The Cluetrain Manifesto [Audiobook]

The Cluetrain Manifesto [Audiobook]

The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End Of Business As Usual [Audiobook] by Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls, David Weinberger
Simon & Schuster Audio | 2000 | ISBN: 0743507053 | MP3@128 kbps | 5 hrs 50 mins | 320.31MB


Written by four of the liveliest voices on the Web, The Cluetrain Manifesto is a spirited, original and wonderfully irreverent conversation that will challenge, provake, and forever change your outlook on the digital economy.


What if the real power of the Web lay not in the technology behind it, but in the profound changes it brings to the way people interact with business? And what if these changes were altering the nature of your company as profoundly as they have changed your markets? With language as sharp and compelling as the observations, www.cluetrain.com burst unexpectedly onto the scene with 95 Theses to ignite a vibrant and viral conversation making hash of corporate assumptions about the nature of online business. Provocative, outrageous, and wickedly smart, the manifesto has challenged executives from Global 1000 companies to sign-on or risk missing a genuine revolution.


Expanding on ideas and insights first nailed up on the Web, The Cluetrain Manifesto both signals and explores a sea change already nearing flood tide in today's wired world. Through the Internet, people are discovering new ways to share relevant knowledge with blinding speed. As a result, markets are getting smarter faster than most companies. Whether management understands it or not, networked employees are an integral part of these borderless conversations. Today, customers and employees are communicating with each other in language that is natural, open, direct, and often funny. Companies that aren't listening to these exchanges are missing a dire warning. Companies that aren't engaging in them are missing an unprecedented opportunity.


A rich tapestry of anecdotes, object lessons, parodies, insights, and predictions, The Cluetrain Manifesto illustrates how the Internet has radically reframed the "immutable laws" of business - and what business needs to know to weather the seismic aftershocks.


Grunge Seattle

Grunge Seattle

Grunge Seattle by Justin Henderson
Roaring Forties Press | 2010 | ISBN: 0984316507 | EPUB | 3.09MB


Detailing the intertwined lives of members of core grunge bands, this thoroughly researched account reveals the origins and inspirations of the grunge music movement. Illustrating the dramatic and emotional tensions that arose between the various players, it describes the collisions between personalities and egos, artists and corporations, suburbs and cities, obscurity and fame. It is also a unique guide to the key locations in the grunge story, exploring the cafes, apartments, and studios where members of bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, and Alice in Chains practiced and played.


Telling the fascinating story of Grunge rock's beginnings in basements, bars, and garages across the Seattle area to its explosion as an internationally popular style of music, this guide discusses how and why Grunge appeared in Seattle when it did and uncovers the people and places in the city that defined a movement. Including detailed maps and packed with information about the city, this resource describes the bands that defined the Grunge sound—The Melvins, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Mudhoney—the clubs where they played, and key locations in Seattle where Grunge history was made. Discussing collisions between personalities and egos, artists and corporations, and suburbs and cities, this fascinating account of prominent characters in Seattle's Grunge music scene is intertwined with the story of the city that made it all possible.


365 Ways to Energize Mind, Body & Soul

365 Ways to Energize Mind, Body & Soul

365 Ways to Energize Mind, Body & Soul by Stephanie Tourles
Storey Publishing | 2000 | ISBN: 1580173314 | EPUB | 4.78MB


In a world that grows busier by the day, staying energized is a necessity. Before you reach for that next cup of coffee, reach for this fun and useful book by natural health and beauty guru Stephanie Tourles. This idea-a-day book offers a wealth of simple tips and techniques that will help you live life to its fullest. From energy-building snacks to music baths, energizing essential oils, quick metabolism boosts, breathing techniques, visualizations, and more, you'll find everything you need to boost your energy levels and feel healthy, happy, and alive.


Enjoy Every Sandwich Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last

Enjoy Every Sandwich Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last

Enjoy Every Sandwich: Living Each Day as If It Were Your Last by Lee Lipsenthal
Harmony | 2011 | ISBN: 030795515X | EPUB | 2.29MB


This book is a culmination of what I’ve learned. I hope it will open the door for you to embrace your humanity, accept uncertainty, and live a life of gratitude. —from Enjoy Every Sandwich


As medical director of the famed Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Lee Lipsenthal helped thousands of patients struggling with disease to overcome their fears of pain and death and to embrace a more joyful way of living. In his own life, happily married and the proud father of two remarkable children, Lee was similarly committed to living his life fully and gratefully each day.


The power of those beliefs was tested in July 2009, when Lee was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. As Lee and his wife, Kathy, navigated his diagnosis, illness, and treatment, he discovered that he did not fear death, and that even as he was facing his own mortality, he felt more fully alive than ever before. In the bestselling tradition of Tuesdays with Morrie, told with humor and heart, and deeply inspiring, Enjoy Every Sandwich distills everything Lee learned about how we find meaning, purpose, and peace in our lives.


Why We Make Mistakes

Why We Make Mistakes

Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average by Joseph T Hallinan
Broadway | 2010 | ISBN: 0767928067 | EPUB | 2.26MB


We forget our passwords. We pay too much to go to the gym. We think we’d be happier if we lived in California (we wouldn’t), and we think we should stick with our first answer on tests (we shouldn’t). Why do we make mistakes? And could we do a little better?


We human beings have design flaws. Our eyes play tricks on us, our stories change in the retelling, and most of us are fairly sure we’re way above average. In Why We Make Mistakes, journalist Joseph T. Hallinan sets out to explore the captivating science of human error—how we think, see, remember, and forget, and how this sets us up for wholly irresistible mistakes.


In his quest to understand our imperfections, Hallinan delves into psychology, neuroscience, and economics, with forays into aviation, consumer behavior, geography, football, stock picking, and more. He discovers that some of the same qualities that make us efficient also make us error prone. We learn to move rapidly through the world, quickly recognizing patterns—but overlooking details. Which is why thirteen-year-old boys discover errors that NASA scientists miss—and why you can’t find the beer in your refrigerator.


Why We Make Mistakes is enlivened by real-life stories—of weathermen whose predictions are uncannily accurate and a witness who sent an innocent man to jail—and offers valuable advice, such as how to remember where you’ve hidden something important. You’ll learn why multitasking is a bad idea, why men make errors women don’t, and why most people think San Diego is west of Reno (it’s not).


Why We Make Mistakes will open your eyes to the reasons behind your mistakes—and have you vowing to do better the next time.


The New Tycoons

The New Tycoons

The New Tycoons: Inside the Trillion Dollar Private Equity Industry That Owns Everything by Jason Kelly
Bloomberg Press | 2012 | ISBN: 1118205464 | EPUB | 780.82KB


What do Dunkin' Donuts, J. Crew, Toys "R" Us, and Burger King have in common? They are all currently or just recently were owned, operated, and controlled by private equity firms. The New Tycoons: Inside the Trillion Dollar Private Equity Industry That Owns Everything takes the reader behind the scenes of these firms: their famous billionaire founders, the overlapping stories of their creation and evolution, and the outsized ambitions that led a group of clever bankers from small shops operating in a corner of Wall Street into powerhouse titans of capital. This is the story of the money and the men who handle it.


Go inside the private worlds of founders Henry Kravis, Steve Schwarzman, David Bonderman, and more in The New Tycoons, and discover how these men have transformed the industry and built the some of the most powerful and most secretive houses of money in the world.


  • With numerous private equity firms going public for the first time, learn how these firms operate, where their money comes from and where it goes, and how every day millions of customers, employees, and retirees play a role in that complex tangle of money
  • Author Jason Kelly tells the story of how thirty some years ago a group of colleagues with $120,000 of their own savings founded what would become one of the largest private equity shops in the world, completing the biggest buyout the world has ever seen, and making them all billionaires in the process
  • Presents a never-before-seen look inside a secretive and powerful world on the verge of complete transformation as the industry and its leaders gain public profiles, scrutiny, and political positions

Analyzing the founders and the firms at a crucial moment, when they've elevated themselves beyond their already lofty ambitions into the world of public opinion and valuation, New Tycoons looks at one of the most important, yet least examined, trillion-dollar corners of the global economy and what it portends for these new tycoons.


