Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
26 March 2013, 20:48
Crown | 2013 | ISBN: 0307956393 | EPUB | 2.46MB
Chip and Dan Heath, the bestselling authors of Switch and Made to Stick, tackle one of the most critical topics in our work and personal lives: how to make better decisions.
Research in psychology has revealed that our decisions are disrupted by an array of biases and irrationalities: We're overconfident. We seek out information that supports us and downplay information that doesn't. We get distracted by short-term emotions. When it comes to making choices, it seems, our brains are flawed instruments. Unfortunately, merely being aware of these shortcomings doesn't fix the problem, any more than knowing that we are nearsighted helps us to see. The real question is: How can we do better?
In Decisive, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases. Written in an engaging and compulsively readable style, Decisive takes readers on an unforgettable journey, from a rock star's ingenious decision-making trick to a CEO's disastrous acquisition, to a single question that can often resolve thorny personal decisions.
Along the way, we learn the answers to critical questions like these: How can we stop the cycle of agonizing over our decisions? How can we make group decisions without destructive politics? And how can we ensure that we don't overlook precious opportunities to change our course?
Decisive is the Heath brothers' most powerful--and important--book yet, offering fresh strategies and practical tools enabling us to make better choices. Because the right decision, at the right moment, can make all the difference.
Censored 2012: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2010-11
26 March 2013, 20:45
Seven Stories Press | 2011 | ISBN: 1609803582 | EPUB | 4.18MB
Every year since 1976, Project Censored, our nation's oldest news-monitoring group--a university-wide project at Sonoma State University founded by Carl Jensen, directed for many years by Peter Phillips, and now under the leadership of Mickey Huff--has produced a Top-25 list of underreported news stories and a book, Censored, dedicated to the stories that ought to be top features on the nightly news, but that are missing because of media bias and self-censorship. Seven Stories Press has been publishing this yearbook since 1994, featuring the top stories listed democratically in order of importance according to students, faculty, and a national panel of judges.
Each of the top stories is presented at length, alongside updates from the investigative reporters who broke the stories. Beyond the Top-25 stories, additional chapters delve further into timely media topics: The Censored News and Media Analysis section provides annual updates on Junk Food News and News Abuse, Censored Déjà Vu, signs of hope in the alternative and news media, and the state of media bias and alternative coverage around the world. In the Truth Emergency section, scholars and journalists take a critical look at the US/NATO military-industrial-media empire. And in the Project Censored International section, the meaning of media democracy worldwide is explored in close association with Project Censored affiliates in universities and at media organizations all over the world. A perennial favorite of booksellers, teachers, and readers everywhere, Censored is one of the strongest life signs of our current collective desire to get the news we citizens need--despite what Big Media tells us.
26 March 2013, 20:38
HarperOne | 2005 | ISBN: 0060750499 | EPUB | 709.19KB
Set against the backdrop of the witchcraft trial of his mother, this lively biography of Johannes Kepler – 'the Protestant Galileo' and 16th century mathematician and astronomer – reveals the surprisingly spiritual nature of the quest of early modern science.
In the style of Dava Sobel's Galileo's Daughter, Connor's book brings to life the tidal forces of Reformation, Counter–Reformation, and social upheaval. Johannes Kepler, who discovered the three basic laws of planetary motion, was persecuted for his support of the Copernican system. After a neighbour accused his mother of witchcraft, Kepler quit his post as the Imperial mathematician to defend her.
James Connor tells Kepler's story as a pilgrimage, a spiritual journey into the modern world through war and disease and terrible injustice, a journey reflected in the evolution of Kepler's geometrical model of the cosmos into a musical model, harmony into greater harmony. The leitmotif of the witch trial adds a third dimension to Kepler's biography by setting his personal life within his own times. The acts of this trial, including Kepler's letters and the accounts of the witnesses, although published in their original German dialects, had never before been translated into English. Echoing some of Dava Sobel's work for Galileo's Daughter, Connor has translated the witch trial documents into English. With a great respect for the history of these times and the life of this man, Connor's accessible story illuminates the life of Kepler, the man of science, but also Kepler, a man of uncommon faith and vision.
The Long Pursuit
26 March 2013, 20:36
Bison Books | 2010 | ISBN: 0803239289 | EPUB | 550.72KB
From the time they first set foot in Illinois in the early 1830s, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas were fated to become political competitors. The Long Pursuit tells the dramatic story of how these two radically different individuals rose to the pinnacle of American politics, and how their personal rivalry shaped and altered the future of the nation during its most convulsive era. Indeed, had it not been for Douglas, who served as Lincoln’s personal goad, pace horse, and measuring stick, there would have been no Lincoln-Douglas debates in 1858, no Lincoln presidency in 1860, and perhaps no Civil War six months later.
The Long Pursuit is not only a detailed political study but also a compelling look at the personal side of politics on the rough-and-tumble western frontier. It shows us a more human Lincoln, a bare-knuckles politician who was not above trading on his wildly inaccurate image as a humble “rail-splitter” when he was, in fact, one of the nation’s most successful railroad attorneys. And as the first extensive biographical study of Stephen Douglas in more than three decades, the book presents a long-overdue reassessment of one of the nineteenth century’s more compelling and ultimately tragic figures, the one-time “Little Giant” of American politics.
The Kennedys Amidst the Gathering Storm
26 March 2013, 20:34
Smithsonian | 2008 | ISBN: 0061173568 | EPUB | 4.11MB
In The Kennedys Amidst the Gathering Storm, Will Swift presents a fresh, empathetic interpretation of the ambassadorship of Joseph Kennedy and explores the intricate, often shifting relationships among Kennedy, Chamberlain, Churchill, and, of course, Roosevelt.
