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Mauser Military Rifles of the World

by Robert W. Ball

More Models - More Photos - More HistoryRobert Ball, the world's foremost authority on Mauser military rifles, continues to scour the continents in search of more details and models of this ubiquitous rifle. His years of research and expertise culminate in this definitive, full-color Mauser reference.In this new edition, you'll find:Previously unknown variationsRare coverage of experimental weapons and prototypesMeticulously cataloged descriptions, historical backgrounds, model specifics and markings, and detailed photographsOne of a kind, this edition is the most exhaustive reference ever for Mauser military rifles!

National Security

by Marc Cameron

"Fascinating characters with action off-the-charts. Masterful. . .an entertaining romp." --Steve BerryWhen Terrorism Goes Viral, One Man Goes Ballistic.They can strike anytime, anywhere. A public landmark. A suburban shopping mall. And now, the human body itself. Three Middle Eastern terrorists have been injected with a biological weapon, human time bombs unleashed on American soil. They are prepared to die. To spread their disease. To annihilate millions. If America hopes to fight this enemy from within, we need a new kind of weapon. Meet Special Agent Jericho Quinn. Air Force veteran. Champion boxer. Trained assassin. Hand-picked for a new global task force that, officially, does not exist, Quinn answers only to the Director of National Intelligence and the U.S. President himself. His methods are as simple, and as brutal, as his codename. The Hammer."One of the hottest new authors in the thriller genre. . .terrifying. . .in one word: Awesome." --Brad ThorA native of Texas, Marc Cameron has spent over twenty-five years in law enforcement, the last twenty with the federal government. His assignments have taken him from rural Alaska to Manhattan, from Canada to Mexico and points in between. A second degree black belt in jujitsu, he often teaches defensive tactics to other law enforcement agencies and civilian groups. Cameron presently lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and BMW motorcycle.

Trading Psychology 2.0

by Brett N. Steenbarger

Practical trading psychology insight that can be put to work today Trading Psychology 2.0 is a comprehensive guide to applying the science of psychology to the art of trading. Veteran trading psychologist and bestselling author Brett Steenbarger offers critical advice and proven techniques to help interested traders better understand the markets, with practical takeaways that can be implemented immediately. Academic research is presented in an accessible, understandable, engaging way that makes it relevant for practical traders, and examples, illustrations, and case studies bring the ideas and techniques to life. Interactive features keep readers engaged and involved, including a blog offering ever-expanding content, and a Twitter feed for quick tips. Contributions from market bloggers, authors, and experts bring fresh perspectives to the topic, and Steenbarger draws upon his own experience in psychology and statistical modeling as an active trader to offer insight into the practical aspect of trading psychology. Trading psychology is one of the few topics that are equally relevant to day traders and active investors, market makers and portfolio managers, and traders in different markets around the globe. Many firms hire trading coaches, but this book provides a coach in print, accessible 24/7 no matter what the market is doing. Understand the research at the core of trading psychology Examine the ways in which psychology is applied in real-world trading Implement practical tips immediately to see first-hand results Gain the perspective and insight of veteran traders who apply these techniques daily While markets may differ in scale, scope, and activity, humans remain human, with all the inherent behavioral tendencies. Studying the market from the human perspective gives traders insight into how human behavior drives market behavior. Trading Psychology 2.0 gives traders an edge, with expert guidance and practical advice.

The Homemade Vegan Pantry

by Miyoko Schinner

A guide to creating vegan versions of staple ingredients to stock the fridge and pantry--from dairy and meat substitutes such as vegan yogurt, butter, mayo, bacon, and cheese, to mustards, dressings, pancake mix, crackers, pasta sauces, cookies, and more. Kitchen crafters know the pleasure of making their own staples and specialty foods, whether it's cultured sour cream or a stellar soup stock. It's a fresher, healthier, more natural approach to eating and living. Now vegans who are sick of buying over-processed, over-packaged products can finally join the homemade revolution. Studded with full-color photos, The Homemade Vegan Pantry celebrates beautiful, handcrafted foods that don't take a ton of time, from ice cream and pizza dough, to granola and breakfast sausage. Miyoko Schinner guides readers through the techniques for making French-style buttercreams, roasted tomatoes, and pasta without special equipment. Her easy methods make "slow food" fast, and full of flavor. The Homemade Vegan Pantry raises the bar on plant-based cuisine, not only for vegans and vegetarians, but also for the growing number of Americans looking to eat lighter and healthier, and anyone interested in a handcrafted approach to food.

