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Black Code

Cyberspace is all around us. We depend on it for everything we do. We have reengineered our business, governance, and social relations around a planetary network unlike any before it. But there are dangers looming, and malign forces are threatening to transform this extraordinary domain.

In Black Code, Ronald J. Deibert, a leading expert on digital technology, security, and human rights, lifts the lid on cyberspace and shows what’s at stake for Internet users and citizens. As cyberspace develops in unprecedented ways, powerful agents are scrambling for control. Predatory cyber criminal gangs such as Koobface have made social media their stalking ground. The discovery of Stuxnet, a computer worm reportedly developed by Israel and the United States and aimed at Iran’s nuclear facilities, showed that state cyberwar is now a very real possibility. Governments and corporations are in collusion and are setting the rules of the road behind closed doors.

This is not the way it was supposed to be. The Internet’s original promise of a global commons of shared knowledge and communications is now under threat.

Drawing on the first-hand experiences of one of the most important protagonists in the battle — the Citizen Lab and its global network of frontline researchers, who have spent more than a decade cracking cyber espionage rings and uncovering attacks on citizens and NGOs worldwide — Black Code takes readers on a fascinating journey into the battle for cyberspace. Thought-provoking, compelling, and sometimes frightening, it is a wakeup call to citizens who have come to take the Internet for granted. Cyberspace is ours, it is what we make of it, Deibert argues, and we need to act now before it slips through our grasp.

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Black as He’s Painted

One of Ngaio Marsh’s most popular novels, this time featuring one of her best creations – Lucy Lockett, the crime-solving cat. When the exuberant president of Ng’ombwana proposes to dispense with the usual security arrangements on an official visit to London, his old school mate, Chief Superintendent Alleyn, is called in to persuade him otherwise. Consequently, on the night of the embassy’s reception the house and grounds are stiff with police. Nevertheless, an assassin does strike, and Alleyn finds he has no shortage of help, from Special Branch to a tribal court – and a small black cat named Lucy Lockett who out-detects them all…
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A splendid, eccentric detective story in classic style.’Evening Standard She writes as beautifully as ever.’Sunday Times An elegant, disciplined writer, Marsh deserves to be read and re-read not just for her plots but for her characterisation, for her painter’s eye view and for her outsider’s insights into the heart of a vanished social world.’Susan Howatch The finest writer in the English language of the pure, classical puzzle whodunit. Among the crime queens, Ngaio Marsh stands out as an Empress.’The Sun
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Bizarre Thailand

Discover unusual sexual practices, visit unconventional tourists sites and delve into the oddities of day to day living in Thailand. Shocking yet positively entertaining; you just cannot put the book down. True life experiences based on nearly two decades of observation, research and interviews. Bizarre Thailandtakes readers off the well-rutted roads of tourist hotspots into the darkest and sexiest hinterlands. Welcome to a twilight zone where travellers become soldiers and cowboys, a black magician courts politicians and film stars, sacred tortoises mate on the streets of a small town, and fertility goddesses are wooed with massive phalluses. In this strange realm, nothing is what it seems- a prison becomes a tourist attraction, a 20-storey robot is a building, a man becomes a beauty queen, a loving wife is immortalised as the most famous and ferocious of all phantoms, and a serial killer’s corpse is reincarnated as a museum exhibit. Bizarre Thailand takes an irreverent look at how the profound, profane and frankly quite odd intertwine with the rhythms and flows of everyday Thai life, while paying homage to the quintessential culture of one of Southeast Asia’s most captivating destinations.

The Birth of Britain

A History of the English Speaking Peoples, Volume 1 – The Birth of Britain (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) by Winston S. Churchill
*The Birth of Britain* is the first volume of *A History of the English Speaking Peoples,* the immensely popular and eminently readable four-volume work by **Winston Churchill**. A rousing account of the early history of Britain, the work describes the great men and women of the past and their impact on the development of the legal and political institutions of the English. Indeed, Churchill celebrates the creation of the constitutional monarchy and parliamentary system and the kings, queens, and leading nobles who helped create English democracy.

The Birth of a Porn Star: Defying Daddy’s Wishes

Sarah is a daddy’s girl. She always has been, but deep down, she has a naughty side that she hides from everyone, even her boyfriend Jacob. Jacob isn’t so innocent either. His biggest dream ever is to date a porn star, and since meeting one isn’t likely, he decides to try to trick Sarah into becoming one. He lands her an audition for a Calendar shoot, knowing it’s a false pretense. The producers are very good at getting young women to do a lot more than posing for the camera and the moment they see Sarah, dollar signs fill their eyes.

