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Damsel In Distress Though her brother was presumed dead at Waterloo, Miss Cassandra Beaumaris was determined to escape her lecherous guardian and find him. Sheer desperation forced her to accept shelter from the eighth Duke of Wyndham only to have the handsome nobleman insist she marry him to salvage her reputation! And so Cassandra proposed a game of chance. If she won, she would have her freedom. And if she lost, she would place her future--and her heart--in his hands. Rake To The Rescue Years ago, the duke had been charmed by Cassandra's carefree innocence and sweet smile. Now she had fallen on desperate times, and his reputation as society's most eligible and elusive bachelor seemed in jeopardy as well. For something in the lovely Miss Beaumaris brought out the chivalry in him, and he would not rest until she was under his protection. . . and in his arms.
It's been almost a century and a half since a critical mass of Americans believed that secession was an American birthright. But breakaway movements large and small are rising up across the nation. From Vermont to Alaska, activists driven by all manner of motives want to form new states-and even new nations. So, just what's happening out there? The American Empire is dying, says Bill Kauffman in this incisive, eye-opening investigation into modern-day secession-the next radical idea poised to enter mainstream discourse. And those rising up to topple that empire are a surprising mix of conservatives, liberals, regionalists, and independents who-from movement to movement-may share few political beliefs but who have one thing in common: a sense that our nation has grown too large, and too powerfully centralized, to stay true to its founding principles. Bye Bye, Miss American Empiretraces the historical roots of the secessionist spirit, and introduces us to the often radical, sometimes quixotic, and highly charged movements that want to decentralize and re-localize power. During the George W. Bush administration, frustrated liberals talked secession back to within hailing distance of the margins of national debate, a place it had not occupied since 1861. Now, secessionist voices on the left and right and everywhere in between are amplifying. Writes Kauffman, "The noise is the sweet hum of revolution, of subjects learning how to be citizens, of people shaking off . . . their Wall Street and Pentagon overlords and taking charge of their lives once more. " Engaging, illuminating, even sometimes troubling,Bye Bye, Miss American Empireis a must-read for those taking the pulse of the nation.
Sugar Plum, an African American preschooler, must come to terms with the death of her elderly babysitter.
This book offers two Mike Hammer cases in short story form that later appeared as novels, the transcript of a Mike Hammer playlet, 14 articles by Spillane and more.
#147;Brilliant writing#151;lively and heartbreaking at every turn. "#151;Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life In this debut novel, 33-year-old Addie Lockwood bears and surrenders for adoption a son, her only child, without telling his father, little imagining how the secret will shape their lives. Through letters and spare, precisely observed vignettes, Byrd explores a birth mother's coming to make and live with the most difficult, intimate, and far-reaching of choices. Kim Church's stories have appeared in Shenandoah, Painted Bride Quarterly, Flash Fiction Forward, and elsewhere. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has received fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Millay Colony, and Vermont Studio Center . She lives in Raleigh , North Carolina with her husband, artist Anthony Ulinski. Byrd is her first novel.
From the author of Ghosts in the Fog comes a story that will appeal to lovers of history, adventure, and dogs. BYRD & IGLOO is the first narrative nonfiction book to tell the daring adventures of legendary polar explorer and aviator Richard Byrd and his lovable dog explorer, Igloo. Byrd is known for being the first to fly a plane over the North and South Poles, while Igloo is famous for being the only dog to explore both the North and South Poles. The adventures of Byrd and Igloo opened the door for science and research in the Antarctic. Featuring direct quotes from letters, diaries and interviews, newspaper clippings, expedition records, maps, charts, as well as never-before-seen photos, it will give the complete story of the explorers' journey. Though rooted in history with evidence from many museums and research centers, Byrd & Igloo will be exciting in tone, making it accessible and interesting for young readers.
To the nineteenth-century reader, George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824), was the archetype of the Romantic literary hero, a figure admired and emulated as much for the revolutionary panache with which he lived his life as the brio and allure of his verse. Our century has seen him more clearly as a poet whose intellectual toughness, satiric gifts, and utter inability to be boring have made him one of the great comic spirits in our literature.
Roderick Beaton re-examines Lord Byron's life and writing through the long trajectory of his relationship with Greece. Beginning with the poet's youthful travels in 1809-1811, 'Byron's War traces his years of fame in London and self-imposed exile in Italy, that culminated in the decision to devote himself to the cause of Greek independence. Then comes Byron's dramatic self-transformation, while in Cephalonia, from Romantic rebel to 'new statesman', subordinating himself for the first time to a defined, political cause, in order to begin laying the foundations, during his 'hundred days' at Missolonghi, for a new kind of polity in Europe - that of the nation-state as we know it today. Byron's War draws extensively on Greek historical sources and other unpublished documents, to tell an individual story that also offers a new understanding of the significance that Greece had for Byron, and of Byron's contribution to the origin of the present-day Greek state.
