A History of Future Cities [EPUB]

A History of Future Cities [EPUB]
A History of Future Cities by Daniel Brook
2013 | EPUB | 2.07MB

A pioneering exploration of four cities where East meets West and past becomes future: St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Dubai.
Every month, five million people move from the past to the future. Pouring into developing-world “instant cities” like Dubai and Shenzhen, these urban newcomers confront a modern world cobbled together from fragments of a West they have never seen. Do these fantastical boomtowns, where blueprints spring to life overnight on virgin land, represent the dawning of a brave new world? Or is their vaunted newness a mirage?

In a captivating blend of history and reportage, Daniel Brook travels to a series of major metropolitan hubs that were once themselves instant cities— St. Petersburg, Shanghai, and Mumbai—to watch their “dress rehearsals for the twenty-first century.” Understanding today’s emerging global order, he argues, requires comprehending the West’s profound and conflicted influence on developing-world cities over the centuries.

In 1703, Tsar Peter the Great personally oversaw the construction of a new Russian capital, a “window on the West” carefully modeled on Amsterdam, that he believed would wrench Russia into the modern world. In the nineteenth century, Shanghai became the fastest-growing city on earth as it mushroomed into an English-speaking, Western-looking metropolis that just happened to be in the Far East. Meanwhile, Bombay, the cosmopolitan hub of the British Raj, morphed into a tropical London at the hands of its pith-helmeted imperialists.

Juxtaposing the stories of the architects and authoritarians, the artists and revolutionaries who seized the reins to transform each of these precociously modern places into avatars of the global future, Brook demonstrates that the drive for modernization was initially conflated with wholesale Westernization. He shows, too, the ambiguous legacy of that emulation—the birth (and rebirth) of Chinese capitalism in Shanghai, the origins of Bollywood in Bombay’s American-style movie palaces, the combustible mix of revolutionary culture and politics that rocked the Russian capital—and how it may be transcended today.

A fascinating, vivid look from the past out toward the horizon, A History of Future Cities is both a crucial reminder of globalization’s long march and an inspiring look into the possibilities of our Asian Century.

The Tycoons [EPUB]

The Tycoons [EPUB]
The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J P Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy by Charles R Morris
2011 | EPUB | 1.87MB

The modern American economy was the creation of four men: Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan. They were the giants of the Gilded Age, a moment of riotous growth that established America as the richest, most inventive, and most productive country on the planet.

Acclaimed author Charles R. Morris vividly brings the men and their times to life. The ruthlessly competitive Carnegie, the imperial Rockefeller, and the provocateur Gould were obsessed with progress, experiment, and speed. They were balanced by Morgan, the gentleman businessman, who fought, instead, for a global trust in American business. Through their antagonism and their verve, they built an industrial behemoth—and a country of middle-class consumers. The Tycoons tells the incredible story of how these four determined men wrenched the economy into the modern age, inventing a nation of full economic participation that could not have been imagined only a few decades earlier.

Probate Wars of the Rich and Famous [EPUB]

Probate Wars of the Rich and Famous [EPUB]
Probate Wars of the Rich and Famous: An Insider's Guide to Estate Planning and Probate Litigation by Russell J Fishkind
2011 | EPUB | 2.88MB

Surrogate Court dockets are filled with cases involving family members fighting over the assets and intentions of a deceased parent or spouse. Probate Wars of the Rich & Famous: An Insider’s Guide to Estate Planning and Probate Litigation tracks the estate litigation cases of Anna Nicole Smith, Brooke Astor, Michael Jackson, Nina Wang, Jerry Garcia and Leona Helmsley and identifies the five universal factors that caused such disputes.

Each chapter provides estate planning insights designed to help individuals plan their estates without causing litigation. If, however, probate litigation cannot be avoided, the book also provides invaluable lessons about undue influence claims, how to remove a fiduciary, demanding an estate accounting and claims seeking to set aside lifetime transfers that undermined the decedents intentions. Few - if any – estate planning books utilize colorful celebrity accounts to provide meaningful insights and actionable advice.

Chronicles of a Million Dollar Trader [EPUB]

Chronicles of a Million Dollar Trader [EPUB]
Chronicles of a Million Dollar Trader: My Road, Valleys, and Peaks to Final Trading Victory by Don Miller
2013 | EPUB | 3.87MB

In December 2007, after numerous starts, failures, restarts, and distractions, Don Miller set out to accomplish what few in the trading industry ever have—earn $1 million in a year. In his new book, Chronicles of a Million Dollar Trader; My Road, Valleys, and Peaks to Final Trading Victory, Miller takes his insights into the financial markets, coupled with his trading experiences, and shows traders what to do and how to do it to become successful.

Consistent with his ongoing mission to increase the transparency in an industry that is too often clouded by smoke and mirrors, Miller chronicles the good, the bad, and the ugly of the world of trading in painstaking detail. In the tradition of Edwin Lefèvre's legendary book Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, Miller offers an inside look at the ups and downs, failures and victories of one of the few traders to have ever earned $1 million in a calendar year by showcasing trading insights that made him more than 800% returns on his investments.

Throughout the book Miller lets readers peek over his shoulder as he tiptoes through a minefield of potential mistakes, miscalculations, and self-defeating behaviors in search of consistent profits. Along the way, he shares trading diary excerpts from 2008 to 2012, as well as his actual performance for every futures trading day from 2004 to 2011—almost 2,000 days’ worth of real trading results and analysis.

