What Matters Now [Audiobook]

What Matters Now [Audiobook]
What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation [Audiobook] by Gary Hamel
2012 | MP3 VBR~55 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 7 hrs 58 mins | 191.29MB
"This is not a book about one thing. It's not a 300-page dissertation on leadership, teams, or motivation. Instead, it's a multi-faceted agendafor building organizations that can win in world of relentless change, ferocious competition, and unstoppable innovation." (From the Preface)

What Matters Now is Gary Hamel's impassioned plea to rethink the fundamental assumptions we have about management, the meaning of work, and organizational life. He asks, "What are the fundamental, make-or-break issues that will determine whether your organization thrives or dives in the years ahead?" The answer is found in five paramount issues: values, innovation, adaptability, passion, and ideology.

Values: With trust in large organizations at an all time low, there is an urgent need to rebuild the ethical foundations of capitalism. What's required is nothing less than a moral renaissance in business.

Innovation: Innovation is the only defense against margin-crushing competition, and the only way to outgrow a dismal economy. In too many companies, innovation is still a buzzword, rather than the responsibility of every single individual. This must change.

Adaptability: In a world of accelerating change, every company must build an evolutionary advantage. The forces of inertia must be vanquished. The ultimate prize: an organization that is as nimble as change itself.

Passion: In business as in life, the difference between "insipid" and "inspired" is passion. With mediocrity fast becoming a competitive liability, success depends on finding new ways to rouse the human spirit at work.

Ideology: Today, businesses need more than better practices; they need better principles. Bureaucracy and control have had their day. It's time for a new ideology based on freedom and self-determination.

Average Is Over

Average Is Over
Average Is Over: Powering America Beyond the Age of the Great Stagnation by Tyler Cowen
2013 | EPUB | 3.43MB

Widely acclaimed as one of the world’s most influential economists, Tyler Cowen returns with his groundbreaking follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Great Stagnation.

The widening gap between rich and poor means dealing with one big, uncomfortable truth: If you’re not at the top, you’re at the bottom.

The global labor market is changing radically thanks to growth at the high end—and the low. About three quarters of the jobs created in the United States since the great recession pay only a bit more than minimum wage. Still, the United States has more millionaires and billionaires than any country ever, and we continue to mint them.

In this eye-opening book, renowned economist and bestselling author Tyler Cowen explains that phenomenon: High earners are taking ever more advantage of machine intelligence in data analysis and achieving ever-better results. Meanwhile, low earners who haven’t committed to learning, to making the most of new technologies, have poor prospects. Nearly every business sector relies less and less on manual labor, and this fact is forever changing the world of work and wages. A steady, secure life somewhere in the middle—average—is over.

With The Great Stagnation, Cowen explained why median wages stagnated over the last four decades; in Average Is Over he reveals the essential nature of the new economy, identifies the best path forward for workers and entrepreneurs, and provides readers with actionable advice to make the most of the new economic landscape. It is a challenging and sober must-read but ultimately exciting, good news. In debates about our nation’s economic future, it will be impossible to ignore.

The Great Stagnation

The Great Stagnation
The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will(Eventually) Feel Better by Tyler Cowen
2011 | EPUB | 175.37KB

The book is short, clear, well-written. It argues that the US economy has hit a wall. The Great Recession of 2008 was not a cyclical event. It reflects a deeper truth: we are not as rich as we thought. And things won’t get better, any time soon.

According to Cowen, we face a foreseeable future of continuing stagnation, because we have run out of the “low-hanging fruit” that have fueled economic growth for three centuries. Our economic predicament is structural, not cyclical.

Cowen’s book is a curious brew of hard economic truths and folkloric nonsense. Despite some striking insights, Cowen’s overall diagnosis is misguided and the solution to our predicament does not lie where he finds it.

Shattered Hopes: The Failure Of Obama's Middle East Peace Process

Shattered Hopes: The Failure Of Obama's Middle East Peace Process
Shattered Hopes: The Failure Of Obama's Middle East Peace Process by Josh Ruebner
2013 | EPUB | 2.06MB

President Barack Obama's first trip abroad in his second term took him to Israel and the Palestinian West Bank, where he despondently admitted to those waiting for words of encouragement, “It is a hard slog to work through all of these issues.” Contrast this gloomy assessment with Obama’s optimism on the second day of his first term, when he appointed former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell as his special envoy for Middle East peace, boldly asserting that his administration would “actively and aggressively seek a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.” How is it that Obama’s active and aggressive search for progress has become mired in the status quo? Writer and political analyst Josh Ruebner charts Obama’s journey from optimism to frustration in the first hard-hitting investigation into why the president failed to make any progress on this critical issue, and how his unwillingness to challenge the Israel lobby has shattered hopes for peace.

Written in a clear and accessible style by the advocacy director of a national peace organization and former Middle East analyst for the Congressional Research Service, Shattered Hopes offers an informed history of the Obama administration’s policies and maps out a true path forward for the United States to help achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Last Ape Standing

Last Ape Standing
Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived by Chip Walter
2013 | EPUB | 18.81MB

Over the past 180 years scientists have sifted through evidence that at least twenty-seven human species have evolved on planet Earth. And as you may have noticed, twenty-six of them are no longer with us, done in by their environment, predators, disease, or the unfortunate shortcomings of their DNA. What enabled us to survive when so many other human species were shown the evolutionary door? Last Ape Standing: The Seven-Million-Year Story of How and Why We Survived by acclaimed science journalist Chip Walter tells the intriguing tale of how against all odds and despite nature's brutal and capricious ways we stand here today, the only surviving humans, and the planet's most dominant species.

Drawing on a wide variety of scientific disciplines, Walter reveals how a rare evolutionary phenomenon led to the uniquely long childhoods that make us so resourceful and emotionally complex. He looks at why we developed a new kind of mind and how our highly social nature has shaped our moral (and immoral) behavior. And in exploring the traits that enabled our success, he plumbs the roots of our creativity and investigates why we became self-aware in ways that no other animal is. Along the way, Last Ape Standing profiles other human species who evolved with us and who have also shaped our kind in startling ways - the Neanderthals of Europe, the "Hobbits" of Indonesia, the Denisovans of Siberia, and the recently discovered Red Deer Cave people of China, who died off just as we stood at the brink of civilizations eleven thousand years ago.

Last Ape Standing is an engaging and accessible story that explores the forces that molded us into the peculiar and astonishing creature that we are.

Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity [TTC Audio]

Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity [TTC Audio]
Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity [The Great Courses] by Professor Marc Zender
The Teaching Company | 2013 | Course No 2241 | MP3@ | ~ 24x30 mins | 669.09MB

Can you imagine the world—or your life—without writing? From emails to street signs and newspapers to novels, the written word is so ever-present that we rarely stop to consider how it came to be.

Yet at just over 5,000 years old, writing is actually a relatively recent invention. It has become so central to the way we communicate and live, however, that it often seems as if writing has always existed.

Through writing, we gain knowledge about past cultures and languages we couldn’t possibly obtain any other way. Writing creates a continuous historical record—something an oral history could never achieve. And writing systems are integral to many cultural identities and serve as both a tool and a product of many important societal structures, from religion to politics.

The fundamental role and impact of writing in our civilization simply cannot be overstated. But the question remains: Who invented writing, and why?

Like any event from our prehistoric past, the story of writing’s origins is burdened by myths, mysteries, and misinformation. For the past two centuries, however, dedicated scholars have used rigorous methods to uncover a tale of intrigue, fascinating connections, and elegant solutions to the complex problem of turning language into text.

In the 24 visually intensive lectures of Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity, you’ll trace the remarkable saga of the invention and evolution of “visible speech,” from its earliest origins to its future in the digital age. Professor Marc Zender—Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University and an accomplished epigrapher—whisks you around the globe on a thrilling journey to explore how an array of sophisticated writing systems developed, then were adopted and adapted by surrounding cultures.

This course answers many of the most common questions about the world’s writing systems and the civilizations that created them, plus a number of questions you may never have thought to ask.

  • Do all writing systems descend from a single prototype, or was writing invented independently?
  • What one feature do the world’s writing systems have in common?
  • Which kinds of signs and symbols qualify as writing, and which do not?
  • How is the digital age changing the way we write?
Along the way, you’ll visit the great early civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, Japan, and the Americas, and you’ll see how deciphering ancient scripts is a little like cracking secret codes—only far more difficult.

Witness the Triumphs of Decipherment

Through the process of decipherment, civilizations including Egypt, Mesopotamia, Crete, and Mexico have, as Professor Zender says, “all given up their secrets.” Lost histories, literatures, and religions can now be studied in translation, and the disciplines of ancient history, archaeology, and comparative literature have benefited enormously as a result.

