A History of Ancient Egypt From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid

A History of Ancient Egypt From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid
A History of Ancient Egypt: From the First Farmers to the Great Pyramid by John Romer
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.48/2.65MB

The ancient world comes to life in the first volume in a two book series on the history of Egypt, spanning the first farmers to the construction of the pyramids.

Famed archaeologist John Romer draws on a lifetime of research to tell one history's greatest stories; how, over more than a thousand years, a society of farmers created a rich, vivid world where one of the most astounding of all human-made landmarks, the Great Pyramid, was built. Immersing the reader in the Egypt of the past, Romer examines and challenges the long-held theories about what archaeological finds mean and what stories they tell about how the Egyptians lived. More than just an account of one of the most fascinating periods of history, this engrossing book asks readers to take a step back and question what they've learned about Egypt in the past.

Fans of Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra and history buffs will be captivated by this re-telling of Egyptian history, written by one of the top Egyptologists in the world.

Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937-1945

Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937-1945
Forgotten Ally: China's World War II, 1937-1945 by Rana Mitter
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 4.27/4.53MB

The epic, untold story of China’s devastating eight-year war of resistance against Japan.

For decades, a major piece of World War II history has gone virtually unwritten. The war began in China, two years before Hitler invaded Poland, and China eventually became the fourth great ally, partner to the United States, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain. Yet its drama of invasion, resistance, slaughter, and political intrigue remains little known in the West.

Rana Mitter focuses his gripping narrative on three towering leaders: Chiang Kai-shek, the politically gifted but tragically flawed head of China’s Nationalist government; Mao Zedong, the Communists’ fiery ideological stalwart, seen here at the beginning of his epochal career; and the lesser-known Wang Jingwei, who collaborated with the Japanese to form a puppet state in occupied China. Drawing on Chinese archives that have only been unsealed in the past ten years, he brings to vivid new life such characters as Chiang’s American chief of staff, the unforgettable “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell, and such horrific events as the Rape of Nanking and the bombing of China’s wartime capital, Chongqing. Throughout, Forgotten Ally shows how the Chinese people played an essential role in the wider war effort, at great political and personal sacrifice.

Forgotten Ally rewrites the entire history of World War II. Yet it also offers surprising insights into contemporary China. No twentieth-century event was as crucial in shaping China’s worldview, and no one can understand China, and its relationship with America today, without this definitive work.

A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II

A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II
A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II by Maury Klein
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.98/4.15MB

The colossal scale of World War II required a mobilization effort greater than anything attempted in all of the world's history. The United States had to fight a war across two oceans and three continents-and to do so it had to build and equip a military that was all but nonexistent before the war began. Never in the nation's history did it have to create, outfit, transport, and supply huge armies, navies, and air forces on so many distant and disparate fronts.

The Axis powers might have fielded better trained soldiers, better weapons, better tanks and aircraft. But they could not match American productivity. America buried its enemies in aircraft, ships, tanks, and guns; in this sense, American industry, and American workers, won World War II. The scale of effort was titanic, and the result historic. Not only did it determine the outcome of the war, but it transformed the American economy and society. Maury Klein's A Call to Arms is the definitive narrative history of this epic struggle, told by one of America's greatest historians of business and economics, and renders the transformation of America with a depth and vividness never available before.

Raising Churchill's Army

Raising Churchill's Army
Raising Churchill's Army: The British Army and the War against Germany 1919-1945 by David French
2000 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.22MB/773.31KB

This is the first detailed analysis of the combat capability of the British army in the Second World War. It sweeps away the myth that the army suffered from poor morale, and that it only won its battles through the use of 'brute force' and by reverting to the techniques of the First World War. Few soldiers were actively eager to close with the enemy, but the morale of the army never collapsed and its combat capability steadily improved from 1942 onwards.

Inconvenient People

Inconvenient People
Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England
2012 | EPUB | 4.37MB

The 19th century saw a series of panics about sane individuals being locked away in lunatic asylums, and public feeling often ran high against the rising 'alienist' (or 'mad doctor') profession. English liberty was seen to be under threat from a new class of men who would sign away freedom in return for the high fees paid by unscrupulous people who wanted to be rid of a 'difficult' family member, spouse or friend.

But who were the victims of this trade? And to what extent was it carried on? Why was it a problem for the wealthy and less so for the poor?

