In the popular imagination the Special Air Service Regiment, or SAS, is perceived as both protector and avenger of the Crown and emblematic of staunch British individualism. In Dangerous Men, John Newsinger analyses the recent glut of popular books, magazines and films based on the activities of the SAS and assesses the aggressive masculinity, graphic violence and military prowess that are represented in many of the works, and their use in perpetuating myths of muscle-flexing nationalism. The book is divided into four parts covering the myth of the SAS analysed through historical works, and its representation in personal memoirs, fiction, survival manuals, TV documentaries and Hollywood film. Through the works examined, Newsinger deconstructs a range of real and imagined scenarios in which the SAS are pitted against an array of perceived enemies of the state, including the representation of the its role in the storming of the Iranian Embassy and in conflicts from the Falklands to the Gulf. Among the works examined are the bestselling memoirs by Michael Paul Kennedy, Andy McNab, Peter de la Billiere, Chris Ryan, and Jenny Simpson; fiction by James Follett, Terence Strong, Gerald Seymour and the Soldier A-Z series; key historical accounts by Philip Warner,Tony Geraghty, James Adams, and Mark Urban; and acclaimed films such as Who Dares Wins and The Rock .
The SAS and Popular Culture
Author: John Newsinger
Publisher: Pluto Press
Category: Social Science
Using the same mix of accessibility and insider knowledge he used so successfully in Complicated Women, author and film critic Mick LaSalle now turns his attention to the men of the pre-Code Hollywood era. The five years between 1929 and mid-1934 was a period of loosened censorship that finally ended with the imposition of a harsh Production Code that would, for the next thirty-four years, censor much of the life and honesty out of American movies. Dangerous Men takes a close look at the images of manhood during this pre-Code era, which coincided with an interesting time for men--the culmination of a generation-long transformation in the masculine ideal. By the late twenties, the tumult of a new century had made the nineteenth century's notion of the ideal man seem like a repressed stuffed shirt, a deluded optimist. The smiling, confident hero of just a few years before fell out of favor, and the new heroes who emerged were gangsters, opportunists, sleazy businessmen, shifty lawyers, shell-shocked soldiers--men whose existence threatened the status quo. In this book, LaSalle highlights such household names as James Cagney, Clark Gable, Edward G. Robinson, Maurice Chevalier, Spencer Tracy, and Gary Cooper, along with lesser-known ones such as Richard Barthelmess, Lee Tracy, Robert Montgomery, and the magnificent Warren William. Together they represent a vision of manhood more exuberant and contentious--and more humane--than anything that has followed on the American screen.
Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man
Author: Mick LaSalle
Category: Performing Arts
Geoffrey Becker’s Dangerous Men was selected by Charles Baxter as the winner of the fifteenth annual Drue Heinz Literature Prize. His manuscript was selected from nearly three hundred submitted by published writers. In these tightly drafted stories, Becker creates a wide variety of distinct voices, peculiar characters, and odd stettings, with tantalizing emphasis on lonliness, loss, and the ever-present struggle to find one’s place in the world. “It was wrong to think that our presence would linger on, though it was to this notion that I realized I’d been grasping all along,” the music-student narrator of “Dangerous Men” says after an evening involving drugs, a fight, and a car accident, “the idea that in some way we were etching ourselves onto the air, leaving shadows that would remain forever.” Many of the pieces incorporate music into the storyline. Music is a gathering point in his characters’ misfit lives. In “Magister Ludi,” a seventeen-year-old girl meets up with an older local guitarist whom her younger brother has invited over to their house when their parents are gone, and plays him for her own ends: “She makes Riggy drive right through the center of town, hoping that someone will see them - one of her friends, or one of her parents’ friends even, it doesn’t matter. She just likes the idea of being spotted in this beat-up car alongside someone so disreputable.” In “Erin and Malcom,” a bass player with an injured hand who still lives with his estranged wife, a singer, and her pet ferret, finds out how out of tune his life really is: “Something has gone wrong - he could see it in the way she looked at him over her morning bowl of cereal, and the way she didn’t as she peeled herself out of her Lycra pants and leopard shirts at night.” Yet , even when the music seems quiet, there are tales of choice and happenstance. “El Diablo de La Cienega,” set in New Mexico, is about a boy who accepts the challenge of a mysterious figure to a game of basketball, for very high stakes indeed. Charles Baxter - one of America’s great story writers - calls the story “a small masterpiece. It has formal perfection, like a folktale. I thought it was wonderful.” With leaps from the funny to the sad and the revelatory, these amazing stories explore dreams and longing with remarkable insight and imagination. These are stories you will not forget.
