Freakonomics

Freakonomics
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D Levitt, Stephen J Dubner
2009 | EPUB | 1.31MB

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool?
What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?
How much do parents really matter?

These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head.

Freakonomics is a groundbreaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They set out to explore the inner workings of a crack gang, the truth about real estate agents, the secrets of the Ku Klux Klan, and much more.

Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, they show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives—how people get what they want or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

Worth Fighting For: Love, Loss, and Moving Forward

Worth Fighting For: Love, Loss, and Moving Forward

Worth Fighting For: Love, Loss, and Moving Forward by Lisa Niemi Swayze
Atria Books | 2012 | ISBN: 1439196362 | EPUB | 336 pages | 963.94KB


When Lisa Niemi first exchanged vows with Patrick Swayze, she promised to be with her husband “till death do us part.” But how many couples stop and think about what that truly means?


Worth Fighting For is both a candid tribute to a marriage and a celebration of the healing power that each day holds, even in the most difficult of circumstances. Lisa shares the details of Patrick’s twenty-one-month battle with Stage IV pancreatic cancer, and she describes his last days, when she simply tried to keep him comfortable. She writes with heartbreaking honesty about her grief in the aftermath of his death and openly discusses the challenges that the years without him have posed. Her story is an emotionally honest and unflinching depiction of loss, but it is also a hopeful and life-affirming exploration of the power of the human spirit. “I tell you, I am a different person now,” she writes, “one who has been thrown into the fire and forged.”


The Revenge of Geography

The Revenge of Geography

The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate by Robert D Kaplan
Random House | 2012 | ISBN: 1400069831 | EPUB | 432 pages | 3.64MB


In this provocative, startling book, Robert D. Kaplan, the bestselling author of Monsoon and Balkan Ghosts, offers a revelatory new prism through which to view global upheavals and to understand what lies ahead for continents and countries around the world.


In The Revenge of Geography, Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers of the near and distant past to look back at critical pivots in history and then to look forward at the evolving global scene. Kaplan traces the history of the world’s hot spots by examining their climates, topographies, and proximities to other embattled lands. The Russian steppe’s pitiless climate and limited vegetation bred hard and cruel men bent on destruction, for example, while Nazi geopoliticians distorted geopolitics entirely, calculating that space on the globe used by the British Empire and the Soviet Union could be swallowed by a greater German homeland.


Kaplan then applies the lessons learned to the present crises in Europe, Russia, China, the Indian subcontinent, Turkey, Iran, and the Arab Middle East. The result is a holistic interpretation of the next cycle of conflict throughout Eurasia. Remarkably, the future can be understood in the context of temperature, land allotment, and other physical certainties: China, able to feed only 23 percent of its people from land that is only 7 percent arable, has sought energy, minerals, and metals from such brutal regimes as Burma, Iran, and Zimbabwe, putting it in moral conflict with the United States. Afghanistan’s porous borders will keep it the principal invasion route into India, and a vital rear base for Pakistan, India’s main enemy. Iran will exploit the advantage of being the only country that straddles both energy-producing areas of the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea. Finally, Kaplan posits that the United States might rue engaging in far-flung conflicts with Iraq and Afghanistan rather than tending to its direct neighbor Mexico, which is on the verge of becoming a semifailed state due to drug cartel carnage.


A brilliant rebuttal to thinkers who suggest that globalism will trump geography, this indispensable work shows how timeless truths and natural facts can help prevent this century’s looming cataclysms.


Wabi Sabi Love

Wabi Sabi Love

Wabi Sabi Love: The Ancient Art of Finding Perfect Love in Imperfect Relationships by Arielle Ford
HarperOne | 2012 | ISBN: 0062003755 | EPUB | 256 pages | 1.82MB


Love. It’s right up there with air, food, and water as the most necessary of ingredients for existence. And yet it is one of the hardest things to find, and perhaps an even harder thing to hold on to.


The truth is you’re not perfect, and neither is your partner. But you can be perfectly imperfect together. In Wabi Sabi Love, international bestselling author and relationship expert Arielle Ford applies the wisdom of Wabi Sabi—the ancient Japanese idea of illuminating the beauty in imperfection—to love relationships. Wabi Sabi Love is the practice of exploring, embracing, and cherishing the quirks, irritations, and limitations that make you and your partner unique and that form your shared history as a couple.


