Humor

More Birds Than Bullets: My Life with Birds

Author: Geoffrey McMullan

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Category: Humor

Page: 222

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If you like Birding, Travel and all things Military. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to combine your interests with your career? Serving in the British Army allowed me to follow my innate passion for birds and interest in travel which has taken me to places I could only have dreamt about.
Fiction

Pretty Birds

Author: Scott Simon

Publisher: Random House

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Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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The universally respected NPR journalist and bestselling memoirist Scott Simon makes a dazzling fiction debut. In Pretty Birds, Simon creates an intense, startling, and tragicomic portrait of a classic character–a young woman in the besieged city of Sarajevo in the early 1990s. In the spring of 1992, Irena Zaric is a star on her Sarajevo high school basketball team, a tough, funny teenager who has taught her parrot, Pretty Bird, to do a decent imitation of a ball hitting a hoop. Irena wears her hair short like k. d. lang’s, and she loves Madonna, Michael Jordan, and Johnny Depp. But while Irena rocks out and shoots baskets with her friends, her beloved city has become a battleground. When the violence and terror of “ethnic cleansing” against Muslims begins, Irena and her family, brutalized by Serb soldiers, flee for safety across the river that divides the city. If once Irena knew of war only from movies and history books, now she knows its reality. She steals from the dead to buy food. She scuttles under windows in her own home to dodge bullets. She risks her life to communicate with an old Serb school friend and teammate. Even Pretty Bird has started to mimic the sizzle of mortar fire. In a city starved for work, a former assistant principal offers Irena a vague job, “duties as assigned,” which she accepts. She begins by sweeping floors, but soon, under the tutelage of a cast of rogues and heroes, she learns to be a sniper, biding her time, never returning to the same perch, and searching her targets for the “mist” that marks a successful shot. Ultimately, Irena’s new vocation will lead to complex and cataclysmic consequences for herself and those she loves. As a journalist, Scott Simon covered the siege of Sarajevo. Here, in a novel as suspenseful as a John le Carré thriller, he re-creates the atmosphere of that place and time and the pain and dark humor of its people. Pretty Birds is a bold departure, and the auspicious beginning of yet another brilliant career for its author.
Biography & Autobiography

Tougher Than Bullets

Author: Harold Davis

Publisher: Random House

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 184

As Harold Davis fell under heavy machine-gun fire, his body riddled with bullet wounds and life seemingly slipping away from him, he could not have realised that he was one of the Korean War’s more fortunate soldiers. American medics sprang into action and, against all odds, saved the plucky young Scot, a man who proved tougher than the bullets the brutal enemy showered him with. Unlike tens of thousands of those who fought in Korea in the 1950s, he lived to tell the tale of his horrific experiences on the front line. Now, for the first time, the Black Watch hero shares his vivid and harrowing memories. A man of tremendous grit and determination, Davis was pieced back together during almost two years in hospital. He defied doctors to return to his pre-war career as a professional footballer, building a reputation as one of Scotland’s most feared and revered defenders at Rangers FC.
Fiction

Vultures in the Wind

Author: Peter Rimmer

Publisher: Peter Rimmer

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Category: Fiction

Page: 348

View: 117

RIMMER’S MOST CONTROVERSIAL BOOK YET! Luke was close to death. He had been beaten mercilessly and was unrecognisable. They wanted the names of his ANC accomplices. Matt and Luke are born on the same day, spending an idyllic childhood in the heart of the Transkei, blissfully unaware of the differences between them. When they are forced to leave their home, both young boys struggle to find their place in a society where racial segregation is part of everyday life. Slowly they begin to build their lives but everything changes when Luke is taken in the night from Matt’s flat to a place unknown and is brutally beaten for information. After spending time in a hospital, they sadly part with Luke embarking on the revolutionary fight for freedom and Matt building a business empire. It’s the 1960s, South Africa, and it would be another twenty-nine years before they would meet again. Can either of them find peace, or was their all-too-brief childhood their only comfort in a world driven by political and societal extremes? Told from a personal perspective, Peter Rimmer’s Vultures in the Wind will open your eyes to the fate of South Africa and of the machinations of the great powers of the East and West. This story isn’t for the faint-hearted. It’s a must-read. Get your copy today! Praise for Vultures in the Wind: A book worth reading! Deeply moving and entertaining read. Authentic and beautiful. Love, love, loved it.

Field & Stream

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Page: 150

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FIELD & STREAM, America’s largest outdoor sports magazine, celebrates the outdoor experience with great stories, compelling photography, and sound advice while honoring the traditions hunters and fishermen have passed down for generations.
Travel

A Bird's-Eye View of Picturesque India

Author: Sir Richard Temple

Publisher: Good Press

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Category: Travel

Page: 115

View: 355

"A Bird's-Eye View of Picturesque India" by Sir Richard Temple. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.
Sports & Recreation

Deer Hunting

Author: Richard P. Smith

Publisher: Stackpole Books

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Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 448

View: 947

Revised and expanded, including five all-new chapters and color photos throughout.

