Bad Science [Audiobook]

Bad Science [Audiobook]
Bad Science [Audiobook] by Ben Goldacre
2010 | MP3 VBR V5 + EPUB + MOBI | 13 hrs 06 mins | 391.28MB

The informative and witty expose of the "bad science" we are all subjected to, called "one of the essential reads of the year" by New Scientist.

We are obsessed with our health. And yet — from the media's "world-expert microbiologist" with a mail-order Ph.D. in his garden shed laboratory, and via multiple health scares and miracle cures — we are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory, and sometimes even misleading information. Until now.

Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the questionable science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases, and missed opportunities of our time, but he also goes further: out of the bullshit, he shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.

The Art of Distilling Whiskey

The Art of Distilling Whiskey

The Art of Distilling Whiskey and Other Spirits: An Enthusiast's Guide to the Artisan Distilling of Potent Potables edited by Bill Owens, Alan Dikty
Quarry Books | 2009 | ISBN: 1592535690 | PDF | 102.36MB


This book is a backstage pass into the world of small-scale distilling of whiskies, gins, vodkas, brandies, and more. The reader, the ultimate spirits aficionado, will learn how water and grain are transformed into the full range exquisite, timeless liquors. There are few books available that explore the actual craft of distilling in such detail. Most of the other spirits books chronicle the historical side of the distilling world or focus on the flavors of various vintages. Our book will be the consummate insider's guide to distilling techniques. Bill Owens' original photography, the result of two cross-country road trips, offers comprehensive illustration of the microdistilling world.


The Friar of Carcassonne [Audiobook]

The Friar of Carcassonne [Audiobook]

The Friar of Carcassonne: Revolt Against the Inquisition in the Last Days of the Cathars [Audiobook] by Stephen O'Shea
Audible | 2013 | ASIN: B00BNWPMCK | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 26 mins | 205.49MB


In 1300, the French region of Languedoc had been cowed under the authority of both Rome and France since Pope Innocent III 's Albigensian Crusade nearly a century earlier. That crusade almost wiped out the Cathars, a group of heretical Christians whose beliefs threatened the authority of the Catholic Church. But decades of harrowing repression - enforced by the ruthless Pope Boniface VIII; the Machiavellian French King Philip the Fair, of France; and the pitiless grand inquisitor of Toulouse; Bernard Gui (the villain in The Name of the Rose) - had bred resentment. In the city of Carcassonne, anger at the abuses of the Inquisition reached a boiling point and a great orator and fearless rebel emerged to unite the resistance among Cathar and Catholic alike. The people rose up, led by the charismatic Franciscan friar Bernard Dlicieux and for a time reclaimed control of their lives and communities.


Having written the acclaimed chronicle of the Cathars The Perfect Heresy, Stephen O'Shea returns to the medieval world to chronicle a rare and remarkable story of personal courage and principle standing up to power, amidst the last vestiges of the endlessly fascinating Cathar world.


If You're Not First, You're Last [Audiobook]

If You're Not First, You're Last [Audiobook]

If You're Not First, You're Last: Sales Strategies to Dominate Your Market and Beat Your Competition [Audiobook] by Grant Cardone
Tantor Audio | 2012 | ASIN: B007E5D1V4 | M4B | 7 hrs 47 mins | 125.56MB


During economic contractions, it becomes much more difficult to sell your products, maintain your customer base, and gain market share. Mistakes become more costly, and failure becomes a real possibility for all those who are not able to make the transition.


But imagine being able to sell your products when others cannot, being able to take market share from your competitors, and knowing the precise formulas that would allow you to expand your sales while others make excuses.


In If You're Not First, You're Last, international sales expert Grant Cardone explains how to sell your products and services - despite the economy - and provides you with ways to capitalize regardless of your product, service, or idea. His proven strategies will allow you to not just continue to sell, but create new products, increase margins, gain market share and much more. Key concepts in If You're Not First, You're Last include:


  • Converting the Unsold to Sold
  • The Power Schedule to Maximize Sales
  • Your Freedom Financial Plan
  • The Unreasonable Selling Attitude

All the Rave [Audiobook]

All the Rave [Audiobook]
All the Rave: The Rise and Fall of Shawn Fanning's Napster [Audiobook] by Joseph Menn
Audible | 2013 | ASIN: B00B7L0NM6 | M4B | 13 hrs 59 mins | 249.04MB

The definitive inside account of the file-sharing revolution that overthrew the music industry, All the Rave reveals the family betrayal, greed, and mismanagement that hijacked one the most fundamental innovations of the Internet era.


Named one of the three best books of 2003 by Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc., All the Rave has been out of print until now and unavailable in most formats.


Author and veteran technology journalist Joseph Menn also wrote 2010's Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords who are Bringing Down the Internet.


As an added bonus, this audiobook includes a special interview with the author, conducted by Susie Bright.


Clutch [Audiobook]

Clutch [Audiobook]

Clutch: Why Some People Excel Under Pressure and Others Don't [Audiobook] by Paul Sullivan
Gildan Media | 2009 | ASIN: B0041OAPME | MP3 | 9 hrs 12 mins | 125.86MB


Sooner or later, everyone encounters a situation in which the stakes are high and the outcome is vital. And even top performers can crumble when faced with such extreme pressure. Consider the CEO who panics in a desperate attempt to shore up his company's earnings, the veteran politician who grows overconfident and loses to the upstart candidate, the quarterback who carries his team to the Super Bowl but falls apart in the final quarter. All of them choked.


But then there are the performers who thrive under such conditions: the ER doctor racing the clock to save someone's life, the lieutenant who leads his platoon to victory after an ambush, the young attorney who refuses to be intimidated in court and wins the crucial case. These people are clutch, and their ability to overcome extreme pressure consistently and beat the toughest odds fascinates us.


