Outpost

Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir

Author: Christopher R. Hill

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451685912

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

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A former ambassador to Macedonia during the wars in the Balkans, Poland during the depths of the Cold War, South Korea during tense disarmament negotiations with North Korea and Iraq in the 21st century details the danger, loss of comrades, high-stakes negotiations, war criminals and American statesmen and heroes he has been witness to. 50,000 first printing. Illustrations.

Jack's Outpost

Author: Elizabeth Braun

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781105538377

Category: Fiction

Page: 248

View: 6751

Travel to Mars - on a one-way ticket? "I would go, but where would I find tonic water on Mars?" was Jack's initial response. Logistics resolved, his life in the Outpost on Mars centers around tending his vegetable garden and playing simulated golf on the state of the art entertainment system. This tranquil scientific assignment changes when budget cuts create new alliances and foreign space agencies start sending their own Martian explorers. The author began writing Jack's Outpost, when she received a newspaper article from the Houston Chronicle on one-way missions to Mars from her Uncle Jack Morledge. Who in real life is a 90-year-old retired NASA employee. She sent him the first chapter and Jack responded with storyline and technical suggestions. Over a period of two years, this book was created in this way.

Reflections on the Academic Life in North Dakota

Author: Walter M. Ellis

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 059521570X

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

View: 6480

From the author of PRINCE OF DARKNESS, ME AND THE DEVIL BLUES, and THE ATHENIAN comes a new novel of humor and pathos about the eternal battle between the sexes. REFLECTIONS ON THE ACADEMIC LIFE IN NORTH DAKOTA is a story about love, loss, sickness, recovery, sex, and archaeology. David London, an English teacher in a North Dakota university and Tracey Gillespie, an archaeology student in Winnipeg go on a Canadian tour of the Holy Land and discover a whole lot more than Biblical artifacts. They discover truths about themselves and each other that lead down a long, strange road of farce, romance, heartbreak, and transcendence. From the plains of the Dakotas and central Canada to the deserts of Israel and Jordan, REFLECTIONS ON THE ACADEMIC LIFE IN NORTH DAKOTA is a moving saga of a search for meaning in a fascinating landscape of ancient ruins and monuments that speaks to the deepest longings of the human soul.

Daily Life during the California Gold Rush

Author: Thomas Maxwell-Long

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313363102

Category: History

Page: 202

View: 2078

This comprehensive narrative history of the California Gold Rush describes daily life during this historic period, documenting its wide-reaching effects and examining the significant individuals and organizations of the time. • Contains excerpts from California Gold Rush diaries and California Gold Rush era publications • Provides a chronology of the events leading up to the Gold Rush, the event itself, and the greater outgrowth of historical change afterwards • Includes maps distinguishing the location of the mining towns during the California Gold Rush as well as provocative vintage images from the Gold Rush era • An extensive bibliography provides primary and secondary sources on the Gold Rush • A comprehensive glossary defines Gold Rush terms

Martian Outpost

The Challenges of Establishing a Human Settlement on Mars

Author: Erik Seedhouse

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387981918

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 304

View: 6301

Mars Outpost provides a detailed insight into the various technologies, mission architectures, medical requirements, and training needed to send humans to Mars. It focuses on mission objectives and benefits, and the risks and complexities that are compounded when linked to an overall planet exploration program involving several expeditions and setting up a permanent presence on the surface. The first section provides the background to sending a human mission to Mars. Analogies are made with early polar exploration and the expeditions of Shackleton, Amundsen, and Mawson. The interplanetary plans of the European Space Agency, NASA, and Russia are examined, including the possibility of one or more nations joining forces to send humans to Mars. Current mission architectures, such as NASA’s Constellation, ESA’s Aurora, and Ross Tierney’s DIRECT, are described and evaluated. The next section looks at how humans will get to the Red Planet, beginning with the preparation of the crew. The author examines the various analogues to understand the problems Mars-bound astronauts will face. Additional chapters describe the transportation hardware necessary to launch 4-6 astronauts on an interplanetary trajectory to Mars, including the cutting edge engineering and design of life support systems required to protect crews for more than a year from the lethal radiation encountered in deep space. NASA’s current plan is to use standard chemical propulsion technology, but eventually Mars crews will take advantage of advanced propulsion concepts, such as the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, ion drives and nuclear propulsion. The interplanetary options for reaching Mars, as well as the major propulsive maneuvers required and the trajectories and energy requirements for manned and unmanned payloads, are reviewed . Another chapter addresses the daunting medical problems and available countermeasures for humans embarking on a mission to Mars: the insidious effects of radiation on the human body and the deleterious consequences of bone and muscle deconditioning. Crew selection will be considered, bearing in mind the strong possibility that they may not be able to return to Earth. Still another chapter describes the guidance, navigation, and control system architecture, as well as the lander design requirements and crew tasks and responsibilities required to touch down on the Red Planet. Section 3 looks at the surface mission architectures. Seedhouse describes such problems as radiation, extreme temperatures, and construction challenges that will be encountered by colonists. He examines proposed concepts for transporting cargo and astronauts long distances across the Martian surface using magnetic levitation systems, permanent rail systems, and flying vehicles. In the penultimate chapter of the book, the author explains an adaptable and mobile exploration architecture that will enable long-term human exploration of Mars, perhaps making it the next space-based tourist location.

