The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
2013 | EPUB | 656.77KB

Ray Bradbury is a storyteller without peer, a poet of the possible, and, indisputably, one of America's most beloved authors. In a much celebrated literary career that has spanned six decades, he has produced an astonishing body of work: unforgettable novels, including Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes; essays, theatrical works, screenplays and teleplays; The Illustrated Mein, Dandelion Wine, The October Country, and numerous other superb short story collections. But of all the dazzling stars in the vast Bradbury universe, none shines more luminous than these masterful chronicles of Earth's settlement of the fourth world from the sun.

Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams and metaphor-of crystal pillars and fossil seas-where a fine dust settles on the great, empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn -first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars ... and then is conquered by it, lulled by dangerous lies of comfort and familiarity, and enchanted by the lingering glamour of an ancient, mysterious native race.

Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles is a classic work of twentieth-century literature whose extraordinary power and imagination remain undimmed by time's passage. In connected, chronological stories, a true grandmaster once again enthralls, delights and challenges us with his vision and his heart-starkly and stunningly exposing in brilliant spacelight our strength, our weakness, our folly, and our poignant humanity on a strange and breathtaking world where humanity does not belong.

Your Ticket to the Universe: A Guide to Exploring the Cosmos

Your Ticket to the Universe: A Guide to Exploring the Cosmos

Your Ticket to the Universe: A Guide to Exploring the Cosmos by Kimberly K Arcand
2013 | EPUB | 156.65MB

An entertaining and accessible trip to the most interesting stops in the cosmos. Accompanied by dramatic visuals, Your Ticket to the Universe is a hybrid coffee-table book and field guide.Beginning with our home planet, Your Ticket to the Universe embarks on an entertaining and accessible trip to the most interesting stops known in the cosmos. Learn about objects nearby within our Solar System (our backyard in space, so to speak) as well as wonders that are found throughout the Milky Way galaxy and beyond (the most distant and exotic lands to explore).

Accompanied by brilliant photographs that bring the reading experience to vivid, immediate life, Your Ticket to the Universe is designed to make space exploration accessible to everyone. Your Ticket to the Universe outlines the essentials anyone needs to know, while piquing the reader's curiosity to learn more.

Gardening for Geeks

Gardening for Geeks

Gardening for Geeks: DIY Tests, Gadgets, and Techniques That Utilize Microbiology, Mathematics, and Ecology to Exponentially Maximize the Yield of Your Garden by Christy Wilhelmi
2013 | EPUB | 3.48MB

There is much more to gardening than what you've learned in school. With Gardening for Geeks, you'll examine your ecosystem and discover how you can create the right environment for your plants. From analyzing meteorological patterns in order to plan productive beds to experimenting with the carbon and nitrogen levels in your soil, this book will teach you all about the developments and chemical reactions that occur at each phase of growth and how you can alter your planting techniques to construct the most thriving, productive garden possible. Each chapter also utilizes a wide range of inexpensive tests, gadgets, and methods that you can use to help evaluate, monitor, and enhance your plot.

Complete with troubleshooting solutions and useful charts and graphs, Gardening for Geeks has everything you need to establish a beautiful and sustainable vegetable patch--one microclimate at a time!

A Dictionary of British Place-Names

A Dictionary of British Place-Names

A Dictionary of British Place-Names by A D Mills
2003 | EPUB | 17.95MB

An expanded version of the best-selling Dictionary of English Place-Names, this dictionary now also covers Scottish, Welsh, and Irish place-names. From Abbas Combe to Zennor it gives the meaning and origin of over 15,000 British place-names.

Gun Digest 2014 [68th Edition]

Gun Digest 2014 [68th Edition]

Gun Digest 2014 [68th Edition] edited by Jerry Lee
2013 | EPUB | 103.75MB

The world's greatest gun book is here again—it's Gun Digest 2014!

Since 1944, Gun Digest has been regarded as the shooter's No. 1 resource worldwide. Our 2014 68th Edition is nothing less, as we continue the tradition of bringing you more of everything that firearms fanatics crave!

In-depth articles about the world's most fascinating guns, testfire reports on the latest models, insights about fine collectibles and one-of-a-kind custom creations, and round-ups of what's new in firearms, ammo, reloading and optics from today's leading manufacturers—you simply won't find a more comprehensive collection of firearms information.

  • Rifles, handguns & shotguns
  • Tactical firearms
  • Engraved & custom guns
  • Ammunition
  • Handloading resources

Whether you're interested in the latest tactical weapons or want to learn more about sporting arms, firearms history or anything else related to guns and shooting—you'll find it in Gun Digest 2014.

