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Rebecca Patterson - Author

About the Author

Rebecca Patterson grew up in Bolton, and studied fashion due to a love of fashion illustration. After graduating, she worked at an assortment of jobs, including being an classroom assistant in a primary school. Once her own children had started school, Rebecca began an MA in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art and had her first picture books commissioned at the end of the course. Rebecca's work is inspired by her own childhood and her children's lives. She is the 2012 winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. She lives in Cambridge.

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A Moon Girl Stole My Friend

A Moon Girl Stole My Friend

Author: Rebecca Patterson Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 07/03/2019

The Challenge of Nation-Building Implementing Effective Innovation in the U.S. Army from World War II to the Iraq War

The Challenge of Nation-Building Implementing Effective Innovation in the U.S. Army from World War II to the Iraq War

Author: Rebecca Patterson Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/2014

In the last decades, the United States Army has often been involved in missions other than conventional warfare. These include low-intensity conflicts, counterinsurgency operations, and nation-building efforts. Although non-conventional warfare represents the majority of missions executed in the past sixty years, the Army still primarily plans, organizes, and trains to fight conventional ground wars. Consequently, in the last ten years, there has been considerable criticism regarding the military's inability to accomplish tasks other than conventional war. Failed states and the threat they represent cannot be ignored or solved with conventional military might. In order to adapt to this new reality, the U.S. Army must innovate. This text examines the conditions that have allowed or prevented the U.S. Army to innovate for nation-building effectively. By doing so, it shows how military leadership and civil-military relations have changed. Nation-building refers to a type of military occupation where the goal is regime change or survival, a large number of ground troops are deployed, and both military and civilian personnel are used in the political administration of an occupied country, with the goals of establishing a productive economy and a stable government. Such tasks have always been a challenge for the U.S. military, which is not normally equipped or trained to undertake them. Using military effectiveness as the measurement of innovative success, the book analyzes several U.S. nation-building cases, including post World War II Germany, South Korea from 1945-1950, the Vietnam War, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. By doing so, it reveals the conditions that enabled military innovation in one unique case (Germany) while explaining what prevented it in the others. This variation of effectiveness leads to examine prevailing military innovation theories, threat-based accounts, quality of military organizations, and civil-military relations. This text comes at a critical time as the U.S. military faces dwindling resources and tough choices about its force structure and mission orientation. It will add to the growing debate about the role of civilians, military reformers, and institutional factors in military innovation and effectiveness.

Nightbear

Nightbear

Author: Rebecca Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2014

From the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize comes a warm and witty look at the life of one special teddy bear. Travel with him as he comes from his factory to his first home, from the charity shop to a new home. But what can he do best when there are other bears who make themselves very useful indeed?

Latha Mor na Glaodhaich!

Latha Mor na Glaodhaich!

Author: Rebecca Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/02/2014

My Busy Being Bella Day

My Busy Being Bella Day

Author: Rebecca Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2013

Bella is going to have a very busy day at nursery - but what about baby brother Bob? He gets to stay at home with Mummy, and Bella can't help but imagine all the wonderful things he'll get to do. But Bella discovers there's some good things about being bigger and going to nursery after all, and maybe she'll be surprised about what Bob and Mummy have been doing without her... An outstanding sequel to MY BIG SHOUTING DAY - WINNER OF THE ROALD DAHL FUNNY PRIZE 2012!

The Pirate House

The Pirate House

Author: Rebecca Patterson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2012

No one knows who lives in that house on the corner, but when all those seagulls fly onto the roof, Sam Turner says it must be pirates! In fact, Sam Turner tells his friends all sorts of things: that they mustn't look at the pirate washing or they will turn into jellyfish, that at night the whole house glows like an aquarium, and that if the door ever opens a huge wave will come out. And that's not the half of it. According to Sam, not only are there pirates living on their street, but a family of monsters are moving into Number 2! Surely Sam Turner is just a little boy with a big imagination . . . or is he? A brilliantly funny new book from the creator of THE DEEP END and NOT ON A SCHOOL NIGHT.

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