Stealing God's Thunder

Stealing God's Thunder
Stealing God's Thunder: Benjamin Franklin's Lightning Rod and the Invention of America by Philip Dray
2005 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.68/2.34MB

Stealing God’s Thunder is a concise, richly detailed biography of Benjamin Franklin viewed through the lens of his scientific inquiry and its ramifications for American democracy. Today we think of Benjamin Franklin as a founder of American independence who also dabbled in science. But in Franklin’s day it was otherwise. Long before he was an eminent statesman, he was famous for his revolutionary scientific work, especially his experiments with lightning and electricity.

Pulitzer Prize finalist Philip Dray uses the evolution of Franklin’s scientific curiosity and empirical thinking as a metaphor for America’s struggle to establish its fundamental values. Set against the backdrop of the Enlightenment and America’s pursuit of political equality for all, Stealing God’s Thunder recounts how Franklin unlocked one of the greatest natural mysteries of his day, the seemingly unknowable powers of electricity and lightning. Rich in historic detail and based on numerous primary sources, Stealing God’s Thunder is a fascinating original look at one of our most beloved and complex founding fathers.

Empires of Light

Empires of Light
Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World by Jill Jonnes
2003 | EPUB | 4.2MB

In the final decades of the nineteenth century, three brilliant and visionary titans of America’s Gilded Age—Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse—battled bitterly as each vied to create a vast and powerful electrical empire. In Empires of Light, historian Jill Jonnes portrays this extraordinary trio and their riveting and ruthless world of cutting-edge science, invention, intrigue, money, death, and hard-eyed Wall Street millionaires. At the heart of the story are Thomas Alva Edison, the nation’s most famous and folksy inventor, creator of the incandescent light bulb and mastermind of the world’s first direct current electrical light networks; the Serbian wizard of invention Nikola Tesla, elegant, highly eccentric, a dreamer who revolutionized the generation and delivery of electricity; and the charismatic George Westinghouse, Pittsburgh inventor and tough corporate entrepreneur, an industrial idealist who in the era of gaslight imagined a world powered by cheap and plentiful electricity and worked heart and soul to create it.

Edison struggled to introduce his radical new direct current (DC) technology into the hurly-burly of New York City as Tesla and Westinghouse challenged his dominance with their alternating current (AC), thus setting the stage for one of the eeriest feuds in American corporate history, the War of the Electric Currents. The battlegrounds: Wall Street, the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, Niagara Falls, and, finally, the death chamber—Jonnes takes us on the tense walk down a prison hallway and into the sunlit room where William Kemmler, convicted ax murderer, became the first man to die in the electric chair.

Empires of Light is the gripping history of electricity, the “mysterious fluid,” and how the fateful collision of Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse left the world utterly transformed.

Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs

Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs
Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs: Soft Tissues and Hard Science by Phillip Manning
2009 | PDF | 7.61MB

Many of us have seen dinosaur bones and skeletons, maybe even dinosaur eggs...but what did those fearsome animals really look like in the flesh? Soft-tissue fossils give tantalizing clues about the appearance and physiology of the ancient animals. In this exciting book, paleontologist Phillip Manning presents the most astonishing dinosaur fossil excavations of the past 100 years—including the recent discovery of a remarkably intact dinosaur mummy in the Badlands of North Dakota.

Bone structure is just the beginning of our knowledge today, thanks to amazing digs like these. Drawing on new breakthroughs and cutting-edge techniques of analysis, Dr. Manning takes us on a thrilling, globe-spanning tour of dinosaur mummy finds—from the first such excavation in 1908 to a baby dinosaur unearthed in 1980, from a dino with a heart in South Dakota to titanosaur embryos in Argentina. And he discusses his own groundbreaking analysis of "Dakota," discovered by Tyler Lyson.

Using state-of-the-art technology to scan and analyse this remarkable discovery, National Geographic and Dr. Manning create an incredibly lifelike portrait of Dakota. The knowledge to be gained from this exceedingly rare find, and those that came before it, will intrigue dinosaur-loving readers of all ages.

Comet, Revised

Comet, Revised
Comet, Revised by Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan
1997 | EPUB | 14.35MB

WHAT ARE THESE GRACEFUL VISITORS TO OUR SKIES? WE NOW KNOW THAT THEY BRING BOTH LIFE AND DEATH AND TEACH US ABOUT OUR ORIGINS.

Comet begins with a breathtaking journey through space astride a comet. Pulitzer Prize-winning astronomer Carl Sagan, author of Cosmos and Contact, and writer Ann Druyan explore the origin, nature, and future of comets, and the exotic myths and portents attached to them. The authors show how comets have spurred some of the great discoveries in the history of science and raise intriguing questions about these brilliant visitors from the interstellar dark.

Were the fates of the dinosaurs and the origins of humans tied to the wanderings of a comet? Are comets the building blocks from which worlds are formed?

Lavishly illustrated with photographs and specially commissioned full-color paintings, Comet is an enthralling adventure, indispensable for anyone who has ever gazed up at the heavens and wondered why.

Reclaiming History

Reclaiming History
Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi
2007 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.96/2.26MB

At 1:00 p.m. on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was pronounced dead, the victim of a sniper attack during his motorcade through Dallas. That may be the only fact generally agreed upon in the vast literature spawned by the assassination. National polls reveal that an overwhelming majority of Americans (75%) believe that there was a high-level conspiracy behind Lee Harvey Oswald. Many even believe that Oswald was entirely innocent. In this continuously absorbing, powerful, ground-breaking book, Vincent Bugliosi shows how we have come to believe such lies about an event that changed the course of history.

The brilliant prosecutor of Charles Manson and the man who forged an iron-clad case of circumstantial guilt around O. J. Simpson in his best-selling Outrage Bugliosi is perhaps the only man in America capable of writing the definitive book on the Kennedy assassination. This is an achievement that has for years seemed beyond reach. No one imagined that such a book would ever be written: a single volume that once and for all resolves, beyond any reasonable doubt, every lingering question as to what happened in Dallas and who was responsible.