Twelve separate stories of contested lunacy cases -- ranging from the 1820s to the 1890s -- reveal the various types of persons who came under threat of incarceration, the support that their plight aroused in the public mind and the newspapers, and doctors' shifting arguments about what constituted insanity.

Lillie Langtry: Manners, Masks and Morals

Lillie Langtry: Manners, Masks and Morals
Lillie Langtry: Manners, Masks and Morals by Laura Beatty
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.1/1.26MB

Mrs Langtry - born a provincial in 1853, died rich and lonely in 1929 - was surrounded by scandal, luxary and gossip; but this new book goes beyond these outward trappings to lift the masks that Oscar Wilde, her friend and mentor, taught her to wear. It is not so much a life as a series of lives - each one distinct from the next - as Lillie reinvented herself. At its centre are the love letters written by Lillie to Arthur Jones, her childhood friend and secret lover, at the time of her fall from Society, her near-bankruptcy, and the birth of her illegitimate daughter at a hidden address in Paris. Laura Beatty captures exactly the spirit of the age, and reveals a passionate woman for whom the charge of opportunism was by no means the whole story.

Marilyn Monroe: Her Life in Pictures

Marilyn Monroe: Her Life in Pictures
Marilyn Monroe: Her Life in Pictures by James Spada, George Zeno
1982 | EPUB + MOBI | 19.02/17.67MB

This the fans' favorite biography of Marilyn, available for the first time as an eBook.

MARILYN MONROE is the only book to tell legendary movie star's amazing life story entirely in photographs. The 200+ pictures are from the legendary collection of George Zeno, the premier Marilyn collector in the world and the lively, anecdotal extended captions are written by the international bestselling biographer James Spada. This book, which the New York Daily News called "a labor of love," was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection. The eBook edition includes a new introduction.

Cleopatra: A Life [Audiobook]

Cleopatra: A Life [Audiobook]
Cleopatra: A Life [Audiobook] by Stacy Schiff
2011 | MP3@56 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 14 hrs 21 mins | 363.28MB

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer brings to life the most intriguing woman in the history of the world: Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt.

Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator.

Though her life spanned fewer than forty years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first when both were teenagers. She poisoned the second. Ultimately she dispensed with an ambitious sister as well; incest and assassination were family specialties. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, among the most prominent Romans of the day. Both were married to other women. Cleopatra had a child with Caesar and--after his murder--three more with his protégé. Already she was the wealthiest ruler in the Mediterranean; the relationship with Antony confirmed her status as the most influential woman of the age. The two would together attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled their ends. Cleopatra has lodged herself in our imaginations ever since.

Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Shakespeare and Shaw put words in her mouth. Michelangelo, Tiepolo, and Elizabeth Taylor put a face to her name. Along the way, Cleopatra's supple personality and the drama of her circumstances have been lost. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff here boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order. Rich in detail, epic in scope, Schiff 's is a luminous, deeply original reconstruction of a dazzling life.

Silver Soldering Simplified

Silver Soldering Simplified
Silver Soldering Simplified: A New Jewelry Technique You Can Do at Home by Scott David Plumlee
2013 | EPUB | 41.9MB

Popular jewelry designer and instructor Scott David Plumlee shows readers how to create 24 intricate-looking earrings, bracelets, and necklaces at home with a new quick and easy soldering technique.

An innovative new material is turning traditional soldering upside down. Scott David Plumlee teaches jewelry makers how to use a revolutionary new soldering paste and a small hand-held butane torch to create a range of seemingly complex but easily doable chain and bead designs at their kitchen table--no elaborate, expensive studio required. Scott's ingenious methods, clear instruction, and inspiring designs will give any aspiring jewelry maker the confidence to master this formerly intimidating technique.

Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques

Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques
Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques by Michael Michalko
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 6.81/7.43MB

Rethink the Way You Think

In hindsight, every great idea seems obvious. But how can you be the person who comes up with those ideas?

In this revised and expanded edition of his groundbreaking Thinkertoys, creativity expert Michael Michalko reveals life-changing tools that will help you think like a genius. From the linear to the intuitive, this comprehensive handbook details ingenious creative-thinking techniques for approaching problems in unconventional ways. Through fun and thought-provoking exercises, you’ll learn how to create original ideas that will improve your personal life and your business life. Michalko’s techniques show you how to look at the same information as everyone else and see something different.

