New Release Books by Greg Brown

Greg Brown is the author of The Universe (2022), Risk and Resolution (2019), A Book of Moons (2016), AsapSCIENCE (2015), Down at the Sea Hotel (2013) and other 45 books.

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The Universe

release date: Mar 10, 2022
The Universe
An accessible, bite-sized introduction to a very big concept. Ever wondered how it all began? How it will all end? And while we're waiting, what's been going on in the meantime? From the Big Bang to the Big Crunch, dark matter to antimatter, The Universe is your pocket guide to everything that ever was and ever will be--a big claim for a small book, but one it earns through its clarity and scope.

Risk and Resolution

release date: May 20, 2019
Risk and Resolution
America repeatedly finds itself mired in military interventions long after public buy-in to the national interest has waned. Why is the timely disengagement of military forces so difficult to achieve? Traditional international relations theories diminish the role of the individual leader in favor of the state or international institutions. Behavioral science theories have in recent years experienced a resurgence. However, the dominant behavioral explanation of foreign policy decision-making, prospect theory, while it focuses on how people tend to make decisions under risk, still minimizes the influence of the individual president. Decisions to disengage military forces are presidential decisions, just like the decisions to commit forces to foreign interventions. If we accept this, then it is important to understand if, and if so why, some presidents inherently are more or less acceptant of the risks disengagement presents. This book operationalizes a competing personality-based model of decision-making under risk. Referred to here as the trait-based model, it is assessed using disengagement opportunities in three varied levels of military intervention across four presidencies: humanitarian relief turned nation-building under George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton in Somalia, compellent air campaigns turned peace-making/keeping in Bosnia and Kosovo under Clinton, and major combat operations turned irregular warfare in Iraq under George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Data for the model predominantly comes from existing presidential personality profiles based on the dominant model of personality theory, the five-factor model, augmented by Myers-Briggs Type Inventory data from public sources. This study aims to explain the roughly 30 percent of cases which defy prospect theory's predictions and to better explain those cases where prospect theory might heretofore have sufficed. The results suggest specific personality traits do in fact point to presidents' predispositions toward risk, which in turn help explain their disengagement decisions. This work may be only the second to apply the five-factor model to presidential foreign policy decision-making and is the first to do so in the context of disengagement decisions. Hopefully it will foster further work in both areas.

A Book of Moons

release date: Jan 29, 2016
A Book of Moons
Donna and Greg Browns A Book of Moons is a collection of poems about the twelve full moons, according to names given to them by the Algonquin tribes. These moons watch the cycle of the seasons as they progress from lonely winter through the thaw of spring, into summers warmth, then to autumns harvest and back to cold, frosty winter. Exposing children to poetry helps strengthen vocabulary, language and rhythm in children. Each poem in A Book of Moons is accompanied with a beautiful illustration by Bradley Wilson. Working together, the poems and the illustrations will bring an increased appreciation of the moon, earth, and language.

AsapSCIENCE

release date: Mar 17, 2015
AsapSCIENCE
The instant New York Times bestselling book of entertaining, irreverent, and totally accessible illustrated answers to the scientific “questions you had no idea were bugging you all your life” (Fast Company), from the creators of the wildly popular YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE. Why do we get hung over? What would happen if you stopped sleeping? Is binge-watching TV actually bad for you? Why should I take a power nap? In their first-ever book, Mitchell Moffit and Greg Brown, the geniuses behind the YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE, explain the true science of how things work in their trademark hilarious and fascinating fashion. Applying the fun, illustrated format of their addictive videos to topics ranging from brain freeze to hiccups to the science of the snooze button, AsapSCIENCE takes the underpinnings of biology, chemistry, physics, and other hard sciences and applies them to everyday life through quirky and relatable examples that will appeal to both science nerds and those who didn’t exactly ace chemistry. This is the science that people actually want to learn, shared in a friendly, engaging style. “Science is big fun. The ASAP guys get that, and they’ll show you—they’ll even draw you a diagram” (Bill Nye, “The Science Guy”). And amid the humor is great information and cocktail conversation fodder, all thoughtfully presented. Whether you’re a total newbie or the next Albert Einstein, this guide is sure to educate and entertain...ASAP.

Down at the Sea Hotel

release date: Oct 20, 2013
Down at the Sea Hotel
Night falls in wavelets of gentle fantasy at a seaside hotel in this charming bedtime story. With a peaceful “Good Night Moon” vibe, this story-song penned features whimsical, lush illustrations. The narrated story is followed by the recording of the theme song “Down at the Sea Hotel”.

