Do More, Spend Less [EPUB]

Do More, Spend Less [EPUB]
Do More, Spend Less: The New Secrets of Living the Good Life for Less by Brad Wilson
2013 | EPUB | 14.91MB

Do More, Spend Less is the new road map to winning as a consumer. It's a game plan to get off the default path, turn the tables on the banks, airlines, hotels, cell phone companies and retailers and emerge victorious in the great game being played for your hard earned cash.

Written by Brad Wilson, founder of BradsDeals.com, the largest editorial-driven deal website, the book provides tips, strategy and real-life examples of things he has personally done over the past 10 years as a professional bargain hunter. Learn how he:

  • Earned 5m frequent flyer miles, all on the ground
  • Stayed two weeks in one of the nicest hotels in Europe for free
  • Moved his credit score from 400 to almost 800
  • Found discounts on new cars of up to 25% off

The entire basis for thinking about how best to shop, spend, travel, bank--essentially all aspects of being a consumer--has fundamentally changed. The power is now in your hands, and Do More, Spend Less shows you how to win as a consumer.

The Total Money Makeover [EPUB]

The Total Money Makeover [EPUB]
The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.85/1.79MB

The success stories speak for themselves in this book from money maestro Dave Ramsey. Instead of promising the normal dose of quick fixes, Ramsey offers a bold, no-nonsense approach to money matters, providing not only the how-to but also a grounded and uplifting hope for getting out of debt and achieving total financial health.

Ramsey debunks the many myths of money (exposing the dangers of cash advance, rent-to-own, debt consolidation) and attacks the illusions and downright deceptions of the American dream, which encourages nothing but overspending and massive amounts of debt. "Don't even consider keeping up with the Joneses," Ramsey declares in his typically candid style. "They're broke!"

The Total Money Makeover isn't theory. It works every single time. It works because it is simple. It works because it gets to the heart of the money problems: you.

Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power [EPUB]

Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power [EPUB]
Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power by Dan Hurley
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.52/0.77MB

Can you make yourself, your kids, and your parents smarter?

Expanding upon one of the most-read New York Times Magazine features of 2012, Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power penetrates the hot new field of intelligence research to reveal what researchers call a revolution in human intellectual abilities. Shattering decades of dogma, scientists began publishing studies in 2008 showing that “fluid intelligence”—the ability to learn, solve novel problems, and get to the heart of things—can be increased through training.

But is it all just hype? With vivid stories of lives transformed, science journalist Dan Hurley delivers practical findings for people of every age and ability. Along the way, he narrates with acidtongued wit his experiences as a human guinea pig, road-testing commercial brain-training programs, learning to play the Renaissance lute, getting physically fit, even undergoing transcranial directcurrent stimulation.

Spark: How Creativity Works [Audiobook]

Spark: How Creativity Works [Audiobook]
Spark: How Creativity Works [Audiobook] by Julie Burstein, read by the Author
2011 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 45 mins | 210.91MB

How did Richard Ford's cat influence his work as a novelist? HOW is Chuck Close's portraiture driven by his inability to remember faces? What pivotal moment helped Rosanne Cash understand the healing power of the stage?

Creativity is an elusive subject. We enjoy its fruits—movies, novels, paintings, songs—but rarely are we privy to what happens in the creative process. In Spark: How Creativity Works, Julie Burstein traces the roots of some of the twenty-first century's most influential and creative thinkers, including Joyce Carol Oates, Yo-Yo Ma, David Milch, Isabel Allende, and Joshua Redman. Burstein pulls back the curtain to reveal the sources of these artists' inspiration and the processes that bring their work into being.

"These artists may not change lead into gold," Burstein writes, "but they lift materials from their familiar contexts, combining, reshaping, transforming them into works of art that change the way we see the world." Spark is an invaluable resource for the aspiring writer and artist, but the need for creativity extends well beyond the world of paintbrushes and typewriters. Creativity is integral to business, parenting, education, science, and, perhaps most poignantly, our personal relationships. Rarely do books on creativity illuminate and inspire; this marvelous volume will help you find a spark of your own.

Your Best Brain Ever [EPUB]

Your Best Brain Ever [EPUB]
Your Best Brain Ever: A Complete Guide and Workout by Michael S Sweeney, Cynthia R Green
2013 | EPUB | 19.02MB

National Geographic presents a comprehensive guide to fighting mental decline. With cutting-edge neuroscience, information about Alzheimer's, fascinating case studies, and tips to fight brain aging symptoms such as slower mental acuity and "senior moments," this smart, engaging guide will help keep your memory sharp and your mind active. Fun, age-defying exercises--from body stretches to word games to foods that help you think--help the brain perform at its best, just like exercising does for other parts of the body. Leading memory loss expert Cynthia R. Green, PhD, and eminent science writer Michael Sweeney have created a book both informational and practical that gives readers everything they need to know about the care and feeding of one of the body's most important organs: the brain.

The Handbook of Major Events in Economic History [PDF]

The Handbook of Major Events in Economic History [PDF]
Routledge Handbook of Major Events in Economic History edited by Randall E Parker, Robert M Whaples
2013 | PDF | 3.83MB

The Handbook of Major Events in Economic History aims to introduce readers to the important macroeconomic events of the past two hundred years. The chapters endeavour to explain what went on and why during the most significant economic epochs of the nineteenth, twentieth and early twenty-first centuries and how where we are today fits in this historical timeline. Its short chapters reflect the most up-to-date research and are written by well-known economists who are authorities on their subjects.

The Handbook of Major Events in Economic History was written with the intent of presenting the professional consensus in explaining the economics driving these historical events.

Social Democratic America [EPUB]

Social Democratic America [EPUB]
Social Democratic America by Lane Kenworthy
2014 | EPUB | 3.6MB

America is the one of the wealthiest nations on earth. So why do so many Americans struggle to make ends meet? Why is it so difficult for those who start at the bottom to reach the middle class? And why, if a rising economic tide lifts all boats, have middle-class incomes been growing so slowly?

Social Democratic America explains how this has happened and how we can do better. Lane Kenworthy convincingly argues that we can improve economic security, expand opportunity, and ensure rising living standards for all by moving toward social democracy. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of social policy in America and other affluent countries, he proposes a set of public social programs, including universal early education, an expanded Earned Income Tax Credit, wage insurance, the government as employer of last resort, and many others. Kenworthy looks at common objections to social democracy, such as the oft-repeated claim that Americans don't want big government, which he readily debunks. Indeed, we already have in place a host of effective and popular social programs, from Social Security to Medicare to public schooling. Moreover, the available evidence suggests that rich nations can generate the tax revenues needed to pay for generous social programs while maintaining an innovative and growing economy, and without restricting liberty.

Can it happen? Kenworthy describes how the US has been progressing slowly but steadily toward a genuine social democracy for nearly a century. Controversial and powerful, Social Democratic America shows that the good society doesn't require a radical break from our past; we just need to continue in the direction we are already heading.

American Civil Religion [PDF]

American Civil Religion [PDF]
American Civil Religion: What Americans Hold Sacred by Peter Gardella
2014 | PDF | 4.26MB

The United States has never had an officially established national church. Since the time of the first British colonists, it has instead developed a strong civil religion that melds God and nation. In a deft exploration of American civil religious symbols-from the Liberty Bell to the Vietnam Memorial, from Mount Rushmore to Disney World-Peter Gardella explains how the places, objects, and words that Americans hold sacred came into being and how Americans' feelings about them have changed over time. In addition to examining revered historical sites and structures, he analyzes such sacred texts as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address, the Kennedy Inaugural, and the speeches of Martin Luther King, and shows how five patriotic songs-"The Star-Spangled Banner," "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," "America the Beautiful," "God Bless America," and "This Land Is Your Land"-have been elevated into hymns.

Arguing that certain values-personal freedom, political democracy, world peace, and cultural tolerance-have held American civil religion together, Gardella chronicles the numerous forms those values have taken, from Jamestown and Plymouth to the September 11, 2001 Memorial in New York.

