The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance [Audiobook]

The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance [Audiobook]
The Periodic Table: Its Story and Its Significance [Audiobook] by Eric R Scerri, read by James Adams
2011 | MP3 VBR | 12 hrs 16 mins | 333.88MB

The periodic table is one of the most potent icons in science. It lies at the core of chemistry and embodies the most fundamental principles of the field. The one definitive text on the development of the periodic table by van Spronsen (1969), has been out of print for a considerable time. The present book provides a successor to van Spronsen, but goes further in giving an evaluation of the extent to which modern physics has, or has not, explained the periodic system. The book is written in a lively style to appeal to experts and interested lay-persons alike.

The Periodic Table begins with an overview of the importance of the periodic table and of the elements and it examines the manner in which the term 'element' has been interpreted by chemists and philosophers. The book then turns to a systematic account of the early developments that led to the classification of the elements including the work of Lavoisier, Boyle and Dalton and Cannizzaro. The precursors to the periodic system, like Döbereiner and Gmelin, are discussed. In chapter 3 the discovery of the periodic system by six independent scientists is examined in detail.

Two chapters are devoted to the discoveries of Mendeleev, the leading discoverer, including his predictions of new elements and his accommodation of already existing elements. Chapters 6 and 7 consider the impact of physics including the discoveries of radioactivity and isotopy and successive theories of the electron including Bohr's quantum theoretical approach. Chapter 8 discusses the response to the new physical theories by chemists such as Lewis and Bury who were able to draw on detailed chemical knowledge to correct some of the early electronic configurations published by Bohr and others.

Chapter 9 provides a critical analysis of the extent to which modern quantum mechanics is, or is not, able to explain the periodic system from first principles. Finally, chapter 10 considers the way that the elements evolved following the Big Bang and in the interior of stars. The book closes with an examination of further chemical aspects including lesser known trends within the periodic system such as the knight's move relationship and secondary periodicity, as well at attempts to explain such trends.

The Synchronicity Key [Audiobook]

The Synchronicity Key [Audiobook]
The Synchronicity Key: The Hidden Intelligence Guiding the Universe and You [Audiobook] by David Wilcock
2013 | M4B | 21 hrs 28 mins | 371.09MB

New York Times bestselling author David Wilcock unlocks the key to a universal life force that is influencing and guiding humanity toward enlightenment.

With The Source Field Investigations, David Wilcock joined Graham Hancock and Lynne McTaggart as a leading writer exploring the intersection of ancient mysteries and new science. He used cutting-edge alternative science to delve into the mysteries behind the 2012 prophecies, and readers embraced his findings: The Source Field Investigations was a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller. In his new book, The Synchronicity Key, Wilcock embarks on an astonishing investigation into what lies beyond those prophecies—finding proof that everything in our lives is not only connected, it all influences everything else.

Using history, astrology, and synchronicity theory as well as concepts such as fractals, spiritual geometry, quantum physics, and other new research, Wilcock shows that there is a hidden architecture within time, guiding individuals and nations through a system of enlightenment Joseph Campbell called the Hero’s Journey. Historical events occur in shockingly precise, repeating cycles of time as a result. Once we understand and identify the hidden laws governing the fates of individuals and nations through seemingly random “synchronicity,” we are left with a remarkable blueprint of how best to lead our lives spiritually in the post-2012 world.

The Source Field Investigations [Audiobook]

The Source Field Investigations [Audiobook]
The Source Field Investigations: The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations Behind the 2012 Prophecies [Audiobook] by David Wilcock
2012 | M4A + EPUB | 19 hrs 26 mins | 272.67MB

“Prepare yourself for a guided tour through the most incredible scientific mysteries of the world”

A stunning synthesis of hidden science and lost prophecies, The Source Field Investigations exposes many great secrets: DNA transformation, consciousness science, wormholes, stargate travel, sacred geometry, ancient conspiracies, multidimensional time, the Maya calendar, and a stunning new model of galactic energy fields triggering mental, biological, and spiritual evolution. More than two million people have seen David Wilcock’s incredible tour of the 2012 prophecies in his Internet documentary, The 2012 Enigma.

Now, he expands his vision with a cutting-edge investigation into alternative sciences with deep insights into what is coming in our future. Unlike the apoca-lyptic viewpoints depicted in big-budget disaster films, Wilcock believes that 2012 will be a water-mark for widespread acceptance of a greater reality — and in his book, he lays out many of the blueprints for such a Golden Age.

The Fire Outside My Window

The Fire Outside My Window
The Fire Outside My Window: A Survivor Tells the True Story of California's Epic Cedar Fire by Sandra Millers Younger
2013 | EPUB | 4.72MB

The Fire Outside My Window reveals the story of the Cedar Fire, the largest fire in California's recorded history, which ravaged the San Diego area in late 2003, burning nearly 280,000 acres, destroying more than 2,200 homes and hundreds of other buildings, and killing 15 people.

Leaving her doomed home the night of the catastrophe, the author, Sandra Millers Younger, drove through flames and, along with her husband, was saved by a bobcat that showed her the road she couldn't see through dense smoke. With this revealing narrative, she takes readers into the heart of an epic firefight, telling the stories of fire managers and air tanker pilots trying to combat a catastrophe bigger than they had ever imagined, and recounting both survivors' and victims' desperate efforts to escape flames moving faster than fire engines could drive. And she tells the story of the hapless hunter who got lost in the backcountry, with little water and no cell phone or GPS device, and started a signal fire that caused the calamity.

Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story

Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story
Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story by Jose Baez, Peter Golenbock
2012 | EPUB | 2.68MB

New York Times bestseller Presumed Guilty exposes shocking, never-before revealed, exclusive information from the trial of the century and the verdict that shocked the nation.

When Caylee Anthony was reported missing in Orlando, Florida, in July 2008, the public spent the next three years following the investigation and the eventual trial of her mother, Casey Anthony. On July 5, 2011, the case that captured headlines worldwide exploded when, against all odds, defense attorney Jose Baez delivered one of the biggest legal upsets in American history: a not-guilty verdict.

In this tell-all, Baez shares secrets the defense knew but has not disclosed to anyone until now and frankly reveals his experiences throughout the entire case—discovering the evidence, meeting Casey Anthony for the first time, being with George and Cindy Anthony day after day, leading defense strategy meetings, and spending weeks in the judge’s chambers.

Presumed Guilty shows how Baez, a struggling, high-school dropout, became one of the nation’s most high-profile defense attorneys through his tireless efforts to seek justice for one of the country’s most vilified murder suspects.

Original Gangster

Original Gangster
Original Gangster: The Real Life Story of One of America's Most Notorious Drug Lords by Frank Lucas, Aliya S King
2010 | PDF | 44.33MB

A suspenseful memoir from the real life American gangster, Frank Lucas.

In his own words, Frank Lucas recounts his life as the former heroin dealer and organized crime boss who ran Harlem during the late 1960s and early 1970s. From being taken under the wing of old time gangster Bumpy Johnson, through one of the most successful drug smuggling operations, to being sentenced to seventy years in prison, Original Gangster is a chilling look at the rise and fall of a modern legacy.