There have been hundreds of books about the assassination, but there has never been a book that covers the entire case, including addressing every piece of evidence and each and every conspiracy theory, and the facts, or alleged facts, on which they are based. In this monumental work, the author has raised scholarship on the assassination to a new and final level, one that far surpasses all other books on the subject. It adds resonance, depth, and closure to the admirable work of the Warren Commission.

Reclaiming History is a narrative compendium of fact, forensic evidence, reexamination of key witnesses, and common sense. Every detail and nuance is accounted for, every conspiracy theory revealed as a fraud on the American public. Bugliosi's irresistible logic, command of the evidence, and ability to draw startling inferences shed fresh light on this American nightmare. At last it all makes sense.

These Few Precious Days [Audiobook]

These Few Precious Days [Audiobook]
These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack With Jackie [Audiobook] by Christopher Andersen, read by Robertson Dean
2013 | MP3@64 kbps | 9 hrs 19 mins | 255.99MB

They were the original power couple— outlandishly rich, impossibly attractive, and endlessly fascinating. Now, in this rare, behind-the-scenes portrait of the Kenne­dys in their final year together, #1 New York Times bestselling biographer Christopher Andersen shows us a side of JFK and Jackie we’ve never seen before. Tender, intimate, complex, and, at times, explosive, theirs is a love story unlike any other—filled with secrets, scandals, and bomb­shells that could never be fully revealed . . . until now. Including:

  • Stunning new details about the Kennedys’ rumored affairs—hers as well as his—and how they ultimately overcame all odds to save their marriage
  • The president’s many premonitions of his own death, and how he repeatedly tried to pull out of his last fateful trip to Dallas
  • Shocking revelations about how the couple, unaware of the dangers, became dependent on amphetamine injections, the real reason— according to his longtime personal physician— for JFK’s notorious libido, and how the White House hid his many serious medical problems from the public
  • How the tragic death of their infant son Patrick led to an emotional outpouring from the president that surprised even their closest friends—and brought JFK and Jackie closer than they had ever been
  • Touching firsthand accounts of the family’s most private moments, before and after the assassination

Drawing on hundreds of interviews conducted with the Kennedys’ inner circle—from family members and lifelong friends to key advisors and political confidantes—Andersen takes us deeper inside the world of the president and his first lady than ever before. Unsparing yet sym­pathetic, bigger than life but all too real, These Few Precious Days captures the ups and downs of a marriage, a man, and a woman, the memories of which will continue to fascinate and inspire for generations to come.

GCHQ by Richard J. Aldrich

GCHQ by Richard J. Aldrich
GCHQ: The Uncensored Story of Britain's Most Secret Intelligence Agency by Richard J Aldrich
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 798.83KB/1.17MB

As we become ever-more aware of how our governments “eavesdrop” on our conversations, here is a gripping exploration of this unknown realm of the British secret service: Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ).

GCHQ is the successor to the famous Bletchley Park wartime code-breaking organisation and is the largest and most secretive intelligence organisation in the country. During the war, it commanded more staff than MI5 and MI6 combined and has produced a number of intelligence triumphs as well as some notable failures. Since the end of the Cold War, it has played a pivotal role in shaping Britain's secret state. Still, we know almost nothing about it.

In this ground-breaking book, Richard J. Aldrich traces GCHQ's evolvement from a wartime code breaking operation based in the Bedfordshire countryside to one of the world's leading espionage organisations. Focusing in part on GCHQ's remarkably intimate relationship with its American partner, the National Security Agency (NSA), Aldrich also examines both the impact of the Second World War on GCHQ and the breakthroughs made after the war was over.

Today's GCHQ struggles with some of the most difficult issues of our time. A leading force of the state's security efforts against militant terrorist organisations like Al-Qaeda, they are also involved in fundamental issues that will mould the future of British society. Compelling and revelatory, Aldrich’s book is espionage writing of the utmost importance.

The Sinking of The Lancastria [Audiobook]

The Sinking of The Lancastria [Audiobook]
The Sinking of The Lancastria: Britain's Greatest Maritime Disaster and Churchill's Cover-Up [Audiobook] by Jonathan Fenby, read by James Goode
2005 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 30 mins | 206.34MB

In June 1940 Britain's war efforts against Germany were truly on the back foot and the Dunkirk evacuations were in full swing. Only by recovering our troops could we hope to regroup, rearm and then rejoin the fight. Off Normandy, an armada of small boats did an amazing job of work ferrying as many troops as possible safely home to England. Further away, off St. Nazaire a few large ships were also working to that same common cause.

Then, on 17 June 1940, more people died - as one particular troopship was bombed, sunk and then strafed, than on the more famous losses of the Titanic and Lusitania combined. Sadly, apart from the survivors, the relatives of those who perished plus a few divers who visit the wreck, few people have ever heard the name of that ship.

She was the Cunard passenger liner "Lancastria" and in this book the author brings her back to life in a most vivid and poignant fashion.

Nowadays, more and more people are asking questions about what "really" did happen with regard to specific incidents during both world wars - and quite right too. Furthermore, divers have begun to ask all the right questions about the shipwrecks they are visiting. It is accounts, such as this that go a long way towards answering those questions and filling in the gaps created by the historical events which followed the sinking of this once great ship.

Altogether, this is more than just a book about a ship that was lost in dreadful circumstances. With the skills of a consummate wordsmith, author Jonathan Fenby has carefully brought this tragedy back to back to life because people had forgotten it had happened. In so doing, he has created an historical document of great importance - a document which is of great interest to divers and historians alike.

If you really want to know how the Lancastria met her end, this book is possibly the only document you will ever need.