Risky is the New Safe: The Rules Have Changed

Risky is the New Safe: The Rules Have Changed

Risky is the New Safe: The Rules Have Changed by Randy Gage
John Wiley & Sons | 2012 | ISBN: 111848147X | EPUB | 1.09MB


Risky Is the New Safe is a different kind of book for a different kind of thinking—a thought-provoking manifesto for risk takers. It will challenge you to think laterally, question premises, and be a contrarian.


Disruptive technology, accelerating speed of change and economic upheaval are changing the game. The same tired, old conventional thinking won’t get you to success today. Risky Is the New Safe will change the way you look at everything! You’ll view challenges—and the corresponding opportunities they provide—in entirely new and exciting ways. You’ll recognize powerful new gateways to creating wealth.


In this mind-bending book you’ll discover:


  • How mavericks like Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, and Mark Cuban think differently—and what you can learn from them;
  • The six-month online course that could allow you to earn more than a Ph.D.;
  • How social media changes branding and marketing forever, and what that means for you;
  • What happens when holo-suites and virtual-reality sex come about, and how you need to prepare;
  • The new religion of ideas: How to become an “idea generator” and declare as a free agent; and,
  • What will cause the Euro, precious metals, and oceanfront real estate to collapse—and how that can make you rich!

The Cruel City: Is Adelaide the Murder Capital of Australia

The Cruel City: Is Adelaide the Murder Capital of Australia

The Cruel City: Is Adelaide the Murder Capital of Australia by Stephen Orr
Allen & Unwin | 2011 | ISBN: 174237509X | EPUB | 1.52MB


Why is it that Adelaide, a beautiful city of churches and lush gardens, a place renowned for its support of the arts and culture, has become better known as the epicenter of some of Australia's weirdest and most brutal crimes? One of its denizens seeks the answers in this fascinating investigation. Some crimes are so mysterious or ghastly that they take on a legendary status, and Adelaide seems to have had more than its fair share of them.


The whole nation remembers the disappearance of the Beaumont children, the ghastly Snowtown murders where the dismembered bodies were found in barrels in a disused bank vault, and the so called Family murders perpetrated by Bevan Spencer van Einem, with its trail of conspiracy theories, rumor, and innuendo, and other crimes just as notorious. Award-winning novelist and journalist Stephen Orr rounds up the infamous crimes of his native city and looks beyond the myth to the tragic sadness, badness and madness of violent crime and its consequences. Why Adelaide? Read Cruel City and find out. This book was shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers' Prize and longlisted for the 2011 Miles Franklin.


Cheese, Pears, and History in a Proverb

Cheese, Pears, and History in a Proverb

Cheese, Pears, and History in a Proverb by Massimo Montanari
Columbia University Press | 2012 | ISBN: 0231152515 | EPUB | 468.86KB


"Do not let the peasant know how good cheese is with pears" goes the old saying. Intrigued by these words and their portent, Massimo Montanari unravels their origin and utility. Perusing archival cookbooks, agricultural and dietary treatises, literary works, and anthologies of beloved sayings, he finds in the nobility's demanding palates and delicate stomachs a compelling recipe for social conduct.


At first, cheese and its visceral, earthy pleasures were treated as the food of Polyphemus, the uncivilized man-beast. The pear, on the other hand, became the symbol of ephemeral, luxuriant pleasure-an indulgence of the social elite. Joined together, cheese and pears adopted an exclusive savoir faire, especially as the "natural phenomenon" of taste evolved into a cultural attitude. Montanari's delectable history straddles written and oral traditions, economic and social relations, and thrills in the power of mental representation. His ultimate discovery shows that the enduring proverb, so wrapped up in history, operates not only as a repository of shared wisdom but also as a rich locus of social conflict.


Stress Pandemic: The Lifestyle Solution

Stress Pandemic: The Lifestyle Solution

Stress Pandemic: The Lifestyle Solution by Paul Huljich
Mwella Publishing | 2012 | ISBN: 0615489206 | EPUB | 8.81MB


Do you feel anxious or on edge a lot of the time? Do you know you suffer from stress but feel powerless to stop it? Do you have trouble sleeping, lack energy and patience, feel frequent sadness or tension, or experience even larger stress-related health problems?


Many people would answer yes to these questions. The modern world is a breeding ground for stress; it comes in many forms and has a variety of causes, but any kind of stress can greatly inhibit life and take a serious toll on both body and mind.


Written for the growing number of people wishing to free themselves of mild, moderate, or severe stress, Stress Pandemic draws upon organic food pioneer Paul Huljich's experience with stress-related illness, outlining a practical and effective approach to beating stress and achieving complete wellness. Huljich's strategies address the underlying habits and tendencies that cause stress, and he offers a comprehensive lifestyle solution designed to promote both physiological and psychological strength and balance.


By learning and following Huljich's uniquely powerful and integrated approach to wellness, readers can live stress-free in a natural and holistic way.


The Gluten-Free Edge

The Gluten-Free Edge

The Gluten-Free Edge: A Nutrition and Training Guide for Peak Athletic Performance and an Active Gluten-Free Life by Peter Bronski, Melissa McLean Jory
The Experiment | 2012 | ISBN: 1615191496 | EPUB | 3.47MB


Since the advent of sport, athletes have worked to gain an edge on their competition—to look, feel, and perform their best—through both training and nutrition. Today, science is increasingly showing the negative impact that gluten, a protein in wheat, barley, and rye, can have on health.


For the estimated 30 million Americans with forms of gluten intolerance, such as celiac disease, this all-too-common protein can cause gastrointestinal trouble, inflammation, muscle fatigue, and mental fog that hinder an active lifestyle and negatively impact athletic performance. The solution: a whole-foods, nutrient-dense gluten-free diet.


Others who voluntarily eat gluten-free can also discover an edge they never knew was missing: faster recovery, reduced inflammation, improved digestion, and increased athletic performance.


The Gluten-Free Edge is the first comprehensive resource that includes:


  • What gluten is and how it negatively impacts health and athletic performance
  • The myriad benefits of adopting a gluten-free nutrition plan
  • What to eat during training, competition, and recovery
  • How to deal with group meals, eating on the road, and getting “glutened”
  • Insights from prominent athletes already living the gluten-free edge
  • And 50 simple, high-octane recipes to fuel your performance

Whether you’ve been diagnosed with gluten intolerance or simply want to get ahead of the competition, this book is for you. Your own gluten-free edge is waiting.


Hungry for Change

Hungry for Change

Hungry for Change: Ditch the Diets, Conquer the Cravings, and Eat Your Way to Lifelong Health by James Colquhoun, Laurentine ten Bosch
HarperOne | 2013 | ISBN: 0062220853 | EPUB | 3.08MB


Nutritional consultants and documentary filmmakers James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch have teamed up with the world’s leading experts in nutrition and natural medicine to create Hungry for Change—a groundbreaking documentary film and a practical, prescriptive companion volume to help you transform your eating habits and change your life. A “How-to Guide for Breaking Free from the Diet Trap,” Hungry for Change is based on the indisputable premise that “Food Matters,” as it exposes the truth about the diet industries and the dangers of food addictions, and enables you to take charge of your health and strengthen your mind and body.


