Thursday, 24 February 2011

Bestie Mensch



Bestie Mensch
Thomas Müller | 2004-01-01 00:00:00 | ecowin Verlag der TopAKADEMIE | 192 | Subjects

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Biochemistry of Lipids, Lipoproteins and Membranes, Fifth Edition (New Comprehensive Biochemistry)



Biochemistry of Lipids, Lipoproteins and Membranes, Fifth Edition (New Comprehensive Biochemistry)
J.E. Vance,Dennis E. Vance | 2008-05-12 00:00:00 | Elsevier Science | 624 | Biochemistry
Research on the biochemistry and molecular biology of lipids and lipoproteins has experienced remarkable growth in the last 20 years, particularly with the realization that many different classes of lipids play fundamental roles in diseases such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. The 5th edition of this book has been written with two major objectives. The first objective is to provide students and teachers with an advanced up-to-date textbook covering the major areas of current interest in the lipid field. The chapters are written for students and researchers familiar with the general concepts of lipid metabolism but who wish to expand their knowledge in this area. The second objective is to provide a reference text for scientists who are about to enter the field of lipids, lipoproteins and membranes and who wish to learn more about this area of research. All of the chapters have been extensively updated since the 4th edition appeared in 2002.

Key Features:
* Represents a bridge between the superficial coverage of the lipid field found in basic biochemistry text books and the highly specialized material contained in scientific review articles and monographs.

* Allows scientists to become familiar with recent developments related to their own research interests, and will help clinical researchers and medical students keep abreast of developments in basic science that are important for subsequent clinical advances.

* Serves as a general reference book for scientists studying lipids, lipoproteins and membranes and as an advanced and up-to-date textbook for teachers and students who are familiar with the basic concepts of lipid biochemistry.

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Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission



Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission
Hampton Sides | 2002-05-07 00:00:00 | Anchor | 384 | Military Science
Product Description: On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected U.S. troops slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: March thirty rugged miles to rescue 513 POWs languishing in a hellish camp, among them the last survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March. A recent prison massacre by Japanese soldiers elsewhere in the Philippines made the stakes impossibly high and left little time to plan the complex operation.

In Ghost Soldiers Hampton Sides vividly re-creates this daring raid, offering a minute-by-minute narration that unfolds alongside intimate portraits of the prisoners and their lives in the camp. Sides shows how the POWs banded together to survive, defying the Japanese authorities even as they endured starvation, tropical diseases, and torture. Harrowing, poignant, and inspiring, Ghost Soldiers is the mesmerizing story of a remarkable mission. It is also a testament to the human spirit, an account of enormous bravery and self-sacrifice amid the most trying conditions.
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Maschinenelemente: Gestaltung, Berechnung, Anwendung (Springer-Lehrbuch) (German Edition)



Maschinenelemente: Gestaltung, Berechnung, Anwendung (Springer-Lehrbuch) (German Edition)
Horst Haberhauer,Ferdinand Bodenstein | 2006-09-15 00:00:00 | Springer | 644 | German

Dieses bewährte Lehrbuch gibt einen fundierten Überblick über die wichtigsten Maschinenelemente. Der Leser lernt, die Funktionsweise moderner Maschinenteile zu verstehen, sie auszulegen und sicher anzuwenden. Das Buch enthält die aktuellen Berechnungsverfahren und ist auf das Wesentliche konzentriert, anwendungs- und praxisorientiert, ausreichend wissenschaftlich fundiert.

Das Buch eignet sich für Studierende an Technischen Hochschulen und Fachhochschulen und für Ingenieure in der Praxis. Eine Formelsammlung zum Buch kann aus dem Internet heruntergeladen werden. Für die 14. Auflage wurden Normen und Berechnungsvorschriften aktualisiert.

"... das Werk bleibt ein wertvolles Hilfsmittel sowohl für Studierende des Maschinenbaus als auch für Ingenieure in der Praxis, die Maschinenelemente auslegen und gestalten wollen...". (Werkstatt und Betrieb)



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Blood Relations: Menstruation and the Origins of Culture



Blood Relations: Menstruation and the Origins of Culture
Chris Knight | 1991-11-27 00:00:00 | Yale University Press | 581 | Women's Health
The emergence of human culture is generally traced to the development of a social order in which males hunted large game animals and females had access to the meat. This book presents a new theory of how this culture originated. Integrating perspectives of evolutionary biology and social anthropology within a Marxist framework, Christopher Knight rejects the common assumption that human culture was a gradual extension of primate behaviour and argues instead that it was the product of an immense social, sexual, and political revolution spearheaded by women. Culture became established, says Knight, when women realized that men armed with hunting weapons could not be trusted to share the spoils of the hunt with women and offspring. They began to assert conscious control over their own sexuality, refusing sex to all males except those who came to them with provisions. Women usually timed their ban on sexual relations with their periods of infertility while they were menstruating, and to the extent that their solidarity drew women together, these periods tended to occur in synchrony. Thus every month with the onset of menstruation, sexual relations were ruptured as the prelude to each successful hunting expedition; it was the means through which women motivated men not only to hunt but also to concentrate their energies on bringing back the meat. Knight shows how his hypothesis sheds light on the roots of such cultural traditions as totemic rituals, incest and menstrual taboos, blood-sacrifices, and hunters' atonement rites. Providing detailed ethnographic documentation of this theories, he also explains how myths and fairy tales form European, American Indian, Australian Aboriginal, and other cultures seem to the derivations of the same cultural symbolic rituals.
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This is truly a magnificent work that will influence all human sciences for a long time to come. Scholarly, well written, a landmark that subverts the field. I read it with the aim of using it in a critique of psychoanalysis and found exactly what I need. Mario Rendon.
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Dr.Chris Knight was one of my lecturers at university and without fail I would come away from my Anthropology lectures with my head blown away by all the amazing knowledge transfer that occurred. It was all fantastic stuff and all totally confusing until one of those "aha" moments, when all of Chris's and the other anthropologists theories suddenly all fell into place and began to make real sense.

The book itself was a key text during our studies with various chapters needing to be read at various times. For that reason I shall not break down the book, rather I shall say that it will be one of the most illuminating and eye-opening books that you will ever read. Maybe not the easiest to read but definitely one of the best. Oh, and you can always impress your friends in the pub of an evening with your knowledge of Marxist paleo-anthropological theories pertaining to the emergence of human culture!
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"The notion of tabu as connoting both 'danger' and 'power' belongs in fact to a venerable tradition. One source of this is the work of Durkheim...a pioneering article on menstrual symbolism published in 1898...Durkheim argued that women established the exogamy rule by periodically BLEEDING so as to repulse the opposite sex...[women] were the immediate agents of religious ideology's segregating action."

"...But of course, the model of cultural origins advocated in this book would lead us to trace the underlying abstract logic of the Rainbow Snake...much further back into the Aborigines past--indeed, right back to their first entry into Australia [from central Africa]..."

"It would be interesting to study the ideological and political factors which led to Durkheim's insights being virtually ignored for a hundred years."

Chris Knight, BLOOD RELATIONS
Chapter 11: "The Raw and The Cooked" and
Chapter 14: "The Dragon Within"

" At Yirkalla, in...north-east Arnhem Land [aboriginal Australia]...women's solidarity is still very strong, menstrual blood is regarded as 'sacred'... It is only when this snake power of the women themselves has been established that the conditions are felt appropriate for the climax of the ceremony...

'...really we have been stealing what belongs to them (the women) for it is mostly women's business... Women can't see what men are doing...This is because all the Dreaming business came out of women--everything...In the beginning we had nothing...we took these things from women.'

"It is one of the severest indictments of 20th Century anti-evolutionist anthropology that its models have led ethnographers to dismiss such profound Aboriginal insights as scientifically valueless."

Chris Knight, BLOOD RELATIONS
Chapter 13: "The Rainbow Snake"

This is a five star, paradigm-shifting treatise on human cultural origins if there ever was one. Chris Knight's rendering of the four plus million years of primate and proto-human history in BLOOD RELATIONS, right up to the latest 200,000 years that begin true humankind and human culture in central Africa and along the Nile, through to the psychic/motivational bedrock of our conflicted modern society, becomes more impressive, more inclusive--and more impregnable with every chapter and every turn of the page.