A Medical Doctor Examines Life on Three Continents

A Pakistani View

Author: S. Akhtar Ehtisham

Publisher: Algora Publishing

ISBN: 0875866352

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 203

View: 5084

A medical doctor and political activist traces his life from India at partition to graduate work and practice in the UK and America, comparing health standards, economic well-being, race relations, and the political atmosphere on three continents during the socially-conscious 1960s and later under bare-knuckle capitalism. He includes a brief synopsis of PakistanOCOs tumultuous history, including the role played by superpowers with an interest in the region."

Survivor on the River Kwai

The Incredible Story of Life on the Burma Railway

Author: Reg Twigg

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241965101

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 4948

Survivor on the River Kwai is the heartbreaking story of Reg Twigg, one of the last men standing from a forgotten war. Called up in 1940, Reg expected to be fighting Germans. Instead, he found himself caught up in the worst military defeat in modern British history - the fall of Singapore to the Japanese. What followed were three years of hell, moving from one camp to another along the Kwai river, building the infamous Burma railway for the all-conquering Japanese Imperial Army. Some prisoners coped with the endless brutality of the code of Bushido by turning to God; others clung to whatever was left of the regimental structure. Reg made the deadly jungle, with its malaria, cholera, swollen rivers, lethal snakes and exhausting heat, work for him. With an ingenuity that is astonishing, he trapped and ate lizards, harvested pumpkins from the canteen rubbish heap and with his homemade razor became camp barber. That Reg survived is testimony to his own courage and determination, his will to beat the alien brutality of camp guards who had nothing but contempt for him and his fellow POWs. He was a risk taker whose survival strategies sometimes bordered on genius. Reg's story is unique. Reg Twigg was born at Wigston (Leicester) barracks on 16 December 1913. He was called up to the Leicestershire Regiment in 1940 but instead of fighting Hitler he was sent to the Far East, stationed at Singapore. When captured by the Japanese, he decided he would do everything to survive. After his repatriation from the Far East, Reg returned to Leicester. With his family he returned to Thailand in 2006, and revisited the sites of the POW camps. Reg died in 2013, at the age of ninety-nine, two weeks before the publication of this book.

The Social Life of Connectivity in Africa

Author: Mirjam de Bruijn,Rijk van Dijk

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137278021

Category: Social Science

Page: 295

View: 4723

The rapid increase in adoption of modern 'connective' technologies like the mobile phone has reshaped the social landscape of Africa. This book examines the myriad possibilities that the post-global moment offers African societies to develop and to relate, offering profound new insights into the processes of globalization.

Running My Life - The Autobiography

Author: Seb Coe

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444731041

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 492

View: 4688

One second in time may separate the great athlete from the merely good. Seb Coe has made every second count. From an early age he has been driven to be the best at everything he does. Since the moment Coe stood alongside a 'scrubby' municipal running track in Sheffield, he knew that sport could change his life. It did. Breaking an incredible twelve world records and three of them in just forty-one days, Seb became the only athlete to take gold at 1500 metres in two successive Olympic Games (Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984). The same passion galvanised Coe in 2005, when he led Britain's bid to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games to London. He knew that if we won it would regenerate an East London landscape and change the lives of thousands of young people. It has. Born in Hammersmith and coached by his engineer father, Coe went from a secondary modern school and Loughborough University to become the fastest middle-distance runner of his generation. His rivalry with Steve Ovett gripped a nation and made Britain feel successful at a time of widespread social discontent. From sport Coe transferred his ideals to politics, serving in John Major's Conservative government from 1992 to 1997 and developing 'sharp elbows' to become chief of staff to William Hague, leader of the Party from 1997 to 2001 and finally a member of the House of Lords. Running My Life is in turns exhilarating, inspiring, amusing, and extremely moving. Everyone knows where Sebastian Coe ended up. Few people realise how he got there. This is his personal journey.

Life in the Universe

Expectations and Constraints

Author: Dirk Schulze-Makuch,Louis Neal Irwin

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540768165

Category: Science

Page: 251

View: 4415

Examines each of these parameters in crucial depth and makes the argument that life forms we would recognize may be more common in our solar system than many assume. Considers exotic forms of life that would not have to rely on carbon as the basic chemical element, solar energy as the main energy source, or water as the primary solvent and the question of detecting bio- and geosignatures of such life forms, ranging from earth environments to deep space. Seeks an operational definition of life and investigate the realm of possibilities that nature offers to realize this very special state of matter. Avoids scientific jargon wherever possible to make this intrinsically interdisciplinary subject understandable to a broad range of readers.

