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Pearl Harbor . . . Midway . . . Guadalcanal . . . The Marianas . . . Leyte Gulf . . . Iwo Jima . . . Okinawa. These are just seven of the twenty battles that the USS Enterprise took part in during World War II. No other American ship came close to matching her record. Enterprise is the epic, heroic story of this legendary aircraft carrier--nicknamed "the fightingest ship" in the U.S. Navy--and of the men who fought and died on her. America's most decorated warship, Enterprise was constantly engaged against the Japanese Empire from December 1941 until May 1945. Her career was eventful, vital, and short. She was commissioned in 1938, and her bombers sank a submarine just three days after the Pearl Harbor attack, claiming the first seagoing Japanese vessel lost in the war. It was the auspicious beginning of an odyssey that Tillman captures brilliantly, from escorting sister carrier Hornet as it launched the Doolittle Raiders against Tokyo in 1942, to playing leading roles in the pivotal battles of Midway and Guadalcanal, to undergoing the shattering nightmare of kamikaze strikes just three months before the end of the war. Barrett Tillman has been called "the man who owns naval aviation history." He's mined official records and oral histories as well as his own interviews with the last surviving veterans who served on Enterprise to give us not only a stunning portrait of the ship's unique contribution to winning the Pacific war, but also unforgettable portraits of the men who flew from her deck and worked behind the scenes to make success possible. Enterprise is credited with sinking or wrecking 71 Japanese ships and destroying 911 enemy aircraft. She sank two of the four Japanese carriers lost at Midway and contributed to sinking the third. Additionally, 41 men who served in Enterprise had ships named after them. As with Whirlwind, Tillman's book on the air war against Japan, Enterprise focuses on the lower ranks--the men who did the actual fighting. He puts us in the shoes of the teenage sailors and their captains and executive officers who ran the ship day-to-day. He puts us in the cockpits of dive bombers and other planes as they careen off Enterprise's flight deck to attack enemy ships and defend her against Japanese attackers. We witness their numerous triumphs and many tragedies along the way. However, Tillman does not neglect the top brass--he takes us into the ward rooms and headquarters where larger-than-life flag officers such as Chester Nimitz and William Halsey set the broad strategy for each campaign. But the main character in the book is the ship itself. "The Big E" was at once a warship and a human institution, vitally unique to her time and place. In this last-minute grab at a quickly fading history, Barrett Tillman preserves the Enterprise story even as her fliers and sailors are departing the scene.
It's time to extend the benefits of Scrum--greater agility, higher-quality products, and lower costs--from individual teams to your entire enterprise. However, with Scrum's lack of prescribed rules, the friction of change can be challenging as people struggle to break from old project management habits. In this book, agile-process revolution leader Ken Schwaber takes you through change management--for your organizational and interpersonal processes--explaining how to successfully adopt Scrum across your entire organization. A cofounder of Scrum, Ken draws from decades of experience, answering your questions through case studies of proven practices and processes. With them, you'll learn how to adopt--and adapt--Scrum in the enterprise. And gain profound levels of transparency into your development processes. Discover how to: Evaluate the benefits of adopting Scrum in any size organization Initiate an enterprise transition project Implement a single, prioritized Product Backlog Organize effective Scrum teams using a top-down approach Adapt and apply solutions for integrating engineering practices across multiple teams Shorten release times by managing high-value increments Refine your Scrum practices and help reduce the length of Sprints
Enterprise architecture makes a vital contribution to the running of a large organisation. It was originally developed in order to manage a rapid growth in the cost and complexity of IT systems, using knowledge gained from software structure and design. For this reason, enterprise architecture is often thought of as a component of IT governance. However, the discipline has evolved and extended its scope. Enterprise architecture is now about structuring business capabilities and processes in order to support your long-term business strategy. Effective application of enterprise architecture will enable you to improve your productivity and performance. This pocket guide offers you an invaluable introduction to this business-critical subject. It explains the function of enterprise architecture within the organisation, looks at the skills needed within the enterprise architecture team and provides an overview of the most common enterprise architecture frameworks. As the author emphasises, enterprise architecture is not about creating models and designs for their own sake, but about using these structures to serve the needs of the business.