The Byzantine empire began with the transformation of the Roman empire initiated by the official acceptance of Christianity and the establishment of Constantinople as the capital city. It ended with the fall of that city to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. The art and architecture of the empire reflects its changing fortunes, the development of Christianity, and the cultural influences that affected it. This book offers a systematic introduction to the material culture of the Byzantine empire, from the fourth to the fourteenth centuries. It provides for the student or any other interested reader a compendium of material which is generally difficult to access: much of the writing on Byzantine art and architecture is not in English, and is published as articles in scholarly journals. The book sets out the subject in an accessible manner, describing and discussing by period the surviving material - and that which can be reconstructed from documentary sources - and exploring its social/historical context. The text is copiously illustrated by well over 400 halftones, plans and maps.
The Late Byzantine period (1261-1453) is marked by a paradoxical discrepancy between economic weakness and cultural strength. The apparent enigma can be resolved by recognizing that later Byzantine diplomatic strategies, despite or because of diminishing political advantage, relied on an increasingly desirable cultural and artistic heritage. This book reassesses the role of the visual arts in this era by examining the imperial image and the gift as reconceived in the final two centuries of the Byzantine Empire. In particular it traces a series of luxury objects created specifically for diplomatic exchange with such courts as Genoa, Paris and Moscow alongside key examples of imperial imagery and ritual. By questioning how political decline refigured the visual culture of empire, Dr Hilsdale offers a more nuanced and dynamic account of medieval cultural exchange that considers the temporal dimensions of power and the changing fates of empires.
The hundred-year period ending in 1025, from the reign of the Emperor Constantine VII to that of Basil II 'the Bulgar-Slayer', encompassed the last great era of Byzantine aggression and dominance in the Near East and Balkans. During that time, a succession of soldier-emperors challenged and defeated an array of opponents on land and at sea and reconquered vast swathes of territory. At the heart of the Emperors' forces were the professional, highly mobile Tagmata or Imperial Guard regiments, originally formed to guard the Emperor¹s person in the capital but invariably deployed as elite combat troops. Joining these heavy cavalry units, were a variety of exotic mercenary units recruited from foreigners, notably the legendary Varangians. Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork, this lively study sheds new light on the colourful regiments of the Byzantine Imperial Guard, the formidable warriors who provided the Byzantine emperors with an insurance policy in the capital, and the elite of their field armies when on campaign.
For many of us, Byzantium remains "byzantine"--obscure, marginal, difficult. Despite the efforts of some recent historians, prejudices still deform popular and scholarly understanding of the Byzantine civilization, often reducing it to a poor relation of Rome and the rest of the classical world. In this book, renowned historian Averil Cameron presents an original and personal view of the challenges and questions facing historians of Byzantium today.The book explores five major themes, all subjects of controversy. "Absence" asks why Byzantium is routinely passed over, ignored, or relegated to a sphere of its own. "Empire" reinserts Byzantium into modern debates about empire, and discusses the nature of its system and its remarkable longevity. "Hellenism" confronts the question of the "Greekness" of Byzantium, and of the place of Byzantium in modern Greek consciousness. "The Realms of Gold" asks what lessons can be drawn from Byzantine visual art, and "The Very Model of Orthodoxy" challenges existing views of Byzantine Christianity.Throughout, the book addresses misconceptions about Byzantium, suggests why it is so important to integrate the civilization into wider histories, and lays out why Byzantium should be central to ongoing debates about the relationships between West and East, Christianity and Islam, Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, and the ancient and medieval periods. The result is a forthright and compelling call to reconsider the place of Byzantium in Western history and imagination.
Born to rule Although born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a remote Irish monastery on the far, wild edge of Christendom. Secure in work, contemplation, and dreams of the wider world, a miracle bursts into Aidan's quiet life. He is chosen to accompany a small band of monks on a quest to the farthest eastern reaches of the known world, to the fabled city of Byzantium, where they are to present a beautiful and costly hand-illuminated manuscript, the Book of Kells, to the Emperor of all Christendom. Thus begins an expedition by sea and over land, as Aidan becomes, by turns, a warrior and a sailor, a slave and a spy, a Viking and a Saracen, and finally, a man. He sees more of the world than most men of his time, becoming an ambassador to kings and an intimate of Byzantium's fabled Golden Court. And finally this valiant Irish monk faces the greatest trial that can confront any man in any age: commanding his own Destiny.
