Them: Adventures with Extremists [Audiobook]
22 March 2013, 14:04
Audible | 2012 | ASIN: B009C3ZTPW | MP3 VBR V5 | 8 hrs 16 mins | 191.27MB
A wide variety of extremist groups -- Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis -- share the oddly similar belief that a tiny shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, journalist Jon Ronson has joined the extremists to track down the fabled secret room.
As a journalist and a Jew, Ronson was often considered one of "Them" but he had no idea if their meetings actually took place. Was he just not invited? Them takes us across three continents and into the secret room. Along the way he meets Omar Bakri Mohammed, considered one of the most dangerous men in Great Britain, PR-savvy Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Thom Robb, and the survivors of Ruby Ridge. He is chased by men in dark glasses and unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp. In the forests of northern California he even witnesses CEOs and leading politicians -- like Dick Cheney and George Bush -- undertake a bizarre owl ritual.
Ronson's investigations, by turns creepy and comical, reveal some alarming things about the looking-glass world of "us" and "them." Them is a deep and fascinating look at the lives and minds of extremists. Are the extremists onto something? Or is Jon Ronson becoming one of them?
A Brief History of Roman Britain [Audiobook]
22 March 2013, 11:48
Audible | 2013 | ASIN: B00B77HY1S | MP3@64 kbps | 11 hrs 45 mins | 324.05MB
The rise and fall of Roman Britain, how they lived and what they left behind...
In 55 B.C. Julius Caesar came, saw, conquered and then left. It was not until A.D. 43 that the Emperor Claudius crossed the channel and made Britain the western outpost of the Roman Empire that would span from the Scottish border to Persia. For the next 400 years the island would be transformed. Within that period would see the rise of Londinium, almost immediately burnt to the ground in A.D. 60 by Boudicca; Hadrian's Wall, which was constructed in A.D. 112 to keep the northern tribes at bay, as well as the birth of the Emperor Constantine in third century York. Interwoven with the historical narrative is a social history of the period showing how Roman society grew in Britain.
A Brief History of the Knights Templar [Audiobook]
22 March 2013, 09:45
Audible | 2013 | ASIN: B00BHQEZY8 | MP3@64 kbps | 9 hrs 28 mins | 261.39MB
Much has been written about the Knights Templar in recent years. A leading specialist in the history of this legendary medieval order now writes a full account of the Knights of the Order of the Temple of Solomon, to give them their full title, bringing the latest findings to a general audience.
Putting many of the myths finally to rest, Nicholson recounts a new history of these storm troopers of the papacy, founded during the crusades but who got so rich and influential that they challenged the power of kings. Helen Nicholson is Senior Lecturer in History at Cardiff University. She has published extensively on the Templars and the other Military Orders.
The Pacific: Hell was an Ocean Away
22 March 2013, 07:20
Canongate Books | 2010 | ISBN: 1847678246 | EPUB | 7.02MB
Sidney C. Philips, an easygoing Alabama teenager, enlisted along with a buddy. 'Manila John' Basilone was the son of immigrants who found happiness in the rough-and-ready life of a marine. Eugene B. Sledge watched his best friend and his brother go off to war-and finally rebelled against his parents to follow them. 'Shifty' Shofner was the scion of a prominentfamily with a long record of military service. Ensign Vernon 'Mike' Micheel left the family farm to complete flight school.
Between America's retreat from China in late 1941 and the moment that MacArthur's plane landed in Japan in August 1945, these five men fought many of the key battles of the war in the Pacific. Here, Hugh Ambrose focuses on their real-life experiences and those of their fellow servicemen, enhancing and expanding upon the story told in the HBO miniseries. Covering nearly four years of combat with unprecedented access to military records, letters, journals, memoirs, photographs, and interviews, this volume offers a unique historical perspective on the war against Japan, from the debacle in Bataan to the miracle of Midway, the relentless vortex of Guadalcanal, the black terraces of Iwo Jima, and the killing fields of Okinawa-and ultimately the triumphant yet uneasy return home. These are the true stories of the men who put their lives on the line for their country, who were dispatched to the other side of the world to fight an enemy who preferred suicide to surrender; men who suffered hardship and humiliation in POW camps; men who witnessed casualties among soldiers and civilians alike; and men whose medals came at a shocking price-a price paid in full by all.
22 March 2013, 07:19
Tuttle Publishing | 2010 | ISBN: 4805311231 | EPUB | 2.51MB
Samurai Tales is about the legendary men reborn from the samurai class who fought for the helm of power in 19th century Japan. In an internecine war that was unique in its scope and character, Hillsborough gives us a rare and fascinating look at the men who were willing to sacrifice their lives for their leaders and their country. Names like Sakamoto Ryoma, Kondo Isami and Katsu Kaishu, whose achievements and adventures have been recounted here, have become samurai legends in this pivotal era in Japanese history. These are stories of courage, honor, fidelity, disgrace, fate and destiny set in the bloody time of political change and social upheaval in the final years of the Shogun.
Okinawa: The History of an Island People
22 March 2013, 07:09
Tuttle Publishing | 2000 | ISBN: 0804820872 | EPUB | 5.83MB
Few people can point to Okinawa on a map, yet this tiny island sitting between China and Japan was and continues to be one of the most crucial Asian nerve centers in all U.S. strategic defense. Ninety percent of all U.S. military forces in Japan are located on Okinawa, one of the Ryukyu Islands, and it was through these troops that the martial art of karate was exported to the U.S.
