Twenty-Three Minutes to Eternity: The Final Voyage of the Escort Carrier USS Liscome Bay

Twenty-Three Minutes to Eternity: The Final Voyage of the Escort Carrier USS Liscome Bay

Twenty-Three Minutes to Eternity: The Final Voyage of the Escort Carrier USS Liscome Bay
Publisher: University Alabama Press | ISBN: 0817313699 | edition 2004 | PDF | pages 288| 1,82 mb

On November 24, 1943, a Japanese torpedo plunged into the starboard side of the American escort carrier USS Liscome Bay. The torpedo struck the thin-skinned carrier in the worst possible place - the bomb storage area. The resulting explosion could be seen 16 miles away, literally ripping the Liscome Bay in half and killing 644 of her crew. In terms of lives lost, it was the costliest carrier sinking in United States naval history. Liscome Bay's loss came on her first combat operation: the American invasion of the Gilbert Islands. Despite her short career, she touched a number of remarkable and famous lives. Doris Miller, the first black American sailor to win the Navy Cross, lost his life, as did Rear Admiral Henry Mullinax, one of the Navy's first "air admirals." John Crommelin was the senior officer to survive the sinking. Later in his career, Crommelin, a decorated naval aviator himself, sparked the famous Revolt of the Admirals, which helped save the role of naval aviation in America's Cold War military. James Noles's account of the Liscome Bay and those who served aboard her is based on interviews with the ship's survivors and an unpublished memoir that the ship's pay officer made available to the author. This readable, compelling book pays homage to the crew by telling their story of experience and sacrifice.

Negotiating for the Past: Archaeology, Nationalism, and Diplomacy in the Middle East, 1919-1941

 Negotiating for the Past: Archaeology, Nationalism, and Diplomacy in the Middle East, 1919-1941

James F. Goode " Negotiating for the Past: Archaeology, Nationalism, and Diplomacy in the Middle East, 1919-1941 "
University of Texas Press | Pages: 307 | 2007-07-01 | ISBN-029271498X | 4.9 MB

This book lacks some indispensable sources on the history of archaeological explorations in Southwest Asia (or what has been called Middle East) in the period between the two World Wars. The main theme upon which the author concentrates is that the rise of a sort of nationalism or nationalistic governments in Egypt, Iran, and Turkey led to manifold uses of historical relics and monuments in order to foment the countries' development. The focus of the book is apparently Iran in the 1930s, but the author doesn't seem to be in full control of his sources. Having said that, the book takes advantage of a number of US archival documents, which is the positive point, but they should have been checked and used along with other unpublished and published sources (French and Iranian archives, in particular)in order to produce a substantial study of the history of archaeology in the Middle East.

Himalaya to the Sea: Geology, Geomorphology and the Quaternary

Himalaya to the Sea: Geology, Geomorphology and the Quaternary

J. Shroder Jr. ,"Himalaya to the Sea"
Routledge | 1993-12-27 | ISBN: 0415066484 | PDF | Pages: 472 | 12.4MB

Plate tectonic collision, climate oscillation, glacial fluctuation, severe wind and water erosion - all have wrought dramatic change on the landscape of the Western Himalaya, one of the most dynamic and spectacular landscapes on Earth. Study of the region - from the Western Himalaya foothills and lowlands to the Arabian Sea - is of particular value to geology and geomorphology because of the size and frequency of events. That much of South Asia is relatively inaccessible has enhanced the significance of research in Pakistan and adjacent areas. Himalaya to the Sea focuses on the general evolution of landforms in Pakistan but is also an essential guide for predictive, protective and remedial measures to mitigate the natural hazards which plague the region and constrain development. The authors describe regional erosion and sedimentation within the context of topographical evolution; more specifically, they deal with neotectonics, past and present glaciation, general mountain geomorphology and process mechanics, past and present fluvial processes and landforms, wind blown loess deposits, age dates, soils, marine terraces and archaeology. This is the first integrated assessment of the geomorphology and Quaternary evolution of this region, from highlands to ocean. Presenting new research, methodologies and theory, this highly illustrated book also provides the first comprehensive bibliography to this exciting region.

