American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas

American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas

American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas by Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
University of Chicago Press | 2012 | ISBN: 022600676X | EPUB | 1.16MB


If you were looking for a philosopher likely to appeal to Americans, Friedrich Nietzsche would be far from your first choice. After all, in his blazing career, Nietzsche took aim at nearly all the foundations of modern American life: Christian morality, the Enlightenment faith in reason, and the idea of human equality. Despite that, for more than a century Nietzsche has been a hugely popular—and surprisingly influential—figure in American thought and culture.


In American Nietzsche, Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen delves deeply into Nietzsche's philosophy, and America’s reception of it, to tell the story of his curious appeal. Beginning her account with Ralph Waldo Emerson, whom the seventeen-year-old Nietzsche read fervently, she shows how Nietzsche’s ideas first burst on American shores at the turn of the twentieth century, and how they continued alternately to invigorate and to shock Americans for the century to come. She also delineates the broader intellectual and cultural contexts within which a wide array of commentators—academic and armchair philosophers, theologians and atheists, romantic poets and hard-nosed empiricists, and political ideologues and apostates from the Left and the Right—drew insight and inspiration from Nietzsche’s claims for the death of God, his challenge to universal truth, and his insistence on the interpretive nature of all human thought and beliefs. At the same time, she explores how his image as an iconoclastic immoralist was put to work in American popular culture, making Nietzsche an unlikely posthumous celebrity capable of inspiring both teenagers and scholars alike.


A penetrating examination of a powerful but little-explored undercurrent of twentieth-century American thought and culture, American Nietzsche dramatically recasts our understanding of American intellectual life—and puts Nietzsche squarely at its heart.


Confessions of an Eco-Sinner

Confessions of an Eco-Sinner

Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff by Fred Pearce
Random House | 2008 | ISBN: 140703359X | EPUB | 429.57KB


Where does everything in our daily lives come from? The clothes on our backs, the computers on our desks, the cabinets in our kitchens, and the food behind their doors? Under what conditions-environmental and social-are they harvested or manufactured? Veteran science journalist Fred Pearce set off to find out, and the resulting 100,000-mile journey took him to the end of his street and across the planet to more than twenty countries.


Pearce deftly shows us the hidden worlds that sustain a Western lifestyle, and he does it by examining the sources of everything in his own life; as an ordinary citizen of the Western world, he, like all of us, is an "eco-sinner."


In Confessions of an Eco-Sinner, Pearce surveys his home and then launches on a global tour to track down, among other things, the Tanzanians who grow and harvest his fair-trade coffee (which isn't as fair as one might hope), the Central American plantations that grow his daily banana (a treat that may disappear forever), the women in the Bangladeshi sweatshops who sew his jeans, the Chinese factory cities where the world's computers are made, and the African afterlife for old cell phones. It's a fascinating portrait, by turns sobering and hopeful, of the effects the world's more than 6 billion inhabitants-all eating, consuming, making-have on our planet, and of the working and living conditions of the people who produce most of these goods.


Woodstock [The Smith Tapes: Collection #4]

Woodstock [The Smith Tapes: Collection #4]

Woodstock [The Smith Tapes: Collection #4]
2013 | ASIN: B00BLZLTQC | M4A | 4 hrs 24 mins | 505.77MB


Between 1969–1972, Howard Smith recorded interviews with scores of rock stars and cultural icons. As a Village Voice columnist and radio personality on WPLJ FM, Smith sat down for revealing, personal conversations with Eric Clapton, Andy Warhol, Jim Morrison, Buckminster Fuller, Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia and Hugh Hefner, to name just a few. He interviewed John Lennon and Yoko Ono no less than five times, and called in live dispatches from his Winnebago parked stage-side at Woodstock. Smith was at the center of culture during an era of extraordinary transformation.


Smith kept the original interview reels, hundreds of them, buried in a crate in the back of his New York City loft, and they haven’t seen the light of day in over 40 years.


Last year the interviews were rediscovered and they are now being released on a collection of 12 albums. "Woodstock," the fourth album in the series, focuses on the famous music festival, including interviews with the creators of the event and the filmmakers who documented it, as well as Smith's own radio dispatches from the festival. Track listing for Woodstock:


  1. John and Yoko's Bed-In
  2. Woodstock Reports
  3. Woodstock, The Film
  4. Sly Stone
  5. Joe Cocker
  6. Ravi Shankar
  7. Artie Kornfeld
  8. Woodstock, Inc.

