The Simple Dollar [Audiobook]

The Simple Dollar [Audiobook]

The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams [Audiobook] by Trent Hamm
Audible | 2010 | ASIN: B003VXNC6C | M4B+PDF | 5 hrs 44 mins | 82.25MB


The Simple Dollar can change your life. Trent Hamm found himself drowning in consumer debt, working in a job he couldn't stand and figured out how to escape that debt and build the fulfilling career he'd always dreamt about, all at the same time. Hamm shared his experiences at TheSimpleDollar.com and built it into one of America's top personal finance websites. Now, The Simple Dollar is a book: packed with practical tips, tools, and lessons you can use to transform your life, too.


This isn't just another personal finance book: its profoundly motivating, empowering, practical, and 100% grounded in today's American realities. Trent Hamm will show you how to rewrite the rules, creating healthier relationships with money and with your loved ones, too. With his help, you can get out of debt, start moving forward, and build the strong personal community that offers true happiness no matter what happens to the economy.


  • Escape the plastic prison, and stop running to stand still
  • 5 simple steps to eliminate credit card debt and 5 more to start moving forward
  • Shift your life's balance towards more positive, stronger relationships
  • Learn how to put the golden rule to work for you
  • Discover the power of goals in a random world
  • Learn how to overcome inertia, and transform goals into reality
  • Navigate the treacherous boundaries between love and money
  • Move towards deeper communication, greater honesty, and more courage.



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Secrets of a Serial Entrepreneur [Audiobook]

Secrets of a Serial Entrepreneur [Audiobook]

Secrets of a Serial Entrepreneur: A Dragon's Guide to Business Success [Audiobook] by Shaf Rasul
Audible | 2013 | ASIN: B00BHQF2BS | M4B | 6 hrs 14 mins | 89.0MB


Lessons in business success from the newest Dragon in town. You no longer have to enter the Dragon' Den to get expert startup advice. In Secrets of a Serial Entrepreneur, Shaf Rasul distils his vast experience and knowledge into a practical business startup guide that takes you smoothly and successfully from idea to exit. Are you in? With tips and advice from Shaf, as well as examples and anecdotes from inside and outside the den, you'll discover exactly what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. From starting up to buying and selling, from business plans to number crunching, Secrets of a Serial Entrepreneur shows you how to do it right first time. You'll find out:


  • If you've got what it takes to be an entrepreneur
  • How to set up and manage a business with confidence
  • How to make a business profitable - fast
  • Ten key things to know about finance
  • How to be quick on your feet and beat the rest
  • How to hire and manage the right people
  • When and how to exit, and how to spot your next opportunity.

Who's the Man?


Frequently featured in The Sunday Times Rich List , Shaf Rasul made his fortune in IT, property and asset management. In 2008 he was 19th in a Management Today survey of the UK's top 100 entrepreneurs and is one of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs under the age of 40. He co-presents the BBC's Dragons' Den spin off, Dragon's Den Online , an internet and mainstream TV phenomenon.


The Genesis of Science [Audiobook]

The Genesis of Science [Audiobook]

The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution [Audiobook] by James Hannam
Alex Novak | 2013 | ASIN: B00BI39RRK | M4B | 13 hrs 35 mins | 186.03MB


If you were taught that the Middle Ages were a time of intellectual stagnation, superstition, and ignorance, you were taught a myth that has been utterly refuted by modern scholarship.


As a physicist and historian of science James Hannam shows in his brilliant new book, The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution, without the scholarship of the "barbaric" Middle Ages, modern science simply would not exist.


The Middle Ages were a time of one intellectual triumph after another. As Dr. Hannam writes, "The people of medieval Europe invented spectacles, the mechanical clock, the windmill, and the blast furnace by themselves. Lenses and cameras, almost all kinds of machinery, and the industrial revolution itself all owe their origins to the forgotten inventors of the Middle Ages."


Provocative, engaging, and a terrific read, James Hannam's The Genesis of Science will change the way you think about our past - and our future.


