• Business & management
      July 2015

      What Did Jesus Drive: Crisis PR in Cars, Computers and Christianity

      by Jason H. Vines

      Isn’t it time that we are told the insider TRUTH regarding the intentional and unintentional cover-ups made by the big boys in “Detroit.” An industry, the Auto Industry, driven by profits-over-principle according to many of its critics. Be prepared to buckle-up and enjoy this ride! This book is the first tell it like it is, of its kind! Why is it so difficult to tell the truth? Jason Vines starts this book with a simple question: why is it so difficult to tell the truth? Sadly, spoiler alert, he ends it with the same question. From Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton to Lance Armstrong to the IRS to Brian Williams to Bill Cosby to Tiger Woods and the NFL; why is it so painfully difficult? Vines cautions the reader up-front: “Relax, this is not a book about Jesus. However, he does appear in two chapters: first as a Hispanic grandfather from Waterford, Michigan, and later as the real Prince of Peace. No, this is a book about my life in the public relations blast furnace in the automotive industry; a quickly-derailed attempt to help a friend rebuild Detroit’s tattered image, thwarted by the sex, lies and corruption of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick; and, finally, trying to avoid another crisis with the number one selling book of all time. No, not Harry Potter; the Bible.” The crises Vines helped navigate through made headlines the world over: Jeep vehicles accused of deadly sudden unintended acceleration, Nissan’s near-death experience until it regained its MOJO, the Ford/Firestone tire mega-debacle, a jihad against SUVs by the “What Would Jesus Drive?” nuts, Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick’s drive to prison and finally avoiding a boycott of the most popular Bible in the world by evangelical Christian leaders. In his final chapter, titled “Government Motors on Fire”, Vines tackles the fake Chevy Volt fire crisis and General Motors’ 2014 nightmare with its faulty ignition switches that led to at least 24 deaths – and counting, and may lead to criminal indictments. Vines shares lessons learned and mistakes made. He notes that if he can impart anything in this book, it is the guiding principles he believes useful for any organization (not just the auto industry) or individual to avoid, mitigate or survive the inevitable crisis. As he puts it: “If you think you are immune to a crisis, you’ve already failed an overarching guiding principle.”

    • History
      November 2015

      Jimmy Hoffa Called My Mom A Bitch: Profiles in Stupidity

      by Jason H. Vines

      The book is broken up into various chapters of stupidity: Stupid Democrats, Stupid Republicans, Stupid Atheists, Stupid Christians, Stupid Criminals, Stupid Policies, Stupid People and so on. The “Stupid Criminals” chapter contains one of my favorite columns that appeared on the Detroit News’ political website. The June 29, 2010 column is titled “Globe Al Warming Gets Rubbed the Wrong Way,” and it takes on allegations that the former VP got inappropriately horny with female masseuse at a Portland, Oregon hotel. That column also continues the sick, yet hilarious saga of Otis “Masturgate” Mathis, the illiterate (no kidding), former head of Detroit Public Schools who was forced out after he admittedly fondled himself in front of numerous female superintendents. No, I am not making this up. I coined the scandal “Masturgate” and it soon became the rage in Detroit media and made my column one of the most popular on the site.

    • Technology: general issues
      June 2015

      Leading 21st Century Schools

      Harnessing Technology for Engagement and Achievement

      by Lynne Schrum and Barbara B. Levin

      The pace of technological change picks up speed with each passing day. Educators must place the proper emphasis on technology leadership—using proven methods—if they are to prepare students to thrive in the classroom and beyond. When first published in 2009, this book empowered administrators and teachers to plan and execute effective strategies for enhancing student engagement and achievement through technology. This second edition features 80% brand-new material addressing the latest technological developments, combined with the authors’ tested methods for applying them in schools. Features include: Aligning technology to the ISLLC Standards, ISTE Standards, and Common Core State Standards Comprehensive guides to the newest technologies and trends that school leaders need to know A companion website featuring a massive volume of resources for additional progress With this book close at hand, school leaders will confidently guide students into the exciting digital future.

