The Human Body: How We Fail, How We Heal [TTC Video]

The Human Body: How We Fail, How We Heal [TTC Video]

The Human Body: How We Fail, How We Heal by Professor Anthony A Goodman [The Great Courses] (TTC Video)
The Teaching Company | 2007 | Course No 1564 | MKV, AVC, ~768 kbps, 960x720 | AACv2, 4 Ch | 24x30 mins | 4.47GB


Your body is a fortress under constant assault. Infectious diseases, parasites, environmental toxins, physical trauma, allergens, and natural disasters are some external enemies it faces. From the inside, it is threatened by occasional overzealous allergic, immune, and inflammatory responses, as well as by the cellular mutations that produce cancer.


Fortunately, the body's defenses are remarkably successful, and most of the time we are unaware of the intense drama taking place within our cells and organs.


The intriguing details of this drama make up the field of pathophysiology—the study of the disruptions in a normal body's functions that are caused by disease or injury. Medical students get an exhaustive introduction to this subject early in their training, and the best clinicians are masters of it. Yet few laypeople understand the story of how our bodies fail and the marvelous ways they heal themselves.


The Human Body: How We Fail, How We Heal is designed to fill this information gap. In 24 half-hour lectures, you will explore the many ways the body meets the challenges of disease and injury with remarkable defenses and restorative powers, and how, in some cases, it may either fail or overreact.


A Doctor Who Can Tell You What's Wrong and Why


Your guide is Dr. Anthony A. Goodman, surgeon, professor, novelist, and a superb communicator of medical information. Many Teaching Company customers have already experienced his reassuring bedside manner in his other course, Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology. That series covered the normal functioning of the body's organ systems, with glimpses at the more common clinical problems.


Now, Dr. Goodman presents a systematic survey of what can go wrong, why, and how the body itself responds, as well as what doctors can do to intervene. There is no better demonstration of the wondrous intricacy of the body and the everyday miracle of good health.


Hundreds of Medical Examples


In these lectures, Dr. Goodman brings up many subjects you may have wondered about, while also taking you down fascinating paths that will be completely new to you. Among the hundreds of examples he discusses are:


Grapefruit and medicine: Cells react to many medications as if they were toxins, which is why the medicines work for a short time before being excreted. Some chemicals in grapefruit interfere with this "toxin-recognition" function in some cells, keeping the medicine in the system longer than usual—a dose that may have been normal could become too much.

The eyelid: If you go to an ophthalmologist for a condition such as conjunctivitis, a corneal abrasion, or an infection, the doctor will have you close your eye and then cover the eyelid with a piece of gauze and adhesive tape to keep it closed. The inside of the eyelid is the world's best dressing. It has never been surpassed.

Human bite: The flora of the human mouth is extremely toxic anywhere but in the mouth. Therefore, the human bite is one of the most dangerous. The "boxer's fracture"—a broken hand from a blow to the opponent's teeth—must be treated very aggressively if it is contaminated with bacteria from the mouth—even more aggressively than a dog or cat bite.

Appendicitis: An initial pain near the site of the appendix is more likely to be a kidney stone than appendicitis, which usually begins as pain around the navel due to the way nerves interpret swelling in the intestines. Dr. Goodman describes the distinctive migration of pain as the appendix becomes obstructed, enlarged, and then infected.

Colon cancer: The tumors that cause most colon cancers are unusual because they develop from benign to malignant in a predictable sequence. Early intervention can remove the precancerous growths, called polyps. "We practically wipe out colon cancers in that population willing to be colonoscoped about every five to ten years or so," observes Dr. Goodman.


Become Familiar with Terms Doctors Use


One of the valuable features of this course is the exposure you will have to medical terminology. Dr. Goodman is generous in his use of technical terms and equally generous in the care he takes to explain them. You will learn the difference between signs and symptoms; when a disease is acute versus chronic; how to distinguish endemic, epidemic, and pandemic; and why the malapropism elephantitis means "inflammation of your elephant," when elephantiasis is the correct term (meaning "appearing like an elephant").


Reminding viewers that medical students are exposed to thousands of new words in their first two years, Dr. Goodman emphasizes that physicians have to understand each other as well as the biology of the body, and that is why a precise, familiar vocabulary is so important. "We'll try to keep these terms in play all the time, and I think you'll find them just a part of your vocabulary as we move along," he says reassuringly.


