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What is the point of Kings and Queens? What do they do all day? And what does it mean to be one of them? Jeremy Paxman is used to making politicians explain themselves - but royalty has always been off limits. Until now. In On Royalty he delves deep into the past and takes a long hard look at our present incumbents to find out just what makes them tick. Along the way he discovers some fascinating and little-known details. Such as: * how Albania came to advertise in England for a king* which English queen gave birth in front of 67 people* how easy it is to beat up future kings of England * and how meeting the Queen is a bit scary - whoever you are ...No other book will tell you quite as much about our kings, queens, princes and princesses: who they are and what they're for.
In the twentieth century, a broad consensus to fight racial discrimination linked black Americans of all social classes, and gave birth to a movement that paved the way for black political power. Now, however, Black America is facing a moment of crisis. Despite the spectacular successes of some black Americans, such as Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey, many of the hopes of the Civil Rights Movement have not been realized. Crime still disproportionately afflicts black neighborhoods, and more black males are in prison than in college. The National Urban League and the NAACP have become calcified and passé; and the GOP has effectively abandoned any pretense of offering blacks a political home. Black America is at a turning point, though. The Democratic victories of 2006, the collapse of the Republican Party, and the galvanizing impact of the Obama candidacy are all signs of hope that the momentum of its decline into political insignificance can be reversed. The 2008 Election is Black America's last chance.
Jeannette Howard Foster was to lesbianism in the mid-twentieth century what out authors such as Gore Vidal and James Baldwin were to gay men. She unapologetically blew the lid off Cold War sexual repression in 1956 with herSex Variant Women in Literature-the first-ever study of homosexual, bisexual, and cross-dressing characters appearing in more than 300 works, from ancient times to the present. Joanne Passet'sSex Variant Womanis a fascinating portrait of Foster, who served as the first librarian at the Kinsey Institute before leaving to publish her controversial book. It is also a riveting look into the pre-Stonewall past, the intense sexual repression and persecution endured by homosexuals, the groundbreaking advances put forth by a cadre of activists, and the rise of feminism and gay and lesbian liberation decades later.
George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy-most would agree their presidencies were among the most successful in American history. But what made these very different men such effective leaders? According to presidential historian Gil Troy, these presidents succeeded not because of their bold political visions, but because of their moderation. Although many of the presidential hopefuls for 2008 will claim to be moderates, the word cannot conceal a political climate defined by extreme rhetoric and virulent partisanship. In Leading From the Center, Gil Troy argues that this is a distinctly un-American state of affairs. The great presidents of American history have always sought a golden mean-from Washington, who brilliantly mediated between the competing visions of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, to Lincoln, who rescued the Union with his principled pragmatism, to the two Roosevelts, who united millions of Americans with their powerful, affirmative, nationalist visions. As America lines up to select a president for the future, Gil Troy astutely reminds us of the finest traditions of presidential leadership from our nation's past.
Take an in-depth look at the internals of the SQL Server Storage Engine--with advice from a popular author and SQL Server expert. Database developers and administrators get best practices, pragmatic advice, and code samples to help master the intricacies of creating and maintaining enterprise relational databases. Discover how to: Upgrade or migrate to SQL Server 2005 and choose configuration options Control space allocation for databases and files manually or automatically Manage transaction logs to maximize efficient restore operations and data consistency Observe the internal structures of clustered and nonclustered indexes Build and partition relational indexes and tables Explore internal storage issues and compare fixed- and variable-length datatypes Detect and correct index fragmentation Implement and manage an appropriate concurrency model using locking or row versioning PLUS--Get code samples on the Web.
