Hitler's Armies: A history of the German War Machine 1939-45

Hitler's Armies: A history of the German War Machine 1939-45

Hitler's Armies: A history of the German War Machine 1939-45 by Chris McNab
Osprey Publishing | 2011 | ISBN: 1849086478 | EPUB | 80.08MB


The definitive work on Hitler's war machine, charting its evolution from the formidable force which won stunning victories during the Blitzkrieg in 1940, to the hard campaigns it fought in the deserts of North Africa and the frozen wastelands of the Soviet Union to the eventual retreat to the Fatherland itself. Drawing upon Osprey Publishing's unique archive, this volume expertly weaves together the story of the development and deployment of Hitler's armies displayed alongside a stunning collection of original artwork and photographs to show the uniform and equipment of the various land forces.


Beyond the Horizon

Beyond the Horizon

Beyond the Horizon: The Great Race to Finish the First Human-Powered Circumnavigation of the Planet by Colin Angus
Anchor | 2010 | ISBN: 0307374858 | EPUB | 2.17MB


In June, 2004, Colin Angus left Vancouver on his bicycle. Nearly two years later, he rolled back in, looking like a castaway, and having completed the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe.


Angus cycled, skiied, and rowed a route that took him to Alaska, across the Bering Sea and the Siberian winter, across Europe from Moscow to Portugal, then across the Atlantic to Costa Rica--a 156-day rowing odyssey. From there it was a short 8,300 kilometre ride back to Vancouver. Along the way he burned through 4,000 chocolate bars, 72 inner tubes, 250 kgs of freeze-dried foods, 31 dorado fish (caught from the sea), 2 offshore rowboats, 4 bicycles, 80 kgs of clothing. And he showed the world that if he can travel 43,000 kilometres without polluting the planet, then the rest of us can get off our butts, and clean up our own acts.


Stupid Wars

Stupid Wars

Stupid Wars: A Citizen's Guide to Botched Putsches, Failed Coups, Inane Invasions, and Ridiculous Revolutions by Ed Strosser, Michael Prince
HarperPerennial | 2008 | ISBN: 0061258474 | EPUB | 491.05KB


When winners write history, they sometimes "forget" to include their own embarrassing misjudgments. Fortunately, this take-no-prisoners edition of history isn't going to let the winners (or the losers) forget the mistakes of the past. Be prepared to laugh out loud—and gasp in horror—at the most painfully idiotic strategies, alliances, and decisions the world has ever known. These stupid wars have been launched by democracies as well as monarchies and dictatorships, in recent decades just as often as in less "enlightened" times.


The ridiculous and reckless conflicts chronicled in Stupid Wars include the misdirected Fourth Crusade, the half-baked invasion of Russia by the U.S., the U.K.'s baffling Falklands War, Hitler's ill-fated Beer Hall Putsch, several incredibly foolish South American conflicts, the Bay of Pigs fiasco, and many more. Whether you're a future dictator, war-mongering politician, royal mistress, or history lover, these blow-by-stupid-blow accounts will teach you the valuable lessons you need to stay off the list, including:


  • Don't declare war on all your neighbors at the same time.
  • Working radios, accurate maps, and weather-appropriate uniforms are big plusses.
  • Large amounts of bird poop and very small islands are probably not worth dying for.
  • Never invade Russia.
  • Seriously. It's a really bad idea.

The Blitzkrieg Myth

The Blitzkrieg Myth

The Blitzkrieg Myth: How Hitler and the Allies Misread the Strategic Realities of World War II by John Mosier
HarperPerennial | 2004 | ISBN: 0060009772 | EPUB | 1.96MB


A bold reinterpretation of some of the most decisive battles of World War II, showing that the outcomes had less to do with popular new technology than old–fashioned, on–the–ground warfare.


The military myths of World War II were based on the assumption that the new technology of the airplane and the tank would cause rapid and massive breakthroughs on the battlefield, or demoralization of the enemy by intensive bombing resulting in destruction, or surrender in a matter of weeks. The two apostles for these new theories were the Englishman J.C.F. Fuller for armoured warfare, and the Italian Emilio Drouhet for airpower. Hitler, Rommel, von Manstein, Montgomery and Patton were all seduced by the breakthrough myth or blitzkrieg as the decisive way to victory.


Mosier shows how the Polish campaign in fall 1939 and the fall of France in spring 1940 were not the blitzkrieg victories as proclaimed. He also reinterprets Rommel's North African campaigns, D–Day and the Normandy campaign, Patton's attempted breakthrough into the Saar and Germany, Montgomery's flawed breakthrough at Arnhem, and Hitler's last desperate breakthrough effort to Antwerp in the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. All of these actions saw the clash of the breakthrough theories with the realities of conventional military tactics, and Mosier's novel analysis of these campaigns, the failure of airpower, and the military leaders on both sides, is a challenging reassessment of the military history of World War II. The book includes maps and photos.