It's just one of the many ways that Dr. Goodman treats you with collegial respect when introducing you to the body's astonishing, yet natural, mechanisms of healing and self-defense when it faces the assaults and accidents of daily life.


What You Will Learn


Cellular level: After an introductory lecture describing the scope of the course, you begin at the cellular level, exploring the function of cells and the several common forms of injury. This lays the foundation for all that follows.

Inflammation and the immune system: The inflammatory response is the body's most primitive and immediate reaction to most forms of attack. The immune response is slower acting but more highly evolved, and it is tailor-made to each threat, for which it develops a distinct memory.

Infectious diseases: Infectious diseases are humankind's most persistent and deadly perils. They have a wide range of causes, including molecular prions, viruses, bacteria, parasites, and worms. These lectures focus on their prevention and treatment.

Shock: When the body perceives a dire threat it begins an automatic, progressive shutdown of systems in an effort to protect the brain and heart. This ultimately life-saving response is called shock, and yet it can quickly lead to death unless corrective measures are taken.

Cancer: Cancer is a self-inflicted wound caused when the genetic machinery of a cell goes awry. Theses lectures explore the environmental causes of cancer, the specific steps in its molecular biology, and strategies for treating its different forms.

Wound healing: The complex and astounding processes of bodily healing and repair are well illustrated by wound healing—in infections, trauma, and surgical intervention. You may be surprised to learn that no wound has to be closed, and that it is often a bad idea to attempt to close a wound that might be contaminated.


Dr. Goodman's goal is to give you the tools to understand diseases and injuries and the body's reaction to them. Such knowledge is no substitute for seeing your physician; however, now you will be better able to communicate with your doctor, know what questions to ask, and have more clarity regarding your own illness or that of a loved one.


Please Note:


These lectures are intended to increase the understanding of the structure and function of the human body. They are in no way designed to be used as medical references for the diagnosis or treatment of medical illnesses or trauma. Neither The Teaching Company nor Dr. Goodman can be responsible for any result derived from the use of this material. Questions of diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions must be brought to the attention of qualified medical personnel.


Course Lecture Titles:


  1. How We Fail
  2. Cell Biology—Introduction and Definitions
  3. Inflammation—Basic Principles
  4. The Inflammatory Response
  5. Inflammation—Clinical Manifestations
  6. The Immune Response
  7. The Immune Response Continued
  8. Hypersensitivity and the Allergic Response
  9. Infectious Diseases—General Introduction
  10. Bacteria
  11. Viruses
  12. Spirochetes, Rickettsiae, Chlamydiae, Prions
  13. Malaria
  14. Schistosomiasis, Filariasis, Tapeworms
  15. Infectious Diseases—Treatment
  16. Infectious Diseases—Triumph and Failure
  17. Shock—Principles and Hypovolemic Shock
  18. Categories of Shock
  19. Cancer—The Enemy Within
  20. Environmental Carcinogens
  21. Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis
  22. Invasion, Metastasis, and Angiogenesis
  23. Treatment—Surgery, Radiation, Chemotherapy
  24. How We Heal

Anthony A. Goodman

Dr. Anthony A. Goodman is Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Montana State University and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Biological Structure at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He earned his B.A. from Harvard College and his M.D. from Cornell Medical College and trained as a surgical intern and resident at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor. He completed his surgical training and served as chief resident at the Harvard Surgical Service of Boston City Hospital, the New England Deaconess Hospital, the Lahey Clinic, and Cambridge City Hospital.


For 20 years, Dr. Goodman worked as a general surgeon in south Florida and served as Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine. In addition, he served as a surgeon with the U.S. Army Medical Corps and on the hospital ship for Project HOPE. He was also Visiting Professor of Surgery at the Christchurch, New Zealand, Clinical School of Medicine.


Founder of the Broward Surgical Society, Dr. Goodman is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Surgery.


Dr. Goodman is the author of two published works of historical fiction: The Shadow of God: A Novel of War and Faith (Sourcebooks, 2002) and None But the Brave: A Novel of the Surgeons of World War II (Deer Creek Publications Group, 2012).




