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A Read It Forward Giveaway – Ted Koppel’s “Lights Out”

Non-Fiction Giveaway: Lights Out by Ted Koppel

In this tour de force of investigative reporting, Ted Koppel reveals that a major cyberattack on America’s power grid is not only possible but likely, that it would be devastating, and that the United States is shockingly unprepared.

Imagine a blackout lasting not days, but weeks or months. Tens of millions of people over several states are affected. For those without access to a generator, there is no running water, no sewage, no refrigeration or light. Food and medical supplies are dwindling. Devices we rely on have gone dark. Banks no longer function, looting is widespread, and law and order are being tested as never before.

It isn’t just a scenario. A well-designed attack on just one of the nation’s three electric power grids could cripple much of our infrastructure—and in the age of cyber warfare, a laptop has become the only necessary weapon.

With urgency and authority, one of our most renowned journalists examines a threat unique to our time and evaluates potential ways to prepare for a catastrophe that is all but inevitable.

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Florynce “Flo” Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical #BlackFeminist

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Often photographed in a cowboy hat with her middle finger held defiantly in the air, Florynce “Flo” Kennedy (1916–2000) left a vibrant legacy as a leader of the Black Power and feminist movements. In the first biography of Kennedy, Sherie M. Randolph traces the life and political influence of this strikingly bold and controversial radical activist. Rather than simply reacting to the predominantly white feminist movement, Kennedy brought the lessons of Black Power to white feminism and built bridges in the struggles against racism and sexism. Randolph narrates Kennedy’s progressive upbringing, her pathbreaking graduation from Columbia Law School, and her long career as a media-savvy activist, showing how Kennedy rose to founding roles in organizations such as the National Black Feminist Organization and the National Organization for Women, allying herself with both white and black activists such as Adam Clayton Powell, H. Rap Brown, Betty Friedan, and Shirley Chisholm.

Making use of an extensive and previously uncollected archive, Randolph demonstrates profound connections within the histories of the new left, civil rights, Black Power, and feminism, showing that black feminism was pivotal in shaping postwar U.S. liberation movements.

Don’t Fear the Reaper: Why Every Author Needs an Editor by Blake Atwood

 

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You’ve written a book, so now what?

You may be asking yourself:

  • Should I hire an editor?
  • What kind of editor do I need?
  • How much will professional editing cost?
  • Where can I find an editor?
  • What will an editor expect from me?
  • What can I expect from an editor?

Don’t Fear the Reaper: Why Every Author Needs an Editor answers these questions and more, while also offering:

  • Advice on self-editing
  • How to best prepare your book for an editor
  • How to make an editor not like you so much
  • Why patience is key in writing and publishing

Bonus chapters include the inspiring “Unveiling Validation’s Hiding Place: How to Defeat Every Writer’s Nightmare,” with guest appearances (quotes) by the likes of John Steinbeck, Stephen King, and Anne Lamott, and the resourceful “20 Must-Read Books on Writing and Publishing.”

Get your free review copy by clicking the download link to the left.

For Fans Of

  • Strunk & White
  • Merriam-Webster
  • Stephen King
  • Anne Lammott
  • John Steinbeck
  • Good Writing

About the Author

Blake Atwood is an author, editor, and ghostwriter with EditFor.me.

He’s written “The Gospel According to Breaking Bad” (2013) and “Don’t Fear the Reaper: Why Every Author Needs an Editor” (2014). He’s co-written two books with pastors, and has ghostwritten one book (but he can’t tell you much more about that).

To learn more about his editing and writing services, visit http://www.editfor.me. To keep up with his writing, visit http://www.blakeatwood.com.

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Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail

12262741With the movie of the book Wild coming out on the big screen, this book – Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trailcaught my eye on Audible.com. Maybe I should do the same thing Emma did. I am certainly not 67-years-old – at least not yet!!


Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail | [Ben Montgomery]

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail

Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than $200. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. And in September 1955, atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin, she sang the first verse of “America, the Beautiful” and proclaimed, “I said I’ll do it, and I’ve done it.” Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her, became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person – man or woman – to walk it twice and three times. The public attention she brought to the little-known footpath was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction.

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The Forgotten Women Heroes: Second World War Untold Stories – Non Fiction

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About The Forgotten Women Heroes: Second World War Untold Stories – The Women Heroes in the Extraordinary World War Two:

These women have been footnotes in history and at least one of them was a model for women in James Bond books and movies. The women however have remained in the shadows of the stories of the Second World War. These women fade into history even though their actions were crucial in changing the outcome of the war.

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These women have been footnotes in history and at least one of them was a model for women in James Bond books and movies. The women however have remained in the shadows of the stories of the Second World War. These women fade into history, even though their actions were crucial in changing the outcome of the war.

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I haven’t read this book so can’t verify its excellence, but the idea of it interests me, and might interest you!

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An Audio Suggestion: Seven Modern Plagues: And How We are Causing Them

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There is nothing quite like an Audio edition…..

From the Audible.com Edition

Epidemiologists are braced for the big one: the strain of flu that rivals the pandemic of 1918-1919, which killed at least 20 million people worldwide. In recent years, we have experienced scares with a host of new influenza viruses: bird flu, swine flu, Spanish flu, Hong Kong flu, H5N1, and most recently, H5N7. While these diseases appear to emerge from thin air, in fact, human activity is driving them. And the problem is not just flu, but a series of rapidly evolving and dangerous modern plagues.
According to veterinarian and journalist Mark Walters, we are contributing to-if not overtly causing-some of the scariest epidemics of our time. Through human stories and cutting-edge science, Walters explores the origins of seven diseases: mad cow disease, HIV/AIDS, Salmonella DT104, Lyme disease, hantavirus, West Nile, and new strains of flu. He shows that they originate from manipulation of the environment, from emitting carbon and clear-cutting forests to feeding naturally herbivorous cows “recycled animal protein.”
    
Since Walters first drew attention to these “ecodemics” in 2003 with the publication of Six Modern Plagues, much has been learned about how they developed. In this new, fully updated edition, the author presents research that precisely pinpoints the origins of HIV, confirms the link between forest fragmentation and increased risk of Lyme disease, and expands knowledge of the ecology of West Nile virus.
    
He also explores developments in emerging diseases, including a new chapter on flu, examining the first influenza pandemic since the Hong Kong flu of 1968; a new tick-borne infection in the Mid-West; a second novel bird flu in China; and yet a new SARS-like virus in the Middle East.
    
Readers will not only learn how these diseases emerged but the conditions that make future pandemics more likely. This knowledge is critical in order to prevent the next modern plague.

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