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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

**Malcolm Gladwell, the #1 bestselling author of *The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers,* and *What the Dog Saw,* offers his most provocative—and dazzling—book yet.
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Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David’s victory was improbable and miraculous. He *shouldn’t* have won.
Or should he have?
In *David and Goliath* , Malcolm Gladwell ** challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.
Gladwell begins with the *real* story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, *David and Goliath* examines Northern Ireland’s Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms—all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity.
In the tradition of Gladwell’s previous bestsellers— *The Tipping Point* , *Blink* , *Outliers* and *What the Dog Saw—* *David and Goliath* draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.
### Review
**Praise for *Outliers* :
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“In the vast world of nonfiction writing, Malcolm Gladwell is as close to a singular talent as exists today… *Outliers* is a pleasure to read and leaves you mulling over its inventive theories for days afterward.” ( ** *New York Times Book Review*** ***David Leonhardt*** )
“The explosively entertaining *Outliers* might be Gladwell’s best and most useful work yet…There are both brilliant yarns and life lessons here: *Outliers* is riveting science, self-help, and entertainment, all in one book.” ( ** *Entertainment Weekly*** ***Gregory Kirschling*** )
“No other book I read this year combines such a distinctive prose style with truly thought-provoking content. Gladwell writes with a high degree of dazzle but at the same time remains as clear and direct as even Strunk or White could hope for.” ( ** *Atlanta Journal Constitution*** )
“[An] important new book…Gladwell intelligently captures a larger tendency of thought-the growing appreciation of the power of cultural patterns, social contagions, memes…Gladwell’s social determinism is a useful corrective to the Homo economicus view of human nature.” ( ** *New York Times*** ***David Brooks*** )
“Thought-provoking, entertaining, and irresistibly debatable…[ *Outliers* ] is another winner from this agile social observer.” ( ** *Christian Science Monitor*** ***Heller McAlpin*** )
” *Outliers* is required reading for boardroom and watercooler crowds alike.” ( ** *Men’s Health*** )
“In *Outliers* , Gladwell ( *The Tipping Point* ) once again proves masterful in a genre he essentially pioneered-the book that illuminates secret patterns behind everyday phenomena.” ( ** *Publishers Weekly*** )
**Praise for *The Tipping Point* :
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“A fascinating book that makes you see the world in a different way.” ( ** *Fortune*** )
“Gladwell’s theories could be used to run businesses more effectively, to turn products into runaway bestsellers, and perhaps most important, to alter human behavior.” ( ** *New York Times*** )
**Praise for *Blink* :**
“A real pleasure…Brims with surprising insights about our world and ourselves.” ( **Salon.com** )
“Intoxicating. Gladwell is an engaging writer and a first-rate tour guide.” ( ** *Los Angeles Times*** ***Thane Rosenbaum*** )
” *Blink* moves quickly through a series of delightful stories. Always dazzling us with fascinating information and phenomena.” ( ** *New York Times Book Review*** ***David Brooks*** )
### About the Author
Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at *The* *New Yorker* since 1996. He is the author of *The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers,* and *What the Dog Saw.* Prior to joining *The New Yorker,* he was a reporter at the *Washington Post.* Gladwell was born in England and grew up in rural Ontario. He now lives in New York.

Daughter of the Empire

Book one in the magnificent Empire Trilogy by bestselling authors Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts, now available in ebook format.
Enter the mysterious and exotic world of Kelewan…
Mara, the youngest child of the ancient and noble Acoma family, is about to take her pledge of servitude to the goddess Lashima when the ceremony is disrupted by news of her father and brother’s death in battle.
Despite her grief, as the only surviving member of her house, Mara must now take up the mantles of Ruling Lady. But she soon discovers betrayal at the heart of her family’s loss, and the Acoma’s enemies have brought her house to the brink of utter destruction.
Daughter of the Empire is the magnificent first book in The Empire Trilogy by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts.
Mara, an inexperienced political player, must draw on all her wit, intelligence and cunning to navigate the ruthless Game of the Council, regain the honour of House Acoma and secure the future of her family. But with assassins waiting around every corner, it might take everything Mara has simply to survive.
Daughter of the Empire is the first in Feist and Wurts’ wonderful epic trilogy – one of the most successful fantasy collaborations of all time. The trilogy continues with the second book, Servant of the Empire.
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### Recensione
‘A gripping tale.’
The Times
### Sinossi
Book one in the magnificent Empire Trilogy by bestselling authors Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts, now available in ebook format.
Enter the mysterious and exotic world of Kelewan…
Mara, the youngest child of the ancient and noble Acoma family, is about to take her pledge of servitude to the goddess Lashima when the ceremony is disrupted by news of her father and brother’s death in battle.
Despite her grief, as the only surviving member of her house, Mara must now take up the mantles of Ruling Lady. But she soon discovers betrayal at the heart of her family’s loss, and the Acoma’s enemies have brought her house to the brink of utter destruction.
Daughter of the Empire is the magnificent first book in The Empire Trilogy by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts.
Mara, an inexperienced political player, must draw on all her wit, intelligence and cunning to navigate the ruthless Game of the Council, regain the honour of House Acoma and secure the future of her family. But with assassins waiting around every corner, it might take everything Mara has simply to survive.
Daughter of the Empire is the first in Feist and Wurts’ wonderful epic trilogy – one of the most successful fantasy collaborations of all time. The trilogy continues with the second book, Servant of the Empire.