Masters of War [TTC Video]

Masters of War [TTC Video]

Masters of War: History’s Greatest Strategic Thinkers by Professor Andrew R Wilson [The Great Courses] (TTC Video)
The Teaching Company | 2012 | Course No 9422 | MP4, M4V, ~825 kbps, 430x320 | AAC, 2 Ch, VBR | 24x30 mins | 4.75GB



What can Thucydides teach us about the war in Iraq in 2003? What is the key to adaptation during an ongoing conflict? How do you balance the tension between political and military objectives? Why are insurgency and terrorism such powerful military tactics, and how do you combat them?


As these questions show, military strategy matters. Civilizations with the greatest strategists—often coupled with the greatest resources—have had a powerful edge over competing civilizations. From Napoleon’s revolutionary campaigns to the way insurgency, terrorism, and nuclear weaponry have defined the nature of warfare in the 21st century, the results of military strategy have changed the course of history.


Masters of War: History’s Greatest Strategic Thinkers gives you an inside look at both the content and historical context of the world’s greatest war strategists. Taught by Professor Andrew R. Wilson—and modeled on his elite course at the United States Naval War College—these 24 lectures will change the way you read newspaper headlines by instilling in you a new appreciation for the subtleties and complexities of strategy—and how nations and military leaders have adapted to the dynamic realm of fog, friction, and chance.


● See how George Washington adapted his strategy after losing New York during the American Revolution.

● Learn why FDR went against the advice of Chief of Staff George Marshall and embarked on a campaign in north Africa in the summer of 1942.

● Trace the United States’ Pacific strategy, from War Plan Dog to Guadalcanal to the island-hopping campaign.

● Apply Clausewitz’s “culminating point of victory” to the Persian Gulf War.

● Consider the strategy behind recent U. N. airstrikes in Libya.


The great masters of war have been writing about strategy for thousands of years, and understanding their works can help a nation achieve military and political success. You’ll come away from this course with new insight that will allow you to take an informed, active interest in political and military debates—which ultimately will determine the course of our nation.


Explore Strategy from Ancient Greece to the 21st Century


Warfare has changed, yet the classics of strategic thought endure. From the triremes and hoplites of ancient Greece to the Special Forces in 21st-century Afghanistan, strategy is the process by which political objectives are translated into military action—using the means at a nation’s disposal to compel an enemy to bend to its political will.


The best way to hone your strategic analysis is to study the classics of strategic theory and to test these theories across a range of historical and contemporary cases. Masters of War offers a concise and rigorous survey of history’s greatest students of war, placing each theorist within his unique historical and strategic context:


● Thucydides’ history of the Peloponnesian War

● Sun Tzu’s famous The Art of War

● Machiavelli’s strategy for a republic with a citizen-army

● Jomini, Clausewitz, and the Napoleonic revolution in warfare

● The development of naval strategy and the rise of airpower

● Mao Tse-tung, David Galula, and Roger Trinquier’s reflections on insurgency and counterinsurgency—and their influence on the U. S. Army’s Field Manual 3-24

● Just-war theory, from Thucydides’ Melian Dialogue to Operation Iraqi Freedom

● Nuclear war, terrorism, and other strategic challenges for the 21st century


Throughout Masters of War: History’s Greatest Strategic Thinkers, you’ll explore the social and moral dimensions of war and statesmanship; you’ll probe unresolved questions about limited nuclear war, the possibility of a just war, and the efficacy of our counterterrorist tactics; and you’ll come away with the confidence to participate in strategic debates—not only about present conflicts, but those in the future.


Course Lecture Titles:

01. Why Strategy Matters

02. Thucydides on Strategy

03. Thucydides as a Possession for All Time

04. Sun Tzu’s The Art of War

05. Sun Tzu through Time

06. Machiavelli’s The Art of War

07. Machiavelli’s Discourses on Livy

08. The Napoleonic Revolution in War

09. Baron Jomini as a Strategist

10. Clausewitz’s On War

11. Jomini and Clausewitz through the Ages

12. From Sail to Steam—The Sea-Power Revolution

13. Alfred Thayer Mahan

14. Sir Julian Corbett

15. Mahan, Corbett, and the Pacific War

16. Air Power in Theory and Practice

17. From Rolling Thunder to Instant Thunder

18. Nuclear Strategy

19. Mao Tse-tung in Theory and Practice

20. Classics of Counterinsurgency

21. Just-War Theory

22. Terrorism as Strategy

23. Strategies of Counterterrorism

24. From the Jaws of Defeat—Strategic Adaptation


Andrew R. Wilson

Dr. Andrew R. Wilson is Professor of Strategy and Policy at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI. He received a B.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and earned his Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University.