How do they do it? According to Paul Sullivan, clutch performance does not stem from an innate ability. It's a learned skill - the art of operating in high-stress situations as if they were everyday conditions. Even some of the most experienced and talented performers lack this skill - but Sullivan shows that anyone can develop it.


Drawing on new research and interviews with stars across a range of fields, Sullivan uncovers the shared traits that define clutch performers and explains how anyone can apply their strategies. He builds his case through many inspiring true stories, including those of:


  • A skinny sergeant who saved his battalion in Iraq
  • A rookie baseball player who pitched his team into its first World Series
  • An eccentric psychiatrist who trained a group of financial traders to become the best in the world
  • A lawyer who struggled in school but became one of the top litigators in America

Full of powerful advice and real-world examples, Clutch will show you how to overcome extreme pressure and achieve greatness.


Popular Woodworking's Arts & Crafts Furniture

Popular Woodworking's Arts & Crafts Furniture

Popular Woodworking's Arts & Crafts Furniture: 25 Projects For Every Room In Your Home
Popular Woodworking Books | 2008 | ISBN: 1558708464 | EPUB | 25.31MB


Timeless Style and Simplicity


Simple and beautiful, Arts & Crafts furniture designs offer an excellent learning medium for furniture building. The Arts & Crafts style allows the craftsman to build a quality piece of furniture in a reasonable amount of time while providing a very successful and satisfying experience.


This book offers a collection of twenty-five Arts & Crafts furniture projects for every room in your home. Some of the projects are accurate reproductions of the original furniture pieces, while others are loving adaptations of the style.


This book represents a collection of projects that the Popular Woodworking staff considers to be some of the most visually appealing pieces of furniture ever created.


The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus

The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus

The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life - Master Any Skill or Challenge by Learning to Love the Process by Thomas M Sterner
New World Library | 2012 | ISBN: 1608680908 | EPUB | 409.01KB


In those times when we want to acquire a new skill or face a formidable challenge we hope to overcome, what we need most are patience, focus, and discipline, traits that seem elusive or difficult to maintain. In this enticing and practical book, Thomas Sterner demonstrates how to learn skills for any aspect of life, from golfing to business to parenting, by learning to love the process.


Early life is all about trial-and-error practice. If we had given up in the face of failure, repetition, and difficulty, we would never have learned to walk or tie our shoes. So why, as adults, do we often give up on a goal when at first we don’t succeed? In his study of how we learn (prompted by his pursuit of disciplines such as music and golf), Sterner has found that we have forgotten the principles of practice - the process of picking a goal and applying steady effort to reach it. The methods Sterner teaches show that practice done properly isn’t drudgery on the way to mastery but a fulfilling process in and of itself, one that builds discipline and clarity.


Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary

Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary

Trotsky: Downfall of a Revolutionary by Bertrand M Patenaude
HarperCollins | 2009 | ISBN: 0060820683 | EPUB | 712.81KB


Few political figures of the twentieth century have aroused as much passion, controversy, and curiosity as Leon Trotsky. Trotsky was that rare combination of the man of ideas and the man of action. His role in history—his epic rise and fall, his fiery persona, his violent end in Mexico in August 1940—holds a fascination that transcends the history of the Russian Revolution. Based on extensive firsthand research, this groundbreaking biography examines Trotsky's remarkable life from the perspective of his last exile in Mexico.


Bertrand M. Patenaude masterfully interweaves the story of Trotsky's final years in Mexico with flashbacks to pivotal episodes in his career as a young Marxist, revolutionary hero, Red Army chief, Bolshevik leader, outcast from Stalin's USSR, and ultimately heretic of the Kremlin, targeted for assassination by its secret police. He vividly recounts the contentious Dewey Commission hearings and the passionate debates among liberals and Communists in the United States and Europe over the Moscow Trials and the charges made against Trotsky.


Drawing on Trotsky's private correspondence and diaries, as well as the testimonies of his American bodyguards and secretaries, Patenaude sheds new light on Trotsky's tumultuous friendship with painter Diego Rivera; his affair with Rivera's wife, Frida Kahlo; and his torment as his family and comrades became victims of the Great Terror. Patenaude also turns to KGB files to document Stalin's efforts to eliminate the man he considered his nemesis—including a failed commando raid on Trotsky's home three months before his death.


Gripping and tragic, Trotsky brilliantly illuminates the fateful and dramatic life of one of history's most captivating and important figures.


On Politics: A History of Political Thought

On Politics: A History of Political Thought
On Politics: A History of Political Thought: From Herodotus to the Present by Alan Ryan
Liveright | 2012 | ISBN: 0871404656 | EPUB | 2.36MB

Three decades in the making, one of the most ambitious and comprehensive histories of political philosophy in nearly a century.


Both a history and an examination of human thought and behavior spanning three thousand years, On Politics thrillingly traces the origins of political philosophy from the ancient Greeks to Machiavelli in Book I and from Hobbes to the present age in Book II. Whether examining Lord Acton’s dictum that “absolute power corrupts absolutely” or explicating John Stuart Mill’s contention that it is “better to be a human dissatisfied than a pig satisfied,” Alan Ryan evokes the lives and minds of our greatest thinkers in a way that makes reading about them a transcendent experience. Whether writing about Plato or Augustine, de Toqueville or Thomas Jefferson, Ryan brings a wisdom to his text that illuminates John Dewey’s belief that the role of philosophy is less to see truth than to enhance experience.


With this unparalleled tour de force, Ryan emerges in his own right as one of the most influential political philosophers of our time.


