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The Character of Nations

The Character of Nations [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0786726997
Publisher: Basic Books
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In the aftermath of the Cold war, people around the globe are reexamining and reinventing their political systems, conscious that political choices imply different ways of life. In this new cross-cultural study, Angelo M. Codevilla illustrates that as people shape their governments, they shape themselves. Drawing broadly from the sweep of history, from the Roman republic to de Tocqueville's America, as well as from personal and scholarly observations of the world in the twentieth century, The Character of Nations reveals remarkable truths about the effects of government on a society's economic arrangenments, moral order, sense of family life, and ability to defend itself. Codevilla argues that in present-day America government has had a profound negative effect on societal norms. It has taught people to seek prosperity through connections with political power; it has fostered the atrophy of civic responsibility; it has waged a Kulturkampf against family and religion; and it has dug a dangerous schasm between those who serve in the military and those who send it in harm's way. Informative and provocative, The Character of Nations shows how the political decisions we make have higher stakes than simply who wins elections.

Why Killer Products Don't Sell

Why Killer Products Don't Sell [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1907293477
Author: Ian Gotts,Dominic Rowsell
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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Why Killer Products Don't Sell by Ian Gotts,Dominic Rowsell Book Resume:

Coming from conversations with executive teams of technology companies, venture capitalists, and M&A advisers, the insights contained in Why Killer Products Don't Sell are gold dust. First the book lays bare the claim that sales is sales is sales. It exposes the 4 very different 'Buying Cultures' and how they should be approached: Value Offered, Value Added, Value Created, and Value Captured. But it also gives a proven methodology for assessing a company's product mix ('offering' vs 'buying culture'), and a transformation approach to optimize sales and improve competitiveness.

Daughter of the Empire

Daughter of the Empire [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0525480153
Author: Raymond E. Feist,Janny Wurts
Publisher: Spectra
File Size: 472 KB
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Daughter of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist,Janny Wurts Book Resume:

An epic tale of adventure and intrigue, Daughter of the Empire is fantasy of the highest order by two of the most talented writers in the field today. Magic and murder engulf the realm of Kelewan. Fierce warlords ignite a bitter blood feud to enslave the empire of Tsuranuanni. While in the opulent Imperial courts, assassins and spy-master plot cunning and devious intrigues against the rightful heir. Now Mara, a young, untested Ruling lady, is called upon to lead her people in a heroic struggle for survival. But first she must rally an army of rebel warriors, form a pact with the alien cho-ja, and marry the son of a hated enemy. Only then can Mara face her most dangerous foe of all—in his own impregnable stronghold.

The Sharp Time

The Sharp Time [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0375899294
Author: Mary O'Connell
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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In the aftermath of her mother's tragic death, a newly independent and unstable teenage girl finds small measures of happiness even as she plots an act of lethal revenge on an abusive teacher. Sandinista Jones is a high school senior with a punk rock name and a broken heart. The death of her single mother has left Sandinista alone in the world, subject to the random vulnerability of everyday life. When the school system lets her down, her grief and instability intensify, and she ponders a violent act of revenge. Still, in the midst of her crisis, she gets a job at The Pale Circus, a funky vintage clothing shop, and finds friendship and camaraderie with her coworker, a boy struggling with his own secrets. Even as Sandinista sees the failures of those with power and authority, she's offered the chance to survive through the redemptive power of friendship. Now she must choose between faith and forgiveness or violence and vengeance. "Palpable grief plus irreverent humor equal one extraordinary debut novel." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred "The book takes place over the course of a week, but there are so many thoughtfully drawn characters and intense emotions that it reads like a small lifetime." --Booklist, Starred "O’Connell shows exceptional skill in building tension and creating atmosphere" --Publishers Weekly, Starred "Brilliant lyrical prose, clever banter, distinctive characters, and suspenseful plotting combine for a winning debut novel." --VOYA

