A Genius for Deception

A Genius for Deception

A Genius for Deception: How Cunning Helped the British Win Two World Wars by Nicholas Rankin
Oxford University Press | 2009 | ISBN: 019538704X | PDF | 3.62MB


In February 1942, intelligence officer Victor Jones erected 150 tents behind British lines in North Africa. "Hiding tanks in Bedouin tents was an old British trick," writes Nicholas Rankin. German general Erwin Rommel not only knew of the ploy, but had copied it himself. Jones knew that Rommel knew. In fact, he counted on it--for these tents were empty. With the deception that he was carrying out a deception, Jones made a weak point look like a trap.


In A Genius for Deception, Nicholas Rankin offers a lively and comprehensive history of how Britain bluffed, tricked, and spied its way to victory in two world wars. As Rankin shows, a coherent program of strategic deception emerged in World War I, resting on the pillars of camouflage, propaganda, secret intelligence, and special forces. All forms of deception found an avid sponsor in Winston Churchill, who carried his enthusiasm for deceiving the enemy into World War II. Rankin vividly recounts such little-known episodes as the invention of camouflage by two French artist-soldiers, the creation of dummy airfields for the Germans to bomb during the Blitz, and the fabrication of an army that would supposedly invade Greece. Strategic deception would be key to a number of WWII battles, culminating in the massive misdirection that proved critical to the success of the D-Day invasion in 1944.


Deeply researched and written with an eye for telling detail, A Genius for Deception shows how the British used craft and cunning to help win the most devastating wars in human history.


The Last Jew of Treblinka: A Memoir

The Last Jew of Treblinka: A Memoir

The Last Jew of Treblinka: A Memoir by Chil Rajchman
Pegasus | 2011 | ISBN: 1605981397 | EPUB | 218.55KB


“Before me sits a young woman. I cut off her hair, thick and beautiful, and she grasps my hand and begs me to remember that I too am a Jew. She knows that she is lost. ‘But remember,‘ she says, ‘you see what is being done to us. That‘s why my wish for you is that you will survive and take revenge for our innocent blood, which will never rest.‘ She has not had time to get up when a murderer who is walking between the benches lashes her on the head with his whip. Blood shows on her now shorn head. That evening, the blood of tens of thousands of victims, unable to rest, thrust itself upwards to the surface.“—from The Last Jew of Treblinka


Why do some live while so many others perish? Tiny children, old men, beautiful girls. In the gas chambers of Treblinka, all are equal. The Nazis kept the fires of Treblinka burning night and day, a central cog in the wheel of the Final Solution. There was no pretense of work here like in Auschwitz or Birkenau. Only a train platform and a road covered with sand. A road that led only to death. But not for Chil Rajchman, a young man who survived working as a “barber” and “dentist,” heartsick with witnessing atrocity after atrocity. Yet he managed to survive so that somehow he could tell the world what he had seen. How he found the dress of his little sister abandoned in the woods. How he was forced to extract gold teeth from the corpses. How every night he had to cover the body-pits with sand. How ever morning the blood of thousands still rose to the surface.


Many have courageously told their stories, and in the tradition of Elie Wiesel’s Night and Primo Levi’s Survival at Auschwitz and The Drowned and the Saved, Rajchman provides the only survivors’ record of Treblinka. Originally written in Yiddish in 1945 without hope or agenda other than to bear witness, Rajchman’s tale shows that sometimes the bravest and most painful act of all is to remember.


The Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Day

The Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Day

The Longest Day: The Classic Epic of D-Day by Cornelius Ryan
Simon & Schuster | 1994 | ISBN: 067189091 | MOBI | 461.26KB


The Longest Day is Cornelius Ryan's unsurpassed account of D-Day, a book that endures as a masterpiece of military history. In this compelling tale of courage and heroism, glory and tragedy, Ryan painstakingly recreates the fateful hours that preceded and followed the massive invasion of Normandy to retell the story of an epic battle that would turn the tide against world fascism and free Europe from the grip of Nazi Germany.


This book, first published in 1959, is a must for anyone who loves history, as well as for anyone who wants to better understand how free nations prevailed at a time when darkness enshrouded the earth.


Challenge for the Pacific: Guadalcanal

Challenge for the Pacific: Guadalcanal

Challenge for the Pacific: Guadalcanal: The Turning Point of the War by Robert Leckie
Bantam Books | 2010 | ISBN: 0553386913 | EPUB | 0.4MB


From Robert Leckie, the World War II veteran and New York Times bestselling author of Helmet for My Pillow, whose experiences were featured in the HBO miniseries The Pacific, comes this vivid narrative of the astonishing six-month campaign for Guadalcanal.


From the Japanese soldiers’ carefully calculated—and ultimately foiled—attempt to build a series of impregnable island forts on the ground to the tireless efforts of the Americans who struggled against a tenacious adversary and the temperature and terrain of the island itself, Robert Leckie captures the loneliness, the agony, and the heat of twenty-four-hour-a-day fighting on Guadalcanal. Combatants from both sides are brought to life: General Archer Vandegrift, who first assembled an amphibious strike force; Isoroku Yamamoto, the naval general whose innovative strategy was tested; the island-born Allied scout Jacob Vouza, who survived hideous torture to uncover the enemy’s plans; and Saburo Sakai, the ace flier who shot down American planes with astonishing ease.


