The Very Best of the Feynman Lectures [6 CDs Set]

The Very Best of the Feynman Lectures [6 CDs Set]

The Very Best of the Feynman Lectures [6 CDs Set]
Basic Books | 2005 | ISBN: 0465099009 | MP3@192 kbps | 5 hrs 55 mins | 488.17MB


For more than thirty years, Richard P. Feynman's three-volume Lectures on Physics has been known worldwide as the classic resource for students and professionals alike. That text was based on transcriptions of the hundreds of hours of audio recordings made during Feynman's legendary classroom lectures. Now, for the first time on compact disc, the best of these recordings are available in digitally mastered quality.


Ranging from the most basic principles of Newtonian physics through such formidable topics as Einstein's general relativity, superconductivity, and quantum mechanics, Feynman's lectures stand as a monument of clear exposition and deep insight. Timeless and collectible, these unabridged lectures are essential listening, not just for students of physics, but for anyone seeking an introduction to the field from the inimitable Richard Feynman.


The Search for Superstrings

The Search for Superstrings

The Search for Superstrings, Symmetry, and the Theory of Everything by John Gribbin
Little Brown & Company | 1999 | ISBN: 0316092924 | EPUB | 985.38KB


Few areas of current scientific investigation are as intriguing, contentious, or bizarre as physicists' search for a Grand Unified Theory that would unite all the forces and particles of nature in one coherent mathematical package. Since Einstein's time, this "theory of everything" has become the Holy Grail of physics, and its pursuit has resulted in some of the most extraordinary conceptions in the history of science. In "The Search for Superstrings, Symmetry, and the Theory of Everything," best-selling science popularizer John Gribbin explores the field of particle physics, the most exciting area of research in physics today and the key to uncovering the Grand Unified Theory.


The Fellowship: The Story of a Revolution

The Fellowship: The Story of a Revolution

The Fellowship: The Story of a Revolution by John Gribbin
Allen Lane | 2005 | ISBN: 0713997451 | EPUB | 1.04MB


John Gribbin, bestselling author of In Search of Schrodinger's Cat, explores the defining decades of the seventeenth century's scientific revolution, when the Royal Society established what became the' scientific method, a way of doing and communicating science that set the tone for the three and a half centuries that followed. In The Fellowship he describes the origins of the Royal Society, which grew out of meetings held in Oxford during the Civil War, and latterly in London, among natural philosophers', especially through the efforts of three men: William Gilbert, Francis Bacon, and William Harvey. The extraordinary return in 1759 of a comet that, on the basis of Newton's theory of gravity, had been predicted by Edmond Halley, marked the triumph of this scientific revolution.


Answers to Common Tai Chi and Qigong Questions

Answers to Common Tai Chi and Qigong Questions

Answers to Common Tai Chi and Qigong Questions by William Ting
Xlibris Corporation | 2011 | ISBN: 1465310088 | EPUB | 502.7KB


Written in a "Question and Answer" format, this book is intended to share a Master's secrets to performing high level Tai Chi and Qigong. Based on queries which came into his website for the past 15 years, as well as questions from his own classes and experience, Master William Ting has penned the perfect primer for Tai Chi and Qigong students.


Ranging from deceptively simple topics to extremely complex subjects, Master Ting has created a manual for students of all styles, forms and experience. Relying heavily on Basic Principles, good posture and internal awareness, this book is an extraordinary accounting of common Tai Chi and Qigong questions and answers for practitioners of every level.


Labyrinths of Reason

Labyrinths of Reason

Labyrinths of Reason: Paradox, Puzzles, and the Frailty of Knowledge by William Poundstone
Knopf Doubleday | 1990 | ISBN: 030776379X | EPUB | 3.19MB


This sharply intelligent, consistently provocative book takes the reader on an astonishing, thought-provoking voyage into the realm of delightful uncertainty--a world of paradox in which logical argument leads to contradiction and common sense is seemingly rendered irrelevant.


Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book

Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book

Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Self-Help Book by Walker Percy
Open Road Integrated Media | 1983 | ISBN: 1453216340 | EPUB | 862.64KB


"A mock self-help book designed not to help but to provoke; a chapbook to inveigle us into thinking about who we are and how we got into this mess." —Los Angeles Times


Published at the height of the 1980s self-help boom, Lost in the Cosmos is Percy's unforgettable riff on the trend that swept the nation. Filled with quizzes, essays, short stories, and diagrams, Lost in the Cosmos is a laugh-out-loud spin on a familiar genre that also pushes readers to serious contemplation of life's biggest questions. One part parody and two parts philosophy, Lost in the Cosmos is an enlightening guide to the dilemmas of human existence, and an unrivaled spin on self-help manuals by one of modern America's greatest literary masters.


Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
W W Norton & Company | 2001 | ISBN: 0393322238 | EPUB | 719.24KB


"[A] social document of rare importance."—The New Republic


Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the twentieth century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Here is the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime.


Lincoln and His Generals

Lincoln and His Generals

Lincoln and His Generals by T Harry Williams
Vintage Books | 2011 | ISBN: 0307948153 | EPUB | 5.14MB


Since it was first published in 1952, Lincoln and His Generals has remained one of the definitive accounts of Lincoln’s wartime leadership. In it T. Harry Williams dramatizes Lincoln’s long and frustrating search for an effective leader of the Union Army and traces his transformation from a politician with little military knowledge into a master strategist of the Civil War. Explored in depth are Lincoln’s often fraught relationships with generals such as McClellan, Pope, Burnside, Hooker, Fremont, and of course, Ulysses S. Grant. In this superbly written narrative, Williams demonstrates how Lincoln’s persistent “meddling” into military affairs was crucial to the Northern war effort and utterly transformed the president’s role as commander-in-chief.


Fighting for the French Foreign Legion

Fighting for the French Foreign Legion

Fighting for the French Foreign Legion: Memoirs of a Scottish Legionnaire by Alex Lochrie
Pen & Sword Books | 2009 | ISBN: 1848846967 | EPUB | 4.21MB


This is a very rare and fascinating account of life as a modern day Legionnaire. The author describes how, with no French language ability, he approached recruiters for the French Foreign Legion in Paris and the demanding selection process that followed. When he was accepted, he and other prospective legionnaires were sent to Southern France to begin the harsh recruit training course. The mix of different nationalities and backgrounds among his fellows was enormous. New members are traditionally allowed to change their identities - the author chose to alter his age becoming 28 not 38! Elite paratrooper training followed in Corsica before the author earned his 'wings'.


The FFL is never far from the front line and we read of challenging active service in former French colonies in Africa as well as during the First Gulf War, evicting Saddam Hussein from Kuwait and operations in Bosnia and Sarajevo.


This is a completely authentic book that lifts the veil of mystery and myth and reveals much about the realities of service in the Foreign Legion. The author is not given to exaggeration - there is no need for it. A gripping read.


Legends and Tales of the American West

Legends and Tales of the American West

Legends and Tales of the American West edited by Richard Erdoes
Pantheon Books | 2011 | ISBN: 0307801616 | EPUB | 7.69MB


From Davy Crockett, Wild Bill Hickok, and Calamity Jane to Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, and Frank and Jesse James, here are more than 130 colorful stories of the pioneers, cowboys, outlaws, gamblers, prospectors, and lawmen who settled the wild west, creating a uniquely American hero and an enduringly fascinating folk mythology.


In this wonderfully boisterous treasury of tall tales, everyone and everything is larger than life and bragging is elevated into an art form. Many of these stories are of real people and real events; more than a few, however, grew taller and funnier as they made their rounds from wagon train to campfire to rodeo to miners' quarters. But even if it is far from established that Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett were able to kill three men with one bullet or subdue ferocious grizzly bears with their fists, they come vividly to life here as beloved characters who have become part of the fabric of the American imagination.


Guinness: The 250 Year Quest for the Perfect Pint

Guinness: The 250 Year Quest for the Perfect Pint

Guinness: The 250 Year Quest for the Perfect Pint by Bill Yenne
John Wiley & Sons | 2009 | ISBN: 0470524162 | EPUB | 520.07KB


A perfectly poured history of the world's greatest beer.


For millions of beer lovers the world over, a properly poured pint of Guinness Stout is as close to perfection as beer gets. Each year, fans of the legendary black liquidation enjoy two billion pints of the beer known for its distinctive creamy head and rich drinkability. Ireland's most famous export, Guinness Stout - and the people who have brewed it - hold a unique place in the history of beer, business and Ireland itself.


