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The Mind of War

by Grant Hammond

The ideas of US Air Force Colonel John Boyd have transformed American military policy and practice. A first-rate fighter pilot and a self-taught scholar, he wrote the first manual on jet aerial combat; spearheaded the design of both of the Air Force's premier fighters, the F-15 and the F-16; and shaped the tactics that saved lives during the Vietnam War and the strategies that won the Gulf War. Many of America's best-known military and political leaders consulted Boyd on matters of technology, strategy, and theory.In The Mind of War, Grant T. Hammond offers the first complete portrait of John Boyd, his groundbreaking ideas, and his enduring legacy. Based on extensive interviews with Boyd and those who knew him as well as on a close analysis of Boyd's briefings, this intellectual biography brings the work of an extraordinary thinker to a broader public.From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Yellow Silk

by Don Bassingthwaite

He told stories... he told even more lies.He told people what they wanted to hear... he told himself he wasn't doing anything wrong.He told the mysterious stranger from Shou Lung that he'd help him...He told the most dangerous man in Altumbel that he would deliver a fortune in gems...He should have kept his mouth shut.A series that brings to life the people who survive on the fringes and in the shadows of the Forgotten Realms® world - The Rogues.

The Clown

by Leila Vennewitz Heinrich Boll Scott Esposito

Acclaimed entertainer Hans Schneir collapses when his beloved Marie leaves him because he won't marry her within the Catholic Church. The desertion triggers a searing re-examination of his life--the loss of his sister during the war, the demands of his millionaire father and the hypocrisies of his mother, who first fought to "save" Germany from the Jews, then worked for "reconciliation" afterwards. Heinrich Böll's gripping consideration of how to overcome guilt and live up to idealism--how to find something to believe in--gives stirring evidence of why he was such an unwelcome presence in post-War German consciousness . . . and why he was such a necessary one.

Appelemando's Dreams

by Patricia Polacco

Appelemando loves to dream! The villagers think he will never amount to much, but his friends know better. They can see his dreams drift up from the top of his head and float into the sky. <P><P>Then, one rainy day, Appelemando's dreams are blown onto all the wet walls and roofs of the town, covering the houses and stores with fantastic pictures. The villagers are astonished and angry: How could the children do such a thing! Not until Appelemando and his friends lose their way in the forest do the villagers recognize the wonder and value of Appelemando's special gift.

Wedding Cake Killer (Fresh-Baked Mystery #7)

by Livia J. Washburn

Wedding bells will be ringing in Weatherford, Texas, this Christmas when Phyllis Newsom opens up her home for her best friend's wedding. And although the bride is wearing white, no one suspects that she'll soon be wearing black....<P><P> After all the planning--and the cake tasting--the big day has finally arrived. Eve Turner, one of Phyllis's boarders--and her best friend--is moving out and getting married to the affable Roy Porter. While she's sad to see Eve go, Phyllis is more than happy to host the event in her home and to bake the bride and groom a delicious three-tiered coconut wedding cake. Even though a snowstorm in the forecast seems like a recipe for disaster, the day runs as smoothly as buttercream. <P> But the marriage doesn't last long past the honeymoon. When Roy's found dead at a Weatherford bed-and-breakfast, Eve's the top suspect. Now Phyllis must find out who iced Roy before her friend finds herself behind bars.... Includes recipes!

Weaver (Time's Tapestry #4)

by Stephen Baxter

View our feature on Stephen Baxter's Weaver.The concluding volume of the acclaimed Time's Tapestry series. In the early days of WWII, the Nazis have a secret plan, far grander than simply subjugating an enemy. And three people are caught up in a conspiracy that threatens the fabric of the tapestry of time.

The Stretch

by Stephen Leather

As a big player in the 90s London underworld, Terry Greene has always made a priority of 'taking care of business' personally. It's always good for the troops to know that the boss ain't too squeamish to clean up his own mess. Preston Snow was out of line. So the up-close-and-personal visit was in no way out of character.It was a messy hit. But the job was done.More messy however, was the aftermath. Fingered by one of his own crew, Terry finds himself taking the fall and is put away for life. The only person he can really trust in the entire world is his estranged wife, Sam. She must now take over the reins of his organisation, find the snitch and - in theory - get Terry off the hook. But after a shaky start, she quickly starts to get her own ideas . . .

