My Autobiography by Alex Ferguson

My Autobiography by Alex Ferguson
My Autobiography by Alex Ferguson
2013 | EPUB | 3.01MB

The celebratory, revealing, inspiring and entertaining autobiography of the greatest manager in the history of British football.

Sir Alex announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United after 27 years in the role. He has gone out in a blaze of glory, with United winning the Premier League for the 13th time, and he is widely considered to be the greatest manager in the history of British football.

Over the last quarter of a century there have been seismic changes at Manchester United. The only constant element has been the quality of the manager's league-winning squad and United's run of success, which included winning the Champions League for a second time in 2008. Sir Alex created a purposeful, but welcoming, and much envied culture at the club which has lasted the test of time.

Sir Alex saw Manchester United change from a conventional football club to what is now a major business enterprise, and he never failed to move with the times. It was directly due to his vision, energy and ability that he was able to build teams both on and off the pitch. He was a man-manager of phenomenal skill, and increasingly he had to deal with global stars. His relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo, for instance, was excellent and David Beckham has described Sir Alex as a father figure.

Over the past four years, Sir Alex has been reflecting on and jotting down the highlights of his extraordinary career and in his new book he will reveal his amazing story as it unfolded, from his very early days in the tough shipyard areas of Govan.

The Why Axis [Audiobook]

The Why Axis [Audiobook]
The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life [Audiobook] by Uri Gneezy, John List, read by Eric Martin
2013 | M4A + EPUB | 9 hrs 09 mins | 253.61MB

Can economics be passionate?… Can it center on people and what really matters to them day-in and day-out.… And help us understand their hidden motives for why they do what they do in everyday life?

Uri Gneezy and John List are revolutionaries. Their ideas and methods for revealing what really works in addressing big social, business, and economic problems gives us new understanding of the motives underlying human behavior. We can then structure incentives that can get people to move mountains, change their behavior—or at least get a better deal.

But finding the right incentive can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Gneezy and List’s pioneering approach is to embed themselves in the factories, schools, communities, and offices where people work, live, and play. Then, through large-scale field experiments conducted “in the wild,” Gneezy and List observe people in their natural environments without them being aware that they are observed.

Their randomized experiments have revealed ways to close the gap between rich and poor students; to stop the violence plaguing inner-city schools; to decipher whether women are really less competitive than men; to correctly price products and services; and to discover the real reasons why people discriminate.

To get the answers, Gneezy and List boarded planes, helicopters, trains, and automobiles to embark on journeys from the foothills of Kilimanjaro to California wineries; from sultry northern India to the chilly streets of Chicago; from the playgrounds of schools in Israel to the boardrooms of some of the world’s largest corporations. In The Why Axis, they take us along for the ride, and through engaging and colorful stories, present lessons with big payoffs.

Their revelatory, startling, and urgent discoveries about how incentives really work are both revolutionary and immensely practical. This research will change both the way we think about and take action on big and little problems. Instead of relying on assumptions, we can find out, through evidence, what really works. Anyone working in business, politics, education, or philanthropy can use the approach Gneezy and List describe in The Why Axis to reach a deeper, nuanced understanding of human behavior, and a better understanding of what motivates people and why.

The Economist Audio Edition [October 26, 2013]

The Economist Audio Edition [October 26, 2013]
The Economist Audio Edition [October 26, 2013]
English | MP3@48 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 194.1MB

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.

The Economist is an English-language weekly news and international affairs publication owned by "The Economist Newspaper Ltd" and edited in London. It has been in continuous publication since James Wilson established it in September 1843. As of summer 2007, its average circulation topped 1.2 million copies a week, about half of which are sold in North America. Consequently it is often seen as a transatlantic (as opposed to solely British) news source.

The aim of The Economist is "to take part in a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress."Subjects covered include international news, economics, politics, business, finance, science, technology, and the arts. The publication is targeted at the high-end "prestige" segment of the market and counts among its audience influential business and government decision-makers.

It takes a strongly argued editorial stance on many issues, especially its support for free trade and fiscal conservatism; it can thus be considered as a magazine which practises advocacy journalism.

Anne Frank: The Biography

Anne Frank: The Biography
Anne Frank: The Biography by Melissa Muller
2013 | EPUB | 6.19MB

Tracing Anne Frank’s life from an early childhood in an assimilated family to her adolescence in German-occupied Amsterdam, Melissa Muller’s biography, originally published in 1998, follows her life right up until her desperate end in Bergen Belsen.

This updated edition includes the five missing pages from Anne Frank’s diary, a number of new photographs, and brings to light many fascinating facts surrounding the Franks. As well as an epilogue from Miep Gies, who hid them for two years, it features new theories surrounding their betrayal, revelations about the pressure put on their helpers by the Nazi party and the startling discovery that the family applied for visas to the US. This authoritative account of Anne Frank’s short but extraordinary life has been meticulously revised over seven years.

The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945

The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945
The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945 by Ian Kershaw
2012 | EPUB | 5.55MB

From the preeminent Hitler biographer, a fascinating and original exploration of how the Third Reich was willing and able to fight to the bitter end of World War II.

Countless books have been written about why Nazi Germany lost the Second World War, yet remarkably little attention has been paid to the equally vital questions of how and why the Third Reich did not surrender until Germany had been left in ruins and almost completely occupied. Drawing on prodigious new research, Ian Kershaw, an award-winning historian and the author of Fateful Choices, explores these fascinating questions in a gripping and focused narrative that begins with the failed bomb plot in July 1944 and ends with the death of Adolf Hitler and the German capitulation in 1945. The End paints a harrowing yet enthralling portrait of the Third Reich in its last desperate gasps.

A History of Zionism

A History of Zionism
A History of Zionism: From the French Revolution to the Establishment of the State of Israel by Walter Laqueur
2003 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.53/4.49MB

The definitive general history of the Zionist movement, by one of the most distinguished historians of our time.

Walter Laqueur traces Zionism from its beginnings—with the emancipation of European Jewry from the ghettos in the wake of the French Revolution—to 1948, when the Zionist dream became a reality. He describes the contributions of such notable figures as Benjamin Disraeli, Moses Hess, Baron Edmond de Rothschild, and Sir Herbert Samuel, and he analyzes the seminal achievements of Theodor Herzl, Chaim Weitzmann, and David Ben Gurion.