The End of Poverty [Audiobook]

The End of Poverty [Audiobook]
The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time [Audiobook] by Jeffrey Sachs, read by Malcolm Hillgartner
2009 | MP3@128 kbps + PDF | 13 hrs 47 mins | 758.52MB

Celebrated economist Jeffrey Sachs has a plan to eliminate extreme poverty around the world by 2025. If you think that is too ambitious or wildly unrealistic, you need to read this book. His focus is on the one billion poorest individuals around the world who are caught in a poverty trap of disease, physical isolation, environmental stress, political instability, and lack of access to capital, technology, medicine, and education. The goal is to help these people reach the first rung on the "ladder of economic development" so they can rise above mere subsistence level and achieve some control over their economic futures and their lives. To do this, Sachs proposes nine specific steps, which he explains in great detail in The End of Poverty. Though his plan certainly requires the help of rich nations, the financial assistance Sachs calls for is surprisingly modest--more than is now provided, but within the bounds of what has been promised in the past. For the U.S., for instance, it would mean raising foreign aid from just 0.14 percent of GNP to 0.7 percent. Sachs does not view such help as a handout but rather an investment in global economic growth that will add to the security of all nations. In presenting his argument, he offers a comprehensive education on global economics, including why globalization should be embraced rather than fought, why international institutions such as the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank need to play a strong role in this effort, and the reasons why extreme poverty exists in the midst of great wealth. He also shatters some persistent myths about poor people and shows how developing nations can do more to help themselves.

Despite some crushing statistics, The End of Poverty is a hopeful book. Based on a tremendous amount of data and his own experiences working as an economic advisor to the UN and several individual nations, Sachs makes a strong moral, economic, and political case for why countries and individuals should battle poverty with the same commitment and focus normally reserved for waging war. This important book not only makes the end of poverty seem realistic, but in the best interest of everyone on the planet, rich and poor alike.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism [EPUB]

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism [EPUB]
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism by Kevin D Williamson
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.48/0.97MB

Stalin’s gulag, impoverished North Korea, collapsing Cuba...it’s hard to name a dogma that has failed as spectacularly as socialism. And yet leaders around the world continue to subject millions of people to this dysfunctional, violence-prone ideology.

In The Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism, Kevin Williamson reveals the fatal flaw of socialism—that efficient, complex economies simply can’t be centrally planned. But even in America, that hasn’t stopped politicians and bureaucrats from planning, to various extents, the most vital sectors of our economy: public education, energy, and the most arrogant central–planning effort of them all, Obama’s healthcare plan.

In this provocative book, Williamson unfolds the grim history of socialism, showing how the ideology has spawned crushing poverty, devastating famines, and horrific wars. Lumbering from one crisis to the next, leaving a trail of economic devastation and environmental catastrophe, socialism has wreaked more havoc, caused more deaths, and impoverished more people than any other ideology in history—especially when you include the victims of fascism, which Williamson notes is simply a variant of socialism.

Williamson further demonstrates:

  • Why, contrary to popular belief, socialism in theory is no better than socialism in practice
  • Why socialism can’t exist without capitalism
  • How the energy powerhouse of Venezuela, under socialism, has become an economic basket case subject to rationing and blackouts
  • How socialism, not British colonialism, plunged the bountiful economy of India into stagnation and dysfunction—and how capitalism is rescuing it
  • Why socialism is inextricably linked to communism

If you thought socialism went into the dustbin of history with the collapse of the Soviet Union, think again. Socialism is alive and kicking, and it’s already spread further than you know.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the British Empire [EPUB]

The Politically Incorrect Guide to the British Empire [EPUB]
The Politically Incorrect Guide to the British Empire by H W Crocker III
2011 | EPUB | 1.07MB

A brawling, rambunctious history celebrating the Empire—and the intrepid empire-builders—that gave the United States, Canada, India, and Australia not just a common language, but common ideals of freedom and justice.

The British Empire—the biggest empire in history—once ruled a quarter of the globe. It was built by an incredible array of swashbuckling soldiers and sailors, pirates and adventurers who finally get their due in H. W. Crocker III’s panoramic and provocative view of four hundred years of history that will delight and amuse, educate and entertain. Strap on your pith helmet for a rollicking ride through some of history’s most colorful events.

Bet your teacher never told you:

  • The Founding Fathers didn’t rebel against British imperialism; they looked forward to the transfer “of the great seat of Empire to America”
  • The original Norman English invasion of Ireland was approved by the pope
  • Sir Charles Napier, commander in chief of the British Army in India, abolished the Hindu custom of widow-burning
  • Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer’s “hearts and minds” counter- insurgency strategy was instrumental in defeating the Communists in Malaya
  • The breakup of the British Empire led Winston Churchill to conclude that he had achieved “nothing” in his life

The Einstein of Money [EPUB]

The Einstein of Money [EPUB]
The Einstein of Money: The Life and Timeless Financial Wisdom of Benjamin Graham by Joe Carlen
2012 | EPUB | 4.89MB

Warren Buffett—widely considered the most successful investor of all time—has repeatedly acknowledged Benjamin Graham, a man he personally studied and worked under, as the primary influence on his investment approach. Indeed, there is a direct line between the record-shattering investing performance of Buffett (and other value investors) and Graham’s life. In six books and dozens of papers, Graham—known as the "Dean of Wall Street"—left an extensive account of an investing system that, as Buffett can attest, actually works!

This biography of Benjamin Graham, the first written with access to his posthumously published memoirs, explains Graham’s most essential wealth-creation concepts while telling the colorful story of his amazing business career and his multifaceted, unconventional personal life. The author distills the best from Graham’s extensive published works and draws from personal interviews he conducted with Warren Buffett, Charles Brandes, and many other top US and global value investors as well as Graham’s surviving children and friends, weaving Graham’s transformational ideas into the narrative of a momentous life and legacy. Warren Buffett once said, "No one ever became poor by reading Graham." By the same token, no one will ever become uninspired by reading Carlen’s lively account of Benjamin Graham’s fascinating life and time-tested techniques for generating wealth.

Bertie: Power and Money [EPUB]

Bertie: Power and Money [EPUB]
Bertie: Power and Money by Colm Keena
2011 | EPUB | 10.5MB

The fascinating story of the man who blew the boom. Colm Keena, the journalist who first broke the story of Bertie Ahern's finances, gives us an in-depth examination of the former Taoiseach's character, his lust for power and his obsession with money. Keena scrutinizes the evidence produced by the Mahon Tribunal about Ahern's personal finances and his personal political machine, and illustrates the lengths to which Ahern went in his effort to hide the truth about what he was up to. Ahern's political career is re-charted in the light of what we now know about his character.

Keena looks at how his desire for power existed alongside an almost complete absence of political conviction, this lack of which left him open to the influence of those with strong opinions, and did nothing to arrest his mismanagement of the Irish economy. His lust for popularity brought Ireland from rude good health to economic disaster. An historic opportunity was squandered, but Bertie walked away from the wreckage with his wallet bulging. His legacy: the near-destruction of a European economy and the collapse of one of the most successful political parties of the past hundred years.

Nuclear Nightmares [EPUB]

Nuclear Nightmares [EPUB]
Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late by Joseph Cirincione
2013 | EPUB | 1.68MB

There is a high risk that someone will use, by accident or design, one or more of the 17,000 nuclear weapons in the world today. Many thought such threats ended with the Cold War or that current policies can prevent or contain nuclear disaster. They are dead wrong -- these weapons, possessed by states large and small, stable and unstable, remain an ongoing nightmare.

