How Literature Saved My Life

How Literature Saved My Life

How Literature Saved My Life by David Shields
Knopf | 2013 | ISBN: 0307961524 | EPUB | 2.34MB


In this wonderfully intelligent, stunningly honest, and painfully funny book, acclaimed writer David Shields uses himself as a representative for all readers and writers who seek to find salvation in literature.


Blending confessional criticism and anthropological autobiography, Shields explores the power of literature (from Blaise Pascal's Pensées to Maggie Nelson's Bluets, Renata Adler's Speedboat to Proust's A Remembrance of Things Past) to make life survivable, maybe even endurable. Shields evokes his deeply divided personality (his "ridiculous" ambivalence), his character flaws, his woes, his serious despairs. Books are his life, but when they come to feel unlifelike and archaic, he revels in a new kind of art that is based heavily on quotation and consciousness and self-consciousness--perfect, since so much of what ails him is acute self-consciousness. And he shares with us a final irony: he wants "literature to assuage human loneliness, but nothing can assuage human loneliness. Literature doesn't lie about this--which is what makes it essential."


A captivating, thought-provoking, utterly original way of thinking about the essential acts of reading and writing.


A Criminal History of Mankind

A Criminal History of Mankind

A Criminal History of Mankind by Colin Wilson
Carroll & Graf Publishers | 1990 | ISBN: 0881846465 | MOBI | 1011.92KB


Colin Wilson tells the story of human violence from Peking Man to the Mafia - taking into account the calculated sadism of the Assyrians, the opportunism of the Greek pirates, the brutality that made Rome the ‘razor king of the Mediterranean’, the mindless destruction of the Vandals, the mass slaughter of Genghis Khan, Tamurlane, Ivan the Terrible, Vlad the Impaler and more. Each age has a unique characteristic pattern of crime. In the past three centuries crime has changed and evolved until the sex killer and the mass murderer have become symbols of all that is worst about our civilization. But this is not just a study in human depravity; it is an attempt to place crime in perspective against human discovery, exploration and invention. The result is a completely new approach to the history and psychology of human violence.


Marathon Sex

Marathon Sex

Marathon Sex: Incredible Lovemaking Experiences Hotter and Longer Than You've Ever Done It Before by Sonia Borg
Quiver | 2012 | ISBN: 1592334814 | EPUB | 43.57MB


Get the toe-curling sex you’ve been dreaming of! The only thing that makes a good thing better is more of it. Marathon Sex gives you scenarios for prolonged lovemaking sessions that deliver incredible techniques and positions that make sex last longer and build to incredible orgasms. From seduction to foreplay to positions one, two, and three, each of these multi-hour scenarios provide a sex date hot enough to put the sizzle back into any relationship.


  • She Comes Again...and Again...and Again: Blow her mind with multiple intercourse and oral techniques that hit all of her hot spots.
  • It’s a Tie: Use sensate focus and the coital alignment technique have simultaneous orgasms.
  • Sexalicious: Spice things up with savory sex techniques that will make your kitchen the second sexiest room in the house.
  • Going (and Coming) Out on the Town: Build sensation and excitement all night long with your hottest pub crawl ever.

Every scenario gives you hours of moves and lets you explore a different side of sex and intimacy from playful to kinky. Marathon Sex gives you inspiration, techniques, and positions from start to finish line.


The 12-Minute Sex Solution

The 12-Minute Sex Solution

The 12-Minute Sex Solution: Have Electrifying Sex in New Ways with 75 Quick and Dirty Scenarios You Can Do in 12 Minutes or Less by Robin Westen
Quiver | 2012 | ISBN: 1592334938 | EPUB | 15.19MB


Would you love to have sex every day, but don't think you and your partner have time? Think again! Recent studies suggest that both men and women can reach peak arousal in just 12 minutes—which means you can fit in a little sex-capade while the cupcakes are baking, or the kids are outside playing, or during half-time, or anytime you feel like it! The secret lies in knowing some well-positioned techniques and moves, which is exactly what you'll find inside the pages of The 12-Minute Sex Solution.


