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Tamper Proof: A Sonia Amon, MD Medical Thriller (Dr. Sonia Amon Medical Thrillers Book 4) by Judith Lucci (Bluestone Valley Publishing, LLC Harrisonburg, VA) 4.8 Stars (26 Reviews)    Price verified 8 minutes ago

When your father's the terrorist and wants to kill you, ... The fear never goes away. The hunt is one second away. "Follow the bubbles, I tell myself. Bubbles are life... " Still recovering from a near death experience in Syria, Sonia moves her small family to safety. She leaves them under CIA protection to facilitate and underground medical project for the government. "But, is her family ever safe?" ... There are spies all around. Eveern h best friend or colleague can be a spy. See for yourself. Get it now. You'll love this medical thriller because of the mix of love, brutality, hatred and love that makes for an undeniable page turner. You'll be up until dawn. Sonia Amon Novels - Stories of love, strength, vulnerability and grit. Dr. Judith Lucci has ridden camels in Egypt, taught healthcare on three continents, consulted with Congress on health policy, cared for patients in Third World countries and impacted thousands of lives.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 407 Pages (2,519 KB)
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Added: Aug 11th, 2020

A Place Called Home by Lainy J. Thomas 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Hard-hitting family drama which follows the journey of fifteen year old Aimee whose troubled and abusive family drives her into the arms of classmate, Jack. Their passionate affair is short-lived, however, as Aimee discovers and conceals her pregnancy. The story, set against a working-class background of modern day poverty is an emotional roller-coaster of love, loyalty,passion, hate, betrayal and, ultimately, revenge.

Genre: Arts & Photography [f] [x]
Length: 330 Pages (397 KB)
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Added: Aug 12th, 2020

War and Peace (Signet Classical Books) by Leo Tolstoy (Reading Time) 4.5 Stars (115 Reviews)    Price verified 7 hours ago

This book contains several tables of HTML content to make reading easier. One of the most influential novels of the nineteenth century, Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishmenttells the tragic story of Raskolnikov -- a talented former student whose warped philosophical outlook drives him to commit murder. Surprised by his sense of guilt and terrified of the consequences of his actions, Raskolnikov wanders through the slums of pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg trying to escape the ever-suspicious Porfiry, the official investigating the crime.

Genre: History [f] [x]
Length: 1,456 Pages (2,550 KB)
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Added: Aug 12th, 2020

High-Performance Modelling and Simulation for Big Data Applications: Selected Results of the COST Action IC1406 cHiPSet (Theoretical Computer Science ... by Horacio González-Vélez (Springer) 3.8 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified 4 minutes ago

This open access book was prepared as a Final Publication of the COST Action IC1406 "High-Performance Modelling and Simulation for Big Data Applications (cHiPSet)" project. Long considered important pillars of the scientific method, Modelling and Simulation have evolved from traditional discrete numerical methods to complex data-intensive continuous analytical optimisations. Resolution, scale, and accuracy have become essential to predict and analyse natural and complex systems in science and engineering. When their level of abstraction raises to have a better discernment of the domain at hand, their representation gets increasingly demanding for computational and data resources. On the other hand, High Performance Computing typically entails the effective use of parallel and distributed processing units coupled with efficient storage, communication and visualisation systems to underpin complex data-intensive applications in distinct scientific and technical domains. It is then arguably required to have a seamless interaction of High Performance Computing with Modelling and Simulation in order to store, compute, analyse, and visualise large data sets in science and engineering. Funded by the European Commission, cHiPSet has provided a dynamic trans-European forum for their members and distinguished guests to openly discuss novel perspectives and topics of interests for these two communities. This cHiPSet compendium presents a set of selected case studies related to healthcare, biological data, computational advertising, multimedia, finance, bioinformatics, and telecommunications.

Genre: Computers & Technology [f] [x]
Length: 365 Pages (27,775 KB)
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The Collection Anne of Green Gables: by L. M. Montgomery by Lucy Maud Montgomery (Independently Published) 4.5 Stars (3,774 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

discover or rediscover all the classics of literature. Contains Active Table of Contents (HTML) Don't Miss a Moment with Anne Shirley in this Anne of Green Gables Bundle This bundle includes: ? Anne of Green Gables ? Anne of Avonlea ? Anne of the Island ? Anne's House of Dreams ? Rainbow Valley ? Rilla of Ingleside ? Chronicles of Avonlea ? Further Chronicles of Avonlea This Anne of Green Gables Collection has been professionally formatted for e-readers and contains a bonus book club leadership guide and discussion questions. We hope you'll share this book with your friends, neighbors and colleagues and can't wait to hear what you have to say about it.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 1,737 Pages (2,713 KB)
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And There We Were and Here We Are by Scott Brooks 5.0 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified 4 minutes ago

They came to New York City to make it in show business - and didn't. Now, after years of bartending, Jerry discovers a novel about himself and his newly famous ex. In Never Touch the Waitress, Jerry was a young server at a Times Square restaurant, with a script under option, and a love triangle on the horizon. Back in the present, Jerry has his own story to tell of fame, loss and cocktails as he tries to regain the sense of hope he lost along the way. With unflinching honesty, Brooks' wry novel-within-a-novel lays bare the reality of breaking into show business while living paycheck-to-paycheck in one of the most expensive cities in the world.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [f] [x]
Length: 363 Pages (1,015 KB)
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Postcolonialism Cross-Examined: Multidirectional Perspectives on Imperial and Colonial Pasts and the Neocolonial Present (Routledge Philosophers in ... by Monika Albrecht (Routledge) 4.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Taking a strikingly interdisciplinary and global approach, Postcolonialism Cross-Examined reflects on the current status of postcolonial studies and attempts to break through traditional boundaries, creating a truly comparative and genuinely global phenomenon. Drawing together the field of mainstream postcolonial studies with post-Soviet postcolonial studies and studies of the late Ottoman Empire, the contributors in this volume question many of the concepts and assumptions we have become accustomed to in postcolonial studies, creating a fresh new version of the field. The volume calls the merits of the field into question, investigating how postcolonial studies may have perpetuated and normalized colonialism as an issue exclusive to Western colonial and imperial powers. The volume is the first to open a dialogue between three different areas of postcolonial scholarship that previously developed independently from one another: ? the wide field of postcolonial studies working on European colonialism, ? the growing field of post-Soviet postcolonial/post-imperial studies, ? the still fledgling field of post-Ottoman postcolonial/post-imperial studies, supported by sideways glances at the multidirectional conditions of interaction in East Africa and the East and West Indies. Postcolonialism Cross-Examined looks at topics such as humanism, nationalism, multiculturalism, nostalgia, and the Anthropocene in order to piece together a new, broader vision for postcolonial studies in the twenty-first century. By including territories other than those covered by the postcolonial mainstream, the book strives to reframe the "postcolonial" as a genuinely global phenomenon and develop multidirectional postcolonial perspectives.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 308 Pages (1,726 KB)
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Agile Processes in Software Engineering and Extreme Programming: 20th International Conference, XP 2019, Montréal, QC, Canada, May 21–25, 2019, ... by Philippe Kruchten (Springer) 4.5 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This open access book constitutes the proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Agile Software Development, XP 2019, held in Montreal, QC, Canada, in May 2019. XP is the premier agile software development conference combining research and practice. It is a hybrid forum where agile researchers, academics, practitioners, thought leaders, coaches, and trainers get together to present and discuss their most recent innovations, research results, experiences, concerns, challenges, and trends. Following this history, for both researchers and seasoned practitioners XP 2019 provided an informal environment to network, share, and discover trends in Agile for the next 20 years The 15 full papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 45 submissions. They were organized in topical sections named: agile adoption, agile practices; large-scale agile; agility beyond IT, and the future of agile.

Genre: Computers & Technology [f] [x]
Length: 385 Pages (18,997 KB)
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Automated Machine Learning: Methods, Systems, Challenges (The Springer Series on Challenges in Machine Learning) by Frank Hutter (Springer) 4.5 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This open access book presents the first comprehensive overview of general methods in Automated Machine Learning (AutoML), collects descriptions of existing systems based on these methods, and discusses the first series of international challenges of AutoML systems. The recent success of commercial ML applications and the rapid growth of the field has created a high demand for off-the-shelf ML methods that can be used easily and without expert knowledge. However, many of the recent machine learning successes crucially rely on human experts, who manually select appropriate ML architectures (deep learning architectures or more traditional ML workflows) and their hyperparameters. To overcome this problem, the field of AutoML targets a progressive automation of machine learning, based on principles from optimization and machine learning itself. This book serves as a point of entry into this quickly-developing field for researchers and advanced students alike, as well as providing a reference for practitioners aiming to use AutoML in their work.

Genre: Computers & Technology [f] [x]
Length: 333 Pages (16,330 KB)
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Kathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations about Film, Television, and Theater by Kathleen Turner (Skyhorse) 4.0 Stars (13 Reviews)    Price verified 8 minutes ago

Few actors have had a career as dynamic as that Kathleen Turner's; success has followed her from the television screen to major blockbusters, from indie films to the theater stage. Over her forty-year career, Turner has developed an instinctual knowledge of what it takes to be a successful actor, and, in her conversations with esteemed film professor Dustin Morrow, she shares these lessons with the world. With her iconic wit on full display, Turner dazzles readers with her shrewd insights on the craft of acting and charming anecdotes from her own storied career. Touching on each of her roles, she expounds on the lessons she's learned and describes her journey of discovery in the world of acting. An epic and intense one-on-one master class in acting from the best teacher imaginable, Kathleen Turner on Acting is a must for acting and directing students of every age, established actors and directors, filmmakers, theater pros, and artists of every stripe.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [f] [x]
Length: 459 Pages (6,065 KB)
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Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems: 25th International Conference, TACAS 2019, Held as Part of the European Joint ... by Tomáš Vojnar (Springer) 4.5 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This book is Open Access under a CC BY licence. The LNCS 11427 and 11428 proceedings set constitutes the proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems, TACAS 2019, which took place in Prague, Czech Republic, in April 2019, held as part of the European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2019. The total of 42 full and 8 short tool demo papers presented in these volumes was carefully reviewed and selected from 164 submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections as follows: Part I: SAT and SMT, SAT solving and theorem proving; verification and analysis; model checking; tool demo; and machine learning. Part II: concurrent and distributed systems; monitoring and runtime verification; hybrid and stochastic systems; synthesis; symbolic verification; and safety and fault-tolerant systems.

