The Lawgiver [Audiobook]

The Lawgiver [Audiobook]

The Lawgiver [Audiobook] by Herman Wouk
Simon & Schuster Audio | 2012 | ISBN: 1442357207 | MP3@96 kbps | 4 hrs 56 mins | 203.98MB

For more than 50 years, legendary author Herman Wouk has dreamed of writing a novel about the life of Moses. Finally, at age 96, he has found an ingeniously witty way to tell the tale in The Lawgiver, a romantic and suspenseful epistolary novel about a group of people trying to make a movie about Moses in the present day. The story emerges from letters, memos, emails, journals, news articles, recorded talk, tweets, Skype transcripts, and text messages.

At the center of The Lawgiver is Margo Solovei, a brilliant young writer-director who has rejected her rabbinical father's strict Jewish upbringing to pursue a career in the arts. When an Australian multi-billionaire promises to finance a movie about Moses if the script meets certain standards, Margo does everything she can to land the job, including a reunion with her estranged first love, an influential lawyer with whom she still has unfinished business.

Two other key characters in the novel are Herman Wouk himself and his wife of more than 60 years, Betty Sarah, who, almost against their will, find themselves entangled in the Moses movie when the Australian billionaire insists on Wouk's stamp of approval.

As Wouk and his characters contend with Moses and marriage, the force of tradition, rebellion, and reunion, The Lawgiver reflects the wisdom of a lifetime. Inspired by the great 19th-century novelists, one of America's most beloved 20th-century authors has now written a remarkable 21st-century work of fiction.

The Sagas of Icelanders

The Sagas of Icelanders

The Sagas of Icelanders
Penguin | 2011 | ISBN: 1101487410 | EPUB | 9.44MB

A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world's greatest literary treasures—as epic as Homer, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare. Set around the turn of the last millennium, these stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the Norse men and women who first settled Iceland and of their descendants, who ventured further west—to Greenland and, ultimately, the coast of North America itself.

The 10 Sagas and seven shorter tales in this volume include the celebrated Vinland Sagas, which recount Leif Eiriksson's pioneering voyage to the New World and contain the oldest descriptions of the North American continent.

Final Flight: The Mystery of a WW II Plane Crash

Final Flight: The Mystery of a WW II Plane Crash

Final Flight: The Mystery of a WW II Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra by Peter Stekel
Wilderness Press | 2010 | ISBN: 0899974759 | EPUB | 3.91MB

In October 2005, two mountaineers climbing above Mendel Glacier in the High Sierra find the mummified remains of a man in a WW II uniform, entombed in the ice. The "Frozen Airman" discovery creates a media storm which draws author Peter Stekel to investigate and stumble upon the case of a navigation training flight crew missing since 1942. Early attempts at recovery are thwarted due to empty graves, botched records, bad weather, bad luck, and bad timing. Then, in 2007, Stekel himself discovers a second body in the glacier.

Through meticulous research, interviews, and his own mountaineering trips to the site, Stekel uncovers the identities of these four young men. Final Flight explores the story of the ill-fated flight and the misinformation surrounding it for over 60 years. The book is a gripping account that's part mystery, part history, and a personal quest to uncover the truth of the events that occurred on November 18, 1942. In the process, Stekel rewrites the young aviators' last days and takes us on their final flight.

The Democracy Project

The Democracy Project

The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement by David Graeber
Spiegel & Grau | 2013 | ISBN: 081299356X | EPUB | 2.26MB

A bold rethinking of the most powerful political idea in the world—democracy—and the story of how radical democracy can yet transform America.

Democracy has been the American religion since before the Revolution—from New England town halls to the multicultural democracy of Atlantic pirate ships. But can our current political system, one that seems responsive only to the wealthiest among us and leaves most Americans feeling disengaged, voiceless, and disenfranchised, really be called democratic? And if the tools of our democracy are not working to solve the rising crises we face, how can we—average citizens—make change happen?

David Graeber, one of the most influential scholars and activists of his generation, takes readers on a journey through the idea of democracy, provocatively reorienting our understanding of pivotal historical moments, and extracts their lessons for today—from the birth of Athenian democracy and the founding of the United States of America to the global revolutions of the twentieth century and the rise of a new generation of activists. Underlying it all is a bracing argument that in the face of increasingly concentrated wealth and power in this country, a reenergized, reconceived democracy—one based on consensus, equality, and broad participation—can yet provide us with the just, free, and fair society we want.

