David Foster Wallace: The Last Interview
10 August 2013, 18:00
2012 | EPUB | 2.04MB
In intimate and eloquent interviews, including the last he gave before his suicide, the writer hailed by A.O. Scott of The New York Times as “the best mind of his generation” considers the state of modern America, entertainment and discipline, adulthood, literature, and his own inimitable writing style.
In addition to Wallace’s last interview, the volume features a conversation with Dave Eggers, a revealing Q&A with the magazine of his alma mater Amherst, his famous Salon interview with Laura Miller following the publication of Infinite Jest, and more.
These conversations showcase and illuminate the traits for which Wallace remains so beloved: his incomparable humility and enormous erudition, his wit, sensitivity, and humanity. As he eloquently describes his writing process and motivations, displays his curiosity by time and again turning the tables on his interviewers, and delivers thoughtful, idiosyncratic views on literature, politics, entertainment and discipline, and the state of modern America, a fuller picture of this remarkable mind is revealed.
10 August 2013, 17:58
1995 | EPUB | 2.02MB
The body can heal itself. Spontaneous healing is not a miracle but a fact of biology--the result of the natural healing system that each one of us is born with. Drawing on fascinating case histories as well as medical techniques from around the world, Dr. Andrew Weil shows how spontaneous healing has worked to resolve life-threatening diseases, severe trauma, and chronic pain. Weil then outlines an eight-week program in which you'll discover:
- The truth about spontaneous healing and how it interacts with the mind
- The foods, vitamins, supplements, and tonic herbs that will help you enhance your innate healing powers
- Advice on how to avoid environmental toxins and reduce stress
- The strengths and weaknesses of conventional and alternative treatments
- Natural methods to ameliorate common kinds of illnesses
- And much more!
Blackjack: A Champion's Guide
10 August 2013, 17:47
2013 | EPUB | 14.87MB
If you believe that winning at сasino games depends entirely on chance or luck, then this is not the book for you. If, on the other hand, you think that it’s crucial to have an effective strategy in order to win, then you simply can’t do without it. The green table is the most democratic place to play, where the inequalities between you and the dealer are at a minimum and players can significantly increase their chances of victory. You just need to know how. Simply told and with a touch of irony, ‘games king’ Dario De Toffoli guides us through rules, secrets, tactics and advice, in a book that is as much for beginners as experts.
So prepare yourselves to explore the world of Вlackjack, which is ‘deconstructed’ and analysed in all its mathematical glory for the first time, making readers more conscious and successful when they play. Whether you are in front of a croupier in the flesh and blood or in front of your computer screen playing an online game, now is the time to abandon all those good luck charms and understand that your success depends on you. Because it’s fun to play, but it’s even more fun to win. So, what are you waiting for? Play the game, but don’t let the game play you…
Guide to Management Ideas and Gurus [Audiobook]
10 August 2013, 17:05
2013 | M4B | 12 hrs 07 mins | 187.84MB
Get yourself up to guru speed. This insightful guide, which has proven hugely popular around the world in hardback, not only includes the most significant ideas that have influenced the management of business over the past century, but it also includes entries on the most influential business thinkers of the past and present.
Entries on ideas include: Active Inertia; Disruptive Technology; Genchi Genbutsu (Japanese for"Go and See for Yourself"); The Halo Effect; The Long Tail; Pareto Principle ; Six Sigma;, Skunkworks; SWOT analysis; Thin Slicing; Tipping Point; Triple Bottom Line.
Tim Hindle is author of several best-selling books on management and business. He is a former business and management editor of the Economist and was the founding editor of Euro Business. He has also been editor of Director magazine.
Good management is a precious commodity in the corporate world. Guide to Management Ideas and Gurus is a straight-forward manual on the most innovative management ideas and the management gurus who developed them.
The earlier edition, Guide to Management Ideas, presented the most significant ideas that continue to underpin business management. This new book builds on those ideas and adds detailed biographies of the people who came up with them-the most influential business thinkers of the past and present.
The Magnificent Ambersons [Audiobook]
10 August 2013, 15:55
2007 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 36 mins | 263.94MB
[Read by Geoffrey Blaisdell]
The Magnificent Ambersons chronicles the changing fortunes of three generations of an American dynasty. The family serves as a metaphor for the old society that crumbled after the Industrial Revolution, as a Midwestern town spreads and darkens into a city.
George Amberson Minafer is the spoiled and arrogant grandson of the founder of the family's magnificence. Eclipsed by a new breed of industrial tycoons and land developers, whose power comes not through family connections but through financial dealings and modern manufacturing, George descends from the Midwestern aristocracy to the working class. As the wheels of industry transform the social landscape, the definitions of ambition, success, and loyalty also change.
Orson Welles based his classic film of the same name on Tarkington's novel.
The Overwhelming Urge [Audiobook]
10 August 2013, 15:38
2013 | MP3@32 kbps | 2 hrs 28 mins | 33.97MB
It is a world where men wake up with laser beams for eyes and wives play sadistic practical jokes. It is a world where body parts randomly fall off and fathers turn into antelopes. In this world, vampires and spontaneous combustions are a constant threat. The Overwhelming Urge is a collection of bizarro flash fiction, containing ridiculous characters and absurd stories reminiscent of David Lynch and Franz Kafka. Written at knifepoint in a burning room, this audiobook will make you think of a dirty comedian raving from Freud's couch.
Hi I'm a Social Disease
10 August 2013, 15:37
2012 | EPUB | 144.32KB
This collection of short stories by author Andersen Prunty features "Room 19", a post-apocalyptic nightmare based on Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' song "From Her to Eternity", appearing for the first time anywhere, and "Market Adjustment", about one man's battle with the wealthy, previously available only in a very limited edition. Also includes: "The Dust Season", "The Man With the Face Like a Bruise", "The Photographer", "The Night the Moon Made a Sound", and "The Funeralgoer."