The African Trilogy Box Set (3 Standalones) Gripping African Historical Fiction

Author: Peter Rimmer

Publisher: Peter Rimmer

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Africa changes you FOREVER. Once you have been there, you will never be the same. Read 3 of the novels that will take you back to AFRICA'S most notable and captivating periods. The super addictive trilogy starts here. Ready for the ride? Book 1: Cry of the Fish Eagle Rupert's family is happy and at peace. But a vulnerable future is ahead. Chaos is coming. The Rhodesian War is looming ... Rupert escapes to Rhodesia from the bloody conflict that is terrorizing Europe. His mission is not just duty-driven but a promise to look for an orphaned, young girl. It's a futile search and with time running out he has no choice but to re-join the theatre of war. When peace returns Rupert travels back to Rhodesia to begin anew, to find the orphaned girl and to start a new life. But nothing can prepare him for what is next as we helplessly watch Rupert wade against a chaotic tide of nationalism. Book 2: Vultures in the Wind Luke was close to death. He had been beaten mercilessly and was unrecognizable. They wanted the names of their ANC accomplices. Matthew Gray and Luke Mbeki were born on the same day, spending a brief childhood on an African beach, blissfully ignorant of the outside world. But their youth is severed. Released into the real world, the two now face their future in a country deep in the throes of violent change. Can the rules and discipline of discrimination pull the men apart? Is there any mercy? And what happens when these two eventually cross paths? Book 3: Just the Memory of Love Will he ever find his love again or will she always be just a memory? The war is finally over and for the young and naïve Will Langton, his future is full of exciting adventure and happy dreams. Captivated by a brief, but innocent love affair on the rocks of Dancing Ledge, is shattered in one single moment and she is lost to him. For Will, it's an unbearable pain that he can not hope to escape from and the only means to assuage his sorrow is to run away ... to Africa. "It was as if I was reading my own life, knowing all the areas. I loved it. " "Deeply moving and entertaining read. " "Peter Rimmer writes a very interesting story with good detail on what happened in Southern Africa prior to independence. " " A gripping story that will stay with you long after the end of the book.... " Grab your copy today
Fiction

The Blood Ballad

Author: Rett MacPherson

Publisher: Minotaur Books

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Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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Genealogist and mother of three Torie O'Shea is out birding on the cliffs of the Mississippi River as part of New Kassell, Missouri's first ever bird-watching Olympics, when someone starts shooting at her and her partner. Disoriented and running for their lives, they stumble over an antique trunk and discover a badly beaten dead body stuffed inside. Soon after this disturbing event, musicologist Glen Morgan shows up at the Kendall House, Torie's new textile museum, claiming to be Torie's cousin and to have proof that Torie's grandfather secretly may have written a number of popular songs for the Morgan Family Players, who were famous country music singers. Being a genealogist and the head of the local historical society, Torie doesn't appreciate anyone shaking up a family tree that she has spent years putting together, but Glen's old recordings are more than she can resist. After a little digging in the library and some serious snooping into the shooting, Torie starts to uncover secrets about her family and the town that even she didn't know. Rett MacPherson's intricate plots and delightful small-town characters with long family histories hit all of the right notes in The Blood Ballad, the newest installment in her terrific Torie O'Shea series.
Bird watching

Best-Ever Backyard Birding Tips

Author: Deborah L. Martin

Publisher: Rodale

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Category: Bird watching

Page: 356

View: 553

A guide to backyard birding that covers seeds, feeders, plants, landscape features, big-eating birds, hosting hummingbirds, bird behavior, and other related topics.
Medical

Tactical Medicine Essentials

Author: John E. Campbell

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers

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Category: Medical

Page: 388

View: 319

Revision of: Tactical medicine essentials / John E. Campbell...[et. al.]. c2002.

Field & Stream

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Page: 126

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FIELD & STREAM, America’s largest outdoor sports magazine, celebrates the outdoor experience with great stories, compelling photography, and sound advice while honoring the traditions hunters and fishermen have passed down for generations.
Medical

Tactical Medicine Essentials

Author: American College American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers

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Category: Medical

Page: 388

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Medical support for special weapons and tactics (SWAT) units is different from civilian EMS in many ways. A tactical medical provider (TMP) is charged with providing life-saving care to downed SWAT officers and taking measures to defend against criminal suspects. Mastery of these skills requires extensive, specialized tactical emergency medical services (TEMS) training and experience in the tactical environment. Designed for EMS and medical professionals of all levels of training, Tactical Medicine Essentials provides the foundation needed to create world-class TMPs. Written by an experienced team of authors from diverse backgrounds, this text covers the essential curriculum of tactical medicine, including tactical patient assessment, expedient extrication and evacuation, and self-defense skills. Important Notice: The digital edition of this book is missing some of the images or content found in the physical edition.
Science

