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release date: Aug 19, 2017
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Real Crime by Real Killers Vol (2 Book Series)
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Real Crime by Real Killers


series where we explore how normal individuals turned their darkest fantasies into a reality.

One man’s Robert Berdella is another’s Kansas City Butcher.

We may not always see what truly hides within the minds and hearts of certain people, and where we believe is a good, pure individual, lays a terrible murderer capable of the most horrible acts.

Robert Berdella was one such man, a helpful and friendly individual who — in a spree separated by a few years — managed to capture and horrifically torture seven young men, murdering six along the way. Control and dominance were his tools, the pain was his method.

The Kansas City Butcher had no mercy, and his victims soon learned that he had no limits in terms of defiling or humiliating their bodies, minds, and spirits once they were bound and gagged.
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Robert Berdella: The True Story of a Man Who Turned His Darkest Fantasies Into a Reality is a book that recounts the tale of the Kansas City Butcher, a man capable of committing the most truly degrading acts on his victims, a monster who will never be forgotten by the families of those young men whose lives he destroyed.

Be warned, reader, you aren’t just about to read about Bob Berdella and his acts.

You are about to walk into his very mind.
release date: Aug 02, 2017
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Robert Berdella: The True Story of a Man Who Turned His Darkest Fantasies Into a Reality (Real Crime By Real Killers Vol Book 1)

Real Crime by Real Killers


series where we explore how normal individuals turned their darkest fantasies into a reality.

One man’s Robert Berdella is another’s Kansas City Butcher.

We may not always see what truly hides within the minds and hearts of certain people, and where we believe is a good, pure individual, lays a terrible murderer capable of the most horrible acts.

Robert Berdella was one such man, a helpful and friendly individual who — in a spree separated by a few years — managed to capture and horrifically torture seven young men, murdering six along the way. Control and dominance were his tools, the pain was his method.

The Kansas City Butcher had no mercy, and his victims soon learned that he had no limits in terms of defiling or humiliating their bodies, minds, and spirits once they were bound and gagged.
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Robert Berdella: The True Story of a Man Who Turned His Darkest Fantasies Into a Reality is a book that recounts the tale of the Kansas City Butcher, a man capable of committing the most truly degrading acts on his victims, a monster who will never be forgotten by the families of those young men whose lives he destroyed.

Be warned, reader, you aren’t just about to read about Bob Berdella and his acts.

You are about to walk into his very mind.
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release date: Apr 15, 2013
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Affordable Excellence: The Singapore Health System

This is the story of the Singapore healthcare system: how it works, how it is financed, its history, where it is going, and what lessons it may hold for national health systems around the world. Singapore ranks sixth in the world in healthcare outcomes, yet spends proportionally less on healthcare than any other high-income country. This is the first book to set out a comprehensive system-level description of healthcare in Singapore, with a view to understanding what can be learned from its unique system design and development path.

The lessons from Singapore will be of interest to those currently planning the future of healthcare in emerging economies, as well as those engaged in the urgent debates on healthcare in the wealthier countries faced with serious long-term challenges in healthcare financing. Policymakers, legislators, public health officials responsible for healthcare systems planning, finance and operations, as well as those working on healthcare issues in universities and think tanks should understand how the Singapore system works to achieve affordable excellence.

release date: Jul 31, 2015
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A History of Self-Harm in Britain: A Genealogy of Cutting and Overdosing (Mental Health in Historical Perspective)
This book is open access under a CC BY license and charts the rise and fall of various self-harming behaviours in twentieth-century Britain. It puts self-cutting and overdosing into historical perspective, linking them to the huge changes that occur in mental and physical healthcare, social work and wider politics.
release date: Sep 18, 2015
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New Frontiers in Social Innovation Research
This book is open access under a CC BY license.

Interest in social innovation continues to rise, from governments setting up social innovation 'labs' to large corporations developing social innovation strategies. Yet theory lags behind practice, and this hampers our ability to understand social innovation and make the most of its potential. This collection brings together work by leading social innovation researchers globally, exploring the practice and process of researching social innovation, its nature and effects. Combining theoretical chapters and empirical studies, it shows how social innovation is blurring traditional boundaries between the market, the state and civil society, thereby developing new forms of services, relationships and collaborations. It takes a critical perspective, analyzing potential downsides of social innovation that often remain unexplored or are glossed over, yet concludes with a powerful vision of the potential for social innovation to transform society. It aims to be a valuable resource for students and researchers, as well as policymakers and others supporting and leading social innovation.
release date: Oct 04, 2016
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The Politics of Evidence (Open Access): From evidence-based policy to the good governance of evidence (Routledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy)

The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.tandfebooks.com/, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license.