Everyday Energy Boosters

Everyday Energy Boosters

Everyday Energy Boosters: 365 Tips and Tricks to Help You Feel Like a Million Bucks by Susannah Seton, Sondra Kornblat
Conari Press | 2012 | ISBN: 1573245844 | EPUB | 922.19KB


Need an energy boost to get through that long afternoon meeting? Put down that cup of caffeine and pick up Everyday Energy Boosters with 365 quick and easy tips to feel more energized all day every day!


Bestselling health writers Sondra Kornblatt and Susannah Seton offer energy-boosting tips that can be used anytime or anywhere:


  • Deep breathing techniques
  • Dry brushing your skin
  • Wiggling, Spinal Rocks, and other one-minute exercises
  • Juices, nuts and seeds to keep you energized all day
  • How to track your natural energy cycles
  • Tips for getting more sleep

Originally published in 2005 as 365 Energy Boosters, Everyday Energy Boosters is now available in a fresh new repackaged edition. This daily guide helps readers boost their energy and create a calmer, more positive and energized life.


Spinach for Breakfast

Spinach for Breakfast

Spinach for Breakfast: How to Live Longer for All Ages, Particularly for 65 and Older by Sam Almond
Troubador Publishing | 2012 | ISBN: 1780886411 | EPUB | 486.46KB


Longevity with good health is now becoming, more ever than before, a worthy and most desirable aim for all who realise that age limits are increasing and the necessity to work longer may become more important. Spinach for Breakfast looks at all aspects of how to make the later years beneficial and pleasant, with advice on diet, exercise and other sensible living regimes. Careful research on expert findings has been conveniently condensed to make a simple abridged reference guide rather than a detailed academic view. It is easy to read and gives all the required information for better, longer living. Author Sam Almond is now 86 years old and is practising and taking advantage of all the research carried out on this subject. He is dieting and exercising his way to feeling fit and healthy, and enjoying life to the full – as he believes any reader, taking the advice of this book, can do.


Food Fight The Citizens Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill

Food Fight The Citizens Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill

Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill by Daniel Imhoff
Watershed Media | 2012 | ISBN: 0970950071 | EPUB | 5.15MB


Every five years, the U.S. Congress passes a little understood piece of legislation called the Farm Bill. Primarily accountable for setting the budgets and work plans for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Farm Bill is anything but bureaucratic trivia. It is an essential economic and policy engine that drives the food and farming system and provides nutritional assistance to tens of millions of Americans--many of them children. In recent years, more and more citizens are realizing just how much is at stake in this political chess game.


Originally published in 2007, Food Fight was Daniel Imhoff's highly acclaimed primer on the 2008 Farm Bill. Now in a newly updated and expanded edition, packed with helpful charts and illustrations, Imhoff looks ahead at this important issue, as the debate for 2012 is already underway. With the legislation due to be reauthorized in late 2012, Food Fight offers a critical resource that can help all who live in the U.S. to deconstruct this challenging bill, organize in their communities to gain a seat at the bargaining table, and ultimately vote with their forks.


Includes a foreword by Michael Pollan and introduction by Fred Kirschenmann.


Food, Inc: A Participant Guide

Food, Inc: A Participant Guide

Food, Inc: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It Edited by, Karl Weber
PublicAffairs | 2009 | ISBN: 1586486942 | EPUB | 550.12KB


Food, Inc. is guaranteed to shake up our perceptions of what we eat. This powerful documentary deconstructing the corporate food industry in America was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as "more than a terrific movie", it’s an important movie.” Aided by expert commentators such as Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, the film poses questions such as: Where has my food come from, and who has processed it? What are the giant agribusinesses and what stake do they have in maintaining the status quo of food production and consumption? How can I feed my family healthy foods affordably?


Expanding on the film’s themes, the book Food, Inc. will answer those questions through a series of challenging essays by leading experts and thinkers. This book will encourage those inspired by the film to learn more about the issues, and act to change the world.


Foodopoly

Foodopoly

Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America by Wenonah Hauter
The New Press | 2012 | ISBN: 159558790X | EPUB | 3.28MB


Wenonah Hauter is the executive director of Food & Water Watch, but she also runs an organic family farm in Northern Virginia that provides healthy vegetables to over five hundred families in the Washington, D.C., area as part of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Despite this, as one of the nation’s leading healthy food advocates, Hauter believes that the local food movement is not enough to solve America’s food crisis and the public health debacle it has created. In Foodopoly, she takes aim at the real culprit: the massive consolidation and corporate control of food production, which prevents farmers from raising healthy crops and limits the choices that people can make in the grocery store.


Through meticulous research, Hauter presents a shocking account of how agricultural policy has been hijacked by lobbyists, driving out independent farmers and food processors in favor of the likes of Cargill, Tyson, Kraft, and ConAgra. She demonstrates how the impacts ripple far and wide, from economic stagnation in rural communities at home, to famines in poor countries overseas. In the end, Hauter illustrates how solving this crisis will require a complete structural shift, a grassroots movement to reshape our food system from seed to table—a change that is about politics, not just personal choice.


Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know

Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know

Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know by Robert Paarlberg
Oxford University Press | 2010 | ISBN: 019538959X | EPUB | 2.02MB


The politics of food is changing fast. In rich countries, obesity is now a more serious problem than hunger. Consumers once satisfied with cheap and convenient food now want food that is also safe, nutritious, fresh, and grown by local farmers using fewer chemicals. Heavily subsidized and underregulated commercial farmers are facing stronger push back from environmentalists and consumer activists, and food companies are under the microscope. Meanwhile, agricultural success in Asia has spurred income growth and dietary enrichment, but agricultural failure in Africa has left one-third of all citizens undernourished - and the international markets that link these diverse regions together are subject to sudden disruption.


Food Politics carefully examines and explains the most important issues on today's global food landscape, including international food prices, famines, chronic hunger, the Malthusian race between food production and population growth, international food aid, "green revolution" farming, obesity, farm subsidies and trade, agriculture and the environment, agribusiness, supermarkets, food safety, fast food, slow food, organic food, local food, and genetically engineered food.


Politics in each of these areas has become polarized over the past decade by conflicting claims and accusations from advocates on all sides. Paarlberg's book maps this contested terrain, challenging myths and critiquing more than a few of today's fashionable beliefs about farming and food. For those ready to have their thinking about food politics informed and also challenged, this is the book to read.


Rice Talks: Food and Community in a Vietnamese Town

Rice Talks: Food and Community in a Vietnamese Town

Rice Talks: Food and Community in a Vietnamese Town by Nir Avieli
Indiana University Press | 2012 | ISBN: 0253223709 | EPUB | 2.74MB


Rice Talks explores the importance of cooking and eating in the everyday social life of Hoi An, a properous market town in central Vietnam known for its exceptionally elaborate and sophisticated local cuisine. In a vivid and highly personal account, Nir Avieli takes the reader from the private setting of the extended family meal into the public realm of the festive, extraordinary, and unique. He shows how foodways relate to class relations, gender roles, religious practices, cosmology, ethnicity, and even local and national politics. This evocative study departs from conventional anthropological research on food by stressing the rich meanings, generative capacities, and potential subversion embedded in foodways and eating.


The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth [Audiobook]

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth [Audiobook]

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School [Audiobook] by Alexandra Robbins
Hyperion Audio | 2011 | ASIN: B004YZ4NCS | MP3 VBR V5 | 15 hrs 05 mins | 411.08MB


In a smart, entertaining, reassuring book that reads like fiction, Alexandra Robbins manages to cross Gossip Girl with Freaks and Geeks and explain the fascinating psychology and science behind popularity and outcasthood. She reveals that the things that set students apart in high school are the things that help them stand out later in life.


