Slow Death by Rubber Duck

Slow Death by Rubber Duck

Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health by Rick Smith, Bruce Lourie, Sarah Dopp
Knopf Canada | 2009 | ISBN: 0307397122 | EPUB | 3.06MB


Funny, thought-provoking, and incredibly disturbing, Slow Death by Rubber Duck reveals that just the living of daily life creates a chemical soup inside each of us.


Pollution is no longer just about belching smokestacks and ugly sewer pipes - now, it's personal.


The most dangerous pollution has always come from commonplace items in our homes and workplaces. Smith and Lourie ingested and inhaled a host of things that surround all of us all the time. This book exposes the extent to which we are poisoned every day of our lives. For this book, over the period of a week - the kind of week that would be familiar to most people - the authors use their own bodies as the reference point and tell the story of pollution in our modern world, the miscreant corporate giants who manufacture the toxins, the weak-kneed government officials who let it happen, and the effects on people and families across the globe. Parents and concerned citizens will have to read this book.


Key concerns raised in Slow Death by Rubber Duck:


  • Flame-retardant chemicals from electronics and household dust polluting our blood.
  • Toxins in our urine caused by leaching from plastics and run-of-the-mill shampoos, toothpastes and deodorant.
  • Mercury in our blood from eating tuna.
  • The chemicals that build up in our body when carpets and upholstery off-gas.

Ultimately hopeful, the book empowers readers with some simple ideas for protecting themselves and their families, and changing things for the better.


Henry VIII: The King and His Court

Henry VIII: The King and His Court

Henry VIII: The King and His Court by Alison Weir
Ballantine | 2002 | ISBN: 034543708X | EPUB | 1.55MB
“WEIR’S BOOK OUTSHINES ALL PREVIOUS STUDIES OF HENRY. Beautifully written, exhaustive in its research, it is a gem. . . . She succeeds masterfully in making Henry and his six wives . . . come alive for the reader.”
–Philadelphia Inquirer

Henry VIII, renowned for his command of power and celebrated for his intellect, presided over one of the most magnificent–and dangerous–courts in Renaissance Europe. Never before has a detailed, personal biography of this charismatic monarch been set against the cultural, social, and political background of his glittering court. Now Alison Weir, author of the finest royal chronicles of our time, brings to vibrant life the turbulent, complex figure of the King.

Packed with colorful description, meticulous in historical detail, rich in pageantry, intrigue, passion, and luxury, Weir brilliantly renders King Henry VIII, his court, and the fascinating men and women who vied for its pleasures and rewards. The result is an absolutely spellbinding read.

Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs [Audiobook]

Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs [Audiobook]

Temples, Tombs and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt [Audiobook] by Barbara Mertz
Tantor Media | 2007 | ISBN: 1400155606 | MP3 VBR V5 | 12 hrs 48 mins | 331.7MB


In this updated version of the classic of popular Egyptology, Barbara Mertz combines a doctorate in Egyptology at the famed Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago with a life-long enthusiasm for ancient Egypt. Her love of the subject is contagious and makes her the perfect guide to ancient Egypt for the student, the layman, and those who plan to visit-or have visited-the Nile Valley.


This updated and revised version of Dr. Mertz's stunning collection of everything related to the civilization of ancient Egypt is brought to life through Lorna Raver's informative and entertaining narration. Presented as half textbook, half historical fiction, Raver finds a solid balance between the two genres. Her voice brims with mystery and the unknown as she, along with the listener, travels along the path that Mertz has meticulously paved from the earliest glimpses of the remarkable civilization to the very latest discoveries. Raver is solid and unwavering throughout, sounding as though she's enjoying the information she so clearly presents. She brings fun and excitement to a field that many consider to be overly analyzed and studied, offering a learning experience through an abundance of speculative fiction sure to capture the minds of even the youngest listeners.


As a graduate student in Egyptology/Egyptian archaeology, I have a slightly different perspective on this book than some people. As other reviewers have noted, the text is a bit dated, having been written a few decades ago. However, the basic facts are still solid and Mertz writes so well and brings so much of ancient Egyptian history to life that a few inaccuracies can be excused, especially as one hopes that so well-written a text will encourage people to go on to do more research.

Mertz also manages to capture and discuss, though not in detail, a bit of what it is like to study Egyptology professionally in a few humorous off-the-cuff remarks in the texts. If memory serves, she compares demotic to a series of frenetic commas.

In short, this is a book I re-read on occasion, even as a professional, not for any particular research needs, but more to remind myself what my own writing *could* be and, sometimes, to remind myself why I decided to do this for a living. -- By Shoveling Ferret


Nefertiti: Egypt's Sun Queen

Nefertiti: Egypt's Sun Queen

Nefertiti: Egypt's Sun Queen by Joyce A Tyldesley
Viking | 1999 | ISBN: 0670869988 | EPUB | 3.16MB


For over a decade Nefertiti, wife of the heretic king Akhenatem, was the most influential woman in the Bronze Age. Her image and name were celebrated throughout Egypt and her future seemed golden. Suddenly Nefertiti disappeared from the royal family, vanishing so completely that it was as if she had never been. No record survives to detail her death, no monument serves to mourn her passing and to this day her end remains an enigma. Joyce Tyldesley provides a detailed discussion of the life and times of Nefertiti, set against the background of the ephemeral Amarna Court.


In Cold Blood [Audiobook]

In Cold Blood [Audiobook]
In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and its Consequences [Audiobook] by Truman Capote
Books on Tape | 2006 | ISBN: 1415930929 | MP3 VBR + EPUB | 14 hrs 27 mins | 482.39MB

On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.


As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.


In the wake of the award-winning film Capote, interest in the author's 1965 true crime masterpiece has spiked. Capote's spellbinding narrative plumbs the psychological and emotional depths of a senseless quadruple murder in America's heartland. In the audio version, narrator Brick keeps up with the master storyteller every step of the way. In fact, Brick's surefooted performance is nothing short of stunning. He settles comfortably into every character on this huge stage—male and female, lawman and murderer, teen and spinster—and moves fluidly between them, generating the feel of a full-cast production.


He assigns varying degrees of drawl to the citizens of Finney County, Kans., where the crimes take place, and supplements with an arsenal of tension-building cadences, hard and soft tones, regional and foreign accents, and subtle inflections, even embedding a quiver of grief in the voice of one character. This facile audio actor delivers an award-worthy performance, well-suited for a tale of such power that moves not only around the country but around the territory of the human psyche and heart.