10 August 2013, 15:36
2011 | EPUB | 309.01KB
This darkly offbeat novel opens with the narrator, Wallace Black, as the target of the school bully's violence. After suffering a horrendous beating, Black goes home to his equally abusive family. As a punishment for fighting at school, his mother straps a set of grotesque horns to the top of his head. He is unsure of where the horns came from. They have always been in the house. And they contain a power no one could have expected. Let Andersen Prunty guide you through a sometimes hilarious, sometimes violent and terrifying coming-of-age Midwestern gothic novel.
10 August 2013, 15:35
2008 | EPUB | 1.17MB
"Dreams are hopes, and echoes of hope." --Neil Gaiman
Like Terry Gilliam at his most surreal, directing a re-imagination of Hansel and Gretel.
After ten years, Hansel Nothing returns to his boyhood home, unable to remember anything that has happened to him since he left. Back home, he stays in Zerostrata, a treehouse in the backyard. The Nothing family is as dysfunctional and depressed as ever. His mother keeps a cat on her head and incessantly munches prescription medication. His father has left the house to pursue a career as a superhero. His brother wants to be the dad's superhero sidekick and thinks he can fly.
Hansel's life is changed forever when he meets Gretel, a free-spirited woman who runs naked through the woods every night. She teaches him about a world of magic and beauty. They travel to the moon together via a rope ladder, sail back to earth in an air balloon, and wander through a graveyard that allows them to view the dreams of the dead all while trying to escape Gretel's evil Grandmother.
Featuring: a gingerbread house surrounded by bear traps, lettuce pirates, The Amazing Dr. Blast, a one-legged pogo stick man, a giant orange trampoline, and Tricky the cigarette smoking cat who lives on Hansel's mother's head.
Warhol: The Biography
10 August 2013, 15:31
2003 | EPUB | 21.01MB
Artist, filmmaker, magazine publisher, instigator of Pop Art, Andy Warhol (1928-1987) used his canvasses of dollar bills, soup cans, and celebrities to subvert distinctions between high and popular culture. His spectacular career encompassed the underground scene as well as the equally deviant worlds of politics, show business, and high society. Warhol is the definitive chronicle of Warhol's storied life.
Mistress of Modernism: The Life of Peggy Guggenheim
10 August 2013, 15:30
2004 | EPUB | 2.45MB
Peggy Guggenheim emerges in Mistress of Modernism as the ultimate self-invented woman, a cultural mover and shaker who broke away from her poor-little-rich-girl origins to shape a life for herself as the enfant terrible of the art world. Peggy's visionary Art of This Century gallery in New York, which brought together the European surrealist artists with the American abstract expressionists, was an epoch-shaking "happening" at the center of its time.
Dearborn's unprecedented access to the Guggenheim family, friends, and papers contributes rich insight to Peggy's traumatic childhood in German-Jewish "Our Crowd" New York, her self-education in the ways of art and artists, her caustic battles with other art-collecting Guggenheims, and her legendary sexual appetites: her lovers included Max Ernst, Samuel Beckett, and Marcel Duchamp, to name a mere few. Here too is a poignant portrait of Peggy's last years as l'ultima dogaressa -- the last duchess -- in her palazzo in Venice, where her collection still draws thousands of visitors every year.
Mistress of Modernism is the first definitive biography of a woman whose wit, passion, and provocative legacy come compellingly to life.
Vivienne Westwood: An Unfashionable Life
10 August 2013, 15:29
1998 | EPUB | 495.39KB
The acclaimed biography of one of England’s great eccentrics and leading fashion designers.
- For three decades, Vivienne Westwood has been Britain’s most consistently original, outrageous, eccentric and controversial designer. In that time she has evolved from an iconoclastic outsider to an internationally revered figure, with two British Designer of the Year awards, an OBE, her own successful fashion label and an unrivalled reputation for leading where other designers follow.
- Her lifestyle could scarcely be in greater contrast to the opulence which surrounds other leading designers: until recently she lived in a modest council flat in South London, and she still travels around the capital by bicycle, dressed in her own flamboyant creations, with a plastic bag protecting her hair from the elements. How did an awkward girl from a conventional and provincial background become one of world fashion’s most influential and respected designers? How has she managed to remain true to her own idiosyncratic vision, refusing to conform to the fashion industry’s, and society’s, expectations?
- Speaking to Westwood herself, her friends, lovers, colleagues, rivals, admirers and detractors, Jane Mulvagh has created a portrait as rich, distinctive and constantly surprising as her subject’s character and work.
Björk: Wow and Flutter
10 August 2013, 15:26
2003 | PDF | 14.03MB
The life and music of Iceland's Björk Gudmundsdottir, from her origins as a burgeoning child star and her days spent training on the battleground of Iceland's notoriously seditious punk scene to her eventual emergence as one of pop music's pioneering figures, are explored in this comprehensive biography. Punk extremist, teenage mother, fashion iconoclast, fierce independent, emotional conduit, feminist antihero, reluctant actress, unabashed music geek, and lover-no side of the complex artist is left unexamined.
Described are Björk's merging of naturalism with technology, self-empowerment with unflinching vulnerability, and elements of avant-garde and experimental music with her own irrefutably unique sensibilities. Containing a detailed songbook and more than 30 exclusive interviews with close family members, past band mates, and frequent collaborators, this is an exhaustive and revealing look at the life, music, and philosophy of one of modern music's most compelling innovators.
Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth
10 August 2013, 15:25
2009 | EPUB | 7.23MB
Rising from the drug-infested streets of ’80s New York City, the incomparable Sonic Youth recorded some of the most important albums in alternative music history and influenced an entire generation of indie rockers.
They helped spawn an alternative arts scene of underground films and comics, conceptual art, experimental music, even fashion. More than perhaps any band of their time, they brought art previously considered "fringe" into the mainstream--and irrevocably altered the cultural zeitgeist.
Based on extensive research, exclusive band interviews, and unprecedented access to unreleased recordings and documents, Goodbye 20th Century is the definitive biography of the Velvet Underground of their generation.