A Heart of Time

A Heart of Time [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: Shari J. Ryan
Publisher: Shari J. Ryan
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“Time of death...” the doctor said. I won’t forget that moment I looked over at Ellie—the paleness of her once rosy cheeks, the blue hue coating her perfect lips—the woman I had been with since we were five years old. My wife. My best friend...and the mother to our newborn baby girl. You promised me we would be together forever, I wanted to tell her. She gave me her forever, I told myself. Her forever just ended at twenty-five. “You need to say your goodbyes...” the doctor said. How do I say goodbye to the one person in my life I could never say goodbye to? My body is numb, and my heart hurts. Hurts like someone just ripped it out of my chest. Which is ironic... “We are going to remove her heart now, Hunter. It was her wish to donate,” the doctor said. She never told me this. She never told me another woman would carry on with her beating heart. She never told me this woman knew me but wouldn’t let me know her. She never told me if I should follow her heart, or if I should follow mine. She knew. She could have told me...

Perdido Street Station

Perdido Street Station [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0345464524
Author: China Miéville
Publisher: Del Rey
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Perdido Street Station by China Miéville Book Resume:

A magnificent fantasy rife with scientific splendor, magical intrigue, and wonderfully realized characters, told in a storytelling style in which Charles Dickens meets Neal Stephenson, Perdido Street Station offers an eerie, voluptuously crafted world that will plumb the depths of every reader's imagination. Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores. In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none—not even to Isaac, a brilliant scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory. Isaac has spent a lifetime quietly carrying out his unique research. But when a half-bird, half-human creature known as the Garuda comes to him from afar, Isaac is faced with challenges he has never before fathomed. Though the Garuda's request is scientifically daunting, Isaac is sparked by his own curiosity and an uncanny reverence for this curious stranger. While Isaac's experiments for the Garuda turn into an obsession, one of his lab specimens demands attention: a brilliantly colored caterpillar that feeds on nothing but a hallucinatory drug and grows larger—and more consuming—by the day. What finally emerges from the silken cocoon will permeate every fiber of New Crobuzon—and not even the Ambassador of Hell will challenge the malignant terror it invokes . . . BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from China Mieville’s Embassytown.

The Lions of Al Rassan

The Lions of Al Rassan [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0143176773
Author: Guy Gavriel Kay
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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The Lions of Al Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay Book Resume:

Home to three very different cultures, Al-Rassan is a land of seductive beauty and violent history. Peace among the Jaddites, Asharites and Kindath is a precarious, elusive thing, made so by the ever-present shadow that divides the peoples but draws extraordinary individuals together. Ammar ibn Khairan—poet, diplomat, soldier; Rodrigo Belmonte—accomplished military leader; and Jeanne bet Ishak—brilliant physician; these three find their lives interwoven by a series of remarkable events that take Al-Rassan to the brink of war. Hauntingly evocative of medieval Spain, The Lions of Al-Rassan is an exhilarating story of love, divided loyalties, and what happens to men and women when passionate beliefs conspire to remake—or destroy—a world.

Mistress of the Empire

Mistress of the Empire [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0525480161
Author: Raymond E. Feist,Janny Wurts
Publisher: Spectra
File Size: 1655 KB
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Read Count: 8121009


Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist,Janny Wurts Book Resume:

The world on the other side of the rift: Kelewan, a land seething with political intrigue and deadly conspiracies. Following the opulent panoply of Daughter Of The Empire and the dazzling pageantry of Servant Of The Empire comes the resounding conclusion to the Empire trilogy. Besieged by spies and rival houses, stalked by a secret and merciless brotherhood of assassins, the brilliant Lady Mara of the Acoma faces the most deadly challenge she has ever known. The fearsome Black Robes see Mara as the ultimate threat to their ancient power. In search of allies who will join her against them, Mara must travel beyond civilization's borders and even into the hives of the alien cho-ja. As those near and dear to her fall victim to many enemies, Mara cries out for vengeance. Drawing on all of her courage and guile she prepares to fight her greatest battle of all--for her life, her home, and the Empire itself.