With hundreds of hints, tricks, tips, tales, and puzzles, Thinkertoys will open your mind to a world of innovative solutions to everyday and not-so-everyday problems.

The Book of Not Knowing

The Book of Not Knowing
The Book of Not Knowing: Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness by Peter Ralston
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 621.3/709.09KB

Over decades of martial arts and meditation practice, Peter Ralston discovered a curious and paradoxical fact: that true awareness arises from a state of not-knowing. Even the most sincere investigation of self and spirit, he says, is often sabotaged by our tendency to grab too quickly for answers and ideas as we retreat to the safety of the known. This "Hitchhiker’s Guide to Awareness" provides helpful guideposts along an experiential journey for those Western minds predisposed to wandering off to old habits, cherished presumptions, and a stubbornly solid sense of self. With ease and clarity Ralston teaches readers how to become aware of the background patterns that they are usually too busy, stressed, or distracted to notice.

The Book of Not Knowing points out the ways people get stuck in their lives and offers readers a way to make fresh choices about every aspect of their lives, from a place of awareness instead of autopilot.

Modern Ideas in Chess

Modern Ideas in Chess
Modern Ideas in Chess by Richard Reti
2009 | EPUB | 6.48MB

Richard Reti - one of the leaders of the hypermodern school of chess which rose to prominence in the 1920's - was a formidable over the board grandmaster as shown by his victories at the splendid tournaments of Kaschau 1918, Gothenburg 1920 and Teplitz Schonau 1922. His victims included Capablanca, Alekhine and Nimzowitsch, while his elegant destruction of Bogolyubov deservedly won the beauty prize at New York 1924.

Reti was an adept at blindfold chess in which he rivalled Alekhine in the number and strength of his opposition,a lucidly brilliant composer of endgame studies but above all an artist fascinated by the creative forces and energies lying beneath the surface of the chessboard battle. Golombek wrote " Reti became a great and vital writer on the game --for the first time in the history of books on chess a writer capable of a genuine historical survey of the evolution of chess ideas and also of a colourful and poetic picture of the state of contemporary chess had made his appearance." As Reti himself wrote "in the idea of chess and the development of the chess mind we have a picture of the intellectual struggle of mankind."

The Power of Thinking Differently

The Power of Thinking Differently
The Power of Thinking Differently: An Imaginative Guide to Creativity, Change, and the Discovery of New Ideas by Javy W Galindo
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 606.52/729.77KB

Q: What happens after a former engineer and music teacher explores the creative approaches found in art, science, technology, business, spirituality, and everyday living?

A: He writes a humorously enlightening guidebook for anyone wanting to be creative - a book that will re-engineer your brain to think creatively.

In The Power of Thinking Differently, Javy W. Galindo takes us along on an adventurous tour of the creative process. Using fun language, the book looks at creative thinking through the rational lens of psychology, neuroscience, and popular creativity literature. At the same time, it exercises the imagination using allegory, myth, jokes, and puzzles. The book reveals the roots our thinking habits and illuminates an imaginative six-stage roadmap to discovering unique ideas and implementing creative change. We come to see that creativity isn't just for creative types. It turns out that we all have the inherent capacity to think creatively and attain flashes of creative insight.

What else will you learn? -- The universal stages of the creative process. How your brain is built to be creative. The secrets to going beyond common sense to attain uncommon ideas. Why relaxation and a sense of play are crucial to being creative. How to overcome creative blocks and habitual thinking patterns. Ways of becoming more insight prone. The keys to cultivating creativity in groups. How to conquer common creativity pitfalls. And how thinking differently can be a soul enriching, meaning deepening activity.

The Mind's Own Physician

The Mind's Own Physician
The Mind's Own Physician: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama on the Healing Power of Meditation edited by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Richard Davidson
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 6.19/6.54MB

By inviting the Dalai Lama and leading researchers in medicine, psychology, and neuroscience to join in conversation, the Mind & Life Institute set the stage for a fascinating exploration of the healing potential of the human mind. The Mind’s Own Physician presents in its entirety the thirteenth Mind and Life dialogue, a discussion addressing a range of vital questions concerning the science and clinical applications of meditation: How do meditative practices influence pain and human suffering? What role does the brain play in emotional well-being and health? To what extent can our minds actually influence physical disease? Are there important synergies here for transforming health care, and for understanding our own evolutionary limitations as a species?