Measuring the New World: Enlightenment Science and South America (Hardcover)

Measuring the New World: Enlightenment Science and South America (Hardcover)

Neil Safier,"Measuring the New World"
University Of Chicago Press | September 15, 2008 | ISBN: 0226733556 | PDF | 428 pages | 2.93mb

Prior to 1735, South America was largely terra incognita to many Europeans. But that year, the Paris Academy of Sciences sent a joint French and Spanish mission to the Spanish American province of Quito (in present-day Ecuador) to study the curvature of the Earth at the Equator—an expedition that would put South America on the map and in the minds of Europeans for centuries to come. Equipped with quadrants and telescopes, the mission’s participants referred to the transfer of scientific knowledge from Europe to the Andes as a “sacred fire” passing mysteriously through European astronomical instruments to curious observers in South America.
By looking at the social and material traces of this expedition, Measuring the New World examines the transatlantic flow of knowledge in reverse—from West to East. Through ephemeral monuments and geographical maps, from the Andes to the Amazon River, the book explores how the social and cultural worlds of South America contributed to the production of European scientific knowledge during the Enlightenment. Neil Safier uses the notebooks of traveling philosophers, including Charles-Marie de La Condamine and others, as well as maps and specimens from the expedition, to place this particular scientific endeavor in the larger context of early modern print culture and the emerging intellectual category of scientist as author.

The Night the Old Regime Ended: August 4,1789, and the French Revolution

The Night the Old Regime Ended: August 4,1789, and the French Revolution

The Night the Old Regime Ended: August 4,1789, and the French Revolution
Publisher: JPennsylvania State University Press | ISBN: 0271022337 | edition 2003 | PDF | pages 240 | 13,5 mb

If the Fall of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, marks the symbolic beginning of the French Revolution, then August 4 is the day the Old Regime ended, for it was on that day (or, more precisely, that night) that the National Assembly met and undertook sweeping reforms that ultimately led to a complete reconstruction of the French polity. What began as a prearranged meeting with limited objectives suddenly took on a frenzied atmosphere during which dozens of noble deputies renounced their traditional privileges and dues. By the end of the night, the Assembly had instituted more meaningful reform than had the monarchy in decades of futile efforts. In The Night the Old Regime Ended, Michael Fitzsimmons offers the first full-length study in English of the night of August 4 and its importance to the French Revolution.

The Consciousness Plague

The Consciousness Plague

The Consciousness Plague
Publisher: Tor Books | ISBN: 0765300982 | edition 2002 | PDF | pages 320 | 0,72 mb


In this latest, disappointing case from the files of forensic investigator Phil D'Amato (after 1999's The Silk Code), a flu epidemic is sweeping the nation and young women are turning up naked and strangled in New York City's Riverside Park. Oddly, several witnesses to the murders, all recent flu sufferers, seem to have trouble remembering what they've seen. Then D'Amato's girlfriend comes down with the flu and forgets that he's recently proposed to her. Later, D'Amato himself catches the bug and discovers that a day has disappeared from his memory as well. What ties these bouts of short-term amnesia together turns out to be not simply the flu but a new wonder drug, Omnin. D'Amato soon finds himself investigating both the serial murders and the increasingly serious possibility that Omnin and other advanced antibiotics may in fact be on the verge of destroying human memory. Unfortunately, Levinson's flat prose and almost tension-free narrative prevent this novel from taking off. The murders, which all occur offstage, and the victims, none of whom we really care about, fail to engage. The medical mystery, although not without some intellectual interest, is equally lacking in tension. The author also has the annoying habit of pulling rabbits out of hats. Top-notch bacteriologists and mysterious millionaire benefactors repeatedly turn up to render expert testimony or twist the arms of a hostile FDA committee when needed. Levinson is widely considered to be one of the better new SF writers, but this novel won't enhance his reputation. (Mar. 13)Forecast: The book could be targeted to fans of medical thrillers and police procedurals, though neither audience is likely to be that impressed.

