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Never Despair, God Is Always There by Larry Whitler 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

One of the responsibilities we have to each other is to share stories that provide comfort, encouragement, and hope. To do that we often have to humble ourselves and to even reveal things about ourselves that might be embarrassing. I especially think that young people need to know that their elders were not perfect, were not saints, made numerous mistakes, and often found themselves stranded, abandoned, out-of-control, and destitute. In the course of a lifetime we can choose to either acknowledge God's presence and role in our lives or we can claim that we are "self-made." I reject the whole "self-made" assessment of our own accomplishments and choose to acknowledge God's presence throughout my life.I am, in no way, a biblical scholar. But I am an observer of life. In my very short book, "Never Despair, God Is Always There," I share stories of my own, and stories of others who responded to a blog post I made, that I believe illustrate God's presence, God's mercy, God's love, God's guidance, and God's plan for all of us.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 108 Pages (1,458 KB)
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Added: Aug 7th, 2020

Data-Driven Policy Impact Evaluation: How Access to Microdata is Transforming Policy Design by Nuno Crato (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 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 [x]
Length: 496 Pages (11,776 KB)
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Added: Aug 6th, 2020

Library and Information Sciences: Trends and Research by Chuanfu Chen (Springer) 3.9 Stars (20 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This book explores the development, trends and research of library and information sciences (LIS) in the digital age. Inside, readers will find research and case studies written by LIS experts, educators and theorists, most of whom have visited China, delivered presentations there and drafted their articles based on feedback they received. As a result, readers will discover the LIS issues and concerns that China and the international community have in common. The book first introduces the opportunities and challenges faced by the library and information literacy profession and discusses the key role of librarians in the future of information literacy education. Next, it covers trends in LIS education by examining the vision of the iSchool movement and detailing its practice in Syracuse University. The book then covers issues in information seeking and retrieval by showing how visual data mining technology can be used to detect the relationship and pattern between terms on the Q&A of a social media site. It also includes a case study regarding tracing information seeking behavior and usage on a multimedia website. Next, the book stresses the importance of building an academic accreditation framework for scientific datasets, explores the relationship between bibliometrics and university rankings, and details the birth and development of East Asian Libraries in North America. Overall, the book offers readers insight into the changing nature of LIS, including the electronic dissemination of information, the impact of the Internet on libraries, the changing responsibilities of library professionals, the new paradigm for evaluating information, and characteristics and functions of today's library personnel.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 253 Pages (5,753 KB)
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Added: Aug 6th, 2020

Letters Pray by Richard A. Gutierrez 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

What if someone, at this very moment, is in need of someone to talk to, or perhaps is just in need of a friend?

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 159 Pages (2,711 KB)
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Added: Aug 6th, 2020

Historical Background of Wang Yang-ming’s Philosophy of Mind: From the Perspective of his Life Story by Ping Dong (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This open access book offers comprehensive information on Wang Yang-ming's life, helping readers identify and grasp the foundations on which his philosophy was established. Though a great man, Wang had an extremely difficult life, full of many hardships. Based on various official histories, Wang's own writings, and his disciples' records, the book explores the legendary life of this ancient philosopher, who not only diligently pursued his objective of living as a sage, but also persistently sought the ideal state of a sage in ideology. The author also shares his own interpretations of the main aspects of Wang's philosophy using simple and straightforward language. This book will help readers understand and appreciate Wang Yang-ming's extraordinary life, his generous mind, deep thoughts and bright personality, inspiring them to pursue enriching lives. It offers a unique and insightful work for undergraduate students and all others interested in Wang's philosophy and life story.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 209 Pages (624 KB)
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Added: Aug 5th, 2020

Gender and the Genocide in Rwanda: Women as Rescuers and Perpetrators (Routledge Studies in Gender and Security) by Sara E. Brown (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This book examines the mobilization, role, and trajectory of women rescuers and perpetrators during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. While much has been written about the victimization of women during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, very little has been said about women who rescued targeted victims or perpetrated crimes against humanity. This book explores and analyzes the role played by women who exercised agency as rescuers and as perpetrators during the genocide in Rwanda. As women, they took actions and decisions within the context of a deeply entrenched patriarchal system that limited their choices. This work examines two diverging paths of women's agency during this period: to rescue from genocide or to perpetrate genocide. It seeks to answer three questions: First, how were certain Rwandan women mobilized to participate in genocide, and by whom? Second, what were the specific actions of women during this period of violence and upheaval? Finally, what were the trajectories of women rescuers and perpetrators after the genocide? Comparing and contrasting how women rescuers and perpetrators were mobilized, the actions they undertook, and their post-genocide trajectories, and concluding with a broader discussion of the long-term impact of ignoring these women, this book develops a more nuanced and holistic view of women's agency and the genocide in Rwanda. This book will be of much interest to students of gender studies, genocide studies, African politics and critical security studies.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 185 Pages (934 KB)
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Added: Aug 5th, 2020

Housing Market Dynamics in Africa by El-hadj M. Bah (Palgrave Macmillan) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This open access book utilizes new data to thoroughly analyze the main factors currently shaping the African housing market. Some of these factors include the supply and demand for housing finance, land tenure security issues, construction cost conundrum, infrastructure provision, and low-cost housing alternatives. Through detailed analysis, the authors investigate the political economy surrounding the continent's housing market and the constraints that behind-the-scenes policy makers need to address in their attempts to provide affordable housing for the majority in need. With Africa's urban population growing rapidly, this study highlights how broad demographic shifts and rapid urbanization are placing enormous pressure on the limited infrastructure in many cities and stretching the economic and social fabric of municipalities to their breaking point. But beyond providing a snapshot of the present conditions of the African housing market, the book offers recommendations and actionable measures for policy makers and other stakeholders on how best to provide affordable housing and alleviate Africa's housing deficit. This work will be of particular interest to practitioners, non-governmental organizations, private sector actors, students and researchers of economic policy, international development, and urban development.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 278 Pages (3,171 KB)
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Added: Aug 4th, 2020

Advances in Proof-Theoretic Semantics (Trends in Logic Book 43) by Thomas Piecha (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This volume is the first ever collection devoted to the field of proof-theoretic semantics. Contributions address topics including the systematics of introduction and elimination rules and proofs of normalization, the categorial characterization of deductions, the relation between Heyting's and Gentzen's approaches to meaning, knowability paradoxes, proof-theoretic foundations of set theory, Dummett's justification of logical laws, Kreisel's theory of constructions, paradoxical reasoning, and the defence of model theory. The field of proof-theoretic semantics has existed for almost 50 years, but the term itself was proposed by Schroeder-Heister in the 1980s. Proof-theoretic semantics explains the meaning of linguistic expressions in general and of logical constants in particular in terms of the notion of proof. This volume emerges from presentations at the Second International Conference on Proof-Theoretic Semantics in Tübingen in 2013, where contributing authors were asked to provide a self-contained description and analysis of a significant research question in this area. The contributions are representative of the field and should be of interest to logicians, philosophers, and mathematicians alike.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 289 Pages (4,650 KB)
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Added: Aug 4th, 2020

The Governing-Evaluation-Knowledge Nexus: Swedish Higher Education as a Case (Evaluating Education: Normative Systems and Institutional Practices) by Christina Segerholm (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This Open Access book analyses the interplay between governing, evaluation and knowledge with an empirical focus on Swedish higher education. It investigates the origins, logics, and mechanisms of evaluation and quality assurance reforms and their dynamic interactions with institutional, national and European policy contexts. The chapters report findings from extensive empirical studies that offer detailed insight into the work of governing in higher education, by giving voice to actors at various levels and positions including the ministry, national agency and University employees. Central themes include the influence of European policy, changing system designs, media relations and quality assurance enactments in University institutions. The book also explores the ways in which an emerging professional cadre, labelled qualocrats, enacts and mediates evaluation and quality assurance policy and practice. Taken together, the expanding evaluation machinery in Swedish higher education highlights the pivotal role of knowledge as a governing resource, and points to special features of evaluation as a particular form of practice that makes knowledge work for governing.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 225 Pages (3,078 KB)
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Added: Aug 3rd, 2020

Forensic Genetics in the Governance of Crime by Helena Machado (Palgrave Pivot) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This open access book uses a critical sociological perspective to explore contemporary ways of reformulating the governance of crime through genetics. Through the lens of scientific knowledge and genetic technology, Machado and Granja offer a unique perspective on current trends in crime governance. They explore the place and role of genetics in criminal justice systems, and show how classical and contemporary social theory can help address challenges posed by social processes and interactions generated by the uses, meanings, and expectations attributed to genetics in the governance of crime. Cutting-edge methods and research techniques are also integrated to address crucial aspects of this social reality. Finally, the authors examine new challenges emerging from recent paradigm shifts within forensic genetics, moving away from the construction of evidence as presented in court to the production of intelligence guiding criminal investigations.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 123 Pages (696 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 hours 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 [x]
Length: 305 Pages (3,348 KB)
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Added: Aug 2nd, 2020

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 4 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 [x]
Length: 332 Pages (3,783 KB)
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Added: Aug 2nd, 2020

Dewey's Metaphysics: Form and Being in the Philosophy of John Dewey by Raymond Boisvert (Fordham University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This work challenges recent neo-pragmatist interpretations of Dewey as a historicist, radically anti-essential thinker. By tracing Dewey's views on the issues of change and permanence, Boisvert demonstrates the way Dewey was able to learn from important scientific discoveries.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 227 Pages (934 KB)
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Added: Aug 2nd, 2020

Children and Peace: From Research to Action (Peace Psychology Book Series) by Nikola Balvin (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 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 [x]
Length: 419 Pages (5,547 KB)
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Added: Aug 2nd, 2020

Agency and Causal Explanation in Economics (Virtues and Economics Book 5) by Peter Róna (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This open access book provides an exploration of the consequences of the ontological differences between natural and social objects (sometimes described as objects of nature and objects of thought) in the workings of causal and agency relationships. One of its important and possibly original conclusions is that causal and agency relationships do not encompass all of the dependent relationships encountered in social life. The idea that social reality is contingent has been known (and largely undisputed) at least since Wittgenstein's "On Certainty", but social science, and most notably economics has continued to operate on the basis of causal and agency theories borrowed or adapted from the natural sciences. This volume contains essays that retain and justify the partial or qualified use of this approach and essays that totally reject any use of causal and agency theory built on determined facts (closed systems).The rejection is based on the possibly original claim that, whereas causation in the objects of the natural sciences reside in their properties, human action is a matter of intentionality. It engages with critical realist theory and re-examines the role of free will in theories of human action in general and economic theory in particular.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 186 Pages (544 KB)
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Added: Aug 1st, 2020

