The Magus [Audiobook]

The Magus [Audiobook]

The Magus [Audiobook] by John Fowles
Naxos AudioBooks | 2012 | ASIN: B009AGAP0A | MP3@96 kbps | 26 hrs 27 mins | 1.06GB


A man trapped in a millionare's deadly game of political and sexual betrayal.


Filled with shocks and chilling surprises, The Magus is a masterwork of contemporary literature. In it, a young Englishman, Nicholas Urfe, accepts a teaching position on a Greek island where his friendship with the owner of the islands most magnificent estate leads him into a nightmare. As reality and fantasy are deliberately confused by staged deaths, erotic encounters, and terrifying violence, Urfe becomes a desperate man fighting for his sanity and his life. A work rich with symbols, conundrums and labrinthine twists of event, The Magus is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining, a work that ranks with the best novels of modern times.


The Magus reflected the issues of the 1960s perfectly, but even almost half a century after its first publication, it continues to create tension and concern, remaining the page-turner that it was when it was first released.


Natural Computing

Natural Computing

Natural Computing: DNA, Quantum Bits, and the Future of Smart Machines by Dennis E Shasha, Cathy Lazere
W W Norton & Company | 2010 | ISBN: 0393336832 | EPUB | 1.53MB


Reports from the cutting edge, where physics and biology are changing the fundamental assumptions of computing.


Computers built from DNA, bacteria, or foam. Robots that fix themselves on Mars. Bridges that report when they are aging. This is the bizarre and fascinating world of Natural Computing. Computer scientist and Scientific American’s “Puzzling Adventures” columnist Dennis Shasha here teams up with journalist Cathy Lazere to explore the outer reaches of computing. Drawing on interviews with fifteen leading scientists, the authors present an unexpected vision: the future of computing is a synthesis with nature.


That vision will change not only computer science but also fields as disparate as finance, engineering, and medicine. Space engineers are at work designing machines that adapt to extreme weather and radiation. “Wetware” processing built on DNA or bacterial cells races closer to reality. One scientist’s “extended analog computer” measures answers instead of calculating them using ones and zeros. In lively, readable prose, Shasha and Lazere take readers on a tour of the future of smart machines.


Mirror Earth: The Search for Our Planet's Twin

Mirror Earth: The Search for Our Planet's Twin

Mirror Earth: The Search for Our Planet's Twin by Michael D Lemonick
Walker & Company | 2012 | ISBN: 080277900X | EPUB | 2.32MB


In the mid-1990s, astronomers made history when they detected three planets orbiting stars in the Milky Way. The planets were nothing like Earth, however: they were giant gas balls like Jupiter or Saturn. More than 500 planets have been found since then, yet none of them could support life.


Now, armed with more powerful technology, planet hunters are racing to find a true twin of Earth. Science writer Michael Lemonick has unique access to these exoplaneteers, as they call themselves, and Mirror Earth unveils their passionate quest. Geoff Marcy, at the University of California, Berkeley, is the world's most successful planet hunter, having found two of the first three extra-solar planets. Bill Borucki, at the NASA Ames Research Center, struggled for more than a decade to launch the Kepler mission-the only planet finder, human or machine, to beat Marcy's record. David Charbonneau, at Harvard, realized that Earths would be much easier to find if he looked at tiny stars called M-dwarfs rather than stars like the Sun-and that he could use backyard telescopes to find them!


Unlike those in other races, the competing scientists actually consult and cooperate with one another. But only one will be the first to find Earth's twin. Mirror Earth is poised narrate this historic event as the discovery is made.


Chinese Characters: The Art of Painting The Word

Chinese Characters: The Art of Painting The Word

Chinese Characters: The Art of Painting The Word
Andrews McMeel Publishing | 2002 | ISBN: 0740728954 | EPUB | 6.29MB


The strokes used in Chinese characters were originally fashioned after bird tracks and shadows cast by trees. They are beautifully expressive even to those who do not understand their meaning. To the Chinese, writing is not only a means of communication, it also has the force to transform reality. The book in this box introduces the history of Chinese writing and gives many examples of the way in which simple brush strokes are combined to convey not only words but also complete ideas. The Chinese character tattoos that accompany the book can be harmlessly and temporarily adhered to the body for a wonderful and exotic effect.


Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W Bush Presidential

Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W Bush Presidential

Bush's Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W Bush Presidential by James Moore, Wayne Slater
John Wiley & Sons | 2004 | ISBN: 0471471402 | EPUB | 3.43Mb


The most powerful individual in the United States may not be George W. Bush. It is probably Karl Rove, the President's brilliant advisor. Who is this man and how did he acquire so much power? Having watched in awe for over fifteen years as they reported on the rise of Karl Rove, Moore and Slater expose the brutal and sometimes morally questionable, but invariably effective ways in which Karl Rove - and America's political system—actually operate.


Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism

Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism

Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism by James W Loewen
Touchstone | 2006 | ISBN: 0743294483 | EPUB | 3.42MB


The explosive story of racial exclusion in the north, from the American Book Award-winning author of Lies My Teacher Told Me.


As American as apple pie:


  • Most suburbs in the United States were originally sundown towns.
  • As part of the deepening racism that swept through the United States after 1890, town after town outside the traditional South became intentionally all-white, evicting their black populations with tactics that ranged from intimidation to outright violence.
  • From Myakka City, Florida, to Kennewick, Washington, the nation is dotted with thousands of all-white towns that are (or were until recently) all-white on purpose. Sundown towns can be found in almost every state.

"Don't let the sun go down on you in this town." We equate these words with the Jim Crow South but, in a sweeping analysis of American residential patterns, award-winning and bestselling author James W. Loewen demonstrates that strict racial exclusion was the norm in American towns and villages from sea to shining sea for much of the twentieth century.


