08 October 2012, 06:58
Van Patten Publishing | 2011 | ISBN: 187882323X | EPUB, MOBI | 28.42MB
With 512 full color pages and 1120 full color photographs and illustrations, Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible is the most complete cultivation book available. The Fifth Edition of the former Indoor Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor Bible was originally published in 1983, when it immediately became a best seller. More than 500,000 copies of the Indoor Bible are in print in Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish.
New greenhouse and outdoor growing chapters make this a book both indoor and outdoor growers will keep under thumb. The other 15 chapters (17 total) are all updated with the most current information, completely rewritten and significantly expanded. For example, Dr. John McPartland contributed an all new medical section - The books credits list more than 300 contributors and reads like a who's who in the world of cannabis cultivation.
Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety [Audiobook]
08 October 2012, 06:32
Blackstone Audio | 2012 | ISBN: 1470812266 | MP3@96 kbps | 7 hrs 15 mins | 252.25MB
In the insightful narrative tradition of Oliver Sacks, Monkey Mind is an uplifting, smart, and very funny memoir of life with anxiety -- America's most common psychological complaint.
We all think we know what being anxious feels like -- it is the instinct that made us run from wolves in the prehistoric age and pushes us to perform in the modern one -- but for forty million American adults, anxiety is an insidious condition that defines daily life. Yet no popular memoir has been written about that experience until now. Aaron Beck, the most influential doctor in modern psychotherapy, says that ''Monkey Mind does for anxiety what William Styron's Darkness Visible did for depression.''
In Monkey Mind, Daniel Smith brilliantly articulates what it is like to live with anxiety, defanging the disease with humor, traveling through its demonic layers, evocatively expressing both its painful internal coherence and its absurdities. He also draws on its most storied sufferers to trace anxiety's intellectual history and its influence on our time. Here, finally, comes relief and recognition to millions of people who have wanted someone to put into words what they and their loved ones feel.
Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy
08 October 2012, 06:22
Vintage Books | 2009 | ISBN: 009953973X | EPUB | 400 pages | 441.24KB
A unique book on Britain’s royal families by this well established popular historian.
Britain’s Royal Families is a unique reference book providing, for the first time in one volume, complete genealogical details of all members of the royal houses of England, Scotland and Great Britain from 800AD to the present. Drawing on countless authorities, both ancient and modern, Alison Weir explores the royal family tree in unprecedented depth and provides a comprehensive guide to the heritage of today’s royal family.
China in World History
08 October 2012, 05:05
Oxford University Press | 2010 | ISBN: 0195381955 | EPUB | 208 pages | 4.43MB
Here is a fascinating compact history of Chinese political, economic, and cultural life, ranging from the origins of civilization in China to the beginning of the 21st century. Historian Paul Ropp combines vivid story-telling with astute analysis to shed light on some of the larger questions of Chinese history. What is distinctive about China in comparison with other civilizations? What have been the major changes and continuities in Chinese life over the past four millennia? Offering a global perspective, the book shows how China's nomadic neighbors to the north and west influenced much of the political, military, and even cultural history of China. Ropp also examines Sino-Indian relations, highlighting the impact of the thriving trade between India and China as well as the profound effect of Indian Buddhism on Chinese life. Finally, the author discusses the humiliation of China at the hands of Western powers and Japan, explaining how these recent events have shaped China's quest for wealth, power and respect today, and have colored China's perception of its own place in world history.
The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa
08 October 2012, 05:01
Oxford University Press | 2008 | ISBN: 0199606293 | EPUB | 416 pages | 3.9MB
Is China a rogue donor, as some media pundits suggest? Or is China helping the developing world pave a pathway out of poverty, as the Chinese claim? In the last few years, China's aid program has leapt out of the shadows. Media reports about huge aid packages, support for pariah regimes, regiments of Chinese labor, and the ruthless exploitation of workers and natural resources in some of the poorest countries in the world sparked fierce debates. These debates, however, took place with very few hard facts. China's tradition of secrecy about its aid fueled rumors and speculation, making it difficult to gauge the risks and opportunities provided by China's growing embrace.