Propelling the Allies to eventual victory, Guadalcanal was truly the turning point of the war. Challenge for the Pacific is an unparalleled, authoritative account of this great fight that forever changed our world.


Forever Undecided: A Puzzle Guide to Godel

Forever Undecided: A Puzzle Guide to Godel

Forever Undecided: A Puzzle Guide to Godel by Raymond Smullyan
Oxford University Press | 2000 | ISBN: 0192801414 | EPUB | 2.19MB


A challenging puzzle collection and an instructive and entertaining introduction to Kurt Godel's famous theorems, including incompleteness and undecidability. Much of the action of the book takes place on an imaginary and magical island, the Island of Knights and Knaves, where knights always make true statements, knaves always make false statements, and every inhabitant is either a knight or a knave. Here we meet an amazing array of characters, visitors to the island, seeking to determine the natives' true identities.


Among them are the census-taker McGregor; a philosopher-logician in search of his flighty bird-wife Oona; and a regiment of Reasoners. By following the Reasoners through brain-tingling exercises and adventures - including journeys into the "other possible worlds" of Kripke semantics - even the most illogical of us should come to understand Godel's theorems, some of their philosophical and mathematical implications and why we, like Godel himself, must remain forever undecided! The book is intended for puzzle fans of every age and ability - from the high-school whizz to the seasoned mathematician, logician or computer scientist.


The Battle of Waterloo [Audiobook]

The Battle of Waterloo [Audiobook]

The Battle of Waterloo [Audiobook] by Jeremy Black
Audible | 2011 | ASIN: B006R12UWW | MP3@64 kbps | 9 hrs 12 mins | 253.64MB


The name Waterloo has become synonymous with final, crushing defeat. Now this legendary battle is re-created in a groundbreaking book by an eminent British military historian making his major American debut. Revealing how and why Napoleon fell in Belgium in June 1815, The Battle of Waterloo definitively clears away the fog that has, over time, obscured the truth.


With fresh details and interpretations, Jeremy Black places Waterloo within the context of the warfare of the period, showing that Napoleon’s modern army was beaten by Britain and Prussia with techniques as old as those of antiquity, including close-quarter combat. Here are the fateful early stages, from Napoleon’s strategy of surprise attack—perhaps spoiled by the defection of one of his own commanders—to his younger brother’s wasteful efforts assaulting the farm called Hougoumont. And here is the endgame, including Commander Michel Ney’s botched cavalry charge against the Anglo-Dutch line and the solid British resistance against a series of French cavalry strikes, with Napoleon “repeating defeat and reinforcing failure.”


More than a masterly guide to an armed conflict, The Battle of Waterloo is a brilliant portrait of the men who fought it: Napoleon, the bold emperor who had bullied other rulers and worn down his own army with too many wars, and the steadfast Duke of Wellington, who used superior firepower and a flexible generalship in his march to victory.


With bold analysis of the battle’s impact on history and its lessons for building lasting alliances in today’s world, The Battle of Waterloo is a small volume bound to have a big impact on global scholarship.


The Glory and the Dream [Audiobook]

The Glory and the Dream [Audiobook]

The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America, 1932 - 1972 [Audiobook] by William Manchester
Blackstone Audio | 2008 | ISBN: 1433250241 | MP3@64 kbps | 57 hrs 39 mins | 1.54GB


This great time capsule of a book captures the abundant popular history of the United States from 1932 to 1972. It encompasses politics, military history, economics, the lively arts, science, fashion, fads, social change, sexual mores, communications, graffiti...everything and anything indigenous that can be captured in print.


The Glory and the Dream chronicles the progress of life in the United States, from the time William Manchester and his generation reached the beginning of awareness in the desperate summer of '32 to President Nixon's Second Inaugural Address and the opening scenes of Watergate. Masterfully compressing four crowded decades of our history, Manchester relives the epic, significant, or just memorable events that befell the generation of Americans whose lives pivoted between the America before and the America after the Second World War.


Bitter Brew [Audiobook]

Bitter Brew [Audiobook]

Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer [Audiobook] by William Knoedelseder
Harper Audio | 2012 | ASIN: B00A2AU5RQ | MP3@64 kbps | 12 hrs 15 mins | 335.15MB


The engrossing, often scandalous saga of one of the wealthiest, longest-lasting, and most colorful family dynasties in the history of American commerce - a cautionary tale about prosperity, profligacy, hubris, and the blessings and dark consequences of success.


From countless bar signs, stadium scoreboards, magazine ads, TV commercials, and roadside billboards, the name Budweiser has been burned into the American consciousness as the "King of Beers". Over a span of more than a century, the company behind it, Anheuser-Busch, has attained legendary status. A jewel of the American Industrial Revolution, in the hands of its founders - the sometimes reckless and always boisterous Busch family of St. Louis, Missouri - it grew into one of the most fearsome marketing machines in modern times. In Bitter Brew, critically acclaimed journalist Knoedelseder paints a fascinating portrait of immense wealth and power accompanied by a barrelful of scandal, heartbreak, tragedy, and untimely death.