Wabi Sabi Love provides the tools to see yourself, your partner, and your partnership in an entirely new light, develop a deep and profound appreciation for each other, and experience more balance, harmony, and joy in your relationship than ever before. Wabi Sabi Love teaches you to:


● turn conflict into connection and differences into mutual passions

● move from “annoyed” to “enjoyed”

● establish new beliefs and habits that better serve your relationship

● cultivate humor, humility, and generosity to diffuse those moments when you would normally retreat or slip into tired judgments, criticisms, or resentments


Using real-life stories of couples who applied Wabi Sabi and found their relationships transformed, Wabi Sabi Love can revolutionize your relationship whether you’re navigating financial challenges, raising children, caring for aging parents, coping with a seemingly insurmountable betrayal, or just facing mundane frustrations and everyday stressors. By shifting the focus from what’s wrong to what’s right, Wabi Sabi Love reveals a pathway to true love and your happily ever after.


Citizen Soldiers

Citizen Soldiers

Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Buldge to the Surrender of Germany Jun 7, 1994-May 7, 1945 by Stephen E Ambrose
Demco Media | 2002 | ISBN: 0606251375 | EPUB | 528 pages | 245.96KB


In this riveting account, historian Stephen Ambrose continues where he left off in his #1 bestseller "D-Day". Ambrose again follows the individual characters of this noble, brutal, and tragic war, from the high command down to the ordinary soldier, drawing on hundreds of interviews to re-create the war experience with startling clarity and immediacy. From the hedgerows of Normandy to the overrunning of Germany, Ambrose tells the real story of World War II from the perspective of the men and women who fought it.


What the F*@# Should I Make for Dinner?

What the F*@# Should I Make for Dinner?

What the F*@# Should I Make for Dinner: The Answers to Life's Everyday Question (in 50 F*@#ing Recipes) by Zach Golden
Running Press | 2011 | ISBN: 0762441771 | EPUB | 100 pages | 189.78KB


Don’t know what to make for dinner? Is every evening an occasion for duress and deliberation? No more! What the F*@# Should I Make For Dinner? gets everyone off their a**es and in the kitchen. Derived from the incredibly popular website, whatthefuckshouldimakefordinner.com, the book functions like a "Choose your own adventure" cookbook, with options on each page for another f*@#ing idea for dinner.


With 50 recipes to choose from, guided by affrontingly creative navigational prompts, both meat-eaters and vegetarians can get cooking and leave their indecisive selves behind.


The Look of Love: The Art of the Romance Novel

The Look of Love: The Art of the Romance Novel

The Look of Love: The Art of the Romance Novel by Jennifer McKnight-Trontz
Princeton Architectural Press | 2002 | ISBN: 1568983123 | PDF | 144 pages | 5.68MB


Swashbuckling sailors, dashing dukes, naughty nurses, and sexy steward-esses caught in webs of love, passion, betrayal, and intrigue: these are the raw materials of the romance novel--and the lusty covers that advertise them. In The Look of Love, Jennifer McKnight-Trontz provides a rollicking history of the covers and stories that have captivated millions of readers worldwide. More than 150 of the most sensational covers from this venerable if venal literary form are shown in glorious color, focusing on the period from 1940 to 1970, romance design's most fertile era. The Look of Love features artwork and excerpts from titles such as Passion Flower, Kept Woman, Rendezvous in Lisbon, and Jungle Nurse. Along the way, it brings attention to the pioneers of the romance novel: cover artists such as Barye Phillips and Robert Maguire, who helped define the look of paperbacks in general, and Harlequin, the grand dame of romance publishers, with more than 100 million novels sold each year. McKnight-Trontz reveals the themes that typify both the story lines and the covers--hospital romance, the rich and raunchy, royalty, tropical paradises, Westerns, "taboo" relationships, pirates and warriors, and love triangles--resulting in this definitive compendium of camp. A book for romance lovers everywhere.


'Scuse Me While I Whip This Out

'Scuse Me While I Whip This Out

'Scuse Me While I Whip This Out: Reflections on Country Singers, Presidents, and Other Troublemakers by Kinky Friedman
William Morrow | 2004 | ISBN: 0060539755 | EPUB | 208 pages | 224.73KB


Kinky Friedman is back with 'Scuse Me While I Whip This Out, and gets it on with all manner of egos. In this collection of twisted takes on life, the Kinkster gives us funny, irreverent, and insightful looks at outsized personalities, from people he's known -- Bill Clinton and George W. to Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan, not to mention Joseph Heller and Don Imus -- to people he's known in spirit -- Moses, Jesus, Jack Ruby, and Hank Williams. With his meditations on subjects ranging from sleeping at the White House to marriage, his pets, fishing in Borneo, country music, cigars, and the tribulations of possessing talent, Kinky doesn't deny us the "flashes of brilliance and laugh-out-loud observations"* that are present in all his other work.