Written by expert sex advice columnist Robin Westen, the 100 scenarios in this book give couples a real method for having great, more frequent sex, and a happier relationship and stronger intimacy as a result. From foreplay games like Penis Massage for Couch Potatoes, to intercourse games like Good Vibrations: Sex on the Spin Cycle, you'll learn how to put sex back on the priority list and satisfaction back into the bedroom.


Hotel Kerobokan

Hotel Kerobokan

Hotel K: The Shocking Inside Story of Bali's Most Notorious Jail by Kathryn Bonella
Quercus | 2012 | ISBN: 0857382691 | MOBI | 407.84KB


Welcome to Hotel Kerobokan, or Hotel K, Bali's most notorious jail. Its walls touch paradise; sparkling oceans, surf beaches and palm trees on one side, while on the other it's a dark, bizarre and truly frightening underworld of sex, drugs, violence and squalor. Hotel K's filthy and disease ridden cells have been home to the infamous and the tragic: a Balinese King, Gordon Ramsay's brother, Muslim terror bombers, beautiful women tourists and surfers from across the globe. Petty thieves share cells with killers, rapists, and gangsters. Hardened drug traffickers sleep alongside unlucky tourists, who've seen their holiday turn from paradise to hell over one ecstasy pill. Hotel K is the shocking inside story of the jail and its inmates, revealing the wild 'sex nights' organised by corrupt guards for the prisoners who have cash to pay, the jail's ecstasy factory, the killings made to look like suicides, the days out at the beach, the escapes and the corruption that means anything is for sale - including a fully catered Italian jail wedding, or a luxury cell upgrade with a Bose sound system. The truth about the dark heart of Bali explodes off the page.


Three Victories and a Defeat

Three Victories and a Defeat

Three Victories and a Defeat: The Rise and Fall of the First British Empire by Brendan Simms
Basic Books | 2008 | ISBN: 0465013325 | EPUB | 1.88MB


In the eighteenth century, Britain became a world superpower through a series of sensational military strikes. Traditionally, the Royal Navy has been seen as Britain’s key weapon, but in Three Victories and a Defeat Brendan Simms argues that Britain’s true strength lay with the German aristocrats who ruled it at the time. The House of Hanover superbly managed a complex series of European alliances that enabled Britain to keep the continental balance of power in check while dramatically expanding her own empire. These alliances sustained the nation through the War of the Spanish Succession, the War of the Austrian Succession, and the Seven Years’ War. But in 1776, Britain lost the American continent by alienating her European allies.


An extraordinary reinterpretation of British and American history, Three Victories and a Defeat is a masterwork by a rising star of the historical profession.


The Structure of Scientific Revolutions [3rd edition]

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions [3rd edition]

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions [3rd edition] by Thomas Kuhn
University of Chicago Press | 2012 | ISBN: 0226458121 | MOBI | 386.11KB


A good book may have the power to change the way we see the world, but a great book actually becomes part of our daily consciousness, pervading our thinking to the point that we take it for granted, and we forget how provocative and challenging its ideas once were—and still are. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is that kind of book. When it was first published in 1962, it was a landmark event in the history and philosophy of science. Fifty years later, it still has many lessons to teach.


With The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Kuhn challenged long-standing linear notions of scientific progress, arguing that transformative ideas don’t arise from the day-to-day, gradual process of experimentation and data accumulation but that the revolutions in science, those breakthrough moments that disrupt accepted thinking and offer unanticipated ideas, occur outside of “normal science,” as he called it. Though Kuhn was writing when physics ruled the sciences, his ideas on how scientific revolutions bring order to the anomalies that amass over time in research experiments are still instructive in our biotech age.


Churchill Defiant: Fighting On: 1945-1955

Churchill Defiant: Fighting On: 1945-1955

Churchill Defiant: Fighting On: 1945-1955 by Barbara Leaming
HarperCollins | 2010 | ISBN: 0061337587 | EPUB | 2.25MB


Winston Churchill rages against time and his own mortality in this tumultuous political drama of his last ten years of public life. Here is Churchill at his most outrageous, maddening, and devious—but also at his most human, courageous, and defiant.


"I am an obstinate pig." This was how Winston Churchill described himself.


At the end of July 1945, Winston Churchill was a defeated man—hurled from power by the British people at the end of the war in which he had just saved his country.