Tango One

by Stephen Leather

In different parts of London, three recruits prepare for their first day at the Metropolitan Police's training centre at Hendon. All three had succeeded in getting into the police in spite of weaknesses. But on their first day, the assistant commissioner announces that he wants them to join a team of undercover detectives. Their brief? To become criminals; to work their way up through whatever criminal organisations they can get access to, and to collate evidence against the criminals they come across. Their target? One of the world's biggest drug dealers, Den Donovan, alias 'Tango One' - number one on HM Customs and Excise's List of most wanted criminals. Three years later all the recruits are getting close to their target. Too close, perhaps, to remember the rules . . .

The Spider Shepherd Collection 8-10

by Stephen Leather

'Let Spider draw you into his web - you won't regret it' Sun The 8th, 9th and 10th thrillers in Stephen Leather's bestselling Spider Shepherd series, available in one all-action collection, including FAIR GAME, FALSE FRIENDS and TRUE COLOURS.

Quantum Mechanics: A Complete Introduction: Teach Yourself

by Alexandre Zagoskin

Written by Dr Alexandre Zagoskin, who is a Reader at Loughborough University, Quantum Mechanics: A Complete Introduction is designed to give you everything you need to succeed, all in one place. It covers the key areas that students are expected to be confident in, outlining the basics in clear jargon-free English, and then providing added-value features like summaries of key ideas, and even lists of questions you might be asked in your exam. The book uses a structure that is designed to make quantum physics as accessible as possible - by starting with its similarities to Newtonian physics, rather than the rather startling differences.

A Moment in Time: A Short Story

by Lyn Andrews

A heartwarming short story of turn-of-the-century Liverpool from the bestselling author of THE HOUSE ON LONELY STREET, perfect for readers of Dilly Court and Katie Flynn. Ellen Holt has grown up in the heart of Liverpool's slums. Each day brings worry and struggle for her mam and da and Ellen works hard as a factory girl to help her family. Together, they get by. She has never imagined any other existence until one night she joins a gathering of suffragettes. Suddenly anything seems possible. But she's soon to discover how much courage it takes to fight for better. And, just when all seems lost, Eddie Shaw walks into her world... Includes the first chapter of Lyn's captivating new novel FROM LIVERPOOL WITH LOVE.

Kew on a Plate with Raymond Blanc

by Raymond Blanc Kew, Royal Botanic Gardens,

The best dish on Raymond's menu, according to Raymond, is the 'one that's in season'. In this unique TV series and book, Raymond Blanc and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have created a stunning Kitchen Garden at Kew to showcase the heritage and botany of our favourite plants as well as uncover their growing and cooking secrets. We'll explore how these plants arrived in the UK, brought back by intrepid plant hunters, how they flourished and how they spread to become part of our everyday meals. The Kew gardeners offer their tips and expertise in growing this produce, from carrots to potatoes, rhubarb and gooseberries, apples and peas. And interwoven with these stories will be Raymond's Blanc's detailed tasting notes and 40 mouth-watering recipes. Raymond's unparalleled expertise is drawn from three decades of experience in his own restaurant kitchen garden. He brings with him a lifetime's passion about fruit and veg, knowing exactly which apple is the perfect variety for his Tarte Tartin and which potato makes the perfect Sunday roast. With a wealth of stunning historical illustrations, woodcuts and images as well as beautiful recipe photography, this will be a book to treasure for life.

Weave of Absence: A Weaving Mystery

by Carol Ann Martin

It's a joyous time at Dream Weaver--Della Wright's studio in small-town Briar Hollow, North Carolina--as part-time employee and full-time friend Marnie Potter is preparing for her upcoming marriage. <P><P>Della has enlisted a tight-knit group of close friends to handweave a beautiful collection of fine household linens as a wedding gift for the happy couple. <P> But when Della notices Marnie's suave fiancé engaged in a heated argument with one of her students at the engagement party, she starts to worry that there may be something wrong with Marnie's Mr. Right. After the student turns up dead the next day, Della must weave together the clues to find the killer--before Marnie agrees to "Till death do us part."

We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success

by Sampson Davis George Jenkins Rameck Hunt Sharon Draper

Growing up on the rough streets of Newark, New Jersey, Rameck, George,and Sampson could easily have followed their childhood friends into drug dealing, gangs, and prison. <P><P>But when a presentation at their school made the three boys aware of the opportunities available to them in the medical and dental professions, they made a pact among themselves that they would become doctors. <P>It took a lot of determination--and a lot of support from one another--but despite all the hardships along the way, the three succeeded. Retold with the help of an award-winning author, this younger adaptation of the adult hit novel The Pact is a hard-hitting, powerful, and inspirational book that will speak to young readers everywhere.

