New Release Books by Michael Meyer

Michael Meyer is the author of Benjamin Franklin's Last Bet (2022), Literature to Go with 2021 MLA Update (2021), The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature with 2021 MLA Update (2021), Exit Strategy (2021) and other 158 books.

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Benjamin Franklin's Last Bet

release date: Apr 12, 2022
Benjamin Franklin's Last Bet
The incredible story of Benjamin Franklin’s parting gift to the working-class people of Boston and Philadelphia—a deathbed wager that captures the Founder’s American Dream and his lessons for our current, conflicted age. Benjamin Franklin was not a gambling man. But at the end of his illustrious life, the Founder allowed himself a final wager on the survival of the United States: a gift of two thousand pounds to Boston and Philadelphia, to be lent out to tradesmen over the next two centuries to jump-start their careers. Each loan would be repaid with interest over ten years. If all went according to Franklin’s inventive scheme, the accrued final payout in 1991 would be a windfall. In Benjamin Franklin’s Last Bet, Michael Meyer traces the evolution of these twin funds as they age alongside America itself, bankrolling woodworkers and silversmiths, trade schools and space races. Over time, Franklin’s wager was misused, neglected, and contested—but never wholly extinguished. With charm and inquisitive flair, Meyer shows how Franklin’s stake in the “leather-apron” class remains in play to this day, and offers an inspiring blueprint for prosperity in our modern era of growing wealth disparity and social divisions.

Literature to Go with 2021 MLA Update

release date: Sep 14, 2021
Literature to Go with 2021 MLA Update
This ebook has been updated to provide you with the latest guidance on documenting sources in MLA style and follows the guidelines set forth in the MLA Handbook, 9th edition (April 2021). Drawn from our best-selling anthology The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature, Literature to Go is a brief and inexpensive collection of stories, poems, and plays accompanied by thorough critical reading and writing support.

The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature with 2021 MLA Update

release date: Aug 23, 2021
The Compact Bedford Introduction to Literature with 2021 MLA Update
This ebook has been updated to provide you with the latest guidance on documenting sources in MLA style and follows the guidelines set forth in the MLA Handbook, 9th edition (April 2021). Become a lifelong reader and improve your writing skills as Bedford Introduction to Literature exposes you to classic and contemporary writers while thorough support and activities give you ample practice.

Exit Strategy

release date: Jul 22, 2021
Exit Strategy
Exit Strategy is the first book in a continuing series introducing the main characters. It is a crime thriller, which bounces between two events being investigated by the FBI over two weeks in late August/early September. The crimes initially believed to be unrelated introduce ex-military personnel on both sides of the law in a cat and mouse game unfolding across the globe, with an explosive climax. Told in the third person, author Meyer reveals his prowess as a storyteller. A quick read at just 250 pages, Exit Strategy, is excellent for your next vacation or long flight. Exit Strategy is pure fiction. Any similarities between persons, places, and activities are strictly coincidental. As an added bonus, please enjoy the first chapter in the sequel Next Wave, due out in late fall 2021.

Transportation and Public Health

release date: Jun 15, 2019
Transportation and Public Health
Transportation and Public Health: An Integrated Approach to Policy, Planning, and Implementation helps current and future transportation professionals integrate public health considerations into their transportation planning, thus supporting sustainability and promoting societal health and well-being. The book defines key issues, describes potential solutions, and provides detailed examples of how solutions have been implemented worldwide. In addition, it demonstrates how to identify gaps in existing policy frameworks. Addressing a critical and emerging urgent need in transportation and public health research, the book creates a coherent, inclusive and interdisciplinary framework for understanding. By integrating principles from transportation planning and engineering, health management, economics, social and organizational psychology, the book deepens understanding of these multiple perspectives and tensions inherent in integrating public health and transportation planning and policy implementation. Bridges the gap between transport and public health, two fields that have traditionally traveled on separate and parallel tracks Synthesizes key research and practice literature Includes teaching and learning aids, such as case studies, chapter objectives, summaries and discussion questions

