Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel [EPUB]
29 November 2013, 10:00
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.05/1.7MB
In Goliath, New York Times bestselling author Max Blumenthal takes us on a journey through the badlands and high roads of Israel-Palestine, painting a startling portrait of Israeli society under the siege of increasingly authoritarian politics as the occupation of the Palestinians deepens.
Beginning with the national elections carried out during Israel's war on Gaza in 2008-09, which brought into power the country's most right-wing government to date, Blumenthal tells the story of Israel in the wake of the collapse of the Oslo peace process.
As Blumenthal reveals, Israel has become a country where right-wing leaders like Avigdor Lieberman and Bibi Netanyahu are sacrificing democracy on the altar of their power politics; where the loyal opposition largely and passively stands aside and watches the organized assault on civil liberties; where state-funded Orthodox rabbis publish books that provide instructions on how and when to kill Gentiles; where half of Jewish youth declare their refusal to sit in a classroom with an Arab; and where mob violence targets Palestinians and African asylum seekers scapegoated by leading government officials as "demographic threats."
Immersing himself like few other journalists inside the world of hardline political leaders and movements, Blumenthal interviews the demagogues and divas in their homes, in the Knesset, and in the watering holes where their young acolytes hang out, and speaks with those political leaders behind the organized assault on civil liberties. As his journey deepens, he painstakingly reports on the occupied Palestinians challenging schemes of demographic separation through unarmed protest. He talks at length to the leaders and youth of Palestinian society inside Israel now targeted by security service dragnets and legislation suppressing their speech, and provides in-depth reporting on the small band of Jewish Israeli dissidents who have shaken off a conformist mindset that permeates the media, schools, and the military.
Through his far-ranging travels, Blumenthal illuminates the present by uncovering the ghosts of the past—the histories of Palestinian neighborhoods and villages now gone and forgotten; how that history has set the stage for the current crisis of Israeli society; and how the Holocaust has been turned into justification for occupation.
A brave and unflinching account of the real facts on the ground, Goliath is an unprecedented and compelling work of journalism.
White Girl Bleed a Lot [EPUB]
29 November 2013, 09:48
2013 | EPUB | 3.7MB
First of all, this is not a racist book, unless you're describing a race to bury news items. In black and white (that's newsprint and pages), Colin Flaherty exposes the media blackout on a new form of organized crime. When one example of mobs of thugs attacking innocents doesn't make the news, that's (to use the media favorite) an "isolated incident". When hundreds of similar attacks are ignored, covered up, excused and buried by both the media and public officials, that amounts to a conspiracy of silence, whether orchestrated or incidental.
Pedestrians know to avoid mockingbirds and residents have factual reason to be alert for pit bulls. Hikers should know better than to get within a quarter mile of a mother bear. Homeowners are well advised not to approach a hornets' nest. Drivers in New York have plenty of cause to be wary of large groups of bikers. Private citizens on public streets and in retail outlets have a similar right to know the type of people they should protect themselves from -- and Flaherty provides a vital public service by using factual data (via video and public comment when it's covered up by the media) to inform us of a well established trend of mob violence taking place across our country. He uses his journalistic skills to provide clear descriptions of the type of people we need to avoid if we want to stay safe. (The book's editing could use some polish -- but the topic is definitely rough).
This isn't biased profiling. This book is prolific reporting of facts. Ignore them at your own risk. It should be required reading for anyone who chooses to make their decisions based on today's brutal realities.
The Yin and Yang of American Culture: A Paradox [EPUB]
29 November 2013, 09:36
2001 | EPUB + MOBI | 357.31/313.76KB
According to the principles of yin and yang, life is governed by the coexistence of two opposites that complete each other in order to create harmony. In many ways, this concept can help us understand the advantages and drawbacks of American customs and values as perceived by Asians. Dr. Eun Kim's The Yin and Yang of American Culture: A Paradox takes an Eastern view of America and discusses various facets of its culture by exploring the yang (virtue) and yin (vice) of these various traits.
Drawing upon decades of history, general wisdom, proverbs, personal experiences, anecdotes and quotes from Asians and Americans, Kim presents a highly personal and readable book that candidly addresses American traits when compared to Asian customs and values. Intended for both American and Asian audiences, The Yin and Yang of American Culture will dispel any misconceptions with its grounded analysis of American culture, helping to build mutual understanding among Asians and Americans alike.
In her book The Yin and Yang of American Culture: A Paradox, Dr. Eun Young Kim has presented a crisp composite picture of American cultural traits and values. For people who think it is not possible to make cultural generalizations about Americans, this book will be an eye-opener. Dr. Kim has demonstrated the value of stepping outside of one's own culture in order to view it from the perspective of another cultural group. By seeing themselves as many Asians see them, Americans can begin to understand both the positive and more problematic aspects of their image globally.