The Workplace of the Future: The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Precariat and the Death of Hierarchies (Routledge Studies in the Economics of ... by Jon-Arild Johannessen (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is a global development that shows no signs of slowing down. In his book, The Workplace of the Future: The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Precariat and the Death of Hierarchies, Jon-Arild Johannessen sets a chilling vision of how robots and artificial intelligence will completely disrupt and transform working life. The author contests that once the dust has settled from the Fourth Industrial Revolution, workplaces and professions will be unrecognizable and we will see the rise of a new social class: the precariat. We will live side by side with the 'working poor' - people who have several jobs, but still can't make ends meet. There will be a small salaried elite consisting of innovation and knowledge workers. Slightly further into the future, there will be a major transformation in professional environments. Johannessen also presents a typology for the precariat, the uncertain work that is created and develops a framework for the working poor, as well as for future innovation and knowledge workers, and sets out a new structure for the social hierarchy. A fascinating and thought-provoking insight into the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, The Workplace of the Future will be of interest to professionals and academics alike. The book is particularly suited to academic courses in management, economy, political science and social sciences.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 129 Pages (1,871 KB)
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Added: Jul 31st, 2020

Equality under the Constitution: Reclaiming the Fourteenth Amendment by Judith A. Baer (Cornell University Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 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 [x]
Length: 390 Pages (1,240 KB)
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Added: Jul 31st, 2020

Volcanic Unrest : From Science to Society (Advances in Volcanology) by Joachim Gottsmann (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 19 hours ago

This open access book summarizes the findings of the VUELCO project, a multi-disciplinary and cross-boundary research funded by the European Commission's 7th framework program. It comprises four broad topics:1. The global significance of volcanic unrest2. Geophysical and geochemical fingerprints of unrest and precursory activity3. Magma dynamics leading to unrest phenomena4. Bridging the gap between science and decision-makingVolcanic unrest is a complex multi-hazard phenomenon. The fact that unrest may, or may not lead to an imminent eruption contributes significant uncertainty to short-term volcanic hazard and risk assessment. Although it is reasonable to assume that all eruptions are associated with precursory activity of some sort, the understanding of the causative links between subsurface processes, resulting unrest signals and imminent eruption is incomplete. When a volcano evolves from dormancy into a phase of unrest, important scientific, political and social questions need to be addressed. This book is aimed at graduate students, researchers of volcanic phenomena, professionals in volcanic hazard and risk assessment, observatory personnel, as well as emergency managers who wish to learn about the complex nature of volcanic unrest and how to utilize new findings to deal with unrest phenomena at scientific and emergency managing levels. This book is open access under a CC BY license.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 321 Pages (42,830 KB)
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Added: Jul 30th, 2020

Improving Psychiatric Care for Older People: Barbara Robb’s Campaign 1965-1975 (Mental Health in Historical Perspective) by Claire Hilton (Palgrave Macmillan) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This book tells the story of Barbara Robb and her pressure group, Aid for the Elderly in Government Institutions (AEGIS). In 1965, Barbara visited 73-year-old Amy Gibbs in a dilapidated and overcrowded National Health Service psychiatric hospital back-ward. She was so appalled by the low standards that she set out to make improvements. Barbara's book Sans Everything: A case to answer was publicly discredited by a complacent and self-righteous Ministry of Health. However, inspired by her work, staff in other hospitals 'whistle-blew' about events they witnessed, which corroborated her allegations. Barbara influenced government policy, to improve psychiatric care and health service complaints procedures, and to establish a hospitals' inspectorate and ombudsman. The book will appeal to campaigners, health and social care staff and others working with older people, and those with an interest in policy development in England, the 1960s, women's history and the history of psychiatry and nursing.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 283 Pages (4,134 KB)
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Added: Jul 30th, 2020

The Place of Devotion: Siting and Experiencing Divinity in Bengal-Vaishnavism (South Asia Across the Disciplines Book 23) by Sukanya Sarbadhikary (University of California Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press's new open access publishing program for monographs. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more. Hindu devotional traditions have long been recognized for their sacred geographies as well as the sensuous aspects of their devotees' experiences. Largely overlooked, however, are the subtle links between these religious expressions. Based on intensive fieldwork conducted among worshippers in Bengal's Navadvip-Mayapur sacred complex, this book discusses the diverse and contrasting ways in which Bengal-Vaishnava devotees experience sacred geography and divinity. Sukanya Sarbadhikary documents an extensive range of practices, which draw on the interactions of mind, body, and viscera. She shows how perspectives on religion, embodiment, affect, and space are enriched when sacred spatialities of internal and external forms are studied at once.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 302 Pages (8,676 KB)
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Added: Jul 29th, 2020

101 Reasons to Vote against Hillary by Wilson Casey (Skyhorse) 3.4 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 18 hours ago

101 REASONS TO VOTE AGAINST HILLARY CLINTON Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy is one of the most talked about issues of the 2016 elections. As a former Senator, First Lady, and Secretary of State, she continues to be a controversial figure and is larger known as someone who will lead the country with a backhanded agenda of “my way or no way." 101 Reasons Not to Vote for Hillary Clinton will help readers understand why Clinton's uncompromising character and experience do not make her a strong presidential candidate, such as: Americans don't need another Clinton in the White House after the Bill Clinton scandal. Simply put, she seems “cold". Clinton voted for the war in Iraq. She was once a republican, now she's a democrat who is considered a centrist by members of her own party. And much more. 101 Reasons Not to Vote for Hillary Clinton will bring a fresh and concise perspective on Clinton's candidacy during the elections.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 128 Pages (1,643 KB)
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Added: Jul 27th, 2020

Russian Nationalism: Imaginaries, Doctrines, and Political Battlefields (BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies Book 129) by Marlene Laruelle (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This book, by one of the foremost authorities on the subject, explores the complex nature of Russian nationalism. It examines nationalism as a multilayered and multifaceted repertoire displayed by a myriad of actors. It considers nationalism as various concepts and ideas emphasizing Russia's distinctive national character, based on the country's geography, history, Orthodoxy, and Soviet technological advances. It analyzes the ideologies of Russia's ultra-nationalist and far-right groups, explores the use of nationalism in the conflict with Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea, and discusses how Putin's political opponents, including Alexei Navalny, make use of nationalism. Overall the book provides a rich analysis of a key force which is profoundly affecting political and societal developments both inside Russia and beyond.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 256 Pages (3,089 KB)
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Added: Jul 27th, 2020

This Will Make a Man of You: One Man?s Search for Hemingway and Manhood in a Changing World by Frank Miniter (Skyhorse) 3.1 Stars (16 Reviews)    Price verified 20 hours ago

One man's quest to becoming a man that Hemingway would be proud to call un compadre. Ben Franklin. Teddy Roosevelt. John Wayne. Babe Ruth. Ernest Hemingway. Looking to follow in the footsteps of these manly men, Frank Miniter decided to go to the places we all agree still make men. This quest led him across the world and finally to a secret fraternity of men who keep an ultimate rite of passage alive. Following the route of the iconic “Papa" Hemingway from Paris to Pamplona with he found that the answers to what happened to manliness, and therefore to what makes men, are in Hemingway's story. Part memoir, part how-to guide, This Will Make a Man of You narrates one man's journey to achieving manliness and uncovers a formula the ancients used to build men of character—a methodology that is still used in the places we all agree still make men. Even better, this formula can help all of us become all we want to be. Through his narrative, Miniter recounts his decision to run with the bulls and his harrowing participation in that intense event with a secretive fraternity of men and women. As he goes he provides readers with sage advice on how they can accomplish their own feats of manliness by using an ancient formula. This is a must-read for every young man looking for a way to become man, for any middle-aged family man seeking adventure, and for all the other types of men in-between. This Will Make a Man Out of You should be read by every red-blooded male.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 188 Pages (689 KB)
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Added: Jul 26th, 2020

The Girl in the Show: Three Generations of Comedy, Culture, and Feminism by Anna Fields (Arcade) 3.7 Stars (23 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

For fans of Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer -- and every other "funny woman" -- comes a candid feminist comedy manifesto exploring the sisterhood between women's comedy and women's liberation. “I'm not funny at all. What I am is brave." —Lucille Ball From female pop culture powerhouses dominating the entertainment landscape to memoirs from today's most vocal feminist comediennes shooting up the bestseller lists, women in comedy have never been more influential. Marking this cultural shift, The Girl in the Show explores how comedy and feminism have grown hand in hand to give women a stronger voice in the ongoing fight for equality. From I Love Lucy to SNL to today's rising cable and web series stars, Anna Fields's entertaining, thoughtful, and candid retrospective combines personal narratives with the historical, political, and cultural contexts of the feminist movement. With interview subjects such as Abbi Jacobson, Molly Shannon, Mo Collins, and Lizz Winstead—as well as actresses, stand-up comics, writers, producers, and female comedy troupes—Fields shares true stories of wit and heroism from some of our most treasured (and underrepresented) artists. Creating a blueprint for the feminist comedians of tomorrow using lessons of the past, The Girl in the Show encourages readers to revel in—and rebel against—our collective ideas of "women's comedy."

