A pioneering and beloved Canadian legend comes to life. Father David Bauer changed lives - at the rink, in the classroom, and at the pulpit. Bauer´s dream created the first truly national Canadian hockey team. In 1963 that unique group represented Canada abroad and were committed to both country and to Father Bauer. Whether shepherding the hockey program at St. Michael´s College in Toronto or the men´s national team out of the University of British Columbia, Bauer was both spiritual leader and trailblazer. Through exhaustive research and countless interviews, author Greg Oliver explores a Canadian icon, the teams that he put on the ice, and the rocky, almost unfathomable years of the 1970s when Canada didn´t play international hockey. Finally, for the first time ever, the whole story of Father Bauer´s critical importance to Canada´s game is told in the rich detail it deserves, and a beloved icon is celebrated for his contributions to our nation´s sporting history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: JP Linton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029886/bk_adbl_029886_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´Surrender? I have not yet begun to fight!” - attributed to John Paul JonesMany Americans labor under the misconception that the nation’s colonial and national heritage was almost wholly accomplished by an English migration. However, early America witnessed the development of New York by the Dutch, the southernmost regions by Spain, and what would become eastern Canada by the French after lengthy battles with Britain. In fact, the Seven Years’ War during the 1750s was fought on a nearly global scale between several European belligerents.As a result, when the Revolution began, the Continental Army sported numerous volunteers from Ireland, Scotland, virtually every European nation between France and Russia, and men from the northern and southern borders of the European continent. There are good reasons America doesn’t possess a constitutionally -confirmed national language, despite an English-speaking majority; among the early proposals for such a common language, German and French served as contenders, with the latter going on to become Western Europe’s official diplomatic language. Likewise, those who accomplished the legislative, diplomatic, and military miracles that helped 13 separate colonies hold off the greatest power in the world represented a multi-national heritage.With European nations unceasingly at war, soldiers from one side or the other often found themselves in disfavor, were marked men in exile, or were fleeing from a superior force. To General George Washington’s good fortune, a few found their way to the colonies to join in the cause. Some were adventurers recently cut off from their own borders, while others embraced the American urge for freedom that so closely mirrored the same movements in their home countries.Plenty of unusual characters came to the colonies to participate in the war, with many sporting dubious titles such as the Baron de Kalb, but perhaps none arrived in a more unique way than John 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Bernard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/161010/bk_acx0_161010_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue:COMMENT´´Deepest Cuts´´, by George Packer: Obama and the budget war.THE TALK OF THE TOWN´´Gwyneth’s World´´, by Lizzie Widdicombe: Gwyneth Paltrow, from movie star to domestic goddess.PROFILES´´The Possibilian´´, by Burkhard Bilger: Delving into the mysteries of brain time. THE SPORTING SCENE´´Queen of the D-League´´, by Ben McGrath: How does a woman coach a men’s basketball team?FICTION´´The Good Samaritan´´, by Thomas McGuane. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Mundt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/110420/pe_nyer_110420_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For readers of Phil Knight´s Shoe Dog and Howard Schultz´s Onward, an inspiring memoir from the CEO of DICK´s Sporting Goods about building a multibillion dollar business, coming to the defense of embattled youth sports programs, and taking a principled—and highly controversial—stand against the types of guns that are too often used in mass shootings and other tragedies. In 1948, Ed Stack´s father, Richard, started Dick´s Bait and Tackle in Binghamton, New York, with $300 borrowed from his grandmother. A few years later, Dick expanded to a second location. In 1984, Ed bought the two stores from his father. Today DICK´s Sporting Goods is the largest sporting goods retailer in the country with over 800 locations and close to $9 billion in sales. It´s How We Play the Game tells the absorbing story of a complicated founder and an ambitious son—one who transformed a business by making it more than a business, conceiving it as a force for good in the communities it serves. The transformation Ed wrought wasn´t easy: economic headwinds nearly toppled the chain twice. But DICK´s support for embattled youth sports programs earned the stores surprising loyalty, and Ed was vocal in sounding the alarm about schools´ underfunding not just of sports but of other extracurriculars, which earned DICK´s even more respect. Ed´s toughest business decision came in the wake of yet another school shooting; this one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018. The senseless loss of life devastated Ed on many levels and he decided to take action. DICK´s became the first major retailer to pull all semi-automatic weapons from its shelves and raise the age of gun purchase to twenty-one. Despite being a gun owner himself who´d grown up around firearms, Ed´s strategy included destroying the $5 million of assault-style-type rifles then in DICK´s inventory. It was a profit-risking policy that would earn the outrage of some—even threats of harm—but turn Ed into a national hero. With vital lessons for anyone running a business and eye-opening reflections about what a company owes the people it serves, It´s How We Play the Game is the insightful story of a man who built one of America´s most successful companies by following his heart.