Tailored Organic-Inorganic Materials

by Jorge L. Colón Abraham Clearfield Ernesto Brunet

This book explores the limitless ability to design new materials by layering clay materials within organic compounds. Assembly, properties, characterization, and current and potential applications are offered to inspire the development of novel materials. Coincides with the government's Materials Genome Initiative, to inspire the development of green, sustainable, robust materials that lead to efficient use of limited resources Contains a thorough introductory and chemical foundation before delving into techniques, characterization, and properties of these materials Applications in biocatalysis, drug delivery, and energy storage and recovery are discussed Presents a case for an often overlooked hybrid material: organic-clay materials

The Allergy-Fighting Garden

by Thomas Leo Ogren

The Groundbreaking Guide to Health-Conscious Gardening If you are one of the millions of people with allergies or asthma, this totally unique book shows you how to avoid plants that trigger allergies and to create a garden that will actually protect you by trapping pollen and cleaning the air around you. This revolutionary approach combines the best of horticulturist Thomas Ogren's previous books--Allergy-Free Gardening and Safe Sex in the Garden--into a full-color guide, including hundreds of new and updated plant listings and photographs. Ogren's innovative system for combating allergens is based on the crucial matter of plant sex. By replacing troublesome male plants in your yard with pollen-blocking female "pollen screens," allergy sufferers can reduce or eliminate their symptoms. More than 3,000 plant listings are included, accompanied by an easy-to-use allergy ranking scale of 1 to 10. With many new pollen-free plants to choose from, as well as clearly marked "worst offenders" to avoid, this is the ultimate resource for home gardeners and professionals alike who want to build healthy, safe, and beautiful gardens that everyone can enjoy.From the Trade Paperback edition.

How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony (and Why You Should Care)

by Ross W. Duffin

"A fascinating and genuinely accessible guide....Educating, enjoyable, and delightfully unscary."--Classical Music What if Bach and Mozart heard richer, more dramatic chords than we hear in music today? What sonorities and moods have we lost in playing music in "equal temperament"--the equal division of the octave into twelve notes that has become our standard tuning method? Thanks to How Equal Temperament Ruined Harmony, "we may soon be able to hear for ourselves what Beethoven really meant when he called B minor 'black'" (Wall Street Journal).In this "comprehensive plea for more variety in tuning methods" (Kirkus Reviews), Ross W. Duffin presents "a serious and well-argued case" (Goldberg Magazine) that "should make any contemporary musician think differently about tuning" (Saturday Guardian). <P><P> Some images in the ebook are not displayed owing to permissions issues. Also, the image for a flat note has been replaced with "-flat". Sharps are represented by # (a hashtag or pound sign).

Food52 Genius Recipes

by Amanda Hesser Merrill Stubbs Kristen Miglore

There are good recipes and there are great ones--and then, there are genius recipes. Genius recipes surprise us and make us rethink the way we cook. They might involve an unexpectedly simple technique, debunk a kitchen myth, or apply a familiar ingredient in a new way. They're handed down by luminaries of the food world and become their legacies. And, once we've folded them into our repertoires, they make us feel pretty genius too. In this collection are 100 of the smartest and most remarkable ones. There isn't yet a single cookbook where you can find Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter, Jim Lahey's No-Knead Bread, and Nigella Lawson's Dense Chocolate Loaf Cake--plus dozens more of the most talked about, just-crazy-enough-to-work recipes of our time. Until now. These are what Food52 Executive Editor Kristen Miglore calls genius recipes. Passed down from the cookbook authors, chefs, and bloggers who made them legendary, these foolproof recipes rethink cooking tropes, solve problems, get us talking, and make cooking more fun. Every week, Kristen features one such recipe and explains just what's so brilliant about it in the James Beard Award-nominated Genius Recipes column on Food52. Here, in this book, she compiles 100 of the most essential ones--nearly half of which have never been featured in the column--with tips, riffs, mini-recipes, and stunning photographs from James Ransom, to create a cooking canon that will stand the test of time. Once you try Michael Ruhlman's fried chicken or Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's hummus, you'll never want to go back to other versions. But there's also a surprising ginger juice you didn't realize you were missing and will want to put on everything--and a way to cook white chocolate that (finally) exposes its hidden glory. Some of these recipes you'll follow to a T, but others will be jumping-off points for you to experiment with and make your own. Either way, with Kristen at the helm, revealing and explaining the genius of each recipe, Genius Recipes is destined to become every home cook's go-to resource for smart, memorable cooking--because no one cook could have taught us so much.From the Hardcover edition.