Teach yourself the essentials of Windows Communication Foundation--one step at a time. With this practical tutorial, you get hands-on guidance for creating the Web services you need to implement robust business applications for Windows. Discover how to: Build and host a Web service Design service contracts and data contracts Maintain state information and support transactions Programmatically configure bindings and endpoints Use load-balancing and perform content-based message routing Implement message encryption, authentication, authorization Optimize performance with service throttling, encoding, and streaming Implement asynchronous operations, oneway methods, and events Create services that interoperate with ASP.NET and COM+ CD features: Files for practice exercises Code samples Fully searchable eBook A Note Regarding the CD or DVD The print version of this book ships with a CD or DVD. For those customers purchasing one of the digital formats in which this book is available, we are pleased to offer the CD/DVD content as a free download via O'Reilly Media's Digital Distribution services. To download this content, please visit O'Reilly's web site, search for the title of this book to find its catalog page, and click on the link below the cover image (Examples, Companion Content, or Practice Files). Note that while we provide as much of the media content as we are able via free download, we are sometimes limited by licensing restrictions. Please direct any questions or concerns to email@example.com.
Dig deep into Microsoft Office Word 2007, Excel2007, and PowerPoint 2007--and create robust documents that deliver results. This book is packed with advanced timesaving tips and troubleshooting methods to help you learn the smartest, simplest ways to create powerful documents. Discover how the experts approach document production--and reach new levels of mastery! Exploit the power of tables, Themes, and templates Produce professional-quality graphics using new SmartArt diagrams, custom shapes, and other drawing tools Customize and reuse content with Building Blocks and Content Controls Learn advanced techniques for managing slide masters and custom layouts for effective presentations Design PivotTables for more powerful data analysis and reporting Build sophisticated Excel 2007 chart types and customize chart elements Use Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to automate document production and customize templates Customize the Office Fluent Ribbon and troubleshoot your documents with Office Open XML CD includes: Fully searchable eBook Sample documents and templates VBA and Office Open XML code samples Author webcasts--see advanced techniques in action Tool for binding custom XML to content controls in Word 2007 Files for customizing the Fluent Ribbon Links to articles blogs, and developer learning resources Windows Vista Product Guide eReference and other eBooks A Note Regarding the CD or DVD The print version of this book ships with a CD or DVD. For those customers purchasing one of the digital formats in which this book is available, we are pleased to offer the CD/DVD content as a free download via O'Reilly Media's Digital Distribution services. To download this content, please visit O'Reilly's web site, search for the title of this book to find its catalog page, and click on the link below the cover image (Examples, Companion Content, or Practice Files). Note that while we provide as much of the media content as we are able via free download, we are sometimes limited by licensing restrictions. Please direct any questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get hands-on guidance for using Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation to create process-managed applications for Microsoft Windows--one step at a time. Understanding Windows Workflow Foundation is essential for every developer who works with multiple applications and services that must exchange data or results. Windows Workflow Foundation defines a process flow amongst people, applications, and services--mapping dependencies and sequences to allow automation of tasks across previously stand-alone programs. With STEP BY STEP, you work at your own pace through hands-on, learn-by-doing exercises to understand the core capabilities and fundamental techniques for working with Windows Workflow Foundation. New-to-topic developers can take a sequential approach to understanding workflows and learning how to create Windows Workflow Foundation-enabled applications and services. This book includes a CD with practice exercises and code samples to help developers accelerate their productivity. A Note Regarding the CD or DVD The print version of this book ships with a CD or DVD. For those customers purchasing one of the digital formats in which this book is available, we are pleased to offer the CD/DVD content as a free download via O'Reilly Media's Digital Distribution services. To download this content, please visit O'Reilly's web site, search for the title of this book to find its catalog page, and click on the link below the cover image (Examples, Companion Content, or Practice Files). Note that while we provide as much of the media content as we are able via free download, we are sometimes limited by licensing restrictions. Please direct any questions or concerns to email@example.com.
