New Release Books by Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas is the author of Shimmer (2022), Think Like a Coder (2022), Battery Management Systems and Inductive Balancing (2021), Funny Butts, Freaky Beaks (2021) and other 402 books.

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Shimmer

release date: May 17, 2022
Shimmer
In ten vividly told stories, Shimmer follows characters through relationships, within social norms, and across boundaries of all kinds as they shimmer into and out of each other''s lives. Outside a 7-Eleven, teen boys Veeper and Wendell try to decide what to do with their night, though the thought of the rest of their lives doesn''t seem to have occurred to them. In Laurel Canyon, two movie stars try to decide if the affair they''re having might mean they like each other. When Byron, trying to figure out the chords of a song he likes, posts a question on a guitar website, he ends up meeting Jessica as well, a woman with her own difficult music. And when the snide and sharp-tongued Twyla agrees to try therapy, not even she would have imagined the results.

Think Like a Coder

release date: Jan 01, 2022
Think Like a Coder
Have you ever wanted to create your own app, game, or website? You may want to become a coder. Coders train their brains to think in a logical way, step-by-step. With the help of the ideas in this book, you can start to think like a coder too.

Battery Management Systems and Inductive Balancing

release date: Nov 19, 2021
Battery Management Systems and Inductive Balancing
This book addresses practical approaches to managing batteries to ensure their reliability and longevity. Batteries are key to the energy transition, for both stationary and mobile applications, but their inner workings must be understood in order to ensure effective management.

Funny Butts, Freaky Beaks

release date: Jun 22, 2021
Funny Butts, Freaky Beaks
A delightful compendium of all the most unusual and unexpected features in the animal kingdom, from puzzling toes to weird ears, and all the other body parts in between! Discover why a firefly’s bum glows, take a look at a saiga antelope’s dangly nose, and marvel at a sun bear’s super-long tongue. These creatures have strange features - but they all serve a very useful purpose! This charming and visually appealing book carries the underlying message that everybody and everything is strange and wonderful in its own way - difference should be celebrated!

Cryptomania! Part One

release date: Oct 01, 2021
Cryptomania! Part One
Cryptomania! is a serialized, monster-of-the-week horror/satire about a humble cryptozoologist from North Dakota. Rex Walker has spent his whole life on the road, traveling the United States in search of hidden creatures with his trusty beagle, Eddy. When Rex becomes plagued by strange nightmares, he teams up with a demon from a dimension where it''s still 1999 and a cajun woman with a prophetic paranormal gift. Together, the gang travel the countryside, battling poachers, encountering hidden beasts, and searching for the truth. Cryptomania! is a spooky farce that draws from every corner of the horror genre, from film, to television, to literature, and beyond.

Donald Trump

release date: Aug 01, 2021
Donald Trump
"Relevant images match informative text in this introduction to Donald Trump. Intended for students in kindergarten through third grade"--

Who Are You?

release date: Oct 13, 2020
Who Are You?
The Game Boy Advance platform as computational system and cultural artifact, from its 2001 release through hacks, mods, emulations, homebrew afterlives. In 2002, Nintendo of America launched an international marketing campaign for the Game Boy Advance that revolved around the slogan “Who Are You?”—asking potential buyers which Nintendo character, game, or even device they identified with and attempting to sell a new product by exploiting players'' nostalgic connections to earlier ones. Today, nearly two decades after its release, and despite the development of newer and more powerful systems, Nintendo''s Game Boy Advance lives on, through a community that continues to hack, modify, emulate, make, break, remake, redesign, trade, use, love, and play with the platform. In this book Alex Custodio traces the network of hardware and software afterlives of the Game Boy Advance platform. Each chapter considers a component of this network—hardware, software, peripheral, or practice—that illuminates the platform''s unique features as a computational system and a cultural artifact. Examining the evolution of the design and architecture of Nintendo''s handhelds and home consoles, and the constraints imposed on developers and players, for example, Custodio finds that Nintendo essentially embeds nostalgia into its hardware. She explores Nintendo''s expansion of the platform through interoperability; physical and affective engagement with the Game Boy Advance; portability, private space, and social interaction; the platformization of nostalgia; fan-generated content including homebrew, hacking, and hardware modding; and e-waste—the final afterlife of consumer electronics. Although the Game Boy Advance is neither the most powerful nor the most popular of Nintendo''s handhelds, Custodio argues, it is the platform that most fundamentally embodies Nintendo''s reliance on the aesthetics and materiality of nostalgia.