In Okinawa: History of an Island People, noted Eastern affairs specialist George Kerr recounts the fascinating history of the island and its environs, from 1314 A.D. to the late twentieth century. First published in 1958, this edition features a new introduction and appendix by Okinawa history scholar Mitsugu Sakihara, making this the most comprehensive resource on the small, vital, and intriguing island of Okinawa.
The Roller Coaster Economy
22 March 2013, 07:00
M E Sharpe | 2010 | ISBN: 0765625377 | EPUB | 2.03MB
Written by one of the foremost experts on the business cycle, this is a compelling and engaging explanation of how and why the economic downturn of 2007 became the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009.
Author Howard Sherman explores the root causes of the cycle of boom and bust of the economy, focusing on the 2008 financial crisis and the Great Recession of 2007-2009. He makes a powerful argument that recessions and the resulting painful involuntary unemployment are inherent in capitalism itself. Sherman clearly illustrates the mechanisms of business cycles, and he provides a thoughtful alternative that would rein in their destructive effects.
The Japanese Language
22 March 2013, 06:53
Tuttle Publishing | 2010 | ISBN: 1462902669 | EPUB | 2.49MB
The relationship of Japanese to other languages is not well understood even by native speakers, and, in The Japanese Language, Professor Kindaichi sets out to examine this. He concludes that Japanese is indeed only remotely related to other world languages, although it has many features in common with the languages of so-called primitive societies.
After a brief discussion on the unique isolation of the Japanese language, the author considers the varieties of ordinary speech and the differences between informal, formal and literary language. These examinations, and the many others provided, will be invaluable to anyone interested in the mysteries of the Japanese language.
Racing With Death: Douglas Mawson - Antarctic Explorer
22 March 2013, 06:36
Bloomsbury | 2013 | ISBN: 1408842688 | EPUB | 4.03MB
Scott, Shackleton and Mawson were the three great explorers of the Edwardian age. Now Beau Riffenburgh tells the forgotten story of Douglas Mawson and his death-defying expedition of 1911-14. A key member of Ernest Shackleton's famous Nimrod Expedition, Mawson led his own Australasian Antarctic Expedition. However, following the tragic deaths of the other members of his sledging party, he was left to struggle the hundreds of miles back to base alone, only to find that the relief ship had sailed away, leaving him to face another year in Antarctica. Having survived with a small band of men against incredible odds, he later led a groundbreaking two-year expedition which explored hundreds of miles of unknown coastline. Mawson's is a story of true heroism and a fascinating insight into the human psyche under extreme duress.
22 March 2013, 06:29
Harper One | 2012 | ISBN: 0062098586 | EPUB | 637.86KB
Enjoyable sex: it's not about technique or a perfect body or being hopelessly, passionately in love. It's about Sexual Intelligence.
In his three decades of working with couples and individuals as a sex therapist and marriage counselor, Dr. Marty Klein has continually seen that although most people say what they want from sex is pleasure and closeness, that's not what they focus on during sex. Instead, we're preoccupied with how we look, what our partner is thinking, how we're performing, and whether we're "normal." We do more thinking, worrying, and judging than experiencing. Sex like that can't thrill us, can't create intimacy, and can't, well, feel sexy.
In Sexual Intelligence, Klein shows how to stop observing ourselves during sex, ending our obsession with sexual performance and sexual normality. "I don't help people -function' better during sex," he says. "I teach people how to relax and enjoy sex with the body they have, the partner they have, in the situation they have." Now that's something we all want: fulfilling, exciting sex at every stage of our lives.
In Sexual Intelligence, Klein challenges our understanding of sex, love, intimacy, romance, and satisfaction. After all, sex isn't just an activity. Change the way you think about sex, and you can change your sex life--forever.
Likeable Social Media
22 March 2013, 06:25
McGraw-Hill | 2012 | ISBN: 0071813721 | MOBI | 3.26MB
A friend’s recommendation is far more powerful than any advertisement today. It seems that everyone is connected 24 hours a day, seven days a week to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and many other social sites. Each opinion, judgment, and idea is sent out to the world the moment it’s formed. Recommendations travel farther—and faster—than ever before.
There’s no doubt a marketing revolution is afoot. TV, radio, and print ads are out—and personal likeability is in. When it comes to your business, one Facebook “like,” one Twitter retweet, or one blog post share can translate into major sales. But how do you get people to click?
Written by Dave Kerpen—the expert on turning likeability into measurable profits—Likeable Social Media is about harnessing the power of the social web to build effective word-of-mouth marketing campaigns that will transform your business.
In this fun but highly substantive read, Kerpen gives you the information and tools you need to truly engage your customers and help them spread your message far and wide. He reveals all the secrets to popularizing a brand by being authentic, engaging, and transparent—and he teaches you the same methods he used to redefine brands such as 1-800-FLOWERS.com, Neutrogena, Verizon FiOS, and dozens more.
Likeable Social Media teaches you the ins and outs of:
- Listening to your customers
- Defining your target audience
- Attracting your first fans
- Creating a dialog with customers
- Responding to good and bad comments
- Providing value
- Delivering excitement, delight, and surprise
Creating and maintaining an authentic brand personality is the key to social media business success. Likeable Social Media will get you there at little or no cost to your business.
The Economist Audio Edition [March 23, 2013]
22 March 2013, 04:53
English | MP3@48 kbps | 7 hrs 31 min | 157.01MB
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.