Inyo County Free Library - New Acquisitions

These are books and media new to the library and cataloged by the Inyo County Free Library.

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Something about a soldier

By Willeford, Charles Ray

Publishing Date: c1986

Classification: 300

Call Number: 355.0092 WIL

Willeford joined the U.S. Army in 1935 at the age of 16. He spent time in the Philippines, in the air corps, and later at Fort Riley, in the cavalry. He recalls some of the less savory aspects of the Depression army, and explains in great detail just how the enlisted men lived. In the four years covered here, he fits in about as many sexual, alcoholic, and military adventures as a young man could reasonably hope to survive. Although this memoir captures the spirit of the prewar army well, its tone of mild braggadocio and its uninspired prose will limit its appeal. For specialized collections of military memorabilia only. Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army TRALINET Ctr., Fort Monroe, Va. Copyright 1986 Cahners Business Information.

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Rights for victims of crime: rebalancing justice

By Waller, Irvin

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 300

Call Number: 362.88 WAL

Criticizes the balance of justice in the American justice system, discussing the rights and implementation of the rights granted to victims of crime, and describing ways to improve the system and better support victims with assistance, compensation, and protection from the accused.

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Desert reckoning: a town sheriff, a Mojave hermit, and the biggest manhunt in modern California history

By Stillman, Deanne

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: 300

Call Number: 363.232 STI

Why did a brilliant, self-taught rocket scientist who just wanted to be left alone go off the rails when a cop showed up? What happens to people when the American dream is stripped away? And what is it like for the men who are sworn to protect and serve? Donald Kueck, a desert hermit who loved animals and hated civilization, gunned down beloved deputy sheriff Steven Sorensen when he approached his trailer at high noon on a scorching summer day. As the sound of rifle fire echoed across the Mojave, Kueck took off into the desert he knew so well, kicking off the biggest manhunt in modern California history.

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Bodies we've buried: inside the National Forensic Academy, the world's top CSI training school

By Hallcox, Jarrett

Publishing Date: 2006

Classification: 300

Call Number: 363.25 HAL

An introduction to forensic science and its role in law enforcement goes behind the doors of the National Forensic Academy to reveal the school's intensive, ten-week training course in crime scene investigation.

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Master the special agent exam

Publishing Date: c2009

Classification: 300

Call Number: 363.282

Provides preparation and practice tests for passing the Treasury Enforcement Agent (TEA) exam as well as basic information about federal agencies that employ special agents.

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A cowboy detective: a true story of twenty-two years with a world-famous detective agency

By Siringo, Charles A.

Publishing Date: c1988

Classification: 300

Call Number: 363.289 SIR

"Giving the inside facts of the bloody Coeur d'Alene labor riots, and the many ups and downs of the author throughout the United States, Alaska, British Columbia, and old Mexico, also exciting scenes among the moonshiners of Kentucky and Virginia."

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The devouring dragon: how China's rise threatens our natural world

By Simons, Craig

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 300

Call Number: 363.7095 SIM

Argues that China's role as an emerging economic power is destroying the environment, citing their status as the largest market for endangered wildlife, top importer of tropical trees, and biggest emitter of greenhouse gases.

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Debunked: conspiracy theories, urban legends, and evil plots of the 21st century

By Roeper, Richard

Publishing Date: c2008

Classification: 300

Call Number: 364.1 ROE

A breezy but fact-filled dissection of more than two dozen of the most popular urban legends and conspiracy theories of the 21st century.

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Into the heart of the mafia: a journey through the Italian south

By Lane, David

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 300

Call Number: 364.16 LAN

An Economist journalist presents an investigation into the criminal underworld of such Southern Italy regions as Calabria and Sicily, explaining the impact of globalization in strengthening organized crime in all areas of life from religion and politics to business and law enforcement. - (Baker & Taylor)

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Just send me word: a true story of love and survival in the Gulag

By Figes, Orlando

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 300

Call Number: 365.4509 FIG

"A heroic love story and an unprecedented inside view of one of Stalin's most notorious labor camps, based on a remarkable cache of letters smuggled in and out of the Gulag."--Publisher's description.

