The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die [EPUB]

The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die [EPUB]
The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die by John B Izzo
2008 | EPUB | 2.06MB

Imagine for a moment that you are about to take a foreign vacation to an exotic destination. You have saved your entire life to travel there. It is a destination with almost unlimited choices of how to spend your time and you know you will not have enough time to explore every opportunity. You are fairly certain that you will never get to take a second trip to this destination; this will be your one opportunity.

Now imagine that someone informs you that there are several people in your neighborhood who have been to that country, explored every corner. Some of them enjoyed the journey and have few regrets, but others wish they could take the trip again knowing what they know now. Would you not invite them over for dinner, ask them to bring their photographs, listen to their stories, and hear their advice?

This is precisely the journey explored in this book. Dr. John Izzo and his colleagues interviewed over 200 people over the age of sixty (up to 106 years of age) who were identified by others as having lived happy lives and as having found purpose and contentment. The interviewees ranged from aboriginal elders to town barbers, from Hollacaust survivors to former CEO’s. In these interviews, each person was asked to reflect back on his or her life to identify the sources of happiness and meaning as well as lessons learned, regrets, major crossroads, and what did not contribute to meaning in their lives. Based on these interviews, and Dr. Izzo’s twenty years experience helping people find more spirit and purpose, the book explores the secrets to finding contentment, happiness, and purpose.

Using a powerful narrative voice, Dr. Izzo helps the reader understand the common themes from the lives of those interviewed, the commonality of what really matters in their lives, and especially how to put this wisdom into practice.

Train Your Brain to Get Rich [EPUB]

Train Your Brain to Get Rich [EPUB]
Train Your Brain to Get Rich: The Simple Program That Primes Your Gray Cells for Wealth, Prosperity, and Financial Security by Susan Reynolds, Teresa Aubele, Doug Freeman, Lee Hausner
2011 | EPUB | 2.94MB

You really can think yourself rich--when you program your gray matter to make money. In this groundbreaking guide, neuroscientist Dr. Teresa Aubele teams up with finance whiz Doug Freeman, business consultant Dr. Lee Hausner, and Psychology Today blogger Susan Reynolds to help you capitalize on your brain--literally.

This one-of-a-kind method draws upon the most recent breakthroughs in neuroscience, biology, and psychology to show you how to:

  • Make more money, by reprogramming your brain to identify the best opportunities
  • Invest more wisely, by short-circuiting the pleasure center that facilitates your faulty reasoning
  • Rebound from financial setbacks, without getting trapped by your brain's fight-or-flight response
  • Create more wealth, by focusing your mind on innovation and creativity
  • Keep more of what you make, by tricking your brain into taking the long view

This book is your ticket to a more money-minded brain, a bigger bank account, and a richer life--one fortune at a time!

The Smartest Money Book You'll Ever Read [EPUB]

The Smartest Money Book You'll Ever Read [EPUB]
The Smartest Money Book You'll Ever Read: Everything You Need to Know About Growing, Spending, and Enjoying Your Money by Daniel R Solin
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.72/0.81MB

Stop working for your money—and put your money to work for you!

Tens of thousands of readers trust Dan Solin’s advice when it comes to investing, managing their portfolios and their 401(k)s, and planning for retirement. Now Solin offers the smartest guide to money management and financial planning yet.

From managing your debt, maximizing savings, and making smart decisions about home ownership (or not) to insurance, investing, and retirement, The Smartest Money Book You’ll Ever Read will be your guide to financial independence for a lifetime—and beyond.

Written in the same no-nonsense style as his previous bestsellers, The Smartest Money Book You’ll Ever Read breaks financial planning and money management into bite-size pieces—with immediately actionable advice. Covering the key tasks in every area of personal finance, Solin shows you how to:

  • Analyze your money problems and get motivated to solve them
  • Get out of debt fast, and draw up a budget you can live on—and live with
  • Blow off useless commission-based advisors and learn to take control of your own financial future
  • Buy the health/life/disability/auto insurance you need—and only what you need
  • Invest so that—finally—your money works for you, not someone else

Step by simple step, this is advice that you can actually understand and follow. You can avoid debt-addiction and other financial hazards, as well as learn to harness the power of the web to put your money to work.

The Smartest Money Book You’ll Ever Read is recommended by Mint.com, the world’s largest free online financial planning site, for use by its members. However, all of the advice in this book is readily accessible to all readers.

The Smartest Portfolio You'll Ever Own [EPUB]

The Smartest Portfolio You'll Ever Own [EPUB]
The Smartest Portfolio You'll Ever Own: A Do-It-Yourself Breakthrough Strategy by Daniel R Solin
2011 | EPUB | 2.62MB

Bestselling author and financial blogger, Dan Solin, provides real do-it-yourself investors the means to create a dynamic-and safe- portfolio that mimics those constructed for some of the major institutional and trust investors in the country. Readers can maintain complete control over their money-and not sacrifice precious points to an advisor or broker.