The Library: An Illustrated History

The Library: An Illustrated History

The Library: An Illustrated History by Stuart A P Murray
American Library Association | 2009 | ISBN: 0838909914 | EPUB | 61.85MB


Through the ages, humanity has created, destroyed, rescued, neglected, discovered, stolen, and cherished libraries and no other institution so perfectly mirrors the human condition in any period of history.


The Library tells the story of libraries and of the changing form and function of the book from era to era, whether clay tablets, parchment sheets, papyrus scrolls, glossy paper, recording tape or silicone chips. At the heart of the story of libraries and books is the story of the reader, who also has changed from era to era. Profusely illustrated, with fascinating is a comprehensive look at libraries that will interest book lovers and librarians. 100 illustrations, 80 in color


Part of Our Time: Some Ruins and Monuments of the Thirties

Part of Our Time: Some Ruins and Monuments of the Thirties

Part of Our Time: Some Ruins and Monuments of the Thirties by Murray Kempton
NYRB Classics | 2012 | ISBN: 1590175441 | EPUB | 436.29KB


Through brilliant portraits of real persons who created the myths and realities of the 1930s, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Murray Kempton brings that turbulent decade to life. Himself a child of the time, Kempton examines with the insight and imagination of a novelist the men and women who embraced, grappled with, and in many cases were destroyed by the myth of revolution. What he calls the "ruins and monuments of the Thirties" include Paul Robeson, Alger Hiss, and Whittaker Chambers, the Hollywood Ten, the rebel women Elizabeth Bentley and Mary Heaton Vorse, and the labor leaders Walter Reuther and Joe Curran.


Pornografia: A Novel

Pornografia: A Novel

Pornografia: A Novel by Witold Gombrowicz
Grove Press | 2010 | ISBN: 0802145132 | EPUB | 260.34KB


One of the indisputable totems of twentieth-century world literature, Witold Gombrowicz wrote Pornografia after leaving his native Poland for Argentina in 1939 and then watching from afar as the German invasion destroyed his country. Translated for the first time into English from the original Polish by award-winning translator Danuta Borchardt, Pornografia is one of Gombrowicz’s highest regarded works—a richly imagined tale of violence and carnality set in wartime Poland.


In the midst of the German occupation, two aging intellectuals travel to a farm in the countryside, looking for a respite from the hellish scene in Warsaw. They quickly grow bored of their bucolic surroundings—that is, until they are hypnotized by a pair of country youths who have grown up alongside each other at the farm. The older men are determined to orchestrate a tryst between the two teenagers, but they are soon distracted by a string of violent developments, including an order from the underground movement for the men to assassinate a rogue resistance captain who has sought refuge with them. The erotic games are put on hold—until the two dissolute intellectuals find a way to involve their pawns in the murderous plot.


You Will Die: The Burden of Modern Taboos

You Will Die: The Burden of Modern Taboos

You Will Die: The Burden of Modern Taboos by Robert Arthur
Feral House | 2013 | ISBN: 1936239434 | AZW3 | 916.2Mb


A book that vigorously defends heroin users and sex workers? In You Will Die: The Burden of Modern Taboos Robert Arthur does that and more to demonstrate that taboos are not relics of primitive societies. America has its own ridiculous phobias and beliefs that cause tedium, suffering, and death. The government and the media use these taboos to lie and mislead. It is not a conspiracy, but by pushing panic for votes and viewers they thwart our pursuit of happiness.


You Will Die exposes the fallacies and the history behind our taboos on excrement, sex, drugs, and death. Arthur uses racy readability and rigorous documentation to raze sacred shrines of political correctness on the left and of conventional wisdom on the right. From the proper way to defecate to how to reach nirvana, anticipate the unexpected. It is not simply a novel exploration of sex and drugs, but also of individuality, liberty, and the meaning of life. You Will Die gives readers a new way of seeing their world and allows them to make a more informed choice about living an authentic life.


Mistress of the Vatican: The True Story of Olimpia Maidalchi

Mistress of the Vatican: The True Story of Olimpia Maidalchi

Mistress of the Vatican: The True Story of Olimpia Maidalchini: The Secret Female Pope by Eleanor Herman
HarperCollins | 2008 | ISBN: 006182741X | EPUB | 1.07Mb


Born without a dowry, nearly forced into a convent, and later married off to a man she didn't love, Olimpia Maidalchini vowed never to be poor, powerless, or beholden to any man again. Instead, using her wits, Olimpia became the unofficial ruler of the most powerful institution in the world: the Roman Catholic Church.


The Church firmly states that women must be excluded from church leadership positions—but for more than a decade in the seventeenth century, Olimpia ran the Vatican. As sister-in-law and reputed mistress of the indecisive Pope Innocent X, she appointed cardinals, negotiated with foreign ambassadors, and helped herself to a heaping portion of the Papal States' treasury.


In Mistress of the Vatican, New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman brings to life not only an extraordinary woman lost in history but an entire civilization in all its greatness . . . and ignominy. This is the unforgettable story of a woman ahead of her time.


The First World War by Hew Strachan

The First World War by Hew Strachan

The First World War by Hew Strachan
Simon&Schuster | 2006 | ISBN: 074323961X | EPUB | 15.27Mb


Hew Strachan is one of the world's foremost experts on the Great War of 1914-18. His ongoing three-volume history of the conflict, the first of which was published in 2001, is likely to become the standard academic reference work: Max Hastings called it 'one of the most impressive books of modern history in a generation', while Richard Holmes hailed it as a 'towering achievement'.


Now, Hew Strachan brings his immense knowledge to a one-volume work aimed squarely at the general reader. The inspiration behind the major Channel 4 series of the same name, to which Hew was chief consultant, "The First World War" is a significant addition to the literature on this subject, taking as it does a uniquely global view of what is often misconceived as a prolonged skirmish on the Western Front.


