The Half-life of Facts [EPUB]

The Half-life of Facts [EPUB]
The Half-life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date by Samuel Arbesman
2012 | EPUB | 1.91MB

New insights from the science of science

Facts change all the time. Smoking has gone from doctor recommended to deadly. We used to think the Earth was the center of the universe and that Pluto was a planet. For decades, we were convinced that the brontosaurus was a real dinosaur. In short, what we know about the world is constantly changing.

But it turns out there’s an order to the state of knowledge, an explanation for how we know what we know. Samuel Arbesman is an expert in the field of scientometrics—literally the science of science. Knowl­edge in most fields evolves systematically and predict­ably, and this evolution unfolds in a fascinating way that can have a powerful impact on our lives.

Doctors with a rough idea of when their knowl­edge is likely to expire can be better equipped to keep up with the latest research. Companies and governments that understand how long new discoveries take to develop can improve decisions about allocating resources. And by tracing how and when language changes, each of us can better bridge gen­erational gaps in slang and dialect.

Just as we know that a chunk of uranium can break down in a measurable amount of time—a radioactive half-life—so too any given field’s change in knowledge can be measured concretely. We can know when facts in aggregate are obsolete, the rate at which new facts are created, and even how facts spread.

Arbesman takes us through a wide variety of fields, including those that change quickly, over the course of a few years, or over the span of centuries. He shows that much of what we know consists of “mesofacts”—facts that change at a middle timescale, often over a single human lifetime. Throughout, he of­fers intriguing examples about the face of knowledge: what English majors can learn from a statistical analysis of The Canterbury Tales, why it’s so hard to measure a mountain, and why so many parents still tell kids to eat their spinach because it’s rich in iron.

The Half-life of Facts is a riveting journey into the counterintuitive fabric of knowledge. It can help us find new ways to measure the world while accepting the limits of how much we can know with certainty.

The Effective Executive [PDF]

The Effective Executive [PDF]
The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter F Drucker
2006 | PDF | 2.05MB

What makes an effective executive?

The measure of the executive, Peter F. Drucker reminds us, is the ability to "get the right things done." This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits of mind that mold them into results.

Drucker identifies five practices essential to business effectiveness that can, and must, be learned:

  • Managing time
  • Choosing what to contribute to the organization
  • Knowing where and how to mobilize strength for best effect
  • Setting the right priorities
  • Knitting all of them together with effective decision-making

Ranging widely through the annals of business and government, Peter F. Drucker demonstrates the distinctive skill of the executive and offers fresh insights into old and seemingly obvious business situations.

The 5 Most Important Questions You'll Ever Ask About Your Organization

The 5 Most Important Questions You'll Ever Ask About Your Organization
The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization by Peter F Drucker
2011 | PDF | 10.38MB

With Peter Drucker's five essential questions and the help of five of today's thought leaders, this little book will challenge readers to take a close look at the very heart of their organizations and what drives them. A tool for self-assessment and transformation, answering these five questions will fundamentally change the way you work, helping you lead your organization to an exceptional level of performance.

Peter Drucker's five questions are:

  • What is our Mission? with Jim Collins
  • Who is our Customer? with Phil Kotler
  • What does the Customer Value? with Jim Kouzes
  • What are our Results? with Judith Rodin
  • What is our Plan? with V. Kasturi Rangan

These essential questions, grounded in Peter Drucker's theories of management, will take readers on a exploration of organizational and personal self-discovery, giving them a means to assess how to be--how to develop quality, character, mind-set, values and courage. The questions lead to action. By asking these questions, readers can focus on why they are doing what they are doing in their work, and how to do it better. Designed for today's busy professionals, this brief, clear and accessible book will challenge readers to ask these provocative questions and it will stimulate spirited discussions and action within any organization, inspiring positive change and new levels of excellence, helping all to envision the future of theirs' or any organization.

The Silver Madonna [EPUB]

The Silver Madonna [EPUB]
The Silver Madonna and Other Tales of America's Greatest Lost Treasures by W C Jameson
2013 | EPUB | 1.48MB

The twenty-four tales in this book are of the most famous lost treasures in America, from a two-foot statue reportedly made entirely of silver (the “Madonna”) and a cache of gold, silver, and jewelry that was rumored to also contain the first Bible in America to seventeen tons of gold—its value equal to the treasury of a mid-sized nation—buried somewhere in northwestern New Mexico. What makes these tales even more compelling is that none of these known-to-be-lost treasures have been discovered, although modern detecting technology has made them eminently discoverable.

Musorgsky and his Circle [EPUB]

Musorgsky and his Circle [EPUB]
Musorgsky and his Circle: A Russian Musical Adventure by Stephen Walsh
2013 | EPUB | 5.17MB

The emergence of Russian classical music in the nineteenth century in the wake of Mikhail Glinka comprises one of the most remarkable and fascinating stories in all musical history. The five men who came together in the Russian capital of St. Petersburg in the 1860s, all composers of talent, some of genius, would be—in spite of a virtual lack of technical training—responsible for some of the greatest and best-loved music ever written. How this happened is the subject of Stephen Walsh's brilliant composite portrait of the group known in the West as the Five, and in Russia as moguchaya kuchka—the Mighty Little Heap. Friends, competitors, and creative intellectuals whose ambitions and ideas reflect the ferment of their times, Mily Balakirev, Cesar Cui, Alexander Borodin, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, and—most important of all—Modest Musorgsky, come wonderfully to life in this extended account.

The detail is engrossing. We see Borodin composing music while conducting research in chemistry (“he would jump up and run back to the laboratory to make sure nothing had burnt out or boiled over there, meanwhile filling the corridor with improbable sequences of ninths or sevenths”); Balakirev tutoring Musorgsky (“Balakirev could not remedy the defects in his pupil’s character, but he could confront him with works of genius”); Cui doggedly producing operas during breaks from his career as a military fortifications instructor. Musorgsky asserts his independence, moving from writing songs and the showpiece Night on Bald Mountain to the magnificent Boris Godunov, meanwhile struggling against poverty and depression. In the background such important figures as Vissarion Belinsky and Nikolay Chernishevsky shape the cultural milieu, while the godfather of the kuchka, critic and scholar Vladimir Stasov, is seen offering sometimes combative support.

As an experienced and widely skilled musical scholar and biographer (his two-volume life of Stravinsky has been called “one of the best books ever written about a musician”), Stephen Walsh is exceptionally wellplaced to tell this story. He does so with deep understanding and panache, making Musorgksy and His Circle both important and a delight to read.

Stravinsky: The Second Exile [EPUB]

Stravinsky: The Second Exile [EPUB]
Stravinsky: The Second Exile: France and America, 1934-1971 by Stephen Walsh
2006 | EPUB | 6.25MB

This, the second and final volume of Stephen Walsh’s magisterial biography of Igor Stravinsky, begins in 1934, when Stravinsky is fifty-two and living in France. Already regarded by many as the most important composer of his generation, Stravinsky is nevertheless at this point a fairly unhappy expatriate, all too aware of the war clouds beginning to gather. Though he still maintains a family life with his wife and children, much of his time is spent with his mistress, Vera Sudeykina, while traveling around Europe giving concerts in order to earn the money to support his dependents–which include a number of relatives. Composing, of course, remains the center of his existence. But changes are imminent: within only a few years his wife, Katya, will be dead, his family scattered, and Stravinsky himself, together with Vera, starting over again in America.

Stravinsky: The Second Exile follows the composer through the remainder of his long life, years during which he produces such masterworks as The Rake’s Progress and Symphony in C, and achieves a new level of fame as a conductor and raconteur in his own right. With a dazzling command of sources in several languages and a keen feeling for accuracy in situations where truth and falsehood have become blurred, Walsh traces and illuminates Stravinsky’s increasingly complex and often agonized family relationships along with his crucially important connection with his associate Robert Craft. Walsh is also, as a musicologist and critic, able to speak with knowledge and wit about Stravinsky’s work, expertly describing and assessing the composer’s musical journey from the neoclassicism of his late French and early American periods, through his early essays in serial technique, and on finally to the astonishing intricacies of his final compositions.

