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Hitler is boasting of a secret weapon that will destroy his enemies. No one believes him, except one young physicist, Dr. Robert V. Jones, who works for the scientific intelligence section of the Air Ministry. A mysterious box containing a coded message has led Dr. Jones to the discovery of a small fishing village on the Baltic Coast--Peenemünde.
Osprey's new Weapon series provides a highly-detailed yet affordable overview of the development, use, and impact of small arms throughout history - from the sword to the machine gun.Learn the surprising truths behind one of modern warfare's most popular and controversial firearms. Developed immediately after World War II, the RPG-series have proved to be simple, flexible, and powerful devices, which have had an impact far beyond original expectations. Track its development and deployment firsthand, from the Vietnam hills to the streets of modern Baghdad.Gordon Rottman provides a detailed analysis of perhaps one of the most important weapons to be developed in the 20th century. He has been at the receiving end of the RPG-2 and RPG-7 as well as firing them himself, providing personal testament to the effectiveness with which they accomplished their missions. This in-depth coverage is well-accompanied by Ramiro Bujeiro's battlescene artwork and Tony Bryan's cutaway illustrations.
CAN TOM AVOID A ROCKET WRECKAGE DISASTER? Tom Swift isn't your average teenager--he's a science prodigy! And, his inventions always involve cutting edge technology. With the help of his best friends Bud and Yo, Tom tests his gadgets and runs into all sorts of adventures. From deep-sea diving and shark bites to outsmarting an antiscience terrorist group, Tom Swift, Young Inventor, will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Heinlein manages to make believable the tale of a scientist (Dr. Cargraves) organizing three 18-year-old boys of a rocket club to build a nuclear powered moon rocket.
He was supposed to be the next Nolan Ryan: Roger Clemens, the fearless, hard-nosed Texan with a 98-mph fastball and a propensity to throw at the heads of opposing hitters. Yet shortly after his arrival in the major leagues in 1984, it became apparent that the Ryan comparisons were simply unfair--Roger Clemens was significantly better. Over 24 seasons, the Rocket would go on to win 354 games, an unprecedented seven Cy Young Awards and two World Series trophies. In 1986 he set the major league record with 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning game, then matched it a decade later. He would be routinely praised for representing the game in a just and righteous manner--a living, breathing example of the power of determination and hard work. "Roger Clemens," a teammate once said, "is an American hero." But the statistics and hoopla obscure a far darker story. Along with myriad playoff chokes, womanizing (including a 10-year affair with then-teenage country singer Mindy McCready), a violent streak (most famously triggered by former Mets star Mike Piazza) and his use of steroids and human growth hormones, Clemens has spent years trying to hide his darkest secret--a family tragedy involving drugs and, ultimately, death. The author of the New York Times bestsellers Boys Will Be Boys and The Bad Guys Won!, Jeff Pearlman conducted nearly 500 interviews with Clemens' family, friends and teammates to present a portrait that goes beyond the familiar newspaper stories and magazine profiles. Reconstructing the pitcher's life--from his childhood in Ohio to college ball in Texas and on to the mounds of Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium--Pearlman reveals the real Roger Clemens: a flawed and troubled man whose rage for baseball immortality took him to superhuman heights but ultimately brought him crashing to earth.
On June 21, 2004, SpaceShipOne, built by aircraft designer Burt Rutan, entered space and ushered in the commercial space age. Investment capital began to pour into the new commercial spaceflight industry. Richard Branson's VirginGalactic will begin ferrying space tourists out of the atmosphere in 2010. Las Vegas hotelier Robert Bigelow is developing the world's first commercial space station (i.e., space hotel). These space entrepreneurs, including Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, now see space as the next big thing. In Rocketeers, Michael Belfiore goes behind the scenes of this nascent industry, capturing its wild-west, anything-goes flavor. Likening his research to "hanging out in the Wright brothers' barn," Belfiore offers an inspiring and entertaining look at the people who are not afraid to make their bold dreams a reality.