Despite the buzz surrounding the cloud in recent years, only a small percentage of organizations worldwide rely on this service--so far. If you're planning your long-term cloud strategy, this practical book provides insider knowledge and real-world lessons regarding planning, design, operations, security, and application transformation.Author James Bond provides useful guidance and best practice checklists based on his field experience with real customers and cloud providers. You'll view cloud services from the perspective of a consumer and as an owner/operator of an enterprise private or hybrid cloud, and learn valuable lessons from successful and less-than-successful organization use-case scenarios.Get updated trends and definitions in cloud computing, deployment models, and for building or buying cloud servicesDiscover challenges in cloud operations and management not foreseen by early adoptersUse real-world lessons to plan and build an enterprise private or hybrid cloudLearn how to assess, port, and migrate legacy applications to the cloudIdentify security threats and vulnerabilities unique to the cloudEmploy a cloud management system for your enterprise (private or multi-provider hybrid) cloud ecosystemUnderstand the challenges for becoming an IT service broker leveraging the power of the cloud
James T. Kirk is the youngest man to be promoted to the rank of captain in Federation history. His crew consists of a first officer who finds him impetuous; a chief engineer who finds him arrogant; a chief medical officer who finds him trifling; and a helmsman who wants a transfer.<P> But the young crew, which would later become the legendary space explorers, quickly puts aside their differences when a monstrous starship appears on their nascent flight path.
Enterprise governance of information technology is a relatively new concept that is gaining traction in both the academic and practitioner worlds. Going well beyond the implementation of a superior IT infrastructure, "Enterprise Governance of Information Technology" is about defining and embedding processes and structures throughout the organizations that enable both business and IT people to execute their responsibilities, while maximizing the value created from their IT-enabled investments. At the forefront of the field, the authors draw from years of research and advising corporate clients to present the first comprehensive resource on the topic. Featuring numerous case examples from companies around the world, the book integrates theoretical advances and empirical data with practical application, including in-depth discussion of such frameworks as COBIT and VALIT, which are used to measure and audit the value of IT investments and ensuring regulatory compliance. A variety of elements, including executive summaries and sidebars, extensive references, and questions and activities (with additional materials available on-line) ensure that the book will be an essential resource for professionals, researchers, and students alike.
Enterprise JavaBeans 3rd edition has been thoroughly revised to include complete coverage of three major changes in the EJB 2.0 specification: A new version of container-managed persistence; local interfaces; and a totally new kind of bean called the "message driven bean." The 3rd edition also contains an architecture overview, information on resource management and primary services, design strategies, and XML deployment descriptors.
As the witch-pyres of the Spanish Inquisition blanket Renaissance Europe in a moral haze, a young African slave finds herself the unwilling apprentice of an ancient necromancer. Unfortunately, quitting his company proves even more hazardous than remaining his pupil when she is afflicted with a terrible curse. Yet salvation may lie in a mysterious tome her tutor has hidden somewhere on the war-torn continent. She sets out on a seemingly impossible journey to find the book, never suspecting her fate is tied to three strangers: the artist Niklaus Manuel Deutsch, the alchemist Dr. Paracelsus, and a gun-slinging Dutch mercenary. As Manuel paints her macabre story on canvas, plank, and church wall, the young apprentice becomes increasingly aware that death might be the least of her concerns.
Is your organization rapidly accumulating more information than you know how to manage? This book helps you create an enterprise search solution based on more than just technology. Author Martin White shows you how to plan and implement a managed search environment that meets the needs of your business and your employees. Learn why it's vital to have a dedicated staff manage your search technology and support your users. In one survey, 93% of executives said their organization is losing revenue because they're not fully able to use the information they collect. With this book, business managers, IT managers, and information professionals can maximize the value of corporate information and data assets. Use 12 critical factors to gauge your organization's search needs Learn how to make a business case for search Research your user requirements and evaluate your current search solution Create a support team with technical skills and organizational knowledge to manage your solution Set quality guidelines for organizational content and metadata Get an overview of open source and commercial search technology Choose an application based on your requirements, not for its features Make mobile and location-independent search part of your solution
Enterprise Service Bus provides an architectural overview of the ESB, showing how it can bring the task of integration of enterprise applications and services built on J2EE, .NET, C/C++, and other legacy environments into the reach of the everyday IT professional, using an event-driven Service-Oriented Architecture. Through the study of real-world use cases drawn from several industries using ESB, the book clearly and coherently outlines the benefits of moving toward this integration strategy.
