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The Backroom Boys

Author : Noam Chomsky
ISBN : IND:30000055109601
Genre : Vietnam War, 1961-1975
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Category: Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Backroom Boys

Author : Francis Spufford
ISBN : 9780571266449
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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A brilliant, beautiful account of how British boffins triumphed across the decades in creating everything from computer games to Martian landers. The book contains chapters on the Beagle II, Elite - the 80s computer game, the Blue Streak missile, Concorde, mobile phone technology and the Human Genome Project, among others. Britain is the only country in the world to have cancelled its space programme just as it put its first rocket into orbit. Starting with this forgotten episode, 'Backroom Boys' tells the bittersweet story of how one country lost its industrial tradition and got back something else. Sad, inspiring, funny and ultimately triumphant, it follows the technologists whose work kept Concorde flying, created the computer game, conquered the mobile-phone business, saved the human genome for the human race - and who now are sending the Beagle 2 probe to burrow in the cinnamon sands of Mars. 'Backroom Boys' is a vivid love-letter to quiet men in pullovers, to those whose imaginings take shape not in words but in mild steel and carbon fibre and lines of code. Above all, it is a celebration of big dreams achieved with slender means.
Category: Technology & Engineering

Backroom Boys

Author : Edward Smithies
ISBN : 9781474603393
Genre : History
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When we remember the Second World War in the air, we think of fighter pilots and bomber crews. But what was it like for the men and women working as ground crew and in the aircraft factories who also played a crucial role in defeating Hitler? What was it like making history? What sense did these individuals have of what they were doing, either at the time or later? Did they feel they were caught up in the tide of great events? Or were they simply doing their demanding and often dangerous duty?
Category: History

The Backroom Boys

Author : Graeme Sligo
ISBN : 9781922132543
Genre : History
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The Backroom Boys is the remarkable, but little known, story of how a varied group of talented intellectuals, drafted into the Australian Army in the dark days of 1942, provided high-level policy advice to Australia’s most senior soldier, General Blamey, and through him to the Government for the remainder of the war and beyond. This band of academics, lawyers and New Guinea patrol officers formed a unique military unit, the Directorate of Research and Civil Affairs, under the command of an eccentric and masterful string-puller, Alf Conlon. The Directorate has been depicted as a haven for underemployed poets or meddlesome soldier-politicians. Based on wide-ranging research, this book reveals a fuller and more fascinating picture. The fierce conflicts in the wartime bureaucracy between public servants and soldiers, in which the Directorate provided critical support to Blamey, went to the heart of military command, accountability and the profession of arms. The Directorate was a pioneer in developing approaches to military government in areas liberated by the combat troops, as demonstrated by the Australian Army in New Guinea, and Borneo in 1945-46. It is an issue of enduring importance. The Directorate established the Australian School of Pacific Administration, and had an important role in founding the Australian National University. Its influence extended into post war Australia. The Backroom Boys emphasises the personality of Colonel Alf Conlon, as well as the talented men and women he recruited. Above all, this book shows how, unexpectedly, the Australian Army fostered a group of men and women who made a lasting contribution to the development of Australia in the decades after the war.
Category: History

Star Of The Backroom Boys

Author : MR David Anthony Heath-Hadfield
ISBN : 1500690007
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This book relates to my work as a 'Backroom Boy' in the music industry where I worked with some 100 acts, such as Cliff Richard, David Bowie, Peter Frampton, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, The Rolling Stones and so on;both in the audio and television world over some 40 years. There are both heart breaking and amusing moments. The first volume takes you up to 1974...when I had my recording studio stolen from me...there are 4 suicides and a murder involved along the way. So if you like music this book is a must-read for you, join me on my adventure. There are some 650+ pictures/images for you to will bring back memories for you!!!

Hearts And Minds

Author : Hannah Gurman
ISBN : 9781595588432
Genre : History
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The first book of its kind, Hearts and Minds is a scathing response to the grand narrative of U.S. counterinsurgency, in which warfare is defined not by military might alone but by winning the "hearts and minds" of civilians. Dormant as a tactic since the days of the Vietnam War, in 2006 the U.S. Army drafted a new field manual heralding the resurrection of counterinsurgency as a primary military engagement strategy; counterinsurgency campaigns followed in Iraq and Afghanistan, despite the fact that counterinsurgency had utterly failed to account for the actual lived experiences of the people whose hearts and minds America had sought to win. Drawing on leading thinkers in the field and using key examples from Malaya, the Philippines, Vietnam, El Salvador, Iraq, and Afghanistan, Hearts and Minds brings a long-overdue focus on the many civilians caught up in these conflicts. Both urgent and timely, this important book challenges the idea of a neat divide between insurgents and the populations from which they emerge—and should be required reading for anyone engaged in the most important contemporary debates over U.S. military policy.
Category: History

The Big Match

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ISBN : 0602308054
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"Lightning" provides: 32 books with 3 levels of differentiation per book; NLS genre coverage; linked themes across fiction, non-fiction and the wider curriculum; teaching support for each book including comprehension and writing; and a teaching and practice CD providing opportunities for ICT.