Arriving in London in early 1938, the Irish-Catholic Kennedys were welcomed by politicians, aristocrats, and intellectuals, all eager to court America. They finally appeared to have overcome their lifelong status as outsiders. From 1938 to 1940, the Kennedys crystallized their identity as protagonists on the world stage, making public the competitive and clannish intrafamily dynamics that would fuel their mythic rise to power. They all learned from their father's successes—and failures. The older children—Joe Jr., Jack, and Kathleen—took an active part in England's glittering, "last fling before the bombs fall" society, but all nine children charmed, their every move chronicled by the British and American media. John F. Kennedy's path to the White House began in London. As his father's political fortunes dimmed, Jack published a best-selling book and his star rose.
Drawing on recently released Kennedy family archives, Joseph P. Kennedy's private papers, and using rare photographs of English society and the photogenic Kennedy clan, Dr. Swift, with penetrating psychological insight, brings to life this fascinating family during a dramatic one thousand day period.
The Long Way Home
26 March 2013, 20:28
HarperCollins | 2010 | ISBN: 0061233331 | EPUB | 8.54MB
From the author of The Children's Blizzard comes an epic story of the sacrifice and service of an immigrant generation.
When the United States entered World War I in 1917, one-third of the nation's population had been born overseas or had a parent who was an immigrant. At the peak of U.S. involvement in the war, nearly one in five American soldiers was foreign-born. Many of these immigrant soldiers—most of whom had been drafted—knew little of America outside of tight-knit ghettos and backbreaking labor. Yet World War I would change their lives and ultimately reshape the nation itself. Italians, Jews, Poles, Norwegians, Slovaks, Russians, and Irishmen entered the army as aliens and returned as Americans, often as heroes.
In The Long Way Home, award-winning writer David Laskin traces the lives of a dozen men, eleven of whom left their childhood homes in Europe, journeyed through Ellis Island, and started over in a strange land. After detailing the daily realities of immigrant life in the factories, farms, mines, and cities of a rapidly growing nation, Laskin tells the heartbreaking stories of how these men—both conscripts and volunteers—joined the army, were swept into the ordeal of boot camp, and endured the month of hell that ended the war at the Argonne, where they truly became Americans. Those who survived were profoundly altered—and their experiences would shape the lives of their families as well.
Epic, inspiring, and masterfully written, The Long Way Home is the unforgettable true story of the Great War, the world it remade, and the men who fought for a country not of their birth, but which held the hope and opportunity of a better way of life.
The Human Story: Our History, from the Stone Age to Today
26 March 2013, 20:15
HarperPerennial | 2005 | ISBN: 0060516208 | EPUB | 1.1MB
Has there ever been a history of the world as readable as this?
In The Human Story, James C. Davis takes us on a journey to ancient times, telling how peoples of the world settled down and founded cities, conquered neighbors, and established religions, and continues over the course of history, when they fought two nearly global wars and journeyed into space.
Davis's account is swift and clear, never dull or dry. He lightens it with pungent anecdotes and witty quotes. Although this compact volume may not be hard to pick up, it's definitely hard to put down.
For example, on the death of Alexander the Great, who in a decade had never lost a single battle, and who had staked out an empire that spanned the entire Near East and Egypt, Davis writes: "When they heard how ill he was, the king's devoted troops insisted on seeing him. He couldn't speak, but as his soldiers -- every one -- filed by in silence, Alexander's eyes uttered his farewells. He died in June 323 B.C., at the ripe old age of thirty-two."
In similar fashion Davis recounts Russia's triumph in the space race as it happened on an autumn night in 1957: "A bugle sounded, flames erupted, and with a roar like rolling thunder, Russia's rocket lifted off. It bore aloft the earth's first artificial satellite, a shiny sphere the size of a basketball. Its name was Sputnik, meaning 'companion' or 'fellow traveler' (through space). The watchers shouted, 'Off. She's off. Our baby's off!' Some danced; others kissed and waved their arms."
Though we live in an age of many doubts, James C. Davis thinks we humans are advancing. As The Human Story ends, he concludes, "The world's still cruel; that's understood, / But once was worse. So far so good."
The Drillmaster of Valley Forge
26 March 2013, 20:10
HarperPerennial | 2010 | ISBN: 0061451649 | EPUB | 1.86MB
The true story of the Baron de Steuben and the making of the American Army, The Drillmaster of Valley Forge is the first biography in half a century of the immigrant Prussian soldier who molded George Washington’s ragged, demoralized troops into the fighting force that eventually triumphed in America’s War of Independence. Praised by renowned historian Thomas Fleming as “an important book for anyone interested in the American Revolution,” The Drillmaster of Valley Forge rights a historical wrong by finally giving a forgotten hero his well-deserved due.
Journey to a Revolution
26 March 2013, 20:03
HarperPerennial | 2007 | ISBN: 006077262X | EPUB | 361.89KB
The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was perhaps the most dramatic single event of the Cold War and a major turning point in history. Though it ended unsuccessfully, the spontaneous uprising of Hungarians against their country's Communist party and the Soviet occupation forces in the wake of Stalin's death demonstrated to the world at large the failure of Communism. In full view of the Western media—and therefore the world—the Russians were obliged to use force on a vast scale to subdue armed students, factory workers, and intellectuals in the streets of a major European capital.
In October 1956, Michael Korda and three fellow Oxford undergraduates traveled to Budapest in a beat-up Volkswagen to bring badly needed medicine to the hospitals—and to participate, at street level, in one of the great battles of the postwar era. Journey to a Revolution is at once history and a compelling memoir—the author's riveting account of the course of the revolution, from its heroic beginnings to the sad martyrdom of its end.
The Man Who Broke Napoleon's Codes
26 March 2013, 19:58
HarperPerennial | 2003 | ISBN: 0060934557 | EPUB | 5.65Mb
Spanning the battle of Corunna in 1809 to the 1815 victory at Waterloo, this is the dramatic true-life tale of an unsung hero in Wellington's army.