The Democracy Project tells the story of the resilience of the democratic spirit and the adaptability of the democratic idea. It offers a fresh take on vital history and an impassioned argument that radical democracy is, more than ever, our best hope.

“A sprawling, erudite, provocative work.”—Drake Bennett, Bloomberg Businessweek

“Written in a brash, engaging style, the book is also a philosophical inquiry into the nature of debt—where it came from and how it evolved.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Fresh .... fascinating .... thought-provoking [and] exceedingly timely.”—Financial Times

“The book is more readable and entertaining than I can indicate. . . . Graeber is a scholarly researcher, an activist and a public intellectual. His field is the whole history of social and economic transactions.”—Peter Carey, The Observer

“One of the year’s most influential books. Graeber situates the emergence of credit within the rise of class society, the destruction of societies based on ‘webs of mutual commitment’ and the constantly implied threat of physical violence that lies behind all social relations based on money.”—Paul Mason, The Guardian

The Approaching Great Transformation

The Approaching Great Transformation

The Approaching Great Transformation: Toward a Livable Post Carbon Economy by Joel Magnuson
Seven Stories Press | 2013 | ISBN: 1609804805 | 800.56KB
"A brave book by a smart person with a masterful command of economic theory."
Publisher's Weekly

How should we act and think economically in the world as the era of cheap oil comes to an end? The Approaching Great Transformation begins to answer this massive question, focusing on the people and communities already at work on the transition: energy descent pioneers in the UK and the US educating their communities about the road ahead, small enterprises defying traditional “profit” in favor of permanence and sustainability, and cities preparing for a post carbon future.

Highlighting the work of thinkers like John Ruskin and E. F. Schumacher, Magnuson here builds on his previous book, Mindful Economics.

Down the Up Escalator

Down the Up Escalator

Down the Up Escalator: How the 99 Percent Live in the Great Recession by Barbara Garson
Doubleday | 2013 | ISBN: 0385532741 | EPUB | 1.98MB

One of our most incisive and committed journalists—author of the classic All the Livelong Day—shows us the real human cost of our economic follies.

The Great Recession has thrown huge economic challenges at almost all Americans save the super-affluent few, and we are only now beginning to reckon up the human toll it is taking. Down the Up Escalator is an urgent dispatch from the front lines of our vast collective struggle to keep our heads above water and maybe even—someday—get ahead. Garson has interviewed an economically and geographically wide variety of Americans to show the painful waste in all this loss and insecurity, and describe how individuals are coping. Her broader historical focus, though, is on the causes and consequences of the long stagnation of wages and how it has resulted in an increasingly desperate reliance on credit and a series of ever-larger bubbles—stocks, technology, real estate. This is no way to run an economy, or a democracy.

From the members of the Pink Slip Club in New York, to a California home health-care aide on the eve of eviction, to a subprime mortgage broker who still thinks it could have worked, Down the Up Escalator presents a sobering picture of what happens to a society when it becomes economically organized to benefit only the very rich and the quick-buck speculators. But it also demonstrates the wit and resilience of ordinary Americans—and why they deserve so much better than the hand they’ve been dealt.

Scammed: How to Save Your Money and Find Better Service

Scammed: How to Save Your Money and Find Better Service

Scammed: How to Save Your Money and Find Better Service in a World of Schemes, Swindles, and Shady Deals by Christopher Elliott
John Wiley & Sons | 2011 | ISBN: 1118108000 | EPUB | 567.72KB

A leading consumer advocate reveals how to protect your money, time, and integrity from corrupt businesses.

Once upon a time store prices were simple and fair, businesses stood behind their products with guarantees free of fine print and loopholes, and companies genuinely seemed to care about their valued customers—but those days are long gone. In this groundbreaking exposé, consumer advocate Christopher Elliot reveals the broken relationship between American consumers and businesses and explains how companies came to believe that fooling their customers was a viable, and profitable, business plan.

Scammed explores how companies control information to mislead, distort the truth, and even outright lie to their consumers.