Pound Foolish [EPUB]

Pound Foolish [EPUB]
Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry by Helaine Olen
2012 | EPUB | 725.84KB

If you’ve ever bought a personal finance book, watched a TV show about stock picking, listened to a radio show about getting out of debt, or attended a seminar to help you plan for your retirement, you’ve probably heard some version of these quotes:

“What’s keeping you from being rich? In most cases, it is simply a lack of belief.” —SUZE ORMAN, The Courage to Be Rich
“Are you latte-ing away your financial future?” —DAVID BACH, Smart Women Finish Rich
“I know you’re capable of picking winning stocks and holding on to them.” —JIM CRAMER, Mad Money

They’re common refrains among personal finance gurus. There’s just one problem: those and many simi­lar statements are false.

For the past few decades, Americans have spent billions of dollars on personal finance products. As salaries have stagnated and companies have cut back on benefits, we’ve taken matters into our own hands, embracing the can-do attitude that if we’re smart enough, we can overcome even daunting financial obstacles. But that’s not true.

In this meticulously reported and shocking book, journalist and former financial columnist Helaine Olen goes behind the curtain of the personal finance industry to expose the myths, contradictions, and outright lies it has perpetuated. She shows how an industry that started as a response to the Great Depression morphed into a behemoth that thrives by selling us products and services that offer little if any help.

Olen calls out some of the biggest names in the business, revealing how even the most respected gurus have engaged in dubious, even deceitful, prac­tices—from accepting payments from banks and corporations in exchange for promoting certain prod­ucts to blaming the victims of economic catastrophe for their own financial misfortune. Pound Foolish also disproves many myths about spending and saving, including:

  • Small pleasures can bankrupt you: Gurus popular­ized the idea that cutting out lattes and other small expenditures could make us millionaires. But reduc­ing our caffeine consumption will not offset our biggest expenses: housing, education, health care, and retirement.
  • Disciplined investing will make you rich: Gurus also love to show how steady investing can turn modest savings into a huge nest egg at retirement. But these calculations assume a healthy market and a lifetime without any setbacks—two conditions that have no connection to the real world.
  • Women need extra help managing money: Product pushers often target women, whose alleged financial ignorance supposedly leaves them especially at risk. In reality, women and men are both terrible at han­dling finances.
  • Financial literacy classes will prevent future eco­nomic crises: Experts like to claim mandatory sessions on personal finance in school will cure many of our money ills. Not only is there little evidence this is true, the entire movement is largely funded and promoted by the financial services sector.

Weaving together original reporting, interviews with experts, and studies from disciplines ranging from behavioral economics to retirement planning, Pound Foolish is a compassionate and compelling book that will change the way we think and talk about our money.

Digital Rubbish [PDF]

Digital Rubbish [PDF]
Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics by Jennifer Gabrys
2013 | PDF | 1.61MB

This is a study of the material life of information and its devices; of electronic waste in its physical and electronic incarnations; a cultural and material mapping of the spaces where electronics in the form of both hardware and information accumulate, break down, or are stowed away. Where other studies have addressed “digital” technology through a focus on its immateriality or virtual qualities, Gabrys traces the material, spatial, cultural and political infrastructures that enable the emergence and dissolution of these technologies. In the course of her book, she explores five interrelated “spaces” where electronics fall apart: from Silicon Valley to Nasdaq, from containers bound for China to museums and archives that preserve obsolete electronics as cultural artifacts, to the landfill as material repository.

Digital Rubbish describes the materiality of electronics from a unique perspective, examining the multiple forms of waste that electronics create as evidence of the resources, labor, and imaginaries that are bundled into these machines. Ranging across studies of media and technology, as well as environments, geography, and design, Jennifer Gabrys draws together the far-reaching material and cultural processes that enable the making and breaking of these technologies.

A Big Fat Crisis [EPUB]

A Big Fat Crisis [EPUB]
A Big Fat Crisis: The Hidden Forces Behind the Obesity Epidemic — and How We Can End It by Deborah Cohen
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.16/1.64MB

Obesity is the public health crisis of the twenty-first century. Over 150 million Americans are overweight or obese, and across the globe an estimated 1.5 billion are affected. In A Big Fat Crisis, Dr. Deborah A. Cohen has created a major new work that will transform the conversation surrounding the modern weight crisis. Based on her own extensive research, as well as the latest insights from behavioral economics and cognitive science, Cohen reveals what drives the obesity epidemic and how we, as a nation, can overcome it.

Cohen argues that the massive increase in obesity is the product of two forces. One is the immutable aspect of human nature, namely the fundamental limits of self-control and the unconscious ways we are hard-wired to eat. And second is the completely transformed modern food environment, including lower prices, larger portion sizes, and the outsized influence of food advertising. We live in a food swamp, where food is cheap, ubiquitous, and insidiously marketed. This, rather than the much-discussed ?food deserts,” is the source of the epidemic.

The conventional wisdom is that overeating is the expression of individual weakness and a lack of self-control. But that would mean that people in this country had more willpower thirty years ago, when the rate of obesity was half of what it is today! The truth is that our capacity for self-control has not shrunk; instead, the changing conditions of our modern world have pushed our limits to such an extent that more and more of us are simply no longer up to the challenge.

Ending this public health crisis will require solutions that transcend the advice found in diet books. Simply urging people to eat less sugar, salt, and fat has not worked. A Big Fat Crisis offers concrete recommendations and sweeping policy changes—including implementing smart and effective regulations and constructing a more balanced food environment—that represent nothing less than a blueprint for defeating the obesity epidemic once and for all.

The Daniel Cure [EPUB]

The Daniel Cure [EPUB]
The Daniel Cure: The Daniel Fast Way to Vibrant Health by Susan Gregory, Richard J Bloomer
2013 | EPUB | 3.65MB

One of the most popular fasts in recent years has been the Daniel Fast, a 21-day period of prayer and fasting based on the Old Testament prophet's fasts recorded in Daniel 1 and Daniel 10.

The Daniel Fast is a partial fast, in which certain foods are restricted and others are consumed. This fast is similar to a 'purified' vegan diet; in addition to the exclusion of all animal products, no additives, preservatives, sweeteners, caffeine, alcohol, white flour, or processed foods are allowed. With the Daniel Fast people can eat as much Daniel-Fast-friendly food as they would like. Though most people begin the Daniel Fast for a spiritual purpose, many are amazed by the physical transformation that takes place. Many with high cholesterol experience a drop to healthy levels; people who have wrestled with weight issues are suddenly able to lose the pounds. The vast majority of participants following the Daniel Fast report a general sense of well-being and increased energy. Recent published scientific studies of the Daniel Fast have confirmed these findings, with additional benefits, such as a reduction in systemic inflammation, a reduction in blood pressure, and an improvement in antioxidant defenses.

The Daniel Cure will help readers take the next step by focusing on the health benefits of the Daniel Fast. By following the advice in this book, readers will convert the Daniel Fast from a once-a-year spiritual discipline into a new way of life that can begin any time of the year. In a nation suffering an epidemic of obesity and its resulting ills, The Daniel Cure may be just what the Great Physician ordered.

The Daniel Cure includes a 21-Day Daniel Cure Devotional, four chapters detailing the lifestyle diseases of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and inflammation, eleven chapters of recipes and meal planning advice, a recipe index, complete nutritional guidance, and an appendix detailing 'The Science behind the Daniel Fast.'

Psych 101 [EPUB]

Psych 101 [EPUB]
Psych 101: Psychology Facts, Basics, Statistics, Tests, and More by Paul Kleinman
2012 | EPUB | 2.46MB

A hands-on approach to exploring the human mind.

Too often, textbooks turn the noteworthy theories, principles, and experiments of psychology into tedious discourse that even Freud would want to repress. Psych 101 cuts out the boring details and statistics, and instead, gives you a lesson in psychology that keeps you engaged - and your synapses firing.

