Writing from the Margins Power and Pedagogy for Teachers of Composition
Writing from the Margins: Power and Pedagogy for Teachers of Composition by Carolyn Ericksen Hill
English | April 26, 1990 | ISBN-10: 0195066375 | 304 pages | PDF | 13,6 MB
Too often both composition teachers and their students experience knowledge and authority as unchanging entities that cannot be challenged in classroom exchanges.

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Work A Deep History, from the Stone Age to the Age of Robots
James Suzman, "Work: A Deep History, from the Stone Age to the Age of Robots"
English | ISBN: 0525561757 | 2021 | EPUB | 464 pages | 11 MB
"This book is a tour de force." - Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take

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Washington Babylon From George Washington to Donald Trump, Scandals that Rocked the Nation
Washington Babylon: From George Washington to Donald Trump, Scandals that Rocked the Nation by Post Hill Press
English | October 22, 2019 | ISBN: 1642931527 | 480 pages | PDF | 4.86 Mb
Political, financial, erotic, and bizarre. This is a snapshot of more than 125 scandals that have rocked the nation's capital and beyond.

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Visions of Power Architecture & Ambition from Ancient Times to the Present Visions of Power: Architecture & Ambition from Ancient Times to the Present by Adrian Tinniswood English | 1998 | ISBN: 1840000279 | 196 pages | PDF | 108 MB An exploration of the relationship between people, power and architecture by examining how key political leaders in history have expressed their own personalities through buildings. A global survey, it ranges from the Taj Mahal to the White House, from Catherine the Great to Prince Charles.
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Timelines from Black History Leaders, Legends, Legacies
Timelines from Black History: Leaders, Legends, Legacies by DK
English | January 19th, 2021 | ISBN: 0744039096 | 96 pages | True PDF | 30.48 MB
Amazing visual timelines take readers through the people and the issues that have shaped Black history

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The Economics of the Third Way Experiences from Around the World
The Economics of the Third Way: Experiences from Around the World By Philip Arestis, Malcolm C. Sawyer
2001 | 239 Pages | ISBN: 1840644591 | PDF | 2 MB
The 'third way' is a term often used by politicians and others to indicate a set of new policies adopted by former social democratic parties throughout the world. This book is an attempt to dissect the ideas and economic theory behind the rhetoric of the 'third way' through a critical evaluation of the experiences of 'third way' administrations in a diverse range of countries. The editors suggest seven elements which can help define the theoretical economic foundations of 'third way' policies. They consider whether there is a consistent economic approach underlying the 'third way', and show that it is much influenced by New Keynesian economics. The contributors to the book explore the policy experiences from ten different countries, plus the European Union as a whole. Each contribution provides an examination of the application and implementation of 'third way' policies in a different country. These contributions indicate the similarities of the policies of the 'third way', though important differences in experience also emerge. Providing an acute assessment and comprehensive interpretation of the 'third way', while neither endorsing nor dismissing its validity, this book should be widely read by policymakers, political scientists, and those with an interest in economic policy and economic analysis.

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Tales from the Journey of the Dead Ten Thousand Years on an American Desert
Tales from the Journey of the Dead: Ten Thousand Years on an American Desert By Alan Boye BS MA
2006 | 266 Pages | ISBN: 0803213581 | PDF | 3 MB
Many people have heard of New Mexico's gypsum sand dunes at White Sands National Monument and the enormous flocks of Sandhill Cranes at Bosque del Apache Wildlife Area. But few people, even New Mexicans, know much about the Jornada del Muerto ("Journey of Death"), the vast desert located between the two, except maybe the fact that scientists detonated the world's first atomic bomb at the Trinity Site there in 1945. A landscape bordered by the Rio Grande River and several mountain ranges, it's also the site of Edward Abbey's novel, FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN, about a rancher who refuses to move off of his land when ordered to by the US government during WWII. Alan Boye is a professor of English from Vermont whose book combines the history of the Jornada, interviews with its rugged inhabitants, and personal reflections on his hikes there. Who would have thought this desolate, beautiful desert had so much fascinating history? Boye recounts tales of ancient peoples, the coming of the first Europeans into what is now the US on the Camino Real (The "Royal Road"); Apache attacks; and even a dramatic Civil War battle (yes, there were not one but two Civil War battles in New Mexico). The Jornada played a key role in the lives of western legends: Spanish Conquistadores Coronado and Onate; Zebulon Pike, the first Anglo man to see the Jornada; Kit Carson; Eugene Rhodes, the writer; and Victorio, the Apache warrior. But equally interesting are the stories Boye tells about its lesser known people: the ranchers who witnessed the world's first nuclear test and fought the US government to keep their ranches, or the "Wild Man," a legendary recluse who "lived his entire adult life in the outdoor air of the Jornada." Like David Roberts, whose IN SEARCH OF THE OLD ONES and THE PUEBLO REVOLT also mix history with descriptions of personal treks through the southwest landscape, Boye is also very good at this genre. He's more of a poet than Roberts, but he never lapses into sentimentality. The Jornada del Muerto is hard to explore these days. Ted Turner currently owns much of the Jornada on one of his ranches, and practically the rest is on the White Sands Missile Range. But this book makes me want to head to the Owl Bar in San Antonio, New Mexico, for one its famous green chile cheeseburgers, and then set out into the vast Jornada del Muerto to see what I can find as well.