The Team Of 66 England S World Cup Winners

Author : Jim Morris
ISBN : 9781445636849
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The greatest achievement in British sporting history is down to just a few men - who have since become national legends. Every England team since them has tried to emulate them. The Team of '66 explores the key to their key to success
Category: Sports & Recreation

Gary Mackay S Hearts Dream Team

Author : Gary Mackay
ISBN : 9781845024550
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Gary Mackay is a Hearts legend who has played more games for the Tynecastle club than anyone else in history. He fulfilled his boyhood dream of turning out for the boys in maroon in the early 1980s and continues his love affair with Hearts to this day. Here he selects his Hearts Dream Team made up of the greatest players ever to pull on the famous maroon jersey. Packed full of stories from his time at the club and other Tynecastle tales, it is a fascinating read for Hearts fans of all ages. There is serious debate about Gary's choices from some well-known Hearts fans such as actor Ken Stott, the man who played Ian Rankin's Edinburgh detective Rebus and appeared in the movie The Hobbit; respected ITN reporter Martin Geissler who has reported from some of the world's most dangerous wars; 1990 Grand Slam rugby hero John Jeffrey and senior political figures such as First Minister Alex Salmond; Tory MSP David McLetchie; Lord George Foulkes of Cumnock and Charlie Falconer, who was the Lord Chancellor in the Labour Government of Tony Blair.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Longarm 313 Longarm And The Boys In The Back Room

Author : Tabor Evans
ISBN : 1101166177
Genre : Fiction
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When these boys invite Longarm to step outside, they have no idea what they’re in for… Folks in Sioux Siding don’t take kindly to strangers. Especially one who arrives with a hand on his holster and a chip on his shoulder. But this Pitcairn’s no stranger to someone in town—and before he can take in the sights, he’s taken a fatal bullet to the back… Seems Pitcairn was a bounty hunter, making this a federal case. So the feds send in lawman Custis Long. Apart from two very welcoming young widows, the locals resent Longarm—they prefer doing things their own way, legal or otherwise. Among the hostile locals is the prettiest ranchera Longarm’s ever seen. But he won’t be swayed by her charms—and won’t leave this hellhole town until the devil gets his due…
Category: Fiction

What Makes This Book So Great

Author : Jo Walton
ISBN : 9781472111623
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Jo Walton is an award-winning author of, inveterate reader of, and chronic re-reader of science fiction and fantasy books. What Makes This Book So Great? is a selection of the best of her musings about her prodigious reading habit. Jo Walton’s many subjects range from acknowledged classics, to guilty pleasures, to forgotten oddities and gems. Among them, the Zones of Thought novels of Vernor Vinge; the question of what genre readers mean by ‘mainstream’; the under-appreciated SF adventures of C. J. Cherryh; the field’s many approaches to time travel; the masterful science fiction of Samuel R. Delany; Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children; the early Hainish novels of Ursula K. Le Guin; and a Robert A. Heinlein novel you have most certainly never read. Over 130 essays in all, What Makes This Book So Great is an immensely engaging collection of provocative, opinionated thoughts about past and present-day fantasy and science fiction, from one of our best writers.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Game On New Year S Day