The Healthy Mind Cookbook

by Mat Edelson Rebecca Katz

A collection of more than 120 recipes formulated to optimize brain health, boost memory, improve mood, sharpen the central nervous system, and more. Feed your mind. Depression, ADHD, memory loss, agitation: These may seem like inevitable byproducts of modern lives spent multitasking, not getting enough sleep, and operating on digital overload. But while much of the brain's work still remains a mystery, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that the food you eat directly affects how well your brain functions. Brain health also plays a significant role in staving off diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer's disease. In The Healthy Mind Cookbook, Rebecca Katz has harnessed the latest research on the brain to identify the foods that can improve the brain's ability to control cognition, emotion, and physical function--all of which dictate memory and mood. She then translates the very best of brain science into the kitchen, using delicious nutrient-dense foods as a tool for promoting a healthy mind from childhood through the golden years. With a culinary pharmacy listing the benefits of key ingredients, complete nutritional details for each dish, and flavor-packed recipes for every meal of the day, including Avocado and Citrus Salad, Sweet Potato Hash, Turkish Lamb Sliders, and Chocolate Cherry Walnut Truffles, The Healthy Mind Cookbook will help lift the fog of everyday life so you can reach your full physical and mental potential.From the Hardcover edition.

Windows Malware Analysis Essentials

by Victor Marak

Master the fundamentals of malware analysis for the Windows platform and enhance your anti-malware skill set About This Book * Set the baseline towards performing malware analysis on the Windows platform and how to use the tools required to deal with malware * Understand how to decipher x86 assembly code from source code inside your favourite development environment * A step-by-step based guide that reveals malware analysis from an industry insider and demystifies the process Who This Book Is For This book is best for someone who has prior experience with reverse engineering Windows executables and wants to specialize in malware analysis. The book presents the malware analysis thought process using a show-and-tell approach, and the examples included will give any analyst confidence in how to approach this task on their own the next time around. What You Will Learn * Use the positional number system for clear conception of Boolean algebra, that applies to malware research purposes * Get introduced to static and dynamic analysis methodologies and build your own malware lab * Analyse destructive malware samples from the real world (ITW) from fingerprinting and static/dynamic analysis to the final debrief * Understand different modes of linking and how to compile your own libraries from assembly code and integrate the codein your final program * Get to know about the various emulators, debuggers and their features, and sandboxes and set them up effectively depending on the required scenario * Deal with other malware vectors such as pdf and MS-Office based malware as well as scripts and shellcode In Detail Windows OS is the most used operating system in the world and hence is targeted by malware writers. There are strong ramifications if things go awry. Things will go wrong if they can, and hence we see a salvo of attacks that have continued to disrupt the normal scheme of things in our day to day lives. This book will guide you on how to use essential tools such as debuggers, disassemblers, and sandboxes to dissect malware samples. It will expose your innards and then build a report of their indicators of compromise along with detection rule sets that will enable you to help contain the outbreak when faced with such a situation. We will start with the basics of computing fundamentals such as number systems and Boolean algebra. Further, you'll learn about x86 assembly programming and its integration with high level languages such as C++.You'll understand how to decipher disassembly code obtained from the compiled source code and map it back to its original design goals. By delving into end to end analysis with real-world malware samples to solidify your understanding, you'll sharpen your technique of handling destructive malware binaries and vector mechanisms. You will also be encouraged to consider analysis lab safety measures so that there is no infection in the process. Finally, we'll have a rounded tour of various emulations, sandboxing, and debugging options so that you know what is at your disposal when you need a specific kind of weapon in order to nullify the malware. Style and approach An easy to follow, hands-on guide with descriptions and screenshots that will help you execute effective malicious software investigations and conjure up solutions creatively and confidently.

Unity Virtual Reality Projects

by Jonathan Linowes

Explore the world of Virtual Reality by building immersive and fun VR projects using Unity 3D About This Book * Learn the basic principles of virtual reality applications and get to know how they differ from games and desktop apps * Build various types of VR experiences, including diorama, first-person characters, riding on rails, 360 degree projections, and social VR * A project-based guide that teaches you to use Unity to develop VR applications, which can be experienced with devices such as the Oculus Rift or Google Cardboard Who This Book Is For If you're a non-programmer unfamiliar with 3D computer graphics, or experienced in both but new to virtual reality, and are interested in building your own VR games or applications then this book is for you. Any experience in Unity is an advantage. What You Will Learn * Create 3D scenes with Unity and Blender while learning about world space and scale * Build and run VR applications for consumer headsets including Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard * Build interactive environments with physics, gravity, animations, and lighting using the Unity engine * Experiment with various user interface (UI) techniques that you can use in your VR applications * Implement the first-person and third-person experiences that use only head motion gestures for input * Create animated walkthroughs, use 360-degree media, and build multi-user social VR experiences * Learn about the technology and psychology of VR including rendering, performance and VR motion sickness * Gain introductory and advanced experience in Unity programming with the C# language In Detail What is consumer "virtual reality"? Wearing a head-mounted display you view stereoscopic 3D scenes. You can look around by moving your head, and walk around using hand controls or motion sensors. You are engaged in a fully immersive experience. On the other hand, Unity is a powerful game development engine that provides a rich set of features such as visual lighting, materials, physics, audio, special effects, and animation for creating 2D and 3D games. Unity 5 has become the leading platform for building virtual reality games, applications and experiences for this new generation of consumer VR devices. Using a practical and project-based approach, this book will educate you about the specifics of virtual reality development in Unity. You will learn how to use Unity to develop VR applications which can be experienced with devices such as the Oculus Rift or Google Cardboard. We will then learn how to engage with virtual worlds from a third person and first person character point of view. Furthermore, you will explore the technical considerations especially important and possibly unique to VR. The projects in the book will demonstrate how to build a variety of VR experiences. You will be diving into the Unity 3D game engine via the interactive Unity Editor as well as C-Sharp programming. By the end of the book, you will be equipped to develop rich, interactive virtual reality experiences using Unity. So, let's get to it! Style and approach This book takes a practical, project-based approach to teach specifics of virtual reality development in Unity. Using a reader-friendly approach, this book will not only provide detailed step-by-step instructions but also discuss the broader context and applications covered within.

