Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies

Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies

Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney by Lee Cockerell
Crown Business | 2008 | ISBN: 0385523866 | EPUB | 568.96KB


“It’s not the magic that makes it work; it’s the way we work that makes it magic.”


The secret for creating “magic” in our careers, our organizations, and our lives is simple: outstanding leadership—the kind that inspires employees, delights customers, and achieves extraordinary business results.


No one knows more about this kind of leadership than Lee Cockerell, the man who ran Walt Disney World Resort operations for over a decade. And in Creating Magic, he shares the leadership principles that not only guided his own journey from a poor farm boy in Oklahoma to the head of operations for a multibillion dollar enterprise, but that also soon came to form the cultural bedrock of the world’s number one vacation destination. But as Lee demonstrates, great leadership isn’t about mastering impossibly complex management theories. We can all become outstanding leaders by following the ten practical, common sense strategies outlined in this remarkable book. As straightforward as they are profound, these leadership lessons include:


  • Everyone is important.
  • Make your people your brand.
  • Burn the free fuel: appreciation, recognition, and encouragement.
  • Give people a purpose, not just a job.

Combining surprising business wisdom with insightful and entertaining stories from Lee’s four decades on the front lines of some of the world’s best-run companies, Creating Magic shows all of us – from small business owners to managers at every level – how to become better leaders by infusing quality, character, courage, enthusiasm, and integrity into our workplace and into our lives.


The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism

The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism

The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism by David C Korten
Kumarian Press | 1999 | ISBN: 1576750515 | PDF | 1.97MB


  • Named as one of Future Survey's Super 70 books
  • Written by a well-known globalization realist with extensive international experience in business
  • Uses biological and evolutionary principles to illustrate the differences between capitalism and economic systems

Korten examines the fissure between the promises of new global capitalism and the reality of financial insecurity, inequality, social breakdown, spiritual emptiness, and environmental destruction. By drawing on insights from biology and evolutionary principles, Korten renders economic terms and ideas more understandable through the use of simple metaphors regarding living systems. The book prescribes economic solutions to capitalism’s maladies, and provides readers with viable ways to work toward a healthy, sustainable economy.


Trade the Congressional Effect

Trade the Congressional Effect

Trade the Congressional Effect: How To Profit from Congress's Impact on the Stock Market by Eric T. Singer
John Wiley & Sons | 2012 | ISBN: 1118362438 | EPUB | 4.19MB


An innovative investment approach that takes the actions of the U.S. Congress into consideration


Historical research indicates that, more often than not, when Congress is in session there is a negative effect on equities markets (the "Congressional Effect" due possibly to investor uncertainty surrounding government action or inaction as well as the unintended consequences of Congressional legislative initiatives on the stock market. Author Eric Singer, a financial professional with over twenty-five years of experience, is an expert on this phenomenon, and with this new book he shares his extensive insights with you.


Trade the Congressional Effect skillfully details how you can profit from Congress's impact on the stock market. Along the way, it puts this approach in perspective and gives you all the tools you'll need to profitably incorporate it into your investing endeavors. Singer walks you through the process of trading the Congressional Effect and provides practical guidance regarding the possible pitfalls and opportunities you'll face each step of the way.


  • Addresses why it is better to invest while Congress isn't in session
  • Reveals exactly what the Congressional Effect encompasses and why it occurs
  • Written by Eric Singer, one of the first people to publicly document the general effect of Congress on daily stock prices

Supported by over forty-five years of real world data, the Congressional Effect has proven profitable to those who know how to use it. This timely guide will show you exactly what it takes to make this phenomenon work for you.


Financially Stupid People Are Everywhere

Financially Stupid People Are Everywhere

Financially Stupid People Are Everywhere: Don't Be One Of Them by Jason Kelly
John Wiley & Sons | 2010 | ISBN: 0470579757 | EPUB | 479.12KB


A hard-hitting look at achieving financial freedom by avoiding excessive borrowing and spending


If you don't actively resist America's culture of debt, you'll end up precisely where the government, banks, and big business want you to be: indentured servitude. The mistakes people make with their money are basic, and avoidable, and unless you understand what they are, you're probably going to repeat them. What you need is someone who can shed light on the obstacles we face and show you how to avoid getting tripped up by them.


Financially Stupid People Are Everywhere shows how society is rigged to take as much of your wealth as possible, and simple ways you can resist. It investigates, explains, and offers advice for all those who have fallen into debt, taken a second mortgage, been trapped by credit cards, or found themselves unable to get ahead.


  • Discusses what you can do to stop the destructive cycle of borrowing and spending
  • Illustrates the four major tenets of getting money right
  • Highlights how to avoid the many ways that government, banks, and big business try to trap you with debt

To secure your financial future, you must break the dangerous cycle of borrowing and spending, and learn how to guard your wealth against corporate ploys. Financially Stupid People Are Everywhere leads you down the only proven path to financial freedom.


Butterfly Economics

Butterfly Economics

Butterfly Economics: A New General Theory of Social and Economic Behavior by Paul Ormerod
Basic Books | 2001 | ISBN: 0465053564 | EPUB | 3.43MB


In this cogently and elegantly argued analysis of why human beings persist in engaging in behavior that defies time-honored economic theory, Ormerod also explains why governments and industries throughout the world must completely reconfigure their traditional methods of economic forecasting if they are to succeed and prosper in an increasingly complicated global marketplace.


Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs

Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs

Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World by Adrienne Mayor
Overlook Press | 2009 | ISBN: 1590203747 | EPUB | 3.5MB


Flamethrowers, poison gases, incendiary bombs, the large-scale spreading of disease... are these terrifying agents and implements of warfare modern inventions? Not by a long shot. Weapons of biological and chemical warfare have been in use for thousands of years, and Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs, Adrienne Mayor's fascinating exploration of the origins of biological and unethical warfare draws extraordinary connections between the mythical worlds of Hercules and the Trojan War, the accounts of Herodotus and Thucydides, and modern methods of war and terrorism.


Greek Fire, Poison Arrows & Scorpion Bombs will catapult readers into the dark and fascinating realm of ancient war and mythic treachery-and their devastating consequences.


Plutarch's Lives [Audiobook] (2 Vol Set)

Plutarch's Lives [Audiobook] (2 Vol Set)

Plutarch's Lives [Audiobook] (2 Vol Set)
Blackstone Audio | 2008 | ISBN: 1433251906, 143325042X | MP3@64 kbps | 83 hrs 32 mins | 2.25GB


Translated by John Dryden

Read by Bernard Mayes


One of the worlds most influential literary works, Plutarch's Lives forms a brilliant social history of the ancient world by comparing the parallel lives of notorious Greeks and Romans. Volume I compares Theseus and Romulus, Alcibiades and Coriolanus, and Aristides and Marcus Cato, among others.


Volume II compares Alexander and Caesar, Demosthenes and Cicero, and Dion and Marcus Brutus, among others.


The Making of the Atomic Bomb [Audiobook]

The Making of the Atomic Bomb [Audiobook]

The Making of the Atomic Bomb [Audiobook] by Richard Rhodes
MP3@64 kbps | 35 hrs 28 mins | 974.77MB


With a new Introduction by the author, the twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning epic about how the atomic bomb came to be.


In rich, human, political, and scientific detail, here is the complete story of the nuclear bomb.


Few great discoveries have evolved so swiftly--or have been so misunderstood. From the theoretical discussions of nuclear energy to the bright glare of Trinity there was a span of hardly more than twenty-five years. What began merely as an interesting speculative problem in physics grew into the Manhattan Project, and then into the Bomb with frightening rapidity, while scientists known only to their peers--Szilard, Teller, Oppenheimer, Bohr, Meitner, Fermi, Lawrence, and von Neumann--stepped from their ivory towers into the limelight.


Richard Rhodes takes us on that journey step-by-step, minute by minute, and gives us the definitive story of man's most awesome discovery and invention. "The Making of the Atomic Bomb" is at once a narrative tour de force and a document as powerful as its subject.




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Double Victory

Double Victory

Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II by Cheryl Mullenbach
Chicago Review Press | 2013 | ISBN: 1569768080 | EPUB | 2.39MB


Double Victory tells the stories of African American women who did extraordinary things to help their country during World War II. In these pages young readers meet a range of remarkable women: war workers, political activists, military women, volunteers, and entertainers. Some, such as Mary McLeod Bethune and Lena Horne, were celebrated in their lifetimes and are well known today. But many others fought discrimination at home and abroad in order to contribute to the war effort yet were overlooked during those years and forgotten by later generations.


Double Victory recovers the stories of these courageous women, such as Hazel Dixon Payne, the only woman to serve on the remote Alaska-Canadian Highway; Deverne Calloway, a Red Cross worker who led a protest at an army base in India; and Betty Murphy Phillips, the only black female overseas war correspondent. Offering a new and diverse perspective on the war and including source notes and a bibliography, Double Victory is an invaluable addition to any student’s or history buff’s bookshelf.


Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War [Audiobook]

Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War [Audiobook]

Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War [Audiobook] by William Manchester
Blackstone Audio | 2007 | ASIN: B000PTYOAS | MP3@64 kbps | 15 hrs 06 mins | 414.14MB


In this intensely powerful memoir, America's pre-eminent biographer-historian, who has written so brilliantly about World War II in his acclaimed lives of General Douglas MacArthur (American Caesar) and Winston Churchill (The Last Lion), looks back at his own early life.


This memoir offers an unrivaled firsthand account of World War II in the Pacific - what it looked like, sounded like, smelled like, and most of all, what it felt like to one who underwent all but the ultimate of its experiences.


The Wealth of the World and the Poverty of Nations

The Wealth of the World and the Poverty of Nations

The Wealth of the World and the Poverty of Nations by Daniel Cohen
MIT Press | 1998 | ISBN: 0262032538 | EPUB | 224.63KB


The present situation, in which poor nations are becoming richer and rich nations poorer, gives credence to the idea that the former phenomenon is responsible for the latter. The great fear of many in the West is that trade with India, China, or the former Soviet Union will cause a collapse of the welfare state and of society's well-being."Globalization" has become a loaded term. Should we believe, literally, that trade with poor nations can be blamed for our "impoverishment"?


In this book, Daniel Cohen claims that there is practically no foundation for such an alarmist position. We need to reverse the commonly held view that globalization has caused today's insecure labor market. On the contrary, Cohen argues, our own propensity for transforming the nature of work has created a niche for globalization and given it an ominous dimension, causing some to reject it. Pursuing this erroneous line of thought will place the battle for social welfare "on the sidelines" when it should be fought "on the inside." Such errors in analysis must not persist; as Cohen says, the stakes are too high.


Feel Like Going Home: Portraits in Blues and Rock 'n' Roll

Feel Like Going Home: Portraits in Blues and Rock 'n' Roll

Feel Like Going Home: Portraits in Blues and Rock 'n' Roll by Peter Guralnick
Back Bay Books | 1999 | ISBN: 0316332720 | EPUB | 8.75MB


This vivid celebration of blues and early rock 'n' roll includes some of the first and most illuminating profiles of such blues masters as Muddy Waters, Skip James, and Howlin' Wolf; excursions into the blues-based Memphis rock 'n' roll of Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, and the Sun record label; and a brilliant depiction of the bustling Chicago blues scene and the legendary Chess record label in its final days. With unique insight and unparalleled access, Peter Guralnick brings to life the people, the songs, and the performance that forever changed not only the American music scene but America itself.