An award-winning professor and an expert in both military history and strategic theory, Professor Wilson has lectured on Asian military history, the classics of strategic theory, Chinese military modernization, and Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, among other topics. Prior to joining the Naval War College, he taught Chinese history at Wellesley College and at Harvard University. Additionally, he has been invited to speak at numerous military colleges and universities in the United States.


Professor Wilson is the author of numerous articles on Chinese military history, Chinese sea power, and Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. His books include Ambition and Identity: Chinese Merchant-Elites in Colonial Manila, 1885-1916; The Chinese in the Caribbean; China’s Future Nuclear Submarine Force; and War, Virtual War and Society. He has lectured on strategic theory and international security in nearly two dozen countries and six continents, and he has contributed to the curriculum of military colleges all over the world.






AUDIO Version

The New York Bartender's Guide

The New York Bartender's Guide

The New York Bartender's Guide by Sally Ann Berk
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers | 2006 | ISBN: 1579124704 | EPUB | 288 pages | 7.86MB


Newly revised and expanded, The New York Bartender’s Guide includes even more tips, trends, and tasty recipes from the hottest bars in New York City. Featuring more than 1,300 alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink recipes, there’s something here for everyone, whether it’s the hottest vodka cocktail or the most traditional egg cream. Find out the latest trends from top bartenders, get tips on how to serve drinks either professionally or at home, and make some of the most delicious potables New York City has to offer.


The Passage [The Passage Trilogy, Book 1]

The Passage [The Passage Trilogy, Book 1]

The Passage [The Passage Trilogy, Book 1] by Justin Cronin
Random House, Ballantine | 2010 | ISBN: 0345516869 | EPUB | 785 pages | 3.23MB


“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”


First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.


As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.


With The Passage, award-winning author Justin Cronin has written both a relentlessly suspenseful adventure and an epic chronicle of human endurance in the face of unprecedented catastrophe and unimaginable danger. Its inventive storytelling, masterful prose, and depth of human insight mark it as a crucial and transcendent work of modern fiction.


The Twelve [The Passage Trilogy, Book 2]

The Twelve [The Passage Trilogy, Book 2]

The Twelve [The Passage Trilogy, Book 2] by Justin Cronin
Ballantine | 2012 | ISBN: 0345504984 | EPUB | 592 pages | 2.93MB


The end of the world was only the beginning.


In his internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed novel The Passage, Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. Now the scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic story surges forward with . . .


THE TWELVE


In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as “Last Stand in Denver,” has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned—and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.


One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation . . . unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.


A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, The Twelve is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival.


Chasing the Sea

Chasing the Sea

Chasing the Sea: Lost Among the Ghosts of Empire in Central Asia by Tom Bissell
Knopf Doubleday | 2007 | ISBN: 030742524X | EPUB | 416 pages | 2.13MB


In 1996, Tom Bissell went to Uzbekistan as a naive Peace Corps volunteer. Though he lasted only a few months before illness and personal crisis forced him home, Bissell found himself entranced by this remote land. Five years later he returned to explore the shrinking Aral Sea, destroyed by Soviet irrigation policies. Joining up with an exuberant translator named Rustam, Bissell slips more than once through the clutches of the Uzbek police as he makes his often wild way to the devastated sea.


In Chasing the Sea, Bissell combines the story of his travels with a beguiling chronicle of Uzbekistan's striking culture and long history of violent subjugation by despots from Jenghiz Khan to Joseph Stalin. Alternately amusing and sobering, this is a gripping portrait of a fascinating place, and the debut of a singularly gifted young writer.


Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat

Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat

Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson
Basic Books | 2012 | ISBN: 0465033326 | EPUB | 352 pages | 1.58MB


Since prehistory, humans have striven to tame fire and ice, and have braved the business ends of mashers, scrapers, and razor-sharp knives—all in the name of creating something delicious (or, at least, edible). The technology of food matters even when we barely notice it is there, but in recent years kitchen technology has become increasingly elaborate and eye-catching, transforming the old-fashioned home kitchen into a bristling stainless steel laboratory. Far from a new development, however, the modern kitchen is only the most recent iteration of an ancient lineage of food technology, as acclaimed food historian Bee Wilson reveals in Consider the Fork.