“The journal entries reflect my actual detailed notes and thoughts at the time, and include several ‘light bulb’ moments that occurred which took my trading to a new level,” says Miller. “Further, it was important to chronicle both the earlier and subsequent periods such that the reader can gain a longer-term appreciation for the effort involved in building and protecting wealth, including the challenges associated with trading for a career or secondary income. If these candid writings help just one person avoid the bloodied footprints that occasionally disappeared into crevices, then the effort will have been worth it.”

Readers will follow along as the challenge of everyday trading teaches Miller the importance of focus, motivation, controlled aggression, and just showing up—especially on those mornings he'd rather sleep in. The book tracks his progress hour by hour and day by day, how he recognizes his strengths and weaknesses, reaches or falls short of his daily goals, analyzes his results, and applies everything he learns to future trades, including valuable insights gleaned from sports, poker, and life.

Trading strategies always look great on paper. But when it comes to trading in the real world, market chaos and human unpredictability often make even the best strategies seem inadequate to the task. The hard truth all traders eventually learn is that trading is far more difficult when your chips are down and the pressure is on. Chronicles of a Million Dollar Trader reveals how successful trading is about much more than reading charts. Whether a full-time trader, part-time trader, or just considering becoming one, this insightful, revealing look inside Miller's mind offers vital lessons.

12 Disciplines of Leadership Excellence [EPUB]

12 Disciplines of Leadership Excellence [EPUB]
12 Disciplines of Leadership Excellence: How Leaders Achieve Sustainable High Performance by Brian Tracy, Peter Chee
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.87/1.31MB

Master the 12 disciplines of powerful leadership and lead your organization to greatness.

We've all heard the phrase "born leader." Leadership experts Brian Tracy and Dr. Peter Chee are here to debunk the myth that you either have it or you don't. That leadership is a talent bestowed on some and not on others. That in order to lead effectively, you have to have it in your genes.

The authors assert that great leaders are made, not born. Everyone has the ability to shape himself or herself into the kind of person who enables and uplifts others to reach their highest potential—and in 12 Disciplines of Leadership Excellence, they reveal exactly how to achieve it.

It all starts with discipline. In this groundbreaking book, the authors break down great leadership into 12 disciplines, including:

  • Clarity... about who you are, where you are going, and how to get there
  • Control... build and bolster your sense of personal responsibility and self-mastery
  • Character... dedicate yourself to passionately build trust with honesty and integrity
  • Competence... commit to constant never-ending improvement and learning
  • Caring... because when you care, your people care in building great working relationships
  • Courage... moving out of your comfort zone to embrace change and make tough decisions

One at a time. Don't try to take on too much at once. Choose a discipline and live it until it becomes a habit of excellence. Then move to the next one. It will take time—but all life-improving endeavors do.

Read this practical, inspirational guide and every day you will take one more step to becoming a highly effective leader.

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator [EPUB]

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator [EPUB]
Reminiscences of a Stock Operator: With New Commentary and Insights on the Life and Times of Jesse Livermore by Edwin Lefèvre, Jon D Markman
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 9.02/8.29MB

With new commentary and Insights on the life and times of Jesse Livermore

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is the fictionalized biography of perhaps the most famous financial speculator of all time-Jesse Livermore. This annotated edition bridges the gap between Edwin Lefevre's fictionalized account of Livermore's life and the actual, historical events, places, and people that populate the book. It also describes the variety of trading approaches Livermore used throughout his life and analyzes his psychological development as a trader and the lessons gained through hard experiences.

  • Analyzes legendary trader Jesse Livermore's strategies and explains how they can be used in today's markets
  • Provides factual details regarding the actual companies Livermore traded in and the people who helped/hindered him along the way
  • Explains the structure and mechanics of the Livermore-era markets, including the bucket shops and the commodity exchanges
  • Includes more than 100 pages of new material

Reminiscences of a Stock Operator has endured over 70 years because traders and investors continue to find lessons from Livermore's experiences that they can apply to their own trading. This annotated edition will continue the trend.

Challenging Beliefs: Memoirs of a Career [EPUB]

Challenging Beliefs: Memoirs of a Career [EPUB]
Challenging Beliefs: Memoirs of a Career by Tim Noakes with Michael Vlismas
2012 | EPUB | 3.49MB

Tim Noakes is the world's leading authority on the science behind sport. Through a lifetime of research, he has developed key scientific concepts in sport that have not only redefined the way elite athletes and teams approach their professions, but challenged conventional global thinking in these areas.

In Challenging Beliefs: Memoirs of a Career Noakes gives his views on everything from overtraining, banned substances and the dangers of rugby to the sports-drink industry, and children and sport, debunking a few sporting myths in the process. Stories and case studies of the teams and athletes with whom he has worked are also included. In providing an intimate look at the golden threads running through Noakes's life and career, this truly fascinating book reveals the groundbreaking theories and principles generated by one of the greatest minds in the history of sports science.

Coaching for Breakthrough Success [EPUB]

Coaching for Breakthrough Success [EPUB]
Coaching for Breakthrough Success: Proven Techniques for Making Impossible Dreams Possible by Jack Canfield, Peter Chee
2013 | EPUB | 2.34MB

A powerful new coaching method from Chicken Soup for the Soul co-creator Jack Canfield!

“At the heart of a great coach is a firm belief that each player is a uniquely valuable individual with distinct giftedness and potential for greatness.”

That’s the premise behind this brilliant empowering guide from Jack Canfield, coauthor of the 125 million-copy-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and legendary global leadership development guru and CEO Dr. Peter Chee.