What Killed the Great and Not So Great Composers?

What Killed the Great and Not So Great Composers?

What Killed the Great and Not So Great Composers by Joseph W Lewis Jr
AuthorHouse | 2010 | ISBN: 1449075843 | EPUB | 3.61MB


From a personally assembled database of 13,859 classical musicians, What Killed the Great and not so Great Composers? delves into the medical histories of a wide variety of composers from both a musical and medical standpoint. Biographies of musicians from Johann Sebastian Bach of the Baroque period to Benjamin Britten of the Modern era explore in depth their illnesses and the impact their diseases had on musical productivity. Other chapters referenced to specific composers are devoted to such diverse ailments as deafness, mental disorders, sexually transmitted diseases, surgery and war injuries, to name a few.


A unique section of statistics and demographics analyzes various aspects of composers' lives such as their longevity related to contemporaneous nonmusical populations, the incidence of various illnesses they experienced over the centuries and the type of medical problems suffered by the so-called top 100 classical musicians. Although a precise and complete accounting of the great composers' ailments may never be possible, a general understanding of the medical problems experienced by these unique individuals, nevertheless, can heighten one's appreciation of their creative processes despite the hardships imposed by their physical and mental illnesses. Although some individuals surrendered to their disabilities for a variety of reasons, others were able to rise above their infirmities and produce the wonderful music mankind has enjoyed through the centuries.


The Hardness Factor

The Hardness Factor

The Hardness Factor: How to Achieve Your Best Health and Sexual Fitness at Any Age by Steven Lamm, Gerald Secor Couzens
HarperCollins | 2005 | ISBN: 0060755512 | EPUB | 2.30MB


ABC's The View's house doctor argues that a man's sexuality is linked to his physical health, outlining a six-week program to restoring intimacy, improving a sex life, and boosting self-confidence while explaining how to use a sexual drive to motivate an overall healthy lifestyle. 100,000 first printing.


Eco-Sex

Eco-Sex

Eco-Sex: Go Green Between the Sheets and Make Your Love Life Sustainable by Stefanie Iris Weiss
Ten Speed Press | 2010 | ISBN: 1580081185 | EPUB | 1.94MB


Join the Eco-Sexual Revolution


Leaving a smaller carbon footprint in the bedroom is easy with Eco-Sex, a green sex guide that will inspire both sexual and ecological excitement. Renew your passion for the environment while you recharge your love life—with green sex toys, low-impact lingerie, fair-trade condoms, bamboo bed linens, conflict-free diamonds, and much more. Eco-Sex will help you avoid the sins of greenwashing while you probe the deeper underpinnings of healthy, chemical-free sex. You’ll also tap into the emerging eco-sexual community while shopping for organic aphrodisiacs or logging onto green dating sites. Eco-Sex will open new avenues for the health of the planet and your body. So go ahead: stock your sexual toolbox, reinvigorate your passions, get serious about sustainability—and join the next (and best!) sexual revolution.


The Wilderness Survival Guide

The Wilderness Survival Guide

The Wilderness Survival Guide: The Practical Skills You Need for the Great Outdoors by Joe O'Leary
Watkins | 2010 | ISBN: 1907486046 | MOBI | 8.75MB8.75MB


Untamed, endlessly harsh, and sometimes dangerous: the wilderness might not sound like an ideal holiday destination, but the numbers of survivor men and women is growing every year. And with this guide to every outdoor experience, they'll be ready to face the elements. From finding food to building shelters, assembling a survival kit to avoiding toxic plants, starting fires in any weather to finding water, it is filled with critical skills.


My Life Across the Table: Stories from a Psychic's Life

My Life Across the Table: Stories from a Psychic's Life

My Life Across the Table: Stories from a Psychic's Life by Karen Page
Llewellyn Publications | 2013 | ISBN: 0738735817 | EPUB | 426.9KB


Acclaimed psychic Karen Page shares the most inspiring, uplifting, and unforgettable stories from her extraordinary career. In this book, you will find true accounts of love affairs gone wrong and relationships that last; premonitions of success and of death; juicy details of celebrities, socialites, and even mobsters. These stories from real people are life lessons in disguise, giving you new perspectives on your relationships, your career, and your spirit.


A naturally gifted psychic and a deeply compassionate soul, Karen reveals what it’s like to grow up psychic, knowing what the future holds for both loved ones and complete strangers. She shares insights on the question of fate versus free will, and whether or not a psychic should tell a client if she sees death or other devastating experiences ahead. These true stories include the author’s account of meeting famed psychic Peter Hurkos and living in a house haunted by the ghosts of Hollywood showgirls.


Eat Naked

Eat Naked

Eat Naked: Unprocessed, Unpolluted, and Undressed Eating for a Healthier, Sexier You by Margaret Floyd
New Harbinger Publications | 2011 | ISBN: 1608820130 | EPUB | 2.22MB


  • Are you fed up with counting calories?
  • Confused by all the diet hype?
  • Want to eat delicious, real food and look and feel great?

Leading nutritional therapist Margaret Floyd's Eat Naked will help you strip away the overprocessed, overpackaged, and overdressed junk food from your diet. It's time to enjoy "naked" foods-whole foods that are fresh, organically grown, and prepared in ways that allow each food's naturally delicious flavors to shine through. In this book, Margaret shows you how to choose the nutrient-dense foods that will make you look and feel so gorgeous, you'll want to take it all off.