The Irish in Post-War Britain

The Irish in Post-War Britain

The Irish in Post-War Britain
Publisher: Oxford University Press | ISBN: 0199276676 | edition 2007 | PDF | pages 240 | 1,57 mb

Exploring the neglected history of Britain's largest migrant population, this new major historical study looks at the Irish in Britain after 1945. It reconstructs the histories of the lost generation who left independent Ireland in huge numbers to settle in Britain from the 1940s until the 1960s. Drawing on a wide range of previously neglected materials, Enda Delaney illustrates the complex process of negotiation and renegotiation that was involved in adapting and adjusting to life in Britain. Less visible than other newcomers, it is widely assumed that the Irish assimilated with relative ease shortly after arrival. The Irish in Post-war Britain challenges this view, and shows that the Irish often perceived themselves to be outsiders, located on the margins of this their adopted home. Many contemporaries frequently lumped all the Irish together as all being essentially the same, but Delaney argues the experiences of Britain's Irish population after the Second World War were much more diverse than previously assumed, and shaped by social class, geography and gender as well as nationality.
This book's original approach demonstrates that any understanding of a migrant group must take account of both elements of the society that they had left, as well as the social landscape of their new country. Proximity ensured that even though these people had left Ireland, home as an imagined sense of place was never far away in the minds of those who had settled in Britain.

Kolomoki: Settlement, Ceremony, and Status in the Deep South, A.D. 350 to 750

Kolomoki: Settlement, Ceremony, and Status in the Deep South, A.D. 350 to 750

Kolomoki: Settlement, Ceremony, and Status in the Deep South, A.D. 350 to 750
Publisher: University Alabama Press | ISBN: 0817350179 | edition 2003 | PDF | pages 272 | 3,45 mb

Kolomoki - one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the southeastern United States - includes at least nine large earthen mounds in the lower Chattahoochee River valley of southwest Georgia. The largest, Mound A, rises approximately 20 meters above the terrace that borders it. From its flat-topped summit, a visitor can survey the string of smaller mounds that form an arc to the south and west. Archaeological research had previously placed Kolomoki within the Mississippian period (ca. A.D. 1000-1500) primarily because of the size and form of the mounds. But this book presents data for the main period of occupation and mound construction that confirm an earlier date, in the Woodland period (ca. A.D. 350-750). Even though the long-standing confusion over Kolomoki's dating has now been settled, questions remain regarding the lifeways of its inhabitants. Thomas Pluckhahn's research has recovered evidence concerning the level of site occupation and the house styles and daily lives of its dwellers. He presents here a new, revised history of Kolomoki from its founding to its eventual abandonment, with particular attention to the economy and ceremony at the settlement. This study makes an important contribution to the understanding of "middle range" societies, particularly the manner in which ceremony could both level and accentuate status differentiation within them. It provides a readable overview of one of the most important - but historically least understood - prehistoric Native American sites in the United States.

J.K.Rowling - The Tales of Beedle the Bard

J.K.Rowling - The Tales of Beedle the Bard

J.K.Rowling, «The Tales of Beedle the Bard»
J.K.Rowling | ISBN: 0545128285 | English | MP3 (64kb/s, 44kHz) + PDF | 54 MB

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

Names familiar from the Harry Potter novels sprinkle the pages, including Aberforth Dumbledore, Lucius Malfoy and his forebears, and Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington (or “Nearly Headless Nick”), as well as other professors at Hogwarts and the past owners of the Elder Wand. Dumbledore tells us of incidents unique to the Wizarding world, like hilariously troubled theatrical productions at Hogwarts or the dangers of having a “hairy heart.” But he also reveals aspects of the Wizarding world that his Muggle readers might find all too familiar, like censorship, intolerance, and questions about the deepest mysteries in life.