Joseph Cirincione surveys the best thinking and worst fears of experts specializing in nuclear warfare and assesses the efforts to reduce or eliminate these nuclear dangers. His book offers hope: in the 1960s, twenty-three states had nuclear weapons and research programs; today, only nine states have weapons. More countries have abandoned nuclear weapon programs than have developed them, and global arsenals are just one-quarter of what they were during the Cold War. Yet can these trends continue, or are we on the brink of a new arms race -- or worse, nuclear war? A former member of Senator Obama's nuclear policy team, Cirincione helped shape the policies unveiled in Prague in 2009, and, as president of an organization intent on reducing nuclear threats, he operates at the center of debates on nuclear terrorism, new nuclear nations, and the risks of existing arsenals.

Ask a Science Teacher [EPUB]

Ask a Science Teacher [EPUB]
Ask a Science Teacher: 250 Answers to Questions You've Always Had About How Everyday Stuff Really Works by Larry Scheckel
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 4.14/4.58MB

Fun and fascinating science is everywhere, and it’s a cinch to learn—just ask a science teacher!

We’ve all grown so used to living in a world filled with wonders that we sometimes forget to wonder about them: What creates the wind? Do fish sleep? Why do we blink? These are common phenomena, but it’s a rare person who really knows the answers—do you?

All too often, the explanations remain shrouded in mystery—or behind a haze of technical language. For those of us who should have raised our hands in science class but didn’t, Larry Scheckel comes to the rescue. An award-winning science teacher and longtime columnist for his local newspaper, Scheckel is a master explainer with a trove of knowledge. Just ask the students and devoted readers who have spent years trying to stump him!

In Ask a Science Teacher, Scheckel collects 250 of his favorite Q&As. Like the best teachers, he writes so that kids can understand, but he doesn’t water things down— he’ll satisfy even the most inquisitive minds. Topics include:

  • The Human Body
  • Earth Science
  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry Physics
  • Technology
  • Zoology
  • Music and conundrums that don’t fit into any category

With refreshingly uncomplicated explanations, Ask a Science Teacher is sure to resolve the everyday mysteries you’ve always wondered about. You’ll learn how planes really fly, why the Earth is round, how microwaves heat food, and much more—before you know it, all your friends will be asking you!

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Decks, 5th Edition [EPUB]

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Decks, 5th Edition [EPUB]
Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Decks, 5th Edition
2012 | EPUB | 102.5MB

The most detailed, most current and most complete deck building book on the market. It reflects the latest changes in building codes and it features deck building materials that are popular today. The additional two signatures (32 pages) contain all-new deck plans with complete plan drawings. Updates to the materials section focus on new composite and non-wood deck building alternatives, as well as the current generation of deck hardware that resists corrosion caused by non-CCA pressure treated lumber. Step-by-step projects feature clever ways to customize and accessorize your deck to enhance both utility and enjoyment.

Black & Decker Wiring Repairs [EPUB]

Black & Decker Wiring Repairs [EPUB]
Black & Decker Wiring Repairs: Current with 2011-2013 Electrical Codes
2012 | EPUB | 3.34MB

The editors of Creative Publishing, international, now bring you the ebook Quick Read: Wiring Repairs. Sometimes a little repair work goes a long way, as broken fixtures don't always need complete replacement. This quick read, excerpted from the best-selling The Black & Decker Complete Guide to Wiring, 5th edition, includes step-by-step instructions for making repairs to common electrical fixtures. Included are repairs for light fixtures, chandeliers, ceiling fans, fluorescent lights, plugs & cords, and lamp sockets. If you would like additional, related wiring information, look for The Black & Decker Complete Guide to Wiring, 5th edition.

Black & Decker Trim & Finish Carpentry [EPUB]

Black & Decker Trim & Finish Carpentry [EPUB]
Black & Decker Trim & Finish Carpentry: Tips & Techniques from the Pros
2010 | EPUB | 53.93MB

This volume shows DIY homeowners the tips and techniques pros use to get beautiful precision when installing crown moldings, chair rails, paneling, and window & door millwork. It’s a book for the serious DIYer looking to elevate his or her handiwork from the realm of basic competence to fine craftwork.

Electronics All-in-One For Dummies [PDF]

Electronics All-in-One For Dummies [PDF]
Electronics All-in-One For Dummies by Dickon Ross, Doug Lowe
2013 | PDF | 77.86MB

Your one-stop UK shop for clear, concise explanations to all the important concepts in electronics and tons of direction for building simple, fun electronic projects.

The 8 mini-books in this 1 volume include:

  • Getting Started with Electronics
  • Working with Basic Components
  • Working with Integrated Circuits
  • Getting into Alternating Current
  • Working with Radio and Infrared
  • Doing Digital Electronics
  • Working with Basic Stamp Processors
  • Building Special Effects

With nearly 900 pages of instruction, Electronics All-in-One For Dummies covers all the bases and provides a fascinating hands-on exploration of electronics.

Circuitbuilding Do-It-Yourself For Dummies [PDF]

Circuitbuilding Do-It-Yourself For Dummies [PDF]
Circuitbuilding Do-It-Yourself For Dummies by H Ward Silver
2008 | PDF | 7.5MB

Here's the fun and easy way to start building circuits for your projects.

Have you ever wanted to build your own electronic device? Put together a thermostat or an in-line fuse, or repair a microphone cable? This is the book for you! Inside you'll find the tools and techniques you need to build circuits, with illustrated, step-by-step directions to help accomplish tasks and complete projects.

As you accomplish the tasks throughout the book, you'll construct many projects while learning the key circuitbuilding principles and techniques. Find out about measuring and testing, maintenance and troubleshooting, cables, connectors, how to test your stuff, and more.

Stuff You Need to Know

  • The tools you need and how to use them
  • How to make sense of schematics and printed circuit boards
  • Basic techniques for creating any circuit
  • How to make and repair cables and connectors
  • Testing and maintenance procedures

The Unauthorized Guide to iPhone, iPad, and iPod Repair [EPUB]

The Unauthorized Guide to iPhone, iPad, and iPod Repair [EPUB]
The Unauthorized Guide to iPhone, iPad, and iPod Repair: A DIY Guide to Extending the Life of Your iDevices by Timothy L Warner
2013 | EPUB | 11.67MB
D

ON’T JUNK IT, FIX IT--AND SAVE A FORTUNE!
The only reference & tutorial of its kind--in full color!

Fix your own iPhone, iPad, or iPod with secret repair knowledge Apple doesn’t want you to have! This groundbreaking, full-color book shows you how to resurrect expensive Apple mobile iDevices you thought were dead for good, and save a fortune.

Apple Certified Repair Technician Timothy L. Warner demystifies everything about iDevice repair, presenting simple, step-by-step procedures and hundreds of crisp, detailed, full-color photos.

He’ll walk you through safely taking apart your iDevice, replacing what’s broken, and reliably reassembling it. You’ll learn where to get the tools and exactly how to use them. Warner even reveals sources for broken Apple devices you can fix at low cost--for yourself, or even for resale!

Replace All These iDevice Components:

  • Battery
  • Display
  • SIM card
  • Logic board
  • Dock connector

Take Apart, Fix, and Reassemble:

  • iPod nano (5th & 7th Gen)
  • iPod touch (4th & 5th Gen)
  • iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S, & 5)
  • iPad (iPad 2, iPad 4th Gen, & iPad mini)

Fix Common Software-Related Failures:

  • Emergency data recovery
  • Jailbreaking
  • Carrier unlocking

Do What Apple Never Intended:

  • Resurrect a waterlogged iDevice
  • Prepare an iDevice for resale
  • Install non-Apple Store apps
  • Perform out-of-warranty repairs

All technical content reviewed & approved by iFixit, world leader in iDevice parts, tools, and repair tutorials!

Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering [EPUB]

Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering [EPUB]
Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering with 25 Projects by Donna Latham
2012 | EPUB | 4.48MB

Bridges and tunnels are lifelines
People have tackled seemingly insurmountable obstacles, including vast canyons and mountain ranges, to design and construct these amazing passageways. Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering invites children ages 9 and up to explore the innovation and physical science behind structures our world depends on.

