The Unfolding of Language [PDF]

The Unfolding of Language [PDF]
The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention by Guy Deutscher
2006 | PDF | 4.16MB

Blending the spirit of Eats, Shoots & Leaves with the science of The Language Instinct, an original inquiry into the development of that most essential-and mysterious-of human creations: Language.

Language is mankind's greatest invention-except, of course, that it was never invented." So begins linguist Guy Deutscher's enthralling investigation into the genesis and evolution of language. If we started off with rudimentary utterances on the level of "man throw spear," how did we end up with sophisticated grammars, enormous vocabularies, and intricately nuanced degrees of meaning?

Drawing on recent groundbreaking discoveries in modern linguistics, Deutscher exposes the elusive forces of creation at work in human communication, giving us fresh insight into how language emerges, evolves, and decays. He traces the evolution of linguistic complexity from an early "Me Tarzan" stage to such elaborate single-word constructions as the Turkish sehirlilestiremediklerimizdensiniz ("you are one of those whom we couldn't turn into a town dweller"). Arguing that destruction and creation in language are intimately entwined, Deutscher shows how these processes are continuously in operation, generating new words, new structures, and new meanings.

As entertaining as it is erudite, The Unfolding of Language moves nimbly from ancient Babylonian to American idiom, from the central role of metaphor to the staggering triumph of design that is the Semitic verb, to tell the dramatic story and explain the genius behind a uniquely human faculty.

Zen Culture [EPUB]

Zen Culture [EPUB]
Zen Culture: How Zen has Influenced Art, Architecture, Literature, Sports, Ceramics, Theatre by Thomas Hoover
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.0/1.19MB

Anyone who examines the Zen arts is immediately struck by how modern they seem. The ceramics of 16th-century Zen artists could be interchanged with the rugged pots of our own contemporary crafts movement; ancient calligraphies suggest the monochromes of Franz Kline or Willem de Kooning; the apparent nonsense and illogic of Zen parables (and No theater and Haiku poetry) established the limitations of language long before the theater of the absurd; 400-year-old Zen architecture seems to be a copy of modern design ideas such as modular space and a California marriage of house and garden.

Zen values experiencing things over analyzing them. Perhaps if we can take the power of direct perception, sharpened by the devices of Zen art, back to everyday activities, we will find a beauty in common objects that we previously ignored.

Japanese Proverbs: Wit and Wisdom [EPUB]

Japanese Proverbs: Wit and Wisdom [EPUB]
Japanese Proverbs: Wit and Wisdom by David Galef
2012 | EPUB | 19.81MB

This is a collection of 200 Japanese proverbs with illustrations and explanations for each saying.

Go beyond speaking Japanese–peek into the soul of Japan. Japanese Proverbs: Wit and Wisdom is a delightfully illustrated compilation of traditional Japanese proverbs and sayings. Some of the classic Japanese quotes and quotations, like "Fall down seven times, get up eight", capture the dogged perseverance of the Japanese heart. Others, such as "A red lacquer dish needs no decoration" illuminate both a universal truth and Japan's unique, esthetic traditions. Japanese Proverbs: Wit and Wisdom has proverbs of great cultural significance as well as proverbs on matters of daily life and customs.

Pleasing to expert and new-comer alike, the 200 traditional proverbs in this unique collection are presented in Japanese script (kana and kanji) and romanized (romaji) form, along with direct English translations. Similar proverbs are given from English, and the sumi-e style ink drawings are a delight in their own right.

You'll speak Japanese with the verve and nuance of a native when you use these apt and witty expressions.

First As Tragedy, Then As Farce [EPUB]

First As Tragedy, Then As Farce [EPUB]
First As Tragedy, Then As Farce by Slavoj Zizek
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 626.48/559.34KB

Billions of dollars have been hastily poured into the global banking system in a frantic attempt at financial stabilization. So why has it not been possible to bring the same forces to bear in addressing world poverty and environmental crisis?

In this take-no-prisoners analysis, Slavoj Žižek frames the moral failures of the modern world in terms of the epoch-making events of the first decade of this century. What he finds is the old one-two punch of history: the jab of tragedy, the right hook of farce. In the attacks of 9/11 and the global credit crunch, liberalism dies twice: as a political doctrine and as an economic theory.

First as Tragedy, Then as Farce is a call for the Left to reinvent itself in the light of our desperate historical situation. The time for liberal, moralistic blackmail is over.

The Virtue of Selfishness [EPUB]

The Virtue of Selfishness [EPUB]
The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand
1964 | EPUB | 2.57MB

Ayn Rand here sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, the philosophy that holds man's life--the life proper to a rational being--as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with man's nature, with the creative requirements of his survival, and with a free society.

Mindhacker [EPUB +]

Mindhacker [EPUB +]
Mindhacker: 60 Tips, Tricks, and Games to Take Your Mind to the Next Level by Ron Hale-Evans, Marty Hale-Evans
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.27/2.86MB

Compelling tips and tricks to improve your mental skills

Don't you wish you were just a little smarter? Ron and Marty Hale-Evans can help with a vast array of witty, practical techniques that tune your brain to peak performance. Founded in current research, Mindhacker features 60 tips, tricks, and games to develop your mental potential. This accessible compilation helps improve memory, accelerate learning, manage time, spark creativity, hone math and logic skills, communicate better, think more clearly, and keep your mind strong and flexible.

