Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)



Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Allen C. Guelzo | 2009-02-05 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 160 | Civil War
Beneath the surface of the apparently untutored and deceptively frank Abraham Lincoln ran private tunnels of self-taught study, a restless philosophical curiosity, and a profound grasp of the fundamentals of democracy. Now, in Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction, the award-winning Lincoln authority Allen C. Guelzo offers a penetrating look into the mind of one of our greatest presidents.
If Lincoln was famous for reading aloud from joke books, Guelzo shows that he also plunged deeply into the mainstream of nineteenth-century liberal democratic thought. Guelzo takes us on a wide-ranging exploration of problems that confronted Lincoln and liberal democracy--equality, opportunity, the rule of law, slavery, freedom, peace, and his legacy. The book sets these problems and Lincoln's responses against the larger world of American and trans-Atlantic liberal democracy in the 19th century, comparing Lincoln not just to Andrew Jackson or John Calhoun, but to British thinkers such as Richard Cobden, Jeremy Bentham, and John Bright, and to French observers Alexis de Tocqueville and François Guizot. The Lincoln we meet here is an Enlightenment figure who struggled to create a common ground between a people focused on individual rights and a society eager to establish a certain moral, philosophical, and intellectual bedrock. Lincoln insisted that liberal democracy had a higher purpose, which was the realization of a morally right political order. But how to interject that sense of moral order into a system that values personal self-satisfaction--"the pursuit of happiness"--remains a fundamental dilemma even today.
Abraham Lincoln was a man who, according to his friend and biographer William Henry Herndon, "lived in the mind." Guelzo paints a marvelous portrait of this Lincoln--Lincoln the man of ideas--providing new insights into one of the giants of American history.
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This year, the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, has seen the publication of a number of short biographies for busy readers, including books by James McPherson Abraham Lincoln and George McGovernAbraham Lincoln (The American Presidents Series: The 16th President, 1861-1865) Unlike these books, which offer an overview of Lincoln's life and achievement, Allen Guelzo's new book, "Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction", published by Oxford University Press is a work of depth. The book spends little time with Lincoln's conduct of the presidency during the Civil War or with Lincoln's personal life. Instead Guelzo's book focuses on Lincoln and the life of the mind. As Guelzo writes in his Introduction (at 8): "This will be a biography of [Lincoln's] ideas." Guelzo is Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era and Director of Civil War Studies at Gettysburg College. He has written several other books on Lincoln with a focus on intellectual history, some of which I will link below.



Although engaged in the most public of professions, Lincoln was notoriously reserved and difficult to get to know intimately. Guelzo explores the books Lincoln read and the ideas which influenced him. Near the end of his life, Lincoln told a journalist that he "was a lover of many philosophical books" including Butler's "Analogy of Religion", John Stuart Mill's "On Liberty", and the works of the early American theologian, Jonathan Edwards. (p. 5)



Guelzo develops two large themes in Lincoln's thought. First, Guelzo sees Lincoln as a product of the Enlightenment, with its faith in progress, human reason, and secularism. Lincoln was a liberal in the classic sense of that much-abused word. Enlightenment liberalism taught Lincoln the importance of human equality and of individual effort. He wanted an activist government which promoted trade and commerce so that every individual would have a chance in life. He did not want people tied by what he viewed as shibolleths of tradition, hierarchy, or authority. In opposition to Jacksonian democracy, Lincoln early became a Whig, and his model statesman was Henry Clay.



The second and later developing theme in Lincoln is a qualification on the first. As shown in his 1858 debates with Stephen Douglas, in the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and in the Gettysburg and Second Inaugural Addresses, Lincoln became convinced that progress and free individual action were insufficient bases on which to build a democracy. Instead, there had to be a basic sense of right and wrong in fundamental matters of human conduct. Lincoln found slavery (if not racism) to be such a matter. He rejected Douglas's contention that slavery was somehow ethically neutral and that its acceptance or rejection should be subject solely to the popular will.



With the vicissitudes of the Civil War, Lincoln moved still further. Although he never joined a church or became a believer in any creed, he seemed to find a sense of transcendence that governed human life. He found that the War was playing itself out over the institution of slavery and the complicity that Americans North and South shared in it. His earlier skepticism and his faith in human reason and progress were qualified, Guelzo suggests, by his cautious belief in providence and some vague form of transcendence. Lincoln thus became the founder of the type of American secular religion that still has broad appeal to Americans of many different persuasions today.



Guelzo's book is organized less as a traditional biography than as an exposition of a set of ideas that shaped Lincoln's thought and actions. This is best evidenced by the chapter titles: Equality, Advancement, Law, Liberty, Debate, Emancipation, and Reunion. For a short work, Guelzo offers a detailed bibliography keyed to the major sections of his studies. Unfortunately, there are no endnotes to document his many quotations and references.