Churchill Defiant is the story of how, when it seemed impossible, Churchill fought his way back over the next six years to the center of great events—the only place he ever wanted to be. In 1951, at last prime minister once more, he was ready to begin his dash to win "the last prize I seek": the enduring peace that had eluded the world after Hitler's defeat.


But Churchill's battles were just beginning. He would have to wage war with both his closest colleagues and his most indispensable allies, the Americans, to get where none of them wanted him to go: the negotiating table with the Soviets.


Barbara Leaming has written a gripping, fast-paced narrative of bare-knuckle politics, of life-and-death decisions, of old grudges and fresh blame. It is the story of how, between 1945 and 1955, Churchill simultaneously fought to prevent a third world war and to defy his own mortality as the clock ticked away and time threatened to run out for him.


This is Winston Churchill in close-up—a compelling, vivid, and deeply poignant portrait of the great man at a time when almost no one wanted him to remain on the public stage and when he was willing to do absolutely anything to stay there.


Wreck and Sinking of the Titanic

Wreck and Sinking of the Titanic

Wreck and Sinking of the Titanic: The Ocean's Greatest Disaster: A Graphic and Thrilling Account of the Sinking of the Greatest Floating Palace Ever ... Down to Watery Graves More Than 1,500 Souls by Marshall Everett
Harper Design | 2012 | ISBN: 0062067400 | EPUB | 4.29MB


A gorgeously produced rediscovered classic, Wreck and Sinking of the Titanic revives 1912’s most exciting and sensational report of the doomed ship’s catastrophic voyage, first published mere months after the Titanic met her fate: “A graphic and thrilling account of the sinking of the greatest palace ever built, carrying down to watery graves more than 1,500 souls…. Exciting escapes from death and acts of heroism not equaled in ancient or modern times, as told by the survivors, and includes the history of icebergs, the terror of the seas, wireless telegraphy, and modern shipbuilding!” Stunningly designed to convey the rich look and feel of the original 1912 publication, with a worn cloth cover, hand-tinted maps, and gold foil-stamped pages, this rare treasure is a must-have for any Titanic fan.


After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation

After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation

After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation by Giles MacDonogh
Basic Books | 2009 | ISBN: 0465003389 | EPUB | 3.65MB


When Hitler’s government collapsed in 1945, Germany was immediately divided up under the control of the Allied Powers and the Soviets. A nation in tatters, in many places literally flattened by bombs, was suddenly subjected to brutal occupation by vengeful victors. According to recent estimates, as many as two million German women were raped by Soviet occupiers. General Eisenhower denied the Germans access to any foreign aid, meaning that German civilians were forced to subsist on about 1,200 calories a day. (American officials privately acknowledged at the time that the death rate amongst adults had risen to four times the pre-war levels; child mortality had increased tenfold).


With the authorization of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, over four million Germans were impressed into forced labor. General George S. Patton was so disgusted by American policy in post-war Germany that he commented in his diary, “It is amusing to recall that we fought the revolution in defense of the rights of man and the civil war to abolish slavery and have now gone back on both principles"


Although an astonishing 2.5 million ordinary Germans were killed in the post-Reich era, few know of this traumatic history. There has been an unspoken understanding amongst historians that the Germans effectively got what they deserved as perpetrators of the Holocaust. First ashamed of their national humiliation at the hands of the Allies and Soviets, and later ashamed of the horrors of the Holocaust, Germans too have remained largely silent – a silence W.G. Sebald movingly described in his controversial book On the Natural History of Destruction.


In After the Reich, Giles MacDonogh has written a comprehensive history of Germany and Austria in the postwar period, drawing on a vast array of contemporary first-person accounts of the period. In doing so, he has finally given a voice the millions of who, lucky to survive the war, found themselves struggling to survive a hellish “peace.”


A startling account of a massive and brutal military occupation, After the Reich is a major work of history of history with obvious relevance today.


Plutopia

Plutopia

Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters by Kate Brown
Oxford University Press | 2013 | ISBN: 0199855765 | MOBI | 2.04MB


While many transnational histories of the nuclear arms race have been written, Kate Brown provides the first definitive account of the great plutonium disasters of the United States and the Soviet Union.


