Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing [Audiobook]

Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing [Audiobook]

Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing [Audiobook] by Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
Hachette Audio | 2013 | ASIN: B00B77J4Q6 | M4B | 9 hrs 06 mins | 185.7MB


What are the differences between a winning and losing performance? Why are we able to rise to the challenge one day, but wilt from it the next? Can we in fact become better competitors? In Top Dog, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman use cutting-edge science to tease out the hidden factors at the core of every great triumph - and every tragic failure. By enabling you to identify your own competitive style, Top Dog will help you tip the odds of success in your favor. Integrating wisdom from politics, finance, genetics, neuroscience, psychology, military training, sports, economics, education and more, Top Dog offers counterintuitive, game-changing insights into the nature of competition, such as:


Why the home-field advantage in sports is just as relevant in diplomacy and deal-making That women are better at judging risk, while men are better at ignoring it - and how this plays out on K Street and Wall Street Why younger siblings are more competitive than first-borns, and how early-childhood influences shape competitive styles forever That the shape of entrepreneurs' hands can be just as revealing as their business plans How a single biochemical can predict a winner before an event has even begun Why discord can be better than harmony, and why stars on a team do deserve special treatment


As President Dwight Eisenhower said, "What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog." In Top Dog, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman reveal the size of the fight in all of us.


Office Politics [Audiobook]

Office Politics [Audiobook]

Office Politics [Audiobook] by Oliver James
Random House Audiobooks | 2013 | ASIN: B00BCMGXFG | M4B | 7 hrs 40 mins | 109.88MB


The modern working world is a dangerous place, where game-playing, duplicity and sheer malevolence are rife. Do talent and hard work count for nothing? Is politics everything? In this fascinating exposé, Oliver James reveals the murky underside of modern office life. With cutting-edge research and eye-opening interviews, he highlights the nasty practices that propel people to the top and shows how industries and cultures are fostering this behaviour.


He then divulges strategies and techniques for not only surviving but thriving in these difficult environments. With the right mindset, you can distinguish and deal with toxic and overpromoted colleagues, charm your way through interviews and use office politics to your advantage. Office Politics will overthrow your perceptions of office life and set you on a new path to success.


The Disaster Diaries [Audiobook]

The Disaster Diaries [Audiobook]

The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse [Audiobook] by Sam Sheridan
Blackstone Audio | 2013 | ISBN: 1470830590 | M4B | 10 hrs 24 mins | 206.29MB


Sam Sheridan has traveled the world as an amateur boxer and mixed martial arts fighter, worked as a professional wilderness firefighter, an EMT, a sailor, a cowboy at the largest ranch in Montana, and in construction under brutal conditions at the South Pole. If he isn't ready for the apocalypse and the fractured world that will likely ensue, we are all in a lot of trouble.


Despite an arsenal of skills that would put most of us to shame, when Sam had his son and finally settled down, he was beset with nightmares about being unable to protect him. With apocalyptic images from movies, books, and the nightly news filling his head, he was slowly being driven to distraction. If a rogue wave hit his beach community, would he be able to get out? If the power grid went down, did he have enough food and water for his family? And if he was forced outside the city limits, could he survive in the wilderness? And let's not even talk about plagues, zombie hoards, and attacking aliens. How seriously should he take the Internet chatter, the guys who recommend staying sequestered in a bunker in the remote hills? And what kind of life would that be, anyway? Unable to quiet his mind, Sam decided to face his fears head-on and embark on a quest to gain as many skills as possible that just might come in handy should the end of the world as we know it come to pass.


Each possible doomsday required a different skill set. Trying to navigate a clogged highway when everyone who's still alive has the same bright idea to leave town? Better go to the best stunt-driving school in the country. Need to protect your family but have run out of ammunition? Better learn how to handle a knife. Is your kid hurt or showing signs of serious mental strain? Better brush up on emergency medicine and study the psychological effects of trauma. From training with an Olympic weightlifter to a down-and-dirty apprenticeship in stealing cars with an ex-gang member, from an intense three-week gun course in the hundred-degree heat of Alabama to agonizing lessons in wilderness survival, Sam left no stone unturned. Would it be enough if a meteor rocked the earth? Who's to say? But as Sam points out, it would be a damn shame to survive the initial impact only to die a few days later because you didn't know how to build a fire.


This is participatory journalism at its finest. A rollicking narrative with each chapter framed by a hypothetical doomsday scenario, The Disaster Diaries is irresistible armchair adventure reading. It's for everyone who wants to know what it might take to make it through a cataclysmic event -- or just wants to watch someone else struggling to find out.


