Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us [Audiobook]

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us [Audiobook]

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us [Audiobook] by Michael Moss
Random House Audio | 2013 | ISBN: 0449808696 | MP3@48 kbps | 14 hrs 34 mins | 301.28MB


Includes a PDF of Source Notes


From a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter at The New York Times comes the explosive story of the rise of the processed food industry and its link to the emerging obesity epidemic. Michael Moss reveals how companies use salt, sugar, and fat to addict us and, more important, how we can fight back.


In the spring of 1999 the heads of the world’s largest processed food companies—from Coca-Cola to Nabisco—gathered at Pillsbury headquarters in Minneapolis for a secret meeting. On the agenda: the emerging epidemic of obesity, and what to do about it.


Increasingly, the salt-, sugar-, and fat-laden foods these companies produced were being linked to obesity, and a concerned Kraft executive took the stage to issue a warning: There would be a day of reckoning unless changes were made. This executive then launched into a damning PowerPoint presentation—114 slides in all—making the case that processed food companies could not afford to sit by, idle, as children grew sick and class-action lawyers lurked. To deny the problem, he said, is to court disaster.


When he was done, the most powerful person in the room—the CEO of General Mills—stood up to speak, clearly annoyed. And by the time he sat down, the meeting was over.


Since that day, with the industry in pursuit of its win-at-all-costs strategy, the situation has only grown more dire. Every year, the average American eats thirty-three pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and seventy pounds of sugar (about twenty-two teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese. It’s no wonder that twenty-six million Americans have diabetes, the processed food industry in the U.S. accounts for $1 trillion a year in sales, and the total economic cost of this health crisis is approaching $300 billion a year.


In Salt Sugar Fat, Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter Michael Moss shows how we got here. Featuring examples from some of the most recognizable (and profitable) companies and brands of the last half century—including Kraft, Coca-Cola, Lunchables, Kellogg, Nestlé, Oreos, Cargill, Capri Sun, and many more—Moss’s explosive, empowering narrative is grounded in meticulous, often eye-opening research.


Moss takes us inside the labs where food scientists use cutting-edge technology to calculate the “bliss point” of sugary beverages or enhance the “mouthfeel” of fat by manipulating its chemical structure. He unearths marketing campaigns designed—in a technique adapted from tobacco companies—to redirect concerns about the health risks of their products: Dial back on one ingredient, pump up the other two, and tout the new line as “fat-free” or “low-salt.” He talks to concerned executives who confess that they could never produce truly healthy alternatives to their products even if serious regulation became a reality. Simply put: The industry itself would cease to exist without salt, sugar, and fat. Just as millions of “heavy users”—as the companies refer to their most ardent customers—are addicted to this seductive trio, so too are the companies that peddle them. You will never look at a nutrition label the same way again.




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The Fantasy Fallacy

The Fantasy Fallacy

The Fantasy Fallacy: Exposing the Deeper Meaning Behind Sexual Thoughts by Shannon Ethridge
Thomas Nelson | 2012 | ISBN: 0849964695 | PDF | 794.5KB


Erotica has invaded more than our minds – it has exploded onto our bestseller lists and into our bedrooms.


Many are looking to sexual and emotional fantasies as avenues to fulfillment.


Our fantasies, however, are not reliable guides into the future—they are actually rocky road maps from our past. Best-selling author Shannon Ethridge theorizes, “Fantasies are simply the brain’s way of trying to heal itself from unresolved tragedies and traumas. We mentally compartmentalize our pain to make room for pleasure.”


Fantasies have deep psychological roots, and if acted on many of them can do deep psychological damage. Rather than let fantasies rule us, let’s take out the sting and bring them under God’s rule, allowing the Lord to heal us from the brokenness and insecurities that cause inappropriate fantasies to haunt us.


Without being judgmental or condemning, Shannon helps us dissect several common and often-disturbing topics, such as:


  • a distorted fascination with pornography
  • the mental pursuit of multiple partners
  • the lure of gay and lesbian desires
  • bondage, domination, and sadomasochism (BDSM)

With tips for controlling unwanted fantasies and resources for providing a safe haven for recovery, The Fantasy Fallacy helps us recognize and heal our emotional pain and equips us to help others do the same.


Crossworld

Crossworld

Crossworld: One Man's Journey into America's Crossword Obsession by Marc Romano
Three Rivers Press | 2006 | ISBN: 0767921607 | EPUB | 314.92KB


Sixty-four million people do it at least once a week. Nabokov wrote about it. Bill Clinton even did it in the White House. The crossword puzzle has arguably been our national obsession since its birth almost a century ago. Now, in Crossworld, writer, translator, and lifelong puzzler Marc Romano goes where no Number 2 pencil has gone before, as he delves into the minds of the world’s cleverest crossword creators and puzzlers, and sets out on his own quest to join their ranks.


While covering the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament for the Boston Globe, Romano was amazed by the skill of the competitors and astonished by the cast of characters he came across—like Will Shortz, beloved editor of the New York Times puzzle and the only academically accredited “enigmatologist” (puzzle scholar); Stanley Newman, Newsday’s puzzle editor and the fastest solver in the world; and Brendan Emmett Quigley, the wickedly gifted puzzle constructer and the Virgil to Marc’s Dante in his travels through the crossword inferno.


Chronicling his own journey into the world of puzzling—even providing tips on how to improve crosswording skills—Romano tells the story of crosswords and word puzzles themselves, and of the colorful people who make them, solve them, and occasionally become consumed by them.


