Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr Paul Farmer

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr Paul Farmer

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World [Audiobook] by Tracy Kidder
2003 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 57 mins | 299.74MB

Tracy Kidder is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, and Home Town. He has been described by the Baltimore Sun as the “master of the non-fiction narrative.” This powerful and inspiring new book shows how one person can make a difference, as Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who is in love with the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it.

At the center of Mountains Beyond Mountains stands Paul Farmer. Doctor, Harvard professor, renowned infectious-disease specialist, anthropologist, the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant, world-class Robin Hood, Farmer was brought up in a bus and on a boat, and in medical school found his life’s calling: to diagnose and cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. This magnificent book shows how radical change can be fostered in situations that seem insurmountable, and it also shows how a meaningful life can be created, as Farmer—brilliant, charismatic, charming, both a leader in international health and a doctor who finds time to make house calls in Boston and the mountains of Haiti—blasts through convention to get results.

Mountains Beyond Mountains takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that "the only real nation is humanity" - a philosophy that is embodied in the small public charity he founded, Partners In Health. He enlists the help of the Gates Foundation, George Soros, the U.N.’s World Health Organization, and others in his quest to cure the world. At the heart of this book is the example of a life based on hope, and on an understanding of the truth of the Haitian proverb “Beyond mountains there are mountains”: as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try to solve that one too.

Mistakes were Made (But Not by Me) [Audiobook]

Mistakes were Made (But Not by Me) [Audiobook]

Mistakes were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts [Audiobook] by Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson
2010 | MP3 VBR V5 + EPUB | 9 hrs 04 mins | 237.52MB

Why do people dodge responsibility when things fall apart? Why the parade of public figures unable to own up when they screw up? Why the endless marital quarrels over who is right? Why can we see hypocrisy in others but not in ourselves? Are we all liars? Or do we really believe the stories we tell?

Renowned social psychologists Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson take a compelling look into how the brain is wired for self-justification. When we make mistakes, we must calm the cognitive dissonance that jars our feelings of self-worth. And so we create fictions that absolve us of responsibility, restoring our belief that we are smart, moral, and right—a belief that often keeps us on a course that is dumb, immoral, and wrong.

Backed by years of research and delivered in lively, energetic prose, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) offers a fascinating explanation of self-deception—how it works, the harm it can cause, and how we can overcome it.

Dark Pools: The Rise of the Machine Traders [Audiobook]

Dark Pools: The Rise of the Machine Traders [Audiobook]

Dark Pools: The Rise of the Machine Traders and the Rigging of the US Stock Market [Audiobook] by Scott Patterson
2012 | M4B + EPUB | 11 hrs 40 mins | 229.25MB

A news-breaking account of the global stock market's subterranean battles, Dark Pools portrays the rise of the "bots"- artificially intelligent systems that execute trades in milliseconds and use the cover of darkness to out-maneuver the humans who've created them.

In the beginning was Josh Levine, an idealistic programming genius who dreamed of wresting control of the market from the big exchanges that, again and again, gave the giant institutions an advantage over the little guy. Levine created a computerized trading hub named Island where small traders swapped stocks, and over time his invention morphed into a global electronic stock market that sent trillions in capital through a vast jungle of fiber-optic cables.

By then, the market that Levine had sought to fix had turned upside down, birthing secretive exchanges called dark pools and a new species of trading machines that could think, and that seemed, ominously, to be slipping the control of their human masters.

Dark Pools is the fascinating story of how global markets have been hijacked by trading robots--many so self-directed that humans can't predict what they'll do next.

Yellow Dirt An American Story of a Poisoned Land [Audiobook]

Yellow Dirt An American Story of a Poisoned Land [Audiobook]

Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed [Audiobook] by Judy Pasternak
2010 | MP3@128 kbps | 10 hrs 09 mins | 556.85MB

Award-winning reporter Judy Pasternak tells the haunting story of uranium mining on the Navajo desert and its terrible, long-ignored legacy.

In the 1940s, when the U.S. government was embarking on developing atomic weapons, it discovered huge uranium deposits in Navajo territory covering parts of Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona. Mines constructed there yielded uranium that would be used in the Manhattan Project and eventually in the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Navajo themselves saw little of the huge profits from uranium but as workers and land dwellers would suffer radiation exposure four times that of the Japanese targeted by the A-bomb.