Feeding Ecology of and Lead Exposure in a Top Predator

Author: Mirjam Nadjafzadeh

Publisher: Logos Verlag Berlin GmbH

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Category: Science

Page: 141

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Although the feeding ecology of raptors has attracted the attention of many scientists, aspects such as diet selection and foraging strategy are still poorly understood. This is particularly true for large species such as the white-tailed eagle. Representative assessments of the contribution of food sources containing toxins such as lead to raptor diets are scarce but are essential for optimising conservation efforts. This dissertation investigated the feeding ecology of white-tailed eagles to shed light on the interaction of such top predators with their environment and to improve the conservation management of this lead-exposed species. A use of complementary methods identified the most effective approach for dietary investigations on free-ranging raptors. The findings revealed that the foraging strategy of white-tailed eagles is influenced by both individual and environmental factors and corresponds to an efficient food intake in terms of optimal foraging theory. The main sources of lead fragments that induce fatal lead poisoning are shot mammalian carcasses which constitute important alternative diet components for white-tailed eagles during the hunting season. One approach to solve the lead poisoning problem can be the use of lead-free bullets by hunters that fragment into sufficiently large particles which would be avoided by scavenging eagles and birds with similar feeding behaviour.
History

Eastbound through Siberia

Author: Georg Wilhelm Steller

Publisher: Indiana University Press

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Category: History

Page: 250

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In the winter of 1739, Georg Steller received word from Empress Anna of Russia that he was to embark on a secret expedition to the far reaches of Siberia as a member of the Great Northern Expedition. While searching for economic possibilities and strategic advantages, Steller was to send back descriptions of everything he saw. The Empress's instructions were detailed, from requests for a preserved whale brain to observing the child-rearing customs of local peoples, and Steller met the task with dedication, bravery, and a good measure of humor. In the name of science, Steller and his comrades confronted horse-swallowing bogs, leaped across ice floes, and survived countless close calls in their exploration of an unforgiving environment. Not stopping at lists of fishes, birds, and mammals, Steller also details the villages and the lives of those living there, from vice-governors to prostitutes. His writings rail against government corruption and the misuse of power while describing with empathy the lives of the poor and forgotten, with special attention toward Native peoples. What emerges is a remarkable window into life—both human and animal—in 18th century Siberia. Due to the secret nature of the expedition, Steller's findings were hidden in Russian archives for centuries, but the near-daily entries he recorded on journeys from the town of Irkutsk to Kamchatka are presented here in English for the first time.
Sports & Recreation

Successful Shotgunning

Author: Peter F. Blakeley

Publisher: Stackpole Books

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Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

View: 841

• A solid guide for becoming a better shot • Wing shooting, sporting clays, skeet shooting • Expert teacher and coach shares years of experience Successful Shotgunning focuses on wing-shooting and sporting clays techniques. Gain a better understanding of the shooting process as a whole as you sharpen your skills and become a better shot. How to evaluate moving targets in wing-shooting situations in the field, in a competitive environment, on a sporting clays course, or on a skeet field. Choose the correct gun and gun fit for you; learn to diagnose some common eye problems and correct your aim; tame recoil; and deal with the challenges of various sporting clays targets. Quote from the book: "Successful shotgunning isn't an inherent trait, it is a skill and it must be learned like any other skill. It requires systematic study and the ability to accurately calculate the variables of moving targets. My coaching methods involve an intuitive technique that is based on pure logic and a systematic breakdown of all the variables involved. This is how the experts shoot. Over a period of time they build up a personal mental repertoire of sight pictures, which they can then successfully apply to each target, regardless of whether it is a quail, dove, duck or clay target. They then have the ability to see a subtle but consequential target/barrel relationship on every shot and adjust to each different shooting situation."
Technology & Engineering

Population Limitation in Birds

Author: Ian Newton

Publisher: Academic Press

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Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 597

View: 928

This book meets the demand for a comprehensive introduction to understanding the processes of population limitation. Recognized world-wide as a respected biologist and communicator, Dr. Ian Newton has now written a clear and detailed treatise on local scale population limiting factors in birds. It is based almost entirely on results from field studies, though it is set in a contemporary theoretical framework. The 16 chapters fall under three major section headings: Behavior and Density Regulation; Natural Limiting Factors; and Human Impacts. Population Limitation in Birds serves as a needed resource expanding on Dr. David Lacks research in this area of ornithology in the 1950s. It includes numerous line diagrams and beautiful illustrations by acclaimed wildlife artist Keith Brockie. Provides a sorely needed introduction to a long-established core subject in ornithology Focuses on local scale factors Written by a well-known biologist and effective communicator Includes numerous line diagrams and beautiful illustrations by acclaimed wildlife artist Keith Brockie
Art, Philippine

Painting History

Author: Patrick D. Flores

Publisher: Office of Research Coordination University of Philippines

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Category: Art, Philippine

Page: 393

View: 996