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 310 Pages (637 KB)
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Added: Jul 26th, 2020

Sincerity in Politics and International Relations (Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics Book 130) by Sorin Baiasu (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This edited volume examines concepts of sincerity in politics and international relations in order to discuss what we should expect of politicians, within what parameters they should work, and how their decisions and actions could be made consistent with morality. The volume features an international cast of authors who specialize in the topic of sincerity in politics and international relations. Looking at how sincerity bears on political actions, practices, and institutions at national and international level, the introduction serves to place the chapters in the context of ongoing contemporary debates on sincerity in politics and international theory.? Each chapter focuses on a contemporary issue in politics and international relations, including corruption, public hypocrisy, cynicism, trust, security, policy formulation and decision-making, political apology, public reason, political dissimulation, denial and self-deception, and will argue against the background of a Kantian view of sincerity as unconditional. Offering a significant comprehensive outlook on the practical limits of sincerity in political affairs, this work will be of great interest to both students and scholars.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 221 Pages (888 KB)
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Added: Jul 26th, 2020

Blockchain and Crypto Currency: Building a High Quality Marketplace for Crypto Data (Economics, Law, and Institutions in Asia Pacific) by Makoto Yano (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This open access book contributes to the creation of a cyber ecosystem supported by blockchain technology in which technology and people can coexist in harmony. Blockchains have shown that trusted records, or ledgers, of permanent data can be stored on the Internet in a decentralized manner. The decentralization of the recording process is expected to significantly economize the cost of transactions. Creating a ledger on data, a blockchain makes it possible to designate the owner of each piece of data, to trade data pieces, and to market them. This book examines the formation of markets for various types of data from the theory of market quality proposed and developed by M. Yano. Blockchains are expected to give data itself the status of a new production factor. Bringing ownership of data to the hands of data producers, blockchains can reduce the possibility of information leakage, enhance the sharing and use of IoT data, and prevent data monopoly and misuse. The industry will have a bright future as soon as better technology is developed and when a healthy infrastructure is created to support the blockchain market.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 154 Pages (1,094 KB)
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Added: Jul 26th, 2020

Actualizing Human Rights: Global Inequality, Future People, and Motivation (Routledge Studies in Human Rights) by Jos Philips (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This book argues that ultimately human rights can be actualized, in two senses. By answering important challenges to them, the real-world relevance of human rights can be brought out; and people worldwide can be motivated as needed for realizing human rights. Taking a perspective from moral and political philosophy, the book focuses on two challenges to human rights that have until now received little attention, but that need to be addressed if human rights are to remain plausible as a global ideal. Firstly, the challenge of global inequality: how, if at all, can one be sincerely committed to human rights in a structurally greatly unequal world that produces widespread inequalities of human rights protection? Secondly, the challenge of future people: how to adequately include future people in human rights, and how to set adequate priorities between the present and the future, especially in times of climate change? The book also asks whether people worldwide can be motivated to do what it takes to realize human rights. Furthermore, it considers the common and prominent challenges of relativism and of the political abuse of human rights. This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of human rights, political philosophy, and more broadly political theory, philosophy and the wider social sciences. The Open Access version of this book, available at: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781003011569, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 142 Pages (4,162 KB)
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Searching for Annabel Chong: Demystifying the Legend of Singapore's Most Famous Pornstar! by Gerrie Lim (Skyhorse) 2.7 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified 6 hours ago

Back in January 1995 in Los Angeles, California, a Singaporean pornstar named Annabel Chong took cultural rebellion to an extreme, on terms that had never been negotiated before. She was filmed having sex with a long receiving line of men, servicing them 251 times over a ten-hour period to set a new world record: The World's Biggest Gangbang. Now bestselling author Gerrie Lim, Annabel's longtime friend and confidant, revisits those events and reexamines those scenarios to shed new light on her legend, to discover why such an enduring curiosity about her exists, and to learn why she is still regarded in her own native Singapore as something akin to a mythological figure. As Lim writes, “she did this gangbang as a gender studies/liberal- progressive/feminist statement to subvert gender stereotypes, but no one got it." This book, featuring many of the author's own conversations and correspondences with Annabel over the years, is the first serious inquiry into the fascinating persona of a seldomdiscussed, yet often secretly venerated, Asian celebrity.

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Length: 225 Pages (2,606 KB)
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Journal of the Plague Year: An Insider's Chronicle of Eliot Spitzer's Short and Tragic Reign by Lloyd Constantine (Skyhorse) 2.9 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified 10 hours ago

The March 10, 2008, disclosure that Governor Eliot Spitzer had patronized prostitutes from the Emperors Club VIP sex ring shocked New Yorkers and his admirers around the world, who had celebrated Spitzer as the "Sheriff of Wall Street" and a likely future U.S. president. Ironically, one man's disillusionment with Spitzer had begun to disappear fifteen hours earlier, when Spitzer confessed what the rest of the world would soon learn in a media storm of unprecedented intensity. For Lloyd Constantine, Spitzer's senior advisor and longtime friend, the confession explained the governor's recently erratic behavior and marked the end of a "plague year," which encompassed the troubled Spitzer administration and its flawed transition to power. Journal of the Plague Year is Constantine's intimate account of the seventeen calamitous months preceding the March 10 revelations and the futile sixty-one-hour battle waged by the author and the governor's wife to persuade Spitzer not to resign but instead to fulfill promises made to the voters who had elected him in a record landslide. The book concludes a month after Spitzer and Constantine resigned, as they confronted their shattered careers. People seeking information about Spitzer and prostitutes will find none here. Instead, they will learn how the Spitzer regime suffered crippling setbacks after the governor declared war with the legislature in his inaugural address, including defeat over the choice of a comptroller, a premature effort to end Republican control of the state senate, capitulation on a mediocre $122 billion budget negotiated behind closed doors, the scandal called "Troopergate," and a controversial plan to give driver's licenses to illegal aliens, which sparked a national debate affecting the 2008 presidential election. Spitzer and his administration got their bearings at the beginning of 2008. However, the March 2008 revelations and Spitzer's refusal to fight for his job quickly ended his short and tragic ...

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Alger Hiss: Framed: A New Look at the Case That Made Nixon Famous by Joan Brady (Arcade) 2.8 Stars (13 Reviews)    Price verified 9 hours ago

A clear-eyed investigation into what is probably the biggest, longest cover-up in American history. As a member of the House Un-American Activities Committee, Richard Nixon led the investigations that first drew attention to Alger Hiss and his purported ties to the Soviet regime. These investigations eventually led to the discovery of "proof" that Hiss was a mole in the State Department and precipitated a trial that would eventually ruin him and propel Nixon to the Presidency. But what if the "proof" that eventually led to Hiss's conviction was forged? In this riveting investigation, Joan Brady—winner of The Whitbread Book of the Year—reveals how Nixon manipulated a media and public in the thrall of post-war anti-communist hysteria to make a fabricated case against Hiss, and draws a strong parallel with the French, who a half-century before turned Alfred Dreyfus into a scapegoat for anti-Semitism. Alger Hiss: Framed is necessary and timely, telling soberly the tale of a nation in the grip of paranoid fear and the man who took most advantage of this fear. Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, 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.

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Length: 424 Pages (885 KB)
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Advanced Survival: A Guide to the Self-Reliance Revolution by James C. Jones (Skyhorse) 2.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified one day ago

While self-reliance is often treated simply as a form of higher level survival preparedness, it is different in both psychology and execution. Preparing and surviving imply a threat to life that must be endured in order to recover and rebuild as life was before the event. While prepping is certainly key to getting through the serious threats of the twenty-first century, it will only get you so far. True self-reliance depends on making it through whatever obstacle you face, but also takes you to an improved place once the crisis has passed. Advanced Survival is a blueprint for the journey from dependence to independence, filled with practical how-to information and time-tested wisdom about food, water, shelter, medicine, sanitation, transportation, energy, home- and self-defense, and much more. So what are you waiting for? Learn what you need to know to get through any disaster... whenever it strikes.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 210 Pages (32,150 KB)
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Don't Start the Revolution Without Me! by Jesse Ventura (Skyhorse) 4.2 Stars (126 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

Jesse Ventura has had many lives—as a Navy SEAL, as a star of pro wrestling, as an actor, and as the governor of Minnesota. His previous books, I Ain't Got Time to Bleed and Do I Stand Alone?, were both national bestsellers. Don't Start the Revolution Without Me! is the story of his controversial gubernatorial years and his life since deciding not to seek a second term as governor in 2002. Written with award-winning author Dick Russell at a secluded location on Mexico's Baja Peninsula, Ventura's bestselling book reveals for the first time why he left politics—and why he is now considering reentering the arena with a possible independent run for the presidency. In a fast-paced and often humorous narrative, Ventura pulls no punches in discussing our corrupt two-party system, the disastrous war in Iraq, and what he suspects really happened on September 11. He provides personal insights into the Clinton and Bush presidencies, and elaborates on the ways in which third parties are rendered impotent by the country's two dominant parties. He reveals the illegal role of the CIA in states like Minnesota, sensitive and up-to-date information on the Blackwater security firm, the story of the American spies who shadowed him on a trade mission to Cuba, and what Fidel Castro told him about who really assassinated President John F. Kennedy. This unique political memoir is a must-read for anyone concerned about the direction that America will take.

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Length: 321 Pages (1,854 KB)
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Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age by David M. Levy (Arcade) 3.1 Stars (10 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

We are surrounded by documents of all kinds, from receipts to letters, business memos to books, yet we rarely stop to reflect on their significance. Now, in this period of digital transition, our written forms as well as out reading and writing habits are being questioned and transformed by new technologies ad practices. What is the future of the book? Is paper about to disappear? With the Internet and World Wide Web, what will happen to libraries, copyright and education? Starting with a simple deli lunch receipt, SCROLLING FORWARD examines documents of all kinds from the perspectives of culture, history, and technology in order to show how they can work and what they say about us and the values we carry into the new age.

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Length: 244 Pages (1,425 KB)
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The Ultimate Sh*t Hits the Fan Survival Guide: How to Live Through Any Catastrophe by Len McDougall (Skyhorse) 4.5 Stars (8 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

The world is changing before our very eyes. Today we deal with serious social, political, economic, and environmental issues that affect our everyday lives. With this change we must adapt, and by adapt we mean be prepared to survive when things go south and society crumbles. Len McDougall has spent his entire life—almost sixty years—learning the nuts and bolts of staying alive under adverse conditions. And now more than ever will we need to take his lessons seriously, as understanding what to expect and how to adapt will increase the odds for survival. The Ultimate Sh*t Hits the Fan Survival Guide is just that. Featuring methods that have been personally tested through hard, field-proven experiences, you will learn everything needed to survive when things fall apart and you're left to fend for yourself. Included in this book are many lessons on survival, including: The best method of starting a fire. Obtaining portable water from any body of water or stream without using tools, fire, or chemicals. The simplest method for catching a meal. Surviving in possible combat, whether through weapon training or hand-to-hand. And so much more. Times are indeed changing, and it's now a necessity to be prepared for whatever obstacles may come your way. The Ultimate Sh*t Hits the Fan Survival Guide is just that; a collection of tips, tricks, lessons, and knowledge from a professional survivalist that will make sure you will not only survive, but thrive when catastrophe strikes.

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Length: 370 Pages (21,783 KB)
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Real News: An Investigative Reporter Uncovers the Foundations of the Trump-Russia Conspiracy by Scott Stedman (Skyhorse) 4.3 Stars (28 Reviews)    Price verified one day ago

Documented Evidence of the Trump-Russia Conspiracy Investigative reporter Scott Stedman has made waves worldwide with his hard-hitting investigative journalism, going as far as anyone has to uncover the deep roots of the Trump-Russia Conspiracy. His research has been cited by the Washington Post, BBC, Reuters, CNN, McClatchy, the Daily Mail, the Guardian, and Vice, and has even helped guide Congress's investigations. Real News collects, for the first time in print, Stedman's eye-opening research into and evidence of every level of the Trump-Russia Conspiracy, from the 2016 Trump Tower Meetings to the dirty-money deal for Trump Tower Moscow, from the "coffee boy" George Papadopoulos and his mysterious wife to Russian infiltration of the National Rifle Association, from Cambridge Analytica's sketchy business deals and influence operations to the battle for true journalism that will combat cries of "Fake News!" Full of real, exclusive evidence including ownership records, flight logs, banking information and statements, meeting transcripts, maps, quotes, stats and figures, cease and desist letters, and more, Real News not only enables readers to see and evaluate the arguments for the existence of the Trump-Russia Conspiracy for themselves, it also fully explains how Stedman went about his investigations to discover the truth. Anyone who is interested in the evidence -- the real news about the Trump-Russia Conspiracy -- needs to read this book.