    • History of engineering & technology
      December 2013

      The Contractors

      The Story of British Civil Engineering Contractors

      by Hugh Ferguson , Mike Chimes (Author)

      Fully illustrated in colour, The Contractors, is the first history of the challenges and adventures faced by British civil engineering contractors from their emergence with canal construction in the late-eighteenth century to the present day. Extraordinarily ambitious, largely unrecognised men who built the world’s infrastructure – its roads and railways, canals and bridges, docks and harbours, lighthouses and breakwaters, sea works and flood defences, water supply and irrigation, urban drainage and sewerage, gas works and power stations, and buildings of all shapes and sizes – these contractors took considerable risks, many failed in the process but others thrived and developed into some of the most powerful and influential industrialists of their day. Including profiles of many of the key figures and organisations in the industry through the ages, The Contractors explains what the business is about and where it comes from, sharing with a wider audience the exploits of these adventurers, haracterised by their inspiring leadership, sheer hard work, a strong constitution and perseverance in the face of adversity. Over time, the contractor has changed: from the great Victorian contractors, towering men whose business was their personal affair, through the twentieth century which has seen the rise of the corporate contractor, specialist contractors and the blurring of the distinction between consulting engineers and contractors, to the larger firms of recent years becoming larger through merger and acquisition but, as the examples in this book demonstrate, there is still room for the entrepreneur with vision, leadership and drive to become a highly successful contractor. The Contractors is a compulsory read for all those working in the industry, including civil engineers, those interested in the industry and its impact on the world, and the wider public. Readers will experience the boom of the canal and railway eras, working at home and abroad, the difficulties and opportunities brought by wars, the equipment used and the specialists and sub-contractors of today, fully illustrated with unique material from ICE and the firms themselves. Following the success of The Civil Engineers, Hugh Ferguson BSc(Eng) CEng FICE MCIHT and Mike Chrimes MBE BA MLS MCLIP bring their extensive experience and unique insight and passion to civil engineering contractors.

    • Technology, Engineering & Agriculture
      April 2018

      Mathematik für angewandte Wissenschaften

      Ein Lehrbuch für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler

      by Joachim Erven, Dietrich Schwägerl

      Grundlagen: Mengen, reelle Zahlen, elementare Funktionen, Grenzwerte; Lineare Algebra (wesentlich ergänzt): Vektorräume, lineare Gleichungssysteme, Matrizen, Eigenwerte, analytische Geometrie, Skalarprodukt, Norm; komplexe Zahlen: GAUSSsche Zahlenebene, komplexe Funktionen, Anwendungen in der Technik; Differentialrechnung: Differenzierbarkeit, Ableitungsregeln, Anwendung auf Näherungen und Grenzwerte, NEWTON-Iteration; Integralrechnung: Unbestimmtes, bestimmtes, uneigentliches Integral, Hauptsatz der Differential- und Integralrechnung, Integrationsmethoden, praktische Anwendungen, numerische Integration; Ebene und räumliche Kurven: Parameterdarstellung von Kurven, Kurvengleichung in Polarkoordinaten; Reihen: Konvergenzkriterien, Potenzreihen, FOURIER-Reihen; Funktionen mehrerer Variablen: Partielle und vollständige Differenzierbarkeit, Doppelintegrale, Kurvenintegrale, Flächen im Raum, Umrisse; Differentialgleichungen: Elementare Verfahren für Dgln 1. und 2. Ordnung, lineare Dgln, Dgl-Systeme. Neu enthalten: Lineare Ausgleichsrechnung, Nabla-Kalkül, LAPLACE-Transformation, RUNGE-KUTTA-Verfahren In diesem Lehrbuch werden alle notwendigen Mathematikgrundlagen für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler in einem Band dargestellt. Viele anschauliche Beispiele führen in die Thematik ein und vertiefen das Gelernte anhand von über 300 Grafiken. Mit mehr als 300 Übungsaufgaben mit Lösungen eignet sich das Buch hervorragend zum Selbststudium. Die Erstauflage dieses Buches, 1999 unter dem Titel »Mathematik für Ingenieure« erschienen, entstand aus Vorlesungen, die die beiden Autoren in verschiedenen Fachbereichen der Hochschule München gehalten haben. In der Folge wurden mehrfach Überarbeitungen und Ergänzungen vorgenommen.

    • Technology: general issues
      October 2018

      Bonding technology

      Bonding-friendly constructions and applications in practice

      by Tim Jüntgen

      For many applications, bonding technology represents a reliable and economical alternative to established and traditional joining processes. Among other things, it offers the best prerequisites for the consistent realization of resilient lightweight constructions, which are becoming increasingly important in today's world as a result of increasing mobility and the sustainable conservation of resources. From the content: Manufacturing processes, joining processes and connection types Basics, technology of gluing Structure, classification and types of adhesives Bonding of metallic and non-metallic materials Selected examples of concrete applications in bonding technology Testing and quality assurance Bonding in combination with other joining processes (hybrid joining) Further information / updates in the free online service This technical book provides design engineers and adhesive users with assistance for the conception, design and implementation of bondings.