Illogical! The teachings of Surak emphasise the sacredness of life. Must they be abandoned when the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few? T'Pol is forced to confront this dilemma: take a life to save her crewmates, or stay true to her Vulcan nature...From the successful new Star Trek franchise comes the story of its most popular character - the brilliant Vulcan science officer T'Pol. Pulled, once again, into one of Captain Jonathan Archer's headlong rushes for first contact, Sub-commander T'Pol believes her life -- and those of her colleagues -- is threatened. Instinctively she reacts, draws her phaser and kills. A simple act of self-defence. Or was it? As a Vulcan, an alien race under the strictest of self-imposed philosophical regimes, has T'Pol committed the ultimate act of self-betrayal? Has she forsaken the nonviolent teachings of Surak?
In today's highly competitive and dynamic business environments, corporations can no longer afford to rely on the static strategic management constructs of the past. Enterprise-wide Strategic Management is a leading-edge work that shows how business leaders can take better advantage of their opportunities by taking a broader perspective of the world in which they operate. David Rainey advocates a holistic approach to the business environment, arguing that managers must work with all stakeholders, both internal and external, to create long-term success. Including numerous case studies featuring global corporations and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the book provides guidance and support in formulating, developing, and implementing business strategies and action plans. It also includes advice on how to develop and deploy strategic management systems, management constructs, and organizational structures. This gives executives, strategic leaders, professionals, and practitioners the tools they need to create value and achieve sustainable success.
This book fills a gap between high-level overview texts that are often too general and low-level detail oriented technical handbooks that lose sight the "big picture". This book discusses SOA from the low-level perspective of middleware, various XML-based technologies, and basic service design. It also examines broader implications of SOA, particularly where it intersects with business process management and process modeling. Concrete overviews will be provided of the methodologies in those fields, so that students will have a hands-on grasp of how they may be used in the context of SOA.
One night The Great Freddie, a young ventriloquist, is possessed by a dybbuk. A what? A Jewish spirit. A scrappy demon who glows as if spray-painted by moonlight. The dybbuk is revealed to be the ghost of a twelve-year-old boy named Avrom Amos, a victim of the Nazis during World War II. In a plucky scheme to seek revenge, he commandeers The Great Freddie's stage act and entraps the entertainer in the postwar ashes of Germany. Behind the footlights, the dybbuk lights up the terrible fate of a million and a half Jewish children, including Avrom himself. What tricks does the dybbuk have up his ghostly sleeve? Prepare to be astonished. . . .
As a teen, Kristy Smith spent her nights dreaming of a college scholarship--dreams that ended abruptly when she became pregnant. Now Kristy works hard to support her young son, Jason, and her ailing grandmother, staving off regrets about the chances that slipped away. But one person will open Kristy's eyes to the fact that she's been selling herself short. For she has much to offer to the residents of Fairbrook, who are all about to learn that the future can surprise and redeem us, especially when there's courage and friendship in abundance, as well as a little help from an unexpected source. . . Praise For Judy Duarte And Mulberry Park Tender and touching. . . this novel will stay with you long after you have read the last page. --Dorothy Garlock, New York Times bestselling author An uplifting story about one little girl's unflinching faith and how she extends an open and loving hand to the broken people around her. --Cathy Lamb, author of Such a Pretty Face
The 14 menus in this colorful cookbook capture the very essence of the statement, "Life is good." And how can it not be with fresh Kumamoto oysters from Puget Sound, or Copper River salmon from Alaska, or herbed and grilled leg of lamb? Each special menu consists of five to seven recipes that, served together, comprise a memorable culinary event. For example, Atkinson's menu for a romantic summer dinner includes "Matisse Bread" or Fougasse, Three Shellfish with Three Citrus Fruits, Provençale Chicken with Tomato and Orange, and Chocolate Marquis with Saffron Cream.