Birdsong

Published to international critical and popular acclaim, this intensely romantic yet stunningly realistic novel spans three generations and the unimaginable gulf between the First World War and the present. As the young Englishman Stephen Wraysford passes through a tempestuous love affair with Isabelle Azaire in France and enters the dark, surreal world beneath the trenches of No Man’s Land, Sebastian Faulks creates a world of fiction that is as tragic as**A Farewell to Arms** and as sensuous as **The English Patient**. Crafted from the ruins of war and the indestructibility of love,**Birdsong** is a novel that will be read and marveled at for years to come.
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Magnificent – deeply moving * Sunday Times * With Birdsong Faulks has produced a mesmerizing story of love and war… This book is so powerful that as I finished it I turned to the front to start again * Sunday Express * Amazing… I have read it and re-read it and can think of no other novel for many, many years that has so moved me or stimulated in me so much reflection on the human spirit * Daily Mail * An overpowering and beautiful novel… Ambitious, outrageous, poignant, sleep-disturbing, Birdsong is not a perfect novel, just a great one — Simon Schama * New Yorker * Engrossing, moving, and unforgettable * The Times *
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BirdNote: Chirps, Quirks, and Stories of 100 Birds From the Popular Public Radio Show

One hundred entertaining and informative essays from the popular public radio feature program, BirdNote, accompanied by original illustrations throughout–an illuminating volume for bird and nature lovers across North America.Here are the best stories about our avian friends from the public radio show BirdNote, each brief essay illuminating the life, habits, or songs of a particular bird. Why do geese fly in a V-formation? Why are worms so good for you–if you’re a robin? Which bird calls, “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?” From wrens that nest in cactuses to gulls that have a strange red dot on their bills–these digestible and fascinating bird stories are a delightful window to the winged world. A foreword by John W. Fitzpatrick, director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and an introduction by Gordon Orians, professor emeritus of biology at the University of Washington, are also included. Contains web links to the audio version of each story, with bird sounds.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. [It] was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said. ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'”
With this basic instruction always in mind, Anne Lamott returns to offer us a new gift: a step-by-step guide on how to write and on how to manage the writer’s life. From “Getting Started,’ with “Short Assignments,” through “Shitty First Drafts,” “Character,” “Plot,” “Dialogue.” all the way from “False Starts” to “How Do You Know When You’re Done?” Lamott encourages, instructs, and inspires. She discusses “Writers Block,” “Writing Groups,” and “Publication.” Bracingly honest, she is also one of the funniest people alive.
If you have ever wondered what it takes to be a writer, what it means to be a writer, what the contents of your school lunches said about what your parents were really like, this book is for you. From faith, love, and grace to pain, jealousy, and fear, Lamott insists that you keep your eyes open, and then shows you how to survive. And always, from the life of the artist she turns to the art of life.

Bimbo Wife’s Naughty Experiment (Naughty Bimbo Formula 8): (A Bimbo, Hot Wife, Harem, Interracial, Menage Erotica)

**A busty bimbo wife “experiments” with a Black stud!**
Alice is a **naughty, bimbo wife.** And she has a burning desire for Black men! When she needs to relax after a hard day, she knows just how—experimenting with a **hunky, Black stud**. And things only heat up when her husbands finds her enjoying her ebony lover!
And things get even naughtier when Frank and his harem of **giggly, busty bimbo women** head to Washington DC for a party. Will his bimbos be able to sit still on the plane ride, or will their naughty lusts drive them to be wild.
**It’ll be a sultry flight to remember!**
Bimbo Wife’s Naughty Experiment is a 7400 word **bimbo, MFF, MFM, menage, body modification, harem, oral, anal, DP, masturbation, public, mile-high club, interracial erotica** that is not for the faint of heart!

Billy the Kid and the Vampyres of Vegas

**Nicholas Flamel appeared in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter—but did you know he really lived? And he might still be alive today!**Discover the truth in Michael Scott’s New York Times bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel with Billy the Kid and the Vampyres of Vegas, an ebook original.

Years before Sophie and Josh Newman met Nicholas Flamel, two legendary warriors fought together for the first time. Billy the Kid and Scathach the Shadow.
Now that lost story can be told . . .

Billy the Kid is immortal. And being immortal means following unpredictable paths. With this exclusive eBook, Michael Scott offers readers a never-before-seen short story from the world of the bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: the tale of how Billy the Kid and Scathach meet for the first time and join forces against the unseen, deadly and eternally hungry vampyres who control the city of Las Vegas—where Scathach must face her greatest fear.