In an Epilogue, Guelzo tries to summarize the nature of Lincoln's achievement. Guelzo tries to show, in his view, what Americans today should learn from Lincoln. Among other things, Guelzo concludes,p. 128



"For Lincoln had, by a long and battle-smoke-stained path, discovered that liberal democracy was not an end in itself, as though merely counting noses was the last word in any political question; nor was it a merely a means that permitted the greatest nubmer to acquire the greatest levels of insipid material contentment. There is evil to be confronted in this world, irrational and spiritualistic as it may sound, and without a willingness to name evil as evil. liberal rationality will stand, hesitating, before the seeming-reasonableness that evil manufactures like a squid's clound of ink."



We see little of Lincoln the pragmatist in Guelzo's book. But we do see Lincoln as thinker. For all its brevity, this book will be of most interest to readers with a good background in Lincoln. Guelzo has developed his views on Lincoln in other books on Lincoln and Religion, on the Emancipation Proclamation, and on the debates with Stephen Douglas. The links are below. I learned a great deal from these books and from this "very short introduction" to Lincoln.



Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (Library of Religious Biography)

Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America

Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America (Simon & Schuster Lincoln Library)




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A very high benchmark set by this VSI book on short biography. Regardless of how many books you read about Lincoln, you could find things interesting and memorable from this slim volume, which is organized in major themes of Lincoln's life, achievements and historical significance. What an enjoyable read! Highly recommended.
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This is a brief but brilliant book on Abraham Lincoln, which tries to show Lincoln as a product and developer of Enlightenment Liberalism. I've read many books on Lincoln, but most try to situate Lincoln in his historical and political context and not as a figure in the history of ideas.



Not that Guelzo doesn't also explain Lincoln's historical context as well. I understand now better than before how Lincoln stood apart from many of his immediate political predecessors, in particular Andrew Jackson, of whom Lincoln was the antithesis. In contemporary political terms, Jackson, despite being one of the key figures in the history of the Democratic party, was a passionate believer in small government. Lincoln, one of the founders of the Republican party, was an impassioned believer in the power of government and invested much of his political career in having government involved in large federal and state project. In today's terms, Jackson, the Democrat, was a believer is small government, while Lincoln, the Republican, was a believer in big government (Guelzo doesn't mention it, but it was under Lincoln that the largest federal program in American history to that point was undertaken, the building of the transcontinental railroad, undertaken by private companies funded by public capital). I've little doubt that today the two would switch parties (for the record, one of Lincoln's most prominent biographers, Doris Kearns Goodwin, also has stated her belief that today Lincoln would be a Democrat, since the GOP is today opposed to virtually all of the political issues that Lincoln held dear).



The book is largely organized around clusters of ideas that were crucial for the intellectual development of Lincoln as a political thinker. the Lincoln that emerges is Lincoln the philosopher of politics. And there are some very good results her from considering Lincoln more from an intellectual rather than a biographical point of view. Many personal details are omitted that are commonplaces in most books on Lincoln. For instance, little is said of Mary Todd Lincoln's struggles with sanity, or Lincoln's love for his sons and his relations with them, or his own struggles with sanity, or the possibilities of a homosexual relationship prior to his marriage (something I have always found to be extremely dubious), or -- what was central to Doris Kearns Goodwin's splendid recent book on Lincoln -- his contentious relation with his cabinet. Instead, Guelzo strives to make vivid the intellectual context for the major decisions that Lincoln made. In this he is absolutely brilliant and as a result I recommend this slender little book as much as many other larger and wordier volumes. I especially was intrigued by the passages in which Guelzo talks of Lincoln's growing religious beliefs. As is well known, Lincoln was not a Christian. He never attended or belonged to a church and could generally be considered uninterested in religious ideas. But as Guelzo shows, during the Civil War Lincoln, the sceptic, came more and more to see the conflict in religious terms, if not Christian ones. Thus the Enlightenment figure gave a unique turn to Enlightenment ideas. I previously knew Guelzo as the author of a well-regarded book on the Emancipation Proclamation(a book I have not read) as well as an intriguing biography of Lincoln on Wm. B. Eerdmans Press entitled ABRAHAM LINCOLN: REDEEMER PRESIDENT. More than ever I would like to read the latter, and reading this might also encourage me to read the former as well. It has also increased my interest in a book by the excellent evangelical historian Martin Noll (in my opinion, the best historian of the past century who can be described as an Evangelical) entitled THE CIVIL WAR AS THEOLOGICAL CRISIS.