The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography

The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography

The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography: Learn to Master Composition, Color, and Design by Jim Miotke, Kerry Drager
Amphoto Books | 2011 | ISBN: 0817424997 | EPUB | 47.71Mb


Master composition and design to take your photos from okay to wow.


You already own the most important photography tool—your creative eye. With this book, you’ll learn how classic design and composition principles can be applied to a wide range of photographic situations to create images with impact. Jim Miotke and Kerry Drager, both veteran photographers and experienced instructors, share time-tested design guidelines, composition techniques, even tips on when to break the rules, that will transform the way you make photographs.


Connecting Through Touch: The Couples' Massage Book

Connecting Through Touch: The Couples' Massage Book

Connecting Through Touch: The Couples' Massage Book by Peggy Horan
New Harbinger Publications | 2008 | ISBN: 1572245026 | EPUB | 8.95MB


Starting with a simple setting that can easily be accomplished with few special preparations, readers will learn, step-by-step, how to make a deep and meaningful connect with their partner's body. Using a combination of strokes from the most time-honored massage traditions, they will learn to be mindful of where their partner holds stress and tension. As the massage continues, readers will enter into a profound nonverbal dialogue with their partner, learning much from the simple act of contact with another body. All of the techniques are illustrated with black-and-white photographs. Elegant and refined, this book is a perfect gift for a special someone or a friend in love.


Sneakier Uses for Everyday Things

Sneakier Uses for Everyday Things

Sneakier Uses for Everyday Things by Cy Tymony
Andrews McMeel Publishing | 2005 | ISBN: 0740754963 | EPUB | 7.77MB


How to Turn a Calculator into a Metal Detector, Carry a Survival Kit in a Shoestring, Make a Gas Mask with a Balloon, Turn Dishwashng Liquid into a Copy Machine, Convert a Styrofoam Cup into a Speaker, and Make a James Bond Spy Jacket with Everyday Things.


Did you know that your standard issue of Sports Illustrated magazine can be turned into over 20 useful gadgets? In author Cy Tymony's Sneakier Uses for Everyday Things, you'll learn how an average magazine can become many extraordinary gadgets such as a compass, hearing aid, magnifier, peashooter, and bottle opener.


Sneakier Uses for Everyday Things covers 40 educational and unique projects that anybody can successfully complete with simple household items. The book includes a list of necessary materials, detailed sketches, and step-by-step instructions for each gadget and gizmo. Among the sneaky schemes are:


  • Creating a electroscope out of a glass jar
  • Turning a drinking cup into a speaker
  • Using an AM radio as a metal detector
  • Making a spy gadget jacket with over 20 individual sneaky uses ranging from a siren and whistle to a walkie-talkie and voice recorder

These days, "be prepared" applies to more than just the Boy Scouts. Sneakier Uses for Everyday Things provides loads of practical ideas, science projects, and captivating solutions for dealing with life's unexpected challenges. Great fun for the curious, inventive, and creative of all ages.


Sneakiest Uses for Everyday Things

Sneakiest Uses for Everyday Things

Sneakiest Uses for Everyday Things: How to Make a Boomerang with a Business Card, Convert a Pencil into a Microphone and more by Cy Tymony
Andrews McMeel Publishing | 2007 | ISBN: 0740768743 | EPUB | 10.85Mb


For folks who wonder why they keep tossing odds and ends in that junk drawer in the kitchen, Sneakiest Uses for Everyday Things offers evidence that technology doesn't always have to come from Best Buy, Amazon.com, or Microsoft. --U.S. News and World Report


Putterers, would-be inventers, and science-fair parents rejoice as Cy Tymony offers fifty new projects to bring out your inner MacGyver.

In the third book in Cy Tymony's Sneaky Uses series you will learn how to turn a piece of paper into a Frisbee, a business card into a boomerang, a TV tray into a robot, and more.


Beginning with a complete list of materials and continuing through easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions paired with helpful illustrations, most projects will be completed in just minutes using common items found around the house.


Teachers, parents, scout leaders, and enterprising youngsters will use their ingenuity to turn ordinary, everyday objects into something extraordinary, like a pencil into a microphone, Walkman ear buds into an intercom, or a telephone cord into a motor. The book also includes bonus alternative-energy projects and a foreword by NPR's.


Sneaky Science Tricks

Sneaky Science Tricks

Sneaky Science Tricks: Perform Sneaky Mind-Over-Matter, Levitate Your Favorite Photos, Use Water to Detect Your Elevation by Cy Tymony
Andrews McMeel Publishing | 2010 | ISBN: 0740773984 | EPUB | 10.37MB


Author and delightfully mad scientist Cy Tymony combines the fun of his Sneaky Uses series with a host of fascinating science facts and resourceful tricks in Sneaky Science Tricks, a uniquely entertaining and educational how-to guide for the sly and curious among us.


This time, Tymony has concocted an ingenious bag of tricks that includes a helicopter, a hand-powered fan, a clever moon direction trick, and many, many other shrewd navigation tools and tons of sneaky trivia on plants and animals, geography, and physics.


Each nifty project in the book comes complete with detailed, easy-to-follow instructions and illustrations that fully demonstrate the step-by-step process, making Sneaky Science Tricks an ideal guidebook for sneaky scientists of all ages.


The Year-Round Harvest

The Year-Round Harvest

The Year-Round Harvest: A Seasonal Guide to Growing, Eating, and Preserving the Fruits and Vegetables of Your Labor by Catherine Abbott, Alison Woitunski
Adams Media | 2012 | ISBN: 1440528160 | EPUB | 2.65MB


Do you . . .

