House of Stone [Audiobook]

House of Stone [Audiobook]

House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East [Audiobook] by Anthony Shadid
Blackstone Audio | 2012 | ISBN: 1455156620 | MP3@64 kbps | 12 hrs 25 mins | 339.67MB


When Anthony Shadid - one of four New York Times reporters captured in Libya as the region erupted - was freed, he went home, not to Boston, Beirut, or Oklahoma, where he was raised by his Lebanese American family, but to an ancient estate built by his great-grandfather, a place filled with memories of a lost era when the Middle East was a world of grace, grandeur, and unexpected departures. For two years previous, Shadid had worked to reconstruct the house and restore his spirit after both had weathered war. Now the author of the award-winning Night Draws Near tells the story of the house's re-creation, revealing its mysteries and recovering the lives that have passed through it. Shadid juxtaposes past and present as he traces the house's renewal along with his family's flight from Lebanon and resettlement in America. House of Stone is an unforgettable memoir of the world's most volatile landscape and the universal yearning for home.


Anthony Shadid (1968-2012), an unparalleled chronicler of the human stories behind the news, gained attention and awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, for his front-page reports in the Washington Post from Iraq. He was the only American reporter there who spoke Arabic. As the senior Middle East correspondent for the New York Times, he earned his second Pulitzer.


The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man [Audiobook]

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man [Audiobook]

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man [Audiobook] by James Weldon Johnson
Tantor Media | 2010 | ISBN: 1452600619 | MP3@96 kbps | 4 hrs 36 mins | 170.44MB


Originally published anonymously in 1912, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man revealed as never before the color line dividing America, and the price it exacted on those souls who could traverse the two worlds. The book presents the fictional account of "an ex-colored man" - an African-American who could pass for white - as he attempts to choose which side of the line will better suit his life, and his psyche.


James Weldon Johnson's emotionally gripping novel is a landmark in black literary history and, more than eighty years after its original anonymous publication, a classic of American fiction. The first fictional memoir ever written by a black, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man influenced a generation of writers during the Harlem Renaissance and served as eloquent inspiration for Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, and Richard Wright. In the 1920s and since, it has also given white readers a startling new perspective on their own culture, revealing to many the double standard of racial identity imposed on black Americans. Narrated by a mulatto man whose light skin allows him to "pass" for white, the novel describes a pilgrimage through America's color lines at the turn of the century-from a black college in Jacksonville to an elite New York nightclub, from the rural South to the white suburbs of the Northeast. This is a powerful, unsentimental examination of race in America, a hymn to the anguish of forging an identity in a nation obsessed with color.


Stilwell and the American Experience in China [Audiobook]

Stilwell and the American Experience in China [Audiobook]

Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45 [Audiobook] by Barbara Wertheim Tuchman
Blackstone Audio | 2009 | ISBN: 1433292947 | MP3@64 kbps | 29 hrs 02 mins | 800.02MB


In this Pulitzer Prize - winning biography, Barbara Tuchman explores American relations with China through the experiences of one of our men on the ground. In the cantankerous but level-headed "Vinegar Joe", Tuchman found a subject who allowed her to perform, in the words of the National Review, "one of the historian's most envied magic acts: conjoining a fine biography of a man with a fascinating epic story."


Joseph Stilwell was the military attaché to China from 1935 to 1939, commander of United States forces, and allied chief of staff to Chiang Kai-shek from 1942 to 1944. His story unfolds against the background of China's history, from the revolution of 1911 to the turmoil of World War II, when China's Nationalist government faced attack from Japanese invaders and Communist insurgents.


This book is about a period that is both so important and yet largely neglected in American education. The book is quite easy to read with its strong steady narrative flow, its interest in the personalities at play as well as its study of the background of their struggles. Since the book came out around the time of the Vietnam War, I assumed it would be more anti-American foreign policy in tone than it is. It's quite balanced.


Tuchman obviously regards Stilwell as the hero of the tale. It's hard to come to any other conclusion about this deeply humble but brilliant, unwearying but always frustrated man. Yet she is quite fair in assessing the difficulties faced by Stilwell's close-to-home antagonist, Chiang Kai Shek. She is also not sparing in describing the courage, success and tactical genius of Claire Chennault, whose (clearly wrong-headed) conception of the War was opposed to that of Stilwell.


The story of America in China in WWII and its aftermath is so fascinating, so HUGELY important - and still so relatively little publicized - especially in relation to the affairs of MacArthur, Nimitz and Halsey in the Pacific or Eisenhower, Bradley and Patton in Europe.


