Turdhead: The Fourth Notch is, most definitely, a spy novel. Dr. Bill William's challenging childhood is a link connecting Bill to a twisted journey that eventually joins the clandestine path of espionage. Bill learned very early to duck and cover in avoiding the swinging arms of his angry father but Bill remains resistant to describe himself as an abused child. Bill maintains that his dad was a good provider, didn't drink excessively and was very much the same as his buddies' dads-oil field roughnecks and rodeos. Both of bill's parents died, one month apart, when Bill was ten years old. Cancer swiftly took both and Bill's dad sucked on his Old Gold cigarettes to his last wet, rasping breath. At ten years old as Bill became a planner and observer. He knew his life was over in the small town of Duncan, Oklahoma, but his ten year old logic had a plan; hide out as long as he could and, when discovered, hitch hike to California and live with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. This was a beginning and Bill observed and planned his path through his teenage years, military, and college. Bill threw his plan book out the window when surviving the courtship of his soon-to-be wife, Alex. Very soon, unplanned teaching opportunities for couples in Saudi Arabia were considered and accepted. This, inadvertently, led to some dabbling in covert assignments and eventually a major mishap resulting in Bill's arrest in Saudi Arabia as an Israeli spy. Seven months later, Bill activated his plan to escape Saudi Arabia in an Arab dhow. After three weeks of sailing on the Red Sea, Bill approached the Sinai peninsula, was rescued by the Israeli coast guard and eventually delivered to the Mossad Director. Thus began a series of events resulting in Bill being thrust into CIA field agent training and his first assignment, back to Israel as a liaison officer at the American embassy in Tel Aviv. Bill's adventures continued in assignment to Beirut and eventually Afghanistan.
The dead too have hopes... And among the hopeful dead is Alex Resartus: obtuse professor, obscure novelist, schizophrenic...and vampire. As an obtuse professor, he bewilders and frustrates his bored students; as an obscure novelist with a once-promising reputation, he desires to recover his creative powers, but his shattered mind stands in the way. As a schizophrenic, Alex's mind is broken, and in this most unusual novel, A Self-Made Monster, Alex plans to reorganize his broken mind with whole blood. For Alex's special quirkOCoboth his blessing and his curseOCois that he takes on the traits of his victims in most surprising ways. Alex sees the brilliant and socially backward student, Edward Head, as his savior: Edward's disciplined and powerful mind is just the tonic Alex needs to rejuvenate his creative powers. But Alex is not the only one with hopes. The living among him have their own hopes. EdwardOCOs hopes are carnal. He desires both Holly Dish, an amalgam of sweaty undergraduate daydreams, and Claire Sweet, a returning adult coed who is both cool and mysterious. Holly and Claire too have their own hopes, as does the short and cynical Jimmy Stubbs, who hates to study and loves to drink beer and scheme. The hopes of each character intersect and eventually violently knotOCoproducing a twisting climax that leaves some characters dead and others about to savor an astounding financial windfall. By turns violent and funny, A Self-Made Monster is one of the most unusual vampire novels ever published. It strips away the tired clich(r)s and purple prose of the vampire story and replaces them with dead-on characterizations, a galloping plot, and a new conception of the vampire itself. Boson Books also offers Flunky and Prelude to Hemlock by Steve Vivian. For an author bio and photo, reviews and a reading sample, visit bosonbooks.com."
Author: Lenore Taylor
Publisher: Melbourne Univ. Publishing
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Political Science
From respected journalists Lenore Taylor and David Uren comes the inside story of the Rudd government's darkest days in office. Its first term will be forever defined by the Global Financial Crisis, or - to use the Prime Minister's term - the 'shitstorm' that engulfed the nation and the world. Based on interviews with all the key players on both sides of politics, Shitstorm reveals just how close Australia came to disaster, what Kevin Rudd and his colleagues did to avoid it, and the serious mistakes they made along the way.
Die sechste Auflage dieses Standardwerks wurde vollständig überarbeitet und deutlich erweitert. Der gestiegene Umfang des Werkes machte eine Aufteilung in vier Bände erforderlich. Die anderen Bände: • I. Konzeption und Gestaltung (ISBN 978-3-642-54580-1) • II. Medientechnik (ISBN 978-3-642-54584-9) • III. Medienproduktion Print (ISBN 978-3-642-54578-8) Das Kompendium berücksichtigt die Rahmenpläne und Studienordnungen sowie die Prüfungsanforderungen der Ausbildungs- und Studiengänge. Es eignet sich als Lehr- und Arbeitsbuch in Schule, Fachschule, Hochschule und Universität sowie zum Selbststudium. Über 1200 prüfungsrelevante und praxisorientierte Aufgaben und Lösungen vertiefen das Verständnis des Lehrstoffs. Farbige Querverweise ermöglichen das schnelle Auffinden der entsprechenden Kapitel in den Bänden. Ein gemeinsames Stichwortverzeichnis erleichtert die Suche und den Zugriff auf die Inhalte der vier Bände.