My test for the far-reaching influence and power of any theorist--particularly of the wannabe revolutionary kind--is three-fold. One, their theory must be completely plausible; i.e. not needing simple revolt from detractors and complimentary but poorly explained aspects of ITSELF to proclaim and rationalize its essential relevance. Two, they must have the ability to completely encapsulate the foundational principles, concepts and findings of the other historical and competitive theories within its discipline as an integral part of its own new perspective; showing their ideas to be the great quantum leap beyond our sense of reality and the all inclusive step toward truth. And third, perhaps most important of all, it has to excite me. There may be things my mind will not be specifically educated enough, multi-lingual enough or quick enough to pick up, but you cannot fool my heart. All these three are BLOOD RELATIONS's great achievement and great contribution.

Chris Knight, the brilliant and controversial London anthropologist, does this all in BLOOD RELATIONS with such remarkable clarity and erudition, in fact, attempts to disagree with his findings becomes pointless. His unified field-theory of the prehistoric African woman's role in the formation of human culture is so incredibly well done, and so profoundly earth shattering in its implications, that I read the book twice to fully soak in all the sacred pre-verbal intuitions I have had that it reveals to be historical fact and obvious science.

So far the only complaint of BLOOD RELATIONS I could have is the only one possible: he seemingly focuses too much on the Marxist avatar of revolutionary cultural ideas while using it as the lens via which the origins of culture could be best understood. This at times seems to ironically minimize the revolutionary spirit of humankind that produced them. None less than the great Picasso was once quoted in saying "today's artists are tomorrow's politicians;" focusing more on the *artistic* power of the creative human spirit (my bias) may have put his new paradigm in an even more inclusive perspective. Yet even there he establishes, to my knowledge, the first credible dialectic between the devolved, political diseases of 20th century Stalinism/Maoism and the philosophical/scientific postulates of the 19th century Marxism upon which their regimes were originally based. So powerfully, in fact, that the Marxist perspective he examines and explains driving his reevaluation of 20th century anthropology--and, in turn, our entire view of human culture--need not (and in his book does not) come with the kind of intellectual apologies that would otherwise signify an inherent lack of validity.

Chris Knight with BLOOD RELATIONS shows unquestionably that women, via sex and the rhythm of menstruation, nurtured the primal creative impulse of civilization and they essentially created human culture. And he shows it to be made up of communal solidarity against oppressors and oppressive situations (be it prehistoric animals or alpha males), symbol-driven creativity, and achieving a certain oneness with the rhythms of nature. This primal social movement that is the womb of human culture, told in every ancient culture's foundational myths, could naturally just as easily explain the birth of democracy and/or capitalism in the historical ages of feudalism as it does the advent of Marxism in the age of capitalism...and what is next for human kind.

This is another of the great books of our time whose far-reaching influence in modern culture has not even begun to be felt. One can only imagine what anthropological works throughout history that have been ignored because of intellectual biases will now be reexamined and redeemed through his paradigm shifting work. I would combine this with Barbara Ehrenreich's 1995 work BLOOD RITES, and the 19th Century Gerald Massey's ANCIENT EGYPT, THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD as an anthropological trinity of monumental, paradigm shifting proportions that will change your view of humankind-our true past, present and potential-forever.

BLOOD RELATIONS is beautiful.
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The many words used to describe Chris Knight's "Blood Relations" include, monumental, encyclopedic, brilliant, original, ingenious, and a tour-de-force. It is all of these and more! This work is simply the most brilliant and imaginative book about human cultural development ever written. Its range is astonishing. Its arguments are cogently made with great detail. Its synthesis of primatology, socio-biology, and anthroplogy are compelling. Where others have depicted women as the victims of a dominant male hierarchy, Knight reveals how the sex roles and behavior of both men and women developed together in a dialectic relationship. Where others have stressed the loss of oestrus and continuous sexual receptivity in the female, Knight spotlights menstruation and its associated marital and other cultural taboos. Where others stress man the hunter and woman the gatherer, Knight envisions paleo-women as evolving an increasing solidarity to shape the structure of both hunting and gathering. Women are not the passive creatures that are so often depicted by the radical feminists who have an interest in portraying women as the victims of dominant males. Females have been active participants in shaping culture, behavior, and human destiny. As Knight says, "symbolic culture involves very widespread levels of synchronized co-operative action."

Somewhere between 40,000 and 100,000 years ago, Knight believes, a massive social, sexual, and cultural explosion occurred and he does an ingenious job of providing us with insight into how this may have happened. A major change in reproductive strategy had to take place before males could take off as hunters and leave their women behind. Women synchronized their ovulatory cycles with one another; the concept of the "sex-strike" is the heart of the book. Blood as a symbol of menstruation provides a key to much of human culture and Knight uses it to explain the inner logic of many of mankind's myths and taboos. Because the disruptive effects of sex can be enormous, these controls have played an important role in the development of human culture.

The riches of this deeply learned book cannot simply be conveyed in a brief review. It is a work to be read over and over and contemplated. The many insights into human culture and the relationships among the sexes will surely provide any open minded person with a new perspective as to why we are the way we are.
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This book was a revelation for me. Having struggled through numerous turgid anthropological works by the likes of Levi-Strauss, Roheim, etc., it was thrilling to read such an ambitious clear-sighted and compelling account of the origins of human culture, together with an excellent critique of much current anthropological thinking.

It's worth mentioning that Chris Knight is a marxist, and by that I don't mean vaguely left-wing in the manner of, say, Eric Hobsbawm. He's a real believer...dialectic materialism, the whole works. Clearly Knight believes his marxism is essential to his thesis. I would argue that although this maybe enabled him to see through other anthropological schools - structuralism, functionalism, what-have-you - and to develop his own theories, in the end it's irrelevant to his conclusions. So, wade through the marxist stuff, you can ignore it, it's not to my mind necessary to agree with his ideological beliefs (I don't) to appreciate his arguments, and to agree with much of what he says - or at least to find this a wonderfully stimulating book.

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Ellis-van Creveld Syndrome - A Bibliography and Dictionary for Physicians, Patients, and Genome Researchers



Ellis-van Creveld Syndrome - A Bibliography and Dictionary for Physicians, Patients, and Genome Researchers
Philip M. Parker | 2007-07-20 00:00:00 | ICON Group International, Inc | 118 | Programming
In March 2001, the National Institutes of Health issued the following warning: "The number of Web sites offering health-related resources grows every day. Many sites provide valuable information, while others may have information that is unreliable or misleading." Furthermore, because of the rapid increase in Internet-based information, many hours can be wasted searching, selecting, and printing. Since only the smallest fraction of information dealing with Ellis-van Creveld syndrome is indexed in search engines, such as www.google.com or others, a non-systematic approach to Internet research can be not only time consuming, but also incomplete. This book was created for medical professionals, students, and members of the general public who want to conduct medical research using the most advanced tools available and spending the least amount of time doing so.
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I found this to have nothing that I did not get myself by simply typing in Ellis-Van Creveld. The book makes claims that it does not come close to delivering at a rather expensive price considering what you get. Don't waste you money.

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Cloud Computing: Web-basierte dynamische IT-Services (Informatik im Fokus) (German Edition)



Cloud Computing: Web-basierte dynamische IT-Services (Informatik im Fokus) (German Edition)
Christian Baun,Marcel Kunze,Jens Nimis,Stefan Tai | 2009-10-28 00:00:00 | Springer | 127 | Hardware

Cloud Computing erlaubt die Bereitstellung und Nutzung von IT-Infrastruktur, von Plattformen und von Anwendungen aller Art als im Web elektronisch verfügbare Dienste. Die Autoren vermitteln einen Überblick über die Architektur, über Anwendungen und die Entwicklung von Cloud Computing. Ziel ist es, die Leserinnen und Leser auf einen einheitlichen Stand zu bringen und so eine gemeinsame Diskussionsgrundlage zu schaffen. Technische Vorkenntnisse sind für das Verständnis nicht erforderlich.



