New Release Books by David Gordon

David Gordon is the author of The American Cardiovascular Pandemic (2021), HORROR (2021), Daemons Are Forever (2021), Rhymes, Crimes, and Other Pastimes (2021) and other 305 books.

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The American Cardiovascular Pandemic

release date: Oct 29, 2021
The American Cardiovascular Pandemic
As Americans and citizens of other industrializing countries began to enjoy lives of increasing affluence and ease during the first half of the 20th century, a rising tide of heart attacks and strokes displaced infectious diseases as the leading cause of death, killing millions in the United States and throughout the world. Although cardiovascular disease remains serious and widespread, the significant decline of per capita deaths is one of the greatest accomplishments of modern public health and medicine. Death rates from heart attack and stroke have fallen dramatically by 80% in the past 50 years -- the progress has been hard won by a combination of basic and applied laboratory research, broad and far-reaching epidemiological studies by physicians, scientists, and public health experts. Cardiovascular disease is no longer viewed as an as an inevitable feature of the natural course of aging, and complacency has given way to hope. This book focuses on developments that influenced the rise and decline of cardiovascular mortality since 1900, but also includes insider insights from the author, a 42-year NIH employee.

HORROR

release date: Oct 22, 2021
HORROR
"Where do flies go at night?" It’s a harmless question, but does anyone really know the answer? Sometimes it is best not to ask such harmless questions for you may not like the answers. “Horror Stories and Tales of the Supernatural” is one those page-turners that will keep you up way past your bedtime whether you are reading it or trying to forget it so that you can get some undisturbed sleep. There are eleven original short stories for those of us who thoroughly enjoy horror, suspense, crime, science fiction and the supernatural - vampires, mad scientists, murderers, animals gone (really) bad, ghosts, divination and the occult... it''s all here! Which is the true nightmare, the terrifying dream that you suffer in your sleep or the horrifying reality that awaits you when you awake? Let’s hold hands and take this journey together and find out!

Daemons Are Forever

release date: Feb 01, 2021
Daemons Are Forever
A richly illustrated tapestry of interwoven studies spanning some six thousand years of history, Dæmons Are Forever is at once a record of archaic contacts and transactions between humans and protean spirit beings—dæmons—and an account of exchanges, among human populations, of the science of spirit beings: dæmonology. Since the time of the Indo-European migrations, and especially following the opening of the Silk Road, a common dæmonological vernacular has been shared among populations ranging from East and South Asia to Northern Europe. In this virtuoso work of historical sleuthing, David Gordon White recovers the trajectories of both the “inner demons” cohabiting the bodies of their human hosts and the “outer dæmons” that those same humans recognized each time they encountered them in their enchanted haunts: sylvan pools, sites of geothermal eruptions, and dark forest groves. Along the way, he invites his readers to reconsider the potential and promise of the historical method in religious studies, suggesting that a “connected histories” approach to Eurasian dæmonology may serve as a model for restoring history to its proper place at the heart of the discipline of the history of religions.

Rhymes, Crimes, and Other Pastimes

release date: Oct 19, 2021
Rhymes, Crimes, and Other Pastimes
This anthology of original work is divided into three sections: "Rhymes" - hilarious anecdotes of small town characters: town drunks, village idiots, drifters, beggars, outsiders, misers, moonshiners; the infirmed, poor and misunderstood, and more! "Crimes" - eleven short stories of horror, suspense, science fiction, mystery and the supernatural, sure to keep you awake at night! "Other Pastimes" - soulful poetry by the author over 50 years of experience and world travel.

