• Suivant une longue carrière dans l'armée américaine, entre le Viêt-Nam, l'Irak et l'Afghanistan, Peter Holliday enseigne désormais l'Histoire à l'Académie Militaire de West Point. À la mort de son oncle, professeur d'université, il reçoit de celui-ci une

  • Pénétrez dans les arcanes de l'histoire des Templiers, et de l'histoire tout court.1291. Après le siège de Saint-Jean-d'Acre, dans l'ancien royaume de Jérusalem, les Templiers quittent la Terre sainte. Quatre d'entre eux, munis chacun d'une épée renfermant un message caché, prennent respectivement les directions de l'est, de l'ouest, du sud et du nord.
    2010. Peter Holliday, professeur d'histoire à West Point, fait des recherches sur les mystères des Templiers. Sa quête inlassable l'a mené en Bulgarie, dans le monastère Saint-Siméon. Là, un moine le met sur la piste de l'une des quatre épées,
    Polaris, celle du nord. Peter ne tarde pas à reconstituer l'itinéraire de celle-ci, laquelle, de Raspoutine jusqu'à une étrange société secrète réunie dans l'ombre de la conférence de Yalta en 1945, se retrouve derrière de nombreux événements historiques. Parviendra-t-il à en percer le mystère ?
    Paul Christopher nous fait de nouveau pénétrer dans les arcanes de l'histoire des Templiers, et de l'histoire tout court, avec ce roman envoûtant, d'une efficacité toujours aussi redoutable.

  • Sur les traces d'une des plus fabuleuses énigmes de notre temps : l'Arche d'alliance. Le journal d'un explorateur lance Peter Holliday, professeur d'histoire à West Point, en quête de l'Arche d'alliance. L'aventure risque de ne pas être de tout repos. C'est en effet au coeur de l'Amazonie qu'une société secrète fondée par les Templiers s'est retirée il y a plus de cinq cents ans afin de protéger ce mystère bien gardé. Entre les pilleurs de tombes et les tribus hostiles, le professeur Holliday fait-il là son dernier voyage ? Plus d'un million d'amateurs de thrillers et de passionnés d'histoire ont déjà plébiscité à travers le monde La Légende des Templiers. Ésotérisme, action et suspense se conjuguent encore à merveille dans ce nouvel opus. Après L'Épée, La Croix, Le Trône, La Conspiration, La Légion perdue, La Clé et La Vallée, Paul Christopher signe, avec La Cité perdue, le huitième tome de La Légende des Templiers. Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Pierre Szczeciner

  • Depuis qu'il a hérité d'une mystérieuse épée retrouvée dans le nid d'aigle d'Hitler, Peter Holliday, professeur d'histoire à l'académie militaire de West Point, est sur la piste des secrets des Templiers. À Paris, il informe le directeur du musée national de la Marine d'une découverte qu'il a faite, relative à la septième croisade, menée par Saint Louis en 1249. Celle-ci le conduit à s'intéresser à une figure des Templiers, un dénommé Jean de Saint-Clair, l'un des plus grands marins de son temps. Le directeur du musée lui conseille alors de se rendre à l'abbaye de Tiron, dans le Perche, proche du berceau des Saint Clair, afin d'avoir accès aux archives de la famille. Dans cette abbaye, réputée pour ses liens avec la naissance de la franc-maçonnerie, Peter en apprend davantage sur Saint-Clair, dont le tombeau, dans la chapelle du Mont-Saint-Michel, porte cette étrange inscription : Et in Arcadia ego. Peter va alors entreprendre un voyage aux multiples dangers, pièges et énigmes, qui, de Prague à Venise, se soldera par une incroyable révélation.
    Troisième volume de La Légende des Templiers après L'Épée et La Croix, Le Trône est un remarquable thriller, dans la lignée de Dan Brown et de Steve Berry. Les amateurs de mystères ésotériques et d'histoire secrète vont être ravis !

