Science Fiction Puzzle Tales

Science Fiction Puzzle Tales
Science Fiction Puzzle Tales by Martin Gardner
1981 | PDF | 1.48MB

Introducing robots, bacteriophage, toroid, and omniscient Rational Advance Calculators of Local Events in a thoroughly delightful and perplexing collection of science fiction puzzle tales.

Weirdest and Wackiest World Records

Weirdest and Wackiest World Records
Weirdest and Wackiest World Records: From the Absolutely Bizarre to the Downright Shocking edited by Tony Lyons
2012 | EPUB | 14.08MB

Unbelievable records, from the world’s biggest soap bubble to the largest pie fight.

Who knew that one could make a claim to fame in such an unorthodox way? The Weirdest and Wackiest World Records may not list the most traditional achievements, but it sure will leave readers speechless. From astonishing eating records to man’s most absurd “talents,” this book delves into the unconventional actions taken by many to make their milestone. Some of these “achievements” are:

  • Hairiest Man—Victor “Larry” Ramos Gomez, with 98% of his body covered
  • Most Tattoos on a Senior Citizen—Isobel Varley, with 93% of her body covered
  • Longest Distance on a Unicycle for Twenty-Four Hours— Sam Wakeling, who covered 281.85 miles in 2007
  • Most Asparagus Eaten in Ten Minutes—Joey Chestnut, with 9 lbs., 5.2 oz. in 2011
  • And hundreds more!

Sure to leave you shocked, amused, and entertained, The Weirdest and Wackiest World Records is the perfect source to learn about the most bizarre feats that have ever been successfully attempted. So whether you’re fascinated by the crazy people who set these records or are looking for an insane record to break, you’ll most certainly find it here. This is a book you will have to read to believe!

The Book of the Dead

The Book of the Dead
The Book of the Dead: Lives of the Justly Famous and the Undeservedly Obscure by John Mitchinson, ‎John Lloyd
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.34MB/717.54KB

The team behind the New York Times bestseller The Book of General Ignorance turns conventional biography on its head—and shakes out the good stuff.

Following their Herculean—or is it Sisyphean?—efforts to save the living from ignorance, the two wittiest Johns in the English language turn their attention to the dead.

As the authors themselves say, “The first thing that strikes you about the Dead is just how many of them there are.” Helpfully, Lloyd and Mitchinson have employed a simple—but ruthless—criterion for inclusion: the dead person has to be interesting.

Here, then, is a dictionary of the dead, an encyclopedia of the embalmed. Ludicrous in scope, whimsical in its arrangement, this wildly entertaining tome presents pithy and provocative biographies of the no-longer-living from the famous to the undeservedly and—until now—permanently obscure. Spades in hand, Lloyd and Mitchinson have dug up everything embarrassing, fascinating, and downright weird about their subjects’ lives and added their own uniquely irreverent observations.

Organized by capricious categories—such as dead people who died virgins, who kept pet monkeys, who lost limbs, whose corpses refused to stay put—the dearly departed, from the inventor of the stove to a cross-dressing, bear-baiting female gangster finally receive the epitaphs they truly deserve.

Discover:

  • Why Freud had a lifelong fear of trains
  • The one thing that really made Isaac Newton laugh
  • How Catherine the Great really died (no horse was involved)

Much like the country doctor who cured smallpox (he’s in here), Lloyd and Mitchinson have the perfect antidote for anyone out there dying of boredom. The Book of the Dead—like life itself—is hilarious, tragic, bizarre, and amazing. You may never pass a graveyard again without chuckling.

The Fortean Times Book of Strange Deaths

The Fortean Times Book of Strange Deaths
The Fortean Times Book of Strange Deaths
2010 | EPUB | 280.63KB

Death comes to us all in the end, but some people manage to make a more memorable exit than others! Within the pages of this brand new Fortean Times MagBook you'll find the strangest deaths from around the world and discover the bizarre and astounding ways in which some people meet their maker.

Stupid suicides, idiotic accidents and freakish fatalities if there's a weird way of dying, you'll find it here! If you thought meeting the Grim Reaper was all doom and gloom, the unusual exits revealed in this MagBook might just change your mind...

QI: The Book of General Ignorance [The Noticeably Stouter Edition]

QI: The Book of General Ignorance [The Noticeably Stouter Edition]
QI: The Book of General Ignorance [The Noticeably Stouter Edition] by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.07/1.05MB
The indispensable compendium of popular misconceptions, misunderstandings and common mistakes culled from the hit BBC show, QI. The noticeably stouter QI Book of General Ignorance sets out to show you that a lot of what you think you know is wrong. If, like Alan Davies, you still think the Henry VIII had six wives, the earth has only one moon, that George Washington was the first president of the USA, that Bangkok is the capital of Thailand, that the largest living thing is a blue whale, that Alexander Graeme Bell invented the telephone, that whisky and bagpipes come from Scotland or that Mount Everest is the world's tallest mountain, then there are at least 200 reasons why this is the book for you.

Disalmanac: A Book of Fact-Like Facts

Disalmanac: A Book of Fact-Like Facts
Disalmanac: A Book of Fact-Like Facts by Scott Bateman
2013 | EPUB | 7.76MB

Have you ever wanted to dazzle your friends with your command of history, science, and other important matters? No? Then this is the book for you.

Ronald Reagan once famously said, “Facts are stupid things.” The book you hold in your hands will prove it.

Did you know that Albuquerque’s population is 78% chupacabra and 22% victim?
Do you know why civilization started in Mesopotamia, and not Boise?
And did you know the reason you shouldn’t stare at the Sun is that it will probably shoot you and turn your skin into a rain poncho?

Disalmanac is a handy compendium of false facts covering everything from world history and economics to pop culture, sports, and more. All of which are incorrect, but try not to be so judgy about it.

But wait, there’s more. You’ll also discover a generous supply of Random Bonus Facts from the likes of Michael Ian Black, Neil Gaiman, Wil Wheaton, Weird Al Yankovic, and other luminaries who may or may not have a good grasp of the facts.

Because I Said So! [Audiobook]

Because I Said So! [Audiobook]
Because I Said So: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids [Audiobook] by Ken Jennings, read by the Author
2012 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 277.58MB

Don’t cross your eyes or they’ll stay like that!
Feed a cold, starve a fever!
Don’t touch your Halloween candy until we get it checked out!
Never run with scissors
Don’t look in the microwave while it’s running!
This will go down on your permanent record

Is any of it true? If so, how true? Ken Jennings wants to find out if mother and father always know best. Yes, all those years you were told not to sit too close to the television (you’ll hurt your eyes!) or swallow your gum (it stays in your stomach for seven years!) or crack your knuckles (arthritis!) are called into question by our country’s leading trivia guru. Jennings separates myth from fact to debunk a wide variety of parental edicts: no swimming after meals, sit up straight, don’t talk to strangers, and so on.

Armed with medical case histories, scientific findings, and even the occasional experiment on himself (or his kids), Jennings exposes countless examples of parental wisdom run amok. Whether you’re a parent who wants to know what you can stop worrying about or a kid (of any age) looking to say, “I told you so,” this is the anti–helicopter parenting book you’ve been waiting for.

Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac: 8,888 Questions in 365 Days

Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac: 8,888 Questions in 365 Days
Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac: 8,888 Questions in 365 Days by Ken Jennings
2008 | EPUB | 4.74MB

Ken Jennings’s Trivia Almanac is the ingeniously organized book where, for a change, the all-time Jeopardy! champ gets to ask the questions–and where every day of the year will give you the chance to test your trivia mettle.

For example–February 21: In 1912, on this day, Teddy Roosevelt coined the political phrase “hat in the ring,” so Ken Jennings fires off a series of “ring” questions. What two NFL quarterbacks have four Super Bowl rings each?* What rings are divided by the Cassini Division?** Also on this date, in 1981, the “goth” music scene was born in London, so here’s a quiz on black-clad icons like Darth Vader, Johnny Cash, and Zorro. Do you know the secret identities of Ivanhoe’s Black Knight*** or Men in Black’s Agent M****?

