High Calling by Evelyn Husband +

High Calling: The Courageous Life and Faith of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband by Evelyn Husband and Donna Vanliere
Requirements: .ePUB/.AZW3 reader, 1.80 MB + 2.06 MB
Overview: Rick Husband wanted to be an astronaut since his fourth birthday, but it wasn’t always for the right reasons. Initially, he thought it would be neat . . . cool . . . a fun thing to do. It wasn’t until he came to a spiritual crossroads and was able to give that dream up to discover the true desires of his heart before he actually got into the space shuttle program at NASA. Three failed attempts didn’t daunt this driven pilot-and the fourth interview process, though lengthy and difficult, proved successful for him.
Husband’s years at NASA served not only to develop his integrity and character, but also to increase his faith in a Creator that could not be denied in the vastness of space. His story is not only inspirational but exhilarating and invigorating, as readers will witness the life of a man who consistently pursued the desires of his heart even as he served a faithful God.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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High Performance MySQL by Baron Schwartz, Peter Zaitsev +

High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, and Replication, 3 edition by Baron Schwartz, Peter Zaitsev, Vadim Tkachenko
Requirements: .PDF reader, 4.5 Mb
Overview: How can you bring out MySQL’s full power? With High Performance MySQL, you’ll learn advanced techniques for everything from designing schemas, indexes, and queries to tuning your MySQL server, operating system, and hardware to their fullest potential. This guide also teaches you safe and practical ways to scale applications through replication, load balancing, high availability, and failover.
Updated to reflect recent advances in MySQL and InnoDB performance, features, and tools, this third edition not only offers specific examples of how MySQL works, it also teaches you why this system works as it does, with illustrative stories and case studies that demonstrate MySQL’s principles in action. With this book, you’ll learn how to think in MySQL.
Learn the effects of new features in MySQL 5.5, including stored procedures, partitioned databases, triggers, and views. Implement improvements in replication, high availability, and clustering. Achieve high performance when running MySQL in the cloud. Optimize advanced querying features, such as full-text searches. Take advantage of modern multi-core CPUs and solid-state disks. Explore backup and recovery strategies-including new tools for hot online backups
Genre: Non-Fiction > Tech & Devices

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High and Mighty by Keith Bradsher

High and Mighty: The Dangerous Rise of the SUV by Keith Bradsher
Requirements: .PDF reader, 23.4 MB
Overview: SUVs have taken over America’s roads. Ad campaigns promote them as safer and "greener" than ordinary cars and easy to handle in bad weather. But very little about the SUV’s image is accurate. They poorly protect occupants and inflict horrific damage in crashes, they guzzle gasoline, and they are hard to control.

Keith Bradsher has been at the forefront in reporting the calamitous safety and environmental record of SUVs, including the notorious Ford-Firestone rollover controversy. In High and Mighty, he traces the checkered history of SUVs, showing how they came to be classified not as passenger cars but as light trucks, which are subject to less strict regulations on safety, gas mileage, and air pollution. He makes a powerful case that these vehicles are even worse than we suspect–for their occupants, for other motorists, for pedestrians and for the planet itself.

In the tradition of Unsafe at Any Speed and Fast Food Nation, Bradsher’s book is a damning exposé of an industry that puts us all at risk, whether we recognize it or not.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General > Business & Money

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