Combining time-tested principles of exemplary coaches with the latest disruptive techniques used by the world’s top performing leaders, this step-by-step playbook shows you how to nurture—in yourself and others—the three essential requirements of coaching excellence:

  1. HEART: The Coaching Principles (TCP) unveils the secret to life impacting values, beliefs, and philosophies that permeate all aspects of great coaching.
  2. MIND: The Situational Coaching Model (SCM) unleashes the genius of a coach to apply the right combination of crucial paradigms in any given coaching challenge.
  3. ENERGY: The Achievers Coaching Techniques (ACT) equips you with proven methods that enable you to deliver breakthrough results in coaching.

Coaching for Breakthrough Success is packed with stirring personal stories, life changing case studies, crucial coaching conversations, exemplary coaching questions, and ready-touse tools that equip you to achieve professional mastery in coaching.

This practical manual guides you through the top 30 principles every coach needs to succeed. You’ll learn the six paradigms of Situational Coaching, the ultimate power of Achievers Coaching Techniques, and the tried-and-true secret to making impossible dreams possible.

All you need to lead your team to victory is heart, mind, energy—and Coaching for Breakthrough Success.

Trading Options Greeks, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

Trading Options Greeks, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
Trading Options Greeks: How Time, Volatility, and Other Pricing Factors Drive Profits, 2nd Edition by Dan Passarelli
2012 | EPUB | 2.77MB

A top options trader details a practical approach for pricing and trading options in any market condition.

The options market is always changing, and in order to keep up with it you need the greeks—delta, gamma, theta, vega, and rho—which are the best techniques for valuing options and executing trades regardless of market conditions. In the Second Edition of Trading Options Greeks, veteran options trader Dan Pasarelli puts these tools in perspective by offering fresh insights on option trading and valuation.

An essential guide for both professional and aspiring traders, this book explains the greeks in a straightforward and accessible style. It skillfully shows how they can be used to facilitate trading strategies that seek to profit from volatility, time decay, or changes in interest rates. Along the way, it makes use of new charts and examples, and discusses how the proper application of the greeks can lead to more accurate pricing and trading as well as alert you to a range of other opportunities.

  • Completely updated with new material
  • Information on spreads, put-call parity and synthetic options, trading volatility, and advanced option trading is also included
  • Explores how to exploit the dynamics of option pricing to improve your trading

Having a comprehensive understanding of the greeks is essential to long-term options trading success. Trading Options Greeks, Second Edition shows you how to use the greeks to find better trades, effectively manage them, and ultimately, become more profitable.

Volatility Trading, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

Volatility Trading, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
Volatility Trading, 2nd Edition by Euan Sinclair
2013 | EPUB | 3.13MB

Volatility, by definition, is indicative of underlying randomness. But there are patterns within the noise that can be measured and exploited. No one knows this better than author Euan Sinclair, a highly successful options trader with a doctorate in quantum chaos.

But the Second Edition of Volality Trading isn't just about the numbers. Drawing upon his fifteen years as a professional trader, Sinclair provides a fully fleshed-out approach to trading that relies as much on the all-important "human element" and the psychological and emotional biases that drive trading decisions, as it does on quantitative analysis.

Ultimately, says Sinclair, trading is about having a coherent trading philosophy and developing a rigorous system. It's about setting a goal that can be clearly expressed in one sentence, and about finding trades with a clear statistical edge. And, finally, it's about capturing that edge and sizing each trade in a way that is consistent with your goal. Everything you do as a trader must be done within this framework.

Taking an accessible, straightforward approach, Sinclair provides you with the knowledge and tools you need to create just such a framework. He walks you through the basics of option pricing, volatility measurement, hedging, money management, and performance evaluation. And he develops a Black-Scholes-Merton-based quantitative model for measuring volatility that can easily can be adapted to trading virtually any type of financial instrument.

Responding to major changes in the markets since the first edition, Sinclair has expanded his scope in this Second Edition to include coverage of the many new opportunities available in VIX futures, ETNs, and leveraged ETFs. He also:

  • Analyzes the benefits and shortcomings of an array of historical volatility measurements
  • Clearly shows how volatility behaves in the real world and how it relates to returns on underlying assets
  • Outlines methods for forecasting volatility over the lifetime of a trade
  • Supplies proven techniques for knowing when to hedge and by how much
  • Delivers strategies for aggregating positions so as to reduce the need to hedge
  • Shares priceless tips on how to boost returns through trade sizing—including techniques borrowed from the worlds of futures trading and professional gambling
  • Arms you with powerful tools for evaluating the ongoing performance of your trading activity
  • Fills you in on the latest research on cognitive and emotional biases that influence trading decisions and how to leverage them to your advantage
  • Delineates time-tested strategies for trading VIX futures, ETNs, and leveraged ETFs
  • Provides access to a companion website containing valuable spreadsheets, models for calculating volatility cones for different time periods, and simulation engines

Bringing volatility trading down to earth for even the most numbers-shy traders, as well as hard-nosed quants interested in acquiring a deeper understanding of options trading, Volatility Trading, Second Edition is an indispensable "tool of the trade."

Technical Analysis, 2nd Edition [MOBI]

Technical Analysis, 2nd Edition [MOBI]
Technical Analysis: The Complete Resource for Financial Market Technicians, 2nd Edition by Charles D Kirkpatrick II, Julie Dahlquist
2010 | MOBI | 10.03MB

Technical Analysis is the primary book on the subject suitable for full-length courses taken to achieve the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation and series 86 exam exemption.

Already the field’s most comprehensive and reliable guidebook, Technical Analysis, Second Edition, has been fully updated to reflect the latest advances. Selected by the Market Technicians Association as the principal textbook for its prestigious Chartered Market Technician (CMT) program, this book systematically and objectively introduces the entire discipline.

