Entering the Shift Age: The End of the Information Age

Entering the Shift Age: The End of the Information Age

Entering the Shift Age: The End of the Information Age and the New Era of Transformation by David Houle
Sourcebooks | 2013 | ISBN: 1402272170 | EPUB | 1.22MB

The Information Age? Think again.

Change is everywhere: how we communicate, what we do for a living, the values we hold, the way we raise our children, even the way we access information. Thanks to a global economy, the force of the Internet, and the explosion of mobile technology, we have—almost imperceptibly—been ushered into a new era, the Shift Age, in which change happens so quickly that it's become the norm.

Man-made developments—such as tools, machines, and technology—defined previous ages, but the Shift Age will be defined by our own power of choice. In Entering the Shift Age, leading futurist David Houle argues that we are going through a major collapse of legacy thinking, eroding many of the thought structures that have defined the last two hundred years of humanity. Houle identifies and explains the new forces that will shape our lives—including remote workplaces, the cloud, "24/7" culture, speed-of-light connectivity, creativity, and the influence of Millenials and Digital Natives—for the next twenty years.

In this eye-opening book, Houle navigates this pivotal point in human history with clarity and anticipation, focusing on the power of human consciousness and the direct influence we can impart on everything from healthcare to media to education. According to Houle, we are more independent than ever before. We are in control.

There's no "going back" to the way things were. Reality is changing ever faster, and Entering the Shift Age is your guide to keeping up.

Bankruptcy of Our Nation [Revised and Expanded]

Bankruptcy of Our Nation [Revised and Expanded]

Bankruptcy of Our Nation [Revised and Expanded] by Jerry Robinson
New Leaf Press | 2012 | ISBN: 0892217138 | EPUB | 1.91MB

It’s no secret that the U.S. national debt is in the tens of trillions. But did you know that America also has future unfunded obligations of over $118 trillion? Unfortunately, America’s politicians have no plan to solve our mounting fiscal and monetary crisis.

But you don’t have to watch this unfold in fear of your financial future.

The time for debate is over… It’s time to prepare!

  • 21 income streams you can create now and in retirement
  • Specific ways to inflation-proof your investment portfolio using the P.A.C.E. (Precious Metals, Agriculture, Commodities, and Energy) Method
  • How to create a diversified six-month liquid savings reserve that uses stable foreign currencies and precious metals
  • And the 5 Levels of Financial Freedom that Jerry has personally used to build true wealth and create complete financial security

You can survive this economic crisis, but you can’t wait. It’s time to take action. Let this book show you how to become a better investor and create multiple streams of income.

Investing in the Age of Sovereign Defaults

Investing in the Age of Sovereign Defaults

Investing in the Age of Sovereign Defaults: How to Preserve your Wealth in the Coming Crisis by Peter T Treadway
John Wiley & Sons | 2013 | ISBN: 1118247213 | EPUB | 1.82MB

Acclaimed investment experts Peter Treadway and Michael Wong explain how to protect your investments—and even profit—from the coming sovereign default crises.

A major sovereign default crisis is looming for the so-called developed economies of the world. The result will be a major redistribution of economic wealth and an overhaul of the international financial system on an epic scale. Investing in the Age of Sovereign Defaults: How to Preserve your Wealth in the Coming Crisis explains what lies ahead, and offers invaluable suggestions to help investors avoid massive losses.

  • Explains why the West is headed for a major default crisis and how investors can protect themselves
  • Contends that the value of gold will continue to rise and that sooner or later government debt, including that of the U.S. and Japan, will be shunned
  • Written by investment experts Peter Treadway and Michael Wong

The days of the economic status quo are coming to an end. Investing in the Age of Sovereign Defaults shows investors what's coming and what investors must do if they want to escape unscathed.

The Big Trade: Simple Strategies for Maximum Market Returns

The Big Trade: Simple Strategies for Maximum Market Returns

The Big Trade: Simple Strategies for Maximum Market Returns by Peter Pham
John Wiley & Sons | 2013 | ISBN: 111849895X | EPUB | 3.33MB

Markets can be extraordinarily complex, and unfortunately most trading systems are too. The Big Trade presents a new system that helps filter out the noise. It leaves behind only meaningful signals you need to listen to in order to make profitable trades. Employing simple math and charts, it codifies the past behavior of traders in your favourite stock to assist you to recognize high probability trading patterns.

Peter Pham's system breaks with traditional analytical tools and rejects the theory of predictability. Instead, it lets traders understand both how markets are structured and how they behave. The result is a simple action plan that is as effective and applicable for day traders as it is for generational investors. Blending his personal story and analytical techniques, The Big Trade guides traders of all experience level to find the probability that a stock price will rise or fall in a particular time period.

The Big Trade:

  • Gives traders a powerful, yet simple trading methodology
  • Was written by a trader with twelve years of both buy and sell side experience in global equities trading
  • Is appropriate for most styles of trading, including institutional investing and day trading

For traders who want a universal approach that works for any market at any time, The Big Trade offers a new and effective methodology for successful trading without gimmicks or magic formulas.

Do-It-Yourself Bailout

Do-It-Yourself Bailout

Do-It-Yourself Bailout: How I Eliminated $222,000 of Credit Card Debt in Eighteen Months and Saved Nearly $150,000 by Kenny Golde
Barricade Books | 2013 | ISBN: 1569804737 | EPUB | 2.35MB

In The Do-It-Yourself Bailout, author Kenny Golde explains how he completely and legally eliminated $222,000 in credit card debt, without filing for bankruptcy or destroying his credit score. Golde provides a step-by-step handbook on all facets of how to initiate settlement negotiations with banks, how to handle collection agencies, how to separate your emotions from your debt, and much, much more.

Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization

Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization

Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization by Dan Pontefract
John Wiley & Sons | 2013 | ISBN: 1118529790 | EPUB | 1.85MB

Arms you with powerful tools for overcoming resistance to change and creating a culture of collaboration, engagement, and employee empowerment.

Your people are your most valuable asset, and if you want them to excel (and your profits to soar), you'll need to abandon your traditional command-and-control management style and adopt a collaborative, open leadership approach—one that engages and empowers your people. While this isn't a particularly new idea, many leaders, while they may pay lip service to it, don't really understand what it means. And most of those who do get it lack the skills for putting it into practice. In Flat Army you'll find powerful leadership models and tools that help you challenge yourself and overcome your personal obstacles to change, while pushing the boundaries of organizational change to create a culture of collaboration.