Author: Geoffrey Becker
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Essays by Sandra Brown, Jayne Ann Krentz, Mary Jo Putney, and other romance writers refute the myths and biases related to the romance genre and its readers
Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
The Sociology of Parole
Publisher: Criminal Justice Press
Category: Social Science
Nearly 45 years in the business and still rockin’. The Story Of UFO – A Genuine Rock Phenomenon
The UFO Story
Author: Neil Daniels
Publisher: Soundcheck Books
The bestselling author of Nop’s Trials presents the true story of his search for the perfect sheepdog In April of 1988, Donald McCaig traveled to Scotland to buy a young, well-bred female sheepdog to raise and train for use on his three-hundred-acre Virginia farm. He knew exactly what he wanted: a Scottish border collie, considered the best sheepdog in the world because the breed is hardworking, smart, strong, and fast, with unique personalities. McCaig attends dog trials and meets numerous trainers, fellow shepherds, and top handlers before he finally finds Gael. From his heartfelt prayers that Gael will pass her eye exam to his faithful sheepdog Pip’s reaction to the new bitch on the farm, Eminent Dogs, Dangerous Men chronicles McCaig’s journey through the Scottish highlands, where border collies have been bred since the seventeenth century, and illuminates the ennobling bond between humans and dogs. This ebook contains sixteen pages of photos.
Searching Through Scotland for a Border Collie
Author: Donald McCaig
Publisher: Open Road Media
The stories of the leading figures of the Irish revolution - Michael Collins, Eamon de Valera, and guerrillas like Tom Barry and Ernie O’Malley - have been well told. But many other senior-ranking activists were equally committed. However, their experience remains obscure to most people. What was it like to try to launch the Easter Rising in a provincial town outside Dublin? What happened to the Volunteers imprisoned after the rising in maximum security prisons? How did counties such as Cavan and Wexford experience the revolution? This look at the life of Peter Paul Galligan throws light on these issues. Peter Paul Galligan joined the Irish Republican Brotherhood in 1910 and the Irish Volunteers in 1913. In 1916 he helped lead the Easter Rising in Enniscorthy. On the rebels’ surrender he was imprisoned in the harshest of conditions in Dartmoor prison - forbidden to speak to other prisoners and reduced at times to a diet of bread and water. Galligan’s story also shows the experience of the War of Independence on the ground in his native Cavan. Dublin Castle file refers to him as “one of the most dangerous men in the Rebel Movement.” As a member of Dáil Eireann, Galligan voted for the Treaty but also voted two days later for Eamon de Valera as President. In the ensuing Civil War, he stayed neutral but was in contact with the Anti-Treaty commanders. This is a fascinating story of a little known but significant contributor to Irish history.
"One of the Most Dangerous Men in the Rebel Movement"
Author: Kevin Galligan
Publisher: The Liffey Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Begining the Process of Lust Free Living
Author: Lowell Seashore
An enormous bird's nest is found in the attic. Hundreds of photographs and letters are tangled in its straw. The first letter begins: 'Well dear friend, I note all you said about Mr Bowen and that vile woman.' When Tony Nicholson and his family moved into an old house in the north of England, they discovered a treasure trove of old photographs and letters, all belonging to a mysterious woman called Annie Bowen. Who was she? And what was her story? Back Tony went to the Victorian era to find out. Soon, he found himself in Calcutta and the dark streets of Whitechapel, tracking her lover. Peeling back the layers of her story, he uncovered a lost world of moonlight dances, country vicarages and teenage 'spooning'. In London, there were sensational spectacles, professors of swimming and illusions, glamorous dressmakers, nights at the music hall, reckless cab-drivers and drunken sailors. A rich array of vivid characters came and went - loafers and swells, impoverished aristocrats, Victorian Bluebeards, pretty barmaids and saucy actresses. And through it all, the tangled web of Annie's life was gradually unpicked. There were illicit affairs, family secrets and scandals, fading photographs and deceitful letters. Moving from one astonishing place to another, and tracking down her descendants across the globe, Tony encountered her lovers and rivals, her friends and family, the places in her world and the secrets of her life. The Love of Dangerous Men is a vivid social history that tells the story of ordinary lives lived in extraordinary ways.
A Secret History in Letters
Author: Tony Nicholson
Punctuated by gunshots and posse hoofbeats, these true tales, many told for the first time, illustrate, in both words and rare photographs, perilous trails and dangerous men from a time gone forever. The Sotello brothers, John Keener, Bill Miner, Louis J Dreibelbis, Ramon Ruiz, and all the others were fascinating characters -- a desperate breed who added their stories to the legends of the Old West.
