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Calculating Social Security Retirement Benefits

I will discuss the philosophy of claiming strategies later, but it is meaningful to first consider how retirement benefits are calculated.<p>The Social Security Administration has now followed the same approach for calculating benefits since 1979.<p><b>Determine Eligibility</b>. To be eligible for benefits, a …

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Retirement Calculator | CNNMoney

The results offer a general idea of how much you'll need and are not intended to be investment advice. The results are presented in both future dollars (at retirement) and today's dollars, which is calculated using an inflation rate of 2.3%.<p>How we calculate your savings goal<p>First, we determine what …

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4 Killer Strategies For Retirement

If you have researched investment options for retirement, you’ve certainly noticed the dozens of different strategies and ideologies touted by …

5 Excellent Retirement Calculators (And All Are Free)

Confession time. I’m a pushover for online calculators. Actually, any type of gadget gets my attention (hold on while I check email on my Apple Watch). But there’s just something sublime about an online financial calculator that enables us to see our finances or investments in a unique and …

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Target Patton

• <b>Author:</b> Robert K. Wilcox<p>The death of General George S. Patton is shrouded in mystery. While officially the result of an unfortunate car accident, the evidence points to a far more malevolent plot: murder. So says investigative and military journalist Robert K. Wilcox in his book: <i>Target: Patton: The</i> …

A Higher Call

• <b>Author:</b> Adam Makos & Larry Alexander<p><b>THE NEW YORK TIMES AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER</b><p>December, 1943: A badly damaged American bomber struggles to fly over wartime Germany. At the controls is twenty-one-year-old Second Lieutenant Charlie Brown. Half his crew lay wounded or dead on this, their first …

Voices of the Pacific

• <b>Author:</b> Adam Makos & Marcus Brotherton<p><b>These are the stories from fifteen WWII Marines, compiled by Adam Makos and Marcus Brotherton but left unfiltered and in the words of the Marines who were there. Unflinching, brutal, and relentless, Voices of the Pacific will leave a reader gasping for air and</b> …

In the Heart of the Sea

• <b>Author:</b> Nathaniel Philbrick<p><b>From the author of Mayflower and Valiant Ambition, the riveting bestseller tells the story of the true events that inspired Melville's Moby-Dick.</b><p>Winner of the National Book Award, Nathaniel Philbrick's book is a fantastic saga of survival and adventure, steeped in the …

With the Old Breed

• <b>Author:</b> E.B. Sledge<p><b>“Eugene Sledge became more than a legend with his memoir, With The Old Breed. He became a chronicler, a historian, a storyteller who turns the extremes of the war in the Pacific—the terror, the camaraderie, the banal and the extraordinary—into terms we mortals can grasp.”—Tom</b> …

Rebel Yell

• <b>Author:</b> S. C. Gwynne<p>Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the epic <i>New York Times</i> bestselling account of how Civil War general Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson became a great and tragic national hero.<p>Stonewall Jackson has long been a figure of legend and romance. As much as any person in …

The Nazi Officer's Wife

• <b>Author:</b> Edith H. Beer & Susan Dworkin<p>#1 New York Times Bestseller<p>Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman and went underground. With the …

Empire of Sin

• <b>Author:</b> Gary Krist<p><b>From bestselling author Gary Krist, a vibrant and immersive account of New Orleans’ other civil war, at a time when commercialized vice, jazz culture, and endemic crime defined the battlegrounds of the Crescent City</b> <b></b> <i><br>Empire of Sin</i> re-creates the remarkable story of New Orleans’ …

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

• <b>Author:</b> Karen Abbott<p>Karen Abbott, the New York Times bestselling author of Sin in the Second City and “pioneer of sizzle history” (USA Today), tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything to become spies during the Civil War.<p>Karen Abbott illuminates one of the most …

The Civil War: A Narrative

• <b>Author:</b> Shelby Foote<p>"A stunning book full of color, life, character and a new atmosphere of the Civil War, and at the same time a narrative of unflagging power. Eloquent proof that an historian should be a writer above all else." —Burke Davis<p>"To read this great narrative is to love the nation—to …

The Civil War: A Narrative

• <b>Author:</b> Shelby Foote<p>Focused on the pivotal year of 1863, the second volume of Shelby Foote’s masterful narrative history brings to life the Battle of Gettysburg and Grant’s Vicksburg campaign and covers some of the most dramatic and important moments in the Civil War. <br>Includes maps throughout. …

Manhunt

• <b>Author:</b> Peter L. Bergen<p><b>The gripping account of the decade-long hunt for the world's most wanted man.</b><p>It was only a week before 9/11 that Peter Bergen turned in the manuscript of <i>Holy War, Inc</i>., the story of Osama bin Laden--whom Bergen had once interviewed in a mud hut in Afghanistan--and his …

The Secret Rescue

• <b>Author:</b> Cate Lineberry<p>A #1 <i>Wall Street Journal</i> e-book bestseller!<p>"THE SECRET RESCUE combines all of the elements that draw us to WWII stories: the daring of <i>The Guns of Navarone,</i> the suspense of <i>The Great Escape,</i> and the bravery reminiscent of <i>Ill</i> <i>Met by Moonlight.</i> It's the inclusion of so many women, …

The Devil in the White City

• <b>Author:</b> Erik Larson<p><b>In The Devil in the White City, the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before.</b><p>Two men, each handsome and unusually adept at his chosen work, embodied an element of the great dynamic that characterized America’s rush toward the twentieth century. The …

Sniper on the Eastern Front

• <b>Author:</b> Albrecht Wacker<p>Josef “Sepp” Allerberger was the second most successful sniper of the German Wehrmacht and one of the few private soldiers to be honoured with the award of the Knight’s Cross. An Austrian conscript, after qualifying as a machine gunner he was drafted to the southern sector of …

The Magnificent Bastards

• <b>Author:</b> Keith Nolan<p>On April 29, 1968, the North Vietnamese Army is spotted less than four miles from the U.S. Marines’ Dong Ha Combat Base. Intense fighting develops in nearby Dai Do as the 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, known as “the Magnificent Bastards,” struggles to eject NVA forces from this …

The Forgotten 500

• <b>Author:</b> Gregory A. Freeman<p><b>The astonishing, never before told story of the greatest rescue mission of World War II—when the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia...</b><br>During a bombing campaign over Romanian oil fields, hundreds of American airmen were shot …

Nathan Bedford Forrest “The Wizard Of The Saddle” His tactics on the battlefield are still studied by military academies today

<b>“I wish none but those who desire to be actively engaged. Come on boys, if you want a heap of fun and to kill some yankees"</b><p><b>29 horses shot from under him, killed or seriously wounded at least thirty enemy soldiers in hand-to-hand combat, and had been himself wounded four times.</b>• <b><br>In the motion picture Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks’s character Forrest Gump states that he was named after a "General Forrest”</b>• <b><br>Forrest’s victory at Brice’s Cross Roads became the subject of a class taught at the French War</b> …

Scandals of Classic Hollywood: The Ecstasy of Hedy Lamarr

<i>by Anne Helen Petersen</i><p>The first time audiences saw Hedy Lamarr, she was running naked through a field. The second time they saw her, she was in the …

Willie Nelson Demonstrates a Long Storytelling Card Trick to His Sister Bobbie

Country music legend Willie Nelson recently sat down across the table from his sister, pianist Bobbie Nelson, to show off a long storytelling card …

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If It's Meant to Be

I happen to think there's a common misconception in our culture that states: If a road proves too difficult, then maybe "it wasn't meant to be." Instead, I happen to think the opposite might actually be true: If you are on the right path, then you're likely to face far more opposition than you ever …

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