Award-winning environmental journalist Pasternak follows four generations of Navajo families, from the patriarch who warned against violating the land to those tempted by the prospects of jobs and money. She chronicles the cultural stoicism that prohibited them from complaining for so long about the alarming rates of cancer deaths, the betrayal of trust by corporate and government interests, the growing awareness of the tragedy visited on them in the name of national security, and the efforts to fight for restoration. A stunning look at a shameful chapter in American history with long-lasting implications for all Americans concerned with environmental justice.

Redpath: The History of a Sugar House

Redpath: The History of a Sugar House

Redpath: The History of a Sugar House by Richard Feltoe
1991 | EPUB | 9.3MB

Redpath, today a household name for sugar in Canada, has its roots in the story of an enterprising Scots immigrant, initially a stone mason and later a building contractor during the boom days of Montreal's growth from a small provincial centre to a major North American city. In 1854, the ever-energetic John Redpath, by then a self-made millionaire in his late fifties, launched a new career as an industrialist. With his son, Peter, and the gifted George Alexander Drummond as manager, he established Canada's first successful sugar refinery.

The Redpath story encompasses the influence of sugar as an economic force, the emergence of the elegant social life of cosmopolitan Montreal and a hind-sight view of the complexities of the love-hate relationship between government and business.

This, the first of two volumes, moves through Canada's period of extensive industrialization to the turn of the century, the impact of World War I and concludes in the post-war years. Throughout this period, the familiar Redpath trademark, a reproduction of John Redpath's signature, is a reminder of the heritage inherent in Canada's business and social history.

Organise Your Home: De-clutter, De-stress

Organise Your Home: De-clutter, De-stress

Organise Your Home: De-clutter, De-stress by MaryAnne Bennie
2013 | EPUB | 1.7MB

Is your clutter taking control of your life?

Organise Your Home will show you how to use the in8steps system and organise your entire home without turning it into total chaos in the process.

Work at a pace your lifestyle allows and use this tried-and-tested system to completely overhaul your relationship with your stuff.

How to Create Your Own Gig Posters

How to Create Your Own Gig Posters

How to Create Your Own Gig Posters, Band T-Shirts, Album Covers, & Stickers: Screenprinting, Photocopy Art, Mixed-Media Collage, and Other Guerilla Poster Styles by Ruthann Godollei
2013 | PDF | 102.48MB

Whether your band is just starting out or touring the nation, here’s how you can build its identity by making your own unique gig posters, custom T-shirts, album covers, record sleeves, and stickers. Fans want cool and creative band merchandise, and this book gives you the tools and information you need to create your own. Author Ruthann Godellei is an artist and printmaking professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, with vast experience making gig posters as well as teaching band members how to make their own. She explains, with step-by-step instructions and photos, techniques like screenprinting, photocopy art, mixed-media collage, stencil, stamping, and other guerilla art styles. Included as well is a gallery of art and artists to inspire you in creating your band’s look with your merch.

The Book of Boxes

The Book of Boxes

The Book of Boxes: The Complete Practical Guide to Design and Construction by Andrew Crawford
1993 | PDF | 35.56MB

This book features projects that utilize various box making techniques, showing how to make attractive box carcasses of all shapes and sizes. Detailed instructions cover planning a box so that it all fits together, how to make a suitable lid and fit appropriate locks and hinges. There is full coverage of tools and materials to use, as well as ideas for personalizing and decorating the boxes. All projects are illustrated with photographs and the book includes finished boxes for design inspiration.

Superfoods Index: The Top 50 Foods

Superfoods Index: The Top 50 Foods

Superfoods Index: The Top 50 Foods to Boost Health and Vitality by Seana Smith
2013 | EPUB | 221.49KB

Superfoods are the best foods we can eat as they are supercharged with antioxidants, vitamins and all the essential nutrients we need for a life of good health and vitality. Seana Smith tells us in this information-packed book how eating superfoods makes you healthier, happier and even wealthier! Here is the who, what, where and why of the top 50 Superfoods: including nuts, berries, avocado, barley, chia, lean meat, broccoli and thankfully chocolate. With tips on buying, storing and cooking, this supercharged book contains all you need to make your life zing with health and vitality.

