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review 2018-03-28 17:23
Guernica as a harbinger of an age
Guernica and Total War (Profiles in History) - Ian Patterson

Though on a small scale by later standards, the bombing of the Spanish town of Guernica on April 26, 1937 ranks as one of the iconic moments in the 20th century.  Memorialized by Picasso in what is perhaps his most famous work, it was an event that shocked the West for the degree of death and destructiveness inflicted on a single, defenseless community.  For many Europeans it symbolized their fears for what a new war would bring to the continent, and indeed in retrospect it also served as a precursor for the conflict that was soon to come.  Ian Patterson’s book about the bombing of the town is both more and less than a study of the attack, as he broadens his focus beyond the actual event to fit it into the context of its era.


Patterson’s focus is evident from the start, as he begins not with the bombing of the town but with how it was initially covered by the media of the time.  This approach serves to demonstrate how the meaning of the event was contested from the start, as both the Republican and Nationalist sides in the Spanish Civil War present it as an example of their opponents’ barbarity.  Charged with launching the attack, the Nationalists denied any responsibility and instead accused the Republicans of attacking the village in an effort to galvanize public opinion against General Franco’s forces.  The images of the destroyed town, though, quickly took on a larger meaning, as they served as visual embodiments of the new type of war, one in which civilians suffered as well as combatants.


From here Patterson brings in the larger context of the literature of the times about war, particularly war from the air.  The limited use of air power against cities during the First World War created awareness of the threat, while the advances in technology and the warnings of experts served to magnify it.  This anxiety was a consequence of the emergent concept of total war, where whole societies were now targeted by enemy forces as a means of waging war.  Though the fears of the 1930s proved exaggerated in some respects, Guernica’s fate was indeed one that would soon be inflicted on an increasingly escalating scale upon Rotterdam, London, Hamburg, Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and others, all of which helped to cement Guernica’s status as a harbinger for the decades that followed.


Short yet enlightening, Patterson’s book is a thoughtful examination of the bombing of Guernica and the broader meaning it held for his age.  While his definition of total war (which he limits to the use of air power to effect destruction) is rather narrow, his book nonetheless serves to illustrate how closely we have come to associating the concept with the devastation brought by the bombing of cities.  This is a work that should be read not just by people seeking to learn about Guernica’s destruction, but also by anyone interested in modern warfare and its impact on Western thought in the modern age.

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review 2018-02-03 00:00
Night of the Living Things (Victor Shmud, Total Expert #2)
Night of the Living Things (Victor Shmud... Night of the Living Things (Victor Shmud, Total Expert #2) - Jim Benton Disclaimer: Received from publicist for review consideration.
Night of the Living Things Review
Okay, I’m just going to get this off my chest right away: Victor needs to figure out Dumpylumps is a duck, not a chicken! Preferably in the third book, please. Because if this keeps up much longer, I’m going to Do A Thing, invent a device to reach into the pages, and show this kid the difference between a duck and chicken! Argh! How can he be so blind?! I mean, I’m willing to overlook the fact that the school Victor goes to allows pets to attend classes, borrow Kindergartners for shoes, but I just cannot stand for him fixating on Dumpylumps being a chicken!

Okay, I’m better now.

Anyways, Night of the Living Things was a good follow-up to Let’s Do A Thing! Whereas the first one was science fiction, this one strays a little bit more towards the kids horror side. It’s not scary at all, of course, but it still has zombies and those are “gross and kind of scary” according to the resident miniature human being in charge around here. Benton presents a perfectly acceptably ridiculous scenario for the dead rising from their graves, and at the same time pokes fun at the adult need for coffee. Something kids about this age begin to understand is essential for the functioning of adult life, but don’t see the appeal of.

While I’ll admit I didn’t like Night of the Living Things quite as much as the first book, my child’s enthusiasm for the story had ratcheted up a notch. So we balanced out. I still like Victor, but I have to admit for a preference for Dumpylumps. I think I’d be perfectly willing to read a re-write of this series from Dumpylumps point of view. He’s just a cool duck.

Perfectly-paced action, a ridiculous plot, and a child with a mind that never even comes near the box combine to make Night of the Living Things an entertaining read for it’s target age-range. It felt like there were a few more illustrations in this book than the first one, and my child and I both appreciated that. The art is a huge part of what makes these books so fun to read.

