Description : The Helen Clark we see today is a carefully manufactured, airbrushed political brand. She's also New Zealand's most powerful politician, ever. ABSOLUTE POWER strips away the facade to find what makes the real Helen Clark tick, and explores the track record of a government that boasted it would bring a new age of "frugality and integrity", and an end to "cronyism, sleaze and dishonesty". ABSOLUTE POWER is not just about what happened publicly and what played out on the news each night. It is much more about what was going on behind the scenes - the power plays, the dirty tricks, the Machiavellian maneuvers. The bits the daily media missed. Lord Acton once wrote that absolute power corrupts absolutely, and that the great "are almost always bad". Is Helen Clark the exception to that rule?
Description : The devil in my nightmares is the man of my dreams. For the past three years, I’ve been running from a man I’ve never met. A man who carries a grudge. A man who specializes in revenge. I thought I had it all—a career and a new home in a sleepy small town. My world comes crashing down when a sexy gang member from the city arrives at my job, wrapped in tattoos and sinful smiles. Beneath his flirtatious facade beats the heart of an angry man. I’ve committed the one sin he can never forgive. I stole from him, and he won’t be satisfied until he’s repaid with the money or my life. They say there are two kinds of power: power derived from fear and power obtained by acts of love. Cash Delacorte holds them both over my head. He’s everything I never wanted: dark, deceptive, and dedicated to a life of crime. He’s determined to pull me into the darkness with him, and the thing is—I want to go. Every kiss, every lie, every punishment propels me into a future I never dreamed possible. Will I choose the darkness or escape into the light? alpha male, bad boy, bad boy romance, free bad boy romance, billionaire, billionaire romance, billionaire romance free, captive, captivating romance, captivating romance free, contemporary romance, BDSM, BDSM romance, dominate male, edgy romance, erotic books, erotic romance free, erotic romance, free romance books, free romance novels, free romance, free steamy romance, first in series, first in series free, CEO romance, CEO romance free, contemporary romance free, contemporary romance books, dark romance, dark romance free, free, free ebook, freebie, first book free, hero to hate, hero to love, hot, hot man, hot romance, hot romance free, kidnapping, long series, long romance series, love, romance free, romance series, new adult romance, mafia romance, romance series, romantic saga, romantic suspense, romantic suspense free, romance novels free, romance books, romantic thriller, romantic thriller free, sassy heroine, sassy, seduction, seduction romance, sensual romance, sexy, sexy romance, sexy book, sexy novel, free sexy novel, something hot to read, steamy, steamy romance, strong heroine, wounded hero, wealthy, wealthy hero, wealthy heroine, royalty, international, New York, Manhattan, Colombia, Russia,
Description : Set at the heart of political power in Washington DC, Absolute Power was the book which launched David Baldacci's career as a worldwide bestseller of thrilling fiction. The movie, starring Clint Eastwood, was a major box office success across the world. In a heavily guarded mansion in the Virginian countryside, professional burglar and break-in artist, Luther Whitney, is trapped behind a one-way mirror. What he witnesses destroys his faith not only in justice, but all he holds dear. What follows is an unthinkable abuse of power and a criminal conspiracy, as a breathtaking cover-up is set in motion by those appointed to work for one of the most important people in the world – the President of the United States.
Description : The sensational story of the last two centuries of the papacy, its most influential pontiffs, troubling doctrines, and rise in global authority In 1799, the papacy was at rock bottom: The Papal States had been swept away and Rome seized by the revolutionary French armies. With cardinals scattered across Europe and the next papal election uncertain, even if Catholicism survived, it seemed the papacy was finished. In this gripping narrative of religious and political history, Paul Collins tells the improbable success story of the last 220 years of the papacy, from the unexalted death of Pope Pius VI in 1799 to the celebrity of Pope Francis today. In a strange contradiction, as the papacy has lost its physical power--its armies and states--and remained stubbornly opposed to the currents of social and scientific consensus, it has only increased its influence and political authority in the world.
Description : "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character; give him power" -Abraham Lincoln In our time, monarchies seem little more than tourist curiosities and democracy is taken for granted. Historian C.S. Denton explores periods where monarchs wielded vast power - power which was often exercised arbitrarily and unjustly. 75 succinct essays cover European royalty from the last king of Rome to Tsar Nicholas II. Whether villainized by propaganda, suffering from serious mental disorders or truly the epitome of evil, Denton explores the truth behind these infamous rulers. Far more than just sensational accounts, the book makes a genuine attempt to understand what drove them to their excesses.
Description : Examines the actions and policies of the Justice Department under the leadership of Janet Reno and Bill Clinton, and discusses the long-term political and legal implications of the Clinton administration.
Description : With Colin living on the streets, grief-stricken and alone, can Victor Cross bring him into the Trutopian fold? Danny and Renata, increasingly disenchanted with the orders given at Sakkara, begin to question who their real friends are.
Description : A God War Crossover! The Odyssey returns in this stunning 48-page special continuing the events from The 10th Muse #11! The 10th Muse is mad with power and has taken control of Mt. Olympus. Now, with Grayson Bishop at her side, she launches the Titan warriors to invade Earth and to assassinate all earthbound Olympians. The lines between enemies and heroes become crossed when the evil Medusa joins forces with Judo Girl, Atlas, Orion the Hunter, Wonder Boy, and the Valkyrie to stop their former ally. Along the way, new faces will emerge, such as The Red Muse, Camelot, Sigma, and Leveax of the Witch Kids. Can The Odyssey stop the destruction of the Earth? Will Grayson Bishop complete his corruption of The 10th Muse? And where is Emma Sonnet during all of this? Find out in this special, GIANT-sized issue!
Description : The themes cover a wide range - from the tenacity with which old demagogues hold on to political power, to teenage love and infatuation in the village setting; family life with its challenge and inexorable attraction of married men to their extra-marital satisfaction.