A History of the World by Andrew Marr

A History of the World by Andrew Marr

A History of the World by Andrew Marr
2012 | EPUB | 3.04MB

Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean. He looks at cultures that have failed and vanished, as well as the origins of today’s superpowers, and finds surprising echoes and parallels across vast distances and epochs.

This is a book about the great change-makers of history and their times, people such as Cleopatra, Genghis Khan, Galileo and Mao, but it is also a book about us. For ‘the better we understand how rulers lose touch with reality, or why revolutions produce dictators more often than they produce happiness, or why some parts of the world are richer than others, the easier it is to understand our own times.’

Fresh, exciting and vividly readable, this is popular history at its very best.

Story of The Battle of Waterloo

Story of The Battle of Waterloo

Story of The Battle of Waterloo by George Robert Gleig
2012 | EPUB | 633.37KB

Another carefully edited and formatted work from the author of "The Subaltern", George Robert Gleig who was diverted to Europe immediately on returning from the disastrous Battle of New Orleans. This version was originally published in the USA in 1847 and has been translated from American into English. The story begins with the preparations for the campaign and continues through the occupation of Paris and the abdication of Napoleon. Gleig himself (or the publishers) introduced a number of errors into the text. For instance, General Ziethan was portrayed variously as "Zeiten" or "Zieten" and this is one oversight that editor have chosen to correct.

The Campains of British Army at Washington and New Orleans

The Campains of British Army at Washington and New Orleans

The Campains of the British Army at Washington and New Orleans by George Robert Gleig
2012 | EPUB | 1.19MB

First published in 1821, just six years after he had witnessed the British campaigns in Washington and New Orleans, Gleig's chronicle provides a glimpse of the impressions, sentiments and attitudes fostered by those who fought some of the most influential battles in British and American history.

New and completely re-worked version of this important work. It has been carefully checked for errors (unlike other commercial offerings). Also includes map plates.

The Military Memoirs of an Infantry Officer 1809-1816

The Military Memoirs of an Infantry Officer 1809-1816

The Military Memoirs of an Infantry Officer 1809-1816 by James Archibald Hope
2012 | EPUB | 445.81KB

A completely re-worked and reformatted version of this important historical work. James Archibald Hope (later, General Hope)served with the 92nd Regiment of Foot (later the Gordon Highlanders) during Wellington's campaigns in the Peninsular and at Waterloo. The book details his time spent in Spain, Portugal, England and France during the years 1809 to 1816.

Rifles: Six Years with Wellington's Legendary Sharpshooters

Rifles: Six Years with Wellington's Legendary Sharpshooters

Rifles: Six Years with Wellington's Legendary Sharpshooters by Mark Urban
2003 | EPUB | 1.6MB

As part of the Light Division created to act as the advance guard of Wellington's army, the 95th Rifles are the first into battle and the last out. Fighting, thieving and raping their way across Europe, they are clearly no ordinary troops. The 95th are in fact the first British soldiers to take aim at their targets, to take cover when being shot at, to move tactically by fire and manoeuvre. And by the end of the six-year campaign they have not only proved themselves the toughest fighters in the army, they have also - at huge personal cost - created the modern notion of the infantryman.

Follow the Money

Follow the Money

Follow the Money by David McWilliams
2012 | EPUB | 812.96KB

The Pope's Children are turning 30 and in the four years since David McWilliams introduced us to the generation that could have had it all, the Pope's Children have been betrayed.

This book is about real people and how good people can be broken by bad economics. But it doesn't have to be like this. There is a way out. We catch up with old friends, Breakfast Roll Man and Miss Pencil Skirt, and meet new characters like the Merchant of Ennis, Shylock and the Godfather. We have late night tea with Brian Lenihan and cross swords with Seanie Fitzpatrick. We learn why the average drug dealer on the side of the street has more in common with the banker than either would care to mention, as we follow the money - in both rackets - from its source at the very top right down to the 'buy now, pay later' deals at rock bottom. Why should we trust the people who got us into this mess in the first place? They were wrong then and they are wrong now.