In this ultimate book for trivia buffs and other assorted know-it-alls, the 365 entries feature “This Day in History” factoids, trivia quizzes, and questions categorized by Jennings as “Easy,” “Hard,” and “Yeah, Good Luck.” Topics cover every subject under the sun, from paleontology to mixology, sports feats to Bach suites, medieval popes to daytime soaps. This addictive gathering of facts, oddities, devilishly clever quizzes, and other flights of fancy will make each day a fun and intriguing new challenge.

Brainiac

Brainiac
Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs by Ken Jennings
2007 | EPUB | 353.54KB

One day back in 2003, Ken Jennings and his college buddy Earl did what hundreds of thousands of people had done before: they auditioned for Jeopardy! Two years, 75 games, 2,642 correct answers, and over $2.5 million in winnings later, Ken Jennings emerged as trivia’s undisputed king. Brainiac traces his rise from anonymous computer programmer to nerd folk icon. But along the way, it also explores his newly conquered kingdom: the world of trivia itself.

Jennings had always been minutiae-mad, poring over almanacs and TV Guide listings at an age when most kids are still watching Elmo and putting beans up their nose. But trivia, he has found, is centuries older than his childhood obsession with it. Whisking us from the coffeehouses of seventeenth-century London to the Internet age, Jennings chronicles the ups and downs of the trivia fad: the quiz book explosion of the Jazz Age; the rise, fall, and rise again of TV quiz shows; the nostalgic campus trivia of the 1960s; and the 1980s, when Trivial Pursuit again made it fashionable to be a know-it-all.

Jennings also investigates the shadowy demimonde of today’s trivia subculture, guiding us on a tour of trivia hotspots across America. He goes head-to-head with the blowhards and diehards of the college quiz-bowl circuit, the slightly soused faithful of the Boston pub trivia scene, and the raucous participants in the annual Q&A marathon in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, “The World’s Largest Trivia Contest.” And, of course, he takes us behind the scenes of his improbable 75-game run on Jeopardy!

But above all, Brainiac is a love letter to the useless fact. What marsupial has fingerprints that are indistinguishable from human ones?* What planet has a crater on it named after Laura Ingalls Wilder?** What comedian had the misfortune to be born with the name “Albert Einstein”?*** Jennings also ponders questions that are a little more philosophical: What separates trivia from meaningless facts? Is being good at trivia a mark of intelligence? And is trivia just a waste of time, or does it serve some not-so-trivial purpose after all?

Uproarious, silly, engaging, and erudite, this book is an irresistible celebration of nostalgia, curiosity, and nerdy obsession–in a word, trivia.

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks

Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks
Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks by Ken Jennings
2011 | EPUB | 7.22MB

It comes as no surprise that, as a kid, Jeopardy! legend Ken Jennings slept with a bulky Hammond world atlas by his pillow every night. Maphead recounts his lifelong love affair with geography and explores why maps have always been so fascinating to him and to fellow enthusiasts everywhere.

Jennings takes readers on a world tour of geogeeks from the London Map Fair to the bowels of the Library of Congress, from the prepubescent geniuses at the National Geographic Bee to the computer programmers at Google Earth. Each chapter delves into a different aspect of map culture: highpointing, geocaching, road atlas rallying, even the “unreal estate” charted on the maps of fiction and fantasy. He also considers the ways in which cartography has shaped our history, suggesting that the impulse to make and read maps is as relevant today as it has ever been.

From the “Here be dragons” parchment maps of the Age of Discovery to the spinning globes of grade school to the postmodern revolution of digital maps and GPS, Maphead is filled with intriguing details, engaging anecdotes, and enlightening analysis. If you’re an inveterate map lover yourself—or even if you’re among the cartographically clueless who can get lost in a supermarket—let Ken Jennings be your guide to the strange world of mapheads.

The United Kingdom: England [The Britannica Guide]

The United Kingdom: England [The Britannica Guide]
The United Kingdom: England [The Britannica Guide to Countries of the European Union] edited by Jeff Wallenfeldt
2013 | EPUB | 13.72MB

Despite its comparatively small size, England has been a nation of considerable stature on the international stage for much of its history. As the home of parliamentary government, William Shakespeare, and the English language, England has been an influential player in the political and cultural development of nations the world over. The story of England is captured in this compelling volume, which provides an overview of its rich past, remarkable present, and promising future.

Five Billion Years of Solitude

Five Billion Years of Solitude
Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars by Lee Billings
2013 | EPUB | 2.23MB

An intimate history of Earth and the quest for life beyond the solar system.

For 4.6 billion years our living planet has been alone in a vast and silent universe. But soon, Earth’s isolation could come to an end. Over the past two decades, astronomers have discovered thousands of planets orbiting other stars. Some of these exoplanets may be mirror images of our own world. And more are being found all the time.

Yet as the pace of discovery quickens, an answer to the universe’s greatest riddle still remains just out of reach: Is the great silence and emptiness of the cosmos a sign that we and our world are somehow singular, special, and profoundly alone, or does it just mean that we’re looking for life in all the wrong places? As star-gazing scientists come closer to learning the truth, their insights are proving ever more crucial to understanding life’s intricate mysteries and possibilities right here on Earth.

Science journalist Lee Billings explores the past and future of the “exoplanet boom” through in-depth reporting and interviews with the astronomers and planetary scientists at its forefront. He recounts the stories behind their world-changing discoveries and captures the pivotal moments that drove them forward in their historic search for the fi rst habitable planets beyond our solar system. Billings brings readers close to a wide range of fascinating characters, such as:

  • FRANK DRAKE, a pioneer who has used the world’s greatest radio telescopes to conduct the first searches for extraterrestrial intelligence and to transmit a message to the stars so powerful that it briefly outshone our Sun.
  • JIM KASTING, a mild-mannered former NASA scientist whose research into the Earth’s atmosphere and climate reveals the deepest foundations of life on our planet, foretells the end of life on Earth in the distant future, and guides the planet hunters in their search for alien life.
  • SARA SEAGER, a visionary and iron-willed MIT professor who dreams of escaping the solar system and building the giant space telescopes required to discover and study life-bearing planets around hundreds of the Sun’s neighboring stars.

Through these and other captivating tales, Billings traces the triumphs, tragedies, and betrayals of the extraordinary men and women seeking life among the stars. In spite of insu cient funding, clashing opinions, and the failings of some of our world’s most prominent and powerful scientifi c organizations, these planet hunters will not rest until they fi nd the meaning of life in the infi nite depths of space. Billings emphasizes that the heroic quest for other Earth-like planets is not only a scientifi c pursuit, but also a refl ection of our own culture’s timeless hopes and fears.

Encountering Gorillas

Encountering Gorillas
Encountering Gorillas: A Chronicle of Discovery, Exploitation, Understanding, and Survival by James L Newman
2013 | EPUB | 8.86MB

Gorillas, the largest of the apes inhabiting our planet, have been a source of fear, awe, and inspiration to humans. In this book, James L. Newman brings a lifetime of study of Africa to his compelling story of the rich and varied interaction between gorillas and humans since earliest contact. He illuminates the complex relationship over time through the interlinked themes of discovery, exploitation, understanding, and continuing survival.

Tragically, the number of free-living gorillas—facing habitat loss, disease, and poaching—has declined dramatically over the course of the past century, and the future of the few that remain is highly uncertain. At the same time, those in zoos and sanctuaries now lead much more secure lives than they did earlier. Newman follows this transition, highlighting the roles played by key individuals, both humans and gorillas. Among the former have been adventurers, opportunists, writers, and scientists. The latter include real gorillas, such as Gargantua and Koko, and fictional ones, notably King Kong and Mighty Joe Young.

This thoughtful and engaging book helps us understand how our image of gorillas has been both distorted and clarified through culture and science for centuries and how we now control the destiny of these magnificent great apes.