I would not recommend this to anyone as the first or only book to read on Lincoln. But I would strongly recommend it to anyone who has read anything else on Lincoln and wants to have their understanding of Lincoln's work broadened and deepened.
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This is a rather unique treatment of Lincoln, but it is not easy to describe its uniqueness. Perhaps we might specify what the book is not. You won't find much about Lincoln's personal life here. There is not detailed info on his political career. The last four years of his life (the presidency) receive minimal coverage. His murder gets a paragraph. Then what *is* it about?



When I was an undergraduate during the 1960s, this book would probably have been categorized as "intellectual history". It still might be. In his introduction the author states that he is mainly interested in Lincoln's thinking: "This will be a biography of his ideas." (p. 8) Some of the ideas he pursues appear as the chapter titles: Equality; Advancement; Law; Liberty; Debate; Emancipation; Reunion. So the book proceeds chronologically but in a topical manner. The emphasis is clearly on the pre-presidential years, with only two of the seven chapters devoted to his presidency. There is also a short epilogue summarizing Guelzo's view of the man's legacy and why he became "the Great American Man" (saved the union; championed economic mobility and political equality; advocated moral principles).



In looking at the notes I took while reading, I can't say I came across much new information. This might be because I earlier had read Guelzo's full length bio of Lincoln (ABRAHAM LINCOLN: REDEEMER PRESIDENT), to which one desiring elaboration should turn. In fairness it should be noted this book contains only about 125 pages of text (and small size pages they are). In this regard, I suppose it invites comparison with another (even briefer at about 65 pages) recent biography of Lincoln by James M. Mc Pherson (ABRAHAM LINCOLN). Of the two I prefer Guelzo, probably because of his ideas emphasis.



Although there aren't any endnotes here, readers are given two separate listings (organized by chapters) of books for further reading. That's 12 pages in a book containing only 147 total pages --especially impressive these days when publishers seem to have pretty much abandoned bibliographies. Shame.



This book is recommended to those interested in a brief look at Lincoln's ideas.

4 and 3/4 stars



Tim Koerner April 2009

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M. Tahmisoglu,C. Ozen | 2009-04-15 00:00:00 | IOS Press | 210 | Terrorism

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))
| 2008-09-29 00:00:00 | | 0 | SQL Server


If you?re in charge of database administration, developing database software, or looking for database solutions for your company, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies can help you get a handle on this extremely popular relational database management system. Here you?ll find what?s new in the latest version; how to choose and install the right variation for your needs; how to monitor, maintain, and protect your data; and what it takes to keep your database healthy. You?ll discover how to: Build and maintain tables Design a database and communicate with it Retrieve, analyze, and report data Build solid, robust database applications Use the SQL Server Optimizer and Query Designer Navigate SQL Server with Visual Studio Develop useful reports with the Report Builder and Report Designer Create Business Intelligence solutions with Business Intelligence Development Studio Configure your server and perform major administrative tasks

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All in all A great book to have.
I bought this book from Barnes and Noble because I could not wait. To my delight I found this book to be well written in a lucid style. This book, mercifully, leaves out the BS that clutter most computer books. On the first day I was able to install the MS SQL server - beware it is not that simple! It is very easy to miss the Full Text search and the Filestream install.


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Introduction to Neural Networks for Java, 2nd Edition
Jeff Heaton | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | Heaton Research | 440 | Java
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Introduction to Neural Networks with Java, Second Edition, introduces the Java programmer to the world of Neural Networks and Artificial Intelligence. Neural network architectures, such as the feedforward, Hopfield, and self-organizing map architectures are discussed. Training techniques, such as backpropagation, genetic algorithms and simulated annealing are also introduced. Practical examples are given for each neural network. Examples include the traveling salesman problem, handwriting recognition, financial prediction, game strategy, mathematical functions, and Internet bots. All Java source code is available online for easy downloading.
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Javvin Press | 2007-01-01 00:00:00 | Javvin Press | 4 | .NET
A ""Must have"" quick reference for IT/Networking professionals and students who are learning and using Ethernet
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Alberto Mira | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | The Scarecrow | 496 | History
The Historical Dictionary of Spanish Cinema pres a better understanding of the role Spanish cinema has played in film history through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on producers, directors, film companies, actors, and films.
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D. Richard Laws PhD | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Medicine
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Alignment Change in Iranian Languages: A Construction Grammar Approach (Empirical Approaches to Language Typology)



