Eyeless In Gaza
28 October 2013, 17:18
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 451.54/709.5KB
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY DAVID BRADSHAW
Written at the height of his powers immediately after Brave New World, Aldous Huxley's highly acclaimed Eyeless in Gaza is his most personal novel. Huxley's bold, nontraditional narrative tells the loosely autobiographical story of Anthony Beavis, a cynical libertine Oxford graduate who comes of age in the vacuum left by World War I. Unfulfilled by his life, loves, and adventures, Anthony is persuaded by a charismatic friend to become a Marxist and take up arms with Mexican revolutionaries. But when their disastrous embrace of violence nearly kills them, Anthony is left shattered—and is forced to find an alternative to the moral disillusionment of the modern world.
Brave New World [Audiobook]
28 October 2013, 17:16
2008 | MP3 VBR + EPUB | 8 hrs 05 mins | 489.19MB
A towering classic of dystopian satire, BRAVE NEW WORLD is a brilliant and terrifying vision of a soulless society—and of one man who discovers the human costs of mindless conformity.
Hundreds of years in the future, the World Controllers have created an ideal civilization. Its members, shaped by genetic engineering and behavioral conditioning, are productive and content in roles they have been assigned at conception. Government-sanctioned drugs and recreational sex ensure that everyone is a happy, unquestioning consumer; messy emotions have been anesthetized and private attachments are considered obscene. Only Bernard Marx is discontented, developing an unnatural desire for solitude and a distaste for compulsory promiscuity. When he brings back a young man from one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old unenlightened ways still continue, he unleashes a dramatic clash of cultures that will force him to consider whether freedom, dignity, and individuality are worth suffering for.
Aldous Huxley’s ingenious fantasy of a future of mechanical efficiency and engineered harmony has been enormously influential for generations, and is as provocative, powerful, and riveting as when it was first published in 1932.
Delphi Complete Works of D.H. Lawrence
28 October 2013, 16:19
2011 | EPUB | 12.96MB
This is the definitive Kindle Edition of the great modernist's works, with every published D.H. Lawrence novel, short story, piece of travel writing, novella, play and much, much more. As with all Delphi Classics, the texts are arranged in chronological order, allowing a scholarly reading and appreciation of Lawrence's works.
- many images relating to Lawrence, his life and works
- ALL 12 novels, with annotated introductions, giving contextual information
- separate contents table for each novel, aiding navigation around this huge file
- includes the rare 'lost' novel MR NOON - appearing for the first time in digital print
- ALL 67 short stories, arranged in chronological and alphabetical contents tables
- ALL 8 plays, with separate contents tables
- ALL of the travel writing books
- 7 poetry collections, including RARE contributions, with chronological and alphabetical contents tables - find that special poem quickly and easily!
- EVEN includes the BONUS text of D.H.Lawrence's Paintings - explore the great man's stunning art - all in beautiful colour - first time in digital print
- includes rare non-fiction essays
- also includes "A STUDY OF THOMAS HARDY" - explore Lawrence's famous critique of the famous author
- front no-nonsense contents table, allowing easy navigation around the enormous file.
- also boasts the rare poetry collection LAST POEMS - enjoy Lawrence's final haunting works
- the rare school textbook Lawrence wrote when struggling financially
- includes REFLECTIONS ON THE DEATH OF A PORCUPINE AND OTHER ESSAYS - appearing here for the first time in digital print
- Lawrence's last non-fiction book - the enigmatic APOCALYPSE AND THE WRITINGS ON REVELATION
- includes the mammoth PHOENIX: THE POSTHUMOUS PAPERS OF D. H. LAWRENCE - spends hours exploring this collection of literary papers that chart Lawrence's genius
- features two bonus biographies - explore the great writer's literary life!
