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The Banquet (Il Convito) by Dante Alighieri (Good Press) 4.5 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

"The Banquet (Il Convito)" by Dante Alighieri (translated by Elizabeth Price Sayer). Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten?or yet undiscovered gems?of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 226 Pages (1,862 KB)
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Added: Sep 30th, 2020

Life Bridges by P.S. Winn 4.8 Stars (9 Reviews)    Price verified 53 minutes ago

All of us touch another person's life. Hopefully when we do, that touch will help to build a bridge of understanding.This short story collection contains the stories of three people and how they built life bridges that changed life for the better.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 87 Pages (575 KB)
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Added: Sep 30th, 2020

QANON: The Awakening Begins. The Most Complete Report on the Great Conspiracy Against the United States. Discover Secrets and Lies About the Deep ... by John Barnes 3.5 Stars (7 Reviews)    Price verified one hour ago

If you don't know QAnon or if you have a vague knowledge of this QAnon movement and if you truly value the truth, you will want to find out about the QAnon movement and the fight that is being pursued for your sake to guard you and your youngsters from misuse and oppression. The fight between Good and Evil is not symbolic anymore. Evil is being tested and brought upon the equity in government courts and military councils as of today. Criminally degenerate government pioneers, the famous individuals, religious leaders, media figures, and corporate heads will be tested and penalized for violations including injustice, human trafficking, ritual sacrifice, and unspeakable corruption. This book educates and unveils the significant piece of the truth that has been meticulously covered up and wrongly defamed by the media. It uncovers a phenomenal development in progress, a clash of amazing proportions. Regardless of whether you know it or not, you're included on the grounds that the consequence of this fight will decide the destiny of your children and people in the future both in America and around the globe. Be that as it may, you may just be enigmatically mindful of QAnon or "Q," if by any means. Let us look at some very important things you will learn in this book • The meaning of Conspiracy Theories • The Psychology of Conspiracy • The Origin of QAnon • The story of QAnon • The identity of QAnon • How This Conspiracy Theory Differs from Other Conspiracy Theories • The Role of Social Network and the Fake News • And much more! This awesome book tells the historical background of a mysterious banner on the free-discourse sites 4Chan and afterward 8Chan and how he (or maybe they) assembled an after of a large number of watchers around the world. With an insider's information on the battle plan, and "Q" level military knowledge leeway, QAnon's communications are frequently cryptic and coded. QAnon is an ace of the Socratic technique, posing ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 188 Pages (7,399 KB)
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Added: Sep 30th, 2020

The Complex Vision by John Cowper Powys (Good Press) 3.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten?or yet undiscovered gems?of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 321 Pages (1,890 KB)
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Added: Sep 29th, 2020

The 2003 CIA World Factbook by United States. Central Intelligence Agency (Good Press) Price verified 3 hours ago

"The 2003 CIA World Factbook" by United States. Central Intelligence Agency. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten?or yet undiscovered gems?of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 7,361 Pages (4,897 KB)
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The 2006 CIA World Factbook by United States. Central Intelligence Agency (Good Press) Price verified 3 hours ago

"The 2006 CIA World Factbook" by United States. Central Intelligence Agency. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten?or yet undiscovered gems?of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 7,958 Pages (5,351 KB)
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Walden by Henry David Thoreau (The griffin classics) 4.4 Stars (2,501 Reviews)    Price verified 13 minutes ago

Walden (also known as Life in the Woods) by Henry David Thoreau is one of the best-known non-fiction books written by an American. Published in 1854, it details Thoreau's life for two years and two months in second-growth forest around the shores of Walden Pond, not far from his friends and family in Concord, Massachusetts. Walden was written so that the stay appears to be a year, with expressed seasonal divisions. Thoreau called it an experiment in simple living. Walden is neither a novel nor a true autobiography, but a social critique of the Western World, with each chapter heralding some aspect of humanity that needed to be either renounced or praised. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, and manual for self reliance. (from Wikipedia)

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 280 Pages (1,252 KB)
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Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights (Routledge Advances in Sociology) by Rosemarie Buikema (Routledge) 3.6 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

In Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights the combined analytical efforts of the fields of human rights law, conflict studies, anthropology, history, media studies, gender studies, and critical race and postcolonial studies raise a comprehensive understanding of the discursive and visual mediation of migration and manifestations of belonging and citizenship. More insight into the convergence - but also the tensions - between the cultural and the legal foundations of citizenship, has proven to be vital to the understanding of societies past and present, especially to assess processes of inclusion and exclusion. Citizenship is more than a collection of rights and privileges held by the individual members of a state but involves cultural and historical interpretations, legal contestation and regulation, as well as an active engagement with national, regional, and local state and other institutions about the boundaries of those (implicitly gendered and raced) rights and privileges. Highlighting and assessing the transformations of what citizenship entails today is crucially important to the future of Europe, which both as an idea and as a practical project faces challenges that range from the crisis of legitimacy to the problems posed by mass migration. Many of the issues addressed in this book, however, also play out in other parts of the world, as several of the chapters reflect. This book is available for free in PDF format as Open Access from the individual product page at?www.routledge.com. They have been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 268 Pages (5,680 KB)
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COVID 2020: World in a Petri DIsh by Alex Posoukh 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

Our world stumbled into the new year with a conspicuous heading of "2020" exhibiting the same mindless purposefulness as any other year. The WHO announced the pandemic and the world froze. This was to be the first pandemic played live on social media. The messages of panic and doom amplified ten-, hundred-, thousand- and million-fold. Unprepared, the governments lurched into the unknown. Collateral damage was just an afterthought in the all-consuming struggle against one disease, which, while deadly for some, constituted at most 2% of all deaths worldwide. Was this the best strategy to counter the threat? This question will linger over humanity for decades to come while a Stanford University group has estimated that years of life lost from Covid-19 in the US will be dwarfed by years of life lost from lockdowns by a factor of 10!

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 192 Pages (623 KB)
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Added: Sep 29th, 2020

American Political Ideas Viewed from the Standpoint of Universal History by John Fiske (Good Press) 3.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 2 hours ago

"American Political Ideas Viewed from the Standpoint of Universal History" by John Fiske. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten?or yet undiscovered gems?of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 80 Pages (1,609 KB)
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Added: Sep 28th, 2020

HUMAN EXISTENCE AND THE UNIVERSE by KONG DERICK NJIKEH 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

This book is an in-depth continuation of the author's first book entitled "Human Existence". It talks about the synergistic nature of theology, science and philosophy, the purpose of human existence in this universe and some processes occurring in the universe. Specifically, it brings out ideas on the origin of human and his composition, the evolution of human and the interaction of human with the environment. Also, it brings out ideas about who a genius is and the origin of his ability, the interaction between a genius and the educational system and the process of socialization in a genius. It also talks about the origin of the universe, the concept of time, the process of time traveling and time distortion by human and the origin of gravity and weightlessness. Finally, it also talks about the Trialism nature of human, the origin of consciousness and the existence of human after death.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 89 Pages (2,820 KB)
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Machine Ego: Tragedy of the modern mind by Harsha Perera 5.0 Stars (7 Reviews)    Price verified one hour ago

Why are we humans the way we are? Frequently dissatisfied and discontented. Frequently suffering inside. Desperately trying to control the world in the pursuit of 'more'. More progress, more success, more whatever! Constantly feeling like we need to prove ourselves. Never quite feeling like we are good enough. Harsha's experiences in the world of Finance showed him the dangers of such striving. How success in the conventional sense so often becomes a status trap. How we can so easily be drawn to live in a way that is deeply damaging. Is all this inherent to the human condition? Or, rather a consequence of our modern ways of life? This book explores if our species accidentally has fallen into a machine-like existence that creates psychological and social fragility. Fragility that undermines our very humanity. Machine Ego is a journey into the nature of the human mind and how the mind has, somewhat counter-intuitively, created a machine world in its own image. This book was born out of a personal enquiry by the author into how to make sense of life in a complex world. An enquiry that has been greatly enriched by his 1:1 work supporting others as a life coach. Machine Ego is a bold attempt to connect multiple disciplines and draws upon the author's eclectic experiences as a professional investor, coach, amateur musician and student of martial arts. Machine Ego offers a new understanding of what has come to be modern human life.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 195 Pages (5,011 KB)
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Philosophical Letters: or, modest Reflections upon some Opinions in Natural Philosophy by Duchess of Newcastle, Margaret Cavendish (Good Press) Price verified 4 hours ago

"Philosophical Letters: or, modest Reflections upon some Opinions in Natural Philosophy" by Duchess of Margaret Cavendish Newcastle. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten?or yet undiscovered gems?of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 432 Pages (1,969 KB)
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Added: Sep 27th, 2020

Guerrilla Warfare by Ernesto Che Guevara (Scribl) 4.6 Stars (320 Reviews)    Price verified 53 minutes ago

Guerrilla Warfare by the revolutionary Che Guevara has become the guidebook for thousands of guerrilla fighters in various countries around the world. Guevara intended it to be a manual on guerrilla warfare, as inspiration for revolutionary movement.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 89 Pages (351 KB)
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The Birth of Tragedy by Friedrich Nietzsche (GIANLUCA) 4.3 Stars (131 Reviews)    Price verified 53 minutes ago

A compelling argument for the necessity for art in life, Nietzsche's first book is fuelled by his enthusiasms for Greek tragedy, for the philosophy of Schopenhauer and for the music of Wagner, to whom this work was dedicated. Nietzsche outlined a distinction between its two central forces: the Apolline, representing beauty and order, and the Dionysiac, a primal or ecstatic reaction to the sublime. He believed the combination of these states produced the highest forms of music and tragic drama, which not only reveal the truth about suffering in life, but also provide a consolation for it. Impassioned and exhilarating in its conviction, The Birth of Tragedy has become a key text in European culture and in literary criticism.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 96 Pages (776 KB)
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Added: Sep 26th, 2020

