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A unique and unbelievable first-hand account of how one man fought his way to the top of the criminal underworld... and what he needed to do to stay there. As you read this, someone somewhere is buying drugs. Across the globe, millions of people are involved in the brutal, cold-blooded world of drug dealing, but only a small number make life-changing money. Only a few get to the top, make the calls, know how it all works and truly become drugs lords. And even fewer survive. I know because I am one of those drug lords. After thirty years, I've decided to retire and tell the story of how I got to the top of this tainted profession, what's involved in being a serious criminal, the tricks of the trade, the art of the deal and what it really takes to stay alive for so long. This will be my last confession. And I hope you learn something.
The Amorous Intrigues and Adventures of Aaron Burr (1861) is an erotic biography of Aaron Burr. Published anonymously decades after Burr's death, the book incorporates some of the well-known facts and scandals of his political life-including his arrest for treason and murder of Alexander Hamilton-with lurid fantasies of his legendary encounters with women. Comparable, perhaps, to the modern phenomenon of fan fiction, The Amorous Intrigues and Adventures of Aaron Burr is a risque recreation of an infamous American's romantic endeavors. "This talented, heroic, and energetic man was an adorer of the fair sex. From the age of puberty to the day of his death, (which occurred in his eightieth year,) Aaron Burr was keenly alive to the fascinations of the fairer portion of creation, and esteemed their smiles as sunny rays darted from heaven." You might think you know everything there is to know about Aaron Burr-disgraced several times over, banished from political life following his very public downfall, his story is a cautionary tale of excess and ambition played out on the nation's biggest stage. For the anonymous author of The Amorous Intrigues and Adventures of Aaron Burr, the facts-both historical and anecdotal-were simply not enough. In this erotic examination of Burr's legendary love life, we find another angle on a man who would be myth, a man shown here to be somehow less principled, and frequently less clothed, than the one we thought we knew. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of The Amorous Intrigues and Adventures of Aaron Burr is a classic of American erotic fiction reimagined for modern readers.
A Night in a Moorish Harem (1896) is a Victorian erotic novella. Published under the pseudonym "Lord George Herbert," the novella has proved both popular and controversial as the subject of several obscenity trials. Noted for its orientalist tropes, the novella remains relevant to scholars of postcolonial literature and Victorian culture. "My first duty was to kiss the fair hands which had aided me, and then I explained the accident which had brought me among them and the plan I had formed for escape before dawn. I then gave my name and rank. While doing this I had an opportunity to observe the ladies; there were nine of them and any one of them would have been remarked for her beauty. Each one of them differed from all the others in the style of her charms: some were large and some were small; some were slender and some plump, some blonde and some brunette, but all were bewitchingly beautiful." Tired of life onboard, a young midshipman decides to spend his afternoon off in a small boat attached to the side of the naval vessel he serves. Comforted by the gentle waves and hot Mediterranean sun, he falls into a deep sleep. When he wakes, he finds himself drifting close to the Moroccan shore and is unable to spot his ship along the haze-strewn horizon. As he prepares himself to be sold into slavery-or worse-he spots a group of beautiful women watching him from the rocks. Helped ashore, the midshipman is brought to the safety of their harem, where he spends one night of ecstasy exploring their nimble bodies and learning the stories of their lives. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of A Night in a Moorish Harem is a classic work of Victorian erotica reimagined for modern readers.
The inspiration for the major motion picture The Green Knight starring Dev Patel, an early English poem of magic, chivalry and seduction. Composed during the fourteenth century in the English Midlands, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight describes the events that follow when a mysterious green-coloured knight rides into King Arthur's Camelot in deep mid-winter. The mighty knight presents a challenge to the court: he will allow himself to be struck by one blow, on the condition that he will be allowed to return the strike on the following New Year's Eve. Sir Gawain takes up the challenge, decapitating the stranger - only to see the Green Knight seize up his own severed head and ride away, leaving Gawain to seek him out and honour their pact. Blending Celtic myth and Christian faith, Gawain is among the greatest Middle English poems: a tale of magic, chivalry and seduction.