A Weekly Guide to Being a Model Law Student

release date: Aug 01, 2021
A Weekly Guide to Being a Model Law Student
This book gives law students weekly checklists explaining the skills necessary to successfully navigate their first year of law school. Each chapter provides a checklist of things to do that week, such as briefing cases, going over notes, outlining classes, or doing practice questions. When a new concept is introduced, this book clearly explains the concept and its purpose and provides examples. Instead of merely providing advice, this book lays out a detailed plan for students to follow. It also includes a bank of over 100 short, medium, and long practice questions in six first year subjects.

Sad Boy Aesthetics

release date: Jun 30, 2021
Sad Boy Aesthetics
Through the precession of simulacra, we have arrived at a landscape of e-girls and sad boys, the aesthetic values of our time transposed onto the ecstatic communications of the hyperreal. Through Baudrillardian analysis, Alex Mazey attempts to trace a genealogy of Sad Boy Aesthetics, charting its earliest occurrences to progenitors like Yung Lean and Bladee, before moving towards more connective and investigational readings of Lil Peep.

The ‘Perfect’ Murder: The Trial of Sunny Ang

release date: Jun 15, 2020
The ‘Perfect’ Murder: The Trial of Sunny Ang
Bankrupt and desperate for money, a brilliant psychopath planned the perfect crime. Sunny Ang selected his victim with care. Jenny was a young divorced bar girl with little schooling, flattered that an educated, charming man should notice her. He seduced her and promised marriage. He also insured Jenny’s life for a million dollars; the sum would go to his mother if she died an accidental death. Then he plotted murder: first, an unsuccessful car accident, and then the fatal scuba diving trip off the dangerous waters of Sisters’ Islands. Jenny went down and never came up. Only a cut flipper was found. Without a body, the Prosecution had no medical evidence and no witnesses to claim unnatural death. How did the law finally catch up with Sunny Ang?

The Kicks Complete Collection

release date: Apr 20, 2021
The Kicks Complete Collection
From FIFA World Cup Champion, Olympic gold medalist, and bestselling author Alex Morgan comes the empowering and fun-filled middle grade series about soccer and friendship—all twelve books are now available together in a collectible boxed set. Twelve-year-old Devin loves to play soccer. Still, she expects stiff competition after moving to California. But when Devin shows up for tryouts, she discovers that the Kentville Kangaroos—otherwise known as the Kicks—are an absolute mess. Their coach couldn’t care less whether the girls win or lose. And Devin is easily one of the most talented players. The good news is, Devin quickly makes friends with funny, outgoing Jessi; shy, but sweet, Zoe; and klutzy Emma. Can Devin and her newfound friends pull together and save the team from itself? From new crushes to changing friendships to stiff competition on the field, the Kicks learn to believe in themselves and come together as a team. This relatable and inspiring hardcover boxed set includes: Saving the Team Sabotage Season Win or Lose Hat Trick Shaken Up Settle the Score Under Pressure In the Zone Choosing Sides Switching Goals Homecoming Fans in the Stands

The Tourist

release date: May 27, 2020
The Tourist
In Alex Sherman''s novella of space exploration The Tourist, a young academic travels to a mining outpost on a small planetoid, far from their sun There he studies the culture and music of a small squatter population that lives in total darkness. This is the first time any student has been allowed to travel there. Chocky agrees to show the student around, although he has more pressing things on his mind. Maybe this tour will provide the resources he needs, after all. At the Publisher''s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Anthropocene Rag

release date: Mar 31, 2020
Anthropocene Rag
Anthropocene Rag is "a rare distillation of nanotech, apocalypse, and mythic Americana into a heady psychedelic brew."—Nebula and World Fantasy award-winning author Jeffrey Ford In the future United States, our own history has faded into myth and traveling across the country means navigating wastelands and ever-changing landscapes. The country teems with monsters and artificial intelligences try to unpack their own becoming by recreating myths and legends of their human creators. Prospector Ed, an emergent AI who wants to understand the people who made him, assembles a ragtag team to reach the mythical Monument City. In this nanotech Western, Alex Irvine infuses American mythmaking with terrifying questions about the future and who we will become. At the Publisher''s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Archie vs Predator 2 #2

release date: Sep 11, 2019
Archie vs Predator 2 #2
Our trios (new and old) are getting to know each other better—like Classic Betty and Veronica discovering that the newer versions of themselves actually AREN’T both trying to win over Archie’s affections. There’s a lot to take in in this brave, new world, but they’ve got a more pressing issue to deal with: Predator-Archie is quickly turning back into a Predator, and time is running out. Fortunately, the Riverdale Halloween Dance may be just the cover the gang(s) need.