Edited by world-renowned researchers Jon Kabat-Zinn and Richard J. Davidson, this book presents this remarkably dynamic interchange along with intriguing research findings that shed light on the nature of the mind, its capacity to refine itself through training, and its role in physical and emotional health.

An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies

An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies
An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies by Tyler Cowen
2012 | EPUB | 331.52KB

One of the most influential economists of the decade-and the New York Times bestselling author of The Great Stagnation-boldly argues that just about everything you've heard about food is wrong.

Food snobbery is killing entrepreneurship and innovation, says economist, preeminent social commentator, and maverick dining guide blogger Tyler Cowen. Americans are becoming angry that our agricultural practices have led to global warming-but while food snobs are right that local food tastes better, they're wrong that it is better for the environment, and they are wrong that cheap food is bad food. The food world needs to know that you don't have to spend more to eat healthy, green, exciting meals. At last, some good news from an economist!

Tyler Cowen discusses everything from slow food to fast food, from agriculture to gourmet culture, from modernist cuisine to how to pick the best street vendor. He shows why airplane food is bad but airport food is good; why restaurants full of happy, attractive people serve mediocre meals; and why American food has improved as Americans drink more wine. And most important of all, he shows how to get good, cheap eats just about anywhere.

Just as The Great Stagnation was Cowen's response to all the fashionable thinking about the economic crisis, An Economist Gets Lunch is his response to all the fashionable thinking about food. Provocative, incisive, and as enjoyable as a juicy, grass-fed burger, it will influence what you'll choose to eat today and how we're going to feed the world tomorrow.

Planting Plans for Your Kitchen Garden

Planting Plans for Your Kitchen Garden
Planting Plans for Your Kitchen Garden: How to Create a Vegetable, Herb and Fruit Garden in Easy Stages by Holly Farrell
2013 | EPUB | 7.08MB

Planting Plans for Your Kitchen Garden gives you all you need to turn your back garden into a productive paradise with modular planting plans for simple beds of vegetables, herbs, fruit and cut flowers. You can also mix and match the beds to create your own kitchen garden or allotment.

KEY POINTS:

  • An ideal book for 20/30 somethings, who've watched River Cottage and The Great British Bake-off and want a slice of the good life themselves.
  • Unlike all other grow-your-own books on the market, it shows you modular lay outs for your veg, herbs or fruit. The book breaks down the huge task of building a garden into smaller, more easily achieved modules, each one complete in itself.
  • This offers readers two clear benefits: 1)It rewards them with successful outcomes early in the process and inspires them to continue adding more building blocks to their overall garden plan. 2)It also offers them the ability to structure their individual garden to reflect their own tastes and practical requirements.
  • The 35+ modular planting plans give straightforward, detailed instructions for each bed.

Readers mix and match which modules they want to grow to create a productive garden one step at a time. It's 30 Minute Gardening - minimal effort for maximum outcome.

The Perennial Care Manual: A Plant-by-Plant Guide

The Perennial Care Manual: A Plant-by-Plant Guide
The Perennial Care Manual: A Plant-by-Plant Guide: What to Do & When to Do It by Nancy J Ondra
2009 | EPUB | 90.09MB

How do you keep your perennial beds looking their best, season after season? This comprehensive resource covers everything you need to know, from planning and planting to watering, mulching, pruning, propagating, and more. Author Nancy Ondra also includes an in-depth, plant-by-plant guide showing you how to maintain more than 125 of the most popular perennials, giving specific information on everything from soil requirements to bloom height to preparing plants for winter. Simple, clear instructions paired with beautiful photography by award-winning garden photographer Rob Cardillo make it easy to keep your perennial garden beautiful!

Farm Together Now

Farm Together Now
Farm Together Now by Amy Franceschini, Daniel Tucker
2010 | EPUB | 10.29MB

With interest in home gardening at an all-time high and concerns about food production and safety making headlines, Farm Together Now explores the current state of grassroots farming in the U.S. Part oral history and part treatise on food politics, this fascinating project is an introduction to the many individuals who are producing sustainable food, challenging public policy, and developing community organizing efforts. With hundreds of photographs and a foreword from New York Times columnist Mark Bittman, Farm Together Now will educate, inspire, and cultivate a new wave of modern agrarians.

