One Two Three ... Infinity Facts and Speculations of Science

One Two Three. .. Infinity Facts and Speculations of Science

One Two Three Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science by George Gamow
1988 | EPUB | 20.29MB

Over 120 delightful pen-and-ink illustrations by the author add another dimension of good-natured charm to these wide-ranging explorations. A mind-expanding volume for the layman and the science-minded.

"This is a layman's book as readable as a historical novel, but every chapter bears the solid imprint of authoritative research." — San Francisco Chronicle.

Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson

Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson

Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S Thompson by Corey Seymour, Jann S Wenner
2008 | EPUB | 838.3KB

Few American lives are stranger, more action-packed, or wilder than that of Hunter S. Thompson. Born a rebel in Louisville , Kentucky , Thompson spent a lifetime channeling his energy and insight into such landmark works as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - and his singular and provocative style challenged and revolutionized writing.

Now, for the first time ever, Jann Wenner and Corey Seymour have interviewed the Good Doctor's friends, family, acquaintances and colleagues and woven their memories into a brilliant oral biography. From Hell's Angels leader Sonny Barger to Ralph Steadman to Jack Nicholson to Jimmy Buffett to Pat Buchanan to Marilyn Manson and Thompson's two wives, son, and longtime personal assistant, more than 100 members of Thompson's inner circle bring into vivid focus the life of a man who was even more complicated, tormented, and talented than any previous portrait has shown. It's all here in its uncensored glory: the creative frenzies, the love affairs, the drugs and booze and guns and explosives and, ultimately, the tragic suicide. As Thompson was fond of saying, "Buy the ticket, take the ride."

The Art of Controversy

The Art of Controversy

The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power by Victor S Navasky
2013 | EPUB | 16.8MB

A lavishly illustrated, witty, and original look at the awesome power of the political cartoon throughout history to enrage, provoke, and amuse.

As a former editor of The New York Times Magazine and the longtime editor of The Nation, Victor S. Navasky knows just how transformative—and incendiary—cartoons can be. Here Navasky guides readers through some of the greatest cartoons ever created, including those by George Grosz, David Levine, Herblock, Honoré Daumier, and Ralph Steadman. He recounts how cartoonists and caricaturists have been censored, threatened, incarcerated, and even murdered for their art, and asks what makes this art form, too often dismissed as trivial, so uniquely poised to affect our minds and our hearts.

Drawing on his own encounters with would-be censors, interviews with cartoonists, and historical archives from cartoon museums across the globe, Navasky examines the political cartoon as both art and polemic over the centuries. We see afresh images most celebrated for their artistic merit (Picasso's Guernica, Goya's "Duendecitos", images that provoked outrage (the 2008 Barry Blitt New Yorker cover, which depicted the Obamas as a Muslim and a Black Power militant fist-bumping in the Oval Office), and those that have dictated public discourse (Herblock’s defining portraits of McCarthyism, the Nazi periodical Der Stürmer’s anti-Semitic caricatures). Navasky ties together these and other superlative genre examples to reveal how political cartoons have been not only capturing the zeitgeist throughout history but shaping it as well—and how the most powerful cartoons retain the ability to shock, gall, and inspire long after their creation.

Here Victor S. Navasky brilliantly illuminates the true power of one of our most enduringly vital forms of artistic expression.

A General History of the Pyrates

A General History of the Pyrates

A General History of the Pyrates by Daniel Defoe
1999 | EPUB | 9.36MB

Immensely readable history by the author of Robinson Crusoe incorporates the author's celebrated flair for journalistic detail, and represents the major source of information about piracy in the early 18th century. Defoe recounts the daring and bloody deeds of such outlaws as Edward Teach (alias Blackbeard), Captain Kidd, Mary Read, Anne Bonny, many others.

My Life: An Attempt at an Autobiography

My Life: An Attempt at an Autobiography

My Life: An Attempt at an Autobiography by Leon Trotsky
2007 | EPUB | 985.37KB

This priceless historical document by the Bolshevik leader features firsthand accounts from the top levels of the Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917. Trotsky chronicles the struggle to consolidate a government run by workers and peasants, along with the rift between Lenin and Stalin and its political consequences.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
1996 | EPUB | 740.9KB

One of the most popular works of American literature, this charming self-portrait has been translated into nearly every language. It covers Franklin's life up to his prewar stay in London as representative of the Pennsylvania Assembly, including his boyhood years, work as a printer, experiments with electricity, political career, much more.

The Iraq War

The Iraq War

The Iraq War by John Keegan
2004 | EPUB | 3.09MB

Author of the acclaimed The Face of Battle, and, most recently, Intelligence in War, John Keegan now brings his extraordinary expertise to bear on perhaps the most controversial war of our time.

The Iraq War is an urgently needed, up-to-date and informed study of the ongoing conflict. In exclusive interviews with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and General Tommy Franks, Keegan has gathered information about the war that adds immeasurably to our grasp of its causes, complications, costs and consequences. He probes the reasons for the invasion and delineates the strategy of the American and British forces in capturing Baghdad; he examines the quick victory over the Republican Guard and the more tenacious and deadly opposition that has taken its place. He then analyzes the intelligence information with which the Bush and Blair administrations convinced their respective governments of the need to go to war, and which has since been strongly challenged in both countries. And he makes clear that despite the uncertainty about weapons of mass destruction, regime change, and the use and misuse of intelligence, the war in Iraq is an undeniably formidable display of American power.

