Bandits

Bandits

Bandits by Eric Hobsbawm
Pantheon | 1981 | ISBN: 0394748506 | PDF | 8.85MB


BANDITS is a study of the social bandit or bandit-rebel - robbers and outlaws who are not regarded by public opinion as simple criminals, but rather as champions of social justice, as avengers or as primitive resistance fighters. Whether Balkan haiduks, Indian dacoits or Brazilian congaceiros, their spectacular exploits have been celebrated and preserved in story and myth. Some are only know to their fellow countrymen; others like Rob Roy, Robin Hood and Jesse James are famous throughout the world. First published in 1969, Bandits inspired a new field of historical study: bandit history. This substantially extended and revised new edition appears at a time when the disintegration of state power has reintroduced fertile conditions for banditry once again to flourish in many parts of the world.


The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It

The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It

The Johns: Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It by Victor Malarek
Arcade | 2011 | ISBN: 1611450128 | EPUB | 2.33MB


Following up on his scathing indictment of the international sexual enslavement of women in The Natashas, investigative journalist Victor Malarek lays bare the other side of the crisis—the men who fuel the demand. Each year more than 800,000 women and children are lured, tricked, or forced into prostitution to meet an apparently insatiable demand, joining an estimated 10 million women already ensnared in the $20 billion worldwide sex trade.


To date, most research on the subject has focused on the various issues that propel these women into the trade, but little has been investigated, or written, about those who trigger the demand—the "Johns." In this hard-hitting expose, Victor Malarek ranges worldwide, unmasking the kind of men—and organizations—that foster and drive the sex trade, from America to Europe, Brazil to Thailand, Phnom Penh to St. Petersburg and Costa Rica. The Johns is a chilling look into a dark corner of the world that these men have created at the expense of countless women and children.


The Natashas: The New Global Sex Trade

The Natashas: The New Global Sex Trade

The Natashas: The New Global Sex Trade by Victor Malarek
Penguin Group | 2004 | ISBN: 0143181688 | EPUB | 358.46KB


The buying and selling of human beings for the worldwide sex industry is organized crime's fastest-growing business with up to two million people globally—mostly women and children—being trafficked into the sex trade every year.


In The Natashas, leading investigate journalist Victor Malarek details the tragic lives of the women and girls ensnared in the most recent wave of this brutal trade. He unearths evidence of training centers in Serbia where teenage girls from Ukraine, Moldova and Romania are viciously indoctrinated into the world of prostitution. He travels to war-torn countries such as Kosovo and Bosnia where he exposes corruption involving United Nations peacekeepers. And he uncovers scandalous situations throughout Europe, Israel and North America where the trafficking trade continues to flourish. Shocking stories of corrupt cops, complicit government officials and complacent politicians combine to form a powerful truth—one that Malarek hopes will not be ignored.


Thinking Statistically

Thinking Statistically

Thinking Statistically by Uri Bram
CreateSpace | 2013 | ISBN: 1481173502 | EPUB | 125.81KB


The new, pocket edition of Thinking Statistically includes all the material from the Kindle original plus innovative new segments giving graphical representations of statistical concepts. Thinking Statistically is the book that shows you how to think like a statistician, without worrying about formal statistical techniques. Along the way we learn how selection bias can explain why your boss doesn’t know he sucks (even when everyone else does); how to use Bayes’ Theorem to decide if your partner is cheating on you; and why Mark Zuckerberg should never be used as an example for anything. See the world in a whole new light, and make better decisions and judgements without ever going near a t-test. Think. Think Statistically.


Type, Sign, Symbol

Type, Sign, Symbol

Type, Sign, Symbol by Adrian Frutiger
ABC Verlag | 1980 | ISBN: 3855040605 | PDF | 328.6MB


Text in English, French, and German.