Paul Newman, the Oscar-winning actor with the legendary blue eyes, achieved superstar status by playing charismatic renegades, broken heroes, and winsome antiheroes in such revered films as The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Verdict, The Color of Money, and Nobody´s Fool. But Newman was also an oddity in Hollywood: the rare box-office titan who cared about the craft of acting, the sexy leading man known for the staying power of his marriage, and the humble celebrity who made philanthropy his calling card long before it was cool. The son of a successful entrepreneur, Newman grew up in a prosperous Cleveland suburb. Despite fears that he would fail to live up to his father´s expectations, Newman bypassed the family sporting goods business to pursue an acting career. After struggling as a theater and television actor, Newman saw his star rise in a tragic twist of fate, landing the role of boxer Rocky Graziano in Somebody Up There Likes Me when James Dean was killed in a car accident. Though he would joke about instances of ´´Newman´s luck´´ throughout his career, he refused to coast on his stunning boyish looks and impish charm. In Paul Newman: A Life, film critic and pop culture historian Shawn Levy gives readers the ultimate behind-the-scenes examination of the actor´s life, from his merry pranks on the set, to his lasting romance with Joanne Woodward, to the devastating impact of his son´s death from a drug overdose. This definitive biography is a fascinating portrait of an extraordinarily gifted man who gave back as much as he got out of life and just happened to be one of the most celebrated movie stars of the 20th century. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marc Cashman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001837/bk_rand_001837_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Film critic and pop-culture historian Levy provides readers with a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Paul Newman´s life, in this definitive biography of the gifted man who gave back as much as he got out of life, and who just happened to be one of the most celebrated movie stars of the 20th century. Paul Newman, the Oscar-winning actor with the legendary blue eyes, achieved superstar status by playing charismatic renegades, broken heroes, and winsome antiheroes in such revered films as The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Verdict, The Color of Money, and Nobody´s Fool. But Newman was also an oddity in Hollywood: the rare box-office titan who cared about the craft of acting, the sexy leading man known for the staying power of his marriage, and the humble celebrity who made philanthropy his calling card long before it was cool. The son of a successful entrepreneur, Newman grew up in a prosperous Cleveland suburb. Despite fears that he would fail to live up to his father´s expectations, Newman bypassed the family sporting goods business to pursue an acting career. After struggling as a theater and television actor, Newman saw his star rise in a tragic twist of fate, landing the role of boxer Rocky Graziano in Somebody Up There Likes Me when James Dean was killed in a car accident. Though he would joke about instances of ´´Newman´s luck? throughout his career, he refused to coast on his stunning boyish looks and impish charm. Part of the original Actors Studio generation, Newman demanded a high level of rigor and clarity from every project. The artistic battles that nearly derailed his early movie career would pay off handsomely at the box office and earn him critical acclaim. He applied that tenacity to every endeavor both on and off the set. The outspoken Newman used his celebrity to call attention to political causes dear to his heart, including civil rights and nuclear proliferation. Taking up auto racing in midlife, Newman became the oldest driver to ever win a major professional auto race. A food enthusiast who would dress his own salads in restaurants, he launched the Newman´s Own brand dedicated to fresh ingredients, a nonprofit juggernaut that has generated more than $250 million for charity. In Paul Newman: A Life, film critic and pop culture historian Shawn Levy gives readers the ultimate behind-the-scenes examination of the actor´s life, from his merry pranks on the set to his lasting romance with Joanne Woodward to the devastating impact of his son´s death from a drug overdose. This definitive biography is a fascinating portrait of an extraordinarily gifted man who gave back as much as he got out of life and just happened to be one of the most celebrated movie stars of the twentieth century.