Common-born George Scovell -- an engraver's apprentice -- joins the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars and becomes a commissioned officer. As Bonaparte's juggernaut marches across Europe, Scovell soon proves himself a linguistic genius and begins to crack the basic codes used in French dispatches, giving General Wellington advance knowledge of French plans. But as the enemy changes from simple ciphers to baffling "next to impossible" encoded messages, Scovell finds himself racing against time to break the legendary "Great Paris Cipher" and save the British Army.
The thrill of clashing armies, challenging puzzles, and the personal struggle of a long-forgotten hero make The Man Who Broke Napoleon's Codes a gripping -- and brain-teasing -- adventure.
Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love
26 March 2013, 19:55
Chronicle Books | 2013 | ISBN: 145212695X | EPUB | 1.02MB
Like Freakonomics, Dollars and Sex takes economics and converts it into a sexy science by applying the principles of supply and demand, and other market forces, to matters of love, courtship, sex, and marriage. As she does in her hugely popular blog, author Marina Adshade explores the marketplace for sex and love using research, economic analysis, and humor to reveal just how central the interplay of libido, gender, love, power, and economic forces is to the most important choices we make in our lives. Call it "Sexonomics."
26 March 2013, 19:45
HarperOne | 2007 | ISBN: 0061173886 | EPUB | 949.92KB
Amazing Grace tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce (1759-1833). This accessible biography chronicles Wilberforce's extraordinary role as a human rights activist, cultural reformer, and member of Parliament.
At the center of this heroic life was a passionate twenty-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, a battle Wilberforce won in 1807, as well as efforts to abolish slavery itself in the British colonies, a victory achieved just three days before his death in 1833.
Metaxas discovers in this unsung hero a man of whom it can truly be said: he changed the world. Before Wilberforce, few thought slavery was wrong. After Wilberforce, most societies in the world came to see it as a great moral wrong.
To mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade, HarperSanFrancisco and Bristol Bay Productions have joined together to commemorate the life of William Wilberforce with the feature-length film Amazing Grace and this companion biography, which provides a fuller account of the amazing life of this great man than can be captured on film.
This account of Wilberforce's life will help many become acquainted with an exceptional man who was a hero to Abraham Lincoln and an inspiration to the anti-slavery movement in America.
The Guns of Independence: The Siege of Yorktown, 1781
26 March 2013, 19:40
Savas Beatie | 2009 | ISBN: 1932714685 | EPUB | 6.97MB
The siege of Yorktown in the fall of 1781 was the most decisive engagement of the American Revolution. The campaign has all the drama any historian or student could want: the war's top generals and admirals pitted against one another; decisive naval engagements; cavalry fighting; siege warfare; night bayonet attacks; and more. Until now, however, no modern scholarly treatment of the campaign has ever been produced.
By the summer of 1781, America had been at war with England for six years. No one believed in 1775 that the colonists would put up such a long and credible struggle. France sided with the colonies in 1778, but it was the dispatch of 5,500 infantry under Rochambeau in the summer of 1780 that shifted the tide of war against the British.
In early 1781, after his victories in the Southern Colonies, Lord Cornwallis marched his army north into Virginia. He believed the Americans could be decisively defeated in Virginia and the war brought to an end. George Washington believed Cornwallis's move was a strategic blunder, and he moved vigorously to exploit it. Feinting against General Clinton and the British stronghold of New York, Washington marched his army quickly south. With the assistance of Rochambeau's infantry and a key French naval victory at the Battle off the Capes in September, Washington trapped Cornwallis on the tip of a narrow Virginia peninsula at a place called Yorktown. And so it began.
Operating on the belief that Clinton would arrive with reinforcements, Cornwallis confidently remained within Yorktown's inadequate defenses. Determined that nothing short of outright surrender would suffice, his opponent labored day and night to achieve that end. Washington's brilliance was on display as he skillfully constricted Cornwallis's position by digging entrenchments, erecting redoubts and artillery batteries, and launching well-timed attacks to capture key enemy positions. The nearly flawless Allied campaign sealed Cornwallis's fate. Trapped inside crumbling defenses, he surrendered on October 19, 1781, effectively ending the war in North America.
Penned by historian Jerome A. Greene, The Guns of Independence: The Siege of Yorktown, 1781, now available in paperback, offers a complete and balanced examination of the siege and the participants involved. Greene's study is based upon extensive archival research and firsthand archaeological investigation of the battlefield. This fresh and invigorating study will satisfy everyone interested in American Revolutionary history, artillery, siege tactics, and brilliant leadership.
The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution [Audiobook]
26 March 2013, 19:36
Audible | 2010 | ASIN: B004HYCKBM | MP3@64 kbps | 26 hrs 58 mins | 743.69MB
The first book to appear in the illustrious Oxford History of the United States, this critically-acclaimed volume - a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize - offers an unsurpassed history of the Revolutionary War and the birth of the American republic.
This panoramic view of the conflict between England and America combines the political and the personal, giving the listener a vivid sense of how the colonists perceived the events of their struggle for independence, from the French and Indian War to "the shot heard round the world", and the importance the colonists assigned to them.
Praised as "state of the art" and "the most distinguished series in American historical scholarship", the four new volumes of the Oxford History of the United States - including The Glorious Cause - are narrated with engagingly casual warmth by Robert Fass, who previously read an earlier volume in the series, Empire of Liberty, by Gordon S. Wood.
Please note: The individual volumes of the series have not been published in historical order. The Glorious Cause is number III in The Oxford History of the United States.