Learning a Foreign Language

release date: Jan 01, 2020
Learning a Foreign Language
This book introduces aspiring bilinguals to second language acquisition research, but in a way that is accessible to non-specialists and relevant to their lives as language learners.--Elliot Blanton, Spanish Teacher, Butler County High School, Morgantown, Kentucky

The Vampire Eirik

release date: Nov 23, 2019
The Vampire Eirik
Readers say they’re “riveted” by “drama” and “exquisite sexual tension”. And the best part? The Vampire Eirik is yours for just 99 cents. For Peter, a young, carefree engineering student, Norway means a chance for a better financial future — and the opportunity to see a beautiful landscape of fjords, primeval forests, and windswept peaks. A friendly vampire on the other hand — that’s just an unexpected perk. Yet the landscape conceals a darkness, a hidden ferocity: nature is older than man, and it does not always welcome him. To survive, Peter will have to rely on Eirik. But Eirik is still a vampire, and nature always wins in the end… A tale of friendship, intimacy and magic, the Vampire Eirik is a short story that’s perfect for bedtime reading. What readers have said... ★★★★★ “I enjoyed the sexual tension between the characters, it was exquisite.”—Margaux, Goodreads Reviewer. ★★★★★ “I was riveted to the drama; it is my hope that their story has just begun.” —Teresa, Goodreads Reviewer.

Estimating Illicit Financial Flows

release date: Jan 01, 2020
Estimating Illicit Financial Flows
Illicit financial flows constitute a global phenomenon of massive but uncertain scale, which erodes government revenues and drives corruption in countries rich and poor. This book offers a critical examination of existing data and methodologies, identifying the most promising avenues for future improvement.

Hanshu Volume 95 The Southwest Peoples, Two Yues, and Chaoxian: Translation with Commentary

by: Amies AlexBan Gu
release date: Dec 31, 2019
Hanshu Volume 95 The Southwest Peoples, Two Yues, and Chaoxian: Translation with Commentary
A new translation of Volume 95 of the Hanshu, also known as the Book of Han, is provided along with commentary on the text and discussion. The present translation is given with aligned Chinese source text. Volume 95 is a 傳 zhuan ‘biography’ describing the 西南夷 Southwest peoples of present-day Sichuan, Yunnan, and Guizhou; 兩粵 two Yues, Nanyue of present-day Guangdong, Guangxi, and Vietnam and Minyue of present-day Fujian, Jiangsu, and adjacent areas; and 朝鮮 Chaoxian in the Korean peninsula. A discussion of how the text relates to trade, transportation, and cultural exchange in Panyu, in the area of present-day Guangzhou, as the capital of Nanyue and administrative center of the Nanhai commandery is also given.

How History Gets Things Wrong

release date: Aug 13, 2019
How History Gets Things Wrong
Why we learn the wrong things from narrative history, and how our love for stories is hard-wired. To understand something, you need to know its history. Right? Wrong, says Alex Rosenberg in How History Gets Things Wrong. Feeling especially well-informed after reading a book of popular history on the best-seller list? Don''t. Narrative history is always, always wrong. It''s not just incomplete or inaccurate but deeply wrong, as wrong as Ptolemaic astronomy. We no longer believe that the earth is the center of the universe. Why do we still believe in historical narrative? Our attachment to history as a vehicle for understanding has a long Darwinian pedigree and a genetic basis. Our love of stories is hard-wired. Neuroscience reveals that human evolution shaped a tool useful for survival into a defective theory of human nature. Stories historians tell, Rosenberg continues, are not only wrong but harmful. Israel and Palestine, for example, have dueling narratives of dispossession that prevent one side from compromising with the other. Henry Kissinger applied lessons drawn from the Congress of Vienna to American foreign policy with disastrous results. Human evolution improved primate mind reading—the ability to anticipate the behavior of others, whether predators, prey, or cooperators—to get us to the top of the African food chain. Now, however, this hard-wired capacity makes us think we can understand history—what the Kaiser was thinking in 1914, why Hitler declared war on the United States—by uncovering the narratives of what happened and why. In fact, Rosenberg argues, we will only understand history if we don''t make it into a story.