The Myth of the Great War

The Myth of the Great War

The Myth of the Great War: A New Military History of World War I by John Mosier
HarperPerennial | 2002 | ISBN: 0060084332 | EPUB | 2.24MB


Based on previously unused French and German sources, this challenging and controversial new analysis of the war on the Western front from 1914 to 1918 reveals how and why the Germans won the major battles with one-half to one-third fewer casualties than the Allies, and how American troops in 1918 saved the Allies from defeat and a negotiated peace with the Germans.


The Gardner Heist

The Gardner Heist

The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World's Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich Boser
HarperCollins | 2010 | ISBN: 0061451843 | EPUB | 1.08MB


Shortly after midnight on March 18, 1990, two men broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and committed the largest art heist in history. They stole a dozen masterpieces, including one Vermeer, three Rembrandts, and five Degas. But after thousands of leads—and a $5 million reward—none of the paintings have been recovered. Worth as much as $500 million, the missing masterpieces have become one of the nation's most extraordinary unsolved mysteries.


After the death of famed art detective Harold Smith, reporter Ulrich Boser decided to take up the case. Exploring Smith's unfinished leads, Boser travels deep into the art underworld and comes across a remarkable cast of characters, including a brilliant rock 'n' roll thief, a gangster who professes his innocence in rhyming verse, and the enigmatic late Boston heiress Isabella Stewart Gardner herself. Boser becomes increasingly obsessed with the case and eventually uncovers startling new evidence about the identities of the thieves. A tale of art and greed, of obsession and loss, The Gardner Heist is as compelling as the stolen masterpieces themselves.


The Last Alchemist: Count Cagliostro, Master of Magic

The Last Alchemist: Count Cagliostro, Master of Magic

The Last Alchemist: Count Cagliostro, Master of Magic in the Age of Reason by Iain McCalman
HarperPerennial | 2004 | ISBN: 0060006919 | EPUB | 339.94KB


Freemason ... Shaman ... Prophet ... Seducer ... Swindler ... Thief ... Heretic


Who was the mysterious Count Cagliostro?


Depending on whom you ask, he was either a great healer or a dangerous charlatan. Internationally acclaimed historian Iain McCalman documents how Cagliostro crossed paths -- and often swords -- with the likes of Catherine the Great, Marie Antoinette, and Pope Pius VI. He was a muse to William Blake and the inspiration for both Mozart's Magic Flute and Goethe's Faust. Louis XVI had him thrown into the Bastille for his alleged involvement in what would come to be known as "the affair of the necklace." Yet in London, Warsaw, and St. Petersburg, he established "healing clinics" for the poorest of the poor, and his dexterity in the worlds of alchemy and spiritualism won him acclaim among the nobility across Europe.


Also the leader of an exotic brand of Freemasonry, Count Cagliostro was indisputably one of the most influential and notorious figures of the latter eighteenth century, overcoming poverty and an ignoble birth to become the darling -- and bane -- of upper-crust Europe.


Sailors to the End

Sailors to the End

Sailors to the End: The Deadly Fire on the USS Forrestal and the Heroes Who Fought It by Gregory A Freeman
William Morrow | 2004 | ISBN: 0060936908 | EPUB | 506.67KB


The aircraft carrier USS Forrestal was preparing to launch attacks into North Vietnam when one of its jets accidentally fired a rocket into an aircraft occupied by pilot John McCain. A huge fire ensued, and McCain barely escaped before a 1,000-pound bomb on his plane exploded, causing a chain reaction with other bombs on surrounding planes. The crew struggled for days to extinguish the fires, but, in the end, the tragedy took the lives of 134 men. For thirty-five years, the terrible loss of life has been blamed on the sailors themselves, but this meticulously documented history shows that they were truly the victims and heroes.


Where the Birds Never Sing

Where the Birds Never Sing

Where the Birds Never Sing: The True Story of the 92nd Signal Battalion and the Liberation of Dachau by Jack Sacco
HarperPerennial | 2004 | ISBN: 0060096667 | EPUB | 20.32MB


In this riveting book, Jack Sacco tells the realistic, harrowing, at times horrifying, and ultimately triumphant tale of an American GI in World War II as seen through the eyes of his father, Joe Sacco -- a farm boy from Alabama who was flung into the chaos of Normandy and survived the terrors of the Bulge.


