The Letter Killers Club

The Letter Killers Club
The Letter Killers Club by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 305.79/393.49KB

The Letter Killers Club is a secret society of self-described “conceivers” who, to preserve the purity of their conceptions, will commit nothing to paper. (What, after all, is your run-of-the-mill scribbler of stories if not an accomplished corruptor of conceptions?) The logic of the club is strict and uncompromising.

Every Saturday, members meet in a firelit room filled with empty black bookshelves where they strive to top one another by developing ever unlikelier, ever more perfect conceptions: a rehearsal of Hamlet hijacked by an actor who vanishes with the role; the double life of a merry medieval cleric derailed by a costume change; a machine-run world that imprisons men’s minds while conscripting their bodies; a dead Roman scribe stranded this side of the River Acheron.

But in this book set in an ominous Soviet Moscow of the 1920s, the members of the club are strangely mistrustful of one another, while all are under the spell of its despotic President, and there is no telling, in the end, just how lethal the purely conceptual—or, for that matter, letters—may be.

The Dark Valley by Aksel Bakunts

The Dark Valley by Aksel Bakunts
The Dark Valley by Aksel Bakunts
2009 | EPUB | 459.14KB

This book is made up of 18 short stories depicting provincial life in the early years of Soviet Armenia.

It has been translated into English from Armenian by Nairi Hakhverdi with a historical introduction by Dr. Victoria Rowe.

`Almost untouched and wild' Aksel Bakunts's (1899-1937) Dark Valley resembles `one of those forgotten places from an era when mankind did not exist and the fossilised dinosaur felt as free as the bear does in our days (p13, p140)'. It was from within the villages of this valley nestled in remote mountainous regions of eastern Armenia that Bakunts fashioned this, his first, volume of short stories.

Published in 1927 they unearth dramas of maimed lives, deep sorrows, lost loves, wounded spirits and sad remembrances, the artistic excellence of which is conveyed in this English translation by Nairi Hakhverdi that adds to that fine body of Armenian literature being made available to English readers by Taderon Press and its associates at the Gomidas Institute.

As She Climbed Across the Table [Audiobook]

As She Climbed Across the Table [Audiobook]
As She Climbed Across the Table [Audiobook] by Jonathan Lethem, read by David Aaron Baker
2007 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 5 hrs 43 mins | 157.82MB

Philip is in love with Alice. As the novel opens, he is beginning to lose her. Not to another man, as he fears, but to, literally, nothing. Alice is a physicist, and a team at the University where both she and Philip work has created a hole, a vacuum, a doorway of nothingness inside the laboratory. They call it "Lack." Alice becomes obsessed with Lack, as Philip is obsessed by Alice.

The novel is at the same time an astute and wise portrait of unrequited love (albeit of a very unusual kind) a hilarious academic parody, a novel of ideas and a social satire. It is utterly original, but in the school of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Katherine Dunn, and David Foster Wallace.

Passion, humor, yearning and knowledge, blended together in a suspenseful love story that could be characterized as "American Magical Realism."

Amnesia Moon

Amnesia Moon
Amnesia Moon by Jonathan Lethem
1995 | EPUB + MOBI | 218.94/232.4KB

In Jonathan Lethem's wryly funny second novel, we meet a young man named Chaos, who's living in a movie theater in post-apocalyptic Wyoming, drinking alcohol, and eating food out of cans.

It's an unusual and at times unbearable existence, but Chaos soon discovers that his post-nuclear reality may have no connection to the truth. So he takes to the road with a girl named Melinda in order to find answers. As the pair travels through the United States they find that, while each town has been affected differently by the mysterious source of the apocalypse, none of the people they meet can fill in their incomplete memories or answer their questions. Gradually, figures from Chaos's past, including some who appear only under the influence of intravenously administered drugs, make Chaos remember some of his forgotten life as a man named Moon.

The Orchardist [Audiobook]

The Orchardist [Audiobook]
The Orchardist [Audiobook] by Amanda Coplin, read by Mark Bramhall
2012 | M4B + EPUB + MOBI | 14 hrs 29 mins | 328.81MB

At once intimate and epic, The Orchardist is historical fiction at its best, in the grand literary tradition of William Faulkner, Marilynne Robinson, Michael Ondaatje, Annie Proulx, and Toni Morrison.

At the turn of the twentieth century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit at the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase.

Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion. Just as the girls begin to trust him, men arrive in the orchard with guns, and the shattering tragedy that follows will set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect them but also to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.

Transcribing America as it once was before railways and roads connected its corners, Amanda Coplin weaves a tapestry of solitary souls who come together in the wake of unspeakable cruelty and misfortune. She writes with breathtaking precision and empathy, and in The Orchardist she crafts an astonishing debut novel about a man who disrupts the lonely harmony of an ordered life when he opens his heart and lets the world in.

Crash and Burn

Crash and Burn
Crash and Burn by Artie Lange with Anthony Bozza
2013 | EPUB | 1.79MB

Veteran comedian and radio personality Artie Lange turns an unflinching eye and his signature wit on his perilous descent into drug addiction, life-threatening depression, and ultimately, his recovery, in the follow-up to his hilariously raw debut, #1 New York Times bestseller Too Fat to Fish.

At a high point in his career, Artie Lange played a sold-out show in Carnegie Hall and totally killed—yet during his standing ovation, all he could think of were the two bags of heroin in his pocket. In the midst of a deep, self-destructive depression, addicted to heroin and prescription drugs, he lashed out at everyone around him— from his fellow cast members on The Howard Stern Show, to celebrity guests, his longtime friends, and even his own family.

By turns dark and disturbing, hilarious and heartbreaking, and always drop-dead honest, Crash and Burn lifts the curtain on Artie’s dangerous slide, and offers a new, crystal-clear window into the mind of the addict. For the first time, Artie reveals all: the full truth behind his now legendary Stern Show meltdown, his suicide attempt (which he relates in terrifying detail), surprising stints in rehab, and painful relapses. With the help and support of friends and family, Artie claws his way back, turning his life and career around. And despite his slipups, backslides, and permanent losses, Artie forges on.

With Crash and Burn, Artie Lange goes all-in, confessing a story that is as shocking as it is funny, ever tempered by his characteristic humor, self-awareness, and inimitable way with words.

Too Fat to Fish [Audiobook]

Too Fat to Fish [Audiobook]
Too Fat to Fish [Audiobook] by Artie Lange with Anthony Bozza, read by Artie Lange, Bob Levy, Gary Dell'Abate, Jim Florentine
2009 | MP3 VBR V0 + EPUB + MOBI | 7 hrs 55 mins | 493.94MB

Outrageous, raw, and painfully funny true stories straight from the life of the actor, comedian, and much-loved cast member of The Howard Stern Show—with a foreword by Howard Stern.