Alignment Change in Iranian Languages: A Construction Grammar Approach (Empirical Approaches to Language Typology)
Haig,Geoffrey L.J. | 2008-01-16 00:00:00 | Walter de Gruyter | 366 | Instruction
The Iranian languages, due to their exceptional time-depth of attestation, constitute one of the very few instances where a shift from accusative alignment to split-ergativity is actually documented. Yet remarkably, within historical syntax, the Iranian case has received only very superficial coverage. This book provides the first in-depth treatment of alignment change in Iranian, from Old Persian (5 C. BC) to the present. The first part of the book examines the claim that ergativity in Middle Iranian emerged from an Old Iranian agented passive construction. This view is rejected in favour of a theory which links the emergence of ergativity to External Possession. Thus the primary mechanisms involved is not reanalysis, but the extension of a pre-existing construction. The notion of Non-Canonical Subjecthood plays a pivotal role, which in the present account is linked to the semantics of what is termed Indirect Participation.  In the second part of the book, a comparative look at contemporary West Iranian is undertaken. It can be shown that throughout the subsequent developments in the morphosyntax, distinct components such as agreement, nominal case marking, or the grammar of cliticisation, in fact developed remarkably independently of one another. It was this de-coupling of sub-systems of the morphosyntax that led to the notorious multiplicity of alignment types in Iranian, a fact that also characterises past-tense alignments in the sister branch of Indo-European, Indo-Aryan. Along with data from more than 20 Iranian languages, presented in a manner that renders them accessible to the non-specialist, there is extensive discussion of more general topics such as the adequacy of functional accounts of changes in case systems, discourse pressure and the role of animacy, the notion of drift, and the question of alignment in early Indo-European.

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Capitalism Russian-Style
Thane Gustafson | 1999-12-28 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 280 | Economics
Capitalism Russian-Style provides a progress report on one of the most important economic experiments going on in the world today: the building of capitalism in Russia. It describes Russian achievements in building private banks, companies, stock exchanges, new laws and law courts. It analyzes the role of the mafia, the new financial empires, entrepreneurs, business tycoons, and the shrinking Russian state. Thane Gustafson tells how the Soviet system was dismantled and the new market society was born, and examines the prospects for a Russian economic miracle in the twenty-first century.
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Thane Gustafson presents an overview of Russia's experiment with capitalism to date. In this well-documented, well-reasoned report, he describes the breakdown in the Soviet economy. This collapse was already in the works when Gorbachev's efforts to reform the system brought it tumbling down. Gustafson weaves his account together like a journalist, as he discusses the heady rush of capitalism, entrepreneurism, political corruption and crime that moved into Russia's economic vacuum like a modern gold rush. He carefully traces recent developments in Russia's attempt to recover from its 1998 financial disaster.

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This book traces the history of the radio show, the books, the television series, and the movie. Lists of caste members, media reactions to the shows and quotes from important people. A slim, bare bones guide to the Hitch Hiker's Guide and all its forms. Don't look for photos or long, detailed, essays on the meaning of life, Zaphod Beeblebrox, or the Heart of Gold. Good to have if you want a background history on Douglas Adam's work in radio, TV and the printed media.

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Peter Kent | 1999-01-01 00:00:00 | Alpha Books | 456 | Software
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At least in the United States, the demographics of people who are just beginning to use the Internet have changed. The bulk of the new users are now either the very young, or older people who are more technically uncertain. As is generally the case with the youthful brain, the young people need a minimum of direction, most of which must be focused towards keeping them away from the bad stuff. However, the older people need assistance in the very basics, which is where books like this are invaluable.
In teaching a couple of sections of community education Internet classes for elders, two things became very clear. The people in the class really want to learn how to use the Internet and they are capable, but must be treated with more sensitivity than others. Ironically, the hardest problem is convincing them that the old adage about teaching old dogs new tricks does not apply to the Internet. With the proper approach, they can learn how to use it to solve their problems.
This book takes just the right approach in teaching people like them how to use the Internet. Using soft spoken tones and with just the right amount of humor without descending into cuteness, this book provides the helping hand that is needed to get beginners up and enjoying the fruits of the web. Many of the latest controversies are also dealt with, such as the flaps over Napster and the Instant Message (IM) wars. I often field questions about such topics when I teach beginners how to use the net. Most are regular followers of the news and take an interest in what is happening in the world.
The growth in the number of Internet users in North America is slowing down and the background of new users has changed to include more adults who are not computer literate. This creates a different market for beginning books and this one hits that market dead center. With the right approach and covering all the basics, this book will help insure that the Internet continues to expand and serve a broader based constituency.
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"The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Internet" is an instrumental reference and tutor for anyone wishing to plunge or even tip-toe into the Information Superhighway world! I have found this book outstanding as an preparation aid for teaching an "Introduction to the Internet" class. Much of the information contained in the book may already be common knowledge among internet enthusiasts, but the added bits of information on many topics (including valid websites for help!) are invaluable. In covering the "history" of the Internet, the book even goes into specifics of the past accomplishments and failures, leading up to today.