This well-timed book, by one of the world's leading experts, provides the first comprehensive account of China's aid and economic cooperation overseas. Deborah Brautigam tackles the myths and realities, explaining what the Chinese are doing, how they do it, how much aid they give, and how it all fits into their "going global" strategy. Drawing on three decades of experience in China and Africa, and hundreds of interviews in Africa, China, Europe and the US, Brautigam shines new light on a topic of great interest.
China has ended poverty for hundreds of millions of its own citizens. Will Chinese engagement benefit Africa? Using hard data and a series of vivid stories ranging across agriculture, industry, natural resources, and governance, Brautigam's fascinating book provides an answer. It is essential reading for anyone concerned with China's rise, and what it might mean for the challenge of ending poverty in Africa.
The Casual Vacancy
08 October 2012, 04:50
Little Brown and Company | 2012 | ISBN: 0316228532 | EPUB | 512 pages | 777.55KB
When Barry Fairbrother 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.
A History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000 - 323 BC
08 October 2012, 04:49
Blackwell Publishing | 2006 | ISBN: 1405149116 | DJVU | 341 pages | 12.04MB
This book presents a clear, concise history of the extraordinary multicultural civilizations of the ancient Near East.
● Bestselling narrative of the complex history of the ancient Near East
● Addresses political, social, and cultural developments
● Contains in-depth discussion of key texts and sources, including the Bible and the Epic of Gilgamesh
● Includes numerous maps, illustrations, and a selection of Near Eastern texts in translation
● Integrates new research, and greatly expands the guides to further reading for this second edition
The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills
08 October 2012, 04:29
Bantam Books | 2012 | ISBN: 034553025X | EPUB | 160 pages | 2.82MB
The Little Book of Talent is a manual for building a faster brain and a better you. It is an easy-to-use handbook of scientifically proven, field-tested methods to improve skills—your skills, your kids’ skills, your organization’s skills—in sports, music, art, math, and business. The product of five years of reporting from the world’s greatest talent hotbeds and interviews with successful master coaches, it distills the daunting complexity of skill development into 52 clear, concise directives. Whether you’re age 10 or 100, whether you’re on the sports field or the stage, in the classroom or the corner office, this is an essential guide for anyone who ever asked, “How do I get better?”
Alexander the Great and His Time
08 October 2012, 04:24
Marboro Books | 1990 | ISBN: 0880295910 | PDF | 322 pages | 1.7MB
This book works very well as a general introduction into the life of Alexander the Great. At times going into details of his campaign and personality, but never lingering too long on the details. It is the only major work about Alexander that I have read and it has proven very worthwhile in knowing what he did and how he has affected history.
That being the case though, I will have to mention that Agnes Savill does tread the path of the apologist too many times. Often in asides or endings to the chapters she will compare Alexander's actions and methods (usually of a less noble deed like an execution) to those of modern warfare. Warning the reader to judge lightly in the face of modern warfare's horrors. Which is a good point, but also not necessary and too often distracting.
The last one-hundred pages of the book, after the biography and historical assessment of Alexander's life and impact, deals with the world of Greece at the time before and during Alexander's reign. Its passions, philosophy, and overall ideals are dabbled with in brief histories of the great philosophers, wars with Persia and Sparta, and other cultural tidbits. It made for fascinating reading, but felt rushed and lacked the narrative power of the Alexander part of the story, which is the great strength of the book. - By B. M. Chapman
Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story
08 October 2012, 04:11
Simon & Schuster | 2012 | ISBN: 1849839719 | EPUB | 656 pages | 8.46MB
One of the most anticipated autobiographies of this generation, Arnold Schwarzenegger's Total Recall is the candid story of one of the world's most remarkable actors, businessmen, and world leaders.