Citrix XenDesktop® Cookbook - Third Edition

by Gaspare A. Silvestri

Over 40 engaging recipes that will help you implement a full-featured XenDesktop® 7.6 architecture and its main satellite components About This Book * Implement, configure, and optimize the migration from a physical to a VDI architecture using XenDesktop 7.6 * Publish desktops and applications to the end user devices, optimizing their performance and increasing the security for the delivered resources * A pragmatic guide that helps you to explore the XenDesktop 7.6 architecture and its related components to implement a service-oriented architecture based on the Citrix FlexCast approach Who This Book Is For If you are a system administrator or an experienced IT professional who wants to refer to a centralized container of procedures and advanced tasks in XenDesktop, this is the book for you. Experience of the virtualized environment and an understanding of the general concepts of desktop virtualization (VDI) are required. What You Will Learn * Upgrade from XenDesktop 5.6 / 7.x to XenDesktop 7.6 * Configure and deploy virtual machines for XenDesktop 7.6 * Perform configuration and optimization operations for desktop and server OS images for future deployments * Plan and configure XenDesktop user experience * Execute desktop environment administration tasks, including catalog creation, power management, and resource allocation * Understand how to publish the hosted applications, Local Access Apps (LAA), and applications using Microsoft App-V * Work with XenDesktop PowerShell to reduce the time required to perform the management tasks by the creation of the PowerShell scripts * Implement the two-factor hardware and software authentication for XenDesktop * Install and configure Citrix Netscaler Gateway 10.5 and Citrix XenMobile 10 to improve the quality, the performance, and the manageability of your Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) architecture In Detail In the era of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and consecration of the mobile devices, Citrix has strengthened its position in this market, powering its desktop and application virtualization platforms, integrating the ability to publish virtual and physical desktops with the capability to assign applications and contents in a secure manner on any device, anywhere, more than previous versions. The XenDesktop 7.6 version is a more integrated platform, which permits the use and interaction with mobility and cloud platforms leaders in the market. This book will help you understand how to implement, configure, and optimize migration from a physical to a VDI architecture, moving from a standard application approach to a centralized and more secure way to assign and release resources to the end users. The book begins with the upgrade and installation procedures for the core infrastructural components, along with an explanation of how to deploy and optimize procedures for desktop virtual machines. Moving on, you will perform desktop and applications deployment through the XenDesktop core plus integrated publishing platforms, such as Microsoft App-V. Finally, the book explains how to install and configure important collateral platforms such as the Citrix Netscaler, Citrix CloudBridge and Citrix XenMobile platforms, along with execution of the most advanced activities and configurations. Style and approach This book is a step-by-step course that includes standard and high-level tasks oriented to deploy a full-functioning Citrix environment. This practical approach is based on both GUI and command-line operations, which gives IT professionals an alternative on the way to operate, where possible.

