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101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles in World War II by Mark Bando

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101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles in World War II by Mark Bando
English | Sep 15, 2007 | ISBN: 0760329842 | 256 Pages | PDF | 177,5 MB

101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles in World War II by Mark Bando
In 1942, the 82nd Infantry Division at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, was split in two. One of the new divisions began intense preparations and training for a surprise landing on the Nazi-occupied European continent. The location was Normandy, France; the date was June 6, 1944; and the division was the 101st Airborne: the legendary "band of brothers."

This is the story of that divisions heroic performance on D-Day, and right up to the Allied victory in Europe. Filled with historic images, many never before published, it is also a tribute to the fallen men of the 101st–the artists and athletes, scientists and mathematicians, architects and builders whose sacrifice secured the future but left the human race much diminished. Theirs is an accomplishment well-known but rarely so dramatically depicted: Here is the 101st landing on Utah Beach, coming in by parachute, or glider, or from the sea. Stirring words and pictures capture the landing, linking the Utah and Omaha beachheads; the divisions breaking of the German drive to the coast; and their brilliant stand at Bastogne; a refusal to yield so famously summed up in the commanders reply to a German call for surrender: "Nuts."
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Blood Trails: The Combat Diary of a Foot Soldier in Vietnam

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Christopher Ronnau, "Blood Trails: The Combat Diary of a Foot Soldier in Vietnam"
English | ISBN: 0891418830 | 2006 | EPUB | 320 pages | 4 MB

Blood Trails: The Combat Diary of a Foot Soldier in Vietnam
Chris Ronnau volunteered for the Army and was sent to Vietnam in January 1967, armed with an M-14 rifle and American Express traveler's checks. But the latter soon proved particularly pointless as the private first class found himself in the thick of two pivotal, fiercely fought Big Red One operations, going head-to-head against crack Viet cong and NVA troops in the notorious Iron Triangle and along the treacherous Cambodian border near Tay Ninh.

Patrols, ambushes, plunging down VC tunnels, search and destroy missions-there were many ways to drive the enemy from his own backyard, as Ronnau quickly discovered. Based on the journal Ronnau kept in Vietnam, Blood Trails captures the hellish jungle war in all its stark life-and-death immediacy. This wrenching chronicle is also stirring testimony to the quiet courage of those unsung American heroes, many not yet twenty-one, who had a job to do and did it without complaint-fighting, sacrificing, and dying for their country.

Includes sixteen pages of rare and never-before-seen combat photos
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Your Call Is Important to Us: The Truth About Bullshit

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Your Call Is Important to Us: The Truth About Bullshit by Laura Penny
2005 | ISBN: 1400081033, 1400081041 | English | 256 pages | EPUB | 0.3 MB

Your Call Is Important to Us: The Truth About Bullshit
Every once in a while a truth-telling book appears out of nowhere, a book that crystallizes our darkest suspicions and makes us mad as hell-while we're laughing like fiends. A book like this one.

Your Call Is Important to Us is a manifesto for anyone who's sick and tired of the twenty-first century's tidal wave of bullshit. Taking no prisoners, author Laura Penny dissects-no, disembowels-the culture of globalized, super-sized, consumerized b.s.

Dating the renaissance of bullshit to wartime propaganda, Penny skewers the "corporate bafflegab," scripted, question-proof political events, toxic faux foodstuffs, and miracle pills that clutter our lives. She spares no one and nothing: not Wal-Mart, where "every rinky-dink chunk of mass-produced bric-a-brac is manufactured expressly for you"; not Bush's White House, with its "wallpaper of phony populist sloganeering"; and not the vast pharmaceutical industry, with its "gateway prescription drugs."

Penny reveals that prisons are the hot new thing in call centers (the federal prison industry bills itself as "the best-kept secret in outsourcing") and that the Public Relations Society of America has a Code of Ethics Pledge (who knew?). Finally, with devastating precision, she demonstrates how our "all-you-can-eat buffet of phoniness" not only alienates us from each other but degrades public discourse, breeds apathy, and makes us just plain stupid.

Your Call Is Important to Us introduces a fearless and utterly disarming new voice in social criticism. It's an island of clarity in an ocean of ordure.

Laura Penny on Bullshit:
There is so much bullshit that one hardly knows where to begin.

