Out of the Crucible How the US Military Transformed Combat Casualty Care in Iraq and Afghanistan

History / Military

South Pole: Nature and Culture (Earth) by Elizabeth Leane
Chair (Objekt) by Anne Massey
A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park: How a Community Reclaimed and Transformed New York City’s Waterfront by Nancy Webster
The Published Writings of Wilbur and Orville Wright (Smithsonian History of Aviation) by Rick Young, Peter L. Jakab
Out of the Crucible: How the US Military Transformed Combat Casualty Care in Iraq and Afghanistan (Textbooks of Military Medicine) by Dr. Arthur L. Kellermann, Dr. Eric Elster, Borden Institute

South Pole: Nature and Culture (Earth) by Elizabeth Leane

English | June 19th, 2016 | ASIN: B01HD7I9NW, ISBN: 1780235968 | 224 pages | EPUB | 24.76 MB

As one of two points where the Earth’s axis meets its surface, the South Pole should be a precisely defined place. But as Elizabeth Leane shows in this book, conceptually it is a place of paradoxes. An invisible spot on a high, featureless ice plateau, the Pole has no obvious material value, yet it is a highly sought-after location, and reaching it on foot is one of the most extreme adventures an explorer can undertake. The Pole is, as Leane shows, a deeply imagined place, and a place of politics, where a series of national claims converge.
Leane details the important challenges that the South Pole poses to humanity, asking what it can teach us about ourselves and our relationship with our planet. She examines its allure for explorers such as Robert F. Scott and Roald Amundsen, not to mention the myriad writers and artists who have attempted to capture its strange, inhospitable blankness. She considers the Pole’s advantages for climatologists and other scientists as well as the absurdities and banalities of human interaction with this place. Ranging from the present all the way back to the ancient Greeks, she offers a fascinating—and lavishly illustrated—story about one of the strangest and most important places on Earth.

Chair (Objekt) by Anne Massey

English | August 2nd, 2013 | ASIN: B00EAPS4RW, ISBN: 1861897588 | 224 pages | EPUB | 20.81 MB

The chair—you’re likely sitting in one right now. Yet, despite its common presence in offices, restaurants, and homes, we very rarely stop to think about the origins of the chair and its place in culture. After all, the human body is actually more suited to sitting on the ground than on a chair; and as a result, chairs often cause back problems. Nonetheless, in Western culture, as Anne Massey explains, the chair is an object that marks our place in the modern world.
Massey explores how, particularly in the last hundred years, the chair has become a revered object of design. Certain chairs have become iconic—like the Eames Lounge chair and Verner Panton’s S Chair, which are photographed, exhibited in art museums, and slavishly copied by cheaper models. Other chairs have reached iconic status simply through their everydayness—think of Van Gogh’s chair or the way Shaker chairs have become emblematic of a simpler and purer lifestyle. Massey further examines how chairs have been crafted, from local to global manufacture. In doing so she elucidates the meaning of the chair in contemporary culture, as well as the development, design, and manufacture of this ubiquitous object.
Drawing on design, art, popular culture, and personal experience, Chair is an engaging and informative biography of this everyday object and will appeal to anyone interested in why we choose to sit on the chairs we do.

A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park: How a Community Reclaimed and Transformed New York City’s Waterfront by Nancy Webster

English | October 4th, 2016 | ASIN: B01M98MJ53, ISBN: 0231171226 | 272 pages | EPUB | 20.74 MB

By the 1970’s, the Brooklyn piers had become a wasteland on the New York City waterfront. Today they are a stunning park that is enjoyed by countless Brooklynites and visitors from around the world. A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park recounts the grassroots, multi-voiced, and contentious effort to transform Brooklyn’s defunct piers in the mid-1980s into a beautiful, conscientiously designed park.
The movement to resist commercial development on the pier sprang up spontaneously but reveals how concerned citizens came together to shape the future of their community. After winning a number of battles, park advocates collaborated to create a thoroughly unique city park that took advantage of the water and the city’s skyline, incorporating a stunning design with vibrant cultural programming.
From start to finish, this history emphasizes the contributions, collaborations, and spirited disagreements that made the planning and construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park a model of natural urban development and public-private partnership. The book includes interviews with Brooklyn residents, politicians, activists, urban planners, and other key participants in the fight for the park. The story of Brooklyn Bridge Park also speaks to larger issues confronting all cities, including the development of postindustrial spaces and how to balance public and private interests without sacrificing creative vision or sustainable goals.

The Published Writings of Wilbur and Orville Wright (Smithsonian History of Aviation) by Rick Young, Peter L. Jakab

English | June 21st, 2016 | ASIN: B01E2H0BPU, ISBN: 1560989386, 1588341429 | 368 pages | EPUB | 9.22 MB

For the first time, nearly seventy of Wilbur and Orville Wright’s published writings are brought together in a single, annotated reference. Spanning the decades from the brothers’ turn-of-the-century experiments with gliders until Orville’s death in 1948, the articles describe the design of their aircraft, early test flights, and camp life at Kitty Hawk. Because Wilbur’s sudden death in 1912 ended any hope that the Wrights would produce a book of their own, the articles collected in this volume are their only published words.

Out of the Crucible: How the US Military Transformed Combat Casualty Care in Iraq and Afghanistan (Textbooks of Military Medicine) by Dr. Arthur L. Kellermann, Dr. Eric Elster, Borden Institute

English | December 28th, 2013 | ISBN: 0160941792, 0160943620 | 466 pages | EPUB | 29.97 MB

This comprehensive resource, part of the renowned Textbooks of Military Medicine series, documents one of the most extraordinary achievements in the history of American medicine – the dramatic advances in combat casualty care developed during Operations Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Each chapter is written by one or more military health professionals who played an important role in bringing the advancement to America’s military health system. Written in plain English and amply illustrated with informative figures and photographs, Out of the Crucible engages and informs the American public and policy makers about how America’s military health system, devised, tested and widely adopted numerous inventions, innovations, technologies that collectively produced the highest survival rate from battlefield trauma in the history of warfare.