Prisoner of the State [Audiobook]

Prisoner of the State [Audiobook]

Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao Ziyang [Audiobook] by Bao Pu, Renee Chiang, Adi Ignatius
Tantor Media | 2009 | ISBN: 1400163366 | MOBI+MP3@64 kbps | 13 hrs 19 mins | 366.05MB


“Zhao may be more dangerous in death than he was in life.” —Time


How often can you peek behind the curtains of one of the most secretive governments in the world? Prisoner of the State is the first book to give readers a front row seat to the secret inner workings of China’s government. It is the story of Premier Zhao Ziyang, the man who brought liberal change to that nation and who, at the height of the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, tried to stop the massacre and was dethroned for his efforts.


When China’s army moved in, killing hundreds of students and other demonstrators, Zhao was placed under house arrest at his home on a quiet alley in Beijing. China’s most promising change agent had been disgraced, along with the policies he stood for. The premier spent the last sixteen years of his life, up until his death in 2005, in seclusion. An occasional detail about his life would slip out: reports of a golf excursion, a photo of his aging visage, a leaked letter to China’s leaders. But China scholars often lamented that Zhao never had his final say.


As it turns out, Zhao did produce a memoir in complete secrecy. He methodically recorded his thoughts and recollections on what had happened behind the scenes during many of modern China’s most critical moments. The tapes he produced were smuggled out of the country and form the basis for Prisoner of the State. In this audio journal, Zhao provides intimate details about the Tiananmen crackdown; he describes the ploys and double crosses China's top leaders use to gain advantage over one another; and he talks of the necessity for China to adopt democracy in order to achieve long-term stability.


The China that Zhao portrays is not some long-lost dynasty. It is today’s China, where the nation’s leaders accept economic freedom but continue to resist political change.


If Zhao had survived—that is, if the hard-line hadn’t prevailed during Tiananmen—he might have been able to steer China’s political system toward more openness and tolerance.


Zhao’s call to begin lifting the Party's control over China's life—to let a little freedom into the public square—is remarkable coming from a man who had once dominated that square. Although Zhao now speaks from the grave in this moving and riveting memoir, his voice has the moral power to make China sit up and listen.


BAO PU, a political commentator and veteran human rights activist, is a publisher and editor of New Century Press in Hong Kong.


RENEE CHIANG is a publisher and the English editor of New Century Press in Hong Kong. As a teacher in Beijing in 1989, she was an eyewitness to the Tiananmen Square crackdown.


ADI IGNATIUS is an American journalist who covered China for The Wall Street Journal during the Zhao Ziyang era. He most recently served as Time magazine’s deputy managing editor.


ZHAO AT TIANANMEN BEFORE THE MASSACRE “I was trying to persuade them to end the hunger strike . . . I felt it was a waste for these young students to end their lives like this. [The students could not] imagine the treatment in store for them.”


ZHAO ON EVADING HIS JAILERS “After I played at Chang Ping Golf Course, the news was released . . . Both Jiang Zemin and Li Peng became extremely anxious. They condemned the decision and began an investigation to find out who had allowed me to go out to play golf.”


ZHAO ON HOW CHINA MUST CHANGE “Not only should [China] implement a market economy, it must also adopt a parliamentary democracy as its political system.”




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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man [Audiobook]

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man [Audiobook]

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man [Audiobook] by James Joyce
Tantor Audio | 2008 | ASIN: B001DD44R8 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 32 mins | 233.46MB


Perhaps James Joyce's most personal work, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man depicts the intellectual awakening of one of literature's most memorable young heroes, Stephen Dedalus.


Through a series of brilliant epiphanies that parallel the development of his own aesthetic consciousness, Joyce evokes Stephen's youth, from his impressionable years as the youngest student at the Clongowed Wood school to the deep religious conflict he experiences at a day school in Dublin, and finally to his college studies, where he challenges the conventions of his upbringing and his understanding of faith and intellectual freedom.


Joyce's highly autobiographical novel was first published in the United States in 1916 to immediate acclaim. Ezra Pound accurately predicted that Joyce's book would "remain a permanent part of English literature", while H. G. Wells dubbed it "by far the most important living and convincing picture that exists of an Irish Catholic upbringing".


