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Fantasyland

By Kurt Andersen
  • ISBN Code: : 1588366871
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Pages : 480
  • Category : History
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The single most important explanation, and the fullest explanation, of how Donald Trump became president of the United States . . . nothing less than the most important book that I have read this year.”—Lawrence O’Donnell How did we get here? In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen shows that what’s happening in our country today—this post-factual, “fake news” moment we’re all living through—is not something new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character. America was founded by wishful dreamers, magical thinkers, and true believers, by hucksters and their suckers. Fantasy is deeply embedded in our DNA. Over the course of five centuries—from the Salem witch trials to Scientology to the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, from P. T. Barnum to Hollywood and the anything-goes, wild-and-crazy sixties, from conspiracy theories to our fetish for guns and obsession with extraterrestrials—our love of the fantastic has made America exceptional in a way that we've never fully acknowledged. From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams and epic fantasies—every citizen was free to believe absolutely anything, or to pretend to be absolutely anybody. With the gleeful erudition and tell-it-like-it-is ferocity of a Christopher Hitchens, Andersen explores whether the great American experiment in liberty has gone off the rails. Fantasyland could not appear at a more perfect moment. If you want to understand Donald Trump and the culture of twenty-first-century America, if you want to know how the lines between reality and illusion have become dangerously blurred, you must read this book. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE “This is a blockbuster of a book. Take a deep breath and dive in.”—Tom Brokaw “[An] absorbing, must-read polemic . . . a provocative new study of America’s cultural history.”—Newsday “Compelling and totally unnerving.”—The Village Voice “A frighteningly convincing and sometimes uproarious picture of a country in steep, perhaps terminal decline that would have the founding fathers weeping into their beards.”—The Guardian “This is an important book—the indispensable book—for understanding America in the age of Trump.”—Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci

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  • Pdf File: the-land-of-stories.pdf

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The first book in Chris Colfer's #1 New York Times bestselling series The Land of Stories about two siblings who fall into a fairy-tale world! Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change forever, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

By Bandy X. Lee
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  • Publisher : Thomas Dunne Books
  • Book Code : 1250256283
  • Total of Pages : 544
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 346
  • Pdf File: the-dangerous-case-of-donald-trump.pdf

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As this bestseller predicted, Trump has only grown more erratic and dangerous as the pressures on him mount. This new edition includes new essays bringing the book up to date—because this is still not normal. Originally released in fall 2017, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump was a runaway bestseller. Alarmed Americans and international onlookers wanted to know: What is wrong with him? That question still plagues us. The Trump administration has proven as chaotic and destructive as its opponents feared, and the man at the center of it all remains a cipher. Constrained by the APA’s “Goldwater rule,” which inhibits mental health professionals from diagnosing public figures they have not personally examined, many of those qualified to weigh in on the issue have shied away from discussing it at all. The public has thus been left to wonder whether he is mad, bad, or both. The prestigious mental health experts who have contributed to the revised and updated version of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump argue that their moral and civic "duty to warn" supersedes professional neutrality. Whatever affects him, affects the nation: From the trauma people have experienced under the Trump administration to the cult-like characteristics of his followers, he has created unprecedented mental health consequences across our nation and beyond. With eight new essays (about one hundred pages of new material), this edition will cover the dangerous ramifications of Trump's unnatural state. It’s not all in our heads. It’s in his.

Big Sky

By Kate Atkinson
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  • Publisher : Bond Street Books
  • Book Code : 0385691564
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 288
  • Pdf File: big-sky.pdf

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INSTANT INTERNATIONAL AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Iconoclastic detective Jackson Brodie returns in a triumphant new novel about secrets, sex, and lies Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village in North Yorkshire, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an ageing Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. It’s picturesque, but there’s something darker lurking behind the scenes Jackson's current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for a suspicious wife, seems straightforward, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him across a sinister network—and back into the path of someone from his past. Old secrets and new lies intersect in this breathtaking new novel, both sharply funny and achingly sad, by one of the most dazzling and surprising writers at work today.