Gun Digest Shooter's Guide to Handguns

Gun Digest Shooter's Guide to Handguns

Gun Digest Shooter's Guide to Handguns by Grant Cunningham
2012 | EPUB | 12.2MB

Need answers now? Gun Digest's Shooter's Guide to Handguns will quickly give you the facts you need to help you choose your handgun, select ammunition, shoot it effectively, and take care of your investment--all in an easy-to-read, well-illustrated format.

With more information for the dollar than any shooting book on the market, you get:

  • Compelling text by a world-renowned revolver gunsmith and certified Combat Focus Shooting instructor.
  • Up-to-date ballistics data.
  • The latest handguns, loads and optics.

Whether you're interested in self defense, hunting, plinking, or competition, this is the one book that should be on your shelf!

The Gun Digest Book of Long-Range Shooting

The Gun Digest Book of Long-Range Shooting

The Gun Digest Book of Long-Range Shooting by L P Brezny
2007 | EPUB | 27.61MB

How well can you shoot at 200 yards? 500? How about 1,000? L.P. Brenzy has taught many shooters the art of accurate, long range rifle work, and in Gun Digest Book of Long-Range Shooting he shares the skills and practice techniques that will put you on target. You learn:

  • How to select the best rifle and caliber to make the shots you want to make
  • How to select the proper bullet and loading information to get the best performance
  • Practice techniques and how to keep the edge needed to routinely make long, accurate shots
  • How to make accurate distance judgments without the use of high dollar electronics
  • How to know your limitations in hunting situations and make ethical shots

The Gun Digest Book of the AR-15

The Gun Digest Book of the AR-15

The Gun Digest Book of the AR-15 by Patrick Sweeney
2005 | EPUB | 21.07MB

Now you can become an AR-15 expert. Noted author and gunsmith Patrick Sweeney takes an inside look at an icon among American rifles. The AR-15 first became known to American shooters in the early 1960s. Since then is have become one of the most versatile rifles in the world, tackling everything from military and police operations to long-range target competitions.

Sweeney's expertly written text and outstanding photography show you everything you need to know about understanding the AR-15 operating system and his dedicated group of testers honestly evaluate just about every rifle on the market. If there is something you want to know about an AR-15, you will find it here.

America's Obsessives

America's Obsessives

America's Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy That Built a Nation by Joshua Kendall
2013 | EPUB | 1.64MB

When most of us think of Charles Lindbergh, we picture a dashing twenty-five-year-old aviator stepping out of the Spirit of St. Louis after completing his solo flight across the Atlantic. What we don't see is the awkward high school student, who preferred ogling new gadgets at the hardware store to watching girls walk by in their summer dresses. Sure, Lindbergh's unique mindset invented the pre-flight checklist, but his obsession with order also led him to demand that his wife and three German mistresses account for all their household expenditures in detailed ledgers.

Lucky Lindy is just one of several American icons whom Joshua Kendall puts on the psychologist's couch in AMERICA'S OBSESSIVES. In this fascinating look at the arc of American history through the lens of compulsive behavior, he shows how some of our nation's greatest achievements-from the Declaration of Independence to the invention of the iPhone-have roots in the disappointments and frustrations of early childhood.

Starting with the obsessive natures of some of Silicon Valley's titans, including Steve Jobs, Kendall moves on to profile seven iconic figures, such as founding father Thomas Jefferson, licentious librarian Melvil Dewey, condiment kingpin H. J. Heinz, slugger Ted Williams, and Estee Lauder. This last personality was so obsessed with touching other women's faces that she transformed her compulsion into a multibillion-dollar cosmetics corporation.

Entertaining and instructive, Kendall offers up a few scoops along the way: Little do most Americans know that Charles Lindbergh, under the alias Clark Kent, sired seven children with his three German "wives." As Lindbergh's daughter Reeve told Kendall, "Now I know why he was gone so much. I also understand why he was delighted when I was learning German."

Tragedy at Dieppe: Operation Jubilee, August 19, 1942

Tragedy at Dieppe: Operation Jubilee, August 19, 1942

Tragedy at Dieppe: Operation Jubilee, August 19, 1942 by Mark Zuehlke
2012 | EPUB | 5.5MB

With its trademark "you are there" style, Mark Zuehlke's tenth Canadian Battle Series volume tells the story of the 1942 Dieppe raid. Nicknamed "The Poor Man's Monte Carlo," Dieppe had no strategic importance, but with the Soviet Union thrown on the ropes by German invasion and America having just entered the war, Britain was under intense pressure to launch a major cross-Channel attack against France.

Since 1939, Canadian troops had massed in Britain and trained for the inevitable day of the mass invasion of Europe that would finally occur in 1944. But the Canadian public and many politicians were impatient to see Canadian soldiers fight sooner.