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My Grandfather's Prison

My Grandfather's Prison

My Grandfather's Prison: A Story of Death and Deceit in 1940s Kansas City by Richard A Serrano
University of Missouri Press | 2009 | ISBN: 0826218644 | PDF | 1.72MB


James Patrick Lyons abandoned his family for a life on Kansas City's skid row. A town drunk, he was arrested eighty times for public intoxication. On the night of his last arrest, he was taken to the city jail and held in solitary confinement. The next morning he was dead. Officials said it was natural causes - yet they could not explain his broken neck.


When Richard Serrano learned of the grandfather he had never known, the longtime journalist embarked upon a search that led him deep into the city's wide-open and ignoble past. He stumbled upon his maternal grandfather's death certificate from 1948 and discovered that the evidence pointed to murder in that basement cell. That revelation triggered a blizzard of questions for Serrano and provided the impetus for this engrossing story. Part memoir, part investigative report, "My Grandfather's Prison" takes readers back to a crossroads year for Kansas City.


The Great Depression and World War II were over, yet vestiges still lingered from the corrupt Pendergast political machine. The city jail itself was a throwback to the old lockups and rock piles of popular fiction, while the sheriff's office was dishonest and inept - and tried to cover up the death. Much has been written about Tom Pendergast and the iron hand with which he ruled Kansas City until his fall. Serrano's personal journey takes the story further into those crucial years when the city tried to shake off the yoke of machine politics and political corruption and step into a new era of reform.


In his quest to uncover the details of his grandfather's life, Serrano re-creates the flavor of mid-twentieth-century Kansas City. He shows us real-life characters who broaden our understanding of the city's history: sheriffs and deputies, political bosses and coroners. And he also discovers a city filled with lost souls like James Lyons: the denizens of Kansas City's skid row, a neglected area near the river bottom that once housed the city's gilded community but now was home to derelicts and drunks. As Serrano gradually comes to terms with the darker side of his family history, he traces a parallel reconciliation of the city with its own sordid past. James Lyons died just as the old ways of the city were dying, and this spellbinding accounts shows how one town in one time struggled with its past to find a brighter future.


On Killing [Audiobook]

On Killing [Audiobook]

On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society [Audiobook] by Dave Grossman
Little, Brown & Company | 2009 | ISBN: 1600245935 | M4B | 10 hrs 24 mins | 159.98MB


The good news is that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to kill in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. The psychological cost for soldiers, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating. The psychological cost for the rest of us is even more so: contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army's conditioning techniques and, according to Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's thesis, is responsible for our rising rate of murder among the young.


Upon its first publication, On Killing was hailed as a landmark study of the techniques the military uses to overcome the powerful reluctance to kill, of how killing affects the soldier, and of the societal implications of escalating violence. Now, Grossman has updated this classic work to include information on 21st-century military conflicts, recent crime rates, suicide bombings, school shootings, and much more. The result is a work that is sure to be relevant and important for decades to come.


The Last Don [Audiobook]

The Last Don [Audiobook]

The Last Don [Audiobook] by Mario Puzo
Blackstone Audio | 2010 | ISBN: 1441714197 | MP3@128 kbps | 18 hrs 53 mins | 1.03GB


Age withers some writers. Others it ripens toward an Olympian wisdom. So it is with Puzo, who at age 76 returns after a quarter century to the terrain of his greatest success, The Godfather, to tell a second masterful tale of Mafia life. Puzo's vision is broader here, and more dispassionate.


Times have changed since the day of the Corleones. America has fragmented, and Puzo's new family, the Clericuzios, the shadowy power behind the Mafia, is feeling modernity's centrifugal force. Though still based in New York, the Family has also scattered to Vegas and, as the novel progresses, to Hollywood.


Puzo's protagonist is Cross De Lena, nephew of Don Domenico Clericuzio, his Bruglione in Vegas, who by investing in film may fulfill the Don's wish to legitimize the Family. But in Puzo's world, the search for power and wealth demands brutality; dream factories, whether of Vegas or Hollywood, are awash in vengeance, betrayal and blood. Puzo's take on the film world is scathing, yet there are no caricatures here; his men and women can be seduced by virtue as well as by vice and will throw away a lifetime in pursuit of love.


Violence slashes through the narrative, but the real cruelty that laces the plot lies in each character's byzantine manipulations of others; the story line would delight a Medici. Nearly above the fray stand two old men, the Don and a film czar. Knowing what the world is, they neither condemn it nor bless it but acknowledge its wickedness and drink of its passion and beauty. As, in this mesmerizing tale, Puzo himself does, surveying the play of humanity in its mad glory.


Fools Die [Audiobook]

Fools Die [Audiobook]

Fools Die [Audiobook] by Mario Puzo
Books on Tape | 1999 | ISBN: 0736680411 | MP3 ABR | 18 hrs 28 mins | 417.86MB


From the blockbuster author of The Godfather comes this bold international best-seller about the feverish world of a big-time gambler.


Merlyn and his brother, Artie, obey their own code of honor in the ferment of contemporary America, where law and organized crime are one and the same.


Set within America's golden triangle of corruption and excess - New York, Hollywood, Las Vegas - the novel plunges into the glittering and ruthless worlds of gambling, publishing, and the film industry, where greed, lust, and violence hold sway. As high rollers, hustlers, and scheming manipulators use power, sex, and betrayal to win, the strongest survive - but fools die.


The Aylesford Skull [Audiobook]

The Aylesford Skull [Audiobook]

The Aylesford Skull [Audiobook] by James P Blaylock
Audible | 2013 | ASIN: B00B5OWGKM | MP3@64 kbps | 11 hrs 58 mins | 329.82MB


A skeletal hand clutching an iron key lies hidden within a mermaid's wooden sarcophagus; a hand-drawn map is stolen from beneath the floorboards an old museum. All while an eccentric inventor - he Sleeper - dreams of a passage to the centre of the hollow earth. And by dreaming, brings the passage into being...


Pursued by kidnappers thinking of riches and murder, Katherine Perkins and her two cousins must descend into the depths of the hollow earth in order to return the Sleeper to his ancestral home on the shores of Lake Windermere. But to awaken him might mean the end of his dream, the closing of the Windermere Passage, leaving the three intrepid explorers marooned in a savage land forgotten by time itself.


Zeuglodon, set in the world envisioned in James P Blaylock's The Digging Leviathan, is a landscape of colour, mystery, and adventure, in which reality and fantasy are shifting currents, and nothing is quite what it seems to be.