The Confederate Nation: 1861-1865
26 March 2013, 19:23
HarperPerennial | 2011 | ISBN: 006206102X | EPUB | 2.12MB
Emory M. Thomas’s critically acclaimed chronicle of the Confederacy remains widely recognized as the standard history of the South during the Civil War. Now with a new introduction by the author, The Confederate Nation presents a high readable, highly personal portrait of the Southern experience during the Civil War. Thomas, renowned for his illuminating biographies of Robert E. Lee and other Southern generals, here delivers the definitive account of the political and military events that defined the nation during its period of greatest turmoil.
26 March 2013, 18:11
Wiley-Blackwell | 2012 | ISBN: 1118315065 | EPUB | 799.16KB
The second edition of this comprehensive study of recent Japanese history now includes the author's expert assessment of the effects of the earthquake and tsunami, including the political and environmental consequences of the Fukushima reactor meltdown.
- Fully updated to include a detailed assessment of the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami
- Shows how the nuclear crisis at Fukushima was an accident waiting to happen
- Includes detailed discussion of Japan's energy policy, now in flux after the mishandling of the Fukushima crisis
- Analyzes Japan's 'Lost Decades', why jobs and families are less stable, environmental policies, immigration, the aging society, the US alliance, the imperial family, and the 'yakuza' criminal gangs
- Authoritative coverage of Japanese history over the last two decades, one of the country's most tumultuous periods
Terry Jones' Medieval Lives
26 March 2013, 18:09
BBC Books | 2009 | ISBN: 140907045X | EPUB | 1.52MB
Was medieval England full of knights on horseback rescuing fainting damsels in distress? Were the Middle Ages mired in superstition and ignorance? Why does nobody ever mention King Louis the First and Last? And, of course, those key questions: which monks were forbidden the delights of donning underpants... and did outlaws never wear trousers? Terry Jones and Alan Ereira are your guides to this most misrepresented and misunderstood period, and they point you to things that will surprise and provoke.
Did you know, for example, that medieval people didn't think the world was flat? That was a total fabrication by an American journalist in the 19th century. Did you know that they didn't burn witches in the Middle Ages? That was a refinement of the so-called Renaissance. In fact, medieval kings weren't necessarily merciless tyrants, and peasants entertained at home using French pottery and fine wine. Terry Jones' Medieval Lives reveals Medieval Britain as you have never seen it before - a vibrant society teeming with individuality, intrigue and innovation.
Zodiac Cracked: The Manifestation of a Killer
26 March 2013, 18:05
Infinity Publishing | 2013 | ISBN: 074148093X | EPUB | 11.14Mb
The Zodiac serial killer terrorized the San Francisco Bay area from December 1968 to October 1969 when the violent killings suddenly stopped. But the fear continued into another decade as the killer mailed a series of threatening letters and cards to several newspapers and police agencies. Considering the information in these letters and cards as diary entries, a unique profile of the killer soon emerged. The search was now on for a teacher well versed in astronomy not astrology and when found he would have an elaborate collection...he did.
Making a Good Brain Great
26 March 2013, 18:03
2005 | ISBN: 0307338134 | EPUB | 1.02MB
Daniel Amen, M.D., one of the world's foremost authorities on the brain, has news for you: your brain is involved in everything you do--learn to care for it properly, and you will be smarter, healthier, and happier in as little as 15 days!
You probably run, lift weights, or do yoga to keep your body in great shape; you put on sunscreen and lotions to protect your skin; but chances are you simply ignore your brain and trust it to do its job. People unknowingly endanger or injure their brains, stress them by working at a frenzied pace and not getting enough sleep, pollute them with caffeine, alcohol, and drugs, and deprive them of proper nutrients. Brain dysfunction is the number one reason people fail at school, work, and relationships. The brain is the organ of learning, working, and loving--the supercomputer that runs our lives. It's very simple: when our brains work right, we work right--and when our brains have trouble, we have trouble in our lives.
Luckily, it's never too late: the brain is capable of change, and when you care for it, the results are amazing. Making a Good Brain Great gives you the tools you need to optimize your brain power and enrich your health and your life in the process. The principles and exercises in this book, based on years of cutting-edge neuroscience research and the experiences of thousands of people, provide a wealth of practical information to teach you how to achieve the best brain possible. You will learn:
- how to eat right to think right
- how to protect your brain from injuries and toxic substances
- how to nourish your brain with vitamins and do mental workouts to keep it strong
- the critical component of physical exercise, and which kinds work best
- how to rid your brain of negative thoughts, counteract stress, and much more
Full of encouraging anecdotes from Dr. Amen's many years of experience, Making a Good Brain Great is a positive and practical road map for enriching and improving your own greatest asset--your brain.
Grow Your Own Drugs: A Year With James Wong
26 March 2013, 18:01
HarperCollins | 2013 | ISBN: 0007518528 | EPUB | 13.98MB
James Wong is back, putting his ethnobotanical expertise to use once again, with over 100 new, natural, cheap and easy remedies, showing you and those around you how to have a fantastically healthy year. Whether you're fed up with your hormones, worried about your baby's nappy rash, your partner is prone to a sore-throat, or leg-waxing is proving just too expensive to maintain, Grow Your Own Drugs: A Year With James Wong offers over 100 great new remedies to soothe all manner of common conditions and beauty problems - whenever they might flare up. James shows how easy it to have access to the right ingredients whatever the weather, with his easy-to follow seasonal focus - whether you've got a window box, a roof terrace, a country garden (or a computer to order the goods online…).
His seasonal planner takes you right through from Spring to Winter, making sure you know what to plant when, the best time to harvest and how to create your own mini-apothecary (or store-cupboard) at home. Packed with James's personal top tips and easy solutions for both growing and making remedies, this is your must-have companion to help ward off any ailments and complaints which might crop up throughout the year, the natural, James Wong way.