The Road to Serfdom [Audiobook]

The Road to Serfdom [Audiobook]

The Road to Serfdom: A Classic Warning Against the Dangers to Freedom Inherent in Social Planning [Audiobook] by Friedrich A Hayek
Blackstone Audio | 2010 | ISBN: 1441753869 | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 33 mins | 235.2MB


This classic by one of the 20th century's leading libertarian thinkers has established itself beside the works of Orwell and others as a timeless meditation on the relationship between human freedom and government authority.


Originally published in 1944, The Road to Serfdom has profoundly influenced many of the world's great leaders: from Orwell and Churchill in the mid-forties, to Reagan and Thatcher in the 80's. The book offers persuasive warnings against the dangers of central planning, along with what Orwell described as ''an eloquent defense of laissez faire capitalism.'' Hayek shows that the idea that ''under a dictatorial government you can be free inside,'' is nothing less than a grievous fallacy. Such dictatorial governments prevent individual freedoms and they often use psychological measures to perform ''an alteration of the character of the people.'' Gradually, the people yield their individuality to the point where they become part of the collectivist mass.


How To Read A Book [Audiobook]

How To Read A Book [Audiobook]

How To Read A Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading [Audiobook] by Mortimer J Adler, Charles Van Doren
Blackstone Audio | 2012 | ISBN: 1441741208 | MP3@128 kbps | 15 hrs 17 mins | 837.81MB


Written by two acclaimed scholars, this classic guide to reading books and accessing information teaches how to read for understanding and appreciation. Since its initial best-selling edition in 1940, How to Read a Book has become an indispensable tool for the serious reader. Now completely revised and updated, it remains an essential part of educational literature. Learn to analyze a book, comprehend its structure, dissect its main argument, and consider its bias. The antidote to today's information overload, the guide is filled with insight as to how to get to the heart of a book. Covers in detail such topics as history, science, mathematics, philosophy, fiction, drama, poetry, biography, current events, manuals, social science, and scripture.




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The Physics of Star Trek

The Physics of Star Trek

The Physics of Star Trek by Lawrence M. Krauss
Basic Books | 2007 | ISBN: 0465002048 | PDF | 1.87MB


What warps when you’re traveling at warp speed? What is the difference between a wormhole and a black hole? Are time loops really possible, and can I kill my grandmother before I am born? Anyone who has ever wondered "could this really happen?" will gain useful insights into the Star Trek universe (and, incidentally, the real world of physics) in this charming and accessible guide. Lawrence M. Krauss boldly goes where Star Trek has gone-and beyond. From Newton to Hawking, from Einstein to Feynman, from Kirk to Picard, Krauss leads readers on a voyage to the world of physics as we now know it and as it might one day be.


Picture Perfect: Life in the Age of the Photo Op

Picture Perfect: Life in the Age of the Photo Op

Picture Perfect: Life in the Age of the Photo Op by Kiku Adatto
Princeton University Press | 2008 | ISBN: 069112440X | PDF | 1.28MB


We say the camera doesn't lie, but we also know that pictures distort and deceive. In Picture Perfect, Kiku Adatto brilliantly examines the use and abuse of images today. Ranging from family albums to Facebook, political campaigns to popular movies, images of war to pictures of protest. Adatto reveals how the line between the person and the pose, the real and the fake, news and entertainment is increasingly blurred. New technologies make it easier than ever to capture, manipulate, and spread images. But even in the age of the Internet, we still seek authentic pictures and believe in the camera's promise to document, witness, and interpret our lives.


10-Minute Home Repairs

10-Minute Home Repairs

10-Minute Home Repairs: More Than 200 Fast, Effective Fixes You Can Do Yourself by Jerri Farris
Fair Winds Press | 2009 | ISBN: 1616734124 | PDF | 8.19MB


An indispensable guide for home owners and renters alike, this handy little book will show you how to put on a new toilet seat, change an air filter, unclog a drain, caulk a sink, patch a hole in the wall, change a lock, replace washer hoses, and much more.


Being Indian: Inside the Real India

Being Indian: Inside the Real India

Being Indian: Inside the Real India by Pavan K Varma
Random House | 2011 | ISBN: 1448106958 | EPUB | 361.88KB


In the 21st century every sixth human being will be Indian. India is very close to becoming the second largest consumer market in the world, with a buying middle class numbering over half a billion.It is in the top ten in overall GNP. Yet at least 200 million Indians remain desperately poor. Illiteracy rates are high. Communal violence is widespread; corruption endemic. Brides are still tortured and burnt for dowries; the caste system has lost little of its power and none of its brutality.