Hilarious and irreverent, and passionately twisted, 'Scuse Me While I Whip This Out reads as if it were written by a slightly ill modern-day Mark Twain.


Kinky Friedman's Guide to Texas Etiquette

Kinky Friedman's Guide to Texas Etiquette

Kinky Friedman's Guide to Texas Etiquette: Or How to Get to Heaven or Hell Without Going Through Dallas-Fort Worth by Kinky Friedman
William Morrow | 2003 | ISBN: 0060935359 | EPUB, MOBI | 224 pages | 4.13MB


Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit! Delivering belly laughs, hee-haws, and downright slackjaw amazement, this hilarious guide to the homeland of George W. and Willie Nelson is the essential how-to for surviving in the Lone Star State. From strange Texas laws and the history of Dr. Pepper to "Texas Talk" (in which a "turd floater" is a heavy downpour) and final-meal requests by death row inmates, Kinky Friedman, "the oldest living Jew in Texas who doesn't own any real estate," provides an insider's guide that will be loved by native Texans and the rest of us poor devils alike.


Even if you don't know the difference between an Aggie and an armadillo -- or what's really in the back on Willie Nelson's tour bus -- you can pass for a Texan with the Kinkster's expert coaching. So grab your hairspray and the keys to the Cadillac and get reading!


The Worst Hard Time

The Worst Hard Time
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | 2005 | ISBN: 061834697X | EPUB, MOBI | 3.82MB

"The Worst Hard Time is an epic story of blind hope and endurance almost beyond belief; it is also, as Tim Egan has told it, a riveting tale of bumptious charlatans, conmen, and tricksters, environmental arrogance and hubris, political chicanery, and a ruinous ignorance of nature's ways. Egan has reached across the generations and brought us the people who played out the drama in this devastated land, and uses their voices to tell the story as well as it could ever be told." - Marq de Villiers, author of Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource


The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, going from sod homes to new framed houses to huddling in basements with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile effort to keep the dust out. He follows their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black blizzards, crop failure, and the deaths of loved ones. Drawing on the voices of those who stayed and survived those who, now in their eighties and nineties, will soon carry their memories to the grave - Egan tells a story of endurance and heroism against the backdrop of the Great Depression.


As only great history can, Egan's book captures the very voice of the times: its grit, pathos, and abiding courage. Combining the human drama of Isaac's Storm with the sweep of The American People in the Great Depression, The Worst Hard Time is a lasting and important work of American history.


Timothy Egan is a national enterprise reporter for the New York Times. He is the author of four books and the recipient of several awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Seattle, Washington.


Coastal California [Lonely Planet]

Coastal California [Lonely Planet]

Coastal California [Lonely Planet] by Alison Bing, Sam Benson
Lonely Planet | 2012 | ISBN: 1741799813 | EPUB | 512 pages | 46.22MB


“From towering coast redwoods in foggy Northern California to the perfectly sun-kissed surf beaches of Southern California, these 1100 miles of Pacific Coast are a knock-out beauty.” – Sara Benson, Lonely Planet Writer


The ultimate, most comprehensive guide to travelling in Coastal California includes up-to-date reviews of the best places to stay, eat, sights, cultural information, maps, transport tips and a few best kept secrets – all the essentials to get to the heart of Coastal California.


This guide is the result of months of research by seven dedicated authors and local experts who immersed themselves in Coastal California, finding unique experiences, and sharing practical and honest advice, so you come away informed and amazed.


Regions covered: San Francisco, Marin County & Bay Area, Napa & Sonoma Wine Country, North Coast & Redwoods, Central Coast, Los Angeles, Disneyland & Orange County, San Diego


Inside Lonely Planet Coastal California:


• Full color styling and images

• Clear, easy-to-read color maps

• A brilliant new page layout for fast and hassle-free reading while on the go

• Itineraries organized by region or length of trip

• Up-to-date recommended points-of-interest – covering eating, sleeping, going out, shopping, activities and attractions

• In-depth features to uncover the world's iconic sights

• Hundreds of money saving tips

• Our latest trip planning tools to help you get around smoothly

• Additional sections including Top Experiences, Beaches & Outdoors, History, Culture, Food, Sustainable California and an A-Z survival guide.