Government and the Enterprise since 1900: The Changing Problem of Efficiency

Government and the Enterprise since 1900: The Changing Problem of Efficiency

Government and the Enterprise since 1900: The Changing Problem of Efficiency
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA | 1994-06-02 | ISBN 0198287496 | PDF | 472 pages | 5 MB

Surveying governmental industrial policy in Britain, James Tomlinson explores the perennial concern of government to improve the efficiency and the competitiveness of British industry. Organized chronologically, the book focuses on the formation of policy-making and policy implementation, according to the ideas and beliefs that have dominated this century. Thus, industrial policy is traced through wars and recessions, the building of the welfare state and times of growth, and through stagflation, economic liberalism, and deindustrialization. The constant theme is the attempt by all governments to achieve the objectives of high growth, low unemployment, and international competitiveness. Tomlinson reveals both the macroeconomic context of industrial policy, and microeconomic effects of these policies. The focus of the book is on British industry, although in many cases Tomlinson uses a comparative perspective to set British policy in the world context.

The Easter Computus and the Origins of the Christian Era (Oxford Early Christian Studies)

The Easter Computus and the Origins of the Christian Era (Oxford Early Christian Studies)

The Easter Computus and the Origins of the Christian Era (Oxford Early Christian Studies)
Oxford University Press, USA | Dec 15, 2008 | English | ISBN: 0199543127 | 432 pgs | PDF | 1.55 MB

The system of numbering the years A.D. (Anni Domini, Years of the Lord) originated with Dionysius Exiguus. Dionysius drafted a 95-year table of dates for Easter beginning with the year 532 A.D. Why Dionysius chose the year that he did to number as '1' has been a source of controversy and speculation for almost 1500 years. According to the Gospel of Luke (3.1; 3.23), Jesus was baptized in the 15th year of the emperor Tiberius and was about 30 years old at the time. The 15th year of Tiberius was A.D. 29. If Jesus was 30 years old in A.D. 29, then he was born in the year that we call 2 B.C. Most ancient authorities dated the Nativity accordingly.

The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)

The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)

The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4) by J. Arthur Thomson
Creator:Thomson, J. Arthur | English | EText-No.20417 | 2007-01-22 | ASIN: B00192ND2U | PDF | 5.55 MB

from the INTRODUCTORY NOTE: Was it not the great philosopher and mathematician Leibnitz who said that the more knowledge advances the more it becomes possible to condense it into little books? Now this "Outline of Science" is certainly not a little book, and yet it illustrates part of the meaning of Leibnitz's wise saying. For here within reasonable compass there is a library of little books?an outline of many sciences.

It will be profitable to the student in proportion to the discrimination with which it is used. For it is not in the least meant to be of the nature of an Encyclop?dia, giving condensed and comprehensive articles with a big full stop at the end of each. Nor is it a collection of "primers," beginning at the very beginning of each subject and working methodically onwards. That is not the idea.

What then is the aim of this book? It is to give the intelligent student-citizen, otherwise called "the man in the street," a bunch of intellectual keys by which to open doors which have been hitherto shut to him, partly because he got no glimpse of the treasures behind the doors, and partly because the portals were made forbidding by an unnecessary display of technicalities.

The 2009-2014 World Outlook for Mobile Music

The 2009-2014 World Outlook for Mobile Music

The 2009-2014 World Outlook for Mobile Music
Philip M. Parker | Icon Group International, Inc | 2008-06-01 | ISBN : 1435688228 | PDF | 1.4 Mb | 191 Pgs

This econometric study covers the world outlook for mobile music across more than 200 countries. For each year reported, estimates are given for the latent demand, or potential industry earnings (P.I.E.), for the country in question (in millions of U.S. dollars), the percent share the country is of the region and of the globe. These comparative benchmarks allow the reader to quickly gauge a country vis-a-vis others. Using econometric models which project fundamental economic dynamics within each country and across countries, latent demand estimates are created. This report does not discuss the specific players in the market serving the latent demand, nor specific details at the product level. The study also does not consider short-term cyclicalities that might affect realized sales. The study, therefore, is strategic in nature, taking an aggregate and long-run view, irrespective of the players or products involved. This study does not report actual sales data (which are simply unavailable, in a comparable or consistent manner in virtually all of the 230 countries of the world). This study gives, however, my estimates for the worldwide latent demand, or the P.I.E. for mobile music.