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The Best American Mystery Stories 1999 (Serial)



The Best American Mystery Stories 1999 (Serial)
Ed McBain,Otto Penzler,Kristin Kilian,Lawrence Block,Gary Krist | 1999-11-22 00:00:00 | Mariner Books | 0 | Anthologies
In its brief existence, THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES has firmly established itself as a peerless suspense anthology. Marking the series' debut in audio with seven selected stories and an introduction by guest editor Ed McBain, this collection features such literary luminaries as John Updike, Lawrence Block, Joyce Carol Oates, and Brendan DuBois. The 1999 audio edition is a spectacular showcase for the high quality and broad diversity of the year's finest suspense, crime and mystery writing.
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I love almost every story McBain has chosen.
But I do regret not finding in this anthology a Hunter/Marsten/Collins/Cannon story from the Master,himself.
(He reads on the audio,though....)
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"The Best American Mystery Stories 1999" is a strong collection of modern crime related short stories that run the gamut from Private Eye tales to ameture sleuth stories to whodunnits? They are as varied as the authors themselves. Some giants of the genre check in here, including Lawrence Block with "Keller's Last Refuge," Loren Estleman with an Amos Walker short "Redneck," and John Updike with the sinsiter little tale "Bech Noir." Among the best of the rest are "Poachers" by Tom Franklin, the gruesome mass murder aftermath story "Safe" by Gary A. Braunbeck, "Netmail" by Brendan DuBois, and an excellent Vietnam era story, "A Death on the Ho Chi Minh Trail." As with every entry in this fine series, there were a couple here that didn't work for me, but overall the quality of the nineteen stories selected cannot be disputed.
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I was disappointed with most of the stories in this anthology. The first half of the book had me interested, but midway through the stories, my passion for them waned.

My favorite story in the group was the first one (BLIND LEMON by Doug Allyn). It was a moving story in which two strangers reunite ten years later after getting their friend killed. Due to guilt as well as fear, they both go their separate ways trying to escape the tragedy. They see each other at a bar where one of them is performing. The story was very poignant and heartfelt. I wish Mr. Allyn success with his other works.

My main disappointment was with Jonathan Kellerman's THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE. It was a good story and it could have been a surprise to the reader. Unfortunately, it is in a book about mysteries. If things seem a little too ordinary three quarters of the book, then there must be a twist somewhere in the end. I think this story would have worked better in an anthology of love or family stories, as well as in a magazine guided towards women.

It is good to read short stories every once in a while to discover new and promising authors. As I previously stated, nothing really stands out in this particular anthology, however, I recommend the 1998 as well as the 1999 Best Mystery stories. You will find some pleasant surprises in them.
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I enjoyed this collection of the best mystery stories published in 1999. There are some familiar authors in this book such as Phillip Margolin, Lawrence Block, and Jeffery Deaver. These authors stand out for themselves so I will not comment on them but make note on the overlooked authors.

My two favorite stories are SACRIFICE by L. L. Thrasher and OUT THERE IN THE DARKNESS by Ed Gorman. The first one involves a mother's extreme measures to protect her daughter's innocence. It is L. L. Thrasher's first short story and an excellent one at that. The story is heartbreaking but it makes you think twice of how precious innocence is to a child. Ignorance is bliss but the truth here is very dangerous.

OUT THERE IN THE DARKNESS involves a group of poker buddies who stop a burglar from robbing their house. They decide not to call the police but to handle things themselves and try to get information from the criminal. Everything then backfires and the four friends are now fighting to stay alive. One of the themes here is the danger of becoming a vigilante and the consequences one must pay.

Overall, most of the stories in this collection are good and I recommend it as an aperitif before trying out a novel by one of the authors. I would like to make also an honorary mention with SAFE by Gary A. Braunbeck. It will make you think twice about cleaning houses.
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What fun! The stories in this anthology were entertaining, thought-provoking, and at times, frightening. These are not only good mysteries, they are very well written short stories. It's the kind of book you pass on to your friends,

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Women in Engineering: Gender, Power, and Workplace Culture (Suny Series in Science, Technology, and Society)



Women in Engineering: Gender, Power, and Workplace Culture (Suny Series in Science, Technology, and Society)
Judith S. McIlwee | 1992-02-06 00:00:00 | State University of New York Press | 270 | Social Sciences

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Radiotherapy in Practice: Radioisotope Therapy



Radiotherapy in Practice: Radioisotope Therapy
Peter J. Hoskin | 2007-03-22 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 184 | Internal Medicine
Radioisotope therapy is an internal form of radiation used to treat cancer; it may be administered orally or intravenously and represents the nearest treatment option to the 'magic bullet', specifically targeting sites of disease whilst sparing surrounding normal tissues. Radioisotope therapy has an important role to play in modern medicine, particularly in the treatment of thyroid disease, neuroendocrine tumours, bone metastasis and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It is found in both the diagnostic setting and in therapy, but recently there has been a renaissance in the application of radioisotope unsealed sources in therapeutic indications. It is an active area of research, with the quest for new compounds that will be specific for therapeutic targets. This book is an essential, practical guide to the use of radioisotope therapy, and also includes the background and developmental biology which underpins its use. Individual tumours and diseases are explored, with specific focus given to radioisotope treatment options. The barriers to radioisotope therapy, such as ease of access, acquisition of radioisotopes, radiation protection regulations, and cost are also discussed. ABOUT THE SERIES Radiotherapy remains the major non-surgical treatment modality for the management of malignant disease, with over 50% of patients receiving treatment at some time during the management of their malignant disease. It is based on the application of the principles of applied physics, radiobiology, and tumour biology to clinical practice. Each volume in this series takes the reader through the basic principles of different types of radiotherapy, and then develops these by individual sites. This series of practical handbooks are aimed at physicians both training and practising in radiotherapy, as well as medical physicists, dosimetrists, radiographers and senior nurses.

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Darwinia: A Novel of a Very Different Twentieth Century



Darwinia: A Novel of a Very Different Twentieth Century
Robert Charles Wilson | 2007-01-01 00:00:00 | Orb Books | 320 | Fiction Other
In 1912, the entire European continent and all of the United Kingdom mysteriously vanished during the Miracle, replaced by an alien landscape known as Darwinia. Darwinia seems to be a slice of another Earth, one that diverged from our own millions of years ago and took a separate evolutionary path. As a 14-year-old boy, Guilford Law witnessed the Miracle as shimmering lights playing across the ocean sky. Now as a grown man, he is determined to travel to Darwinia and explore its mysteries. To that end he enlists as a photographer in the Finch expedition, which plans to steam up the Rhine (or what was once the Rhine) and penetrate the continent's hidden depths as far as possible. But Law has brought an unwanted companion with him, a mysterious twin who seems to have lived--and died--on an Earth unchanged by the Miracle. The twin first appears to Guilford in dreams, and he brings a message that Darwinia is not what it seems to be--and Guilford is not who he seems to be.
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Sefer Ha-Ot - The Book of the Sign



Sefer Ha-Ot - The Book of the Sign
Abraham Abulafia | 2007-01-01 00:00:00 | Prence University | 80 | Occultism
This is one of the rare autobiographic books in Kabbalah. Abulafia relates his experiences and visions, some of which are really frightening. Most notable are his encounters with angels.
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Firehand



Firehand
Andre Norton | 1995-01-01 00:00:00 | Tom Doherty Assoc Llc | 282 | Fiction Other
Product Description: Preparing to travel through time in order to face a band of predatory aliens, Ross Murdoch plans to leap into the feudal period of Dominion, where he can help win a war that will bring defeat to the aliens. Reprint. AB.
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Matt Hughes: The Art of Matt Hughes



Matt Hughes: The Art of Matt Hughes
| 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Others
Matt Hughes: The Art of Matt Hughes
German | Pages: 87 | PDF | Paperwerk Verlag; Auflage: 1 (2002) | ISBN: 3931670856 | 10Mb
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The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet



The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet
| 1996-12-05 00:00:00 | | 0 | Cryptography


`Few false ideas have more firmly gripped the minds of so many intelligent men than the one that, if they just tried, they could invent a cipher that no one could break,` writes David Kahn in this massive (almost 1,200 pages) volume. Most of The Codebreakers focuses on the 20th century, especially World War II. But its reach is long. Kahn traces cryptology's origins to the advent of writing. It seems that as soon as people learned how to record their thoughts, they tried to figure out ways of keeping them hidden. Kahn covers everything from the theory of ciphering to the search for `messages` from outer space. He concludes with a few thoughts about encryption on the Internet.