A New Witness for God (Vol. 1-3): Study on Mormon Church and the Book of Mormon (Complete Edition) by B. H. Roberts (e-artnow) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

A New Witness for God is a three volume treatise by B. H. Roberts, one of the leaders in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who wrote this work as a recapitulation of 75 years of the existence of "Mormonism" and "Mormon Church." The author's purpose was to prove that the world was in need of a new God's witness, and that Joseph Smith, a great modern prophet, was that witness. Dividing the work in thesis he firstly proves that the world was in necessity of a New Witness; then moves on to the state of the Christian church and how it was destroyed and there was an apostasy from the Christian religion; third thesis deals with the Scriptures declaring that the Gospel will be restored to the Earth; final thesis suggest that Joseph Smith is the New Witness for God who re-established the Church of Jesus Christ on Earth. Following these theses is the study of the Book of Mormon.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 1,222 Pages (3,154 KB)
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The Book of Self Mastery Quotes: Timeless Words of Wisdom About Knowing, Changing, and Mastering Yourself by Designing the Mind 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

With so much chaos in our outer world, it can be all too easy for us to neglect our inner world. But it is this inner world which holds the keys to our peace and flourishing. The great philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual teachers have all argued that happiness is found, not in building the perfect life, but in fortifying and mastering the vehicle through which we traverse it. The Book of Self Mastery Quotes is a thoughtfully curated collection of passages from the wisest thinkers in history on the discipline of mastering yourself. This collection contains many lifetimes worth of wisdom from brilliant teachers of the art of living, like Marcus Aurelius, Lao Tzu, Epictetus, The Buddha, Friedrich Nietzsche, Viktor Frankl, Abraham Maslow, and many more. It also features findings and insights from modern spiritual teachers, psychologists, and neuroscientists. In this book, you will: Gain insights from Stoic philosopher Seneca on overcoming anger Find guidance from the Buddha on letting go of unhelpful attachments Learn from Robert Greene why continual discomfort is necessary for growth Hear how Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius embraced challenges and change Reflect on living an authentic life with Steve Jobs Hear what Confucius believed constituted the superior being Find direction on sculpting and overcoming yourself from Friedrich Nietzsche Learn how to eliminate negative thoughts and bad moods from Dr. David Burns And hear how to use difficulties in our lives as opportunities to grow from the Dalai Lama This simple book of quotes can serve as a daily reminder to focus on mastering yourself before trying to master the world. By studying these teachings, you'll find tranquility, inspiration, and wisdom on a life well-lived.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 157 Pages (1,006 KB)
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Visualization Demystified: The Untold Secrets to Re-Program Your Subconscious Mind and Manifest Your Dream Reality in 5 Simple Steps (Law of ... by Elena G. Rivers 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

A Powerful, 5-Day Program to Help You Manifest Your Dream Reality with Joy and Ease! This life-changing book is designed especially for ambitious souls, leaders, professionals, creatives, heart-centred entrepreneurs, empaths and healers who are ready to step into their full potential and attract unlimited abundance in all areas of their lives. Important- this book isn't for people looking for easy lottery wins and quick fixes without adding any real value to the world. So, if you think you can just sit on your couch and visualize money to get rich overnight, without any effort to upgrade your mindset, energy, and skills, then this book isn't for you! However, if you're ready to dive deeper and discover the proven steps to manifesting your dream reality through effectively shifting your identity and aligning yourself with who you need to become to manifest your desires, then Visualization Demystified has all the answers you've been seeking. You see- you don't always manifest what you want. But, you always manifest who you are! The best way to align yourself with your dream reality is through visualization - which is the most effective tool to help you get rid of doubts, self-criticism, and all limiting mindsets that may keep you stuck where you are. Here's Exactly What You'll Discover Inside: -The untold DANGERS of quick money wins and the only way to manifest ABUNDANCE that lasts -A super simple method to ERASE your FEARS on demand and take inspired action to get closer to your goals -The Visualization Ladder technique to MANIFEST ABUNDANCE and AMPLIFY it again and again (+ real life examples of those who have done it) -The biggest MISTAKE people make with their WHY (and the main reason your WHY isn't enough) -The surprising truth why visualization can work even for people who don't believe in LOA, or have never heard of it -The Mental Screenshot Method to get crystal clear on your vision -Exactly why running away from your true calling BLOCKS you from ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 83 Pages (1,863 KB)
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Researching Elites and Power: Theory, Methods, Analyses (Methodos Series Book 16) by Francois Denord (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

This open access book describes how elite studies theoretically and methodologically construct their object, i.e. how particular conceptualizations of elites are turned into research practice using different methods for collecting, dealing with and analyzing empirical data. The first of four sections focuses on what Mills named the power elite and includes Bourdieu's field of power. The second section addresses studies of the domain of economic power, whereas the third section centers on research on elite education. The fourth and last section highlights research on symbolic power, either within social fields or as a dimension of social structure at large, areas where recognition is essential. All sections comprise empirical case studies of elites and power, whereby each of which makes explicit the various methodological choices made in the research process. Through focusing on methodological approaches for the study of elites and power and on how such approaches relate to each other as well as to the theoretical perspectives that underpin them, this book will be a valuable source for social scientists.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 403 Pages (6,079 KB)
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Teacher Quality, Instructional Quality and Student Outcomes: Relationships Across Countries, Cohorts and Time (IEA Research for Education Book 2) by Trude Nilsen (Springer) 3.3 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified one hour ago

This volume offers insights from modeling relations between teacher quality, instructional quality and student outcomes in mathematics across countries. The relations explored take the educational context, such as school climate, into account. The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement's Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is the only international large-scale study possessing a design framework that enables investigation of relations between teachers, their teaching, and student outcomes in mathematics. TIMSS provides both student achievement data and contextual background data from schools, teachers, students and parents, for over 60 countries. This book makes a major contribution to the field of educational effectiveness, especially teaching effectiveness, where cross-cultural comparisons are scarce. For readers interested in teacher quality, instructional quality, and student achievement and motivation in mathematics, the comparisons across cultures, grades, and time are insightful and thought-provoking. For readers interested in methodology, the advanced analytical methods, combined with application of methods new to educational research, illustrate interesting novel directions in methodology and the secondary analysis of international large-scale assessment (ILSA).

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 174 Pages (762 KB)
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Kristeva and the Political (Thinking the Political) by Cecilia Sjoholm (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

Julia Kristeva is one of the most influential French thinkers of the twentieth century and is best known for her work in linguistics. Even though her work has been very influential, the political implications of her writings have so far been neglected. Kristeva and the Political is the first book to explore the relation of Kristeva's work to the political and casts new light on her work, connecting her to recent developments in literary theory, political theory, and cultural studies. In particular it shows how Kristeva's account of the unconscious and psychoanalysis generally, widens the notion of the political. Each chapter introduces a fundamental theme in Kristeva's work, highlighting a specific period of development in her thought and drawing on texts from the 1960s through to the 1990s. Themes addressed include Kristeva's theory of discourse, the theory of the subject, the notion of alterity, feminism and marginality and her theory known as the 'politics of meaning'. Kristeva and the Political also shows how Kristeva's notions of the political draw on a rich array of thinkers and writers, from Freud, Melanie Klein and Lacan, to Proust and Marguerite Duras.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 146 Pages (1,040 KB)
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The Legends of the Jews (Vol. 1-4): Bible times and Characters from the Creation to Esther by Louis Ginzberg (e-artnow) 5.0 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

The Legends of the Jews is a chronological compilation of aggadah from hundreds of biblical legends in Mishnah, Talmud and Midrash. The compilation is synthesized by Louis Ginzberg, a Rabbi and a Talmudist. The narrative is divided into four main volumes, Volume I covering the period from the Creation to Jacob; Volume II covering the period from Joseph to the Exodus; Volume III covering the period from the Exodus to the death of Moses; and Volume IV covering the period from Joshua to Esther.

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Length: 1,244 Pages (3,184 KB)
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The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: Carefully Selected from the Revelations of God by Joseph Smith (e-artnow) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a part of the open scriptural canon of several denominations of the Latter Day Saint movement. The book contains revelations on numerous topics, most of which were dictated by the movement's founder Joseph Smith. The Doctrine and Covenants was first published as a later version of the Book of Commandments. This earlier book contained 65 early revelations to church leaders, including Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, and before it was released it was destroyed by a mob in Missouri. The committee of Presiding Elders, led by Smith, began to review and revise numerous revelations for inclusion in the new work which contained a total of 103 revelations. These 103 revelations contain items or principles for the regulation of the church, as taken from the revelations which have been given since its organization, as well as from former ones.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 434 Pages (2,773 KB)
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Food Anxiety in Globalising Vietnam by Judith Ehlert (Palgrave Macmillan) 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified one hour ago

This open access book approaches the anxieties inherent in food consumption and production in Vietnam. The country's rapid and recent economic integration into global agro-food systems and consumer markets spurred a new quality of food safety concerns, health issues and distrust in food distribution networks that have become increasingly obscured. This edited volume further puts the eating body centre stage by following how gendered body norms, food taboos, power structures and social differentiation shape people's ambivalent relations with food. It uncovers Vietnam's trajectories of agricultural modernisation against which consumers and producers manoeuvre amongst food self-sufficiency, security and abundance. Food Anxiety in Globalising Vietnam is explicitly about 'dangerous' food - regarding its materiality and meaning. It provides social science perspectives on anxieties related to food and surrounding discourses that travel between the local and the global, the individual and society and into the body. Therefore, the book's lens of food anxiety matters for social theory and for understanding the embeddedness and discontinuities of food globalizations in Vietnam and beyond. Due to its rich empirical base, methodological approaches and thematic foci, it will appeal to scholars, practitioners and students alike.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 363 Pages (3,563 KB)
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ANCIENT MYTHOLOGY Boxed Set (Illustrated Edition): Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek and Roman Mythology: Myths & Legends of the Antiquity: by E. M. Berens (e-artnow) 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