This engrossing, vivid narrative captures the Busch saga through five generations. At the same time, it weaves a broader story of American progress and decline over the past 150 years. It's a cautionary tale of prosperity, hubris, and loss.


Last Train to Paradise

Last Train to Paradise

Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean by Les Standiford
Three Rivers Press | 2002 | ISBN: 1400051185 | EPUB | 312.16KB


Last Train to Paradise is acclaimed novelist Les Standiford’s fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroad—one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the Labor Day hurricane of 1935. Brilliant and driven entrepreneur Henry Flagler’s dream fulfilled, the Key West Railroad stood as a magnificent achievement for more than twenty-two years, heralded as “the Eighth Wonder of the World.” Standiford brings the full force and fury of 1935’s deadly “Storm of the Century” and its sweeping destruction of “the railroad that crossed an ocean” to terrifying life.


Last Train to Paradise celebrates a crowning achievement of Gilded Age ambition in a sweeping tale of the powerful forces of human ingenuity colliding with the even greater forces of nature’s wrath.


Meet You in Hell

Meet You in Hell

Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Transformed America by Les Standiford
Crown | 2005 | ISBN: 1400047676 | EPUB | 724.43KB


Here is history that reads like fiction: the riveting story of two founding fathers of American industry—Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick—and the bloody steelworkers’ strike that transformed their fabled partnership into a furious rivalry. Author Les Standiford begins at the bitter end, when the dying Carnegie proposes a final meeting after two decades of separation, probably to ease his conscience. Frick’s reply: “Tell him that I’ll meet him in hell.”


It is a fitting epitaph. Set against the backdrop of the Gilded Age, a time when Horatio Alger preached the gospel of upward mobility and expansionism went hand in hand with optimism, Meet You in Hell is a classic tale of two men who embodied the best and worst of American capitalism. Standiford conjures up the majesty and danger of steel manufacturing, the rough-and-tumble of late-nineteenth-century big business, and the fraught relationship of “the world’s richest man” and the ruthless coke magnate to whom he entrusted his companies. Enamored of Social Darwinism, the emerging school of thought that applied the notion of survival of the fittest to human society, both Carnegie and Frick would introduce revolutionary new efficiencies and meticulous cost control to their enterprises, and would quickly come to dominate the world steel market.


But their partnership had a dark side, revealed most starkly by their brutal handling of the Homestead Steel Strike of 1892. When Frick, acting on Carnegie’s orders to do whatever was necessary, unleashed three hundred Pinkerton detectives, the result was the deadliest clash between management and labor in U.S. history. WHILE BLOOD FLOWED, FRICK SMOKED ran one newspaper headline. The public was outraged. An anarchist tried to assassinate Frick. Even today, the names Carnegie and Frick cannot be uttered in some union-friendly communities.


Resplendent with tales of backroom chicanery, bankruptcy, philanthropy, and personal idiosyncrasy, Meet You in Hell is a fitting successor to Les Standiford’s masterly Last Train to Paradise. Artfully weaving the relationship of these titans through the larger story of a young nation’s economic rise, Standiford has created an extraordinary work of popular history.


An Ottoman Traveller Selections From the Book of Travels

An Ottoman Traveller Selections From the Book of Travels

An Ottoman Traveller Selections From the Book of Travels By Evliya Çelebi
Eland Publishing | 2012 | ISBN: 1780600259 | PDF | 4.5MB


Evliya Çelebi is the greatest travel writer of the Ottoman Empire. Born in Istanbul in 1611, he started travelling in 1640 and continued for over forty years, stopping eventually in Cairo where he died in about 1685. He collected his lively and eclectic observations into a ten-volume manuscript the Seyahatname, or Book of Travels.


For the first time in English, this selection gives a taste of the breadth of Evliya's interests: from architecture to natural history, through religion, politics, linguistics, music, science and the supernatural. While he made over a thousand complete recitations of the Koran in his lifetime, he also wrote with curiosity about Christianity, about his own impotence, about the antics at a world convention of trapeze artists and the feats of a Kurdish sorcerer who conjured a horse from a log pile.


The Vatican Diaries

The Vatican Diaries

The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church by John Thavis
Viking | 2013 | ISBN: 0670026719 | EPUB | 711.93KB


A revealing, timely look at the reign of Pope Benedict, the conclave, the papal election process by the cardinals, and the history of one of the world’s oldest and most mysterious institutions


For more than twenty-five years John Thavis held one of the most fascinating journalistic jobs in the world: reporting on the inner workings of the Vatican. His daily exposure to the power, politics, and personalities in the seat of Roman Catholicism gave him a unique, behind-the-scenes perspective on an institution that is far less monolithic and unified than it first appears. Thavis reveals Vatican City as a place where Curia cardinals fight private wars, scandals threaten to undermine papal authority, and reverence for the past is continually upended by the practical considerations of modern life.


