Most widely held works by Tom Weiner
Blood diamonds [tracing the deadly path of the world's most precious stones by Greg Campbell ( Recording )
10 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 541 libraries worldwide
The diamonds of Sierra Leone have funded one of the most savage rebel campaigns in modern history. These "blood diamonds" are smuggled out of West Africa and sold to legitimate diamond merchants in London, Antwerp, and New York, often with the complicity of the international diamond industry. Eventually, these very diamonds find their way into the rings and necklaces of brides the world over. Blood Diamonds is the story of how a rebel war funded by diamond smuggling has effectively destroyed Sierra Leone and its people, and how the policies of the diamond industry have allowed it to happen. Greg Campbell traces the deadly trail of these diamonds and the repercussions felt far beyond the poor and war-ridden country of Sierra Leone.
The tourist by Olen Steinhauer ( Recording )
10 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 520 libraries worldwide
Milo Weaver has retired from his days as an undercover agent for the CIA, but new details arise from his old cases that bring him back to his investigations.
Blackwater the rise of the world's most powerful mercenary army by Jeremy Scahill ( Recording )
9 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 450 libraries worldwide
A largely untold facet of the war on terror is the widespread outsourcing of military tasks to private mercenary companies. Accountable neither to the citizenry nor to standard military legal codes, these largely unregulated corporate armies are being entrusted with ever-greater responsibilities on behalf of the nation. Meet Blackwater USA, the world's most secretive, powerful, and fastest growing private army on the planet. Founded by fundamentalist Christian megamillionaire Erik Prince, the scion of a conservative dynasty that bankrolls extreme-right-wing causes, this company of soldiers is now being sent "to the front lines of a global battle, waged largely on Muslim lands, that an evangelical President whom Prince helped put in the White House has boldly defined as a 'crusade'." Ranging from the blood-soaked streets of Fallujah to Washington, D.C., where they are hailed as heroes, this is the dark story of Blackwater's rise to power.
Beyond band of brothers the war memoirs of Major Dick Winters by Richard D Winters ( Recording )
5 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 311 libraries worldwide
In war, great commanders lead soldiers into hell to do the impossible. They were called Easy Company--but their mission was never easy. Immortalized as the Band of Brothers, they suffered 150 percent casualties while liberating Europe, an unparalleled record of bravery under fire. Dick Winters was their commander, "the best combat leader in World War II" to his men. This is his story, told in his own words for the first time. On D-Day, Dick Winters parachuted into France and assumed leadership of the Band of Brothers when their commander was killed. He led them through the Battle of the Bulge, the attack on Foy--where Easy Company reached its breaking point--and into Germany, by which time each member had been wounded. Neither a protest against war nor a glamorization of combat, this is a moving tribute to the human spirit by a man who earned the love and respect of the men of Easy Company and the adulation of new generations worldwide.
The cat who walks through walls by Robert A Heinlein ( Recording )
6 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 297 libraries worldwide
Robert A. Heinlein has written some of the best-selling science-fiction novels of all time, including the beloved classic Stranger in a strange land. Now, in The cat who walked through walls, he creates his most compelling character ever: Dr. Richard Ames, ex-military man, sometime writer, and unfortunate victim of mistaken identity. When a stranger attempting to deliver a cryptic message is shot dead at his dinner table, Ames is thrown headfirst into danger, intrigue, and other dimensions where Lazarus Long still thrives, where Jubal Harshaw lives surrounded by beautiful women, and where a daring plot to rescue the sentient computer called Mike can change the direction of all human history.
Beyond band of brothers [the war memoirs of Major Dick Winters by Richard D Winters ( Recording )
5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 279 libraries worldwide
They were called Easy Company, but their mission was never easy. Immortalized as the Band of Brothers, they suffered 150% casualties while liberating Europe, an unparalleled record of bravery under fire. Dick Winters was their commander, and this is his story based on his wartime diary. Only Winters was present from the activation of Easy Company until the war's end. On D-Day, Dick Winters parachuted into France and assumed leadership of the company when their commander was killed. He led them through the Battle of the Bulge and into Germany, where they liberated an S.S. death camp from the horrors of the Holocaust and captured Berchtesgaden, Hitler's alpine retreat.
Returning to earth by Jim Harrison ( Recording )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 266 libraries worldwide
In this sequel to Harrison's True North, Donald Burkett, a middle-aged Chippewa-Finnish man, is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease. While his wife, Cynthia, transcribes, Donald begins dictating his family history for the benefit of their children, stories that he never before has shared.
Without warning by John Birmingham ( Recording )
9 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 255 libraries worldwide
On the eve of the U.S. invasion of Baghdad, as the world waits for war, a miles-high wave of incredible power cordons a vast area from southern Canada to northern Mexico, wiping 99% of the U.S. population from the face of the earth in the blink of an eye. In Seattle, at the very edge of the phenomenon, heroes must rise to meet the unimaginable challenges of food riots, mass panic, and terror. James Kipper, chief engineer of the city, and Caitlin Monroe are on the trail of a Muslim fanatic ready to take advantage of what has become known as The Disappearance. Meanwhile, General Tusk Musso and Admiral James Ritchie are trying desperately to keep the peace in a world gone mad with fear.
Ghost confessions of a counterterrorism agent by Fred Burton ( Recording )
5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 253 libraries worldwide
In this globe-trotting account of one leading counterterrorism agent's life and career, Burton, as a member of an elite secret counter-terrorist division, tells how he was plunged into a murky world of violent religious extremism, one that would take him from the streets of Middle Eastern cities to the informant-filled alleys of American slums. Told in compelling first-person, here, too, is Burton's advice on personal safety for today's most powerful CEOs, gleaned from his experience at Stratfor, the private firm Barron's calls "the shadow CIA."