Hacks include:

  • Remember to Remember
  • Build a Memory Dungeon
  • Mix Up Your Facts
  • Space Your Repetitions
  • Recall Long-Ago Events
  • Establish Your Canon
  • Write in Your Books
  • Read at Speed
  • Learn by Teaching
  • Play the Learning Game
  • Pretend You’re a Grad Student
  • Study Kid Stuff
  • Polyspecialize
  • Integrate Your Interests
  • Sift Your Ideas
  • Ask the Hive Mind
  • Write Magnificent Notes
  • Keep a Mental Datebook
  • Tell Time Who’s Boss
  • Meet MET
  • Get Control of Yourself
  • Locate Lost Items
  • Huffman-Code Your Life
  • Knock Off Work
  • Manifest Yourself
  • Woo the Muse of the Odd
  • Seek Bad Examples
  • Turn a Job into a Game
  • Scrumble for Glory
  • Salvage a Vintage Hack
  • Mine the Future
  • Dare to Do No Permanent Damage
  • Make Happy Mistakes
  • Don’t Know What You’re Doing
  • Ratchet
  • Roll the Mental Dice
  • Abduct Your Conclusions
  • Think Clearly about Simple Errors
  • Notate Personally
  • Notate Wisely
  • Engineer Your Results
  • Enter the Third Dimension
  • Enter the Fourth Dimension
  • Spell It Out
  • Read Lips
  • Emote Precisely
  • Streamline Your Shorthand
  • Communicate Multimodally
  • Mediate Your Environment
  • Acquire a Taste
  • Try Something New Daily
  • Metabehave Yourself
  • Train Your Fluid Intelligence
  • Think, Try, Learn
  • Take the One-Question IQ Test
  • Cultivate Beginner’s Mind
  • Take a Semantic Pause
  • Retreat and Reboot
  • Get Used to Losing
  • Trust Your Intelligence (and Everyone Else’s)

Sway [EPUB]

Sway [EPUB]+
Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior by Ori Brafman, Rom Brafman
2009 | EPUB | 0.64MB

A fascinating journey into the hidden psychological influences that derail our decision-making, Sway will change the way you think about the way you think.

Why is it so difficult to sell a plummeting stock or end a doomed relationship? Why do we listen to advice just because it came from someone “important”? Why are we more likely to fall in love when there’s danger involved? In Sway, renowned organizational thinker Ori Brafman and his brother, psychologist Rom Brafman, answer all these questions and more.

Drawing on cutting-edge research from the fields of social psychology, behavioral economics, and organizational behavior, Sway reveals dynamic forces that influence every aspect of our personal and business lives, including loss aversion (our tendency to go to great lengths to avoid perceived losses), the diagnosis bias (our inability to reevaluate our initial diagnosis of a person or situation), and the “chameleon effect” (our tendency to take on characteristics that have been arbitrarily assigned to us).

Sway introduces us to the Harvard Business School professor who got his students to pay $204 for a $20 bill, the head of airline safety whose disregard for his years of training led to the transformation of an entire industry, and the football coach who turned conventional strategy on its head to lead his team to victory. We also learn the curse of the NBA draft, discover why interviews are a terrible way to gauge future job performance, and go inside a session with the Supreme Court to see how the world’s most powerful justices avoid the dangers of group dynamics.

Every once in a while, a book comes along that not only challenges our views of the world but changes the way we think. In Sway, Ori and Rom Brafman not only uncover rational explanations for a wide variety of irrational behaviors but also point readers toward ways to avoid succumbing to their pull.

The Blind Giant [EPUB]+

The Blind Giant [EPUB]+
The Blind Giant: Being Human in a Digital World by Nick Harkaway
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 338.4/698.44KB

Nick Harkaway, author of Angelmaker, presents a rousing and energizing look at how we can meaningfully and constructively engage with technology—creating an essential handbook for anyone trying to be human in a digital age.

Some say our devices will lead us to ruin: isolating us from our neighbors, warping communication, delivering an unregulated flood of information that will destroy our humanity. Some say they will be our salvation: enabling global communication and social engagement, putting all the world’s facts at our fingertips, and erasing the barriers that divide us, bringing out the best qualities of humanity.

In The Blind Giant, novelist and blogger Nick Harkaway takes us on a lucid, insightful and personal tour of how we live our lives in our technology-obsessed culture. A self-described “missing link” between the pre-Internet generation and the “digital natives” who have grown up with technology, Nick is an enthusiastic guide to digital culture who weaves together examples from literature, psychology, neurology, sociology, history, and his own life while exploring the hazards and joys of the human-machine relationship. In the final analysis, whether we meaningfully engage with the machines we have created, or risk living in a world which is designed to serve computers and corporations rather than people, this book is a must-read for anyone concerned with our digital future.

Being Digital [Audiobook]

Being Digital [Audiobook]
Being Digital [Audiobook] by Nicholas Negroponte, read by Penn Jillette
2009 | MP3@192 kbps | 1 hour 12 mins | 100.12MB

As the founder of MIT's Media Lab and a popular columnist for Wired, Nicholas Negroponte has amassed a following of dedicated readers. Negroponte's fans will want to get a copy of Being Digital, which is an edited version of the 18 articles he wrote for Wired about "being digital."

Negroponte's text is mostly a history of media technology rather than a set of predictions for future technologies. In the beginning, he describes the evolution of CD-ROMs, multimedia, hypermedia, HDTV (high-definition television), and more. The section on interfaces is informative, offering an up-to-date history on visual interfaces, graphics, virtual reality (VR), holograms, teleconferencing hardware, the mouse and touch-sensitive interfaces, and speech recognition.

