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How Carriers Fought: Carrier Operations in WWII
by Lars Celander

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English

Pages

292

Publication Date

July 19, 2018

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In November 1921 the first purpose-built aircraft carrier was launched by the Japanese, followed a year later by the launch of the British Hermes. The conversion of battlecruisers into aircraft carriers after World War I required the consideration of issues including handling aircraft on the flight deck and the techniques of attacking enemy ships, and the evolution of carrier operations was ongoing when World War II broke out. With a focus on the conflict in the Pacific between the U.S. Navy and the imperial Japanese fleet, this title examines how aircraft carriers fought during World War II by first considering all the tools and building blocks of carrier operations, and then discussing the various battles that involved aircraft carriers to explore how carrier operations evolved during war.<br /><br />Every aspect of carrier operations is covered; from the technology used on the carriers and in aircraft including for navigation and communication, to what life was really like in the cockpit for the pilots. A world of tactical dehydration, amphetamine pills, and illegal smoking is explored, as well as the measures pilots implemented to reduce their risk of death in the event of being hit.<br /><br />The major carrier battles of the war are considered, from Coral Sea to Leyte Gulf, with a focus on how the tools of carrier operations were employed. At the battle of Midway the debate of concentration vs. dispersion became relevant, as the Japanese decided to divide their forces while the Americans concentrated theirs. How Carriers Fought questions these tactics, exploring which worked best in theory and in practice.<br />The book concludes with a discussion of how carrier operations changed during the course of the war, as better technology and a better understanding of this new type of warfare allowed for quick advances in how operations were carried out.
Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car-And How It Will R...
by , Christopher Shulgan

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

August 28, 2018

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<p><strong>An automotive and tech world insider investigates the quest to develop and perfect the driverless car—an innovation that promises to be the most disruptive change to our way of life since the smartphone</strong><strong></strong></p><p>We stand on the brink of a technological revolution. Soon, few of us will own our own automobiles and instead will get around in driverless electric vehicles that we summon with the touch of an app. We will be liberated from driving, prevent over 90% of car crashes, provide freedom of mobility to the elderly and disabled, and decrease our dependence on fossil fuels. </p><p><em>Autonomy</em> is the story of the maverick engineers and computer nerds who are creating the revolution. Longtime advisor to the Google Self-Driving Car team and former GM research and development chief Lawrence D. Burns provides the perfectly-timed history of how we arrived at this point, in a character-driven and heavily reported account of the unlikely thinkers who accomplished what billion-dollar automakers never dared.</p><p>Beginning with the way 9/11 spurred the U.S. government to set a million-dollar prize for a series of off-road robot races in the Mojave Desert up to the early 2016 stampede to develop driverless technology, <em>Autonomy</em> is a page-turner that represents a chronicle of the past, diagnosis of the present, and prediction of the future—the ultimate guide to understanding the driverless car and navigating the revolution it sparks.</p>
Collision Course: The Classic Story of the Collision of the Andre...
by Alvin Moscow

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English

Pages

354

Publication Date

March 01, 2016

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<b>The definitive <i>New York Times</i>–bestselling account: “One of the most intriguing and thought-provoking books about shipwreck since <i>A Night to Remember</i>” (<i>The Detroit News</i>).</b><br /><br /> One of the largest, fastest, and most beautiful ships in the world, the <i>Andrea Doria</i> was on her way to New York from her home port in Genoa. Departing from the United States was the much smaller <i>Stockholm</i>. On the foggy night of July 25, 1956, fifty-three miles southeast of Nantucket in the North Atlantic, the <i>Stockholm </i>sliced through the <i>Doria</i>’s steel hull. Within minutes, water was pouring into the Italian liner. Eleven hours later, she capsized and sank into the ocean.<br />  <br /> In this “electrifying book,” Associated Press journalist Alvin Moscow, who covered the court hearings that sought to explain the causes of the tragedy and interviewed all the principals, re-creates with compelling accuracy the actions of the ships’ officers and crews, and the terrifying experiences of the <i>Doria</i>’s passengers as they struggled to evacuate a craft listing so severely that only half of its lifeboats could be launched (<i>Newsweek</i>). Recounting the heroic, rapid response of other ships—which averted a catastrophe of the same scale as that of the <i>Titanic—</i>and the official inquest, Moscow delivers a fact-filled, fascinating drama of this infamous maritime disaster, and explains how a supposedly unsinkable ship ended up at the bottom of the sea.<br />  <br /> In the <i>New York Times Book Review</i>, Walter Lord, author of <i>A Night to Remember</i>, said of <i>Collision Course</i>: “More than a magnificent analysis of the accident and sinking; it is a warmly compassionate document, full of understanding for the people on each side.”<br />  
The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, an...
by Earl Swift