Inside Rehab [Audiobook]

Inside Rehab [Audiobook]

Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth about Addiction Treatment---and How to Get Help That Works [Audiobook] by Anne M Fletcher
Tantor Media | 2013 | ISBN: 1452660913 | M4B | 16 hrs 22 mins | 257.8MB


What happens inside drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers and how rehab works are a mystery to those outside the industry – and sometimes even to those inside it.


Anne M. Fletcher is a trusted New York Times bestselling health and medical writer who visited 15 addiction treatment centers—from outpatient programs for the indigent to famous celebrity rehabs; from the sites of renowned Twelve-Step centers to several unconventional programs—to find out what really happens. What she reveals ranges from inspirational to irresponsible, and, in some cases, potentially dangerous.


Real Stories: As always with her books, Fletcher gets the inside story by turning to real people who “have been there,” interviewing more than 100 individuals whose compelling stories illustrate serious issues facing people in rehab and endemic in the rehab industry today.


Connected Writer and Researcher who has earned the respect (and cooperation) of experts throughout the fields she’s taken on. Inside Rehab is no exception—Fletcher has interviewed more than 100 professionals working in the field, including a mix of rehab staffers and administrators as well as leading academics.


Rehab is constantly covered in the media, as celebrities battle their drug and alcohol issues in the spotlight and reality TV puts recovery in prime time. Addiction is no longer only a personal struggle—it’s a pop culture phenomenon.


Myth Busting: Fletcher exposes twelve supposed facts for the falsehoods they are, including “rehab is necessary for most people to recover from addictions;” “highly trained professionals provide most of the treatment in addiction programs;” and “drugs should not be used to treat a drug addict.” Fletcher’s most important finding is the alarming discrepancy between the treatments being employed at many rehab centers and the treatments recommended by leading experts and supported by scientific research.


Guidance and Practical Solutions: Inside Rehab also highlights what is working, spotlights state-of-the-art programs and practices, and offers advice and guidance for people seeking quality care and treatment for themselves or those they care about.


Inside Rehab is the first book to give readers a thoughtful, sensitive, and bracingly honest insider’s view of the drug and alcohol rehab industry in America. For people seeking quality care for themselves or a loved one, Inside Rehab is essential reading, offering a wealth of accurate information and wise guidance.


The Day the Universe Changed [Audiobook]

The Day the Universe Changed [Audiobook]

The Day the Universe Changed [Audiobook] by James Burke
Audio Renaissance | 1990 | ISBN: 1559270810 | MP3+PDF | 2 hrs 57 mins | 221.31MB


When humans understood that the earth was flat and it was the center of the universe, all life revolved around that truth. Then, Galileo introduced his telescope. And with that single innovation, architecture, music, literature, science, politics--all of it changed, mirroring the new view of truth. This program is James Burke's examination of the moments in history when a change in knowledge radically altered man's understanding of himself and the world around him.


Few people are able to look at human history and see it not as a jumble of half-remembered names and dates, but as an intricate mosaic of neatly interlocking pieces. Fewer still can describe the patterns and explain the parts of the puzzle so that it not only makes sense, but so that it also fascinates and intrigues, excites and entertains. James Burke tells history like it's the plot of the most interesting mystery ever written.


The book's primary focus is on the effect of advances in science and technology on western philosophy. The title comes from the philosophical idea that the universe essentially only exists as you perceive it through what you know; therefore, if you change your perception of the universe with new knowledge, you have essentially changed the universe itself.


Chapters:


1. The Way We Are: It Started with the Greeks

2. In the Light of the Above: Medieval Conflict - Faith & Reason

3. Point of View: Scientific Imagination in the Renaissance

4. Infinitely Reasonable: Science Revises the Heavens

5. Fit to Rule: Darwin's Revolution

6. Making Waves: The New Physics - Newton Revised

7. Worlds Without End: Changing Knowledge, Changing Reality


The Pinball Effect

The Pinball Effect

The Pinball Effect: How Renaissance Water Gardens Made the Carburetor Possible, And Other Journeys Through Knowledge by James Burke
Back Bay | 1997 | ISBN: 0316116025, 0316116106 | PDF | 115.42MB


Picking up the theme of his bestselling Connections and utilizing cross-chapter margin references that imitate computer hypertext, Burke investigates the dynamic interplay of scientific discovery, technological innovation and social change in a dizzying, mind-expanding adventure that explores the crosscurrents of history. One chapter follows a trail from slavery in America to English Quaker abolitionist Sampson Lloyd's nail-making business to German-American immigrant engineer John Roebling's wire suspension bridges (including the Brooklyn Bridge) to rustproofing with cadmium to nuclear reactors.