Building a Home Security System with Arduino

by Jorge R. Castro

Design, build and maintain a home security system with Arduino Uno About This Book * Learn what a security system is, how it works and create one for yourself * Develop a security system by setting up security cameras and motion detector systems * Manage and analyze all the data collected by the sensors from the security system, using a graphical application Who This Book Is For This book is for novice programmers and hobbyists who want to understand how Arduino can be used to program a home security system as well as to those who want to delve deeper into the world of Arduino. What You Will Learn * Run cables and electricity to support home security infrastructure * Connect Arduino to your programming environment * Learn to interact with output devices - alarms, locks, shutters * Understand different parts of electronics circuit (MOSFET, resistor, capacitor) * Integrate home monitoring and security notifications with monitoring systems * Use logical level shifter with Arduino to send and receive data to and from Raspberry PI In Detail Arduino is an open source micro-controller built on a single circuit board that is capable of receiving sensory input from the environment and controlling interactive physical objects. It is also a development environment that allows the writing of software to the board, and is programmed in the Arduino programming language. It is used for a variety of different purposes and projects, from simple projects such as building a thermostat, to more advanced ones such as robotics, web servers, seismographs, home security systems and synthesizers. This book will demonstrate how the Arduino can be used to develop a highly connected home security system by mobilizing a network of sensors which can feed alerts back to an Arduino when alarms are triggered. You will know the current state of security systems, well supported by the designs that fit best for your environment. Also, we will see some current technologies such as NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and will finally create a complete web interface that will allow us to remotely manage our system, and even send daily bulletins with the summary of activity. Towards the end, we'll develop a wireless home security system by setting up security cameras and motion detectors (door and gate trips, temperature sensors). We will then set up a centralized remote access hub (powered by the Arduino) that allows sensors to connect to the wireless home network that can be viewed and interacted by the user. Style and approach A step-by-step guide with numerous examples focusing on providing the practical skills required to build home security applications using Arduino.

Reactive Programming with JavaScript

by Jonathan Hayward

Learn the hot new front-end web framework from Facebook: ReactJS, an easy way of developing the V in MVC and a better approach to software engineering in JavaScript About This Book * Learn to develop webapps for Facebook's front-end development using ReactJS * Use functional reactive programming with ReactJS * Easyto understand, comprehensive with in-depth coverage of practical examples Who This Book Is For If you are proficient with JavaScript and want to know about functional programming, reactive programming, functional reactive programming, and the Facebook approach to functional reactive programming then this book is for you. This book is also for web/front-end developers who would like webapps to be developed faster and more easily using the ReactJS framework. Basic knowledge of JavaScript is expected. What You Will Learn * Learn functional reactive programming with JavaScript for non-mathematicians * Experience Facebook's primary front-end framework, ReactJS * Using the tools Facebook uses to build a better site in less time * Create and implement Node.js * Delve into the development of webapps using ReactJS * Implementation of FRP ReactJS with live examples In Detail Reactive programming is carried out using the building blocks of functional programming. JavaScript libraries such as ReactJS are used for front-end web development that is both competent and powerful. ReactJS is intensively being used to develop webapps for Facebook. This title is among the first of those addressing how everyday programmers can take advantage of (functional) reactive programming without having an extremely heavy mathematical background. It starts with the basics a front-end developer can easily connect with, while also covering the basics of functional programming. Then it goes on to explain non-functional reactive programming with the help of a live example. After that it gives a theoretical overview of reactive programming supported by functional programming. Tools to make functional reactive programming easier like Bacon.js, a library like jQuery, are also covered. Finally, it finishes with building one small and one larger front-end project. Style and approach A rounded and multifaceted approach covers reactive JavaScript with Facebook's ReactJS. The author's lively approach makes the book even more engaging. Also, with easy-to-understand examples, readers will learn how to use functional reactive programming with JavaScript.

VMware Virtual SAN Cookbook

by Jeffrey Taylor

The perfect guide to successful VMware Virtual SAN implementation and operations, with recipes to guide you through the process About This Book * Design a Virtual SAN infrastructure from selecting hardware to full capacity. * Deploy and manage a software-defined storage solution with VMware Virtual SAN * Prepare for architectural and scale changes as your enterprise grows and develops Who This Book Is For If you are an administrator of a VMware vSphere infrastructure and want to simplify storage delivery by integrating storage into vSphere, this book is for you. No extensive storage background is needed as VMware Virtual SAN integrates into the existing vSphere solutions with which you are already familiar. What You Will Learn * Prepare your infrastructure for VMware Virtual SAN * Plan and build infrastructure solutions to suit your needs * Implement VMware Virtual SAN * Exploit the power of policy-based management * Increase or decrease the scale of your Virtual SAN as needs change * Monitor your Virtual SAN infrastructure effectively * Respond to and troubleshoot problems In Detail VMware Virtual SAN is a radically simple, hypervisor-converged storage, designed and optimized for vSphere virtual infrastructure. VMware introduced the software to help customers store more and more virtual machines. As data centers continue to evolve and grow, managing infrastructure becomes more challenging. Traditional storage solutions like monolithic storage arrays and complex management are often ill-suited to the needs of the modern data center. Software-defined storage solutions, like VMware Virtual SAN, integrate the storage side of the infrastructure with the server side, and can simplify management and improve flexibility. This book is a detailed guide which provides you with the knowledge you need to successfully implement and manage VMware VSAN and deployed infrastructures. You will start with an introduction to VSAN and object storage, before moving on to hardware selection, critical to a successful VSAN deployment. Next, you will discover how to prepare your existing infrastructure to support your VSAN deployment and explore Storage policy-Based Management, including policy changes, maintenance, validation, and troubleshooting VSAN. Finally, the book provides recipes to expedite the resolution process and gather all the information required to pursue a rapid resolution. Style and approach A practical guide to implementing VMware Virtual SAN filled with recipes, tips, and detailed explanations.