Author: Martin Barber
Publisher: British Academic Press
Release Date: 2014-11-30
Genre: Political Science
How to respond effectively to humanitarian crises is one of the most pressing and seemingly intractable problems facing the United Nations. Martin Barber, for many years a senior UN official and with decades of humanitarian experience, here argues that the explanation for UN 'failures' or only partial successes lies not with any lack of idealism or good intentions but with the constraints placed on aid workers by ill-considered policies and poor practical application - officials are 'blinded by humanity'. Barber presents an inside story based on personal/hands-on/practical experience in Laos, Thailand, Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and, finally, in Abu Dhabi where he advised the UAE government on its aid programme. He tells of internal struggles at head office and the challenges of working in the field. All the major UN activities - and headaches - are here, including refugee work, coordinating humanitarian aid, peacekeeping, the huge problem of 'de-mining', and the complex internal workings of the UN Secretariat. A personal narrative and lessons drawn from direct experience provide the frame for an examination of major questions concerning the future of humanitarian response - how effectively have international institutions discharged their responsibilities towards people affected by conflict? Specifically, how did the UN perform? And how might the UN better help such people in the 21st century? Barber analyses recent policy developments intended to improve the quality and effectiveness of the UN's work in humanitarian fields, and assesses the extent to which recent reforms are likely to make the UN a more effective partner for countries emerging from conflict. In the final chapter he highlights seven 'blind spots' whose significance has been consistently ignored or overlooked, and in each case suggests a radical new approach. Based on decades of personal experience and 'insider access', this will be essential reading for students of international relations and politics as well as for all those directly or indirectly involved with humanitarian issues.
In New York in the middle of the twentieth century, comic book companies figured out how to make millions from comics without paying their creators anything. In San Francisco at the start of the twenty-first century, tech companies figured out how to make millions from online abuse without paying its creators anything. In the 1990s, Adeline drew a successful comic book series that ended up making her kind-of famous. In 2013, Adeline aired some unfashionable opinions that made their way onto the Internet. The reaction of the Internet, being a tool for making millions in advertising revenue from online abuse, was predictable. The reaction of the Internet, being part of a culture that hates women, was to send Adeline messages like 'Drp slut ... hope u get gang rape.'Set in a San Francisco hollowed out by tech money, greed and rampant gentrification, I Hate the Internet is a savage indictment of the intolerable bullshit of unregulated capitalism and an uproarious, hilarious but above all furious satire of our Internet Age.
Author: Jess Berentson-Shaw
Publisher: Bridget Williams Books
Release Date: 2018-08-10
Genre: Common fallacies
"Today it seems that conspiracy and rumour spread faster than ever and are increasingly hard to debunk. How do we convincingly explain the difference between good information and misinformation? A matter of fact explores the science of communicating and presents innovative ways to talk effectively (and empathetically) about contentious information"--Publisher information.
Recently, fake news has become real news, making headlines as its consequences become crushingly obvious in political upsets and global turmoil. But it's not new - you've seen it all before. A malicious online rumour costs a company millions. Politically motivated 'fake news' stories are planted and disseminated to influence elections. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. Anonymous sources and speculation become national conversation. What you don't know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like Ryan Holiday: a media manipulator. Holiday wrote this book to explain how media manipulators work, how to spot their fingerprints, how to fight them, and how (if you must) to emulate their tactics. Why is he giving away these secrets? Because he's tired of a world where trolls hijack debates, marketers help write the news, reckless journalists spread lies, and no one is accountable for any of it. He's pulling back the curtain because it's time everyone understands how things really work.
Winning is good. Succumbing is even better… Evasion Recently retired pro MMA fighter Steph Healy is through having rough-and-tumble romps with sexy blue-collar dudes. Unfortunately, Wilinski Gym has hired an electrician with a body built to make a gal weep. And avoiding some full-body contact is taking all of Steph's self-control. Grapple Carpenter-turned-electrician Patrick Doherty is damn good with his hands. Sure, he's not what Steph is looking for—yet. But he's about prove that she has seriously underestimated her opponent…. Submission The moment Patrick has her deliciously pinned, Steph knows she's in deep, deep trouble. Because this seemingly mild carpenter has the mastery to give her exactly what she needs…and this is one takedown she's willing to take lying down! Previously published as Driving Him Wild
Author: Jacquie McNish
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: 2015-11-05
Genre: Business & Economics
Winner of the Canadian National Business Book Award 2016 Shortlisted for the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2015 In 2009, BlackBerry controlled half of the US smartphone market. Today that number is less than one per cent. What went so wrong? Losing the Signal is the riveting story of a company that toppled global giants before succumbing to the ruthlessly competitive forces of Silicon Valley. This is not a conventional tale of modern business failure by fraud and greed; instead, the rise and fall of BlackBerry reveals the dangerous speed at which innovators race along the information superhighway. With unprecedented access to key players, senior executives, directors, and competitors, Losing the Signal unveils the remarkable rise of a company that started above a bagel store in a small Canadian city and went on to control half of the US smartphone market. However, at the very moment BlackBerry was ranked the world’s fastest-growing company, internal feuds and chaotic growth crippled the company as it faced its gravest test: the entry of Apple and Google into the mobile phone market. Expertly told by acclaimed journalists Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff, this is an entertaining, whirlwind narrative that goes behind the scenes to reveal one of the most compelling business stories of the new century.
"Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a seminal novel of the 1960s. Here is the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants--a counterculture classic that inspired the 1975 film adaptation, widely considered one of the greatest movies ever made"--