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Strong in the Rain

By Lucy Birmingham,David McNeill
  • ISBN Code: : 1137050608
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Pages : 256
  • Category : History
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Blending history, science, and gripping storytelling, Strong in the Rain brings the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan in 2011 and its immediate aftermath to life through the eyes of the men and women who experienced it. Following the narratives of six individuals, the book traces the shape of a disaster and the heroics it prompted, including that of David Chumreonlert, a Texan with Thai roots, trapped in his school's gymnasium with hundreds of students and teachers as it begins to flood, and Taro Watanabe, who thought nothing of returning to the Fukushima plant to fight the nuclear disaster, despite the effects that he knew would stay with him for the rest of his life. This is a beautifully written and moving account of how the Japanese experienced one of the worst earthquakes in history and endured its horrific consequences.

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From beloved children’s book creator Crockett Johnson comes the timeless classic Harold and the Purple Crayon! This imagination-sparking picture book belongs on every child's digital bookshelf. One evening Harold decides to go for a walk in the moonlight. Armed only with an oversize purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement. Harold and his trusty crayon travel through woods and across seas and past dragons before returning to bed, safe and sound. Full of funny twists and surprises, this charming story shows just how far your imagination can take you. “A satisfying artistic triumph.” —Chris Van Allsburg, author-illustrator of The Polar Express Share this classic as a birthday, baby shower, or graduation gift!

J.M. Keynes Versus F.H. Knight

By Yasuhiro Sakai
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 9811380007
  • Total of Pages : 157
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 323
  • Pdf File: j-m-keynes-versus-f-h-knight.pdf

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This book critically discusses and systematically compares J.M. Keynes and F. H. Knight, two giants in the history of economic thought. In 1921 they both published apparently similar books on risk, probability, and uncertainty. However, while Knight's contribution on risk and uncertainty is now well recognized, Keynes's work on probability and uncertainty has been somewhat ignored in the shadow of his more famous The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (1936). Focusing on an earlier yet equally important volume by Keynes, A Treatise on Probability (1921), this book sheds a light on his outstanding ideas and the lasting influence on his later works, including The General Theory. There are few books that systematically discuss Keynes and Knight, although there are remarkable comparisons between Keynes's concept of probability and uncertainty and Knight's distinction between a measurable risk and a non-measurable uncertainty. This timely book unifies Keynes and Knight into a new, comprehensive approach to a very complex human behavior

Japan's March 2011 Disaster and Moral Grit

By Michael C. Brannigan
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  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Book Code : 0739196693
  • Total of Pages : 238
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 630
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This book raises questions about what really matters through its account of Japan’s March 11, 2011, triple catastrophe of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown, exploring the relationship between culture, community, and disaster.

Strange Glow

By Timothy J. Jorgensen
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  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Book Code : 1400880521
  • Total of Pages : 512
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 947
  • Pdf File: strange-glow.pdf

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The fascinating science and history of radiation More than ever before, radiation is a part of our modern daily lives. We own radiation-emitting phones, regularly get diagnostic x-rays, such as mammograms, and submit to full-body security scans at airports. We worry and debate about the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the safety of nuclear power plants. But how much do we really know about radiation? And what are its actual dangers? An accessible blend of narrative history and science, Strange Glow describes mankind's extraordinary, thorny relationship with radiation, including the hard-won lessons of how radiation helps and harms our health. Timothy Jorgensen explores how our knowledge of and experiences with radiation in the last century can lead us to smarter personal decisions about radiation exposures today. Jorgensen introduces key figures in the story of radiation—from Wilhelm Roentgen, the discoverer of x-rays, and pioneering radioactivity researchers Marie and Pierre Curie, to Thomas Edison and the victims of the recent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. Tracing the most important events in the evolution of radiation, Jorgensen explains exactly what radiation is, how it produces certain health consequences, and how we can protect ourselves from harm. He also considers a range of practical scenarios such as the risks of radon in our basements, radiation levels in the fish we eat, questions about cell-phone use, and radiation's link to cancer. Jorgensen empowers us to make informed choices while offering a clearer understanding of broader societal issues. Investigating radiation's benefits and risks, Strange Glow takes a remarkable look at how, for better or worse, radiation has transformed our society.