. . . love harvesting juicy heirloom tomatoes—but are at a loss for how to extend their shelf life?

. . . dig up buckets full of robust potatoes—but don't know how to store them to resist rot?

. . . dream about growing vibrant, crisp greens into the colder months—but can't come up with a system that works?


If so, this book is for you. Inside, you'll find all you need to grow and store an abundance of fresh food that will leave you wanting more! Complete with variables to consider given your own growing situation, this one-stop guide features illustrations and trusted advice for getting your hands dirty and planting with preservation in mind.


In addition, you get 150 recipes—from Roasted Red Pepper Pesto and Dried Tomato Risotto to Lavender Blueberry Jam and Fresh Mint Chutney—that help you make your just-picked, homegrown harvest work for you in the most delicious and satisfying way.


With this valuable resource, you can forget limp grocery store offerings and instead enjoy your very own bright, flavorful—and nutritious—produce that's in season every season!


The Chrysanthemum and the Sword Patterns of Japanese Culture

The Chrysanthemum and the Sword Patterns of Japanese Culture

The Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture by Ruth Benedict
Mariner Books | 1989 | ISBN: 0395500753 | EPUB | 225.87KB


A recognized classic of cultural anthropology, this book explores the political, religious, and economic life of Japan from the seventh century through the mid-twentieth, as well as personal family life.


Blood and Guts: A History of Surgery

Blood and Guts: A History of Surgery

Blood and Guts: A History of Surgery by Richard Hollingham
BBC Books | 2009 | ISBN: 1407024531 | EPUB | 4.26MB


Today, astonishing surgical breakthroughs are making limb transplants, face transplants, and a host of other previously un dreamed of operations possible. But getting here has not been a simple story of medical progress. In Blood and Guts, veteran science writer Richard Hollingham weaves a compelling narrative from the key moments in surgical history. We have a ringside seat in the operating theater of University College Hospital in London as world-renowned Victorian surgeon Robert Liston performs a remarkable amputation in thirty seconds-from first cut to final stitch. Innovations such as Joseph Lister's antiseptic technique, the first open-heart surgery, and Walter Freeman's lobotomy operations, among other breakthroughs, are brought to life in these pages in vivid detail. This is popular science writing at it's best.


Letters From the Trenches: A Soldier of the Great War

Letters From the Trenches: A Soldier of the Great War

Letters From the Trenches: A Soldier of the Great War by Bill Lamin
Michael O'Mara Books | 2009 | ISBN: 1843173735 | EPUB | 2.53MB


The youngest of four children, Harry Lamin was born in Derbyshire in 1877 and left school at the age of 13 to work in the lace industry. In December 1916 he was conscripted into the 9th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, an infantry unit with which he served in France and Italy until more than a year after the war had ended. On the Western Front he took part in the Battle of the Messines Ridge in June 1917, and then in the costly, long-drawn-out agony of the Battle of Passchendaele (Third Ypres), in which he was wounded. Harry’s battalion was later ordered to Italy as part of an Anglo-French force sent to shore up the Italian Army. Seeing action on the Piave front, the 9th York and Lancasters served in Italy until Austria sued for an armistice after the crushing defeat of Vittorio Veneto. With the war over, Harry remained in Italy, transferring to the Royal Munster Fusiliers in April 1919, and was finally demobbed in January 1920.


Throughout his time in service, Harry wrote beautifully observed letters home to members of his family and to friends. Whether describing some action during Third Ypres; the frequent and often tedious marches and train journeys that were the lot of the "poor bloody infantry;" the mountainous country of the Italian front or the shattered landscape of Flanders, his narrative is always stoical, uncomplaining, good-humoured, and profoundly moving. Annotated, edited, and arranged by Harry’s grandson - who discovered the letters in a drawer - this is an insightful tribute to a fine, brave, selfless and honourable man who endured everything that the war could throw at him and still came up smiling.


Forgotten Voices of the Great War

Forgotten Voices of the Great War

Forgotten Voices of the Great War by Max Arthur
Random House | 2003 | ISBN: 0091888875 | EPUB | 3.76MB


In 1960, the Imperial War Museum began a momentous and important task. A team of academics, archivists and volunteers set about tracing WWI veterans and interviewing them at length in order to record the experiences of ordinary individuals in war. The IWM aural archive has become the most important archive of its kind in the world. Authors have occasionally been granted access to the vaults, but digesting the thousands of hours of footage is a monumental task. Now, forty years on, the Imperial War Museum has at last given author Max Arthur and his team of researchers unlimited access to the complete WWI tapes. These are the forgotten voices of an entire generation of survivors of the Great War. The resulting book is an important, unique and compelling history of WWI in the words of those who experienced it. This is a classic for years to come.


Forgotten Voices of the Somme

Forgotten Voices of the Somme

Forgotten Voices of the Somme: The Most Devastating Battle of the Great War in the Words of Those Who Survived by Joshua Levine
Ebury Press | 2010 | ISBN: 0091926289 | EPUB | 4.95MB


It is 1916, the Somme. With over a million casualties, it was the most brutal battle of the First World War. It is a clash that even now, over 90 years later, remains seared into historical consciousness, conjuring up images of muddy trenches and young lives tragically wasted. Its first day, July 1st 1916 - on which the British suffered 57,470 casualties, including 19,240 dead - is the bloodiest day in the history of the British armed forces to date. On the German side, an officer famously described it as "the muddy grave of the German field army." By the end of the battle, the British had learned many lessons in modern warfare while the Germans had suffered irreplaceable losses, ultimately laying the foundations for the Allies' final victory on the Western Front.


