Secrecy and Deceit documents the religious customs of the Iberian Jews who converted to Catholicism, largely under duress, in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Although many of the converts quickly melded into the Catholic mainstream, thousands of others and their descendents strove to preserve their Jewish culture despite the efforts of the Inquisition to suppress them. The book details crypto-Jewish culture in Spain, Portugal, and their American colonies, principally Mexico, Peru, and Brazil. The author uses Inquisition records, chronicles, rabbinical rulings, letters, eyewitness accounts, religious books, and other historical documents to give the most thorough and accurate picture of crypto-Jews ever cataloged. This book raises questions about living outside a Jewish community and what happens to religions of approximation.
Using previously unreleased documents, the author reveals new evidence that FDR knew the attack on Pearl Harbor was coming and did nothing to prevent it.
Favor Benjamin is beautiful, rich and absolutely miserable. She wants to leave the streets of Baltimore behind for a quieter life free of drama. Maintaining and living off of her deceased father's empire, Favor and her brother live a life of luxury. Money is no object, but everything ain't unicorns and rainbows in their world. Every time the Benjamins get through one storm there's a tornado around the corner. Losing her parents and several siblings has taught Favor to be strong but when secrets are revealed and lies uncovered will she be able to stand against the pressure? Will Favor be able to survive deceit, manage heartbreak, and see through the lies?
John le Carré is viewed by many critics as one of the best spy and espionage novel writers. His most famous works are The Spy Who Came in from the Cold; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; and The Little Drummer Girl. Peter Wolfe has produced an informative study of le Carré’s works, showing how le Carré’s five years in the Service (British Intelligence) helped him become a keen observer, social historian, and expert in bureaucratic politics. He has supplanted the technological flair marking much of today's spy fiction with moral complexity and psychological depth. He shows us what spies are like, how they feel about spying, and how spying affects their minds and hearts.
Sometimes the truth hides where no one expects to find it.Joanne Weeks knows Baxter Jackson killed Linda—his second wife and Joanne’sbest friend—six years ago. But Baxter, a church elder and beloved member ofthe town, walks the streets a free man. The police tell Joanne to leave wellenough alone, but she is determined to bring him down. Using her skills as aprofessional skip tracer, she sets out to locate the only person who may be able to put Baxter behind bars. Melissa Harkoff was a traumatized sixteen-year-old foster child in the Jackson household when Linda disappeared. At the time Melissa claimed to know nothing of Linda's whereabouts—but was she lying? In relentless style, Deceit careens between Joanne's pursuit of the truth—which puts her own life in danger—and the events of six years' past, whenMelissa came to live with the Jacksons. What really happened in thathousehold? Beneath the veneer of perfection lies a story of shakeable faith,choices, and the lure of deceit.
When French vineyard owner and man of the house Charles Beaufort is thrown in prison for the smuggling of contraband from France to England, he leaves his family and their vineyard with little hope of survival. Sophie, his English-born wife, is resourceful, however, and she arranges for a close friend of the family to help her and the two Beaufort daughters work the land. Soon, Sophie decides it would be good for her eldest daughter, Yvette, to broaden her horizons and see other parts of Europe. She sends Yvette to a manor in Buckinghamshire, England, far from the familiar French culture she knows and loves. She is to play companion to the lady of the house, Mrs. Constance Devereux. Life in England is not what Yvette's mother would have hoped, as the young woman is soon encircled by deceit, frustration, and even a terrifying death threat. Yvette is a hesitant player in the intrigues of Devereux Manor. She must find a way back to her home, but will the house and its mystery let her leave?
Paul C. Colella's literary endeavor is the sequel to his first book "Patriots and Scoundrels: Charity's First Adventure." In the sequel, two years have past since young Charity Chastine's arrival to post-Revolutionary War America and she continues struggling to find her place in American society among the privileged and common classes with their sorrows and joys, stories and secrets. Charity is involved with a gallery of individuals she has named patriots and scoundrels who have lured her into a web of deception, deceit, and treachery. As she tries to separate the heroes from the villains, she becomes entangled in the desperate search for a hidden treasure and a priceless diamond while being stalked by a mysterious stranger and haunted by the apparitions of a young local girl and her Redcoat boyfriend whose murders were never solved. What shocking and inevitable events await poor Charity? Who will come to her rescue? How will these encounters, along with a favorite and mysterious doll in her possession affect Charity's life and the people around her who walk a thin line between loyalty and deceit?
Frames of Deceit is a philosophical investigation of the nature of trust in public and private life. It examines how trust originates, how it is challenged, and how it is recovered when moral and political imperfections collide. In politics, rulers may be called upon to act badly for the sake of a political good, and in private life intimate attachments are formed in which the costs of betrayal are high. This book asks how trust is tested by human goods, moral character, and power relations. It explores whether an individual's experience of betrayal differs totally from that of a community when it loses and then seeks to recover a vital public trust. Although this is a work of political philosophy it is distinctive in examining three literary texts--Sophocles' Philoctetes, Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, and Zola's Thérèse Raquin--in order to deepen our understanding of the place of trust in morality and politics.