Hitler's Army: Soldiers, Nazis, and War in the Third Reich

Hitler's Army: Soldiers, Nazis, and War in the Third Reich

Hitler's Army: Soldiers, Nazis, and War in the Third Reich by Omer Bartov
Oxford University Press | 1992 | ISBN: 0195079035 | EPUB | 27.34MB


As the Cold War followed on the heels of the Second World War, as the Nuremburg Trials faded in the shadow of the Iron Curtain, both the Germans and the West were quick to accept the idea that Hitler's army had been no SS, no Gestapo, that it was a professional force little touched by Nazi politics. But in this compelling account Omer Bartov reveals a very different history, as he probes the experience of the average soldier to show just how thoroughly Nazi ideology permeated the army.


In Hitler's Army, Bartov focuses on the titanic struggle between Germany and the Soviet Union--where the vast majority of German troops fought--to show how the savagery of war reshaped the army in Hitler's image. Both brutalized and brutalizing, these soldiers needed to see their bitter sacrifices as noble patriotism and to justify their own atrocities by seeing their victims as subhuman. In the unprecedented ferocity and catastrophic losses of the Eastrn front, he writes, soldiers embraced the idea that the war was a defense of civilization against Jewish/Bolshevik barbarism, a war of racial survival to be waged at all costs. Bartov describes the incredible scale and destruction of the invasion of Russia in horrific detail. Even in the first months--often depicted as a time of easy victories--undermanned and ill-equipped German units were stretched to the breaking point by vast distances and bitter Soviet resistance. Facing scarce supplies and enormous casualties, the average soldier sank to ta a primitive level of existence, re-experiencing the trench warfare of World War I under the most extreme weather conditions imaginable; the fighting itself was savage, and massacres of prisoners were common. Troops looted food and supplies from civilians with wild abandon; they mercilessly wiped out villages suspected of aiding partisans. Incredible losses led to recruits being thrown together in units that once had been filled with men from the same communities, making Nazi ideology even more important as a binding force. And they were further brutalized by a military justice system that executed almost 15,000 German soldiers during the war. Bartov goes on to explore letters, diaries, military reports, and other sources, showing how widespread Hitler's views became among common fighting men--men who grew up, he reminds us, under the Nazi regime. In the end, they truly became Hitler's army.


In six years of warfare, the vast majority of German men passed through the Wehrmacht and almost every family had a relative who fought in the East. Bartov's powerful new account of how deeply Nazi ideology penetrated the army sheds new light on how deeply it penetrated the nation. Hitler's Army makes an important correction not merely to the historical record but to how we see the world today.


Julius Caesar: Man, Soldier, and Tyrant [Audiobook]

Julius Caesar: Man, Soldier, and Tyrant [Audiobook]

Julius Caesar: Man, Soldier, and Tyrant [Audiobook] by J F C Fuller
Blackstone Audio | 2006 | ASIN: B000FMQPVG | MP3@64 kbps | 14 hrs 04 mins | 386.78MB


Since the Renaissance, Julius Caesar has been idolized as a superman. There is no doubt that Caesar was an extraordinary man. But as General Fuller points out, Caesar was more extraordinary for his reckless ambition, matchless daring, and ruthless tyranny than for his skills as a military commander. Caesar continually had to extricate himself from the results of mistaken judgments. His unpremeditated Gallic conquest was just one of Fuller's many examples.


In telling Caesar's history, Fuller illuminates a century of Roman history as well, bringing to life Caesar's wars, his armies, his equipment, and his methods. Brilliant in design and impressive in scope, Julius Caesar clarifies how the military, political, and economic aspects of the Roman Republic worked together to produce a man whose name has come down to us as a synonym for absolute authority.


The Anthropology of Numbers

The Anthropology of Numbers

The Anthropology of Numbers by Thomas Crump
Cambridge University Press | 1990 | ISBN: 0521380456 | PDF | 32.67MB


Why do the Nuer stipulate forty cattle in brideprice? Why is the number ten so important in North American mythology? What does the anthropologist Clifford Geertz really mean to say when he talks about the correspondence of Balinese time cycles? Numbers play some part, often quite central, in almost all known cultures, yet until now the subject has never been examined in detail from an anthropological perspective.


This book is the first attempt to find out how people in a wide range of diverse cultures and in different historical contexts, use and understand numbers. The opening chapters provide the basis for looking at the way numbers operate in different contexts, by looking at the logical, psychological and linguistic implications. The following eight chapters deal with specific themes: ethnoscience, politics, measurement, time, money, music, games and architecture. The final chapter relates such operations to social, economic and cultural factors.