When Artie Lange joined the permanent cast of The Howard Stern Show in 2001, it was possibly the greatest thing ever to happen in the Stern universe, second only to the show’s move to the wild, uncensored frontier of satellite radio. Lange provided what Stern had yet to find all in the same place: a wit quick enough to keep pace with his own, a pathetic self-image to dwarf his own, a personal history both heartbreaking and hilarious, and an ingrained sense of self-sabotage that continually keeps things interesting.

A natural storyteller with a bottomless pit of material, Lange grew up in a close-knit, working-class Italian family in Union, New Jersey, a maniacal Yankees fan who pursued the two things his father said he was cut out for—sports and comedy. Tragically, Artie Lange Sr. never saw the truth in that prediction: He became a quadriplegic in an accident when Artie was eighteen and died soon after. But as with every trial in his life, from his drug addiction to his obesity to his fights with his mother, Artie mines the humor, pathos, and humanity in these events and turns them into comedy classics.

True fans of the Stern Show will find Artie gold in these pages: hilarious tales that couldn’t have happened to anyone else. There are stories from his days driving a Jersey cab, working as a longshoreman in Port Newark, and navigating the dark circuit of stand-up comedy. There are outrageous episodes from the frenzied heights of his coked-up days at MADtv, surprisingly moving stories from his childhood, and an account of his recent U.S.O. tour that is equally stirring and irreverent. But also in this volume are stories Artie’s never told before, including some that he deemed too revealing for radio.

Wild, shocking, and drop-dead hilarious, TOO FAT TO FISH is Artie Lange giving everything he’s got to give. And like a true pro, the man never disappoints.

The Amber Room

The Amber Room
The Amber Room: The Fate of the World's Greatest Lost Treasure by Adrian Levy, Catherine Scott-Clark
2004 | EPUB | 7.56MB

The history of art has produced few works as ambitious and as valuable as the Amber Room. Famous throughout Europe as “the eighth wonder of the world,” its vast and intricately worked amber panels were sent in 1717 by Frederick I of Prussia as a gift to Peter the Great of Russia. Erected some years later, they quickly became a symbol of Russia’s imperial might.

For more than two hundred years the Amber Room remained in its Russian palace outside St. Petersburg (Leningrad), but when the Nazi army invaded Russia and swept towards Leningrad in 1941, the panels were wrenched from the walls, packed into crates, and disappeared from view, never to be seen again.

Dozens of people have tried to trace the whereabouts of the Amber Room, and several of them have died in mysterious circumstances. Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark have gone further along the trail of this great lost treasure than anyone before them, and have unraveled the jumble of evidence surrounding its fate. Their search catapulted them across eastern Europe and into the menacing world of espionage and counterespionage that still surrounds Russia and the former Soviet bloc. In archives in St. Petersburg and Berlin, amid boxes of hitherto unseen diaries, letters, and classified reports, they have uncovered for the first time an astounding conspiracy to hide the truth.

In a gripping climax that is a triumph of detection and narrative journalism, The Amber Room shows incontrovertibly what really happened to the most valuable lost artwork in the world, and why the truth has been withheld for so long.

Over the Edge of the World

Over the Edge of the World
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe by Laurence Bergreen
2003 | PDF | 5.44MB

Ferdinand Magellan's daring circumnavigation of the globe in the sixteenth century was a three-year odyssey filled with sex, violence, and amazing adventure. Now in Over the Edge of the World, acclaimed author Laurence Bergreen, interweaving a variety of candid, first-person accounts, some previously unavailable in English, brings to life this groundbreaking and majestic tale of discovery that changed many long-held views about the world and the way explorers would henceforth navigate its oceans.

In 1519 Magellan and his fleet set sail from Seville, Spain, to find a water route to the Spice Islands in Indonesia, where the most sought-after commodities -- cloves, pepper, and nutmeg -- flourished. Most important, they were looking for a passageway, a strait, through the great landmass of the Americas that would lead them to these fabled islands. Laurence Bergreen takes readers on board with Magellan and his crew as they explore, navigate, mutiny, suffer, and die across the seas. He also recounts the many unusual sexual practices the crew experienced, from orgies in Brazil to bizarre customs in the South Pacific. With a fleet of five ships and more than two hundred men, they had set out in search of the Spice Islands. Three years later they returned with an abundance of spices from their intended destination, but with just one ship carrying eighteen emaciated men. They suffered starvation, disease, and torture, and many died, including Magellan, who was violently killed in a fierce battle.

A man of great tenacity, cunning, and courage, Magellan was full of contradictions. He was both heroic and foolish, insightful yet blind, a visionary whose instincts outran his ideals. Ambitious to a fault and not above using torture and murder to maintain control of his ships and sailors, he survived innumerable natural hazards in addition to several violent mutinies aboard his own fleet -- and it took no less than the massed forces of fifteen hundred men to kill him.

This is the first time in nearly half a century that anyone has attempted to narrate the complete story of Magellan's unprecedented circumnavigation of the globe -- to tell this truly gripping and profoundly important story of heroism, discovery, and disaster. A voyage into history, a tour of the world emerging from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance, an anthropological account of tribes, languages, and customs unknown to Europeans, and a chronicle of a desperate grab for commercial and political power, Over the Edge of the World is a captivating tale that rivals the most exciting thriller fiction.

Seductress

Seductress
Seductress: Women Who Ravished the World and Their Lost Art of Love by Betsy Prioleau
2004 | EPUB + MOBI | 481.44/704.28KB

How did the seductresses of western history love-addle men and keep them in their pockets for life? The surprising answers explode all the myths. Instead of dim blondes or shark-hearted vamps, the top fascinators were nonbeauties, older women, and swanky artists, intellectuals, politicas, and adventurers. Each chapter in Prioleau's bold, inspiring book recounts the sexy stories of these love maestras-some familiar like Cleopatra, Lola Montez, and Wallis Simpson; others less so, like the infamous Violet Gordon Woodhouse, who lived in a menage with four men. With their alpha personhood and their joint mastery of love and work, these seductresses practiced an ancient, long-forgotten erotic art that is 99 percent mental sorcery-a cocktail of wit, eloquence, and joie de vivre.

Prioleau's thrilling, thorough, and engaging analysis of these women supplies all the voltage necessary to upend every regressive how-to primer and shows the women of today-mired in an epic crisis of confidence-how to recoup their sexual birthright and achieve combine romantic and personal success.