Genre: Computers & Technology [f] [x]
Length: 689 Pages (81,759 KB)
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Language Technologies for the Challenges of the Digital Age: 27th International Conference, GSCL 2017, Berlin, Germany, September 13-14, 2017, ... by Georg Rehm (Springer) 4.3 Stars (6 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This open access volume constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 27th biennial conference of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology, GSCL 2017, held in Berlin, Germany, in September 2017, which focused on language technologies for the digital age. The 16 full papers and 10 short papers included in the proceedings were carefully selected from 36 submissions. Topics covered include text processing of the German language, online media and online content, semantics and reasoning, sentiment analysis, and semantic web description languages.

Genre: Computers & Technology [f] [x]
Length: 326 Pages (6,478 KB)
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Finite Difference Computing with PDEs: A Modern Software Approach (Texts in Computational Science and Engineering Book 16) by Hans Petter Langtangen (Springer) 4.7 Stars (9 Reviews)    Price verified 7 hours ago

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This easy-to-read book introduces the basics of solving partial differential equations by means of finite difference methods. Unlike many of the traditional academic works on the topic, this book was written for practitioners. Accordingly, it especially addresses: the construction of finite difference schemes, formulation and implementation of algorithms, verification of implementations, analyses of physical behavior as implied by the numerical solutions, and how to apply the methods and software to solve problems in the fields of physics and biology.

Genre: Computers & Technology [f] [x]
Length: 507 Pages (10,674 KB)
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Quantum Computing: An Applied Approach by Jack D. Hidary 4.6 Stars (77 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

This book integrates the foundations of quantum computing with a hands-on coding approach to this emerging field; it is the first work to bring these strands together in an updated manner. This work is suitable for both academic coursework and corporate technical training. This volume comprises three books under one cover: Part I outlines the necessary foundations of quantum computing and quantum circuits. Part II walks through the canon of quantum computing algorithms and provides code on a range of quantum computing methods in current use. Part III covers the mathematical toolkit required to master quantum computing. Additional resources include a table of operators and circuit elements and a companion GitHub site providing code and updates. Jack D. Hidary is a research scientist in quantum computing and in AI at Alphabet X, formerly Google X. "Quantum Computing will change our world in unexpected ways. Everything technology leaders, engineers and graduate students need is in this book including the methods and hands-on code to program on this novel platform." -- Eric Schmidt, PhD, Former Chairman and CEO of Google; Founder, Innovation Endeavors

Genre: Education & Teaching [f] [x]
Length: 430 Pages (5,240 KB)
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Added: Aug 11th, 2020

Security of Networks and Services in an All-Connected World: 11th IFIP WG 6.6 International Conference on Autonomous Infrastructure, Management, and ... by Daphne Tuncer (Springer) 4.2 Stars (10 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

?This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 11th IFIP WG 6.6 International Conference on Autonomous Infrastructure, Management, and Security, AIMS 2017, held in Zurich, Switzerland, in July 2017. The 8 full papers presented together with 11 short papers were carefully reviewed and selected from 24 submissions. The papers are organized in the following topical sections: security management; management of cloud environments and services, evaluation and experimental study of rich network services; security, intrusion detection, and configuration; autonomic and self-management solutions; and methods for the protection of infrastructure.

Genre: Computers & Technology [f] [x]
Length: 300 Pages (6,382 KB)
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Men, Women & Manners in Colonial Times by Sydney George Fisher (Skyhorse) 4.2 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

“In travelling from Massachusetts to the Carolinas one passed through communities of such distinct individuality that they were almost like different nations," writes author Sidney George Fisher in his preface to Men, Women & Manners in Colonial Times, in which he presented the history and culture of colonial America to his Gilded Age contemporaries, who he felt had lost an appreciation of the fascinating circumstances that created the Founding Fathers and the Revolution. In the almost two hundred years of colonial life preceding the Revolution, the colonies displayed a remarkable variety, from their religion, politics, and countries of origin, to their dress, lifestyles, and character. Fisher cites primary documents such as colonial newspapers and the diaries of common men and women as well as famous political figures. He addresses the credibility of legends of our forefathers still told today (George Washington “was an extremely sociable man, and he could not have lived in Virginia and been otherwise") and the riveting colonial folklore lost to the ages (for instance, “John Randolph, of Virginia, who, seeing a drove of mules passing through Washington on their way to the South, said to Marcy, of Connecticut, ‘There go some of your constituents.' ‘Yes,' said Marcy, ‘going to Virginia to teach school.' "). Discover colonial architecture, illustrated here with photogravures, and colonial pastimes, including the favorites of George Washington and much of colonial Virginia: card playing and foxhunting. Learn the outstanding literary tradition of Massachusetts, the regularity of fighting off bears in New Hampshire, the popularity of horseracing in Maryland, Blackbeard's headquarters in North Carolina, the women who ran the South Carolina plantations, the cleanliness of the New York Dutch as they contemplated “their comfort and prosperity while they smoked their pipes... willing that the rest of the world would enjoy the same pleasure."

Genre: History [f] [x]
Length: 408 Pages (19,957 KB)
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Autonomous Driving: Technical, Legal and Social Aspects by Markus Maurer (Springer) 4.5 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This book takes a look at fully automated, autonomous vehicles and discusses many open questions: How can autonomous vehicles be integrated into the current transportation system with diverse users and human drivers? Where do automated vehicles fall under current legal frameworks? What risks are associated with automation and how will society respond to these risks? How will the marketplace react to automated vehicles and what changes may be necessary for companies? Experts from Germany and the United States define key societal, engineering, and mobility issues related to the automation of vehicles. They discuss the decisions programmers of automated vehicles must make to enable vehicles to perceive their environment, interact with other road users, and choose actions that may have ethical consequences. The authors further identify expectations and concerns that will form the basis for individual and societal acceptance of autonomous driving. While the safety benefits of such vehicles are tremendous, the authors demonstrate that these benefits will only be achieved if vehicles have an appropriate safety concept at the heart of their design. Realizing the potential of automated vehicles to reorganize traffic and transform mobility of people and goods requires similar care in the design of vehicles and networks. By covering all of these topics, the book aims to provide a current, comprehensive, and scientifically sound treatment of the emerging field of "autonomous driving".

Genre: Computers & Technology [f] [x]
Length: 994 Pages (14,067 KB)
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The Move: A Big City to Small Town Romantic Comedy (The Creek Water Series Book 2) by Whitney Dineen 4.5 Stars (233 Reviews)    Price verified 7 hours ago

When Lexi Blake was twelve years old, a fortune teller gave her the following cryptic message: In your thirtieth year, once the dog jumps over you, your life will change in the most unexpected ways. Lexi is thirty now and the following unexpected things have occurred: ?While walking through Central Park enjoying a beautiful fall day, Lexi eats dirt when a careless dog owner throws a frisbee at her head. A dog jumps over her. ?Lexi gets a promotion that pays less than her current job. ?Her crush announces that he's engaged. ?Her apartment turns condo and she can't afford the down payment. In order to escape her bad luck, she takes a vacation to visit a good friend in Creek Water, Missouri. But as it turns out, fate has a lot more in store for Lexi Blake. Will a good friend, an unexpected love interest, and a historic house have her scrapping her plans and moving to a small town on the banks of the Mississippi River? Find out in the delightfully funny rom-com that's sure to make you believe in happy endings!

Genre: Humor & Entertainment [f] [x]
Length: 316 Pages (673 KB)
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Walter Pater: Complete Writings: The Renaissance, Marius The Epicurean, Imaginary Portraits, Plato and Platonism... (Bauer Classics) (All Time Best ... by Walter Pater (Bauer Books) Price verified 2 days ago

Walter Horatio Pater was an English essayist, literary and art critic, and fiction writer, regarded as one of the great stylists. His works on Renaissance subjects were popular but controversial in his times. 'Walter Pater: Complete Writings' contains: • THE RENAISSANCE • MARIUS THE EPICUREAN Vol.I • MARIUS THE EPICUREAN Vol.II • IMAGINARY PORTRAITS • APPRECIATIONS • PLATO AND PLATONISM • GREEK STUDIES • MISCELLANEOUS STUDIES • GASTON DE LATOUR • ESSAYS FROM 'THE GUARDIAN' • UNCOLLECTED ESSAYS

Genre: Arts & Photography [f] [x]
Length: 1,524 Pages (2,000 KB)
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Added: Aug 10th, 2020

Family and Medical Leave Act by LandMark Publications Price verified 5 hours ago

THIS CASEBOOK contains a selection of U. S. Court of Appeals decisions that analyze, interpret and apply provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act. * * * The FMLA, in relevant part, entitles "an eligible employee... to a total of 12 workweeks of leave during any 12-month period... [b]ecause of a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the functions of the position of such employee." 29 U.S.C. § 2612(a)(1)(D). The leave can be unpaid. Id. § 2612(c). "Upon an employee's return, her employer must reinstate her to the same or an equivalent position, without any loss of accrued seniority." Carrero-Ojeda, 755 F.3d at 718 (citing Colburn v. Parker Hannifin/Nichols Portland Div., 429 F.3d 325, 330 (1st Cir. 2005)); see also 29 U.S.C. § 2614(a)(1). * * * The pertinent regulations place the burden on the employee to notify the employer of the need for such leave. See 29 C.F.R. § 825.303. Where the leave is unforeseeable, "an employee must provide notice to the employer as soon as practicable under the facts and circumstances of the particular case." Id. § 825.303(a). In providing such notice, the employee must supply "sufficient information for an employer to reasonably determine whether the FMLA may apply to the leave request." Id. § 825.303(b). What constitutes "sufficient information" depends on whether the employee has received leave for that FMLA-qualifying reason before. If she has, "the employee must specifically reference either the qualifying reason for leave or the need for FMLA leave." Id. If she has not, "the employee need not expressly assert rights under the FMLA or even mention the FMLA." Id. In either case, however, the employee does not satisfy this burden merely by calling in sick. See id. ("Calling in 'sick' without providing more information will not be considered sufficient notice to trigger an employer's obligations under the Act."). * * * To protect the exercise of the substantive rights described above, the FMLA ...