The Ancient Near East is considered the cradle of civilization. Mesopotamia is a historical region of Western Asia situated within the Tigris-Euphrates river system. Babylonia was an Amorite state in lower Mesopotamia where an empire was created out of the territories of the former kingdoms of Sumer and Akkad. Assyria was a region on the Upper Tigris whose kings controlled a large kingdom at three different times in history, covering most of the Middle East. Ancient Egypt was a civilization of ancient North Africa, concentrated along the lower reaches of the Nile River. Around the 8th century BC the torch of civilization was taken from the Near East to ancient Greece and Rome. Both Greek and Roman societies flourished and wielded great influence throughout much of Europe, Northern Africa, and Western Asia. The rise of civilization corresponded with the institutional sponsorship of belief in gods, supernatural forces and the afterlife. Many civilizations adopted their own form of Polytheism and each of these nations developed their own mythologies which influenced the culture, arts, and literature of both Eastern and Western civilization. Myths and Legends of Babylonia & Assyria Myths and Legends of Ancient Egypt Mythology Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome

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The Lectures on Faith: Teachings on the Doctrine and Theology of Mormons by Joseph Smith (e-artnow) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

The Lectures on Faith is a set of seven lectures on the doctrine and theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, first published as the doctrine portion of the 1835 edition of the canonical Doctrine and Covenants. The lectures were originally presented by Joseph Smith to a group of elders in a course known as the "School of the Prophets." Lecture 1: Faith gives rise to all human endeavors in both worldly and spiritual matters, and is a source of power, both in man and in God. Lecture 2: The human family's knowledge of God began with God's interaction with Adam before The Fall, which knowledge was retained after The Fall, and which knowledge has been transmitted via human testimony among Adam's descendants. Lecture 3: In addition to a belief in God, a correct knowledge of God's character and attributes as revealed in scripture is necessary for the exercise of faith leading to life and salvation. Lecture 4: From scripture, one can learn that God possesses the following attributes: knowledge, faith (which is His power), justice, judgment, mercy, and truth. Lecture 5: The Godhead, or the collective persons of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Lecture 6: The knowledge that one's life is in accordance with God's will is necessary for obtaining eternal life Lecture 7: By growing in faith, one draws nearer to God, and in the perfection of faith, one becomes like God. By faith, one obtains knowledge of God, through which knowledge one can receive all things pertaining to life and godliness.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 68 Pages (1,725 KB)
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Locating Zika: Social Change and Governance in an Age of Mosquito Pandemics (Routledge Studies in Health and Medical Anthropology) by Kevin Bardosh (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

The emergence of Zika virus in 2015 challenged conventional ideas of mosquito-borne diseases, tested the resilience of health systems and embedded itself within local sociocultural worlds, with major implications for environmental, sexual, reproductive and paediatric health. This book explores this complex viral epidemic and situates it within its broader social, epidemiological and historical context in Latin America and the Caribbean. The chapters include a diverse set of case studies from scholars and health practitioners working across the region, from Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico, Colombia, the United States and Haiti. The book explores how mosquito-borne disease epidemics (not only Zika but also chikungunya, dengue and malaria) intersect with social change and health governance. By doing so, the authors reflect on the ways in which situated knowledge and social science approaches can contribute to more effective health policy and practice for mosquito-borne disease threats in a changing world. The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.tandfebooks.com , has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 237 Pages (5,188 KB)
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The Hypocritical Hegemon: How the United States Shapes Global Rules against Tax Evasion and Avoidance (Cornell Studies in Money) by Lukas Hakelberg (Cornell University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

In The Hypocritical Hegemon, Lukas Hakelberg takes a close look at how US domestic politics affects and determines the course of global tax policy. Through an examination of recent international efforts to crack down on offshore tax havens and the role the United States has played, Hakelberg uncovers how a seemingly innocuous technical addition to US law has had enormous impact around the world, particularly for individuals and corporations aiming to avoid and evade taxation. Through bullying and using its overwhelming political power, writes Hakelberg, the United States has imposed rules on the rest of the world while exempting domestic banks for the same reporting requirements. It can do so because no other government wields control over such huge financial and consumer markets. This power imbalance is at the heart of The Hypocritical Hegemon. Thanks to generous funding from COFFERS EU, the ebook editions of this book are available as Open Access volumes from Cornell Open (cornellopen.org) and other repositories.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 203 Pages (2,036 KB)
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Added: Sep 21st, 2020

Small Firms and Innovation Policy in Japan (Routledge Contemporary Japan Series) by Cornelia Storz (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

This new book discusses the extent to which the Japanese economy encourages entrepreneurship and innovation. Although Japan has a strong reputation as an innovator, some people argue that this reputation is misplaced. Contrary to earlier expectations, the USA rather than Japan emerged as the leader in the biotech industries in the 1990s, and also many small firms in Japan supply only a few - or just one - other company, thereby limiting their view of the marketplace and the commercial opportunities within it. Despite the increase of international patents, international scientific citations and a positive technology trade balance, the Japanese innovation system is weak in giving birth to radical innovations. The book explores fully these issues, making comparisons with other countries where appropriate. It concludes that the Japanese innovation system has both advantages and disadvantages and contributes to a better understanding of how policy changes take place.

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Length: 177 Pages (3,601 KB)
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COVID-19 and Global Food Security by Johan Swinnen 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

The coronavirus pandemic has sparked not only a health crisis but also an economic crisis, which together pose a serious threat to food security, particularly in poorer countries. COVID-19 & Global Food Security brings together a groundbreaking series of IFPRI blog posts looking at the impacts of COVID-19 and the policy responses. IFPRI researchers and guest bloggers provide key insights and analysis on how the global pandemic is affecting global poverty and food security and nutrition, food trade and supply chains, gender, employment, and a variety of policy interventions, as well as reflections on how we can use these lessons to better prepare for future pandemics. These pieces draw on a combination of conceptual arguments, global and country-level simulation models, in-country surveys, case studies, and expert opinions. Together, they present a comprehensive picture of the current and potential impact of COVID-19 and the world's policy responses on global food and nutrition security.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 146 Pages (25,046 KB)
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A vindication of the rights of woman with strictures on political and moral subjects by Mary Wollstonecraft (GIANLUCA) 4.3 Stars (283 Reviews)    Price verified 53 minutes ago

Table of contents A Brief Sketch Of The Life Of Mary Wollstonecraft Letter To M. Talleyrand Perigord, Late Bishop Of Autun Introduction Chapter 1. The Rights And Involved Duties Of Mankind Considered Chapter 2. The Prevailing Opinion Of A Sexual Character Discussed Chapter 3. The Same Subject Continued Chapter 4. Observations On The State Of Degradation To Which Woman Is Reduced By Various Causes Chapter 5. Animadversions On Some Of The Writers Who Have Rendered Women Objects Of Pity, Bordering On Contempt Chapter 6. The Effect Which An Early Association Of Ideas Has Upon The Character Chapter 7. Modesty Comprehensively Considered And Not As A Sexual Virtue Chapter 8. Morality Undermined By Sexual Notions Of The Importance Of A Good Reputation Chapter 9. Of The Pernicious Effects Which Arise From The Unnatural Distinctions Established In Society Chapter 10. Parental Affection Chapter 11. Duty To Parents Chapter 12. On National Education Chapter 13. Some Instances Of The Folly Which The Ignorance Of Women Generates; With Concluding Reflections On The Moral Improvement That A Revolution In Female Manners Might Naturally Be Expected To Produce

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
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The Ethics of Cybersecurity (The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology Book 21) by Markus Christen (Springer) 4.6 Stars (14 Reviews)    Price verified 5 hours ago

This open access book provides the first comprehensive collection of papers that provide an integrative view on cybersecurity. It discusses theories, problems and solutions on the relevant ethical issues involved. This work is sorely needed in a world where cybersecurity has become indispensable to protect trust and confidence in the digital infrastructure whilst respecting fundamental values like equality, fairness, freedom, or privacy. The book has a strong practical focus as it includes case studies outlining ethical issues in cybersecurity and presenting guidelines and other measures to tackle those issues. It is thus not only relevant for academics but also for practitioners in cybersecurity such as providers of security software, governmental CERTs or Chief Security Officers in companies.

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Length: 572 Pages (3,631 KB)
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Thinking About Criminology by Simon Holdaway (Routledge) 3.2 Stars (9 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 222 Pages (719 KB)
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Meet the Candidates 2020: Joe Biden: A Voter's Guide by Scott Dworkin (Skyhorse) 3.6 Stars (6 Reviews)    Price verified one hour ago

Is Joe Biden the right Democrat to face Trump in 2020? Decide by reading this guide to his policies, accomplishments as vice president to Barack Obama, and complicated past as a Congressman. Even before he decided to run, Joe Biden was the most popular Democratic candidate for president in 2020. On the heels of serving as vice president, and close friend, to Barack Obama, Biden's resume and likability position the former Congressman from Delaware as the favorite for the nomination. He holds s strong lead in the polls. But Joe Biden's legacy is much more complicated. He chaired the Foreign Relations and Senate Judiciary Committees, but his treatment of Anita Hill in the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings will be a black mark on his candidacy. He oversaw successful Great Recession relief and the Violence Against Women Act and ultimately received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but the racial statements from his past will reflect poorly when promoted by Republicans and fellow Democratic candidates. And Biden has faced allegations of inappropriate touching by several women. Meet the Candidates 2020: Joe Biden: A Voter's Guide will explore these contradictions and help you decide if Biden is your choice for 2020. The Meet the Candidates 2020 series is the informed voter's guide to making a decision in the 2020 Democratic primary and presidential election. Each book gives an unbiased, political insider's analysis of each contender, featuring: candidate interviews; an introduction by campaign advisor, Democratic Coalition co-founder, and Dworkin Report host Scott Dworkin; and compilation and writing by Occupy Democrats Editor at Large Grant Stern. In two hours of reading, you'll understand their defining characteristics, credentials, campaign issues, challenges, presidential chances, and everything else you need to know to decide who should challenge Donald Trump. Whether it's for Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Cory ...