Improving the Quality of Health Care for Mental and Substance-Use Conditions

Improving the Quality of Health Care for Mental and Substance-Use Conditions [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9780309133661
Author: Institute of Medicine,Board on Health Care Services,Committee on Crossing the Quality Chasm: Adaptation to Mental Health and Addictive Disorders
Publisher: National Academies Press
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Improving the Quality of Health Care for Mental and Substance-Use Conditions by Institute of Medicine,Board on Health Care Services,Committee on Crossing the Quality Chasm: Adaptation to Mental Health and Addictive Disorders Book Resume:

Each year, more than 33 million Americans receive health care for mental or substance-use conditions, or both. Together, mental and substance-use illnesses are the leading cause of death and disability for women, the highest for men ages 15-44, and the second highest for all men. Effective treatments exist, but services are frequently fragmented and, as with general health care, there are barriers that prevent many from receiving these treatments as designed or at all. The consequences of this are seriousâ€"for these individuals and their families; their employers and the workforce; for the nation’s economy; as well as the education, welfare, and justice systems. Improving the Quality of Health Care for Mental and Substance-Use Conditions examines the distinctive characteristics of health care for mental and substance-use conditions, including payment, benefit coverage, and regulatory issues, as well as health care organization and delivery issues. This new volume in the Quality Chasm series puts forth an agenda for improving the quality of this care based on this analysis. Patients and their families, primary health care providers, specialty mental health and substance-use treatment providers, health care organizations, health plans, purchasers of group health care, and all involved in health care for mental and substanceâ€"use conditions will benefit from this guide to achieving better care.

The Demon's Lexicon

The Demon's Lexicon [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1416994920
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
File Size: 934 KB
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The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan Book Resume:

Sixteen-year-old Nick and his brother, Alan, are always ready to run. Their father is dead, and their mother is crazy—she screams if Nick gets near her. She’s no help in protecting any of them from the deadly magicians who use demons to work their magic. The magicians want a charm that Nick’s mother stole—and they want it badly enough to kill. Alan is Nick’s partner in demon slaying and the only person he trusts in the world. So things get very scary and very complicated when Nick begins to suspect that everything Alan has told him about their father, their mother, their past, and what they are doing is a complete lie. . . .

A Surrealist Stratigraphy of Dorothea Tanning’s Chasm

A Surrealist Stratigraphy of Dorothea Tanning’s Chasm [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1315390566
Author: Catriona McAra
Publisher: Routledge
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A Surrealist Stratigraphy of Dorothea Tanning’s Chasm by Catriona McAra Book Resume:

In A Surrealist Stratigraphy of Dorothea Tanning’s Chasm, Catriona McAra offers the first critical study of the literary work of the celebrated American painter and sculptor Dorothea Tanning (1910–2012). McAra fills a major gap in the scholarship, repositioning Tanning’s writing at the centre of her entire creative oeuvre and focusing on a little-known short story "Abyss," a gothic-flavoured, desert adventure which Tanning worked on intermittently throughout her creative life, finally publishing it in 2004 as Chasm: A Weekend. McAra performs a major reassessment of the visual and literary principles upon which the surrealist movement was initially founded. Combining a groundbreaking methodological approach with reference to cultural theory and feminist aesthetics as well as Tanning’s unpublished journals and notes, McAra reveals Tanning as a key player in contemporary art practice as well as in the historical surrealist milieu.

Propertius in Love

Propertius in Love [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0520935845
Author: Sextus Propertius
Publisher: Univ of California Press
File Size: 1696 KB
File Format: Pdf
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Propertius in Love by Sextus Propertius Book Resume:

These ardent, even obsessed, poems about erotic passion are among the brightest jewels in the crown of Latin literature. Written by Propertius, Rome's greatest poet of love, who was born around 50 b.c., a contemporary of Ovid, these elegies tell of Propertius' tormented relationship with a woman he calls "Cynthia." Their connection was sometimes blissful, more often agonizing, but as the poet came to recognize, it went beyond pride or shame to become the defining event of his life. Whether or not it was Propertius' explicit intention, these elegies extend our ideas of desire, and of the human condition itself.