The Times Good University Guide 2014

The Times Good University Guide 2014
The Times Good University Guide 2014: Where to go and what to study by John O'Leary
2013 | EPUB | 1.78MB

The Times Good University Guide is an essential tool that gives you all the information you need to make the crucial decision of where to study, and how to make the crucial financial decisions about going to University – bestselling, objective and authoritative. Note depending on your device, tables may view best in landscape mode.

Since 1992 The Times Good University Guide has provided the most accurate and up-to-date information to make the choice of which universities to apply to as easy as possible.

In the third year of tuition fees, with the costs and benefits of every course even more being informed about all the aspects of your decision is even more important, and this year, the finance chapter lays out all of the factors that should be taken into account when trying to plan financially – not just the level of fees, but also loans, grants, bursaries and scholarships.

Other areas covered include:

  • How to find and apply for accommodation
  • Detailed information on the best universities for sport
  • Employment prospects: new information and statistics to inform your choice
  • How to select the right course and the right university for you (including student satisfaction figures and detailed profiles of each university).
  • All the most up-to-date information, with league table on more than 60 subjects.

Written by John O’Leary, former Editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement, this is the most definitive and authoritative guide available.

Orange Is the New Black [Audiobook]

Orange Is the New Black [Audiobook]
Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison [Audiobook] by Piper Kerman, read by Cassandra Campbell
2012 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 14 mins | 307.37MB

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424—one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules, where the uneasy relationship between prisoner and jailer is constantly and unpredictably recalibrated. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Orange Is the New Black offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison, why it is we lock so many away, and what happens to them when they're there.

Now an original comedy-drama series from Netflix, Piper's story is a fascinating, heartbreaking and often hilarious insight into life on the inside.

Window-box Allotment

Window-box Allotment
Window-box Allotment by Penelope Bennett
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 6.17/5.43MB

A revised, expanded and illustration edition of Penelope Bennett's popular guide to growing fruit, vegetables and herbs in a tiny space.

In a space that measures only 5 x 2.5m (16 x 8 ft), outside her kitchen window, high up on a London rooftop, Penelope Bennett cultivates a garden that includes artichokes, beans, peas, tomatoes, peppers, alpine strawberries, raspberries, herbs (and saffron), 31 kinds of potato and six different fruit trees. With Window-box Allotment as your guide you can make your outdoor space, however tiny, equally prolific. And as you learn how to do it you will be endlessly entertained.

Beginner's Illustrated Guide to Gardening

Beginner's Illustrated Guide to Gardening
Beginner's Illustrated Guide to Gardening: Techniques to Help You Get Started by Katie Elzer-Peters
2012 | EPUB | 115.08MB

Beginner's Illustrated Guide to Gardening is a one-stop, easy to understand, beautifully designed book with step-by-step instructions and photographs for every important gardening and landscaping technique. New homeowners with no prior knowledge of landscape care will learn how to turn their yards from weedy, overgrown patches to gorgeous landscapes that are the envy of their neighbors. Young gardeners or new gardeners will learn - the right way - how to take care of everything from perennials to shrubs to their vegetable gardens, ensuring success the first time around. This is the one book that every gardener should have on their bookshelf.

Trace Your Roots

Trace Your Roots
Trace Your Roots: Know Your Genealogy and Explore Your Family History by Maureen Vincent-Northam
2012 | EPUB | 12.52MB

Genealogy tips and advice to show you...

  • the most effective ways to begin researching your family's history
  • ways to read between the lines when tackling the civil resources
  • how to get the most from all of the parish records
  • which records to consult in order to delve deeper into your ancestors' past
  • that pidgin Latin can be fun!

This book is invaluable to all budding genealogists! Written by family history researcher, Maureen Vincent-Northam, it is full of tips on tracing your forebears, from gathering background evidence to deciphering old documents and records. With information on less well-known sources, advice on creating your own family archive and useful websites and addresses, your family tree will flourish!

The Hacienda

The Hacienda
The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club by Peter Hook
2009 | EPUB | 872.39KB

The Legendary musician and cofounder of Joy Division and New Order tells the whole story—the fun, the music, the vast loss of money, the legacy—of Manchester's most iconic nightclub

Peter Hook has been shaping the course of popular music for 30 years. He provided the propulsive bass guitar melodies of Love Will Tear Us Apart, as well as Blue Monday and many other songs. As co-owner of Manchester's Hacienda club, Hook propelled the rise of acid house in the late 1980s, then suffered through its violent fall in the 1990s as gangs, drugs, greed, and a hostile police force destroyed everything he and his friends had created. This is his memory of that era and it is far sadder, funnier, scarier, and stranger than anyone has imagined. As young and naive musicians, the members of New Order were thrilled when their record label Factory opened a club. Yet as their career escalated, they toured the world, and they had top 10 hits, their royalties were being ploughed into the Hacienda and they were only being paid £20 per week. As Peter Hook tells the story of that exciting and hilarious time, all the main characters appear—Tony Wilson, Barney, Shaun Ryder—and he tells it like it truly was—a rollercoaster of success, money, confusion, and true faith.

Anyone Who Had a Heart

Anyone Who Had a Heart
Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music by Burt Bacharach
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.07/1.23MB

In his memoir Anyone Who Had a Heart, Burt Bacharach, one of the greatest songwriters of all time, offers a frank and riveting account of his unparalleled life.

From his tumultuous marriages and the tragic suicide of his daughter, to his collaborations with Hal David, Carole Bayer Sager, Neil Diamond, Elvis Costello, and others, Bacharach details his long-lasting success as well as the never-before-told stories behind the hits.

Candid and emotional, and with 16 pages of color photographs, Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music is Burt Bacharach in his own words—a powerful and personal look at the award-winning songwriter and composer.

Rip It Up and Start Again

Rip It Up and Start Again
Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 by Simon Reynolds
2006 | EPUB + MOBI | 538.03/489.64KB

Rip It Up and Start Again is the first book-length exploration of the wildly adventurous music created in the years after punk. Renowned music journalist Simon Reynolds celebrates the futurist spirit of such bands as Joy Division, Gang of Four, Talking Heads, and Devo, which resulted in endless innovations in music, lyrics, performance, and style and continued into the early eighties with the video-savvy synth-pop of groups such as Human League, Depeche Mode, and Soft Cell, whose success coincided with the rise of MTV.

