HUD Scandals:Howling Headlines and Silent Fiascoes Irving Welfeld
The crime: murder. The accused: a wealthy Texas congressman. The victim: a young intern with whom he was having an affair. Attorney Sharon Hays is reluctant to defend this charismatic politician - for highly personal reasons. Now she must either withdraw from the case, confessing to the secrets of her own past, or remain silent and defend a man she has every reason to hate. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rebecca Mitchell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/006854/bk_blak_006854_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
While trying to solve a family mystery, Dave Dyer uncovered a massive stock market scandal that had been forgotten by history. His great uncle Clayton Pickard vanished in 1923, and in the process of researching him, the author found a collection of thousands of original documents and photos from Clayton´s employer, the L. R. Steel Company. The documents, unopened since 1923, told the fascinating story of a visionary entrepreneur operating in the boom-town environment of Buffalo. Steel´s is about the rise and fall of the retail empire created by Leonard Rambler Steel. Like a Silicon Valley tycoon, he sprang into new ventures with enthusiasm and foresight. At its height, his chain store operation had 75 stores spread over 61 cities in the United States and Canada. He hired women in management and elderly people in his sales force, and anticipated some of the retail models that are used today by global companies such as Ikea and Wal-Mart. His most remarkable insight was to recognize the marketing potential of the new medium of silent film. In 1921 he created a 3-hour film about his life and company that was screened for free all over North America. The movie, a precursor to today´s infomercial, attracted prospective buyers for the 5,000 salespeople who sold the company´s stock. Almost 60,000 people bought the stock, three times the number who bought into Charles Ponzi´s better-known scheme. Eventually, his big ideas became too grandiose, such as developing Niagara Falls into a permanent international exhibition dedicated to commerce and technology, and the investors lost all their money when the company collapsed in 1923 amid fraud charges. With no other published accounts of this scandal, the story told in Steel´s was doomed to be lost until the author discovered the document trove that brought it back to life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Timothy W. Bader. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/012915/bk_acx0_012915_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The tabloids were full of it. Constance Thayer, after a night of clubbing, drinks, and drugs, had taken an automatic pistol from the collection of her industrialist husband Doyle Thayer Jr. and emptied it into his back, as he lay naked and unconscious in their Iroquois Heights home. The news of Constance Thayer´s X-rated past breathed new life into the scandal for another month. Walker´s job was to gather enough dirt on the late Mr. Thayer to make his widow look clean by comparison. What he found was a monstrous magnate, a dubious corpse, and a gang of country-style gunrunners. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mel Foster. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/006065/bk_adbl_006065_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It’s late September, and things are peaceful in the tiny mountaintop town of Serena. The farm fields and gardens produced a bountiful harvest, including at the new Raven Brook Falls Winery with its acres of vineyards on the outskirts of town. Residents of Serena are abuzz with excitement over a Hollywood film about to be made near the winery on the site where murder and scandal had once occurred. But none of this is a threat to local residents. Autumn is in the air, and all is well, until Serena’s Chief of Police Jeff Farley is called to Sutton Farm. The gruesome discovery of a murder victim in Jim Sutton’s garden, followed by the appearance of a mysterious scarecrow in the midst of town seemed to be unrelated. Chief Farley, with the aid of psychologists Kate and Devlin McManus, is once again thrust into a web of intrigue as one horrifying incident after another generates an atmosphere of terror and paranoia among Serena’s citizens. Chief Farley’s murder investigation is repeatedly hindered by an elusive diabolical prankster who is terrifying the children of his town and a film company of outsiders who might be harboring a dangerous suspect. Chief Farley and a cast of familiar characters return in a spellbinding tale to captivate listeners as it unfolds with as many twists and turns as a mountain road. The Silent Scream of the Straw Man abounds with enough mystery, excitement, humor, and romance until the end. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Zane. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/134718/bk_acx0_134718_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1930 William Haines was Hollywood´s #1 box-office draw - a talented, handsome, and wisecracking romantic lead. Off screen, however, protected by a careful collaboration between studio and press, he was openly gay with reporters and studio chiefs alike. Here is Haines´s virtually unknown story - rich with detail, revelations, and scandal - about silent movies and talkies; his lover Jimmie Shields, and their fifty-year relationship (Joan Crawford, their best friend, called them ´´The happiest married couple in Hollywood´´) and the enforcement of the Production Code and establishment of the Hollywood closet, which led to the blacklisting that ultimately doomed Haimes´s film career. Wisecracker sweeps from gay pool parties to the excitement of early talkies to Haines´s infamous encounter with gay-bashing white supremacists in 1936. He survived the scandal to emerge as a top interior decorator to the stars and to such clients as Nancy Reagan and Walter Annenberg, who employed him for the American Embassy in London. With a cast of characters running from Tallulah Bankhead to Betsy Bloomingdale, from Clark Gable to William Randolph Hearst, Wisecracker is an astounding piece of newly discovered gay history, a chronicle of high Hollywood, and - at its heart - a great and enduring love story. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bo Foxworth. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013083/bk_adbl_013083_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Beartown by Fredik Backman, read by John Sackville. Beartown is a small town in a large Swedish forest.For most of the year it is under a thick blanket of snow, experiencing the kind of cold and dark that brings people closer together - or pulls them apart.Its isolation means that Beartown has been slowly shrinking with each passing year. But now the town is on the verge of an astonishing revival. A bright new future is just around the corner.Until the day it is all put in jeopardy by a single, brutal act. It divides the town into those who think it should be hushed up and forgotten, and those who´ll risk the future to see justice done. At last, it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear.With the town´s future at stake, no one can stand by or stay silent. Everyone is on one side or the other.Which side would you be on?Previously published as The Scandal. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Sackville. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000968/bk_pauk_000968_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre said that ´´words are loaded pistols´´. In the hands of Russ Baker, they are hydrogen bombs. Throughout Family of Secrets, he explodes the myths and lies that powerful forces have perpetrated on the American consciousness. He digs beneath the surface in a form of journalistic archeology to reveal the hidden history of one of America´s most powerful families, leaving no stone unturned. Moreover, he names all of his sources and documents the materials he relies on to unmask the hypocrisy behind the myth. From Prescott Bush´s ties to Nazi Germany to Poppy Bush´s secret role in the Watergate scandal that ousted Richard Nixon, which was, in fact, a ´´silent coup´´, to George W. Bush´s deceit in launching the war in Iraq, Russ Baker unmasks the truth with a relentless brilliance unmatched by his peers. His publisher, Bloomsbury, is to be congratulated for its confidence in Russ Baker at a time when most publishers are hedging their bets and looking over their shoulders in acts of self-censorship. Baker´s revelations about George W. Bush´s private life is worth the price of the audiobook alone. Here is Bush, forcing himself on a Danish beauty, stripping to the nude, while getting another girlfriend he knocks up an abortion, and then later, as president, opposing abortion and cutting funding for organizations that provide information about birth control. How he managed to get the Danish beauty to go on record, as he does with other key players in Watergate and the Kennedy assassination, is nothing short of astonishing. He traces the true history of Poppy Bush´s career, from his early ties to the CIA he pretended never existed, while declaring himself ´´out of the loop´´, to his strange phone call from Dallas to the FBI on the day of Kennedy´s assassination, pointing a finger at a suspect who was in fact totally innocent, to his manipulation of Watergate to get rid of Nixon. It´s a secret story forced out 1. Language: English. Narrator: Oliver Wyman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/004109/bk_adbl_004109_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.