From personality quizzes and the Rorschach Blot Test to B.F. Skinner and the stages of development, this primer for human behavior is packed with hundreds of entertaining psychology basics and quizzes you can't get anywhere else.

So whether you're looking to unravel the intricacies of the mind, or just want to find out what makes your friends tick, Psych 101 has all the answers - even the ones you didn't know you were looking for.

How To Kill Cancer Cells [EPUB]

How To Kill Cancer Cells [EPUB]
How To Kill Cancer Cells: Make Your Body Healthy Now by Natalie Mitchell
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.75/2.07MB

Natalie Mitchell’s Amazon Best Seller second book “How To Kill Cancer Cells” sets out clear guidelines for readers to create a bodily environment in which cancer cells cannot thrive. Everybody has cancer cells and with the medical technology available nowadays doctors can only diagnose cancer disease when people already have developed BILLIONS of active cancer cells in their body. While the information itself is easy to understand, the Author’s clear message is that we, as individuals, can control our susceptibility to Cancer, eliminate Cancer cells and prevent and avoid the disease by controlling and neutralizing, rather than unwittingly nourishing, the body’s natural Cancer cells and their growth.

Natalie Mitchell is an international consulting Nutritionist specializing in cancer prevention and recovery for her clients. For over a decade she has counseled both the healthy and those with Cancer on how to achieve prevention as well as recovery through optimized daily nutrition and diet.

In “How To Kill Cancer Cells” Ms. Mitchell shares her extensive knowledge and understanding of the extraordinary power of diet and nutrition in preventing and neutralizing Cancer. Her book includes chapters of specific practical advice for those who wish to take an active and personal role in making sure they remain Cancer-free, backed up with frequent reference to research papers from both mainstream and alternative medical sources.

Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK [EPUB]

Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK [EPUB]
Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK by Bonar Menninger
2013 | EPUB | 3.79MB

In 1967, a Baltimore man named Howard Donahue began investigating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Like countless Americans, Donahue was fascinated by the events in Dallas. But what separated him from other amateur sleuths, and even the Warren Commission experts, was a lifetime's experience with guns and ballistics.

In Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK, Bonar Menninger chronicles Donahue's twenty-five-year investigation of President Kennedy's death and the stunning revelation it led him to. In crisp, rapid-fire prose, Menninger relates one of the greatest true-life detective stories ever told. More important, he offers solutions to questions that have haunted America for 50 years.

Real Hard Cases [EPUB]

Real Hard Cases [EPUB]
Real Hard Cases: Unsolved Crimes Reinvestigated by Les Brown, Robert Jeffrey
2012 | EPUB | 3.05MB

Some serious crimes are open-and-shut cases, what the cops call no-brainers, but others- the REAL HARD CASES - remain either unsolved or with serious doubts hanging over them. Sometimes for years. Now, after a legendary crime-fighting career, former Glasgow detective Les Brown and bestselling crime writer Robert Jeffrey reinvestigate some of the hardest cases around and come up with some startling conclusions.

Invisible Killer [EPUB]

Invisible Killer [EPUB]
Invisible Killer: The Monster Behind the Mask by Diana Montane, Sean Robbins
2013 | EPUB | 9.81MB

When detectives respond to a crime scene in Orlando, Florida, during the "summer of hurricanes" in 2004, they find Charlie Brandt hanging from the rafters in the garage of Michelle Jones' home, his niece. Inside the house, they find a scene of horror that reminds them of other murders...

In 1978, 13-year-old Carol Lynn Sullivan's head was found inside a rusty paint can in Osteen, FL; her body was never found. Homeless transient Sherry Perisho was murdered in 1989, after moving to Florida from Illinois. Finally, in 1995, Miami prostitute Darlene Toler was deposited on the side of the road, wrapped up "like a package." Perisho and Toler had their hearts removed; all three had been decapitated; and all three are believed by investigators to have been the prior victims of Charlie Brandt.

The true story of the crimes committed by Brandt with insight from an FBI profiler and forensic psychologist, victims' friends and relatives, and the unique writings from victims before their deaths.

From Midnight to Guntown [EPUB]

From Midnight to Guntown [EPUB]
From Midnight to Guntown: True Crime Stories from a Federal Prosecutor in Mississippi by John Hailman
2013 | EPUB | 6.33MB

As a federal prosecutor in Mississippi for over thirty years, John Hailman worked with federal agents, lawyers, judges, and criminals of every stripe. In From Midnight to Guntown, he recounts amazing trials and bad guy antics from the darkly humorous to the needlessly tragic.

In addition to bank robbers--generally the dumbest criminals--Hailman describes scam artists, hit men, protected witnesses, colorful informants, corrupt officials, bad guys with funny nicknames, over-the-top investigators, and those defendants who had a certain roguish charm. Several of his defendants and victims have since had whole books written about them: Dickie Scruggs, Emmett Till, Chicago gang leader Jeff Fort, and Paddy Mitchell, leader of the most successful bank robbery gang of the twentieth century. But Hailman delivers the inside story no one else can. He also recounts his scary experiences after 9/11 when he prosecuted terrorism cases.

True Crime Online [EPUB]

True Crime Online [EPUB]
True Crime Online: Shocking Stories of Scamming, Stalking, Murder, and Mayhem by by J A Hitchcock
2013 | EPUB | 1.86MB

This new book by a top cybercrime expert and victim’s advocate explores horrific real-life crimes with roots in cyberspace. Author J. A. Hitchcock (Net Crimes & Misdemeanors) is celebrated for her work to pass tough cybercrime legislation, train law enforcement, and help victims fight back. In True Crime Online, she journeys into the darkest recesses of the internet to document the most depraved criminals imaginable, from bullies and stalkers to scam artists, sexual predators, and serial killers. This collection of real-life horror stories is a must-read for true crime aficionados and fans of such television fare as 48 Hours Mystery, Forensic Files, and the Investigation Discovery channel. Guaranteed to shock and entertain, you’ll never think about your online “friends” the same way again!

The Complete Guide to Nature Photography [EPUB]

The Complete Guide to Nature Photography [EPUB]
The Complete Guide to Nature Photography by Sean Arbabi
2011 | EPUB | 47.41MB

The authoritative guide for photographing nature in today’s digital world.

Infused with both a passion for nature and an abundance of technical expertise, The Complete Guide to Nature Photography guides amateur photographers through every stage of shooting landscapes, close-ups, and animal portraits in today’s digital world. Master nature photographer Sean Arbabi offers insider advice on everything from packing your gear bag to selecting sites, staying safe while working in the field, getting a perfect exposure, composing your images for maximum impact, and processing your digital images afterward.

Packed with more than 200 inspiring and instructive images, this complete course is the only book you’ll need to capture the beauty of the world around you.

100 Fresh and Fun Handmade Cards [EPUB]

100 Fresh and Fun Handmade Cards [EPUB]
100 Fresh and Fun Handmade Cards by Kimber McGray
2012 | EPUB | 48.17MB

Swivels, Pop-Ups, Spinners, Shakers, Sliders and More: Handmade Cards Have Never Been So Much Fun!

Why settle for just any old greeting card when you can make your loved ones feel even more special with a handmade card? 100 Fresh and Fun Handmade Cards offers fabulous card inspiration and how-tos that are just right. Author Kimber McGray and select contributors share a huge variety of styles and designs with 100 cards: 50 quick and adorable cards for every occasion and 50 interactive or dimensional cards based on the quick card designs.

Inside you'll find:

  • Essential techniques for cardmaking, including easy-to-follow directions for creating card bases, penny sliders and pop-ups.
  • Cards for every occasion, from birthdays and holidays to special occasions and general greetings.
  • Interactive or dimensional cards with parts that pop-up, shake and spin, and an awesome selection of gift card holders.
Let 100 Fresh and Fun Handmade Cards lead the way to greetings that dazzle!