Laqueur outlines the differences between the various Zionist philosophies of the early twentieth century—socialist, Communist, revisionist, and cultural utopian—and he discusses both the religious and secular Jewish critics of the movement. He concluded with a dramatic account of the cataclysmic events of World War II, the clandestine immigration of Holocaust survivors, the tragic missed opportunities co-existence with both the Arab residents of Palestine and those in the surrounding countries, and the struggle to forge a new state on an ancient land. Laqueur’s new preface analyzes the present-day difficulties, and places them into a fascinating and aluable historical context.

Lawrence in Arabia [Audiobook]

Lawrence in Arabia [Audiobook]
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East [Audiobook] by Scott Anderson, read by Malcolm Hillgartner
2013 | MP3 VBR V8 + EPUB | 23 hrs 44 mins | 621.27MB

A thrilling and revelatory narrative of one of the most epic and consequential periods in 20th-century history: the Arab Revolt and the secret game to control the Middle East.

The Arab revolt against the Turks in World War I was, in the words of T. E. Lawrence, "a sideshow of a sideshow". As a result, the conflict was shaped to a remarkable degree by a small handful of adventurers and low-level officers far removed from the corridors of power. Curt Prüfer was an academic attached to the German embassy in Cairo whose clandestine role was to foment jihad against British rule. Aaron Aaronsohn was a renowned agronomist and committed Zionist who gained the trust of the Ottoman governor of Palestine even as he built an elaborate anti-Ottoman spy ring. William Yale was a fallen scion of the American aristocracy who traveled the Ottoman Empire on behalf of Standard Oil, dissembling to the Turks in order to gain valuable oil concessions. At the center of it all was Lawrence. In early 1914 he was an archaeologist digging ruins in Syria; by 1917 he was riding into legend at the head of an Arab army, as he fought a rear guard action against his own government and its imperial ambitions.

Based on four years of intensive primary document research, Lawrence in Arabia definitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.

The Soldier's War

The Soldier's War
The Soldier's War: The Great War Through Veterans' Eyes by Richard Van Emden
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 4.21/5.19MB

November 2008 sees the 90th anniversary of the end of the Great War, ‘the war to end all wars' that still haunts and fascinates in equal measure. Richard van Emden's new book tells that story as never before through the words and pictures of the men who were there. The Soldier's War includes incredible never-published-before letters and photographs to reveal the true stories of a lost generation.

The Soldier's War traces the war chronologically, taking stories from each year of the fighting and following the British Tommy through devastating battles and trench warfare to the armistice in 1918. The book also reflects on other lesser-known and more personal aspects of the war, such as the work of stretcher-bearers, army chaplains, and burial parties.

Each chapter will begin with an exploration of the soldiers' post-war attitudes to an emotive and controversial aspects of the conflict. What were their attitudes towards the enemy? What did the troops at the front line really think about their generals? Did they remember their time in the war with any fondness?

Central to The Soldier's War are the original and as-yet-unseen photographs that punctuate the narrative. Many soldiers carried lightweight VPK cameras (Vest Pocket Kodaks) and used them (illegally) to photograph the war as it unfolded. Between seventy-five and a hundred remarkable images will for the first time show trench-warfare as it really happened.

Cochrane the Dauntless

Cochrane the Dauntless
Cochrane the Dauntless: The Life and Adventures of Admiral Thomas Cochrane, 1775-1860 by David Cordingly
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 16.72/9.91MB

Patrick O' Brian, C.S. Forester and Captain Marryat all based their literary heroes on Thomas Cochrane, but Cochrane's exploits were far more daring and exciting than those of his fictional counterparts. He was a man of action, whose bold and impulsive nature meant he was often his own worst enemy. Writing with gripping narrative skill and drawing on his own travels and original research, Cordingly tells the rip-roaring story of a flawed Romantic hero who helped define his age.

The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn

The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn
The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn by Eric Ives
2004 | EPUB | 3.36MB

Anne Boleyn is the most notorious of England's queens, but more famous for her death as an adulterer than for her life. Henry's second wife and mother of Elizabeth I, Anne was the first English queen to be publicly executed. Yet what do we know of the achievements and the legacy of her short reign?

  • A full biography of Anne Boleyn, based on the latest scholarly research.
  • Focusses on Anne’s life and legacy and establishes Anne as a figure of considerable importance and influence in her own right.
  • Adulteress or innocent victim? Looks afresh at the issues at the heart of Anne's downfall.
  • Pays attention to her importance as a patron of the arts, particularly in relation to Hans Holbein.
  • Presents evidence about Anne’s spirituality and her interest in the intellectual debates of the period.
  • Takes account of significant advances in knowledge in recent years.

In The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn Eric Ives provides the most detailed and convincing portrait we have of the queen. He reveals a person of intellect with a passion for the new culture of the Renaissance, a woman who made her way in a man's world by force of education and personality. She played a powerful and independent role in the faction-ridden court of Henry VIII and the unceasing struggle for royal favour that was Tudor politics. The consequences can still be detected today. Indeed, Ives shows that it was precisely because Anne was a powerful figure in her own right that it needed a coup to bring her down. She had to be stopped - even by a lie.

A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons

A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons
A Brief History of the Anglo-Saxons by Geoffrey Hindley
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.01/2.12MB

Starting AD 400 (around the time of their invasion of England) and running through to the 1100s (the 'Aftermath'), historian Geoffrey Hindley shows the Anglo-Saxons as formative in the history not only of England but also of Europe.

The society inspired by the warrior world of the Old English poem "Beowulf" saw England become the world's first nation state and Europe's first country to conduct affairs in its own language, and Bede and Boniface of Wessex establish the dating convention we still use today. Including all the latest research, this is a fascinating assessment of a vital historical period.