They say that good things come to those who wait. When you wait on a perfectly poured pint of Guinness Stout, you know you're getting something good. It's more than just a pint of beer; it's a mouthwatering visual presentation of the quality and taste you're about to enjoy. And millions wait patiently for their pint every day. To find out why, famed beer and beverage writer Bill Yenne talks to everyone from Guinness's master brewer to typical pubgoers about the beer they hold dear. Whatever magic makes it so delicious, it's powerful enough to soothe the souls of beer lovers from Dublin to Boston to Buenos Aires to Lagos, and everywhere in between.


But Guinness is more than a delicious beverage, it's also the name of a remarkable family of brewers and entrepreneurs whose story is worthy of legend, and who occupy a prominent place in Irish history. In Guinness, Yenne traces the 250-year tale of the family and its namesake beer. Beginning with Arthur Guinness, the entrepreneur patriarch who first began brewing at St. James's Gate, Dublin, in 1759, the story follows succeeding generations of the Guinness family through the years. Yenne follows not just the fortunes of the family Guinness, but also the development of the brand and the beer - from Arthur's earlier porter to the beer that is enjoyed in 150 countries today.


The ETF Handbook

The ETF Handbook

The ETF Handbook: How to Value and Trade Exchange Traded Funds by David J Abner
John Wiley & Sons | 2010 | ISBN: 047061305X | EPUB |


The first technical guide to ETFs geared towards professional advisors, institutional investors, and financial professionals seeking to understand the mechanics of ETFs


Author/trader Dave Abner has created The ETF Handbook as a resource for everyone utilizing these sophisticated tools. With this book as your guide, you'll learn from a professional ETF trader with practical guidance for valuation and best execution techniques.


This reliable handbook skillfully touches upon the technical details of ETFs not covered elsewhere. From the mechanics of ETF development to pricing and valuation techniques, this guide provides a complete background on ETF mechanics and offers extensive insights on using them from a professional's perspective. It addresses how to position ETFs efficiently within a portfolio, and examines who ETF users are and how the funds are employed. Along the way, Abner also offers recommendations on where to find data related to these financial instruments.


  • Contains the technical ETF information needed by today's financial professionals
  • Includes pricing and valuation spreadsheets and an instructional webinar that walks you through the world of ETFs
  • Touches upon topics such as calculating NAV (net asset value) and best practices for executing ETF order flow

Filled with in-depth insights and expert advice, The ETF Handbook contains ETF information that is critical for virtually every financial professional.


The Art of Explanation

The Art of Explanation

The Art of Explanation: Making your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand by Lee LeFever
John Wiley & Sons | 2012 | ISBN: 1118374584 | PDF | 5.39MB


Your guide to becoming an explanation specialist.


You've done the hard work. Your product or service works beautifully - but something is missing. People just don't see the big idea - and it's keeping you from being successful. Your idea has an explanation problem. The Art of Explanation is for business people, educators and influencers who want to improve their explanation skills and start solving explanation problems.


Author Lee LeFever is the founder of Common Craft, a company known around the world for making complex ideas easy to understand through short animated videos. He is your guide to helping audiences fall in love with your ideas, products or services through better explanations in any medium.


You will learn to:


  • Plan: Learn explanation basics, what causes them to fail and how to diagnose explanation problems.
  • Package: Using simple elements, create an explanation strategy that builds confidence and motivates your audience.
  • Present: Produce remarkable explanations with visuals and media.

The Art of Explanation is your invitation to become an explanation specialist and see why explanation is now a fundamental skill for professionals.


Money Well Spent

Money Well Spent
Money Well Spent: The Truth Behind the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus, the Biggest Economic Recovery Plan in History by Michael Grabell
2012 | EPUB | 678.14KB

The 2012 presidential campaign will, above all else, be a referendum on the Obama administration's handling of the financial crisis, recalling the period when Obama's "audacity of hope" met the austerity of reality. Central to this is the ''American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009''—the largest economic recovery plan in American history. Senator Mitch McConnell gave a taste of the enormity of the money committed: if you had spent $1 million a day since Jesus was born, it still would not add up to the price tag of the stimulus package.