1,000 Ideas by 100 Manga Artists [PDF]

1,000 Ideas by 100 Manga Artists [PDF]
1,000 Ideas by 100 Manga Artists by Cristian Campo
2011 | PDF | 70.57MB

How much would a course on drawing cost given by the top 100 international manga artists? How much would they charge to share their most highly valued techniques? This book brings together 100 manga artists and asks each one to offer 10 practical tips for the manga enthusiast on techniques, sources of inspiration, and the best way to build their portfolios. Detailed photographs, 1,000 in total, taken by the artists themselves serve to illustrate each of these 1,000 tips.

Color Index, Revised Edition [PDF]

Color Index, Revised Edition [PDF]
Color Index, Revised Edition by Jim Krause
2010 | PDF | 9.46MB

Now with digital color swatches!
Let Color Index, Revised Edition turbo-charge your creativity all over again for any print or web project. With more than 1100 color combinations, updated RGB formulas, and downloadable digital swatches, this new edition is guaranteed to help you pick the perfect color palette more efficiently than ever before.

From progressive colors to natural tones, Color Index, Revised Edition makes choosing hues for any job easy! You'll start working with color in exciting new ways to create original, eye-catching designs that pop off the page.

Just look through the book, find a palette that works for your project and then import it into whatever program you're using—Illustrator, InDesign or Photoshop. It's never been easier.

So go ahead. Explore and experiment with color. Now you've got everything you need, right in the palm of your hand.

Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds [EPUB]

Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds [EPUB]
Ai Weiwei: Sunflower Seeds edited by Juliet Bingham
2010 | EPUB | 6.96MB

Born in Beijing in 1957, Ai Weiwei is one of the most influential artists at work today and has exhibited widely in Asia, Europe and North America. He is the first artist living and working in the Asia-Pacific region to be commissioned as part of the Unilever Series to create an artwork for the vast Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. Ai Weiwei has said Liberty is about the right to question everything. His works in a wide range of media are characterized by social and political engagement and a constantly enquiring mind. Whether as an artist, curator, critic, designer or architect, he has played a key part in contemporary Chinese art and culture of the past two decades, not least through his collaboration with architects Herzog & de Meuron in designing the 'Bird's Nest' stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Published to accompany Ai Weiwei's first major large-scale commission in Britain, this book will provide important insights into the creative processes of one of the most exciting and dynamic contemporary artists.

Color: A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors [PDF]

Color: A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors [PDF]
Color: A Course in Mastering the Art of Mixing Colors by Betty Edwards
2004 | PDF | 44.47MB

Millions of people have learned to draw using the methods of Dr. Betty Edwards's bestseller The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Now, much as artists progress from drawing to painting, Edwards moves from black-and-white into color. This much-awaited new guide distills the enormous existing knowledge about color theory into a practical method of working with color to produce harmonious combinations.

Using techniques tested and honed in her five-day intensive color workshops, Edwards provides a basic understanding of how to see color, how to use it, and-for those involved in art, painting, or design-how to mix and combine hues. Including more than 125 color images and exercises that move from simple to challenging, this volume explains how to:

  • see what is really there rather than what you "know" in your mind about colored objects
  • perceive how light affects color, and how colors affect one another
  • manipulate hue, value, and intensity of color and transform colors into their opposites
  • balance color in still-life, landscape, figure, and portrait painting
  • understand the psychology of color
  • harmonize color in your surroundings

While we recognize and treasure the beautiful use of color, reproducing what we see can be a challenge. Accessibly unweaving color's complexity, this must-have primer is destined to be an instant classic.

Happy Accidents [EPUB]

Happy Accidents [EPUB]
Happy Accidents: Serendipity in Major Medical Breakthroughs in the Twentieth Century by Morton A Meyers
2011 | EPUB | 3.22MB

A fascinating and highly accessible look at the surprising role serendipity has played in some of the most important medical discoveries in the twentieth century.

Happy Accidents is a fascinating, entertaining, and highly accessible look at the surprising role serendipity has played in some of the most important medical discoveries in the twentieth century. What do penicillin, chemotherapy drugs, X-rays, Valium, the Pap smear, and Viagra have in common? They were each discovered accidentally, stumbled upon in the search for something else. In the 1990s, Pfizer had high hopes for a new drug that would boost blood flow to the heart. As they conducted trials on angina sufferers, researchers noted a startling effect: while the drug did not affect blood flow to the heart, it did affect blood flow elsewhere! Now over six million American men have taken Viagra in their lifetime.

Winston Churchill once said, “Men occasionally stumble across the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing has happened.” Within the scientific community, a certain stigma is attached to chance discovery because it is wrongly seen as pure luck. Happy accidents certainly happen every day, but it takes intelligence, insight, and creativity to recognize a “Eureka, I found what I wasn't looking for!” moment and know what to do next. In discussing medical breakthroughs, Dr. Morton Meyers makes a cogent, highly engaging argument for a more creative, rather than purely linear, approach to science. And it may just save our lives!

Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle [EPUB]

Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle [EPUB]
Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle: Transform Your Body Forever Using the Secrets of the Leanest People in the World by Tom Venuto
2013 | EPUB | 9.45MB

A no-nonsense plan that has been proven and tested by more than 300,000 people in 154 countries. Whether you want to shed 10 pounds or 100, whether you want to build muscle or just look more toned, this book is the original “bible of fitness” that shows you how to get permanent results the safe, healthy, and natural way.

Do you want to shed fat and sculpt a new body shape at the same time?
Do you want a program without gimmicks, hype, or quick fixes?
Do you want a program guaranteed to work, no matter how old you are or what kind of shape you’re in now?

For twenty-five years, industry veteran and bestselling author Tom Venuto has built a reputation as one of the world’s most respected fat-loss experts. In Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle—known by fans as “the bible of fat loss”—Tom reveals the body transformation secrets of the leanest people in the world. This is not a diet and it’s not just a weight-loss program; this is a breakthrough system to change your life and get you leaner, stronger, fitter, and healthier with the latest discoveries in exercise and nutrition science.
Inside, you’ll discover:

  • The simple but powerful LEAN formula, revealing the four crucial elements of body transformation success.
  • The New Body 28 (TNB-28): a four-week training plan for sculpting lean muscle, plus a quick start primer workout perfect for beginners
  • A lifestyle program that’s more flexible and easier than ever to follow, even if you are busy, have dietary restrictions, or have never worked out before.
  • The motivation strategies it takes to stick with your plan.

Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle is not about getting as ripped as a fitness model or becoming a bodybuilder like Tom did (unless you want to); it’s about using their secrets to achieve your own personal goals. You are sure to call it your fitness bible for many years to come.

The Migraine Miracle [EPUB]

The Migraine Miracle [EPUB]
The Migraine Miracle: A Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, Ancestral Diet to Reduce Inflammation and Relieve Your Headaches for Good by Josh Turknett
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.78/2.08MB

If you suffer from migraines, you know from experience that prescription medication can only do so much to help relieve your suffering. You also know that your next headache could still strike at any time, and as a result, you may lead a life of fear and trepidation, never knowing when the responsibilities of work and family will once again fall victim to your throbbing skull. Unfortunately, despite the many advances in medicine, there is still no real cure for the migraine headache.

In The Migraine Miracle, a neurologist with a personal history of migraines offers readers the revolutionary dietary cure that has worked for him and continues to work for his patients: a diet low in wheat, sugar, and processed foods, and high in organic, protein-rich animal products. The book also explores the link between inflammation, diet, and migraines, and contains a 21-day meal plan to help readers change the way they eat. By following this easy meal plan, millions of sufferers will discover a life free from symptoms?once and for all.

The book includes comprehensive, research-based information that explains what the brain goes through during a migraine headache, the phases of the migraine, and how a diagnosis is made. It also explores the risks and benefits of migraine medication, natural remedies for migraines, dietary migraine triggers, and detailed, specific instructions for a migraine-free eating plan.

If you have tried migraine medicine but have not found real relief, it’s time to try something new. By changing the way you eat, and understanding what foods can trigger your migraine, you can start feeling better longer, without the threat of a migraine always looming over everything you do.

Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy [EPUB]

Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy [EPUB]
Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy by Bret Contreras
2013 | EPUB + PDF | 10.3/41.38MB

Increase strength, build mass, burn fat, and define your muscles. With full-color anatomical illustrations, step-by-step instructions, and training advice, Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy is the authoritative resource for sculpting your physique without free weights, machines, or expensive equipment.

Targeting all muscle zones and primary muscle regions—arms, chest, shoulders, back, core, thighs, glutes, and calves—Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy presents 156 of the most effective bodyweight exercises that can be performed anytime, anywhere. With expert advice from renowned strength trainer Bret Contreras, you’ll learn how to modify, combine, and sequence exercises to ramp up your routine and avoid plateaus.

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease [EPUB]

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease [EPUB]
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Caldwell B Esselstyn Jr
2007 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.95/1.3MB

The New York Times bestselling guide to the lifesaving diet that can both prevent and help reverse the effects of heart disease.

Based on the groundbreaking results of his twenty-year nutritional study, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn illustrates that a plant-based, oil-free diet can not only prevent the progression of heart disease but can also reverse its effects. Dr. Esselstyn is an internationally known surgeon, researcher and former clinician at the Cleveland Clinic and a featured expert in the acclaimed documentary Forks Over Knives. Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease has helped thousands across the country, and is the book behind Bill Clinton’s life-changing vegan diet.

The proof lies in the incredible outcomes for patients who have followed Dr. Esselstyn's program, including a number of patients in his original study who had been told by their cardiologists that they had less than a year to live. Within months of starting the program, all Dr. Esselstyn’s patients began to improve dramatically, and twenty years later, they remain free of symptoms.

Complete with more than 150 delicious recipes perfect for a plant-based diet, the national bestseller Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease explains the science behind the simple plan that has drastically changed the lives of heart disease patients forever. It will empower readers and give them the tools to take control of their heart health.

The Sugar Detox [EPUB]

The Sugar Detox [EPUB]
The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Look Years Younger by Brooke Alpert, Patricia Farris
2013 | EPUB | 2.38MB

Sugar is the new controlled substance. The average American consumes up to 31 pounds of sugar a year, and a diet high in sugar can cause diabetes, obesity, and many other health crises. Our excess intake of sugar, from the white stuff on the table to the high-fructose corn syrup hidden in packaged foods, is not only making us sick, it’s making us fat and aging our skin. Now, nutritionist Brooke Alpert and dermatologist Patricia Farris team up in this revolutionary program that helps get the sugar out of your diet to recapture youthful skin and good health.

Designed to limit the amount of extra blood sugar, slim your waistline, increase your energy levels, and improve your skin, this combined approach to nutrition and skin care will make you feel—and look—better than you ever have before. The secret? A three-day detox plan to get the sugar out of your system and get you on the path to eating and living the healthiest way possible.

The I Love Trader Joe's College Cookbook [PDF]

The I Love Trader Joe's College Cookbook [PDF]
The I Love Trader Joe's College Cookbook: 150 Cheap and Easy Gourmet Recipes by Andrea Lynn
2011 | PDF | 18.73MB

TIRED OF FAST FOOD AND FROZEN PIZZA?
HATE THE CRAP FROM THE DINING HALL?
HAVE ONLY A MICROWAVE IN YOUR DORM ROOM?

No problem. You can still make awesome meals!
Even if you've never cooked before, this book shows how quick and easy it is to turn Trader Joe's tasty and affordable groceries into delicious dishes:

  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches
  • Fish Tacos
  • Sweet Chili Wings
  • Homemade Pizza
  • Chicken Masala
  • Pad Thai
  • Eggplant Lasagna
  • Raspberry Brownies
  • Greek Pasta Salad
  • Tortilla Soup
  • Caramel Popcorn

These recipes are super easy to make, and you don't need a bunch of pots and pans. Best of all, since every ingredient in every recipe is available at Trader Joe's, you can get all your shopping done with one quick stop.

Fabio's Italian Kitchen [EPUB]

Fabio's Italian Kitchen [EPUB]
Fabio's Italian Kitchen: Over 100 Delicious Family Recipes by Fabio Viviani
2013 | EPUB | 91.01MB

When Fabio Viviani was growing up in a housing project in Florence, Italy, the center of his world was the kitchen, where his mother, grandmother, and especially his great-grandmother instilled in him a love for cooking and good food.

Now he shares the best of Italian home cooking while telling the story of his hardscrabble childhood, his success as a chef in the United States, and the women in his family who inspired him. In more than 150 delicious recipes, Viviani takes us from his family home, where his great-grandmother taught him to make staples like Italian Apple Cake and Homemade Ricotta, to the kitchen of a local trattoria, where he honed his craft cooking restaurant favorites like Gnocchi and the Perfect Tiramisu, and then across Italy where he studied each region's finest recipes, from Piedmont's Braised Ossobuco to Emilia Romagna's Perfect Meat Sauce.

A gorgeously illustrated cookbook, Fabio's Italian Kitchen is a celebration of food and family that brings all the joy, fun, and flair that Fabio Viviani embodies to your kitchen.

Fabio Viviani was born in Florence, Italy, and became a sous chef at Il Pallaio, a trattoria in Firenze, at the age of sixteen. He now works as the owner and executive chef of Cafe Firenze, a renowned Italian restaurant in Ventura County, California, and Osteria Firenze, a Los Angeles Italian eatery. He has appeared on Top Chef (season five), Top Chef All Stars, and Life After Top Chef.

From growing up in a Florentine housing project to charming millions on Top Chef, Italian chef Fabio Viviani blends his amazing personal story with his favorite recipes from his home country.

Fabio shares the best of Italian home cooking while telling the story of his own, hardscrabble Italian childhood (and subsequent success upon arrival in US) and especially the women in his life mother and great grandmother who taught him to cook and inspired him. The book will feature photos and over 150 recipes with stories, including Viviani staples (Italian Apple Cake, 7 Flavors Meat), restaurant favorites (Gnocchi, the Perfect Tiramisu), and recipes from his travels and apprenticeships across different regions of Italy (Braised Ossobuco from Piedmont, the Perfect Meat Sauce from Emilia Romagna).

Gluten Is My Bitch [EPUB]

Gluten Is My Bitch [EPUB]
Gluten Is My Bitch: Rants, Recipes, and Ridiculousness for the Gluten-Free by April Peveteaux
2013 | EPUB | 16.46MB

Gluten Is My Bitch offers a brutally honest and hilarious take on the realities of living a gluten-free life. As the 18 million gluten-intolerants and 3 million celiac disease sufferers in the United States can attest, living gluten-free isn’t a lot of fun, but author April Peveteaux has at least managed to make it funny. Described as the “Chelsea Handler of the gluten-free set,” April employs her unique sense of humor to provide the perfect guide to navigating a gluten-free life. In addition to her hysterical wisdom, she offers 40 gluten-free comfort food recipes that will make even the most frustrated gluten-intolerant smile with relief.

Great Meat [EPUB]

Great Meat [EPUB]
Great Meat: Classic Techniques and Award-Winning Recipes for Selecting, Cutting, and Cooking Beef, Lamb, Pork, Poultry, and Game by John Hogan, Dave Kelly, Glenn Keefer
2013 | EPUB | 15.76MB

Recipes are only as good as their ingredients, especially when it comes to meat. That’s why having a good understanding of how to select, cut, and cook meat makes all of the difference in the final taste. Written by Ruby & White, one of Britain's leading butcher shops, Great Meat debunks myths and misinformation around selecting and cooking meat and offers up valuable information to meat lovers and serious home cooks who want to learn new and different preparation techniques.

This go-to guide to meat takes you through the technical aspects of meat, while providing recipes along the way that will help you try out your newfound techniques. Learn how to identify and use different cuts, why and when free-range and grass-fed is better, the basics of home butchery, and much more. Great Meat is filled with photos and diagrams showing where different cuts of meat come from, their corresponding preparation techniques, and recipes from the leading chefs and restaurants in Britain.