Crossing the Quality Chasm

Crossing the Quality Chasm [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9780309132961
Author: Institute of Medicine,Committee on Quality of Health Care in America
Publisher: National Academies Press
File Size: 1341 KB
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Read Count: 7393941


Crossing the Quality Chasm by Institute of Medicine,Committee on Quality of Health Care in America Book Resume:

Second in a series of publications from the Institute of Medicine's Quality of Health Care in America project Today's health care providers have more research findings and more technology available to them than ever before. Yet recent reports have raised serious doubts about the quality of health care in America. Crossing the Quality Chasm makes an urgent call for fundamental change to close the quality gap. This book recommends a sweeping redesign of the American health care system and provides overarching principles for specific direction for policymakers, health care leaders, clinicians, regulators, purchasers, and others. In this comprehensive volume the committee offers: A set of performance expectations for the 21st century health care system. A set of 10 new rules to guide patient-clinician relationships. A suggested organizing framework to better align the incentives inherent in payment and accountability with improvements in quality. Key steps to promote evidence-based practice and strengthen clinical information systems. Analyzing health care organizations as complex systems, Crossing the Quality Chasm also documents the causes of the quality gap, identifies current practices that impede quality care, and explores how systems approaches can be used to implement change.

Born of Conviction

Born of Conviction [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0190246839
Author: Joseph T. Reiff
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Born of Conviction by Joseph T. Reiff Book Resume:

Winner of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters' Nonfiction Award The dominant narrative of the role of white citizens and the white church in Mississippi's civil rights era focuses on their intense resistance to change. The "Born of Conviction" statement, signed by twenty-eight white Methodist pastors and published in the Mississippi Methodist Advocate on January 2, 1963, offered an alternative witness to the segregationist party line. Calling for freedom of the pulpit and reminding readers of the Methodist Discipline's claim that the teachings of Jesus permit "no discrimination because of race, color, or creed," the pastors sought to speak to and for a mostly silent yet significant minority of Mississippians, and to lead white Methodists to join the conversation on the need for racial justice. The document additionally expressed support for public schools and opposition to any attempt to close them, and affirmed the signers' opposition to Communism. Though a few individuals, both laity and clergy, voiced public affirmation of "Born of Conviction," the overwhelming reaction was negative-by mid-1964, eighteen of the signers had left Mississippi, evidence of the challenges faced by whites who offered even mild dissent to massive resistance in the Deep South. Dominant narratives, however, rarely tell the whole story. The statement caused a significant crack in the public unanimity of Mississippi white resistance. Signers and their public supporters also received private messages of gratitude for their stand, and eight of the signers would remain in the Methodist ministry in Mississippi until retirement. Born of Conviction tells the story of "the Twenty-Eight" illuminating the impact on the larger culture of this attempt by white clergy to support race relations change. The book explores the theological and ethical understandings of the signers through an account of their experiences before, during, and after the statement's publication. It also offers a detailed portrait of both public and private expressions of the theology and ethics of white Mississippi Methodists in general, as revealed by their responses to the "Born of Conviction" controversy.

Galatea 2.2

Galatea 2.2 [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1466803681
Author: Richard Powers
Publisher: Picador
File Size: 1287 KB
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Galatea 2.2 by Richard Powers Book Resume:

After four novels and several years living abroad, the fictional protagonist of Galatea 2.2—Richard Powers—returns to the United States as Humanist-in-Residence at the enormous Center for the Study of Advanced Sciences. There he runs afoul of Philip Lentz, an outspoken cognitive neurologist intent upon modeling the human brain by means of computer-based neural networks. Lentz involves Powers in an outlandish and irresistible project: to train a neural net on a canonical list of Great Books. Through repeated tutorials, the device grows gradually more worldly, until it demands to know its own name, sex, race, and reason for exisiting.

