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Reader's Digest Condensed Books Vol 75, 1968 Autumn: The Johnstown Flood / Once an Eagle / Ammie, Come Home / Gone / Sarang
Reader's Digest Condensed Books Vol 75 1968 Autumn The Johnstown Flood / Once an Eagle / Ammie Come Home / Gone / Sarang Author:Anton Myrer, David McCullough, Barbara Michaels, Rumer Godden, Roger Caras The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough — The Johnstown Flood -- May 31, 1889. Roaring down from the mountain, a wall of water in some placed 70 feet high smashed through Johnstown, Pennsylvania, killing over two thousand human beings and leaving in its wake not only tragic destruction but a scandal that outraged the nation.... — Once an Eagle by ... more »Anton Myrer
Sam Damon. "Sad Sam" Damon. The name meant so many things to so many people. to the men who followed him with total commitment through the hells of combat, from World War I to Southeast Asia, it meant the best leader in the whole U.S. Army.
To the folks back in Walt Whitman, Nebraska, it meant the legendary kid who made an extraordinary record at the high school, who stood up to the town bully, and who inexplicably turned down a good job to go into the poorly paying Army.
To most of the Army brass -- and especially to smoothly ambitious Courtney Massengale -- it meant a maverick who fought for his "Damon's Demons" like a demon himself, and annoyed too many Pentagon bigwigs for his own good.
To his fiery, beautiful wife, Tommy, Sam meant other things: love, exasperation, sadness and loneliness, as she learned that to be an Army wife is perhaps the hardest way of life for a woman.
As one of the most likable, unforgettable figures in fiction lives his dedicated life from Private to General, Once an Eagle takes a searching look at our little known and often misunderstood professional Army: at the problems of command, the loyalties and enmities, the gallantry or folly of Army men and their families in peace and war. A novel with a soaring power, and a view as sweeping as an eagle's.
Ammie, Come Home by Barbara Michaels
"Ammie... Ammie, come home." It could have been a neighbor calling to a child or a missing pet. Except that it was the middle of the night. Besides, there were no children or pets of that name on the block.
Then there was the matter of the cold place in the living room. And of the "other" Sara...
Pretty, mini-skirted Sara was the niece of Ruth Bennett who owned the historic Georgetown house. The house that, as one uncanny incident followed another, became something very like a chamber of horrors....
Gone: A Trio of Short Stories by Rumer Godden
A child's embarrassing mistake over a Christmas present... a day of heartbreak in the life of an elderly spinster... a young girl's inner struggle as she prepares to enter a convent... Three "moments of experience," as the author calls them, each containing the seed, or "grit," of a story, each fashioned by her into a miniature world.
Sarang by Roger A. Caras
When they arrived in the Pakistan village of Pukmaranpur the Barclay family felt completely out of place. Glenn knew next to nothing about the elephants he was to train for his agricultural program. The new way of life was baffling and upsetting to Liz. Even ten-year-old Pamela felt strange -- until she met Khoka, the little blind boy.
Khoka and Pamela became inseparable friends, but because of Khoka's blindness their activities were limited. Then a tiger cub unexpectedly came into their lives; they named him Sarang and played with him as they would a dog. As he matured, Sarang developed some remarkable qualities: he began to guide and protect Khoka, and he led the children deep into the jungle to seek out the Shadhoobaba, or holy man, who was believed to work miracles....« less