Many of our technologies for preparing food have remained strikingly consistent for thousands of years. The Greeks and Romans already had pestles and mortars. Knives—perhaps mankind's most important gastronomic tool—predate the discovery of that other basic technology, fire. Other tools emerged quite suddenly (like the microwave, whose secrets were unlocked during radar tests conducted during World War II) or in fits and starts (like the fork, which had to endure centuries of ridicule before finally gaining widespread acceptance). For every technology that has endured, others have fallen by the wayside. We no longer feel the need for andirons and bastables, cider owls and dangle spits, even though in their day these would have seemed no more superfluous than our oil drizzlers and electric herb choppers.


The evolution of food technology offers a unique window into human history, and Wilson blends history, science, and personal anecdotes as she traces the different technologies that have shaped—or slashed, pounded, whisked, or heated (and reheated)—our meals over the centuries. Along the way she reveals some fascinating facts—showing, for instance, how China's cuisine, its knives, and its eating utensils are all the product of the country's historically scarce fuel supply. To conserve energy, chefs rendered their ingredients quick-cooking by using large, multi-purpose chopping knives to reduce food to small, bite-sized morsels. This technique, in turn, gave rise to the chopstick, which cannot cut. What's more, the discovery of the knife—in Asia and elsewhere—was likely what gave humans our distinctive overbite. Before humans learned to fashion knives out of sharpened rocks, many of us cut our food by clamping it in our front teeth, which gave us perfectly aligned rows of teeth.


But Wilson shows that, far from being adventurous innovators, cooks are a notoriously conservative bunch, and only adopt new technologies with great reluctance. The gas range revolutionized cooking when it was first introduced in the 19th century by promising to end "hearth deaths," a constant danger for women wearing billowing, flammable clothing. But indoor gas cooking—safer and more efficient—was nevertheless greeted with widespread suspicion when it was first introduced. Many chefs feared it would taint their food or poison their guests. The same hold true for the refrigerator, which was initially condemned as an unnatural technology that risked changing the fundamental "essence" of food. Perhaps the one exception to this technophobia, says Wilson, was the egg beater, new patents for which proliferated so astonishingly in late 19th-century America.


In this fascinating history, Wilson reveals the myriad innovations that have shaped our diets today. An insightful look at how we've changed food and how food has changed us, Consider the Fork reveals the astonishing ways in which the implements we use in the kitchen affect what we eat, how we eat, and how we relate to food.


City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas

City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas

City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas by Roger Crowley
Random House | 2012 | ISBN: 0679644261 | EPUB | 464 pages | 15.59MB


The rise and fall of the Venetian empire stands unrivaled for drama, intrigue, and sheer opulent majesty. In City of Fortune, Roger Crowley, acclaimed historian and New York Times bestselling author of Empires of the Sea, applies his narrative skill to chronicling the astounding five-hundred-year voyage of Venice to the pinnacle of power.


Tracing the full arc of the Venetian imperial saga for the first time, City of Fortune is framed around two of the great collisions of world history: the ill-fated Fourth Crusade, which culminated in the sacking of Constantinople and the carve-up of the Byzantine Empire in 1204, and the Ottoman-Venetian War of 1499--1503, which saw the Ottoman Turks supplant the Venetians as the preeminent naval power in the Mediterranean. In between were three centuries of Venetian maritime dominance--years of plunder and plague, conquest and piracy--during which a tiny city of "lagoon dwellers" grew into the richest place on earth.


Drawing on firsthand accounts of pitched sea battles, skillful negotiations, and diplomatic maneuvers, Crowley paints a vivid picture of this avaricious, enterprising people and the bountiful lands that came under their dominion. Defiant of emperors, indifferent to popes, the Venetians saw themselves as reluctant freebooters, compelled to take to the open seas "because we cannot live otherwise and know not how except by trade." From the opening of the spice routes to the clash between Christianity and Islam, Venice played a leading role in the defining conflicts of its time--the reverberations of which are still being felt today. Only an author with Roger Crowley's deep knowledge of post-Crusade history could put these iconic events into their proper context.


Epic in scope, magisterial in its understanding of the period, City of Fortune is narrative history at its most engrossing.