You’ll be spellbound as you hear accounts of the breathtaking moments when the decipherment of ancient scripts broke centuries of silence. And you’ll marvel at fascinating objects once shrouded in mystery, including

  • the iconic Rosetta stone, often credited with being the key to our understanding of Egyptian hieroglyphics;
  • an Egyptian sphinx inscribed with the oldest-known form of our own alphabet;
  • a doorway at Persepolis inscribed in cuneiform;
  • a Maya vase featuring an ancient comic strip; and
  • wooden, rune-inscribed runakéfli sticks featuring carved messages that reflect the social sphere of 12th-century Scandinavia, including one that reads, "I'd like to get to the pub more often."

Crucial to your understanding of how epigraphers decipher scripts—and why they’re sometimes unsuccessful—are five preconditions known as the “pillars of decipherment,” which you’ll study in detail and return to throughout the course.

A Window into the Past

Among the fascinating takeaways from studying lost scripts is a newfound sense of shared humanity with ancient peoples. The cuneiform scripts of ancient Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and Persia, in particular, are eerily modern and reveal glimpses of the origins of practices and beliefs that continue to the present.

You’ll also see how writing was used for political purposes by our earliest civilizations, as in the practice known as damnatio memoriae, whereby ousted leaders were quite literally erased from history, either through the recarving of inscriptions or by omission from official records. Ironically, it is Tutankhamen’s own erasure that may have helped obscure his tomb from raiders.

Despite the obvious connection between language and writing, this course draws a clear distinction, explaining how single languages can be written using various writing systems. English, you’ll learn, was once written with runes. In antiquity, Greek was represented by at least three different scripts.

In exploring how writing systems rise and fall, you’ll encounter many scripts that are associated with languages that have surviving descendents, including those of the Akkadians, Babylonians, and Assyrians, which have relatives in Hebrew and Arabic. Others scripts you’ll study—such as those of the Elamites, Hurrians, and Sumerians—record languages that have died out or evolved to the point of being unrecognizable.

Myths Dispelled, Revelations Told

In Writing and Civilization, you’ll encounter a wealth of eye-opening information that sets the record straight on this enigmatic subject. Here are just a few of the misconceptions that you’ll encounter and investigate in greater detail.

  • A civilization cannot exist without writing: While writing and civilization share a strong relationship, they are not inextricably entwined.
  • Writing was invented to serve the administrative needs of early cities: Although writing did serve this purpose, it likely first emerged out of a need to record proper nouns.
  • The Rosetta stone is a one-of-a-kind artifact: This first and most famous example of a bilingual—or “triscript,” as it contains Greek writing, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and demotic script—is not the only Egyptian bilingual in existence, nor was it unique for its era.

You may also be surprised to learn that the Aztecs possessed writing, and that unearthed Aegean writings in Linear B spoke only of mundane accounting matters rather than Theseus and the Minotaur and Icarus, as early scholars predicted.

Hear Messages of the Ancients Revealed

Writing and Civilization offers lifelong learners the chance to not only discover the history of ancient writing systems, but also the rare opportunity to actually hear those scripts read aloud and to learn the meaning of their messages hidden in plain sight.

As an expert on Mesoamerican languages and writing systems and an international lecturer on decipherment, Professor Zender has conducted linguistic, epigraphic, and archaeological fieldwork in much of the Maya area, including Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. His expertise, along with firsthand accounts of his experiences and discoveries, adds an invaluable perspective that truly brings this riveting material to life.

You will also be captivated by the extraordinary visuals accompanying each dynamic lecture, including photographs of ancient sites and artifacts, explanatory animations, and numerous illustrations artfully drawn by the professor—many exclusively for this course.

From papyrus to personal computer, the story of writing is 5,000 years in the making, and it’s still evolving. Investigate the fascinating relationships between language and writing, and the cultures that gave birth to them, in Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity.

Course Lecture Titles:

  1. What Is Writing?
  2. The Origins and Development of Writing
  3. Where Did Our Alphabet Come From?
  4. The Fuþark — A Germanic Alphabet
  5. Chinese - A Logosyllabic Script
  6. Japanese - The World’s Most Complex Script
  7. What Is Decipherment?
  8. The Five Pillars of Decipherment
  9. Epigraphic Illustration
  10. The History of Language
  11. Proper Nouns and Cultural Context
  12. Bilinguals, Biscripts, and Other Constraints
  13. Egyptian - The First Great Decipherment
  14. What Do Egyptian Hieroglyphs Say?
  15. Old Persian—Cuneiform Deciphered
  16. What Does Cuneiform Say?
  17. Mycenaean Linear B — An Aegean Syllabary
  18. Mayan Glyphs—A New World Logosyllabary
  19. What Do the Mayan Glyphs Say?
  20. Aztec Hieroglyphs - A Recent Decipherment
  21. Etruscan and Meroïtic - Undeciphered Scripts
  22. Han'gul, Tengwar, and Other Featural Scripts
  23. Medium and Message
  24. The Future of Writing

Music Theory for Musical Theatre

Music Theory for Musical Theatre
Music Theory for Musical Theatre by John Bell, Steven R Chicurel
2008 | EPUB | 7.03MB

Music Theory for Musical Theatre is a textbook designed to demystify music theory and analysis to make it more accessible to the musical theatre student. It aims to equip the student with a basic skill set that he or she can directly apply to the art form. John Bell and Steven R. Chicurel explore how musical theatre composers use basic principles of music theory to help illuminate characters and tell stories, while helping the student understand the form, structure, and dramatic power of musical theatre repertoire.

The material is presented in three parts. Part I breaks down key concepts in the rudiments of music theory, including melody, rhythm, harmony, and form, while using excerpts from musical theatre literature to illustrate these ideas. Part II offers full analyses of musical theatre songs, presenting a model for singing actors on how to use musical analysis as an aid in performance. The workbook in Part III provides hands-on drills and exercises that the reader can use to facilitate skill development of the ideas presented in part one. Published with a lay-flat binding for easy use in the classroom and concluding with a glossary that reinforces important terminology, this textbook fills a long-neglected need in musical theatre study that will be beneficial to beginning and advanced students alike.

The Orchestral Revolution: Haydn and the Technologies of Timbre

The Orchestral Revolution: Haydn and the Technologies of Timbre
The Orchestral Revolution: Haydn and the Technologies of Timbre by Emily I Dolan
2013 | PDF | 4.67MB

The Orchestral Revolution explores the changing listening culture of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Delving into Enlightenment philosophy, the nature of instruments, compositional practices and reception history, this book describes the birth of a new form of attention to sonority and uncovers the intimate relationship between the development of modern musical aesthetics and the emergence of orchestration.

By focusing upon Joseph Haydn's innovative strategies of orchestration and tracing their reception and influence, Emily Dolan shows that the consolidation of the modern orchestra radically altered how people listened to and thought about the expressive capacity of instruments. The orchestra transformed from a mere gathering of instruments into an ideal community full of diverse, nuanced and expressive characters. In addressing this key moment in the history of music, Dolan demonstrates the importance of the materiality of sound in the formation of the modern musical artwork.

The Complete Guide to the Music of The Beatles

The Complete Guide to the Music of The Beatles
The Complete Guide to the Music of The Beatles by John Robertson
1995 | PDF | 37.24MB

A consumers' guide to the music of The Beatles. An album by album, track by track, run-down of every song recorded by The Beatles, from "I Saw Her Standing There" to "Let It Be".

It includes: full details of who wrote and sang which songs, when and where the songs where recorded, and who played on which songs; the truth about the non-EMI material; a critical consumers' guide to their back catalogue; details on Beatles re-issues and compilations; and track index.

NOTE: scan PDF, not very good quality.

Songwriters [The Smith Tapes: Collection #8]

Songwriters [The Smith Tapes: Collection #8]
Songwriters [The Smith Tapes: Collection #8]
2013 | M4A | 6 hrs 33 mins | 750.81MB

Between 1969–1972, Howard Smith recorded interviews with scores of rock stars and cultural icons. As a Village Voice columnist and radio personality on WPLJ FM, Smith sat down for revealing, personal conversations with Eric Clapton, Andy Warhol, Jim Morrison, Buckminster Fuller, Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia and Hugh Hefner, to name just a few. He interviewed John Lennon and Yoko Ono no less than five times, and called in live dispatches from his Winnebago parked stage-side at Woodstock. Smith was at the center of culture during an era of extraordinary transformation.

Smith kept the original interview reels, hundreds of them, buried in a crate in the back of his New York City loft, and they haven’t seen the light of day in over 40 years.

