The hugely successful American Civilization provides students of American Studies with the perfect background and introductory information on contemporary American life, examining the central dimensions of American society from geography and the environment, government and politics, to religion, education, sports, media and the arts. Fully updated throughout, the seventh edition: covers recent events including the 2016 US election and 2017 presidential inauguration contains new commentary on key themes such as terrorist incidents and their effects on the national mood regarding immigration, rapidly changing energy politics, police racial profiling and the Black Lives Matter movement, and progress in legislation protecting the rights of the LGBT community covers all core American Studies topics at introductory level and contains essential historical background for American Studies students in the twenty-first century analyzes issues of gender, class, race, and minorities in America's cosmopolitan population is accompanied by a fully updated and integrated companion website (www.routledge.com/cw/mauk) featuring an interactive timeline, quiz questions, extensive references for further reading, links to key primary sources and advice for students on how to approach essay questions. Containing questions and terms for discussion, bibliographical references and websites at the end of each chapter and a new selection of color illustrations and case studies, this textbook is an essential resource for all students of American civilization, culture and society.
Completely revised and updated edition by New York Times best-selling author Bill Schley!Today's number one communication's secret is: It's not what people hear. It's what they repeat. That's why "the right six words will always beat 6,000" when you know which to pick! And it's all here in The Micro-Script Rules.Call it survival of the simplest - that's the bottom line for branders, political candidates, teachers, advertisers - anyone who must communicate today. Because with 500 billion messages going by per second, we can't win by delivering more data. Our brains crave less. They want help to make snap judgments on the least bit of info. They want us to package it for them - in very special, short sets of words called micro-scripts. That's why:A new product seizes 50 percent of the market in two years using seven perfect wordsA lawyer won the murder trial of the century with eight simple wordsErnest Hemingway thought his greatest story ever was six words longA presidential election turned on a four-word phraseImagine what magic words like these can do for your brand, your career, your website, or your business plan. They've been used by great communicators for 1,000 years. Now they're yours in this smart and entertaining book by best-selling author Bill Schley. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Schley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/134496/bk_acx0_134496_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One thousand years after the assumed apocalypse, a demonic army known as the Demon Plague has invaded the new world. With various races and cultures split by their differences, one man inspires them to unite in order to defeat the unfathomable evil force.Experience the epic story that follows these heroes into the darkness. Join the resistance and find out what it takes to defeat demons.In this Mad Max meets Game of Thrones dark sci-fi/fantasy epic, you'll experience an engaging story about a hero who lost everything to an evil force never encountered before. In his attempt to warn powers of the new world to prepare themselves to resist this supernatural army, Michael Miuriell joins forces with various warriors who work to unite rival kingdoms and bury century-old hatchets if only to defeat the Demon Plague. With fast moving action, dangerous villains and original characters, this story will define what every great sci-fi/fantasy novel should contain. Welcome to the resistance.About the author:David V. Mammina lives in Lindenhurst, NY, and teaches social studies to students with learning disabilities in Queens. He is the author of seven fiction novels and the recipient of the Presidential Service Award for his volunteer work in the community. He enjoys connecting with avid readers and other independent authors, as well as dabbling in video games and comics. Please feel free to reach out to him and take a look at his website to learn more. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Russell Archey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/157941/bk_acx0_157941_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Major revelations about the US government's drone program - best-selling author Jeremy Scahill and his colleagues at the investigative website The Intercept expose stunning new details about America's secret assassination policy. When the US government discusses drone strikes publicly, it offers assurances that such operations are a more precise alternative to troops on the ground and are authorized only when an "imminent" threat is present and there is "near certainty" that the intended target will be killed. The implicit message on drone strikes from the Obama administration has been trust, but don't verify. The online magazine The Intercept exploded this secrecy when it obtained a cache of secret slides that provide a window into the inner workings of the US military's kill/capture operations in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Whether through the use of drones, night raids, or new platforms yet to be employed, these documents show assassination to be central to US counterterrorism policy. The classified documents reveal that Washington's 14-year targeted killing campaign suffers from an overreliance on flawed signals intelligence, an apparently incalculable civilian toll, and an inability to extract potentially valuable intelligence from terror suspects. This campaign, carried out by two presidents through four presidential terms, has been deliberately obscured from the public and insulated from democratic debate. The Assassination Complex allows us to understand at last the circumstances under which the US government grants itself the right to sentence individuals to death without the established checks and balances of arrest, trial, and appeal. The book includes original contributions from Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Newbern, Jeremy Scahill - introduction, Glenn Greenwald - afterword. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007499/bk_sans_007499_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The utterly gripping story of the most outrageous case of cyber piracy prosecuted by the US Department of Justice. A former US Navy intelligence officer, David Locke Hall was a federal prosecutor when a bizarre-sounding website, CRACK99, came to his attention. It looked like Craigslist on acid, but what it sold was anything but amateurish: thousands of high-tech software products used largely by the military, and for mere pennies on the dollar. Want to purchase satellite tracking software? No problem. Aerospace and aviation simulations? No problem. Communications systems designs? No problem. Software for Marine One, the presidential helicopter? No problem. With delivery times and customer service to rival the world's most successful online retailers, anybody, anywhere - including rogue regimes, terrorists, and countries forbidden from doing business with the United States - had access to these goods for any purpose whatsoever. But who was behind CRACK99, and where were they? The Justice Department discouraged potentially costly, risky cases like this, preferring the low-hanging fruit that scored points from politicians and the public. But Hall and his colleagues were determined to find the culprit. They bought CRACK99's products for delivery in the United States, buying more and more to appeal to the budding entrepreneur in the man they identified as Xiang Li. After winning his confidence, they lured him to Saipan - a US commonwealth territory where Hall's own father had stormed the beaches with the marines during World War II. There, they set up an audacious sting that culminated in Xiang Li's capture and imprisonment. The value of the goods offered by CRACK99? A cool $100 million. An eye-opening look at cybercrime and its chilling consequences for national security, CRACK99 is like a caper that resonates with every amazing detail. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Peckham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008109/bk_blak_008109_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A major new collection of modern commentary - from scholars, historians, and Civil War buffs - on the significant events of the Civil War, culled from The New York Times' popular Disunion online journal. Since its debut on November 6, 2010, Disunion, The New York Times' acclaimed journal about the Civil War, has published hundreds of original articles and won multiple awards, including "Best History Website" from the New Media Institute and the History News Network. Following the chronology of the secession crisis and the Civil War, the contributors to Disunion, who include modern scholars, journalists, historians, and Civil War buffs, offer ongoing daily commentary and assessment of the Civil War as it unfolded. Now, for the first time, this fascinating and historically significant commentary has been gathered together and organized in one volume. In The New York Times: Disunion, historian Ted Widmer has selected more than 100 articles that cover events beginning with Lincoln's presidential victory through the Emancipation Proclamation. Topics include everything from Walt Whitman's wartime diary to the bloody guerrilla campaigns in Missouri and Kansas. Esteemed contributors include William Freehling, Adam Goodheart, and Edward Ayers, among others. The book also compiles new essays that have not been published on the Disunion site, by contributors and well-known historians such as David Blight, Gary Gallagher, and Drew Gilpin Faust. Topics include the perspective of African-American slaves and freed men on the war, the secession crisis in the Upper South, the war in the West (that is, past the Appalachians), the war in Texas, the international context, and Civil War-era cartography. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennifer Van Dyck, Mark Boyett, Kevin Pariseau. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/012981/bk_adbl_012981_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
You are about to build your knowledge of data science to perhaps build a career out of it even if you are a complete beginner! The most valuable resource is no longer oil and gold; data reigns supreme these days! And if data is the most valuable resource, perhaps the field of data science is the most critical of them all! It is so lucrative that the median entry level starting salary of a data scientist is $98,000! If you think I’m making this up, just think of the Cambridge Analytica story of how it was used in the 2016 presidential elections in the US to influence people’s voting decisions! I’m not being political here; whether true or not, data was used and it, to some extent, was seen to be effective in influencing people! All that is the realm of data science! And it is not just Cambridge Analytica that uses data on a massive scale. Data is used to tell which ad suggestions show up when you are browsing on your favorite website, the kind of videos you see on YouTube for instance, the friend suggestions we see on Facebook, the stuff you see on your newsfeed, the emails that land in your spam folder, our credit rating, how much we pay for insurance, the products/movies that Amazon, Netflix and other online stores display to you and much more! For all these things to be possible, lots of data (an estimated 2.5 exabytes were being generated every single day in 2012, according to IBM) has to be collected, analyzed, interpreted and manipulated to serve a given purpose! Does all this sound like music to your ears? Would you want to understand the inner workings of key concepts of data science, including high performance computing, big data analysis, data infrastructure issues, machine learning, data mining, deep learning and more? This book has a comprehensive introduction to the field of data science to help you to have an above average understanding of data science to get you started. / 1. Language: English. Narrator: Damon Knox. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/178681/bk_acx0_178681_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.The National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) is a U.S. association that "was formed in 1989 when a group of state election directors and administrators met in Reno, Nevada. The driving issue at that time that spurred the group to organize was the concern that national networks were releasing presidential election results before all polls had closed. "The recently enacted Help America Vote Act has increased the importance for communication and coordination among state election directors", its website states. The association serves "as an exchange of best practices and ideas." ASED has recently received attention for its role in the system for certifying e-voting machines. According to a September 2004 report by the Associated Press, "More than a decade ago, the Federal Election Commission authorized the National Association of State Election Directors to choose the independent testers."
The human rights situation in Kazakhstan has been an area of concern for many outside governmental and non-governmental observers. Observer group Freedom House ranks this former Soviet state with a 6 in Political Rights and a 5 in Civil Liberties, denoting it as "Not Free." The website of the US Embassy in Kazakhstan notes that in 2004-2005 the Kazakhstan government's human-rights record "remained poor," and "the Government continued to commit numerous abuses." Kazakhstan's political structure concentrates power in the presidency. Current President Nursultan Nazarbayev was elected to a 7-year term in a 2006 election that, many observers note, fell far short of international standards. The legislature and judiciary, as well as regional and local governments are not independent from executive control, and changes or amendments to the Constitution require presidential consent. No opposition parties are represented in the Lower House of Parliament. Corruption remains systemic.