Weaving history, personal narrative, and hard-nosed analysis, Loewen shows that the sundown town was—and is—an American institution with a powerful and disturbing history of its own, told here for the first time. In Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, sundown towns were created in waves of violence in the early decades of the twentieth century, and then maintained well into the contemporary era.


Sundown Towns redraws the map of race relations, extending the lines of racial oppression through the backyard of millions of Americans—and lobbing an intellectual hand grenade into the debates over race and racism today.




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Lies My Teacher Told Me

Lies My Teacher Told Me

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W Loewen
Touchstone | 2007 | ISBN: 0743296281 | EPUB | 4.28MB


Americans have lost touch with their history, and in Lies My Teacher Told Me Professor James Loewen shows why. After surveying eighteen leading high school American history texts, he has concluded that not one does a decent job of making history interesting or memorable. Marred by an embarrassing combination of blind patriotism, mindless optimism, sheer misinformation, and outright lies, these books omit almost all the ambiguity, passion, conflict, and drama from our past.


In this revised edition, packed with updated material, Loewen explores how historical myths continue to be perpetuated in today's climate and adds an eye-opening chapter on the lies surrounding 9/11 and the Iraq War. From the truth about Columbus's historic voyages to an honest evaluation of our national leaders, Loewen revives our history, restoring the vitality and relevance it truly possesses.


Thought provoking, nonpartisan, and often shocking, Loewen unveils the real America in this iconoclastic classic beloved by high school teachers, history buffs, and enlightened citizens across the country.


On the Front Line: The Collected Journalism of Marie Colvin

On the Front Line: The Collected Journalism of Marie Colvin

On the Front Line: The Collected Journalism of Marie Colvin
HarperCollins | 2012 | ISBN: 0007487975 | EPUB | 4.21MB


A fearless, passionate veteran reporter of conflicts from around the world, Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin was killed in February 2012, covering the uprising in Syria from the besieged city of Homs. On the Front Line is a collection of her finest work, a portion of the proceeds from which will go to the Marie Colvin Memorial Fund.


Marie Colvin held a profound belief in the pursuit of truth, and the courage and humanity of her work was deeply admired. On the Front Line includes her various interviews with Yasser Arafat and Colonel Gadaffi; reports from East Timor in 1999 where she shamed the UN into protecting its refugees; accounts of her terrifying escape from the Russian army in Chechnya; and reports from the strongholds of the Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers where she was hit by shrapnel, leaving her blind in one eye.


Typically, however, her new eye-patch only reinforced Colvin's sense of humour and selfless conviction. She returned quickly to the front line, reporting on 9/11, Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza and, lately, the Arab Spring.


Immediate and compelling, On the Front Line is a street-view of the historic events that have shaped the last 25 years, from an award-winning foreign correspondent and the outstanding journalist of her generation.


The Last Days of Richard III and the Fate of His DNA

The Last Days of Richard III and the Fate of His DNA

The Last Days of Richard III and the Fate of His DNA by John Ashdown-Hill
The History Press | 2013 | ISBN: 0752498665 | EPUB | 2.57MB


The Last Days of Richard III contains a new and uniquely detailed exploration of Richard's last 150 days. By deliberately avoiding the hindsight knowledge that he will lose the Battle of Bosworth Field, we discover a new Richard: no passive victim, awaiting defeat and death, but a king actively pursuing his own agenda.


It also re-examines the aftermath of Bosworth: the treatment of Richard's body; his burial; and the construction of his tomb. And there is a fascinating story of why, and how, Richard III's family tree was traced until a relative was found, alive and well, in Canada. Now, with the discovery of Richard's skeleton at the Greyfriars Priory in Leicester, England, John Ashdown-Hill explains how his book inspired the dig and completes Richard III's fascinating story, giving details of how Richard died, and how the DNA link to aliving relative of the king allowed the royal body to be identified.


Smuggler's Blues: The Saga of a Marijuana Importer

Smuggler's Blues: The Saga of a Marijuana Importer

Smuggler's Blues: The Saga of a Marijuana Importer by Jay Carter Brown
Ecw Press | 2007 | ISBN: 1550227831 | MOBI | 655.89KB


Told from the viewpoint of an impressionable young entrepreneur named Jay Carter Brown, this memoir quickly dives into the gritty underbelly of the international drug trade. The story begins with minor league smuggling scams between Canada and the Caribbean that soon escalate to multi-ton shipments of grass and hash from the Caribbean and the Middle East. All goes well for a time, but as the stakes grow higher, inevitable setbacks occur. Drug-runners, police, jealous friends, and rival gangs all contribute to this extraordinary story of a young man who became involved at the highest levels of the drug trade and lived to tell about it.


X-Events: The Collapse of Everything

X-Events: The Collapse of Everything

X-Events: The Collapse of Everything by John L Casti
William Morrow | 2012 | ISBN: 0062088289 | EPUB | 420.99KB


An acclaimed theorist offers a provocative and chilling warning: today’s advanced societies have grown overcomplex and highly vulnerable to extreme events that could topple civilization.


The modern industrialized world is a complex system on a scale never before witnessed in the history of humankind. Technologically dependent, globally interconnected, it offers seemingly limitless conveniences, choices, and opportunities. Yet this same modern civilization may be as unstable as a house of cards, fear complexity scientists like John Casti. All it would take to "downsize" our way of life—to send us crashing back to the nineteenth century—is a nudge from what Casti calls an "X-event," an unpredictable occurrence with extreme, even dire, consequences. When an X-event strikes—and scientists believe it will—finance, communication, defense, and travel will stop dead in their tracks. The flow of food, electricity, medicine, and clean water will be disrupted for months, if not years. What will you do?


