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Ian Fleming’s Commandos The Story of the Legendary 30 Assault Unit

Ian Fleming’s Commandos: The Story of the Legendary 30 Assault Unit by Nicholas Rankin
English | 2011 | ISBN: 0199782822, 0571250637 | 416 pages | EPUB | 2,5 MB

In 1941, the United Kingdom faced its darkest hour: it stood alone against the Germans, who had chased British forces out of France, Norway, and Greece. All it had left were desperate measures-commando raids, intelligence coups, feats of derring-do. Any such "novel enterprise," wrote Admiral John Godfrey, Director of Naval Intelligence, required "an officer with drive and imagination of the highest order." He found one in Commander Ian Fleming.

In Ian Fleming’s Commandos, Nicholas Rankin tells the exciting story of a secret intelligence outfit conceived and organized by Fleming. Named 30 Assault Unit, the group was expected to seize enemy codebooks, cipher machines, and documents in high-stakes operations. Assault unit commandos fought in the North African campaign and the invasions of Sicily and Italy, poked over the bones of bombed Pantelleria, and liberated Capri. Rebranded ’30 Assault Unit’, they went ashore on D-Day, heading for rocket-sites and radar-stations. They helped liberate Paris (including the Ritz Bar and the Rothschild mansion) and then set out to steal scientific and industrial secrets from the heart of Germany. Their final amazing coup was to seize the entire archives of the German Navy’s three hundred tons of documents. Ian Fleming flew out in person to accompany the loot back to Britain, where it was combed for evidence to use in the Nuremburg trials.

Based on incisive research and written with verve and insight, this new paperback edition of Ian Fleming’s Commandos brings to life a long-obscured chapter of World War II and reveals the inspiration behind Fleming’s famous fiction.

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I Was Vermeer The Forger Who Swindled Nazis [Audiobook]

I Was Vermeer: The Forger Who Swindled Nazis [Audiobook] by Frank Wynne
English | November 15, 2008 | ASIN: B00JHO322I | [email�protected] kbps | 8 hrs 5 mins | 223 MB
Narrator: Richard Burnip | Genre: Nonfiction/History

In 1945, a small-time Dutch art dealer was arrested for selling a forgery of a priceless national treasure � a painting by Vermeer � to Hitler’s right-hand man. The charge was treason; the only possible sentence death.

And yet Han van Meegeren languished in his dank prison cell, incapable of uttering the words that would set him free: ‘I am a forger.’ This riveting account of greed, hubris, excess, treason and fine art is the story of a failed artist and the greatest forger of all time.

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I Am Brian Wilson A Memoir


I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir by Brian Wilson
English | 2016 | ISBN: 1444781324, 0306823063 | 336 pages | EPUB | 7 MB

My life has been written about over and over again, and thats mostly okay with me. Other people can talk about my life. Sometimes theyll get it right and sometimes theyll get it wrong. For me, when I think back across my own life, there are so many things that are painful. Sometimes I dont like discussing them. Sometimes I dont even like remembering them. But as I get older, the shape of that pain has changed. Sometimes memories come back to me when I least expect them. Maybe thats the only way it works when youve lived the life Ive lived: starting a band with my brothers that was managed by my father, watching my father become difficult and then impossible, watching myself become difficult and then impossible, watching women I loved come and go, watching children come into the world, watching my brothers get older, watching them pass out of the world. Some of those things shaped me. Others scarred me. Sometimes it was hard to tell the difference. When I watched my father fly into a rage and take swings at me and my brothers, was that shaping or scarring? When we watched him grow frustrated with his day job and take solace in music, was that shaping or scarring? Those are all memories but I cant get to them all at once. Ive had a whole lifetime to take them in. Now I have a whole book to put them out there.

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Hypothesis Testing and Model Selection in the Social Sciences

Hypothesis Testing and Model Selection in the Social Sciences (Methodology in the Social Sciences) by David L. Weakliem PhD
English | 2016 | ISBN: 1462525652 | 202 pages | PDF | 3 MB

Examining the major approaches to hypothesis testing and model selection, this book blends statistical theory with recommendations for practice, illustrated with real-world social science examples. It systematically compares classical (frequentist) and Bayesian approaches, showing how they are applied, exploring ways to reconcile the differences between them, and evaluating key controversies and criticisms. The book also addresses the role of hypothesis testing in the evaluation of theories, the relationship between hypothesis tests and confidence intervals, and the role of prior knowledge in Bayesian estimation and Bayesian hypothesis testing. Two easily calculated alternatives to standard hypothesis tests are discussed in depth: the Akaike information criterion (AIC) and Bayesian information criterion (BIC).

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