Nothin' But Blue Skies

Nothin' But Blue Skies
Nothin' But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of America's Industrial Heartland by Edward McClelland
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.18/1.01MB

The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region became the "arsenal of democracy"-the greatest manufacturing center in the world-in the years during and after World War II, thanks to natural advantages and a welcoming culture. Decades of unprecedented prosperity followed, memorably punctuated by riots, strikes, burning rivers, and oil embargoes. A vibrant, quintessentially American character bloomed in the region's cities, suburbs, and backwaters.

But the innovation and industry that defined the Rust Belt also helped to hasten its demise. An air conditioner invented in Upstate New York transformed the South from a sweaty backwoods to a non-unionized industrial competitor. Japan and Germany recovered from their defeat to build fuel-efficient cars in the stagnant 1970s. The tentpole factories that paid workers so well also filled the air with soot, and poisoned waters and soil. The jobs drifted elsewhere, and many of the people soon followed suit.

Nothin' but Blue Skies tells the story of how the country's industrial heartland grew, boomed, bottomed, and hopes to be reborn. Through a propulsive blend of storytelling and reportage, celebrated writer Edward McClelland delivers the rise, fall, and revival of the Rust Belt and its people.

Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked

Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked
Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked by Chris Matthews
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.47/4.56MB

TIP AND THE GIPPER is a magnificent personal history of a time when two great political opponents served together for the benefit of the country. Chris Matthews was an eyewitness to this story as a top aide to Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, who waged a principled war of political ideals with President Reagan from 1980 to 1986. Together, the two men forged compromises that shaped America’s future and became one of history’s most celebrated political pairings—the epitome of how ideological opposites can get things done.

When Ronald Reagan was elected to the presidency in a landslide victory over Jimmy Carter (for whom Matthews had worked as a speechwriter), Speaker O’Neill realized Americans had voted for a change. For the first time in his career, O’Neill also found himself thrust into the national spotlight as the highest-ranking leader of the Democratic Party—the most visible and respected challenger to President Reagan’s agenda of shrinking the government and lowering taxes.

At first, O’Neill doubted his ability to compete on the public stage with the charming Hollywood actor, whose polished speeches played well on TV, a medium O’Neill had never mastered. Over time, the burly Irishman learned how to fight the popular president on his key issues, relying on legislative craftiness, strong rhetoric, and even guerrilla theater. “An old dog can learn new tricks,” Tip told his staff. Of O’Neill, one of his colleagues said, “If Martians came into the House chamber, they’d know instantly who the leader was.”

Meanwhile, President Reagan proved to be a much more effective and savvy leader than his rivals had ever expected, achieving major legislative victories on taxes and the federal budget. Reagan and his allies knew how to work the levers of power in Washington. After showing remarkable personal fortitude in the wake of the assassination attempt against him, Reagan never let his political differences with Democrats become personal. He was fond of the veteran Speaker’s motto that political battles ended at 6 p.m. So when he would phone O’Neill, he would say, “Hello, Tip, is it after six o’clock?”

Together, the two leaders fought over the major issues of the day—welfare, taxes, covert military operations, and Social Security—but found their way to agreements that reformed taxes, saved Social Security, and achieved their common cause of bringing peace to Northern Ireland. O’Neill’s quiet behind-the-scenes support helped Reagan forge his historic Cold War–ending bond with Mikhail Gor­bachev. They each won some and lost some, and through it all they maintained respect for each other’s positions and worked to advance the country rather than obstruct progress.

As Matthews notes, “There is more than one sort of heroic behavior, and they don’t all look the same.” Tip and the Gipper is the story of the kind of heroism we need today.

Rights at Risk: The Limits of Liberty in Modern America

Rights at Risk: The Limits of Liberty in Modern America
Rights at Risk: The Limits of Liberty in Modern America by David K Shipler
2012 | EPUB | 2.3MB

An enlightening, intensely researched examination of violations of the constitutional principles that preserve individual rights and civil liberties from courtrooms to classrooms.

With telling anecdote and detail, Pulitzer Prize–winner David K. Shipler explores the territory where the Constitution meets everyday America, where legal compromises—before and since 9/11—have undermined the criminal justice system’s fairness, enhanced the executive branch’s power over citizens and immigrants, and impaired some of the freewheeling debate and protest essential in a constitutional democracy.

Shipler demonstrates how the violations tamper with America’s safety in unexpected ways. While a free society takes risks to observe rights, denying rights creates other risks. A suspect’s right to silence may deprive police of a confession, but a forced confession is often false. Honoring the right to a jury trial may be cumbersome, but empowering prosecutors to coerce a guilty plea means evidence goes untested, the charge unproved. An investigation undisciplined by the Bill of Rights may jail the innocent and leave the guilty at large and dangerous. Weakened constitutional rules allow the police to waste precious resources on useless intelligence gathering and frivolous arrests. The criminal courts act less as impartial adjudicators than as conveyor belts from street to prison in a system that some disillusioned participants have nicknamed “McJustice.”

There is, always, a human cost. Shipler shows us victims of torture and abuse—not only suspected terrorists at the hands of the CIA but also murder suspects interrogated by the Chicago police. We see a poverty-stricken woman forced to share an attorney with her drug dealer boyfriend and sentenced to six years in prison when the conflict of interest turns her lawyer against her. We meet high school students suspended for expressing unwelcome political opinions. And we see a pregnant immigrant deported, after years of living legally in the country, for allegedly stealing a lottery ticket.

Often shocking, yet ultimately idealistic, Rights at Risk shows us the shadows of America where the civil liberties we rightly take for granted have been eroded—and summons us to reclaim them.

The Eleventh Day

The Eleventh Day
The Eleventh Day: The Full Story of 9/11 by Anthony Summers, Robbyn Swan
2012 | EPUB | 7.8MB

For most living Americans, September 11, 2001, is the darkest date in the nation’s history. But what exactly happened on 9/11? Could it have been prevented? And what remains unresolved? Here is the first panoramic, authoritative account of that tragic day—from the first brutal actions of the hijackers to our government’s flawed response; from the untruths told afterward by U.S. officials to the “elephant in the room” of the 9/11 Commission’s report—the clues that point to foreign involvement. New York Times bestselling authors Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan write with access to thousands of recently released official documents, raw transcripts, fresh interviews, and the perspective that can come only from a decade of research and evaluation. Riveting, revelatory, and thoroughly sourced, The Eleventh Day is updated for this edition—with new reporting on a development that the former cochairman of Congress’s 9/11 probe calls the most important in years.