Frank Lucas realized that in order to gain the kind of success he craved he would have to break the monopoly that the Italian mafia held in New York. So Frank cut out middlemen and began smuggling heroin into the United States directly from his source in the Golden Triangle by using coffins. Making a million dollars per day selling “Blue Magic”—what was known as the purest heroin on the street—Frank Lucas became one of the most powerful crime lords of his time, while rubbing shoulders with the elite in entertainment, politics, and crime. After his arrest, Federal Judge Sterling Johnson, the special narcotics prosecutor in New York at the time of Lucas’ crimes, called Lucas and his operation “one of the most outrageous international dope-smuggling gangs ever, an innovator who got his own connections outside the U.S. and then sold the narcotics himself in the street.”

This powerful memoir reveals what really happened to the man whose career was dramatized in the 2007 feature film American Gangster, exposing a startling look at the world of organized crime.

Delivered from Evil

Delivered from Evil
Delivered from Evil: True Stories of Ordinary People Who Faced Monstrous Mass Killers and Survived by Ron Franscell
2011 | EPUB | 11.46MB

A 12-year-old boy cowers in his closet while a lunatic killer slaughters his family . . . a nursing student unwittingly opens her home to the serial killer on her front porch . . . an 11-year-old girl drifts alone at sea on a flimsy cork raft for almost four days after a mass murderer kills her vacationing family aboard a chartered yacht . . . a brave firefighter suddenly finds himself in the crosshairs of a racist sniper almost nine stories above the ground . . .

And, astonishingly, they all survived.

From Howard Unruh’s 1949 shooting rampage through a quiet New Jersey neighborhood to Louisiana serial killer Derrick Todd Lee’s reign of terror in 2002, the corpses piled up and few lived to tell the horror. Now, award-winning journalist Ron Franscell explores the wounded hearts and minds of the ordinary people these monsters couldn’t kill. His mesmerizing accounts crackle with gritty details that put the reader in the midst of the carnage—and offer a front-row seat on the complex, painful process of surviving the rest of their haunted lives. In intimate, gripping prose, Franscell takes the reader on a pulse-pounding dash through the murky intersection of pure evil and the potency of the human spirit. This journey into the darkest corners of the American crime-scape is a penetrating work of literary journalism by a writer hailed as one of the most powerful new voices in true crime.

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes [Audiobook]

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes [Audiobook]
The Devil and Sherlock Holmes [Audiobook] by David Grann, read by Mark Deakins
2010 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 01 min | 358.18MB

Acclaimed New Yorker writer and author of the breakout debut bestseller The Lost City of Z, David Grann offers a collection of spellbinding narrative journalism.

Whether he’s reporting on the infiltration of the murderous Aryan Brotherhood into the U.S. prison system, tracking down a chameleon con artist in Europe, or riding in a cyclone- tossed skiff with a scientist hunting the elusive giant squid, David Grann revels in telling stories that explore the nature of obsession and that piece together true and unforgettable mysteries.

Each of the dozen stories in this collection reveals a hidden and often dangerous world and, like Into Thin Air and The Orchid Thief, pivots around the gravitational pull of obsession and the captivating personalities of those caught in its grip. There is the world’s foremost expert on Sherlock Holmes who is found dead in mysterious circumstances; an arson sleuth trying to prove that a man about to be executed is innocent; and sandhogs racing to complete the brutally dangerous job of building New York City’s water tunnels before the old system collapses. Throughout, Grann’s hypnotic accounts display the power—and often the willful perversity—of the human spirit.

Compulsively readable, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes is a brilliant mosaic of ambition, madness, passion, and folly.

Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion

Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion
Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion: From Reagan's Workplaces to Clinton's Columbine and Beyond by Mark Ames
2005 | EPUB | 442.85KB

Going Postal examines the phenomenon of rage murder that took America by storm in the early 1980's and has since grown yearly in body counts and symbolic value. By looking at massacres in schools and offices as post-industrial rebellions, Mark Ames is able to juxtapose the historical place of rage in America with the social climate after Reaganomics began to effect worker's paychecks. But why high schools? Why post offices?

Mark Ames examines the most fascinating and unexpected cases, crafting a convincing argument for workplace massacres as modern day slave rebellions. Like slave rebellions, rage massacres are doomed, gory, sometimes inadvertently comic, and grossly misunderstood. Going Postal seeks to contextualize this violence in a world where working isn't—and doesn’t pay—what it used to. Part social critique and part true crime page-turner, Going Postal answers the questions asked by commentators on the nightly news and films such as Bowling for Columbine.

The Gun Digest Book of the Tactical Shotgun

The Gun Digest Book of the Tactical Shotgun
The Gun Digest Book of the Tactical Shotgun by Scott W Wagner
2011 | EPUB | 14.51MB

Your one-stop guide to tactical shotguns: Selection. Modifications. Accessories.

Tactical Shotgun is the essential guide to selecting and using a shotgun for defense. Whether your concern is self-defense, home defense or law enforcement, author Scott Wagner's advice will help you make informed decisions. Here he offers an experienced point of view on many makes and models of tactical shotguns, along with information on ammunition and the many accessories available.

Find out:

  • What is a "tactical" shotgun?
  • Pump action, semi-auto or double?
  • What's the best choice for home defense?
  • Which features are valued by law enforcement?
  • Wagner also reviews some fun specialty ammo (learn which exotic load promised quite a show, but ultimately fizzled), and performs some very revealing backyard ballistics testing.

A People's History of the Supreme Court

A People's History of the Supreme Court
A People's History of the Supreme Court: The Men and Women Whose Cases and Decisions Have Shaped OurConstitution [Revised Edition] by Peter Irons
2006 | EPUB | 1.41MB

The savvy, chatty author of The Courage of Their Convictions brings us a scholarly reckoning of the 200-plus years of decisions made by the highest court in the land. Not surprisingly (and justifiably, given his erudite arguments), Peter H. Irons represents the court's work as a never-ending appeal of the powerless to the powerful: of the just over 100 supreme justices who have sat on the court, all but two have been white, all but two have been men, and all but seven have been Christian, whereas the supplicants to our nation's highest bar are typically racial minorities, women, and deviants in some way from the religious and social mainstream.

Taking a representative (if not comprehensive) accounting of the Supreme Court's most significant decisions, Irons puts cultural and political context--and a human face--to the parties involved, painting an absorbing and involving picture of landmark cases that readers are likely to recall but not fully understand. Whether he's explicating the tortuous history of freedom-seeking slave Dred Scott or explaining the "a Jap's a Jap" reasoning behind the legal exculpation of World War II internment camps, Irons reminds us of the court's spotted history while still conveying the deep affection he has for it. (Includes a thoughtful appendix with the complete text of the Constitution and suggestions for further reading.) --Paul Hughes

Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth

Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth
Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth by James M Tabor
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.24/5.97MB

The deepest cave on earth was a prize that had remained unclaimed for centuries, long after every other ultimate discovery had been made. This is the story of the men and women who risked everything to find it, earning their place in history beside the likes of Peary, Amundsen, Hillary, and Armstrong.