Get hands-on answers to frequently asked questions about using Microsoft .NET technologies to customize and extend SAP applications. Walk through dozens of real-world examples--from Web Services integration to business intelligence (BI) reporting and Microsoft Office-based solutions--direct from a team of Microsoft-SAP interoperability experts. Learn how to expose back-end SAP data through familiar Microsoft tools and UIs--for better productivity and lower TCO. Discover how to: Navigate the development environment and tools--including Microsoft Visual Studio®, Visual Studio Tools for Office, and BizTalk® Server Connect .NET and SAP via Web Services, tools like SAP Connector and Enterprise Service Explorer, and .NET Data Provider Implement BI solutions that unlock SAP data through familiar Microsoft UIs Expose data from SAP NetWeaver Portal in Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server Use the Business Data Catalog to display and search SAP content--no coding Build your own Office Business Applications (OBAs), or put Duet to work Add Microsoft Office presence functionality and forms solutions to SAP applications Deliver a single sign-on solution
When a terrorist bomb explodes in Boston's Logan Airport, Admiral Arnold Morgan, the President's most trusted advisor, moves quickly to break the cell in the United States and ship the Islamic fanatics to Guantanamo Bay. In response, the Hamas high command, meeting in a terrorist cell in Gaza, hatches a vicious plan to assassinate the Admiral the minute he leaves the United States. Morgan's old nemesis, Ravi Rashood, leads this international attack and attempt to eliminate him. The exhilarating chase swirls through southern Ireland, London, and Scotland. Desperate to protect the Admiral at all costs, the President must summon the most dangerous Navy Seal team that the USA has to offer. This gripping and provocative thriller displays both Robinson and his hero Morgan at their peak.
With a new investigative epilogue by a prominent Washington journalist and a new foreword by the author. Ambassador Joseph Wilson recounts more than two decades of foreign service to our country in this unprecedented look at the life of an American diplomat and an unabashed account of policies that sometimes succeeded and sometimes failed. As the last American official to meet with Saddam before Desert Storm, Wilson successfully parried the dictator's threats to use American hostages as human shields against U. S. bombing. Yet today he finds himself battling threats from his own government because he called a lie a lie. When President Bush alleged that Iraq had pursued uranium from Africa for its nuclear weapons program, Wilson could not stand silent. He had traveled to Niger the previous year and found no evidence to support the president's claim. To intimidate Wilson, senior administration officials disclosed the undercover status of Wilson's wife, CIA operative Valerie Plame, to the press, putting her life in danger. Rather than backing down, Wilson persistently criticized the way the administration misled the nation into war. Now he continues his fight in this groundbreaking book by revealing the perils bred by the war-hungry regime in the White House.
What started as a silly way for blogger Danielle Henderson and her classmates to keep track of the feminist theorists they were studying in class quickly turned into an overnight sensation. Since its launch in October 2011, the Feminist Ryan Gosling blog has close to 30,000 followers and more than 3 million page views per month. In this hilarious book based on the wildly popular blog, the author pairs swoon-worthy photos of the steamy actor with sensitive feminist theories and plenty of sweet talk. Included are 120 full-color photos and captions throughout, with some of the best entries from the blog along with 70 to 80 percent brand-new material for the book.
Based on the popular blog of the same name,Suri's Burn Bookis told from the harsh yet clever perspective of "Suri Cruise," Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' five-year-old daughter-and one of the youngest fashionistas in America today. Suri's snarky and clever wit will cover everything celeb obsessed, from celebrity culture and fashion mistakes to celebs who are annoying pregnant. Also included is Suri's very best advice and essays on topics ranging from pop culture to politics, accompanied by approximately 100 full-color photos throughout.
Danny Seo is America's leading lifestyle authority on modern, eco-friendly living. In his last book,Upcycling,Danny demonstrated how to create beautiful things with the stuff you already have. Now he returns with 100 more projects-this time focused specifically on parties and holidays. Whether you're making dramatic party favors for New Year's Eve, giving a unique birthday gift, creating paper lanterns for a summer BBQ, or planning the Thanksgiving table, Danny shows how you can transform the ordinary into striking one-of-a-kind objects that will make every occasion a little more festive.
Seventeen-year-old Tony Antioch lives in Pleasant Meadows, a trailer park where questions aren't asked since everyone already knows the answers from their own experience. He dreams of rescuing his mother from her constant stream of abusive boyfriends but in reality can barely duck the punches that are aimed at himself. When Tony is coerced into joining his friend Rob's Mixed Martial Arts class, he is surprised to find that he has a talent that he actually wants to develop. But with a meth-dealing biker gang that is hungry for recruits and a vicious cycle of poverty and violence that precedes him, Tony is going to need a lot more than blood and guts to find a way out. Gritty, powerful, and unapologetic,Tap Outexplores what it takes to stay true to oneself and the consequences of the choices made along the way in order to do so.