As part of the 92nd Signal Battalion and Patton's famed Third Army, Joe and his buddies found themselves at the forefront of the Allied push through France and Germany. After more than a year of fighting, but still only twenty years old, Joe had become a hardened veteran. Yet nothing could have prepared him and his unit for the horrors behind the walls of Germany's infamous Dachau concentration camp. They were among the first 250 American troops into the camp, and it was there that they finally grasped the significance of the Allied mission. Surrounded by death and destruction, the men not only found the courage and will to fight, but they also discovered the meaning of friendship and came to understand the value and fragility of life.


Invisible Hand

Invisible Hand

Invisible Hand by Adam Smith
Penguin Group | 2008 | ISBN: 0141963352 | EPUB | 1.59MB


Adam Smith's landmark treatise on the free market paved the way for modern capitalism, arguing that competition is the engine of a productive society, and that self-interest will eventually come to enrich the whole community, as if by an "invisible hand".


Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves--and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives--and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.


Exorcising Terror

Exorcising Terror

Exorcising Terror: The Incredible Unending Trial of Augusto Pinochet by Ariel Dorfman
Seven Stories Press | 2002 | ISBN: 1583225420 | EPUB | 2.05MB


Renowned author Ariel Dorfman, obsessed for twenty-five years with the malignant shadow General Pinochet cast upon Chile and the world, followed every twist and turn of the four year old trial in Great Britain, Spain and Chile as well as in the U.S., the country that had created Pinochet. Told as a suspense thriller, filled with court-room drama and sudden reversals of fortune, the book at the same time addresses some of today's most burning issues, made all the more urgent after the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001.


What are the limits of national sovereignty in a globalizing world? How does an ever more interconnected world judge crimes committed against humanity? What role do memory and pain and the rights of the survivors play in this struggle for a new system of justice? But above all, the author, by listening carefully to the voices of Pinochet's many victims, explores how can we purge ourselves of terror and fear once we have been traumatized, and asks if we can build peace and reconciliation without facing a turbulent and perverse past.


Weapons in Space

Weapons in Space

Weapons in Space by Karl Grossman
Seven Stories Press | 2011 | ISBN: 1609803205 | EPUB | 2.24MB


Weapons in Space examines how the United States is forcing forward--in violation of international treaties--to militarize space. Based on excerpts from U.S. government documents, award-winning investigative journalist Karl Grossman outlines the U.S. military's space doctrine, its similarity with the original Stars Wars scheme of Ronald Reagan and Edward Teller, and the space-based lasers, hypervelocity guns, and particle beams it plans to deploy in its mission to "dominate" earth.


Grossman shows the intimate link between the militarization and the nuclearization of space, and follows the flow of billions of U.S. tax dollars to the corporations that research and develop weapons for space. His book explains the Outer Space Treaty and gives a history of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear power in Space: what it is doing, what it plans to do--and what the reader can do to challenge U.S. plans to turn the heavens into a war zone.


Mini Farming Guide to Fermenting

Mini Farming Guide to Fermenting

Mini Farming Guide to Fermenting: Self-Sufficiency from Beer and Cheese to Wine and Vinegar by Brett L Markham
Skyhorse Publishing | 2012 | ISBN: 1616086130 | EPUB | 10.87MB


New from the bestselling author of Mini Farming! Ferment your own wine, cheese, beer, and more!


Brett Markham, author of Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on ¼ Acre, explains how to ferment just about anything you can grow, and reminds us that gourmet cheeses, fancy vinegars, and store-bought wines can be expensive—making your own can not only be fun but will save money. Learn to make sourdough or experiment with making wine using a countertop juice machine. Inside you’ll find recipes and instructions with checklists, extensive tables, measurements, and 150 of the author’s own photographs. 150 color illustrations; 5 black & white illustrations


The Hite Report: A National Study of Female Sexuality

The Hite Report: A National Study of Female Sexuality

The Hite Report: A National Study of Female Sexuality by Shere Hite
Seven Stories Press | 2003 | ISBN: 1583225692 | EPUB | 1.89MB


A reproduction of the classic text, unavailable now for more than a decade, with a new introduction by the author. The Hite Report, first published in 1976, was a sexual revolution in six hundred pages. To answer sensitive questions dealing with the most intimate details of women's sexuality, Hite's innovation was simple: she asked women, a lot of them, everything--and published the results.


One hundred thousand women, ages fourteen to seventy-eight, were asked what they do and don't like about sex; how orgasm really feels, with and without intercourse; how it feels not to have an orgasm during sex; the importance of clitoral stimulation and masturbation; and to name the greatest pleasures and frustrations of their sexual lives, among many other questions.


