The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
30 September 2012, 11:11
North River Press | 2004 | ISBN: 0884271781 | 370 pages | EPUB | 542.67KB
Written in a fast-paced thriller style, The Goal is the gripping novel which is transforming management thinking throughout the Western world. The author has been described by Fortune as a 'guru to industry' and by Businessweek as a 'genius'. It is a book to recommend to your friends in industry - even to your bosses - but not to your competitors.
Alex Rogo is a harried plant manager working ever more desperately to try and improve performance. His factory is rapidly heading for disaster. So is his marriage. He has ninety days to save his plant - or it will be closed by corporate HQ, with hundreds of job losses. It takes a chance meeting with a colleague from student days - Jonah - to help him break out of conventional ways of thinking to see what needs to be done.
The story of Alex's fight to save his plant is more than compulsive reading. It contains a serious message for all managers in industry and explains the ideas which underline the Theory of Constraints (TOC) developed by Eli Goldratt. Eliyahu M. Goldratt is an internationally recognized leader in the development of new business management concepts and systems, and acts as an educator to many of the world's corporations. The 20th anniversary edition includes a series of detailed case study interviews by David Whitford, Editor at Large, Fortune Small Business, which explore how organizations around the world have been transformed by Eli Goldratt's ideas.
27 Movies from the Dark Side
30 September 2012, 10:59
2012 | ISBN: 1449422268 | 123 pages | EPUB | 2.01MB
Sometimes there's just nothing more absorbing than watching a movie that truly looks at life on the dark side, revealing those dark parts of human nature that we find so facinating. In Roger Ebert's picks of 27 Movies from the Dark Side, he offers a varied selection from a look at the seamy side of life in L.A. in Chinatown to a backwoods murder gone wrong in Blood Simple. Throw in two classics from Alfred Hitchcock, Notorious and Strangers on a Train, and two French tours de force, Bob le Flambeur and Touchez Pas au Grisbi and you've got the primer on film noir.
33 Movies to Restore Your Faith in Humanity
30 September 2012, 10:54
2012 | ISBN: 144942225X | 117 pages | EPUB | 2.1MB
Wondering if the world is really going to hell in a handbasket? Then consider Roger Ebert's e-book original 33 Movies to Restore Your Faith in Humanity. Read Roger's full-length reviews of movies and rekindle your belief in the human spirit. From the out-of-the-world experience of E.T. to the outer space drama of Apollo 13 to the personal insights into ordinary people in Cinema Paradiso and Everlasting Moments, you'll be reassured that maybe there is hope for us all. Mix in historical dramas like The Bridge on the River Kwai and Gandhi, stories of personal heroism like Hotel Rwanda and Schindler's List, and the irresistible Up, and things will be looking, well, up! As an added attraction, most of the reviews include clips from trailers from the movies, with such gems as Casablanca and Say Amen, Somebody.
30 September 2012, 10:47
The New Press | 2008 | ISBN: 1595583300 | 328 pages | EPUB | 2.04MB
A shocking exposé of the little-known corruption and exploitation found at the heart of the multibillion-dollar cocoa industry—blood diamond for chocolate.
"It's the measure of a vast gulf between the children who eat chocolate on their way to school in North America and those [in Africa] who must, from childhood, work to survive...between the hand that picks the bean and the hand that unwraps the candy bar."—from the introduction to Bitter Chocolate
Whether part of a child's Halloween haul or the contents of a heart-shaped box, chocolate is synonymous with pleasure. But behind the sweet image is a dark history of exploitation.
Bitter Chocolate traces the fascinating origins and evolution of chocolate from the banquet table of Montezuma's Aztec court in the early sixteenth century to the bustling factories of Hershey, Cadbury, and Mars today, revealing that slavery and injustice have always been key ingredients. The heart of the book takes place in West Africa inside the Ivory Coast—the world's leading producer of cocoa beans—where, as Off discovers, profits from the multibillion-dollar chocolate industry fuel bloody civil war and widespread corruption. Faced with pressure from a crushing "cocoa cartel" demanding more beans for less money, poor farmers have turned to the cheapest labor pool possible: thousands of indentured children who pick the beans but have never themselves known the taste of chocolate.
Bitter Chocolate is an absorbing social history, a passionate investigative account, and a shocking exposé of an industry that has institutionalized misery as it indulges our whims.
The American Civil War: A Military History
30 September 2012, 10:42
Vintage Books | 2009 | ISBN: 0307274934 | 432 pages | EPUB | 7.3MB
The greatest military historian of our time gives a peerless account of America’s most bloody, wrenching, and eternally fascinating war.
In this long-awaited history, John Keegan shares his original and perceptive insights into the psychology, ideology, demographics, and economics of the American Civil War. Illuminated by Keegan’s knowledge of military history he provides a fascinating look at how command and the slow evolution of its strategic logic influenced the course of the war. Above all, The American Civil War gives an intriguing account of how the scope of the conflict combined with American geography to present a uniquely complex and challenging battle space. Irresistibly written and incisive in its analysis, this is an indispensable account of America’s greatest conflict.
Confessions of a Microfinance Heretic
30 September 2012, 10:34
Berrett-Koehler Publishers | 2012 | ISBN: 1609945182 | 264 pages | EPUB | 2.35MB
Very little solid evidence exists that microloans make a dent in long-term poverty. Sadly, evidence does exist for negligence, corruption, and methods that border on extortion. Part exposé, part memoir, and part financial detective story, this is the account of a one-time true believer whose decade in the industry turned him into a heretic.