Bridge to Terabithia

By Katherine Paterson
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  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Book Code : 0061975168
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 478
  • Pdf File: bridge-to-terabithia.pdf

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The 40th anniversary edition of the classic Newbery Medal-winning title by beloved author Katherine Paterson, with brand-new bonus materials including an author's note by Katherine herself and a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Kate DiCamillo. Jess Aarons has been practicing all summer so he can be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. And he almost is, until the new girl in school, Leslie Burke, outpaces him. The two become fast friends and spend most days in the woods behind Leslie's house, where they invent an enchanted land called Terabithia. One morning, Leslie goes to Terabithia without Jess and a tragedy occurs. It will take the love of his family and the strength that Leslie has given him for Jess to be able to deal with his grief. Bridge to Terabithia was also named an ALA Notable Children’s Book and has become a touchstone of children’s literature, as have many of Katherine Paterson’s other novels, including The Great Gilly Hopkins and Jacob Have I Loved.

Hue 1968

By Mark Bowden
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  • Publisher : Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Book Code : 0802189245
  • Total of Pages : 594
  • Category : History
  • Members : 175
  • Pdf File: hue-1968.pdf

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New York Times Bestseller A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist in History Winner of the 2018 Marine Corps Heritage Foundation Greene Award for a distinguished work of nonfiction "An extraordinary feat of journalism . . . full of emotion and color."—Karl Marlantes, Wall Street Journal The first battle book from Mark Bowden since his #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down, Hue 1968 is the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the American War in Vietnam. In the early hours of January 31, 1968, the North Vietnamese launched over one hundred attacks across South Vietnam in what would become known as the Tet Offensive. The lynchpin of Tet was the capture of Hue, Vietnam?s intellectual and cultural capital, by 10,000 National Liberation Front troops who descended from hidden camps and surged across the city of 140,000. Within hours the entire city was in their hands save for two small military outposts. American commanders refused to believe the size and scope of the Front?s presence, ordering small companies of marines against thousands of entrenched enemy troops. After several futile and deadly days, Lieutenant Colonel Ernie Cheatham would finally come up with a strategy to retake the city, block by block and building by building, in some of the most intense urban combat since World War II. With unprecedented access to war archives in the U.S. and Vietnam and interviews with participants from both sides, Bowden narrates each stage of this crucial battle through multiple viewpoints. Played out over 24 days and ultimately costing 10,000 lives, the Battle of Hue was by far the bloodiest of the entire war. When it ended, the American debate was never again about winning, only about how to leave. Hue 1968 is a gripping and moving account of this pivotal moment.

Summerwood/Winterwood

By E. L. Chen
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  • Publisher : ChiZine Publications
  • Book Code : 1771485035
  • Total of Pages : 416
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Members : 691
  • Pdf File: summerwood-winterwood.pdf

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Pray you never find your Summerwood, Grandfather had said. I’d found something worse. I’d found his. In Summerwood, twelve-year old Rosalind Hero Cheung can’t wait to spend the summer in Toronto with her teenaged sister Julie and their famous author grandfather. Years ago Walter Denison wrote a series of bestselling children’s novels about a magical land called the Summerwood. But to Hero’s dismay, Walter is cold toward his granddaughters and Julie derides Hero’s hope that the Summerwood is real. Nevertheless, one day she and Julie stumble into the Summerwood. Ruled by the beautiful and enigmatic Lady of Summer, it is the idyllic fantasy land out of Walter’s books, complete with quaintly dressed talking animals. However, Hero discovers the Summerwood is far more sinister than Walter had ever let on. Julie is abducted and, to save her life, Hero must find the Summerwood’s sacred winter stag. Hero quickly learns that setting out on a fantasy quest is far more prosaic—and terrifying—than she’d ever imagined, and there is a steep and bloody price to pay for being the hero. In Winterwood, three years have passed since Lindy Cheung went into the Summerwood and emerged changed and broken. Now she’s getting into trouble—starting fights, skipping school, dating unsuitable boys. After her mother grounds her—again—she runs off to Toronto to her sister, the only person who knows what really happened three years ago. But Juliet has moved on from the trauma, and Lindy finds herself back in the Summerwood, where an old enemy tells her: The stag must die again. And this time, in order to save the Summerwood, she has to be the bad guy instead of the hero.