Using hundreds of updated illustrations, the authors show how to analyze both markets and individual issues and present complete investment systems and portfolio plans. Readers learn how to use tested sentiment, momentum indicators, seasonal effects, flow of funds, and many other key techniques. Drawing on current research, the authors reveal which chart patterns and indicators remain the most reliable, demonstrate how to test systems, and show how to use technical analysis to mitigate risk.

This edition covers recent advances in pattern recognition, market analysis, systems management, and other areas. It introduces new confidence tests; innovations in exit stops, portfolio selection, and testing; and the implications of behavioral bias for technical analysis. The authors also reassess classic methods such as intermarket relationships and measurements of market strength, identifying pitfalls that have emerged in recent years.

  • A coherent, updated treatment of the entire field
    Current principles, tools, techniques, and applications for both practitioners and students
  • Does technical analysis really work?
    The history of technical analysis and the latest assessments of its value
  • Identify specific investment opportunities and emerging trends
    Uncover promising securities, markets, shifts, and breakouts--and test your insights
  • Take advantage of the latest techniques and research
    Apply recent innovations, as well as new insights into classic methods

The Design of Everyday Things [EPUB]

The Design of Everyday Things [EPUB]
The Design of Everyday Things, Revised and Expanded Edition by Donald A Norman
2013 | EPUB | 2.11MB

Even the smartest among us can feel inept as we fail to figure out which light switch or oven burner to turn on, or whether to push, pull, or slide a door. The fault, argues this ingenious—even liberating—book, lies not in ourselves, but in product design that ignores the needs of users and the principles of cognitive psychology. The problems range from ambiguous and hidden controls to arbitrary relationships between controls and functions, coupled with a lack of feedback or other assistance and unreasonable demands on memorization. The Design of Everyday Things shows that good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time.

In this entertaining and insightful analysis, cognitive scientist Don Norman hails excellence of design as the most important key to regaining the competitive edge in influencing consumer behavior. Now fully expanded and updated, with a new introduction by the author, The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how—and why—some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.

Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream [EPUB]

Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream [EPUB]
Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream by Barry Bergdoll, Reinhold Martin
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 17.04/18.12MB

Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream is an exploration of new architectural possibilities for American cities and suburbs in the aftermath of the recent foreclosure crisis in the United States. During the summer of 2011, five interdisciplinary teams of architects, urban planners, ecologists, engineers and landscape designers were enlisted by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and MoMA PS1 to envision new housing infrastructures that could catalyze urban transformation, particularly in the country's suburbs.

Drawing on ideas proposed in The Buell Hypothesis, a research publication prepared by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University, each team focused on a specific location within a "megaregion" to come up with inventive solutions for the future of housing and cities.

This publication presents each of these proposals (exhibited at MoMA in Spring 2012) in detail, through photographs, drawings and renderings as well as interviews with the team leaders. With texts by Barry Bergdoll, MoMA's Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, Henry N. Cobb, a founding partner of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Reinhold Martin, Director of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center, Foreclosed examines the relationship between land, infrastructure and urban form, exploring potential futures for America's extended metropolises.

Kevin McCloud's Principles of Home [EPUB]

Kevin McCloud's Principles of Home [EPUB]
Kevin McCloud's Principles of Home: Making a Place to Live by Kevin McCloud
2011 | EPUB | 98.74MB

In this inspirational yet also practical book Kevin explores all areas of domestic living, from materialism to sustainability, craftsmanship to comfort. Kevin’s beautifully written text brings insight and understanding to enjoying life in the 21st century, but crucially he offers detailed, helpful and incisive advice on design, construction and style.

Kevin addresses very real and solvable domestic issues: What is the perfect kitchen layout? How to create a feeling of space in traditionally sized rooms? How to create an extension that works? How best to choose colour for function? What to use for insulation? How to shop for second hand? And how best to manage home waste and recycling?

An inspiring but always usable book from the foremost voice in modern architectural design.

Objects of Design From Museum of Modern Art [EPUB]

Objects of Design From Museum of Modern Art [EPUB]
Objects of Design From Museum of Modern Art
2003 | EPUB + MOBI | 17.2/38.53MB

Showcasing selected works from The Museum of Modern Art's superlative architecture and design collection, Objects of Design features a wide variety of industrial and domestic artifacts by great designers of the modern period, from early masters such as Hector Guimard, Frank Lloyd Wright and Josef Hoffmann to contemporary practitioners including Droog Design, Ettore Sottsas, Gaetano Pesce, Hella Jongerius and others.

Some of the objects represent turn-of-the-century designs of the Vienna Secession, Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts movement; others are Bauhaus and de Stijl explorations; still others show Charles and Ray Eames and other American designers of the second half of the 20th century; representations of the Italian design revolutions; and contemporary manifestations of familiar genres using radical new materials and techniques of manufacture.

The book's 360 color plates not only reveal the range of aesthetic viewpoints in design since the late 19th century but together trace the historical development of the Museum's celebrated design collection. In the introductory essay, Paola Antonelli, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, explores the history of modern design as well as the story of the museum's collection and its influence on the history of modern and contemporary design itself.

Tiles Gone Wild [EPUB]

Tiles Gone Wild [EPUB]
Tiles Gone Wild: New Directions In Mixed Media Mosaics by Chrissie Grace
2008 | EPUB + MOBI | 8.62/8.73MB

Mixed Media Meets Mosaics

If you think only "ceramic tile" when you think "mosaic," think again - and prepare for Tiles Gone Wild to open your mind to a world of mixed-media possibilities! In this follow-up to the best-selling Wild Tiles, mosaic artist Chrissie Grace offers up twenty new projects featuring unexpected materials - from paper to bottle caps, stained glass to handmade clay tiles - combined in her trademark whimsical style.