Hugh Sinclair worked with several microfinance institutions around the world. He couldn’t help but notice that even with a booming $70 billion industry on their side, the poor didn’t seem any better off. Exorbitant interest rates led borrowers into never-ending debt spirals, and aggressive collection practices resulted in cases of forced prostitution, child labor, suicide, and nationwide revolts against the microfinance community.
Sinclair weaves a shocking tale of a system increasingly focused on maximizing profits—particularly once large banks got involved. He details his discovery of several scandals, one of the most disturbing involving a large African microfinance institution of questionable legality that charged interest rates in excess of 100 percent per year, and whose investors and supporters included some of the most celebrated leaders of the microfinance sector. Sinclair’s objections were first met with silence, then threats, attempted bribery, and a court case, and eventually led him to become a principle whistleblower in a sector that had lost its soul.
Microfinance can work—Sinclair describes moving experiences with several ethical and effective organizations and explains what made them different. But without the fundamental reforms that Sinclair recommends here, microfinance will remain an “investment opportunity” that will leave the poor with hollow promises and empty pockets.
The Procrastinator's Handbook
30 September 2012, 10:28
Walker & Company | 2000 | ISBN: 0802775985 | 192 pages | MOBI | 1.15MB
Almost everyone procrastinates. For some it causes problems and strains relationships at home and at work. For most people, though, procrastination is a frustrating or troublesome habit we would like to overcome. Rita Emmett will inspire you to get started. With humor and with advice drawn from her own triumph over procrastination and that of people she has met at her acclaimed seminars, she gives you proven tips and techniques for:
• identifying how and why you put things off
• motivating yourself to begin—and finish—unpleasant tasks
• organizing your time and efforts to achieve your goals
• developing strategies to move forward when stuck or reverting to old procrastination patterns
Filled with useful advice and real-life stories of people who have overcome procrastination, and written with a winning touch, The Procrastinator’s Handbook is as entertaining as it is helpful and rewarding. After reading it, you'll find that your self-esteem and your productivity grow.
Seeing the Big Picture
30 September 2012, 10:22
Greenleaf Book Group Press | 2012 | ISBN: 1608322467 | 176 pages | EPUB | 6.28MB
An MBA in 180 pages, Seeing the Big Picture simplifies the complexities of businesses large and small and shows you how a deep understanding of your company can help build the credibility and career you want. And it can make your work more fulfilling and purpose-driven by highlighting how you influence the success of your team, department, or organization.
All companies are driven to success or failure by the same five simple drivers: cash, profit, assets, growth, and people. Kevin Cope, founder of Acumen Learning, will help you appreciate how your day-to-day decisions can balance these drivers and contribute to the big picture of your organization s success. You'll discover the acumen you need to bring real value and passion to your work.
Whether you re on the manufacturing floor or sitting in the corner office, you can learn how to follow the drivers through to measurable results conquering your fear of numbers. Using Kevin's simple explanations of the most important metrics presented in the income statement, the balance sheet, and the statement of cash flows, you ll be able to quickly review financial reports for signs of success or impending doom.
Convincingly communicate your ideas to leaders, improve your team's performance, even launch a successful business of your own. No matter your goal, give yourself the foundational knowledge every businessperson needs, and discover new strategies for proving your value.
Writing a Novel and Getting Published For Dummies
30 September 2012, 08:14
For Dummies | 2012 | ISBN: 0470059109 | 314 pages | PDF | 9.29MB
Includes advice on perfecting dialogue, plot, and endings
Turn your bright idea into a brilliant novel
With a published author advising you on how to write a great novel, and a literary agent on how to get a publishing deal, this guide gives you the complete inside track on the art and science of breaking into the fiction publishing industry. It takes you step-by-step from concept to contract so you have all the tools you need to tell your story with skill, and approach agents and publishers with confidence.
• Structure your novel
• Develop believable characters
• Put the seven basic stories to work
• Troubleshoot and edit your work
• Get a good agent
• Negotiate a deal
The Color of War
30 September 2012, 08:08
Crown | 2012 | ISBN: 0307461211 | 512 pages | MOBI | 3.99MB
From the acclaimed World War II writer and author of The Ghost Mountain Boys, an incisive retelling of the key month, July 1944, that won the war in the pacific and ignited a whole new struggle on the home front.
In the pantheon of great World War II conflicts, the battle for Saipan is often forgotten. Yet historian Donald Miller calls it "as important to victory over Japan as the Normandy invasion was to victory over Germany." For the Americans, defeating the Japanese came at a high price. In the words of a Time magazine correspondent, Saipan was "war at its grimmest."
On the night of July 17, 1944, as Admirals Ernest King and Chester Nimitz were celebrating the battle's end, the Port Chicago Naval Ammunition Depot, just thirty-five miles northeast of San Francisco, exploded with a force nearly that of an atomic bomb. The men who died in the blast were predominantly black sailors. They toiled in obscurity loading munitions ships with ordnance essential to the US victory in Saipan. Yet instead of honoring the sacrifice these men made for their country, the Navy blamed them for the accident, and when the men refused to handle ammunition again, launched the largest mutiny trial in US naval history.