    • Science & Mathematics
      November 2018

      Metallic Nanomaterials (Part A)

      by Kumar Challa, Hendrik du Toit, Leticia García-Cruz, Asterios Gavriilidis, Volker Hessel, He Huang, Gao Li, Sirui Li, Zhimin Li, Liangliang Lin, Samuel E. Lohse, Luca Mazzei, Vicente Montie, Luca Panariello, Jose Solla-Gullon, Sergey A. Starostin, Jiangwei Zhang, Kai Zheng

      This book presents latest research results on synthesis and application of metallic nanomaterials. Fabrication techniques, analytic properties, as well as theoretical aspects are discussed. Size- and shape-controlled synthesis of silver, gold, copper, ruthenium, tellurium, selenium and palladium nanoparticles are reviewed. Further topics are the synthesis from microplasma and shape-control for electrocatalytic applications.

    • Science & Mathematics
      November 2018

      Metallic Nanomaterials (Part B)

      by Kumar Challa, Sharda Bharti, Nirmal Kumar Das, Jiwen Hu, Zhiyuan Jiang, Silvia Lampis, Huiqi Li, Shudong Lin, Saptarshi Mukherjee, Soumyo Mukherji, Suparna Mukherji, Elena Piacenza, Alessandro Presentato, Gauri Shukla, Raymond Turner, Giovanni Vallini, Zhaoxiong Xie, Linlin Xu, Jun Yang, Jiawei Zhang, Pei Zhang, Emanuele Zonaro

      This book presents latest research results on synthesis and application of metallic nanomaterials. Fabrication techniques, analytic properties, as well as theoretical aspects are discussed. Size- and shape-controlled synthesis of silver, gold, copper, ruthenium, tellurium, selenium and palladium nanoparticles are reviewed. Further topics are the synthesis from microplasma and shape-control for electrocatalytic applications.

    • Air forces & warfare

      Bloody Shambles.

      by Christopher F. Shores

    • History of engineering & technology

      The Origins of the Lms in South Wales

      by Gwyn. Briwnant-Jones

    • General & world history

      Dust Clouds in the Middle East

      The Air War for East Africa, Iraq, Syria, Iran and Madagascar, 1940-42

      by Christopher Shores

      Originally appearing as a series of magazine articles, the valuable research into air operations, over the old-style Middle East of World War II, here appears in book form.;It deals with a variety of engagements between Britain and her Commonwealth forces and the Germans, Italians and Vichy French across many borders and differing terrains. It covers from the Italian threat and Ababa, the air battles over Lebanon, the breaking of Vichy air strength and culminates in the occupation of Madagascar in 1942.

    • History of engineering & technology

      The Jg 26 War Diary

      by Donald L. Caldwell

      Jagdgeschwader 26 was one of only two German units to remain on the Western front for the entire war. Its rise and fall mirrors the history of the German Air Force. This book gives a chronology of the unit's activities, using documentary sources, JG 26 archives and veteran's own stories.;Volume one covers the period from 1939 to 1942 and contains interviews with the veterans of the JG23 unit, Allied records, radio intelligence, national archives of Germany, the UK and USAF Historical Research Agency and post-war research, to provide a daily account of the unit's activities - as only two of the 30 volumes of the unit's official diary survived the war.

    • Biography: general

      The Jg 26 War Diary.

      by Donald L. Caldwell

      This is volume two of a comprehensive history of the German World War II Jagdgeschwader 26 (JG26) unit. Volume two takes the JG26 from the beginning of 1943, when the American 8th Air Force first began to make its presence felt over occupied Europe, until the end of the war. During this period the Luftwaffe, with its JG26, began an inexorable decline, though the men of the JG26 unit continued to score successes over Normandy, Arnhem and the Ardennes. This book contains interviews with these men and provides a daily account of the wing's activities, using Allied records, radio intelligence, and post-war research, as only two of the 30 volumes of the unit's official diary survived the war.;The book is based largely on primary documentation obtained from the unit's veterans and on material from the national archives of Germany and the UK and USAF Historical Research Agency. The volume provides information such as JG26 casualties, Allied victories, JG26 aerial victories and Allied victims.

