Jason Youn's Essential Guide to Mastering Digital Photography [EPUB]

Mastering Digital Photography [EPUB]
Jason Youn's Essential Guide to Mastering Digital Photography: Understanding the Art & Science of Aperture, Shutter, Exposure, Light, & Composition by Jason Youn
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.29/1.33MB

Award winning photographer Jason Youn teaches photography so that anyone can understand. The information is presented in a concise manner, the illustrations are simple & direct, the instructions and personal stories are invaluable, & his years of expertise are evident. Jason perfectly merges the science, art, history, and joy of photography. Learn all about:

  • Exposure.
  • f/Stops and Aperture.
  • Shutter Speed and ISO.
  • White Balance and Color Temperature.
  • Lenses.
  • Focus.
  • The rules of art.
  • Framing.
  • Color & Brightness.
  • Lighting.
  • And much more.

Included in this book is a great section on situational tips and tricks so you and your camera can be ready to capture that once in a lifetime moment before it's gone forever. Jason Youn's book is written for everyone, especially beginner and intermediate photographers, so that anyone can master photography!

Portrait Photography: Art and Techniques [PDF]

Portrait Photography: Art and Techniques [PDF]
Portrait Photography: Art and Techniques by Saraya Cortaville
2013 | PDF | 10.93MB

A guide to taking fantastic portraits, covering all the practical decisions as well as the creative aspects.

Explaining the basic rules of portraiture, this practical guide also covers the more complex ideas of image making. Set out in chronological order as a photographer would approach a shoot, it explains each step of the process, including postproduction and printing. It explains how to make the most of your camera and lenses, and the fundamentals of photography; advises on how to approach shoots, whether for a baby or for a larger family grouping; and suggests poses for successful portraits. Aimed at all professional and amateur photographers, it covers portrait, glamour, hair, beauty, and fashion, and includes master classes on more in-depth areas of portraiture.

Woodworking, 2nd Edition [PDF]

Woodworking, 2nd Edition [PDF]
Woodworking, 2nd Edition by Nancy MacDonald
2013 | PDF | 111.24MB

A comprehensive guide for aspiring carpenters, cabinetmakers, or woodworking hobbyists, Woodworking, 2nd Edition introduces the basics of woodworking tools and materials while also exploring the art of creating finished pieces and establishing a career in the woodworking industry. Featuring a full color design, each procedure is fully explained in a clear, step-by-step manner, from the beginner woodworking tasks to the more complex processes involved in cabinetry, joinery, finish carpentry and more. With a strong emphasis on safety and solid craftsmanship, Woodworking, 2nd Edition encourages the development of effective practices and skills that are sure to lead to success!

The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook [EPUB]

The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook [EPUB]
The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook by Michael Anthony, Dorothy Kalins, Danny Meyer
2013 | EPUB | 212.69MB

One of the best New York restaurants, a culinary landmark that has been changing the face of American dining for decades, now shares its beloved recipes, stories, and pioneering philosophy.

Opened in 1994, Gramercy Tavern is more than just a restaurant. It has become a New York institution earning dozens of accolades, including six James Beard awards. Its impeccable, fiercely seasonal cooking, welcoming and convivial atmosphere, and steadfast commitment to hospitality are unparalleled. The restaurant has its own magic—a sense of community and generosity—that’s captured in these pages for everyone to bring home and savor through 125 recipes.

Restaurateur Danny Meyer’s intimate story of how Gramercy was born sets the stage for executive chef-partner Michael Anthony’s appealing approach to American cooking and recipes that highlight the bounty of the farmer’s market. With 200 sumptuous photographs and personal stories, The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook also gives an insider look into the things that make this establishment unique, from the artists who have shaped its décor and ambience, to the staff members who share what it is like to be a part of this close-knit restaurant family. Above all, food lovers will be inspired to make memorable meals and bring the warmth of Gramercy into their homes.

The Book of Whole Meals [EPUB]

The Book of Whole Meals [EPUB]
The Book of Whole Meals: A Seasonal Guide to Assembling Balanced Vegetarian Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners by Annemarie Colbin
1983 | EPUB + MOBI | 4.69/4.31MB

"It is difficult to imagine a better course for practicing, would-be, or even part-time vegetarians," said The New York Times of Annemarie Colbin's cooking classes. And, in this book, the founder of the successful Natural Gourmet Cookery School in New York City offers a whole year's worth of her popular classes.

