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The extraordinary World War II story of shipwreck and survival that paved John F. Kennedy's path to powerIn the early morning darkness of August 2, 1943, during a chaotic nighttime skirmish amid the Solomon Islands, the Japanese destroyer Amagiri barreled through thick fog and struck the U.S. Navy's motor torpedo boat PT 109, splitting the craft nearly in half and killing two American sailors instantly. The sea erupted in flames as the 109's skipper, John F. Kennedy, and the ten surviving crewmen under his command desperately clung to the sinking wreckage; 1,200 feet of ink-black, shark-infested water loomed beneath. "All hands lost," came the reports back to the Americans' base: no rescue was coming for the men of PT 109. Their desperate ordeal was just beginning--so too was one of the most remarkable tales of World War II, one whose astonishing afterlife would culminate two decades later in the White House.Drawing on original interviews with the last living links to the events, previously untapped Japanese wartime archives, and a wealth of archival documents from the Kennedy Library, including a lost first-hand account by JFK himself, bestselling author William Doyle has crafted a thrilling and definitive account of the sinking of PT 109 and its shipwrecked crew's heroics. Equally fascinating is the story's second act, in which Doyle explores in new detail how this extraordinary episode shaped Kennedy's character and fate, proving instrumental to achieving his presidential ambitions: "Without PT 109, there never would have been a President John F. Kennedy," declared JFK aide David Powers.Featuring castaways on a deserted island, a spy network of Solomon Island natives, an Australian coast watcher hidden on the side of a volcano, an S.O.S. note carved into a coconut, and a daring rescue attempt led by Kennedy's fellow American PT boats, PT 109 is an unforgettable American epic of war and destiny.
#1 New York Times BestsellerIs America a source of pride, as Americans have long held, or shame, as Progressives allege? Beneath an innocent exterior, are our lives complicit in a national project of theft, expropriation, oppression, and murder, or is America still the hope of the world?Dinesh D'Souza says these questions are no mere academic exercise. It is the Progressive view that is taught in our schools, that is preached by Hollywood, and that shapes the policies of the Obama administration. If America is a force for inequality and injustice in the world, its power deserves to be diminished; if traditional America is based on oppression and theft, then traditional America must be reformed-and the federal government can do the reforming.In America: Imagine a World without Her D'Souza offers a passionate and sharply reasoned defense of America, knocking down every important accusation made by Progressives against our country.Provocative in its analysis, stunning in its conclusions, Dinesh D'Souza's America will be the most talked about book of the year.
"Zapruder's poems don't merely attempt beauty; they attain it."-The Boston Review"Matthew Zapruder has a razor eye for the remnants and revenants of modern culture."-The New York Times"With dynamic, logically complex sentences, Zapruder posits a world that is both extraordinary and refreshingly ordinary."-BOMBMatthew Zapruder's poems begin in the faint inkling, in the bloom of thought, and then unfold into wide-reaching meditations on what it means to live in the contemporary moment, among plastic, statistics, and diet soda. Written in a direct, conversational style, the poems in Sun Bear display full-force why Zapruder is one of the most popular poets in America.From "I Drink Bronze Light":Great American summer lakesright now I am flying above youthrough a rare cloudless transparent skyback to the city where it is alwayscold even in summerthe round hole I press my face againstshows only a blue expansewith white sails belowspeckled exactly the waythe Aegean would have beenthree thousand years agoif one could have seen it from abovemaybe riding in the dark clawof a god who didn't care. . . .Matthew Zapruder is a poet, translator, and editor at Wave Books. He is the author of three collections of poetry, and his book The Pajamaist won the William Carlos Williams Award. His poems, essays, and translations have appeared in many publications, including BOMB, Harvard Review, Paris Review, the New Yorker, McSweeney's, and the Believer. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Two Cases. One location. The first case, a girl gone missing, seems a decidedly local affair. The second, the return of a violent criminal who had fled the country, instantly attracts the interest of Scotland Yard and Detective Inspector David Brock.<P> When he learns that his longtime nemesis, the amphetamine-juiced killer and thief known as "Upper" North, may have surfaced, Brock assembles his team and summons Detective Sergeant Kathy Kolla. Their manhunt centers on Silvermeadow, the supermall on the outskirts of London where North was spotted. Brock and Kolla camouflage their search for North by taking on the case of the missing girl--a mall employee. They lie in wait, hoping to catch North before he can strike with a new crime. Yet what should they make of rumors of other young girls disappearing from Silvermeadow? Is there a predator on the loose within the apparent safety of a carefully orchestrated aura of order and control? Very quickly, the mall itself--and its colorful cast of characters--becomes key to the dual investigations. This is Maitland at his cunning best.