Trivia and fun facts illustrate engineering ingenuity and achievements. Activities and projects encourage children to learn about the engineering process and to embrace trial and error. Children will engage in a hands-on exploration of Newton’s Third Law of Motion and of forces that push and pull on structures. They'll make an egg bungee jump and a soda pop can engine. They'll experiment with a triangular toothpick dome, liquefaction, and corrosion. In Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering, children will explore their own engineering and building skills as they create several bridge models.

American on Purpose [Audiobook]

American on Purpose [Audiobook]
American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot [Audiobook] by Craig Ferguson, read by the Author
2009 | MP3@320 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 24 mins | 1022.21MB

In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

To numb the pain of failure, Ferguson found comfort in drugs and alcohol, addictions that eventually led to an aborted suicide attempt. (He forgot to do it when someone offered him a glass of sherry.) But his story has a happy ending: in 1993, the washed-up Ferguson washed up in the United States. Finally sober, Ferguson landed a breakthrough part on the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, a success that eventually led to his role as the host of CBS's The Late Late Show.

By far Ferguson's greatest triumph was his decision to become a U.S. citizen, a milestone he achieved in early 2008, just before his command performance for the president at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a red, white, and blue streak about everything our Founding Fathers feared.

Lost Birmingham [EPUB]

Lost Birmingham [EPUB]
Lost Birmingham by Beverly Crider
2013 | EPUB | 3.25MB

Birmingham has many notable historic landmarks today, but so many more are all but forgotten. The Bangor Cave Casino was once a world-renowned speakeasy. The Thomas Jefferson Hotel featured a zeppelin mooring station, drawing lots of attention from tourists. Other significant sites from the past, such as Hillman Hospital and the buildings on the 'Heaviest Corner on Earth," are unknown even to natives now. Local author Beverly Crider presents an intriguing and educational tour through these and more hidden treasures.

From the Author:

I grew up in Birmingham, yet I missed out on much of our history. I'm not old enough to have seen the Thomas Jefferson Hotel in its glory or viewed a play at the Lyric Theatre. I would have loved to have met Miss Fancy in Avondale Park, but, yet again, I hadn't been born yet. I was just a small child when the Terminal Building met the wrecking ball and I while I did see movies in the Alabama Theatre as a child, I would have love to have seen her "back in the day!"

To be honest with you, the landmarks I did see growing up, I took for granted. I visited the top of Vulcan one time and just accepted that the largest cast iron statue in the world would always be there to greet me atop Red Mountain. Amazingly, I never even noticed the zeppelin mooring station on top of what by then was called the Cabana Hotel. When I worked downtown, I must have walked or driven past the buildings of Birmingham's original skyline hundreds of times, yet didn't acknowledge their contributions to our city's development.

The Heaviest Corner on Earth? Never heard of it. Hillman Hospital? Sure, I knew it was part of the UAB Medical Center. I even worked in the Media Relations office at the University, yet I never really thought about what Birmingham was like . . . what they skyline looked like . . . when that little building, by today's standards, stood there alone without the massive medical center surrounding it. I never really thought about the important role it played in the health and well-being of our Founding Fathers (and Mothers).

Needless to say, I've learned more about the Magic City while writing this book than I ever did while growing up in the city. It's given me a greater love and respect for Birmingham and made me extremely sad about the loss of so many beautiful landmarks - many of which I never had the opportunity to see!

Seven Ages of Paris [EPUB]

Seven Ages of Paris [EPUB]
Seven Ages of Paris by Alistair Horne
2004 | EPUB | 13.58MB

When Paris was a small island in the middle of the Seine, its gentle climate, natural vineyards and overhanging fig trees made it the favorite retreat of Roman emperors and de facto capital of western Europe. Over two millennia the muddy Lutetia, as the Romans called Paris, pushed its borders far beyond the Right and Left Banks and continued to stretch into the imagination and affection of visitors and locals. Now the spirit of Paris is captured by the celebrated historian Alistair Horne, who has devoted twenty-five years to a labor of love.

Seven Ages of Paris begins with the reign of the forceful Philippe Auguste, who greatly expanded the Capetian kingdom before devoting himself to fortifying the city and to the construction of the Louvre. Paris shed blood in the Hundred Years War and in the religious wars between Catholics and Huguenots and prospered under Henri IV’s reconciliation. His grandson, Louis XIV, built the famed palace at Versailles and patronized the playwrights Molière and Racine. With the ancien régime swept away by the Revolution, Napoleon ushered in the Imperial age, and, subsequently, the Second Empire. Partly to dampen Paris’s revolutionary zeal, Baron Haussmann modernized the city: avenues were widened, squares expanded and the medieval market at Les Halles razed.

Horne portrays the Prussians bivouacking on the Champs-Elysées in 1871. Paris bounced back after the war: the 1900 World Exposition showed off an electrified Champs-Elysées and the Métro station entrances in the Art Nouveau style. Most visibly, the Eiffel Tower went up in 1889 to mark the hundredth anniversary of the Revolution.

The hubris of the Belle Epoque led straight into the Great War. The Armistice and the Paris Peace Conference sealed a phoney peace, and when war resumed the city suffered four terrible years of occupation and was visited by Hitler himself. Liberation brought the last of Horne’s seven ages, the Fifth Republic, headed by de Gaulle.

Seven Ages of Paris also recalls the women who defined Parisian life—from Héloïse down to Josephine Baker. With an elegiac description of the Père Lachaise Cemetery, Horne brings to an end a brilliantly written history of the world’s most captivating city.

Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City [EPUB]

Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City [EPUB]
Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City by Russell Shorto
2013 | EPUB | 11.57MB

An endlessly entertaining portrait of the city of Amsterdam and the ideas that make it unique, by the author of the acclaimed Island at the Center of the World.

Tourists know Amsterdam as a picturesque city of low-slung brick houses lining tidy canals; student travelers know it for its legal brothels and hash bars; art lovers know it for Rembrandt's glorious portraits.

But the deeper history of Amsterdam, what makes it one of the most fascinating places on earth, is bound up in its unique geography-the constant battle of its citizens to keep the sea at bay and the democratic philosophy that this enduring struggle fostered. Amsterdam is the font of liberalism, in both its senses. Tolerance for free thinking and free love make it a place where, in the words of one of its mayors, "craziness is a value." But the city also fostered the deeper meaning of liberalism, one that profoundly influenced America: political and economic freedom. Amsterdam was home not only to religious dissidents and radical thinkers but to the world's first great global corporation.

In this effortlessly erudite account, Russell Shorto traces the idiosyncratic evolution of Amsterdam, showing how such disparate elements as herring anatomy, naked Anabaptists parading through the streets, and an intimate gathering in a sixteenth-century wine-tasting room had a profound effect on Dutch-and world-history. Weaving in his own experiences of his adopted home, Shorto provides an ever-surprising, intellectually engaging story of Amsterdam from the building of its first canals in the 1300s, through its brutal struggle for independence, its golden age as a vast empire, to its complex present in which its cherished ideals of liberalism are under siege.

The Island at the Center of the World [Audiobook]

The Island at the Center of the World [Audiobook]
The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America [Audiobook] by Russell Shorto, read by LJ Ganser
2004 | MP3@32 kbps | 14 hrs 56 mins | 248.46MB

In a landmark work of history, Russell Shorto presents astonishing information on the founding of our nation and reveals in riveting detail the crucial role of the Dutch in making America what it is today.

In the late 1960s, an archivist in the New York State Library made an astounding discovery: 12,000 pages of centuries-old correspondence, court cases, legal contracts, and reports from a forgotten society: the Dutch colony centered on Manhattan, which predated the thirteen “original” American colonies. For the past thirty years scholar Charles Gehring has been translating this trove, which was recently declared a national treasure. Now, Russell Shorto has made use of this vital material to construct a sweeping narrative of Manhattan’s founding that gives a startling, fresh perspective on how America began.