We Think, Therefore We Are

by Peter Crowther

Fifteen original stories about our fear of and fascination with artificial intelligence Artificial intelligence has captured the imaginations of writers, readers, and scientists alike, from Karl Capek's R.U.R. to Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, from Robby the Robot to The Terminator and The Bicentennial Man, and of course Arthur C. Clarke's Hal 9000. <P><P>Now some of the most innovative thinkers in science fiction offer an intriguing variety of tales featuring the many forms of AI, from frightening to funny. These authors confront one of contemporary mankind?s deepest concerns?what do we do when the machines we created evolve beyond us?

Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq

by Sheldon Rampton John Stauber

Weapons of Mass Deception reveals: How the Iraq war was sold to the American public through professional P.R. strategies. "The First Casualty": Lies that were told related to the Iraq war. Euphemisms and jargon related to the Iraq war, e.g. "shock and awe," "Operation Iraqi Freedom," "axis of evil," "coalition of the willing," etc. <P><P>"War as Opportunity": How the war on terrorism and the war on Iraq have been used as marketing hooks to sell products and policies that have nothing to do with fighting terrorism. "Brand America": The efforts of Charlotte Beers and other U.S. propaganda campaigns designed to win hearts overseas. "The Mass Media as Propaganda Vehicle": How news coverage followed Washington's lead and language. <P>The book includes a glossary -- "Propaganda: A User's Guide" -- and resources to help Americans sort through the deceptions to see the strings behind Washington's campaign to sell the Iraq war to the public.

My Mother's Secret

by Sheila O'Flanagan

When Steffie helps her two siblings organize a surprise wedding anniversary party for their parents her only worry is whether they'll be pleased. What she doesn't know is this is the day that her whole world will be turned upside down. Jenny wants to be able to celebrate her ruby anniversary with the man she loves, but for forty years she has kept a secret. A secret that she can't bear to hide any longer. But is it ever the right time to hurt the people closest to you? As the entire family gather to toast the happy couple, they're expecting a day to remember. The trouble is, it's not going to be for the reasons they imagined...

Me and My Bike

by Donato Cinicolo

Around the world it is estimated that 130 million bicycles are sold every year, making the trusty bike our favourite mode of transport whether we are commuting to work or cycling for pleasure. Bikes come in all shapes and sizes, from the most basic, least expensive models to the most sophisticated sports cycles that can cost as much as a family car. But whether it was bought cheaply or cost a packet, people form a bond with their bikes that becomes a true affair of the heart. Donato Cinicolo has sought out and photographed scores of bicycle lovers including the naturist stuntman who rides a ladies' racer dressed in nothing but fluorescent yellow shorts; the retired postman who rides a retired GPO delivery bike; the old lady who carries her enormous cat in the basket on her handlebars; and the penny farthing fan. From racing geeks to affectionate collectors, every one of Donato's pictures tells a story and, of course, every devoted bike rider has a story to tell.

Farewell to Reality

by Jim Baggott

Modern physics is heady stuff. It seems that barely a week goes by without some new astounding science story; some revelation about hidden dimensions, multiple universes, the holographic principle or incredible cosmic coincidences. But is it true? What evidence do we have for super-symmetric squarks', or superstrings vibrating in an 11-dimensional space-time? How do we know that we live in a multiverse? How can we tell that the universe is a hologram projected from information encoded on its boundary? Doesn't this sound like a fairy story? In Farewell to Reality Jim Baggott asks whether all that we currently know about the universe is based upon science or fantasy. In addition he wonders whether these high priests of fairy tale physics - such as John Barrow, Paul Davies, David Deutsch, Brian Greene, Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, Gordon Kane and Leonard Susskind - are the emperor's latest tailors. Praise for Jim Baggott: A shimmering tour d'horizon. Quantum theory may deny us the possibility of properly comprehending physical reality, but Baggott's account is smart and consoling. Kirkus Reviews. Jim Baggott's inspired - and inspiring - idea of presenting the history of quantum physics in terms of 40 key moments works both as an introduction for the uninitiated and as a refresher for anyone who thinks they know the story. John Gribbin. I never read such a good, comprehensive account as Jim Baggott's...highly recommended. A.N. Wilson. The best popular science book of the year to date by far. popularscience.co.uk

Way of The Wolf (Vampire Earth #1)

by E. E. Knight

Louisiana, 2065. A lot has changed in the 43rd year of the Kurian Order. Possessed of an unnatural hunger, the bloodthirsty Reapers have come to Earth to establish a New Order built on the harvesting of human souls. They rule the planet. And if it is night, as sure as darkness, they will come. But on this pitiless world, the indomitable spirit of man still breathes in Lieutenant David Valentine. And his mission is to win back Earth...