But saying this is a book about puzzles is to tell only half the story. It is also an explanation into what crosswords tell us about ourselves—about the world we live in, the cultures that nurture us, and the different ways we think and learn. If you’re a puzzler, Crossworld will enthrall you. If you have no idea why your spouse send so much time filling letters into little white squares, Crossworld will tell you – and with luck, save your marriage.


Scientific Advertising

Scientific Advertising

Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins
Duke Classics | 2012 | ISBN: 1620115433 | EPUB | 165.23KB


Many regard a successful marketing campaign as a mystical, hard-to-define feat that only happens when the stars align and other intangible factors happen to fall into place. Author Claude Hopkins takes the opposing view, arguing that successful advertising can be boiled down to a handful of empirical variables and scientific principles. This classic of the marketing genre is a must-read for aspiring businesspeople and entrepreneurs.


Sex on the Brain: 12 Lessons to Enhance Your Love Life

Sex on the Brain: 12 Lessons to Enhance Your Love Life
Sex on the Brain: 12 Lessons to Enhance Your Love Life by Daniel G Amen
2007 | ISBN: 0307381501 | EPUB | 720.38KB

"The vast majority of love and sex occurs in the brain. Your brain decides who is attractive to you, how to get a date, how well you do on the date, what to do with the feelings that develop, how long those feelings last, when to commit, and how well you do as a partner and a parent. Your brain helps you be enthusiastic in the bedroom or drains you of desire and passion. Your brain helps you process and learn from a breakup or makes you vulnerable to depression or obsession."

While plastic surgeons, diet gurus, and the pharmaceutical industry may have convinced you that they hold the secret to a fulfilling sex life, the truth is that you already have the only thing you really need: a brain. As the largest and most sensitive sexual organ in the body, a healthy human brain enhances your sex life and heightens sensation. A troubled brain, however, makes emotional and physical connection with others difficult. So forget the implants, the fad diets, and the pills. Learning about this intriguing and sexy organ is the key to your sexual satisfaction.

Based on Dr. Daniel Amen's latest research in practical neuroscience, Sex on the Brain shares 12 lessons that help you enhance your love and sex lives through understanding and improving brain function. Filled with practical suggestions and information on how sex can save your life, Sex on the Brain reveals:

  • How sex helps prevent heart disease, improve memory, stave off cancer, and boost your immune system
  • How the differences between men's and women's brains affect our perceptions and interest in sex--and how you can understand these differences to make the most of the opportunities with your partner
  • Why breakups hurt so much, and what you can do to ease the pain
  • Surefire techniques to fix common problems--depression, PMS, ADD--that get in the way of good sex
  • How to make yourself unforgettable to your partner

Everyone wants to know how to improve his or her love life, but so few of us understand the integral role that the brain plays in getting us in the mood, keeping us excited about our partner, and helping us achieve greater satisfaction. Sex on the Brain explains everything, showing you how use your brain to create a healthy, happy, and hot sex life.

Dr Moyad's Guide to Male Sexual Health

Dr Moyad's Guide to Male Sexual Health

Dr Moyad's Guide to Male Sexual Health: What Works and What's Worthless
Spry Publishing | 2012 | ISBN: 1938170067 | EPUB | 768.49KB


There is perhaps no medical topic that is discussed less than male sexual health. True that it is the basis of countless tasteless jokes, but seldom is the subject approached in a frank and understandable fashion. Renowned expert on male sexual health and complementary medicine, Dr. Mark Moyad provides men with the "look under the covers" that they have been searching for.


What factors contribute to erections and what can a man do as he ages to promote a healthy sex life? What is the connection between diet, health, and sexuality? Are there true aphrodisiacs? What about the testosterone replacement therapy that commercials tout? Are there supplements that actually work to enhance male sexual function? Dr. Moyad takes an unvarnished and candid look at all the topics that men and their partners have wondered about and answers the questions that they have been afraid to ask.


Between Man and Beast

Between Man and Beast

Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, the Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure that Took the Victorian World by Storm by Monte Reel
Doubleday Publishing | 2013 | ISBN: 038553423X | EPUB | 5.61MB


The unbelievably riveting adventure of an unlikely young explorer who emerged from the jungles of Africa with evidence of a mysterious, still mythical beast--the gorilla--only to stumble straight into the center of the biggest debate of the day: Darwin's theory of evolution.


In 1856 Paul Du Chaillu marched into the equatorial wilderness of West Africa determined to bag an animal that, according to legend, was nothing short of a monster. When he emerged three years later, the summation of his efforts only hinted at what he'd experienced in one of the most dangerous regions on earth. Armed with an astonishing collection of zoological specimens, Du Chaillu leapt from the physical challenges of the jungle straight into the center of the biggest issues of the time--the evolution debate, racial discourse, the growth of Christian fundamentalism--and helped push each to unprecedented intensities. He experienced instant celebrity, but with that fame came whispers--about his past, his credibility, and his very identity--which would haunt the young man. Grand in scope, immediate in detail, and propulsively readable, Between Man and Beast brilliantly combines Du Chaillu's personal journey with the epic tale of a world hovering on the sharp edge of transformation.


The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans [2 Volumes Set]

The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans [2 Volumes Set]

The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans [2 Volumes Set] by Plutarch
Random House | 2000 | ISBN: 0679641742, 0679641750 | EPUB | 1.26+1.17MBMB


Plutarch's 'Parallel Lives,' written at the beginning of the second century A.D., form a brilliant social history of the ancient world. They were originally presented in a series of books that gave an account of one Greek and one Roman life, followed by a comparison of the two: Theseus and Romulus, Alcibiades and Coriolanus, Demosthenes and Cicero, Demetrius and Antony.