Full of insight and anecdotes and populated by charismatic characters, Rip It Up and Start Again re-creates the idealism, urgency, and excitement of one of the most important and challenging periods in the history of popular music.

Time Out of Mind: The Lives of Bob Dylan

Time Out of Mind: The Lives of Bob Dylan
Time Out of Mind: The Lives of Bob Dylan by Ian Bell
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 664.94KB/1.01MB

This is the second part of Dylan biography, first one is here.

By the middle of the 1970s, Bob Dylan's position as the pre-eminent artist of his generation was assured. The 1975 album Blood on the Tracks seemed to prove, finally, that an uncertain age had found its poet.

Perverse or driven, Dylan refused the role. By the decade's end, the counter-culture's poster child had embraced conservative, evangelical Christianity. Fans and critics alike were confused; many were aghast. Still the hits kept coming.

Then Dylan faltered. His instincts, formerly unerring, deserted him. In the 1980s, what had once appeared unthinkable came to pass: the 'voice of a generation' began to sound irrelevant, a tale told to grandchildren.

Yet in the autumn of 1997 something remarkable happened. Having failed to release a single new song in seven long years, Dylan put out the equivalent of two albums in a single package. He called it Time Out of Mind. So began the renaissance, artistic and personal, that culminated in 2012's acclaimed Tempest.

In the concluding volume of his groundbreaking study, Ian Bell explores the unparalleled second act in a quintessentially American career. It is a tale of redemption, of an act of creative will against the odds, and of a writer who refused to fade away.

Time Out of Mind is the story of the latest, perhaps the last, of the many Bob Dylans. This one might yet turn out to have been the most important of them all.

Decision Making and Action

Decision Making and Action
Decision Making and Action by Jean-Charles Pomerol
2012 | PDF | 5.55MB

Making a decision, of any importance, is never simple. On the one hand, specialists in decision theory do not come within the reach of most policy makers and, secondly, there are very few books on pragmatic decision that are not purely anecdotal. In addition, there is virtually no book that provides a link between decision-making and action.

This book provides a bridge between the latest results in artificial intelligence, neurobiology, psychology and decision-making for action. What is the role of intuition or emotion? What are the main psychological biases of which we must be wary? How can we avoid being manipulated? What is the proper use of planning? How can we remain rational even if one is not an expert in probabilities? Perhaps more importantly for managers, how does one go from decision to action? So many questions fundamental to the practice of decision-making are addressed.

This book dissects all issues that arise almost daily for decision-makers, at least for major decisions. Drawing on numerous examples, this book answers, in plain language and imagery, all your questions. The final chapter takes the form of a brief reminder - everything you have to remember to be a good decision-maker.

Hannibal and Me

Hannibal and Me
Hannibal and Me: What History's Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us About Success and Failure by Andreas Kluth
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 356.78/558.54KB

A dynamic and exciting way to understand success and failure, through the life of Hannibal, one of history's greatest generals.

The life of Hannibal, the Carthaginian general who crossed the Alps with his army in 218 B.C.E., is the stuff of legend. And the epic choices he and his opponents made-on the battlefield and elsewhere in life-offer lessons about responding to our victories and our defeats that are as relevant today as they were more than 2,000 years ago. A big new idea book inspired by ancient history, Hannibal and Me explores the truths behind triumph and disaster in our lives by examining the decisions made by Hannibal and others, including Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Ernest Shackleton, and Paul Cézanne-men and women who learned from their mistakes.

By showing why some people overcome failure and others succumb to it, and why some fall victim to success while others thrive on it, Hannibal and Me demonstrates how to recognize the seeds of success within our own failures and the threats of failure hidden in our successes. The result is a page-turning adventure tale, a compelling human drama, and an insightful guide to understanding behavior. This is essential reading for anyone who seeks to transform misfortune into success at work, at home, and in life.

Walk Like a Buddha

Walk Like a Buddha
Walk Like a Buddha: Even if Your Boss Sucks, Your Ex Is Torturing You, and You're Hungover Again by Lodro Rinzler
2013 | EPUB | 3.35MB

From the author of the best-selling Buddha Walks into a Bar . . ., tips for living with integrity, compassion, and happiness--from his popular Huffington Post advice column.

How can I be the person I want to be when I'm stuck in a job I hate? How is it possible to stay present in an era of nearly constant distractions? Can I pick someone up at a bar or club and still call myself spiritual?

This nitty-gritty guide to life for the spiritual-but-not-necessarily-religious uses Buddhist teachings to answer those burning questions and a host of others related to going out, relationships, work, and social action. Based on Lodro Rinzler's popular advice columns, Walk Like a Buddha offers wisdom that can be applied to just the sort of dilemmas that tend to arise for anyone making even a modest attempt to walk like a Buddha--that is, to live with honesty, wisdom, and compassion in the face of whatever life surprises you with.

The Buddha Walks into a Bar

The Buddha Walks into a Bar
The Buddha Walks into a Bar: A Guide to Life for a New Generation by Lodro Rinzler
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 255.03/368.7KB

The Buddha Walks into a Bar is a book for those who are spiritual but not religious, who are disillusioned by the state of the world, who are sick of their jobs (and just started last Tuesday), who like drinking beer and having sex and hate being preached at, who are striving to deepen their social interactions beyond the digital realms of Twitter and Facebook. This is Buddhism presented to a generation leaving the safe growth spurts of college and entering a turbulent and uncertain work force.

The Buddha Walks into a Bar is Buddhist teacher Lodro Rinzler's introduction to Buddhism for anyone who wants to ride the waves of life with mindfulness and compassion. You'll learn how to use meditation techniques to work with your own mind, how to manage the pervasive "Incredible Hulk Syndrome," how to relax into your life despite external pressures, and ultimately how you can start to bring light to a dark world.

