New Release Books by Michael McGrath

Michael McGrath is the author of Don Quixote and Catholicism (2020), All about Town (2019), The Clock Tower (2017), Crime and Defence (2016) and other 91 books.

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Don Quixote and Catholicism

release date: Aug 15, 2020
Don Quixote and Catholicism
Four hundred years since its publication, Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote continues to inspire and to challenge its readers. The universal and timeless appeal of the novel, however, has distanced its hero from its author and its author from his own life and the time in which he lived. The discussion of the novel’s Catholic identity, therefore, is based on a reading that returns Cervantes’s hero to Cervantes’s text and Cervantes to the events that most shaped his life. The authors and texts McGrath cites, as well as his arguments and interpretations, are mediated by his religious sensibility. Consequently, he proposes that his study represents one way of interpreting Don Quixote and acts as a complement to other approaches. It is McGrath’s assertion that the religiosity and spirituality of Cervantes’s masterpiece illustrate that Don Quixote is inseparable from the teachings of Catholic orthodoxy. Furthermore, he argues that Cervantes’s spirituality is as diverse as early modern Catholicism. McGrath does not believe that the novel is primarily a religious or even a serious text, and he considers his arguments through the lens of Cervantine irony, satire, and multiperspectivism. As a Roman Catholic who is a Hispanist, McGrath proposes to reclaim Cervantes’s Catholicity from the interpretive tradition that ascribes a predominantly Erasmian reading of the novel. When the totality of biographical and sociohistorical events and influences that shaped Cervantes’s religiosity are considered, the result is a new appreciation of the novel’s moral didactic and spiritual orientation.

All about Town

release date: Sep 27, 2019
All about Town
All About Town is a collection of ten short stories from one of Ireland's most exciting emerging fiction writers. Exploring a range of genres, each story enters the world of a unique character: from the bedroom of a disaffected youth to the desk of a troubled teacher.

The Clock Tower

release date: Jul 07, 2017
The Clock Tower
One Month. A lot can happen in a short space of time. There were thirty-one days in July 2014 like there are in all Julys - Limerick was no different. From the outside, Dolly Roche, Dillon Keyes and Abby Carey lead lives no different from other people either. But just how far can a seemingly common life push the boundaries of the human condition? Behind the quiet eyes of the everyday, how spectacular can those fireworks shine in the mind of the beholder? Drawing influence from Modernist and Post-Modernist literature, The Clock Tower is a journey through our everyday experience of reality and the surreal - displaying that within the mind of every person, a colourful and expansive narrative is forever unfolding.

Crime and Defence

release date: Sep 07, 2016
Crime and Defence
This is a work that has intentionally been constructed to provide an overview of the criminal justice system in Victoria. It is ?panoramic? in its breadth and the scope is informed by one fundamental idea: the tracing of the criminal law and its practical impact from start to finish. So the work surveys the impact of evidential, substantive and procedural systems and rules that are relevant to the practice of criminal law in Victoria from the commission of an offence until the exhaustion of post-conviction relief by way of appeal. It aims to be practical. We have done so by selecting topics that we believe are of most practical use to the criminal defence lawyer.

Compulsory Purchase and Compensation in Ireland

release date: Oct 31, 2013
Compulsory Purchase and Compensation in Ireland
Compulsory Purchase and Compensation in Ireland comprises a comprehensive inventory of compulsory purchase powers by various State and semi-State bodies in Ireland, together with a detailed and practical analysis of the law of compensation in respect of compulsory purchase. Divided into two highly practical sections, this 2nd edition key title provides the busy practitioner with a comprehensive guide to the complex subject of compulsory purchase and compensation. Drawing on a wealth of learning and experience, the author will unravel the intricacies of the present law and practice, and clearly present the advice and guidance legal practitioners working in this area will require. Part one deals with the voluminous statute law governing compulsory purchase powers and procedures. Part two covers the equally important topic of assessment of compensation. A must-have book for all practitioners specialising in property and land law.

