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He spends the next 14 years in a mental institution having never been to trial or convicted. The hero of this sordid tale is Mable Norris, a small newspaper owner and reporter.
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She senses that the "facts" being presented by the legal community are less than truthful or believable. She stays with the story for the next 14 years and is there when Jesse is finally released from durance vile and is able to celebrate with him. Heroic relentlessness and overwhelming obfuscation are the heart of this book. The major players of this book are all dead, but their legacies live on. Naval history andthe fifty-year fight to exonorate an innocent man by Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic Long story short: After that delivery she sailed for Leyte.
She was torpedoed and sunk on the night of July 30th. Of the 1, men aboard that night, survived after spending 4 days adrift in the Philippine Sea before being rescued.
That is the greatest number of deaths from a single vessel in the history of the U. The long story has much more to offer. The Indianapolis was a storied veteran of war in the Pacific. She was in California for repairs from a kamikaze attack near Okinawa when she was called upon to deliver the atomic bomb. With repairs not completed and manned by a largely untested crew, she departed for the war zone again.
That mission accomplished, she set sail for the Philippines. At this point, Murphy's Law rears it's ugly head and a long list of seemingly minor events begin to occur that result in the Navy's completely losing a heavy cruiser, not knowing it was sunk at all, never mind where. The survivors are discovered by a seagoing miracle. After the survivors, including the Captain, are rescued the Navy begins to try to find someone to blame for this tragedy.
Captain McVey is faulted for the loss of his ship, which means he is at fault for the loss of his men. Even the Commander of the Japanese submarine who sunk the Indianapolis is brought to the US to testify. There is a happy ending, of sorts, but it doesn't take place until July of The wreckage of the Indianapolis was discovered in 18, feet of water in This book does not read like history, it reads as a high class thriller. For those of you needing more information, I refer you to the movie, Jaws, and the story told by Quint, the boat captain.
Except that an engineer friend of mine suggested it, not in this lifetime would I have have picked it up. I would have missed a very understandable mostly review of that precision which 21st century life demands.
The stories that brought us from the creation of naval cannon accurate enough to hit another ship instead of the ocean that ship floated in, to the GPS system in your car or phone that allows you to travel the globe and arrive precisely at your destination are wonderfully interesting.
Precision made the Industrial Revolution possible. It made the Model T possible. It makes it possible to design a clock that will neither gain nor lose a second in a billion years. Measurements of everything is what makes it all work. Want to know why Hubble needed corrective lenses? One of the prime causes was the fact it was the low bid.
The same worry that many astronauts face as the fire ignites beneath them. You will discover the history of the metric system of measurement, as well as what might be the reason it has been so soundly reviled as the replacement for our system of feet, inches, yards, ponds and tons. It was created by the French. This fascinating tale of precision is really worth the time You will find out why they are yellow.
Mike Reiss was one of a few comedy writers hired to work on a new animated show that the group figured would have a life expectancy of perhaps nine weeks.
Thirty years later, a number of them are still employed by the show. It is, of course, The Simpsons. It is the longest running TV show in american history.
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No one seems to know exactly why this is, but there are many guesses out there. This book is the history of The Simpsons as told by one of the original writers. It is funny, informative, myth busting, funny, gossipy, and, did I mention, funny. I sort of knew that Sam Simon, one of the shows creators, had not been to "work" for years yet continued to receive a very healthy check on a regular basis.
That is quite true, and the reasons why are revealed.
There is much information about the cast who produce all of the voices heard on the show, as well as many of the guest star voices heard over the years. As is stated on the book jacket, you will find jokes, secrets and outright lies from a lifetime of writing for The Simpsons.
Do you need to read this book? Oxford English Dictionary got it wrong. You go to greet them and it turns out they are policemen arresting you for murder. You know you are innocent and this is a mistake that will be easily corrected. The night of the murder you were at work in a locked, guarded warehouse. During your trial people will lie about you.