The Good Pope

The Good Pope

The Good Pope: The Making of a Saint and the Remaking of the Church--The Story of John XXIII and Vatican II by Greg Tobin
HarperOne | 2012 | ISBN: 0062089439 | EPUB | 1.15MB


Published in the 50th anniversary year of the historic Vatican Council II, The Good Pope by Greg Tobin is the first major biography of Pope John XXIII, a universally beloved religious leader who ushered in an era of hope and openness in the Catholic Church—and whose reforms, had they been accepted, would have enabled the church to avoid many of the major crises it faces today. Available prior to John XXIII’s likely canonization, Tobin’s The Good Pope is timely and important, offering a fascinating look at the legacy of Vatican Council II, an insightful investigation into the history of the Catholic Church, and a celebration of one of its true heroes.


Power Reading

Power Reading

Power Reading : The Best, Fastest, Easiest, Most Effective Course on Speedreading and Comprehension Ever Developed by Rick Ostrov
The Education Press | 2001 | ISBN: 0960170618 | PDF | 3.51MB


Power Reading is the best, fastest, easiest, most effective speedreading and comprehension course ever developed! Most people see amazing results in the first few days of the 30-day Power Reading course. Included in this unique speedreading course are the most effective techniques for comprehension improvement, study, note taking, test taking and retention in school, work or pleasure materials.


Rick Ostrov has spent years teaching, working with and researching the top speedreading programs from around the world. Throughout his more than 30 years of instructing and research, personally teaching thousands of professionals, students, educators and families, he has distilled the most effective techniques into his Power Reading course.


Power Reading is totally different than any other program because it teaches you in your own material while you actually study or read for school, work or for your own enjoyment!


The Power Reading course focuses on increasing comprehension and study and technical reading skills, as well as teaching people how to read faster. Emphasis is placed on understanding and being able to use information as well as speedreading. Included are the most up to date and effective techniques for study, note taking, test taking, presentation and retention.


Power Reading, as thousands of successful students have discovered, is the most effective speedreading and comprehension course ever developed!


A Complaint Free World

A Complaint Free World

A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted by Will Bowen
Doubleday Publishing | 2007 | ISBN: 0307499197 | EPUB | 2.2MB


Your thoughts create your life.

Your words indicate what you’re thinking.


More than ten million people in 106 countries have used the simple principles found in this book to eradicate the toxicity of complaining from their lives. And, as a result, they have experienced:


  • Better health
  • Happier relationships
  • Greater career success
  • Significant increases in happiness

In this book, you will learn:


  • What constitutes a complaint
  • Why complaining is destructive
  • How to get yourself and others to stop complaining

Full of practical ideas and inspiring stories from people who have already transformed their lives, A Complaint Free World will teach you how to not only stop complaining but to also become more positive and have the life you’ve always dreamed of having.


The Last Self-Help Book You'll Ever Need

The Last Self-Help Book You'll Ever Need

The Last Self-Help Book You'll Ever Need by Paul Pearsall
Basic Books | 2007 | ISBN: 0465054870 | EPUB | 670.30KB


Although the tenets of self-help have been attacked before, Pearsall is the first psychologist to expose these deeply entrenched ideas to scientific scrutiny. And unlike other debunking books, The Last Self-Help Book You’ll Ever Need goes beyond skepticism to propose a set of life-affirming (and refreshingly contrarian) axioms that can help anyone lead the Good Life.


Hit List

Hit List
Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination by Richard Belzer, David Wayne
Skyhorse Publishing | 2013 | ISBN: 1620878070 | EPUB | 3.06MB

Richard Belzer and David Wayne are back to set the record straight after Dead Wrong; this time they’re going to uncover the truth about the many witness deaths tied to the JFK assassination. For decades, government pundits have dismissed these “coincidental” deaths, even regarding them as “myths” as “urban legends.”


Like most people, Richard and David were initially unsure about what to make of these ‘coincidences’. After all, events don’t “consult the odds” prior to happening; they simply happen. Then someone comes along later and figures out what the odds of it happening were. Some of the deaths seemed purely coincidental; heart attacks, hunting accidents. Others clearly seemed noteworthy; witnesses who did seem to know something and did seem to die mysteriously.