- includes Lawrence's wife's intimate biography NOT I, BUT THE WIND... - first time in digital print
- UPDATED with rare short stories and special story contents tables
THE WHITE PEACOCK
SONS AND LOVERS
WOMEN IN LOVE
THE LOST GIRL
THE BOY IN THE BUSH
THE PLUMED SERPENT
LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER
THE CAPTAIN’S DOLL
THE VIRGIN AND THE GIPSY
THE ESCAPED COCK
The Short Stories
LIST OF THE SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF THE SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
THE MARRIED MAN
THE FIGHT FOR BARBARA
THE WIDOWING OF MRS HOLROYD
A COLLIER’S FRIDAY NIGHT
TOUCH AND GO
The Travel Writing
TWILIGHT IN ITALY
SEA AND SARDINIA
SKETCHES OF ETRUSCAN PLACES
MORNINGS IN MEXICO
The Poetry Collections
LOVE POEMS AND OTHERS
BIRDS BEASTS AND FLOWERS
BAY: A BOOK OF POEMS
LOOK! WE HAVE COME THROUGH!
POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
A STUDY OF THOMAS HARDY
MOVEMENTS IN EUROPEAN HISTORY
PSYCHOANALYSIS AND THE UNCONSCIOUS
FANTASIA OF THE UNCONSCIOUS
STUDIES IN CLASSIC AMERICAN LITERATURE
REFLECTIONS ON THE DEATH OF A PORCUPINE AND OTHER ESSAYS
A PROPOS OF LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER
APOCALYPSE AND THE WRITINGS ON REVELATION
PHOENIX: THE POSTHUMOUS PAPERS OF D. H. LAWRENCE
LITTLE NOVELS OF SICILY
THE PAINTINGS OF D. H. LAWRENCE
NOT I, BUT THE WIND... by Frieda Lawrence
THE SAVAGE PILGRIMAGE by Catherine Carswell
Delphi Complete Works of Charles Dickens
28 October 2013, 16:09
2011 | EPUB | 53.42MB
This is the ULTIMATE edition of Dickens’ works, with every published novel, short story, novella, play, poem, letter, speech and article – fully illustrated – and featuring a treasure trove of bonus material.
- ALL 15 Novels and ALL illustrated with the original Victorian images
- Each text is annotated with concise introductions, giving valuable contextual information
- each novel and story collection has its own contents table
- Special Bonus text of Henry Morford’s classic continuation of Edwin Drood – finish the novel at last! IMPROVED text
- all of the Christmas stories and novellas with their original artwork
- the complete poetry, plays, letters and speeches
- ALL of the collaborative works with other authors – even the very rare ones
- beautifully illustrated with hundreds of Dickensian images
- rare images of how the monthly serials first appeared, giving your Kindle a taste of the original texts
- includes bonus Pickwickiana text – Montcrieff’s drama SAM WELLER, giving a taste of the Victorian craze – available nowhere else as a digital book
- includes John Forster's biography of Dickens; explore the great writer's amazing life!
- MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GRIMALDI by Thomas Egerton Wilks, which Dickens edited in his early career - first time in digital print.
- Charles Barnett’s 1838 dramatic adaptation of OLIVER TWIST, first time in digital print
- no less than FIVE more biographies, including Mamie Dickens’ memoir MY FATHER AS I RECALL HIM
- a special criticism section of 14 texts, with essays by writers such as G.K. Chesterton, Andrew Lang and Henry James, examining Dickens’ contribution to literature
- includes an Adaptations section, featuring Hallie Erminie Rives’ TALES FROM DICKENS
- UPDATED with improved spellings, introductions and images
- this truly is the Dickensian’s perfect choice!