Wilson by A Scott Berg

Wilson by A Scott Berg
Wilson by A Scott Berg
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 11.03/11.56MB
“With the prescience that all truly great biographers possess, Berg discovered in Woodrow Wilson a figure who would understand Washington’s current state of affairs.”—Vanity Fair

From Pulitzer Prize–winning, #1 New York Times–bestselling author A. Scott Berg comes the definitive—and revelatory—biography of one of the great American figures of modern times.

One hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century, and one of the most enigmatic. And now, after more than a decade of research and writing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg has completed Wilson--the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the 28th President.

In addition to the hundreds of thousands of documents in the Wilson Archives, Berg was the first biographer to gain access to two recently-discovered caches of papers belonging to those close to Wilson. From this material, Berg was able to add countless details--even several unknown events--that fill in missing pieces of Wilson’s character and cast new light on his entire life.

From the scholar-President who ushered the country through its first great world war to the man of intense passion and turbulence , from the idealist determined to make the world “safe for democracy” to the stroke-crippled leader whose incapacity and the subterfuges around it were among the century’s greatest secrets, the result is an intimate portrait written with a particularly contemporary point of view – a book at once magisterial and deeply emotional about the whole of Wilson’s life, accomplishments, and failings. This is not just Wilson the icon – but Wilson the man.

The Dictator's Learning Curve

The Dictator's Learning Curve
The Dictator's Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy by William J Dobson
2012 | EPUB | 467.51KB

In this riveting portrait of authoritarianism in peril, acclaimed journalist William Dobson takes us inside the relentless battle between dictators and the people challenging their rule.

We are witnessing an incredible moment in the war between dictators and democracy—waves of protests are sweeping Syria and Yemen, and despots have fallen in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya. But the Arab Spring is only the latest front in a worldwide battle between freedom and repression, a battle that also rages in a dozen other countries from Venezuela to China, Russia to Malaysia. It is a struggle that, until recently, dictators have been winning hands-down. The reason is that today’s authoritarian regimes are nothing like the frozen-in-time government of North Korea. They are ever-morphing, technologically savvy, and internationally connected, and they have replaced more brutal forms of intimidation with seemingly “free” elections and talk of human rights. Facing off against modern dictators is an unlikely army of democracy advocates—students, bloggers, environmentalists, lawyers, activists, and millionaires—who are growing increasingly savvy themselves. The result is a global game of cat-and-mouse, where the future of freedom hangs in the balance. Dobson takes us behind the scenes in both camps, and reveals how each side is honing its strategies for the war that will define our age.

The Cold War: A New History

The Cold War: A New History
The Cold War: A New History by John Lewis Gaddis
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.66/3.93MB

In 1950, when Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh and Kim Il-Sung met in Moscow to discuss the future, they had reason to feel optimistic. International Communism seemed everywhere on the offensive: all of Eastern Europe was securely in the Soviet camp; America's monopoly on nuclear weapons was a thing of the past; and Mao's forces had assumed control over the world's most populous country. The story of the previous five decades was one of the worst fears confirmed, and there seemed as of 1950 little sign, at least to the West, that the next fifty years would be any less dark.

In fact, of course, the century's end brought the widespread triumph of political and economic freedom over its ideological enemies. In The Cold War, John Lewis Gaddis makes a major contribution to our understanding of this epochal story. Beginning with the Second World War and ending with the collapse of the Soviet Union, he provides a thrilling account of the strategic dynamics that drove the age. Now, as Britain once more finds itself in a global confrontation with an implacable ideological enemy, The Cold War tells a story whose lessons it is vitally necessary to understand.

The Good Soldiers

The Good Soldiers
The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.87/3.09MB

It was the last-chance moment of the war. In January 2007, President George W. Bush announced a new strategy for Iraq. It became known as "the surge." Among those called to carry it out were the young, optimistic army infantry soldiers of the 2-16, the battalion nicknamed the Rangers. About to head to a vicious area of Baghdad, they decided the difference would be them.

Fifteen months later, the soldiers returned home — forever changed. The chronicle of their tour is gripping, devastating, and deeply illuminating for anyone with an interest in human conflict. With The Good Soldiers, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Finkel has produced an eternal story — not just of the Iraq War, but of all wars, for all time.

A Spy at the Heart of the Third Reich

A Spy at the Heart of the Third Reich
A Spy at the Heart of the Third Reich: The Extraordinary Story of Fritz Kolbe, America's Most Important Spy in World War II by Lucas Delattre
2006 | EPUB | 368.12

A work of remarkable scholarship that moves with the swift pace of a John le Carre thriller, A Spy at the Heart of the Third Reich is a chilling addition to the literature of espionage.

In 1943, a young official named Fritz Kolbe from the German foreign ministry arranged to meet with Allen Dulles, then an OSS officer in Switzerland and later the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Kolbe had decided to betray his country. Over the next two years, Kolbe passed on countless valuable documents about German war efforts by tying the pages to his thigh and praying to avoid customs searches. He described the location of munitions factories and relayed diplomatic reports on Germany's intelligence operations and relations with other Axis nations like Romania and nominally neutral countries like Spain. Viewed by many Germans as a traitor, he was erased from the history books and, after Hitler's fall, his diplomatic career came to an end.

Drawing on recently declassified materials at the National Archives in Washington and Kolbe's personal archives, Lucas Delattre has written an extraordinary tale of an ordinary man who knew the most valuable service he could provide his country was to betray it.

Tonight We Die As Men

Tonight We Die As Men
Tonight We Die As Men: The Untold Story of Third Batallion 506 Infantry Regiment from Toccoa to D-Day by Ian Gardner, Roger Day
2010 | EPUB | 5.37MB

Nearly everyone knows the exploits of the Band of Brothers of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. This book covers the much less exposed Third Battalion of the 506th PIR.

Combining personal, first-person recollections of surviving veterans with details unearthed in several years of research, authors Ian Gardner and Roger Day cover the Third Battalion from training in Georgia and England, into action in France.

Written in an easy to read style, the story is not burdened with footnotes to draw away the reader's attention but instead utilizes frequent pull-quotes. These attributed quotes provide the referential validity that supports the accuracy of the narrative. There is also a short bibliography at the end. Six sections of photographs cover the entire timeline of the story. Clear and concise maps provide geographic context for the action.

This book will appeal to a broad range of readers from those casually interested in history, to D-Day enthusiasts, to serious historians seeking a clear and accurate account of a specific unit within the massive D-Day universe.