A nearly entirely partisan piece of legislation— Democrats voted for it, Republicans against— the story of how the bill was passed and, more importantly, how the money was spent and to what effect, is known barely at all. Stepping outside the political fray, ProPublica's Michael Grabell offers a perceptive, balanced, and dramatic story of what happened to the tax payers' money, pursuing the big question through behind-the-scenes interviews and on-the-ground reporting in more than a dozen states across the country.

Connie's Secret

Connie's Secret

Connie's Secret: The True Story of a Shocking Murder and a Family Mystery at a Time When Appearances Were Everything by Anne Lovell
Allen & Unwin | 2008 | ISBN: 1741755387 | MOBI | 956.89KB


On February 4, 1939, Connie Sommerlad was brutally butchered and her brother left for dead in their family farmhouse in rural Tenterfield. It was a murder that would rock the tight-knit community; a murder made all the more shocking by the fact that their assailant was a local man working for the Sommerlads. Jack Kelly, who was to become the last person to be hanged in New South Wales, struggled to explain his awful crime even as he faced the gallows. Yet this was far from the only mystery to be exposed by Connie's tragic end.


What really happened to Connie in those lost years between her move to Sydney as a young woman and her fateful return to her home town? And what was the secret so shameful that, even as Kelly stood trial for her murder, the Sommerlads conspired to keep it from the public record? Vividly evoking small-town Australia in the months leading up to the outbreak of World War II, Connie's Secret brings to life the story of a highly respectable family desperately trying to protect their talented but wayward daughter's reputation at a time when religion, virtue, and maintaining appearances held sway over every thought and deed. This fascinating insight into another era is written with the emotional force of a novel, but these events did happen—and their devastating impact continues to be felt by those left behind even today.


Perfect Murder, Perfect Town

Perfect Murder, Perfect Town

Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: The Uncensored Story of the JonBenet Murder and the Grand Jury's Search for the Final Truth by Lawrence Schiller
HarperTorch | 1999 | ISBN: 0061096962 | EPUB | 1.21MB


In Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, Lawrence Schiller thoroughly recreates every aspect of the complex case of the death of JonBenét Ramsey. A brilliant portrait of an inscrutable family thrust under the spotlight of public suspicion and an affluent, tranquil city torn apart by a crime it couldn't handle, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town uncovers the mysteries that have bewildered the nation.


  • Why were the Ramseys, the targets of the investigation, able to control the direction of the police inquiry?
  • Can the key to the murder be found in the pen and writing pad used for the ransom note?
  • Was it possible for an intruder to have killed JonBenét?

Zeitoun

Zeitoun

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
Vintage Books | 2010 | ISBN: 0307387941 | EPUB | 2.87MB


The true story of one family, caught between America’s two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina.


Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Then, on September 6th, police officers armed with M-16s arrest Zeitoun in his home. Told with eloquence and compassion, Zeitoun is a riveting account of one family’s unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water.


The Presidents Club [Audiobook]

The Presidents Club [Audiobook]

The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity [Audiobook] by Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy
Simon & Schuster Audio | 2012 | ISBN: 1442362901 | M4B | 22 hrs 01 min | 360.29MB


The bestselling authors of The Preacher and the Presidents return with a riveting new history of the private relationships among the last thirteen presidents, uncovering and exploring the partnerships, private deals, rescue missions, and rivalries of those few men who served as commander in chief.


The Presidents Club was born at Eisenhower's inauguration when Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover first conceived the idea. Over the years that followed - and to this day - the presidents relied on, misunderstood, sabotaged, and formed alliances with one another that changed history. The world's most exclusive fraternity is a complicated place: its members are bound forever because they sat in the Oval Office and know its secrets, yet they are immortal rivals for history's favor.


Some presidents needed their predecessors to keep their secrets; others needed them to disappear. Most just needed help getting the job done. Truman enlisted Hoover to help him save Europe; Kennedy turned to Ike on Cuba; Nixon sought Johnson's advice on getting reelected, but then tried to blackmail him; Ford and Carter couldn't stand each other until they saw what they had in common; Reagan and Clinton relied on Nixon as an off-the-books emissary to Russia; Bush put Clinton and his father to work and they became like father and son; and Obama and Clinton became quiet rivals for the same crown.


Journalists and presidential historians Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy unravel the secret compacts, the shared scars, and the private cease-fires from Hoover to Obama. The Presidents Club will change the way we think about the presidency, for the club itself is an instrument of presidential power.