The Book Of Whole Meals

  • Provides a sound holistic nutritional philosophy on which to base your food choices
  • Gives thorough instructions on how to set up a kitchen and a well-stocked pantry
  • Offers varied menus for each season: dozens of whole breakfasts, lunches; and dinners, using the fruits and vegetables of the season
  • Shows how to make quick meals with leftovers, without sacrificing taste or nutrition
  • Teaches you how to maximize efficiency and grace in the kitchen with time-saving hints for organizing every step of food preparation...and more!

Voted one of ten best cookbooks by New Age Journal readers.

The Art of Jewish Cooking [EPUB]

The Art of Jewish Cooking [EPUB]
The Art of Jewish Cooking by Jennie Grossinger
2012 | EPUB | 7.38MB

The Art of Jewish Cooking by Jennie Grossinger provides many classic and favorite Jewish recipes and tips on how to make them. Over 300 recipes and menus for Jewish-style cooking, perfected for your enjoyment by the famed hostess of the Catskill resort.

Maximum Flavor [EPUB]

Maximum Flavor [EPUB]
Maximum Flavor: Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook by Aki Kamozawa, H Alexander Talbot
2013 | EPUB | 6.78MB

Whether you’re interested in molecular gastronomy or just want a perfect chicken recipe for dinner tonight, the authors of Ideas in Food deliver reliable techniques and dishes—no hard-to-find ingredients or break-the-bank equipment required—for real home cooks.

On the cutting edge of kitchen science, Kamozawa and Talbot regularly consult for restaurants to help them solve cooking conundrums. And yet they often find it’s the simplest tips that can be the most surprising—and the ones that can help home cooks take their cooking to a new level.

With this book, you’ll learn:

  • Why steaming potatoes in the pressure cooker before frying them makes for the crispiest French fries
  • Why, contrary to popular belief, you should flip your burgers often as you cook them for the best results
  • How a simple coating of egg white, baking soda, and salt helps create chicken wings that are moist and juicy on the inside with a thin, crackling exterior
  • How to cook steak consistently and perfectly every time
  • How to make easy egg-free ice creams that are more flavorful than their traditional custard-base cousins
  • How to make no-knead Danish that are even better than the ones at your local bakery
  • How to smoke vegetables to make flavorful vegetarian dishes
  • Why pate a choux—or cream puff dough—makes foolproof, light-as-air gnocchi
  • How pressure cooking sunflower seeds can transform them into a creamy risotto
  • How to elevate everyday favorites and give them a fresh new spin with small changes—such as adding nori to a classic tomato salad

Sharing expert advice on everything from making gluten-free baking mixes and homemade cheeses and buttermilk to understanding the finer points of fermentation or sous-vide cooking, Kamozawa and Talbot chronicle their quest to bring out the best in every ingredient. With a focus on recipes and techniques that can help anyone make better meals every day and 75 color photographs that show both step-by-step processes and finished dishes, Maximum Flavor will encourage you to experiment, taste, play with your food, and discover again why cooking and eating are so fascinating and fun.

Morning Food [EPUB]

Morning Food [EPUB]
Morning Food: Breakfasts, Brunches and More for Savoring the Best Part of the Day by by Margaret S Fox, John B Bear
2013 | EPUB | 13.75MB

For more than 20 years, Margaret Fox served up some of California's tastiest breakfasts and brunches at her landmark restaurant Cafe Beaujolais on the Mendocino coast. The original MORNING FOOD shared Fox's legendary dishes and became a comfort food classic. Fully revised with the addition of 30 new recipes, evocative photographs, and a fresh look, the new edition of MORNING FOOD has all the cozy appeal and culinary authority of the original in a charming new package.

Good Housekeeping Low Carb! [EPUB]

Good Housekeeping Low Carb! [EPUB]
Good Housekeeping Low Carb: 90 Easy & Satisfying Recipes
2013 | EPUB | 16.85MB

Low carb-with high flavor! Good Housekeeping provides an inspiring collection of delicious dinner recipes that help you shrink your carb count while satisfying your appetite at the same time. Main dishes include Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry with Asparagus; Chile Steak with Avocado-Tomato Salad; and Crab Cobb Salad. Tasty ideas for sides help you round out your carb-smart meals.