HQ scan


Contents:

  • Why new typefaces?
  • The nature of sanserif and the significance of Univers (E. Ruder)
  • Why Univers was designed and how it developed
  • New possibilities for designers
  • Typefaces and printing techniques: Meridien
  • Constructivism in type design: on Serifa (E. Ruder)
  • On the planning of a typeface: Serifa as example
  • New techniques, new craftmanship
  • Type as a worldwide means of communication
  • The graphology of the centuries
  • Specific phototype faces for offset and gravure
  • Typewriter composition as a new possibility: Univers on the IBM Composer
  • Type recognised by the computer
  • OCR-B: a typeface for the automatic (optical) reading of texts
  • The computer as aid to drawing
  • The limits of the automatic modification of typefaces
  • Typefaces and their legibility
  • Type in the environment and in architectue
  • Letteringfor the Paris Metro
  • The EDF-GDF alphabet
  • Lettring system for Paris (Charles de Gaulle) Airport
  • Digital typeface design for movable indicators
  • Script of foreign cultures
  • Can the sacred script of India be modernised?
  • Work on the Devanagari script
  • Work on the Tamil Script
  • Logotypes
  • How a logtype is designed
  • From logotype to company image
  • Signs and symbols
  • Signs for the Air France timetable
  • Non-figurative vignettes for the Koran
  • Symbolic pictures or pictorial symbols
  • Symbolic expression through the transformation of a sign
  • Developments
  • Symbolic vignettes
  • Symbolic interpretations of the theme of love, life and death
  • Symbols of western dualism
  • Artistic creation with matter and light
  • On free graphic representations (Maurice Besset)
  • Woodcut sequence: "Genesis"
  • "Urgarten": a marble relief
  • Concrete letteringat the railway station of Roissy (H. R. Schneebeli)

God's Secret Agents

God's Secret Agents

God's Secret Agents: Queen Elizabeth's Forbidden Priests and the Hatching of the Gunpowder Plot by Alice Hogge
HarperPerennial | 2006 | ISBN: 0007156383 | EPUB | 2.14MB


A thrilling account of treachery, loyalty and martyrdom in Elizabethan England from an exceptional new writer. As darkness fell on the evening of Friday, 28 October 1588, just weeks after the defeat of the Spanish Armada, two young Englishmen landed in secret on a Norfolk beach. They were Jesuit priests. Their aim was to achieve by force of argument what the Armada had failed to do by force of arms: return England to the Catholic Church.


Eighteen years later their mission had been shattered by the actions of a small group of terrorists, the Gunpowder Plotters; they themselves had been accused of designing 'that most horrid and hellish conspiracy'; and the future of every Catholic they had come to save depended on the silence of an Oxford joiner, builder of priest-holes, being tortured in the Tower of London.


God's Secret Agents tells the story of Elizabeth's 'other' England, a country at war with an unseen enemy, a country peopled - according to popular pamphlets and Government proclamations - with potential traitors, fifth-columnists and assassins. And it tells this story from the perspective of that unseen 'enemy', England's Catholics, a beleaguered, alienated minority, struggling to uphold its faith. Ultimately, God's Secret Agents is the story of men who would die for their cause undone by men who would kill for it.


The Aleppo Codex

The Aleppo Codex

The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible by Matti Friedman
Scribe Publications | 2012 | ISBN: 1921942614 | EPUB | 771.9KB


In an age when physical books matter less and less, here is a thrilling story about a book that meant everything.


This true-life detective story unveils the journey of a sacred text — the tenth-century annotated bible known as the Aleppo Codex — from its hiding place in a Syrian synagogue to the newly founded state of Israel. Based on documents kept secret for 50 years, as well as personal interviews with key figures, Matti Friedman proposes a new theory of what happened when the codex left Aleppo, Syria, in the late 1940s and eventually surfaced in Jerusalem, mysteriously incomplete.


By recounting this history, Friedman explores the once vibrant Jewish communities in Islamic lands and follows the thread into the present, uncovering difficult truths about how the manuscript was taken to Israel and how its most important pages went missing. Along the way, he raises critical questions about who owns historical treasures and the role of myth and legend in the creation of a nation.