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Stories from the Wreckage A Great Lakes Maritime History Inspired by Shipwrecks
Stories from the Wreckage: A Great Lakes Maritime History Inspired by Shipwrecks by Mr. John Odin Jensen
English | April 3, 2019 | ISBN: 0870209027 | 288 pages | PDF | 28 Mb
Every shipwreck has a story that extends far beyond its tragic end. The dramatic tales of disaster, heroism, and folly become even more compelling when viewed as junction points in history-connecting to stories about the frontier, the environment, immigration, politics, technology, and industry. In Stories from the Wreckage, John Odin Jensen examines a selection of Great Lakes shipwrecks of the wooden age for a deeper dive into this transformative chapter of maritime history. He mines the archeological evidence and historic record to show how their tragic ends fit in with the larger narrative of Midwestern history. Featuring the underwater photography of maritime archeologist Tamara Thomsen, this vibrant volume is a must-have for shipping enthusiasts as well as anyone interested in the power of water to shape history.

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Ship Models From Kits Basic and Advanced Techniques for Small Scales
David Griffith - Ship Models From Kits: Basic and Advanced Techniques for Small Scales
Seaforth Publishing | 2009 | ISBN: 1848320248 | English | 144 pages | PDF | 40.33 MB
The world of model kits has undergone a revolution, with new techniques in injection molding vastly improving the scale accuracy and surface detail of the standard plastic kit and new material producing top-quality resin models. In ship modeling, this has resulted in a new form of the hobby midway between traditional build-from-the-box simplicity and the time-consuming demands of fabricating everything from scratch. This new manual comprehensively demonstrates these new innovative techniques. Designed for modelers wishing to achieve the best results from their ship kits in the 1:700 to 1:350 range of scales, it uses 200 step-by-step color photographs to take the reader through the building of two models, one in plastic and one in resin, from basic construction, fittings, and detailing, to painting, finishing, and display. This book is an essential guide to a contemporary approach to model making.

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Free from Lies Discovering Your True Needs
Alice Miller, Andrew Jenkins, "Free from Lies: Discovering Your True Needs"
English | 2009 | ISBN: 0393069133, 0393338509 | 282 pages | AZW3 | 0.36 MB
An astoundingly moving and perceptive work on how adults can finally overcome the traumas of their childhood.

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Computational Economics A Perspective from Computational Intelligence
Computational Economics: A Perspective from Computational Intelligence By Shu-Heng Chen
2005 | 339 Pages | ISBN: 1591406498 | PDF | 7 MB
Chen, Jain, and Tai bring together a variety of interesting applications of computational intelligence approaches in their edited Computational Economics: A Perspective from Computational Intelligence book. Contributions in this volume show how combinations of neural networks, genetic algorithms, wavelets, fuzzy sets, and agent-based modeling are utilized in solving a host of managerial decision-making problems. The volume is rich with applications in financial modeling, option pricing, market-making, optimization of market strategies, optimization for traffic policy, cost estimation, policy appraisal in a criminal justice system, capital control, and solving organization theory problems.