A renowned systems theorist, Casti shows how our world has become impossibly complicated, relying on ever more advanced technology that is developing at an exponential rate. Yet it is a fact of mathematical life that higher and higher levels of complexity lead to systems that are increasingly fragile and susceptible to sudden, spectacular collapse. Fascinating and chilling, X-Events provides a provocative tour of the catastrophic outlier scenarios that could quickly send us crashing back to the preindustrial age: global financial "black swans"; a worldwide crash of the Internet that would halt all communication; the end of oil; nuclear winter; "nanoplagues"; robot uprisings; electromagnetic pulses; pandemic viruses; and more. You won't ever look at the world the same way again.


Investment Philosophies [2nd Edition]

Investment Philosophies [2nd Edition]

Investment Philosophies: Successful Strategies and the Investors Who Made Them Work [2nd Edition] by Aswath Damodaran
John Wiley & Sons | 2012 | ISBN: 1118011511 | PDF | 7.94MB


The guide for investors who want a better understanding of investment strategies that have stood the test of time


This thoroughly revised and updated edition of Investment Philosophies covers different investment philosophies and reveal the beliefs that underlie each one, the evidence on whether the strategies that arise from the philosophy actually produce results, and what an investor needs to bring to the table to make the philosophy work.


The book covers a wealth of strategies including indexing, passive and activist value investing, growth investing, chart/technical analysis, market timing, arbitrage, and many more investment philosophies.


  • Presents the tools needed to understand portfolio management and the variety of strategies available to achieve investment success
  • Explores the process of creating and managing a portfolio
  • Shows readers how to profit like successful value growth index investors
  • Aswath Damodaran is a well-known academic and practitioner in finance who is an expert on different approaches to valuation and investment

This vital resource examines various investing philosophies and provides you with helpful online resources and tools to fully investigate each investment philosophy and assess whether it is a philosophy that is appropriate for you.


The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America

The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America

The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Third Edition
Carolina Academic Press | 2013 | MOBI | ISBN: 1611634091 | 800.76KB


In the third edition of this international best seller, Lawrence Cunningham brings you the latest wisdom from Warren Buffett's annual letters to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. New material addresses:


  • the financial crisis and its continuing implications for investors, managers and society;
  • the housing bubble at the bottom of that crisis;
  • the debt and derivatives excesses that fueled the crisis and how to deal with them;
  • controlling risk and protecting reputation in corporate governance;
  • Berkshire's acquisition and operation of Burlington Northern Santa Fe;
  • the role of oversight in heavily regulated industries;
  • weaknesses of popular option valuation models; and
  • investment possibilities today.

Preserves all content that makes this book a classic, including such topics as:


  • circle of competence
  • intrinsic value
  • look-through earnings
  • margin of safety
  • Mr. Market
  • owner earnings

Art Models: Life Nudes for Drawing, Painting, and Sculpting

Art Models: Life Nudes for Drawing, Painting, and Sculpting

Art Models: Life Nudes for Drawing, Painting, and Sculpting by Maureen Johnson, Douglas Johnson, Butch Krieger
Live Model Books | 2011 | ISBN: 193680106X | EPUB | 32.55MB


Artists can easily access the human form outside of the studio with this solid pictorial reference. More than 500 crisp photographs portray a diverse set of models in 100 poses—ranging from the classical to the everyday—and show the positions from a variety of angles, including overhead. Exquisitely detailed photos of particular body parts and precise lighting reveal otherwise hidden areas of the models while providing rich shadowing and tone. The inspiring photographs in this collection are ideal for both students and more advanced artists who are looking for material to supplement a live model class or to hone their skills from the comfort of home.


Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way an English version by Ursula K Le Guin
Shambhala | 1998 | ISBN: 1570623953 | EPUB | 273.73KB


No other English translation of this greatest of the Chinese classics can match Ursula Le Guin's striking new version. Le Guin, best known for thought-provoking science fiction novels that have helped to transform the genre, has studied the Tao Te Ching for more than forty years. She has consulted the literal translations and worked with Chinese scholars to develop a version that lets the ancient text speak in a fresh way to modern people, while remaining faithful to the poetic beauty of the work.


Avoiding scholarly interpretations and esoteric Taoist insights, she has revealed the Tao Te Ching 's immediate relevance and power, its depth and refreshing humor, in a way that shows better than ever before why it has been so much loved for more than 2,500 years. Included are Le Guin's own personal commentary and notes on the text. This new version is sure to be welcomed by the many readers of the Tao Te Ching as well as those coming to the text for the first time.


The Great Fossil Enigma: The Search for the Conodont Animal

The Great Fossil Enigma: The Search for the Conodont Animal

The Great Fossil Enigma: The Search for the Conodont Animal by Simon J Knell
Indiana University Press | 2012 | ISBN: 025300604X | EPUB | 2.93MB


Stephen Jay Gould borrowed from Winston Churchill when he described the conodont animal as a "riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." This animal confounded science for more than a century. Some thought it a slug, others a fish, a worm, a plant, even a primitive ancestor of ourselves. The list of possibilities grew and yet an answer to the riddle never seemed any nearer.


Would the animal that left behind these miniscule fossils known as conodonts ever be identified? Three times the animal was "found," but each was quite a different animal. Were any of them really the one? Simon J. Knell takes the reader on a journey through 150 years of scientific thinking, imagining, and arguing. Slowly the animal begins to reveal traces of itself: its lifestyle, its remarkable evolution, its witnessing of great catastrophes, its movements over the surface of the planet, and finally its anatomy. Today the conodont animal remains perhaps the most disputed creature in the zoological world.


Taoist Feng Shui

Taoist Feng Shui

Taoist Feng Shui: The Ancient Roots of the Chinese Art of Placement by Susan Levitt
Destiny Books | 1999 | ISBN: 0892817232 | EPUB | 1.85MB


  • The first book to explain how feng shui developed from the Taoist systems of astrology, yin and yang, and the five elements.
  • Provides a background on Taoist philosophy to help readers better understand the principles of feng shui and how to use them properly.
  • Helps readers improve home, business, garden, property, neighborhoods, and much more.