Genre: Law [f] [x]
Length: 564 Pages (1,029 KB)
Lending: Enabled
Added: Aug 10th, 2020

Representation Learning for Natural Language Processing by Zhiyuan Liu (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This open access book provides an overview of the recent advances in representation learning theory, algorithms and applications for natural language processing (NLP). It is divided into three parts. Part I presents the representation learning techniques for multiple language entries, including words, phrases, sentences and documents. Part II then introduces the representation techniques for those objects that are closely related to NLP, including entity-based world knowledge, sememe-based linguistic knowledge, networks, and cross-modal entries. Lastly, Part III provides open resource tools for representation learning techniques, and discusses the remaining challenges and future research directions. The theories and algorithms of representation learning presented can also benefit other related domains such as machine learning, social network analysis, semantic Web, information retrieval, data mining and computational biology. This book is intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, researchers, lecturers, and industrial engineers, as well as anyone interested in representation learning and natural language processing.

Genre: Computers & Technology [f] [x]
Length: 358 Pages (49,400 KB)
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Extended Working Life Policies: International Gender and Health Perspectives by Áine Ní Léime (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

This open access book addresses the current debate on extended working life policy by considering the influence of gender and health on the experiences of older workers. Bringing together an international team of scholars, it tackles issues as gender, health status and job/ occupational characteristics that structure the capacity and outcomes associated with working longer. The volume starts with an overview of the empirical and policy literature; continues with a discussion of the relevant theoretical perspectives; includes a section on available data and indicators; followed by 25 very concise and unique country reports that highlight the main extended working life (EWL) research findings and policy trajectories at the national level. It identifies future directions for research and addresses issues associated with effective policy-making. This volume fills an important gap in the knowledge of the consequences of EWL and it will be an invaluable source for both researchers and policy makers.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 539 Pages (3,797 KB)
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Foundations of Software Science and Computation Structures: 23rd International Conference, FOSSACS 2020, Held as Part of the European Joint ... by Jean Goubault-Larrecq (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 minutes ago

This open access book constitutes the proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Foundations of Software Science and Computational Structures, FOSSACS 2020, which took place in Dublin, Ireland, in April 2020, and was held as Part of the European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2020. The 31 regular papers presented in this volume were carefully reviewed and selected from 98 submissions. The papers cover topics such as categorical models and logics; language theory, automata, and games; modal, spatial, and temporal logics; type theory and proof theory; concurrency theory and process calculi; rewriting theory; semantics of programming languages; program analysis, correctness, transformation, and verification; logics of programming; software specification and refinement; models of concurrent, reactive, stochastic, distributed, hybrid, and mobile systems; emerging models of computation; logical aspects of computational complexity; models of software security; and logical foundations of data bases.?

Genre: Computers & Technology [f] [x]
Length: 659 Pages (31,389 KB)
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Macroeconomics, Agriculture, and Food Security: A Guide to Policy Analysis in Developing Countries by Eugenio Díaz-Bonilla (International Food Policy Research Institute) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

Why write a book on macroeconomic policies and their links to agriculture and food security in developing countries? The food price spikes of the years just prior to 2010 and the economic, political, and social dislocations they generated refocused the attention of policymakers and development practitioners on the agricultural sector and food security concerns. But even without those traumatic events, the importance of agriculture for developing countries -- and for an adequate functioning of the world economy -- cannot be denied. First, although declining over time, primary agriculture still represents important percentages of developing countries' overall domestic production, exports, and employment. If agroindustrial, transportation, commercial, and other related activities are also counted, then the economic and social importance of agriculture-based sectors increases significantly. Furthermore, large numbers of the world's poor still live in rural areas and work in agriculture. Through the links via production, trade, employment, and prices, agricultural production is also crucial for national food security. Second, it has been shown that agriculture in developing countries has important growth and employment multipliers for the rest of the economy, and agriculture seems to have larger positive effects in reducing poverty than growth in other sectors. Third, agriculture is not only important for individual developing countries, but it has global significance, considering the large presence of developing countries in world agricultural production and the increasing participation in international trade of those products (these three points will be covered in greater detail in Chapter 1).

Genre: Business & Money [f] [x]
Length: 760 Pages (26,925 KB)
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Added: Aug 10th, 2020

The Plight of A Postmodern Hunter by Mukhtar Shakhanov (Hertfordshire Press) Price verified 11 hours ago

This edition is Mukhtar Shahanov's authorized reprint of Walter May translation of "The Plaint of the Hunter Above the Abyss" book initially published by Atamura in 1998. This is a book-dialogue between two famous pundits, the renowned Kirghizian novelist Chingiz Aitmatov and the legendary Kazakh poet Mukhtar Shakhanov - defending their fundamental faith in the spiritual resources of each and every human being. As such, they explore the moral significance of endlessly recurrent existential dislocations characterising everyone's sense of Personalist encounter with the world around them. A discussion taking them through the riddles posed by ancient philosophies, Turkic histories, African priest-magicians, two-fanged poisonous fish, modern zombism, and Genghis Khan's Golden Hoard: all the way to power politics in the Kremlin, the risks taken by Premier Mikhail Gorbachev as well as the duties, not to mention the obligations, of writers serving in the sphere of international public affairs.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 483 Pages (12,807 KB)
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Built on Value: The Huawei Philosophy of Finance Management by Weiwei Huang (Palgrave Macmillan) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

This book is open access under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. This book presents the concept of value as the central component to success and longevity of the global ICT industry player, Huawei. It provides examples of how Huawei focuses on customers to pursue sustainable and profitable growth rather than focusing on capital market valuation which is a familiar scenario among Western companies. It is the business departments that are the creators of value for Huawei, while the finance department is tasked to provide support and services to those business departments during the value creation process. The book illustrates how Huawei Finance sets rules, allocates resources, and builds centers of expertise all over the world to address future uncertainties. More than a decade ago Huawei dedicated seven years to implement the Integrated Financial Services (IFS) Transformation Program with the help of IBM consultants. This book also draws on the leading concepts and successful experience of the IFS Transformation Program. Huawei Finance adopts three types of centralized vertical management from the top down: treasury, accounting, and auditing. It does not transfer such central authority down to lower levels, but delegates all other authority to business organizations across all levels. This management model represents the focus of this book. Built on Value provides an overview of Huawei's finance management and will help academic researchers in Business/Management, as well as practitioners in industry, an accurate and in-depth understanding of Huawei as a company.

Genre: Business & Money [f] [x]
Length: 555 Pages (834 KB)
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Global History and New Polycentric Approaches: Europe, Asia and the Americas in a World Network System (Palgrave Studies in Comparative Global ... by Manuel Perez Garcia (Palgrave Macmillan) 3.8 Stars (6 Reviews)    Price verified 8 hours ago

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. Rethinking the ways global history is envisioned and conceptualized in diverse countries such as China, Japan, Mexico or Spain, this collections considers how global issues are connected with our local and national communities. It examines how the discipline had evolved in various historiographies, from Anglo Saxon to southern European, and its emergence in Asia with the rapid development of the Chinese economy motivation to legitimate the current uniqueness of the history and economy of the nation. It contributes to the revitalization of the field of global history in Chinese historiography, which have been dominated by national narratives and promotes a debate to open new venues in which important features such as scholarly mobility, diversity and internationalization are firmly rooted, putting aside national specificities. Dealing with new approaches on the use of empirical data by framing the proper questions and hypotheses and connecting western and eastern sources, this text opens a new forum of discussion on how global history has penetrated in western and eastern historiographies, moving the pivotal axis of analysis from national perspectives to open new venues of global history.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 352 Pages (4,105 KB)
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The Changing Economic Geography of Globalization (Routledge Studies in Global Competition Book 27) by Giovanna Vertova (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 8 hours ago

The process of globalization has had profound, often destabilizing, effects on space, at all levels (i.e. local, regional, national, international). This revealing book analyzes, both theoretically and empirically, the effects of globalization over space. It considers, through a dialogue among different paradigms, the ways in which space has become more important in the global economy. Globalization has been advocated as a way of shrinking time and space which will lead to a homogenized global market; a suggestion challenged in differing ways and with a variety of approaches by all the contributors to this volume. Leading authorities from a range of disciplines are represented amongst this impressive list of contributors, including Eric Sheppard, Bjørn Asheim, Richard Walker and Peter Swann. The chapters demonstrate persuasively the continuing, and even increasing, role of space in the global economy, and throughout, the book covers viewpoints from the fields of: • international political economy • economic geography • regional and local economics. This impressive volume, which contains a selection of the best in contemporary scholarship, will be of interest to the international arena of academicians, policy makers and professionals in these or related fields.