The Iraq War is authoritative, timely and vitally important to our understanding of a conflict whose full ramifications are as yet unknown.

Cocaina: A Book on Those Who Make It

Cocaina: A Book on Those Who Make It

Cocaina: A Book on Those Who Make It by Magnus Linton
2013 | MOBI | 573.49KB

When Colombia’s ‘King of Cocaine’, Pablo Escobar, was killed, the world thought the cocaine industry would crumble. But ten years later the country’s production had almost quadrupled, and for the last decade Colombia has produced more than 60 per cent of all the cocaine consumed in the world.

The drug is both a curse and a salvation for Colombians. Farmers grow coca for cash but fear discovery. Families must co-operate with drug-funded guerrillas or go on the run. Destitute teens become trained killers for a quick buck, in a ruthless underworld where few survive for long.

At the same time, tension grows between Colombia’s right-wing government and its socialist neighbours in Latin America. With the failed US war on drugs playing into this geopolitical brew, the future of cocaine is about more than what happens to street dealers and their customers.

Based on three years of research, and more than 100 interviews with growers, traffickers, assassins, refugees, police, politicians, and drug tourists, Cocaína is exceptional — a brilliant work of journalism, and an insight into one of the world’s most troubling industries.

Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers

Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers

Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers: How to Negotiate Work Drama to Get More Done by Linda Byars Swindling
2013 | EPUB | 3.05MB

Turn constant complainers into productive contributors.

Constant complainers take up resources, time, and mental bandwidth in the workplace. When you change a culture of complainers to one of contributors, you boost morale, increase productivity, and promote effective communication. In short, you get more done with less drama. In Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers, workplace communication expert Linda Swindling shares her expertise in negotiating tough situations in the workplace. Discover how to influence others to accomplish your purpose. Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers uses scenarios, engaging questions, and survey results to provide strategies that can be implemented immediately.

  • Shows how to identify complainers and time drainers
  • Provides forms to help prepare for discussions, suggested language to show up powerfully, and encouragement to apply strategies
  • Offers concrete phrases and tactics to refocus a complainer and end unproductive conversations

Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers is research-driven and focused on how to identify as well as manage conversations with "venters," complainers, whiners, and energy drainers. With these guidelines for communication, you'll see powerful results, improved relationships, and increased confidence.

The ONE Thing

The ONE Thing

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller, Jay Papasan
2013 | EPUB | 2.36MB

YOU WANT LESS.

You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And what’s the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller paychecks, fewer promotions—and lots of stress.

AND YOU WANT MORE.

You want more productivity from your work. More income for a better lifestyle. You want more satisfaction from life, and more time for yourself, your family, and your friends.

NOW YOU CAN HAVE BOTH—LESS AND MORE.

In The ONE Thing, you’ll learn to

  • cut through the clutter
  • achieve better results in less time
  • build momentum toward your goal
  • dial down the stress
  • overcome that overwhelmed feeling
  • revive your energy
  • stay on track
  • master what matters to you

The ONE Thing delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life—work, personal, family, and spiritual.

WHAT’S YOUR ONE THING?

The Eye [Audiobook]

The Eye [Audiobook]

The Eye [Audiobook] by Vladimir Nabokov
2011 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 2 hrs 37 mins | 72.17MB

Nabokov's fourth novel, The Eye is as much a farcical detective story as it is a profoundly refractive tale about the vicissitudes of identities and appearances. Nabokov's protagonist, Smurov, is a lovelorn, excruciatingly self-conscious Russian émigré living in prewar Berlin, who commits suicide after being humiliated by a jealous husband, only to suffer even greater indignities in the afterlife.



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Mary [Audiobook]

Mary [Audiobook]

Mary [Audiobook] by Vladimir Nabokov
2010 | MP3@56 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 04 mins | 97.95MB

Mary is a gripping tale of youth, first love, and nostalgia--Nabokov's first novel. In a Berlin rooming house filled with an assortment of seriocomic Russian émigrés, Lev Ganin, a vigorous young officer poised between his past and his future, relives his first love affair. His memories of Mary are suffused with the freshness of youth and the idyllic ambience of pre-revolutionary Russia. In stark contrast is the decidedly unappealing boarder living in the room next to Ganin's, who, he discovers, is Mary's husband, temporarily separated from her by the Revolution but expecting her imminent arrival from Russia.



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Glory [Audiobook]

Glory [Audiobook]

Glory [Audiobook] by Vladimir Nabokov
2011 | MP3@128 kbps | 6 hrs 45 mins | 370.94MB

Glory is the wryly ironic story of Martin Edelweiss, a 22-year-old Russian émigré of no account, who is in love with a girl who refuses to marry him. Convinced that his life is about to be wasted and hoping to impress his love, he decides to embark upon a "perilous, daredevil project" - an illegal attempt to reenter the Soviet Union, from which he and his mother had fled in 1919. He succeeds - but at a terrible cost.