  • Un attentat contre le pape le jour de Noël met le monde en émoi. Alors qu'une enquête internationale est ouverte, Peter Holliday, professeur d'histoire à West Point, ne tarde pas à identifier les responsables de l'assassinat. Il s'agit en effet de la confrérie Rex Deux, dont il a découvert l'existence lors de ses recherches sur les mystères ésotériques des Templiers. Cette organisation secrète, datant des rois mérovingiens et dirigée par de supposés descendants du Christ, est en effet lancée dans une nouvelle croisade. Afin de percer les arcanes qui entourent la mort du Saint-Père, et de connaître le plan caché des Rex Deux, Peter va devoir affronter ces Templiers des temps modernes, et essayer de comprendre leur histoire.
    Du Vatican aux États-Unis, en passant par la France et la Suisse, Paul Christopher, qui reprend ici certaines des thèses développées dans le Da Vinci code et dans L'Enigme sacrée, nous offre un voyage palpitant à la poursuite des Templiers modernes.

  • " Le meilleur moyen de garder un secret, c'est d'oublier qu'il existe. " Jacques de Molay, Grand Maître templier Après avoir hérité de son oncle une épée médiévale retrouvée après la guerre à Berchtesgaden, dans le fameux " nid

  • En Éthiopie, un explorateur a retrouvé le tombeau de Julien de La Roche-Guillaume, un templier ayant eu accès lors des croisades à certains des manuscrits perdus de la bibliothèque d'Alexandrie.
    Peter Holliday décide de se rendre en Afrique pour décrypter les énigmes de la sépulture. Bien vite, ce qu'il découvre se révèle lié au sort de la neuvième légion romaine, la fameuse " légion perdue " de Marc Antoine, disparue dans les sables d'Égypte. Dans un pays dont la situation politique est plus qu'instable, Peter comprend bientôt qu'il est sur la piste d'un secret légendaire...
    De l'Éthiopie au Vatican, en passant par le Soudan ou l'Égypte, le cinquième volet de ce cycle ésotérique remarquable nous entraîne toujours plus loin sur la piste des Templiers et de leurs mystères.

  • Peter Holliday sur la piste des Chevaliers du Christ.1492. Après avoir fui la France à la suite de la dissolution de leur ordre par le pape Clément V en 1312, les Templiers forment un nouveau mouvement au Portugal, l'ordre du Christ. Leur emblème orne les voiles des navires de Christophe Colomb lorsque celui-ci traverse l'Atlantique. Un proche du navigateur, Don Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar, est en effet des leurs. C'est lui qui conquiert et colonise l'île de Cuba. Il y fonde la Confrérie des chevaliers du Christ, une société qui bientôt passe dans la clandestinité.
    2014. Peter Holliday, professeur d'histoire à West Point passionné par les secrets des Templiers, arrive à Cuba pour aider l'un de ses amis dont le frère a disparu. Enquêtant sur la Confrérie des chevaliers du Christ, il s'aperçoit que celle-ci est toujours en activité et qu'elle est même en train de préparer un complot susceptible de bouleverser l'ordre mondial.

  • This text is a thorough treatment of the rapidly growing area of aerial manipulation. It details all the design steps required for the modeling and control of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) equipped with robotic manipulators. Starting with the physical basics of rigid-body kinematics, the book gives an in-depth presentation of local and global coordinates, together with the representation of orientation and motion in fixed- and moving-coordinate systems. Coverage of the kinematics and dynamics of unmanned aerial vehicles is developed in a succession of popular UAV configurations for multirotor systems. Such an arrangement, supported by frequent examples and end-of-chapter exercises, leads the reader from simple to more complex UAV configurations. Propulsion-system aerodynamics, essential in UAV design, is analyzed through blade-element and momentum theories, analysis which is followed by a description of drag and ground-aerodynamic effects.The central part of the book is dedicated to aerial-manipulator kinematics, dynamics, and control. Based on foundations laid in the opening chapters, this portion of the book is a structured presentation of Newton-Euler dynamic modeling that results in forward and backward equations in both fixed- and moving-coordinate systems. The Lagrange-Euler approach is applied to expand the model further, providing formalisms to model the variable moment of inertia later used to analyze the dynamics of aerial manipulators in contact with the environment. Using knowledge from sensor data, insights are presented into the ways in which linear, robust, and adaptive control techniques can be applied in aerial manipulation so as to tackle the real-world problems faced by scholars and engineers in the design and implementation of aerial robotics systems. The book is completed by path and trajectory planning with vision-based examples for tracking and manipulation.