Lauren Layne kicks off her Sex, Love & Stiletto series with a delightful short novel! In After the Kiss, the star columnist of Stiletto magazine will do anything for a story. Anything . . . except fall in love. Julie Greene loves flings. Loves steamy first dates, sizzling first kisses, and every now and then, that first sexy romp between the sheets. Comfy pants, sleepy Sundays, movie nights on the couch? Shudder. But when Julie gets assigned the hardest story of her career--a first-person account of that magical shift between dating and "I do"--she'll need a man brave enough to give a total commitment-phobe a chance at more. Normally, Mitchell Forbes would be exactly that man. A devastatingly hot workaholic who tends to stay in relationships for far too long, he should be the perfect subject for Julie's "research." But what Julie doesn't know is that Mitchell is looking to cut loose for once in his life. And the leggy journalist notorious for avoiding love is exactly the type of no-strings fling he's looking for. In other words, Mitchell is the polar opposite of what Julie needs right now. And, at the same time, he's exactly what she wants.Praise for After the Kiss "Packed with loads of sizzle and Snickerlicious fun, Lauren Layne's After the Kiss is a knock-your-stilettos-off, total page-turning treat that had me fan-girling up within the first chapter. I absolutely loved this read!"--USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly"Funny, intelligent, and touching, Lauren Layne's After the Kiss is a delightful debut."--Ruthie Knox, USA Today bestselling author of Flirting with Disaster "I loved After the Kiss! It was funny and exciting all the way through."--Fresh Fiction "If you're looking for a light, fun, sexy contemporary romance I'd definitely recommend this one. It's the most fun book I've read in quite a while."--Smexy Books"This delightfully funny little gem . . . kept me reading with its entertaining antics, light drama and sweet conclusion."--Craves the Angst "It's a delightful story that will have the reader rooting for the happily ever after, and one I highly recommend."--Janna Shay "I thought this book was great! It was an interesting story line and had great and believable characters."--Libby's Fun Books "I love this story so much that every reader should read it! It's a must read!"--Abigail Books Addiction "A great read."--The Season for Romance "I loved After the Kiss. It was an adorable, sexy sweet story."--Love to Read for FunIncludes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Trying to Score, Long Simmering Spring, and The Story Guy.
From New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks comes a thrilling stand-alone novel in his legendary Shannara series--the perfect place for new readers to begin.After taking up his enchanted sword against the dark sorcerer Arcannen, Paxon Leah has become the sworn protector of the Druid order. Now a critical hour is at hand, as a beloved High Druid nears the end of her reign and prepares to pass from the mortal world to the one beyond. There is little time for Paxon to mourn his friend and benefactor before duty summons him. For in a distant corner of the Four Lands, the magic of the wishsong has been detected. Paxon must accompany a Druid emissary to find its source--and ensure the formidable power is not wielded by the wrong hands. But danger is already afoot in the village of Portlow. Gentle traveling minstrel Reyn Frosch possesses the uncanny gift, and curse, of the wishsong. And now his coveted abilities have captured the malevolent interest of none other than Arcannen--whose quest for power is exceeded only by his thirst for vengeance. The lone survivor of a brutal assault on a notorious pirate city, the sorcerer is determined to retaliate against the Federation's elite military guard--and use the devastating power of the wishsong as his ultimate weapon. Praise for Terry Brooks "The Sword of Shannara is an unforgettable and wildly entertaining epic, animated by Terry Brooks's cosmically generative imagination and storytelling joy."--Karen Russell, New York Times bestselling author of Swamplandia! "If Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy, Terry Brooks is its favorite uncle."--Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author of The Desert Spear "I can't even begin to count how many of Terry Brooks's books I've read (and reread) over the years. From Shannara to Landover, his work was a huge part of my childhood."--Patrick Rothfuss, New York Times bestselling author of The Name of the Wind "Terry Brooks is a master of the craft and a trailblazer who established fantasy as a viable genre. He is required reading."--Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Angel Trilogy "The Shannara books were among the first to really capture my imagination. My daydreams and therefore my stories will always owe a debt to Terry Brooks."--Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Beyonders and Fablehaven seriesFrom the Hardcover edition.
