What Every Manager Should Know About Big Data and Data Science


The need for precise, actionable, real-time Business Intelligence (BI) lies at the heart of the role of Big Data in modern commerce. In turn, the art of “Data Science” lies at the nexus of Big Data and BI, providing the essential methods by which BI can be extracted from Big Data’s great black mass of constantly flowing, unstructured information.

This combination has a created a new profession: an elite and specialized class of highly-compensated professionals specially skilled at data cleaning, analysis, and visualization. We call them Data Scientists, and their evolving role in the organization is one about which managers must have a clear understanding.

As shown in What Every Manager Should Know About Big Data and Data Science, integrating data scientists (and the general practice of Data Science) with the organization is often a delicate process involving the redefinition of traditional roles within the enterprise as well as dealing with issues of territoriality amongst peers.

To accomplish this task, managers need a firm knowledge of the what and whys of Data Science, the specific BI needs it is uniquely positioned to service, and the processes by which it functions.

Such is the knowledge this important book provides.

CONTENTS: Preface / The Vital Triangle / What Is Big Data? / Creativity and Intuition / Making Something Out of Nothing / Introducing Data Science to the Enterprise / Avoiding Friction Between Old & New: Dealing with the TCQ Triangle / The Evolving Role of the Data Scientist / Data Science Ethics and Privacy Concerns / The Art of Seeing Things / Data Management / Artificial Intelligence, Machine-Learning, and Deep-Learning in Data Science / Data Curation and the Tribal Knowledge Problem / Data Cleaning / Data Modeling for Unstructured Data / Predictive Analysis / A Bit More On Data Visualization / Cassandra / Hadoop / Orchestrating Change in the Workplace

THE AUTHORS: Lars Nielsen’s bestselling books include Computing: A Business History and Unicorns Among US: Understanding the High Priests of Data Science. Noreen Burlingame is a programmer/consultant and the co-author (with Lars Nielsen) of A Simple Introduction to Data Science. Robert Masters is an independent programmer, systems analyst, and technical writer.

Available in Kindle, Paper, and audio editions.

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: New Street Communications, LLC (March 7, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 069266209X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692662090
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches

The Folksinger’s Daughter


When you’re growing up as the daughter of famed folksinger and composer Oscar Brand, you get Arlo Guthrie as a swim instructor and Eleanor Roosevelt as a babysitter. You experience a childhood laced with such stunning personalities as John Raitt, Joni Mitchell, Theodore Bikel, Jean Ritchie, Johnny Cash, and Pete Seeger. You spend your summer vacations floating from one folk festival to another. You even have a blues legend like Brownie McGhee singing you your lullabies.

But you also get the vagaries of an uncertain existence – an existence that is not only uncertain financially, but often emotionally, as your single-father Dad struggles to balance the responsibilities of parenthood with the time-devouring necessity to make a living and build his career. Thus you frequently find yourself charged with responsibilities well beyond your years.

At times hilarious and at times tragic, Jeannie Brand’s story is one of both great joy and great sorrow, and never dull. A “must” for folk aficionados, and fascinating even for the general reader.

Includes numerous previously-unpublished photos.


“I just finished this book by my friend Jeannie. I highly recommend it, especially for those who had a connection to the folk scene in Greenwich Village in the fifties through the seventies. It’s a tribute to her dad Oscar Brand, who always seemed to be at the center of that scene, performing, writing songs and jump-starting the careers of many other artists, some of whom became much more famous than he did. It is also a moving memoir. If you had a parent who was a performer or who had a larger-than-life personality, if you were the product of a messy divorce or had a step-family, you may find the the highs and lows of Jeannie’s story familiar. There is no slogging through this book. The writing is authentic and fresh, and it moves along at a clip. I couldn’t put it down.” – Leish Clancy, daughter of Pat Clancy (and niece to the rest of the Clancy Brothers!)

“If you like biographies, historical works, or are a fan of folk music, this read is compelling. Ms. Brand tells of a period that changed politics and our country’s moral makeup from a perspective that is highly unusual and paints a picture of the family life of a man who was considered key to the movement by all of the icons of the period. Very interesting read.” – Amy Blume, daughter of folk legend Carolyn Hester

“Jeannie is able to share her experiences, good and bad on how she was impacted and inspired, even troubled by the folk music movement of that time. Jeannie’s father was instrumental and inspirational in sharing the values of music with a healing, caring, impactful and loving way. It is quite obvious that Jeannie will always share the love of music that Oscar Brand gave to his audience, and his legacy will be carried on through her own inspirations.” – Shelley Ross-Sorrels, daughter of famed folksinger Rosalie Sorrels

“Oscar’s daughter Jeannie has written a terrific book about the choices we all make with families, careers, etc. Her childhood was unique, to say the least, but she writes about it with an adult’s insight and understanding, making it a story we can all relate to on some level. Humor, drama and famous people elbow their way into a memoir that’s hard to put down.” – John Foley, Oscar Brand’s longtime friend and accompanist

  • ISBN-10: 0692866450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692866450
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches, 206 pages
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Desperate Voyage: Donald Crowhurst, The London Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, and the Tragedy of Teignmouth Electron

Movie tie-in … The tale that inspired The Mercy starring Colin Firth & Rachel Weisz … Coming to US theaters December 6, 2018! 