The Hite Report declares that orgasm is easy and strong for women, given the right stimulation; that most women have orgasm most easily during masturbation or clitoral stimulation by hand; that sex as we define it is a cultural institution, not a biological one; and that attitudes must change to include the stimulation women desire.


Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control

Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control

Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control (Fully revised and updated) by Medea Benjamin
Verso | 2013 | ISBN: 1781680779 | EPUB | 505.24KB


Groundbreaking exposé of the rapid shift to robot warfare, by a leading antiwar activist.


Drone Warfare is the first comprehensive analysis of one of the fastest growing—and most secretive—fronts in global conflict: the rise of robot warfare. In 2000, the Pentagon had fewer than fifty aerial drones; ten years later, it had a fleet of nearly 7,500, and the US Air Force now trains more drone “pilots” than bomber and fighter pilots combined. Drones are already a $5 billion business in the US alone. The human cost? Drone strikes have killed more than 200 children alone in Pakistan and Yemen.


CODEPINK and Global Exchange cofounder Medea Benjamin provides the first extensive analysis of who is producing the drones, where they are being used, who controls these unmanned planes, and what are the legal and moral implications of their use. In vivid, readable style, this book also looks at what activists, lawyers, and scientists across the globe are doing to ground these weapons. Benjamin argues that the assassinations we are carrying out from the air will come back to haunt us when others start doing the same thing—to us.


Revolution and War in Spain, 1931-1939

Revolution and War in Spain, 1931-1939

Revolution and War in Spain, 1931-1939 by Paul Preston
Routledge | 2001 | ISBN: 0415098947 | PDF | 1.04MB


This collection of essays constitutes a magnificent monument to recent scholarship on the Second Republic and the Civil War. It is indispensable for a full understanding of the period.


The Coming of the Spanish Civil War

The Coming of the Spanish Civil War

The Coming of the Spanish Civil War by Paul Preston
Routledge | 1994 | ISBN: 0415063558 | PDF | 1.57MB


The breakdown of democracy in Spain in the 1930s resulted in a torrent of political and military violence. In this thoroughly revised edition of his classic text, Paul Preston provides a deeply disturbing explanation of the democratic collapse, coherently and excitingly outlining the social and economic background.


Since the first edition of this book was completed more than fifteen years ago, archives have been opened up, the diaries, letters and memoirs of major protagonists have been published and there have been innumerable studies of the politics of the Republic, of parties, unions, elections and social conflict, national and provincial. This edition updates the original text as exhaustively as possible to take account of the new material.


Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes

Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes

Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes: The Tangshan Earthquake and the Death of Mao's China by James Palmer
Basic Books | 2012 | ISBN: 046501478X | EPUB | 1.54MB


When an earthquake of historic magnitude leveled the industrial city of Tangshan in the summer of 1976, killing more than a half-million people, China was already gripped by widespread social unrest. As Mao lay on his deathbed, the public mourned the death of popular premier Zhou Enlai. Anger toward the powerful Communist Party officials in the Gang of Four, which had tried to suppress grieving for Zhou, was already potent; when the government failed to respond swiftly to the Tangshan disaster, popular resistance to the Cultural Revolution reached a boiling point.


In Heaven Cracks, Earth Shakes, acclaimed historian James Palmer tells the startling story of the most tumultuous year in modern Chinese history, when Mao perished, a city crumbled, and a new China was born.


The Making of Modern Medicine [Audiobook]

The Making of Modern Medicine [Audiobook]

The Making of Modern Medicine [Audiobook] by Andrew Cunningham
AudioGO | 2009 | ISBN: 1602837716 | MP3@192 kbps | 7 hrs 03 mins | 581.69MB


This BBC Radio series charts the development of Western medicine and healing from the ancient Greeks to the pioneering organ transplant operations of the 20th Century and beyond. The Making of Modern Medicine covers over 2000 years of medical history and draws on a vast range of original sources from diaries, medical journals and stage satires to shed light on the experiences of physicians, surgeons, nurses and patients. Written and presented by Andrew Cunningham, an authority on social and scientific medical history, it includes a wide variety of highly illustrative extracts read by acclaimed actors.


The Myths and Masks Of God [Audiobook]

The Myths and Masks Of God [Audiobook]
The Myths and Masks Of God [Audiobook] by Joseph Campbell
HighBridge Company | 2003 | ISBN: 1565117344 | M4B | 4 hrs 36 mins | 97.74MB

This series of lectures about myths, symbols and the divine will thrill any Joseph Campbell devotee. The late literature professor's down-home approach to mythology is entertaining, insightful and frequently iconoclastic. His storytelling is brilliant and often funny, but the series is not without blemishes. Campbell's rambling style and abstract content can be overwhelming for some listeners, and his anti-Judeo-Christian prejudice off-putting. Taped before a live audience, the program has variable audio quality as Campbell moves around. In spite of the historical importance of the tapes, no data is provided about where and when the lectures occurred.


