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              Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight Over Controlling Nature
                

              Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight Over Controlling Nature (Audio CD / Audio)

              By Smith, Jordan Fisher; Read by Burns, Traber

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              The fascinating story of the century-long attempt to control nature in the American wilderness as told through the prism of a tragic death at YellowstoneWhen 25-year-old Harry Walker was killed by a bear in Yellowstone Park in 1972, the civil trial prompted by his death became a ...proxy for bigger questions about American wilderness management that had been boiling for a century. At immediate issue was whether the Park Service should have done more to keep bears away from humans, but what was revealed as the trial unfolded was just how fruitless our efforts to regulate nature in the parks had always been. The proceedings drew to the witness stand some of the most important figures in twentieth-century wilderness management, including the eminent zoologist A. Starker Leopold, who had produced a landmark conservationist document in the 1950s, and all-American twin researchers John and Frank Craighead, who ran groundbreaking bear studies at Yellowstone. Their testimonies would help decide whether the government owed the Walker family restitution for Harry's death, but it would also illuminate decades of patchwork efforts to preserve an idea of nature that had never existed in the first place.In this remarkable excavation of American environmental history, nature writer and former park ranger Jordan Fisher Smith uses the story of one man's tragic death to tell the larger narrative of the futile, sometimes fatal, attempts to remake wilderness in the name of preserving it. Moving across time and between Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Glacier National Parks, Engineering Eden shows how efforts at wilderness management have always been undone by one fundamental problem--that the idea of what is natural dissolves as soon as we begin to examine it, leaving us with little framework to say what wilderness should look like and which human interventions are acceptable in trying to preserve it. In the tradition of John McPhee's The Control of Nature and Alan Burdick's Out of Eden, Jordan
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              ISBN 9781504722940
              Released NZ 7 Jun 2016
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              My Religion Lib/E
                

              My Religion Lib/E (Audio CD / Audio)

              By Tolstoy, Leo; Translated by Smith, Huntington; Read by Souer, MR Bob

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              In My Religion, Leo Tolstoy accuses the church of hiding the true meaning of Jesus, which is to be found in the Sermon on the Mount and the call to resist evil. For Tolstoy, it is this command which has been most damaged by ecclesiastical interpretation.Tolstoy had not always bee...n possessed of the religious ideas set forth in My Religion. For thirty-five years of his life he was, in the proper acceptation of the word, a nihilist--not a revolutionary socialist, but a man who believed in nothing. But faith came to him; he believed in the doctrine of Jesus, and his life underwent a sudden transformation.
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              ISBN 9781504721776
              Released NZ 7 Jun 2016
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              Turing's Vision: The Birth of Computer Science
                

              Turing's Vision: The Birth of Computer Science (Audio CD / Audio)

              By Bernhardt, Chris

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              In 1936, when he was just twenty-four years old, Alan Turing wrote a remarkable paper in which he outlined the theory of computation, laying out the ideas that underlie all modern computers. This groundbreaking and powerful theory now forms the basis of computer science. In Turin...g's Vision, Chris Bernhardt explains the theory, Turing's most important contribution, for the general listener. Bernhardt argues that the strength of Turing's theory is its simplicity, and explained in a straightforward manner, it is eminently understandable by the nonspecialist. As Marvin Minsky writes, The sheer simplicity of the theory's foundation and extraordinary short path from this foundation to its logical and surprising conclusions give the theory a mathematical beauty that alone guarantees it a permanent place in computer theory. Bernhardt begins with the foundation and systematically builds to the surprising conclusions. He also views Turing's theory in the contexts of mathematical history, other views of computation (including those of Alonzo Church), Turing's later work, and the birth of the modern computer.In the paper On Computable Numbers, with an Application to the Entscheidungsproblem, Turing thinks carefully about how humans perform computation, breaking it down into a sequence of steps, and then constructs theoretical machines capable of performing each step. Turing wanted to show that there were problems that were beyond any computer's ability to solve; in particular, he wanted to find a decision problem that he could prove was undecidable. To explain Turing's ideas, Bernhardt explores the concept of undecidability by examining three well-known decision problems; investigates theoretical computing machines, including Turing machines; explains universal machines; and proves that certain problems are indeed undecidable, including Turing's problem concerning computable numbers.
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              ISBN 9781504711722
              Released NZ 6 May 2016
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              The Ticket That Exploded Lib/E: The Restored Text
                

              The Ticket That Exploded Lib/E: The Restored Text (Audio CD / Audio)

              By Burroughs, William S.; Edited by Harris, Oliver; Read by Monsef, Ramiz

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              In The Ticket That Exploded, William S. Burroughs' grand cut-up trilogy that starts with The Soft Machine and continues through Nova Express reaches its climax as inspector Lee and the Nova Police engage the Nova Mob in a decisive battle for the planet. Only Burroughs could make ...such a nightmare vision of scientists and combat troops, of ad men and con men whose deceitful language has spread like an incurable disease be at once so frightening and so enthralling.
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              ISBN 9781504721240
              Released NZ 14 Jun 2016
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              Under the Harrow Lib/E
                

              Under the Harrow Lib/E (Audio CD / Audio)

              By Berry, Flynn; Read by Hardingham, Fiona

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              A debut psychological thriller about a young woman who finds her sister brutally murdered, and the shocking incident in their past that may hold the key to finding the killerWhen Nora takes the train from London to visit her sister in the countryside, she expects to find her wait...ing at the station or at home cooking dinner. But when she walks into Rachel's familiar house, what she finds is entirely different: her sister has been the victim of a brutal murder.Stunned and adrift, Nora can't return to her former life. An unsolved assault in the past has shaken her faith in the police, and she can't trust them to find her sister's killer. Haunted by the murder and the secrets she unravels, she is under the harrow--distressed and in danger. As Nora's fear turns to obsession, she becomes as unrecognizable as the sister her investigation uncovers.A riveting psychological thriller and a haunting exploration of the fierce love between two sisters, the distortions of grief, and the terrifying power of the past, Under the Harrow marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.
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              ISBN 9781504719346
              Released NZ 14 Jun 2016
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              Debasements of Brooklyn Lib/E
                

