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Mosquito by Richard Jones
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Overview: Lots of insects suck blood, but one species above all others has a reputation, out of all proportion to its size: the mosquito. Due to the diseases they carry and inject, mosquitoes are responsible for more human deaths than any other animal. The most deadly of these diseases is malaria, which although eradicated from much of the northern hemisphere, continues to pose a mortal threat in developing countries. Two billion people a year are exposed to malarial infection, of which over 350 million succumb, and nearly 700,000 die, the majority in sub-Saharan Africa.

In Mosquito, Richard Jones recounts the history of mosquitoes’ relationship with mankind, and their transformation from a trivial gnat into a serious disease-carrying menace. Drawing on scientific fact, historical evidence, and literary evocation, the book provides a colourful portrait of this tiny insect and the notorious diseases it carries.

Mosquito offers a compelling warning against the contemporary complacency surrounding malaria and other diseases in western society, whilst also exploring the sinister reputation of the insect in general. Written in an accessible style for a broad readership, this book will appeal to all those with an interest in tropical medicine and disease, as well as anyone pestered in the night by the annoying, familiar whine of this diminutive airborne adversary.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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Strangeways: A Prison Officer’s Story by Neil Samworth
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 2.8MB
Overview: A jaw-dropping, page-turning account of life as a prison officer in one of the country’s most notorious jails.

Neil ‘Sam’ Samworth spent eleven years working as a prison officer in HMP Manchester, aka Strangeways. A tough Yorkshireman with a soft heart, Sam had to deal with it all – gangsters and gangbangers, terrorists and psychopaths, addicts and the mentally ill. Men who should not be locked up and men who should never be let out.

Strangeways is a shocking and at times darkly funny account of life in a high security prison. Sam tackles cell fires and self-harmers, and goes head to head with some of the most dangerous men in the country. He averts a Christmas Day riot after turkey is taken off the menu and replaced by fish curry, and stands up to officers who abuse their position. He describes being attacked by prisoners, and reveals the problems caused by radicalization and the drugs flooding our prisons.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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Download In Defence of Serendipity by Sebastian Olma (.ePUB)(.AZW3)

In Defence of Serendipity by Sebastian Olma
Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 1.2MB
Overview: In Defence of Serendipity is a lively and buccaneering work of investigative philosophy, treating the origins of “serendipity, accident and sagacity”, both as riddles and philosophical concepts that can be put to a future political use.

Taking in Aristotle, LSD, Tony Blair and techno-mysticism, Olma challenges the prevailing faith in the benevolence of digital technology and the illegitimate equation of innovation and entrepreneurship, arguing instead that we must take responsibility for the care of society’s digital infrastructure, and prevent its degeneration into an apparatus of marketing and finance.

For although there is nothing wrong with marketing and finance per se, if they alone lead technological development, free of any discretionary political interference, the freedom to be exploited will be as much a part of the future as our ability to intervene freely in our lives, will be a thing of the past.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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Download Java 8 New Features by Richard Reese (.ePUB)

Java 8 New Features: A Practical Heads-Up Guide by Richard Reese
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 3.7MB
Overview: Are you are worried you are missing out on the latest version of Java? When you hear a term such as lambda expressions – do you wonder what you are neglecting? If so, Java 8 New Features will squash your concerns and deliver a quick and easy-to-understand guide to what’s new in Java 8.The latest version of Java offers numerous improvements and new features to better utilize Java. Streams, for example, supports a fluent approach to problem solving and lets the developer take advantage of concurrency with minimal effort, whilst Lambda Expressions offer new ways of expressing a solution that brings efficiency and succinct programming.Get up-to-speed here!Java 8 New Features is a concise new book filled with code examples and best practice.In this book, you will:- Learn how interface enhancements – such as default methods – affect new additions to Java 8 and their impact on multiple inheritance between interfaces- Use lambda expressions to simplify solutions to development problems- Discover how the new Stream interface supports query type problems- Explore the new support for concurrent processing including that supported by Streams- Find out why the new date and time enhancements make working with time so much easier than it used to be- Includes information on the Nashorn JavaScript Engine, File IO Enhancements, and Project Jigsaw
Genre: Non-Fiction > Tech & Devices

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Download The A to Z of French Cinema by Dayna Oscherwitz (.ePUB)

The A to Z of French Cinema by Dayna Oscherwitz, MaryEllen Higgins
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.7MB
Overview: It can be argued that cinema was created in France by Louis Lumière in 1895 with the invention of the cinématographe, the first true motion-picture camera and projector. While there were other cameras and devices invented earlier that were capable of projecting intermittent motion of images, the cinématographe was the first device capable of recording and externally projecting images in such a way as to convey motion.