Genre: Business & Money [f] [x]
Length: 411 Pages (2,060 KB)
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Principles of Mechanics: Fundamental University Physics (Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation) by Salma Alrasheed (Springer) 4.8 Stars (10 Reviews)    Price verified 11 hours ago

This open access textbook takes the reader step-by-step through the concepts of mechanics in a clear and detailed manner. Mechanics is considered to be the core of physics, where a deep understanding of the concepts is essential in understanding all branches of physics. Many proofs and examples are included to help the reader grasp the fundamentals fully, paving the way to deal with more advanced topics. After solving all of the examples, the reader will have gained a solid foundation in mechanics and the skills to apply the concepts in a variety of situations. The book is useful for undergraduate students majoring in physics and other science and engineering disciplines. It can also be used as a reference for more advanced levels.

Genre: Science & Math [f] [x]
Length: 484 Pages (72,751 KB)
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Faith in Life: John Dewey's Early Philosophy (American Philosophy) by Donald J. Morse (Fordham University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

This is the first book to consider John Dewey's early philosophy on its own terms and to explicate its key ideas. It does so through the fullest treatment to date of his youthful masterwork, the Psychology. This fuller treatment reveals that the received view, which sees Dewey's early philosophy as unimportant in its own right, is deeply mistaken. In fact, Dewey's early philosophy amounts to an important new form of idealism. More specifically, Dewey's idealism contains a new logic of rupture, which allows us to achieve four things: ? A focus on discontinuity that challenges all naturalistic views, including Dewey's own later view; ? A space of critical resistance to events that is at the same time the source of ideals; ? A faith in the development of ideals that challenges pessimists like Schopenhauer and Nietzsche; and ? A non-traditional reading of Hegel that invites comparison with cutting-edge Continental philosophers, such as Adorno, Derrida, and Zizek, and even goes beyond them in its systematic approach; In making these discoveries, the author forges a new link between American and European philosophy, showing how they share similar insights and concerns. He also provides an original assessment of Dewey's relationship to his teacher, George Sylvester Morris, and to other important thinkers of the day, giving us a fresh picture of John Dewey, the man and the philosopher, in the early years of his career. Readers will find a wide range of topics discussed, from Dewey's early reflections on Kant and Hegel to the nature of beauty, courage, sympathy, hatred, love, and even death and despair. This is a book for anyone interested in the thought of John Dewey, American pragmatism, Continental Philosophy, or a new idealism appearing on the scene.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 340 Pages (740 KB)
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Deadline Minnesota: Riveting stories from one of America's best columnists by Rubén Rosario 5.0 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Policing. Crime. Suicide. A deadly bridge collapse. The murders of six siblings, five more in a firebombing. Sex trafficking. During his nearly 23 years as a metro columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, NYC raised Rubén Rosario unflinchingly peeled back the veneer of "Minnesota Nice" to shed a gritty but humanistic light on tough issues faced by people who are often forgotten or, as U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar writes, "often left out of the headlines." In this collection of thought provoking, insightful and sometimes heart warming and inspirational columns, the award winning writer and 43-year newspaper journalism veteran also movingly writes about his incurable cancer journey and why it took him nearly 50 years to disclose his childhood sexual abuse. There's no doubt it will leave an indelible mark on the soul of the reader.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [f] [x]
Length: 349 Pages (40,932 KB)
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The Cold War in the Classroom: International Perspectives on Textbooks and Memory Practices (Palgrave Studies in Educational Media) by Barbara Christophe (Palgrave Macmillan) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This book explores how the socially disputed period of the Cold War is remembered in today's history classroom. Applying a diverse set of methodological strategies, the authors map the dividing lines in and between memory cultures across the globe, paying special attention to the impact the crisis-driven age of our present has on images of the past. Authors analysing educational media point to ambivalence, vagueness and contradictions in textbook narratives understood to be echoes of societal and academic controversies. Others focus on teachers and the history classroom, showing how unresolved political issues create tensions in history education. They render visible how teachers struggle to handle these challenges by pretending that what they do is 'just history'. The contributions to this book unveil how teachers, backgrounding the political inherent in all memory practices, often nourish the illusion that the history in which they are engaged is all about addressing the past with a reflexive and disciplined approach.

Genre: Education & Teaching [f] [x]
Length: 505 Pages (6,519 KB)
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Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems: 26th International Conference, TACAS 2020, Held as Part of the European Joint ... by Armin Biere (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This open access two-volume set constitutes the proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems, TACAS 2020, which took place in Dublin, Ireland, in April 2020, and was held as Part of the European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2020. The total of 60 regular papers presented in these volumes was carefully reviewed and selected from 155 submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections as follows: Part I: Program verification; SAT and SMT; Timed and Dynamical Systems; Verifying Concurrent Systems; Probabilistic Systems; Model Checking and Reachability; and Timed and Probabilistic Systems. Part II: Bisimulation; Verification and Efficiency; Logic and Proof; Tools and Case Studies; Games and Automata; and SV-COMP 2020.

Genre: Computers & Technology [f] [x]
Length: 448 Pages (16,804 KB)
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Law, Religion and the Environment in Africa (Law and Religion in Africa Series Book 7) by M. Christian Green (African Sun Media) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

This volume explores themes of ecotheology, ecofeminism, environmental pollution and degradation, climate change, human and environmental rights, sustainable development, human-animal relations through totem and taboo, sacred sites and spaces, and other environmental topics in ways that add immeasurably to the study of African environmentalisms and the interaction of law and religion. In terms of religion, the capability of humans not only to sin and destroy the earth, but also to repair and redeem it, is very much in evidence across Christianity, Islam and Africa's many indigenous religious and cultural traditions. In terms of law, the need for effective policies and for states and governments to work with indigenous groups and communities towards environmental solutions is also apparent.

Genre: Science & Math [f] [x]
Length: 640 Pages (2,559 KB)
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Guide to Software Projects for Business People: digital transformation by Jonathan P. Crosby 4.6 Stars (17 Reviews)    Price verified 8 hours ago

In the fast-paced business world of today, as IT moves out from back stage to center stage, business professionals can no longer afford to just leave all that techie stuff to the pros. To optimize the chances of success, core business decisions and software development need to go hand in hand right from the start of any software project. More and more business people are now reaping the rewards from gaining the essential knowledge of software development to collaborate more closely with IT teams and make better informed choices during a project. Seasoned IT consultant Jonathan Crosby draws from his knowledge and experience in all kinds of technical challenges across a variety of industries for over 20 years. Emphasizing the power of good communication and effective teamwork, he advocates bringing business into development, and development into business. This book will act as your guide, explaining the stages of a software project in simple terms. By using metaphors and hand-crafted illustrations, the technical topics become clear and easy to follow.

Genre: Business & Money [f] [x]
Length: 335 Pages (11,750 KB)
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Easy Good Food! Instant Pot 550 Recipes.: 550 Pressure Cooker Recipes that will Help You Eat Good Food Every Day - This Instant Pot Cookbook is an ... by Andrew Roman 5.0 Stars (11 Reviews)    Price verified 8 hours ago

We live an active life. Often there is not enough time to take care of the most important thing - our health. Andrew Roman (the author of this book) was faced with the problem of excess weight and began to study the body. He decided to start with his daily diet. Andrew selected recipes that everyone can quickly prepare. Now all the proven recipes are in this cookbook. Instant pot in the kitchen makes it possible to cook delicious and simple. Andrew's children are already used to cooking according to their father's recipes and freely use this device. 550 recipes for simple, good food for the whole family. With concern for your well-being.

Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine [f] [x]
Length: 883 Pages (3,133 KB)
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Rising Powers and Peacebuilding: Breaking the Mold? (Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies) by Cedric de Coning (Palgrave Macmillan) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 7 hours ago

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This edited volume examines the policies and practices of rising powers on peacebuilding. It analyzes how and why their approaches differ from those of traditional donors and multilateral institutions. The policies of the rising powers towards peacebuilding may significantly influence how the UN and others undertake peacebuilding in the future. This book is an invaluable resource for practitioners, policy makers, researchers and students who want to understand how peacebuilding is likely to evolve over the next decades.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 325 Pages (1,156 KB)
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Technologies for Development: From Innovation to Social Impact by Silvia Hostettler (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 7 hours ago

This open access book presents 18 case studies that explore current scientific and technological efforts to address global development issues, such as poverty, from a holistic and interdisciplinary point of view, putting actual impacts at the centre of its analysis. It illustrates the use of technologies for development in various fields of research, such as humanitarian action, medical and information and communication technology, disaster risk-reduction technologies, habitat and sustainable access to energy. The authors discuss how innovative technologies, such as unmanned aerial vehicles for disaster risk reduction, crowdsourcing humanitarian data, online education and ICT-based medical technologies can have significant social impact. The book brings together the best papers of the 2016 International Conference on Technologies for Development at EPFL, Switzerland. The book explores how the gap between innovation in the global South and actual social impact can be bridged. It fosters exchange between engineers, other scientists, practitioners and policy makers active at the interface of innovation and technology and human, social, and economic development.

