Zentangle Untangled

Zentangle Untangled

Zentangle Untangled: Inspiration and Prompts for Meditative Drawing by Kass Hall
F+W Media | 2012 | ISBN: 1440318328 | EPUB | 19.94MB


Unwind, Tangle and Relax!


In Zentangle Untangled, Kass Hall introduces you to the fun and relaxing "doodling" process of Zentangle—an engaging art form that uses repetitive patterns to create striking works of art that anyone can achieve regardless of age or artistic ability.


Following an explanation of the Zentangle process, inside you will find 12 step-by-step demonstrations showing you how to create enticing tangle patterns, followed by several examples of how to add eye-popping color to your pieces, as well as fun ways to use tangles in your art journals. Captivating pieces from Kass and a slew of other artists will further satisfy your craving for inspiration!


Inside you will find:


  • 12 step-by-step demonstrations of tangle patterns to make getting started easy!
  • Different ways to introduce color, a variety of art materials, photography, and much more to your pieces.
  • How to take your pen-and-ink tangles to the next step by enhancing them digitally!

Also look at One Zentangle A Day: A 6-Week Course in Creative Drawing for Relaxation, Inspiration, and Fun


How to Make Money in Real Estate in the New Economy

How to Make Money in Real Estate in the New Economy

How to Make Money in Real Estate in the New Economy by Matthew A Martinez
McGraw-Hill | 2010 | ISBN: 0071746129 | EPUB | 2.16MB


"If you're an investor sitting on the sidelines thinking you have no play in today's property market, think again. In his new book, Matt Martinez gives you everything you need to know to start profiting from the new paradigm in real estate." -- ROBERT IRWIN, bestselling author of How to Get Started in Real Estate Investing


THE NO-GIMMICKS GUIDE TO PROFITABLE REAL ESTATE INVESTING IN POST-RECESSION MARKETS


Bill W: My First 40 Years - An Autobiography

Bill W: My First 40 Years - An Autobiography

Bill W: My First 40 Years - An Autobiography
Hazelden | 2000 | ISBN: 1568383738 | EPUB | 2.47MB


"I was born, to be exact, in a hotel then known as Wilson House I was born, perhaps rightly, in a room just back of the old bar."


It was the beginning of a life that would change the lives of millions. Told here for the first time in his own words is the story of the man who would come to be known as Bill W.a man who, for his part in founding the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, would be celebrated as one of the important figures of the twentieth century.


Bismarck: The Man and Statesman

Bismarck: The Man and Statesman

Bismarck: The Man and Statesman by AJP Taylor
Vintage Books | 1967 | ISBN: 0394703871 | EPUB | 2.06MB


A reevaluation of Bismarck's motives and methods, focusing on the chancellor's rise to power in the 1860's and his removal from office in 1890.


Very interesting portrait of Bismarck. A reasonably short read, but thick with information. Helps to have some previous amount of knowledge of German politics/history in the early-mid 1800s. This book probably would be best read as addendum reading after other non-fiction about Germany in the lead up to the Great War, as it is so narrowly focused on Bismarck that you are left with an incomplete picture.


Hillel: If Not Now, When

Hillel: If Not Now, When

Hillel: If Not Now, When by Joseph Telushkin
Schocken | 2010 | ISBN: 0805242813 | EPUB | 1.82MB


“What is hateful unto you, do not do unto your neighbor. That is the whole Torah, all the rest is commentary. Now, go and study.”


This is the most famous teaching of Hillel, one of the greatest rabbis of the Talmudic era. What makes it so extraordinary is that it was offered to a gentile seeking conversion. Joseph Telushkin feels that this Talmudic story has great relevance for us today. At a time when religiosity is equated with ritual observance alone, when few Jews seem concerned with bringing Jewish teachings into the world, and when more than 40 percent of Jews intermarry, Judaism is in need of more of the openness that Hillel possessed two thousand years ago.


Hillel’s teachings, stories, and legal rulings can be found throughout the Talmud; many of them share his emphasis on ethical and moral living as an essential element in Jewish religious practice, including his citing the concept of tikkun olam (repairing the world) as a basis for modifying Jewish law. Perhaps the most prominent rabbi and teacher in the Land of Israel during the reign of Herod, Hillel may well have influenced Jesus, his junior by several decades. In a provocative analysis of both Judaism and Christianity, Telushkin reveals why Hillel’s teachings about ethics as God’s central demand and his willingness to encourage the process of conversion began to be ignored in favor of the stricter and less inclusive teachings of his rabbinic adversary, Shammai.


Here is a bold new look at an iconic religious leader.


Stealing Secrets

Stealing Secrets

Stealing Secrets: How a Few Daring Women Deceived Generals, Impacted Battles, and Altered the Course of the Civil War by H Donald Winkler
Cumberland House | 2010 | ISBN: 1402242743 | EPUB | 6.43MB


Clandestine missions. Clever, devious, daring. Passionately committed to a cause.