I long for a movie that will show the fascinating struggle among Stilwell, Chiang, and Chennault in relation to the Japanese and Mao's Communists. It can be said that America's foreign policy in 1943-50 has far less immediate impact in post Cold War Europe today than in Japan, China, Burma, and Indonesia. America's two costly wars since WWII have been in Asia. This book gives a wonderful background to anyone interested in how did the existing state of affairs in China come to pass?


America was intimately involved - particularly two Americans - 1) Claire Lee Chennault, a maverick Cajun from Louisiana who resigned from the American Air Force in rage at their refusal to adopt his revolutionary views on fighters and bombing - and became the head of China's Air Force in 1937; 2) Joseph Stilwell, an upper middle class WASP from a family that went back to the early 1600s, who had been intimately involved with China since the 1920s.


It's just a great story, and it's unlikely you know much of it.

By Thomas R. Dean


Megachange: The World in 2050

Megachange: The World in 2050

Megachange: The World in 2050 by Daniel Franklin, John Andrews
John Wiley & Sons | 2012 | ISBN: 1118180445 | EPUB | 5.5MB


A look at the fundamental trends that are changing the world, from the experts at The Economist


"Megatrends" are great forces in societal development that have profound impacts on states, markets, and civil society in the now and for the years to come. They can effectively be employed as a starting point for analyzing our world. Megachange: The World in 2050 looks at these sweeping, fundamental trends that are changing the world faster than at any time in human history.


Including chapters on approximately twenty of these "megatrends," each elegantly outlined by contributors from The Economist, and rich in supporting facts and graphics, the book is a compelling read as well as a valuable research and reference tool. Groups the "megatrends" that are shaping our world into several categories:


  • People, Life and Death, Economy and Business, and Knowledge
  • Each trend is covered in a concise but detailed chapter written by an expert from The Economist
  • Edited by Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor of The Economist

Packed with important information about the forces that shape our world, Megachange is a fascinating new look to the future from the experts at The Economist.


The Social Wave

The Social Wave

The Social Wave: Why Your Business is Wiping Out with Social Media and How to Fix It by Starr Hall
Entrepreneur Press | 2011 | ISBN: 1613081669 | EPUB | 3.36MB


Presenting a dynamic look beyond status updates, daily tweets, and weekly posts, social media strategist Starr Hall empowers you to break out of your social media comfort zone and start making waves.


Includes:


  • The latest strategies for 25 of today’s hottest industries revealing 5 proven tips for each
  • Social Site Comparison—a complete review of strengths, weaknesses, and added values
  • Wave Tips—common social media problems and mistakes and proven fixes
  • Hidden Treasures—the best online sites and resources you’re not using (yet)
  • Case studies illustrating victories and shipwrecks—learn what works and what will sink you

Talk Normal: Stop the Business Speak, Jargon and Waffle

Talk Normal: Stop the Business Speak, Jargon and Waffle

Talk Normal: Stop the Business Speak, Jargon and Waffle by Tim Phillips
Kogan Page | 2011 | ISBN: 0749463651 | EPUB | 5.15MB


Most large companies have entire departments devoted to communications, but company mission statements and press releases are becoming harder to understand. With the humorous and sometimes poignant style of foolishness that plagues the world of "The Office" and the comic strip "Dilbert," Talk Normal addresses the ineffectiveness of corporate jargon and business communication. Tim Phillips covers everything from the advent of the nine-syllable word "operationalizational" to indecipherable press releases, to the fluff people put in their resumes.


Despite being based on the author's experience in a British environment, readers from any culture can easily draw parallels to their own workplace. Phillips discusses universal problems such as the inability to make a point, evasiveness and talking a lot of hot air.


In the same entertaining, satirical manner as his increasingly popular blog of the same name, Phillips takes a candid look at how ineffective business language has become. Full of excruciating examples of how not to write or speak, Talk Normal helps readers improve their communication at work while navigating the nightmare of management-speak.


Getting and Staying Productive

Getting and Staying Productive

Getting and Staying Productive: Applying Swift, Even Flow to Practice by Roger W Schmenner
Cambridge University Press | 2012 | ISBN: 1107021324 | PDF | 3.34MB


All kinds of processes - those that make things or deliver services or operate companies - can be made more productive, and society's continued well-being requires it. This book is for all those with a stake in improving how companies run. It introduces the concept of 'swift, even flow' and explains how that concept stands behind popular business tools such as 'lean' principles and Six Sigma. More than that, it shows how swift, even flow can lead to deep, strategic insights and fresh ideas.


The book uses many examples, both contemporary and historic, and 16 case studies from all sorts of business situations to demonstrate how swift, even flow can be applied. Services and manufacturing, supply chains and individual operations, product development and outsourcing, strategy and tactics, hourly workers and top level executives - all benefit from this fundamental re-thinking of what it takes to become productive.


