Raffi is a shy boy who doesn’t like noisy games and is often teased at school. But when he gets the idea of making a scarf for his dad’s birthday, he is full of enthusiasm even though the other children think it is girly to knit. Then the day draws near for the school pageant, and there is one big problem: no costume for the prince. And that’s when Raffi has his most brilliant idea of all — to make a prince’s cape. On the day of the pageant, Raffi’s cape is the star of the show.
In a distant war, in a city under siege, U.S. Ambassador John W. Blaney faced a terrible choice: abandon the mission or risk the lives of his team to give diplomacy a last chance... In 2003, Liberia was one of the most dangerous and isolated countries in the world.
President Charles Taylor, a feared warlord, presided over a fractured state and count unruly militiamen and child soldiers as two rebel armies marched to depose him. When an international court indicted Taylor for war crimes, the rebels attacked the capital and months of vicious fighting ensued. With Washington split on how to respond and pressure mounting to shutter the chancery once and for all, the Ambassador kept the flag flying. The U.S. embassy served as a rallying point for international efforts to save Liberia. West African peacekeepers backed by U.S.
forces prepared to deploy, but a final, merci attack by the rebels left the capital split and Taylor's forces dug in for a last, blood-soaked stand. With no margin for error, the Ambassador and his team made three forays across the front lines in a desperate bid to broker a local ceasefire that would lift the siege, stop the killing, and give space for peace to take root. The Embassy is a graphic, cinematic retelling of the harrowing climax of the Liberian civil war and the U.S.
and West African role in ending it. Through interviews with the Ambassador and key members of the country team, as well as with peacekeepers, U.
S. troops, relief workers, foreign correspondents, senior Liberian officials and rebel leaders, Dante Paradiso reconstructs the violence and chaos of those times to create an enduring portrait of a U.S. embassy under fire and the kind of daring frontline diplomacy that can change the fate of a nation. harrowing climax of the Liberian civil war. Through interviews with the Ambassador and key members of his country team, as well as with West African peacekeepers, U.S. troops, international relief workers, foreign correspondents, senior Liberian officials and rebel leaders, Dante Paradiso reconstructs the violence and chaos of Monrovia in war to create an enduring portrait of a U.S. embassy under fire and the kind of daring frontline diplomacy that can change the fate of a nation. The views expressed in this book are the author's own and not necessarily those of the United States Department of State or the United States Government.
Practical Project Management for Agile Nonprofits introduces the reader to the basic concepts of project management. It provides dozens of approaches and templates to help nonprofit managers quickly implement practices to help them manage their limited resources, both financial and volunteer. The book emphasizes using appropriate project management practices, those that are not burdensome but rather agile in their approach. In keeping with this theme, the book explores how social media can be used to assist in the management of time-sensitive projects. Readers will learn how to apply just enough project management to: • Be an active leader and a superior project manager • Respond with agility to change and the unexpected • Focus your efforts on what truly matters • Recruit and engage a new generation of volunteers • Build a framework that ensures project success • Keep all stakeholders involved with the project satisfied The book also addresses nonprofit governance and shows how project portfolio management can be used to assist in communicating with boards of directors and other governing entities when crucial resource decisions need to be made. Development office managers can easily implement portfolio management to facilitate the assignment of volunteers and to visually portray project activities to stakeholders. Finally, real-world case studies on project planning, portfolio management, and volunteer-managed projects will demonstrate how others have achieved project success.
The first biography of the influential musician and forebear of the indie-rock scene Alex Chilton’s story is rags to riches in reverse, beginning with teenage rock stardom and heading downward. Following stints leading 60s sensation the Box Tops (“The Letter”) and pioneering 70s popsters Big Star (“the ultimate American pop band”—Time), Chilton became a dishwasher. Yet he rose again in the 80s as a solo artist, producer, and trendsetter, coinventing the indie-rock genre. By the 90s, acolytes from R.E.M. to Jeff Buckley embodied Chilton’s legacy, ushering him back to the spotlight before his untimely death in 2010. In the career-spanning and revelatory A Man Called Destruction, longtime Chilton acquaintance Holly George-Warren has interviewed more than 100 bandmates, friends, and family members to flesh out a man who presided over—and influenced—four decades of American musical history, rendered here with new perspective through the adventures of a true iconoclast.
Foreman Frankie is paving a new highway. To do so, Foreman Frankie and his crew need to mix concrete, pour a layer of asphalt, and make sure the road is very smooth.
Sing along to the tune of “Yankee Doodle Went to Town” and see how quickly Foreman Frankie and his crew can pave the highway! From the Trade Paperback edition.
After a disastrous marriage and divorce, Anne falls in love with David, a man as beautiful as a Roman god and as elusive as a mirage. Wondering if love at first sight is even possible, she has an affair with him and knows instinctively that she will love him forever. When she loses him, she marries on the rebound and finds herself trapped in a nightmare. It is only when she is middle-aged and has given up all hope of ever finding him again that she discovers the secret that has kept them apart for so long.
(Richmond Music Folios). A deluxe edition featuring 48 of Guthrie's legendary songs along with a bio, introduction, complete lyrics, a discography, photos and sketches. Songs include: Jig Along Home * Roll On, Columbia * Sinking of the Reuben James * This Land Is Your Land * Tom Joad * and more.