Understanding and Applying Product-Platform Strategy

release date: Jul 14, 2016
Understanding and Applying Product-Platform Strategy
Since 1994 when I first published the concepts of product-platform strategy, Product Strategy for High Technology Companies (McGraw Hill, 2001) has become a mainstay of strategy in many industries, particularly for high-technology companies. Some of the most successful companies implemented a product-platform strategy, and many of those who didn't failed as a result. In this new book, as well as others in this series, I expand and update these concepts, adding new lessons learned in the past decade, and illustrate them with current examples. Since there are several new concepts and so many great examples, I've decided to update Product Strategy through a series of new books, each focused on a particular product strategy topic. This first book, Understanding and Applying Product-Platform Strategy, starts with the core underlying concepts of platform strategy, based on workshops I have been giving around the world over the last few years. There are several new concepts that I added or expanded on in this book. The concept of platform layers expands on original concept of elements in complex platforms. As product platforms evolved to be more complex, organizing them into layers became logical. Platform robustness is introduced to address the issue that not all platforms are created equal, and this builds on the concept of vectors of differentiation in my original book. Competitive advantage can come from having a more robust product-platform strategy than a competitor. The issues around a platform as part of an ecosystem are now more relevant and discussed in more detail. This has become increasingly important, as more companies have implemented platform strategies that are linked with others. Also as more companies have leveraged product-platforms into new markets, the concepts of derivative platforms have become more important. So we will examine derivative platforms in more detail.

Understanding PaaS

release date: Jan 17, 2012
Understanding PaaS
The least understood feature of cloud computing, Platform as a Service (PaaS), is also the most powerful and cost effective. This concise overview shows you why organizations that properly wield PaaS can quickly gain a strong competitive advantage. You’ll learn how PaaS enables developers to pursue low cost R&D projects, lets system administrators focus on systems rather than servers, and helps architects evaluate new technology quickly and directly. Many reliable PaaS providers are available today, including services from Amazon, Red Hat, and Google. This book offers valuable advice for technically and not-so-technically minded people who want to understand how PaaS can change the way organizations do computing. Get rudimentary examples of how to initiate projects with a typical PaaS provider Consider language selection, feature set, and general capabilities when evaluating a PaaS solution Automate tasks like continuous integration, unit tests, and builds Learn how to design applications by understanding how PaaS works under the hood Discover the critical difference between scaling up and scaling out Anticipate subtle but important differences between traditional computing and PaaS computing Change the way you think about security in the cloud

Wireless Sensor Networks for Healthcare Applications

release date: Jan 01, 2010
Wireless Sensor Networks for Healthcare Applications
This unique reference focuses on methods of application, validation and testing based on real deployments of sensor networks in the clinical and home environments. Key topics include healthcare and wireless sensors, sensor network applications, designs of experiments using sensors, data collection and decision making, clinical deployment of wireless sensor networks, contextual awareness medication prompting field trials in homes, social health monitoring, and the future of wireless sensor networks in healthcare.

The Banking M&A Integration Handbook

release date: Nov 01, 2008
The Banking M&A Integration Handbook
This book shows you how to make the M&A dream an M&A reality. If you: Work for a bank going through an M&A deal Work in a professional services firm that wants to offer services to support a banking M&A Are a regulator Are curious about how it all works Then this book is for you. This is a simple straightforward handbook of how to manage the M&A integration process written by some who has been responsible for managing the planning and logistics for some of the major banking deals of recent years. It shows you what has to be done before, during and after the change of control of a business unit of a whole bank from one owner to another.