  • Develops an integrated framework incorporating collaboration, open leadership, technologies, and connected learning
  • Shows you how to flatten the organizational pyramid and engage with your peoples in more collaborative and productive ways—without undermining your authority
  • Explains how to deploy a Connected Leader mindset, a Participative Leader Framework, and a Collaborative Leader Action Model
  • Arms you with powerful tools for becoming a more visible leader who demonstrates the qualities and capabilities needed to become an agent of positive change

The Dragon Network

The Dragon Network

The Dragon Network: Inside Stories of the Most Successful Chinese Family Businesses by A B Susanto, Patricia Susanto
John Wiley & Sons | 2013 | ISBN: 1118339371 | EPUB | 1.1MB

What's driving the burgeoning global Chinese family businesses?

Chinese family businesses are the driving force behind Asia's economic prosperity. As the world becomes more global they have had to adapt to the new environment. This timely book draws on an extensive regional survey to reveal the key players and the strategies that will drive their success going forward. The book discusses and analyzes the business life and achievements of some prominent overseas Chinese family businesses in Asia and reveals their life philosophies, their business journey, and their family role in business.

  • Includes analysis regarding how the senior Chinese generations prepare their children to run the business in the future
  • Reveals that flexibility, ability to adapt to changing business environments, and resilience contribute to the success of many overseas Chinese family businesses
  • Offers illustrative examples of successful family businesses from Malaysia, Indonesia, The Philippines, and China

Based in solid research and filled with illustrative examples, The Dragon Network offers an inside look at how family businesses succeed and thrive in Asia.

How to Sell to Retail

How to Sell to Retail

How to Sell to Retail: The Secrets of Getting Your Product to Market by Clare Rayner
Kogan Page | 2013 | ISBN: 0749466804 | EPUB | 639.62KB

It is notoriously difficult for a small brand or start-up business to sell products or services to a retail chain. Feared for ruthless buying habits, fierce negotiations skills and the ability to swiftly reproduce someone's ideas, pitching to a retailer can be a double-edged sword. How to Sell to Retail takes the reader through a unique, proven, 12-point plan that includes the critical ingredients to ensure they hit above their weight and make a great first impression - not only will chain buyers sit up and listen, they'll want to establish a long- term relationship.

For those who have a product to launch to market, services or solutions to sell, this book is a practical guide to developing a professional, credible impression and successfully competing with much larger companies.

The Million-Dollar Race

The Million-Dollar Race

The Million-Dollar Race: An Insider's Guide to Winning Your Dream Job by Kirk Hallowell
Greenleaf Book | 2013 | ISBN: 1608324001 | EPUB | 676.38KB

Do you want to land your next mid- to senior-level management position? Get ready for the race of a lifetime! An outstanding resume and superior interview skills are just the beginning. You will need to set yourself apart from hundreds or even thousands of other well-qualified applicants. Social networking and web-based data mining have leveled the playing field and fundamentally changed the way companies source and hire candidates. Learn how companies use the latest technologies from a professional who has designed and implemented job candidate selection programs for dozens of organizations--from startups to elite Fortune 500 firms.

The right training and tactics will position you for success as you build your personal online presence and run your own customized job-hunting and networking campaign. Whether it's finding a position that enhances your career or increasing your compensation package, The Million-Dollar Race prepares you to compete and win in this remarkably tough job market. You will

  • Understand the new science of job selection
  • Discover dream opportunities that may save you months of time in your search
  • Know exactly what kind of company you want to work for
  • Elevate your performance on each hurdle of the race with a few key strategies
  • Prepare for the questions you ll be asked and avoid traps that destroy interviews
  • Recharge your job campaign even if you hit a slump
  • Get what you deserve when you negotiate a job offer

There are many obstacles ahead, but with the right preparation and inside information, you can beat the competition. The race begins now.

Social Machines

Social Machines

Social Machines: How to Develop Connected Products That Change Customers' Lives by Peter Semmelhack
John Wiley & Sons | 2013 | ISBN: 1118471687 | EPUB | 1.88MB

Companies like Facebook and Twitter have redefined social interaction. But what if “machines” like automobiles, bicycles, health monitors, appliances, instruments, and anything else you can connect to the Internet, could all become members of your social network, collect data you care about, and feed it back to you at just the right time? Nike+ is already doing this for your body, but every major industry, from healthcare to cars to home construction, is now building sensors and digital connectivity into their next generation of products. Companies like Ford, Pepsi, Verizon, and Procter and Gamble are also using “social machines” to reach new markets, improve brand/market awareness, and increase revenues. Social Machines is the first book for business people, marketers, product developers, and technologists, explaining how this trend will change our world, how your business will benefit, and how to create connected products that customers love.

  • Explains how smart phones and tablets enable Social Machines
  • Describes how digital technology is being “baked in” to the most unlikely new products—even wheelchairs.
  • Articulates how the “Internet of Things” is becoming social—and why that’s the foundation for powerful new business models

In the very near future, every great new product will be social. The next stage of interaction between people and our environment is upon us.

The Retail Champion: 10 Steps to Retail Success

The Retail Champion: 10 Steps to Retail Success

The Retail Champion: 10 Steps to Retail Success by Clare Rayner
Kogan Page | 2012 | ISBN: 0749465883 | EPUB | 742.64KB

With both small and large retailers collapsing, consumer confidence is at an all time low. The Retail Champion provides a practical ten step method showing independent retailers how to map out a unique plan so that they can thrive, even in uncertain times.

Clare Rayner, known as The Retail Champion, provides the tools, techniques and motivation needed to succeed in the highly competitive retail market. Readers will have access to a range of downloadable resources such as business plan, range plan, promotional plan and cash flow plan templates that allow readers to work along with the steps they read about in the book. Rayner offers advice on key topics, such as defining goals, pricing, promotions, customer engagement, business planning and organizational structure.

Aimed at small retailers who are serious about growing their business, The Retail Champion is equipped with case studies, examples, templates and the knowledge and skills needed to make a retail business a scalable, saleable enterprise.

The Secret Sentry

The Secret Sentry

The Secret Sentry: The Untold History of the National Security Agency by Matthew M Aid
Bloomsbury | 2009 | ISBN: 1608191796 | EPUB | 3.88MB

Peering from space via satellite, tapping phones and networks, monitoring cell phone frequencies around the globe, the NSA watches friends, enemies, and terror suspects alike. Some 60 percent of the president's daily intelligence briefing comes from this one agency. No one knows the NSA better than Matthew M. Aid, who has packed two decades of research in declassified archives into The Secret Sentry, the most complete account ever written of this elusive organization.

