Under the Banner of Heaven [Audiobook]

Under the Banner of Heaven [Audiobook]
Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith [Audiobook] by Jon Krakauer
2003 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 12 hrs 34 mins | 650.44MB

At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this "divinely inspired" crime, Krakauer constructs a multilayered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, savage violence, polygamy, and unyielding faith. Along the way, he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America's fastest-growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.

Krakauer takes readers inside isolated communities in the American West, Canada, and Mexico, where some forty-thousand Mormon fundamentalists believe the mainstream Mormon Church went unforgivably astray when it renounced polygamy. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the leaders of these outlaw sects are zealots who answer only to God. Marrying prodigiously and with virtual impunity (the leader of the largest fundamentalist church took seventy-five "plural wives," several of whom were wed to him when they were fourteen or fifteen and he was in his eighties), fundamentalist prophets exercise absolute control over the lives of their followers, and preach that any day now the world will be swept clean in a hurricane of fire, sparing only their most obedient adherents.

Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism. The result is vintage Krakauer, an utterly compelling work of nonfiction that illuminates an otherwise confounding realm of human behavior.

The Maid and the Queen [Audiobook]

The Maid and the Queen [Audiobook]

The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc [Audiobook] by Nancy Goldstone
Brilliance Audio | 2013 | ISBN: 1455877379 | MP3@64 kbps | 11 hrs 50 mins | 310.25MB


The legend of Joan of Arc has always been well known: The Maid of Orléans, poor and uneducated, touched with divine guidance, led the armies of France to key victories over the English, and was burned at the stake by her captors at the tender age of 19. Twenty-five years after her death, she was labeled a martyr and canonized in 1920. That's the story. Simple. Majestic. Powerful. Yet as we recognize the 600th anniversary of her birth this year (the date is unknown as the practice of recording the dates of non-noble births were not in effect in the 15th century), Nancy Goldstone tells us that, up until now, we have only heard half the story. With THE MAID AND THE QUEEN, history is opened to illustrate a connection between Joan and the oft-forgot Queen of Sicily, Yolande of Aragon.


Who is Yolande of Aragon, and just what part did she play in the story of Joan of Arc? Beautiful, ambitious, and educated in the manner of the men of her time, Yolande was one of the most powerful women of the Middle Ages. France was embroiled in the Hundred Years War with England and Burgundy. The throne of France was in upheaval, with Charles VII unable to claim his right due to the occupation by England and the betrayal of his parents (they declared he could not be King as he was the product of an affair by Queen Isabeau). Fearing for his life, Charles fled to the Queen of the Four Kingdoms: Yolande of Aragon. She would provide him protection and a wife, her daughter Marie, and begin to use her political acumen and impressive network of spies to see that her son-in-law could claim his throne. Some of her ploys backfired, such as the assassination of Charles's cousin, but she was soon driven more than ever to find the one who would bolster Charles and turn the tide against the English.


That "one" would turn out to be Joan. Growing up in Domrémy on the farm of her father, situated in the duchy of Bar, Joan had a connection to Yolande. Yolande of Bar, mother of Yolande of Aragon, held the duchy as her ancestral home, and throughout history it was loyal to the king of France. At the time of Joan's youth, Domrémy was on the front lines of conflict, with the loyalists of Burgundy just across the river. Yolande of Aragon had even manipulated to have her uncle, the duke of Bar, select her son, René, as a successor, who would steadfastly hold Bar and Lorraine for Charles. Goldstone thus acknowledges that by the simple nature of the size of the region and by Joan's later requests for men from the duke, there is no way she would not have known who René was, or his connections. And since Yolande was seeking a heroine, one who was touched and who could kindle the fires of valiant combat for her king, the fact that Joan began to hear voices at around age 13 only drew the attention of the Queen and her people --- in particular, René, who set in motion the acts by which she would gain audience to Charles.


