Almanac of American Military History

Author: Spencer Tucker

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1598845306

Category: History

Page: 2524

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This almanac provides a comprehensive, chronological overview of all American military history, serving as the standard reference work of its type. * Biographies of 270 key individuals in American military history * Over 50 documents with introductions * 200 charts

Quicksilver

A History of the Use, Lore and Effects of Mercury

Author: Richard M. Swiderski

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786451963

Category: Social Science

Page: 310

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Though modern scientists recognize mercury as a harmful environmental pollutant and one of the world’s most dangerous elemental toxins, mercury was once considered a wondrous substance capable of eradicating internal disease, revolutionizing the paint and cosmetics industries and even entertaining the masses as part of amateur magic tricks and witch doctor scams. This work traces the history of mercury in popular culture, beginning in the early eighteenth century when Dr. Thomas Dover, nicknamed “Dr. Quicksilver,” began prescribing doses of raw mercury to clear out intestinal blockages and rid the body of syphilis and other diseases. The author then details the role of mercury in several medical, industrial, and cultural applications. In the fields of dentistry and vaccination, mercury continues to be used as a preservative and amalgamative agent. In the cosmetics industry, mercury was once used as a popular “skin lightener” in soaps and skin creams. In the early development of obstetrics and gynecology, mercury was once used to stimulate conception and fetal abortion. Many more uses of mercury, along with many more, are outlined in the work, while several appendices provide translations of rare works which reference mercury.

Brotherhood of the Bomb

The Tangled Lives and Loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller

Author: Gregg Herken

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 1466851554

Category: History

Page: 464

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The fascinating story of the men who founded the nuclear age, fully told for the first time The story of the twentieth century is largely the story of the power of science and technology. Within that story is the incredible tale of the human conflict between Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller-the scientists most responsible for the advent of weapons of mass destruction. How did science-and its practitioners-enlisted in the service of the state during the Second World War, become a slave to its patron during the Cold War? The story of these three men, builders of the bombs, is fundamentally about loyalty-to country, to science, and to each other-and about the wrenching choices that had to be made when these allegiances came into conflict. Gregg Herken gives us the behind-the-scenes account based upon a decade of research, interviews, and newly released Freedom of Information Act and Russian documents. Brotherhood of the Bomb is a vital slice of American history told authoritatively-and grippingly-for the first time.

Dean Acheson

A Life in the Cold War

Author: Robert Beisner

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019538248X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 800

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Dean Acheson was one of the most influential Secretaries of State in U.S. history, presiding over American foreign policy during a pivotal era - the decade after World War II when the American Century slipped into high gear. During his vastly influential career, Acheson spearheaded the greatest foreign policy achievements in modern times, ranging from the Marshall Plan to the establishment of NATO. Now, in this monumental biography, Robert L. Beisner paints an indelible portrait of one of the key figures of the last half-century. In a book filled with insight based on research in government archives, memoirs, letters, and diaries, Beisner illuminates Acheson's policy-making, describing how he led the state department and managed his relationship with Truman, all to illuminate the vital policies he initiated in his years at State. The book examines Acheson's major triumphs, including the highly underrated achievement of converting West Germany and Japan from mortal enemiesto prized allies, and does not shy away from examining his missteps. But underlying all his actions, Beisner shows, was a tough-minded determination to outmatch the strength of the Soviet bloc - indeed, to defeat the Soviet Union at every turn. The emotional center of the book focuses on Acheson's friendship with Truman. No pair seemed so poorly matched - one, a bourbon-drinking mid-Westerner with a homespun disposition, the other, a mustachioed Connecticut dandy who preferred perfect martinis - yet no such team ever worked better together. Acheson's unstinting dedication to an often unpopular president was reciprocated with deep gratitude and loyalty. Together, they redrew the map of the post-war world. Over six foot tall, with steel blue, "merry, searching eyes" and a "wolfish" grin, Dean Acheson was an unforgettable character - intellectually brilliant, always debonair, and tough as tempered steel. This lustrous portrait of an immensely accomplished and colorful life is the epitome of the biographer's art.

Imaginary Homelands

Essays and Criticism 1981-1991

Author: Salman Rushdie

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409058743

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 448

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Drawing from two political and several literary homelands, this collection presents a remarkable series of trenchant essays, demonstrating the full range and force of Salman Rushdie's remarkable imaginative and observational powers. With candour, eloquence and indignation he carefully examines an expanse of topics; including the politics of India and Pakistan, censorship, the Labour Party, Palestinian identity, contemporary film and late-twentieth century race, religion and politics. Elsewhere he trains his eye on literature and fellow writers, from Julian Barnes on love to the politics of George Orwell's 'Inside the Whale', providing fresh insight on Kipling, V.S. Naipaul, Graham Greene, John le Carré, Raymond Carver, Philip Roth and Thomas Pynchon among others. Profound, passionate and insightful, Imaginary Homelands is a masterful collection from one of the greatest writers working today.