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Length: 216 Pages (5,600 KB)
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The Economic Consequences of the Peace by John Maynard Keynes (Skyhorse) 4.3 Stars (218 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

A new edition of the seminal text by the father of modern economics. First published in 1919, John Maynard Keynes's The Economic Consequences of the Peace created immediate controversy. Keynes was a firsthand witness to the negotiations of the Paris Peace Conference, as an official representative of the British Treasury, and he simultaneously sat as deputy for the chancellor of the Exchequer on the Supreme Economic Council. In these roles, he was able to perceive with great clarity the tenor and perspective that would come to shape Europe after the First World War. What he saw disturbed him greatly, and eventually he resigned from both these roles, convinced that there was no longer any way to avoid an unjust peace treaty. After his resignation, Keynes began work on The Economic Consequences of the Peace, which argues that the peace made at the end of World War I was an unfair, dehumanizing one for Germany and the other vanquished countries. Keynes's warning proved prophetic when Hitler and the Nazi Party rose to power fourteen years later as a direct result of the disastrous economic condition in Germany. Keynes's predictions helped cement his status as one of history's leading economists. His works are essential reading today for anyone who wishes to understand modern governments and economies. This edition also includes an introduction from former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, who elegantly contextualizes the continuing relevance of Keynes's work to contemporary society.

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The Kellyanne Conway Technique: Perfecting the Ancient Art of Delivering Half-Truths, Fake News, and Obfuscation—With a Smile by Jarret Berenstein (Racehorse) 4.6 Stars (15 Reviews)    Price verified 5 hours ago

The only thing Americans want to read more than Trump's tax returns. Constantly late to work? Caught cheating on your spouse again? Can't stop tweeting unhinged rants against your political enemies at three in the morning? Then The Kellyanne Conway Technique is the book you need. Preeminent spin expert and University of Phoenix Online alumnus, Jarret Berenstein, brings you the world's only comprehensive analysis of the tricks, distractions, and outright lies utilized daily by White House advisor Kellyanne Conway and distills her special brand of verbal jujitsu into a spin Bible for the common man. Filled with real transcripts from the esteemed spin-ster herself, The Kellyanne Conway Technique takes the invaluable lessons from her verbal boxing matches with the mainstream media and breaks down, step by step, the mental and rhetorical aerobatics she performs as the talking piece for a president who once wrestled Vince McMahon on the WWE. From alternative facts to the Bowling Green Massacre, take lessons from Kellyanne's greatest hits. The Kellyanne Conway Technique is the perfect guide to outsmarting the Jake Tappers in your own life: whether that is your boss, your husband, or a special hearing of the congressional oversight committee. Never again be held accountable for anything you do with a little help from Kellyanne!

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Length: 178 Pages (1,424 KB)
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Booking and Tour Management for the Performing Arts by Rena Shagan (Allworth) 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This third edition of Booking and Tour Management for the Performing Arts has been updated to include information about the revolutionary new ways that performers, managers, and presenters are using the Internet to transform the business of booking live performing events. Special chapters by outside experts provide in-depth information about what presenters need from artists, the technical aspects of touring, the unique demands of touring abroad, and touring through the eyes of the artist. The book includes a Tour Manager's Resource Kit and numerous other ready-to-use sample materials, including a contract, letter of agreement, technical information questionnaire, performance checklists, calendars, schedules, tour budget model, technical glossary, and much more.

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Length: 288 Pages (3,096 KB)
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The RBG Way: The Secrets of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Success (Women in Power) by Rebecca Gibian (Skyhorse) 4.2 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified 7 hours ago

Understanding and applying the wisdom of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg! Given her incredible tenure as a Supreme Court justice as well as her monumental impact on the modern women's rights movement, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become one of the most prominent political leaders of today. To complement her judicial significance, she has also become one of the most culturally popular political figures in US history. Not only has her workout routine gone viral (and been detailed in a book by her trainer), but RBG's story has been featured in multiple critically acclaimed films. Organized into three parts and then broken down into more specific chapters within each part, The RBG Way offers wisdom from Justice Ginsburg, based on comments she has made on particular topics of importance. Insight is offered on subjects such as women's rights, creating lasting partnerships, overcoming hardship, how to be brave, and how to create lasting change. Rebecca Gibian offers her seasoned journalistic perspective to shed light on beliefs that RBG holds strongly, in a manner that is both comprehensive and accessible.

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Length: 235 Pages (1,592 KB)
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The DOJ Investigation of the Chicago Police Department: The Complete Report by The United States Department of Justice by U.S. Department of Justice (Racehorse) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

"Perhaps the most damning, sweeping critique ever of the Chicago Police Department." -- Chicago Tribune Chicago, 2016. In a time of civil unrest in America, when racism, brutality, and division have taken prominent places in the daily news, the federal government conducted an investigation into the affairs of the Chicago Police Department. It is only one of many instances where the federal government has issued investigations of law enforcement across the nation before President Obama's term expired. In a searing report, the department of justice examines Chicago's law enforcement officers and officials for period of nearly thirteen months, digging to uncover moral and legal infractions committed within the department. Revealed is a pattern of aggression, lack of training, excessive use of force, racism and racial profiling, among other misconduct. Read the report in its entirety here. This edition is sure to provide readers with eye-opening insight into an epidemic of injustice and oppression across a divided nation.

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Length: 224 Pages (1,370 KB)
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Meet the Candidates 2020: Elizabeth Warren: A Voter's Guide by Scott Dworkin (Skyhorse) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Get informed about the campaign issues and policies of Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren, the populist, progressive, definitively capitalist senator from Massachusetts. Meet the Candidates 2020: Elizabeth Warren: A Voter's Guide will help you decide quickly if Warren deserves your vote for the Democratic nomination and to take on Donald Trump for president of the United States. Warren's strong economic background sets her apart; the senator from Massachusetts defines herself as a capitalist first and seeks to make capitalism more equitable for all. She has already proposed sweeping anti-corruption reforms, refused PAC donations to her campaign, rolled out plans for college debt forgiveness and a tax on the super wealthy. Her background as a Harvard economist, author of TheTwo-Income Trap, and experience as an economic advisor to Barack Obama positions her well to make change happen. Warren's campaign also features popular Democratic talking points -- rebuilding the middle class, ending corruption in Washington, making voting laws more democratic, bringing our troops home and stopping endless war -- but it's her experience that sets her apart. From working the campaign trial for Hillary Clinton to weathering President Trump's refrain of "Pocahontas" in reference to her claimed Native American heritage, Meet the Candidates 2020: Elizabeth Warren: A Voter's Guide is your complete handbook to Elizabeth Warren's resumé, campaign, and what America would look like if she won the presidency in 2020. The Meet the Candidates 2020 series is the informed voter's guide to making a decision in the 2020 Democratic primary and presidential election. Each book gives an unbiased, political insider's analysis of each contender, featuring: candidate interviews; an introduction by campaign advisor, Democratic Coalition co-founder, and Dworkin Report host Scott Dworkin; and compilation and writing by Occupy Democrats Editor at Large Grant Stern. In two hours of reading, you'll ...

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The Philosophy of Childing: Unlocking Creativity, Curiosity, and Reason through the Wisdom of Our Youngest by Christopher Phillips (Skyhorse) 5.0 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Weaving together philosophy, social science and neuroscience research, personal anecdotes and dialogues, The Philosophy of Childing takes a radically different approach to the traditional boundaries between childhood and adulthood to reveal how rather than lapse into adulthood, we can achieve what the Greeks arete—all-around excellence—when we look to children and youth as a lodestar for our development. Childhood is our primary launching pad, a time of life when learning is more intense than at any other, when we gain the critical knowledge and skills that can help ensure that we remain adaptable. This book weaves together the thinking of philosophers from across the ages who make the unsettling assertion that with the passage of time we are apt to shrink mentally, emotionally, and cognitively. If we follow what has become an all-too-common course, we denature our original nature—which brims with curiosity, empathy, reason, wonder, and a will to experiment and understand—and we regress, our sense of who we are will become fuzzier and everyone in our orbit will pay a price. Mounting evidence shows that we begin our lives with a moral, intellectual, and creative bang, and in this groundbreaking, heavily researched and highly engaging volume, Christopher Phillips makes the provocative case that childhood isn't merely a state of becoming, while adulthood is one of being, as if we've “arrived" and reached the summit. His life-changing proposition is that if we embrace the defining qualities of youth, we're not destined to become frail, dispirited, or unhinged, we'll grow in a way defined by wonder, curiosity, imaginativeness, playfulness, and compassion—in essence, unlimited potential.

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Xi Jinping's Governance and the Future of China by Zhou Xinmin (Skyhorse) 3.4 Stars (5 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Over the past few years, growing changes have quietly begun to reshape China under the governance of Xi Jinping. President Xi has developed his philosophical thinking on governing into a system to address the pressing issues of China, to develop and improve Chinese socialism, and to achieve modernization in all areas. Zhou Xinmin's new book, Xi Jinping's Governance and the Future of China, explains the characteristics and patterns of President Xi's governing philosophy from the perspective of the core capabilities required of the Chinese leadership. The book unpacks the core tenets of President Xi's governance philosophy to provide a road map to convert his philosophical systems into actionable policies. Xinmin explains the achievements, the strategies, and the development of the president's governing theories, and showcases the vision and capacities of the new generation of the Communist Party of China's leadership. The book also serves as a useful guide to global leaders who benefit from understanding the perspective that President Xi brings to international conversation. Xinmin's essential work gives a simple analysis of the theoretical aspects of President Xi's administrative approach and demonstrates how those theories are applied to the practical policies of the current Chinese leadership. Xi Jinping's Governance and the Future of China is a must-read for anyone looking to gain a deeper understanding of the modern People's Republic of China from a Chinese perspective.