James P Blaylock is one of the founding fathers of modern steampunk along with fellow writers and friends Tim Powers and K.W. Jeter. He has won the World Fantasy and Philip K. Dick Awards. Blaylock lives in Orange CA with his wife, they have two sons.


Tomorrow's Crimes [Audiobook]

Tomorrow's Crimes [Audiobook]

Tomorrow's Crimes [Audiobook] by Donald E Westlake
DH Audio | 1994 | ISBN: 0886465060 | MP3@96 kbps | 6 hrs 02 mins | 252.38MB


The author of original and literate suspense novels, Westlake excels also at creating mystery adventures in science-fiction settings. The selections in this volume, nine short stories and a book-length story, Anarchaos , originally appeared in SF magazines.


Anarchy/chaos is the condition of society on the planet where Rolf Malone arrives from Earth after serving time for murder. While he lacks most human emotions, Rolf does love his brother Gar who was killed on Anarchaos, and he is bent on vegeance. Westlake conveys unbridled horror as the lone Earthling, though cunning and violent, is outnumbered by creatures of Hell, the city where events reach a climax. Both the novella and a much shorter cautionary tale, "Hydra," carry an implied warning about future life in a polluted world. Other entries relieve the grimness, displaying the author's sense of humor, particularly in a sendup of Hammett's fat man seeking the fabled bird and Poe's detective spotting the missing paper, "The Ultimate Caper: The Purloined Letter."


First off, I'm a HUGE audio book fan -- I've got seven shelves of them in my house and plan to continue collecting. Out of all of them, I truly enjoyed "Future Crimes" the most. The stories are very clever, yet engaging and easy to follow (a must for an audio format). Westlake combines imaginative visions of the future with very down-to-earth human perspectives, keeping the sci-fi elements of these tales from feeling unrealistic or confusing. The reader, Theodore Bikel, gives a captivating performance of each, drawing you into the little worlds Westlake creates with ease of an master hypnotist. Beyond the exceptionally good stories and wonderful performance, "Future Crimes" stacks up very favourably to other audio titles in that it can be fully enjoyed during your first listening, yet doesn't lose its charm on subsequent listens. Several of the other titles I have are either too complex to appreciate the first time out, or hinge so heavily on the "twist" at the end that there's little point in hearing them twice (which should be considered in light of the high cost of the audio book format). If you are at all a fan of sci-fi, mystery, or horror; I heartily recommend finding a place for "Future Crimes" on you bookshelf. If you as big a fan of the audio book format as I am, your sure to appreciate how well these tales utilize the format. And if you not yet a fan of audio books, this title may well make you one. Happy Listening! -- from Amazon's Customer Review


Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go To Work [Audiobook]

Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go To Work [Audiobook]

Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go To Work [Audiobook] by Robert D Hare PhD, Paul Babiak Ph D
Tantor Media | 2011 | ISBN: 1452654247 | MP3@128 kbps | 10 hrs 46 mins | 590.62MB


Let's say you're about to hire somebody for a position in your company. Your corporation wants someone who's fearless, charismatic, and full of new ideas. Candidate X is charming, smart, and has all the right answers to your questions. Problem solved, right? Maybe not.


Psychopaths may enter as rising stars and corporate saviors, but all too soon they're abusing the trust of colleagues, manipulating supervisors, and leaving the workplace in shambles. In Snakes in Suits, corporate psychologist Dr. Paul Babiak teams up with psychopathy expert Dr. Robert Hare to focus on the psychopath's role in modern corporations. They found that it's exactly the modern, open, more flexible corporate world that is the perfect breeding ground for these employees.


Snakes in Suits reveals psychopaths' secrets, introduces the ways in which they manipulate and deceive, and helps listeners see through their games. It is a compelling, frightening, and scientifically sound look at exactly how psychopaths work in the corporate environment, teaching you how they apply their "instinctive" manipulation techniques to business processes. It's a must listen for anyone in the business world, making you aware of the subtle warning signs of psychopathic behavior-before it's too late.


The Spoken Word: American Writers [Audiobook]

The Spoken Word: American Writers [Audiobook]

The Spoken Word: American Writers [Audiobook]
BBC Audio | 2008 | ISBN: 0712305440 | MP3 VBR V0 | 3 hrs 32 mins | 313.51MB


James Baldwin discussing the position of African American writers in the United States, F. Scott Fitzgerald reading from Othello, and a rare interview with William S. Burroughs are just some of the wealth of the striking voices of American writers recorded for BBC broadcasts in the twentieth century and gathered here in one remarkable collection. This incredible three-CD boxed set forms part of the British Library’s extensive audio series of documentary recordings by English-language authors and playwrights. The the collection brings modern American literature dramatically to life with writers as diverse as Vladimir Nabokov, Eudora Welty, John Steinbeck, Ralph Ellison, and Gertrude Stein.


The majority of these recordings have never before been released, making this collection the perfect gift for any literature lover in your life who wishes to add these legendary figures to his or her impeccable library.


The Spoken Word: British Writers [Audiobook]

The Spoken Word: British Writers [Audiobook]

The Spoken Word: British Writers [Audiobook]
BBC Audio | 2008 | ISBN: 0712305416 | MP3 VBR V0 | 3 hrs 35 mins | 301.41MB


This three-CD boxed set of recordings documents some of the twentieth-century’s most emulated and admired literary figures and continues the traditions of excellence evidenced by the American edition.


Now devoted readers can hear extremely rare clips of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle speaking; Rudyard Kipling giving a speech; Virginia Woolf speaking on craftsmanship; John le Carré being interviewed; W. Somerset Maugham reading from A Writer’s Notebook; William Golding discussing his novels; and E. M. Forster, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, and J. R. R. Tolkien, among others, delivering prepared talks. Comprising largely previously unavailable material, this collection provides an unparalleled opportunity to listen to some of the greatest figures of modern British literature, all brought to you in one definitive audio collection.


Career Renegade

Career Renegade

Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love by Jonathan Fields
Crown Business | 2009 | ISBN: 0767927419 | EPUB | 2.46MB


There’s a revolution brewing across the nation--a movement that’s changing lives and revealing little known paths to passion and prosperity.


It’s about building a great living around what you love to do most. Once you’ve been touched by it, you’ll never be the same. This book is your way in, your admission ticket to the world of the career renegade.


Jonathan Fields, mega-firm lawyer turned successful lifestyle entrepreneur, blogger and writer shows you how to turn your passion–whether it’s cooking or copy-writing, teaching or playing video games–into a better payday and a richly satisfying life.