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Wholly Underrated
Why anyone would give this book fewer than five stars is beyond me; THE CODEBREAKERS is the definitive history of cryptology. Its nearly 1200 pages tell the story of codes and ciphers from ancient Egypt to the NSA.


As other reviewers have pointed out, this book is for lay readers, not professionals, not mathematicians and programmers---unless they too want to read a great story. It's not a how-to book. It is, as its subtitle suggests, a history of the subject.


And it's a very engaging history. The research is breathtaking. Much of the narrative reads like a novel; a good example is the introductory chapter on Pearl Harbor. If secret writing fascinates you, if you've always wondered how ciphers were constructed, solved, and even hidden from view, you'll enjoy this book. It's a thorough exposition of an exciting and neglected subject, and it belongs in every reference collection. I consider THE CODEBREAKERS to be one of the great underrated nonfiction books in print.



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If you want to know more,,. join NSA,,.
I first heard about this book when I was in high school learning about simple encryption (Caesar ciphers); my teacher had read the 1967 version and highly recommended it. The book came back into my life during a college symposium on the Enigma machine - again, it was highly recommended (this particular version). When I got the book, I was blown away,,. while cryptography purists might rate the book lower for its lack of mathematics, it contained a (relatively) complete overview of the history of codemaking and codebreaking in one package.


Later, in my professional years, I worked with folks from `No Such Agency` who either 1) knew the book and highly recommended it or 2) never heard of it, so I recommended it to them. I'm a big fan of signals intelligence (SIGINT) readings (technical and non-technical) and intelligence history books. If you are serious about the study of cryptography, learn about its origins and key moments in history by reading Kahn's `The Codebreakers.` When you decide you want to `do` what is mentioned in the book,,. join the National Security Agency. We'll be waiting for you,,.




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Not For Programmers
This was recommended to me as the authoritative and best introduction to cryptography for anyone interested in Encryption. I'm a programmer, and that particular recommendation didn't take my profession into account. Apparently.


This is a history book. Sure, I expected to read some historical context. I expected to learn that the first encryption techniques were simple dictionary ciphers. I expected to learn about Da Vinci's reverse writing. I expected to learn about rotating keys and the Enigma machine.


But that's not what I found in this book. This book exemplifies why I hated history in school. This is a book for the type of pseudo-intellectual who prefers to learn about people who know something special, rather than learning something special, themselves. Seriously, how can anyone read a book this big about a subject (cryptography) that provides them with absolutely no usable knowledge on that topic. Nothing. Nada. Zip.

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Set the Bar
This is an astonising piece of work. It came out just when books on some previously hidden areas of WWII intelligence such as the Double Cross counterintelligence effort and the MAGIC Sigint system were starting to appear in print. Given that SIGINT/COMINT/ELINT were/are among the closest held areas of intelligence, what the author managed to do at that time is nothing short of breathtaking. From outlining what codes and cyphers are and what makes them difficult to read, to a chapter and verse depiction of the practical results of wartime codebreaking, the author covers the waterfront. Has not been outdone to date. `The Puzzle Palace`, for example, is strictly junior varsity compared to Kahn's work. This book belongs in the library of every student of military affairs, intelligence and foreign affairs.

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Outstanding History of Cryptography up to 1965
This massive, exhaustively-researched book by David Kahn examines the HISTORY of cryptography from the dawn of civilization to the darkness of the Cold War. He starts an introductory bow to capture readers' attention with the Magic story (American decryption of Japanese WWII codes). Then, Kahn traces the cryptologic developments from the early most rudimentary monalphabetic substitution systems to polyalphabetics, codes, transposition ciphers, enciphering devices (e.g. checkerboards, grille ciphers, one-time pads, one-time tapes, ciphering cylinders, voice modulators, etc.), deciphering systems, and all the governmental organizations devoted to enciphering and deciphering activities.


His investigations cover Babylonian cuneiform, Roman cipher systems (e.g. the famed Caesar cipher), an entire host of Renaissance cryptographers and systems, Englightenment-era black chambers, British amateur contributions (e.g. Playfair cipher), American Civil War transposition systems, telegraphic codes, French military ciphers, and the communication cipher used during the Dreyfus affair.


The book then devotes about 2/3 of the book to modern cryptographic systems used from 1914 to 1965 (the book was published in 1967). Some of the WWI-era subjects treated in this section are Britain's WWI Room 40, the unusual ADFGVX German cipher, WWI battlefield cipher and code systems. Between the wars, Kahn describes the American Black Chamber, the advent of rotor machines (e.g. Engima, Hagelin, Hebern), the rise of mathematical/statistical analysis, the US Magic decryption program, the extraordinarily successful Soviet cipher systems, and quite a thorough examination of all WWII-era cryptographic activities.


The last few chapters of the book are devoted to describing the NSA, the chimeric search for Shakespearean hidden messages, pigpen ciphers, Prohibition-era rumrunners, numbers runners, visual telegraphy, the decryption of Linear B/hieroglyphics, potential SETI coding systems, and a very short brief on DES.


Bar none, this is the one book to own on cryptographic history up to 1965. (This is not a cryptology textbook, however.) Kahn's writing style and subjects are always engaging and packed full with comprehensive information. Kahn reveals that almost every cipher system ever invented (with the significant exception of one-time pads/tapes) has been broken - most surprisingly quickly. This is a lesson that any organization using radio (including mobil phones) and public facilities (e.g. internet, PSTN) to communicate definitely ought to realize. This is a must read for anyone interested in cryptologic history. Outstanding!


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Development and Approval of Combination Products: A Regulatory Perspective



Development and Approval of Combination Products: A Regulatory Perspective
Evan B. Siegel | 2008-05-27 00:00:00 | Wiley-Interscience | 216 | Pharmacology
A step-by-step, integrated approach for successful, FDA-approved combination drug products

Using a proven integrated approach to combination drug development, this book guides you step by step through all the preclinical, clinical, and manufacturing stages. Written from an FDA regulatory perspective, the book not only enables you to bring a successful combination drug product to market, it also sets forth the most efficient and effective path to FDA approval.

The book begins with an introductory chapter presenting definitions and basic regulatory principles of combination products. Next, it reviews manufacturing and controls, preclinical testing models, pharmacology, clinical testing, regulatory submissions, FDA reviews, and approvals. Among the key topics examined are:
* The pharmacology, safety pharmacology, and toxicology supporting human clinical trials of combination products
* Approaches to clinical trial protocol design and execution
* Chemical, physicochemical, and analytical aspects of manufacturing controls and validation that lead to stable components for combination products
* Key sponsor/FDA meetings and negotiations essential for approval and commercialization

Case studies involving such actual combination products as Mylotarg, Herceptin, and HercepTest help you better understand how to implement the author's practical guidelines. References at the end of each chapter enable you to find more information on any stage of the development, manufacturing and approval processes.

This book is ideal for researchers, regulators, academics, project managers, and executives involved in the complex process of combination product development. Not only does itoffer a comprehensive guide to the technical aspects of the field, it also integrates all ofthese technical aspects into a unified, effective approach to help ensure a successful, approved product.