Born in the small city of Thal, Austria, in 1947, Arnold Schwarzenegger moved to Los Angeles at the age of 21. Within 10 years, he was a millionaire businessman. After 20 years, he was the world's biggest movie star. In 2003, he was elected governor of California and became a household name around the world.
Chronicling his embodiment of the American Dream, Total Recall covers Schwarzenegger's high-stakes journey to the United States, from creating the international bodybuilding industry out of the sands of Venice Beach, to breathing life into cinema's most iconic characters, and becoming one of the leading political figures of our time. Proud of his accomplishments and honest about his regrets, Schwarzenegger spares nothing in sharing his amazing story.
Eisenhower: Soldier, General Of The Army, President-Elect
08 October 2012, 03:50
Books on Tape | 1991 | ISBN: 0736619771 | MP3@96 kbps | 21 hrs 17 mins | 833.02MB
Dwight Eisenhower was not exactly born into poverty, but the family's circumstances were at least austere. He was one of seven children; his father, a railway worker. But the family was strong and unified, the youngsters energetic and ambitious.
Ike made it to West Point, where he excelled in sports. He was a natural leader. But it was at Leavenworth years later, as a student at the war college, that his intellectual talent showed itself. He graduated first in his class.
The author draws in a wealth of previously unpublished information to give us this beautiful portrait. As a result Eisenhower emerges as complex, one who as the author states, ". . .was a good and great man."
The World is Curved: Hidden Dangers to the Global Economy
08 October 2012, 03:44
Brilliance Audio | 2008 | ISBN: 1423377125 | MP3@96 kbps | 10 hrs 31 mins | 365.09 MB
David Smick keeps a low profile, but experts consider him one of the most insightful financial market strategists in the world. For more than two decades, he has conferred with central bankers and advised top Wall Street executives and investors. The World Is Curved picks up where Thomas Friedman’s The World Is Flat left off, taking listeners on an insider’s tour through the private offices of central bankers, finance ministers, even prime ministers. Smick reveals how today’s risky environment came to be—and why the mortgage mess is a symptom of potentially far more devastating trouble. He wrestles with the two questions on everyone’s mind: How bad could things really get in today’s volatile economy? And what can we do about it? The World Is Curved is the rare work that speaks simultaneously to the Wall Street, Washington, and London elite, yet its apt storytelling shows Main Street readers how to survive in these turbulent times.
“The World Is Curved is...essential...for those who wish to understand the workings, politics, and distresses of the global financial system...insightful and entertaining...” — Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board; author of The Age of Turbulence
“David Smick’s probing insights in The World Is Curved stem from an extraordinary vantage point few observers can match.”—George Soros, Soros Fund Management
Tools of the Imagination
08 October 2012, 02:29
Princeton Architectural Press | 2007 | ISBN: 1568985991 | PDF | 128 pages | 17.81MB
The construction of a building is fascinating to watch, as the symbiosis between man and machine turns what seem to be scattered piles of material into architecture. But before the tools of construction ever arrive on the site, the architect wields a different set of tools to design, develop, and document the building-to-be. The history of these drawing tools is one of invention and innovation. In a profession increasingly dominated by the computer, earlier tools from the compass to the helicograph, ellipsograph, and volutor; from perspective charts to slopes and batters; from Mylar to modeling clay are beautiful artifacts of a bygone day. Along with historical objects, the National Building Museum has collected wooden models by Frank Gehry and hand-drawn sketches by Tod Williams, showing that the tools of the imagination are still very much a part of architectural design.
Covering 250 years of design tools and technologies, Tools of the Imagination: Drawing Tools and Technologies from the Eighteenth Century to the Present takes a revealing look at how architects have produced the drawings, models, renderings, and, now, animations that show us the promise of what might be built. The book includes a wide array of these tools as well as drawings, renderings, and sketches from well-known architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and I. M. Pei.