Genre: Engineering & Transportation [f] [x]
Length: 329 Pages (5,715 KB)
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Ancient Households of the Americas: Conceptualizing What Households Do by Nancy Gonlin (University Press of Colorado) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

In Ancient Households of the Americas archaeologists investigate the fundamental role of household production in ancient, colonial, and contemporary households. Several different cultures-Iroquois, Coosa, Anasazi, Hohokam, San Agustín, Wankarani, Formative Gulf Coast Mexico, and Formative, Classic, Colonial, and contemporary Maya-are analyzed through the lens of household archaeology in concrete, data-driven case studies. The text is divided into three sections: Section I examines the spatial and social organization and context of household production; Section II looks at the role and results of households as primary producers; and Section III investigates the role of, and interplay among, households in their greater political and socioeconomic communities. In the past few decades, household archaeology has made substantial contributions to our understanding and explanation of the past through the documentation of the household as a social unit-whether small or large, rural or urban, commoner or elite. These case studies from a broad swath of the Americas make Ancient Households of the Americas extremely valuable for continuing the comparative interdisciplinary study of households.

Genre: History [f] [x]
Length: 470 Pages (20,025 KB)
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Oscar Wilde: Complete Plays: The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband, Duchess of Padua,Salomé... (Bauer Classics) (All Time Best Writers ... by Oscar Wilde (Bauer Books) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 minutes ago

'Oscar Wilde: Complete Plays' contains: • Lady Windermere's Fan • An Ideal Husband • The Importance of Being Earnest • A Woman of No Importance • Salomé • Duchess of Padua • Vera, or The Nihilists • A Florentine Tragedy • La Sainte Courtisane

Genre: Arts & Photography [f] [x]
Length: 569 Pages (934 KB)
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A Supplement to A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: William McKinley by William McKinley (Good Press) Price verified 14 hours ago

"A Supplement to A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: William McKinley" by William McKinley. 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: History [f] [x]
Length: 467 Pages (2,001 KB)
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Main Currents in Nineteenth Century Literature - 3. The Reaction in France by Georg Brandes (Good Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 17 hours ago

"Main Currents in Nineteenth Century Literature - 3. The Reaction in France" by Georg Brandes (translated by Diana White, Mary Morison). 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: History [f] [x]
Length: 309 Pages (2,740 KB)
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Toronto of Old: Collections and recollections illustrative of the early settlement and social life of the capital of Ontario by Henry Scadding (Good Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

"Toronto of Old" by Henry Scadding. 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: History [f] [x]
Length: 304 Pages (2,589 KB)
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Steaming Volume One: King Paul's Big, Nasty Unofficial Book of Reactor and Engineering Memories (The King Paul Series 1) by Ram Tuli 5.0 Stars (21 Reviews)    Price verified 7 hours ago

Gather 'round, my fellow tars and pour yourself a drink (preferably a San Miguel). What you're about to read is the largest collection of sea stories ever gathered in one place. Best of all, these stories come from fellow USS Enterprise nukes and engineers. No one can deny that the Big E was the greatest warship ever built, and that the guys who gave her her steam were the best nukes and engineers in the fleet. We were also pretty darn funny. In fact, our sense of humor was legendary. It was the one thing that helped get us through it all. More than just sea stories, these are the tales of our youth, the recollections of life-long friends, and random memories of strange people and faraway places.

Genre: History [f] [x]
Length: 534 Pages (65,598 KB)
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FHEasy: A Year of Weekly Teachings and Daily Devotionals by Christina Shelley Albrecht (Cedar Fort, Inc.) 5.0 Stars (24 Reviews)    Price verified 11 hours ago

"SIMPLIFY YOUR FAMILY HOME EVENINGS with this book of quick and easy FHE lessons that can be taught and enjoyed by both parents and children. FHEasy offers a wide variety of lessons that include the Articles of Faith, topics from the For the Strength of Youth pamphlet, specific commandments, general conferences, and special holidays with a gospel perspective. FHEASY ALSO PROVIDES ? Age-appropriate adaptations within each lesson for younger and older children. ? A Church history section in each lesson to familiarize families with Church history events. ? Short scriptures, based on the FHE lesson topic for that week, allow for smooth and easy daily family scripture study. FHEasy will allow you to spend more time with your family and less time worried about planning this week's FHE!"

Genre: Parenting & Relationships [f] [x]
Length: 459 Pages (7,404 KB)
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Bird's Eye View: Stories of a life lived in health care by Sue Robins (Bird Communications) 5.0 Stars (9 Reviews)    Price verified 7 hours ago

Bird's Eye View is a compelling book of stories sharing a life lived in health care. Written for health professionals, each chapter offers insight into how it feels to be a vulnerable patient. Poignant and provocative, this unique book highlights the patient and family experience and includes practical wisdom to inspire us all.

Genre: Biographies & Memoirs [f] [x]
Length: 302 Pages (2,296 KB)
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Philip Gilbert Hamerton: An Autobiography, 1834-1858, and a Memoir by His Wife, 1858-1894 by Philip Gilbert Hamerton (Good Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

"Philip Gilbert Hamerton" by Eugénie Hamerton, Philip Gilbert Hamerton. 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: Arts & Photography [f] [x]
Length: 626 Pages (2,284 KB)
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Vote Buying in Indonesia: The Mechanics of Electoral Bribery by Burhanuddin Muhtadi (Palgrave Macmillan) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 7 hours ago

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This book investigates the impact of vote buying on the accountability of democratic institutions and policy representation in newly democratic countries, with a focus on Indonesia. In doing so, the book presents a wide-ranging study of the dynamics of vote buying in Indonesia's young democracy, exploring the nature, extent, determinants, targeting and effectiveness of this practice. It addresses these central issues in the context of comparative studies of vote buying, arguing that although party loyalists are disproportionately targeted in vote buying efforts, in total numbers -- given the relatively small number of party loyalists in Indonesia -- vote buying hits more uncommitted voters. It also demonstrates that the effectiveness of vote buying on vote choice is in the 10 percent range, which is sufficient for many candidates to secure a seat and thus explains why they still engage in vote buying despite high levels of leakage.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 381 Pages (8,648 KB)
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Taiwan and China: Fitful Embrace by Lowell Dittmer (University of California Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 7 hours 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. China's relation to Taiwan has been in constant contention since the founding of the People's Republic of China in October 1949 and the creation of the defeated Kuomintang (KMT) exile regime on the island two months later. The island's autonomous sovereignty has continually been challenged, initially because of the KMT's insistence that it continue to represent not just Taiwan but all of China -- and later because Taiwan refused to cede sovereignty to the then-dominant power that had arisen on the other side of the Taiwan Strait. One thing that makes Taiwan so politically difficult and yet so intellectually fascinating is that it ­­is not merely a security problem, but a ganglion of interrelated puzzles. The optimistic hope of the Ma Ying-jeou administration for a new era of peace and cooperation foundered on a landslide victory by the Democratic Progressive Party, which has made clear its intent to distance Taiwan from China's political embrace. The Taiwanese are now waiting with bated breath as the relationship tautens. Why did détente fail, and what chance does Taiwan have without it? Contributors to this volume focus on three aspects of the evolving quandary: nationalistic identity, social economy, and political strategy.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 321 Pages (6,806 KB)
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The Minority of Henry the Third by Kate Norgate (Good Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

"The Minority of Henry the Third" by Kate Norgate. 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: History [f] [x]
Length: 407 Pages (2,192 KB)
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Public Goods Provision in the Early Modern Economy: Comparative Perspectives from Japan, China, and Europe by Masayuki Tanimoto (University of California Press) 3.5 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 10 hours ago

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press's Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. Scholarly discussions on economic development in history, specifically those linked to industrialization or modern economic growth, have paid great attention to the formation and development of the market economy as a set of institutions able to augment people's welfare. The role of specific nonmarket practices for promoting the economic development and welfare has been a distinct concern, typically involving discussion of the state's economic policies. How have societies tackled those issues that the market did not? To what extent did those solutions reflect the structure of an economy? Public Goods Provision in the Early Modern Economy explores these questions by investigating efforts made for the provision of "public goods" in early modern economies from the perspective of Japanese socioeconomic history during Tokugawa era (1603-1868), and by comparing those cases with others from Europe and China's economic history. The contributors focus on three areas of inquiry -- early modern era welfare policies for the poor, infrastructure, and forest management -- to provide both a unique perspective on Japanese public finance at local levels and a vantage point outside of Europe to encourage a more global view of early modern political economies that shaped subsequent modern transformations.

Genre: History [f] [x]
Length: 348 Pages (5,755 KB)
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The Geneva Protocol by David Hunter Miller (Good Press) Price verified one day ago

"The Geneva Protocol" by David Hunter Miller. 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: Law [f] [x]
Length: 324 Pages (1,910 KB)
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Bioeconomy: Shaping the Transition to a Sustainable, Biobased Economy by Iris Lewandowski (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This book defines the new field of "Bioeconomy" as the sustainable and innovative use of biomass and biological knowledge to provide food, feed, industrial products, bioenergy and ecological services. The chapters highlight the importance of bioeconomy-related concepts in public, scientific, and political discourse. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the authors outline the dimensions of the bioeconomy as a means of achieving sustainability. The authors are ideally situated to elaborate on the diverse aspects of the bioeconomy. They have acquired in-depth experience of interdisciplinary research through the university's focus on "Bioeconomy", its contribution to the Bioeconomy Research Program of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, and its participation in the German Bioeconomy Council. With the number of bioeconomy-related projects at European universities rising, this book will provide graduate students and researchers with background information on the bioeconomy. It will familiarize scientific readers with bioeconomy-related terms and give scientific background for economists, agronomists and natural scientists alike.

