The Secret Language of Symbols [PDF]

The Secret Language of Symbols [PDF]
The Secret Language of Symbols: A Visual Key to Symbols Their Meanings by The Secret Language of Symbols: A Visual Key to Symbols Their Meanings
1994 | PDF | 42.0MB

This credible, highly readable, and vividly illustrated encyclopedic volume traces the origins and evolution of hundreds of symbols and symbol systems that have impacted human culture, history, art, and psychology since the dawn of time. From the I Ching and the Chakras to the Tarot and the Zodiac; from mythical beasts and magical numbers to heraldic shields and geometric shapes, author and psychologist David Fontana identifies symbols from around the world and draws upon his experience with dream workshops and meditation to help readers deepen their understanding and appreciation of these intriguing icons. Relevant, compelling, and visually appealing, The Secret Language of Symbols is a unique and practical reference tool, as well as an inspiring guide to the images that give meaning to our everyday lives.

Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games [EPUB]

Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games [EPUB]
Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games by Laszlo Polgar
2013 | EPUB | 335.05MB

The most complete collection of chess problems ever published, including 5,334 instructional situations, presented by the world's leading chess teacher.

Chess analyzes more than 5,000 unique instructional situations, many taken from real matches, including 306 problems for checkmate in one move, 3,412 mates in two moves, 744 mates in three moves, 600 miniature games, 144 simple endgames, and 128 tournament game combinations. Chapters are organized by problem type. Each problem, combination, and game is keyed to an easy-to-follow solution at the back of the book, so readers can learn as they go. More than 6,000 illustrations make it easy to see the possibilities any position may hold. The book also includes the basic rules of the game and an international bibliography.

Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games is the ultimate book on winning the game.

The Mammoth Book of Chess [EPUB]

The Mammoth Book of Chess [EPUB]
The Mammoth Book of Chess by Graham Burgess, John Nunn
2009 | EPUB | 33.38MB

Comprehensive, up to date, and clear, this invaluable guide will help even less experienced players to progress to good club level and better. It offers a complete guide to the main opening gambits along with hundreds of test positions for players at every level. Graham Burgess, FIDE Master, shows you all you need to know, from entering the world of chess, through Internet games, to major international tournaments. Features include:

  • Entirely new and expanded sections on online chess, computers and openings.
  • A complete guide to all the main opening gambits.
  • Hundreds of test positions for players of all standards.
  • Courses in tactics and attacking strategy.
  • Analysis of some of the greatest games ever played.
  • Information and advice on club, national, and international tournaments.
  • Glossary of terminology.
  • Practical advice and information for further study.

Poirot and Me [EPUB]

Poirot and Me [EPUB]
Poirot and Me by David Suchet
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.19/2.79MB

Hercule Poirot, with his distinctive moustache and fastidious ways, is one of Agatha Christie's finest creations and one of the world's best-loved detectives.

Through his television performance in ITV's Agatha Christie's Poirot, David Suchet has become inextricably linked with the 'little Belgian', a man whom he has grown to love dearly through an intimate relationship lasting more than twenty years.

In Poirot and Me, he shares his many memories of creating this iconic television series and reflects on what the detective has meant to him over the years.

50 Reasons to Hate the French [EPUB]

50 Reasons to Hate the French [EPUB]
50 Reasons to Hate the French by Jules Eden, Alex Clarke
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 471.47/566.98KB

You shuddered when the U.S. Congress renamed French fries. You sighed when the French rejected the European Constitution they’d written themselves. But come on, admit it: deep down there’s something in all of us that likes to take a swipe at our Gallic friends. This ebook provides you with fifty painstakingly researched, wittily written reasons to back up your views.

From sinking the Rainbow Warrior, portraits of leaders past and present, to Serge Gainsbourg, the Quasimodo of French pop, this book answers every question you’ve got about the French – except one: “Why only fifty?’

One-Night Stands With American History [EPUB]

One-Night Stands With American History [EPUB]
One-Night Stands With American History: Odd, Amusing, and Little-Known Incidents, Revised and Updated Edition by Richard Shenkman, Kurt Reiger
2003 | EPUB | 4.89MB

Respect yourself in the morning -- read One-Night Stands with American History!

This collection of little-known facts and anecdotes is American history with the boring parts left out. Richard Shenkman and Kurt Reiger have uncovered numerous stories about hoaxes, inventions, secrets, and rare incidents -- many involving the most famous and powerful people in America.

  • President U. S. Grant was arrested for speeding in his horse carriage.
  • J. Edgar Hoover refused to allow people to walk on his shadow.
  • France shipped Louisiana twenty-five prostitutes because women were in short supply in 1721.
  • H. L. Hunt won his first oil well in a game of five-card stud.

Even historians find that One-Night Stands with American History features fascinating stories they never knew. Now updated with facts and anecdotes from the last twenty years, this volume is a treasure trove of remarkable stories that will startle, entertain, and inform you. And the best part is that they're all true!

Midnight Rising [EPUB]

Midnight Rising [EPUB]
Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.41/2.68MB

Bestselling author Tony Horwitz tells the electrifying tale of the daring insurrection that put America on the path to bloody war.

Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry was a pivotal moment in U.S. history. But few Americans know the true story of the men and women who launched a desperate strike at the slaveholding South. Now, Midnight Rising portrays Brown's uprising in vivid color, revealing a country on the brink of explosive conflict.

Brown, the descendant of New England Puritans, saw slavery as a sin against America's founding principles. Unlike most abolitionists, he was willing to take up arms, and in 1859 he prepared for battle at a hideout in Maryland, joined by his teenage daughter, three of his sons, and a guerrilla band that included former slaves and a dashing spy. On October 17, the raiders seized Harpers Ferry, stunning the nation and prompting a counterattack led by Robert E. Lee. After Brown's capture, his defiant eloquence galvanized the North and appalled the South, which considered Brown a terrorist. The raid also helped elect Abraham Lincoln, who later began to fulfill Brown's dream with the Emancipation Proclamation, a measure he called "a John Brown raid, on a gigantic scale."

Tony Horwitz's riveting book travels antebellum America to deliver both a taut historical drama and a telling portrait of a nation divided—a time that still resonates in ours.

The War of 1812: The War That Both Sides Won [EPUB]

The War of 1812: The War That Both Sides Won [EPUB]
The War of 1812: The War That Both Sides Won, Second Edition by Wesley B Turner
2000 | EPUB | 3.46MB

Tragedy and farce, bravery and cowardice, intelligence and foolishness, sense and nonsense - all these contradictions and more have characterized the War of 1812. The real significance of the series of skirmishes that collectively made up the war between 1812 and 1814 is the enormous impact they have had on Canadian and American views of themselves and of each other.

The publication of The War of 1812: The War That Both Sides Won in 1990 provided a contemporary look at the period, and included such developments as the 1975 discovery of the Hamilton and Scourge on the bottom of Lake Ontario, and the 1987 discovery of the skeletons of casualties at Snake Hill. Now, a decade later, Wesley B. Turner has updated The War of 1812 to include the volumes of new research that have come to light in recent years. All this new material has been incorporated into this interesting and informative overview of a crucial period in Canada's history.

Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt [EPUB]

Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt [EPUB]
Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt: Advanced Engineering in the Temples of the Pharaohs by Christopher Dunn
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 5.26/5.38MB

A unique study of the engineering and tools used to create Egyptian monuments.

  • Presents a stone-by-stone analysis of key Egyptian monuments, including the statues of Ramses II and the tunnels of the Serapeum
  • Reveals that highly refined tools and mega-machines were used in ancient Egypt

From the pyramids in the north to the temples in the south, ancient artisans left their marks all over Egypt, unique marks that reveal craftsmanship we would be hard pressed to duplicate today. Drawing together the results of more than 30 years of research and nine field study journeys to Egypt, Christopher Dunn presents a stunning stone-by-stone analysis of key Egyptian monuments, including the statue of Ramses II at Luxor and the fallen crowns that lay at its feet. His modern-day engineering expertise provides a unique view into the sophisticated technology used to create these famous monuments in prehistoric times.