Tiny yet prospering Benficklin, Texas, wants a clean, respectable town marshal to safeguard their pristine community from the kind of riffraff that turned neighboring Santa Angela into a raucous string of blood-spattered saloons and bawdy sporting houses. Former Texas Ranger Emmett Strong seems to be just the man Benficklin’s town fathers are looking for, once they´re satisfied that his Chinese wife, Li, is ´´sufficiently civilized´´. Reputations aside, Benficklin - not Santa Angela - is the town with the next scandal on its hands, when the ravaged body of a young, murdered Mexican girl is found lying in the middle of Main Street. Initial signs suggest hard-drinking cowboy Quirt Langdon may have done the deed. Emmett, however, senses that things aren’t exactly as they appear. Nearby Fort Concho’s Captain Roderick Prentiss seems peculiarly interested in what is clearly a civilian case. And Santa Angela’s most eccentric resident gambler, Nate Chaffin, gives the impression he knows things he’s not telling. To top it all off, two of Benficklin’s leading citizens end up assassinated in their own backyard. While local officials pressure Emmett to hastily hang either a suspect or a scapegoat, honor drives the former Ranger to seek true justice for the poor murdered girl, as well as for the two prominent citizens. Ill-tempered townsfolk, pilfered evidence, and somebody taking potshots at him and his wife make Emmett wonder whether he’ll live to unravel the mystery or become the next corpse folks find in the dusty streets of Benficklin. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alex Zonn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/107876/bk_acx0_107876_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Brought up by his hard-nosed father and ferocious Spanish grandmother, Xavier Aislado is a gentle giant. And though Xavi’s bond with his grandmother grows, he is abandoned when his family return to Spain, leaving him in Edinburgh to complete his education. Years later, when his promising sporting career is cut short, Xavi pursues his true passion: journalism. And when his first assignment ends in violent death, he is drawn into a dark new world. With his childhood sweetheart, Grace, by his side, and a burgeoning career, Xavier has everything to live for. As his life and work become increasingly entwined, Xavi is immersed in a story of tragedy, loss and betrayal, in search of a truth that may ultimately destroy him… 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cameron Stewart, Steve Worsley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/isis/001439/bk_isis_001439_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the daughter of Muhammad Ali comes an intimate portrait of the heavyweight boxing champion and a final love letter from a daughter to her father. Through audio journals, love letters and cherished memories, Ali´s daughter Hana tells the story of a very typical and yet fully-unique family, the rise and fall of her parent´s marriage and the struggles they faced as a family surrounding Ali´s loss to Larry Holmes in 1981. With the decline of Ali´s voice, his recordings are important to history as they are to his personal legacy. At Home with Muhammad Ali offers a candid look at a man who was trying to find his purpose in the world as he realized he was coming to the end of his lucrative sporting career, all the while trying to balance fatherhood and his worldly and political obligations. Additionally, Hana tells of the everyday adventures that the family experienced around the house-with visitors like Michael Jackson and Clint Eastwood dropping by. And for the first time, Hana´s mother Veronica will share her memories of the 12-year relationship with Muhammad. At Home with Muhammad Ali is a candid and revealing portrait of a legend, a man admired and respected as the greatest sporting icon of our age.