The Chinese art of feng shui has become extremely popular in the West, but too often advice on the subject consists of overly simplistic instructions for rearranging one's house without any explanation of the profound philosophical system behind these changes. The ancient Taoists developed feng shui from their understanding of the subtle interplay of energies that make up the universe, and no true mastery of feng shui is possible without a knowledge of Taoism. Taoist Feng Shui provides step-by-step guidelines for improving your home, business, garden, property, and neighborhood using this ancient system of knowledge.


In Taoist Feng Shui, Susan Levitt traces the history of feng shui and shows how it is grounded in knowledge of yin and yang and the five Taoist elements of fire, earth, metal, water, and wood, as well as many other principles essential to Taoism. Once a background in Taoism is established, readers can better understand the philosophy behind concepts such as choosing the best colors for each room of the home, room-by-room furniture placement, yin and yang balance, correct lighting, outdoor landscaping, the function of hallways and entrances, and the proper use of mirrors, crystals, fountains, and other feng shui tools. With in-depth examples from the author's private feng shui practice, Taoist Feng Shui can help all readers transform their personal environments to create peace, harmony, health, wealth, and good fortune.


A Most Holy War

A Most Holy War

A Most Holy War: The Albigensian Crusade and the Battle for Christendom by Mark Gregory Pegg
Oxford University Press | 2009 | ISBN: 0195393104 | PDF | 3.42MB


In January of 1208, a papal legate was murdered on the banks of the Rhone in southern France. A furious Pope Innocent III accused heretics of the crime and called upon all Christians to exterminate heresy between the Garonne and Rhone rivers--a vast region now known as Languedoc--in a great crusade. This most holy war, the first in which Christians were promised salvation for killing other Christians, lasted twenty bloody years--it was a long savage battle for the soul of Christendom.


In A Most Holy War, historian Mark Pegg has produced a swift-moving, gripping narrative of this horrific crusade, drawing in part on thousands of testimonies collected by inquisitors in the years 1235 to 1245. These accounts of ordinary men and women, remembering what it was like to live through such brutal times, bring the story vividly to life. Pegg argues that generations of historians (and novelists) have misunderstood the crusade; they assumed it was a war against the Cathars, the most famous heretics of the Middle Ages. The Cathars, Pegg reveals, never existed. He further shows how a millennial fervor about "cleansing" the world of heresy, coupled with a fear that Christendom was being eaten away from within by heretics who looked no different than other Christians, made the battles, sieges, and massacres of the crusade almost apocalyptic in their cruel intensity. In responding to this fear with a holy genocidal war, Innocent III fundamentally changed how Western civilization dealt with individuals accused of corrupting society. This fundamental change, Pegg argues, led directly to the creation of the inquisition, the rise of an anti-Semitism dedicated to the violent elimination of Jews, and even the holy violence of the Reconquista in Spain and in the New World in the fifteenth century. All derive their divinely sanctioned slaughter from the Albigensian Crusade.


Haunting and immersive, A Most Holy War opens an important new perspective on a truly pivotal moment in world history, a first and distant foreshadowing of the genocide and holy violence in the modern world.


Ostkrieg: Hitler's War of Extermination in the East

Ostkrieg: Hitler's War of Extermination in the East

Ostkrieg: Hitler's War of Extermination in the East by Stephen G Fritz
University Press of Kentucky | 2011 | ISBN: 0813134161 | EPUB | 4.54MB


On June 22, 1941, Germany launched the greatest land assault in history on the Soviet Union, an attack that Adolf Hitler deemed crucial to ensure German economic and political survival. As the key theater of the war for the Germans, the eastern front consumed enormous levels of resources and accounted for 75 percent of all German casualties. Despite the significance of this campaign to Germany and to the war as a whole, few English-language publications of the last thirty-five years have addressed these pivotal events.


In Ostkrieg: Hitler's War of Extermination in the East, Stephen G. Fritz bridges the gap in scholarship by incorporating historical research from the last several decades into an accessible, comprehensive, and coherent narrative. His analysis of the Russo-German War from a German perspective covers all aspects of the eastern front, demonstrating the interrelation of military events, economic policy, resource exploitation, and racial policy that first motivated the invasion. This in-depth account challenges accepted notions about World War II and promotes greater understanding of a topic that has been neglected by historians.


Liberty's Exiles

Liberty's Exiles

Liberty's Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World by Maya Jasanoff
Knopf | 2011 | ISBN: 1400041686 | EPUB | 7.59MB


On November 25, 1783, the last British troops pulled out of New York City, bringing the American Revolution to an end. Patriots celebrated their departure and the confirmation of U.S. independence. But for tens of thousands of American loyalists, the British evacuation spelled worry, not jubilation. What would happen to them in the new United States? Would they and their families be safe? Facing grave doubts about their futures, some sixty thousand loyalists—one in forty members of the American population—decided to leave their homes and become refugees elsewhere in the British Empire. They sailed for Britain, for Canada, for Jamaica, and for the Bahamas; some ventured as far as Sierra Leone and India. Wherever they went, the voyage out of America was a fresh beginning, and it carried them into a dynamic if uncertain new world.


A groundbreaking history of the revolutionary era, Liberty’s Exiles tells the story of this remarkable global diaspora. Through painstaking archival research and vivid storytelling, award-winning historian Maya Jasanoff re-creates the journeys of ordinary individuals whose lives were overturned by extraordinary events. She tells of refugees like Elizabeth Johnston, a young mother from Georgia, who spent nearly thirty years as a migrant, searching for a home in Britain, Jamaica, and Canada. And of David George, a black preacher born into slavery, who found freedom and faith in the British Empire, and eventually led his followers to seek a new Jerusalem in Sierra Leone. Mohawk leader Joseph Brant resettled his people under British protection in Ontario, while the adventurer William Augustus Bowles tried to shape a loyalist Creek state in Florida. For all these people and more, it was the British Empire—not the United States—that held the promise of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Yet as they dispersed across the empire, the loyalists also carried things from their former homes, revealing an enduring American influence on the wider British world.