THE MAID AND THE QUEEN is divided into three sections: the life of Yolande, the life of Joan, and the wrap-up of the events following the life of Joan, the impact on France, and the final years of Yolande's life. This template serves the story very well. So much of the groundwork for Joan was in place before she was born, and showing the life of Yolande goes a long way to making the case for her involvement in the events to come. Citing medieval sources only written in French as well as Joan's trial documentation, the notion that Yolande pulled the strings that led to the success of France are quite plausible.


Goldstone weaves a remarkable dual biography. The intrigues of the history and the miraculous unfolding of the story of Joan make the book seem as gripping as any novel. Among the great positives is that it moves at an incredibly readable pace. One of the drawbacks to this is that so much more could have been laid out and explained, doubling the book’s size. Perhaps others will follow in her footsteps and take up this line of inquiry. Until then, THE MAID AND THE QUEEN stands as a fascinating new take on the legacy and legend of Joan of Arc, and a great introduction to the oft-overlooked Queen of Sicily.


Four Queens [Audiobook]

Four Queens [Audiobook]

Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe [Audiobook] by Nancy Goldstone
Tantor | 2007 | ISBN: 1400153840 | MP3@128 kbps | 11 hrs 33 mins | 609.24MB


Set against the backdrop of the turbulent 13th century, a time of chivalry and crusades, poetry, knights, and monarchs, comes the story of the four beautiful daughters of the count of Provence, whose brilliant marriages made them the queens of France, England, Germany, and Sicily.


From a cultured childhood in Provence, each sister was propelled into a world marked by shifting alliances, intrigue, and subterfuge: Marguerite, the eldest, whose resolution and spirit would be tested by the cold splendor of the Palais du Roi in Paris; Eleanor, whose soaring political aspirations would provoke her kingdom to civil war; Sanchia, the neglected wife of the richest man in England, who bought himself the crown of Germany; and Beatrice, whose desire for sovereignty was so acute that she risked her life to earn her place at the royal table.


Four Queens shatters the myth that women were helpless pawns in a society that celebrated physical prowess and masculine intellect. Goldstone deftly analyzes what separated these women from their peers--beauty, ambition, familial connections, political aspirations, and timing--in compulsively readable detail. This fascinating collective biography will appeal to students of the period and should generate some crossover appeal for fans of intelligent historical fiction featuring strong female protagonists a la Philippa Gregory.


A History of the Church in the Middle Ages

A History of the Church in the Middle Ages

A History of the Church in the Middle Ages by F Donald Logan
Routledge | 2012 | ISBN: 1136315977 | EPUB | 7.84MB


In this fascinating survey, Donald Logan introduces the reader to the Christian church, from the conversion of the Celtic and Germanic peoples through to the discovery of the New World. He reveals how the church unified the people of Western Europe as they worshipped with the same ceremonies and used Latin as the language of civilized communication. A History of the Church in the Middle Ages offers a unique perspective on the legacy and influence of the Christian church in Western culture. Never fixed or static, the church experienced remarkable periods of change between the sixth and sixteenth centuries. Saint Francis of Assisi, the gentle poverello of Umbria, the martyr Thomas Becket, the ill-fated lovers Abelard and Heloise, the visionary Hildegard of Bingen, all testify to the diversity and richness of the medieval churchFrom the crusades to the creation of magnificent architecture, A History of the Church in the Middle Ages explores the central role of the church in determining a thousand years of history.


The History of the Church: From Christ to Constantine

The History of the Church: From Christ to Constantine

The History of the Church: From Christ to Constantine by Eusebius
Penguin | 1989 | ISBN: 1101487925 | EPUB | 2.33MB


"Could I do better than start from the beginning of the dispensation of our Saviour and Lord, Jesus the Christ of God?"


Bishop Eusebius (c. AD 260–339), a learned scholar who lived most of his life in Caesarea in Palestine, broke new ground in writing the History and provided a model for all later ecclesiastical historians. In tracing the history of the Church from the time of Christ to the Great Persecution at the beginning of the fourth century and ending with the conversion of the Emperor Constantine, his aim was to show the purity and continuity of the doctrinal tradition of Christianity and its struggle against persecutors and heretics, and he supported his account by extensive quotations from original sources.