Plutarch was interested in the personalities of his subjects and on the way their characters molded their actions, leading them to tragedy or victory. He was a moralist of the highest order. 'It was for the sake of others that I first commenced writing biographies,' he says, 'but I find myself proceeding and attaching myself to it for my own; the virtues of these great men serving me as a sort of looking-glass, in which I may see how to adjust and adorn my own life.' Plutarch was a man of immense erudition who had traveled widely throughout the Roman Empire, and the Lives are richly anecdotal and full of detail. They were the principal source of Shakespeare's Roman plays.


The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, Volume I

The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, Volume II

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The Rise and Fall of Athens: Nine Greek Lives

The Rise and Fall of Athens: Nine Greek Lives

The Rise and Fall of Athens: Nine Greek Lives by Plutarch
Penguin Group | 1973 | ISBN: 0141921463 | EPUB | 2.16MB


Nine Greek biographies illustrate the rise and fall of Athens, from the legendary days of Theseus, the city's founder, through Solon, Themistocles, Aristides, Cimon, Pericles, Nicias, and Alcibiades, to the razing of its walls by Lysander.


Man of Numbers: Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution

Man of Numbers: Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution

Man of Numbers: Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution by Keith J Devlin
Bloomsbury | 2011 | ISBN: 1408815761 | MOBI | 440.21KB


In 1202, a 32-year old Italian finished one of the most influential books of all time, which introduced modern arithmetic to Western Europe. Devised in India in the seventh and eighth centuries and brought to North Africa by Muslim traders, the Hindu-Arabic system helped transform the West into the dominant force in science, technology, and commerce, leaving behind Muslim cultures which had long known it but had failed to see its potential. The young Italian, Leonardo of Pisa (better known today as Fibonacci), had learned the Hindu number system when he traveled to North Africa with his father, a customs agent.


The book he created was Liber abbaci, the 'Book of Calculation', and the revolution that followed its publication was enormous. Arithmetic made it possible for ordinary people to buy and sell goods, convert currencies, and keep accurate records of possessions more readily than ever before. Liber abbaci's publication led directly to large-scale international commerce and the scientific revolution of the Renaissance.


Yet despite the ubiquity of his discoveries, Leonardo of Pisa remains an enigma. His name is best known today in association with an exercise in Liber abbaci whose solution gives rise to a sequence of numbers - the Fibonacci sequence - used by some to predict the rise and fall of financial markets, and evident in myriad biological structures. In The Man of Numbers, Keith Devlin recreates the life and enduring legacy of an overlooked genius, and in the process makes clear how central numbers and mathematics are to our daily lives.


And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris

And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris

And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris by Alan Riding
Vintage Books | 2011 | ISBN: 0307389057 | EPUB | 6.21MB


On June 14, 1940, German tanks rolled into a silent and deserted Paris. Eight days later, a humbled France accepted defeat along with foreign occupation.


While the swastika now flew over Paris, the City of Light was undamaged, and soon a peculiar kind of normalcy returned as theaters, opera houses, movie theaters, and nightclubs reopened for business. Shedding light on this critical moment of twentieth-century European cultural history, And the Show Went On focuses anew on whether artists and writers have a special duty to show moral leadership in moments of national trauma.


The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga

The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga

The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark
White Cloud Press | 2012 | ISBN: 1935952374 | EPUB | 6.3MB


Bernie Clark's The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga provides an in-depth look at the philosophy and practice of Yin Yoga with illustrated sections on how to practice Yin Yoga, including descriptions with photographs of 30 Yin Yoga asanas.


All forms of yoga can provide benefits physically, emotionally, and mentally, however Yin Yoga works the deeper levels of the body/heart/mind: the connective tissues of the ligaments, fascia, joints and bones and the energetic channels of the meridians, nerves and blood system. One big difference noticed by students of Yin Yoga is the long-held, passive nature of the posture, which gives time for a deeper journey to unfold, a journey into the meditative aspects of yoga, a bridge to living life mindfully.


Clark presents comprehensive information on how to do the practice, including a deep look inside over two dozen Yin Yoga postures showing the benefit of the pose, how to get into and out of the pose, contraindications and warnings for those who may have trouble with particular aspects of the posture, and other important information. The benefits are explored in three main sections: the physiological benefits, the energetic benefits and the mental/emotional benefits.


Tea of the Sages: The Art of Sencha

Tea of the Sages: The Art of Sencha

Tea of the Sages: The Art of Sencha by Patricia Jane Graham
University of Hawaii Press | 1998 | ISBN: 082481942X | EPUB | 3.89MB


Breaking new ground while covering subjects others have glossed over, this engaging book clarifies influences of sencha tea enthusiasts on Japanese art. As the author unravels the historical conditions and cultural factors related to tea aesthetics, the reader recognizes how competing influences affected the consumption of art for elite tea connoisseurs. These aesthetics eventually drew interest from a broader public.


The presently more popular _chanoyu_ "whisked" tea ceremony has received much more focus than sencha tea ceremony and practices in Western publications. With Chinese symbolism so commonly found among Japanese art objects, however, it would be hard to understand the quiet taste of chanoyu fully informing the creators of Japanese artifacts-- especially since the Edo period. Graham's book resolves that puzzle.


