The Upside of Down

The Upside of Down

The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization by Thomas Homer-Dixon
Knopf Canada | 2007 | ISBN: 0676977235 | EPUB | 5.62MB


From the author of the #1 bestselling and Governor General's Literary Award-winning The Ingenuity Gap - an essential addition to the bookshelf of every thinking person with a stake in our world and our civilization.


This is a groundbreaking, essential book for our times. Thomas Homer-Dixon brings to bear his formidable understanding of the urgent problems that confront our world to clarify their scope and deep causes. The Upside of Down provides a vivid picture of the immense stresses that are simultaneously converging on our societies and threatening a breakdown that would profoundly shake civilization. It shows, too, how we can choose a better route into the future.


With the immediacy that characterized his award-winning international bestseller, The Ingenuity Gap, Homer-Dixon takes us on a remarkable journey - from the fall of the Roman empire to the devastation of the 9/11 attacks in New York, from Toronto in the 2003 blackout to the ancient temples of Lebanon and the wildfires of California. Incorporating the newest findings from an astonishing array of disciplines, he argues that the great stresses our world is experiencing - global warming, energy scarcity, population imbalances, and widening gaps between rich and poor - can't be looked at independently. As these stresses combine and converge, the risk of breakdown rises. The first signs are appearing in the wastelands of the Arctic, the mud-clogged streets of Gonaïves, Haiti, and the volatile regions of the Middle East and Asia. But while the consequences of denial in our more perilous world are dire, Homer-Dixon makes clear that we can use our emerging understanding of the complex systems in which we live to avoid catastrophic collapse in a way the Roman empire could not.


The Complete Study Skills Guide

The Complete Study Skills Guide

The Complete Study Skills Guide: A Practical Guide For All Students Who Want to Know How to Learn by Catherine Dawson
How to Books | 2012 | ISBN: 1848035934 | EPUB | 315.08KB


Successful study is dependent on effective study skills. Yet many students are never taught how to study, and many are anxious about their ability to develop the necessary skills required to complete their course. All students can learn how to study. It is not a skill reserved for the select few. With a little information, guidance and advice all students can discover how to study and improve the marks on their course. This book is aimed at students at almost every level, including college and university, adult learners, and students on correspondance and distance learning courses. It includes:


  • preparing for, taking and passing examinations
  • how to read for study efficiently and effectively
  • how to hypothesise, theorise, critique and analyse
  • improving your mathematical and scientific skills
  • completing projects and assignments
  • how to get the most out of lectures, tutorials, classes and seminars
  • time management, organising yourself and building motivation
  • ways you can improve your marks

Quotations, case studies, exercises and useful tips are also included, along with information about study skills websites, software and online tools.


A Companion to Literature, Film and Adaptation

A Companion to Literature, Film and Adaptation

A Companion to Literature, Film and Adaptation by Deborah Cartmell
Wiley-Blackwell | 2012 | ISBN: 1444334972 | EPUB | 2.32MB


This is a comprehensive collection of original essays that explore the aesthetics, economics, and mechanics of movie adaptation, from the days of silent cinema to contemporary franchise phenomena. Featuring a range of theoretical approaches, and chapters on the historical, ideological and economic aspects of adaptation, the volume reflects today’s acceptance of intertextuality as a vital and progressive cultural force.


  • Incorporates new research in adaptation studies
  • Features a chapter on the Harry Potter franchise, as well as other contemporary perspectives
  • Showcases work by leading Shakespeare adaptation scholars
  • Explores fascinating topics such as ‘unfilmable’ texts
  • Includes detailed considerations of Ian McEwan’s Atonement and Conrad’s Heart of Darkness

30 Great Myths about Shakespeare

30 Great Myths about Shakespeare

30 Great Myths about Shakespeare by Laurie Maguire, Emma Smith
Wiley-Blackwell | 2013 | ISBN: 0470658517 | EPUB | 2.6MB


Think you know Shakespeare? Think again . . .


Was a real skull used in the first performance of Hamlet? Were Shakespeare's plays Elizabethan blockbusters? How much do we really know about the playwright's life? And what of his notorious relationship with his wife? Exploring and exploding 30 popular myths about the great playwright, this illuminating new book evaluates all the evidence to show how historical material—or its absence—can be interpreted and misinterpreted, and what this reveals about our own personal investment in the stories we tell.