The Early Earth: Accretion and Differentiation

by Michael J. Walter James Badro

The Early Earth: Accretion and Differentiation provides a multidisciplinary overview of the state of the art in understanding the formation and primordial evolution of the Earth. The fundamental structure of the Earth as we know it today was inherited from the initial conditions 4.56 billion years ago as a consequence of planetesimal accretion, large impacts among planetary objects, and planetary-scale differentiation. The evolution of the Earth from a molten ball of metal and magma to the tectonically active, dynamic, habitable planet that we know today is unique among the terrestrial planets, and understanding the earliest processes that led to Earth's current state is the essence of this volume. Important results have emerged from a wide range of disciplines including cosmochemistry, geochemistry, experimental petrology, experimental and theoretical mineral physics and geodynamics. The topics in this volume include: Condensation of primitive objects in the solar nebula, planetary building blocks Early and late accretion and planetary dynamic modeling Primordial differentiation, core formation, Magma Ocean evolution and crystallization This volume will be a valuable resource for graduate students, academics, and researchers in the fields of geophysics, geochemistry, cosmochemistry, and planetary science.

Track Two Diplomacy in Theory and Practice

by Peter Jones

Track Two Diplomacy consists of informal dialogues among actors such as academics, religious leaders, retired senior officials, and NGO officials that can bring new ideas and new relationships to the official process of diplomacy. Sadly, those involved in official diplomacy often have little understanding of and appreciation for the complex and nuanced role that Track Two can play, or for its limitations. And many Track Two practitioners are often unaware of the realities and pressures of the policy and diplomatic worlds, and not particularly adept at framing their efforts to make them accessible to hard-pressed officials. At the same time, those interested in the academic study of Track Two sometimes fail to understand the realities faced by either set of practitioners. A need therefore exists for a work to bridge the divides between these constituencies and between the different types of Track Two practice--and this book crosses disciplines and traditions in order to do just that. It explores the various dimensions and guises of Track Two, the theory and practice of how they work, and how both practitioners and academics could more profitably assess Track Two. Overall, it provides a comprehensive picture of the range of activities pursued under this title, to provoke new thinking about how these activities relate to each other, to official diplomacy, and to academe.

The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: Lessons from San Francisco and Los Angeles

by Michael Storper Thomas Kemeny Naji Philip Makarem Taner Osman

Today, the Bay Area is home to the most successful knowledge economy in America, while Los Angeles has fallen progressively farther behind its neighbor to the north and a number of other American metropolises. Yet, in 1970, experts would have predicted that L. A. would outpace San Francisco in population, income, economic power, and influence. The usual factors used to explain urban growth--luck, immigration, local economic policies, and the pool of skilled labor--do not account for the contrast between the two cities and their fates. So what does? The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies challenges many of the conventional notions about economic development and sheds new light on its workings. The authors argue that it is essential to understand the interactions of three major components--economic specialization, human capital formation, and institutional factors--to determine how well a regional economy will cope with new opportunities and challenges. Drawing on economics, sociology, political science, and geography, they argue that the economic development of metropolitan regions hinges on previously underexplored capacities for organizational change in firms, networks of people, and networks of leaders. By studying San Francisco and Los Angeles in unprecedented levels of depth, this book extracts lessons for the field of economic development studies and urban regions around the world.

Bridging the Soft Skills Gap

by Bruce Tulgan

Solve the number one problem with today's young workforce--the soft skills gap The number one challenge with today's young talent is a problem hiding in plain sight: the ever-widening soft skills gap. Today's new, young workforce has so much to offer--new technical skills, new ideas, new perspective, new energy. Yet too many of them are held back--and driving the grown-ups crazy--because of their weak soft skills. Here's what managers say: "They just don't know how to behave professionally" "They arrive late, leave early, dress inappropriately, and spend too much time on social media" "They know how to text but they don't know how to write a memo" "They don't know what to say and what not to say or how to behave in meetings" "They don't know how to think, learn, or communicate without checking a device" "They don't have enough respect for authority, and don't know the first thing about good citizenship, service, or teamwork" Soft skills may be harder to define and measure than hard skills, but they are just as critical. People get hired because of their hard skills but people get fired because of their soft skills. Managers ask: "Why should it be my problem to teach these soft skills? They should have learned these things from their parents or in school. How can teach these soft skills when I don't even remember how I learned them myself?" Here's the bad news: Setting a good example or simply telling young workers they need to improve isn't enough, nor is scolding them or pointing out their failings in an annual review. Here's the good news: You can teach the missing basics to today's young talent. Now, based on more than twenty years of research, Bruce Tulgan, renowned expert on the millennial workforce, offers concrete solutions to help managers teach the missing basics of professionalism, critical thinking, and followership--complete with ninety-two step-by-step lesson plans designed to be highly flexible and easy to use. Tulgan's research and proven approach has show that the key to teaching young people the missing soft skills lies in breaking down critical soft skills into their component parts, concentrating on one small component at a time, with the help of a teaching-style manager. Almost all of the exercises can be done in less than an hour within a team meeting or an extended one-on-one. The exercises are easily modified and customized and can be used in many different ways: as take-home exercises for any individual or group to guide one-on-one discussions with direct-reports in the classroom as written exercises or group discussions Managers--and their young employees--will find themselves returning to their favorite exercises over and over again. One exercise at a time, managers will build up the most important soft skills of their new, young talent. These critical soft skills can make the difference between mediocre and good, between good and great, between great and one of a kind.