Tracklist:

  1. Pete Townsend
  2. Carole King
  3. James Taylor
  4. Taj Mahal
  5. Dr. John
  6. Leon Russell
  7. Donovan's Press Conference
  8. Tom Paxton
  9. John Mayall

Proof Theory [Second Edition]

Proof Theory [Second Edition]
Proof Theory [Second Edition] by Gaisi Takeuti
2013 | EPUB | 27.43MB

This comprehensive monograph is a cornerstone in the area of mathematical logic and related fields. Focusing on Gentzen-type proof theory, the book presents a detailed overview of creative works by the author and other 20th-century logicians that includes applications of proof theory to logic as well as other areas of mathematics. 1975 edition.

Graph Theory

Graph Theory
Graph Theory by Ronald Gould
2012 | EPUB | 11.13MB

An introductory text in graph theory, this treatment covers primary techniques and includes both algorithmic and theoretical problems. Algorithms are presented with a minimum of advanced data structures and programming details. This thoroughly corrected 1988 edition provides insights to computer scientists as well as mathematicians studying topology, algebra, and matrix theory.

A New Look at Geometry

A New Look at Geometry
A New Look at Geometry by Irving Adler
2012 | EPUB | 18.53MB

This richly detailed overview surveys the evolution of geometrical ideas and the development of the concepts of modern geometry from ancient times to the present. Topics include projective, Euclidean, and non-Euclidean geometry as well as the role of geometry in Newtonian physics, calculus, and relativity. Over 100 exercises with answers. 1966 edition.

A Compendium of Collective Nouns

A Compendium of Collective Nouns
A Compendium of Collective Nouns: From an Armory of Aardvarks to a Zeal of Zebras by Jay Sacher
2013 | EPUB | 201.7MB

This illustrated guide compiles over 2,000 collective nouns and brings them to life in stunningly colorful, graphic artwork from the design dynamos at Woop Studios.

Chock-full of treasures of the English language, the diversity of terms collected here covers topics from plants and animals (a parade of elephants, an embarrassment of pandas) to people and things (a pomposity of professors, an exultation of fireworks) and range from the familiar (a pride of lions) to the downright obscure (an ooze of amoebas). Pronunciations, definitions, etymologies, and historical anecdotes make this beautiful book an entertaining read, a standout reference, and a visual treat. Language lovers and art appreciators alike will be captivated by this gem, rich in word and image.

A Companion to the Philosophy of Biology [Audiobook]

A Companion to the Philosophy of Biology [Audiobook]
A Companion to the Philosophy of Biology [Audiobook] edited by Sahotra Sarkar, Anya Plutynski, read by Gary Telles
2013 | MP3@96 kbps | 38 hrs 45 mins | 1.56GB

A Companion to the Philosophy of Biology offers concise overviews of philosophical issues raised by all areas of biology.

  • Brings together a team of eminent scholars to explore the philosophical issues raised by biology
  • Addresses traditional and emerging topics, spanning molecular biology and genetics, evolution, developmental biology, immunology, ecology, mind and behaviour, neuroscience, and experimentation
  • Begins with a thorough introduction to the field
  • Goes beyond previous treatments that focused only on evolution to give equal attention to other areas, such as molecular and developmental biology
  • Represents both an authoritative guide to philosophy of biology, and an accessible reference work for anyone seeking to learn about this rapidly-changing field

History of Cognitive Neuroscience

History of Cognitive Neuroscience
History of Cognitive Neuroscience by M R Bennett, P M S Hacker
2008 | PDF | 5.68MB

History of Cognitive Neuroscience documents the major neuroscientific experiments and theories over the last century and a half in the domain of cognitive neuroscience, and evaluates the cogency of the conclusions that have been drawn from them.

  • Provides a companion work to the highly acclaimed Philosophical Foundations of Neuroscience - combining scientific detail with philosophical insights
  • Views the evolution of brain science through the lens of its principal figures and experiments
  • Addresses philosophical criticism of Bennett and Hacker's previous book
  • Accompanied by more than 100 illustrations

Geometric Magic Squares

Geometric Magic Squares
Geometric Magic Squares: A Challenging New Twist Using Colored Shapes Instead of Numbers by Lee C F Sallows
2013 | EPUB | 15.44MB

This innovative work by a British engineer initiates a Copernican revolution in our understanding of magic squares by replacing numbers with two-dimensional forms. The result is not merely a novel kind of geometrical magic square but a revelation that traditional magic squares are now better seen as the one-dimensional instance of this self-same geometrical activity.

A Course on Group Theory

A Course on Group Theory
A Course on Group Theory by John S Rose
1978 | EPUB | 12.46MB

This textbook for advanced courses in group theory focuses on finite groups, with emphasis on the idea of group actions. Early chapters identify important themes and establish the notation used throughout the book, and subsequent chapters explore the normal and arithmetical structures of groups as well as applications. Includes 679 exercises.

The Blacksmith's Craft: A Primer of Tools & Methods

The Blacksmith's Craft: A Primer of Tools & Methods
The Blacksmith's Craft: A Primer of Tools & Methods by Charles McRaven
2005 | EPUB | 25.38MB

Here is everything you need to know to make and repair your own metal tools, household items, hardware, or farm equipment. Simple and clear instructions, supplemented by step-by-step photography, show how to build a forge, make or acquire tools, and use those tools to create items of lasting beauty and durability.

Organic Gardening: The Whole Story

Organic Gardening: The Whole Story
Organic Gardening: The Whole Story by Alan Gear, Jackie Gear
2009 | EPUB | 5.99MB

Organic gardening has blossomed from a humble idea into a global movement. Here, readers will discover the roots of this environmentally conscious approach, from the inspirational story of its two pioneers to the principles behind cultivating produce that is free from pesticides and chemicals. Sprinkled throughout are encouraging tales of enthusiastic gardeners, from city dwellers to the Prince of Wales himself.

The Butler's Guide to Running the Home and Other Graces

The Butler's Guide to Running the Home and Other Graces
The Butler's Guide to Running the Home and Other Graces by Stanley Ager, Fiona St Aubyn
2012 | EPUB | 8.91MB

Perched on an island off the shores of Cornwall, England, the soaring castle of St. Michael’s Mount has been home to the St. Aubyn family since 1647. For nearly thirty years, Stanley Ager, one of the most esteemed butlers of the twentieth century, ensured that St. Michael’s Mount was an impeccable place to live and a gracious and welcoming one for guests to visit.

Revered by everyone from royalty to the estate staff, Stanley Ager considered it his calling to run a home gracefully and efficiently. Several of the men whom he trained at St. Michael’s Mount went on to serve in the Royal Household at Buckingham Palace and at British embassies throughout the world. But you don’t need a manor to benefit from Ager’s wisdom on homekeeping. This carefully detailed, charmingly illustrated, eminently useful volume offers important insights and techniques, including how to:

  • Wipe a glass—or a chandelier—until it sparkles
  • Fold napkins precisely—in six different ways
  • Polish furniture—or silver—to a mirror finish
  • Lay a beautiful table and serve a meal impeccably
  • Brush, buff, and maintain any manner of clothes and footwear
  • Fold and pack for a trip—for business or pleasure
  • Select and pour wine
  • Stage “impromptu” romantic picnics
  • And, among other graces, open a door soundlessly, roll an umbrella perfectly, and iron a newspaper

Slow Sex: The Art and Craft of the Female Orgasm

Slow Sex: The Art and Craft of the Female Orgasm
Slow Sex: The Art and Craft of the Female Orgasm by Nicole Daedone
2011 | EPUB | 3.05MB

The truth is: Most women do not have satisfying sex lives. SLOW SEX can change that.

Better sex is about one thing: better orgasm. This life-altering guide teaches men and women how to use the practice of Orgasmic Meditation-or OM-to slow down, connect emotionally, and achieve authentic female sexual satisfaction. The promise: In just fifteen minutes every woman can become orgasmic. And, with the right partner and the right technique, that orgasm could last and last!

For more than a decade, Nicole Daedone has been leading the "slow sex movement," which is devoted to the art and craft of the female orgasm. OM is the act of slowing down, tuning in, and experiencing a deeper spiritual and physical connection during sex. SLOW SEX reveals the philosophy and techniques of OM and includes a step-by-step, ten-day OM starter program, as well as OM secrets for achieving ultimate satisfaction. It also includes exercises to help enhance readers' "regular" sex lives, such as Slow Oral for Her, Slow Oral for Him, and Slow Intercourse.

This book is the argument for daily intimacy, and for paying attention as the foundation of pleasure, all with a focus on the female experience.