In 2004, two great scientist-explorers attempted to find the bottom of the world. Bold, American Bill Stone was committed to the vast Cheve Cave, located in southern Mexico and deadly even by supercave standards. On the other side of the globe, legendary Ukrainian explorer Alexander Klimchouk - Stone's opposite in temperament and style - had targeted Krubera, a freezing nightmare of a supercave in the Republic of Georgia.

Blind Descent explores both the brightest and darkest aspects of the timeless human urge to discover - to be first. It is also a thrilling epic about a pursuit that makes even extreme mountaineering and ocean exploration pale by comparison. These supercavers spent months in multiple camps almost two vertical miles deep and many more miles from their caves' exits. They had to contend with thousand-foot drops, deadly flooded tunnels, raging whitewater rivers, monstrous waterfalls, mile-long belly crawls, and much more. Perhaps even worse were the psychological horrors produced by weeks plunged into absolute, perpetual darkness, beyond all hope of rescue, including a particularly insidious derangement called 'The Rapture'.

Blind Descent is a testament to human survival and endurance - and to two extraordinary men whose relentless pursuit of greatness led them to heights of triumph and depths of tragedy neither could have imagined.

The Big Walks of the North

The Big Walks of the North
The Big Walks of the North by David Bathurst
2010 | EPUB | 2.77MB

From the Great Glen Way to the Coast to Coast Path, there is no better way to discover the spectacular diversity of northern Britain's landscape than on foot. Whether you enjoy exploring green and gently rolling dales or tackling rugged mountain paths, there are walks here to keep you rambling all year round. An indefatigable walker, David Bathurst has unlaced his boots to produce this invaluable and definitive companion to the 10 best-loved long-distance footpaths in the north of Britain, with each split into manageable sections. Combining practical, detailed descriptions with an appreciation of the beauty and history of the British countryside, this in an indispensable guide for both experienced and novice walkers alike.

The UK Trailwalker's Handbook [Eighth Edition]

The UK Trailwalker's Handbook [Eighth Edition]
The UK Trailwalker's Handbook [Eighth Edition] by Paul Lawrence, Les Maple, John Sparshatt
2010 | EPUB | 16.75MB

The UK has a network of recognized long-distance hiking routes unrivaled anywhere in the world. Each one links individual footpath sections into a continuous trail that is actively promoted. Some, like The Monarch's Way, are linked with a historical figure and others with a landscape feature such as The Thames or Offa's Dyke.

Compiled by the experts of the UK's Long Distance Walkers' Association, this new edition of the UK Trailwalker's Handbook is an up-to-date directory of all of these routes, across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It combines descriptions and profiles, by region, of hundreds of waymarked routes, including the 19 National Trails and many hundreds more enthusiasts' routes, with holiday ideas, inspirational articles, photographs and overview maps. In all, the guide covers over 700 routes and more than 40,000 miles. Over 16 million people a year walk along these routes and this book provides all the detail you need to plan some great days out hiking!

In the Country of Brooklyn: Inspiration to the World

In the Country of Brooklyn: Inspiration to the World
In the Country of Brooklyn: Inspiration to the World by Peter Golenbock
2008 | EPUB | 4.48MB

One of every seven people in the United States can trace their family back to Brooklyn, New York—all seventy-one square miles of it; home to millions of people from every corner of the globe over the last 150 years. Now Peter Golenbock, the author of the acclaimed book Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers, returns to Kings County to collect the firsthand stories of the life and times of the people of Brooklyn—and how they changed the world.

The nostalgic myth that is Brooklyn is all about egg creams and stickball, and, of course, the Dodgers. The Dodgers left fifty years ago, but Brooklyn is still here—transformed by waves of suburban flight, new immigrants, urban homesteaders, and gentrification. Deep down, Brooklyn has always been about new ideas—freedom and tolerance paramount among them—that have changed the world, all the way back to Lady Deborah Moody, who escaped religious persecution in both Old and New England, and founded Coney Island and the town of Gravesend in the 1600s.

So why was Jackie Robinson embraced by Brooklynites of all colors, and so despised everywhere else? Why was Brooklyn one of the first urban areas to decay into slums—and one of the first to be reborn? And what was it that made Brooklynites fight for their rights, for their country, for their ideas—sometimes to the detriment of their own well-being? In the Country of Brooklyn, filled with rare photos, is history at its very best—engaging, personal, fascinating—a social history and a history of social justice; an oral history of a land and its people spanning the twentieth and twenty-first centuries; a microcosm of how Americans there faced and defeated discrimination, oppression, and unjust laws, and fought for what was right. And the voices and stories are as amazing as they are varied.

Meet:

  • Daily Worker sportswriter Lester Rodney
  • rock and roll DJ "Cousin Brucie" Morrow
  • labor leader Henry Foner
  • Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa
  • journalist and author Pete Hamill
  • Black Panther–turned-politician Charles Barron
  • Hall of Fame baseball player Monte Irvin
  • Spanish Civil War veteran Abe Smorodin
  • borough president Marty Markowitz
  • real estate developer Joseph Sitt
  • jujitsu world champion Robert Crosson
  • songwriter Neil Sedaka
  • NYPD officer John Mackie
  • ACLU president Ira Glasser
  • and many others!

It's Brooklyn as we've never seen it before, a place of social activism, political energy, and creative thinking—a place whose vitality has spread around the world for more than 350 years. And a place where you can still get a decent egg cream.

Walking Brooklyn

Walking Brooklyn
Walking Brooklyn: 30 Tours Exploring Historical Legacies, Neighborhood Culture, Side Streets, and Waterways by Adrienne Onofri
2007 | EPUB | 15.91MB

Adrienne Onofri has created an exceptional guide to and through Brooklyn’s most interesting and notable neighborhoods, providing a mix of information about culture, history, architecture, places to eat, venues to visit, and more. From a walk through the Russian-influenced Brighton Beach, to the expansive Prospect Park, and out to Red Hook, Walking Brooklyn reveals the many layers and sites of Manhattan’s lesser-known neighbor.

This two-color book features 30 routes, a clear neighborhood map for each walk, black-and-white photographs, and critical public transportation information for every trip. Route summaries make each walk easy to follow, and a “Points of Interest” section outlines each walk’s highlights.

Historic Houston Streets: The Stories Behind the Names

Historic Houston Streets: The Stories Behind the Names
Historic Houston Streets: The Stories Behind the Names [Second Edition] by Mark Hinton
2010 | EPUB | 11.7MB

Wind through the Bayou City's colorful past in Marks Hinton's revised and expanded Historic Streets Houston: The Stories Behind the Names. The book tells tales of Houston politics and power, courage and sacrifice, heroes and scoundrels, humor and tragedy, myths and legends-all commemorated by the streets you drive on every day. This extensively researched collection provides an overview of the area's rich history that will make you a fascinating conversationalist or perhaps even inspire you to delve more deeply into the stories behind the signs.

Beyond the Mountain

Beyond the Mountain
Beyond the Mountain by Steve House
2009 | EPUB | 9.23MB

What does it take to be one of the world's best high-altitude mountain climbers? A lot of fundraising; traveling in some of the world's most dangerous countries; enduring cold bivouacs, searing lungs, and a cloudy mind when you can least afford one. It means learning the hard lessons the mountains teach.