Thavis takes readers from a bell tower high above St. Peter’s to the depths of the basilica and the saint’s burial place, from the politicking surrounding the election of a new pope and the ever-growing sexual abuse scandals around the world to controversies about the Vatican’s stand on contraception, and more.


Perceptive, sharply written, and witty, The Vatican Diaries will appeal not only to Catholics (lapsed as well as devout) but to any readers interested in international diplomacy and the role of religion in an increasingly secularized world.


The Anatomy of Martial Arts

The Anatomy of Martial Arts

The Anatomy of Martial Arts: An Illustrated Guide to the Muscles Used for Each Strike, Kick, and Throw by Lily Chou, Norman Link
Ulysses Press | 2011 | ISBN: 1569757879 | EPUB | 5.51MB


With detailed anatomical drawings, this book precisely illustrates the inner workings of your body during key martial arts moves. Its color drawings, helpful photos and clear text make it easy to identify the specific muscles you need to train for maximum speed, power and accuracy. More than just an anatomy book, each section is accompanied by exercises and stretches to strengthen muscles, prevent injury and improve form.


The Book of Times

The Book of Times

The Book of Times: From Seconds to Centuries, a Compendium of Measures by Lesley Alderman
William Morrow | 2013 | ISBN: 0062074180 | EPUB | 3.16MB


An endlessly fascinating, beautifully designed survey of time—how long things take, how long things last, and how we spend our days


Our relationship to time is complex and paradoxical: Time stands still. Time also flies. Tomorrow is another day. Yet there's no time like the present. We want to do more in less time, but wish we could slow the clock. And despite all our time-saving devices—iPhones, DVRs, high-speed trains—Americans feel that they have less leisure time than ever.


In an era when our time feels fractured and imperiled, The Book of Times encourages readers to ponder time used and time spent. How long does it take to find a new mate, digest a hamburger, or compose a symphony? How much time do we spend daydreaming, texting, and getting ready for work? The book challenges our beliefs and urges us to consider how, and why, some things get faster, some things slow down, and some things never change (the need for seven to eight hours of sleep).


Packed with compelling charts, lists, and quizzes, as well as new and intriguing research, The Book of Times is an addictive, browsable, and provocative look at the idea of time from every direction.


Why Is Milk White: & 200 Other Curious Chemistry Questions

Why Is Milk White: & 200 Other Curious Chemistry Questions

Why Is Milk White: & 200 Other Curious Chemistry Questions by Simon Quellen Field, Alexa Coelho
Chicago Review Press | 2013 | ISBN: 1613744528 | PDF | 2.81MB


Covering a wide variety of everyday chemistry concepts from the very simple to the more complex, this question-and-answer primer provides straightforward, easy-to-understand explanations for inquisitive young scientists’ questions. A dozen unique experiments to try at home—from lifting latent fingerprints from a “crime scene” using super glue (for smooth surfaces) or iodine (for paper) to hollowing out the zinc interior of a penny using muriatic acid—are interspersed with the answers to such questions as What makes soda so fizzy? and Why do you get cavities when you eat too much sugar? From separating food coloring into its component dyes to using easy-to-find chemicals to create “slime,” Silly Putty, or bouncing balls, this handy guide is the ideal resource for the budding chemist.


Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
Knopf | 2013 | ISBN: 0385349947 | EPUB | 2.02MB


Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.


Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.


In Lean In, Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all.” She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home.


Written with both humor and wisdom, Sandberg’s book is an inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth. Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can.


The Ultimate Guide to Sexual Fantasy

The Ultimate Guide to Sexual Fantasy

The Ultimate Guide to Sexual Fantasy: How to Turn Your Fantasies into Reality by Violet Blue
Cleis Press | 2004 | ISBN: 1573441902 | EPUB | 500.36KB


The Ultimate Guide to Sexual Fantasy is a complete guide for readers who want to use sexual fantasies to change old habits, learn new tricks, and make their sex lives more imaginative. With wit and enthusiasm, sex educator Violet Blue encourages couples to talk about and explore fantasies together to deepen erotic intimacy. She takes readers on a tour of the wide world of sexual fantasies, offering expert advice for talking dirty to a partner, playing with toys and dress-up, making homemade porn, and exploring fetishes, sex scenes, phone sex, and much more. Packed with tons of games, resources, and lots of fun, The Ultimate Guide to Sexual Fantasy is the perfect book for daring readers who want to safely turn their sexual fantasies into reality.


Sex Positions You Never Thought Possible

Sex Positions You Never Thought Possible

Sex Positions You Never Thought Possible by The Editors of Liberator, Jaiya
Rockport Publishers | 2012 | ISBN: 1610583876 | EPUB | 38.1MB


Even the most acrobatic positions are attainable with a little help from Liberator ramps and wedges—or standard pillows and cushions you have in your home. Authored by the creators of the iconic Liberator sex cushions, Sex Positions You Never Thought Possible features dozens of sex moves that incorporate carefully-calibrated body angles and inclines to take sex to more orgasmic levels while targeting key hot spots and enabling deeper penetration and easier thrusting.