The Men's Health and Women's Health Big Book of Sex

The Men's Health and Women's Health Big Book of Sex
The Men's Health and Women's Health Big Book of Sex: Your Authoritative, Red-Hot Guide to the Sex of Your Dreams by Editors of Men's Health, Editors of Women's Health
2011 | EPUB | 4.73MB

A breakthrough program for a hotter sex life combining cutting-edge techniques and authoritative advice from the most notable doctors and researchers in the world.

The editors of Men's Health and Women's Health magazines bring you scientifically proven expert tips, intensely researched studies, and doctor-approved advice. Step-by-step details elevate every aspect of your sexual life—from the foods you eat to what you say, from amazing foreplay techniques to some mind-blowing sexual techniques you've probably never tried!

The result will be breathtaking sex that lasts longer... happens more frequently... and is more pleasurable and exciting than you ever thought possible.

The Big Book of Sex is actually two books in one: for him and her. Now you have one source for everything you need to know about great sex, including how to:

  • Get your body into tip-top sexual condition
  • Increase the passion in your relationship
  • Find the perfect sexual position to maximize your pleasure
  • Enjoy earth-shattering orgasms beyond anything you've ever experienced before

This is your blueprint for a hotter sex life—whether you're looking to improve your performance or increase the passion. That's because The Big Book of Sex book is the the result of hundreds of interviews with the most notable doctors and researchers in the world. The exercises, techniques, and programs inside span numerous disciplines, including: cardiology, physiology, psychology, psychiatry, urology, nutrition and weight loss, behavioral therapy, sexology, religion, and more.

Taken together, The Big Book of Sex is your 360-degree plan for revolutionary sex.

The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises

The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises
The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Stronger, More Muscular YOU by Adam Campbell
2009 | EPUB | 10.0MB

The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises is the essential workout guide for anyone who wants a better body. As the most comprehensive collection of exercises ever created, this book is a body-shaping power tool for both beginners and longtime lifters alike. From start to finish, this 480-page muscle manual bulges with hundreds of useful tips, the latest findings in exercise science, and cutting-edge workouts from the world's top trainers.

Inside The Men's Health Big Book of Exercises you'll find 619 exercises expertly demonstrated with color photographs, with dozens of movements for every muscle in your body, including:

  • More than 100 core exercises! You'll never run out of ways to sculpt your six-pack.
  • 74 biceps, triceps, and forearm exercises: Build your arms faster than ever before.
  • 64 chest exercises, and featuring dozens of variations of the pushup and bench press.
  • 103 back exercises, so you can carve a v-shaped torso.
  • 40 shoulder exercises, for a tank-top worthy torso.
  • 99 quadriceps and calves exercises, to help you jump higher and run faster.
  • 62 glutes and hamstrings exercises, for a more powerful, athletic body.

From cover to cover, you'll quickly see that there's a training plan for every fitness goal—whether you want to shrink your hip, find your abs, or shape your arms. Highlights include:

  • The World's Greatest 4-Week Diet and Exercise Plan. Lose 10 pounds of pure fat in 30 days! This scientifically proven plan, based on research from the University of Connecticut, shows what's truly possible when you combine the right kind of diet with the right kind of exercise. You'll build muscle and lose fat faster than ever.
  • 64 Ways to Add Inches to Your Arms. You'll learn how to mix-and-match the 12 best biceps exercises to create scores of sleeve-busting routines. The upshot: You'll never get stuck in a muscle-building rut again!
  • The Get Back In Shape (Fast!) Guide. If you've never even picked up a weight, you'll want to try this plan from Joe Dowdell, C.S.C.S. Joe makes his living training celebrities, cover models, and professional athletes, such as NBA stars Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy. And the strategies he uses when designing workouts for his high-profile clientele are the same ones he employs to help you burn fat, build muscle, and get back in shape.
  • The Ultimate Fat Loss Plan

You might call this the six-pack workout. That's because it's designed to help you finally finish off the flab that's hiding your abs. Created by Bill Hartman, P.T., C.S.C.S., a top fitness advisor to Men's Health, it's based entirely on the new science of fat loss. From the sets to the reps to the rest, every part of this workout is designed to optimize your body's ability to burn away belly-fat.

And:

  • Boost Your Bench Press by 50 Pounds in 8 Weeks. World-class powerlifter Dave Tate shares the strategies that helped him lift a personal best of 610 pounds
  • Triple Your Chinups in 6 Weeks. Use this simple routine that to master one of the world's greatest muscle-building exercises
  • Add 4 to 10 inches to Your Vertical Leap. This high-flying plan from strength coach Kelly Baggett will have you jumping out of the gym in no time
  • The Beach Ready Body Workout. Get-strong to get-big—this 8-week plan shows you how
  • The Wedding Workout. Look great—just in time for the big day (and your honeymoon!)
  • The Best Sports Workout. Train like an athlete, look like an athlete
  • The Scrawny to Brawny Workout. Pack on muscle fast: your 4-week plan
  • The Best Workouts for a Crowded Gym. Sculpt a lean, fit body—no waiting!
  • The Best Bodyweight Workouts. Take your workout anywhere with these no-weight routines
  • The 10 Best 15-Minute Workouts. Bust stress, blast fat, and build muscle in almost no time
  • The 7-Minute Back-Saving Workout. End low-back pain for good!

Every page of The Men’s Health Big Book of Exercises is filled with the fitness and nutrition tips and tricks you need to sculpt the body you want. Throughout the book, you'll discover:

  • The secret to burning 40 percent more fat.
  • The 18 muscle mistakes you should never make
  • The best stretch for every muscle
  • The fastest cardio workout of all-time (just 4 minutes!)
  • The best exercises you've never done
  • The 8 healthiest foods you aren't eating
  • The 4 surprising foods that build muscle
  • The 25 super snacks that keep you lean
  • The 5 biggest nutrition myths, busted
  • The truth about saturated fat
  • The perfect foods to fuel your workouts
  • The complete guide to protein powders
  • The 20 ways lifting weights helps you look great, stay healthy, and live longer

The Men's Health Big Book of Food & Nutrition

The Men's Health Big Book of Food & Nutrition
The Men's Health Big Book of Food & Nutrition: Your completely delicious guide to eating well, looking great, and staying lean for life! by Joel Weber, Mike Zimmerman
2010 | EPUB | 7.97MB

1001 NUTRITION SECRETS, 101 FAT-BLASTING RECIPES

The Men's Health Big Book of Food & Nutrition is the most comprehensive guide to whole foods and healthy eating ever created—and is essential for anyone who wants to eat better, feel better, and lose weight fast and for good. From start to finish, this food and nutrition manual is ripe with exhaustive research, the latest findings in nutrition science, mouth-watering photography, must-have recipes, and an-easy-to-navigate format to show you how to transform your life through food.

But... This is not a "diet" book. Most diet plans force you to cut calories until you're practically starving, leading you to lose not just fat but valuable muscle as well. Sacrifice muscle by restricting calories, and you're priming your body to gain weight back more easily than before. That's what happens in "yo-yo dieting," and it's exactly why this book won't teach you to eat less. It will teach you to eat better.

Notes from the Larder: A Kitchen Diary with Recipes

Notes from the Larder: A Kitchen Diary with Recipes
Notes from the Larder: A Kitchen Diary with Recipes by Nigel Slater
2013 | EPUB | 55.21MB

Following on the success of Tender and Ripe, this companion to the bestselling Kitchen Diaries is a beautiful, inspiring chronicle of a year in food from beloved food writer Nigel Slater.

Britain’s foremost food writer returns with his quietly passionate, idiosyncratic musings on a year in the kitchen, alongside more than 250 simple and seasonal recipes. Based on Slater’s journal entries, Notes from the Larder is a collection of small kitchen celebrations, whether a casual supper of grilled lamb, or a quiet moment contemplating a bowl of cauliflower soup with toasted hazelnuts. Through this personal selection of recipes, Slater offers a glimpse into the daily inspiration behind his cooking and the pleasures of making food by hand, such as his thoughts on topics as various as the kitchen knife whose every nick and stain is familiar, how to make a little bit of cheese go a long way when the cupboards are bare, and his reluctance to share desserts.

The Kitchen Diaries II

The Kitchen Diaries II
The Kitchen Diaries II by Nigel Slater
2012 | EPUB | 41.98MB

Includes over 250 recipes, many from his BBC TV series Dish of the Day, Simple Suppers and Simple Cooking.

From Nigel Slater, presenter of Dish of the Day and one of our best-loved food writers, a beautiful and inspiring companion volume to his bestselling Kitchen Diaries.