You'll discover new ways to prepare foods without sacrificing flavor and learn practical tips for eating within your budget. Eat Naked includes easy recipes for all sorts of delicious things you can feel good about eating and making for others. Once you see how great you look and feel when you eat naked, you won't want to eat any other way!


Getting Past No: Negotiating in Difficult Situations

Getting Past No: Negotiating in Difficult Situations

Getting Past No: Negotiating in Difficult Situations by William Ury
Bantam Books | 2007 | ISBN: 0553903640 | EPUB | 455.93KB


We all want to get to yes, but what happens when the other person keeps saying no?


How can you negotiate successfully with a stubborn boss, an irate customer, or a deceitful coworker?


In Getting Past No, William Ury of Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation offers a proven breakthrough strategy for turning adversaries into negotiating partners. You'll learn how to:


  • Stay in control under pressure
  • Defuse anger and hostility
  • Find out what the other side really wants
  • Counter dirty tricks
  • Use power to bring the other side back to the table
  • Reach agreements that satisfies both sides' needs

Getting Past No is the state-of-the-art book on negotiation for the twenty-first century. It will help you deal with tough times, tough people, and tough negotiations. You don't have to get mad or get even. Instead, you can get what you want!


The Notes: Ronald Reagan's Private Collection

The Notes: Ronald Reagan's Private Collection

The Notes: Ronald Reagan's Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom
HarperCollins | 2011 | ISBN: 0062065130 | EPUB | 1.36MB


Ronald Reagan left behind a legacy that America will never forget. Now, in this one-of-a-kind collection of his most intimate thoughts, his favorite quotations by others, and his own most collectible jokes, all culled from a newly disclosed set of personal notecards he kept throughout his life and career, fans and admirers of the fortieth president will find a unique window of insight into the soul of an American icon.


Edited by Douglas Brinkley, editor of #1 New York Times bestseller The Reagan Diaries, this indispensible Reagan retrospective is perfect for fathers, graduates, and anyone looking to find inspiration in the thoughts and musingsof a great American leader.


Berlin Games: How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream

Berlin Games: How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream

Berlin Games: How the Nazis Stole the Olympic Dream by Guy Walters
HarperPerennial | 2007 | ISBN: 0060874139 | EPUB | 5.06MB


IN 1936, Adolf Hitler welcomed the world to Berlin to attend the Olympic Games. It promised to be not only a magnificent sporting event but also a grand showcase for the rebuilt Germany. No effort was spared to present the Third Reich as the newest global power. But beneath the glittering surface, the Games of the Eleventh Olympiad of the Modern Era came to act as a crucible for the dark political forces that were gathering, foreshadowing the bloody conflict to come.


The 1936 Olympics were nothing less than the most political sporting event of the last century—an epic clash between proponents of barbarism and those of civilization, both of whom tried to use the Games to promote their own values. Berlin Games is the complete history of those fateful two weeks in August. It is a story of the athletes and their accomplishments, an eye-opening account of the Nazi machine's brazen attempt to use the Games as a model of Aryan superiority and fascist efficiency, and a devastating indictment of the manipulative power games of politicians, diplomats, and Olympic officials that would ultimately have profound consequences for the entire world.


In the Cockpit 2

In the Cockpit 2

In the Cockpit 2: Inside History-Making Aircraft of World War II
Harper Design | 2010 | ISBN: 0061684341 | EPUB | 6.47MB


“Having spent most of my life in the cockpit, I am well acquainted with the sheer magnificence of these machines. World War II ushered in a new era in aviation and military technology, and this book gives an exclusive look into some of the most famous planes in the history of flight.”
— Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger


The follow-up to 2008’s In the Cockpit, this gorgeously designed book focuses specifically on the interiors of World War II aircraft. In the Cockpit II features rare aircrafts from the Smithsonian’s collection and a visual viewpoint of cockpits that museum goers never get to see, plus a foreword by distinguished pilot Robert A. Hoover. A perfect gift for Father’s Day and holidays!


Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal by Fred Kaplan
Bloomsbury | 2012 | ISBN: 1408840723 | EPUB | 4.82MB


Novelist, culture critic, essayist, historian, comic satirist, image maker, actor, homosexual, bisexual, controversial, confrontational - finding words to describe Gore Vidal is never difficult. And yet, an accurate picture of this multifaceted chameleon has eluded us until now. This book provides a biography of a literary icon.


The Nazi Officer's Wife

The Nazi Officer's Wife

The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust by Edith H Beer, Susan Dworkin
William Morrow | 2000 | ISBN: 068817776X | EPUB | 5.8MB


Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman and went underground. With the help of a Christian friend, she emerged in Munich as Grete Denner. There she met Werner Vetter, a Nazi Party member who fell in love with her. Despite Edith's protests and even her eventual confession that she was Jewish, he married her and kept her identity a secret.


In wrenching detail, Edith recalls a life of constant, almost paralyzing fear. She tells of German officials who casually questioned the lineage of her parents; of how, when giving birth to her daughter, she refused all painkillers, afraid that in an altered state of mind she might reveal something of her past; and of how, after her husband was captured by the Soviet army, she was bombed out of her house and had to hide while drunken Russian soldiers raped women on the street.


Yet despite the risk it posed to her life, Edith created a remarkable record of survival. She saved every document and set of papers issued to her, as well as photographs she managed to take inside labor camps. Now part of the permanent collection at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., these hundreds of documents, several of which are included in this volume, form the fabric of a gripping new chapter in the history of the Holocaust -- complex, troubling, and ultimately triumphant.