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer
2009 | EPUB | 4.46MB

The bestselling author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven delivers a stunning, eloquent account of a remarkable young man’s haunting journey.

Like the men whose epic stories Jon Krakauer has told in his previous bestsellers, Pat Tillman was an irrepressible individualist and iconoclast. In May 2002, Tillman walked away from his $3.6 million NFL contract to enlist in the United States Army. He was deeply troubled by 9/11, and he felt a strong moral obligation to join the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Two years later, he died on a desolate hillside in southeastern Afghanistan.

Though obvious to most of the two dozen soldiers on the scene that a ranger in Tillman’s own platoon had fired the fatal shots, the Army aggressively maneuvered to keep this information from Tillman’s wife, other family members, and the American public for five weeks following his death. During this time, President Bush repeatedly invoked Tillman’s name to promote his administration’s foreign policy. Long after Tillman’s nationally televised memorial service, the Army grudgingly notified his closest relatives that he had “probably” been killed by friendly fire while it continued to dissemble about the details of his death and who was responsible.

In Where Men Win Glory, Jon Krakauer draws on Tillman’s journals and letters, interviews with his wife and friends, conversations with the soldiers who served alongside him, and extensive research on the ground in Afghanistan to render an intricate mosaic of this driven, complex, and uncommonly compelling figure as well as the definitive account of the events and actions that led to his death. Before he enlisted in the army, Tillman was familiar to sports aficionados as an undersized, overachieving Arizona Cardinals safety whose virtuosity in the defensive backfield was spellbinding. With his shoulder-length hair, outspoken views, and boundless intellectual curiosity, Tillman was considered a maverick. America was fascinated when he traded the bright lights and riches of the NFL for boot camp and a buzz cut. Sent first to Iraq—a war he would openly declare was “illegal as hell” —and eventually to Afghanistan, Tillman was driven by complicated, emotionally charged, sometimes contradictory notions of duty, honor, justice, patriotism, and masculine pride, and he was determined to serve his entire three-year commitment. But on April 22, 2004, his life would end in a barrage of bullets fired by his fellow soldiers.

Krakauer chronicles Tillman’s riveting, tragic odyssey in engrossing detail highlighting his remarkable character and personality while closely examining the murky, heartbreaking circumstances of his death. Infused with the power and authenticity readers have come to expect from Krakauer’s storytelling, Where Men Win Glory exposes shattering truths about men and war.

Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down

Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down
Paris, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down by Rosecrans Baldwin
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 286.84/371.05KB

A self-described Francophile from when he was little, Rosecrans Baldwin always dreamed of living in Paris—drinking le café, eating les croissants, walking in les jardins—so when an opportunity presented itself to work for an advertising agency in Paris, he couldn’t turn it down. Despite the fact that he had no experience in advertising. And despite the fact that he barely spoke French. After an unimaginable amount of red tape and bureaucracy, Rosecrans and his wife packed up their Brooklyn apartment and left the Big Apple for the City of Light. But when they arrived, things were not eactly what Rosecrans remembered from a family vacation when he was nine years old.

Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down is a nimble comic account of observing the French capital from the inside out. It is an exploration of the Paris of Sarkozy, text-message romances, smoking bans, and a McDonald’s beneath the Louvre—the story of an American who arrives loving Paris all out of proportion, but finds life there to be completely unlike what he expected. Over eighteen months, Rosecrans must rely on his dogged American optimism to get him through some very unromantic situations—at work (writing booklets on how to breast-feed, raise, and nurture children), at home (trying to finish writing his first novel in an apartment surrounded on all sides by construction workers), and at every confusing French dinner party in between. An offbeat update to the expat canon, Paris, I Love You is a book about a young man finding his preconceptions replaced by the oddities of a vigorous, nervy city—which is just what he needs to fall in love with Paris for the second time.

Coffeehouse Chess Tactics

Coffeehouse Chess Tactics
Coffeehouse Chess Tactics by John Healy
2010 | PDF | 4.7MB

In 1988, his autobiography The Grass Arena catapulted John Healy to worldwide literary fame. That harrowing tale described how Healy by discovering chess, escaped alcoholism, violence and crime. Many fans have wondered how Healy did as a chess player.

In this book Healy uses over a hundred of his own games to show how unusual tactics or defensive motifs can turn the tide in any position. Along with the games the author describes in eloquent but brutal language the beautiful, sometimes terrible world of chess. The prologue Blood Sport is a fine piece of vintage Healy non-fiction. A must-have book for chess lovers, tactics buffs and Healy fans.

Greatest 365 Chess Puzzles [Part One]

Greatest 365 Chess Puzzles [Part One]
Greatest 365 Chess Puzzles [Part One] by Csaba Balogh
2012 | PDF | 10.86MB

There is one proven practice exercise that helps you improve chess ratings and stay in shape while having fun - chess puzzles. And what better than having the latest puzzles from the year 2012 by a top GM, and all that in one book!

GM Csaba Balogh presents the "365 Greatest Puzzles" book, collected from practical games of the first 4 months of 2012, from tournaments like Wijk ann Zee, Gibraltar, Aeroflot Open, European Individual Championship, with players including Carlsen, Aronian, Radjabov, Ivanchuk...

Many other puzzle books have the content based on artificial positions, but GM Balogh takes a modern approach, seeking the practical aspect of the positions, taking the level of calculation to a completely new dimension. Dividing the book into different levels, including evaluation tests, and provoking the chess fan's thought to the maximum, the "365 Greatest Puzzles" book enhances practical motifs that can be used in your own games.

Peter Leko commented after reviewing the book, "In our modern computer era, it is always a delight to see a book which aims to stimulate our brains. Solving tactical positions is a good way of training with a lot of fun. I like the practical concept of the book, bringing the latest examples from practical games."

The Great Book of Chess Combinations

The Great Book of Chess Combinations
The Great Book of Chess Combinations by József Pintér
2012 | PDF | 39.27MB

You are holding 1400 combinations in your hand. If you review them, your approach to tactics and your combinational skills will surely develop. You can pick up chess from a trainer or all by yourself. A good teacher tells his students about the essence, the strategy and the inner lines of force of chess. Combinations, however, can be learned from books, too. Its method is to solve chess combinations. The main motives can be acquired that way. This book deals with the main motives of tactics. Each section contains and advanced level studies. This masterpiece is easy to use. If the reader has 5 minutes, he will solve one riddle. If he has 60 minutes, he will go through a dozen. And if he wants to make real progress, then let him solve a whole section.