‘For years now I have kept notebooks, with scribbled shopping lists and early drafts of recipes in them. These notes form the basis of this second volume of The Kitchen Diaries. More than a diary, this is a collection of small kitchen celebrations, be it a casual, beer-fuelled supper of warm flatbreads with pieces of grilled lamb scattered with toasted pine kernels and blood-red pomegranate seeds or a quiet moment contemplating a bowl of soup and a loaf of bread.’

The Kitchen Diaries: A Year in the Kitchen

The Kitchen Diaries: A Year in the Kitchen
The Kitchen Diaries: A Year in the Kitchen by Nigel Slater
2013 | EPUB | 115.09MB

Brought back by popular demand. The award-winning food writer and author of the bestselling autobiography, Toast, Nigel Slater presents a yearlong record of his cooking and entertaining, as well as endearing culinary stories and witticisms.

Nigel Slater writes about food in a way that stimulates the imagination, the heart, and the palate all at once. The Kitchen Diaries brings an especially personal ingredient to the mix, letting us glimpse into Nigel Slater’s pantry, tour local farmers’ markets with him, and savor even the simplest meals at his table.

Recording twelve months in Nigel Slater’s culinary life, The Kitchen Diaries shares seasonal dishes and the intriguing elements behind them. As someone who celebrates each visit to the cheese shop or butcher, he enthusiastically conveys the brilliant array of choices and views shopping as an adventure rather than a chore. If he feels like staying in, we spend the evening with him at his London flat, enjoying a creative combination of odds and ends from the fridge. A rainy day in February calls for a hearty stew; summertime finds him feasting on a simple lunch of baked tomatoes with grated Parmesan. No matter the season, The Kitchen Diaries offers a year-round invitation to cook and dine with the world’s most irresistible lover of food.

Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard

Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard
Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard by Nigel Slater
2012 | EPUB | 73.38MB

Britain’s foremost food writer Nigel Slater returns to the garden in this sequel to Tender, his acclaimed and beloved volume on vegetables. With a focus on fruit, Ripe is equal parts cookbook, primer on produce and gardening, and affectionate ode to the inspiration behind the book--Slater’s forty-foot backyard garden in London.

Intimate, delicate prose is interwoven with recipes in this lavishly photographed cookbook. Slater offers more than 300 delectable dishes--both sweet and savory--such as Apricot and Pistachio Crumble, Baked Rhubarb with Blueberries, and Crisp Pork Belly with Sweet Peach Salsa. With a personal, almost confessional approach to his appetites and gustatory experiences, Slater has crafted a masterful book that will gently guide you from the garden to the kitchen, and back again.

Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch

Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch
Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch by Nigel Slater
2011 | EPUB | 81.48MB

A comprehensive, deeply personal, and visually stunning guide to growing and cooking vegetables from Britain’s foremost food writer, with more than 400 recipes and extensive gardening notes.

In the tradition of Roast Chicken and Other Stories comes Tender, a passionate guide to savoring the best the garden has to offer. An instant classic when it was first published in the UK, Tender is a cookbook, a primer on produce, and above all, a beloved author’s homage to his favorite vegetables. Slater’s inspired and inspiring writing makes this a book to sit with and savor as much as one to prop open in the kitchen.

The chapters explore 29 vegetables and offer enticing, comforting recipes such as Potato Cakes with Chard and Taleggio, a Tart of asparagus and Tarragon, and Grilled Lamb with Eggplant and Za’atar. With wit, enthusiasm, and a charming lack of pretension, Slater champions vegetables—through hands-on nurturing in the garden and straightforward preparations in the kitchen—with this truly essential book for every kitchen library.

Roast Chicken and Other Stories

Roast Chicken and Other Stories
Roast Chicken and Other Stories by Simon Hopkinson
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 720.03/883.73KB

"Good cooking depends on two things: common sense and good taste."

In England, no food writer's star shines brighter than Simon Hopkinson's, whose breakthrough Roast Chicken and Other Stories was voted the most useful cookbook ever by a panel of chefs, food writers, and consumers. At last, American cooks can enjoy endearing stories from the highly acclaimed food writer and his simple yet elegant recipes.

In this richly satisfying culinary narrative, Hopkinson shares his unique philosophy on the limitless possibilities of cooking. With its friendly tone backed by the author's impeccable expertise, this cookbook can help anyone -- from the novice cook to the experienced chef -- prepare down-right delicious cuisine . . . and enjoy every minute of it!

Irresistible recipes in this book include:

  • Eggs Florentine
  • Chocolate Tart
  • Poached Salmon with Beurre BlancAnd, of course, the book's namesake recipe,
  • Roast Chicken

Winner of both the 1994 Andr Simon and 1995 Glenfiddich awards (the gastronomic world's equivalent to an Oscar), this acclaimed book will inspire anyone who enjoys sharing the ideas of a truly creative cook and delights in getting the best out of good ingredients.

Real Fast Food: 350 Recipes Ready-to-Eat in 30 Minutes

Real Fast Food: 350 Recipes Ready-to-Eat in 30 Minutes
Real Fast Food: 350 Recipes Ready-to-Eat in 30 Minutes by Nigel Slater
2008 | EPUB | 1.74MB

Nigel Slater, the bestselling author of Toast, is one of the world's most accomplished food writers. Winner of six Glenfiddich Awards for his food writing and shortlisted for the prestigious Andre Simon prize for this book, he has had an enduring effect on cooking and helped bring to prominence a new generation of British chefs, including, Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson. His down-to-earth style and infectious enthusiasm has won him a loyal following both here and in the UK, where Real Fast Food has sold over a million copies.

Imagine shredded basil leaves stirred into buttery mashed potatoes and a slice of pork pan-fried with fennel, followed by a juicy sliced white peach dropped into chilled white wine. That's Nigel Slater's fast food! Real Fast Food is an inspirational collection of 350 enticing recipes with simple techniques and assertive flavors that can be completed in less than thirty minutes. It's the ultimate modern-day cookbook, filled with recipes for everyone who enjoys good, unpretentious food.

The Craft Beer Cookbook: 100 Artisanal Recipes for Cooking with Beer

The Craft Beer Cookbook: 100 Artisanal Recipes for Cooking with Beer
The Craft Beer Cookbook: 100 Artisanal Recipes for Cooking with Beer by Jacquelyn Dodd
2013 | EPUB | 8.46MB

Transform your dishes with the tremendous flavor of craft beer!

The Craft Beer Cookbook doesn't think you need to wait until five o'clock to pop the cap off of a quality beer. From tender pork chops marinated in a bold and citrusy IPA to apple fritters drizzled with an amber ale caramel sauce, the recipes in this book are not only delicious, but they also capture the complex notes and flavors of a perfectly balanced brew. Filled with a diverse selection of varieties, each dish transforms everyday fare into top-shelf plates that are sure to satisfy even the most discerning fan of craft beers. A toast to the world's finest brews, this cookbook highlights inspired dishes like:

  • Sausage and pale ale frittata
  • Roasted mushroom and brown ale soup
  • Salmon with dijon beer cream sauce over drunken couscous
  • Slow-roasted maple stout baby back beef ribs
  • Chocolate stout cake with chocolate raspberry ganache and whipped cream

Complete with 100 imaginative craft beer recipes and dozens of four-color photographs, The Craft Beer Cookbook shows you how to incorporate your true love--beer!--into every meal.

The Ultimate A-to-Z Bar Guide

The Ultimate A-to-Z Bar Guide
The Ultimate A-to-Z Bar Guide by Sharon Tyler Herbst
1998 | EPUB | 11.76MB

What's a Dirty Martini? How do you pronounce Cuarenta Y Tres? Which glass do you use for a Stinger? How did the Margarita get its name?

Answers to these questions and thousands more can be found in The Ultimate A-to-Z Bar Guide, a one-stop, user-friendly cocktail guide featuring more than 1,000 drink recipes and 600 definitions for cocktail-related terms.

The Ultimate A-to-Z Bar Guide offers a unique blend of features, including:

  • Definitions of over 600 cocktail- and drink-related terms, including liqueurs, types of drinks, cocktail jargon, and the etymology of drinks like the Martini and the Fuzzy Navel, all organized in an easy-to-use A-to-Z format with sound-out phonetics.
  • Drink recipes for more than 1,000 cocktails for every season and occasion. Each recipe is complete with a graphic showing the appropriate glass to use.
  • Ideas on how to make sure guests have a great time while encouraging responsible drinking.
  • Tips on everything from stocking a home bar to choosing the right glassware, plus loads of professional bartending tricks and shortcuts for creating the perfect cocktail.
  • Humor through anecdotes, toasts, and quotes from the famous and infamous.
  • Four indexes that make finding the listing you want a snap!