The politicians, bankers and developers think they can hand us the bill and walk away from the carnage. They want us to follow a route that will make things worse for the ordinary man on the street while saving the bankers at the top of the tree, insisting that there is no other way. But there is an obvious alternative which has been adopted by every economy that has successfully emerged from this type of crisis. Follow the Money is an optimistic and uplifting book about that alternative, which is well within our grasp if only we'd wake up and seize it.

The Generation Game

The Generation Game

The Generation Game by David McWilliams
2012 | EPUB | 677.24KB

As the BOTOX ECONOMY was laid bare and the financial filler of other people’s money became evident, the JAGGERS, JUGGLERS and BONO BOOMERS struggled to maintain their slice of a diminished pie.

However the author saw a possible solution to Ireland’s quandaries. Taking a trip around the globe from Shanghai to New York, from Latin America to Central Europe, he says we can learn from history and appreciate that Ireland has a unique economic resource: OUR GLOBAL TRIBE. If we exploit the demographic potential of the Diaspora, we can re-invigorate the nation. The prosperity of future Irish generations is based on harnessing the collective power of past generations. This is the global GENERATION GAME.

The Pope's Children: Ireland's New Elite

The Pope's Children: Ireland's New Elite

The Pope's Children: Ireland's New Elite by David McWilliams
2012 | EPUB | 576.12KB

Meet The Pope’s Children, the beneficiaries of Wonderbra Economics. This is the special generation, the Irish baby boom of the 1970s that peaked nine months to the day after the Pope’s visit. There are 620,000 of them, squeezed into the middle and lifted up by the Expectocracy. Ireland is blurring. Out of this haze has come the Full-on Nation, the most hedonisitic generation ever.

David McWilliams’ brilliant research and analysis of Ireland is a celebration of success. In an easy-to-read style, he takes us to Deckland, that suburban state of mind where you will find the Kells Angels, Breakfast Roll Man, Low GI Jane and RoboPaddy. Come face to face with the You’re a Star generation, Billy Bunker, fair-trade Frank, Carrot Juice Contrarians and Bouncy Castle Brendan. We also meet the HiCos, Hibernian Cosmopolitans, the new elite whose distance from Deckland is measured by appreciations and cultivations that Deckland’s rampant credit just can’t buy.

Entertaining and informative, The Pope’s Children told of the vast surge of ambition, money, optimisim and hope in Ireland during the boom.

Short-Cut Math

Short-Cut Math

Short-Cut Math by Gerard W Kelly
1984 | EPUB | 4.3MB

Clear, concise compendium of about 150 time-saving math short-cuts features faster, easier ways to add, subtract, multiply, and divide. Each problem includes an explanation of the method, a step-by-step solution, the short-cut solution, and proof, as well as an explanation of why it works. No special math ability needed.

Trail of Feathers: In Search of the Birdmen of Peru

Trail of Feathers: In Search of the Birdmen of Peru

Trail of Feathers: In Search of the Birdmen of Peru by Tahir Shah
2012 | EPUB | 1.41MB

A shrunken head from Peru and a feather with traces of blood are the clues that launch Tahir Shah on his latest journal, full of surreal experiences and lost secrets.

A shrunken head from Peru and a feather with traces of blood are the clues that launch Tahir Shah on his latest journey. Fascinated by the recurring theme of flight in Peruvian folklore, Shah sets out to discover whether the Incas really were able to “fly like birds” over the jungle, as a Spanish monk reported. Or were they drug-induced hallucinations? His journey, full of surreal experiences, takes him from the Andes Mountains to the desert and finally, in the company of a Vietnam vet, up the Amazon deep into the jungle to discover the secrets of the Shuar, a tribe of legendary savagery.

Tahir Shah’s flair for the unusual reveals Peru as we’ve never seen it. With his trademark humor, abundant curiosity, and oddball assortment of companions, he offers a journey that is no less illuminating than it is hilarious—and true.

In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams

In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams

In Arabian Nights: A Caravan of Moroccan Dreams by Tahir Shah
2009 | MOBI | 1.86MB

Named one of Time magazine’s Ten Best Books of the Year, Tahir Shah’s The Caliph’s House was hailed by critics and compared to such travel classics as A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun. Now Shah takes us deeper into the real Casablanca to uncover mysteries hidden for centuries from Western eyes.

