Go Ugly Early

A-10 Warthog Close Air Support Fighter

Go Ugly Early

The A-10 is exceptionally tough, being able to survive direct hits from armor-piercing and high-explosive projectiles up to 23 mm. It has double-redundant hydraulic flight systems, and a mechanical system as a back up if hydraulics are lost. Flight without hydraulic power uses the manual reversion control system; pitch and yaw control engages automatically, roll control is pilot-selected. In manual reversion mode, the A-10 is sufficiently controllable under favorable conditions to return to base, though control forces are greater than normal. The aircraft is designed to fly with one engine, one tail, one elevator, and half of one wing missing.

Writing the New Ethnography

Writing the New Ethnography

Writing the New Ethnography provides a foundational understanding of the writing processes associated with composing new forms of qualitative writing in the social sciences. Goodall's distinctive style will engage and energize students, offering them provocative advice and exercises for turning qualitative data and field notes into compelling representations of social life.

The Dysfunctional Politics of the Affordable Care Act

The Dysfunctional Politics of the Affordable Care Act

While analyzing the contentious debate over health care reform, this much-needed study also challenges the argument that treating medical patients like shoppers can significantly reduce health expenditures. • Explains why the two political parties have staked out such different positions on health care reform • Documents what the public knows about the Affordable Care Act and how individuals' party identification significantly affects their knowledge • Challenges the arguments for consumer-driven health care plans by gathering evidence from numerous studies of consumer behavior under various kinds of insurance plans • Offers a well-informed critique of the political arguments surrounding the expansion of Medicaid, showing how this policy diffusion leverages the weak arguments and evidence for consumer-driven health care plans

Attraction Explained

The science of how we form relationships

Attraction Explained

How much does appearance matter in the formation of romantic relationships? Do nice guys always finish last? Does playing hard-to-get ever work? What really makes for a good chat-up line? When it comes to relationships, there’s no shortage of advice from self-help ‘experts’, pick-up artists, and glossy magazines. But modern-day myths of attraction often have no basis in fact or – worse – are rooted in little more than misogyny. In Attraction Explained, psychologist Viren Swami debunks these myths and draws on cutting-edge research to provide a ground-breaking and evidence-based account of relationship formation. At the core of this book is a very simple idea: there are no ‘laws of attraction’, no foolproof methods or strategies for getting someone to date you. But this isn’t to say that there’s nothing to be gained from studying attraction. Based on science rather than self-help clichés, Attraction Explained looks at how factors such as geography, appearance, personality, and similarity affect who we fall for and why.

Red-Light Nights, Bangkok Daze

Red-Light Nights, Bangkok Daze

Sexy, entertaining, and thoroughly informative, this collection of reports offers a glimpse into what is enticing, insightful, and unknown about sex in Asia. It looks at the sex scenes and unseens in the ‘usual suspects’ of Thailand, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Japan as well as in less obvious countries such as Pakistan, China, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Covering the gamut of love, lust, passion, and pleasure across Asia, these articles offer unique insights into the sometimes shadowy world of the carnal pleasures on offer and the hypocrisies surrounding them. Gathered from the views of unrepentant ‘sexpats’, wayward tourists, and the locals themselves, in Red-light Nights, Bangkok Daze, you’ll find revelations about the varied experiences this huge cast of characters participates in. Succumb to the lights, and weather the daze; you’ll find yourself exhilarated and waking to a newfound awareness of the complex, interesting and yet confusing world of sex in Asia.

Don't Make Me Stop Now

Stories

Don't Make Me Stop Now

These eleven arresting, comic, and moving stories by acclaimed writer Michael Parker testify to the driving force of love, the lengths to which we’ll go to claim it and pursue it, the delusions we’ll float to keep it going, the torment that goes part and parcel with it. And despite all of the above, the absolute necessity of it, no matter its consequences. Whether it’s a college student undone by the boy who leaves her, or the boyfriend intent on leveling old scores from high school for his lover, or the husband who discovers—in the grocery store—the woman he should have been with all along, every character, no matter how off track, wants to believe in debt and credit and payback and making the messy world—and the messy world of love—turn out neatly.