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The Iron Age in Northern Britain: Celts and Romans, Natives and Invaders



The Iron Age in Northern Britain: Celts and Romans, Natives and Invaders
D.W. Harding | 2004-10-28 00:00:00 | | 0 | History
Not light reading, but admirably clear. Harding distills the knowledge accumulated during a long career in British archeology. The text is illustrated with clear line drawing of many sites and numerous aerial photographs, many of them taken by the author himself. Covers the area of Northern Britain before, during, and after the Roman period.
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Industrial Boilers and Heat Recovery Steam Generators: Design, Applications, and Calculations



Industrial Boilers and Heat Recovery Steam Generators: Design, Applications, and Calculations
V. Ganapathy | 2002-01-01 00:00:00 | CRC Press | 646 | Other Engineering
Filled with over 225 boiler/HRSG operation and design problems, this book covers steam generators and related systems used in process plants, refineries, chemical plants, electrical utilities, and other industrial settings. Emphasizing the thermal engineering aspects, the author provides information on the design and performance of steam generators and heat recovery boilers. He helps those involved in development understand which questions to ask when selecting a steam generator for their project. The book includes many easy to use calculations and effectively explains the theory behind the design and performance of all types of boilers, superheaters and economizers including specialty boilers.
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The Stuttering Bard of York


The Stuttering Bard of York
R. Purdy | 2006-01-01 00:00:00 | Wild Jot Press | 146 | Fiction
Ben Transom is a simple farmer who sings off-key to his horse and wishes he were a bard. But when a goblin raid from the Shiddow Mountains destroys Ben's simple life, he is sent to petition the king for justice and is thrown into an adventure greater than he every dreamed. Along the way, Ben meets the warrior-princess Jess and the pacifist wizard Ernie. Soon they learn that the evil wizard Rimmah has enslaved Jess's parents and seeks to conquer the entire kingdom of Tarn, and Ben finds himself caught up in events more dangerous than he ever imagined. Although Ben has a weak understanding of economics and public restrooms, it is his kind and honest nature that keeps the band together despite goblins, rogues, and creatures far more foul that Rimmah sends their way. He is just a simple farmer, but he soon discovers that both the princess and the wizard are depending on him to get them to the city of Galdoron and attempt a daring rescue of the king and queen.
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Small Animal Nutrition



Small Animal Nutrition
Sandie Agar Vn C&G Cert in Small Animal Nutrition | 2001-04-17 00:00:00 | Butterworth-Heinemann | 187 | Dogs
Textbook relates the theory of digestion and nutrition to practical application in everyday practice. Explains basic principles, emphasizing nutrition as a tool in the management of the patient. Key facts are highlighted and questions and answers are provided at chapter end. Softcover.

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The Leadership Crash Course: A 6-Step Fast-Track Self-Development Program



The Leadership Crash Course: A 6-Step Fast-Track Self-Development Program
Paul Taffinder | 2000-04-01 00:00:00 | Kogan Page | 192 | Leadership
A unique guide to one of the hottest topics in business today, designed for busy managers and executives who need to develop strong leadership skills - now.


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A Dictionary of Zoology (Oxford Paperback Reference)



A Dictionary of Zoology (Oxford Paperback Reference)
Michael Allaby | 1999-09-16 00:00:00 | Oxford University Press, USA | 608 | Science
This dictionary is a comprehensive and up-to-date reference work on all aspects of the study of animals. Now fully revised for this new edition, with over 5,000 entries, it is ideal for students and will be invaluable to amateur naturalists and all those with an interest in the subject.

Key features of this second edition:

* Wide coverage including animal behavior, ecology, physiology, genetics, cytology, evolution, Earth history, zoogeography

* Full taxonomic coverage of arthropods, other invertebrates, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals

* Completely revised to incorporate the recent discovery of 'extremophiles'--organisms living in environments formerly considered impossibly hostile--and the taxonomic reclassification that this has entailed

* New entries on genetics, evolutionary studies, and mammalian physiology
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This is a great tool for anyone taking a class or just really interested in anything zoological. It saved me many hours looking up words on the internet. The dictionary of zoology is clear, concise and thorough. I wish i had purchased it sooner.
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Very helpful. Has every word you could think of that has to do with zoology. Also, it includes species and genus names and tells what the different parts of the words mean in Greek or Latin which is VERY helpful for those trying to memorize names.

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Winning the Professional Services Sale-Unconventional Strategies to Reach More Clients, Land Profitable Work, and Maintain Your Sanity



Winning the Professional Services Sale-Unconventional Strategies to Reach More Clients, Land Profitable Work, and Maintain Your Sanity
Michael W. McLaughlin | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Wiley | 224 | Management
Winning the Professional Services Sale: Unconventional Strategies to Reach More Clients, Land Profitable Work, and Maintain Your Sanity
By Michael W. McLaughlin


* Publisher: Wiley
* Number Of Pages: 224
* Publication Date: 2009-07-20
* ISBN-10 / ASIN: 0470455853
* ISBN-13 / EAN: 9780470455852



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An innovative approach to winning more profitable sales in the growing professional services industry

In recent years, professional services providers have had to rethink their sales methods and adapt to profound changes in the way clients buy services. In response, Winning the Professional Services Sale argues for fundamental changes in the seller's mindset and sales strategies. Rather than pressing the sale, salespeople must help clients buy--the way that works best for each client. This new approach gives buyers what they now want in a services seller: a consultative problem solver, change agent, and solution integrator, all rolled into one. Author Michael McLaughlin presents a strategy for winning new business with a holistic approach to each client relationship. Only by fully understanding a sale from every angle, including its impact on the client's business and career, can salespeople thrive in the new era of the service economy.

Michael W. McLaughlin is the coauthor of Guerrilla Marketing for Consultants and a principal with MindShare Consulting LLC, a firm that creates innovative sales and marketing strategies for professional services companies. Before founding MindShare Consulting, he was a partner with Deloitte Consulting.



Summary: Shows how to succeed by making your clients successful
Rating: 4

As I first started reading, I got the impression this book was written primarily for service providers dealing with big, corporate type clients. I was bummed out, since I'm a small firm dealing with small to midsize businesses and didn't think the book would help me.

However, as I continued to read further, I discovered a practical goldmine of valuable and actionable information regarding dealing with decision makers and buyers of all size companies, a section on how to write winning sales proposals, and how to deal with your clients after you make the sale.

Bottom line: Buy it! This book will be valuable to any service providers that need to sell there solutions to businesses of all sizes, from 1 man shops to big corporations.


Summary: I think this could be the #1 sales book for 2009
Rating: 5

A very valuable book and at the front of my line to be the sales book for 2009 IMHO. There is just too much great stuff in this book to summarize for you. The author published with Jay Levinson Guerilla Marketing for Consultants, which I also found very useful. The core (book jacket) is rather than pressing the sale, salespeople must help clients buy-the way that works best for each client. Only by fully understanding a sale from every angle, including its impact on the client's business and career, can salespeople thrive in the new era of the service economy. He really makes the point that selling is getting harder all the time, and the pro salesman must always search for and learn new things. I really liked hearing his comments on long term clients expecting more from you over time as well as expecting you to be always getting faster at doing it.


Summary: Improve Your Sales Process Enormously
Rating: 5

To say that "out-of-the-box" thinking is a critical skill for today's fiercely competitive business world is a truism and in that regard alone Michael McLaughlin's new book "Winning the Professional Services Sale" will improve your business development process enormously with its "unconventional strategies." But creative aproaches are not the be-all and end-all of success since often we need to simultaneously include good old-fashioned common sense in our dealings. "Winning" makes that point too, again and again, so that it doesn't get lost. A combo of both-- innovation and mature judgement-- spells success. Pick up a copy of this book so that a lot more of that (success!) can quickly come your way.


Summary: Wisdom, not just information
Rating: 5

If you are a service professional of any type, this is an essential addition to your bookshelf. It is written in a breezy, easy-to-read, at times humorous style that makes absorbing its in-depth, battle-tested content an enjoyable task. Michael McLaughlin, who earned his stripes as a senor partner at Deloitte, gives the reader practical, step-by-step guidance for how to win every sale. His insight into the mind of the client is both penetrating and lighthearted. This book will help you avoid the mistakes that most professionals make on a regular basis (e.g., jumping too quickly to write a proposal, focusing too much on you/your firm, overloading the client with PowerPoint slides, not being memorable, spouting platitudes, not spending sufficient time to really understand the client's goals and issues, and so on). More importantly, if you follow only 50% of McLaughlin's guidance, you will increase your proposal win rate.