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A Life in the Balance: The Billy Wayne Sinclair Story, A Journey from Murder to Redemption Inside America's Worst Prison System by Billy Wayne Sinclair (Arcade) 3.4 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified 5 hours ago

Sentenced to death in 1965 at age twenty for an unpremeditated murder during the bungled holdup of a convenience store, Billy Wayne spent his first seven prison years on death row. When the death penalty was abolished, his sentence was life. Three-and-a-half decades later, Billy Wayne is still behind bars—feared by many politicians and prison officials for his well-known incorruptibility and unrelenting crusade for prison reform. This is his memoir. A Life in the Balance begins with an almost unbearable account of his early years—when he was so abused by his father one wonders how he survived—and his “escape" into a crowd of hooligans, which led him to the fateful day in 1965 when he held up the convenience store. His story takes you behind the metal doors of the Angola State Penitentiary to reveal the brutal truth of life inside. Here you will meet Billy Ray, Billy Wayne's blood brother; old Emmitt Henderson, who died of prison neglect; Jamie Parks, a seventeen-year-old kid whose fate was sealed the day he arrived in Angola; Big Mick, who ran drugs in the prison to earn money to put his handicapped sister through college; Wilbert Rideau, Billy Wayne's coeditor on The Angolite; the Dixie Mafia; and Richard Clark Hand, the young lawyer who took on Billy Wayne's case and has been fighting for his release for thirty years.

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Length: 360 Pages (919 KB)
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The Homeowner's Hurricane Handbook by Bob Stearns (Skyhorse) 3.7 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

With chapters such as Nature of the Beast, to What To Expect In The Aftermath, the Hurricane Preparedness Handbook is a how-to guide for dealing with hurricanes before, during, and after—including understanding how where and when these powerful storms form, protecting yourself and your property, and how to deal with the repercussions.

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Length: 226 Pages (16,608 KB)
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Common Phrases: And the Amazing Stories Behind Them by Max Cryer (Skyhorse) 3.1 Stars (7 Reviews)    Price verified 7 hours ago

In day-to-day speech we use words and phrases without a passing thought as to why we use them or where they come from. Max Cryer changes all that by showing how fascinating the English language really is. Did you know that the former host of Today, Jane Pauley, claims to have coined the term "bad hair day," or that a CBS engineer named Charley Douglass invented the name and use of "canned laughter" for television, or that "cold turkey" as a term for quitting something immediately was popularized by the novel and movie (starring Frank Sinatra), The Man with the Golden Arm? Here you'll learn the origins of "credibility gap," "my lips are sealed," "the opera's not over until the fat lady sings," "supermarket," "supermodel," "there's no accounting for taste," "thick as thieves," and hundreds more. For anyone who loves language, this new book will "take the cake."

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Length: 322 Pages (874 KB)
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The Frighteners: A Celebration of our Fascination with the Macabre by Peter Laws (Skyhorse) 4.8 Stars (13 Reviews)    Price verified 3 hours ago

The Frighteners is a bizarrely compelling, laugh-out-loud exploration of societies' fascination with the dark, spooky, and downright terrifying side of life. The author--self proclaimed "sinister minister"--opens the book by reflecting on how he went from a horror-obsessed atheist to a God-fearing Christian and then reconciled his love of the macabre with his new faith. In the chapters that follow, Laws takes us on a worldwide romp to shine light on the dark corners of our own minds. An American hell house--controversial Christian "haunted houses" that act out the horrors of abortion, drug use, etc. -- hosts his reflection on the use of horror in religion. A party in London with real life "vampires" exemplifies modern sexual fascination with the parasitic undead. He goes ghost hunting in an underground barbershop where a murderer used to cut hair. A professor in Denmark who is an expert on the recent Slenderman court case helps him explore the link between technology and the supernatural. In accessible and light-hearted prose, Peter Laws takes us from the dark corners of his mind to the underbelly of various macabre cultures to illuminate society's preoccupation with death and horror. The Frighteners combines psychology, religious theory, and personal memoir to create a dynamic and fascinating read that is informative and entertaining.

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The Daily Don: All the News That Fits into Tiny, Tiny Hands by Jesse Duquette (Arcade) 4.7 Stars (36 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

The Best of "The Daily Don," political cartoon that documents all the covfefe of the administration of Donald Trump. The Daily Don is the best of artist Jesse Duquette's fabulous Instagram gallery of political cartoons relating to the Trump administration. It began in the wake of the first Trump press conference that gave us the weird and unnecessary lie about crowd sizes. Right then, Jesse thought, if this was Day One and the lying was already this casual and obvious, what did this mean for Day 2? or Day 100? He drew his first picture: Sean Spicer delivering his line ("Period."), added a quote from Orwell's "1984" that seemed particularly relevant, and posted it to Instagram with the caption that he was going to attempt to document every day of the Administration until the end -- a vow that he was maybe 35% serious about. But he has not missed a day and is still going strong. These drawings are the perfect antidote to the cries about "Fake News!" and "Build a Wall!" They help us all stay sane and smile (however nervously) through these strange times. This book pulls together selections from the first nearly-two-years in office -- from Muslim bans to Melania jackets and all the beef-tweeting covfefe in between -- and acts as a semi-accurate record of what these strangest of strange times were like for those of us who were there and lived to tell the tale. Because what better method to record a cartoon presidency than with colored pencils and markers?

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Length: 179 Pages (290,553 KB)
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Absinthe: A Thriller by Guido Eekhaut (Skyhorse) 4.0 Stars (10 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Walter Eekhaut (his name rhymes with "stakeout"), a veteran of the Belgian police force who has a problem with authority, is dispatched to Amsterdam to aid the Dutch security service in investigating the activities of a well-connected Russian oligarch, with connections to Putin. Some of the Russian's business is certainly legitimate, but some may well not be. In Amsterdam, Eekhaut is seconded to Chief Superintendent Alexandra Dewaal and her team, and begins to learn about the city's shady underside. He is at once pulled into another case, the murder of a young leftist dissident, alleged to have stolen a sensitive list from the Amsterdam offices of an ultra-right-wing political party—a list with the name of secret donors. The hunt for the killer leads to a knot of black money interests and illegal dealings that pit the Russian mob and Dutch politicians and business leaders against the police and anyone else who tries to get in their way. Absinthe is the gripping first installment in the bestselling Amsterdam trilogy featuring Eekhaut and Dewaal and, for North American readers, a new voice in European noir.

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Length: 304 Pages (991 KB)
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Hazard: A Sister's Flight from Family and a Broken Boy by Margaret Combs (Skyhorse) 4.4 Stars (33 Reviews)    Price verified 5 hours ago

Hazard is a poignant, unflinching memoir of the emotional intricacies of growing up with a severely disabled sibling. Margaret Combs shows how her Southern Baptist family coped with lived reality of autism in an era of ignorance and shame, the 1950s through the 1970s, and shares her own tragedy and anguish of being torn between helping her brother and yearning for her own life. Like many siblings of disabled children, young Margaret drives herself to excel in order to make up for her family's sorrow and ultimately flees her family for what she hopes is a “normal" life. Hazard is also a story of indelible bonds between siblings: the one between Combs and her sister, and the deep and rueful one she has with her disabled brother; how he and she were buddies; and how fervently she wanted to make him whole. Initially fueled by a wish that her brother had never been born, the author eventually arrives in a deeper place of gratitude for this same brother, whom she loves and who loves her in return.

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Length: 290 Pages (919 KB)
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UN/MASKED: Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl on Tour by Donna Kaz (Skyhorse) 4.9 Stars (68 Reviews)    Price verified 3 hours ago

Donna Kaz was 24 years old when she moved to New York City in the fall of 1977 to pursue a career in theatre. She rented a spacious loft apartment on gritty Fifth Avenue in Chelsea and landed a job serving beers and burgers at the classic bar, Jimmy Day's, in Greenwich Village. She was on her way until a tall, blonde, handsome actor sat in her station during a lunch shift. That actor was William Hurt who swept Kaz off her feet and carried her to Hollywood and back for a three-plus year love affair that was both fantastical and physically dangerous. It took Kaz fourteen years to begin to admit she had survived domestic violence. Once she realized the extent of the abuse she had been subjected to she pulled a gorilla mask over her head and became "Aphra Behn," a bad-ass feminist, activist and member of THE GUERRILLA GIRLS. UN/MASKED, Memoirs of a Guerrilla Girl On Tour, follows the unmasked DONNA KAZ, and the masked APHRA BEHN through their often surprising 25 year journey. In a braided narrative that flips between 1977 and 1997, Donna Kaz describes, with an ironic and humorous voice, what it was like go from being on the arm of William Hurt and an insider on the sets of movies like Altered States and Bodyheat, to an anonymous outsider donning a scary gorilla mask to protest sexism at Broadway'sTony Awards. Donna Kaz hobnobs with actress Kathleen Turner and director Lawrence Kasden, while Aphra Behn organizes sticker campaigns focused at the big New York City theatres which produce season after season of only plays by white male playwrights. When the Roundabout Theatre's toilet stalls (in both women's and men's rooms) are plastered with Guerrilla Girls' stickers stating: In this theatre, the taking of photographs, the use of a recording device and the production of plays by women is strictly prohibited - the Roundabout announces their next season will include two plays by women. Aphra and the Guerrilla Girls take all the credit and go on to create comedic art and ...

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Length: 256 Pages (8,992 KB)
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Assassination!: The Brick Chronicle of Attempts on the Lives of Twelve US Presidents by Brendan Powell Smith (Skyhorse) 4.4 Stars (47 Reviews)    Price verified 3 hours ago

Creator of the bestselling The Brick Bible: A New Spin on the Old Testament and The Brick Bible: The New Testament, author Brendan Powell Smith offers a new take on American history. For more than a decade, Smith has honed his masterful work using LEGO(R) to re-create scenes from the Bible. Now, he turns his attention to unforgettable US presidential assassinations, both fatal and failed. Rediscover some of the most profound attacks that have occurred throughout US history involving the notorious assassinations on Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley, and John F. Kennedy. But did you also know that Richard Paul Pavlick sought to assassinate President Kennedy in 1960, though at the last minute he suddenly changed his mind? Or, that an unknown assailant desperately tried to murder Lincoln just eight months before his fatal night at Ford's Theatre? In addition, Smith reveals failed murder attempts against such presidents as Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, and most recently, the 2011 attempt against President Barack Obama. With over four hundred highly detailed illustrations, Smith captivates the authenticity of these assassinations (re-creating famous photographs and oral history) while simultaneously demonstrating a creative new medium. Whether a historian or a LEGO(R) enthusiast, readers of all ages will surely be enthralled with Brendan Powell Smith's latest brick creation!