Debunkery: Learn It, Do It, and Profit from It

Debunkery: Learn It, Do It, and Profit from It

Debunkery: Learn It, Do It, and Profit from It — Seeing Through Wall Street's Money-Killing Myths by Kenneth L Fisher, Lara Hoffmans
John Wiley & Sons | 2011 | ISBN: 047094417X | EPUB | 1.54MB


Legendary money manager Ken Fisher outlines the most common--and costly--mistakes investors make.


  • Small cap stocks are best for all time. Bunk!
  • A trade deficit is bad for markets. Bunk!
  • Stocks can't rise on high unemployment. Bunk!

Many investors think they are safest following widely accepted Wall Street wisdom--but much of Wall Street wisdom isn't so wise. In fact, it can be costly bunk. In Debunkery: Learn It, Do It, and Profit From It--Seeing Through Wall Street's Money-Killing Myths, Ken Fisher--named one of the 30 most influential individuals of the last three decades by Investment Advisor magazine--details why so many investors fail to get the long-term results they desire.


The short answer is many investors fail to question if what they believe is true--and are therefore blinded by tradition, biases, ideology, or any number of cognitive errors. Your goal as an investor shouldn't be to be error-free--that's impossible. Rather, to be more successful, you should aim to lower your error rate. Debunkery gets you started by debunking 50 common myths--but that's just the beginning. It also gives you the tools you need to continue to do your own debunkery for the rest of your investing career.


Managing the Dragon

Managing the Dragon

Managing the Dragon: How I'm Building a Billion-Dollar Business in China by Jack Perkowski
Crown Business | 2008 | ISBN: 0307393534 | EPUB | 435.34KB


The first book by a westerner who built a company in China from scratch.


The emergence of China as a world economic power is one of the biggest stories of our time. Every business that intends to be an important part of the fast-changing global economy needs to know how to play the game in China. Who better to be your guide than Jack Perkowski, the pioneer who went to China in the early 1990s. Equipped with just a concept, he built a company step-by-step from the ground up–ASIMCO Technologies–that became a major player in China’s fast-growing automotive business.


Perkowski’s story is as rich, involving, and improbable as those of nineteenth-century titans such as Rockefeller and Carnegie or of twentieth-century ones like Michael Dell and Bill Gates, but with one obvious difference: They and others built their companies when America was emerging or dominant. Perkowski built his at the dawn of the Chinese century.


Perkowski’s insights about the challenges and potential of western involvement in today’s great Chinese expansion–gained on the ground in China itself over the past fifteen years–are of inestimable value and relevance to us all. For instance:


  • The good news about China: Everything is possible. The bad news: Nothing is easy.
  • To build a business in China, you must develop a local management team–avoiding both former bureaucrats of the state-run enterprises and the country’s new breed of wildcat entrepreneurs.
  • You must learn the real reason why China is able to produce goods so cheaply.
  • Forget your notions about the Chinese economy being rigidly controlled by Beijing–it is, in fact, highly decentralized and locally driven. As the Chinese say, “The mountains are high and the emperor is far away.”

Perkowski tells his story with clarity, lots of humor, and a gripping sense of adventure. He takes us along on his own version of the Long March, when he visited two factories a day for nine months, hitting every province, going through endless rounds of dinners and the inevitable drinking games, and eating what seemed like every part of every animal. He vividly describes what it’s like to be a westerner living and working in China and the dramatic transformation he’s seen in the country, from a place left behind by the modern world to a place where a new world is being born.


Filled with hard-nosed lessons for anyone with ambitions of breaking into the Chinese market, and a rich source of practical wisdom about the realities of China today, Managing the Dragon answers the questions people ask Perkowski most often about his unique experience, as well as those they never think of asking–but should.


The Cost of Inequality

The Cost of Inequality

The Cost of Inequality: Why Economic Equality Is Essential For Recovery by Stewart Lansley
Gibson Square | 2012 | ISBN: 1908096128 | EPUB | 1.07MB


Many people would agree that a society in which a chief executive officer earns not five or 10 but 100 times as much as the average full-time worker is not a fair society. The Cost of Inequality argues that this kind of inequality also has an impact on economic growth. The deregulation of the financial sector has had knock-on consequences for our economy. Why invest in an industry with steady but slow- growing returns when there is a quick buck to make in finance? While in the post-war period the gains from productivity growth were equally shared between wages and profits, from the early 1980s almost all the gains were captured as profits. The result? On the one hand, huge flows of cash into the pockets of the rich; and on the other hand there is a reduced incentive to invest in production because of the lack of a market from wage-earners.