It's best to have some knowledge of Microsoft Windows (preferably Windows 98) prior to jumping to Internet activity, however. This book covers a few Windows basics.

If you're looking to get a late start into electronic information-age, this book is a good start, and at a pretty decent price!

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Elements Of Structural And Systematic Botany: For High Schools And Elementary College Courses (1890)



Elements Of Structural And Systematic Botany: For High Schools And Elementary College Courses (1890)
Douglas Houghton Campbell | 2008-08-18 00:00:00 | Kessinger Publishing, LLC | 268 | Subjects
This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishings Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the worlds literature. Kessinger Publishing is the place to find hundreds of thousands of rare and hard-to-find books with something of interest for everyone!

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Romantic Misfits (Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Cultures of Print)



Romantic Misfits (Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and the Cultures of Print)
Robert Miles | 2008-12-15 00:00:00 | Palgrave Macmillan | 256 | England
Romantic Misfits is an acute and searching account of a linked sequence of authors and literary episodes that centrally challenges and troubles much that is familiar about the history of Romantic writing in Britain. Its originality lies in the way it conceives these false starts and disturbances - 'misfits' and misfittings - as both a constitutive challenge to canonical romanticism and a distinctive literary field worth examining on its own account. Its misfits include the Shakespeare forger W.H. Ireland, Wordsworth's early gothic, Coleridge's material imagination, the novel itself, and the culture of Dissent.


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Drought and Water Crises: Science, Technology, and Management Issues



Drought and Water Crises: Science, Technology, and Management Issues
D.A.Wilhite | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Taylor & Francis | 431 | Misc
Drought is an insidious natural hazard that results from a deficiency of precipitation from expected or “normal” that, when extended over a season or longer, is insufficient to meet the demands of human activities and the environment. Drought by itself is not a disaster. Whether it becomes a disaster depends on its impact on local people and the environment. Therefore, the key to understanding drought is to understand both its natural and social dimensions.
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Progress in Heterocyclic Chemistry (Volume 14)



Progress in Heterocyclic Chemistry (Volume 14)
G.W. Gribble,T.L. Gilchrist | 2002-01-01 00:00:00 | Elsevier Science Ltd. | 376 | Subjects
A critical review of the 2001 Literature preceded by two chapters on current heterocyclic topics

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Vygotsky in Action in the Early Years: The Key to Learning Curriculum



Vygotsky in Action in the Early Years: The Key to Learning Curriculum
Galina Dolya | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Routledge | 176 | Education
Do you want to prepare the children in your class for the educational challenges they will face in the years to come?

Do you recognise the value of strong foundations for learning but wonder how to implement these in your setting?

Vygotsky in Action in the Early Years is based on the concepts of Lev Vygotsky, one of the twentieth century’s most influential theorists in the field of early years education. Drawing upon the Key to Learning curriculum, a unique and inspiring programme of cognitive development activities for the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, the author shows how you can encourage young children to become independent learners.

Vygotsky in Action in the Early Years transforms Vygotsky’s theory of child development into clear, accessible activities for children between the ages of three and seven, and explains the theory underpinning the practice, enabling practitioners to achieve this in their own setting.

This invaluable resource includes access to online ready-to-use activities providing a total of over 600 specially designed learning experiences, in 12 teacher-friendly curriculum modules. With links to the Early Years Foundation Stage learning goals, this comprehensive programme helps you enable children to:

plan and organise their own activities, through a balance of teacher-directed and child-initiated activities;


openly express their point of view, developing language, listening and attention skills;


solve problems creatively, using thinking skills;


interact freely and confidently with others, improving social skills;


become self-confident, self-motivated learners, with the mindset and mental tools they need for later learning securely in place.


Early years practitioners and Key Stage 1 teachers wanting to extend and enrich children’s cognitive development will find this an invaluable tool to complement and systemise existing good practice.
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Brian Setzer - Guitar Legendary Licks