Look at the Harlequins [Audiobook]

Look at the Harlequins [Audiobook]

Look at the Harlequins [Audiobook] by Vladimir Nabokov
2011 | MP3@128 kbps | 7 hrs 56 mins | 435.39MB

Look at the Harlequins! is a novel written by Vladimir Nabokov, first published in 1974. The work was Nabokov's final published novel before his death in 1977. Look At the Harlequins! is a fictional autobiography narrated by Vadim Vadimovich N. , a Russian-American writer with uncanny biographical likenesses to the novel's author, Vladimir (Vladimirovich) Nabokov.

VV is born in pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg and raised by his aunt, who advises him to "look at the harlequins" "Play! Invent the world! Invent reality!". After the revolution, VV moves to Western Europe. Count Nikifor Nikodimovich Starov become his patron (is he VV's father?). VV meets Iris Black who becomes his first wife. After her death - she is killed by a Russian émigré - he marries Annette (Anna Ivanovna Blagovo), his long-necked typist. They have a daughter, Isabel, and emigrate to the United States. The marriage fails; and, after Annette's death, VV takes care of the pubescent Isabel, now known as Bel. They travel from motel to motel. To counter ugly rumors, VV marries Louise Adamson while Bel elopes with an American to Soviet Russia. After the third marriage fails, VV marries again, a Bel look-a-like (same birthdate, too), referred to as "you", his final love. Literary criticism has weighed in on both sides of this debate, some even claiming that Vadim is both a parody and a double (or Doppelgänger) of Nabokov. For example, Nabokov's Lolita is acted out by the narrator of Look at the Harlequins! through his fondling of the nymphet Dolly VonBorg. The attribution to a string of wives to the narrator must be understood in the context of Nabokov's life: After the publication of Lolita the wider public and many critics thought that its author must be some "sexual daredevil" With the serial polygamy related in Look At The Harlequins!, Nabokov can be seen to be poking fun at these perceptions.

The Tragedy of Mister Morn

The Tragedy of Mister Morn

The Tragedy of Mister Morn by Vladimir Nabokov
2013 | EPUB | 2.29MB

For the first time in English, Vladimir Nabokov’s earliest major work, written when he was only twenty-four: his only full-length play, introduced by Thomas Karshan and beautifully translated by Karshan and Anastasia Tolstoy.

The Tragedy of Mister Morn was written in the winter of 1923–1924, when Nabokov was completely unknown. The five-act play—the story of an incognito king whose love for the wife of a banished revolutionary brings on the chaos the king has fought to prevent—was never published in Nabokov’s lifetime and lay in manuscript until it appeared in a Russian literary journal in 1997. It is an astonishingly precocious work, in exquisite verse, touching for the first time on what would become this great writer’s major themes: intense sexual desire and jealousy, the elusiveness of happiness, the power of the imagination, and the eternal battle between truth and fantasy. The play is Nabokov’s major response to the Russian Revolution, which he had lived through, but it approaches the events of 1917 above all through the prism of Shakespearean tragedy.

A Personal Matter

A Personal Matter

A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe
2011 | MOBI | 350.34KB

Kenzaburo Oe, the winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize for Literature, is internationally acclaimed as one of the most important and influential post-World War II writers, known for his powerful accounts of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and his own struggle to come to terms with a mentally handicapped son. The Swedish Academy lauded Oe for his "poetic force [that] creates an imagined world where life and myth condense to form a disconcerting picture of the human predicament today."

His most popular book, A Personal Matter is the story of Bird, a frustrated intellectual in a failing marriage whose Utopian dream is shattered when his wife gives birth to a brain-damaged child.

The Changeling

The Changeling

The Changeling by Kenzaburō Ōe
2010 | EPUB | 2.09MB

In 1997, Juzo Itami, one of Japan's most successful film directors, jumped to his death in Tokyo. Nobel laureate Oe (Hiroshima Notes ) was Itami's brother-in-law, and he transposes Itami's suicide, under a fictional disguise, into a dazzling and elaborate maze of memories and meditations centering on the suicide of film director Goro Hanawa.

Oe introduces Kogito Choko, a writer in his early sixties, as he rekindles a childhood friendship with his estranged brother-in-law, the renowned filmmaker Goro Hanawa. Goro sends Kogito a trunk of tapes he has recorded of reflections about their friendship, but as Kogito is listening one night, he hears something odd. "I'm going to head over to the Other Side now," Goro says, and then Kogito hears a loud thud. After a moment of silence, Goro's voice continues: "But don't worry, I'm not going to stop communicating with you." Moments later, Kogito's wife rushes in; Goro has jumped to his death. With that, Kogito begins a far-ranging search to understand what drove his brother-in-law to suicide. His quest takes him from the forests of southern Japan to the washed-out streets of Berlin, where Kogito confronts the ghosts from his own past and that of his lifelong, but departed, friend.