Ambitious, original, and personality-filled, Liberty’s Exiles is at once an intimate narrative history and a provocative new analysis—a book that explores an unknown dimension of America’s founding to illuminate the meanings of liberty itself.


People Love You

People Love You

People Love You: The Real Secret to Delivering Legendary Customer Experiences by Jeb Blount
John Wiley & Sons | 2013 | ISBN: 1118433246 | EPUB | 233.71KB


What you experience is what you remember. The more emotional the experience, the deeper it is branded into your memory. Experience has a massive impact on buying decisions. Every touch point, every time you or someone in your company engages a customer, it creates an experience - something they remember. When they have a negative experience, they tend to vote with their feet (and their wallets) and head straight to your competitors. When customers have positive emotional experiences, it anchors them to your brand, your product or service, and ultimately to you.


In the twenty-first century, competitive advantages derived from unique products are services are short-lived because competitors are able to quickly and easily duplicate or match your offering. Likewise a focus on customer satisfaction and loyalty will no longer give you the competitive edge. Delivering a legendary customer experience has emerged as the single most important competitive advantage for companies across all industries. In People Love You you’ll learn the real secrets of customer experience including:


  • 7 Essential Principles of Customer Engagement
  • 5 Levers for Creating a Legendary Customer Experience
  • The Secret to Bridging the Experience Gap
  • How to Leverage the Pull Strategy to become a Trusted Advisor
  • 2 Most Important Rules for Dealing with Pissed-off Customers

In a hypercompetitive, global marketplace protecting your company’s customer base, the lifeblood of your business, must become your number one priority. The rubber hits the road with account managers, project managers, sales professionals, and customer service professionals—the people most connected to customers—who are on the frontlines of customer experience. They build unique and enduring emotional connections with customers that creating long-term revenue and profit streams. In People Love You, human relationship guru, Jeb Blount, gives you a powerful playbook for interacting with customers in a way that creates deep, enduring, visceral connections that withstand relentless economic and competitive assaults.


King Peggy

King Peggy

King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village by Eleanor Herman, Peggielene Bartels
Anchor | 2013 | ISBN: 0307742814 | EPUB | 4.74MB


The charming real-life fairy tale of an American secretary who discovers she has been chosen king of an impoverished fishing village on the west coast of Africa.


King Peggy chronicles the astonishing journey of American secretary, Peggielene Bartels, who suddenly finds herself king to a town of 7,000 people on Ghana's central coast, half a world away. Upon arriving for her crowning ceremony in beautiful Otuam, she discovers the dire reality: there's no running water, no doctor, no high school, and many of the village elders are stealing the town's funds. To make matters worse, her uncle (the late king) sits in a morgue awaiting a proper funeral in the royal palace, which is in ruins. Peggy's first two years as king of Otuam unfold in a way that is stranger than fiction. In the end, a deeply traditional African town is uplifted by the ambitions of its decidedly modern female king, and Peggy is herself transformed, from an ordinary secretary to the heart and hope of her community.


Tao of No Stress: Three Simple Paths

Tao of No Stress: Three Simple Paths

Tao of No Stress: Three Simple Paths by Stuart Alve Olson
Healing Arts Press | 2002 | ISBN: 0892819871 | EPUB | 522.42KB


Teaches the three paths that Taoist masters have used for centuries to create tranquillity in one's life.


  • Adapts ancient Taoist wisdom to address the problems of a frenetic lifestyle.
  • Offers clear instructions for releasing, massaging, and breathing stress away.
  • Explores the mind/body/stress connection, showing that once the mind is calm, the body can function at its best.

Starting from the basic principle of "If you want to know how to eliminate stress, ask someone who is without stress," Stuart Alve Olson introduces the simple, time-tested exercises of Taoist masters to teach even the most harried Westerner how to go beyond reducing stress to eliminating it all together. Olson offers easy-to-use techniques to help us let go of tension and mental strain through breathing, mental relaxation, and massage.


Readers will learn from fifth-century physician T'ao Hung-ching the Six Sounds therapy that can be practiced between phone calls at the office or during morning traffic. Whether rubbing a simple pressure point in the middle of a meeting or enjoying breathing methods like the Heng Ha breath all day long, readers will discover the gifts of tranquillity, health, and balance offered by age-old Taoist practices. Tao of No Stress utilizes traditional verse, photos, and the down-to-earth guidence of the author to teach both the experienced Taoist practitioner and the complete novice how to live stress free in a stress full world.


Catastrophism

Catastrophism

Catastrophism: The Apocalyptic Politics of Collapse and Rebirth by James Davis, Sasha Lilley, David McNally, Eddie Yuen
PM Press | 2012 | ISBN: 160486589X | EPUB | 1.62MB


Amid a global zeitgeist of impending catastrophe, this book explores the culture of fear so prevalent in today's politics, economic climate, and religious extremism. The authors of this collection argue that the lens of catastrophe through which so many of today's issues are examined distorts understanding of the dynamics at the heart of numerous problems, such as global warming, ultimately halting progress and transformation. Arguing that catastrophic thinking results in paralysis or reactionary politics, the authors posit that the myths of 2012 have negative affects across the political spectrum and urge activists not to give up their beliefs and instead focus on working on issues now instead of waiting until society has ended and needs to be rebuilt.


Levels of Life

Levels of Life

Levels of Life by Julian Barnes
Random House | 2013 | ISBN: 1448180848 | EPUB | 151.77KB


'You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed...'


Julian Barnes's new book is about ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart. One of the judges who awarded him the 2011 Man Booker Prize described him as 'an unparalleled magus of the heart'. This book confirms that opinion.