Mythology and the Individual [Audiobook]

Mythology and the Individual [Audiobook]
Mythology and the Individual [Audiobook] by Joseph Campbell
HighBridge Company | 2002 | ISBN: 1565117301 | MP3 ABR | 4 hrs 45 mins | 99.04MB

These five lectures on mythology and contemporary society, first presented between 1962 and 1967, have never before been published. Background hiss and microphone pops create a "live" atmosphere, in which Joseph Campbell comes to life, joking, telling stories and recounting myths. As always, the presentation is wrapped up in his special perspective on how the intangible world works. Campbell's gravelly voice and well-crafted words reach out to enthrall the listener, stimulate the imagination and provoke questions about our religious and cultural beliefs.


Man and Myth [Audiobook]

Man and Myth [Audiobook]
Man and Myth [Audiobook] by Joseph Campbell
HighBridge Company | 2003 | ISBN: 1565117336 | M4B | 5 hrs 20 mins | 113.21MB

In this lecture series the prolific author and mastermind Joseph Campbell explores the origins of mythological symbols, tells the principle function of mythology for society and points to the significance of the monomyth which has been repeated by religions of different cultures at various times.


Inward Journey: East and West [Audiobook]

Inward Journey: East and West [Audiobook]
Inward Journey: East and West [Audiobook] by Joseph Campbell
HighBridge Audio | 2003 | ISBN: 156511731X | M4B | 4 hrs 52 mins | 136.26MB

Each CD contains one talk in a series of lectures that Campbell gave on comparative mythology between Eastern and Western traditions. He discusses the nature of myth, its characteristics, domain, uses, and meaning, among many other things. He distinguishes between the emphasis of eastern and western mythology and how they reinforce religious understanding in their respective cultures.


Campbell talks about eastern religion and mythology as supporting the idea that all individuals have the capacity and inherent characteristics of God, or the Divine Consciousness. In eastern religions, everyone has the ability to reach Buddha-hood, or Christ-hood, or God-consciousness. Whereas western religion and mythology externalizes the Divine, and access to its qualities relies upon belonging to a social group that is in relation to that God.


He also talks about the inward journey to the Divine, and how different cultures place different emphasis on this journey. He also draws parallels between experience of the Divine, schitzophrenia, and acid trips. He explains how these are similar and how they differ in great detail and insight.


Campbell uses a number of references and anecdotal stories to illustrate his very thoughtful, profound, and far reaching ideas. His wit, intelligence, and sincerity really comes through in this series. I will come back to these talks to use as inspiration and reference for my own philosophical and anthropological work; there is a wealth of inspiration and insight contained in Joseph Campbell's work, and these lectures are no exception.


Western Quest [Audiobook]

Western Quest [Audiobook]
Western Quest [Audiobook] by Joseph Campbell
Highbridge Audio | 1999 | ISBN: 1565112970 | M4B | 5 hrs 02 mins | 141.22MB

From the work that brought him to national prominence to the key lectures he kept in his own study, this volume is an important piece of The Joseph Campbell Audio Collection and presents listeners with his timeless wisdom, provocative insights, and terrific stories.


These live lectures of Joseph Campbell offer the rare chance to hear a master teacher explain his ideas. Campbell explores the themes of love and man's relationship to God and his community, tracing a lineage from pre-Christian mythology through the Arthurian legends. As he identifies related motifs in the traditions of five continents, Campbell teaches listeners how to think about spirituality and history. He also communicates his love for his topic, breaking in on himself with suddenly remembered examples or jokes.


World Mythology and the Individual Adventure [Audiobook]

World Mythology and the Individual Adventure [Audiobook]
World Mythology and the Individual Adventure (2 Volumes) [Audiobook] by Joseph Campbell
Big Sur Tapes | 1972 | ISBN: 1572060026 | MP3@128 kbps | 14 hrs 58 mins | 868.83MB

Contents:


  • VOLUME 1
  • The Function of Mythology
  • Mythology East & West
  • India & Yoga
  • China & Buddhism
  • Western Psychology

  • VOLUME 2
  • Jungian Psychology
  • Thomas Mann and James Joyce
  • The Grail Legends
  • Man & Myth Through the Ages I
  • Man & Myth Through the Ages II

Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius

Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius

Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius by Ray Monk
Vintage Books | 1991 | ISBN: 0099883708 | EPUB | 2.36MB


Here is the first full-scale one-volume life of the century's most influential and intriguing philosopher. Monk is the first biographer to quote extensively from many of Wittgenstein's revealing personal letters and writings.