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Complex Worlds from Simpler Nervous Systems
Complex Worlds from Simpler Nervous Systems By Frederick R. Prete
2004 | 457 Pages | ISBN: 0262162237 | PDF | 5 MB
Anyone curious as to extent to which various human cognitive and neural capabilities are can exist in nervous systems that are much smaller and simpler than humans will gain a lot from the perusal of this book. But more importantly, the book also offers a glimpse of how these nervous systems are able to deal with their environment in ways that perpetuate the survival of the organisms that possess them. Their abilities in many ways surpass those of humans, but the comparison with humans should really not be the focus of attention. The most important thing to gain from the reading of this book is that nervous systems have evolved in ways that are advantageous to the organism. As two authors in the book expressed it, "the abilities of an animal seem to be governed largely by what it needs to pursue its lifestyle." All of the articles in this book are interesting, but for lack of space only three of them will be reviewed here. The authors of the article "Exploration of Cognitive Capability in Honeybees: Higher Functions Emerge from a Small Brain", give a brief but fascinating overview of the research that has been performed in the neural and learning capabilities of honeybees. It is incredible fact, as brought out in the article, that the brain of the worker honeybee is only one cubic millimeter in volume, has a mass of only 1 mg, and has less than a million neurons. In spite of these dimensions however, honeybees are still able to process visual and motion information in ways that are very similar to the way that humans do. Indeed the honeybee is able to engage in pattern recognition, perception, and the learning of complex tasks. Honeybees are able to take pattern presented to them, train on these patterns, and use what they have learned to evaluate new patterns presented to them. Most interestingly, the authors describe experiments that show that honeybees are able to perceive some of the illusions that humans do. Other abilities discussed include learning to negotiate complex mazes, and are able to count landmarks as they do. Furthermore, they make use of rules that worked in the past in order to navigate through mazes. Thus bees exhibit a remarkable ability to construct concepts. The authors also mention the exciting prospect of constructing a learning machine that is capable of performing behavior similar to the honeybee. Given the size of the honeybee brain, this certainly seems like a goal that could be readily accomplished. In the article "In the Mind of a Hunter: The Visual World of Praying Mantis", the authors present the mantis as being an insect that is very complex from the standpoint of its ability to process information, being manifested in what the authors refer to as "plastic behaviors." Anyone who has observed a praying mantis in a garden or other places outdoors cannot help but be fascinated by their behavior. This article puts these behaviors on a neurological foundation, and the picture the authors paint is a very interesting one. The reader learns of the compound eyes of the praying mantis, which allow visualization in every direction. The range of light intensity (four log units) allows the mantis to distinguish between different objects. Amazingly, their eyes have about nine thousand sampling units or `ommatidia' as the authors call them. But it is the "prey recognition" algorithm used by mantids that is of primary interest to the authors. They have found through their research that this algorithm depends on the simultaneous assessment of a collection of stimulus parameters. From the standpoint of its nervous system, prey recognition is accomplished by a movement-sensitive cell called the lobula giant movement detector (LGMD). The LGMD is presynaptic to the descending contralateral movement detector (DCMD). They mention the construction of an artificial neural network of the LGMD-DCMD systems that learns to respond to the same types of stimuli that mantids recognize as prey, but unfortunately do not discuss it in any detail. The author of the article "Motion Perception Shapes the Visual World of Amphibians" discusses how frogs and toads are able to catch their prey, avoid predators, and find mates without the benefit of eye movements. The emphasis in the article is in on how these different entities are classified and discriminated, how retinal images of moving objects are discriminated from self-induced moving images, on whether or not toads employ concepts or engage in learning, and how toads analyze visual stimuli without the benefit of a cerebral neocortex. The distinction between prey and nonprey is correlated with the geometry of the object relative to the direction of movement. In order to justify what is happening at the neuronal level, the author describes the properties of the retinal ganglion cells (which mediate the output of the retinal network) and the neurons of the retinal projection fields in terms of their receptive fields. A table is given along with extension discussion of their properties. Toads also make use of the odor of their prey, and the author discusses, with a detailed diagram, the brain structures involved in visual-olfactory learning. Most interesting is the author's discussion of backpropagation artificial neural networks used to model the feature detection abilities of amphibians. A two-layered artificial neural network is trained to classify and evaluate objects of different lengths moving in prey and nonprey configurations.

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Work A Deep History, from the Stone Age to the Age of Robots [Audiobook]
James Suzman, Nicholas Guy Smith (Narrator), "Work: A Deep History, from the Stone Age to the Age of Robots"
English | ASIN: B088C36NR8 | 2021 | [email protected] kbps | ~13:47:00 | 390 MB
"This book is a tour de force." (Adam Grant, New York Times best-selling author of Give and Take)
A revolutionary new history of humankind through the prism of work by leading anthropologist James Suzman.

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Typographic Knitting From Pixel to Pattern
Typographic Knitting: From Pixel to Pattern by Rüdiger Schlömer
English | October 22, 2019 | ISBN: 1616898542 | PDF | 216 pages | 296 MB
Learn to knit a variety of typefaces modeled on digital designs by well-known type foundries including Emigre, Lineto, and Typotheque, and emblazon your hats, scarves, and sweaters with smartly designed monograms, letters, or words. Beginning with knitting basics, tips, and resources, and progressing through more advanced techniques, Typographic Knitting provides a systematic introduction on how to construct a variety of letter designs using different knitting techniques.

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Leadership in Turbulent Times Lessons from the Presidents
Leadership in Turbulent Times: Lessons from the Presidents by Doris Kearns Goodwin
English | June 6th, 2019 | ISBN: 024130072X | 496 pages | True EPUB | 4.19 MB
In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the origin, uncertain growth, and finally, the exercise of fully developed leadership.

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