Dancing in the Rain

By Shelley Hrdlitschka
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  • Publisher : Orca Book Publishers
  • Book Code : 1459810678
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Members : 960
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While struggling with the death of her beloved adoptive mother, sixteen-year-old Brenna reconnects with members of her biological family, hoping to discover why her biological mother broke off contact many years earlier. At the same time, she is falling in love with Ryan, who provides support while she grieves but has to leave her when she needs him most. Despite powerful feelings of abandonment, Brenna realizes that getting strong physically and focusing on the needs of others might just help her move beyond her crippling grief, find peace and plan a future for herself. Dancing in the Rain continues the story that began in Shelley Hrdlitschka’s bestselling Dancing Naked.

A View from the Buffalo Tree

By Kelly Woods
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 1401035000
  • Total of Pages : 432
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 279
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There was a time when I aimed my camera at Dad like a gun, slowly, breathlessly, pulling the trigger on my Boogeyman who sat there innocent as a child, unpredictable as a madman, unaware of my effort to capture him on film. So says Katie, in the gripping novel, A View from the Buffalo Tree, which is about one woman's triumph over a childhood clouded with dark secrets. Under the gnarled branches of the Buffalo Tree, Katie weaves a passionate, hard-hitting, family saga of mental delusions and dark taboos. All the while she strives to overcome grief with humor and grit.

Rain

By Cynthia Barnett
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  • Publisher : Crown
  • Book Code : 0804137102
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Science
  • Members : 749
  • Pdf File: rain.pdf

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Rain is elemental, mysterious, precious, destructive. It is the subject of countless poems and paintings; the top of the weather report; the source of the world's water. Yet this is the first book to tell the story of rain. Cynthia Barnett's Rain begins four billion years ago with the torrents that filled the oceans, and builds to the storms of climate change. It weaves together science—the true shape of a raindrop, the mysteries of frog and fish rains—with the human story of our ambition to control rain, from ancient rain dances to the 2,203 miles of levees that attempt to straitjacket the Mississippi River. It offers a glimpse of our "founding forecaster," Thomas Jefferson, who measured every drizzle long before modern meteorology. Two centuries later, rainy skies would help inspire Morrissey’s mopes and Kurt Cobain’s grunge. Rain is also a travelogue, taking readers to Scotland to tell the surprising story of the mackintosh raincoat, and to India, where villagers extract the scent of rain from the monsoon-drenched earth and turn it into perfume. Now, after thousands of years spent praying for rain or worshiping it; burning witches at the stake to stop rain or sacrificing small children to bring it; mocking rain with irrigated agriculture and cities built in floodplains; even trying to blast rain out of the sky with mortars meant for war, humanity has finally managed to change the rain. Only not in ways we intended. As climate change upends rainfall patterns and unleashes increasingly severe storms and drought, Barnett shows rain to be a unifying force in a fractured world. Too much and not nearly enough, rain is a conversation we share, and this is a book for everyone who has ever experienced it.

Natural Disaster and Reconstruction in Asian Economies

By Kinnia Yau Shuk-ting
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137364165
  • Total of Pages : 222
  • Category : Business & Economics
  • Members : 236
  • Pdf File: natural-disaster-and-reconstruction-in-asian-economies.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Based on conference proceedings presented at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in November 2012, Natural Disaster and Reconstruction in Asian Economies offers leading insight into and viewpoints on disasters from scholars and journalists working in Japan, China, the United States, and Southeast Asia.