Take a walk on the wild side as step-by-step instructions teach you how to:

  • Tile on unusual surfaces like PVC pipes and brick pavers.
  • Customize your work by using photo editing software to design tile portraits.
  • Create fun and functional pieces for your home, as well as funky display pieces for your patio or garden.
  • Combine mosaic and mixed-media techniques to take your creations to a whole new level.

Let Tiles Gone Wild inspire you to try a fresh approach to mosaics - and let your creativity run wild!

A Ton of Crap [EPUB]

A Ton of Crap [EPUB]
A Ton of Crap: The Bathroom Book That's Filled to the Brim with Knowledge by Paul Kleinman
2011 | EPUB | 2.41MB

It's time to start taking toilet time a little more seriously. (Well, as seriously as you can with your pants around your ankles.) What's inside is a digestible re-education in everything you probably learned, but most likely forgot because you have too much crap to remember. Don't worry though; the way the information's presented, the learning won't be too rough.

During every visit, you'll be schooled on five academic subjects: History, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Foreign Language. Each subject is broken down into topics, with each topic split into six mini-lessons, and finished off with a quick quiz. Think of each restroom trip as a day of middle school crammed into one bathroom break.

Now rather than idle away as you do your business, you'll be treated to a first-class education that finishes when you flush—and picks up again when you sit back down.

What Did We Use Before Toilet Paper? [PDF]

What Did We Use Before Toilet Paper? [PDF]
What Did We Use Before Toilet Paper: 200 Curious Questions and Intriguing Answers by Andrew Thompson
2010 | PDF | 3.54MB

BAFFLING AND BIZARRE.
ENTERTAINING AND ENLIGHTENING.

This witty and compulsive collection of trivia will captivate and surprise you with its fun and funky revelations:

  • Why is New York called "the Big Apple"?
  • How do people count cards at casinos?
  • What keeps the head on a glass of beer?
  • Why don't you ever see baby pigeons?
  • Why is getting married called tying the knot?

Mastering Positional Chess [PDF]

Mastering Positional Chess [PDF]
Mastering Positional Chess by Daniel Naroditsky
2010 | PDF | 12.73MB

Positional sacrifices, improving piece placement, defence in worse positions, prophylaxis, and building and breaking fortresses, are skills every club player needs to master in order to win more games. Junior World Champion Daniel Naroditsky teaches very practical lessons, based on his own experience.

Daniel Naroditsky turns out to be not only a remarkable chess prodigy, but also a born writer and instructor who gives crystal-clear verbal explanations on the essence of positional chess. In a special introduction Daniel's parents tell the story of how their son wrote this book. An astonishing work and an instructive delight.

Easy Casino Gambling [EPUB]

Easy Casino Gambling [EPUB]
Easy Casino Gambling: Winning Strategies for the Beginner by Gayle Mitchell
2007 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.69/2.02MB

Everyone who has ever gambled knows how even small bets can make the heart race. Gayle Mitchell understands because that’s how she felt when she first walked into a Las Vegas casino nearly twenty years ago. Because her first experience was such a pulsating one, she committed herself to learn every game in the casino so that she could return the next time a better-educated gambler.

Today, she is considered one of North America’s leading experts on casino gaming and has made a career out of educating other gamblers. Here she explains the best and worst bets in the casino, the secrets of successful slots and video poker play, how to win at blackjack, her ten “Dos” of casino gambling, tips on casino poker, and much more. Her thorough knowledge of the subject and enthusiasm for the sheer fun of the casino experience makes this book essential reading before you walk through a casino’s doors.

Knock-Out Blackjack [PDF]

Knock-Out Blackjack [PDF]
Knock-Out Blackjack: The Easiest Card-Counting System Ever Devised by Olaf Vancura, Ken Fuchs
1998 | PDF | 11.34MB

Card Counting comes to the masses with the revolutionary Knock-Out card-counting system, which eliminates the mountain of mental arithmetic necessary to win at blackjack. The scientifically devised Knock-Out count can be used profitably anywhere blackjack is played. Featured in Playboy and Discover magazines and on the Discovery Channel.

The Rough Guide to Guitar [EPUB]

The Rough Guide to Guitar [EPUB]
The Rough Guide to Guitar: Playing, Gigging, Recording by Dave Hunter
2011 | EPUB | 7.99

The Rough Guide to Guitar is a one-stop shop for all your guitar-related needs — whether you're buying, playing, gigging, recording, or a complete beginner. It covers everything from the basics a new player needs to hints and tips for experienced guitarists, and even how to successfully start a band.

Written by Dave Hunter, one of the world's leading guitar authors and contributor to Guitar Player and Vintage Guitar magazines, The Rough Guide to Guitar covers it all, in a language that players of all experiences and ages will understand and enjoy. From classic rock guitar sounds through to indie, punk and psychedelic, and from home recording methods to how to put a band together, The Rough Guide to Guitar is the guide for you.

Perfecting Sound Forever [EPUB]

Perfecting Sound Forever [EPUB]
Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music by Greg Milner
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.95/1.58MB

In 1915, Thomas Edison proclaimed that he could record a live performance and reproduce it perfectly, shocking audiences who found themselves unable to tell whether what they were hearing was an Edison Diamond Disc or a flesh-and-blood musician. Today, the equation is reversed. Whereas Edison proposed that a real performance could be rebuilt with absolute perfection, Pro Tools and digital samplers now allow musicians and engineers to create the illusion of performances that never were. In between lies a century of sonic exploration into the balance between the real and the represented.