This exciting guide shows you how to intensify sensations on standard positions such as cowboy and missionary, add kinky twists to oral sex, and make doggy-style positions more comfortable. Reach new heights of orgasmic pleasure with Sex Positions You Never Thought Possible!


Draw & Paint Fantasy Females

Draw & Paint Fantasy Females

Draw & Paint Fantasy Females by Tom Fleming
F+W Media | 2012 | ISBN: 1440321841 | EPUB | 8.67MB


Readers will learn how to draw and paint truly fabulous fantasy females with this practical and inspirational guide for improver artists. Fleming demonstrates the basics of female anatomical structure, how to use both drawing and painting media effectively, and how to design and build fantasy female characters. Key to this subject matter is capturing female allure, and there are specific sections that tackle female pose, expression, clothing, hair and makeup.


269 Amazing Sex Games

269 Amazing Sex Games

269 Amazing Sex Games by Hugh de Beer
Sourcebooks Casablanca | 2008 | ISBN: 1402216211 | MOBI | 3.42MB


Hugh deBeer, inventor of the popular Foreplay board game, offers couples a sexy variety of fun and games, including:


  • A week of orgasms-Orgasm express
  • The long, slow climb to climax-50 ways to feed your lover-20 red hot things to do with ice
  • So many kisses, so little time
  • Every inch of you
  • The ultimate sexual massage
  • Here, there and everywhere
  • And many more!

269 Amazing Sex Tips and Tricks for Her

269 Amazing Sex Tips and Tricks for Her

269 Amazing Sex Tips and Tricks for Her by Anne Hooper, Phillip Hodson
Sourcebooks Casablanca | 2010 | ISBN: 1402247265 | EPUB | 10.03MB


A saucy new edition of the perennial seller, with fresh photography and updated content, from sex guru Anne Hooper (more than 1.75 million sex books sold).


Everything is covered (or should we say "uncovered".) from head to toe and beyond, for the most mind-blowing sex you've ever had!


269 Amazing Sex Tips and Tricks for Her gives women all the details on how to please their man and make their sex life amazingly satisfying.


269 Amazing Sex Tips and Tricks for Him

269 Amazing Sex Tips and Tricks for Him

269 Amazing Sex Tips and Tricks for Him by Anne Hooper, Phillip Hodson
Sourcebooks Casablanca | 2010 | ISBN: 1402247281 | EPUB | 9.65MB


A saucy new edition of the perennial seller, with fresh photography and updated content, from sex guru Anne Hooper (more than 1.75 million sex books sold).


Everything is covered (or should we say "uncovered".) from head to toe and beyond, for the most mind-blowing sex you've ever had!


269 Amazing Sex Tips and Tricks for Him gives men everything they need to be an amazing lover and to turn on and satisfy their woman.


269 Red Hot XXX-Rated Questions

269 Red Hot XXX-Rated Questions

269 Red Hot XXX-Rated Questions: Super Sexy Ticklers to Tempt, Tease and Spark
Sourcebooks Casablanca | 2008 | ISBN: 1402216432 | 1.94MBMOBI |


Get ready for an explosion of amazing passion! Whether you want to start a fire burning on Saturday night, or intimate conversation for a rainy Sunday afternoon, 269 Red Hot XXX-Rated Questions will take you everywhere you want to go—and exotic places you've only dreamed of! The possibilities are endless:


  • Play 20 questions
  • Take turns picking a numbe
  • Open the book at a random point
  • Use a blindfold and a pen
  • Make bets and dares

Try it now! You never know until you ask...


Beowulf on the Beach

Beowulf on the Beach

Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to Skip in Literature's 50 Greatest Hits by Jack Murnighan
Crown | 2009 | ISBN: 0307409570 | EPUB | 2.09MB


Feel bad about not reading or not enjoying the so-called great books? Don’t sweat it, it’s not your fault. Did anyone tell you that Anna Karenina is a beach read, that Dickens is hilarious, that the Iliad’s battle scenes rival Hollywood’s for gore, or that Joyce is at his best when he’s talking about booze, sex, or organ meats?


Writer and professor Jack Murnighan says it’s time to give literature another look, but this time you’ll enjoy yourself. With a little help, you’ll see just how great the great books are: how they can make you laugh, moisten your eyes, turn you on, and leave you awestruck and deeply moved. Beowulf on the Beach is your field guide–erudite, witty, and fun-loving–for helping you read and relish fifty of the biggest (and most skipped) classics of all time. For each book, Murnighan reveals how to get the most out of your reading and provides a crib sheet that includes the Buzz, the Best Line, What’s Sexy, and What to Skip.