Destination Disneyland

By Peter Blanc
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Dhimant N Parekh
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 108
  • Category : Travel
  • Members : 189
  • Pdf File: destination-disneyland.pdf

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DESTINATION DISNEYLAND, full speed ahead, Mickey awaits. Whether you are planning a trip to the original Disneyland in California or the Walt Disney World of Orlando, Florida, you are in for a very special treat at the house of the mouse. Opening in 1955 included Walt’s guests, Ronald Regan, Bob Cummings and Art Link letter, and a massive crowd. Disneyland was quickly becoming the most popular theme park in the world. Disneyworld in Florida opened in 1971. It includes the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, as well as two water parks, six golf courses, a sports complex, an auto race track, more than 20 hotels and many other sources of entertaining, shopping and dining suited for the entire family. Disneyworld in Florida is the world’s largest theme park. DESTINATION DISNEYLAND is your complete guide that helps you to plan your vacation in DISNEYLAND with your kids and family. Whether in California or Florida, the whole family will have a great memorable time.

Free

By Kristen Ashley
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  • Publisher : Rock Chick LLC
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 560
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 488
  • Pdf File: free.pdf

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Through good times, bad times and times of war, Cole “Rush” Allen grew up in the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Along this journey, he watched his father, Tack, and his MC brothers fight, sweat, bleed and die to steer the Club to legitimacy. And they’ve got one more battle on their hands. A battle they have to win. But when Rush meets the woman who put herself right in the thick of it, he knows he has to stop at nothing to get her out. Rebel Stapleton has lost someone she loves to murder and she’s the kind of woman who’s going to do something about it. She puts her career on the line, and her life, to bring the man who did it to justice. That is, she does this until Rush Allen intervenes. Chaos is at war and they’re about to face the ultimate showdown. They’ll have to negotiate skeletons from the past, enemies becoming allies, and loved ones in the line of fire on their ride to be… Free.

The Beginning of Everything

By Kristen Ashley
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  • Publisher : Rock Chick LLC
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 436
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 299
  • Pdf File: the-beginning-of-everything.pdf

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Once upon a time, in a parallel universe, there existed the continent of Triton. The land was filled with beauty, but it was also splintered by war. Out of the chaos grew a conspiracy to reawaken the Beast, a fearsome creature who wrought only tragedy and devastation. The only way to stop him was to fulfill an ancient prophecy: Triton’s four strongest warriors must wed its four most powerful witches, binding all nations together and finally bringing peace to the land. This is the story of their unions: the quiet maiden Silence and the savage king Mars. The cold warrior Cassius and the fiery witch Elena. The steadfast soldier True and the banished beauty Farah. And the pirate king Aramus and the mysterious queen Ha-Lah. Their unions will not be easy, but each couple must succeed, for the fate of their world is at stake….

The Plan Commences

By Kristen Ashley
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  • Publisher : Rock Chick LLC
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 656
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 885
  • Pdf File: the-plan-commences.pdf

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Once upon a time, in a parallel universe, there existed the continent of Triton. The land was filled with beauty, but it was also splintered by war. Out of the chaos grew a conspiracy to reawaken the Beast, a fearsome creature who wrought only tragedy and devastation. The only way to stop him was to fulfill an ancient prophecy: Triton’s four strongest warriors must wed its four most powerful witches, binding all nations together and finally bringing peace to the land. This is the story of their unions: the quiet maiden Silence and the savage king Mars. The cold warrior Cassius and the fiery witch Elena. The steadfast soldier True and the banished beauty Farah. And the pirate king Aramus and the mysterious queen Ha-Lah. Their unions will not be easy, but each couple must succeed, for the fate of their world is at stake….

Things To Do At Disneyland 2013

By John Glass
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  • Publisher : Alternative Travel Press
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category :
  • Members : 539
  • Pdf File: things-to-do-at-disneyland-2013.pdf

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This is not just a travel guide, it's an ADVENTURE GUIDE that goes far beyond what other travel books offer. Written for both first time visitors and experienced travelers, this book has something for everyone. • Detailed information on every attraction, restaurant, and shop in the park. • Secrets, tips, and inside information about every aspect of your visit. • Maps to attractions, restaurants, shops, parking and more. • Planning help and itineraries. • Complete transportation guides for getting to and around the Disneyland Resort. • Money-saving tips for dining, snacking, buying tickets and arranging travel. • Restaurant, souvenir, and gift recommendations. • Full dining menus and special guides to vegan foods, healthy eating, specialty coffees, desserts and more. • Seasonal activities and special events. • Specialty guides to pin trading, Vinylmation, coin press machines, picnic spots, character meets, photo opportunities, and more. • A complete guide to all of the stories that drive the rides, restaurants, and shops in the park. • Helpful appendixes cross reference all of the films, books, and music featured in the park so you can discover which locations feature your favorite Disney characters.

