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November 16, 2006

Mr. Lincoln's T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War
Tom Wheeler (2006)
ISBN: 006112978X

Today it's taken for granted that fast and reliable communications play an integral part of modern warfare, but where did it all begin? Tom Wheeler, author of the award-winning Take Command: Leadership Lessons From The Civil War, explains that it was President Abraham Lincoln who led the technological charge during a period of great social and scientific change in America. Wheeler relates how, during the Civil War, Lincoln used to stay in touch with his troops in the field using the newly developed telegraph. The near instant communications provided Lincoln with quite an advantage over the enemy, and no previous commander possessed the ability to cut through the fog of war so easily. Wheeler writes how Lincoln had a keen interest in the communications hardware - perhaps the alpha-geek - and he explains how Lincoln used trial and error to discover the best way to apply the technology to suit his needs. Lincoln found that while super-fast communications were appropriate when looking for a strategic advantage in battle, face-to-face meetings were best when encouraging or honoring his men. It was the use of technology to complement, rather than replace, human interaction that many of today's corporate managers could learn from. Mr. Lincoln's T-Mails is a well written and thoroughly engaging work, showing us that the information age isn't quite as shiny and new as we might think.

PSIence: How New Discoveries in Quantum Physics and New Science May Explain the Existence of Paranormal Phenomena
Marie D. Jones (2006)
ISBN: 1564148955

Marie D. Jones, a researcher and investigator of metaphysics and the paranormal, introduces us to off-the-radar research that goes way beyond the comfort zones of established science. Research into déjà vu, ghosts, UFOs, poltergeists, time-slips, ESP, telekinesis (where did my donut go?), clairvoyance and more are all covered in a book that will appeal to fringe science aficionados everywhere. Jones looks at the very real possibilities of multiple universes and dimensions, and the much-ballyhooed Zero Point Energy field as a potential source of energy that she contends fuels both creative and paranormal activity. Jones goes to some lengths to persuade us that an increasing number of influential and distinguished scientists are warming to many of the ideas in her book and that the boundary between the sciences and the paranormal is becoming less distinct. If you enjoy a good bout of speculation and left-of-field theorizing, then you'll get a kick out of this title.

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