In Plutopia, Brown draws on official records and dozens of interviews to tell the extraordinary stories of Richland, Washington and Ozersk, Russia-the first two cities in the world to produce plutonium. To contain secrets, American and Soviet leaders created plutopias--communities of nuclear families living in highly-subsidized, limited-access atomic cities. Fully employed and medically monitored, the residents of Richland and Ozersk enjoyed all the pleasures of consumer society, while nearby, migrants, prisoners, and soldiers were banned from plutopia--they lived in temporary "staging grounds" and often performed the most dangerous work at the plant. Brown shows that the plants' segregation of permanent and temporary workers and of nuclear and non-nuclear zones created a bubble of immunity, where dumps and accidents were glossed over and plant managers freely embezzled and polluted. In four decades, the Hanford plant near Richland and the Maiak plant near Ozersk each issued at least 200 million curies of radioactive isotopes into the surrounding environment--equaling four Chernobyls--laying waste to hundreds of square miles and contaminating rivers, fields, forests, and food supplies. Because of the decades of secrecy, downwind and downriver neighbors of the plutonium plants had difficulty proving what they suspected, that the rash of illnesses, cancers, and birth defects in their communities were caused by the plants' radioactive emissions. Plutopia was successful because in its zoned-off isolation it appeared to deliver the promises of the American dream and Soviet communism; in reality, it concealed disasters that remain highly unstable and threatening today.


An untold and profoundly important piece of Cold War history, Plutopia invites readers to consider the nuclear footprint left by the arms race and the enormous price of paying for it.


Romancing the Stove

Romancing the Stove

Romancing the Stove: The Unabridged Guide to Aphrodisiac Foods by Amy Reiley
Life of Riley | 2012 | ISBN: 0984689826 | EPUB | 983.2KB


The sequel to the critically acclaimed Fork Me, Spoon Me, this spicy cookbook is a manual to romance whether it is in the kitchen or the bedroom. Amy Reiley—master of gastronomy and the leading American authority on sensual foods—defines and demystifies aphrodisiac foods, from the scent of red wine as seduction tool to watermelon doubling as a little blue pill. The simple and satisfying recipes include strawberries and cream buttermilk pancakes, fresh corn soup, lobster pasta in champagne sauce, hot chocolate martinis, and chipotle bacon chocolate chip cookies.


Be Happy Without Being Perfect

Be Happy Without Being Perfect

Be Happy Without Being Perfect: How to Worry Less and Enjoy Life More by Alice D Domar, Alice Lesch Kelly
Three Rivers Press | 2009 | ISBN: 0307354881 | EPUB | 383.11KB


Do you have trouble going to bed at night when there’s a mess in the kitchen? Do you think you would be happier if only you could lose weight, be a better parent, work smarter, reduce stress, exercise more, and make better decisions?


You’re not perfect. But guess what? You don’t have to be.


All of us struggle with high expectations from time to time. But for many women, the worries can become debilitating–and often, we don’t even know we’re letting unrealistic expectations color our thinking. The good news is, we have the power to break free from the perfectionist trap–and internationally renowned health psychologist, Dr. Alice Domar can show you how.


Be Happy Without Being Perfect offers a way out of the self-imposed handcuffs that this thinking brings, providing concrete solutions, practical advice, and action plans that teach you how to:


  • Assess your tendency toward perfectionism in all areas of your life
  • Set realistic goals
  • Alleviate the guilt and shame that perfectionism can trigger
  • Manage your anxiety with clinically proven self-care strategies
  • Get rid of the unrealistic and damaging expectations that are hurting you–for good!

Filled with the personal insights of more than fifty women, Be Happy Without Being Perfect is your key to a happier, calmer, and more enjoyable life.


Maximum Brainpower

Maximum Brainpower

Maximum Brainpower: Challenging the Brain for Health and Wisdom by Shlomo Breznitz, Collins Hemingway
Ballantine | 2012 | ISBN: 0345526147 | EPUB | 2.64MB


We all understand the importance of daily exercise in keeping physically fit. But mental exercise is just as essential to our health and well-being—especially when it comes to defending against forgetfulness, memory loss, and even dementia. These and other age-associated afflictions were once regarded as all but inevitable, but in fact, as this eye-opening, inspiring book shows, there is much we can do to protect ourselves as we grow older. With the right tools, we can all maximize our brainpower and keep our minds sharp, healthy, and cognitively fit throughout life.