How are we to make sense of these two, apparently contradictory, pictures of India today? And how can we overcome the many misconceptions about India that are fed by the stereotypes created by foreigners and the myths about themselves projected by Indians? In Being Indian, Pavan Varma, whom the Guardian has called 'one of the country's most perceptive writers', demolishes the myths and generalisations as he turns his sharply observant gaze on his fellow countrymen to examine what really makes Indians tick and what they have to offer the world in the 21st century.


20,000 Days and Counting

20,000 Days and Counting

20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now by Robert D Smith
Thomas Nelson | 2013 | ISBN: 0849948541 | EPUB | 946.65KB


The day for change is today and it's more simple than you realize.


Most people sleepwalk through day-to-day life, passively letting time slip away. Unfortunately, the only thing that can usually wake people up to the intensity of life is impending death. But what if it didn't have to be that way? 20,000 Days presents breathtakingly simple strategies and concepts that, once applied, will enable readers to be 100% present and intentional with every passing minute of every day, for the rest of their lives.


The book is designed to be read in under an hour and the effect is immediate. Within each segment are tactics for mastering control for your life; principles such as:


  • Motivation is a myth
  • You only have two choices, yes and no
  • How to conquer rejection forever
  • How BECOMING the problem will SOLVE all your problems
  • Three sentences that will change your life immediately

These timeless principles apply to everyone from the pending graduate to the seasoned business professional; from the time-starved parent to the weary pastor to the restless entrepreneur.


On the 20,000th day of his life, the author sent an email that inspired and reminded a group of people of all ages to live in the moment. This group now includes you.


Becoming a Manager

Becoming a Manager

Becoming a Manager: How New Managers Master the Challenges of Leadership by Linda A Hill
Harvard Business Press | 2003 | ISBN: 1591391822 | MOBI | 726.99KB


New managers must learn how to lead others rather than do the work themselves, to win trust and respect, to motivate, and to strike the right balance between delegation and control. It is a transition many fail to make. This book traces the experiences of nineteen new managers over the course of their first year in a managerial capacity. Reveals the complexity of the transition and analyzes the expectations of the managers, their subordinates, and their superiors. New managers describe how they reframed their understanding of their roles and responsibilities, how they learned to build effective work relationships, how and when they used individual and organizational resources, and how they learned to cope with the inevitable stresses of the transformation. They describe what it was like to take on a new identity.


Two themes emerge: first the transition from individual contributor to manager is a profound psychological adjustment--a transformation; second, the process of becoming a manager is primarily one of learning from experience. Through trial and error, observation and interpretation, the new managers learned what it took to become effective business leaders.


In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules by Stacy Perman
HarperBusiness | 2009 | ISBN: 0061346713 | EPUB | 1.67MB


The untold story of the renegade burger chain that evokes a passionate following unlike any other.


In fast-food corporate America, In-N-Out Burger stands apart. Begun in a tiny shack in the shadow of World War II, this family-owned chain has steadfastly refused to franchise or be sold. It is a testament to old-fashioned values and reminiscent of a simpler time when people, loyalty, and a freshly made, juicy hamburger meant something. Over time, In-N-Out Burger has become nothing less than a cultural institution that can lay claim to an insanely loyal following.


Perman uses her investigative skills to uncover the story of a real American success story. It is not only a tale of a unique and profitable business that exceeds all expectations, but of a family's struggle to maintain a sustainable pop empire against the industry it helped pioneer, internal tensions, and a bitter lawsuit that threatened to bring the company to the brink.


This is a lesson in a counterintuitive approach to doing business that places quality, customers, and employees over the riches promised by rapid expansion. In-N-Out Burger is a keenly observed narrative that explores the evolution of a California fad that transformed into an enduring cult of popularity; it is also the story of the conflicted, secretive, and ultimately tragic Snyder family who cooked a billion burgers and hooked a zillion fans. As the story of In-N-Out Burger unfolds, so too does the cultural history of America as influenced and shaped by car culture and fast food.


Creating a Portfolio like Warren Buffett

Creating a Portfolio like Warren Buffett

Creating a Portfolio like Warren Buffett: A High Return Investment Strategy by Jeeva Ramaswamy
John Wiley & Sons | 2012 | ISBN: 1118240367 | EPUB | 3.31MB


The practical guide to investing the Warren Buffett way.