Fire and Rain [Audiobook]
10 August 2013, 14:28
2011 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 09 mins | 306.47MB
January 1970: the Beatles assemble one more time to put the finishing touches on Let It Be; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are wrapping up Déjà Vu; Simon and Garfunkel are unveiling Bridge Over Troubled Water; James Taylor is an upstart singer-songwriter who’s just completed Sweet Baby James. Over the course of the next twelve months, their lives--and the world around them--will change irrevocably. Fire and Rain tells the story of four iconic albums of 1970 and the lives, times, and constantly intertwining personal ties of the remarkable artists who made them. Acclaimed journalist David Browne sets these stories against an increasingly chaotic backdrop of events that sent the world spinning throughout that tumultuous year: Kent State, the Apollo 13 debacle, ongoing bombings by radical left-wing groups, the diffusion of the antiwar movement, and much more.
Featuring candid interviews with more than 100 luminaries, including some of the artists themselves, Browne's vivid narrative tells the incredible story of how--over the course of twelve turbulent months--the '60s effectively ended and the '70s began.
John & Yoko & George [The Smith Tapes: Collection #7]
10 August 2013, 14:17
2013 | M4A | 7 hrs 45 mins | 897.36MB
The Smith Tapes are collections of interviews conducted by journalist Howard Smith from 1969-1972 being released once each month.
1. Paul Is Dead 11:59
2. Beatlemaniac 26:42
3. John & Yoko's Bed-In 35:57
4. John & Yoko at Hawkin's Ranch 1:58:07
5. George Harrison 37:06
6. John & Yoko at the Regency Hotel 1:27:14
7. John & Yoko at the St. Regis 1:10:29
8. John & Yoko at Home 1:18:10
- Fillmore East [The Smith Tapes: Collection #1]
- Aquarian Theatre [The Smith Tapes: Collection #2]
- Everything's Not OK [The Smith Tapes: Collection #3]
- Woodstock [The Smith Tapes: Collection #4]
- Altamont [The Smith Tapes: Collection #5]
- The New Hollywood [The Smith Tapes: Collection #6]
- Songwriters [The Smith Tapes: Collection #8]
The Intuitive Way
10 August 2013, 11:45
2009 | AZW3 | 1.14MB
A renowned intuitive and visionary shows you how to know what you need to know just when you need to know it.
Intuition is not a rare gift that only a gifted few possess but an innate human capacity that can be enhanced and developed. Synthesizing insights from psychology, East- West philosophy, religion, metaphysics, and business, this hands-on workbook in the tradition of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, can teach anyone to achieve a heightened state of perceptual vitality and integrate it into daily life. Intuition, writes Penney Peirce, is “not the opposite of logic,” but rather “a comprehensive way of knowing life that includes both left-brain analytical thinking and right-brain communication states.”
On a practical level, intuition enables us to learn faster and make quicker, more inspired decisions. On a deeper level, it “is a powerful tool that can heal the painful split we all feel between our earthly, mundane selves and our divine, eternal selves.”
Widely praised in its earlier editions, this new edition of The Intuitive Way, with a Foreword by Carol Adrienne, will introduce Penney Peirce’s pioneering work to a whole new readership.
Landscaping for Privacy
10 August 2013, 11:44
2011 | EPUB | 5.73MB
The area around your home is your haven, your sanctuary, your refuge from the noise and irritation of traffic, eyesores, and nosy neighbors. Or at least it could be if there was some sort of barrier between your front yard and the sidewalk, or if you didn't have to stare at the back of the neighbors' garage when you want to relax on your patio.
Landscaping for Privacy brims with creative ideas for minimizing or even eliminating the nuisances that intrude on your personal outdoor space. Scores of real-world examples show you how to keep the outside world at bay by strategically placing buffers (such as berms or groups of small trees), barriers (such as fences), and screens (arbors or hedges, for example) around your property. And the helpful plant lists tell you precisely which varieties to choose in order to enhance your sense of seclusion.
If you've ever felt frustrated by the lack of privacy whenever you step outside your home, this inspiring book will steer you toward an achievable solution.
Athénaïs: The Life of Louis XIV's Mistress
10 August 2013, 11:43
2007 | EPUB | 518.56KB
The compelling story of the fascinating woman behind the 17th century's most influentional man.
The resplendent sex symbol of the splendid century'... The reign of Athenais de Montespan as principal mistress of Louis XIV corresponds with the most glorious period of the Grand Siecle. Athenais was 'the true Queen of France', symbol of a dazzling French culture in the seventeenth century. As a lover, she risked the disgrace of double adultery to conduct an affair which scandalized Europe; as a patron she supported many of the leaders of the cultural renaissance including Moliere and Racine; as a mother she is the ancestor of most of the royal houses of Europe.
The greatest beauty of her day, Athenais lived her life publicly and sensationally until accusations of witchcraft forced her from power in the 'Affair of the Poisons', a mystery which remains unsolved. She fascinates not only because she achieved power at a time when it was denied to most women, but because she achieved that power through her manipulation of a prescribed role.
Rewriting St Kilda: New Views on Old Ideas
10 August 2013, 11:37
2013 | EPUB | 3.78MB
The world-wide fascination with the deserted islands of St Kilda shows no sign of waning, and we all share certain conventional assumptions about and stereotypical images of the islands – remoteness, dramatic landscape and bird-life, a distinctive ‘primitive’ community, the St Kilda Parliament, the mailboat, the strict teachings of the Church, an economy uniquely dependent on sea-birds, and the sad decline and eventual evacuation of the remaining inhabitants at their own request in 1930.
It is a remarkable fact that of the over 700 books and articles written about St Kilda – on which our images overwhelmingly are based – almost all were written by visitors to the islands, often on the basis of pre-conceptions and very little first hand knowledge. It is not surprising there-fore that many myths have developed, and been repeated. The voice of the Gaelic speaking native people has been largely lost or overlooked. In August 2010 the Islands Book Trust held a major conference in Benbecula to look behind the myths and re-examine some of the conventional wisdom; the fascinating results are published here in this book.