Using modern digital photography, computer-aided design software, and metrology instruments, Dunn exposes the extreme precision of these monuments and the type of advanced manufacturing expertise necessary to produce them. His computer analysis of the statues of Ramses II reveals that the left and right sides of the faces are precise mirror images of each other, and his examination of the mysterious underground tunnels of the Serapeum illuminates the finest examples of precision engineering on the planet. Providing never-before-seen evidence in the form of more than 280 photographs, Dunn’s research shows that while absent from the archaeological record, highly refined tools, techniques, and even mega-machines must have been used in ancient Egypt.

Financial Vipers of Venice [EPUB]

Financial Vipers of Venice [EPUB]
Financial Vipers of Venice: Alchemical Money, Magical Physics, and Banking in the Middle Ages and Renaissance by Joseph P Farrell
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.16/2.6MB

In this sequel to Joseph P. Farrell's Babylon's Banksters, the banksters have moved from Mesopotamia via Rome to Venice. There, they have manipulated popes and bullion prices, clipped coins, sacked Constantinople, destroyed rival Florence, waged war, burned "heretics," and suppressed hidden secrets threatening their financial supremacy . . . until Giordano Bruno and Christopher Columbus broke the banking cartel's control of information and bullion.

We might wonder—with some justification—how an excursion into such magical mediaeval matters could possibly shed light on the contemporary debate on finance, commerce, credit, and debt taking place around the world.

As will be seen in these pages, the modern global economy, with its bonds, annuities, bills of exchange, alchemical paper "fiat money," bullion, wage-slavery, national debts, private central banking, stock brokerages, and commodities exchanges, in a sense began in the Middle Ages, for all these institutions began for quite perceptible and specific reasons during that time.

The centerpiece in this debate is of course money: what, and who, does it really represent? And how did it manage to begin as a purely metaphysical phenomenon, with deep ties to a cosmological and indeed topological and alchemical metaphor of the physical medium, thence to transmute itself into the conception that money is bullion, and thence once again to transmute itself back into a purely metaphysical construct of credit and debt denominated on tokens of paper?

Babylon's Banksters [EPUB]

Babylon's Banksters [EPUB]
Babylon's Banksters: The Alchemy of Deep Physics, High Finance and Ancient Religion by Joseph P Farrell
2010 | EPUB | 1.09MB

In this latest installment of his remarkable series of books of alternative science and history, Joseph P. Farrell outlines the consistent pattern and strategy of bankers in ancient and modern times, and their desire to suppress the public development of alternative physics and energy technologies, usurp the money creating and issuing power of the state, and substitute a facsimile of money-as-debt. Here, Farrell peels back the layers of deception to reveal the possible deep physics that the “banksters” have used to aid them in their financial policies.

The Philosopher's Stone [EPUB]

The Philosopher's Stone [EPUB]
The Philosopher's Stone: Alchemy and the Secret Research for Exotic Matter by Joseph P Farrell
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.76/1.68MB

Prolific author Joseph P. Farrell, who commands a growing and devoted audience on Coast to Coast AM, Erskine Overnight, and other programs, initiates his Feral House association with The Philosopher’s Stone, in which he demonstrates the connections of modern physics and ancient alchemy by investigating monatomic gold, the work of Russian astrophysicist Nikolai Kozyrev, and the fuel for the mysterious Nazi "Bell" device, Serum 525.

Farrell’s previous books investigated the scientific and astronomical implications of ancient monuments and the secret space operations of the Nazis who were brought into NASA to continue their highly classified research as a result of “Operation Paperclip.” The author is now working with best-selling authors Richard C. Hoagland and Mike Bara on a book about secret American space programs.

Chapters within The Philosopher’s Stone include:

  • The alchemical view of the physical medium
  • Transmutations and time
  • David Hudson's Monatomic Gold
  • The Platinum Group Metals and High Spin State Atoms
  • An Alchemical Examination of the Soviet Red Mercury Legend
  • The Physics of Rotation: Dr. Nikolai Kozyrev
  • H-Bombs and Torsion Physics
  • The Greater German Alchemical Reich
  • Nazis, Lasers, and Isotope Enrichment
  • The Bell and Serum 525

Villains of All Nations [EPUB]

Villains of All Nations [EPUB]
Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age by Marcus Rediker
2005 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.2/1.46MB

Villains of All Nations explores the 'Golden Age' of Atlantic piracy (1716-1726) and the infamous generation whose images underlie our modern, romanticized view of pirates.

Rediker introduces us to the dreaded black flag, the Jolly Roger; swashbuckling figures such as Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard; and the unnamed, unlimbed pirate who was likely Robert Louis Stevenson's model for Long John Silver in Treasure Island.

This history shows from the bottom up how sailors emerged from deadly working conditions on merchant and naval ships, turned pirate, and created a starkly different reality aboard their own ships, electing their officers, dividing their booty equitably, and maintaining a multinational social order. The real lives of this motley crew-which included cross-dressing women, people of color, and the 'outcasts of all nations' - are far more compelling than contemporary myth.

The Joy of Sexus [EPUB]

The Joy of Sexus [EPUB]
The Joy of Sexus: Lust, Love, and Longing in the Ancient World by Vicki León
2013 | EPUB | 3.01MB

In her previous books, Vicki León put readers in the sandals of now obsolete laborers, ranging from funeral clowns to armpit pluckers, and untangled the twisted threads of superstition and science in antiquity. Now, in this book of astonishing true tales of love and sex in long-ago Greece, Rome, and other cultures around the Mediterranean, she opens the doors to shadowy rooms and parts the curtains of decorum.

León goes far beyond what we think we know about sex in ancient times, taking readers on a randy tour of aphrodisiacs and anti-aphrodisiacs, contraception, nymphomania, bisexuality, cross-dressing, and gender-bending. She explains citizens' fear of hermaphrodites, investigates the stinging price paid for adultery despite the ease of divorce, introduces readers to a surprising array of saucy pornographers, and even describes the eco-friendly dildos used by libidinous ancients. Love also gets its due, with true tales of the lifelong bonds between military men, history's first cougar and her devoted relationship with Julius Caesar, and the deification of lovers.

Assholes: A Theory [Audiobook]

Assholes: A Theory [Audiobook]
Assholes: A Theory [Audiobook] by Aaron James, read by Arthur Morey
2012 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 6 hrs 15 mins | 344.09MB

In the spirit of the mega-selling On Bullshit, philosopher Aaron James presents a theory of the asshole that is both intellectually provocative and existentially necessary.

What does it mean for someone to be an asshole? The answer is not obvious, despite the fact that we are often personally stuck dealing with people for whom there is no better name. Try as we might to avoid them, assholes are found everywhere—at work, at home, on the road, and in the public sphere. Encountering one causes great difficulty and personal strain, especially because we often cannot understand why exactly someone should be acting like that.

Asshole management begins with asshole understanding. Much as Machiavelli illuminated political strategy for princes, this book finally gives us the concepts to think or say why assholes disturb us so, and explains why such people seem part of the human social condition, especially in an age of raging narcissism and unbridled capitalism. These concepts are also practically useful, as understanding the asshole we are stuck with helps us think constructively about how to handle problems he (and they are mostly all men) presents. We get a better sense of when the asshole is best resisted, and when he is best ignored—a better sense of what is, and what is not, worth fighting for.

On Bullshit [Audiobook]

On Bullshit [Audiobook]
On Bullshit [Audiobook] by Harry G Frankfurt
2005 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 1 hour | 27.64MB

One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern. We have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves. And we lack a conscientiously developed appreciation of what it means to us. In other words, as Harry Frankfurt writes, "we have no theory."

Frankfurt, one of the world's most influential moral philosophers, attempts to build such a theory here. With his characteristic combination of philosophical acuity, psychological insight, and wry humor, Frankfurt proceeds by exploring how bullshit and the related concept of humbug are distinct from lying. He argues that bullshitters misrepresent themselves to their audience not as liars do, that is, by deliberately making false claims about what is true. In fact, bullshit need not be untrue at all.

Rather, bullshitters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves without being concerned about whether anything at all is true. They quietly change the rules governing their end of the conversation so that claims about truth and falsity are irrelevant. Frankfurt concludes that although bullshit can take many innocent forms, excessive indulgence in it can eventually undermine the practitioner's capacity to tell the truth in a way that lying does not. Liars at least acknowledge that it matters what is true. By virtue of this, Frankfurt writes, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.