Washed Away

Washed Away

Washed Away: How the Great Flood of 1913, America's Most Widespread Natural Disaster, Terrorized a Nation and Changed It Forever by Geoff Williams
Pegasus Books | 2013 | ISBN: 1453271635 | EPUB | 2.15MB


The incredible story of a flood of near-Biblical proportions-its destruction, its heroes and victims, and how it shaped America's natural-disaster policies for the next century. The storm began March 23, 1913, with a series of tornadoes that killed 150 people and injured 400. Then the freezing rains started and the flooding began. It continued for days. Some people drowned in their attics, others on the roads when they tried to flee. It was the nation's most widespread flood ever-more than 700 people died, hundreds of thousands of homes and buildings were destroyed, and millions were left homeless.


The destruction extended far beyond the Ohio valley to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, and Vermont. Fourteen states in all, and every major and minor river east of the Mississippi. In the aftermath, flaws in America's natural disaster response system were exposed, echoing today's outrage over Katrina. People demanded change. Laws were passed, and dams were built. Teams of experts vowed to develop flood control techniques for the region and stop flooding for good. So far those efforts have succeeded.It is estimated that in the Miami Valley alone, nearly 2,000 floods have been prevented, and the same methods have been used as a model for flood control nationwide and around the world.


Roe v Wade

Roe v Wade

Roe v Wade: The Untold Story of the Landmark Supreme Court Decision that Made Abortion Legal by Marian Faux
Cooper Square Press | 2001 | ISBN: 081541093X | EPUB | 1.86MB


From the back-alley clinics of illegal abortionists to the behind-the scene deliberations of the Supreme Court justices, Roe v. Wade is a riveting history of the thorniest ethical debate ever brought before the Supreme Court. This is the full story behind the struggle of two lawyers, Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee and their unwed, unemployed, pregnant client Norma McCorvey.


In this updated edition Faux details recent challenges and erosions to the decision—including parental consent laws and bans on partial-birth abortions—and illuminates how the ruling has impacted public attitudes and policy.


Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising

Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising

Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising by Staughton Lynd, Mumia Abu-Jamal
PM Press | 2011 | ISBN: 1604862246 | EPUB | 5.29MB


In telling the story of one of the longest prison uprisings in U.S. history, in which hundreds of inmates seized a major area of an Ohio correctional facility, this chronicle examines the causes of the disturbance, what happened during its 11-day duration, and the fairness of the trials in the aftermath of the rioting. Recounted from the prisoners’ side and viewed through a lawyer’s and an activist's lens, this exposé sheds light on the horrific and inhumane prison conditions, the rebellion and killing of 10 people, the drivers of the negotiated surrender, and the trial that was filled with misrepresentations and evasions on the part of those running the prison. The eloquent new foreword from the renowned political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal underlines the theme of the interracial character of the uprising and the basic desire of the prisoners to be recognized as men. A detailed view on a major prison uprising, this new edition will appeal to legal scholars, history buffs, prisoner and human rights activists, and family members of incarcerated individuals alike.


Pagans and Christians

Pagans and Christians

Pagans and Christians: In the Mediterranean World from the Second Century AD to the Conversion of Constantine by Robin Lane Fox
Penguin Group | 2006 | ISBN: 014192585X | EPUB | 2.80MB


How did Christianity compare and compete with the cults of the pagan gods in the Roman Empire? This scholarly work from award-winning historian, Robin Lane Fox, places Christians and pagans side by side in the context of civil life and contrasts their religious experiences, visions, cults and oracles. Leading up to the time of the first Christian emperor, Constantine, the book aims to enlarge and confirm the value of contemporary evidence, some of which has only recently been discovered.


The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex and the Brain

The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex and the Brain

The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex and the Brain: The Neuroscience of How, When, Why and Who We Love by Judith Horstman
Jossey-Bass | 2011 | ISBN: 0470647787 | EPUB | 3.34MB


Who do we love? Who loves us? And why? Is love really a mystery, or can neuroscience offer some answers to these age-old questions?


In her third enthralling book about the brain, Judith Horstman takes us on a lively tour of our most important sex and love organ and the whole smorgasbord of our many kinds of love-from the bonding of parent and child to the passion of erotic love, the affectionate love of companionship, the role of animals in our lives, and the love of God.


Drawing on the latest neuroscience, she explores why and how we are born to love-how we're hardwired to crave the companionship of others, and how very badly things can go without love. Among the findings: parental love makes our brain bigger, sex and orgasm make it healthier, social isolation makes it miserable-and although the craving for romantic love can be described as an addiction, friendship may actually be the most important loving relationship of your life.