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English

Pages

401

Publication Date

June 09, 2011

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<b>Discover the twists and turns of one of America’s great infrastructure projects with this “engrossing history of the creation of the U.S. interstate system” (<i>Los Angeles Times</i>).</b><br />  <br /> It’s become a part of the landscape that we take for granted, the site of rumbling eighteen-wheelers and roadside rest stops, a familiar route for commuters and vacationing families. But during the twentieth century, the interstate highway system dramatically changed the face of our nation. These interconnected roads—over 47,000 miles of them—are man-made wonders, economic pipelines, agents of sprawl, uniquely American symbols of escape and freedom, and an unrivaled public works accomplishment.<br />  <br /> Though officially named after President Dwight D. Eisenhower, this network of roadways has origins that reach all the way back to the World War I era, and <i>The Big Roads</i>—“the first thorough history of the expressway system” (<i>The Washington Post</i>)<i>—</i>tells the full story of how they came to be. From the speed demon who inspired a primitive web of dirt auto trails to the largely forgotten technocrats who planned the system years before Ike reached the White House to the city dwellers who resisted the concrete juggernaut when it bore down on their neighborhoods, this book reveals both the massive scale of this government engineering project, and the individual lives that have been transformed by it.<br />  <br /> A fast-paced history filled with fascinating detours, “the book is a road geek’s treasure—and everyone who travels the highways ought to know these stories” (<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>)<i>.</i>
The Flight: Charles Lindbergh's Daring and Immortal 1927 Transatl...
by Dan Hampton

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English

Pages

336

Publication Date

May 16, 2017

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<p><strong>"GRIPPING. ... AN HOUR-BY-HOUR ACCOUNT.</strong><strong>" </strong>— <strong><em>WALL STREET JOURNAL</em> </strong> <strong> • From one of the most decorated pilots in Air Force history comes a masterful account of Lindbergh’s death-defying nonstop transatlantic flight in <em>Spirit of St. Louis</em></strong></p><p>On the rainy morning of May 20, 1927, a little-known American pilot named Charles A. Lindbergh climbed into his single-engine monoplane, <em>Spirit of St. Louis, </em>and prepared to take off from a small airfield on Long Island, New York. Despite his inexperience—the twenty-five-year-old Lindbergh had never before flown over open water—he was determined to win the $25,000 Orteig Prize promised since 1919 to the first pilot to fly nonstop between New York and Paris, a terrifying adventure that had already claimed six men’s lives. Ahead of him lay a 3,600-mile solo journey across the vast north Atlantic and into the unknown; his survival rested on his skill, courage, and an unassuming little aircraft with no front window. </p><p>Only 500 people showed up to see him off. Thirty-three and a half hours later, a crowd of more than 100,000 mobbed <em>Spirit </em>as the audacious young American touched down in Paris, having acheived the seemingly impossible. Overnight, as he navigated by the stars through storms across the featureless ocean, news of his attempt had circled the globe, making him an international celebrity by the time he reached Europe. He returned to the United States a national hero, feted with ticker-tape parades that drew millions, bestowed every possible award from the Medal of Honor to <em>Time</em>’s "Man of the Year" (the first to be so named), commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp within months, and celebrated as the embodiment of the twentieth century and America’s place in it. </p><p>Acclaimed aviation historian Dan Hampton’s <em>The Flight </em>is a long-overdue, flyer’s-eye narrative of Lindbergh’s legendary journey. A decorated fighter pilot who flew more than 150 combat missions in an F-16 and made numerous transatlantic crossings, Hampton draws on his unique perspective to bring alive the danger, uncertainty, and heroic accomplishment of Lindbergh’s crossing. Hampton’s deeply researched telling also incorporates a trove of primary sources, including Lindbergh’s own personal diary and writings, as well as family letters and untapped aviation archives that fill out this legendary story as never before. </p><p><em></em> </p>
My Life with Trains: Memoir of a Railroader (Railroads Past and P...
by Jim McClellan