There has been an enormous increase in interest in the use of evidence for public policymaking, but the vast majority of work on the subject has failed to engage with the political nature of decision making and how this influences the ways in which evidence will be used (or misused) within political areas. This book provides new insights into the nature of political bias with regards to evidence and critically considers what an ‘improved’ use of evidence would look like from a policymaking perspective.


Part I describes the great potential for evidence to help achieve social goals, as well as the challenges raised by the political nature of policymaking. It explores the concern of evidence advocates that political interests drive the misuse or manipulation of evidence, as well as counter-concerns of critical policy scholars about how appeals to ‘evidence-based policy’ can depoliticise political debates. Both concerns reflect forms of bias – the first representing technical bias, whereby evidence use violates principles of scientific best practice, and the second representing issue bias in how appeals to evidence can shift political debates to particular questions or marginalise policy-relevant social concerns.


Part II then draws on the fields of policy studies and cognitive psychology to understand the origins and mechanisms of both forms of bias in relation to political interests and values. It illustrates how such biases are not only common, but can be much more predictable once we recognise their origins and manifestations in policy arenas.


Finally, Part III discusses ways to move forward for those seeking to improve the use of evidence in public policymaking. It explores what constitutes ‘good evidence for policy’, as well as the ‘good use of evidence’ within policy processes, and considers how to build evidence-advisory institutions that embed key principles of both scientific good practice and democratic representation. Taken as a whole, the approach promoted is termed the ‘good governance of evidence’ – a concept that represents the use of rigorous, systematic and technically valid pieces of evidence within decision-making processes that are representative of, and accountable to, populations served.

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Trump, de amenaza latente a peligrosa realidad (Análisis Plural) (Spanish Edition)
El proceso electoral en Estados Unidos y la victoria de Donald Trump en la carrera presidencial marcaron el segundo semestre de 2016, así como el futuro de México. Por ello, la mayor parte de las colaboraciones del presente número de Análisis Plural abordan, desde diversas perspectivas, este álgido tema, en un intento por comprender mejor qué le depara al país y al mundo la llegada del controvertido empresario a la Casa Blanca.
release date: Jun 30, 2015
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A Philosophical Examination of Social Justice and Child Poverty
This book is open access under a CCBY license. This book investigates child poverty from a philosophical perspective. It identifies the injustices of child poverty, relates them to the well-being of children, and discusses who has a moral responsibility to secure social justice for children. 
release date: Oct 22, 2015
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The Early Years: Child Well-Being and the Role of Public Policy (Development in the Americas)
This book is open access under a CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO license. 

The Early Years analyzes the development of Latin American and Caribbean children and makes a compelling case for government intervention in what is instinctively a family affair. Spending on effective programs for young children is an investment that, if done well, will have very high returns, while failure to implement such programs will lower the returns on the hefty investments being made in primary, secondary, and higher education. Policies for young children belong at the core of a country's development agenda, alongside policies to develop infrastructure and strengthen institutions. However, if the services provided (or funded) by governments are to benefit children, they must be substantially better than what is currently being delivered in the region. This book offers suggestions for improving public policy in this critical area.
release date: Jan 20, 2009
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Yo Quiero Ser Presidente ¿Cómo usar internet para ganar una elección? La estrategia electrónica de Barack Obama (Spanish Edition)
Barack Obama se convirtió en el 44 presidente de la primera potencia militar y económica luego de triunfar en una larga campaña electoral que muchos reconocen como una de las más perfectas en la historia de los Estados Unidos.

Para lograrlo, él y sus asesores, construyeron y luego perfeccionaron, una plataforma web bajo las características de redes sociales como Facebook, Myspace, Youtube, etc., posicionándose y motivando a millones de personas, en su propio hábitat virtual, a participar en política y a fi nanciar su campaña con donaciones que superaron los 750 millones de dólares.

Lo ocurrido ha marcado un hito importante y ha abierto un debate que deja algunas lecciones y muchas refl exiones sobre cómo aprovechar este medio para hacer política.

Yo Quiero Ser Presidente, es una obra que no debe dejar de leer si le interesa Internet, las redes sociales o, más aún, si su plan es lanzarse a una aventura electoral.

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