A Watershed Year

  • Filename: a-watershed-year.
  • ISBN: 9781587299278
  • Release Date: 2010-03-15
  • Number of pages: 250
  • Author: Cornelia F. Mutel
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press

In June 2008, the rivers of eastern Iowa rose above their banks to create floods of epic proportions; their amazing size—flowing in places at a rate nearly double that of the previous record flood—and the rapidity of their rise ruined farmlands and displaced thousands of residents and hundreds of businesses. In Cedar Rapids, the waters inundated more than nine square miles of the downtown area; in Iowa City, where the flood was also the most destructive in history, the University of Iowa’s arts campus was destroyed. By providing a solid base of scientific and technical information presented with unusual clarity and a wealth of supporting illustrations, the contributors to this far-reaching book, many of whom dealt firsthand with the 2008 floods, provide a detailed roadmap of the causes and effects of future devastating floods. The twenty-five essays fall naturally into four sections. “Rising Rivers, Spreading Waters” begins by comparing the 2008 floods with the midwestern floods of 1993, moves on to trace community responses to the 2008 floods, and ends by illuminating techniques for forecasting floods and determining their size and frequency. “Why Here, Why Now?” searches for possible causes of the 2008 floods and of flooding in general: annual crops and urban landscapes, inflows into and releases from reservoirs, and climate change. “Flood Damages, Flood Costs, Flood Benefits” considers the complex mix of flood costs and effects, emphasizing damages to cities and farmlands as well as potential benefits to natural communities and archaeological sites. “Looking Back, Looking Forward” lays out approaches to managing the floods of the future that are sure to come. While the book draws most of its examples from one particular region, it explains flooding throughout a much larger region—the midwestern Corn Belt—and thus its sobering yet energizing lessons apply well beyond eastern Iowa. By examining the relationships among rivers, floodplains, weather, and modern society; by stressing matters of science and fact rather than social or policy issues; and by addressing multiple environmental problems and benefits, A Watershed Year informs and educates all those who experienced the 2008 floods and all those concerned with the larger causes of flooding.

New Politics of Judicial Elections

  • Filename: new-politics-of-judicial-elections.
  • ISBN: 9781437902297
  • Release Date: 2008-06
  • Number of pages: 28
  • Author: Deborah Goldberg
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing

This report explains how the year 2000 signaled a dangerous turning point for America¿s courts, documenting the growing, systematic, and unprecedented infusion of big money and special interest pressure into the election of Supreme Court justices across the country. Contents: (I) Skyrocketing Fundraising and Spending in State Supreme Court Races; (II) The Growing Role of Television in Supreme Court Elections; (III) The Growing ¿Data Gap¿ and the Effort to Document Special Interest Pressure on Our Courts. Charts and tables.

From Assertiveness to Aggression

  • Filename: from-assertiveness-to-aggression.
  • ISBN: 9789492102171
  • Release Date: 2015-06-16
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Stephan de Spiegeleire
  • Publisher: The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies

2014 was a watershed year for the Russian Federation. In HCSS’ contribution to the Strategic Monitor last year, we documented Russia’s relatively high and growing (also comparatively speaking) levels of international assertiveness.6 This year, that assertiveness morphed into naked aggression. Russia became the first European country since the end of World War II to forcefully expand its own territory by unceremoniously annexing 20,000 km2 that legitimately belonged to another European country – with the broad support (and even enthusiasm) of the overwhelming majority of its population. In 2014, the ‘entente’ between Russia and the West, which had never been truly cordial in the first place, was shattered. For The Netherlands, a country with long and deep ties with Russia and one that had made extraordinary efforts to commit itself to Russia’s transformation, 2014 was the year when Russia’s assertiveness ‘struck home’, as almost 200 Dutch citizens became the victims of the downing of MH17.

Kansas City 1940

  • Filename: kansas-city-1940.
  • ISBN: 1626193231
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Number of pages: 153
  • Author: John Simonson
  • Publisher: History Press

"Get a unique glimpse into Kansas City in 1940, a pivotal year in the city's history, preserved by a rescued archive of Work Project Administration photographs"--


  • Filename: 1982.
  • ISBN: OCLC:21590189
  • Release Date: 1990
  • Number of pages: 148
  • Author: Paul S. Willen
  • Publisher:


  • Filename: 1492.
  • ISBN: 9781408809501
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 346
  • Author: Felipe Fernández-Armesto
  • Publisher: A&C Black

A vivid new book from an established and bestselling historian.

Nakada s Touch

  • Filename: nakada-s-touch.
  • ISBN: 9781435719835
  • Release Date: 2008-06
  • Number of pages: 430
  • Author: William Higham
  • Publisher: Lulu.com

1990 - A watershed year in South Africa's tempestuous history.Police emergency powers are lifting, apartheid laws are finally crumbling, and heroic Nelson Mandela walks free after 27 years in detention.Into this volatile mix walks top-gun political journalist Sally Kaplan, a New Yorker on a working vacation in Natal's Port Farewell.A risk-taker, her work permit under threat by a white government struggling to come to terms with a new sociopolitical reality, Sally is taken off the political desk by Natal Crier editor Deek Delany and reassigned a missing street-boy story in the red-light district, Baysend, domain of the night people. People like stripper Elsa van Els, nightclub owner and Elsa's lover Clair Wilson, and young street hustlers Wayne van Els and Danie Marais.Together, they take Sally on a journey into a killer's madness..._______________________________________________________________'Screenplay adaptation a 2004 SEMI-FINALIST in American Accolades Screenwriting Competition!'