Robin Sharma, "The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO" (Repost)

Robin Sharma, "The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO" (Repost)

Robin Sharma, "The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO: A Remarkable Story About Living Your Heart's Desires"
Hay House | ISBN 1401900593 | 2003 Year | CHM | 0,31 Mb | 221 Pages

Once in a while, a book comes along that has the power and the wisdom to speak to the best part of us and awaken our highest selves to the miracle our lives were meant to be. In this truly unforgettable guide, Robin Sharma, author of the national bestseller The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and a man whose life lessons are currently transforming the lives of many thousands of people across the planet, will show you how to access your inner gifts and reshape your whole outer life in the process. With brilliant simplicity and remarkable insight, The Saint, the Surfer and the CEO will teach you:
• How to stop betraying your self and live your destiny
• Simple ways to feel a rare amount of fulfillment and joy in your days
• How to reconnect to your inner child like heart for a more passion-filled life
• Lessons to conquer stress, balance life and feel good about yourself
• A proven process that will revolutionize your relationships and fill your life with love • How to restore adventure, simplicity and prosperity into your life
• Powerful principles to become strikingly successful at work
• Practical wisdom to help see a gorgeous vision for your future and then make it a reality

The Somatosensory System: Deciphering the Brain's Own Body Image

The Somatosensory System: Deciphering the Brain's Own Body Image

The Somatosensory System: Deciphering the Brain's Own Body Image
CRC | November 13, 2001 | 424 pages | PDF | ISBN: 0849323363 | 10 MB

The somatosensory system is unique in that it conveys information to the central nervous system (CNS) about both external and internal sensory environments. Recent technological and conceptual advances in the field have allowed great strides to be made in the description and understanding of how the CNS manages information about its own image. This knowledge, apart from its obvious scientific merit, is quickly leading to clinical applications in the realm of neurorehabilitation after the peripheral nerve injury and during recovery from stroke.The Somatosensory System: Deciphering the Brain's Own Body Image presents both new and past research in the understanding of how the brain deals with its own body image. It provides a review of pertinent literature and offers comprehensive descriptions of state-of-the-art technical approaches. The material includes new frameworks for the conceptualization of the system's representations, scientific and clinical applications that stem from these approaches based on the new concepts, and a discussion of new directions and new tools for the study of the interface of the brain and the body.

The Alamo: The Battle for Texas (Milestones in American History)

 The Alamo: The Battle for Texas (Milestones in American History)

The Alamo: The Battle for Texas (Milestones in American History)
Shane Mountjoy | Chelsea House Publications | Pages: 144 | 2009-01-30 | ISBN: 1604130563 | PDF | 4.65 Mb

On February 23, 1836, general and dictator Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and a Mexican force of more than 2,000 men launched an assault against Colonel William B. Travis of Texas, his army of 155 men, and 15 civilians who were living in the fort known as the Alamo. The Texans, who were reinforced by 32 men by March 1, withstood the Mexican army until March 6. That day, the 187 Texan defenders perished in the hand-to-hand combat, including American frontiersmen Davy Crockett and James Bowie, and 600 from the Mexican army were killed as well. Only the civilians survived. At the last battle of the Texas War, the Battle of San Jacinto, General Santa Anna was defeated, and the battle cry 'Remember the Alamo!' could be heard being shouted by the Texan army. "The Alamo" examines this heroic episode in the Texas War of Independence against Mexico.

The Western San Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History

The Western San Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History

The Western San Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History
Rob Blair | University Press of Colorado | Pages: 406 | 1996-05 | ISBN: 0870813781 | PDF | 2.63 MB

The San Juan Skyway winds its way up, over, and through canyons, mesas, plateaus, mountains, plains, and valleys. The sheer variety of landforms makes the Skyway a veritable classroom for the amateur naturalist and historian.
The most complete work published on the natural history of southwest Colorado’s majestic mountain system, The Western San Juan Mountains: Their Geology, Ecology, and Human History is designed to be used while exploring the scenic 235-mile paved San Juan Skyway, which passes through Durango, Silverton, Ouray, Telluride, Dolores, and Cortez.