Summary: An easy read that teaches you a lot
Rating: 5

I picked this book up to read on a flight home. I have been consulting for over 30 years and quickly found this to be one of the most insightful books written about selling consulting services. I usually skim a book's introduction, but I read this one twice... it lays out a precise framework that McLaughlin will then build around in the rest of the book. His basic Connect - Collaborate - Commit framework succinctly nails how the nature of professional services sales has changed. He consistently takes conventional wisdom and changes how you think about it. The value of this book is how McLaughlin gets you clearly focused on not only what is important, but how to do each step.

Even if you don't immediately read the entire book, each "Sanity Check" tip box is worth reading as soon as you get a copy. These are practical, immediately implementable tips that will quickly improve how you interact with your potential clients. Kudos to Michael McLaughlin for a great business book that cuts through the jargon and gives you perspectives that you can actually apply.

P.S. You also have to love anyone who can paraphrase a Ricky Ricardo / Lucille Ball quote and work it into a business book (page 36)!
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Putting Our Differences to Work: The Fastest Way to Innovation, Leadership, and High Performance (Bk Business)



Putting Our Differences to Work: The Fastest Way to Innovation, Leadership, and High Performance (Bk Business)
Debbe Kennedy | 2008-06-01 00:00:00 | Berrett-Koehler Publishers | 208 | Leadership

Putting our differences to work means creating an environment where people, naturally unique and different, can work more effectively in ways that drive new levels of creativity, innovation, problem solving, leadership, and performance in the marketplaces, workplaces, and communities of the world.

Debbe Kennedy shows how to make all the dimensions of difference--such as thinking styles, perspectives, experiences, work habits, and management styles, as well as more traditional diversity considerations like gender, race, ethnicity, physical abilities, sexual orientation, and age--tremendous sources of strength. Kennedy draws on the latest research and a wealth of real-world examples to offer compelling evidence showing exactly how putting our differences to work accelerates innovation and contribution. She identifies five distinctive qualities of leadership that leaders must add to their portfolio of skills to make differences an engine of success. And she provides a detailed six-stage process for making the most of differences in the workforce, combining first-person best-practice stories and strategic with tactical ideas to help you put each step into action.


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Putting Our Differences to Work is a must read for all professionals in the work place today. Debbe Kennedy offers invaluable insight in to the ever changing work environment, and emphasizes the importance of innovation to the success of an organization.



This book presents fresh ideas with diction that flows very naturally. At its core, it truly is a motivational book; but it also presents a personal challenge to its reader and provides step-by-step action items that can be directly and immediately applied to your current profession, regardless of position or industry.



For experienced professionals- how have you driven innovation in your company? How do you differentiate yourself from those that you lead? What defines you as a business professional?



For new professionals entering the workforce for the first time- how do you define your goals? What defines you as a future leader? How will you prepare for a work place that is full of different ideas, cultures, and beliefs?



As a young business professional myself, Putting Our Differences to Work has truly given me the ability to understand the inevitable relationships that exist between diversity, innovation, and leadership.



Understand diversity. Drive innovation. Lead the way!



I definitely recommend this book.
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In her beautifully-written and thought-provoking book, "Putting Our Differences to Work," Debbe Kennedy creatively and impactfully puts a human face on innovation. Drawing on her own personal experiences as an executive, Debbe creatively weaves together effective storytelling, a variety of useful models, and a collection of inspirational quotes to frame innovation not around technology, but around people.



Leaders at all levels and in all industries will gain a new awareness, and new insights, into how to leverage the diversity of their people and their teams to foster a culture of innovation within their organizations...and within themselves. And if Debbe's sole contributions were not enough, as an added bonus this book features additional insights on innovation from futurist, Joel Barker -- the writer of one of my all-time favorite business books: "Paradigms." So this book is definitely a must-read, a tremendous resource, and a valuable addition to any business library...
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From Xuan Feng, Master Graduate, Researcher, and Practitioner: This book is an amazing manifold of cutting-edge research and real-world examples, inspiring quotes and beautiful poems, engaging life stories and practical business cases, those old virtues and new technologies. Debbe Kennedy invites you into a whole new world of diversity at work.



There you learn new concepts, knowledge, and many innovative products; you meet leaders with Five Distinctive Qualities and people from different backgrounds; you watch, you listen, you learn, you take your time to reflect, and most importantly you ACT! Putting Our Differences to Work: The Fastest Way to Innovation, Leadership, and High Performance is worthy of the name.



Apart from its form, the core ideas of Putting our difference to work are of profound significance. Seldom you find a book that draws together so visionary elements of our time and for our future-innovation, leadership, diversity and inclusion, companied with a mass of wisdom, insight, know-how and human spirits.



For me personally, this book is a big treasure, where I discover the fascination of diversity, stretching myself and see the world in a big picture. This book is a guide, with which I practice leadership and experiment innovation in this globalized world. Debbe Kennedy's book is a great inspiration, for me, and I believe, for our young generation, and for people who live in other parts of the world - because DIVERSITY is beyond boundaries!



I highly recommend Putting our difference to work and I hope more people in non-English speaking countries could also learn this beautiful piece of wisdom and together we are making a better world!



XUAN FENG, M.A. Master graduate, researcher and practitioner

Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany

Shanghai, China



Review received by the Global Dialogue Center, September 10, 2009, shared with permission.


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'Putting Our Differences to Work: The Fastest Way to Innovation, Leadership & High Performance', by Debbe Kennedy



"Diversity accelerates innovation to everyone's advantage..."



The foregoing more or less sums up the gist of the book.



In fact, it has been extracted from the 'Foreword' by futurist/strategist Joel Arthur Barker to the book, 'Putting Our Differences to Work: The Fastest Way to Innovation, Leadership & High Performance', by Debbe Kennedy. [Both consultants/authors have been relatively long-time collaborators.]



Frankly speaking, it's Joel Arthur Barker's particular contribution of 'Chapter 10: Innovation at the Verge of Differences' & 'Chapter 11: Collaborating at the Verge of Differences' that has initially attracted me to read the book.



On the other hand, I am also familiar with the author (Debbe Kennedy)'s previous work, namely, 'Breakthrough! The Problem Solving Advantage' (1998) & 'Action Dialogues: Meaningful Conversations to Accelerate Change, (2000), as well as her complete 'Strategic Action Series' (2000) of short & snappy booklets, total six of them, comprising:



- 'Assessment: Defining Current Realities';

- 'Acceptance: Developing Support for Change';

- 'Action: Moving Forward';

- 'Accountability: Establishing Shared Ownership';

- 'Achievement: measuring Progress/Celebrating Success';

- 'Diversity Breakthrough with More Action: Keeping Momentum Alive';



As a matter of fact, while running my own small retail outlet, aptly called 'The Brain Resource', in the Central Business District during the nineties, the nifty toolkit - 'Breakthrough!', in the form of a book/card deck/CD-ROM package - was included in my store repertoire.



I would add that the practicality & the utility of her earlier thoughtwares in the workplace actually earned her the reputation as a master problem solver.



For me, reading 'Putting Our Differences to Work' is like doing a partial refresher, because the book is almost an intellectual amalgam of all her previous works, particularly the entire section of Part 2, which replicates the 6-step iterative framework for putting diversity to work in fostering organisational change.



Before I move on further, I like to recap the preamble on the inside front flap of the book, which I thought has captured the essence of the book beautifully:



"Putting our differences to work means creating an environment where people, naturally unique & different - diverse by nature & experience - can work more effectively in ways that drive new levels of creativity, innovation, problem solving, leadership, & performance in the marketplaces, workplaces, & communities of the world."



In addition to the six-step model, with each step elaborated in a given chapter, combined with best practice stories, the rest of the book identifies the five distinctive qualities of leadership, that leaders must add to their skills portfolio - & the 16 dimensions of differences that leaders must understand - in order to make diversity an engine of success.



