The NRA The Unauthorized History by Frank Smyth

The NRA The Unauthorized History by Frank Smyth

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The NRA The Unauthorized History by Frank Smyth
epub | 681.7 KB | English | Frank Smyth | Flatiron Books


Description: For the first time, the definitive account of America’s most powerful, most secretive, and most controversial nonprofit, and how far it has strayed from its origins.
The National Rifle Association is unique in American life. Few other civic organizations are as old or as large. None is as controversial. It is largely due to the NRA that the U.S. gun policy differs so extremely – some would say so tragically – from that of every other developed nation. But, as Frank Smyth sho, the NRA has evolved from an organization concerned above all with marksmanship – and which supported most government efforts around gun control for a hundred years – to one that resists all attempts to restrict guns in any way. At the same time, the organization has also buried its own remarkable history. Here is that story, from the NRA’s surprising roots in post-Civil War New York City to the defining event that changed its culture forever – the so called…

The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas

The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas

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The End of Mr Y by Scarlett Thomas
epub | 361.27 KB | English | Scarlett Thomas | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Description: A cursed book. A missing professor. Some nefarious men in gray suits. And a dreamworld called the Troposphere?Ariel Manto has a fascination with nineteenth-century scientists-especially Thomas Lumas and The End of Mr. Y, a book no one alive has read. When she mysteriously uncovers a copy at a used bookstore, Ariel is launched into an adventure of science and faith, consciousness and death, space and time, and everything in between.Seeking answers, Ariel follo in Mr. Y’s footsteps: She swallo a tincture, stares into a black dot, and is transported into the Troposphere-a wonderland where she can travel through time and space using the thoughts of others. There she begins to understand all the mysteries surrounding the book, herself, and the universe. Or is it all just a hallucination?With The End of Mr. Y, Scarlett Thomas brings us another fast-paced mix of popular culture, love, mystery, and irresistible philosophical adventure.

Twilight Hauntings by Angie Sage

Twilight Hauntings by Angie Sage

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Twilight Hauntings by Angie Sage
epub | 6.91 MB | English | Angie Sage | HarperCollins


Description: Angie Sage, New York Times bestselling author of the Septimus Heap series, crafts a fantasy world where enchantment is illegal, Oracles knit octopuses, wizards run around in soggy underpants, and one girl is on a mission to save Enchantment and Enchanters, which might just save the kingdom.
Alex has a set of Enchanted cards. When she flutters her fingers above them, something magical happens: the cards come alive and create moving pictures of what is now and what is yet to come. But Enchantment is illegal in the city of Luma, and those who practice it are imprisoned forever in the Vaults-dark dungeons deep below the city.
When Alex is betrayed by her foster sister Zerra, she kno she is in great danger. With the help of her little foster brother, Louie, she makes a daring escape.
But Alex discovers she is not safe outside Luma either. Here lurk deadly Hauntings that seek out those who practice magic: Enchanters and…

The Woman of a Thousand Names by Alexandra Lapierre

The Woman of a Thousand Names by Alexandra Lapierre

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The Woman of a Thousand Names by Alexandra Lapierre
epub | 3.88 MB | English | Alexandra Lapierre | Atria Books


Description: From the internationally bestselling author of the “fascinating epic” (Associated Press) Between Love and Honor comes a rich, sweeping tale based on the captivating true story of the Mata Hari of Russia, featuring a beautiful aristocrat fighting for survival during the deadly upheaval of the Russian Revolution.
Born into Russian aristocracy, wealth, and security, Moura never had any reason to worry. But in the upheaval of the Bolshevik Revolution, her entire world crumbles. As her family and friends are being persecuted by Vladimir Lenin’s ruthless police, she falls into a passionate affair with British secret agent Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart. But when he’s abruptly and mysteriously deported from Russia, Moura is left alone and vulnerable.
Now, she must find new paths for her survival, even if it means shedding her past and taking on new identities. Some will praise her tenderness and undying loyalty. Others will denounce her lies. But all will agree on one point: Moura embodies Life. Life at all cost.
Set against the volatile landscape of 20th-century Russia, The Woman of a Thousand Names brings history to vivid life in a captivating tale about an extraordinary woman caught in the waves of change-with only her wits to save her.