Drawing on a wealth of material from the vast Imperial War Museum Sound Archive, Forgotten Voices of the Somme presents an intimate, poignant, sometimes even bleakly funny insight into life on the front line: from the day-to-day struggle of extraordinary circumstances to the white heat of battle and the constant threat of injury or death. Featuring contributions from soldiers of both sides and of differing backgrounds, ranks and roles,, this is the definitive oral history of this unique and terrible conflict.


Marshall Mcluhan: Understanding Me - Lectures and Interviews

Marshall Mcluhan: Understanding Me - Lectures and Interviews

Marshall Mcluhan: Understanding Me - Lectures and Interviews by Tom Wolfe, Stephanie Mcluhan, David Staines
McClelland & Stewart | 2010 | ISBN: 155199416X | EPUB | 2.23MB


Unbuttoned McLuhan! An intimate exploration of Marshall McLuhan's ideas in his own words


In the last twenty years of his life, Marshall McLuhan published -- often in collaboration with others -- a series of books that established his reputation as the pre-eminent seer of the modern age. It was McLuhan who made the distinction between "hot" and "cool" media. It was he who observed that "the medium is the message" and who tossed off dozens of other equally memorable phrases from "the global village" and "pattern recognition" to "feedback" and "iconic" imagery.


McLuhan was far more than a pithy-phrase maker, however. He foresaw -- at a time when the personal computer was a teckie fantasy -- that the world would be brought together by the internet. He foresaw the transformations that would be wrought by digital technology. He understood, before any of his contemporaries, the consequences of the revolution that television and the computer were bringing about. In many ways, we're still catching up to him.


In Understanding Me, Stephanie McLuhan and David Staines have brought together eighteen previously unpublished lectures and interviews by or involving Marshall McLuhan. They have in common the informality and accessibility of the spoken word. In every case, the text is the transcript taken down from the film, audio, or video tape of the actual encounters -- this is not what McLuhan wrote but what he said. The result is a revelation: the seer who often is thought of as aloof and obscure is shown to be funny, spontaneous, and easily understood.


Understanding the Crash

Understanding the Crash

Understanding the Crash by Seth Tobocman, Eric Laursen, Jessica Wehrle
Soft Skull Press | 2010 | ISBN: 1593762720 | EPUB | 18.28MB


Understanding the Crash starts with a simple question that still haunts us all: What has happened to the world economy? With the kind of striking precision that only graphic nonfiction can provide, Seth Tobocman and Eric Laursen explain just how we got into this mess and how we can get out of it.


Looking back across more than a quarter century, the authors outline the roots of our current economic crisis. They show how the troubles of a working-class community in Cleveland or a newly built suburb of Miami became an international financial crisis, explaining the complex new forms of credit that came into being because of financial deregulation, and how they created an economic whirlpool. From there they discuss how, over the same time span, a smaller and smaller group of people came to control a larger and larger percentage of the world’s money - a result of rising inequality that, combined with the shortage of affordable housing, a decline in real wages, and our unwavering belief in an "ownership society," impelled poor people into debt. Tobocman and Laursen conclude with a consideration of a restructured financial system and a look toward a culture of sustainability - one that covets real wealth in the form of security, meaningful work, and community.


Hitler's Foreign Executioners: Europe's Dirty Secret

Hitler's Foreign Executioners: Europe's Dirty Secret

Hitler's Foreign Executioners: Europe's Dirty Secret by Christopher Hale
The History Press | 2011 | ISBN: 0752459740 | EPUB | 9.68MB


How and why more than one million non-Germans joined Hitler's "war of annihilation"


Revealing for the first time Heinrich Himmler's master plan for Europe, this book discusses his dream of an SS empire with no place for either the Nazi Party or Adolf Hitler. His astonishingly ambitious plan depended on the recruitment of tens of thousands of "Germanic" peoples to build an "SS Europa."


This book, researched in archives all over Europe and using first-hand testimony, exposes Europe's dirty secret—that nearly half a million Europeans and more than a million Soviet citizens enlisted in the armed forces of the Third Reich—to fight a crusade against "Jewish-Bolshevism." No other historian has examined the connections between these SS "foreign legions" (both police and Waffen-SS) and the Holocaust. Even today, some apologists claim that the foreign volunteers were merely soldiers "like any other" and fought a decent war against Stalin's Red Army. Christopher Hale demonstrates conclusively that these surprisingly common views are mistaken.


The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition

The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition

The Encyclopedia of Country Living [40th Anniversary Edition] by Carla Emery
Sasquatch Books | 2012 | ISBN: 1570618402 | EPUB | 30.51MB


The essential resource for modern homesteading, growing and preserving foods, and raising chickens, The Encyclopedia of Country Living includes how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, raise farm animals, make sausage, can peaches, milk a goat, grow herbs, churn butter, build a chicken coop, catch a pig, cook on a wood stove, and much, much more. This comprehensive resource is the most authoritative guide available to a sustainable lifestyle and living off of the land.


Carla Emery started writing The Encyclopedia of Country Living in 1969 during the back-to-the-land movement of that time. She continued to add content and refine the information over the years, and the book went from a self-published mimeographed document to a book of 928 pages.


This 40th Anniversary Edition reflects the most up-to-date resource information and the most personal version of the book that became Carla Emery's life work. It is the original manual of basic country skills that have proved essential and necessary for people living in the country, the city, and everywhere in between.


Carla Emery's The Encyclopedia of Country Living contains 1,000,000 words, 2,000+ recipes, and 1,500+ mail-order sources (for everything she tells you how to do, she also tells you where to get the supplies to do it). This book is so basic, so thorough, so reliable, that it deserves a place in every home.