From Eastern Europe to Korea to Iraq and Afghanistan, the NSA has played a key role in America's geopolitical successes, and some of its failures. Aid follows the NSA from its tense beginnings in the Cold War to its controversial role in the War on Terror. The Secret Sentry is nothing less than a shadow history of global affairs in the past half century. This meticulous and engrossing narrative gives an unrivaled look at the most powerful spy agency in the world.

Cassidy's Run: The Secret Spy War Over Nerve Gas

Cassidy's Run: The Secret Spy War Over Nerve Gas

Cassidy's Run: The Secret Spy War Over Nerve Gas by David Wise
Random House | 2000 | ISBN: 0812992636 | EPUB | 489.83KB

Cassidy's Run is the riveting story of one of the best-kept secrets of the Cold War—an espionage operation mounted by Washington against the Soviet Union that ran for twenty-three years. At the highest levels of the government, its code name was Operation shocker.

Lured by a double agent working for the United States, ten Russian spies, including a professor at the University of Minnesota, his wife, and a classic "sleeper" spy in New York City, were sent by Moscow to penetrate America's secrets. Two FBI agents were killed, and secret formulas were passed to the Russians in a dangerous ploy that could have spurred Moscow to create the world's most powerful nerve gas.

Cassidy's Run tells this extraordinary true story for the first time, following a trail that leads from Washington to Moscow, with detours to Florida, Minnesota, and Mexico. Based on documents secret until now and scores of interviews in the United States and Russia, the book reveals that:

  • more than 4,500 pages of classified documents, including U.S. nerve gas formulas, were passed to the Soviet Union in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars
  • an "Armageddon code," a telephone call to a number in New York City, was to alert the sleeper spy to an impending nuclear attack—a warning he would transmit to the Soviets by radio signal from atop a rock in Central Park
  • two FBI agents were killed when their plane crashed during surveillance of one of the Soviet spies as he headed for the Canadian border
  • secret "drops" for microdots were set up by Moscow from New York to Florida to Washington

More than a cloak-and-dagger tale, Cassidy's Run is the spellbinding story of one ordinary man, Sergeant Joe Cassidy, not trained as a spy, who suddenly found himself the FBI's secret weapon in a dangerous clandestine war.

Great Ancient China Projects You Can Build Yourself

Great Ancient China Projects You Can Build Yourself

Great Ancient China Projects You Can Build Yourself by Lance Kramer
Nomad Press | 2008 | ISBN: 1934670022 | PDF | 19.93MB

From Buddhism, feng shui, and porcelain pottery to gunpowder, dynasties, and trade routes, this interactive activity guide explores the incredible ingenuity and history of ancient China with more than 20 hands-on projects.

Comprehensive coverage of the ancient culture—everything from the daily lives of both the rich and poor to the history of architecture, dynasties, religion, trade, and science—are combined with step-by-step instructions for creating Chinese inventions with ordinary household materials. Key vocabulary, time lines, and factual sidebars are included to further educate young readers about this innovative society and its continuing influence on modern culture.

Picturing Machines 1400-1700

Picturing Machines 1400-1700

Picturing Machines 1400-1700 edited by Wolfgang Lefevre
MIT Press | 2004 | ISBN: 0262122693 | PDF | 20.87MB

Technical drawings by the architects and engineers of the Renaissance made use of a range of new methods of graphic representation. These drawings -- among them Leonardo da Vinci's famous drawings of mechanical devices -- have long been studied for their aesthetic qualities and technological ingenuity, but their significance for the architects and engineers themselves is seldom considered.

The essays in Picturing Machines 1400-1700 take this alternate perspective and look at how drawing shaped the practice of early modern engineering. They do so through detailed investigations of specific images, looking at over 100 that range from sketches to perspective views to thoroughly constructed projections.In early modern engineering practice, drawings were not merely visualizations of ideas but acted as models that shaped ideas.

Picturing Machines establishes basic categories for the origins, purposes, functions, and contexts of early modern engineering illustrations, then treats a series of topics that not only focus on the way drawings became an indispensable means of engineering but also reflect the main stages in their historical development. The authors examine the social interaction conveyed by early machine images and their function as communication between practitioners; the knowledge either conveyed or presupposed by technical drawings, as seen in those of Giorgio Martini and Leonardo; drawings that required familiarity with geometry or geometric optics, including the development of architectural plans; and technical illustrations that bridged the gap between practical and theoretical mechanics.

Babbage's Calculating Engines

Babbage's Calculating Engines

Babbage's Calculating Engines: Being a Collection of Papers Relating to them; their History and Construction by Charles Babbage
Cambridge University Press | 2010 | ISBN: 1108000967 | PDF | 21.91MB

The famous and prolific nineteenth-century mathematician, engineer and inventor Charles Babbage (1791-1871) was an early pioneer of computing. He planned several calculating machines, but none was built in his lifetime. On his death his youngest son, Henry P. Babbage, was charged with the task of completing an unfinished volume of papers on the machines, which was finally published in 1889 and is reissued here.

The papers, by a variety of authors, were collected from journals including The Philosophical Magazine, The Edinburgh Review and Scientific Memoirs. They relate to the construction and potential application of Charles Babbage's calculating engines, notably the Difference Engine and the more complex Analytical Engine, which was to be programmed using punched cards. The book also includes correspondence with members of scientific societies, as well as proceedings, catalogues and drawings. Included is a complete catalogue of the drawings of the Analytical Engine.

Madness and Civilization

Madness and Civilization

Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason by Michel Foucault
Vintage Books | 2013 | ISBN: 0307833100 | EPUB | 1.92MB

Perhaps the French philosopher's masterpiece, which is concerned with an extraordinary question: What does it mean to be mad?

The Road of Lost Innocence

The Road of Lost Innocence

The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine by Somaly Mam
Spiegel & Grau | 2009 | ISBN: 0385526229 | EPUB | 269.76KB

A riveting and beautiful memoir of tragedy and hope–by a woman named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Born in a village deep in the Cambodian forest, Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather when she was twelve years old. For the next decade she was shuttled through the brothels that make up the sprawling sex trade of Southeast Asia. She suffered unspeakable acts of brutality and witnessed horrors that would haunt her for the rest of her life–until, in her early twenties, she managed to escape. Unable to forget the girls she left behind, Mam became a tenacious and brave leader in the fight against human trafficking, rescuing sex workers–some as young as five and six–offering them shelter, rehabilitation, healing, and love and leading them into new life.

Written in exquisite, spare, unflinching prose, The Road of Lost Innocence is a memoir that will leave you awestruck by the courage and strength of this extraordinary woman and will renew your faith in the power of an individual to bring about change.

The Yosemite Murders

The Yosemite Murders

The Yosemite Murders by Dennis McDougal
Ballantine | 2000 | ISBN: 0345438345 | EPUB | 1.88MB

Since he was seven, Cary Stayner had dreamed of capturing women . . . and killing them.

