"NIGHT OF THE OWLS" continues here! Batman must stop the TALONS that have breeched the Batcave in order to save an innocent life ... and Gotham City! In the backup story, learn more about the PENNYWORTH family and the secrets they've kept from the Wayne family! Collects BATMAN #8-12 and BATMAN ANNUAL #1.
The authors give a systematic introduction to boundary value problems (BVPs) for ordinary differential equations. The book is a graduate level text and good to use for individual study. With the relaxed style of writing, the reader will find it to be an enticing invitation to join this important area of mathematical research. Starting with the basics of boundary value problems for ordinary differential equations, linear equations and the construction of Green's functions are presented clearly.A discussion of the important question of the existence of solutions to both linear and nonlinear problems plays a central role in this volume and this includes solution matching and the comparison of eigenvalues.The important and very active research area on existence and multiplicity of positive solutions is treated in detail. The last chapter is devoted to nodal solutions for BVPs with separated boundary conditions as well as for non-local problems.While this Volume II complements , it can be used as a stand-alone work.
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The CIA's First Paramilitary Strike Against the Iron Curtain
Author: Albert Lulushi
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
Based on previously classified documents, the true account of a top-secret Cold War operation: the CIA’s failed attempt to spark rebellion in Albania. In 1949, a newly minted branch of the CIA (the precursor of today’s National Clandestine Service) hatched an elaborate plan to roll back the Iron Curtain: coordinate with the British Secret Intelligence Service to foment popular rebellion and detach Albania from Moscow’s orbit. The operation resulted in dismal failure and was shut down by 1954. In Operation Valuable Fiend, Albert Lulushi gives the first full accounting of this CIA action, based on hundreds of declassified documents, memoirs, and recollections of key participants, including Albanian exiles recruited for missions and their Communist opponents. Up until now, the story of the operation has been obfuscated and even distorted. Some blamed the Soviet mole Kim Philby for sabotaging it; the communists credited the prowess of their secret police; and CIA memoirs were heavily sanitized. Lulushi lists a range of factors that led to the failure, from inexperienced CIA case officers outsmarted in spy-versus-spy games by their ruthless Stalinist opponents to rivalries between branches of the CIA, and between the agency and friendly intelligence services, as well as conflicts among anti-Communist factions that included Albania’s colorful exiled leader, King Zog. This book also shows how this operation served as the proving ground for techniques used in later CIA Cold War paramilitary actions—involving some of the same agency operatives—including the coup d’états in Iran and Guatemala and the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. “Lulushi has told a fascinating story well and made excellent use of untapped archival resources.” —David Robarge, chief historian, CIA
Four of the most critically acclaimed writers in comics Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid are joined by breakdown artist Keith Giffen and a host of the industry’s finest pencillers and inkers to create this unprecedented event in comics history. DC’s groundbreaking publication of the weekly comic 52 tells the story of a “missing” year in the DC Universe?in real time. The cataclysmic events of INFINITE CRISIS have left the world without its three biggest icons?Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Who will stand up in their absence? Now, in the second of two volumes, 52 is collected with bonus material after each chapter, including concept designs, page breakdowns, scripts, alternate story elements and more! Collects 52 #27-52.