The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf
Perseus Books | 2012 | ISBN: 0863568483 | EPUB, MOBI | 320 pages | 956.36KB


European and Arab versions of the Crusades have little in common. For Arabs, the twelfth and thirteenth centuries were years of strenuous efforts to repel a brutal and destructive invasion by barbarian hordes. Under Saladin, an unstoppable Muslim army inspired by prophets and poets finally succeeded in destroying the most powerful Crusader kingdoms. The memory of this greatest and most enduring victory ever won by a non-European society against the West still lives in the minds of millions of Arabs today. Amin Maalouf has sifted through the works of a score of contemporary Arab chroniclers of the Crusades, eyewitnesses and often participants in the events. He retells their stories in their own vivacious style, giving us a vivid portrait of a society rent by internal conflicts and shaken by a traumatic encounter with an alien culture. He retraces two critical centuries of Middle Eastern history, and offers fascinating insights into some of the forces that shape Arab and Islamic consciousness today. 'Well-researched and highly readable.' Guardian ‘A useful and important analysis adding much to existing western histories … worth recommending to George Bush.’ London Review of Books 'Maalouf tells an inspiring story ... very readable ... warmly recommended.' Times Literary Supplement ‘A wide readership should enjoy this vivid narrative of stirring events.’ The Bookseller 'Very well done indeed ... Should be put in the hands of anyone who asks what lies behind the Middle East's present conflicts.' Middle East International


7 Weeks to 100 Push-Ups

7 Weeks to 100 Push-Ups

7 Weeks to 100 Push-Ups: Strengthen and Sculpt Your Arms, Abs, Chest, Back and Glutes by Training to do 100 Consecutive Push-Ups by Steve Speirs
Ulysses Press | 2009 | ISBN: 1569757070 | EPUB | 128 pages | 4.59MB


"As a symbol of health and wellness, nothing surpasses the simple push-up. It tests the whole body, engaging muscle groups in the arms, chest, abdomen, hips and legs." —The New York Times


If you're ready to massively increase your strength, follow the 7-week program in this book and you'll soon be able to complete 100 consecutive push-ups! You'll also transform your fitness, look great and feel even better as you sculpt every muscle from your neck down to your calves.


Offering several custom-designed, day-by-day plans, this book has something for everyone: from beginners embarking on a new workout regimen to athletes looking to enhance their strength training program.


Unleashing the power of the ultimate strength exercise 7 Weeks to 100 Push-Ups includes:


• Instruction on how to do a perfect push-up

• Muscle-by-muscle breakdown of strength-building

• Challenging push-up variations


Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die

Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die

Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die by Jon Katz
Random House | 2012 | ISBN: 0345502701 | EPUB | 208 pages | 4.15MB


In this invaluable guide and touchstone, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz addresses the difficult but necessary topic of saying goodbye to a beloved pet. Drawing on personal experiences, stories from fellow pet owners, and philosophical reflections, Katz provides support for those in mourning. By allowing ourselves to grieve honestly and openly, he posits, we can in time celebrate the dogs, cats, and other creatures that have so enriched us. Katz compels us to consider if we gave our pets good lives, if we were their advocates in times of need, and if we used our best judgments in the end. In dealing with these issues, we can alleviate guilt, let go, and help others who are undergoing similar passages. By honoring the animals that have graced our lives, we reveal their truly timeless gifts: unwavering companionship and undying love.


With a brand-new Foreword by the author.


I'm Not Stressed: Secrets For a Calm Mind and a Healthy Body

I'm Not Stressed: Secrets For a Calm Mind and a Healthy Body

I'm Not Stressed: Secrets For a Calm Mind and a Healthy Body by Deanne Panday
Random House | 2011 | ISBN: 8184001576 | EPUB | 288 pages | 1.53MB


Are you stressed? The workplace has become increasingly competitive, family life has its never-ending complications, and when you step outside, you have to deal with heavy traffic, aggression, and massive pollution. No wonder that you re tense and agitated, have hyper reflexes and blood pressure that s higher than the midday sun. But you re not alone. Fifty percent of Indian professionals suffer from stress with stress-related diseases from depression to lack of fertility drastically on the rise. In I'm Not Stressed, Deanne Panday, one of the country s leading health and fitness experts, shares with you her secrets to tackle this looming lifestyle problem. She tells you what stress really means, how to know when you have a serious case of it, and most importantly how to deal with it with through a simple plan of diet, exercise, sleep, meditation, and breathing. With advice from leading psychiatrists, cardiologists, endocrinologists, and celebrities who have to deal with high-level stress, I'm Not Stressed is your mantra for enduring health and happiness.


The Digital Diet

The Digital Diet

The Digital Diet: The 4-step plan to break your tech addiction and regain balance in your life by Daniel Sieberg
Three Rivers Press | 2011 | ISBN: 0307887383 | EPUB | 272 pages | 2.20MB


We all know someone who needs a digital diet.


Technology has overwhelmed our daily lives to the point of constant distraction. Many of us can no longer focus on a single task or face-to-face conversation without wanting to reach out—or retreat—to the virtual world every few minutes.


Science and technology reporter and recovering digital addict Daniel Sieberg has devised a foolproof 4-step plan to help you regain control, focus, and true connection in your life.


Step 1//Re: Think:


Consider how technology has overwhelmed our society and the effect it’s had on your physical, mental, and emotional health.


Step 2//Re: Boot:


Take stock of your digital intake using Sieberg’s Virtual Weight Index and step back from the device.


Step 3//Re: Connect:


Focus on restoring the relationships that have been harmed by the technology in your life.