In the last chapter and the epilogue, Negroponte offers visionary insight on what "being digital" means for our future. Negroponte praises computers for their educational value but recognizes certain dangers of technological advances, such as increased software and data piracy and huge shifts in our job market that will require workers to transfer their skills to the digital medium. Overall, Being Digital provides an informative history of the rise of technology and some interesting predictions for its future.

Angelmaker [Audiobook]+

Angelmaker [Audiobook]+
Angelmaker [Audiobook] by Nick Harkaway, read by Daniel Weyman
2012 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 18 hrs 10 mins | 499.78MB

From the acclaimed author of The Gone-Away World - a new riveting action spy thriller, blistering gangster noir, and howling absurdist comedy: a propulsively entertaining tale about a mobster's son and a retired secret agent who are forced to team up to save the world.

All Joe Spork wants is a quiet life. He repairs clockwork and lives above his shop in a wet, unknown bit of London. The bills don't always get paid and he's single and has no prospects of improving his lot, but at least he's not trying to compete with the reputation of Mathew "Tommy Gun" Spork, his infamous criminal dad.

Edie Banister lives quietly and wishes she didn't. She's nearly ninety and remembers when she wasn't. She's a former superspy and now she's... well... old. Worse yet, the things she fought to save don't seem to exist anymore, and she's beginning to wonder if they ever did.

When Joe fixes one particularly unusual device, his life is suddenly upended.

The client is one Edie Banister. And the device? It's a 1950s doomsday machine. And having triggered it, Joe now faces the wrath of both the government and a diabolical South Asian dictator, Edie's old arch-nemesis. With Joe's once-quiet world now populated with mad monks, psychopathic serial killers, scientific geniuses and threats to the future of conscious life in the universe, he realises that the only way to survive is to muster the courage to fight, help Edie complete a mission she gave up years ago, and pick up his father's old gun....

The Gone-Away World [Audiobook]+

The Gone-Away World [Audiobook]+
The Gone-Away World [Audiobook] by Nick Harkaway, read by Kirby Heyborne
2008 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 24 hrs 27 mins | 672.13MB

A wildly entertaining debut novel, introducing a bold new voice that combines antic humor (think Joseph Heller and Kurt Vonnegut) with a stunning futuristic vision (á la A Clockwork Orange and 1984, with a little Mad Max thrown in) to give us an electrifyingly original tale of love, friendship and the apocalypse.

There couldn’t be a fire along the Jorgmund Pipe. It was the last thing the world needed. But there it was, burning bright on national television. The Pipe was what kept the Livable Zone safe from the bandits, monsters and nightmares the Go Away War had left in its wake. The fire was a very big problem.

Enter Gonzo Lubitsch and his friends, the Haulage & HazMat Emergency Civil Freebooting Company, a team of master troubleshooters who roll into action when things get particularly hot. They helped build the Pipe. Now they have to preserve it—and save humanity yet again. But this job is not all it seems. It will touch more closely on Gonzo’s life, and that of his best friend, than either of them can imagine. And it will decide the fate of the Gone-Away World.

Equal parts raucous adventure, comic odyssey, geek nirvana and ultracool epic, The Gone-Away World is a story of—among other things—pirates, war, mimes, greed and ninjas. But it is also the story of a world, not unlike our own, in desperate need of heroes—however unlikely they may seem.

A Life in Pictures [EPUB]

A Life in Pictures [EPUB]
A Life in Pictures by Alasdair Gray
2011 | EPUB | 86.14MB

The autobiography in words and pictures of the fascinating and acclaimed author of Lanark, a key figure in postmodern art Alasdair Gray is known throughout the world for his writing, but he is also a highly regarded artist who not only illustrates and designs his own books, but has created many beautiful and intriguing portraits, paintings, posters, and murals. Alasdair started painting and writing from an early age, and in his seventies he's still vigorously doing both. In this autopictography he gathers together the work that has mattered most to him over the years, and weaves the story of his life through and around these pictures in his own unmistakable style.

A beautifully and copiously illustrated book, designed by himself, this is life as seen by one of the millennium's most entertaining and wry creative geniuses.

Drawing Made Easy: Dragons & Fantasy [EPUB]

Drawing Made Easy: Dragons & Fantasy [EPUB]
Drawing Made Easy: Dragons & Fantasy: Unleash your creative beast as you conjure up dragons, fairies, ogres, and other fantastic creatures by Kythera of Anevern
2009 | EPUB | 16.53MB

Drawing fire-breathing beasts and mysterious, magical creatures has never been so much fun—or so easy! In this 64-page how-to-draw book, fantasy artist Kythera of Anevern demonstrates how to draw dragons, fairies, ogres, merfolk, and everything in between! Readers will discover in-depth tips and techniques for drawing textures such as fur, hair, scales, and teeth, as well as features like tails, wings, talons, hooves, and horns. With a wealth of fanciful drawings and in-depth instruction on re-creating extraordinary creatures in graphite, this book is ideal for anyone who is fascinated by the fantastic.