This is the essential one-volume work, required reading for us all.

Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J Edgar Hoover

Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J Edgar Hoover
Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J Edgar Hoover by Anthony Summers
2011 | EPUB | 804.46KB

For nearly fifty years, J. Edgar Hoover held great power in the United States. The creator of the FBI and its Director until his death, he played a role in nearly every major tragedy and scandal in America during the twentieth century.

Hoover was lauded when he died as an American hero. Anthony Summers' controversial bestseller, Official & Confidential, The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover, draws on more than 800 interviews to explode the myths, exposing the dark secrets that remained hidden throughout Hoover's lifetime.

Hoover used his intimate knowledge of the John F. Kennedy's sex life to ensure that Lyndon B. Johnson became Vice President, and suppressed evidence about J.F.K's assassination. Hoover himself, meanwhile, was a closet homosexual, which allegedly led to him being blackmailed by the Mafia.

This fascinating book reveals that even Hoover's death, on the eve of Watergate, was clouded with mystery. Witnesses have indicated that, in the panic over the secrets he was holding over President Nixon, an operation was mounted to break into his house - possibly even to murder him.

The Arrogance of Power

The Arrogance of Power
The Arrogance of Power: The Secret World of Richard Nixon by Anthony Summers
2001 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.39/3.84MB

Anthony Summers' biography of Richard Nixon reveals a troubled figure whose criminal behavior did not begin with Watergate. Drawing on more than a thousand interviews and five years of research, Summers reveals a man driven by an addiction to intrigue and power, whose subversion of democracy during Watergate was the culmination of years of cynical political manipulation. New evidence suggests the former president had problems with alcohol and prescription drugs, was at times mentally unstable, and was abusive to his wife Pat.

Summers discloses previously unrevealed facts about Nixon's role in the plots to topple Fidel Castro and Salvador Allende, his sabotage of the Vietnam peace talks in 1968, and his acceptance of funds from dubious sources. The Arrogance of Power shows how the actions of one tormented man influenced fifty years of American history, in ways still reverberating today.

The Science of Fear

The Science of Fear
The Science of Fear: Why We Fear the Things We Shouldn't--and Put Ourselves in Greater Danger by Daniel Gardner
2008 | EPUB | 374.33KB

From terror attacks to the war on terror, real estate bubbles to the price of oil, sexual predators to poisoned food from China, our list of fears is ever-growing. And yet, we are the safest and healthiest humans in history. Irrational fear seems to be taking over, often with tragic results. For example, in the months after 9/11, when people decided to drive instead of fly—believing they were avoiding risk—road deaths rose by more than 1,500.

In this fascinating, lucid, and thoroughly entertaining examination of how humans process risk, journalist Dan Gardner had the exclusive cooperation of Paul Slovic, the world renowned risk-science pioneer, as he reveals how our hunter gatherer brains struggle to make sense of a world utterly unlike the one that made them. Filled with illuminating real world examples, interviews with experts, and fast-paced, lean storytelling, The Science of Fear shows why it is truer than ever that the worst thing we have to fear is fear itself.

Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity

Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity
Lateral Thinking: A Textbook of Creativity by Edward de Bono
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.56/1.58MB

The first practical explanation of how creativity works, this results-oriented bestseller trains listeners to move beyond a "vertical" mode of thought to tap the potential of lateral thinking.

A Captain's Duty [Audiobook]

A Captain's Duty [Audiobook]
A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea [Audiobook] by Richard Phillips, read by George K Wilson
2010 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 42 mins | 239.75MB

It was just another day on the job for fifty-three-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, the United States-flagged cargo ship which was carrying, among other things, food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship. The pirates didn't expect the crew to fight back, nor did they expect Captain Phillips to offer himself as hostage in exchange for the safety of his crew. Thus began the tense five-day stand-off, which ended in a daring high-seas rescue when U.S. Navy SEALs opened fire and picked off three of the captors.

"It never ends like this," Captain Phillips said.

And he's right.

A Captain's Duty tells the life-and-death drama of the Vermont native who was held captive on a tiny lifeboat off Somalia's anarchic, gun-plagued shores. A story of adventure and courage, it provides the intimate details of this high-seas hostage-taking--the unbearable heat, the death threats, the mock executions, and the escape attempt. When the pirates boarded his ship, Captain Phillips put his experience into action, doing everything he could to safeguard his crew. And when he was held captive by the pirates, he marshaled all his resources to ensure his own survival, withstanding intense physical hardship and an escalating battle of wills with the pirates. This was it: the moment where training meets instinct and where character is everything. Richard Phillips was ready.

Mrs Meyer's Clean Home

Mrs Meyer's Clean Home
Mrs Meyer's Clean Home: No-Nonsense Advice that Will Inspire You to CLEAN like the DICKENS by Thelma Meyer
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 4.36/6.19MB

When Thelma Meyer tells it to you, she tells it straight: Clean the kitchen daily! Don't waste anything (not even the water leftover from those potatoes you just boiled)! Always work hard! This philosophy meant that when Thelma's daughter Monica founded Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day products (named after her mom), the products were designed to work hard for you.

Now for the first time, Thelma's sage advice is being made available in this revolutionary cleaning guide chock full of practical tips and secrets based on the premise that life is hectic and messy -- and so keeping your house clean and nice is the only sensible thing to do. With shortcuts and tips for cleaning the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room, MRS MEYER'S CLEAN HOME contains unexpected advice such as:

  • Never use vinegar and water on wood floors. One part dish soap and four parts water is the only way to truly get them clean. And remember to buff with a terrycloth towel.
  • Always clean out the fridge before grocery shopping. Serve the kids "Musko" ("must go") for dinner, using the items that were fast approaching expiration.
  • Wash windows on a cloudy day to avoid the nasty streaking that happens when the sun's out and glass dry too fast.

MRS MEYER'S CLEAN HOME is two parts common sense and one part inspiration. Read it and learn how to clean like the dickens.