The Old World Kitchen [EPUB]

The Old World Kitchen [EPUB]
The Old World Kitchen: The Rich Tradition of European Peasant Cooking by Elisabeth Luard
2013 | EPUB | 4.85MB

A re-discovered classic on the essentials of European cooking, Mark Bittman calls it "the best cookbook no one’s ever heard of."

Award-winning food writer Elisabeth Luard joyously salutes the foundations of modern Western cooking with recipes collected during years of travel and research, many of them spent living in rural France, Spain and Italy. First published in 1987, this definitive collection of over three hundred time-tested recipes from twenty-five European countries is an indispensable guide to the simple, delicious and surprisingly exotic dishes of peasant Europe.

All of these authentic recipes are easy to follow for the modern cook. Highlights include French oatmeal soup and Spanish bean stew, British steak-and-kidney pudding, Romanian chicken pot roast, and, of course, classics like ratatouille and hollandaise sauce.

The Old World Kitchen is more than a collection of recipes. Luard's charming asides provide social history of the people and history from which they all come. And she’s an excellent guide to local herbs, oils, cheeses and meats and their lore. Her delightful presence throughout makes for a rich reading experience, as well as a truly unique cookbook.

Kitchen Myths [EPUB]

Kitchen Myths [EPUB]
Kitchen Myths: Facts and Fiction About Food and Cooking by Peter Aitken
2013 | EPUB | 11.71MB

The world of food and cooking is full of falsehoods—things that are commonly believed to be true, but in fact are not. These kitchen myths may come from a TV chef, a cookbook author, or your mom, and many people find it hard to give up long-held beliefs. The author, a retired medical school professor, punctures and deflates dozens of myths, always with an emphasis on sound scientific principles and credible evidence. Illustrated throughout with the author’s own photographs, this book is an enjoyable read and will surely improve your culinary skills and knowledge.

Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen [EPUB]

Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen [EPUB]
Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen: Faith, Family, and Food--Bringing Our Home to Your Table by Kay Robertson
2013 | EPUB | 7.66MB

Writing a cookbook for people who love good food has been a lifelong dream for me—and I’m so happy to be sharing some of our family’s favorite recipes with you! In this book you’ll find everything from Jase’s Favorite Sweet Potato Pie to Phil’s own special recipes, like his scrumptious Crawfish Fettuccine. There’s “girly” food for a gathering of your best girlfriends, like Aunt Judy’s Cranberry Salad, as well as dishes straight from the hunt like Boiled Squirrel and Dumplings.

In addition to more than one hundred specially chosen recipes, I’ve included old family snapshots of the days before the Duck Dynasty series on A&E and stories of our family and how we live. The dinner table has long been one of our favorite places for telling stories, and there’s always competition to see who can dish out the wildest story. We believe that food and cooking bring people together—it’s brought our family together for generations, and it can do the same for yours. Gather your family around the table and serve up delicious home-cooked meals with recipes like:

  • Willie’s Famous Chicken Strips
  • Melt-in-Your-Mouth Biscuits
  • Cheesy Corn Casserole
  • Fresh Strawberry Pie
  • Best Brisket Ever
  • Crawfish Balls
  • Creamy Green Grape Salad
  • Papaw Phil’s Homemade Ice Cream

Join with our family as we create lasting family traditions that will warm the hearts and bellies of those you love. Let’s do it together.

The Daffodil [EPUB]

The Daffodil [EPUB]
The Daffodil: Discover the Remarkable Story of the World's Most Popular Spring Flower by Noel Kingsbury
2013 | EPUB | 15.72MB

There is no harbinger of spring like a field or garden filled with bright yellow daffodils. But the world of the daffodil is much more than just its place in the march of the seasons. It's a plant whose history starts with the tombs of the Pharaohs and leads to the current explosion of varieties from plant breeders seeking new colors, fragrances, and forms.

Daffodil reveals a global plant infatuation that has led to more than 25,000 cultivars available in nearly every shade of yellow (and now pink, orange, and white). Noel Kingsbury tells the tale through an engaging narrative history and plant portraits that highlight more than 200 varieties. Jo Whitworth's revealing photography shows a side of the daffodil rarely seen. Plant lovers will relish the stories and gardeners will cherish the cultivation notes, plant descriptions, and recommendations.

The Bald Facts: The David Armstrong Biography [EPUB]

The Bald Facts: The David Armstrong Biography [EPUB]
The Bald Facts: The David Armstrong Biography by Pat Symes
2013 | EPUB | 4.23MB

Like many gifted soccer players of the 1970s and 1980s, the story told by legendary Middlesbrough, Southampton, and England winger David Armstrong includes some spectacular ups and downs; but the speed and ferocity of his personal rollercoaster ride are surely unique. Starting out at Leeds, David resisted signing for Don Revie—later followed by Clough’s Forest and Manchester United. He played an incredible 356 consecutive matches for Middlesbrough before being forced out after 10 years. On to Saints with Keegan, Ball, and Channon—and more near misses in the league and cup. Armstrong’s promising England career was sadly curtailed by a falling-out with Bobby Robson, and just four years later he was forced to sign on the dole. The break-up of his first marriage, his desperate desire for an ankle amputation, and bailiffs at the door lend David’s riches-to-rags story of stardom and poverty a human appeal far beyond soccer.

99: Gretzky: His Game, His Story [EPUB]

99: Gretzky: His Game, His Story [EPUB]
99: Gretzky: His Game, His Story by Al Strachan
2013 | EPUB | 4.73MB

Whether wearing his Edmonton oil-drop, the black and silver colours of L.A., or the famous Rangers sweater from New York, all hockey fans agree that Wayne Gretzky was the best hockey player of all time. His point totals, his puck control, and the manner in which he conducted himself both on and off the ice reflected the very best of the game.

You can't talk about Gretzky without talking about his records and achievements: 50 goals in just 39 games, 9 Hart Trophies, 10 Art Ross Trophies, 4 Stanley Cups, 215 points in a single season, and, of course, retiring with 2856 points. Each record is a remarkable achievement by the game's most remarkable player, and each will be broken down in this book.

Published with Wayne Gretzky's approval and written with his cooperation, this is the Gretzky biography that his fans have so anxiously awaited. Veteran sports journalist Al Strachan has enjoyed an extremely close friendship with Gretzky for well over 25 years, and during this time Strachan has reported on every aspect of his professional career. The two have spent thousands of hours talking about the game and such details as Wayne's move to L.A., managing the 2002 Canadian Olympic team and coaching in Phoenix. Their close friendship has offered each man the opportunity to discuss the game that they both love, and in this book Strachan takes readers on a most remarkable journey and details the life of Wayne Gretzky like it has never been told.

Betty Page Confidential [EPUB]

Betty Page Confidential [EPUB]
Betty Page Confidential by Bunny Yeager
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 4.89/5.94MB

Curvaceous, friendly and wholesome-looking, Playboy pinup Betty Page was the perfect complement to the still-innocent fantasies of young men during the Eisenhower years. Betty Page Confidential includes a biography of the reclusive goddess, an official Betty Page trivia quiz and 100 photos.

Betty Page Confidential is the ultimate book on this 1950s icon.

Hollywood's Copyright Wars [EPUB]

Hollywood's Copyright Wars [EPUB]
Hollywood's Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet by Peter Decherney
2012 | EPUB | 24.57MB

Copyright law is important to every stage of media production and reception. It helps determine filmmakers’ artistic decisions, Hollywood’s corporate structure, and the vatieties of media consumption. The rise of digital media and the internet has only expanded copyright’s reach. Everyone from producers and sceenwriters to amateur video makers, file sharers, and internet entrepreneurs has a stake in the history and future of piracy, copy protection, and the public domain.