Draw the Draw 50 Way [EPUB]

Draw the Draw 50 Way [EPUB]
Draw the Draw 50 Way: How to Draw Cats, Puppies, Horses, Buildings, Birds, Aliens, Boats, Trains, and Everything Else Under the Sun by Lee J Ames
2012 | EPUB | 21.73MB

This title is aimed at age 12 years and upwards. For more than thirty years, the bestselling "Draw 50" series has shown kids and aspiring artists alike to create everything from puppies to aircraft, horses to skyscrapers and aliens to racing cars. In this latest addition to the beloved series, Lee Ames shows how to draw sixty of his most popular drawings step by step. His clear instructions help budding artists learn the basic movements and procedures of drawing, allowing readers to explore their interests in a fun, familiar and easy-to-master way.

Draw 50 Vehicles [EPUB]

Draw 50 Vehicles [EPUB]
Draw 50 Vehicles: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Speedboats, Spaceships, Fire Trucks, and Many More by Lee J Ames
2012 | EPUB | 22.74MB

Includes sections from two of the most popular Lee Ames titles: Draw 50 Boats, Ships, Trucks & Trains and Draw 50 Airplanes.

Draw 50 Monsters [EPUB]

Draw 50 Monsters [EPUB]
Draw 50 Monsters: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Creeps, Superheroes, Demons, Dragons, Nerds, Ghouls, Giants, Vampires, Zombies, and Other Scary Creatures by Lee J Ames
2012 | EPUB | 28.41MB

A wild and wacky collection of monsters and other fantastic creatures awaits you in this book, and by following simple, step-by-step instructions, you can draw each and every one of them, from the Bride of Frankenstein to Sasquatch.

Start by gathering your equipment. You will need paper, medium and soft pencils, and a kneaded eraser (available at art supply stores). You may also wish to have on hand India ink, a fine brush or pen, and a compass.

Draw 50 Famous Cartoons [EPUB]

Draw 50 Famous Cartoons [EPUB]
Draw 50 Famous Cartoons: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Your Favorite Classic Cartoon Characters by Lee J Ames
2012 | EPUB | 21.82MB

A barrel of laughs is what aspiring cartoonists of all ages will have while they learn to draw their favorite characters from the funny pages.

Draw 50 Magical Creatures [EPUB]

Draw 50 Magical Creatures [EPUB]
Draw 50 Magical Creatures: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Unicorns, Elves, Cherubs, Trolls, and Many More by Lee J Ames
2013 | EPUB | 39.42MB

Learn to Draw 50 Magical Creatures

Draw 50 Magical Creatures teaches aspiring artists how to draw with ease by following simple, step-by-step instructions. Acclaimed author and illustrator Lee J. Ames shows you how to draw an enchanting variety of mystical creatures and legendary beasts, including a stately centaur, a frightening Cyclops, a playful fairy, a bashful mermaid, and so much more.

Lee J. Ames’s drawing method has proven successful for children and adults alike over the past thirty years. The thirty books in the Draw 50 series have more than five million copies in print and have shown everyone from amateurs to experts how to draw everything from animals to airplanes.

Even the youngest artists can make these mythical beasts look great. It’s easy when you do it the Draw 50 way.

Draw 50 Sharks, Whales, and Other Sea Creatures [EPUB]

Draw 50 Sharks, Whales, and Other Sea Creatures [EPUB]
Draw 50 Sharks, Whales, and Other Sea Creatures: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Great White Sharks, Killer Whales, Barracudas, Seahorses, Seals, and More by Lee J Ames
2012 | EPUB | 26.48MB

Lee Ames, together with Warren Budd, present 50 inhabitants of the deep in step-by-step sketches. Includes no less than 11 kinds of sharks and 13 animals of the whale family.

Draw 50 Horses [EPUB]

Draw 50 Horses [EPUB]
Draw 50 Horses: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Broncos, Arabians, Thoroughbreds, Dancers, Prancers, and Many More by Lee J Ames
2012 | EPUB | 10.55MB

Arabians, Pintos, Morgans and Clydesdales: jumping, bucking, rearing, grazing and kicking -- all are in this collection of 50 drawings.

Start by fathering your equipment. You will need paper, medium and/or soft pencils, and a kneaded eraser (available at art supply stores). You might also wish to use India ink, a fine brush or pen, or perhaps a fine pointed felt-tip or ball-point pen.

Draw 50 Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals [EPUB]

Draw 50 Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals [EPUB]
Draw 50 Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Tyrannosauruses, Woolly Mammoths, and Many More by Lee J Ames
2012 | EPUB | 17.67MB

The tyrannosaurus rex, brachiosaurus, triceratops and moa burst out in terrifying splendor to the delight of all dinosaur fans. With a foreword by George Zappler, Director of the Staten Island Zoological Society.

Draw 50 Animals [EPUB]

Draw 50 Animals [EPUB]
Draw 50 Animals: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Elephants, Tigers, Dogs, Fish, Birds, and Many More by Lee J Ames
2012 | EPUB | 12.72MB

If you are looking for an easy and non-specific drawing book about animals, this is the one. It has a wide range of them, from birds to insects, from wild felines to cute pets and farm animals. I would say this book is a great starting point for anyone who is interested in drawing but doesn't know any techniques or doesn't feel capable - yet - of drawing animals instantly.

Draw 50 Animals uses the step-by-step method and is very easy to follow. You start with simple lines and shapes, and little by little you turn them into the animal which you thought you would never be able to draw. The result is really amazing, and a great self-esteem increaser for beginners (at least for me it was!). This book is sure to please anyone who uses it and anyone who sees the result of using it!