Zymurgy for the Homebrewer and Beer Lover

Zymurgy for the Homebrewer and Beer Lover
Zymurgy for the Homebrewer and Beer Lover: The Best Articles and Advice by Charles Papazian
1998 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.22/6.11MB

Since 1978, Zymurgy magazine, official journal of the American Homebrewers Association, has served homebrewers with recipes, practical tips, debates, lore and entertainment.

Now Charlie Papazian, founder of the magazine and first name in homebrewing, has combed through classic issues of Zymurgy for this unprecedented collection, packed with popular, timeless homebrewing wisdom for beginners and advanced homebrewers alike:

  • Award-winning homebrew recipes, and recipes that use your brew as a cook ingredient
  • Whats in your water--and why finding out can make all the difference to your beer
  • How to make exotic brews like stone beer, Swedish gotlandscrika or Dusseldorf Altbier
  • Switching to gain brewing--all you need to know about malts and malt extract
  • How to make authentic English bitters and serve it properly at home
  • How to construct a homemade bottle filler
  • Experimenting wit herbs, spices and different strains of yeast for new tastes in your home brew
  • AND, MUCH, MUCH MORE!

Pomegranates & Pine Nuts

Pomegranates & Pine Nuts
Pomegranates & Pine Nuts: A stunning collection of Lebanese, Moroccan and Persian Recipes by Bethany Kehdy
2013 | EPUB | 81.26MB

Bethany Kehdy is renowned for the contemporary Middle Eastern and North African recipes that she publishes on her blog (dirtykitchensecrets.com). Born in Houston, Texas to an American mother and a Lebanese father, Bethany grew up in Lebanon during the country's most volatile civil war years. During her childhood, she spent countless hours learning to cook with her perfectionist teta (grandmother), her vivacious dad and her spirited aunts. Her recipes are a harmonious balance of classic and contemporary, as she draws upon her ethnic roots while adding her own personal twist.

The Parthenon Cookbook

The Parthenon Cookbook
The Parthenon Cookbook: Great Mediterranean Recipes from the Heart of Chicago's Greektown by Camille Stagg
2008 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.16/3.18MB

This collection of terrific Greek recipes, from old favorites to unique house specialties, is also a tribute to the oldest restaurant in Chicago's fabled Greektown, a landmark innovator of legendary dishes like saganaki and the first gyros in Chicago.

Filled with colorful history and lush photographs, the book features 40 of the restaurant’s most popular recipes from all courses, appetizers to desserts. They include Feta a la Soto, Marathon Salad with Shrimp, Moussaka, Sokolatina, and more. In addition, Greek wine pairings are included as well as full Greek dinner menus with tips for entertaining.

All Around the World Cookbook

All Around the World Cookbook
All Around the World Cookbook by Sheila Lukins
1994 | EPUB | 23.02MB

A culinary genius who helped change the way America eats, Sheila Lukins is the cook behind the phenomenal success of The Silver Palate Cookbooks and The New Basics Cookbook, with over 5 million copies in print.

Now Sheila embarks on her first solo journey, visiting 33 countries on a cooks tour of cuisines, ingredients, and tastes. The result is pure alchemy--a new kind of American cookbook that reinterprets the best of the worlds food in 450 dazzling, original recipes. In addition, there are new wines to discover, menus to experiment with, ingredients to learn, spice cabinets to raid--and travelogues to savor.

A Feast for All Seasons: Traditional Native Peoples' Cuisine

A Feast for All Seasons: Traditional Native Peoples' Cuisine
A Feast for All Seasons: Traditional Native Peoples' Cuisine by Andrew George, Robert Gairns
2010 | PDF | 13.47MB

Traditional North American Native peoples' cuisine has existed for centuries, but its central tenet of respecting nature and its bounty have never been as timely as they are now. Andrew George Jr. of the Wet'suwet'en Nation in Canada is a well-respected aboriginal chef and instructor who has spent the last twenty-five years promoting the traditions of First Nations food. In A Feast for All Seasons, written with Robert Gairns, he has compiled aboriginal recipes that feature ingredients from the land, sea, and sky, elements of an enduring cuisine that illustrate respect for the environment and its creatures and an acknowledgment of the spiritual power that food can have in our lives.

The 120 recipes include delectable, make-at-home dishes such as Salmon and Fiddlehead Stirfry, Stuffed Wild Duck, Barbecued Oysters, Pan-fried Rabbit with Wild Cranberry Glaze, Clam Fritters, and Wild Blueberry Cookies. The book also features recipes with exotic ingredients that provide a fascinating glimpse into the history of Native cuisine: Moose Chili, Boiled Porcupine, Smoked Beaver Meat, and Braised Bear.

This unique cookbook pays homage to an enduring food culture—grounded in tradition and the power of nature—that transcends the test of time.

Wintersweet: Seasonal Desserts to Warm the Home

Wintersweet: Seasonal Desserts to Warm the Home
Wintersweet: Seasonal Desserts to Warm the Home by Tammy Donroe Inman
2013 | PDF | 72.3MB

Who says the winter months have to be bleak and barren? Author Tammy Donroe sees this season as an opportunity to stay inside, fire up the oven, and produce decadent desserts from the bounty of wholesome winter ingredients. Wintersweet encourages readers to make use of fresh, local ingredients for warming seasonal desserts. While summer farmers’ markets are always overflowing with ripe produce, there’s plenty to be had from November to March: squashes and pumpkins, parsnips and carrots, apples, pears, citrus of all types, and feel-good ingredients like nuts, cheese, and chocolate.

The fresh and rustic recipes in Wintersweet push the envelope of traditional winter desserts like pumpkin or apple pies with such delicacies as Pear Cranberry Clafouti, Spicy Prune Cake with Penuche Frosting, Tangelo Sorbet, and Goat Cheese Cake with Dried Cherry Compote. Each chapter is devoted to different ingredients, ranging from Persimmons, Pomegranates, and Cranberries to Citrus, Cheese, and Dried Fruits, allowing readers to experiment with new and exciting ingredients for complex and delicious flavors. They taste even better when they can be found near your own backyard; Donroe provides resources for finding the best local farmers’ markets and agricultural centers near you. Perfect for holiday gatherings or to warm the belly on a cold night, Wintersweet is the perfect dessert companion to make the year’s coldest season a bit more festive.