    • Technology: general issues

      Marber On Markets

      How to Make Money from Charts

      by Brian Marber

      This is not your average book on technical analysis. Why? Because the author is not your average technical analyst; Brian Marber is unique -and so, as a result, is this book.Here, Marber sets out to write about his approach, in a language readers can understand and enjoy, telling them why he does what he does, and how he came to do it, including details of market pitfalls and the occasional Marber pratfall.The book does not claim to be comprehensive, but instead aims to be honest and to present the reader with the techniques and indicators that Marber himself uses, and has used successfully in his fifty-one years in the business.Although when you make money you can learn something about making it, you learn far more by losing it, then finding out how to stop doing so. This book tells you his methods; when positions have gone wrong, and what you do about it.Technical analysis is about running profits and, by using technically-oriented stops, cutting losses - not when it hurts but when, from a technical point of view, the position you're in becomes untenable. Following a Rothschild maxim that "tops and bottoms are for fools", Marber would also add "and for liars". He describes technical analysis as exactly like huntin', shootin', and fishin': what's being hunted are trends, never shooting for a top nor fishing for a bottom. But before any of that you need to learn about price.Using the same approach that he used when he taught at the International Management Institute, Geneva, he begins with price, then what price leads to: trends, support and resistance, patterns, indicators and ratios. When that has been absorbed, he moves on to stops.Marber also shares with the reader his vast wealth of experience of his time in the business - showing you the nitty-gritty, technical analysis in real-time, warts and all, and including reports on the FTSE, gold, oil and the dollar.This book is a must-read for anyone who really wants to understand the markets, delivered in Marber's distinctive and unique voice.

    • History of engineering & technology

      Trail of Gold & Silver

      Mining in Colorado, 1859-2009

      by Duane A Smith

      Historian Duane A Smith details Colorado's mining saga -- a story that stretches from the beginning of the gold and silver mining rush in the mid-nineteenth century into the twenty-first century. Gold and silver mining laid the foundation for Colorado's economy, and 1859 marked the beginning of a fever for these precious metals. Mining changed the state and its people forever, affecting settlement, territorial status, statehood, publicity, development, investment, economy, jobs both in and outside the industry, transportation, tourism, advances in mining and smelting technology, and urbanisation. Moreover, the first generation of Colorado mining brought a fascinating collection of people and a new era to the region. Written in a lively manner by one of Colorado's pre-eminent historians, this book honours the 2009 sesquicentennial of Colorado's gold rush. Smith's narrative will appeal to anybody with an interest in the state's fascinating mining history over the past 150 years.

    • Science fiction

      The Omniconstants - Hollow Earth

      Book 2

      by Christos Rodoulla Tsiailis

      The second book of the series 'The Omniconstants', where the secret society acts to the benefit of the world from an underworld perspective.

    • Science fiction

      The Omniconstants - Hollow Earth

      Book 2

      by Christos Rodoulla Tsiailis

      The second book of the series 'The Omniconstants', where the secret society acts to the benefit of the world from an underworld perspective.

    • Fiction
      November 2011

      Code Blood

      by Kurt Kamm

      Colt Lewis, a rookie fire paramedic, is obsessed with finding the severed foot of his first victim after she dies in his arms. His search takes him into the connected lives of a graduate research student, with the rarest blood in the world and the vampire fetishist who is stalking her. Within the corridors of high-stakes medical research laboratories, the shadow world of body parts dealers, and the underground Goth clubs of Los Angeles, Lewis uncovers a tangled maze of needles, drugs and maniacal ritual, all of which lead to death. But whose death? An unusual and fast-paced LA Noir thriller.

    • Technology, Engineering & Agriculture
      May 2013

      Advantage

      A Roadmap for Entrepreneurs and Leaders in The Digital Age

      by Declan Kavanagh

      Advantage is what creates value for your customers and your organisation. By having a focus on advantage and the sources of advantage through the life cycle of a business, whether it is commercial or not for profit ensures entrepreneurs and leaders minimise risk and maximise value. This book presents a framework called “The Business Advantage Model (BAM™)” that supports leaders in the identification, creation, proving, securing, leveraging and changing of advantage. It is about “Doing the right things, the right way at the right time” across every aspect of starting, scaling and readjusting a business. Its goal is to help create more high performing organisations.

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