They were crimes that grabbed headlines around the world and stunned America. Four women dead, their bodies charred and horribly mutilated. Now Dennis McDougal, acclaimed author of the spellbinding true crime tour de force Mother's Day, brings his considerable investigative and narrative skills to the Yosemite murders to give you the most complete account of what really happened. Drawing on several personal conversations with the confessed killer and interviews with the victims' families, McDougal presents the definitive story, and answers many lingering questions. What demons drove this quiet handyman and nudist colony habitue to burn, mutilate, and murder four women he didn't even know? How did he overpower a woman and two teenaged girls? And most disturbing, did the glory-seeking FBI actually hinder the investigation, leaving the killer free to kill once more before he was caught?

THE YOSEMITE MURDERS offers valuable insight into these savage and senseless murders in the heart of America's most beautiful wilderness.

Delphi Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe

Delphi Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe

Delphi Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Delphi Classics | 2012 | ISBN: 1908909137 | EPUB | 11.02MB

At last, America's Master Storyteller joins the ranks of Delphi Classics' scholarly collections. This is the COMPLETE WORKS of the great literary giant Edgar Allan Poe. Why buy any other digital version, which will have texts missing? This is the only eBook available with every tale - even the very rare ones - poem, essay, letter and much, much more! Now you can truly own Poe's immense and diverse works on your eReading device.

Features:

  • the COMPLETE poetry, with special Chronological and Alphabetical contents tables - find that special poem quickly!
  • the COMPLETE tales, with its own Chronological and Alphabetical contents tables - find that special story easily!
  • brief but informative introductions to many poems, tales and other texts
  • images of how the books first appeared, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
  • Poe's rare unfinished play POLITIAN, with perfect formatting
  • BOTH of Poe's novels, including the very rare unfinished novel THE JOURNAL OF JULIUS RODMAN, both with separate contents tables
  • many short stories and poems are presented with their original illustrations
  • Every non-fiction essay - even the rare ones recently discovered - available in no other digital collection
  • many images relating to Poe, his life and works
  • INCLUDES with the Complete Letters - spend hours perusing Poe's personal correspondence!
  • the letters have separate tables to help you find whatever letter you want easily - want to read what Dickens wrote to Poe? Then simply click on Dickens' name!
  • scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
  • four biographical works exploring Poe's mysterious life, including the infamous memoir by Griswold
  • criticism section, featuring essays by other famous writers examining Poe's contribution to literature
  • UPDATED with Poe's contributions to THE CONCHOLOGIST'S FIRST BOOK

The eBook also includes a front no-nonsense table of contents to allow easy navigation around Poe's oeuvre.

Bad Ideas: An Arresting History of Our Inventions

Bad Ideas: An Arresting History of Our Inventions

Bad Ideas: An Arresting History of Our Inventions by Robert Winston
Bantam Books | 2011 | ISBN: 0553819550 | EPUB | 636.15KB

We are born with the instinct to create and invent. Indeed our ability to do so is what separates we humans from the rest of the animal world. The moment man first converted a stone to a useful tool set him on a relentless path toward greater control and power over his environment. But have our creative ideas always produced desirable results in line with their original good intention? How many ill-effects and dangers have they brought about along the way? And have they really served us well?

Bad Ideas? traces the fascinating history of our attempts at self-improvement but also questions their value. The dubious consequences of the development of weaponry, for example, is self-evident from the primitive but lethal sling to the devastating nuclear bomb. But what of apparently more innocuous inventions such as farming, writing or medicine? All were initiated for the greater good but have nonetheless produced unforeseen fallout that continues to this day. What are their undesirable side-effects, how did they emerge over the years and where will they take us in the future?

Written against a huge historical canvas, we join Robert Winston on a thrilling and inspiring journey from our earliest days to the present. We learn about the history of modern science, engineering, IT and much more, following the unexpected twists and turns of their progress. We meet the individuals who played a key role in their development, and share quirky anecdotes about their lives and brainwaves. Inspiring, unusual, and at times controversial, Bad Ideas? enables us by appreciating the past to look forward to the technological opportunities and ethical challenges of the future. In so doing it celebrates man's extraordinary capacity for achievement whilst warning us that his good intentions can sometimes end up as thoroughly bad ideas.

The Way of the Knife

The Way of the Knife

The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth by Mark Mazzetti
2013 | ISBN: 1594204802 | EPUB | 3.03MB

A Pulitzer Prize winning reporter’s riveting account of the transformation of the CIA and America’s special operations forces into man-hunting and killing machines in the world’s dark spaces: the new American way of war.

The most momentous change in American warfare over the past decade has taken place away from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, in the corners of the world where large armies can’t go. The Way of the Knife is the untold story of that shadow war: a campaign that has blurred the lines between soldiers and spies and lowered the bar for waging war across the globe. America has pursued its enemies with killer drones and special operations troops; trained privateers for assassination missions and used them to set up clandestine spying networks; and relied on mercurial dictators, untrustworthy foreign intelligence services, and proxy armies.

This new approach to war has been embraced by Washington as a lower risk, lower cost alternative to the messy wars of occupation and has been championed as a clean and surgical way of conflict. But the knife has created enemies just as it has killed them. It has fomented resentments among allies, fueled instability, and created new weapons unbound by the normal rules of accountability during wartime.

Mark Mazzetti tracks an astonishing cast of characters on the ground in the shadow war, from a CIA officer dropped into the tribal areas to learn the hard way how the spy games in Pakistan are played to the chain-smoking Pentagon official running an off-the-books spy operation, from a Virginia socialite whom the Pentagon hired to gather intelligence about militants in Somalia to a CIA contractor imprisoned in Lahore after going off the leash.

At the heart of the book is the story of two proud and rival entities, the CIA and the American military, elbowing each other for supremacy. The CIA, created as a Cold War espionage service, is now more than ever a paramilitary agency ordered by the White House to kill off America’s enemies in the mountains of Pakistan and the deserts of Yemen, in the tumultuous civil wars of North Africa and the chaos of Somalia. For its part, the Pentagon has become more like the CIA, dramatically expanding spying missions everywhere. Sometimes, as with the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, their efforts have been perfectly coordinated. Other times, including the failed operations disclosed here for the first time, they have not. For better or worse, their struggles will define American national security in the years to come.

