The Backwash of War, the Human Wreckage of the Battlefield, as Witnessed by an American Hospital Nurse (Classic Reprint): Ellen N. La Motte
An urgent, prescient, and expert look at how future technology will change virtually every aspect of war as we know it and how we can respond to the serious national security challenges ahead. Future war is almost here: battles fought in cyberspace, biologically enhanced soldiers, autonomous systems that can process information and strike violently before a human being can blink. A leading expert on the place of technology in war and intelligence, Robert H. Latiff, now teaching at the University of Notre Dame, has spent a career in the military researching and developing new combat technologies, observing the cost of our unquestioning embrace of innovation. At its best, advanced technology acts faster than ever to save the lives of soldiers; at its worst, the deployment of insufficiently considered new technology can have devastating unintended or long-term consequences. The question of whether we can is followed, all too infrequently, by the question of whether we should. In Future War, Latiff maps out the changing ways of war and the weapons technologies we will use to fight them, seeking to describe the ramifications of those changes and what it will mean in the future to be a soldier. He also recognizes that the fortunes of a nation are inextricably linked with its national defense and how its citizens understand the importance of when, how, and according to what rules we fight. What will war mean to the average American? Are our leaders sufficiently sensitized to the implications of the new ways of fighting? How are the attitudes of individuals and civilian institutions shaped by the wars we fight and the means we use to fight them? And, of key importance: How will soldiers themselves think about war and their roles within it? The evolving, complex world of conflict and technology demands that we pay more attention to the issues that will confront us before it is too late to control them. Decrying what he ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Johnathan McClain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/005278/bk_rand_005278_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Three scary words. Nobody should ever have to hear a doctor say, ´´You have cancer.´´ This sentence strikes more fear than any other into the human heart, especially if you´ve lost loved ones to the disease. You may believe cancer is a death sentence, even if it isn´t one. At the time of this writing in 2017, with all the advances in medicine, its unknown origin and progression still terrify. If your life has been touched by cancer, please know you´re not alone. I´ve walked miles and miles in your shoes. Now, it´s time for you to sit down, put your feet up and take a breath. I hope this book will encourage you. You´re the reason I wrote it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Aven Shore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/088507/bk_acx0_088507_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Power is shifting - from large, stable armies to loose bands of insurgents, from corporate leviathans to nimble start-ups, and from presidential palaces to public squares. But power is also changing, becoming harder to use and easier to lose. As a result, argues award-winning columnist and former Foreign Policy editor Moisés Naím, all leaders have less power than their predecessors, and the potential for upheaval is unprecedented. In The End of Power, Naím illuminates the struggle between once-dominant megaplayers and the new micropowers challenging them in every field of human endeavor. The antiestablishment drive of micropowers can topple tyrants, dislodge monopolies, and open remarkable new opportunities, but it can also lead to chaos and paralysis. Drawing on provocative, original research and a lifetime of experience in global affairs, Naím explains how the end of power is reconfiguring our world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Moises Naim, Don Hagen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/000898/bk_gdan_000898_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
More than 15 years since its original publication, the number-one New York Times best seller We Were Soldiers Once...and Young is still required reading in all branches of the military. Now, Harold G. Moore and Joseph L. Galloway revisit their relationships with 10 American veterans of the battle, as well as Lt. Gen. Nguyen Hu An, who commanded the North Vietnamese Army troops on the other side, and two of his old company commanders. Moore and Galloway mix gritty and vivid detail with reverence and respect for their comrades. Their ability to capture man´s sense of heroism and brotherhood, their love for their men and their former enemies, and their fascination with the history of this enigmatic country make for riveting listening. We Are Soldiers Still puts a human face on warfare in a way that will not soon be forgotten. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joseph L. Galloway. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/001687/bk_harp_001687_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner, 2017 APA Audie Awards - Excellence in Marketing Earphones Award Winner Best of 2016 Science Fiction Audiobook In the year AD 3000, Earth is a barren wasteland, plundered of its natural resources by the millennium-long regime of taloned, gas-breathing, nine-foot alien conquerors from the planet Psychlo. Fewer than 35,000 humans survive in a handful of communities scattered across the face of a postapocalyptic Earth. From a desolate village in the Rocky Mountains near what once was Denver, Colorado, a courageous young man named Jonnie Goodboy Tyler embarks on a hero´s journey to challenge the fearful myths of his people. Enslaved by the sadistic Terl, the Psychlo security chief of Earth, Jonnie and a small band of survivors pit their quest for freedom against Terl´s ruthless ambition for personal wealth and power in a rebellion that erupts across the continents of Earth and the cosmic sprawl of the Psychlo empire, with the fate of the world, of mankind, and of the galaxies beyond in the balance. Superlative quality - a new standard for all audiobooks. Unlike any other audiobook ever produced. A fully immersive experience, this unabridged audiobook features more than 65 actors including Grammy Award-winning audiobook producer and narrator Stefan Rudnicki. This state-of-the-art audio engineering has created a wholly cinematic soundtrack with: 47½ hours of pulse-pounding drama and action professionally recorded with high-definition sound. A gorgeous cinematic soundtrack with full orchestral compositions and more than 150,000 sound effects. A cast of more than 65 actors - many of whom are celebrity voices from TV, films, and games - performing 198 characters. Written with a phenomenal burst of creative energy in a sustained eight-month period in 1980, and first published in October 1982, Battl... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Josh Clark, Scott Menville, Fred Tatascorie, Stefan Rudnicki, Nancy Cartwright, Jim Meskimen, Kaleo Griffith, Enn Reitel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gala/000129/bk_gala_000129_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As a SEAL on combat deployment in Iraq, Mike Ritland saw a military working dog in action and instantly knew he found his true calling. While the SEAL teams had used dogs in the past, they never had dogs trained specifically by SEALs, for SEALs. To fill this void, Ritland started his own company after he retired, training and supplying dogs for the West Coast SEAL teams. He knew that less than 1% of all working dogs had what it takes to contribute to the success of our nation’s elite combat units. He searched the globe for animals who fit this specific profile. These specialized canines had to pass rigorous selection tests before their serious training could begin. The results were a revelation: highly trained working dogs capable of handling both detection and apprehension work in the most extreme environments and the tensest of battlefield conditions. Though fiercely aggressive and athletic, these dogs develop a close bond with the handlers they work side by side with and the other team members. Truly integrating themselves into their units, these K9 warriors are much like their human counterparts - unwavering in their devotion to duty, strong enough and tough enough to take it to the enemy through pain, injury, or fear. For the first time ever, listeners get an inside look at these elite K9 warriors - who they are, how they are trained, and the extreme missions they undertake saving countless lives asking for little in the way of reward. From detecting explosives to eliminating the bad guys, these powerful dogs are also some of the smartest and most highly skilled working animals on the planet. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Gurner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001557/bk_aren_001557_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A British soldier walked over to the German front line to deliver newspapers; British women married to Germans became `enemy aliens¿ in their own country; a high-ranking British POW discussed his own troops¿ heroism with the Kaiser on the battlefield. Just three amazing stories of contact between the opposing sides in the Great War that eminent historian Richard van Emden has unearthed - incidents that show brutality, great humanity, and above all the bizarre nature of a conflict between two nations with long-standing ties of kinship and friendship. Meeting the Enemy reveals for the first time how contact was maintained on many levels throughout the War, and its stories, sometimes funny, often moving, give us a new perspective on the lives of ordinary men and women caught up in extraordinary events. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Derek Perkins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016998/bk_adbl_016998_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As robots are increasingly integrated into modern society - on the battlefield and the road, in business, education, and health - Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times science writer John Markoff searches for an answer to one of the most important questions of our age: Will these machines help us, or will they replace us? In the past decade alone, Google introduced us to driverless cars, Apple debuted a personal assistant that we keep in our pockets, and an Internet of Things connected the smaller tasks of everyday life to the farthest reaches of the Internet. There is little doubt that robots are now an integral part of society, and cheap sensors and powerful computers will ensure that in the coming years, these robots will soon act on their own. This new era offers the promise of immense computing power, but it also reframes a question first raised more than half a century ago, at the birth of the intelligent machine: Will we control these systems, or will they control us? In Machines of Loving Grace, New York Times reporter John Markoff, the first reporter to cover the World Wide Web, offers a sweeping history of the complicated and evolving relationship between humans and computers. Over the recent years, the pace of technological change has accelerated dramatically, reintroducing this difficult ethical quandary with newer and far weightier consequences. As Markoff chronicles the history of automation, from the birth of the artificial intelligence and intelligence augmentation communities in the 1950s to the modern-day brain trusts at Google and Apple in Silicon Valley and on to the expanding tech corridor between Boston and New York, he traces the different ways developers have addressed this fundamental problem and urges them to carefully consider the consequences of their work. 1. Language: English. Narrator: George Newbern. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/004578/bk_harp_004578_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the aftermath of World War III, a reptilian army emerges from the darkness of space to launch a ruthless campaign of conquest and genocide. All that remains of the world is a wasteland of concrete ruins and shattered architecture, now the dystopian battlefield upon which the human resistance wages its defiant war of survival against the invaders. Includes five books of the Alien Resistance series. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Persephone Rose. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/086461/bk_acx0_086461_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.