Authors Robin Ankeny and Charlotte Lyon started The Cake Ball Company in 2006, and it has quickly become the leader in the cake ball market. Perfect for both new and experienced bakers and all those who are sick of boring plain cakes and the cupcake trend, cake balls are bite-sized bits of moist cake blended with rich icing and surrounded in a beautiful chocolate shell. Cake balls are super-fun to make and the end product is cute yet elegant-not to mention delicious-making them theideal dessert for parties, brunches, showers, weddings, and more. Included within this tasty little cookbook you will find three cake and three icing recipes, for which all of the 51 cake ball recipes in the book are based on, troubleshooting tips, decorating and packaging ideas, and 45+ full-color photos throughout. Some of the tasty recipes include Southern Red Velvet, Triple Chocolate Chip, Gingerbread, Tiramisu, Carrot Cake, Strawberries and Cream, and many more.
Edible DIYmay not be the first book for crafty cooks and burgeoning urban homesteaders, but it is the easiest. Based on the popular Serious Eats column by the same name,Edible DIYincludes 75 recipes divided into five chapters: Crunchy, Boozy, Sweet, Spicy, and Jars. With plenty of packaging tips throughout,Edible DIYis the perfect solution for making inexpensive edible gifts in your own kitchen with everything from Chocolate-Peppermint Marshmallows and Coconut Granola to Homemade Sriracha and Espresso Barbeque Sauce. Illustrated with inspirational full-color photography throughout.
The Boozy Bakeris a fun collection of recipes for cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, and more, all of which contain a healthy dose of alcohol. Home bakers will recognize classic treats such as profiteroles, peach cobbler, and spiced Bundt cake, and be delighted by the ways they are reinvented with chocolate stout, almond liqueur, and even Jägermeister. Featuring more than 30 full-color photographs, the book also includes sidebars throughout with instructions for preparing funky cocktails that add a punchy compliment to many of the recipes. Whether you are a pastry perfectionist or a one-bowl beginner, a bonafide mixologist or just looking for a way to polish off a few dusty bottles, this cookbook is sure to become a favorite, its pages splattered with chocolate, sprinkled with sugar, and garnished with a twist.
Led by a well-known Project expert, you'll learn how to apply the right tools and techniques to the most common project-management scenarios you'll encounter. Most important, you'll see the effects of different approaches in action--so you can make the best decisions for your project. Orchestrate great results by learning the most effective ways to: Identify project scope and goals Evaluate project costs Drive a project plan and schedule Organize and deploy resources Monitor and communicate status Manage cuts in budget and resources Get management buy-in on essential changes Resolve cross-project conflicts Get a wayward project back on track Work out the kinks--solving real problems, in real time
Get best-in-class engineering practices to help you write more-robust, bug-free code. Two Microsoft .NET development experts share real-world examples and proven methods for optimizing the software development life cycle--from avoiding costly programming pitfalls to making your development team more efficient. Managed code developers at all levels will find design, prototyping, implementation, debugging, and testing tips to boost the quality of their code--today. Optimize each stage of the development process--from design to testing--and produce higher-quality applications. Use metaprogramming to reduce code complexity, while increasing flexibility and maintainability Treat performance as a feature--and manage it throughout the development life cycle Apply best practices for application scalability Employ preventative security measures to ward off malicious attacks Practice defensive programming to catch bugs before run time Incorporate automated builds, code analysis, and testing into the daily engineering process Implement better source-control management and check-in procedures Establish a quality-driven, milestone-based project rhythm--and improve your results!