The Color of War is the story of two battles: the one overseas and the one on America's home turf. By weaving together these two narratives for the first time, Campbell paints a more accurate picture of the cataclysmic events that occurred in July 1944--the month that won the war and changed America.
The Black Hole War
30 September 2012, 08:00
Back Bay Books | 2009 | ISBN: 0316016411 | 480 pages | EPUB | 1.81MB
At the beginning of the 21st century, physics is being driven to very unfamiliar territory--the domain of the incredibly small and the incredibly heavy. The new world is a world in which both quantum mechanics and gravity are equally important. But mysteries remain. One of the biggest involved black holes. Famed physicist Stephen Hawking claimed that anything sucked in a black hole was lost forever. For three decades, Leonard Susskind and Hawking clashed over the answer to this problem. Finally, in 2004, Hawking conceded.
THE BLACK HOLE WAR will explain the mind-blowing science that finally won out, and the emergence of a new paradigm that argues the world--this catalog, your home, your breakfast, you--is actually a hologram projected from the edges of space.
Play Pоker Like the Pros
30 September 2012, 07:51
William Morrow | 2003 | ISBN: 0060005726 | 416 pages | EPUB | 683.1KB
In Play Pоker Like the Pros, pоker master Phil Hellmuth, Jr., demonstrates exactly how to play and win -- even if you have never picked up a deck of cards -- the modern games of pоker, including: Hold'em, Omaha, Seven-Cаrd Stud, and Razz.
Phil Hellmuth, Jr., a seven-time World Champion of Pоker, presents his tournament-tested strategies to beat any type of player, including:
• The Jackal (crazy and unpredictable)
• The Elephant (plays too many hands)
• The Mouse (plays very conservatively)
• The Lion (skilled and tough to beat)
Play Pоker Like the Pros begins by laying out the rules and set-up of each game and then moves on to easy-to-follow basic and advanced strategies. Hellmuth teaches exactly which hands to play, when to bluff, when to raise, and when to fold. In addition Hellmuth provides techniques for reading other players and staying cool under pressure. There are also special chapters on how to beat online pоker games and an inside look at tournament play.
Winning Pоker Tournaments One Hand at a Time [Volume I]
30 September 2012, 07:23
Dimat Enterprises Inc. | 2008 | ISBN: 0974150274 | 423 pages | MOBI | 3.41MB
Want to win pоker tournaments?
Now you can learn exactly how consistent winners REALLY do it!
Meet PearlJammer, Rizen, and Apestyles. These top guns of tournament pоker are frequent winners in today's highly competitive online scene, as well as in live tourneys. Their collective experience and track record is staggering: more than 35,000 tournaments played, more than 1,000 final tables made, over 200 major wins, and more than $6,000,000 in cashes. They regularly outplay fields consisting of other top professionals victories that are documented by detailed online hand histories.
Are you ready to learn winning ways from today's true tournament experts?
The authors are not only consistent winners, but powerful teachers as well. Step-by-step, they reveal their decision-making processes, using hands drawn from actual play not examples contrived to fit a particular pоker theory.
Reading this book is like attending a master class in tournament pоker.
You'll see the way cutting-edge pros use their wisdom and incredibly extensive experience to analyze almost every pоker situation imaginable. Deep-stacked or short-stacked, against single or multiple opponents, you'll learn the skills that will make you a winner, including:
• When and how to play aggressively or tightly
• When to make moves
• When to make continuation bets and when to hold back
• How to induce and pick off bluffs
• How to accumulate chips without constantly risking your tournament life.
Pоker is a fun game, but it's even more fun when you win.
If you want to become a great tournament player, shouldn't you be learning from the best? NOW You can!
Winning Pоker Tournaments One Hand at a Time [Volume II]
30 September 2012, 07:15
Dimat Enterprises Inc. | 2010 | ISBN: 0984143440 | 320 pages | MOBI | 6.06MB
YOU'RE IN THE MONEY...NOW WHAT?
You've put in the time, you've built up your stack, and now, at last, you're inching ever closer to serious tournament payoffs. At this stage, playing smart is more crucial than ever, and who better to give you the edge than three of modern pоker's greatest tournament pros?
THEY'LL TAKE YOU FROM THE BUBBLE TO THE FINAL TABLE
Volume 1 of this series shed new light on the fundamentals, and now in, Volume 2, Pearljammer, Apestyles and Rizen players whose collective stats include, more than 1,800 final tables made, over 300 major wins, and more than $10,000,000 in cashes return to show you how to crush the final table.
When deep in a tournament, the ability to analyze opponents' play is more than an advantage it's a necessity. In this exciting follow-up, you get to sweat the best as they walk you through the key hands of actual tournaments: what they did right, what they did wrong, and what you need to do to win, including:
• How to use the changing dynamic of stack size to your advantage as the field narrows
• The unique strategies and tactics of Final Table play
• How to dominate weak players and outthink strong players
• How to take maximum advantage of your table image to confound your competition
• How hand selection changes in short-handed and heads-up play
pоker is a fun game, but it's even more fun when you win. Online or live, you need to keep your cool and make the right moves to enjoy big-money finishes. If you've gotten this far, these top professionals will help you go all the way.