Beyond the Hundredth Meridian

Beyond the Hundredth Meridian
Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West by Wallace Stegner
1992 | EPUB | 4.03MB

In this book Wallace Stegner recounts the sucesses and frustrations of John Wesley Powell, the distinguished ethnologist and geologist who explored the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, and the homeland of Indian tribes of the American Southwest. A prophet without honor who had a profound understanding of the American West, Powell warned long ago of the dangers economic exploitation would pose to the West and spent a good deal of his life overcoming Washington politics in getting his message across. Only now, we may recognize just how accurate a prophet he was.

"This book goes far beyond biography, into the nature and soul of the American West. It is Stegner at his best, assaying an entire era of our history, packing his pages with insights as shrewd as his prose." —Ivan Doig

Darwin's Origin of Species: A Biography [Audiobook]

Darwin's Origin of Species: A Biography [Audiobook]
Darwin's Origin of Species: A Biography [Audiobook] by Janet Browne, read by Josephine Bailey
2007 | MP3@128 kbps | 4 hrs 23 mins | 240.23MB

Charles Darwin's foremost biographer, Janet Browne, delivers a vivid and accessible introduction to the book that permanently altered our understanding of what it is to be human. A sensation on its publication in 1859, The Origin of the Species profoundly shocked Victorian readers by calling into question the belief in a Creator with its description of evolution through natural selection. And Darwin's seminal work is nearly as controversial today.

In her illuminating study, Browne delves into the long genesis of Darwin's theories, from his readings as a university student and his five-year voyage on the Beagle, to his debates with contemporaries and experiments in his garden.

She explores the shock to Darwin when he read of competing scientist's similar discoveries and the wide and immediate impact of Darwin's theories on the world. As one of the launch titles in Books That Changed the World series, Browne's history takes readers inside The Origin of the Species and shows why it can fairly claim to be the greatest science book ever published.

Charles Darwin: The Power of Place

Charles Darwin: The Power of Place
Charles Darwin: The Power of Place by Janet Browne
2003 | EPUB | 4.04MB

In 1858, Charles Darwin was forty-nine years old, a gentleman scientist living quietly at Down House in the Kent countryside. He was not yet a focus of debate; his "big book on species" still lay on his desk as a manuscript. For more than twenty years he had been accumulating material for it, puzzling over the questions that it raised, trying to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion, and wanting to be certain that his startling theory of evolution was correct.

It is at this point that the concluding volume of Janet Browne's magisterial biography opens. Beginning with the extraordinary events that finally forced the Origin of Species into print, we come to the years of fame and controversy. Here, Browne does dramatic justice to all aspects of the Darwinian revolution, from a fascinating examination of the Victorian publishing scene to a survey of the debates between scientists and churchmen over evolutionary theory. At the same time, she presents a wonderfully sympathetic and authoritative picture of Darwin himself.

Moscow, December 25, 1991: The Last Day of the Soviet Union

Moscow, December 25, 1991: The Last Day of the Soviet Union
Moscow, December 25, 1991: The Last Day of the Soviet Union by Conor O'Clery
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.51/1.78MB

Moscow, December 25, 1991 grips you from first to last. Hour by hour, minute by minute, we follow the movements of the two protagonists of this book, Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin -- one knowing his time is up, the other hungry to assume control of the new Russia -- as they play out their final duel on the last day of the Soviet Union.

Combining the analytical skills of the historian sifting through masses of data, and the doggedness of a reporter after a big story, O'Clery's minutely researched and riveting history is likely to become the standard account of what happened on that momentous day.

Using an array of sources, including interviews with key players, memoirs of contemporaries, newspaper reports, academic accounts and, above all, his own experience as Ireland's first Soviet correspondent, O'Clery succeeds brilliantly in recreating the febrile atmosphere of Kremlin intrigue, rivalry and plain nastiness -- from both sides -- that led not only to the acrimonious sundering of personal relations between Gorbachev and his erstwhile protégé Yeltsin, but arguably to the break-up of the world's first socialist state -- an event described by Vladimir Putin as "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century".

Wherever you open this book, arresting details jump out at you. The two adversaries, on the last occasion they would meet, hammering out Gorbachev's retirement package in the Kremlin Walnut Room, Gorbachev drinking his favourite Jubilee cognac, Yeltsin sticking to vodka. After the deal is struck, Gorbachev's friend and the 'father of glasnost', Alexander Yakovlev, finds his erstwhile boss "lying on the sofa with tears in his eyes".

Cut to the small courtyard outside the Senate Building in the Kremlin complex and a triumphant Yeltsin clinking glasses with his acolytes, boasting that he will never again have to go and see his nemesis. "You mean from now on, Gorbachev will have to come and see you?" one of them asks. "What for?" Yeltsin replies. " ... Well, maybe to pick up the pension."

Such vivid images bring this story of rivalry between two vainglorious politicians alive. But interwoven with O'Clery's minute-by-minute chronicle is a detailed and sophisticated analysis of the six years leading up to December 25, 1991. Read this book and you will understand what Gorbachev's revolution was, and why, depending on how you look at things, it either succeeded or failed.

O'Clery skilfully takes readers though all the main events that marked one of the most exhilarating periods in Russia's history: Gorbachev's own rise to become Party General Secretary, his policies of glasnost and perestroika; the failed August 1991 coup; Yeltsin's humiliating fall and ascent again; and, finally, the secret meeting in a forest near Minsk that sealed the fate of the Soviet Union and made its first and last president, Gorbachev, redundant.

For those who have some experience of the Soviet Union in its dying days it seems clear that the country ran itself into the ground. Neither the "barrack room socialism" of Gorbachev's predecessor, Brezhnev, nor Gorbachev's own reformed socialism worked.

According to Yakovlev, Gorbachev's mistake was that he didn't go far enough. "He couldn't understand that if you took a sword to a monster like the system, you had to go all the way ... but he was an evolutionist ... " Perhaps.

Some Russia-watchers speculate that if Gorbachev had handled things more skilfully, like the Chinese now, maintaining an oppressive, Stalinist discipline while encouraging economic liberalism, everything might have worked out differently and the Soviet Union would still be around. Others argue Russia has been moving in this very direction over the last decade. Certainly, as a result of the unholy mess left behind by Yeltsin, there has been a strong and not entirely healthy desire for "order" in the country.

For all the human foibles shared by both protagonists -- ambition, envy, vanity, pettiness, the desire for power -- one is left with the feeling that history will judge Gorbachev more kindly than Yeltsin.

Conscience of a Conservative

Conscience of a Conservative
Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater
2009 | EPUB | 373.78KB

The Conscience of a Conservative reignited the American conservative movement and made Barry Goldwater a political star. It influenced countless conservatives in the United States, and helped lay the foundation for the Reagan Revolution in 1980. It covers topics such as education, labor unions and policies, civil rights, agricultural policy and farm subsidies, social welfare programs, and income taxation. This significant book lays out the conservative position both politically and economically that would come to dominate the Conservative Movement in America.

JFK's Last Hundred Days

JFK's Last Hundred Days
JFK's Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President by Thurston Clarke
2013 | EPUB | 3.96MB

A revelatory, minute-by-minute account of JFK’s last hundred days that asks what might have been.

Fifty years after his death, President John F. Kennedy’s legend endures. Noted author and historian Thurston Clarke argues that the heart of that legend is what might have been. As we approach the anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination, JFK’s Last Hundred Days reexamines the last months of the president’s life to show a man in the midst of great change, finally on the cusp of making good on his extraordinary promise.

Kennedy’s last hundred days began just after the death of two-day-old Patrick Kennedy, and during this time, the president made strides in the Cold War, civil rights, Vietnam, and his personal life. While Jackie was recuperating, the premature infant and his father were flown to Boston for Patrick’s treatment. Kennedy was holding his son’s hand when Patrick died on August 9, 1963. The loss of his son convinced Kennedy to work harder as a husband and father, and there is ample evidence that he suspended his notorious philandering during these last months of his life.

Also in these months Kennedy finally came to view civil rights as a moral as well as a political issue, and after the March on Washington, he appreciated the power of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., for the first time.

Though he is often depicted as a devout cold warrior, Kennedy pushed through his proudest legislative achievement in this period, the Limited Test Ban Treaty. This success, combined with his warming relations with Nikita Khrushchev in the wake of the Cuban missile crisis, led to a détente that British foreign secretary Sir Alec Douglas- Home hailed as the “beginning of the end of the Cold War.”