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 273 Pages (48,207 KB)
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Midnight in Samarra: The True Story of WMD, Greed, and High Crimes in Iraq by Eleanor Cooney (Hot Books) 4.9 Stars (20 Reviews)    Price verified 3 hours ago

The riveting, exclusive true story of an Iraq whistleblower who continues to be betrayed by his country, as told by an international bestselling author. Gregory Ford, an intelligence agent and medic, was in Iraq for only a short time -- from the invasion in March 2003 until early June of the same year, when he was strapped to a stretcher, drugged, and "renditioned" out of Iraq in a clandestine and criminal operation at the behest of his command, who were frantically trying to silence him. But why? Midnight in Samarra is the shocking true story of one soldier's attempt to speak up and report the abuse and torture he saw being inflicted on the local population, as well as secret, incriminating, enormous Iraqi arms stores of American-made Weapons of Mass Destructionwith bills of lading implicating, among others, famous political families. His warnings about simmering anti-American fury of the local populace were ignored and suppressed by his command; hundreds of millions of dollars in cash seized in the home of Saddam Hussein's main banker as a result of Ford's intelligence work vanished without a trace. Ford's information about Hussein's location, which could have led to the dictator's apprehensionsix months before his actual capture,was also ignored and suppressed. As Ford was filing charges against his superior officers, they seized his weapons (illegal in a war zone), tried to declare him insane, abducted him by force, restrained him, administered a dangerous mind-altering drug during a Medevac flight, and tried to interrogate him while he was under. Years later, Gregory Ford is still trying to get justice. His command -- and high-ups in both the military and the government -- lied, dissembled, obfuscated, danced, and dodged while Ford endured libel, slander, and innuendo, feared for his life, and, nearly a decade after the drugging on the plane, learned that the chemical injected into him had done permanent damage to his heart and nervous system.Midnight ...

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Length: 254 Pages (1,753 KB)
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The Honest Body Project: Real Stories and Untouched Portraits of Women & Motherhood by Natalie McCain (Skyhorse) 4.8 Stars (35 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Only 4 percent of women around the world consider themselves to be beautiful, according to research done by Dove, and twenty million women suffer from significant eating disorders at some point in their life -- The Honest Body Project was created to combat this tragic problem of poor body image in our society. Founded by photographer Natalie McCain, this project is opening the eyes of women around the world and helping them to see the beauty both outside and inside of themselves. It is a collection of black and white portraits and stories, raw and untouched, from hundreds of women who have bared their hearts and souls to be a part of the project. Natalie tastefully photographs the women in their underwear, showing off their natural shapes and "imperfections." There is no editing done after the fact, and the natural beauty of these women -- from all backgrounds and walks of life -- shines through the lens. Together, they create a beautiful, honest picture of both motherhood and what it means to be a woman. Topics include body image issues, breast cancer, depression (postpartum and otherwise), anxiety, bottle feeding versus breast feeding, aging, and more. The Honest Body Project is a breath of fresh air, breaking down walls and helping women learn that they are not alone in their hardships. It wants to help women everywhere contribute to a better world, and to learn to love themselves and appreciate their bodies for what they are: perfectly imperfect. It is time to celebrate the true form of women.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 232 Pages (20,310 KB)
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Living Without Electricity: Lessons from the Amish (People's Place Book, 9) by Stephen Scott (Good Books) 3.7 Stars (7 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

In a modern world where technology is taking over our lives, could we lead an essential, simple life without electricity? How can we get by without computers, power tools, phones, or even basics such as electric lights and appliances? The answers lie in Amish communities and other Old Order groups in the United States, Canada, and Mexico that have been living lives off the grid while still affording to be self-sufficient for countless years. Living Without Electricity examines the Amish response to technology and shows us why and how they live without inventions other people take for granted. Taking lessons from the Amish, learn how to light a room without electricity, keep warm without centralized heating, get around without a car, communicate without a phone, and others. In addition, take Amish instruction on how to cook and store food, pump water, wash clothes, and even run farms and businesses, all while off the electric grid. Reconsider the basic necessities of your life, and you might decide to orientate yourself toward a self-sufficient life without electricity.

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Length: 170 Pages (10,880 KB)
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The Convenient Terrorist: Two Whistleblowers' Stories of Torture, Terror, Secret Wars, and CIA Lies by Joseph Hickman (Hot Books) 4.8 Stars (16 Reviews)    Price verified 3 hours ago

A startling spotlight on the darkest corners of America's “War on Terror," where nothing is quite what it seems. The Convenient Terrorist is the definitive inside account of the capture, torture, and detention of Abu Zubaydah, the first “high-value target" captured by the CIA after 9/11. But was Abu Zubaydah, who is still being indefinitely held by the United States under shadowy circumstances, the blue-ribbon capture that the Bush White House claimed he was? Authors John Kiriakou, who led the capture of Zubaydah, and Joseph Hickman, who took custody of him at Guantanamo, draw a far more complex and intriguing portrait of the al-Qaeda “mastermind" who became a symbol of torture and the “dark side" of US security. From a one-time American collaborator to a poster boy for waterboarding, Abu Zubaydah became a “convenient terrorist"—a way for US authorities to sell their “War on Terror" to the American people.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 154 Pages (1,259 KB)
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The Fight Against Monsanto's Roundup: The Politics of Pesticides by Mitchel Cohen (Skyhorse) 5.0 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

A Comprehensive Look at the Worldwide Battle to Defend Ourselves and Our Environment Against the Peddlers of Chemical Poisons Chemical poisons have infiltrated all facets of our lives - housing, agriculture, work places, sidewalks, subways, schools, parks, even the air we breathe. More than half a century since Rachel Carson issued Silent Spring - her call-to-arms against the poisoning of our drinking water, food, animals, air, and the natural environment - The Fight Against Monsanto's Roundup takes a fresh look at the politics underlying the mass use of pesticides and the challenges people around the world are making against the purveyors of poison and the governments that enable them. The scientists and activists contributing to The Fight Against Monsanto's Roundup, edited by long-time Green activist Mitchel Cohen, explore not only the dangers of glyphosate - better known as "Roundup" - but the campaign resulting in glyphosate being declared as a probable cancer-causing agent. In an age where banned pesticides are simply replaced with newer and more deadly ones, and where corporations such as Monsanto, Bayer, Dow and DuPont scuttle attempts to regulate the products they manufacture, what is the effective, practical, and philosophical framework for banning glyphosate and other pesticides? The Fight Against Monsanto's Roundup: The Politics of Pesticides takes lessons from activists who have come before and offers a radical approach that is essential for defending life on this planet and creating for our kids, and for ourselves, a future worth living in.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 439 Pages (6,861 KB)
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Field Operations Guide for Disaster Assessment and Response by U.S. Agency for International Development (Skyhorse) 5.0 Stars (4 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

In developing this third revision of version 4.0 of the Field Operations Guide for Disaster Assessment and Response, the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) of the United States Agency of International Development (USAID) has drawn on the expertise of numerous state, national, and international agencies and organizations. Selected sources of information include the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' Handbook for Emergencies, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs' United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination Field Handbook, and the U.S. Public Health Service's Handbook of Environmental Health, among others. The Field Operations Guide for Disaster Assessment and Response has been created as a reference tool for individuals sent to disaster sites to undertake initial assessments or to participate as members of a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART). It contains information on general responsibilities for disaster responders, formats and reference material for assessing and reporting on populations at risk, DART position descriptions and duty checklists, descriptions of OFDA stockpile commodities, information for working with military in the field, and much more. Its myriad resources, extensive information, and handy compact format make this field guide a necessary companion for those participating in a variety of disaster assessment and response field operations.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 400 Pages (2,959 KB)
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Meet the Candidates 2020: Bernie Sanders: A Voter's Guide by Scott Dworkin (Skyhorse) 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

What is "democratic socialism?" Educate yourself on Bernie Sanders, the liberal independent from Vermont and the 2016 underdog turned 2020 Democratic favorite. Bernie Sanders shocked the establishment in 2016 with his self-described "political revolution," mobilizing grassroots fundraising and campaigning to nearly secure the Democratic nomination over Hillary Clinton (even in the face of Democratic National Convention opposition). The Vermont senator and longest-serving independent in congressional history hopes to do the same with a better result in 2020. Meet the Candidates 2020: Bernie Sanders: A Voter's Guide will help you decide if Sanders's brand of democratic socialism is for you and if he is the right candidate to take on Donald Trump. A vocal critic of Donald Trump, Sanders advocates for sweeping reform: single-payer, universal health care, labor and economic inequality reform, taxes on the wealthy, the Green New Deal, marijuana legalization, free higher education. Sanders has had an undeniable influence on how campaigns are run and has moved the Democratic party to the left, but how will his liberal platforms play in a Democratic primary and against Trump in a general election? After reading Meet the Candidates 2020: Bernie Sanders: A Voter's Guide you'll be able to analyze those chances, explain his positions, and decide if they are what you believe is right for America. The Meet the Candidates 2020 series is the informed voter's guide to making a decision in the 2020 Democratic primary and presidential election. Each book gives an unbiased, political insider's analysis of each contender, featuring: candidate interviews; an introduction by campaign advisor, Democratic Coalition co-founder, and Dworkin Report host Scott Dworkin; and compilation and writing by Occupy Democrats Editor at Large Grant Stern. In two hours of reading, you'll understand their defining characteristics, credentials, campaign issues, challenges, presidential chances, and ...