Accident, luck, greed, ambition and mistakes abound as Scientific American columnist Burke tries to demonstrate the interconnectedness of all things. Another typical chapter unravels the serendipitous interactions among Cyrus Dalkin's invention of carbon paper, Edison's telephone (which used sooty carbon black in the transmitter), the rise of suburbs, X-ray crystallography and DNA. Often as maddening as a pinball game, this nevertheless unique and exciting odyssey may change the way you look at the world.


The Five Rules for Successful Stock Investing

The Five Rules for Successful Stock Investing

The Five Rules for Successful Stock Investing: Morningstar's Guide to Building Wealth and Winning in the Market by Pat Dorsey
John Wiley & Sons | 2004 | ISBN: 0471686174 | PDF | 79.41MB


The author, Pat Dorsey, is currently the Director of Equity Research for Morningstar. Morningstar has historically been known for their 5-star scale of mutual fund ratings, but several years ago began applying the same scale to individual stocks. Since Morningstar's focus is on durable competitive advantage, the firm's investing philosophy correlates very well with that of the Magic Formula and of MagicDiligence. That makes the book particularly relevant and much of my stock analysis is based on techniques outlined in it. The Five Rules... is more or less a two part book. The first half deals covers the title, laying out the five rules for successful investing and then proceeding to expand on each of them. Without spoiling too much of the book, Dorsey's five rules are:


1) Do your homework.

2) Find economic moats.

3) Have a margin of safety.

4) Hold for the long haul.

5) Know when to sell.


This first section then continues on to introduce the investor to the techniques of stock analysis. Topics covered include detailed explanations of each financial statement, the points of emphasis to look for in a good investment (such as growth potential and financial health), how to spot accounting blowups before they happen, how to value a stock, and so forth. For everyone interested in stock analysis, from 10 year pros to those just beginning to dip their toes in the market, these chapters contain invaluable and vital information. Nearly every investor will learn something new about evaluating companies and valuing stocks. One particularly valuable chapter is titled "The 10-Minute Test", which will help you quickly throw out stocks that are not worth your time, while highlighting investment opportunities that warrant additional research.


The second half of the book is equally useful. In this section, Dorsey calls upon Morningstar's sector analysts to lay out the intrinsic moat qualities and the factors that separate good and bad companies in a variety of sectors, including Health Care, Consumer Services, Media, Banks, and so on. It's no secret to MagicDiligence Members that some industries are inherently better investment hunting grounds than others, and this book explains why. For example, retail is generally a difficult place to invest - there are no customer switching costs, tons of competition, and constantly changing consumer trends. On the other hand, most medical device makers have very high switching costs, as surgeons are trained on one company's products and are loathe to learn the intricacies of a competing product, unless there is a very good reason to do so.


The Investor's Manifesto

The Investor's Manifesto

The Investor's Manifesto: Preparing for Prosperity, Armageddon, and Everything in Between by William J Bernstein
John Wiley & Sons | 2012 | ISBN: 1118073762 | EPUB | 1.25MB


A timeless approach to investing wisely over an investment lifetime.


With the recent market maelstrom as a background, this Wall Street Journal bestseller describes just how to plan a lifetime of investing, in good times and bad, discussing stocks and bonds as well as the relationship between risk and return.


Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, The Investor's Manifesto will help you understand the nuts and bolts of executing a lifetime investment plan, including: how to survive dealing with the investment industry, the practical meaning of market efficiency, how much to save, how to maintain discipline in the face of panics and manias, and what vehicles to use to achieve financial security and freedom.


  • Written by bestselling author William J. Bernstein, well known for his insights on how individual investors can manage their personal wealth and retirement funds wisely
  • Examines how the financial landscape has radically changed in light of the financial crises we have recently faced, and what investors should do to adapt
  • Contains practical insights that the everyday investor can understand
  • Focuses on the concept of Pascal's Wager—identifying and avoiding worst-case scenarios, and planning investment decisions on that basis

With The Investor's Manifesto as your guide, you'll quickly discover the timeless investment approaches that can put you in a better position to prosper over time.


