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Close But No Cigar


Author : Stephen Purvis
language : en
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Release Date : 2017-03-23

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WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION 2017 'In its tragic absurdity, Close But No Cigar reads like a Graham Greene story, with a cast of characters to make Hemingway proud' Daily Telegraph For over a decade Stephen Purvis had been a pillar of Havana's expat community, one of many foreign businessmen investing in Cuba's crawl from Cold War communism towards modernity. But for reasons unknown to him he was also under State Security's microscope. One morning during the height of President Raúl Castro's purges in 2012, while his family slept the unmarked Ladas of State Security arrived at his home and he was taken away into the absurd and brutal world of Cuban justice. In this engrossing memoir, Purvis recounts his fifteen-month ordeal. Accused at first of selling state secrets, he is taken to the notorious interrogation centre Villa Marista, where he endures brutal conditions designed by the KGB and Stasi to break the bodies and minds of spies and political prisoners, and resists the paranoia and incompetence of his jailers. Later, held in a maximum-security prison, he finds himself surrounded by a motley crew of convicts: people-smugglers and drug-runners together with a handful of confused businessmen also awaiting formal charges. From his arrest to his farcical secret trial and sudden release, Purvis exposes the madness of modern Cuba with wit, grit and a sharp eye for character. As tourists flock to Havana to marvel at a city frozen in time, he shows that despite reforms and international reconciliation the Castro regime remains a corrupt, dictatorial relic. Close But No Cigar is part thriller, part comedy and part morality tale, but most of all a true story that takes the reader into a dark side of a sunny place that remains an enigma.

Close But No Cigar


Author : Stephen Purvis
language : en
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Release Date : 2019-02-26

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WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION 2017 'In its tragic absurdity, Close But No Cigar reads like a Graham Greene story, with a cast of characters to make Hemingway proud' Daily Telegraph For over a decade Stephen Purvis had been a pillar of Havana's expat community, one of many foreign businessmen investing in Cuba's crawl from Cold War communism towards modernity. But for reasons unknown to him he was also under State Security's microscope. One morning during the height of President Raúl Castro's purges in 2012, while his family slept, the unmarked Ladas of State Security arrived at his home and he was taken away into the absurd and brutal world of Cuban justice. In this engrossing memoir, Purvis recounts his fifteen-month ordeal. Accused at first of selling state secrets, he is taken to the notorious interrogation centre Villa Marista, where he endures brutal conditions designed by the KGB and Stasi to break the bodies and minds of spies and political prisoners, and resists the paranoia and incompetence of his jailers. Later, held in a maximum-security prison, he finds himself surrounded by a motley crew of convicts: people-smugglers and drug-runners together with a handful of confused businessmen also awaiting formal charges. From his arrest to his farcical secret trial and sudden release, Purvis exposes the madness of modern Cuba with wit, grit and a sharp eye for character. As tourists flock to Havana to marvel at a city frozen in time, he shows that despite reforms and international reconciliation the Castro regime remains a corrupt, dictatorial relic. Close But No Cigar is part thriller, part comedy and part morality tale, but most of all a true story that takes the reader into a dark side of a sunny place that remains an enigma.

Close But No Cigar


Author : Stephen Purvis
language : en
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date : 2017-03-23