Your Midwest Garden: An Owner's Manual

Your Midwest Garden: An Owner's Manual
Your Midwest Garden: An Owner's Manual by Jan Riggenbach
2013 | PDF | 8.83MB

It’s a rare midwesterner who doesn’t grow something, whether potted plants on a porch, caged tomato vines, a blooming border, or a solitary rose. And it’s an even rarer midwestern gardener who isn’t sometimes flummoxed by extremes of weather, pesky insects and persistent diseases, or simple questions about what to plant where. For nearly four decades, Jan Riggenbach has given these gardeners answers, as well as a weekly dose of gentle humor and wise counsel, in her widely syndicated newspaper column, Midwest Gardening. Your Midwest Garden draws on these columns to offer readers in America’s heartland all the gardening information they want and need, along with plenty they might not even suspect they’re missing.

Annuals and perennials, shrubs and vines, fruits and vegetables, wildflowers, bulbs, and herbs: As readable as it is useful, this book reviews the familiar, reconsiders old favorites, and introduces dozens of surprising and seldom-grown plants ideal for Midwest gardens and landscapes. Illustrated with color photos from the author’s garden, it provides tips on plant placement and care, starting seeds and making compost, matching specimens and sites, combating insects and diseases, simplifying garden chores, designing for winter beauty, and myriad other ways of enriching and enjoying your Midwest garden.

Kentucky Bourbon: The Early Years of Whiskeymaking

Kentucky Bourbon: The Early Years of Whiskeymaking
Kentucky Bourbon: The Early Years of Whiskeymaking by Henry G Crowgey
2008 | PDF | 15.97MB

Bourbon whiskey is perhaps Kentucky's most distinctive product. Despite bourbon's prominence in the social and economic life of the Bluegrass state, many myths and legends surround its origins. In Kentucky Bourbon, Henry C. Crowgey claims that distilled spirits and pioneer settlement went hand in hand; Isaac Shelby, the state's first governor, was among Kentucky's pioneer distillers.

Crowgey traces the drink's history from its beginnings as a cottage industry to steam-based commercial operations in the period just before the Civil War. From "spirited" camp meetings, to bourbon's use as a medium of exchange for goods and services, to the industry's coming of age in the mid-nineteenth century, the story of Kentucky bourbon is a fascinating chapter in the state's early history.

Balaboosta: Gold Mediterrian Recipes

Balaboosta: Gold Mediterrian Recipes
Balaboosta: Gold Mediterrian Recipes by Einat Admony
2013 | EPUB | 26.78MB

Einat Admony is a 21st-century balaboosta (Yiddish for “perfect housewife”).She’s a mother and wife, but also a chef busy running three bustling New York City restaurants. Her debut cookbook features 140 of the recipes she cooks for the people she loves—her children, her husband, and the many friends she regularly entertains. Here, Einat’s mixed Israeli heritage (Yemenite, Persian) seamlessly blends with the fresh, sophisticated Mediterranean palate she honed while working in some of New York City’s most beloved kitchens.

The result is a melting pot of meals for every need and occasion: exotic and exciting dinner-party dishes (harissa-spiced Moroccan fish, beet gnocchi), meals just for kids (chicken schnitzel, root veggie chips), healthy options (butternut squash and saffron soup, quinoa salad with preserved lemon and chickpeas), satisfying comfort food (creamy, cheesy potatoes, spicy chili), and so much more.

Real Food Fermentation

Real Food Fermentation
Real Food Fermentation: Preserving Whole Fresh Food with Live Cultures in Your Home Kitchen by Alex Lewin
2012 | PDF | 19.7MB

Preserve your favorite foods through every season with Real Food Fermentation. Control your own ingredients, techniques, and additives. Learn a practical food-preparation skill you’ll use again and again. And express yourself by making something unique and whole.

Inside, you’ll find:

  • All the basics: the process, the tools, and how to get started
  • A guide to choosing the right ingredients
  • Sauerkraut and beyond—how to ferment vegetables, including slaw-style, pickles, and kimchi
  • How to ferment dairy into yogurt, kefir, crème fraîche, and butter
  • How to ferment fruits, from lemons to tomatoes, and how to serve them
  • How to ferment your own beverages, including mead, kombucha, vinegar, and ginger ale
  • A primer on fermented meat, fish, soy, bread, and more
  • Everything you need to know about why the recipes work, why they are safe, what to do if they go wrong, and how to modify them to suit your taste

Breakfast: A History

Breakfast: A History
Breakfast: A History by Heather Arndt Anderson
2013 | EPUB | 7.51MB

From corn flakes to pancakes, Breakfast: A History explores this “most important meal of the day” as a social and gastronomic phenomenon. It explains how and why the meal emerged, what is eaten commonly in this meal across the globe, why certain foods are considered indispensable, and how it has been depicted in art and media. Heather Arndt Anderson’s detail-rich, culturally revealing, and entertaining narrative thoroughly satisfies.