Speakeasy: The Employees Only Guide to Classic Cocktails Reimagined

Speakeasy: The Employees Only Guide to Classic Cocktails Reimagined
Speakeasy: The Employees Only Guide to Classic Cocktails Reimagined by Jason Kosmas, Dushan Zaric
2010 | EPUB | 9.97MB

Time-honored cocktails like the New York Sour and the Sidecar were born during the era of Prohibition, the blessedly bygone social experiment that turned drinking into an underground adventure. In those days, hard beverage options were usually made with homemade hooch and flavorings of dubious origin and quality.

Thankfully, a cocktail renaissance has emerged in many of today’s bars, where inventive drinks showcase both the artistry and craft of bartending. At their moody and atmospheric West Village bar-restaurant Employees Only, master mixologists Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric can regale you with colorful tales of cocktail origins—or just pour you a mean drink. In Speakeasy, Kosmas and Zaric take their inspiration from traditional favorites, then use the finest spirits, the freshest ingredients, and a good measure of reverence for their craft to elevate the mixed drink to artisanal status.

More than 80 imaginative libations that riff on the classics are showcased in this one-of-a-kind collection. Recipes emphasize fresh fruits and herbs, homemade syrups and infusions, and a careful balancing of flavors, with a mind toward seasonality. A Ginger Smash is offered in four different versions: kumquat, pineapple, pear, or cranberry, depending on the time of year. The Millionaire becomes the Billionaire with the addition of homemade grenadine and 107-proof bourbon. And the South Side becomes the West Side by replacing the gin with sun-kissed Meyer lemon–infused vodka. With the specter of Prohibition firmly in the past, Speakeasy shares recipes for the choicest potent potables, reimagining the finest drinks of yesterday for today’s thirsty imbibers.

The Butcher's Apprentice

The Butcher's Apprentice
The Butcher's Apprentice: The Expert's Guide to Selecting, Preparing, and Cooking a World of Meat by Aliza Green, Steve Legato
2012 | PDF | 14.5MB

The masters in The Butcher’s Apprentice teach you all the old-world, classic meat-cutting skills you need to prepare fresh cuts at home. Through extensive, diverse profiles and cutting lessons, butchers, food advocates, meat-loving chefs, and more share their expertise. Inside, you'll find hundreds of full-color, detailed step-by-step photographs of cutting beef, pork, poultry, game, goat, organs, and more, as well as tips and techniques on using the whole beast for true nose-to-tail eating. Whether you're a casual cook or a devoted gourmand, you'll learn even more ways to buy, prepare, serve, and savor all types of artisan meat cuts with this skillful guide.

Growing Up in a Nonya Kitchen

Growing Up in a Nonya Kitchen
Growing Up in a Nonya Kitchen by Sharon Wee
2012 | EPUB | 38.35MB

Growing Up in a Nonya Kitchen provides a rare and insightful view into the daily life of a Peranakan family harking back to the early 20th century. With comprehensive chapters dedicated to documenting cooking utensils, essential ingredients, the Nonya's agak agak (estimating) philosophy, as well as Chinese New Year and other festive dishes, baked goods and Nonya kuehs, Growing Up in a Nonya Kitchen is a volume to read and treasure for anyone looking for an in-depth understanding of the Peranakan (and Singapore) food heritage.

Classical Turkish Cooking

Classical Turkish Cooking
Classical Turkish Cooking: Traditional Turkish Food for the America by Ayla E Algar
1999 | EPUB | 3.57MB

Turkish food is one of the world's great cuisines. Its taste and depth place it with French and Chinese; its simplicity and healthfulness rank it number one. Turkish-born Ayla Algar offers 175 recipes for this vibrant and tasty food, presented against the rich and fascinating backdrop of Turkish history and culture.

Tempting recipes for kebabs, pilafs, meze (appetizers), dolmas (those delicious stuffed vegetables or vine leaves), soups, fish, manti and other pasta dishes, lamb, poultry, yogurt, bread, and traditional sweets such as baklava are introduced here to American cooks in accessible form. With its emphasis on grains, vegetables, fruits, olive oil, and other healthful foods, Turkish cooking puts a new spin on familiar ingredients and offers culinary adventure coupled with satisfying and delicious meals.

Whad'Ya Know?

Whad'Ya Know?
Whad'Ya Know: Test Your Knowledge with the Ultimate Collection of Amazing Trivia, Quizzes, Stories, Fun Facts by Michael Feldman
2009 | PDF | 19.37MB

A brand new bathroom reader collection, from the beloved trivia voice of public radio.

SO…DID YOU KNOW THAT:

  • 53% of American workers feel they work "with a bunch of monkeys." (What the monkeys think, we don't know.)
  • During shaky economic times, lipstick sales go up.
  • The longest conflict in American history was fought over a pig.
  • Washington state has the best-dressed State Troopers.

AREN'T YOU GLAD YOU NOW KNOW THAT?!

If you'd love to quiz yourself about what you know, and then fill your brain with thousands of fascinating and highly useful facts like these, look no further. (And as an added bonus, you'll get jokes and stories too!) Every weekend, radio listeners across the nation delight in the facts and fun of the hit show Whad'Ya Know? with Michael Feldman. Now, for the first time, Michael collects the greatest trivia, quizzes, stories, and fun facts just for you.

Every weekend, thousands of public radio listeners across the nation delight in the facts and fun of the hit PRI show Whad'Ya Know? with Michael Feldman. Now, for the first time Michael collects the greatest trivia, quizzes, stories, and fun facts from the show in Whad'Ya Know?.

With features perfectly sized for spending a little time on the throne, Whad'Ya Know? contains sections that fans of the show will be sure to recognize, such as:

  • Things You Should Have Learned in School (Had You Been Paying Attention)
  • The Daily Briefing
  • Thanks for the Memos
  • The Best of the Best
  • And much more

If your answer to "Whad'Ya Know?" is "not much," get ready to become the smartest person on the block… or at least the one that knows the most stuff.

Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town [Audiobook]

Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town [Audiobook]
Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town [Audiobook] by Nick Reding, read by Mark Boyett
2009 | MP3 VBR ~ 69 kbps | 9 hrs 24 mins | 282.77MB

The dramatic story of the methamphetamine epidemic as it sweeps the American heartland a timely, moving, very human account of one community s attempt to battle its way to a brighter future.

Crystal methamphetamine is widely considered to be the most dangerous drug in the world, and nowhere is that more true than in the small towns of the American heartland. Methland tells the story of Oelwein, Iowa (pop. 6,159), which, like thousands of other small towns across the country, has been left in the dust by the consolidation of the agricultural industry, a depressed local economy, and an out-migration of people. As if this weren t enough to deal with, an incredibly cheap, longlasting, and highly addictive drug has rolled into town.

Over a period of four years, journalist Nick Reding brings us into the heart of Oelwein through a cast of intimately drawn characters, including: Clay Hallburg, the town doctor, who fights meth even as he struggles with his own alcoholism; Nathan Lein, the town prosecutor, whose caseload is filled almost exclusively with meth-related crime; and Jeff Rohrick, a meth addict, still trying to kick the habit after twenty years. Tracing the connections between the lives touched by the drug and the global forces that set the stage for the epidemic, Methland offers a vital and unique perspective on a pressing contemporary tragedy.

Flight of the Eagle

Flight of the Eagle
Flight of the Eagle: The Grand Strategies That Brought America from Colonial Dependence to World Leadership by Conrad Black
2013 | EPUB | 4.72MB

Like an eagle, American colonists ascended from the gulley of British dependence to the position of sovereign world power in a period of merely two centuries. Seizing territory in Canada and representation in Britain; expelling the French, and even their British forefathers, American leaders George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson paved their nation’s way to independence. With the first buds of public relation techniques—of communication, dramatization, and propaganda—America flourished into a vision of freedom, of enterprise, and of unalienable human rights.

In Flight of the Eagle, Conrad Black provides a perspective on American history that is unprecedented. Through his analysis of the strategic development of the United States from 1754-1992, Black describes nine “phases” of the strategic rise of the nation, in which it progressed through grave challenges, civil and foreign wars, and secured a place for itself under the title of “Superpower.” Black discredits prevailing notions that our unrivaled status is the product of good geography, demographics, and good luck. Instead, he reveals and analyzes the specific strategic decisions of great statesmen through the ages that transformed the world as we know it and established America’s place in it.

