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Steve Schale is a political strategist in Florida. He was the State Director for the Barack Obama campaign in Florida, managing Obama's 2008 effort in the state, and served as a Florida Senior Advisor in 2012.
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The Harlem Shake (The Harlem Apocalypse Book 1)
Jeff Carroll - 2016-08-17
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Two lovers are reunited by the storm of the century.. Just when New Yorkers were given a wakeup call into the realities of Global Warming by way of Hurricane Sandy, Harlem becomes host to yet another one of Mother Nature’s catastrophic lessons. There was an inactive fault line under the village of Harlem. When this fracture in the bedrock of Harlem...
Steve Schale
@acaseofthegolf2 @markbaldwin1 @MaMondayQInfo Mark sent me Harlem Shakes. It’s a phenomenal read. Sick Puppy is hilarious political novel about Florida. No Good Among The Living is a wonderful book about Afghanistan, as is Places in Between I love Paul Theroux’s travelogues - Dark Star Safari is a good place to start      source
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No Good Men Among the Living
America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes (American Empire Project)
Anand Gopal - 2015-05-05 (first published in 2014)
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Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction finalist National Book Award in Nonfiction finalistHelen Bernstein Journalism Award finalist2014 Ridenhour Prize WinnerNew York Times Notable Book As U.S. troops prepare to withdraw, the shocking tale of how the American military had triumph in sight in Afghanistan—and then brought the Taliban back from the dead...
Steve Schale
@acaseofthegolf2 @markbaldwin1 @MaMondayQInfo Mark sent me Harlem Shakes. It’s a phenomenal read. Sick Puppy is hilarious political novel about Florida. No Good Among The Living is a wonderful book about Afghanistan, as is Places in Between I love Paul Theroux’s travelogues - Dark Star Safari is a good place to start      source
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Freezing Order
A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin's Wrath
Bill Browder - 2022-04-12
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Steve Schale
Book 14 - @Billbrowder “Freezing Order” is a gripping tale of one man’s battle against Russia/Putin & the Americans who help him. If you didn’t know it was true, you’d think it was fiction Read it flying into Madrid was, well, interesting- which will make sense when you read it      source
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World Travel
An Irreverent Guide
Anthony Bourdain - 2021-04-20
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A guide to some of the world’s most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by writer, television host, and relentlessly curious traveler Anthony BourdainAnthony Bourdain saw more of the world than nearly anyone. His travels took him from the hidden pockets of his hometown of New York to a tribal longhouse in Borneo, from cosmopolitan Buenos Ai...
Steve Schale
Book 13 - the Bourdain/@LaurieWoolever guide to just about everywhere. Not only is it a fun read through Bourdain’s travels courtesy of Woolever’s phenomenal work, it’s a reference guide to the journey of a good life.      source
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Second Suns
Two Trailblazing Doctors and Their Quest to Cure Blindness, One Pair of Eyes at a Time
David Oliver Relin - 2016-09-20 (first published in 2013)
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From the co-author of Three Cups of Tea comes the inspiring story of two very different doctors-one from the United States, the other from Nepal-united in a common mission: to rid the world of preventable blindness. In this transporting book, David Oliver Relin shines a light on the work of Geoffrey Tabin and Sanduk Ruit, gifted ophthalmologists wh...
Steve Schale
Book 12 - Second Suns is a fascinating and utterly heartwarming book that is a reminder that a dedicated group of people can truly change the world. Highly recommended. Promise you will enjoy it.      source
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The Border
A Journey Around Russia Through North Korea, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, ... Finland, Norway, and the Northwest Passage
Erika Fatland - 2021-02-02 (first published in 2017)
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Cosa significa essere il vicino della più grande nazione del mondo? Da sempre attratta dalla cultura e dall’anima russe, Erika Fatland ha dedicato anni a cercare di capire quella terra smisuratamente vasta. Dopo aver sognato di camminare su una grande carta geografica, muovendosi lungo il sinuoso confine russo, decide di tentare un nuovo approccio:...
Steve Schale
Was an interesting insight into how Russia exerts its influence beyond its borders, though it could have been done in 100 fewer pages. Book 5 (I’m way behind 2022 goal schedule).      source
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Without Buddha I Could Not be a Christian
Paul F. Knitter - 2013-02-01 (first published in 2009)
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Being a Christian isn’t easy. Sustaining belief without any doubts for one’s entire life is a very rare accomplishment. Indeed, many would say that examining one’s faith at least once is a central part of the Christian condition. In this landmark work, esteemed theologian Paul F. Knitter explains the unique path that he took to overcome his doubts,...
Steve Schale
Book 3 of the year. As a Christian, I do love thinking about my own religion through the intersection of faiths - and more I’m in Asia, more I learn about Buddhism. Buddy of mine who is both Christian & Buddhist recommended. Fascinating read, but super dense.      source
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Empire of Rubber
Firestone’s Scramble for Land and Power in Liberia
Gregg Mitman - 2021-11-02
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An ambitious and shocking expos� of America's hidden empire in Liberia, run by the storied Firestone corporation, and its long shadowIn the early 1920s, Americans owned 80 percent of the world's automobiles and consumed 75 percent of the world's rubber. But only one percent of the world's rubber grew under the U.S. flag, creating a bottleneck that ...
Steve Schale
Have read a bunch on this subject, and this is the most comprehensive book I’ve read on Liberia and the role of Firestone      source
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The Places In Between
Rory Stewart - 2006-05-08 (first published in 2004)
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In January 2002 Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan-surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations. By night h...
Steve Schale
One great & fascinating read if you are looking to better understand Afghanistan as a place is Rory Stewart’s The Places In Between. Stewart literally walked across the nation after the initial phase of the war.      source
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The Children
David Halberstam - 1999-03-30 (first published in 1998)
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The Children is Halberstam's moving evocation of the early days of the civil rights movement, as seen thru the story of the young people--the Children--who met in the 60s & went on to lead the revolution. Magisterial in scope, with a strong you-are-there quality, The Children is a story one of America's preeminent journalists has waited years to wr...
Steve Schale
One of my all time favorite books. I wish Halberstam was still alive.      source
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