Hit List is a fair examination of the evidence of each case, leading to (necessarily) different conclusions. The findings were absolutely staggering; as some cases were clearly linked to a “clean-up operation” after the murder of President Kennedy, while others were the result of ‘other forces’. The impeccable research and writing of Richard Belzer and David Wayne show that if the government is trying to hide anything, they’re the duo who will uncover it.


Business Networking and Sex (Not What You Think)

Business Networking and Sex (Not What You Think)

Business Networking and Sex (Not What You Think) by Ivan Misner, Hazel Walker, Frank De Raffelle Jr
Entrepreneur Press | 2012 | ISBN: 1613081685 | EPUB | 1.05MB


It's no surprise that communicating with the opposite sex can be tricky. Hidden in the glitches are often misleading assumptions about each gender that beg for help. Finally, help is here.


Learn the secrets to accurately reading between the gender lines, and uncover a new edge for your business—the power to effectively talk business and successfully network with the opposite sex.


The Complete I Ching: 10th Anniversary Edition

The Complete I Ching: 10th Anniversary Edition

The Complete I Ching - 10th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Translation by Taoist Master Alfred Huang
Inner Traditions | 2010 | ISBN: 1594773866 | EPUB | 8.34MB


Translated by the eminent Taoist Master Alfred Huang, The Complete I Ching has been praised by scholars and new students of the I Ching since its first edition. A native Chinese speaker, Master Huang first translated the original ideograms of the I Ching into contemporary Chinese and then into English, bringing forth the intuitive meanings embodied in the images of the I Ching and imbuing his translation with an accuracy and authenticity not possible in other English translations. However, what makes his translation truly definitive is his return to prominence of the Ten Wings, the commentaries by Confucius that are essential to the I Ching’s insights.


This 10th anniversary edition offers a thorough introduction to the history of the I Ching, how to use it, and several new divination methods; in-depth and easy-toreference translations of each hexagram name, description, and pictogram; and discussions of the interrelations between the hexagrams and the spiritual meaning of their sequence.


Born in 1921, MASTER ALFRED HUANG is a professor of Taoist philosophy, former Dean of Students at Shanghai University, and a third-generation master of Wu-style Tai Chi Chuan, Chi Kung, and Oriental meditation with more than 70 years of experience. He studied the I Ching--a forbidden book at the time--in secret with one of China’s greatest I Ching masters, only to be branded an antirevolutionary by the Communist government and forced into manual labor in 1957 and imprisonment in 1966. During his 22 years of confinement, he found the strength to survive through meditation on the I Ching. Released in 1979, he emigrated to the United States. The founder of New Harmony, a nonprofit organization devoted to self-healing, and the author of The Numerology of the I Ching and Complete Tai-Chi, Master Huang lives on the island of Maui.


Prepper's Underground Guide to Improvised Weapons

Prepper's Underground Guide to Improvised Weapons

Prepper's Underground Guide to Improvised Weapons: How to Protect Yourself Without a Firearm Using Everyday Items by Jonny Mayhem
Danger Zone Publishing | 2012 | ASIN: B00A6F6MX8 | MOBI | 1.23MB


I think you'll be shocked by what you are about to read. If you believe we are heading for any number of wide-spread emergencies in the near future you may be making plans. Believe it or not, many people are making a fatal mistake by overlooking a serious component of their preparation. You may have plenty of stockpiled firearms and ammunition. But what will you do if you are under attack and can't get to your firearms?


Whether you are planning for Armageddon, trying to win back control of your hijacked airliner from radical extremists, or just trying to stay safe while out in public, there may come a time when you will have to defend yourself without a firearm.


Sound unbelievable? It shouldn't. Suppose someone walks into a movie theatre and starts shooting. As he reloads you've got the chance to take him out. Would you be prepared?


This portion of prepping is often overlooked. This is for the self defense area in-between going strictly hands on and traditional firearms. Welcome to the little discussed world of improvised weapons--items that are not normally used for weapons, but in the right hands can be deadly.


If you are bold enough, you will discover how to protect yourself or your family without traditional firearms using everyday, ordinary objects you've got on hand right now, or could have on hand with just a little advance planning. Items that are absolutely legal to carry anywhere, but can be used instantly as weapons.