Early California Stagecoach Robbers and Their Desperate Careers, 1856-1900
Author: William B. Secrest
Publisher: RSM Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Dangerous Men, Dangerous Places an anthology of five hot romance stories ISBN# 978-1-938257-06-3 Release Date: 04/05/2012 Cover Art by Winterheart Design Taking A Risk by Lyncee Shillard erotic contemporary romance Hunky Nick owns and operates an adventure tour in the Amazon, leading Leigh through a scary jungle filled with dangerous animals and drug cartels. If he can keep his hormones in check, perhaps he can bring them out alive. Dangerous Place For Love by Sam Crescent erotic contemporary romance When their plane crashes, Kelly is stranded on an abandoned island with a known drug trafficker and the employee of her estranged father. Soon the heat and Erik's carved body strip away her good sense. Should she follow her head or heart? The Prisoner by Dani-Lyn Alexander erotic contemporary romance Madison Delaney is accused of murder. Rafe Jackson is charged with protecting her. When the courthouse erupts in gunfire, Rafe jumps into action and drags Madison to safety. As the two go on the run, with Madison in cuffs and shackles, things really start to heat up. Russian Heat by Rhyll Biest erotic contemporary romance (Menage) Big, burly and bristling with high-powered weapons, they're the best-and hottest-hostile environment consultants Russian money can buy. They're also about to meet their five-foot match, government veterinarian Jane, who finds herself in a very tight predicament with the two best friends. Bounty by Krystal Brookes sensual science fiction romance When Gemma Scott's shuttle crash lands on Alcatraz prison planet, she's sure of one thing: if the impact doesn't kill her, the inmates will. She wakes up in the hut of a convicted terrorist and wonders how long it will be until the handsome but dangerous man discovers she was the one who arrested him two years earlier. As their attraction grows, they work together to help Gemma escape the dangerous planet. But they can't deny the sparks that fly between them. In this collection of five amazing short stories, you'll struggle to choose which man's arms you prefer-and whether or not you ever want to leave.
Author: Dani-Lyn Alexander,Lyncee Shillard,Sam Crescent
“An outstanding debut...If you’re a fan of Jack Reacher or Lisbeth Salander, you are gonna love Nikki Griffin.” —New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston “Action packed and razor sharp - Jack Reacher would love Nikki Griffin.” —Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Past Tense Nikki Griffin isn't your typical private investigator. In her office above her bookstore’s shelves and stacks, where she luxuriates in books and the comfort they provide, she also tracks certain men. Dangerous men. Men who have hurt the women they claim to love. And Nikki likes to teach those men a lesson, to teach them what it feels like to be hurt and helpless, so she can be sure that their victims are safe from them forever. When a regular PI job tailing Karen, a tech company's disgruntled employee who might be selling secrets, turns ugly and Karen's life is threatened, Nikki has to break cover and intervene. Karen tells Nikki that there are people after her. Dangerous men. She says she'll tell Nikki what's really going on. But then something goes wrong, and suddenly Nikki is no longer just solving a case—she's trying hard to stay alive. Part Lisbeth Salander, part Jack Reacher, part Jessica Jones, Nikki Griffin is a kickass character who readers will root for as she seeks to right the world's wrongs. S.A. Lelchuk’s Save Me From Dangerous Men marks the beginning of a gripping new series and the launch of a fabulous new character.
Author: S. A. Lelchuk
Publisher: Flatiron Books
In the remote parts of the West where law and order was unheard of, a man's best friend and main hope for salvation was his gun. It was an integral part of his life, and most men who lived and died by the gun were a breed apart. In their own time, they were generally called gunfighters -- part man, part myth. A dynamic and evocative design, this illustrated, full color book brings the ever-fascinating wild west to life.
A Chronicle of Dangerous Men & Violent Death
Author: Al Camino
Publisher: Chartwell Books
Category: Biography & Autobiography
She knew where this path would lead her... Angela is slipping back into old habits and falling for dangerous men who are sexy as hell. She promised herself she was going to turn her life around, to be a good girl and let go of her wild past. Then, the last person in the world she wanted to see waltzed back into her life. Years ago, Jamal ripped her heart out and tossed it on the ground. But he's back, beefed up from prison and wanting to make amends for dumping her. They make amends, but when Vitaly, a Russian biker with a sketchy past, gives her an opportunity to right the wrongs done to someone she cares about, she can't say no. But she never realized just how risky it was going to be. Seducing a mobster, and making him answer for his crimes was playing a dangerous game. The real thing that threatens her, though, is what she learns about the people she trusts most, and what that says about her.
The Complete Dangerous Men Collection
Author: Alex Abbott
Madison's life is a string of bad boys and rough lovers, until she falls in love with her boss, the gentle but demanding Bailey. His brand of S&M is just what she needs and life should be perfect. However, an outstanding debt to a devious loan shark turns dangerous when, to help her pay off her debt, she's kidnapped off the street and secretly filmed, while forced to perform lewd sex acts and S&M tricks for wealthy gentlemen. Though she wants out of the sleazy scheme she has no money to pay off her dept. Abducted again, the game turns even more ominous. Taken to an estate house owned by a cult of sadists, she's forced to submit, initiated in a breathtaking scene of inspection, interrogation and S&M. They win her submission by threatening to harm Bailey and her friends. This first person narrative is fraught with tension, mystery, fear and desire as Madison dives deep into her submissive self to survive, retaining only the slightest hope of rescue and redemption for her crimes.
Author: Lizbeth Dusseau
Publisher: Pink Flamingo Media
Women's guide to psychological self-defence. Draws on extensive research of women and the men who attack them to expose widely-accepted beliefs for the dangerous myths that they are and provide alternatives that are proven to work. Covers converting fear into power, sexual harassment and the male mindset, the psychology of the stranger rapist, confrontation with weapons, groups and gangs, date rape, and defensive strikes. Includes questions and answers and selected bibliography.
And How to Stay Safe for Life
Author: Brent Sanders
Category: Criminal psychology