Based on recent studies and articles culled from the prestigious Scientific American and Scientific American Mind magazines, The Scientific American Book of Love, Sex, and the Brain offers a fascinating look at how the brain controls our loving relationships, most intimate moments, and our deep and basic need for connection.


Fashion Babylon [Audiobook]

Fashion Babylon [Audiobook]

Fashion Babylon [Audiobook] by Imogen Edwards-Jones
Clipper Audio | 2009 | ISBN: 1407407031 | MP3@96 kbps | 9 hrs 53 mins | 406.92MB


Taking the reader through six months in a designer's life, Fashion Babylon follows an anonymous A-list British fashion designer looking to break out across the pond. Structured around three of the annual "must" industry events, this irresistible work of reportage goes inside the well-cut seams of the fashion world, where women are paid tens of thousands of dollars for simply getting dressed and where a wrong skirt length can cost you your career. You'll find out how a collection is put together -- from the objects of inspiration to the catwalk, into the shops and, hopefully, onto the cover of a magazine -- and learn who goes to the shows and where they sit...and whose backside they have to kiss to get there.


Witty, naughty and jam-packed with celebrity gossip, Fashion Babylon decodes the markups and the comedowns, the fabulous extremes and the shoddy shortcuts behind one of the most lucrative and secretive businesses in the world.


Violated Online

Violated Online

Violated Online: How Online Slander Can Destroy Your Life & What You Must Do to Protect Yourself by Steven Wyer, Jeremy Dunlap
Dunham Books | 2011 | ISBN: 0983745617 | EPUB | 1.77MB


Millions of people are attacked, exposed and violated on the Internet. A lawsuit filed against Steven Wyer's business destroyed his company and his credibility. His reputation was ruined because of the Internet. He learned that innocent until proven guilty is a myth, especially in the digital world. The online postings hurt his family, his income and his future. Since this battle, he has talked to hundreds of people with similar stories. Their narratives would sound like fiction were it not for the fact that he has helped many of them reclaim their lives through his company, Reputation Advocate. The American government has passed laws that leave its citizens open to be maligned with impunity by accusers-both real and fictitious. While most people use the internet, they do not know how to protect themselves against slander. Tragically, there is no one to protect us. We have to do it ourselves. Violated Online will help any person understand the defense strategies needed to survive online exposure and how to take action now.


True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership

True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership

True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership by Peter Sims, Bill George, David Gergen
John Wiley & Sons | 2010 | ISBN: 0787996009 | EPUB | 1.61MB


True North shows how anyone who follows their internal compass can become an authentic leader. This leadership tour de force is based on research and first-person interviews with 125 of today’s top leaders—with some surprising results. In this important book, acclaimed former Medtronic CEO Bill George and coauthor Peter Sims share the wisdom of these outstanding leaders and describe how you can develop as an authentic leader. True North presents a concrete and comprehensive program for leadership success and shows how to create your own Personal Leadership Development Plan centered on five key areas:


Knowing your authentic self Defining your values and leadership principles Understanding your motivations Building your support team Staying grounded by integrating all aspects of your life


True North offers an opportunity for anyone to transform their leadership path and become the authentic leader they were born to be.


Personal, original, and illuminating stories from Warren Bennis, Sir Adrian Cadbury, George Shultz (former U.S. secretary of state), Charles Schwab, John Whitehead (Cochairman, Goldman Sachs), Anne Mulcahy (CEO, Xerox), Howard Schultz (CEO, Starbucks), Dan Vasella (CEO, Novartis), John Brennan (Chairman, Vanguard), Carol Tome (CFO, Home Depot), Donna Dubinsky (CEO/cofounder, Palm), Alan Horn (President, Warner Brothers), Ann Moore (CEO, Time, Inc.) and many others illustrate the transitions that shape the type of leaders who will thrive in the 21st century.


Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman

Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman

Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick
Vintage Books | 1993 | ISBN: 0679747044 | EPUB | 3.29MB


If you've read any of Richard Feynman's wonderful autobiographies you may think that a biography of Feynman would be a waste of your time. Wrong! Gleick's Genius is a masterpiece of scientific biography--and an inspiration to anyone in pursuit of their own fulfillment as a person of genius. Deservedly nominated for a National Book Award, underservedly passed over by the committee in the face of tough competition, and very deservedly a book that you must read.


Future Shock

Future Shock
Future Shock by Alvin Toffler
1970 | MOBI | 610.95KB

Future Shock is a book written by the sociologist and futurist Alvin Toffler in 1970. In the book, Toffler defines the term "future shock" as a certain psychological state of individuals and entire societies. His shortest definition for the term is a personal perception of "too much change in too short a period of time". The book, which became an international bestseller, grew out of an article "The Future as a Way of Life" in Horizon magazine, Summer 1965 issue.