A DINNER AT POPLAR WALK
THE POSTHUMOUS PAPERS OF THE PICKWICK CLUB
THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY
THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP
THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT
DOMBEY AND SON
A TALE OF TWO CITIES
OUR MUTUAL FRIEND
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD
JOHN JASPER'S SECRET by Henry Morford
The Christmas Novellas
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH
THE BATTLE OF LIFE
THE HAUNTED MAN AND THE GHOST’S BARGAIN
The Short Stories
LIST OF THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES
The Short Story Collections
SKETCHES BY BOZ
MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK
The Collaborative Works
THE SEVEN POOR TRAVELLERS
MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GRIMALDI by Thomas Egerton Wilks
And many more
All the plays and
SAM WELLER by W.T Moncrieff
OLIVER TWIST by Charles Zachary Barnett
LIST OF THE POETRY
And many more
TALES FROM DICKENS by Hallie Erminie Rives
APPRECIATIONS AND CRITICISMS OF THE WORKS OF CHARLES DICKENS by G. K. Chesterton
DICKENS IN FRANCE by William Makepeace Thackeray
THE LIMITATIONS OF DICKENS by Henry James
And many more
THE LIFE OF CHARLES DICKENS by John Forster
DICKENS by Sir Adolphus William Ward
LIFE OF CHARLES DICKENS by Sir Frank T. Marzials
VICTORIAN WORTHIES: CHARLES DICKENS by G.H. Blore
DICKENS' LONDON by M. F. Mansfield
MY FATHER AS I RECALL HIM by Mamie Dickens
Tales from the Saragossa Manuscript
28 October 2013, 15:40
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 415.18/514.86KB
Alphonse, a young Walloon officer, is travelling to join his regiment in Madrid in 1739. But he soon finds himself mysteriously detained at a highway inn in the strange and varied company of thieves, brigands, cabbalists, noblemen, coquettes and gypsies, whose stories he records over sixty-six days. The resulting manuscript is discovered some forty years later in a sealed casket, from which tales of characters transformed through disguise, magic and illusion, of honour and cowardice, of hauntings and seductions, leap forth to create a vibrant polyphony of human voices.
Jan Potocki (1761-1812) used a range of literary styles - gothic, picaresque, adventure, pastoral, erotica - in his novel of stories-within-stories, which, like the "Decameron" and "Tales from the Thousand and One Nights", provides entertainment on an epic scale.
Death Be Not Proud
28 October 2013, 15:39
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 968.5KB/1.08MB
Johnny Gunther was only seventeen years old when he died of a brain tumor. During the months of his illness, everyone near him was unforgettably impressed by his level-headed courage, his wit and quiet friendliness, and, above all, his unfaltering patience through times of despair. This deeply moving book is a father's memoir of a brave, intelligent, and spirited boy.
The Goldfinch [Audiobook]
28 October 2013, 15:36
2013 | M4B + EPUB + MOBI | 32 hrs 23 mins | 1.81GB
Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity.
It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
The Goldfinch is a novel of shocking narrative energy and power. It combines unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and breathtaking suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher's calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is a beautiful, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.
The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
28 October 2013, 15:34
2003 | EPUB | 2.15MB
Bestselling author Donna Tartt returns with a grandly ambitious and utterly riveting novel of childhood, innocence and evil.
The setting is Alexandria, Mississippi, where one Mother’s Day a little boy named Robin Cleve Dufresnes was found hanging from a tree in his parents’ yard. Twelve years later Robin’s murder is still unsolved and his family remains devastated. So it is that Robin’s sister Harriet—unnervingly bright, insufferably determined, and unduly influenced by the fiction of Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson--sets out to unmask his killer. Aided only by her worshipful friend Hely, Harriet crosses her town’s rigid lines of race and caste and burrows deep into her family’s history of loss. Filled with hairpin turns of plot and “a bustling, ridiculous humanity worthy of Dickens” (The New York Times Book Review), The Little Friend is a work of myriad enchantments by a writer of prodigious talent.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
28 October 2013, 15:32
1992 | EPUB | 3.04MB
Truly deserving of the accolade 'modern classic', Donna Tartt's novel is a remarkable achievement - compelling and elegant, dramatic and playful.
Under the influence of their charismatic Classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality, their lives are changed profoundly and for ever.
28 October 2013, 14:37
2012 | EPUB | 5.43MB
From one of the most acclaimed and profound writers in the world of comics comes a thrilling and provocative exploration of humankind’s great modern myth: the superhero.
The first superhero comic ever published, Action Comics no. 1 in 1938, introduced the world to something both unprecedented and timeless: Superman, a caped god for the modern age. In a matter of years, the skies of the imaginary world were filled with strange mutants, aliens, and vigilantes: Batman, Wonder Woman, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and the X-Men—the list of names as familiar as our own. In less than a century, they’ve gone from not existing at all to being everywhere we look: on our movie and television screens, in our videogames and dreams. But what are they trying to tell us?
For Grant Morrison, arguably the greatest of contemporary chroniclers of the “superworld,” these heroes are powerful archetypes whose ongoing, decades-spanning story arcs reflect and predict the course of human existence: Through them we tell the story of ourselves, our troubled history, and our starry aspirations. In this exhilarating work of a lifetime, Morrison draws on art, science, mythology, and his own astonishing journeys through this shadow universe to provide the first true history of the superhero—why they matter, why they will always be with us, and what they tell us about who we are . . . and what we may yet become.