The Road to Sleeping Dragon

release date: Oct 10, 2017
The Road to Sleeping Dragon
From the highly praised author of The Last Days of Old Beijing, a brilliant portrait of China today and a memoir of coming of age in a country in transition. In 1995, at the age of twenty-three, Michael Meyer joined the Peace Corps and, after rejecting offers to go to seven other countries, was sent to a tiny town in Sichuan. Knowing nothing about China, or even how to use chopsticks, Meyer wrote Chinese words up and down his arms so he could hold conversations, and, per a Communist dean''s orders, jumped into teaching his students about the Enlightenment, the stock market, and Beatles lyrics. Soon he realized his Chinese counterparts were just as bewildered by China''s changes as he was. Thus began an impassioned immersion into Chinese life. With humor and insight, Meyer puts readers in his novice shoes, introducing a fascinating cast of characters while winding across the length and breadth of his adopted country --from a terrifying bus attack on arrival, to remote Xinjiang and Tibet, into Beijing''s backstreets and his future wife''s Manchurian family, and headlong into efforts to protect China''s vanishing heritage at places like "Sleeping Dragon," the world''s largest panda preserve. In the last book of his China trilogy, Meyer tells a story both deeply personal and universal, as he gains greater – if never complete – assurance, capturing what it feels like to learn a language, culture and history from the ground up. Both funny and relatable, The Road to Sleeping Dragon is essential reading for anyone interested in China''s history, and how daily life plays out there today.

Pamphlet Architecture 36

Pamphlet Architecture 36
This newest addition to the Pamphlet Architecture series, long admired for its willingness to propose architectural solutions to challenging problems addresses the issue of rising sea levels with an interrogation of the concept of floating cities, a field of inquiry gaining increasing relevance and urgency with the impending reality of climate change. The authors explore notions of buoyancy and the amphibious through a typology based on human response and adaptation, to one of the hosting pressing issues of our day.

In Manchuria

release date: Feb 17, 2015
In Manchuria
Explores the change most of rural China is undergoing via the story of a privately held rice company that has built new roads, introduced organic farming, and constructed apartments for farmers in exchange for their land rights.

In Search of Spiritual Sense

release date: May 12, 2011

The Bedford Introduction to Literature, High School Version

release date: Dec 22, 2015

Thinking and Writing About Poetry + Documenting Sources in MLA Style 2016 Update

release date: Jun 15, 2016

The Bedford Introduction to Literature + Documenting Sources in MLA Style 2016 Update

release date: Jun 15, 2016

Discovering the Scientist Within

release date: Jan 17, 2018
Discovering the Scientist Within
In this breakthrough first edition, authors Gary Lewandowski, Natalie Ciarocco, and David Strohmetz draw on their extensive classroom experiences to introduce research methodology in a highly effective, thoroughly engaging new way, maximizing students’ familiarity with every step of the process. For the first time in a methods text, each design chapter follows a single study from ideation to writing for publication, with students researching an intriguing question emerging from a chapter-long case study. Also for the first time in a methods text, each design chapter models the entire research process, so students get multiple opportunities to experience that process start to finish.

Bedford Introduction to Literature 11E & Documenting Sources in MLA Style: 2016 Update [With Booklet]

release date: Jun 15, 2016

The Year that Changed the World

release date: Aug 05, 2010
The Year that Changed the World
''Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall!'' This declamation by president Ronald Reagan when visiting Berlin in 1987 is widely cited as the clarion call that brought the Cold War to an end. The West had won, so this version of events goes, because the West had stood firm. American and Western European resoluteness had brought an evil empire to its knees. Michael Meyer, in this extraordinarily compelling account of the revolutions that roiled Eastern Europe in 1989, begs to differ. Drawing together breathtakingly vivid, on-the-ground accounts of the rise of Solidarity in Poland, the stealth opening of the Hungarian border, the Velvet Revolution in Prague, and the collapse of the infamous wall in Berlin, Meyer shows that western intransigence was only one of the many factors that provoked such world-shaking change. More important, Meyer contends, were the stands taken by individuals in the thick of the struggle, leaders such as poet and playwright Vaclav Havel in Prague; Lech Walesa; the quiet and determined reform prime minister in Budapest, Miklos Nemeth; and the man who realized his empire was already lost and decided, with courage and intelligence, to let it go in peace, Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev. Michael Meyer captures these heady days in all their rich drama and unpredictability. In doing so he provides not just a thrilling chronicle of perhaps the most important year of the 20th century but also a crucial refutation of American mythology and a misunderstanding of history that was deliberately employed to lead the United States into some of the intractable conflicts it faces today.

