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Hypernaturals Vol. 2 (Hypernaturals #2)

by Dan Abnett Brad Walker Andy Lanning

THE UNIVERSE FIGHTS BACK! It is the far future; the human race has finally colonized the galaxy, preserving an era of prosperity that's only possible because of The Hypernaturals. They're a celebrated, galaxywide superhero task force that keeps the peace. That is, until they all mysteriously vanish. With their greatest enemy on the loose, the Hypernaturals are left with little choice but to pursue the only avenue of inquiry they have left, one that might save the Quantinuum, or plunge the universe into a greater, more terrifying darkness... Collecting 48 of the critically acclaimed series, THE HYPERNATURALS VOLUME 2 has Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the superstar writing duo behind ANNIHILATION and THE LEGION, team up with fanfavorite artists Tom Derenick (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA) and Andres Guinaldo (NIGHTWING), to take cosmic superheroes to an all new frontier!

Hybrid Intelligent Systems: 17th International Conference On Hybrid Intelligent Systems (his 2017) Held In Delhi, India, December 14-16 2017 (Advances In Intelligent Systems And Computing #734)

by Ajith Abraham Azah Kamilah Muda Niketa Gandhi Pranab Kr. Muhuri

This book includes recent research on Hybrid Intelligent Systems. It presents 35 selected papers from the 17th edition of the International Conference on Hybrid Intelligent Systems (HIS), which was held in Delhi, India from December 14 to 16, 2017. Reflecting the awareness in the respective academic communities that combined approaches are essential to solving the remaining tough problems in computational intelligence, the HIS is a premier conference focused on the hybridization of intelligent systems. The book offers a valuable reference guide for all researchers, students and practitioners in the fields of Computer Science and Engineering.

Intelligent Systems Design and Applications: 16th International Conference On Intelligent Systems Design And Applications (isda 2016) Held In Porto, Portugal, December 16-18 2016 (Advances In Intelligent And Soft Computing Ser. #23)

by Ajith Abraham Azah Kamilah Muda Niketa Gandhi Pranab Kr. Muhuri

This book highlights recent research on intelligent systems design and applications. It presents 100 selected papers from the 17th International Conference on Intelligent Systems Design and Applications (ISDA 2017), which was held in Delhi, India from December 14 to 16, 2017. The ISDA is a premier conference in the field of Computational Intelligence and brings together researchers, engineers and practitioners whose work involves intelligent systems and their applications in industry and the real world. Including contributions by authors from over 30 countries, the book offers a valuable reference guide for all researchers, students and practitioners in the fields of Computer Science and Engineering.

Innovations in Bio-Inspired Computing and Applications: Proceedings Of The 6th International Conference On Innovations In Bio-inspired Computing And Applications (ibica 2015) Held In Kochi, India During December 16-18 2015 (Advances In Intelligent Systems And Computing #424)

by Ajith Abraham Azah Kamilah Muda Abdelkrim Haqiq Niketa Gandhi

This book highlights recent research results in Bio-Inspired Computing and Applications. It presents 33 selected papers from the 8th International Conference on Innovations in Bio-Inspired Computing and Applications (IBICA 2017), which was held in Marrakesh, Morocco from December 11 to 13, 2017. A premier conference in the nature-inspired computing field, IBICA is intended to bring together the world’s leading researchers and practitioners interested in advancing the state of the art in biologically inspired computing, allowing them to exchange notes on a broad range of disciplines. The book offers a valuable reference guide for all researchers, students and practitioners in the fields of Computer Science and Engineering.

Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Soft Computing and Pattern Recognition (Advances In Intelligent Systems And Computing #737)

by Ajith Abraham Azah Kamilah Muda Abdelkrim Haqiq Niketa Gandhi

This book presents 18 carefully selected papers from the ninth edition of the International Conference on Soft Computing and Pattern Recognition (SoCPaR 2017), which was held in Marrakesh, Morocco from December 11 to 13, 2017. A premier conference in the Soft Computing field, SoCPaR brings together the world’s leading researchers and practitioners interested in advancing the state of the art in Soft Computing and Pattern Recognition, allowing them to exchange notes on a broad range of disciplines. The book offers a valuable reference guide for all researchers, students and practitioners in the fields of Computer Science and Engineering.

Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Soft Computing and Pattern Recognition (SoCPaR 2016)

by Ajith Abraham Azah Kamilah Muda Ana Maria Madureira Aswani Kumar Cherukuri

This volume presents 70 carefully selected papers from a major joint event: the 8th International Conference on Soft Computing and Pattern Recognition (SoCPaR 2016) and the 8th International Conference on Computational Aspects of Social Networks (CASoN 2016). SoCPaR–CASoN 2016, which was organized by the Machine Intelligence Research Labs (MIR Labs), USA and Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), India and held at the VIT on December 19–21, 2016. It brings together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to share their experiences and exchange new ideas on all interdisciplinary areas of soft computing and pattern recognition, as well as intelligent methods applied to social networks.This book is a valuable resource for practicing engineers/scientists and researchers working in the field of soft computing, pattern recognition and social networks.

The Great Alignment: Race, Party Transformation, and the Rise of Donald Trump

by Alan I. Abramowitz

Alan I. Abramowitz has emerged as a leading spokesman for the view that our current political divide is not confined to a small group of elites and activists but a key feature of the American social and cultural landscape. The polarization of the political and media elites, he argues, arose and persists because it accurately reflects the state of American society. Here, he goes further: the polarization is unique in modern U.S. history. Today’s party divide reflects an unprecedented alignment of many different divides: racial and ethnic, religious, ideological, and geographic. Abramowitz shows how the partisan alignment arose out of the breakup of the old New Deal coalition; introduces the most important difference between our current era and past eras, the rise of “negative partisanship”; explains how this phenomenon paved the way for the Trump presidency; and examines why our polarization could even grow deeper. This statistically based analysis shows that racial anxiety is by far a better predictor of support for Donald Trump than any other factor, including economic discontent.

Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom (Iyengar Yoga Books)

by Douglas Abrams B.K.S. Iyengar John J. Evans

B.K.S. Iyengar--hailed as "the Michelangelo of yoga" (BBC) and considered by many to be one of the most important yoga masters--has spent much of his life introducing the modern world to the ancient practice of yoga. Yoga's popularity is soaring, but its widespread acceptance as an exercise for physical fitness and the recognition of its health benefits have not been matched by an understanding of the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development that the yogic tradition can also offer. In Light on Life, B.K.S. Iyengar brings readers this new and more complete understanding of the yogic journey.Here Iyengar explores the yogic goal to integrate the different parts of the self (body, emotions, mind, and soul), the role that the yoga postures and breathing techniques play in our search for wholeness, the external and internal obstacles that keep us from progressing along the path, and how yoga can transform our lives and help us to live in harmony with the world around us. For the first time, Iyengar uses stories from his own life, humor, and examples from modern culture to illustrate the profound gifts that yoga offers. Written with the depth of this sage's great wisdom, Light on Life is the culmination of a master's spiritual genius, a treasured companion to his seminal Light on Yoga.

Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy after the Arab Spring

by Elliott Abrams

America is turning away from support for democrats in Arab countries in favor of 'pragmatic' deals with tyrants to defeat violent Islamist extremism. For too many policymakers, Arab democracy is seen as a dangerous luxury. In Realism and Democracy, Elliott Abrams marshals four decades of experience as an American official and leading Middle East expert and shows that deals with tyrants will not work. Islamism is an idea that can only be defeated by a better idea: democracy. Through a careful analysis of America's record of democracy promotion in the region and beyond, from the Cold War to the Obama years, Abrams proves that repression helps Islamists beat democrats, while political openings offer moderates and liberals a chance. This book makes a powerful argument for an American foreign policy that combines practical politics and idealism and refuses to abandon those struggling for democracy and human rights in the Arab world.

Successful Business Plan (Fifth Edition): Secrets and Strategies

by Rhonda Abrams

A complete, step-by-step guide to researching and writing a business plan. Includes expert help, worksheets to jumpstart the process, a sample business plan, tips on impressing funders, winning tips for competitions, and more.