Genre: Business & Money [f] [x]
Length: 651 Pages (16,324 KB)
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Data-Driven Policy Impact Evaluation: How Access to Microdata is Transforming Policy Design by Nuno Crato (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

In the light of better and more detailed administrative databases, this open access book provides statistical tools for evaluating the effects of public policies advocated by governments and public institutions. Experts from academia, national statistics offices and various research centers present modern econometric methods for an efficient data-driven policy evaluation and monitoring, assess the causal effects of policy measures and report on best practices of successful data management and usage. Topics include data confidentiality, data linkage, and national practices in policy areas such as public health, education and employment. It offers scholars as well as practitioners from public administrations, consultancy firms and nongovernmental organizations insights into counterfactual impact evaluation methods and the potential of data-based policy and program evaluation.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 496 Pages (11,776 KB)
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Step One: Save the World: The Journey of a Water Protector by DJ Rankin 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

??This is a cookbook. This is an adventure novel. This is a love story. This is a tale of survival. This is a spiritual journey. This is a catalog of the oppressions and destructions perpetrated by the machine of mankind. This is a handbook on standing up to the tyranny enacted by a corrupt government through the mechanism of fear. This is a recruitment manual for a global movement of resistance. We are winning. It is time to stand up. Enough is enough. Do what feels right. ??Last winter I was called to Standing Rock to protect the water and my entire world was flipped upside down. I lived in the most amazing, love based, frozen tipi utopia, where I connected with the greatest human beings imaginable, and connected to myself and the universe through the ceremonies of the Lakota people, and through science. I was simultaneously exposed to not only the long list of evils unleashed on our species and planet in the name of money, but witnessed this first hand through a cloud of tear gas and militarized police. It was the greatest experience ever. I mean, I was grilling steaks in a forty below lightening blizzard. You should come over for dinner sometime.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 755 Pages (1,128 KB)
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Governance for Justice and Environmental Sustainability: Lessons across Natural Resource Sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa by Merle Sowman (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

Understanding the governance of complex social-ecological systems is vital in a world faced with rapid environmental change, conflicts over dwindling natural resources, stark disparities between rich and poor and the crises of sustainability. Improved understanding is also essential to promote governance approaches that are underpinned by justice and equity principles and that aim to reduce inequality and benefit the most marginalised sectors of society. This book is concerned with enhancing the understanding of governance in relation to social justice and environmental sustainability across a range of natural resource sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa. By examining governance across various sectors, it reveals the main drivers that influence the nature of governance, the principles and norms that shape it, as well as the factors that constrain or enable achievement of justice and sustainability outcomes. The book also illuminates the complex relationships that exist between various governance actors at different scales, and the reality and challenge of plural legal systems in much of Sub-Saharan Africa. The book comprises 16 chapters, 12 of them case studies recounting experiences in the forest, wildlife, fisheries, conservation, mining and water sectors of diverse countries: Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Cameroon.Through insights from these studies, the book seeks to draw lessons from the praxis of natural resource governance in Sub-Saharan Africa and to contribute to debates on how governance can be strengthened and best configured to meet the needs of the poor, in a way that is both socially just and ecologically sustainable.

Genre: Engineering & Transportation [f] [x]
Length: 386 Pages (4,894 KB)
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Counteracting Urban Heat Island Effects in a Global Climate Change Scenario by Francesco Musco (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

Urban heat islands are a new type of microclimatic phenomenon that causes a significant increase in the temperature of cities compared to surrounding areas. The phenomenon has been enforced by the current trend towards climate change. Although experts consider urban heat islands an urgent European Union public health concern, there are too few policies that address it. The EU carried out a project to learn more about this phenomenon through pilot initiatives. The pilots included feasibility studies and strategies for appropriately altering planning rules and governance to tackle the problem of urban heat islands. The pilots were carried out in eight metropolitan areas: Bologna/Modena, Budapest, Ljubljana, Lodz, Prague, Stuttgart, Venice/Padova, and Vienna. The feasibility studies carried out in these pilot areas focused on the specific morphology of EU urban areas, which are often characterised by the presence of historical old towns.

Genre: Engineering & Transportation [f] [x]
Length: 453 Pages (33,171 KB)
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Perspectives on European Earthquake Engineering and Seismology: Volume 2 (Geotechnical, Geological and Earthquake Engineering Book 39) by Atilla Ansal (Springer) 3.5 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 8 hours ago

This book collects 4 keynote and 15 theme lectures presented at the 2nd European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (2ECEES), held in Istanbul, Turkey, from August 24 to 29, 2014. The conference was organized by the Turkish Earthquake Foundation - Earthquake Engineering Committee and Prime Ministry, Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency under the auspices of the European Association for Earthquake Engineering (EAEE) and European Seismological Commission (ESC). The book's nineteen state-of-the-art chapters were written by the most prominent researchers in Europe and address a comprehensive collection of topics on earthquake engineering, as well as interdisciplinary subjects such as engineering seismology and seismic risk assessment and management. Further topics include engineering seismology, geotechnical earthquake engineering, seismic performance of buildings, earthquake-resistant engineering structures, new techniques and technologies, and managing risk in seismic regions. The book also presents the First Professor Inge Lehmann Distinguished Award Lecture given by Prof. Shamita Das in honor of Prof. Dr. Inge Lehmann. The aim of this work is to present the state-of-the art and latest practices in the fields of earthquake engineering and seismology, with Europe's most respected researchers addressing recent and ongoing developments while also proposing innovative avenues for future research and development. Given its cutting-edge conten t and broad spectrum of topics, the book offers a unique reference guide for researchers in these fields. Audience: This book is of interest to civil engineers in the fields of geotechnical and structural earthquake engineering; scientists and researchers in the fields of seismology, geology and geophysics. Not only scientists, engineers and students, but also those interested in earthquake hazard assessment and mitigation will find in this book the most recent advances.

Genre: Science & Math [f] [x]
Length: 463 Pages (12,604 KB)
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Thinking Through the Cold War by David Jardini 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

Thinking Through the Cold War represents the first scholarly history of the RAND Corporation from its inception in the waning years of World War II through the organization's strategic diversification from military into social welfare policy analysis in the 1960s and 1970s. The book is based on extensive research in RAND's internal archives, oral history interviews, as well as numerous other primary document collections. More than an institutional history of RAND, Thinking Through the Cold War uses the RAND Corporation as a window on the complex interaction among national security and social welfare research and policy-making in Cold War America. It argues that the Cold War had deep effects not only on the locus of research and development but also on the process of knowledge production in the United States. The emergence and proliferation of entirely new classes of research institutions during the Cold War altered the structural landscape of American science as well as American democracy. For better or worse, public policy research organizations, of which RAND is the archetype, are now embedded in American public policy-making, and the tools forged at RAND for policy analysis and decision-making are now pervasive. In their rationality, mathematical complexity, and professed objectivity, these tools embody the values and achievements of modern American social science. Yet, by reinforcing centralized, elitist policy-making, their widespread adoption in the federal government may have contributed to the alienation many Americans feel concerning the national government. Historians across the United States are just beginning to untangle the complex implications of the Cold War for American society. Thinking Through the Cold War is a significant step forward in this effort.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 646 Pages (1,665 KB)
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Agricultural and Forestry Reconstruction After the Great East Japan Earthquake: Tsunami, Radioactive, and Reputational Damages by Toshiyuki Monma (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

This book summarizes the results of 3 years of agricultural and forestry reconstructive efforts and applied research conducted directly in the affected areas of Fukushima following the Great East Japan Earthquake. It describes fast and effective revival methods and technologies from tsunami and radiation damages, demonstrated through the collaborative efforts of researchers, students, local farmers, forest owners, and municipalities gathered under the Tokyo University of Agriculture East Japan Assistance Project. Consisting of four parts, the first part of the book provides an overview of the damage and measures taken to overcome them by the local municipalities and the Tokyo University of Agriculture. The second part presents data and results of agricultural recovery from the tsunami -- for example, monitoring systems, reconstruction models, and convenient, low-cost methods developed for the restoration of tsunami-damaged paddy fields. The third part focuses on recovery from radiation-contaminated farmlands and forests and consequent reputational damages. Included are various primary data obtained from field experiments and surveys, studies on the mechanism of contamination, and the results of radical monitoring, decontamination, and restoration techniques performed at this site. The final part is a collection of reflections of local farmers, forest owners, and students who participated in the project. The academic trials and errors recorded in this book are an invaluable contribution to disaster management and recovery processes. It is written for a wide audience, not limited to researchers and students, but also for government and state officials, municipalities, agricultural cooperative staff members, and farmers.

Genre: Science & Math [f] [x]
Length: 352 Pages (8,807 KB)
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The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment: Mountains, Climate Change, Sustainability and People by Philippus Wester (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

This open access volume is the first comprehensive assessment of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. It comprises important scientific research on the social, economic, and environmental pillars of sustainable mountain development and will serve as a basis for evidence-based decision-making to safeguard the environment and advance people's well-being. The compiled content is based on the collective knowledge of over 300 leading researchers, experts and policymakers, brought together by the Hindu Kush Himalayan Monitoring and Assessment Programme (HIMAP) under the coordination of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). This assessment was conducted between 2013 and 2017 as the first of a series of monitoring and assessment reports, under the guidance of the HIMAP Steering Committee: Eklabya Sharma (ICIMOD), Atiq Raman (Bangladesh), Yuba Raj Khatiwada (Nepal), Linxiu Zhang (China), Surendra Pratap Singh (India), Tandong Yao (China) and David Molden (ICIMOD and Chair of the HIMAP SC). This First HKH Assessment Report consists of 16 chapters, which comprehensively assess the current state of knowledge of the HKH region, increase the understanding of various drivers of change and their impacts, address critical data gaps and develop a set of evidence-based and actionable policy solutions and recommendations. These are linked to nine mountain priorities for the mountains and people of the HKH consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals. This book is a must-read for policy makers, academics and students interested in this important region and an essentially important resource for contributors to global assessments such as the IPCC reports.