Robbins follows seven real people grappling with the uncertainties of high-school social life, including:


  • The Loner, who has withdrawn from classmates since they persuaded her to unwittingly join her own hate club
  • The Popular Bitch, a cheerleading captain both seduced by and trapped within her clique's perceived prestige
  • The Nerd, whose differences cause students to laugh at him and his mother to needle him for not being "normal"
  • The New Girl, determined to stay positive as classmates harass her for her mannerisms and target her because of her race
  • The Gamer, an underachiever in danger of not graduating, despite his intellect and his yearning to connect with other students
  • The Weird Girl, who battles discrimination and gossipy politics in school but leads a joyous life outside of it
  • The Band Geek, who is alternately branded too serious and too emo, yet annually runs for class president

In the middle of the year, Robbins surprises her subjects with a secret challenge - experiments that force them to change how classmates see them.


Robbins intertwines these narratives - often triumphant, occasionally heartbreaking, and always captivating - with essays exploring subjects like the secrets of popularity, being excluded doesn't mean there's anything wrong with you, why outsiders succeed, how schools make the social scene worse - and how to fix it.


From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor

From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor

From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front-Line Dispatches from the Advertising War [Audiobook] by Jerry Della Femina
Clipper | 2011 | ISBN: 1407484372 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 28 mins | 205.83MB


Vividly reminiscent of the goings-on at Sterling Cooper—the late nights, the three-martini lunches, the sex on couches, and, of course, the actual work of plugging products—this is the story of what Madison Avenue was really like in the ’60s. A worldwide bestseller when first published in 1970, this frank, irreverent, and hilarious memoir is a one-of-a-kind cult classic.


Words That Work [Audiobook]

Words That Work [Audiobook]

Words That Work: It's Not What You Say, It's What People Hear [Audiobook] by Frank I. Luntz
Hyperion | 2007 | ISBN: 1401384889 | MP3@64 kbps | 6 hrs 17 mins | 173.04MB


The nation's premier communications expert shares his wisdom on how the words we choose can change the course of business, of politics, and of life in this country. In Words That Work, Luntz offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the tactical use of words and phrases affects what we buy, who we vote for, and even what we believe in. With chapters like "The 10 Rules of Successful Communication" and "The 21 Words and Phrases for the 21st Century", he examines how choosing the right words is essential.


Nobody is in a better position to explain than Frank Luntz; he has used his knowledge of words to help more than two dozen Fortune 500 companies grow. He tells us why Rupert Murdoch's six-billion-dollar decision to buy DirectTV was smart, because "satellite" was more cutting edge than "digital cable", and why pharmaceutical companies transitioned their message from "treatment" to "prevention" and "wellness".


If you've ever wanted to talk your way out of a traffic ticket or talk your way into a raise, this audiobook's for you.


Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories [Audiobook]

Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories [Audiobook]

Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories [Audiobook] by Ron Rash
HarperAudio | 2013 | ASIN: B00B2975R4 | AZW3+MP3@56 kbps | 5 hrs 54 mins | 142.11MB


PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and New York Times best-selling author Ron Rash turns again to Appalachia to capture lives haunted by violence and tenderness, hope and fear, in unforgettable stories that span from the Civil War to the present day.


In the title story, two drug-addicted friends return to the farm where they worked as boys to steal their former boss' gruesomely unusual war trophies. In "The Trusty", which first appeared in The New Yorker, a prisoner sent to fetch water for his chain gang tries to sweet-talk a farmer's young wife into helping him escape, only to find that she is as trapped as he is. In "Something Rich and Strange", a diver is called upon to pull a drowned girl's body free from under a falls, but he finds her eerily at peace below the surface.


The violence of Rash's characters and their raw settings are matched only by their resonance and stark beauty, a masterful combination that has earned Rash an avalanche of praise.




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Marilyn in Fashion: The Enduring Influence of Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn in Fashion: The Enduring Influence of Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn in Fashion: The Enduring Influence of Marilyn Monroe by Christopher Nickens, George Zeno
Running Press | 2012 | ISBN: 0762443324 | MOBI | 9.11MB


Fifty years after her death, Marilyn remains an incandescent movie star, legendary sex symbol, and a woman whose private life fascinates the public—but the story never before showcased is Marilyn Monroe’s enduring impact on fashion.


From the pink satin "Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend" gown, to the pleated white dress from The Seven Year Itch to the revealing nude sheath worn to sing "Happy Birthday" to JFK, Marilyn created endless unforgettable looks. Before they were household names, she wore Ferragamo pumps, carried Gucci bags and wore the designs of Oleg Cassini, Norman Norell, Emilio Pucci and Jean Louis. In an era of Peter Pan collars, poodle skirts, and repressed sexuality, Marilyn’s sexy style and ability to spot up-and-coming designers made her a fashion visionary.


Marilyn in Fashion traces the evolution of her style, from wholesome sweetness early in her career, to sex kitten looks in the 50s, to elegant sophistication in the last years of her life. The text details the designers of her ensembles, where she wore them, and their influence on fashion. Behind-the-scenes stories reveal how the star often worked closely with designers to create looks befitting the Marilyn Monroe image. Illustrated with hundreds of rare and never-before-published photos, Marilyn in Fashion fabulously traces the style evolution of the ultimate Hollywood icon.


The Encyclopedia of Sacred Sexuality

The Encyclopedia of Sacred Sexuality

The Encyclopedia of Sacred Sexuality: From Aphrodisiacs and Exstasy to Yoni Worship and Zap-Lam Yoga by Rufus C Camphausen
Inner Traditions | 1991 | ISBN: 0892813210 | PDF | 54.07MB


This comprehensive reference book, lavishly illustrated and extensively cross-referenced, encompasses all eras and cultures in exploring the meaning of sexuality.


  • Updated and expanded with over 150 new or revised entries, along with a vast array of new color illustrations
  • Contains the most recent scientific knowledge of the brain, mind, and body as it relates to the erotic and sexual
  • An exceptional reference--including Internet resources--that explores the farthest reaches of this fascinating subject

This fully updated and expanded edition of The Encyclopedia of Erotic Wisdom contains more than 1,200 entries--150 of which are either new additions or were extensively revised for this edition--and a vast array of new illustrations, many in full color, from the author's recent travels to the Far East. The encyclopedia explains how to integrate body and mind, love and sexuality, and spiritual exercise and inner alchemical techniques in the practice of sacred sexuality. It also contains the most recent scientific knowledge of the brain, mind, and body as it relates to the erotic and sexual. Extensive cross references, quotations from sacred erotic scriptures, Internet resources, and 28 indexes to related topics within the book take the reader on an odyssey from almost any point of departure to the farthest reaches of this fascinating subject.


Striptease Culture

Striptease Culture

Striptease Culture: Sex, Media and the Democratisation of Desire by Brian McNair
Routledge | 2002 | ISBN: 0415237343 | PDF | 1.96MB


From advertising to health education campaigns, sex and sexual imagery now permeate every aspect of culture. Striptease Culture explores the 'sexualization' of contemporary life, relating it to wider changes in post-war society.


Striptease Culture is divided in to three sections:


  • Part one – traces the development of pornography, following its movement from elite to mass culture and the contemporary fascination with ‘porno-chic’
  • Part two – considers popular cultural forms of sexual representation in the media, moving from backlash elements in straight male culture and changing images of women, to the representation of gays in contemporary film and television
  • Part three – looks at the use of sexuality in contemporary art, examinging the artistic ‘striptease’ of Jeff Koons, and others who have used their own naked bodies in their work.

Also considering how feminist and gay artists have employed sexuality in the critique and transformation of patriarchy, the high profile of sexuality as a key contributor to public health education in the era of HIV and AIDS, and the implications of the rise of striptease culture for the future of sexual poltics, Brian McNair has produced an excellent book in the study of gender, sexuality and contemporary culture.