Who Was William Shakespeare

Who Was William Shakespeare

Who Was William Shakespeare: An Introduction to the Life and Works by Dympna Callaghan
Wiley-Blackwell | 2013 | ISBN: 0470658479 | EPUB | 1.40MB


A new study of Shakespeare’s life and times, which illuminates our understanding and appreciation of his works.


  • Combines an accessible fully historicised treatment of both the life and the plays, suited to both undergraduate and popular audiences
  • Looks at 24 of the most significant plays and the sonnets through the lens of various aspects of Shakespeare’s life and historical environment
  • Addresses four of the most significant issues that shaped Shakespeare’s career: education, religion, social status, and theatre
  • Examines theatre as an institution and the literary environment of early modern London
  • Explains and dispatches conspiracy theories about authorship

American Gothic: An Anthology

American Gothic: An Anthology

American Gothic: An Anthology from Salem Witchcraft to H P Lovecraft edited by Charles L Crow
Wiley-Blackwell | 2012 | ISBN: 0470659793 | EPUB | 1.40MB


American Gothic remains an enduringly fascinating genre, retaining its chilling hold on the imagination. This revised and expanded anthology brings together texts from the colonial era to the twentieth century including recently discovered material, canonical literary contributions from Poe and Wharton among many others, and literature from sub-genres such as feminist and ‘wilderness’ Gothic.


  • Revised and expanded to incorporate suggestions from twelve years of use in many countries
  • An important text for students of the expanding field of Gothic studies
  • Strong representation of female Gothic, wilderness Gothic, the Gothic of race, and the legacy of Salem witchcraft
  • Edited by a founding member of the International Gothic Association

A History of American Literature: 1950 to the Present

A History of American Literature: 1950 to the Present

A History of American Literature: 1950 to the Present by Linda Wagner-Martin
Wiley-Blackwell | 2013 | ISBN: 1405192321 | EPUB | 2.0MB


  • The History of American Literature from 1950 to the Present offers a comprehensive analysis of the wide range of literary works that extends into the 21st century
  • Covers drama, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, memoirs, science fiction, and detective novels
  • Features discussion of American works within the context of such 21st-century issues as globalization, medicine, gender, education, and other topics

Greek Drama and the Invention of Rhetoric

Greek Drama and the Invention of Rhetoric

Greek Drama and the Invention of Rhetoric by David Sansone
Wiley-Blackwell | 2012 | ISBN: 1118357086 | EPUB | 978.05KB


  • Asserts a novel and controversial theory on the origins of rhetoric that differs radically from the standard view
  • Argues that it was the theatre of Ancient Greece, first appearing around 500 BC, that prompted
  • the development of formalized rhetoric, which evolved soon thereafter
  • Provides a cogent reworking of existing evidence
  • Reveals the bias and inconsistency of Aristotle

Skin City: Behind the Scenes of the Las Vegas Sex Industry

Skin City: Behind the Scenes of the Las Vegas Sex Industry

Skin City: Behind the Scenes of the Las Vegas Sex Industry by Jack Sheehan
William Morrow | 2006 | ISBN: 0060838795 | EPUB | 1.97MB


Part exposé, part x-rated travel guide -- the ultimate insider's look at America's adult playground


Vegas. It's a place where Midwestern couples become uninhibited swingers, where shy schoolgirls morph into sexy strippers pulling in $1,000 a night, and where randy tourists come to score at more than just blackjack and craps. What happens here, stays here -- and Vegas nightlife is hotter than it's ever been before.


In Skin City, journalist and longtime Vegas resident Jack Sheehan goes beyond the bright lights to explore the dark thrills of the city's sex industry. Both lurid and fascinating, here is an unabashed look at the stripping, swinging, hustling, and hooking that have turned a desert gaming metropolis into the world's capital of lascivious entertainment. But more than a no-holds-barred exposé, Sheehan's Skin City offers a connoisseur's catalogue of where to go for readers whose tastes run to the erotic -- with everything from valuable pointers from lap dancers, call girls, and vice cops to porn star Jenna Jameson's list of her favorite Vegas strip clubs.