Free Your Breath, Free Your Life

Free Your Breath, Free Your Life
Free Your Breath, Free Your Life: How Conscious Breathing Can Relieve Stress, Increase Vitality, and Help You Live More Fully by Dennis Lewis
2004 | PDF | 6.72MB

The way we breathe shapes every aspect of our lives. Unfortunately, "Few of us in today's stress-filled world breathe in a free, natural, and harmonious way," says Lewis. "Our mostly fast, constricted breathing undermines our physical, emotional, and spiritual health," and "reduces our capacity to sense, feel, think, and act in clear, sensitive, and effective ways."

To help remedy this situation, Lewis shows how breathing exercises really work. He does so by exploring the seven basic self-directed approaches to working with your breath: conscious breathing, controlled breathing, focused breathing, movement-supported breathing, position-supported breathing, touch-supported breathing, and sound-supported breathing. Within each of these approaches he offers a wealth of breathing practices and insights to help you open up the constrictions in your breathing, breathe with your whole body, and live with more presence and vitality in your everyday life. His emphasis throughout is on helping you to learn how to exhale more fully, to let go of everything that impedes the movements of your breath.

According to Lewis, we in the Western world don’t pay much attention to the way we breathe, but the world's great spiritual traditions all have practices of breath awareness. Lewis maintains that "the breath of life" is what truly connects the different dimensions of ourselves--body, mind, and spirit--and that through conscious breathing we can help transform not just our health but also the very way we live. Lewis explores in depth both the physical and spiritual aspects of how we breathe, and discusses the many ways that our self-image (including the clothes we wear, the way we exercise, and our sense of self-importance) shapes our breathing and our lives.

Many books on breathing have appeared in recent years, but Free Your Breath, Free Your Life is one of the rare few that does not take a one-size-fits-all approach. Lewis explores the basic principles of healthy, whole-body breathing in clear, simple language, with numerous illustrations, and offers a variety of safe exercises and practices for experiencing these principles firsthand. And just as important, Lewis shows how you can apply these principles in relation to your own specific physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, so that you can live a freer, fuller, more conscious life.

Natural Breathing [Audiobook]

Natural Breathing [Audiobook]
Natural Breathing: Teachings and Exercises for Health and Self-Transformation [Audiobook] by Dennis Lewis, read by the Author
2005 | M4A | 3 hours | 289.42MB

When Dennis Lewis sold his successful business, he was thoroughly exhausted and in chronic pain. So he began searching for the foundation of health: the breath of life itself.

With each breath, you take in approximately one million of the same atoms once breathed by Jesus, the Buddha, and everyone else who ever lived. This is why, teaches Dennis Lewis, breathing is much more than a personal activity. On Natural Breathing, Lewis shows you how to find "the world in your body" through a new awareness that begins with your next breath. This extraordinary journey of discovery starts with your own diaphragm (the "spiritual muscle") and guides you through transformative "selfsensing" exercises that bring you face-to-face with the miraculous energies of life itself. Natural Breathing distills the essence of Lewis' lifework, leading you step-by-step through your body, mind, and spirit to discover your own authentic breath.

Richly interlaced with powerful meditations and practices, this one-of-a-kind presentation will leave you breathing-and living-more fully than you ever thought possible.

Yoga Wisdom and Practice

Yoga Wisdom and Practice
Yoga Wisdom & Practice: For Health, Happiness and a Better World by B K S Iyengar
2009 | PDF | 30.09MB

Iyengar Yoga Wisdom & Practice is a practical and an inspiring anthology of Iyengar's insights into yoga, life and the path to peace and happiness. Yoga practice lies at the heart of the book, and it is illustrated with over 60 new step-by-step sequences of yoga postures specially shot in India and accompanied by Iyengar's illuminating observations on technique, their significance, and their benefits. This book not only presents Iyengar's practical advice on how to perform key yoga postures, but also draws on a wide range of other material taken from interviews and world lecture tours, to the many texts Iyengar has written about yoga and about his own life's journey.

Yoga: The Spirit And Practice of Moving into Stillness

Yoga: The Spirit And Practice of Moving into Stillness
Yoga: The Spirit And Practice of Moving into Stillness by Erich Schiffmann
2013 | EPUB | 10.91MB

World-renowned yoga master Erich Schiffmann now offers an easy-to-follow, exciting new technique - the first to combine hatha yoga and meditation - to all who are seeking healthful beauty and inner peace. Through simple instruction and essential illustrations, Yoga reveals more More...than one hundred poses and yoga routines for all levels of ability that will slow or even reverse aging, increase stamina and strength, and slim and tone the body; a complete program of meditation to promote self-realization, decrease stress, and promote creativity and love; yoga's secrets of stillness and movement that will enable you to radiate energy and feel an inner luminescence throughout your body; exercises that will awaken joy, allowing you to feel good about yourself and experience happiness; and techniques for mindful breathing and conscious physical immobility to wonderfully transform your perception of yourself and your world.

Discover how to feel balanced, centred, and coordinated, increase flexibility, eliminate pain, and become free of life's negativity through the spirit and practice of Yoga.

Mindful Movement

Mindful Movement
Mindful Movement: Mastering Your Hidden Energy by Sang H Kim
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.58/1.84MB

Mindful Movement: Mastering Your Hidden Energy is a guide to invigorating your internal Ki energy flow through a unique sequence of 12 movements (MBX-12) targeting the 12 meridian energy channels. MBX-12 brings together mindful movement and deep breathing to create an active form of moving meditation.

As you learn the exercises that make up the MBX-12 routine, you'll develop an understanding of the mindfulness practice principles of attention, centering and release. Sang H. Kim introduces the movements of MBX with step-by-step practice guidance, focal points, self-assessment criteria, wellness applications and detailed explanations of how mindful movement influences your inner energy flow. You'll also learn 13 MBX Mudras, symbolic hand movements that activate the 6 meridians in the hand and affect energy flow across the body.