Paula McLain, author of the phenomenal bestseller The Paris Wife, now returns with her keenly anticipated new novel, transporting readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920s. Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman--Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir Out of Africa. Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature's delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships. Beryl forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her uncommon style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set, a decadent, bohemian community of European expats who also live and love by their own set of rules. But it's the ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart. The intensity of their love reveals Beryl's truest self and her fate: to fly. Set against the majestic landscape of early-twentieth-century Africa, McLain's powerful tale reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the tenacity of the human spirit.
There was a hush at the first shock, a silence that rang in the ears. The noise reached him with the second one, a bellowing that sounded as though the world was being torn from its orbit and sent grinding and slithering through space. From that point,the shocks were successive--lurch and roar, in a hideous phased rhythm... After the earth convulsed, humanity began its slow, inexorable return to barbarism. Amid the eerie, diseased ruins of the cities, across the ravaged landscapes of the countryside, men and women found only pillage, rape, death and nameless cruelty--as they searched for some remnant of the life that had once been. A WRINKLE IN THE SKIN is one of the all-time great novels of natural disaster, a brilliant and horrific portrayal of the reactions of human beings suddenly shocked into a new and brutal struggle for life.
Skylar and Storm Morrison may be gorgeous twin sisters, but they are as different as night and day. Skylar is savvy and book-smart; Storm is shrewd and street-smart. But a twist of fate lands Storm in jail, where she must trade her Fendi bags and Prada boots for an orange jumpsuit and laceless white sneakers. Meanwhile Skylar makes a name for herself by transforming the restaurant that once belonged to the twins' late father, Dutch, into Legends, Philadelphia's hottest new nightclub. Now, newly released from prison, Storm has some serious living to do. And she's ready to take control of what's rightfully hers--a share of Legends--with the help of some of Philly's most notorious thugs. But moving back into the real world will prove much harder than Storm ever imagined. And as Skylar and Storm negotiate their new relationship, both women will feel the pull of Dutch, a figure so powerful he can keep his girls in line years after his death. In the end, the sisters will have to face their shared, tumultuous past--and a future that's both uncertain and wide open.From the Trade Paperback edition.
It's June 1970. As the low country of South Carolina burns in a seven-month drought, Cassie Johnson longs for escape: both from her husband, Peck, the town's newly promoted fire chief, who seems more interested in saving everyone else's life than in living his own, and from the low country marshes where Cassie has never quite felt at home. But as Peck and Cassie drift apart, their teenage daughter, Kelly, finds herself torn between her parents and her desperate need for normalcy. It will take a tumultuous journey back to the North Carolina mountains before Cassie can begin to understand the complicated love that resides, unrecognized, deep in her heart.From a masterly voice in Southern fiction, The Fireman's Wife is an emotionally bare and moving novel about one woman's struggle to do what's right-for her family, for her love, and for herself.From the Trade Paperback edition.
BONUS: This edition contains a reader's guide and an excerpt from Allison Weir's The Lady in the Tower.Acclaimed author Alison Weir brings to life the extraordinary tale of Katherine Swynford, a royal mistress who became one of the most crucial figures in the history of Great Britain. Born in the mid-fourteenth century, Katherine de Roët was only twelve when she married Hugh Swynford, an impoverished knight. But her story had truly begun two years earlier, when she was appointed governess to the household of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster and fourth son of King Edward III. Widowed at twenty-one, Katherine became John's mistress and then, after many twists of fortune, his bride in a scandalous marriage. Mistress of the Monarchy reveals a woman ahead of her time--making her own choices, flouting convention, and taking control of her own destiny. Indeed, without Katherine Swynford, the course of English history, perhaps even the world, would have been very different.NOTE: This edition does not contain illustrations.