The writer- Jozsef Pinter - is one of the most acknowledged grandmasters in Hungary. Silver medalist at the Chess Olympiad, champion of Hungary several times, captain of the national team, one of the main trainers at the Central School of Chess. He has written a lot of books. As a chess player, he is well-known for his "healthy" style of playing. Hungarian chessplayers say that if you want to become a strong player, then you will have to attend Pinter's classes. You can now listen to him, at least for the duration of 1400 studies. Get moving, have fun!

The Open Games for Black

The Open Games for Black
The Open Games for Black by Igor Lysyj, Roman Ovetchkin
2012 | PDF | 4.01MB

"My main opening weapon throughout my chess career, from 1998 to 2010, was the French Defence. However, in the last five years of this period I played a large number of games in the strongest tournaments in Russia, mostly against players rated over 2600, and I suffered many humiliating but well-deserved defeats. These losses made me reconsider the situation and I came to the conclusion that the cramped positions in the French Defence are strategically risky and do not quite suit my playing style... In this book I have presented all my analyses and my discoveries during the World Cup 2011. I believe that it will be useful for chess players at all levels to study them, together with the excellent annotations and explanations of Roman Ovetchkin. The reader might justifiably pose the following question: "How to cope with the Ruy Lopez if you are Black?". In fact, almost every variation of this opening deserves to be analyzed in a separate volume, so we shall reveal to you the tremendously complicated and fashionable Berlin Defence in our next book."

Roman Ovetchkin is an international grandmaster and an experienced coach and trainer. He was part of the team which enabled Ekaterina Kovalevska to become a vice-champion of the world in 2004. In 2007 he coached the "ABC" team and they shared 1st-2nd place in the European Cup for women. He was the winner of numerous international chess competitions.

Igor Lysyi is an international grandmaster. He won many times the students' championships and the Russia Universiades, both as an individual and as a member of the team of the Ural University. He participated in the team of Russia which won the World Students' Championship in 2008. He was the winner of numerous international chess tournaments.

Provence, 1970

Provence, 1970
Provence, 1970: M F K Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste by Luke Barr
2013 | EPUB | 2.14MB

Provence, 1970 is about a singular historic moment. In the winter of that year, more or less coincidentally, the iconic culinary figures James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Richard Olney, Simone Beck, and Judith Jones found themselves together in the South of France. They cooked and ate, talked and argued, about the future of food in America, the meaning of taste, and the limits of snobbery. Without quite realizing it, they were shaping today’s tastes and culture, the way we eat now.

The conversations among this group were chronicled by M.F.K. Fisher in journals and letters—some of which were later discovered by Luke Barr, her great-nephew. In Provence, 1970, he captures this seminal season, set against a stunning backdrop in cinematic scope—complete with gossip, drama, and contemporary relevance.

The Fresh Honey Cookbook

The Fresh Honey Cookbook
The Fresh Honey Cookbook: 84 Recipes from a Beekeeper's Kitchen by Laurey Masterton
2013 | EPUB | 9.93MB

Honey through the seasons.

Sweeten your table with 84 recipes inspired by honeybees, the food they pollinate, and the golden sweetener they produce. Highlighting a different honey varietal each month, beekeeper and chef Laurey Masterton offers honey-tasting tips and vibrant recipes that deliver amazing dishes, both savory and sweet. In every season, Laurey encourages a deeper appreciation of honeybees through fascinating glimpses into the life of a hive.

Cooking the One-Burner Way

Cooking the One-Burner Way
Cooking the One-Burner Way: Everything the Backcountry Chef Needs to Know by Buck Tilton
2013 | PDF | 8.34MB

Learn how to prepare more than 150 meals - ranging from the simple to the elaborate - on top of your favorite compact one-burner stove.

Mac & Cheese

Mac & Cheese
Mac & Cheese: More than 80 Classic and Creative Versions of the Ultimate Comfort Food by Ellen Brown
2012 | EPUB + MOBI |

Creamy, cheesy, rich, and comforting, macaroni and cheese is the favorite side dish for all generations! From classics with various cheeses to more exotic fare—with lobster, vegetables, pancetta, beef, and many more combinations—this timeless standard deserves a second look.

Consider the Goat Cheese and Boursin Mac and Cheese, Chesapeake Crab Mac and Cheese, or Mac and Cheese Soufflé with Country Ham for a dinner party, a book club meeting, or a holiday side dish. Start with Mac and Cheese Canapés or Mac and Cheese Spring Rolls, and then have Grand Marnier Orzo Pudding or Macaroni with Pecan Caramel Mascarpone for a sweet dessert!

Author Ellen Brown has collected and developed more than 80 recipes, most of which are adapted from beloved dishes from restaurants around the country like Red Rooster in New York, Nosh in Dallas, and The Tipsy Pig in San Francisco. Recreate your favorite cheesy restaurant dishes at home: the sky’s the limit for the humble mac & cheese.

Made in Italy by David Rocco

Made in Italy by David Rocco
Made in Italy by David Rocco
2011 | EPUB | 117.55MB

On his hit Cooking Channel show David Rocco’s Dolce Vita, David and his wife, Nina, travel around Italy, exploring the very best foods of every region, making friends wherever they go. From his modern flat in Florence to the lemon groves of the Amalfi coast, David shares recipes for the local favorites he encounters, including a refreshing Caprese salad with avocado, weeknight chicken breasts with fragrant rosemary and chili flakes, a Sunday meat stew flavored with tomatoes and red wine, and the easy apple-yogurt cake he prepares with his twin daughters.

Made in Italy features 140 simple, rustic Italian dishes that any home cook can accomplish—all with David’s signature style. With photographs of gorgeous food and sweeping images of the Italian countryside, this book will inspire cooks across America to bring Italy to life in their own homes.

Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats

Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats
Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats: Allergy-Free and Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery by Debbie Adler
2013 | EPUB | 4.49MB

Baked goods that actually make you feel good?

Are you saying "no" to dessert because of food allergies or health concerns? Or saying "no" when your kid asks for a cupcake at a birthday party? If so, Sweet Debbie has a Chocoholic Cupcake for you!

With her own son allergic to "every food in the USDA pyramid," Debbie Adler took matters into her own kitchen. Today, her wildly popular, allergen-free bakery, Sweet Debbie's Organic Cupcakes, has Hollywood's A-list celebrities lining up for her delicious, nutritious muffins, brownies, cookies, cupcakes, donut holes and breads.

