14 July 2012, 06:52
Canada [Audiobook] by Richard FordHarper | 2012 | ASIN: B008563NPA | MP3@64 kbps | 13 hrs 52 mins | 380.58 MB
"First, I'll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later."
When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed.
His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border, in hopes of delivering him to a better life. There, afloat on the prairie of Saskatchewan, Dell is taken in by Arthur Remlinger, an enigmatic and charismatic American whose cool reserve masks a dark and violent nature.
Undone by the calamity of his parents' robbery and arrest, Dell struggles under the vast prairie sky to remake himself and define the adults he thought he knew. But his search for grace and peace only moves him nearer to a harrowing and murderous collision with Remlinger, an elemental force of darkness.
A true masterwork of haunting and spectacular vision from one of our greatest writers, Canada is a profound novel of boundaries traversed, innocence lost and reconciled, and the mysterious and consoling bonds of family. Told in spare, elegant prose, both resonant and luminous, it is destined to become a classic.
The Professional Chef [9 edition]
14 July 2012, 06:38
The Professional Chef [9 edition] by The Culinary Institute of AmericaWiley | 2011 | ISBN: 0470421355 | 1232 pages | PDF | 863.62 MB
"The bible for all chefs." - Paul Bocuse
Named one of the five favorite culinary books of this decade by Food Arts magazine, The Professional Chef is the classic kitchen reference that many of America's top chefs have used to understand basic skills and standards for quality as well as develop a sense of how cooking works. Now, the ninth edition features an all-new, user-friendly design that guides readers through each cooking technique, starting with a basic formula, outlining the method at-a-glance, offering expert tips, covering each method with beautiful step-by-step photography, and finishing with recipes that use the basic techniques.
The new edition also offers a global perspective and includes essential information on nutrition, food and kitchen safety, equipment, and product identification. Basic recipe formulas illustrate fundamental techniques and guide chefs clearly through every step, from mise en place to finished dishes.
• Includes an entirely new chapter on plated desserts and new coverage of topics that range from sous vide cooking to barbecuing to seasonality
• Highlights quick reference pages for each major cooking technique or preparation, guiding you with at-a-glance information answering basic questions and giving new insights with expert tips
• Features nearly 900 recipes and more than 800 gorgeous full-color photographs
Covering the full range of modern techniques and classic and contemporary recipes, The Professional Chef, Ninth Edition is the essential reference for every serious cook.
Endgame: The End of The Debt Supercycle [Audiobook]
14 July 2012, 06:24
Endgame: The End of The Debt Supercycle And How It Changes Everything [Audiobook] by John Mauldin, Jonathan TepperGildan Media | 2011 | ASIN: B005DODRJO | MP3@96 kbps | 9 hrs 40 mins | 407.12 MB
"We all know we have seen the end of an era, and now we have courtside seats to watch the Endgame unfold. We are watching the end of Act I: The Debt Supercycle. Now we will get to see how Act II: The Endgame plays out."John Mauldin & Jonathan Tepper (Chapter 1).
Hundreds of books have been written about the financial crisis that engulfed the world after Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. But what if the bigger financial crisis is ahead of us, not behind us? As John Mauldin and Jonathan Tepper deftly illustrate in this controversial audio book, the crisis was more than a half-century in the making. The Great Financial Crisis, however, was merely Act I. Act II has now begun.
The massive household deleveraging and historic shift of private debt onto government balance sheets now underway all over the world represents the end of a 60-year global Debt Supercycle. We have now entered the Endgame, a time when bankruptcies and defaults (disguised as "restructuring") will not be of households and companies but of governments. The stakes are now higher. The coming crises will offer policymakers few good choices and many bad ones. It will require extraordinary clarity and courage from leaders, courage that so far is largely completely lacking. Yet, despite the authors' dark forecast, the message in Endgame is not all gloom and doom. The book lays out positive steps governments can take to weather the worst of the stormy days ahead, minimize the inevitable pain and discomfort most of us can expect to experience, and chart a bold new course to sustained economic growth and prosperity. It also offers investors an abundance of useful analysis and expert advice on how to protect their assets during the worst of it and prosper from the many new opportunities that will emerge globally as they present themselves.
In Part 2, the authors take listeners on a country-by-country tourincluding the United States, UK, European countries, and Japanclearly explaining the problems each country faces, as well as the good and bad policy options open to each, and the investment pitfalls and opportunities likely to be found in each national economy.
Whether you call it the Great Recession, the Great Financial Crisis, or the Global Debt Crisis, what we are experiencing is unlike anything seen in 80 years. Now is not the time to succumb to panic and superstition. It is a time for courage and intelligent decision making informed by the brand of rational analysis and wisdom you'll find in Endgame.
Table of Contents
Part One: The End of the Debt Supercycle
Chapter 1: The Beginning of the End
Chapter 2: Why Greece Matters
Chapter 3: Lets Look at the Rules
Chapter 4: The Burden of Lower Growth and More Frequent Recessions
Chapter 5: This Time Is Different
Chapter 6: The Future of Public Debt: An Unsustainable Path
Chapter 7: The Elements of Deflation
Chapter 8: Inflation and Hyperinflation
Part Two: A World Tour: Who Will Face Endgame First?