Somersault

Somersault

Somersault by Kenzaburō Ōe
2003 | EPUB | 727.54KB

Kenzaburo Oe is internationally recognized as one of the world's finest writers, and his achievements have received the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Somersault, the first new novel he published since winning the Nobel, departs radically from the autobiographical fiction he was known for, in a magnificent story of the charisma of leaders, the danger of zealotry, and the mystery of faith. A decade before the story opens, two men referred to as the Patron and Guide of mankind were leaders of an influential religious movement that fell apart when a group of their more radical followers plotted an act of terrorism. Now, after ten years of silence, they are ready to return to religious leadership — but old, new, and unexpected problems threaten them. As planning proceeds for the summer conference that will launch the new church in the eyes of the world, conflicts between various factions threaten to make a mockery of the church's unity — or something far more dangerous.

Somersault is an astonishing achievement that again confirms Kenzaburo Oe's place among the world's most respected writers, even as it takes his body of work in fresh and fertile directions.

A Quiet Life

A Quiet Life

A Quiet Life by Kenzaburō Ōe
1998 | EPUB | 248.24KB

Kenzaburo Oe is one of the most original and important writers of our times, and nowhere is his genius more evident than in A Quiet Life-an uncanny blend of the real with the imagined, of memoir with fiction.

A Quiet Life is narrated by Ma-chan, a twenty-year-old woman. Her father is a famous and fascinating novelist; her older brother, though severely brain-damaged, possesses an almost magical gift for musical composition; and her mother’s life is devoted to the care of them both. Ma-chan and her younger brother find themselves emotionally on the outside of this oddly constructed nuclear family. But when her father accepts a visiting professorship from an American university, Ma-chan finds herself suddenly the head of the household and at the center of family relationships that she must begin to redefine.

The Pinch Runner Memorandum

The Pinch Runner Memorandum

The Pinch Runner Memorandum by Kenzaburō Ōe
1993 | EPUB | 339.59KB

This is the first English translation of the 1976 novel by Japan's most daring and innovative novelist. Kenzaburo Oe dispenses with the unity of voice often sought in the conventional realistic novel by forcing the reader to come to grips with one of the basic questions in modern literature: What is the novel?

Booze for Free

Booze for Free

Booze for Free: The Definitive Guide to Making Beer, Wines, Cocktail Bases, Ciders, and Other Drinks at Home by Andy Hamilton
2013 | EPUB | 2.05MB

Your bar tab doesn’t have to break the bank. Learn how to grow, forage, and brew your way to good spirits!

A single cocktail can cost you $15 in a bar or restaurant. But home brewer and self-sufficiency expert Andy Hamilton can show you how easy and economical it can be to make simple hop brews, exquisite wines, and delicious infused spirits all from easily grown or foraged ingredients. Booze for Free shares a wealth of valuable information, including:

  • Home-brewing 101
  • How to turn your garden into a drinker’s paradise
  • Where and how to forage with success
  • How to make more than 100 delicious drinks to your preferred taste and strength--quickly, cheaply and with minimum fuss
  • And more!

For readers who love The Drunken Botanist, a guide to making delicious (and inexpensive!) beverages at home.

The Management Myth [Audiobook]

The Management Myth [Audiobook]

The Management Myth: Why the "Experts" Keep Getting It Wrong [Audiobook] by Matthew Stewart
2009 | MP3@96 kbps | 11 hrs 38 mins | 480.7MB
“A devastating bombardment of managerial ¬thinking and the profession of management consulting. . . . A serious and valuable polemic.”—Wall Street Journal

Fresh from Oxford with a degree in philosophy and no particular interest in business, Matthew Stewart might not have seemed a likely candidate to become a consultant. But soon he was telling veteran managers how to run their companies.

In narrating his own ill-fated (and often hilarious) odyssey at a top-tier firm, Stewart turns the consultant’s merciless, penetrating eye on the management industry itself. The Management Myth offers an insightful romp through the entire history of thinking about management, a withering critique of pseudoscience in management theory, and a clear explanation of why the MBA usually amounts to so much BS—leading us through the wilderness of American business thought.

The Red Queen [Audiobook]

The Red Queen [Audiobook]

The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature [Audiobook] by Matt Ridley
2011 | MP3@64 kbps | 12 hrs 53 mins | 354.06MB

Referring to Lewis Carroll's Red Queen from Through the Looking-Glass, a character who has to keep running to stay in the same place, Matt Ridley demonstrates why sex is humanity's best strategy for outwitting its constantly mutating internal predators. The Red Queen answers dozens of other riddles of human nature and culture - including why men propose marriage, the method behind our maddening notions of beauty, and the disquieting fact that a woman is more likely to conceive a child by an adulterous lover than by her husband.

Brilliantly written, The Red Queen offers an extraordinary new way of interpreting the human condition and how it has evolved.



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Memory in a Month [Audiobook]

Memory in a Month [Audiobook]

Memory in a Month [Audiobook] by Ron White
2001 | MP3@256 kbps | 5 hrs 09 mins | 566.4MB

Ron White is the USA Memory Champion. There is no one in the country that has more credibility than him in regards to memory. He holds the record for most numbers memorized in 5 minutes (167 consecutive digits) and the fastest to memorize a deck of cards (1 minute 27 seconds). This program, Memory in a Month will guide you through his memory process and catapult your memory skills! You will learn to recall names, numbers, playing cards, foreign languages, chapters of books, poems, scripture, technical data, information from seminars and much more! In only 10 minutes a day for 30 consecutive days you can transform your mind from forgetful to unbelievable! You will learn how to use this system to train your mind to access and retrieve information just like your computer or file cabinets. This is the most powerful memory training program EVER CREATED! You will triple your memory and triple your grades, income and confidence!