Fans of a certain multi-award-winning HBO dramatic series will enjoy this ultimate guide to making every event the perfect occasion, served up by the Garden State's most gracious hostess, Carmela Soprano. From graduation parties to holiday gatherings to pool-side barbecues, Carmela gives you everything you need to keep your personal crew as happy as a clam in red sauce: over 75 delicious new Neapolitan-based recipes created by Michele Scicolone as well as scores of Soprano-approved tips on picking the ideal location, choosing tasteful decorations, whipping up the best drinks, and selecting the right music.
Characterizing electricity as "the greatest scientific invention of the Enlightenment," Fara (history of science, U. of Cambridge, UK) reconstructs the history of the discovery of electricity that pre- existed Benjamin Franklin's oft-cited kite. It is a history in which the instruments largely preceded the theory and "there was no clear path of development." Nevertheless, the development of those instruments, especially air pumps and Leyden jars, was absolutely necessary for later discoveries about electricity. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Entertainment studies are an important emerging subject in tourism, and this introductory textbook provides a detailed overview of the entertainment industry discipline in order to prepare students for roles such as promoters, festival managers and technical support workers. Covering key aspects of entertainment by profiling individual sectors, each chapter is written by an expert working in the field and covers the history and background, products and segmentation, contemporary issues, micro and macro business, environmental influences, detailed case studies and future directions of that sector. It will be an essential text for undergraduate students in entertainment management, events management and related tourism subjects.
Aimed at students and general readers, this text traces the historical evolution of entertainment as an economic entity in 20th-century America. The volume is organized roughly chronologically, and six representative types of entertainment are examined: vaudeville, recorded sound, movies, radio, television, and spectator sports. In the final chapter, Haupert (economics, U. of Wisconsin-LaCrosse) profiles 15 individuals who had a profound effect on the entertainment industry. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc. , Portland, OR (booknews. com)
The entertainment industry is one of the largest sectors of the U. S. economy and is in fact becoming one of the most prominent globally as well, in movies, music, television programming, advertising, broadcasting, cable, casino gambling and wagering, publishing performing arts, sports, theme parks, toys and games. The eighth edition of Entertainment Industry Economics differs from its predecessors by inclusion of a new section on the legal aspects and limitations common to all such 'experience' industries, reference to the emerging field of the psychology of entertainment, partial restructuring and expansion of the music chapter, enhancement of the section on advertising, and broadening of the coverage in the gaming and wagering chapter. The result is a comprehensive, up-to-date reference guide on the economics, financing, production and marketing of entertainment in the United States and overseas, that will interest investors, business executives, accountants, lawyers and arts administrators.
A journey may take hundreds of miles, or it may cover the distance between duty and desire. Sixteen of today's hottest writers of paranormal tales weave stories on a common theme of journeying. Authors such as Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, and Melissa Marr return to the beloved worlds of their bestselling series, while others, like Claudia Gray, Kami Garcia, and Margaret Stohl, create new land-scapes and characters. But whether they're writing about vampires, faeries, angels, or other magical beings, each author explores the strength and resilience of the human heart. Suspenseful, funny, or romantic, the stories in Enthralled will leave you moved.
They have the power to hold you spellbound, to captivate your senses, and to keep you forever in their control. Forever enthralled... #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh returns to her sensual world of the Breeds...as one stubborn Breed meets her match, and can no longer deny her mate--or the fierce desires of her own heart. New York Times bestselling author Alyssa Day introduces the League of the Black Swan...and the dangerous game one woman plays when her family's curse dooms her to kill the man she loves. New York Times bestselling author Meljean Brook delivers a new story in her steampunk world of the Iron Seas...as a man who's lost everything returns home to find that not only is his marriage in jeopardy, but he must now fight air pirates who intend to steal his one remaining treasure--his wife. And Lucy Monroe, national bestselling author of the Children of the Moon novels...unleashes the feral passions of a werewolf on the body, mind, and soul of his prey, his lover, his lifemate.
A first-time novelist pens a Jane Austen-inspired romantic comedy of errors as two girls get a part in the boys' school musical. What follows is a series of misinterpreted--and missed--signals, dating mishaps, and awkward incidents. This edition includes a discussion guide.
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