Throughout the book, short readings introduce you to the four pillars of energy transformation: mindfulness, movement, breath, and meridians. For experienced mind-body practitioners, MBX-12 is an excellent supplement to other mindful movement practice such as Yoga, Taichi, and Qigong. MBX-12 integrates your moving body with your breath, redirects energy flow along the 12 meridians, and unites the mind with all in the present.

The Worry Cure

The Worry Cure
The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You by Robert L Leahy
2005 | EPUB | 5.05MB

You wish you didn't spend as much time worrying as you do, but you just can't seem to help it. Worrying feels like second nature. It's what helps you solve your problems and prevents you from making mistakes. It's what motivates you to be prepared--if you didn't worry, things might get out of hand. Worry protects you, prepares you, and keeps you safe.

Is it working? Or is it making you tense, tired, anxious, uncertain--and more worried?

For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Robert L. Leahy has successfully helped thousands of people defeat the worry that is holding them back. The Worry Cure is his new, comprehensive approach to help you identify, challenge, and overcome all types of worry, using the most recent research and his more than two decades of experience in treating patients.

This empowering seven-step program, including practical, easy-to-follow advice and techniques, will help you:

  • Determine your "worry profile" and change your patterns of worry
  • Identify productive and unproductive worry
  • Take control of time and eliminate the sense of urgency that keeps you anxious
  • Focus on new opportunities--not on your fear of failure
  • Embrace uncertainty instead of searching for perfect solutions
  • Stop the most common safety behaviors that you think make things better--but actually make things worse

Designed to address general worries as well as the unique issues surrounding some of the most common areas of worry--relationships, health, money, work, and the need for approval--The Worry Cure is for everyone, from the chronic worrier to the occasional ruminator. It's time to stop thinking you're "just a worrier" who can't change and start using the groundbreaking methods in The Worry Cure to achieve the healthier, more successful life you deserve.

The Positive Thinking Secret

The Positive Thinking Secret
The Positive Thinking Secret: How to Forget the Past, Smile at the Future and Laugh In the Face of Pain by Aaron Kennard
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 805.47KB/1.02MB
"All things have purpose, and I will find the good in everything that shows up in my life" - Aaron Kennard

WARNING: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK UNLESS YOU ARE READY TO START FEELING AMAZING EVERY DAY.

What would it be like to stop feeling blindsided by life?
To wake up feeling thrilled to be alive regardless of your circumstances?
To feel happy and at peace even when all hell is breaking loose around you?

You're about to discover the Positive Thinking Secret that will revolutionize your life by showing you how to increase the joy, happiness, and freedom you experience in your life starting today...and your life will never be the same.

Author Aaron Kennard exposes in frank and emotional detail how this secret revitalized his own life overnight, and then later sustained him with the peace, hope, & faith required to navigate torturous unimaginable pain and disease while feeling immense gratitude for it all. The Positive Thinking Secret has already helped many find greater freedom to enjoy life.

You're next.

More detail: What this book is, and what it is not:

  • The Positive Thinking Secret is a tool to remove discontentment & discouragement, and to provide hope and inspiration. Understanding the secret helps a person find happiness, meaning, and joy, regardless of the circumstances they face in life.
  • The Positive Thinking Secret is NOT a cure for autoimmune disease. It is a helping hand for the broken or downtrodden spirit. While it is possible this secret may aid in physical healing, that is not the point of this book.

This book is graphic and intense at times and contains a very detailed account of a year of the Author's life. Many of the chapters take you on a journey with sometimes intense details of the author's suffering through a debilitating auto-immune disease.

If you have a low tolerance for the harsh reality of the pain of disease, you may not be able to handle this book. The language is clean, but there are many details about a severe medical condition. The author gives a full, open, and honest account including journal entries and emails containing real-time thoughts that were happening through the process, and does not hold back his beliefs about God and spirituality. It also contains accounts of intense emotional suffering.

The people who love this book are those intrigued by a compelling and true story told straight from the heart of someone who was able to use the Positive Thinking Secret to find happiness and joy even in the midst of massive pain and adversity.

Everyone experiences adversity and pain, as well as times of pleasure and happiness.

This book will give you a fresh way of looking at ALL your experiences, which if applied, is sure to bring joy to your soul.

Ungifted

Ungifted
Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined by Scott Barry Kaufman
2013 | EPUB | 5.46MB

Child prodigies. Gifted and Talented Programs. Perfect 2400s on the SAT. Sometimes it feels like the world is conspiring to make the rest of us feel inadequate. Those children tapped as possessing special abilities will go on to achieve great things, while the rest of us have little chance of realizing our dreams. Right?

In Ungifted, cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman—who was relegated to special education as a child—sets out to show that the way we interpret traditional metrics of intelligence is misguided. Kaufman explores the latest research in genetics and neuroscience, as well as evolutionary, developmental, social, positive, and cognitive psychology, to challenge the conventional wisdom about the childhood predictors of adult success. He reveals that there are many paths to greatness, and argues for a more holistic approach to achievement that takes into account each young person’s personal goals, individual psychology, and developmental trajectory. In so doing, he increases our appreciation for the intelligence and diverse strengths of prodigies, savants, and late bloomers, as well as those with dyslexia, autism, schizophrenia, and ADHD.

Combining original research, anecdotes, and a singular compassion, Ungifted proves that anyone—even those without readily observable gifts at any single moment in time—can become great.

The Illustrated Easy Way to Stop Smoking

The Illustrated Easy Way to Stop Smoking
The Illustrated Easy Way to Stop Smoking: A Smoker's Guide to Just How Easy It Is to Quit by Allen Carr
2007 | EPUB | 6.54MB

In The Illustrated Easy Way to Stop Smoking, Allen Carr debunks the myths about smoking and shows you the way to beat your addiction. With the brilliant writing skills and illustrations of Bev Aisbett, Allen Carr’s international best-selling Easyway method is presented here in a truly refreshing, accessible, dynamic and enjoyable way.