The Way Home (Thomas Kinkade's Angel Island #4)

by Katherine Spencer

Welcome to Angel Island...said to harbor angels who help guide the lost, delivering them from despair and darkness into the golden light of love and faith. Claire North understands how Angel Island sets the rhythm for her own serenity and ease. <P><P>But a visitor has disturbed her peaceful heart. She knew him as a troubled boy who came to her soup kitchen in Boston, full of half-truths but brimming with trust. She wasn't able to say good-bye to him then. Now, miraculously, a second chance to help him has come.Jamie Carter, now a young man, is more in need of Claire's wisdom than ever. But when she suspects he is back to his old ways, her faith is truly put to the test... <P>On the other side of the island, Avery Bishop is making a fresh start of her own, opening a new café. Her culinary school training is scoffed at by Mike Rossi, owner of the restaurant across the street. But Avery is determined to show this burger-flipping hero a real cook has arrived. If only Mike's charming smile didn't make her forget that he is her fiercest competitor.First Time in Paperback

Wave of Memories: The Sons of the Zodiac

by Addison Fox

Aquarius warrior Aiden Cage relinquished his one true love and vowed to become the most fearsome warrior in all the Pantheon. Meg, the goddess of retribution, never fully understood the reasons why she was betrayed by Aiden millennia ago--nor did she ever forgive him. Yet now he is the only one she can turn to for help. The enemy that separated them is back, and he has sworn to destroy them both...for all time.

Watch Your Back (Romantic Suspense #15)

by Karen Rose

A cold case reopened. A murderer re-emerging more deadly than ever before... Baltimore Homicide Detective Stevie Mazzetti has suffered losses no woman should have to endure. And, despite it all, she's still a fighter.<P><P> When she learns that her ex-partner might have miscarried justice, she's determined to put the past to rights, even when she becomes a target. It's former Marine Clay Maynard's job to see the risk in every situation, but he doesn't have to look hard to find the danger surrounding Stevie. Since the minute he first saw her, Clay has wanted to protect the wounded officer, and he started loving her not long after that. So when Stevie attracts the attention of a vicious psychopath, Clay will do whatever it takes to keep her alive. That is, if he can stay ahead of a killer with everything to lose--and something terrifying to hide...

The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudor

by Dan Jones

The Plantagenets chronicles the next chapter in British history--the historical backdrop for Game of ThronesThe crown of England changed hands five times over the course of the fifteenth century, as two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty fought to the death for the right to rule.<P><P> In this riveting follow-up to The Plantagenets, celebrated historian Dan Jones describes how the longest-reigning British royal family tore itself apart until it was finally replaced by the Tudors.Some of the greatest heroes and villains of history were thrown together in these turbulent times, from Joan of Arc to Henry V, whose victory at Agincourt marked the high point of the medieval monarchy, and Richard III, who murdered his own nephews in a desperate bid to secure his stolen crown. <P>This was a period when headstrong queens and consorts seized power and bent men to their will. With vivid descriptions of the battles of Towton and Bosworth, where the last Plantagenet king was slain, this dramatic narrative history revels in bedlam and intrigue. It also offers a long-overdue corrective to Tudor propaganda, dismantling their self-serving account of what they called the Wars of the Roses.

Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall

by Elizabeth Drew

Forty years after the tumultuous events that led to Richard Nixon's historic downfall, a new edition of the legendary Elizabeth Drew's Washington Journal, featuring a brilliant new afterwordOriginally published soon after Richard Nixon's resignation, Elizabeth Drew's Washington Journal is a landmark work of political journalism. <P><P>Keenly observed and hugely insightful, Washington Journal opens in 1973 and follows the deterioration of Richard Nixon's presidency in real time.With her unprecedented access to the top figures, Drew's on-the-scene reporting is even more remarkable in hindsight, as Washington Journal does what no other book about that period has done or could do: captures the feeling of the period and reports in real time conversations with the key decision-makers as they made up their minds about the most fateful vote they would cast. <P>It also shows us the sense of fear among both close observers and the citizenry, as well as their nervous laughter at the era's absurdities. Elizabeth Drew understands Richard Nixon as well as this most complex figure can be understood, and she shows how he brought himself down. In Washington Journal, Drew takes us along on what she calls "a wild ride through history."This new edition of Washington Journal includes an important new afterword, which reveals the fascinating--and frequently hilarious--story of Nixon's efforts to regain respectability after he'd been forced from office, and it also offers original insights into the meaning of Watergate and Richard Nixon. Rich with new information unavailable at the time, the afterword is a major addition to a truly unique and enduring work of reportage.

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