Tracing the contours of this history, Greg Milner takes us through the major breakthroughs and glorious failures in the art and science of recording. An American soldier monitoring Nazi radio transmissions stumbles onto the open yet revolutionary secret of magnetic tape. Japanese and Dutch researchers build a first-generation digital audio format and watch as their “compact disc” is marketed by the music industry as the second coming of Edison yet derided as heretical by analog loyalists. The music world becomes addicted to volume in the nineties and fights a self-defeating “loudness war” to get its fix.

From Les Paul to Phil Spector to King Tubby, from vinyl to pirated CDs to iPods, Milner pulls apart musical history to answer a crucial question: Should a recording document reality as faithfully as possible, or should it improve upon or somehow transcend the music it records? The answers he uncovers will change the very way we think about music.

25 Albums That Rocked the World! [EPUB]

25 Albums That Rocked the World! [EPUB]
25 Albums That Rocked the World by Geoff Brown, David Buckley, Chris Charlesworth, Andrew Doe, Peter Doggett, Tony Fletcher
2008 | EPUB | 3.72MB

From Elvis Presley's Sun Sessions to Radiohead's OK Computer, here is the very best of rock and pop music of the Twentieth Century. A consumer's critical guide to the music, enabling the reader to select the very best of an artist's repertoire before making a buying decision.

Stripped: Depeche Mode, 3rd Edition [EPUB]

Stripped: Depeche Mode, 3rd Edition [EPUB]
Stripped: Depeche Mode, 3rd Edition by Jonathan Miller
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.81/2.89MB

An electrifying new biography about the four Essex lads who became award-winning stadium superstars and champions of synth pop!

Jonathan Miller's groundbreaking book features in-depth interviews with founder member Vince Clarke and producers Gareth Jones and Mark Bell, and contains never-before seen interviews with the band members themselves.

With additional input from Gary Human, Howard Jones and Thomas Dolby this is a unique portrait of a band that almost lost control when their lives went off the rails and lead singer Dave Gahan's heroin addiction nearly killed him. In the end Depeche Mode not only survived, they triumphed, racking up a staggering 40 million-plus album sales on the way.

This is their amazing story, told in full for the first time.

Born out of the post-punk backlash in the early 80's, Depeche Mode took their name from a phrase in a French style magazine and became the definitive international synth-pop group. Vince Clarke, Andy Fletcher and Martin Gore had started out as an Essex guitar band but it was their bright and upbeat synthesizer-driven brand of pop fronted by Dave Gahan that was to find global acceptance and enjoy unlikely success in the US.

Despite a handful of early plaudits in the music press, the group won only intermittent critical acceptance over the years, its often light musical approach contrasting with lyrics that sometimes plunge into darker topics like S&M, religious fetishism and the scourge of capitalism. But whatever the music press said, the fans finally bought into Depeche Mode in a big way. Their Violator tour at the start of the 90s sold millions of records and turned them into major US concert stars.

In true rock style, Depeche Mode's members have suffered their share of internal strife over a long career. Dave Gahan reinvented himself as a lead singer with both a harder musical edge and a near-fatal drug habit, while internal acrimony often marred the later stages of their career.

Jonathan Miller has made an exemplary job of telling the Depeche Mode saga in its entirety and goes a long way towards explaining how the group have managed to thrive when almost all their post-punk contemporaries fell by the wayside long ago.

The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones [EPUB]

The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones [EPUB]
The True Adventures of the Rolling Stones by Stanley Booth
2000 | EPUB | 3.02MB

Stanley Booth, a member of the Rolling Stones’ inner circle, met the band just a few months before Brian Jones drowned in a swimming pool in 1968. He lived with them throughout their 1969 American tour, staying up all night together listening to blues, talking about music, ingesting drugs, and consorting with groupies. His thrilling account culminates with their final concert at Altamont Speedway—a nightmare of beating, stabbing, and killing that would signal the end of a generation’s dreams of peace and freedom. But while this book renders in fine detail the entire history of the Stones, paying special attention to the tragedy of Brian Jones, it is about much more than a writer and a rock band. It has been called—by Harold Brodkey and Robert Stone, among others—the best book ever written about the sixties. In Booth’s new afterword, he finally explains why it took him 15 years to write the book, relating an astonishing story of drugs, jails, and disasters.

In the Houses of the Holy [PDF]

In the Houses of the Holy [PDF]
In the Houses of the Holy: Led Zeppelin and the Power of Rock Music by Susan Fast
2001 | PDF | 15.52MB

This volume examines the powerful ways in which identity can be shaped by rock music. Through the music, imagery and discourse surrounding one of the most innovative and commercially successful rock bands ever, Susan Fast probes such issues as constructions of gender and sexuality, the creation of myth and the use of ritual, the appropriation of Eastern musics and the blues, the physicality of the music, and the use of the body in performance. The band's influence is examined through socially-situated musical analysis, as well as an ethnographic study of Led Zeppelin fans. Fast draws on academic and journalistic writing as well as a new interview with band member John Paul Jones. Specific pieces examined include "Dazed and Confused," "Kashmir," "Stairway to Heaven," and "Whole Lotta Love."