Creating a Portfolio like Warren Buffett: A High Return Investment Strategy highlights actual trades author Jeeva Ramaswamy has successfully executed using principles established by investment guru Warren Buffet. Clearly explaining how Buffett's principles can be used to make specific investments the book, unlike other investment guides, also clearly explains how to apply Buffett's exit strategies as they pertain to holding or selling positions.


Giving readers a complete overview of Buffett's methodologies and how to apply them, the book is a step-by-step stock research checklist and comprehensive guide to investing and managing a successful stock portfolio. It includes detailed instructions to:


  • Determine where to search for stock prospects
  • Thoroughly research stocks using a stock research checklist
  • Confidently make buy and sell decisions
  • Expertly manage your portfolio

Packed with specific stock examples, real-life calculations, and expert tips, Creating a Portfolio like Warren Buffett is your guide to harnessing the market savvy of an investing legend.


No Fear Finance

No Fear Finance

No Fear Finance: An Introduction to Finance and Investment for the Non-finance Professional by Guy Fraser-Sampson
Kogan Page Publishers | 2011 | ISBN: 0749463880 | EPUB | 3.93MB


Many people are too apprehensive of the perceived risk to invest and too intimidated by the complicated jargon to consider finance. No Fear Finance is an accessible guide to the essentials of finance and investment for students approaching the subject for the first time or professionals looking to gain new skills.


Guy Fraser-Sampson covers topics such as how people do business, how business is financed, accounting basics, financial accounting, working capital, capital transactions, the investment fundamentals of risk and return, the time value of money, investing in bonds and equity, asset classes, different types of funds, asset allocation, derivatives, behavioral finance and the future of business finance. Covering all of the basics needed to have a thorough understanding of finance, Fraser-Sampson provides general readers, entrepreneurs and new managers with the confidence to confront complex financial and investment concepts.


Restoring Your Eyesight: A Taoist Approach

Restoring Your Eyesight: A Taoist Approach

Restoring Your Eyesight: A Taoist Approach by Thomas R Quackenbush, Doug Marsh
Healing Arts Press | 2011 | ISBN: 1594777209 | EPUB | 317.74KB


Doug Marsh shows readers how to improve their eyesight by taking conscious control of their vision health. Vision goes deeper than the eyes and optic nerves, Marsh explains, extending well into the layers of the mind, emotions, and spirit. Eyesight difficulties are often connected to behavioral and stress-related syndromes, such as dyslexia, ADHD, stuttering, TMJ, and anxiety disorders. Combining proven methods pioneered a century ago by eye doctor William Bates with the ancient Chinese wisdom of Taoism, Marsh draws upon their core values—rhythm, softness, return, balance, and wholeness—to provide guidelines for a holistic healing of outer and inner vision.


The Art of Cosmic Vision

The Art of Cosmic Vision

The Art of Cosmic Vision: Practices for Improving Your Eyesight by Mantak Chia, Robert T Lewanski
Inner Traditions / Bear & Company | 2010 | ISBN: 1594779163 | EPUB | 1.13MB


In the West, problems with eyesight are treated separately from overall health, usually with prescription glasses or contact lenses. But Eastern systems of holistic healing view the eyes as mirrors of physical health. Eye problems reflect problems with the internal organs, most specifically the liver and kidneys. The Art of Cosmic Vision offers Taoist healing sound exercises for strengthening the liver and kidneys as well as seven internal Chi Kung exercises and Dao-Yin self-massage practices for toning the organ meridians. It also provides extensive dietary recommendations, including a complete Ayurvedic analysis of the three main nutritional body types.


The Devil's Picnic

The Devil's Picnic

The Devil's Picnic: Travels Through the Underworld of Food and Drink by Taras Grescoe
HarperCollins Canada | 2010 | ISBN: 1443401501 | EPUB | 2.31MB


The Devil's Picnic is a feast like no other: start with an aperitif of powerful Norwegian moonshine; nibble on a French raw-milk cheese that can carry a brain-swelling bacteria; sip Bolivian coca tea and Swiss absinthe; maybe puff a Cuban cigar in a California bar. Award-winning journalist Taras Grescoe travels the world sampling these and other substances that have been legally banned and publicly demonized.


As he partakes of forbidden pleasures and risks run-ins with the law, his experiences make for fascinating reading and for equally compelling meditations on personal freedom. Who decides what's bad for us? What role do international politics play in the banning of certain substances? What will be banned next?


