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Examines the British, French, and German armies' approaches to accommodating significant budget cuts while attempting to sustain their commitment to full spectrum operations. Specifically, it looks at the choices these armies are making with respect to how they spend dwindling resources: What force structure do they identify as optimal? How much readiness do they regard as necessary? Which capabilities are they abandoning?
The authors assess alternatives for a next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) across a broad set of potential characteristics and situations. They use the current Minuteman III as a baseline to develop a framework to characterize alternative classes of ICBMs, assess the survivability and effectiveness of possible alternatives, and weigh those alternatives against their cost.
This annual anthology brings together the year's finest mathematics writing from around the world. Featuring promising new voices alongside some of the foremost names in the field, The Best Writing on Mathematics 2013 makes available to a wide audience many articles not easily found anywhere else--and you don't need to be a mathematician to enjoy them. These writings offer surprising insights into the nature, meaning, and practice of mathematics today. They delve into the history, philosophy, teaching, and everyday occurrences of math, and take readers behind the scenes of today's hottest mathematical debates. Here Philip Davis offers a panoramic view of mathematics in contemporary society; Terence Tao discusses aspects of universal mathematical laws in complex systems; Ian Stewart explains how in mathematics everything arises out of nothing; Erin Maloney and Sian Beilock consider the mathematical anxiety experienced by many students and suggest effective remedies; Elie Ayache argues that exchange prices reached in open market transactions transcend the common notion of probability; and much, much more.In addition to presenting the year's most memorable writings on mathematics, this must-have anthology includes a foreword by esteemed mathematical physicist Roger Penrose and an introduction by the editor, Mircea Pitici. This book belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in where math has taken us--and where it is headed.
In 2012, Ben Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, gave a series of lectures about the Federal Reserve and the 2008 financial crisis, as part of a course at George Washington University on the role of the Federal Reserve in the economy. In this unusual event, Bernanke revealed important background and insights into the central bank's crucial actions during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Taken directly from these historic talks, The Federal Reserve and the Financial Crisis offers insight into the guiding principles behind the Fed's activities and the lessons to be learned from its handling of recent economic challenges. Bernanke traces the origins of the Federal Reserve, from its inception in 1914 through the Second World War, and he looks at the Fed post-1945, when it began operating independently from other governmental departments such as the Treasury. During this time the Fed grappled with episodes of high inflation, finally tamed by then-chairman Paul Volcker. Bernanke also explores the period under his predecessor, Alan Greenspan, known as the Great Moderation. Bernanke then delves into the Fed's reaction to the recent financial crisis, focusing on the central bank's role as the lender of last resort and discussing efforts that injected liquidity into the banking system. Bernanke points out that monetary policies alone cannot revive the economy, and he describes ongoing structural and regulatory problems that need to be addressed. Providing first-hand knowledge of how problems in the financial system were handled, The Federal Reserve and the Financial Crisis will long be studied by those interested in this critical moment in history.
Twenty-two-year-old Alessandro Silva knows that returning to tiny Perch Creek to help his foster mother was the right thing to do. With no degree and a delinquent's reputation, he's lucky to have landed a job waiting tables. But not everyone is happy he's back, and the only thing keeping his move home from being a total bust is his boss's hot brother.Jaime Winters spent most of his life watching the world go by, first from a series of hospitals and then from behind big stacks of textbooks. Studying is easier than facing the fact that years of heart failure means he's still a virgin at twenty-three. Until the new waiter in his sister's diner awakens desires he'd long ago given up on.The last thing Alessandro wants is to fall for someone as fragile as Jaime. And Jaime may have a new heart, but he's scared of what giving it to another person would mean. Their no-strings-attached, instructional approach to sex keeps emotion safely at bay, until a secret from Alessandro's past forces them to confront their feelings in the present...67,000 words
Tabitha Bell is the face of Chicago's premiere matchmaking service. At least, she hopes it will be someday, once business really takes off. What she needs is more clients, so when she meets a sexy gamer in need of help, it's the perfect opportunity.His discomfort talking to women almost cost Drew Watson his job. He'd be happy holed up in his office, designing blockbuster video games, but his boss considers talking to investors a nonnegotiable requirement. Who better than a matchmaker to teach him how to be comfortable around the opposite sex? Trouble is, Drew wants to get more than comfortable with Tabitha, while she's determined to keep their relationship all business.Soon Tabitha learns that beneath the geek-chic hoodie lies six feet of sexy physique-and the more time she spends with Drew, the more she appreciates his brainy brand of charm. Will she succumb to his sweet-but-nerdy charm offensive or will it be game over before he can win her heart?41,000 words