Forensic evidence is badly bungled. The man who is supposed to be on your side in court turns out to be pals with the man who is trying to convict you. The jury says life without parole and the judge overrides that sentence and puts you on death row. You continue to paint the landscape of your innocence because you know this is a bad dream from which you will soon awake. What you don't know is that, in spite of your innocence, it will be thirty years before you once again breathe air outside of death row.
Sounds like something by Franz Kafka? Just Alabama justice at work. This is a very disturbing book about the execution of the presumed guilty and the reluctance to come to terms with the notion that some of them may, in fact, be innocent. Ancient history, you wonder? Ray Hinton was released from death row in Holman State Prison on April 3, becoming the nd person freed from various death rows since There is much history in the story, however.
Jim Crow, being both Black and poor in the justice system, and the operation of the justice system itself. You will wonder how, but you will find the book has a mostly happy ending, which might be made happier if the state of Alabama would be inclined to compensate Mr.
Hinton for his nearly 3 decades on death row. As of February of this year the Alabama legislature has fought off the idea of paying Mr. In America, brought turmoil and tremendous change to our nation. In Russia it was There was no "summer of love" bringing their change; it was the speech delivered by Nikita Khrushchev on the morning of February 25th after the conclusion of the 20th Party Congress.
In it he denounced Joseph Stalin as a criminal, a murderer and an enemy of the state and decreed that the Soviet Union needed to purge itself of the "personality cult" surrounding the former Chairman of the Communist Party. The Soviet Union was stunned, in disbelief, and at a loss about the future as well as the past.
Think of America being told that George Washington was a secret agent of the British and that we were really still a colony of Great Britain. Marvin Kalb happened to be in Russia during that year and this book is his analysis of the turmoil, hopes, dreams, and ultimate despair of Russians as ended with the brutal crushing of the people of Hungary who thought that change had really come. If you are a Cold War veteran, you ought to find this book very illuminating.
If you are wondering what is wrong with those Russians, that they can't see reason, this book offers a clue to the mindset of Russians who rule and are ruled. Kalb was a serious student of Russian history when he began his work as a translator for the State Department in Moscow.
His experiences there as he navigated Russian bureaucracy and mingled with Soviet citizens, as well as his observations, make for very interesting reading. The book is short, to the point and another arrow in your brain quiver of stuff you know. I am neither a young adult nor much of a reader of fantasy. I'm not sure what prompted me to pick up this book, perhaps it was something that went bump in the night.
As I read this book, it occurred to me that we all were spoon fed fantasy as soon as someone began telling or reading to us the adventures of Hansel and Grettle or the hazards of swapping all of your money for a handful of beans. Fairy tales were our literary boot camp. This book is composed of 6 fairy tales for adults of any age. Think of "Beauty and the Beast" spiced liberally with "Scheherazade" and you will begin to see what Ms.
Bardugo has in store for you. The writing is clean, elegant, and mesmerizing. You will recognize the stories being told but they are being told in a style unlikely to be old hat to you. I can't urge you enough to turn off the TV, send the kids to bed, take your favorite beverage to your favorite chair and settle in for an engaging evening of reading that begins with, "Once upon a time Noted historian Howard Jones has carefully examined the massacre and the resulting ramifications on both personal and national scales.
This is a very difficult book to read. It opens on March 16, the day the 3 platoons of Charlie Company, 1st Bn. The 1st platoon of Charlie Co. By early afternoon the first platoon, along with other elements of Charlie Company would kill around Vietnamese men women and children. The resulting vague Army investigations and apparent cover-ups only came to light in and then from no investigation but the tale told by soldiers who were there.
The result of all of the trials and there were several was the conviction of Lt. Calley on several war crimes. He was sentenced to life in prison at hard labor. One of the major issues brought up at trial was the responsibility of superior officers for the actions and behavior of their troops.
If Calley was convicted, would the blame for the actions of the 1st platoon rise up the chain of command. Historically, there was great cause for concern in officer country. It is referred to as the "Yamashita Principle.