Who's the Fairest of Them All

Who's the Fairest of Them All

Who's the Fairest of Them All: The Truth about Opportunity, Taxes, and Wealth in America by Stephen Moore
Encounter Books | 2012 | ISBN: 1594036845 | EPUB | 1.02MB


President Obama has declared that the standard by which all policies and policy outcomes are judged is fairness. He declared in 2011 that "we've sought to ensure that every citizen can count on some basic measure of security. We do this because we recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any moment, might face hard times, might face bad luck, might face a crippling illness or a layoff." And that, he says, is why we have a social safety net. He says that returning to a standard of fairness where anyone can get ahead through hard work is the "issue of our time." And perhaps it is.


This book explores what it means for our economic system and our economic results to be "fair." Does it mean that everyone has a fair shot? Does it mean that everyone gets the same amount? Does it mean the government can assert the authority to forcibly take from the successful and give to the poor? Is government supposed to be Robin Hood determining who gets what? Or should the market decide that? The surprising answer: nations with free market systems that allow people to get ahead based on their own merit and achievement are the fairest of them all.


Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles R Cross
Hyperion Books | 2002 | ISBN: 0786884029 | EPUB | 12.05MB


This is the first in-depth biography of the troubled genius Kurt Cobain. Based on exclusive access to Cobains unpublished diaries, more than 400 interviews, four years of research, and a wealth of documentation, Heavier Than Heaven traces Cobains life from his early days in a double-wide trailer outside of Aberdeen, Washington, to his rise to fame, fortune, and the adulation of a generation.


An Enlarged Heart: A Personal History

An Enlarged Heart: A Personal History

An Enlarged Heart: A Personal History by Cynthia Zarin
Knopf | 2013 | ISBN: 1400042712 | EPUB | 273.81KB


An Enlarged Heart, the exquisitely written prose debut from prize-winning poet Cynthia Zarin, is a poignantly understated exploration of the author’s experiences with love, work, and the surprise of time’s passage. In these intertwined episodes from her New York world and beyond, she charts the shifting and complicated parameters of contemporary life and family in writing that feels nearly fictional in its richness of scene, dialogue, and mood. The writer herself is the marvelously rueful character at the center of these tales, at first a bewildered young woman, navigating the terrain of new jobs and borrowed apartments and the rapidly fading New York of people like Mr. Ferri, the Upper East Side tailor (“a wren of a man with pins flashing in his teeth”).


By the end, whether Zarin is writing about vanished restaurants, her decades-long love affair with her collection of coats, a newlywed journey to Italy, a child’s illness, Mary McCarthy’s file cabinet, or the inner life of the New Yorker staff she knew as a young woman, this history of the heart shows us how persistent the past is in returning to us with entirely new lessons, and that there are some truths not even a tailor can alter.


Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R Banaji, Anthony G Greenwald
Delacorte Press | 2013 | ISBN: 0553804642 | EPUB | 4.07MB


I know my own mind.

I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way.


These self-perceptions are challenged by leading psychologists Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald as they explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality.


“Blindspot” is the authors’ metaphor for the portion of the mind that houses hidden biases. Writing with simplicity and verve, Banaji and Greenwald question the extent to which our perceptions of social groups—without our awareness or conscious control—shape our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people’s character, abilities, and potential.


In Blindspot, the authors reveal hidden biases based on their experience with the Implicit Association Test, a method that has revolutionized the way scientists learn about the human mind and that gives us a glimpse into what lies within the metaphoric blindspot.


The title’s “good people” are those of us who strive to align our behavior with our intentions. The aim of Blindspot is to explain the science in plain enough language to help well-intentioned people achieve that alignment. By gaining awareness, we can adapt beliefs and behavior and “outsmart the machine” in our heads so we can be fairer to those around us. Venturing into this book is an invitation to understand our own minds.


Brilliant, authoritative, and utterly accessible, Blindspot is a book that will challenge and change readers for years to come.


How Everyone Became Depressed

How Everyone Became Depressed

How Everyone Became Depressed: The Rise and Fall of the Nervous Breakdown by Edward Shorter
Oxford University Press | 2013 | ISBN: 0199948089 | MOBI | 384.8KB


About one American in five receives a diagnosis of major depression over the course of a lifetime. That's despite the fact that many such patients have no mood disorder; they're not sad, but suffer from anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, or a tendency to obsess about the whole business. "There is a term for what they have," writes Edward Shorter, "and it's a good old-fashioned term that has gone out of use. They have nerves."