Darcy Snow is a demon hunter and a damn good one at that. She's never hesitated when faced with monsters preying on humans, but the rules changed when the Lord of the Spirits married a mortal. While spirits used to be able to cross into the human realm only on Halloween, they're now passing freely through a mysterious portal.Jaral is a demon with a mission. As the heir apparent in the demon realm, he's been waiting for a chance to finally prove himself to his father. When he's ordered to solve the mystery of how their enemies are infiltrating the human world, he expects to run up against mortals. One thing he didn't plan on, however, is crossing paths with a beautiful demon hunter.Together, they'll need to seal the portal and ensure that balance is returned to the realm. But loving an enemy is not an option for Darcy. If she can't trust Jaral, she can't be with him. To prove his intentions, Jaral will need to make the ultimate sacrifice...Don't miss Seducing the Demon Huntress, available now!47,000 words
In "Presidential Pork," John Hudak explains and interprets presidential efforts to control federal spending and accumulate electoral rewards for that power. Certainly, presidential porkbarrel spending does not garner as much attention as projects that members of Congress secure for their constituents. Robert Byrd, for example, was renowned for his prowess at bringing federal dollars to his home state of West Virginia, and political pundits still chuckle about the "Bridge to Nowhere. " But Hudak clearly illustrates that while Congress claims credit for earmarks and pet projects, the practice is alive and well in the White House, too. More than any representative or senator, presidents engage in porkbarrel spending in a comprehensive and systematic way to advance their electoral interests. It will come as no surprise that presidents target the federal largesse toward "swing states," where the electoral stakes are highest. The White House often influences the enormous federal bureaucracy to spend funds in states that are "in play," and this capacity cannot be matched by challengers. It is a major advantage that only incumbents enjoy. Hudak reconceptualizes the way in which we view the U. S. presidency and the goals and behaviors of those who hold the nation's highest office. He dissects the mechanisms and techniques presidents employ in order to make federal agencies responsive to his or her needs. Hudak reveals not only what White Houses have done in distributing presidential pork, but also how they go about it. The result is an illuminating and highly original take on presidential power and public policy.
He's the talk of the ton-for all the wrong reasons! Society's most outrageous-and popular!-escort Nicholas D'Arcy is renowned for his utmost discretion. So when he suddenly finds himself named and shamed by a jealous husband, he reluctantly accepts a summons to the countryside...a fate worse than death! Annorah Price-Ellis isn't what Nick is used to-innocent, feisty and decidedly uncomfortable with the spontaneous heat between them! Suddenly, London's most audacious lover is out of his depth, and in danger of revealing the real man behind the polished facade.... Rakes Who Make Husbands Jealous Only London's best lovers need apply!
Bruce Ackerman offers a sweeping reinterpretation of our nation's constitutional experience and its promise for the future. Integrating themes from American history, political science, and philosophy, We the People confronts the past, present, and future of popular sovereignty in America. Only this distinguished scholar could present such an insightful view of the role of the Supreme Court. Rejecting arguments of judicial activists, proceduralists, and neoconservatives, Ackerman proposes a new model of judicial interpretation that would synthesize the constitutional contributions of many generations into a coherent whole. The author ranges from examining the origins of the dualist tradition in the Federalist Papers to reflecting upon recent, historic constitutional decisions. The latest revolutions in civil rights, and the right to privacy, are integrated into the fabric of constitutionalism. Today's Constitution can best be seen as the product of three great exercises in popular sovereignty, led by the Founding Federalists in the 1780s, the Reconstruction Republicans in the 1860s, and the New Deal Democrats in the 1930s. Ackerman examines the roles played during each of these periods by the Congress, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court. He shows that Americans have built a distinctive type of constitutional democracy, unlike any prevailing in Europe. It is a dualist democracy, characterized by its continuing effort to distinguish between two kinds of politics: normal politics, in which organized interest groups try to influence democratically elected representatives; and constitutional politics, in which the mass of citizens mobilize to debate matters of fundamental principle. Although American history is dominated by normal politics, our tradition places a higher value on mobilized efforts to gain the consent of the people to new governing principles. In a dualist democracy, the rare triumphs of constitutional politics determine the course of normal politics. More than a decade in the making, and the first of three volumes, this compelling book speaks to all who seek to renew and redefine our civic commitments in the decades ahead.