Fund Spy

Fund Spy

Fund Spy: Morningstar's Inside Secrets to Selecting Mutual Funds that Outperform by Russel Kinnel
John Wiley & Sons | 2009 | ISBN: 0470473487 | EPUB | 918.07KB


Author Russel Kinnel walks readers through the handful of key factors they need to pick winning funds. Armed with the quantitative data and qualitative research, they will gain the confidence to pick great funds for the long-term. This book will be accompanied by a web-based tool created by Morningstar, which will enable readers to evaluate their own funds using Kinnel's criteria.


Written in a fun and accessible manner, The Fund Spy offers Kinnel's unique insight as a 14-year Morningstar fund analyst. He speaks plainly about the conflicts that can go against investors' interests, explaining how to avoid traps and push out the slick sales pitches facing today's investors. He also offers several "10 lists," which provide quick answers to investors' most common questions (e.g., the Top 10 Funds to Recommend to Relatives, the 10 Best Contrarian Managers, the 10 Most Overrated Managers).


Ricardo's Law: House Prices and the Great Tax Clawback Scam

Ricardo's Law: House Prices and the Great Tax Clawback Scam

Ricardo's Law: House Prices and the Great Tax Clawback Scam by Fred Harrison
Shepheard-Walwyn | 2012 | ISBN: 0856833150 | EPUB | 1.03MB


Presenting insights into how income and wealth are produced and distributed, this study analyzes how, despite two centuries of capital accumulation, poverty persists in rich nations. Relying on the theories of David Ricardo—a 19th-century economist credited with developing the theory of rent—a thorough presentation of the history of this economic law, from the inscriptions on the clay tablets of ancient Babylonian merchants to statistics that portray the modern economy, is provided. Presenting readers with conceptual tools that will motivate them to reengage in the democratic process, this examination dispels the myths of contemporary fiscal policy while providing keen insights into the history, and future, of economics.


A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960

A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960

A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960 by Milton Friedman, Anna Jacobson Schwartz
Princeton University Press | 1971 | ISBN: 0691003548 | 18.38MBPDF |


Writing in the June 1965 issue of the Economic Journal, Harry G. Johnson begins with a sentence seemingly calibrated to the scale of the book he set himself to review: "The long-awaited monetary history of the United States by Friedman and Schwartz is in every sense of the term a monumental scholarly achievement--monumental in its sheer bulk, monumental in the definitiveness of its treatment of innumerable issues, large and small . . . monumental, above all, in the theoretical and statistical effort and ingenuity that have been brought to bear on the solution of complex and subtle economic issues."


Friedman and Schwartz marshaled massive historical data and sharp analytics to support the claim that monetary policy--steady control of the money supply--matters profoundly in the management of the nation's economy, especially in navigating serious economic fluctuations. In their influential chapter 7, The Great Contraction--which Princeton published in 1965 as a separate paperback--they address the central economic event of the century, the Depression. According to Hugh Rockoff, writing in January 1965: "If Great Depressions could be prevented through timely actions by the monetary authority (or by a monetary rule), as Friedman and Schwartz had contended, then the case for market economies was measurably stronger."


Milton Friedman won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2000 for work related to A Monetary History as well as to his other Princeton University Press book, A Theory of the Consumption Function (1957).


Mindful Economics: How the U.S. Economy Works

Mindful Economics: How the U.S. Economy Works

Mindful Economics: How the U.S. Economy Works, Why it Matters, and How it Could Be Different by Joel Magnuson
Seven Stories Press | 2008 | ISBN: 1583228470 | EPUB | 1.36MB


Are the huge profits garnered by corporations each year a case of a few bad apples in the business world taking advantage of unmonitored dealings? Is this consolidation of wealth made at the expense of the overall economy and the wellbeing of the average citizen? Will the planet be saved by developing more "green businesses" and "green collar" jobs? Joel Magnuson delivers a powerful response to the current misconceptions about the US economy in his brilliantly accessible Mindful Economics.