Written by internationally renowned cognitive psychologist Shlomo Breznitz and technologist Collins Hemingway, Maximum Brainpower provides both an in-depth look at how the brain works and proven methods to increase its capabilities. Armed with the results of cutting-edge research, Breznitz and Hemingway champion in compelling detail the challenge and stimulus of continual change over the deadening effects of comfortable routine. They show how to separate good mental stress from bad, and demonstrate how hope and socialization can help delay or even fight off the worst symptoms of dementia.


Did you know that experts are often less mentally agile than jacks-of-all-trades? That mental exercises such as crossword puzzles and sudoku are of minimal help in building brainpower? That multitasking poses unique dangers to the brain by presenting us with an environment in which we never evolved enough to thrive? Breznitz knows—and what’s more, he knows what to do about it.


Filled with colorful real-life stories and fascinating psychological experiments, many published here for the first time, this revelatory work will help adults of any age build and retain their mental acuity. Think better, live better, be better with Maximum Brainpower. Really, it’s a no-brainer!


The Joy of Sex: The Ultimate Revised Edition

The Joy of Sex: The Ultimate Revised Edition

The Joy of Sex: The Ultimate Revised Edition by Alex Comfort
Crown Publishing | 2008 | ISBN: 0307452131 | EPUB | 14.3MB


Famous for helping couples discover how sex can be playful, erotic, passionate, exhilarating, and most of all, pleasurable.


The Joy of Sex revolutionized how we experience our sexuality. An international bestseller since it was first published in 1972, Dr. Alex Comfort’s classic work dared to celebrate the joy of human physical intimacy with such authority and candor that a whole generation felt empowered to enjoy sex. Now fully updated, revised, and reillustrated, The Joy of Sex once again sets the standard as the world’s most trusted sex manual.


Substantial revisions from sex expert and relationship psychologist Susan Quilliam include new information on:


  • Key scientific discoveries in the fields of psychology, physiology, and sexology
  • The Internet and couple-friendly pornography
  • The importance of sex to our growth as people and partners
  • Maintaining a fulfilling sex life as we get older

Above all, The Joy of Sex emphasizes the importance of happy and healthy sexuality in our lives.


Double Down: Reflections on Gambling and Loss

Double Down: Reflections on Gambling and Loss

Double Down: Reflections on Gambling and Loss by Frederick Barthelme, Steven Barthelme
Mariner Books | 2001 | ISBN: 0156010704 | EPUB | 179.01KB


Double Down is a true story, a terrifying roller-coaster ride deep into the heart of two men, and into the world of floating Gulf Coast casinos. When both of their parents died within a short time of each other, the writers Frederick and Steven Barthelme, both professors of English in Mississippi, inherited a goodly sum of money. What followed was a binge during which they gambled away their entire fortune-and more. And then, in a cruel twist of fate, they were charged with cheating at the tables.


Told with a mixture of sadness and wry humor, and with a compelling look at the physical aura of gambling-the feel of the cards, the smell of the crowd, the sounds of the tables-Double Down is a reflection on the lure of challenging the odds, the attraction of stepping into the void. A cautionary tale (the brothers were eventually exonerated), it is a book that, once read, will never be forgotten.


The Physics of Wall Street

The Physics of Wall Street
The Physics of Wall Street: A Brief History of Predicting the Unpredictable by James Owen Weatherall
2013 | PDF + EPUB | 1.26MB

After the economic meltdown of 2008, Warren Buffett famously warned, beware of geeks bearing formulas. But as James Weatherall demonstrates, not all geeks are created equal. While many of the mathematicians and software engineers on Wall Street failed when their abstractions turned ugly in practice, a special breed of physicists has a much deeper history of revolutionizing finance. Taking us from fin-de-sile Paris to Rat Pack-era Las Vegas, from wartime government labs to Yippie communes on the Pacific coast, Weatherall shows how physicists successfully brought their science to bear on some of the thorniest problems in economics, from options pricing to bubbles.

The crisis was partly a failure of mathematical modeling. But even more, it was a failure of some very sophisticated financial institutions to think like physicists. Modelswhether in science or financehave limitations; they break down under certain conditions. And in 2008, sophisticated models fell into the hands of people who didnt understand their purpose, and didnt care. It was a catastrophic misuse of science.