In How Everyone Became Depressed, Edward Shorter, a distinguished professor of psychiatry and the history of medicine argues for a return to the old fashioned concept of nervous illness. These are, he writes, diseases of the entire body, not the mind, and as was recognized as early as the 1600s. Shorter traces the evolution of the concept of "nerves" and the "nervous breakdown" in western medical thought. He points to a great paradigm shift in the first third of the twentieth century, driven especially by Freud, that transferred behavioral disorders from neurology to psychiatry, spotlighting the mind, not the body. The catch-all term "depression" now applies to virtually everything, "a jumble of non-disease entities, created by political infighting within psychiatry, by competitive struggles in the pharmaceutical industry, and by the whimsy of the regulators." Depression is a real and very serious illness, he argues; it should not be diagnosed so promiscuously, and certainly not without regard to the rest of the body. Meloncholia, he writes, "the quintessence of the nervous breakdown, reaches deep into the endocrine system, which governs the thyroid and adrenal glands among other organs."


In a learned yet provocative challenge to psychiatry, Shorter argues that the continuing misuse of "depression" represents nothing less than "the failure of the scientific imagination."


Spontaneous Happiness: A New Path to Emotional Well-Being

Spontaneous Happiness: A New Path to Emotional Well-Being

Spontaneous Happiness: A New Path to Emotional Well-Being [Audiobook] by Andrew Weil
Little, Brown & Company | 2013 | ISBN: 1619693011 | MP3 VBR V5 | 7 hrs 14 mins | 221.29MB


Everyone wants to be happy. But what does that really mean? Increasingly, scientific evidence shows us that true satisfaction and well-being come only from within.


Dr. Andrew Weil has proven that the best way to maintain optimum physical health is to draw on both conventional and alternative medicine. Now, in Spontaneous Happiness, he gives us the foundation for attaining and sustaining optimum emotional health. Rooted in Dr. Weil's pioneering work in integrative medicine, the book suggests a reinterpretation of the notion of happiness, discusses the limitations of the biomedical model in treating depression, and elaborates on the inseparability of body and mind.


Dr. Weil offers an array of scientifically proven strategies from Eastern and Western psychology to counteract low mood and enhance contentment, comfort, resilience, serenity, and emotional balance. Drawn from psychotherapy, mindfulness training, Buddhist psychology, nutritional science, and more, these strategies include body-oriented therapies to support emotional wellness, techniques for managing stress and anxiety and changing mental habits that keep us stuck in negative patterns, and advice on developing a spiritual dimension in our lives. Lastly, Dr. Weil presents an eight-week program that can be customized according to specific needs, with short- and long-term advice on nutrition, exercise, supplements, environment, lifestyle, and much more.


Whether you are struggling with depression or simply want to feel happier, Dr. Weil's revolutionary approach will shift the paradigm of emotional health and help you achieve greater contentment in life.


The Devil's Guide to Hollywood: The Screenwriter as God

The Devil's Guide to Hollywood: The Screenwriter as God

The Devil's Guide to Hollywood: The Screenwriter as God by Joe Eszterhas
St Martin's Press | 2006 | ISBN: 031235987X | EPUB | 391.14KB


Mike Ovitz told him his Wilshire Blvd. "foot soldiers" would hunt him down. He's antagonized almost everyone at the top in Tinseltown. And now, Joe Eszterhas tells everything he knows -- in brief, quotable bursts -- about the business, the history of Hollywood, and how to write screenplays that make millions. Idiosyncratic, gruff and as shaggy as Eszterhas himself, The Devil's Guide to Hollywood makes a character/leitmotif of Eszterhas' fellow Hungarian Zsa Zsa Gabor ("Money is like a sixth sense that makes it possible for you to fully enjoy the other five." ), and makes the case that Marilyn Monroe was the sharpest tack in Hollywood ("Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents." ). Refreshing, dirty, tough, there's no book like it.


Raiders and Rebels: A History of the Golden Age of Piracy

Raiders and Rebels: A History of the Golden Age of Piracy

Raiders and Rebels: A History of the Golden Age of Piracy by Frank Sherry
HarperPerennial | 2008 | ISBN: 0061572845 | EPUB | 5.44MB


The most authoritative history of piracy, Frank Sherry's rich and colorful account reveals the rise and fall of the real "raiders and rebels" who terrorized the seas. From 1692 to 1725 pirates sailed the oceans of the world, plundering ships laden with the riches of India, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. Often portrayed as larger-than-life characters, these outlaw figures and their bloodthirsty exploits have long been immortalized in fiction and film. But beneath the legends is the true story of these brigands—often common men and women escaping the social and economic restrictions of 18th-century Europe and America. Their activities threatened the beginnings of world trade and jeopardized the security of empires. And together, the author argues, they fashioned a surprisingly democratic society powerful enough to defy the world.


