Best Damn Doctor in the West by Ellen Carney
List Price: $22.95 U.S.
"A compelling portrait of a courageous physician who
became what all of us in the healing arts should be."
-Jeffrey S. Job, M.D.
ELLIS KACKLEY Best Damn Doctor in the West opens as Dr. Kackley is graduating from medical school at the University of Tennessee and prepares to face unknown frontiers in the small, lawless town of Soda Springs, Idaho. Surrounding him in his new home are vibrant characters: his wife Ida, J. Edward Beus, who rented a baby; midwives like Dorthea who tore up her petticoats for bandages; Ashler, sinister proprietor of the hotel-turned-hospital; Jenny the prostitute, and many others. This unforgettable portrait of an early western doctor in small-town America is filled with humor, warmth, tenderness and sadness. Ellis swims the Bear River to deliver a baby, takes out a man's kidney in a sheep camp, and attracts patientsincluding outlaws from across the U.S.
Ellis gives his life to medicine, but loses the things most precious to him in the process.
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The Vision and Genius of James LeVoy Sorenson by Lee Roderick
"His is an absolutely magical story and is an absolute example for all of us."
- Willam H. Nelson, former president/CEO, Intermountain Health Care
Jim Sorenson was born into poverty to teenage parents. As a small boy in northern California he shelled walnuts and sold magazines door-to-door to help put food on his family's table. Hope for a better future was dashed for a time by his elementary school teacher who branded him “mentally retarded.”
Yet during his lifetime Jim rose to rare heights as an inventor, international entrepreneur, and one of the world’s richest men. The dyslexia that made reading extremely difficult opened in his mind higher paths of learning. He invented many medical devices that today are standard equipment in hospitals across the globe––ranging from the first modern intravenous catheter to the disposable surgical masks worn by doctors and nurses.
Jim was an American original––eccentric and complex, who preached teamwork but was utterly incapable of being anything but the leader; insistent on his rules but indifferent to everyone else’s. He played a pivotal role in pioneering entire industries, launching some forty companies.
He created unique ways to build personal wealth, that can be followed profitably by others.
Jim was also a philosopher and an idealist. He poured a fortune into a quest for world peace. He brought antagonistic religions together in international conferences, and gathered 100,000 human DNA samples from across the globe. He believed that if diverse peoples were shown they are related by blood they would learn to live in harmony.
Jim and his remarkable wife of six decades, Beverley Taylor Sorenson, had eight children and fifty-one grandchildren. Near the end of his life he weighed all his accomplishments, distilling them in an autobiography called Finding the Better Way. His book has just one sentence in bold-face type: “True wealth only comes through health and family and friends.”.
Hugh Colton: From Country Lawyer to Combat Hero by Lee Roderick
466 pages including photos, source notes and index
List Price: $28.00 U.S.
Biography, Business, Family, Horses, Law, Mountain West, WWII
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Hugh Colton had an idea. In his mid-20s and looking to make his mark, he had already accomplished a lot—served a volunteer two-year mission for his church, graduated from college, married a trophy wife, Marguerite Maughan, and now had a civil service job and was in law school in the nation’s capital.
Busy as he was, something still tugged at Hugh. Early in 1927 he wrote his good friend J.W. (Bill) Marriott, back home. Root beer, a new-fangled drink that was the rage in their native Utah, might be a hit in muggy Washington. At Hugh’s suggestion, Bill secured a franchise from A&W Root Beer for the greater capital area. On May 20, 1927 three young men on the East Coast took off: Charles A. Lindbergh, to cross the Atlantic solo for the first time, and Hugh and Bill, who opened their nine-stool root beer stand that same morning. Lindbergh, of course, made it—and so did Hugh and Bill. They charged just 5 cents for a frosty mug of root beer. Not a lot, but enough to launch what became Marriott International.
The following year something else tugged at Hugh: a longing to be back home in the West and, especially, to be with his beloved horses. Failing to talk the Coltons out of leaving, Bill bought their half of the business for $5,000. Hugh and Marguerite returned to Vernal, Utah. Hugh became a rancher and country lawyer, while Marguerite took the lead in rearing their four children and tending to numerous civic causes.