Think Like Entrepreneur

Think Like Entrepreneur

Think Like Entrepreneur: Change your mindset and be an Entrepreneur by Erick Bulatowicz
CreateSpace | 2012 | ISBN: 1480263842 | 738.27KB


Throughout my life I always think that Successful people are very lucky in life , but is not a luck get them what they want to achieve in life. It is right mindset of all Entrepreneurs drive them to achieve goals in life. Easy way to change your mindset and be successful is by modelling success of other people.


The Talmud: A Selection

The Talmud: A Selection

The Talmud: A Selection
Penguin Group | 2009 | ISBN: 1101487836 | EPUB | 5.56MB


The most important text in Judaism after the Old Testament- available for the first time in Penguin Classics.


One of the most significant religious texts in the world, The Talmud is a compilation of the teachings of major Jewish scholars from the classic period of rabbinic Judaism. In a range of styles, including commentary, parables, proverbs, and anecdotes, it provides guidance on all aspects of everyday life.


This selection of its most illuminating passages makes accessible to modern readers the centuries of Jewish thought contained within. Norman Solomon's lucid translation from the Bavli (Babylonian) is accompanied by an introduction on The Talmud's arrangement, social and historical background, reception, and authors.


Prometheus Bound and Other Plays

Prometheus Bound and Other Plays

Prometheus Bound and Other Plays: Prometheus Bound, The Suppliants, Seven Against Thebes, The Persian by Aeschylus
Penguin Group | 1961 | ISBN: 0141915811 | EPUB | 1.75MB


‘Your kindness to the human race has earned you this.

A god who would not bow to the gods’ anger – you

Transgressing right, gave privileges to mortal men’


Aeschylus (525–456 BC) brought a new grandeur and epic sweep to the drama of classical Athens, raising it to the status of high art. In Prometheus Bound the defiant Titan Prometheus is brutally punished by Zeus for daring to improve the state of wretchedness and servitude in which mankind is kept. The Suppliants tells the story of the fifty daughters of Danaus who must flee to escape enforced marriages, while Seven Against Thebes shows the inexorable downfall of the last members of the cursed family of Oedipus. And The Persians, the only Greek tragedy to deal with events from recent Athenian history, depicts the aftermath of the defeat of Persia in the battle of Salamis, with a sympathetic portrayal of its disgraced King Xerxes.


Philip Vellacott’s evocative translation is accompanied by an introduction, with individual discussions of the plays, and their sources in history and mythology.


The Customer Rules

The Customer Rules

The Customer Rules: The 39 Essentials Rules for Delivering Sensational Service by Lee Cockerell
Profile Books | 2013 | ISBN: 1781251223 | EPUB | 2.01MB


Today, consumers have more choice than ever before. It's no longer enough to simply provide a service - companies who want to stay in business must also provide impeccable service with such consistency, integrity and creativity that people who experience it will not only keep coming back for more, but recommend your business to their friends, families, and colleagues.


The Customer Rules is entirely focused on one ultimate goal: to help you, no matter what your position or job title, secure the most revenue-boosting asset you could wish for: a reputation for excellent service. Lee Cockerell, former Executive Vice President of Operations at Disney World - a company which has redefined what a business can do for their customers - shows you how: from why you should 'Never say no - except No Problem' to asking yourself 'What Would Mum Do?'.


His 39 easy-to-follow rules apply to any industry and any company, large, small, public, private, online or High Street. The principles revealed in this book, tried and tested in one of the world's happiest environments, can give you everything you need to truly connect with your customers.


Rescuing Prometheus

Rescuing Prometheus

Rescuing Prometheus: Four Monumental Projects that Changed Our World by Thomas P Hughes
Vintage Books | 1998 | ISBN: 0307773264 | EPUB | 4.89MB


"A rare insight into industrial planning on a huge scale...Excellent." --The Economist


Rescuing Prometheus is an eye-opening and marvelously informative look at some of the technological projects that helped shape the modern world. Thomas P. Hughes focuses on four postwar projects whose vastness and complexity inspired new technology, new organizations, and new management styles.


The first use of computers to run systems was developed for the SAGE air defense project. The Atlas missile project was so complicated it required the development of systems engineering in order to complete it. The Boston Central Artery/Tunnel Project tested systems engineering in the complex crucible of a large scale civilian roadway. And finally, the origins of the Internet fostered the collegial management style that later would take over Silicon Valley and define the modern computer industry.


With keen insight, Hughes tells these fascinating stories while providing a riveting history of modern technology and the management systems that made it possible.


Shooting Victoria

Shooting Victoria

Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy by Paul Thomas Murphy
Pegasus Books | 2012 | ISBN: 1453249370 | EPUB | 1.76MB


From a hunchbacked dwarf to a paranoid poet-assassin, a history of Victorian England as seen through the numerous assassination attempts on Queen Victoria during her reign


During Queen Victoria's 64 years on the British throne, no fewer than eight attempts were made on her life. Murphy follows each would-be assassin and the repercussions of their actions, illuminating daily life in Victorian England, the development of the monarchy under Queen Victoria, and the evolution of the attacks in light of changing social issues and technology.


There was Edward Oxford, a bartender who dreamed of becoming an admiral, who was simply shocked when his attempt to shoot the pregnant Queen and Prince consort made him a madman in the world's eyes. There was hunchbacked John Bean, who dreamed of historical notoriety in a publicized treason trial, and William Hamilton, forever scarred by the ravages of the Irish Potato Famine. Roderick MacLean enabled Victoria to successfully strike insanity pleas from Britain's legal process. Most threatening of all were the "dynamitards" who targeted her Majesty's Golden Jubilee—signaling the advent of modern terrorism with their publicly focused attack.