Chapter 9: The United States: The Mess We Find Ourselves In
Chapter 10: The European Periphery: A Modern-Day Gold Standard
Chapter 11: Eastern European Problems
Chapter 12: Japan: A Bug in Search of a Windshield
Chapter 13: The United Kingdom: How to Quietly Inflate Away Your Debt
Chapter 14: Australia: Could It Follow in Irelands Footsteps?
Chapter 15: Unintended Consequences: Loose Monetary Policies and Emerging Markets
.epub, .mobi and .pdf included
Shadows in the Jungle [Audiobook]
14 July 2012, 05:49
Shadows in the Jungle: The Alamo Scouts Behind Japanese Lines in World War II [Audiobook] by Larry AlexanderTantor Media | 2009 | ISBN: 1400160553 | MP3@128 kbps | 11 hrs 47 mins | 650.69 MB
Set on retaking the Philippines ever since his ignominious flight from the islands in 1942, General Douglas MacArthur needed a first-rate intelligence-gathering unit. Out of thousands, only 138 men were chosen: the best, toughest, and most fit men the army had to offer. Their task: silently slip onto Japanese-held islands, stalk through the thick jungles, and assess enemy locations, conditions, morale, and troop strength, all while remaining undetected. It was an impossible task, doomed to failure, but incredibly, the Alamo Scouts were a valuable success.
Throughout the years 1944 and 1945, the Scouts performed a wide array of special operations, many of them classified for decades after the war. More than just a recon and intelligence outfit, the Scouts also conducted rescue missions to recover captured military and civilian prisoners from Japanese camps, organized and supplied guerrilla freedom fighters, and provided protection for General MacArthur himself. They completed at least 107 known missions against superior numbers of enemy troops, but not a single Scout was killed or captured.
Writing with the narrative power usually found in a novel, Larry Alexander takes listeners in the footsteps of the men who made up the elite reconnaissance unit that served as General MacArthur's eyes and ears in the Pacific War. Drawing from personal interviews and testimonies from Scout veterans, Alexander weaves together the tales of the individual Scouts, who often spent weeks behind enemy lines to complete their missions. Now, more than 60 years after the war, the story of the Alamo Scouts has finally been told.
When Gadgets Betray Us [Audiobook]
14 July 2012, 05:39
Gildan Media | 2011 | ASIN: B004VK2F4E | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 50 mins | 241.16 MB
Technology is evolving faster than we are. As our BlackBerry devices, tablets, and digital capabilities become more and more complex we understand less and less about how they work. we no longer read the instruction manual before powering on, and we demand intuitive interfaces that get us up and running right away. But how many of us actually stop to think about potential threats to our privacy? Our passports broadcast our personal information and could allow terrorists to target us by nationality. Keyless entry systems in many high-tech car models make auto theft easier than ever. Commercial photocopiers are equipped with hard drives that can document everything we ever copied on it. And our digital photos, even after they're cropped, can expose the entire original image (hope you weren't doing anything naughty in that facebook profile picture).
In When Gadgets Betray Us, Robert Vamosi, a technology reporter and analyst who has been covering the internet age for over a decade, investigates the dark side of digital capability and convenience. He uncovers a secret world of privacy loss that most of us never consider - that is, until something goes terribly wrong. From iPads to BlackBerry devices, online banking to keyless entry systems, we're increasingly giving over the management of our crucial information to the latest and greatest electronic gadgets.Vamosi helps us comprehend the technology in our everyday lives and develop a common sense about how to protect ourselves. An essential guide for understanding what we're really signing up for every time we log-in, When Gadgets Betray Us reveals the secret lives of our electronic devices so that we can all better manage the real risks.
The Shadow Factory [Audiobook]
14 July 2012, 05:32
Books on Tape | 2008 | ASIN: B001GSJSBM | MP3@96 kbps | 13 hrs 41 mins | 561.09 MB
Today's National Security Agency is the largest, most costly, and most technologically advanced spy organization the world has ever known. It is also the most intrusive, secretly filtering millions of phone calls and e-mails an hour in the United States and around the world. Half a million people live on its watch list, and the number grows by the thousands every month. Has America become a surveillance state?
In The Shadow Factory, James Bamford, the foremost expert on National Security Agency, charts its transformation since 9/11, as the legendary code breakers turned their ears away from outside enemies, such as the Soviet Union, and inward to enemies whose communications increasingly crisscross America.
Fast-paced and riveting, The Shadow Factory is about a world unseen by Americans without the highest security clearances. But it is a world in which even their most intimate whispers may no longer be private.
Guns, Germs, and Steel [Audiobook]
14 July 2012, 05:23
2011 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 20 mins | 461.67 MB
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Guns, Germs and Steel examines the rise of civilization and the issues its development has raised throughout history.
Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology. Diamond also dissects racial theories of global history, and the resulting work - Guns, Germs and Steel - is a major contribution to our understanding the evolution of human societies.