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 138 Pages (1,515 KB)
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Becoming Coach Jake: A Story of Overcoming the Odds, on the Soccer Field and Beyond by Martin Jacobson (Skyhorse) 5.0 Stars (13 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

A memoir about battling adversity, by the winningest high school soccer coach in New York City public school history! In the Fall of 2018, Martin Luther King Jr. High School's boys soccer program won its 18th New York City public school championship to culminate a 19-0 season in which it was ranked no. 3 in the country. Martin Jacobson, whose first championship team was in 1996, three years after he became head coach, had put together yet another winning squad, continuing to make history in the process. But Coach Jake's story is more than just a soccer tale. In his time as coach at MLK, he has given hundreds of immigrants -- from places like Mexico, Columbia, Senegal, Mali, and Haiti, and some of them homeless or parentless -- an opportunity to gain some direction in both the classroom as well as on the field. Becoming Coach Jake highlights some of those individuals' stories and brings to light how, with Jake's guidance, many of them have gone on to achieve great success in their adult lives. Along the way, readers learn how Coach Jake got to MLK after a drug-filled past that included multiple failed marriages and near-prison sentences, before quitting drugs and alcohol cold turkey in 1985 after several stints in rehab proved unsuccessful. Jacobson teams up with seasoned journalist Bill Saporito to detail the triumph achieved both on the field and far beyond.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 169 Pages (13,300 KB)
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The Armed Forces Officer: Essays on Leadership, Command, Oath, and Service Identity by Albert C. Pierce (Skyhorse) 3.5 Stars (6 Reviews)    Price verified 5 hours ago

This newest edition of the classic guide for military officers is a necessity given the volatility of our current political climate. The Armed Forces Officer is much more than a how-to guide for military officers. It is a series of candid, timeless essays on the nature of the people who occupy the ranks of the military services. This invaluable resource for all those involved in the military highlights that our military is not just a collection of machines, processes, and regulations, but a very human endeavor whose proper understanding requires acknowledging that humans are what make our military the complex, potent, and wonderful organization that it is -- a truth that can be applied to any organization, military or civilian, composed of people and all their mysterious complexities. This is an updated and rewritten edition of the 1950 classic, The Armed Forces Officer. This edition includes a foreword by General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 253 Pages (1,805 KB)
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Bloomberg: A Billionaire's Ambition by Chris McNickle (Skyhorse) 3.6 Stars (12 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Examine the Bipartisan Legacy of a Remarkable Billionaire Politician Bloomberg: A Billionaire's Ambition tells the story of how one of America's most successful entrepreneurs was elected mayor of New York City and what he did with the power he won. Bloomberg's stunning victory against all odds just weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attack left him facing challenges unlike any mayor in history. For the next twelve years, he kept the city safe, managed budgets through fiscal crises, promoted private sector growth, generated jobs, built infrastructure, protected the environment, supported society's cultural sensibilities, and achieved dramatic improvements in public health. Bloomberg was an activist executive who used government assets boldly and wisely for the greatest good, for the greatest number of people. His time as mayor was not without controversy. Bloomberg supported stop and frisk police tactics that a judge ruled unconstitutional, and jailhouse violence rose to levels so severe the federal government intervened. The administration's homeless policies were ineffective. And he forced a change in the city charter to allow him to serve a third term. Overall, record low crime and the lasting impact of innovative policies will cause his tenure to be remembered as a remarkable success. Having returned to his global media empire, and to his private philanthropy, Bloomberg continues to challenge the National Rifle Association on gun control, promote national education reform, and support policies to combat climate change. Frequently touted as an independent candidate for president, Bloomberg leaves behind a legacy of effective government.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 480 Pages (6,973 KB)
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Prepper Guns: Firearms, Ammo, Tools, and Techniques You Will Need to Survive the Coming Collapse by Bryce M. Towsley (Skyhorse) 4.2 Stars (40 Reviews)    Price verified 10 hours ago

Food, water, and shelter are very important to survival. But you must also be ready to protect what is yours, because if somebody stronger, better prepared, and better equipped takes it all away, you will die. Your family will die. The only way to protect them is with firearms. Written with the law-abiding civilian in mind, Prepper Guns covers the firearms and tools needed to survive, not only for defense, but also for foraging. It is a comprehensive look at the realities of the firearms a prepper should have. Written by Bryce M. Towsley, a firearms expert and a full-time gun writer with thirty years of experience, it steps away from the “conventional wisdom" that is often spouted by prepper publishing and takes a hard, honest, look at the reality of the firearms, ammo, tools and training needed to survive at home and on the road. Prepper Guns takes a careful look at each category of firearms, ammo, sights, and accessories. Other topics include gun care and maintenance, as well as some simple gunsmithing and reloading to keep firearms repaired and ammo on hand. Finally, Prepper Guns has training suggestions and drills, plus a look at the psychology of survival, using the expertise of some of the top people in the world in these fields. If you are worried that bad things are coming and are trying to prepare, this book is the most important piece of gear you can buy. Because if you can't protect your family, your food and your home, nothing else really matters.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 272 Pages (56,497 KB)
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The Power of Indignation by Stéphane Hessel (Skyhorse) 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

The astonishing life of the writer named by the New York Times “one of the last living heroes of the darkest era of the twentieth century." His brief pamphlet Indignez-vous! (Cry Out!) is an international bestseller, calling for a return to the values of his native France's “greatest generation," the resistance fighters of World War II. It has inspired citizens participating in the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street uprisings. Now Stéphane Hessel, one of France's preeminent thinkers and activists, is back. With extraordinary insight, the ninety-four-year-old Hessel gives his intellectual autobiography. His thinking is nourished by the exchange he has maintained for years with his close friends, as well as prominent political and literary figures: Edgar Morin, Jean-Paul Dollé, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Régis Debray, Peter Sloterdijk, Laure Adler, Michel Rocard, and Jean-Claude Carrière. This book is accessible and profound—it is for all those who seek, despite the contradictions and violence of our contemporary lives, to “regain our dignity as men and women while governed by a frenzy of selfish and irresponsible people." This book is, for Stéphane Hessel, a way to encourage us to reflect on the past in order to take charge of our future destiny. At once a handbook for the revolutionary, a treatise on human rights, and an inside look at the relationships, thoughts, and recollections of one of the most important figures in France, this is not-to-be-missed.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 274 Pages (527 KB)
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Conversations with a Masked Man: My Father, the CIA, and Me by John Hadden (Arcade) 4.7 Stars (20 Reviews)    Price verified 3 hours ago

For forty years John Hadden and his father of the same name fought at the dinner table over politics, art, and various issues concerning America. One was haunted by what he had witnessed during his long CIA career, from Berlin to Tel Aviv; the other retreated to the Vermont woods to direct Shakespeare until finally he confronted his father at the table one last time with a tape recorder. Conversations with a Masked Man is a series of conversations Hadden had with his father about the older man's thirty-year career as a CIA officer and how American policy affected the family and the world. Father and son talk about John senior's early life as a kid in Manhattan, his training at West Point, the stench of bodies in Dresden after the war, Berlin and Vienna in the late forties and fifties at the height of the Cold War, the follies of the Cuban missile crisis, how he disobeyed orders to bomb Cairo while he was station chief in Israel during the Six-Day War, and treacherous office politics in Washington. The story unfolds in dialogue alternating with the writer's own memories and reflections. What emerges is hilarious, unexpectedly candid, and deeply personal. Combining the candid descriptions of the world of the CIA with intimate conversations between a father and son, this book is written for the political junkie, the psychologist, the art lover, or anybody who wonders who the hell their father really is.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 284 Pages (5,184 KB)
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Little Bighorn: A Novel by John Hough (Arcade) 4.0 Stars (83 Reviews)    Price verified 20 hours ago

Little Bighorn is the beautifully written, uniquely American story of the coming-of-age of eighteen-year-old Allen Winslow during the Battle of the Little Bighorn and the fraught weeks immediately preceding it. The novel abounds with memorable characters, including Allen himself, his beautiful sixteen-year-old traveling companion, Addie, and the brave but monomaniacal Gen. George Armstrong Custer. Hough brings to life the American West and heartbreaking history, brilliantly portraying the flawed and tormented Custer. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction—novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, 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: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 322 Pages (1,465 KB)
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I Cover the Waterfront: Stories from the San Diego Shore by Max Miller (Skyhorse) 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

“Distinctive, original, fresh in in tone and manner, with a quaint whimsicality of feeling and expression."—The New York Times Life on the Western waterfront has always fascinated Max Miller, a special reporter for the San Diego Sun. Embraced by all the waterfront folk, he has joined them on their cruises, has learned the mystery of their crafts, and knows them like brothers. Max himself has become a part of the waterfront. Not a fishing boat ties up to the wharf without Max Miller getting the story. Not a submarine comes in nor an airplane soars out over the water without Max Miller's being invited to go. He is one of the first men to climb up the ladder of the Pacific lines, especially when celebrities are aboard. A combination of newspaper reporter, philosopher, and poet, the author writes his charming sketches in his “studio" upstairs in the tugboat office, where he can look out over his domain. But reporting is not simply a job with Max Miller; it is the greatest pleasure of his life. He delights in setting down his impressions of the Western shore, where life is a constant flux and reflux, seasonal, immutable, and yet ever exciting—the departure of the sardine fleet, the hunt for elephant seals for the zoo, the sailing of the California fruit liners. I Cover the Waterfront was first published in the early 1930s and has since gone on to become a classic. It is as memorable for its unique stories as it is for its individual style—so keenly sensitive to the personalities of men and to the romantic environment of the harbor and deep-sea life.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 208 Pages (516 KB)
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Dirty Tricks: Nixon, Watergate, and the CIA by Shane O'Sullivan (Hot Books) 4.3 Stars (6 Reviews)    Price verified 20 hours ago

"This meticulously researched spy-versus-spy story" offers compelling theories about how Nixon sabotaged American interests in pursuit of power (Dick Russell, author of The Man Who Knew Too Much). Richard Nixon won the US presidential election of 1968 thanks to an unscrupulous "October Surprise." Key figures in the Republican Party executed a treasonous plot to keep the South Vietnamese government away from peace talks in Paris. It was a manufactured crisis that tipped the scales in favor of Nixon while costing thousands of American lives. Dirty Tricks provides compelling new evidence about the Nixon-approved plan to sabotage the peace talks, including the role of Nixon's secret emissary, Anna Chennault. It also delves into the infamous cover-up, analyzing the CIA's own documentation of Watergate. The CIA documents offer critical information on the burglars, their associations with the Agency, and how the Nixon White House sought to implicate the CIA in the emerging scandal. Drawing on newly-declassified files, Dirty Tricks debunks the myths around Watergate and deepens our understanding of the political espionage that undermined our democracy during the Nixon years. "O'Sullivan... offers intriguing possibilities in this consistently surprising book." -- Kirkus Reviews

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 568 Pages (7,911 KB)
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Democracy Betrayed: How Superdelegates, Redistricting, Party Insiders, and the Electoral College Rigged the 2016 Election by Steven Rosenfeld (Hot Books) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

An impassioned takedown of the undemocratic features of American electoral politics and their role in the 2016 election. Americans are taught to cherish our democracy, especially our right to vote. But after the 2016 presidential election, we are confronted, yet again, with the reality that our system is neither free nor fair. Almost every step along the way is filled with intentional and unintentional pitfalls, barriers, and dysfunction. The results disadvantage, discourage, and ultimately disenfranchise, but a myth persists that our elections and democracy are exemplary. Our system is adept at pre-empting the very citizens whose participation would upend governing classes and economic elites. That's done by making voting more complicated, less accountable and resistant to reform. Whether we're talking about voter ID laws, superdelegates, convoluted state recount rules, or the archaic Electoral College, procedures have greater weight than democratic principles, or evidence-based determinations. Democracy Betrayed catalogs the long litany of ways our elections failed, and continue to fail, their billing as model democracy. It will look through the lens of impassioned skepticism, highlighting what went wrong and conveying why that need not be the case. More people registered to vote in 2016 than ever before, even if turnout was about the same as 2012. That shows people want a system they can believe in. This book will speak to them and show them how they can fight for a better democracy.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 260 Pages (896 KB)
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The Man's Playbook: How to Fix Anything, Impress Anyone, Get Lucky, Get Paid, and Rule the World by Gregg Stebben (Skyhorse) 4.5 Stars (6 Reviews)    Price verified 24 hours ago