  • This new book is the first to make logical and important connections between trapping and foraging ecology. It develops and describes-both verbally and mathematically--the underlying principles that determine and define trap-organism interactions. More important, it goes on to explain and illustrate how these principles and relationships can be used to estimate absolute population densities in the landscape and to address an array of important problems relating to the use of trapping for detection, population estimation, and suppression in both research and applied contexts. The breakthrough nature of subject matter described has broad fundamental and applied implications for research for addressing important real-world problems in agriculture, ecology, public health and conservation biology. Monitoring traps baited with potent attractants of animals like insects have long played a critical role in revealing what pests are present and when they are active. However, pest managers have been laboring without the tools necessary for quick and inexpensive determination of absolute pest density, which is the cornerstone of pest management decisions. This book spans the gamut from highly theoretical and fundamental research to very practical applications that will be widely useful across all of agriculture.

  • Nine years after the publication of Comets and the Origin and Evolution of Life, one of the pioneering books in Astrobiology, this second edition revisits the role comets may have played in the origins and evolution of life. Recent analyses of Antarctic micrometeorites and ancient rocks in Australia and South Africa, the continuing progress in discovering complex organic macromolecules in comets, protostars and interstellar clouds, new insights into organic synthesis in comets, and numerical simulations of comet impacts on the Earth and other members of the solar system yield a spectacular wealth of new results.
    This second edition is thus actually a new book. As the first edition it is intended as a comprehensive review of current research, accessible to graduate students and others new to the field. Each chapter was prepared by experts to give an overview of an aspect of the field, and carefully revised by the editors for uniformity in style and presentation.

  • This book provides effective statistical analyses in benthic foraminiferal communities patterns and show solutions for sea-land processes and alterations caused by climate changes and other local (and global) environmental concerns. Our goal is to provide, through these chapters, the monitoring and forecasting of environmental impacts with accurate data. We identify global regions most subject to industrial pollution, contamination and sewage, identifying potential sites prone to accumulate organic matter, which effects erosion, deposition, ocean temperature and pH changes (warming, cooling, acidification), climate and sea-level changes.   Benthic habitats, specifically foraminiferal (single celled microorganisms found in the water column and sediment) contribute to our understanding of local and global climate change that effect at risk communities.  Derived through the accuracy of oceanographic climate science, allow us to predict with the intention to alleviate potential loss in coastal areas, which are, the most vulnerable to ocean warming, cooling, acidification, and sea-level rise impacts. We unravel the mystery of the Environmental Impacts and Climate Change, helping communities prepare, adjust, adapt, and minimize effects or remediate loss. We show how to pinpoint the most vulnerable and specific sites for economic and social damage and loss, using foraminifera, an inexpensive and easily handled proxy valuable for monitoring coastal and marine environmental stressors.
    The implications of those problems and the ability to forecast patterns on land are primary issues we address by studying marine sediment of beaches, estuaries, bays and deep water worldwide. Ecology, biology, life history, and taxonomy of modern Foraminifera allows us to examine the current and historical record of environmental change effects, and predict implications for future sea-level rise, and ocean patterns. 
    The prediction of responses of interacting systems to these problems, and development of strategies is needed to inform leadership with the knowledge and data to effectively implement policy, making this book a very informative and significant contribution for researchers and decision makers.

  • This book gathers together 11 empirical-based studies of classroom interaction carried out in different countries, including the USA, England, Kenya, Sweden, and China. Along with a state-of-the-art literature review, the chapters provide key insights and engagement priorities that will prove relevant to a variety of learning and teaching contexts.

