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Joel Zoss,John Bowman,John Stewart Bowman

Pairing their detailed, informative research with a sophisticated anecdotal approach, Joel Zoss and John Bowman have written a fascinating, original, literate, and concise compendium of the history and issues surrounding America's national pastime. Addressedøare such diverse topics as the origins of the game, the contributions of minorities and women, the evolution of umpiring, baseball's influence on literature and music, substance abuse, on- and off-field tragedy, and the game's international presence. Diamonds in the Rough is an invaluable and stimulating resource both for those who already study the game and for those who would like to learn its revealing history.

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Michelle Madow

All-access doesn't mean no problems The three Diamond sisters survived the summer in style after coming to live with their long-lost billionaire father. But making a place for themselves at their exclusive new Las Vegas private school is throwing them any number of gold-plated curves. Savannah's YouTube stardom turns into a Sweet Sixteen reality show extravaganza—with complimentary enemies on the side. Dangerous flirtations don't keep Peyton from a gamble that will risk far more than she planned to bet. And when Courtney and the sisters' archenemy, Madison, uncover two explosive secrets, it will rock even this town of glittering illusion—and turn their lives upside down all over again.

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Cindy Lasiter

God used the lives of His Old Testament servants to advance history toward His planned revelation of His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As He did, He also provided a written record for us to study and use as warnings, exhortations, and boundaries for our own lives. Although our circumstances have changed since ancient biblical times, the people represented in them still look much the same as you and I! This study provides women with a unique approach to learning and applying God's principles for daily living, by examining some of the key lessons that are to be seen from the lives of many Old Testament characters. As we see their attributes and flaws, and study how God interacted with them, we can appreciate how His own standards of holiness are never compromised, although His guidance is tempered with great love and mercy. Join Cindy Lasiter in this seventeen-week study, which can be used for personal study or dynamic group discussion. You too will gain great hope and direction as you see how even God's most incredible servants in the Bible were, at best, diamonds in the rough! Author's Cover Bio Cindy Lasiter has taught God's Word to children, youth, and women for many years. She was a class administrator and women's discussion leader for Bible Study Fellowship International, as well as the director of women's ministry for her church. She currently teaches a Bible study for women at RockPointe Church in Flower Mound, Texas. Her greatest desire is to teach women how to apply God's Word to their lives in order to know Him better and live out His plan and purpose on earth.

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Portia Da Costa

Wilson and Adela Ruffington have a marriage of convenience, affording them funds for their families and the social cover for exploring their carnal desires, but soon, trouble will threaten to ruin the perfect life they have built up. Original.

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James Sanders Day

Diamonds in the Rough reconstructs the historical moment that defined the Cahaba Coal Field, a mineral-rich area that stretches across sixty-seven miles and four counties of central Alabama. Combining existing written sources with oral accounts and personal recollections, James Sanders Day’s Diamonds in the Rough describes the numerous coal operations in this region—later overshadowed by the rise of the Birmingham district and the larger Warrior Field to the north. Many of the capitalists are the same: Truman H. Aldrich, Henry F. DeBardeleben, and James W. Sloss, among others; however, the plethora of small independent enterprises, properties of the coal itself, and technological considerations distinguish the Cahaba from other Alabama coal fields. Relatively short-lived, the Cahaba coal-mining operation spanned from discovery in the 1840s through development, boom, and finally bust in the mid-1950s. Day considers the chronological discovery, mapping, mining, and marketing of the field’s coal as well as the issues of convict leasing, town development, welfare capitalism, and unionism, weaving it all into a rich tapestry. At the heart of the story are the diverse people who lived and worked in the district—whether operator or miner, management or labor, union or nonunion, white or black, immigrant or native—who left a legacy for posterity now captured in Diamonds in the Rough. Largely obscured today by pine trees and kudzu, the mining districts of the Cahaba Coal Field forever influenced the lives of countless individuals and families, and ultimately contributed to the whole fabric of the state of Alabama. Winner of the 2014 Clinton Jackson Coley Award for Best Work on Alabama Local History from the Alabama Historical Association

