An atmospheric and chilling thriller from one of the most celebrated children's authors, Leon Garfield. Set in 19th century London, it tells the story of Bartholomew Dorking who finds himself inexplicably tied to the murdering villan Black Jack. Black Jack should have hung from the gallows - but now, it seems, he has come back from the dead! A fast - paced, rollercoaster ride of read, and accompanied by energetic black and white line drawings by acclaimed artist Jason Cockcroft, this brilliant, macabre and memorable tale will have children coming back for more.
Thomas Edward "Black Jack" Ketchum was executed for an attempt to hold up the C. & S. train between Des Moines and Folsom in the northeastern corner of New Mexico. Ketchum was to be made an example in an effort to prevent further robberies, however his misplaced bravery outshone the more widely known Billy the Kid.
John McEwen, thirty-seven years a politician, twenty-three days a Prime Minister and always a farmer, was an extraordinary mix of a man. His staff revered him and his adversaries feared him. There was no one, friend or foe, who did not respect him. Orphaned at seven and raised in poverty, this self-educated soldier-settler overcame difficult beginnings to dominate the Australian political arena for twenty years. The success of the Liberal-Country Party coalition throughout the fifties and sixties is largely attributed to McEwen's strength and influence. Towering and formidable in both stature and personality, Black Jack's turbulent political career was never without controversy. His succession to the Prime Ministership in 1967, after the disappearance of Holt, followed one of the most notorious episodes of Australian political history when McEwen refused to serve under McMahon. Black Jack's commitment to developing Australian trade won him international respect and his influence on Australian economic and trade policy is enduring.
The Secret Service can't control him. The British government can't silence him. But renegade agent Travis Caine is one loose cannon you don't want to mess with, so his commanders cut him a break—and cut him loose. His new HQ is America's top intelligence force, Elite Ops. His new code name is "Black Jack." And his new assignment is to die for. She's smart, sexy, scintillating—and one of Elite Ops' savviest agents. Lillian Belle's code name is "Night Hawk," and Travis certainly wouldn't mind flying a few midnight maneuvers with her. But when their mission turns into a red-hot game of danger, deceit, and double-crossed signals, Travis begins to wonder: Can he trust her? Can he resist her?
This book is about computer simulation, experiments, and theoretical approaches to unify various strategies in black jack. The computer simulation uses the simple strategy that a player must stay when the number of low cards is two or more. Otherwise, when the number is exactly one then the player must hit. Contrary to the author's expectations, the simple strategy did give consistent positive results for the player. Experimenting further, the author found other observations that are important in winning such as when to start playing, busting condition of the dealer, and the shifting property of the cards. The author unified all the observations using the TM*L model. In the model, T represents the tens 10, J, Q, and K. The M* represents the medium cards 7, 8, and 9, and the ace. L represents the low cards from 2 to 6. He also represented the game using a partial differential equation. The solution of the equation showed the sensitivity of winning with the tens, the medium cards, and the low cards. In addition, the solution verified the shifting property of the cards. The property shows that good cards move from the player to the dealer. Conversely, they can move from the dealer to the player.
A portrait of the distinguished American army commander documents his role in campaigns against the Moro in the Philippines and Francisco Villa in Mexico and his experiences in the Spanish-American War and World War I
Black Jack Herman Eva turns 109 as seen on the Today Show 4/9/08. Quote of the day: When you've been buried alive, you're not looking forward to the real thing! The premiere African-American magician of the twentieth century, he was an ardent freedom fighter speaking out against the scourge of Jim Crow-ism and conducting Algonquin style roundtables in his Harlem abode circa 1920's. Intriguingly, he warned people against banks and stocks before the advent of the Great Depression. He continued to entertain and enlighten throughout the crisis that followed. That is, until his mysterious death on stage in April 1934. Steeped in details of its early twentieth-century setting, the manuscript offers a richly detailed look at the showmanship so popular during that era. In addition, it effectively conveys the mentality of the time, with prohibition, big-name gangsters, and the threat of national economic collapse looming always in the background. Ultimately, Black Jack: A Drama of Magic, Mystery, and Legerdermain also serves as a testament to the power of the human spirit, as readers may be struck not only by what Eva endures, but by how she endures it.
John A. Logan and Southern Illinois in the Civil War Era
Author: James Pickett Jones
Publisher: SIU Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
John A. Logan, called 'Black Jack' by the men he led in Civil War battles from the Henry-Donelson campaign through Vicksburg, Chattanooga, and on to Atlanta was one of the Union Army's most colorful generals. Perhaps the most capable of the political generals, Logan earned a reputation as a courageous efficient officer, rising from regimental to army commander.