Genre: Science & Math [f] [x]
Length: 649 Pages (87,785 KB)
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Handbook of Education Policy Studies: School/University, Curriculum, and Assessment, Volume 2 by Guorui Fan (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

This open access handbook brings together the latest research from a wide range of internationally influential scholars to analyze educational policy research from international, historical and interdisciplinary perspectives. By effectively breaking through the boundaries between countries and disciplines, it presents new theories, techniques and methods for contemporary education policy, and illustrates the educational policies and educational reform practices that various countries have introduced to meet the challenges of continuous change. This volume focuses on policies and changes in schools and classrooms. The studies on school changes present the differences in the policies and challenges of K-12 schools and universities in different countries and regions, and in connection with the contradictions and conflicts between tradition and modernization, as well as the changing roles of various stakeholders, especially that of teachers. In terms of curriculum and instruction, many countries have undertaken experiments and introduced changes based on two major themes: "what to teach" and "how to teach". International education assessments represented by PISA not only promote the improvement and extensive application of educational assessment and testing techniques, but have also had far-reaching impacts on education policies and education reforms in many countries. Focusing on the changes in educational policies at the micro level, this volume comprehensively reveals the complex interactions between school organizations, teachers, curricula, teaching and learning, evaluation and other elements within the education system, as well as the latest related reforms worldwide.

Genre: Education & Teaching [f] [x]
Length: 591 Pages (9,557 KB)
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Added: Aug 3rd, 2020

Sloth Crafts: 18 Fun & Creative Step-by-Step Projects (Creature Crafts) by Ellen Deakin (Racehorse) 4.8 Stars (10 Reviews)    Price verified 8 hours ago

These crafts will make you appreciate the slower side of things! Try out these adorable crafts based on the animal that everyone's talking about! Sloths are fuzzy, endearing, and oh-so-sweet! No one can resist their adorable faces -- especially when they're the inspiration for a dozen crafts that will have your sloth-loving friends oohing and aahing. With Sloth Crafts you'll learn how to create sloth: • Plushies • Necklaces • Ornaments • Bags • Brooches • Cakes • Scarves • Masks • And more! Both novice and expert crafters will enjoy this wide variety of projects. Each craft comes with a list of all the items and templates that you will need to create your sloth-fueled fun. There's no shortage of ways in which you'll be able to envision these fantastic sloth crafts?the perfect activities for any creative sloth fan. They're great for yourself or to give as gifts, but you'll probably want to make them for both. Slow down, hang out, and get crafting with Sloth Crafts!

Genre: Crafts, Hobbies & Home [f] [x]
Length: 349 Pages (61,236 KB)
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Amazon Athena: User Guide by Amazon Web Services 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

This is official Amazon Web Services (AWS) documentation for Amazon Athena. Amazon Athena is an interactive query service that makes it easy to analyze data directly in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) using standard SQL. With a few actions in the AWS Management Console, you can point Athena at your data stored in Amazon S3 and begin using standard SQL to run ad-hoc queries and get results in seconds. Athena is serverless, so there is no infrastructure to set up or manage, and you pay only for the queries you run. This documentation is offered here as a free Kindle book, or you can read it online or in PDF format at https://docs.aws.amazon.com/athena/latest/ug/what-is.html.

Genre: Computers & Technology [f] [x]
Length: 733 Pages (4,964 KB)
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The Boys from Old Florida: Inside Gator Nation by Buddy Martin (Sports Publishing) 3.4 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified 8 hours ago

In The Boys from Old Florida, Buddy Martin takes the reader beneath the surface of Florida football as, without bias or sugar coating, he skillfully excavates the truths behind "The Gator Nation." In this book, Martin, a Florida native, has chronicled the real stories of Gator coaches and players through their own eyes and in their words over a 55-year period since 1950 -- and not all are valentines. The school asked all but one of the coaches interviewed to leave or move up. Some players became estranged or never really felt appreciated. Yet, others are forever grateful for their experience as Gator players and feel a sense of brotherhood. Liberating moments such as the arrival of Ray Graves come to life through the words of somebody who experienced it firsthand. Martin's fresh investigations have bolstered his sharp memory of those moments as they unfolded, including Graves's firing after a fairy tale season with his "Super Sophs."

Genre: History [f] [x]
Length: 304 Pages (1,085 KB)
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Preparing for Life in a Digital Age: The IEA International Computer and Information Literacy Study International Report by Julian Fraillon (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

Ability to use information and communication technologies (ICT) is an imperative for effective participation in today's digital age. Schools worldwide are responding to the need to provide young people with that ability. But how effective are they in this regard? The IEA International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) responded to this question by studying the extent to which young people have developed computer and information literacy (CIL), which is defined as the ability to use computers to investigate, create and communicate with others at home, school, the workplace and in society. The study was conducted under the auspices of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) and builds on a series of earlier IEA studies focusing on ICT in education. Data were gathered from almost 60,000 Grade 8 students in more than 3,300 schools from 21 education systems. This information was augmented by data from almost 35,000 teachers in those schools and by contextual data collected from school ICT-coordinators, school principals and the ICILS national research centers. The IEA ICILS team systematically investigated differences among the participating countries in students' CIL outcomes, how participating countries were providing CIL-related education and how confident teachers were in using ICT in their pedagogical practice. The team also explored differences within and across countries with respect to relationships between CIL education outcomes and student characteristics and school contexts. In general, the study findings presented in this international report challenge the notion of young people as "digital natives" with a self-developed capacity to use digital technology. The large variations in CIL proficiency within and across the ICILS countries suggest it is naive to expect young people to develop CIL in the absence of coherent learning programs. Findings also indicate that system- and school-level planning ...

Genre: Education & Teaching [f] [x]
Length: 304 Pages (120,156 KB)
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Theoretical and Practical Advances in Computer-based Educational Measurement (Methodology of Educational Measurement and Assessment) by Bernard P. Veldkamp (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

This open access book presents a large number of innovations in the world of operational testing. It brings together different but related areas and provides insight in their possibilities, their advantages and drawbacks. The book not only addresses improvements in the quality of educational measurement, innovations in (inter)national large scale assessments, but also several advances in psychometrics and improvements in computerized adaptive testing, and it also offers examples on the impact of new technology in assessment. Due to its nature, the book will appeal to a broad audience within the educational measurement community. It contributes to both theoretical knowledge and also pays attention to practical implementation of innovations in testing technology.

Genre: Education & Teaching [f] [x]
Length: 570 Pages (35,465 KB)
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Vessel Health and Preservation: The Right Approach for Vascular Access by Nancy L. Moureau (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

This Open access book offers updated and revised information on vessel health and preservation (VHP), a model concept first published in poster form in 2008 and in JVA in 2012, which has received a great deal of attention, especially in the US, UK and Australia. The book presents a model and a new way of thinking applied to vascular access and administration of intravenous treatment, and shows how establishing and maintaining a route of access to the bloodstream is essential for patients in acute care today. Until now, little thought has been given to an intentional process to guide selection, insertion and management of vascular access devices (VADs) and by default actions are based on crisis management when a quickly selected VAD fails. The book details how VHP establishes a framework or pathway model for each step of the patient experience, intentionally guiding, improving and eliminating risk when possible. The evidence points to the fact that reducing fragmentation, establishing a pathway, and teaching the process to all stakeholders reduces complications with intravenous therapy, improves efficiency and diminishes cost. As such this book appeals to bedside nurses, physicians and other health professionals.

Genre: Medical eBooks [f] [x]
Length: 320 Pages (43,976 KB)
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Computational Thinking Education by Siu-Cheung Kong (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

This This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.This book offers a comprehensive guide, covering every important aspect of computational thinking education. It provides an in-depth discussion of computational thinking, including the notion of perceiving computational thinking practices as ways of mapping models from the abstraction of data and process structures to natural phenomena. Further, it explores how computational thinking education is implemented in different regions, and how computational thinking is being integrated into subject learning in K-12 education. In closing, it discusses computational thinking from the perspective of STEM education, the use of video games to teach computational thinking, and how computational thinking is helping to transform the quality of the workforce in the textile and apparel industry.

Genre: Education & Teaching [f] [x]
Length: 391 Pages (40,887 KB)
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The Sources of Anti-Slavery Constitutionalism in America, 1760-1848 by William M. Wiecek (Cornell University Press) 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 12 hours ago

This ambitious book examines the constitutional and legal doctrines of the antislavery movement from the eve of the American Revolution to the Wilmot Proviso and the 1848 national elections. Relating political activity to constitutional thought, William M. Wiecek surveys the antislavery societies, the ideas of their individual members, and the actions of those opposed to slavery and its expansion into the territories. He shows that the idea of constitutionalism has popular origins and was not the exclusive creation of a caste of lawyers. In offering a sophisticated examination of both sides of the argument about slavery, he not only discusses court cases and statutes, but also considers a broad range of "extrajudicial" thought -- political speeches and pamphlets, legislative debates and arguments.

Genre: History [f] [x]
Length: 309 Pages (862 KB)
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Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill 4.6 Stars (18,886 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Think and Grow Rich is the number-one inspirational and motivational classic for individuals who are interested in furthering their lives and reaching their goals by learning from important figures in history. The text read in this audiobook is the original 1937 edition written by Napoleon Hill and inspired by Andrew Carnegie, and while it has often been reproduced, no updated version has ever been able to compete with the original. It has been used as a roadmap to achievement by countless individuals. The 13 Steps to Riches described in this audiobook offer the shortest dependable philosophy of individual achievement ever presented for the benefit of the man or woman who is searching for a definite goal in life. It comes directly from the experiences of hundreds of America's most successful men. Hill interviewed 504 people, including Ford, Wrigley, Wanamaker, Eastman, Rockefeller, Edison, Woolworth, Darrow, Burbank, Morgan, Firestone, and three United States presidents. The process of conducting these interviews required an investment of 20 years of Napoleon Hill's life. This audiobook will guide many to success, and has sold millions of printed copies for nearly three quarters of a century. Yes, one can gather from the title that the starting place for wealth is in a person's thoughts - and this title is the source for most of today's motivational speakers. So why not go back to the original source?