The battle was liberally sprinkled with atrocities in which the General did not participate. He was hung for them anyway because it was the decision, finally, of the Supreme Court of The United States, that the behavior of his troops was his responsibility.
All countries and armies- even the good guys- are in danger of harboring the next Lt Calley. When young, impressionable men are sent in harm's way, there is no way to see into the near future. The legacy of My Lai lives on, as one general before invading Kuwait in told his troops, "There will be no My Lais in my division.
He wishes you wouldn't. He is a progressive man with a law degree. He has serious problems with the Republican Party. To his credit he also has tremendous issues with the Democratic Party. He has no problems with Republicans or Democrats. It is his wish that we would change the nature of the debate from, "I'm right and you're wrong," to something along the lines of, "We both want the same thing for our country: How can we manage to work together to reach this common goal?
He has provocative ideas how we can become more civil in our discourse and productive in our efforts. Conservatives and liberals are chastised more or less equally, but he offers hope for a national renaissance that will propel this messy, difficult experiment that is America into a future that strengthens and expands the dream.
The fact that Van Jones and Newt Gingrich were able to put aside their considerable differences and work closely and successfully together on a number of projects should lend some credence to his vision of a larger national discussion.
Your ox may be gored as you read this book, but so is the other guy's; there is a first aid station in there for your ox as well. It was an appropriate day for that. This book follows the lives of several of the men we first met while they were in combat in Iraq as elements of the "surge. Combined with the devastation of TBI Traumatic Brain Injury caused by improvised explosive devices, a prominent weapon used by the enemy and the "usual" difficulties of reentering stateside life, many of the veterans simply could not make the adjustment.
To make matters worse, the VA had no comprehensive plan to deal with this type of wound and the army couldn't seem to shake loose the idea that these men were "non-hackers," not really warriors, and whiners undeserving of sympathy or treatment. A simple solution to the problem? Drugs, lots of drugs. Drugs for depression, drugs to go to sleep, drugs to wake up, drugs for lingering pain, and drugs for any other problem exhibited. Mental therapy, such was available, took many forms and widely varying duration.
Long suffering wives were frequently left to their own devices during periods of treatment, increasing the stress level to the whole family. They had to manage the household, often without any money coming in from their warrior.
They had to take care of the small children as well as the big one who was sometimes drunk, abusive, silent, screaming in the night and who often spoke of suicide. At one point during the writing of this book suicides were taking more of a death toll than the efforts of the enemy. Some of our characters got better, some not so much and a couple opted out This aspect of these wars will last a great deal longer than the actual time of combat.
These are the men who answered the call. These are the good soldiers whom we may never be able to sufficiently thank for their service.
The author has done a brilliant job of following and reporting the activities of this unit, and it's commander, through the stages of deployment, combat, and the return home. No matter the reader's perspective about the war in general or the "surge" in particular, it is impossible to witness the stories of these soldiers with anything but awe for their fortitude, courage, and perseverance. Booby traps and mines have long been a component on the battlefield, but in this war they came to be the principal weapon used by the enemy.
An axiom of war has always been that, while it is desirable to kill your enemy, in some ways it is better to wound him because of the time and effort expended by other soldiers to tend to the wounded.
The damage done to the morale of the enemy is an added bonus. The devastation to those injured by IEDs far exceeded, generally, the injuries involved in small arms fire. In addition to the severity of the injuries, in many cases after an IED event there was no enemy to be seen. No chance to get some pay back. No chance to even the score. At the beginning of their tour, the commander resolved to have a Battalion run, wearing only PT clothes, through their area of responsibility.
This event would be due to the resolve and courage of his men and the rightness of their cause. As it turned out, on their last day of conducting operations they would not be able to go down the main road in full combat gear.