In this wry fiction debut, Elaine Meryl Brown plunges lucky readers into a gripping narrative of small-town hijinks and big-time hearts.Rule Number One: Never marry an Outsider. If you do, the boll weevil will bite you back. Rule Number Two: If you can't be honest, you might as well be dead.Nestled in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge mountains, Lemon City has ten rules, all designed in the best interests of its tight-knit black community. Granddaddy Dunlap knows all too well what can happen to folks who venture beyond Lemon City's protective borders. He once had to venture outside town to identify his best friend's body. So when his firebrand granddaughter Faye, returns from college married to an Outsider, he must act fast to keep her in Lemon City's safe embrace. It proves to be a challenge-and not just because the patriarch is distracted by the tensions arising from the heated tomato-growing contest for the annual county fair. Faye's new husband, Harry, is a slick talker with a roving eye. Faye sees him as her ticket to New York City, where she hopes to fulfill big business dreams, but even the best-laid plans can be thwarted, as Faye discovers that marriage itself isn't much of a honeymoon. No matter. She packs her bags, fully prepared to head north with or without her husband, when Harry turns up dead. Now the Dunlap family is trying to figure out-before the Thanksgiving turkey gets cold-who did the deed.From the Trade Paperback edition.
I am now a condemned traitor . . . I am to die when I have hardly begun to live.Historical expertise marries page-turning fiction in Alison Weir's enthralling debut novel, breathing new life into one of the most significant and tumultuous periods of the English monarchy. It is the story of Lady Jane Grey-"the Nine Days' Queen"-a fifteen-year-old girl who unwittingly finds herself at the center of the religious and civil unrest that nearly toppled the fabled House of Tudor during the sixteenth century.The child of a scheming father and a ruthless mother, for whom she is merely a pawn in a dynastic game with the highest stakes, Jane Grey was born during the harrowingly turbulent period between Anne Boleyn's beheading and the demise of Jane's infamous great-uncle, King Henry VIII. With the premature passing of Jane's adolescent cousin, and Henry's successor, King Edward VI, comes a struggle for supremacy fueled by political machinations and lethal religious fervor. Unabashedly honest and exceptionally intelligent, Jane possesses a sound strength of character beyond her years that equips her to weather the vicious storm. And though she has no ambitions to rule, preferring to immerse herself in books and religious studies, she is forced to accept the crown, and by so doing sets off a firestorm of intrigue, betrayal, and tragedy.Alison Weir uses her unmatched skills as a historian to enliven the many dynamic characters of this majestic drama. Along with Lady Jane Grey, Weir vividly renders her devious parents; her much-loved nanny; the benevolent Queen Katherine Parr; Jane's ambitious cousins; the Catholic "Bloody" Mary, who will stop at nothing to seize the throne; and the protestant and future queen Elizabeth. Readers venture inside royal drawing rooms and bedchambers to witness the power-grabbing that swirls around Lady Jane Grey from the day of her birth to her unbearably poignant death. Innocent Traitor paints a complete and compelling portrait of this captivating young woman, a faithful servant of God whose short reign and brief life would make her a legend."An impressive debut. Weir shows skill at plotting and maintaining tension, and she is clearly going to be a major player in the . . . historical fiction game."-The Independent"Alison Weir is one of our greatest popular historians. In her first work of fiction . . . Weir manages her heroine's voice brilliantly, respecting the past's distance while conjuring a dignified and fiercely modern spirit."-London Daily MailFrom the Hardcover edition.