Suitable for high school and general readers, this volume traces the evolution of the rocket from ancient Chinese fire arrows to ballistic missiles to the latest robotic spacecraft. It explains underlying scientific principles, provides capsule biographies of innovators in the field, and forecasts developments for the near and distant future. Features include b&w illustrations, a chronology, an extensive glossary, and a listing of cyberspace sites. Retired from the U.S. Air Force, Angelo teaches introductory astronomy (Rollins College, Florida) and is a technical writer/futurist. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This exciting book introduces readers to Rick Brant, the son of a famous scientist, in the first of his amazing adventures in the new and exciting age that is upon us - the age of electronics. The Stoneridge Grant of two million dollars is no mean prize, and on Spindrift Island the group of scientists headed by Rick Brant's father work desperately to complete their moon rocket experiment in time. But someone in that closely knit group is a traitor - unknown and unscrupulous - who menaces the success of the experiment at every turn. As the time grows shorter, the unknown saboteur and his elusive accomplices strike with increasing boldness. Then Rick stumbles upon a clue which starts him on an investigation of his own. Tracking down the first tangible clue to the identity of the villains, Rick plunges into danger and is rescued in the nick of time by Scotty, a young ex-marine. The boys become fast friends and Scotty joins the Spindrift Island group to help guard the moon rocket. From then on the boys share the risks; and there are plenty before Rick and Scotty finally manage to unmask the traitor and save the experiment. Adventure lovers who enjoy Rick Brant's thrilling exploits in this breathtaking story will want to continue his career in the other books in this new series of action packed electronic adventures which will be running neck and neck with science's latest discoveries.
This class trip is going to rock n' roll! The seventh-grade class is totally psyched for their upcoming trip. It's first-class all the way, including a fancy hotel, great restaurants, a theater play--and a chance for Sabrina, Randy, Allison, and Katie to meet the rock star of their dreams!
It's time for the annual Willow Creek Junior High spring dance. Since the dance is open to everyone, the Saddle Club will be there and so will Stevie's boyfriend, Phil. Unfortunately, this also means that Veronica diAngelo will be there. The Saddle Club is determined not to let Veronica ruin their fun. But Veronica has her own plans. She arranges for the Saddle Club to be stuck at Pine Hollow the night of the dance--taking care of her horse, Danny. But when the Saddle Club decides to go to the dance after all, Veronica is the one in for a surprise. They bring Danny with them, proving once and for all that he's a horse with a rock-and-roll soul.
Why We No Longer Care About What Comes Between Brooke And Her Calvins And Other Insights Into Marketing In The 1990s And Beyond For almost forty years, Yankelovich Partners has helped America's biggest companies understand and reach their customers. Their breakthrough MONITOR studies-annual surveys that analyze the values, beliefs, attitudes, and expectations that shape consumer decisions-not only pinpoint current trends, but predict where the market will be in the future. Rocking the Ages: The Yankelovich Report on Generational Marketing (HarperBusiness; May 21, 1997) by J. Walker Smith and Ann Clurman turns the spotlight on America's "generation gap" and transforms what was born as a political and social rallying cry into a sound foundation for profitable marketing. Defining the essence of three generations-the Matures (born between 1909-1945), the Baby Boomers (1946-1964), and the Generation-Xers (1965-1978)-it explores in telling detail the experiences, life skills, values, personal and professional aspirations, likes and dislikes, and hopes and fears that distinguish each generation. Drawing on this unprecedented data, it elucidates how and why each generation reacts to a vast range of marketplace issues-including technology and cyberspace, healthcare and fitness, media and entertainment, retailing and financial services. From highlighting generational differences regarding such basic concepts as work itself-Matures regard it as an inevitable obligation, Boomers