Happy This Year: The Secret to Getting Happy Once and for All

Happy This Year: The Secret to Getting Happy Once and for All
Happy This Year: The Secret to Getting Happy Once and for All by Will Bowen
2013 | EPUB | 3.06MB

A practical, yet inspirational work that proposes it’s the inner world of our psyches that determines happiness, not outside forces. We have control over our own happiness and this powerful book offers concrete advice on how to tap into it and nourish it all year round. The author focuses explicitly on the positive ways we can establish a higher set-point in our thoughts, speech, and actions, resulting in greater sustainable levels of happiness. Regardless of what the year and your life may bring, we can become measurably and sustainably happier.

The Mind-Made Prison: Radical Self Help and Personal Transformation

The Mind-Made Prison: Radical Self Help and Personal Transformation
The Mind-Made Prison: Radical Self Help and Personal Transformation by Mateo Tabatabai
2012 | EPUB | 3.05MB

A Self Help and Self Esteem Guide that actually works

  • Is your mind causing you pain and suffering?
  • Do you feel like it is a constant struggle to work towards your goals?
  • Are there thoughts and patterns holding you back that you just can't seem to identify?
  • Do you avoid going for your dreams because of reasons that you know make no "logical sense"?

This book is Designed for anyone who wants to take the quality of their life to the next level...

  • You will get a detailed understanding of how your psyche and beliefs function.
  • You will learn 2 highly effective methods for identifying limiting beliefs and emotions that are currently stopping you.
  • You will learn how to permanently delete and eliminate your current limiting beliefs.
  • You will learn a very powerful method for installing new and empowering beliefs into your psyche.

How much would the quality of your life improve if you could learn to let go of everything that is holding you back?

The Mind-Made prison is a must-read for anyone interested in the areas of self development and self esteem. By using the author's proven techniques of personal transformation, you can literally learn to design your life in any way you want.

This book will save you from going through life without ever truly tapping into your full potential...

The Mind-Made prison is one that we are all caught in, either knowingly or unknowingly, and this comprehensive guide explains how you can finally escape the iron grip of this prison.

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work [Audiobook]

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work [Audiobook]
Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work [Audiobook] by Chip Heath, Dan Heath, read by Kaleo Griffith
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 09 mins | 251.56MB

Research in psychology has revealed that our decisions are disrupted by an array of biases and irrationalities: We’re overconfident. We seek out information that supports us and downplay information that doesn’t. We get distracted by short-term emotions. When it comes to making choices, it seems, our brains are flawed instruments. Unfortunately, merely being aware of these shortcomings doesn’t fix the problem, any more than knowing that we are nearsighted helps us to see. The real question is: How can we do better?

In Decisive, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases. Written in an engaging and compulsively readable style, Decisive takes readers on an unforgettable journey, from a rock star’s ingenious decision-making trick to a CEO’s disastrous acquisition, to a single question that can often resolve thorny personal decisions.

Along the way, we learn the answers to critical questions like these: How can we stop the cycle of agonizing over our decisions? How can we make group decisions without destructive politics? And how can we ensure that we don’t overlook precious opportunities to change our course?

Decisive is the Heath brothers’ most powerful—and important—book yet, offering fresh strategies and practical tools enabling us to make better choices. Because the right decision, at the right moment, can make all the difference.

Finance and the Good Society

Finance and the Good Society
Finance and the Good Society by Robert J Shiller
2013 | EPUB | 2.02MB

The reputation of the financial industry could hardly be worse than it is today in the painful aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. New York Times best-selling economist Robert Shiller is no apologist for the sins of finance--he is probably the only person to have predicted both the stock market bubble of 2000 and the real estate bubble that led up to the subprime mortgage meltdown.

But in this important and timely book, Shiller argues that, rather than condemning finance, we need to reclaim it for the common good. He makes a powerful case for recognizing that finance, far from being a parasite on society, is one of the most powerful tools we have for solving our common problems and increasing the general well-being. We need more financial innovation--not less--and finance should play a larger role in helping society achieve its goals.

