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Incentivizing Peace: How International Organizations Can Help Prevent Civil Wars in Member Countries by Jaroslav Tir, Johannes Karreth
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Overview: Civil wars are among the most difficult problems in world politics. While mediation, intervention, and peacekeeping have produced some positive results in helping to end civil wars, they fall short in preventing them in the first place. In Incentivizing Peace, Jaroslav Tir and Johannes Karreth show that considering civil wars from a developmental perspective presents opportunities to prevent the escalation of nascent armed conflicts into full-scale civil wars. The authors demonstrate that highly-structured intergovernmental organizations (IGOs such as the World Bank, IMF, or regional development banks) are particularly well-positioned to engage in civil war prevention. When such IGOs have been actively engaged in nations on the edge, their potent economic tools have helped to steer rebel-government interactions away from escalation and toward peaceful settlement. Incentivizing Peace provides enlightening case evidence that IGO participation is a key to better predicting, and thus preventing, the outbreak of civil war.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Politics

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Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth by Richard Fortey
Requirements: ePUB Reader, 2 MB
Overview: From its origins on the still-forming planet to the recent emergence of Homo sapiens–one of the world’s leading paleontologists offers an absorbing account of how and why life on earth developed as it did. Interlacing the tale of his own adventures in the field with vivid descriptions of creatures who emerged and disappeared in the long march of geologic time, Richard Fortey sheds light upon a fascinating array of evolutionary wonders, mysteries, and debates. Brimming with wit, literary style, and the joy of discovery, this is an indispensable book that will delight the general reader and the scientist alike.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Educational

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India: The Crucial Years by T.V. Rajeswar
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Overview: India: The Crucial Years is an incisive look at a key period in independent India’s history, informed by the six decades T.V. Rajeswar spent in the thick of affairs of national importance. In the course of his long career in the Intelligence Bureau, Rajeswar looked after the border check posts in Sikkim and was a fly on the wall in the entourages of presidents and prime ministers. As one of Indira Gandhi’s trusted aides, he played an important role during the Emergency, providing her regular feedback. He was shunted out by the Janata regime but bounced back as the spy agency’s chief two years later. During his stint, he was deeply involved in revamping the IB, was part of crucial controversies like the Samba Spy Case, and strove to clamp down on intelligence elements compromising national interest.

When Bhindranwale was at the peak of his power in Punjab, Rajeswar tried to broker a settlement with a top Akali Dal functionary, but Mrs Gandhi turned down the proposal and waded deeper into the quagmire. Towards the end of his career, Rajeswar was successively appointed governor of four states. India: The Crucial Years is an examination of the nation’s most decisive moments, with a focus on the 1970s and early ’80s. Rajeswar rings a cautionary note on several international and domestic matters – be it India’s conflict with China, the question of the real mole in Mrs Gandhi’s government, or the issue of political authoritarianism. Forthright, often prophetic and packed with revelations, this is a compelling chronicle of India.
Genre: Non-fiction | Educational

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Download Plant Breeding Reviews, Volume 41 by Irwin Goldman (.PDF)

Plant Breeding Reviews, Volume 41 by Irwin Goldman
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Overview: Plant Breeding Reviews presents state-of-the-art reviews on plant genetics and the breeding of all types of crops by both traditional means and molecular methods. Many of the crops widely grown today stem from a very narrow genetic base; understanding and preserving crop genetic resources is vital to the security of food systems worldwide. The emphasis of the series is on methodology, a fundamental understanding of crop genetics, and applications to major crops
Genre: Science > Biological Sciences > Botany

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The Secular Activist: A How-to Manual for Protecting the Wall between Church and State by Dan Arel, David Silverman
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Overview: Are you interested in preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation? Do you think a secular system is the only way to ensure freedom of religion and conscience for all? Do you want creationism out of classrooms, religious dogma out of health care, sectarian prayers out of government meetings, and taxpayer funding out of “faith-based” initiatives and programs that promote religious indoctrination? Think there’s not much you can do about it? If so, as secular writer and activist Dan Arel demonstrates in word and deed, think again. Drawing on his experience fighting to keep $18 million in taxpayer money out of the construction of the Noah’s Ark theme park in Kentucky, Arel makes clear that the only way to stop the Religious Right’s assault on the wall separating church and state is for each of us to be active and vocal. He offers pragmatic lessons and guidance for protecting secularism, whether by raising awareness on social media, protesting in the public square, or knocking on doors in government corridors. Sharing not only his story but also the stories of other secular activists, he offers an inspirational and forceful call to action. For those who are waiting for others to stand up against antisecular forces, he reminds that each of us can make an individual difference—and that ultimately we must be the wall separating church and state.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Politics