The first major rehearsal proved such a shambles the raid was pushed back to the end of July only to be cancelled by poor weather. Later, in a decision still shrouded in controversy, the operation was reborn. Dieppe however did not go smoothly.

Drawing on rare archival documents and personal interviews, Mark Zuehlke examines how the raid came to be and why it went so tragically wrong. Ultimately, Tragedy at Dieppe honors the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought and died that fateful day on the beaches of Dieppe.

The Fighting Canadians

The Fighting Canadians

The Fighting Canadians: Our Regimental History from New France to Afghanistan by David Bercuson
2012 | EPUB | 4.57MB

In The Fighting Canadians, David J. Bercuson tells Canadian history through the eyes, ears and colours of Canadian regiments. From the 17th century, when the " Good Regiment," the Carignan-salières, fought the Mohawks at Courcelles, to the Newfoundland Regiment's valiant but brutal stand at Beaumont-Hamel in the Battle of the Somme, from the Winnipeg Grenadiers'engagement with the Japanese in the Battle of Hong Kong to the Princess Patricias'trial by fire in the war in Afghanistan, Bercuson tells the story of brave men and women at war. The Fighting Canadians is a celebration of and a testament to the centuries-old tradition that lives on to this day, a venerable system that those now fighting in Afghanistan depend upon as they, too, face a terrible but necessary task.

Because We are Canadians: A Battlefield Memoir

Because We are Canadians: A Battlefield Memoir

Because We are Canadians: A Battlefield Memoir by Charles Kipp
2009 | EPUB | 339.14KB

This is the story of one man’s war—the memoirs of Sgt. Charles D. Kipp, who served with the Canadian army on active duty in Europe during the bloody days and weeks following D-Day. What makes this work stand out from other Second World War battlefield journals is its unadorned, almost naive sense—a guileless attention to small details, horrific and beautiful, that Kipp recalls from his experiences.

First published in 2003, this is a must-read, not only for veterans of the War and military history buffs, but also for anyone who seeks to understand what ordinary soldiers endured during the Second World War. Charles d. Kipp was wounded nine times during ten months of fighting at the front during the Second World War. After the war, he farmed briefly before being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome and suffering a second heart attack. He passed away in January 2000.

The Beauty and the Sorrow

The Beauty and the Sorrow

The Beauty and the Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War by Peter Englund, Peter Graves
2011 | EPUB | 11.01MB

In this masterly, highly original narrative history, Peter Englund takes a revelatory new approach to the history of World War I, magnifying its least examined, most stirring component: the experiences of the average man and woman--not only the tragedy and horror but also the absurdity and even, at times, the beauty.

The twenty people from whose journals and letters Englund draws are from Belgium, Denmark, and France; Great Britain, Germany, and the Austro-Hungarian Empire; Italy, Australia, and New Zealand; Russia, Venezuela, and the United States. There is a young man in the British army infantry who had been considering emigrating until the war offered him its "grand promise of change" and a middle-aged French civil servant, a socialist and writer whose "faith simply crumbled" at the outbreak of war. There is a twelve-year-old German girl thrilled with the news of the army's victories because it means that she and her classmates are allowed to shout and scream at school. There is an American woman married to a Polish aristocrat, living a life of quiet luxury when the war begins but who will be moved, ultimately, to declare: Looking Death in the eyes, one loses the fear of Him. From field surgeon to nurse to fighter pilot, some are on the Western Front, others in the Balkans, East Africa, Mesopotamia. Two will die, one will never hear a shot fired; some will become prisoners of war, others will be celebrated as heroes. But despite their various war-time occupations and fates, genders and nationalities, they will be united by their involvement--witting or otherwise--in The Great, and terrible, War.

A brilliant mosaic of perspectives that moves between the home front and the front lines, The Beauty and the Sorrow reconstructs the feelings, impressions, experiences, and shifting spirits of these twenty particular people, allowing them to speak not only for themselves but also for all those who were in some way shaped by the war, but whose voices have been forgotten, rejected, or simply remained unheard.

The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War

The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War

The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War by James Bradley
2009 | EPUB | 6.79MB

In 1905 President Teddy Roosevelt dispatched Secretary of War William Howard Taft on the largest U.S. diplomatic mission in history to Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, China, and Korea. Roosevelt's glamorous twenty-one year old daughter Alice served as mistress of the cruise, which included senators and congressmen. On this trip, Taft concluded secret agreements in Roosevelt's name.

In 2005, a century later, James Bradley traveled in the wake of Roosevelt's mission and discovered what had transpired in Honolulu, Tokyo, Manila, Beijing and Seoul.

In 1905, Roosevelt was bully-confident and made secret agreements that he though would secure America's westward push into the Pacific. Instead, he lit the long fuse on the Asian firecrackers that would singe America's hands for a century.