The Wild Life

release date: Apr 26, 2022
The Wild Life
Joe the Bouncer seeks the killer of NYC''s most desirable call girls in the newest caper in "a unique and worthwhile series" (CrimeReads)

Bicycling Science, fourth edition

release date: May 05, 2020
Bicycling Science, fourth edition
An updated edition of a classic: an indispensable companion for a new era in cycling. The bicycle is almost unique among human-powered machines in that it uses human muscles in a near-optimum way. This essential volume offers a comprehensive account of the history of bicycles, how human beings propel them, what makes them go faster—and what keeps them from going even faster. Over the years, and through three previous editions, Bicycling Science has become the bible of technical bicycling not only for designers and builders of bicycles but also for cycling enthusiasts. After a brief history of bicycles and bicycling that demolishes many widespread myths, this fourth edition covers recent experiments and research on human-powered transportation, with updated material on cycling achievements, human-powered machines for use on land and in air and water, power-assisted bicycles, and human physiology. The authors have also added new information on aerodynamics, rolling drag, transmission of power from rider to wheels, braking, heat management, steering and stability, power and speed, and other topics. This edition also includes many new references and figures. With racks of bikeshare bikes on city sidewalks, and new restrictions on greenhouse gas–emitting cars, bicycle use will only grow. This book is the indispensable companion for a new era in cycling.

Let's Make a Movie!

release date: Jan 01, 2022
Let's Make a Movie!
"A gang of ambitious kids embark on the adventure of a lifetime-making a movie!"--

Olympic Fever

release date: Feb 07, 2020
Olympic Fever
Olympic Fever is a bilingual fairy tale, a children’s picture storybook for ages three to thirteen. It is fun, humorous, and easy to read. It can also be used as an educational tool for those of any age serious about becoming bilingual or trilingual—English, French, Etc. It is illustrated with wonderful watercolours with imaginative original paintings that will light up anyone young of heart. It’s a collector’s book of value with a surprising, moral story-line—a treat for all ages. It’s about a surprise Olympic race on the farm with animals and friends. The text is written in English & French in such a way that it may be read in English and French. The story text contains approximately: 973 English words translated into French and 1021 French words in the translated text! English & French Word Total 1994, + 119 English words, links and numbers on the copyright page. Approximate Word, Links + Number Count Total 2193. Olympic fever / Fièvre olympique Approximate hardback size 22.8 cm x 22.5 cm x 1 cm Olympic fever / Fièvre olympique Approximate soft cover size 21.7 cm x 21.5 cm x 0.4 cm Click the link below to go to the Bilingual Olympic Fever Website! https://sites.google.com/view/olympic-fever-fivre-olympique/home

The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali

release date: Sep 10, 2019
The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali
White retraces the strange and circuitous journey of Patanjali''s Yoga Sutra from its ancient origins to today, bringing to life the improbable cast of characters whose interpretations and misappropriations led to its revered place in contemporary popular culture.

The Hard Stuff

release date: Jul 02, 2019
The Hard Stuff
In this humorous, action-packed crime thriller, a strip club bouncer working for a coalition of mob bosses must steal $4 million in diamonds—twice. Ex-black-ops-specialist-turned-strip-club-bouncer Joe Brody has a new qualification to add to his resume: an alliance of New York City’s mob bosses has deemed him its “sheriff.” In the straight world, when you “see something” you “say something” to the law. In the bent world, they call Joe. Still reeling from a particularly difficult operation—and having plummeted back into the drug and alcohol addiction that got him kicked out of the military as a result—Joe has just managed to detox at the clinic of a Chinese herbalist when the mob bosses phone. They need Joe to help them swindle a group of opioid dealers (of all things). But these are no typical drug-ferrying gangsters. Little Maria, the head of the Dominican mob, has discovered that her new heroin suppliers belong to an al Qaeda splinter group, and that they’re planning to use their drug funds to back their terrorist agenda. With Joe in command, the mob coalition must pull off an intricate heist that will begin in Manhattan’s diamond district. At stake is not only their business, but the state of the world. For readers who like a liberal dose of humor mixed with gritty crime, The Hard Stuff is a brilliant, action-packed thriller from a fresh virtuoso of the crime caper genre. Praise for The Hard Stuff “With The Bouncer (2018), Gordon established himself as a major player in comic thrillerdom, right up there with Thomas Perry . . . Much of Gordon''s genius comes from his ability to build character in a few subtle brush strokes, so his entire cast . . . get under our skins in an instant and stay put. There are some grisly doings this time, but the lightness of touch that distinguishes Gordon''s prose, whether his characters are bantering or dismembering, is still what makes this series soar.” —Booklist (starred review) “Highly entertaining. . . . Gordon has a knack for twisty story lines, nonstop action, and over-the-top sequences.” —Publishers Weekly “Gordon is fashioning himself an impressive crime world niche somewhere between Donald Westlake and Elmore Leonard, with his raucous, rollicking stories of New York City crime. . . . Come for the intricate, surprising crime scenarios; stay for the banter.” —CrimeReads