Confusion Is Nothing New (Scholastic Press Novels Ser.)

by Paul Acampora

Ellie Magari just learned that her mother is dead. Perhaps that would be sad if Ellie had ever met the woman. Exactly who was Ellie's mom? Does it even matter that she's gone? Perhaps a dead mom can still help Ellie figure out what it means to be a girl in the world today. Either way, Ellie wouldn't mind a role model beyond her master chef Dad.Fueled by the bighearted sounds of '80s rock and roll, plus large doses of Cyndi Lauper's girl-power joy, Confusion Is Nothing New is about friendship, family mysteries, and the perfect pizza. It's also about fathers and daughters and girls who understand that it's good to make things, but breaking things is okay too. In fact, sometimes breaking things is required.

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

by Daron Acemoglu James Robinson

Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine? Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are? Simply, no. None of these factors is either definitive or destiny. Otherwise, how to explain why Botswana has become one of the fastest growing countries in the world, while other African nations, such as Zimbabwe, the Congo, and Sierra Leone, are mired in poverty and violence? Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson conclusively show that it is man-made political and economic institutions that underlie economic success (or lack of it). Korea, to take just one of their fascinating examples, is a remarkably homogeneous nation, yet the people of North Korea are among the poorest on earth while their brothers and sisters in South Korea are among the richest. The south forged a society that created incentives, rewarded innovation, and allowed everyone to participate in economic opportunities. The economic success thus spurred was sustained because the government became accountable and responsive to citizens and the great mass of people. Sadly, the people of the north have endured decades of famine, political repression, and very different economic institutions--with no end in sight. The differences between the Koreas is due to the politics that created these completely different institutional trajectories. Based on fifteen years of original research Acemoglu and Robinson marshall extraordinary historical evidence from the Roman Empire, the Mayan city-states, medieval Venice, the Soviet Union, Latin America, England, Europe, the United States, and Africa to build a new theory of political economy with great relevance for the big questions of today, including: - China has built an authoritarian growth machine. Will it continue to grow at such high speed and overwhelm the West? - Are America's best days behind it? Are we moving from a virtuous circle in which efforts by elites to aggrandize power are resisted to a vicious one that enriches and empowers a small minority? - What is the most effective way to help move billions of people from the rut of poverty to prosperity? More philanthropy from the wealthy nations of the West? Or learning the hard-won lessons of Acemoglu and Robinson's breakthrough ideas on the interplay between inclusive political and economic institutions? Why Nations Fail will change the way you look at--and understand--the world.

¿Cómo es el cielo?

by Annie De Acevedo Elsa Lucia Arango

El libro que ayudará a todos los niños a entender cómo es el Cielo y qué pasa cuando muere un ser querido. La muerte es un tema difícil de abordar con los niños. Este libro es la ayuda que padres, maestros y adultos que tengan niños a su cuidado estaban esperando para comprender el tema en sus propios términos. Con textos sencillos, dirigidos a los niños, y hermosas ilustraciones, la doctora Elsa Lucía Arango explica cómo es el Cielo y qué pasa con los seres queridos que mueren. El libro cuenta además con la asesoría de la reconocida psicóloga Annie de Acevedo para ayudar a los padres y niños en la elaboración del duelo.

Constructing Global Order: Agency and Change in World Politics

by Amitav Acharya

For a long time, international relations scholars have adopted a narrow view of what is global order, who are its makers and managers, and what means they employ to realize their goals. Amitav Acharya argues that the nature and scope of agency in the global order – who creates it and how – needs to be redefined and broadened. Order is built not by material power alone, but also by ideas and norms. While the West designed the post-war order, the non-Western countries were not passive. They contested and redefined Western ideas and norms, and contributed new ones of their own making. This book examines such acts of agency, especially the redefinitions of sovereignty and security, shaping contemporary world politics. With the decline of the Western dominance, ideas and agency from the Rest may make it possible to imagine and build a truly global order.

We Love Madeleines

by Antonis Achilleos Miss Madeleine Brett Nicols Tran John

The first crowd-sourced cookbook from Chronicle Books, this celebration of the dainty French delight proves that classic doesn't have to mean conventional. Forty reverential recipes--developed by madeleine lovers from Italy to Oregon and curated by Miss Madeleine herself--break the mold, with unexpected delights from Rosemary Parmesan Polenta to Molasses Spice to Chocolate Hazelnut, plus gluten-free and vegan options. Featuring expert tips on choosing ingredients, mixing and baking batter, and picking the right pan, as well as a chapter on glazes, dips, and other toppings, the wisdom of dozens of aficionados comes together in this delectable ode to the little shell-shaped cake we love.