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Ross Edward Percifield II

This masterful collection of poems represents over thirty years of work by the author, Ross Edward Percifield II, guided by the Force that compels him to write, the Lord Jesus Christ. This poetry is grouped into broad themes that cover a wide range of topics, such as life and death, Christian religion and spirituality, love and romance, disappointment, friendship, many other deeply felt emotions, Mother Nature, etc. These poems, which are engaging and fast moving, have something for everyone. They represent his life’s work and are truly inspiring!

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Al Ferber

“Diamonds In The Rough” is the story of Anthony, a boy and manchild whose twisted emotions led to a half century of pain and bad decisions fueled by alcoholism. The misreading of all in front of him accumulated emotional wreckage that got him to concentrate only on the dark of the evening sky and ignore the moon and stars. This is also the story of a reclamation project that enabled him to dig through the apparent rubble of his life to rediscover and appreciate the diamonds he had brushed aside. Gus

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Lew Freedman

The best baseball stories from the state whose season is short, but there's no shortage of future major leaguers - 300 in the last 30 seasons, include Mark McGwire.

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Donna Puglisi

To all the “diamonds in the rough” in this world, I dedicate this book. Shine on and sparkle in your own unique way. Don’t run with the crowd or feel the need to “blend.” Just be you! It’s not always the ones with the glam and glitter who try to outshine everyone else but the silent, the subdued, the peaceful ones comfortable in their own skin who are the true diamonds in the rough. My first poem, “Diamonds in the Rough,” is all about finding out your true grit. To quote a few lines from my poem, “You’re the gems that don’t glitter, / you’re the gems that don’t shine. / One day you’ll be discovered hidden in the mine.”

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Marilyn M. Burgess

Isn't Christianity an antiquated belief? Hasn't science put the last nail in God's coffin? Doesn't religion do more harm than good? Today these and many other questions have led people away from whatever faith they once had. Faith is dead. Or is it? In this book the author explores the worlds of science, philosophy, archaeology and reason to explain that Christian faith is not a fading bulb that will soon burn out, but rather a glaring, undeniable phenomenon attested to by a myriad of blinding lights. It is inescapable! Blinding Lights is one of only a few books of its kind. Rather than tackling only one subject be it the evidence for the existence of God, the deity of Jesus Christ or the dangers of false religions, this book covers all these topics and more in a way that is readable and unerstandable to the layman. Whether you are a skeptic seeking to examine the evidence or a believer who desires more knowledge on the subject, Blinding Lights is the book for you.

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Human Rights Watch (Organization)

This 62-page report documents how, following the discovery of diamonds in Marange in June 2006, the police and army have used brutal force to control access to the diamond fields and to take over unlicensed diamond mining and trading. Some income from the fields has been funneled to high-level party members of ZANU-PF, which is now part of a power-sharing government that urgently needs revenue as the country faces a dire economic crisis. In February 2009, Human Rights Watch researchers conducted more than 100 one-on-one interviews with witnesses, local miners, police officers, soldiers, local community leaders, victims and relatives, medical staff, human rights lawyers, and activists in Harare, Mutare, and Marange district in eastern Zimbabwe.--Publisher description.