The Bouncer

release date: Aug 07, 2018
The Bouncer
Introducing Joe the Bouncer in “a tour-de-force, ranging from underworld crime to a unique caper and a terrorist plot . . . an outstanding new voice” (Robert Crais, #1 New York Times bestselling author). In David Gordon’s diabolically imaginative thriller, The Bouncer, nothing and no one is as expected—from a vial of yellow fragrance to a gangster who moonlights in women’s clothes. Joe Brody is just your average Dostoevsky-reading, Harvard-expelled strip club bouncer who has a highly classified military history and whose best friend from Catholic school happens to be head mafioso Gio Caprisi. FBI agent Donna Zamora, the best shot in her class at Quantico, is a single mother stuck at a desk manning the hotline. Their storylines intersect over a tip from a cokehead that leads to a crackdown on Gio’s strip joint in Queens and Joe’s arrest—just one piece of a city-wide sweep aimed at flushing out anyone who might have a lead on the various terrorists whose photos are hanging on the wall under Most Wanted. Outside the jailhouse, the Fed and the bouncer lock eyes, as Gordon launches them both headlong into a nonstop plot that goes from back-road gun show intervention to high-stakes perfume heist and manages to touch everyone from the CIA to the Flushing Triads. Beneath it all lurks a sinister criminal mastermind whose manipulations could cause chaos on a massively violent scale. “A brilliantly goofy caper novel in the grand tradition of Donald E. Westlake.”—The New York Times Book Review “[An] impressive crime novel . . . Gordon’s sharply drawn supporting cast adds a nice balance to all the action.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Resurrecting Marx

release date: Sep 29, 2017
Resurrecting Marx
The last two decades have seen Marxism''s academic renascence. In fields as diverse as law, literary criticism, history, and philosophy, Marxism once again captivates no small number of scholars. In part, this reassessment is driven by the efforts of a group of philosophers and economists to reconstruct Marx from the ground up on a more rigorous basis. The work of these "Analytical Marxists" — who include G.A. Cohen, Jon Elster, and John Roemer — is given a sustained examination and critique in David Gordon''s Resurrecting Marx. The charge of the Analytical Marxists that capitalism is inherently exploitative and unjust is the primary subject of Gordon''s book. Gordon takes issue with that contention; he argues that the Analytical Marxists'' withering criticism of classical Marxism is essentially correct, but that they fail to replace it with a superior theoretical edifice. Gordon also analyzes the Analytical Marxists'' reformulation of the Marxian notion of exploitation, the implications of their rejection of the labor theory of value, their differences over what rights people have, and their arguments for the compatibility of markets with socialism.

Against the Law

release date: Dec 09, 2021
Against the Law
A special forces agent-turned-strip club bouncer with a side hustle as a hitman for the New York mob seeks out a deadly drug lord in the poppy fields of Afghanistan.

Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery

release date: May 17, 2016
Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery
Just because you’re extremely cute, doesn’t mean you can’t operate a bulldozer! From author-illustrator David Gordon comes a fun, funny, and whimsical take on believing in yourself and telling bullies who’s boss! Karen and the other extremely cute animals just want to build sand castles. But the terribly mean bullies Skyler, Mike, and Trent keep knocking them down! So Karen and her friends get another idea. They’ll build something the bullies can’t knock down, something even bigger and better than a sand castle... It’s a good thing being excessively cute doesn’t prevent you from operating heavy machinery!