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

Author: Chris Hadfield

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 144725712X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 7092

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' in space. The secret to Chris Hadfield's success - and survival - is an unconventional philosophy he learned at NASA: prepare for the worst - and enjoy every moment of it. In his book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, Chris Hadfield takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible. Through eye-opening, entertaining stories filled with the adrenaline of launch, the mesmerizing wonder of spacewalks and the measured, calm responses mandated by crises, he explains how conventional wisdom can get in the way of achievement - and happiness. His own extraordinary education in space has taught him some counterintuitive lessons: don't visualize success, do care what others think, and always sweat the small stuff. You might never be able to build a robot, pilot a spacecraft, make a music video or perform basic surgery in zero gravity like Colonel Hadfield. But his vivid and refreshing insights in this book will teach you how to think like an astronaut, and will change, completely, the way you view life on Earth - especially your own.

Jenny and the Jaws of Life

Short Stories

Author: Jincy Willett

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1466807539

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 8659

In these wonderfully funny and poignant stories, Willett's eccentric, complex characters think and do the unconventional. Soft, euphonic women gradually grow old; weak, unhappy men confront love and their own mortality; and abominable children desperately try to grow up with grace. With a unique voice and dry humor, Willett gives us a new insight into human existence, showing us those specific moments in relationships when life suddenly becomes visible. Critically acclaimed when it was first published in 1987, Jenny and the Jaws of Life is being brought back due to popular demand. It's a timeless collection filled with a certain freshness and wit that ring just as loudly today.

Kirrama

Life on an Australian Cattle Station

Author: Barbara Gunn

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1479736864

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 118

View: 5964

Kirrama, Life on an Australian Cattle Station is real and as far removed from comfort and safety as anything you could find in the best fiction adventure novels. It is the true-life story of an average Texas ranching family who took a giant step across the boundary that lies between normal to extra-ordinary adventure and sacrifice. The Gunn family migrated from a small two-thousand acre Central Texas ranch in Williamson County, Texas, to a beautiful one hundred and six thousand acre (166 sq. mile) cattle station (ranch) in Queensland, Australia. The family in this book is living proof of the true strength and courage we all possess when faced with a challenge. How do we learn to live without modern comforts and the advanced technology that has become very much a part of our everyday existence? Little did we realize at the beginning of our journey that we had seen the last of automatic washers, dryers, hot water heaters and electricity for many years. Now, we would experience the use of concrete rub boards graduating to gas powered wringer type washers. The children would be home schooled. Outpost radio was the only means of communication with the outside world, as well as the Royal Flying Doctor Service for verbal diagnosis and treatment of all medical conditions. There was no landing strip on this property located on a rough, remote mountain range, therefore, the doctor could only be used to instruct in a verbal capacity. Kirrama (aboriginal meaning for lots of water) will take you through camping experiences on rivers infested with saltwater crocodiles, deadly snakes, sharks, wild hogs, and dingoes. You will enjoy the wild life of the graceful yet awkward looking kangaroos, curious emus, and beautiful colored parrots as well as the sad times of having to prepare a loved one for burial, while experiencing aboriginal life in the Great Outback of The Land Down Under. Sold on Reality? Time Magazine September 27, 2001, reported Reality TV such as Survivor II, The Australian Outback, was watched by hundreds of millions of people in more than forty countries by people fascinated with excitement, adventure, and reality far removed from the everyday routine of their lives. Reality none the less, being experienced by ordinary people like themselves, it creates an awakening within them that each and everyone of us possess; the basic human as well as spiritual strength to survive in situations outside the safety and comforts of our own normal lives. Oprahs last show in Australia was a tremendous success. People are in awe of the huge cattle stations, the Great Barrier Reef, the unusual animals, and the whole of Australia in general. The stories in Kirrama will take you from our long forty-two hour travel time from Austin, Texas, U.S.A., to Cairns, Queensland, Australia; including the feelings and trials of moving to a new country on to the many moves to various cattle stations in very remote outback areas and finally to our new home with many more adventures and trials. People Weekly magazine in their February 5, 2001, addition covered the complete story of the arrival of the Survivor II crew to Goshen, which was the adjoining station to Kirrma Station. The faux Stone Age Tribal Council was actually built on the rocky edge above the Herbert River where Blenco Falls cascades for 500 feet into the Herbert River Gorge on Kirrama Station. Kirrama was purchased by the Gunn family from Doug and Ruth Farquhar, the Australian family who then purchased Goshen Station. Much of Kirrama is written about this area, as well as the very remote cattle stations in the Cape York Peninsula.

A Way of Life

Author: Joe Caggiano

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1477109935

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 71

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The contents of this book encompass a story about Life Growing up and life in one of the Largest Jail Systems. Some of the contents are explicit and are meant to be in order to explain and describe and at times may be fiction. THE CONTENTS OF THIS BOOK IS NOT INTENDED TO DEGRADE OR HUMILIATE ANY STAFF MEMBER OR CORRECTION STAFF, IT IS ONLY THE EXPERIENCES AND THOUGHTS OF ONE INDIVIDUAL WHO WAS EMPLOYED BY THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION. For anyone who has never been inside a jail, and possibly have no knowledge of what actually transpires inside, what you are about to undertake may be difficult to believe. You will see the changes that occurred as the years go by in a system changing so rapidly, brought about by the increase in Crime, Violence and Drugs. You will feel the strengths and weaknesses of those employed in such a system and why the system operated on a Day By Day Basis. Read on and experience A WAY OF LIFE.