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English

Pages

331

Publication Date

June 16, 2017

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<b>“A vivid memoir” of a long career in the industry, packed with color photos (<i>Classic Trains</i>).</b><br />  <br /> Named one of the “75 People You Should Know” by <i>Trains Magazine</i>, Jim McClellan was a railroading legend and one of the railroad industry’s titans. An iconic and innovative executive, McClellan participated in the creation of both Amtrak and Conrail and worked for the Norfolk Southern, the New York Central, US Railway Association, and the Federal Railroad Administration.<br />  <br /><i>My Life with Trains</i> combines a world-class photographer’s love of railroading with the insights of a government and railroad official. The book provides a short historical overview of the changes in the industry, recounts McClellan’s experience at various railroads, and offers personal reflections on a lifetime of working with and chasing trains. Expertly detailed with over 250 stunning color photographs, <i>My Life with Trains</i> covers sixty years as observed by a legendary railroad strategist.
Thunderbolts Triumphant: The 362nd Fighter Group vs Germany's Weh...
by Chris Bucholtz

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

November 10, 2018

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During World War II the Ninth Air Force comprised air-to-ground aviators, charged with destroying the enemy close to the front and below the clouds, often bringing them face to face with their German opponents.<br /><br />The 362nd Fighter Group, led by two very different leaders – the tough disciplinarian Col. Morton Magoffin and later the beloved motivator Col. Joe Laughlin – had one of the best track records in the Ninth Air Force. It destroyed over 5000 trucks, 350 tanks, 275 artillery pieces, 45 barges, and 600 locomotives. But this score came at a cost, as over the course of 15 months of combat in 1944 and 1945 more than 70 pilots were killed in action and in June 1944 alone 30 of their P-47 Thunderbolts were lost. The other groups jokingly referred to them as the "362nd Suicide Outfit". <br /><br />Thunderbolts Triumphant provides a narrative history of the group and gives a glimpse at the fascinating men who flew these missions and maintained the aircraft as they navigated Europe. Starting with the D-Day invasion, the group was the aerial artillery support for U.S. ground forces, first in Normandy, then in reducing the defenses around Brest, then in supporting the U.S. Third Army as it drove across France and Germany. <br /><br />Special emphasis is given to its most spectacular missions such as the breaching of the Dieuze Dam and its incredible performance during the Battle of the Bulge where it demolished much of the Sixth Panzer Armee as it tried to escape eastward.<br /><br />Illustrated with 150 black and white photographs and 24 color aircraft profiles, this is a fascinating and detailed history of a group that played a significant part in winning the air war.
The Ultimate Guide To Unlocking Your Amazon Firestick!
by Lewis Robinson

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English

Pages

28

Publication Date

July 24, 2017

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This Is The Summer 2017 Version! We decided to share the love and make sure everyone has a fully unlocked firestick!
Complete Works Of Oscar Wilde (ShandonPress)
by Oscar Wilde

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English

Pages

1280

Publication Date

June 15, 2016

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This ebook contains all of Oscar Wilde's plays (including the fragments), his only novel, his fairy tales and short stories, the poems, all of his essays, lectures, reviews, and other newspaper articles, based on the 1909 edition of his works.<br /><br />For easier navigation, there are tables of contents for each section and one for the whole volume. At the end of each text there are links bringing you back to the respective contents tables. I have also added an alphabetical index for the poems and a combined one for all the essays, lectures, articles, and reviews.<br /><br />-------------------------------------<br /><br />Contents:<br /><br />THE PLAYS.<br />Vera or the Nihilists, The Duchess of Padua, Lady Windermere's Fan, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, The Importance of Being Earnest, Salomé (the French original and Bosie's translation, and the fragments of La Sainte Courtisane and A Florentine Tragedy.<br /><br />THE NOVEL.<br />The Picture of Dorian Gray.<br /><br />THE STORIES.<br />All the stories and tales from The Happy Prince and Other Tales, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories (incl. The Portrait of Mr. W.H.), and A House of Pomegranates.<br /><br />THE POEMS.<br />The Collected Poems of O.W.<br /><br />THE ESSAYS etc.<br />The four essays from 'Intentions', The Soul of Man under Socialism, De Profundis (the unabridged version!), The Rise of Historical Criticism, the lectures (The English Renaissance in Art, House Decoration, Art and the Handicraftsman, Lecture to Art Students)
Southwest by Two-Stroke: Riding Yamaha 350s to California
by , Jeffrey Ross

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English

Pages

118

Publication Date

November 15, 2019

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Three Teenagers ride their Yamaha 350’s from Nebraska to California and back in 1973. Relive the sights and culture of the early seventies during their fun adventure on those two-lane highways.

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