In this entertaining jewel of a book, Tahir Shah sets off across Morocco on a bold new adventure worthy of the mythical Arabian Nights. As he wends his way through the labyrinthine medinas of Fez and Marrakech, traverses the Sahara sands, and samples the hospitality of ordinary Moroccans, Tahir collects a dazzling treasury of traditional wisdom stories, gleaned from the heritage of A Thousand and One Nights, which open the doors to layers of culture most visitors hardly realize exist. From master masons who labor only at night to Sufi wise men who write for soap operas, In Arabian Nights takes us on an unforgettable, offbeat, and utterly enchanted journey.

Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy

Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy

Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy by Frances Mayes
1997 | EPUB | 0.7MB

Frances Mayes—widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer—opens the door to a wondrous new world when she buys and restores an abandoned villa in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. In evocative language, she brings the reader along as she discovers the beauty and simplicity of life in Italy. Mayes also creates dozens of delicious seasonal recipes from her traditional kitchen and simple garden, all of which she includes in the book. Doing for Tuscany what M.F.K. Fisher and Peter Mayle did for Provence, Mayes writes about the tastes and pleasures of a foreign country with gusto and passion.

A Year in Provence

A Year in Provence

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle
1991 | EPUB | 3.03MB

In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January's frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days.

How to Calculate Quickly: Full Course in Speed Arithmetic

How to Calculate Quickly: Full Course in Speed Arithmetic

How to Calculate Quickly: Full Course in Speed Arithmetic by Henry Sticker
1955 | EPUB | 4.93MB

Many useful procedures explained and taught: 2-column addition, left-to-right subtraction, direct multiplication by numbers greater than 12, mental division of large numbers, more. Also numerous helpful shortcuts. More than 8,000 problems, with solutions. 1945 edition.

How We Do Harm

How We Do Harm

How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America by Paul Goldberg, Otis Webb Brawley
2012 | AZW3 | 363.55KB

How We Do Harm exposes the underbelly of healthcare today—the overtreatment of the rich, the under treatment of the poor, the financial conflicts of interest that determine the care that physicians’ provide, insurance companies that don’t demand the best (or even the least expensive) care, and pharmaceutical companies concerned with selling drugs, regardless of whether they improve health or do harm.

Dr. Otis Brawley is the chief medical and scientific officer of The American Cancer Society, an oncologist with a dazzling clinical, research, and policy career. How We Do Harm pulls back the curtain on how medicine is really practiced in America. Brawley tells of doctors who select treatment based on payment they will receive, rather than on demonstrated scientific results; hospitals and pharmaceutical companies that seek out patients to treat even if they are not actually ill (but as long as their insurance will pay); a public primed to swallow the latest pill, no matter the cost; and rising healthcare costs for unnecessary—and often unproven—treatments that we all pay for. Brawley calls for rational healthcare, healthcare drawn from results-based, scientifically justifiable treatments, and not just the peddling of hot new drugs.

Brawley’s personal history – from a childhood in the gang-ridden streets of black Detroit, to the green hallways of Grady Memorial Hospital, the largest public hospital in the U.S., to the boardrooms of The American Cancer Society—results in a passionate view of medicine and the politics of illness in America - and a deep understanding of healthcare today. How We Do Harm is his well-reasoned manifesto for change.

Disinformation Book of Lists

Disinformation Book of Lists

Disinformation Book of Lists: Subversive Facts and Hidden Information in Rapid-Fire Format by Russ Kick
2013 | EPUB | 1.18MB

Can you name five military leaders who were transgendered?

Twelve cases of involuntary human experimentation by the U.S. government?

How about the four porn novels written by famous authors, 11 books left out of the Bible and over 50 side effects of NutraSweet that have been reported to the FDA?

In 1977, David Wallechinsky, Irving Wallace and Amy Wallace published The Book of Lists, causing an immediate sensation. Not only did it lead to three direct sequels (in 1980, 1983 and 1993), it also created a new genre. Soon, shelves were lined with The First Original Unexpurgated Authentic Canadian Book of Lists (1978), The Book of Sports Lists (1979) and Meredith's Book of Bible Lists (1980), among many others. Using this popular, enduring format, Russ Kick's Disinformation Book of Lists delves into the murkier aspects of politics, current events, business, history, science, art and literature, sex, drugs, death and more. Despite such unusual subject matter, this book presents hard, substantiated facts with full references.