During America's most divisive war, both the Union and Confederacy took advantage of brave and courageous women willing to adventurously support their causes. These female spies of the Civil War participated in the world's second-oldest profession-spying-a profession perilous in the extreme. The tales of female spies are filled with suspense, bravery, treachery, and trickery. They took enormous risks and achieved remarkable results-often in ways men could not do.


As stated on the grave marker of Union spy Elizabeth Van Lew: "She risked everything that is dear to man-friends, fortune, comfort, health, life itself."


Told with personality and pizzazz, author H. Donald Winkler uses primary Civil War sources such as memoirs, journals, letters, and newspaper articles, plus the latest in scholarly research, to make these incredible stories come alive.


Storm from the East

Storm from the East

Storm from the East: The Struggle Between the Arab World and the Christian West by Milton Viorst
Modern Library | 2007 | ISBN: 0812974190 | EPUB | 685.09KB


America’s engagement with the Arab world stretches back far beyond the Iraq wars. According to Milton Viorst, the current conflict is simply the latest round in a 1,400-year struggle between Christianity and Islam, in which the United States became a participant only in the last century.


Today, the Bush Doctrine aims to free the Arab peoples from political oppression and create a democratic Iraq. So why are Arabs, and Iraqis in particular, so suspicious of our efforts? The explanation, Viorst says, is simple: “What the American leadership has miscalculated, or simply dismissed, is Arab nationalism.” In Storm from the East, Viorst offers a balanced, lucid, and vital history of America’s uneasy relationship with the Arab world and argues that brutal conflict in the region will continue until the West, with the United States taking the lead, honors the Arabs’ insistence on deciding their own destiny.


Viorst examines the long struggle of the Arab world to overthrow Western hegemony. He explores the Arab experiences with democracy and military despotism; Nasserite socialism in Egypt and Ba’athism in Syria and Iraq; tribal monarchy in Saudi Arabia and Jordan; guerrilla warfare waged by the Palestinians; and, finally, Islamic rebellion culminating in Osama bin Laden’s extremist al-Qaeda. All have the same goal: the liberation of the Arabs from foreign domination.


Storm from the East is a powerful work that, like no other, limns the political, religious, and social roots of Arab nationalism and the present-day unrest in the Middle East.


Valkyrie: The Story of the Plot to Kill Hitler

Valkyrie: The Story of the Plot to Kill Hitler

Valkyrie: The Story of the Plot to Kill Hitler, by Its Last Member by Philip Freiherr von Boeselager, Florence & Jerome Fehrenbach
Vintage Books | 2010 | ISBN: 0307454975 | EPUB | 2.47MB


When the Second World War broke out, Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager, then 25-years-old, fought enthusiastically for Germany as a cavalry officer. But after discovering Nazi crimes, von Boeselager’s patriotism quickly turned to disgust, and he joined a group of conspirators who plotted to kill Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler. In this elegant but unflinching memoir, von Boeselager gives voice to the spirit of the small but determined band of men who took a stand against the Third Reich in what culminating in the failed “Valkyrie” plot—one of the most fascinating near misses of twentieth-century history.




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Knock 'em Dead Job Interview

Knock 'em Dead Job Interview

Knock 'em Dead Job Interview: How to Turn Job Interviews Into Job Offers by Martin Yate
Adams Media | 2012 | ISBN: 1440536791 | EPUB | 2.23MB


Land the job you want!


The interview is one of the most crucial moments of the job search experience and your chance to show your potential employer that you have what it takes to succeed in the position. In order to do that in today's highly competitive job search environment, though, you'll have to find a way to stand out from the crowd.


Using his twenty-five years of experience, New York Times bestselling author Martin Yate has established a set of rules for job interviews that is sure to get you noticed. Instead of memorizing canned answers, Yate provides you with an explanation of the thought behind more than 300 questions and answers, so that you'll always know what the interviewer is really asking and how you should respond. Packed with information on handling stress questions and weird interview venues, this book also teaches you how to keep your cool--and confidence--from the moment you step inside the building.


With Knock 'em Dead Job Interview, you will finally be able to differentiate yourself from the competition and score the job!


One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com

One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com

One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com by Richard L Brandt
Portfolio | 2012 | ISBN: 1591845858 | EPUB | 197.75K


Amazon’s business model is deceptively simple: Make online shopping so easy and convenient that customers won’t think twice. It almost can be summed up by the button on every page: “Buy now with one click.”


Why has Amazon been so successful? Much of it has to do with Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO, whose unique combination of character traits and business strategy has driven Amazon to the top of the online retail world. Richard Brandt charts Bezos’s rise from computer nerd to world-changing entrepreneur.


Through interviews with Amazon employees, competitors, and observers, Brandt has deciphered how Bezos makes decisions. The story of Amazon’s ongoing evolution is a case study in how to reinvent an entire industry, and one that businesses today ignore at their peril.