The Design of High-Efficiency Turbomachinery and Gas Turbines, second edition, with a new preface

release date: Sep 12, 2014
The Design of High-Efficiency Turbomachinery and Gas Turbines, second edition, with a new preface
The second edition of a comprehensive textbook that introduces turbomachinery and gas turbines through design methods and examples. This comprehensive textbook is unique in its design-focused approach to turbomachinery and gas turbines. It offers students and practicing engineers methods for configuring these machines to perform with the highest possible efficiency. Examples and problems are based on the actual design of turbomachinery and turbines. After an introductory chapter that outlines the goals of the book and provides definitions of terms and parts, the book offers a brief review of the basic principles of thermodynamics and efficiency definitions. The rest of the book is devoted to the analysis and design of real turbomachinery configurations and gas turbines, based on a consistent application of thermodynamic theory and a more empirical treatment of fluid dynamics that relies on the extensive use of design charts. Topics include turbine power cycles, diffusion and diffusers, the analysis and design of three-dimensional free-stream flow, and combustion systems and combustion calculations. The second edition updates every chapter, adding material on subjects that include flow correlations, energy transfer in turbomachines, and three-dimensional design. A solutions manual is available for instructors. This new MIT Press edition makes a popular text available again, with corrections and some updates, to a wide audience of students, professors, and professionals.

Faces of the Waterfall

release date: Jul 22, 2014
Faces of the Waterfall
Life. It wears many different faces throughout time. Sometimes the faces are happy, sometimes sad, sometimes good, sometimes bad, sometimes indifferent. The faces change constantly. The faces are very important. Sometimes they show up to help us grow. Sometimes they are there to teach us a lesson. Sometimes they are there to encourage us. Sometimes they punish us for bad deeds we do and reward us for the good we do. Sometimes, the faces are gorgeous, sometimes, not so much.. The faces make life what it is. Love comes in many forms. It can be a newborn baby, a fresh springtime rain, a cute little puppy dog, or many different forms. It could be the birds chirping at a park or a raging waterfall. There are many different variations of love as well, for example you could say "I love my jeans” and “I love my wife”. Love is constant. It is everywhere. It is all around you, you just may not recognize what it is. When life and love come together, you get faces of the waterfall. Then there’s the Light. The omnipotent, all-seeing, all-knowing Light. The Light holds everything together and brings order to a somewhat chaotic world. Some call it a "higher power”, some call it “The man upstairs”, while others, like myself, simply call it God. When life and love get out of whack, the Light brings them together so everything can go on. The Light brightens an otherwise dark world. The poems contained in this book will show the many different faces of life. The lighter side of life and the dark. They will show different forms of love as it comes in many different shapes and sizes. And they will introduce you to the Light of the World as He weaves the threads and brings it all together. I hope you enjoy each and every poem in the book. Thanks for your support.

White Tiger on Snow Mountain

release date: Oct 28, 2014
White Tiger on Snow Mountain
Presents a collection of thirteen short stories which explores themes of art, the supernatural, madness, and the extremes of sexuality.