The book closes with a presentation on virtual gathering, involving web 2.0 technologies & other social media, which open up ever-expanding possibilities for putting diversity to work. These are included in Part 3 of the book, which also includes Joel Arthur Barker's contribution (Chapter 10 & 11), as mentioned earlier.



If readers are already familiar with the intersection of ideas, concepts & cultures, as embodied in the 'Medici Effect', proposed & authored by Frans Johansson, then readers will readily notice a relatively similar, but still interesting spin, given by Joel Arthur Barker in the two chapters.



Both authors have brilliantly asserted, with numerous illuminating examples, that by exploring the 'intersections' or 'verges', we may discover the next breakthrough ideas.



As Joel Arthur Barker puts it, to dovetail with Debbe Kennedy's principal premise of the book:



"...Without diversity, there can be no verges. Celebrate the differences. Enlarge the differences. It creates more options for innovation."



Overall, I must say that the book is a great road-map on harnessing people's rich & diverse experiences, cultures, & perspectives to attract growth & sustain innovation.



Best of all, the author is a superb tale blazer, & her writing is clear, succinct & concise, with a key-point summary at the end of each chapter, which makes reading & recap a breeze.



Highly recommended.



[Reviewed by Lee Say Keng, Knowledge Adventurer & Technology Explorer, Optimum Performance Technologies, September 2009]
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The author, Debbe Kennedy has written an excellent book in an area where modern industries and services need a tremendous amount of help. As a corporate director of human resources, I can attest to the strengths that an organization will acquire by following the edicts in this book. The book's goal is to create an environment and culture where naturally different people work together more effectively as they attain - and surpass - the organizational goals in leadership and performance.



Debbe Kennedy shows how differences can mean much more than just the solidified categories such as race and sex. Her use of real-world examples of varying experiences and styles of management drive home the point that the area of diversity should never be shunned or viewed as a mere consequence but rather as the source of strength for future growth and excellence. In addition, I greatly appreciated the amount of research that went into this tome. This research lends an authorative tone to the work and makes it a compelling study in diversity.



In today's age of hyper-blending of cultures, this book will be a great asset to those who approach the subject with an open mind and implement the ideas generated in this book. Diversity is the current situation and will grow by leaps and bounds as time progresses. For us to progress, we must learn to tap into this growing well of strength. Those who don't are sadly doomed to fail.



I would also like to recommend Don't Bring It to Work: Breaking the Family Patterns That Limit Success and High Altitude Leadership: What the World's Most Forbidding Peaks Teach Us About Success (J-B US non-Franchise Leadership). Both are excellent managerial material.



I hope you find this review helpful.



Michael L. Gooch, SPHR



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Innovative Automatic Identification and Location-Based Services: From Bar Codes to Chip Implants



Innovative Automatic Identification and Location-Based Services: From Bar Codes to Chip Implants
Katina Michael, M.G. Michael | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Information Science Reference | 544 | Computers (Other)
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By Katina Michael, M.G. Michael


* Publisher: Information Science Reference
* Number Of Pages: 544
* Publication Date: 2009-03-18
* ISBN-10 / ASIN: 1599047950
* ISBN-13 / EAN: 9781599047959



Product Description:

Automatic identification has evolved to use mechanisms that can identify an object without direct human intervention. Such devices are the bar code, magnetic-stripe, integrated circuit, and biometric and radio-frequency indentification.

Innovative Automatic Identification & Location-Based Services: From Bar Codes to Chip Implants emphasizes the convergence and trajectory of automatic identification and location-based services toward chip implants and real-time positioning capabilities. Recording the history of automatic identification, this book also discusses the social, cultural, and ethical implications of the technological possibilities with respect to national security initiatives.
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I Was a Potato Oligarch: Travels and Travails in the New Russia



I Was a Potato Oligarch: Travels and Travails in the New Russia
John Mole | 2008-08-25 00:00:00 | Nicholas Brealey Publishing | 352 | Business
A wild tale of life and business in the new Russia. John Mole went to seek his fortune in the New Russia. His Big Idea was to set up baked potato restaurants to rival McDonald's and Pizza Hut. He came back with the rights for revolutionary biotechnology for cleaning up air pollution. In between he tangled with fantasists, Stalinists, Tolkeinists, corrupt bureaucrats, hopeful oligarchs and hopeless biznismyen, muggers, the mafia and ordinary Russians just struggling to survive.
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One learns more about John Mole in this book rather than about new Russia. His venture (adventures) in international business deals are fraught, funny and fragile with a little something of the old and new Russia revealed on the way.



Mole has a keen eye for the ridiculous, and he uses the particular to emphasise the general, mostly to send it up, but also for ironic purposes.



At the time there was a proposal to impeach President Yeltsin and there was protest from various political factions in Red Square; Mole wanders around in the action. Incidentally he notices and reveals to the reader that the temporary toilets in the Square permit a good view of the users in their toilet. Mole stops to observe and takes mental note of the homogenous nature of the underwear and the dramatic licence taken in international news reporting.



"That was not the first or the last time that I found it hard to match media stories with what actually goes on in Russia. The only incontrovertible fact I can report is that the knickers on both sides were the same shades of pink and beige." (p117)



Gladly he includes himself in this mix, otherwise these tales would be entirely patronising. The self-deprecation takes the edge off it - just. The theme of 'home': not feeling at home, being reminded of home, yet wanting to be 'at home', and noticing the homeless and being invited into people's homes are points of personal reference.



"Yefrem's work gave him an extensive vocabulary that he practised on me. He lay in wait, and when he saw me beetling across the courtyard in the morning and trudging back in the evening, he popped up to greet me. 'Can't by me love.' 'Hello, Yefrem.' 'Fook Livairpool.' 'Good thinking, Yefrem.' 'Make lyorve and vore.' 'I'll do my best.' He was a graffiti audiobook for the visually impaired. Why did he recite his phrases to me? Partly to improve his pronunciation. I gave up correcting him because he only repeated the same mistakes over and over again. Partly out of hospitality, to make me feel at home. Partly because he was drunk or crackers or both. At a rough estimate the are about 50,000 bomzhi in Moscow and 4 million in Russia. Bomzhi is an acronym for "without fixed place of residence'." (p75)



Waxing lyrical on mushrooms, or 'greebi' (Russian), Mole is at his best, and reveals wonderful tidbits of Russian culture and history, and his musing brings his experience living there alive:



"Greebi are a way of life... When Pushkin or Tolstoy wanted to show a character was a true Russian he had them prefer mushrooms to fancy foreign food. ... Mushrooms signify nature and vitality and hope for the future. For the exiled Nabokov, mushrooming is a symbol of his lost Motherland. Lenin is reputed to have been a keen mushroomer. ... When I got excited about some hare-brained idea, Misha shut me up with 'If mushrooms grew in your mouth, it wouldn't be a mouth but a kitchen garden.' My favourite, when we had to arselick some apparatchik for a favour, was 'You can't pick a mushroom without bowing.'" (p145)



His comedic talents and retellings make this book a laugh-out-loud read. One wonders that no matter where John Mole went, something funny would happen. He seems to just be that kind of bloke, open to experience and luckily has the precious quality of being able to laugh at himself at the same time as kicking himself or pondering the benevolence of serendipity and people's goodwill.



After having spent hours trying to find a fur hat to keep out the cold and fit in (and re-experiencing the angst of having a large head as a young boy), Mole gets his Russian fur hat in the least likely circumstances, at a film archive, having drunk plenty of vodka and struck a deal to help the archive make money.