More Guns, Less Crime [Third Edition]

More Guns, Less Crime [Third Edition]

More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws [Third Edition] by John R Lott Jr
University of Chicago Press | 2010 | ISBN: 0226493660 | EPUB | 4.22 MB

On its initial publication in 1998, John R. Lott’s More Guns, Less Crime drew both lavish praise and heated criticism. More than a decade later, it continues to play a key role in ongoing arguments over gun-control laws: despite all the attacks by gun-control advocates, no one has ever been able to refute Lott’s simple, startling conclusion that more guns mean less crime. Relying on the most rigorously comprehensive data analysis ever conducted on crime statistics and right-to-carry laws, the book directly challenges common perceptions about the relationship of guns, crime, and violence. For this third edition, Lott draws on an additional ten years of data—including provocative analysis of the effects of gun bans in Chicago and Washington, D.C—that brings the book fully up to date and further bolsters its central contention.

American History Revised

American History Revised

American History Revised: 200 Startling Facts That Never Made It into the Textbooks by Seymour Morris Jr
Broadway | 2010 | ISBN: 0307587606 | EPUB | 7.58MB

This spirited reexamination of American history delves into our past to expose hundreds ofstartling facts that never made it into the textbooks, and highlights how little-known peopleand events played surprisingly influential roles in the great American story.

We tend to think of history as settled, set in stone, but American History Revised reveals a past that is filled with ironies, surprises, and misconceptions. Living abroad for twelve years gave author Seymour Morris Jr. the opportunity to view his country as an outsider and compelled him to examine American history from a fresh perspective. As Morris colorfully illustrates through the 200 historical vignettes that make up this book, much of our nation’s past is quite different—and far more remarkable—than we thought.

We discover that:

  • In the 1950s Ford was approached by two Japanese companies begging for a joint venture. Ford declined their offers, calling them makers of “tin cars.” The two companies were Toyota and Nissan.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt and most women’s groups opposed the Equal Rights Amendment forbidding gender discrimination.
  • The two generals who ended the Civil War weren’t Grant and Lee.
  • The #1 bestselling American book of all time was written in one day.
  • The Dutch made a bad investment buying Manhattan for $24.
  • Two young girls aimed someday to become First Lady—and succeeded.
  • Three times, a private financier saved the United States from bankruptcy.

Organized into ten thematic chapters, American History Revised plumbs American history’s numerous inconsistencies, twists, and turns to make it come alive again.

Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work

Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work

Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Kenneth Cukier
John Murray | 2013 | ISBN: 1848547900 | EPUB | 397.01KB

Since Aristotle, we have fought to understand the causes behind everything. But this ideology is fading. In the age of big data, we can crunch an incomprehensible amount of information, providing us with invaluable insights about the what rather than the why.

We're just starting to reap the benefits: tracking vital signs to foresee deadly infections, predicting building fires, anticipating the best moment to buy a plane ticket, seeing inflation in real time and monitoring social media in order to identify trends. But there is a dark side to big data. Will it be machines, rather than people, that make the decisions? How do you regulate an algorithm? What will happen to privacy? Will individuals be punished for acts they have yet to commit? In this groundbreaking and fascinating book, two of the world's most-respected data experts reveal the reality of a big data world and outline clear and actionable steps that will equip the reader with the tools needed for this next phase of human evolution.

Wicked Northern Illinois: The Dark Side of the Prairie State

Wicked Northern Illinois: The Dark Side of the Prairie State

Wicked Northern Illinois: The Dark Side of the Prairie State by Troy Taylor
The History Press | 2010 | ISBN: 1596292784 | EPUB | 1.81MB

From the secrets of Joliet Penitentiary to the ferocious gunfights between the Ku Klux Klan and the Shelton Gang, Troy Taylor takes the measure of the dishonest sweat and innocent blood poured into the prairies of Northern Illinois. Meet the "fallen angels" of Decatur's red-light district, the Springfield counterfeiters who bungled stealing Lincoln's bones and the Aurora man who propped up his porch with the heads of his wife and brother-in-law. And if you dare, eavesdrop on the chilling confession of a man who left a dancer's corpse to the mercy of the railroad tracks: "So, I pat them on the cheek, call them sweet names--and kill them."

Infinite Potential

Infinite Potential

Infinite Potential: What Quantum Physics Reveals About How We Should Live by Lothar Schafer
Crown | 2013 | ISBN: 0307985954 | EPUB | 2.87MB

A hopeful and controversial view of the universe and ourselves based on the principles of quantum physics, offering a way of making our lives and the world better, with a foreword by Deepak Chopra

In Infinite Potential, physical chemist Lothar Schäfer presents a stunning view of the universe as interconnected, nonmaterial, composed of a field of infinite potential, and conscious. With his own research as well as that of some of the most distinguished scientists of our time, Schäfer moves us from a reality of Darwinian competition to cooperation, a meaningless universe to a meaningful one, and a disconnected, isolated existence to an interconnected one. In so doing, he shows us that our potential is infinite and calls us to live in accordance with the order of the universe, creating a society based on the cosmic principle of connection, emphasizing cooperation and community.

Cities Are Good for You

Cities Are Good for You

Cities Are Good for You by Leo Hollis
Bloomsbury | 2013 | ISBN: 1408826623 | EPUB | 1.87MB

Cities are where the twenty-first century is really going to happen. Already at the beginning of the century, we became 50% urban as a global population, and by 2050 we're going to be up to 70% urban. So cities could either be our coffin or our ark.

Leo Hollis presents evidence that cities can deliver a better life and a better world in the future. From exploring what slime mold can tell us about traffic flow, to looking at how traditional civic power structures are being overturned by Twitter, to investigating how cities all over the world are tackling climate change, population growth, poverty, shifting work patterns and the maintenance of the fragile trust of their citizens, Cities Are Good for You offers a new perspective on the city.

Combining anecdote, scientific studies, historical portraits, first-hand interviews and observations of some of the most exciting world cities, Hollis upends long-held assumptions with new questions: Where do cities come from? Can we build a city from scratch? Does living in the city make you happier or fitter? Is the metropolis of the future female? What is the relationship between cities and creativity? And are slums really all that bad?

Cities Are Good for You introduces us to dreamers, planners, revolutionaries, writers, scientists, architects, slum-dwellers and kings. Ranging globally and through time in search of answers--from the archive to the laboratory, from City Hall to the architect's desk--it is above all driven by the idea that cities are for people and by people.

Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry

Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry

Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry by Marc Ambinder, D B Grady
John Wiley & Sons | 2013 | ISBN: 1118235738 | EPUB | 884.65KB

There is a hidden country within the United States. It was formed from the astonishing number of secrets held by the government and the growing ranks of secret-keepers given charge over them. The government secrecy industry speaks in a private language of codes and acronyms, and follows an arcane set of rules and customs designed to perpetuate itself, repel penetration, and deflect oversight. It justifies itself with the assertion that the American values worth preserving are often best sustained by subterfuge and deception.