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Todd Cleveland

Diamonds in the Rough explores the lives of African laborers on Angola’s diamond mines from the commencement of operations in 1917 to the colony’s independence from Portugal in 1975. The mines were owned and operated by the Diamond Company of Angola, or Diamang, which enjoyed exclusive mining and labor concessions granted by the colonial government. Through these monopolies, the company became the most profitable enterprise in Portugal’s African empire. After a tumultuous initial period, the company’s mines and mining encampments experienced a remarkable degree of stability, in striking contrast to the labor unrest and ethnic conflicts that flared in other regions. Even during the Angolan war for independence (1961–75), Diamang’s zone of influence remained comparatively untroubled. Todd Cleveland explains that this unparalleled level of quietude was a product of three factors: African workers’ high levels of social and occupational commitment, or “professionalism”; the extreme isolation of the mining installations; and efforts by Diamang to attract and retain scarce laborers through a calculated paternalism. The company’s offer of decent accommodations and recreational activities, as well as the presence of women and children, induced reciprocal behavior on the part of the miners, a professionalism that pervaded both the social and the workplace environments. This disparity between the harshness of the colonial labor regime elsewhere and the relatively agreeable conditions and attendant professionalism of employees at Diamang opens up new ways of thinking about how Africans in colonial contexts engaged with forced labor, mining capital, and ultimately, each other.

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Vogue

Carmen Davenport is living the American dream. Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, she has anything that a twenty-one year old college student would want: supportive parents, a set of fly friends, and an inheritance to one of the most lucrative clothing companies in New York: Flame, Inc. The only thing missing is love, until she lays eyes on Jay Santiago, a Puerto Rican drug lord, who is destined to make Carmen his at any cost. Instantly, Carmen begins to fall for him despite his reign as the head of a multi-million dollar drug cartel. After securing the rights to her inheritance, Carmen soon learns that Flame, Inc. is headed towards a downward spiral. Too ambitious to allow her dream to go down the drain, Carmen begins pulling at all lifelines to save her company. Putting aside everything she's ever believed in, Carmen soon finds herself entangled in a web of lies, betrayal, and crime. However, Carmen knows that in order to achieve her goal, she must remain focused, no matter how dangerous the road to success may get.

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Mark Shaw

A veteran sportswriter recounts a year spent on the 1997 Senior PGA Tour with Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, and other masters of golf over fifty, capturing their dry wit, wisdom, and memories of triumph and tragedy.

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Nash Hasan

I began writing the words of young women and men's silent cries four years ago. Some of them had nurturing and loving parents—others didn't. Some of them came from broken homes. Others wished they weren't born. Many were lonely, but not alone in the world of lonely.Saddened by their tragedies, humbled by their humility and intrigued by their talents and personalities, I decided to reach out to them, and began quickly immersing myself into many aspects of their lives.

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Portia Da Costa

When it comes to diamonds—like their men—some women prefer them rough Thanks to her grandfather's complicated will, Miss Adela Ruffington, along with her mother and sisters, is about to lose her home and income to a distant cousin, the closest male heir to the Millingford title. For Adela, nothing could be more insulting—being denied her rightful inheritance for a randy scoundrel like Wilson, the very man who broke her heart following a lusty dalliance years ago. Still smarting from the betrayal of his latest paramour, Wilson Ruffington never anticipates the intense desire Adela again stirs within him. Despite his wicked tongue and her haughty pride, their long-ago passion instantly reignites at a summer house party, the experience they've gained as adults only adding fuel to the flames. Wilson and Adela are insatiable, but civility outside of the bedroom proves impossible. Determined to keep Adela in his bed, Wilson devises a ruse—a marriage of convenience that will provide her family with a generous settlement, as well as prevent scandalous whispers. Their plan works perfectly until family rivalries and intrigue threaten to destroy their arrangement…and the unspoken love blooming beneath it.

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Sarah Jean and Anna Grace

"MAMA'S CONFESSIONS: Below the beautiful mountains lies an anointing of beauty; diamonds waiting to be carved out and transformed. At first glance, you might miss this incredible beauty; it could be rough and dirty. It could appear to be broken or invaluable, but if you thought that, you would be wrong. DAUGHTER'S CONFESSIONS: To be burned alive into the ashes of who you thought you were and to rise up against all odds is only possible through Christ. I've seen what evil looks like and I've experienced the darkest parts of this world all before the age of six. Yet in spite of the shadows, God has given me a light and a chance at a new beginning. I hope my story can help others that feel trapped in the shadows of life, unable to see God's light, shining through."