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Differential Undercounts in the U.S. Census: Who is Missed? (SpringerBriefs in Population Studies) by William P. O’Hare (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 2 hours ago

This open access book describes the differences in US census coverage, also referred to as "differential undercount", by showing which groups have the highest net undercounts and which groups have the greatest undercount differentials, and discusses why such undercounts occur. In addition to focusing on measuring census coverage for several demographic characteristics, including age, gender, race, Hispanic origin status, and tenure, it also considers several of the main hard-to-count populations, such as immigrants, the homeless, the LBGT community, children in foster care, and the disabled. However, given the dearth of accurate undercount data for these groups, they are covered less comprehensively than those demographic groups for which there is reliable undercount data from the Census Bureau. This book is of interest to demographers, statisticians, survey methodologists, and all those interested in census coverage.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 254 Pages (2,598 KB)
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Environmental Arsenic in a Changing World: Proceedings of the 7th International Congress and Exhibition on Arsenic in the Environment (AS 2018), July ... by Yongguan Zhu (CRC Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

The Congress "Arsenic in the Environment" offers an international, multi- and interdisciplinary discussion platform for research and innovation aimed towards a holistic solution to the problem posed by the environmental toxin arsenic, with significant societal impact. The Congress has focused on cutting edge and breakthrough research in physical, chemical, toxicological, medical, agricultural and other specific issues on arsenic across a broader environmental realm. The Biennial Congress "Arsenic in the Environment" was first organized in Mexico City (As2006) followed by As2008 in Valencia (Spain), As2010 in Tainan (Chinese Taiwan), As2012 in Cairns (Australia), As2014 in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and As2016 in Stockholm (Sweden). The 7th International Congress As2018 was held July 1-6, 2018, in Beijing, P. R. China and was entitled Environmental Arsenic in a Changing World. The Congress addressed the broader context of arsenic research aligned on the following themes: Theme 1: Arsenic Behaviour in Changing Environmental Media Theme 2: Arsenic in a Changing Agricultural Ecosystem Theme 3: Health Impacts of Environmental Arsenic Theme 4: Technologies for Arsenic Immobilization and Clean Water Blueprints Theme 5: Sustainable Mitigation and Management Arsenic in drinking water (mainly groundwater) has emerged as an issue of global health concern. During last decade, the presence of arsenic in rice, possibly also other food of plant origins, has attained increasing attention. This is particularly true in the Asian countries, where the use of high arsenic groundwater as source of irrigation water and drinking water has been flagged as severe health concern. This has been accentuated by elevating arsenic concentrations in deep groundwater recharged from shallow high arsenic groundwater, which may have further detrimental effects on public health. Notably, China has been in the forefront of research on arsenic biogeochemical cycling, health effects of arsenic, ...

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Downfall: The Demise of a President and His Party by Andrew Hacker (Skyhorse) 3.2 Stars (18 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

Take a tour through the elections since 2016 and the Republican Party's? strongest stances to understand the impending defeat of Donald Trump in the 2020 Presidential election. Downfall does not offer a prediction or wishful thinking -- it affirms a certainty. Veteran political scientist Andrew Hacker's vast array of evidence points to the conclusion that Donald Trump will not be reelected, regardless of which Democratic candidate opposes him. Based on a close analysis of midterm and special elections, Hacker has found that Trump's so-called base is shrinking and that a strong majority of voting Americans want Trump out of office. Alongside comments from Republican Party members on why they stand with their party, Hacker autopsies their most steadfast viewpoints to illustrate from where these opinions stem and why Trump supporters provide him with votes. This includes an examination of Republican positions on: • Gun control • Abortion and women's rights • Sexism and gender disparities • Racism and affirmative action • LGBTQ rights • Climate Change • And more Both a look back at the years since Trump's election and a glimpse into what lies ahead for politics, Downfall provides an optimistic outlook that the most divisive leader in the US's history will join the ranks of one-term presidents.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
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Bug Out Vehicles and Shelters: Build and Outfit Your Life-Saving Escape by Scott B. Williams (Ulysses Press) 3.2 Stars (64 Reviews)    Price verified one hour ago

A CATACLYSMIC DISASTER STRIKES YOUR AREA. How will you evacuate your family to safety? Do you have a vehicle you can count on? Can it double as a mobile retreat, or do you have a shelter prepared in advance? What's your plan for reaching the shelter? Bug Out Vehicles and Shelters gives you the vital answers and options for becoming a survivor instead of a refugee: VEHICLES • Prepping fast-escape vehicles • Using specially equipped vehicles for unique situations • Planning for backup vehicles if your main escape option fails • Utilizing bikes, canoes, kayaks, rowboats and other human-powered means of escape SHELTERS • Preparing temporary shelters • Locating and stocking longterm shelters • Using an RV, motorhome, camper trailer or converted utility vehicle • Living aboard boats, from motorboats to houseboats to blue-water sailboats Explaining the advantages and drawbacks of each vehicle and shelter option, this survival handbook zeroes in on the key considerations and essential equipment for planning all your bug-out needs.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 266 Pages (1,706 KB)
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Pandemic Ethics: 8 Big Questions of COVID-19 by Ben Bramble (Bartleby Books) 3.5 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified one hour ago

PANDEMIC ETHICS is a clear and provocative introduction to the ethics of COVID-19 from a leading contemporary moral philosopher. It is suitable for university-level students, academics, and policymakers, as well as the general reader. It is also an original contribution to the emerging literature on this important topic. The author has made it available Open Access, so that it can be downloaded and read for free by all those who are interested in these issues. Key features include: * A neat organisation of the ethical issues raised by the pandemic. * An exploration of the many complex interconnections between these issues. * A succinct case for a continued lockdown until we develop a vaccine. * An original account of the Deep Moral Problem of the Pandemic, and a Revolutionary Argument for how we should change society post-pandemic. * References to, and engagement with, many of the best writings on the pandemic so far (both in popular media and academic journals).

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 141 Pages (1,043 KB)
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Society 5.0: A People-centric Super-smart Society by Hitachi-UTokyo Laboratory(H-UTokyo Lab.) (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

This open access book introduces readers to the vision on future cities and urban lives in connection with "Society 5.0", which was proposed in the 5th Basic Science and Technology Plan by Japan's national government for a technology-based, human-centered society, emerging from the fourth industrial revolution. The respective chapters summarize the findings and suggestions of joint research projects conducted by H-UTokyo Lab. Through the research collaboration and discussion, this book explores the future urban lives under the concept of "Society 5.0", characterized by the key phrases of data-driven society, knowledge-intensive society, and non-monetary society, and suggests the directionality to which the concept should aim as Japan's technology-led national vision. Written by Hitachi's researchers as well as academics from a wide range of fields, including engineering, economics, psychology and philosophy at The University of Tokyo, the book is a must read for members of the general public interested in urban planning, students, professionals and researchers in engineering and economics.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 197 Pages (17,520 KB)
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Political Landscapes of Capital Cities by Jessica Joyce Christie (University Press of Colorado) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

Political Landscapes of Capital Cities investigates the processes of transformation of the natural landscape into the culturally constructed and ideologically defined political environments of capital cities. In this spatially inclusive, socially dynamic interpretation, an interdisciplinary group of authors including archaeologists, anthropologists, and art historians uses the methodology put forth in Adam T. Smith's The Political Landscape: Constellations of Authority in Early Complex Polities to expose the intimate associations between human-made environments and the natural landscape that accommodate the sociopolitical needs of governmental authority. Political Landscapes of Capital Cities blends the historical, political, and cultural narratives of capital cities such as Bangkok, Cusco, Rome, and Tehran with a careful visual analysis, hinging on the methodological tools of not only architectural and urban design but also cultural, historiographical, and anthropological studies. The collection provides further ways to conceive of how processes of urbanization, monumentalization, ritualization, naturalization, and unification affected capitals differently without losing grasp of local distinctive architectural and spatial features. The essays also articulate the many complex political and ideological agendas of a diverse set of sovereign entities that planned, constructed, displayed, and performed their societal ideals in the spaces of their capitals, ultimately confirming that political authority is profoundly spatial. Contributors: Jelena Bogdanovi?, Jessica Joyce Christie, Talinn Grigor, Eulogio Guzmán, Gregor Kalas, Stephanie Pilat, Melody Rod-ari, Anne Parmly Toxey, Alexei Vranich

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Length: 432 Pages (38,951 KB)
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Three Nations, One Place (Native Americans: Interdisciplinary Perspectives) by Martha McCollough (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

An intensive exploration of the changes experienced by the Comanches and Caddoans during Spain's occupation of the Southern Plains (1689-1921), McCollough focuses on the relationship between political and economic conditions and patterns of settlement, production and social reproduction. Challenging historical views that structure a dichotomy of the colonizers and the colonized, this study examines global, regional and local populations as it details the points of interface between Euro-American markets, Native American commodities and indigenous social groups in this early colonial period.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 151 Pages (668 KB)
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The Soul Thief: An epic Viking historical adventure (The Life and Times of Corban Loosestrife Book 1) by Cecelia Holland (Canelo Adventure) 3.8 Stars (26 Reviews)    Price verified one hour ago