Throughout his presidency, Kennedy challenged demands from his advisers and the Pentagon to escalate America’s involvement in Vietnam. Kennedy began a reappraisal in the last hundred days that would have led to the withdrawal of all sixteen thousand U.S. military advisers by 1965.

JFK’s Last Hundred Days is a gripping account that weaves together Kennedy’s public and private lives, explains why the grief following his assassination has endured so long, and solves the most tantalizing Kennedy mystery of all—not who killed him but who he was when he was killed, and where he would have led us.

Guilty of Indigence: The Urban Poor in China, 1900-1953

Guilty of Indigence: The Urban Poor in China, 1900-1953
Guilty of Indigence: The Urban Poor in China, 1900-1953 by Janet Y Chen
2012 | EPUB | 4.11MB

In the early twentieth century, a time of political fragmentation and social upheaval in China, poverty became the focus of an anguished national conversation about the future of the country. Investigating the lives of the urban poor in China during this critical era, Guilty of Indigence examines the solutions implemented by a nation attempting to deal with "society's most fundamental problem." Interweaving analysis of shifting social viewpoints, the evolution of poor relief institutions, and the lived experiences of the urban poor, Janet Chen explores the development of Chinese attitudes toward urban poverty and of policies intended for its alleviation.

Chen concentrates on Beijing and Shanghai, two of China's most important cities, and she considers how various interventions carried a lasting influence. The advent of the workhouse, the denigration of the nonworking poor as "social parasites," efforts to police homelessness and vagrancy--all had significant impact on the lives of people struggling to survive. Chen provides a crucially needed historical lens for understanding how beliefs about poverty intersected with shattering historical events, producing new welfare policies and institutions for the benefit of some, but to the detriment of others.

Drawing on vast archival material, Guilty of Indigence deepens the historical perspective on poverty in China and reveals critical lessons about a still-pervasive social issue.

The Book of War: 25 Centuries of Great War Writing

The Book of War: 25 Centuries of Great War Writing
The Book of War: 25 Centuries of Great War Writing by John Keegan
2000 | EPUB | 621.12KB

Acclaimed military historian John Keegan’s anthology of war writing from 25 centuries of battle.

In The Book of War, John Keegan marshals a formidable host of war writings to chronicle the evolution of Western warfare through the voice of the most eloquent participants—from Thucydides’ classic account of ancient Greek phalanx warfare to a blow-by-blow description of ground fighting against the Iraqi troops in Kuwait during the Gulf War. Keegan gathers more than eighty selections, including Caesar’s Commentaries on the Roman invasion of Britain; the French Knight Jehan de Wavrin at the battle of Agincourt; Davy Crockett in the war against the Creek; Wellington’s dispatch on Waterloo; Hemingway after Caporetto; and Ernie Pyle at Normandy.

Hell In A Very Small Place

Hell In A Very Small Place
Hell In A Very Small Place: The Siege Of Dien Bien Phu by Bernard B Fall
2002 | MOBI | 9.81MB

The siege of Dien Bien Phu, in which a guerrilla force of Viet Minh destroyed a technologically superior French colonial army, must rank with Waterloo, Gettysburg, Midway, Stalingrad, and Tet as one of the decisive battles in military history. Not only did Dien Bien Phu put an end to French imperial efforts in Indo-china, but it also convinced the Viet Minh, when they came to power in Communist North Vietnam, that similar tactics would prevail in their war with the United States. As an American army officer told Bernard Fall during the Vietnam War: "What we're doing here basically is, we're exorcising Dien Bien Phu."

Bernard Fall in this monumental work has written an exhaustive, revelatory, and vivid account of the battle, leading the reader from the conference rooms of the U.S. State Department to the French Foreign Office to the front lines of Indo-China and the strategy sessions led by General Giap and Ho Chi Minh. Among the many historical curiosities here disclosed is evidence that then-Secretary of State John Foster Dulles offered atomic bombs to the beleaguered French, and that then-Senator Lyndon Johnson played a key role in defeating a proposal to aid the French with critical air support. Without U. S. aid, the fortress at Dien Bien Phu fell on the very day that the cease-fire conference opened in Geneva.

Based on hitherto unavailable documentation from the French Defense Ministry, and replete with detailed maps of the many assaults, Hell in a Very Small Place is a first-rate military history. But even more powerful is the political wisdom it imparts about a war that was not only the beginning of the end of the French colonial empire but a rehearsal for American involvement in Vietnam.

No Room for Error: The Story Behind the USAF Special Tactics Unit

No Room for Error: The Story Behind the USAF Special Tactics Unit
No Room for Error: The Story Behind the USAF Special Tactics Unit by John T Carney, Benjamin F Schemmer
2003 | MOBI | 2.42MB

When the U.S. Air Force decided to create an elite “special tactics” team in the late 1970s to work in conjunction with special-operations forces combating terrorists and hijackers and defusing explosive international emergencies, John T. Carney was the man they turned to. Since then Carney and the U.S. Air Force Special Tactical units have circled the world on sensitive clandestine missions. They have operated behind enemy lines gathering vital intelligence. They have combated terrorists and overthrown dangerous dictators. They have suffered many times the casualty rate of America’s conventional forces. But they have gotten the job done–most recently in stunning victories in the war on terrorism in Afghanistan, which Carney calls “America’s first special-operations war.” Now, for the first time, Colonel Carney lifts the veil of secrecy and reveals what really goes on inside the special-operations forces that are at the forefront of contemporary warfare.

Part memoir, part military history, No Room for Error reveals how Carney, after a decade of military service, was handpicked to organize a small, under-funded, classified ad hoc unit known as Brand X, which even his boss knew very little about. Here Carney recounts the challenging missions: the secret reconnaissance in the desert of north-central Iran during the hostage crisis; the simple rescue operation in Grenada that turned into a prolonged bloody struggle. With Operation Just Cause in Panama, the Special Tactical units scored a major success, as they took down the corrupt regime of General Noriega with lightning speed. Desert Storm was another triumph, with Carney’s team carrying out vital search-and-rescue missions as well as helping to hunt down mobile Scud missiles deep inside Iraq.

Now with the war on terrorism in Afghanistan, special operations have come into their own, and Carney includes a chapter detailing exactly how the Air Force Special Tactics d.c. units have spearheaded the successful campaign against the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

Gripping in its battle scenes, eye-opening in its revelations, No Room for Error is the first insider’s account of how special operations are changing the way modern wars are fought. Col. John T. Carney is an airman America can be proud of, and he has written an absolutely superb book.

The Norman Conquest

The Norman Conquest
The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England by Marc Morris
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.66/3.36MB

A riveting and authoritative history of the single most important event in English history: the Norman Conquest.

An upstart French duke who sets out to conquer the most powerful and unified kingdom in Christendom. An invasion force on a scale not seen since the days of the Romans. One of the bloodiest and most decisive battles ever fought. This new history explains why the Norman Conquest was the most significant cultural and military episode in English history. Assessing the original evidence at every turn, Marc Morris goes beyond the familiar outline to explain why England was at once so powerful and yet so vulnerable to William the Conquerors attack; why the Normans, in some respects less sophisticated, possessed the military cutting edge; how Williams hopes of a united Anglo-Norman realm unraveled, dashed by English rebellions, Viking invasions, and the insatiable demands of his fellow conquerors. This is a tale of powerful drama, repression, and seismic social change: the Battle of Hastings itself; the sudden introduction of castles and the massive rebuilding of every major church; the total destruction of an ancient ruling class. Language, law, architecture, and even attitudes toward life itself were altered forever by the coming of the Normans.

Lab 257

Lab 257
Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government's Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory by Michael Christopher Carroll
2004 | PDF | 2.07MB

Nestled near the Hamptons, the fashionable summer playground of America's rich and famous, and in the shadow of New York City, lies an unimposing 840-acre island unidentified on most maps. On the few on which it can be found, Plum Island is marked red or yellow, and stamped U.S. government—restricted or dangerous animal diseases. Though many people live the good life within a scant mile or two from its shores, few know the name of this pork chop–shaped island. Even fewer can say whether it is inhabited, or why it doesn't exist on the map. That's all about to change.