Step 4//Re: Vitalize:


Learn how to live with technology—the healthy way, by optimizing your time spent e-mailing, texting, on Facebook, and web surfing.


This program will enable families to communicate better, employees to be more productive, and friends to stay in touch. Sieberg teaches us how to manage and use the technology in our lives to our advantage, without letting it control us.


Quantum Reality: Beyond the New Physics

Quantum Reality: Beyond the New Physics

Quantum Reality: Beyond the New Physics by Nick Herbert
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | 2011 | ISBN: 030780674X | EPUB | 288 pages | 4.95MB


This clearly explained layman's introduction to quantum physics is an accessible excursion into metaphysics and the meaning of reality. Herbert exposes the quantum world and the scientific and philosophical controversy about its interpretation.


Numbers and Other Math Ideas Come Alive

Numbers and Other Math Ideas Come Alive

Numbers and Other Math Ideas Come Alive by Theoni Pappas
Wide World Publishing Tetra | 2012 | ISBN: 1884550649 | EPUB | 160 pages | 1.76MB


Most people don’t think about numbers, or take them for granted. For the average person numbers are looked upon as cold, clinical, inanimate objects. Math ideas are viewed as something to get a job done or a problem solved. Get ready for a big surprise with Numbers and Other Math Ideas Come Alive. Pappas explores mathematical ideas by looking behind the scenes of what numbers, points, lines, and other concepts are saying and thinking. In each story, properties and characteristics of math ideas are entertainingly uncovered and explained through the dialogues and actions of its math characters. In fact, you forget that you are actually learning mathematics as you get caught up in the characters’ private lives, secrets and how they interact with one another. You may even forget that these math actors come from the imaginary worlds of mathematics. They seem so real! This is the crux of Numbers and Other Math Ideas Come Alive — number and math ideas tell their own stories in their own words. As you read these stories you will be amazed at how math ideas come to life and develop their own personalities. We learn about their foibles and strengths, and see why mathematicians had to develop new concepts when the old ones were not sufficient for the problems at hand. You’ll see how mathematics is constantly evolving. How new numbers appeared, and old ones were reticent to accept the newcomers. How certain math ideas lay hidden for centuries, until they were resurrected or discovered by a mathematician. Love, hate, jealousy, excitement—all emotions we associate with human behavior are taken on by these math characters. You will come away learning how indispensable these math ideas and their roles are in our world today.


Infinite Ascent: A Short History of Mathematics

Infinite Ascent: A Short History of Mathematics

Infinite Ascent: A Short History of Mathematics by David Berlinski
Random House | 2011 | ISBN: 0307778177 | EPUB | 224 pages | 2.63MB


In Infinite Ascent, David Berlinski, the acclaimed author of One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics,The Advent of the Algorithm, A Tour of the Calculus, and Newton's Gift, tells the story of mathematics, bringing to life with wit, elegance, and deep insight a 2,500-year-long intellectual adventure.Berlinski focuses on the ten most important breakthroughs in mathematical history--and the men behind them. Here are Pythagoras, intoxicated by the mystical significance of numbers; Euclid, who gave the world the very idea of a proof; Leibniz and Newton, co-discoverers of the calculus; Cantor, master of the infinite; and Gödel, who in one magnificent proof placed everything in doubt.The elaboration of mathematical knowledge has meant nothing less than the unfolding of human consciousness itself. With his unmatched ability to make abstract ideas concrete and approachable, Berlinski both tells an engrossing tale and introduces us to the full power of what surely ranks as one of the greatest of all human endeavors.


Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics

Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics

Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics by Jessica Porter
Penguin | 2004 | ISBN: 1429510692 | EPUB | 311 pages | 718.42KB


A modern girl's guide to the secrets of eating for health, beauty, and peace of mind.


Heralded by New York magazine as one of the city's most popular diets, macrobiotics has become the latest trend in dieting, thanks to high-profile supporters like Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow.


Speaking to the generation of young women looking to extend their healthy lifestyles beyond yoga and Pilates, macrobiotic chef and instructor Jessica Porter offers fresh, contemporary, and accessible insight into one of the world's most popular diets that is based on century's old principles. She explains that through the right balance of food, women can find balance in every aspect of their lives—improved health, weight loss, or fulfilling relationships.


The effects of eating a macrobiotic diet can extend beyond basic health to weight loss, beauty, better sex, and peace of mind. Cooking tips and recipes are combined with Jessica’s no-nonsense philosophy and witty anecdotes to create a lifestyle book that will inspire women to hit the kitchen with an understanding of how to strengthen their mind and body through food.


Confessions of an Alien Hunter

Confessions of an Alien Hunter

Confessions of an Alien Hunter by Seth Shostak
National Geographic Society | 2009 | ISBN: 1426204337 | EPUB | 320 pages | 1.77MB


Aliens are big in America. Whether they've arrived via rocket, flying saucer, or plain old teleportation, they've been invading, infiltrating, or inspiring us for decades, and they've fascinated moviegoers and television watchers for more than fifty years. About half of us believe that aliens really exist, and millions are convinced they've visited Earth.For twenty-five years, SETI has been looking for the proof, and as the program's senior astronomer, Seth Shostak explains in this engrossing book, it's entirely possible that before long conclusive evidence will be found.His informative, entertaining report offers an insider's view of what we might realistically expect to discover light-years away among the stars. Neither humanoids nor monsters, says Shostak; in fact, biological intelligence is probably just a precursor to machine beings, enormously advanced artificial sentients whose capabilities and accomplishments may have developed over billions of years and...