30 DAYS - 10 Minutes a day to a POWERFUL memory!! Day 1 - History of memory training Day 2 - Basic Association definition and uses Day 3 - Chain of Association definition and uses Day 4 - Introduction to the Roman 'Loci' method Day 5 - Create mental file cabinets to store data Day 6 - Apply memory techniques to foreign languages Day 7 - Learn to use 'Loci' to recall information from books Day 8 - Retain abstract data such as math formulas Day 9 - Create 20 files to use for storing 20 random items Day 10 - Memorize a 20 line poem forwards and backwards Day 11 - Learn to give presentations without notes Day 12 - Learn to recall abstract data Day 13 - Practice giving speeches without notes Day 14 - More practice with learning foreign languages Day 15 - Introduction to advanced memory training Day 16 - Learn to hear a 20 digit number once and retain it Day 17 - More practice recalling numbers Day 18 - Learn to recall names and faces Day 19 - Learn to recall names and faces continued Day 20 - Learn to recall names and faces continued Day 21 - Learn to recall names and faces continued Day 22 - Learn to recall dates and appointments Day 23 - Use mental memory graph to remember maps or locations Day 24 - Fun Memory Games Day 25 - Use your files to recall 20 random words heard once Day 26 - Recall directions, more training on numbers and names Day 27 - Build and review your 65 mental files Day 28 - Create 26 new files to store data Day 29 - Memorize the preamble to the Constitution Day 30 - Summarize the memory system and prepare for the future with your new techniques!

The Feeling of What Happens [Audiobook]

The Feeling of What Happens [Audiobook]

The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness [Audiobook] by Antonio Damasio
2000 | MP3 | 14 hrs 13 mins | 332.74MB

Widely praised for his innovative scientific thinking and elegant writing, Antonio Damasio achieves a new understanding of consciousness by asking-and answering-profound questions: How is it that we know what we know? How is it that our conscious and private minds have a sense of self? A gifted medical clinician with decades of caring for patients with brain damage, a great scientific thinker, and an extraordinary writer, Damasio offers a new understanding of the biological roots of consciousness and its role in survival. Damasio's work on feeling and emotion forever joins our minds and bodies, offering an arrestingly original way of understanding what it is to be human. After reading Damasio's landmark, Descartes' Error, Jonas Salk wrote, "You will never again look at yourself or another without wondering what goes on behind the eyes that so meet." As to The Feeling of What Happens, the New York Times wrote, "Unlike any other book here, it will change your experience of yourself."

Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain

Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain

Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain [Audiobook] by Antonio Damasio
2012 | MP3@128 kbps + MOBI | 11 hrs 28 mins | 628.89MB

From one of the most significant neuroscientists at work today, a pathbreaking investigation of a question that has confounded philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists for centuries: how is consciousness created?

Antonio Damasio has spent the past thirty years studying and writing about how the brain operates, and his work has garnered acclaim for its singular melding of the scientific and the humanistic. In Self Comes to Mind, he goes against the long-standing idea that consciousness is somehow separate from the body, presenting compelling new scientific evidence that consciousness—what we think of as a mind with a self—is to begin with a biological process created by a living organism. Besides the three traditional perspectives used to study the mind (the introspective, the behavioral, and the neurological), Damasio introduces an evolutionary perspective that entails a radical change in the way the history of conscious minds is viewed and told. He also advances a radical hypothesis regarding the origins and varieties of feelings, which is central to his framework for the biological construction of consciousness: feelings are grounded in a near fusion of body and brain networks, and first emerge from the historically old and humble brain stem rather than from the modern cerebral cortex.

Damasio suggests that the brain’s development of a human self becomes a challenge to nature’s indifference and opens the way for the appearance of culture, a radical break in the course of evolution and the source of a new level of life regulation—sociocultural homeostasis. He leaves no doubt that the blueprint for the work-in-progress he calls sociocultural homeostasis is the genetically well-established basic homeostasis, the curator of value that has been present in simple life-forms for billions of years. Self Comes to Mind is a groundbreaking journey into the neurobiological foundations of mind and self.



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The Gonzo Tapes: The Life and Work of Dr Hunter S. Thompson

The Gonzo Tapes: The Life and Work of Dr Hunter S Thompson

The Gonzo Tapes: The Life and Work of Dr Hunter S. Thompson
2008 | MP3 VBR V5 | 5 hrs 59 mins | 364.43MB

From his early military career to his invention of gonzo journalism and rebellious suicide, Hunter S. Thompson lived an iconoclastic life. He obsessively documented his adventures, recording rants and thoughts on cassettes and reel-to-reels, and collecting everything from notes on napkins to angry letters to his editors.

