Cuba on the Brink

Castro, the Missile Crisis, and the Soviet Collapse
Author: James G. Blight,Bruce J. Allyn,David A. Welch
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742522695
Category: History
Page: 537
View: 7859
Describes the events leading to the missile crisis, analyzes American actions, and shares the opposing viewpoints of American and Russian experts.

On the brink

Author: sir Francis Vincent (10th bart.)
Publisher: N.A
Page: N.A
View: 788

Pakistan on the Brink

Politics, Economics, and Society
Author: Craig Baxter
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739104989
Category: History
Page: 244
View: 8306
To keep pace with its heavier stake in world affairs, Pakistan has had to significantly reform its foreign and domestic policy. On September 11th, 2001, Pakistan's entire world picture changed irrevocably. Suddenly a strong ally of the United States, Pakistan quickly dismantled the Taliban position within its own borders and aided the United States in attacking the Taliban government in Afghanistan. In Pakistan on the Brink, historian Craig Baxter and a team of specialists explore this U.S.-Pakistani relationship with great dexterity. This collection of essays scrutinizes many aspects of Pakistan's foreign policy, including its evolving relations with the United States, India, and Afghanistan. Essential to understanding Pakistan's foreign relations is a focus on Pakistan's domestic policies. The contributing scholars deftly analyze the following domestic aspects: Pakistan's developing economy, controversial election process, education system, and local government. Pakistan on the Brink is an imperative source for scholars of South Asia, Pakistan, and political science.

Season on the Brink

Author: John Feinstein
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439127131
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 352
View: 7559
A Season on the Brink chronicles the basketball season that John Feinstein spent following the Indiana Hoosiers and their fiery coach, Bob Knight. Knight granted Feinstein an unprecedented inside look at college basketball -- with complete access to every moment of the season. Feinstein saw and heard it all -- practices, team meetings, strategy sessions, and mid-game huddles -- during Knight's struggle to avoid a losing season. A Season on the Brink not only captures the drama and pressure of big-time college basketball but paints a vivid portrait of a complex, brilliant coach walking a fine line between genius and madness.

Back from the Brink

Evaluating Progress in Colombia, 1999-2007
Author: Peter DeShazo,Tanya Primiani,Phillip McLean
Publisher: CSIS
ISBN: 9780892065165
Category: Political Science
Page: 55
View: 2919
Colombia is important to the United States. It is one of our best friends in Latin America, a longstanding democracy with which we have close economic and strategically important bilateral ties. We are also linked to Colombia through the unfortunate relationship of major consumer to leading supplier of cocaine, but that factor also highlights the importance of cooperation between our countries.It is no secret that Colombia is beset by difficult problems. Illegal armed groups and powerful drug gangs continue to challenge the rule of law in parts of the country. The presence of these violent elements fuels other problems: crime, human rights abuses, poverty, and a weakening of governance. Indeed, during the 1990s, a confluence of highly negative factors threatened to drag the country down. Taken out of context, these challenges might be seen as nearly insurmountable. In fact, however, Colombia's situation in 2007 represents a major improvement over that earlier period.Colombia's emergence from crisis constitutes a success story. It is, however, a story that is not well known, despite the fact that billions of dollars in military and economic assistance from the United States helped bring Colombia “back from the brink.” This report provides a timely and balanced examination of the difficult issues at stake in Colombia and the U.S.-Colombia relationship. It analyzes the factors that took Colombia to the verge of unraveling in the late 1990s and how the country began to make its way back from instability. Then the report evaluates the impressive progress made between 1999 and 2007 across a broad spectrum of difficult issues, as well as the thorny problems that persist.


Dancing on the Brink
Author: John Campbell
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 9781442206892
Category: Political Science
Page: 183
View: 7251
An updated edition of this book is now available. Nigeria is the African country of greatest strategic importance to the United States. And it is in danger of failing as a state. John Campbell, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, in Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink, analyzes the hollowing out of Nigerian governance, the insurrection in the oil patch, and religious and ethnic conflict in the North. Looking forward to the elections in 2011, he suggests policy options for the United States to help Nigeria escape state failure.

On the Brink

A Novel about a Gay Man Trapped in a Loveless Marriage
Author: Paul Randolph
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1475977883
Category: Fiction
Page: 172
View: 3050
From the outside looking in, it appears as if architect Paul Randolph and his wife, Brenda, have it all. They’ve lived a comfortable life in the same house on Songbird Lane in New Orleans East with their two children, nine-year-old Jason and seven-year-old Janie, for the last ten years. But Paul’s life is a lie. None of his dreams of a vine-covered cottage with a little picket fence are anywhere near reality. He feels trapped in a loveless marriage and is emotionally unable to have an affair. Paul is not sexually attracted to women, and he is frightened to make a sexual advance on a man for fear the man will react unfavorably, or even violently. On the Brink follows Paul’s journey as he addresses the emotional and psychological aspects of his sexuality. He is torn between his love for his children, his societal position, and a desperate desire for integrity. Weary of suppressing his true self, Paul deliberates his fate, his only desire being wholeness.