The Western San Juan Mountains covers the physical environment, the biological communities, the human history, and points of interest represented on milepost signs along the highway. Some of the many topics covered include: how the San Juan Mountains were formed; why the landscape is so rugged and picturesque; why the vegetation changes from the lowlands to the alpine heights; energy and mineral resources of the area; why these mountains intrigued early explorers; factors that influence the unpredictable weather; and the first-known inhabitants.

Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley

Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley

Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley
Christopher John Farley | Amistad | Pages: 224 | 2007-06-01 | ISBN : 0060539925 | PDF | 1.29 MB

Bob Marley was a reggae superstar, a musical prophet who brought the sound of the Third World to the entire globe. Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley goes beyond the myth of Marley to bring you the private side of a man few people ever really knew. Drawing from original interviews with the people closest to Marleyincluding his widow, Rita, his mother, Cedella, his bandmate and childhood friend, Bunny Wailer, his producer Chris Blackwell, and many others—Legend paints an entirely fresh picture of one of the most enduring musical artists of our times.

This is a portrait of an artist as a young man, from his birth in the tiny town of Nine Miles in the hills of Jamaica, to the making of his debut international record, "Catch a Fire." We see Marley on the tough streets of Trench Town before he found stardom, struggling to find his way in music, in love and in life, and we take the wild ride with him to worldwide acceptance and adoration. From the acclaimed journalist, Christopher John Farely, the author of the bestselling AALIYAH and the reporter who broke the story on Dave Chappelle's retreat to South Africa, Legend is bursting with fresh insights into Marley and Jamaica, and is the definitive story of Marley's early days.

The Rats, the Bats and the Ugly

The Rats, the Bats and the Ugly

Eric Flint, Dave Freer,"The Rats, the Bats and the Ugly"
Publisher: Baen | ISBN: 0743488466 | edition September 14, 2004 | PDF | 400 pages | 2.4 mb

The intrepid team of mentally uplifted rats and bats, and their vat-born human leader had not only pulled off the only victory the beleaguered colony's feeble and bungling military forces had won against the invading aliens, but had also uncovered the secret that the invaders were really a feint, being under the control of the other aliens which the naive humans had thought were their allies. Unfortunately, that was the easy part, because now they had to convince their boneheaded military bureaucracy, burdened with incompetents and riddled with quisling humans, of their discovery, and keep from being courtmarshalled, drugged into submission, or executed by the human traitors. And they had to do this quickly, before the aliens launched their surprise attack. Fortunately, they had found a way around the alien's mental programming. What's more, the daring and resourceful Fluff - apparently the ineffectual pet of one of the colony's ruling class, but in reality a hidalgo without peer - was on their side. Only Fluff can save us now…

The Shadow of the Lion

The Shadow of the Lion

Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, Dave Freer ,"The Shadow of the Lion"
Publisher: Baen | ISBN: 0743435230 | edition March 1, 2002 | PDF | 848 pages | 1.4 mb

ADVENTURES IN AN OTHER-WORLDLY NEW-AGE VENICE.
It is the year 1537. The great winged Lion stares over a Venice where magic thrives. The rich Venetian Republic is a bastion of independence and tolerance. Perhaps for that reason, it is also corrupt, and rotten with intrigue.
But for the young brothers Marco and Benito Valdosta, vagabond and thief, Venice is simply-home. They have no idea that they stand at the center of the city's coming struggle for its very life. They know nothing of the powerful forces moving in the background. They have barely heard of Chernobog, demonlord of the North, who is shifting his pawns to attack Venice in order to cut into the underbelly of the Holy Roman Empire. All Marco and Benito know is that they're hungry and in dangerous company: Katerina the smuggler, Caesare the sell-sword, Montagnard assassins, church inquisitors, militant Knights of the Holy Trinity, Dottore Marina the Strega mage . . . and Maria. Maria might be an honest canaler, but she had the hottest temper a boy could find.