Kid-recommended, adult-approved.
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review 2018-02-02 00:00
Let's Do A Thing! (Victor Shmud, Total Expert #1)
Let's Do A Thing! (Victor Shmud, Total E... Let's Do A Thing! (Victor Shmud, Total Expert #1) - Jim Benton I feel like I'm old enough that I shouldn't get quite the enjoyment out of kids books that I do, but I loved Let's Do A thing!  I laughed my way through it and so did my child. Jim Benton is undeniably talented at creating endearingly ridiculous stories with heroes or heroines that you cannot help that like. My child absolutely loves his Franny K. Stein series, and I think Victor Shmud might possibly edge Franny out of top spot.

Victor is an optimist and a dreamer and totally committed to being an expert at something everyday. He changes his mind on a whim, and he's not nearly as good as he thinks he's going to be, but he has fun every day. He's friendly, cheerful, and has a pet duck that he obviously thinks is a chicken that just hasn't recognized it is a chicken yet.

As an accidental hero Victor is unbelievably talented in getting help just in the nick of time. As a character in a book aimed at 7 to 9 year olds he's perfect. However should I actually meet this child in real life he would drive me nuts.

The illustrations in Let's Do A Thing! are very appropriate for the subject matter. The duck is a perfect companion for Victor. And Mrs Nozzleburp was a pleasure to read. Most of the time it seems like teachers are displayed as having zero patience and being rather evil semicolon however Invicta schmudde she's understanding constantly redirecting kids appropriately and never quite losing her temper. Basically she's the perfect type of teacher for Victor. And Victor genuinely seems to love her. So, there's that.

Overall, Let's Do A Thing! is a great introduction to Victor Shmud, and I think his Total Expert series is going to be a delight to read.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publicist for review consideration.
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text 2017-09-04 11:05
Global Total Station Market Professional Survey Report 2017


The Global Total Station Market Professional Survey Report 2017 is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Total Station industry.

Firstly, the report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Total Station market analysis is provided for the international market including development history, competitive landscape analysis, and major regions’ development status.

Secondly, development policies and plans are discussed as well as manufacturing processes and cost structures. This report also states import/export, supply and consumption figures as well as cost, price, revenue and gross margin by regions (United States, EU, China and Japan), and other regions can be added.

Then, the report focuses on global major leading industry players with information such as company profiles, product picture and specification, capacity, production, price, cost, revenue and contact information. Upstream raw materials, equipment and downstream consumers analysis is also carried out. What’s more, the Total Station industry development trends and marketing channels are analyzed.

Finally, the feasibility of new investment projects is assessed, and overall research conclusions are offered.

In a word, the report provides major statistics on the state of the industry and is a valuable source of guidance and direction for companies and individuals interested in the market.

This report studies Total Station in Global market, especially in North America, China, Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan and India, with production, revenue, consumption, import and export in these regions, from 2012 to 2016, and forecast to 2022.

This report focuses on top manufacturers in global market, with production, price, revenue and market share for each manufacturer, covering
    Beijing Bofei Instrument
    Advanced Surveying Instruments
    Changzhou Dadi Surveying Science & Technology
    Suzhou FOIF
    Survey Instruments Services
    Hi-Target Surveying Instrument
    Guangdong Kolida Instrument
    Maple International Instrument
    North Group
    Robert Bosch
    South Surveying & Mapping Instrument
    TI Asahi
    Topcon Corporation
    Kara Company
    Precision equipment Rental
    Axis- GPS
    Surveying Instruments
    Northwest Lasers & Instruments
    Celtic Surveys

By types, the market can be split into

By Application, the market can be split into
    Oil & Gas

By Regions, this report covers (we can add the regions/countries as you want)
    North America
    Southeast Asia

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1 Industry Overview of Total Station

2 Manufacturing Cost Structure Analysis of Total Station

3 Technical Data and Manufacturing Plants Analysis of Total Station

4 Global Total Station Overall Market Overview

5 Total Station Regional Market Analysis

6 Global 2012-2017E Total Station Segment Market Analysis (by Type)

7 Global 2012-2017E Total Station Segment Market Analysis (by Application)

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9 Development Trend of Analysis of Total Station Market

10 Total Station  Marketing Type Analysis

11 Consumers Analysis of Total Station

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