Steve House built his reputation on ascents throughout the Alps, Canada, Alaska, the Karakoram and the Himalaya that have expanded possibilities of style, speed, and difficulty. In 2005 Steve and alpinist Vince Anderson pioneered a direct new route on the Rupal Face of 26,600-foot Nanga Parbat, which had never before been climbed in alpine style. It was the third ascent of the face and the achievement earned Steveand Vince the first Piolet d"or (Golden Ice Axe) awarded to North Americans.

Steve is an accomplished and spellbinding storyteller in the tradition of Maurice Herzog and Lionel Terray. Beyond the Mountain is a gripping read destined to be a mountain classic.

I Never Knew That About London

I Never Knew That About London
I Never Knew That About London by Christopher Winn
2011 | EPUB | 8.23MB

In this lavishly illustrated book bestselling author Christopher Winn takes you on a captivating journey around London. Traveling through the villages and districts that made up the world's most dynamic metropolis, I Never Knew That About London unearths the hidden gems of legends, firsts, inventions, adventures, and birthplaces that shape the city's sometimes turbulent past.

See the Chelsea river views that inspired Turner in his final years, explore London's finest country house in Charlton, unearth the secrets of the mother of Parliaments, and discover the village that gave its name to a car and the Russian word for station. With gorgeous colour illustrations throughout, this miscellany reveals the steeple which became the model for the traditional wedding cake, the home of the sandwich, and the house which was home to Handel and Jimi Hendrix. Brimming with stories and snippets, Winn provides a spellbinding insight into the history of the capital. This beautiful book is guaranteed to inform and amuse in equal measure.

The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot [Audiobook]

The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot [Audiobook]
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot [Audiobook] By Robert Macfarlane, read by Robin Sachs
2012 | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 48 mins | 469.27MB

In this exquisitely written book, Robert Macfarlane sets off from his Cambridge, England, home to follow the ancient tracks, holloways, drove roads, and sea paths that crisscross both the British landscape and its waters and territories beyond. The result is an immersive, enthralling exploration of the ghosts and voices that haunt old paths, of the stories our tracks keep and tell, and of pilgrimage and ritual.

Told in Macfarlane's distinctive voice, The Old Ways folds together natural history, cartography, geology, archaeology, and literature. His walks take him from the chalk downs of England to the bird islands of the Scottish northwest, from Palestine to the sacred landscapes of Spain and the Himalayas. Along the way he crosses paths with walkers of many kinds -- wanderers, pilgrims, guides, and artists. Above all this is a book about walking as a journey inward and the subtle ways we are shaped by the landscapes through which we move. Macfarlane discovers that paths offer not just a means of traversing space but of feeling, knowing, and thinking.

Greek Drama and the Invention of Rhetoric

Greek Drama and the Invention of Rhetoric
Greek Drama and the Invention of Rhetoric by David Sansone
2012 | PDF | 3.06MB

“An impressively erudite, elegantly crafted argument for reversing what ‘everybody knows’ about the relation of two literary genres that played before mass audiences in the Athenian city state.”
Victor Bers, Yale University

“Sansone’s book is first-rate and should be read by any scholar interested in the origins of Greek rhetorical theory or, for that matter, interested in Greek tragedy. That Greek tragedy contains elements properly described as rhetorical is familiar, but Sansone goes far beyond this understanding by putting Greek tragedy at the heart of a counter-narrative of those origins.”
Edward Schiappa, The University of Minnesota

  • Asserts a novel and controversial theory on the origins of rhetoric that differs radically from the standard view
  • Argues that it was the theatre of Ancient Greece, first appearing around 500 BC, that prompted
  • the development of formalized rhetoric, which evolved soon thereafter
  • Provides a cogent reworking of existing evidence
  • Reveals the bias and inconsistency of Aristotle

Critique of Pure Reason

Critique of Pure Reason
Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant, edited by Paul Guyer, Allen W Wood
1998 | PDF | 9.73MB

This entirely new translation of Critique of Pure Reason is the most accurate and informative English translation ever produced of this epochal philosophical text. Though its simple, direct style will make it suitable for all new readers of Kant, the translation displays a philosophical and textual sophistication that will enlighten Kant scholars as well. This translation recreates as far as possible a text with the same interpretative nuances and richness as the original.

  • Most accurate and informative translation of Kant's most important work
  • Translation is distinctive in offering a faithful rendering of Kant's terminology, syntax, and sentence structure
  • Edition offers both 1781 and 1787 editions of the work
  • Also included for the first time in any English or German edition are Kant's handwritten emendations and marginal notes from his own personal copy of the work

The Science of Logic

The Science of Logic
The Science of Logic by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, edited and translated by George Di Giovanni
2010 | PDF | 4.17MB

The purpose of the Cambridge Hegel Translations is to offer translations of the best modern German editions of Hegel's work in a uniform format suitable for Hegel scholars, together with philosophical introductions and full editorial apparatus.

This new translation of The Science of Logic by G. W. F. Hegel (also known as his Greater Logic) includes Book One (revised 1832), Book Two (1813) of Volume One, and Volume Two (1816). Recent research has given us a detailed picture of the process that led Hegel to his final conception of the System of Philosophy and of the place of the Logic within it. We now understand how and why Hegel distanced himself from Schelling, how radical this break with his early mentor was, and to what extent it entailed a return (but with a difference) to Fichte and Kant. In the introduction to the volume, George di Giovanni presents in synoptic form the results of recent scholarship on the subject, and, while recognizing the fault lines in Hegel's System that allow opposite interpretations, argues that the Logic marks the end of classical metaphysics. The translation is accompanied by a full apparatus of historical and explanatory notes.

Complete Works of Aristotle [2 Vols Set]

Complete Works of Aristotle [2 Vols Set]
Complete Works of Aristotle [2 Vols Set] edited by Jonathan Barnes
1984 | PDF | 11.2MB

The Oxford Translation of Aristotle was originally published in 12 volumes between 1912 and 1954. It is universally recognized as the standard English version of Aristotle. This revised edition contains the substance of the original Translation, slightly emended in light of recent scholarship; three of the original versions have been replaced by new translations; and a new and enlarged selection of Fragments has been added. The aim of the translation remains the same: to make the surviving works of Aristotle readily accessible to English speaking readers.

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business [Audiobook]

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business [Audiobook]
The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business [Audiobook] by Josh Kaufman
2012 | M4B + EPUB | 13 hrs 25 mins | 237.56MB

Audie Award Nominee, Business and Educational, 2013

Getting an MBA is an expensive choice - one almost impossible to justify regardless of the state of the economy. Even the elite schools like Harvard and Wharton offer outdated, assembly-line programs that teach you more about PowerPoint presentations and unnecessary financial models than what it takes to run a real business. You can get better results (and save hundreds of thousands of dollars) by skipping business school altogether....

Josh Kaufman founded PersonalMBA.com as an alternative to the business school boondoggle. His blog has introduced hundreds of thousands of readers to the best business books and most powerful business concepts of all time. Now, he shares the essentials of entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, negotiation, operations, productivity, systems design, and much more, in one comprehensive volume.

The Personal MBA distills the most valuable business lessons into simple, memorable mental models that can be applied to real-world challenges.

