General Lee’s Immortals: The Battles and Campaigns of the Branch-Lane Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865
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General Lee's Immortals

“Few brigades established a better reputation or better combat record than did the brigade of North Carolinians commanded by Lawrence O’Bryan Branch and James H. Lane. These Tar Heels fought in nearly every major battle of the Army of Northern Virginia, and few fought more effectively. Michael Hardy has, for the first time, fully documented the exploits of this fine command, and has done so in an entertaining narrative. This book des...

Cryptography and Network Security: Principles and Practice, International Edition
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Cryptography and Network Security

I like the clarity of the prose, the use of examples, the systematic organization and the use of figures that enable the reader to check their understanding. I do not understand the negative reviews that complain about poor editing or the use of nested examples. In the first four chapters, and Appendix G, I have not found any errors or garbled text. In general, I am reading for an overview but, for example in the section on number th...

Make-A-Mix: Over 300 Easy Recipes for Every Meal Of the Day by Karine Eliason, Nevada Harward, Madeline Westover
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Make-A-Mix: Over 300 Easy Recipes for Every Meal Of the Day

I rarely give a book five stars, but this one deserves it. Every recipe I've tried has been excellent and received raves from guests as well as my family. The recipes are generally simple, store well, and require only normal ingredients you'll find at your grocery store. Most of the mixes can be used in a variety of ways to save time and money, and allow you (and your family) to eat better on busy days. Most of the mixes are for "hom...

Computational Thermodynamics of Materials 1st Edition
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Computational Thermodynamics of Materials

Excellent review of computational thermodynamics. The first chapter is a concise derivation of the math involved for phenomenological thermodynamics. This was marvelously helpful. In addition, the book is filled with helpful applications of computational thermodynamics . I would recommend it to anyone who wants to do simulations involving solid state thermodynamics. If you're looking for an introduction to thermodynamics this one is ...

Inclusive Design Patterns - Coding Accessibility Into Web Design by Heydon Pickering
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Inclusive Design Patterns - Coding Accessibility Into Web Design

I read this book over a long weekend. This is not an end-all be-all "do this and your web site will be accessible" instruction book. Rather, it is a book to train you how to think inclusively. I think it is good for web developers (and possibly designers) who want to ensure their pages and interactive components are accessible. The author goes through several different examples that can be added to any web site (I implemented some on...

Behind the 1953 Coup in Iran: Thugs, Turncoats, Soldiers, and Spooks
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Behind the 1953 Coup in Iran

"This extraordinarily impressive study has moved the historiography of the most controversial event in modern Iranian history onto an altogether different plane. In a forensic analysis of four critical days, the actions and motives of the main perpetrators, including for the first time army officers, power brokers, and mobsters, are laid bare in compelling detail." "Ali Rahnema's new book on the 1953 coup presents a comprehensive, ba...

Happy! Deluxe Edition by Grant Morrison, Darick Robertson
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Happy! Deluxe Edition

This is an interesting first time collaboration between Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson. Morrison is certainly better known, though I view his work as quite mixed (the good: All Star Superman, Arkham Asylum; the bad: Batman RIP, X-Men). Robertson is massively important because of his work on Transmetropolitan with Warren Ellis and The Boys with Garth Ennis (it seems like he is trying to complete his collection of Dark Britons to ...

Reorienting Ozu: A Master and His Influence
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Reorienting Ozu: A Master and His Influence

"There will never be a definitive book on Ozu Yasujiro, and this impressive collection proves it. That's because the director's work is so wondrously complex-so baffling with cinematic riches-that the powerful analyses of these writers are revelatory while never giving the sense that anyone has had the last word. On the contrary, I expect this project to mark a new era in the endless study of Ozu." --Markus Nornes, Professor of Asian...

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A Dictionary of Language Acquisition

The function of “A dictionary of language acquisition: A comprehensiveoverview of key terms in first and second language acquisition” is to collectand synthesize the knowledge base that is already well accepted and that hasbeen well researched. Thus, it is a reference guide which offers an authoritativeand encyclopedic survey of key terms and concepts in the areas of languageacquisition and development. The volume is intended as a re...

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Encyclopedia of Organic, Sustainable, and Local Food

"This important book encourages readers to look to the past as well as the future by getting involved in their local food community. A wonderful addition to a range of collections." For students and general readers, Duram (geography and environmental resources, Southern Illinois U. Carbondale) offers an encyclopedia that contains about 140 entries by scholars, government experts, and activists on all aspects of organic food and farmi...