Highlights


  • 7 authors
  • 56 seafood restaurants
  • 71 maps
  • 75+ beaches
  • Inspirational photos
  • Clear, easy-to-use maps
  • Pacific Coast Highway Feature
  • In-depth background
  • Easy-to-read layout
  • At-a-glance practical info

Western USA [Lonely Planet]

Western USA [Lonely Planet]

Western USA [Regional Guide] by Amy Balfour
Lonely Planet | 2012 | ISBN: 1742205917 | EPUB | 464 pages | 27.88MB


“Lush forests in the Pacific Northwest. Sun-kissed beaches in California. Leafy single-track trails in the Rockies. Crimson buttes and hoodoos in Utah. There’s a landscape for every mood and adventure.” – Amy C Balfour, Lonely Planet Writer


The ultimate, most comprehensive guide to travelling in Western USA includes up-to-date reviews of the best places to stay, eat, sights, cultural information, maps, transport tips and a few best kept secrets – all the essentials to get to the heart of Western USA.


This guide is the result of months of research by 15 dedicated authors and local experts who immersed themselves in Western USA , finding unique experiences, and sharing practical and honest advice, so you come away informed and amazed.


Regions covered: California, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada


Inside Lonely Planet Western USA:


• Full color styling and images

• Clear, easy-to-read color maps

• A brilliant new page layout for fast and hassle-free reading while on the go

• Itineraries organized by region or length of trip

• Up-to-date recommended points-of-interest – covering eating, sleeping, going out, shopping, activities and attractions

• In-depth features to uncover the world's iconic sights

• Hundreds of money saving tips

• Our latest trip planning tools to help you get around smoothly

• Additional sections including Top Experiences, Route 66 & Scenic Drives, Western USA Outdoors, History, Culture, Food, and an A-Z survival guide.


Highlights


  • Inspirational photos
  • Clear, easy-to-use maps
  • Easy-to-read layout
  • Route 66 & Scenic Drives
  • In-Depth background
  • At-a-glance practical info

Southwest USA [Lonely Planet]

Southwest USA [Lonely Planet]

Southwest USA [Regional Guide] by Carolyn McCarthy, Amy C Balfour, Lisa Dunford, Michael Benanav, Sarah Chandler
Lonely Planet | 2012 | ISBN: 1741794668 | EPUB | 568 pages | 23.94MB


“The Southwest is America’s playground, luring adventurers and artists with the promise of red rock landscapes, the legends of shoot-‘em-up cowboys and the kicky delights of a green chile stew.” - Amy C Balfour, Lonely Planet Writer


The ultimate, most comprehensive guide to travelling in Southwest USA includes up-to-date reviews of the best places to stay, eat, sights, cultural information, maps, transport tips and a few best kept secrets – all the essentials to get to the heart of Southwest USA.


This guide is the result of months of research by five dedicated authors and local experts who immersed themselves in Southwest USA, finding unique experiences, and sharing practical and honest advice, so you come away informed and amazed.


Regions covered: Las Vegas & Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Southwestern Colorado, Utah


Inside Lonely Planet Southwest USA:


• Full color styling and images

• Clear, easy-to-read color maps

• A brilliant new page layout for fast and hassle-free reading while on the go

• Itineraries organized by region or length of trip

• Up-to-date recommended points-of-interest – covering eating, sleeping, going out, shopping, activities and attractions

• In-depth features to uncover the world's iconic sights

• Hundreds of money saving tips

• Our latest trip planning tools to help you get around smoothly

• Additional sections including Top Experiences, Route 66 & Scenic Drives, Southwest USA Outdoors, History, Culture, Native American Southwest, Food, and an A-Z survival guide.