Segolene Royal

  • Filename: segolene-royal.
  • ISBN: 9781905641307
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 209
  • Author: Robert Harneis
  • Publisher: Harriman House Limited

Segolene Royal is France's first key female politician. This book puts her in the context of the France she grew up in and the France in which she now operates as a politician. It covers: - her early life - her start in politics - her career as a deputy and a minister - her relationship with Francois Mitterand - her defeat of her more famous rivals in a male orientated party for the right to be the candidate - the beginning of the campaign

Nineteenth century Music

  • Filename: nineteenth-century-music.
  • ISBN: 0520076443
  • Release Date: 1989-01-01
  • Number of pages: 417
  • Author: Carl Dahlhaus
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press

This magnificent survey of the most popular period in music history is an extended essay embracing music, aesthetics, social history, and politics, by one of the keenest minds writing on music in the world today. Dahlhaus organizes his book around "watershed" years--for example, 1830, the year of the July Revolution in France, and around which coalesce the "demise of the age of art" proclaimed by Heine, the musical consequences of the deaths of Beethoven and Schubert, the simultaneous and dramatic appearance of Chopin and Liszt, Berlioz and Meyerbeer, and Schumann and Mendelssohn. But he keeps us constantly on guard against generalization and cliché. Cherished concepts like Romanticism, tradition, nationalism vs. universality, the musical culture of the bourgeoisie, are put to pointed reevaluation. Always demonstrating the interest in socio-historical influences that is the hallmark of his work, Dahlhaus reminds us of the contradictions, interrelationships, psychological nuances, and riches of musical character and musical life. Nineteenth-Century Music contains 90 illustrations, the collected captions of which come close to providing a summary of the work and the author's methods. Technical language is kept to a minimum, but while remaining accessible, Dahlhaus challenges, braces, and excites. This is a landmark study that no one seriously interested in music and nineteenth-century European culture will be able to ignore.


  • Filename: lucretia.
  • ISBN: 1594541515
  • Release Date: 2004
  • Number of pages: 124
  • Author: John Shaw
  • Publisher: Nova Publishers

Fame did not interest Lucretia Garfield, wife of our twentieth President. In 1882, and again in 1887, she was invited to have her biography included in books about distinguished or famous American women. She refused in both cases stating that she was not distinguished. The story of James A Garfield's spectacular rise to the presidency of the United States has been told many times. But the forceful influence of his wife, Lucretia, has received little attention. So successful was she in staying out of the public eye that her name gradually vanished from sight. This new book explores the life of this accomplished and fascinating woman.

China Interrupted

  • Filename: china-interrupted.
  • ISBN: 9781554586431
  • Release Date: 2012-08-15
  • Number of pages: 315
  • Author: Sonya Grypma
  • Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

China Interrupted is the story of the richly interwoven lives of Canadian missionaries and their China-born children (mishkids), whose lives and mission were irreversibly altered by their internment as “enemy aliens” of Japan from 1941 to 1945. Over three hundred Canadians were among the 13,000 civilians interned by the Japanese in China. China Interrupted explores the experiences of a small community of Canadian missionaries who worked in Japanese-occupied China and were profoundly affected by Canada’s entry into the Pacific War. It critically examines the fading years of the missionary movement, beginning with the perspective of Betty Gale and other mishkid nurses whose childhood socialization in China, decision to return during wartime, choice to stay in occupied regions against consular advice, and response to four years of internment reflect the resilience, fragility, and eventual demise of the China missions as a whole. China Interrupted provides insight into the many ways in which health care efforts in wartime China extended out of the tight-knit missionary community that had been established there decades earlier. Urging readers past a thesis of missions as a tool of imperialism, it offers a more nuanced way of thinking about the relationships among people, institutions, and nations during one of the most important intercultural experiments in Canada’s history.

Schools in the Landscape

  • Filename: schools-in-the-landscape.
  • ISBN: 9780817317096
  • Release Date: 2010-10-06
  • Number of pages: 217
  • Author: Edith Ziegler
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press

This richly researched and impressively argued work is a history of public schooling in Alabama in the half century following the Civil War. It engages with depth and sophistication Alabama’s social and cultural life in the period that can be characterized by the three “R”s: Reconstruction, redemption, and racism. Alabama was a mostly rural, relatively poor, and culturally conservative state, and its schools reflected the assumptions of that society.

The Invisible Soldiers

  • Filename: the-invisible-soldiers.
  • ISBN: 9781439101612
  • Release Date: 2014-08-19
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Ann Hagedorn
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

The urgent truth about the privatization of America’s national security that exposes where this industry came from, how it operates, where it's heading—and why we should be concerned. Thirty years ago there were no private military and security companies (PMSCs); there were only mercenaries. Now the PMSCs are a bona-fide industry, an indispensable part of American foreign and military policy. PMSCs assist US forces in combat operations and replace them after the military withdraws from combat zones; they guard our embassies; they play key roles in US counterterrorism strategies; and Homeland Security depends on them. Their services include maritime security, police training, drone operations, cyber security, and intelligence analysis (as Edward Snowden has famously revealed). Even the United Nations employs them. When did this happen? The turning point came when the US found itself in a prolonged war with Iraq, but without adequate forces. So the Bush Administration turned to the PMSCs to fill the gap. Private contractors and subcontractors eventually exceeded the traditional troops. The industry has never scaled back. Ann Hagedorn profiles the members of Congress who recognize the dangers of dependence on PMSCs, but have been unable to limit them or even determine their true scope. She takes us to the exclusive club in London where the PMSCs were created, and she reveals the key figure in the evolution of the industry. She introduces us to a US Army general who studies new developments, such as PMSCs’ drone operations, and worries about PMSCs potentially fighting American troops. The Invisible Soldiers will inspire a national dialogue about a little-known international industry on which our security rests.

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