Japanese For Dummies [2nd Edition]

Japanese For Dummies [2nd Edition]

Japanese For Dummies [2nd Edition] by Eriko Sato
2012 | EPUB | 15.72MB

Learn to speak Japanese—the fast and easy way

Japanese is the gateway to the rich culture of the exciting and complex island nation of Japan. Some people get intimidated by the prospect of speaking Japanese—worried that it's just too complex and different—but these fears are unfounded. While you can devote a lifetime to the study of this or any language, picking up the basics of Japanese doesn't require any more than an interest and a willingness to try something new.

Japanese For Dummies has everything you need to start speaking the language. Author and Professor of Japanese Eriko Sato introduces the essentials of grammar and pronunciation, giving you a working sense of the language, before showing you Japanese in action. You'll also discover social customs, formalities, and manners, from how and when to bow to how to unwrap a present.

Whether you simply want to introduce yourself to the Japanese language, say a few words to a neighbor or coworker, or you're planning a major trip or study abroad in Japan, Japanese For Dummies will enable you to get the basics fast and work towards your own goal at your own pace.

Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche

Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche

Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche by Bill Plotkin
2003 | MOBI | 981.49KB

Written for people in search of their true selves––in particular those on the verge of adulthood and those at a major crossroads such as divorce or career change––Soulcraft provides a means of personal growth and self-empowerment. Exercises and insightful stories explain how to discover one’s unique gift, or "soul purpose," to be shared with others. Drawing on ancient traditions, this vision quest serves as a modern rite of initiation.

The Six Healing Sounds: Taoist Techniques for Balancing Chi

The Six Healing Sounds: Taoist Techniques for Balancing Chi

The Six Healing Sounds: Taoist Techniques for Balancing Chi by Mantak Chia
2010 | EPUB | 2.77MB

Thousands of years ago Taoist masters discovered that a healthy organ vibrates at a particular frequency. They found six sounds with the correct frequencies to keep each organ in optimal condition. To accompany these Six Healing Sounds, six postures were developed to activate the acupuncture meridians, or energy channels, of the corresponding organs.

In The Six Healing Sounds Master Mantak Chia explains how the pressures of modern life can cause excess heat to become trapped around the organs, causing energy blockages and sickness. He shows readers how the vibrations of the Six Healing Sounds and their accompanying postures redistribute this excess heat to the cooler regions of the body, thereby stimulating and balancing chi energy and restoring the vital organs. Regular practice of the Healing promotes optimal health for the organs, increased sexual pleasure, emotional balance, and the prevention of illness.

Cosmic Detox: A Taoist Approach to Internal Cleansing

Cosmic Detox: A Taoist Approach to Internal Cleansing

Cosmic Detox: A Taoist Approach to Internal Cleansing by Mantak Chia, William U Wei
2011 | EPUB | 1.18MB

Revealing the detoxification and rejuvenation practices of the Taoist sages, this book shows how to reactivate your body's self-healing abilities by gradually and safely expelling accumulated toxins. Using the practices of chi self-massage and healing sounds along with natural recipes for herbal tonics and cleansing flushes for each of the body's nine openings, Cosmic Detox explains how to balance and purify the body's internal environment through acid and alkaline foods, urine therapy, colonic cleanses, dry skin brushing, ear candling, and energized water. Includes a 14-day total-body cleansing program.

The Water Prescription

The Water Prescription

The Water Prescription: For Health, Vitality, and Rejuvenation by Christopher Vasey
2006 | EPUB | 528.82KB

A guide to how water can prevent and treat disease as well as rejuvenate the body and mind.

  • Shows the role water deficiency plays in a large number of diseases and other health disorders
  • Explains how to determine the quality and quantity of water that is best for you and the time during the day it is best to drink
  • Includes 10 water cures for profound physical rehydration, toxin removal, and remineralization

Drinking sufficient quantities of water is a necessity for optimal physical functioning, but it can also play a major role in the prevention and treatment of many diseases. Chronic fatigue, depression, eczema, rheumatism, gastric disorders, high or low blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and urinary infections are but a few of the many disorders that can result from not drinking enough water--and which can be treated by raising our intake of this vital liquid.

The physical assaults that our bodies endure from pollution, stress, overly rich and processed foods (often containing too much salt), and alcohol and tobacco have dramatically increased our daily need for water over what our ancestors required. Christopher Vasey explains not only why water is so essential to our health but also what quantities we should drink and when. He also discusses the qualities of different types of water and demonstrates which will best address certain conditions. In addition, he provides 10 water cures that will rehydrate the deepest levels of the body, remove toxins, and restore vital minerals.