A Voyage Long and Strange

By Tony Horwitz
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  • Publisher : Henry Holt and Company
  • Book Code : 1429937734
  • Total of Pages : 464
  • Category : Travel
  • Members : 113
  • Pdf File: a-voyage-long-and-strange.pdf

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The bestselling author of Blue Latitudes takes us on a thrilling and eye-opening voyage to pre-Mayflower America On a chance visit to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz realizes he's mislaid more than a century of American history, from Columbus's sail in 1492 to Jamestown's founding in 16-oh-something. Did nothing happen in between? Determined to find out, he embarks on a journey of rediscovery, following in the footsteps of the many Europeans who preceded the Pilgrims to America. An irresistible blend of history, myth, and misadventure, A Voyage Long and Strange captures the wonder and drama of first contact. Vikings, conquistadors, French voyageurs—these and many others roamed an unknown continent in quest of grapes, gold, converts, even a cure for syphilis. Though most failed, their remarkable exploits left an enduring mark on the land and people encountered by late-arriving English settlers. Tracing this legacy with his own epic trek—from Florida's Fountain of Youth to Plymouth's sacred Rock, from desert pueblos to subarctic sweat lodges—Tony Horwitz explores the revealing gap between what we enshrine and what we forget. Displaying his trademark talent for humor, narrative, and historical insight, A Voyage Long and Strange allows us to rediscover the New World for ourselves.

Heaven and Hell

By Kristen Ashley
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  • Publisher : Kristen Ashley
  • Book Code : 1465819061
  • Total of Pages : 302
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 606
  • Pdf File: heaven-and-hell.pdf

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After making a bad decision when she was very young, Kia Clementine finds herself in hell. Then, suddenly, within the time it takes for a shotgun to blast, her hell changes. Completely. Then out-of-the-blue she sees Sampson Cooper, her celebrity crush. A man the whole world knows is decent. A man the world knows is loyal. A man the world knows is good. All of these very unlike her now dead husband. He’s sitting at a table right next to hers. And she catches his eye. Terrified of the interest Sam shows in her, Kia finds the courage to go out with him. Not long after, she shares her dark secrets and Sam shares that he’ll stop at nothing to gain her trust. As Sam leads Kia to heaven, Kia realizes that Sam is living his own hell. But although he gives her beauty and she gives him everything, he withholds his trust. Even with all the beauty Sam shows her, Kia wants it all. But Sam forces Kia to make a heartbreaking decision and only she can decide. It’s all or nothing.

What Were We Thinking

By Carlos Lozada
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1982145641
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 875
  • Pdf File: what-were-we-thinking.pdf

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In this “crisp, engaging, and very smart” (The New York Times Book Review) work, The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize–winning book critic digs into books of the Trump era and finds that our response to this presidency often reflects the same polarization, contradictions, and resentments that made it possible. It is an irony of our age that a man who rarely reads has unleashed an onslaught of books about his tenure and his time. Dissections of the white working class. Manifestos of political resistance. Works on identity, gender, and migration. Memoirs on race and protest. Revelations of White House mayhem. Warnings over the future of conservatism, progressivism, and of American democracy itself. As a book critic for The Washington Post, Carlos Lozada has read just about all of them. In What Were We Thinking, he draws on some 150 recent volumes to explore how we understand ourselves in the Trump era. Lozada’s characters are not the president, his advisers, or his antagonists but the political and cultural ideas at play—and at stake—in America. Just as Trump’s election upended the country’s political establishment, it shocked its intellectual class. Though some of the books of the Trump era skillfully illuminate the challenges and transformations the nation faces, too many works are more defensive than incisive, more righteous than right. Lozada offers a provocative argument: Whether written by liberals or conservatives, activists or academics, true believers or harsh critics, the books of Trump’s America are vulnerable to the same failures of imagination that gave us this presidency in the first place. In What Were We Thinking, Lozada’s selections range from bestselling titles to little-known works, from thoroughly reported accounts of the administration to partisan polemics, from meditations on the fate of truth to memoirs about enduring—or enabling—the Trump presidency. He also identifies books that challenge entrenched assumptions and shift our vantage points, the books that best help us make sense of this era. The result is an “elegant yet lacerating” (The Guardian) intellectual history of our time, a work that transcends daily headlines to discern how we got here and how we thought here. What Were We Thinking will help today’s readers understand America, and will help tomorrow’s readers look back and understand us.