The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life

by Shawn Achor

Our most commonly held formula for success is broken. Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we'll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn't just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe. In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor, who spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University, draws on his own research--including one of the largest studies of happiness and potential at Harvard and others at companies like UBS and KPMG--to fix this broken formula. Using stories and case studies from his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives in 42 countries, Achor explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge at work. Isolating seven practical, actionable principles that have been tried and tested everywhere from classrooms to boardrooms, stretching from Argentina to Zimbabwe, he shows us how we can capitalize on the Happiness Advantage to improve our performance and maximize our potential. Among the principles he outlines: * The Tetris Effect: how to retrain our brains to spot patterns of possibility, so we can see--and seize--opportunities wherever we look. * The Zorro Circle: how to channel our efforts on small, manageable goals, to gain the leverage to gradually conquer bigger and bigger ones. * Social Investment: how to reap the dividends of investing in one of the greatest predictors of success and happiness--our social support network A must-read for everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity, The Happiness Advantage isn't only about how to become happier at work. It's about how to reap the benefits of a happier and more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives.From the Hardcover edition.

The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical's Change Of Heart

by Mark Achtemeier

In the early 2000's, Mark Achtemeier embarked on a personal journey with the Bible that led him from being a conservative, evangelical opponent of gay rights to an outspoken activist for gay marriage and a fully inclusive church. In The Bible's Yes to Same-Sex Marriage, Achtemeier shares what led to his change of heart: the problems with excluding groups of people and the insights into the Bible's message that led him to recognize the fullness of God's love and support for LGBT persons. Readers will discover how reading snippets of Scripture out of context has led to false and misleading interpretations of the Bible's message for gay people. Achtemeier shows how a careful reading of the whole Scripture reveals God's good news about love, marriage, and sexuality for gay and straight people alike.

Practicing Normal

by Cara Sue Achterberg

"A deep dive into the dysfunctional dynamics of a 'picture perfect family.' A compelling story about the beautiful humanity in the most ordinary of lives.” – New York Times bestselling author Kate Moretti. Meet the Turners - a socially awkward genius child, an adolescent cat burglar, a philandering husband, and a doormat wife in desperate need of a backbone. The Turners are doing their best to craft a happy life and face down a history they have no control over in a neighborhood where only the houses are similar. And when relationships sprout from seemingly nowhere and secrets begin to unravel, practicing normal becomes harder than it’s ever been. Combining her trademark combination of wit, insight, and tremendous empathy for her characters, Cara Sue Achterberg has written a novel that is at once familiar and startlingly fresh. "Does facing the truth beat living a lie? In PRACTICING NORMAL, Cara Sue Achterberg has given us a smart story that is both a window and a mirror, about the extraordinary pain ― and the occasional gifts ― of an ordinary life." – Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of THE DEEP END OF THE OCEAN "What does it really mean to have a normal life? Achterberg's stunning new novel explores how a family can fracture just trying to survive, and how what makes us different is also what can make us most divine." – Caroline Leavitt, author of CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD and the New York Times bestsellers PICTURES OF YOU and IS THIS TOMORROW "PRACTICING NORMAL takes a deep dive into the dysfunctional dynamics of a 'picture perfect family.' A compelling story about the beautiful humanity in the most ordinary of lives: from first love to a marriage on the downward slide to an unexpected family tragedy. Achterberg handles each thread with tender care and we can't help but root for every member of the Turner family." – Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of THE VANISHING YEAR

Llámame por tu nombre

by André Aciman

Un viaje por los rincones más profundos de los sentimientos y del erotismo. Llámame por tu nombre ha sido galardonada con el Lambda Literary Award, mejor Libro del Año según The Washington Post y Publishers Weekly y es la novela en la que se basa la película Call me by your name. <P><P>En una localidad de la costa de Italia, durante la década de los ochenta, la familia de Elio instauró la tradición de recibir en el verano a estudiantes o creadores jóvenes que, a cambio de alojamiento, ayudaran al cabeza de familia, catedrático, en sus compromisos culturales. <P>Oliver es el elegido este verano, un joven escritor norteamericano que pronto excita la imaginación de Elio. <P>Durante las siguientes semanas, los impulsos ocultos de obsesión y miedo, fascinación y deseo intensificarán su pasión.