Reassessing the Presidency

release date: Sep 19, 2013
Reassessing the Presidency
u003cstrongu003eu003cpu003eAmerican Despotsu003c/strongu003eu003c/pu003e u003cpu003eAmazing low sale price in defense of authentic freedom as versus the presidency that betrayed it! u003c/pu003e u003cpu003eEveryone seems to agree that brutal dictators and despotic rulers deserve scorn and worse. But why have historians been so willing to overlook the despotic actions of the United States'' own presidents? You can scour libraries from one end to the other and encounter precious few criticisms of America''s worst despots. u003c/pu003eu003cpu003e The founders imagined that the president would be a collegial leader with precious little power who constantly faced the threat of impeachment. Today, however, the president orders thousands of young men and women to danger and death in foreign lands, rubber stamps regulations that throw enterprises into upheaval, controls the composition of the powerful Federal Reserve, and manages the priorities millions of swarms of bureaucrats that vex the citizenry in every way. u003cpu003e It is not too much of a stretch to say that the president embodies the Leviathan state as we know it. Or, more precisely, it is not an individual president so much as the very institution of the presidency that has been the major impediment of liberty. The presidency as the founders imagined it has been displaced by democratically ratified serial despotism. And, for that reason, it must be stopped. u003cpu003e Every American president seems to strive to make the historians'' A-list by doing big and dramatic things—wars, occupations, massive programs, tyrannies large and small—in hopes of being considered among the "greats" such as Lincoln, Wilson, and FDR. They always imagine themselves as honored by future generations: the worse their crimes, the more the accolades. u003cpu003e Well, the free ride ends with u003cemu003eReassessing the Presidency: The Rise of the Executive State and the Decline of Freedomu003c/emu003e, edited by John Denson.u003cpu003e This remarkable volume (825 pages including index and bibliography) is the first full-scale revision of the official history of the U.S. executive state. It traces the progression of power exercised by American presidents from the early American Republic up to the eventual reality of the power-hungry Caesars which later appear as president in American history. Contributors examine the usual judgments of the historical profession to show the ugly side of supposed presidential greatness. u003cimg src="http://images.mises.org/presfat.jpg" align="left"u003e u003cPu003eThe mission inherent in this undertaking is to determine how the presidency degenerated into the office of American Caesar. Did the character of the man who held the office corrupt it, or did the power of the office, as it evolved, corrupt the man? Or was it a combination of the two? Was there too much latent power in the original creation of the office as the Anti-Federalists claimed? Or was the power externally created and added to the position by corrupt or misguided men? u003c/Pu003e u003cpu003e There''s never been a better guide to everything awful about American presidents. No, you won''t get the civics text approach of see no evil. Essay after essay details depredations that will shock you, and wonder how American liberty could have ever survived in light of the rule of these people. u003cPu003eContributors include George Bittlingmayer, John V. Denson, Marshall L. DeRosa, Thomas J. DiLorenzo, Lowell Gallaway, Richard M. Gamble, David Gordon, Paul Gottfried, Randall G. Holcombe, Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, Michael Levin, Yuri N. Maltsev, William Marina, Ralph Raico, Joseph Salerno, Barry Simpson, Joseph Stromberg, H. Arthur Scott Trask, Richard Vedder, and Clyde Wilson. u003c/Pu003e

Redefining Shamanisms

release date: Mar 28, 2013
Redefining Shamanisms
An analysis of the Anglo-American Spiritualist movement which provides a new definition of shamanism based on a pattern of apprenticeship unique to traditional shamanisms.

Controversies in Media Ethics

release date: Jan 01, 2011
Controversies in Media Ethics
Offers alternate perspectives on a variety of issues. This title includes chapters that present two opposing viewpoints, followed by commentary. It covers issues that are of greatest concern in media, including: privacy, violence, pornography, and advertising content.

Sinister Yogis

release date: Jul 15, 2010
Sinister Yogis
Since the 1960s, yoga has become a billion-dollar industry in the West, attracting housewives and hipsters, New Agers and the old-aged. But our modern conception of yoga derives much from nineteenth-century European spirituality, and the true story of yoga’s origins in South Asia is far richer, stranger, and more entertaining than most of us realize. To uncover this history, David Gordon White focuses on yoga’s practitioners. Combing through millennia of South Asia’s vast and diverse literature, he discovers that yogis are usually portrayed as wonder-workers or sorcerers who use their dangerous supernatural abilities—which can include raising the dead, possession, and levitation—to acquire power, wealth, and sexual gratification. As White shows, even those yogis who aren’t downright villainous bear little resemblance to Western assumptions about them. At turns rollicking and sophisticated, Sinister Yogis tears down the image of yogis as detached, contemplative teachers, finally placing them in their proper context.