The Gonzo Tapes, a five-CD box set released by Shout Factory with the blessing of Thompsons widow, offers revealing peeks into the writers mad, brilliant brain.

The tapes provided a deeply personal soundtrack to a documentary, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, directed by Taxi to the Dark Sides Academy Award-winning Alex Gibney.

"These tapes were pure gold, lending an intimacy to the film that it couldnt have had otherwise," Loren Jenkins writes in the liner notes of The Gonzo Tapes. "The idea that these tapes will now be made available to the public to help reveal some of what went on behind the Gonzo screeds is something I believe Hunter would delight in if he were still alive today."

The box set covers quite a bit of ground, from early missives on the Hells Angels and classic selections from Thompson's seminal Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to trenchant 1972 presidential campaign coverage and reportage from the front lines of the Vietnam War.

The Gonzo Tapes wildly unspool the hidden history of the 70s in a way few documentaries can. Its not music to the ears, but fans of gonzo journalism, American history and pop culture will find themselves an embarrassment of foul-mouthed riches.

Take a listen to Thompsons famed "One Toke Over the Line," provided exclusively to Wired.com, for a visceral taste of the authors infamous diction. If you like what you hear, follow the advice of one of the writers most popular slogans: "Buy the ticket, take the ride."

The Secrets of the Notebook [Audiobook]

The Secrets of the Notebook [Audiobook]

The Secrets of the Notebook [Audiobook] by Eve Haas
2009 | MP3@64 kbps | 6 hrs 53 mins | 189.55MB

The incredible true story revealed by a family notebook, telling of four daughters across two centuries of turbulent history, of a passionate and ill-fated royal love affair, ending in a tragic and cruel death.

'The beautiful owner of this book is dearer to me than my life.
August, your protector.'

Eve Haas was irresistibly drawn to the family 'notebook', which had been passed down the generations. Her father had shown her the inscription inside when she was young, with warnings of dire happenings if the secret behind the diary was pursued.

Years later, Eve decided to follow the trail of the notebook, it would take her to the old kingdom of Prussia, to a forbidden royal marriage that was wiped from all official records, and a royal princess given away to ensure her protection.

Forty years earlier in 1942, Eve's grandmother, Anna, had died on her way to Auschwitz after being seized by the SS. They believed she was just an old Jewish woman. The secret of her royal heritage lay in that notebook, but it couldn't save her.

Howard Hughes: The Autobiography

Howard Hughes: The Autobiography

Howard Hughes: The Autobiography by Clifford Irving
2008 | EPUB | 585.84KB

Wealth. Influence. Magnetism. Mystery. In twentieth century America, one man alone embodied all these qualities in their purest form. During a life which read like the wildest imaginings of a Hollywood scriptwriter, Howard Hughes - billionaire tycoon, pioneer aviator, playboy, eccentric and movie mogul - became a totem of fascination around the globe. In his twilight years, the mystery surrounding him intensified when he became a total recluse, hiding himself away in shady hotel suites for more than a decade. Some believed him to be dead; others thought he had gone crazy. Few really knew the truth - just as Hughes preferred.

The ambiguity surrounding him spawned one of the first modern media obsessions. Speculation abounded, from the business pages of broadsheets through international magazine articles down to the sidewalk opinion-makers. And unsurprisingly there were few books written about Hughes' fascinating life - a life which was rumoured to be on the brink of ruin. So New York author and journalist Clifford Irving set out to do what no one else had done before.In late 1970, Irving ran into an old friend and fellow scribe, Richard Suskind. The two men struck up a conversation about the legendary Hughes, whose recent shadowy globetrotting had caused a sensation in newspapers around the world. It was this conversation that gave Irving the idea to write the 'autobiography' of Howard Hughes. Skillfully convincing the publishing world that he had the direct input of Hughes himself, his colleagues and friends, Irving wrote his book, interweaving accurate research with outlandish fiction, and sold it to a publisher for a record advance of $1m, hitting headlines around the world...

But eventually the tall tale unravelled - the book was unmasked as a hoax. Irving went to prison and the sensational manuscript, described as 'the most famous unpublished book of the century', lay untouched for over 30 years - until now. For the first time, here is the incredible, unexpurgated life story of one of history's most intriguing figures.

The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation

The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation

The United States of Arugula: How We Became a Gourmet Nation by David Kamp
2006 | EPUB | 3.29MB

One day we woke up and realized that our “macaroni” had become “pasta,” that our Wonder Bread had been replaced by organic whole wheat, that sushi was fast food, and that our tomatoes were heirlooms. How did all this happen, and who made it happen? The United States of Arugula is the rollicking, revealing chronicle of how gourmet eating in America went from obscure to pervasive, thanks to the contributions of some outsized, opinionated iconoclasts who couldn’t abide the status quo.

