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David Smith - Author

About the Author

David Smith was born in Warwickshire in 1961. He studied Economics at Cambridge and has worked in industry for over 30 years, including periods in Switzerland, the USA and Turkey. He is currently a Chief Financial Officer and lives in West Sussex with his wife and three teenage children. David published his first novel, Searching for Amber, in 2014, and his second, Death in Leamington, in 2015.

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Asda Magic - The 7 Principles of Building a High Performance Culture

Asda Magic - The 7 Principles of Building a High Performance Culture

Author: David Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/12/2011

This book charts the turnaround of the Asda business, from the perspective of culture and people. The author discusses 7 principles which businesses can use as practical tools to generate high performance through engagement. This is a business book which uses the technique of story telling to stimulate the reader, and uses case study material to back up the learning. The reader will take away a practical agenda, to improve the performance of any business. It is thought provoking, simple and effective. If you want to engage your people and drive higher levels of performance, this book is for you.

Death in Dibba

Death in Dibba

Author: David Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2011

Dream On A Demi-memoir

Dream On A Demi-memoir

Author: David Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2010

For 30 years David Smith reported from across our world. He was there in the final days of the last of Europe's fascist dictators. He was there when two Popes died in the space of just 33 days. He was there as the sun set on the British Empire in Africa. He saw war in the Middle East, and the collapse of the Soviet Union in Moscow. In Washington, he came to know every president from Bush Sr. to Barack Obama, and witnessed everything in between - the wars, the impeachment, the rise of the American Superpower, and the crash that followed. Then he decided to seek a new challenge, and write another chapter in a remarkable life. He embarked on the eternal quest of making a great wine. This demi-memoir from David Smith, one of Britain's most experienced Foreign Correspondents, is a book about hope, risk, love, taking chances and seeking new frontiers.

Voices from the Bridge

Voices from the Bridge

Author: David Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2010

Based on interviews and written accounts from over 50 contributors, this title vividly depicts the experiences of the deck officer, from pre-sea training and cadetship through the ranks to the eventual achievement of a Master's authority and responsibilities.

No Rain in Those Clouds

No Rain in Those Clouds

Author: David Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/05/2008

The Space Sieve

The Space Sieve

Author: David Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2008

A gifted adolescent finds an alien Device and intuits its function, bringing excitement and wonder to his life and to the lives of many others. But his own failings and weaknesses cause a dark side to all of it as well. He learns that as exciting as it is to control the Device, it is even more important to first learn to control himself. The story is a satisfying adventure for technical types of all ages.

New York 1776 The Continentals First Battle

New York 1776 The Continentals First Battle

Author: David Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2008

Osprey's examination of the COntinentals' first battle of the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). General Sir William Howe's NewYork campaign gave the British their best chance of destroying the Continental Army and George Washington's resistance to colonial power. Having initially assembled his forces on Staten Island, Howe succeeded in dividing the Continentals, defeated them on Long Island and forced Washington to retreat to Brooklyn Heights. Under siege there Washington successfully extricated his troops and crossed the East River to Manhattan but soon had to fall back on Harlem Heights. After a few weeks Howe forced the Continentals north to White Plains and defeated them again. However, he allowed Washington to withdraw and preserve his army when more aggressive pursuit could have brought the campaign to a decisive conclusion and ended the war. Instead, with the British army rapidly weakening and facing huge manpower shortages, Washington emerged from a succession of defeats to produce what was ultimately a war-winning strategy. The author provides fascinating insights into a unique campaign in which a string of British victories ultimately led to failure and defeat.

Moving Towards Emmaus Hope in a Time of Uncertainty

Moving Towards Emmaus Hope in a Time of Uncertainty

Author: David Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2007

For Christians, the retreat from Jerusalem after the crucifixion and the loss of hope of the two walkers to Emmaus seems to parallel so many aspects of the post-Christendom context, and helps to make sense of what is otherwise baffling for many. But the story connects too with many contemporary humanists who have their own reasons for uncertainty today, and with Muslims who may also be found as companions in dialogue on the Emmaus road. Each chapter of the book reflects on an aspect of the biblical narrative, and is followed by a 'Dispatch from Emmaus, in which a writer (eg Albert Camus, Jacques Ellul or Tatiana Goricheva) is allowed to testify concerning the particular topic under discussion. The result is what amounts to a dialogue between faith and unfaith, allowing the expression of both despair and the recovery of hope.

Sherman's March to the Sea 1864 Atlanta to Savannah

Sherman's March to the Sea 1864 Atlanta to Savannah

Author: David Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2007

Riding on the wave of his victory at Atlanta, Union General W. T. Sherman abandoned his supply lines in an attempt to push his forces into Confederate territory and take Savannah. During the entirety of their 285-mile 'March to the Sea,' the army lived off the land and destroyed all war-making capabilities of the enemy en route. Despite the vilification that this brutal tactic earned him, the march was a success. Supported by contemporary photographs, detailed maps, bird's eye views, and battlescene artwork, this title explores the key personalities, strategies, and significant engagements of the march, including the battles of Franklin and Nashville, and the ultimate fall of Savannah to the Union, to provide a detailed analysis of the campaign that marked the 'beginning of the end' of the American Civil War.