Using a strategy that minimizes volatility and maximizes returns, Solin makes investing according to the principles of the most sophisticated financial models accessible to individuals in a way that has never been possible before.

As readers have come to expect from Solin, implementing this plan is as simple as one, two, three: open an account with a discount broker; determine the appropriate asset allocation using the simple questionnaire in the book or online; input pre-determined ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) and the allocations for the level of the investor's individual risk profile.

This is the only book that provides the information and practical guidance that readers need to achieve the very best results with the minimum risk,on their own.

The Smartest 401(k) Book You'll Ever Read [EPUB]

The Smartest 401(k) Book You'll Ever Read [EPUB]
The Smartest 401(k) Book You'll Ever Read: Maximize Your Retirement Savings the Smart Way by Daniel R Solin
2008 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.46/0.63MB

This book will change the way you think about and invest in your retirement savings plan-forever.

Internationally bestselling author and consumer advocate Dan Solin challenges some basic and misguided assumptions about traditional retirement plans to reveal that:

  • 401(k) and 403(b) plans are laden with Porky Pig fees, poor investment choices, and conflicts of interest. You may be better off just saying "No!"
  • There is a simple way to make smart choices in these plans- and this book shows you exactly what to do and which funds to avoid.
  • There is one investment that could be the key to a successful retirement plan. You can do it yourself, with pre-tax or after-tax money. Create your own, inflation-proof pension plan that is guaranteed to provide you with monthly income for as long as you live, and beyond!

Smart Investing is not complicated. You have the power to make meaningful changes to your retirement savings plan-no matter what your age or financial status.

The Power of Self-Confidence [EPUB]

The Power of Self-Confidence [EPUB]
The Power of Self-Confidence: Become Unstoppable, Irresistible, and Unafraid in Every Area of Your Life by Brian Tracy
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 419.36/566.7KB

Why are some people more successful than others? Self-confidence!

What one great goal would you set if you knew you could not fail? What wonderful things would you want to do with your life if you were guaranteed success in anything you attempted?

Your level of self-confidence determines the size of the goals you set, the energy and determination that you focus on achieving them, and the amount of persistence you apply to overcoming every obstacle. In this powerful, practical book based on work with more than 5 million executives, entrepreneurs, sales professionals, and ambitious people in more than sixty countries, you learn how to develop unshakable self-confidence in every area of your life.

The Power of Self-Confidence explains how to increase your "mental fitness" by thinking like top performers in every field. Little by little, you build up and maintain ever-higher levels of self-confidence in everything you do. Self-confidence allows you to move out of your comfort zone and take risks without any guarantees. With step-by-step guidance, author Brian Tracy will help you build the foundations of lifelong self-confidence. You discover how to determine what you really want, and unleash your personal powers to accomplish it.

You'll learn how to:

  • Clarify and live consistently with your values to become the very best person you could possibly be
  • Set clear goals and make written plans to accomplish them
  • Commit yourself to mastery in your chosen field and to lifelong personal improvement
  • Program your subconscious mind to respond in a positive and constructive way to every problem or difficulty
  • Minimize your weaknesses and maximize your strengths for higher achievement
  • Develop high levels of courage and incredible persistence

Become unstoppable, irresistible, and unafraid in every area of your life through the power of unshakable self-confidence. Become a person of action, overcome any obstacle, and scale any height. With your newfound unshakable self-confidence, you will accomplish every goal you can set for yourself.

Full Engagement! [EPUB]

Full Engagement! [EPUB]
Full Engagement: Inspire, Motivate, and Bring Out the Best in Your People by Brian Tracy
2011 | EPUB | 2.01MB

How do you light a fire under every employee? Brian Tracy, the Master of Motivation, shows how! In these tough economic times, everyone is expected to produce more with less. And yet, studies have shown that on average, employees are working at only a fraction of their potential. What are managers to do? How can they inspire their people to perform at their absolute best? Whatever the situation, a good manager can quickly organize a group of average performers into a high-functioning team capable of achieving tremendous results for the company. The secret is knowing how—and anyone can learn. In Full Engagement!, business success expert Brian Tracy shows managers how they can supercharge their employees’ efforts. Packed with powerful, practical ideas and strategies, this eye-opening guide explains how to:

  • Unlock the potential of each person
  • Motivate and inspire employees to peak performance
  • Trigger the “X Factor” that maximizes productivity
  • Drive out the fears that hold people back
  • Create a high-trust work environment
  • Set clear goals and objectives
  • Recognize, reward, and reinforce in a way that energizes every employee

A manager’s role is to achieve the highest possible return on the physical, emotional, and mental effort that his or her people put forth. It’s not a return on investment…it’s a return on energy. And when managers fail at that, they fail at their own job. With this essential guide, all managers can now hold the keys to unlocking superstar performance from their teams.