All the King's Men

All the King's Men

All the King's Men by Robert Marshall
Bloomsbury | 2012 | ISBN: 1448210569 | EPUB | 2.49MB


In 1942 Claude Dansey, deputy head of MI6, infiltrated Henri Déricourt, double agent extraordinaire, into the rival British wartime secret service, SOE. The ensuing trail of destruction and betrayal led to the loss of over four hundred British and French agents. Recruited as the man SOE so desperately needed, Déricourt penetrated the heart of PROSPER, SOE's biggest network in France.


At the same time he renewed contact with Karl Boemelburg, head of German counter-espionage in Paris. Every movement, code and dispatch from the British agents was made known to Boemelburg; Déricourt gave him everything. His treachery finally led to the disastrous fall of the PROSPER network, and to the arrest of nearly one thousand men and women, hundreds of whom died in concentration camps. Was it patriotism that drove Dansey, or was the Déricourt plan merely part of the secret war between MI6 and SOE, a war in which Dansey held all the weapons? All the King's Men is the dramatic account on one of the most ruthless secret operations of the Second World War.


Handstands in the Dark

Handstands in the Dark

Handstands in the Dark: A True Story of Growing Up and Survival by Janey Godley
Ebury Press | 2006 | ISBN: 0091908779 | EPUB | 462.35KB


Brought up amid near-Dickensian squalour in the tough East End of Glasgow and sexually abused by her uncle, Janey married into a Glasgow criminal family as a teenager, then found herself having to cope with the murder of her mother, violence, religious sectarianism, abject poverty and a frightening family of in-laws. First-hand, Janey saw the gangland violence and met extraordinary characters within an enclosed and seldom-revealed Glasgow underworld—from the grim and far-from-Swinging 60s, to the discos of the 70s, to the tidal wave of heroin addiction which swept through and engulfed Glasgow's East End during the 1980s. This evocative, intimate and moving portrayal of a woman forced to fight every day for her family's future will strike a chord with anyone who has ever struggled against adversity.


High-Impact, Low-Carbon Gardening

High-Impact, Low-Carbon Gardening

High-Impact, Low-Carbon Gardening: 1001 Ways Garden Sustainably by Alice Bowe
Timber Press | 2011 | ISBN: 0881929980 | EPUB | 22.15MB


The environmental benefits of gardens are well-known: trees and plants capture carbon emissions, help to moderate the urban climate, promote health and well being, and help reduce energy consumption. But some garden practices are downright damaging, like using leaf blowers and other power tools, installing impermeable paving, and choosing plants that require excessive water or artificial fertilizers.


High-Impact, Low-Carbon Gardening is a one-stop reference for making a garden more green. From simple actions like composting household waste, installing a water barrel, or eliminating pesticides to more long-term investments like choosing permeable, locally sourced paving, and planting the most water-wise plants, there are hundreds of large and small choices home gardeners can make to reduce the environmental impact of designing, planting, and tending a garden.


High-Impact, Low-Carbon Gardening goes beyond organics and compost and gives serious gardeners all the information they need to make their garden truly green.


Herbs: Creative Herb Garden Themes and Projects

Herbs: Creative Herb Garden Themes and Projects

Herbs: Creative Herb Garden Themes and Projects by Judy Lowe
Cool Springs Press | 2011 | ISBN: 1591864909 | PDF | 116.96MB


Herbs are a wildly popular choice for gardeners; they are easy to grow and preserve and they have multiple benefits. Herbs add flavor to your recipes; enhance grilled meat, fish, and poultry; and can be used to make pestos, herb butters, and teas. In addition to the flavor benefits, herbs are used as a natural source for healing, and to add a fresh scent to any room. Judy Lowe makes it easy to decide what kind of herb garden you want to grow, with this beautifully illustrated book of themed herb gardens. More than a dozen specialty herb gardens are featured with a full-color, inspirational illustration of the “planting recipe” for your theme. Gardeners won’t know where to stop, once they get started with the beauty, scent, and flavor of herbs.


Rabid: Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus

Rabid: Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus

Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus [Audiobook] by Bill Wasik, Monica Murphy
Blackstone Audio | 2012 | ISBN: 1470826437 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 10 mins | 224.03MB


This is an engrossing and lively history of a fearsome and mythologized virus.