Secrets of Professional Pot-Limit Omaha
30 September 2012, 07:08
D&B Publishing | 2006 | ISBN: 1904468306 | 272 pages | MOBI | 661.25KB
Pot-Limit Omaha is a fascinating game which is rapidly increasingly in popularity on the back of the current pоker boom. However, there is a dearth of quality material giving advice on how to handle all elements of this complex form of pоker. Until now...Secrets of Professional Pot-Limit Omaha is one of the first books to analyze medium- and high-stakes PLO in great depth. The author, long-time successful PLO cash game player Rolf Slotboom, reveals key information that has never appeared in print before. The following are just some of the topics that are discussed in this ground-breaking book: • A revolutionary short-stack approach • Adjustments for big-stack play • A study on the proper bet size • Correct seating position • Blocker play • The bare ace bluff • Exploiting your opponents’ specific weaknesses Finally, the practice hands and the chapter on hand match-ups offer tremendous theoretical and practical advice. This book is a must-read for anyone who wishes to play PLO successfully.
Secrets of Short-handed Pot-Limit Omaha
30 September 2012, 06:57
D&B Publishing | 2009 | ISBN: 1904468446 | 336 pages | MOBI | 752.09KB
Rolf Slotboom and Rob Hollink join forces to produce THE definitive guide to short-handed Pot-Limit Omaha (tables with six or fewer players).
Do you know Pot-Limit Omaha is one of the fastest growing forms of pоker?
Do you know that the biggest online money games are Short-Handed Pot-Limit Omaha?
Rolf and Rob will tell you how to:
• Gauge the optimum size of the buy-in
• Decide whether to check-raise or bet into the raiser
• Represent big hands
• Misrepresent hands in order to get paid off
• Get your opponents off good, but non-nut hands
• Judge when to raise with drawing hands
The Little Book of Pоker Tips
30 September 2012, 06:51
Green Umbrella Publishing | 2008 | ISBN: 190622949X | 96 pages | EPUB | 240.8KB
Of all the card games played throughout the world, there are few that catch the public imagination quite like pоker. Whether your preference is for Texas Hold’em, Seven Card Stud, Omaha Eight or any other permutation, there are many techniques you can use to improve your game and the Little Book of Pоker Tips is packed with tips to give you that extra edge.Whatever level you play at, whether with friends, in tournaments or online, there are basic principles that will really help you to enjoy your pоker, and even more importantly, win more often.
Pоker Winners Are Different
30 September 2012, 06:45
Lyle Stuart | 2009 | ISBN: 081840728X | 304 pages | MOBI | 445.26KB
What Makes Winners Win?
Every serious pоker player knows there's a big difference between playing well and winning: Winners successfully master specific attitudes and habits.
What Do I Need To Win?
It's right in your hands. pоker guru Dr. Alan N. Schoonmaker explains the key skills that enable winners to bring in the money. With his expert guidance you can master them, too. You'll learn to:
• Manage risk and information
• Develop better discipline
• Improve your decision-making processes
• Focus on the right issues
• Choose the information you give others
• Control your reactions to feelings
• Act decisively
By mastering the behaviors and skills that Schoonmaker teaches, you'll be able to play more confidently--and win more often.
How Good is Your Pot-Limit Omaha?
30 September 2012, 06:40
D&B Publishing | 2004 | ISBN: 1904468071 | 192 pages | MOBI | 3.23MB
Learn this unique pоker strategy from one of the best pot limit omaha players in the world.
Kill Phil: The Fast Track to Success
30 September 2012, 06:31
Huntington Press | 2009 | ISBN: 1935396315 | 284 pages | MOBI | 2.42MB
Thanks to television, the internet, and the incredible popularity of the World Series of pоker in Las Vegas, when Kill Phil was first published in 2006, tournament pоker had become the richest sport in the world. The problem was that no-limit hold 'em was dominated by a handful of experienced and skilled professional players. Kill Phil turned the tables on the pros by introducing a strategy that allowed even an absolute novice to compete against the best players in the world. The Kill Phil strategy remains highly effective when used in confrontations with even the world's best players, but tournament play is evolving. This revised edition reflects the new trends in tournament pоker by refining the use of the all-in move and providing adaptations that take into account the new style of hyper-aggressive play. At its core, though, Kill Phil remains what it's been from the start--the best method possible for entering the exciting and potentially lucrative pоker-tournament arena. As a special bonus, this new edition contains the complete set of strategies formatted as they appear on the Kill Phil strategy cards--an added $14.95 value!
For Richer, For Poorer: A Love Affair with Pоker
30 September 2012, 06:26
Canongate Books | 2009 | ISBN: 1847672914 | 352 pages | MOBI | 502.86KB
In September 2006, Victoria Coren won a million dollars on the European Pоker Tour. In her long-awaited memoir, she tells the story of that victory, but also of a 20-year obsession with the game. It is a journey which has taken Coren from a secret culture of illegal cash games to the high-stakes glamour of Las Vegas and Monte Carlo, and brought with it friendship, laughter, and money, but also loneliness, heartbreak, and defeat. With disarming honesty, Coren lays all of this bare. For Richer, For Poorer also tells the story of the pоker revolution. How did this cult card game, populated by a small community of colorful and eccentric players, move from the back streets to the mainstream in a few short years? It is a fascinating story from a trusted insider.