"Marta came back. In her arms she cradled what looked like an obese cat. ... It wasn't new, but there were no unpleasant sweat marks on the band inside or hair-oil stains on the lining. It was heavy. With two hands, like Napoleon crowning himself, I put it on. It was a perfect fit. I had never worn such a hat. A hat that doesn't sit on your head but envelopes it. A hat that you do not wear, it wears you. Heavy and solid. There was no forgetting you had it on. I stood bolt upright because it threw me off balance if I stooped. I looked like the minotaur with a man's body and a gigantic woolly head. 'Where did it come from?' 'Andrei Konchalovsky. When he go to Gollivud [Hollywood] for 'Tango and Cash' he give it to archive. Big head.' 'Can I have it?' 'Of course,' said Marta, 'Fifty dollars.' A bargain. The cap fitted. And next Saturday the cinematheque was full of foreigners paying five bucks to see subtitled Russian classics, as advertised in the Moscow Times." (p109)
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As a rule, I do not review books which replace their capital R's with Russian Ya's. I find it to be a rather reliable predictor (along with, say,matryoshkas) that hokiness lies between the covers.



Thankfully, I forgot that rule for a moment and picked up John Mole's memoir of his years working to set up

a fast food chain in Russia. Laced with a refreshingly dry and self-deprecating wit, it is chock full of the sort of odd characters and unbelievable events that make a story worth telling.



Mole mostly keeps the story from getting too personal, and his relaxed style becomes welcoming, once it grows on you. Admittedly, there is too much "proverb-dropping," as well as several forced attempts to wittily encapsulate cultural differences. But this is offset by Mole's willingness to disclose the fullness of his naivete.



In the end, when he sticks to his principals and chucks the whole project rather than make a Faustian deal, he is rewarded from an unexpected quarter, tying the story up in almost fabular fashion, reminding that success usually comes through a mixture of bull-headed persistence and cosmic luck. (Reviewed in Russian Life)

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The Extra Mile: How to Engage Your People to Win



The Extra Mile: How to Engage Your People to Win
David Macleod | 2008-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Self-development
Look around your business. Are your people committed to your goals? Or are they merely complying with them? Imagine how much further you could go if everyone knew where they were going and actually wanted to get there ...It's just common sense that the more committed people are to their work, the more they're going to put in and the more your business will get out. The evidence bears this out: engagement levels predict profitability. But how do you make sure people are on board? The Extra Mile shows you how to achieve that extra competitive edge by harnessing the commitment of your people, and engaging them with your aims. The Extra Mile is the result of four years of research into engagement by a joint team from Cass Business School and Towers Perrin. This ambitious and wide ranging project drew on the results of various studies and surveys which together totalled 33 million respondents. These hard-hitting statistics were supplemented by more than 50 in-depth interviews with executives and leaders drawn from a variety of business sectors. You will hear from some of them in their own words in this compelling book which distils the results of the research and the interviews into a compelling and engaging read that will make managers think again about how to get their teams to go that all-important extra mile.
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America's Global Advantage: US Hegemony and International Cooperation



America's Global Advantage: US Hegemony and International Cooperation
Carla Norrlof | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | Cambridge University Press | 292 | Finances and Money
For over sixty years the United States has been the largest economy and most powerful country in the world. However, there is growing speculation that this era of hegemony is under threat as it faces huge trade deficits, a weaker currency, and stretched military resources. America's Global Advantage argues that, despite these difficulties, the US will maintain its privileged position. In this original and important contribution to a central subject in International Relations, Carla Norrlof challenges the prevailing wisdom that other states benefit more from US hegemony than the United States itself. By analyzing America's structural advantages in trade, money, and security, and the ways in which these advantages reinforce one another, Norrlof shows how and why America benefits from being the dominant power in the world. Contrary to predictions of American decline, she argues that American hegemony will endure for the foreseeable future.
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Guidebook to Internet Searching


Guidebook to Internet Searching
MakeUseOf Guides | 2010-01-01 00:00:00 | MakeUseOf Guides | 39 | Internet
I dedicated myself to creating this manual to make searching on the Internet easier for non-techie people. While most of us will know how to use search engines in their most basic form, there are numerous other ways we can go about finding these things, using specific methods for each particular kind of search. From images, to videos, to products – we've tried to cover all major search engine branches in this guide.
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PC Werkstatt Ausgabe 2000 - MAGNUM . Kompakt, komplett, kompetent



PC Werkstatt Ausgabe 2000 - MAGNUM . Kompakt, komplett, kompetent
| 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | | 0 | Others
Klaus Dembowski, "PC Werkstatt Ausgabe 2000 - MAGNUM . Kompakt, komplett, kompetent"
Markt+Technik | 2000 | ISBN: 3827256550 | 1088 pages | PDF | 17,8 MB
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I miei gioielli con perline miyuki e cristalli swarovski


I miei gioielli con perline miyuki e cristalli swarovski
Peterlini Francesca | 2009-01-01 00:00:00 | Peter Edizioni | 48 | Do It Yourself
Jewels of the crystals Swarovski.
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Preliminary Overview of the Economies of Latin America And the Caribbean 2005



Preliminary Overview of the Economies of Latin America And the Caribbean 2005
| 1900-01-01 00:00:00 | United Nations Pubns | 190 | Economics

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Routledge History of Philosophy Volume V: British Empiricism and the Enlightenment



Routledge History of Philosophy Volume V: British Empiricism and the Enlightenment
Stuart Brown | 1995-01-01 00:00:00 | Routledge | 440 | Philosophy
This volume begins with Herbert of Cherbury and the Cambridge Platonists and with Newton and the early English Enlightenment. Locke is a key figure, as a result of his importance both in the development of British and Irish philosophy and because of his seminal influence in the Enlightenment as a whole. British Philosophy and the Age of the Enlightenment includes discussion of the Scott Enlightenment and its influence on the German Aufklaring, and consequently on Kant. The French Enlightenment, which in turn affected the late radical Enlightenment, especially Bentham, is also considered here.
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Qualitative Methods in Inverse Scattering Theory: An Introduction



Qualitative Methods in Inverse Scattering Theory: An Introduction
Fioralba Cakoni, David Colton | 2005-01-01 00:00:00 | Springer | 227 | Electrical Engineering
Inverse scattering theory has been a particularly active and successful field in applied mathematics and engineering for the past twenty years. The increasing demands of imaging and target identification require new powerful and flexible techniques besides the existing weak scattering approximation or nonlinear optimization methods. One class of such methods comes under the general description of qualitative methods in inverse scattering theory. This textbook is an easily-accessible "class-tested" introduction to the field. It is accessible also to readers who are not professional mathematicians, thus making these new mathematical ideas in inverse scattering theory available to the wider scientific and engineering community.
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Personality Disorders: Current Research and Treatments



Personality Disorders: Current Research and Treatments
James Reich M.D. MPH | 2005-09-26 00:00:00 | Routledge | 256 | Personality Disorders
As with a number of specific areas in the medical professions, the field of personality disorders has experienced a period of rapid growth and development over the past decade. This volume is designed to offer the student, practitioner and researcher with a single source for the most up-to-date research and treatment writing on a variety of specific areas within the field.

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Ultimate Spanish Beginner-Intermediate (CD/Book)



Ultimate Spanish Beginner-Intermediate (CD/Book)
Living Language ed. | 2004-01-01 00:00:00 | Living Language | 1 | Spanish
Learn Spanish at home or on the go with the most complete, up-to-date program available! Developed by the experts at Living Language, this deluxe course has everything you need to speak, understand, read, and write Spanish. Ultimate Spanish combines conversation with grammar and culture in an easy-to-follow, enjoyable, and effective format.
COMPREHENSIVE LESSON MANUAL with REFERENCE SECTIONS
# 40 lessons:
# lively, authentic dialogues
# vocabulary, grammar, and usage
# cultural highlights
# revised and updated with additional exercises, the latest in computers, the Internet, euros, and more
Reference sections:
# complete grammar summary with verb conjugations
# business and social letter writing
# Spanish-English / English-Spanish glossary
EIGHT COMPACT DISCS
# First learn at home:
# immerse yourself in Spanish -- listen and repeat with the all-Spanish recordings
# follow along with the manual, which includes English translations
# learn conversation, grammar, and culture
Then practice on the go:
# review and expand upon what you've learned
# an English-speaking instructor guides you through each lesson
# no reading required with these Spanish/English recordings
# learn in the car, at the gym, anywhere
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