International Exposure

International Exposure

International Exposure: Perspectives on Modern European Pornography, 1800-2000 Edited by Lisa Z Sigel
Rutgers University Press | 2005 | ISBN: 0813535190 | PDF | 1.32MB


International Exposure demonstrates the wealth of desires woven into the fabric of European history: desires about empire and nation, about self and other, about plenty and dearth. By documenting the diverse meanings of pornography, senior scholars from across the disciplines show the ways in which sexuality became central to the individual, to the nation, and to the transnational character of modern society.


The ten essays in the volume engage a rich array of topics, including obscenity in the German states, censorship in France’s Third Republic, "she-male" internet porn, the rise of incestuous longings in England, the place of the Hungarian video revolution in the global market, and the politics of pornography in Russia. Taken together, the essays illustrate the latest approaches to content, readership, form, and delivery in modern European pornography.


A substantial discussion of the broad history and state of the field complements the in-depth case studies that examine a wide range of sources from literature to magazines, video to the Internet. By tackling the highbrow and lowdown of the pornographic form, this volume lays the groundwork for the next surge of studies in the field.


Pornography (Opposing Viewpoints)

Pornography (Opposing Viewpoints)

Pornography (Opposing Viewpoints) by Helen Cothran
Greenhaven | 2001 | ISBN: 0737707607 | PDF | 986.24KB


These well-organized titles address volatile issues that have been the center of local, state, and national politics for a long time as well as concerns about the Internet that are creating new challenges to First Amendment advocates, and to those who oppose free access to materials. Pornography addresses both sides of the following questions: "Is Pornography Harmful?" "Should Pornography Be Censored?" "How Should Internet Pornography Be Regulated?" "What Should Be the Feminist Stance on Pornography?" Censorship asks: "Should the Right to Free Speech Be Restricted?" "Should Pornography Be Censored?" "Should Schools and Libraries Practice Censorship?" "Should the Arts and Entertainment Industries Be Censored?"


Both books include the text of the First Amendment and questions at the beginning of each chapter for students to ponder as they read the different viewpoints. These volumes will be useful for developing the critical-thinking skills necessary to argue points related to these complex issues.


War of Numbers: An Intelligence Memoir

War of Numbers: An Intelligence Memoir

War of Numbers: An Intelligence Memoir by Sam Adams
Steerforth Press | 1995 | ISBN: 188364223X | EPUB | 343.44KB


Sam Adams loved intelligence work, and that enthusiasm shines throughout this memoir of his years with the Central Intelligence Agency. His career was dominated by an epic struggle over Vietnam -- over military attempts to hide the true size of the enemy forces there, and over the integrity of the intelligence process. Adams's insistence on telling the truth caused an ungodly ruckus in both Washington and Saigon at the time, and years later, after the CIA had threatened to fire him (on thirteen occasions!) and he had quit the agency in disgust, Adams brought his story back up to the surface more loudly than ever in a CBS television documentary which eventually resulted in a notorious trial on libel charges brought by General William Westmoreland.


After leaving the CIA, Adams sat down to write an account of his life at the agency. There is nothing else quite like the story he tells. "More than a rehash of yesteryear's bureaucratic battles," said Library Journal, "and more even than delicious inside gossip, Adams paints a fascinating and personalized picture of the backroom, political wartime CIA."


Dirty Combat: Secret Wars and Serious Misadventures

Dirty Combat: Secret Wars and Serious Misadventures

Dirty Combat: Secret Wars and Serious Misadventures by David Tomkins
Mainstream Publishing | 2008 | ISBN: 184596389X | EPUB | 384.25KB


Candidly told in his own words, this is a no-holds-barred account of the man who has served prison sentences on both sides of the Atlantic, most recently for conspiring to kill Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar. From the bloody plains of Angola to the jungles of Colombia, David Tomkins’ career as a safe-breaker, arms dealer, and mercenary spans five decades.


Born in London during World War II, he was hospitalized for a time in a psychiatric ward and sent to reform school after he was deemed "beyond parental control." Later, following a spell in the Merchant Navy, he graduated from safe-blower to demolitions expert with a notorious mercenary army in Angola. From intrigue in Mayfair offices to tribal lands in Pakistan, Tomkins’ story reads like a real-life version of a Tom Clancy thriller. It is a shocking account of crime and corruption, and the scope of his activities will amaze and intrigue.


Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War [Audiobook]

Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War [Audiobook]

Moscow 1941: A City and Its People at War [Audiobook] by Rodric Braithwaite
Tantor Media | 2006 | ISBN: 1400153190 | MP3@64 kbps | 13 hrs 55 mins | 381.14MB


In 1941, Moscow was ruled by Stalin and besieged by Hitler's armies, so it teemed with disagreeable characters, tragic events and a great deal of unrewarded heroism. Although the siege was a miserable experience for Muscovites, readers will enjoy reading about it. Braithwaite was British ambassador from 1988 to 1992, so he clearly knows Russia.


Early 1941 was a modestly hopeful time: a short-llived decrease in arrests after the massive purges of the '30s coincided with an increase in food in the stores. The official press had lavished praise on the 1939 Nazi-Soviet Friendship Pact, but by spring 1941 many Soviet leaders had seen enough evidence to convince them of an imminent German invasion. But the paranoid Stalin suspected an Allied plot to take the pressure off Britain, so Hitler's June 22 attack devastated Russia's unprepared troops. By autumn, Wermacht armies were threatening the capital, leading to the greatest battle in history, with more than 900,000 Russian deaths—more than all WWII British and American casualties combined. Most accounts emphasize the fighting, but Braithwaite mixes interviews, diaries, memoirs and letters to portray the reactions of dozens of individuals to that catastrophic year. This is an absorbing contribution to what he considers WWII's turning point.


The Jewish War [Audiobook]

The Jewish War [Audiobook]

The Jewish War [Audiobook] by Flavius Josephus
Audio Connoisseur | 2003 | ISBN: 1929718365 | MP3@64 kbps | 19 hrs 55 mins | 548.88MB


Unabridged, With Music and Sound Effects, Includes Volumes 1 and 2.


Contents of Volume I: In A.D. 66, nationalist and religious revolutionaries in Palestine led a ferocious revolt of the Jewish people against the authority of mighty Rome, culminating in the greatest upheaval and savagery the world had known up to that time. By the end of the conflict seven years later, over one million Jews had perished and tens of thousands were sold into slavery. Until the Holocaust, it remained the greatest tragedy ever endured by a people. How had this once peaceful and prosperous region been struck down, and by what process did its fratricidal feuds take it down this slippery slope to utter annihilation? Fortunately for us, there was an eyewitness historian to the momentous events: Joseph ben Mattathias, known to posterity as Flavius Josephus. In beautifully written and clearly understood prose, Josephus sets out to explain the origin of the conflict. He describes how the fanatical zealots came to dominate the political life of Palestine, illustrates ho! w the Romans were drawn into the fight, and shows how the war was carried on by both sides, ending with the siege of the fortress of Masada.


In volume 1, discover how Herod the Great came to be king of the Jews during the time of Julius Caesar, how he ruled and what he accomplished. You will hear the story of his larger-than-life personality and how family conflict poisoned his reign. Discover the means by which Herod eliminated his enemies, including members of his own family, and how his successors' corruption and ineptitude brought on growing anarchy and religious tension. Peer into the mind of nationalist fanatics bent on destroying themselves and their nation for the sake of their beliefs. Hear how famous persons like Cleopatra, Mark Antony, Pontius Pilate, Augustus, Nero, Vesapasian and Josephus himself played their parts in this fascinating history.


Volume 1 begins with the origins of the House of Herod in the middle of the first century B.C. and carries us to the opening battles of the Jewish revolt and the arrival of Vespasian in Judaea. Although we encourage listeners to hear the entire work from the beginning in order to form a more complete understanding, those who are only interested in the revolt itself may skip to Chapter 9 in volume 1.