A Year of Biblical Womanhood
28 October 2013, 14:34
2012 | EPUB | 3.16MB
What is “biblical womanhood” . . . really?
Strong-willed and independent, Rachel Held Evans couldn’t sew a button on a blouse before she embarked on a radical life experiment—a year of biblical womanhood. Intrigued by the traditionalist resurgence that led many of her friends to abandon their careers to assume traditional gender roles in the home, Evans decides to try it for herself, vowing to take all of the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible for a year.
Pursuing a different virtue each month, Evans learns the hard way that her quest for biblical womanhood requires more than a “gentle and quiet spirit” (1 Peter 3:4). It means growing out her hair, making her own clothes, covering her head, obeying her husband, rising before dawn, abstaining from gossip, remaining silent in church, and even camping out in the front yard during her period.
See what happens when a thoroughly modern woman starts referring to her husband as “master” and “praises him at the city gate” with a homemade sign. Learn the insights she receives from an ongoing correspondence with an Orthodox Jewish woman, and find out what she discovers from her exchanges with a polygamist wife. Join her as she wrestles with difficult passages of scripture that portray misogyny and violence against women.
With just the right mixture of humor and insight, compassion and incredulity, A Year of Biblical Womanhood is an exercise in scriptural exploration and spiritual contemplation. What does God truly expect of women, and is there really a prescription for biblical womanhood? Come along with Evans as she looks for answers in the rich heritage of biblical heroines, models of grace, and all-around women of valor.
The Second World War: A Military History
28 October 2013, 14:11
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 4.14/3.46MB
A landmark reassessment of World War II that reconsiders the immense six-year conflict under the lens of the many separate campaigns fought in Europe, Asia, and the Mediterranean.
A definitive single-volume military history of World War II, The Second World War reveals the vastly diverse ways in which each campaign was waged against very different enemies who rarely, if ever, coordinated their efforts. Corrigan, who has developed a scholarly reputation of challenging long-held historical assumptions, examines the agendas of the warring nations and offers fresh and vivid interpretations of how the war was fought and how it was won. In particular, the author dispels myths regarding the effectiveness of the American and British war efforts and brings the contributions of the Russian armies to the forefront. Vast in vision and epic in scope, The Second World War will change forever the way we think about the titanic conflicts that decided the shape of the modern world.
Arnhem: The Battle for Survival
28 October 2013, 14:04
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.06/3.81MB
In September 1944, a mighty shock force of battle-hardened Allied troops dropped from the skies into enemy-occupied Holland in what was hoped would be the decisive final battle of World War II. Landing miles behind the German lines, their daring mission was to secure bridges across the Rhine so that ground forces could make a rapid dash into Nazi Germany. If all went well, the war could be over by Christmas.
But what many trusted would be a simple operation turned into a brutal losing battle. Of 12,000 British airborne soldiers, 1,500 died and 6,000 were taken prisoner. The vital bridge at Arnhem they had come to capture stayed resolutely in German hands.
But though this was a bitter military defeat for the Allies, beneath the humiliation was another story - of heroism and self-sacrifice, gallantry and survival, guts and determination unbroken in the face of impossible odds.
In the two-thirds of a century that have passed since then, historians have endlessly analysed what went wrong and squabbled over who was to blame. Lost in the process was that other Arnhem story - the triumph of the human spirit, as seen through the dramatic first-hand accounts of those who were there, in the cauldron, fighting for their lives, fighting for their comrades, fighting for their honour, a battle they won hands down.
The Battle of the Huertgen Forest
28 October 2013, 14:00
1963 | PDF | 2.5MB
In September 1944, three months after the invasion of Normandy, the Allied armies prepared to push the German forces back into their homeland. Just south of the city of Aachen, elements of the U.S. First Army began an advance through the imposing Huertgen Forest. Instead of retreating, as the Allied command anticipated, the German troops prepared an elaborate defense of Huertgen, resulting in a struggle where tanks, infantry, and artillery dueled at close range. The battle for the forest ended abruptly in December, when a sudden German offensive through the Ardennes to the south forced the Allied armies to fall back, regroup, and start their attack again, this time culminating in the collapse of the Nazi regime in May 1945.