Date with a Sheesha

You are invited to the death of Nayan Gupta.When a mysterious card arrives in the mail, RussellQuant has a date with murder. From the glitzy high rises of Dubai and frankincense fields of Oman, to the scorching sand dunes of SaudiArabia, gay Saskatoon PI Russell Quant takes a magiccarpet ride that skids to a deadly halt on the icy surfaceof a frozen pond in the middle of theSaskatchewan prairie. This is Russell Quants wildest case ever: carpetexpert Nayan Gupta has been found murdered inDubais old souk and Russell must sift through layersof deception and danger to get to the truth. Its a perilousvoyage that pits Quants wits against a snootymuseum curator, a bevy of shifty carpet merchants,and the denizens of an underground club for fabulousmen. As Russells spicy foreign adventure heats up, helearns a valuable lesson about love, life and the importanceof seizing the momentbefore its gone. On theverge of making the biggest personal decision of hislife, Russell discovers that endings sometimes comebefore beginnings.
(source: Bol.com)

Data-driven Graphic Design

Digital technology has not only revolutionized the way designers work, but also the kinds of designs they produce. The development of the computer as a design environment has encouraged a new breed of digital designer; keen to explore the unique creative potential of the computer as an input/output device. *Data-driven Graphic Design* introduces the creative potential of computational data and how it can be used to inform and create everything from typography, print and moving graphics to interactive design and physical installations. Using code as a creative environment allows designers to step outside the boundaries of commercial software tools, and create a set of unique, digitally informed pieces of work. The use of code offers a new way of thinking about and creating design for the digital environment.Each chapter outlines key concepts and techniques, before exploring a range of innovative projects through case studies and interviews with the artists and designers who created them. These provide an inspirational, real-world context for every technique. Finally each chapter concludes with a Code section, guiding you through the process of experimenting with each technique yourself (with sample projects and code examples using the popular Processing language supplied online to get you started).
(source: Bol.com)

Data Science Programming in Python

Data Science Programming In Python by Anita Raichand
Learn Data Science Programming in Python including munging, aggregating, and visualizing data.

Data Science

Data Science by John D. Kelleher, Brendan Tierney
**A concise introduction to the emerging field of data science, explaining its evolution, relation to machine learning, current uses, data infrastructure issues, and ethical challenges.**
The goal of data science is to improve decision making through the analysis of data. Today data science determines the ads we see online, the books and movies that are recommended to us online, which emails are filtered into our spam folders, and even how much we pay for health insurance. This volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series offers a concise introduction to the emerging field of data science, explaining its evolution, current uses, data infrastructure issues, and ethical challenges.
It has never been easier for organizations to gather, store, and process data. Use of data science is driven by the rise of big data and social media, the development of high-performance computing, and the emergence of such powerful methods for data analysis and modeling as deep learning. Data science encompasses a set of principles, problem definitions, algorithms, and processes for extracting non-obvious and useful patterns from large datasets. It is closely related to the fields of data mining and machine learning, but broader in scope. This book offers a brief history of the field, introduces fundamental data concepts, and describes the stages in a data science project. It considers data infrastructure and the challenges posed by integrating data from multiple sources, introduces the basics of machine learning, and discusses how to link machine learning expertise with real-world problems. The book also reviews ethical and legal issues, developments in data regulation, and computational approaches to preserving privacy. Finally, it considers the future impact of data science and offers principles for success in data science projects.

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Data Analysis and Visualization Using Python: Analyze Data to Create Visualizations for Bi Systems

Look at Python from a data science point of view and learn proven techniques for data visualization as used in making critical business decisions. Starting with an introduction to data science with Python, you will take a closer look at the Python environment and get acquainted with editors such as Jupyter Notebook and Spyder. After going through a primer on Python programming, you will grasp fundamental Python programming techniques used in data science. Moving on to data visualization, you will see how it caters to modern business needs and forms a key factor in decision-making. You will also take a look at some popular data visualization libraries in Python.
Shifting focus to data structures, you will learn the various aspects of data structures from a data science perspective. You will then work with file I/O and regular expressions in Python, followed by gathering and cleaning data. Moving on to exploring and analyzing data, you will look at advanced data structures in Python. Then, you will take a deep dive into data visualization techniques, going through a number of plotting systems in Python.
In conclusion, you will complete a detailed case study, where you’ll get a chance to revisit the concepts you’ve covered so far.
**What You Will Learn**
Use Python programming techniques for data science
Master data collections in Python
Create engaging visualizations for BI systems
Deploy effective strategies for gathering and cleaning data
Integrate the Seaborn and Matplotlib plotting systems
**Who This Book Is For**
Developers with basic Python programming knowledge looking to adopt key strategies for data analysis and visualizations using Python.