A devastating Viking raid leads Corban on an epic quest - the first in an extraordinary adventure series. Corban and Mav are twins born to the lord of an Irish coastal farmstead. Mav has the Second Sight, and is her father's favourite; Corban, however, is a deep disappointment. Exiled for refusing his father's command to take up his sword in the name of the High King, he is long gone when the dreadful Viking dragon ships unleash fire and slaughter on his people. His home destroyed, Corban must embark on an epic quest to save his sister from slavery. From the far coast of Ireland to the occupied village of Dublin, all the way across the sea to the Kingdom of the Danes, Corban is drawn to the trail of his sister, fighting for his life and striving to earn the influence and money he will need to buy her freedom. In a violent and uncaring world, everything is at stake. The Soul Thief, first in the Life and Times of Corban Loosestrife series, is perfect for fans of Bernard Cornwell, Samantha Shannon and Giles Kristian. Praise for The Soul Thief 'A potent blend of fantasy, history, and romance... a rousing, vivid tale rich with Nordic lore' Publishers Weekly 'Elements of romance, mysticism, and suspense are interwoven into one superlative, spine-tingling adventure' Booklist 'Holland fleshes out a lively account of the time of Eric Bloodaxe. Recommended' Library Journal

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 308 Pages (953 KB)
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Charles Peirce's Theory of Scientific Method (American Philosophy Book 7) by Francis E. Reilly (Fordham University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 5 hours ago

This book is an attempt to understand a significant part of the complex thought of Charles Sanders Peirce, especially in those areas which interested him most: scientific method and related philosophical questions. It is organized primarily from Peirce's own writings, taking chronological settings into account where appropriate, and pointing out the close connections of several major themes in Peirce's work which show the rich diversity of his thought and its systematic unity. Following an introductory sketch of Peirce the thinking and writer is a study of the spirit and phases of scientific inquiry, and a consideration of its relevance to certain outstanding philosophical views which Peirce held. This double approach is necessary because his views on scientific method are interlaces with a profound and elaborate philosophy of the cosmos. Peirce's thought is unusually close-knit, and his difficulty as a writer lies in his inability to achieve a partial focus without bringing into view numerous connections and relations with the whole picture of reality. Peirce received some of the esteem he deserves when the publication of his Collected Papers began more than thirty-five years ago. Some reviewers and critics, however, have attempted to fit Peirce into their own molds in justification of a particular position; others have disinterestedly sought to present him in completely detached fashion. Here, the author has attempted to understand Peirce as Peirce intended himself to be understood, and has presented what he believes Perice's philosophy of scientific method to be. He singles out for praise Peirce's Greek insistence on the primacy of theoretical knowledge and his almost Teilhardian synthesis of evolutionary themes. Primarily philosophical, this volume analyzes Peirce's thought using a theory of knowledge and metaphysics rather than formal logic.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 200 Pages (819 KB)
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The Middle Kingdom Ramesseum Papyri Tomb and its Archaeological Context (Kitab – Egyptology in Focus Book 1) by Gianluca Miniaci (Nicanor Books) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

In 1895-96, William Matthew Flinders Petrie and James Edward Quibell discovered a shaft-tomb below the 'Ramesseum', the funerary temple of Ramses II at Thebes, Egypt. This is most famous for having the largest group of Middle Kingdom papyri - also known as the Ramesseum Papyri - found in a single spot together with a number of distinctive objects, such as carved ivory tusks and miniature figurines in various materials dated around XVIII century BC. Gianluca Miniaci attempts to thoroughly reconstruct the archaeological context of the tomb: the exact find spot (forgotten afterwards its discovery), its architecture, the identity of its owner(s) and recipient(s) of the assemblage of artifacts. A detailed analysis of the single artifacts - provided for the first with full color photographic records and drawings - and their network of relations gives new life to the Ramesseum assemblage after more than a century from its discovery.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 129 Pages (16,409 KB)
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Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage: Past, Present and Future by Carola Hein (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

This Open Access book, building on research initiated by scholars from the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Global Heritage and Development (CHGD) and ICOMOS Netherlands, presents multidisciplinary research that connects water to heritage. Through twenty-one chapters it explores landscapes, cities, engineering structures and buildings from around the world. It describes how people have actively shaped the course, form and function of water for human settlement and the development of civilizations, establishing socio-economic structures, policies and cultures; a rich world of narratives, laws and practices; and an extensive network of infrastructure, buildings and urban form. The book is organized in five thematic sections that link practices of the past to the design of the present and visions of the future: part I discusses drinking water management; part II addresses water use in agriculture; part III explores water management for land reclamation and defense; part IV examines river and coastal planning; and part V focuses on port cities and waterfront regeneration. Today, the many complex systems of the past are necessarily the basis for new systems that both preserve the past and manage water today: policy makers and designers can work together to recognize and build on the traditional knowledge and skills that old structure embody. This book argues that there is a need for a common agenda and an integrated policy that addresses the preservation, transformation and adaptive reuse of historic water-related structures. Throughout, it imagines how such efforts will help us develop sustainable futures for cities, landscapes and bodies of water.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 454 Pages (236,787 KB)
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Fields of Gold: Financing the Global Land Rush (Cornell Series on Land: New Perspectives on Territory, Development, and Environment) by Madeleine Fairbairn (Cornell University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

Fields of Gold critically examines the history, ideas, and political struggles surrounding the financialization of farmland. In particular, Madeleine Fairbairn focuses on developments in two of the most popular investment locations, the US and Brazil, looking at the implications of financiers' acquisition of land and control over resources for rural livelihoods and economic justice. At the heart of Fields of Gold is a tension between efforts to transform farmland into a new financial asset class, and land's physical and social properties, which frequently obstruct that transformation. But what makes the book unique among the growing body of work on the global land grab is Fairbairn's interest in those acquiring land, rather than those affected by land acquisitions. Fairbairn's work sheds ethnographic light on the actors and relationships -- from Iowa to Manhattan to São Paulo -- that have helped to turn land into an attractive financial asset class.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 234 Pages (3,390 KB)
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A City in Blue and Green: The Singapore Story by Peter G. Rowe (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

This open access book highlights Singapore's development into a city in which water and greenery, along with associated environmental, technical, social and political aspects have been harnessed and cultivated into a liveable sustainable way of life. It is also a story about a unique and thoroughgoing approach to large-scale and potentially transferable water sustainability, within largely urbanized circumstances, which can be achieved, along with complementary roles of environmental conservation, ecology, public open-space management and the greening of buildings, together with infrastructural improvements.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 162 Pages (40,269 KB)
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Artistry in Bronze: The Greeks and Their Legacy XIXth International Congress on Ancient Bronzes by Jens M Daehner (J. Paul Getty Museum) 3.5 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified one hour ago

The papers in this volume derive from the proceedings of the nineteenth International Bronze Congress, held at the Getty Center and Villa in October 2015 in connection with the exhibition Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World. The study of large-scale ancient bronzes has long focused on aspects of technology and production. Analytical work of materials, processes, and techniques has significantly enriched our understanding of the medium. Most recently, the restoration history of bronzes has established itself as a distinct area of investigation. How does this scholarship bear on the understanding of bronzes within the wider history of ancient art? How do these technical data relate to our ideas of styles and development? How has the material itself affected ancient and modern perceptions of form, value, and status of works of art? www.getty.edu/publications/artistryinbronze

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 422 Pages (58,005 KB)
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Asian Anthropology (Anthropology of Asia) by Jan Van Bremen (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified one hour ago

Asian Anthropology raises important questions regarding the nature of anthropology and particularly the production and consumption of anthropological knowledge in Asia. Instead of assuming a universal standard or trajectory for the development of anthropology in Asia, the contributors to this volume begin with the appropriate premise that anthropologies in different Asian countries have developed and continue to develop according to their own internal dynamics. With chapters written by an international group of experts in the field, Asian Anthropology will be a useful teaching tool and a valuable resource for scholars working in Asian anthropology.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 262 Pages (750 KB)
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Faith-Based Organizations in Development Discourses and Practice (Routledge Studies in Religion and Politics) by Jens Koehrsen (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

Exploring faith-based organizations (FBOs) in current developmental discourses and practice, this book presents a selection of empirical in-depth case-studies of Christian FBOs and assesses the vital role credited to FBOs in current discourses on development. Examining the engagement of FBOs with contemporary politics of development, the contributions stress the agency of FBOs in diverse contexts of development policy, both local and global. It is emphasised that FBOs constitute boundary agents and developmental entrepreneurs: they move between different discursive fields such as national and international development discourses, theological discourses, and their specific religious constituencies. By combining influxes from these different contexts, FBOs generate unique perspectives on development: they express alternative views on development and stress particular approaches anchored in their theological social ethics. This book should be of interest to those researching FBOs and their interaction with international organizations, and to scholars working in the broader areas of religion and politics and politics and development.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 178 Pages (2,543 KB)
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Self-Reported Population Health: An International Perspective based on EQ-5D by Agota Szende (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

The EQ-5D instrument, as a standardized, cross-culturally validated measure of self-assessed health has a hugely important role in understanding population health within and across countries. Over the past two decades a wealth of international population health survey data have been accumulated by the EuroQol Group from research conducted in many countries across four continents. One of the success factors of the EQ-5D instruments has been the easy availability of national or international sets of EQ-5D data, as well as clear explanations and guidance for users. There is an unmet need to produce a comprehensive book that captures up-to-date and expanded information of EQ-5D self-reported health and index values. EQ-5D population norms and cross-country analyses are provided from representative national surveys of 20 countries and additional regional surveys. This book will be a must for those who believe that how people report and value health is very important.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 211 Pages (30,130 KB)
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The Culture of Capital Punishment in Japan (Palgrave Advances in Criminology and Criminal Justice in Asia) by David T. Johnson (Palgrave Pivot) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