Hurry Up And Meditate

Hurry Up And Meditate

Hurry Up And Meditate: Your Starter Kit For Inner Peace And Better Health by David Michie
Snow Lion | 2008 | ISBN: 1559393068 | EPUB | 282.6KB


If meditation were available in capsule form, it would be the biggest selling drug of all time. It has been scientifically proven to deliver highly effective stress relief, boost our immune systems, and dramatically slow the aging process. It has also been shown to make us much happier and more effective thinkers. Given all the physical and psychological benefits, why aren't more of us doing it? In this thought-provoking and entertaining book, David Michie explains the nuts and bolts of meditation. As a busy professional and a long-term meditator, he also gives a first-hand account of how to integrate this transformational practice into everyday life.


Combining leading-edge science with timeless wisdom, Hurry Up and Meditate provides all the motivation and tools you need to achieve greater balance, better health, and develop a more panoramic perspective on life. The idea of infusing our daily schedule with newfound tranquility may sound appealing, but not everyone is temperamentally suited to sitting around in the lotus position chanting "Om." Not to mention the fact that some of us just have very active minds. We'd like to meditate, but we're just not capable of switching off. The the amazing thing is that it's exactly the people who use the "too busy," "'too hard," and "too hyper" justifications who stand to gain the most from meditation.


Buddhism For Busy People

Buddhism For Busy People

Buddhism For Busy People: Finding Happiness In An Uncertain World by David Michie
Snow Lion | 2008 | ISBN: 1559392983 | EPUB | 323.68KB


What does it take to be happy? We've all asked ourselves this question at some point, but few of us have found the path to lasting fulfillment. David Michie thought he had achieved his life's goals—the high-level job, the expensive city apartment, the luxury car, the great vacations—but a small voice was telling him he wasn't really happy. A chance remark from a naturopath sent him to his local Buddhist center. There he began the most important journey of his life.


In this simple but beautifully written book, David Michie opens the door to the core teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. With wry, self-deprecating humor, he shows us how he began to incorporate Buddhist practices into his daily life. He explains how he came to understand the difference between the temporary pleasures of ordinary life and the profound sense of well-being and heartfelt serenity that comes from connecting with our inner nature.


Buddhist Boot Camp

Buddhist Boot Camp

Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye
HarperOne | 2013 | ISBN: 0062267434 | EPUB | 195.58KB


Buddhism is all about training the mind, and boot camp is an ideal training method for this generation's short attention span. The chapters in this small book can be read in any order, and are simple and easy to understand. Each story, inspirational quote, and teaching offers mindfulness-enhancing techniques that anyone can relate to. You don't need to be a Buddhist to find the Buddha's teachings motivational. As the Dalai Lama says, "Don't try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are."


So whether it's Mother Teresa's acts of charity, Gandhi's perseverance, or your aunt Betty's calm demeanor, as long as you're motivated to be better today than you were yesterday, it doesn't matter who inspires you. Regardless of religion, geographical region, race, ethnicity, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, flexibility, or vulnerability, if you do good you feel good, and if you do bad you feel bad.


Buddhism isn't just about meditating. It's about rolling up your sleeves to relieve some of the suffering in the world. If you are ready to be a soldier of peace in the army of love, welcome to Buddhist Boot Camp!


The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu

The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu

The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu
Columbia University Press | 1968 | ISBN: 0231031475 | EPUB | 1.56MB


This is one of the most justly celebrated texts of the Chinese tradition - impressive for both its bold philosophical imagination and its striking literary style. Accepting the challenge of translating this captivating classic in its entirety, Burton Watson has expertly rendered into English both the profound thought and the literary brilliance of the text.


Gods, Demigods and Demons An Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology

Gods, Demigods and Demons An Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology

Gods, Demigods and Demons: An Encyclopedia of Greek Mythology by Bernard Evslin
Open Road Young Readers | 2012 | ISBN: 1453272968 | EPUB | 774.79KB


Of all the mythology books I've read (which is quite an extensive list), this is by far the best of them. Bernard Evslin's book is extremely detailed and contains only known and proven facts and no minor little things that have no use to further a story. Now this is not a book with plot, so don't purchase it mistaking it for one with a story line. What it does do, though, is give you a list of Greek mythological characters and tell you about them, much in the form of an encyclopedia. Many lists of classical mythology characters include only major people and gods.


Not this book. It contains so many more than just major ones. It has gods and mortals that I have not been able to find information about in any other way. It also includes many stories of Greek mythology. Besides mythological charcters, it alsoincludes major objects or events like the phoenix, Pandora's box, or the Trojan War. ALso, also, almost every mythology story is in here, from the birth of Zeus to the capture of Persephone. By far superb to all others. A great buy for a cheap price. Recommended for people who already know quite a bit about mythology, figuring it doesn't make things easy to understand for beginners.


Total Health the Chinese Way

Total Health the Chinese Way

Total Health the Chinese Way: An Essential Guide to Easing Pain, Reducing Stress, Treating Illness, and Restoring the Body through Traditional Chinese Medicine by Marianne Jas, Esther Ting
Da Capo Press | 2009 | ISBN: 1600940463 | EPUB | 3.07MB


A fourth-generation Chinese doctor, Esther Ting has treated more than 140,000 patients on two continents. Total Health the Chinese Way is based on Ting’s core belief that we can achieve lasting health without surgery or drugs the moment we start listening to our bodies. She and Marianne Jas, a former patient, describe the concept of the body’s five primary power centers and their roles in strengthening our physical and emotional defenses.