A blessed event becomes a nightmare for pregnant homicide detective Jane Rizzoli when she finds herself on the wrong side of a hostage crisis in this timely and relentless new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Body Double.A nameless, beautiful woman appears to be just another corpse in the morgue. An apparent suicide, she lies on a gurney, awaiting the dissecting scalpel of medical examiner Maura Isles. But when Maura unzips the body bag and looks down at the body, she gets the fright of her life. The corpse opens its eyes. Very much alive, the woman is rushed to the hospital, where with shockingly cool precision, she murders a security guard and seizes hostages . . . one of them a pregnant patient, Jane Rizzoli. Who is this violent, desperate soul, and what does she want? As the tense hours tick by, Maura joins forces with Jane's husband, FBI agent Gabriel Dean, to track down the mysterious killer's identity. When federal agents suddenly appear on the scene, Maura and Gabriel realize that they are dealing with a case that goes far deeper than just an ordinary hostage crisis. Only Jane, trapped with the armed madwoman, holds the key to the mystery. And only she can solve it-if she survives the night.From the Hardcover edition.
Give terrariums a modern makeover! Clean lines and bold color: these aren't your average terrariums. Author Megan George presents 25 easy-to-make terrariums and living landscapes that push the boundaries of traditional terrarium design. From hanging brass himellis adorned with air plants to a wooden centerpiece bursting with succulents, you'll find creations perfect for placing in your home or office. Get creative with: Step-by-step directions for 25 air plant and succulent designs An overview of the author's favorite popular plants, including tillandsias, cacti, succulents, tropical plants and mosses Complete care instructions to keep your terrariums looking their best Planning a celebration? Take your terrariums a step further and incorporate them into your next party. Living letters make a charming, personalized piece at a wedding when used to spell the new couple's names. Turn your next summer picnic into a midsummer night's dream by hanging an air plant chandelier. No matter where you display them, these living landscapes will instantly give your space a whimsical, modern vibe.
Regardless of age, every child can benefit from learning about gun safety. Whether you want to introduce your child to firearms for hunting or sport - or simply ensure that he or she knows how to be safe around firearms - this is the book for you! This straightforward teaching aid can help you understand the unique issues associated with kids and firearms:When a child Is "old enough"Young children and guns"Tweens" and gunsTeenagers and gunsDo video games help, or hurt?Teaching "The Ten Commandments" of gun safetyPutting deadly power in a child's handsHunting and competitive shooting sportsOne rule that is never violatedAnd much more!Youth firearms safety instructor Jerry Luciano provides expert, step-by-step instruction in the proper and safe process for introducing kids to firearm safety and guns, regardless of age. Whether or not you own guns, this book can help you teach your kids to be safe around firearms, and introduce them to a sport they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT REPAIR, MAINTENANCE AND CUSTOMIZATION! Working on your own guns can be both fun and economical, and in this all-new fourth edition of Gunsmithing Pistols & Revolvers, certified master gunsmith and best-selling gun writer Patrick Sweeney shows you how to avoid costly repairs and improve your handgun's performance. Hundreds of photographs give step-by-step instructions on how to perform basic maintenance and repairs on a variety of popular pistols and revolvers. Professional gunsmiths typically charge $50-75 per hour for the same services and repairs detailed in Gunsmithing Pistols & Revolvers, 4th Edition. Sweeney shows you how to save that money by cleaning, polishing, and making minor repairs on your pistols and revolvers.COMPLETELY REVISED AND UPDATEDNEW CHAPTERS COVERING THE S&W M&P, RUGER SR9/40/45, AND CZ-75PROJECTS FOR THE BEGINNER AND THE ADVANCED ENTHUSIAST
Steve Bartylla has never relied on outfitter to put him on trophy bucks. Instead, he relies on his own scouting and hunting skills. Big Buck Secrets draws from Bartylla's years of successful do-it-yourself hunting for trophy whitetails on both public and private land. This book is grounded in that experience to help you take your deer hunting to the next level with comprehensive instruction on: Scouting new hunting areas Understanding mature buck behavior Hunting during the rut Utilizing decoys Aggressive and creative techniques to deal with hunting pressure And much more! All aimed to put you on the biggest bucks of your life! Hard work and in-depth knowledge of whitetails, understanding how they utilize terrain and seeking pockets where mature bucks exist, are the tools Bartylla relies on most--and shares with you in Big Buck Secrets.
