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What West Point Can Teach Hollywood

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes Henry Ossian Flipper was the first African-American West Point graduate—not in 1970, or 1950, or even in 1930, but in the Class of 1877.    Henry was born a slave in Georgia in 1856. After the Civil [...]
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A Grain of Salt — Spy Ships, Officials, and Russian Missiles

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard Big Media, Big Politics, and Big Business all profit financially and politically when they keep the public worked up in fear and/or outrage. They are not our friends. Let’s take some of their power back with [...]
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USA Today Bestseller Vicki Hinze — A Publishing Pioneer

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes     Vicki Hinze can write anything. She has several popular series from romantic suspense to military thrillers to Christian fiction and non-fiction books on the writing craft. [...]
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Outrage and a Grain of Salt–NSC, Bannon, and The Washington Post

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard The Unholy Threesome of Big Media, Big Politics, and Big Business is never happier than when the public is outraged. Outrage means profits. Outrage means political steam. Outrage means the propaganda of foreign [...]
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Josephine Baker–Dancer, Singer, Mother, Booty Spy

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes We often expect our military heroes to come equipped with great athletic prowess and years of grueling training. A few ultramodern, nearly-magic gadgets and good looks don’t hurt either. Josephine Baker [...]
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Ian Fleming–The Original Bond

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard and Jay Holmes It is arguable that no Hollywood character has been more enduring or more popular over the decades than Bond. James Bond. Novelist Ian Fleming’s never shaken, never stirred superstar agent [...]
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Farmers & Shopkeepers Raise H*** in a Cow Pen

Bayard & Holmes ~ Jay Holmes On the morning of January 16, 1781, an independent minded New Jersey fellow named Daniel Morgan led a force of continental soldiers and militia in an orderly retreat up a muddy South Carolina wagon road, escaping [...]
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Annoying Relatives? Call the Spanking Santa!

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard and Jay Holmes The most wonderful stressful time of the year is upon us. Long lines, visiting relatives, and credit card bills that give bankers a warm, fuzzy feeling in their wallets. But fear not! Bayard [...]
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Analyzing News: How to Consider the Source

Bayard & Holmes ~ Piper Bayard and Jay Holmes After Trump’s surprise win, many people realized a biased political media had slanted polls, rigged debates, and buried important facts. Some of those people asked Bayard & Holmes how [...]
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Pilgrim on the Solitary Path

Bayard & Holmes ~Piper Bayard This is the week of the mass American pilgrimage. Thanksgiving, more than any other holiday, is the day we Americans travel home. It is the one holiday we all share, no matter what our religion. The day when [...]