High-Frequency Trading, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

High-Frequency Trading, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
High-Frequency Trading: A Practical Guide to Algorithmic Strategies and Trading Systems, 2nd Edition by Irene Aldridge
2013 | EPUB | 4.35MB

A fully revised second edition of the best guide to high-frequency trading.

High-frequency trading is a difficult, but profitable, endeavor that can generate stable profits in various market conditions. But solid footing in both the theory and practice of this discipline are essential to success. Whether you're an institutional investor seeking a better understanding of high-frequency operations or an individual investor looking for a new way to trade, this book has what you need to make the most of your time in today's dynamic markets.

Building on the success of the original edition, the Second Edition of High-Frequency Trading incorporates the latest research and questions that have come to light since the publication of the first edition. It skillfully covers everything from new portfolio management techniques for high-frequency trading and the latest technological developments enabling HFT to updated risk management strategies and how to safeguard information and order flow in both dark and light markets.

  • Includes numerous quantitative trading strategies and tools for building a high-frequency trading system
  • Address the most essential aspects of high-frequency trading, from formulation of ideas to performance evaluation
  • The book also includes a companion Website where selected sample trading strategies can be downloaded and tested
  • Written by respected industry expert Irene Aldridge

While interest in high-frequency trading continues to grow, little has been published to help investors understand and implement this approach—until now. This book has everything you need to gain a firm grip on how high-frequency trading works and what it takes to apply it to your everyday trading endeavors.

Defense against the Black Arts [EPUB]

Defense against the Black Arts [EPUB]
Defense against the Black Arts: How Hackers Do What They Do and How to Protect against It by Jesse Varsalone, Matthew Mcfadden, Michael Schearer, Sean Morrissey, Ben Smith
2012 | EPUB | 42.18MB

As technology has developed, computer hackers have become increasingly sophisticated, mastering the ability to hack into even the most impenetrable systems. The best way to secure a system is to understand the tools hackers use and know how to circumvent them. Defense against the Black Arts: How Hackers Do What They Do and How to Protect against It provides hands-on instruction to a host of techniques used to hack into a variety of systems.

Exposing hacker methodology with concrete examples, this book shows you how to outwit computer predators at their own game. Among the many things you’ll learn:

  • How to get into a Windows operating system without having the username or password
  • Vulnerabilities associated with passwords and how to keep them out of the hands of hackers
  • How hackers use the techniques of computer forensic examiners to wreak havoc on individuals and companies
  • Hiding one’s IP address to avoid detection
  • Manipulating data to and from a web page or application for nefarious reasons
  • How to find virtually anything on the internet
  • How hackers research the targets they plan to attack
  • How network defenders collect traffic across the wire to indentify intrusions
  • Using Metasploit to attack weaknesses in systems that are unpatched or have poorly implemented security measures

The book profiles a variety of attack tools and examines how Facebook and other sites can be used to conduct social networking attacks. It also covers techniques utilized by hackers to attack modern operating systems, such as Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Mac OS X. The author explores a number of techniques that hackers can use to exploit physical access, network access, and wireless vectors. Using screenshots to clarify procedures, this practical manual uses step-by-step examples and relevant analogies to facilitate understanding, giving you an insider’s view of the secrets of hackers.

The Geek's Guide to Dating [Audiobook]

The Geek's Guide to Dating [Audiobook]
The Geek's Guide to Dating [Audiobook] by Eric Smith, read by Nick Podehl
2013 | MP3 VBR V5 + EPUB | 5 hrs 08 mins | 161.8MB

Boldly go where no geek has gone before!

You keep your action figures in their original packaging. Your closets are full of officially licensed Star Wars merchandise. You're hooked on Elder Scrolls and Metal Gear, but now you've discovered an even bigger obsession: the new girl who just moved in down the hall.

What's a geek to do? Take some tips from The Geek's Guide to Dating. This hilarious primer is jam-packed with cheat codes, walkthroughs, and power-ups for navigating the perils and pitfalls of your love life with ease. Geeks of all ages will find answers to the ultimate questions of life, the universe, and everything romantic, from First Contact to The Fellowship of the Ring and beyond. The Geek's Guide to Dating will teach fanboys everywhere to love long and prosper.