In the tradition of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Great Influenza, journalist Bill Wasik and veterinarian Monica Murphy chart the history, science, and cultural mythology of rabies. In the absence of vaccination as was true up until the late nineteenth century the rabies virus caused brain infections with a nearly 100 percent fatality rate, both in animals and in humans, and the suffering it inflicted became the stuff of legend.


The transmission of the virus often from dog to man reawakened a primal fear of wild animals, and the illness violent symptoms spoke directly to mankind's fear of the beast within. The cultural response was to create fictional embodiments of those anxieties ravenous wolfmen, bloodsucking vampires, and armies of mindless zombies.


From the myth of Actaeon to Saint Hubert, from the laboratories of the heroic and pioneering Louis Pasteur to a journalistic investigation into the madness that has gripped modern-day Bali, Rabid is a fresh, fascinating, and often wildly entertaining look at one of the world's most misunderstood viruses.




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The Emperor of All Maladies

The Emperor of All Maladies

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Charles Scribner's Sons | 2010 | ISBN: 1439107955 | EPUB | 3.86MB


The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than five thousand years.


The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out “war against cancer.”


The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist. From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave cut off her malignant breast, to the nineteenth-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjee’s own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through fiercely demanding regimens in order to survive—and to increase our understanding of this iconic disease. Riveting, urgent, and surprising, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments. It is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer.


Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927

Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927

Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America by John M Barry
Simon & Schuster | 1998 | ISBN: 0684840022 | EPUB | 692.89KB


An American epic of science, politics, race, honor, high society, and the Mississippi River, Rising Tide tells the riveting and nearly forgotten story of the greatest natural disaster this country has ever known -- the Mississippi flood of 1927. The river inundated the homes of nearly one million people, helped elect Huey Long governor and made Herbert Hoover president, drove hundreds of thousands of blacks north, and transformed American society and politics forever.


I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced [Audiobook]

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced [Audiobook]

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced [Audiobook] by Nujood Ali
Random House Audio | 2010 | ASIN: B003AOVPC0 | MP3@64 kbps | 3 hrs 59 mins | 109.2MB


Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from her parents and beloved sisters and made to live with her husband and his family in an isolated village in rural Yemen. There she suffered daily from physical and emotional abuse by her mother-in-law and nightly at the rough hands of her spouse. Flouting his oath to wait to have sexual relations with Nujood until she was no longer a child, he took her virginity on their wedding night. She was only 10 years old.


Unable to endure the pain and distress any longer, Nujood fled, not for home, but to the courthouse of the capital, paying for a taxi ride with a few precious coins of bread money. When a renowned Yemeni lawyer heard about the young victim, she took on Nujood's case and fought the archaic system in a country where almost half the girls are married while still under the legal age. Since their unprecedented victory in April 2008, Nujood's courageous defiance of both Yemeni customs and her own family has attracted a storm of international attention. Her story even incited change in Yemen and other Middle Eastern countries, where underage marriage laws are being increasingly enforced and other child brides have been granted divorces.


Recently honored alongside Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice as one of Glamour magazine's women of the year, Nujood now tells her full story for the first time. As she guides us from the magical, fragrant streets of the Old City of Sanaa to the cement-block slums and rural villages of this ancient land, her unflinching look at an injustice suffered by all too many girls around the world is at once shocking, inspiring, and utterly unforgettable.


How the Hippies Saved Physics [Audiobook]

How the Hippies Saved Physics [Audiobook]

How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival [Audiobook] by David Kaiser
Blackstone Audio | 2011 | ISBN: 1441789820 | MP3@64 kbps | 12 hrs 05 mins | 331.84MB


The surprising story of eccentric young scientists who stood up to convention - and changed the face of modern physics.