America's criminal justice system is broken. The United States punishes at a higher per capita rate than any other country in the world. In the last twenty years, incarceration rates have risen 500 percent. Sentences are harsh, prisons are overcrowded, life inside is dangerous, and rehabilitation programs are ineffective. Police and prosecutors operate in the dark shadows of the legal process--sometimes resigning themselves to the status quo, sometimes turning a profit from it. The courts define punishment as "time served," but that hardly begins to explain the suffering of prisoners. Looking not only to court records but to works of philosophy, history, and literature for illumination, Robert Ferguson, a distinguished law professor, diagnoses all parts of a now massive, out-of-control punishment regime. He reveals the veiled pleasure behind the impulse to punish (which confuses our thinking about the purpose of punishment), explains why over time all punishment regimes impose greater levels of punishment than originally intended, and traces a disturbing gap between our ability to quantify pain and the precision with which penalties are handed down. Ferguson turns the spotlight from the debate over legal issues to the real plight of prisoners, addressing not law professionals but the American people. Do we want our prisons to be this way? Or are we unaware, or confused, or indifferent, or misinformed about what is happening? Acknowledging the suffering of prisoners and understanding what punishers do when they punish are the first steps toward a better, more just system.
Rare Birds of North America is the first comprehensive illustrated guide to the vagrant birds that occur throughout the United States and Canada. Featuring 275 stunning color plates, this book covers 262 species originating from three very different regions--the Old World, the New World tropics, and the world's oceans. It explains the causes of avian vagrancy and breaks down patterns of occurrence by region and season, enabling readers to see where, when, and why each species occurs in North America. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, taxonomy, age, sex, distribution, and status. Rare Birds of North America provides unparalleled insights into vagrancy and avian migration, and will enrich the birding experience of anyone interested in finding and observing rare birds. Covers 262 species of vagrant birds found in the United States and Canada Features 275 stunning color plates that depict every species Explains patterns of occurrence by region and season Provides an invaluable overview of vagrancy patterns and migration Includes detailed species accounts and cutting-edge identification tips
Orphaned at the age of three, brought up by his con man Uncle Virgil, Jack Morgan has done things that even in the future in space are unusual. But when he rescued Draycos, a dragon-like symbiont, from certain death, his life became a series of breathtaking adventures. With the help of Draycos, who can leap onto Jack's back and become what looks like a tattoo, Jack has been doing everything he can to find out who ambushed the scout-fleet of Draycos's people, the K'da and Shontine, leaving Draycos the sole survivor. . Now, just when Jack thinks he may finally be on the trail of the information he needs, he's kidnapped by aliens, who ask him to be a judge for them, as, they reveal, his parents had once been. Jack's friend Alison Kayna, and her newly acquired K'da symbiont Taneem, are also kidnapped, and she is forced by two of the conspirators to open the booby-trapped safes from the K'da/Shontine scout fleet, to try and learn the rendezvous point of the larger fleet. With the help of Jack's Uncle Virge and his ship Essenay, Jack and Draycos attempt to escape and rescue Alison, but they are unable to gain the information they desperately need to save the refugee fleet. . . and precious time is running out!
After a close friend dies on the job, former smoke jumper Steve Kimball returns to work to help out his buddies. With a wildfire threatening a small California town, the last thing he needs is to run into former love Laine Sheehan. He thought they were over, but the sparks are stronger than ever...."Take a chance" is Laine's new mantra. Always the responsible one, she's decided it's time to be more aggressive-on the job and in the bedroom. On location to shoot photos of the wildfire, she has to get close to the smoke jumpers, and being around Steve is more than her body can handle....
Two men. Totally different. Which one to choose?Bookstore owner Gracie Dawson's fantasy comes true when she manages to seduce classmate Gilbert Holloway, her former best friend, at their ten-year reunion. There's only one problem-Gilbert isn't Gilbert. His real name is Zack Maddox and he's investigating the missing Holloway for criminal activities. But now the only activities Zack wants to indulge in are between the sheets with Gracie....
Ladies' Night at Clancy's, the dry cleaner's or the produce aisle at Puccini's Market? The last place Cody Roberts expects to find a sexy woman is at a convenience store during an armed robbery. He's no hero, just a troubled actor playing action heroes for the silver screen and living on the edge. But Cody tackles the gunman and saves the day.Jennifer Whitney can't believe this gorgeous stranger has come to her rescue. She's shaken, yet intensely drawn to Cody's warmth and comfort-it's little wonder they spend hours making love, reaffirming life. But when morning comes, Jen senses that it's really Cody who needs rescuing.... Badly. And in her vulnerable state is she the woman to do it?