Ghost Boat

Ghost Boat

This is a story about a topic very rarely written about the sinking of a submarine in relatively shallow water and having a compartment survive with crew members still alive. It is divided into several parts, Aboard the Discovery Ship, about finding a WWII Navy submarine sunk off the Mid Atlantic Coast in 1942. Aboard Cutterfish, all about the crew and their lives. Aboard U-136 about the German crew and their mission. The Engagement about the very short battle between the two submarines. Finally 550 Feet of Water about the three surviving crew members writing a log which they hoped someone would find one day about how they spent the final hours of their lives.

American Mercenaries

American Mercenaries

"Completing the mission, they have a chance to rescue, as Mickey put it, "out of all the people we've eliminated somebody in Washington had a hard on for, how many damsels in distress have we run across?" " JD Volt was assigned to room with Mickey Dix his senior year in high school through junior college at a deep south military academy. Their constant efforts to find ways to get away from the academy to seek out members of the fair sex led them to join, enroll and try out for any team that traveled; the rifle, drill and football teams. After graduation from junior college, they were approached by a special forces officer to be inducted into an eighteen month training regimen as a special forces sniper team. They spend the next twenty on active duty and retire when a new regime moves into the White house and immediately makes gay rights an issue in the military. An older gentleman clad in a rumpled three piece worsted suit that reminded JD of the benevolent God, George Burns played in a movie offers them contract employment to terminate with extreme prejudice, a Colombian drug lord that both the U.S. and Colombian Governments want removed with no one knowing exactly who did it as reprisals against Colombian officials would be severe.

Battle for Veterans' Benefits

Taking on the VA

Battle for Veterans' Benefits

Leaving those we love to serve in our armed forces is hell. Attempting to receive compensation for inquiries incurred during military service need not be another hell to endure.Getting ready to separate or retire from active military service? Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces? If so, this book is for you. Battle of the Benefits is for any veteran, from any era, who wishes to file a claim for benefits through the Veterans Administration (VA). While this book does not guarantee a monetary payment, it does provide answers on how to submit a successful claim. Written by and for veterans, this book offers real advice from others like you who have been down this road themselves.If you or someone you know are a veteran of any of the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Bosnia, Gulf War, or Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom, Battle for Benefits will become one of the most important books you have ever read. You deserve more than just thanks for your service. You deserve peace of mind.To all our fellow service men and women . . .Thank you.

Path of the Assassin

A Thriller

Path of the Assassin

When Brad Thor arrived on the scene with his hard-hitting debut novel, The Lions of Lucerne, he was greeted with an enthusiasm rarely seen since John le Carré's heyday. "A roller-coaster of a debut," pronounced Kyle Mills. And Nelson DeMille, the master of the genre himself, welcomed Thor as "a savvy new novelist" with a knack for action scenes that "will give the reader a case of vertigo." Now, Thor and his indomitable hero Scot Harvath are back, raising the stakes and taking on one of the world's most deadly terrorist organizations bent on stoking a global holy war of apocalyptic proportions. After rescuing the President from kidnappers, Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath shifts his attentions to rooting out and capturing or killing all those responsible for the plot. As he prepares to close out his list, a bloody and twisted trail of clues points toward one man -- the world's most feared, most ruthless terrorist, Hashim Nidal, who has assembled an international league of Islamic terrorist networks in an ingenious plot to topple both Israel and America. Harvath and his CIA-led team must reach Nidal before it's too late. One problem remains -- they have no idea what the man looks like. Only one person can positively identify Harvath's quarry -- Meg Cassidy, a beautiful hijacking survivor. Together, Scot and Meg must untangle a maddening web of global intrigue stretching across four continents. From Macau, Jerusalem, and Chicago to Libya, Capri, and Rome, Harvath and Cassidy find themselves locked in a desperate race against time to sort the pieces of a deadly puzzle that will test not only their physical and mental limits, but also the growing bond they feel for each other.