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WINNER OF THE CRIME WRITERS' ASSOCIATION GOLD DAGGER FOR NON-FICTION 2017 'In its tragic absurdity, Close But No Cigar reads like a Graham Greene story, with a cast of characters to make Hemingway proud' Daily Telegraph For over a decade Stephen Purvis had been a pillar of Havana's expat community, one of many foreign businessmen investing in Cuba's crawl from Cold War communism towards modernity. But for reasons unknown to him he was also under State Security's microscope. One morning during the height of President Raúl Castro's purges in 2012, while his family slept the unmarked Ladas of State Security arrived at his home and he was taken away into the absurd and brutal world of Cuban justice. In this engrossing memoir, Purvis recounts his fifteen-month ordeal. Accused at first of selling state secrets, he is taken to the notorious interrogation centre Villa Marista, where he endures brutal conditions designed by the KGB and Stasi to break the bodies and minds of spies and political prisoners, and resists the paranoia and incompetence of his jailers. Later, held in a maximum-security prison, he finds himself surrounded by a motley crew of convicts: people-smugglers and drug-runners together with a handful of confused businessmen also awaiting formal charges. From his arrest to his farcical secret trial and sudden release, Purvis exposes the madness of modern Cuba with wit, grit and a sharp eye for character. As tourists flock to Havana to marvel at a city frozen in time, he shows that despite reforms and international reconciliation the Castro regime remains a corrupt, dictatorial relic. Close But No Cigar is part thriller, part comedy and part morality tale, but most of all a true story that takes the reader into a dark side of a sunny place that remains an enigma.

Close But No Cigar


Author : Phyllis OHara
language : en
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Release Date : 2007-02

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This isn't your usual "how to" book on dementia, nor is it a multi-syllable medically worded tome to put you to sleep. Think of it as a long letter from an old friend who has spent a lot of time with demented people and their caregivers. Not all is somber; some will put a smile on your face. But that's not too strange since that's the way it is with dementia patients. How come the word dementia is used? Because Alzheimer's is the main cause of this disorder. In the U.S. today, some 4.5 million people have this kind of dementia and letting people know about Alzheimer's (and a number of other causes) can give you a clearer picture of what was once called "hardening of the arteries." We hope you enjoy!

Close But No Cigar


Author : Melissa Miller
language : en
Publisher: Newstar Press
Release Date : 1998

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The author presents an intimate scrapbook replete with anecdotes, photographs, letters, and comedy routines recording her thirty-year relationship with Burns, which began when she was only eighteen and he was seventy-one.

Close But No Cigar


Author : Jack Mannion
language : en
Publisher: iUniverse
Release Date : 2013-09-26

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Probation officer LP Cinch is burned out. Perpetually stuck on the bottom rung of the stairway to wealth, fame, and stature, Cinch’s life is always “close but no cigar.” But as his retirement day looms on the horizon, one of his probationers is murdered; suddenly Cinch’s humdrum existence is much busier. With the case at a dead end, Cinch is drawn into the task of solving the crime. He receives information that the probationer left a handbag behind and opens the bulky purse to discover the stuff dreams are made of: a bundle of bills totaling nearly fifty thousand dollars. While acquainting his replacement with the job and the parade of people in his world, Cinch sifts through a caseload that consists of the underbelly of society and soon unmasks a murderer. But something far more complicated remained unresolved—what should he do with the large sum of money now in his possession? In this mystery laced with intrigue, humor, and high-stakes crime, a probation officer struggles with a life-changing dilemma as he finds out once and for all if he again comes close but no cigar.

Close But No Cigar


Author : Ian Woodrow
language : en
Publisher:
Release Date : 2008-04

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Problems are a ubiquitous feature of any business plan or venture and the manager's prime role is to ensure that these obstacles are resolved in an orderly and painless manner. Unfortunately, in real life, most of the solutions developed and implemented, are sub-optimal and result in the underlying problem lurking, only surface again later. Business history is littered with cases where the chosen solution to a problem was, as the saying goes, 'Close, but no cigar'! In this book, Ian Woodrow offers a unique problem-solving approach for business - and life - problems, and explains why these practices are so pervasive and how one can avoid the common mistakes. By applying his six-step methodology contained in the simple mnemonic CIGARS, you will learn to: · Avoid the pitfalls of emotional perspectives · Clearly distinguish root problems from symptoms · Develop innovative solutions to problems · Effectively assess the most beneficial alternatives · Ensure that optimal solutions are selected and implemented. In addition, the book includes summaries of effective problem-solving techniques used by leading organisations today. There is also a fascinating chapter on how to improve one's creative ability in order to develop truly innovative solutions. Close, but no Cigars is an indispensable guide for anyone wishing to improve their problem-solving abilities.