Beginning with Thomas Edison’s aggressive patent and copyright disputes and concluding with recent lawsuits against YouTube and Universal, Hollywood’s Copyright Wars follows the struggle of the film, television, and digital media industries to influence and adapt to copyright law. Many of Hollywood’s most valued treasures, from Modern Times (1936) to Star Wars (1977), cannot be fully understood without appreciating their legal controversies. Peter Decherney shows that the history of intellectual property in Hollywood has not always mirrored the evolution of the law. Many landmark decisions have barely changed the industry’s behavior, while some quieter policies have had revolutionary effects. His most remarkable contribution uncovers Hollywood’s reliance on self-regulation. Rather than involve congress, judges, or juries in settling copyright disputes, studio heads and filmmakers have often kept such arguments “in house,” turning to talent guilds and other groups for solutions. Whether the issue has been battling piracy in the 1900s, controlling the threat of home video, or managing modern amateur and noncommercial uses of protected content, much of Hollywood’s engagement with the law has occurred offstage, in the larger theater of copyright. Decherney’s unique history recounts these extralegal solutions and their impact on American media and culture.

Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939

Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939
Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939 by Thomas Doherty
2013 | EPUB | 23.33MB

Between 1933 and 1939, representations of the Nazis and the full meaning of Nazism came slowly to Hollywood, growing more ominous and distinct only as the decade wore on. Recapturing what ordinary Americans saw on the screen during the emerging Nazi threat, Thomas Doherty reclaims forgotten films, such as Hitler's Reign of Terror (1934), a pioneering anti-Nazi docudrama by Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr.; I Was a Captive of Nazi Germany (1936), a sensational true tale of "a Hollywood girl in Naziland!"; and Professor Mamlock (1938), an anti-Nazi film made by German refugees living in the Soviet Union.

Doherty also recounts how the disproportionately Jewish backgrounds of the executives of the studios and the workers on the payroll shaded reactions to what was never simply a business decision. As Europe hurtled toward war, a proxy battle waged in Hollywood over how to conduct business with the Nazis, how to cover Hitler and his victims in the newsreels, and whether to address or ignore Nazism in Hollywood feature films. Should Hollywood lie low, or stand tall and sound the alarm?

Doherty's history features a cast of charismatic personalities: Carl Laemmle, the German Jewish founder of Universal Pictures, whose production of All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) enraged the nascent Nazi movement; Georg Gyssling, the Nazi consul in Los Angeles, who read the Hollywood trade press as avidly as any studio mogul; Vittorio Mussolini, son of the fascist dictator and aspiring motion picture impresario; Leni Riefenstahl, the Valkyrie goddess of the Third Reich who came to America to peddle distribution rights for Olympia (1938); screenwriters Donald Ogden Stewart and Dorothy Parker, founders of the Hollywood Anti-Nazi League; and Harry and Jack Warner of Warner Bros., who yoked anti-Nazism to patriotic Americanism and finally broke the embargo against anti-Nazi cinema with Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939).

Beijing City Guide (Insight Guides)

Beijing City Guide (Insight Guides)
Beijing City Guide (Insight Guides)
2013 | EPUB | 106.87MB

Insight City Guide Beijing is a full-colour, comprehensive travel guide to this historic and exciting city.

Full-colour photography and maps throughout combine with authoritative text to give you both inspiration and information to help explore Beijing and its surrounding areas. Be inspired by the "Best Of Beijing" section, which highlights the top experiences and places to visit in Beijing, while a comprehensive Travel Tips section provides all the practical information and travel advice you need, as well as a guide to things to do in Beijing, plus our selective listings for hotel and restaurants. Lavish Photo Features offer a unique insight into topics such as traditional medicine, life in the hutong and the city's parks. Insight's trademark history coverage provides a fascinating introduction to Beijing's position as capital of imperial dynasties for more than 1,000 years as well as its modern life, while features by local writers delve into Beijing's culture - everything from life in the New China to religion and food and drink.

Ten Places chapters cover the city and its surroundings, from Imperial Beijing, Wangfujing and the Foreign Legation Quarter and the Olympic Park, to the Ming Tombs and Great Wall and the ancient village of Chuandixia. Colour maps throughout help you get around so you can find the top attractions in Beijing as well as venture off the beaten track, to make sure you have the quintessential Beijing experience.

Israel (Insight Guides) [EPUB]

Israel (Insight Guides) [EPUB]
Israel (Insight Guides) by Simon Griver
2012 | EPUB | 111.3MB

Insight Guide Israel features illuminating text alongside over 250 inspiring full-colour photographs that will bring Israel's people and places to life. A special 'Best of' feature highlights the top attractions, including Jerusalem's Old City, Bethlehem, Nazareth, and diving in Eilat, plus the best beaches, markets and money-saving tips.

From the key sites rich in history and religious significance, to the simple pleasures of a Dead Sea mud bath and a walk along a beautiful beach, all of Israel's attractions are included to ensure you experience the very best of Israel. An in-depth 'Places' section covers the entire country, from the pastoral landscapes of the bible to the buzz of Tel Aviv, and we devote four chapters to the West Bank. All the principal sites are cross-referenced to full-colour maps for easy navigation.

You will also find fascinating chapters on the country's history, people and culture. The Travel Tips provide essential information for planning your trip, whilst our selective hotel and restaurant listings lead to you the best and most authentic establishments. The unique combination of insightful exploration and practical advice makes this guide a real pleasure to read before, during and after your visit.

India (Insight Guides) [EPUB]

India (Insight Guides) [EPUB]
India (Insight Guides) by David Abram
2013 | EPUB | 155.67MB

India is like nowhere else on earth - thrilling, frustrating and incredibly diverse. The full-colour Insight Guide India shows you how to get the most out of this amazing destination. Our inspirational Best of India section illustrates its unique attractions, from the bright lights of Mumbai to the brilliant colours of Rajasthan, the ruins of ancient cities and the cool heights of the Himalayas. With its in-depth history and culture section, this guide provides an essential introduction to India's ancient civilisations, colonial history and multi-layered contemporary society. Our lively essays on art and architecture, food and drink, performing arts, wildlife and Bollywood provide the perfect backdrop to any visit.

The informative text, written by regional experts, is a pleasure to read and accompanied by stunning photography. The lavish Photo Features offer a unique insight into India's festivals, Hindu deities, its creaking railways, the ancient sites of Ajanta, Ellora and Hampi, cruising Kerala's backwaters, and - of course - the Taj Mahal. The Places section takes you on a journey through each of India's regions, from Delhi and the Himalayas in the north to Chennai and Kerala in the south, as well the coral-fringed Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. All major sights are cross-referenced with full-colour maps, and the travel tips provide planning advice, language tips, an A-Z of essential travel information, and carefully selected hotel and restaurant listings.

The Rough Guide to Central America On a Budget [MOBI]

The Rough Guide to Central America On a Budget [MOBI]
The Rough Guide to Central America On a Budget
2013 | MOBI | 19.36MB

The new full-color Rough Guide to Central America on a Budget is the ultimate guide to traveling the region and getting the most value for every dollar, colón, quetzal, or lempira.

Detailed color maps and in-depth coverage of how to get around go hand-in-hand with inspirational itineraries and authoritative accounts of every attraction. This guidebook covers all the Central American countries and features first-hand reviews of affordable accommodation, cheap places to eat, laid-back bars, and thrilling outdoor adventures. The Rough Guide to Central America on a Budget is packed with epic road trips, adventure activities, ancient ruins, beach hideaways, wildlife watching, atmospheric colonial cities, and all the best festivals.

Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to Central America on a Budget.

Fodor's California 2014 [EPUB]

Fodor's California 2014 [EPUB]
Fodor's California 2014
2013 | EPUB | 53.12MB

California is one of America's most popular vacation destinations, and for good reason--the state is so diverse that it draws every type of traveller. Fodor's 2014 California ebook guide covers all corners of the state, from the northern coast to wine country to Los Angeles to the Mojave Desert.

Expanded Coverage: New hotels and restaurants are covered around the state, from San Francisco to Los Angeles to the Southern Sierra. A revised "Great Itineraries" section makes planning a trip to this large state easier than ever.

Discerning Recommendations: Fodor's California offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travellers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travellers provide valuable insights.

Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World [EPUB]

Elizabeth of York [Audiobook]
Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World by Alison Weir
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.23/2.73Mb

Many are familiar with the story of the much-married King Henry VIII of England and the celebrated reign of his daughter, Elizabeth I. But it is often forgotten that the life of the first Tudor queen, Elizabeth of York, Henry’s mother and Elizabeth’s grandmother, spanned one of England’s most dramatic and perilous periods. Now New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir presents the first modern biography of this extraordinary woman, whose very existence united the realm and ensured the survival of the Plantagenet bloodline.