Lab 257: The Disturbing Story of the Government's Secret Plum Island Germ Laboratory blows the lid off the stunning true nature and checkered history of Plum Island. It shows that the seemingly bucolic island on the edge of the largest population center in the United States is a ticking biological time bomb that none of us can safely ignore.

Based on innumerable declassified government documents, scores of in-depth interviews, and access to Plum Island itself, this is an eye-opening, suspenseful account of a federal government germ laboratory gone terribly wrong. For the first time, Lab 257 takes you deep inside this secret world and presents startling revelations including virus outbreaks, biological meltdowns, infected workers who were denied assistance in diagnosis by Plum Island brass, the periodic flushing of contaminated raw sewage into area waters, and the insidious connections between Plum Island, Lyme disease, and the deadly 1999 West Nile virus outbreak.

An exploration of the complex world of microbiology, viruses, and bacteria, Lab 257 also shows how the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which ran Plum Island for the last half century, is far more than wholesome grade-A eggs and the food pyramid. The book probes what's in store for Plum Island's new owner, the Department of Homeland Security, in this age of bioterrorism. And for those interested in questions of national security and safety, it is a call to action for those concerned with protecting present and future generations from preventable biological catastrophes.

Lab 257 will change forever our current understanding of Plum Island -- a place that is, in the words of one insider, "a biological Three Mile Island."

Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian

Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian
Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian by Avi Steinberg
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.92MB/640.57KB

Avi Steinberg is stumped. After defecting from yeshiva to attend Harvard, he has nothing but a senior thesis on Bugs Bunny to show for himself. While his friends and classmates advance in the world, Steinberg remains stuck at a crossroads, his “romantic” existence as a freelance obituary writer no longer cutting it.

Seeking direction (and dental insurance) Steinberg takes a job running the library counter at a Boston prison. He is quickly drawn into the community of outcasts that forms among his bookshelves—an assortment of quirky regulars, including con men, pimps, minor prophets, even ghosts—all searching for the perfect book and a connection to the outside world. Steinberg recounts their daily dramas with heartbreak and humor in this one-of-a-kind memoir—a piercing exploration of prison culture and an entertaining tale of one young man’s earnest attempt to find his place in the world.

Zero to Maker: Learn (Just Enough) to Make (Just About) Anything

Zero to Maker: Learn (Just Enough) to Make (Just About) Anything
Zero to Maker: Learn (Just Enough) to Make (Just About) Anything by David Lang
2013 | EPUB | 3.17MB

Are you possessed by the urge to invent, design, and make something that others enjoy, but don’t know how to plug into the Maker movement? In this book, you’ll follow author David Lang’s headfirst dive into the Maker world and how he grew to be a successful entrepreneur. You’ll discover how to navigate this new community, and find the best resources for learning the tools and skills you need to be a dynamic maker in your own right.

Lang reveals how he became a pro maker after losing his job, and how the experience helped him start OpenROV—a DIY community and product line focused on open source undersea exploration. It all happened once he became an active member of the Maker culture. Ready to take the plunge into the next Industrial Revolution? This guide provides a clear and inspiring roadmap.

  • Take an eye-opening journey from unskilled observer to engaged maker-entrepreneur
  • Enter the Maker community to connect with experts and pick up new skills
  • Use a template for building a maker-based entrepreneurial lifestyle
  • Learn from the organizer of the first-ever Maker Startup Weekend
  • Be prepared for exciting careers of the future

The Economist Guide to Financial Management [Second Edition]

The Economist Guide to Financial Management [Second Edition]
The Economist Guide to Financial Management [Second Edition] by John Tennent
2013 | EPUB | 10.37MB

Managers are constantly expected to make decisions fully understanding the financial consequence. In the absence of formal training few people are prepared for the responsibilities of dealing with management reports, budgets and capital proposals, and find themselves embarrassed by their lack of understanding.

This book is a practical guide to understanding and managing financial responsibilities: 'how to assemble a budget', 'how to read variances on a report', 'how to construct a proposal to invest in new equipment'. By taking the actual things that managers have to do, each chapter explores the range of principles that can be applied, illustrate practical ways the principles are used and provide guidance for implementation.

The book will help the reader understand financial jargon, financial statements, management accounts, performance measures, budgeting, costing, pricing, decision-making and investment appraisal. This second edition has been fully revised and expanded with detailed examples from around 100 leading businesses around the world.

Two Pints

Two Pints
Two Pints by Roddy Doyle
2012 | EPUB | 2.11MB

A collection of sublimely funny dialogues inspired by a year’s worth of news.

Two men meet for a pint in a Dublin pub. They chew the fat, set the world to rights, take the piss… They talk about their wives, their kids, their kids’ pets, their football teams and -- this being Ireland in 2011-12 -- about the euro, the crash, the presidential election, the Queen’s visit. But these men are not parochial or small-minded; one of them knows where to find the missing Colonel Gadaffi (he’s working as a cleaner at Dublin Airport); they worry about Greek debt, the IMF and the bondholders (whatever they might be); in their fashion, they mourn the deaths of Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, Davy Jones and Robin Gibb; and they ask each other the really important questions like ‘Would you ever let yourself be digitally enhanced?’

The New York Times Garden Book [Revised Edition]

The New York Times Garden Book [Revised Edition]
The New York Times Garden Book [Revised Edition] edited by Joan Lee Faust
1973 | EPUB | 24.22MB

Every Sunday, leading horticultural experts writing in the garden pages of The New York Times provide practical advice on almost every phase of gardening--from lawn care to pruning espalier trees; from pest control to terrace landscaping; from old-fashioned rose culture to the selection of exotic house plants . . . with new articles on current concerns--organic gardening, pest control without pesticides, the use of herbicides to control lawn weeds, the use of mulches--and space-saving suggestions such as how to grow strawberries in barrels and tubs, gardens in "hothouse bottles, and many more.

This book goes beyond the ordinary reference manual on workaday chores to give you a rich collection of exciting garden ideas--many new, but all tried and tested . . . The New York Times Garden Book will stimulate you to a keener awareness of the vast gardening potentials at your command, whether you have a tiny plot or elaborate acres.

The Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Permaculture

The Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Permaculture
The Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem by Christopher Shein, Julie Thompson
2013 | EPUB | 8.2MB

Once a fringe topic, permaculture is moving to the mainstream as gardeners who are ready to take their organic gardening to the next level are discovering the wisdom of a simple system that emphasizes the idea that by taking care of the earth, the earth takes care of you.

The Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Permaculture teaches gardeners of every skill — with any size space — how to live in harmony with both nature and neighbors to produce and share an abundant food supply with minimal effort. Permaculture teacher Christopher Shein highlights everything you need to know to start living off the land lightly, including how to create rich, healthy, and low-cost soil, blend a functional food garden and decorative landscape, share the bounty with others, and much more.

This inspiring, easy-to-follow, information-packed, practical guide will help you transform your garden into a food forest that feeds you for years to come.

The Snacking Dead: A Parody in a Cookbook

The Snacking Dead: A Parody in a Cookbook
The Snacking Dead: A Parody in a Cookbook by D B Walker
2013 | EPUB | 18.77MB

For fans of AMC's The Walking Dead, Max Brooks, and all things zombies, the clever creators of Fifty Shades of Chicken hack a new parody cookbook filled with snacks for every occasion, tips for cooking under duress, and a love story that will send ripples down your spine--all accompanied by food photography that will ignite your palate.

At the heart of this cookbook is Pam Beaumont, who must fight the dead and feed the living. The apocalypse is no picnic, but she survives on quick bites--and on her love for Daryl, a backwoods badass with a crossbow who reminds her that she has more than one appetite. From brain food to finger food, and from sticky sweets to killer cocktails, the 50 recipes in this cookbook parody are guaranteed to grab you.

The zombies have their snack plan--do you have yours?