From these cloak-and-dagger plots to Victoria's brilliant wit and steadfast courage, Shooting Victoria is historical narrative at its most thrilling, complete with astute insight into how these attacks actually revitalized the British crown at a time when monarchy was quickly becoming unpopular abroad. While thrones across Europe toppled, the Queen's would-be assassins contributed greatly to the preservation of the monarchy and to the stability that it enjoys today. After all, as Victoria herself noted, "It is worth being shot at—to see how much one is loved."


The Power of a Positive No

The Power of a Positive No

The Power of a Positive No: How to Say No and Still Get to Yes by William Ury
Bantam Books | 2007 | ISBN: 0553804987 | EPUB | 779.31KB


No is perhaps the most important and certainly the most powerful word in the language. Every day we find ourselves in situations where we need to say No–to people at work, at home, and in our communities–because No is the word we must use to protect ourselves and to stand up for everything and everyone that matters to us.


But as we all know, the wrong No can also destroy what we most value by alienating and angering people. That’s why saying No the right way is crucial. The secret to saying No without destroying relationships lies in the art of the Positive No, a proven technique that anyone can learn.


This indispensable book gives you a simple three-step method for saying a Positive No. It will show you how to assert and defend your key interests; how to make your No firm and strong; how to resist the other side’s aggression and manipulation; and how to do all this while still getting to Yes. In the end, the Positive No will help you get not just to any Yes but to the right Yes, the one that truly serves your interests.


Based on William Ury’s celebrated Harvard University course for managers and professionals, The Power of a Positive No offers concrete advice and practical examples for saying No in virtually any situation. Whether you need to say No to your customer or your coworker, your employee or your CEO, your child or your spouse, you will find in this book the secret to saying No clearly, respectfully, and effectively.


In today’s world of high stress and limitless choices, the pressure to give in and say Yes grows greater every day, producing overload and overwork, expanding e-mail and eroding ethics. Never has No been more needed. A Positive No has the power to profoundly transform our lives by enabling us to say Yes to what counts–our own needs, values, and priorities.


Understood this way, No is the new Yes. And the Positive No may be the most valuable life skill you’ll ever learn!


The Good Vibrations Guide to Sex

The Good Vibrations Guide to Sex

The Good Vibrations Guide to Sex by Anne Semans
Cleis Press | 2010 | ISBN: 1573444715 | EPUB | 3.02MB


This completely updated edition with new illustrations adds new tips and anecdotes that could only be told by two women with over fifteen years of experience working at America's leading sex toy store. The book offers explicit, expert advice on sexual anatomy, oral sex, anal sex, S/M, masturbation, and sex and aging, and up-to-the-minute tips on exploring sex online, the buzz on the latest sex toys, and a guide to the best adult books, videos, and DVDs on the market. This third edition of the classic sex manual coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Good Vibrations stores.


The Best Oral Sex Ever: His Guide to Going Down

The Best Oral Sex Ever: His Guide to Going Down

The Best Oral Sex Ever: His Guide to Going Down by Yvonne Fulbright
Adams Media | 2011 | ISBN: 1440510806 | EPUB | 2.51MB


Eating out has never been so hot. Sexologist Yvonne K. Fulbright exposes the facts and fantastic tricks oral sex aficionados live by in her brazen how-to for men.


This guide gives you the tools you need to thrill her every night, including:


  • Making cunnilingus the evening's main course or the first stop in a night of multiple orgasms
  • Techniques from the sacred Flutter of the Butterfly" to modern Oral Sex Acrobatics
  • How to overcome any woman's oral sex hangups
  • How to broach the subject of wanting to give her oral sex--even when it makes her nervous

Packed with the most erotic ideas for pleasuring her, this men's manual will send you running for the covers.


Tantric Sex for Men: Making Love a Meditation

Tantric Sex for Men: Making Love a Meditation

Tantric Sex for Men: Making Love a Meditation by Michael Richardson, Diana Richardson
Destiny Books | 2010 | ISBN: 1594773114 | EPUB | 591.54KB


A revolutionary approach to male sexuality offers the keys to achieving sexual fulfillment


  • Teaches how to retain semen for increased vitality and longer lovemaking
  • Explains the relationship-strengthening benefits of deep, sustained penetration
  • Includes foreplay approaches and position sequences

Fulfilling sex nourishes love, increases vitality, and boosts mental health. Unfortunately, prevailing attitudes about male sexuality and what is good sex work against these innate features by focusing on the excitement of ejaculation as the one and only goal.


Using the tantric guidelines they have practiced for more than 25 years, Diana and Michael Richardson show men how to move beyond their preconceptions of sex as a goal-oriented--and often unintentionally stressful--event so they can relax into sex as a meditative union of complementary energies. They explain how retaining semen allows for increased vitality and extended lovemaking sessions and show the relationship-strengthening benefits of deep, sustained penetration. They also explain how to perform soft penetration and how to avoid premature ejaculation.


Tantric Sex for Men includes tried-and-true foreplay approaches, diagrams of sexual position sequences, ways to increase sexual sensitivity through awareness, and how to have ecstatic experiences through reaching a woman’s body on a sexually deeper level. The authors also demonstrate how the sexual organs can be used to heal both men and women physically, emotionally, and spiritually.


Tantric Secrets for Men

Tantric Secrets for Men

Tantric Secrets for Men: What Every Woman Will Want Her Man to Know about Enhancing Sexual Ecstasy by Kerry Riley
Destiny Books | 2002 | ISBN: 0892819693 | EPUB | 832.55KB


Contains everything a man needs to know in order to be a good lover, based on esoteric traditions of sexual ecstasy.


  • Includes practical and easy-to-follow Tantric rituals and sacred sexuality exercises for a modern lifestyle.
  • Uses real-life stories of couples to show the benefits achieved with the practices.
  • Offers an approach to lovemaking that encompasses all dimensions--physical, emotional, and spiritual.