AC/DC: The Savage Tale of the First Standards War
10 August 2013, 11:22
2006 | PDF | 1.74MB
AC/DC tells the little-known story of how Thomas Edison wrongly bet in the fierce war between supporters of alternating current and direct current. The savagery of this electrical battle can hardly be imagined today. The showdown between AC and DC began as a rather straightforward conflict between technical standards, a battle of competing methods to deliver essentially the same product, electricity. But the skirmish soon metastasized into something bigger and darker.
In the AC/DC battle, the worst aspects of human nature somehow got caught up in the wires; a silent, deadly flow of arrogance, vanity, and cruelty. Following the path of least resistance, the war of currents soon settled around that most primal of human emotions: fear. AC/DC serves as an object lesson in bad business strategy and poor decision making. Edison's inability to see his mistake was a key factor in his loss of control over the "operating system" for his future inventions--not to mention the company he founded, General Electric.
The Devil's Own Work
10 August 2013, 11:15
2010 | EPUB | 9.26MB
As Barnet Schecter dramatically shows in The Devil's Own Work, the cataclysm in New York was anything but an isolated incident; rather, it was a microcosm-within the borders of the supposedly loyal northern states-of the larger Civil War between the North and South. The riots erupted over the same polarizing issues—of slavery versus freedom for African Americans and the scope of federal authority over states and individuals—that had torn the nation apart. And the riots' aftermath foreshadowed the compromises that would bedevil Reconstruction and delay the process of integration for the next 100 years.
The story of the draft riots come alive in the voices of passionate newspaper rivals Horace Greeley and Manton Marble; black leader Rev. Henry Highland Garnet and renegade Democrat Fernando Wood; Irish soldier Peter Welsh and conservative diarist Maria Daly; and many others. In chronicling this violent demonstration over the balance between centralized power and civil liberties in a time of national emergency, The Devil's Own Work (Walt Whitman's characterization of the riots) sheds new light on the Civil War era and on the history of protest and reform in America.
Dixie Betrayed: How the South Really Lost the Civil War
10 August 2013, 11:13
2009 | EPUB | 2.95MB
David Eicher reveals the story of the political conspiracy, discord and dysfunction in Richmond that cost the South the Civil War. He shows how President Jefferson Davis fought not only with the Confederate House and Senate and with State Governers but also with his own vice-president and secretary of state.
Strangling the Confederacy
10 August 2013, 11:11
2011 | EPUB | 1.79MB
While the Civil War is mainly remembered for its epic battles between the Northern and Southern armies, the Union was simultaneously waging another campaign—dubbed "Anaconda"—that was gradually depriving the South of industry and commerce, thus rendering the exploits of its field armies moot. When an independent Dixie finally met the dustbin of history, it was the North's coastal campaign, as much as the achievements of its main forces, that was primarily responsible.
Strangling the Confederacy examines the various naval actions and land incursions the Union waged from Virginia down the Atlantic Coast and through the Gulf of Mexico to methodically close down every Confederate port that could bring in weapons or supplies. The Rebels responded with fast ships—blockade runners—that tried to evade the Yankee fleets, while at the same time constructing formidable fortifications that could protect the ports themselves. While Union troopships floated offshore, able to strike anywhere, mobile Confederate forces were kept at hand near crucial points, albeit in smaller numbers, to resist Federal irruptions into their homeland.
In the final analysis, the Union's Navy Board, a unique institution at the time, undertook the correct strategy. Its original decision to focus on ten seaports that had rail or water connections with the Confederate interior—from Norfolk to Charleston to Mobile to New Orleans—shows that the Navy Board understood the concept of decisive points. In a number of battles the Federals were able to leverage their superior technology, including steam power and rifled artillery, in a way that made the Confederate coastal defenses highly vulnerable, if not obsolete. On the other hand, when the Federals encountered Confederate resistance at close-quarters they often experienced difficulties, as in the failures at Fort Fisher, the debacle at Battery Wagner, the Battle of Olustee, and in other clashes.
What makes this book particularly unique is its use of modern military doctrine to assess and analyze the campaigns. Kevin Dougherty, an accomplished historian and former career Army officer, concludes that, without knowing it, the Navy Board did an excellent job at following modern strategic doctrine. While the multitude of small battles that flared along the Rebel coast throughout the Civil War have heretofore not been as well known as the more titanic inland battles, in a cumulative sense, Anaconda—the most prolonged of the Union campaigns—spelled doom for the Confederacy.
Sister States, Enemy States
10 August 2013, 11:03
2012 | EPUB | 2.08MB
Kentucky and Tennessee were mirror images of one another during the Civil War. Both were slave states with large numbers of Union and Confederate sympathizers. Kentuckians and Tennesseans suffered the same hardships as the armies waged war in their homeland. Bound to each other and to the South by their common culture, economy, and values, the people of these two states found themselves on opposing sides at the most critical time in American history.
In Sister States, Enemy States, many distinguished historians examine the social, political, and economic impact of the war on the people of both states, including disenfranchised groups such as women, refugees, and African Americans. A significant addition to the study of the Civil War in the Bluegrass and Volunteer states, Sister States, Enemy States promises to find a wide audience among scholars and general readers alike.
Abraham Lincoln, Kentucky African Americans
10 August 2013, 11:00
2012 | EPUB | 2.39MB
A collection of essays discussing African Americans in Kentucky and their relationship with Abraham Lincoln and his policies.
Part I: Abraham Lincoln, America's "Agent of Change"
Part II: "The Lincolns, Slavery and Opening of the West"
Part III: Kentucky African Americans And the Constitution
Part IV: Kentucky and the Civil War
New Civil War Handbook: Facts and Photos
10 August 2013, 10:54
2011 | EPUB | 11.09MB
The New Civil War Handbook: Facts and Photos from America's Greatest Conflict is a complete up-to-date guide for American Civil War enthusiasts of all ages. Author Mark Hughes uses clear and concise writing, tables, charts, and more than 100 photographs to trace the history of the war from the beginning of the conflict through Reconstruction.