Eisenhower [Great Generals]

Eisenhower [Great Generals]
Eisenhower [Great Generals] by John Wukovits
2009 | PDF | 1.42MB

WWII expert John Wukovits explores Dwight D. Eisenhower's contributions to American warfare. American general and 34th president of the United States, Eisenhower led the assault on the French coast at Normandy and held together the Allied units through the European campaign that followed. The book reveals Eisenhower's advocacy in the pre-war years of the tank, his friendships with George Patton and Fox Conner, his service in the Philippines with Douglas MacArthur, and his culminating role as supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe. Wukovits skillfully demonstrates how Eisenhower's evolution as a commander, his military doctrine, and his diplomatic skills are of extreme importance in understanding modern warfare.

Patton [Great Generals]

Patton [Great Generals]
Patton [Great Generals] by Alan Axelrod
2009 | EPUB | 1.32MB

George S. Patton embodied contradiction: a cavalryman steeped in romantic military tradition, he nevertheless pulled a reluctant American military into the most advanced realms of highly mobile armored warfare. An autocratic snob, Patton created unparalleled rapport and loyalty with the lowliest private in his command; an outspoken racist, he led the only racially integrated U.S. military unit in World War II; an exuberantly profane man, he prayed daily and believed God had destined him for military greatness; a profoundly insecure individual, he made his Third Army the most self-confident and consistently victorious fighting force in the European theater. From Patton's boyhood battling dyslexia and becoming an avid reader, to his leadership strategies that modernized the U.S. army, Alan Axelrod delivers a fascinating account of Patton's life and legacy.

MacArthur [Great Generals]

MacArthur [Great Generals]
MacArthur [Great Generals] by Richard B Frank
2009 | PDF | 2.14MB

Douglas MacArthur is best remembered for his ability to adapt, a quality that catalyzed his greatest accomplishments. Adaptability has become an indispensable trait for military leadership in an era of technological leaps that guarantee the nature of war will radically change during the span of an ordinary career. One of the first proponents of a new dimension in warfare--the Air Force--MacArthur was also unmatched historically for his management of peace during the U.S. occupation of Japan. For generations to come, MacArthur's legacy will yield profitable--and entertaining--examples to Americans in and out of uniform.

Bradley [Great Generals]

Bradley [Great Generals]
Bradley [Great Generals] by Alan Axelrod
2007 | PDF | 675.56KB

Dubbed by the World War II press as "The GI General" because of his close identification with his men, Omar Bradley rose to command the U. S. 12th Army Group in the European Campaign. By the spring of 1945, this group contained 1,300,000 men--the largest exclusively American field command in U.S. history. Mild mannered, General Bradley was a dedicated mentor, the creator of the Officer Candidate School system, and a methodical tactician who served through World War II. Then, as a five-star general, he lifted the Veterans Administration from corruption and inefficiency to a model government agency, served as U.S. Army chief of staff, first chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and head of NATO.

Alan Axelrod applies his signature insight and compelling prose to the life, strategy and legacy of the general who remains the model for all commanders today as the man who revolutionized the National Guard, shaped the US army’s focus on the individual soldier, and emphasized cooperation and coordination among the military services--a cornerstone of modern U.S. military doctrine.

LeMay [Great Generals]

LeMay [Great Generals]
LeMay [Great Generals] by Barrett Tillman
2009 | PDF | 807.82KB

LeMay was a terrifying, complex, and brilliant general. In World War II, he ordered the firebombing of Tokyo and was in charge when Atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He was responsible for tens of thousands of civilian deaths--a fact he liked to celebrate by smoking Cuban cigars. But LeMay was also the man who single-handedly transformed the American air force from a ramshackle team of poorly trained and badly equipped pilots into one of the fiercest and most efficient weapons of the war. Over the last decades, most U.S. military missions were carried out entirely through the employment of the Air Force; this is LeMay's legacy. Packed with breathtaking battles in the air and inspiring leadership tactics on the ground, LeMay will keep readers on their edge of their seats.

Pershing [Great Generals]

Pershing [Great Generals]
Pershing [Great Generals] by Jim Lacey
2009 | PDF | 926.32KB

This persuasive biography sheds light on the nation's first modern combat commander who set the standard for today's four-star officers. Though the U.S. entered WWI with inadquate forces, in just over a year Pershing had built and hurled a one million man army against forty battle-hardened German divisions, defending the hellish Meuse-Argonne and turning the tide of the war. With focus and clarity, Lacey traces the development of Pershing from Indian fighter, to warrior against the Philippines insurgency, to victorious commander in WWI.

Sherman: Lessons in Leadership [Great Generals]

Sherman: Lessons in Leadership [Great Generals]
Sherman: Lessons in Leadership [Great Generals] by by Steven E Woodworth
2010 | PDF | 1.5MB

General William Tecumseh Sherman famously said “War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it.” This statement has contributed to his mythic status as a grim-visaged Civil War character who embodied implacable war. Utilizing unique and highly successful maneuvering techniques, Sherman was an original, decisive, and efficient leader.

Rising steadily through the ranks during the Civil War, Sherman quickly became Ulysses S. Grant’s right hand man. He went on to lead the Union capture of Atlanta, a major victory that contributed to Lincoln’s reelection during a tough phase of the war. Legend has him burning a sixty-mile-wide swath of desolation across the South, but while he held the harsh view that the Southern people must feel the pain of the war if it were ever to end, he also showed courtesy and restraint to those Southerners he encountered and strictly limited the destruction to strategic targets. An integral component to the North’s success, Sherman was directed and single-minded in his pursuit of Union victory and a re-united country. Acclaimed Civil War historian Steven E. Woodworth delivers a nuanced, insightful portrait of General Sherman, as a man who shied away from the spotlight and only wanted the war to end as quickly as possible.

Grant [Great Generals]

Grant [Great Generals]
Grant [Great Generals] by John Mosier
2009 | PDF | 1.13MB

A modest and unassuming man, Grant never lost a battle, leading the Union to victory over the Confederacy during the Civil War, ultimately becoming President of the reunited states. Grant revolutionized military warfare by creating new leadership tactics by integrating new technologies in classical military strategy. In this compelling biography, Mosier reveals the man behind the military legend, showing how Grant's creativity and genius off the battlefield shaped him into one of our nation's greatest military leaders.

Andrew Jackson [Great Generals]

Andrew Jackson [Great Generals]
Andrew Jackson [Great Generals] by Robert V Remini
2009 | PDF | 1.1MB

Andrew Jackson is best known as the president who created “Jacksonian democracy,” with its focus on manifest destiny and laissez-faire economics. But rarely are his accomplishments as a general highlighted. Jackson's effective use of spies in war time and of martial law in peace time sparked a debate about the curtailing of civil liberties in the name of national security that continues to this day. Most of all, Jackson was a great motivator who could, with a few carefully selected words and by his own brave example, turn around starved, deserting troops, convincing them to fight. With dramatic scenes of fierce battles and victories, Remini reveals here why Jackson's bold leadership as a general led to his election as President of the United States in 1828.

Stonewall Jackson [Great Generals]

Stonewall Jackson [Great Generals]
Stonewall Jackson [Great Generals] by Donald A Davis
2007 | PDF | 671.74KB

Deemed "irreplaceable" by Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson assumed his nickname during the Battle of Bull Run in the Civil War. It is said that The Army of Northern Virginia never fully recovered from the loss of Stonewall's leadership when he was accidentally shot by one of his own men and died in 1863. Davis highlights Stonewall Jackson's a general who emphasized the importance of reliable information and early preparedness (he so believed in information that he had a personal mapmaker with him at all times) and details Jackson's many lessons in strategy and leadership.

Genghis Khan: His Life and Legacy

Genghis Khan: His Life and Legacy
Genghis Khan: His Life and Legacy by Paul Ratchnevsky
1993 | PDF | 5.69MB

Genghis Khan was the founder of the Mongol Empire, the largest continuous land empire ever. On his death in 1227, this extended from the Near East to the Yellow Sea, and was expanded by his successors to include what is now Iran, Iraq and southern Russia. By 1206, Genghis Khan had completed the unification by conquest of all the tribes of Mongolia, and was acclaimed as universal Khan. He then launched his assault on Northern China. Peking was captured in 1215, and the Chin were finally subjugated by Genghis's successors in 1234. This is the definitive biography.

Hannibal by Ernle Bradford

Hannibal by Ernle Bradford
Hannibal by Ernle Bradford
1981 | PDF | 44.95MB

Hannibal had long known his fate should the Romans ever lay hands upon him. He had taken an army right through Spain and into what is now France, crossed the Alps (at a time of year when no one believed it possible), and invaded Italy. Then, for 15 years, he used the country as his battlefield and his home, destroying Roman armies with an almost contemptuous ease. For centuries after his death, Roman mothers would frighten their children into behaving by telling them: "Hannibal is at the Gates!" Even today, Hannibal stands as one of the greatest generals in the history of warfare and his battlefield tactics are still studied in military academies all over the world.