Plato's Erotic World: From Cosmic Origins to Human Death

Plato's Erotic World: From Cosmic Origins to Human Death

Plato's Erotic World: From Cosmic Origins to Human Death by Jill Gordon
Cambridge University Press | 2012 | ISBN: 1107024110 | PDF | 1.4MB


Plato's entire fictive world is permeated with philosophical concern for eros, well beyond the so-called erotic dialogues. Several metaphysical, epistemological, and cosmological conversations - Timaeus, Cratylus, Parmenides, Theaetetus, and Phaedo - demonstrate that eros lies at the root of the human condition and that properly guided eros is the essence of a life well lived.


This book presents a holistic vision of eros, beginning with the presence of eros at the origin of the cosmos and the human soul, surveying four types of human self-cultivation aimed at good guidance of eros, and concluding with human death as a return to our origins. The book challenges conventional wisdom regarding the "erotic dialogues" and demonstrates that Plato's world is erotic from beginning to end: the human soul is primordially erotic and the well cultivated erotic soul can best remember and return to its origins, its lifelong erotic desire.


Nietzsche and Zen: Self Overcoming Without a Self

Nietzsche and Zen: Self Overcoming Without a Self

Nietzsche and Zen: Self Overcoming Without a Self by André van der Braak
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group | 2011 | ISBN: 073916550X | EPUB | 2.2MB


In Nietzsche and Zen: Self-Overcoming Without a Self, André van der Braak engages Nietzsche in a dialogue with four representatives of the Buddhist Zen tradition: Nagarjuna (c. 150-250), Linji (d. 860), Dogen (1200-1253), and Nishitani (1900-1990). In doing so, he reveals Nietzsche's thought as a philosophy of continuous self-overcoming, in which even the notion of "self" has been overcome.


Van der Braak begins by analyzing Nietzsche's relationship to Buddhism and status as a transcultural thinker, recalling research on Nietzsche and Zen to date and setting out the basic argument of the study. He continues by examining the practices of self-overcoming in Nietzsche and Zen, comparing Nietzsche's radical skepticism with that of Nagarjuna and comparing Nietzsche's approach to truth to Linji's. Nietzsche's methods of self-overcoming are compared to Dogen's zazen, or sitting meditation practice, and Dogen's notion of forgetting the self. These comparisons and others build van der Braak's case for a criticism of Nietzsche informed by the ideas of Zen Buddhism and a criticism of Zen Buddhism seen through the Western lens of Nietzsche - coalescing into one world philosophy. This treatment, focusing on one of the most fruitful areas of research within contemporary comparative and intercultural philosophy, will be useful to Nietzsche scholars, continental philosophers, and comparative philosophers.


First Into Nagasaki

First Into Nagasaki

First Into Nagasaki: The Censored Eyewitness Dispatches on Post-Atomic Japan and Its Prisoners of War by George Weller
Crown | 2007 | ISBN: 0307342026 | EPUB | 1.33MB


Lost for more than half a century, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist George Weller’s legendary dispatches from post-atomic-bomb Nagasaki were discovered after his death by his son, Anthony Weller. Here, this historic body of work is published for the first time.


China Under the Empress Dowager

China Under the Empress Dowager

China Under the Empress Dowager by J. O P Bland, Edmund Trelawny Backhouse
Earnshaw Books | 2010 | ISBN: 988186674X | EPUB | 6.83MB


One of the most popular and controversial Chinese history books ever written, China under the Empress Dowager is also one of the best. Authors Bland and Backhouse take you inside the Forbidden City during the reign of Empress Dowager Cixi (1861-1908), a world of power-thirsty eunuchs, concubines and Mandarins, intrigue, bitter antagonism and ruthless reprisals. The book was unique for its time in its reliance on Chinese source materials, some of which may have been fabricated. As entertaining as it is enlightening, the book that presaged the fall of the Qing dynasty is as readable today as it ever was.


Little Emperors: A Year with the Future of China

Little Emperors: A Year with the Future of China

Little Emperors: A Year with the Future of China by JoAnn Dionne
Dundurn | 2008 | ISBN: 1459717902 | EPUB | 2.72MB


Much has been made about how the New China has become an economic juggernaut in today's world while civil liberties and basic freedoms remain constricted. We know where the aging leadership has taken and is taking China, but what about the very young? What are they like?


When JoAnn Dionne arrived in Guangzho, she came prepared to live and teach elementary school in a Communist country. She expected to see soldiers in the streets, people in grey Mao suits, and lineups to buy toilet paper. Instead she found the world's oldest country, throwing itself headlong into the future. She found traffic jams and 24/7 constructions, neon lights and smog, shopping malls and modern high-rises. And then she met the people who would live in that future — her students. Along with crisp insights into Chinese culture as seen through the eyes of a North American, Dionne provides a funny, often poignant glimpse of a nation undergoing rapid transformation.