Now Sweet Debbie is sharing all her delectable secrets for fifty scrumptious treats like:

  • Irresistible Red Velvet Cupcakes
  • Salted Caramel Apple Muffins
  • Cosmic Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Gourmet Dark Chocolate Mesquite Brownies
  • Blueberry Streusel Donut Holes

If you're a vegan, diabetic, have celiac disease, a food allergy or an intolerance, or are simply interested in boosting your health via your baking tins, set the oven to "preheat" and sit down with Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats. Your sweet tooth will thank you for it.

Against All Grain

Against All Grain
Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great by Danielle Walker
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 10.63/10.05MB

Having battled an autoimmune disease the modern-medicine way for many years, Danielle Walker took matters into her own hands and set out to regain her health through the medicine of food. After four years of turning her kitchen into a laboratory for revamping her culinary point of view, Danielle mastered the art of grain-free, dairy-free and gluten-free cooking--and improved her well-being, eliminating all her ailments.

A self-trained chef, Danielle is the new face of grain-free and gluten-free cooking, tempting foodies of all stripes with her innovative, accessible recipes for delicious, vibrant Paleo food. Paying homage to the dishes she loved from her pre-Paleo life, she has ingeniously recreated all of her favorites without grains, gluten or dairy in her first-ever cookbook.

Coupling her delightful recipes with elegant photography, Danielle takes you on a multicourse Paleo and gluten-free culinary journey from appetizers to dessert. Because Danielle knows that she's not the only one with a finicky toddler at the dinner table, she has included a special children's section with amusing dishes that will bring joy to any child and also pass any mom's test for wholesome ingredients.

Omitting grains, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar doesn't correlate with omitting taste in these recipes. Easy-to-follow instructions are complemented by mouthwatering photos that seem to burst off the page with flavor. Danielle's recipes are sure to leave you feeling satisfied and exhilarated, rather than deprived.

The Boozy Baker

The Boozy Baker
The Boozy Baker: 75 Recipes for Spirited Sweets by Lucy Baker
2010 | PDF | 170.11MB

The Boozy Baker is a fun collection of recipes for cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, and more, all of which contain a healthy dose of alcohol. Home bakers will recognize classic treats such as profiteroles, peach cobbler, and spiced Bundt cake, and be delighted by the ways they are reinvented with chocolate stout, almond liqueur, and even Jägermeister. Featuring more than 30 full-color photographs, the book also includes sidebars throughout with instructions for preparing funky cocktails that add a punchy compliment to many of the recipes.

Whether you are a pastry perfectionist or a one-bowl beginner, a bonafide mixologist or just looking for a way to polish off a few dusty bottles, this cookbook is sure to become a favorite, its pages splattered with chocolate, sprinkled with sugar, and garnished with a twist.

Cures From the Kitchen

Cures From the Kitchen
Cures From the Kitchen: Recepies for Healthy Living by Nena Niessen
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.14/3.07MB

As a cancer survivor she has learned the importance of our diets being more alkaline than acidic in nature, specifically given the fact that one in every two men and one in every three women will suffer from cancer in their lifetimes. Her father died of cancer at age 60 and her brother of a heart attack at age 45. She learned how it feels to lose someone close and how important it is that we take matters of diet and health into our own hands by educating ourselves and learning to cook healthful meals. She believes that each of us needs to change our diet and habits for our own and for our family's sakes.

The Frugal Foodie Cookbook

The Frugal Foodie Cookbook
The Frugal Foodie Cookbook: 200 Gourmet Recipes for Any Budget by Alanna Kaufman, Alex Small
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 827.5/673.84KB

Grilled Peach & Shrimp Crostini
Colorful Risotto-Stuffed Peppers
Butternut Squash & Apple Soup

Cooking great meals at home doesn't have to cost a fortune. Written by two foodies who refused to let their eat-in kitchen or tiny budget disappoint their taste buds, this creative collection proves you don't have to be wealthy to enjoy fine food! Alanna Kaufman and Alex Small offer you 200 mouthwatering recipes that will please their palates and their pocketbooks, such as:

  • Pomegranate Fig Bites
  • Balsamic Grilled Artichokes
  • Honey-Thyme Pear & Goat Cheese Sandwiches
  • Seared Tuna with Fennel
  • Apricot Brandy-Baked French Toast, and more!

Complete with tips on how to affordably stock and maintain a frugal pantry, as well as price breakdowns for each serving, this cookbook shows how to eat well--without breaking the bank!

Jamie's 30-Minute Meals

Jamie's 30-Minute Meals
Jamie's 30-Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver
2010 | PDF | 118.46MB

If you love food and have hungry mouths to feed when you get home after a long day, then allow Jamie to introduce you to a revolutionary way of cooking. In 30-Minute Meals he'll show you how to make a complete meal in the time you'd normally spend on one dish. What you'll be able to achieve in 30 minutes will absolutely blow your mind!

This is not about compromising on quality. It's about being organised, working fast and using shortcuts and clever tricks to put insanely delicious plates of food on the table in no time. Each meal has been carefully crafted so that there's no faffing about - just good, fast cooking. Jamie has created complete menus of foods that go beautifully together and planned the recipes in a unique and easy-to-follow way. This kind of cooking is all about using every minute wisely, having fun and reclaiming your kitchen for the job it was meant for. Once you start cooking this way, not only will you love it; you'll never look back.

At Home with Magnolia

At Home with Magnolia
At Home with Magnolia: Classic American Recipes from the Owner of Magnolia Bakery by Allysa Torey
2006 | EPUB + MOBI | 6.35/6.67MB

Allysa Torey’s Magnolia Bakery in New York City is the place to get all-American sweet treats, like their famous pastel frosted cupcakes. But at her country home in upstate New York, Allysa cooks a lot more than desserts. Now, in this full-color cookbook, she shares more than 90 of her favorite recipes for everyday meals—and invites you to experience the delights of country living, Allysa Torey–style.

Creative Confidence

Creative Confidence
Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley, David Kelley
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 6.98/6.14MB

IDEO founder and Stanford d.school creator David Kelley and his brother Tom Kelley, IDEO partner and the author of the bestselling The Art of Innovation, have written a powerful and compelling book on unleashing the creativity that lies within each and every one of us.

Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the "creative types." But two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every one of us is creative. In an incredibly entertaining and inspiring narrative that draws on countless stories from their work at IDEO, the Stanford d.school, and with many of the world's top companies, David and Tom Kelley identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential in our work lives, and in our personal lives, and allow us to innovate in terms of how we approach and solve problems. It is a book that will help each of us be more productive and successful in our lives and in our careers.

Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People [Audiobook]

Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People [Audiobook]
Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People: Over 325 Ready-To-Use Words and Phrases For Working With Challenging Personalities [Audiobook] by Renee Evenson, read by Rose Itzcovitz
2013 | MP3 VBR | 6 hrs 49 mins | 275.29MB

Incompetent, lazy, spotlight-hogging, whiny, backstabbing, avoidant—there’s no end to the personality challenges that impede workplace relationships. But interacting effectively with employees, colleagues, and bosses is essential for success.

With Powerful Phrases for Dealing with Difficult People, anyone can confront problems head-on, before they fester and spread. Practical and easy to use, the book helps you identify button-pushing situations and deploy simple phrases to regain control and resolve conflicts—no matter who you’re dealing with. Helpful features include:

  • Thirty common personality traits, behaviors, and workplace scenarios along with the phrases that work best with each
  • Nonverbal communication skills to back up your words
  • Sample dialogues that demonstrate how phrasing improves interactions
  • A five-step process for moving from conflict to resolution
  • “Why This Works” sections that provide detailed explanations

Like it or not, the bulk of our waking hours are spent with people at work. This book’s pithy, powerful communication tips will make those hours far more harmonious and productive.

Power Verbs for Job Seekers

Power Verbs for Job Seekers
Power Verbs for Job Seekers: Hundreds of Verbs and Phrases to Bring Your Resumes, Cover Letters, and Job Interviews to Life by Michael Faulkner, Michelle Faulkner-Lunsford
2013 | EPUB | 3.22MB

Electrify all your job search communications and build the great career you want!

The right verbs

  • make you unforgettable
  • powerfully demonstrate your value
  • attract employers like moths to flame

Grab the right verb and use it the right way to:

  • Craft outstanding résumés, cover letters, and thank-you notes
  • Draw attention to your best achievements and accomplishments
  • Get your face-to-face interview—and ace it
  • Pitch yourself brilliantly, even if you only have a minute
  • Weave crucial “soft skills” expertise into your career communications
  • Prove you’re the person they’re looking for

Jam-packed with examples drawing on thousands of years of storytelling, literature, and experience.
Indispensable for everyone who wants a rewarding, successful, well-paid career!

Presenting to Win [Updated and Expanded Edition]

Presenting to Win [Updated and Expanded Edition]
Presenting to Win: The Art of Telling Your Story [Updated and Expanded Edition] by Jerry Weissman
2008 | EPUB | 3.3MB

Thirty million presentations will be given today. Millions will fail. Millions more will be received with yawns. A rare few will establish the most profound connection, in which presenter and audience understand each other perfectly…discover common ground… and, together, decide to act.

In this fully updated edition, Jerry Weissman, the world’s #1 presentation consultant, shows how to connect with even the toughest, most high-level audiences...and move them to action! He teaches presenters of all kinds how to dump those PowerPoint templates once and for all and tell compelling stories that focus on what’s in it for the audience.

  • Weissman’s techniques have proven themselves with billions of dollars on the line.
    Thousands of his elite clients have already mastered them. Now it’s your turn!
  • What you must do to tell your story
    Focus before Flow: identifying your real goals and message
  • The power of the WIIFY: What’s In It For You
    Staying focused on what your audience really wants
  • Capture your audience in 90 seconds… and never let go!
    Opening Gambits and compelling linkages
  • Master the art of online Web conferencing
    Connecting with your invisible audience
  • From brainstorming through delivery
    Crafting the Power Presentation, one step at a time

Named by FORTUNE Magazine as a "Must-Read"

How to Innovate in Marketing [FT Press Delivers Collections]

How to Innovate in Marketing [FT Press Delivers Collections]
How to Innovate in Marketing [FT Press Delivers Collections] by Tony Davila, Marc Epstein, Robert Shelton, Monique Reece, Michael Tasner, Larry Light, Joan Kiddon
2013 | EPUB | 4.22MB

4 authoritative books deliver state-of-the-art guidance for more innovative, more effective, more measurably successful marketing!

This 4-book collection will help you bring world-class innovation to marketing and everything that touches it!

Start with Making Innovation Work: a formal process that can help you drive top and bottom line growth from innovation throughout marketing and beyond. Packed with new examples, it will help you define the right strategy for effective marketing innovation… structure organizations and incentivize teams to innovate… implement management systems to assess your progress… effectively use metrics from idea creation through commercialization.

Next, in Real-Time Marketing for Business Growth, top business consultant Monique Reece offers a proven, start-to-finish blueprint for igniting profitable, sustainable growth. Reece’s “PRAISE” process builds growth through six interrelated steps: Purpose, Research, Analyze, Implement, Strategize, and Evaluate/Execute. She demonstrates how to use fast, agile real-time planning techniques that are tightly integrated with execution… how to clarify your company’s purpose, customer value, and best opportunities… fix sales and marketing problems that have persisted for decades… accurately measure marketing’s real value… combine proven traditional marketing techniques with new social media practices… systematically and continually improve customer experience and lifetime value.

Then, in Marketing in the Moment, leading Web marketing consultant Michael Tasner shows exactly how to drive maximum value from advanced Web, online, mobile, and social marketing. Discover which new technologies deliver the best results (and which rarely do)... how to use virtual collaboration to executive marketing projects faster and at lower cost... how to build realistic, practical action plans for the next three months, six months, and twelve months.

Finally, in Six Rules for Brand Revitalization, Larry Light and Joan Kiddon teach invaluable lessons from one of the most successful brand revitalization projects in business history: the reinvigoration of McDonald’s. Larry Light, the Global CMO who spearheaded McDonald’s breakthrough marketing initiatives, presents a systematic blueprint for resurrecting any brand, and driving it to unprecedented levels of success. Light and Joan Kiddon illuminate their blueprint with specific examples, offering detailed “dos” and “don’ts” for everything from segmentation to R&D, leadership to execution.

If you’re in marketing (or anywhere near it) this collection’s techniques can powerfully and measurably improve your performance, starting today!

Lead Magnet

Lead Magnet
Lead Magnet: 43 Foolproof Strategies To Get More Leads, Win A Ton of New Customers And Double Your Profits In Record Time by Charlie Hutton
2013 | EPUB | 3.32MB

Discover How To Get All The Leads You'll Ever Need For Your Business!
. . . And I Mean Hot, Qualified Leads That Are Guaranteed To Blow The Lid Off Your Sales And Profits!

Discover the hidden insider secrets that allow small to medium sized business owners to make record sales during this economic downturn. This book allows you to ethically steal their secrets and begin profiting in your business...Immediately!

Inside you'll find 43 foolproof strategies that give the everyday business owner an incredible opportunity to peak behind the curtain and see how the most successful businesses consistently make huge profits with their marketing.

