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Civil Society and the Search for Justice in Russia
Published in Paperback by Lexington Books (2002)
Authors: Christopher Marsh, Nikolas K. Gvosdev, and Carol S. Wharton
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This book has received advance praise from a number of scholars and practitioners alike. Strobe Talbott, former deputy secretary of state, and president of The Brookings Institution, noted that "This volume offers a stimulating and hard-hitting look at the crucial questions of civil society--and its absence--in post-Soviet Russia." Harley Balzer (Georgetown University) says this volume "provides a unique perspective on oft-neglected aspects of civil society in Russia" wile Daniel Orlovsky of Southern Methodist University says that "This is an exciting and timely collection that brings together historical, social scientific, cultural, and journalistic perspectives on the nature of civil society and its problems and possibilities in contemporary Russia."

Governing the Soul: The Shaping of the Private Self
Published in Hardcover by Free Assn Books (01 May, 1999)
Author: Nikolas Rose
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governing the soul = neoliberal governance at a distance
This book is Nikolas Rose's masterpiece about neoliberalism's attempts at "governance at a distance". Governing the soul is basically a euphemism for the attempt by neoliberal regimes to get citizens to govern themselves. Why get citizens to govern themselves? So the state can do, in the words of Osborne and Gaebler in Reinventing Government, "less of the rowing and more of the steering". There is a view that the welfare state had intervened too much into the day-to-day lives of citizens that civil society had become dependent on the government to meet their needs. Governing the soul means transforming those who had become dependent on the government into autonomous "selves" capable of carrying out self-governance. There is a notion that the self is not a given, as the humanist conception of self advocates, but is created through the choices we make. If you don't like who you are, make yourself up as someone different. Thus, governing the soul is directly related to governing through choice/freedom--a key aspect of "rule at a distance". This conception of self as "made up" can be seen today in the many talk shows, namely Oprah Winfrey, in which people are transformed from the lowly selves they were into the new selves they want to be through the process of choice. I would recommend this book to any who like Foucault's works because Rose's Foucauldian roots are clear in his arguments about nothing being given and everything being the product of history--"the history of the present" is a Foucauldian idea. Also, I would recommend Graham Burchell's works on "techniques of the self" because these techniques are actually analogous to Rose's "governing the soul".

How Electrons Whirl Our Wheels: Nikola Telsa
Published in Paperback by Telecommunity Pr (1995)
Authors: Paul M. Rosa and Carolyn P. Speranza
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How Electrons Whirl Our Wheels
In receipt of "how electrons whirl our wheels" and I liked it very much. My reasons for liking it may be incorrect, but let me state them. It doesn't tell you anything. That is, there IS some real information in it--like Tesla's dates and the information about his mother and a "general sense" of his experimenting and inventing. Several years ago I became convinced that information overload was quite real and, I suppose, except for that hardcore information which is life or death (such as medical info.), one way of organizing and presenting information is as good as another. 20 pages of broad-brushed suggestive information is as effective as 20 volumes and, quite frankly, from what I know of Tesla--and more particularly--from the mystique surrounding Tesla, your little booklet captures that. It is an invitation to know more and once you've learned more, there is still your little booklet to return to which becomes richer not less richer and more suggestive of Tesla's "genius."

I also enjoy the use of old images/illustrations to describe high-tech and "modern" things, seen first in What Color is Your Parachute and then in many computer, computer language books.

Images of Kursk: History's Greatest Tank Battle, July 1943
Published in Paperback by Brasseys, Inc. (01 November, 2002)
Authors: Nik Cornish and Nikolas Cornish
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Sobering statistics, and personal eye-witness testimonies
Filled from cover to cover with black-and-white photographs, Images Of Kursk: History's Greatest Tank Battle, July 1943 by Nik Cornish is a gritty, compellingly accurate, point-by-point dissection of the pivotal tank battle of World War II, between Russian and German forces from beginning to end. Vivid details, sobering statistics, and personal eye-witness testimonies enhance the text of this unforgettable and very highly recommended study of a crucial piece of World War II military history.