Among the lists presented:

  • Innocent People Freed from Prison
  • Members of the Skull & Bones Secret Society at Yale
  • Drugs Pulled Off the Market After They Killed Too Many People
  • Legal Substances that Will Get You High
  • Scenes that Were Cut from Movies
  • Raunchy Songs that Were Never Released
  • Military Officers, Government Officials, Astronauts, and Airline Personnel Who Say UFOs Are Real
  • Words and Phrases No Longer Allowed in Textbooks

10 Simple Solutions to Chronic Pain

10 Simple Solutions to Chronic Pain

10 Simple Solutions to Chronic Pain: How to Stop Pain from Controlling Your Life by Blake H Tearnan
2007 | EPUB | 309.2KB

Have you tried a number of approaches to manage chronic pain without much relief? The discouraging cycle of hope followed by frustration and continued pain can be as damaging to your quality of life as pain itself. To address this problem, the most current approaches to pain management advocate living well despite pain. They encourage pain sufferers to set aside their struggle with pain and learn the skills they need to stay engaged with life. Distilled from the very best of these techniques, 10 Simple Solutions to Chronic Pain offers you ten simple, effective solutions for thriving with chronic pain.

First, you'll get a quick introduction to the physiology of pain. Then it's down to the business of improving your quality of life: You'll learn tips for getting better sleep, ways to build a strong support system, and techniques for overcoming fear, anxiety, and depression. You'll discover better ways to communicate with doctors about your problems and find out which treatment options are likely to do you the most good. With the advice in this book, you can move from a debilitating cycle of pain to a full and rewarding life.

Escape from Alcatraz

Escape from Alcatraz

Escape from Alcatraz by J Campbell Bruce
2005 | EPUB | 3.54MB

In 1963, just weeks before the original publication of this book, the last prisoner was escorted off Devil’s Island and Alcatraz ceased to be a prison. Author J. Campbell Bruce chronicles in spellbinding detail the Rock’s transition from a Spanish fort to the maximum-security penitentiary that housed such infamous inmates as Robert Stroud, aka the Birdman of Alcatraz, and mobster Al “Scarface” Capone. The chapters describing the daring escape attempts by Frank Morris and two accomplices from this “inescapable” prison became the basis for the 1979 Clint Eastwood movie.

Discover the intriguing and absorbing saga of Alcatraz, whose name is still synonymous with punitive isolation and deprivation, where America’s most violent and notorious prisoners resided in tortuous proximity to one of the world’s favorite cities.

  • The true-crime classic first published in 1963 is reissued in this special edition.
  • Includes archival photos of the prison and prison life.
  • This story will appeal to Bay Area locals and tourists alike.
  • Alcatraz hosts more than a million visitors each year.

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer
2013 | EPUB | 800.74KB

A riveting examination of a nation in crisis, from one of the finest political journalists of our generation.

American democracy is beset by a sense of crisis. Seismic shifts during a single generation have created a country of winners and losers, allowing unprecedented freedom while rending the social contract, driving the political system to the verge of breakdown, and setting citizens adrift to find new paths forward. In The Unwinding, George Packer, author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, tells the story of the United States over the past three decades in an utterly original way, with his characteristically sharp eye for detail and gift for weaving together complex narratives.

The Unwinding journeys through the lives of several Americans, including Dean Price, the son of tobacco farmers, who becomes an evangelist for a new economy in the rural South; Tammy Thomas, a factory worker in the Rust Belt trying to survive the collapse of her city; Jeff Connaughton, a Washington insider oscillating between political idealism and the lure of organized money; and Peter Thiel, a Silicon Valley billionaire who questions the Internet’s significance and arrives at a radical vision of the future. Packer interweaves these intimate stories with biographical sketches of the era’s leading public figures, from Newt Gingrich to Jay-Z, and collages made from newspaper headlines, advertising slogans, and song lyrics that capture the flow of events and their undercurrents.

The Unwinding portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer working, its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation. Packer’s novelistic and kaleidoscopic history of the new America is his most ambitious work to date.

Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering

Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering

Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering by Clive Hamilton
2013 | EPUB | 993.73KB

This book goes to the heart of the unfolding reality of the twenty-first century: international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have all failed, and before the end of the century Earth is projected to be warmer than it has been for 15 million years. The question “can the crisis be avoided?” has been superseded by a more frightening one, “what can be done to prevent the devastation of the living world?” And the disturbing answer, now under wide discussion both within and outside the scientific community, is to seize control of the very climate of the Earth itself.

Clive Hamilton begins by exploring the range of technologies now being developed in the field of geoengineering--the intentional, enduring, large-scale manipulation of Earth’s climate system. He lays out the arguments for and against climate engineering, and reveals the extent of vested interests linking researchers, venture capitalists, and corporations.

He then examines what it means for human beings to be making plans to control the planet’s atmosphere, probes the uneasiness we feel with the notion of exercising technological mastery over nature, and challenges the ways we think about ourselves and our place in the natural world.

Sex Positions Illustrated

Sex Positions Illustrated

Sex Positions Illustrated: 101 Hot Positions You Can Do Right Now by Donna Evans
2013 | EPUB | 2.25MB

One night I was sitting on the rug in front of the fireplace with my four best girlfriends having a girls’ night in. We had chocolate fondue (yum!) and champagne and talked for hours - about our careers, our lives, and our relationships. And of course that naturally led down the path of sex. I mean, what kind of night is it if we don’t talk about sex?!?

Some of us were single, some of us were in relationships. But either way you look at it, we loved talking about what made good sex and what made bad sex. Is it just me or does it seem like sex is everywhere? In fact, every time we were in the checkout line at the grocery store, it’s hard to ignore that magazine that talked about the bazillion different sex positions we should be trying out now. And of course, I have to get that issue and talk about it with my girlfriends. And that night, we did.

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise [Audiobook]

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise [Audiobook]

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain [Audiobook] by John J Ratey
2008 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 30 mins | 261.05MB

A groundbreaking and fascinating investigation into the transformative effects of exercise on the brain, from the bestselling author and renowned psychiatrist John J. Ratey, MD.

Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

In Spark, John J. Ratey, M.D., embarks upon a fascinating and entertaining journey through the mind-body connection, presenting startling research to prove that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to aggression to menopause to Alzheimer's. Filled with amazing case studies (such as the revolutionary fitness program in Naperville, Illinois, which has put this school district of 19,000 kids first in the world of science test scores), Spark is the first book to explore comprehensively the connection between exercise and the brain. It will change forever the way you think about your morning run---or, for that matter, simply the way you think.

Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation [Audiobook]

Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation [Audiobook]

Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation [Audiobook] by Dan Fagin
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 18 hrs 41 mins | 511.22MB

The riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative in the tradition of A Civil Action, The Emperor of All Maladies, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

One of New Jersey's seemingly innumerable quiet seaside towns, Toms River became the unlikely setting for a decades-long drama that culminated in 2001 with one of the largest legal settlements in the annals of toxic dumping. A town that would rather have been known for its Little League World Series champions ended up making history for an entirely different reason: a notorious cluster of childhood cancers scientifically linked to local air and water pollution. For years, large chemical companies had been using Toms River as their private dumping ground, burying tens of thousands of leaky drums in open pits and discharging billions of gallons of acid-laced wastewater into the town's namesake river.

In an astonishing feat of investigative reporting, prize-winning journalist Dan Fagin recounts the sixty-year saga of rampant pollution and inadequate oversight that made Toms River a cautionary example for fast-growing industrial towns from South Jersey to South China. He tells the stories of the pioneering scientists and physicians who first identified pollutants as a cause of cancer, and brings to life the everyday heroes in Toms River who struggled for justice: a young boy whose cherubic smile belied the fast-growing tumors that had decimated his body from birth; a nurse who fought to bring the alarming incidence of childhood cancers to the attention of authorities who didn't want to listen; and a mother whose love for her stricken child transformed her into a tenacious advocate for change.

A gripping human drama rooted in a centuries-old scientific quest, Toms River is a tale of dumpers at midnight and deceptions in broad daylight, of corporate avarice and government neglect, and of a few brave individuals who refused to keep silent until the truth was exposed.

The Extraordinary Power of Project Relationships [Audiobook]

The Extraordinary Power of Project Relationships [Audiobook]

The Extraordinary Power of Project Relationships [Audiobook] by Harry Mingail
2013 | M4B | 9 hrs 19 mins | 160.97MB

Bad business one-on-one or group relationships create stress, destruction and unproductively. Likewise, without great relationships, our personal lives can be empty, boring and lonely.