Global and International History: The Tragedy of Global Development in Modern Brazil (Global and International History)

by Antoine Acker

From 1973 to 1987, Volkswagen's (VW) 140,000 hectare 'pioneer' cattle ranch on the Amazon frontierlaid barethe limits of capitalist development. These limits were not only economic, with the core management of a multinational company engaged in the 'integration' of an extreme world periphery, but they were also legal and ethical, with the involvement of indentured labor and massive forest burning. Its physical limits were exposed by an unpredictable ecosystem refusing to submit to VW's technological arsenal. Antoine Acker reveals how the VW ranch, a major project supported by the Brazilian military dictatorship, was planned, negotiated, and eventually undone by the intervention of internationally connected actors and events.

The National versus the Foreigner in South America: 200 Years of Migration and Citizenship Law (Law in Context )

by Diego Acosta

Since the turn of the century, South American governments and regional organisations have adopted the world's most open discourse on migration and citizenship. At a time when restrictive choices were becoming increasingly predominant around the world, South American policymakers presented their discourse as being both an innovative and exceptional 'new paradigm' and part of a morally superior, avant-garde path in policymaking. <P><P>This book provides a critical examination of the South American legal framework through a historical and comparative analysis. Diego Acosta uses this analysis to assess whether the laws are truly innovative and exceptional, as well as evaluating their feasibility, strengths and weaknesses. By analysing the legal construction of the national and the foreigner in ten South American countries during the last two centuries, he demonstrates how different citizenship and migration laws have functioned, as well as showing why states have opted for certain regulation choices, and the consequence of these choices for state- and nation-building in the continent. An invaluable insight for anyone interested in global migration and citizenship discussions.<P> Offers in depth coverage and critical analysis of the present legal regulations of migration and citizenship law.<P> Discusses the extremely interesting principles behind South American migration and citizenship laws, including universal citizenship, the non-criminalisation of irregular migration, and the right to migrate as fundamental.<P> Features analysis of ten South American countries across two centuries which uncovers wider transnational trends and legal mechanisms.<P>

The Rooster Who Went to His Uncle’s Wedding

by Alma Flor Ada

Told to Alma Flo Ada by her Cuban grandmother, this humorous, cumulative tale has been popular for generations. Will delight young children with the sheer joy of its repetitive rhythms.

The Girl in the Glass Box

by Andi Adams

Most know the story of Little Snow White. But what if that’s only half of the real tale? The story is so much more than a witch, an apple and a mirror -- and the truth is rarely so simple. Agrippine, the Queen of Arcana, a once innocent child with a future full of promise, suffers a terrible tragedy and abusive past. After being traded to the neighboring kingdom by her father as political leverage, Agrippine relies on the Dark Arts and blood magic – her only lasting tie to her mother and her childhood - to rule the kingdom under a reign of terror. Genevieve, a spoiled princess unconcerned with her kingdom’s distress, lacks compassion and understanding for the queen she will need to become in order to usurp her evil-stepmother. Being queen is a job she doesn’t want. Too much responsibility. Too difficult a task. But when the Agrippine is advised to kill Genevieve in order to preserve her power, the princess must flee the castle to escape imminent death. Left to survive on her own, Genevieve must step out of her world as a self-consumed princess to discover her inner strength and learn what it means to sacrifice in order to save herself and her kingdom. Through a series of choices, encounters, and devastating losses, these two women, who seemingly have their destinies determined, change the course of their fate and learn how the influences of others and the relationships they forge can establish their own version of happily ever after.

The Camera (Ansel Adams Photography Ser. #Vol. 1)

by Ansel Adams Robert Baker

This is an atrractively priced photography classic made accessible to a wider, new audience. It covers everything from "seeing" the finished photo in advance, to lens choices. It is illustrated with many of Ansel Adams most famous images.

The Negative (Trilogía Fotográfica De Ansel Adams #Vol. 2)

by Ansel Adams Robert Baker

The early chapters are devoted to a discussion of light, film and exposure. What follows is a detailed discussion of the zone system, chapters on natural and artificial light and at the end is an extensive chapter on the darkroom and its equipment.

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