Sacred Founders

by Diliana N. Angelova

Diliana Angelova argues that from the time of Augustus through early Byzantium, a discourse of "sacred founders"--articulated in artwork, literature, imperial honors, and the built environment--helped legitimize the authority of the emperor and his family. The discourse coalesced around the central idea, bound to a myth of origins, that imperial men and women were sacred founders of the land, mirror images of the empire's divine founders. When Constantine and his formidable mother Helena established a new capital for the Roman Empire, they initiated the Christian transformation of this discourse by brilliantly reformulating the founding myth. Over time, this transformation empowered imperial women, strengthened the cult of the Virgin Mary, fueled contests between church and state, and provoked an arresting synthesis of imperial and Christian art. Sacred Founders presents a bold interpretive framework that unearths deep continuities between the ancient and medieval worlds, recovers a forgotten transformation in female imperial power, and offers a striking reinterpretation of early Christian art

A Century of Ambivalence

by Zvi Gitelman

Now back in print in a new edition!A Century of AmbivalenceThe Jews of Russia and the Soviet Union, 1881 to the PresentSecond, Expanded EditionZvi GitelmanA richly illustrated survey of the Jewish historical experience in the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, and the post-Soviet era."Anyone with even a passing interest in the history of Russian Jewry will want to own this splendid... book." --Janet Hadda, Los Angeles Times"... a badly needed historical perspective on Soviet Jewry.... [Gitelman] is evenhanded in his treatment of various periods and themes, as well as in his overall evaluation of the Soviet Jewish experience.... A Century of Ambivalence is illuminated by an extraordinary collection of photographs that vividly reflect the hopes, triumphs and agonies of Russian Jewish life." --David E. Fishman, Hadassah Magazine "Wonderful pictures of famous personalities, unknown villagers, small hamlets, markets and communal structures combine with the text to create an uplifting [book] for a broad and general audience." --Alexander Orbach, Slavic Review"Gitelman's text provides an important commentary and careful historic explanation.... His portrayal of the promise and disillusionment, hope and despair, intellectual restlessness succeeded by swift repression enlarges the reader's understanding of the dynamic forces behind some of the most important movements in contemporary Jewish life." --Jane S. Gerber, Bergen Jewish News"... a lucid and reasonably objective popular history that expertly threads its way through the dizzying reversals of the Russian Jewish experience." --Village VoiceA century ago the Russian Empire contained the largest Jewish community in the world, numbering about five million people. Today, the Jewish population of the former Soviet Union has dwindled to half a million, but remains probably the world's third largest Jewish community. In the intervening century the Jews of that area have been at the center of some of the most dramatic events of modern history--two world wars, revolutions, pogroms, political liberation, repression, and the collapse of the USSR. They have gone through tumultuous upward and downward economic and social mobility and experienced great enthusiasms and profound disappointments. In startling photographs from the archives of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and with a lively and lucid narrative, A Century of Ambivalence traces the historical experience of Jews in Russia from a period of creativity and repression in the second half of the 19th century through the paradoxes posed by the post-Soviet era. This redesigned edition, which includes more than 200 photographs and two substantial new chapters on the fate of Jews and Judaism in the former Soviet Union, is ideal for general readers and classroom use.Zvi Gitelman is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. He is author of Jewish Nationality and Soviet Politics: The Jewish Sections of the CPSU, 1917-1930 and editor of Bitter Legacy: Confronting the Holocaust in the USSR (Indiana University Press). Published in association with YIVO Institute for Jewish ResearchContentsIntroductionCreativity versus Repression: The Jews in Russia, 1881-1917Revolution and the Ambiguities of LiberationReaching for Utopia: Building Socialism and a New Jewish CultureThe HolocaustThe Black Years and the Gray, 1948-1967Soviet Jews, 1967-1987: To Reform, Conform, or Leave?The "Other" Jews of the Former USSR: Georgian, Central Asian, and Mountain JewsThe Post-Soviet Era: Winding Down or Starting Up Again?The Paradoxes of Post-Soviet Jewry