Rich with examples, personal stories and cross-cultural insight, this book is a significant contribution to the cross-cultural field at a time when global cross-cultural understanding is no longer a luxury.
Miss Anne in Harlem [EPUB]
29 November 2013, 09:31
2013 | EPUB | 9.46MB
Celebrated scholar Carla Kaplan’s cultural biography, Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance, focuses on white women, collectively called “Miss Anne,” who became Harlem Renaissance insiders.
The 1920s in New York City was a time of freedom, experimentation, and passion—with Harlem at the epicenter. White men could go uptown to see jazz and modern dance, but women who embraced black culture too enthusiastically could be ostracized.
Miss Anne in Harlem focuses on six of the unconventional, free-thinking women, some from Manhattan high society, many Jewish, who crossed race lines and defied social conventions to become a part of the culture and heartbeat of Harlem.
Ethnic and gender studies professor Carla Kaplan brings the interracial history of the Harlem Renaissance to life with vivid prose, extensive research, and period photographs.
Margaret Fuller: A New American Life [EPUB]
29 November 2013, 09:17
2013 | EPUB | 9.85MB
From an early age, Margaret Fuller provoked and dazzled New England's intellectual elite. Her famous Conversations changed women's sense of how they could think and live; her editorship of the Transcendentalist literary journal the Dial shaped American Romanticism. Now, Megan Marshall, whose acclaimed The Peabody Sisters "discovered" three fascinating women, has done it again: no biography of Fuller has made her ideas so alive or her life so moving.
Marshall tells the story of how Fuller, tired of Boston, accepted Horace Greeley's offer to be the New-York Tribune's front-page columnist. The move unleashed a crusading concern for the urban poor and the plight of prostitutes, and a late-in-life hunger for passionate experience. In Italy as a foreign correspondent, Fuller took a secret lover, a young officer in the Roman Guard; she wrote dispatches on the brutal 1849 Siege of Rome; and she gave birth to a son.
Yet, when all three died in a shipwreck off Fire Island shortly after Fuller's fortieth birthday, the sense and passion of her life's work were eclipsed by tragedy and scandal. Marshall's inspired account brings an American heroine back to indelible life.
The Last Days of the Incas [EPUB]
29 November 2013, 09:16
2008 | EPUB | 2.82MB
In 1532, the fifty-four-year-old Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro led a force of 167 men, including his four brothers, to the shores of Peru. Unbeknownst to the Spaniards, the Inca rulers of Peru had just fought a bloody civil war in which the emperor Atahualpa had defeated his brother Huascar. Pizarro and his men soon clashed with Atahualpa and a huge force of Inca warriors at the Battle of Cajamarca. Despite being outnumbered by more than two hundred to one, the Spaniards prevailed -- due largely to their horses, their steel armor and swords, and their tactic of surprise. They captured and imprisoned Atahualpa. Although the Inca emperor paid an enormous ransom in gold, the Spaniards executed him anyway. The following year, the Spaniards seized the Inca capital of Cuzco, completing their conquest of the largest native empire the New World has ever known. Peru was now a Spanish colony, and the conquistadors were wealthy beyond their wildest dreams.
But the Incas did not submit willingly. A young Inca emperor, the brother of Atahualpa, soon led a massive rebellion against the Spaniards, inflicting heavy casualties and nearly wiping out the conquerors. Eventually, however, Pizarro and his men forced the emperor to abandon the Andes and flee to the Amazon. There, he established a hidden capital, called Vilcabamba. Although the Incas fought a deadly, thirty-six-year-long guerrilla war, the Spanish ultimately captured the last Inca emperor and vanquished the native resistance.
Kim MacQuarrie lived in Peru for five years and became fascinated by the Incas and the history of the Spanish conquest. Drawing on both native and Spanish chronicles, he vividly describes the dramatic story of the conquest, with all its savagery and suspense. MacQuarrie also relates the story of the modern search for Vilcabamba, of how Machu Picchu was discovered, and of how a trio of colorful American explorers only recently discovered the lost Inca capital of Vilcabamba, hidden for centuries in the Amazon.
This authoritative, exciting history is among the most powerful and important accounts of the culture of the South American Indians and the Spanish Conquest.
Miracles and Massacres [EPUB]
29 November 2013, 08:58
2013 | EPUB | 3.75MB
HISTORY AS IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE TOLD: TRUE AND THRILLING.
- Thomas Edison was a bad guy— and bad guys usually lose in the end.