The Lady of the Lake (湖上美人)

The Lady of the Lake (湖上美人) [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: Walter Scott
Publisher: Hyweb Technology Co. Ltd.
File Size: 476 KB
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William Beckford

William Beckford [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0571300480
Author: Timothy Mowl
Publisher: Faber & Faber
File Size: 381 KB
File Format: Pdf
Read Count: 1607704


William Beckford by Timothy Mowl Book Resume:

William Beckford had two lives: one real and sensational, the other an elegant forgery he invented in retirement after the young Disraeli mischievously sent him a homoerotic epic based loosely on Beckford's own career. Biographers have been bemused by Beckford's faked letters and dream encounters with celebrities, but his real life was far more significant: he is the pivotal Romantic between Horace Walpole and Byron. Beckford was reared in exotic isolation in a Palladian palace where he grew up obsessed with dark grottoes, towers and images of the living dead. Rushed into marriage by an apprehensive mother, he indulged his actual passions (both legal and paedophile) until a Tory administration staged a sex scandal that exiled him. In his absence his novel, Vathek was treacherously pirated. Returned to England, Beckford flung his wealth into the creation of Fonthill Abbey, which, by its shadowy vistas and glamorous camp furnishings, paved the way for the wildest excesses of Victorian taste.

Delphi Complete Works of Statius (Illustrated)

Delphi Complete Works of Statius (Illustrated) [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: Publius Papinius Statius
Publisher: Delphi Classics
File Size: 327 KB
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Delphi Complete Works of Statius (Illustrated) by Publius Papinius Statius Book Resume:

Statius is now revered as the greatest poet of the Silver Age of Latin literature, whose epic poem, ‘The Thebaid’, is second only to Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’. Delphi’s Ancient Classics series provides eReaders with the treasures of the Classical world, with both English translations and the original Latin texts. This comprehensive eBook presents the complete works of Statius for the first time in digital publishing, with beautiful illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1) * Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Statius’ life and works * Features the complete works of Statius, in both English translation and the original Latin * Concise introductions to the poetry * Includes all the translations previously appearing in Loeb Classical Library edition of Statius’ works * Images of famous paintings that have been inspired by Statius’ works * Excellent formatting of the texts * Easily locate the poems or sections you want to read with individual contents tables * Includes Statius’ rare works SILVAE and ACHILLEID, first time in digital print * Features Mozley’s bonus biography - discover Statius’ ancient world * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres Please visit to browse through our range of exciting titles CONTENTS: The Translations THE THEBAID THE SILVAE THE ACHILLEID The Latin Texts LIST OF LATIN TEXTS The Biography INTRODUCTION TO THE LIFE AND WORKS OF STATIUS by J. H. Mozley Please visit to browse through our range of exciting titles


Tag [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10:
Author: S.J. Ryan
Publisher: Shari J. Ryan
File Size: 1687 KB
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Tag by S.J. Ryan Book Resume:

** A HOT ROMANTIC SUSPENSE ** (NOW INCLUDES the follow-up novella, YOU'RE IT, at the end) What if your family had a big secret . . . a life changing secret. My dad, the bigwig CIA agent, was always on the run, whether he was being chased or doing the chasing. I missed him. Then my mom passed away, and my sister was murdered. I turned my solitude to strength because the alternative was too bleak. But my luck seemed to turn: I met Tango. And while I want him more than I’ve ever wanted anything in my twenty-two years, danger lurks around every corner and I simply can’t take the chance of it finding me. But his tattoos, his smell, his darkness, and his body— that marine has taken over my every thought. But, what if he too isn’t what I think? A ticking time bomb isn’t going to leave me much time to waver. Even the bravest person can be in need of a miracle. Before she was gone, my mom warned me to know everyone and trust no one. But what was I supposed to do when I found out I am the one not to be trusted? Turns out, I was always the bait in this conspiracy. In author Shari J. Ryan’s New Adult novel, TAG, the canyons hold secrets, the waterfalls provide safety, and romance has a pesky way of showing up when you are sweaty and dirty and least expect it.

Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy

Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9780080583853
Publisher: Academic Press
File Size: 1326 KB
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Annual Reports on NMR Spectroscopy