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How the Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone
A Library Journal Best Book of the YearTech-guru Brian McCullough delivers a rollicking history of the internet, why it exploded, and how it changed everything.The internet was never intended for you, opines Brian McCullough in this lively narrative of an era that utterly transformed everything we thought we knew about technology. In How the Internet Happened, he chronicles the whole fascinating story for the first time, beginning in a dusty Illinois basement in 1993, when a group of college kids set off a once-in-an-epoch revolution with what would become the first “dotcom.”Depicting the lives of now-famous innovators like Netscape’s Marc Andreessen and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, McCullough also reveals surprising quirks and unknown tales as he tracks both the technology and the culture around the internet’s rise. Cinematic in detail and unprecedented in scope, the result both enlightens and informs as it draws back the curtain on the new rhythm of disruption and innovation the internet fostered, and helps to redefine an era that changed every part of our lives.
Published by: Liveright | Publication date: 10/23/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 370 pages

A History of the Internet and the Digital Future
A great adjustment in human affairs is underway. Political, commercial and cultural life is changing from the centralized, hierarchical and standardized structures of the industrial age to something radically different: the economy of the emerging digital era. A History of the Internet and the Digital Future tells the story of the development of the Internet from the 1950s to the present, and examines how the balance of power has shifted between the individual and the state in the areas of censorship, copyright infringement, intellectual freedom and terrorism and warfare. Johnny Ryan explains how the Internet has revolutionized political campaigns; how the development of the World Wide Web enfranchised a new online population of assertive, niche consumers; and how the dot-com bust taught smarter firms to capitalize on the power of digital artisans. In the coming years platforms such as the iPhone and Android rise or fall depending on their treading the line between proprietary control and open innovation. The trends of the past may hold out hope for the record and newspaper industry. From the government-controlled systems of the Cold War to today's move towards cloud computing, user-driven content and the new global commons, this book reveals the trends that are shaping the businesses, politics and media of the digital future.
Author: Johnny Ryan
Published by: Reaktion Books | Publication date: 06/16/2011
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 260 pages

Valley Forge
The #1 New York Times bestselling authors of The Heart of Everything That Is return with one of the most inspiring—and underappreciated—chapters in American history: the story of the Continental Army’s six-month transformation in Valley Forge.December 1777. It is 18 months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and some 12,000 members of America’s beleaguered Continental Army stagger into a small Pennsylvania encampment 23 miles northwest of British-occupied Philadelphia. The starving and half-naked force is reeling from a string of demoralizing defeats at the hands of King George III’s army, and are barely equipped to survive the coming winter. Their commander in chief, the focused and forceful George Washington, is at the lowest ebb of his military career. The Continental Congress is in exile and the American Revolution appears to be lost. Yet a spark remains. Determined to keep the rebel cause alive through sheer force of will, Washington transforms the farmland plateau hard by the Schuylkill River into a virtual cabin city. Together with a dedicated coterie of advisers both foreign and domestic—Marquis de Lafayette, Baron von Steuben, the impossibly young Alexander Hamilton, and John Laurens—he sets out to breathe new life into his military force. Against all odds, as the frigid and miserable months pass, they manage to turn a bobtail army of citizen soldiers into a professional fighting force that will change the world forever. Valley Forge is the story of how that metamorphosis occurred. Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, the team behind such bestsellers as The Heart of Everything That Is, The Last Stand of Fox Company, and Halsey’s Typhoon, show us how this miracle was accomplished despite thousands of American soldiers succumbing to disease, starvation, and the elements. Here is Steuben, throwing himself into the dedicated drilling sessions he imported from Prussian battlefields. Here is Hamilton, proffering the shrewd advice that wards off his beloved commander in chief’s scheming political rivals. Here is Laurens, determined to integrate the Continental Army with freed black men and slaves. Here is Lafayette, thirsting for battlefield accolades while tenaciously lobbying his own king for crucial French aid. At the center of it all is George Washington, in the prime of his life yet confronting crushing failure as he fends off political conspiracies every bit as pernicious as his incessant military challenges. The Virginia planter-turned-general is viewed by many as unqualified to lead the Continental Army after the humiliating loss of Philadelphia, and his detractors in and out of Congress plot to replace him. The Valley Forge winter is his—and the revolution’s—last chance at redemption. And, indeed, after six months in the camp, Washington fulfills his destiny, leading the Continental Army to a stunning victory in the Battle of Monmouth Court House. The momentum is never again with the Redcoats. Valley Forge is the riveting true story of a nascent United States toppling an empire. Using new and rarely seen contemporaneous documents—and drawing on a cast of iconic characters and remarkable moments that capture the innovation and energy that led to the birth of our nation—Drury and Clavin provide the definitive account of this seminal and previously undervalued moment in the battle for American independence.
Published by: Simon & Schuster | Publication date: 10/02/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 432 pages

Book of Pastoral Prayer
This work, “A Book of Pastoral Prayers” originally authored by Ernest Fremont Tittle, is of particular significance to me. My father, the Reverend James D. Floyd carried a copy in his breast pocket and consulted it often for prayer. I grew up hearing prayers from its pages, and when my father (may his memory be eternal) reposed in the Lord, I received his copy. It is in his memory, and that of my mother who was a driving force behind his ministry, that I dedicate this modernized and revised version. My father began the work of modernizing in himself. Throughout his copy are hand scrawled notes where he modernized the language, added passages for ladies, and made a few prayers more inclusive.He was always particularly fond of older forms of prayer, and felt that prayers passed down from our ancestors were of particular importance. He worked hard to modernize them, and to make them inclusive of every individual in every situation. In this respect, he was years ahead of his time, even within the Methodist Church. He truly believed that Christ was in each and every person, regardless of their past and their sin. He always sought out that little spark of Christ and did everything that he could to nurture it into an all-consuming flame.
Published by: Floyd Enterprises, Inc. | Publication date: 08/01/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 79 pages

