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              Smallpox: The Death of a Disease: The Inside Story of Eradicating a Worldwide Killer
               

              Smallpox: The Death of a Disease: The Inside Story of Eradicating a Worldwide Killer (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Henderson, D. A., M. D.; Foreword by Preston, Richard; Introduction by Peterson, Phillip K.

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              With a New Introduction by Phillip K. Peterson, M.D., author of Microbes: The Life-Changing Story of Germs For more than 3000 years, hundreds of millions of people have died or been left permanently scarred or blind by the relentless, incurable disease called smallpox. In 1967, D...r. D.A. Henderson became director of a worldwide campaign to eliminate this disease from the face of the earth. This spellbinding book is Dr. Henderson's personal story of how he led the World Health Organization's campaign to eradicate smallpox--the only disease in history to have been deliberately eliminated. Some have called this feat the greatest scientific and humanitarian achievement of the past century. This latest edition features a new introduction by Phillip K. Peterson, M.D., in which the infectious diseases expert contends that Dr. Henderson's campaign against smallpox may provide insights towards the fight against COVID-19 and future global pandemics. In a lively, engrossing narrative, Dr. Henderson makes it clear that the gargantuan international effort involved more than straightforward mass vaccination. He and his staff had to cope with civil wars, floods, impassable roads, and refugees as well as formidable bureaucratic and cultural obstacles, shortages of local health personnel and meager budgets. Countries across the world joined in the effort; the United States and the Soviet Union worked together through the darkest cold war days; and professionals from more than 70 nations served as WHO field staff. On October 26, 1976, the last case of smallpox occurred. The disease that annually had killed two million people or more had been vanquished-and in just over ten years. The story did not end there. Dr. Henderson recounts in vivid detail the continuing struggle over whether to destroy the remaining virus in the two laboratories still that held it. Then came the startling discovery that the Soviet Union had been experimenting with smallpox virus as a biological weapon and prod
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              ISBN 9781633887015
              Released NZ 1 Apr 2021
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              The Secret Lives Of Dentists
               

              The Secret Lives Of Dentists (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Winter, W. A.

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              Violent, carnal, and profane. Not how you'd expect pretty, peaceful Minneapolis to be portrayed during Eisenhower's somnambulant 1950s. But the City of Lakes was also the anti-Semitism capital of America. Sexual predators, pornographers, and backstreet Romeos were on the prowl, a...nd ill-tempered cops, haunted by brutal World War II experiences, weren't reluctant to thump the poor sap who rubbed them the wrong way. In 1955, Minneapolis was also a magnet for small-town girls who flocked to the big city desperate for work, love, and adventure--not always in that order. But Teresa Hickman, of Tiny Dollar, North Dakota, was a special case. She was beguiling, promiscuous, and, on a chilly April morning, lying dead along an abandoned trolley track in a Southside neighborhood. She'd been strangled. Could the killer have been, among the many men drawn to her like flies to honey, Dr. H. David Rose, a middle-aged dentist with no criminal history? There's no forensic evidence or credible witnesses tying him to her murder. Yet the police, including a pair of obsessive investigators with lethal secrets of their own, seem to agree that a Jewish dentist would likely get them a murder conviction in this town at this time. Small wonder that Rose's spectacular trial and shocking aftermath will mesmerize the Upper Midwest like few crime sagas before or since.
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              ISBN 9781645060314
              Released NZ 22 Apr 2021
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              Pieces Of Eight
               

              Pieces Of Eight (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Goble, Steve

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              Spider, a decent man forced into the violent pirate life years ago, is finally on the verge of leaving all that behind and reuniting with his wife, Emma, and the son he last saw as a baby. He and his friends--Odin the ancient buccaneer and Hob the young swashbuckler--are working ...as honest seamen aboard Minuet when the calm journey from England to Nantucket takes a dark turn. A shipmate is murdered while working aloft, and Spider can't help but try to figure out who the killer is--even as his friend Odin warns him that getting involved might lead authorities to discover Spider's own piratical past. Ruth Copper, a beautiful and dangerous recent addition to Spider's crew, offers some warnings too. Spider John, however, hates unanswered questions. The investigation reveals more than simple murder, and Spider and his friends find themselves fighting against a shipboard conspiracy that explodes into violence. That encounter, along with unexpected developments at home while Spider was away at sea, sets the stage for another killing and a manhunt that sends Spider back into hiding and fighting for his life against cutthroats and thieves. By the time Spider is done thinking and fighting his way through all the obstacles to reach the truth, he finds himself confronted with more difficult life decisions--and wondering whether the pirate life is perhaps the only place left for him.
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              ISBN 9781645060369
              Released NZ 18 Mar 2021
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              Series Spider John Mystery
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              Your Place in the Universe: Understanding Our Big, Messy Existence
               

              Your Place in the Universe: Understanding Our Big, Messy Existence (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Sutter, Paul M.

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              • Pub Date
                15 Aug 21

              An astrophysicist presents an in-depth yet accessible tour of the universe for lay readers, while conveying the excitement of astronomy--

              ISBN 9781633886636
              Released NZ 15 Aug 2021
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              The Story of Technology: How We Got Here and What the Future Holds

              The Story of Technology: How We Got Here and What the Future Holds (Hardback)

              By Gerstein, Daniel M.