Many people have firearms stashed in their homes in case of a home invasion. But they may pass by other items in their home that could be just as easily used as a weapon to get to their hold-out weapon. By the time we are done you will be able to walk into a room and instantly be able to identify not only one, but several items you could use as a weapon when the fabric of society rips apart at the seams.


Here are just a few of the tips, tricks and techniques you’ll discover in Prepper's Underground Guide to Improvised Weapons!


  • The five types of improvised weapons and why impact weapons are the easiest improvised weapon for the average person.
  • You'll understand the "Best Fight" concept. Failing to understand this and you'll be in for a world of misery.
  • The three methods for target selection and why selecting the wrong target can have disastrous results.
  • Not only will you learn what to use for a weapon you'll discover how to strike with each, including different grips and attacking from multiple angles.
  • A simple "weapon" you can carry right now, out in the open that no police officer or mugger would ever question. This is especially easy for the ladies.
  • How to add power to your punch without damaging your hand. What good does it do to knock someone out if you break your hand in the process?
  • An easy alternative to a palm sap that no one would possibly dream could be used as a weapon.
  • The difference between a slingshot and a slungshot and five slungshot alternatives.
  • The difference between a sap and a blackjack and five alternatives.
  • A sap alternative that looks like a geek but hits like a brick.

Have you ever thought what you'd do if your plane was taken over by terrorists? Thanks to TSA you've got no weapons with which to fight back. Or do you? I'll show you several items on every plane that can easily be used as weapons.


You'll discover two weapons you usually always have with you.


Just wait until you see items that can be used as weapons in your car, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room, garage and while you are out on the town.


I'll reveal two weapons you can carry on your bike that no one would ever suspect is a weapon.


MUCH MORE…


The time to plan how you will react to a violent life or death encounter without a firearm is NOW. Not tomorrow, not next week and certainly not while you are confronted by some low life riff raff just looking to make an easy victim of you. By then it just might be TOO LATE…


Sun Tzu Was a Sissy

Sun Tzu Was a Sissy

Sun Tzu Was a Sissy: Conquer Your Enemies, Promote Your Friends, and Wage the Real Art of War by Stanley Bing
HarperBusiness | 2006 | ISBN: 0060734787 | EPUB | 782.74KB


We live in a vicious, highly competitive workplace environment, and things aren't getting any better. Jobs are few and far between, and people aren't any nicer now than they were when Ghengis Khan ran around in big furs killing people in unfriendly acquisitions. For thousands of years, people have been reading the writings of the deeply wise, but also extremely dead Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu, who was perhaps the first to look on the waging of war as a strategic art that could be taught to people who wished to be warlords and other kinds of senior managers.


In a nutshell, Sun Tzu taught that readiness is all, that knowledge of oneself and the enemy was the foundation of strength and that those who fight best are those who are prepared and wise enough not to fight at all. Unfortunately, in the current day, this approach is pretty much horse hockey, a fact that has not been recognized by the bloated, tree-hugging Sun Tzu industry, which churns out mushy-gushy pseudo-philosophy for business school types who want to make war and keep their hands clean.


Sun Tzu was a Sissy will transcend all those efforts and teach the reader how to make war, win and enjoy the plunder in the real world, where those who do not kick, gouge and grab are left behind at the table to pay the tab. Students of Bing will be taught how to plan and execute battles that hurt other people a lot, and advance their flags and those of their friends, if possible. All military strategies will be explored, from mustering, equipping, organizing, plotting, scheming, rampaging, squashing and reaping spoils.


Every other book on the Art of War bows low to Sun Tzu. We're going to tell him to get lost and inform our readers how real war is currently conducted on the battlefield of life.


The Snark Handbook: Cliches Edition

The Snark Handbook: Cliches Edition

The Snark Handbook: Clichés Edition (Overused Buzzwords, Hackneyed Phrases, and Other Misuses of the English Language) by Lawrence Dorfman
Skyhorse | 2012 | ISBN: 1616086351 | EPUB | 1.45MB


CLICHÉ: noun


Etymology: French, literally, printer's stereotype, from past participle of clichér, to stereotype, of imitative origin