Draw 50 Airplanes, Aircraft, and Spacecraft [EPUB]

Draw 50 Airplanes, Aircraft, and Spacecraft [EPUB]
Draw 50 Airplanes, Aircraft, and Spacecraft: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw World War II Fighter Planes, Modern Jets, Space Capsules, and Much More by Lee J Ames
2012 | EPUB | 15.0MB

Targeted at young aspiring artists seeking to develop their technical skills and build a repertoire of subjects, particularly those relating to aircraft.

Acclaimed author Lee J. Ames shows readers how to draw a range of aircraft with a comprehensive, step-by-step approach. His distinctive drawing method has proven to be successful for children and adults alike over the past 30 years, and has shown artists of the beginner to advanced level, how to draw everything from animals to airplanes. The reissued Draw 50 series puts a fresh spin on an old favorite.

The Rough Guide to First-Time Around The World [EPUB]

The Rough Guide to First-Time Around The World [EPUB]
The Rough Guide to First-Time Around The World by Doug Lansky
2013 | EPUB | 53.28MB

Planning a trip around the world? The Rough Guide First-Time Around the World is loaded with the very latest travel information, from visas and insurance to vaccinations and round-the-world tickets.

This book will help you design the best possible trip, with tips on using your phone abroad and guidance on which websites, apps, and travel agencies to use to get the best deals and advice. You'll find insightful information on what to pack and which festivals not to miss, how to stay safe and--perhaps most important--how to get under the skin of a place and meet the locals in a natural way.

As well as an inspirational, full-color, "things not to miss" section, the guide includes regional profiles and maps to help you plan your route and plenty of practical advice to help you save money. The Rough Guide First-Time Around the World has everything you need to make your trip as enriching and memorable as it should be.

Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide First-Time Around the World.

Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan [EPUB]

Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan [EPUB]
Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan by Rajiv Chandrasekaran
2012 | EPUB | 5.78MB

From the award-winning author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City, a riveting, intimate account of America’s troubled war in Afghanistan.

When President Barack Obama ordered the surge of troops and aid to Afghanistan, Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran followed. He found the effort sabotaged not only by Afghan and Pakistani malfeasance but by infighting and incompetence within the American government: a war cabinet arrested by vicious bickering among top national security aides; diplomats and aid workers who failed to deliver on their grand promises; generals who dispatched troops to the wrong places; and headstrong military leaders who sought a far more expansive campaign than the White House wanted. Through their bungling and quarreling, they wound up squandering the first year of the surge.

Chandrasekaran explains how the United States has never understood Afghanistan—and probably never will. During the Cold War, American engineers undertook a massive development project across southern Afghanistan in an attempt to woo the country from Soviet influence. They built dams and irrigation canals, and they established a comfortable residential community known as Little America, with a Western-style school, a coed community pool, and a plush clubhouse—all of which embodied American and Afghan hopes for a bright future and a close relationship. But in the late 1970s—after growing Afghan resistance and a Communist coup—the Americans abandoned the region to warlords and poppy farmers.

In one revelatory scene after another, Chandrasekaran follows American efforts to reclaim the very same territory from the Taliban. Along the way, we meet an Army general whose experience as the top military officer in charge of Iraq’s Green Zone couldn’t prepare him for the bureaucratic knots of Afghanistan, a Marine commander whose desire to charge into remote hamlets conflicted with civilian priorities, and a war-seasoned diplomat frustrated in his push for a scaled-down but long-term American commitment. Their struggles show how Obama’s hope of a good war, and the Pentagon’s desire for a resounding victory, shriveled on the arid plains of southern Afghanistan.

Meticulously reported, hugely revealing, Little America is an unprecedented examination of a failing war—and an eye-opening look at the complex relationship between America and Afghanistan.

Imperial Life in The Emerald City [EPUB]

Imperial Life in The Emerald City [EPUB]
Imperial Life in The Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone by Rajiv Chandrasekaran
2006 | EPUB | 474.19KB

The Green Zone, Baghdad, 2003: in this walled-off compound of swimming pools and luxurious amenities, Paul Bremer and his Coalition Provisional Authority set out to fashion a new, democratic Iraq. Staffed by idealistic aides chosen primarily for their views on issues such as abortion and capital punishment, the CPA spent the crucial first year of occupation pursuing goals that had little to do with the immediate needs of a postwar nation: flat taxes instead of electricity and deregulated health care instead of emergency medical supplies.

In this acclaimed firsthand account, the former Baghdad bureau chief of The Washington Post gives us an intimate portrait of life inside this Oz-like bubble, which continued unaffected by the growing mayhem outside. This is a quietly devastating tale of imperial folly, and the definitive history of those early days when things went irrevocably wrong in Iraq.

When the Earth Was Flat [EPUB]+

When the Earth Was Flat [EPUB]+
When the Earth Was Flat: All the Bits of Science We Got Wrong by Graeme Donald
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 4.06/4.18MB

The perfect gift for anyone with an interest in the world's scientific history, exposing the scientific theories that were once widely believed but have since been disproven. From such seemingly-crazy ideas as the body being made up of only four things - black and yellow bile, blood and phlegm - to the discovery of dinosaurs' bones being widely accepted as the bones of giants killed in the great flood.

When The Earth Was Flat tells the fascinating story behind those scientific theories we once believed to be true, and shows how the way we view the world, and the way the world works, has changed completely throughout history.