In an account that blends a novelist’s grasp of storytelling with cutting-edge scholarship, The Island at the Center of the World strips Manhattan of its asphalt, bringing us back to a wilderness island—a hunting ground for Indians, populated by wolves and bears—that became a prize in the global power struggle between the English and the Dutch. Indeed, Russell Shorto shows that America’s founding was not the work of English settlers alone but a result of the clashing of these two seventeenth century powers. In fact, it was Amsterdam—Europe’s most liberal city, with an unusual policy of tolerance and a polyglot society dedicated to free trade—that became the model for the city of New Amsterdam on Manhattan. While the Puritans of New England were founding a society based on intolerance, on Manhattan the Dutch created a free-trade, upwardly-mobile melting pot that would help shape not only New York, but America.

The story moves from the halls of power in London and The Hague to bloody naval encounters on the high seas. The characters in the saga—the men and women who played a part in Manhattan’s founding—range from the philosopher Rene Descartes to James, the Duke of York, to prostitutes and smugglers. At the heart of the story is a bitter power struggle between two men: Peter Stuyvesant, the autocratic director of the Dutch colony, and a forgotten American hero named Adriaen van der Donck, a maverick, liberal-minded lawyer whose brilliant political gamesmanship, commitment to individual freedom, and exuberant love of his new country would have a lasting impact on the history of this nation.

Vietnam (Insight Guides) [EPUB]

Vietnam (Insight Guides) [EPUB]
Vietnam (Insight Guides) by Adam Bray, Mark Beales
2012 | EPUB | 141.86MB

This new edition of our Vietnam guide has been comprehensively overhauled and expanded to 400 pages, with hundreds of superb color photographs to bring the destination to life. There are three new photo essays on wildlife, street food and Cham art, a new feature on the legacy of the Vietnam War and expanded sections on geography, cuisine and the people of Vietnam. The history section has been extended, and there are 50% more restaurant recommendations for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Festival coverage has also been expanded by 50%.

The first part of the book details Vietnam's long history and fascinating culture. The Places section contains descriptive region-by-region accounts, complemented by attractive, detailed maps linked to the key sights by numbered dots. At the back of the book, the Travel Tips section provides all the practical information you'll need to plan a memorable trip, as well as selective listings giving our writer’s pick of the best places to stay and eat.

Thailand (Insight Guides) [EPUB]

Thailand (Insight Guides) [EPUB]
Thailand (Insight Guides) by Howard Richardson
2013 | EPUB | 166.4MB

Insight Guide Thailand is a full-color, inspirational guide to getting the most out of one the world’s most exotic destinations. Lively and accessible History and Culture chapters explain the country’s intriguing past as a cultural melting pot in South East Asia and the religion that has shaped the country today. Thailand’s cultural treasures are explored alongside the breathtaking landscape that attracts so many international visitors. The influences on Thailand’s world-famous cuisine are also investigated alongside tips for sampling the local favorite dishes. To help with planning a trip, the Places chapters cover the entire country in detail, including the frenetic capital, Bangkok, and relaxing Chiang Mai in the North, and also suggest which of Thailand’s beautiful islands and beaches to visit.

Full-color photographs throughout illustrate the beauty of the Thai landscape more than any other guide to the country on the market and give a true flavor of Thai life today. Detailed maps throughout the book help visitors get around the different areas, with all major sites cross-referenced with the text, and the Travel Tips offer an A-Z of practical information and our selective, independent reviews of the best places to stay and eat.

South Korea (Insight Guides) [EPUB]

South Korea (Insight Guides) [EPUB]
South Korea (Insight Guides) by Ray Bartlett
2013 | EPUB | 109.63MB

Insight Guide South Korea is an indispensable travel guide to a land of haunting natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, full of stunning travel photography. Be inspired by our Best of South Korea section highlighting unmissable sights and experiences and lavish Photo Features on festivals, street food, hiking and national parks, and mountain temples.

With a longer and more in-depth history and culture section than its competitors, this travel guide provides an essential introduction to South Korea’s early kingdoms and dynasties, its recovery from the devastation of the Korean War, and contemporary politics and business culture. The informative text, written by regional experts, is a pleasure to read.

A detailed Places section, with full-color maps, guides you around the regions that make up this beautiful yet off-the-beaten-track country, from the megalopolis of Seoul to the forested mountains of Seoraksan, and the Ten Thousand Islands off the southwest coast.

A comprehensive Travel Tips section gives you all the travel advice you need to plan your trip. The selective listings for hotels and restaurants are the personal recommendations of a regional specialist.

Greece (Insight Guides) [EPUB]

Greece (Insight Guides) [EPUB]
Greece (Insight Guides) by Marc Dubin, Nick Edwards
2013 | EPUB | 139.97MB

Insight Guide Greece is a full-color, comprehensive travel guide to one of Europe’s most popular destinations, a country famous for its ancient sites and breathtakingly beautiful islands. Each chapter is illustrated by stunning travel photography that gives a vivid portrait of contemporary life in Greece. Be inspired by our Best of Greece section highlighting unmissable sights and experiences, and lavish Photo Features on what makes Greece unique: its treasure-filled ancient sites, folklore, and island flora. With a longer and more in-depth history and culture section than its competitors, this travel guide provides an essential introduction to Greece’s history, from the rich civilizations of Ancient Greece through the Byzantine and Ottoman eras, up to modern times and the Euro crisis. The informative text, written by regional experts, is a pleasure to read.

A detailed Places section, with full-color maps, guides you around the regions and myriad islands which make up this fascinating country, from the impressive Parthenon in Athens and the central region, mythical centre of the ancient world, to the exquisite beaches of its surrounding islands, and Byzantine and Ottoman architecture up in the north.

A comprehensive Travel Tips section gives you all the travel advice you need to plan your trip. The selective listings for hotels and restaurants are the personal recommendations of our regional specialists.

China (Insight Guides) [EPUB]

China (Insight Guides) [EPUB]
China (Insight Guides) by David Drakeford, Amy Fabris-Shi, Jane Voodikon, Matt Bowden, Ralph Jennings, Max Lovell-Hoare, Brice Minnigh
2013 | EPUB | 145.68MB

Insight Guide China is a handsome 480-page guidebook offering in-depth coverage of this enigmatic destination.

Following on from the inspirational Best Of China section, the first 100 pages comprise a series of essays describing China’s long history and its fascinating culture – from the booming economy to the subtleties of the many regional cuisines and the venerable artistic heritage. New for the 12th edition are features on Environmental Issues, Red Tourism and the amazing development of infrastructure around the country.

The Places chapters contain descriptive region-by-region accounts of all the sights worth seeing across the length and breadth of the country. Chinese characters are included for towns, cities, significant sights and restaurants, and also appear on the 36 maps. There are also reviews of over 300 recommended restaurants across the country, from Beijing and Shanghai to Kunming and Kashgar.

At the back of the book, the Travel Tips section contains all the practical information you'll need to make the most of your trip, including over 250 recommended hotels.

Australia (Insight Guides) [EPUB]

Australia (Insight Guides) [EPUB]
Australia (Insight Guides) by Ute Junker
2013 | EPUB | 126.83MB

Insight Guide Australia is a full-color travel guide that offers a comprehensive approach to getting the most out of one the world’s most enticing destinations. Engaging and inspirational History and Culture chapters explain the country’s fascinating past of aboriginal culture and colonial rule, and the factors influencing its identity; from ancient aboriginal culture, through to the arrival of the British, to the country’s development as a modern nation. The vibrant arts scene, local cuisine, sporting opportunities and breathtaking landscape are fully explored so that visitors can gain a sense of how Australia’s character and culture have been shaped. Encompassing all of Australia’s states and territories, the Places chapters cover Australia’s major cities of Sydney and Melbourne in detail, and also suggest where to visit and what to do in Australia’s great outdoors to help with planning a trip to some of the world’s most amazing sights – such as the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, the Great Ocean Road, Fraser Island, and Kakadu National Park. Full-color photographs throughout illustrate the beauty of the Australian landscape more than any other guide to the country on the market and give a true flavor of Australian life today. Detailed maps throughout the book help visitors get around the different areas, with all major sites cross-referenced with the text, and the Travel Tips offer selective advice on where to stay, what to eat and the type of activities that are available.