In the 1970s, amid severe cutbacks in physics funding, a small group of underemployed physicists in Berkeley decided to throw off the constraints of academia and explore the wilder side of science. Dubbing themselves the "Fundamental Fysiks Group," they pursued a freewheeling, speculative approach to physics. Some dabbled with LSD while conducting experiments. They studied quantum theory alongside Eastern mysticism and psychic mind reading, discussing the latest developments while lounging in hot tubs. Unlikely as it may seem, this quirky band of misfits altered the course of modern physics, forcing mainstream physicists to pay attention to the strange but exciting underpinnings of quantum theory. Their work on Bell's theorem and quantum entanglement helped pave the way for today's advances in quantum information science.


A lively and entertaining Cinderella story, How the Hippies Saved Physics takes us to a time when only the unlikeliest heroes could break the science world out of its rut.


Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II

Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II [Audiobook] by John W Dower
Blackstone Audio | 2008 | ISBN: 1433245671 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 21 hrs 45 mins | 596.12MB


In this illuminating study, Dower explores the ways in which the shattering defeat of the Japanese in World War II, followed by over six years of American military occupation, affected every level of Japanese society. He describes the countless ways in which the Japanese met the challenge of "starting over", from top-level manipulations concerning the fate of Emperor Hirohito to the hopes, fears, and activities of ordinary men and women in every walk of life. He shows us the intense and turbulent interplay of conqueror and conquered, West and East, in a way no Western historian has done before.


This is a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary moment in history, when new values warred with the old, and early ideals of demilitarization and radical reform were soon challenged by the United States' decision to incorporate Japan into the Cold War Pax Americana.




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The Great Crash, 1929 [Audiobook]

The Great Crash, 1929 [Audiobook]

The Great Crash, 1929 [Audiobook] by John Kenneth Galbraith
Books on Tape | 1986 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 57 mins | 327.22MB


Rampant speculation. Record trading volumes. Assets bought not because of their value but because the buyer believes he can sell them for more in a day or two, or an hour or two. Welcome to the late 1920s. There are obvious and absolute parallels to the great bull market of the late 1990s, writes Galbraith in a new introduction dated 1997. Of course, Galbraith notes, every financial bubble since 1929 has been compared to the Great Crash, which is why this book has never been out of print since it became a bestseller in 1955.


Galbraith writes with great wit and erudition about the perilous actions of investors, and the curious inaction of the government. He notes that the problem wasn't a scarcity of securities to buy and sell; "the ingenuity and zeal with which companies were devised in which securities might be sold was as remarkable as anything." Those words become strikingly relevant in light of revenue-negative start-up companies coming into the market each week in the 1990s, along with fragmented pieces of established companies, like real estate and bottling plants.


Of course, the 1920s were different from the 1990s. There was no safety net below citizens, no unemployment insurance or Social Security. And today we don't have the creepy investment trusts--in which shares of companies that held some stocks and bonds were sold for several times the assets' market value. But, boy, are the similarities spooky, particularly the prevailing trend at the time toward corporate mergers and industry consolidations--not to mention all the partially informed people who imagined themselves to be financial geniuses because the shares of stock they bought kept going up. --Lou Schuler




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Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics

Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics

Keynes Hayek: The Clash That Defined Modern Economics [Audiobook] by Nicholas Wapshott
Tantor Media | 2011 | ISBN: 145265493X | MP3@96 kbps | 11 hrs 36 mins | 478.24MB


As the stock market crash of 1929 plunged the world into turmoil, two men emerged with competing claims on how to restore the balance to economies gone awry. John Maynard Keynes, the mercurial Cambridge economist, believed that government had a duty to spend when others would not. He met his opposite in a little-known Austrian economics professor, Friedrich Hayek, who considered attempts to intervene both pointless and potentially dangerous. The battle lines thus drawn, Keynesian economics would dominate for decades and coincide with an era of unprecedented prosperity, but conservative economists and political leaders would eventually embrace and execute Hayek's contrary vision.


From their first face-to-face encounter to the heated arguments between their ardent disciples, Nicholas Wapshott here unearths the contemporary relevance of Keynes and Hayek, as present-day arguments over the virtues of the free market and government intervention rage with the same ferocity as they did in the 1930s.