The platitudinous pabulum that passes for stirring political rhetoric is bullshit. . . . The committee-crafted persona and the focus-grouped fad and the rule of the polls are straight-up bullshit. The disease hysteria du jour is bullshit, and so is the latest miracle pill. The new product that will change your life is probably just more cheap, plastic bullshit.

"Your call is important to us" has been chosen from a very deep reservoir of bullshit phrases for the title of this book because it best exemplifies the properties native to bullshit. It tries to slather some nice on the result of a simple ratio: your time versus some company's dough. Like most bullshit, the more times you hear it, the bullshittier it gets. This is why bullshit is best served quickly, with many visuals, in mass quantities, with no questions from the floor.

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Islam: A Short History (Modern Library Chronicles)

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Islam: A Short History (Modern Library Chronicles) By Karen Armstrong
2002 | 272 Pages | ISBN: 081296618X | EPUB + MOBI | 3 MB + 2 MB

Islam: A Short History (Modern Library Chronicles)
The picture of Islam as a violent, backward, and insular tradition should be laid to rest, says Karen Armstrong, bestselling author of Muhammad and A History of God. Delving deep into Islamic history, Armstrong sketches the arc of a story that begins with the stirring of revelation in an Arab businessman named Muhammad. His concern with the poor who were being left behind in the blush of his society's new prosperity sets the tone for the tale of a culture that values community as a manifestation of God. Muhammad's ideas catch fire, quickly blossoming into a political empire. As the empire expands and the once fractured Arabs subdue and overtake the vast Persian domain, the story of a community becomes a panoramic drama. With great dexterity, Armstrong narrates the Sunni-Shi'ite schism, the rise of Persian influence, the clashes with Western crusaders and Mongolian conquerors, and the spiritual explorations that traced the route to God. Armstrong brings us through the debacle of European colonialism right up to the present day, putting Islamic fundamentalism into context as part of a worldwide phenomenon. Islam: A Short History, like Bruce Lawrence's Shattering the Myth and Mark Huband's Warriors of the Prophet, introduces us to a faith that beckons like a minaret to those who dare to venture beyond the headlines.
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Le Ton Beau De Marot: In Praise Of The Music Of Language

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Le Ton Beau De Marot: In Praise Of The Music Of Language by Douglas R. Hofstadter
English | May 23, 1998 | ISBN: 0465086454 | 832 Pages | PDF | 30 MB
Lost in an art-the art of translation. Thus, in an elegant anagram (translation = lost in an art), Pulitzer Prize-winning author and pioneering cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter hints at what led him to pen a deep personal homage to the witty sixteenth-century French poet Clément Marot.

Le Ton Beau De Marot: In Praise Of The Music Of Language
"Le ton beau de Marot" literally means "The sweet tone of Marot", but to a French ear it suggests "Le tombeau de Marot"-that is, "The tomb of Marot". That double entendre foreshadows the linguistic exuberance of this book, which was sparked a decade ago when Hofstadter, under the spell of an exquisite French miniature by Marot, got hooked on the challenge of recreating both its sweet message and its tight rhymes in English-jumping through two tough hoops at once.In the next few years, he not only did many of his own translations of Marot's poem, but also enlisted friends, students, colleagues, family, noted poets, and translators-even three state-of-the-art translation programs!-to try their hand at this subtle challenge.The rich harvest is represented here by 88 wildly diverse variations on Marot's little theme. Yet this barely scratches the surface of Le Ton beau de Marot, for small groups of these poems alternate with chapters that run all over the map of language and thought.Not merely a set of translations of one poem, Le Ton beau de Marot is an autobiographical essay, a love letter to the French language, a series of musings on life, loss, and death, a sweet bouquet of stirring poetry-but most of all, it celebrates the limitless creativity fired by a passion for the music of words.Dozens of literary themes and creations are woven into the picture, including Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, Dante's Inferno, Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, Villon's Ballades, Nabokov's essays, Georges Perec's La Disparition, Vikram Seth's Golden Gate, Horace's odes, and more.Rife with stunning form-content interplay, crammed with creative linguistic experiments yet always crystal-clear, this book is meant not only for lovers of literature, but also for people who wish to be brought into contact with current ideas about how creativity works, and who wish to see how today's computational models of language and thought stack up next to the human mind.Le Ton beau de Marot is a sparkling, personal, and poetic exploration aimed at both the literary and the scientific world, and is sure to provoke great excitement and heated controversy among poets and translators, critics and writers, and those involved in the study of creativity and its elusive wellsprings.
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Caribou: Poems