The Last Days of Old Beijing

release date: Jul 23, 2010
The Last Days of Old Beijing
Journalist Michael Meyer has spent his adult life in China, first in a small village as a Peace Corps volunteer, the last decade in Beijing--where he has witnessed the extraordinary transformation the country has experienced in that time. For the past two years he has been completely immersed in the ancient city, living on one of its famed hutong in a century-old courtyard home he shares with several families, teaching English at a local elementary school--while all around him "progress" closes in as the neighborhood is methodically destroyed to make way for high-rise buildings, shopping malls, and other symbols of modern, urban life. The city, he shows, has been demolished many times before; however, he writes, "the epitaph for Beijing will read: born 1280, died 2008...what emperors, warlords, Japanese invaders, and Communist planners couldn''t eradicate, the market economy can." The Last Days of Old Beijing tells the story of this historic city from the inside out-through the eyes of those whose lives are in the balance: the Widow who takes care of Meyer; his students and fellow teachers, the first-ever description of what goes on in a Chinese public school; the local historian who rallies against the government. The tension of preservation vs. modernization--the question of what, in an ancient civilization, counts as heritage, and what happens when a billion people want to live the way Americans do--suffuse Meyer''s story.

The Moons of Zebulon

release date: Feb 01, 2010
The Moons of Zebulon
From the introduction by Waid Water When they asked me to write the intro to this book, it didn''t seem too dangerous, so I considered it. We''re stuck out here orbiting Zebulon. I don''t know if we''ll ever get home.

Methods of Text and Discourse Analysis

release date: Jul 26, 2000
Methods of Text and Discourse Analysis
''This volume is the most comprehensive overview to date of sociologically orientated approaches to text and discourse analysis and is worth reading even for those who are interested only in purely linguistiv approaches to text and discourse. Its main merit, I think, is that it intorduces approaches which up to now have hardley been admitted into the universe of scientific discourse'' - Discourse Studies Methods of Text and Discourse Analysis provides the most comprehensive overview currently available of linguistic and sociological approaches to text and discourse analysis. Among the 10 linguistic and sociological models surveyed in this book some of the more important are Grounded Theory, Content Analysis, Conversation Analysis and Critical Discourse Analysis. The book presents each approach according to a standardised format, which allows for direct systematic comparisons. The fully annotated lists of sources provide readers with an additional means of evaluation of the competing analytical methods. Interdisciplinary and international in its aims, Methods of Text and Discourse Analysis suggests the benefits both linguists and sociologists will derive from a more intimate knowledge of each others'' methods and procedures.

Continuous Stochastic Calculus with Applications to Finance

release date: Oct 25, 2000
Continuous Stochastic Calculus with Applications to Finance
The prolonged boom in the US and European stock markets has led to increased interest in the mathematics of security markets, most notably in the theory of stochastic integration. This text gives a rigorous development of the theory of stochastic integration as it applies to the valuation of derivative securities. It includes all the tools necessary for readers to understand how the stochastic integral is constructed with respect to a general continuous martingale. The author develops the stochastic calculus from first principles, but at a relaxed pace that includes proofs that are detailed, but streamlined to applications to finance. The treatment requires minimal prerequisites-a basic knowledge of measure theoretic probability and Hilbert space theory-and devotes an entire chapter to application in finances, including the Black Scholes market, pricing contingent claims, the general market model, pricing of random payoffs, and interest rate derivatives. Continuous Stochastic Calculus with Application to Finance is your first opportunity to explore stochastic integration at a reasonable and practical mathematical level. It offers a treatment well balanced between aesthetic appeal, degree of generality, depth, and ease of reading.

Thinking and Writing about Literature

release date: Sep 26, 2000
Thinking and Writing about Literature
Thinking and Writing about Literature combines three books in one — a writing about literature text, an introduction to literature, and a thematic anthology — all working together to help students become better academic writers and better literary readers.
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