- Over 100 new remedies
- New seasonal guide - how to make sure you have all the ingredients you need for a healthy body and mind all year round
- New non-gardener's guide: if you're not green-fingered or don't have a garden, James reveals how to identify plants and how to source good quality ingredients online
- More about James's personal inspirations: how he came to a career in ethnobotany, how he goes about living his own GYOD year and why a seasonal approach is important and easy to adopt
- James's top tips and new gift flashes (perfect for cheap, thoughtful presents)
- New case studies: how people who've tried and tested the remedies have got on
- New HOME section: brilliant natural and cheap remedies for home life. Contains pet flea powder, horsetail metal polish, wood polish, carpet deodoriser
From Vines to Wines
26 March 2013, 17:55
Storey Publishing | 2010 | ISBN: 1603421920 | EPUB | 7.29MB
Create your own backyard winery!
From breaking ground to savoring the finished product, Jeff Cox's From Vines to Wines is the most complete and up-to-date guide to growing flawless grapes and making extraordinary wine.
Wine connoisseurs, gardeners, and home winemakers will find the latest techniques in this fully revised and updated edition. With thorough, illustrated instructions, you'll learn how to:
- Choose and prepare a vineyard site
- Construct sturdy and effective trellising systems
- Plant, prune, and harvest the perfect grapes for your climate
- Press, ferment, age and bottle your own wine
- Judge wine for clarity, color, aroma, body, and taste
26 March 2013, 17:53
The Experiment | 2011 | ISBN: 1615191127 | EPUB | 1.12Mb
Discover the Many Rewards of Homemade Spirits—Unique, Flavorful, Economical and Surprisingly Easy to Make!
Today's renewed interest in making wine and beer at home amounts to nothing less than a renaissance. No matter why you want to join the new generation of homebrewers—to complement your cooking, to save money, or simply for a truly rewarding hobby—Strong Waters will tell you how.
In this do-it-yourself guide, Scott Mansfield makes a grand tradition accessible for today's enthusiasts. Beginners will welcome his tips for getting started inexpensively with everyday materials, and experienced hobbyists will be inspired by recipes for longtime favorites and forgotten delights, including:
- Limoncello, the perfect aperitif to conclude an Italian dinner
- Perry, apple cider's sweeter cousin, made from pears
- Jalapeño Wine, a healthy drink that doubles as a marinade
- Rhodomel, an ancient Grecian mead flavored with roses and honey
- Spruce Beer, a North American classic since colonial times
Worried that making your own spirits is complicated? Don't be! Strong Waters covers everything from the basics of bottling to the science of sweetening. It's surprisingly easy, and as eight pages of color photos illustrate, the results are tantalizing. Cheers!
The Wine Pocket Bible: Everything a Wine Lover Needs to Know
26 March 2013, 17:49
Crimson Publishing | 2012 | ISBN: 1907087451 | EPUB | 583.08KB
Love wine, but only know so much? Looking for some guidance on the perfect red? Want to break away from choosing the same old favourites? Are you keen to learn about wine varieties and which will suit the right cuisine? The Wine Pocket Bible is filed with answers to everything that matters in the world of wine, including:
- Which wines are best for meat and fish dishes?
- How do I interpret labels when buying wine?
- Which is the correct way to taste & describe wine?
- How do I make a classic champagne cocktail?
- How do I go about investing in and storing wine?
This indispensible little guide will tell you what you need to know when you need to know it.
The Wine Deck 50 Ways to Choose, Serve, and Enjoy Great Wine
26 March 2013, 17:47
Chronicle Books | 2010 | ISBN: 0811872912 | EPUB | 2.83MB
Are you curious about wine, but can't tell the difference between a Pinot Noir and a Sangiovese? A Chenin Blanc and a Chardonnay? These cards describe over 40 wine varietals, including information on
- Food pairings
- Key wine terms
- Chilling and storing
- Cooking with wine
- Entertaining with wine
26 March 2013, 17:45
Storey Publishing | 2012 | ISBN: 1603421807 | EPUB | 11.14MB
Wine is an experience. There's an aura of romance to bringing a bottle up from your own cellar, carefully drawing out the cork, pouring the wine into a goblet, and taking the first delectable sip. Now Jeff Cox, author of From Vines to Wines and a respected connoisseur, shows you how easy it is to have a wine cellar of your own.You'll learn how to create a working system of selecting wines that will age well, how to lay them down properly, and how to recognize when they have matured and are ready to be savored.
Cox pinpoints the optimal temperature, light, and humidity for a wine cellar. He walks you through possible locations for your wine cellar—the basement, an old root cellar, your garage, or even a closet—and outlines what each location requires. He explains when you'll need a climate-control device. And he discusses the pros and cons of buying a freestanding unit much like a refrigerator. Cox even shows you how to keep good records so you know at a glance what you have, where it is, and how much you need to buy so that your cellar doesn't become depleted. And he gives you a crash course in appreciating the fragrance and flavor of a fine wine.
Drink This: Wine Made Simple
26 March 2013, 17:43
Ballantine | 2009 | ISBN: 0345511654 | EPUB | 1.97MB
Ever been baffled by a wine list, stood perplexed before endless racks of bottles at the liquor store, or ordered an overpriced bottle out of fear of the scathing judgment of a restaurant sommelier? Before she became a James Beard Award—winning food and wine writer, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl experienced all these things. Now she presents a handy guide that will show you how to stop being overwhelmed and intimidated, how to discover, respect, and enjoy your own personal taste, and how to be whatever kind of wine person you want to be, from budding connoisseur to someone who simply gets wine you like every time you buy a bottle.
Refreshingly simple, irreverent, and witty, Drink This explains all the insider stuff that wine critics assume you know. It will teach you how to taste and savor wine, alone, with a friend, or with a group. And perhaps most important, this book gives you the tools to learn the only thing that really matters about wine: namely, figuring out what you like.