Decide to Play Great Pоker
30 September 2012, 06:17
Huntington Press | 2011 | ISBN: 1935396323 | 450 pages | MOBI | 1.25MB
Ask any great pоker player how he'd play a hand and he'll always say, 'It depends.' Though that can be an infuriating response, the truth is, it really does depend. The key to becoming a great pоker player is in knowing on what it depends. Decide to Play Great pоker teaches you to think strategically so you can identify the dependent factors behind every decision in every hand. pоker is a game of numerous variables: table position, flop texture, bet sizing, pocket holdings, players in a hand, personalities of the players, and so much more. Decide to Play Great pоker will teach you how to identify and analyze these variables, interchange them within basic game-situation templates, and leave you feeling knowledgeable, comfortable, and confident in any pоker situation. Instead of just enumerating rules that work only some of the time, this book will teach you how to become a great pоker thinker and strategist, so you can expertly navigate any new pоker challenge that comes up. Most players think the goal of pоker is to make money, but that's not correct. The goal of pоker is to make good decisions. Money is simply the way you measure how well you're fulfilling that objective. Are you ready to start making world-class decisions at the pоker table, as well as reap the substantial rewards that those decisions yield? All you have to do is decide: Decide to Play Great pоker now.
Phil Gordon's Little Gold Book
30 September 2012, 06:08
Gallery Books | 2011 | ISBN: 1451641591 | 400 pages | EPUB + MOBI | 20.56/2.71MB
Since reigning pоker expert Phil Gordon’s Little Green Book illuminated the strategies and philosophies necessary to win at No Limit Texas Hold’em, pоker has changed quickly and dramatically. Today, Pot Limit Omaha is the game of choice at nose-bleed stakes. The players are aggressive, the games are volatile, the decisions are tough, and the pressure is relentless. This is pоker 2.0.
In his Little Gold Book, Phil Gordon reexamines the game from the ground up. The key to competing with today’s top players is finding the post-flop edge, but to really understand this new playing style, you need to get comfortable with the underlying math. Don’t be intimidated. Gordon makes this challenging material as approachable and simple as possible. Beginning with the foundations of pоker 2.0, he unpacks the modern pоker player’s toolkit, rigorously examines the new lines of play in No Limit Hold’em, dissects the fast and furious strategies of Pot Limit Omaha, and explores the winning pоker mindset that will take your game to an entirely different level.
The golden age of pоker is upon us. Phil Gordon’s Little Gold Book will shorten your learning curve, and if you’re willing to put in the time and the work, big bankrolls await.
Killer Pоker Online 2
30 September 2012, 06:00
A revolutionary new approach to a revolutionary game
Since the 2003 publication of the groundbreaking Killer Pоker Online, the Internet game has exploded and the online pоker landscape has completely changed. More than 150,000 people are logged in and playing online for real money every day. What does this mean for you? Lots of opportunities to take serious money from novices. Update your Internet play now and make sure you get your share. In Killer Pоker Online/2 You-ll learn how to:
• Understand and exploit the patterns, tendencies, and weaknesses of online players
• Play winning strategies that are not possible in real-world games
• Beat the unique sit-and-go tournament
• Vanquish foes in heads-up play
• Recognize the pitfalls of online cash games
• Navigate and dominate full-field online tournaments
The online game these days is both easier and harder to beat, and with Killer Pоker Online/2, you-ll learn the latest strategies to bring home the cash.
Secrets of non-Standard Sit'n'gos
30 September 2012, 05:54
D&B Publishing | 2010 | ISBN: 1904468527 | 224 pages | MOBI | 1.21MB
The sit’n’go (single table tournament) format is one of the most popular and exciting ways to play pоker. However, ten players sitting at one table and playing for three prizes is not the only possible format. There are many other ways that these events can be run and these can provide a lucrative opportunity for the skilled player. In Secrets of non-standard Sit’n’gos, Phil Shaw navigates you through these exciting variants and explains how you can make them profitable.
The alternative formats discussed include:
• Heads-up sit’n’gos (2-player)
• 6-max sit’n’gos
• Sit’n’gos with two tables
• 45-player and 180-player sit’n’gos
• Step systems (with prizes as entries to bigger money sit’n’gos)
• Hyper turbos
• Super satellites
...and many more
As well as a deep examination of the correct strategies for all these events, Secrets of non-standard Sit’n’gos also analyses the most effective way to capitalise on rakeback and reward programs.
Now You're Thinking!
30 September 2012, 05:46
FT Press | 2011 | ISBN: 0132690136 | 100 pages | EPUB | 1.65MB
If you can change the way you think, you can change the world. That’s the theme of Now You’re Thinking! as it tells the story of how a 2-year old Iraqi girl’s life was saved through determination, courage, and critical thinking. The book begins with the heroic story of how a Marine battalion beat the odds to save this little girl, and ends with a model of critical thinking that will help you STOP and THINK to recognize your emotions, evaluate arguments, and draw conclusions to make better life decisions. This book also provides the opportunity for you to take the My Thinking Styles assessment for free to learn your natural thinking preferences, strengths, and biases. This short read will give you a real-life example of great thinking plus tons of resources to guide your further interest in effective thinking.
High Stakes: The Rising Cost of America's Gambling Addiction
30 September 2012, 05:40
America is becoming hooked on gambling. From the millions of dens and dorm rooms lit by online poker games to the neighborhoods transformed by new casinos and slot machine parlors, legalized gambling has become an integral part of our lives.