No Clear Path

release date: May 07, 2020
No Clear Path
In 1976, the most famous murder scene at the largest mansion in Ft. Worth was unfolding. The millionaire-oilman Cullen Davis was accused of shooting his estranged wife, Priscilla, along with two others at their palatial mansion in Ft. Worth. Priscilla was a beautiful, blond bombshell and many in Texas didn't believe her testimony that it was Cullen who committed the shootings; not only of her but also of her current boyfriend and 12-year-old daughter. The trials of Cullen lasted from 1977-1979 and were so infamous that by 1995 three books and a 4-hour movie starring Heather Locklear and Peter Strauss had been made. But this book isn't about the trials, really. It's about Priscilla Davis and how she lived before and after the murders in August of 1976. It's the story of Texas money and glamour in the 1980's and how public image of someone can change the opinion of "justice." Cullen was acquitted of murdering his 12-year-old stepdaughter and still remains the wealthiest man in America to ever be tried for murder. The case of Cullen and Priscilla Davis was the precursor to O.J. and Nicole Brown Simpson. The only difference was that there was no such thing as cable television yet. Priscilla received 3.4 million dollars in her divorce from Cullen in 1979 and moved to the neighboring city of Dallas to start a new life. She was beautiful, rich and famous now. Dallas was exploding with glamour and money as most cities were in the 1980's. But with a future that looked so promising, the demon of alcoholism and a thirst for attention would become a problem.Meanwhile, while the shootings were occurring in Ft. Worth in 1976, the young life of a 7-year-old boy was just beginning twenty miles from the mansion in a small city named Grand Prairie. It was the life of a boy named Greg Brown who was just realizing that he was different. Greg had been born and adopted in Washington D.C. in 1969 by an educated couple from Texas. Greg's father was a physicist for NASA and his mother was an educator who decided to stay home and raise a family. This is the funny and sometimes dramatic story of a young boy trying to fight loneliness but find acceptance. After he humorously demises he is gay because he loves the teenage singer Sean Cassidy, he begins a life-long mission of hiding it and deflecting attention from this grave secret. The family dynamics and views of his upper-middle-class parents are a great snapshot of life in such a family at this time .By 1991, Priscilla is all but broke and living in a one-bedroom apartment in Dallas and Greg has been sent to Lubbock for a second time since his parents don't know what else to do with him. He is now at the age of 22 with no clear path in life and Priscilla is counting on a multi-million dollar settlement from Cullen.But what will happen to Greg and when will Priscilla get her money? Through a series of fateful decisions by Greg, his parents and Priscilla, the worlds of these people will collide and the most unlikely outcomes will transpire. This is the story of a young gay boy from Texas who meets the most infamous woman in Texas history at a time when they both need each other the most. But first you have to understand the events which made them....the events which they each had to experience before their meeting which will lead to the most surprising of outcomes. This is the first in a two-book series. The next book "Unexpected Outcomes: A Continual Search for Identity and Purpose" follows this one and is now available.

Light Speed Guitar

release date: Aug 01, 2008
Light Speed Guitar
With the Light Speed Guitar method, students can learn in months what used to take years. This unique and cutting edge method provides instruction on improvisation, music styles and fretboard theory. Students will gain confidence and inspiration as they acquire the tools to be top-notch guitar players. The Light Speed Guitar method is based on a visual process. Students can study a variety of styles including classical guitar, blues-rock, heavy metal, jazz, and country music. Students can learn and improve the following: Scales, chords, arpeggios Guitar technique Solfege and note reading Music theory Understanding of the fretboard Composition skills Light Speed Guitar is an innovative curriculum consisting of four levels. Students are grouped by age and ability to create an ideal atmosphere for group learning.

You Can Fly!

release date: Jan 01, 2004
You Can Fly!
For those who have always dreamed about flying but didn't know where or how to start — now they can take that long-awaited first step with some guidance. You Can Fly! authors Greg Brown and Laurel Lippert write to those who are considering flight training, specifically to answer frequently asked questions about it, and at the same time entice more people into exploring general aviation. The authors in a welcoming way, along with gorgeous photographs by Tom Lippert, reveal to the non-flying public the romance and adventures found in flying by centering their focus on the many joys and benefits of flight, and leaving out the dull "FAA verbiage" found in other learn-to-fly books. You Can Fly! has detailed sidebars throughout the book that will intrigue aspiring pilots with questions like, "What should I expect on my first flight?" and "How do you read an altimeter?" All of these questions are explained with brevity, complemented by easy-to-grasp and colorful illustrations. With illustrations from front to back, and beautiful photographs worthy of an expensive coffee-table book throughout, You Can Fly! is the perfect addition to a flight school library, FBO, or aviation enthusiast's collection. This is truly a one-of-a-kind, fun, exciting and informative book on flying for prospective pilots.