as an opportunity for self-fulfillment, and Xers as simply a paycheck-and gratification-delayed by Matures, demanded instantaneously by Boomers, "virtual" in the case of most Xers-to describing the widely differing versions of the American Dream each generation harbors, Rocking the Ages offers invaluable insights into how to market a product or service to reach one, two, or all three generations. The Matures triumphed over the Great Depression, vanquished facism, staunched communism, oversaw the building of the suburbs and shopping malls of middle-class America, and made TV a central part of their households-accomplishments they overwhelmingly attribute to hard work, self-sacrifice, financial discipline, and a respect for authority and institutions. In short, they earned material comforts and security "the old-fashioned way" and now, as they enjoy their retirement or finish out the best-paying years of their work lives, these values continue to guide their decisions. Reaching this group, the authors assert, entails stressing that they've earned the right to enjoy the fruits of their labor; offering of discounts and special benefits that appeal to their ingrained prudence and frugality; and designing campaigns that focus on brand-name loyalty and carry the endorsements of celebrities who embody the wisdom of experience. Born at a time of unprecedented prosperity and affluence, reared in "permissive" households, and comprising-at 78 million-the most populous generation ever, Boomers grew up thinking they were special. Rejecting the conformity and self-sacrifice of the previous generation, they challenged authority, championed the unconventional, and, most strikingly, focused on self-fulfillment-they didn't just want jobs and families and ranch houses, they wanted enlightenment. While their enormous expectations-which drove the marketplace for many years-have been eroded by intractable social, economic, and political problems, the Boomers retain a strong sense of entitlement and self-worth. According to the MONITOR findings, this huge market will be loyal to companies that appeal to the rule-breaking and non-conformity that is the essence of the Boomer self-image; capitalize on the intense nostalgia this generation feels for its past (as Mercedes-Benz has done by using the music of Janis Joplin in its ads); play up the importance of family and family activity, which Boomers now regard as a way to express their personal creativity; offer financial services that help in extending income-earning years; and supply products-from clothing to food...
In 2008, just as Laura Roppé was poised to burst onto the music scene, her doctor called her with news that left her spinning--she had been diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of breast cancer. Just days earlier, she had signed a dream-come-true contract with a record label; now, she wasn't even sure how much longer she had to live. Never one to back down to a challenge, however, Roppé gathered her courage, took stock of her priorities, and made a decision: Cancer may take my hair, she told herself, but that's all it's getting. More than a cancer journey, Rocking the Pink is a quirky, charming, and poignant ode to love, friendship, and music. Roppé is unflinchingly honest and unfailingly funny as she tells the story of her odyssey: from childhood dreamer and giddy valet parker to the Hollywood stars to disillusioned lawyer, wife, and mother; from budding songwriter and late-blooming recording artist to determined cancer survivor. Full of raw emotion and humor that will make you laugh through your tears, Rocking the Pink is a chronicle of discovering one's true self through life's difficult circumstances--and a testament to the hang-in-tough, take-no-prisoners attitude it takes to kick cancer's butt.
She's got it bad, and he ain't good -- he's in her garage? Gonna have to face it: Jody's addicted to Jackson Gatlin, frontman of The Regulators, and after her best bud Mac scores tickets, she's front and center at his sold-out concert. But when she gets mashed in the moshpit, loses her precious moon rock, and bodysurfs backstage, she ends up with more than a mild concussion to deal with. By the next morning, the strung-out rock star is coming down in her garage. Jody -- oops -- kind of kidnapped him. By accident. And now he doesn't want to leave. It's a rock-star abduction worthy of an MTV reality series . . . but who got punk'd?!