Dance and the Music of J. S. Bach, Expanded Edition

by Meredith Little Natalie Jenne

Stylized dance music and music based on dance rhythms pervade Bach's compositions. Although the music of this very special genre has long been a part of every serious musician's repertoire, little has been written about it.The original edition of this addressed works that bore the names of dances--a considerable corpus. In this expanded version of their practical and insightful study, Meredith Little and Natalie Jenne apply the same principals to the study of a great number of Bach's works that use identifiable dance rhythms but do not bear dance-specific titles.Part I describes French dance practices in the cities and courts most familiar to Bach. The terminology and analytical tools necessary for discussing dance music of Bach's time are laid out. Part II presents the dance forms that Bach used, annotating all of his named dances. Little and Jenne draw on choreographies, harmony, theorists' writings, and the music of many seventeenth- and eighteenth-centurycomposers in order to arrive at a model for each dance type.In Appendix A all of Bach's named dances are listed in convenient tabular form; included are the BWV number for each piece, the date of composition, the larger work in which it appears, the instrumentation, and the meter.Appendix B supplies the same data for pieces recognizable as dance types but not named as such.More than ever, this book will stimulate both the musical scholar and the performer with a new perspective at the rhythmic workings of Bach's remarkable repertoire of dance-based music.

At the Mind’s Limits

by Jean Amery

"These are pages that one reads with almost physical pain...all the way to its stoic conclusion." --Primo Levi"The testimony of a profoundly serious man.... In its every turn and crease, it bears the marks of the true." --Irving Howe, New Republic"This remarkable memoir...is the autobiography of an extraordinarily acute conscience. With the ear of a poet and the eye of a novelist, Amery vividly communicates the wonder of a philosopher--a wonder here aroused by the 'dark riddle' of the Nazi regime and its systematic sadism." --Jim Miller, Newsweek"Whoever has succumbed to torture can no longer feel at home in the world. The shame of destruction cannot be erased. Trust in the world, which already collapsed in part at the first blow, but in the end, under torture, fully, will not be regained. That one's fellow man was experienced as the antiman remains in the tortured person as accumulated horror. It blocks the view into a world in which the principle of hope rules. One who was martyred is a defenseless prisoner of fear. It is fear that henceforth reigns over him." --Jean AmeryAt the Mind's Limits is the story of one man's incredible struggle to understand the reality of horror. In five autobiographical essays, Amery describes his survival--mental, moral, and physical--through the enormity of the Holocaust. Above all, this masterful record of introspection tells of a young Viennese intellectual's fervent vision of human nature and the betrayal of that vision.

More Than Chattel

by Darlene Clark Hine David Barry Gaspar

"... a much-needed volume on a neglected topic that is of great interest to scholars of women, slavery, and African American history." --Drew FaustGender was a decisive force in shaping slave society. Slave men's experiences differed from those of slave women, who were exploited both in reproductive as well as productive capacities. The women did not figure prominently in revolts, because they engaged in less confrontational resistance, emphasizing creative struggle to survive dehumanization and abuse.The contributors are Hilary Beckles, Barbara Bush, Cheryl Ann Cody, David Barry Gaspar, David P. Geggus, Virginia Meacham Gould, Mary Karasch, Wilma King, Bernard Moitt, Celia E. Naylor-Ojurongbe, Robert A. Olwell, Claire Robertson, Robert W. Slenes, Susan M. Socolow, Richard H. Steckel, and Brenda E. Stevenson.

Mass Culture in Soviet Russia

by Richard Stites James von Von Geldern

This anthology offers a rich array of documents, short fiction, poems, songs, plays, movie scripts, comic routines, and folklore to offer a close look at the mass culture that was consumed by millions in Soviet Russia between 1917 and 1953. Both state-sponsored cultural forms and the unofficial culture that flourished beneath the surface are represented. The focus is on the entertainment genres that both shaped and reflected the social, political, and personal values of the regime and the masses. The period covered encompasses the Russian Revolution and Civil War, the mixed economy and culture of the 1920s, the tightly controlled Stalinist 1930s, the looser atmosphere of the Great Patriotic War, and the postwar era ending with the death of Stalin. Much of the material appears here in English for the first time.A companion 45-minute audio tape (ISBN 0-253-32911-6) features contemporaneous performances of fifteen popular songs of the time, with such favorites as "Bublichki," "The Blue Kerchief," and "Katyusha." Russian texts of the songs are included in the book.

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