Author : Ted Brack
ISBN : 9781845024826
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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On the first day of January 1973, eleven men wrote a very special chapter in the history of Hibernian Football Club. They were the famous Turnbull's Tornadoes and they humbled arch-rivals Hearts in an epic 7-0 victory at Tynecastle stadium in Edinburgh. Now, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of that historic match, Ted Brack tells the extraordinary story of The Game on New Year's Day. No Hibs win over their local rivals has come close to the epic 7-0 triumph which was recorded by the great Turnbull's Tornadoes team on the opening day of 1973. It was a team so full of talent that the names still resonate to this day: Herriot, Brownlie, Schaedler, Stanton, Black, Blackley, Edwards, O'Rourke, Gordon, Cropley and Duncan - all managed, of course, by the imperious Eddie Turnbull. And in their greatest ever game, their silky skills enabled them to achieve a record victory against an able Hearts side that was left reeling by the scale of its defeat. With first-hand accounts of the day from Tornadoes like ice cool goalkeeper Jim Herriot, world-class full back John Brownlie, rock-solid centre half Jim Black, classy and composed sweeper John Blackley, midfield maestros Alex Edwards and Alex Cropley, goal scorer supreme Jimmy O'Rourke and the peerless captain Pat Stanton, this is the definitive account of a match which still boasts the record competitive winning margin between Edinburgh's Big Two - Hearts supporters please note. And with the memories of fans who were there and some who wish they had been, The Game on New Year's Day is a must read for Hibees everywhere.
Category: Sports & Recreation


Author : Gerald Stone
ISBN : 9781743514108
Genre : History
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Scandals, disasters, shocks and crises: 1932 could truly be described as one of the most electrifying years in Australian history, alive with unforgettable characters and momentous events. Looking back, it's hard to believe how much happened in that fateful year to become the stuff of enduring national legend: the Sydney Harbour Bridge opened by surprise with the slashing sword of Captain Francis de Groot; the birth of the Australian Broadcasting Commission; the mysterious death of the beloved race horse Phar Lap, the controversial dismissal of NSW Premier Jack Lang, and the start of cricket's infamous Bodyline series. Those were among the best remembered incidents but there were others - from an epic outback rescue of two lost aviators to the most expensive divorce case ever heard - that reflected the distinctive flavour of the times. Overshadowing all else, the Great Depression seemed to single Australians out for special punishment, pushing a fragile young society to the brink of disintegration. By 1932 - the worst of it - a third of the population had been reduced to living like refugees in their own land while a lucky few emerged rich as third world rajahs. Acclaimed journalist and author Gerald Stone takes us on an exhilarating and fascinating journey through a year that quite literally changed a nation. Evocative and brilliantly researched, this is a book that turns history into compelling reading at its very best.
Category: History

Four Men Went To War

Author : Bruce Lewis
ISBN : 9781473814424
Genre : History
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This book tells of the adventures of four men of different nationalities who found themselves caught up in the maelstrom of the Second World War.
Category: History

A Matter Of Life And Death

Author : Sue Armstrong
ISBN : 9781847679055
Genre : Science
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A Matter of Life and Death tells fascinating stories of mysterious illnesses and miraculous scientific breakthroughs. But it is also crammed full of extraordinary characters from the forensic anthropologist with his own Body Farm in Tennessee to the doctor who had a heart-and-lung transplant and ended up using her own lungs for research.
Category: Science

Chantilly Dawns

Author : Lissa Oliver
ISBN : 9781907221101
Genre : Horse racing
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When top jockey Marcel Dessaint loses his racing licence, his whole world falls apart. Accused of deliberately pulling up healthy horses, Marcel is passed a verdict of ‘Gross Misconduct’ and forced to face the enmity of his peers. With a famous face and nowhere to hide in Chantilly, Marcel becomes an outcast in the only world he knows. With The Derby now out of his reach, he struggles to overcome his own self-doubt, while battling to uncover the truth behind the horses’ defeats and clear his name. As he gradually fears he may have been betrayed by one of his closest friends, he discovers all too late that it’s not just his licence on the line. Lives are at stake…
Category: Horse racing

In Pursuit Of Glory

Author : Bradley Wiggins
ISBN : 9781409129141
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Bradley Wiggins is a British sporting legend. Not only has he won seven World Track Championships and a record-equalling seven Olympic medals, including double-gold in Beijing in 2008 and gold in the time trial in London in 2012, he is the first Briton to have won cycling's ultimate prize, the Tour de France. He is an immensely talented and dedicated endurance athlete with a gritty, down-to-earth persona - cool, outspoken, respected, inspiring - and he has helped to bring track and road cycling to a new audience in the UK. With new material by Brendan Gallagher, co-author of the original edition, this is the story of a boy with bikes in his blood, of a son abandoned by his father and of the journey from council estate to the very pinnacle of the sport. IN PURSUIT OF GLORY is a compelling, no-holds-barred account of Wiggins' rise to global success and an extraordinary insight into the world of cycling.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Designs For Life

Author : Soraya de Chadarevian
ISBN : 0521570786
Genre : Medical
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An important study on the making of molecular biology and its cultural contexts.
Category: Medical