The Only Thing Worth Dying For [EPUB]+

The Only Thing Worth Dying For [EPUB]+
The Only Thing Worth Dying For: How Eleven Green Berets Fought for a New Afghanistan by Eric Blehm
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.72/1.91MB

On a moonless night just weeks after September 11, 2001, a U.S. Special Forces team of Green Berets known as ODA 574 infiltrated the mountains of southern Afghanistan with a seemingly impossible mission: to foment a tribal revolt and force the Taliban to surrender. Armed solely with the equipment they could carry on their backs, shockingly scant intelligence, and their mastery of guerrilla warfare, Captain Jason Amerine and his ten men had no choice but to trust their only ally, a little-known Pashtun statesman named Hamid Karzai. Having returned from exile, Karzai—on the run from the Taliban—was traveling the countryside to raise a militia.

The Only Thing Worth Dying For chronicles the most important mission in the early days of the Global War on Terror, when the men on the ground knew little about the enemy—and their commanders in Washington knew even less. With unprecedented access to surviving members of ODA 574, key war planners, and Karzai himself, award-winning author Eric Blehm cuts through the noise of politicians and high-level military officials to narrate for the first time a story of uncommon bravery and terrible sacrifice, intimately exposing the realities of unconventional warfare and nation-building in Afghanistan that continue to shape the region today.

Welcome to America, Mr. Sherlock Holmes [EPUB]+

Welcome to America, Mr. Sherlock Holmes [EPUB]+
Welcome to America, Mr Sherlock Holmes: Victorian America meets Arthur Conan Doyle by Christopher Redmond
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.1/1.42MB

Christopher Redmond's fascinating account of Doyle's first trip to America has been reconstructed from newspaper accounts describing the places Doyle visited, from the Adirondacks to New York, Chicago, and Toronto. Despite the gruelling tour schedule, Doyle met dozens of the most important literary and social lights of America. Everywhere he went he was mobbed by public hungry for news of the man he had "killed off" a year earlier — Sherlock Holmes, who was front page news. In Redmond's lively narrative, which is based on letters, newspaper reports, and other newly unearthed sources, you will discover, as Doyle himself put it, "the romance of America."

Stop Walking on Eggshells [Audiobook]+

Stop Walking on Eggshells [Audiobook]+
Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder [Audiobook] by Paul Mason, Randi Kreger, read by Kirsten Potter
2011 | MP3@320 kbps + PDF | 8 hrs 02 mins | 1.08GB

Do you feel manipulated, controlled, or lied to? Are you the focus of intense, violent, and irrational rages? Do you feel you are 'walking on eggshells' to avoid the next confrontation?

If the answer is 'yes,' someone you care about may have borderline personality disorder (BPD). Stop Walking on Eggshells has already helped nearly half a million people with friends and family members suffering from BPD understand this destructive disorder, set boundaries, and help their loved ones stop relying on dangerous BPD behaviors. This fully revised edition has been updated with the very latest BPD research and includes coping and communication skills you can use to stabilize your relationship with the BPD sufferer in your life. This compassionate guide will enable you to:

  • Make sense out of the chaos
  • Stand up for yourself and assert your needs
  • Defuse arguments and conflicts
  • Protect yourself and others from violent behavior

The Making of the President 1972 [EPUB]

The Making of the President 1972 [EPUB]
The Making of the President 1972 by Theodore H White
2010 | EPUB | 3.04MB

In The Making of the President 1972, the fourth volume of narrative history of American politics in action, Theodore H. White brings his defining quartet of campaign narratives to a surprising and riveting close.

The consummate journalist, White chronicles both the Democratic and the Republican parties as they jockeyed for position toward the end of Richard M. Nixon’s turbulent first term. He illuminates the cinematic moments that shaped the campaign—the attempt on George Wallace’s life, Edmund Muskie crying in the snow in New Hampshire, the swift rise and fall of Tom Eagleton, and the ongoing anguish of Vietnam—leading inexorably to a second chaotic collapse among the Democrats and a landslide victory for Nixon. Yet even as the president’s highest ambitions were confirmed, White watches aghast as the “new Nixon” of 1968 is eclipsed by the corrupt Nixon of old—a Shakespearean conclusion to an astonishing political epoch.

The Making of the President 1968 [EPUB]

The Making of the President 1968 [EPUB]
The Making of the President 1968 by Theodore H White
2010 | EPUB | 3.37MB

“White unites a novelist's knack of dramatization and a historian's sense of significance with a synthesizing skill that grasps the reader by the lapels.” —Newsweek

In The Making of the President 1968, the third volume of the groundbreaking series that revolutionized American political journalism, Theodore H. White offers a compelling account of one of the most turbulent presidential campaigns in history: the 1968 election that put Richard M. Nixon in the White House. Viewing the electoral process from an insider's perspective—capturing both the vast scope and the intimate, behind-the-scenes details—White chronicles a campaign that saw the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, was marked by protest and violence in the streets of Chicago, and that came down to a neck-and-neck finish between the tenacious but ill-starred Hubert H. Humphrey and the most fascinating politician of the modern age: the finally, unexpectedly, victorious Richard Nixon.

The Making of the President 1964 [EPUB]

The Making of the President 1964 [EPUB]
The Making of the President 1964 by Theodore H White
2010 | EPUB | 752.54KB

“[White] revolutionized the art of political reporting.” —William F. Buckley

A national bestseller, The Making of the President 1964 is the critically acclaimed account of the 1964 presidential campaign, from the assassination of JFK though the battle for power between Lyndon B. Johnson and Barry Goldwater. Author Theodore H. White made history with his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Making of the President series—detailed narrative histories that revolutionized the way presidential campaigns were reported.