From Cairo to Baghdad: British Travellers in Arabia

From Cairo to Baghdad: British Travellers in Arabia

From Cairo to Baghdad: British Travellers in Arabia by James Canton
I B Tauris | 2011 | ISBN: 1848856962 | EPUB | 3.15MB


Until the 1880s, British travelers to Arabia were for the most part wealthy dilettantes who could fund their travels from private means. With the advent of an Imperial presence in the region, as the British seized power in Egypt, the very nature of travel to the Middle East changed.


Suddenly, ordinary men and women found themselves visiting the region as British influence increased. Missionaries, soldiers and spies as well as tourists and explorers started to visit the area, creating an ever bigger supply of writers, and market for their books. In a similar fashion, as the Empire receded in the wake of World War II, so did the whole tradition of Middle East travel writing.


In this elegantly crafted book, James Canton examines over one hundred primary sources, from forgotten gems to the classics of T. E. Lawrence, Thesiger, and Philby. He analyzes the relationship between Empire and author, showing how the one influenced the other, leading to a vast array of texts that might never have been produced had it not been for the ambitions of Imperial Britain. This work makes for essential reading for all of those interested in the literature of Empire, travel writing and the Middle East.


I Sank the Bismarck Memoirs of a Second World War Navy Pilot

I Sank the Bismarck Memoirs of a Second World War Navy Pilot

I Sank the Bismarck: Memoirs of a Second World War Navy Pilot by Mike Rossiter, John Moffat
Corgi | 2010 | ISBN: 0552159484 | EPUB | 1.73MB


The memoirs of a Second World War bomber pilot and the sinking of the Bismarck warship in May 1941.


Along with twelve other brave pilots, John Moffat took down the largest warship of its time. A warship that had destroyed the famed HMS Hood within minutes, and was able to withstand anything the British military threw at it. These men, in their Swordfish, managed to avoid the fearful anti-aircraft fire and launch their torpedoes. One of them hit, holing the German warship.


This is John Moffat's story, of how as a young man he experienced first-hand the titanic struggle for naval supremacy, the cramped cabins and meagre rations of WWII, the mind-numbing patrols over hundreds of miles of ocean and the adrenalin and fear of being in a fragile aircraft sought out by gunfire. As the only surviving member of the mission, John Moffat tells of everything that led him to be able to say, "I sank the Bismarck."


King Rufus: The Life and Mysterious Death of William II

King Rufus: The Life and Mysterious Death of William II

King Rufus: The Life and Mysterious Death of William II of England by Emma Mason
The History Press | 2008 | ISBN: 0752446355 | EPUB | 2.13MB


This is a major new biography of England's most irreligious king, famously killed accidentally whilst hunting in the new forest. The future William II was born in the late 1050s the third son of William the Conqueror. The younger William—nicknamed Rufus because of his ruddy cheeks—at first had no great expectations of succeeding to the throne.


The situation changed when Robert, the Conqueror's eldest son, repeatedly rebelled against his father, and Richard, the king's second son, was killed in a hunting accident in the New Forest. When the Conqueror was dying in 1087, he designated William as heir to the English throne. Emma Mason's biography tells the story of William Rufus, King of England from 1087-1100, and reveals for the first time the truth behind his death, in the thirteenth year of his troubled reign, settling one of medieval England's most enduring mysteries.


Einstein's Cosmos

Einstein's Cosmos

Einstein's Cosmos: How Albert Einstein's Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time by Michio Kaku
W W Norton & Company | 2004 | ISBN: 039305165X | EPUB | 244.92KB


A dazzling tour of the universe as Einstein saw it.


How did Albert Einstein come up with the theories that changed the way we look at the world? By thinking in pictures. Michio Kaku leading theoretical physicist (a cofounder of string theory) and best-selling science storyteller shows how Einstein used seemingly simple images to lead a revolution in science. Daydreaming about racing a beam of light led to the special theory of relativity and the equation E = mc². Thinking about a man falling led to the general theory of relativity giving us black holes and the Big Bang.


Einstein's failure to come up with a theory that would unify relativity and quantum mechanics stemmed from his lacking an apt image. Even in failure, however, Einstein's late insights have led to new avenues of research as well as to the revitalization of the quest for a "Theory of Everything." With originality and expertise, Kaku uncovers the surprising beauty that lies at the heart of Einstein's cosmos.