Carter's Way

Carter's Way

Carter's Way: A No-Nonsense Method for Designing Your Own Super Stylish Home by Chris Peterson, Carter Oosterhouse
Lyons Press | 2012 | ISBN: 0762778989 | EPUB | 32.37Mb


A no-nonsense method for designing your own super stylish home. The popular host of HGTV’s Carter Can, Million Dollar Rooms,and Red, Hot & Green now offers homeowners a book featuring his empowering home-design method.


Carter Oosterhouse knows how real people live and how intimidating home design can be. With his reassuring, “you can do it” attitude, he goes out of his way to show readers how to create realistic design elements that they can implement with basic tools and a little DIY experience. His mission is to bring people’s imaginations to life. The design features he constructs use materials easily found, are budget-conscious, and whenever possible environmentally friendly.


China Illustrated: Western Views of the Middle Kingdom

China Illustrated: Western Views of the Middle Kingdom

China Illustrated: Western Views of the Middle Kingdom by Arthur Hacker
Tuttle Publishing | 2004 | ISBN: 0804835195 | EPUB |


From the mid-16th century to the beginning of World War II, foreigners learned a great deal about China through trade contacts. This lavishly illustrated social history highlights the lives and lifestyles of the merchants, mercenaries, missionaries, adventurers and refugees who came to China during this period, set against the backdrop of China’s great cities and the ancient culture of its people.


A short commentary on the history of the period sets the scene in each chapter, allowing readers to follow the dramatic changes that took place through these turbulent years. The informative text and hundreds of images, many never published before, brilliantly capture the atmosphere of China throughout the centuries.


Japanese Portraits: Pictures of Different People

Japanese Portraits: Pictures of Different People

Japanese Portraits: Pictures of Different People by Donald Richie
Tuttle Publishing | 2006 | ISBN: 0804837724 | EPUB | 1.11MB


The private collections of longtime Japan resident Donald Richie capture the personalities of certain Japanese people--some famous, some unknown--with insight and humor. Richie, who considers himself a foreigner despite living in Japan for over 53 years, is a keen observer of human nature. In Japanese Portraits, he provides an elegant and perceptive vision of Japan through precise, intimate portraits of ordinary and extraordinary Japanese people.


Portraits include such notable Japanese as acclaimed filmmakers Akira Kurowasa and Yasujiro Ozu, famed novelist Yukio Mishima, and celebrated actor Toshiro Mifune.


Goodbye Madame Butterfly

Goodbye Madame Butterfly

Goodbye Madame Butterfly: Sex, Marriage and the Modern Japanese Woman by Sumie Kawakami
Chin Music Press | 2007 | ISBN: 0974199532 | EPUB | 778.94KB


Sumie Kawakami’s Goodbye Madame Butterfly is an intimate look at the sex lives of Japanese people from a female perspective. This groundbreaking work of nonfiction will shatter the myth of the pliant, coy Japanese woman and replace her with a complex, erotic, sexually charged and fiercely independent woman who struggles to find her place in a male-dominated society.


Book Yourself Solid [Second Edition]

Book Yourself Solid [Second Edition]

Book Yourself Solid: The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling by Michael Port
John Wiley & Sons | 2010 | ISBN: 0470643471 | EPUB | 814.14KB


The new edition of the bestselling business development guide.


Book Yourself Solid, Second Edition reveals why self-promotion is a critical factor to success, giving you a unique perspective that makes this guide much more than an ordinary "how to" manual for getting more clients and raising a business profile.


Book Yourself Solid, Second Edition enables you to adopt the right promotional perspective and provides the strategies, techniques, and skills necessary to get more clients and increase profits. Through verbal and written exercises, you'll discover the keys to developing a strong marketing plan and brand image.


  • Features unique, personalized, updated social media marketing strategies for service professionals
  • Provides new pricing models and sales strategies for simpler selling
  • Delivers fresh networking and outreach strategies guaranteed to take only minutes a day
  • Offers new solid product launch strategies and tactics for creating instant awareness
  • Author a New York Times bestseller, TV personality, and highly recognized professional speaker

Get the proven tools you can put into effect today with Book Yourself Solid, Second Edition, and watch your business grow exponentially!


In Praise of Barbarians: Essays Against Empire

In Praise of Barbarians: Essays Against Empire

In Praise of Barbarians: Essays Against Empire by Mike Davis
Haymarket Books | 2007 | ISBN: 1931859426 | EPUB | 426.78KB


The author of City of Quartz and Planet of Slums attacks the current fashion for empires and white men’s burdens in this blistering collection of radical essays. He skewers contemporary idols such as Mel Gibson, Niall Ferguson, and Howard Dean; unlocks some secret doors in the Pentagon and the California prison system; visits Star Wars in the Arctic and vigilantes on the border; predicts ethnic cleansing in New Orleans more than a year before Katrina; recalls the anarchist avengers of the 1890s and “teeny-bopper” riots on the Sunset Strip in the 1960s; discusses the moral bankruptcy of the Democrats in Kansas and West Virginia; remembers “Private Ivan,” who defeated fascism; and looks at the future of capitalism from the top of Hubbert’s Peak.


No writer in the United States today brings together analysis and history as comprehensively and elegantly as Mike Davis. In these contemporary, interventionist essays, Davis goes beyond critique to offer real solutions and concrete possibilities for change.