Snacks include:

  • Sweetish Fleshballs
  • Nachos of the Living Dead
  • Elbows Casserole
  • Crabby Prepper Puffs
  • Survivalist Hero
  • Dire Ham Biscuits
  • Cold-Blooded Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Gratuitous Violence Jello Mold
  • and more.

Eat to Live Cookbook

Eat to Live Cookbook
Eat to Live Cookbook: 200 Delicious Nutrient-Rich Recipes for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Reversing Disease, and Lifelong Health by Joel Fuhrman
2013 | EPUB | 8.82MB
  • Do you want to eat delicious food that allows you to lose weight and keep it off permanently without hunger or deprivation?
  • Do you want to throw away your medications and recover from chronic illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes?
  • Do you want to maintain your good health, live longer, and enjoy life to the fullest?

If you said yes to any of these, then the Eat to Live Cookbook is for you.

Through his #1 New York Times bestselling book Eat to Live, Joel Fuhrman, M.D., has helped millions of readers worldwide discover the most effective, healthy, and proven path to permanent weight loss.

Now the Eat to Live Cookbook makes this revolutionary approach easier than ever before. Filled with nutritious, delicious, and easy-to-prepare recipes for every occasion, the Eat to Live Cookbook shows you how to follow Dr. Fuhrman's life-changing program as you eat your way to incredible health.

The Ultimate Chocolate Cookie Book

The Ultimate Chocolate Cookie Book
The Ultimate Chocolate Cookie Book: From Chocolate Melties to Whoopie Pies, Chocolate Biscotti to Black and Whites, with Dozens of Chocolate Chip Cookies and Hundreds More by Bruce Weinstein, Mark Scarbrough
2004 | EPUB + MOBI | 709.43/670.75KB

Can you ever have enough chocolate? Not Likely!

From Whoopie Pies and Mallomars to Rugelach and Chocolate Meringues, the recipes in The Ultimate Chocolate Cookie Book are melt-in-your-mouth delicious whether you like your cookies chewy, crispy, nutty or fruity. There are more than 90 different recipes and hundreds of variations by the Ultimate team, all with one thing in common - chocolate.

Modern Sauces: More than 150 Recipes for Every Cook, Every Day

Modern Sauces: More than 150 Recipes for Every Cook, Every Day
Modern Sauces: More than 150 Recipes for Every Cook, Every Day by Martha Holmberg
2012 | EPUB | 6.01MB

This is the book for cooks who want to take their cooking to a whole new level. Martha Holmberg was trained at La Varenne and is an award-winning food writer. Her look at this sometimes-intimidating genre—expressed in clear, short bites of information and through dozens of process photographs—delivers the skill of great sauce-making to every kind of cook, from beginners to those more accomplished who wish to expand their repertoire.

More than 100 recipes for sauces range from standards such as béarnaise, hollandaise, and marinara to modern riffs such as maple-rum sabayon, caramelized onion coulis, and coconut-curry spiked chocolate sauce. An additional 55 recipes use the sauces to their greatest advantage, beautifying pasta, complementing meat or fish, or elevating a cake to brilliant. Modern Sauces is both an inspiration and a timeless reference on kitchen technique.

Own Your Kitchen: Recipes to Inspire & Empower

Own Your Kitchen: Recipes to Inspire & Empower
Own Your Kitchen: Recipes to Inspire & Empower by Anne Burrell, Suzanne Lenzer
2013 | EPUB | 33.27MB

Owning your kitchen is about being in charge when you cook—understanding how flavors work together, how to improvise with ingredients you have on hand, and, above all, how to feel confident and stress-free when making meals. In Own Your Kitchen, Anne Burrell gets you in that groove by sharing the recipes she makes when she's relaxed and cooking at home.

Anne has designed these 100 recipes to get you comfortable with dozens of essential techniques—like how to create a perfect omelet, how to butterfly a chicken for an easy roast, and how to bake a focaccia to doll up any meal. Along the way, she offers priceless tips: such as what can be made ahead (like her garlic-ginger-soy-citrus marinade that can be used with just about anything or a freezer staple like fish stock) or how to coax flavor out of a chicken with a garlic rubdown.

More than anything, though, Own Your Kitchen will build your repertoire with impressive twists on classics like Carbonara Frittata, Olive Oil–Poached Salmon, Grilled Hanger Steak with anchovy-butter sauce, and—maybe best of all—Hawaiian Pork Roast. Anne will walk you through her seasonal faves, like Zucchini Cannelloni, Wilted Romaine Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts (great crunch!), and Pumpkin-Ricotta Pancakes with Chunky Apple-Raisin Sauce. When at the farmer's market, you'll keep in mind her Spring Veggie Stew with bright asparagus and sugar snap peas (or, as Anne suggests, any combo of spring veg) and the super easy Crispy Crunchy Kale Chips.

These are recipes that will work every time. And with Anne by your side, reminding you to set up, taste, season, check, and be patient, you'll also get in on the secrets (including tricks for bouncing back from mistakes) that she's picked up over the years in some of the best restaurant kitchens and from working with people trying to be better home cooks, just like you.

So, get comfortable in your kitchen. You own it!

Party Snacks: 50 Simple, Stylish Recipes

Party Snacks: 50 Simple, Stylish Recipes
Party Snacks: 50 Simple, Stylish Recipes to Make You a Popular Party Host by A J Rathbun
2008 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.06/5.33MB

This book presents 50 recipes for savory finger foods, along with a brief introduction featuring general tips for serving food and drink at any kind of home party, from informal get-togethers to carefully planned cocktail parties. In five concise recipe chapters, A.J. Rathbun offers stuffed, skewered, baked, dipped, spreadable, and speedy party snacks. Recipes including Classic Southwestern Crudites, Creamy Cauliflower Crisps, Sweet Speared Shrimp, Eggplant Parmesan Nibblers, and Heroic Tiny Ham and Cheesers make it easy to create a superior spread of party snacks!

Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well

Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well
Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well by Sam Sifton
2012 | EPUB | 3.57MB

From one of America’s finest food writers, the former restaurant critic for The New York Times, comes a definitive, timeless guide to Thanksgiving dinner—preparing it, surviving it, and pulling it off in style.

From the planning of the meal to the washing of the last plate, Thanksgiving poses more—and more vexing—problems for the home cook than any other holiday. In this smartly written, beautifully illustrated, recipe-filled book, Sam Sifton, the Times’s resident Thanksgiving expert, delivers a message of great comfort and solace: There is no need for fear. You can cook a great meal on Thanksgiving. You can have a great time.

With simple, fool-proof recipes for classic Thanksgiving staples, as well as new takes on old standbys, this book will show you that the fourth Thursday of November does not have to be a day of kitchen stress and family drama, of dry stuffing and sad, cratered pies. You can make a better turkey than anyone has ever served you in your life, and you can serve it with gravy that is not lumpy or bland but a salty balm, rich in flavor, that transforms all it touches. Here are recipes for exciting side dishes and robust pies and festive cocktails, instructions for setting the table and setting the mood, as well as cooking techniques and menu ideas that will serve you all year long, whenever you are throwing a big party. Written for novice and experienced cooks alike, Thanksgiving: How to Cook It Well is your guide to making Thanksgiving the best holiday of the year. It is not fantasy. If you prepare, it will happen. And this book will show you how.

Vintage Cakes

Vintage Cakes
Vintage Cakes: Timeless Recipes for Cupcakes, Flips, Rolls, Layer, Angel, Bundt, Chiffon, and Icebox Cakes for Today's Sweet Tooth by Julie Richardson
2012 | EPUB | 17.16MB

A charming collection of updated recipes for both classic and forgotten cakes, from a timeless yellow birthday cake with chocolate buttercream frosting, to the new holiday standard, Gingerbread Icebox Cake with Mascarpone Mousse, written by a master baker and coauthor of Rustic Fruit Desserts.

Make every occasion—the annual bake sale, a birthday party, or even a simple Sunday supper—a celebration with this charming collection of more than 50 remastered classics.

Each recipe in Vintage Cakes is a confectionary stroll down memory lane. After sifting through her treasure trove of cookbooks and recipe cards, master baker and author Julie Richardson selected the most inventive, surprising, and just plain delicious cakes she could find. The result is a delightful and delectable time capsule of American baking, with recipes spanning a century.