Byzantium lies at the intersection of East and West, in the heart of the most opulent empire the world has ever known. Warrior Prince Marric has to fight for his right to defend his position as heir of the kingship. Last in the powerful line of kings descended from Alexander the Great, he is ordained by the gods of the people to rule alongside his beloved and wise sister, Alexa. But a sorcerer of dark magic has usurped the throne and Marric is exiled. To win back his rule, he must learn the arts of magic in order to defeat the dark sorcerer. In the land of Egypt, amidst the slave markets and the luxurious perfumed villas of the wealthy, he encounters a silver-haired slave girl who can teach him the arts of magic, for Marric knows that he cannot vanquish his enemy with sword and strength alone.
The Matrix meets Inner Space in this third book in the BZRK trilogy from New York Times best-selling author Michael Grant.The staggering conclusion to the BZRK trilogy, from the author of GONE. The members of BZRK are preparing for their final stand. Noah and Sadie have seen death, and it holds no fear for them. Madness does, though. And losing each other.But they will not sit back, the only witnesses to an invisible apocalypse. The world is being destroyed from the inside out. It's time for them to fight to the last, in the streets and in the nano. This is a story with both thrills and heart, packed with the author's trademark jaw-dropping set pieces and pace.Join them."BZRK is an exciting, dangerous non-stop thriller that's not for the faint of heart. Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and the Chaos Walking trilogies."--Hannah Johnson-Breimeier, Next Chapter Bookshop "A shocking, violent, yet engrossing thrill ride of a story." Booklist, review for BZRK Reloaded
Grey McLure had a brilliant mind. When his wife was diagnosed with lung cancer, he was determined to conquer the disease with his biggest weapon: science. Throwing himself into the world of an emerging technology--nanotechnology--Grey develops the biot. Unfortunately, it is too late to save his ailing wife. But little does he know his creation gives birth to the next great war: for humanity's free will. An e-original story that sets the stage for the BZRK series, BZRK ORIGINS will give Michael Grant's legion of fans the much-desired back story to the founding of the BZRK cell.
From best-selling author Michael Grant, comes the highly anticipated, terrifying, and mind-bending second book in the BZRK trilogy. The entire BZRK cell--including Noah and Sadie--has been left in pieces after the last round of battle with the Armstrong Twins, conjoined brother who plot to rob mankind of its free will. Vincent's mind is shattered, and his memories hold dangerous secrets--secrets that Lear, BZRK's mysterious leader, will stop at nothing to protect. Meanwhile, Bug Man has taken control of the President's brain, but playing with sanity is a dangerous game. The consequences can spiral way out of control, and the Armstrong Twins are not people Bug Man can afford to disappoint. The nano is as terrifying, exhilarating, and unpredictable as ever. But the wall of secrets that surrounds it is cracking. What will it reveal? And once the dust has settled, who will be sane enough to find out? Releases simultaneously in electronic book format (ISBN 978-1-60684-395-6)
Whether you're a total novice or a programmer shifting to C#, the newest version of this programming language is full of cool features you'll want to use. With its Visual Studio compatibility, C# is the perfect language for building Windows Vista applications. And the 2008 version works with LINQ, a query language with syntax similar to SQL but which simplifies database code and can also write queries on XML files.For the best basic C# how-to, it's hard to beat C# 2008 For Dummies. This plain-English guide to programming with C# can have you creating your first console application before you finish Part I. In fact, the basic template you create at that point will be the foundation of many other apps as you move through the book. Along the way you'll get the scoop on organizing your data, object-oriented programming (also known as OOP), and a great LINQ-related feature called delegates and events. You'll find out how toCreate a console application templatePerform logical comparisonsWork with loops and if statementsUnderstand collection syntaxUse interfaces and object-oriented conceptsApply delegates and events, and much moreYou'll even gain some rare insight into how to understand error messages you may get when programming in C#. All the code you need can be found on the companion Web site, along with great bonus information that helps you do more with C# 2008. So -- what are you waiting for? Grab C# 2008 For Dummies and let's get started!
C# 2010 is the book that helps the reader to learn C# using Visual Studio 2010. Precision, an easy-to-understand style, real life examples in support of the concepts, and practical approach in presentation are some of the features that make the book unique in itself. The text in the book is presented in such a way that it is equally helpful to the beginners as well as to the professionals. Apart from the basic concepts such as Dynamic types lookup, named and optional parameters, parallel LINQ the book deals with some advanced topics such as WPF, WCF and Cloud Computing.