Their commander wanted no deaths or maimings on their last day in Baghdad Their goals remain unachieved, but they had answered their country's call. They were and are the good soldiers. He is also the author of Matterhorn: It took him 30 years to write the book as it was as much therapy as literature. Matterhorn was cut from 1, pages to before it went to press.
This book goes pages. It is Matterhorn minus the fiction. Since Vietnam, this country has conducted at least a dozen wars and is currently involved in a substantial way in at least two wars plus an unknown to most citizens and, apparently many Congressmen number of situations that are commonly thought of as "in harm's way. Just as we care for the physical wounds suffered by our armed forces upon their return home, he maintains we need to be aware of and treat the wounds of their minds as well.
Marlantes feels that the message of what mental wounds our soldiers are in danger of sustaining should be presented to the troops before leaving for combat. He acknowledges that 18 and 19 year olds are not given to introspection and they, of course, all feel they are 10 feet tall and bullet-proof, so training of this nature might be wasted at the time, but the lessons might kick in a bit later, after the battle.
If war is made up of many complex parts, so is the warrior. Attention must be paid. Friedman It does not take a Rhodes scholar or a poli-sci major to draw the conclusion that, to some degree or another, the world is going to hell in a hand basket.
For those of us of a certain age, this comes as no major surprise, but what causes many of us considerable alarm is the fact that the skids beneath that hand basket have been liberally greased and the speed of said basket is getting to be breath-taking. This book posits the source of that grease to be technology, globalization, and climate change. Friedman talks about the change in the amount of time we have to accommodate ourselves to change. How long did it take our society to come to grips with the Model-T as opposed to how long we have to get our minds around robots with AI.
Also featured prominently in this book is the issue of world population growth and the stress on the planet that is a direct result. That stress not only includes the issue of feeding all of those people, but the disruption to established social orders as a result of so many people fleeing their birthplace to avoid starving to death, enslavement, enforced military service, etc. The planet seems to becoming increasingly Balcanized.
As Friedman continues to enumerate the ills we face as Earthlings, he concludes that a sizable problem is the change to the climate of the planet. He makes his case in a reasonable manner. After much prologue, he begins to outline his ideas on how the brakes on this hand basket can be applied.
His solutions will outrage many on both sides of the aisle of dominant political thought. This is due, in large part, to his belief that doing the same failed thing over and over and expecting a different result really is insane. He relates some very engaging theories and success stories. Perhaps the major flaw in his proposed solutions is the requirement that more people- a lot more people- need to apply the Golden Rule to their lives.
A frightfully challenging proposition to be sure, but consider the alternative. The one featured in headlines every day. Some readers will probably find much to disagree with here, but hopefully there will be a couple of " Many will find most of it as "I knew that" stuff.
One of the brothers was a gunnery officer on the aircraft carrier Enterprise, another was one of the chief officers in the "map room" in the White House, and one was assigned to a submarine tender. That assignment was made possible by the influence of one of the other brothers. That was done as a favor to the youngest brother. The down side to that assignment was that the submarine tender was stationed in Manila Bay on December 8th, The youngest brother became a prisoner of war in early The driving action of the book is the intense search for information about him over the next three and a half years.
The story of each of the brothers still on active duty is compelling as they each conduct their piece of the war and the depiction of the mother of the three is what you would expect from a woman who has two sons serving and one son missing in action. That the Japanese were guilty of barbaric treatment of POWs is widely acknowledged, and it features prominently in this story.
The mystery of the book is the manner in which the author daughter of one of the brothers weaves the tale of all of the boys, including the prisoner. Until the very end of the book, the outcome is in some doubt. There are some hints in the book as to the conclusion but you'll not hear them from me. Most people are aware that U. Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at a meet and greet for her constituents in Tucson, Arizona on January 8, Here is the story of what took place between that day, when she lay bleeding from a point blank gunshot wound to the head, and August 1st, a scant 7 months later, when she returned to Congress to cast her vote on a debt ceiling bill.
The tale of her survival and rehabilitation is astounding. The conflict for her husband, Mark, between attending to her needs and preparing for the last flight of the space shuttle, Endeavor, is considerable.