1000 Years for Revenge

1000 Years for Revenge

1000 Years for Revenge: International Terrorism and the FBI--the Untold Story by Peter Lance
William Morrow | 2004 | ISBN: 0060597259 | EPUB, MOBI | 560 pages | 6.29MB


1000 Years for Revenge is a groundbreaking investigative work that uncovers startling evidence of how the FBI missed dozens of opportunities to stop the attacks of September 11, dating back to 1989. Award-winning journalist Peter Lance explains how an elusive al Qaeda mastermind defeated the entire American security system in what the author calls "the greatest failure of intelligence since the Trojan Horse." Threading the stories of FBI agent Nancy Floyd, FDNY fire marshal Ronnie Bucca, and bomb-maker Ramzi Yousef, Lance uncovers the years of behind-the-scenes intrigue that put these three strangers on a collision course. An unparalleled work of investigative reporting and masterful storytelling, 1000 Years for Revenge will change forever the way we look at the FBI and the war on terror in the twenty-first century.


Mandela: The Authorized Biography

Mandela: The Authorized Biography

Mandela: The Authorized Biography by Anthony Sampson
Vintage Books | 2000 | ISBN: 0679781781 | EPUB | 736 pages | 8.07MB


Nelson Mandela, who emerged from twenty-six years of political imprisonment to lead South Africa out of apartheid and into democracy, is perhaps the world's most admired leader, a man whose life has been led with exemplary courage and inspired conviction.


Now Anthony Sampson, who has known Mandela since 1951 and has been a close observer of South Africa's political life for the last fifty years, has produced the first authorized biography, the most informed and comprehensive portrait to date of a man whose dazzling image has been difficult to penetrate. With unprecedented access to Mandela's private papers (including his prison memoir, long thought to have been lost), meticulous research, and hundreds of interviews--from Mandela himself to prison warders on Robben Island, from Walter Sisulu and Oliver Tambo to Winnie Mandela and F. W. de Klerk, and many others intimately connected to Mandela's story--Sampson has composed an enlightening and necessary story of the man behind the myth.


Adventures of a Currency Trader

Adventures of a Currency Trader

Adventures of a Currency Trader: A Fable about Trading, Courage, and Doing the Right Thing by Rob Booker
John Wiley & Sons | 2007 | ISBN: 0470049480 | PDF | 240 pages | 5.83MB


Let author Rob Booker introduce you to Harry Banes. Harry represents every trader. He doesn't start trading with a huge amount of money, and his ambition is larger than his ability. His financial situation and life as a new trader may be difficult, but his determination allows him to prevail in Adventures of a Currency Trader.


Funny, entertaining, and, above all, educational, Adventures of a Currency Trader demonstrates exactly what it takes to capitalize on today's volatile and potentially profitable foreign exchange markets. Told through the eyes of a fictional character by the name of Harry Banes—an aspiring trader who works as a filing clerk in a busy New York law firm—Adventures of a Currency Trader explains in a powerful and compelling manner how you can implement a consistent trading approach in the foreign currency market and become a financially independent currency trader in the process.


There's a little bit of each of us in Harry Banes, and as the story progresses, you'll discover how to turn the lessons outlined in this book into potentially profitable trades. Harry admits early on that he's a rookie trader, which won't adequately prepare you for how bad he really is. But we'll stand by him as he picks himself up from early disappointments and begins to implement the wise counsel of a veteran trader—Harvey Winklestein—who agrees to mentor him.


From Harry's experiences, you'll learn how to recover from disastrous losses, set yourself up as a full-time trader, and talk to loved ones about what you're doing. But that's not all. Through Harry's numerous journeys, you'll also discover how to create reliable charts, perform the proper type of analysis, and make effective trades. Most importantly, you'll learn how to generate substantial profits—and keep them.


Both technical and motivational in nature, Adventures of a Currency Trader is a unique guide to trading that will provide you with a solid foundation in this field. Filled with hard-won wisdom borne of real trading experiences, Adventures of a Currency Trader is destined to become a classic of trading literature.