  • Discover the 7 career renegade paths to prosperity
  • Tap technology to turn a seemingly moneyless passion into a goldmine
  • Rapidly test and tune your idea for free, from the comfort of your couch
  • Establish yourself as an authority in a new field with little or no investment
  • Cultivate the mission-driven, action-oriented career renegade mindset
  • Rally others to your cause, and convince them you’re not nuts

Join the movement now…and take back your livelihood and life!


The Future of Success: Working and Living in the New Economy

The Future of Success: Working and Living in the New Economy

The Future of Success: Working and Living in the New Economy by Robert B Reich
Knopf | 2001 | ISBN: 0375725121 | EPUB | 396.38KB


If you think it’s getting harder to both make a living and make a life, economist and former secretary of labor Robert Reich agrees with you. Americans may be earning more than ever before, but we’re paying a steep price: we’re working longer, seeing our families less, and our communities are fragmenting.


With the clarity and insight that are his hallmarks, Reich delineates what success has come to mean in our time. He demonstrates that although we have more choices as consumers, and investors, the choices themselves are undermining the rest of our lives. It is getting harder for people to be confident of what they will be earning next year, or even next month. At the same time, our society is splitting into socially stratified enclaves--the wealthier walled off and gated, the poorer isolated and ignored. Although the trends he discusses are powerful, they are not irreversible, and Reich makes provocative suggestions for how we might create a more balanced society and more satisfying lives. Some of his ideas may surprise you; all should spark a healthy–and essential–national debate.


101 Things Everyone Should Know About Economics

101 Things Everyone Should Know About Economics
101 Things Everyone Should Know About Economics: A Down and Dirty Guide to Everything from Securities and Derivatives to Interest Rates and Hedge Funds - And What They Mean For You by Peter Sander
2009 | ISBN: 1440503508 | EPUB | 603.03KB

What you don't know about economics can hurt you - now more than ever. This easy-to-understand guide answers all the questions you need to know to secure your financial future, such as:

  • What does it mean to my paycheck when the Fed lowers or raises interest rates?
  • What's the difference between bonds, securities, and derivatives - and which should I invest in now?
  • What does Keynesian economics have to do with my savings?

For those people whose heads spin when reading the business pages of the newspaper, here's a roadmap through the economic jungle. In simple, plain language, Peter Sander explains how economies work, why they grow, how they contract, and what the government can and can't do to help them. Most important, he tells you how all this affects you - and what kind of changes you're going to see in your finances as a result.

Economics has been called the "dismal" science. But it doesn't need to be gloomy or impenetrable. This book is an essential guide for anyone who wants to understand where the economy is today, where it's going, and what it means for the rest of us.

101 Things Everyone Should Know About Economics, 2nd Edition

A Wicked War

A Wicked War

A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 US Invasion of Mexico by Amy S Greenberg
Knopf | 2012 | ISBN: 0307592693 | EPUB | 7.31MB


Often forgotten and overlooked, the U.S.-Mexican War featured false starts, atrocities, and daring back-channel negotiations as it divided the nation, paved the way for the Civil War a generation later, and launched the career of Abraham Lincoln. Amy S. Greenberg’s skilled storytelling and rigorous scholarship bring this American war for empire to life with memorable characters, plotlines, and legacies.


When President James K. Polk compelled a divided Congress to support his war with Mexico, it was the first time that the young American nation would engage another republic in battle. Caught up in the conflict and the political furor surrounding it were Abraham Lincoln, then a new congressman; Polk, the dour president committed to territorial expansion at any cost; and Henry Clay, the aging statesman whose presidential hopes had been frustrated once again, but who still harbored influence and had one last great speech up his sleeve. Beyond these illustrious figures, A Wicked War follows several fascinating and long-neglected characters: Lincoln’s archrival John Hardin, whose death opened the door to Lincoln’s rise; Nicholas Trist, gentleman diplomat and secret negotiator, who broke with his president to negotiate a fair peace; and Polk’s wife, Sarah, whose shrewd politicking was crucial in the Oval Office.


This definitive history of the 1846 conflict paints an intimate portrait of the major players and their world. It is a story of Indian fights, Manifest Destiny, secret military maneuvers, gunshot wounds, and political spin. Along the way it captures a young Lincoln mismatching his clothes, the lasting influence of the Founding Fathers, the birth of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and America’s first national antiwar movement. A key chapter in the creation of the United States, it is the story of a burgeoning nation and an unforgettable conflict that has shaped American history.


The Life and Death of Yukio Mishima

The Life and Death of Yukio Mishima

The Life and Death of Yukio Mishima by Henry Scott Stokes
Cooper Square Press | 2000 | ISBN: 0815410743 | EPUB | 6.98MB


Novelist, playwright, film actor, martial artist, and political commentator, Yukio Mishima (1925-1970) was arguably the most famous person in Japan at the time of his death. Henry Scott Stokes, one of Mishima's closest friends, was the only non-Japanese allowed to attend the trial of the men involved in Mishima's spectacular suicide. In this insightful and empathetic look at the writer, Stokes guides the reader through the milestones of Mishima's meteoric and eclectic career and delves into the artist's major works and themes.


This biography skillfully and compassionately illuminates the achievements and disquieting ideas of a brilliant and deeply troubled man, an artist of whom Nobel Laureate Yasunari Kawabata had said, "A writer of Mishima's caliber comes along only once every two or three hundred years."


The Brothers Bulger

The Brothers Bulger

The Brothers Bulger: How They Terrorized and Corrupted Boston for a Quarter Century by Howie Carr
Grand Central Publishing | 2006 | ISBN: 0446618888 | EPUB | 371.92KB


In this riveting "New York Times" bestseller, award-winning columnist Howie Carr reveals for the first time the true lives and dark deeds of two of Boston's most infamous sons in one of the most compelling real-life family sagas of modern times.


East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart

East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart

East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart by Susan Butler
Da Capo Press | 2009 | ISBN: 030681837X | EPUB | 3.12MB


Amelia Earhart captured the hearts of the nation after becoming the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1928. And her disappearance on an around-the-world flight in 1937 is an enduring mystery.


Based on ten years of research, East to the Dawn provides a richly textured portrait of Earhart in all her complexity. It’s the perfect complement to the October 2009 movie Amelia, starring Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, and Ewan McGregor.