The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2012

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2012

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2012
Mariner Books | 2012 | ISBN: 0547799535 | EPUB | 620.57KB


The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.


The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2012 includes:


JEROME GROOPMAN, SY MONTGOMERY, MICHAEL BEHAR, DEBORAH BLUM, THOMAS GOETZ, DAVID EAGLEMAN, RIVKA GALCHEN, DAVID KIRBY, and others


Contagious: Why Things Catch On

Contagious: Why Things Catch On

Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
Simon & Schuster | 2013 | ISBN: 1451686579 | EPUB | 786.35KB


What makes things popular?


If you said advertising, think again. People don’t listen to advertisements, they listen to their peers. But why do people talk about certain products and ideas more than others? Why are some stories and rumors more infectious? And what makes online content go viral?


Wharton marketing professor Jonah Berger has spent the last decade answering these questions. He’s studied why New York Times articles make the paper’s own Most E-mailed List, why products get word of mouth, and how social influence shapes everything from the cars we buy to the clothes we wear to the names we give our children. In this book, Berger reveals the secret science behind word-of-mouth and social transmission. Discover how six basic principles drive all sorts of things to become contagious, from consumer products and policy initiatives to workplace rumors and YouTube videos.


Contagious combines groundbreaking research with powerful stories. Learn how a luxury steakhouse found popularity through the lowly cheese-steak, why anti-drug commercials might have actually increased drug use, and why more than 200 million consumers shared a video about one of the seemingly most boring products there is: a blender. If you’ve wondered why certain stories get shared, e-mails get forwarded, or videos go viral, Contagious explains why, and shows how to leverage these concepts to craft contagious content. This book provides a set of specific, actionable techniques for helping information spread—for designing messages, advertisements, and information that people will share. Whether you’re a manager at a big company, a small business owner trying to boost awareness, a politician running for office, or a health official trying to get the word out, Contagious will show you how to make your product or idea catch on.


7 Keys to Lifelong Sexual Vitality

7 Keys to Lifelong Sexual Vitality

7 Keys to Lifelong Sexual Vitality: The Hippocrates Institute Guide to Sex, Health, and Happiness by Brian R Clement, Anna Maria Clement
New World Library | 2012 | ISBN: 1608680924 | EPUB | 1.02MB


Good health leads to good sex and good sex can lead to good health. And your sex life can keep getting better over time, with intimacy growing stronger and more pleasurable with each passing year. Health and sex experts Drs. Brian and Anna Maria Clement, a married couple and the codirectors of an internationally renowned wellness clinic and spa, offer advice for retaining sexual vitality and intimacy throughout life. Their suggestions are all-natural, can be put into practice by anyone, and require no drugs.


Sexual energy is a universal fuel of life that nourishes mind, body, and spirit. Remaining sexually active is one of the most effective ways to naturally enhance your health and your life. The Clements offer:


  • health, nutrition, detoxification, and exercise tips for all ages
  • massage techniques to enhance intimacy and sexual function
  • recipes rich in sex-boosting nutrients
  • guided imagery and mindfulness to increase intimacy
  • tips and practices for awakening libido, resolving sexual dysfunction, and increasing satisfaction
  • scientific support for overcoming fear and misinformation.

Clinically tested and holistic, the Clements’ approach to sexuality will help you invigorate your sex life and use sex to improve your health and vice versa.


I Love Female Orgasm: An Extraordinary Orgasm Guide

I Love Female Orgasm: An Extraordinary Orgasm Guide

I Love Female Orgasm: An Extraordinary Orgasm Guide by Dorian Solot, Marshall Miller
Da Capo Press | 2007 | ISBN: 1569242763 | EPUB | 4.74MB


Whether you’re celebrating your thousandth female orgasm, searching for your first, or cheering on your girlfriend or wife, women and men across the country agree: I Love Female Orgasm!


I Love Female Orgasm is crammed with everything you want to know about the big O, including:


  • How to have an orgasm during intercourse-and why most women don’t Directions on finding your way to the G-spot
  • Detailed advice on how to have your first orgasm
  • Advice for better oral sex
  • Tips on surfing waves of multiple orgasms (even if you usually have just one)
  • The truth about female ejaculation (yes, it exists!)
  • Answers to your questions about vibrators, sex toys, piercings, and more
  • The real deal on orgasms for lesbian, bisexual, and queer women
  • An entire chapter for men on how to turn her on and get her off, plus tips for partners in every chapter

Solot and Miller have spoken to thousands of men and women and surveyed thousands more about their experiences with female orgasm. Here they share all that they’ve learned--plus give you a sneak peek behind bedroom doors as women and men share their favorite moves, mistakes to avoid, and best "oh, yeah!" moments.