With a singular blend of investigative journalism and poignant narratives of gambling addiction, award-winning journalist Sam Skolnik provides an in-depth exploration of the consequences of this national phenomenon. The result is High Stakes, an unflinching look at the explosive growth of legalized gambling in our country, the concurrent rise of addicted gamblers, and what it all means.
Thirty-five years ago, casinos were legal in just one state, Nevada. Today, legalized gambling has morphed into a $92 billion industry established in all but two states. As elected officials are urging voters to expand gambling’s reach, the industry’s supporters and their equally impassioned detractors are squaring off in prolonged state-by-state battles. Millions of Americans are being asked to decide: Are the benefits worth the costs?
Industry officials and their political allies assert that gambling is an effective way to raise revenue and create jobs. But these rewards come at a steep price. Fast-rising numbers of addicted gamblers are causing higher indebtedness and bankruptcy rates, as well as increased divorces, suicides, and gambling-related crime. Skolnik shows how the gambling industry is targeting Asian Americans—and why this population, more than any other ethnic group, is likely to develop gambling problems. He also illustrates how gambling has helped turn Las Vegas into America’s most dysfunctional community, and how the upsurge of poker and Internet gambling has created a new generation of gambling junkies.
In High Stakes, we meet politicians eager to promote legalized gambling as an economic cure-all, scientists wrestling with the meaning of gambling addiction, and ensnared players so caught up in the chase that they’ve lost their livelihoods and their minds. Throughout it all, Skolnik—an avid poker player—never loses sight of the human side of these struggles
A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length
30 September 2012, 04:04
2012 | ISBN: 1449410251 | 384 pages | MOBI | 935.54KB
Roger Ebert's I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie and Your Movie Sucks, which gathered some of his most scathing reviews, were best-sellers. This new collection continues the tradition, reviewing not only movies that were at the bottom of the barrel, but also movies that he found underneath the barrel.
A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length collects more than 200 of his reviews since 2006 in which he gave movies two stars or fewer. Known for his fair-minded and well-written film reviews, Roger is at his razor-sharp humorous best when skewering bad movies. Consider this opener for the one-star Your Highness:
"Your Highness is a juvenile excrescence that feels like the work of 11-year-old boys in love with dungeons, dragons, warrior women, pot, boobs, and four-letter words. That this is the work of David Gordon Green beggars the imagination. One of its heroes wears the penis of a minotaur on a string around his neck. I hate it when that happens."
And finally, the inspiration for the title of this book, the one-star Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a horrible experience of unbearable length, briefly punctuated by three or four amusing moments. One of these involves a doglike robot humping the leg of the heroine. If you want to save yourself the ticket price go, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination."
Movie buffs and humor lovers alike will relish this treasury of movies so bad that you may just want to see them for a good laugh!
The Female Brain
30 September 2012, 03:58
Three Rivers Press | 2007 | ISBN: 0767920104 | 304 pages | EPUB | 881.78KB
Why are women more verbal than men? Why do women remember details of fights that men can’t remember at all? Why do women tend to form deeper bonds with their female friends than men do with their male counterparts? These and other questions have stumped both sexes throughout the ages.
Now, pioneering neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine, M.D., brings together the latest findings to show how the unique structure of the female brain determines how women think, what they value, how they communicate, and who they love. While doing research as a medical student at Yale and then as a resident and faculty member at Harvard, Louann Brizendine discovered that almost all of the clinical data in existence on neurology, psychology, and neurobiology focused exclusively on males. In response to the overwhelming need for information on the female mind, Brizendine established the first clinic in the country to study and treat women’s brain function.
In The Female Brain, Dr. Brizendine distills all her findings and the latest information from the scientific community in a highly accessible book that educates women about their unique brain/body/behavior.
The result: women will come away from this book knowing that they have a lean, mean, communicating machine. Men will develop a serious case of brain envy.
The Male Brain
30 September 2012, 03:53
Three Rivers Press | 2011 | ISBN: 0767927540 | 304 pages | MOBI | 525.04KB
From the author of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller The Female Brain, here is the eagerly awaited follow-up book that demystifies the puzzling male brain.
Dr. Louann Brizendine, the founder of the first clinic in the country to study gender differences in brain, behavior, and hormones, turns her attention to the male brain, showing how, through every phase of life, the "male reality" is fundamentally different from the female one. Exploring the latest breakthroughs in male psychology and neurology with her trademark accessibility and candor, she reveals that the male brain:
• is a lean, mean, problem-solving machine. Faced with a personal problem, a man will use his analytical brain structures, not his emotional ones, to find a solution.
• thrives under competition, instinctively plays rough and is obsessed with rank and hierarchy.
• has an area for sexual pursuit that is 2.5 times larger than the female brain, consuming him with sexual fantasies about female body parts.
• experiences such a massive increase in testosterone at puberty that he perceive others' faces to be more aggressive.
The Male Brain finally overturns the stereotypes. Impeccably researched and at the cutting edge of scientific knowledge, this is a book that every man, and especially every woman bedeviled by a man, will need to own.