This open access book provides a comparative perspective on capital punishment in Japan and the United States. Alongside the US, Japan is one of only a few developed democracies in the world which retains capital punishment and continues to carry out executions on a regular basis. There are some similarities between the two systems of capital punishment but there are also many striking differences. These include differences in capital jurisprudence, execution method, the nature and extent of secrecy surrounding death penalty deliberations and executions, institutional capacities to prevent and discover wrongful convictions, orientations to lay participation and to victim participation, and orientations to "democracy" and governance. Johnson also explores several fundamental issues about the ultimate criminal penalty, such as the proper role of citizen preferences in governing a system of punishment and the relevance of the feelings of victims and survivors.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 157 Pages (981 KB)
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The Climate Solutions Consensus: What We Know and What To Do About It by National Council for Science and the Environment (Island Press) 3.7 Stars (6 Reviews)    Price verified one hour ago

In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize (with former Vice President Al Gore) for its reporting on the human causes of climate change. In 2008, the National Council for Science and the Environment reported that the acceleration of climate change is already faster than the IPCC projected only a year earlier. How we deal with the rapid environmental changes, and the human forces that are driving these changes, will be among the defining issues of our generation. Climate Solutions Consensus presents an agenda for America. It is the first major consensus statement by the nation's leading scientists, and it provides specific recommendations for federal policies, for state and local governments, for businesses, and for colleges and universities that are preparing future generations who will be dealing with a radically changed climate. The book draws upon the recommendations developed by more than 1200 scientists, educators and decision makers who participated in the National Council for Science and the Environment's 8th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment. After presenting a lucid narrative of the science behind climate change and its solutions, Climate Solutions Consensus presents 35 practical, results-oriented approaches for minimizing climate change and its impacts. It clearly spells out options for technological, societal, and policy actions. And it deals head-on with controversial topics, including nuclear energy, ocean fertilization and atmospheric geo-engineering. One of the book's key conclusions is that climate solutions are about much more than energy sources. They involve re-examining everything people do with an eye toward minimizing climate impacts. This includes our eating habits, consumption patterns, transportation, building and housing, forestry, land use, education, and more. According to these scientists, the time to act is now. With clarity and urgency, they tell us ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
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Dissecting the Criminal Corpse: Staging Post-Execution Punishment in Early Modern England (Palgrave Historical Studies in the Criminal Corpse and its ... by Elizabeth T. Hurren (Palgrave Macmillan) 3.4 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified one hour ago

Those convicted of homicide were hanged on the public gallows before being dissected under the Murder Act in Georgian England. Yet, from 1752, whether criminals actually died on the hanging tree or in the dissection room remained a medical mystery in early modern society. Dissecting the Criminal Corpse takes issue with the historical cliché of corpses dangling from the hangman's rope in crime studies. Some convicted murderers did survive execution in early modern England. Establishing medical death in the heart-lungs-brain was a physical enigma. Criminals had large bull-necks, strong willpowers, and hearty survival instincts. Extreme hypothermia often disguised coma in a prisoner hanged in the winter cold. The youngest and fittest were capable of reviving on the dissection table. Many died under the lancet. Capital legislation disguised a complex medical choreography that surgeons staged. They broke the Hippocratic Oath by executing the Dangerous Dead across England from 1752 until 1832. This book is open access under a CC-BY license.

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Grammaticalization and Language Change in Chinese: A formal view (Routledge Studies in Asian Linguistics) by Xiu-Zhi Zoe Wu (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

This innovative study on the phenomenon of 'grammaticalization' and its manifestation in Chinese provides new insights into language change in Chinese and a large number of grammatical topics. Grammaticalization occurs in all of the world's languages. Xiu-Zhi Zoe Wu demonstrates general linguistic principles present and active in the phenomenon of grammaticalization whilst also describing the modelling of language in formal theoretical approaches to syntax; so this book fills two major gaps in the current study of linguistics. Grammaticalization and Language Change in Chinese illuminates how studies of language development and change provide special insights into the understanding of current, synchronic systems of language. Using patters from Chinese, the author establishes cross-linguistic generalizations about language change and grammaticalization. This book should be of great interest to Chinese linguists and readers interested in language change in different languages.

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Length: 325 Pages (2,351 KB)
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Globalisation and Poverty: Channels and Policy Responses (Routledge Studies in Globalisation Book 11) by Maurizio Bussolo (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

The consequences of globalization for the world's poor are uncertain and fierce rhetoric is dividing its supporters and detractors. The channels of effect of essentially macroeconomic shocks on the microeconomic position of individuals and households in poor countries are many and various. This book addresses three core issues: 1) what are the main channels of effect? 2) what are the lessons to be learned from policy measures to alleviate negative poverty consequences? and 3) do the proposed analytical approaches assist in providing a monitoring capability? This volume assesses the more easily quantifiable effects resulting from price and quantity responses in the goods and labour markets. It includes studies of Colombia, Ghana, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Vietnam. It uses key analytical approaches, most of which are based on numerical simulation methods employing models with different levels of complexity. These models capture the features of an economy, how it functions, and how it might respond to globalization shocks. The most important collective contribution of the authors is their establishment of directions and magnitudes of effect, based on empirical evidence.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 456 Pages (3,285 KB)
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Model-Based Demography: Essays on Integrating Data, Technique and Theory (Demographic Research Monographs) by Thomas K. Burch (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

Late in a career of more than sixty years, Thomas Burch, an internationally known social demographer, undertook a wide-ranging methodological critique of demography. This open access volume contains a selection of resulting papers, some previously unpublished, some published but not readily accessible. Rejecting the idea that demography is simply a branch of applied statistics, his work views it as an autonomous and complete scientific discipline. When viewed from the perspective of modern philosophy of science, specifically the semantic or model-based school, demography is a balanced discipline, with a rich body of techniques and data, but also with more and better theories than generally recognized. As demonstrated in this book, some demographic techniques can also be seen as theoretical models, and some substantive/behavioral models, commonly rejected as theory because of inconsistent observations, are now seen as valuable theoretical models, for example demographic transition theory. This book shows how demography can build a strong theoretical edifice on its broad and deep empirical foundation by adoption of the model-based approach to science. But the full-fruits of this approach will require demographers to make greater use of computer modeling in the statement and manipulation of theoretical ideas, as well as for numerical computation.

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Budgetary Policy Modelling: Public Expenditures (Routledge New International Studies in Economic Modelling) by Pantelis Capros (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

The focus of this volume is on the European context of public budget policy and a variety of different approaches are used - theoretical modelling, econometrics and applied general equilibrium modelling. Empirical evidence and case studies of European countries are contained in all the papers. The papers cover the four general themes of public budget policy: * economic stabilization, in view of the Economic and Monetary Union in the European Community * reinforcing structural change, involved in market liberalization and harmonization of economic structures * its distributional effects and implications for social equity * endogenous economic growth.

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Alternative Pathways to Complexity: A Collection of Essays on Architecture, Economics, Power, and Cross-Cultural Analysis by Lane F. Fargher (University Press of Colorado) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

Alternative Pathways to Complexity focuses on the themes of architecture, economics, and power in the evolution of complex societies. Case studies from Mesoamerica, Asia, Africa, and Europe examine the relationship between political structures and economic configurations of ancient chiefdoms and states through a framework of comparative archaeology. A group of highly distinguished scholars takes up important issues, theories, and methods stemming from the nascent body of research on comparative archaeology to showcase and apply important theories of households, power, and how the development of complex societies can be extended and refined. Drawing on the archaeological, ethnohistorical, and ethnographic records, the chapters in this volume contain critical investigations on the role of collective action, economics, and corporate cognitive codes in structuring complex societies. Alternative Pathways to Complexity is an important addition to theoretical development and empirical research on Mesoamerica, the Old World, and cross-cultural studies. The theoretical implications addressed in the chapters will have broad appeal for scholars grappling with alternative pathways to complexity in other regions as well as those addressing diverse cross-cultural research. Contributors: Sarah B. Barber, Cynthia L. Bedell, Christopher S. Beekman, Frances F. Berdan, Tim Earle, Carol R. Ember, Gary M. Feinman, Arthur A. Joyce, Stephen A. Kowalewski, Lisa J. LeCount, Linda M. Nicholas, Peter N. Peregrine, Peter Robertshaw, Barbara L. Stark, T. L. Thurston, Deborah Winslow, Rita Wright

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Africa and the North: Between Globalization and Marginalization (New International Relations) by Gorm Rye Olsen (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

An important new discussion of Africa's place in the international system. This volume discusses Africa's place in the international system, examining the way in which the Westphalian system, in light of the impact of globalization and transnational networks, continues to play a major role in the structuring of Africa's international relations. The book provides a solid empirical analysis of key global players in Africa - France, the UK, the US, Japan, Germany, the EU and the UN - and of their policies towards the region. In the context of the 'war against terrorism', African political stability becomes a consideration of increasing importance. By analyzing the relevance of the states in the North, this book challenges conventional wisdom in recent international relations thinking. It applies the concept of an 'international policy community' to bridge the gap between the 'domestic' and the 'international', explaining why Africa retains a role in global politics out of any proportion to its economic weight.