Grumdahl draws on her own experience and savvy and interviews some of the world’s most renowned critics, winemakers, and chefs, including Robert M. Parker, Jr., Paul Draper, and Thomas Keller, who share their wisdom about everything from pairing food and wine to the inside scoop on what wine scores and reviews really mean. Readers will learn how to master tasting techniques and understand the winemaking process from soil to cellar. Drink This also reveals how to get your money’s worth out of wine without spending all you’ve got.
At last there’s a reason for wary wine lovers to raise a glass in celebration. Savor the insider’s viewpoint and straight talk of Drink This, and watch your intimidation of wine transform into well-grounded, unshakeable confidence.
Wine for Every Day and Every Occasion
26 March 2013, 17:40
William Morrow | 2004 | ISBN: 0060548177 | EPUB | 703.39KB
Choosing a bottle of wine should be fun, not frightening. After all, one of the most important elements of enjoying wine is not so much the vintage or the vineyard but the occasion on which it is enjoyed.
In their new book, Wine for Every Day and Every Occasion, Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, authors of the popular weekly "Tastings" column in the Wall Street Journal, give you the kind of honest, accessible wine information that is hard to find.
In Wine for Every Day and Every Occasion, Dottie and John, as they are known to their fans, answer the most frequently asked questions about what wine to drink on specific occasions. They cover all the bases: What wine should I put away for my newborn's twenty-first birthday? What wine is best with Thanksgiving turkey? They also suggest ways in which wine can make every day a little bit more of an occasion -- how to throw a wine tasting, how to start a wine-tasting group, even how to add wine to your tailgating party. And they share scores of tips from people like you.
Chapters include lists of specific wines and provide readers with suggestions for choosing Champagne to ring in the New Year and for chilled whites (and even reds) to drink in the summer. There is no stodginess about vintages and there are no numbered ratings. Wine for Every Day and Every Occasion gives you simple, straightforward advice to help you choose the best wines for life's best moments. As Dottie and John say, "The problem with most wine books is that they are about wine. Our book is about life."
So raise your glass to Wine for Every Day and Every Occasion. And drink to life.
1001 Wines Under $20
26 March 2013, 17:34
Hardie Grant Books | 2012 | ISBN: 1742737005 | EPUB | 980.9KB
Good wine in Australia doesn't have to cost a fortune, and it's about to become even easier to choose the right bottle at the right price. For the first time ever, the country's leading wine authority has compiled his pick of the best Australian wines under $20. With tasting notes, rankings, drink-to dates and food matches for 1001 top-notch wines, James Halliday's 1001 Wines under $20 is the most comprehensive guide to value wines in Australia.
The wines in 1001 Wines under $20 are grouped by variety, with chapters on the best shirazs, chardonnays, pinot noirs and other popular Australian varieties. Each chapter has an introduction explaining the key drinking qualities of the variety and the grape-growing regions that are associated with it. The book also features a comprehensive index to help you find wines in a hurry. Written with his trademark candor and wit, James Halliday's 1001 Wines under $20 is the one book you will need to help choose a fantastic bottle of Australian wine without blowing your budget.
The New York Times Book of Wine
26 March 2013, 17:31
Sterling Epicure | 2012 | ISBN: 1402793812 | EPUB | 1.39MB
The best on wine from the New York Times! The newspaper of record has always showcased the writing of some of the world's most respected wine experts, and these 125 articles from its archives feature such esteemed names as Eric Asimov, Frank Prial, Florence Fabricant, and R. W. Apple Jr. They cover everything from corkscrews and winespeak to pairing wine with food, wines from the Continent and South of the Border, and restaurant experiences. This is the ideal gift book for wine lovers.
The Acid Diaries
26 March 2013, 17:12
Park Street Press | 2010 | ISBN: 1594773831 | EPUB | 502.73KB
An exploration of the personal and spiritual truths revealed through LSD
- Reveals that LSD visions weave an ongoing story from trip to trip
- Shows that trips progress through three stages: personal issues and pre-birth consciousness, ego-loss, and on to the sacred
- Explores psychedelic use throughout history, including the mass hallucinations common in the Middle Ages and the early therapeutic use of LSD
Toward the end of his fifties, Christopher Gray took, for the first time in years, a 100-microgram acid trip. So extraordinary, and to his surprise so enjoyable, were the effects that he began to take the same dose in the same way--quietly and on his own--once every two to three weeks.
In The Acid Diaries, Gray details his experimentation with LSD over a period of three years and shares the startling realization that his visions were weaving an ongoing story from trip to trip, revealing an underlying reality of personal and spiritual truths. Following the theories of Stanislav Grof and offering quotes from others’ experiences that parallel his own--including those of Aldous Huxley, Albert Hofmann, and Gordon Wasson--he shows that trips progress through three stages: the first dealing with personal issues and pre-birth consciousness; the second with ego-loss, often with supernatural overtones; and the third with sacred, spiritual, and even apocalyptic themes. Pairing his experiences with an exploration of psychedelic use throughout history, including the ergot-spawned mass hallucinations that were common through the Middle Ages and the early use of LSD for therapeutic purposes, Gray offers readers a greater understanding and appreciation for the potential value of LSD not merely for transpersonal growth but also for spiritual development.
26 March 2013, 17:10
Seven Stories Press | 2012 | ISBN: 1609804228 | EPUB | 3.46MB
Every year since 1976, Project Censored, our nation's oldest news-monitoring group--a university-wide project at Sonoma State University founded by Carl Jensen, directed for many years by Peter Phillips, and now under the leadership of Mickey Huff--has produced a Top-25 list of underreported news stories and a book, Censored, dedicated to the stories that ought to be top features on the nightly news, but that are missing because of media bias and self-censorship.