Ostensibly the book is about _sencha_ "steeped" tea and its various roles for the artistic elite of Japan since its introduction from China. More importantly, the author captures the artistic environment of Japan since the early Edo period. The book offers a context against which all Japanese arts can be gauged. At times, Japanese art has leaned toward interest in elite Chinese culture and at other times has purposively rejected that influence. This book explains that ebb and flow capturing not only sencha tea's influence but also the neo-Confucian influences introduced by the Tokugawa shogunate and enlarged by often-iconoclastic Japanese literati.


The book might be compared to Clunas's _Superfluous Things_ text on Chinese Ming taste. Both offer extraordinary insight to understanding Asian art by looking from a perspective that has seldom been studied in detail. Graham is not the first to speak of sencha tea as promoted by the Obaku sect of Zen monks and by _bunjincha_ literati as influential to Japanese art. She is the first to deeply explore it, put it in perspective and to not discount its continuing influence.


As an aside to the book's focus on tea aesthetics, it offer considerable insight to other Japanese arts by sharing information on sencha tea enthusiasts who have made hugely significant contributions. Ishikawa Jozan (1583-1672), the monk Ingen (1592-1673) and the literati artist Rai San'yo (1780-1832) are among these. Each reader will uncover for himself individuals who may be known by other arts but were informed in sharing sencha tea with their coterie of friends. --By Chris Cochrane


Angels of Pattaya

Angels of Pattaya

Angels of Pattaya: Inside the Secret World of Thai Prostitution by G T Gray
Maverick House | 2005 | ISBN: 190851812X | EPUB | 569.54KB


Angels of Pattaya offers a unique insight into the world of organised prostitution in Pattaya. In their own words, the bar girls of Pattaya reveal how they became involved in vice, their lives, their hopes for the future and whatthey think of their "customers". Many are poor and uneducated, others come from relatively well-to-do Thai families. Some engage in prostitution out of desperation for money, others out of greed. Some even view it as an easy lifestyle which allows them to drink and party all night and sleep until the afternoon. A few say they hope to meet a good man who will take them away from prostitution. Their confessions will make you laugh and cry, cringe and applaud. This book will change your perception of the women who work in Pattaya's go-go bars forever.


38 Nooses

38 Nooses

38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End by Scott W Berg
Pantheon | 2012 | ISBN: 0307377245 | EPUB | 5.09MB


In August 1862, after decades of broken treaties, increasing hardship, and relentless encroachment on their lands, a group of Dakota warriors convened a council at the tepee of their leader, Little Crow. Knowing the strength and resilience of the young American nation, Little Crow counseled caution, but anger won the day. Forced to either lead his warriors in a war he knew they could not win or leave them to their fates, he declared, “[Little Crow] is not a coward: he will die with you.”


So began six weeks of intense conflict along the Minnesota frontier as the Dakotas clashed with settlers and federal troops, all the while searching for allies in their struggle. Once the uprising was smashed and the Dakotas captured, a military commission was convened, which quickly found more than three hundred Indians guilty of murder. President Lincoln, embroiled in the most devastating period of the Civil War, personally intervened in order to spare the lives of 265 of the condemned men, but the toll on the Dakota nation was still staggering: a way of life destroyed, a tribe forcibly relocated to barren and unfamiliar territory, and 38 Dakota warriors hanged—the largest government-sanctioned execution in American history.


Scott W. Berg recounts the conflict through the stories of several remarkable characters, including Little Crow, who foresaw how ruinous the conflict would be for his tribe; Sarah Wakefield, who had been captured by the Dakotas, then vilified as an “Indian lover” when she defended them; Minnesota bishop Henry Benjamin Whipple, who was a tireless advocate for the Indians’ cause; and Lincoln, who transcended his own family history to pursue justice.


Written with uncommon immediacy and insight, 38 Nooses details these events within the larger context of the Civil War, the history of the Dakota people, and the subsequent United States–Indian wars. It is a revelation of an overlooked but seminal moment in American history.


1916: The Long Revolution

1916: The Long Revolution

1916: The Long Revolution edited by Gabriel Doherty
Mercier Press | 2008 | ISBN: 1856355454 | EPUB | 2.74MB


Introduction by Garret Fitzgerald. This book seeks to interpret the events of Easter Week 1916 as the central defining event of a 'long revolution' in Irish history. The origins of the long revolution lie in the second half of the nineteenth century, and its legacy is still being played out in the first years of the twenty-first century. Acknowledged experts on specific topics seek to explore the layered domestic and international, political, legal and moral aspects of this uniquely influential and controversial event. Contributors are: Rory O' Dwyer, Michael Wheatley, Brendan O'Shea and Gerry White, D.G. Boyce, Francis M. Carroll, Rosemary Cullen Owens, Jerome aan de Wiel, Adrian Hardiman, Keith Jeffery, Mary McAleese, Owen McGee, Seamus Murphy and Brian P. Murphy.


Discovering God

Discovering God

Discovering God: The Origins of the Great Religions and the Evolution of Belief by Rodney Stark
HarperOne | 2007 | ISBN: 0061173894 | EPUB | 4.91MB


Discovering God is a monumental history of the origins of the great religions from the Stone Age to the Modern Age. Sociologist Rodney Stark surveys the birth and growth of religions around the world—from the prehistoric era of primal beliefs; the history of the pyramids found in Iraq, Egypt, Mexico, and Cambodia; and the great "Axial Age" of Plato, Zoroaster, Confucius, and the Buddha, to the modern Christian missions and the global spread of Islam. He argues for a free-market theory of religion and for the controversial thesis that under the best, unimpeded conditions, the true, most authentic religions will survive and thrive. Among his many conclusions:


  • Despite decades of faulty reports that early religions were crude muddles of superstition, it turns out that primitive humans had surprisingly sophisticated notions about God and Creation.
  • The idea of "sin" appeared suddenly in the sixth century and quickly reshaped religious ideas from Europe to China.Some major world religions seem to lack any plausible traces of divine inspiration.
  • Ironically, some famous figures who attempted to found "Godless" religions ended up being worshiped as Gods.