Rachel's Everyday Kitchen

Rachel's Everyday Kitchen
Rachel's Everyday Kitchen: Simple, Delicious Family Food by Rachel Allen
2013 | EPUB | 48.01MB

Cookery teacher and home cook Rachel Allen returns with clever ideas, simple shortcuts and plenty of practical advice for achieving simple, wholesome and nutritious meals day after day. Rachel’s Kitchen ties in to 13-part primetime television.

This stunning, fully photographed cookbook includes over 100 tried-and-tested new recipes from bestselling cook Rachel Allen.

After years of cooking for her family, teaching at the world-renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School and listening to the questions of home cooks, Rachel has pulled together an ultimate cookery manual for getting great food on the table throughout the week without stress, expensive bills or hours at the stove.

Rachel’s Kitchen is all about everyday clever cooking: simple shortcuts, advice on weekly planning and shopping, wasting less, freezing more, preparing ahead and using leftovers, recipes than can serve more and those that can be adjusted to a tasty meal for one or two. Rachel will show you how to cook once but achieve two or three meals. A side dish of baked broccoli with garlic and pine nuts can be transformed into a spelt salad with feta. Extra mashed potato and smoked fish from a fish pie can become instant, warming Cullen Skink the next day. Her approach saves time and money, but also allows cooking to be satisfying and enjoyable rather than a chore.

Rachel’s thrifty recipes don’t require unusual ingredients that will linger at the back of the cupboard but affordable favourite ingredients that get used multiple times and underused cuts of meat or seasonal vegetables that can be made into a truly delicious dish.

From fast family suppers, packed lunches and prepared-ahead meals to stress-free roasts and biscuit-tin sweet and savoury baking - Rachel’s Kitchen is a must have, practical family cooking bible.

Mass Communication: Living in a Media World [4th Edition]

Mass Communication: Living in a Media World [4th Edition]
Mass Communication: Living in a Media World [4th Edition] by Ralph E Hanson
2013 | EPUB | 9.38MB

That the media world is changing at a dizzying pace is a statement of the obvious. Yet, some things do remain constant. There are principles of media literacy, which once students have mastered, arm them with the tools and critical thinking they need to be savvy and self-aware consumers of the media. Ralph Hanson does this in every page of his book. Oh, but there is so much more.

The fourth edition of Mass Communication is now a full-color Media Edition which means, at no extra cost to your students, they now have access to an interactive ebook when they buy a new print copy. Through a series of icons, students link to a wealth of multimedia assets-including audio, video, data, articles, reference, and policy backgrounders from CQ Researcher-right where it matters most: on the exact page where a topic is discussed. Students can immediately dive deeper and explore an important concept or idea while reading.

There is also an important assessment piece. For each "Test Your Media Literacy" box, students can answer critical thinking questions, as well as take a chapter quiz making sure they master chapter objectives. All answers and quiz results feed an instructor gradebook so you can efficiently track participation and comprehension. It's an enhanced, enriching, and interactive learning experience. And for those who used Hanson for the past three editions, we know you appreciate the book's smart approach and value price. The good news is that there is one more tool to get students engaged and reading: a good read, an affordable price, and now, full-color design.

The addition of color clearly enhances photos, but also improves the book's pedagogic muscle, with colored text that highlights the Seven Truths principles, with global icons signifying comparative examples and international content, and with a new "Test Your Visual Media Literacy" box that helps students really think about the reactions they have to media images they see everyday.

Reminders of the book's media literacy principles are Hanson's Seven Truths "they" don't want you to know about the media:

  1. The media are essential components of our lives.
  2. There are no mainstream media (MSM).
  3. Everything from the margin moves to the center.
  4. Nothing's new-everything that happened in the past will happen again.
  5. New media are always scary.
  6. Activism and analysis is not the same thing.
  7. There is no "they."

The fourth edition delivers comprehensive yet compact coverage, incisive analysis, and fun, conversational writing. While Hanson delves into critical theory, and will take a critical stance on the media, he does not believe the media are something to be feared or demonized, but rather are an essential part of the way we live.

An Intelligent Person's Guide to Philosophy

An Intelligent Person's Guide to Philosophy
An Intelligent Person's Guide to Philosophy by Roger Scruton
1999 | PDF | 1.0MB

Philosophy's the 'love of wisdom', can be approached in two ways: by doing it, or by studying how it has been done, so writes the eminent philosopher Roger Scruton. In this user-friendly book, he chooses to introduce philosophy by doing it. Taking the discipline beyond theory and "intellectualism," he presents it in an empirical, accessible, and practical light. The result is not a history of the field but a vivid, energetic, and personal account to guide the reader making his or her own venture into philosophy. Addressing a range of subjects from freedom, God, reality, and morality, to sex, music, and history, Scruton argues philosophy's relevance not just to intellectual questions, but to contemporary life.

The Death Of Socrates

The Death Of Socrates
The Death Of Socrates: An Interpretation of the Platonic Dialogues Euthyphro, Apology, Crito and Phaedo by Romano Guardini
1948 | PDF | 2.54MB

The purpose of this work is a philosophical interpretation, seeking to enter into Plato's thought; not in order to state and retrace his ideas historically, but in order to approach, under their guidance, nearer to the truth itself. Such a method must aim primarily at bringing the text itself into the greatest possible prominence.

Making Man in Reason's Image [Audiobook]

Making Man in Reason's Image [Audiobook]
Making Man in Reason's Image: The Enlightenment and the Birth of Modern Humanity [Audiobook] by James Schmidt
2006 | MP3 VBR 120 kbps | 14 CDs | 403.0MB

Eighteenth-century Europe saw a flowering of ideas that shook the social and political order of the day. Voltaire, Locke, Diderot, and Kant and other great thinkers of the Age of Enlightenment, as this period would come to be known, sought to rid society of the shackles of superstition and ignorance by promoting such then-radical ideas as the inalienable rights of the individual, religious toleration, and the power of reason and science to better mankind.