Brian Setzer - Guitar Legendary Licks
Brian Setzer | 2002-12-01 00:00:00 | Cherry Lane Music | 64 | Songbooks
The Legendary Licks series presents the music of a band or artist in a comprehensive play-along package. Each book contains detailed performance notes on how to play a multitude of classic licks, fills, riffs and solos - complete with recorded demonstrations. Slowed-down versions are also on the CD for the fast and tricky passages. The recording is split-channel, so you can listen to all the instruments or play along with the band. Also includes tab, gear setups and a historical retrospective. This pack examines 12 rockin' and swingin' Setzer standards, from his Stray Cats days through his solo career. Includes: Built for Speed * The Dirty Boogie * Hoodoo Voodoo Doll * Jump, Jive An' Wail * Let's Live It Up * Rock This Town * Rumble in Brighton * Runaway Boys * Sleepwalk * Stray Cat Strut * Switchblade 327 * This Cat's on a Hot Tin Roof. Also includes a Brian Setzer Chord Dictionary and a Brian Setzer Scale Primer.
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If you can read tab and you want to learn the ways of Jedi Setzer, then this book is for you. Oh yeah, there is a play along CD as well. Solid Book!
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The CD tracks are a big help. The TAB portion was written by Arthur Rotfeld. As usual with TAB written by persons other than the player, I have found a few discrepancies, but over-all, an excellent addition to my learning/teaching library.
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If you're interested in Brian Setzer that's it. There's a chord dictionary,harmonic analysis, scales, links and transcriptions helping you to be familiarized with Setzer's style. There's also a cd. Nice material.
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I am very happy with this purchase. It is very easy to read and understand it also comes with a CD. The CD helps alot to know how fast to play and also you can play along with the rest of the band.
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I would recommend this for any intermediate guitar player. The chord and scale supplement are worth the price. Althought I bought the book/cd for a few specific songs, the chords and scale part were a bonus. I believe some of the songs could be tabbed a little better. ie done the way BS plays them. Check out some of his performances on Youtube and you'll see what I mean. Rock this town I know is played with the low e tuned to d. Not tabbed in the book. However, great place to start to take you to another level. BS is a great guitar player.

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Apprends a dessiner les creatures fantastiques ! : adversaires et civilisations



Apprends a dessiner les creatures fantastiques ! : adversaires et civilisations
Collective | 2005-01-01 00:00:00 | Hachette | 29 | Art related
Apprendre a dessiner des creatures fantastiques, c est facile ! Suis pas a pas toutes les etapes. Les conseils qui te seront donnes developperont ton sens de l observation. Car c est la que reside tout le secret du dessin : si tu sais regarder et comprendre ce que tu vois, tu sauras dessiner Ensuite, avec un peu de pratique et de la patience, tu pourras reproduire tes creatures preferees. Le volume II, Adversaires et Civilisations te permet de dessiner Kokujo, Deathliger, le Dragon Bolzard, la Generale demoniaque tenebreuse et bien d autres encore. Alors affute tes crayons, nettoie ta gomme et entre dans l univers incroyable de Duel Masters...
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Edwards Plateau Vegetation: Plant Ecological Studies in Central Texas



Edwards Plateau Vegetation: Plant Ecological Studies in Central Texas
Bonnie B.; Gehlbach, Frederick R. Amos | 1998-02-17 00:00:00 | Baylor University Press | 144 | United States

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Reaction Mechanisms of Inorganic and Organometallic Systems (Topics in Inorganic Chemistry)



Reaction Mechanisms of Inorganic and Organometallic Systems (Topics in Inorganic Chemistry)
Robert B. Jordan | 2007-06-18 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 528 | Internal Medicine
This third edition retains the general level and scope of earlier editions, but has been substantially updated with over 900 new references covering the literature through 2005, and 140 more pages of text than the previous edition. In addition to the general updating of materials, there is new or greatly expanded coverage of topics such as Curtin-Hammett conditions, pressure effects, metal hydrides and asymmetric hydrogenation catalysts, the inverted electron-transfer region, intervalence electron transfer, photochemistry of metal carbonyls, methyl transferase and nitric oxide synthase. The new chapter on heterogeneous systems introduces the basic background to this industrially important area. The emphasis is on inorganic examples of gas/liquid and gas/liquid/solid systems and methods of determining heterogeneity.

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UDC - Universal Decimal Classification. Standard Edition: Alphabetical Index v. 2



UDC - Universal Decimal Classification. Standard Edition: Alphabetical Index v. 2
| 2006-08-25 00:00:00 | BSI Standards | 544 | Others
Presenting a classification index, this title enables fast access to UDC tables through specially constructed index terms. It is designed to be used in conjunction with Volume 1.

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Analysis of Air-Based Mechanization and Vertical Envelopment Concepts and Technologies