The solution, however, is not to give up on models; it's to make them better. Weatherall reveals the people and ideas on the cusp of a new era in finance. We see a geophysicist use a model designed for earthquakes to predict a massive stock market crash. We discover a physicist-run hedge fund that earned 2,478.6% over the course of the 1990s. And we see how an obscure idea from quantum theory might soon be used to create a far more accurate Consumer Price Index.

Both persuasive and accessible, The Physics of Wall Street is riveting history that will change how we think about our economic future.

Hitler's Vikings: The History of the Scandinavian Waffen-SS

Hitler's Vikings: The History of the Scandinavian Waffen-SS

Hitler's Vikings: The History of the Scandinavian Waffen-SS by Jonathan Trigg
The History Press | 2012 | ISBN: 0752479091 | EPUB | 8.29MB


The Nazis' dream of a world dominated by legions of Aryan 'supermen', forged in battle and absolutely loyal to Adolf Hitler, was epitomised by the Waffen-SS. Created as a supreme military elite, it grew to become Nazi Germany's 'second army', an immense force totalling almost one million men by the end of the War. An astonishing fact about the SS is that thousands of its members were not German. Men stepped forward from almost every nation in Europe, for many sometimes complex reasons that included hatred of Bolshevism and nationalist sentiment or even straightforward anti-Semitism; foremost among them were Scandinavians from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and even Finland.


Thousands were recruited from 1940 onwards and fought with distinction on the Russian Front. They served at first in national legions but were then brought together in the elite Wiking Panzer Division and the Nordland Panzer-grenadier Division. In Hitler's Vikings, Jonathan Trigg details the battles these men fought and what inspired them to join the Waffen-SS, based in part on interviews with surviving veterans.


Jonathan Trigg served with the rank of Captain in the Royal Anglian Regiment in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and the Middle East. Since leaving the British Army he has worked in the City of London and local government, specialising in providing access to financial services for the most disadvantaged in society. He is the author of Hitler's Gauls, Hitler's Vikings and Hitler's Jihadi's. This series is a must for all those interested in the greatest fighting force ever assembled and uniquely, its motivation.


Black Cats and Evil Eyes

Black Cats and Evil Eyes

Black Cats and Evil Eyes by Chloe Rhodes
Michael O'Mara Books | 2012 | ISBN: 1843179164 | EPUB | 3.23MB


This collection investigates the origins of our most intriguing old-fashioned superstitions, many of which we still find ourselves abiding by today. Hundreds of the beliefs passed down through the generations have their foundations in our ancestors' efforts to ward off evil, which they blamed for hardship, illness and injustice in times when life was, as often as not, 'nasty, brutish and short'. Black Cats and Evil Eyes sets these superstitions in their historical and social context, explaining how fear of the Devil, demons, evil spirits and witchcraft drove people to arm themselves with rituals and talismans to repel dark forces and allow them to live long and healthy lives. In examining many of our common superstitions, this book illuminates the customs, beliefs and practices that link us to an ancient, and often darker, human past.


Underground, Overground A Passenger's History of the Tube

Underground, Overground A Passenger's History of the Tube

Underground, Overground A Passenger's History of the Tube by Andrew Martin
Profile Books Ltd | 2012 | ISBN: 1847658075 | EPUB | 2.89MB


Why is the Victoria Line so hot?

What is an Electrical Multiple Unit?

Is it really possible to ride from Kings Cross to Kings Cross on the Circle line?


The London Underground is the oldest, most sprawling and illogical metropolitan transport system in the world, the result of a series of botch-jobs and improvisations.Yet it transports over one billion passengers every year - and this figure is rising. It is iconic, recognised the world over, and loved and despised by Londoners in equal measure.


Blending reportage, humour and personal encounters, Andrew Martin embarks on a wonderfully engaging social history of London's underground railway system (which despite its name, is in fact fifty five per cent overground). Along the way he attempts to untangle the mess that is the Northern Line, visit every station in a single day - and find out which gaps to be especially mindful of.


Underground, Overground is a highly enjoyable, witty and informative history of everything you need to know about the Tube