Rush: The Illustrated History [EPUB]

Rush: The Illustrated History [EPUB]
Rush: The Illustrated History by Martin Popoff
2013 | EPUB | 39.24MB

Formed in Toronto, Ontario, in 1968 under the heavy influence of British blues, Rush solidified its lineup in 1974 and has gone on to record 18 studio albums (and counting). Notable for bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee’s high register, Neil Peart’s virtuosic drumming and inventive lyrics, and the guitar heroics of Alex Lifeson, the multiplatinum band melds a diverse range of influences and along the way has amassed a large, notably loyal following worldwide. Rush is bigger than ever before with the hit 2011 documentary Beyond the Lighted Stage and this year’s new album, Clockwork Angels, and tour.

Now, for the first time, Rush is treated to the epic visual celebration they so richly deserve in a beautifully designed and profusely illustrated history following the band’s entire career. A chronological overview history written by noted music scribe and Rush authority Martin Popoff spans the band’s entire career from 1968 to today. A complete Rush discography chronicles all their albums, from the debut album to 2112, Moving Pictures, and Signals to Grace Under Pressure, Vapor Trails, and more. The authoritative text is complemented by album reviews written by well-known music journalists from around the globe, commentary from fellow musicians, a discography, and hundreds of photographs and pieces of memorabilia, including picture sleeves, gig posters, rare vinyl, handbills, ticket stubs, and much more.

Modern Manners [EPUB]

Modern Manners [EPUB]
Modern Manners: Tools to Take You to the Top by Dorothea Johnson, Liv Tyler
2013 | EPUB | 6.94MB

From the world-renowned etiquette expert and her granddaughter, Liv Tyler, an elegant guide to 21st-century manners for professionals who want to be confident and successful in the business and social arenas.

Developing good manners is an important investment in your future. They allow you to feel at ease in any situation--and give you the polish and confidence to become a leader. Etiquette expert Dorothea Johnson's essential dos and don'ts address both 21st-century and classic questions, including:

  • acing job interviews
  • giving confident handshakes
  • making conversation
  • proper business attire and meeting protocol
  • e-mail etiquette, including what to post--or not--on social media
  • how to deal with rude cell phone users
  • conducting a meeting at a restaurant
  • attending business or social events
  • table manners

With style, wit, and delightful commentary throughout from her granddaughter, Liv Tyler, on everything from being a good guest to finding a balance with technology, Modern Manners is the must-have guide to ensure your success.

The Butler Speaks [EPUB]

The Butler Speaks [EPUB]
The Butler Speaks: A Return to Proper Etiquette, Stylish Entertaining, and the Art of Good Housekeeping by Charles MacPherson
2013 | EPUB | 10.64MB
  • Host a dinner party
  • Make a bed
  • Set a table
  • Use the proper fork
  • Polish silver
  • Prepare high tea
  • Present a calling card
  • Make conversation
  • Fold a shirt ...
  • all with the charm, ease and sophistication of a butler.

In a clear, straightforward style, Charles MacPherson lays out the essentials of entertaining and household management in this beautifully illustrated style, etiquette and entertainment guide. For anyone who rents or owns--be it a small urban condo or a lavish country estate--The Butler Speaks includes everything you need to know to simplify, organize and care for your home. It also offers modern advice on personal style and etiquette--how to receive guests; present your business card; make polite dinner conversation-- and advice on entertaining at home--how to make a cheese plate; hold your cutlery; set a table--all with the flair, charm and unpretentious grace of the butler.

Essential Manners for Men [EPUB]

Essential Manners for Men [EPUB]
Essential Manners for Men: What to Do, When to Do It, and Why, 2nd Edition by Peter Post
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.21/1.41MB

In Essential Manners for Men, etiquette expert Peter Post tackles the issues of real concern for today's man, enabling him to make the right decisions about what to do and say in every situation that counts, whether in daily life, social life, or on the job. Sharp, savvy, and sensible—filled with accessible sidebars, tips, and stories from the author's own experiences—this classic New York Times bestselling handbook has been updated to reflect the realities of our modern times with all new material, including:

  • Social media: social networking, gaming, and the world of online dating
  • Communication in person: greetings, handshakes, and how to make the all-important good first impression
  • Communication on-the-go: texting, e-mailing, and using smart phones
  • Life changes: dealing with bumps in the road, from divorce to layoffs
  • Weddings: the man's role, from groom to best man to usher, and the changing nature of the bachelor party
  • Entertaining, dining, tipping

Also: Sportsmanship • Parenting • Sharing living space with a roommate, spouse, or significant other • Navigating the business dinner • Throwing a great party or being a perfect guest . . . and much more.

The Flood of 2013 [EPUB]

The Flood of 2013 [EPUB]
The Flood of 2013: A Summer of Angry Rivers in Southern Alberta by Calgary Herald
2013 | EPUB | 19.5MB

The Flood of 2013 chronicles an unforgettable summer of angry rivers, unprecedented flooding and undeniable human spirit. This book looks at how the disaster irrevocably changed southern Alberta and its people. In the face of disaster, Albertans showed their true grit and rose above adversity—just like their ancestors did for generations before them.