The Origins of Totalitarianism

The Origins of Totalitarianism

The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich | 1973 | ISBN: 0156701537 | EPUB | 829KB


Hannah Arendt's definitive work on totalitarianism and an essential component of any study of twentieth-century political history.


The Origins of Totalitarianism begins with the rise of anti-Semitism in central and western Europe in the 1800s and continues with an examination of European colonial imperialism from 1884 to the outbreak of World War I. Arendt explores the institutions and operations of totalitarian movements, focusing on the two genuine forms of totalitarian government in our time—Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia—which she adroitly recognizes were two sides of the same coin, rather than opposing philosophies of Right and Left. From this vantage point, she discusses the evolution of classes into masses, the role of propaganda in dealing with the nontotalitarian world, the use of terror, and the nature of isolation and loneliness as preconditions for total domination.




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Cruel World: The Children of Europe in the Nazi Web

Cruel World: The Children of Europe in the Nazi Web

Cruel World: The Children of Europe in the Nazi Web by Lynn H Nicholas
Vintage Books | 2006 | ISBN: 067977663X | EPUB | 5.81MB


In this riveting, powerful narrative, Lynn Nicholas shows how children under the Nazis became mere objects available for use in the service of the totalitarian state. Nicholas recounts the euthanasia and eugenic selection, racist indoctrination, kidnapping and “Germanization,” mass executions, and slave labor to which the Nazis subjected Europe’s children. She also captures the uprooted children’s search for their families in the aftermath of the war. A disturbing and absolutely necessary work, Cruel World opens a new chapter in World War II studies.


On Hitler's Mountain

On Hitler's Mountain

On Hitler's Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood by Irmgard A Hunt
William Morrow | 2006 | ISBN: 0060532181 | EPUB | 34.11MB


Growing up in the beautiful mountains of Berchtesgaden -- just steps from Adolf Hitler's alpine retreat -- Irmgard Hunt had a seemingly happy, simple childhood. In her powerful, illuminating, and sometimes frightening memoir, Hunt recounts a youth lived under an evil but persuasive leader. As she grew older, the harsh reality of war -- and a few brave adults who opposed the Nazi regime -- aroused in her skepticism of National Socialist ideology and the Nazi propaganda she was taught to believe in.


In May 1945, an eleven-year-old Hunt watched American troops occupy Hitler's mountain retreat, signaling the end of the Nazi dictatorship and World War II. As the Nazi crimes began to be accounted for, many Germans tried to deny the truth of what had occurred; Hunt, in contrast, was determined to know and face the facts of her country's criminal past.


On Hitler's Mountain is more than a memoir -- it is a portrait of a nation that lost its moral compass. It is a provocative story of a family and a community in a period and location in history that, though it is fast becoming remote to us, has important resonance for our own time.


Nancy Wake: A Biography

Nancy Wake: A Biography

Nancy Wake: A Biography by Peter Fitzsimons
HarperCollins | 2002 | ISBN: 0732274567 | PDF | 1.51MB


Nancy Wake lived in France before WWII, and at the outbreak of war, she joined a resistance group in Marseilles and became the No 1 target on the Gestapo's most wanted list, with a five-million franc price on her head. Dubbed the White Mouse, she managed to escape and flee to England.


Charles Kingsford Smith and Those Magnificent Men

Charles Kingsford Smith and Those Magnificent Men

Charles Kingsford Smith and Those Magnificent Men by Peter Fitzsimons
Publishers Group UK | 2009 | ISBN: 0732284872 | EPUB | 726.5KB


Known to millions simply as 'Smithy', Sir Charles Kingsford Smith was one of Australia's true twentieth-century legends. In an era in which aviators were superstars, Smithy was among the greatest and, throughout his amazing career, his fame in Australia was matched only by that of Don Bradman. Among other achievements, Kingsford Smith was the first person to fly across the Pacific, he broke the record for the fastest flight from England to Australia, and at one point he held more long-distance flying records than anyone else on the planet.


If that wasn't enough, Smithy was also a war hero, receiving the Military Cross for gallantry in action after being shot - and losing three toes during one of many flying missions during World War I. Smithy was not the lone adventurer of the skies. Early aviation drew to it a company of daredevils who all challenged gravity and fear. This comprehensive biography, written with typical flair by Peter Fitzsimons, covers the triumphs and tragedies of not only Kingsford Smith's daring and controversial life but also those of his companion aviators.


Eureka Stockade: A ferocious and bloody battle

Eureka Stockade: A ferocious and bloody battle

Eureka Stockade: A ferocious and bloody battle by Gregory Blake
CreateSpace | 2012 | ISBN: 1480213306 | EPUB | 1.37MB


“This is far and away the most accurate and authoritative account of the actual battle of Eureka. An outstanding job of sorting fact from myth.” Peter Fitzsimons


Eureka Stockade: A ferocious and bloody battle, is the epic account of the battle for the Eureka Stockade, an iconic moment in Australian history.


On the chilly dawn morning of 3 December 1854 British soldiers and police of the Victorian colonial government attacked and stormed a crudely-built fortification erected by insurgent gold miners at the Eureka lead on the Ballarat Gold Diggings. The fighting was intense, the carnage appalling and the political consequences of the affair profound. This book, for the first time, examines in great detail the actual military events that unfolded during the twenty minutes of deadly fighting at Eureka.