In The Battle of the Huertgen Forest, Charles B. MacDonald assesses this major American operation, discussing the opposing forces on the eve of the battle and offering a clearly written and well-documented history of the battle and the bitter consequences of the American move into the forest. Drawing on his own combat experience, MacDonald portrays both the American and the German troops with empathy and convincingly demonstrates the flaws in the American strategy. The book provides an insight into command decisions at both local and staff levels and the lessons that can be drawn from one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.
28 October 2013, 13:54
2003 | EPUB + MOBI | 6.26/6.76MB
In 1938, on the eve of war, a Nazi expedition set out through British India on a mission sponsored by Himmler himself. Its aim was to trace the origins of the Aryan race, high in the sacred mountains of Tibet. The expedition was led by two complex individuals - Ernst Schafer, a swashbuckling, gun-toting naturalist for whom Nazism promised a short-cut to personal glory, and Bruno Beger, an anthropologist whose racial theories were taken to their logical conclusion in Auschwitz.
Schafer and Beger soon found themselves battling hostility from the British, being manipulated by the Tibetans and struggling with the primitive conditions in the holy city of Lhasa. Every detail of the expedition was recorded in diaries, letters and secret reports. It was also documented in thousands of extraordinary photographs (some of which are reproduced here for the first time in decades) and on film.
Despite this abundant documentation, the full story of Schafer's ill-fated expedition has never been told. This encounter between the British and the Nazis so close to the Second World War forms a 'picture in little' of the conflict to come. HIMMLER'S CRUSADE explores the ideological roots of the Nazis' obsession with racial theory and the occult. Using the wealth of primary material as well as his own interviews with Bruno Beger, Christopher Hale has written a fascinating and thought-provoking book that brilliantly evokes this little-known prelude to the unimaginable horror of war.
Mussolini's Rome: Rebuilding the Eternal City
28 October 2013, 13:46
2005 | EPUB + MOBI | 4.11/4.12MB
Rome was Mussolini's obsession. After coming to power as a result of his famed march on the city in 1922, he promised Italians that his fascist revolution would unite them as never before and make Italy a major power on the world stage. In the next two decades, he set about rebuilding Rome as the foremost site and symbol of the new fascist order.
Through an ambitious program of demolition and construction, he sought to make Rome a capital that both embraced modernity while preserving and glorifing the city's ancient past. Building the new Rome put people to work, "liberated" ancient monuments from cluttered surroundings, cleared slums; produced giant complexes for education, sports, and cinema; produced wide new boulevards and piazzas; and provided the regime with a showcase for the supposed grandeur, dynamism, and power of fascism.
This intriguing book reveals Mussolini's tremendous and lasting impact on the city to which millions flock each year.
American Wheels, Chinese Roads
28 October 2013, 08:17
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 670.22/862.42KB
How could one company—General Motors—meet disaster on one continent and achieve explosive growth on another at the very same time?
While General Motors was hurtling towards bankruptcy in 2009, GM’s subsidiary in China was setting new sales and profit records. This book reveals how extraordinary people, remarkable decisions and surprising breaks made triumph in China possible for General Motors. It also shows just how vulnerable that winning track record remains.
No small part of GM’s success in China springs from its management of shifting business and political relationships. In China, the government makes the rules for—and competes in—the auto industry. GM’s business partner, the City of Shanghai, is both an ally and a competitor. How does such an unnatural relationship work on a day-to-day basis? Where will it go on the future?
General Motors also engages in constant battles with other global and Chinese car makers for the hearts of demanding Chinese consumers. Dunne gives us rare glimpses into the mindsets and behavior of this new moneyed set, the worlds newest class of wealthy consumers.
China is already the number one car market in the world. During the next ten years, China will export millions of cars and trucks globally, including to the United States. American Wheels, Chinese Roads presents readers with fascinating illustrations of what to expect when Chinese cars, companies, and business people arrive on our shores.