Tartine Book No. 3 [EPUB]

Tartine Book No. 3 [EPUB]
Tartine Book No 3: Modern Ancient Classic Whole by Chad Robertson
2013 | EPUB | 33.28MB

The third in a series of classic, collectible cookbooks from Tartine Bakery & Cafe, one of the great bakeries, Tartine Book No. 3 is a revolutionary, and altogether timely, exploration of baking with whole grains. The narrative of Chad Robertson's search for ancient flavors in heirloom grains is interwoven with 85 recipes for whole-grain versions of Tartine favorites. Robertson shares his groundbreaking new methods of bread baking including new techniques for whole-grain loaves, as well as porridge breads and loaves made with sprouted grains. This book also revisits the iconic Tartine Bakery pastry recipes, reformulating them to include whole grains, nut milks, and alternative sweeteners. More than 100 photographs of the journey, the bread, the pastry and the people, make this is a must-have reference for the modern baker.

Eat Your Way to a Happier, Sexier You [EPUB]

Eat Your Way to a Happier, Sexier You [EPUB]
Eat Your Way to a Happier, Sexier You [Eat Your Way to Happiness, Eat Your Way to Sexy] by Elizabeth Somer
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.11/2.48MB

Your sexiest, most fabulous self is directly linked to what you eat. Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D., will show you how to take charge of your diet to trim your waistline, boost your confidence and revitalize your love life.

In Eat Your Way to Happiness, you'll discover the ten simple secrets to being healthy, happy and fit. Healthy eating is a lot easier than you think.

You'll learn:

  • The 1-2-3 combination of breakfast foods that will keep you energized all day
  • Which carbs and fats will help elevate your mood and decrease your weight
  • The twelve super foods that boost your mood and slim your waistline

Eat Your Way to Sexy will show you the foods to eat to look sexier, feel sexier and have great sex.

You'll learn:

  • The ten foolproof tips to permanent weight loss
  • What to eat for a radiant complexion, shiny hair and strong nails
  • The Eat Your Way to Sexy Daily Meal Planner: a step-by-step plan to incorporate the ten tips from the book into your daily life

Chinese Healing Exercises [EPUB]

Chinese Healing Exercises [EPUB]
Chinese Healing Exercises: A Personalized Practice for Health & Longevity by Steven Cardoza
2013 | EPUB | 11.37MB

Reduce Pain and Enhance Your Well-being With Simple Chinese Healing Exercises.

Improve your health and longevity with 88 easy-to-learn exercises. Gentle enough to be practiced by anyone—regardless of age, gender, or state of health—these exercises can be done for as little as one or two minutes each day to help you:

  • Increase fitness levels
  • Minimize and even reverse many of the signs of aging
  • Extend the healthy years of your life
  • Work on specific health challenges
  • Improve athletic performance
  • Reduce the likelihood of injury
  • Get through the day with more energy and vitality

Based on the principles of acupressure, taiji, qigong, and Daoist yoga, each exercise includes illustrations, easy-to-follow instructions, and its physical and energetic benefits. This book also includes an index, so you can look up exercises for specific aches and pains, allergies, digestive disorders, insomnia, stress, and other common health concerns.

Body Language: What You Need to Know [Audiobook]

Body Language: What You Need to Know [Audiobook]
Body Language: What You Need to Know [Audiobook] by David Cohen, read by Simon Whistler
2011 | MP3@64 kbps | 4 hrs 20 mins | 119.05MB

What others say is not always what they think or feel. But, people's gestures do give away their true intentions. For those who know how to read it, the body speaks volumes.

This book, packed with the latest research and with detailed illustrations, has a strong focus on personal relationships and shows:

  • How to make a positive impression on others
  • How to interview and negotiate successfully
  • How to bond quickly and get others to co-operate
  • How to tell if someone is lying
  • How to read between the lines of what is said
  • How to use body language to get what you want
  • How to recognize love-signs and power-plays

Controlling People [Audiobook]

Controlling People [Audiobook]
Controlling People: How to Recognize, Understand, and Deal with People Who Try to Control You [Audiobook] by Patricia Evans, read by Xe Sands
2012 | MP3 VBR | 6 hrs 34 mins | 277.49MB

Does this sound like someone you know?

  • Always needs to be right. Tells you who you are and what you think.
  • Implies that you're wrong or inadequate when you don't agree.
  • Is threatened by people who are "different".
  • Feels attacked when questioned.
  • Doesn't seem to really hear or see you.

If any of the above traits sounds familiar, help is on the way! In Controlling People, best-selling author Patricia Evans tackles the "controlling personality" and reveals how and why these people try to run other people's lives. She also explains the compulsion that makes them continue this behavior - even as they alienate others and often lose those they love.