Early films such as Lumière’s La Sortie de l’usine, a minute-long film of workers leaving the Lumière factory, captured the imagination of the nation and quickly inspired the likes of Georges Méliès, Alice Guy, and Charles Pathé. Through the years, French cinema has been responsible for producing some of the world’s best directors_Jean Renoir, Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, and Louis Malle_and actors_Charles Boyer, Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, and Audrey Tautou.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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Download For the Glory of God by Richard H. Jones (.ePUB)

For the Glory of God: The Role of Christianity in the Rise and Development of Modern Science: The Dependency Thesis and Control Beliefs by Richard H. Jones
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 483 KB
Overview: In this book, Richard H. Jones presents arguments concerning the positive and negative roles Christian doctrines have played in the rise and development of modern science. Philosophers and scientists have written numerous books about how Creationism and Intelligent Design are not part of science, but they have ignored two more encompassing historical and philosophical issues underlying the conservative theists’ attack on science.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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Download Andrei Tarkovsky by Lyudmila Boyadzhieva (.ePUB)(.AZW3)

Andrei Tarkovsky: A Life on the Cross by Lyudmila Boyadzhieva
Requirements: .ePUB, .MOBI/.AZW reader, 2.3MB, Retail
Overview: Andrei Tarkovsky died in a Paris hospital in 1986, aged just 54. An internationally acclaimed icon of the film industry, the legacy Tarkovsky left for his fans included Andrei Rublev, Stalker, Nostalgia and a host of other brilliant works. In the Soviet Union, however, Tarkovsky was a persona non grata. Longing to be accepted in his homeland, Tarkovsky distanced himself from all forms of political and social engagement, yet endured one fiasco after another in his relations with the Soviet regime. The Soviet authorities regarded the law-abiding, ideologically moderate Tarkovsky as an outsider and a nuisance, due to his impenetrable personal nature.

The documentary novel A Life on the Cross provides a unique insight into the life of Andrey Tarkovsky, the infamous film director and a man whose life was by no means free of unedifying behaviour and errors of judgement. Lyudmila Boyadzhieva sets out to reveal his innate talent, and explain why the cost of such talent can sometimes be life itself.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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Download The Cinema of Terrence Malick by Hannah Patterson (.ePUB)

The Cinema of Terrence Malick: Poetic Visions of America by Hannah Patterson
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 5.7MB
Overview: With 2005’s acclaimed and controversial The New World, one of cinema’s most enigmatic filmmakers returned to the screen with only his fourth feature film in a career spanning thirty years. While Terrence Malick’s work has always divided opinion, his poetic, transcendent filmic language has unquestionably redefined modern cinema, and with a new feature scheduled for 2008, contemporary cinema is finally catching up with his vision. This updated second edition of The Cinema of Terrence Malick: Poetic Visions of America charts the continuing growth of Malick’s oeuvre, exploring identity, place, and existence in his films. Featuring two new original essays on his latest career landmark and extensive analysis of The Thin Red Line& mdash; Malick’s haunting screen treatment of World War II-this is an essential study of a visionary poet of American cinema.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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Download The Cinema of Werner Herzog by Brad Prager (.ePUB)

The Cinema of Werner Herzog: Aesthetic Ecstasy and Truth by Brad Prager
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 18.1MB
Overview: Werner Herzog is renowned for pushing the boundaries of conventional cinema, especially those between the fictional and the factual, the fantastic and the real. The Cinema of Werner Herzog: Aesthetic Ecstasy and Truth is the first study in twenty years devoted entirely to an analysis of Herzog’s work. It explores the director’s continuing search for what he has described as ‘ecstatic truth,’ drawing on over thirty-five films, from the epics Aguirre: Wrath of God (1972) and Fitzcarraldo (1982) to innovative documentaries like Fata Morgana (1971), Lessons of Darkness (1992), and Grizzly Man (2005). Special attention is paid to Herzog’s signature style of cinematic composition, his “romantic” influences, and his fascination with madmen, colonialism, and war.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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Download Stanley Kubrick by Gary D. Rhodes (.ePUB)

Stanley Kubrick: Essays on His Films and Legacy by Gary D. Rhodes
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 5.4MB
Overview: Seventeen essays examine the career and films of director Stanley Kubrick from a variety of perspectives. Part I focuses on his early career, including his first newsreels, his photography for Look magazine, and his earliest films (Fear and Desire, Killer’s Kiss). Part II examines his major or most popular films (Paths of Glory, The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey). Part III provides a thorough case study of Eyes Wide Shut, with four very different essays focusing on the film’s use of sound, its representation of gender, its carnivalesque qualities, and its phenomenological nature. Finally, Part IV discusses Kubrick’s ongoing legacy and his impact on contemporary filmmakers.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General

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