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Joe Cahill : A life in the IRA

Joe Cahill passed away in July, 2004. Born in Belfast in 1920, he was an IRA activist all his life. In this extensive authorized biography, he gives his full and frank story, his viewpoint, and his experiences This extraordinary journey mirrors the growth, changes and development of the republican movement as a whole through more than sixty years of intense involvement. His experiences range from Northern Irish prison cells of the 1940s, surviving a death sentence, to Washington when the Good Friday Agreement was being negotiated. He tells of his arms deal with Gaddafi, and the fateful voyage of the Claudia ; Bloody Sunday and the burning of the British Embassy in Dublin ; the high-drama helicopter escape of IRA prisoners from Portlaoise Jail, and his rise through the ranks of the organization and deportation to the U. S.

Manuel, markets and money : Essays in appraisal

From inside dust jacket:

"How well has Finance Minister Trevor Manuel played the hand which the South African economy has dealt him since 1996? Has there been any other way to play it? How does Manuel rank as a finance minister? What are South Africa's future economic prospects? These are some of the questions this volume seeks to answer.

A group of top economists, financial journalists and political analysts examine Manuel's successes and achievements as finance minister into an economic and political perspective. Manuel's term of office has coincided with major events and developments in the South African economy, which call for an authoritative but readable evaluation.

This study, which will be of absorbing interest to business people, students of the economy and general readers, has as both editor and contributor the well-known economist Professor Raymond Parsons, currently at the University of Pretoria. He is also the author of two previous books, The Mbeki Inheritance: South Africa's Economy 1990-2004 and Parsons' Perspective: Focus on the Economy."

House calls

In this wacky book, Patch Adams joins forces with Jerry Van Amerongen to give the reader a practical guide in introducing laughter into the healing process. The book is divided into three sections. The first section is filled with thoughts on being well. Dr. Adams provides instruction on being healthy and then provides some action steps to assimilate faith, humor, curiosity, relaxation, passion, exercise, nutrition, friendship, service, and other positive values into your daily life. These guidelines are cleverly illustrated by Jerry Van Amerongen with one panel cartoons that bring home the message of the suggestion and motivate the reader to take action. Amerongen is the creator of the Ballard Street syndicated cartoon strip.

Section two follows the same format but offers suggestions on what the reader can do to make a visit in the hospital, to shut-ins, or someone in the community, beneficial and enjoyable for both parties. These steps are thoughtful, often neglected and easy to carry out. Again the impact of the action steps are enhanced and impacted through the humor of Jerry's cartoon illustrations.

Suggestions are also offered on how to be a good hospital patient, from gaining understanding by asking questions regarding your treatment, careful listening to instructions, and reflection on your life and what you have done and want to accomplish in the future. Van Amerongen's humor helps the readers accept the situation and are then motivated to make the most of their circumstances.

The third section deals with special concerns when visiting, children, teenagers, the elderly, mentally ill, disabled, and dying patients. These helpful suggestions make the impact of your visit pleasurable for the patient, the caregivers, and yourself. The cartoons help the reader visualize the words of the text.

Adams has also provided a very comprehensive bibliography entitled "A Booklover's Search for Understanding and Ideas."

Combining Patch Adams' philosophy of laughter in healing with Jerry Van Amerongen's humor was a stroke of brilliance. The combination has made this book an enjoyable read, and produced in this reader, many smiles, some chuckles, and hearty laughs. It also gave me a new sensitivity to the importance of "healing the world one visit at a time."

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