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CODE TALKER: THE FIRST AND ONLY MEMOIR BY ONE OF THE ORIGINAL NAVAJO CODE TALKERS OF WWII by
Publication Date: 2012
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The first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII. His name wasn't Chester Nez: that was the English name he was assigned in kindergarten. In boarding school at Fort Defiance, he was punished for speaking his native language, as the teachers sought to rid him of his culture and traditions. But discrimination didn't stop Chester Nez from answering the call to defend his country after Pearl Harbor. The Navajo have always been warriors and his upbringing on a New Mexico reservation gave him the physical and mental strength to excel as a Marine. During World War II, the Japanese managed to crack every code the U.S. used. The Marines turned to its Navajo recruits to develop and implement a secret military language and they created the only unbroken code in modern warfare--and helped assure victory for the United States over Japan in the South Pacific.
COUNTDOWN TO ZERO DAY : STUXNET AND THE LAUNCH OF THE WORLD'S FIRST DIGITAL WEAPON by
Publication Date: 2014
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The story behind the virus that sabotaged Iran's nuclear efforts and shows how its existence has ushered in a new age of warfare -- one in which a digital attack can have the same destructive capability as a megaton bomb. But Countdown to Zero Day ranges far beyond Stuxnet itself. Here, Zetter shows us how digital warfare developed in the US. She takes us inside today's flourishing zero-day "grey markets," in which intelligence agencies and militaries pay huge sums for the malicious code they need to carry out infiltrations and attacks. She reveals just how vulnerable many of our own critical systems are to Stuxnet-like strikes, from nation-state adversaries and anonymous hackers alike -- and shows us just what might happen should our infrastructure be targeted by such an attack.
CURIOUS: THE DESIRE TO KNOW AND WHY YOUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON IT by
Publication Date: 2015
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Thanks to tools such as Google and Wikipedia, we're able to satisfy our curiosity instantly. But does this mean we are actually becoming more curious? Absolutely not. In Curious, author Ian Leslie argues that true curiosity - the sustained quest for understanding that begets insight and innovation - is becoming increasingly difficult to harness in our wired world. We confuse easy access to information with curiosity, and risk losing our ability to ask questions that extend our knowledge gap rather than merely filling it. Worst of all, this decline in curiosity has led to a decline our ability to care about those around us.
ISSUES ON MY MIND: STRATEGIES FOR THE FUTURE by
Publication Date: 2013
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Former Nixon and Reagan cabinet member George P. Shultz offers his views on how to govern more effectively, get our economy back on track, take advantage of new opportunities in the energy field, combat the use of addictive drugs, apply a strategic overview to diplomacy, and identify necessary steps to achieve a world without nuclear weapons. If we can successfully handle each of these issues, Shultz explains, we in the United States and people in the rest of the world will have the prospect of a better future.
LEARNING WAR: THE EVOLUTION OF FIGHTING DOCTRINE IN THE U.S. NAVY, 1898–1945 by
Publication Date: 2018
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Learning War examines the U.S. Navy's doctrinal development from 1898-1945 and explains why the Navy in that era was so successful as an organization at fostering innovation. A study of one of history's greatest success stories, this book draws profoundly important conclusions that give new insight, not only into how the Navy succeeded in becoming the best naval force in the world, but also into how modern organizations can exploit today's rapid technological and social changes in their pursuit of success. Hone argues that the Navy created a sophisticated learning system in the early years of the twentieth century that led to repeated innovations in the development of surface warfare tactics and doctrine. The conditions that allowed these innovations to emerge are analyzed through a consideration of the Navy as a complex adaptive system. Learning War is the first major work to apply this complex learning approach to military history. This approach permits a richer understanding of the mechanisms that enable human organizations to evolve, innovate, and learn, and it offers new insights into the history of the U.S. Navy.
THE MASTER ALGORITHM: HOW THE QUEST FOR THE ULTIMATE LEARNING MACHINE WILL REMAKE OUR WORLD by
Publication Date: 2018
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A thought-provoking and wide-ranging exploration of machine learning and the race to build computer intelligences as flexible as our own. In the world's top research labs and universities, the race is on to invent the ultimate learning algorithm: one capable of discovering any knowledge from data, and doing anything we want, before we even ask. In The Master Algorithm, Pedro Domingos lifts the veil to give us a peek inside the learning machines that power Google, Amazon, and your smartphone. He assembles a blueprint for the future universal learner -- the Master Algorithm -- and discusses what it will mean for business, science, and society.
MILITARY INNOVATION IN THE INTERWAR PERIOD by
Publication Date: 1998
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This volume of comparative essays studies major military innovations in the 1920s and 1930s and explores differences in innovating exploitation by the seven major military powers. It investigates how and why innovation occurred or did not occur, and explains much of the strategic and operative performance of the Axis and Allies in WWII.
THE WHITE DONKEY: TERMINAL LANCE by
Publication Date: 2016
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This New York Times bestseller is a graphic novel of war and its aftermath. The White Donkey tells the story of Abe, a young Marine recruit who experiences the ugly, pedestrian, and often meaningless side of military service in rural Iraq. He enlists in hopes of finding that "missing something" in his life, but comes to find out that it's not quite what he expected. Abe gets more than he bargained for when his journey takes him to the Middle East in war-torn Iraq. This is a story about a Marine, written and illustrated by a Marine, and is the first graphic novel about the war in Iraq from a veteran. The White Donkey explores the experience of being a Marine, as well as the challenges that veterans face upon their return home.