Vanity Fair writer David Kamp chronicles this amazing transformation, from the overcooked vegetables and scary gelatin salads of yore to our current heyday of free-range chickens, extra-virgin olive oil, Iron Chef, Whole Foods, Starbucks, and that breed of human known as the “foodie.” In deft fashion, Kamp conjures up vivid images of the “Big Three,” the lodestars who led us out of this culinary wilderness: James Beard, the hulking, bald, flamboyant Oregonian who made the case for American cookery; Julia Child, the towering, warbling giantess who demystified French cuisine for Americans; and Craig Claiborne, the melancholy, sexually confused Mississippian who all but invented food journalism at the New York Times. The story continues onward with candid, provocative commentary from the food figures who prospered in the Big Three’s wake: Alice Waters and Jeremiah Tower of Berkeley’s Chez Panisse, Wolfgang Puck and his L.A. acolytes, the visionary chefs we know by one name (Emeril, Daniel, Mario, Jean-Georges), the “Williams” in Williams-Sonoma, the “Niman” in Niman Ranch, both Dean and DeLuca, and many others.

A rich, frequently uproarious stew of culinary innovation, flavor revelations, balsamic pretensions, taste-making luminaries, food politics, and kitchen confidences, The United States of Arugula is the remarkable history of the cultural success story of our era.

Can I Just Ask?

Can I Just Ask?

Can I Just Ask by Christian Jessen
2010 | EPUB | 898.04KB

Dr Christian Jessen, the unshockable presenter of the hit television shows, "Embarassing Bodies" and "Supersize Vs Superskinny", is always being tackled by strangers wanting answers to their most private medical questions. Like all doctors, Dr Christian finds people sidling up to him with their questions at parties, on trains, and even in the street. So why don't people ask their own doctors these questions in the more formal setting of the medical surgery? And what are the most common questions?

Can I Just Ask? provides the answers in a fun and informative book that includes: urban health myths busted; advice for common problems we don't like to talk about; specific sections for male/female health issues, curious facts, sex, diet, medicines, fitness, and more; and plenty of surprising facts and figures to help trivia-hungry readers better understand the mysterious workings of their bodies.

Sometimes humorous, often surprising and always informative, this book will answer all your questions, whether you have a worrying health dilemma or just a curious mind!

In the Mirror of the Past: Lectures and Addresses, 1978-1990

In the Mirror of the Past: Lectures and Addresses, 1978-1990

In the Mirror of the Past: Lectures and Addresses, 1978-1990 by Ivan Illich
1991 | EPUB | 257.06KB

Why do we spend so much on health services, and levels of treatment do not improve? Why do we spend so much on education, and our children seem to learn less? Why is so much spent on law enforcement and criminal justice systems and our society seems less secure and less just?

This fascinating and controversial collection of essays questions the power of the professionals over an apathetic citizenry.

Stiletto Network

Stiletto Network

Stiletto Network: Inside the Women's Power Circles That Are Changing the Face of Business by Pamela Ryckman
2013 | EPUB | 1.36MB

More women are running major companies than ever before. While still far too few in number, these female heads of industry are the forerunners of a radical shift in power now underway. During the past few years, women's groups have been coalescing in every major American city. Formidable ladies across professions are convening at unprecedented rates, forming salons, dinner groups, and networking circles, and collaborating to achieve clout and success. A new girls' network is alive and set to hyperdrive. "Stiletto Network" is about those groups: the "Power Bitches," "Brazen Hussies" and "S.L.U.T.S.: Successful Ladies Under Tremendous Stress."

It's about what happens when bright, extraordinary women, from captains of industry to aspiring entrepreneurs, come together to celebrate and unwind, debate and compare notes. But it's also about what happens when they leave the table, when the talking stops and the action starts. It's about how they mine their collective intelligence to realize their dreams or champion a cause, how they lift up their friends and push them forward, how they join forces to ensure each woman gets what she needs, be it information, an introduction, a partnership, or a landmark deal. This is the first book to shed light on this groundbreaking movement. Sharing story after story of women banding together to help other women, "Stiletto Network" is both a call to action and an inside look at a better way of doing business.

Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity

Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity

Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity by Emily Matchar
2013 | AZW3 | 1.45MB

Amid today’s rising anxieties—the economy, the scary state of the environment, the growing sense that the American Dream hasn’t turned out to be so dreamy after all—a groundswell of women (and more than a few men) are choosing to embrace an unusual rebellion: domesticity. A generation of smart, highly educated young people are spending their time knitting, canning jam, baking cupcakes, gardening, and more (and blogging about it, of course), embracing the labor-intensive domestic tasks their mothers and grandmothers eagerly shrugged off. Some are even turning away from traditional careers and corporate culture for slower, more home-centric lifestyles that involve “urban homesteading,” homeschooling their kids, or starting Etsy businesses. They’re questioning whether regular jobs are truly fulfilling and whether it’s okay to turn away from the ambitions of their parents’ generation.

How did this happen? And what does it all mean? What happens to American culture as a whole when our best and brightest put home and hearth above other concerns? Does this sudden fascination with traditional homemaking bode ill for gender equality? What role have the media and blog culture played in making domesticity look so darn appealing?