The Making of the President 1960 [EPUB]

The Making of the President 1960 [EPUB]
The Making of the President 1960 by Theodore H White
2009 | EPUB | 670.14KB

The greatest political story ever told—the epic clash between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon, as captured in Theodore White's dramatic and groundbreaking chronicle.

The Making of the President 1960 is the book that revolutionized—even created—modern political journalism. Granted intimate access to all parties involved, Theodore White crafted an almost mythic story of the battle that pitted Senator John F. Kennedy against Vice-President Richard M. Nixon—from the decisive primary battles to the history-making televised debates, the first of their kind.

Magnificently detailed and exquisitely paced, The Making of the President 1960 imbues the nation's presidential election process with both grittiness and grandeur, and established a benchmark against which all new campaign reporters would measure their work. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction—and the first entry in White's influential four-volume "narrative history of American politics in action"—this classic account remains the keystone of American political journalism.

Small Bites [EPUB]+

Small Bites [EPUB]+
Small Bites: Mindfulness for Everyday Use by Annabelle Zinser
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 328.78/620.94KB

Drawing on her experiences as a Buddhist teacher in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, Annabelle Zinser developed meditation and mindfulness practices for a variety of everyday situations and the transformation of emotional challenges. In short chapters the author demonstrates how to connect the awareness of our breath with focusing our mindfulness on a particular topic at hand, such as: dealing with inferiority complex; recognizing negative thoughts and emotions; taking care of our sexuality; seeing our ancestors within us. This puts us in touch with the healing capacity of the present moment, and gives us a tool to transform even the most difficult and painful aspects of our lives into something joyful and healing.

In their simplicity, the meditations follow the model of Metta meditation, aiming for the cultivation of our hearts and spirits. They always begin with focusing on the breath but from there expand to addressing a broad spectrum of mental conditions and life situations. Reaching across all faith traditions, Small Bites teaches readers to live in a more grounded and sustainable way and offers mindfulness practices for daily life.

The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques [EPUB]+

The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques [EPUB]+
The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Anxious and What You Can Do to Change It by Margaret Wehrenberg
2008 | EPUB + MOBI | 755.21KB/1.28MB

A strategy-filled handbook to understand, manage, and conquer your own stress.

Anxiety disorders-grouped into three main categories: panic, generalized anxiety, and social anxiety-are among the most common and pervasive mental health complaints. From the subtlest effect of sweaty palms during a work presentation to the more severe symptom of reclusion, anxiety casts a wide net.

Medication, once considered the treatment of choice, is losing favor as more and more sufferers complain of unpleasant side effects and its temporary, quick-fix nature. Now, thanks to a flood of fresh neurobiology research and insights into the anatomy of the anxious brain, effective, practical strategies have emerged allowing us to manage day-to-day anxiety on our own.

Addressing physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms, Margaret Wehrenberg, a leading mental health clinician, draws on basic brain science to highlight the top ten anxiety-defeating tips. Everything from breathing techniques and mindful awareness to cognitive control and self-talk are included-all guaranteed to evict your anxious thoughts.

The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques [EPUB]+

The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques [EPUB]+
The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Depressed and What You Can Do to Change It by Margaret Wehrenberg
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 847.49KB/1.17MB

A strategy-filled handbook to understand, manage, and conquer your depression, modeled after its best-selling counterpart on anxiety.

Why is depression one of the most pervasive of all mental health complaints? What makes the lethargy, mental rumination, loss of concentration, unassuageable negativity, and feelings of inadequacy so stubbornly resistant to treatment and so hard to shake off? What can you do to alleviate your symptoms and move in the direction of full recovery?

In order to answer these questions, Margaret Wehrenberg explains, you must first understand your brain. Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience research presented in a reader-friendly way, Wehrenberg skillfully describes what happens in the brain of a depression sufferer and what specific techniques can be used to alter brain activity and control its range of disabling symptoms. Containing practical, take-charge tips from a seasoned clinician, this book presents the ten most effective strategies for moving from lethargy into action, taking charge of your brain, and breaking free from depression to find hope and happiness.

Sleep Disorders For Dummies [EPUB]+

Sleep Disorders For Dummies [EPUB]+
Sleep Disorders For Dummies by Max Hirshkowitz, Patricia B. Smith
2004 | EPUB + MOBI | 4.11/3.14MB

When the last dinner dishes have been put away and the evening news is over, most of us think about going to bed. But for the millions who suffer from a chronic sleep disorder, going to bed doesn’t necessarily mean going to sleep. And for millions more who experience occasional sleep disturbances, nighttime might not be such a picnic, either.

Now there’s an easy-to-follow guide to help you get a good night’s rest. Sleep Disorders For Dummies is for anyone who has trouble sleeping—or has a loved one who suffers from a sleep disorder. Written by a sleep specialist and a medical reporter, this no-nonsense guide helps you:

  • Prevent and manage sleep disorders
  • Improve your sleep habits
  • Find relief from your symptoms
  • Ask your doctor the right questions
  • Enhance the quality of sleep

This fact-packed guide walks you through the different types of sleep disorders, includin g sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, and restless legs syndrome. You’ll discover the causes and symptoms of each disorder, the various medical conditions that can disrupt sleep, and the most common treatments. Plus, you’ll see how to use good nutrition and exercise to promote sounder sleep and avoid known sleep disrupters such as caffeine and problem foods. The authors also give you solid, reassuring advice on:

  • Finding the right doctor to diagnose and treat your sleep disorder
  • Managing stress and anxiety
  • Turning your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary
  • Choosing between the different types of sleep clinics
  • Handling sleep disorders in children

Featuring savvy tips on preventing jet lag, sleeping well if you work the night shift, and getting kids to bed without fuss, Sleep Disorders for Dummies will help you get your zzzzzzzzs!