Maonomics

Maonomics

Maonomics: Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists Than We Do by Loretta Napoleoni
Seven Stories Press | 2011 | ISBN: 1609803418 | EPUB, MOBI | 3.43MB


The end of the cold war was thought to signal the triumph of Western capitalism over Communism. In Maonomics: Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists than We Do, Napoleoni argues just the opposite: what we are witnessing instead is the beginning of the collapse of capitalism and the victory of "communism with a profit motive." Maonomics charts the prodigious ascent of the Chinese economic miracle and the parallel course of the West’s ongoing insistence on misconstruing China and its economy even as we acknowledge its growing influence and importance. Maonomics is a warning call whereby Western governments can avoid economic collapse by learning how to understand more clearly what the lessons of the Chinese economy really are. Based on first-hand reporting from China during frequent visits in the last several years, Maonomics lends credence to the Chinese view and translates it for Western readers. For example, the Chinese too are attached to their vision of democracy, but it is different from ours. It isn’t focused as much on voting as it is economic opportunity and the fair distribution of wealth and prosperity. Napoleoni also separates failed Leninist political ideology from true Marxist theory, showing that Marx’s writings do not reject profit so long as it is used to benefit the people. Marx’s dictatorship of the proletariat is being realized in China, she argues, where giant steps forward are being made in the name of progress and the wellbeing and prosperity of the Chinese people. Looking at the Chinese economy up close, any economist would be hard pressed to say that they are not on the right track. Here Loretta Napoleoni offers a front row seat on the greatest show on earth: the peaceful economic revolution that is shifting the balance of power in the world from West to East.


Thieves of Bay Street

Thieves of Bay Street

Thieves of Bay Street: How Banks, Brokerages and the Wealthy Steal Billions from Canadians by Bruce Livesey
Random House Canada | 2012 | ISBN: 0307359638 | EPUB, MOBI | 3.12MB


A newsmaking exposé about why Canada's financial industry is a haven for fraud.


Beneath the veneer of stability that saw Canada's banking sector through the financial crash of 2008, investigative reporter Bruce Livesey has uncovered a rampant failure of epidemic proportions. Though no large financial institution has recently gone bust in this country, white-collar criminals, scam artists, Ponzi schemers and organized crime, from the Hells Angels to the Russian mafia, know that Canada is the place in the Western world to rip off investors. And the fraudsters do so with little fear of being caught and punished.


Thieves of Bay Street investigates Canada's biggest financial scandals of recent years. Readers will learn what banks do with investors' money and what happens when they lose it. They will meet the bogus investment gurus, the brokers who lose money with both reckless abandon and impunity, the bankers who squander money in toxic investments, the lawyers who protect them and the regulators who do nothing to keep them from doing it again. And most importantly, they'll meet the victims who are demanding that our vaunted banking sector finally come clean on its dirtiest secret.


Manna: Two Visions of Humanity's Future

Manna: Two Visions of Humanity's Future

Manna: Two Visions of Humanity's Future by Marshall Brain
BYG Publishing | 2012 | ISBN: 0985232110 | EPUB, MOBI | 79 pages | 244.05KB


Robots will soon begin taking human jobs in places like retail stores, fast food restaurants, construction sites and transportation. The key technology that will fuel the transition is inexpensive computer vision systems, and the number of human jobs at risk numbers in the tens of millions. More than half of the jobs in the United States could be eliminated.


With half of the jobs eliminated by robots, what happens to all the people who are out of work? Marshall Brain's book Manna explores the possibilities and shows two contrasting outcomes, one filled with great hope and the other quite uncomfortable.


Join Marshall Brain, founder of HowStuffWorks.com, for a skillful step-by-step walk through the robotic transition, the collapse of the human job market that results and an surprising look at humanity's future in a post-robotic world.


Then consider our options. Which vision of the future will society choose to follow?


The Queen Mother: The Official Biography

The Queen Mother: The Official Biography

The Queen Mother: The Official Biography by William Shawcross
Vintage Books | 2010 | ISBN: 1400078342 | EPUB, MOBI | 1168 pages | 8.90MB


The official and definitive biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: consort of King George VI, mother of Queen Elizabeth II, grandmother of Prince Charles, and the most beloved British monarch of the twentieth century.


Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon—the ninth of the Earl of Strathmore’s ten children—was born on August 4, 1900, and, certainly, no one could have imagined that her long life (she died in 2002) would come to reflect a changing nation over the course of an entire century. Vividly detailed, written with unrestricted access to her personal papers, letters, and diaries, this candid royal biography by William Shawcross is also a singular history of Britain in the twentieth century.