Completely updated for C# 3.0 and the .NET 3.5 platform, the new edition of this bestseller offers more than 250 code recipes to common and not-so-common problems that C# programmers face every day. Every recipe in the book has been reconsidered with more than a third of them rewritten to take advantage of new C# 3.0 features. If you prefer solutions you can use today to general C# language instruction, and quick answers to theory, this is your book. C# 3.0 Cookbook offers a new chapter on LINQ (language integrated query), plus two expanded chapters for recipes for extension methods, lambda functions, object initializers, new synchronization primitives and more. The new edition is also complemented by a public wiki, which not only includes all of the C# 2.0 recipes from the previous edition unchanged by the release of C# 3.0, but invites you to suggest better ways to solve those tasks. Here are some of topics covered: * LINQ * Numeric data types and Enumerations * Strings and characters * Classes and structures * Generics * Collections * Exception handling * Delegates, events, and lambda expressions * Filesystem interactions * Web site access * XML usage (including LINQ to XML, XPath and XSLT) * Networking * Threading * Data Structures & Algorithms Each recipe in the book includes tested code that you can download from oreilly.com and reuse in your own applications, and each one includes a detailed discussion of how and why the underling technology works. You don't have to be an experienced C# or .NET developer to use C# 3.0 Cookbook. You just have to be someone who wants to solve a problem now, without having to learn all the related theory first.
This resource for programmers provides an introduction to the classic object-oriented design patterns, and explains how to use the latest features of C#3.0 to code them. The book draws on new C# 3.0 language and .NET framework features to implement 23 core programming design patterns that were originally proposed in Gamma, Helm, Johnson, and Vlisside's Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software (1994). Discussion of each pattern touches on role, design, implementation, and real-world use, with examples and exercises. Special features of the book include pictorial representations of patterns, quizzes that relate the illustrations to UML diagrams, tables on choosing specific patterns, and comparison tables for patterns that are similar. C# 3. 0 features are introduced by example and summarized in sidebars for easy reference. B&W screenshots are included. The book is for programmers who are familiar with C#1.0 or Java 1.4. Although not written as a textbook, the book could be used in a mid-degree course on design patterns or advanced programming. Bishop is a computer scientist.
This top-selling compact C# reference is thoroughly revised to reflect the latest features of the C# 3. 0 language and . NET 3. 0 base class libraries, and completely reorganized to meet the reference needs of programmers in the new world of on-line documentation. The third edition provides a thorough reference to the language and core framework in one accessible volume. It serves both as a cover-to-cover read for intermediate to advanced programmers, and as a reference for all C# programmers. This edition serves both as a cover- to-cover read for intermediate-to-advanced programmers, as well as a reference for all C# programmers.
When you have a question about C# 5.0 or the .NET CLR, this bestselling guide has precisely the answers you need. Uniquely organized around concepts and use cases, this updated fifth edition features a reorganized section on concurrency, threading, and parallel programming--including in-depth coverage of C# 5.0's new asynchronous functions. Shaped by more than 20 expert reviewers, including Microsoft's Eric Lippert, Stephen Toub, Chris Burrows, and Jon Skeet, this book has all you need to stay on track with C# 5.0. It's widely known as the definitive reference on the language. Get up to speed on C# language basics, including syntax, types, and variables Explore advanced topics such as unsafe code and type variance Dig deep into LINQ via three chapters dedicated to the topic Learn about code contracts, dynamic programming, and parallel programming Work with .NET features, including reflection, assemblies, memory management, security, I/O, XML, collections, networking, and native interoperability "C# 5.0 in a Nutshell is one of the few books I keep on my desk as a quick reference." --Scott Guthrie, Microsoft "Whether you're a novice programmer or an expert who wants to improve your knowledge of modern asynchronous programming techniques, this book has the information you need to get the job done in C#." --Eric Lippert, Microsoft
When you need answers for programming with C# 5.0, this practical and tightly focused book tells you exactly what you need to know--without long introductions or bloated samples. Easy to browse, it's ideal as quick reference or as a guide to get you rapidly up to speed if you already know Java, C++, or an earlier version of C#. Written by the authors of C# 5.0 in a Nutshell, this book covers the entire C# 5.0 language, including: All of C#'s fundamentals Advanced topics such as operator overloading, type constraints, covariance & contravariance, iterators, nullable types, operator lifting, lambda expressions & closures LINQ, starting with sequences, lazy execution and standard query operators, and finishing with a complete reference to query expressions Dynamic binding and C# 5.0's new asynchronous functions Unsafe code & pointers, custom attributes, preprocessor directives, and XML documentation
This will be a mix of concept introduction and examples, and with each new feature and enhancement we will give an example to the readers. C# 5 First Look will provide a gist of C# 5 to the readers. "C# 5 First Look" is for developers who want to learn about the latest version of C#. It is assumed that you have basic programming knowledge. Experience with prior versions of C# or the .NET Framework would be helpful, but not mandatory.
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