Wild Wind: A Chaos Novella

By Kristen Ashley
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  • Publisher : 1001 Dark Nights Press
  • Book Code : 1970077743
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 771
  • Pdf File: wild-wind.pdf

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley brings a new story in her Chaos series… When he was sixteen years old, Jagger Black laid eyes on the girl who was his. At a cemetery. During her mother’s funeral. For years, their lives cross, they feel the pull of their connection, but then they go their separate ways. But when Jagger sees that girl chasing someone down the street, he doesn’t think twice before he wades right in. And when he gets a full-on dose of the woman she’s become, he knows he finally has to decide if he’s all in or if it’s time to cut her loose. She’s ready to be cut loose. But Jagger is all in. **Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.** Reviews for Wild Wind: “This is a love story unlike any I have read before it. 5 terrific stars!” ~ Romance Recs “Only Kristen Ashley could write a novella that is so full of emotion it feels like a massive novel. Wild Wind goes beyond romance and sails straight into epic love.” ~ The Hatters “Wild Wind is everything great about Kristen Ashley. Alpha hero. Fierce heroine. Loads of emotion. The never fading magic of Chaos MC family bond. Her trademark writing style makes you feel every single intense emotion. A fine balance of drama, swoon and steam.” ~ PP’s Bookshelf “The emotions from these two were coming off of the pages and I could feel everything they were.” ~ Millennial Life Crisis Bookshelf “Pure enjoyment on every single page - thank you Kristen Ashley for another beautiful story!” ~ Wicked Reads “Wild Wind is a deep read, emotional with a complex storyline, intriguing, well written, outstanding. A fantastic read, 5 stars.” ~ KDRBCK

Dragon Land (Pixel Raiders #2)

By Steven O'Donnell,Stephanie Bendixsen
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Book Code : 1338237586
  • Total of Pages : 196
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 878
  • Pdf File: dragon-land.pdf

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Australian video-game enthusiasts, Stephanie Bendixsen and Steven O'Donnell, take the epic fantasy quest to a whole new level in this action-packed, highly-illustrated follow up to Dig World! Enter Dragon Land, Level Two of a virtual reality game where things are all too real!Rip and Mei escaped Dig World, only to find themselves still trapped inside the game. And it's only getting harder to stay alive!Now known as the Dragon Riders, Rip and Mei are stuck in a fantasy land with bandit bullies, spying firebugs, and warring dragon clans-while being followed by a grumpy dragon who owes them a life debt!Can they survive an epic battle and complete their quest for the Etherstone?

Functional Programming in JavaScript

By Luis Atencio
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 163835359X
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Computers
  • Members : 630
  • Pdf File: functional-programming-in-javascript.pdf

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Summary Functional Programming in JavaScript teaches JavaScript developers functional techniques that will improve extensibility, modularity, reusability, testability, and performance. Through concrete examples and jargon-free explanations, this book teaches you how to apply functional programming to real-life development tasks Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications. About the Technology In complex web applications, the low-level details of your JavaScript code can obscure the workings of the system as a whole. As a coding style, functional programming (FP) promotes loosely coupled relationships among the components of your application, making the big picture easier to design, communicate, and maintain. About the Book Functional Programming in JavaScript teaches you techniques to improve your web applications - their extensibility, modularity, reusability, and testability, as well as their performance. This easy-to-read book uses concrete examples and clear explanations to show you how to use functional programming in real life. If you're new to functional programming, you'll appreciate this guide's many insightful comparisons to imperative or object-oriented programming that help you understand functional design. By the end, you'll think about application design in a fresh new way, and you may even grow to appreciate monads! What's Inside High-value FP techniques for real-world uses Using FP where it makes the most sense Separating the logic of your system from implementation details FP-style error handling, testing, and debugging All code samples use JavaScript ES6 (ES 2015) About the Reader Written for developers with a solid grasp of JavaScript fundamentals and web application design. About the Author Luis Atencio is a software engineer and architect building enterprise applications in Java, PHP, and JavaScript. Table of Contents PART 1 THINK FUNCTIONALLY Becoming functional Higher-order JavaScript PART 2 GET FUNCTIONAL Few data structures, many operations Toward modular, reusable code Design patterns against complexity PART 3 ENHANCING YOUR FUNCTIONAL SKILLS Bulletproofing your code Functional optimizations Managing asynchronous events and data