Meat: Identification, Fabrication and Utilization
30 September 2012, 03:23
Delmar Cengage Learning | 2009 | ISBN: 1428319948 | 304 pages | PDF | 11.81MB
Kitchen Pro Series: Guide to Meat Identification, Fabrication, and Utilization is the definitive guide to purchasing and fabricating meat cuts for professional chefs, foodservice personnel, culinarians, and food enthusiasts. Part of the CIA's new Kitchen Pro Series focusing on kitchen preparation skills, this user-friendly, full-color resource provides practical information on fabricating beef, pork, veal, lamb, game, and exotic meats. Helpful storage information, basic preparation methods for each cut, and recipes are included to give professional and home chefs everything they need to know to produce well-primed cuts of meat. For anyone who believes that butchery is a lost art, The Culinary Institute of America's Chef Thomas Schneller counters that notion by providing a close examination and explanation of the craft in this clear and concise book.
Fish and Seafood: Identification Fabrication and Utilization
30 September 2012, 03:19
Kitchen Pro Series: Guide to Fish and Seafood Identification, Fabrication, and Utilization is the definitive guide to purchasing and fabricating fish and shellfish for professional chefs, foodservice personnel, culinarians, and food enthusiasts. Part of the CIA's new Kitchen Pro Series focusing on kitchen preparation skills, this invaluable resource features helpful storage information, basic preparation methods, and recipes that will allow professional and home chefs to fabricate well-prepared fish and seafood. Throughout this lavishly illustrated text, The Culinary Institute of America's Chef Mark Ainsworth offers readers a satisfying alternative to meat by educating them about how to purchase and prepare healthy and delicious fish and seafood dishes.
The Math of Hold'em
30 September 2012, 03:01
Dimat Enterprises | 2011 | ISBN: 0984619429 | 408 pages | MOBI | 2.47MB
Winning big at holdem requires practical math knowledge, which is precisely what this book will teach you. The ability to make quick and accurate mathematical decisions is crucial for your winnings at the table. The mission of this book is to drill these important pоker math skills into you, giving you a distinct advantage over the other players at your table. Both of the authors of this book graduated with degrees in Mathematics from Caltech. Collin Moshman is the best-selling author of Sit-n-Go Strategy and Heads-Up No-Limit Holdem. Douglas Zare is a mathematician and pоker coach famous for his in-depth analyses. The authors use their extensive math, pоker, and coaching backgrounds to present the most important hold em math concepts designed to immediately increase your winrate at the tables. You will learn to: - Understand the fundamental probabilities and statistics underlying Hold em - Count hand combinations while playing - Master expected value calculations - Play optimally with game theory - Seize full advantage of the latest software - Utilize deductive logic to put your opponent on a specific hand range - And more... pоker is a fun game, but it is even more fun when you win. Whether you play cash games or tournaments, high-stakes or low-stakes, online or live pоker, The Math of Holdem will give you the significant edge you need over your opponents.
Treat Your Pоker Like A Business
30 September 2012, 02:57
Imagine Media | 2009 | ISBN: 0984336302 | 204 pages | PDF | 6.17MB
Just as 'Moneyball' did for baseball, 'Treat Your Pоker Like A Business' has had a seismic impact on how pоker is played, viewed and analyzed. Writes Sports Illustrated: 'Dusty Schmidt (is) a model of entrepreneurial drive.' Dusty 'Leatherass' Schmidt is known as the definitive pоker grinder, with a legendary ability to focus during marathon online sessions. But this isn't the ability to which he attributes his success. Instead, Schmidt says his multimillion dollar achievements are due to his applying old-fashioned business concepts to the game of pоker. Five years into his career, Schmidt's resume is legendary: Nearly 7 million hands and 10,000 hours played. Mind-blowing win rates spanning massive sample sizes. $3 million won in cash games exclusively. Never had a losing month. With 'Treat Your Pоker Like A Business,' Schmidt teaches other online players to monetize their abilities as he has. Schmidt writes that while training websites and instructional books have made pоker players' games better, they haven't necessarily taught them how to make money. Schmidt schools readers on how to manage bankroll, rationalize variance, play more tables, move up in stakes, avoid tilt, create new sources of revenue, and --- most importantly --- become more profitable.
How To Read Hands At No-Limit Hold'em
30 September 2012, 02:49
Ed Miller | 2011 | ISBN: 0982504225 | 190 pages | EPUB | 3.58MB
Hand reading is the single most important no-limit hold’em skill. If you can figure out what hands your opponents are likely to have, you will make consistently good decisions. You’ll find bluffs other players miss. You’ll find value bets other players miss. And you’ll also be able to anticipate and avoid trouble before you’re knee-deep in it.
Some people say hand reading is a “feel” skill. That you can only learn it through experience.
Not that experience isn’t vital. It is. But if you think that you’re just going to figure it all out by playing hours and hours of hold’em, you’re likely mistaken. The learning curve is very steep. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that How To Read Hands At No-Limit Hold'em can leapfrog you up the learning curve. Not only will you be reading hands better from the moment you finish your first read-through, but you will also learn how to develop your skill during every session you play in the future.
• How to get a read on all the different types of opponents in your small stakes no-limit games
• How to systematically find big bluffs and thin value bets on the river
• How to react when you get raised
• How to spot one of the biggest mistakes many players make on the turn and how to turn that leak into profit. This one alone is worth the price of the book
• How to spot the flops you shouldn’t be continuation betting
• How to sniff out bluffs using null ranges
• How to use software at home to fine-tune your hand reading even further
The Casual Vacancy [Audiobook]
30 September 2012, 02:40
Hachette Audio | 2012 | ASIN: B009HPTB9U | MP3@56 kbps | 17 hrs 52 mins | 429.5MB
When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…. Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.