Coverage includes battles and campaigns, the common soldier, technology, weapons, women and minorities at war, hospitals, prisons, generals, the naval war, artillery, and much more. In addition to these important areas, Hughes includes a fascinating section about the Civil War online, including popular blog sites and other Internet resources. Reference material in The New Civil War Handbook includes losses in battles, alternate names for battles, major causes of death of Union soldiers (no data exists for Confederates), deaths in POW camps, and other valuable but hard to locate information.
Civil War buffs will find The New Civil War Handbook to be an invaluable quick reference guide, and one that makes an excellent gift for both the Civil War novice and the Civil War buff.
Sickles at Gettysburg
10 August 2013, 10:37
2011 | EPUB | 5.56MB
Winner of The Bachelder-Coddington Literary Award, 2009, given by the Robert E. Lee Civil War Round Table of Central New Jersey.
Sickles at Gettysburg: The Controversial Civil War General Who Committed Murder, Abandoned Little Round Top, and Declared Himself the Hero of Gettysburg', by licensed battlefield guide James Hessler, is the most deeply-researched, full-length biography to appear on this remarkable American icon. And it is long overdue.
No individual who fought at Gettysburg was more controversial, both personally and professionally, than Major General Daniel E. Sickles. By 1863, Sickles was notorious as a disgraced former Congressman who murdered his wife's lover on the streets of Washington and used America's first temporary insanity defense to escape justice. With his political career in ruins, Sickles used his connections with President Lincoln to obtain a prominent command in the Army of the Potomac's Third Corps—despite having no military experience. At Gettysburg, he openly disobeyed orders in one of the most controversial decisions in military history.
No single action dictated the battlefield strategies of George Meade and Robert E. Lee more than Sickles' unauthorized advance to the Peach Orchard, and the mythic defense of Little Round Top might have occurred quite differently were it not for General Sickles. Fighting heroically, Sickles lost his leg on the field and thereafter worked to remove General Meade from command of the army. Sickles spent the remainder of his checkered life declaring himself the true hero of Gettysburg.
Although he nearly lost the battle, Sickles was one of the earliest guardians of the battlefield when he returned to Congress, created Gettysburg National Military Park, and helped preserve the field for future generations. But Dan Sickles was never far from scandal. He was eventually removed from the New York Monument Commission and nearly went to jail for misappropriation of funds.
Hessler's critically acclaimed biography is a balanced and entertaining account of Sickles' colorful life. Civil War enthusiasts who want to understand General Sickles' scandalous life, Gettysburg's battlefield strategies, the in-fighting within the Army of the Potomac, and the development of today's National Park will find Sickles at Gettysburg a must-read.
The View from the Ground: Experiences of Civil War Soldiers
10 August 2013, 10:33
2012 | EPUB | 1.39MB
With an Afterword by Joseph T. Glatthaar The View from the Ground brings together the perspectives of Civil War soldiers on all aspects of the conflict, revealing as much about nineteenth-century America as it does about the war itself. The contributors investigate the issues engaged by soldiers during the war, including slavery and racial tensions, the isolation that many men of faith felt in the early months of the war, the divide between soldiers and civilians, and the inherent difficulty in reconciling the act of killing with Christian precepts of charity and peacefulness. They also explore the ways veterans remembered the war.
The View from the Ground shows that soldiers willfully shaped the course of the war, as soldiers and as citizens. The result is a collection that illustrates how new questions and fresh analyses of participants' lives and writings can expand our knowledge of our nation's greatest conflict.
The Words of War
10 August 2013, 10:29
2011 | EPUB | 7.32MB
In the media, political perspective often alters the view of reality. The Words of War illustrates this by placing in juxtaposition the reportage of The New York Times and The Charleston Mercury's coverage of eighteen battles from Fort Sumter to Appomattox Court House. Following each battle's coverage is a synopsis of each battle as the modern historian looks back at it.Setting up each battle's coverage is a commentary by the author in which he provides interesting background information on some of the individuals participating in the action.
Sketches by war artists sent by Harper's Weekly and Frank Leslie's Illustrated Magazine lend visual color to each battle's coverage. The Words of War contains an index and bibliography.
10 August 2013, 10:26
2012 | EPUB | 5.94MB
Kentucky's first settlers brought with them a dedication to democracy and a sense of limitless hope about the future. Determined to participate in world progress in science, education, and manufacturing, Kentuckians wanted to make the United States a great nation. They strongly supported the War of 1812, and Kentucky emerged as a model of patriotism and military spirit.
Kentucky Rising: Democracy, Slavery, and Culture from the Early Republic to the Civil War offers a new synthesis of the sixty years before the Civil War. James A. Ramage and Andrea S. Watkins explore this crucial but often overlooked period, finding that the early years of statehood were an era of great optimism and progress. Drawing on a wealth of primary and secondary sources, Ramage and Watkins demonstrate that the eyes of the nation often focused on Kentucky, which was perceived as a leader among the states before the Civil War. Globally oriented Kentuckians were determined to transform the frontier into a network of communities exporting to the world market and dedicated to the new republic. Kentucky Rising offers a valuable new perspective on the eras of slavery and the Civil War.
America Between the Civil War and the 20th Century
10 August 2013, 10:21
2012 | EPUB | 9.7MB
The newly reunified United States experienced a tenuous peace following the American Civil War. It was a period characterized by great technological advances, but also by increased political, economic, and social polarization. This penetrating look at American history between the Civil War and 20th century includes firsthand accounts that reveal the prevailing ideologies of the time and shed light on significant people and events.