Most people believe in the existence of God (or Gods), and this has apparently been so throughout human history. Many modern biologists and psychologists reject these spiritual ideas, especially those about the existence of God, as delusional. They claim that religion is a primitive survival mechanism that should have been discarded as humans evolved beyond the stage where belief in God served any useful purpose—that in modern societies, faith is a misleading crutch and an impediment to reason. In Discovering God, award-winning sociologist Rodney Stark responds to this position, arguing that it is our capacity to understand God that has evolved—that humans now know much more about God than they did in ancient times.


Lives of Confucius

Lives of Confucius

Lives of Confucius: Civilization's Greatest Sage Through the Ages by Michael Nylan, Thomas Wilson
Crown Archetype | 2010 | ISBN: 0385510691 | EPUB |


Confucius—“Master Kung” (551–479 BCE), the Chinese thinker and social philosopher—originated teachings that have deeply influenced Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Vietnamese thought and life over many centuries. His philosophy emphasized personal and governmental morality, justice, and appropriateness in social relationships. In time these values gained prominence in China over other doctrines, such as Taoism and even Buddhism. His thoughts later developed into a system of philosophy known as Confucianism.


Today there remain many mysteries about the actual circumstances of his life, and the development of his influence has yet to be encapsulated for the general reader. But with Michael Nylan and Thomas Wilson’s Lives of Confucius, many mysteries are laid to rest about his historical life, and fascinating details emerge about how his mythic stature evolved over time, right up to the present day.


Dresden: Tuesday, February 13, 1945

Dresden: Tuesday, February 13, 1945

Dresden: Tuesday, February 13, 1945 by Frederick Taylor
Harper Perennial | 2005 | ISBN: 3570550591 | EPUB | 1.27MB


For decades it has been assumed that the Allied bombing of Dresden -- a cultured city famous for its china, chocolate, and fine watches -- was militarily unjustifiable, an act of retribution for Germany's ceaseless bombing of London and other parts of England.


Now, Frederick Taylor's groundbreaking research offers a completely new examination of the facts and reveals that Dresden was a highly militarized city actively involved in the production of military armaments and communications. Incorporating first-hand accounts, contemporaneous press material and memoirs, and never-before-seen government records, Taylor proves unequivocally the very real military threat Dresden posed -- and how a legacy of propaganda shrouded the truth for sixty years.


The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, 1961-1989

The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, 1961-1989

The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, 1961-1989 by Frederick Taylor
HarperPerennial | 2008 | ISBN: 0060786140 | EPUB | 2.87MB


ON the morning of August 13, 1961, the residents of East Berlin found themselves cut off from family, friends, and jobs in the West by a tangle of barbed wire that ruthlessly split a city of four million in two. Within days the barbed-wire entanglement would undergo an extraordinary metamorphosis: it became an imposing 103-mile-long wall guarded by three hundred watchtowers. A physical manifestation of the struggle between Soviet Communism and American capitalism that stood for nearly thirty years, the Berlin Wall was the high-risk fault line between East and West on which rested the fate of all humanity.


In this captivating work, sure to be the definitive history on the subject, Frederick Taylor weaves together official history, archival materials, and personal accounts to tell the complete story of the Wall's rise and fall.


The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern

The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern

The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern by Victor Davis Hanson
Bloomsbury | 2010 | ISBN: 1608191656 | EPUB | 952.01KB


Victor Davis Hanson has long been acclaimed as one of our leading scholars of ancient history. In recent years he has also become a trenchant voice on current affairs, bringing a historian's deep knowledge of past conflicts to bear on the crises of the present, from 9/11 to Iran. "War," he writes, "is an entirely human enterprise." Ideologies change, technologies develop, new strategies are invented?but human nature is constant across time and space. The dynamics of warfare in the present age still remain comprehensible to us through careful study of the past.


Though many have called the War on Terror unprecedented, its contours would have been quite familiar to Themistocles of Athens or William Tecumseh Sherman. And as we face the menace of a bin Laden or a Kim Jong-Il, we can prepare ourselves with knowledge of how such challenges have been met before.


The Father of Us All brings together much of Hanson's finest writing on war and society, both ancient and modern. The author has gathered a range of essays, and combined and revised them into a richly textured new work that explores such topics as how technology shapes warfare, what constitutes the "American way of war," and why even those who abhor war need to study military history. "War is the father and king of us all," Heraclitus wrote in ancient Greece. And as Victor Davis Hanson shows, it is no less so today.


Soldiers and Ghosts

Soldiers and Ghosts

Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity by J E Lendon
Yale University Press | 2006 | ISBN: 0300119798 | PDF | 9.03MB


What set the successful armies of Sparta, Macedon, and Rome apart from those they defeated? In this major new history of battle from the age of Homer through the decline of the Roman empire, J. E. Lendon surveys a millennium of warfare to discover how militaries change—and don’t change—and how an army’s greatness depends on its use of the past.