As World War II crept closer to America’s doorstep, Hugh, at 40, organized a local unit of the Army National Guard. He had a ranch, a law practice, and four children to guide, but could not deny the call of his country. For the next five years, as Marguerite kept the home fires burning, Hugh led combat engineer troops in the US, the UK, and from the shores of Normandy to the heart of Germany. One correspondent called Hugh and his men the “bravest of the brave.” Hugh received a battlefield commission to full colonel from Supreme Allied Commander Dwight Eisenhower, and returned to Utah as one of its most decorated heroes. He and Marguerite dedicated the rest of their lives to lifting their country, their community, and their family.
How I Escaped Hitler, Survived CBS, and Fathered Viacom by Ralph M. Baruch with Lee Roderick
400 pages including photos, source notes and index
List Price: $27.95 U.S. $34.95 Canada
Biography, Broadcasting, Cable Television, History, Entertainment, Business
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If you get more than a handful of television channels, thank Ralph Baruch. Facing great odds, Baruch—once a top executive at CBS and founder of Viacom—led the pivotal battles against broadcasters, regulators, and legistlators that pried Washington's fingers from the neck of cable television and set it soaring.
CBS spun off tiny Viacom, led by Baruch. The parent had 28,000 employees, the child 200. CBS and federal agencies piled on oppressive conditions that nearly strangled Viacom in its crib. But Viacom survived to become the world's largest entertainment company—returning nearly three decades later, in 1999, and buying CBS. Tightrope is also an intimate memoir. As Nazis poured into Paris in World War II, teenaged Ralph led the escape of his family, carrying his grandmother over the Pyrenees Mountains to Spain and then freedom.
Ralph’s first wife died tragically, leaving four young daughters. Years later he fell in love with a remarkable woman who would anchor Ralph through all the turbulence ahead. He had survived Hitler, CBS, feckless government bureaucrats, and greedy outsiders who coveted Viacom. But—until too late—he failed to see the slash of the knife wielded by some insiders bent on buying and carving up the company Baruch had led since its birth. Ralph, however, had not yet played his last card. In the wings was Boston businessman Sumner Redstone. In a titanic takeover struggle, he wrested Viacom from the cabal of insiders. It remained to be seen if Redstone would also carve up and sell off Viacom—as analysts predicted—or continue to build the global enterprise envisioned by Ralph Baruch.
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Orrin Hatch: Leading the Fight for Constitutional Rights by Lee Roderick
608 pages including 100 pages of photos, source notes and index
List Price: $28.00 U.S.
Constitution, Congress, Current events
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If every member of the Senate was like Orrin Hatch,
we'd be arguing over how to deal with a
federal surplus...I like to think of Orrin
as 'Mr. Balanced Budget.'
—President Ronald Reagan
Let us take courage from the immortal excellence of The Constitution & heart from the fact that we Americans pulling together have always risen to any challenge.
—Senator Orrin Hatch
At a time of turmoil in Washington, Senator Orrin Hatch is needed more than ever, writes author Lee Roderick. The Utah conservative has written some of the nation’s most important laws—and stopped some of the worst ideas from becoming law.
Hatch is the Senate’s leading consensus-builder for conservative ways to solve national problems. Recently named one of America’s 21 best leaders, U.S. News & World Report explained that Hatch “has demonstrated that a member of Congress can work to pass meaningful, bipartisan legislation without compromising his core principles and strongly held ideological convictions.”
The Utahn is the Senate’s No. 1 sponsor of constitutional amendments to balance the federal budget, and a leading foe of Obamacare and other wasteful government spending. Courage shows in plain terms the greatest challenges facing the United States—and how to meet them. It is unusually reader-friendly, with over 100 pages of photos, many with page numbers where the reader may learn more on that topic.
...(Hatch can) fight to set the country right; to save it from financial ruin.
—Jay Nordlinger, Senior Editor