The flood began in southern Alberta on June 20 and led to four deaths, billions of dollars in damage and more than 100,000 people fleeing their homes to escape raging waters. More than eighty Herald journalists—photographers, writers, editors, videographers, researchers and digital producers—became involved in narrating the tale of the flood. Using their words and images, this stunning volume captures not only the devastation and destruction of the flood but also the emergence of heroes and heartfelt moments. Neighbours helped neighbours. Strangers helped strangers. And Albertans vowed to recover, come hell or high water.

Ground Truth [EPUB]

Ground Truth: 3 Para Return to Afghanistan [EPUB]
Ground Truth: 3 Para Return to Afghanistan by Patrick Bishop
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.13MB/776.53KB

Afghanistan, 2008. After their eighteen-month epic tour of Helmand Province, the troops of 3 Para are back. This time, the weight of experience weighs heavily on their shoulders.

In April 2006 the elite 3 Para Battle Group was despatched to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, on a tour that has become a legend. All that summer the Paras were subjected to relentless Taliban attacks in one of the most gruelling campaigns fought by British troops in modern times.

Two years later the Paras are back in the pounding heat of the Afghanistan front lines. The conflict has changed. The enemy has been forced to adopt new weaponry and tactics. But how much progress are we really making in the war against the insurgents? And is there an end in sight?

In this searing account of 3 Para’s return, bestselling author Patrick Bishop combines gripping, first-person accounts of front line action with an unflinching look at the hard realities of our involvement in Afghanistan. Writing from a position of exclusive access alongside the Paras, he reveals the ‘ground truth’ of the mission our soldiers have been given. It’s a sombre picture. But shining out from it are stories of courage, comradeship and humour, as well as a gripping account of an epic humanitarian operation through Taliban-infested country to deliver a vitally needed turbine to the Kajaki Dam.

Frank, action-packed and absorbing, Ground Truth is a timely and important book that will set the agenda for discussion of the Afghan conflict for years to come.

3 Para [EPUB]

3 Para [EPUB]
3 Para by Patrick Bishop
2008 | EPUB + MOBI | 6.29/5.22MB

Afghanistan, Summer 2006. This is war.

Afghanistan in the summer of 2006. In blazing heat in remote outposts the 3 Para battlegroup is pitted against a stubborn enemy who keep on coming. Until now, the full story of what happened there has not been told. This is it.

In April 2006, the elite 3 Para battlegroup was despatched to Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan. They were tasked with providing security to reconstruction efforts, a deployment it was hoped would pass off without a shot being fired. In fact, over the six months they were there, the 3 Para battle group saw near continuous combat – one gruelling battle after another – in what would become one of the most extraordinary campaigns ever fought by British troops.

Around parched, dusty outposts reliant on a limited number of helicopters for food and ammunition resupply, troops were subjected to relentless Taliban attacks, as well as energy-sapping 50 degree heat and spartan conditions. At the end of the tour, the Taliban offensive aimed at driving the British and Afghan Government troops out of Helmand had been tactically defeated. But 3 Para paid a high price: fourteen soldiers and one interpreter were killed, and 46 wounded.

3 Para will tell the stories of the men and women who took part in this extraordinary and largely unreported saga. Best-selling author Patrick Bishop has been given exclusive access to the soldiers whose tales of courage and endurance provide an unforgettable portrait of one of the world's finest and most fascinating fighting regiments, and a remarkable band of warriors. Their bravery was reflected in the array of gallantry medals that were bestowed on their return, including the Victoria Cross awarded to Corporal Bryan Budd and the George Cross won by Corporal Mark Wright, both of whom were killed winning their awards.

3 Para is saga of comradeship, courage and fortitude is set to become a classic.

The Devil We Don't Know [EPUB]

The Devil We Don't Know [EPUB]
The Devil We Don't Know: The Dark Side of Revolutions in the Middle East by Nonie Darwish
2012 | EPUB | 358.54KB

Did the Arab Spring mark the beginning of a bright new future for the Middle East? Will it usher in a new era in which democracy will flourish, freedom of speech and religion will be seen as absolute rights, and economic opportunities will open to all? Or will the bright hopes lit by the Facebook revolution be drowned under waves of mob violence, police brutality, and renewed repression? According to Middle East expert Nonie Darwish, there will be no democracy, no freedom, and no new economic opportunity, and the violence and repression have already begun. This should not surprise anyone, she says. We've seen it all before—many times.

