right to liberty under Britain's rule of law and those who purported to be slavemasters were criminals. The product of graft -slavery was America's first continuing criminal enterprise. However, with Lord Chief Justice Mansfield's utterance in 1772, "...Let justice be done although the heavens fall..." - a freedom trial of a slave named James Somerset and then Britain highest court's declaration that slavery was unconstitutional, America's thirteen colonies exploded into rebellion. Myths developed to shield the founding generation and were used to further nationalist chauvinism. In 1779, Britain repudiated colonial lawlessness and in committing itself to the restoration of the rule of law tradition - unconditionally freed all black slaves. And "...most strictly forbid any Person to sell or claim Right over any NEGROE (sic)..." Four years later, the U.S. sued for peace and by treaty agreed to "set at liberty" all British subjects; but reneged and relegated 500,000 black British subjects into slavery. The U.S. exploited legally free British subjects - in derogation of international law. The slavery narrative has overthrown U.S. history and racial chauvinism is nothing more than victim-blaming. The significance of the Somerset decision - America'first emancipation of slaves has escaped telling. Told with all the power and drama of a novel, Smoke, Mirrors, and Chains: America's First Continuing Criminal Enterprise is an extraordinary account of pulse-pounding human drama defined by criminal enslavement, political intrigue and raw human achievement.
An ideal family is targeted for death by the least likely enemy, who plotted their demise from behind bars.... A sexual predator hides behind multiple fake identities, eluding police for years while his past victims live in fear that he will hunt them down.... A modest preacher's wife confesses to shooting her husband after an argument -- but there's more to her shattering story than meets the eye. These and other true cases are analyzed with stunning clarity in a page-turning collection you won't be able to put down. Included in this volume are stories of a victim burned beyond recognition - spontaneous human combustion? - impossible - and yet no one else seemed to enter or exit; a man who was a woman who was a man, whose con games in a small community led to murder; a "counterfeit priest" who wasn't a priest at all; a lifetime rapist; and the strangest case ever to hit Montana.
Jayne Hudson. Regular suburban girl. Teller of lies. Saviour of the world? It's been 10 years since I left the circus, and in the interim I've built the perfect suburban life. I hide my secrets beneath a cop's uniform, carving out an existence that's as boring as it is safe. Until that is, I'm sent undercover back into the world I ran from. The cool, hipster carnival troupe I infiltrate is as far from the circus I grew up in as you can get. But carnival folk have long memories and the trail of grisly murders tracing this troupe's journeys reawakens old fears. Soon, I find myself the target of a demonic killer with an evil intent that goes far beyond murder. Can I slay this demon, uncover the troupe’s dark underbelly and stop the unleashing of hell before I become the next victim? Keywords: urban fantasy, demon hunter, carnival, paranormal