Introducing Medical Anthropology

release date: Mar 20, 2019
Introducing Medical Anthropology
Introducing Medical Anthropology, Third Edition, is intended for use in the medical anthropology course taught primarily at four year universities.

Black Friday

release date: Mar 11, 2019
Black Friday
Plunge into a thrilling adventure tracking domestic terrorists in book 7 of the acclaimed Maggie O’Dell series, from New York Times bestselling author Alex Kava. On the busiest shopping day of the year, a group of idealistic college students believe they’re about to carry out an elaborate media stunt at the largest mall in America. They think the equipment in their backpacks will disrupt stores’ computer systems, causing delays and chaos, disrupting capitalism, if only for a moment. What they don’t realize is that instead of jamming devices, their backpacks contain explosives. And they’re about to become unwitting suicide bombers. FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell must put her own political troubles aside to work with Nick Morrelli and figure out who’s behind this terrorist plot—a massacre that’s all the more frightening when a tip reveals that Maggie’s brother is one of the doomed protestors. Originally published in 2009

The Silent Patient

release date: Feb 05, 2019
The Silent Patient
**THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER** "An unforgettable—and Hollywood-bound—new thriller... A mix of Hitchcockian suspense, Agatha Christie plotting, and Greek tragedy." —Entertainment Weekly The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband—and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive. Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him....

Equity-Centered Trauma-Informed Education

release date: May 25, 2021
Equity-Centered Trauma-Informed Education
Educators must both respond to the impact of trauma, and prevent trauma at school.

The End of Policing

release date: Aug 28, 2018
The End of Policing
LOS ANGELES TIMES BESTSELLER The problem is not overpolicing, it is policing itself. Why we need to defund the police and how we get there. Recent weeks have seen an explosion of protest against police brutality and repression. Among activists, journalists and politicians, the conversation about how to respond and improve policing has focused on accountability, diversity, training, and community relations. Unfortunately, these reforms will not produce results, either alone or in combination. The core of the problem must be addressed: the nature of modern policing itself. This book attempts to spark public discussion by revealing the tainted origins of modern policing as a tool of social control. It shows how the expansion of police authority is inconsistent with community empowerment, social justice— even public safety. Drawing on groundbreaking research from across the world, and covering virtually every area in the increasingly broad range of police work, Alex Vitale demonstrates how law enforcement has come to exacerbate the very problems it is supposed to solve. In contrast, there are places where the robust implementation of policing alternatives—such as legalization, restorative justice, and harm reduction—has led to a decrease in crime, spending, and injustice. The best solution to bad policing may be an end to policing.

The Archies #7

release date: May 16, 2018
The Archies #7
This is it! The band has reached the end of their tour. Are they ready to play the show Veronica booked for them way back in THE ARCHIES #1? Have they learned enough to open up for JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS? The hard rockin’ conclusion to the beloved rock ‘n’ roll comic is here! FINAL ISSUE.

Constitutional and Administrative Law

release date: Jan 01, 2021
Constitutional and Administrative Law
"Constitutional and Administrative Law, 10th Edition, by Alex Carroll is a popular, student-friendly text that can be relied upon to give you a solid understanding of the essential legal and political issues which underpin the British system of government and the rights and freedoms of those subject to it. Designed specifically for LLB and GDL students, its content is written in a style which can be relied upon to give the reader an uncomplicated understanding both of these modern controversies and of those other key topics falling within the subject area. Some of the recent developments given detailed consideration include: · The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018; · The EU- UK Withdrawal Agreement 2020; · The EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2021; · The convention of Ministerial responsibility in the Brexit crisis; · The role of referendums in the British political and constitutional system; · Enhanced coverage and analysis of the doctrines of the Rule of Law, the Separation of Powers, and the Sovereignty of Parliament; · Parliamentary Privilege and the meaning of parliamentary proceedings (R ( Miller) v The Prime Minister [2019]); · Contempt of Parliament and government failure to comply with resolutions of the House of Commons; · Suspension of sittings of the House of Commons for improper purposes. Abuse of the prerogative (R (Miller) v The Prime Minister [2019]); · Brexit and refusal of the Royal Assent; · Public bodies, liability in negligence (Poole Borough Council v GN and Another [2019]); · Liability of the police in damages, (Robinson v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire [2018]); · Electronic surveillance. Legality (Big Brother Watch v United Kingdom [2019]); · Kidnapping and the right to life (Olewnik-Cieplinska v Poland [2019]); · Detention of football fans to prevent breaches of the peace. Legality (SV and A v Denmark [2018]); · State of emergency, Turkish insurrection and the imprisonment of political dissidents (Alparslan v Turkey [2019]); · Civil Partnerships and mixed sex couples (Steinfeld and Keiden v Secretary of State for International Development [2018]) ; · Police retention of DNA samples and profiles. Legality (Gaughran v United Kingdom [2020]); · Legality of pro-life protest (Dulgheriu v London Borough Council [2019])"--