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Download Bringing Words to Life 2nd Edition by Isabel L. Beck (.ePUB)

Bringing Words to Life, Second Edition: Robust Vocabulary Instruction by Isabel L. Beck
Requirements: ePUB Reader, 963 KB
Overview: Hundreds of thousands of teachers have used this highly practical guide to help K-12 students enlarge their vocabulary and get involved in noticing, understanding, and using new words. Grounded in research, the book explains how to select words for instruction, introduce their meanings, and create engaging learning activities that promote both word knowledge and reading comprehension. The authors are trusted experts who draw on extensive experience in diverse classrooms and schools. Sample lessons and vignettes, children’s literature suggestions, end-of-chapter summaries, and ""Your Turn"" learning activities enhance the book’s utility as a classroom resource, professional development tool, or course text.
Genre: Reference > Words, Language & Grammar > Reading Skills

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Download Misinformation & Mass Audiences by Brian G. Southwell(.ePUB)

Misinformation and Mass Audiences by Brian G. Southwell, Emily A. Thorson, Laura Sheble
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Overview: Lies and inaccurate information are as old as humanity, but never before have they been so easy to spread. Each moment of every day, the Internet and broadcast media purvey misinformation, either deliberately or accidentally, to a mass audience on subjects ranging from politics to consumer goods to science and medicine, among many others. Because misinformation now has the potential to affect behavior on a massive scale, it is urgently important to understand how it works and what can be done to mitigate its harmful effects.

Misinformation and Mass Audiences brings together evidence and ideas from communication research, public health, psychology, political science, environmental studies, and information science to investigate what constitutes misinformation, how it spreads, and how best to counter it. The expert contributors cover such topics as whether and to what extent audiences consciously notice misinformation, the possibilities for audience deception, the ethics of satire in journalism and public affairs programming, the diffusion of rumors, the role of Internet search behavior, and the evolving efforts to counteract misinformation, such as fact-checking programs. The first comprehensive social science volume exploring the prevalence and consequences of, and remedies for, misinformation as a mass communication phenomenon, Misinformation and Mass Audiences will be a crucial resource for students and faculty researching misinformation, policymakers grappling with questions of regulation and prevention, and anyone concerned about this troubling, yet perhaps unavoidable, dimension of current media systems.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Social Sciences

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Download Perfect Punctuation by Stephen Curtis (.ePUB)

Perfect Punctuation (Perfect (Random House)) by Stephen Curtis
Requirements: ePUB Reader, 163 KB
Overview: Perfect Punctuation is an invaluable guide to mastering punctuation marks and improving your writing. Covering everything from semi-colons to inverted commas, it gives step-by-step guidance on how to use each mark and how to avoid common mistakes. With helpful examples of correct and incorrect usage and exercises that enable you to practise what you’ve learned, Perfect Punctuation has everything you need to ensure that you never make a mistake again.

The Perfect series is a range of practical guides that give clear and straightforward advice on everything from getting your first job to choosing your baby’s name. Written by experienced authors offering tried-and-tested tips, each book contains all you need to get it right first time.
Genre: Reference > Words, Language & Grammar > Grammar

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Download Languages after Brexit by Michael Kelly (.PDF)

Languages after Brexit: How the UK Speaks to the World by Michael Kelly
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Overview: This book represents a significant intervention into the debates surrounding Brexit and language policy. It analyses the language capabilities and resources of the United Kingdom in a new, post-referendum climate, in which public hostility towards foreign languages is matched by the necessity of renegotiating and building relationships with the rest of Europe and beyond. The authors scrutinize the availability of key resources in diverse sectors of society including politics, economics, business, science and education, while simultaneously offering practical advice and guidance on how to thrive in the new international environment. This extremely timely edited collection brings together leading researchers from across the field of language policy, and is sure to appeal not only to students and scholars of this subject, but also to practitioners, policy makers and educators.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Politics

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