              Debasements of Brooklyn Lib/E (Audio CD / Audio)

              By Gold, Ira; Read by Monsef, Ramiz

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              His father had warned Howie, You can't ride two horses with one ass. But here he was, living a double life--one racketeering with his crew and the other sitting in cafes reading Penguin Classics.To fit in, Howie hides his intellectual interests from his gangster friends, but they... still suspect something is not right about him. The real problem is that someone has been bad-mouthing Howie to Vinnie Five-Five, his captain.Howie thinks he could solve all his problems by finding a way to leave Vinnie's crew without anyone thinking he would turn rat. And while he goes about advancing this plan in his deliberate, half-baked way, a war breaks out between the Italians in Sheepshead Bay and the Russians in Brighton Beach.Now, beside his friends, he has enemies who wish him dead. So he must run from the basement apartment he rents from his sister--the one person who truly loves him--into the arms of demure and bookish Ariel, who likes her men rough and her sex rougher.Howie believes it necessary to continue keeping his erudition under wraps lest Ariel lose erotic interest. Will Howie survive the war? Will he survive Ariel's wrath when she finds out she's harboring not a thug but an aesthete with PhD-level cultural knowledge? Why the hell not? But boy is she mad.
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              ISBN 9781504718226
              Released NZ 30 Jun 2016
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              Satan's Lullaby Lib/E: A Medieval Mystery
                

              Satan's Lullaby Lib/E: A Medieval Mystery (Audio CD / Audio)

              By Royal, Priscilla; Read by McCaddon, Wanda

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              It is the autumn of 1278. The harvest is in. The air is crisp. Dusty summer breathes a last sigh before the dark seasons arrive.For Prioress Eleanor, dark times arrive early in Norfolk. The head of her order, Abbess Isabeau, has sent Father Etienne Davoir from their headquarters ...in France to inspect all aspects of Tyndal Priory, from its morals to its roofs. Surely the abbess would not have chosen her own brother for this rare and thorough investigation unless the cause was serious and she had reason to fear intervention from Rome. Prioress Eleanor knows something is terribly amiss.The situation turns calamitous when Davoir's sick clerk dies from a potion sent by Sister Anne, Tyndal's sub-infirmarian. Is Sister Anne guilty of simple incompetence--or murder? Or, Davoir asks, did Prioress Eleanor order the death to frighten him away before he discovered the truth behind accusations that she is unfit for her position?When Davoir himself is threatened, the priest roars for justice. Even expectant father Crowner Ralf, the local representative of the king's justice, has lost all objectivity. The most likely suspects are Anne, the woman Ralf once loved, the prioress he respects, and the Tyndal monk, Thomas, who is his closest friend. Who among the French and English assembled at Tyndal has succumbed to Satan's lullaby?
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              ISBN 9781504687218
              Released NZ 7 Jun 2016
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              Series Medieval Mysteries (Audio)
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              Mongoose, R.I.P. Lib/E: A Blackford Oakes Mystery
                

              Mongoose, R.I.P. Lib/E: A Blackford Oakes Mystery (Audio CD / Audio)

              By Buckley, William F.; Read by MacDonald, Barrister John

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              Blackford Oakes launches a wild attempt to kill Castro on behalf of the CIA.Ever since the botched invasion at the Bay of Pigs, Fidel Castro has run amok. He has executed thousands of his enemies, driven his countrymen to emigrate, and done everything possible to run Cuba into th...e ground--all in a deliberate attempt to humiliate the White House. At least, that's how the situation looks from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, where hatred of Castro has grown into an obsession. Under orders from John and Bobby Kennedy, the CIA will do anything necessary to kill Castro--no matter how ridiculous.Even-tempered CIA agent Blackford Oakes is dismayed at the agency's wild schemes, which include everything from poisoned wet suits to Mafia hit men. But the evil of Castro's regime is not a joke, and Oakes won't be laughing when he tries to knock the dictator off his throne.
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              ISBN 9781504747202
              Released NZ 15 May 2016
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              The Heroes
                

              The Heroes (Pre-recorded digital audio player / Audio)

              By Abercrombie, Joe

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              The new standalone novel from a major star of fantasy.They say Black Dow has killed more men than winter, and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbor, is not about to stand by smiling while he claws his way any... higher. The orders have been given and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill in an unimportant valley-and they've brought a lot of sharpened metal with them.The HeroesFor glory, for victory, for staying alive.
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              ISBN 9781509410309
              Released NZ 1 May 2016
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              Walking the Himalayas
                

              Walking the Himalayas (Pre-recorded digital audio player / Audio)

              By Wood, Levison

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              Following his trek along the length of the Nile River, explorer Levison Wood takes on his greatest challenge yet-navigating the treacherous foothills of the Himalayas, the world's highest mountain range.Praised by Bear Grylls, Levison Wood has been called the toughest man on TV (...The Times UK). Now, following in the footsteps of the great explorers, Levison recounts the beauty and danger he found along the Silk Road route of Afghanistan, the Line of Control between Pakistan and India, the disputed territories of Kashmir, and the earthquake-ravaged lands of Nepal. Over the course of six months, Wood and his trusted guides trek 1,700 grueling miles across the roof of the world.Packed with action and emotion, Walking the Himalayas is the story of one intrepid man's travels in a world poised on the edge of tremendous change.
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              ISBN 9781509410330
              Released NZ 24 Jul 2016
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