This book comes with several guarantees:

  • You won’t feel like you’re being lectured or talked down to.
  • There are no scare tactics and no gimmicks.
  • You won’t feel deprived and you won’t miss smoking.
  • No method in the world has proved more successful than this one.

Allen Carr’s Easyway has helped millions of smokers to quit and it can help you, too.

How to Lose Your Virginity

How to Lose Your Virginity
How to Lose Your Virginity (and how not to): Shocking, Humorous, Dangerous, Sweet and Scandalous Stories of the First Time
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.74/2.57MB

Whether stud or dud, hot dish or cold fish, you’re never the same after you first “do the deed.” But how wild, weird, or earth shattering was it for your neighbor, the person next to you on the bus, or your dentist? In How to Lose Your Virginity… and How Not To, compiled from 1,000 face-to-face interviews across North America, Shawn Wickens makes us transfixed voyeurs in scores of others’ seminal “coming” of age moments.

From Kelsie Testa in Jerk Magazine: "A compilation of shocking yet heartwarming tales of orifices, secretions, and vulgarity that pleasantly ends in an orgasm. From condom follies to mixed-race orgies, Wickens proves that no formula exists when it comes to this seminal and 'ground-breaking' event…
One central message remains the same for all of these first-timers: losing your virginity is weird and exhilarating, whether you lost it with your middle-school bus driver named Frank at age 13 or you waited until marriage."

Featured in the New York Daily News, The Huffington Post and Jezebel.com. Breakthru Radio calls How to Lose Your Virginity, "...an entertaining and enlightening read for virgins and non-virgins alike."

Sugar in My Bowl

Sugar in My Bowl
Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write About Real Sex edited by Erica Jong
2011 | EPUB | 3.48MB

When it comes to sex, what do women want? In this eye-opening and courageous collection, Erica Jong reveals that every woman has her own answer. Susan Cheever talks about the “excruciating hazards of casual sex,” while Gail Collins recounts her Catholic upbringing in Cincinnati and the nuns who passionately forbade her from having “carnal relations.” In “Everything Must Go,” Jennifer Weiner explores how, in love, the body can play just as big a role as the heart. The octogenarians in Karen Abbott’s sharp-eyed piece possess a passion that could give Betty White a run for her money. Molly Jong-Fast reflects on her unconventional upbringing and why a whole generation of young women have rejected “free love” in favor of Bugaboo strollers and Mommy-and-me yoga. Sex, it turns out, can be as fleeting, heavy, mundane, and intense as the rest of life. Indeed, Jong states in her powerful introduction “the truth is—sex is life.”

Kama Sutra by Vatsyayana

Kama Sutra by Vatsyayana
Kama Sutra: A Guide to the Art of Pleasure by Vatsyayana, translated by A N D Haksar
2011 | EPUB | 3.07MB

The word 'kama' means the desire for sensual pleasure in Sanskrit, and was considered an essential part of the well-rounded education of a young, urbane gentleman. Treating pleasure as an art, Kama Sutra is a handbook covering every aspect of love and relationships. Its seven sections are devoted to the social life, courtship and marriage, extra-marital relations, the conduct of courtesans and prescriptions for enhancing attractiveness, as well as systematic, detailed instruction on sex.

This new edition of Kama Sutra casts it in a new light, taking it away from the well-worn image of an erotic, Oriental curiosity. This clear, accurate translation conveys all the original flavour and feel of this elegant, intimate and hugely enjoyable work; a masterpiece of pithy description and a wry account of human desires and foibles.

Blow Her Mind

Blow Her Mind
Blow Her Mind: His Illustrated Guide to Orgasmic Oral Sex by Melinda Holmes
2013 | EPUB | 3.57MB

Do you want to be a master of REAL lovemaking?
To be the man that women orgasm over just thinking about?
Do you wonder why the guys who get the hottest chicks often look like dweebs?
HOW DO THEY DO IT??

They know something that you don’t – but might have suspected. It’s not the "organ" you think that captivates "10s". Now you can learn from the renowned erotic author, Melinda Holmes, WHAT EVERY WOMAN KNOWS, BUT WON’T TELL YOU – how to satisfy and captivate her with your tongue!

In a dramatic and sexy format, full of real life examples, Melinda turns losers at love into World Champion lovers, revealing to the reader the easy to follow techniques that lead to a long line of women panting to feel you inside them – or just bringing a tender, grateful smile to the face of that one, special woman. This sexy, fun and hot HOW-TO guide blows all others off the book racks!

Millions of men want to be sure that when their partner says, "Yes, I came," she’s saying it with the flush of a real orgasm on her face, and the weak knees of a woman who’s just experienced something that she’d only suspected could exist. Don’t live with uncertainty. Join the happy men who know that their partner will never look elsewhere!

Melinda brings every man that one lifeline to a lasting relationship, the path to a satisfying love life, with the one book that can result in a bursting-with-happiness partnership with your lady (or ladies!)

Melinda Holmes is the pseudonym of a best-selling authoress with numerous awards and popular acclaim for the quality and popularity of her erotic fiction and non-fiction.

In this guide, this bestselling erotic author teaches you to:

  • Discover EXACTLY which parts of a woman’s body give you and your partner the most "bang for the buck" – and why you need to be smart about how you treat them.
  • Learn why you BOTH need to address the issue of hair down there – and why YOURS might be a bigger turnoff than hers!
  • Understand how and why women are built for marathons, and men for sprints – and how to fix that.
  • Master the numerous amazing techniques of erotic arts professionals, including the famous "Venus Butterfly."
  • Learn the many different positions which will delight your woman and cause her to COME BACK FOR MORE!
  • Become a better, more thoughtful and communicative lover, and why this is what she really, REALLY wants!