Each cake has been expertly tested and retooled using the best ingredients and most up-to-date techniques. With precise and careful guidance, Richardson guides home bakers—whether total beginners or seasoned cooks—toward picture-perfect meringues, extra-creamy frostings, and lighter-than-air chiffons.

A few of the dreamy cakes that await: a chocolatey Texas Sheet Cake as large and abundant as its namesake state, the boozy Not for Children Gingerbread Bundt cake, and the sublime Lovelight Chocolate Chiffon Cake with Chocolate Whipped Cream. With recipes to make Betty Crocker proud, these nostalgic and foolproof sweets rekindle our love affair with cakes.

The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free

The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free
The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free by Anne Byrn
2010 | EPUB | 23.27MB

Thirty million Americans are gluten-intolerant or have a gluten sensitivity, eliminating it from their diets because gluten—a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley—has been implicated in health issues ranging from respiratory problems and abdominal discomfort to anemia, anxiety, and infertility. The food industry has bullishly taken notice. Gluten-free baking products, including cake mixes from Betty Crocker, King Arthur, Whole Foods, and others, have increased sevenfold on grocery shelves in recent years, and the number of other gluten-free products has grown as well—832 were introduced in 2008 alone. And gluten-free options are on the menu of national restaurants like Boston Market, Chili’s, Ruby Tuesday, Outback Steakhouse, and others.

Now comes even sweeter news for people looking to cut gluten from their diets: Anne Byrn shows how to transform gluten-free cake mixes into 76 rich, decadent, easy-to-make, impossible-to-resist desserts. Performing the magic that’s made her a bestselling baking author with over 33 million copies of her books in print, she doctors mixes with additions like almond extract, fresh berries, cocoa powder, grated coconut, cinnamon, lime zest, and more—naturally, all gluten-free ingredients—and voila: Tres Leches Cake with Whipped Cream and Summer Berries, Almond Cream Cheese Pound Cake, Chocolate Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Ganache, Caramel Melted Ice Cream Cake, Warm Tarte Tatin Apple Cake, plus brownies, bars, muffins, and cookies. Dessert is back on the menu.

The Madhouse Cookbook

The Madhouse Cookbook
The Madhouse Cookbook: Delicious Recipes for the Busy Family Kitchen by Jo Pratt
2013 | EPUB | 89.02MB

Oh, how Jo Pratt's life has changed over the last few years! Gone are the days of spending a day or two preparing for elaborate dinner parties, using ingredients she hunted down in back-street markets and fancy deli shops. That was all pre-children - now things are very different. She's a busy mum who has to juggle work, children and all the associated chaos. She lives in a madhouse!

Bestselling author Jo has devised a cookbook full of delicious and healthy food that addresses one of the most challenging problems experienced by busy parents: finding time to cook meals for their family. The recipes are simple, easy to shop for and quick to make, with shortcuts and prepare-ahead tips. But there's much more to the book than this - there are also Lifesaver mini-recipes that give you staples for your freezer and store cupboard, and Leftovers mini-recipes too, to show you how to be clever and get more value out of time spent in the kitchen.

There are three chapters - 'Monday to Friday Survival', 'Busy Weekends' and 'Cling onto your Social Life'. These chapters feature recipes for every meal and eventuality, including weekday kids' teatime recipes that will go down a storm, dinners that will wow your friends, and Sunday lunches to make the most of those precious moments of relaxation with your family.

Skinny Bitch Bakery

Skinny Bitch Bakery
Skinny Bitch Bakery by Kim Barnouin
2013 | EPUB | 6.32MB

With her trademark sassy and humorous yet hard-hitting approach to veganism, Kim Barnouin, the nutritionist coauthor of the wildly popular Skinny Bitch books, has become the voice for the compassionate eater. Despite its huge popularity, veganism is far more to Kim Barnouin than just a trend--it's the only way she lives her life. And now she makes living a plant-based life more delicious with Skinny Bitch Bakery, a cookbook for everyone.

With cooking, you can improvise. Leave the rosemary out, or use scallions instead of garlic--the dish will turn out fine. But baking is different. If you use the wrong ingredients, the bread may refuse to rise and the cake may flop. Barnouin understands that simply making a swap of vegan ingredients is not enough. Instead, she has specially developed vegan recipes that will delight your loved ones while being kind to the planet.

Barnouin's fun, no-nonsense voice and vast expertise sparkle on every page, and she tantalizes the reader with eighty unique and fully tested recipes and full-color photographs of mouth-watering vegan baked goods. Smart, funny, and fearless, Barnouin teaches us all we need to know about the pleasures of vegan home baking so that we can delight our friends and family with baked goods that are actually good for them (although the treats are so delicious, you'd never know it!).

The Totally Sweet '90s

The Totally Sweet '90s
The Totally Sweet '90s: From Clear Cola to Furby, and Grunge to "Whatever", the Toys, Tastes, and Trends That Defined a Decade by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, Brian Bellmont
2013 | EPUB | 3.76MB

If you can tell the difference between the Petes in Pete & Pete, know every step to the Macarena by heart, and remember when The Real World was about more than just drunken hookups, The Totally Sweet ’90s will be a welcome trip down memory lane.

With this hella cool guide, you’ll reminisce about that glorious decade when Beanie Babies seemed like a smart economic investment and Kris Kross had you wearing your pants backward. Whether you contracted dysentery on the Oregon Trail or longed to attend Janet Reno’s Dance Party, you’ll get a kick out of seeing which toys, treats, and trends stayed around, and which flopped.

So throw your ponytail into a scrunchie, take a swig from your can of Surge, and join us on this ride through the unforgettable (and sometimes unforgivable) trends of the ’90s.

Thoughts Without Cigarettes: A Memoir

Thoughts Without Cigarettes: A Memoir
Thoughts Without Cigarettes: A Memoir by Oscar Hijuelos
2011 | EPUB | 642.57KB

The beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist turns his pen to the real people and places that have influenced his life and, in turn, his literature. Growing up in 1950's working-class New York City to Cuban immigrants, Hijuelos journey to literary acclaim is the evolution of an unlikely writer.

Oscar Hijuelos has enchanted readers with vibrant characters who hunger for success, love, and self-acceptance. In his first work of nonfiction, Hijuelos writes from the heart about the people and places that inspired his international bestselling novels.

Born in Manhattan's Morningside Heights to Cuban immigrants in 1951, Hijuelos introduces readers to the colorful circumstances of his upbringing. The son of a Cuban hotel worker and exuberant poetry- writing mother, his story, played out against the backdrop of an often prejudiced working-class neighborhood, takes on an even richer dimension when his relationship to his family and culture changes forever. During a sojourn in pre-Castro Cuba with his mother, he catches a disease that sends him into a Dickensian home for terminally ill children. The yearlong stay estranges him from the very language and people he had so loved.

With a cast of characters whose stories are both funny and tragic, Thoughts Without Cigarettes follows Hijuelos's subsequent quest for his true identity into adulthood, through college and beyond-a mystery whose resolution he eventually discovers hidden away in the trappings of his fiction, and which finds its most glorious expression in his best-known book, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love. Illuminating the most dazzling scenes from his novels, Thoughts Without Cigarettes reveals the true stories and indelible memories that shaped a literary genius.

Heroes and Monsters: An Honest Look at the Struggle within All of Us

Heroes and Monsters: An Honest Look at the Struggle within All of Us
Heroes and Monsters: An Honest Look at the Struggle within All of Us by Josh James Riebock
2012 | EPUB | 5.27MB

Heroes and Monsters is an unforgettable memoir of passion and redemption, a ragged look into a world at once wildly twisted and profoundly beautiful, an exposé of both the hero and the monster within all of us.

In this stunningly honest, thoroughly unconventional, and ultimately hopeful book, Josh James Riebock explores issues that form us into the people we are--issues of family, love, intimacy, dreams, grief, purpose, and the unexpected stops along the journey. With artful prose and vivid storytelling, he shows that pain and beauty are so inextricably linked that to lose the former costs us the latter.