The American Economy: A Historical Encyclopedia
28 October 2013, 08:16
2003 | PDF | 5.96MB
Not long ago, the United States roared out of recession with relentless growth, record surpluses, and swelling 401Ks. Corporate scandals, looming deficits, and the events of 9/11 changed all that. But is this cycle all that different from others in our past? Where can students look for quick, expert guidance through the twists and turns of America's economic history?
A comprehensive collection of entries, essays, and primary source documents emphasizing the importance of economic policy in all aspects of life in the United States.
Debates over the role the government should play in our economy go back to the nation's founding. The American Economy: A Historical Encyclopedia provides detailed information on the people, events, and government actions that have shaped our economy from colonial times to the present, paying special attention to the interdependence of economics with political, social, and cultural forces throughout our history. It is the most current and comprehensive portrait of U.S. economic policy available, bringing together the work of over 90 distinguished scholars from a variety of disciplines.
Coverage includes over 500 brief entries on a wide spectrum of topics, plus 31 in-depth essays on such seminal issues as slavery, migration patterns, the welfare state, the rise of the city, and the development of financial institutions. Extensive cross-referencing and a collection of critical primary documents (legislation, speeches, treaties, reports) help make this an ideal go-to resource, whether it's for quick answers, deeper analysis, or direction for further research.
The Encyclopedia Of American Business History [2 Vols Set]
28 October 2013, 08:15
2005 | PDF | 5.14MB
More than 400 entries describe major events, institutions, and individuals involved in the evolution of modern business since the American Revolution. Each entry is written in a lively, informative style and is followed by a short bibliography. Cross- and see also referencing allow thorough utilization of this encyclopedia. Up-to-date topics include Enron Corporation and Oprah Winfrey and are comprehensive enough to include farming. Enticing biographical sketches portray individuals who were/are self-educated, college graduates, lucky, but, most importantly, assiduous workers. Complex economic and financial processes are thoroughly explained, thus rendering this set useful for beginning business students.
The volumes include average-quality, black-and-white photographs, occasional maps, a chronology, and 15 primary documents that trace business highlights from the Hudson's Bay Company Charter, 1670, to United States v. Microsoft, 2000. It should be noted that John Adams, not Theodore Roosevelt, was president during the passage of the Sedition Act of 1798.
The History of Money: From Sandstone to Cyberspace
28 October 2013, 08:13
1997 | PDF | 4.2MB
In his most widely appealing book yet, one of today's leading authors of popular anthropology looks at the intriguing history and peculiar nature of money, tracing our relationship with it from the time when primitive men exchanged cowrie shells to the imminent arrival of the all-purpose electronic cash card.
28 October 2013, 08:11
2012 | EPUB | 6.93MB
In June 1961, Nikita Khrushchev called Berlin "the most dangerous place on earth." He knew what he was talking about.
Much has been written about the Cuban Missile Crisis a year later, but the Berlin Crisis of 1961 was more decisive in shaping the Cold War-and more perilous. It was in that hot summer that the Berlin Wall was constructed, which would divide the world for another twenty-eight years. Then two months later, and for the first time in history, American and Soviet fighting men and tanks stood arrayed against each other, only yards apart. One mistake, one nervous soldier, one overzealous commander-and the tripwire would be sprung for a war that could go nuclear in a heartbeat.
On one side was a young, untested U.S. president still reeling from the Bay of Pigs disaster and a humiliating summit meeting that left him grasping for ways to respond. It would add up to be one of the worst first-year foreign policy performances of any modern president. On the other side, a Soviet premier hemmed in by the Chinese, East Germans, and hardliners in his own government. With an all-important Party Congress approaching, he knew Berlin meant the difference not only for the Kremlin's hold on its empire-but for his own hold on the Kremlin.
Neither man really understood the other, both tried cynically to manipulate events. And so, week by week, they crept closer to the brink.
Based on a wealth of new documents and interviews, filled with fresh-sometimes startling-insights, written with immediacy and drama, Berlin 1961 is an extraordinary look at key events of the twentieth century, with powerful applications to these early years of the twenty-first.
All the President's Men [Audiobook]
28 October 2013, 08:10
2012 | M4B + EPUB | 12 hrs 56 mins | 741.89MB
In the most devastating political detective story of the 20th century, two Washington Post reporters, whose brilliant, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation smashed the Watergate scandal wide open, tell the behind-the-scenes drama the way it really happened.