Challenging the public and its leaders to rethink finance and its role in society, Shiller argues that finance should be defined not merely as the manipulation of money or the management of risk but as the stewardship of society's assets. He explains how people in financial careers--from CEO, investment manager, and banker to insurer, lawyer, and regulator--can and do manage, protect, and increase these assets. He describes how finance has historically contributed to the good of society through inventions such as insurance, mortgages, savings accounts, and pensions, and argues that we need to envision new ways to rechannel financial creativity to benefit society as a whole.

Ultimately, Shiller shows how society can once again harness the power of finance for the greater good.

The Art of Speeches and Presentations

The Art of Speeches and Presentations
The Art of Speeches and Presentations: The Secrets of Making People Remember What You Say by Philip Collins
2012 | EPUB | 3.14MB

Be memorable.

Whether you like it or loathe it, public speaking is something many of us have to do. Be it presentations to colleagues or speeches to a room full of near strangers, we all want to shine…or at least get through it with our dignity intact. Luckily Philip Collins, former Chief Speech Writer to Tony Blair, knows exactly what’s needed to give a storming speech.

The secret, according to Philip, is content. Too many of us focus on how we’re presenting, and don’t spend enough time thinking about what we’re presenting. The secret to memorable, polished speeches is to think more about the material you’re sharing – to pay attention to detail and choose your works carefully. Speech writing is and art – and art we can all learn.

When the content’s right, the confidence will follow.

In The Art of Speeches and Presentations Philip Collins provides you with a concise set of tools, preparing you for any speaking occasion. Ranging from the ancient history of rhetoric to what makes Barack Obama such a good speaker, it’s packed with practical examples and tips to teach you the craft of speaking well and making people remember what to say.

The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs
The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience by Carmine Gallo
2010 | PDF | 4.08MB

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs’s wildly popular presentations have set a new global gold standard—and now this step-by-step guide shows you exactly how to use his crowd-pleasing techniques in your own presentations.

The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs is as close as you'll ever get to having the master presenter himself speak directly in your ear. Communications expert Carmine Gallo has studied and analyzed the very best of Jobs's performances, offering point-by-point examples, tried-and-true techniques, and proven presentation secrets in 18 "scenes," including:

  • Develop a messianic sense of purpose
  • Reveal the Conquering hero
  • Channel your inner Zen
  • Stage your presentation with props
  • Make it look effortless

With this revolutionary approach, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to sell your ideas, share your enthusiasm, and wow your audience the Steve Jobs way.

Event Strategies for Successful Business Entertaining

Event Strategies for Successful Business Entertaining
The Art of Professional Connections: Event Strategies for Successful Business Entertaining by Gloria Petersen
2013 | EPUB | 3.1MB

The fourth book in The Art of Professional Connections series, Event Strategies for Successful Business Entertaining addresses the basics of organizing business events-everything from cultural events and sporting activities to educational conferences and trade shows. You will learn what you need to know about staging, hosting, and participating in events. It will guide you step by step from the initial planning stages to the last and most important step afterward: the debriefing. It will make you comfortable being the host or being a guest, being a participant or merely a spectator.

Most importantly, this book and all the books in The Art of Professional Connections series are about being prepared, about creating the right conditions and the best atmosphere for solidifying relationships with clients, customers, prospects, and employees.

Without Their Permission

Without Their Permission
Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed by Alexis Ohanian
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.39/3.58MB

As Alexis Ohanian learned when he helped to co-found the immensely popular reddit.com, the internet is the most powerful and democratic tool for disseminating information in human history. And when that power is harnessed to create new communities, technologies, businesses or charities, the results can be absolutely stunning.

In this book, Alexis will share his ideas, tips and even his own doodles about harnessing the power of the web for good, and along the way, he will share his philosophy with young entrepreneurs all over the globe.

At 29, Ohanian has come to personify the dorm-room tech entrepreneur, changing the world without asking permission. Within a couple of years of graduating from the University of Virginia, Ohanian did just that, selling reddit for millions of dollars. He's gone on to start many other companies, like hipmunk and breadpig, all while representing Y Combinator and investing in over sixty other tech startups. WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION is his personal guidebook as to how other aspiring entrepreneurs can follow in his footsteps.