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Caribou: Poems
Language: English | EPUB / MOBI | ISBN-10: 0374119023 | 2014 | 96 pages | 0,1 MB / 0,2 MB
Charles Wright's truth-the truth of nature, of man's yearning for the divine, of aging-is at the heart of the renowned poet's latest collection, Caribou. This is an elegy to transient beauty, a song for the "stepchild hour, / belonging to neither the light nor dark, / The hour of disappearing things," and an expression of Wright's restless questing for a reality beyond the one before our eyes ("We are all going into a world of dark . . . It's okay. That's where the secrets are, / The big ones, the ones too tall to tell"). Caribou's strength is in its quiet, wry profundity.

Caribou: Poems
"It's good to be here," Wright tells us. "It's good to be where the world's quiescent, and reminiscent." And to be here-in the pages of this stirring collection-is more than good; Caribou is another remarkable gift from the poet around whose influence "the whole world seems to orbit in a kind of meditative, slow circle" (Poetry).
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Changing People’s Lives While Transforming Your Own: Paths to Social Justice and Global Human Rights

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Jeffrey A. Kottler, Mike Marriner, "Changing People's Lives While Transforming Your Own: Paths to Social Justice and Global Human Rights"
English | 2009-01-27 | ISBN: 0470227508 | 262 pages | PDF | 4 mb

Changing People’s Lives While Transforming Your Own: Paths to Social Justice and Global Human Rights
By supporting others and promoting change, helping professionals also enjoy the benefit of personal growth. Changing People's Lives While Transforming Your Own is filled with narratives from individuals from social work, psychology, counseling, and allied health fields. Inspiring and stirring, this book vividly illustrates how to promote social justice and foster global human rights. Its accompanying DVD features stories from a social justice mission to Nepal reaching out to neglected children. Students and professionals will find this book a profound reminder of how targeted social justice efforts have resulted in transformative experiences.
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Called: Southern Watch #1 by Robert J. Crane

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Called: Southern Watch #1 by Robert J. Crane
English | February 3, 2014 | ISBN: 1494786907 | 173 pages | EPUB | 0.2 MB
Archibald "Arch" Stan was a local cop in Midian, Tennessee that was good at his job, good at being a husband, and exceptionally good at hiding his disappointment at not being able to figure out what was missing in his life that made it all seem so empty.

Called: Southern Watch #1 by Robert J. Crane
Lafayette Hendricks looked like a drifter, a broken-down hitchhiker blown through Midian on the prevailing winds. When Arch catches him in a fight on the town square, though, things start to get weird, fast, because the guy he's fighting doesn't die when he gets shot. And Hendricks is carrying a sword.

Pretty soon, Arch's whole life is turned upside down by Hendricks's revelation that there's a secret world operating under the one he's been living in his whole life – one filled with demons, chaos, and unspeakable evils, one of which is already in town, stirring trouble. And if the two men don't band together to keep watch on the darkness falling on Midian, then this small town might just get swallowed up by the forces of evil – with the rest of the world to follow shortly behind.
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Photoshop CC Bible (PDF)

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Lisa DaNae Dayley, Brad Dayley, "Photoshop CC Bible"
2013 | ISBN-10: 1118643690 | 1152 pages | PDF | 147 MB
The one reference book every Photoshop user needs! Adobe Photoshop is the industry leading imageediting software, and the newest version boasts exciting new features. This musthave comprehensive resource gets you started with the basics and then highlights the latest updates and revisions to the new Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud). You’ll learn every aspect of Photoshop CC, from image editing basics to techniques for working with the histogram palette, Lens Blur, Match Color, and the color replacement tool, as well as keyboard shortcuts. Explores retouching and color correction, working with Camera Raw images, preparing photos for print or the web, and much more Details what beginners need to know and shares intermediatelevel information on key tools and procedures Delves into techniques for retouching, colorcorrecting, manipulating, combining images, as well as all the new features and enhancements in the latest version Photoshop CC Bible is essential reading for everyone from photo hobbyists to professionals in graphic design, publishing, video editing, animation, and broadcasting.

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