Being a good lover isn't easy. With more freedom, knowledge, and body awareness, today's woman knows better than to settle for predictable, performance-based sex. Tantric Secrets for Men offers everything a man needs to know in order to satisfy a woman's physical, emotional, and spiritual yearnings. Employing the ancient secrets of physical ecstasy, men learn to transform rote sex into passionate lovemaking, pleasure into ecstasy, and partnership into union.


From the expert teachings of a committed couple practicing and teaching ecstatic sexuality in a modern-day context, men will learn how to satisfy a woman on the levels of body, heart, and soul--and how to bring themselves to new heights of ecstasy in the process. The authors draw upon time-honored tantric and Taoist practices and modern sexology that will enable couples to make love more frequently, achieve higher and prolonged states of orgasmic intensity, experience lovemaking as a sacred endeavor, and deepen loving relationships.


Sexual Reflexology: Activating the Taoist Points of Love

Sexual Reflexology: Activating the Taoist Points of Love

Sexual Reflexology: Activating the Taoist Points of Love by Mantak Chia, William U Wei
Destiny Books | 2003 | ISBN: 0892810882 | EPUB | 5.38MB


Moves reflexology beyond the realm of foot massage and into the realm of sexuality.


  • Offers acupressure methods to build intimacy and heighten sexual pleasure.
  • Helps couples find their sexual energy potential and physical compatibility.
  • Provides techniques to perform time-tested Taoist sexual-spiritual exercises.

The most powerful reflex points on the body are on the sexual organs. While the practice of reflexology is normally associated with massage of the feet, in Sexual Reflexology Mantak Chia gives applications for using the sexual reflex points in lovemaking, transforming sexual intercourse into a form of ecstatic acupressure. By combining the classic Taoist sexual texts with modern reflexology theory, the author provides a unique opportunity for couples to practice sexual intimacy as an act of healing.


Mantak Chia shows how to evaluate a person's sexual energy potential as well as how the size and shape of the sexual organs determine a couple's compatibility. In addition to the specific ecstatic acupressure exercise instructions, he provides thoughtful commentary on ancient Taoist practices that reveal how we can all use our sexual essence to create healthy and loving relationships.


The Timeless Way of Building

The Timeless Way of Building

The Timeless Way of Building by Christopher Alexander
OUP | 1979 | ISBN: 0195024028, 0195022483 | PDF | 19.77MB


The theory of architecture implicit in our world today, Christopher Alexander believes, is bankrupt. More and more people are aware that something is deeply wrong. Yet the power of present-day ideas is so great that many feel uncomfortable, even afraid, to say openly that they dislike what is happening, because they are afraid to seem foolish, afraid perhaps that they will be laughed at.


Now, at last, here is a coherent theory which describes in modern terms an architecture as ancient as human society itself.


A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein
OUP | 1977 | ISBN: 0195019199 | 1171 pages | PDF | 42.85MB


A Pattern Language offers a practical language for building and planning based on natural considerations. The reader is given an overview of some 250 patterns that are the units of this language, each consisting of a design problem, discussion, illustration, and solution. By understanding recurrent design problems in our environment, readers can identify extant patterns in their own design projects and use these patterns to create a language of their own. Extraordinarily thorough, coherent, and accessible, this book has become a bible for homebuilders, contractors, and developers who care about creating healthy, high-level design.


Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St Peter's

Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St Peter's

Basilica: The Splendor and the Scandal: Building St Peter's [Audiobook] by R A Scotti
Tantor Media | 2006 | ISBN: 1400152348 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 15 mins | 226.55MB


It was the splendor-and the scandal-of the age. In 1506, the ferociously ambitious Renaissance Pope Julius II tore down the most sacred shrine in Europe-the millennium-old St. Peter's Basilica built by the Emperor Constantine over the apostle's grave-to build a better basilica.


Construction of the new St. Peter's spanned two centuries, embroiled twenty-seven popes, and consumed the genius of the greatest artists of the age-Michaelangelo, Bramante, Raphael, and Bernini. The cost of building the new cathedral was costly in more than just monetary terms-the new basilica provoked the Protestant Reformation, dividing the Christian world for all time.


In this swift, colorful narrative, R. A. Scotti brings to life the artists and the popes, the politics and the passions behind this audacious enterprise. Scotti turns sacred architecture into a spellbinding human epic of enormous daring, petty jealousy, and staggering genius.




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Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of the Mona Lisa

Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of the Mona Lisa

Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of the Mona Lisa by R A Scotti
Knopf | 2009 | ISBN: 0307271544 | EPUB | 3.26MB


On August 21, 1911, the unfathomable happened--Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa vanished from the Louvre. More than twenty-four hours passed before museum officials realized she was gone. The prime suspects were as shocking as the crime: Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire, young provocateurs of a new art. As French detectives using the latest methods of criminology, including fingerprinting, tried to trace the thieves, a burgeoning international media hyped news of the heist.


No story captured the imagination of the world quite like this one. Thousands flocked to the Louvre to see the empty space where the painting had hung. They mourned as if Mona Lisa were a lost loved one, left flowers and notes, and set new attendance records. For more than two years, Mona Lisa's absence haunted the art world, provoking the question: Was she lost forever? A century later, questions still linger.


Part love story, part mystery, Vanished Smile reopens the case of the most audacious and perplexing art theft ever committed. R. A. Scotti's riveting, ingeniously realized account is itself a masterly portrait of a world in transition. Combining her skills as a historian and a novelist, Scotti turns the tantalizing clues into a story of the painting's transformation into the most familiar and lasting icon of all time.


Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938

Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938

Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938 by R A Scotti
Hachette | 2008 | ISBN: 031605478X | EPUB | 1.83MB


The massive destruction wreaked by the Hurricane of 1938 dwarfed that of the Chicago Fire, the San Francisco Earthquake, and the Mississippi floods of 1927, making the storm the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. Now, R.A. Scotti tells the story.