Ghostly Ruins: America's Forgotten Architecture
08 October 2012, 02:27
Princeton Architectural Press | 2006 | ISBN: 1568986157 | PDF | 224 pages | 20.28MB
We've all seen them but might have been too scared to enter: the house on the hill with its boarded-up windows; the darkened factory on the outskirts of town; the old amusement park with its rickety skeleton of a rollercoaster. These are the ruins of America, filled with the echoes of the voices and footfalls of our grandparents, or their parents, or our own youth. Where once these structures were teeming with life - commuters, workers, vacationers - now they are disused and dilapidated.
Ghostly Ruins shows the life and death of thirty such structures, from transportation depots, factories, and jails to amusement parks, mansions, hotels, and entire towns. Author Harry Skrdla gives a guided tour of these marvelous structures at their peak of popularity juxtaposed with their current state of haunted decrepitude. Like a seasoned teller of ghost stories, Skrdla's words and images reveal what lies beyond the gates and beneath the floorboards. There are the infamous Eastern State Penitentiary and Bethlehem Steel factory in Pennsylvania, the Packard Motors Plant and Book-Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, and Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion from the 1964/65 World's Fair. There is the entire town of Centralia, Pennsylvania, where a trash fire set inside an old mine in 1962 morphed into an underground inferno that incinerated the town from underneath; more than forty years later, the subterranean fire still rages. The town is empty now, just as the many other abandoned places in this chronicle. Ghostly Ruins is a record of the souls of yesteryear and a chronicle of America's haunted past.
Catalog: The Illustrated History of Mail Order Shopping
08 October 2012, 02:23
Princeton Architectural Press | 2008 | ISBN: 1568987390 | PDF | 272 pages | 55.51MB
Since 1872 when traveling salesman Aaron Montgomery Ward realized he could eliminate the middleman and sell goods directly to his customers, Americans have had an ongoing love affair with the mail-order catalog, which continues undiminished even in today's online-driven world. The practical can find deals on furniture and clothing in L.L.Bean and Sears, the extravagant can consider his and hers matching helicopters, windmills, hot-air balloons, and submarines in the Neiman Marcus Fantasy Catalog; those looking to get their pulses racing can browse Victoria's Secret and Abercrombie & Fitch; while our inner swashbuckler can travel the world through the pages of the J. Peterman Owner's Manual where Moroccan caftans, Russian Navy t-shirts, and wooden water buckets from rural China entice the imagination.
In Catalog: The Illustrated History of Mail Order Shopping, Robin Cherry traces the timeline of these snapshots from American history and discovers along the way how we dressed, decorated our houses, worked, played, and got around. From corsets to bell-bottoms, from baby-doll dresses and Doc Martens all the way to iPods, the history of these catalogs is the history of our lives and our culture. GIs during World War II were kept company by the models in the pages of lingerie catalogs; hockey goalies fashioned makeshift shin guards out of them during the Great Depression, and creative children across the country still play with homemade paper dolls cut from clothing catalogs. A number of celebrities got their start modeling for catalogs: Gregory Peck, Lauren Bacall, Katherine Heigl, Matthew Fox, and Angelina Jolie. Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan both got their first guitars from the Sears catalog. Organized into categories such as clothing, food, animals, and houses, author Robin Cherry explores the vivid stories behind Sears, Montgomery Ward, Lillian Vernon, Harry & David, Jackson & Perkins, and of course, 45 years of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. Insightful historical commentary places these catalogs in their social context, making this book a visual pleasure and a historically important piece of Americana.
In Space No One Can Hear You Rock!
08 October 2012, 02:14
Amazon Digital Services | 2012 | ASIN: B005FY5YD4 | EPUB | 181 pages | 224.47KB
Detecting ancient radio signals from a classic period in our planets musical past, an alien race have sought out Earth in order to rekindle their own sterile, homogenised culture.
Can Johnny Dee, one of a new breed of prodigious talents rescue the galaxy from its own mediocrity just with the power of an ancient phenomena known as Rock n Roll?
Will his band of social misfits ever sign for the mysterious Black Widow Records and take the galactic tour? Will Johnny’s ego, overactive loins and infactuation with the beautiful but out of reach Bryony May be his undoing as realises that he is the only man who can save the world?