The American Civil War and Reconstruction: 1850 to 1890
10 August 2013, 10:19
2011 | EPUB | 7.01MB
While the United States represents freedom to many, much of its history tragically includes the enslavement of a large portion of its population. When the fight for emancipation came to an epic head, civil war ensued and the country was divided as never before. Inflamed passions on both sides of the slavery debate inspired fervent rhetoric, much of which is reflected in the primary source documents interspersed with the text in this thought-provoking volume, which chronicles the events of the American Civil War and the Reconstruction period that followed.
Morgan's Great Raid
10 August 2013, 10:18
2013 | EPUB | 3.87MB
A military operation unlike any other on American soil, Morgan’s Raid was characterized by incredible speed, superhuman endurance and innovative tactics. One of the nation’s most colorful leaders, Confederate general John Hunt Morgan, took his cavalry through enemy-occupied territory in three states in one of the longest offensives of the Civil War. The effort produced the only battles fought north of the Ohio River and reached farther north than any other regular Confederate force. With twenty-five maps and more than forty illustrations, Morgan’s Raid historian David L. Mowery takes a new look at this unprecedented event in American history, one historians rank among the world’s greatest land-based raids since Elizabethan times.
Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the 21st Century
10 August 2013, 10:15
2013 | EPUB | 15.02MB
Through a series of lively and absorbing portraits of iconic modern Chinese leaders and thinkers, two of today's foremost specialists on China provide a panoramic narrative of this country's rise to preeminence that is at once analytical and personal. How did a nation, after a long and painful period of dynastic decline, intellectual upheaval, foreign occupation, civil war, and revolution, manage to burst forth onto the world stage with such an impressive run of hyperdevelopment and wealth creation--culminating in the extraordinary dynamism of China today?
Wealth and Power answers this question by examining the lives of eleven influential officials, writers, activists, and leaders whose contributions helped create modern China. This fascinating survey begins in the lead-up to the first Opium War with Wei Yuan, the nineteenth-century scholar and reformer who was one of the first to urge China to borrow ideas from the West. It concludes in our time with human-rights advocate and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, an outspoken opponent of single-party rule. Along the way, we meet such titans of Chinese history as the Empress Dowager Cixi, public intellectuals Feng Guifen, Liang Qichao, and Chen Duxiu, Nationalist stalwarts Sun Yat-sen and Chiang Kai-shek, and Communist Party leaders Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Zhu Rongji.
The common goal that unites all of these disparate figures is their determined pursuit of fuqiang, "wealth and power." This abiding quest for a restoration of national greatness in the face of a "century of humiliation" at the hands of the Great Powers came to define the modern Chinese character. It's what drove both Mao and Deng to embark on root-and-branch transformations of Chinese society, first by means of Marxism-Leninism, then by authoritarian capitalism. And this determined quest remains the key to understanding many of China's actions today.
By unwrapping the intellectual antecedents of today's resurgent China, Orville Schell and John Delury supply much-needed insight into the country's tortured progression from nineteenth-century decline to twenty-first-century boom. By looking backward into the past to understand forces at work for hundreds of years, they help us understand China today and the future that this singular country is helping shape for all of us.
Fabergé's Eggs: The Extraordinary Story of the Masterpieces
10 August 2013, 10:12
2008 | EPUB | 5.02MB
In Stradivari's Genius, Toby Faber charted the fascinating course of some of the world's most prized musical instruments. Now, in this enthralling new book, he tells the story of objects that are, to many, the pinnacle of the jeweler's art: the Fabergé imperial eggs.
The Easter presents that Russia's last two czars gave to their czarinas have become synonymous with privilege, beauty, and an almost provocative uselessness. They are perhaps the most redolent symbols of the old empire's phenomenal craftsmanship, of the decadence of its court, and of the upheavals that brought about its inevitable downfall. Fabergé's Eggs is the first book to recount the remarkable story of these masterpieces, taking us from the circumstances that inspired each egg's design, through their disappearance in the trauma of revolution, to their eventual reemergence in the global marketplace.
In 1885, Carl Fabergé created a seemingly plain white egg for Czar Alexander III to give to his beloved wife, Marie Fedorovna. It was the surprises hidden inside that made it special: a diamond miniature of the Imperial crown and a ruby pendant. This gift began a tradition that would last for more than three decades: lavishly extravagant eggs commemorating public events that, in retrospect, seem little more than staging posts on the march to revolution. Above all, the eggs illustrate the attitudes that would ultimately lead to the downfall of the Romanovs: their apparent indifference to the poverty that choked their country, their preference for style over substance, and, during the reign of Nicholas II, their all-consuming concern with the health of the czarevitch Alexis, the sickly heir to the throne--a preoccupation that would propel them toward Rasputin and the doom of the dynasty.
More than a superb new account of a classic tragedy, Fabergé's Eggs illuminates some fascinating aspects of twentieth-century history. The eggs' amazing journey from revolutionary Russia features a cast of characters including embattled Bolsheviks, acquisitive British royals, eccentric artifact salesmen, and such famous business and society figures as Arm and Hammer, Marjorie Merriweather Post, and Malcolm Forbes. Finally, Toby Faber tantalizingly suggests that some of the eggs long thought lost may eventually emerge.
Darting from the palaces of a besieged Russia to the showcases of New York's modern mega-wealthy, Fabergé's Eggs weaves a story unparalleled in its drama and extravagance.
Always Looking: Essays on Art
10 August 2013, 10:10
2012 | EPUB | 49.18MB
In this posthumous collection of John Updike’s art writings, a companion volume to the acclaimed Just Looking (1989) and Still Looking (2005), readers are again treated to “remarkably elegant essays” (Newsday) in which “the psychological concerns of the novelist drive the eye from work to work until a deep understanding of the art emerges” (The New York Times Book Review).