Investigating Child Exploitation and Pornography

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Investigating Child Exploitation and Pornography
Crime scenes associated with child sexual exploitation and trafficking in child pornography were once limited to physical locations such as school playgrounds, church vestibules, trusted neighbors' homes, camping trips and seedy darkly lit back rooms of adult bookstores. The explosion of Internet use has created a virtual hunting ground for sexual predators and has fueled a brisk, multi-billion dollar trade in the associated illicit material. Approximately half of the caseload in computer crimes units involves the computer assisted sexual exploitation of children. Despite the scale of this problem, or perhaps because of it, there are no published resources that bring together the complex mingling of disciplines and expertise required to put together a computer assisted child exploitation case. This work fills this void, providing police, prosecutors and forensic examiners with the historical, legal, technical, and social background for the laws prohibiting child exploitation, in particular, child pornography. The book will become an indispensable resource for those involved in the investigation, prosecution and study of computer-assisted child sexual exploitation. The book provides a history of child exploitation cases and studies, outlining the roles of technology in this type of crime and the evidence they can contain, and documenting new research performed by the authors. It details how successful undercover Internet operations are conducted, how the associated evidence is collected, and how to use the evidence to locate and apprehend the offender. The heart of this work is a legal section, detailing all of the legal issues that arise in Internet child exploitation cases. A forensic examination section presents evidentiary issues from a technical perspective and describes how to conduct a forensic examination of digital evidence gathered in the investigative and probative stages of a child exploitation case. Citations to related documents are provided for readers who want to learn more about certain issues. Actual case examples from computer assisted child exploitation cases are explored, at all times protecting the privacy of the victims while providing enough detail to educate the reader. In addition to providing guidance on the technical and legal aspects of child exploitation investigations, this work identifies and analyzes trends in this type of crime and helps readers understand the similarities and differences between child predators who take to the Internet and predators who do not. Data from the thirty Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces are compiled and reported to provide a deeper understanding of the types of cases, types of offenders and the level of danger they pose to themselves, their victims, and investigating officers. Also, sex offender data from the Offices of Attorneys General in the United States and similar offices in foreign countries are gathered to increase the study sample size, establish controls, and expand the scope of the research to outside of the United States. - The first comprehensive title in this subject area - It will use real cases and examples of criminal behavior and the means to detect it. - Provides guidelines for developing a Field Manual and a Checklist to supplement the investigation and legal process - Establishes a reliable system and legal, procedural-backed protocol by which to conduct an online sexual investigation and collect evidence

Beyond Hate

release date: Nov 29, 2001
Beyond Hate
Leaving New York City for a less demanding life style, Daniel More, a forensic psychiatrist, has settled in upstate New York. Starting over is not easy, as the tension between him and his wife, Nancy, fails to dissipate with the move. Unfortunately, the loving relationship between More and his daughter, Elizabeth, remains overshadowed by the tension in the marriage. Starting with a flat tire, the doctor becomes convinced he is being harassed. The situation is mostly annoying, until More awakes one morning to find his wife dead, apparently stabbed to death while he slept beside her. Dr. More fights to prove his innocence against a background of further tragedy and pain, both motivated and burdened by the love for his daughter.

Product Strategy for High Technology Companies

release date: Oct 12, 2000
Product Strategy for High Technology Companies
One of the key determinants of success for today’s high-technology companies is product strategy—and this guide continues to be the only book on product strategy written specifically for the 21st century high-tech industry. More than 250 examples from technological leaders including IBM, Compaq, and Apple—plus a new focus on growth strategies and on Internet businesses—define how high-tech companies can use product strategy and product platform strategy for competitiveness, profitability, and growth in the Internet age.

1998 All-America City Yearbook

release date: Jan 01, 1998

The Catholic Church and Catholic Schools in Northern Ireland

release date: Jan 01, 2000
The Catholic Church and Catholic Schools in Northern Ireland
The Catholic Church and Catholic Schools in Northern Ireland examines three major themes of Catholic education in Northern Ireland. The author analyzes the Catholic authorities' efforts to maintain clerical control of Catholic schools in Northern Ireland from 1921 to the Education (Northern Ireland) Order of October 1993, concentrating upon the events surrounding the major education laws of 1923, 1925, 1930, 1947 and 1968 and the Orders in Council of 1989 and 1993. He also assesses the impact of the 'Gaelic' features of Catholic schools upon education policy, to determine whether national issues influenced the decisions of either the Catholic authorities or the devolved government. The book will demonstrate that, while these topics were central for some nationalists and unionists, they were minor issues for the senior Catholic clergy and the education officials of the devolved government. It then studies the Catholic authorities' response to the success of the campaign in recent decades for integrated schools, educating Catholic and Protestant children in 'shared schools'. It also explains the reasons for dwindling Unionist and Protestant enthusiasm for integrated schools. The author shows how the Catholic authorities' fear of the education committees created by the 1923 Act primarily explains their refusal to transfer control to the education committees. He also estimates the financial and educational price paid by Northern Ireland's Catholics to maintain a network of autonomous denominational schools, showing that the advent of mass secondary education after the Second World War led to a major contrast in the opportunities available to Catholic and Protestant children.