April 1865: The Month That Saved America

April 1865: The Month That Saved America

April 1865: The Month That Saved America by Jay Winik
HarperCollins | 2001 | ISBN: 0060187239 | EPUB | 759.57KB


April 1865 was a month that could have unraveled the nation. Instead, it saved it. Here Jay Winik offers a brilliant new look at the Civil War's final days that will forever change the way we see the war's end and the nation's new beginning. Uniquely set within the larger sweep of history, filled with rich profiles of outsize figures, fresh iconoclastic scholarship, and a gripping narrative, this is a masterful account of the thirty most pivotal days in the life of the United States.


It was not inevitable that the Civil War would end as it did, or that it would end at all well. Indeed, it almost didn't. Time and again, critical moments could have plunged the nation back into war or fashioned a far harsher, more violent, and volatile peace. Now, in a superbly told story, Winik captures the epic images and extraordinary history as never before. This one month witnessed the frenzied fall of Richmond; a daring last-ditch Southern plan for guerrilla warfare; Lee's harrowing retreat; and then Appomattox. It saw Lincoln's assassination just five days later, and a near-successful plot to decapitate the Union government, followed by chaos and coup fears in the North, collapsed negotiations and continued bloodshed in the South, and finally, the start of national reconciliation. In the end, April 1865 emerges as not just the tale of the war's denouement, but the story of the making of our nation.


Provocative, bold, exquisitely rendered, and stunningly original, April 1865 is the first major reassessment of the Civil War's close and is destined to become one of the great stories of American history.


A Very Rude Awakening

A Very Rude Awakening

A Very Rude Awakening: The night the Japanese midget subs came to Sydney Harbour by Peter Grose
Allen & Unwin | 2007 | ISBN: 1741752191 | EPUB | 3.78MB


In May of 1942, the war seemed very far away to most Sydneysiders - until the night the three Japanese midget submarines crept into the harbour and caused an unforgettable night of mayhem, high farce, chaos and courage. A ground-breaking new look at one of the most extraordinary stories of Australia at war.


Oil: Money, Politics, and Power in the 21st Century

Oil: Money, Politics, and Power in the 21st Century

Oil: Money, Politics, and Power in the 21st Century by Tom Bower
Grand Central Publishing | 2010 | ISBN: 0446547980 | EPUB | 7.18MB


With unparalleled insight into BP and its safety record leading up to the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, Tom Bower gives us a groundbreaking, in-depth, and authoritative twenty-year history of the hunt and speculation for our most vital natural resource.


Twenty years ago oil cost about $7 a barrel. In 2008 the price soared to $148 and then fell to below $40. In the midst of this extraordinary volatility, the major oil conglomerates still spent over a trillion dollars in an increasingly frantic search for more.


The story of oil is a story of high stakes and extreme risk. It is the story of the crushing rivalries between men and women exploring for oil five miles beneath the sea, battling for control of the world's biggest corporations, and gambling billions of dollars twenty-four hours every day on oil's prices. It is the story of corporate chieftains in Dallas and London, traders in New York, oil-oligarchs in Moscow, and globe-trotting politicians-all maneuvering for power.


With the world as his canvas, acclaimed investigative reporter Tom Bower gathers unprecedented firsthand information from hundreds of sources to give readers the definitive, untold modern history of oil . . . the ultimate story of arrogance, intrigue, and greed.


American Insurgents

American Insurgents

American Insurgents: A Brief History of American Anti-Imperialism by Richard Seymour
Haymarket Books | 2012 | ISBN: 1608461416 | EPUB | 468.81KB


All empires spin self-serving myths, and in the US the most potent of these is that America is a force for democracy around the world. Yet there is a tradition of American anti-imperialism that exposes this misleading mythology. American Insurgents is a surprising, revelatory history of anti-imperialism in the United States since the American Revolution. It charts the movements against empire from the Indian Wars and the expansionism of the slave South to the Anti-Imperialist League of Mark Twain and Jane Addams. Seymour crafts a lively and transparent explanation of why some of these movements succeeded and others failed. The result is a vital perspective for those organizing antiwar resistance today.


1616: The World in Motion

1616: The World in Motion

1616: The World in Motion by Thomas Christensen
Counterpoint | 2013 | ISBN: 161902067X | EPUB | 16.41MB


The world of 1616 was a world of motion. Enormous galleons carrying silk and silver across the Pacific created the first true global economy, and the first international megacorporations were emerging as economic powers. In Europe, the deaths of Shakespeare and Cervantes marked the end of an era in literature, as the spirit of the Renaissance was giving way to new attitudes that would lead to the Age of Revolution. Great changes were also taking place in East Asia, where the last native Chinese dynasty was entering its final years and Japan was beginning its long period of warrior rule. Artists there, as in many parts of the world, were rethinking their connections to ancient traditions and experimenting with new directions. Women everywhere were redefining their roles in family and society. Slave trading was relocating large numbers of people, while others were migrating in search of new opportunities. The first tourists, traveling not for trade or exploration but for personal fulfillment, were exploring this new globalized world.


A Companion to Roman Imperialism

A Companion to Roman Imperialism

A Companion to Roman Imperialism edited by Dexter Hoyos
Brill Academic Publishers | 2012 | ISBN: 9004235930 | PDF | 2.23MB


The Roman empire extended over three continents, and all its lands came to share a common culture, bequeathing a legacy vigorous even today. A Companion to Roman Imperialism, written by a distinguished body of scholars, explores the extraordinary phenomenon of Rome’s rise to empire to reveal the impact which this had on her subject peoples and on the Romans themselves. The Companion analyses how Rome’s internal affairs and international relations reacted on each other, sometimes with violent results, why some lands were annexed but others ignored or given up, and the ways in which Rome’s population and power élite evolved as former subjects, east and west, themselves became Romans and made their powerful contributions to Roman history and culture.


Contributors are Eric Adler, Richard Alston, Lea Beness, Paul Burton, Brian Campbell, Arthur Eckstein, Peter Edwell, Tom Hillard, Richard Hingley, Benjamin Isaac, José Luis López Castro, J. Majbom Madsen, Susan Mattern, Sophie Mills, David Potter, Jonathan Prag, Steven Rutledge, Maurice Sartre, John Serrati, Tom Stevenson, Martin Stone, and James Thorne.