Confidence Men [Audiobook]

Confidence Men [Audiobook]
Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President [Audiobook] by Ron Suskind, read byJames Lurie
2011 | MP3@32 kbps + EPUB | 22 hrs 04 mins | 332.07MB

The hidden history of Wall Street and the White House comes down to a single, powerful, quintessentially American concept: confidence. Both centers of power, tapping brazen innovations over the past three decades, learned how to manufacture it.

Until August 2007, when that confidence finally began to crumble.

In this gripping and brilliantly reported book, Ron Suskind tells the story of what happened next, as Wall Street struggled to save itself while a man with little experience and soaring rhetoric emerged from obscurity to usher in “a new era of responsibility.” It is a story that follows the journey of Barack Obama, who rose as the country fell, and offers the first full portrait of his tumultuous presidency.

Wall Street found that straying from long-standing principles of transparency, accountability, and fair dealing opened a path to stunning profits. Obama’s determination to reverse that trend was essential to his ascendance, especially when Wall Street collapsed during the fall of an election year and the two candidates could audition for the presidency by responding to a national crisis. But as he stood on the stage in Grant Park, a shudder went through Barack Obama. He would now have to command Washington, tame New York, and rescue the economy in the first real management job of his life.

The new president surrounded himself with a team of seasoned players—like Rahm Emanuel, Larry Summers, and Tim Geithner—who had served a different president in a different time. As the nation’s crises deepened, Obama’s deputies often ignored the president’s decisions—“to protect him from himself”—while they fought to seize control of a rudderless White House. Bitter disputes—between men and women, policy and politics—ruled the day. The result was an administration that found itself overtaken by events as, year to year, Obama struggled to grow into the world’s toughest job and, in desperation, take control of his own administration.

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Ron Suskind introduces readers to an ensemble cast, from the titans of high finance to a new generation of reformers, from petulant congressmen and acerbic lobbyists to a tight circle of White House advisers—and, ultimately, to the president himself, as you’ve never before seen him. Based on hundreds of interviews and filled with piercing insights and startling disclosures, Confidence Men brings into focus the collusion and conflict between the nation’s two capitals—New York and Washington, one of private gain, the other of public purpose—in defining confidence and, thereby, charting America’s future.

Debating China [EPUB]

Debating China [EPUB]
Debating China: The US-China Relationship in Ten Conversations edited by Nina Hachigian
2013 | EPUB | 2.59MB

America and China are the two most powerful players in global affairs, and no relationship is more consequential. How they choose to cooperate and compete affects billions of lives. But U.S.-China relations are complex and often delicate, featuring a multitude of critical issues that America and China must navigate together. Missteps could spell catastrophe.

In Debating China, Nina Hachigian pairs American and Chinese experts in collegial "letter exchanges" that illuminate this multi-dimensional and complex relationship. These fascinating conversations-written by highly respected scholars and former government officials from the U.S. and China-provide an invaluable dual perspective on such crucial issues as trade and investment, human rights, climate change, military dynamics, regional security in Asia, and the media, including the Internet. The engaging dialogue between American and Chinese experts gives readers an inside view of how both sides see the key challenges. Readers bear witness to the writers' hopes and frustrations as they explore the politics, values, history, and strategic frameworks that inform their positions. This unique volume is perfect for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of U.S.-China relations today.

Presidential Ambition [EPUB]

Presidential Ambition [EPUB]
Presidential Ambition: Gaining Power At Any Cost by Richard Shenkman
2011 | EPUB | 3.35MB

In this timely, provocative, illuminating, and often shocking book. New York Times bestselling author Richard Shenkman provides a vital context for understanding the American presidents, today and throughout history.

Combining a potent narrative with persuasive and compelling insights, Shenkman reveals that it is not just recent presidents who have been ambitious--and at times frighteningly overambitious, willing to sacrifice their health, family, loyalty, and values as they sought to overcome the obstacles to power--but they all have. This volcanic ambition, Shenkman shows, has been essential not only in obtaining power but in facing--and attempting to master--the great historical forces that have continually reshaped the United States, from Manifest Destiny and Emancipation to immigration, the Great Depression, and nuclear weapons.

As Shenkman describes the lives and careers of the most representative and colorful presidents from Washington to Nixon, he shows that those who succeeded in reaching the White House, whatever their flaws, were complicated human beings, idealistic as well as ambitious. Over time, however, they began to make increasingly troubling compromises, leading to a decline in t he mortal tone of American politics.

What drove politics downward? In a stunning conclusion, Shenkman demonstrates that it wasn't a decline in presidential character that was responsible, but change--the dramatic transformation of the United States from a country of four million in Washington's day to more than a quarter billion today--that made running the country more complicated and difficult. Instead of things getting better and better they got worse and worse as people became used to increasingly promiscuous political practices.

First John Adams played politics with national security. Then James Polk lied the country into war. James Buchana tolerated the bribing of congressmen. Ulysses S. Grant ignored shocking corruption. Rutehrford B. Hayes became the first of several presidents to win election through vote stealing. Grover Clevland pandered to immigrants. Teddy Roosevelt precipitated an international crises to improve his chances of election. FDR used the IRS to go after his political enemies. Harry Truman faked a war scare. John Kennedy played God with nuclear missiles. And Lyndon Johnson lied and lied and lied.

Sympathetic but balanced in his presentation of the presidents' behavior, in his richly detailed portraits Shenkman shows just how resourceful they had to be to survive and succeed. Presidential Ambition--dramatic, lively, and nakedly honest--is a book that will permanently alter the way we think about past, present, and future American presidents.

Who Stole the American Dream? [Audiobook]

Who Stole the American Dream? [Audiobook]
Who Stole the American Dream [Audiobook] by Hedrick Smith, read by Rob Shapiro
2012 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 16 hrs 32 mins | 453.59MB

Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith’s new book is an extraordinary achievement, an eye-opening account of how, over the past four decades, the American Dream has been dismantled and we became two Americas.

In his bestselling The Russians, Smith took millions of readers inside the Soviet Union. In The Power Game, he took us inside Washington’s corridors of power. Now Smith takes us across America to show how seismic changes, sparked by a sequence of landmark political and economic decisions, have transformed America. As only a veteran reporter can, Smith fits the puzzle together, starting with Lewis Powell’s provocative memo that triggered a political rebellion that dramatically altered the landscape of power from then until today.

This is a book full of surprises and revelations—the accidental beginnings of the 401(k) plan, with disastrous economic consequences for many; the major policy changes that began under Jimmy Carter; how the New Economy disrupted America’s engine of shared prosperity, the “virtuous circle” of growth, and how America lost the title of “Land of Opportunity.” Smith documents the transfer of $6 trillion in middle-class wealth from homeowners to banks even before the housing boom went bust, and how the U.S. policy tilt favoring the rich is stunting America’s economic growth.

This book is essential reading for all of us who want to understand America today, or why average Americans are struggling to keep afloat. Smith reveals how pivotal laws and policies were altered while the public wasn’t looking, how Congress often ignores public opinion, why moderate politicians got shoved to the sidelines, and how Wall Street often wins politically by hiring over 1,400 former government officials as lobbyists.

Smith talks to a wide range of people, telling the stories of Americans high and low. From political leaders such as Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to CEOs such as Al Dunlap, Bob Galvin, and Andy Grove, to heartland Middle Americans such as airline mechanic Pat O’Neill, software systems manager Kristine Serrano, small businessman John Terboss, and subcontractor Eliseo Guardado, Smith puts a human face on how middle-class America and the American Dream have been undermined.

This magnificent work of history and reportage is filled with the penetrating insights, provocative discoveries, and the great empathy of a master journalist. Finally, Smith offers ideas for restoring America’s great promise and reclaiming the American Dream.

The Digital Crown [EPUB]

The Digital Crown [EPUB]
The Digital Crown: Winning at Content on the Web by Ahava Leibtag
2013 | EPUB | 4.22MB

In 1997, Bill Gates famously said "Content is king." Since then, the digital marketing world has been scrambling to fulfil this promise, as we finally shift our focus to what consumers really want from our brands: a conversation.

