The world is a better place than it used to be. People are healthier, wealthier, and live longer. Yet the escapes from destitution by so many has left gaping inequalities between people and nations. In The Great Escape, Angus Deaton--one of the foremost experts on economic development and on poverty--tells the remarkable story of how, beginning 250 years ago, some parts of the world experienced sustained progress, opening up gaps and setting the stage for today's disproportionately unequal world. Deaton takes an in-depth look at the historical and ongoing patterns behind the health and wealth of nations, and addresses what needs to be done to help those left behind. Deaton describes vast innovations and wrenching setbacks: the successes of antibiotics, pest control, vaccinations, and clean water on the one hand, and disastrous famines and the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the other. He examines the United States, a nation that has prospered but is today experiencing slower growth and increasing inequality. He also considers how economic growth in India and China has improved the lives of more than a billion people. Deaton argues that international aid has been ineffective and even harmful. He suggests alternative efforts--including reforming incentives to drug companies and lifting trade restrictions--that will allow the developing world to bring about its own Great Escape. Demonstrating how changes in health and living standards have transformed our lives, The Great Escape is a powerful guide to addressing the well-being of all nations.
Wir sagen Ja! Wo ist die Braut? Ausgerechnet an ihrem Hochzeitstag flüchtet Lucy in letzter Sekunde, lässt ihren eigentlich so unwiderstehlichen Bräutigam vor dem Altar stehen und ihn – und die komplette Kleinstadt – ratlos zurück. Als sie auf einen bedrohlich aussehenden, aber auch sehr reizvollen Fremden trifft, schwingt sie sich spontan auf den Rücksitz seines Motorrads – mit unbekanntem Ziel. Auf ihrem wilden Roadtrip versucht Lucy, mehr über diesen Mann zu erfahren, der so viel über sie zu wissen scheint, aber nichts über sich selbst preisgeben will ...
Pierre Le Gall,Eric Héliot,Shannon Rowan,Robert Agis
There's an escape and then there's The Great Escape! This almost unbelievable story follows a group of English and American soldiers captured by the Nazis in World War II. As prisoners of war in Stalag Luft III, the men improvised to make use of every resource around them, and pulled off extreme feats of planning to create a tunnel nearly 350-feet long. The tunnel grew so large they equipped it with trolleys and even lit it with electric light! Finally, on the night of March 24, 1944, nearly 100 men attempted to escape through the tunnel. What was their fate? This is one tale of escape you won't want to miss!
Extravagantly praised by critics and readers, this stunning story by bestselling author Kati Marton tells of the breathtaking journey of nine extraordinary men from Budapest to the New World, what they experienced along their dangerous route, and how they changed America and the world. This is the unknown chapter of World War II: the tale of nine men who grew up in Budapest's brief Golden Age, then, driven from Hungary by anti-Semitism, fled to the West, especially to the United States, and changed the world. These nine men, each celebrated for individual achievements, were part of a unique group who grew up in a time and place that will never come again. Four helped usher in the nuclear age and the computer, two were major movie myth-makers, two were immortal photographers, and one was a seminal writer. The Great Escape is a groundbreaking, poignant American story and an important untold chapter of the tumultuous last century.
A unique retelling of WWII’s most dramatic escape, told through first-hand recollections of the soldiers who experienced it. On the night of March 24, 1944, 80 Commonwealth airmen crawled through a 336-foot-long tunnel and slipped into the forest beyond the wire of Stalag Luft III, a German POW compound near Sagan, Poland. The event became known as &8220;The Great Escape,&8220; an intricate breakout more than a year in the making, involving as many as 2,000 POWs working with extraordinary coordination, intelligence, and daring. Yet within a few days, all but three of the escapees were recaptured. Subsequently, 50 were murdered, cremated, and buried in a remote corner of the prison camp. But most don’t know the real story behind The Great Escape. Now, on the eve of its 70th anniversary, Ted Barris writes of the key players in the escape attempt, those who got away, those who didn’t, and their families at home. Barris marshals groundbreaking research into a compelling firsthand account. For the first time, The Great Escape retells one of the most astonishing episodes in WWII directly through the eyes of those who experienced it. Joint Winner of the Libris Award for Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2014 Globe and Mail Bestseller Toronto Star Bestseller
Twelve-year-old William S. Baggett is one of eight Baggett children, and he is ready to escape his negligent family. Since his very first day of school in 1931, he has been saving up money to run away. That’s exactly what he does—along with three of his younger siblings—after his older brothers flush a pet guinea pig down the toilet. The four children are headed to their aunt Fiona’s house, but the trip doesn’t go exactly as planned—especially when a lonely rich girl decides to “help” them. Will they ever make it to Aunt Fiona’s? And if they do, will she let them stay?
The 10 Secrets to Loving Your Life and Living Your Dreams
Author: Geoff Thompson
Publisher: Summersdale Publishers LTD - ROW
A self-help book offering ten secrets to loving your life and living your dreams, helping you make that great escape from where you are to where you would love to be. The author reveals a process and a path to follow for you to maximize your potential for happiness in this short life.
An exciting and warm-hearted new series about dinosaurs for kids who love adventure. When Max arrives in Dinosaur Land there’s mystery to solve. A stegosaurus keeps running away – and he’s not well enough to survive in the wild. Can Max find him and work out how to make him better? All will be revealed in The Great Escape! M. J. Misra’s fun new Dinosaur Land series is the perfect read for young readers wanting to exploration and adventure from their dinosaur books. And packed full of illustrations, maps and collectable stickers, these sweet stories are guaranteed to get developing readers become avid ones – both boys and girls.