Has China Won by Kishore Mahbubani

Has China Won by Kishore Mahbubani

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Has China Won by Kishore Mahbubani
epub | 3.06 MB | English | Kishore Mahbubani | 2020 | PublicAffairs


Description: The defining geopolitical contest of the twenty-first century is between China and the US. But is it avoidable? And if it happens, is the outcome already inevitable?
China and America are world powers without serious rivals. They eye each other warily across the Pacific; they communicate poorly; there seems little natural empathy. A massive geopolitical contest has begun.
America prizes freedom; China values freedom from chaos.America values strategic decisiveness; China values patience.America is becoming society of lasting inequality; China a meritocracy.America has abandoned multilateralism; China welcomes it.
Kishore Mahbubani, a diplomat and scholar with unrivalled access to policymakers in Beijing and Washington, has written the definitive guide to the deep fault lines in the relationship, a clear-eyed assessment of the risk of any confrontation, and a bracingly honest appraisal of the strengths and weaknesses, and superpower…

The Practitioner’s Guide to Graph Data Applying Graph Thinking and Graph Technolog…

The Practitioner’s Guide to Graph Data Applying Graph Thinking and Graph Technolog…

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The Practitioner’s Guide to Graph Data Applying Graph Thinking and Graph Technologies to Solve Complex Problems
epub | 26.72 MB | English | Denise Gosnell | O’Reilly Media


Description: Graph data closes the gap between the way humans and computers view the world. While computers rely on static ro and columns of data, people navigate and reason about life through relationships. This practical guide demonstrates how graph data brings these two approaches together. By working with concepts from graph theory, database schema, distributed systems, and data analysis, you’ll arrive at a unique intersection known as graph thinking.
Authors Denise Koessler Gosnell and Matthias Broecheler show data engineers, data scientists, and data analysts how to solve complex problems with graph databases. You’ll explore templates for building with graph technology, along with examples that demonstrate how teams think about graph data within an application.
Build an example application architecture with relational and graph technologiesUse graph technology to build a Customer 360 application, the most popular graph data pattern todayDive…

Presto The Definitive Guide SQL at Any Scale, on Any Storage, in Any Environment […

Presto The Definitive Guide SQL at Any Scale, on Any Storage, in Any Environment […

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Presto The Definitive Guide SQL at Any Scale, on Any Storage, in Any Environment [Early Release]
epub | 5.79 MB | English | Matt Fuller, Manfred Moser, Martin Traverso | 2020 | O’Reilly Media, Inc.


Description: Perform fast interactive SQL analytics against different data sources using the Presto distributed SQL query engine. With this practical book, you’ll learn how to conduct analytics on data where it lives, including Hive, Cassandra, relational databases, and proprietary data stores. Matt Fuller from Starburst Data and Presto cocreator Martin Traverso show analysts how to manage, use, and even develop with Presto.
Initially developed by Facebook, open source Presto is now used by Netflix, Airbnb, LinkedIn, Twitter, Uber, and many other companies. You’ll learn how a single Presto query can combine data from multiple sources to allow for analytics across your entire organization.
This book will help you:
Get started using PrestoExplore Presto architectural conceptsLearn best practices and tuningUse Presto with various business intelligence and SQL analytical toolsQuery data from different data sources, including query federationLearn how to use Presto on Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud PlatformWith Early Release ebooks, you get books in their earliest form-the author’s raw and unedited content as he or she writes-so you can take advantage of these technologies long before the official release of these titles.

3D Video From Capture to Diffusion

3D Video From Capture to Diffusion

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3D Video From Capture to Diffusion
epub | 11.59 MB | English | Laurent Lucas, Céline Loscos, Yannick Remion | Wiley


Description: While 3D vision has existed for many years, the use of 3D cameras and video-based modeling by the film industry has induced an explosion of interest for 3D acquisition technology, 3D content and 3D displays. As such, 3D video has become one of the new technology trends of this century.The chapters in this book cover a large spectrum of areas connected to 3D video, which are presented both theoretically and technologically, while taking into account both physiological and perceptual aspects. Stepping away from traditional 3D vision, the authors, all currently involved in these areas, provide the necessary elements for understanding the underlying computer-based science of these technologies. They consider applications and perspectives previously unexplored due to technological limitations.This book guides the reader through the production process of 3D videos; from acquisition, through data treatment and representation, to 3D diffusion. Several types of camera systems are…

PixARK (2019)

PixARK (2019)

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PixARK 1 93 | PC |Size:1.8 GB
Release Date : 31 May, 2019
Genre : Action, Adventure, Casual, Massively Multiplayer, RPG, Strategy
Developer : Snail Games USA
Publisher : Snail Games USA
Platform : PC
Language : MULTi


Description:

Enter a world of mystery, danger, ancient dinosaurs, mythical beasts, and cubes! Work by yourself or with a tribe of others to gather materials, craft useful items, tame wild creatures, and build huge bases to survive in PixARK!

Tags
Survival, Adventure, Massively Multiplayer, Open World, Sandbox, Action, Dinosaurs, RPG, Multiplayer, Casual, Strategy, Pixel Graphics, Crafting, Building, Early Access, Voxel, Base Building, FPS, Magic, Singleplayer

Steam
https://store.steampowered.com/app/593600/PixARK/

Trailer
https://youtube.com/watch?v=Tnt6epYpLAs

System Requirements:
Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
Processor: Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better
DirectX: Version 10
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 15 GB available space
Additional Notes: Requires broadband internet connection for multiplayer