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The mean, tough war machine and its complex course

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Their entire story, which dates from much before they first trundled on to the battlefield in World War I -- as this book shows -- hinges on the development and interplay of these attributes: Mobility, protection, firepower and communication.

Non-cooperation, revenge and WMDs in 1920s Calcutta

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Captain Sam Wyndham of the city CID finds himself tasked with dealing with all three matters in the third installment of Abir Mukherjee's thrilling and well-researched historical crime series.

Monkey business and more: Proving intelligence in animals

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Beginning with his own experiences of watching a female chimpanzee transport her bedding outside and an other one taught to raise an orphan - a time-consuming affair - say goodbye to the others before heading for her "duty", he however notes that there are still those who would question the mental capability of animals, despite the experiences and experiments of scientists studying the matter.

AI, analytics not the fiefdom of a few businesses

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On the face of it, only a few tech giants like Google, Apple, Facebook or Amazon seem to be ready to maximise the adoption of analytics and AI and reap their benefits.

Feynman: A practical joking physicist, a paradigm of science

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While his scientific contribution may be too complex for many of us, it explains why he is considered one of the 20th century's top three theoretical physicists along with Albert Einstein and the recently-deceased Stephen Hawking, so let us focus on Feynman the person and the teacher to understand his real relevance.

The ignored, inconvenient truth about the Islamic State

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It is accounts of interactions with some of these people -- spread over Egypt, Japan, Australia, the Philippines' Mindanao, Britain, the US, including in Dallas (a short distance from the author's own childhood home), and spanning an Egyptian tailor, who once worked in New York and stitched a suit for Paul Newman, an Italian-origin Australian who is now the top Islamist firebrand Down Under, a mild Japanese academician, a British IS apologist -- though with no intention of travelling to its territory, among others, he uses in his bid to explain the IS phenomenon.

'Return to Jammu' : A coming of age novel with autobiographical interludes

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"Return to Jammu" is a first-person narration and with the timelines, places and real-life personalities and events, the reader gets a feeling that it is an autobiographical novel. The author clarifies that all characters and the story per se are fictional but confesses to borrowing liberally from many episodes of his childhood in telling the story

Fascism: Recognising the beast and what it feeds on

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Fascism existed even in the traditional homelands of democracy, where it still could come out most unexpectedly -- as the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump shows, contends former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in this book.

A murder most foul in the Delhi Durbar - but royal too?

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With the British monarch arriving the day after the next, the authorities have limited time to find solve the crime, and more importantly, ascertain if it portends any threat to his life. Involving police seems the obvious step, but in light of the simmering discontent and fear of the incident leaking and casting a scandalous shadow over the grand event, they take a gamble.

Truth, torture, Trump and more: James Comey's eventful career

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This is Comey's memoir with the parts on Clinton and Trump the highlights, but the good lawyer he is, he builds up to them, showing why he acted the way he did by detailing his formative influences and his career.

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