The Chair

By Stuart Lee Williams
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  • Publisher : Stuart Lee Williams
  • Book Code : 0692625119
  • Total of Pages : 143
  • Category : Poetry
  • Members : 501
  • Pdf File: the-chair.pdf

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The book may seem dark and disturbing to many who will read it. The reader must understand that during this time, I was far from home; learning and inventing the man I would later in life become. The constant talk of pain and sorrow, or hate is a reflection of what we see in the world everyday. Little of the media provides hopeful or inspiration and as a young man in Washington D.C. at the time I was a casualty of the world around me. Many of the works talk of God and religion, as a Christian I found my solace in faith to help me get through the times of hardship. The book is inspired by my faith as well; God has a certain strong place in my heart. Some may see this work as a blasphemy against the Lord but I believe that every person has their own personal relationship with the Lord and I will let him judge me for the work.

Radioactive Ghosts

By Gabriele Schwab
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  • Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
  • Book Code : 1452961441
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : History
  • Members : 896
  • Pdf File: radioactive-ghosts.pdf

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A pioneering examination of nuclear trauma, the continuing and new nuclear peril, and the subjectivities they generate Amid resurgent calls for widespread nuclear energy and “limited nuclear war,” the populations that must live with the consequences of these decisions are increasingly insecure. The nuclear peril combined with the looming threat of climate change means that we are seeing the formation of a new kind of subjectivity: humans who are in a position of perpetual ontological insecurity. In Radioactive Ghosts, Gabriele Schwab articulates a vision of these “nuclear subjectivities” that we all live with. Focusing on the legacies of the Manhattan Project, Hiroshima, and nuclear energy politics, Radioactive Ghosts takes us on a tour of the little-seen sides of our nuclear world. Examining devastating uranium mining on Native lands, nuclear sacrifice zones, the catastrophic accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima, and the formation of a new transspecies ethics, Schwab shows how individuals threatened with extinction are creating new adaptations, defenses, and communal spaces. Ranging from personal accounts of experiences with radiation to in-depth readings of literature, film, art, and scholarly works, Schwab gives us a complex, idiosyncratic, and personal analysis of one of the most overlooked issues of our time.

Dead Aim

By Lee Echols
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  • Publisher : Pickle Partners Publishing
  • Book Code : 1787205673
  • Total of Pages : 91
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 761
  • Pdf File: dead-aim.pdf

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First published in 1951, this book recounts the nostalgic antics of hell-raising pistol shooters of the 1930’s. It is complete and unexpurgated and is the hot blasts of mirth from the shaky guns of Lee Echols, who fired for many years before World War II with the U.S. Treasury Department Pistol Team. Lee Echols’ stock-in-trade was the business of making a pistol go whangety-bang with a fair degree of accuracy. However, this always had to take a back seat to his hell-raising antics and inspired tom-foolery, which had him known as the Clown Prince of pistoleers on every range in the Western Hemisphere.

Drainage Geochemistry

By M. Hale,J.A. Plant
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  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Book Code : 1483290468
  • Total of Pages : 766
  • Category : Technology & Engineering
  • Members : 866
  • Pdf File: drainage-geochemistry.pdf

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The considerable exploration success achieved by geochemistry over the last several decades - and still continuing - has provided both the basis and rationale for the Handbook of Exploration Geochemistry series, including Volume 6, Drainage Geochemistry in Mineral Exploration. With contributions from 25 experts of truly global professional experience in drainage geochemistry, this book is a thorough appraisal of the state of the art in the use of surface and sub-surface waters, stream and lake sediments, heavy minerals for mineral exploration in tropical rain forests, temperate glaciated terrains, mountain chains, arid deserts and regions of agricultural and industrial pollution. Additional attention is given to gold and uranium exploration, and to the growing role of drainage geochemistry as a multi-purpose environmental mapping technique with applications in human health studies, ore deposit modelling and pollution monitoring. It comprises 16 chapters, more than 250 figures and a bibliography of some 1600 references. This book is the most extensive and detailed single work on the principles and applications of drainage geochemistry in mineral exploration blending both theoretical considerations and practical implementations.