The Digital Crown walks you through the essentials of crafting great content: the fundamentals of branding, messaging, business goal alignment, and creating portable, mobile content that is future-ready. Systems create freedom, and within this book you’ll learn the seven critical rules to align your internal and external content processes, including putting your audience first, involving stakeholders early and often, and creating multidisciplinary content teams.

Complete with cases studies and experience drawn directly from global content projects, you are invited to observe the inner workings of successful content engagements. You’ll learn how to juggle the demands of IT, design, and content teams, while acquiring all the practical tools you need to devise a roadmap for connecting and engaging with your customers.

This is your next step on the journey to creating and managing winning content to engage your audience and keep them coming back for more.

  • Discover easy-to-follow, simple breakdowns of the major ideas behind engaging with your customer
  • Learn both the theoretical and practical applications of content and communication on-line
  • Maximize on the case studies and real-world examples, enabling you to find the best fit for your own business

Masters of Sex [Audiobook]

Masters of Sex [Audiobook]
Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love [Audiobook] by Thomas Maier, read by Dorie Barton
2009 | MP3@80 kbps + PDF | 12 hrs 14 mins | 420.39MB

In Masters of Sex, critically acclaimed biographer Thomas Maier offers an unprecedented look at Masters and Johnson, their pioneering studies of intimacy, and their lasting impact on the love lives of today's men and women.

Masters and Johnson began their secret studies in a small Midwest laboratory working with prostitutes and volunteers who performed more than 10,000 sexual acts in the name of science. They soon became the top experts on sex for more than 40 years, explaining the untold mysteries of orgasm, emotional fulfillment, and sexual dysfunction to millions of Americans. Thousands of patients relied on their highly successful sex therapy, from politicians and Hollywood stars with marital problems to gay men and women seeking "conversion" to heterosexuality. Masters and Johnson were America's ideal couple, but they divorced after 20 years amid a clash of ambitions, betrayal, and jealousies.

Theirs is a classic tale of love, work, and fame against the backdrop of an American sexual revolution which they inspired. Weaving interviews with the notoriously private William Masters and the ambitious Virginia Johnson, who championed the power of female sexuality during her own quest for true love, Maier offers a titillating portrait of the legendary team.

Entertaining, revealing, and beautifully told, the groundbreaking Masters of Sex sheds light on the eternal mysteries of desire, intimacy, and the American psyche.

It Began with Babbage [EPUB]

It Began with Babbage [EPUB]
It Began with Babbage: The Genesis of Computer Science by Subrata Dasgupta
2013 | EPUB | 4.64MB

As a field, computer science occupies a unique scientific space, in that its subject matter can exist in both physical and abstract realms. An artifact such as software is both tangible and not, and must be classified as something in between, or "liminal." The study and production of liminal artifacts allows for creative possibilities that are, and have been, possible only in computer science.

In It Began with Babbage, computer scientist and writer Subrata Dasgupta examines the distinct history of computer science in terms of its creative innovations, reaching back to Charles Babbage in 1819. Since all artifacts of computer science are conceived with a use in mind, the computer scientist is not concerned with the natural laws that govern disciplines like physics or chemistry; instead, the field is more concerned with the concept of purpose. This requirement lends itself to a type of creative thinking that, as Dasgupta shows us, has exhibited itself throughout the history of computer science. More than any other, computer science is the science of the artificial, and has a unique history to accompany its unique focus.

The book traces a path from Babbage's Difference Engine in the early 19th century to the end of the 1960s by when a new academic discipline named "computer science" had come into being. Along the way we meet characters like Babbage and Ada Lovelace, Turing and von Neumann, Shannon and Chomsky, and a host of other people from a variety of backgrounds who collectively created this new science of the artificial. And in the end, we see how and why computer science acquired a nature and history all of its own.

The Incredible Human Journey [EPUB]

The Incredible Human Journey [EPUB]
The Incredible Human Journey: The Story of How We Colonised the Planet by Alice Roberts
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.52/3.24MB

Alice Roberts has been travelling the world - from Ethiopian desert to Malay peninsula and from Russian steppes to Amazon basin - in order to understand the challenges that early humans faced as they tried to settle continents. On her travels she has witnessed some of the daunting and brutal challenges our ancestors had to face: mountains, deserts, oceans, changing climates, terrifying giant beasts and volcanoes. But she discovers that perhaps the most serious threat of all came from other humans. When our ancestors set out from Africa there were already two other species of human on the planet: Neanderthal in Europe and Homo erectus in Asia. Both (contrary to popular perception) were intelligent, adept at making tools and weapons and were long adapted to their environments. So, Alice asks, why did only Homo sapiens survive?

Part detective story, part travelogue, and drawing on the latest genetic and archaeological discoveries, Alice examines how our ancestors evolved physically in response to these challenges, finding out how our colour, shape, size, diet, disease resistance and even athletic ability have been shaped by the range of environments that our ancestors had to survive. She also relates how astonishingly closely related we all are.

As a lecturer in Anatomy at Bristol University, Alice Roberts is eminently qualified to write this book. As a talented artist, she is perfectly qualified to illustrate it, and dotted throughout this lively book are many of the sketches and photographs from her travels.

Automate This [Audiobook]

Automate This [Audiobook]
Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World [Audiobook] by Christopher Steiner, read by Walter Dixon
2012 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 41 mins | 211.9MB

The rousing story of the last gasp of human agency and how today’s best and brightest minds are endeavoring to put an end to it.

It used to be that to diagnose an illness, interpret legal documents, analyze foreign policy, or write a newspaper article you needed a human being with specific skills—and maybe an advanced degree or two. These days, high-level tasks are increasingly being handled by algorithms that can do precise work not only with speed but also with nuance. These “bots” started with human programming and logic, but now their reach extends beyond what their creators ever expected.

In this fascinating, frightening book, Christopher Steiner tells the story of how algorithms took over—and shows why the “bot revolution” is about to spill into every aspect of our lives, often silently, without our knowledge.

The May 2010 “Flash Crash” exposed Wall Street’s reliance on trading bots to the tune of a 998-point market drop and $1 trillion in vanished market value. But that was just the beginning. In Automate This, we meet bots that are driving cars, penning haiku, and writing music mistaken for Bach’s. They listen in on our customer service calls and figure out what Iran would do in the event of a nuclear standoff. There are algorithms that can pick out the most cohesive crew of astronauts for a space mission or identify the next Jeremy Lin. Some can even ingest statistics from baseball games and spit out pitch-perfect sports journalism indistinguishable from that produced by humans.

The interaction of man and machine can make our lives easier. But what will the world look like when algorithms control our hospitals, our roads, our culture, and our national security? What hap­pens to businesses when we automate judgment and eliminate human instinct? And what role will be left for doctors, lawyers, writers, truck drivers, and many others?

Who knows—maybe there’s a bot learning to do your job this minute.

Time Warped [EPUB]

Time Warped [EPUB]
Time Warped: Unlocking the Mysteries of Time Perception by Claudia Hammond
2012 | EPUB | 4.58MB

Time rules our lives, but how much do we really understand it?

In Time Warped, we meet the people willing to go to extreme lengths to find out. They travel to Costa Rica to find out if hummingbirds can sense the passage of time, they walk towards the edge of a stairwell blindfolded and one man spends two months in an ice cave in total darkness - all in an attempt to fathom the tricks time can play on our minds.

Drawing on the latest research from psychology, neuroscience and biology, award-winning BBC Radio4 presenter Claudia Hammond delves into the mysteries of time perception. She shows us how to manage time more efficiently, why it speeds up as you get older and, ultimately, how to use the warping of time to our own advantage.

Tomorrow's People [EPUB]

Tomorrow's People [EPUB]
Tomorrow's People: How 21st-Century Technology Is Changing the Way We Think and Feel by Susan Greenfield
2009 | EPUB | 6.32MB

Susan Greenfield explores how the "human nature" of future generations could be on course for a dramatic alteration, arguing that the current revolution in biomedical science and information technologies will have a huge impact on our brains and central nervous system. She believes that the society in which future generations will live and the way they view themselves will be like nothing our species has yet experienced in the tens of thousands of years to date. At the beginning of the 21st century, we may be standing on the brink of a makeover far more cataclysmic than anything that has happened before. As we appreciate the dynamism and sensitivity of our brain circuitry, so the prospect of directly tampering with the essence of our individuality becomes a possibility.