This book is about human performance. The controlling characteristic of this is one's mind. Within the context of rifle shooting, there are definite ways in which our state of mind can either help or hurt us. So, it pays to recognize what to seek and what to avoid. Further, an unfortunate aspect of the human mind (especially the male mind) is the "I don't need to ask for directions/read the instructions/learn from someone else" mindset.Now if you are reading this you probably aren't one of that crew, but it is still sometimes difficult to open our minds to new ideas or to take an honest, critical look at ourselves. However, this willingness to learn and to honestly analyze and critique one's self is an absolute requirement for progress, so try to keep that in mind whenever you start a practice session. Ego is the most self-destructive characteristic we possess; don't take it to a practice session.
Real skills for real people! Defensive Pistol Fundamentals helps you--the private citizen--learn the best, most efficient ways to defend your life, or the lives of your loved ones, with a legally carried pistol. Learn not only what you need to do, but why and how. Based on the latest research and quantum leaps in our understanding of how the brain processes information, this book helps you learn: How to defend yourself from a violent, surprise attack Dealing with more than one aggressor How the body's natural reactions affect how you should train The process of subconscious decision making The real effects of "stress" on performance And much, much more! Whether your pistol is for concealed carry or home defense, this book is your authoritative source for the information you need to keep yourself and your loved ones safe!
Whether for practical application or tricking out your gun, today's AR accessories are a world unto themselves. Gun Digest Guide to Customizing Your AR-15 examines the dizzying array of options and makes recommendations for today's growing crowd of AR owners.Exhaustive insights into a broad spectrum of parts, accessories, and brandsFrom stocks to suppressors, and everything in betweenBonus coverage of "other" black guns: FAL and AKSpecial Section: Full-color photo gallery of custom AR creations!Whether you're in the planning stages or putting the finishing touches on your custom AR-15, this comprehensive guide helps you understand your options for nearly every conceivable variation.
Brand New Ballgame Discover what the pros know with this hands-on, how-to guide to picking baseball memorabilia. Learn what seasoned collectors look for and what they value in this easy-to-follow and indispensable pocket guide. You'll Uncover:The Triple Play--Who, what, and how of baseball picking and collecting Hot Prospects--Baseball cards, balls, bats, jerseys, pennants, photographs, board games, and more Major League finds How to Play Ball--Practical strategies for valuing and flipping items The Sweet Spot--How to negotiate deals Whether for pleasure of profit, the Picker's Pocket Guide is a real find.
Gun Digest has been publishing Cartridges of the World since 1965. This newest, most comprehensive 14th Edition has been totally updated, with a newly expanded, full-color 64-page color section featuring essays from some of today's most prominent gun writers. Every firearms enthusiast, cartridge collector and hand loader will benefit from Cartridges of the World, 14th Edition.
Read The Ultimate Handgun Training Handbook, to learn more about:Gun safetyMindsetPsychological preparedness for combat survivalModern techniqueSightsProper trigger managementThe drawReloading drillsChoosing your weaponAmmunition selection
Introduction to Logistics Systems Management is the fully revised and enhanced version of the 2004 prize-winning textbook Introduction to Logistics Systems Planning and Control, used in universities around the world.This textbook offers an introduction to the methodological aspects of logistics systems management and is based on the rich experience of the authors in teaching, research and industrial consulting.This new edition puts more emphasis on the organizational context in which logistics systems operate and also covers several new models and techniques that have been developed over the past decade.Each topic is illustrated by a numerical example so that the reader can check his or her understanding of each concept before moving on to the next one. At the end of each chapter, case studies taken from the scientific literature are presented to illustrate the use of quantitative methods for solving complex logistics decision problems. An exhaustive set of exercises is also featured at the end of each chapter.The book targets an academic as well as a practitioner audience, and is appropriate for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in logistics and supply chain management, and should also serve as a methodological reference for practitioners in consulting as well as in industry.
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