Analysis of Air-Based Mechanization and Vertical Envelopment Concepts and Technologies
Jon G. Grossman | 2001-12-25 00:00:00 | RAND Corporation | 82 | Military Science
The Army After Next (AAN) concept of rapidly deployable mechanized battleforces in a tactical environment requires the forces to be readilytransported by vertical, or near-vertical, lift aircraft. In the nonlinearAAN battlefield, this may require the forces to be deployed near the enemy1ssecond echelon. The authors examined the performance of the notional AANadvanced airframes to survive this initial air maneuver/insertion under avariety of conditions. These included level of situational awareness andintelligence provided to pilots, level of SEAD (suppression of enemy airdefenses), flight tactics and ingress routes used by the pilots, andsignature characteristics of the airframes (both RF, IR, and optical). Theauthors used high-resolution constructive simulations to explore and assessthe airframes1 survivability against an integrated air defense systemoperating in mixed terrain. The air defense system was one the Russians arecapable of deploying today. The results of the analysis indicate that noone approach can guarantee aircraft survivability. Combinations ofaggressive SEAD, use of stealth technology, and enhanced situationalawareness can, under certain conditions, result in good survivability ratesfor the aircraft. The large size and slow flight speeds of the aircraft,however, make them susceptible to optically guided munitions. These weaponsare difficult to both find and counter. New technologies, tactics, andtechniques will be needed to deal with this threat if the AAN air insertionconcept is to succeed.

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Mastering Calculations in Linear and Nonlinear Mechanics (Mechanical Engineering Series)



Mastering Calculations in Linear and Nonlinear Mechanics (Mechanical Engineering Series)
Pierre Ladevèze,Jean Pierre Pelle | 2004-12-16 00:00:00 | Springer | 413 | Engineering

Modeling and simulation are central to a mechanical engineer's activity. Increasingly complex models are being used routinely on a daily basis. This revolution is the result of the extraordinary progress in computer technology in terms of both hardware and software.

This work deals with the control of the hypotheses leading from a mechanical model, usually coming from continuum mechanics, to a numerical model, i.e. the mastery of the mechanical computation process itself.  Particular attention is given to structural analysis which, in this context, is the most advanced domain.

A significant part of this work is dedicated to the application of error estimators to the control of the various parameters involved in a calculation, beginning with the parameters related to the mesh.



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Beginning Old English



Beginning Old English
Carole Hough | 2007-02-06 00:00:00 | | 0 | English
This basic introduction to old english(NOT Old English!)is an excellent guide for students in Korea and Japan who want to have a quick look at the overall review of old english language and literature as a subsidiary text in their old english classes. Very practical and explicit explanations on the selected old english language and literature. Highly recommendable for scholars whose major is NOT old english.
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Routledge History of Philosophy Vol-7


Routledge History of Philosophy Vol-7
| 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 1 | Philosophy
Routledge History of Philosophy Vol-7
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Finite Element Applications to Thin-Walled Structures



Finite Element Applications to Thin-Walled Structures
Dr J W Bull | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Spon Press | 308 | Architecture
This book presents a series of chapters describing contemporary developments in finite element applications to a number of thin-walled structures. Each chapter is written by an expert in their own field of research and is presented in a self-contained manner. The book can be conveniently divided into three parts. The first part gives an overview of the finite elements available for use with curved thin-walled structures and looks at the finite element method with the membrane theory of shells. The second part of the book examines the more intricate areas of thin-walled structures with cutouts and cracks. Vibrational, stability and non-linear analysis is also investigated. Attention is drawn to the lack of publications on finite element vibrational applications. The final part of the book looks at the application of finite elements to box beams, storage vessels pipes and shells, together with the effect of wind on tall structures. Finite Element Applications to Thin-Walled Structures will be of interest to research and consulting engineers in civil, structural and mechanical engineering and will also be of relevance to aeronautical and automotive engineers and naval arch

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The theory of constructive types (principles of logic and mathematics). By Leon Chwistek.



The theory of constructive types (principles of logic and mathematics). By Leon Chwistek.
Michigan Historical Reprint Series | 2005-12-20 00:00:00 | Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan Library | 95 | Mathematics
This volume is produced from digital images created through the University of Michigan University Library's preservation reformatting program.

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Advances in Sonochemistry, Vol. 4 (v. 4)



Advances in Sonochemistry, Vol. 4 (v. 4)
T.J. Mason | 1996-07-09 00:00:00 | JAI Press | 312 | Engineering
Over the past few years there has been a growth in the uses of ultrasound as an energy source to promote or modify chemical reactivity. A new word has been coined to describe this area of scientific exploration and discovery - sonochemistry. This series has been designed to cater for both researchers and graduate students of the subject. A broad interpretation of the term sonochemistry has been taken, to encompass all aspects of chemistry which involve ultrasonic irradiation. Volume 4 focuses on the use of ultrasound in food processing as well as nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy combined with ultrasound. The first chapter brings together the various dosimetry methodologies available to sonochemists in order to show the range of options available. Chapter 2 reflects the increased interest shown in the UK and other European countries in the uses of ultrasound in metallurgy, with a study of light metal casting technology. An important subject area in this book is sonoelectrochemistry. In a major chapter devoted to this topic, the majority of applications of ultrasound in electrochemistry are covered, including electrochemical synthesis, battery technology, electrocrystallization, electroplating, and electroinitiated polymerization.