The Home Front [Audiobook]

The Home Front [Audiobook]

The Home Front: The Drama of the War Years: Music-People-Events [Audiobook]
Soundelux Audio | 1994 | ISBN: 1559351489 | MP3@320 kbps | 5 hrs 37 mins | 774.65MB


This is an excellent audio series on World War II. It is informative but also very entertaining, weaving together the political, military and entertainment events into the every-day life of the average person. It is funny as well as heartbreaking, and any listener will feel back in time experiencing these critical historical events for the first time.


  • The Home Front 1 - Nazis & Martians (1938-39)
  • The Home Front 2 - London Calling (1940)
  • The Home Front 3 - The Arsenal of Democracy (1941)
  • The Home Front 4 - The U.S. at War (1942)
  • The Home Front 5 - Give Til it Hurts (1942)
  • The Home Front 6 - GI Joe (1943)
  • The Home Front 7 - Liberation (1944)
  • The Home Front 8 - Victory (1945)

This 5 1/2 hour "book"-on-tape is a fascinating look at World War II and its effects on the lives and culture of Americans back home. It really takes those years out of the history book and brings them to life. It is sure to be a nostalgic stroll down memory lane for those old enough to remember it, and for those of us who know that period only from the stories of our parents and grandparents, it is a chance to see a defining part of their life through their eyes.


How the Scots Invented the Modern World

How the Scots Invented the Modern World

How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in It by Arthur Herman
Three Rivers Press | 2001 | ISBN: 0307420957 | EPUB | 668.95KB


Who formed the first modern nation?

Who created the first literate society?

Who invented our modern ideas of democracy and free market capitalism?

The Scots.


Mention of Scotland and the Scots usually conjures up images of kilts, bagpipes, Scotch whisky, and golf. But as historian and author Arthur Herman demonstrates, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Scotland earned the respect of the rest of the world for its crucial contributions to science, philosophy, literature, education, medicine, commerce, and politics—contributions that have formed and nurtured the modern West ever since.


Arthur Herman has charted a fascinating journey across the centuries of Scottish history. He lucidly summarizes the ideas, discoveries, and achievements that made this small country facing on the North Atlantic an inspiration and driving force in world history. Here is the untold story of how John Knox and the Church of Scotland laid the foundation for our modern idea of democracy; how the Scottish Enlightenment helped to inspire both the American Revolution and the U.S. Constitution; and how thousands of Scottish immigrants left their homes to create the American frontier, the Australian outback, and the British Empire in India and Hong Kong.


How the Scots Invented the Modern World reveals how Scottish genius for creating the basic ideas and institutions of modern life stamped the lives of a series of remarkable historical figures, from James Watt and Adam Smith to Andrew Carnegie and Arthur Conan Doyle, and how Scottish heroes continue to inspire our contemporary culture, from William “Braveheart” Wallace to James Bond.


Victorian historian John Anthony Froude once proclaimed, “No people so few in number have scored so deep a mark in the world’s history as the Scots have done.” And no one who has taken this incredible historical trek, from the Highland glens and the factories and slums of Glasgow to the California Gold Rush and the search for the source of the Nile, will ever view Scotland and the Scots—or the modern West—in the same way again. For this is a story not just about Scotland: it is an exciting account of the origins of the modern world and its consequences.


“The point of this book is that being Scottish turns out to be more than just a matter of nationality or place of origin or clan or even culture. It is also a state of mind, a way of viewing the world and our place in it. . . . This is the story of how the Scots created the basic idea of modernity. It will show how that idea transformed their own culture and society in the eighteenth century, and how they carried it with them wherever they went. Obviously, the Scots did not do everything by themselves: other nations—Germans, French, English, Italians, Russians, and many others—have their place in the making of the modern world. But it is the Scots more than anyone else who have created the lens through which we see the final product. When we gaze out on a contemporary world shaped by technology, capitalism, and modern democracy, and struggle to find our place as individuals in it, we are in effect viewing the world as the Scots did. . . . The story of Scotland in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is one of hard-earned triumph and heart-rending tragedy, spilled blood and ruined lives, as well as of great achievement.” —FROM THE PREFACE


Gandhi & Churchill

Gandhi & Churchill

Gandhi & Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age by Arthur Herman
Bantam Books | 2009 | ISBN: 0553383760 | EPUB | 1.43MB


In this fascinating and meticulously researched book, bestselling historian Arthur Herman sheds new light on two of the most universally recognizable icons of the twentieth century, and reveals how their forty-year rivalry sealed the fate of India and the British Empire.