True leaders aren't made by business schools - they make themselves, seeking out the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to succeed. Read this book and you will learn the principles it takes most business professionals a lifetime of trial and error to master.

Manage Your Day-to-Day [Audiobook]

Manage Your Day-to-Day [Audiobook]
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind [Audiobook] edited by Jocelyn K Glei, read by Fred Stella, Laural Merlington
2013 | M4B + EPUB + MOBI | 3 hrs 23 mins | 58.19MB

Stop doing busywork. Start doing your best work.

Are you over-extended, over-distracted, and overwhelmed? Do you work at a breakneck pace all day, only to find that you haven’t accomplished the most important things on your agenda when you leave the office?

The world has changed and the way we work has to change, too. With wisdom from 20 leading creative minds, Manage Your Day-to-Day will give you a toolkit for tackling the new challenges of a 24/7, always-on workplace.

Featuring contributions from: Dan Ariely, Leo Babauta, Scott Belsky, Lori Deschene, Aaron Dignan, Erin Rooney Doland, Seth Godin,Todd Henry, Christian Jarrett, Scott McDowell, Mark McGuinness, Cal Newport, Steven Pressfield, Gretchen Rubin, Stefan Sagmeister, Elizabeth G. Saunders, Tony Schwartz, Tiffany Shlain, Linda Stone, and James Victore.

Gamestorming A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers

Gamestorming A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers
Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers by Dave Gray, Sunni Brown, James Macanufo
2010 | PDF | 7.52MB

Great things don’t happen in a vacuum. But creating an environment for creative thinking and innovation can be a daunting challenge. How can you make it happen at your company? The answer may surprise you: gamestorming.

This book includes more than 80 games to help you break down barriers, communicate better, and generate new ideas, insights, and strategies. The authors have identified tools and techniques from some of the world’s most innovative professionals, whose teams collaborate and make great things happen. This book is the result: a unique collection of games that encourage engagement and creativity while bringing more structure and clarity to the workplace. Find out why -- and how -- with Gamestorming.

  • Overcome conflict and increase engagement with team-oriented games
  • Improve collaboration and communication in cross-disciplinary teams with visual-thinking techniques
  • Improve understanding by role-playing customer and user experiences
  • Generate better ideas and more of them, faster than ever before
  • Shorten meetings and make them more productive
  • Simulate and explore complex systems, interactions, and dynamics
  • Identify a problem’s root cause, and find the paths that point toward a solution

Brain Training: Boost memory, maximize mental agility

Brain Training: Boost memory, maximize mental agility
Brain Training: Boost memory, maximize mental agility, & awaken your inner genius by James Harrison, Mike Hobbs
2009 | PDF | 18.77MB

For people of all ages who want to improve their memory, hone learning skills, and boost mental performance in their daily lives, Brain Training is a vibrant collection of visual puzzles and tips to help exercise the brain and keep the cognitive faculties razor-sharp. Covering the key areas of brain function, including memory, perception, problem-solving, verbal reasoning, and the body (such as diet, exercise, and meditation), Brain Training is a dynamic resource that will boost everyone's brain power.

Brain Training is a fun book that will help you enhance your memory and boost your mental agility with the help of exercises that you can do throughout the book. The book is very visual and will guide you through series of fun memory games that were designed to help you develop your memory and get better at remembering things.

The book starts with a quick chapter on the brain and its potential. Once you have discover this part of your body, you will explore more about memory and the benefits in training for it. That's when you will get plenty of memory games to help your enhance your brain cells. The games will though various aspects of your brain - visual reasoning, spatial awareness, creativity, numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, and more. At the end of the book you will also get a final workout as a final test for your brain.

Maximize Your Memory [Audiobook]

Maximize Your Memory [Audiobook]
Maximize Your Memory [Audiobook] by Ramon Campayo, read by Richard A Lange
2013 | M4B | 6 hrs 46 mins | 116.04MB

Each of us has the ability to develop and improve our minds in amazing ways. All you need is motivation, an effective method, and an expert guide. Ramon Campayo’s method shows you the fastest, easiest and most effective way to:

  • Drastically and almost immediately increase your memorization capacity and reading speed.
  • Enhance your learning methods, study techniques, and psychological preparation.
  • Improve your study habits and prepare for exams.

Maximize Your Memory is for students who want to reach their best potential, as well as anyone else who dreams of increasing his or her mental capacity. As Campayo himself declares, “It is possible to learn the things I can do. And everyone can learn. I am the world champion in speed memory, but my wife is second and my brother is eighth. After one hour of training with my methods, my students can triple their reading speed.”

Rewriting the Rules

Rewriting the Rules
Rewriting the Rules: An Integrative Guide to Love, Sex and Relationships by Meg Barker
2012 | EPUB | 840.39KB

We live in a time of great uncertainty about relationships. We search for "The One," but find ourselves staying single because nobody measures up. The reality of our relationships is not what we expected, and it becomes hard to balance it with all the other things that we want out of life. At the same time that marriage shows itself to be the one 'recession proof' industry; the rates of separation and break-up soar ever higher.

Rewriting the Rules is a friendly guide through the complicated - and often contradictory - rules of love: the advice that is given about attraction and sex, monogamy and conflict, gender and commitment. It asks questions such as: which to choose from all the rules on offer? Do we stick to the old rules we learnt growing up, or do we try something new and risk being out on our own?

This book considers how the rules are being 'rewritten' in various ways, for example the 'new monogamy', alternative commitment ceremonies, different ways of understanding gender, and new ideas for managing conflict and break-up where economics and child-care make complete separation a problem. In this way Rewriting the Rules gives the power to the reader to find the approach which fits their situation.

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less [Audiobook]

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less [Audiobook]
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less [Audiobook] by Barry Schwartz, read by Ken Kliban
2010 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 06 mins | 386.04MB

In the spirit of Alvin Tofflers' Future Shock, a social critique of our obsession with choice, and how it contributes to anxiety, dissatisfaction and regret.

Whether were buying a pair of jeans, ordering a cup of coffee, selecting a long-distance carrier, applying to college, choosing a doctor, or setting up a 401(k), everyday decisions - both big and small - have become increasingly complex due to the overwhelming abundance of choice with which we are presented.

We assume that more choice means better options and greater satisfaction. But beware of excessive choice: choice overload can make you question the decisions you make before you even make them, it can set you up for unrealistically high expectations, and it can make you blame yourself for any and all failures. In the long run, this can lead to decision-making paralysis, anxiety, and perpetual stress. And, in a culture that tells us that there is no excuse for falling short of perfection when your options are limitless, too much choice can lead to clinical depression.

In The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz explains at what point choice - the hallmark of individual freedom and self-determination that we so cherish - becomes detrimental to our psychological and emotional well-being. In accessible, engaging, and anecdotal prose, Schwartz shows how the dramatic explosion in choice--from the mundane to the profound challenges of balancing career, family, and individual needs--has paradoxically become a problem instead of a solution. Schwartz also shows how our obsession with choice encourages us to seek that which makes us feel worse.