- World War II radio host “Tokyo Rose” was branded as a traitor by the U.S. government and served time in prison. In reality, she was a hero to many.
- Twenty U.S. soldiers received medals of honor at the Battle of Wounded Knee—yet this wasn’t a battle at all; it was a massacre.
- Paul Revere’s midnight ride was nothing compared to the ride made by a guy named Jack whom you’ve probably never heard of.
History is about so much more than memorizing facts. It is, as more than half of the word suggests, about the story. And, told in the right way, it is the greatest one ever written: Good and evil, triumph and tragedy, despicable acts of barbarism and courageous acts of heroism.
The things you’ve never learned about our past will shock you. The reason why gun control is so important to government elites can be found in a story about Athens that no one dares teach. Not the city in ancient Greece, but the one in 1946 Tennessee. The power of an individual who trusts his gut can be found in the story of the man who stopped the twentieth hijacker from being part of 9/11. And a lesson on what happens when an all-powerful president is in need of positive headlines is revealed in a story about eight saboteurs who invaded America during World War II.
Miracles and Massacres is history as you’ve never heard it told. It’s incredible events that you never knew existed. And it’s stories so important and relevant to today that you won’t have to ask, Why didn’t they teach me this? You will instantly know. If the truth shall set you free, then your freedom begins on page one of this book. By the end, your understanding of the lies and half-truths you’ve been taught may change, but your perception of who we are as Americans and where our country is headed definitely will.
The Third Coast [EPUB]
29 November 2013, 08:52
2013 | EPUB | 12.35MB
Though today it can seem as if all American culture comes out of New York and Los Angeles, much of what defined the nation as it grew into a superpower was produced in Chicago. Before air travel overtook trains, nearly every coast-to coast journey included a stop there, and this flow of people and commodities made it America's central clearinghouse, laboratory, and factory. Between the end of World War II and 1960, Mies van der Rohe's glass and steel architecture became the face of corporate America, Ray Kroc's McDonald's changed how we eat, Hugh Hefner unveiled Playboy, and the Chess brothers supercharged rock and roll with Chuck Berry. At the University of Chicago, the atom was split and Western civilization was packaged into the Great Books.
Yet even as Chicago led the way in creating mass-market culture, its artists pushed back in their own distinct voices. In literature, it was the outlaw novels of Nelson Algren (then carrying on a passionate affair with Simone de Beauvoir), the poems of Gwendolyn Brooks, and Studs Terkel's oral histories. In music, it was the gospel of Mahalia Jackson, the urban blues of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, and the trippy avant-garde jazz of Sun Ra. In performance, it was the intimacy of Kukla, Fran and Ollie, the Chicago School of Television, and the improvisational Second City whose famous alumni are now everywhere in American entertainment.
Despite this diversity, racial divisions informed virtually every aspect of life in Chicago. The chaos—both constructive and destructive—of this period was set into motion by the second migration north of African Americans during World War Two. As whites either fled to the suburbs or violently opposed integration, urban planners tried to design away "blight" with projects that marred a generation of American cities. The election of Mayor Richard J. Daley in 1955 launched a frenzy of new building that came at a terrible cost—monolithic housing projects for the black community and a new kind of self-satisfied provincialism that sped the end of Chicago's role as America's meeting place. In luminous prose, Chicago native Thomas Dyja re-creates the story of the city in its postwar prime and explains its profound impact on modern America.
Leadership and Self-Deception [EPUB]
29 November 2013, 08:45
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.37/1.24MB
Since its original publication in 2000, Leadership and Self-Deception has become a word-of-mouth phenomenon. Its sales continue to increase year after year, and the book’s popularity has gone global, with editions now available in over twenty languages.
Through a story everyone can relate to about a man facing challenges on the job and in his family, the authors expose the fascinating ways that we can blind ourselves to our true motivations and unwittingly sabotage the effectiveness of our own efforts to achieve success and increase happiness.
This new edition has been revised throughout to make the story even more compelling. And drawing on the extensive correspondence the authors have received over the years, they have added a section that outlines the many ways that readers have been using Leadership and Self-Deception to improve their lives and workplaces—areas such as team building, conflict resolution, and personal growth and development, to name a few.
Read this extraordinary book and discover what millions already have learned—how to consistently tap into an innate ability that dramatically improves both your results and your relationships.
The Janus Factor [EPUB]
29 November 2013, 08:36
2012 | EPUB | 6.12MB
To A Trader, some profits may seem to come more easily than others. There is a reason for this—known as the Janus Factor—and it’s the single most powerful influence on your trading results.