Seven Stories Press has been publishing this yearbook since 1994, featuring the top stories listed democratically in order of importance according to students, faculty, and a national panel of judges. Each of the top stories is presented at length, alongside updates from the investigative reporters who broke the stories.
Beyond the Top-25 stories, additional chapters delve further into timely media topics: The Censored News and Media Analysis section provides annual updates on Junk Food News and News Abuse, Censored Deja Vu, signs of hope in the alternative and news media, and the state of media bias and alternative coverage around the world. In the Truth Emergency section, scholars and journalists take a critical look at the US/NATO military-industrial-media empire. And in the Project Censored International section, the meaning of media democracy worldwide is explored in close association with Project Censored affiliates in universities and at media organizations all over the world.
A perennial favorite of booksellers, teachers, and readers everywhere, Censored is one of the strongest life signs of our current collective desire to get the news we citizens need--despite what Big Media tells us.
Censored 2011: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2009-10
26 March 2013, 17:06
Seven Stories Press | 2010 | ISBN: 1583229205 | EPUB | 5.05MB
The yearly volumes of Censored, in continuous publication since 1976 and since 1995 available through Seven Stories Press, is dedicated to the stories that ought to be top features on the nightly news, but that are missing because of media bias and self-censorship. The top stories are listed democratically in order of importance according to students, faculty, and a national panel of judges. Each of the top stories is presented at length, alongside updates from the investigative reporters who broke the stories.
How Colors Affect You: What Science Reveals (TTC Video)
26 March 2013, 16:41
The Teaching Company | 2013 | Course No 7022 | MP4, AVC, ~1308 kbps, 720x404 | AAC, 2 Ch | ~ 6x30 mins | 2.37GB
There's more to colors than just aesthetics. There's an actual science behind how colors work on your eyes and your brain. And the secrets that scientists are uncovering offer astounding revelations on how colors influence the way you think, feel, and behave—often without your conscious awareness.
It's an exciting time in the scientific study of how colors affect us. Thanks to recent research, we now understand more richly how our brains are affected by color. And knowing how colors affect us informs how we tap into their power to create environments and achieve a breathtaking range of visual goals. It also allows us to dodge popular myths and misconceptions about color that can easily lead businesses and companies to make costly mistakes.
Consider, for example, these scientific truths about color:
- Black uniforms tend to increase aggression and intimidation in conflict situations.
- Red ties can give you an edge in confrontational negotiations, while blue ties can express a desire to collaborate.
- Fire trucks increasingly are painted yellow because that's the color most visible to our eyes.
- Aligning the right colors to products, brands, and ads can make or break a business's success.
That's only a small sampling of the increasingly detailed information we have about what colors mean. And what's truly surprising: The way our eyes perceive and our brains interpret reds, greens, blues, blacks, and other colors isn't a subjective experience, but a hard-wired one. It's a profound concept—one whose ramifications extend to everything from business and advertising to politics and entertainment to your personal diet and love life.
A must-have course for corporate leaders, design professionals, marketers, and anyone who communicates visually, How Colors Affect You: What Science Reveals tells you everything you need to know about the science of color and its impact on all aspects of human experience. Delivered by design expert and professor William Lidwell of the University of Houston, these six lectures explore
- the history, science, and cultural importance of the six universal colors,
- how our brains have evolved to respond to colors without our conscious awareness,
- the key experiments that have shaped our understanding of how colors work, and
- ways to more effectively apply the science of color to achieve your personal or professional goals for a space.
Taken together, these lectures will open your eyes to why your favorite products practically jump off the shelf; why certain logos are more memorable than others; why particular scenes in nature evoke peace, joy, or fear; and so much more.
See Colors in a Whole New Way
Each lecture takes you inside the science behind a specific color or color pair, following the order in which humans have historically acquired color categories: black and white (which always come paired), red, yellow, green, and blue. In each instance, you'll investigate
- the history and common usage of the color,
- some of the biggest myths related to that color,
- what scientific research has revealed about the meaning of that color, and
- specific situational contexts that show how the color operates in the real world.
Central to this course is the expanse of information about how these colors work on our brains to steer our thoughts and actions. You'll draw intriguing connections between colors and specific moods such as anger, fear, and love. You'll go behind the scenes and watch the fascinating experiments and case studies that scientists have used to uncover what they know about color. And you'll finally understand the (often hidden) significance behind the colors of your everyday life.
Debunk Common Myths about Color
As interesting as the research about color is understanding how researchers arrived at those results. To aid you in this understanding, Professor Lidwell has created a virtual laboratory that incorporates exciting green-screen technology to recreate key color experiments that have proven integral to our current scientific understanding of how colors affect us. As he conducts you step-by-step through these visually dynamic experiments, he points out that a lot of what we think we know about color turns out to be wrong. And if you're a design or marketing professional, it's essential to know the truth about color choices so that your business or company dodges expensive mistakes and maximizes profits.
While bringing you up to date on the latest discoveries in the field, Professor Lidwell debunks a number of persistent color myths. You'll learn that
- pink rooms will not calm aggressive prisoners or sap the strength of opposing teams;
- yellow walls in the nursery will not cause babies to cry more often;
- blue tableware or kitchen walls will not suppress your appetite (although food that's dyed blue certainly will); and more.
It's just the kind of eye-opening learning experience you'd expect from someone of Professor Lidwell's impressive background. Not only has he spent his career immersed in the intricate world of color as a designer, teacher, and best-selling author of Universal Principles of Design—he's lent his expertise as a consultant to major companies, including IKEA and Merrill Lynch.
With How Colors Affect You, you'll get a beautiful new perspective on color—one rooted in credible scientific knowledge and not popular myth. Once the curtain has been pulled back to show the myriad ways color truly shapes your life, you'll never look at the world in the same way again.