Not only must he decide whether to stay or go, NASA has a say in the decision as well. Will he be concentrating on this difficult mission or will he be distracted by thoughts of his grievously wounded wife? The tale of Gabby's life that led her to Congress is a compelling one; the tale of Gabby's life after January 8, is a heroic one.
At no time is the shooter mentioned by name, and he plays no role in this book beyond his deed. There is no happy ending to this story because it is not over, but it shows every indication of being a miraculous tale. It is the story of a young Chinese woman whose parents immigrated to this country from Taiwan in Like many immigrant parents, they labor long and hard to make sure the opportunities of this country are available to their child.
They are less than thrilled when, after graduating from college, she chooses to teach at an all Black school in Helena, Arkansas. As she struggles to conduct learning in the chaos of the reality of the lives of her students - poverty, drugs, crime, racial and social inequality, and indifference to education in general - she becomes particularly drawn to one young man, Patrick.
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In him she sees something special and she works very hard to help him develop his innate gifts. It would seem that her labors are bearing some fruit, but the school is forced to close and her own life's goals drive her to leave the Delta after two years.
She loses track of Patrick. The next she hears about him is his arrest for murder. How she reconnects with this young man and how they are able to continue his tragically interrupted education is the sweet spot of this book.
Does this book have a happy ending? I suppose that depends on your definition of happy. Does this book make you wish you could be a teacher like this? To some degree, probably. Does this book make you think of a teacher that was a life-changing force in your life? The longest, bloodiest battle of that general offensive by the forces of North Vietnam was the battle for the ancient capitol of Vietnam, Hue.
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It was, in fact, the longest and bloodiest battle during our war in Vietnam. Bowden's research is extensive and includes interviews with participants on both sides of the battle.
This infiltration took place over a lengthy period of time and in small increments. General William Westmoreland and others at MACV Headquarters in Saigon took little note of this enemy activity in general and in I Corps the northernmost section of Vietnam in particular because Westmoreland was convinced that the big battle the North was evidently planning was going to be at the Marine outpost at Khe Sanh.
On the 31st of January, approximately towns and villages in Vietnam were attacked to one degree or another. This was the beginning of a battle that would last three and a half weeks and take the lives of over US Marines and soldiers and wound another Over ARVN soldiers perished along with over wounded.
The story line of the book is carefully plotted to include the actions of members of both sides. Away from the house-to-house street fighting, the tremendous destruction to Hue, the stench of rotting bodies and the exhaustion of Marines who were resigned to their deaths or maiming was the hubris that prevented the general staff from fully realizing that this was no mere firefight between squads or platoons but a meat grinder.
In the final battle analysis, the NVA and Viet Cong were defeated; on the other hand, Walter Cronkite was a visitor to Hue before the end and brought back to America his opinion that America needed to negotiate with the enemy " Saddam Hussein, his American guards, and what history leaves unsaid by William Bardenwerper This is the story of the group of U.
Army MPs who are detailed to guard Saddam Hussein in the months leading up to to his trial and subsequent execution. Their attitudes about Saddam at the beginning of their association with him are no surprise. They think he is a monster who stands rightly accused of murdering his own people in both large and small numbers.
He is guilty of bringing war to his neighbors, resulting in more than a million deaths. He spawned a monster more repellent than himself, his son Uday. Yet, they also, over time, discover him to be a man of wit, charm and generosity.
At the end of their 6-month "tour" with him, they find it disquieting and disturbing to deliver him to his executioners. People of a certain age will remember Mayor Richard J. Daley and his behavior and the behavior of his police force during the Democratic Convention in Chicago.
Moore makes the case reasonably and coherently, that Chicago can make itself into an exemplary showcase of social and economic integration. A major stumbling block is years of inequality in the relationships between Black and White Americans.