The troubles we face are not the result of a good system gone awry, but rather a system that is built to do exactly what it is doing: corporations are designed to reap profits for its shareholders, at any cost. The greater welfare of society, or of the environment, will never be as important as financial gain. Magnuson shows us the relationship between the current wars abroad; rising oil prices; the recession; ballooning incomes of top CEOs; the mortgage crisis; and the health care, insurance, and auto industries, and he teaches us that the best way to understand the US economy is to think like an economist. With stunning clarity, Magnuson shows the interconnectedness of the local with the global, and offers real alternatives to this capitalist model.


The 100 Best Stocks to Buy in 2013

The 100 Best Stocks to Buy in 2013

The 100 Best Stocks to Buy in 2013 by Peter Sander, Scott Bobo
Adams Media | 2012 | ISBN: 1440541833 | EPUB | 6.81MB


Now is the time to make money!


You have watched the market swing amid concerns over the European debt crisis and heard the cautious optimism about U.S. economic recovery. Now, you're wondering where you should be putting your money for maximum safe return. With The 100 Best Stocks to Buy in 2013, you can reap high earnings with stock picks that promise a better return than the market average.


In addition to naming 100 top-performing investments, this newest edition of the classic book includes:


  • An evaluation of the current state of the market
  • Information about significant investment opportunities
  • Tips for balancing your portfolio between aggressive and safety stocks
  • Advice about investing to cover rising college costs

An essential guide for anyone investing in today's market, The 100 Best Stocks to Buy in 2013 gives you solid and dependable advice you can take to the bank.


Financial Fresh Start

Financial Fresh Start

Financial Fresh Start: Your Five-Step Plan for Adapting and Prospering in the New Economy by Shari Olefson
AMACOM | 2013 | ISBN: 0814432298 | EPUB | 985.79KB


From depleted retirement accounts to underwater homes, it's been gloomy news for years. But the picture will get much brighter for those who take advantage of the laws and reforms enacted in the wake of the banking, real estate, and economic meltdown. The Dodd-Frank Act. The Making Home Affordable Program. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. These are just a few examples of the significant but little-understood changes that offer people an unprecedented chance to set things right with their credit, savings and investments, employment, housing, retirement and more.


Financial Fresh Start explains it all-simplifying the complicated reforms and motivating readers to shake off their malaise and radically improve their long-term financial prospects. Written by a dynamic author with a unique blend of legal, financial, and real estate expertise, the book's big-picture lens spans the spectrum of money matters, and delivers clear, actionable answers to questions such as:


  • How can you repair your credit quickly and avoid high finance costs?
  • What are the safest places for saving and investing?
  • Can you legally avoid repaying what you owe?
  • Will your home ever be worth what you paid for it?
  • Is there life after foreclosure?
  • Are you missing out on programs that can put money in your pockets?
  • Is it possible to make up for recent losses and still retire on time?
  • And more Big corporations and the mega-wealthy have professionals to keep them abreast of the latest regulations.

Now, everyday people can learn what the new rules really mean to them with the expert guidance and practical solutions in Financial Fresh Start.


What is Morphology

What is Morphology

What is Morphology by Mark Aronoff, Kirsten Fudeman
Wiley-Blackwell | 2004 | ISBN: 0631203192 | MOBI | 26.42MB


What is Morphology? is a concise and critical introduction to the central ideas of morphology that equips readers with the skills to analyze a wealth of classic morphological issues.


  • Provides a concise and critical introduction to the central ideas and perennial problems of morphology.
  • Familiarizes the reader with the importance of morphology as a subject of research.
  • Equips students with the skills to analyze a breadth of classic morphological issues through engaging narration and by direct example.
  • Includes detailed discussion of the complex morphology of one West African language, Kujamaat Joola.
  • features useful exercises at the end of each chapter.

Brains: How They Seem to Work

Brains: How They Seem to Work

Brains: How They Seem to Work by Dale Purves
FT Press | 2010 | ISBN: 0137055099 | EPUB | 2.31MB


For 50 years, the world’s most brilliant neuroscientists have struggled to understand how human brains really work. Today, says Dale Purves, the dominant research agenda may have taken us as far as it can--and neuroscientists may be approaching a paradigm shift.


In this highly personal book, Purves reveals how we got to this point and offers his notion of where neuroscience may be headed next. Purves guides you through a half-century of the most influential ideas in neuroscience and introduces the extraordinary scientists and physicians who created and tested them.