Contents of Volume II: The spectacularly violent Jewish revolt of A.D. 66 is in full swing as volume 2 opens, and we begin our story with the horrific siege of Jotapata and the capture of Josephus. Listeners receive a rousing, eyewitness account of Roman arms in action as Vespasian presses relentlessly onward to Jerusalem. As the Roman war machine closes in on Jerusalem, the fanatic zealots inside the city are involved in tearing each other apart and savaging the citizens trapped inside. With doom approaching from afar and civil war convulsing the city from within, the once grand metropolis of Jerusalem begins to disintegrate. Vespasian is proclaimed emperor upon Nero's death, and turns over command of the army to his brilliant son, Titus, who encircles Jerusalem and places it under siege. Unable to escape the city and preyed upon by the enraged fanatics from within, the pitiful citizens can only watch helplessly as the horrible specter of famine begins to envelope Jerusale! m and spread into every household. The horrors of siege warfare are driven home as we hear some of the most impassioned descriptions of man's folly ever put on paper. Learn how the magnificent Great Temple was burned and obliterated, and discover the fate of Jerusalem itself. And finally, hear the account of the incredible siege of Masada, one of the last major events of the war.


The Jewish War is one of the most important histories to survive from ancient times, dealing as it does with a subject of which there are very few sources.


News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories [Audiobook]

News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories [Audiobook]

News from Heaven: The Bakerton Stories [Audiobook] by Jennifer Haigh
HarperAudio | 2013 | ASIN: B00B27SW2I | MP3@56 kbps | 7 hrs 44 mins | 186.21MB


Now, in this collection of interconnected short stories, Jennifer Haigh returns to the vividly imagined world of Bakerton, Pennsylvania, a coal mining town rocked by decades of painful transition. From its heyday during two World Wars through its slow decline, Bakerton is a town that refuses to give up gracefully, binding - sometimes cruelly - succeeding generations to the place that made them. A young woman glimpses a world both strange and familiar when she becomes a live-in maid for a Jewish family in New York City. A long-absent brother makes a sudden and tragic homecoming. A solitary middle-aged woman tastes unexpected love when a young man returns to town. With a revolving cast of characters - many familiar to fans of Baker Towers - these stories explore how our roots, the families and places in which we are raised, shape the people we eventually become.


News from Heaven looks unflinchingly at the conflicting human desires for escape and for connection, and explores the enduring hold of home.


A Gate at the Stairs [Audiobook]

A Gate at the Stairs [Audiobook]

A Gate at the Stairs [Audiobook] by Lorrie Moore
AudioGO | 2009 | ASIN: B002OT6FGS | MP3@64 kbps | 12 hrs 01 min | 338.22MB


In her dazzling new novel--her first in more than a decade--Moore turns her eye on the anxiety and disconnection of post-9/11 America, on the insidiousness of racism, the blind-sidedness of war, and the recklessness thrust on others in the name of love. As the United States begins gearing up for war in the Middle East, twenty-year-old Tassie Keltjin has come to a university town as a college student, her brain on fire with Chaucer, Sylvia Plath, Simone de Beauvoir. She takes a part-time job as a nanny, to a mysterious and glamorous couple. As the year unfolds and she is drawn deeper into each of these lives, her own life back home becomes ever more alien to her: her parents are frailer; her brother, aimless and lost in high school, contemplates joining the military. Tassie finds herself becoming more and more the stranger she felt herself to be, and as life and love unravel dramatically, even shockingly, she is forever changed.


Happiness: A Novel [Audiobook]

Happiness: A Novel [Audiobook]

Happiness: A Novel [Audiobook] by Will Ferguson
Recorded Books | 2009 | ASIN: B00286JVY0 | M4B | 11 hrs 58 mins | 192.98MB


In this audiobook of his satirical, fast-paced novel, Will Ferguson, the author of the critically acclaimed Hokkaido Highway Blues, skewers American society’s obsession with self-improvement. When an enormous self-help manuscript arrives on the desk of Edwin de Valu, a stressed-out, overworked, and underpaid editor at New York’s Panderic Press, its fate seems destined for the bin. Edwin’s cynicism about self-help books, coupled with his filthy mood that morning, results in his dismissing Tupak Soiree’s What I Learned on the Mountain in the most ignominious fashion: he doesn’t even bother to reply. However, during an editorial meeting Edwin is confronted by a questioning publisher, one desperate for the next big thing. Without thinking, and in need of something to report, Edwin begins to extol the virtues of What I Learned on the Mountain, and the excitement around the table is palpable.


With every reason. Tupak Soiree’s doorstopper becomes a very unique thing: a self-help book that actually works, and it launches a chain of events that will have enormous consequences not just on Edwin’s life but for the world at large. Suddenly, everyone CAN be happy, CAN lose weight and stop smoking, and CAN get rich quick. Edwin fears that the bliss he has unleashed on the world may indeed be a curse. One by one his friends and family take up the cult of “Happiness” (a word now trademarked by Panderic Press). Soon Edwin begins to see that any system of blind acceptance is ultimately destructive. He realizes that he is the unlikely champion that fate has chosen to fight the menace of Happiness.


Happiness is a masterpiece of comic fiction, a must for anyone who has retched on Chicken Soup for the Soul but deep down felt the need for some spiritual and emotional guidance. Or as Tupac Soiree says: LIVE! LOVE! LEARN!


After Everest: Inside the Private World of Edmund Hillary

After Everest: Inside the Private World of Edmund Hillary

After Everest: Inside the Private World of Edmund Hillary by Paul Little, Carolyne Meny-Yee
Allen & Unwin | 2013 | ISBN: 187750520X | EPUB | 1.11MB


A fascinating exploration of the life of mountaineer and adventurer Edmund Hillary, penetrating beyond the legend to reveal a character of paradoxes.


Edmund Hillary is a world icon and a towering figure among adventurers. The interest in him and in his family's dedication to making a contribution to the welfare of the Nepalese people is well known. However, it is the drama of Sir Edmund's later years that throw light into the world of the private man: the death of his wife and daughter in an air crash, his remarriage to the widow of an old friend, and, finally, the falling out, after his own death, of his widow and his eldest son, Peter. All these stories of the Hillary legacy, and the many books written about his life, are about what he did, but this book explores who Edmund Hillary was and the many paradoxes of his character: the individualist who always worked with a team, the lonely boy who ended up loved by millions, the man who could be distant from his own children but is regarded as a surrogate father by thousands of Nepalese, and the left-leaning thinker who accepted the highest order of chivalry from Queen Elizabeth II. This is the story of the man behind the legend.


Koestler: The Literary and Political Odyssey

Koestler: The Literary and Political Odyssey

Koestler: The Literary and Political Odyssey of a Twentieth-Century Skeptic by Michael Scammell
Random House | 2009 | ISBN: 1588369013 | EPUB | 5.78MB


From award-winning author Michael Scammell comes a monumental achievement: the first authorized biography of Arthur Koestler, one of the most influential and controversial intellectuals of the twentieth century. Over a decade in the making, and based on new research and full access to its subject's papers, Koestler is the definitive account of this fascinating and polarizing figure. Though best known as the creator of the classic anti-Communist novel Darkness at Noon, Koestler is here revealed as much more--a man whose personal life was as astonishing as his literary accomplishments.


Koestler portrays the anguished youth of a boy raised in Budapest by a possessive and mercurial mother and an erratic father, marked for life by a forced operation performed without anesthesia when he was five, growing up feeling unloved and unprotected. Here is the young man whose experience of anti-Semitism and devotion to Zionism provoked him to move to Palestine; the foreign correspondent who risked his life from the North Pole to Franco's Spain, where he was imprisoned and sentenced to death; the committed Communist for whom the brutal truth of Stalin's show trials inspired the superb and angry novel that became an instant classic in 1940. Scammell also provides new details of Koestler's amazing World War II adventures, including his escape from occupied France by joining the Foreign Legion and his bluffing his way illegally to England, where his controversial novel Arrival and Departure, published in 1943, was the first to portray Hitler's Final Solution.