On the Brink

Trump, Kim, and the Threat of Nuclear War
Author: Van Jackson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108699731
Category: Political Science
Page: N.A
View: 8797
In 2017, the world watched as President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un traded personal insults and escalating threats of nuclear war amid unprecedented shows of military force. Former Pentagon insider and Korean security expert Van Jackson traces the origins of the first American nuclear crisis in the post-Cold War era, and explains the fragile, highly unpredictable way that it ended. Grounded in security studies and informed analysis of the US response to North Korea's increasing nuclear threat, Trump's aggressive rhetoric is analysed in the context of prior US policy failures, the geopolitics of East Asia, North Korean strategic culture and the acceleration of its nuclear programme. Jackson argues that the Trump administration's policy of 'maximum pressure' brought the world much closer to inadvertent nuclear war than many realise - and charts a course for the prevention of future conflicts.

From the Brink of the Apocalypse

Confronting Famine, War, Plague, and Death in the Later Middle Ages
Author: John Aberth
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415927154
Category: History
Page: 304
View: 7527
This study of Europe during the Middle Ages looks at the war, famine, plague, and death that were prevalent, and compares the time period to the themes of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Illustrations.

On the Brink

Breaking Through Every Obstacle into the Glory of God
Author: Rod Parsley
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 1418516996
Category: Religion
Page: 228
View: 509
With the passing of one millennium and the beginning of the new, all of creation seems to anticipate the coming of something "big," something that may forever change life as we know it. In Pastor Rod Parsley's words, we are On the Brink. In this "fullness of time" period, believers must realize that there is a force that is consciously and skillfully directing destructive images, enticements, and entrapments toward our homes, marriages, and children. This force is the Spirit of the Age, pure and simple demon power. Using a strong biblical foundation and real-life stories of victory over evil, Parsley shows readers how to resist evil and experience a divine breakthrough to fulfill God's purposes in these last days.

On the Brink of Everything

Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old
Author: Parker J. Palmer
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
ISBN: 152309544X
Category: Self-Help
Page: 192
View: 5186
Parker J. Palmer On the Brink of Everything Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old From beloved and bestselling author Parker J. Palmer (Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, Healing the Heart of Democracy) comes a brave and beautiful book of reflections on eight decades of life and work. Reframing aging as “a passage of discovery and engagement,” Palmer says, “Old is just another word for nothing left to lose, a time to take bigger risks on behalf of the common good.” On the Brink of Everything is not a “guide to” or “handbook for” getting old. Instead, it's Palmer turning the prism of insight on his experience as a way of encouraging readers to do the same with theirs. In elegant prose and lyrical poetry, he offers a set of meditations on the meanings of one's life, past, present, and future. “The laws of nature that dictate the sunset dictate our demise,” Palmer writes. “But how we travel the arc between our own sunrise and sundown is ours to choose: will it be denial, defiance, or collaboration?” With gravity and levity, compassion and chutzpah, Palmer writes about cultivating a robust inner and outer life, a sense of meaning and purpose amid pain as well as joy, and the intergenerational relations that enhance the lives of young and old alike. Here's a book not only for elders but also for those younger folks we call “old souls.” And this book sings! It includes three songs by Palmer's longtime friend and colleague, singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer, written in response to themes in the book. At the download site for the songs, Palmer and Newcomer hope to engage readers in an ongoing conversation about what Howard Thurman called “the growing edge” of our personal and public lives. Ultimately, Palmer sees age as a precious gift: “The fact that I've come this far makes me one of the lucky ones.” Surprised by the fact that he likes being old, he writes, “Welcome to the brink of everything. It takes a lifetime to get here, but the stunning view and the wake-up breeze in your face make it worth the trip.”

Baseball on the Brink

The Crisis of 1968
Author: William J. Ryczek
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476668485
Category: History
Page: 255
View: 7973
"This book describes how baseball reached its nadir in the late 1960s and how it survived and began its comeback. The lack of offense is examined, taking in pitching performances of McLain, Gibson, Drysdale and others. Finley and Harrelson are covered, along with the effects changes in American society and the war in Vietnam had on the game" --

On the brink

Author: Ayo Faleti
ISBN: 147161848X
Page: N.A
View: 4741

On the Brink

How a Crisis Transformed Lloyd's of London
Author: Andrew Duguid
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137299304
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 382
View: 9557
Huge losses very nearly destroyed Lloyd's, a revered British institution, the world's largest insurance market. Ten thousand people faced big personal bills they thought profoundly unfair. They challenged a complacent institution, forcing it to confront its biggest ever crisis. This book tells what really happened, from the inside.