- The Meanings of Color
- The Black and White Lecture
- The Red Lecture
- The Yellow Lecture
- The Green Lecture
- The Blue Lecture
Sex and the Japanese: The Sensual Side of Japan
26 March 2013, 04:10
Tuttle Publishing | 2011 | ISBN: 1462900666 | EPUB | 916.01KB
Sex and the Japanese provides a broad look at the changing concepts of sexuality in Japanese culture. From the days of concubines and geishas to the present, sex and sexuality in Japan have been more openly discussed and available than in the West-due for the most part to Shinto, the native religion of Japan that recognizes, celebrates and respects the sensual side of life.
Citizen Sex: The Girl Next Door on the Adult Internet
26 March 2013, 04:07
Author Solutions Inc | 2012 | ISBN: 1412253322 | EPUB | 303.77KB
The Internet is effectively a worldwide hookup of computers. Sex is a popular topic on the Internet. Commercialized sex is, of course, nothing new. The innovation which is the subject of Citizen Sex emerged in 1994. Sex sites arose which featured an individual girl, and treated her as a whole person, not just as a pretty face and voluptuous body. She had a personal life, preferences, and a history, and she shared these with her viewers. She was presented as a normal woman, in effect the "girl next door," who happened to enjoy exposing herself and perhaps also performing sexual acts for others to see. She did not appear to be a sex professional at all. That is, she was not a stripper, dancer, or escort. This unique new type of sex performer was termed an Amateur. The site was a personal adult sex site.
Citizen Sex is an exposition of the personal amateur sex site scene, and a study of the Amateurs featured on it. Most Amateurs pretend to lead "normal,respectable"lives. To much of the general public, even to the sex-positive and sexually active segments of it, those who expose themselves on the Internet, Amateurs included, belong in the same category as hookers, exotic dancers, and professional porn actresses. That is, they are thought to merit less than the normal amount of respect, and are altogether aberrant. The present book, on the other hand, takes the position that Internet Amateurs, while perhaps not role models to be emulated by all, are decent people who are as worthy of respect and consideration as any one else. While they certainly differ from the official societal norm, the import of their aberration is in the eye of the beholder. The book is intended for the general reader interested in the passing social scene, as well as for those who are already Internet adult site fans.
Citizen Sex has three Parts. Part One describes the Internet Amateur scene.
The women of the personal amateur Internet are the subject of Part Two. A number of amateur women are profiled in depth in individual case studies. An analytical summary concludes Part Two. It discusses, and attempts to answer, the questions, "What leads an apparently mainstream woman to become an adult star on the Internet?"and "To what extent is an Internet Amateur a 'Girl Next Door'?"
Part Three takes up issues, be they legal, moral, sexual, or social, pertinent to the interplay of personal amateur sites with society in general. Among the issues discussed are legal problems, health, swinging, bisexuality, and masturbation.
Fifty Shades of Ecstasy
26 March 2013, 04:03
2012 EPUB | 1.54MB
From the author of the best-selling Fifty Shades of Pleasure: A Bedside Companion comes this naughty new collection of mind-blowing moves!Whether you are single and ready to (co)mingle or married and want to put some new moves into your old routine, pick up this hot how-to and kick your sexcapades up to the next level with fifty new ways to get it on.If the latest wave of popular erotic romance has gotten your motor running, this book will shift you into high gear!
Author Marisa Bennett steps up again to give you the dirty details on doing the horizontal hula, with wit, humor, and some hot new moves. This guide will help you expand your sexual repertoire and hone your sexytime skills while exploring ecstasy in fifty (count 'em, fifty!) different ways. You'll learn a ton of fun and sexy positions like the visually-stimulating Pin-Up Girl, the cozy Lock and Key, and the hot and creative Bobsled (also known as "sledding on Bob", each one beautifully illustrated to help make sure you've got everything in the proper place.
So what are you waiting for? Whether you are single and ready to (co)mingle or married and want to put some new moves into your old routine, pick up this hot how-to and kick your sexcapades up to the next level with fifty new ways to get it on.
Sex and the Intelligence of the Heart
26 March 2013, 04:00
Inner Traditions / Bear & Company | 2012 | ISBN: 1594776989 | EPUB | 577.98KB
There is a direct relationship between our sexual intimacy and our values about the environment and the Earth. Julie McIntyre examines the sacred relationship between sexuality and the Earth and reveals how to create deep, lasting intimacy by recapturing a wild, spontaneous, natural sexuality. Detailing the process of moving from our head to the secret garden of the heart, she provides exercises to heal our psyche of old emotional trauma, reconnect with the intuitive intelligence of the heart, and become vulnerable and open with our lover and thus truly intimate. By healing our separation from Nature, we can shape our own ecstatic sexual experiences, and assist in healing the planet.
Sex and the Office
26 March 2013, 03:58
Barricade Books | 2012 | ISBN: 1569804923 | EPUB | 456.03KB
Admittedly, sexual attitudes and workplaces have changed since Sex and the Office was first published years ago, but the art of being a fulfilled single career woman has not. In this book, quintessential career girl and the author of the best-selling Sex and the Single Girl, Helen Gurley-Brown shows you how to make it to the top - with the very best men by your side. Her advice is sure to make your office life more rewarding and exciting.
Sex Begins in the Kitchen
26 March 2013, 03:54
Baker Publishing Group | 2012 | ISBN: 1585581232 | EPUB | 906.18KB
Now back with a fresh cover, new subtitle, and new introduction, Sex Begins in the Kitchen shows couples everywhere how to bring more passion into their marriages. Best-selling author Dr. Kevin Leman explains how sexual intimacy is an expression of the care a couple shows each other in all areas of life--in communicating, sharing thoughts and feelings, and even in helping out around the house. With insightful--and often hilarious--examples, Dr. Leman shows couples how to create new joy and excitement in their relationships and make their marriages more satisfying both emotionally and physically.