“Fans of adventure fantasies like Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series will eat this one up.” —VOYA

Read the whole series!
The Alchemyst
The Magician
The Sorceress
The Necromancer
The Warlock
The Enchantress

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Biggie and the Devil Diet

SUMMARY: 02 Biggie is back! Nancy Bell returns with another delicious installment in her series of rural Texas mysteries featuring local doyen Biggie Weatherford as amateur detective. Once again, young J.R. faithfully narrates the humorous exploits of Biggie, his grandmother. Filled with plenty of quirky characters and down-home Texas flair, Bell’s stories continue to delight. An old friend of Biggie comes back to Job’s Crossing. Rex Barnwell and his young wife have returned to convert his father’s ranch into a retreat for overweight teenage girls, and Biggie is forced to reveal a secret that she has always kept from J.R. Not long after this startling revelation, Rex is murdered. Knowing full well that he won’t be able to keep Biggie away, the Texas Ranger in charge of the case enlists her help.While Biggie pursues her investigation, J.R. has his hands full with troubles of his own. These troubles don’t involve any murders-though it might be easier for J.R. if they did. As an extra treat for the reader, Willie Mae shares her recipe for King Ranch Casserole. Biggie is back! Nancy Bell returns with another delicious installment in her series of rural Texas mysteries featuring local doyen Biggie Weatherford as amateur detective. Once again, young J.R. faithfully narrates the humorous exploits of Biggie, his grandmother. Filled with plenty of quirky characters and down-home Texas flair, Bell’s stories continue to delight. An old friend of Biggie comes back to Job’s Crossing. Rex Barnwell and his young wife have returned to convert his father’s ranch into a retreat for overweight teenage girls, and Biggie is forced to reveal a secret that she has always kept from J.R. Not long after this startling revelation, Rex is murdered. Knowing full well that he won’t be able to keep Biggie away, the Texas Ranger in charge of the case enlists her help.While Biggie pursues her investigation, J.R. has his hands full with troubles of his own. These troubles don’t involve any murders-though it might be easier for J.R. if they did. As an extra treat for the reader, Willie Mae shares her recipe for King Ranch Casserole.

The Big Sleep

“**Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid….He is the hero; he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. **
This is the Code of the Private Eye as defined by Raymond Chandler in his 1944 essay ‘The Simple Act of Murder.’ Such a man was Philip Marlowe, private eye, an educated, heroic, streetwise, rugged individualist and the hero of Chandler’s first novel, *The Big Sleep*. This work established Chandler as the master of the ‘hard-boiled’ detective novel, and his articulate and literary style of writing won him a large audience, which ranged from the man in the street to the most sophisticated intellectual.
Marlowe subsequently appeared in a series of extremely popular novels, among them *The Lady in the Lake*, *The Long Goodbye*, and *Farewell, My Lovely*.” ~ Elizabeth Diefendorf, editor, *The New York Public Library’s Books of the Century*, p. 112.
Selected as one of Time Magazine’s All-Time 100 Novels, with the following review: “‘I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn’t care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be.’ This sentence, from the first paragraph of The Big Sleep, marks the last time you can be fully confident that you know what’s going on.
The first novel by Raymond Chandler at the age of 51.

Big Sex Little Death

Ever wondered why there’s no female voice as bold, erotic, unflinching, and revealing as Norman Mailer, Henry Miller, or Philip Roth? There is. It belongs to Susie Bright.In this stunning and courageous coming-of-age story, Susie Bright opens her heart and her life. From fearful Irish-Catholic Girl Scout to gun-toting teenage revolutionary and finally “The Avatar of American Erotica” (*New York Times*), Bright’s life story has been shaped as much by America’s sexual awakening as the national sexual landscape has been altered by Bright herself.In *Big Sex Little Death*, Bright introduces us to her influences and experiences, including her early involvement with notorious high-school radicals The Red Tide as well as the magazine she co-founded in the 1980s,*On Our Backs*, the first-ever erotic magazine created by women, which turned the lesbian and bisexual community upside down before it took the “straight” world by storm.*Big Sex Little Death* is an explosive yet intimate memoir that’s pure Susie: bold, free-spirited, unpredictable, larger than life, yet utterly*true* to life. **BONUS AUDIO: This edition includes a conversation between Susie Bright and journalist Doug Henwood, recorded live at The Strand bookstore in New York City during Susie’s*Big Sex Little Death* book tour.**
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Big Porn Inc: Exposing the Harms of the Global Pornography Industry

The unprecedented mainstreaming of the global pornography industry is transforming the sexual politics of intimate and public life, popularizing new forms of hardcore misogyny, and strongly contributing to the sexualization of children. Yet, challenges to the industry continue to be dismissed as uncool, antisex, and moral panic. Unmasking the lies behind the selling of porn as entertainment, this book reveals the shocking truths of an industry that trades in violence, crime, and degradation while discussing topics such as racism in gay male porn, the use of animals in porn, child pornography, and BDSM (bondage, dominance, sadism, and masochism). Fearless and controversial, this examination will challenge the current view of pornography.
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Big Mind