Ignorance: How It Drives Science [EPUB]

Ignorance: How It Drives Science [EPUB]
Ignorance: How It Drives Science by Stuart Firestein
2012 | EPUB | 1.71MB

Knowledge is a big subject, says Stuart Firestein, but ignorance is a bigger one. And it is ignorance--not knowledge--that is the true engine of science.

Most of us have a false impression of science as a surefire, deliberate, step-by-step method for finding things out and getting things done. In fact, says Firestein, more often than not, science is like looking for a black cat in a dark room, and there may not be a cat in the room. The process is more hit-or-miss than you might imagine, with much stumbling and groping after phantoms. But it is exactly this "not knowing," this puzzling over thorny questions or inexplicable data, that gets researchers into the lab early and keeps them there late, the thing that propels them, the very driving force of science. Firestein shows how scientists use ignorance to program their work, to identify what should be done, what the next steps are, and where they should concentrate their energies. And he includes a catalog of how scientists use ignorance, consciously or unconsciously--a remarkable range of approaches that includes looking for connections to other research, revisiting apparently settled questions, using small questions to get at big ones, and tackling a problem simply out of curiosity. The book concludes with four case histories--in cognitive psychology, theoretical physics, astronomy, and neuroscience--that provide a feel for the nuts and bolts of ignorance, the day-to-day battle that goes on in scientific laboratories and in scientific minds with questions that range from the quotidian to the profound.

Turning the conventional idea about science on its head, Ignorance opens a new window on the true nature of research. It is a must-read for anyone curious about science.

Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down [EPUB]

Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down [EPUB]
Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down by J E Gordon
2003 | EPUB + MOBI | 6.47/6.79MB

For anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don't collapse under eight lanes of traffic, how dams hold back-or give way under-thousands of gallons of water, or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions. J. E. Gordon strips engineering of its confusing technical terms, communicating its founding principles in accessible, witty prose.

Science in 100 Key Breakthroughs [EPUB]

Science in 100 Key Breakthroughs [EPUB]
Science in 100 Key Breakthroughs by Paul Parsons
2011 | EPUB | 38.02MB

Science in 100 Key Breakthroughs presents a series of clear and concise essays that explain the fundamentals of some of the most exciting and important science concepts you really need to know. Paul Parsons profiles the important, ground-breaking, and front-of-mind scientific discoveries that have had a profound influence on our way of life and will grow in importance with our advancing understanding.

In 100 sections, this book provides an overview of the history of Western science, from astronomy and physics to geology, biology and psychology and everything in between. Starting with the origins of counting more than 35,000 years ago, Science in 100 Key Breakthroughs tells a rich and fascinating story of discovery, invention, gradual progress and inspired leaps of the imagination. Many key concepts and discoveries are defined and discussed including: The circumference of the Earth, Chaos theory, Algebra, Relativity, Newton's Principia, Brownian motion, Pi, Wave/particle duality, Germ theory, The computer, X-rays, The double helix, Viruses, The human genome. Readable, informative and thought-provoking, this is the ideal introduction to cutting-edge science and the essential overview for anyone who wants to learn more about these often daunting but increasingly essential subjects.

One Small Step: The Inside Story of Space Exploration [EPUB]

One Small Step: The Inside Story of Space Exploration [EPUB]
One Small Step: The Inside Story of Space Exploration by David Whitehouse
2009 | EPUB | 14.98MB

David Whitehouse gave a great account of the space explorations of the late twentieth century. He explained the theoretical framework necessary for space travel and the work of intellectual pioneers. He gave detailed coverage of the race and competition between the Americans and the Soviet Union. He details the successes and failures of both nations.

Whitehouse covers all the major accomplishments of the Soviets, especially the landmark Sputnik spacecraft of 1957. He expalins how the American NASA program continued to grow and expand, first putting Alan Shepard in space and leading to the Apollo missions that culminated in Neil Armstrong becoming the first man to land on the moon.

Surprisingly, no one has set foot on the moon since 1972. The highlights of space travel since then has been the cooperative Soviet-American International Space Center ventures, the travels of the five American space shuttles, and the role of women astronauts like Sally Ride. Tragedies, such as the Challenger disaster, and the tragic death of Christa McAuliffe, are covered in full detail.

Overall, this is a great book. The major developments in Soviet and American space travel are given full coverage. The book is clearly communicated and not filled with an abundance of technical jargon. The illustrations are very helpful as well.

Am I a Monkey? [EPUB]

Am I a Monkey? [EPUB]
Am I a Monkey: Six Big Questions about Evolution by Francisco J Ayala
2010 | EPUB | 2.12MB

Despite the ongoing cultural controversy in America, evolution remains a cornerstone of science. In this book, Francisco J. Ayala—an evolutionary biologist, member of the National Academy of Sciences, and winner of the National Medal of Science and the Templeton Prize—cuts to the chase in a daring attempt to address, in nontechnical language, six perennial questions about evolution:

  • Am I a Monkey?
  • Why Is Evolution a Theory?
  • What Is DNA?
  • Do All Scientists Accept Evolution?
  • How Did Life Begin?
  • Can One Believe in Evolution and God?

This to-the-point book answers each of these questions with force. Ayala's occasionally biting essays refuse to lend credence to disingenuous ideas and arguments. He lays out the basic science that underlies evolutionary theory, explains how the process works, and soundly makes the case for why evolution is not a threat to religion.

Brief, incisive, topical, authoritative, Am I a Monkey? will take you a day to read and a lifetime to ponder.

Plan Bee [EPUB]

Plan Bee [EPUB]
Plan Bee: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Hardest-Working Creatures on the Planet by Susan Brackney
2010 | EPUB | 2.14MB

With this personal and informative primer, Susan Brackney opens the beehive to reveal the inner life of these unsung heroes of the food chain. At a time when their continued existence is threatened, Brackney’s guide is an enthusiastic exploration that will set your mind buzzing.

Overtaxed and under-recognised, the humble bee finally gets her due in this engaging, fascinating and expertly-written guided tour of the world of bees. Apiarist and nature writer Susan Brackney is passionate about bees – how they live, work and think, as well as what they can teach us. Discover why honeybees are disappearing and what we can do about it; the beekeeper’s trade and its fantastic benefits (honey, pollen, wax, royal jelly and mead); and gardening tips to attract and support honeybees. Plan Bee will appeal to anyone who’s ever been curious about the mysterious and always-buzzing world of bees.

Massive by Ian Sample [EPUB]

Massive by Ian Sample [EPUB]
Massive: The Missing Particle That Sparked the Greatest Hunt in Science by Ian Sample
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 377.15/525.05KB

The biggest science story of our time, Massive spans four decades, weaving together the personal narratives and international rivalries behind the search for the “God" particle, or Higgs boson. A story of grand ambition, intense competition, clashing egos, and occasionally spectacular failures, Massive is the first book that reveals the science, culture, and politics behind the biggest unanswered question in modern physics—what gives things mass?

Drawing upon his unprecedented access to Peter Higgs, after whom the particle is named, award-winning science writer Ian Sample chronicles the multinational and multibillion-dollar quest to solve the mystery of mass. For scientists, to find the God particle is to finally understand the origin of mass, and until now, the story of their search has never been told.

Star-Craving Mad [EPUB]

Star-Craving Mad [EPUB]
Star-Craving Mad: Tales from a Travelling Astronomer
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.45/1.59MB

Everything the amateur astronomer needs to know about the history of the universe, from the transit of Venus to the Higgs boson, from ancient Peruvian observatories to the world's largest particle accelerator.