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Reign of error: the hoax of the privatization movement and the danger to America's public schools

By Ravitch, Diane

Publishing Date: 2013

Classification: 300

Call Number: 379.3 RAV

"From the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, "whistleblower extraordinaire" (The Wall Street Journal), one of the foremost authorities on education and the history of education in the United States, author of the best-selling The Death and Life of the Great American School System; The Language Police ("Impassioned . . . Fiercely argued . . . Every bit as alarming as it is illuminating" --The New York Times); and the now-classic Great School Wars: A History of the New York City Public Schools--an incisive, comprehensive look at today's American public schools that argues persuasively against those who claim our public school system is broken, beyond repair, and obsolete; an impassioned but reasoned call to stop the rising "privatization movement" draining students--and funding--from our public schools, a book that puts forth a detailed plan of what needs to happen to schools and with public policy to insure the survival of this American institution so basic to our democracy"--

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The great basin: a natural prehistory

By Grayson, Donald K.

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 500

Call Number: 508.79 GRA

"The Great Basin, centering on Nevada and including substantial parts of California, Oregon, and Utah, gets its name from the fact that none of its rivers or streams flow to the sea. This book synthesizes the past 25,000 years of the natural history of this vast region. It explores the extinct animals that lived in the Great Basin during the Ice Age and recounts the rise and fall of the massive Ice Age lakes that existed here. It explains why trees once grew 13' beneath what is now the surface of Lake Tahoe, explores the nearly two dozen Great Basin mountain ranges that once held substantial glaciers, and tells the remarkable story of how pinyon pine came to cover some 17,000,000 acres of the Great Basin in the relatively recent past.These discussions culminate with the impressive history of the prehistoric people of the Great Basin, a history that shows how human societies dealt with nearly 13,000 years of climate change on this often-challenging landscape"--Provided by publisher.

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Proofiness: the dark arts of mathematical deception

By Seife, Charles

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 500

Call Number: 510 SEI

The bestselling author of "Zero" shows how mathematical misinformation pervades-- and shapes-- our daily lives.

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Hubble's universe: greatest discoveries and latest images

By Dickinson, Terence

Publishing Date: 2012

Classification: 500

Call Number: 522.2919 DIC

Bestselling astronomy writer Terence Dickinson showcases a breathtaking portfolio drawn from an archive of over 500,000 existing Hubble images together with facts and tidbits about Hubble's history and discoveries not found in any other book.

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Pluto: sentinel of the outer solar system

By Jones, Barrie William

Publishing Date: 2010

Classification: 500

Call Number: 523.4922 JON

"Orbiting at the edge of the outer Solar System, Pluto is an intriguing object in astronomy. Since the fascinating events surrounding its discovery, it has helped increase our understanding of the origin and evolution of the Solar System, and raised questions about the nature and benefits of scientific classification. This is a timely and exciting account of Pluto and its satellites. The author uses Pluto as a case study to discuss discovery in astronomy, how remote astronomical bodies are investigated, and the role of classification in science by discussing Pluto's recent classification as a dwarf planet. Besides Pluto, the book also explores the rich assortment of bodies that constitute the Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt, of which Pluto is the innermost member. Richly illustrated, this text is written for general readers, amateur astronomers and students alike. Boxed text provides more advanced information especially for readers who wish to delve deeper into the subject"--

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Physics demystified

By Gibilisco, Stan

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 500

Call Number: 530 GIB

An easy-to-follow introduction to advanced physics that covers key topics, concepts and applications and uses simple explanations to help students grasp the field's foundations.

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The instant physicist: [an illustrated guide]

By Muller, Richard A.

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 500

Call Number: 530 MUL

Presents cartoons alongside explanations of scientific curiosities such as chocolate having more energy than TNT, and wine being radioactive.

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The handy physics answer book

By Zitzewitz, Paul W.

Publishing Date: c2011

Classification: 500

Call Number: 530 ZIT

Answers more than eight hundred questions about physics, ranging from everyday life applications to the latest explorations in the field.

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For the love of physics: from the end of the rainbow to the edge of time-- a journey through the wonders of physics

By Lewin, Walter H. G.

Publishing Date: 2011

Classification: 500

Call Number: 530.092 LEW

Largely autobiographical account of the author's life as one who fell in love first with physics and then with teaching physics to students.

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The particle at the end of the universe: how the hunt for the Higgs boson leads us to the edge of a new world

By Carroll, Sean M.

Publishing Date: c2012

Classification: 500

Call Number: 539.721 CAR

Scientists have just announced an historic discovery on a par with the splitting of the atom: the Higgs boson, the key to understanding why mass exists, has been found. Carroll takes readers behind the scenes of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN to meet the scientists and explain this landmark event. We only discovered the electron just over a hundred years ago and considering where that took us-- from nuclear energy to quantum computing-- the inventions that will result from the Higgs discovery will be world-changing.