You will discover:

  • How to guarantee that your business stands heads and shoulders above your competition, so prospects will be excited to buy from you.
  • Quick, easy and cheap ways to advertise your business promotions and sales.
  • Real-life proven examples of how you can create a continual stream of fresh and eager leads.

Valuation for Mergers and Acquisitions [2nd Edition]

Valuation for Mergers and Acquisitions [2nd Edition]
Valuation for Mergers and Acquisitions [2nd Edition] by Barbara S Petitt, Kenneth R Ferris
2013 | EPUB | 3.49MB

Master the latest insights, lessons, and best practice techniques for accurately valuing companies for potential mergers, acquisitions, and restructurings. Concise, realistic, and easy to use, Valuation for Mergers and Acquisitions, Second Edition has been fully updated to reflect the field's latest and most useful "rules of thumb," compare every modern approach to valuation, offering practical solutions for today's most complex and important valuation challenges. Treating valuation as both an art and a science, it covers the entire process, offering up-to-the-minute real-world advice, examples, and case studies. Leading valuation experts Barbara S. Petitt and Kenneth R. Ferris introduce and compare leading techniques including discounted cash flow analysis, earnings multiples analysis, adjusted present value analysis, economic value analysis, and real option analysis. They fully address related concerns such as the accounting structure of deals, accounting for goodwill, tax considerations, and more. Throughout, they identify common errors that lead to inaccurate valuation, and show how to avoid them. From start to finish, this guide doesn't just make valuation comprehensible: it provides the tools and insight to make valuation work.

For all financial professionals concerned with valuation, especially those involved in potential mergers, acquisitions, and restructurings; and for corporate finance instructors and students in Executive MBA programs concerned with valuation.

The Definitive Guide to Entertainment Marketing [2nd Edition]

The Definitive Guide to Entertainment Marketing [2nd Edition]
The Definitive Guide to Entertainment Marketing: Bringing the Moguls, the Media, and the Magic to the World [2nd Edition] by Al Lieberman, Pat Esgate
2013 | EPUB | 3.01MB

Entertainment Marketing NOW:
Every Platform, Technology, and Opportunity

  • Covers film, cable, broadcast, music, sports, publishing, social media, gaming, and more
  • Reflects powerful trends ranging from smartphones to globalization
  • Demonstrates breakthrough strategies integrating advertising, promotion, PR, and online content distribution
  • By industry insiders with decades of experience as leaders and consultants

Entertainment spending is soaring worldwide, driven by new technologies, new platforms, new business models, and unrelenting demand amongst seven billion consumers. That means entertainment marketing opportunities are soaring, too. But this business is more complex and competitive than ever–and it’s changing at breakneck speed. Now, two leading practitioners show how to transform content into profits today and tomorrow…any content, on any platform, in any market, worldwide.

You’ll master innovative new ways to grab consumers’ attention and wallets fast…make your experiences wannasee, haftasee, mustsee…drive more value through social platforms, mobile technologies, and integrated marketing strategies…overcome challenges ranging from bad buzz to piracy…fully leverage licensing, merchandising, and sponsorships…and successfully market all forms of entertainment.

Remote: Office Not Required

Remote: Office Not Required
Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 8.65/8.27MB

For too long our lives have been dominated by the 'under one roof' Industrial Revolution model of work. That era is now over. There is no longer a reason for the daily roll call, of the need to be seen with your butt on your seat in the office. The technology to work remotely and to avoid the daily grind of commuting and meetings has finally come of age, and bestselling authors Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson are the masters of making it work at tech company 37signals. Remote working is the future - and it is rushing towards us.

Remote: Office Not Required combines eye-opening ideas with entertaining narrative. It will convince you that working remotely increases productivity and innovation, and it will also teach you how to get it right - whether you are a manager, working solo or one of a team. Chapters include: 'Talent isn't bound by the hubs', 'It's the technology, stupid', 'When to type, when to talk', 'Stop managing the chairs' and 'The virtual water cooler'.

Brilliantly simple and refreshingly illuminating this is a call to action to end the tyranny of being shackled to the office.

Open: How Compaq Ended IBM's PC Domination

Open: How Compaq Ended IBM's PC Domination
Open: How Compaq Ended IBM's PC Domination and Helped Invent Modern Computing by Rod Canion
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.68/1.68MB

The story of Compaq is well-known: Three ex-Texas Instruments managers founded Compaq with modest venture funding. Just four years later, Compaq was on the Fortune 500 list, and, two years after that, they had exceeded $1 billion in annual revenue. No company had ever achieved these milestones so rapidly.

But few know the story behind the story. In 1982, when Compaq was founded, there was no software standardization, so every brand of personal computer required its own unique application software. Just eight years later, compatibility with the open PC standard had become ubiquitous, and it has continued to be for over two decades.

This didn't happen by accident. Cofounder and then CEO Rod Canion and his team made a series of risky and daring decisions—often facing criticism and incredulity—that allowed the open PC standard marketplace to thrive and the incredible benefits of open computing to be realized.

A never-before-published insider account of Compaq's extraordinary strategies and decisions, Open provides valuable lessons in leadership in times of crisis, management decision-making under the pressure of extraordinary growth, and the power of a unique, pervasive culture.

Open tells the incredible story of Compaq's meteoric rise from humble beginnings to become the PC industry leader in just over a decade. Along the way, Compaq helped change the face of computing while establishing the foundation for today's world of tablets and smart phones.

Other People's Money

Other People's Money
Other People's Money: Inside the Housing Crisis and the Demise of the Greatest Real Estate Deal Ever Made by Charles V Bagli
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 7.64/6.78MB

In just over three years, real estate giant Tishman Speyer and its partner, BlackRock, lost billions of investors’ dollars on a single deal. The New York Times reporter who first broke the story of the sale of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village takes readers inside the most spectacular failure in real estate history, using this single deal as a lens to see how and why the real estate crisis happened.

How did the smartest people in real estate lose billions in one single deal? How did the Church of England, the California public employees’ pension fund, and the Singapore government lose more than one billion dollars combined investing in a middle-class housing complex in New York City? How did MetLife make three billion dollars on the deal without any repercussions from a historically racist policy of housing segregation? And how did nine residents of a sleepy enclave in New York City win one of the most unlikely lawsuits in the history of real estate law?

Not only does Other People’s Money answer those questions, it also explains the current recession in stark, clear detail while providing riveting first-person accounts of the titanic failure of the real estate industry to see that a recession was coming. It’s the definitive book on real estate during the bubble years—and what happened when that enormous bubble exploded.