In The Devil We Don't Know, Darwish reveals the unpleasant truths behind the Arab Spring: the students, activists, and young professionals who initiated the Cairo protests represent only a tiny minority of Egypt's population. Other groups, such as the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi, shared their desire to oust President Hosni Mubarak, but for entirely different reasons. Now that Mubarak is gone, says Darwish, these radical conservative factions have seized the initiative to further their own goals, including waging war on Israel, expelling Coptic Christians from Egypt, and engaging in jihad against non-Islamic nations.

Darwish presents a brief history of the cycle of revolution and dictatorship that has plagued Islamic nations of the Middle East since the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1923. She finds a common thread among all of these regimes, whether military, monarchist, or ideology driven. They have all been Islamic states in which sharia, the divine law of Islam, supersedes all others, forbidding freedom of speech and religion, as well as gender equality. Under sharia law, any ruler who refuses to conduct jihad and advocates peace with non-Muslim nations can be removed from office.

She describes how the rigid, authoritarian class structure demanded by sharia law precludes any possibility of democracy or equality, and she laments the fact that among all of the many placards carried by protesters in Tahrir Square in January 2011, she didn't see a single one demanding "Down with Sharia."

Darwish also examines the effect of the Islamic revolutions on the state of Israel, the rise of Islamic apostasy in recent years, and whether the uprisings have helped or hindered the budding Arab feminist movement. Further, she explores the impact of these rebellions on the West and whether they will lead to a reduction or an increase in terrorist attacks by Islamist groups.

Backing up all of her claims with hard facts and solid, well-reasoned arguments, Darwish makes it clear that she has no fear of controversy, and The Devil We Don't Know is sure to provoke plenty of that as events continue to unfold.

Taking Liberties [EPUB]

Taking Liberties [EPUB]
Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy by Susan N Herman
2011 | EPUB | 2.79MB

In this eye-opening work, the president of the ACLU takes a hard look at the human and social costs of the War on Terror. Over a decade after 9/11, it is far from clear that the government's hastily adopted antiterrorist tactics--such as the Patriot Act--are keeping us safe, but it is increasingly clear that these emergency measures in fact have the potential to ravage our lives--and have already done just that to countless Americans.

From the Oregon lawyer falsely suspected of involvement with terrorism in Spain to the former University of Idaho football player arrested on the pretext that he was needed as a "material witness" (though he was never called to testify), this book is filled with unsettling stories of ordinary people caught in the government's dragnet. These are not just isolated mistakes in an otherwise sound program, but demonstrations of what can happen when our constitutional protections against government abuse are abandoned. Whether it's running a chat room, contributing to a charity, or even urging a terrorist group to forego its violent tactics, activities that should be protected by the First Amendment can now lead to prosecution. Blacklists and watchlists keep people grounded at airports and strand American citizens abroad, although these lists are rife with errors--errors that cannot be challenged. National Security Letters allow the FBI to demand records about innocent people from libraries, financial institutions, and internet service providers without ever going to court. Government databanks now brim with information about every aspect of our private lives, while efforts to mount legal challenges to these measures have been stymied.

Barack Obama, like George W. Bush, relies on secrecy and exaggerated claims of presidential prerogative to keep the courts and Congress from fully examining whether these laws and policies are constitutional, effective, or even counterproductive. Democracy itself is undermined. This book is a wake-up call for all Americans, who remain largely unaware of the post-9/11 surveillance regime's insidious and continuing growth.

Reflections on the Revolution In Europe [EPUB]

Reflections on the Revolution In Europe [EPUB]
Reflections on the Revolution In Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West by Christopher Caldwell
2010 | EPUB | 2.06MB

This provocative and unflinching analysis of Europe’s unexpected demographic revolution focuses on the increasingly assertive Muslim populations shaping the continent’s future.

Can you have the same Europe with different people in it? The answer, says Christopher Caldwell, is no.

Europe has undergone a demographic revolution it never expected. A half century of mass immigration has failed to produce anything resembling an American-style melting pot. By overestimating its need for immigrant labor and underestimating the culture-shaping potential of religion, Europe has trapped itself in a problem to which it has no obvious solution.

Christopher Caldwell has been reporting on the politics and culture of Islam in Europe for more than a decade. His deeply researched and insightful new book reveals a paradox. Since World War II, mass immigration has been made possible by Europe’s enforcement of secularism, tolerance, and equality. But when immigrants arrive, they are not required to adopt those values. And they are disinclined to, since they already have values of their own. Muslims dominate or nearly dominate important European cities, including Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Strasbourg and Marseille, the Paris suburbs and East London. Islam has challenged the European way of life at every turn, becoming, in effect, an “adversary culture.”