Wars I Have Seen

Wars I Have Seen

Wars I Have Seen by Gertrude Stein
1984 | EPUB | 1.8MB

A careful reading of this - one of Stein's most accesible books - reveals an intimate portrait of what it was like to live under Nazi-occupied France and pass for a regular citizen. Descriptions of prisoners and bombs are jarringly juxtaposed with quotidian vignettes about bread, boots, watches, as well as ruminations of the American Civil War and England under Henry VIII and then Shakespeare.

What makes this kind of writing so exciting is that Stein does not decide for the reader what is important or not. She talks with the same intensity about private things and political catastrophes. When she worries about honey, her boots and other houselhold matters while thinking of prisoners on a train she shows exactly what one has to deal with in one's own privacy. One has to find ways to survive in such situations on a daily basis. Such is war. Her comparison of what is happening in her time with the England of Henry VIII, of Shakespeare, are an exciting accent on her approach of considering history as constantly repeating itself. These multiple strands of time and perspective make this book a must read for Stein admirers as well as for those interested in the history of Modernism.

Drug Crazy: How We Got into This Mess and How We Can Get Out

Drug Crazy: How We Got into This Mess and How We Can Get Out

Drug Crazy: How We Got into This Mess and How We Can Get Out by Mike Gray
2013 | EPUB | 4.12MB

Over the last fifteen years, American taxpayers have spent over $300 billion to wage the war on drugs--three times what it cost to put a man on the moon. In Drug Crazy, journalist Mike Gray offers a scathing indictment of this financial fiasco, chronicling a series of expensive and hypocritical follies that have benefited only two groups: professional anti-drug advocates and drug lords. The facts are alarming. More than twenty-five years ago, a presidential committee determined that marijuana is neither an addictive substance nor a "stepping stone" to harder drugs, but the embarrassing final report was shelved by a government already heavily invested in "the war against drugs". Many medical experts recommend simply prescribing drugs to addicts, and communities that have done this report a lower crime rate and reduced unemployment among drug users.

In a riveting account of how we got to this impasse--discriminatory policies, demonization of users, grandstanding among both lawmakers and lawbreakers--conventional wisdom is turned on its head. Rather than a planned assault on the scourge of addiction, the drug war has happened almost by accident and has been continually exploited by political opportunists. A gripping account of the violence, corruption, and chaos characterizing the drug war since its inception, Mike Gray's incisive narrative launches a frontal attack on America's drug orthodoxy. His overview of the battlefield makes it clear that this urgent debate must begin now.

History of Madness

History of Madness

History of Madness by Michel Foucault
2006 | AZW3 | 2.36MB

When it was first published in France in 1961 as Folie et Déraison: Histoire de la Folie à l'âge Classique, few had heard of a thirty-four year old philosopher by the name of Michel Foucault. By the time an abridged English edition was published in 1967 as Madness and Civilization, Michel Foucault had shaken the intellectual world.

This translation is the first English edition of the complete French texts of the first and second edition, including all prefaces and appendices, some of them unavailable in the existing French edition.

History of Madness begins in the Middle Ages with vivid descriptions of the exclusion and confinement of lepers. Why, Foucault asks, when the leper houses were emptied at the end of the Middle Ages, were they turned into places of confinement for the mad? Why, within the space of several months in 1656, was one out of every hundred people in Paris confined?

Shifting brilliantly from Descartes and early Enlightenment thought to the founding of the Hôpital Général in Paris and the work of early psychiatrists Philippe Pinel and Samuel Tuke, Foucault focuses throughout, not only on scientific and medical analyses of madness, but also on the philosophical and cultural values attached to the mad. He also urges us to recognize the creative and liberating forces that madness represents, brilliantly drawing on examples from Goya, Nietzsche, Van Gogh and Artaud.

The History of Madness is an inspiring and classic work that challenges us to understand madness, reason and power and the forces that shape them.

The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences

The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences

The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences by Michel Foucault
1994 | EPUB | 2.26MB

When one defines "order" as a sorting of priorities, it becomes beautifully clear as to what Foucault is doing here. With virtuoso showmanship, he weaves an intensely complex history of thought. He dips into literature, art, economics and even biology in The Order of Things, possibly one of the most significant, yet most overlooked, works of the twentieth century.

Eclipsed by his later work on power and discourse, nonetheless it was The Order of Things that established Foucault's reputation as an intellectual giant. Pirouetting around the outer edge of language, Foucault unsettles the surface of literary writing. In describing the limitations of our usual taxonomies, he opens the door onto a whole new system of thought, one ripe with what he calls "exotic charm". Intellectual pyrotechnics from the master of critical thinking, this book is crucial reading for those who wish to gain insight into that odd beast called Postmodernism, and a must for any fan of Foucault.