Many of the old assumptions about what occurred that day are turned on the heads, raising in their places provocative questions. Were the intentions of the Eureka diggers as pacific as tradition insists? How was it that men supposedly poorly armed and taken completely by surprise in their sleep were able to deliver ‘sharp and well directed’ fire on their attackers? How close, in fact did the assaulting infantry come to failing in their task, and why has the pivotal part played by the police in the battle been ignored in every retelling of the Eureka story? Why have the Americans, who played a decisive part in the defence of the stockade been all but ignored? The author argues convincingly that Eureka was not a wanton massacre of innocents, as it has been portrayed. Rather it was a hard fought military engagement. Eureka was a decisive moment in history and in this book it comes alive in a rousing and original manner.


Blood Trails: The Combat Diary of a Foot Soldier in Vietnam

Blood Trails: The Combat Diary of a Foot Soldier in Vietnam

Blood Trails: The Combat Diary of a Foot Soldier in Vietnam by Christopher Ronnau
Presidio Press | 2006 | ISBN: 0891418830 | EPUB | 4.14MB


Chris Ronnau volunteered for the Army and was sent to Vietnam in January 1967, armed with an M-14 rifle and American Express traveler’s checks. But the latter soon proved particularly pointless as the private first class found himself in the thick of two pivotal, fiercely fought Big Red One operations, going head-to-head against crack Viet cong and NVA troops in the notorious Iron Triangle and along the treacherous Cambodian border near Tay Ninh.


Patrols, ambushes, plunging down VC tunnels, search and destroy missions–there were many ways to drive the enemy from his own backyard, as Ronnau quickly discovered. Based on the journal Ronnau kept in Vietnam, Blood Trails captures the hellish jungle war in all its stark life-and-death immediacy. This wrenching chronicle is also stirring testimony to the quiet courage of those unsung American heroes, many not yet twenty-one, who had a job to do and did it without complaint–fighting, sacrificing, and dying for their country.


Includes sixteen pages of rare and never-before-seen combat photos


Vietnam: The Australian War

Vietnam: The Australian War

Vietnam: The Australian War by Paul Ham
HarperCollins | 2007 | ISBN: 0732282373 | EPUB | 2.48MB


"War takes a blender to standards and values ... Men come back and spend the rest of their lives trying to find out who they are ..." - Harry Whiteside, who served with the SAS and the Royal Australian Regiment in Vietnam.


"Surely God weeps," an Australian soldier wrote in despair of the conflict in Vietnam.


But no God intervened to shorten the years of carnage and devastation in this most controversial of wars.


Seen as the last "hot" frontline of the Cold War, the ten-year struggle in the rice paddies and jungles of South Vietnam unleashed the most devastating firepower on the Vietnamese nation and visited terrible harm on civilians and soldiers.


Yet the Australian forces applied tactics that were very different from those of the Americans. Guided by their commanders" experience of jungle combat, Australian troops operated with stealth, deception and restraint in pursuing a "better war".


Drawing on hundreds of accounts by soldiers, politicians, aid workers, entertainers and the Vietnamese people, Paul Ham reconstructs for the first time the full history of our longest military campaign.


From the commitment to engage, through the fight over conscription and the rise of the anti-war movement, to the tactics and horror of the battlefield, Ham exhumes the truth about this politicians" war - which sealed the fate of 50,000 Australian servicemen and women.


More than 500 soldiers were killed and thousands wounded. Those who made it home returned to a hostile and ignorant country and a reception that scarred them forever.This is their story.


Paul Ham′s Vietnam: The Australian War was awarded the Australian History Prize at the 2008 NSW Premier′s Awards. The judges praised Ham for his comprehensive approach to Australia′s involvement in the Vietnam War and his ability to communicate with both specialist and general readers. They said:


′A significant number of books have appeared over the past decade or so focusing on Australia′s involvement in World War I, World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars ... What distinguishes Paul Ham′s book is the comprehensive nature of its approach, which encompasses the political and military history of Australia′s involvement in Vietnam as well as the domestic social and cultural context. It is also a book that tells the human side of the war ... It is a beautifully told story of human frailty, of the shortcomings and lack of vision of those political leaders who committed Australian troops to Vietnam; and of the narrow-minded ideologies that drove some of those who opposed the war. It is a wonderful narrative, reflecting an extraordinary knowledge of the subject, which convincingly demonstrates the important role the Vietnam War played in shaping Australia′s history.′


Kokoda

Kokoda

Kokoda by Paul Ham
HarperCollins Australia | 2004 | ISBN: 0732276934 | EPUB | 1.69MB


In a unique and balanced portrayal, renowned journalist Paul Ham recounts both the Australian and Japanese perspectives of the events on the hellish Papuan jungle trail where thousands fought and died during World War II.


It was a war without mercy, fought back and forth along 90 miles of river crossings, steep inclines and precipitous descents, with both sides wracked by hunger and disease, and terrified of falling into enemy hands. Defeat was unthinkable: the Australian soldier was fighting for his homeland against an unyielding aggressor; the Japanese ordered to fight to the death in a bid to conquer 'Greater East Asia'.


Paul Ham captures the spirits of those soldiers and commanders who clashed in this war of exceptional savagery, and tells of the brave souls on both sides of the campaign whose courage and sacrifices must never be forgotten.


Gallipoli: Our Last Man Standing [Audiobook]

Gallipoli: Our Last Man Standing [Audiobook]

Gallipoli: Our Last Man Standing: The Extraordinary Life of Alec Campbell [Audiobook] by Jonathon King
Bolinda Audio | 2012 | ISBN: 1743139624 | MP3@80 kbps | 8 hrs 06 mins | 278.16MB


With Alec Campbell's death, a door has closed to which no one has the key. Australia has lost the last direct link to one of the nation's most significant events and to a breed of Australians who have become larger than life - legends in our national psyche. He was not at Gallipoli long, though he dodged his share of bullets, saw his mates get shot, and suffered fever and sickness, as did so many of his peers.