International Money and Finance

International Money and Finance

International Money and Finance by Michael Melvin, Stefan Norrbin
Academic Press | 2012 | ISBN: 012385248X | EPUB | 7.25MB


Its high-level perspective on the global economy differentiates this introduction to international finance from other textbooks. Melvin and Norrbin provide essential information for those who seek employment in multinational industries, while competitors focus on standard economic tools and financial management skills. Readers learn how to reach their own conclusions about trends and new developments, not simply function within an organization. The 8th edition, newly updated and expanded, offers concise descriptions, current case studies, and new pedagogical materials to help readers make sense of global finance.


In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India

In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India

In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India by Edward Luce
Anchor | 2008 | ISBN: 1400079772 | EPUB | 5.75MB


As the world's largest democracy and a rising international economic power, India has long been heralded for its great strides in technology and trade. Yet it is also plagued by poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, and a vast array of other social and economic issues. Here, noted journalist and former Financial Times South Asia bureau chief Edward Luce travels throughout India's many regions, cultures, and religious circles, investigating its fragile balance between tradition and modernity. From meetings with key political figures to fascinating encounters with religious pundits, economic gurus, and village laborers, In Spite of the Gods is a fascinating blend of analysis and reportage that comprehensively depicts the nuances of India's complex situation and its place in the world.


Peoples and Empires

Peoples and Empires

Peoples and Empires: A Short History of European Migration, Exploration, and Conquest, from Greece to the Present by Anthony Pagden
Modern Library | 2003 | ISBN: 0307431592 | EPUB | 523.39KB


Written by one of the world's foremost historians of human migration, Peoples and Empires is the story of the great European empires--the Roman, the Spanish, the French, the British--and their colonies, and the back-and-forth between "us" and "them," culture and nature, civilization and barbarism, the center and the periphery. It's the history of how conquerors justified conquest, and how colonists and the colonized changed each other beyond all recognition.


The Life of Abraham Lincoln

The Life of Abraham Lincoln

The Life of Abraham Lincoln by Henry Ketcham
Empire Books | 2012 | ISBN: 1619492105 | EPUB | 384.84KB


In his introduction to The Life of Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ketcham notes that there has been so much written about Lincoln that the legend has begun to obscure, if not to efface, the man. In this biography the single purpose has been to present the living man with such distinctness of outline that the reader may have a sort of feeling of being acquainted with him. Ketcham s clearly-written, unadorned account of Lincoln s life achieves its stated purpose, never removing its focus from the man who became the 16th President of the United States and led the nation through some of its most turbulent and difficult times.


A Jew Among Romans: The Life and Legacy of Flavius Josephus

A Jew Among Romans: The Life and Legacy of Flavius Josephus

A Jew Among Romans: The Life and Legacy of Flavius Josephus by Frederic Raphael
Pantheon | 2013 | ISBN: 0307378160 | EPUB | 0.7MB


From the acclaimed biographer, screenwriter, and novelist Frederic Raphael, here is an audacious history of Josephus (37–c.100), the Jewish general turned Roman historian, whose emblematic betrayal is a touchstone for the Jew alone in the Gentile world.


Joseph ben Mattathias’s transformation into Titus Flavius Josephus, historian to the Roman emperor Vespasian, is a gripping and dramatic story. His life, in the hands of Frederic Raphael, becomes a point of departure for an appraisal of Diasporan Jews seeking a place in the dominant cultures they inhabit. Raphael brings a scholar’s rigor, a historian’s perspective, and a novelist’s imagination to this project. He goes beyond the fascinating details of Josephus’s life and his singular literary achievements to examine how Josephus has been viewed by posterity, finding in him the prototype for the un-Jewish Jew, the assimilated intellectual, and the abiding apostate: the recurrent figures in the long centuries of the Diaspora. Raphael’s insightful portraits of Yehuda Halevi, Baruch Spinoza, Karl Kraus, Benjamin Disraeli, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Hannah Arendt extend and illuminate the Josephean worldview Raphael so eloquently lays out.


Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman
Ballantine | 2013 | ISBN: 0345527267 | EPUB | 7.29MB


On November 14, 1889, Nellie Bly, the crusading young female reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s World newspaper, left New York City by steamship on a quest to break the record for the fastest trip around the world. Also departing from New York that day—and heading in the opposite direction by train—was a young journalist from The Cosmopolitan magazine, Elizabeth Bisland. Each woman was determined to outdo Jules Verne’s fictional hero Phileas Fogg and circle the globe in less than eighty days. The dramatic race that ensued would span twenty-eight thousand miles, captivate the nation, and change both competitors’ lives forever.


The two women were a study in contrasts. Nellie Bly was a scrappy, hard-driving, ambitious reporter from Pennsylvania coal country who sought out the most sensational news stories, often going undercover to expose social injustice. Genteel and elegant, Elizabeth Bisland had been born into an aristocratic Southern family, preferred novels and poetry to newspapers, and was widely referred to as the most beautiful woman in metropolitan journalism. Both women, though, were talented writers who had carved out successful careers in the hypercompetitive, male-dominated world of big-city newspapers. Eighty Days brings these trailblazing women to life as they race against time and each other, unaided and alone, ever aware that the slightest delay could mean the difference between victory and defeat.


A vivid real-life re-creation of the race and its aftermath, from its frenzied start to the nail-biting dash at its finish, Eighty Days is history with the heart of a great adventure novel. Here’s the journey that takes us behind the walls of Jules Verne’s Amiens estate, into the back alleys of Hong Kong, onto the grounds of a Ceylon tea plantation, through storm-tossed ocean crossings and mountains blocked by snowdrifts twenty feet deep, and to many more unexpected and exotic locales from London to Yokohama. Along the way, we are treated to fascinating glimpses of everyday life in the late nineteenth century—an era of unprecedented technological advances, newly remade in the image of the steamship, the railroad, and the telegraph. For Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland—two women ahead of their time in every sense of the word—were not only racing around the world. They were also racing through the very heart of the Victorian age.


The Secret Sex Life of a Single Mom

The Secret Sex Life of a Single Mom

The Secret Sex Life of a Single Mom by Delaine Moore
Seal Press | 2012 | ISBN: 1580053866 | EPUB | 391.39KB


For seven years, Delaine Moore devoted herself to being the perfect wife and stay-at-home mom. Then, one day, she discovers her husband's infidelities, and suddenly she finds herself in a new role: 37 years old, mother of three . . . and going through a divorce. In the midst of this emotional turmoil, Moore discovers that her long-dormant libido has suddenly come alive and, surprising even herself, she decides to listen to what it’s saying.


The Secret Sex Life of a Single Mom is the funny and empowering story of the physical and spiritual self-discovery that results from Moore’s sexual awakening. Connecting with a fiery, daring side of her personality that has been subsumed by motherhood and marriage, Moore tries out everything from sex clubs and young gigolos to bondage and multi-partner sex testing her limits, reclaiming her body, and taking control of her life along the way. More than the story of a woman’s breaking and remaking after divorce, The Secret Sex Life of a Single Mom is a humorous, thoughtful exploration of what it means to be a mother and a sexual being, and a reminder that when life slams you down, a little fire won’t burn you - it will awaken you.


The Jewish Phenomenon

The Jewish Phenomenon

The Jewish Phenomenon: Seven Keys to the Enduring Wealth of a People by Steven Silbiger
M Evans & Company | 2009 | ISBN: 1590771540 | MOBI | 5.19MB


Spielberg, Brin, Dell, Seinfeld phenomenally successful . . . and Jewish.


Why have Jews risen to the top of the business and professional world in numbers staggeringly out of proportion to their percentage of the American population? Steven Silbiger has the answer. Based on the author's synthesis of wide reading and research, The Jewish Phenomenon sets forth seven principles that form the bedrock of Jewish financial success.


With startling statistics, a wealth of anecdotes, and the fascinating details behind some of America's biggest business success stories, Silbiger convincingly shows how these seven keys have helped the Jews historically and how they continue to ensure Jewish success today. More important, the author makes clear that these principles are equally at the disposal of Jews and non-Jews alike. The amazing success of the Jews simply proves that they work.


The Jewish Phenomenon pays tribute not merely to the success of a people but to the commonsense wisdom and enduring values that can enrich us all.