Facedown (The Worship Series)

Author: Matt Redman

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1441266887

Category: Religion

Page: 112

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Most believers understand that worship is not a compartmentalized aspect of the Christian experience, but rather it is the motivation--the driving force--behind all that we do and are. We exist to worship God. For years we have been basking in God's love and worshipping Him with uplifted hands and hearts. Now we need to go deeper and see that God is also an awesome, mysterious being who should engender our silent, even dumbstruck, reverence for His holiness, His "otherness." Until we are undone by the knowledge of who God is in all His glory, we will only touch the edges of true worship. Matt Redman says, "When we face up to the glory of God, we find ourselves face down in worship." This book shows the biblical record of those who found themselves prostrate before God.

Beyond Human

Living with Robots and Cyborgs

Author: Gregory Benford,Elisabeth Malartre

Publisher: Forge Books

ISBN: 1429936207

Category: Science

Page: 272

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Concepts once purely fiction -- robots, cyborg parts, artificial intelligences -- are becoming part of everyday reality. Soon robots will be everywhere, performing surgery, exploring hazardous places, making rescues, fighting fires, handling heavy goods. After a decade or two, they will be as unremarkable as the computer screen is now in offices, airports or restaurants. Cyborgs will be less obvious. These additions to the human body are interior now, as rebuilt joints, elbows and hearts. Soon we will cross the line between repair and augmentation, probably first in sports medicine, then spreading to everyone who wants to make a body perform better, last longer, than it ordinarily could. Controversy will arise, but it will not stop the desire to live longer and be stronger than we are. This book treats the landscape of human self-change and robotic development as poles of the same general phenomenon. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Standoff in the Ashes

Author: William W. Johnstone

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1497630371

Category: Fiction

Page: 318

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Ben Raines has been to hell before and made it out alive every time. But Ben hasn't come face-to-face with a fury like Claire Osterman, fanatical new president (for life) of the United States of America. Now she's handed down the first order of business: terminate the Southern United States of America-and Ben Raines. With what promises to be the bloodiest civil war the world has ever seen looming on the horizon, Raines must not only command his Rebel army to prevent sure-fire disaster, but also outrun every cash-hungry mercenary eager for a pound of his flesh. One million dollars is the reward. The takers are a thousand strong. But when it comes to life and death battles, no one can match Ben Raines. Especially when he's out for blood, too-and has to wipe his enemy off the face of the earth to get it.

Hiroshima

6. August 1945, 8 Uhr 15

Author: John Hersey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783434505969

Category:

Page: 187

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Reportage über Folgen und Ausmass des Atombombenbabwurfs in Hiroshima im August des Jahres 1945.

Contemporary German Plays I: Rolf Hochhuth, Heinar Kipphardt, Heiner Muller

Author: Margaret Herzfeld-Sander

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826409720

Category: History

Page: 324

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This volume includes the abridged New York stage version of Hocchuth's controversial The Deputy, which is about Pope Pius XII's failure to speak out against Nazi atrocities; In the Case of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kipphardt; and two plays by Mnller: Hamletmachine and Manser.

Facts about the American wars

Author: John Stewart Bowman

Publisher: Hw Wilson Co

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 750

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FACTS ABOUT THE AMERICAN WARS brings together in one source the details of every major war in which Americans have been involved, from the Franco-Spanish War in Florida in the 16th century to the Persian Gulf War in 1991. The volume devotes a chapter to each war in American history, covering everything from crucial facts, such as causes & consequences of war, to interesting trivia & unresolved controversies. Chapters are divided into the following sections: Dates of War; Alternate Names; Significance; Background; Causes of War; Preparations for War; Declaration of War; Combatants; Geographic & Strategic Considerations; Battles & Campaigns; Home Front; International Developments; Negotiations & Peace Treaty; Results of the War: Casualties, Costs, Consequences; Military Innovations, Tactics, Equipment; Legends & Trivia; Notable Phrases; Songs; Historical Perspectives & Controversies; Civilian & Military Biographies; & Further Reading. To order, contact: The H.W. Wilson Company, 950 University Ave., Bronx, New York 10452. Tel: 800-367-6770. Fax: 800-590-1617. E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.hwwilson.com.

The Neumann Compendium

Author: John Von Neumann,F. Br¢dy,Tibor V mos

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789810222017

Category: Mathematics

Page: 699

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After three decades since the first nearly complete edition of John von Neumann's papers, this book is a valuable selection of those papers and excerpts of his books that are most characteristic of his activity, and reveal that of his continuous influence.The results receiving the 1994 Nobel Prizes in economy deeply rooted in Neumann's game theory are only minor traces of his exceptionally broad spectrum of creativity and stimulation.The book is organized by the specific subjects-quantum mechanics, ergodic theory, operator algebra, hydrodynamics, economics, computers, science and society. In addition, one paper which was written in German will be translated and published in English for the first time.The sections are introduced by short explanatory notes with an emphasis on recent developments based on von Neumann's contributions. An overall picture is provided by Ulam's, one of his most intimate partners in thinking, 1958 memorial lecture. Facsimilae and translations of some of his personal letters and a newly completed bibliography based on von Neumann's own careful compilation are added.