Without sentimentality, Scammell explores Koestler's turbulent private life: his drug use, his manic depression, the frenetic womanizing that doomed his three marriages and led to an accusation of rape that posthumously tainted his reputation, and his startling suicide while fatally ill in 1983--an act shared by his healthy third wife, Cynthia--rendered unforgettably as part of his dark and disturbing legacy.


Featuring cameos of famous friends and colleagues including Langston Hughes, George Orwell, and Albert Camus, Koestler gives a full account of the author's voluminous writings, making the case that the autobiographies and essays are fit to stand beside Darkness at Noon as works of lasting literary value. Koestler adds up to an indelible portrait of this brilliant, unpredictable, and talented writer, once memorably described as "one third blackguard, one third lunatic, and one third genius."


Paper Trails

Paper Trails

Paper Trails: True Stories of Confusion, Mindless Violence, and Forbidden Desires, a Surprising Number of Which Are Not About Marriage by Pete Dexter
Ecco | 2007 | ISBN: 0061189359 | EPUB | 299.66KB


In the 1970s and 1980s, before he earned national acclaim for his award-winning novels, Pete Dexter was a newspaper columnist. Every week, in a few hundred words, Dexter cut directly to the heart of the American character at a time of national turmoil and crucial change. With haunting urgency, his columns laid bare the violence, hypocrisy, and desperation he saw on the streets of Philadelphia and in the places he visited across the country. But he reveled, too, in the lighter side of his own life, sharing scenes with the indefatigable Mrs. Dexter, their young daughter, and a series of unforgettable creatures who strayed into their lives. No matter what caught Dexter's eye, it was illuminated by his dark, brilliant humor.


Collected here for the first time are eighty-two of the best of those spellbinding, finely wrought pieces—with a new introduction by the author—assembled by Rob Fleder, editor of the bestselling Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Book. Paper Trails is searing, heart-breaking, and irresistibly funny, sometimes all at once. As Pete Hamill says in his foreword, these essays "are as good as it ever gets."


59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot

59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot

59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot by Richard Wiseman
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | 2009 | ISBN: 0307593266 | EPUB | 2.35MB


A psychologist and best-selling author gives us a myth-busting response to the self-help movement, with tips and tricks to improve your life that come straight from the scientific community.


Richard Wiseman has been troubled by the realization that the self-help industry often promotes exercises that destroy motivation, damage relationships, and reduce creativity: the opposite of everything it promises. Now, in 59 Seconds, he fights back, bringing together the diverse scientific advice that can help you change your life in under a minute, and guides you toward becoming more decisive, more imaginative, more engaged, and altogether more happy.


From mood to memory, persuasion to procrastination, resilience to relationships, Wiseman outlines the research supporting the new science of "rapid change" and, with clarity and infectious enthusiasm, describes how these quirky, sometimes counterintuitive techniques can be effortlessly incorporated into your everyday life. Or, as he likes to say: "Think a little, change a lot."


The Blackjack Life

The Blackjack Life

The Blackjack Life: A Journey Through the Inner World of Card Counting, the Lessons of Teamwork, and the Clandestine Pursuit of Beating the Odds by Nathaniel Tilton
Huntington Press | 2012 | ISBN: 1935396331 | EPUB | 399.31KB


Author Nathaniel Tilton was just a regular guy with a regular job when he read Bringing Down the House and decided he wanted to do what the players in that book did. A journey through the inner world of card counting, the lessons of teamwork, and the clandestine pursuit of beating the odds, in The Blackjack Life Tilton relates the story of his personal journey through the smoke-filled casinos in which he and his playing partner gambled, to the seedy backrooms that he hoped he would never see. More than just wins and losses, The Blackjack Life is about the growth of a man who discovered himself through the unlikeliest of places the world of professional blackjack -- and who now shares his informed view of the opportunities that still exist for skilled players and what it s really like to travel that road today.


1001 Ways to Make Money If You Dare

1001 Ways to Make Money If You Dare

1001 Ways to Make Money If You Dare by Trent Hamm
Adams Media | 2009 | ISBN: 1598698850 | EPUB | 3.58MB


Everyone's in search of a quick buck, and now they know where to find it -- if they dare. Whether it's becoming a living, breathing billboard, or selling bootleg concert t-shirts in the arena's parking lot, there?s plenty of ways to rake in the dough on daring ventures and ballsy entrepreneurial moves. This book documents hundreds of these potential money-making schemes, ploys, and backyard startups, including:


  • Print [fashion]-on-demand. Have a witty turn of phrase? Stick a pop culture zinger on a t-shirt and sell it through cafepress.com
  • Give your body to science. They're always looking for guinea pigs for an array of tests. All you have to do is sign up -- and been mindful of the side effects
  • Become Trump 2.0: build an empire in the digital world (try Second Life) and then sell it for some major loot

Rated by the endeavor's risk level and potential return, this book offers up plenty of possible wallet-filling stunts. Employed or unemployed, young or old, daring or really daring, if you're looking to make some scratch, his book's for you.


365 Ways to Live Cheap: Your Everyday Guide to Saving Money

365 Ways to Live Cheap: Your Everyday Guide to Saving Money

365 Ways to Live Cheap: Your Everyday Guide to Saving Money by Trent Hamm
F+W Media | 2011 | ISBN: 1440516170 | EPUB | 366.38KB


Use cold water for most clothes washing and save up to $63 a year. Minimize your carload and reduce your gas mileage by as much as 5 percent. Invest in a deep freezer and fill it up with meat discounted at 30 percent or more. Take a look at your life and you'll realize that there's almost always a way to make do on less. This book offers up a bevy of ways to cut down on costs and still enjoy a satisfying lifestyle in any situation. From practicing good gas conservation habits to learning to love leftovers, this book will help every aspiring penny pincher stop the unnecessary spending and find the fun in frugality!


The Naturally Clean Home

The Naturally Clean Home

The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning by Karyn Siegel-Maier
Storey Publishing | 2008 | ISBN: 160342007X | EPUB | 3.77MB


You don't need to pay a fortune for expensive "green" commercial cleaning products. It's easy and inexpensive to mix up effective, nontoxic alternatives using basic kitchen staples — baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, herbs, and borax — plus a handful of easy-to-find essential oils. Karyn Siegel-Maier offers 150 all-natural recipes for cleaning everything in your home — from bathrooms to bedding, carpets to cabinetry. The formulas are so simple that anyone can make them, but they are at least as effective as the commercial options. Try making your own Rosemary-Geranium Floor Wipes for electrostatic floor mops, Weekend Warrior Wicker Wash, Telephone Dirty Talk Tamer, Clear the Air Room Spritzer, or Lavender Lift Automatic Dishwasher Soap.


The Green Beauty Guide

The Green Beauty Guide
The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances by Julie Gabriel
HCI | 2008 | ISBN: 0757397883 | EPUB | 879.53KB

Go green and get gorgeous


The promise of beauty is as close as the drugstore aisle—shampoo that gives your hair more body, lotions that smooth away wrinkles, makeup that makes your skin look flawless, and potions that take it all off again. But while conventional products say they'll make you more beautiful, they contain toxins and preservatives that are both bad for the environment and bad for your body—including synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, and even formaldehyde. In the end, they damage your natural vitality and good looks.


Fortunately, fashion writer, nutritionist, and beauty maven Julie Gabriel helps you find the true path to natural, healthy, green beauty. She helps you decipher labels on every cosmetic product you pick up and avoid toxic and damaging chemicals with her detailed Toxic Ingredients List. You'll learn valuable tips on what your skin really needs to be healthy, glowing, and youthful.