Discussed in the coffee houses, salons, academies, and secret societies of Europe and Britain, Enlightenment ideals influenced the architects of the French Revolution and the founding fathers of the United States, and would go on to become the foundation of modern political, economic, and social theory. In this fascinating course, Professor James Schmidt explores the great thinkers and ideas -- as well as the controversies -- of this intellectually rich period in history.

Paddle Your Own Canoe

Paddle Your Own Canoe
Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living by Nick Offerman
2013 | EPUB | 1.06MB

Nick Offerman shares his humorous fulminations on life, manliness, meat, and much more in his first book.

Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman—who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking—he runs his own woodshop—Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman’s childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois—“I grew up literally in the middle of a cornfield”—to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally. It also offers hard-bitten battle strategies in the arenas of manliness, love, style, religion, woodworking, and outdoor recreation, among many other savory entrees.

A mix of amusing anecdotes, opinionated lessons and rants, sprinkled with offbeat gaiety, Paddle Your Own Canoe will not only tickle readers pink but may also rouse them to put down their smart phones, study a few sycamore leaves, and maybe even hand craft (and paddle) their own canoes.

The Reality Slap

The Reality Slap
The Reality Slap: Finding Peace and Fulfillment When Life Hurts by Russ Harris
2012 | EPUB | 282.47KB

The “reality slap” takes many different forms. Sometimes, it’s more like a punch: the death of a loved one, a serious illness, a divorce, the loss of a job, a freak accident, or a shocking betrayal. Sometimes it’s a little gentler. Envy, loneliness, resentment, failure, disappointment, and rejection can sting just as much. But whatever form your reality slap takes, one thing’s for sure—it hurts! And most of us don’t deal with the pain very well.

The Reality Slap offers a four-part path for healing from crises based on acceptance and commitment therapy. In these pages, you will learn how to:

  • Find peace in the midst of your pain
  • Rediscover calm in the midst of chaos
  • Turn difficult emotions into wisdom and compassion
  • Find fulfillment, even when you can’t get what you want
  • Heal your wounds and emerge stronger than before

Unlike some self-help books that claim you can have everything you ever wanted in life, if you only put your mind to it, this book claims that you can't have everything in life. The hard truth of this world is that we are all going to experience disappointment, frustration, failure, loss, rejection, illness, injury, aging, and death at some point. However, in spite of all this, you can still lead a rich and rewarding life. Let this book be your guide.

Introduction to Prana and Pranic Healing [Audiobook]

Introduction to Prana and Pranic Healing [Audiobook]
Introduction to Prana and Pranic Healing [Audiobook] by Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati and Jayne Stevenson
2006 | MP3@192 kbps | 2.5 hrs | 206.9MB

These practices form the basis of a profound journey that reveals the link between the breath, the life force and the mind. You will learn how to use your breath to to generate energy and to direct this energy for greater health and healing. This energy is the basis of a more vital, creative life.

Prana and Pranic Healing teaches how to consciously generate and direct the energy (prana) in your body to achieve greater vitality and health.

You will learn to identify and remove blockages from your body, mind and emotions that prevent the natural flow of energy. You will feel invigorated.

As you increase your energy and your body becomes healthier, you are better able to cope with the stresses of everyday life. This reduces the effects of aging and supports the management and healing of chronic illnesses. Pranic healing meditations are the beginning of self mastery.

Hardwiring Happiness

Hardwiring Happiness
Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence by Rick Hanson
2013 | EPUB | 1.93MB

Recent scientific breakthroughs have revealed that what we think and feel changes the brain. Dr Rick Hanson's Hardwiring Happiness is the first book to show how to transform the simple positive experiences of daily life into neural structures that promote lasting health, contentment, love and inner peace.

To keep our ancestors alive, our brain evolved a 'negativity bias', which lets positive experiences flow through it like water through a sieve. Yet positive experiences are the building blocks needed for health, happiness and fulfilling relationships. Drawing on neuroscience and the contemplative traditions, Hardwiring Happiness shows how to overcome that negativity bias and get those good experiences into the brain where it can use them, providing the tools we need to heal old wounds, develop our inner resources and, ultimately, transform our lives.

Meditations for Happiness [Audiobook]

Meditations for Happiness [Audiobook]
Meditations for Happiness: Rewire Your Brain for Lasting Contentment and Peace [Audiobook] by Rick Hanson
2011 | MP3@64 kbps | 3 hrs 41 mins | 101.03MB

Happiness is far more than a positive feeling that comes and goes. Science is now proving that happiness is a skill that you can develop.

Bridging neuropsychology with the great contemplative traditions, Meditations for Happiness brings you a series of practices that allow you to literally rewire the neural pathways in your brain to experience deeper and more lasting contentment.

On part one, Dr. Hanson discusses the nature of happiness, its role in our evolution, how our brains both make us happy and create suffering, and how we can use and shape our brains over time to experience more joy and ease in everyday life. He then guides you step-by-step through more than a dozen meditations and exercises including:

  • A Happiness Trip—explore the many shades of positive emotions that relate to your happiness
  • Gratitude—an antidote to threatening thoughts and feelings
  • Taking Refuge in What's Reliable—root your happiness in the safe harbors of things you can truly count on
  • Coming Home to Happiness—a relaxing session to ease your body-mind back to its natural state of calm and contentment

"Emotions come and go, but true happiness endures," teaches Dr. Hanson. With Meditations for Happiness, he helps you build a foundation of skills for realizing the happiness you desire.

Just One Thing by Rick Hanson

Just One Thing by Rick Hanson
Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time by Rick Hanson
2011 | PDF | 1.25MB

You've heard the expression, “It’s the little things that count.” It's more than a simple platitude. Research has shown that integrating little daily practices into your life can actually change the way your brain works.

This guide offers simple things you can do routinely, mainly inside your mind, that will support and increase your sense of security and worth, resilience, effectiveness, well-being, insight, and inner peace. For example, they include: taking in the good, protecting your brain, feeling safer, relaxing anxiety about imperfection, not knowing, enjoying your hands, taking refuge, and filling the hole in your heart. At first glance, you may be tempted to underestimate the power of these seemingly simple practices. But they will gradually change your brain through what’s called experience-dependent neuroplasticity.