The Alchemical Body

release date: Jul 10, 2012
The Alchemical Body
The Alchemical Body excavates and centers within its Indian context the lost tradition of the medieval Siddhas. Working from previously unexplored alchemical sources, David Gordon White demonstrates for the first time that the medieval disciplines of Hindu alchemy and hatha yoga were practiced by one and the same people, and that they can be understood only when viewed together. White opens the way to a new and more comprehensive understanding of medieval Indian mysticism, within the broader context of south Asian Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam. "White proves a skillful guide in disentangling historical and theoretical complexities that have thus far bedeviled the study of these influential aspects of medieval Indian culture."—Yoga World "Anyone seriously interested in finding out more about authentic tantra, original hatha yoga, embodied liberation . . . sacred sexuality, paranormal abilities, healing, and of course alchemy will find White''s extraordinary book as fascinating as any Tom Clancy thriller."—Georg Feuerstein, Yoga Journal

The Serialist

release date: Mar 09, 2010
The Serialist
A DARK AND STYLISH PAGE-TURNER FROM A BOLD NEW VOICE IN FICTION Harry Bloch is a struggling writer who pumps out pulpy serial novels—from vampire books to detective stories—under various pseudonyms. But his life begins to imitate his fiction when he agrees to ghostwrite the memoir of Darian Clay, New York City’s infamous Photo Killer. Soon, three young women turn up dead, each one murdered in the Photo Killer’s gruesome signature style, and Harry must play detective in a real-life murder plot as he struggles to avoid becoming the killer’s next victim. Witty, irreverent, and original, The Serialist is a love letter to books—from poetry to pornography—and proof that truth really can be stranger than fiction.

The Fall of the House of Paisley

release date: Oct 30, 2009
The Fall of the House of Paisley
In this hard-hitting study of political power, award-winning journalist David Gordon studies the political downfall of Ian Paisley and his son and shines an uncompromising light on Northern Ireland''s political elite. Ian Paisley, firebrand Ulster Protestant preacher and politician, spent forty years denouncing compromise as treachery. Then, in March 2007, he agreed a power-sharing pack with Sinn Féin, the political wing of the Provisional IRA. The historic deal earned him plaudits from around the world and the top job in Northern Ireland''s new devolved administration. His beloved son Ian Junior took up a ministerial post by his side. Yet within a year, this proud family dynasty had crumbled and collapsed. First Ian Junior resigned as a minister, after months of controversy over his links to a property developer. Then Paisley himself announced his retirement — despite having made repeated pledges to serve a full four years in office. In this fantastic work of investigative journalism, award-winning journalist David Gordon pinpoints the structural flaws in the House of Paisley and exposes the murky underworld of Northern Irish politics. Editorial Reviews ‘David Gordon … in a fine piece of investigative journalism, doggedly following his nose, taking advantage of freedom of information, and with good contacts in the DUP and Free Presbyterian Church (FPC), seeks to explain why Ian Paisley fell at what appeared to be the moment of triumph.’ Maurice Hayes, Belfast Telegraph ‘David Gordon details where the storm came from and why it was so damaging to father and son in The Fall of the House of Paisley. While some readers will — to be blunt — enjoy reliving the difficulties faced by such a pair of individuals, there’s more to Gordon’s fine book than schadenfreude.’ William Scholes, Irish News ‘Gordon’s account is as sharp as a blade, cutting deep into the murky world of Stormont.’ Fachtna Kelly and Julian Fleming, Sunday Business Post Agenda The Fall of the House of Paisley: Contents Introduction Chronology Welcome to the House of Fun The Ghost of Paisley Past With God on our Side Dodgy Foundations Causeway for Concern Junior in Bother Senior in Bother Land Deal Lobbying Out with the Old St Andrews Bombshell Other People’s Money Surprise in Dromore All Fall Down Legacy Matters Life after Paisley Notes

Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility
Since 1990 this pocket handbook has been used by thousands of physicians, medical students, nurse midwives, nurses and other healthcare providers. Now in this 6th Edition you can find everything that you need to provide comprehensive healthcare to women. This pocket-sized edition contains page-for-page the identical information found in the larger format, desk edition. Written for a wide range of medical professionals, this pocket-sized compendium is dedicated to all aspects of Obstetrics and Gynecology and contains over 500 tables, flowcharts and figures making each topic easier to recall. Many useful resources from recent original articles are now at your fingertips in one source-book.

The Power of Outreach

release date: Jan 01, 2009
The Power of Outreach
The U.S. intelligence community (IC) has made great strides in collecting and analyzing open source information. By contrast, the IC''s outreach to nongovernmental experts lags behind. Such experts are not integral to collection strategies, nor are they adequately leveraged by analysts. This shortcoming is a critical weakness in the United States'' intelligence apparatus.In an effort to invigorate the debate on expanding IC outreach, the CSIS Transnational Threats Project created and operated a Trusted Information Network (TIN) to examine extremism and transnational crime in Southeast Asia. Composed of top specialists from the region and beyond, this network highlighted the immense expertise such a group could bring to bear on important national security priorities by answering a series of relevant questions. Simultaneously, this effort demonstrated ways in which the IC could draw on TINs to collect and analyze information in the future.Based on the TIN experience, the authors of this new CSIS report recommend that the IC consider the absence of robust outreach as a collection gap; identify the relative absence of outreach as an analytic weakness; strengthen and fully support outreach from the top; build support for outreach at the working level; promote outreach with incoming analysts; be knowledgeable of the top nongovernmental experts; and ensure that efforts to improve outreach are balanced with measures that mitigate the associated counterintelligence risks.

Conflict, Community, and Criminality in Southeast Asia and Australia: Assessments from the Field

release date: Jan 01, 2009
Conflict, Community, and Criminality in Southeast Asia and Australia: Assessments from the Field
These assessments, compiled by the CSIS Transnational Threats Project, were drafted by members of the CSIS Trusted Information Network project on Southeast Asia (TIN-2). The Transnational Threats Project created and operated TIN-2 to examine extremism and transnational crime in Southeast Asia and the surrounding region. Comprising top specialists from the region and beyond, this network highlighted the immense expertise such a group could bring to bear on important national security priorities. Primary analysis and findings of the TIN-2 project were published in an April 2009 CSIS report, The Power of Outreach: Leveraging Expertise on Threats in Southeast Asia. Because the TIN-2 discussion questions focused on overarching thematic issues, the editors felt it was important to draw on the tremendous and varied knowledge of the TIN-2 team to create a regional threat assessment. To this end, the TIN members drafted a short paper on their respective areas of expertise.The 16 assessments address terrorism and criminality in the Southeast Asia region as a whole as well as the individual countries of Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, and Australia. As the essays show, the situation is improving in some counties, while violence in on the upswing in others. The authors bring to bear direct experience with local terrorist threats, painting a concise and realistic picture. They pay particular attention to the role of local governments in fighting the threats, which have succeeded when they focus not on ideology or reframing the narrative but rather on reducing local grievances and encouraging and offering opportunities for mainstream Muslims. The lessons that can be drawn from these essays in effect recalibrate the debate on terrorism in Southeast Asia and, more generally, offer insights on strategy and tactics to countering local extremist threats.