Total Health the Chinese Way presents the timeless fundamentals of Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and herbs, their uses, and their extraordinary benefits. It identifies cost-effective remedies from simple recipes to physical and mental exercises to ease pain, maximize energy, and strengthen the body. Ting and Jas make the wisdom of this 4,000-year-old tradition accessible and useful as never before.


Yoga as Medicine

Yoga as Medicine

Yoga as Medicine The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing by Timothy McCall
Random House | 2007 | ISBN: 0553903942 | EPUB | 8.24MB


The definitive book of yoga therapy, this groundbreaking work comes to you from the medical editor of the country's premier yoga magazine, who is both a practicing yogi and a Western-trained physician.


Beginning with an overview of the history and science of yoga, Dr. McCall describes the many different techniques in the yoga tool kit; explains what yoga does and who can benefit from it (virtually everyone!); and provides lavishly illustrated and minutely detailed instructions on starting a yoga practice geared to your fitness level and your health status. Yoga as Medicine offers a wealth of practical information, including how to:


  • Utilize yogic tools, including postures, breathing techniques, and meditation, for both prevention and healing of illness
  • Master the art of becoming more in tune with your body
  • Communicate more effectively with your doctor
  • Adopt therapeutic yoga practices as either an alternative or a complement to surgery and to expensive, sometimes dangerous medications
  • Practice safely

Find an instructor and a style of yoga that are right for you. With twenty chapters devoted to the work of individual master teachers, including such well-known figures as Patricia Walden, John Friend, and Rodney Yee, Yoga as Medicine shows how these experts have applied the wisdom of this ancient holistic practice to twenty different conditions, ranging from arthritis to chronic fatigue, depression, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, infertility, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, and obesity. Defining yoga as "a systematic technology to improve the body, understand the mind, and free the spirit," Dr. McCall shows the way to a path that can truly alter your life.


An indispensable guide for the millions who now practice yoga or would like to begin, as well as for yoga teachers, body workers, doctors, nurses, and other health professionals.


The Time Paradox

The Time Paradox

The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life by Philip G Zimbardo, John Boyd
Free Press | 2008 | ISBN: 1416541985 | EPUB | 1.99MB


Now in paperback, this breakthrough book on the new psychological science of time by one of the most influential living psychologists—the New York Times bestselling author of The Lucifer Effect—and his research partner launched on the front page of USA TODAY "Lifestyle" with a Time Survey and on CBS Morning Show.


This is the first paradox of time: Your attitudes toward time have a profound impact on your life and world, yet you seldom recognize it. Our goal is to help you reclaim yesterday, enjoy today, and master tomorrow with new ways of seeing and working with your past, present, and future.


Just as Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences permanently altered our understanding of intelligence and Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink gave us an appreciation for the adaptive unconscious, Philip Zimbardo and John Boyd’s new book changes the way we think about and experience time. It will give you new insights into how family conflicts can be resolved by ways to enhance your sexuality and sensuality, and mindsets for becoming more successful in business and happier in your life. Based on the latest psychological research, The Time Paradox is both a "big think" guide for living in the twenty-first century and one of those rare self-help books that really does have the power to improve lives.


Defeat Depression: Relief for Troubled Minds

Defeat Depression: Relief for Troubled Minds

Defeat Depression: Relief for Troubled Minds by Sabina Dosani
Infinite Ideas | 2012 | ISBN: 1908864060 | EPUB | 580.25KB


Defeat depression tackles this greatly misunderstood condition head on with over 50 inspirational ideas from a psychiatrist who struggled with and overcame depression as a young adult. Defeat depression offers a real insight into the condition with practical, tried and tested techniques to help people overcome their feelings of despair or melancholy. Whether for you, or someone close to you who is suffering, the advice within this book will prove invaluable.


Rich Food, Poor Food: The Ultimate Grocery Purchasing System

Rich Food, Poor Food: The Ultimate Grocery Purchasing System

Rich Food, Poor Food: The Ultimate Grocery Purchasing System by Jayson Calton, Mira Calton
Primal Nutrition | 2013 | ISBN: 0984755187 | EPUB | 13.1MB


Do you get confused while pouring over labels at the grocery store trying to determine the healthiest options? What makes one box of cereal better for you than another, and how are we suppose to decipher the extensive lists of mysterious ingredients on every package, and then determine whether they are safe or toxic to a your familys health? With nearly 40,000 items populating the average supermarket today, the Rich Food Poor Food—Grocery Purchasing System (GPS), is a unique guide that steers the consumer through the grocery store aisles, directing them to health enhancing Rich Food options while avoiding health detracting Poor Food ones.