Her birth was greeted with as much pomp and ceremony as that of a male heir. The first child of King Edward IV, Elizabeth enjoyed all the glittering trappings of royalty. But after the death of her father; the disappearance and probable murder of her brothers—the Princes in the Tower; and the usurpation of the throne by her calculating uncle Richard III, Elizabeth found her world turned upside-down: She and her siblings were declared bastards.

As Richard’s wife, Anne Neville, was dying, there were murmurs that the king sought to marry his niece Elizabeth, knowing that most people believed her to be England’s rightful queen. Weir addresses Elizabeth’s possible role in this and her covert support for Henry Tudor, the exiled pretender who defeated Richard at the Battle of Bosworth and was crowned Henry VII, first sovereign of the House of Tudor. Elizabeth’s subsequent marriage to Henry united the houses of York and Lancaster and signaled the end of the Wars of the Roses. For centuries historians have asserted that, as queen, she was kept under Henry’s firm grasp, but Weir shows that Elizabeth proved to be a model consort—pious and generous—who enjoyed the confidence of her husband, exerted a tangible and beneficial influence, and was revered by her son, the future King Henry VIII.

Drawing from a rich trove of historical records, Weir gives a long overdue and much-deserved look at this unforgettable princess whose line descends to today’s British monarch—a woman who overcame tragedy and danger to become one of England’s most beloved consorts.

Scurvy [Audiobook]

Scurvy [Audiobook]
Scurvy: How a Surgeon, a Mariner, and a Gentlemen Solved the Greatest Medical Mystery of the Age of Sail [Audiobook] by Stephen R Bown, read by Dan Cashman
2005 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF | 220.44MB

Scurvy took a terrible toll in the Age of Sail, killing more sailors than were lost in all sea battles combined. The threat of the disease kept ships close to home and doomed those vessels that ventured too far from port. The willful ignorance of the royal medical elite, who endorsed ludicrous medical theories based on speculative research while ignoring the life-saving properties of citrus fruit, cost tens of thousands of lives and altered the course of many battles at sea. The cure for scurvy ranks among the greatest of human accomplishments, yet its impact on history has, until now, been largely ignored.

From the earliest recorded appearance of the disease in the sixteenth century, to the eighteenth century, where a man had only half a chance of surviving the scourge, to the early nineteenth century, when the British conquered scurvy and successfully blockaded the French and defeated Napoleon, Scurvy is a medical detective story for the ages, the fascinating true story of how James Lind (the surgeon), James Cook (the mariner), and Gilbert Blane (the gentleman) worked separately to eliminate the dreaded affliction.

Scurvy is an evocative journey back to the era of wooden ships and sails, when the disease infiltrated every aspect of seafaring life: press gangs "recruit" mariners on the way home from a late night at the pub; a terrible voyage in search of riches ends with a hobbled fleet and half the crew heaved overboard; Cook majestically travels the South Seas but suffers an unimaginable fate. Brimming with tales of ships, sailors, and baffling bureaucracy, Scurvy is a rare mix of compelling history and classic adventure story.

Mission to Mars [Audiobook]

Mission to Mars [Audiobook]
Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration [Audiobook] by Buzz Aldrin, read by John Pruden
2013 | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 50 mins | 198.71MB

Legendary ''space statesman'' Buzz Aldrin speaks out as a vital advocate for the continuing quest to push the boundaries of the universe as we know it. As a pioneering astronaut who set foot on the moon during mankind's first landing with Apollo 11 - and an aerospace engineer who designed an orbital rendezvous technique critical to future planetary landings - Aldrin has a vision, and in Mission to Mars he plots out the path he proposes, one that will take humans to Mars by 2035.

The Betrayal of the American Dream [Audiobook]

The Betrayal of the American Dream [Audiobook]
The Betrayal of the American Dream [Audiobook] by Donald L Barlett, James B Steele, read by Wes Talbot
2012 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 45 mins | 211.9MB

America's unique prosperity is based on its creation of a middle class. In the 20th century, that middle class provided the workforce, the educated skills, and the demand that gave life to the world's greatest consumer economy. It was innovative and dynamic; it eclipsed old imperial systems and colonial archetypes. It gave rise to a dream: that if you worked hard and followed the rules you would prosper in America, and your children would enjoy a better life than yours. The American dream was the lure to gifted immigrants and the birthright opportunity for every American citizen. It is as important a part of the history of the country as the passing of the Bill of Rights, the outcome of the battle of Gettysburg, or the space program.

Incredibly, however, for more than 30 years, government and big business in America have conspired to roll back the American dream. What was once accessible to a wide swath of the population is increasingly open only to a privileged few. The story of how the American middle class has been systematically impoverished and its prospects thwarted in favor of a new ruling elite is at the heart of this extraordinarily timely and revealing audiobook, whose devastating findings from two of the finest investigative reporters in the country will leave you astonished and angry.

The Democracy Project [Audiobook]

The Democracy Project [Audiobook]
The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement [Audiobook] by David Graeber, read by Grover Gardner
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 38 mins | 265.06MB

A bold rethinking of the most powerful political idea in the world—democracy—and the story of how radical democracy can yet transform America.

Democracy has been the American religion since before the Revolution—from New England town halls to the multicultural democracy of Atlantic pirate ships. But can our current political system, one that seems responsive only to the wealthiest among us and leaves most Americans feeling disengaged, voiceless, and disenfranchised, really be called democratic? And if the tools of our democracy are not working to solve the rising crises we face, how can we—average citizens—make change happen?

David Graeber, one of the most influential scholars and activists of his generation, takes readers on a journey through the idea of democracy, provocatively reorienting our understanding of pivotal historical moments, and extracts their lessons for today—from the birth of Athenian democracy and the founding of the United States of America to the global revolutions of the twentieth century and the rise of a new generation of activists. Underlying it all is a bracing argument that in the face of increasingly concentrated wealth and power in this country, a reenergized, reconceived democracy—one based on consensus, equality, and broad participation—can yet provide us with the just, free, and fair society we want.

The Democracy Project tells the story of the resilience of the democratic spirit and the adaptability of the democratic idea. It offers a fresh take on vital history and an impassioned argument that radical democracy is, more than ever, our best hope.

Days of Fire [Audiobook]

Days of Fire [Audiobook]
Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House [Audiobook] by Peter Baker, read by Mark Deakins
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 29 hrs 15 mins |

In Days of Fire, Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for The New York Times, takes us on a gripping and intimate journey through the eight years of the Bush and Cheney administration in a tour-de-force narrative of a dramatic and controversial presidency.

Theirs was the most captivating American political partnership since Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger: a bold and untested president and his seasoned, relentless vice president. Confronted by one crisis after another, they struggled to protect the country, remake the world, and define their own relationship along the way. In Days of Fire, Peter Baker chronicles the history of the most consequential presidency in modern times through the prism of its two most compelling characters, capturing the elusive and shifting alliance of George Walker Bush and Richard Bruce Cheney as no historian has done before. He brings to life with in-the-room immediacy all the drama of an era marked by devastating terror attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, and financial collapse.

The real story of Bush and Cheney is a far more fascinating tale than the familiar suspicion that Cheney was the power behind the throne. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with key players, and thousands of pages of never-released notes, memos, and other internal documents, Baker paints a riveting portrait of a partnership that evolved dramatically over time, from the early days when Bush leaned on Cheney, making him the most influential vice president in history, to their final hours, when the two had grown so far apart they were clashing in the West Wing. Together and separately, they were tested as no other president and vice president have been, first on a bright September morning, an unforgettable “day of fire” just months into the presidency, and on countless days of fire over the course of eight tumultuous years.

Days of Fire is a monumental and definitive work that will rank with the best of presidential histories. As absorbing as a thriller, it is eye-opening and essential reading.