Genre: Business & Money [f] [x]
Length: 357 Pages (466 KB)
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Advances in Discrete Differential Geometry by Alexander I. Bobenko (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

This is one of the first books on a newly emerging field of discrete differential geometry and an excellent way to access this exciting area. It surveys the fascinating connections between discrete models in differential geometry and complex analysis, integrable systems and applications in computer graphics. The authors take a closer look at discrete models in differential geometry and dynamical systems. Their curves are polygonal, surfaces are made from triangles and quadrilaterals, and time is discrete. Nevertheless, the difference between the corresponding smooth curves, surfaces and classical dynamical systems with continuous time can hardly be seen. This is the paradigm of structure-preserving discretizations. Current advances in this field are stimulated to a large extent by its relevance for computer graphics and mathematical physics. This book is written by specialists working together on a common research project. It is about differential geometry and dynamical systems, smooth and discrete theories, and on pure mathematics and its practical applications. The interaction of these facets is demonstrated by concrete examples, including discrete conformal mappings, discrete complex analysis, discrete curvatures and special surfaces, discrete integrable systems, conformal texture mappings in computer graphics, and free-form architecture. This richly illustrated book will convince readers that this new branch of mathematics is both beautiful and useful. It will appeal to graduate students and researchers in differential geometry, complex analysis, mathematical physics, numerical methods, discrete geometry, as well as computer graphics and geometry processing.

Genre: Science & Math [f] [x]
Length: 439 Pages (31,500 KB)
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Added: Aug 2nd, 2020

Wittgenstein's Novels (Studies in Philosophy) by Martin Klebes (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 minutes ago

Analyzing features of Wittgenstein's philosophical work and including in-depth textual analyses, this study investigates the impact of Ludwig Wittgenstein's work on contemporary German and French novelists. Drawing upon aesthetics, architectural history, philosophy of science, and photography, the book seeks to explain why references both to Wittgenstein as a person, as well as to his work are more pervasive than other equally renowned twentieth century philosophers and asks why some authors such as Händler and Roubaud, are less well-known and only partially translated into English.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 305 Pages (3,348 KB)
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Open Access in Theory and Practice: The Theory-Practice Relationship and Openness (Routledge Critical Studies on Open Access) by Stephen Pinfield (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

Open Access in Theory and Practice investigates the theory-practice relationship in the domain of open access publication and dissemination of research outputs. Drawing on detailed analysis of the literature and current practice in OA, as well as data collected in detailed interviews with practitioners, policymakers, and researchers, the book discusses what constitutes 'theory', and how the role of theory is perceived by both theorists and practitioners. Exploring the ways theory and practice have interacted in the development of OA, the authors discuss what this reveals about the nature of the OA phenomenon itself and the theory-practice relationship. Open Access in Theory and Practice contributes to a better understanding of OA and, as such, should be of great interest to academics, researchers, and students working in the fields of information science, publishing studies, science communication, higher education policy, business, and economics. The book also makes an important contribution to the debate of the relationship between theory and practice in information science, and more widely across different fields of the social sciences and humanities

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 332 Pages (3,783 KB)
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Children and Peace: From Research to Action (Peace Psychology Book Series) by Nikola Balvin (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

This open access book brings together discourse on children and peace from the 15th International Symposium on the Contributions of Psychology to Peace, covering issues pertinent to children and peace and approaches to making their world safer, fairer and more sustainable. The book is divided into nine sections that examine traditional themes (social construction and deconstruction of diversity, intergenerational transitions and memories of war, and multiculturalism), as well as contemporary issues such as Europe's "migration crisis", radicalization and violent extremism, and violence in families, schools and communities. Chapters contextualize each issue within specific social ecological frameworks in order to reflect on the multiplicity of influences that affect different outcomes and to discuss how the findings can be applied in different contexts. The volume also provides solutions and hope through its focus on youth empowerment and peacebuilding programs for children and families. This forward-thinking volume offers a multitude of views, approaches, and strategies for research and activism drawn from peace psychology scholars and United Nations researchers and practitioners.This book's multi-layered emphasis on context, structural determinants of peace and conflict, and use of research for action towards social cohesion for children and youth has not been brought together in other peace psychology literature to the same extent. Children and Peace: From Research to Action will be a useful resource for peace psychology academics and students, as well as social and developmental psychology academics and students, peace and development practitioners and activists, policy makers who need to make decisions about the matters covered in the book, child rights advocates and members of multilateral organizations such as the UN.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 419 Pages (5,547 KB)
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A History of the Pakistan Army: Wars and Insurrections by Brian Cloughley (Carrel Books) 3.9 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified 16 hours ago

The scope of this study of the Pakistan Army must be wide and in-depth, as the army has played a major part in the country's history. The author describes Pakistan's violent internal politics and erratic international relations with a deep knowledge gained through his long association with the country and its armed forces. Pakistan's wars with India are covered vividly, drawing on unpublished material and details from Indian as well as Pakistani sources. The country's resurrection under Zulfikar Ali Bhutto is described, as is the decade of dictatorship that followed his time in power. The story of what occurred after this period of dominance, when Pakistan grappled with unaccustomed democracy and verged on anarchy, is told with the aid of the author's personal knowledge of many of the senior players. This fifth edition incorporates new material covering crucial developments since 2014, including Operation Zarb-e-Azb in Waziristan. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Genre: History [f] [x]
Length: 627 Pages (9,691 KB)
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Error-Correction Coding and Decoding: Bounds, Codes, Decoders, Analysis and Applications (Signals and Communication Technology) by Martin Tomlinson (Springer) 3.9 Stars (16 Reviews)    Price verified 4 minutes ago

This book discusses both the theory and practical applications of self-correcting data, commonly known as error-correcting codes. The applications included demonstrate the importance of these codes in a wide range of everyday technologies, from smartphones to secure communications and transactions. Written in a readily understandable style, the book presents the authors' twenty-five years of research organized into five parts: Part I is concerned with the theoretical performance attainable by using error correcting codes to achieve communications efficiency in digital communications systems. Part II explores the construction of error-correcting codes and explains the different families of codes and how they are designed. Techniques are described for producing the very best codes. Part III addresses the analysis of low-density parity-check (LDPC) codes, primarily to calculate their stopping sets and low-weight codeword spectrum which determines the performance of th ese codes. Part IV deals with decoders designed to realize optimum performance. Part V describes applications which include combined error correction and detection, public key cryptography using Goppa codes, correcting errors in passwords and watermarking. This book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in error-correcting codes and their applications, ranging from non-experts to professionals at the forefront of research in their field. This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.

Genre: Computers & Technology [f] [x]
Length: 522 Pages (10,470 KB)
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The Survivalist's Handbook: How to Thrive When Things Fall Apart by Rainer Stahlberg (Skyhorse) 3.9 Stars (11 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

Let Rainer Stahlberg and The Survivalist's Handbook prepare you for any crisis. Here are step-by-step plans for surviving a range of disasters -- both natural and manmade. This sit he ultimate handbook of disaster scenarios and survival techniques. With this one-of-a-kind guide, you can be ready for: Nuclear, chemical, and biological attacks Global energy crises Worldwide economic collapse Natural disasters Drastic climate change Political upheaval And other terrifying scenarios Growing up in Soviet-dominated Hungary, Rainer Stahlberg developed an increasing wariness of the world around him. Wounded in the Hungarian uprising of 1956, he resolved to never be caught unprepared again. His experiences could save your life. Rather than sit and wait for the end of the world, you should treat today as Day One of any potential catastrophe. That way, you will be ready to survive Day Two! Stahlberg provides extensive lists of survival supplies: food, cooking utensils, shelter and camping equipment, defensive weapons, medicine, and items to barter. You are the only person you can count on in a time of crisis, and with this book, you can be prepared and survive when the worst-case scenario becomes a reality.

Genre: History [f] [x]
Length: 432 Pages (28,936 KB)
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Myths and Legends of China: Study of Chinese Folklore by E. T. C. Werner (e-artnow) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 12 hours ago

Myths and Legends of China present a detailed and thorough study of China and its history through folklore tales and mythology. It contains numerous myths, folk tales and legends about gods, animals, dragons, from the Fox legends to the Monkey tales, including some obscure folklore. Written from a sociological point of view it reveals a western look at Chinese history and their myths and legends.

Genre: History [f] [x]
Length: 301 Pages (2,027 KB)
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Equality under the Constitution: Reclaiming the Fourteenth Amendment by Judith A. Baer (Cornell University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 8 hours ago

The principle of equality embedded in the Declaration of Independence and reaffirmed in the Constitution does not distinguish between individuals according to their capacities or merits. It is written into these documents to ensure that each and every person enjoys equal respect and equal rights. Judith Baer maintains, however, that in fact American judicial decisions have consistently denied individuals the form of equality to which they are legally entitled -- that the courts have interpreted constitutional guarantees of equal protection in ways that undermine the original intent of Congress. In Equality under the Constitution, Baer examines the background, scope, and purpose of the Constitution's Fourteenth Amendment and the history of its interpretation by the courts. She traces the development of the idea of equality, drawing on the Bill of Rights, Congressional records, the Civil War amendments, and other sections of the Constitution. Baer discusses many of the significant equal-protection cases decided by the Supreme Court from the time of the amendment's ratification, including decisions on reverse discrimination, age discrimination, the rights of the disabled, and gay rights. She concludes with a theory of equality more faithful to the history, language, and spirit of the Constitution.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [f] [x]
Length: 390 Pages (1,240 KB)
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