Apparently a couple of generations haven't quite overcome the toxicity of our history. Logical fallacies are the hallmark of non-scientists attempting to rebut scientific research and conclusions. You would be entirely correct in assuming "climate change" is prominently featured in this analysis but it is not the only area of scientific inquiry to be examined.
Each logical fallacy has it's own chapter and examples to go with it. Interesting stuff, but incendiary to some. Full disclosure - although Dave Levitan writes about science, he is not a scientist. This book contains gruesome descriptions of lynchings in and around Forsyth County, Georgia in the first quarter of the 20th Century. The how and why some people were made into "strange fruit" is terrible to envision; it is too awful not to look at.
It is the first cousin to the horrors waiting for the Jews of Europe. Forsyth County may or may not have been the most racist county in the state of Georgia, but it was a contender for the title.
As the result of the rape of one of the white women in the the area, one black man was lynched and three others eventually were hung after having their day in court. Their day in a court was officiated over by whites, with an all white jury sitting in judgement, in the county seat of Forsyth County, Cumming, Georgia.
This county would, over the next few months, run every Black family out of the county. The night riders, who were the motivators for this exodus, were the good folk of the area who determined that their lives could be best lived by the total absence of "niggers"in their county.
They accomplished their mission and so Forsyth County remained lily white until nearly the last decade of the 20th Century, nearly a generation removed from the passage of the Civil Rights Act of The story of Cumming, Georgia has changed a good deal from the days when the Sheriff was a member in good standing of the KKK and it was deadly dangerous to be Black and just passing through, but as we all know human nature is slow to change.
For most people, the change in the racial temperament of Cumming is welcome. For many people, the idea that this attitude was alive and well in our day and age is astonishing. For all of the above this book is a close look at a painful part of the backstory of this country. Our backstory is not all this lurid but it is part of our history. Some of you may even be passionate about the English language.
Some of you might inhabit the netherworld of lexophiles or logophiles, but few of us, no matter the level of our love for the language, read dictionaries for entertainment or think much about them for that matter. You might want to hurry though. Dictionaries may be headed the way of the Passenger pigeon or the Dodo. Kory Stamper is a lexicographer at Merriam-Webster and a very witty one, to boot. Her take on the business of dictionaries is illuminating and her "war stories" are, in many instances, side splitting.
For those of you who feel that people who use "decimate" to mean great harm or damage instead of the death of one out of ten of the enemy newscasters the world overor the word "irregardless" in any setting or circumstance will find no reason to triumphantly shout, "I told you so!!
There is, in fact, an entire chapter devoted to "irregardless. Stamper portrays the business of these wonderful collections of the language and the word history of speakers of English in an absolutely charming and humorous fashion. If you are numbered among those who feel that the computer age is as much a curse as a blessing, you could be a lexicographer.
Just as brick and mortar bookstores have fallen victim the the ease of the internet, so have dictionaries and the people who edit them. Despite the fact I work for a library, I am suggesting it might not be the worst idea in the world to go buy this book so Kory and her beloved children don't end up in the sweatshop when Merriam-Webster succumbs to Google. In any event, absolutely do not miss the chapter, On Bad Words.
McMaster If, as was said by Georges Clemenceau, "War is too important to be left to the Generals," you will come away from this book thinking entrusting that supreme policy strategy to politicians is not the straight and true path to answering the question, "To whom do we leave it? For the record, McMaster is the current National Security Advisor and portions of this book were included in his doctoral thesis.
This book is heavily researched and, fortuitously enough, numerous pertinent documents were declassified at this time so there is a substantial amount of evidence to support his viewpoint. As easy as it is to boo and hiss the villain s it is kind of hard to find a hero to cheer in this drama. The book begins with a short summary of what JFK seemed to have in mind for Vietnam, as well as what other goals he may have had. There really was one and it was very small.
The machinations of this crowd put them right up there with the Borgias for cold blooded intrigue. The time span of this book is between and During this time our commitment in Vietnam went from several thousands of advisors to nearsoldiers, sailors, Marines and Air Force personnel, and hundreds of thousands more lined up and waiting in the pipeline for the just right political moment to arrive.