The laughing policeman by Maj Sjöwall ( Recording )
7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 252 libraries worldwide
On a cold and rainy Stockholm night, nine bus riders are gunned down by an unknown assassin. The press, anxious for an explanation for the seemingly random crime, quickly dubs the killer a madman. But Superintendent Martin Beck of the Stockholm Homicide Squad suspects otherwise: this apparently motiveless killer has managed to target one of Beck's best detectives, young Åke Stenström. Reasoning that Stenstrom would not have been riding that lethal bus without a reason, Beck retraces his steps and chases year-old clues to a crime long thought unsolvable.
The man in the high castle by Philip K Dick ( Recording )
8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 246 libraries worldwide
After the defeat of the Allies during World War II, the United States is divided up and ruled by the Axis powers.
Funny boys by Warren Adler ( Recording )
9 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 220 libraries worldwide
Seduced by the applause he receives in his work as a comedic entertainer at a lavish hotel casino in the Catskills, Mickey Fine becomes infatuated with a mafia-linked woman and finds their respective pasts threatening their survival.
Betrayer of worlds by Larry Niven ( Recording )
7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 210 libraries worldwide
Since fleeing the supernova chain reaction at the galactic core, the cowardly Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds have?just barely?survived one crisis after another: the rebellion of their human slaves, the relentless questing of the species of Known Space, the spectacular rise of the starfish-like Gw'oth, the onslaught of the genocidal Pak.Now fresh disaster looms, as though past crises have returned and converged. Who can possibly save the Fleet this time?
Destroyer of worlds by Larry Niven ( Recording )
5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 201 libraries worldwide
The newly liberated humans of the Fleet of Worlds and Sigmund Ausfaller, who had been transported by the Puppeteers from Earth to the Fleet, must contend not only with the sly Puppeteers but also the threat of the Pak, a very smart and utterly ruthless species who are fleeing the exploding galactic core in an armada of ships at near light speed.€ The Pak are headed towards the Fleet of Worlds, having destroyed entire planets in their wake ...
In deep water [the anatomy of disaster, the fate of the Gulf, and how to end our oil addiction by Peter Lehner ( Recording )
6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 189 libraries worldwide
Deepwater Horizon was supposed to be the cutting edge of energy exploration: drilling five thousand feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, the $560 million rig would be indispensable in helping to solve the ongoing energy crisis.Then, on April 20, 2010, BP's dismal safety record came home to roost...
The Draco Tavern by Larry Niven ( Recording )
7 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 186 libraries worldwide
When a tremendous spacecraft took orbit around Earth's moon and began sending smaller landers down toward the North Pole, the newly arrived visitors quickly set up a permanent spaceport in Siberia. Their presence attracted many, and a few grew conspicuously rich from secrets they learned from talking to the aliens. One of these men, Rick Schumann, established a tavern catering to all the various species of visiting aliens, a place he named the Draco Tavern.
Nemesis the last days of the American Republic by Chalmers Johnson ( Recording )
6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 176 libraries worldwide
In Blowback, Chalmers Johnson linked the CIA's clandestine activities abroad to disaster at home. In The Sorrows of Empire, he explored the ways in which the growth of American militarism has jeopardized our stability. Now, in Nemesis, he shows how imperial overstretch is undermining the republic itself, both economically and politically. Delving into new areas--from plans to militarize outer space to Constitution-breaking presidential activities at home and the corruption of a toothless Congress--Nemesis offers a description of the trap into which the dreams of America's leaders have taken us. Drawing comparisons to empires past, Johnson explores just what the unintended consequences of our dependence on a permanent war economy are likely to be. What does it mean when the globe's sole "hyperpower," no longer capable of paying for the ambitions of its leaders, becomes the greatest hyper-debtor of all times?--From publisher description.
Pursuit a novel by Thomas Perry ( Recording )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 173 libraries worldwide
Thirteen bodies are found in a Louisville restaurant. When the police can find no suspect or motive, a victim's family seeks the services of the enigmatic and solitary specialist Roy Prescott, known for his ability to find people who don't want to be found. Working outside the law and willing to do what the police can't, Prescott hunts the killer, an elusive adversary who is as smart, as methodical, as deadly as he is. The only way to conduct this pursuit is to goad the killer into believing that he must kill Roy Prescott. It is a contest fought from one end of the country to the other, and both men understand that when it's over, only one of them will be alive.
The Picasso flop by Vincent Van Patten ( Recording )
7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 172 libraries worldwide
Jimmy Spain, a professional poker player, has a wealthy cellmate in prison who asks him to mentor his only child Kat, in the game of Texas Hold'em. The pair battle their way to the World Poker Tour Championship in Las Vegas where a fellow player is found dead with a three-card "Picasso flop" in his pocket. With suspicion falling on Kat, Jimmy must prove her innocence.
The politically incorrect guide to Darwinism and intelligent design by Jonathan Wells ( Recording )
10 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 171 libraries worldwide
The latest and most bitterly contested battle in the culture war is the controversy over Darwin and intelligent design. But much of what you've heard about it is wrong. Jonathan Wells, a battle-hardened veteran with doctorates in biology and theology, sets the record straight. In clear, non-technical language, he explains who is fighting whom, the root of the conflict, and the evidence for and against Darwinism and intelligent design. He also explains what is ultimately at stake for liberals and conservatives, Christians and non-Christians, educators, policymakers, and scientists.
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