Iran (What Everyone Needs to Know) by Michael Axworthy

Iran (what Everyone Needs to Know) by Michael Axworthy (m. 1982). Since the beginning of recorded history, Iran/Persia has been one of the most important world civilizations. Iran remains a distinct civilization today despite its status as a major Islamic state with broad regional influence and its deep integration into the global economy through its vast energy reserves. Yet the close attention paid to Iran in recent decades stems from the impact of the 1979 revolution, which unleashed ideological shock waves throughout the Middle East that reverberate to this day.

Reliability Prediction and Testing Textbook by Edward Anderson (and Lev M. Klyatis)

Reliability Prediction and Testing Textbook by Edward Anderson (m. 2004) (and Lev M. Klyatis). This textbook reviews the methodologies of reliability prediction as currently used in industries such as electronics, automotive, aircraft, aerospace, off-highway, farm machinery, and others. It then discusses why these are not successful; and, presents methods developed by the authors for obtaining accurate information for successful prediction. The approach is founded on approaches that accurately duplicate the real world use of the product.

What Alice Knew by TA Cotterell

What Alice Knew by TA Cotterell (m. 1982) "Intriguing and layered impressive debut."(Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door). "It made me look at marriage in a different light."(Jane Corry, author of My Husband's Wife). How far would you go to keep a secret? Alice has a perfect life - a great job, happy kids, a wonderful husband. Until he goes missing one night; she receives a suspicious phone call; things don't quite add up. Alice needs to know what's going on. But when she uncovers the truth she faces a brutal choice. And how can she be sure it is the truth?

Motivation in War by Ilya Berkovich

Motivation in War: The Experience of Common Soldiers in Old-Regime Europe by Ilya Berkovich (m. 2007). This book fundamentally revises our notion of why soldiers of the eighteenth century enlisted, served and fought. In contrast to traditional views of the brutal conditions supposedly prevailing in old-regime armies, Ilya Berkovich reveals that soldiers did not regard military discipline as illegitimate or unnecessarily cruel, nor did they perceive themselves as submissive military automatons.

Rogues' Gallery by Philip Hook

Philip Hook (m. 1969) takes the lid off the world of art dealing to reveal the brilliance, cunning, greed and daring of its practitioners. In a richly anecdotal narrative he describes the rise and occasional fall of the extraordinary men and women who over the centuries have made it their business to sell art to kings, merchants, nobles, entrepreneurs and museums.

Andreas Vlachos on Checking the facts in an era of fake news

Andreas Vlachos (m. 2006) speaks about his automated fact checking system 'Factmata' with Gates Cambridge.

'Andreas believes that in a world of overinformation fact checking could change the way we read the news. “Everyone should have access to fact checking,” he says. “It educates people about the way facts are used.”'

To read the full article please visit the Gates Cambridge website

Hong Kong Lunch 2017

Petreans, Anna Mae Koo, Stacey Martin Wong and Paul Lau hosted a lunch for Petreans at the American Club, in Hong Kong, in May 2017, for any Petreans in the local area.

The lunch was a wonderful opportunity for Petreans in Hong Kong to meet up, with many surprised to find so many Petreans in the region.

Further lunches are planned, please contact Holly Ashcroft  for more information