Rich Food, Poor Food is unique in the grocery store guide arena in that rather than rating a particular food using calories, sodium, or fat as the main criteria, it identifies the products that contain wholesome, micronutrient-rich ingredients that health-conscious shoppers are looking for, like wild caught fish, grass-fed beef, raw/organic cheese, organic meats, pastured eggs and dairy, organic produce and sprouted grains, nuts and seeds, while avoiding over 150 common unwanted Poor Food ingredients such as sugar, high fructose corn syrup, refined flour, GMOs, MSG, artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners, pesticides, nitrites/ nitrates, gluten, and chemical preservatives like BHA and BHT.


So while other food swapping grocery guides may give the green light to eating Kelloggs Froot Loops with Sprinkles, Oscar Mayer Turkey Bologna and Hostess Twinkies based on their lower calories, sodium, and/or fat levels, you wont find these heavily processed, food-like products identified as Rich Food choices in Rich Food, Poor Food. That doesnt mean this guide to micronutrient-sufficient living leads readers to a boring culinary lifestyle. Quite the contrary! The Caltons offer Rich Food choices in every aisle of the store including desserts, snacks, sauces, hot dogs, and other fun foods!


This indispensable grocery store guide raises the bar on food quality as it takes readers on an aisle-by-aisle tour, teaching them how to identify potentially problematic ingredients, while sharing tips on how to lock in a foods nutritional value during preservation and preparation, save money, and make homemade versions of favorite grocery store staples. Regardless of age, dietary preference or current health, Rich Food, Poor Food turns the grocery store and farmers market into a micronutrient pharmacyfilling the shopping cart with a natural prescription for better health and longevity.


Rock Obituaries: Knocking on Heaven's Door

Rock Obituaries: Knocking on Heaven's Door

Rock Obituaries: Knocking on Heaven's Door by Nick Talevski
Music Sales Corp | 2011 | ISBN: 0857121170 | EPUB | 2.89MB


The fascination with tragedy and the subsequent theatre of voyeurism are part of human nature, especially when it involves our icons, celebrities and musicians. Knocking On Heaven's Door is the definitive book of rock 'n' roll, pop, R&B and blues deaths. Often, only the biggest selling artists are written about and sometimes it is the death of a personality that cements their iconic status.


Knocking On Heaven's Door not only covers the rock legends who lived hard and died young, this detailed reference contains over 1,000 obituaries of music industry personalities, famous and obscure from mid-fifties to the present day. Alphabetical entries of all the important individuals, including: noteworthy producers, managers, songwriters, record company founders A&R men and even critics, puts all the information at your finger tips. Nick Talevski has spent a decade researching this comprehensive and authoritative reference book and it will be an indispensable and practical addition to every music library, full of irresistible and intriguing information.


The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars [Second Editiuon]

The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars [Second Editiuon]

The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, and Ham Sandwiches by Jeremy Simmonds
Chicago Review Press | 2012 | ISBN: 1613744781 | EPUB | 13.42MB


The bible of music’s deceased idols—Jeff Buckley, Sid Vicious, Jimi Hendrix, Tupac, Elvis—this is the ultimate record of all those who arrived, rocked, and checked out over the last 40-odd years of fast cars, private jets, hard drugs, and reckless living. The truths behind thousands of fascinating stories—such as how Buddy Holly only decided to fly so he’d have time to finish his laundry—are coupled with perennial questions, including Which band boasts the most dead members? and Who had the bright idea of changing a light bulb while standing in the shower?, as well as a few tales of lesser-known rock tragedies.


Updated to include all the rock deaths since the previous edition—including Ike Turner, Dan Fogelberg, Bo Diddley, Isaac Hayes, Eartha Kitt, Michael Jackson, Clarence Clemons, Amy Winehouse, and many, many more—this new edition has been comprehensively revised throughout. An indispensable reference full of useful and useless information, with hundreds of photos of the good, the bad, and the silly, this collection is guaranteed to rock the world of trivia buffs and diehards alike.


The Economist Audio Edition [March 16, 2013]

The Economist Audio Edition [March 16, 2013]

The Economist Audio Edition [March 16, 2013]
English | MP3@48 kbps | 8 hrs 40 min | 180.75MB


The audio edition contains word-for-word recordings of all articles published in The Economist, read by professional broadcasters and actors. It is ideal for anyone who wants to listen to articles while travelling, exercising or just relaxing.


The Economist is an English-language weekly news and international affairs publication owned by "The Economist Newspaper Ltd" and edited in London. It has been in continuous publication since James Wilson established it in September 1843. As of summer 2007, its average circulation topped 1.2 million copies a week, about half of which are sold in North America. Consequently it is often seen as a transatlantic (as opposed to solely British) news source.


How to Master the Art of Selling

How to Master the Art of Selling

How to Master the Art of Selling from SmarterComics by Tom Hopkins
Writers Of The Round Table Press | 2011 | ISBN: 1610829832 | EPUB | 6.95MB


After failing during the first six months of his career in sales, Tom Hopkins discovered and applied the very best sales techniques, then earned more than one million dollars in just three years. What turned Tom Hopkins around? The answers are revealed in How to Master the Art of Selling from SmarterComics, as Tom explains to readers what the profession of selling is really about and how to succeed beyond their imagination!