Portable and precise, this pocket-sized guide delivers ready answers for automating everyday system-administration tasks with Windows PowerShell. Zero in on core commands and techniques using quick-reference tables, instructions, and lists. You'll get the focused information you need to save time and get the job done--whether at your desk or in the field. Get fast facts to: Run core cmdlets--singly or in sequence--to streamline daily tasks Execute remote commands and background jobs Inventory computers; tweak configurations; manage domains Configure server roles, role services, and features Manage and troubleshoot TCP/IP networking Administer file systems, directories, and print services Implement security settings, event logs, and auditing Read and write registry values Automate system monitoring and performance tuning Extend Windows PowerShell with snap-ins and module extensions
Get your mission-critical collaboration and information-management systems up and running with this essential, single-volume guide. This comprehensive reference details features and capabilities of SharePoint Server 2007. It delivers the easy-to-follow procedures, practical workarounds, and key troubleshooting tactics you need for on-the-job results. Discover how to: Install and deploy SharePoint Server 2007 Configure server farms and define a farm topology Create and manage content libraries, records repositories, and document workflows Manage enterprise search and indexing features Develop and implement an information security policy Configure other server platforms to work with SharePoint Server 2007 Create a Business Data Catalog and manage data connections to other applications Monitor and fine-tune system performance Apply best practices for backup and recovery CD features: Fully searchable eBook Code samples and additional resources A Note Regarding the CD or DVD The print version of this book ships with a CD or DVD. For those customers purchasing one of the digital formats in which this book is available, we are pleased to offer the CD/DVD content as a free download via O'Reilly Media's Digital Distribution services. To download this content, please visit O'Reilly's web site, search for the title of this book to find its catalog page, and click on the link below the cover image (Examples, Companion Content, or Practice Files). Note that while we provide as much of the media content as we are able via free download, we are sometimes limited by licensing restrictions. Please direct any questions or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get your midsize IT infrastructure up and running smoothly. This indispensable, single-volume reference details the features and capabilities of Windows Essential Business Server 2008. Gain the real-world insights, practical workarounds, and key troubleshooting tactics you need for on-the-job results. Discover how to: Plan, install, and configure Windows Essential Business Server 2008 Use the Administration Console interface to manage the network Configure user settings with Group Policy, scripts, user profiles, and Folder Redirection Manage Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 mailboxes and dynamic distribution groups Configure and customize Remote Web Workplace Implement antivirus, antispam, and firewall applications Monitor and troubleshoot network performance Plan and manage a backup and recovery strategy PLUS--Extend your network capabilities with the Premium Edition CD features: Sample files and code from the book Installation and configuration scripts Fully searchable eBook A Note Regarding the CD or DVD The print version of this book ships with a CD or DVD. For those customers purchasing one of the digital formats in which this book is available, we are pleased to offer the CD/DVD content as a free download via O'Reilly Media's Digital Distribution services. To download this content, please visit O'Reilly's web site, search for the title of this book to find its catalog page, and click on the link below the cover image (Examples, Companion Content, or Practice Files). Note that while we provide as much of the media content as we are able via free download, we are sometimes limited by licensing restrictions. Please direct any questions or concerns to email@example.com.
Green Beret and outdoor survival expert Mykel Hawke provides the most practical and accessible survival skills and information necessary for anyone to survive an unexpected situation in the outdoors. These are the most tried-and-true methods based on Hawke's 25- year career as a captain in the US Army Green Berets, founder of the survival training company Spec Ops Inc, and popular survival expert on a wide range of television shows. Geared to the untrained civilian, Hawke provides essential and easy-to-apply information on shelter, water, fire, food, survival psychology, first aid, tools, navigation, signaling, and basic natural phenomena. Hawke's Green Beret Survival Manual gives every reader the tools necessary to survive the worst imaginable circumstance and make it out alive. With more than 200 how-to illustrations and complete survival-training information, this is the most useful and user-friendly survival book available.
With more than 75 million fans, NASCAR® is one of the world's most popular sports. Racing Broadcaster John Roberts tracks down the answers to the pressing questions, such as: What are the fastest tracks on the circuit? Who had the longest winning streak? What were the longest races? Who are the best female drivers of all time? And many more. Each list has an introductory paragraph followed by a number of ranked entries, each featuring a brief explanation of ranking plus entertaining and informative background information. Also included are original lists contributed exclusive to this book by top personalities from the world of NASCAR®, including Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, Jimmy Johnson, Greg Biffle, and more.
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