Always Looking opens with “The Clarity of Things,” the Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities for 2008. Here, in looking closely at individual works by Copley, Homer, Eakins, Norman Rockwell, and others, the author teases out what is characteristically “American” in American art. This talk is followed by fourteen essays, most of them written for The New York Review of Books, on certain highlights in Western art of the last two hundred years: the iconic portraits of Gilbert Stuart and the sublime landscapes of Frederic Edwin Church, the series paintings of Monet and the monotypes of Degas, the richly patterned canvases of Vuillard and the golden extravagances of Klimt, the cryptic triptychs of Beckmann, the personal graffiti of Miró, the verbal-visual puzzles of Magritte, and the monumental Pop of Oldenburg and Lichtenstein. The book ends with a consideration of recent works by a living American master, the steely sculptural environments of Richard Serra.
John Updike was a gallery-goer of genius. Always Looking is, like everything else he wrote, an invitation to look, to see, to apprehend the visual world through the eyes of a connoisseur.
An Old-Fashioned Christmas
10 August 2013, 10:05
2007 | EPUB | 7.71MB
In the tradition of Holidays on Ice and Bad Santa, Patrick Regan counters saccharine seasonal sentiment with a dose of holiday-noir.
Remember Christmases of old? Simpler times, when four-year-old orphans were used for market research and Santa could call a pretty elf Sweet Cheeks and not get slapped with a sexual harassment suit?
In An Old-Fashioned Christmas, author Patrick Regan collects images from the golden days of Christmas and pairs them with wryly sardonic captions to offer a reminder of what Christmas is really all about-namely, hobos, orphans, boozed-up Santas, pill-popping housewives, and the shattered dreams of adorable children.
Fans of Regan's The Book of Bad Habits will take twisted delight in his skewering of the most cherished (and overstuffed) holiday of all. The 1940s, '50s, and '60s-vintage photos are odd enough on their own, but when Regan's caustic captions start flying, no tradition is safe from mockery.
Christmas just ain't what it used to be, and judging from the subversive gems in this more naughty-than-nice book, we should all be extremely grateful for that.
It's Kind of a Cute Story
10 August 2013, 10:03
2012 | MOBI | 6.52MB
The Imagineers, those men and women who helped Walt Disney bring his creations to life, have achieved legendary status among theme park enthusiasts.
IT'S KIND OF A CUTE STORY is the life story of one of the most beloved Imagineers, Rolly Crump. Covering his long and varied career, including designing some of Disney's most famous attractions and working directly with Walt himself, Rolly's stories weave into a lighthearted yet riveting narrative of his life and accomplishments.Packed with over 200 photos, many of which have never been seen before, IT'S KIND OF A CUTE STORY is a tribute to the life and work of a true original.
Bridal Fashion 1900-1950
10 August 2013, 10:02
2012 | EPUB | 9.8MB
From homespun to haute couture, the dresses worn by American brides in the first half of the twentieth century had myriad influences. In Bridal Fashion 1900--1950, living-history expert Kathleen York takes readers on an elegant journey back in time, marking the changes that economics, popular culture, and even politics have made to style over the years. Both brides-to-be looking for inspiration and nostalgia-seekers will enjoy this lavishly illustrated tour of an era that saw the average wedding evolve from a simple affair for a few family members into a dazzling, and often expensive, gala for hundreds of guests.
Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen
10 August 2013, 10:00
2011 | EPUB | 6.18MB
The broader Regency period 1795-1820 stands alone as an incredible moment in fashion history unlike anything that went before or after. It was the most naked period since Ancient Greece and before the 1960s, and for the first time England became a fashion influence, especially for menswear, and became the toast of Paris. With the ancient regime deposed, court dress became secondary and the season by season flux of fashion as we know it came into being, aided and abetted by the proliferation of new ladies' magazines.
Such an age of revolution and innovation inspired a flood of fashions taking influence from everything including the newly discovered treasures of the ancient world, to radical new ideas like democracy. It was an era of contradiction immortalized by Jane Austen, who adeptly used the newfound diversity of fashion to enliven her characters, Wickham's military splendor, Mr. Darcy's understated elegance, and Miss Tilney's romantic fixation with white muslin.
The pH Miracle for Weight Loss
10 August 2013, 09:55
2006 | EPUB | 3.32MB
Let's start with simple math. How many excess pounds do you need to shed to achieve your ideal, healthy weight-10, 30, 100? Whatever your answer, multiply it by two. You now have the Maximum number of days it will take you to reach your goal, if you follow... Despite what you may believe, weight loss is not about fat grams, cholesterol, carbs, or calories. It's all about acid. According to Dr. Robert Young, renowned microbiologist and nutritionist, reaching your ideal weight is simply a matter of maintaining the delicate pH balance of the blood. In this latest entry in the successful pH Miracle series, Dr. Young and his wife, chef Shelley Redford Young, offer a simple 7-step lifestyle program to balance your body chemistry, change your shape, and slim down to your ideal body weight-naturally and permanently. Best of all, you'll be able to eliminate unnecessary fat cells forever. From the science behind the plan to the dietary do's and don'ts (along with recipes), a detailed exercise plan, and dozens of dramatic real-life before-and-after photos, this program lays the groundwork for long-term success.
- How drinking the right water can help you lose weight
- Why you should ignore the fat phobes and keep plenty of healthy oils in your diet
- Which common foods make your body more alkaline-and which ones make it more acidic
- How exercise can actually make you fat-unless you do it the right way
- The benefits of having your blood analyzed at the microscopic level
- How you can build lean muscle and maintain healthy bones without loading up on proteins and dairy... and much more!
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils
10 August 2013, 09:51
2013 | EPUB | 1.02MB
The definitive A-Z reference guide to essential aromatherapy oils. Aromatherapy expert Julia Lawless shares her extensive knowledge in this detailed and systematic survey of more than 190 essential aromatherapy oils. From commonly used oils such as lavender and tea tree oils to the more obscure oils including deertounge, oakmoss, cananga, and angelica, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils offers a wide variety of uses and cures for everything from wrinkles to kidney stones.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils gives detailed information on the most commonly available and widely used flower oils and aromatics including:
- The exact origins, synonyms, and related plants
- Methods of extraction
- The herbal/folk tradition for each plant
- The uses of each plant
- Aromatherapy applications
- Home and commercial uses
This easy-to-use volume lets you access essential information in a variety of ways with a Therapeutic Index, a Botanical Index, and Botanical Classifications, plus safety information.