Noting this was an age that witnessed few technological advances, J. E. Lendon shows us that the most successful armies were those that made the most effective use of cultural tradition. Ancient combat moved forward by looking backward for inspiration—the Greeks, to Homer; the Romans, to the Greeks and to their own heroic past. The best ancient armies recruited soldiers from societies with strong competitive traditions; and the best ancient leaders, from Alexander to Julius Caesar, called upon those traditions to encourage ferocious competition at every rank.


Ranging from the Battle of Champions between Sparta and Argos in 550 B.C. through Julian’s invasion of Persia in A.D. 363, Soldiers and Ghosts brings to life the most decisive military contests of ancient Greece and Rome. Lendon places these battles, and the methods by which they were fought, in a sweeping narrative of ancient military history. On every battlefield, living soldiers fought alongside the ghosts of tradition—ghosts that would inspire greatness for almost a millennium before ultimately coming to stifle it.


Mass Murder in the United States: A History

Mass Murder in the United States: A History

Mass Murder in the United States: A History by Grant Duwe
McFarland | 2007 | ISBN: 0786431504 | EPUB | 2.76MB


Is mass murder a historically new phenomenon that emerged in the 1960s? How has it changed over time? And what causes a person to commit multiple murders in a matter of hours or even minutes? This book explores these questions by examining 909 mass murders that took place in the United States between 1900 and 1999. By far the largest study on the topic to date, it begins with a look at the patterns and prevalence of mass murders by presenting rates from 1900-1999 and by describing the characteristics of mass killers.


Placing the phenomenon within the broader social, political, and economic context of the twentieth century, the work examines the factors that have influenced trends in the prevalence of mass murder. It also discusses more than 100 case studies within three distinct periods of mass murder activity (1900-1939, 1940-1965, and 1966-1999) to illustrate more clearly the motives of mass murderers and the circumstances surrounding their crimes. The final chapters take a look at media coverage and the role it has played in the social construction of mass murder.


A Struggle for Power: The American Revolution

A Struggle for Power: The American Revolution

A Struggle for Power: The American Revolution by Theodore Draper
Vintage Books | 1997 | ISBN: 0679776427 | EPUB | 2.24MB


From one of the great political journalists of our time comes a boldly argued reinterpretation of the central event in our collective past - a book that portrays the American Revolution not as a clash of ideologies but as a Machiavellian struggle for power.


Homage to Catalonia

Homage to Catalonia
Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell
Penguin | 2003 | ISBN: 0141911719 | EPUB | 493.0KB

'Every line of serious work that I have written since 1936 has been written, directly or indirectly, against totalitarianism and for democratic socialism as I understand it'. Thus wrote Orwell following his experiences as a militiaman in the Spanish Civil War, chronicled in Homage to Catalonia. Here he bring to bear all the force of his humanity, passion and clarity, describing with bitter intensity the bright hopes and cynical betrayals of that chaotic episode.


Warfare State

Warfare State

Warfare State: World War II Americans and the Age of Big Government by James T Sparrow
Oxford University Press | 2011 | ISBN: 0199791015 | EPUB | 3.76MB


Although common wisdom and much scholarship assume that "big government" gained its foothold in the United States under the auspices of the New Deal during the Great Depression, in fact it was the Second World War that accomplished this feat. Indeed, as the federal government mobilized for war it grew tenfold, quickly dwarfing the New Deal's welfare programs.


Warfare State shows how the federal government vastly expanded its influence over American society during World War II. Equally important, it looks at how and why Americans adapted to this expansion of authority. Through mass participation in military service, war work, rationing, price control, income taxation, and the war bond program, ordinary Americans learned to live with the warfare state. They accepted these new obligations because the government encouraged all citizens to think of themselves as personally connected to the battle front, linking their every action to the fate of the combat soldier. As they worked for the American Soldier, Americans habituated themselves to the authority of the government. Citizens made their own counter-claims on the state-particularly in the case of industrial workers, women, African Americans, and most of all, the soldiers. Their demands for fuller citizenship offer important insights into the relationship between citizen morale, the uses of patriotism, and the legitimacy of the state in wartime.


World War II forged a new bond between citizens, nation, and government. Warfare State tells the story of this dramatic transformation in American life.


The Oxford Dictionary of Saints

The Oxford Dictionary of Saints

The Oxford Dictionary of Saints by David Hugh Farmer
Oxford University Press | 2004 | ISBN: 0198609493 | EPUB | 3.28MB


This is far more than a dry hagiographical account of the lives of saints. This entertaining and authoritative dictionary breathes life into its subjects and is as browsable as it is informative. Critically acclaimed in its many editions, the dictionary is now reissued into the rebranded best-selling Oxford Paperback Reference series.


The entries are concise accounts of the lives, cults, and artistic associations of over 1,400 saints, from the famous to the obscure, the rich to the poor, and the academic to the uneducated. From all walks of life and from all periods of history, the wide varieties of personalities and achievements of the canonized are reflected. Featuring maps of pilgrimage sights in Europe and fully updated appendices, this remains the standard reference paperback in its field.


Recently-added saints include the Martyrs of Korea, Vietnam, and the Spanish Civil War, Andrew of Crete, and Emily Rodat, a female hermit of the 7th century. There are also more Scottish and Irish saints, and ancient Welsh saints; more European saints from all centuries, as well as more saints from Eastern Europe; more recently canonized saints and female saints from the USA.


Reality-Based Leadership

Reality-Based Leadership

Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, and Turn Excuses into Results by Larry Winget, Cy Wakeman
John Wiley & Sons | 2010 | ISBN: 0470875259 | EPUB | 407.58KB


Leadership strategies grounded in reality and focused on results.