Data Analysis and Visualization Using Python: Analyze Data to Create Visualizations for BI Systems

Look at Python from a data science point of view and learn proven techniques for data visualization as used in making critical business decisions. Starting with an introduction to data science with Python, you will take a closer look at the Python environment and get acquainted with editors such as Jupyter Notebook and Spyder. After going through a primer on Python programming, you will grasp fundamental Python programming techniques used in data science. Moving on to data visualization, you will see how it caters to modern business needs and forms a key factor in decision-making. You will also take a look at some popular data visualization libraries in Python.
Shifting focus to data structures, you will learn the various aspects of data structures from a data science perspective. You will then work with file I/O and regular expressions in Python, followed by gathering and cleaning data. Moving on to exploring and analyzing data, you will look at advanced data structures in Python. Then, you will take a deep dive into data visualization techniques, going through a number of plotting systems in Python.
In conclusion, you will complete a detailed case study, where you’ll get a chance to revisit the concepts you’ve covered so far.
**What You Will Learn**
Use Python programming techniques for data science
Master data collections in Python
Create engaging visualizations for BI systems
Deploy effective strategies for gathering and cleaning data
Integrate the Seaborn and Matplotlib plotting systems
**Who This Book Is For**
Developers with basic Python programming knowledge looking to adopt key strategies for data analysis and visualizations using Python.

The Dastard

Piers Anthony’s comical chronicles of his enchanted realm of Xanth are among the most beloved fantasy series ever written, with millions of readers worldwide. Now, Anthony returns with an all-new adventure that blends high hilarity with super-scary suspense.
Many malevolent menaces have imperiled the magical land of Xanth in its long and storied history. But none has been as despicably dangerous as the Dastard. Once a common country boy, he sold his soul to a detestable demon for the power to erase events and rewrite history for his own devious ends. Now the entire future of Xanth is at the mercy of the Dastard’s every whim.
But this depraved desperado underestimates the courage and cleverness of a young girl named Becka, who can transform herself into a fearsome dragon at the speed of thought. With the help of a colorful band of brave companions, Becka challenges the Dastard with the greatest magic of all – the power of the human heart.

Darkstalker

The first-ever special edition of the New York Times bestselling Wings of Fire series soars back in time to the origin of Pyrrhia’s most dangerous dragon: Darkstalker.
Three dragons. One unavoidable, unpredictable destiny. This is the beginning… of the end.
In the SeaWing kingdom, a young prince learns he is an animus — capable of wonderful magic that comes with a terrible price.
In the mind of a NightWing dragonet, a thousand futures unfold — and almost all of them, she knows, lead to disaster and destruction.
And under three full moons and the watchful eyes of his NightWing mother and IceWing father, the most powerful dragon Pyrhhia will ever know is clawing his way out of his egg. Darkstalker, the dragon who will change the world forever.
Long before the SandWing war, lifetimes before the Dragonet Prophecy… darkness is born.
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Darksoul