Just Thought You Should Know

release date: Nov 01, 2019

Vince Carter

release date: Jan 01, 2004
Vince Carter
In this Positively for Kids title, NBA All-Star veteran Vince Carter shares his true life stories. From a music-filled childhood to winning an Olympic gold medal, Vince emphasizes the importance of knowing where to go and working to get there.

Brad Johnson

release date: Jan 01, 2004
Brad Johnson
Looks at the life and football career of quarterback Brad Johnson.

Eric Gagné

release date: Jan 01, 2004
Eric Gagné
In "Break Barriers" Cy Young winner Eric Gagni shares his life stories and talks about how he faced and overcame many life obstacles. Small and large, personal and professional, Eric's barriers took courage, ingenuity, and serious dedication to work through. A talented hockey player as well as gifted pitcher, Eric first came to the United States from Canada for college baseball not speaking a word of English. His solution of watching hours of MTV as a crash course in English typifies his creative approach to life challenges.

Texas Tragedy

release date: Apr 24, 2016
Texas Tragedy
In August of 1976, one of the most notorious murder scenes played out in Ft. Worth, Texas. Cullen Davis was one of the richest men in Texas and his second wife, Priscilla Davis, with whom he was divorcing, was shot in their mansion. Also shot and murdered were her twelve-year-old daughter and her thirty-year-old boyfriend, Stan Farr. Priscilla and two other people said it was Cullen. The culprit was wearing a wig so his identity was somewhat hidden but not completely. Cullen was arrested in the early morning hours of August 3, 1976, at the home of his girlfriend, Karen Master. He later went on trial for the murder of Priscilla's daughter. He was found not guilty but the next year he was put on trial for a murder-for-hire plot to kill the judge overseeing his divorce from Priscilla. He got off from that charge, too. Finally in 1979 he and Priscilla were divorced. Priscilla received 3.3 million dollars and Cullen was able to move back into his 19,000 square-foot mansion. This book explains the facts of that fateful August night and what happened in the courtrooms of Texas. But the majority chronicles the path Priscilla took after the trials of the 1970's. Priscilla was not done with Cullen yet and she would try tirelessly to obtain some kind of justice. She also decided to have a little fun along the way. The press loved Priscilla but the general public were split. She had been painted as a low-rent gold-digger in the Texas courtrooms but everyone also knew that Cullen was probably guilty of murder. In the end, only the two of them really knew the truth. This is the story of how Priscilla learned to live with the fact that Cullen would never have to pay for his actions and her reputation would be forever marred. In 1995, a 26-year-old man named Greg Brown moved in with Priscilla, who was now 53. They became lovers and Greg tells how Priscilla learned to make the most of tragic situations which were both of her making and not of her making. It's a story of struggle, love and compromise even in the most dire of circumstances.

Aaron Brooks

release date: Jan 01, 2004
Aaron Brooks
Aaron Brooks, a native of Newport News, Va., tells how he used his positive vision, goal-setting, and hard work to rise from humble beginnings to a successful career as a starting quarterback in the National Football League.

The 7 Laws of Breakthrough

release date: Jul 08, 2015
The 7 Laws of Breakthrough
Most people agree they need a breakthrough but few can explain what one is or how to experience it. It is not a lucky break nor is it temporary relief from a trial. It is a process God has designed for each of us to advance through our seasons of life until we reach our place of true purpose. The 7 Laws of Breakthrough gives you a biblical understanding of this powerful concept. You will encounter God as the Master of Breakthrough and learn how to cooperate with Him through your life cycles into your destiny.

Forever Young

release date: Jan 01, 1996
Forever Young
An autobiography describing the personal life and football career of the quarterback who led the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl win in 1995.

A Winning Edge

release date: Jan 01, 1996
A Winning Edge
Olympic champion speedskater Bonnie Blair describes her involvement in the sport, the support of her family, and the importance of dedication and balance in competition.