The Great Escape is a gripping and heartwarming story for 9+ readers about three pets who are separately from their beloved owners in Second World War London, fleeing to the countryside to survive. Perfect for fans of Michael Morpurgo's War Horse and Lauren St John. BUSTER is a lively Jack Russell TIGER is a feisty white and ginger tom ROSE is a faithful Collie Robert and Lucy Edwards love their pets more than anything; but the threat of the Second World War forces them to flee to Devon - leaving their animals behind. And as the air raid sirens sound over London, the frightened animals are sent to be put down. Buster, Tiger and Rose make a daring escape but with danger at every turn, can the trio make it across the country as it prepares for battle - and cheat death for the second time? Praise for Megan Rix: 'If you love Michael Morpurgo, you will enjoy this' Express 'A moving tale told with warmth, kindliness and lashings of good sense that lovers of Dick King-Smith will especially appreciate' The Times 'Every now and then a writer comes along with a unique way of storytelling . . . Meet Megan Rix . . . her novels are deeply moving and will strike a chord with animal lovers.' LoveReading About the author: Megan Rix lives in England with her husband, and their adorable dogs, Traffy and Bella. Also available by Megan Rix: The Great Escape, The Victory Dogs. www.meganrix.com
It's the summer holidays and Millie is bored stiff. Every week, she has to clean windows with her dad at a nearby laboratory. But she's sure something weird is going on inside… Then, one day, a cat comes hurtling through the lobby towards her… and asks her for help. And Max needs a lotof help. He's trying to escape, he wants to know who kidnapped him, and why - who on earth would want to make cats that can talk? And he needs Millie to help him rescue the friends he's left behind before it's too late… International animal-smuggling, illicit computer-hacking, break-neck chases and a fast-talking cat. Just your ordinary summer holidays...
Mike is doing better in school these days. Learning magic helps him to learn other things as well. Sure, he's gotten in trouble in the past, but things are different now. So why does everyone still think he's the same old Mike? If only there was a magic trick to change his reputation... Then, during one of his visits to The White Rabbit Magic Shop, Mike finds something that could be even better than a magic trick—it's possible that Mike could be related to Harry Houdini—the greatest magician ever! But when Mike lets the news slip, and Jackson Jacobs dares him to prove it, he knows that he's in the type of bind that only magic can help him escape!
Often, the decade of the 1920s has been stereotyped with such labels as "The Roaring Twenties," "The Jazz Age," or "The Lost Generation." Historical perspective has forced reevaluation of this decade. Articles in this collection are presented in the most definitive anthology dealing with 1920s America. The contributors have put aside stereotypes to offer a valuable critique of the American dream during a time of major crises. Dancing Fools and Weary Blues also presents its readers a picture of the continual redemption and revitalization of that dream, and reasserts its basic democratic values.
The Full Story of How 76 Allied Officers Carried Out World War II's Most Remarkable Mass Escape
Author: Tim Carroll
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The true story of one of the most heroic feats of World War II...the daring prison camp breakout that inspired the classic film The Great Escape Stalag Luft III was one of the Germans' "escape-proof" prison camps, specially built by Hermann Göring to hold Allied troops. But on March 24, 1944, in a courageous attempt by two hundred prisoners to break out through a series of tunnels, seventy-six Allied officers managed to evade capture -- and create havoc behind enemy lines in the months before the Normandy Invasion. This is the incredible story of these brave men who broke free from the supposedly impenetrable barbed wire and watchtowers of Stalag Luft III -- and who played an important role in Allied intelligence operations within occupied Europe. The prisoners developed an intricate espionage network, relaying details of military deployment, bombings, and raids. Some of them were involved in other daring escape attempts, including the famous Wooden Horse episode, also turned into a classic film, and the little-known Sachsenhausen breakout, engineered by five Great Escapers sent to die in the notorious concentration camp on Hitler's personal orders. Tragically, fifty of those involved in the Great Escape were murdered by the Gestapo. Others were recaptured; only a few made it all the way to freedom. This dramatic account of personal heroism is a testament to their ingenuity and achievement -- a stirring tribute to the men who never gave up fighting. Includes eight pages of photographs and illustrations, excerpts from Göring's testimony during postwar investigations, and a list of the men who escaped.
She went out on a limb… How did she get into these messes? Once minute Joan O'Leary, unsuspecting accountant to the mob, was witnessing her boss's demise. A minute later, to save her own skin, she'd confessed to the crime herself. After all, jail was pretty safe, wasn't it? But when she was taken into custody by gorgeous Deputy Sheriff Dan Hendricks, Joan suddenly wished she'd started her life of crime much earlier…. And fell for a Sheriff Dan knew the sassy little redhead wasn't guilty—he'd bet his badge on it. Little did he expect his life would depend on it, too. Together they'd survived a plane crash, been chased up a tree by bears and ended up stranded in a snowed-in chalet, all with a mobster one step behind them. Dan knew Joan was trusting him with her life. The question was, could he trust Joan with his heart?
Predictably unpredictable, normally abnormal. Watson combines science fiction and fantasy into an eclectic mix that includes stories about fallen angels in Hell rebelling and mounting a breakout, about the inconvenience of keeping aging parents in your brain instead of a nursing home, about Jesus' immortal brother as solo passenger on the first starship, about alien coffins bombarding the solar system, about right-wing U.S. militias stealing a quantum computer to commit nuclear blackmail, about a computer games designer haunted by the cyber-ghost of his murdered wife, about frozen heads and strange mind-changes, and how a cake decorator defeats a vampire with a sweet tooth. De-evolution, treasure-hunting via hang glider, dark animal fantasies, humanity as hive-entity, Hercules Poirot on a starship - Watson takes the strange, the eerie the weird, mixes his seasoned writing skills, and produces a potpourri of the fantastic. These nineteen stories are sure to amuse, bemuse and entertain.