The History of Sexuality, Volume 3: The Care of the Self

The History of Sexuality, Volume 3: The Care of the Self

The History of Sexuality, Volume 3: The Care of the Self by Michel Foucault
1988 | EPUB | 1.9MB

The Care of the Self is the third and possibly final volume of Michel Foucault's widely acclaimed examination of "the experience of sexuality in Western society." Foucault takes us into the first two centuries of our own era, into the Golden Age of Rome, to reveal a subtle but decisive break from the classical Greek vision of sexual pleasure. He skillfully explores the whole corpus of moral reflection among philosophers (Plutarch, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca) and physicians of the era, and uncovers an increasing mistrust of pleasure and growing anxiety over sexual activity and its consequences.

The History of Sexuality, Volume 2: The Use of Pleasure

The History of Sexuality, Volume 2: The Use of Pleasure

The History of Sexuality, Volume 2: The Use of Pleasure by Michel Foucault

In this sequel to The History of Sexuality, Volume I: An Introduction, the brilliantly original French thinker who died in 1984 gives an analysis of how the ancient Greeks perceived sexuality.

Throughout The Use of Pleasure Foucault analyzes an irresistible array of ancient Greek texts on eroticism as he tries to answer basic questions: How in the West did sexual experience become a moral issue? And why were other appetites of the body, such as hunger, and collective concerns, such as civic duty, not subjected to the numberless rules and regulations and judgments that have defined, if not confined, sexual behavior?

The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction

The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction

The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction by Michel Foucault
1990 | EPUB | 1.73MB

The author turns his attention to sex and the reasons why we are driven constantly to analyze and discuss it. An iconoclastic explanation of modern sexual history.

Translated from the French by Robert Hurley.

50 Mathematical Ideas You Really Need to Know

50 Mathematical Ideas You Really Need to Know

50 Mathematical Ideas You Really Need to Know by Tony Crilly
2008 | EPUB | 2.83MB

Just the mention of mathematics is enough to strike fear into the hearts of many, yet without it, the human race couldn't be where it is today. By exploring the subject through its 50 key insights - from the simple (the number one) and the subtle (the invention of zero) to the sophisticated (proving Fermat's last theorem) - this book shows how mathematics has changed the way we look at the world around us.

The Company That Solved Health Care

The Company That Solved Health Care

The Company That Solved Health Care: How Serigraph Dramatically Reduced Skyrocketing Costs While Providing Better Care, and How Every Company Can Do the Same by John Torinus Jr
2010 | EPUB | 1.94MB

Even with new health-care policies, one thing is clear: health-care costs will continue to rise dramatically. While individuals may get better coverage, businesses will have the same problem they've had for the last four decades. Health care, one of corporate America's largest expenses, is growing at double-digit rates, and nothing done in Washington will change that.

But one medium-size company set out to tame the beast of rising health-care costs, employing best practices and cutting-edge ideas. The results have caused others to sit up and take notice. Serigraph, Inc., a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of decorative parts, and its chairman, John Torinus, did what Washington can't or won't do: reduce cost increases to less than 2 percent while improving the quality of health care for its employees. The implications for corporate America are staggering--the opportunity for genuine reform in an expense category that has been spiraling out of control.

Serigraph began its initiative to control health-care costs in 2003, when its annual health-care bill was $5 million and another $750,000 was needed for the projected 15 percent annual increase. The company employed three strategies for reform, each of which can cut the health-care bill by 20 percent to 40 percent--consumer responsibility, the primacy of primary over specialty care and centers of value. Applied in concert with other management methods, these three approaches almost eliminated growth in health-care costs while improving the quality of employee care. The results are documented. They are beyond refute.

The Company That Solved Health Care describes the fascinating details of Serigraph’s program, and shows how any company can achieve similar results. This book is essential reading for any manager responsible for his or her company’s health-care expenses, any academic or thinker involved in the health-care debate and anyone who wants to better understand why health-care costs have been rising and what can be done to achieve price stability while improving patient care.

Autoportrait by Edouard Levé

Autoportrait by Edouard Levé

Autoportrait by Edouard Levé
2012 | EPUB | 97.86KB

A brilliant and sobering self-portrait made up entirely of facts, and a companion to the harrowing book Suicide.

In this brilliant and sobering self-portrait, Edouard Levé hides nothing from his readers, setting out his entire life, more or less at random, in a string of declarative sentences. Autoportrait is a physical, psychological, sexual, political, and philosophical triumph. Beyond “sincerity,” Levé works toward an objectivity so radical it could pass for crudeness, triviality, even banality: the author has stripped himself bare. With the force of a set of maxims or morals, Levé’s prose seems at first to be an autobiography without sentiment, as though written by a machine—until, through the accumulation of detail, and the author’s dry, quizzical tone, we find ourselves disarmed, enthralled, and enraptured by nothing less than the perfect fiction . . . made entirely of facts.