**Evil gods walk the land as armies prepare for war in the thrilling grimdark sequel to the fantasy debut *Godblind*. **
In the besieged city of Rilporin, Commander Durdil Koridam is crowned a reluctant king, and orders that the city’s people must fight to the last rather than surrender to the surrounding armies of the Mireces and their evil Red Gods.
Outside Rilporin, the uneasy truce between King Corvus’s Mireces and the traitorous Prince Rivil’s forces holds, but the two armies are growing desperate to force a breach of the walls before the city’s reinforcements arrive.
Meanwhile, prophet Dom Templeson reaches Rilporin: the Red Gods have tortured and broken his mind, and he ends up in Corvus’s hands, forced to tell all his secrets. And what he knows could win the war for the Mireces.
Elsewhere, in Yew Cove, only a few survivors remain from a Rank of thousands of Rilporian warriors. Dom foresees the important role one of those survivors, Crys Tailorson, will take on as the events to come unfold. As Crys grows into his position as a leader, that role becomes clearer—and far darker. Will he be willing to pay the price to fulfill his destiny?
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### Recensione
‘A great achievement…no one does swordfights quite like Anna Stephens. We salute her with a bloody gauntlet’
*Daily Mail*
‘Believable characters, real consequences, and plenty of action and wonder’
*Grimdark Magazine*
‘An unrelenting, heart-hammering, merciless thrill ride’
*The Fantasy Hive*
PRAISE FOR GODBLIND:
‘Writes her name in blood on the roster of masters of grimdark alongside the likes of Mark Lawrence and Joe Abercrombie’
*B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog*
‘GODBLIND is a triumph of its genre.’
*Starburst*
‘Has all the signs of being a sensational series’
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### Sinossi
**Evil gods walk the land as armies prepare for war in the thrilling grimdark sequel to the fantasy debut *Godblind*. **
In the besieged city of Rilporin, Commander Durdil Koridam is crowned a reluctant king, and orders that the city’s people must fight to the last rather than surrender to the surrounding armies of the Mireces and their evil Red Gods.
Outside Rilporin, the uneasy truce between King Corvus’s Mireces and the traitorous Prince Rivil’s forces holds, but the two armies are growing desperate to force a breach of the walls before the city’s reinforcements arrive.
Meanwhile, prophet Dom Templeson reaches Rilporin: the Red Gods have tortured and broken his mind, and he ends up in Corvus’s hands, forced to tell all his secrets. And what he knows could win the war for the Mireces.
Elsewhere, in Yew Cove, only a few survivors remain from a Rank of thousands of Rilporian warriors. Dom foresees the important role one of those survivors, Crys Tailorson, will take on as the events to come unfold. As Crys grows into his position as a leader, that role becomes clearer—and far darker. Will he be willing to pay the price to fulfill his destiny?

The Darkslayer

Is this the end of The Darkslayer …
The West Gate is secure, but there’s no time to unwind. Venir has managed to secure the armament, save himself and his friends, but for how long? Master Sinway’s greatest trap has yet to be sprung and now, the overwhelming hordes of underlings are going to be turned loose. The City of Bone become a battlefield of blood-slicked stones as the heroes rise against their greatest foes.
Boon wants to hatch a plan that will put an end to the Underland, but he needs the help of a reluctant king of the dwarves, Mood.
Elypsa eyes vengeance on all of the heroes as the master underling swordswoman carvers her way through his allies to greet him with steel.
Georgio and Lefty unending journey to the City of Bone takes the into more unforeseen twists and dangers. Will they reunited with their friends or will it all be over.
The streets of Bone will forever sing, “Fight or Die!” in an ending unlike anything you can imagine.

A Darkness at Sethanon

The adventure concludes with the triumphant finale in the Riftwar Saga.
Raymond E. Feist is an internationally best-selling author.
The battle may be over, but war is coming…
The Kingdom forces may have won the first conflict but the enemy has a strong grip on Midkemia and invasion now seems inevitable.
Arutha travels north to confront the Dark Elves, but without help, Pug knows that Arutha’s forces face slaughter. With Tomas he must scour the world – and beyond – to find the one person with enough power to give them a chance.
If they fail, Midkemia will be the first of many worlds to fall to a madman with the power to dominate death itself…
A Darkness at Sethanon concludes Raymond E. Feist’s bestselling Riftwar Saga.
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Darkness and Devotion: Tales of Horror, Fantasy, and Romance

Darkness and Devotion, Brandon Berntson’s newest collection features tales of horror, supernatural fantasy, and dark twists on romance, along with his one and only science fiction tale, The Sirens of the Sector. With new tales never before published, along with some older ones fans might be familiar with, Darkness and Devotion introduces worlds where things are never what they seem, and the darkness has a life of its own.
In Marker of Repose, a man professes his love by building a shrine to the girl of his dreams, but what it’s made out of might have the reader recoiling in horror.
In Mannequin Girl, a man sees perfection in wood and metal, until she comes to life and proposes the impossible.
The city of Gaul harbors some of the worst villains and deeds the world has ever seen, an underground nightmare for the unwary traveler who finds himself lost and alone. But these streets are not for the faint-hearted . . . and here, even angels fear to tread.
Donny Daniels opens a forbidden tome that spells doom for his family and the love of his life, but even as he longs for the end, it seems the tables have been turned.
Armageddon is on the rise in The Battle of the Elect, and in The Sirens of the Sector, a future dystopian world holds one key for mankind: death.
Rounding out the collection is, the Smoky Dragon, a fantasy love story told with profound insight, where devotion has its own rewards . . . as long as you’re willing to put in the time.
Horror, fantasy, science fiction, and tales of demented love, Darkness and Devotion is a very well-rounded collection of horror, fantasy, and romance that will satisfy the most speculative appetites.

Darkly Dreaming Dexter

SUMMARY: The Basis for a New Showtime® Original Series Starring Michael C. Hall(Sundays at 10pm ET/PT – starts Sunday, October 1, 2006 at 10pm ET/PT)Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened–of himself or some other fiend.