  • Pope Francis confuses many observers because his papacy does not fit neatly into any pre-established classificatory schemes. To gain a deeper appreciation of Francis's complicated papacy, this volume proposes that an interdisciplinary approach, fusing concepts derived from moral theology and the social sciences, may properly situate Pope Francis as a global political entrepreneur. The chapters in this volume ask what difference it makes that he is the first pope from Latin America, how and why different countries in the world respond to him, how his understanding of scripture informs his ideas on economic, social, and environmental policy, and where politics meets theology under Francis. In the end, this volume seeks to provide a more robust understanding of the enigmatic papacy of Francis.

  • This volume seeks to understand the role and function of religious-based organizations in strengthening associational life through the provision of social services, thereby legitimizing a new role for faith in the formerly secular public sphere. Specifically, we explore how a church in a postcommunist setting, during periods of economic growth and recession in the wake of transitions to capitalism, and with varied numbers of adherents, might contribute to welfare services in a new political regime with freedom of religion. Put another way, what new pressures would be placed on the secular welfare state if religious organizations (Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, others) simply stopped offering their services? By examining public perceptions of the church, changing dynamics of religiosity, and church-state-civil society relations, the volume places these issues in context.

  • This book is about the ways in which modern enlightenment, rather than liberating humanity from tyranny, has subjected us to new servitude imposed by systems of mass manipulation, electronic vigilance, compulsive consumerism, and the horrors of a seemingly unending global war on terror. The main intellectual aims of this title are the following: the analysis of spectacle, the criticism of providential enlightenment, and the examination of positive dialectics. The spectacle, in this case, is the apotheosis of the culture industries, a total inversion of reality and of our existences. Providential enlightenment is not only a critique of the failure of enlightenment, but of the mutilation of historical enlightenments. Positive dialectics signal a new era of intellectual engagement in the construction of our historical future. During a time in which national democracies seem an imperial farce, it is not enough for intellectuals faced with all this destruction to blithely recommend resistance. The book thus ties American, British, French and German theoretical traditions into a reflexive challenge to the notion of intellectual as critic, and argues instead for a trespassive tradition of cultural leadership.

  • A wealth of international case studies illustrating current issues and emerging best practices in enterprise risk management Despite enterprise risk management's relative newness as a recognized business discipline, the marketplace is replete with guides and references for ERM practitioners. Yet, until now, few case studies illustrating ERM in action have appeared in the literature. One reason for this is that, until recently, there were many disparate, even conflicting definitions of what, exactly ERM is and, more importantly, how organizations can use it to utmost advantage. With efforts underway, internationally, to mandate ERM and to standardize ERM standards and practices, the need has never been greater for an authoritative resource offering risk management professionals authoritative coverage of the full array of contemporary ERM issues and challenges. Written by two recognized international thought leaders in the field, ERM-Enterprise Risk Management provides that and much more. Packed with international cases studies illustrating ERM best practices applicable across all industry sectors and business models Explores contemporary issues, including quantitative and qualitative measures, as well as potential pitfalls and challenges facing today's enterprise risk managers Includes interviews with leading risk management theorists and practitioners, as well as risk managers from a variety of industries An indispensable working resource for risk management practitioners everywhere and a valuable reference for researchers, providing the latest empirical evidence and an exhaustive bibliography

  • "You brought me back into this because you know what I am. I'm a grinder, I find out everything."

    Bullets squared everything. Wilson left his old boss alive in exchange for a clean slate. Wilson held up his end of the bargain and stayed off the grid for two years. Two years of peace until a man came calling. The man brought a gun and a woman in his trunk. Thousands of miles from home, Wilson learns that the city doesn't let go so easily. The city is more than bricks; it is a machine running on the blood of hard men and women. The hardest man in the city remembers Wilson and he will stop at nothing to get him back.

    A dangerous mobster's nephews are missing and the only suspects are his lieutenants. Wilson is pulled back to once again work under the radar - to quietly find out who is responsible, so it can be settled with screams. Wilson is back to being what he was. He's a grinder again. All bets are off and before he's done - everyone will pay.

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