And much, MUCH more – discover the exciting lessons in the techniques and methods of an intimate oral experience for you and your partner, and the mind-blasting orgasms that result, from the extensive experiences and mind of a woman who knows EXACTLY how to receive AND give the best of cunnilingus – and isn’t shy in talking about it.

Start your incredible journey to success and happiness NOW!

The Anal Sex Position Guide

The Anal Sex Position Guide
The Anal Sex Position Guide: The Best Positions for Easy, Exciting, Mind-Blowing Pleasure by Tristan Taormino
2009 | PDF | 35.22MB

Often considered the most intimate (and intimidating!) of sexual activities, anal sex is gaining mainstream acceptance as the ultimate in alternative intercourse. This guide takes the fear factor out of anal sex and shows heterosexual couples the best positions for pain-free pleasure. Introductory material which will discuss how to experience anal sex safely and pleasurably, hygiene and safety, bringing up the topic with a partner, and the use of sex toys and accessories. Subsequent chapters will be position-specific: positions for first-timers; positions to spice up your repertoire; and advanced positions.

Slow Sex: The Path to Fulfilling and Sustainable Sexuality

Slow Sex: The Path to Fulfilling and Sustainable Sexuality
Slow Sex: The Path to Fulfilling and Sustainable Sexuality by Diana Richardson
2011 | EPUB | 3.15MB

A revolutionary practice for couples to enhance sexuality and reach higher states of consciousness.

  • How to make sex a conscious decision, not an accidental encounter
  • Discusses how slowness increases sensitivity and awakens the body’s innate mechanism for ecstasy
  • Reveals how sexuality can be sustainable and enjoyable well into old age

While fast, hot, orgasm-driven sex can bring momentary satisfaction, in the long run it can become boring and mechanical, causing many couples to lose interest and stop making time for physical intimacy. The first step to revive a waning sex life or make a healthy one more fulfilling, says author Diana Richardson, is to make sex a conscious decision rather than an accidental encounter. Focusing on eye contact, subtle sensations, and deep breathing, Diana’s practice of slow sex awakens the body’s innate mechanism for ecstasy, unlocking the door to extraordinary realms of sensitivity, sensuality, and higher consciousness.

Exploring the healing, spiritual power of slow sex, this book offers a step-by-step guide for committed couples to transform sex into a meditative, loving union of complementary energies. It explains how slow sex increases sensitivity and sexual vitality and how, because it creates and restores love, slow sex is loving sex. With a focus on coolness rather than heat, this practice provides couples a way to reach a shared meditative state and use it as a vehicle to achieve higher consciousness. Illustrating different positions for eye contact, deep sustained penetration, and soft penetration, this book reveals that sex truly can be sustainable and enjoyable well into old age.

Mastering Multiple Position Sex

Mastering Multiple Position Sex
Mastering Multiple Position Sex: Mind-Blowing Lovemaking Techniques That Create Unforgettable Orgasms by Eric Marlowe Garrison
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.12/2.78MB

Mastering Multiple Position Sex takes the traditional sex manual a step further by outlining entire bedroom scenarios, from seduction to sexplay to positions, including the transitions in between. Both partners learn what to do, how to do it, and what to do next--eliminating any awkward or disappointing moments and creating the sexual tension that leads to amazing climaxes. Each of the 14 scenarios has a different theme, and features one method of foreplay, two sex positions, and the buildup to mutual pleasure. Each chapter is accompanied by instructive and eye-catching Quiver photography.

365 Sex Thrills

365 Sex Thrills
365 Sex Thrills: Positions, Tricks and Techniques for an Erotic Year by Lisa Sweet
2013 | PDF | 116.33MB

SPICE UP EVERY NIGHT OF THE YEAR WITH 365 SEX THRILLS. . .
offering everything from sizzling new positions and orgasmic sex-toy play to kinky foreplay to set the mood. Open to a page, any page, and you’ll light the fire.

  • Take the naughty out of the bedroom and into the boardroom with Desk Duty
  • Introduce some sizzling foreplay—removing everything piece by piece—to let the fire burn red hot with Slow Strip
  • Who’s been a bad girl? Tie her up for a little light S&M with The Windsor
  • Get wet and wild under the water with Shower Your Senses

Inside Seka

Inside Seka
Inside Seka: The Platinum Princess of Porn by Seka with Kery Zukus
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.45/14.61MB

Seka—The Platinum Princess, the Marilyn Monroe of Porn, the queen of XXX cinema’s Golden Age, and John Holmes’ favorite leading lady. Seka is a legendary performer in the annals of adult cinema, and many would say the greatest. Seka’s name was so big in XXX that her name above the title was not enough—her name had to be in the title!

Seka’s real life story, though, is as enigmatic as her screen persona. She was never a victim—on-screen or off. This is no tale of remorse, abuse, or self-destructive behavior. Seka was post-feminist before the term was born. Inside Seka is the story of a survivor, a trailblazer, and an icon—still one of the most popular and famous porn stars ever; the last of the natural beauties.

God's Callgirl

God's Callgirl
God's Callgirl by Carla van Raay
2010 | EPUB | 1.64MB

At the age of 18, Carla van Raay entered a convent to devote her life to God. By 35 she was earning her living as a prostitute.

As a child, Carla van Raay experienced a trauma that changed her forever. Burdened by the weight of this terrible secret, all she wanted to do was survive. Life as a nun promised refuge from the outside world. Carla hoped to find love and understanding within the convent walls. Instead she became enmeshed in a complex system of regulations that drove her to the brink of madness. Finally released from her vows, she escaped back into the 'real' world. A hasty marriage and separation left Carla with a daughter to support. With few professional skills to rely on from her years as a nun, she turned to another age old profession - prostitution.

She worked as an escort to learn the ropes, then struck out on her own, setting up a massage service. God's Callgirl was born. When eventually the seamier side of the business began to assert itself, Carla embarked on a journey to uncover the dark secret of her past. A true story of religion, abuse, prostitution & recovery.