The Economist Audio Edition [October 5, 2013]

The Economist Audio Edition [October 5, 2013]
The Economist Audio Edition [October 5, 2013]
English | MP3@48 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 153.72MB

The audio edition contains word-for-word recordings of all articles published in The Economist, read by professional broadcasters and actors. It is ideal for anyone who wants to listen to articles while travelling, exercising or just relaxing.

Contents:

The world this week

  • Politics this week
  • Business this week

Leaders

  • America's government shutdown
  • No way to run a country
  • Climate science
  • Stubborn things
  • Japan's economy
  • Third arrow, please
  • Ukraine and the European Union
  • West or east?
  • Roundabouts
  • The widening gyre

Letters

  • On biodiversity, software jobs, unemployment

Briefing

  • America's health-care upheaval
  • Will it get better?

United States

  • The federal government
  • Closed until further notice
  • Detroit's bankruptcy
  • Manna for Motown
  • Eating roadkill
  • Critter fritters
  • New York City Opera
  • Final curtains
  • Texan politics
  • Glamour, guns and acts of God
  • Lexington
  • Cruz missile

The Americas

  • Nicaragua's proposed canal
  • A man, a plan—and little else
  • Railways in Buenos Aires
  • Not driving but sleeping
  • Slavery reparations
  • Blood money
  • Sports in Cuba
  • Go pro

Asia

  • Japan and Abenomics
  • Taxing times
  • Buddhism in South Korea
  • Monkey business
  • Australia and Indonesia
  • Boats, cows and grass
  • Bicycles and rickshaws in India
  • Four wheels good, two wheels bad
  • Myanmar's ethnic conflicts
  • Waiting for the dividend
  • Banyan
  • Still worth talking to

China

  • Shanghai Free Trade Zone
  • The next Shenzhen?
  • Getting closer to the people
  • Critical masses

Middle East and Africa

  • Nigeria ruling party
  • Things fall apart
  • Riots in Sudan
  • Bashing Bashir
  • Kenya
  • A murky aftermath
  • An Israeli rabbi
  • What if he goes?
  • Syria's chemical weapons
  • Can it be done?
  • Iraq's Kurds
  • Watch out for bad neighbours

Europe

  • Italian politics
  • A duel gone wrong
  • Greece's neo-Nazis
  • Breakthrough or backlash
  • German politics
  • Afraid of Angela
  • Austria's election
  • The Eurosceptics' victory
  • Turkish politics
  • After the protests
  • Ukraine
  • Looking to the West
  • Charlemagne
  • It's the politics, stupid

Britain

  • London's Tech City
  • Start me up
  • Tracking firearms
  • Guns for hire
  • Ralph Miliband
  • Red Ed's dead dad
  • Police tactics
  • Searching questions
  • Help to Buy
  • Mortgage madness
  • The politics of welfare reform
  • Divided they stand
  • London Overground
  • In the loop
  • Allotments
  • Garden state
  • Bagehot
  • Dave's land of opportunity

International

  • Chess
  • A sporting chance
  • Road safety
  • Circling the globe
  • Finding the missing
  • Dead link

Business

  • Business creation in Germany
  • A slow climb
  • Sunday trading
  • Closed for business
  • The business of sport
  • Ultimate recognition
  • The news business
  • Channel change
  • Business in Libya
  • A post-Qaddafi pause
  • Business in Misrata
  • The can-do city
  • Specialty chemicals
  • Cleaning up
  • Schumpeter
  • Riding the wave

Finance and economics

  • Goldman Sachs
  • Reform school for bankers
  • Buttonwood
  • The profits prophet
  • The asset-quality review
  • Gentlemen, start your audits
  • Spanish banks
  • Health check
  • Derivatives trading
  • Not with a bang
  • Catastrophe bonds
  • Perilous paper
  • The economics of cow ownership
  • Udder people's money
  • Free exchange
  • Hot air
  • Schools brief
  • Making banks safe
  • Calling to accounts

Science and technology

  • Climate science
  • Clouds of (slightly less) unknowing
  • Academic publishing
  • Science's Sokal moment
  • Private space flight
  • Swans and Falcons
  • Psychology
  • Time is not money

Books and arts

  • The maturing of democracy
  • Picking up the tab
  • Outer space
  • To dream the impossible dream
  • Britain, America and the nuclear bomb
  • Two-man race
  • New fiction
  • See Naples and die
  • Tamara Mellon
  • Stacked heels
  • The art of Paul Klee
  • Shape-shifting

Obituary

  • Robert Ford