Britain on the Brink

The Cold War’s Most Dangerous Weekend, 27–28 October 1962
Author: Jim Wilson
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1783378425
Category: Political Science
Page: 208
View: 7852
At the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Britain was Americas first-line defense, a vulnerable, but unsinkable aircraft carrier on which the United States based the Strategic Air Commands first-strike elements of their Americas nuclear deterrent. The Strategic Air Commands UK bases and the RAFs V-Force were ordered to the highest state of readiness at any time during the Cold War. Nuclear weapons were loaded, some nuclear-armed aircraft went on round-the-clock airborne patrol, others were held at cockpit readiness. But the British public was largely unaware that, as tensions rose thousands of miles away, the UK itself was under imminent threat of Armageddon.The book focuses on the implications for Britain of the covert deployment by the Soviet Union of ballistic nuclear missiles ninety miles off the US coast. It follows the crisis as it developed in London, Washington and Moscow. It looks at secret planning in the UK for World War III, and the activities of the JIGSAW Group (Joint Inter-Services Group for the Study of All-Out War). It also examines how close the UK went to activating Visitation, the code name for the movement of parts of the British State into a secret bunker referred to in Whitehall as The Quarry.Britain on the Brink also reveals the major strategic rethink the Cuban Crisis forced on Prime Minister Macmillan and the British Government.

Berlin on the Brink

The Blockade, the Airlift, and the Early Cold War
Author: Daniel F. Harrington
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813140641
Category: History
Page: 432
View: 7229
The Berlin blockade brought former allies to the brink of war. Britain, France, the United States and the Soviet Union defeated and began their occupation of Germany in 1945, and within a few years, the Soviets and their Western partners were jockeying for control of their former foe. Attempting to thwart the Allied powers' plans to create a unified West German government, the Soviets blocked rail and road access to the western sectors of Berlin in June 1948. With no other means of delivering food and supplies to the German people under their protection, the Allies organized the Berlin airlift. In Berlin on the Brink: The Blockade, the Airlift, and the Cold War, Daniel F. Harrington examines the "Berlin question" from its origin in wartime plans for the occupation of Germany through the Paris Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in 1949. Harrington draws on previously untapped archival sources to challenge standard accounts of the postwar division of Germany, the origins of the blockade, the original purpose of the airlift, and the leadership of President Harry S. Truman. While thoroughly examining four-power diplomacy, Harrington demonstrates how the ingenuity and hard work of the people at the bottom -- pilots, mechanics, and Berliners -- were more vital to the airlift's success than decisions from the top. Harrington also explores the effects of the crisis on the 1948 presidential election and on debates about the custody and use of atomic weapons. Berlin on the Brink is a fresh, comprehensive analysis that reshapes our understanding of a critical event of cold war history.

On The Brink

Inside the race to stop the collapse of the global financial system
Author: Hank Paulson
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0755360575
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 300
View: 398
Fast-paced and dramatic re-telling of the financial crisis that nearly bought the developed world to its knees. Hank Paulson was at the absolute epicentre of the recent economic storm, and his account of how he dealt with the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression makes for absolutely fascinating reading. The book contains all the decisive moments in the economic crisis, including the pivotal meetings with mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as Paulson's personal recollections of and conversations with President Bush, President Obama, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and current Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. As well as detailing the major decisions taken during the crisis, Paulson also puts forth the policies he believes need to be implemented to take us securely into the future.

Egypt on the Brink

From Nasser to the Muslim Brotherhood
Author: Tarek Osman
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300198698
Category: History
Page: 309
View: 352
A lively and informed account of Egypt s recent history and current situation"

Balancing on the brink

Vulnerability of states in the Middle East and North Africa
Author: Maarten Gehem, Philipp Marten, Matthijs Maas, Menno Schellekens
Publisher: The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies
ISBN: 9491040979
Page: 60
View: 1454
Since the Arab Spring, conflict in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has rapidly intensified. The drivers of these conflicts are still present and could spark future violence. This report looks at the vulnerability of MENA states to future conflict, and how this may impact Europe. We look at the four types of vulnerability

Life on the Brink

Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation
Author: Philip Cafaro,Eileen Crist
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0820343854
Category: Political Science
Page: 352
View: 6476
Life on the Brink aspires to reignite a robust discussion of population issues among environmentalists, environmental studies scholars, policymakers, and the general public. Some of the leading voices in the American environmental movement restate the case that population growth is a major force behind many of our most serious ecological problems, including global climate change, habitat loss and species extinctions, air and water pollution, and food and water scarcity. As we surpass seven billion world inhabitants, contributors argue that ending population growth worldwide and in the United States is a moral imperative that deserves renewed commitment. Hailing from a range of disciplines and offering varied perspectives, these essays hold in common a commitment to sharing resources with other species and a willingness to consider what will be necessary to do so. In defense of nature and of a vibrant human future, contributors confront hard issues regarding contraception, abortion, immigration, and limits to growth that many environmentalists have become too timid or politically correct to address in recent years. Ending population growth will not happen easily. Creating genuinely sustainable societies requires major change to economic systems and ethical values coupled with clear thinking and hard work. Life on the Brink is an invitation to join the discussion about the great work of building a better future. Contributors: Albert Bartlett, Joseph Bish, Lester Brown, Tom Butler, Philip Cafaro, Martha Campbell, William R. Catton Jr., Eileen Crist, Anne Ehrlich, Paul Ehrlich, Robert Engelman, Dave Foreman, Amy Gulick, Ronnie Hawkins, Leon Kolankiewicz, Richard Lamm, Jeffrey McKee, Stephanie Mills, Roderick Nash, Tim Palmer, Charmayne Palomba, William Ryerson, Winthrop Staples III, Captain Paul Watson, Don Weeden, George Wuerthner.