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Sarah Palin And The Wasilla Warriors

Author : Mike Shropshire
ISBN : 9781429949231
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Long before the whole world knew Sarah Palin as "Momma Grizzly," the handful of girls on her high school basketball team called their starting point guard Sarah "Barracuda" for the tenacious defense she played. Hers was the kind of determination that fit in well on a scrappy team from a small town where people were proud to call themselves Valley Trash and happy to take on the big-city schools to prove which team was really the best. As beautiful as Alaska is, it's also unforgiving. It's a place where your first mistake may be your last. When the winter comes and the nights are long and the temperatures plunge, everyone starts looking for an escape. All across Alaska, those gyms—bright and warm—become a sanctuary not only for the players but for their isolated hometowns as well. With Sarah Palin and the Wasilla Warriors, acclaimed sportswriter Mike Shropshire goes beyond Sarah Palin's media profile to tell the incredible untold story of how she and a team of young women came together to overcome daunting odds as they battled their way to the Alaska state championship.

Seasons In Hell

Author : Mike Shropshire
ISBN : 9781626812611
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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You think your team is bad? In this landmark work on one of the most tortured franchises in baseball, one reporter discovers that nine innings can feel like an eternity. In early 1973, gonzo sportswriter Mike Shropshire agreed to cover the Texas Rangers for the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram, not realizing that the Rangers were arguably the worst team in baseball history. Seasons in Hell is a riotous, candid, irreverent behind-the-scenes account in the tradition of The Bronx Zoo and Ball Four, following the Texas Rangers from Whitey Herzog’s reign in 1973 through Billy Martin’s tumultuous tenure. Offering wonderful perspectives on dozens of unique (and likely never-to-be-seen-again) baseball personalities, Seasons in Hell recounts some of the most extreme characters ever to play the game and brings to life the no-holds-barred culture of major league baseball in the mid-seventies.

The Thorny Rose Of Texas

Author : Mike Shropshire
ISBN : UOM:39015032235692
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An in-depth look at the governor of Texas presents the life of a woman born to an impoverished farm community, a fierce intercollegiate debater, an advocate for abused women's rights, a divorced recovering alcoholic, and a striving candidate for governor. 25,000 first printing.

Runnin With The Big Dogs

Author : Mike Shropshire
ISBN : 9780060852771
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Traces the historical rivalry between the University of Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners, discussing their annual competition at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas and how it has been conducted by top players, coaches, fans, and others for more than forty years. 50,000 first printing.

The Performance Of Politics

Author : Jeffrey C. Alexander
ISBN : 9780199781355
Genre : Political Science
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Contemporary observers of politics in America often reduce democracy to demography. Whatever portion of the vote not explained by the class, gender, race, and religious differences of voters is attributed to the candidates' positions on the issues of the day. But are these the only--or even the main--factors that determine the vote? The Performance of Politics develops a new way of looking at democratic struggles for power, explaining what happened, and why, during the 2008 presidential campaign in the United States. Drawing on vivid examples taken from a range of media coverage, participant observation at a Camp Obama, and interviews with leading political journalists, Jeffrey Alexander argues that images, emotion, and performance are the central features of the battle for power. While these features have been largely overlooked by pundits, they are, in fact, the primary foci of politicians and their staff. Obama and McCain painstakingly constructed heroic self-images for their campaigns and the successful projections of those images suffused not only each candidate's actual rallies, and not only their media messages, but also the ground game. Money and organization facilitate the ground game, but they do not determine it. Emotion, images, and performance do. Though an untested senator and the underdog in his own party, Obama succeeded in casting himself as the hero--and McCain the anti-hero--and the only candidate fit to lead in challenging times. Illuminating the drama of Obama's celebrity, the effect of Sarah Palin on the race, and the impact of the emerging financial crisis, Alexander's engaging narrative marries the immediacy and excitement of the final months of this historic presidential campaign with a new understanding of how politics work.

Johnny Football

Author : Mike Shropshire
ISBN : 9781627882156
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DIVAn inside look at one of today’s most compelling athletes and his influence on college football—in Texas and across the nation./divDIV It’s no secret that Texas is the capital of legendary football players. From Sammy Baugh to Earl Campbell to Robert Griffin III and scores of others in between, the Lone Star State has produced a heavily decorated list of athletic phenoms—but none has put on a display as explosive and as sudden as that of the kid they call “Johnny Football.” In Johnny Football, Texas sportswriter Mike Shropshire recounts Johnny Manziel’s extraordinary freshman season with Texas A&M in 2012—during which his unparalleled breakout performance made him the first freshman to ever win the illustrious Heisman Trophy—and follows Manziel and the rest of the Aggie squad through the much-hyped 2013 gridiron campaign. In Shropshire’s signature witty, entertaining writing style, the book tells the complete story of an unlikely star who came out of rural obscurity to lead the Aggies to a top-ten ranking in the national polls in 2012 and a victory in the postseason Cotton Bowl. But make no mistake: the tale of “Johnny Football” is larger and deeper than that of one star player. It is the narrative of how a kid from nowhere, with his country-boy values, restored vigor and pride to the Spirit of Aggieland (Gig ’Em!), and this celebration of the A&M faithful and Texas’ gridiron fanaticism is sure to make Johnny Football a treasured tale for years to come./div

Encyclopedia Of Politics The Media And Popular Culture

Author : Brian Cogan
ISBN : 9780313343797
Genre : Political Science
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Examines the history and current status of the interrelationship between politics and popular culture, with a separate section of alphabetically arranged entries covering various aspects of the topic.

Playbook For Success

Author : Nancy Lieberman
ISBN : 0470905077
Genre : Business & Economics
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A top coach teaches the sports-related skills and basics every women needs to succeed There are basics that every woman must have if she is to succeed in the corporate world, start and run her own business, or coach her own winning team. In Playbook for Success, Hall of Fame Business Entrepreneur Nancy Lieberman brings her leadership and coaching ability to the boardroom to teach professional women the same rules of success she teaches her players. Playbook for Success is a plan to help make success a part of one's daily routine and teach women that success is not just a title or corner office, but an attitude, belief, and way of life. Teaches the top sports-related skills women need to thrive in the corporate world, featuring a provocative examination of women and teamwork Includes profiles of women succeeding in business, ways to recognize your own strengths and weaknesses, and exercises that can be used in the business world Foreword by Basketball Hall of Famer and business legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson Playbook for Success gives you a unique and inspirational road map to compete and win in your life and career.

When The Tuna Went Down To

Author : Mike Shropshire
ISBN : 5559022225
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Take two outsized egos (Bill Parcells and Jerry Jones) and a highly visible sports franchise (the Dallas Cowboys) and set them in the Lone Star State for this outrageous insider's look at pro football.

The Failure Factory

Author : Bill Gertz
ISBN : 9780307338082
Genre : Political Science
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The best-selling author of Enemies and Treachery argues that liberal Democrats, entrenched beaucrats, and big-government Republicans are undermining American security and interests both here and abroad, skewering current Democratic presidential candidates, the FBI director, and other politicians for their role in the crisis. 50,000 first printing.

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