Gaming and Lotteries Handbook

release date: Oct 31, 2015
Gaming and Lotteries Handbook
Ireland's Gaming and Lotteries Acts 1956-2003 allow some limited forms of gambling. This is in order to provide a controlled outlet for people who wish to gamble. It also provides a method of fund-raising for charitable, philanthropic, and other socially desirable purposes. This new handbook explains the area in detail with reference to these Acts and to all relevant Irish case law.

A Decision Support System for Evaluating the Economic Impact of Tourism Enterprise Environmental and Social Initiatives

release date: Jan 01, 2008

The Licensed Trade

release date: Jan 01, 2008
The Licensed Trade
The liquor licensing code is brought to the licensee in a comprehensive and easy to use guide.

A Small Tourism Enterprise Planning Simulator (STEPS)

release date: Jan 01, 2008
A Small Tourism Enterprise Planning Simulator (STEPS)
In a recent study conducted for the Australian Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC), improved business planning was identified as one of the most pressing needs of Small-to-Medium Tourism Enterprise (SMTE) operators (McGrath 2005). A further significant problem confronting these businesses was coping with rapid change: including technological change, major changes in the external business environment, and changes that are having substantial impacts at every point of the tourism supply chain (and at every level: from international to regional and local levels). As a result of these findings, the STCRC provided funding and support for a follow-up research project aimed at producing a Small Tourism Enterprise Planning Simulator (STEPS). Briefly, the aim of this project was to produce a business planning aid (STEPS), suitable for use by SMTE operators. The focus of the work was on accommodation enterprises and the broad objective (of what is, essentially, only the initial stage of an ongoing project) was to produce a pre-production prototype. This publication is also available for free download at www.crctourism.com.au

Becoming a Master Manager

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Becoming a Master Manager
Practical strategies for building strong managerial skills! With the new Fourth Edition of Becoming a Master Manager: A Competency Framework, you can build practical skills in every area of managerial competency––skills you’ll need to thrive in the diverse situations and challenges of the new millennium! The text guides you through eight interactive learning modules covering different leadership roles, including director, producer, mentor, facilitator, coordinator, monitor, innovator, and broker. Features designed to help you become a master manager: The text’s Competing Values Framework helps you develop new ways of thinking about the competing tensions and demands that are placed on managers. The authors’ unique skills-based approach prepares you for today’s management challenges. A highly effective five-step learning model (assessment, learning, analysis, practice, and application) helps you develop core leadership competencies. Real-world managerial examples illustrate key concepts and offer insight into the roles that managers play in real companies. Coverage of timely topics such as emotional intelligence, mentoring/coaching, and life balance will help you keep pace with today’s rapidly changing workplace.

Hitching a Ride

release date: Jan 01, 2003
Hitching a Ride
On Friday, December 18, 1981, Dana Bradley's lifeless body was found in a wooded area on the outskirts of St. John's by a family in search of a Christmas tree. A manhunt began that culminated in the 1986 arrest of a suspect who confessed to the vicious attack. However, this man later recanted and no conviction was obtained. Twenty-two years after Dana's brutal death, the police are still searching for her killer.

The Last Dance

release date: Jan 01, 2002
The Last Dance
December 12, 1942 gave witness to one of the most devastating fires ever to occur in St. John's, Newfoundland. That night, 99 civilians and military personnel perished in what was likely an incidence of enemy sabotage. Newfoundlanders and U.S. servicemen alike lost their lives in the fire and joined the ranks of those hundred of thousands killed during World War II. This book explores the possibility, and ultimately the near certainty, that agents of Nazi Germany orchestrated this great tragedy.

Operating Manual for the University of Natal Economic Data Base

release date: Jan 01, 1985

Australian Burden of Disease Study

release date: Jan 01, 2015
Australian Burden of Disease Study
This is the second report in the Australian Burden of Disease Study series. It provides estimates of fatal burden for 2010 for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population as well as estimates of the gap in fatal burden between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Injuries and cardiovascular diseases contributed the most fatal burden for Indigenous Australians (22% and 21% respectively), followed by cancer (17%).
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