By synthesizing current research in the social sciences, Schwartz makes the counterintuitive case that eliminating choices can greatly reduce the stress, anxiety, and busyness of our lives. He offers eleven practical steps on how to limit choices to a manageable number, have the discipline to focus on the important ones and ignore the rest, and ultimately derive greater satisfaction from the choices you have to make.

The Great Animal Orchestra

The Great Animal Orchestra
The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding the Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places by Bernie Krause
2012 | EPUB | 3.12MB

Bernie Krause is the world's leading expert in natural sound. He has spent the last 40 years recording ecological soundscapes and has archived the sounds of over 15,000 species - half of the wild soundscapes he has on tape don't exist anymore because of human actions. Krause divides natural sound into three categories. Biophony is the sound made by animals and plants, like the shrimp that makes noises underwater equivalent to 165 decibels; geophony is natural sound, like wind, water and rain, which led different tribes to have different musical scales; and anthrophony is human-generated sound, which affects animals as it changes, for example causing disoriented whales to become beached.

In The Great Animal Orchestra he invites us to listen through his ears to all three as he showcases singing trees, contrasting coasts, and the roar of the modern world. Just as streetlights engulf the stars, Krause argues that human noise is drowning out the sounds of nature, but that our focus on the visual today is blinding us to this. The Great Animal Orchestra shows why it is critical to preserve what remaining soundscapes we have, and will make you hear the world entirely differently.

Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures

Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures
Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures [Audiobook] by Virginia Morell, read by Kirsten Potter
2013 | MP3 VBR + EPUB + MOBI | 10 hrs 58 mins | 150.14MB

Noted science writer Virginia Morell explores the frontiers of research on animal cognition and emotion, offering a surprising and moving exploration into the hearts and minds of wild and domesticated animals.

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a fish? Or a parrot, dolphin, or elephant? Do they experience thoughts that are similar to ours, or have feelings of grief and love? These are tough questions, but scientists are answering them. They know that ants teach, earthworms make decisions, and that rats love to be tickled. They’ve discovered that dogs have thousand-word vocabularies, that parrots and dolphins have names, and that birds practice their songs in their sleep. But how do scientists know these things?

Animal Wise takes us on a dazzling odyssey into the inner world of animals from ants to wolves, and among the pioneering researchers who are leading the way into once-forbidden territory: the animal mind. With thirty years of experience covering the sciences, Morell uses her formidable gifts as a story-teller to transport us to field sites and laboratories around the world, introducing us to animal-cognition scientists and their surprisingly intelligent and sensitive subjects. She explores how this rapidly evolving, controversial field has only recently overturned old notions about why animals behave as they do. She probes the moral and ethical dilemmas of recognizing that even “lesser animals” have cognitive abilities such as memory, feelings, personality, and self-awareness–traits that many in the twentieth century felt were unique to human beings.

By standing behaviorism on its head, Morell brings the world of nature brilliantly alive in a nuanced, deeply felt appreciation of the human-animal bond, and she shares her admiration for the men and women who have simultaneously chipped away at what we think makes us distinctive while offering a glimpse of where our own abilities come from.

Every Patient Tells a Story [Audiobook]

Every Patient Tells a Story [Audiobook]
Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis [Audiobook] by Lisa Sanders
2009 | MP3@64 kbps | 10 hrs 10 mins | 279.72MB

A riveting exploration of the most difficult and important part of what doctors do, by Yale School of Medicine physician Dr. Lisa Sanders, author of the monthly New York Times Magazine column "Diagnosis," the inspiration for the hit Fox TV series House, M.D.

"The experience of being ill can be like waking up in a foreign country. Life, as you formerly knew it, is on hold while you travel through this other world as unknown as it is unexpected. When I see patients in the hospital or in my office who are suddenly, surprisingly ill, what they really want to know is, ‘What is wrong with me?’ They want a road map that will help them manage their new surroundings. The ability to give this unnerving and unfamiliar place a name, to know it–on some level–restores a measure of control, independent of whether or not that diagnosis comes attached to a cure. Because, even today, a diagnosis is frequently all a good doctor has to offer."

A healthy young man suddenly loses his memory–making him unable to remember the events of each passing hour. Two patients diagnosed with Lyme disease improve after antibiotic treatment–only to have their symptoms mysteriously return. A young woman lies dying in the ICU–bleeding, jaundiced, incoherent–and none of her doctors know what is killing her. In Every Patient Tells a Story, Dr. Lisa Sanders takes us bedside to witness the process of solving these and other diagnostic dilemmas, providing a firsthand account of the expertise and intuition that lead a doctor to make the right diagnosis.

Never in human history have doctors had the knowledge, the tools, and the skills that they have today to diagnose illness and disease. And yet mistakes are made, diagnoses missed, symptoms or tests misunderstood. In this high-tech world of modern medicine, Sanders shows us that knowledge, while essential, is not sufficient to unravel the complexities of illness. She presents an unflinching look inside the detective story that marks nearly every illness–the diagnosis–revealing the combination of uncertainty and intrigue that doctors face when confronting patients who are sick or dying. Through dramatic stories of patients with baffling symptoms, Sanders portrays the absolute necessity and surprising difficulties of getting the patient’s story, the challenges of the physical exam, the pitfalls of doctor-to-doctor communication, the vagaries of tests, and the near calamity of diagnostic errors. In Every Patient Tells a Story, Dr. Sanders chronicles the real-life drama of doctors solving these difficult medical mysteries that not only illustrate the art and science of diagnosis, but often save the patients’ lives.

There's a Golden Sky

There's a Golden Sky
There's a Golden Sky: How Twenty Years of the Premier League Have Changed Football Forever by Ian Ridley
2012 | EPUB | 945.1KB

In its first 20 years the Premier League has moved football from a state of unprecedented crisis against a backdrop of recession, strikes and hooliganism to a global sport of unimaginable riches. To mark this anniversary Ian Ridley takes stock of a phenomenon that has changed English football and English society forever. Taking in the game at all levels and across the country, There's A Golden Sky is a full picture of the game today with all its glitz and glamour, rags and riches.

From Hackney Marshes, clinging on in the shadow of the Olympic park, to the vastness of Old Trafford; from Doncaster Belles women's team to the rebirth of Cornish football in Truro, through to the modern game's relationship with Sky and the big bucks of Abramovich, Ridley takes us on a journey through the English game from grassroots to the topflight.

Ian Ridley took a long hard look at the game back in the early 1990s when it was beset by problems both on and off the pitch and seen as the epitome of all that was wrong with our society. There's a Golden Sky examines just how far the game has come since those dark days, sucking in players and money from around the globe and providing fame, fortune and hours of pleasure in return.

The Beautiful Game? Searching for the Soul of Football

The Beautiful Game? Searching for the Soul of Football
The Beautiful Game: Searching for the Soul of Football by David Conn
2005 | EPUB | 361.09KB

Football has never been more hyped, more central to Britain's culture than today. Yet never has it been in greater turmoil. Once, football stood for passion, community, honour, even beauty. The game is in danger of losing its lifeblood - and its soul.

In The Beautiful Game? David Conn, the game's most respected investigative journalist, sets out on a journey through the heart of our national game, exploring how the sport has failed - and who is to blame. Now revised and updated to take account of the 2004-5 season, this is a book for those who keep the faith, who believe that the sport itself, stripped of the greed and self-interest blighting its organisation, still has values, and can still be beautiful.

