The book describes some memorable climbs in the Lake District, Scotland and the French Alps in the 1960s. Some of these climbs were stranger than fiction – like my meeting with a mythical monster on the arctic summit of Ben Nevis. Others were deadly serious – like my spectacular fall on Point Five Gully, described in the guide book as ‘the most famous ice climb in the world!’ And taking part in these adventures were such legendary figures as Allan Austin, Martin Boysen, Les Brown, Dougal Haston, Geoff Oliver and Paul Ross.
Including works from Welsh, Irish and Scottish Gaelic, Cornish, Breton and Manx, this Celtic Miscellany offers a rich blend of poetry and prose from the eighth to the nineteenth century, and provides a unique insight into the minds and literature of the Celtic people. It is a literature dominated by a deep sense of wonder, wild inventiveness and a profound sense of the uncanny, in which the natural world and the power of the individual spirit are celebrated with astonishing imaginative force. Skifully arranged by theme, from the hero-tales of Cú Chulainn, Bardic poetry and elegies, to the sensitive and intimate writings of early Celtic Christianity, this anthology provides a fascinating insight into a deeply creative literary tradition.
How does a highly successful business man who doesn’t like anything about the American political system become president of the United States against his better judgement? In this alternate future history, Henderson Francis West, the forty-fifth president of the United States, looks back upon this significant time in his life.
For the first time, now after thirty years since taking the oath of office on January 20th, 2017, West recounts how he came to be president and reflects upon his accomplishments during his two terms (2017-2025). West credits his success in guiding America to retaking its leadership position in the modern world to his groundbreaking and unifying thinking, his nonpartisan approach, and his ability to modernize the institutions of the United States, most notably the now obsolete representative democratic system. Some of his accomplishments include the refocusing of the legal system, the purchase of Eastern Canada, the 7-1/2 year marriage license, and his now celebrated “New Freedom Initiative.”
West shares how his inspiration, imagination, ideology, and tenacity led to a new and superlative attitude and perspective for Americans - one that ultimately gave birth to our modern era of “Engaged Democracy” as the guiding principle for effective government and American freedom. West, who is commonly known as the founding father of the twenty-first century, narrates the story of how his insight and vision changed America forever and has inspired the spirit and enthusiasm we now embrace at the mid-point of the century.
Climbing In the Dark, Founding Father of the Twenty-First Century, A Celtic Miscellany