In Homeward Bound, acclaimed journalist Emily Matchar takes a long, hard look at both the inspiring appeal and the potential dangers of this trend she calls the New Domesticity, exploring how it could be reshaping the role of women in society and what the consequences may be for all of us. In riveting interviews with all kinds of people from coast to coast, Matchar examines the motivations of those who have embraced this movement, from Southern food bloggers to chicken-keeping “radical homemakers” on the East Coast to Etsy entrepreneurs in Provo, Utah, to attachment parenting devotees in Chicago, and many more. This groundbreaking reporting on the New Domesticity is guaranteed to transform our notions of women in today’s society and add a new layer to the ongoing discussion of whether women can—or should—have it all.

Mastering Presentations

Mastering Presentations

Mastering Presentations: Be the Undisputed Expert when You Deliver Presentations (Even If You Feel Like You're Going to Throw Up) by Doug Staneart
2012 | EPUB | 3.7MB

A simple four-step process for delivering winning presentations

Mastering Presentations explains how entrepreneurs and small business owners can use guest speaking opportunities to generate rapport with audiences in order to foster business relationships with these audiences. The book provides a simple four-step process for giving presentations that helps eliminate the butterflies and increase self-confidence. It offers tips such as the 10 speaking venues that can generate more clients and credibility, an easy way to improve your memory that will help you present more confidently, a simple, but powerful process to design your presentation in 15-minutes (or less), and more.

  • Explains how and why speaking to groups is a quick and easy way to generate positive, word-of-mouth advertising for your company
  • Lists PowerPoint mistakes that will kill your chances of success and how to avoid them
  • Offers tips on how to lead fearless question and answer sessions

The energy and enthusiasm of a great presentation is contagious, and public speaking is a great way to channel this energy and generate a loyal following.

The Vast Unknown: America's First Ascent of Everest

The Vast Unknown: America's First Ascent of Everest

The Vast Unknown: America's First Ascent of Everest by Broughton Coburn
2013 | EPUB | 6.51MB

By the author of the New York Times bestselling Everest: Mountain Without Mercy, this chronicle of the iconic first American expedition to Mt. Everest in May 1963 – published to coincide with the climb's 50th anniversary – combines riveting adventure, a perceptive analysis of its dark and terrifying historical context, and revelations about a secret mission that followed.

In the midst of the Cold War, against the backdrop of the Bay of Pigs fiasco, the space race with the Soviet Union, and the quagmire of the Vietnam War, a band of iconoclastic, independent-minded American mountaineers set off for Mt. Everest, aiming to restore America's confidence and optimism. Their objective is to reach the summit while conducting scientific research, but which route will they take? Might the Chinese, in a public relations coup, have reached the top ahead of them? And what about another American team, led by the grandson of a President, that nearly bagged the peak in a bootleg attempt a year earlier?

The Vast Unknown is, on one level, a harrowing, character-driven account of the climb itself and its legendary team of alternately inspiring, troubled, and tragic climbers who suffered injuries, a near mutiny, and death on the mountain. It is also an examination of the profound sway the expedition had over the American consciousness and sense of identity during a time when the country was floundering. And it is an investigation of the expedition's little-known outcome: the selection of a team to plant a CIA surveillance device on the Himalayan peak of Nanda Devi, to spy into China where Defense Intelligence learned that nuclear missile testing was underway.

Everything You Need to Know About Building the Custom Home

Everything You Need to Know About Building the Custom Home

Everything You Need to Know About Building the Custom Home: How to Be Your Own General Contractor by John Folds, Roy Hoopes
2013 | EPUB | 4.03MB

This book helps the reader save a great deal of money by demonstrating how to manage the project and act as one's own contractor.

The Gardener's Guide to Cactus

The Gardener's Guide to Cactus

The Gardener's Guide to Cactus: The 100 Best Paddles, Barrels, Columns, and Globes by Scott Calhoun
2013 | EPUB | 22.71MB

At last: a book that shows readers just how easy, hardy, and rewarding cactus can be for everyone — not just specialists. Succulent plant expert Scott Calhoun picks 100 of the best cactus available and shows how they can make striking additions to your garden or serve as dazzling container specimens.

Whether you want striking form, gorgeous flowers, or a low-maintenance plant for a spot that needs little or no supplementary water, you'll find it in this friendly, informative, eye-catching guide.

  • Detailed descriptions of the 100 best cactus for gardens
  • Stunning photos
  • Expert advice on planting and care
  • How to show cactus
  • Tips for growing cactus in containers
  • Best tools and planting media
  • How to identify and avoid pests
  • Helpful lists of spineless, culinary, and scented cactus

Typography Essentials: 100 Design Principles

Typography Essentials: 100 Design Principles

Typography Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Working with Type by Ina Saltz
2011 | PDF | 110.79MB

Typography Essentials is a practical, hands-on resource to distill, organize, and compartmentalize-but not to oversimplify-the many complex issues surrounding the effective use of typography. It is for designers of every medium in which type plays a major role. A deep understanding of letterforms and knowledge of the effective use of letterforms can only be obtained with constant observation and experimentation; it evolves over a lifetime of design practice and study. This book is intended to advance the progress of designers seeking to deepen their typographic expertise; it is organized and designed to make the process enjoyable and entertaining, as well as instructional.

This book is divided into four easy-to-use sections: The Letter, The Word, The Paragraph, and The Page. Each of the 100 principles has an explanation and examples representing the principle in action.