Recent polls show that 71% of workers think about quitting their jobs every day. That number would be shocking-if people actually were quitting. Worse, they go to work, punching time clocks and collecting pay checks, while completely checked out emotionally. In Reality-Based Leadership, expert Fast Company blogger Cy Wakeman reveals how to be the kind of leader who changes the way people think about and perceive their circumstances-one who deals with the facts, clarifies roles, gives clear and direct feedback, and insists that everyone do the same-without drama or defensiveness. Filled with dynamic examples, innovative tools, and diagnostic tests, this book shows you how to become a Reality-Based Leader, revealing how to:


  • Uncover destructive thought patterns with yourself and others
  • Diffuse drama and lead the person in front of you
  • Stop managing and start leading, empowering others to focus on facts and think for themselves

Equipped with a facts-based, confident approach, you will free yourself from the frustrations you face at work and transform yourself into a Reality-Based Leader, with the ability to liberate and inspire others.


Historical Dictionary of Jazz

Historical Dictionary of Jazz

Historical Dictionary of Jazz by John S Davis
Scarecrow Press | 2012 | ISBN: 0810878984 | EPUB | 683.11KB


Jazz is a music formed from a combination of influences. In its infancy, jazz was a melting pot of military brass bands, work songs and field hollers of the United States slaves during the 19th century, European harmonies and forms, and the rhythms of Africa and the Caribbean. Later, the blues and the influence of Spanish and French Creoles with European classical training nudged jazz further along in its development. Jazz has always been a world-music in the sense that music from around the globe has been embraced and incorporated.


The Historical Dictionary of Jazz covers the history of Jazz through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1,500 cross-referenced entries on significant jazz performers, band leaders, bands, venues, record labels, recordings, and the different styles of jazz. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone seeking a broader understanding of the history of jazz and the connections within the genre.


Confronting Silence: Selected Writings

Confronting Silence: Selected Writings

Confronting Silence: Selected Writings by Toru Takemitsu
Scarecrow Press | 1995 | ISBN: 1461664845 | EPUB | 2.74MB


In these writings, available here in English for the first time, the distinguished Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu reflects on his contemporaries, including John Cage, Olivier Messiaen, and Merce Cunningham; on nature, which has profoundly influenced his composition; on film and painting; on relationships between East and West; on traditional Japanese music; and on his own compositions.


Translated and edited by Yoshiko Kakudo and Glenn Glasow.
With a Foreward by Seiji Ozawa.


The Primal Connection

The Primal Connection

The Primal Connection: Follow Your Genetic Blueprint to Health and Happiness by Mark Sisson
Primal Nutrition | 2013 | ISBN: 0984755101 | EPUB | 4.36MB


Are You Hyperconnected ... and Disconnected? The frenetic pace of modern life distracts us from a painful truth: we are disconnected. Disconnected from our DNA recipe, forged through the selection pressure of human evolution, to enjoy health, happiness, and peace of mind. Horns, office chatter, and whirring machines batter our ears with incessant noise. Artificial light and digital stimulation overstress our nervous systems day and night. Traffic jams, long lines, interruptions, distractions, and big egos pervade daily life in such a manner that we don't even realize the piece--or rather the peace--that's gone missing.


In The Primal Connection, Mark Sisson, the leading voice in the Evolutionary Health movement, and bestselling author of The Primal Blueprint, presents innovative, step-by-step guidelines to reconnect you with the hard-wiring of the human brain, trigger the release of feel-good hormones, and promote optimal gene expression. The Primal Connection is about setting your own daily pace, redefining your core values, and making time for play, for thrilling adventures, for quiet reflection, for friends and family, and for optimal rest and rejuvenation--while still enjoying the comfort and convenience of modern life!


Time To Get Primal!


  • Go barefoot--cures foot and back pain
  • Play in the dirt--boosts mood and immune function
  • Wear sunglasses at night--promotes sound sleep
  • Family before Facebook--strengthens your inner circle
  • Commune with nature--relieves stress at the biochemical level
  • Power down when you should--learn to single-task
  • Cultivate an attitude of gratitude--appreciate simple gifts, roll with punches
  • Redefine wealth--includes free time, fun, and fitness too

All You Have to Do is Listen: Music from the Inside Out

All You Have to Do is Listen: Music from the Inside Out

All You Have to Do is Listen: Music from the Inside Out by Rob Kapilow
John Wiley & Sons | 2008 | ISBN: 0470385448 | EPUB | 5.61MB


Rob Kapilow has been helping audiences hear more in great music for almost twenty years with his What Makes It Great? series on NPR, at Lincoln Center, and in concert halls throughout the US and Canada. In this book, he gives you a set of tools you can use when listening to any piece of music in order to hear its “plot”—its story told in notes. The musical examples are available free for download to help you hear the ideas presented. Whether you are an experienced concertgoer or a newcomer to classical music, the listening principles Kapilow shares will help you "get" music in an exciting, fresh new way.


Asanas: 608 Yoga Poses

Asanas: 608 Yoga Poses

Asanas: 608 Yoga Poses by Dharma Mittra
New World Library | 2012 | ISBN: 1608681947 | EPUB | 24.39MB


An invaluable resource for the beginning, intermediate, or advanced yoga practitioner, this book contains black-and-white photographs of 608 separate yoga postures from the famous yogi, Dharma Mittra.