Controlling People helps you unravel the senseless behavior that plagues both the controller and the victim. Can the pattern, or spell, be broken? Yes! says the author. By understanding the compelling force involved, you can be a catalyst for change and actually become a spell-breaker. Once the spell is broken and the controller sees others as they really are, a genuine connection can be forged and healing can occur.

Should you ever find yourself in the thrall of someone close to you, Controlling People is here to give you the wisdom, power, and comfort you need to be a stronger, happier, and more independent person.

Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup [EPUB]

Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup [EPUB]
Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup by Brad Feld, David Cohen
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.4/1.56MB

Practical advice from some of today's top early stage investors and entrepreneurs.

TechStars is a mentorship-driven startup accelerator with operations in three U.S. cities. Once a year in each city, it funds about ten Internet startups with a small amount of capital and surrounds them with around fifty top Internet entrepreneurs and investors. Historically, about seventy-five percent of the companies that go through TechStars raise a meaningful amount of angel or venture capital. Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup is a collection of advice that comes from individuals who have passed through, or are part of, this proven program. Each vignette is an exploration of information often heard during the TechStars program and provides practical insights into early stage entrepreneurship.

  • Contains seven sections, each focusing on a major theme within the TechStars program, including idea and vision, fundraising, legal and structure, and work/life balance
  • Created by two highly regarded experts in the world of early stage investing
  • Essays in each section come from the experienced author team as well as TechStar mentors, entrepreneurs, and founders of companies

While you'll ultimately have to make your own decisions about what's right for your business, Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup can get your entrepreneurial endeavor headed in the right direction.

The Power of Passive Investing [EPUB]

The Power of Passive Investing [EPUB]
The Power of Passive Investing: More Wealth with Less Work by Richard A Ferri
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.35/2.98MB

A practical guide to passive investing.

Time and again, individual investors discover, all too late, that actively picking stocks is a loser's game. The alternative lies with index funds. This passive form of investing allows you to participate in the markets relatively cheaply while prospering all the more because the money saved on investment expenses stays in your pocket.

In The Power of Passive Investing, investment expert Richard Ferri shows you how easy and accessible index investing is. Along the way, he highlights how successful you can be by using this passive approach to allocate funds to stocks, bonds, and other prudent asset classes.

  • Addresses the advantages of index funds over portfolios that are actively managed
  • Offers insights on index-based funds that provide exposure to designated broad markets and don't make bets on individual securities

If you're looking for a productive investment approach that won't take all of your time to implement, then The Power of Passive Investing is the book you need to read.

What You Need to Know about Project Management [Audiobook]

What You Need to Know about Project Management [Audiobook]
What You Need to Know about Project Management [Audiobook] by Fergus O'Connell, read by Colin Mace
2011 | MP3@96 kbps | 4 hrs 37 mins | 194.75MB

Project Management is all about getting things done without spending too much or taking too long. But when you start hearing things like man-days, PSOs and stakeholders, it just makes it difficult to understand.

So what do you really need to know about project management?

Find out:

  • Why setting clear goals matters
  • How to estimate absolutely everything.
  • How to get things back on track after they’ve gone wrong
  • How to track big projects
  • Why work/life balance matters when you’re running a big project

This clear and simple approach will mean you’ll never panic when faced with a big project again.

The Wealth Code 2.0 [EPUB]

The Wealth Code 2.0 [EPUB]
The Wealth Code 2_0: How the Rich Stay Rich in Good Times and Bad by Jason Vanclef
2013 | EPUB | 3.85MB

A thoroughly revised and expanded update to the book that critics are calling the first true investing book for the "new normal".

You entrusted your financial security to the “experts,” and now you’re wondering what it’ll take to recover from the economic crisis and get back on your feet. In this updated and expanded edition of his critically-acclaimed guide to staying rich in good times and bad, financial planner and investment strategist Jason Vanclef delivers more straight answers and solid solutions—and he takes a well-earned poke or two at Wall Street in the process. According to Vanclef, True Asset Class Diversification is the best way to build the solid financial foundation you need for a secure future. And he puts his money where his mouth is with a comprehensive, easy-to-understand and use plan for maximizing your investments—not just cutting your losses.

  • Learn the unvarnished truth about "tried and true" Wall Street practices and why stocks and bonds are not the answer—and which investment vehicles are
  • Find out how to diversify into oil/gas, equipment, notes, real estate, bullion and rare coins the way the super-rich do—information that Wall Street doesn’t want you to have
  • Get priceless advice on whether or not to pay off your home or pay cash for a car and how to build your wealth more efficiently
  • Discover the pitfalls of insurance and Variable/Fixed/Index Fixed annuities that agents will never tell you about
  • Get the lowdown on advanced income tax reduction strategies, discounted Roth IRA conversions, and asset protection techniques that will help protect your hard earned wealth.