O.I.F.-Lite

release date: May 01, 2007
O.I.F.-Lite
Written from "a peon in this vast universe" type of viewpoint in an effort to find out more about God who is the creator of life, love and all things, the author looks around, explores, discovers, falls down and arises because of her undying curiosity about life. The question "why?" always pops up when things don't go so right. "What?" is not too far behind as she endeavors to identify the problem. "Where?", of course, follows because once you've located the culprit, the next step is where to begin working on the solution. "When?" immediately comes to mind after establishing locale in order to start right away working on solutions. Finally, "how?"--with God's guidance is the only way (the author believes) to approach a situation, find the right answer and solve the problem! "A Little Something" is the author's first work written out of an attempt to capture the right perspective in her life with the help of God's word in a not-so-right environment. Her writings are a reflection of thoughts and emotions experienced as she contemplates about life, discovers love and makes an effort to express it all within the pages of this book.

Heart of Gold

release date: Jan 01, 1996
Heart of Gold
The young woman who helped the U.S. women's gymnastics team win a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta describes her lifelong interest in the sport and the lessons it has taught her.

Confidence Counts

release date: Jan 01, 1999
Confidence Counts
In Confidence Counts, Seattle Supersonic Gary Payton tells his own story, using events from his life to illustrate the importance of believing in yourself and striving for success in all you do.

Comeback Kid

release date: Jan 01, 1997
Comeback Kid
The Denver Broncos quarterback, known for his come-from-behind victories, shares his triumphs and tribulations and offers advice on performing under pressure, winning and losing, and having a sense of humor.

Hit a Grand Slam

release date: Jan 01, 1998
Hit a Grand Slam
The superstar shortstop for the Seattle Mariners discusses how education, hard work, and doing the right thing helped him become a Major League All-Star and the American League's leading hitter in 1996.

Tony Gonzalez

release date: Jan 01, 2004
Tony Gonzalez
In this message of encouragement, Kansas City Chiefs' five-time Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez reveals that the road to athletic greatness and personal fulfillment is not always a smooth one. From conquering a fear of bullying to building deep relationships with his extended family and civic communities, Tony demonstrates the power of recognizing and acting on what's really important in life.

Sue Bird

release date: Jan 01, 2004
Sue Bird
A biography of Sue Bird, professional basketball player.

Carmelo Anthony

release date: Jan 01, 2004
Carmelo Anthony
The star forward for the Denver Nuggets relates his path in life from the streets of Baltimore to the NBA.

Have Heart

release date: Nov 01, 2006
Have Heart
An uplifting story about St. Louis Cardinals shortstop David Eckstein, and the courage and persistence it took to live his dream

It Takes a Team--Mike Cameron

release date: Jan 01, 2002
It Takes a Team--Mike Cameron
Describes the life and career of Mike Cameron, baseball player with the Seattle Mariners, and presents his views on the importance of teamwork.

Bounce Back

release date: Jan 01, 1996
Bounce Back
Sheryl Swoopes, member of the Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. women's basketball team, uses her own life as an example of the importance of never giving up.

Job Hunting for Pilots

release date: Mar 01, 2001
Job Hunting for Pilots
This book includes pilot resumes, cover letters, interview preparation and much more. It addresses everyone from aspiring pilots to transitioning military aviators and old pros changing jobs or careers. Job Hunting for Pilots shows how to develop those all-important inside contacts who can help you more quickly achieve your dream flying job. Join thousands of pilots who've advanced their careers with the aid of this unique book. Author Greg Brown's love for flying is obvious to anyone who knows his column, ?Flying Carpet," in AOPA's Flight Training magazine. Greg has been flying since 1971 and has found jobs as a pilot for both corporate and scheduled flight operations, and helped countless aviators achieve their career dreams through his writing and seminars.

Always Dream

release date: Jan 01, 1998
Always Dream
The young Japanese-American figure skater describes the hard work, determination and love of skating that helped her win a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics.

Never Say Never

release date: Sep 01, 1999
Never Say Never
Awarding-winning quarterback Doug Flutie teaches kids the importance of making tough decisions and the value of remaining open to opportunity.

Follow Your Dreams

release date: Jan 01, 1996
Follow Your Dreams
The first baseman for the Boston Red Sox uses his own life story to demonstrate the importance of staying focused on one's goals.

Pursue Your Goals

release date: Jan 01, 1999
Pursue Your Goals
The star center for the Philadelphia Flyers uses anecdotes and personal reflections to illustrate the need for dedication and effort to skate through challenging situations to success.
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