Agile Project Management with Scrum

release date: Dec 03, 2020

Essential Operations Management

release date: Nov 28, 2017
Essential Operations Management
A concise and practical introduction to OM examining tasks and challenges faced by operations managers, featuring new video interviews with businesspeople showing how ''key ideas'' from the text work in the real world, as well as a range of engaging case studies from global organizations.

Assassin's Creed: Uprising #8

release date: Oct 18, 2017
Assassin's Creed: Uprising #8
Through the memories of Albert Bolden – the enigmatic former Black Cross – Master Templar Otso Berg continues to search the past for the Koh-i-Noor – a powerful Isu artefact that could turn the tide in the upcoming battle. Following an explosive introduction, Bolden and the Spanish Assassin Ignacio Cardona uncovered the devious machinations of Rufus Grosvenor/Nobby Clarke – a master manipulator who hopes to use Cardona to harness the power of the gem. With Cardona’s entire cell indoctrinated, it now falls to this unlikely two-man team to recover the Koh-i-Noor and put an end to this fanatical plot. p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Calibri}

Sleep Like the Dead

release date: Sep 12, 2017
Sleep Like the Dead
There’s a hitman in Glasgow: unpaid and angry, he’s decided to settle his own debts… Marianne Brogan can’t sleep. She’s plagued by a nightmare: someone in the shadows, whispering threats, stalking her every move. To make matters worse, Marianne can’t get hold of her brother, Billy. Despite knowing some shady characters from Glasgow’s underworld, Billy’s always been there for her – until now. Meanwhile, DCI Lorimer and his team are faced with a string of seemingly unconnected but professional killings. Without witnesses or much conclusive evidence to build a case, the officers are drawing a blank. Criminal psychologist Solly Brightman is off the case due to budget cuts. But Solly is more closely connected to the murders than he could possibly know . . . And as the hitman plans a bloody ransom to get his fee, the race is on to find out just who hired him – and who’s next on the hit list.

Swarms and Network Intelligence in Search

release date: Aug 03, 2017
Swarms and Network Intelligence in Search
This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the theory and tools needed for the development of an efficient and robust infrastructure for the design of collaborative patrolling unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) swarms, focusing on its applications for tactical intelligence drones. It discusses frameworks for robustly and near-optimally analyzing flocks of semi-autonomous vehicles designed to efficiently perform the ongoing dynamic patrolling and scanning of pre-defined “search regions”. It discusses the theoretical limitations of such systems, as well as the trade-offs between the systems’ various economic and operational parameters. Current UAV systems rely mainly on human operators for the design and adaptation of drones’ flying routes. However, recent technological advances have introduced new systems, comprised of a small number of self-organizing vehicles, manually guided at the swarm level by a human operator. With the growing complexity of such man-supervised architectures, it is becoming increasingly harder to guarantee a pre-defined level of performance. The use of large scale swarms of UAVs as a combat and reconnaissance platform therefore necessitates the development of an efficient optimization mechanism of their utilization, specifically in the design and maintenance of their patrolling routes. The book is intended for researchers and engineers in the fields of swarms systems and autonomous drones.

