A scientist and a soldier must join forces when combat drones zero in on targets on American soil in this gripping technological thriller from New York Times bestselling author Daniel Suarez. Linda McKinney studies the social behavior of insects—which leaves her entirely unprepared for the day her research is conscripted to help run an unmanned and automated drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into a faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets without human intervention. Together, McKinney and Odin must slow this advance long enough for the world to recognize its destructive power. But as enigmatic forces press the advantage, and death rains down from above, it may already be too late to save mankind from destruction.
'A wonderful book... Delightfully varied... As with all the best science writing, this book doesn't just give answers, it also asks interesting questions.' Daily Mail 'Captivating and intelligent! Who knew death could be this much fun?' Richard Osman Asteroids, killer sharks, nuclear bombs, viruses, deadly robots, climate change, the apocalypse - why is Hollywood so obsessed with death and the end of the world? And how seriously should we take the dystopian visions of our favourite films? With wit, intelligence and irreverence, Rick Edwards and Dr Michael Brooks explore the science of death and mass destruction through some of our best-loved Hollywood blockbusters. From Armageddon and Dr Strangelove to The Terminator and Contagion, they investigate everything from astrophysics to AI, with hilarious and captivating consequences. Packed with illustrations, fascinating facts and numerous spoilers, Hollywood Wants to Kill You is the perfect way into the science of our inevitable demise.
I know the author of this book, Prof. Denny Indrayana, not only as an academic, but also as an anti-corruption activist who has long been a consistent champion on anti-corruption issues. I, Mr. Bambang Widjojanto, Prof Denny and other anti-corruption activists have already felt how hard and challenging such struggles are, starting from being put into the intelligence's list, terrorized and intimidated, to criminalization. (Abraham Samad, KPK Chairman 2011-2015) The "Don't Kill KPK" book becomes relevant material in today's context. There is a terrifying force that wants to "destroy" the KPK's credibility. Hopefully this book can be a signal and commitment that the hope to improve people's welfare still exists, and must be sustained to fight for, whatever “cost” it may take. Congratulations, colleague Prof. Denny Indrayana. He has endowed another knowledge alms. (Bambang Widjojanto, KPK Deputy Chairman 2011-2015) “Corruptors Fight Back” in this republic seems to be more than just a figment. Slander civil society organizations that work in combating corruption. For the activists, threaten them with various offenses and petty mistakes that can be used to hit back. The author of this book himself is also experiencing it. (Zainal Arifin Mochtar, PuKAT Korupsi, Faculty of Law, UGM) This study on the KPK's institutionality aims to provide a strong perspective to the public at large about the importance of an independent anti-corruption commission. The qualifications of the author are certainly undeniable. He is a complete personal, be him as an academic and a state official recognized for his efforts to improve the governance of correctional facilities, especially for perpetrators of corruption, improvement of passport services, and others, as well as anti-corruption activist who has been directly involved in advocating on a wide range of public policies for the purpose of combating corruption. (Adnan Topan Husodo, ICW Coordinator)
CUT 50% OF YOUR MEETINGS AND IMPROVE THE ONES THAT REMAIN Meetings are essential to collaboration and decision making, but they are often irrelevant, time consuming and badly run. People spend an average of 2 days per week in meetings and 50% of it is wasted. This book will help you win back that wasted day a week by cutting out the half of face to face and virtual meetings that do not need to happen and radically improving the ones that remain. The two authors, one an experienced CEO and consultant to major multinationals, the other a millennial line manager working within one of the world's largest companies, find common ground, and occasional disagreements on creating new ways of meeting both face to face and through technology that are far more engaging and effective for everyone. The book focuses on three main areas: · Dealing with the business and corporate cultural challenges in changing the way we meet · Cutting out the unnecessary topics and participants that make up 50% of todays meetings · Designing and running faster and more focused face to face and online meetings with more relevant content; clearer decisions and actions, and much higher levels of participation Full of examples and practical tools that will improve everything from your regular team meetings to management meetings, online conferences, global meetings and big events. This book will lead you through practical actions and targets to kill the meetings that do not need to happen and radically improve the ones that remain.
Getting high-quality new products to market on time is one of the most crucial aspects of succeeding in business. It's also the most difficult to achieve. With Winning at New Products you will be better prepared to create and execute a winning game plan for launching innovative and market-driven new products. Successfully implemented by such companies as DuPont, Exxon, Proctor & Gamble, and Corning, the systematic game plan presented leads you step-by-step along the road to success, from generating product ideas to launching them to consumers.This second edition contains a major new section on the practicalities of implementing the game plan, drawn from years of putting the author's strategies to work. In addition, the book addresses present-day business conditions which require much faster development times and multinational perspective. You will learn how to: Get great new product ideas from your customers Screen and prioritize new product projects Incorporate customer input for design and development of products Conduct proper concept analyses and test markets Develop a market launch plan to generate new product sales Develop and implement a new product game plan Accelerate the process to speed you new products to market and much more. You will also discover the 15 key lessons for new product success, and be able to anticipate the many pitfalls.