Natural Beauty: Homemade Recipes for Radiant Skin & Hair
10 August 2013, 09:49
2013 | EPUB | 3.35MB
Combining a wealth of tips and 75 recipes for all-natural beauty aids, using nothing but pure ingredients direct from Mother Nature, with a philosophical approach to beauty as the foremost purpose of human existence, Natural Beauty inspires readers to pursue a natural, healthful approach to caring for their mind, body and soul.
For Elizabeth TenHouten, the pursuit of beauty is cyclical: "We exist in a parallel state of reaching for beauty. So, this dialectical tension of reaching for and returning to beauty is the cyclical state of beauty." In her new book, Natural Beauty, TenHouten lays out a philosophy of beauty that encompasses physical, mental and spiritual well-being, an integrated approach that addresses the whole person. Natural Beauty includes a wide variety of all-natural beauty tips and tricks drawing on everyday ingredients with amazing healthful properties.
The Old Fashioned
10 August 2013, 09:48
2013 | EPUB | 1.39MB
American tavern owners caused a sensation in the late eighteenth century when they mixed sugar, water, bitters, and whiskey and served the drink with rooster feather stirrers. The modern version of this "original cocktail," widely known as the Old Fashioned, is a standard in any bartender's repertoire and holds the distinction of being the only mixed drink ever to rival the Martini in popularity.
In The Old Fashioned, Gourmand Award—winning author Albert W. A. Schmid profiles the many people and places that have contributed to the drink's legend since its origin. This satisfying book explores the history of the Old Fashioned through its ingredients and accessories — a rocks glass, rye whiskey or bourbon, sugar, bitters, and orange zest to garnish — and details the cocktail's surprising influence on the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel and the Broadway musical scene, as well as its curious connection to the SAT college entrance examination.
Schmid also considers the impact of various bourbons on the taste of the drink and reviews the timeless debate about whether to muddle. This spirited guide is an entertaining and refreshing read, featuring a handpicked selection of recipes along with delicious details about the particularities that arose with each new variation. Perfect for anyone with a passion for mixology or bourbon, The Old Fashioned is a cocktail book for all seasons.
Fast and Simple Gluten-Free
10 August 2013, 09:46
2012 | EPUB | 49.78MB
Comforting Meals Everyone Will Love—Made in No Time!
Getting a hot, delicious, gluten-free meal to the table every night can seem like a challenge when time and growling stomachs are demanding food now! But you can turn the tables from stressed to dressed in no time with Fast and Simple Gluten-Free, your one-stop solution to creating fast, family-friendly meals in a half hour or less.
Inside, you’ll find more than 100 truly inspiring recipes for everything from Carrot Cake Pancakes with Cream Cheese Frosting to Green Chicken Enchiladas and Quinoa Tabbouleh, with many recipes requiring just 20 minutes or less from start to fork.
Author, mom, and g-free blogger Gretchen Brown will show you just how easy it is to create wholesome, wheat-free meals that you can feel good about—and that your family will love. Through streamlined ingredient lists and simple yet effective cooking techniques, you’ll learn how to pull together delicious dishes that taste as if you’ve spent hours slaving away in the kitchen, even though you haven’t! From classic dishes like burgers, pizzas, and pot pies to fresh and exciting new takes, you’ll find recipes that will make everyone happy, including:
- Tarragon-Lemon Chicken Salad
- Chocolate Chili
- Mozzarella Pizza with Pine Nuts, Currants, and Arugula
- Pork Tacos with Avocado and Tomato Salsa
- Cumin-Turkey Burgers
- Mocha Chocolate Fudge Cakes
- Lemon-Lime Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust
Nourish yourself and your family the stress-free way with Fast and Simple Gluten-Free. Great meals are just minutes away!
Making Quick Breads (Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-135)
10 August 2013, 09:34
2010 | EPUB | 1.84MB
Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.
Fertilizers for Free Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletin A-203
10 August 2013, 09:29
2010 | EPUB | 2.55MB
Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.
Number Words and Number Symbols
10 August 2013, 09:29
2011 | EPUB | 15.47MB
Classic study discusses number sequence and language and explores written numerals and computations in many cultures.
The historian of mathematics will find much to interest him here both in the contents and viewpoint, while the casual reader is likely to be intrigued by the author's superior narrative ability.
Euler's Gem The Polyhedron Formula and the Birth of Topology
10 August 2013, 09:26
2012 | EPUB | 4.62MB
Leonhard Euler's polyhedron formula describes the structure of many objects--from soccer balls and gemstones to Buckminster Fuller's buildings and giant all-carbon molecules. Yet Euler's formula is so simple it can be explained to a child. Euler's Gem tells the illuminating story of this indispensable mathematical idea.
From ancient Greek geometry to today's cutting-edge research, Euler's Gem celebrates the discovery of Euler's beloved polyhedron formula and its far-reaching impact on topology, the study of shapes. In 1750, Euler observed that any polyhedron composed of V vertices, E edges, and F faces satisfies the equation V-E+F=2. David Richeson tells how the Greeks missed the formula entirely; how Descartes almost discovered it but fell short; how nineteenth-century mathematicians widened the formula's scope in ways that Euler never envisioned by adapting it for use with doughnut shapes, smooth surfaces, and higher dimensional shapes; and how twentieth-century mathematicians discovered that every shape has its own Euler's formula. Using wonderful examples and numerous illustrations, Richeson presents the formula's many elegant and unexpected applications, such as showing why there is always some windless spot on earth, how to measure the acreage of a tree farm by counting trees, and how many crayons are needed to color any map.
Filled with a who's who of brilliant mathematicians who questioned, refined, and contributed to a remarkable theorem's development, Euler's Gem will fascinate every mathematics enthusiast.