Special eBook enhancements


• Scalable maps – enabling you to zoom in for greater detail

• Comprehensive interlinking – enabling you to seamlessly flip between pages, jump between maps and reviews, or visit the websites of places we recommend

• Search – go straight to what you are looking for with the inbuilt search capability

• Add notes – touch a word to add notes and personalize your guidebook

• Bookmark – use bookmarks to quickly return to a page

• Dictionary – look up the meaning of any word

• Plus pinch and zoom images and scalable font size


Highlights


  • 5 states (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Colorado)
  • 62 maps
  • 70 scenic routes
  • Inspirational photos
  • Clear, easy-to-use maps
  • Route 66 & Scenic Drives feature
  • Easy-to-read layout
  • Comprehensive planning tools
  • In-depth background

Globish How the English Language Became the World's Language

Globish How the English Language Became the World's Language

Globish: How the English Language Became the World's Language [Audiobook] by Robert McCrum
Tantor Media | 2010 | ISBN: 1400117437 | MP3@96 kbps | 9 hrs 58 mins | 353.89MB


What were the beginnings of the English language? Why has American culture spread so successfully and will it continue to do so even as the country's power apparently wanes? Why are the West Indies no longer any good at cricket? What difference did slavery make to the way we speak English today?


Packed with nuggets of information about language, culture, history and power, Robert McCrum traces the way that the English language as twisted and turned in response to the way the world has changed, and how, even as the British Empire is long dead, the language extends its influence further and further in a globalised world.


The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide

The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide

The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys by James Fadiman
Park Street Press | 2011 | ISBN: 1594774021 | PDF | 352 pages | 3.37MB


Psychedelics for spiritual, therapeutic, and problem-solving use


• Presents practices for safe and successful psychedelic voyages, including the benefits of having a guide and how to be a guide

• Reviews the value of psychedelics for healing and self-discovery as well as how LSD has facilitated scientific and technical problem-solving

• Reveals how ultra-low doses improve cognitive functioning, emotional balance, and physical stamina

• This year 600,000 people in the U.S. alone will try LSD for the the first time, joining the 23 million who have already experimented with this substance


Called “America’s wisest and most respected authority on psychedelics and their use,” James Fadiman has been involved with psychedelic research since the 1960s. In this guide to the immediate and long-term effects of psychedelic use for spiritual (high dose), therapeutic (moderate dose), and problem-solving (low dose) purposes, Fadiman outlines best practices for safe, sacred entheogenic voyages learned through his more than 40 years of experience--from the benefits of having a sensitive guide during a session (and how to be one) to the importance of the setting and pre-session intention.


Fadiman reviews the newest as well as the neglected research into the psychotherapeutic value of visionary drug use for increased personal awareness and a host of serious medical conditions, including his recent study of the reasons for and results of psychedelic use among hundreds of students and professionals. He reveals new uses for LSD and other psychedelics, including extremely low doses for improved cognitive functioning and emotional balance. Cautioning that psychedelics are not for everyone, he dispels the myths and misperceptions about psychedelics circulating in textbooks and clinics as well as on the internet. Exploring the life-changing experiences of Ram Dass, Timothy Leary, Aldous Huxley, and Huston Smith as well as Francis Crick and Steve Jobs, Fadiman shows how psychedelics, used wisely, can lead not only to healing but also to scientific breakthroughs and spiritual epiphanies.


Vampires A Field Guide to the Creatures That Stalk the Night

Vampires A Field Guide to the Creatures That Stalk the Night

Vampires: A Field Guide to the Creatures That Stalk the Night by Bob Curran
New Page Books | 2005 | ISBN: 1564148076 | PDF | 222 pages | 7.19MB


"Vampire!" The very word conjures up visions of ruined castles, of enigmatic, pale-skinned noblemen shrouded in dark cloaks, of slumbering beauties being bloodily ravished by supernatural, nocturnal creatures. But just how accurate is that picture? How much do we really know about these mysterious entities? Surprisingly, perhaps, almost every culture can boast of its own vampire beings, few of which correspond to the stock Hollywood image-some are not even human in form, some do not drink blood, some appear in daylight. Are you ready for such horrors as the Penangal, the screaming blood-soaked lead that drifts through the Malayan jungle seeking victims; the Jaracacca, the Brazilian stalker that hides in the clothes of its victims to drink their blood or bodily fluids; or the Aswang, the scaly demon of the Philippines, who lies among the leafy roofs of huts and drinks through its tongue? And how do we dispose of vampires? Is the simple stake through the heart-much beloved of Hollywood directors-really enough, or is there something more? And does the sight of the crucifix repel all vampires-what if the vampire is Jewish (a dibbyuk)?


Vampires is a unique, lavishly illustrated work that explores the rich diversity of vampire belief and lore, ranging from countries as diverse as Japan, Sweden and Ireland, looking at their historical origins, and setting them in their cultural context.