Suicide by Edouard Levé

Suicide by Edouard Levé

Suicide by Edouard Levé
2011 | MOBI | 208.29KB

Edouard Levé delivered the manuscript for his final book, Suicide, just a few days before he took his own life.

Suicide cannot be read as simply another novel—it is, in a sense, the author’s own oblique, public suicide note, a unique meditation on this most extreme of refusals. Presenting itself as an investigation into the suicide of a close friend—perhaps real, perhaps fictional—more than twenty years earlier, Levé gives us, little by little, a striking portrait of a man, with all his talents and flaws, who chose to reject his life, and all the people who loved him, in favor of oblivion. Gradually, through Levé’s casually obsessive, pointillist, beautiful ruminations, we come to know a stoic, sensible, thoughtful man who bears more than a slight psychological resemblance to Levé himself. But Suicide is more than just a compendium of memories of an old friend; it is a near-exhaustive catalog of the ramifications and effects of the act of suicide, and a unique and melancholy farewell to life.

The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, Revised

The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, Revised

The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, Revised: 40 Ways to Cook Crickets, Grasshoppers, Ants, Water Bugs, Spiders, Centipedes, and Their Kin by David George Gordon
2013 | EPUB | 7.01MB

With its stylish new package, updated information on the health and environmental benefits of insect eating, and breed-your-own instructions, this new edition of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook is the go-to resource for anyone interested in becoming an entomological epicure.

For many Americans, eating a lowly insect is something you’d only do on a dare. But with naturalist and noted bug chef David George Gordon, bug-eating is fun, exciting, and downright delicious!

Now you can impress, enlighten, and entertain your family and friends with Gordon’s one-of-a-kind recipes. Spice things up at the next neighborhood potluck with a big bowl of Orthopteran Orzo—pasta salad with a cricket-y twist. Conquer your fear of spiders with a Deep-Fried Tarantula. And for dessert, why not try a White Chocolate and Wax Worm Cookie? (They’re so tasty, the kids will be begging for seconds!)

Today, there are more reasons than ever before to explore entomophagy (that’s bug-eating, by the way). It’s an environmentally-friendly source of protein: Research shows that bug farming reduces greenhouse gas emissions and is exponentially more water-efficient than farming for beef, chicken, or pigs. Mail-order bugs are readily available online—but if you’re more of a DIY-type, The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook includes plenty of tips for sustainably harvesting or raising your own.

Filled with anecdotes, insights, and practical how-tos, The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook is a perfect primer for anyone interested in becoming an entomological epicure.

Tell to Win [Audiobook]

Tell to Win [Audiobook]

Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story [Audiobook] by Peter Guber
2011 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 48 mins | 296.73MB

Today everyone – whether they know it or not – is in the emotional transportation business. More and more, success is won by creating compelling stories that have the power to move partners, shareholders, customers, and employees to action. Simply put, if you can’t tell it, you can’t sell it. And this book tells you how to do both.

Historically, stories have always been igniters of action, moving people to do things. But only recently has it become clear that purposeful stories – those created with a specific mission in mind – are absolutely essential in persuading others to support a vision, dream or cause.

Peter Guber, whose executive and entrepreneurial accomplishments have made him a success in multiple industries, has long relied on purposeful story telling to motivate, win over, shape, engage and sell. Indeed, what began as knack for telling stories as an entertainment industry executive has, through years of perspiration and inspiration, evolved into a set of principles that anyone can use to achieve their goals.

In Tell to Win, Guber shows how to move beyond soulless Power Point slides, facts, and figures to create purposeful stories that can serve as powerful calls to action. Among his techniques:

  • Capture your audience’s attention first, fast and foremost
  • Motivate your listeners by demonstrating authenticity
  • Build your tell around “what’s in it for them”
  • Change passive listeners into active participants
  • Use “state-of-the-heart” technology online and offline to make sure audience commitment remains strong

To validate the power of telling purposeful stories, Guber includes in this book a remarkably diverse number of “voices” – master tellers with whom he’s shared experiences. They include YouTube founder Chad Hurley, NBA champion Pat Riley, clothing designer Normal Kamali, “Mission to Mars” scientist Gentry Lee, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, former South African president Nelson Mandela, magician David Copperfield, film director Steven Spielberg, novelist Nora Roberts, rock legend Gene Simmons, and physician and author Deepak Chopra.