Date: 1892


1 : a trite phrase or expression; also : the idea expressed by it

2 : a hackneyed theme, characterization, or situation

3 : something that has become overly familiar or commonplace


In the words of Stephen Fry, "It is a cliché that most clichés are true, but then like most clichés, that cliché is untrue." Clichés are like rationalizations: try going a week without using one. It can't be done! They are the hobgoblin of little minds. For most of us, once you begin to take notice, they are fingernails on a chalkboard. From Shakespeare to Shakira; in music, on television, at the movies; in the boardroom, on a conference call, online or in person, clichés have taken over the world. While some nitwits might say they're just misunderstood, they didn't start out that way. There was a time when they were new and vibrant, clever and pithy. Now they're just predictable—a vapid collection of much-too-familiar descriptions or metaphors that often replace smart conversation, speech, or writing.This book is a collection of the most overused phrases of all time. Hopefully, it'll make you laugh. Hopefully, it'll make them think. And at the end of the day, if the early bird catches the worm and the slow and steady win the race . . . Please . . . kill . . . me . . . now.


The Snark Handbook: Insult Edition

The Snark Handbook: Insult Edition

The Snark Handbook: Insult Edition: Comebacks, Taunts, and Effronteries by Lawrence Dorfman
Skyhorse Publishing | 2010 | ISBN: 1616080590 | EPUB | 1.88MB


The beloved Snark Handbook is back in a new edition—making readers smarter and, more importantly, better than everyone else.


Author Lawrence Dorfman claims: “I love it when someone insults me. That means that I don’t have to be nice anymore.” In this latest incarnation of his bestselling series, Dorfman is in delicious form, dishing it out without any real consequences. The sharp-witted buyer (and that’s you, my friend) may be wondering right about now: “Hey, how is this book any different from the first? That was full of insults, too.” Yes, but these insults are different, and the author’s retorts and taunts are so much more vitriolic than in the previous book.


Readers will find more material to actually use in day-to-day life, including streamlined instructions on when and how to mock your peers; how to use retorts with your spouse and children; and how our late, great ancestors used insults throughout history. This is not a mere collection of quotations. Dorfman speaks directly to his audience, serving as teacher, ringleader, and historian. After all, not all insults are snarky, and not all snark is insulting. It takes a certain genius to define and navigate the fine line between idiotic commentary and intelligent snark, a genius that has been isolated and packaged with aplomb in the new Snark Handbook: Insult Edition. 50 black-and-white illustrations


Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food

Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food

Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food by Frederick Kaufman
John Wiley & Sons | 2012 | ISBN: 0470631929 | EPUB | 505.99KB


A prominent food journalist follows the trail from Big Pizza to square tomatoes to exploding food prices to Wall Street, trying figure out why we can't all have healthy, delicious, affordable food.


In 2008, farmers grew enough to feed twice the world's population, yet more people starved than ever before—and most of them were farmers. In Bet the Farm, food writer Kaufman sets out to discover the connection between the global food system and why the food on our tables is getting less healthy and less delicious even as the the world's biggest food companies and food scientists say things are better than ever. To unravel this riddle, he moves down the supply chain like a detective solving a mystery, revealing a force at work that is larger than Monsanto, McDonalds or any of the other commonly cited culprits—and far more shocking.


Kaufman's recent cover story for Harper's, "The Food Bubble," provoked controversy throughout the food world, and led to appearances on the NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, Fox Business News, Democracy Now, and Bloomberg TV, along with features on National Public Radio and the BBC World Service.


  • Visits the front lines of the food supply system and food politics as Kaufman visits farms, food science research labs, agribusiness giants, the United Nations, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and more
  • Explains how food has been financialized and the powerful consequences of this change, including: the Arab Spring, started over rising food prices; farmers being put out of business; food scientists rushing to make easy-to-transport, homogenized ingredients instead of delicious foods
  • Explains how the push for sustainability in food production is more likely to make everything worse, rather than better—and how the rise of fast food is bad for us, but catastrophic for those who will never even see a McNugget or frozen pizza

The 10 Stupidest Mistakes Men Make When Facing Divorce

The 10 Stupidest Mistakes Men Make When Facing Divorce

The 10 Stupidest Mistakes Men Make When Facing Divorce: And How to Avoid Them by Joseph Cordell
Three Rivers Press | 2010 | ISBN: 0307589803 | EPUB | 634.42KB


The Knowledge Every Man Needs for a Successful Divorce.