Inventing our Selves : Psychology, Power, and Personhood
Published in Paperback by Cambridge University Press (1999)
Author: Nikolas Rose
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Simply superb
Nikolas Rose writes a powerful and thought provoking work that radically alters how the work of the "mental health" professional can be understood, detailing its critical relevance for each of us.

Inventions Researches and Writings of Nikola Tesla: With Special Reference to His Work in Polyphase Currents and High Potential Lighting
Published in Hardcover by Brill Academic Publishers (1977)
Author: Thomas C. Martin
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This is the real thing
This book is the compilation of Lectures given by Tesla in the late 1880's where he explains basically everything he has done so far, including real practical advice on how to build motors, coils, etc. Get it and ask yourself howcome he is rarely mentioned in today's textbooks.

Night Is Coming
Published in School & Library Binding by E P Dutton (1991)
Authors: W. Nikola-Lisa and Jamichael Henterly
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Sweet, peaceful, bedtime book
This book is a great before bed book. The art is beautiful, and the words are full of imagery. Excellent for any child.

Nikola Tesla Returns (From Heaven to Earth)
Published in Paperback by Ariel Press (1989)
Authors: Robert R. Leichtman and D. Kendrick Johnson
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The training of a genius mind to fish for ideas in a pond.
This book is surprising in a way. Nicola Tesla speaks through a medium and I had expected that he would reveal a few technical details that he had left obscure or did not have the time to complete. But technical things were hardly touched upon. On the contrary, Tesla's concern is to point scientists towards the method he used for focussing his mind to tap into a wealth of multi-dimensional "ideas" that penetrate the physical world and exist like fish in a pond. He explains how a genius mind can explore that pond of ideas and how it can be trained to see the multi-dimensionality of an invention, its interrelation with other ideas and its netto effect on mankind, our planet and further. He also explains, why some secrets were never revealed when he still was incorporate and why they probably never will be. The book is formed like an interview between a handful of people with Nicola Tesla speaking through the author. It very much expresses the spiritual growth that I feel that must take place before we even consider inventing new technology. Refreshing to read and humorous although it deals with serious matter. Occasionally the book crosses into spritistic regions that do not create spontaneous resonance within me.

Nikola Tesla: Guided Weapons and Computer Technology
Published in Hardcover by Twenty First Century Books (1998)
Authors: Nikola Tesla, Leland I. Anderson, and Gary . Peterson
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A really interesting and fascinating book
Tesla was a great genius. His designs and works were brilliant. I must to any computer or electrical engineer.

Nikola Tesla: The Man Who Harnessed Niagara Falls
Published in Paperback by Metascience Productions (2001)
Author: Marc Seifer
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Delightful book for young readers
If you go to Goat Island at Niagara Falls, you will see a statue of Nikola Tesla inventor of the AC polyphase system, the electrical power system put in 100 years ago at Niagara Falls which is essentially unchanged today. I wrote this book to explain to young readers and adults alike Tesla's precise role in the development of this great invention. Before this invention, electrical energy could only be transported about one mile and then only for lighting homes. Afterwards, electricity could be transported hundreds of miles, and not just for lighting, but also for running household appliances and industrial machinery in factories. In addition, unlike the polluting coal operating electrical plants of that day, Tesla's invention was a clean energy creation using a renewable source of power. Before Tesla's creation, all major factories had to be located by rivers and powerful streams. Now they could be located everywhere. For these reasons, Tesla was honored by LIFE MAGAZINE by being listed as one of the 100 most important individuals of the last 1,000 years. Tesla received the Edison Medal in 1917, he was nominated for a Nobel Prize in the 1930's and he was further honored by the world when in 1956, the electrical unit the "tesla" was named after him. (MRI's measure in "tesla" units.) Thus he could stand beside such other electrical giants as Ampere, Watt and Volta. The end chapter contains an outline of my doctoral dissertation which was a treatise on why Tesla's name disappeared from the history books. THE MAN WHO HARNESSED NIAGARA FALLS is beautifully illustrated with numerous photographs and drawings from Tesla's heyday, the turn of the century, and it also contains a photograph of the Goat Island statue designed by sculptor Franko Krisnic which was given to the people of New York by the people of Yugoslavia in 1976. You've read about Harry Potter, now read about a real live WIZARD! [...]

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