General Wallace Greene, Commandant of the Marine Corps, stood alone when he said that the troop strength would need to be at leastmen for at least 5 years to achieve military victory.
A voice crying in the wilderness. If you are of such an age as I, you need to read this book to get an idea of what was really going on; if you are of a more tender age, you need to read this book because it is a cautionary tale. If you happen to have been there, then you really need to read this book. You think you had deep feelings for Robert McNamara before?
You ain't seen nothin' yet. Andrew Bacevich has taken it upon himself to examine the involvement of the United States in the conflict in the Greater Middle East beginning in with the overthrow of the Shah of Iran which led shortly thereafter to the failed attempt to free the prisoners from the American Embassy in Tehran. American involvement in this area continued without direct US military involvement, but plenty of behind the curtain machinations.
The American military presence in the Middle East has continued without pause since. To be sure, Bacevitch makes mention of all of the other ills afflicting the region: All of that is to set the stage for the direct American involvement. America's intentions seemed worthy- if not necessarily altruistic- but we never seemed to get the details right at all.
We had plenty of military might, but what we had in incredible excess was hubris. America could never seem to get the idea that what we found desirable, instinctual and rewarding did not necessarily reflect the dreams and ideals of others. Bacevich takes us step by step through the last nearly 40 years and they are painful steps indeed.
Obviously, he enjoys the luxury of hindsight, but many of deficiencies he notes of American policy were fairly evident in the early days of our efforts which makes one wonder why they still existed as late as last month.
No American President escapes his scrutiny and none of them do very well. Since the end of the Cold War there has been the question, "What do we do with this hugely expensive military we have? Bacevich has some hard questions for America at the conclusion of this book. And like all hard questions, there are no easy answers. It is also in the realm of probability that banner carriers of any of the people who had thrown their hat into the ring would call the contest along the lines of rigged, viscous, full of lies, dirty, hacked or not by Russians a new entrant, possibly, into the political landscape and a result left a bad taste in the mouths of many Americans who may or may not be calling for us to all get along.
There is good news for almost all of us in this small, amusing book relating details of some elections held in this fair land that were much nastier than our recent donnybrook. Not only were some political horror shows of yesteryear uglier than ours, almost no one remembers the awful details. Advertisement Voyager Software is a leading supplier of software and solutions for the recruitment industry and is now one of the few providers able to offer the full end-to end solution.
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Larry, untilran a large recruiting operation in Portland, Oregon. For years and years, he was either the top office in his network, or close to being the top office. In an industry noted for our extraordinarily high turnover, Larry had none, zero, zilch. Account Executives AEs only departed when Larry let them go. Otherwise they stayed forever. We all strive to make our contests interesting and motivating.
But the reality is discouraging. Most, if not all, of our contests tend to be demotivating. First, the same AE, usually your best AE, tends to win all of your contests no matter how you structure them. Second, and conversely, all of the other AEs sense that they can never win, so they stop trying to win.
Third, when you offer a specific prize, often the winner already has the item, owns a higher quality of that item, or could care less about it. Fourth, a money prize is either considered tacky or too little of a sum and the manager is therefore seen as stingy. The list goes on and on.
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Everybody participated and was excited about winning the AE of the Month Award. The AE of the Month was determined by the following monthly percentages: Now no one AE won all of the time. There were just too many variables and the last percentage, the subjective variable, always gave Larry control over who would win. All of the above was fine, but this is where it got better. If you were married, it had to be your spouse.
If single, it could be your partner, mother, sister, brother, etc. At the beginning of each month, Larry called all of his employees into their office waiting room. There, in the waiting room, were two elaborate picture frames fastened to the wall in a position of prominence.
Everyone who entered the waiting room would immediately see both frames. Inside the larger frame was the photograph of the AE of the month from the previous month.