The Character of Physical Law [EPUB]

The Character of Physical Law [EPUB]
The Character of Physical Law by Richard P Feynman
1992 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.47/1.47MB

Collecting legendary lectures from freewheeling scientific genius Richard P. Feynman, The Character of Physical Law is the perfect example of Feynman's gift for making complex subjects accessible and entertaining.

Here Richard Feynman gives his own unique take on the puzzles and problems that lie at the heart of physics, from Newton's Law of Gravitation to mathematics as the supreme language of nature, from the mind-boggling question of whether time can go backwards to the exciting search for new scientific laws.

Using simple everyday illustrations to bring out the essence of a complicated principle - for example the surprising parallels between the law of conservation of energy and drying yourself with wet towels ­- these lectures are a brilliant example of Feynman's mind in action.

The Codebreakers by David Kahn [EPUB]

The Codebreakers by David Kahn [EPUB]
The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet by David Kahn
1996 | EPUB + MOBI | 9.5/11.44MB

The magnificent, unrivaled history of codes and ciphers -- how they're made, how they're broken, and the many and fascinating roles they've played since the dawn of civilization in war, business, diplomacy, and espionage -- updated with a new chapter on computer cryptography and the Ultra secret.

Man has created codes to keep secrets and has broken codes to learn those secrets since the time of the Pharaohs. For 4,000 years, fierce battles have been waged between codemakers and codebreakers, and the story of these battles is civilization's secret history, the hidden account of how wars were won and lost, diplomatic intrigues foiled, business secrets stolen, governments ruined, computers hacked. From the XYZ Affair to the Dreyfus Affair, from the Gallic War to the Persian Gulf, from Druidic runes and the kaballah to outer space, from the Zimmermann telegram to Enigma to the Manhattan Project, codebreaking has shaped the course of human events to an extent beyond any easy reckoning. Once a government monopoly, cryptology today touches everybody. It secures the Internet, keeps e-mail private, maintains the integrity of cash machine transactions, and scrambles TV signals on unpaid-for channels.

David Kahn's The Codebreakers takes the measure of what codes and codebreaking have meant in human history in a single comprehensive account, astonishing in its scope and enthralling in its execution. Hailed upon first publication as a book likely to become the definitive work of its kind, The Codebreakers has more than lived up to that prediction: it remains unsurpassed. With a brilliant new chapter that makes use of previously classified documents to bring the book thoroughly up to date, and to explore the myriad ways computer codes and their hackers are changing all of our lives, The Codebreakers is the skeleton key to a thousand thrilling true stories of intrigue, mystery, and adventure. It is a masterpiece of the historian's art.

Bare Root Sweets [EPUB]

Bare Root Sweets [EPUB]
Bare Root Sweets: 30 Paleo Desserts for the Modern Food Lover by Angela Gallardo
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.71/1.73MB

30 unique and delicious recipes that are all grain-free, gluten-free and refined-sugar-free. Many of the recipes are also low-carb or truly sugar-free!

Bare Root Sweets is the first in a collection of cookbooks that will serve as inspiration for others to unite a Paleo/Primal diet with modern, familiar flavors. Quality ingredients promote maximum flavor in every recipe. Everything from investigating the proper handling of raw ingredients to the precisely lowest amount of sweetener a recipe needs to be appealing were given a great deal of consideration.

There are many sugar-free dessert options that will still satiate your sweet tooth. The perfect Date Paste recipe is included and noted in the recipes where it works well as a replacement. Additionally, there are a few recipes that can be made without any sweetener at all if you're on a 21DSD or simply wanting a guilt-free treat!

100 More Easy Recipes in Jars [EPUB]

100 More Easy Recipes in Jars [EPUB]
100 More Easy Recipes in Jars by Bonnie Scott
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.02/2.54MB

100 More Easy Recipes in Jars is the latest collection of gifts from your kitchen, blending this popular trend with a delicious homemade gift that’s sure to please everyone. With this book you have a wealth of simple and easy recipes that will make your gift giving easy this year.

Whether you’re looking for a recipe for a rich and decadent dessert, savory seasoning or warm, satisfying soup, you’ll find a variety of recipes for almost any occasion in this latest collection. Make up a whole batch and you’re ready for any last-minute gift-giving occasion that comes along.

Included are recipes for seasoning and dip mixes, breads, bars, cookies and candy, oatmeal, bread dipping mixes, jams and sauces, soups, rice and stuffing, drinks and nuts and snacks.

All of these recipes are easy to make, using simple ingredients to create a snack or homemade meal that's as easy to use as a store-bought mix.

These festive gift jars are great for a favorite teacher, your pastor or a thank-you gift for a helpful neighbor. You’ll find many occasions that are just right for gifts in jars, so keep a few handy.

As a free bonus, readers have access to over 2000 online labels and recipe cards to decorate and personalize their handcrafted gift. These professionally designed templates can be used to add a personal touch and create a one of a kind gift that will be the highlight of any occasion. In addition, the labels are completely customizable so you can add your own creative touch to create a fun and tasty gift.

Tamales 101 [EPUB]

Tamales 101 [EPUB]
Tamales 101: A Beginner's Guide to Making Traditional Tamales by Alice Guadalupe Tapp
2002 | EPUB | 32.81MB

Corn-husked bundles of fresh masa plump with wonderful combinations of sauces, meats, and vegetables—tamales are a simple and delicious staple of Mexican and Southwestern cuisine. Alice Guadalupe Tapp has perfected the art of tamale making, and in TAMALES 101 imparts her knowledge and passion for this comforting treat. TAMALES 101 will show beginners how to make masa dough as well as fold and steam tamales to perfection. Then, once you've mastered the basics, you'll be whipping up batches of Chicken Tomatillo, Chorizo Potato, Vegetable Curry, and Greek tamales in no time. With recipes for nearly 100 traditional, vegetarian, vegan, and specialty tamales and sauces, TAMALES 101 will send you on a culinary adventure that's sure to delight and impress your guests.

  • Includes 60 food and spot photographs and 15 illustrations showing, step by step, how to spread masa and wrap and tie tamales.
  • At Tamara's Tamales, Alice and her daughter, Tamara, sell hundreds of tamales a day—and have since 1996.

Recipes from an Edwardian Country House [EPUB]

Recipes from an Edwardian Country House [EPUB]
Recipes from an Edwardian Country House: A Stately English Home Shares Its Classic Tastes by Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall
2013 | EPUB | 8.24MB

In this sumptuous cookbook, Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall takes us on a nostalgic culinary pilgrimage, rediscovering classic recipes from the Edwardian kitchen. With delicious dishes, adapted with today’s kitchen in mind and delightfully informed by reminiscences from Jane’s childhood, this is much more than a cookbook - it offers a slice of gastronomic history, reviving the flavours from the great English country houses.

The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles [PDF]

The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles [PDF]
The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles: Craftsmanship, Elegance, and Function by Jan Heine
2009 | PDF | 46.77MB

The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles is a celebration of the design history and craftsmanship behind this simple but efficient two-wheeled vehicle. Featuring fifty classic models built by hand, this book unveils the bicycle’s technical evolution within a historical context. Beautifully detailed are early-twentieth-century models with multi-gear systems, mid-century machines where war and postwar economy challenged craft and utility, as well as modern and contemporary bicycles.

Featured artisans and brands include La Gauloise, Reyhand, Schulz, Barra, Alex Singer, and René Herse. With brilliant full-color images of each model and chronological text detailing the craftsmanship that went into producing these elegant machines, this book will appeal to bicycle enthusiasts and to anyone interested in design.

Bicycle: The History [PDF]

Bicycle: The History [PDF]
Bicycle: The History by David V Herlihy
2004 | PDF | 6.54MB

During the nineteenth century, the bicycle evoked an exciting new world in which even a poor person could travel afar and at will. But was the “mechanical horse” truly destined to usher in a new era of road travel or would it remain merely a plaything for dandies and schoolboys? In Bicycle: The History (named by Outside magazine as the #1 book on bicycles), David Herlihy recounts the saga of this far-reaching invention and the passions it aroused. The pioneer racer James Moore insisted the bicycle would become “as common as umbrellas.” Mark Twain was more skeptical, enjoining his readers to “get a bicycle. You will not regret it—if you live.”