Under Pressure

release date: May 16, 2017
Under Pressure
From FIFA World Cup Champion, Olympic gold medalist, and bestselling author Alex Morgan comes the seventh book in an empowering and fun-filled middle grade series that inspired the Amazon original series, The Kicks! It’s spring, and school soccer season is back—and so are the Kicks! Devin is excited to be reunited with her teammates, and after they performed so well in the fall, she has high hopes for a championship win this time around. But it was easier for the Kicks when nobody expected them to win. Now there are high expectations, and some of Devin’s teammates are worried about living up to them. As the start of the season approaches, the girls begin to feel the pressure. Will the Kicks get their heads in the game in time to start the season right?

The Butcher of Berner Street

release date: Nov 12, 2020
The Butcher of Berner Street
The latest atmospheric mystery from the author of the Richard and the Judy Book Club choice, The House on Half Moon Street. ''Exceptional – you hear and smell and taste Victorian London'' Sarah Hilary The headlines scream warnings about the ''Butcher of Berner Street!'' and the journalist behind them – Leo Stanhope – is secretly thrilled to see the effect his words are having. Leo is used to covering more mundane issues, but when an anonymous letter summons him to a club in East London, only for the owner of the club to be found murdered shortly afterwards, Leo sees a story worth pursuing. Not to mention an opportunity to make a name for himself. Yet the more Leo digs, the stranger the story becomes, taking him from the club to a nearby convent, and into the past of a very unusual woman. But he is not the only one hunting for a killer. And it seems Leo''s newspaper reports may have put someone else in grave danger... The Butcher of Berner Street is a brilliantly atmospheric, characterful Victorian mystery, perfect for fans of Antonia Hodgson, Abir Mukherjee and Andrew Taylor.

Noise

release date: Mar 01, 2017
Noise
We often think of finance as a glamorous world, a place where investment bankers amass huge profits in gleaming downtown skyscrapers. There’s another side to finance, though—the millions of amateurs who log on to their computers every day to make their own trades. The shocking truth, however, is that less than 2% of these amateur traders make a consistent profit. Why, then, do they do it? In Noise, Alex Preda explores the world of the people who trade even when by all measures they would be better off not trading. Based on firsthand observations, interviews with traders and brokers, and on international direct trading experience, Preda’s fascinating ethnography investigates how ordinary people take up financial trading, how they form communities of their own behind their computer screens, and how electronic finance encourages them to trade more and more frequently. Along the way, Preda finds the answer to the paradox of amateur trading—the traders aren’t so much seeking monetary rewards in the financial markets, rather the trading itself helps them to fulfill their own personal goals and aspirations.

The Prisoner

release date: Jan 01, 2017
The Prisoner
To unmask a CIA mole, John Wells must resume his old undercover identity as an al Qaeda jihadi--and hope he can survive it--in this cutting-edge novel from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author. It is the most dangerous mission of John Wells''s career. Evidence is mounting that someone high up in the CIA is doing the unthinkable--passing messages to ISIS, alerting them to planned operations. Finding out the mole''s identity without alerting him, however, will be very hard, and to accomplish it, Wells will have to do something he thought he''d left behind forever. He will have to reassume his former identity as an al Qaeda jihadi, get captured, and go undercover to befriend an ISIS prisoner in a secret Bulgarian prison. Many years before, Wells was the only American agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda, but times have changed drastically. The terrorist organizations have multiplied: gotten bigger, crueler, more ambitious and powerful. Wells knows it may well be his death sentence. But there is no one else.

The Rise of the Memoir

release date: Dec 01, 2016
The Rise of the Memoir
The Rise of the Memoir traces the growth and extraordinarily wide appeal of the memoir. Its territory is private rather than public life, shame, guilt, and embarrassment, not the achievements celebrated in the public record. What accounts for the sharp need writers like Rousseau, Woolf, Orwell, Nabokov, Primo Levi, and Maxine Hong Kingston felt to write (and to publish) such works, when they might more easily have chosen to remain silent? Alex Zwerdling explores why each of these writers felt compelled to write them as that story can be reconstructed from personal materials available in archival collections; what internal conflicts they encountered while trying; and how each of them resisted the private and public pressures to stop themselves rather than pursuing this confessional route, against their own doubts, without a reasonable expectation that such works would be welcome in print, and eventually find an empathetic audience. Reconstructing this process in which a dubious project eventually becomes a compelling product-a "memoir" that will last-illuminates both what was at stake, and why this serially invented open form has reshaped the expectations of readers who welcomed a vital alternative to "the official story."

The Little Wooden Man

release date: Nov 01, 2021
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