Purves offers a critical assessment of the paths that neuroscience research has taken, their successes and their limitations, and then introduces an alternative approach for thinking about brains. Building on new research on visual perception, he shows why common ideas about brain networks can’t be right and uncovers the factors that determine our subjective experience. The resulting insights offer a deeper understanding of what it means to be human.


  • Why we need a better conception of what brains are trying to do and how they do it
  • Approaches to understanding the brain over the past several decades may be at an impasse
  • The surprising lessons that can be learned from what we see
  • How complex neural processes owe more to trial-and-error experience than to logical principles
  • Brains--and the people who think about them
  • Meet some of the extraordinary individuals who’ve shaped neuroscience
  • The “ghost in the machine” problem
  • The ideas presented further undermine the concept of free will

Sex Made Easy

Sex Made Easy

Sex Made Easy: Your Awkward Questions Answered-For Better, Smarter, Amazing Sex by Debby Herbenick
Running Press | 2012 | ISBN: 0762444061 | EPUB | 808.71KB


Sex Made Easy is a punch, direct, and no-nonsense guide that confronts those problems that often arise— things that women are usually too embarrassed to talk about. Debby Herbenick is not just a scientist, but also a sex expert who has conducted important research at the Kinsey Institute for over a decade. But Dr. Herbenick has anticipated women's questions—everything from orgasms and erections to vibrators—and provides simple and frank answers. It will give readers the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need for a more fulfilling sex life.


Yes: 50 Secrets From the Science of Persuasion

Yes: 50 Secrets From the Science of Persuasion

Yes: 50 Secrets From the Science of Persuasion by Robert B Cialdini, Steve J Martin, Noah Goldstein
Profile Books | 2009 | ISBN: 1847651321 | EPUB | 2.82MB


Most of us are only too aware that, whatever roles we have in today's fast-moving world, much of our success lies in getting others to say 'Yes' to our requests. What many people might not be aware of, though, is the vast amount of research that has been conducted on the influence process. What factors cause one person to say 'Yes' to the request of another?


Yes! is full of practical tips based on recent academic research that shows how the psychology of persuasion can provide valuable insights for anyone interested in improving their ability to persuade others - whether in the workplace, at home or even on the internet. It combines the counter-intuition of Freakonomics with the popularising of Does Anything Eats Wasps? For each mini-chapter contains a mystery which is solved in a way that provides food for thought for anyone looking to be more persuasive, and for anyone interested in how the world works.


Power Yoga

Power Yoga

Power Yoga: An Individualized Approach to Strength, Grace, and Inner Peace by Ulrica Norberg
Skyhorse Publishing | 2007 | ISBN: 1602390371 | EPUB | 10.04MB


According to Yoga Journal, there are 16.5 million yoga practitioners in America and they spend almost $3 billion dollars on classes and products each year. Author Ulrica Norberg suggests that yoga can aid us in developing our own life philosophies through a synthesis of Eastern ideology and an expanding understanding of ourselves. She takes readers through the elements of East Asian philosophy, the history and composition of yoga, and the basic movements and techniques specific to the dynamic yoga form of power yoga.


Filled with beautiful full-color photographs illustrating sun-salutation (the basis of power yoga exercises), numerous asanas (poses), and relaxation techniques, her book is useful for all levels of instruction and inspiration.


Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life

Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life

Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life: Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness through Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and Western Science by Claudia Welch
Da Capo Press | 2011 | ISBN: 0738214825 | EPUB | 515.46KB


Tired? Overworked? Stressed? Out of balance? Welcome to the twenty-first century, where women's stress levels have reached unprecedented heights. Between myriad responsibilities, women burn through even the energy gained from sufficient sleep and a healthy diet. The result? Hormonal havoc.


In clear, accessible language, internationally renowned doctor Claudia Welch explains hormones from A to Z, specifically how they relate to each other, how and why they become imbalanced, and how women can restore that balance. Welch includes simple diet tips, stress-management techniques, and natural sleep secrets. Using the principles of Ayurveda (popularized in the West by Deepak Chopra) and the holistic sensibility of Dr. Christiane Northrup, Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life gives women the essential tools to achieve the perfect balance between their yin (sex hormones) and yang (stress hormones), and between the body and the mind.