Julie goes one-step further—and shows you how to make your own beauty products that feed your skin, save your bank account, and are healthy for your body and the environment, such as:


• Cleansing creams and oils • toners • facials • under eye circle remedies • anti-aging serums • lip balms • scrubs • exfoliators • clay and cleansing masks

• moisturizers • acne treatments • makeup remover • teeth whiteners • shampoos, conditioners • fragrances • sun protection • bug repellants • baby products • and much more!


With her friendly, thorough, and helpful advice; fabulous beauty recipes; product recommendations and ratings; Toxic Ingredients List; and a complete appendix of online resources, Julie Gabriel gives you all the information you need to go green without going broke and become a more natural, healthy, and beautiful you.


Organic Body Care Recipes

Organic Body Care Recipes

Organic Body Care Recipes: 175 Homemade Herbal Formulas for Glowing Skin & a Vibrant Self by Stephanie Tourles
Storey Publishing | 2010 | ISBN: 1603422137 | EPUB | 5.56MB


Radiantly healthy skin, hair, feet, hands, eyes, and nails. Commercial beauty products make this promise every day and live up to it with varying degrees of success. Stephanie Tourles offers a better solution to everyone frustrated with the endless cycle of expensive, synthetic, famous-name cosmetics that often fall short of expectations. Take control of beauty treatments with homemade products that use safe, nourishing ingredients to pamper the body and soothe the senses.


Tourles, a licensed esthetician, herbalist, and aromatherapist, has developed 175 recipes that are fun, simple, and immensely satisfying to make in home kitchens. Her natural beauty treatments deliver the results promised by department store brands — skin, hair, and nails that glow with vitality and inner wellness. Lotions, scrubs, toners, balms, and masks polish and balance the skin, soothe current problems, and prevent future ones. Shampoos, rinses, and conditioners tone the scalp, boost highlights, and leave hair soft and shiny. The book's whole-body coverage also includes recipes for hand and footcare, nail treatments, shaving cream, and even popular spa treatments such as microdermabrasion exfoliants, detox and cellulite soaks, ayurvedic oils, and herbal cold salves. Most important, there is never any doubt about the purity of these ingredients!


Each formula is clearly presented in recipe style, with notes on prep time, storage, and uses. Many products can be customized according to personal needs, whim, or mood, and they all use readily available, natural ingredients. Organic Body Care Recipes is a natural treasure for every body.


Making Natural Liquid Soaps

Making Natural Liquid Soaps

Making Natural Liquid Soaps by Catherine Failor
Storey Publishing | 2000 | ISBN: 1580172431 | EPUB | 11.44MB


Using a simple double-boiler technique, readers will make elegant and soothing liquid soaps. Dozens of recipes using oils, herbs, and other natural ingredients to create hand soaps, shower gels, bubble baths, conditioning shampoos and even baby and pet shampoos.


Networking Like a Pro: Turning Contacts into Connections

Networking Like a Pro: Turning Contacts into Connections

Networking Like a Pro: Turning Contacts into Connections by David Alexander, Ivan Misner, Brian Hilliard
Entrepreneur Press | 2010 | ISBN: 1599183560 | EPUB | 1.36MB


Master the Art of Networking!


Networking expert and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Ivan Misner along with David Alexander, and Brian Hilliard reveal key networking techniques to help you grow your business. Learn how to reach quality prospects, leverage your contacts, motivate ongoing referrals, track your success, and so much more!


The Country Almanac of Home Remedies

The Country Almanac of Home Remedies

The Country Almanac of Home Remedies: Time-Tested & Almost Forgotten Wisdom for Treating Hundreds of Common Ailments, Aches & Pains Quickly and Naturally by Brigitte Mars, Chrystle Fiedler
Fair Winds Press | 2011 | ISBN: 1592334466 | EPUB | 5.92MB


As little as a few decades ago, folk remedies were a part of everyday life. More often than not, our grandparents would go to their garden or kitchen pantry before they went to a doctor to treat everyday health complaints. Today, scientific studies are proving what Grandma knew all along—natural remedies are oftentimes just as effective as modern cures, have fewer side-effects, and cost just pennies. Moreover, natural remedies have stood the test of time. Peppermint has been used as soothe upset stomachs long before Pepto-Bismal and ginger has been used for its antibiotic properties for thousands of years in Asian medicine. Learn how to quickly and naturally treat over 100 common conditions with everyday cures:


  • Use Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey to break up congestion
  • Black or Green Teabags will take the sting out of a bad sunburn
  • Drink Beet, Celery, and Cucumber juice to soothe a shingles outbreak.
  • Inhale oil of Geranium to calm a hot flash
  • Apply a Witch Hazel compress to treat varicose veins
  • Pumpkin Seeds improve male potency
  • Burnt Toast soaks up internal toxins
  • Epsom Salt bathes heal the lymphatic system

Filled with thousands of surprising cures, each entry gives multiple remedies for each condition from herbs, to healing foods, to acupressure and yoga poses. Hundreds of step-by-step illustrations show you the right way to administer a treatment from making herbal tinctures to applying a poultice. Dosage guidelines are given for every remedy as well as safety guidelines, contraindications, and when to call a doctor.


Atom : An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth

Atom : An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth

Atom : An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth and Beyond by Lawrence M Krauss
Little Brown & Company | 2001 | ISBN: 0316499463 | EPUB | 759.91KB


Every atom in our bodies was once inside the fiery core of a star that exploded billions of years before our solar system was formed. Like the original Homeric epic, the atom at the center of this book makes its way across a truly cosmic stage. Exploding supernovas, solar winds, collapsing stars preceded the rise of life on earth and one day may foretell its end. Yet the story that Krauss tells is inextricably our story. Throughout this astonishing and monumental work, he manages to stoke our wonder at the powers and unlikely events that conspired to create our solar system, our eco-system and us.


Food, Sex and Salmonella: Why Our Food Is Making Us Sick

Food, Sex and Salmonella: Why Our Food Is Making Us Sick

Food, Sex and Salmonella: Why Our Food Is Making Us Sick by David Waltner-Toews
Greystone Books | 2008 | ISBN: 1553652711 | EPUB | 262.19KB


What sex is to interpersonal relationships, eating is to the human-environment relationship: a consummation of humans’ connection to the living biosphere. But while sticking one’s tongue into a new and exciting environment may be an act as old as the planet, it can also lead to some nasty surprises. In this lively look at foodborne illnesses, David Waltner-Toews discusses food-related problems caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites, including death by puffer fish, rollicking tales of tapeworms, neurological problems brought on by ciguatera poison, and that old standby, botulism. He also examines the chemicals and antibiotics that have entered the food supply and the havoc they can wreak. And to help readers stop problems before they start, he offers common-sense solutions to confronting the complicated issue of foodborne disease. His witty approach makes a deadly serious subject accessible to all readers, while never minimizing the risk.


Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things

Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things

Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things by Richard Wiseman
Perseus Books | 2009 | ISBN: 0465010296 | EPUB | 653.13KB


For over twenty years, psychologist Richard Wiseman has examined the quirky science of everyday life. In Quirkology, he navigates the oddities of human behavior, explaining the tell-tale signs that give away a liar, the secret science behind speed-dating and personal ads, and what a person’s sense of humor reveals about the innermost workings of his or her mind-all along paying tribute to others who have carried out similarly weird and wonderful work.


Wiseman’s research has involved secretly observing people as they go about their daily business, conducting unusual experiments in art exhibitions and music concerts, and even staging fake séances in allegedly haunted buildings. With thousands of research subjects from all over the world, including enamored couples, unwitting pedestrians, and guileless dinner guests, Wiseman presents a fun, clever, and unexpected picture of the human mind.