They were born worlds apart: Winston Churchill to Britain’s most glamorous aristocratic family, Mohandas Gandhi to a pious middle-class household in a provincial town in India. Yet Arthur Herman reveals how their lives and careers became intertwined as the twentieth century unfolded. Both men would go on to lead their nations through harrowing trials and two world wars—and become locked in a fierce contest of wills that would decide the fates of countries, continents, and ultimately an empire. Here is a sweeping epic with a fascinating supporting cast, and a brilliant narrative parable of two men whose great successes were always haunted by personal failure—and whose final moments of triumph were overshadowed by the loss of what they held most dear.


Playing President

Playing President

Playing President: My Close Ecounters with Nixon, Carter, Bush I, Reagan, and Clinton--and How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W Bush by Robert Scheer
Akashic Books | 2006 | ISBN: 1933354011 | EPUB | 1.29MB


Robert Scheer's interviews with and profiles of US presidents have shaped journalism history. Scheer developed close journalistic relationships with Presidents Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush I. His reporting on them had a tangible impact on national debate, such as the eminent 1976 Playboy interview in which Jimmy Carter, the then-presidential candidate, admitted to have lusted in his heart; and the 1980 interview with the L.A. Times, during which Bush I confessed to Scheer his dream of a "winnable nuclear war.”


In Playing President, Robert Scheer offers an unparalleled insight into the presidential mind. He analyses each administration since Nixon, and including George W. Bush, offering insights that will surprise the reader—particularly those with rigid preconceptions about the decision-making processes of our leaders. The volume will also include reprints of Scheer’s famous presidential interviews, along with previously unpublished interview transcripts and select previous writings.


Packer's Lunch

Packer's Lunch

Packer's Lunch: A Rollicking Tale Of Swiss Bank Accounts and Money-making Adventurers in The Roaring '90's by Neil Chenoweth
Allen & Unwin | 2007 | ISBN: 1741753236 | EPUB | 467.68KB


The dark channels of money and power that flow beneath the surface of Australian society are perilous places. Behind the gossip columns and headlines, the famous names and celebrity makeovers, life is a precarious business. One wrong move spells disaster. For this is the world of the networkers. The games they play, the restaurants they frequent and the social circles they inhabit determine who is in and who is out. Who ends up very rich and who is bankrupt. Everyone is a diner, but who gets to share the crumbs and who ends up on the menu?

For years Graham Richardson, Trevor Kennedy and Rene Rivkin navigated these waters deftly, with a little secret help from their offshore advisor. The exposure of their Swiss accounts uncovered a world of secret share trading going back decades by a much wider group of players. This is a story of more than just three clever swimmers. It's a lifestyle.


Since its first publication in 2006, Neil Chenoweth's award-winning account of the rise and fall of the 1990s business networks has established itself as a classic. It moves from the stories behind the AMP power struggle to the secrets of the Fairfax takeover. There is inept manoeuvring in the shrubbery, unpleasantness at The Toaster, Macquarie Bankers rampant, and private detectives behaving badly.


Now updated with a new Epilogue, it remains, in the words of the Australian Financial Review Magazine, deeply cathartic and satisfying.


The Trend Following Bible

The Trend Following Bible

The Trend Following Bible: How Professional Traders Compound Wealth and Manage Risk by Andrew Abraham, David Druz
John Wiley & Sons | 2012 | ISBN: 1118417631 | EPUB | 15.02MB


A proven approach to trading success based on the best commodity trading advisors.


Profiting from long-term trends is the most common path to success for traders. The challenge is recognizing the emergence of a trend and determining where to enter and exit the market. The Trend Following Bible shows individual traders and investors how to profit from this approach by trading like today's top commodity trading advisors.


In this book, author Andrew Abraham stresses the importance of a disciplined, consistent methodology, with stringent risk controls, that allows you to catch big trends, while limiting losses on unprofitable trades. By trading in this manner, he shows you how to successfully achieve market-beating returns over the long term and multiple your trading capital along the way.