There are indications that this deep state is crumbling. Necessary secrets are often impossible to keep, while frivolous secrets are kept forever. The entire system has fallen prey to political manipulation, with leaks carefully timed to advance agendas, and over-classification given to indefensible government activities.

Deep State, written by two of the country's most respected national security journalists, disassembles the secrecy apparatus of the United States and examines real-world trends that ought to trouble everyone from the most aggressive hawk to the fiercest civil libertarian. The book:

  • Provides the fullest account to date of the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance program first spun up in the dark days after 9/11.
  • Examines President Obama's attempt to reconcile his instincts as a liberal with the realities of executive power, and his use of the state secrets doctrine.
  • Exposes how the public's ubiquitous access to information has been the secrecy industry's toughest opponent to date, and provides a full account of how WikiLeaks and other "sunlight" organizations are changing the government's approach to handling sensitive information, for better and worse.
  • Explains how the increased exposure of secrets affects everything from Congressional budgets to Area 51, from SEAL Team Six and Delta Force to the FBI, CIA, and NSA.
  • Assesses whether the formal and informal mechanisms put in place to protect citizens from abuses by the American deep state work, and how they might be reformed.

Deep State is based on the authors' insatiable curiosity for the ground truth and layered on a foundation of original and historical research as well as unprecedented access to lawmakers, intelligence agency heads, White House officials, and secret program managers. It draws on thousands of recently declassified documents and candid interviews with more than 100 military, industry, and government officials.

Financing Our Foodshed

Financing Our Foodshed

Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food with Slow Money by Carol Peppe Hewitt
New Society Publishers | 2013 | ISBN: 0865717230 | EPUB | 1.89MB

In towns and cities across North America, a quiet revolution is underway. Fed up with sending their money off to make a fast buck in faraway markets, people are putting their money to work where they live, in markets they trust and understand—starting with food.

Financing Our Foodshed is a collection of real life stories of these Slow Money pioneers and the local food entrepreneurs, sustainable farmers, bakers, and restaurateurs that they have chosen to support.

Fueled by their desire to do more than just eat local food, lenders of "nurture capital" are making low-interest, peer-to-peer loans to the people who produce, process, distribute, and sell food. Meet passionate entrepreneurs including:

  • Abi, a talented artist-turned-baker, who borrowed the funds for a commercial oven to start a gluten-free bakery
  • Angelina, owner of a Greek local foods restaurant, who refinanced exorbitant credit card debt incurred by renovations
  • Chatham Marketplace, a much-loved grocery co-op whose monthly loan payments were reduced by a third, thanks to an ambitious collaboration between sixteen investors

Financing Our Foodshed tells the compelling stories of ordinary people doing something extraordinary, and will appeal to anyone who understands the critical importance of sustainably grown local food and resilient local economies, and wants a blueprint to get us there.

The Stewardship of Wealth

The Stewardship of Wealth

The Stewardship of Wealth: Successful Private Wealth Management for Investors and Their Advisors by Gregory Curtis
John Wiley & Sons | 2012 | ISBN: 1118321863 | EPUB | 1.97MB

Indispensable advice for building a lasting financial legacy.

Building wealth is hard to do, but maintaining that wealth across generations is even more challenging. In The Stewardship of Wealth: Successful Private Wealth Management for Investors and Their Advisors, wealth advice expert Gregory Curtis reveals the investment secrets of the world's wealthiest families, so that financial planners, fund managers, and wealthy individuals everywhere can follow in their footsteps. Outlining the best practices for preserving and growing wealth, the book details exactly how to build a lasting financial legacy in the face of taxes, inflation, investment costs, and the conflicts of interest that are endemic to the financial advisory business.

Wealthy families are at the very heart of America's exceptionalism, of the vigor, resilience, and creativity that have made the U.S. the most successful nation in history. The Stewardship of Wealth's discusses the crucial role private wealth continues to play in America's remarkable economic and cultural success and the issues wealthy families and their advisors face, presenting a step-by-step guide to better managing liquid wealth.

  • Reveals the wealth management strategies employed by America's wealthiest families and their financial managers
  • Explores the challenges to ensuring that money stays in the family, from portfolio design to manager selection to monitoring investment performance, and much more
  • Details the essential steps for ensuring a lasting financial legacy

An examination of the key issues involved in managing private wealth, especially for affluent families, The Stewardship of Wealth is the ultimate guide to building a financial legacy that will last.

Selling Through Someone Else

Selling Through Someone Else

Selling Through Someone Else: How to Use Agile Sales Networks and Partners to Sell More by Robert Wollan, Naveen Jain, Michael Heald
John Wiley & Sons | 2013 | ISBN: 1118496388 | EPUB | 4.75MB

Experience the growth multiplier effect through transforming the distribution and sales network.

Selling Through Someone Else tackles new opportunities to drive company growth by taking a fresh look at the customer smart distribution and sales process. The authors, from Accenture, one of the world's largest consulting companies, explain how companies can be smarter about what their customers truly want and maximize the return on investment from all available resources for growth opportunities by exploring creative distribution options, including leveraging partners, online outlets, iPads/tablets, your traditional sales force, and more.

Selling Through Someone Else demonstrates that traditional approaches are no longer effective and how, by capitalizing on converging forces, companies can transform their "sales" approaches to grow revenue, and enhance customer and brand loyalty.

  • Explores how globalization, new competitors, and low-cost threats are reshaping the way sales is happening today, and how to prepare your company to be successful in this new dynamic and iterative selling model
  • Shows how analytics, the shift to digital selling and mobile sales tools, and new approaches to sales operations can reshape the entire sales function
  • Demonstrates how new ecosystems of partners are created, managed, and incented to drive greater sales and profitability

Accenture has helped numerous clients collaborate across IT, Sales, and Marketing to dramatically grow distribution and adapt to the different "playing field" of today. Selling through Someone Else applies the trends and lessons learned from Fortune 500 and Global 500 companies to mid-sized enterprises and small-medium businesses owners.

Breathing through the Whole Body

Breathing through the Whole Body

Breathing through the Whole Body: The Buddha's Instructions on Integrating Mind, Body, and Breath by Will Johnson
Inner Traditions | 2012 | ISBN: 159477434X | EPUB | 357.6KB

Explores the Buddha’s own words on breathing meditation for healing, wholeness, and a deeper understanding of his teachings.