  • Exposes the various ways companies have led their war against information—from seductive ads, disingenuous fine print, and unconventional promotions that involve seeding discussion forums and blogs with company-friendly comments
  • Offers consumers insider knowledge of the system, reasonable expectations, and a clear understanding of the games businesses play
  • Christopher Elliott is one of the nation's foremost consumer advocates

Protect yourself, your time, and your money from the predators of the consumer world. Armed with knowledge, readers will become far more discerning and every business's worst nightmare.

Affluence Intelligence

Affluence Intelligence

Affluence Intelligence: Earn More, Worry Less, and Live a Happy and Balanced Life by Stephen Goldbart, Joan Indursky DiFuria
Da Capo Press | 2011 | ISBN: 0738214248 | EPUB | 1.05MB

We have just come through the worst recession many of us have ever seen, and in times like these, it's tempting to think that just having more money would solve our problems. Indeed, it is also widely believed that how wealthy you are is a result of external factors, such as job promotions or good investments. But the surprising truth is that affluence is actually based on a certain way of thinking, one which has never before been discussed. Now, after years of working with clients of all backgrounds--including billionaires--psychologists Stephen Goldbart and Joan DiFuria reveal the little-known concept of "Affluence Intelligence," a mindset that makes people not just wealthy but deeply fulfilled.

The book includes a test to determine your Affluence Intelligence Quotient (AIQ), and a step-by-step program to raise that AIQ in just three months, for more money, more security, and more joy. Affluence Intelligence is for everyone who suspects they are devoting too much time to worrying about finances and too little time to living life.

Explore Your Hidden Talents

Explore Your Hidden Talents

Explore Your Hidden Talents by Aparna Chattopadh
Pustak Mahal | 2009 | ISBN: 8122307477 | EPUB | 2.44MB

With the dawn of the new millennium, the average workplace is becoming more challenging than ever. A better insight into the dynamics of achieving success in one's job and business is the need of the hour. Success when viewed with a positive mental attitude, is a process. It is a journey - not the destination. Explore your own road to success by analyzing, recognizing, visualizing and mobilizing processes. Success is the process of managing your greatest asset - You.

This impressive self-help book authored by Dr. Aparna Chattopadhyay gives you new ways of energising your hidden qualities, potentials and possibilities of success in your business and career arenas to: harness creativity & enthusiasm to work more productively and successfully; identify your leadership strengths; develop skills of management; fix up your priorities; balance work and leisure; control your worries and energize your life; dream your way to reality; pack the power of positive thinking into your work life; harmonize your conflicts at work; learn the psycho-tricks of the trade; revitalize and sterilize your attitude against all odds; become a team player and strengthen cooperation among associates; and, say hello to success.

10 Fundamental Rules of Success

10 Fundamental Rules of Success

10 Fundamental Rules of Success by Narayana Rao Carani
Pustak Mahal | 2008 | ISBN: 8122309364 | EPUB | 2.01MB

It is observed that throughout the majority of the classics of self improvement literature, there are 10 core steps or fundamental rules to achieve success which run as a common thread. This book aims to share these experiences and knowledge with the readers.

War Against the Weak

War Against the Weak

War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race, Expanded Edition by Edwin Black
Dialog Press | 2012 | ISBN: 0914153293 | AZW3 | 3.1MB

War Against the Weak is the gripping chronicle documenting how American corporate philanthropies launched a national campaign of ethnic cleansing in the United States, helped found and fund the Nazi eugenics of Hitler and Mengele -- and then created the modern movement of "human genetics." Some 60,000 Americans were sterilized under laws in 27 states. This expanded edition includes two new essays on state genocide.

IBM and the Holocaust

IBM and the Holocaust

IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation by Edwin Black
Three Rivers Press | 2002 | ISBN: 0609808990 | EPUB | 1.03MB

Published to extraordinary praise, this provocative international bestseller details the story of IBM’s strategic alliance with Nazi Germany. IBM and the Holocaust provides a chilling investigation into corporate complicity, and the atrocities witnessed raise startling questions that throw IBM’s wartime ethics into serious doubt.

Edwin Black’s monumental research exposes how IBM and its subsidiaries helped create enabling technologies for the Nazis, step-by-step, from the identification and cataloging programs of the 1930s to the selections of the 1940s. With a new afterword, the publishing event of last year is certain to generate even more controversy.