The result? In Reflections on the Revolution in Europe, Caldwell reveals the anger of natives and newcomers alike. He describes guest worker programs that far outlasted their economic justifications, and asylum policies that have served illegal immigrants better than refugees. He exposes the strange ways in which welfare states interact with Third World customs, the anti-Americanism that brings European natives and Muslim newcomers together, and the arguments over women and sex that drive them apart. He considers the appeal of sharia, “resistance,” and jihad to a second generation that is more alienated from Europe than the first, and addresses a crisis of faith among native Europeans that leaves them with a weak hand as they confront the claims of newcomers.

As increasingly assertive immigrant populations shape the continent, Caldwell writes, the foundations of European culture and civilization are being challenged and replaced. Reflections on the Revolution in Europe is destined to become the classic work on how Muslim immigration permanently reshaped the West.

Comeback America [EPUB]

Comeback America [EPUB]
Comeback America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility by David M Walker
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.29/1.04MB

He's one of America's most capable, canny, candid, and independent financial experts. Now David M. Walker sounds a call to action. Comeback America is a tough-minded, innovative, inspiring guide to help us avoid the approaching economic abyss and put the country back on track again.

As comptroller general of the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO)—"the nation's top auditor"—Walker warned Congress and the administration as the federal surplus became a giant deficit under George W. Bush. As president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, he now works full-time to raise public awareness regarding mounting debt burdens being imposed on future generations. Comeback America is his crucial manifesto, a way for President Obama to end out-of-control government spending and reform our tax, retirement, health care, defense, and other systems—before it's too late.

Walker believes that by 2030, absent significant reforms to current government programs and policies, federal taxes could double from current levels, meaning less money and poorer education for kids—which will hurt families along with our nation's economic strength and position in the world. If our foreign creditors—such as China—decide to buy fewer of our Treasury bonds, interest rates will rise and cars and homes will become less affordable.

But it doesn't have to be that way. Comeback America shows how we can return to our founding principles of fiscal responsibility and stewardship for future generations. The book includes bold ideas to control spending, save Social Security, dramatically alter Medicare, and simplify the tax code—all taking into account the Obama Administration's current efforts, which receive never-before-published assessments both complimentary and critical.

Nonpartisan, nonideological, and filled with a love of the country its esteemed author has spent his life serving, Comeback America is a book for anyone interested in America's economic future—in other words, a book everyone should read.

Content Marketing [EPUB]

Content Marketing [EPUB]
Content Marketing: Think Like a Publisher - How to Use Content to Market Online and in Social Media by Rebecca Lieb
2011 | EPUB | 7.48MB

If you have a website, a blog, or even a Facebook or Twitter presence, you are a publisher. Think like one: build a digital content strategy that embraces words, images and multimedia to systematically enhance consumer engagement and conversion rates.

In Content Marketing, world-renowned digital content expert Rebecca Lieb offers all the detailed, actionable guidance you'll need. Lieb guides you through planning what you'll say online, how and where you'll say it, how often you'll communicate, and how you'll measure your effectiveness. She offers practical guidance for "listening" to conversations about your brand, products, and services, responding more effectively, and effectively informing those conversations.

You'll learn how to use your digital content strategy to shape marketing, branding, PR, SEO, customer and media relations, blog content, social media initiatives, and of course, your website. Lieb drills down to offer detailed, actionable advice for issues such as choosing distribution channels making sure you don't run out of things to say making your content "findable" promoting two-way dialogue. Using her techniques, you can market far more effectively and personally build loyalty as you inform and entertain customers and reduce or even eliminate advertising costs. Think about it: why buy media when, today, you are the media?

Zero to 100,000 [EPUB]

Zero to 100,000 [EPUB]
Zero to 100,000: Social Media Tips and Tricks for Small Businesses by Sarah-Jayne Gratton, Dean A Gratton
2011 | EPUB | 7.48MB

YOUR COMPLETE PLAN FOR FINDING 100,000 NEW FRIENDS, SUPPORTERS, AND CUSTOMERS!

Close your eyes. Now, envision 100,000 people who are passionate about you, your business, and your brand! We’re talking about people who buy your stuff, and then tell their friends how incredibly great you are—without being paid to do it. People who follow your every move, look to you for guidance, and can’t wait to hear what you’re up to next.

Your 100,000 people. Your two football stadiums full of cheering fans. They’re out there, looking for you. Here’s your easy, low-cost social media plan for finding them…connecting with them…giving them what they want—so they can make you stunningly, incredibly successful!