A new field of collective intelligence has emerged in the last few years, prompted by a wave of digital technologies that make it possible for organizations and societies to think at large scale. This ”bigger mind”?human and machine capabilities working together?has the potential to solve the great challenges of our time. So why do smart technologies not automatically lead to smart results? Gathering insights from diverse fields, including philosophy, computer science, and biology, Big Mind reveals how collective intelligence can guide corporations, governments, universities, and societies to make the most of human brains and digital technologies. Geoff Mulgan explores how collective intelligence has to be consciously organized and orchestrated in order to harness its powers. He looks at recent experiments mobilizing millions of people to solve problems, and at groundbreaking technology like Google Maps and Dove satellites. He also considers why organizations full of smart people and machines can make foolish mistakes?from investment banks losing billions to intelligence agencies misjudging geopolitical events?and shows how to avoid them.
**Recensie(s)**

Brilliant. . . . Drawing on such disciplines as social psychology, computer science, and economics, as well as his experiences as a co-founder of the think tank Demos, Mulgan outlines the elements of CI, which has informed collaborations from the Manhattan project and NASA’s moon landings to Google Maps and Wikipedia.–Kirkus Reviews A perfect introduction to collective intelligence. . . . The book draws on subjects such as social psychology, computer sciences and economics, as well as the author’s experiences as co-founder of the think tank Demos.–Arab News An engaging and important read.–Paradigm Explorer Big Mind brims with pragmatic, unexpected insights. Mulgan filters his awe-inspiring breadth of academic knowledge through the lens of decades of practical experience. –Scott Page, University of Michigan This book presents a novel way of seeing the world that places collective intelligence center stage. It assesses the practice and evidence on how we might achieve more intelligent institutions and systems, by making the most use of emerging technologies, and by applying more systematic methods to amplifying intelligence in everyday tools for shaping and making decisions. –Stefaan G. Verhulst, GovLab, New York University Big Mind is a book the world needs. At a time of intense pessimism about our capacity to reimagine society’s systems, and amid rising populism, Mulgan offers a balanced and highly sophisticated approach to revamping democracy and our institutions. Rather than providing technocratic solutions, he lays out intelligent ways to more deeply involve individuals. Through smartly designed systems that structure for participation, a better world is possible–Mulgan’s magnificent book shows us how. –Jeremy Heimans, cofounder of Purpose, GetUp!, and Avaaz Mulgan combines distinguished academic expertise with extensive real-world policy experience. In this important, wide-ranging book, he shows how decision making can be hugely improved in our increasingly networked world. To those of us dismayed by how ineffectually democracy now operates, Big Mind offers a dose of optimism and many concrete proposals. It’s enlightening–indeed inspiring–and should be read by all citizens, especially those aspiring to improve all levels of governance. –Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and former president of the Royal Society This insightful and broad-ranging book will appeal to business leaders at all levels, from tech giants to start-ups. –Martha Lane Fox, executive chair of Doteveryone In Big Mind, Mulgan nails it yet again. How collective intelligence can stay ahead of artificial intelligence is the big question of the day and Mulgan has answers. This is a smart, lucid, and compelling book. –Julia Hobsbawm, author of Fully Connected This important work provides a sophisticated analysis of the various human and computational forms of collective intelligence. Mulgan demonstrates in a powerful way how such collective intelligence can be mobilized to deal effectively and wisely with the most urgent problems on the planet. –Howard Gardner, author of Multiple Intelligences Mr Mulgan’s basic thought is that organisations, like individual minds, can contain highly intelligent elements and yet still be pretty stupid as a whole . . . . The trick is to balance the different sources of cleverness in such a way as to get the best out of all of them.—Oliver Moody, The Times [Big Mind] raises many awkward questions about why modern institutions, stacked with clever people and overflowing with useful data, are so often prone to collective intelligence failures, from some of the policy decisions that led up to this year’s Grenfell Tower fire in London to the run-in to the financial crisis a decade ago.—James Crabtree, Financial Times [Big Mind] charts the emergence of the new field of collective intelligence, which is harnessing human and digital capabilities for collaborative problem-solving on an unprecedented scale. It’s an argument with profound implications for the way we organise science, universities, businesses and governments.—James Wilsden, The Guardian The trenchant questions and thoughtful discussion in Big Mind . . . will help us to reimagine our institutions and convince us of the urgency of doing so.—Beth Simone Noveck, Nature A fascinating and important book.—James Crabtree, Financial Times One of The Guardian’s Favourite Reads of 2017 as chosen by scientests
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The Big Hunger

Published here for the first time, this text presents a collection of recently-discovered stories by John Fante.

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