Beatles For Sale [PDF]

Beatles For Sale [PDF]
Beatles For Sale: How Everything They Touched Turned To Gold by John Blaney
2008 | PDF | 61.41MB

Beatles for Sale is a brand new way of looking at a story you may think you know inside out. Author John Blaney shows for the first time how the group and their inner circle invented so much of what we now recognize as the modern business of making and selling rock music. This was certainly not because Lennon, McCartney, Epstein, and the rest had a clear vision of the way things ought to be. Very often it was simply down to making things up as they went along because no one had been there before and no one knew how to do these things.

The book details the ups and downs of the group as they promoted, advertised, and sold records, played concerts, sold merchandise, made films, and set up publishing and record companies of their own. It is a story of naivety and greed, inexperience and luck, gullibility and ingenuity. It is the story of every aspect of how the Beatles made money and how virtually every group since then has followed in their footsteps.

All You Need Is Ears [EPUB]

All You Need Is Ears [EPUB]
All You Need Is Ears: The inside personal story of the genius who created The Beatles by George Martin with Jeremy Hornsby
1995 | EPUB | 60.25MB

All You Need Is Ears is the story of George Martin, the man who spotted the Beatles' talent, who recorded and produced them from the start, and who brought their musical ideas to life. In this witty and charming autobiography, he describes exactly what it was like to work in the studio with the Beatles--from the first audition (and his decision to scrap Pete Best on drums) to the wild experimentation of Sgt. Pepper (complete with sound effects, animal noises and full orchestras in evening dress at the direct request of Paul McCartney).

This is a singular look at the most important musical group of all time, and how they made the music that changed the world: No other book can provide George Martin's inside look at their creative process, at the play of genius and practical improvisation that gave them their sound; it is an indispensable read for Beatle lovers and anyone interested in the music world.

The Songwriting Secrets Of The Beatles [PDF]

The Songwriting Secrets Of The Beatles [PDF]
The Songwriting Secrets Of The Beatles by Dominic Pedler
2001 | PDF | 124.75MB

The most comprehensive analysis of The Beatles’ music ever published, this groundbreaking work sets out to explore The Beatles' songwriting techniques in a clear and readable style aimed not only at trained musicians but anyone who has ever enjoyed the work of one of the most productive and successful songwriting partnerships of the 20th century.

Author Dominic Pedler explains the chord sequences, melodies and harmonies that made up The Beatles’ self-penned songs and how they uncannily complemented the lyrical themes. He also assesses the contributions that rhythm, form and arrangement made to The Beatles’ unique sound. Throughout the book the printed music of the Beatles' songs appears alongside the text, illustrating the author’s explanations.

The Beatles’ records are now seen as crucial in taking rock music from its raw roots into its most imaginative and sophisticated phase, while at the same time pioneering the transition from fifties rock’n’roll to the bold new rock sounds of the sixties and beyond. Without doubt the most important musical act to emerge in pop thus far, their intuitive songwriting skills have changed popular music forever.

The Songwriting Secrets of The Beatles is an essential addition to Beatles literature - a new and perceptive analysis of the music itself as performed by what Paul McCartney still calls ‘a really good, tight little band’.

Sound of the Beast [EPUB]

Sound of the Beast [EPUB]
Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal by Ian Christe
2010 | EPUB | 9.41MB

The definitive history of the first 30 years of heavy metal, containing over 100 interviews with members of Black Sabbath, Metallica, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, Slipknot, Kiss, Megadeth, Public Enemy, Napalm Death, and more.

More than 30 years after Black Sabbath released the first complete heavy metal album, its founder, Ozzy Osbourne, is the star of The Osbournes, TV's favourite new reality show. Contrary to popular belief, headbangers and the music they love are more alive than ever. Yet there has never been a comprehensive book on the history of heavy metal - until now. Featuring interviews with members of the biggest bands in the genre, Sound of the Beast gives an overview of the past 30-plus years of heavy metal, delving into the personalities of those who created it. Everything is here, from the bootlegging beginnings of fans like Lars Ulrich (future founder of Metallica) to the sold-out stadiums and personal excesses of the biggest groups. From heavy metal's roots in the work of breakthrough groups such as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin to MTV hair metal, courtroom controversies, black metal murderers and Ozzfest, Sound of the Beast offers the final word on this elusive, extreme, and far-reaching form of music.

The History of Witchcraft and Demonology [PDF]

The History of Witchcraft and Demonology [PDF]
The History of Witchcraft and Demonology by Montague Summers
1926 | PDF | 56.51MB

The Reverend Montague Summers was a Roman Catholic priest. However, his views on witchcraft and demonology differed considerably from those of Catholic encyclopedists and spokesmen of today. He is not ashamed of the greatest excesses committed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. On the contrary, he vigorously defends everything the Church ever did to extirpate witchcraft and heresy.

The History of Witchcraft and Demonology is one of the classic works on witchcraft and demonology. Unlike other writers on the subject, Dr. Summers firmly believed in the concept world of Satanism and described its nefarious nature with tremendous gusto.

This book was written from what critics have called a medieval viewpoint, an absolute and complete belief in witchcraft and, hence, in the supernatural. Among the subjects covered by Dr. Summers are: The Witch; Heretic and Anarchist; Demons and Familiars; the Sabbat; the Witch in Holy Writ; Diabolic Possession and Modern Spiritism; and the Witch in Dramatic Literature.

NOTE: This is 1926 Original Edition

The Conquest of the Incas [MOBI]

The Conquest of the Incas [MOBI]
The Conquest of the Incas by John Hemming
1970 | MOBI | 14.5MB

The Conquest of the Incas, John Hemming's masterly and highly acclaimed account of one of the most exciting conquests known to history, has never been surpassed.