This edition of G. A. Williamson's clear, fluid translation is accompanied by an introduction by Andrew Louth discussing the life and works of Eusebius, together with notes, bibliography, map of the world of Eusebius and brief biographies of the figures who appear in the work.


The 50 Movie Starter Kit

The 50 Movie Starter Kit

The 50 Movie Starter Kit: What You Need to Know if You Want to Know What You're Talking About by Ty Burr
Anchor | 2012 | ISBN: 0345804945 | EPUB | 2.1MB


In this ebook exclusive, Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr introduces the fifty films every movie lover must know.


This carefully curated list of great movies spans over a century of filmmaking, from the silent era to the last decade, from American favorites to international classics. Including recognized masterpieces such as "City Lights" and "Casablanca," as well as more recent movies like "Aliens" and "Fight Club," Burr has given readers what is essentially an engaging, accessible Film 101 class. Short entries discuss the significance of each movie, the reason for its greatness, and why it has become a part of our shared culture of movie-making. He also includes suggestions for further viewing, delving deeper into the works of featured directors like Hitchcock, Fellini, Sturges, and Kurosawa. In a media environment that gives endless entertainment options—including an intimidating amount of medicore films—Ty Burr has written an expert guide to the movies that are guaranteed to please readers, and increase their cinematic knowledge. It is a perfect book for movie-lovers who are just getting acquainted with the immense catalog of great cinema available to us today.


1001 Things You Didn't Know You Wanted to Know

1001 Things You Didn't Know You Wanted to Know

1001 Things You Didn't Know You Wanted to Know by Anna Mantzaris
Sterling Publishing | 2008 | ISBN: 1402763050 | EPUB | 2.28MB


Trivia buffs of the world this is your book! It’s crammed with 1,001 tidbits of information in such categories as Food & Drink, Television, Art, Business, Health, Religion, and many others. For example, did you know that every strawberry contains over 200 seeds? That the first organized labor strike in the U.S. occurred in Philadelphia in 1786, when local printers demanded higher wages? Or that Jack London was the first novelist to earn one million dollars from his writing? Highlighted with maps and illustrations, this compilation contains a wealth of lists, including the least densely populated countries, the educational institutions of the Ivy League, bands that played at Woodstock, and even the most annoying clichés, as voted by people in 70 countries.


A Handbook of Cultural Economics [Second Edition]

A Handbook of Cultural Economics [Second Edition]

A Handbook of Cultural Economics [Second Edition] by Ruth Towse
Edward Elgar | 2011 | ISBN: 1848448872 | PDF | 2.47MB


The second edition of this widely acclaimed and extensively cited collection of original contributions by specialist authors reflects changes in the field of cultural economics over the last eight years. Thoroughly revised chapters alongside new topics and contributors bring the Handbook up to date, taking into account new research, literature and the impact of new technologies in the creative industries.


The book covers a range of topics encompassing the creative industries as well as the economics of the arts and culture, and includes chapters on: the economics of art (including auctions, markets and prices), artists labor markets, creativity and the creative economy, cultural districts, cultural value, globalization and international trade, the Internet, media economics, museums, non-profit organizations, opera, performance indicators, performing arts, publishing, regulation, tax expenditures and welfare economics.


This highly commended reference tool will be warmly welcomed on a wide range of courses in the fields of economics, business, management, arts management and cultural and media studies.


Contributors: H. Abbing, K. Acheson, K. Alford, O. Ashenfelter, W.J. Baumol, F. Benhamou, M. Blaug, L. Bonet, A.E. Burke, S. Cameron, D.C. Chisholm, F. Colbert, T. Cowen, T. Cuccia, G. Doyle, J. Farchy, V. Fernandez-Blanco, B.S. Frey, V. Ginsburgh, K. Graddy, C.M. Gray, J. Heilbrun, A. Henten, C. Hjorth-Andersen, M. Hutter, W.M. Landes, L. Levy-Garboua, W.A. Luksetich, C. Maule, I. Mazza, C. Montmarquette, D. Netzer, J. O'Hagan, G. Pignataro, J. Prieto-Rodriguez, I. Rizzo, F. Rochelandet, M. Rushton, D. Sagot-Duvauroux, W. Santagata, G.G. Schulze, B.A. Seaman, J.D. Snowball, M. Taalas, R. Tadayoni, D. Throsby, R. Towse, M. Trimarchi, D. Urrutiaguer, O. Velthuis, N.M. Wijnberg, G. Withers