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              A leading technology expert examines ways to manage the rapid proliferation of technology and come to grips with its pervasive influence. Technology--always a key driver of historical change--is now transforming society as never before--and at a more rapid pace. How do we manage ...that technology to ensure that we humans, not the products of our invention, remain in control of our destinies? In this informative overview, a veteran Rand Corporation researcher proposes a method for better understanding how technology is likely to evolve in the future. He identifies the attributes that a future successful technology will seek to emulate and the pitfalls that a technology developer should try to avoid. The aim is to bring greater clarity to the impact of technology on individuals and society. In particular, he considers three technologies now converging to shape the future: biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and the internet of things. He asks: Will we continue to develop new technologies in these fields merely because basic research shows that we can, or should we first consider the likely effects of these technologies on the quality of life--at the individual, social, and environmental level? Dr. Gerstein makes a compelling case that rational, informed, and consensual management of our technological options is the better course for ensuring a brighter future.
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              ISBN 9781633885783
              Released NZ 15 Jan 2020
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              Choice or Chance: Understanding Your Locus of Control and Why It Matters
               

              Choice or Chance: Understanding Your Locus of Control and Why It Matters (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Nowicki, Stephen

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              A distinguished psychologist explains in lay person's terms a key personality factor that determines personal contentment and success, showing readers how to make full use of their individual potentials --

              ISBN 9781633880702
              Released NZ 15 May 2016
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              The Wisdom of the Renaissance
               

              The Wisdom of the Renaissance (Hardback)

              By Kellogg, Michael K.

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              An overview and appreciation of Renaissance literature for lay readers that takes account of major intellectual trends, various genres, and key historical figures of the period. This engaging survey of important works spanning the lives of Petrarch (1304-1374) to Shakespeare (156...4-1616) reveals the depth of thought and the diversity of expression that characterized the Renaissance. The author examines poetry, philosophical treatises, essays, letters, novels, comedies, and dramas, documenting the unique array of evolving concerns that drove the Renaissance search for wisdom. Beginning with Petrarch's rejection of scholasticism and attempt to give new life to classical learning, Kellogg shows how medieval ideas were transformed and transcended at an increasingly rapid pace. Erasmus's calls for modest reforms led to the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation, which divided and ravaged much of Europe. Machiavelli's frank pragmatism was countered by the utopian irony of Thomas More. And Castiglione's ideal courtier perfects the ideal of Renaissance self-fashioning. All of these figures lay the groundwork for the four towering authors with whom the book ends: Rabelais, Montaigne, Cervantes, and Shakespeare, each of whom contributes to a post-Renaissance view of humanity and of personal identity that is the beginning of modernism. Only two centuries passed between Petrarch and Shakespeare, but they are without doubt the two most transformative centuries in the history of thought.
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              ISBN 9781633885189
              Released NZ 9 Jul 2019
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              In the Mind's Eye: Creative Visual Thinkers, Gifted Dyslexics, and the Rise of Visual Technologies
               

              In the Mind's Eye: Creative Visual Thinkers, Gifted Dyslexics, and the Rise of Visual Technologies (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By West, Thomas G.

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              Now in its fifteenth printing, In the Mind's Eye has been recognized as a classic in its field. The book still stands alone as a uniquely compelling argument for the great importance of visual thinking and visual technologies as well as the high creative potential of many individ...uals with dyslexia or other learning difficulties. In this second edition, Thomas G. West reviews a number of recent developments that support and extend the perspectives and expectations originally set forth in the first edition. In addition to the original eleven portraits of famous individuals with learning difficulties (including Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison), he has added brief profiles of two dyslexic scientists known for their ability to generate, in quite different fields, powerful but unexpected innovations and discoveries: William J. Dreyer, a Caltech professor who used his highly visual imagination to see things in molecular biology and immunology well before others; and John R. (Jack) Horner, who flunked out of the University of Montana seven times (requiring letters of support for readmission) but is now known as one of the three most important paleontologists in the world. Recognized as among the best of the best by the American Library Association in their broad psychology and neuroscience category, this title belongs on the bookshelves of all educators and anyone with an interest in visual thinking, visual technologies, and highly creative people with learning difficulties.
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              ISBN 9781633886421
              Released NZ 15 Aug 2020
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              Veiled Atrocities: True Stories of Oppression in Saudi Arabia

              Veiled Atrocities: True Stories of Oppression in Saudi Arabia (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Alrabaa, Sami

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              In the wealthy Saudi oil kingdom there is no such thing as secular law or modern courts. Instead, Saudi princes create the laws, based on Sharia, Islamic law derived from the Koran and Hadith, and the muttawas act as judges, enforcers, and executioners.

              ISBN 9781616141592
              Released NZ 1 Jun 2013
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              Acceleration: The Forces Driving Human Progress
               

              Acceleration: The Forces Driving Human Progress (Hardback)

              By Havelock, Ronald G.

              With an ever larger and more widely shared knowledge platform, progress is actually accelerating on many dimensions of human existence. Offers a realistic hope that we human beings are fully capable of solving even our most challenging problems.

              ISBN 9781616142124
              Released NZ 1 Jun 2013
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