Nobody understands this better than author Gary Edwin Anderson--a thirty-five-year market veteran and winner of the 2003 Charles H. Dow Award from the Market Technicians Association. And now, with The Janus Factor, he shares his extensive insights on this important topic with you.
Janus was the Roman god of gates and doors and was represented by two opposing faces, suggesting the two-sided nature of things. Here, Anderson uses the metaphor of Janus to explain the dual nature of the markets and how the markets vacillate between two different environments: one which is dominated by trend followers and the other by contrarian bargain hunters.
As Anderson addresses how to recognize these shifts--which will put you in a better position to improve your odds of success from market to market--he also offers a systematic view of how positive and negative feedback loops drive capital flows in the stock market. With a firm understanding of how those flows tend to favor either sector leaders or sector laggards at different time, you'll not only be better equipped to find the market's high-probability sweet-spot, but you'll also discover how to avoid low-probability trades. Along the way, Anderson also shows you what it takes to compute "The Spread," which he considers a trader's ultimate risk-management tool.
Whether you're a new trader or a seasoned pro, The Janus Factor has what you need to succeed. Filled with valuable insights into market behavior and new methods for interpreting stock market trends, this reliable resource will help you enter the market with confidence and exit with profits.
Stigum's Money Market [EPUB]
29 November 2013, 08:30
2007 | EPUB | 14.12MB
First published in 1978, Stigum's Money Market was hailed as a landmark work by leaders of the financial, business, and investment communities. This classic reference has now been revised, updated, and expanded to help a new generation of Wall Street money managers and institutional investors.
The Fourth Edition of Stigum's Money Market delivers an all-encompassing, cohesive view of the vast and complex money market…offers careful analyses of the growth and changes the market has undergone in recent years…and presents detailed answers to the full range of money market questions.
Stigum's Money Market equips readers with:
- A complete overview of the large and ever-expanding money market arena
- Quick-access to every key aspect of the fixed-income market
- A thorough updating of information on the banking system
- Incisive accounts of money market fundamentals and all the key players
- In-depth coverage of the markets themselves, including federal funds, government securities, financial futures, Treasury bond and note futures, options, euros, interest rate swaps, CDs, commercial paper, and more
- Expert discussions of the Federal Reserve, the Internet and electronic trading, and the new roles of commercial banks and federal agencies
This updated classic also includes hundreds of helpful new illustrations and calculations, together with an improved format that gives readers quick access to every major topic relating to the fixed-income market.
Tescopoly by Andrew Simms
29 November 2013, 08:23
2007 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.16/1.59MB
You can shop anywhere you like -- as long as it's Tesco The inexorable rise of supermarkets is big news but have we really taken on board what this means for our daily lives, and those of our children? In this searing analysis Andrew Simms, director of the acclaimed think-and-do-tank the New Economics Foundation and the person responsible for introducing 'Clone Towns' into our vernacular, tackles a subject none of us can afford to ignore.
The book shows how the supermarkets -- and Tesco in particular -- have brought: " Banality -- homogenized high streets full of clone stores " Ghost towns -- superstores have drained the life from our town centres and communities " A Supermarket State -- this new commercial nanny state that knows more about you than you think " Profits from poverty -- shelves full of global plunder, produced for a pittance " Global food domination -- as the superstores expand overseas But there's change afoot, with evidence of the tide turning and consumer campaigns gaining ground. Simms ends with suggestions for change and coporate reformation to safeguard our communities and environment -- all over the world.
This book has been written and published independently from the Tescopoly Alliance and is not endorsed by them.
The Way the World Works: Essays [EPUB]
29 November 2013, 08:14
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.15/1.53MB
Nicholson Baker, who “writes like no one else in America” (Newsweek), here assembles his best short pieces from the last fifteen years.
The Way the World Works, Baker’s second nonfiction collection, ranges over the map of life to examine what troubles us, what eases our pain, and what brings us joy. Baker moves from political controversy to the intimacy of his own life, from forgotten heroes of pacifism to airplane wings, telephones, paper mills, David Remnick, Joseph Pulitzer, the OED, and the manufacture of the Venetian gondola. He writes about kite string and about the moment he met his wife, and he surveys our fascination with video games while attempting to beat his teenage son at Modern Warfare 2. In a celebrated essay on Wikipedia, Baker describes his efforts to stem the tide of encyclopedic deletionism; in another, he charts the rise of e-readers; in a third he chronicles his Freedom of Information lawsuit against the San Francisco Public Library.
Through all these pieces, many written for The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The American Scholar, Baker shines the light of an inexpugnable curiosity. The Way the World Works is a keen-minded, generous-spirited compendium by a modern American master.