  • Explains the complete series of steps in the Buddha’s Satipatthana Sutta for refining awareness of the breath, from posture and center of gravity to extending breath awareness beyond the nostrils, lungs, and abdomen to the entire body
  • Shows that stillness in meditation refers only to the mind, not to the body
  • Reveals breath to be a direct agent of healing for chronic tensions and an agitated mind

Explaining how stillness in meditation refers not to a rigid and frozen body but to a quality of mind, Will Johnson examines the Buddha’s own words at the core of the Satipatthana Sutta: “As you breathe in, breathe in through the whole body; as you breathe out, breathe out through the whole body”--an instruction often overlooked in the majority of Buddhist schools. Exploring the Buddha’s complete series of steps for deepening awareness of the breath, he shows how to invite natural, responsive movement back into the posture of meditation by extending breath awareness beyond the nostrils, lungs, and abdomen to the entire body--a practice that unifies the breath, body, and mind into a single shared phenomenon.

Showing how the flow of breath is directly affected by chronic tensions in the body and in the mind, Johnson explains that when breath starts flowing through more and more of the body, it becomes a direct agent of healing, massaging and melting any areas of tension it touches and moves through, whether physical or emotional. By breathing through the whole body in accordance with the Buddha’s instructions on breath, the body becomes much more comfortable, the mind starts resolving its addiction to thinking, and meditative practice deepens much more rapidly, allowing the teachings of the Buddha to be directly glimpsed and revealed.

The Bridge: A Journey Between Orient and Occident

The Bridge: A Journey Between Orient and Occident

The Bridge: A Journey Between Orient and Occident by Geert Mak
Random House | 2008 | ISBN: 1407014978 | EPUB | 149.9KB

Istanbul’s Galata Bridge has spanned the Golden Horn since the sixth century AD, connecting the old city with the more Western districts to the north. But the bridge is a city in itself, peopled by merchants and petty thieves, tourists and fishermen, and at the same time a microcosmic reflection of Turkey as the link between Asia and Europe.

Geert Mak introduces us to the woman who sells lottery tickets, the cigarette vendors, and the best pickpockets in Europe. He tells us about the pride of the cobbler and the tea-seller's homesickness. And he describes the role of honor in Turkish culture, the temptations of fundamentalism and violence, and the urge to survive, even in the face of despair.

These stories of the bridge’s denizens are interwoven with vignettes illuminating moments in the history of Istanbul and Turkey and shedding light on Turkey’s relationship with Europe and the West, the Armenian question, the migration from the Turkish countryside to the city, and the demise of the Ottoman Empire.

This Book Needs No Title: A Budget of Living Paradoxes

This Book Needs No Title: A Budget of Living Paradoxes

This Book Needs No Title: A Budget of Living Paradoxes by Raymond Smullyan
Touchstone | 1986 | ISBN: 0671628313 | PDF | 16.53MB

Eighty paradoxes, logical labyrinths, and intriguing enigmas progress from light fables and fancies to challenging Zen exercises and a novella and probe the timeless questions of philosophy and life.

The Aquariums of Pyongyang [Audiobook]

The Aquariums of Pyongyang [Audiobook]

The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag [Audiobook] by Kang Chol-Hwan, Pierre Rigoulot
Audible | 2009 | ASIN: B002T02ELM | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 22 mins | 202.41MB

North Korea today is one of the last bastions of hard-line Communism. Western historians and researchers have had little access to information about North Korea apart from official Party documents and propaganda. This book marks the first time that a victim of the regime has provided a personal and documented insight into the labour camps, the organized famine, and the political conditioning within this "hermit kingdom".

Kang Chol-Hwan was arrested at the age of nine along with other members of his family when his grandfather made remarks about life in a capitalist country that were judged to be too complimentary. He grew up in the camps and has escaped to South Korea to document his personal life as a testimonial to the hardships and atrocities that constitute the lives of some several hundred thousand people living in the gulag today. Kang's account of this internment reveals the life-and-death conditions of the camp.

Part horror story, part historical document, part memoir, part political tract, The Aquariums of Pyongyang brings together unassailable firsthand experience, setting one young man's personal suffering in the wider context of modern history.

The Tiger A True Story of Vengeance and Survival [Audiobook]

The Tiger A True Story of Vengeance and Survival [Audiobook]

The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival [Audiobook] by John Vaillant
Random House Audio | 2010 | ISBN: 0307715078 | MP3@56 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 06 mins | 290.82MB

It’s December 1997, and a man-eating tiger is on the prowl outside a remote village in Russia’s Far East. The tiger isn’t just killing people, it’s annihilating them, and a team of men and their dogs must hunt it on foot through the forest in the brutal cold. As the trackers sift through the gruesome remains of the victims, they discover that these attacks aren’t random: the tiger is apparently engaged in a vendetta. Injured, starving, and extremely dangerous, the tiger must be found before it strikes again.

As he re-creates these extraordinary events, John Vaillant gives us an unforgettable portrait of this spectacularly beautiful and mysterious region. We meet the native tribes who for centuries have worshipped and lived alongside tigers, even sharing their kills with them. We witness the arrival of Russian settlers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, soldiers and hunters who greatly diminished the tiger populations. And we come to know their descendants, who, crushed by poverty, have turned to poaching and further upset the natural balance of the region.

This ancient, tenuous relationship between man and predator is at the very heart of this remarkable book. Throughout we encounter surprising theories of how humans and tigers may have evolved to coexist, how we may have developed as scavengers rather than hunters, and how early Homo sapiens may have fit seamlessly into the tiger’s ecosystem. Above all, we come to understand the endangered Siberian tiger, a highly intelligent super-predator that can grow to ten feet long, weigh more than six hundred pounds, and range daily over vast territories of forest and mountain.

Beautifully written and deeply informative, The Tiger circles around three main characters: Vladimir Markov, a poacher killed by the tiger; Yuri Trush, the lead tracker; and the tiger himself. It is an absolutely gripping tale of man and nature that leads inexorably to a final showdown in a clearing deep in the taiga.



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Prehistory: Making of the Human Mind [Audiobook]

Prehistory: Making of the Human Mind [Audiobook]

Prehistory: Making of the Human Mind [Audiobook] by Colin Renfrew
Recorded Books | 2009 | ISBN: 1436192242 | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB | 374.5MB

In Prehistory, the award-winning archaeologist and renowned scholar Colin Renfrew covers human existence before the advent of written records–the overwhelming majority of our time here on earth–and gives an incisive, concise, and lively survey of the past, and of how scholars and scientists labor to bring it to light.