Ernle Bradford presents a biography, exploring the strategies of his greatest triumphs and showing us Hannibal as the soldier, the general, the statesman and the private man - revealing a personal charisma and leadership ability that makes his presence still felt in every country bordering the Mediterranean.

The Commercial Revolution of the Middle Ages, 950-1350

The Commercial Revolution of the Middle Ages, 950-1350
The Commercial Revolution of the Middle Ages, 950-1350 by Robert S Lopez
1976 | PDF | 3.96MB

Professor Robert Lopez provides an incisive analysis of the economic structure of the Middle Ages. He makes use of modern economic concepts to explain how an underdeveloped economic system gave birth to the commercial revolution through which Europe succeeded in developing itself.

The book goes far beyond the familiar picture of medieval European society, with its magnificent cathedrals and imposing castles, to concentrate instead on the walled cities and open countryside, for it was here that the revolution was born. Deftly and concisely, Professor Lopez traces the history of this remarkable economic upheaval which saw the rise of merchants and craftsmen and the decline of agricultural dependence by the society.

The Liberator [Audiobook]

The Liberator [Audiobook]
The Liberator: One World War II Soldier's 500-Day Odyssey from the Beaches of Sicily to the Gates of Dachau [Audiobook] by Alex Kershaw, read by Fred Sanders
2012 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 02 mins | 303.87MB

The true story of the bloodiest and most dramatic march to victory of the Second World War: the battlefield odyssey of a maverick U.S. Army officer and his infantry unit as they fought for over five hundred days to liberate Europe - from the invasion of Italy to the gates of Dachau.

From July 10, 1943, the date of the Allied landing in Sicily, to May 8, 1945, when victory in Europe was declared – the entire time it took to liberate Europe – no regiment saw more action, and no single platoon, company, or battalion endured worse, than the ones commanded by Felix Sparks, who had entered the war as a greenhorn second lieutenant of the 157th “Eager for Duty” Infantry Regiment of the 45th “Thunderbird” Division. Sparks and his fellow Thunderbirds fought longest and hardest to defeat Hitler, often against his most fanatical troops, when the odds on the battlefield were even and the fortunes of the Allies hung in the balance – and when the difference between defeat and victory was a matter of character, not tactics or armor.

Drawing on extensive interviews with Sparks and dozens of his men, as well as over five years of research in Europe and in archives across the US, historian Alex Kershaw masterfully recounts one of the most inspiring and heroic journeys in military history. Over the course of four amphibious invasions, Sparks rose from captain to colonel as he battled from the beaches of Sicily through the mountains of Italy and France, ultimately enduring bitter and desperate winter combat against the diehard SS on the Fatherland’s borders. Though he lost all of his company to save the Allied beach-head at Anzio and an entire battalion in the dark forests of the Vosges, Sparks miraculously survived the long bloody march across Europe and was selected to lead a final charge to Bavaria to hunt down Adolf Hitler.

In the dying days of the Third Reich, Sparks and his men crossed the last great barrier in the West, the Rhine, only to experience some of the most intense street fighting and close combat suffered by Americans in WWII. When they finally arrived at the gates of Dachau, Hitler’s first and most notorious concentration camp, the Thunderbirds confronted scenes that robbed the mind of reason. With victory within grasp, Sparks confronted the ultimate test of his humanity: after all he had faced, could he resist the urge to wreak vengeance on the men who had caused untold suffering and misery?

Written with the narrative drive and vivid immediacy of Kershaw’s previous bestselling books about American infantrymen in WWII, The Liberator is a story for the ages, an intensely human and dramatic account of one of history’s greatest warriors and his unheralded role in America’s finest achievement – the defeat of Nazi Germany.

Ivan's War: Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939-1945

Ivan's War: Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939-1945
Ivan's War: Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939-1945 by Catherine Merridale
2006 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.89/3.28MB

A powerful, groundbreaking narrative of the ordinary Russian soldier's experience of the worst war in history, based on newly revealed sources

Of the thirty million who fought, eight million died, driven forward in suicidal charges, shattered by German shells and tanks. They were the men and women of the Red Army, a ragtag mass of soldiers who confronted Europe's most lethal fighting force and by 1945 had defeated it. Sixty years have passed since their epic triumph, but the heart and mind of Ivan--as the ordinary Russian soldier was called--remain a mystery. We know something about hoe the soldiers died, but nearly nothing about how they lived, how they saw the world, or why they fought.

Drawing on previously closed military and secret police archives, interviews with veterans, and private letters and diaries, Catherine Merridale presents the first comprehensive history of the Red Army rank and file. She follows the soldiers from the shock of the German invasion to their costly triumph in Stalingrad, where life expectancy was often a mere twenty-four hours. Through the soldiers' eyes, we witness their victorious arrival in Berlin, where their rage and suffering exact an awful toll, and accompany them as they return home full of hope, only to be denied the new life they had been fighting to secure.

A tour de force of original research and a gripping history, Ivan's War reveals the singular mixture of courage, patriotism, anger, and fear that made it possible for these underfed, badly led troops to defeat the Nazi army. In the process Merridale restores to history the invisible millions who sacrificed the most to win the war.

Heinz Guderian

Heinz Guderian
Heinz Guderian: The background, strategies, tactics and battlefield experiences of the greatest commanders of history by Pier Battistelli
2011 | PDF | 8.41MB

This book gives a focused, military biography of Heinz Guderian, perhaps the most highly respected German tank commander of World War II. Guderian was a typical product of the Prussian military elite; the son of a general in the army, there was little doubt that he would follow in his father's footsteps.

Some consider Guderian to be the founding father of blitzkrieg warfare, and he certainly brought the whole concept to public attention and prominence, chiefly through the publication of his book Achtung Panzer in 1937. He commanded the XIX Motorized) Army Corps in the 1939 Polish campaign, and Panzergruppe Guderian during Operation Barbarossa. In March 1943 he became chief inspector of the Panzer forces, but even the great tank commander could achieve little more than to delay the inevitable defeat of Germany.

Rommel: The Desert Fox

Rommel: The Desert Fox
Rommel: The Desert Fox by Desmond Young
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 280.78/410.59KB

Early in 1941, the famed British Eighth Army was on the route to victory in North Africa. Just a few months later, this same army was on the verge of total defeat, as the Germans had won victory after victory and were threatening to overrun Egypt and the Middle East.

Here is the classic biography of the man who masterminded this great turnabout, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, commander of the German Afrika Korps. The man who burned Hitler's order to execute British raiders and who gave Allied prisoners the same food and medical treatment as his German troops. The tough general who personally conducted reconnaissance under fire in an open car while his tank commanders hid in armored turrets.

The author of this book, Brigadier General Desmond Young, fought against Rommel in North Africa, was captured by him, and after his release at the end of the war visited Rommel's family and talked with many of his fellow officers. Thus, he is able to tell us about intrigues that went on in the German High Command during the war, he is able to give a blow-by-blow description of such decisive battles as Tobruk and El Alamein, and he is able to give personal anecdotes about Rommel and to sort out the facts from the legends that have sprung up around this extraordinary general.

Survivor of the Long March: Five Years As a Pow 1940-1945

Survivor of the Long March: Five Years As a Pow 1940-1945
Survivor of the Long March: Five Years As a Pow 1940-1945 by Charles Waite, Dee La Vardera
2012 | EPUB | 3.05MB

Nothing prepares a man for war and Private Charles Waite, of the Queen's Royal Regiment, was ill-prepared when his convoy took a wrong turning near Abbeville and met 400 German soldiers and half a dozen tanks. "The day I was captured, I had a rifle but no ammunition." He lost his freedom that day in may 1940 and didn't regain it until April 1945 when he was rescued by Americans near Berlin, having walked 1,600 kms from East Prussia.

Silent for seventy years, Charles writes about his five lost years: the terrible things he saw and suffered; his forced work in a stone quarry and on farms; his period in solitary confinement for sabotage; and his long journey home in one of the worst winters on record, across the frozen river Elbe, to Berlin and liberation. His story is also about friendship, of physical and mental resilience and of compassion for everyone who suffered. Part of that story includes the terrible Long March, or Black March, when 80,000 British PoWs were forced to trek through a vicious winter westwards across Poland, Czechosolvakia and Germany as the Soviets approached. Thousands died. There are simply no memoirs of that terrible trek - except this one. So moved was ex-hostage Terry Waite on meeting Charles that he immediately offered to write a foreword to this book.