The Man's Playbook is more than just a how-to guide; it's a way of life. Learn timesaving, life-improving, woman-impressing tips that will last a lifetime. Want the sleek charm of James Bond? Inside, you'll find out how to shake a martini just like he would. Got a crush on your favorite waitress? Learn the best lines to get her talking. Heading out to a black-tie event? Check in with The Man's Playbook on how to properly wear a tuxedo. Carry this “Bible for Men" at all times and you'll never be unprepared, underdressed, or undateable again.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 256 Pages (4,738 KB)
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Be a Hero: The Essential Survival Guide to Active-Shooter Events by John Geddes (Skyhorse) 5.0 Stars (15 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Dealing with the unthinkable It's never going to be you. Then one day you hear the clatter of automatic fire at the mall. You have been drawn into the chaos and terror of an active shooter event. What do you do? Who do you turn to? Be a Hero is the essential guide to terrorist attacks that will help you survive. Former Special Air Service terror expert John Geddes will explain how to cope with a life-threatening event. He shows you how to make clear decisions and beat the odds by: Dealing with fear through simple and effective techniques to bring the chemical urges generated by terror at least partially under control Escaping and evading when possible, using everyday objects and landmarks for protection Fighting back if needed, with methods to disarm an active shooter and to use items at hand as weapons Using a weapon if you are licensed to carry, shooting to kill without collateral damage or being mistaken for a perpetrator Providing medical assistance to deal with traumatic battlefield injury and save lives This is not a book primarily for survivalists and ‘preppers.' Be a Hero is a book for ordinary men and women who could find themselves in the middle of an extraordinary moment. It will help them find the hero inside—and live to tell the tale.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 160 Pages (575 KB)
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Added: Jul 23rd, 2020

Panicology: Two Statisticians Explain What's Worth Worrying About (and What's Not) in the 21st Century by Simon Briscoe (Skyhorse) 3.5 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

Are you afraid you might succumb to bird flu? Worried that a life of poverty awaits you in old age? Concerned that you might not be having as much sex as the French? Anxious that our planet is under threat from climate change or a collision with an asteroid? If any, or all, of these things worry you, you're not alone. Anxiety is a part of modern life. But why? We're living longer, safer, and healthier lives than at any time in human history. So what is there to worry about? In this witty and revealing book, Simon Briscoe and Hugh Aldersey-Williams strip away the hysteria that surrounds over forty of today's most common scare stories, from overpopulation and murder rates to fish shortages and obesity levels, and show the extraordinary extent to which statistics are manipulated or misrepresented by vested interests and the media, eager to exploit our fears. And most importantly they offer a toolkit for skepticism—ways of helping readers sort out what really is worth panicking about from the stuff that really isn't.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 305 Pages (2,855 KB)
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Added: Jul 23rd, 2020

Women: Body-Positive Art to Inspire and Empower by Carol Rossetti (Skyhorse) 4.6 Stars (20 Reviews)    Price verified 3 hours ago

“Rosetti's illustrations are personalized affirmations of the rights of women. They congratulate the empowered, comfort the survivors, and present rebuttals to the oppressive comments that rain down upon women from the heights of the patriarchy." —Bust The message we receive from the world is clear: we're not good enough. We're not skinny enough, pretty enough, smart enough. Women is all about accepting ourselves. Carol Rossetti asks us instead to say, “We're not good enough—we're even better." Despite the progress we've made as a society, there is still a cruel and subtle gender oppression that exists today—and many don't realize it's there. In response, Rossetti decided to draw women to focus on the issues we face. Her illustrations are of women who feel safe expressing themselves by showing the world their fashion, sexuality, relationships, religion, disabilities, and even traumatic experiences. Rossetti's commanding images belong on billboards and street corners and in schools and offices to remind us that our unique experiences and expressions should make us feel beautiful, intelligent, and proud. We have the power to embrace who we are and can stop trying so hard to please the rest of the world. Carol Rossetti and Women offer us a vision of who we can be.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 168 Pages (93,236 KB)
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Added: Jul 23rd, 2020

Women, Agency, and the State in Guinea: Silent Politics (Routledge Studies on Gender and Sexuality in Africa) by Carole Ammann (Routledge) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This book examines how women in Guinea articulate themselves politically within and outside institutional politics. It documents the everyday practices that local female actors adopt to deal with the continuous economic, political, and social insecurities that emerge in times of political transformations. Carole Ammann argues that women's political articulations in Muslim Guinea do not primarily take place within women's associations or institutional politics such as political parties; but instead women's silent forms of politics manifest in their daily agency, that is, when they make a living, study, marry, meet friends, raise their children, and do household chores. The book also analyses the relationship between the female population and the local authorities, and discusses when and why women's claim making enjoys legitimacy in the eyes of other men and women, as well as representatives of 'traditional' authorities and the local government. Paying particular attention to intersectional perspectives, this book will be of interest to scholars of African studies, social anthropology, political anthropology, the anthropology of gender, urban anthropology, gender studies, and Islamic studies.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 234 Pages (4,694 KB)
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Added: Jul 23rd, 2020

The Great Mindshift: How a New Economic Paradigm and Sustainability Transformations go Hand in Hand (The Anthropocene: ... by Maja Göpel (Springer) 5.0 Stars (2 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

This book describes the path ahead. It combines system transformation researchwith political economy and change leadership insights when discussing the needfor a great mindshift in how human wellbeing, economic prosperity and healthyecosystems are understood if the Great Transformations ahead are to lead to moresustainability. It shows that history is made by purposefully acting humans andintroduces transformative literacy as a key skill in leading the radical incremental change

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 207 Pages (2,167 KB)
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Added: Jul 23rd, 2020

Leading in a VUCA World: Integrating Leadership, Discernment and Spirituality (Contributions to Management Science) by Steven C. van den Heuvel (Springer) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 18 hours ago

This open access book brings together works by specialists from different disciplines and continents to reflect on the nexus between leadership, spirituality and discernment, particularly with regard to a world that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA). The book spells out, first of all, what our VUCA world entails, and how it affects businesses, organizations, and societies as a whole. Secondly, the book develops new perspectives on the processes of leadership, spirituality, and discernment, particularly in this VUCA context. These perspectives are interdisciplinary in nature, and are informed by e.g. management studies, leadership theory, philosophy, and theology.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 225 Pages (1,008 KB)
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Added: Jul 23rd, 2020

Letters of Helena Roerich II: 1935-1939 by Helena Roerich (Agni Yoga Society) 3.6 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 2 hours ago

Helena Roerich was an unusually gifted woman, author of many books. Her collected Letters, in two volumes, are an example of the wisdom, spiritual insight, and simple advice she shared with a multitude of correspondents -- friends, foes, and co-workers alike.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 493 Pages (1,002 KB)
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Added: Jul 22nd, 2020

GIS in Sustainable Urban Planning and Management: A Global Perspective by Martin van Maarseveen (CRC Press) 5.0 Stars (3 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.tandfebooks.com/doi/view/10.1201/9781315146638, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license. GIS is used today to better understand and solve urban problems. GIS in Sustainable Urban Planning and Management: A Global Perspective, explores and illustrates the capacity that geo-information and GIS have to inform practitioners and other participants in the processes of the planning and management of urban regions. The first part of the book addresses the concept of sustainable urban development, its different frameworks, the many ways of measuring sustainability, and its value in the urban policy arena. The second part discusses how urban planning can shape our cities, examines various spatial configurations of cities, the spread of activities, and the demands placed on different functions to achieve strategic objective. It further focuses on the recognition that urban dwellers are increasingly under threat from natural hazards and climate change. Written by authors with expertise on the applications of geo-information in urban management, this book showcases the importance of GIS in better understanding current urban challenges and provides new insights on how to apply GIS in urban planning. It illustrates through real world cases the use of GIS in analyzing and evaluating the position of disadvantaged groups and areas in cities and provides clear examples of applied GIS in urban sustainability and urban resilience. The idea of sustainable development is still very much central in the new development agenda of the United Nations, and in that sense, it is of particular importance for students from both the Global South and Global North. Professionals, researchers, and students alike will find this book to be an invaluable resource for understanding and solving problems relating to sustainable urban planning and management.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 364 Pages (73,409 KB)
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Added: Jul 20th, 2020

Louder and Faster: Pain, Joy, and the Body Politic in Asian American Taiko (American Crossroads Book 55) by Deborah Wong (University of California Press) 5.0 Stars (1 Review)    Price verified 4 hours ago

A free open access ebook is available upon publication. Learn more at www.luminosoa.org. Louder and Faster is a cultural study of the phenomenon of Asian American taiko, the thundering, athletic drumming tradition that originated in Japan. Immersed in the taiko scene for twenty years, Deborah Wong has witnessed cultural and demographic changes and the exponential growth and expansion of taiko particularly in Southern California. Through her participatory ethnographic work, she reveals a complicated story embedded in memories of Japanese American internment and legacies of imperialism, Asian American identity and politics, a desire to be seen and heard, and the intersection of culture and global capitalism. Exploring the materialities of the drums, costumes, and bodies that make sound, analyzing the relationship of these to capitalist multiculturalism, and investigating the gender politics of taiko, Louder and Faster considers both the promises and pitfalls of music and performance as an antiracist practice. The result is a vivid glimpse of an Asian American presence that is both loud and fragile.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 266 Pages (20,246 KB)
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Added: Jul 20th, 2020

The Golden Bough: A Study of Magic and Religion by James George Frazer (e-artnow) 3.8 Stars (15 Reviews)    Price verified 4 hours ago

The Golden Bough is a wide-ranging, comparative study of mythology and religion, written by the Scottish anthropologist Sir James George Frazer. The book documents and details the similarities among magical and religious beliefs around the globe. Frazer attempted to define the shared elements of religious belief and scientific thought, discussing fertility rites, human sacrifice, the dying god, the scapegoat, and many other symbols and practices whose influences had extended into 20th-century culture. His thesis is that old religions were fertility cults that revolved around the worship and periodic sacrifice of a sacred king. Frazer proposed that mankind progresses from magic through religious belief to scientific thought. The influence of The Golden Bough on contemporary European literature and thought is substantial.

Genre: Politics & Social Sciences [x]
Length: 864 Pages (2,808 KB)
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Added: Jul 20th, 2020