Description : Based on Evan Wright's National Magazine Award-winning story in Rolling Stone, this is the raw, firsthand account of the 2003 Iraq invasion that inspired the HBO® original mini-series. Within hours of 9/11, America’s war on terrorism fell to those like the twenty-three Marines of the First Recon Battalion, the first generation dispatched into open-ended combat since Vietnam. They were a new pop-culture breed of American warrior unrecognizable to their forebears—soldiers raised on hip hop, video games and The Real World. Cocky, brave, headstrong, wary and mostly unprepared for the physical, emotional and moral horrors ahead, the “First Suicide Battalion” would spearhead the blitzkrieg on Iraq, and fight against the hardest resistance Saddam had to offer. Hailed as “one of the best books to come out of the Iraq war”(Financial Times), Generation Kill is the funny, frightening, and profane firsthand account of these remarkable men, of the personal toll of victory, and of the randomness, brutality and camaraderie of a new American War.
Description : Music after the Fall is the first book to survey contemporary Western art music within the transformed political, cultural, and technological environment of the post–Cold War era. In this book, Tim Rutherford-Johnson considers musical composition against this changed backdrop, placing it in the context of globalization, digitization, and new media. Drawing connections with the other arts, in particular visual art and architecture, he expands the definition of Western art music to include forms of composition, experimental music, sound art, and crossover work from across the spectrum, inside and beyond the concert hall. Each chapter is a critical consideration of a wide range of composers, performers, works, and institutions, and develops a broad and rich picture of the new music ecosystem, from North American string quartets to Lebanese improvisers, from electroacoustic music studios in South America to ruined pianos in the Australian outback. Rutherford-Johnson puts forth a new approach to the study of contemporary music that relies less on taxonomies of style and technique than on the comparison of different responses to common themes of permission, fluidity, excess, and loss.
Description : Showing learners that the act of writing is connected to everyday living, THE COMPOSITION OF EVERYDAY LIFE emphasizes invention while helping writers rediscover concepts, uncover meaning, and rethink the world around them. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Description : During the Dominion War, the Federation set a trap for its enemies and secretly armed the neutral planet Tezwa with high-tech weapons -- violating its non-aggression pact with the Klingon Empire in the process. Now Tezwa's ruthless prime minister is flexing his world's military muscle and threatening both Federation and Klingon border worlds -- and Captain Picard and the Starship Enterprise crew are caught in the middle of what could be their last battlefield.
Description : The author of the 400,000-copy bestseller On Killing reveals how violent video games have ushered in a new era of mass homicide--and what we must do about it. Paducah, Kentucky, 1997: a 14-year-old boy shoots eight students in a prayer circle at his school. Littleton, Colorado, 1999: two high school seniors kill a teacher, twelve other students, and then themselves. Utoya, Norway, 2011: a political extremist shoots and kills sixty-nine participants in a youth summer camp. Newtown, Connecticut, 2012: a troubled 20-year-old man kills 20 children and six adults at the elementary school he once attended. What links these and other horrific acts of mass murder? A young person's obsession with video games that teach to kill. Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, who in his perennial bestseller On Killingrevealed that most of us are not "natural born killers" - and who has spent decades training soldiers, police, and others who keep us secure to overcome the intrinsic human resistance to harming others and to use firearms responsibly when necessary - turns a laser focus on the threat posed to our society by violent video games. Drawing on crime statistics, cutting-edge social research, and scientific studies of the teenage brain, Col. Grossman shows how video games that depict antisocial, misanthropic, casually savage behavior can warp the mind - with potentially deadly results. His book will become the focus of a new national conversation about video games and the epidemic of mass murders that they have unleashed.
Description : Proceedings of a December 1999 conference, with papers in sections on electronic commerce, system engineering, networks, security analysis, workflow, crypto, composition problems of component TOEs, security policy, and public infrastructures. Other subjects include information security education, mobile code, legal and technical responses to protecting US critical infrastructures, security architectures, middleware, and intrusion detection. Some specific topics are security policy coordination for heterogeneous information systems, user authentication in the Java platform, and relevancy analysis on the registry of Windows NT 4.0. Lacks a subject index. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Description : On the Way to the Web: The Secret History of the Internet and Its Founders is an absorbing chronicle of the inventive, individualistic, and often cantankerous individuals who set the Internet free. Michael A. Banks describes how the online population created a new culture and turned a new frontier into their vision of the future. This book will introduce you to the innovators who laid the foundation for the Internet and the World Wide Web, the man who invented online chat, and the people who invented the products all of us use online every day. Learn where, when, how and why the Internet came into being, and exactly what hundreds of thousands of people were doing online before the Web. See who was behind it all, and what inspired them.
Description : By Rob Smith ISBN: 978 1846930386 Published: 2007 Pages: 354 Description Nanotechnology is for mankind a long-term research project. It is certainly the science of the future but whether it will bear fruit in the next ten years or the next hundred years nobody knows. But after biotechnology it is certainly where most of the high-risk investment money is heading. The risk from a grey goo engulfing the world - as prophesied by some - while not impossible is thankfully unlikely as so many safeguards can be built in. I hope that this book will help to advance the cause of nanotechnology by showing what it can do for mankind. About the Author Rob Smith graduated in Electronics, Physics and Mathematics and then spent some years working for large electronics companies and restoring Astronomical Observatories. After his first wife suddenly died he picked up the pieces of his life and married again, this time to a lady from Russia. Having lived for some years in Spain he and his new family returned to Hampshire where he now works as a Lecturer.