- The Essential Thomas Paine
The impassioned democratic voice of the Age of Revolution, Thomas Paine fought for American liberty with words and deeds. His Common Sense galvanized the colonists to form the United States and declare independence from Great Britain. The American Crisis--opening with the immortal cry, "These are the times that try men's souls"--rallied the young nation's war-weary troops and citizens. Upon his return to Europe, Paine continued to promote freedom by proclaiming The Rights of Man and decrying religious persecution with The Age of Reason.
The brilliant social and political philosopher possessed a gift for stating complex ideas in concise terms, making him one of the first journalists to write in language accessible to anyone who could read. This anthology features highlights from Paine's best-known works, along with selections from his letters, articles, and pamphlets. Editor John Dos Passos--the acclaimed author of Three Soldiers and the epic U.S.A. trilogy--distills the radical intellectual's philosophy into a single cohesive volume that resounds with ever-relevant views on democracy and justice.
- The Iron Heel
The Iron Heel treads upon the faces of the poor. Determined to crush the working class at any cost, the brutal dictatorship incites a paranoid atmosphere of witch-hunting hysteria, employing gangs of thugs to stifle free speech. Avis Everhard, wife of a labor leader, narrates this gripping novel. In moving terms, she reveals the wretched poverty that props up aristocratic wealth and recounts the desperate struggles of revolutionaries against the insidious rise of the Iron Heel.
George Orwell hailed this prescient tale as "a truer prophecy of the future than either Brave New World or The Shape of Things to Come." Written more than a century ago, Jack London's harrowing vision of class warfare and a totalitarian state anticipates the development of fascism, the spread of terrorism, and the oppressive forces of government surveillance and authority. A short novel with remarkable depth, it continues to resonate with modern readers as both a satire and a warning.
- Robust Adaptive Control
Presented in a tutorial style, this text reduces the confusion and difficulty in grasping the design, analysis, and robustness of a wide class of adaptive controls for continuous-time plants. The treatment unifies, simplifies, and explains most of the techniques for designing and analyzing adaptive control systems. Excellent text and authoritative reference.
- The Secrets of Architectural Composition
Well arranged, logical, and aptly illustrated, this classic survey covers every aspect of the design process. It addresses architectural principles as well as their practical application, examining general questions of scale, balance, proportion, and symmetry and presenting detailed treatments of doors, windows, walls, stairways, columns, and other features. Long acknowledged as a valuable resource for students and teachers alike, this volume is unsurpassed in terms of the richness of its material and the consistency of its insights. It was written by Nathaniel Cortlandt Curtis, an influential designer and artist who served as the head of the Tulane School of Architecture. Curtis illustrated his work with nearly 250 line drawings that depict architectural elements from a splendid variety of periods and settings, from ancient Rome's temples and palaces to modern-day hotels and museums of Paris and New York.
- Planar Graphs: Theory and Algorithms
This book features most of the important theorems and algorithms related to planar graphs. Eminently suitable as a text, it also is useful for researchers and includes an extensive reference section.
The authors, who have researched planar graphs for many years, have structured the topics in a manner relevant to graph theorists and computer scientists. The first two chapters are introductory and provide the foundations of the graph theoretic notions and algorithmic techniques used throughout the text. Succeeding chapters discuss planarity testing and embedding, drawing planar graphs, vertex- and edge-coloring, independent vertex sets, and subgraph listing. The text concludes with explorations of planar separator theorem, Hamiltonian cycles, and single-commodity or multi-commodity flows.