Because we live in an age of cross-country bicycle racing and high-tech mountain bikes, we may overlook the decades of development and ingenuity that transformed the basic concept of human-powered transportation into a marvel of engineering. This lively and engrossing history retraces the extraordinary story of the bicycle—a history of disputed patents, brilliant inventions, and missed opportunities. Herlihy shows us why the bicycle captured the public’s imagination and the myriad ways in which it reshaped our world.

Bicycling Science, 3rd Edition [PDF]

Bicycling Science, 3rd Edition [PDF]
Bicycling Science, 3rd Edition by David Gordon Wilson
2004 | PDF | 56.6MB

The bicycle is almost unique among human-powered machines in that it uses human muscles in a near-optimum way. This new edition of the bible of bicycle builders and bicyclists provides just about everything you could want to know about the history of bicycles, how human beings propel them, what makes them go faster, and what keeps them from going even faster. The scientific and engineering information is of interest not only to designers and builders of bicycles and other human-powered vehicles but also to competitive cyclists, bicycle commuters, and recreational cyclists.

The third edition begins with a brief history of bicycles and bicycling that demolishes many widespread myths. This edition includes information on recent experiments and achievements in human-powered transportation, including the "ultimate human- powered vehicle," in which a supine rider in a streamlined enclosure steers by looking at a television screen connected to a small camera in the nose, reaching speeds of around 80 miles per hour. It contains completely new chapters on aerodynamics, unusual human-powered machines for use on land and in water and air, human physiology, and the future of bicycling. This edition also provides updated information on rolling drag, transmission of power from rider to wheels, braking, heat management, steering and stability, power and speed, and materials. It contains many new illustrations.

Race Tech's Motorcycle Suspension Bible [PDF]

Race Tech's Motorcycle Suspension Bible [PDF]
Race Tech's Motorcycle Suspension Bible by Paul Thede, Lee Parks
2010 | PDF | 68.16MB

Suspension is probably the most misunderstood aspect of motorcycle performance. This book, by America’s premier suspension specialist, makes the art and science of suspension tuning accessible to professional and backyard motorcycle mechanics alike. Based on Paul Thede’s wildly popular Race Tech Suspension Seminars, this step-by-step guide shows anyone how to make their bike, or their kid’s, handle like a pro’s.

Thede gives a clear account of the three forces of suspension that you must understand to make accurate assessments of your suspension’s condition. He outlines testing procedures that will help you gauge how well you’re improving your suspension, along with your riding. And, if you’re inclined to perfect your bike’s handling, he even explains the black art of chassis geometry. Finally, step-by-step photos of suspension disassembly and assembly help you rebuild your forks and shocks for optimum performance.

The book even provides detailed troubleshooting guides for dirt, street, and supermoto--promising a solution to virtually any handling problem.

Visual Stories: Behind the Lens with Vincent Laforet

Visual Stories: Behind the Lens with Vincent Laforet
Visual Stories: Behind the Lens with Vincent Laforet
2011 | PDF | 13.54MB

There is an art to capturing a photo that tells a story. You need to know what belongs in the frame and what to leave out, what to emphasize in the photo that adds to the story, and how to use light, shape, and color all to express meaning while lending aesthetic value to the image itself. Vincent Laforet–Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and voted one of the "100 Most Influential People in Photography" by American Photo–gives a rare look into the art of photography through his lens as a master editorial and commercial photographer.

This beautiful book contains full-color spreads, with scene details and technical information to help tell the visual stories of larger-than-life life events such as Hurricane Katrina, the Olympic Games, and the war zone of Pakistan. With over 100 photos included, you will gain important insights into how you can achieve similar looks—blending what the camera does with the stories you want to tell.

  • Learn how the principles of photojournalism can be applied to telling stories with a single image.
  • Use light, shape, and color to create rich photos that tell the story as well as add sensitivity to beauty and emotion.
  • Learn how the relationship between foreground and background can be used to creatively produce images with strong impact, and choose lenses based on this discovery.
  • Understand the value of an image and convey a more in-depth story of the subject in any genre of photography, including landscapes, close-ups, portraits, action shots, aerials, and more.

Flash Photography [EPUB]

Flash Photography [EPUB]
Flash Photography: Studio and Location Techniques for Digital Photographers by Barry Staver
2012 | EPUB | 7.84MB

Detailing the many uses of the most important component of any photograph—light—this handbook shows readers how to infuse a still frame with emotion, action, and other storytelling qualities that define great photography. Professional photographer Barry Staver explores techniques for designing effective lighting setups with flash by beginning with an overview of fundamental techniques, then teaching readers how to go beyond the basics and refine their images to perfection through the careful addition of flash. Applications of each of the three major categories of flash equipment are covered, first with electronic flash techniques for location shoots, then mid-range strobes for studio work and location shots, and finally heavy-duty strobes that provide the ultimate in power and control for studio photography. Additional aspects of light instruction include balancing flash with ambient lighting and choosing and using light modifiers, as well as a bevy of before-and-after images to help photographers cover all of their lighting options and know how they can be implemented to their greatest effect.

Satellite Basics for Everyone [EPUB]

Satellite Basics for Everyone [EPUB]
Satellite Basics for Everyone: An Illustrated Guide to Satellites for Non-Technical and Technical People by C Robert Welti
2012 | EPUB | 3.68MB

Learn about satellites that affect us every day, how they work, and how we can place and keep them on orbit.

Satellite Basics for Everyone presents an introduction and overview to satellites. It’s written as clearly and understandably as possible for a wide audience. It provides a learning tool for grade school students. High school and college students can use it for helping them decide on career fields. It’s for people with curious minds who want to know about satellites that affect their daily lives. And, it provides a training tool and an overview for people who build, operate, and use data collected by satellites.

Satellite Basics for Everyone describes satellite missions, orbits, population, closeness, debris, collision risk, builders, owners, operators, launch vehicles, and costs. Focus then turns to describing the orbit, components, environment, and operation of the geostationary communications satellite because it affects our daily lives the most by providing television, radio, commercial business, Internet and telephone services. A description of satellite motion prepares for the included Mission Planning Example of how to place and keep this satellite on orbit and keep the antennas pointing in the right direction to perform its mission.

The main objective of this book is to stimulate a broad interest in engineering and science.

Baby Boutique [EPUB]

Baby Boutique [EPUB]
Baby Boutique: 16 Handmade Projects Shoes, Hats, Bags, Toys & More by Sue Kim
2013 | EPUB | 18.52MB

In this charming how-to book Baby Boutique, designer Sue Kim puts her signature style into 16 projects to welcome a new baby. You'll find patterns for hats, bibs, booties, blankets, toys, diaper bags and so much more. All the projects are presented with beautiful photography that highlights various infant-friendly fabric options. A comprehensive section on sewing basics makes the book exceptionally easy to use. There's even an innovative eco-friendly gift wrap chapter to help you showcase your lovely gift. After all, there’s nothing more heartwarming than a handmade keepsake for a little one.

1300 Real and Fanciful Animals from Seventeenth-Century Engravings

1300 Real and Fanciful Animals from Seventeenth-Century Engravings
1300 Real and Fanciful Animals from Seventeenth-Century Engravings Matthaus Merian, edited by Carol Belanger Grafton
1998 | EPUB | 43.67MB

Unusual and imaginative illustrations, carefully arranged into 4 major divisions — quadrupeds, birds, fishes, and insects — include realistic and fanciful depictions of virtually every real animal, plus such fantasy creatures as unicorns, dragons, and basilisks. Indispensable volume of royalty-free graphics for immediate use by commercial and graphic artists.

Plants: 2400 Royalty-Free Illustrations [EPUB]

Plants: 2400 Royalty-Free Illustrations [EPUB]
Plants: 2400 Royalty-Free Illustrations of Flowers, Trees, Fruits and Vegetables by Jim Harter
1998 | EPUB | 109.42MB

This extraordinary collection of engravings provides designers and commercial artists with a magnificent sourcebook of Victorian-era plant images — all royalty-free. Included are 2,400 crisply detailed illustrations of hundreds of plants — from lilies, lichens, mushrooms and marigolds, to poppies, palms, maples, and mosses.