A Companion to Women's Military History

A Companion to Women's Military History

A Companion to Women's Military History edited by Barton C Hacker, Margaret Vining
Brill Academic Publishers | 2012 | ISBN: 9004212175 | PDF | 6.66MB


Military institutions have everywhere and always shaped the course of history, but women s near universal participation in them has largely gone unnoticed. This volume addresses the changing relationships between women and armed forces from antiquity to the present. The eight chapters in Part I present broad, scholarly reviews of the existing literature to provide a clear understanding of where we stand. An extended picture essay documents visually women s military work since the sixteenth century. The book s second part comprises eight exemplary articles, more narrowly focused than the survey articles but illustrating some of their major themes. Military history will benefit from acknowledging women s participation, as will women s history from recognizing military institutions as major factors in molding women s lives.


Contributors include Jorit Wintjes, Mary Elizabeth Ailes, John A. Lynn, Barton C. Hacker, Kimberly Jensen, Margaret Vining, D Ann M. Campbell, Carol B. Stevens, Jan Noel, Elizabeth Prelinger, Donna Alvah, Karen Hagemann, Yehudit Kol-Inbar, Dorotea Gucciardo and Megan Howatt, and Judith Hicks Stiehm.


Psychology Moment by Moment

Psychology Moment by Moment

Psychology Moment by Moment: A Guide to Enhancing Your Clinical Practice with Mindfulness and Meditation by Elise Labbe
New Harbinger Publications | 2011 | ISBN: 1572248955 | EPUB | 1.05MB


As the research supporting mindfulness-based therapies grows, so does the demand for mental health professionals who can develop effective mindfulness-based treatment protocols suited to the needs of individual clients. Psychology Moment by Moment guides clinicians through the process of creating and applying mindfulness-based interventions for a variety of client populations and problems, session by session, to focus treatment even more and help clients make substantial progress.


You'll learn the best mindfulness techniques for the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, chronic illness, pain, stress, and eating disorders, and apply these techniques in therapy, including child and couples therapy. This handbook also offers methods for measuring and documenting client mindfulness that have previously been available only to researchers. The mindfulness approach in this book can be used as a stand-alone treatment or may be incorporated into cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and other therapeutic modalities.


Integrate these evidence-based mindfulness techniques into your practice and learn why they work:


  • Breathing exercises for deep relaxation
  • Building mindful awareness and sensory exercises in daily activities
  • Meditations for building present-moment awareness
  • Yoga, body scan meditations, and other body awareness techniques

Financial Alchemy in Crisis: The Great Liquidity Illusion

Financial Alchemy in Crisis: The Great Liquidity Illusion

Financial Alchemy in Crisis: The Great Liquidity Illusion by Anastasia Nesvetailova
Pluto Press | 2010 | ISBN: 0745328776 | PDF | 1.77MB


In July 2007, the combination of a seemingly unstoppable rise in house prices and bullish banks swimming in liquidity meant that almost anyone could get a mortgage in the UK or US. Little more than a month later the supply of credit dried up practically overnight, leaving the world wondering how bank liquidity could suddenly vanish. In Financial Alchemy in Crisis, Anastasia Nesvetailova shows that this liquidity never actually existed. The rise of sophisticated financial instruments created what appeared to be an abundance of liquid funds but was in fact a credit pyramid. As soon as house prices stopped rising the reality was exposed. Nesvetailova's bold and radical analysis explains why the credit crisis was an inevitable consequence of entrusting the world economy to financiers who believe that they can 'create' money and wealth.


The International Economy since 1945

The International Economy since 1945

The International Economy since 1945 by Sidney Pollard
Routledge | 1997 | ISBN: 0415140676 | PDF | 551.02KB


In The International Economy Since 1945, Sidney Pollard describes the most important global developments in economics during the last half century. In this comprehensive history the author covers all geographical regions and considers the effects of the major countries on each other.


The International Economy Since 1945 analyses institutional issues, such as monetary policy or the multinational company, as well as worldwide issues. The author considers the impact of policies on economic life and includes discussion of:


  • the threat to the environment caused by economic change
  • advances in technology as they relate to growth
  • fluctuations in standards of living in all parts of the world
  • policies pursued and how they influence growth
  • reactions of other nations to the plight of the Third World
  • the Communist and Far Eastern economies
  • the impact of World War II on the global economy.

The International Economy Since 1945 debates the key issues of current global and national policy-making and the effects of greater economic integration on inflation and employment.


The History of Development

The History of Development

The History of Development: From Western Origins to Global Faith by Gilbert Rist
Zed Books | 2008 | ISBN: 1848131895 | PDF | 3.64MB


This book provides a complete and powerful overview of what the idea of development has meant. Rist traces it from its origins in the Western view of history, through the early stages of the world system, the rise of U.S. hegemony, the supposed triumph of the third world, through to new concerns about the environment and globalization. In two completely new chapters on the Millennium Development Goals and post-development thinking, Rist brings the book completely up to date. Throughout, he argues that development has been no more than a collective delusion, which in reality has only resulted in widening market relations.


The Natural Instability of Markets

The Natural Instability of Markets

The Natural Instability of Markets: Expectations, Increasing Returns, and the Collapse of Capitalism by Michael Perelman
Palgrave Macmillan | 1999 | ISBN: 0312221215 | PDF | 4.44MB


As socialist states struggle to transform themselves into market economies and the United States privatizes everything from schooling to policing, the current crises in Russia and East Asia suggest that something might be amiss. In the rush to open societies to the benefits of competition, economists have overlooked the fundamental instability of competitive markets. What had seemed to be an invincible capitalist juggernaut may be reaching its apotheosis. A close look at market economies is more timely and crucial than ever. Michael Perelman argues that capitalism's victory is temporary, based as it is on an unrealistic understanding of the system’s inherent risks. He analyzes the nature and causes of crisis within a market society, and along the way, he re-examines one of capitalism’s most primary and unquestioned tenets, that the more competition there is, the better off society will be.


Rogue Economics

Rogue Economics

Rogue Economics by Loretta Napoleoni
Seven Stories Press | 2008 | ISBN: 1583228241 | PDF | 3.43MB


What do Eastern Europe's booming sex trade, America's subprime mortgage lending scandal, China’s fake goods industry, and celebrity philanthropy in Africa have in common? With biopirates trolling the blood industry, fish-farming bandits ravaging the high seas, pornography developing virtually in Second Life, and games like World of Warcraft spawning online sweatshops, how are rogue industries transmuting into global empires? And will the entire system be transformed by the advent of sharia economics? With the precision of an economist and the narrative deftness of a storyteller, syndicated journalist Loretta Napoleoni examines how the world is being reshaped by dark economic forces, creating victims out of millions of ordinary people whose lives have become trapped inside a fantasy world of consumerism. Napoleoni reveals the architecture of our world, and in doing so provides fresh insight into many of the most insoluble problems of our era.