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Windcheck Magazine (Nov/Dec 2016): Absorbing and insightful … utterly unforgettable.

Practical Sailor (Jan 2017): Adds a new depth of storytelling to a tale of madness that many sailors are familiar with.

Points East Magazine (July 2017): Crowhurst made his own bed, and unfortunately he lay in it, too. He flew too close to the sun, and his story done right, as it is in Desperate Voyage, never grows old.

Steven Callahan, New York Times bestselling author of Adrift: Desperate Voyage provides readers precious insights through concentration on the backstory and how Crowhurst’s basic personality drove him inexorably towards disaster, and like a dangerous vortex, dragged his family, friends, and supporters into his sphere. … Simply fascinating.

More Praise:

Ed Renehan’s Desperate Voyage, the retelling of Donald Crowhurst’s tragic voyage during the 1968/69 Golden Globe Race, is a finely honed account of what has become offshore sailing’s most enduring story. Drawing on an array of sources, Renehan’s Crowhurst is Shakespearean: narcissistic and reviled but also sympathetic, a flawed human consumed by ambition. Although I’ve known this story forever, Renehan’s fresh, haunting narrative had me hoping for a new ending, a better outcome this time around. Alas, it’s not to be. You just keep reading until it breaks your heart.
– John Kretschmer, author of Sailing a Serious Ocean, At the Mercy of the Sea, Flirting With Mermaids,and Cape Horn to Starboard

Edward Renehan’s Desperate Voyage is incisive, haunting, and absorbing. For those, like me, initially unfamiliar with this great sea drama, it is a perfect introduction to the story of Donald Crowhurst and the Golden Globe Race of 1968. Crowhurst is flawed and complicated, a tragic and captivating figure, and Renehan’s retelling, Shakespearean in scope, is wonderfully crafted and endlessly fascinating.
– William Boyle, author of the critically-acclaimed Gravesend and Death Don’t Have No Mercy

On a dismal day at the end of October, 1968, a weekend sailor by the name of Donald Crowhurst set out from England in a flimsy trimaran, hoping to win the London Sunday Times “Golden Globe” race and become the first solo sailor to circumnavigate the world nonstop. His was an exercise in over-arching ambition, delusion, and tragedy such as the world has seldom known. Before it was over, the world media would be subject to a fraud of enormous proportions, and Crowhurst would die a madman in the middle of the Atlantic. What he left behind was a shattered boat, a shattered family, and this incredible story.

Includes exclusive photos by Eric Loss showing Teignmouth Electron as she looks today.

Further pen & ink illustrations by Tricia Highsmith.

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A RENDEZVOUS WITH DEATH: Alan Seeger In Poetry, At War

By Chris Dickon


Throughout A Rendezvous With Death: Alan Seeger In Poetry, At War –  the first modern biography of the famed and doomed “Great War” poet Alan Seeger – author Chris Dickon uses previously untapped papers and archives to reveal Seeger as a complex, enigmatic, and fatalistic genius confronting his art (and the war in which he found himself) with robust, romantic intensity.


As Seeger’s friend and Harvard classmate T. S. Eliot commented: “[Seeger’s solemnity was] thoroughgoing, not a mere literary formality. Alan Seeger, as one who knew him can attest, lived his whole life on this plane, with impeccable poetic dignity; everything about him was in keeping.”

Dickon shows the expatriate American Seeger as an avid soldier for France long before the time when the United States finally entered the war. In doing so, Dickon not only delivers an eloquent narrative of Seeger’s works and days, but also expertly places him in the context of both his time and ours.

In his diary, Seeger wrote: “I never took arms out of any hatred against Germany or the Germans, but purely out of love for France.” And it is in France where – to this day – he remains most revered. Meanwhile his greatest and most prophetic poem “I Have A Rendezvous With Death” is one of the best known in the world.

From Seeger’s affluent childhood in New York and Mexico, to his college days at Harvard with friend John Reed, to Bohemian Greenwich Village and ultimately to the Left Bank of Paris and his final year in the trenches of Northern France … Dickon’s masterful book tells the tale of Seeger’s short life with great depth, clarity, and sympathy.

Paperback/302 pages/Illustrated

ISBN-13: 978-0692851135

Retail, USA: $25.00 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Chris Dickon is a writer and veteran PBS television and radio producer. His previous books include The Foreign Burial of American War Dead, The Enduring Journey of the USS Chesapeake, and Americans at War in Foreign Forces. Visit his Authors Guild web presence.

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The Partie a Remplir par le Corps denoting Alan Seeger’s death on July 4, 1916:



“I Have A Rendezvous With Death” – One of John F. Kennedy’s Favorite Poems (Courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum)

Alan Seeger in Harvard Magazine

Yusef Komunyakaa Comments on Seeger’s “I Have A Rendezvous With Death”

Poetry Foundation Alan Seeger Page

Chris Dickon speaking about Alan Seeger at The American Library in Paris, June 2017. Photo by Grant Rosenberg.