10 STEPS TO YOUR 100,000 (with all the details, examples, and expert advice you’ll ever need):

  1. Listen first, engage second
  2. Craft your most authentic voice
  3. Find and attract influencers
  4. Don’t be a narcissist (you know what we mean)
  5. Build community that lasts
  6. Freshen up your brand
  7. Become an electrifying “social conductor”
  8. Promote across platforms
  9. Be the fittest, be the survivor
  10. Measure your (ever-growing) success

The ABCs of Money [EPUB]

The ABCs of Money [EPUB]
The ABCs of Money: Protecting Your Future Requires a New Game Plan by Natalie Pace
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.53/0.99MB

Most Americans are worried about their future — particularly their nest egg. 1 out of every 10 Americans is being pursued by debt collectors. If you want to beat the debt game, earn gains (instead of riding on the Wall Street rollercoaster) and live a richer, happier life, then you have to get a new game plan. The ABCs of Money offers vital information and easy, effective strategies for income, budgeting, real estate, stocks, bonds, gold, hard assets, annuities, debt reduction and saving your home. These strategies have been saving homes and nest eggs for more than a decade and have earned Natalie Pace the ranking of #1 stock picker. Once you learn The ABCs of Money (that we all should have received in high school), you will transform your life — out of struggling to survive and buried alive in bills — to thriving.

As TD AMERITRADE chairman Joe Moglia says, "College students need this information before they get their first credit card. Young adults need it before they buy their first home. Empty nesters can use the information to downsize to a sustainable lifestyle, before they get into trouble."

Survival of the Sickest [Audiobook]

Survival of the Sickest [Audiobook]
Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease [Audiobook] by Sharon Moalem, Jonathan Prince, read by Eric Conger
2007 | MP3@160 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 37 mins | 456.85MB

How did a deadly genetic disease help our ancestors survive the bubonic plagues of Europe? Was diabetes evolution's response to the last Ice Age? Will a visit to the tanning salon help bring down your cholesterol? Why do we age? Why are some people immune to HIV? Can your genes be turned on—or off?

Survival of the Sickest reveals the answers to these and many other questions as it unravels the amazing connections between evolution, disease, and human health today.

Joining the ranks of modern myth busters, Dr. Sharon Moalem turns our current understanding of illness on its head and challenges us to fundamentally change the way we think about our bodies, our health, and our relationship to just about every other living thing on earth, from plants and animals to insects and bacteria.

Survival of the Sickest is filled with fascinating insights and cutting-edge research, presented in a way that is both accessible and utterly absorbing. This is a book about the interconnectedness of all life on earth—and, especially, what that means for us.

Listen to it. You're already living it.

How to Brew [EPUB]

How to Brew [EPUB]
How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time [3rd Edition] by John J Palmer
2006 | EPUB + MOBI | 5.53/5.64MB

Everything that's needed to brew beer right the first time. Presented in a light-hearted style, this authoritative text introduces brewing in a easy step-by-step review that covers the essentials of making good beer.

Includes ingredients, methods, recipes and equipment information. Beyond the first batch, it provides an accessible reference to intermediate techniques like all-grain brewing variations and recipe formulation. A must for any novice or intermediate brewer-perfect for anyone who has discovered the joy of homebrewing!

Bitters [EPUB]

Bitters [EPUB]
Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas by Brad Thomas Parsons
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 19.25/18.86MB

Gone are the days when a lonely bottle of Angostura bitters held court behind the bar. A cocktail renaissance has swept across the country, inspiring in bartenders and their thirsty patrons a new fascination with the ingredients, techniques, and traditions that make the American cocktail so special. And few ingredients have as rich a history or serve as fundamental a role in our beverage heritage as bitters.

Author and bitters enthusiast Brad Thomas Parsons traces the history of the world’s most storied elixir, from its earliest “snake oil” days to its near evaporation after Prohibition to its ascension as a beloved (and at times obsessed-over) ingredient on the contemporary bar scene. Parsons writes from the front lines of the bitters boom, where he has access to the best and boldest new brands and flavors, the most innovative artisanal producers, and insider knowledge of the bitters-making process.

Whether you’re a professional looking to take your game to the next level or just a DIY-type interested in homemade potables, Bitters has a dozen recipes for customized blends--ranging from Apple to Coffee-Pecan to Root Beer bitters--as well as tips on sourcing ingredients and step-by-step instructions fit for amateur and seasoned food crafters alike.

Also featured are more than seventy cocktail recipes that showcase bitters’ diversity and versatility: classics like the Manhattan (if you ever get one without bitters, send it back), old-guard favorites like the Martinez, contemporary drinks from Parsons’s own repertoire like the Shady Lane, plus one-of-a-kind libations from the country’s most pioneering bartenders. Last but not least, there is a full chapter on cooking with bitters, with a dozen recipes for sweet and savory bitters-infused dishes.

Part recipe book, part project guide, part barman’s manifesto, Bitters is a celebration of good cocktails made well, and of the once-forgotten but blessedly rediscovered virtues of bitters.