From the first small band of Spanish adventurers to enter the mighty Inca empire to the execution of the last Inca forty years later, it is the story of bloodshed, infamy, rebellion and extermination, told as convincingly as if it happened yesterday. It also tells the social impact of the conquest, on ordinary Peruvians forced to work for Spanish masters or in hellish silver and mercury mines, on change of religion and government, and how survivors of the Inca elite reacted to the new order.

America's Great Game [EPUB]

America's Great Game [EPUB]
America's Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East by Hugh Wilford
2013 | EPUB | 3.54MB

From the 9/11 attacks to waterboarding to drone strikes, relations between the United States and the Middle East seem caught in a downward spiral. And all too often, the Central Intelligence Agency has made the situation worse. But this crisis was not a historical inevitability—far from it. Indeed, the earliest generation of CIA operatives was actually the region’s staunchest western ally.

In America’s Great Game, celebrated intelligence historian Hugh Wilford reveals the surprising history of the CIA’s pro-Arab operations in the 1940s and 50s by tracing the work of the agency’s three most influential—and colorful—officers in the Middle East. Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt was the grandson of Theodore Roosevelt and the first head of CIA covert action in the region; his cousin, Archie Roosevelt, was a Middle East scholar and chief of the Beirut station. The two Roosevelts joined combined forces with Miles Copeland, a maverick covert operations specialist who had joined the American intelligence establishment during World War II. With their deep knowledge of Middle Eastern affairs, the three men were heirs to an American missionary tradition that engaged Arabs and Muslims with respect and empathy. Yet they were also fascinated by imperial intrigue, and were eager to play a modern rematch of the “Great Game,” the nineteenth-century struggle between Britain and Russia for control over central Asia. Despite their good intentions, these “Arabists” propped up authoritarian regimes, attempted secretly to sway public opinion in America against support for the new state of Israel, and staged coups that irrevocably destabilized the nations with which they empathized. Their efforts, and ultimate failure, would shape the course of U.S.–Middle Eastern relations for decades to come.

Based on a vast array of declassified government records, private papers, and personal interviews, America’s Great Game tells the riveting story of the merry band of CIA officers whose spy games forever changed U.S. foreign policy.

Sultana by Alan Huffman [PDF]

Sultana by Alan Huffman [PDF]
Sultana: Surviving the Civil War, Prison, and the Worst Maritime Disaster in American History by Alan Huffman
2009 | PDF | 1.05MB

In April 1865, the steamboat Sultana slowly moved up the Mississippi River, its overtaxed engines straining under the weight of twenty-four hundred passengers—mostly Union soldiers, recently paroled from Confederate prison camps. At 2 a.m., three of Sultana's four boilers exploded. Within twenty minutes, the boat went down in flames, and an estimated seventeen hundred lives were lost.

The worst maritime disaster in American history, the sinking of the Sultana is a forgotten tragedy lost in the turmoil of the times—the war's end, the assassination of President Lincoln, the pursuit of John Wilkes Booth. Alan Huffman presents this harrowing story in gripping and vivid detail and paints a moving portrait of four individual soldiers who survived the Civil War's final hell to make it back home.

Kearny's March [EPUB]

Kearny's March [EPUB]
Kearny's March: The Epic Creation of the American West, 1846-1847 by Winston Groom
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 7.47/7.12MB

In June 1846, General Stephen Watts Kearny rode out of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, with two thousand soldiers, bound for California. At the time, the nation was hell-bent on expansion: James K. Polk had lately won the presidency by threatening England over the borders in Oregon, while Congress had just voted, in defiance of the Mexican government, to annex Texas. After Mexico declared war on the United States, Kearny’s Army of the West was sent out, carrying orders to occupy Mexican territory. When his expedition ended a year later, the country had doubled in size and now stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific, fulfilling what many saw as the nation’s unique destiny—and at the same time setting the stage for the American Civil War.

Winston Groom recounts the amazing adventure and danger that Kearny and his troops encountered on the trail. Their story intertwines with those of the famous mountain man Kit Carson; Brigham Young and his Mormon followers fleeing persecution and Illinois; and the ill-fated Donner party, trapped in the snow of the Sierra Nevada. Together, they encounter wild Indians, Mexican armies, political intrigue, dangerous wildlife, gold rushes, and land-grabs. Some returned in glory, others in shackles, and some not at all. But these were the people who helped America fulfill her promise.

Distilling a wealth of letters, journals, and military records, Groom gives us a powerful account that enlivens our understanding of the exciting, if unforgiving, business of country-making.

The English Civil War At First Hand [EPUB]

The English Civil War At First Hand [EPUB]
The English Civil War At First Hand by Tristram Hunt
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.8/2.46MB

Almost a quarter of a million lives were lost as King and Parliament battled for their religious and political ideals in the English Civil War. England was divided between Cavaliers and Roundheads engaged in bitter struggles from Preston to Lostwithiel, Pembroke to York. Armies were on the march, villages were decimated and great dynasties destroyed: fathers and sons, uncles and cousins were pitted against each other in defence of their loyalties. The civil war led to the execution of a king, the beginnings of sectarian division in Ireland, savage clan warfare in Scotland and the roots of English socialism.

Tristram Hunt avoids adding to the many, mostly transitory interpretations of the civil war and instead offers a timeless narrative based on the first-hand accounts of those who witnessed these traumatic events. In doing so he brings out the voices of the civil war generation - those who lost sons, who witnessed massacres and who fought for an ideal. In this book we see their motivations, fears and misery as the horror of war overwhelmed them. From Cromwell's letters to the memoirs of a Roundhead wife the civil war era is brought to life in all its terrible and fascinating glory.