Nothing Like It in the World

Nothing Like It in the World

Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869 by Stephen E Ambrose
Simon & Schuster | 2000 | ISBN: 0684846098 | EPUB | 12.36MB


The Union had won the Civil War; slavery was abolished. Lincoln, an early champion of railroads, would not live to see the next great achievment. It took brains, muscle, and sweat in quantities and scope never before ventured and required engineers and surveyors willing to lose their lives in the wilderness; men who had commanded and obeyed in war; workers from China, Ireland, and the defeated South; and capitalists betting their money for possible profit. The government pitted the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific against each other in a race for funding, encouraging speed over caution. Locomotives, rails, and spikes were shipped from the east through Panama, around South America, or lugged across the country.


The railroad was the last great building project to be done by hand: excavating dirt, cutting through ridges, filling gorges, blasting tunnels. Nothing like this great railroad had been seen in the world when the last spike, a golden one, was driven in at Promontory Peak, Utah, in 1869, as the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific joined tracks. Ambrose writes with power and eloquence about the brave men who accomplished the spectacular feat that made the nation one.


A Journey on My Own

A Journey on My Own

A Journey on My Own: A Youth from Hitler's Germany Strives to Claim His American Identity by Eric H Vieler
Hamilton Books | 2009 | ISBN: 0761848347 | EPUB | 2.01MB


A Journey on My Own tells the story of Eric Vieler, born in America but raised in Hitler's Germany, where he saw the persecution of Jewish neighbors and experienced the bombing of cities. After being expelled from a Nazi-run academy, he crossed battle lines to reach his home. On Easter 1945, he encountered American troops, became their interpreter, and witnessed fierce fighting. He joined British occupation forces, doing a variety of jobs for food as compensation. Vieler's quest for his American identity was fulfilled when he was repatriated to America at age fifteen, but thoughts of independence were thwarted when, due to his age, he was required to attend public school. Although he held after-school jobs, his primary support was through a New York City welfare agency. In 1950, Vieler enlisted in the Army, was commissioned at age nineteen, and went on to serve in Korea, where he was seriously wounded and twice decorated for valor.


Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation

Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation

Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation by Harlow Giles Unger
Da Capo Press | 2011 | ISBN: 0306820463 | EPUB | 2.35MB


In this action-packed history, award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger unfolds the epic story of Patrick Henry, who roused Americans to fight government tyranny -- both British and American. Remembered largely for his cry for "liberty or death," Henry was actually the first (and most colorful) of America’s Founding Fathers - first to call Americans to arms against Britain, first to demand a bill of rights, and first to fight the growth of big government after the Revolution.


As quick with a rifle as he was with his tongue, Henry was America’s greatest orator and courtroom lawyer, who mixed histrionics and hilarity to provoke tears or laughter from judges and jurors alike. Henry’s passion for liberty (as well as his very large family), suggested to many Americans that he, not Washington, was the real father of his country.


This biography is history at its best, telling a story both human and philosophical. As Unger points out, Henry’s words continue to echo across America and inspire millions to fight government intrusion in their daily lives.


No Bended Knee: The Battle for Guadalcanal

No Bended Knee: The Battle for Guadalcanal

No Bended Knee: The Battle for Guadalcanal by Merrill B Twining
Presidio Press | 2004 | ISBN: 0891418261 | EPUB | 2.29MB


The Battle of Guadalcanal is one of the authentically epical conflicts of World War II. Twining saw it as operations officer of the key U.S. ground unit, the First Marine Division. What he saw and now recounts was a campaign in which a semitrained and understrength division was flung into battle and somehow not only survived, but prevailed. Those marines had to fight the Japanese, the jungle, tropical diseases, uncertain supplies, inept commanders (some of them even members of Twining's beloved marines), and a host of other adversaries. They overcame them all. Twining (brother to the late Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Nathan Twining) is a trifle jaundiced about anyone who is not a U.S. marine, but he adds notably to the literature on Guadalcanal and provides one of the best accounts of war as seen from the perspective of the often maligned yet absolutely indispensable headquarters staff.


Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War

Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War

Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel's Secret War by Hal Vaughan
Vintage Books | 2012 | ISBN: 0307475913 | EPUB | 10.33MB


This explosive narrative reveals for the first time the shocking hidden years of Coco Chanel’s life: her collaboration with the Nazis in Paris, her affair with a master spy, and her work for the German military intelligence service and Himmler’s SS.


Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was the high priestess of couture who created the look of the modern woman. By the 1920s she had amassed a fortune and went on to create an empire. But her life from 1941 to 1954 has long been shrouded in rumor and mystery, never clarified by Chanel or her many biographers. Hal Vaughan exposes the truth of her wartime collaboration and her long affair with the playboy Baron Hans Günther von Dincklage—who ran a spy ring and reported directly to Goebbels. Vaughan pieces together how Chanel became a Nazi agent, how she escaped arrest after the war and joined her lover in exile in Switzerland, and how—despite suspicions about her past—she was able to return to Paris at age seventy and rebuild the iconic House of Chanel.


The Asylum Inside the Rise and Ruin of the Global Oil Market

The Asylum Inside the Rise and Ruin of the Global Oil Market

The Asylum: Inside the Rise and Ruin of the Global Oil Market by Leah McGrath Goodman
HarperCollins | 2011 | ISBN: 0061766283 | EPUB | 1.9MB


The Asylum is a stunning exposé by a seasoned Wall Street journalist that once and for all reveals the truth behind America’s oil addiction in all its unscripted and dysfunctional glory.


In the tradition of Too Big to Fail and Liar’s Poker, author Leah McGrath Goodman tells the amazing-but-true story of a band of struggling, hardscrabble traders who, after enduring decades of scorn from New York’s stuffy financial establishment, overcame more than a century of failure, infighting, and brinksmanship to build the world’s reigning oil empire—entirely by accident.




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Liar's Poker

Liar's Poker

Liar's Poker by Michael Lewis
W W Norton & Company | 1989 | ISBN: 039333869X | MOBI | 423.27KB


The time was the 1980s. The place was Wall Street. The game was called Liar’s Poker.


Michael Lewis was fresh out of Princeton and the London School of Economics when he landed a job at Salomon Brothers, one of Wall Street’s premier investment firms. During the next three years, Lewis rose from callow trainee to bond salesman, raking in millions for the firm and cashing in on a modern-day gold rush.