Each year 500,000 men will face divorce, and most of them make at least one crucial—and often irreversible—mistake. These errors might seem minor, such as moving out while things get sorted out, or thinking of “temporary” orders as being truly temporary. But when they get to court, these men discover they have put themselves in a terrible position. They may have to give up their house, pay impossibly high alimony, or even lose custody.


You could be one of these men.

But you don’t have to be.


Joseph Cordell, the founder of the nation’s largest law firm focusing on men’s divorce, has seen the consequences of the mistakes men make. Drawing upon the huge number of cases that Cordell & Cordell has handled, this book identifies the 10 most common mistakes that end up hurting men in divorce. Cordell demystifies the divorce process, explains what judges consider in making their final decisions, and lays out a road map for positive actions men can take to achieve the best possible outcome.


No man should face divorce without this book.


Beyond Sugar Shock

Beyond Sugar Shock

Beyond Sugar Shock: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter by Connie Bennett
Hay House | 2012 | ISBN: 1401931898 | EPUB | 3.28MB


From Connie Bennett, author of the bestseller Sugar Shock!—the book that Mehmet Oz said "spills the beans" on the shocking impact of sugar and simple carbohydrates—comes Beyond Sugar Shock, the first book to provide a simple, practical, mind-body-spirit plan to help readers break free of their sugar or carb addiction. For the millions of people who suffer with problems such as low libido, excess weight, overpowering fatigue, and many other unexplained ailments, Beyond Sugar Shock provides a step-by-step, six-week program to gently guide readers to a healthier life. In this friendly, compassionate book, they'll find:


  • A playful, but serious Sugar Shock Quiz to help readers learn about their personal sugar addiction
  • Easy, tried-and-true techniques that Connie used—and that her clients and Sugar Freedom Now participants now use—to successfully quit her sugar habits
  • Dozens of easy tips and tactics to stomp out carb cravings
  • Simple meal plans, tasty recipes, and a food/lifestyle pyramid that shows readers how to let go of quickie carbs and nonfoods (the Standard American Diet or SAD) and instead enjoy real, wholesome, health-giving nutrition
  • Entertaining, interactive "adventurcises" (adventurous exercises), such as "Do Sugary Soul Searching," "Party with the Produce," and "Snatch the E-Z Vitamins"
  • Affirmations to refresh, rejuvenate, and renew the mind, body, and spirit
  • Remarkable success stories with before-and-after photosIn Beyond Sugar Shock, readers will find out that letting go of their sugar or carb addiction is much simpler than it seems—and it can even be fun!

Once they've addressed their addiction, readers will not only look and feel better, but will also experience an overpowering sensation of joyous freedom and a sweeter, balanced life.


After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story

After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story

After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story by Michael Hainey
Charles Scribner's Sons | 2013 | ISBN: 1451676565 | EPUB | 2.96MB


A decade in the writing, the haunting story of a son’s quest to understand the mystery of his father’s death—a universal memoir about the secrets families keep and the role they play in making us who we are.


Michael Hainey had just turned six when his uncle knocked on his family’s back door one morning with the tragic news: Bob Hainey, Michael’s father, was found alone near his car on Chicago’s North Side, dead, of an apparent heart attack. Thirty-five years old, a young assistant copy desk chief at the Chicago Sun-Times, Bob was a bright and shining star in the competitive, hard-living world of newspapers, one that involved booze-soaked nights that bled into dawn. And then suddenly he was gone, leaving behind a young widow, two sons, a fractured family—and questions surrounding the mysterious nature of his death that would obsess Michael throughout adolescence and long into adulthood. Finally, roughly his father’s age when he died, and a seasoned reporter himself, Michael set out to learn what happened that night. Died “after visiting friends,” the obituaries said. But the details beyond that were inconsistent. What friends? Where? At the heart of his quest is Michael’s all-too-silent, opaque mother, a woman of great courage and tenacity—and a steely determination not to look back. Prodding and cajoling his relatives, and working through a network of his father’s buddies who abide by an honor code of silence and secrecy, Michael sees beyond the long-held myths and ultimately reconciles the father he’d imagined with the one he comes to know—and in the journey discovers new truths about his mother.


A stirring portrait of a family and its legacy of secrets, After Visiting Friends is the story of a son who goes in search of the truth and finds not only his father, but a rare window into a world of men and newspapers and fierce loyalties that no longer exists.