Elizabeth Thorpe, codenamed Cynthia, was a glamorous American socialite recruited by MI6 to obtain intelligence from the Polish Foreign Ministry and from the Italian and Vichy French embassies in Washington. Her method was to seduce whatever targets could provide her with vital intelligence, a practice in which she hardly ever failed, enabling her to secure first the French and then the Italian naval codes. In the landings in North Africa, she was credited with having saved the lives of hundreds of Allied soldiers. This unique account by a British spymaster of his relationship with Cynthia, detailing his subsequent involvement with Kim Philby and the Cambridge spies and his dealings with his counterparts in the CIA and French intelligence, was entrusted by him to a junior colleague on the basis that it was not to be published until everyone in it was dead. Necessarily anonymous and impossible to fully verify, though most of it undoubtedly did happen and is part of the historical record, A Spy Called Cynthia provides a special insight into the world of intelligence and one of its most effective practitioners.
The Way of a Man with a Maid (1908) is an erotic novel. Published anonymously, The Way of a Man with a Maid has long attracted controversy for its graphic depiction of rape, abuse, and incest, and continues to be read today as an important example of popular British erotica of the early twentieth century. Alternating between descriptions of sadomasochistic sex, the narrator's vindictive interior monologue, and a dark humor woven throughout, The Way of a Man with a Maid provides insight into the sexual fantasies of men from a bygone era. "I, the man, will not take up the time of my readers by detailing the circumstances under which Alice, the maid, roused in me the desire for vengeance which resulted in the way I adopted and which I am about to relate. Suffice it then to say that Alice cruelly and unjustifiably jilted me! In my bitterness of spirit, I swore that if I ever had an opportunity of getting hold of her, I would make her voluptuous person recompense me for my disappointment..." Casting himself as a sworn enemy of womankind, Jack, a jaded English gentleman, roams the streets in search of women to corrupt. As his power grows, increasing his circle of accomplices, he performs more daring-and often more disturbing-sexual acts. This graphic exploration of taboo, torture, and desire remains an important text in the history of erotica and obscenity laws, pushing the boundaries of Edwardian society while continuing to challenge our own. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of The Way of a Man with a Maid is a classic work of erotica reimagined for modern readers.
Teleny (1893) is an erotic novel published anonymously, yet often attributed to Irish playwright Oscar Wilde. Considered one of the first works of fiction to openly depict homosexuality, Teleny is the story of Camille Des Grieux's sexual awakening, the obstacles he faces from society as a gay man, and the passionate moments shared between lovers from all walks of life. "As I listened to his playing I was spell-bound; yet I could hardly tell whether it was with the composition, the execution, or the player himself. At the same time the strangest visions began to float before my eyes. First I saw the Alhambra in all the luxuriant loveliness of its Moorish masonry-those sumptuous symphonies of stones and bricks-so like the flourishes of those quaint Gipsy melodies. Then a smouldering unknown fire began to kindle itself within my breast." At a concert with his mother, Camille Des Grieux finds himself fiercely attracted to the young man on stage, the brilliant Hungarian pianist Teleny. As their eyes meet for the first time, Camille knows they are meant to be together. Despite the restrictions placed on gay men, despite the stories he has heard of Teleny as an unfaithful lover, Camille introduces himself. Filled with heated scenes of romance between its insatiable cast of characters, Teleny is an erotic novel that continues to entertain, shock, and surprise over a century after it was published. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Teleny is a classic work of Victorian erotica reimagined for modern readers.
MOTHERS IN LOVE: The Good, the Bad and the Unbelievable *By Anonymous Edited by Ron Hogan There's love, and then there's mother love -- maybe the most powerful love of all. Meet the mothers at the center of each of the 14 love stories included in this TruLOVE Collection. Whether their stories were written in 1938 or within the last few years, and whether they're about a single mom, a stepmother, or an overbearing mom who can't let go, each one explores the struggle and challenge of love and motherhood. Several stories focus on women who became single mothers unexpectedly, either through abandonment or widowhood. Another story finds a stepmother trying to deal with her husband's very unhappy child from a previous marriage. In most of these stories, our inspiring moms overcome their unhappy circumstances to find a sense of great self-respect. They also find new loves with good men who can be good fathers to their children. Even those mothers who try to keep a stranglehold on their children out of fear of eventually being left utterly alone, have their own journey to romance, and it is not an easy one. All of the heroines in these stories learn valuable lessons about coping with adversity and are rewarded by finding true love. We hope you find these stories exciting, heartwarming and, most of all, romantic!