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"People of good will wish to see science and religion at peace. . . . I do not see how science and religion could be unified, or even synthesized, under any common scheme of explanation or analysis; but I also do not understand why the two enterprises should experience any conflict." So states internationally renowned evolutionist and bestselling author Stephen Jay Gould in the simple yet profound thesis of his brilliant new book. Writing with bracing intelligence and elegant clarity, Gould sheds new light on a dilemma that has plagued thinking people since the Renaissance. Instead of choosing between science and religion, Gould asks, why not opt for a golden mean that accords dignity and distinction to each realm? At the heart of Gould's penetrating argument is a lucid, contemporary principle he calls NOMA (for nonoverlapping magisteria)--a "blessedly simple and entirely conventional resolution" that allows science and religion to coexist peacefully in a position of respectful noninterference. Science defines the natural world; religion, our moral world, in recognition of their separate spheres of influence. In elaborating and exploring this thought-provoking concept, Gould delves into the history of science, sketching affecting portraits of scientists and moral leaders wrestling with matters of faith and reason. Stories of seminal figures such as Galileo, Darwin, and Thomas Henry Huxley make vivid his argument that individuals and cultures must cultivate both a life of the spirit and a life of rational inquiry in order to experience the fullness of being human. In his bestselling books Wonderful Life, The Mismeasure of Man, and Questioning the Millennium, Gould has written on the abundance of marvels in human history and the natural world. In Rocks of Ages, Gould's passionate humanism, ethical discernment, and erudition are fused to create a dazzling gem of contemporary cultural philosophy. As the world's preeminent Darwinian theorist writes, "I believe, with all my heart, in a respectful, even loving concordat between . . . science and religion." (From the Hardcover edition.)
"People of good will wish to see science and religion at peace... I do not see how science and religion could be unified, or even synthesized, under any common scheme of explanation or analysis; but I also do not understand why the two enterprises should experience any conflict." So states internationally renowned evolutionist and bestselling author Stephen Jay Gould in the simple yet profound thesis of his brilliant new book. Writing with bracing intelligence and elegant clarity, Gould sheds new light on a dilemma that has plagued thinking people since the Renaissance. Instead of choosing between science and religion, Gould asks, why not opt for a golden mean that accords dignity and distinction to each realm? At the heart of Gould's penetrating argument is a lucid, contemporary principle he calls NOMA (for non-overlapping magisteria) -- a "blessedly simple and entirely conventional resolution" that allows science and religion to coexist peacefully in a position of respectful noninterference. Science defines the natural world; religion, our moral world, in recognition of their separate spheres of influence. In elaborating and exploring this thought-provoking concept, Gould delves into the history of science, sketching affecting portraits of scientists and moral leaders wrestling with matters of faith and reason. Stories of seminal figures such as Galileo, Darwin, and Thomas Henry Huxley make vivid his argument that individuals and cultures must cultivate both a life of the spirit and a life of rational inquiry in order to experience the fullness of being human. In Rocks of Ages, Gould's passionate humanism, ethical discernment, and erudition are fused to create a dazzling gem of contemporary cultural philosophy. As the world's preeminent Darwinian theorist writes, "I believe, with all my heart, in a respectful, even loving concordat between ... science and religion."
THE MOST EXPLOSIVE CHAPTER YET IN THE GREATEST HEAVYWEIGHT STORY OF ALL TIME! Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang-Rocky Balboa came a long way from the slums of South Philly before he said good-bye to Goldmill's Gym and settled down to a quiet family life with Adrian and their son, Rocky Junior. But now he receives a challenge no American can ignore-from Ivan Drago, a mammoth Cuban-trained fighter from the Soviet Union, nicknamed the "Siberian Express." Drago and his magnificently beautiful wife, Ludmilla, arrive in the USA ready to take all comers. So the Italian Stallion returns to the ring. Can Rocky win in Leningrad? Can the American Champion beat the Russian Champion in what is being touted as World War III?
