King Richard I's personal bravery on the battlefield won him the name 'Lionheart' but as David Miller reveals, his battles and campaigns demonstrate a brilliant grasp of strategy and tactics. The 'Lionheart' was no mere medieval 'head banger' but a thoughtful military leader, the only Crusader commander who managed to get an army to Palestine without going bankrupt in the process.
-Included in the “Outlined in the Stars” collection-
Selections from “Elephants & Ashtrays”, the early poems from the first collection released in 2007. The poems in this section carry the feeling of the world and human emotions as seen from not only the point of youth, but also reflected points of deeper meanings.
“Circle of the Heart, Voices of Comfort Dreams”, spanning the 2008 year with many journals and poems. This was released with a limited number of copies in 2009 with many well received reviews. The poems in this collection are Ryan David’s most recognized. This portion of the book is broken up into 3 sections concerning;lost love land acceptance, dreams and finally reflection on the coming of age. Forwarded and edited by poetic champion Scott Urban.
As the book continues it enters into the writings collected in 2009-2010. With two chapter books in there entirety, tilted “Pilgrim on a Starless Night” and “Curtains in a Windy Room”. Neither have been released until now, though many of the poems in these collections have been published singly in collaborative collections.
Over all these poems are rich with imagery and deeply felt emotion, embracing the growth and connection through words
The End of Greatness explores the concept of greatness in the presidency and the ways in which it has become both essential and detrimental to America and the nation's politics. Miller argues that greatness in presidents is a much overrated virtue. Indeed, greatness is too rare to be relevant in our current politics, and driven as it is by nation-encumbering crisis, too dangerous to be desirable.
Our preoccupation with greatness in the presidency consistently inflates our expectations, skews the debate over presidential performance, and drives presidents to misjudge their own times and capacity. And our focus on the individual misses the constraints of both the office and the times, distorting how Presidents actually lead. In wanting and expecting our leaders to be great, we have simply made it impossible for them to be good. The End of Greatness takes a journey through presidential history, helping us understand how greatness in the presidency was achieved, why it's gone, and how we can better come to appreciate the presidents we have, rather than being consumed with the ones we want.