Renfrew begins by looking at prehistory as a discipline, detailing how breakthroughs such as radiocarbon dating and DNA analysis have helped us to define humankind’s past–how things have changed–much more clearly than was possible just a half century ago. As for why things have changed, Renfrew pinpoints some of the issues and challenges, past and present, that confront the study of prehistory and its investigators. Renfrew then offers a summary of human prehistory from early hominids to the rise of literate civilization that is refreshingly free of conventional wisdom and grand “unified” theories.

In this invaluable account, Colin Renfrew delivers a meticulously researched and passionately argued chronicle about our life on earth–and our ongoing quest to understand it.



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Trial by Ice [Audiobook]

Trial by Ice [Audiobook]

Trial by Ice: The True Story of Murder and Survival on the 1871 Polaris Expedition [Audiobook] by Richard Parry
Recorded Books | 2001 | ASIN: B000NVGHYE | MP3 ABR + EPUB | 12 hrs 04 mins | 434.93MB
“An extraordinary real-life adventure of men battling the elements and themselves, told with ice-cold precision.”
–Kirkus Reviews

In the dark years following the Civil War, America’s foremost Arctic explorer, Charles Francis Hall, became a figure of national pride when he embarked on a harrowing, landmark expedition. With financial backing from Congress and the personal support of President Grant, Captain Hall and his crew boarded the Polaris, a steam schooner carefully refitted for its rigorous journey, and began their quest to be the first men to reach the North Pole. Neither the ship nor its captain would ever return.

What transpired was a tragic death and whispers of murder, as well as a horrifying ordeal through the heart of an Arctic winter, when men fought starvation, madness, and each other upon the ever-shifting ice. Trial by Ice is an incredible adventure that pits men against the natural elements and their own fragile human nature. In this powerful true story of death and survival, courage and intrigue aboard a doomed ship, Richard Parry chronicles one of the most astonishing, little known tragedies at sea in American history.



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The Diary of Jack the Ripper [Audiobook]

The Diary of Jack the Ripper [Audiobook]

The Diary of Jack the Ripper: The Chilling Confessions of James Maybrick [Audiobook] by Shirley Harrison
Dove Audio | 1993 | ISBN: 1558009809 | MP3@160 kbps | 3 hrs 08 mins | 215.31MB

The pages of The Diary of Jack the Ripper reveal the unimaginable—that more than a century ago, the legendary serial killer at work in London’s Whitechapel kept a record of his bestial mutilations of women. The writer of the horrific journal is James Maybrick, a depraved, drug-taking, womanizing, 49-year-old Liverpool cotton merchant with a history of domestic violence.

In this analysis of his diary, investigative author Shirley Harrison explains all about the origins of the text and the rigorous scientific analysis it has endured while revealing startling new information about Maybrick's shadowy background. This evidence, along with a chilling confession scratched into a watch—"I am Jack. J Maybrick," provide powerful justification that Maybrick was Jack the Ripper. The diary itself is reproduced in full, so that readers can judge whether these are the deeply distributing words of Jack the Ripper himself, reaching out from across the abyss of more than a century.

Western Front SS: The Secret Archives

Western Front SS: The Secret Archives

Western Front SS: The Secret Archives by Ian Baxter
Spellmount | 2003 | ISBN: 1862272212 | PDF | 75.5MB

Even after 60 years, the exploits in World War II of the Waffen-SS -- the military arm of Heinrich Himmler's SS -- still have a fascination for many. Featuring 250 previously unpublished action photographs, SS: The Secret Archives -- Western Front illustrates in vivid detail the campaigns of the Waffen-SS against the Allies in the west from 1940 to 1945. The book covers the deeds of the Waffen-SS divisions in France, the Low Countries, the Balkans, Italy and finally Germany itself, each photograph in the book accompanied by a lengthy, informative caption describing the subject matter. Events featured inside include the fall of France, the Normandy campaign and the Battle of the Bulge.

Collected from old albums, newspaper and divisional archives after extensive research, the photographs build up to present a picture of what life was like for the stormtroopers in Himmler's elite force. A comprehensively illustrated study of the Waffen-SS in action in the west, SS: The Secret Archives -- Western Front features action photographs of such famous divisions as the Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler, Das Reich, Hitlerjugend and Totenkopf, and will appeal to anyone with an interest in the Waffen-SS as a fighting force in World War II.

Blood in the Snow, Blood on the Grass

Blood in the Snow, Blood on the Grass

Blood in the Snow, Blood on the Grass: Treachery, Slaughter, Murder and Massacre - France 1944 by Douglas Boyd
The History Press | 2012 | ISBN: 0752477056 | EPUB | 4.62MB

Nearing D-Day, Allied intelligence used thousands of young men hiding in France's forests and hill country to avoid compulsory labour service in Germany as bait to draw German forces away from the Normandy beaches. There are two principles of guerilla warfare: never to concentrate your forces or rish a pitched battle.

But with RAF airdrops of pistols and Sten guns came British, American and French liaison officers who concentrated these untrained civilians in remote areas of France. They thought Allied airborne foreces would land and help them drive the Germans out of their country, but instead were hunted down by collaborationist French paramilitaries, Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS troops. They died in the snows of winter through high midsummer. Those taken prisoner were raped, tortured and shot or deported to death camps in Germany. Many of their killers were themselves murdered after the liberation, when thousands of French women were also publicly humiliated as sexual traitors.

Narcocorrido: A Journey into the Music of Drugs

Narcocorrido: A Journey into the Music of Drugs

Narcocorrido: A Journey into the Music of Drugs, Guns, and Guerrillas by Elijah Wald
HarperCollins | 2012 | ISBN: 0062018590 | EPUB | 3.92MB

In the first full-length exploration of the contemporary and controversial Mexican corrido, award-winning author Elijah Wald blends a travel narrative with his search for the roots of this genre — a modern outlaw music that fuses the sensibilities of medieval ballads with the edgy grit of gangsta rap.

From international superstars to rural singers documenting their local current events in the regions dominated by guerilla war, Wald visited these songwriters in their homes, exploring the heartland of the Mexican drug traffic and traveling to urban centers such as Los Angeles and Mexico City. The corrido genre is famous for its hard-bitten songs of drug traffickers and gunfights, and also functions as a sort of musical newspaper, singing of government corruption, the lives of immigrants in the United States, and the battles of the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas.

Though largely unknown to English speakers, corridos top the Latin charts and dominate radio playlists both in the United States and points south. Wald provides in-depth looks at the songwriters who have transformed groups like the popular Tigres del Norte into enduring superstars, as well as the younger artists who are carrying the corrido into the twenty-first century. In searching for the poetry and social protest behind the gaudy lyrics of powerful drug lords, Wald shows how popular music can remain the voice of a people, even in this modern world of globalization, electronic media, and gangsters who ship cocaine in 747s.