  • Reveals exactly how top commodity trading advisors operate and how individuals can incorporate these methods into their everyday trading endeavors
  • Addresses key issues like position sizing and risk control, which are critical to trading success, but often underemphasized in other trading literature
  • Highlights how to effectively execute the trading strategies outlined

Engaging and accessible, The Trend Following Bible will put you in a better position to profit as you make more informed trading decisions.


Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets

Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets
Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road and in the Markets by Jim Rogers
2013 | EPUB | 2.14MB

Wall Street legend and bestselling author Jim Rogers offers investing insights and economic, political, and social analysis, drawing on lessons and observations from his lifetime in the markets.


Jim Rogers, whose entertaining accounts of his travels around the world -- studying the markets from Russia to Singapore from the ground up-- has enthralled readers, investors and Wall Street aficionados for two decades in such books as Investment Biker, Adventure Capitalist, Hot Commodities and A Bull In China. In his engaging memoir Street Smarts, Rogers offers pithy commentary from a lifetime of adventure, from his early years growing up a naïve kid in Demopolis, Alabama, to his fledgling career on Wall Street, to his cofounding the wildly successful Quantum Fund.[omit George Soros] Rogers always had a restless curiosity to experience and understand the world around him.

In Street Smarts, he takes us through the highlights of his life in the financial markets, from his school days at Yale and Oxford -- where despite the fact that he didn't have enough money to afford the appropriate pair of shoes, he coxed the crew and helped to win the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race as well as the Thames Cup, the first of his three Guiness World Records,-- to his first heady taste of Wall Street in the mid - 1960s, and his years helping to run the most successful hedge fund on Wall Street. As a result of his extraordinary success with the Quantum Fund, Rogers was able to retire at the age of thirty-seven. Since then he has taught classes in finance at Columbia University, hosted television programs, and traveled the world seeing firsthand how revolutions in Chile affect coffee prices in Seattle, and how shortages of copper in Africa affect electricity brownouts in Ohio.

In the course of his new book, Rogers offers often surprising observations on how the world works -- and what trends he sees in the future. He explains why Asia will be the dominant economic force in the twenty-first century -- and how he and his wife and two daughters moved to Singapore to prepare his family for the coming changes. He discusses why America and the European Union are in decline, and what we need to do to right our economy and society. The age of Wall Street, Rogers claims, when the finance industry drove 25% of America's growth, is over. Tomorrow's economy will be driven by those who make things -- food, energy, goods and consumables.

Regarded as one of the most astute investors Wall Street has ever known, Jim Rogers once again is at his acerbic and storytelling best.

Invest in Penny Stocks: A Guide to Profitable Trading

Invest in Penny Stocks: A Guide to Profitable Trading

Invest in Penny Stocks: A Guide to Profitable Trading by Peter Leeds
John Wiley & Sons | 2011 | ISBN: 1118013298 | EPUB | 3.31MB


So, you're interested in penny stocks!


Investing in the right penny stocks is one of the mostlucrative ways to make money in the stock market. With the help of The Penny Stock Professional, Peter Leeds, investors can find the best shares with the greatest upside potential while minimizing risk. Invest in Penny Stocks introduces you to Leeds Analysis and shows you how to find penny stocks that are about to spike in price. Discover:


  • How to find the highest quality penny stocks
  • Which penny stocks to avoid
  • How to trade risk free
  • The best buying prices
  • When to take profits

If you are interested in investing in penny stocks thenlearn the techniques of The Penny Stock Professional.Invest in Penny Stocks is the only book of its kind andthe tool for penny stock traders.


The Economist Audio Edition [February 23, 2013]

The Economist Audio Edition [February 23, 2013]

The Economist Audio Edition [February 23, 2013]
English | MP3@48 kbps | 7 hrs 01 min | 146.3MB


The audio edition contains word-for-word recordings of all articles published in The Economist, read by professional broadcasters and actors. It is ideal for anyone who wants to listen to articles while travelling, exercising or just relaxing.


The Economist is an English-language weekly news and international affairs publication owned by "The Economist Newspaper Ltd" and edited in London. It has been in continuous publication since James Wilson established it in September 1843. As of summer 2007, its average circulation topped 1.2 million copies a week, about half of which are sold in North America. Consequently it is often seen as a transatlantic (as opposed to solely British) news source.


The aim of The Economist is "to take part in a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress."Subjects covered include international news, economics, politics, business, finance, science, technology, and the arts. The publication is targeted at the high-end "prestige" segment of the market and counts among its audience influential business and government decision-makers.