Breath Analysis For Clinical Diagnosis & Therapeutic Monitoring (With Cd-rom)

Breath Analysis For Clinical Diagnosis & Therapeutic Monitoring (With Cd-rom)

Author: David Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/05/2005

This book describes how the analysis of the trace gases in exhaled breath can be used for non-invasive clinical diagnosis of disease and for monitoring the effectiveness of therapy. This approach offers an important addition to the diagnostic techniques available to medicine, having the advantage that on-line breath analysis can provide information to the clinician immediately and thus facilitate rapid diagnosis and treatment. The book is a compilation of contributions to a conference held in Dornbirn, Austria, 23-26 September 2004 on various aspects of this new topic. Written by the foremost workers in the field, it will provide clinicians and others in the medical fraternity with an up-to-date summary of the status of the subject. The wide scope of the chapters ranges from descriptions of the analytical methods that are available, through the use of breath analysis in the study of physiological phenomena, to the identification of biomarkers of particular injury and disease.The proceedings have been selected for coverage in:

Mary, Worthy of All Praise Reflections on the Virgin Mary

Mary, Worthy of All Praise Reflections on the Virgin Mary

Author: David Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2004

Correspondance Generale d'Helvetius Appendices et Index

Correspondance Generale d'Helvetius Appendices et Index

Author: David Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2004

This fifth and final volume completes the critical edition of the letters of French philosopher Claude Adrien Helvetius (1715-1771), author of the controversial De l'Esprit (1758), and of his wife, nee Anne Catherine de Ligniville (1722-1800), who ran her own salon in Auteuil after her husband's death. The essential component in this last volume is the detailed index - an indispensable instrument for researchers who wish to make full use of the correspondence. The volume also includes four new letters discovered since the appearance of the first four volumes, errata, additions and modifications to the critical apparatus, the text of letters excluded from the edition proper, genealogies of the families of Helvetius and his wife, and a chronological list of all letters mentioned in the edition.The previous volumes of this edition have enjoyed international acclaim. All students of the French Enlightenment will be deeply indebted to D.W. Smith and his team for this superbly conceived and organized collaborative achievement. When complete the Toronto Helvetius will rank among the truly outstanding examples of twentieth-century editorial and bibliographical scholarship. (David Williams, French Studies)

Social Work and Evidence-Based Practice

Social Work and Evidence-Based Practice

Author: David Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2004

Evidence-based practice - what it might mean, how it can be achieved, whether it should be aspired to - is the subject of much debate and argument in social work. Covering areas of social work practice that are well established and those in which evidence is just beginning to become available, the authors address issues such as: * What is to count as evidence, and who decides this? * If relevant evidence is agreed on, how should it be used in practice? * How can the thing that made the difference be identified? * Does success result from the theory employed by the worker, or because the worker is skilled, conscientious and effective? * How predictable, controlled and orderly can social work become? Exploring these issues within a range of contexts - from child abuse and domestic violence to looked after children and disability - the authors demonstrate why evidence-based practice is important, but also why it is important to think clearly and carefully about its implications for the social work profession and the users of social work services. Social Work and Evidence-Based Practice will enable practitioners, managers and policy makers to deepen and coordinate their understanding of the key themes in evidence-based practice.

The Dance of Siva Religion, Art and Poetry in South India

The Dance of Siva Religion, Art and Poetry in South India

Author: David Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2003

This is a full account of Siva's Dance of Bliss, which has become a popular symbol in the West for Hinduism and Eastern Mysticism. Siva is one of the two main gods of Hinduism, and his worshippers comprise half of all Hindus. Siva's Dance of Bliss is based on a remarkable Sanskrit poem written by Umapati Sivacarya, Saiva theologian and temple priest in Cidambaram, South India, in the fourteenth century. Starting with the bronze image of Nataraja, King of Dancers, thereafter the Cidambaram temple, its myth and its priests are viewed in the light of the poem. Umapati's Saiva theology is discussed in relation to his life and also in relation to Vedanta and yoga. The iconography and mythology of the Goddess and of other forms of Siva provide necessary perspective. Art from Cidambaram and neighbouring sites illuminates the text.

Mission After Christendom

Mission After Christendom

Author: David Smith Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2003

Mission after Christendom discovers 'new frontiers' for witness in a globalised world. It eloquently describes and analysis the crisis in mission and proposes a new way forward in the light of a series of brilliant and surprising studies of relevant biblical narratives.

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