The end of America is near. A plague that kills its victims and resurrects them as flesh-eating ghouls has decimated the American population, forcing what's left of the government to take shelter underground in the Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center in Virginia. On the West Coast, CIA black ops agent Chad Halverson and a ragtag band of survivors decide to head to Washington, DC, to find out if anyone is still in charge, even though Halverson knows that someone in the upper echelons of the government is trying to drone him. Halverson suspects the assassin is a high-level CIA employee. Whoever he is, he has tried to drone Halverson before and will try again. Of that much Halverson is sure. Halverson and fellow refugees Victoria Brady, Blackfoot Chogan, and Emma Lawson become trapped in Las Vegas by General Quantrill, a militia commandant who runs the strip with an iron hand and has a terrifying secret. Whether America survives or not, it will never be the same.
For anyone who has ever struggled to kick the nicotine habit, this is the book for you. The simple yet highly effective method outlined in Kill the Addiction has been proven to help people stop smoking permanently-without quitting. "I smoked for 16 years and never was able to quit, even for a day. Not having to quit was what made me look into it. Did it all in ten days and have not had a puff in a year. I never will again. My doctor couldn't believe it. I gave him a copy of the method and he made copies for his waiting room. Hope you don't mind. Thanks, John."- Gentleman ex-smoker from Atlantic City areaWith this method, each hour, each day, the strength of your addiction grows weaker and weaker. The little cravings decrease in strength and frequency as you become stronger and stronger and are able to chase them away in seconds. Eventually, they disappear completely. You will succeed, it will be permanent, and it will change your life completely. And it will be easy!
Terrorism, the use of military force in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, and the fatal police shootings of unarmed persons have all contributed to renewed interest in the ethics of police and military use of lethal force and its moral justification. In this book, philosopher Seumas Miller analyzes the various moral justifications and moral responsibilities involved in the use of lethal force by police and military combatants, relying on a distinctive normative teleological account of institutional roles. His conception constitutes a novel alternative to prevailing reductive individualist and collectivist accounts. As Miller argues, police and military uses of lethal force are morally justified in part by recourse to fundamental natural moral rights and obligations, especially the right to personal self-defense and the moral obligation to defend the lives of innocent others. Yet the moral justification for police and military use of lethal force is to some extent role-specific. Both police officers and military combatants evidently have an institutionally-based moral duty to put themselves in harm's way to protect others. Under some circumstances, however, police have an institutionally based moral duty to use lethal force to uphold the law; and military combatants have an institutionally based moral duty to use lethal force to win wars. Two key notions in play are joint action and the natural right to self-defense. Miller uses a relational individualist theory of joint actions to construct the notion of multi-layered structures of joint action in order to explicate organizational action. He also provides a novel theory of justifiable killing in self-defense. Over the course of his book, Miller covers a variety of urgent topics, such as police shootings of armed offenders, police shooting of suicide-bombers, targeted killing, autonomous weapons, humanitarian armed intervention, and civilian immunity.
Gallup recently found that 49 percent of Americans believe that the government poses “an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens.” I’m from the Government and I’m Here to Kill You, written by a former federal attorney, shows that even the 49 percent have no idea how bad things really are. Rights and freedoms are not the only things at stake; all too often government imperils the very lives of those it supposedly serves. Federal employees have, with legal impunity, blown up a town and killed six hundred people, released staggering amounts of radioactive contamination and lied about the resulting cancer, allowed people to die of an easily treated disease in order to study their deaths, and run guns to Mexican drug cartels in hopes of expanding agency powers. Law enforcement leaders have ordered their subordinates to commit murder. Medical administrators have “cooked the books” and allowed patients to die, while raking in plump bonuses. Federal prosecutors have sent Americans to prison while concealing evidence that proved their innocence. I’m from the Government documents how we came to this pass: American courts misconstrued and expanded the old legal concept of sovereign immunity, “the king can do no wrong.” When Congress attempted to allow suits against the government, the legislators used vague language that the courts construed to block most lawsuits. The result is a legal system that allows official negligence to escape legal consequences and paradoxically punishes an agency if it tries to secure public safety. I’m from the Government ends with proposals for legal reforms that will hold the government and its servants accountable when they inflict harm on Americans.