All covert operative Derek Stone wanted was to get in and get out. The job was simple. Unfortunately, getting caught by Alyssa Ballard wasn't part of the plan. Six months ago they'd had a week of wild, wonderful sex. Then he'd left without a trace.Derek's undercover work allows him to get close to no one- though he can't help wanting another under-the-covers experience with sexy Alyssa. His mission in Dallas wraps up in twenty-four hours, and he wants to make them count. While he knows he should walk away again, Derek wants Alyssa...and one more night in Texas.
Wedding planner Edie Benning is under pressure to pull off the celebrity wedding of the year. The Darden nuptials have been plagued by scandal and intrigue, and now the paparazzi are closing in fast. When her trusty assistant elopes with a groom-to-be, Edie's ready to throw in the towel.Until Jimmy Delaney walks in the door of Big Apple Brides, charming his way into a temporary job and her bed. The sexy bachelor seems to know all about photography...catering...weddings- although he seems keen to avoid one of his own. Is Edie in for heartache now that she's suddenly fantasizing about a walk down the aisle-with Jimmy?
Dani Karlinski can't help it. As a Chicago lawyer, she believes in facts. Not the mumbo-jumbo curses her eccentric grandmother aims at unsuspecting victims. But now her grandma's in trouble. She's being sued by the local dry cleaner, who claims her latest curse has ruined business. Good thing Dani's friend and private investigator Travis Walker is willing to help!At first Dani is all business, but soon Travis's good humor and-gasp-sex appeal has her enchanted. And Travis can't help but be pulled under Dani's spell. But in ten days she'll be taking a one-way ticket to a high-flying career in New York. Maybe a hot little fling is all the magic they'll enjoy. Or maybe fate has another ending in mind....
Black and white. That's how FBI agent Max Dolinger sees the world. So there's no way he'll move in on his old buddy's ex-girlfriend. Even though the very thought of Sara Reynolds has Max thinking red-hot affair. But when Sara asks for his help, suddenly his honorable resolve is all maxed out.With his old buddy missing, along with thousands in cash... it turns out Sara's brother might be in cahoots. Sara's desperate to keep her brother out of jail. Max is just desperate for Sara's touch. How can he say no? Even if dragging the competition back into the picture might mean losing the only woman he's ever needed....
A brief trip to Dallas for a wedding offers veterinarian Cecily Connaught a chance to break her sexual dry spell and seduce a man, but she fears she's forgotten how. When she bumps into gorgeous Will Murchison, she's ecstatic. The hunk from her past would be a perfect one-night stand, she thinks-until Cecily learns he's taken. What she doesn't realize, though, is Will isn't married. But he's using the misunderstanding to ensure he's the guy who fulfills sexy Cecily's needs....
Police spokeswoman Megan Esterbrook has a problem- she's a sucker for sexy reporter Barry Sutton. Whatever he wants, she gives him, regardless of the cost. But that's about to stop-now! And to keep strong, she's come up with a surefire "Barry aversion therapy"-index cards to remind her why she should stay away. Now all she has to do is remember to use them....
Bridget Benning has been on more bad dates than any woman in New York-thanks to the family wedding curse. Why, she's even applied to list her dating disasters in the Guinness Book of World Records! Luckily she has one man she can count on-best buddy Dermott Brandt.He always has a strong, sexy shoulder to cry on. He's even willing to help her break the crazy curse by snooping around the family home, which is supposedly haunted.Neither expect to end up in bed together, but they can't deny their long-simmering attraction. Can friends who become lovers deal with the changes? More important, will the wedding curse kill any chances of a stroll down the aisle?
Rourke O'Malley can think of worse things than spending a few weeks surrounded by beautiful women-rich beautiful women, at that. After all, he's reality TV's newest bachelor, and he's going to enjoy it. Besides, how hard can it be? All he has to do is pick the beauty he likes best. He never guesses that the woman he'll want is the one he can't have....Associate producer Portia Tomlinson has spent her Hollywood career turning down pretty boys with great bodies, and Rourke is no different. Or is he? There's something about the sexy investment banker that really pushes her buttons. She knows that getting involved with a contestant would be professional suicide, but still, Portia is tempted to play with fire. Because getting burned might be exactly what she needs....
Jessica Sumners had never been passionately in love. In fact, she's never felt passionately about anything...at least not since high school. But that's about to change. This good girl has decided to go after what she's always wanted- Alex Moreno, the town's baddest bad boy, and her secret high school crush. Only, this time there will be nothing secret about it....Construction foreman Alex Moreno has come home looking for respect. What he gets, instead, is a saucy minx hell-bent on seducing him. Not that he minds... After all, he's always had it bad for Jessica. But a no-strings affair could ruin their reputations. Still, he knows he can't resist her sensual attacks for long. Something's got to give. And he has a feeling it'll be his willpower....
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