This book contains scenes of sexual gratification, debauchery, substance abuse and very loud music.
Come on in!
Billions & Billions
08 October 2012, 02:08
Ballantine | 1998 | ISBN: 0345379187 | EPUB | 320 pages | 4.1MB
In the final book of his astonishing career, Carl Sagan brilliantly examines the burning questions of our lives, our world, and the universe around us. These luminous, entertaining essays travel both the vastness of the cosmos and the intimacy of the human mind, posing such fascinating questions as how did the universe originate and how will it end, and how can we meld science and compassion to meet the challenges of the coming century? Here, too, is a rare, private glimpse of Sagan's thoughts about love, death, and God as he struggled with fatal disease. Ever forward-looking and vibrant with the sparkle of his unquenchable curiosity, Billions & Billions is a testament to one of the great scientific minds of our day.
State of Minds: Texas Culture and Its Discontents
08 October 2012, 02:00
University of Texas Press | 2011 | ISBN: 029272361X | EPUB | 196 pages | 2.65MB
John Steinbeck once famously wrote that "Texas is a state of mind." For those who know it well, however, the Lone Star State is more than one mind-set, more than a collection of clichés, more than a static stereotype. There are minds in Texas, Don Graham asserts, and some of the most important are the writers and filmmakers whose words and images have helped define the state to the nation, the world, and the people of Texas themselves. For many years, Graham has been critiquing Texas writers and films in the pages of Texas Monthly and other publications. In State of Minds, he brings together and updates essays he published between 1999 and 2009 to paint a unique, critical picture of Texas culture.
In a strong personal voice--wry, humorous, and ironic--Graham offers his take on Texas literary giants ranging from J. Frank Dobie to Larry McMurtry and Cormac McCarthy and on films such as The Alamo, The Last Picture Show, and Brokeback Mountain. He locates the works he discusses in relation to time and place, showing how they sprang (or not) from the soil of Texas and thereby helped to define Texas culture for generations of readers and viewers--including his own younger self growing up on a farm in Collin County. Never shying from controversy and never dull, Graham's essays in State of Minds demolish the notion that "Texas culture" is an oxymoron.
Sex Magic, Tantra & Tarot: The Way of the Secret Lover
08 October 2012, 00:55
New Falcon Publications | 2008 | ISBN: 1561840440 | PDF | 192 pages | 6.58MB
This book offers the student of Western Tantra the knowledge and inner truth that has been hidden from us since conception. This is a new and expanded edition wherein you will find a wealth of practical and passionate Tantric techniques utilizing the archetypal images of the Tarot. Nothing is held back. All of the methods are explicit and clearly described.
"Each of us has a Guardian Angel -- a companion and lover who waits just behind the images that flood our minds during sleep or reverie. A protector and guide who disguises as the individual with whom we fall in love; an ideal lover who has adored us since the beginning of our individual existence and who will never abandon us until the instant we merge our being into Absolute Godhead." -- From the book
Modern Sex Magick: Secrets of Erotic Spirituality
08 October 2012, 00:53
Llewellyn Publications | 2002 | ISBN: 1567183948 | PDF | 400 pages | 53.58MB
Master a variety of powerful practices that heighten and amplify magickal energy raised during sexual activity, and discover how to use the energy to transform your magick and your life. This one-of-a-kind book is the first to clearly reveal the secrets of Western sex magick without relying on Tantric theory.
Straightforward and accessible, this illustrated guide to sex magick shows you how to take your magickal rituals and sexual abilities to amazing new levels.
• Reveals for the first time the sexual secrets of the Kabalah dating back to the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem
• Includes a summary and analysis of the rarest of Crowley's sex magick instructions: "IX? Emblems and Mode of Use"
• Shares the powerful secrets of women's little-known erotic areas, including the AFE Zone and the U-Spot
• Explores the outer thresholds of sex magick: sensory deprivation, bondage, and beyond