Liar’s Poker is the culmination of those heady, frenzied years—a behind-the-scenes look at a unique and turbulent time in American business. From the frat-boy camaraderie of the forty-first-floor trading room to the killer instinct that made ambitious young men gamble everything on a high-stakes game of bluffing and deception, here is Michael Lewis’s knowing and hilarious insider’s account of an unprecedented era of greed, gluttony, and outrageous fortune.


Dirty Diplomacy

Dirty Diplomacy

Dirty Diplomacy: The Rough-and-Tumble Adventures of a Scotch-Drinking, Skirt-Chasing, Dictator-Busting and Thoroughly Unrepentant Ambassador Stuck on the Frontline of the War Against Terror by Craig Murray
Charles Scribner's Sons | 2011 | ISBN: 1416548025 | EPUB | 2.48MB


With all the pace and drama of a political thriller, Dirty Diplomacy is a riveting account of a young, fast-living ambassador's battle against a ruthless dictatorship in Central Asia and the craven political expediency in Washington and London that eventually cost him his job.


Craig Murray is no ordinary diplomat. He enjoys a drink or three, and if it's in the company of a pretty girl, so much the better. Murray's scant regard for the rules of the game also extends to his job. When, in the first few weeks of his posting to the little-known Central Asian Republic of Uzbekistan, he comes across photographs of a political dissident who has literally been boiled to death, he ignores diplomatic nicety and calls it for what it is: torture of the cruelest sort.


Murray soon discovers that this is no one-off incident: fierce abuse of those opposing the government is rife. It's not long before he is tearing around the country in his embassy Land Rover, shaking off Uzbek police tails and crashing through roadblocks to meet with dissidents and expose their persecutors. He even confronts the despotic president, Islom Karimov, face-to-face.


But Murray's bosses in London's Foreign Office, ever mindful of their senior partners in Washington, don't want to upset the applecart. Karimov is an ally in the newly announced Global War on Terror. His country is host to a big American air base. The last thing they need is a battling young diplomat stirring things up. In Craig Murray, that's exactly what they've got...


A History of Women's Menstruation

A History of Women's Menstruation

A History of Women's Menstruation from Ancient Greece to the Twenty-First Century: Psychological, Social, Medical, Religious, and Educational Issues by Glenda Lewin Hufnagel
Edwin Mellen Press | 2012 | ISBN: 0773426485 | PDF | 4.57MB


This is the first extensive study on the subject of the cultural and social understandings of menstruation by tracking its evolution over centuries. This study examines the evolution of the biological, psychological, sociological, and behavioral meanings of menarche and menstruation in dominant European and European-American Culture from the Classical Greek period through the early Twenty-First-Century. The results of this evolution were used to explore the implications for the menarcheal education of girls. The research indicates the following major influences impacted the cultural construction of menarche and menstruation: religion during the ancient period, medicine during the modern period, and commerce during the contemporary period. The book suggests that educational reform in this area include: non-dominant cultural world views, intergenerational support, both male and female family members, included as part of college coursework, include community and religious based educational centers, and provide information addressing the health risks and alternatives to commercial products.


A History of Women in Russia

A History of Women in Russia

A History of Women in Russia: From Earliest Times to the Present by Barbara Evans Clements
Indiana University Press | 2012 | ISBN: 0253001013 | EPUB | 2.01MB


Synthesizing several decades of scholarship by historians East and West, Barbara Evans Clements traces the major developments in the history of women in Russia and their impact on the history of the nation. Sketching lived experiences across the centuries, she demonstrates the key roles that women played in shaping Russia's political, economic, social, and cultural development for over a millennium. The story Clements tells is one of hardship and endurance, but also one of achievement by women who, for example, promoted the conversion to Christianity, governed estates, created great art, rebelled against the government, established charities, built the tanks that rolled into Berlin in 1945, and flew the planes that strafed the retreating Wehrmacht. This daunting and complex history is presented in an engaging survey that integrates this scholarship into the field of Russian and post-Soviet history.


A Galaxy of Immortal Women

A Galaxy of Immortal Women

A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization by Brian Griffith
Exterminating Angel Press | 2012 | ISBN: 1935259148 | EPUB | 727.97KB


Touching on the whole story of China - from Neolithic villages to a globalized Shanghai - this book ties mythology, archaeology, history, religion, folklore, literature, and journalism into a millennia-spanning story about how Chinese women - and their goddess traditions - fostered a counterculture that flourishes and grows stronger every day.


As Brian Griffith charts the stories of China’s founding mothers, shamanesses, goddesses, and ordinary heroines, he also explores the largely untold story of women’s contributions to cultural life in the world’s biggest society and provides inspiration for all global citizens.


A Companion to World History

A Companion to World History

A Companion to World History edited by Douglas Northrop
Wiley-Blackwell | 2012 | ISBN: 1444334182 | EPUB | 3.06MB


A Companion to World History presents over 30 essays from an international group of historians that both identify continuing areas of contention, disagreement, and divergence in world and global history, and point to directions for further debate.


  • Features a diverse cast of contributors that include established world historians and emerging scholars
  • Explores a wide range of topics and themes, including and the practice of world history, key ideas of world historians, the teaching of world history and how it has drawn upon and challenged "traditional" teaching approaches, and global approaches to writing world history
  • Places an emphasis on non-Anglophone approaches to the topic
  • Considers issues of both scholarship and pedagogy on a transnational, interregional, and world/global scale

A Hermit's Cookbook

A Hermit's Cookbook

A Hermit's Cookbook: Monks, Food and Fasting in the Middle Ages by Andrew Jotischky
Continuum | 2011 | ISBN: 0826423930 | PDF | 1.88MB


The Egyptian hermit Onuphrios was said to have lived entirely on dates, and perhaps the most famous of all hermits, John the Baptist, on locusts and wild honey. Was it really possible to sustain life on so little food? The history of monasticism is defined by the fierce and passionate abandonment of the ordinary comforts of life, the most striking being food and drink. A Hermit’s Cookbook opens with stories and pen-portraits of the Desert Fathers of early Christianity and their followers who were ascetic solitaries, hermits and pillar-dwellers. It proceeds to explore how the ideals of the desert fathers were revived in both the Byzantine and western traditions, looking at the cultivation of food in monasteries, eating and cooking, and why hunting animals was rejected by any self-respecting hermit. Full of rich anecdotes, and including recipes for basic monk’s stew and bread soup - and many others - this is a fascinating story of hermits, monks, food and fasting in the Middle Ages.