  • If you're grappling with life's inconsistencies and trials,
  • if you're searching for an encounter with something real,
  • if you're craving a story that's just a wee bit odd . . .

Heroes and Monsters is a fresh and exhilarating perspective on the uneven nature of life and the equally uneven people who inhabit it.

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Zipper Accidents

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Zipper Accidents
Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Zipper Accidents: And Other Cringe-Worthy Events by Bathroom Readers' Institute
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.46/2.68MB

For 25 years, there’s always been a home in Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader for those times in life you wish you could take back--“oops” moments, embarrassing accidents, spectacular failures. Because we never get tired of reading about unfortunate accidents (as long as they’re happening to someone else), here is a whole book of “the best of the worst,” the troubling and funny stories of things got terribly awry.

Read all about

  • The little math error that took down a spaceship.
  • A sexy stimulant that led to a man’s multiple amputations.
  • The politician who lost by one vote . . . because he was out campaigning and forgot to vote.
  • The couple that won millions in the lottery . . . and lost the ticket.

Robert Anton Wilson Explains Everything [Audiobook]

Robert Anton Wilson Explains Everything [Audiobook]
Robert Anton Wilson Explains Everything: (or Old Bob Exposes His Ignorance) [Audiobook] by Robert Anton Wilson
2005 | MP3@80 kbps | 259.3MB

A once-in-a-lifetime audio meeting with The Illuminatus! Trilogy author Robert Anton Wilson- bringing you face-to-face with this unconventional and brilliant novelist, visionary, and "standup comic for the mystically inclined." Features Wilson on futurist psychology, the paranormal, God, political conspiracies (real and imagined), life extension and space migration, the origins of language, guerrilla ontology, and much more.

Quantum Psychology: How Brain Software Programs You and Your World

Quantum Psychology: How Brain Software Programs You and Your World
Quantum Psychology: How Brain Software Programs You and Your World by Robert Anton Wilson
1990 | PDF | 7.97MB

Throughout human history, thoughts, values and behaviors have been colored by language and the prevailing view of the universe. With the advent of Quantum Mechanics, relativity, non-Euclidean geometries, non-Aristotelian logic and General Semantics, the scientific view of the world has changed dramatically from just a few decades ago. Nonetheless, human thinking is still deeply rooted in the cosmology of the middle ages.

Quantum Psychology is the book to change your way of perceiving yourself--and the universe for the 21st Century. Some say it's materialistic, others call it scientific and still others insist it's mystical. It is all of these--and none.

Cosmic Trigger Trilogy

Cosmic Trigger Trilogy
Cosmic Trigger Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson
1977 | PDF | 80.62MB

Robert Anton Wilson is perhaps best known as the co-author of the award-winning science fiction work, The Illuminatus! Trilogy. His Cosmic Trigger trilogy revisits many of the themes from that earlier work in a more autobiographical fashion, addressing interstellar ESP connection, the Bavarian Illuminati conspiracy (which Wilson neither rejects as utterly false, nor embraces as true, in keeping with his theme), Timothy Leary's thoughts on brain circuits, JFK's assassination, the future of cyberspace, links to the Mafia, the CIA and the Catholic Church, among other topics.

Schrodinger's Cat Trilogy

Schrodinger's Cat Trilogy
Schrodinger's Cat Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson
1988 | EPUB | 589.53KB

The sequel to the cult classic The Illuminatus! Trilogy, this is an epic fantasy that offers a twisted look at our modern-day world--a reality that exists in another dimension of time and space that may be closer than we think.

This is not a book you can just read, your really need to pay attention to what is going on and try to understand what is happening. I found this book hilarious. The concept behind this book, as far as I can see, is like the Schrodinger's Cat Theory - which is this: if you are to place a cat in a box / room / enclosed space and put an element in the same enclosed space that could kill the cat in an hour and leave it (for an hour), several universes branch from that point - one in which the cat lives, one in which the cat dies, and an infinite amount of others where other occurances happen (such as the cat escapes or grows wings and turns into a bird - these universes are just not probable). In the same sense, a lot of the characters from the orginal Illuminatus! Trilogy are in this book, but with different personalities - where one universe broke off to create the Illuminatus! Trilogy, another broke off where the characters are totally different and the world is affected by disasters and terrorist groups that aren't even mentioned in the original. I highly reccomend reading this, but as I said - you WILL be lost if you don't pay attention. Very stream of concious, many random occurances (to give you an idea - one of the characters is a midget named Markoff Chaney - for those of you who don't know, a Markov Chain is a randomly occuring set of events - the book is a veritable Markov chain, jumping from character to character on a whim), and a tendency to switch universes mid-paragraph. I would reccomend reading the Illuminatus! Trilogy first, but this should definitly be on your list. - This is not a book you can just read, your really need to pay attention to what is going on and try to understand what is happening. I found this book hilarious. The concept behind this book, as far as I can see, is like the Schrodinger's Cat Theory - which is this: if you are to place a cat in a box / room / enclosed space and put an element in the same enclosed space that could kill the cat in an hour and leave it (for an hour), several universes branch from that point - one in which the cat lives, one in which the cat dies, and an infinite amount of others where other occurances happen (such as the cat escapes or grows wings and turns into a bird - these universes are just not probable). In the same sense, a lot of the characters from the orginal Illuminatus! Trilogy are in this book, but with different personalities - where one universe broke off to create the Illuminatus! Trilogy, another broke off where the characters are totally different and the world is affected by disasters and terrorist groups that aren't even mentioned in the original. I highly reccomend reading this, but as I said - you WILL be lost if you don't pay attention. Very stream of concious, many random occurances (to give you an idea - one of the characters is a midget named Markoff Chaney - for those of you who don't know, a Markov Chain is a randomly occuring set of events - the book is a veritable Markov chain, jumping from character to character on a whim), and a tendency to switch universes mid-paragraph. I would reccomend reading the Illuminatus! Trilogy first, but this should definitly be on your list.

The Illuminatus! Trilogy

The Illuminatus! Trilogy
The Illuminatus Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, Leviathan by Robert Shea, Robert Anton Wilson
1975 | EPUB + MP3 | 3.06/629.37MB

Filled with sex and violence--in and out of time and space--the three books of The Illuminatus are only partly works of the imagination. They tackle all the coverups of our time--from who really shot the Kennedys to why there's a pyramid on a one-dollar bill.

First, let it be said that the Illuminatus! Trilogy is not an easy book for anyone to read unless they are familiar with the philosophy of Robert Anton Wilson. Anyone who wants to read this book should first read at the very least Prometheus Rising and Cosmic Trigger I beforehand. A familiarity with the concepts of Aleister Crowley, Georges Gurdjieff, Tim Leary, etc., would also be advisable. That said, here's the review.

The Illuminatus! Trilogy is a combination of philosophy, science, occultism, and obscure ideas that is unlike anything I have read before. It's also a wonderful combination of fact and fiction, so the wise reader will enter with a skeptical but open mind. I say skeptical because they should not BELIEVE any of the novel, but they should be open to ideas because the novel will appall them otherwise. I guess you could actually say that being skeptical but open is the whole point of RAW's philosophy.

The review from Rolling Stone on the page of reviews on the first page describes the novel as a "shaggy dog joke," and you won't really understand how true that is until you read the book. The basic storyline is the storyline that has been repeated throughout mythology and history: "good versus evil." Of course, being a RAW novel, sides get flipped and everybody seems to be a secret agent working for twenty four different conspiracies. It can basically be described as very funny and blasphemous in the best possible sense. Your basic view of "reality" will probably not survive this book. - By Trystero

Microworlds by Stanislaw Lem

Microworlds by Stanislaw Lem
Microworlds by Stanislaw Lem
1984 | PDF | 2.17MB

In ten essays, a master of science fiction and fantasy discusses the current state of the genre in analyses of the scientific and literary bases of his and others' work. In this bold and controversial examination of the past, present, and future of science fiction, Lem informs the raging debate over the literary merit of the genre with ten arch, incisive, provocative essays. Edited and with an Introduction by Franz Rottensteiner. Translated by Rottensteiner and others.