A Geography of the Carolinas

release date: Jan 01, 2008
A Geography of the Carolinas
Vibrant high-tech centers, shifting barrier islands, okra festivals, Yankee and Latino immigrants, Blue Ridge vistas, world-class universities and empty textile mills-this is the Carolinas. A region of striking natural beauty, rich history, and a rapidly changing economic base, the Carolinas are "Old South" and "New South," intimately local and inextricably global. In A Geography of the Carolinas, eleven noted geographers explore the region''s historical, cultural and physical landscapes. Bringing the perspective of the science of geography and a wealth of experience and knowledge, the contributors reveal the patterns, processes, and connections at work in these two great states. Each chapter is an exploration of this diverse terrain of places and peoples, and a fascinating journey for those who wish to understand the past, present, and future of the Carolinas. Book jacket.

Kiss of the Yogini

release date: Jul 07, 2006
Kiss of the Yogini
For those who wonder what relation actual Tantric practices bear to the "Tantric sex" currently being marketed so successfully in the West, David Gordon White has a simple answer: there is none. Sweeping away centuries of misunderstandings and misrepresentations, White returns to original texts, images, and ritual practices to reconstruct the history of South Asian Tantra from the medieval period to the present day. Kiss of the Yogini focuses on what White identifies as the sole truly distinctive feature of South Asian Tantra: sexualized ritual practices, especially as expressed in the medieval Kaula rites. Such practices centered on the exchange of powerful, transformative sexual fluids between male practitioners and wild female bird and animal spirits known as Yoginis. It was only by "drinking" the sexual fluids of the Yoginis that men could enter the family of the supreme godhead and thereby obtain supernatural powers and transform themselves into gods. By focusing on sexual rituals, White resituates South Asian Tantra, in its precolonial form, at the center of religious, social, and political life, arguing that Tantra was the mainstream, and that in many ways it continues to influence contemporary Hinduism, even if reformist misunderstandings relegate it to a marginal position. Kiss of the Yogini contains White''s own translations from over a dozen Tantras that have never before been translated into any European language. It will prove to be the definitive work for persons seeking to understand Tantra and the crucial role it has played in South Asian history, society, culture, and religion.

Mindful Dreaming

release date: Nov 09, 2006
Mindful Dreaming
Ancient and modern masters alike have shown us that mindfulness is the direct path to emotional healing and spiritual awakening. In Mindful Dreaming, psychologist David Gordon shows how every dream corresponds to one of the four universal stages of healing and growth that Joseph Campbell called the Mythic "search for bliss." Dreams teach us to recognize the spiritual lessons of each phase of the Journey and urge us to learn ten perennial steps to mindfulness taught by spiritual traditions throughout the millennia. A breakthrough in the field of mindfulness practice and dreamwork, Mindful Dreaming teaches you the simple language of dreams and how they promote mindfulness in our everyday lives. Dreams prompt us to become mindful of distraction and embrace the value of solitude. Relaxing our grip on control, our dreams open us to guidance from the Source. Helping us see through the illusion of permanence, they teach us to release attachments and grieve the limitations and losses that life imposes. Mindful of our destructive rush to judgment, our dreams move us to embrace compassion for our own suffering—not just that of others. Finally, dreams teach us mindfulness of our impatience so that we may live more consciously and awake in the present moment. Relying on thought-provoking exercises and abundant examples from the life-changing dreams of the author, his clients and friends, Mindful Dreaming demonstrates how dreams provide a non-judgmental and compassionate mirror that reflect our ongoing progress on the Journey to mindfulness. Mindful dreaming leads us to overcome the emotional blocks that keep us feeling stuck and conflicted in love relationships, frustrated in work, or stagnating in our creative goals.

The Three Little Rigs

release date: May 10, 2005
The Three Little Rigs
"Little rig, little rig, let me come in!" "Not by the chrome on my chinny chin chin." "Then I’ll crash and I’ll bash and I’ll smash your house in." When the three little rigs set out to build their own garages, each one thinks that his is going to be the strongest. But then the big bad wrecking ball comes to call and threatens to smash their new homes to smithereens. The brothers learn that it’s only by bravery and teamwork that they can win the day. A comic sequel to the ugly truckling.
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