Cremation in America

Cremation in America

Cremation in America by Fred Rosen
Prometheus Books | 2004 | ISBN: 1591021367 | EPUB | 2.02MB

In this captivating review of the history, the practice, and the industry of cremation in America, award-winning former New York Times columnist Fred Rosen provides an authoritative source of information and many revealing facts about an increasingly common, yet still controversial, alternative to burial.

Rosen gives an entertaining first person account of his inquiry into the practice of cremation and its roots. He describes the early ancient custom of cremation by funeral pyre and then explores why the rising Church banned the practice as a sacrilege. He then traces the underpinnings of the modern cremation movement in the late 19th century among a colorful group of intellectuals and physicians. This 19th century group endorsed this then illegal practice as a means to improve public health—as a way to prevent seepage of burial grounds from polluting ground water and spreading disease.

Rosen goes on to examine, in today’s world, people’s feelings about death and religion as well as their sensitivities to cremation. Given certain abuses, he believes that this industry needs to be regulated. However, he finds much in favor of cremation when firsthand comparing its costs vs. the excesses and extravagances of the burial funeral industry.

In an age when over 25 percent of the population is turning to cremation as a preferred funeral arrangement, this book offers much timely, useful, and engrossing information.

Why Is Sex Fun: The Evolution Of Human Sexuality

Why Is Sex Fun: The Evolution Of Human Sexuality

Why Is Sex Fun: The Evolution Of Human Sexuality by Jared Diamond
Basic Books | 1998 | ISBN: 0465013074 | EPUB | 314.78KB

To us humans the sex lives of many animals seem weird. In fact, by comparison with all the other animals, we are the ones with the weird sex lives. How did that come to be?

Just count our bizarre ways. We are the only social species to insist on carrying out sex privately. Stranger yet, we have sex at any time, even when the female can’t be fertilized (for example, because she is already pregnant, post-menopausal, or between fertile cycles). A human female doesn’t know her precise time of fertility and certainly doesn’t advertise it to human males by the striking color changes, smells, and sounds used by other female mammals.

Why do we differ so radically in these and other important aspects of our sexuality from our closest ancestor, the apes? Why does the human female, virtually alone among mammals go through menopause? Why does the human male stand out as one of the few mammals to stay (often or usually) with the female he impregnates, to help raise the children that he sired? Why is the human penis so unnecessarily large?

There is no one better qualified than Jared Diamond--renowned expert in the fields of physiology and evolutionary biology and award-winning author--to explain the evolutionary forces that operated on our ancestors to make us sexually different. With wit and a wealth of fascinating examples, he explains how our sexuality has been as crucial as our large brains and upright posture in our rise to human status.

The Mermaid of Brooklyn [Audiobook]

The Mermaid of Brooklyn [Audiobook]

The Mermaid of Brooklyn [Audiobook] by Amy Shearn
Blackstone Audio | 2013 | ISBN: 147084446X | MP3@64 kbps | 12 hrs 16 mins | 335.83MB

In this beautifully written novel that blends the whimsy of The Time Traveler's Wife with an indelible portrait of motherhood, a young woman strives to pick up the pieces after her husband mysteriously leaves -- and she finds strength from the unlikeliest of allies.

Jenny Lipkin is an average, stretched-too-thin Brooklyn mom tackling the challenges of raising two children in a cramped Park Slope walk-up and bonding with the other moms about breast-feeding while spending endless hours in Prospect Park. All she really wants is to survive the sweltering New York summer with a shred of sanity intact. But when her husband Harry, a compulsive gambler, vanishes one evening without a word, Jenny finally reaches her breaking point. In a moment of despair, a split-second decision changes her life forever.

Pulled from the brink by an unexpected - and as it turns out, sometimes annoying - supernatural ally, Jenny is forced to rethink her ideas about success, motherhood, romance, and relationships. Confronting her inner demons - of both the mermaid and nonmermaid variety - is no easy task, and eventually Jenny has to come to terms with who she truly is, for better or worse.

The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | 2004 | ISBN: 015602943X | EPUB | 534.05KB

A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger's cinematic storytelling that makes the novel's unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant.

An enchanting debut and a spellbinding tale of fate and belief in the bonds of love, The Time Traveler's Wife is destined to captivate readers for years to come.