Moment to moment, whatever you're aware of—sounds, sensations, thoughts, or your most heartfelt longings—is based on underlying neural activities. This book offers simple brain training practices you can do every day to protect against stress, lift your mood, and find greater emotional resilience.

Just one practice each day can help you to:

  • Be good to yourself
  • Enjoy life as it is
  • Build on your strengths
  • Be more effective at home and work
  • Make peace with your emotions

With over fifty daily practices you can use anytime, anywhere, Just One Thing is a groundbreaking combination of mindfulness meditation and neuroscience that can help you deepen your sense of well-being and unconditional happiness.

Buddha's Brain [Audiobook]

Buddha's Brain [Audiobook]
Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom [Audiobook] by Rick Hanson, Richard Mendius, read by Alan Bomar Jones
2010 | MP3 VBR 60 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 58 mins | 181.14MB

If you change your brain, you can change your life.

Great teachers like the Buddha, Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, and Gandhi were all born with brains built essentially like anyone else’s—and then they changed their brains in ways that changed the world. Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain, and more and more, we are learning that it's possible to strengthen positive brain states.

By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of mindfulness practice, you too can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom. Buddha's Brain draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate your brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper spiritual life, and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth. Using guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, you'll learn how to activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. Most importantly, you will foster positive psychological growth that will literally change the way you live in your day-to-day life.

This book presents an unprecedented intersection of psychology, neurology, and contemplative practice, and is filled with practical tools and skills that you can use everyday to tap the unused potential of your brain and rewire it over time for greater well-being and peace of mind.

Science in Seconds: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant

Science in Seconds: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant
Science in Seconds: 200 Key Concepts Explained in an Instant by Hazel Muir
2012 | EPUB | 15.0MB

Science in Seconds explains 200 of the most important concepts in various branches of science. The book uses easily understood language and clear illustrations for each concept, making it ideal for those with little or no experience in the sciences. Readers can gain a preliminary understanding and may be motivated to seek more information. Generous cross-referencing and a glossary of terms add clarity and context.

The book explains key concepts in the following subjects:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Biotechnology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Medicine
  • Earth science
  • Energy generation
  • Astronomy
  • Space flight
  • Information technology

Science in Seconds is an excellent resource for students recently introduced to these concepts and as a quick-look reference for interested readers.

The Sh*tfaced Games

The Sh*tfaced Games
The Sh*tfaced Games: A Shot at Glory and Gold for the Wasted Warrior by HogWild
2013 | EPUB | 9.89MB

Drinking games are a pastime that bring out the best (and worst) in party-goers—a crossroads where fierce competition and drunken abandon meet. The Sh*tfaced Games takes the tradition to the next level by giving average folks their own chance to compete with their friends at something they’re good at: drinking.

In the spirit of the Olympiad, this book presents fifty drinking games from around the world from Ice Rink Drink to Alcohol Archery, and each is given a rating of bronze (“tipsy”), silver (“drunk”), or gold (“completely sh*tfaced”) to help readers figure out exactly how drunk they are bound to get. The games are interspersed with commentary from stand-up comedian HogWild, drinking trivia, Games-inspired cocktail recipes, and a handful of illustrations throughout.

Lights Camera Booze

Lights Camera Booze
Lights Camera Booze: Drinking Games for Your Favorite Movies including Anchorman, Big Lebowski, Clueless, Dirty Dancing, Fight Club, Goonies, Home Alone, Karate Kid and Many, Many More by Kourtney Jason
2013 | EPUB | 8.28MB

MAKE MOVIE NIGHT EPIC

Invite friends over, mix some drinks, press play and drink, drink, drink every time Lights Camera Booze tells you to. It’s 80-proof fun in front of the big screen when this book turns your favorite movies into drinking game parodies, including:

  • Hand-drawn game boards
  • Rules on when to drink
  • Themed cocktails for each flick
  • Post-movie sobriety challenges

You, Inc: The Art of Selling Yourself [Audiobook]

You, Inc: The Art of Selling Yourself [Audiobook]
You, Inc: The Art of Selling Yourself [Audiobook] by Harry Beckwith, Christine Clifford Beckwith, read by Lisa DeSimone, Martin Ruben
2007 | MP3@128 kbps | 5 hrs 42 mins | 312.86MB

As founder of Beckwith Advertising and Marketing, Harry Beckwith learned early on in his career that no matter what product is being sold, the most important component of the sale is you.

And in YOU, INC. Beckwith teams up with Christine Clifford (motivational speaker and former top sales executive) and they expand on this fundamental premise of selling, providing wonderful tidbits, anecdotes, and advice through his well-known home-spun writing style.

The authors offer doses of humor and practical knowledge to anyone who wants to learn how to "seal the deal" and thrive in business.

The Fish That Ate the Whale

The Fish That Ate the Whale
The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America's Banana King by Rich Cohen
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 862.15/537.77KB

When Samuel Zemurray arrived in America in 1891, he was tall, gangly, and penniless. When he died in the grandest house in New Orleans sixty-nine years later, he was among the richest, most powerful men in the world. In between, he worked as a fruit peddler, a banana hauler, a dockside hustler, and a plantation owner. He battled and conquered the United Fruit Company, becoming a symbol of the best and worst of the United States: proof that America is the land of opportunity, but also a classic example of the corporate pirate who treats foreign nations as the backdrop for his adventures. In Latin America, when people shouted “Yankee, go home!” it was men like Zemurray they had in mind.

Rich Cohen’s brilliant historical profile The Fish That Ate the Whale unveils Zemurray as a hidden kingmaker and capitalist revolutionary, driven by an indomitable will to succeed. Known as El Amigo, the Gringo, or simply Z, the Banana Man lived one of the great untold stories of the last hundred years. Starting with nothing but a cart of freckled bananas, he built a sprawling empire of banana cowboys, mercenary soldiers, Honduran peasants, CIA agents, and American statesmen. From hustling on the docks of New Orleans to overthrowing Central American governments, from feuding with Huey Long to working with the Dulles brothers, Zemurray emerges as an unforgettable figure, connected to the birth of modern American diplomacy, public relations, business, and war—a monumental life that reads like a parable of the American dream.