Beginning with the story of a simple burglary at Democratic headquarters and then continuing with headline after headline, Bernstein and Woodward kept the tale of conspiracy and the trail of dirty tricks coming - delivering the stunning revelations and pieces in the Watergate puzzle that brought about Nixon's scandalous downfall. Their explosive reports won a Pulitzer Prize for The Washington Post and toppled the president. This is the book that changed America.
Capone: The Life and World of Al Capone
28 October 2013, 08:06
2003 | EPUB | 4.09MB
The public called him Scarface; the FBI called him Public Enemy Number One; his associates called him Snorky. But Capone is the name most remember. And John Kobler’s Capone is the definitive biography of this most brutal and flamboyant of the underground kings—an intimate and dramatic book that presents a complete view of Al Capone and his gaudy era.
Here is Capone’s story: his violent childhood in Brooklyn, his lieutenancy to Johnny Torrio, his rise in the ranks of the underworld, the notorious St. Valentine Massacre, his eventual control of the entire city of Chicago, and his decline during his imprisonment in Alcatraz. Capone was the ultimate gangster, and Capone is the ultimate in gangster biographies—a classic in the literature of crime.
America's Great Depression by Murray N. Rothbard
28 October 2013, 07:36
2000 | PDF | 1.53MB
Applied Austrian economics doesn't get better than this. Murray N. Rothbard's America's Great Depression is a staple of modern economic literature and crucial for understanding a pivotal event in American and world history.
The Mises Institute edition features, along with a new introduction by historian Paul Johnson, top-quality paper and bindings, in line with the standard set by The Scholars Edition of Human Action.
Since it first appeared in 1963, it has been the definitive treatment of the causes of the depression. The book remains canonical today because the debate is still very alive.
Rothbard opens with a theoretical treatment of business cycle theory, showing how an expansive monetary policy generates imbalances between investment and consumption. He proceeds to examine the Fed's policies of the 1920s, demonstrating that it was quite inflationary even if the effects did not show up in the price of goods and services. He showed that the stock market correction was merely one symptom of the investment boom that led inevitably to a bust.
The Great Depression was not a crisis for capitalism but merely an example of the downturn part of the business cycle, which in turn was generated by government intervention in the economy. Had the book appeared in the 1940s, it might have spared the world much grief. Even so, its appearance in 1963 meant that free-market advocates had their first full-scale treatment of this crucial subject. The damage to the intellectual world inflicted by Keynesian- and socialist-style treatments would be limited from that day forward.
Scorpions by Noah Feldman
28 October 2013, 06:26
2010 | EPUB | 2.68MB
A tiny, ebullient Jew who started as America's leading liberal and ended as its most famous judicial conservative. A Klansman who became an absolutist advocate of free speech and civil rights. A backcountry lawyer who started off trying cases about cows and went on to conduct the most important international trial ever. A self-invented, tall-tale Westerner who narrowly missed the presidency but expanded individual freedom beyond what anyone before had dreamed.
Four more different men could hardly be imagined. Yet they had certain things in common. Each was a self-made man who came from humble beginnings on the edge of poverty. Each had driving ambition and a will to succeed. Each was, in his own way, a genius.
They began as close allies and friends of FDR, but the quest to shape a new Constitution led them to competition and sometimes outright warfare. SCORPIONS tells the story of these four great justices: their relationship with Roosevelt, with each other, and with the turbulent world of the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. It also serves as a history of the modern Constitution itself.
Commando: Winning World War II Behind Enemy Lines [Audiuobook]
28 October 2013, 06:17
2012 | MP3@96 kbps | 13 hrs 55 mins | 573.79MB
June 1940: As Britain's soldiers limped home from Dunkirk, a maverick Army officer was already devising a bold plan to hit back at the enemy. His idea was to revolutionise military thinking and change the face of warfare for ever.
Relying as much on stealth and guile as on courage and stamina, the Commandos brought to the battlefield the skills of the guerrilla. Trained by an unconventional band of experts, and led by a big-game hunter, a film star, a Highland chief and an eccentric wielding a bow and arrow, they became the spearhead of the Allied drive for victory.
Weaving together official documents, new research and veterans' own accounts, Commando reveals for the first time the exhilarating full story of WWII's most formidable fighting force.