A Man's Guide to Healthy Aging [EPUB]

A Man's Guide to Healthy Aging [EPUB]
A Man's Guide to Healthy Aging: Stay Smart, Strong, and Active by Edward H Thompson Jr, Lenard W Kaye
2013 | EPUB | 6.15MB

As they reach middle age, most men begin looking forward to "what's next." They gear up to experience renewed productivity and purpose and are more conscious of their health. A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging is an authoritative resource for them, and for older men, as well. In collaboration with a variety of medical experts, the authors provide a comprehensive guide to healthy aging from a man’s perspective.

Edward H. Thompson, Jr., and Lenard W. Kaye—a medical sociologist and a gerontologist and social worker—offer invaluable information in four parts:

  • "Managing Our Lives" describes the actions men can take to stay healthy. Here is information about how to eat well, reduce stress, and stay active for better overall health.
  • "Mind and Body" considers how physical health and state of mind are connected. It explores sleep, drug and alcohol use, spirituality, and attitudes about appearance—and explains how all of these factors affect mental health.
  • "Bodily Health" examines how body systems function and what changes may occur as men age. It covers the body from head to toe and reviews how to manage chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart conditions.
  • "Living with Others" shows the importance of interacting with friends and family. Topics include sexual intimacy, friendship, and caregiving, as well as how men can make the best decisions about end-of-life issues for themselves and their loved ones.

Refuting the ageist stereotype that men spend their later years "winding down," this book will help men reinvent themselves once, twice, or more—by managing their health, creating new careers, and contributing their skills and experiences to their communities.

Detect Deceit [EPUB]

Detect Deceit [EPUB]
Detect Deceit: How to Become a Human Lie Detector in Under 60 Minutes by David Craig
2012 | EPUB | 10.6MB

It doesn’t take mind reading superpowers to be able to tell when someone is lying—but it does take special skills and a little practice. In Detect Deceit, David Craig, an international expert in undercover operations, provides readers with an easy-to-follow guide on applying lie detection skills to your everyday life. From bargaining, making a purchase, or dealing with children, to the more serious issues of negotiating a contract or identifying infidelity, Craig delivers simple but effective tips and techniques we can all use to see behind the façade and get to the truth.

Split into three parts, the book looks at the nature of lying and how to detect lies, and includes an easy reference section that summarizes all the main points. Lying is a normal part of human communication and sometimes is necessary to protect someone’s feelings, but there are also hurtful lies meant to deceive. You can’t always rely on what comes out of someone’s mouth. With fullcolor photographs and practical examples, Detect Deceit provides anyone with the tools to be a human lie detector. The mystery of what a person is really thinking is finally unlocked in this fascinating and informative book.

What Do Women Want? [Audiobook]+

What Do Women Want? [Audiobook]+
What Do Women Want: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire [Audiobook] by Daniel Bergner, read by Charles Pasternak
2013 | MP3@80 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 45 mins | 232.34MB

When it comes to sex, common wisdom holds that men roam while women crave closeness and commitment. But in this provocative, headline-making book, Daniel Bergner turns everything we thought we knew about women's arousal and desire inside out. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with renowned behavioral scientists, sexologists, psychologists, and everyday women, he forces us to reconsider long-held notions about female sexuality.

This bold and captivating journey into the world of female desire explores answers to such thought-provoking questions as: Are women perhaps the less monogamous sex? What effect do intimacy and emotional connection really have on lust? What is the role of narcissism - the desire to be desired - in female sexuality? Are political gains for women ("No means no") detrimental in the bedroom? And is the hunt for a "female Viagra" anything but a search for the cure for monogamy?

Bergner goes behind the scenes of some of the most groundbreaking experiments on sexuality today and confronts us with controversial, sometimes uncomfortable findings. Incendiary, profoundly insightful, and brilliantly illuminating, What Do Women Want? will change the conversation about women and sex, and is sure to spark dynamic discussion for years to come.

The Little Black Book of Sex Positions [EPUB]

The Little Black Book of Sex Positions [EPUB]
The Little Black Book of Sex Positions by Dan Baritchi, Jennifer Baritchi
2013 | EPUB | 15.78MB

A handy little pocket guide for when you’re feeling randy.

If you think there are only three positions that get the job done, then it’s time to get out of your sexual rut and start having a ball! The Little Black Book of Sex Positions exposes in glorious detail hundreds of sexy moves that can lead to mind-blowing ecstasy for you and your lover. The positions offered here are the next best thing to having an experienced partner right by your side . . . or behind, or face-to-face.

If your rolls in the hay have become a bit ho-hum, or if you just want to expand your spicy repertoire, this hot little how-to will having you flexing muscles you never knew you had with sexy positions you’ve always wanted to try like the YMCA, Forbidden Fruit, Pirate’s Bounty, Rodeo, Deep Impact, and much more.

In a hardcover edition with full-color exciting yet tasteful illustrations, The Little Black Book of Sex Positions is handsome enough to keep on your nightstand, or to give to someone naughty and nice. You’ll never think about “little black book” the same way again. Start stretching!