Richer Than God: Manchester City

Richer Than God: Manchester City
Richer Than God: Manchester City, Modern Football and Growing Up by David Conn
2013 | EPUB | 669.44KB

Richer Than God is an authoritative, provocative, investigative account of Manchester City's history, culminating in its transformation as Sheikh Mansour seeks to spend the formerly miserable Manchester club into the European elite. When Conn asked an Abu Dhabi representative whether their economy had been at all affected by the global recession, he said: 'We're richer than God, mate'.

It is also a tale of innocence: that of a six-year-old boy transfixed by his sky-blue heroes, coming of age as a writer with the mature understanding that both his club and the game are businesses. Why should modern football continue to claim the unquestioning loyalty of fans, when there is so much in the game to question?

Game Changer

Game Changer
Game Changer: How the English Premier League Came to Dominate the World by Mihir Bose
2012 | EPUB | 1.5MB

The fascinating and gripping story of the rise of the English Premier League – and the current crisis it faces. The Premier League is immensely successful, a true worldwide success of the kind not enjoyed by any other English product. Such is the dominance of the Premier League that people have changed their sleeping habits on match days around the world. This fascinating book charts the rise of the Premier League. Few of its founders saw it as a worldwide phenomenon, but the power of TV media, the wider changes in Europe and influx of rich men’s money (led by Roman Abramovich) propelled the Premier League into a class of its own. Yet, the Premier League’s rise was a spectacular cocktail of events, few of which were properly anticipated let alone planned for. Without any safeguards as to how clubs are governed, or how English football is protected from predators, we are now witnessing a financial crisis of such dimensions that the game may be forced to change in order to survive.

Mihir Bose, the UK’s leading sports/business journalist, takes us on a mesmerizing journey involving high stakes, multi-billion pound deals, powerful and rich people, and the future of the beautiful game.

The Victorian Football Miscellany

The Victorian Football Miscellany
The Victorian Football Miscellany by Paul Brown
2013 | EPUB | 1.82MB

The Victorian Football Miscellany is a quirky and fascinating collection of trivia, facts and anecdotes from football’s earliest years. Delve into an absorbing world of ox-bladder balls, baggy-kneed knickerbockers and outstanding moustaches, and read remarkable tales of the first ever cup final, the invention of the shinpad, the evolution of dribbling, the first own goal and a seemingly-invincible penalty-taking elephant.

Other entries cover the foundation of the Football Association, the development of the Laws of the Game and the origins of football’s most popular clubs. Packed with stories, profiles and lists, this is an indispensable guide to the colourful and unusual world of 19th century football.

Red Men: Liverpool Football Club - The Biography

Red Men: Liverpool Football Club - The Biography
Red Men: Liverpool Football Club - The Biography by John Williams
2010 | EPUB | 644.04KB

In Red Men, a unique and exhaustively researched history of Liverpool Football Club, John Williams explores the origins and divisive politics of football in the city of Liverpool, and profiles the key men behind the emergence of the club and its early successes.

The first great Liverpool manager, Tom Watson, piloted the club to its first league championships in 1901 and 1906 before taking the club to the FA Cup final in 1914. Watson and the key members of those early Liverpool teams are analysed in depth, as is the role of the club and its fans in the city as Merseyside balanced self-improvement and cosmopolitanism with almost unimaginable problems of poverty.

Liverpool secured consecutive league titles in 1922 and 1923 with the incomparable goalkeeper Elisha Scott as its totemic star and the darling of the Kop. In the '20s, Liverpool was also the first British club to internationalise its playing staff.

The club's next league title came in 1947, but, in the bleak '50s, the Liverpool board ruled with an iron fist and controlled the purse strings - until Bill Shankly arrived and won that elusive first FA Cup in 1965. The recent tragedies that have shaped the club's contemporary identity are also covered here, as are the new Continental influences at Liverpool and, of course, the glory of Istanbul in 2005.

Red Men is the definitive history of a remarkable football club from its formation in 1892 to the present day, told in the wider context of the social and cultural development of the city of Liverpool and its people.

Jumpers for Goalposts: How Football Sold Its Soul

Jumpers for Goalposts: How Football Sold Its Soul
Jumpers for Goalposts: How Football Sold Its Soul by Rob Smyth, Georgina Turner
2011 | EPUB | 363.38KB

On August 15th 1992, the Premier League kicked off for the very first time to the sound of money. That same season, a new kind of branded commercialism descended across the continent as the European Cup was re-launched as the Champions League. In 1994, the game's oldest trophy, the FA Cup, would become the last of English football's major competitions to fall to commercial sponsors.

The early 1990s mark the moment at which the beautiful game, the sport of the common man, wound up on a market stall, complete with price tag. Of course the game needed to change - terraces had become ugly, dangerous places, blighted with racism and afflicted with the tragedies of Hillsborough and Heysel; on the mud-patches that passed for pitches, tackles were brutal, bone-crunching, and very much from behind. But rather than righting wrongs, pockets were lined as the legacy of football was cashed in.

Rob Smyth and Georgina Turner explore the fan's-eye view of 21st-century football, a game that can be about breathtaking style, but very little substance; a grossly inflated memory of its former self where Football's Soul (TM) is an idea to be traded, not treasured. These days, at least as much energy is spent figuring out how to exploit money-spinning opportunities as holes in the opposition back four, with long-suffering supporters brazenly commodified along the way. Yet in the game of the people, for the people, 'Jumpers for Goalposts' proves that the fans do know best and that to recover its soul, the beautiful game has to rediscover its roots.

Fit and Proper? Conflicts and Conscience in an English Football Club

Fit and Proper? Conflicts and Conscience in an English Football Club
Fit and Proper: Conflicts and Conscience in an English Football Club by Matthew Bell, Gary Armstrong
2011 | EPUB | 468.51KB

This is the story of a football club that, in the 1990s, harboured the UK's biggest white-collar fraudster. This same club was almost bought by someone who couldn't decide whether to be a man or a woman. It also had as chairman a man subject to an international arrest warrant, then another chairman who remains to this day a fugitive from the law, who in turn was succeeded by a man with connections to Libyan arms dealers. To this ensemble make space for the Gurkha Regiment, Interpol, the 'Rat Pack', the Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic, protein-rich algae, a collection of classic motor vehicles, 29,000 piles of dog excrement, a huge Indian city and a tiny Scottish village.

Based on years of research by its two authors, Fit and Proper? details the history of the boardroom of Sheffield United Football Club, focusing particularly on the foibles of the men who over three decades from 1980 tried, and largely failed, to turn the 'Blades' into a profitable business and a successful club. Instead, the city that gave the game to the world is home to a club that has now become the footballing arm of an international property development company. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

The Chip : How Two Americans Invented the Microchip

The Chip : How Two Americans Invented the Microchip
The Chip : How Two Americans Invented the Microchip and Launched a Revolution by T R Reid
2001 | EPUB | 459.64KB

Barely fifty years ago a computer was a gargantuan, vastly expensive thing that only a handful of scientists had ever seen. The world’s brightest engineers were stymied in their quest to make these machines small and affordable until the solution finally came from two ingenious young Americans. Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce hit upon the stunning discovery that would make possible the silicon microchip, a work that would ultimately earn Kilby the Nobel Prize for physics in 2000.