But this book is not just an account of Gallipoli; it's a snapshot of a century of Australian history seen through the life of one man. While it started out as the story of a Gallipoli veteran, it became the tale of an 'Aussie battler' who lived an extraordinary life - a life that reflected the growth of a nation, from horse and buggy to tense global village. Even without Gallipoli, his story - full of adventure and idealism, struggle and determination - is a yarn worth telling. But as the last Anzac, Alec became a symbol for something much greater; as the sole survivor of an estimated million soldiers who fought on all sides in the Gallipoli campaign, he became 'one man in a million'.


The Churchills: A Family at the Heart of History

The Churchills: A Family at the Heart of History

The Churchills: A Family at the Heart of History by Mary S Lovell
Little Brown & Company | 2011 | ISBN: 0316732826 | PDF | 29.81MB


'There never was a Churchill from John of Marlborough down who had either morals or principles', so said Gladstone. From the First Duke of Marlborough - soldier of genius, restless empire-builder and cuckolder of Charles II - onwards, the Churchills have been politicians, gamblers and profligates, heroes and womanisers. The Churchills is a richly layered portrait of an extraordinary set of men and women - grandly ambitious, regularly impecunious, impulsive, arrogant and brave. And towering above the Churchill clan is the figure of Winston - his failures and his triumphs shown in a new and revealing context - ultimately our 'greatest Briton'.


The Most Dangerous Enemy

The Most Dangerous Enemy

The Most Dangerous Enemy: The Definitive History of the Battle of Britain by Stephen Bungay
Aurum Press | 2010 | ISBN: 1845134818 | PDF | 32.99MB


Already hailed as the standard work, The Most Dangerous Enemy is an authoritative history of the British battle that galvanized the public imagination and symbolized the destiny of a nation. But in this rigorous reinvestigation of the Battle of Britain, Stephen Bungay tells a story full of revelations.


Whether assessing the development of radar or the relative merits of the Spitfire, Hurricane, and Messerschmitt, he uncovers the unexpected truth behind many time-honored myths. Not only a major work of modern history but also a truly compelling narrative, The Most Dangerous Enemy confirms the Battle of Britain as a crucial event in European history.


Peace Work

Peace Work

Peace Work by Spike Milligan
Penguin Group | 1999 | ISBN: 0140149708 | EPUB | 1.11MB


This volume of Spike Milligan's memoires begins in 1946 when he leaves the army and returns to a drab London to resume his career as a band musician. Eventually after several tours entertaining the troops in Germany, he turns to script writing for radio, then teams up with some other lunatics including Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers who decide to call themselves "The Goons".


Puckoon

Puckoon

Puckoon by Spike Milligan
Penguin Group | 1988 | ISBN: 0140111344 | EPUB | 367.73KB


"Puckoon", Spike Milligan's first novel bursts at the seams with superb comic characters involved in unbelievably likely troubles on the Irish border. It's 1924 and the Boundary Commission is deciding on the new line between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. With much pushing and shoving, the border finds it's way down the middle of Puckoon, dividing house from outhouse, man from wife, and pub chairs from bars. Something must be done!


Your Inner Fish: A Journey into History of the Human Body

Your Inner Fish: A Journey into History of the Human Body

Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin
Pantheon | 2008 | ISBN: 0307377164 | EPUB | 2.66MB


Details on a Major New Discovery included in a New Afterword.


Why do we look the way we do? Neil Shubin, the paleontologist and professor of anatomy who co-discovered Tiktaalik, the "fish with hands," tells the story of our bodies as you've never heard it before. By examining fossils and DNA, he shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our heads are organized like long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genomes look and function like those of worms and bacteria. Your Inner Fish makes us look at ourselves and our world in an illuminating new light. This is science writing at its finest--enlightening, accessible and told with irresistible enthusiasm.




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High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed

High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed

High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed by Michael Kodas
Hyperion Books | 2008 | ISBN: 1401302734 | EPUB | 494.11KB


"[High Crimes] is hair-raising and lays bare the excitement and fear that face great explorers at the top of the world. . . . Well written, and as deftly plotted as the finest mystery novel, Kodas brings to life a disturbing picture of society at high altitude."
--Austin Chronicle


"Kodas does an excellent job exposing the ways in which money and ego have corrupted the traditional cultures of both mountaineers and their Sherpa guides. . . . His narrative is as hard to turn away from as a slow-motion train wreck."
--Publishers Weekly


High Crimes is journalist Michael Kodas's gripping account of life on top of the world--where man is every bit as deadly as Mother Nature.


Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism

Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism

Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism by Richard D Wolff
Haymarket Books | 2012 | ISBN: 1608462471 | EPUB | 336.13KB


Capitalism as a system has spawned deepening economic crisis alongside its bought-and-paid-for political establishment. Neither serves the needs of our society. Whether it is secure, well-paid, and meaningful jobs or a sustainable relationship with the natural environment that we depend on, our society is not delivering the results people need and deserve.


One key cause for this intolerable state of affairs is the lack of genuine democracy in our economy as well as in our politics. The solution requires the institution of genuine economic democracy, starting with workers directing their own workplaces, as the basis for a genuine political democracy.


Here Richard D. Wolff lays out a hopeful and concrete vision of how to make that possible, addressing the many people who have concluded economic inequality and politics as usual can no longer be tolerated and are looking for a concrete program of action.