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Thinking Small

Thinking Small

Thinking Small: The Long, Strange Trip of the Volkswagen Beetle by Andrea Hiott
Ballantine | 2012 | ISBN: 0345521420 | EPUB | 7.2MB


Sometimes achieving big things requires the ability to think small. This simple concept was the driving force that propelled the Volkswagen Beetle to become an avatar of American-style freedom, a household brand, and a global icon. The VW Bug inspired the ad men of Madison Avenue, beguiled Woodstock Nation, and has recently been re-imagined for the hipster generation. And while today it is surely one of the most recognizable cars in the world, few of us know the compelling details of this car’s story. In Thinking Small, journalist and cultural historian Andrea Hiott retraces the improbable journey of this little car that changed the world.


Andrea Hiott’s wide-ranging narrative stretches from the factory floors of Weimar Germany to the executive suites of today’s automotive innovators, showing how a succession of artists and engineers shepherded the Beetle to market through periods of privation and war, reconstruction and recovery. Henry Ford’s Model T may have revolutionized the American auto industry, but for years Europe remained a place where only the elite drove cars. That all changed with the advent of the Volkswagen, the product of a Nazi initiative to bring driving to the masses. But Hitler’s concept of “the people’s car” would soon take on new meaning. As Germany rebuilt from the rubble of World War II, a whole generation succumbed to the charms of the world’s most huggable automobile.


Indeed, the story of the Volkswagen is a story about people, and Hiott introduces us to the men who believed in it, built it, and sold it: Ferdinand Porsche, the visionary Austrian automobile designer whose futuristic dream of an affordable family vehicle was fatally compromised by his patron Adolf Hitler’s monomaniacal drive toward war; Heinrich Nordhoff, the forward-thinking German industrialist whose management innovations made mass production of the Beetle a reality; and Bill Bernbach, the Jewish American advertising executive whose team of Madison Avenue mavericks dreamed up the legendary ad campaign that transformed the quintessential German compact into an outsize worldwide phenomenon.


Thinking Small is the remarkable story of an automobile and an idea. Hatched in an age of darkness, the Beetle emerged into the light of a new era as a symbol of individuality and personal mobility—a triumph not of the will but of the imagination.


The Conversion of Europe

The Conversion of Europe

The Conversion of Europe by Richard Fletcher
HarperCollins | 2012 | ISBN: 0007502966 | EPUB | 2.55MB


The story of how Europe was converted to Christianity from 300AD until the barbarian Lithuanians finally capitulated at the astonishingly late date of 1386. It is an epic tale from one of the most gifted historians of today.


This remarkable book examines the conversion of Europe to the Christian faith in the period following the collapse of the Roman Empire, to approximately 1300 when the hegemony of the Holy Roman Empire was firmly established.


One of the book’s great strengths is the degree to which it shows how little was inevitable about this process, how surrounded by uncertainties. What was the origin of the missionary impulse? Who were the activists who engaged in this work – the toilsome, often unrewarding, sometimes dangerous work of evangelisation, and how did they set about putting over this faith? How did a structure of ecclesiastical government come into being? Above all, at what point can one say that an individual or a society has become Christian? Fletcher’s range, lucidity and mastery of his sources brings the answers to these and many other questions as far within our grasp as they probably ever can be.


Like Alan Bullock and Simon Schama, Fletcher is a historian with the true gift of a storyteller and a wide general readership ahead of him. Fletcher's previous book, The Quest for El Cid, won both the Wolfson History Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for History. This book is even better - the most impressive achievement so far of this strikingly gifted historian.


How to Sharpen Pencils

How to Sharpen Pencils

How to Sharpen Pencils: A Practical & Theoretical Treatise on the Artisanal Craft of Pencil Sharpening for Writers, Artists, Contractors, Flange Turners, Anglesmiths, & Civil Servants by David Rees
Melville House | 2012 | ISBN: 1612190405 | EPUB | 11.5MB


A hilarious guide to the lost art of artisanal pencil sharpening.


Have you got the right kind of point on your pencil? Do you know how to achieve the perfect point for the kind of work you need out of that pencil?


Deep in New York’s Hudson River Valley, craftsman David Rees—the world’s number one #2 pencil sharpener—still practices the age-old art of manual pencil sharpening. In 2010, he began offering his artisanal service to the world, to the jubilation of artists, writers, draftsmen, and standardized test takers.


Now, Rees presents a book that is both a manifesto and a fully-illustrated walk-through of the many, many, many ways to sharpen a pencil. Including chapters on equipment, current practice, and modern technologies, it also points at new trends in sharpening, including "Celebrity Impression Pencil Sharpening (CIPS)," a warning about the “Psychological Risks Associated with Pencil Sharpening,” and a survey of "Wines that tastes like pencils."


As Rees implores: "Sharpening pencils should be an activity that enriches the senses."


And if you think it’s a joke, why don’t you poke yourself with your newly sharpened pencil? Or better yet, don’t—because it’ll really hurt.