Description : "Ashes to Ashes will appeal to a wide variety of readers. Those unfamiliar with psychoanalysis will especially appreciate the author's avoidance of jargon, while psychoanalytic experts will be interested in his use of both traditional and contemporary psychoanalytic literature."--BOOK JACKET.
Description : No book before this one has rendered the story of cigarettes -- mankind's most common self-destructive instrument and its most profitable consumer product -- with such sweep and enlivening detail. Here for the first time, in a story full of the complexities and contradictions of human nature, all the strands of the historical process -- financial, social, psychological, medical, political, and legal -- are woven together in a riveting narrative. The key characters are the top corporate executives, public health investigators, and antismoking activists who have clashed ever more stridently as Americans debate whether smoking should be closely regulated as a major health menace. We see tobacco spread rapidly from its aboriginal sources in the New World 500 years ago, as it becomes increasingly viewed by some as sinful and some as alluring, and by government as a windfall source of tax revenue. With the arrival of the cigarette in the late-nineteenth century, smoking changes from a luxury and occasional pastime to an everyday -- to some, indispensable -- habit, aided markedly by the exuberance of the tobacco huskers. This free-enterprise success saga grows shadowed, from the middle of this century, as science begins to understand the cigarette's toxicity. Ironically the more detailed and persuasive the findings by medical investigators, the more cigarette makers prosper by seeming to modify their product with filters and reduced dosages of tar and nicotine. We see the tobacco manufacturers come under intensifying assault as a rogue industry for knowingly and callously plying their hazardous wares while insisting that the health charges against them (a) remain unproven, and (b) are universally understood, so smokers indulge at their own risk. Among the eye-opening disclosures here: outrageous pseudo-scientific claims made for cigarettes throughout the '30s and '40s, and the story of how the tobacco industry and the National Cancer Institute spent millions to develop a "safer" cigarette that was never brought to market. Dealing with an emotional subject that has generated more heat than light, this book is a dispassionate tour de force that examines the nature of the companies' culpability, the complicity of society as a whole, and the shaky moral ground claimed by smokers who are now demanding recompense From the Trade Paperback edition.
Description : Think Mary, Kat, and Lillia have nothing left to lose? Think again. The fiery conclusion to the Burn for Burn trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. They only meant to right the wrongs. It was about getting even. Burn for burn. But the fire they lit kept raging…Reeve ended up hurt, then Rennie ended up dead. Everything will turn to ash if they don’t stop what they started. But now that Mary knows the truth about what happened to her, will she want to? Secrets drew Lillia, Kat, and Mary together. The truth might tear them apart.
Description : It is said that when we die we return back to dust from which we came. This is where the story begins. Sir Jacob Edwards was a King and the most evil man you would ever meet in your life. He loved to hear his prisoners bones snap into as they whaled and screamed in agony in his dungeon of horrors. As the saying goes what goes around, comes around. That is exactly what happened to Sir Jacob Edwards. After forty years of snapping prisoners’ bones into, one of the prisoners broke out of his cell and was hiding in a dark corner anticipating the arrival of Sir Jacob Edwards at his cell. Finally, about an hour later Sir Jacob was making his rounds through his dungeon and noticed a prisoner was missing. Instead of Sir Jacob yelling out for the guards to search for the missing prisoner he took it upon himself to seek out the missing prisoner. Sir Jacob started calling out to the missing prisoner saying "I know you're in here somewhere and when I find where you're hiding I'm going to snap each and every one of your bones into." As Sir Jacob had his back turned, the prisoner charged Sir Jacob and stabbed him in the back of his head causing the blade of the knife to break off in his skull. Looks like Sir Jacob's bone snapping days are over or are they.
Description : In the 1980’s, tobacco was king. Although the Surgeon General’s report clearly listed the many harmful effects of cigarette smoking, the tobacco industry stood firm in its stance that there was no verifiable evidence that cigarette smoking was harmful to smokers and certainly not to nonsmokers. Smoking was permitted in all public places—even hospitals. It was glamorized in the entertainment world and the millions spent on advertisement to encourage the trend. Today, the tobacco industry is running scared, as lawsuits against them are beginning to be won. The comeuppance of tobacco has been painfully slow in coming. It has taken decades of dedicated effort by lawyers and tobacco victims. But it could have happened sooner if Philip Ash had really existed. If you are a reformed smoker, trying to quit, or if you are bothered or concerned about smoking, then Ashes to Ashes is for you.
Description : In summer 2009, by far the most popular event in the cricketing calendar comes round again - the Ashes series between England and Australia. The anticipation will be intense, the hype absurd, the sense of expectation never remotely likely to be satisfied, for two good reasons. England won in 2005 by a whisker. We can't expect anything so good again, possibly for the rest of our lives. The second reason is even more brutally realistic. For the truth is that, over the past twenty years at least, Australia have usually won very easily. We begin with hope, we end in despair. For the many of us who follow English cricket closely, it's a strange and terrible form of biennial punishment for crimes we didn't know we had committed. 'Hell is other people,' said Jean-Paul Sartre, and as so often he was completely wrong. Hell is Ricky Ponting winning the toss on a perfect batting strip on a glorious sunny day. Hell is what happened in Australia in 2007, when the home side won 5-0. Of course we look forward to 2009. But we also dread it, as we would dread exams or major surgery. We would be foolish to do otherwise.
Description : 26-year old Clarissa Williams has seen the ugly side of the rich and famous in a very literal sense. Having spent a significant number of years as a make-up artist for celebrities, socialites and other glitterati, she has grown accustomed to their demands and idiosyncrasies. However, when one of her wealthy clients passes away, she does not expect to meet 34-year old Timothy Young, an impeccably handsome funeral director whom she is drawn to and disturbed by at the same time. Can she love a man who dances with death on a daily basis and where will the journey take them if she surrenders her heart to him?
Description : Future historians will wonder why, despite the risks, society persisted in its warm relationship with the cigarette; by the end of the century global consumption was still rising. The 1995 symposium at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine not only examined tobacco's connection with health, but the varied attitudes towards smoking, which have included regarding it as 'manly', relaxing, fashionable - and decadent. A particular feature was a witness seminar attended not only by those who had made the initial discovery but by those with a crucial role in promoting public awareness of the dangers. And, as shown in this book, we still cannot escape the paradox that, while a considerable proportion of a country's population is hooked on the cigarette, the tobacco industry and the government are equally addicted to the profits and tax revenues it generates.
Description : For the first time since the mid-1970s, England and Australia faced each other home and away in back-to-back series in the summer and winter of 2013. Under prolific captain Alastair Cook, England went into the Ashes on the back of three unbeaten series, including a first win in India for more than 25 years. By contrast, Michael Clarke's Australia arrived in England with an inexperienced side, changing their coach just weeks before the Ashes started. No wonder England started as strong favourites. And so it proved, as England won the home series by a 3-0 margin - their biggest Ashes win since the 1970s. But there were signs of an Australian revival in their defeat, and when England arrived Down Under, they found an entire nation ready to make things different, as the underdogs fought back. Suddenly, Australia were the better side in every aspect of the game, and they won back the Ashes after three consecutive crushing victories. Watching on as events unfolded was award-winning cricket writer Gideon Haigh. With great insight and skill, he reveals the key moments of both series, analysing the personalities of the players and how they coped with the most pressurised and high-profile cricketing contest of them all: the Ashes. No other book on the subject comes close to this one in getting to the heart of the matter.