Synchronicity

Synchronicity

Synchronicity: The Art of Coincidence, Change, and Unlocking Your Mind by Kirby Surprise
Career Press | 2012 | ISBN: 1601636431 | EPUB | 2.5MB


The experience of meaningful coincidences is universal. They are reported by people of every culture, every belief system, and every time period. Synchronicity examines the evidence for the human influence on the meaningfulness of events, and the way the modern computational model of the mind predicts how we create meaning. It demonstrates that these events, based on the activity of the mind, are caused by the person who perceives them.


In this fascinating work, you will:


  • Learn to use your amazing ability to create synchronistic events
  • Discover how your mind creates the reality you experience
  • Unlock your brain's vast resources of connectivity and creativity
  • Change from living as a separate being to living as a part of the unified whole

Synchronicity will show you how you already create events around you, and make you a conscious co-creator of your reality. Dr. Surprise describes the miracles of your brain's processes, merging the worlds of modern physics and ancient mysticism to reveal abilities you have always possessed, but which were not fully understood until now. Learn to make reality dance to the rhythms of your thoughts.


Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays

Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays

Black Holes and Baby Universes and Other Essays by Stephen Hawking
Bantam Books | 2011 | ISBN: 0307790452 | EPUB | 2.06MB


THIRTEEN EXTRAORDINARY ESSAYS SHED NEW LIGHT ON THE MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE--AND ON ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT THINKERS OF OUR TIME.


In his phenomenal bestseller A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking literally transformed the way we think about physics, the universe, reality itself. In these thirteen essays and one remarkable extended interview, the man widely regarded as the most brilliant theoretical physicist since Einstein returns to reveal an amazing array of possibilities for understanding our universe.


Building on his earlier work, Hawking discusses imaginary time, how black holes can give birth to baby universes, and scientists' efforts to find a complete unified theory that would predict everything in the universe. With his characteristic mastery of language, his sense of humor and commitment to plain speaking, Stephen Hawking invites us to know him better--and to share his passion for the voyage of intellect and imagination that has opened new ways to understanding the very nature of the cosmos.


World Right Side Up: Investing Across Six Continents

World Right Side Up: Investing Across Six Continents

World Right Side Up: Investing Across Six Continents by Christopher W Mayer
John Wiley & Sons | 2012 | ISBN: 1118171403 | EPUB | 1.62MB


Invaluable insights into finding diverse investment opportunities in the emergent global economy


From Brazilian farmlands to Colombian gold fields, from Chinese shopping malls to Indian hotels, from South African wine country to the boom/bust souks of Dubai, this around-the-world investing field trip explores the nooks and crannies for hidden investment opportunities. World Right Side Up: Investing Across Six Continents is packed with ideas to power your portfolio in the years ahead while teaching you a little fascinating history along the way. Fact is, the world's markets have changed in a big way. For the first time since before the Industrial Revolution, the emerging markets now contribute as much to the global economy as their more well-developed peers. Far from being an anomaly, this state of affairs is more in line with the bulk of human experience. For centuries, China and India were the world's largest economies. And so the world is turning...right side up.


This change creates a wealth of opportunities for investors, in both the emerging markets and developed markets. World Right Side Up is your guide on how to take full advantage of this shift.


  • Provides an entertaining view of various regions visited by the author, including South America, Asia, Africa, North America, and the Middle East
  • Explores specific investment ideas and themes, including opportunities in agriculture, water, energy, infrastructure and much more
  • Includes five key takeaways from each region, an invaluable feature, offering resources to consult for more information and guidance

While some people fear the changes happening now, the reality is that for the forward-thinking investor, these sizable new markets will create extraordinary new opportunities.