Retirement GPS [EPUB]

Retirement GPS [EPUB]
Retirement GPS: How to Navigate Your Way to A Secure Financial Future with Global Investing by Aaron Katsman
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.4/2.01MB

The secret to ensuring financial peace of mind in retirement?


Building a solid retirement portfolio while ignoring the global economy is simply not a reality anymore. While still strong, the U.S. economy is no longer the only big player on the scene. China, India, Turkey, and Brazil are just a few of the many powerful upstarts in global markets. The world has changed for good--and your portfolio must change with it.

Financial advisor Aaron Katsman steers you in the right direction by providing you with a Global Portfolio Strategy (GPS) tailored specifically for today's diverse world economy. In Retirement GPS, Katsman calls for a more balanced portfolio in light of today's realities--one that places heavy emphasis on foreign investments. This no-nonsense guide teaches you:

  • Why international investing is critical to your retirement portfolio
  • Where the best places to begin investing are--from Scandinavia to the Middle East
  • How to invest in foreign stocks and bonds

Set your course for a happy, safe financial future. The tool you need is right at your fingertips--Retirement GPS.

Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion [EPUB]

Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion [EPUB]
Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion by Seth Stern, Stephen Wermiel
2010 | EPUB | 8.9MB

A sweeping insider look at the life of William Brennan, champion of free speech and widely considered the most influential Supreme Court justice of the twentieth century.

Before his death, William Brennan granted Stephen Wermiel access to volumes of personal and court materials that are sealed to the public until 2017. These are what Jeffrey Toobin has called “a coveted set of documents” that includes Brennan’s case histories—in which he recorded strategies behind all the major battles of the past half century, including Roe v. Wade, affirmative action, the death penalty, obscenity law, and the constitutional right to privacy—as well as more personal documents that reveal some of Brennan's curious contradictions, like his refusal to hire female clerks even as he wrote groundbreaking women’s rights decisions; his complex stance as a justice and a Catholic; and details on Brennan’s unprecedented working relationship with Chief Justice Earl Warren. Wermiel distills decades of valuable information into a seamless, riveting portrait of the man behind the Court's most liberal era.

Masks of Anarchy [EPUB]

Masks of Anarchy [EPUB]
Masks of Anarchy: The Story of a Radical Poem, from Percy Shelley to the Triangle Factory Fire by Michael Demson
2013 | EPUB | 24.39MB

A graphic history of a poem that became an inspiration to immigrant workers in New York.

Masks of Anarchy tells the extraordinary story of Percy Shelley’s poem “The Masque of Anarchy,” from its conception in Italy and suppression in England to the moment it became a catalyst for protest among New York City workers a century later.

Shelley penned the poem in 1819, after hearing of the Peterloo Massacre, where British cavalry charged peaceful political demonstrators near Manchester. His words would later inspire figures as wide-ranging as Henry David Thoreau and Mahatma Gandhi—and also Pauline Newman, the woman the New York Times called the “New Joan of Arc” in 1907. Newman was a Jewish immigrant who worked in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, and came to be a leading organizer—and the first female organizer—of one of America’s most powerful unions, the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. As she marched with tens, sometimes hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers in the streets, Shelley’s poem never ceased to inspire her.

“Shake your chains to earth like dew,” it implores. “Ye are many—they are few.”

Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy [EPUB]

Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy [EPUB]
Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy by Kenneth M Pollack
2013 | EPUB | 3.54MB

The world’s foremost expert on Middle Eastern relations examines Iran’s current nuclear potential and charts America’s future course of action.

How close are we to a nuclear Iran? What does it mean for American foreign policy? How did we get to this point? And what do we do now?

In Unthinkable, Kenneth Pollack, a former CIA analyst with twenty-five years of experience working on the Middle East, explores America’s intractable problem with Iran, Tehran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability, and the pro­longed clash that led us to this point. Pollack lays out key solutions to the Iran nuclear ques­tion, explaining and assessing the options for American policymakers:

  • Redoubling our efforts at a carrot-and-stick approach that combines negotiations and sanctions
  • Aiding the Iranian opposition to bring about a popular form of regime change
  • An Israeli military strike
  • The American military option
  • Containing a nuclear Iran

Insightful, powerful, and balanced in its approach, Unthinkable is one of the most thought­ful and important books on foreign policy in the past decade.