After listening to this extraordinary mix of voices, you’ll know how to craft, deliver -- and own – a story that is truly compelling, one capable of turning others into viral advocates for your goal.

At Home: A Short History of Private Life [Audiobook]

At Home: A Short History of Private Life [Audiobook]

At Home: A Short History of Private Life [Audiobook] by Bill Bryson
2010 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 32 mins | 454.96MB

From one of the most beloved authors of our time—more than six million copies of his books have been sold in this country alone—a fascinating excursion into the history behind the place we call home.

“Houses aren’t refuges from history. They are where history ends up.”

Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.” The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene; the bedroom, sex, death, and sleep; the kitchen, nutrition and the spice trade; and so on, as Bryson shows how each has figured in the evolution of private life. Whatever happens in the world, he demonstrates, ends up in our house, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture.

Bill Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and he is a master at turning the seemingly isolated or mundane fact into an occasion for the most diverting exposition imaginable. His wit and sheer prose fluency make At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.

The Unwinding [Audiobook]

The Unwinding [Audiobook]

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America [Audiobook] by George Packer
2013 | M4A + EPUB | 18 hrs 03 mins | 1009.92 MB

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. Includes bonus content read by the author.

Gettysburg: The Last Invasion [Audiobook]

Gettysburg: The Last Invasion [Audiobook]

Gettysburg: The Last Invasion [Audiobook] by Allen C Guelzo
2013 | MP3@160 kbps + EPUB | 22 hrs 34 mins | 1.51GB

From the acclaimed Civil War historian, a brilliant new history—the most intimate and richly readable account we have had—of the climactic three-day battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3, 1863), which draws the reader into the heat, smoke, and grime of Gettysburg alongside the ordinary soldier, and depicts the combination of personalities and circumstances that produced the greatest battle of the Civil War, and one of the greatest in human history.

Of the half-dozen full-length histories of the battle of Gettysburg written over the last century, none dives down so closely to the experience of the individual soldier, or looks so closely at the sway of politics over military decisions, or places the battle so firmly in the context of nineteenth-century military practice. Allen C. Guelzo shows us the face, the sights, and the sounds of nineteenth-century combat: the lay of the land, the fences and the stone walls, the gunpowder clouds that hampered movement and vision; the armies that caroused, foraged, kidnapped, sang, and were so filthy they could be smelled before they could be seen; the head-swimming difficulties of marshaling massive numbers of poorly trained soldiers, plus thousands of animals and wagons, with no better means of communication than those of Caesar and Alexander.

What emerges is an untold story, from the trapped and terrified civilians in Gettysburg’s cellars to the insolent attitude of artillerymen, from the taste of gunpowder cartridges torn with the teeth to the sounds of marching columns, their tin cups clanking like an anvil chorus. Guelzo depicts the battle with unprecedented clarity, evoking a world where disoriented soldiers and officers wheel nearly blindly through woods and fields toward their clash, even as poetry and hymns spring to their minds with ease in the midst of carnage. Rebel soldiers look to march on Philadelphia and even New York, while the Union struggles to repel what will be the final invasion of the North. One hundred and fifty years later, the cornerstone battle of the Civil War comes vividly to life as a national epic, inspiring both horror and admiration.

Human Game: Hunting the Great Escape Murderers [Audiobook]

Human Game: Hunting the Great Escape Murderers [Audiobook]

Human Game: Hunting the Great Escape Murderers [Audiobook] by Simon Read
2013 | MP3@32 kbps | 8 hrs 48 mins | 120.45MB

In March and April of 1944, Gestapo gunmen killed fifty POWs—a brutal act in defiance of international law and the Geneva Convention.

This is the true story of the men who hunted them down.

The mass breakout of seventy-six Allied airmen from the infamous Stalag Luft III became one of the greatest tales of World War II, immortalized in the film The Great Escape. But where Hollywood’s depiction fades to black, another incredible story begins . . .

Not long after the escape, fifty of the recaptured airmen were taken to desolate killing fields throughout Germany and shot on the direct orders of Hitler. When the nature of these killings came to light, Churchill’s government swore to pursue justice at any cost. A revolving team of military police, led by squadron leader Francis P. McKenna, was dispatched to Germany seventeen months after the killings to pick up a trail long gone cold.

Amid the chaos of postwar Germany, divided between American, British, French, and Russian occupiers, McKenna and his men brought twenty-one Gestapo killers to justice in a hunt that spanned three years and took them into the darkest realms of Nazi fanaticism.

In Human Game, Simon Read tells this harrowing story as never before. Beginning inside Stalag Luft III and the Nazi High Command, through the grueling three-year manhunt, and into the final close of the case more than two decades later, Read delivers a clear-eyed and meticulously researched account of this often-overlooked saga of hard-won justice.