The Highly Sensitive Person

The Highly Sensitive Person

The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You by Elaine Aron
Citadel | 2012 | ISBN: 080653592X | EPUB | 688.48KB


Are you a highly sensitive person?


Do you have a keen imagination and vivid dreams? Is time alone each day as essential to you as food and water? Are you "too shy" or "too sensitive" according to others? Do noise and confusion quickly overwhelm you? If your answers are yes, you may be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).


Most of us feel overstimulated every once in a while, but for the Highly Sensitive Person, it's a way of life. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Elaine Aron, a psychotherapist, workshop leader and highly sensitive person herself, shows you how to identify this trait in yourself and make the most of it in everyday situations. Drawing on her many years of research and hundreds of interviews, she shows how you can better understand yourself and your trait to create a fuller, richer life.


In The Highly Sensitive Person, you will discover:


  • Self-assessment tests to help you identify your particular sensitivities
  • Ways to reframe your past experiences in a positive light and gain greater self-esteem in the process
  • Insight into how high sensitivity affects both work and personal relationships
  • Tips on how to deal with overarousal
  • Information on medications and when to seek help
  • Techniques to enrich the soul and spirit

The On-Time, On-Target Manager

The On-Time, On-Target Manager

The On-Time, On-Target Manager: How a "Last-Minute Manager" Conquered Procrastination by Ken Blanchard, Steve Gottry
HarperCollins | 2005 | ISBN: 0061751375 | EPUB | 819.79KB


Ken Blanchard's phenomenal bestsellers, such as The One Minute Manager and Raving Fans, have made him a globally recognized business legend. Millions look to Blanchard for innovative approaches to management, leadership, customer service, and much more. Now, he has joined with noted business author Steve Gottry to explore one of the most common and insidious problems plaguing the workplace -- procrastination.


The On-Time, On-Target Manager is the story of Bob, a typical middle manager who puts things off to the last minute. As a result, he misses deadlines because his lack of focus causes him to accomplish meaningless tasks before getting to the important things. Like many professionals, Bob rationalizes, justifies, and tries to explain. Luckily, Bob is sent to his company's CEO -- which stands for "Chief Effectiveness Officer" -- who helps him deal with the three negative side effects of procrastination: lateness, poor work quality, and stress to himself and others. Bob learns how to transform himself from a crisis-prone Last-Minute manager into a productive On-Time, On-Target manager.


With this engaging parable, Blanchard and Gottry offer practical strategies any professional can put into practice to improve his or her performance.


The Procrastination Cure: 7 Steps to Stop Putting Life Off

The Procrastination Cure: 7 Steps to Stop Putting Life Off

The Procrastination Cure: 7 Steps to Stop Putting Life Off by Jeffrey Combs
Career Press | 2011 | ISBN: 160163627X | EPUB | 2.64MB


20 percent of people admit to being procrastinators and an untold number never admit to it at all. Procrastination is an epidemic that can only be eliminated if the underlying causes are uncovered. Yet there's very little understanding of how to let go of procrastination, how to recognize and diffuse the feelings that lead to it, and most importantly, how to develop the ability to both produce and relax without guilt.


In the pages of The Procrastination Cure, you'll discover:


  • The root causes of procrastination (as opposed to viewing procrastination as merely a time-management issue)
  • The six types of procrastinators: the Neurotic Perfectionist, the Big Deal Chaser, the Chronic Worrier, the Rebellious Rebel, the Drama Addict, and the Angry Giver
  • Key strategies, practical solutions, and real-life examples for overcoming each variety of procrastination

Many books on procrastination are written from a distance by PhDs whereas Jeffery Combs, a recovering procrastinator himself, will help you overcome procrastination and achieve the life of your dreams based on his own experiences and research.


Finance for Freelancers

Finance for Freelancers

Finance for Freelancers by Martha Retallick
Rockable Press | 2012 | ASIN: B009OY1TNK | PDF | 2.26MB


Getting on top of your finances doesn't have to be a headache. Freelance veteran Martha Retallick makes finance and accounting concepts fun and friendly.


Greetings from sunny Tucson, Arizona! My name is Martha Retallick, and I'm the author of Finance for Freelancers.


I wrote this book to make financial and accounting concepts fun and friendly. Since we freelancers are going to have to deal with these things, we might as well enjoy the experience, right?


Okay, I hear what you're saying. You're a creative person, not a numbers person. You'd do anything to avoid dealing with the financial side of your business.


Don't worry, this will be painless. And you might even find yourself turning into a numbers geek. And why not? It's your business that we're talking about!