The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion
30 September 2012, 02:33
Fair Winds Press | 2009 | ISBN: 1592333583 | 320 pages | EPUB | 26.04MB
The comfort of knowing what is going on during pregnancy combined with advice that changes each week with an expectant mother’s body will warm the heart and well as calm the nerves.
This fully illustrated pregnancy guide gives an expectant mothers week-by-week information on their body and the child’s physical development; and then explains what they should do at each week of pregnancy for an optimally healthy pregnancy, delivery, and baby. A chapter is devoted to each week of pregnancy and covers everything readers need to know including, baby’s size, mother’s size, what’s normal in terms of physical symptoms and development, and what could indicate a potentially serious problem. Nutritional, exercise, and lifestyle advice, tips on treating common pregnancy discomforts like morning sickness and sciatica, and pregnancy do’s and don’ts, ensure a happy and healthy mother and baby.
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power
30 September 2012, 02:18
Crown Business | 2012 | ISBN: 0307719219 | 544 pages | MOBI | 8.52MB
Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?
Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are?
Simply, no. None of these factors is either definitive or destiny. Otherwise, how to explain why Botswana has become one of the fastest growing countries in the world, while other African nations, such as Zimbabwe, the Congo, and Sierra Leone, are mired in poverty and violence?
Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson conclusively show that it is man-made political and economic institutions that underlie economic success (or lack of it). Korea, to take just one of their fascinating examples, is a remarkably homogeneous nation, yet the people of North Korea are among the poorest on earth while their brothers and sisters in South Korea are among the richest. The south forged a society that created incentives, rewarded innovation, and allowed everyone to participate in economic opportunities. The economic success thus spurred was sustained because the government became accountable and responsive to citizens and the great mass of people. Sadly, the people of the north have endured decades of famine, political repression, and very different economic institutions—with no end in sight. The differences between the Koreas is due to the politics that created these completely different institutional trajectories.
Based on fifteen years of original research Acemoglu and Robinson marshall extraordinary historical evidence from the Roman Empire, the Mayan city-states, medieval Venice, the Soviet Union, Latin America, England, Europe, the United States, and Africa to build a new theory of political economy with great relevance for the big questions of today, including:
• China has built an authoritarian growth machine. Will it continue to grow at such high speed and overwhelm the West?
• Are America’s best days behind it? Are we moving from a virtuous circle in which efforts by elites to aggrandize power are resisted to a vicious one that enriches and empowers a small minority?
• What is the most effective way to help move billions of people from the rut of poverty to prosperity? More philanthropy from the wealthy nations of the West? Or learning the hard-won lessons of Acemoglu and Robinson’s breakthrough ideas on the interplay between inclusive political and economic institutions?
Why Nations Fail will change the way you look at—and understand—the world.
Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot
30 September 2012, 02:03
Grub Street Publishing | 2010 | ISBN: 1906502838 | 224 pages | EPUB | 5.51MB
Within weeks of war being declared, Wolfgang Fischer had volunteered to join the Luftwaffe and spent nearly five of the succeeding six years of hostilities in uniform. During this time he was given a succession of postings varying from a long-range recce unit; as a decoder in a met office in occupied France; to a bomber squadron; and as a flying instructor, before joining a squadron of the famous Richthofen Geschwader in Italy, from where he was shot down in his FW 190 by Mustangs en route to Normandy.
By now a Lieutenant, he survived to fly offensive rocket attacks over Gold Beach on D-Day, only to be shot down again on D + 1, and captured and sent first to a hospital in the UK, then into captivity in the USA. He was finally repatriated in April 1946. His description of all these events is entertaining and well-written, ranging from comic to tragic. It is unique in flavor, giving a valuable insight into the undeniably typical lot of those serving in the air arm of the Third Reich. Expertly translated and edited by John Weal, this is a worthy accompaniment to Norbert Hannig's 'Luftwaffe Fighter Ace' published by Grub Street in 2004.
Black Fokker Leader
30 September 2012, 01:58
Grub Street | 2009 | ISBN: 1906502285 | 256 pages | EPUB | 9.71MB
One of the most noteworthy German fighter pilots of World War I was Leutnant der Reserve Carl Degelow, whose squadron of mostly black Fokker D.VII fighters posed a formidable threat to some of Britain's most celebrated air units on the Western Front.
Degelow had a unique approach to aerial combat which fascinated the author, Peter Kilduff, so much that in 1979 he wrote Germany's Last Knight of the Air about his exploits, a book long out of print. During the intervening 30 years Kilduff has obtained new information and original photos, plus copies of significant German archival material and documentation which shed much new light on this legendary ace.
Black Fokker Leader is a completely new work with unpublished material about Degelow and his comrades - how he was almost court-martialled; how his career was saved by Carl Josef Jacobs; how Degelow helped Willy Rosenstein escape from Nazi Germany, and much more. Plus new insights into men like Field Marshal Erhard Milch, Degelow's wing commander in WWI; and V-2 rocket chief General Hans Jeschonnek, a Degelow prote'ge' in 1918.
Presented in the acclaimed author's objective, well-sourced manner, there will also be a wealth of British, French and Belgian documentation to counter-balance German claims. Many of Peter Kilduff's previous books have been published in the UK and US and translated worldwide.