Dr. Bob Curran is a native of Northern Ireland, born and raised in the Mourne Mountains area of County Down, a region steeped in folklore and legend. Throughout a varied life, he has worked in many fields-as a gravedigger, professional musician, journalist, and civil servant. He is now a history teacher and well known throughout Ireland and beyond as a writer and broadcaster. He has written extensively, in English and several other languages, on various aspects of history and folklore and acted as advisor to the Cultural Committee of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly. Bob has authored numerous titles including: Bloody Irish: Great Irish Vampire Stories and Banshees, Beasts & Brides from the Sea.


The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln [Team of Rivals]

The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln [Team of Rivals]

The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln [Team of Rivals] by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Simon & Schuster | 2005 | ISBN: 0684824906 | EPUB, MOBI | 944 pages | 5.68MB


Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.


On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry.


Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war. That Lincoln succeeded, Goodwin demonstrates, was the result of a character that had been forged by experiences that raised him above his more privileged and accomplished rivals. He won because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives and desires.


It was this capacity that enabled Lincoln as president to bring his disgruntled opponents together, create the most unusual cabinet in history, and marshal their talents to the task of preserving the Union and winning the war.


We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through.


This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.


Why We Run: A Natural History

Why We Run: A Natural History

Why We Run: A Natural History by Bernd Heinrich
HarperPerennial | 2002 | ISBN: 0060958707 | EPUB | 304 pages | 1.55MB


In Why We Run, biologist, award-winning nature writer, and ultramarathoner Bernd Heinrich explores a new perspective on human evolution by examining the phenomenon of ultraendurance and makes surprising discoveries about the physical, spiritual -- and primal -- drive to win. At once lyrical and scientific, Why We Run shows Heinrich's signature blend of biology, anthropology, psychology, and philosophy, infused with his passion to discover how and why we can achieve superhuman abilities.


More Baths Less Talking

More Baths Less Talking

More Baths Less Talking: Notes from the Reading Life of a Celebrated Author Locked in Battle with Football, Family, and Time Itself by Nick Hornby
McSweeney's Believer Books | 2012 | ISBN: 1938073053 | EPUB | 135 pages | 1.32MB


"Read what you enjoy, not what bores you," Nick Hornby tells us. That simple, liberating, and indispensable directive animates each installment of the celebrated critic and author’s monthly column in the Believer. In this delightful and never-musty tour of his reading life, Hornby tells us not just what to read, but how to read.


Whether tackling a dismayingly bulky biography of Dickens while his children destroy something in the next room, or getting sucked into a serious assessment of Celine Dion during an intensely fought soccer match featuring his beloved Arsenal, or devouring an entire series of children’s books while on vacation, Hornby’s reviews are rich, witty, and occasionally madcap. These essays capture the joy and ire, the despair and exhilaration of the book-lover’s life, and will appeal equally to both monocle-wearing salonnieres and people, like him, who spend a lot of time thinking about Miley Cyrus’s next role.


The Oath: The Obama White House and The Supreme Court

The Oath: The Obama White House and The Supreme Court

The Oath: The Obama White House and The Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin
2012 | EPUB, MOBI | 7.36MB


From the prizewinning author of The Nine, a gripping insider's account of the momentous ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration.


From the moment John Roberts, the chief justice of the United States, blundered through the Oath of Office at Barack Obama's inauguration, the relationship between the Supreme Court and the White House has been confrontational. Both men are young, brilliant, charismatic, charming, determined to change the course of the nation—and completely at odds on almost every major constitutional issue. One is radical; one essentially conservative. The surprise is that Obama is the conservative—a believer in incremental change, compromise, and pragmatism over ideology. Roberts—and his allies on the Court—seek to overturn decades of precedent: in short, to undo the ultimate victory FDR achieved in the New Deal.


This ideological war will crescendo during the 2011-2012 term, in which several landmark cases are on the Court's docket—most crucially, a challenge to Obama's controversial health-care legislation. With four new justices joining the Court in just five years, including Obama's appointees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, this is a dramatically—and historically—different Supreme Court, playing for the highest of stakes.


No one is better positioned to chronicle this dramatic tale than Jeffrey Toobin, whose prize-winning bestseller The Nine laid bare the inner workings and conflicts of the Court in meticulous and entertaining detail. As the nation prepares to vote for President in 2012, the future of the Supreme Court will also be on the ballot.