Selected from rare publications dating from the 1840s to the turn of the century, the illustrations encompass a wide range of plant species and classifications: garden flowers, cactuses, bromeliads, ferns, deciduous trees, evergreens, grasses, legumes, orchids, nightshades, and many more. All are identified with Latin or common names and are arranged alphabetically by family. Also presented are specialized appendices on edible foods, medicinal herbs, and plants used in decoration and in graphic design, including borders and motifs.

Created during a period when wood engraving had reached its zenith and become a greatly refined art, these splendid royalty-free illustrations will be an indispensable and inspirational resource for artists and craftspeople working in a variety of areas. The collection will also delight botanists, gardeners, and collectors of old engravings, all of whom are sure to treasure this tribute to the beauty and infinite variety of the plant kingdom.

Treasury of Fantastic and Mythological Creatures [EPUB]

Treasury of Fantastic and Mythological Creatures [EPUB]
Treasury of Fantastic and Mythological Creatures: 1,087 Renderings from Historic Sources by Richard Huber
1981 | EPUB | 39.09MB

Drawing on fifty centuries of human history, this encyclopedic collection of images is filled with demons, monsters, animal-gods, totemic figures, and other supernatural beasts from the darker realms of man's imagination. Works range from prehistoric rock paintings to the drawings of Max Ernst, from the masks of black Africa to the gargoyles of Notre Dame.

Heck's Pictorial Archive of Nature and Science [EPUB]

Heck's Pictorial Archive of Nature and Science [EPUB]
Heck's Pictorial Archive of Nature and Science edited by J G Heck
1994 | EPUB | 47.79MB

Drawn from a monumental six-volume compilation of illustrations and information covering an enormous range of subjects, this beautiful volume focuses on images of nature and science from the 19th century. Includes meticulously reproduced steel engravings of star maps, animals, plants, minerals, fossils, geological formations, human anatomy, and much more.

Women: A Pictorial Archive from Nineteenth-Century Sources [EPUB]

Women: A Pictorial Archive from Nineteenth-Century Sources [EPUB]
Women: A Pictorial Archive from Nineteenth-Century Sources selected by Jim Harter
1978 | EPUB | 32.52MB

Lush allegorical ladies, Grecian maids and Victorian maidens, Indians, Japanese, dancers, housewives, courtesans; women dancing, smiling, working, weeping, flirting — an unusually rich source book of feminine poses and activities, costumes, clothing, everyday life, and much more. Images selected from rare issues of Leslie's Weekly, The London Illustrated News, The Graphic, and more. 488 illustrations.

Victorian Goods and Merchandise: 2,300 Illustrations [EPUB]

Victorian Goods and Merchandise: 2,300 Illustrations [EPUB]
Victorian Goods and Merchandise: 2,300 Illustrations by Carol Belanger Grafton
1997 | EPUB | 36.0MB

Quaint, royalty-free images of 19th-century items: fans, corsets, toiletry kits, sewing machine, meat grinder, ice cream freezer, typewriter, camera, lantern, carpet sweeper, high-topped "storm" slippers and much more — all arranged according to category. A fascinating, inexhaustible supply of design inspiration.

5000 Decorative Monograms for Artists and Craftspeople [EPUB]

5000 Decorative Monograms for Artists and Craftspeople [EPUB]
5000 Decorative Monograms for Artists and Craftspeople edited by J O'Kane
2003 | EPUB | 49.52MB

This voluminous and diversified collection contains more than 5,000 examples of two-, three-, and four-letter combinations in a rich variety of styles. Arranged alphabetically in columns, each series is grouped under an appropriate head. Crowns, coronets, and a number of ancient and modern alphabets are displayed in the final plates, with many quaint and beautiful specimens of ornamental lettering found throughout the work. Indispensable to commercial artists and designers, the comprehensive sourcebook of royalty-free design will also be a boon to craftworkers.

Typography Best Practices [EPUB]

Typography Best Practices [EPUB]
Typography Best Practices by Smashing Magazine
2013 | EPUB | 7.62MB

Web design is not just about a flamboyant or simply beautiful website appearance. This book is about small — but crucial — details, in a specialty that is all about details. Whether you're interested in determining the right paragraph layout or typographic details, observing the correct typographic etiquette or making the other small decisions that will dramatically influence how your website is perceived, many answers will present themselves in this collection of articles.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • The Perfect Paragraph
  • Mind Your En And Em Dashes: Typographic Etiquette
  • Why Subtle Typographic Choices Make All The Difference
  • A Closer Look At Font Rendering
  • The Creative Way To Maximize Design Ideas With Type
  • Applying Macrotypography For A More Readable Web Page
  • Avoiding Faux Weights And Styles With Google Web Fonts

Designing with Type, 5th Edition [EPUB]

Designing with Type, 5th Edition [EPUB]
Designing with Type: The Essential Guide to Typography, 5th Edition by James Craig, William Bevington, Irene Korol Scala
2006 | EPUB | 39.7MB

The classic Designing with Type has been completely redesigned, with an updated format and full color throughout. New information and new images make this perennial best-seller an even more valuable tool for anyone interested in learning about typography.

The fifth edition has been integrated with a convenient website, designingwithtype.com, where students and teachers can examine hundreds of design solutions and explore a world of typographic information. First published more than thirty-five years ago, Designing with Type has sold more than 250,000 copies—and this fully updated edition, with its new online resource, will educate and inspire a new generation of designers.

Money Rules [EPUB]

Money Rules [EPUB]
Money Rules: Rule Your Money or Your Money Will Rule You by Gail Vaz-Oxlade
2012 | EPUB | 3.17MB

Gail likes to say that money isn’t rocket science, it’s discipline. But even she acknowledges that there are tricks to her trade and that making money decisions often feels more complicated than it should. So, where to start? With Gail’s Money Rules, of course—her essential rules for making your money work for you.

Covering every topic under the financial sun—from TFSAs to taxes, borrowing to breaking bad habits, relationships to RRSPs—Gail tells readers that many of the rules they have been following might actually be working against their best interests. Some of her advice is, as she says, common sense (Rule #17: Needs Must Come Before Wants), some of it is surprising (Rule #222: Don’t Borrow to Contribute to an RRSP), and some is even counterintuitive coming from Gail (Rule #261: Take Pleasure from Your Money). All of the rules are delivered in digestible pieces that each give the reader a clear sense of what works and what doesn’t.

For money-phobes, this book will be a kick in the pants; for money-minders, it will ease the worry that there might be a financial tone they’ve left unturned; for everyone else, Gail’s rules provide what it takes to build a strong financial foundation that will last a lifetime.

What Color Is Your Parachute? [EPUB]

What Color Is Your Parachute? EPUB]
What Color Is Your Parachute?: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers [2014 Edition] by Richard N Bolles
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 10.45/10.24MB

The world's most popular job-search book is updated for 2014 with up-to-the-minute information and tips for how to look for work and change careers.

In today's challenging job-market, the long-trusted guidance of What Color Is Your Parachute? is needed more than ever. Published in 22 languages and 26 countries, and with over 10 million copies sold, What Color is Your Parachute? has helped millions discover their unique gifts, skills, and interests and land a job--even in hard times.

This 2014 edition of “[one of] the 100 best and most influential [nonfiction books] written in English since 1923,” according to TIME.com, is refreshed with up-to-the-minute statistics, job-field analyses, and advice on social media and search tactics (including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Skype, Yelp, and YouTube). However, Parachute’s core message remains intact: WHAT, WHERE, and HOW.

  • What do you most love to do?
  • Where do you most love to do it?
  • How do you find such a job and persuade those employers to hire you?

Career and business guru Richard (“Dick”) N. Bolles, who coined the terms “informational interview” and “transferable skills,” demystifies the entire job-search process, from resumes, interviewing, networking, salary negotiation, career coaches, how to start your own business, and more.

Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren Buffett [EPUB]

Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren Buffett [EPUB]
Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren Buffett: The Winning Strategy to Help You Achieve Your Financial and Life Goals by Larry Swedroe
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.44/2.31MB

Bedrock Investing Principles for Profiting in Todays Shaky Markets

If you wanted to create the next earth-shattering consumer product, Steve Jobs would be an ideal role model to follow. If you planned to become a great golfer, you might look to Arnold Palmer or Jack Nicklaus.