The families Jensen and MacCallister are two of the most legendary clans in frontier fiction. Now, the USA Today bestselling authors of A Lone Star Christmas bring them together once more--in a gripping tale of tragedy, survival, love, betrayal, and maybe even a miracle. . . Three days before Christmas, Matt Jensen is traveling the Denver and Pacific railway when an avalanche slams down onto the train, trapping it in desolate Trout Creek Pass. But it wasn't an act of nature that caused the accident; it was a gang of outlaws attempting to rescue their leader, who is being taken to Red Cliff to be hanged. As Smoke Jensen and Duff MacCallister frantically try to make their way to the scene, Matt struggles to save the survivors, among them a beautiful young woman with a dark past, a merchant seaman turned rancher, and a senator with his very ill young daughter. Starving under a bitter, driving snow in the brutal, unforgiving Rocky Mountains, and surrounded by armed and desperate outlaws, Matt still dreams of making it home for Christmas. But unless fate lends a hand, nobody will.
Take a trip back to the nineteenth-century Wild West in these three inspirational romance novels, attractively priced and packaged as an eBook omnibus. Kathleen Y'Barbo's The Rocky Mountain Heiress Collection includes the rollicking romances of three amazing young women; an adventure-seeking heiress pretending to be a governess to go west, a feisty well-to-do society girl longing to become a journalist and chase the story of a lifetime, and the millionaire's daughter who is being asked to marry for the good of the family business . Fans of westerns will find themselves transported to frontier Colorado, and into stories with independent heroines, adventure, love, and ambition. ABOUT The Confidential Life of Eugenia Cooper Roman Holiday meets Mary Poppins in this Gilded Age tale of Eugenia "Gennie" Cooper, a New York socialite who takes advantage of a rare opportunity to step into the world of the dime novels she secretly loves. From the splendor of Fifth Avenue's mansions to the gilded homes of Denver silver barons and the rugged Leadville mines, Gennie's adventure as a governess soon becomes a love story despite the rocky start she has with widower Daniel Beck and his daughter Charlotte. ABOUT Anna Finch and the Hired Gun Anna Finch's father desperately wants to marry her off, but Anna's not having much success, mostly because she's much better at the written word than the spoken word. When she's around an eligible man, she becomes completely tongue-tied. It doesn't help that the awful man at the newspaper taunts her with constant mentions in his "Perish the Thought" gossip column. When Anna encounters the infamous lawman and outlaw Wyatt Earp, she sees her chance to finally achieve her dream of becoming a reporter. In this capacity, she finds love and trouble in equal measure when she convinces the dying gunfighter Doc Holliday to tell her his story. Her freedom to meet with Holliday is hampered, however, by Pinkerton agent Jeb Sanders, who's been hired to keep an eye on her--and keep her away from nobleman and notorious playboy Edwin Beck. Once Jeb realizes what Anna's up to, his annoyance at being forced to babysit a rich girl is swamped by his need to exact revenge on Doc Holliday. As the reporter and the detective get more tangled in Doc Holliday's story and each other, will their opposing goals tear them apart--or bring them together? ABOUT The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck Charlotte Beck wants to go to college, but her father would rather she get married and spend her days painting. Alex Hambly's aristocratic family is in financial straits, and he has two options: either sell off the family's Colorado silver mine or marry a rich, American heiress. Charlotte's father makes them a deal: he'll allow Charlotte to go to college and be the instrument of Alex's financial salvation on one condition--that they agree to get married. Seeing no way out, Charlotte and Alex find themselves engaged. They agree that they'll have the marriage annulled as soon as possible and go back to their own lives. Except Alex isn't sure he wants the annulment. He sets out to woo his wife for real, and Charlotte suddenly finds that her marriage has become very inconvenient indeed.
With a broken-down truck, miles to go and little money, single mother Melanie Hunter needs help. It comes in the handsome form of rancher Gabe Davidson. He'll pay for the three-week repair job and provide lodging for her and her boy-if she'll take coordinating the town barbecue off his busy hands. Melanie accepts, figuring she'll soon be on her way to her new life. But as she gets to know the kind townspeople-and the hardworking cowboy her son adores-she realizes she's found her home. Now if only her Rocky Mountain hero will ask her to stay.
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