On the Edge of Now: Book I -- The Departure
Brian McCullough’s On the Edge of Now, Book I—The Departure, the first in a seven-book, teen and young adult science fiction award-winning series, transports readers to a parallel realm mirroring Tag’s own existence—but things aren’t the same. Cities look like his with only slight nuances to buildings and culture—until, that is, he finds himself immersed in a universe ruled by those who crave unity. And, power."It was time. She retreated to her position directly in front of the archway feeling the immense void of the light’s source drawing her toward its opening, filling her with an almost physical compulsion to step inside. The voices! Closer now! With little time to think, her mind formed a picture of her mother looking back at her, smiling.“Oh, what the hell!”
Published by: McCullough Media | Publication date: 08/23/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 265 pages

The Interdisciplinary Science of Consumption (The MIT Press)
Scholars from psychology, neuroscience, economics, animal behavior, and evolution describe the latest research on the causes and consequences of overconsumption.Our drive to consume—our desire for food, clothing, smart phones, and megahomes—evolved from our ancestors' drive to survive. But the psychological and neural processes that originally evolved to guide mammals toward resources that are necessary but scarce may mislead us in modern conditions of material abundance. Such phenomena as obesity, financial bubbles, hoarding, and shopping sprees suggest a mismatch between our instinct to consume and our current environment. This volume brings together research from psychology, neuroscience, economics, marketing, animal behavior, and evolution to explore the causes and consequences of consumption. Contributors consider such topics as how animal food-storing informs human consumption; the downside of evolved “fast and frugal” rules for eating; how future discounting and the draw toward immediate rewards influence food consumption, addiction, and our ability to save; overconsumption as social display; and the policy implications of consumption science.Taken together, the chapters make the case for an emerging interdisciplinary science of consumption that reflects commonalities across species, domains, and fields of inquiry. By carefully comparing mechanisms that underlie seemingly disparate outcomes, we can achieve a unified understanding of consumption that could benefit both science and society.
Published by: The MIT Press | Publication date: 08/08/2014
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 343 pages

On the Edge of Now: Book II--No Man's Land
She stood quietly for a few moments, enjoying the brief tranquility until a sudden, loud noise and bright, flaring light reflected from the buildings a few blocks away. What on earth? What is that? The light slowly diminished after pulsating several times in timed succession. She watched as it flickered out, quickly realizing she shouldn’t dally—there would be hell to pay if he discovered her taking a break. No such luck. “Lucy! Is that all? Do I have to come down there, and beat you again?” No, Master—I’ll do better. Please let me try.” Brian McCullough’s On the Edge of Now, Book II—No Man’s Land, the second in a six-book series, transports readers to a time and place when history shifts, the forgotten come to life, and authority disintegrates. Tag, Rose, and Claire discover societal atrocities still exist as they search for a way out. For a way back to their families. For a way back home.
Published by: McCullough Media | Publication date: 12/09/2015
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 367 pages

The Scourge of 555: A Science Fiction Novel
With ten science fiction awards under his belt, author Brian McCullough delights readers again as he catapults them to a time when Earth's existence is threatened, past indiscretions are duly noted, and prices must be paid. No salvation. No absolution. No escaping The Scourge of 555 . . .She sat back in the leather chair of the small executive jet, mentally cycling through what she had to accomplish prior to her arrival. Once she boarded the flight, both pilots were instructed to put the metal to the pedal, and neither questioned the dynamic woman who exuded a commanding presence—from their armed services experience, the knew when to obey a directive.
Publication date: 12/30/2018
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 221 pages

Rules of '48
Master storyteller Jack Cady's final novel, Rules of '48, is a stirring semi-autobiographical examination of changing social conventions, and the development of the American conscience in the aftermath of the greatest war in history. In a city with roots deep in the Confederacy, five men endure seven deadly weeks that forever alter their perceptions of the world.
Author: Jack Cady
Published by: Night Shade Books | Publication date: 10/01/2008
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 246 pages

On the Edge of Now: Book III - Redemption
Their distance provided a margin of safety, but only if they used hand weapons with a standard projectile. Anything based on beam technology—or, a long gun—would be devastating, and beyond range for effective return fire. In the brief glimpse of them, there were no apparent weapons. He considered retreat—however, it was a choice against the nature of his people’s militaristic psychological makeup. Besides, they were walking for days since arriving in their new world and, at the forest’s edge, was the first sighting of a species other than birds, animals, or critters that slithered. Evidence of civilized society did not exist.Brian McCullough’s On the Edge of Now: Book III—Redemption transports readers to an empty world—or, was it? After days of searching and solitude, the Travelers find themselves in the hunt with an unknown enemy—Tag, Rose, Claire, and Devin are prey! The threat of perishing a constant concern, they fight for their lives as they look for a new way home!
Published by: McCullough Media | Publication date: 03/07/2016
Kindle book details: Kindle Edition, 275 pages
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