So, if your goals are to outperform other investors and achieve your lifes financial goals, what should you do?

Think, act, and invest like the best investor out there: Warren Buffett. While you cant invest exactly like he does, Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren Buffett provides a solid, sensible investing approach based on Buffetts advice regarding investment strategies.

When it comes to investing, Director of Research for the BAM Alliance and CBS News blogger Larry Swedroe has pretty much seen it all—and hes come to the conclusion that simple is better, that adopting basic investing principles always increases an investors chance of success, and that Buffett is an excellent model for such investing.

In Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren Buffett, Swedroe provides the foundational knowledge you need to:

  • Develop a financial plan to help you make rational decisions on a consistent basis
  • Determine the level of risk thats right for you, and allocate your assets accordingly
  • Build a low-cost, tax-efficient, globally diversified portfolio
  • Manage your portfolio by rebalancing periodically to maintain proper risk levels

The beauty of the Buffett approach is its profound simplicity: follow the basics, keep your cool, and have a sense of humor and humility.

The market volatility of recent years has ushered in armies of economists, forecasters, and other so-called experts whose job it is to explain how everything works. Somehow, they have managed to muddy the waters even more.

The truth is, investing is easier than you think—even in todays economy. "Complex problems can have simplesolutions," Swedroe writes. Think, Act, and Invest Like Warren Buffett helps you go back to the basics—so you can leap in front of the investing pack.

The Birkman Method [EPUB]

The Birkman Method [EPUB]
The Birkman Method: Your Personality At Work by Sharon Birkman Fink, Stephanie Capparell
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.35/1.74MB

The first in-depth book on the personality assessment used by millions of people worldwide, revealing the underlying needs that drive and inspire you.

Whether you're wondering if you are in the right career, looking to change job roles, or trying to reduce conflict and improve relationships at work and at home, you must begin by fully understanding your own interests and needs, and how they drive your ultimate happiness as well as unleash your stress points. Used by millions of people worldwide, The Birkman Method is the only personality-assessment tool that reaches beyond self-described behavior and situational analysis to unravel the DNA underpinning workplace satisfaction and productivity.

With a free assessment and custom report for purchasers of the book, The Birkman Method reveals such aspects of your personality as your relationship with authority, communication style, response to incentives, ability to deal with change, and the triggers for stress that can derail you. By explaining how these factors fit together and work off each other, The Birkman Method becomes your guide to a deeper self-awareness that can help you attain more-inspiring leadership, better team harmony, and higher goals for you personally and throughout any organization.

Dealing with People You Can't Stand [EPUB]

Dealing with People You Can't Stand [EPUB]
Dealing with People You Can't Stand: How to Bring Out the Best in People at Their Worst, 3rd Edition by Rick Brinkman, Rick Kirschner
2012 | EPUB | 3.15MB

The classic guide to bringing out the best in people at their worst—updated with even more can’t-standable people!

Dealing with People You Can’t Stand has been helping good people deal with bad behavior in a positive, professional way for nearly two decades.

Unfortunately, as the world becomes smaller and time more compressed, new difficult people are being made all the time. So Kirschner and Brinkman have updated their global bestseller to help you wring positive results from even the most twisted interactions you’re likely to experience today.

Learn how to get things done and get along when you’re dealing with people who have the uncanny ability to sabotage, derail, and interfere with your plans, needs, and wants. Learn how to:

  • Use sophisticated listening techniques to unlock the doors to people’ s minds, hearts, and deepest needs
  • Apply “take-charge” skills that turn conflict into cooperation by reducing the differences between people
  • Transform the destructive behavior of Tanks, Snipers, Know-It-Alls, Whiners, Martyrs, Meddlers, and other difficult types of people

Whether you’re dealing with a coworker trying to take credit for your work, a distant family member who knows no personal bounds, or a loud cell phone talker on line at the grocery store, Dealing with People You Can’t Stand gives you the tools for bringing out the best in people at their worst.

The Hunger Fix [Audiobook]

The Hunger Fix [Audiobook]
The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction [Audiobook] by Pamela Peeke, Mariska van Aalst, read by by Pamela Peeke
2013 | M4B + EPUB | 8 hrs 25 mins | 137.01MB

The body’s built-in reward system, driven by the chemical dopamine, tells us to do more of the things that give us pleasure: Creative energy, falling in love, entrepreneurship, and even the continued propagation of the human race are driven by this system. Unfortunately, so is the urge to overeat.

In The Hunger Fix, Dr. Pam Peeke uses the latest neuroscience to explain how unhealthy food and behavioral "fixes" have gotten us ensnared in a vicious cycle of overeating and addiction. She even shows that dopamine rushes in the body work exactly the same way with food as with cocaine. Luckily, we are all capable of rewiring, and the very same dopamine-driven system can be used to reward us for healthful, exciting, and fulfilling activities.

The Hunger Fix lays out a science-based, three-stage plan to break the addiction to false fixes and replace them with healthier actions. Fitness guides, meal plans, and recipes are constructed to bolster the growth of new neurons and stimulate the body’s reward system. Gradually, healthy fixes like meditating, going for a run, laughing, and learning a new language will replace the junk food, couch time, and other bad habits that leave us unhappy and overweight.

Packed with practical tips, useful advice, and plenty of wit, wisdom, and inspiring stories of those who have successfully transformed their bodies, The Hunger Fix is a life-changing program for anyone (of any size) trapped by food obsession and the urge to overeat.

The Story of the Human Body [Audiobook]

The Story of the Human Body [Audiobook]
The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease [Audiobook] by Daniel Lieberman, read by Sean Runnette
2013 | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB | 15 hrs | 614.21MB

In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman—chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field—gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing disparity between the jumble of adaptations in our Stone Age bodies and advancements in the modern world is occasioning this paradox: greater longevity but increased chronic disease.

The Story of the Human Body brilliantly illuminates as never before the major transformations that contributed key adaptations to the body: the rise of bipedalism; the shift to a non-fruit-based diet; the advent of hunting and gathering, leading to our superlative endurance athleticism; the development of a very large brain; and the incipience of cultural proficiencies. Lieberman also elucidates how cultural evolution differs from biological evolution, and how our bodies were further transformed during the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions.

While these ongoing changes have brought about many benefits, they have also created conditions to which our bodies are not entirely adapted, Lieberman argues, resulting in the growing incidence of obesity and new but avoidable diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. Lieberman proposes that many of these chronic illnesses persist and in some cases are intensifying because of “dysevolution,” a pernicious dynamic whereby only the symptoms rather than the causes of these maladies are treated. And finally—provocatively—he advocates the use of evolutionary information to help nudge, push, and sometimes even compel us to create a more salubrious environment.

Personality Power [Audiobook]

Personality Power [Audiobook]
Personality Power: Discover Your Unique Profile--and Unlock Your Potential for Breakthrough Success [Audiobook] by Shoya Zichy, read by Josey Miller
2013 | M4B + EPUB | 10 hrs 57 mins | 169.61MB

The key to both enjoying and succeeding at work lies in knowing your core strengths - and making the most of them. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Grounded, realistic, and accountable? Competitive and theoretical? Spontaneous and action-oriented? Creative and empathetic? Based on the easy-to-understand "Color Q" model of the four major personality groups - used by more than 50,000 professionals worldwide - Personality Power gives you a clear blue-print for using your natural abilities more effectively...and reenergizing your professional life. Just take a simple, 10-minute self-assessment to determine your personality type and discover how best to:

  • Communicate with employees, bosses, and others with different styles
  • Identify your ideal (and least suitable) work environments
  • Avoid the blind spots associated with your type
  • Assemble a career plan with concrete steps for achieving your goals

Featuring in-depth chapters for each personality type and inspiring success stories - including profiles of well-known figures such as Diane Sawyer, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Hillary Clinton, and others - the audiobook reveals how to use your natural talents to approach innovation, deal with conflict, negotiate compensation, and self-coach your way to greater success. Good news: You don't need a new job to be happy at work. Now, packed with life-altering insights, Personality Power will enable you to achieve the recognition and fulfillment you deserve...just by being yourself.