In 1974, the legendary "teacher of teachers" yogi Dharma Mittra photographed himself in 908 yoga postures. He printed each photo as an 8 x 10 and pasted them together to form a poster, creating the Ultimate Yoga Chart as a gift for his teacher, Swami Kailashananda (Yogi Gupta). Asanas collects 608 of those black-and-white photographs, each accompanied by the English name of the pose and the Sanskrit characters, brief commentary, and specific combinations for Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Iyengar practice. There are suggestions for beginning, intermediate, and advanced yoga practitioners, as well as a list of poses beneficial for particular health problems and chakra relationships. Because it builds on basic postures, Asanas will appeal to students of any of the 100 yoga styles.


Dominatrix: Gender, Eroticism, and Control in the Dungeon

Dominatrix: Gender, Eroticism, and Control in the Dungeon

Dominatrix: Gender, Eroticism, and Control in the Dungeon by Danielle J Lindemann
University of Chicago Press | 2012 | ISBN: 0226482588 | PDF | 657.26KB


Our lives are full of small tensions, our closest relationships full of struggle: between woman and man, artist and customer, purist and commercialist, professional and client—and between the dominant and the submissive. In Dominatrix, Danielle Lindemann draws on extensive fieldwork and interviews with professional dominatrices in New York City and San Francisco to offer a sophisticated portrait of these unusual professionals, their work, and their clients. Prior research on sex work has focused primarily on prostitutes and most studies of BDSM absorb pro-domme/client relationships without exploring what makes them unique.


Lindemann satisfies our curiosity about these paid encounters, shining a light on one of the most secretive and least understood of personal relationships and unthreading a heretofore unexamined patch of our social tapestry. Upending the idea that these erotic laborers engage in simple exchanges and revealing the therapeutic and analytic nature of their work, Lindemann makes a major contribution to cultural studies, anthropology, and queer studies with her analysis of how gender, power, sexuality, and hierarchy shape all of our social experiences.


Curious Pleasures: A Gentleman's Collection of Beastliness

Curious Pleasures: A Gentleman's Collection of Beastliness

Curious Pleasures: A Gentleman's Collection of Beastliness by The Rev'd Dr Erasmus St. Jude Croom DD
Virgin Books | 2008 | ISBN: 1905264135 | EPUB | 4.16MB


It has been rumored that the finest libraries in Victorian England kept this tome under lock and key, permitting access only to doctors and professors. Scotland Yard had a copy in its reference library, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself may have been allowed access to this work. There are some who claim that this encyclopaedic treasure of erotic pleasures - still shocking today - would cause any woman who gazed upon it to faint.


This ironic, tongue-in-cheek look at the naughty sexual practices of Victorian England is at once hilarious and titillating, and as explicit as ever, and includes illustrations in the style of the time. With a design that leaves some wondering whether it isn’t indeed straight out of the 1890s, Curious Pleasures is as deliciously decadent as it once might have been.


The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness

The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness

The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness by Erich Fromm
Open Road Integrated Media | 2013 | ISBN: 1480401935 | EPUB | 857.01KB


Erich Fromm’s groundbreaking examination of aggression and human nature.


Throughout history, humans have shown an incredible talent for destruction as well as creation. Aggression has driven us to great heights and brutal lows. In The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness, renowned social psychologist Erich Fromm discusses the differences between forms of aggression typical for animals and two very specific forms of destructiveness that can only be found in human beings: sadism and necrophilic destructiveness. His case studies span zoo animals, necrophiliacs, and the psychobiographies of notorious figures such as Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. Through his broad scholarship, Fromm offers a comprehensive exploration of the human impulse for violence. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erich Fromm including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.


The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth

The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth

The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About What You Should Eat and Why by Jonny Bowden
Fair Winds Press | 2007 | ISBN: 1592332285 | EPUB | 10.80MB


A complete guide to the healthiest foods you can eat - and how to cook them!


Why get your nutrients from expensive supplements when you can enjoy delicious, nourishing foods instead? From almonds to yucca, readers will find out what nutrients each of the 150 featured foods contains, what form contains the most nutrients, if it's been recommended to combat any diseases, where to find it, how to prepare it, and how much to eat - plus wonderful recipes using these sometimes obscure foods! Indexes by nutrient, by disease, and by food make finding what you need a snap, and the at-a-glance format makes the information as easy to digest as the foods themselves.


Run Faster from the 5K to the Marathon

Run Faster from the 5K to the Marathon

Run Faster from the 5K to the Marathon: How to Be Your Own Best Coach by Brad Hudson, Matt Fitzgerald
Three Rivers Press | 2008 | ISBN: 0767928229 | EPUB | 4.65MB


Do you want to run faster? Are you trying to peak for a particular race? Would you like to find your true running potential? Brad Hudson, former Olympic Trials marathoner and current coach to Olympians like Dathan Ritzenhein, will show you the way in this practical, reader-friendly guide. Hudson is the most innovative running coach to come along in a generation. Until now, only a handful of elite athletes have been able to benefit from his methods. Now Run Faster from the 5K to the Marathon shows all runners how to coach themselves as confidently and effectively as Brad coaches his world-class athletes. Becoming your own best coach is the ticket to running faster at any distance.


First you will learn to assess your abilities. Then you’ll learn how to devise a training program specifically geared to you. Filled with easy-to-follow sample training programs for distances ranging from the 5K to the marathon and abilities ranging from novice to advanced, Run Faster is the cutting-edge guide for optimal performance.


With Hudson’s guidance, you can train smarter and more effectively—and avoid injury. And you’ll soon be running faster than you ever thought possible!