In this completely revised and updated edition of The Chip, T.R. Reid tells the gripping adventure story of their invention and of its growth into a global information industry. This is the story of how the digital age began.

Digital Retro: The Evolution and Design of the Personal Computer

Digital Retro: The Evolution and Design of the Personal Computer
Digital Retro: The Evolution and Design of the Personal Computer [2 Parts Set] by Gordon Laing
2004 | PDF | 19.75MB

The late Seventies to the early Nineties was a completely unique period in the history of computing. Long before Microsoft and Intel ruled the PC world, a disparate variety of home computers, from an unlikely array of suppliers, were engaging in a battle that would shape the industry for years to come.

Products from established electronics giants clashed with machines which often appeared to have been (or actually were) assembled in a backyard shed by an eccentric inventor. University professors were competing head to head with students in their parents' garages.

Compatibility? Forget it! Each of these computers was its own machine and had no intention of talking to anything else. The same could be said of their owners, in fact, who passionately defended their machines with a belief that verged on the religious.

This book tells the story behind 40 classic home computers of an infamous decade, from the dreams and inspiration, through passionate inventors and corporate power struggles, to their final inevitable demise. It takes a detailed look at every important computer from the start of the home computer revolution with the MITS Altair, to the NeXT cube, pehaps the last serious challenger in the personal computer marketplace. In the thirteen years between the launch of those systems, there has never been a more frenetic period of technical advance, refinement, and marketing, and this book covers all the important steps made on both sides of the Atlantic. Whether it's the miniaturization of the Sinclair machines, the gaming prowess of the Amiga, or the fermenting war between Apple Computer, "Big Blue," and "the cloners," we've got it covered. Digital Retro is an essential read for anyone who owned a home computer in the Eighties.

30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans

30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans
30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans by Karl Pillemer
2011 | EPUB | 295.15KB

More than one thousand extraordinary Americans share their stories and the wisdom they have gained on living, loving, and finding happiness.

After a chance encounter with a remarkable ninety-year-old woman, renowned gerontologist Karl Pillemer decided to find out what older people know about life that the rest of us don’t. His quest led him to speak with a thousand Americans over the age of sixty-five—many of whom can remember the Depression and World War II. While some of their tales reaffirmed timeless wisdom, others surprised Pillemer with the unexpected. Now with a new preface by Jane Brody, 30 Lessons for Living distills their moving stories and hard-won advice. To learn how to live without regret, persevere through hard times, find fulfillment, and age fearlessly and well, there is no one better to ask than the people who have done it themselves.

Writing Articles About the World Around You [Audiobook]

Writing Articles About the World Around You [Audiobook]
Writing Articles About the World Around You [Audiobook] by Marcia Yudkin
2012 | MP3@128 kbps | 7 hrs 32 mins | 413.95MB

Get Started Writing for Magazines - and Learn to Make a Living At It

Through examples, explanations and tips, Writing Articles About the World Around You demonstrates how to generate original and saleable article ideas using information that is part of your everyday life. Even if you live in Nowheresville, you'll learn how to recognize topics and angles that can interest editors at magazines and newspapers.

  • Use your experience, on-the-job knowledge and everyday life to develop how-to articles, reviews and opinion pieces
  • Create interest in ordinary or unusual topics using the elements of timeliness, curiosity, empathy and entertainment value
  • Highlight people you know or you can easily track down in fascinating profiles, Q&As and roundups
  • Write travel features about nearby places that you probably take for granted
  • Master the mechanics of good article writing, including the article structure editors expect and readable prose
  • Target the right publications for your work with persuasive query letters
  • Understand the key issues to discuss with your editor - deadline, angle, length, payment, kill fee and publishing rights
  • Decide whether you want to build a fun sideline to what you currently do or a new full-time career as a freelance writer

Author Marcia Yudkin entertains and teaches you with her experiences writing for local and national magazines as well as the insights of dozens of successful writing-from-home freelancers involved in everything from riding, gardening and home repair to business, aviation and the arts.

The timeless advice in this guide will inspire you whether you're a complete novice in writing or a journalism grad who's not sure how to get going with real-world magazine freelancing.

Short Stories in Plain Spoken German

Short Stories in Plain Spoken German
Short Stories in Plain Spoken German bilingual for speakers of English by Belinda Depp
2013 | EPUB | 1.16MB

Short Stories in Plain Spoken German is a collection of stories containing popular German expressions used in everyday context with their best equivalents widely used in German-speaking countries. It offers English speakers with a basic knowledge of German a lot of tips for using the language more fluently and colloquially.

Learning German with Mnemonics

Learning German with Mnemonics
Learning German with Mnemonics by Peter Heinrich
2013 | EPUB | 2.49MB

This eBook applies highly efficient memory techniques to the learning of German grammar.

Besides learning the crucial German grammar rules you will be learning very efficient mnemonic techniques which will help you to REMEMBER these rules in a very powerful way. More than 50 colored mnemonic images and illustrations will simplify your memorization of grammar rules.

Here is the grammar which will be treated in this eBook:

Gender words, the system of adjective endings, prepositions with accusative case, prepositions with dative case, two-way-prepositions, verbs and their complements (which case or preposition does a verb use?), irregular verbs (how to remember the ablauts!), mnemonic vocab learning, perfect tense (which auxiliary verb must be used?).

The techniques in this eBook have been developed during about three years of every day work in classrooms of German as a foreign language. The author has many more years of teaching experience.

1001 Easy German Phrases

1001 Easy German Phrases
1001 Easy German Phrases by M Charlotte Wolf
2011 | EPUB | 12.63MB

The easy way to learn the most common words and phrases, this up-to-date reference incorporates terms related to computers, cell phones, and other digital technology, along with slang and other 21st-century vernacular. In addition to handy sections on grammar and pronunciation, it features quick charts of numbers, times, dates, seasons, and more.

2,001 Most Useful German Words

2,001 Most Useful German Words
2,001 Most Useful German Words by Joseph W Moser
2012 | EPUB | 205.14KB

This dictionary-format reference presents the German word, its definition, a sentence in German to show context, and the English translation. It features all of the latest terminology relating to computers, cell phones, and other digital forms of technology. Quick reference charts offer tips on vocabulary and grammar, plus common expressions.

The book contains many useful words to place you in the German situations you want to be in. In that sense, among others, the book is a great source for language skills. Each word not only has a definition but its listed gender and an example sentence. It is a reliable way of fine tuning my ability to converse, interact, live and work in a foreign country. If you are looking to expand your horizons with the German language, this is the book for you.

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen
2012 | EPUB | 3.13MB

A masterpiece of science reporting that tracks the animal origins of emerging human diseases.

The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia—but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern. The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover.

David Quammen tracks this subject around the world. He recounts adventures in the field—netting bats in China, trapping monkeys in Bangladesh, stalking gorillas in the Congo—with the world’s leading disease scientists. In Spillover Quammen takes the reader along on this astonishing quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge, and he asks the terrifying question: What might the next big one be?