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Ginseng and Borderland: Territorial Boundaries and Political Relations Between Qing China and Choson Korea, 1636-1912 by Seonmin Kim (University of California Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

A free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press's Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. Ginseng and Borderland explores the territorial boundaries and political relations between Qing China and Choson Korea during the period from the early seventeenth to the late nineteenth centuries. By examining a unique body of materials written in Chinese, Manchu, and Korean, and building on recent studies in New Qing History, Seonmin Kim adds new perspectives to current understandings of the remarkable transformation of the Manchu Qing dynasty (1636-1912) from a tribal state to a universal empire. This book discusses early Manchu history and explores the Qing Empire's policy of controlling Manchuria and Choson Korea. Kim also contributes to theKorean history of the Choson dynasty (1392-1910) by challenging conventional accounts that embrace a China-centered interpretation of the tributary relationship between the two polities, stressing instead the agency of Choson Korea in the formation of the Qing Empire. This study demonstrates how Koreans interpreted and employed this relationship in order to preserve the boundary -- and peace -- with the suzerain power. By focusing on the historical significance of the China-Korea boundary, this book defines the nature of the Qing Empire through the dynamics of contacts and conflicts under both the cultural and material frameworks of its tributary relationship with Choson Korea.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
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The Truth About China in the 21st Century: The Dragon Awakens by Khafra K Om-Ra-Seti (KMT Publications) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 5 hours ago

Do You want to Understand Why China's Rise in the 21st Century is inevitable? In this ebook, the first in a Series, the Truth About China will unveil the significance of this historic Awakening. In this, the first book of a three book series, I will explore many of the critical factors that will help to make China one of the most prosperous countries in the 21st century. There are many reasons to believe that China will excel in the 21st century and most of those reasons are pretty much baked into the reality of a country that is entirely aware of its destiny and how it must reach its full potential. The people of China are eager and ready to take on the challenges of the 21st century, and they are prepared to make the necessary sacrifices to achieve their goals. ??? China is a Civilization State Awakening to its New Mission in the 21st Century to "Make China Great Again" The Dragon has Awakened and much of what needs to take place at this point in time is occurring at an accelerated pace. Economic, technological, scientific and educational advances are moving China to the forefront of the Information Age Revolution of the 21st century. China is a nation and a civilization-state that is wasting no time fulfilling its destiny, taking full advantage of all available opportunities. There is much to discover and uncover in examining the rise of China, for the entire world will be fundamentally transformed by China's explosive developments over the next several decades and centuries to come. It is a BIG story and one that will need to be told over the course of several books. We are witnessing something that is truly historic which will change the destiny of billions of people all over this planet. Scroll up and grab Your copy today.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
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Against Corruption: A book of essays by Christine Lagarde (The Stationery Office) 3.9 Stars (23 Reviews)    Price verified one hour ago

Corruption is the cancer at the heart of many of the world's problems. It destroys jobs and holds back growth. It fuels instability and terrorism. It traps the poorest in poverty. It even corrodes trust in the sports we love. In this collection of essays leading politicians, activists, journalists and academics begin a global debate about how we can fight back.

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ROADS : A Journey with Verses by Vandana Bhasin (Notion Press) 4.8 Stars (22 Reviews)    Price verified 53 minutes ago

"Roads" is a poetic rendezvous that takes the reader on a panoramic journey, making one pause, ponder and celebrate life. The book is a light, alluring read that instantly strikes a chord and elevates one's spirits. A trove of 60 poems, it is quilled with beads of nine virtues: Courage, Wisdom, Serenity, Love, Hope, Strength, Joy, Compassion and Gratitude. The verses encapsulate life's ebbs and flows while prompting the reader to enjoy its simple pleasures. "Roads" is a book that you would want to keep on your bedside, for a quiet read before retiring for the night or for the morning wisdom to seize the day. With poems revolving around emotions that each of us experiences, "Roads" very easily develops a personal connect with the reader that is defiantly refreshing. "Roads" is a journey with verses. Take it on yours.

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Length: 160 Pages (3,218 KB)
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NGOs in India: The challenges of women's empowerment and accountability (Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series Book 35) by Patrick Kilby (Routledge) 3.4 Stars (7 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via www.tandfebooks.com as well as the OAPEN Library platform, www.oapen.org. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license and is part of the OAPEN-UK research project. By examining how NGOs operate in Southern India in the early 2000's, this book discusses the challenges faced by small, local NGOs in the uncertain times of changing aid dynamics. The key findings focus on what empowerment means for Indian women, and how NGO accountability to these groups is an important part of the empowerment being realised. The notion of community empowerment, in which the 'solidarity' of a group can be a path to individual empowerment, is discussed, as well as analysing how empowerment can be a useful concept in development. Based on case studies of 15 NGOs as well as in-depth interviews with 80 women's self-help groups, the book highlights the key features of effective empowerment programs. The author uses innovative statistical analysis tools to show how a key factor in empowerment of marginalised women is the accountability relationship between themselves and the supporting NGO. The book goes on to discuss the ways that NGOs can work with communities in the future, and recognises the limitations of a donor-centric accountability framework. It provides a useful contribution to studies on South Asia as well as Gender and Development Studies.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 161 Pages (1,381 KB)
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United Nations Peace Operations in a Changing Global Order by Cedric de Coning (Palgrave Macmillan) 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified one hour ago

"I have seen the UN perform on a changing global stage in many UN missions. This book examines how the UN must continue to evolve amongst changing state actors, differing regional organisations and a constant global paradigm shift. It is essential material for enhancing one's understanding of the nature of international conflict and for the continued relevance of the UN as a key stakeholder and participant in world affairs." -- Maj. Gen. Kristin Lund, Head of Mission and Chief of Staff, UN peacekeeping mission in the Middle East (UNTSO) "This outstanding collection is a must-read for anyone interested in the central challenges of peacekeeping today. From big ideas about changes in global order, to more focused analyses of policing and the protection of civilians, this book provides a comprehensive overview of where peacekeeping is now, and what we may expect in the future." -- Lise Morjé Howard, Associate Professor, Georgetown University "The book analyses recent developments in UN peacekeeping in the context of the historic changes underway in the global order. I would recommend it to policy makers, peacekeepers and scholars who wish to understand, optimise and improve the effectiveness of modern peacekeeping." -- Lt. Gen. Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, former Force Commander in the UN missions in the DRC (MONUSCO) and Haiti (MINUSTAH) "Peacekeeping has been the most visible UN activity in its primary mandate to maintain international peace and security. In a world in disarray, as security threats mutate and the world order shifts away from US primacy and fresh challenges arise, the UN must respond with nimbleness and flexibility to stay relevant. This exceptional collection of analyses by experts from both the global North and South will be of interest to practitioners and scholars alike - highly recommended." -- Ramesh Thakur, Professor, Australian National University "Peacekeeping is not what it was even a decade ago: global power is shifting, new types of ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
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The Ethics of Medical Data Donation (Philosophical Studies Series Book 137) by Jenny Krutzinna (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

This open access book presents an ethical approach to utilizing personal medical data. It features essays that combine academic argument with practical application of ethical principles. The contributors are experts in ethics and law. They address the challenges in the re-use of medical data of the deceased on a voluntary basis. This pioneering study looks at the many factors involved when individuals and organizations wish to share information for research, policy-making, and humanitarian purposes. Today, it is easy to donate blood or even organs, but it is virtually impossible to donate one's own medical data. This is seen as ethically unacceptable. Yet, data donation can greatly benefit the welfare of our societies. This collection provides timely interdisciplinary research on biomedical big data. Topics include the ethics of data donation, the legal and regulatory challenges, and the current and future collaborations. Readers will learn about the ethical and regulatory challenges associated with medical data donations. They will also better understand the special nature of using deceased data for research purposes with regard to ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, and justice. In addition, the contributors identify the key governance issues of such a scheme. The essays also look at what we can learn in terms of best practice from existing medical data schemes.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 208 Pages (1,212 KB)
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Studies in Jaina History and Culture: Disputes and Dialogues (Routledge Advances in Jaina Studies) by Peter Flügel (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

The last ten years have seen interest in Jainism increasing, with this previously little-known Indian religion assuming a significant place in religious studies. Studies in Jaina History and Culture breaks new ground by investigating the doctrinal differences and debates amongst the Jains rather than presenting Jainism as a seamless whole whose doctrinal core has remained virtually unchanged throughout its long history. The focus of the book is the discourse concerning orthodoxy and heresy in the Jaina tradition, the question of omniscience and Jaina logic, role models for women and female identity, Jaina schools and sects, religious property, law and ethics. The internal diversity of the Jaina tradition and Jain techniques of living with diversity are explored from an interdisciplinary point of view by fifteen leading scholars in Jaina studies. The contributors focus on the principal social units of the tradition: the schools, movements, sects and orders, rather than Jain religious culture in abstract. Peter Flügel provides a representative snapshot of the current state of Jaina studies that will interest students and academics involved in the study of religion or South Asian cultures.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 496 Pages (5,540 KB)
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The EU and China in African Authoritarian Regimes: Domestic Politics and Governance Reforms (Governance and Limited Statehood) by Christine Hackenesch (Palgrave Macmillan) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

This open access book analyses the domestic politics of African dominant party regimes, most notably African governments' survival strategies, to explain their variance of opinions and responses towards the reforming policies of the EU. The author discredits the widespread assumption that the growing presence of China in Africa has made the EU's task of supporting governance reforms difficult, positing that the EU's good governance strategies resonate better with the survival strategies of governments in some dominant party regimes more so than others, regardless of Chinese involvement. Hackenesch studies three African nations - Angola, Ethiopia and Rwanda - which all began engaging with the EU on governance reforms in the early 2000s. She argues that other factors generally identified in the literature, such as the EU good governance strategies or economic dependence of the target country on the EU, have set additional incentives for African governments to not engage on governance reforms.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 277 Pages (3,856 KB)
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Framing in Sustainability Science: Theoretical and Practical Approaches (Science for Sustainable Societies) by Shogo Kudo (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

This open access book offers both conceptual and empirical descriptions of how to "frame" sustainability challenges. It defines "framing" in the context of sustainability science as the process of identifying subjects, setting boundaries, and defining problems. The chapters are grouped into two sections: a conceptual section and a case section. The conceptual section introduces readers to theories and concepts that can be used to achieve multiple understandings of sustainability; in turn, the case section highlights different ways of comprehending sustainability for researchers, practitioners, and other stakeholders. The book offers diverse illustrations of what sustainability concepts entail, both conceptually and empirically, and will help readers become aware of the implicit framings in sustainability-related discourses. In the extant literature, sustainability challenges such as climate change, sustainable development, and rapid urbanization have largely been treated as "pre-set," fixed topics, while possible solutions have been discussed intensively. In contrast, this book examines the framings applied to the sustainability challenges themselves, and illustrates the road that led us to the current sustainability discourse.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 204 Pages (29,161 KB)
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Uncertain Bioethics: Moral Risk and Human Dignity (Routledge Annals of Bioethics Book 19) by Stephen Napier (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