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The Black Tower: A Adam Dalgliesh Mystery



The Black Tower: A Adam Dalgliesh Mystery
P. D. James | 2001-01-01 00:00:00 | Scribner | 346 | Fiction Other
The premise is a classic set up, but in this novel James places Dalgliesh more as an observer of the inevitable than as a detective, and when the solution arrives it does so more by intuition and assumption than by logical deduction. But if this element is weak, the overall novel is very strong: moody to the point of despair, and peopled with painfully pitiful characters, THE DARK TOWER is perhaps one of James' more memorable novels in terms of style alone. Flawed, yes; recommended nonetheless. But be forewarned: you may need prescription medication to escape the sense of depression the novel creates.
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American Psycho (Audible Modern Vanguard)



American Psycho (Audible Modern Vanguard)
Bret Easton Ellis | 2010-02-15 00:00:00 | Brilliance Audio on MP3-CD | 0 | Horror
In American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis imaginatively explores the incomprehensible depths of madness and captures the insanity of violence in our time or any other. Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.


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Ecological Genetics



Ecological Genetics
David J. Merrell | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Univ of Minnesota Pr | 500 | Biology
Ecological Genetics was first published in 1981. Population genetics and population ecology originally developed independently, but are now merging into a discipline known as ecological genetics. Thus far, the union has been an uneasy one, and this book is an effort to further the union. The ecological geneticist is an experimental naturalist, concerned not just with the distribution and abundance of populations but with their genetic compositions as well. The methodology involves field and laboratory research and permits study of the ways that natural populations adapt to their physical and biological environments. In essence, ecological genetics is the study of evolution in progress. This approach can be applied to a variety of biological problems of both theoretical and practical interest, ranging from the origin of species to the origin of pesticide resistance. With this perspective, David J. Merrell discusses the population dynamics and the mechanism of evolution and speciation which includes mutation, selection, migration, and genetic drift. This book will be useful for advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses in the biological sciences, especially for those dealing with population biology or evolution.

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Words and Other Wonders



Words and Other Wonders
Dirk Geeraerts | 2006-01-01 00:00:00 | Mouton de Gruyter | 493 | English
Cognitive Linguistics has given a major impetus to the study of semantics and the lexicon. The present volume brings together seventeen previously published papers that testify to the fruitfulness of Cognitive Linguistics for the study of lexical and semantic topics. Spanning the period from the late 1980s to recent years, the collection features a number of papers that may be considered classics within the field of cognitive linguistic lexicology.

The papers are grouped in thematic sections. The first section deals with prototypicality as a theoretical and practical model of semantic description. The second section discusses polysemy and criteria for distinguishing between meanings. The third section tackles questions of meaning description beyond the level of words, on the level of idioms and constructions. The following section casts the net even wider, dealing with the cultural aspects of meaning. Moving away from the theoretical and descriptive perspective towards applied concerns, the fifth section looks at lexicography from the point of view of Cognitive Linguistics. The final section has a metatheoretical orientation: it discusses the history and methodology of lexical semantics.

Each paper is preceded by a newly written introduction that situates the text against the period in which it was first published, but that also points to further developments, in the author's own research or in Cognitive Linguistics at large. The variety of topics dealt with make this book an excellent introduction to the broad field of lexicological and lexical semantic research.
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Southampton: Gateway to the British Empire



Southampton: Gateway to the British Empire
Miles Taylor | 2007-10-15 00:00:00 | I. B. Tauris | 256 | England
Using the lens of empire, Miles Taylor looks at the modern history of Southampton. He examines some of the international celebrities associated with the region such as David Livingstone, Lord Carnarvon and General Gordon, as well as the city itself during times of conflict, from Napoleonic to the world wars, that defined Britain's imperial period.


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Solved Problems in Analysis: As Applied to Gamma, Beta, Legendre, & Bessel Functions



Solved Problems in Analysis: As Applied to Gamma, Beta, Legendre, & Bessel Functions
Orin J. Farrell,Bertram Ross | 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | Dover Pubns | 410 | Reference
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This book is an exceptional find if you're interested in functional anaysis but are tired of all of those theorem-proof books and want methodology. It was one of the best $4 buys I ever got. Of course that was 20 years ago. I have personally used the subject functions extensively over the years simply because I was more aware of their usability from reading this book. The presentation is comprehensible and can be mastered by any upper level undergraduate in physics or engineering, not just mathematicians. It is written (as the title suggests) from a problem and solution approach, like a Schaum's Outline book but much better and more in depth. What you cannot find on Gamma, Beta, Legendre & Bessel functions in this book, you can certainly derive easily after digesting portions of it.

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