This book is packed with great ideas, techniques and many checklists to make great things happen for you. At minimum you will find something and typically many things which will reward your investment in this book, with better relationships. Great relationships will generate monetary as well as a flood of other positive differences in your life.

Your life is worth it!

Think about all the many types of projects in your business and personal life. A project is a temporary endeavor which produces unique results. Weddings, business mergers and implementation of new corporate technologies are all projects.

Each of these examples is temporary. You may be enjoying your wedding reception. But it ends sometime, so that you can begin the enchanting honeymoon. That stressful project to merge two departments seems excruciatingly long, but it also does end some time.

Each of these examples of projects is unique. Even if you have been married eleven times before, each project to prepare for the wedding will be different. In business, some other company may have implemented the same accounting software package. However, your company has unique accounting numbers, practices and stakeholders.

Unique, temporary, limited resources the list goes on and on. They all conspire to make your life challenging, stressful maybe even traumatic, particularly your relationships with others.

Master the skills, practical how-to techniques and tips in "The Extraordinary Power of Project Relationships". Your business life will be much more successful and so will your personal life. Invest in reading, learning and appropriately applying these techniques. Use the book as a handy reference as you perform project work in the office as well as your personal life.

Reward yourself. Your relationships will get better. You deserve to make their life as good as it can be!

Also, good news! If you are or aspire to be a Project Management Professional (PMP) or are or want to be a Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP), this book covers all the major interpersonal and leadership elements of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) and Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK).

The book addresses everything in PMBOK's Appendix G Interpersonal Skills including:

  • Leadership
  • Teambuilding
  • Motivation
  • Communication
  • Influencing
  • Decision-making
  • Political and cultural awareness
  • Negotiation

Similarly this book addresses BABOK's Chapter 9.0 Underlying Competencies including:

  • Analytical thinking
  • Problem-solving
  • Behavioral characteristics
  • Communication skills
  • Interaction skills

Delight in the Results of the Extraordinary Power of Project Relationships.

Perform, profit and prosper.

More Money Than God [Audiobook]

More Money Than God [Audiobook]

More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite [Audiobook] by Sebastian Mallaby
2011 | MP3 VBR + EPUB | 16 hrs 08 mins | 910.65MB

The first authoritative history of hedge funds-from their rebel beginnings to their role in defining the future of finance.

Based on author Sebastian Mallaby's unprecedented access to the industry, including three hundred hours of interviews, More Money Than God tells the inside story of hedge funds, from their origins in the 1960s and 1970s to their role in the financial crisis of 2007–2009.

Wealthy, powerful, and potentially dangerous, hedge fund moguls have become the It Boys of twenty-first century capitalism. Ken Griffin of Citadel started out trading convertible bonds from his dorm room at Harvard. Julian Robertson staffed his hedge fund with college athletes half his age, then he flew them to various retreats in the Rockies and raced them up the mountains. Paul Tudor Jones posed for a magazine photograph next to a killer shark and happily declared that a 1929-style crash would be "total rock-and-roll" for him. Michael Steinhardt was capable of reducing underlings to sobs. "All I want to do is kill myself," one said. "Can I watch?" Steinhardt responded.

Finance professors have long argued that beating the market is impossible, and yet drawing on insights from physics, economics, and psychology, these titans have cracked the market's mysteries and gone on to earn fortunes. Their innovation has transformed the world, spawning new markets in exotic financial instruments and rewriting the rules of capitalism.

More than just a history, More Money Than God is a window on tomorrow's financial system. Hedge funds have been left for dead after past financial panics: After the stock market rout of the early 1970s, after the bond market bloodbath of 1994, after the collapse of Long Term Capital Management in 1998, and yet again after the dot-com crash in 2000. Each time, hedge funds have proved to be survivors, and it would be wrong to bet against them now. Banks such as CitiGroup, brokers such as Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, home lenders such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, insurers such as AIG, and money market funds run by giants such as Fidelity—all have failed or been bailed out. But the hedge fund industry has survived the test of 2008 far better than its rivals. The future of finance lies in the history of hedge funds.