A Book of Mediterranean Food

A Book of Mediterranean Food

A Book of Mediterranean Food by Elizabeth David
NYRB Classics | 2002 | ISBN: 1590170032 | EPUB, MOBI | 222 pages | 6.99MB


Long acknowledged as the inspiration for such modern masters as Julia Child and Claudia Roden, A Book of Mediterranean Food is Elizabeth David's passionate mixture of recipes, culinary lore, and frank talk. In bleak postwar Great Britain, when basics were rationed and fresh food a fantasy, David set about to cheer herself — and her audience — up with dishes from the south of France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, and the Middle East. Some are sumptuous, many are simple, most are sublime.


In the Devil's Garden: A Sinful History of Forbidden Food

In the Devil's Garden: A Sinful History of Forbidden Food

In the Devil's Garden: A Sinful History of Forbidden Food by Stewart Lee Allen
Ballantine | 2003 | ISBN: 0345440161 | EPUB, MOBI | 352 pages | 972.11KB


Deliciously organized by the Seven Deadly Sins, here is a scintillating history of forbidden foods through the ages—and how these mouth-watering taboos have defined cultures around the world.


From the lusciously tempting fruit in the Garden of Eden to the divine foie gras, Stewart Lee Allen engagingly illustrates that when a pleasure as primal as eating is criminalized, there is often an astonishing tale to tell. Among the foods thought to encourage Lust, the love apple (now known as the tomato) was thought to possess demonic spirits until the nineteenth century. The Gluttony “course” invites the reader to an ancient Roman dinner party where nearly every dish served—from poppy-crusted rodents to “Trojan Pork”—was considered a crime against the state. While the vice known as Sloth introduces the sad story of “The Lazy Root” (the potato), whose popularity in Ireland led British moralists to claim that the Great Famine was God’s way of punishing the Irish for eating a food that bred degeneracy and idleness.


Filled with incredible food history and the author’s travels to many of these exotic locales, In the Devil’s Garden also features recipes like the matzo-ball stews outlawed by the Spanish Inquisition and the forbidden “chocolate champagnes” of the Aztecs. This is truly a delectable book that will be consumed by food lovers, culinary historians, amateur anthropologists, and armchair travelers alike. Bon appétit!


The Practical Distiller

The Practical Distiller

The Practical Distiller: An Introduction To Making Whiskey, Gin, Brandy, Spirits, &c &c of Better Quality, and in Larger Quantities, than Produced by the Present Mode of Distilling, from the Produce of the United States by Samuel McHarry
CreateSpace | 2010 | ISBN: 1450529496 | EPUB, MOBI | 92 pages | 816.93KB


"The Practical Distiller," first published in 1809 when spirit distillation became legal in the United States, describes the methods for making whiskey and other forms of liquor from the 1600's onward. "The Practical Distiller" has some unique stories about some of the old distilleries, and explains many things that were no doubt helpful to the brewers of that day. Section one discussed yeast, how to know when it is good or bad, how to renew it when it is sour, and the best yeast for daily use. A second section deals with hogsheads and how to sweeten them by scalding or burning. The third section covers how to mash and distill rye or corn, how to know when grain is scalded enough, and how to prevent hogsheads from "working over." Section four covers choosing the best rye and malt, how to grind Indian corn, hops, and building a malt kiln. Section five talks about singling, stalement, and distilling of different crops including buckwheat, potatoes, pumpions, peaches, turnips, and apples. Section six addresses the best methods of setting stills and preventing cracking, doubling stills, and heating more than one still with one fire or furnace. Section seven covers how to clarify whiskey and making Rye Whiskey, Apple Brandy, a Jamaica Spirit, Holland Gin, and country gin. It also discusses fining and coloring liquors, as well as a way to correct the taste of singed whiskey and gave an aged flavor to whiskey. The succeeding sections of "The Practical Distiller"discuss weather, ways to prevent a fire in the distillery, duties of hired distillers, and profitability for the owner. The book ends with a number of general "recipes" on how to make honey wine, elderberry wine, "and excellent American wine." While "The Practical Distiller" is primarily a historical book, it is fascinating to hear how things used to be done, and also tempting to wish that potatoes could still be bought for thirty-three cents a bushel as they could when this book was published!