The Prelude to Teleny (1899) is an erotic novel published anonymously, yet often attributed to Irish playwright Oscar Wilde. A loosely related prequel to the novel Teleny (1893), which is considered one of the first works of fiction to openly depict homosexuality, The Prelude to Teleny is the story of a young girl's sexual awakening and subsequent downfall, as well as of the son she bears. "My childhood was a very dull one. I am hardly certain whether I remember my mother or not, for I was only about two years old when she died. By an effort it seems to me that I can recollect having been taken into a dark hushed room, where she was asleep-of having been lifted on a couch and made to kiss her. Her face was as white as marble, seemed quite as cold; so that the contact of my warm lips with that clammy flesh produced an indelible impression upon me." Before she was reduced to this lifeless state, Camille Des Grieux was a young girl with her whole life ahead of her. On a sultry night in the south of France, she has her first sexual experience with a strange young drifter. Unsure if this was a real or just an intense dream, she wakes in the morning with a strange new sensation, and soon finds evidence of another's presence all around her room. Filled with brief scenes of romance and lust between its insatiable cast of characters, The Prelude to Teleny is an erotic novel that continues to entertain, shock, and surprise over a century after it was published. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of The Prelude to Teleny is a classic work of Victorian erotica reimagined for modern readers.
The First Book from n+1--an Essential Chronicle of Our Financial Crisis
HFM: Where are you going to buy protection on the U.S. government's credit? I mean, if the U.S. defaults, what bank is going to be able to make good on that contract? Who are you going to buy that contract from, the Martians?
n+1: When does this begin to feel like less of a cyclical thing, like the weather, and more of a permanent, end-of-the-world kind of thing?
HFM: When you see me selling apples out on the street, that's when you should go stock up on guns and ammunition.
One of the New York Times' 20 Books to Read in 2020 "A tonic . . . Splendid . . . A respite . . . A summer cocktail of a book."--Washington Post "Unforgettable . . . Behind her brilliantly witty and uplifting message is a remarkable vulnerability and candor that reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles--and that we can, against all odds, get through them."--Lori Gottlieb, New York Times best-selling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone Part memoir and part joyful romp through the fields of imagination, the story behind a beloved pseudonymous Twitter account reveals how a writer deep in grief rebuilt a life worth living. Becoming Duchess Goldblatt is two stories: that of the reclusive real-life writer who created a fictional character out of loneliness and thin air, and that of the magical Duchess Goldblatt herself, a bright light in the darkness of social media. Fans around the world are drawn to Her Grace's voice, her wit, her life-affirming love for all humanity, and the fun and friendship of the community that's sprung up around her. @DuchessGoldblat (81 year-old literary icon, author of An Axe to Grind) brought people together in her name: in bookstores, museums, concerts, and coffee shops, and along the way, brought real friends home--foremost among them, Lyle Lovett. "The only way to be reliably sure that the hero gets the girl at the end of the story is to be both the hero and the girl yourself." -- Duchess Goldblatt
The unbelievable account of life as a hitman from a man who has been doing it for decades. Hitmen commit heinous crimes virtually every day of the week and, in most instances, we don't even realise. I've been a killer for hire for more than twenty years now, but life as a fulltime professional assassin has never been easy. There have been close calls, failed attempts and a lot of looking over my shoulder. And now, I've decided to come clean and seek atonement for my life as a murderer and one of the most covertly dangerous men alive. This is an account of a life lived between our world and a shadowy underworld of criminals... a life lived under the radar of the law... a life lived in death. This is the story of my life as a hitman.
What was love really like in the 1970s? Women were marching forward
in the Women's Movement, bringing home the bacon, exercising their
newfound sexual freedom, and still searching for true love.
Introducing, Bedroom Roulette, the latest book in the TruLOVE
Collection series, guest edited by romance book expert Ron Hogan.
'Twenty-five years a teacher. I could have committed a double murder and been out by now.' Ever wondered what life is really like for today's teachers? Reasoning that it's either laugh or cry, this author does both while intoning a mantra of 'July, July, July' and praying for a minor heart attack in return for a foot in the door to early retirement. From fending off inspectors to dealing with the alarming rise in mental health issues and increasing alienation of young people, it's fair to say the job has never been more difficult. Written by an anonymous author working in a state secondary school, this uproariously funny, desperately necessary book takes us inside the classroom to see morale at rock-bottom and a system on its knees. Hilarious, heartbreaking and impassioned, Class War is about the importance of good schools and talented teachers at a time when they have never been more essential. Painting a heartfelt portrait of the profession and an education system where no one should be left behind but too many are, this book reveals there is laughter to be found even as a river of effluent is sluicing down the pipe.
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