The Growth Illu$ion

The Growth Illu$ion

The Growth Illu$ion: How Economic Growth Has Enriched the Few, Impoverished the Many and Endangered the Planet by Richard Douthwaite
New Society Publishers | 1999 | ISBN: 0865713960 | EPUB | 2.99MB


The idea that growth is beneficial underlies the economic strategies of all major political parties, but the reality of recent years is that the negative effects of growth have far outweighed any positive ones. In Ireland growth has been the root cause of unemployment; in Britain it has led to an eightfold increase in crime, the breakdown of family life and a deterioration in general levels of health and education; in the USA real incomes have fallen; in India people have been driven from the land into urban slums; and the natural world suffers increasing threat and inexorable erosion.


The Growth Illusion exposes the real nature of undirected economic growth, and refutes Adam Smith's belief in the 'invisible hand' ensuring that self-interest would serve the common good. Rather than strive for constant expansion to stave off collapse, nations must learn to build stable economies. This new edition updates the text with an analysis of recent developments in the UK -- and elsewhere.


The Last Plantagenets

The Last Plantagenets

The Last Plantagenets by Thomas B Costain
Buccaneer Books | 1994 | ISBN: 1568493738 | EPUB | 3.71MB


The final volume in A History of the Plantagenets covers the century from 1377 to 1485 when civil war ravaged England, rebellious peasants marched on London and wandering preachers sowed dissent in the credulous poor.


The last Plantagenet monarchs governed in violence and confusion. Kings came and went, deposed or murdered. Princes and nobles slaughtered or were slaughtered in bloody battles or private feuds. It was an era of brilliant successes, tragic reverses and wild extravagance.


"No man writes popular history with greater understanding." (The New York Times)


A History of the Plantagenets includes The Conquering Family, The Magnificent Century, The Three Edwards and The Last Plantagenets.


The Three Edwards

The Three Edwards

The Three Edwards by Thomas B Costain
Doubleday | 1958 | ISBN: 0307800563 | EPUB | 6.11MB


The Three Edwards, third in Thomas B. Costain's survey of Britain under the Plantagenets, covers the years between 1272 and 1377 when three Edwards ruled England. Edward I brought England out of the Middle Ages. Edward II had a tragic reign but gave his country Edward III, who ruled gloriously, if violently.


A History of the Plantagenets includes The Conquering Family, The Magnificent Century, The Three Edwards and The Last Plantagenets.


The Magnificent Century

The Magnificent Century

The Magnificent Century by Thomas B Costain
Popular Library | 1983 | ISBN: 0445085126 | EPUB | 3.6MB


The Magnificent Century, the second volume of Costain's A History of the Plantagenets, covers Henry III's long and turbulent reign, from 1216 to 1272.


During his lifetime Henry was frequently unpopular, unreliable and inconsistent. Yet his reign saw spectacular advancement in the arts, sciences and theology, as well as in government. Despite all, it was truly a magnificent century.


"Combines a love of the subject with factual history. . .a great story." (San Francisco Chronicle)


A History of the Plantagenets includes The Conquering Family, The Magnificent Century, The Three Edwards and The Last Plantagenets.


The Conquering Family

The Conquering Family

The Conquering Family by Thomas B Costain
Doubleday | 1962 | ISBN: 0307809544 | EPUB | 3.89MB


Thomas B. Costain's four-volume history of the Plantagenets begins with THE CONQUERING FAMILY and the conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066, closing with the reign of John in 1216. The troubled period after the Norman Conquest, when the foundations of government were hammered out between monarch and people, comes to life through Costain's storytelling skill and historical imagination.


A History of the Plantagenets includes The Conquering Family, The Magnificent Century, The Three Edwards and The Last Plantagenets.


Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering

Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering

Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes by Maurice Isserman, Stewart Weaver
Yale University Press | 2010 | ISBN: 0300164203 | PDF | 5.15MB


The first successful ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa teammate Tenzing Norgay is a familiar saga, but less well known are the tales of many other adventurers who also came to test their skills and courage against the world’s highest and most dangerous mountains. In this lively and generously illustrated book, historians Maurice Isserman and Stewart Weaver present the first comprehensive history of Himalayan mountaineering in fifty years. They offer detailed, original accounts of the most significant climbs since the 1890s, and they compellingly evoke the social and cultural worlds that gave rise to those expeditions.


The book recounts the adventures of such figures as Martin Conway, who led the first authentic Himalayan climbing expedition in 1892; Fanny Bullock Workman, the pioneer explorer of the Karakoram range; George Mallory, the romantic martyr of Mount Everest fame; Charlie Houston, who led American expeditions to K2 in the 1930s and 1950s; Ang Tharkay, the legendary Sherpa, and many others. Throughout, the authors discuss the effects of political and social change on the world of mountaineering, and they offer a penetrating analysis of a culture that once emphasized teamwork and fellowship among climbers, but now has been eclipsed by a scramble for individual fame and glory.


Savage Summit: The Life and Death of the First Women of K2

Savage Summit: The Life and Death of the First Women of K2

Savage Summit: The Life and Death of the First Women of K2 by Jennifer Jordan
It Books | 2005 | ISBN: 0060587164 | EPUB | 636.39KB


Though not as tall as Everest, the "Savage Mountain" is far more dangerous. Located on the border of China and Pakistan, K2 has some of the harshest climbing conditions in the world. Ninety women have scaled Everest but of the six women who reached the summit of K2, three lost their lives on the way back down the mountain and two have since died on other climbs.


In Savage Summit, Jennifer Jordan shares the tragic, compelling, inspiring, and extraordinary true stories of a handful of courageous women -- mothers and daughters, wives and lovers, poets and engineers -- who defeated this formidable mountain yet ultimately perished in pursuit of their dreams.