The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman [Audiobook]

The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman [Audiobook]
The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman [Audiobook] by Margot Mifflin, read by Kaipo Schwab
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 6 hrs 47 mins | 186.49MB

In 1851 Olive Oatman was a 13-year-old pioneer traveling west toward Zion with her Mormon family. Within a decade she was a white Indian with a chin tattoo, caught between cultures. The Blue Tattoo tells the harrowing story of this forgotten heroine of frontier America.

Orphaned when her family was brutally killed by Yavapai Indians, Oatman lived as a slave to her captors for a year before being traded to the Mohave, who tattooed her face and raised her as their own. She was fully assimilated and perfectly happy when, at 19, she was ransomed back to white society. She became an instant celebrity, but the price of fame was high, and the pain of her ruptured childhood lasted a lifetime.

Based on historical records, including letters and diaries of Oatman's friends and relatives, The Blue Tattoo is the first book to examine her life, from her childhood in Illinois - including the massacre, her captivity, and her return to white society - to her later years as a wealthy banker's wife in Texas.

Moore's Law: The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley's Quiet Revolutionary [Audiobook]

Moore's Law: The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley's Quiet Revolutionary [Audiobook]
Moore's Law: The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley's Quiet Revolutionary [Audiobook] by Arnold Thackray, David Brock, Rachel Jones, read by Don Hagen
2015 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 24 hrs 26 mins | 667.1MB

Our world today - from the phone in your pocket to the car that you drive, the allure of social media to the strategy of the Pentagon - has been shaped irrevocably by the technology of silicon transistors. Year after year, for half a century, these tiny switches have enabled ever-more startling capabilities. Their incredible proliferation has altered the course of human history as dramatically as any political or social revolution. At the heart of it all has been one quiet Californian: Gordon Moore.

At Fairchild Semiconductor, his seminal Silicon Valley startup, Moore - a young chemist turned electronics entrepreneur - had the defining insight: silicon transistors, and microchips made of them, could make electronics profoundly cheap and immensely powerful. Microchips could double in power, then redouble again in clockwork fashion. History has borne out this insight, which we now call "Moore's Law", and Moore himself, having recognized it, worked endlessly to realize his vision. With Moore's technological leadership at Fairchild and then at his second start-up, the Intel Corporation, the law has held for 50 years. The result is profound: from the days of enormous, clunky computers of limited capability to our new era, in which computers are placed everywhere from inside of our bodies to the surface of Mars. Moore led nothing short of a revolution.

In Moore's Law, Arnold Thackray, David C. Brock, and Rachel Jones give the authoritative account of Gordon Moore's life and his role in the development both of Silicon Valley and the transformative technologies developed there. Told by a team of writers with unparalleled access to Moore, his family, and his contemporaries, this is the human story of man and a career that have had almost superhuman effects. The history of 20th-century technology is littered with overblown "revolutions". Moore's Law is essential listening for anyone seeking to learn what a real revolution looks like.

The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue [Audiobook]

The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue [Audiobook]
The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue [Audiobook] by Frederick Forsyth, read by Robert Powell
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 16 mins | 282.53MB

From Frederick Forsyth, the grand master of international suspense, comes his most intriguing story ever - his own.

For more than 40 years, Frederick Forsyth has been writing extraordinary real-world novels of intrigue, from the groundbreaking The Day of the Jackal to the prescient The Kill List. Whether writing about the murky world of arms dealers, the shadowy Nazi underground movement, or the intricacies of worldwide drug cartels, every plot has been chillingly plausible because every detail has been minutely researched.

But what most people don't know is that some of his greatest stories of intrigue have been in his own life.

He was the RAF's youngest pilot at the age of 19, barely escaped the wrath of an arms dealer in Hamburg, got strafed by a MiG during the Nigerian civil war, and landed during a bloody coup in Guinea-Bissau (and was accused of helping fund a 1973 coup in Equatorial Guinea). The Stasi arrested him, the Israelis feted him, the IRA threatened him, and a certain attractive Czech secret police agent - well, her actions were a bit more intimate. And that's just for starters.

It is a memoir like no other - and a book of pure delight.

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