Thursday, December 27, 2007

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Best 10 books of 2007

The New York Times Sunday Book Review names the ten best books of 2007

Here are four titles from the list that are available from the CARL:

Tree of smoke The author of “Jesus’ Son” offers a soulful novel about the travails of a large cast of characters during the Vietnam War. (Fiction)

Imperial Life in the emerald city by Rajiv Chandrasekaran

The nine : inside the world of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin

The ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh : a woman in world history by Linda Colley

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

“Liberty For All” Lecture Series

Michael Lasser, musical scholar and radio host, will be speaking on “He Hated to Get Up in the Morning: Irving Berlin and the Songs of World War I” at the J.C. Nichols Auditorium, World War I National Museum in Kansas City at 10 AM, Saturday, 29 December.

Following this lecture in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium there will be a screening of the movie Joyeux Noel, a 2005 French film that depicts the 1914 Christmas Truce on the western front. Subtitled in English.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

New at CARL - In the ruins of empire

In the ruins of empire : the Japanese surrender and the battle for postwar Asia by Ronald Spector

Spector follows up on Eagle Against the Sun, his account of the American struggle against the Japanese in World War II, with a chronicle of the aftermath of this crucial conflict. He tells the fascinating story of the deadly confrontations that broke out--or merely continued--in Asia after peace was proclaimed. Under occupation by the victorious Allies, this part of the world was plunged into new power struggles, or back into old feuds, that in some ways were worse than the war itself. International suspicions were still strong; die-hard Japanese officers plotted to prevent surrender; in Manchuria, Russian "liberators" looted, raped, and killed innocent civilians; in China a fratricidal rivalry continued between Chiang Kai-shek's regime and Mao's revolutionaries; and Southeast Asia and Korea became powderkegs, with Communists only one of several competing anticolonial factions.--From publisher description.

Related Audio: C-Span's After Words : Ronald Spector author of "In the Ruins of Empire: The Japanese Surrender and the Battle for Postwar Asia" interviewed by Steven Clemons.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Catalog Plug-ins and Widgets

1. CARL Portable Catalog Search Form

Wouldn't it be convenient to search the CARL Online Catalog directly from your blog or website? Well now you can! Just copy the code from the box below and paste it where you want it to go. That's all there is to it!

Copy the code below to add our Catalog widget to your blog or website.

2. Add the CARL Catalog Widgets to your iGoogle page with just a click

Personalize your iGoogle page with these catalog search gadgets we've created. Just click on a link below and at the next screen select the Add to Google button and the CARL iGoogle gadget will automatically appear on your Personalized iGoogle Home Page. Add to Google
  1. CARL Digital Library
  2. CARL Online Catalog
Don't have an iGoogle page yet? Learn more about it here.

3. Catalog Plug-in for IE7 and Firefox browsers

If you're using Firefox 2.0 or Internet Explorer 7.0 you're probably familiar with the small browser window in the upper right-hand corner of your screen. The default search engine is either Google or Yahoo. In addition to these you can now add CARL research tools such as our online catalog search to your array of ready search engines on your IE 7 or Firefox 2.0 browser.

What does it do?

The plugin allows you to instantly search for example our online catalog by selecting CARL Catalog from the dropdown box and entering a search term in the search box. See image>>>

On this Web page just hit the drop-down menu next to the search box in your browser window

and you can add our CARL Catalog, CARL Digital Library, Praeger Security International or JSTOR search engines to your Firefox or IE 7 browser. This will allow you to search our library resources directly from your browser's search box.

4. Bookmarklet for Firefox and Netscape browsers

What is a "bookmarklet"? This bookmarklet allow you to search the library catalog for words you highlight on a Web page.

How do I use bookmarklets?

First you must add the bookmarklet: a. Just drag the blue link below up into your personal toolbar (or Add it to your Bookmarks or Favorites) - Find Books @ CARL

Next, simply highlight words (keywords, book title, author, ISBN, etc.) on any Web page using your mouse. Then open the Favorites, Links or Bookmarks menu on your browser's toolbar and click on your Find Books @ CARL link.

The terms you highlighted will then be searched in the library catalog.

Other bookmarklets: add this bookmarklet for searching DTIC's STINET: Search Stinet

Monday, December 10, 2007

Updated CRS Report on IEDs

Congressional Research Service Report for the Congress - Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in Iraq and Afghanistan: Effects and Countermeasures November 21, 2007

Summary: Since October 2001, improvised explosive devices (IEDs, roadside bombs, and suicide car bombs) have been responsible for many of Publish Postthe combat deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.1 Vehicle-borne IEDs and car bombs are now used to strike police stations, markets, and mosques, killing local citizens as well as U.S. troops. U.S. forces counter the devices through utilizing intelligence sources, and by disrupting portions of the radio spectrum that insurgents use to trigger IEDs. Insurgents quickly adapt to countermeasures, and new, more sophisticated IEDs are increasingly being used in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Recent trends show a decrease in the number of IED attacks in Iraq since June 2007, but an increase in the number of effective IED attacks in Afghanistan. Department of Defense (DOD) officials have also charged that Iran may be supplying new IED technology to insurgents in Iraq. There is growing concern that IEDs might eventually be used by other insurgents and terrorists worldwide.2 This report will be updated as events warrant.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Left of Boom series - Rick Atkinson

About this series:

From the Washington Post Website: "...staff writer Rick Atkinson describes the effort by the U.S. military to combat the improvised explosive devices used by insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq from 2002 until now. Part one describes the effort through the summer of 2004.

The series is drawn from more than 140 interviews over the past six months with military and congressional officials, contractors, scientists and defense analysts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Washington and elsewhere. Most agreed to speak candidly only on the condition of anonymity. Ten senior officers or retired officers, each of them intimately involved in the effort to combat IEDs, were asked to review the findings for accuracy and security considerations."

Part 1 - Summer 2002 - Summer 2004 "The IED problem is getting out of control. We've got to stop the bleeding."

Part 2 - Summer 2004 - Summer 2005 "There was a two-year learning curve . . . and a lot of people died in those two years"

Part 3 - Spring 2005 - Summer 2006 "You can't armor your way out of this problem"

Part 4 - Spring 2006 - Summer 2007 "If you don't go after the network, you're never going to stop these guys. Never."

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Google Tools @ CARL

Check out our PPT slide presentation on Gogle Tools that can help you in your research, in staying abreast of current events and managing your daily information needs.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

New at CARL - Wars of blood and faith

Check our holdings: Wars of blood and faith : the conflicts that will shape the twenty-first century

Summary: Bestselling author and strategist Peters confronts the crucial security issues of the modern era. He argues that the world has entered a violent, rather than ideological, period that will continue to be the source of ferocious rebellions, genocide, and global terrorism.

Related podcast:

Author Ralph Peters at the Pritzker Military Library - Strategist and author Ralph Peters returns to the library to discuss his new book, Wars of Blood and Faith: The Conflicts That Will Shape the Twenty-First Century. Originally aired 11/29/07.

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