Bioethics is a field of inquiry and as such is fundamentally an epistemic discipline. Knowing how we make moral judgments can bring into relief why certain arguments on various bioethical issues appear plausible to one side and obviously false to the other. Uncertain Bioethics makes a significant and distinctive contribution to the bioethics literature by culling the insights from contemporary moral psychology to highlight the epistemic pitfalls and distorting influences on our apprehension of value. Stephen Napier also incorporates research from epistemology addressing pragmatic encroachment and the significance of peer disagreement to justify what he refers to as epistemic diffidence when one is considering harming or killing human beings. Napier extends these developments to the traditional bioethical notion of dignity and argues that beliefs subject to epistemic diffidence should not be acted upon. He proceeds to apply this framework to traditional and developing issues in bioethics including abortion, stem cell research, euthanasia, decision-making for patients in a minimally conscious state, and risky research on competent human subjects.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
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God and Humans in Islamic Thought: Abd Al-Jabbar, Ibn Sina and Al-Ghazali (Culture and Civilization in the Middle East) by Maha Elkaisy-Friemuth (Routledge) 3.9 Stars (8 Reviews)    Price verified 56 minutes ago

Winner of The Iranian World Prize for the Book of the Year 2007 in the Philosophy and Mysticism category. This new and original text provides a timely re-examination of Islamic thought, presenting a stark contrast to the more usual conservative view. The explanation of the relationship between God and humans, as portrayed in Islam, is often influenced by the images of God and of human beings which theologians, philosophers and mystics have in mind. The early period of Islam reveals a diversity of interpretations of this relationship. Elkaisy-Friemuth discusses the view of three scholars from the tenth and eleventh century: Abd al-Jabbar, Ibn Sina and Al-Ghazali, which introduce three different approaches of looking at the relationship between God and Humans. God and Humans in Islamic Thought attempts to shed light on an important side of medieval rational thought in demonstrating its significance in forming the basis of an understanding of the nature of God, the nature of human beings and the construction of different bridges between them.

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Social Media Use In Crisis and Risk Communication: Emergencies, Concerns and Awareness by Harald Hornmoen (Emerald Publishing Limited) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

The ebook edition of this title is Open Access and is freely available to read online. Crises pose an immediate risk to life, health, and the environment and require urgent action. The public's use of social media has important implications for contingency policies and practices. Social media have the potential for risk reduction and preventive interaction with the public. This book is about how different communicators - whether crisis managers, first responders, journalists, or private citizens and disaster victims - have used social media to communicate about risks and crises. It is also about how these very different actors can play a crucial role in mitigating or preventing crises. How can they use social media to strengthen their own and the public's awareness and understanding of crises when they unfold? How can they use social media to promote resilience during crises and the ability to deal with the after-effects? Chapters address such questions by presenting new research-based knowledge on social media use during different crises: the terrorist attacks in Norway on 22 July 2011; the central European floods in Austria in 2013; and the West African Ebola-outbreak in 2014. The collection also presents research on the development of a tool for gathering social media information, based on a user-centered design. Social Media use in Crisis and Risk Communication presents cutting-edge research on the use of social media in crisis communication and reporting. It gives recommendations about how different crisis communicators (information officers, crisis managers, journalists) can improve their ability to gather information, communicate and raise people's crisis awareness by using social media.

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Data Politics: Worlds, Subjects, Rights (Routledge Studies in International Political Sociology) by Didier Bigo (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 5 hours ago

Data has become a social and political issue because of its capacity to reconfigure relationships between states, subjects, and citizens. This book explores how data has acquired such an important capacity and examines how critical interventions in its uses in both theory and practice are possible. Data and politics are now inseparable: data is not only shaping our social relations, preferences and life chances but our very democracies. Expert international contributors consider political questions about data and the ways it provokes subjects to govern themselves by making rights claims. Concerned with the things (infrastructures of servers, devices, and cables) and language (code, programming, and algorithms) that make up cyberspace, this book demonstrates that without understanding these conditions of possibility it is impossible to intervene in or to shape data politics. Aimed at academics and postgraduate students interested in political aspects of data, this volume will also be of interest to experts in the fields of internet studies, international studies, Big Data, digital social sciences and humanities. The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.routledge.com/Data-Politics-Worlds-Subjects-Rights/Bigo-Isin-Ruppert/p/book/9781138053267, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

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The Medieval Saga by Carol J. Clover (Cornell University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

Written in the thirteenth century, the Icelandic prose sagas, chronicling the lives of kings and commoners, give a dramatic account of the first century after the settlement of Iceland -- the period from about 930 to 1050. To some extent these elaborate tales are written versions of traditional sagas passed down by word of mouth. How did they become the long and polished literary works that are still read today? The evolution of the written sagas is commonly regarded as an anomalous phenomenon, distinct from contemporary developments in European literature. In this groundbreaking study, Carol J. Clover challenges this view and relates the rise of imaginative prose in Iceland directly to the rise of imaginative prose on the Continent. Analyzing the narrative structure and composition of the sagas and comparing them with other medieval works, Clover shows that the Icelandic authors, using Continental models, owe the prose form of their writings, as well as some basic narrative strategies, to Latin historiography and to French romance.

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Conflict and Change in EU Budgetary Politics (Routledge Advances in European Politics) by Johannes Lindner (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified one hour ago

Why did the European Union experience a stark variation in the levels of conflict between the late 1970s, when budgetary disputes dominated European politics, and the 1990s, when political actors were able to settle upon budgetary agreements without major conflicts? This book responds to this key question with a two-step argument: Its first part shows that decision-making rules can be regarded as a key determinant of the level of conflict in EU budgetary politics. It details far-reaching reform in 1988 reduced conflict, because it introduced an institutional setting for multiannual budget planning that corrected the deficiencies of the original budget treaty. Having identified institutional change as the trigger for the reduction of conflict, the second part of this study focuses on the 1988 reform. It shows how a number of 'reproduction mechanisms' prevented major institutional change in the 1970s and early 1980s. When these 'reproduction mechanisms' lost force, a reform became possible and a new institutional setting emerged in 1988. These findings deliver a sharp insight into the interplay between rules and conflict in the still evolving political system of the EU. Moreover, by identifying precise conditions for the occurrence of institutional change, and by linking political performance of institutions to their stability this is a significant contribution to institutionalist research in social science. This book is an excellent resource for students and scholars of the European Union, Political Science, International Relations, Public Policy and Public Finance.

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The Work of Professional Football: A Labour of Love? by Martin Roderick (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one hour ago

A long-term study providing rare insights into the precarious career and ordinary working culture of professional footballers. Away from the celebrity-obsessed media gaze, the work of a professional footballer is rarely glamorous and for most players a career in football is insecure and short-lived. A former professional, Martin Roderick's familiarity with the world of football is the foundation for this privileged research into a world that is typically closed to the public gaze and ignored by media reportage and academic research which prefers to focus on a small, unrepresentative group of elite players. Key themes explored within the text include: • the culture of work in professional football • the changing identity, orientation and expectations of players during their careers • the fragile and uncertain nature of professional sport careers • the performance and dramatic aspects of a career under public scrutiny • the role of relationships with managers, owners, support staff and partners • players' responses to the insecurities inherent in professional football such as injury, ageing, performance and transfer. The text deals with a wide range of issues of interest to sports students and academics, particularly those with a focus on the sociology of sport but also including sport development, sport management and coaching studies. The text will also be of interest to researchers in the fields of careers, industrial relations and the sociology of work.

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Making Medicines in Africa: The Political Economy of Industrializing for Local Health (International Political Economy Series) by Maureen Mackintosh (Palgrave Macmillan) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 2 hours ago

This book is open access under a CC-BY license. The importance of the pharmaceutical industry in Sub-Saharan Africa, its claim to policy priority, is rooted in the vast unmet health needs of the sub-continent. Making Medicines in Africa is a collective endeavour, by a group of contributors with a strong African and more broadly Southern presence, to find ways to link technological development, investment and industrial growth in pharmaceuticals to improve access to essential good quality medicines, as part of moving towards universal access to competent health care in Africa. The authors aim to shift the emphasis in international debate and initiatives towards sustained Africa-based and African-led initiatives to tackle this huge challenge. Without the technological, industrial, intellectual, organisational and research-related capabilities associated with competent pharmaceutical production, and without policies that pull the industrial sectors towards serving local health needs, the African sub-continent cannot generate the resources to tackle its populations' needs and demands. Research for this book has been selected as one of the 20 best examples of the impact of UK research on development. See http://www.ukcds.org.uk/the-global-impact-of-uk-research for further details.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
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Sufism in the West by Jamal Malik (Routledge) 3.4 Stars (8 Reviews)    Price verified one hour ago

With the increasing Muslim diaspora in post-modern Western societies, Sufism - intellectually as well as sociologically - may eventually become Islam itself due to its versatile potential. Although Sufism has always provoked considerable interest in the West, no volume has so far been written which discusses this aspect of Islam in terms of how it is practised in Western societies. Bringing together leading international authorities to survey the history of Islamic mysticism in North America and Europe, this book elaborates the ideas and institutions which organize Sufism and folk-religious practices. The chapters cover: • the orders and movements • their social base • organization and institutionalization • recruitment-patterns in new environments • channels of disseminating ideas, such as ritual, charisma, and organization • reasons for their popularity among certain social groups • the nature of their affiliation with the countries of their origin. Providing a fascinating insight into how Sufism operates within different spheres of society, Sufism in the West is essential reading for students and academics with research interests in Islam, Islamic history and social anthropology.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 225 Pages (1,313 KB)
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