Cold, Hungry and in the Dark [Audiobook]

Cold, Hungry and in the Dark [Audiobook]
Cold, Hungry and in the Dark: Exploding the Natural Gas Supply Myth [Audiobook] by Bill Powers, read by Michael Puttonen
2013 | MP3@96 kbps | 7 hrs 10 mins | 302.21MB

Conventional wisdom has North America entering a new era of energy abundance thanks to shale gas. But has industry been honest? Cold, Hungry and in the Dark argues that declining productivity combined with increasing demand will trigger a crisis that will cause prices to skyrocket, damage the economy, and have a profound impact on the lives of nearly every North American.

Relying on faulty science, bought-and-paid-for-white papers masquerading as independent research and "industry consultants," the "shale promoters" have vastly overstated the viable supply of shale gas resources for their own financial gain. This startling exposé, written by an industry insider, suggests that the stakes involved in the Enron scandal might seem like lunch money in comparison to the bursting of the natural gas bubble. Exhaustively researched and rigorously documented, Cold, Hungry and in the Dark:

  • Puts supply-and-demand trends under a microscope
  • Provides overwhelming evidence of the absurdity of the one hundred-year supply myth
  • Suggests numerous ways to mitigate the upcoming natural gas price spike

The mainstream media has told us that natural gas will be cheap and plentiful for decades, when nothing could be further from the truth. Forewarned is forearmed. Cold, Hungry and in the Dark is vital listening for anyone concerned about the inevitable economic impact of our uncertain energy future.

Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light [Audiobook]

Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light [Audiobook]
Lisbon: War in the Shadows of the City of Light, 1939-45 [Audiobook] by Neill Lochery, read by Robin Sachs
2011 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 35 mins | 233.67MB

Throughout the Second World War, Lisbon was at the very center of the world's attention and was the only European city in which both the Allies and the Axis powers openly operated. Portugal was frantically trying to hold on to its self-proclaimed wartime neutrality but in reality was increasingly caught in the middle of the economic, and naval, wars between the Allies and the Nazis. The story is not, however, a conventional tale of World War II in that barely a shot was fired or a bomb dropped. Instead, it is a gripping tale of intrigue, betrayal, opportunism, and double-dealing, all of which took place in the Cidade da Luz and along its idyllic Atlantic coastline. It is the story of how a relatively poor European country not only survived the war physically intact but came out of it in 1945 much wealthier than it had been when war broke out in 1939. Portugal's emergence as a prosperous European Union nation would be financed in part, it turns out, by a cache of Nazi gold.

During the war, Lisbon was a temporary home to much of Europe's exiled royalty, over one million refugees seeking passage to the US, and to a host of spies, secret police, captains of industry, bankers, prominent Jews, writers and artists, escaped POWs, and black marketeers. An operations officer writing in 1944 described the daily scene at Lisbon's airport as being like the movie Casablanca--but twenty-fold. In truth, Lisbon was the real Casablanca of the war, complete with refugees; British, German, Italian, and American spies; and the Portuguese secret police watching every move.

In this riveting narrative, renowned historian Neill Lochery draws on his relationships with high-level Portuguese contacts, records recently uncovered from Portuguese secret police and banking archives, and other unpublished documents to offer a revelatory portrait of the war's backstage.

Venice: A New History [Audiobook]

Venice: A New History [Audiobook]
Venice: A New History [Audiobook] by Thomas F Madden, read by Edoardo Ballerini
2012 | MP3@48 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 12 mins | 334.24MB

An extraordinary chronicle of Venice, its people, and its grandeur.

Thomas Madden’s majestic, sprawling history of Venice is the first full portrait of the city in English in almost thirty years. Using long-buried archival material and a wealth of newly translated documents, Madden weaves a spellbinding story of a place and its people, tracing an arc from the city’s humble origins as a lagoon refuge to its apex as a vast maritime empire and Renaissance epicenter to its rebirth as a modern tourist hub.

Madden explores all aspects of Venice’s breathtaking achievements: the construction of its unparalleled navy, its role as an economic powerhouse and birthplace of capitalism, its popularization of opera, the stunning architecture of its watery environs, and more. He sets these in the context of the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire, the endless waves of Crusades to the Holy Land, and the awesome power of Turkish sultans. And perhaps most critically, Madden corrects the stereotype of Shakespeare’s money-lending Shylock that has distorted the Venetian character, uncovering instead a much more complex and fascinating story, peopled by men and women whose ingenuity and deep faith profoundly altered the course of civilization.