For eighteen years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been part of a team revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don't care about the national interest”or even their subjectsunless they have to. This clever and accessible book shows that the difference between tyrants and democrats is just a convenient fiction. Governments do not differ in kind but only in the number of essential supporters, or backs that need scratching. The size of this group determines almost everything about politics: what leaders can get away with, and the quality of life or misery under them. The picture the authors paint is not pretty. But it just may be the truth, which is a good starting point for anyone seeking to improve human governance.
Published by: PublicAffairs | Publication date: 09/27/2011Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 354 pages
Want to learn how to create positive shifts and transformations in the people around you - without them even knowing about it? Strategic Intervention is a new interdisciplinary practice for producing strategic change in individuals, couples, and groups. Mark and Magali Peysha guide you through 50 innovative strategies to be implemented by coaches or anyone who works with people. Whether you're a health care provider, teacher, manager, attorney, consultant, therapist, or another professional who works with people, you will find intelligent strategies that will make you effective in your relationships, communications, and your life.
Published by: Strategic Intervention Press | Publication date: 03/14/2014Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 241 pages
From the Introduction: "Stoic philosophy, of which Epictetus (c. a.d. 50–130) is a representative, began as a recognizable movement around 300 b.c. Its founder was Zeno of Cytium (not to be confused with Zeno of Elea, who discovered the famous paradoxes). He was born in Cyprus about 336 b.c., but all of his philosophical activity took place in Athens. For more than 500 years Stoicism was one of the most influential and fruitful philosophical movements in the Graeco-Roman world. The works of the earlier Stoics survive only in fragmentary quotations from other authors, but from the Renaissance until well into the nineteenth century, Stoic ethical thought was one of the most important ancient influences on European ethics, particularly because of the descriptions of it by Cicero, through surviving works by the Stoics Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and also Epictetus--and also because of the effect that it had had in antiquity, and continued to have into the nineteenth century, on Christian ethical views. Nowadays an undergraduate or graduate student learning about ancient philosophy in a university course may well hear only about Plato and Aristotle, along perhaps with the presocratics; but in the history of Western thought and education this situation is somewhat atypical, and in most periods a comparable student would have learned as much or more about Stoicism, as well as two other major ancient philosophical movements, Epicureanism and Scepticism. In spite of this lack of explicit acquaintance with Stoic philosophers and their works, however, most students will recognize in Epictetus various ideas that are familiar through their effects on other thinkers, notably Spinoza, in our intellectual tradition."
Published by: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. | Publication date: 06/01/1983Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 44 pages
Murder, suspense, sex—and some handy household tips. "Josie Brown writes with all the secrets, sex, money and scandal of an OK! Magazine cover…Truly entertaining reading." -- Jackie CollinsEvery housewife needs an alias. Donna Stone has one — and it happens to be government-sanctioned. But when terrorism hits close to home, it makes for strange bedfellows — and brings new meaning to the old adage, “Honey, I’m home…”If you love funny mysteries with hard-boiled, sexy women sleuths, check out THE HOUSEWIFE ASSASSIN’S HANDBOOK!
Published by: Signal Press | Publication date: 05/13/2011Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Welcome to the wonderful world of DOODLE ART.The Doodle Art Handbook is a guide to inspire you and bring out your inner Doodle creativity. With the help of step by step lessons you will be able to create Doodle masterpieces with no experience necessary. The Handbook contains:
- 25 original tangle patternswith many variations divided into 5 sections from beginner to expert level.
- Step by step lessons on how to draw, while having little or no experience.
- Guidance on how to draw animals, flowers, trees and other objects in doodle art style.
- Many original art works from Doodle Art collaborators./li>
- Detailed instructions and advanced techniques for using shading, depth and drawing 3d objects. Doodle art is an excellent source of stress relief and meditation, and can be used by artists of all levels.Please enjoy!
Publication date: 12/28/2015Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 174 pages
Roadcraft is the police handbook for driver training, used by all the emergency services and a key reference for civilian driving instructors. It's essential reading for any driver wanting to develop their driving ability and safety to a more advanced level.
Published by: TSO | Publication date: 08/23/2013Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 296 pages
The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations
Increase profitability, elevate work culture, and exceed productivity goals through DevOps practices.More than ever, the effective management of technology is critical for business competitiveness. For decades, technology leaders have struggled to balance agility, reliability, and security. The consequences of failure have never been greater―whether it's the healthcare.gov debacle, cardholder data breaches, or missing the boat with Big Data in the cloud.And yet, high performers using DevOps principles, such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Etsy, and Netflix, are routinely and reliably deploying code into production hundreds, or even thousands, of times per day.Following in the footsteps of The Phoenix Project, The DevOps Handbook shows leaders how to replicate these incredible outcomes, by showing how to integrate Product Management, Development, QA, IT Operations, and Information Security to elevate your company and win in the marketplace.
Published by: IT Revolution Press | Publication date: 10/06/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 480 pages
- Ideal for students on all construction courses
- Topics presented concisely in plain language and with clear drawings
- Updated to include revisions to Building and Construction regulations
Published by: Routledge | Publication date: 04/14/2016Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 1024 pages
Pippa Mattinson, dog-training specialist, tells you everything you need to know about training and caring for your new puppy. From preparing the house and garden before the puppy arrives, to introducing your new friend to all the family (including children and other animals), and solving problems like crying, night waking, feeding, upset stomachs, biting, chewing and jumping up, this book is packed with all you need to know as a puppy owner.
Published by: Ebury Digital | Publication date: 04/03/2014Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 224 pages
The original and best survival guide for any situation in every climate. Now with added techniques for handling Urban dangers, the ‘SAS Survival Handbook’ is the complete companion for adventurers everywhere.The original and best survival guide for any situation in every climate is back. Now with added techniques for handling Urban dangers, the SAS Survival Handbook is the complete companion for adventurers everywhere. From making camp and finding food in the wild to security and self-defence in the streets, be prepared in any city, land or sea. SAS legend John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman’s unrivalled multi-million copy bestseller will teach you:Preparation – Understanding and assembling latest, most resilient, kit.Navigation – Skills, technologies and techniques to get you through unfamiliar terrain.Food and Health – Finding resources in your environment, feeding yourself, healing yourself and avoiding disease.Urban Safety and Security – Recognising dangerous situations, defending yourself and saving others.Disaster Survival – Dealing with unstable environmental conditions: what to do in the face of flash flooding or fast-spreading fire.
Published by: Collins | Publication date: 08/04/2011Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 579 pages