The Beginner's Guide to Photographing Nudes

The Beginner's Guide to Photographing Nudes

The Beginner's Guide to Photographing Nudes by Peter Bilous
Amherst Media | 2009 | ISBN: 1584282630 | EPUB | 6.59MB


Teaching beginners how to enter into the field of professional nude photography, this guide discusses a wide-range of topics - from concept through the actual shoots to editing and review. Approached systematically, the easy flow of steps provide invaluable insight into determining artistic versus commercial imagery, finding models who suit the work’s goal, techniques for working with models, selecting the appropriate environment and lighting, maintaining direction and a quick pace during a session, and processing the images and experiences. Also included is information on creating a website, designing a portfolio, and preparing for gallery presentation. The ideas and direction expressed in this volume are designed as a starting point for even greater artistic expression or commercial success with photographing nudes.


Be Expert With Map and Compass

Be Expert With Map and Compass

Be Expert With Map and Compass by Bjorn Kjellstrom
Joline Press | 2011 | ISBN: 1446544133 | EPUB | 8.14MB


Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.


Vision for Life: Ten Steps to Natural Eyesight Improvement

Vision for Life: Ten Steps to Natural Eyesight Improvement

Vision for Life: Ten Steps to Natural Eyesight Improvement by Meir Schneider
North Atlantic Books | 2012 | ISBN: 158394494X | EPUB | 4.93MB


In Vision for Life, natural health pioneer Meir Schneider shares ten essential principles of healthy vision discovered in his forty-year personal and professional journey. Born almost blind, Schneider taught himself to see and developed an innovative program of healing and recovery that has helped thousands of people regain and improve their health.


Vision for Life is packed with exercises for a natural eye health routine, which you can immediately incorporate into your life, and includes a set of eye chart posters to use together with the book. This program is not only strengthening but also restorative and deeply relaxing. You will learn how to reverse developing issues before they cause damage and how to remedy existing problems including near- and far-sightedness and lazy eye as well as cataracts, glaucoma, optic neuritis, detached retinas and tears, macular degeneration, and retinitis pigmentosa. Vision for Life is not only for people who see poorly and would like to improve their vision, but also for those with 20/20 vision who wish to maintain their perfect eyesight as they grow older.


Clients of the Meir Schneider Self-Healing Method experience their own capacity to bring about recovery, reversing the progress of a wide range of degenerative conditions such as arthritis and muscular dystrophy as well as eye disease. Based in part on the established Bates Method of eyesight improvement and in part on his own professional and personal discoveries, Meir Schneider's pioneering approach has helped thousands of people successfully treat a host of eye problems, including nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, lazy eye, double vision, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, retinitis pigmentosa, and nystagmus.


Born blind to deaf parents, Schneider underwent a series of painful operations as a young child and was left with ninety-nine percent scar tissue on his eyes, resulting in his being declared incurably blind. At the age of seventeen, he discovered how to improve his vision from one percent to fifty-five percent of normal vision with the eye exercises presented in this book. Today Schneider drives a car, reads, and proves time and again that vision can and does improve with exercise. His contributions to the field of self-healing are recognized by alternative health practitioners and medical doctors alike.


Leadership in Dangerous Situations

Leadership in Dangerous Situations

Leadership in Dangerous Situations: A Handbook for the Armed Forces, Emergency Services and First Responders by Patrick J Sweeney, Michael D Matthews, Paul B Lester
US Naval Institute Press | 2011 | ISBN: 1591148324 | EPUB | 1.87MB


Offering the wisdom of practitioners from the military, law enforcement, fire and rescue, as well as prominent scholars this guide integrates theory and research with practical experience to help the reader prepare for the unique psychological, social, and physical challenges of leading in dangerous contexts. Whether a young soldier preparing for war, seasoned combat commander, SWAT team leader, EMT supervisor, law enforcement patrol unit leader, or fire department lieutenant, those involved in life-and-death situations face common challenges, and the authors draw on their own experiences and that of others to help first responders effectively function in dangerous environments.


Never Be Sick Again

Never Be Sick Again

Never Be Sick Again: Health Is a Choice, Learn How to Choose It by Raymond Francis
HCI | 2002 | ISBN: 1558749543 | EPUB | 410.67KB


One day Raymond Francis, a chemist and a graduate of MIT, found himself in a hospital, battling for his life. The diagnosis: acute chemical hepatitis, chronic fatigue, multiple chemical sensitivities, and several autoimmune syndromes, causing him to suffer fatigue, dizziness, impaired memory, heart palpitations, diarrhea, numbness, seizures and numerous other ailments. Knowing death was imminent unless he took action, Francis decided to research solutions for his disease himself. His findings and eventual recovery led him to conclude that almost all disease can be both prevented and reversed.


In Never Be Sick Again, Francis presents a seminal work based on these findings - a revolutionary theory of health and disease: there is only one disease (malfunctioning cells), only two causes of disease (deficiency and toxicity), and six pathways to health and disease (nutrition, toxins, psychological, physical, genetic, and medical). This remarkable book answers the questions: What is health? What is disease? Why do people get sick? How can disease be prevented? How can it be reversed? It will teach readers, in one easy lesson, an entirely new way to look at health and disease - an approach that is easy to understand, yet so powerful that they may, indeed, never have to be sick again.


Providing a basic understanding of health and disease, this book takes the mystery out of disease. It provides readers, no matter what their present physical condition, a holistic approach to living that will empower them to get well - and stay well.


The One Minute Wine Master

The One Minute Wine Master

The One Minute Wine Master: Discover 10 Wines You'll Like in 60 Seconds or Less by Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan
Sterling Epicure | 2012 | ISBN: 1402780222 | EPUB | 3.78MB


All it takes is a minute to master wine! In this fun yet sophisticated guide, world wine authority Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan shows you how simple it can be to figure out which wines will please your palate. Just take the quick and easy flavor test, and Simonetti will lead you through the thicket of choices and point you to the ones you'll like best. No fuss, no memorization, and no fancy language required!