Many people outside the science world harbor the romantic notion that astronomers spend every night with their eyes clapped to giant telescopes, looking for things. The most frequent question astronomer Fred Watson is asked by members of the public is Have you found anything—recently? Sadly, the answer is usually no. That's because finding new things is only a small part of what astronomers do, compared with investigating things they already know about. People sense that in this, the biggest of big sciences, there might be answers to some of the most profound questions that can be asked: questions about the nature of space and time, about our ultimate origins, the meaning of life, and perhaps even spirituality. Nevertheless, astronomy does provide a broader framework than most sciences for deliberations about issues big and small. And in Fred Watson we have the most witty, funny, and knowledgeable companion to take us on this ride through space, ruminating on Pluto's demotion from planetary status, Peru's ancient sky watchers, sustainable space science, microbes, the sheer pleasure of an eternal quest for knowledge, and maybe, just maybe, the meaning of life.

Cold, Hungry and in the Dark [EPUB]

Cold, Hungry and in the Dark [Audiobook]
Cold, Hungry and in the Dark: Exploding the Natural Gas Supply Myth by Bill Powers
2013 | EPUB | 6.07MB

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

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

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

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

Deep Future [EPUB]

Deep Future [EPUB]
Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth by Curt Stager
2011 | EPUB | 5.07MB

A bold, far-reaching look at how our actions will decide the planet’s future for millennia to come.

Imagine a planet where North American and Eurasian navies are squaring off over shipping lanes through an acidified, ice-free Arctic. Centuries later, their northern descendants retreat southward as the recovering sea freezes over again. And later still, future nations plan how to avert an approaching Ice Age... by burning what remains of our fossil fuels.

These are just a few of the events that are likely to befall Earth and human civilization in the next 100,000 years. And it will be the choices we make in this century that will affect that future more than those of any previous generation. We are living at the dawn of the Age of Humans; the only question is how long that age will last.

Few of us have yet asked, “What happens after global warming?” Drawing upon the latest, groundbreaking works of a handful of climate visionaries, Deep Future helps us look beyond 2100 a.d. to the next hundred millennia of life on Earth.

Six Modern Plagues [EPUB]

Six Modern Plagues [EPUB]
Six Modern Plagues and How We Are Causing Them by Mark Jerome Walters
2003 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.42/0.52MB

West Nile Virus — Mad Cow Disease — HIV/AIDS — Hantavirus — Lyme Disease ... and a new strain of Salmonella. Such modern epidemics have emerged over the past few decades as mysterious, yet significant risks to human health. These "plagues" are forcing us to modify our lifestyles in ways that minimize our chances of becoming a statistic in the latest tally of the afflicted.

In Six Modern Plagues, Mark Jerome Walters offers us the first book for the general reader that connects these emerging health risks and their ecological origins. Drawing on new research, interviews, and his own investigations, Mark Jerome Walters weaves together a compelling argument: that changes humans have made to the environment, from warming the climate to clearing the forests, have contributed to, if not caused a rising tide of diseases that are afflicting humans and many other species.

According to Mark Jerome Walters, humans are not always innocent bystanders to infectious disease. To the contrary, in the case of many modern epidemics, we are the instigators. Six Modern Plagues, a ground-breaking introduction to the connection between disease and environmental degradation should be read by all those interested in their health and the health of others.

33 Revolutions per Minute [EPUB]

33 Revolutions per Minute [EPUB]
33 Revolutions per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day by Dorian Lynskey
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.06/1.28MB

Dorian Lynskey is one of the most prominent music critics writing today. With 33 Revolutions Per Minute, he offers an engrossing, insightful, and wonderfully researched history of protest music in the twentieth century and beyond. From Billie Holiday and Woodie Guthrie to Bob Dylan and the Clash to Green Day and Rage Against the Machine, 33 Revolutions Per Minute is a moving and fascinating portrait of a century of popular music that tried to change the world.

Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years (Vol 1) [Audiobook]

Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years [Vol 1]
Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years (Vol 1) [Audiobook] by Mark Lewisohn, read by Clive Mantle
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 43 hrs 46 mins | 1.17GB

Tune In is the first volume of All These Years—a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

Ten years in the making, Tune In takes the Beatles from before their childhoods through the final hour of 1962—when, with breakthrough success just days away, they stand on the cusp of a whole new kind of fame and celebrity. They’ve one hit record ("Love Me Do") behind them and the next ("Please Please Me") primed for release, their first album session is booked, and America is clear on the horizon. This is the lesser-known Beatles story—the pre-Fab years of Liverpool and Hamburg—and in many respects the most absorbing and incredible period of them all. Here is the complete and true account of their family lives, childhoods, teenage years and their infatuation with American music, here is the riveting narrative of their unforgettable days and nights in the Cavern Club, their laughs, larks and adventures when they could move about freely, before fame closed in.

For those who’ve never read a Beatles book before, this is the place to discover the young men behind the icons. For those who think they know John, Paul, George, and Ringo, it’s time to press the Reset button and tune into the real story, the lasting word.

Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters [EPUB]

Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters [EPUB]
Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters by Robert Gordon
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.34/1.7MB
'Can't Be Satisfied is that rare thing in musical biographies: a book that maps out not just a single, extraordinary life but the cultural forces that shaped it' - Sean O'Hagan, Observer

Muddy Waters was the greatest blues musician ever, and the most influential. He invented electric blues, inspired the Rolling Stones and created the template for the rock 'n' roll band and its wild lifestyle.

Robert Gordon's definitive biography vividly chronicles the extraordinary life and personality of the musical legend who changed the course of modern popular music.

Boogie Man [EPUB]

Boogie Man [EPUB]
Boogie Man: The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century by Charles Shaar Murray
2011 | EPUB | 2.52MB

Acclaimed writer Charles Shaar Murray's Boogie Man is the authorized and authoritative biography of an extraordinary musician. Murray was given unparalleled access to Hooker, and he lets the man from Clarksdale, Mississippi, tell his own story. "Everything you read on album covers is not true, and every album reads different," he told Murray. Murray helps Hooker set the record straight, disentangling the myths and legends from truths so rock-ribbed that we understand, as if for the first time, why they have provided the source for a lifetime of unforgettable sound.

Murray weaves together Hooker's life and music to reveal their indissoluble bonds. Yet Boogie Man is far more than merely an accomplished and brilliant biography of one man; it gives an account of an entire art form. Grounded in a time and place in American culture, the blues are universal, and in the hands of the greatest practitioners its power resides in the miracle of using despair to transcend it. "The preacher's mantle," Murray tells us, "passes to the bluesman." This bluesman traveled a hard road out of the American South, from obscurity to adulation and back-and back again. John Lee Hooker has seen it all and sung it all, and his music is both a living legacy and an American treasure. Here is the book that does him and his music full justice.

Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original [EPUB]

Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original [EPUB]
Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original by Robin Kelley
2009 | EPUB | 3.47MB

With his trademark goatee, dark glasses, and hat, Thelonious Monk is an image of coolness. Jazz fans revere Monk for his groundbreaking compositions and piano playing from the 1950s and 1960s, but to a wider audience he stands for something much bigger: the idea of native genius; a quirky, absent-minded, unalloyed originality that is the perfect symbol of the undefinable essence of jazz. The man behind the mystique is now more interesting and edifying, thanks to extraordinary, unprecedented access to Monk's closest friends and family, his private papers, and hours of audiotapes of Monk himself. Monk's musical and cultural education blended together the key strands of African-American music traditions: from church hymns, to ecstatic stomping and call-and-response, to the blues. When he put it together with the Kansas City and New York dancehall music of swing, he reached a cultural apex unlike anyone before or after him. A husband and father, Monk moved in with an aristocratic Dutch hipster known as 'the Jazz Baroness,' a key, strange patron of modern jazz. He continued to compose subtle, deceptively simple-sounding classics, while descending into depression and erratic behaviour. A once-energetic, joking, handsome young man grew into a tortured artist, and the Monk mystique took hold.

Now Kelly reveals that this talented musician was in fact a much more complex and interesting figure than his image would suggest. A fascinating biography, not just for Monk and jazz fans, but for those interested in the fragile spirit of human nature.

Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins [EPUB]

Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins [EPUB]
Unlimited Power: The New Science Of Personal Achievement by Anthony Robbins
2003 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.35/1.11MB

Anthony Robbins calls it the new science of personal achievement. You'll call it the best thing that ever happened to you.

If you have ever dreamed of a better life, Unlimited Power will show you how to achieve the extraordinary quality of life you desire and deserve, and how to master your personal and professional life. Anthony Robbins has proven to millions through his books, tapes, and seminars that by harnessing the power of the mind you can do, have, achieve, and create anything you want for your life. He has shown heads of state, royalty, Olympic and professional athletes, movie stars, and children how to achieve. With Unlimited Power, he passionately and eloquently reveals the science of personal achievement and teaches you:

  • How to find out what you really want
  • The Seven Lies of Success
  • How to reprogram your mind in minutes to eliminate fears and phobias
  • The secret of creating instant rapport with anyone you meet
  • How to duplicate the success of others
  • The Five Keys to Wealth and Happiness

Unlimited Power is a revolutionary fitness book for the mind. It will show you, step by step, how to perform at your peak while gaining emotional and financial freedom, attaining leadership and self-confidence, and winning the cooperation of others. It will give you the knowledge and the courage to remake yourself and your world. Unlimited Power is a guidebook to superior performance in an age of success.

Awaken the Giant Within [EPUB]

Awaken the Giant Within [EPUB]
Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny by Anthony Robbins
2003 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.61/1.73MB

Wake Up and Take Control of Your Life!

Anthony Robbins, the nation's leader in the science of peak performance, shows you his most effective strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances, and your life. The acknowledged expert in the psychology of change, Anthony Robbins provides a step-by-step program teaching the fundamental lessons of self-mastery that will enable you to discover your true purpose, take control of your life and harness the forces that shape your destiny.

Men's Health Natural Bodybuilding Bible [EPUB]

Men's Health Natural Bodybuilding Bible [EPUB]
Men's Health Natural Bodybuilding Bible: A Complete 24-Week Program For Sculpting Muscles That Show by Tyler English
2013 | EPUB | 4.3MB

It takes guts and dedication to meticulously sculpt an extremely lean and cut physique. If you are ready to build a competition-worthy body or just want to look like a pro, there is no better program than the total-body diet and workout plan revealed in Men’s Health Natural Bodybuilding Bible. It is THE how-to manual for anyone who wants to win his first bodybuilding competition the right way — purely, naturally, on guts, grit, and extreme dedication to diet and muscle craft. Or even just look like you did without stepping foot on a stage!

Developed by professional Natural Bodybuilding Champion Tyler English,this plan will show you how to pack on pounds of MUSCLE with the workouts that helped him take first place in competition. Get the best intense workouts for each muscle and the right form so you reap maximum results.

Pick Your Yoga Practice [PDF]

Pick Your Yoga Practice [PDF]
Pick Your Yoga Practice: Exploring and Understanding Different Styles of Yoga by Meagan McCrary
2013 | PDF | 8.28MB

On the surface it may appear that yoga is yoga is yoga, but take a closer look and you’ll discover myriad different yoga systems and lineages. There are dozens of yoga styles to choose from, and while yoga is for everyone, not every style is the perfect fit for every person. But how do you choose between mysterious-sounding names such as Ashtanga, Kundalini, Bikram, and Kripalu? As Meagan McCrary discovered when she began exploring different classes, finding the right style is essential for establishing a steady yoga practice.

Pick Your Yoga Practice is the first book to describe the most prominent yoga styles in depth, including teaching methodology, elements of practice, philosophical and spiritual underpinnings, class structure, physical exertion, and personal attention. Those new to yoga will discover they have options and can confidently attend a class of their choosing, while experienced practitioners will expand their understanding of the vast world of modern yoga, and perhaps find themselves venturing into new territory.

Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali [PDF]

Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali [PDF]
Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by by B K S Iyengar
2003 | PDF | 4.78MB

BKS Iyengar’s translation and commentary on these ancient yoga sutras has been described as the “bible” of yoga. This edition contains an introduction by BKS Iyengar, as well as a foreword by Godfrey Devereux, author of Dynamic Yoga.

Patanjali wrote this collection of yoga wisdom over 2,000 years ago. They are amongst the world’s most revered and ancient teachings and are the earliest, most holy yoga reference.

The Sutras are short and to the point – each being only a line or two long. BKS Iyengar has translated each one, and provided his own insightful commentary and explanation for modern readers.

The Sutras show the reader how we can transform ourselves through the practice of yoga, gradually developing the mind, body and emotions, so we can become spiritually evolved.

The Sutras are also a wonderful introduction to the spiritual philosophy that is the foundation of yoga practice.

The book is thoroughly cross-referenced, and indexed, resulting in an accessible and helpful book that is of immense value both to students of Indian philosophy and practitioners of yoga.

The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking [Audiobook]

The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking [Audiobook]
The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy, and Sane [Audiobook] by Matthew Hutson, read by Don Hagen
2012 | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 35 mins | 394.02MB

What is so special about touching a piano John Lennon once owned? Why do we yell at our laptops? What drove the Yankees to dig up the Red Sox jersey secretly buried beneath their new stadium? And what's up with the phrase "Everything happens for a reason"?

Psychologists have documented a litany of cognitive biases—misperceptions of reality—and explained their positive functions. Now, Matthew Hutson shows that all of us, even the staunchest skeptics, engage in magical thinking all the time—and that we can use it to our advantage, if we know how to outsmart it.

Drawing on cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology, and anthropology, Hutson shows us that magical thinking has been so useful to us that it's hardwired into our brains. It encourages us to think that we actually have free will. It helps us believe that we have an underlying purpose in the world. It can even protect us from the paralyzing awareness of our own mortality. In other words, magical thinking is a completely irrational way of making our lives make sense.

With wonderfully entertaining stories, personal reflections, and sharp observations, Hutson has written a book that is entertaining, useful, and ever so slightly alarming.

The Daniel Plan Journal [EPUB]

The Daniel Plan Journal [EPUB]
The Daniel Plan Journal: 40 Days to a Healthier Life by Rick Warren
2013 | EPUB | 3.14MB

The Perfect Daniel Plan Companion for Better Overall Health

Research shows that tracking your food and exercise greatly contributes to your long-term success. Maximize your momentum by exploring and charting your journey through the five key essentials of The Daniel Plan---faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends.

Taking readers of The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life to the next level, The Daniel Plan Journal is the perfect companion, providing encouraging reminders about your health. On the days you need a little boost, The Daniel Plan Journal has the daily Scripture, inspiration, and motivation you need to stay on track and keep moving forward.

The Daniel Plan [EPUB]

The Daniel Plan [EPUB]
The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life by Rick Warren, Daniel Amen, Mark Hyman
2013 | EPUB | 3.33MB

The Daniel Plan is almost an eater’s encyclopedia of information. Besides a very effective eating plan, it has information about good and bad foods that I haven’t seen anywhere else in such a concentrated fashion--and I’ve been health food conscious for nearly 40 years.

Who knew, for example, that MSG, which many people avoid on general principle, could masquerade under so many different names and products? And who would have guessed that stevia, the “natural” artificial sweetener, actually may come in a processed form that renders it “bad”? What teenager or parent would likely know that “One can of soda a day increases a kid’s risk of obesity by 60 percent and women’s chance of getting diabetes by more than 80 percent”? Or that “One pound of factory-farmed meat requires 2,000 gallons of water and produces 53 times as much greenhouse gases as a pound of vegetables”?

Those statistics are not the main thrust of The Daniel Plan, however. They’re educational background, making readers want to change their ways of living to a healthier style. Nor is this book primarily about dieting to lose weight. It’s about wellness--eating right and living right to feel good. The weight loss is a side effect, caused by proper diet, exercise, and good thought patterns.

“The Daniel Plan” has five main emphases: faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends. Group support by friends and family is very important to achieving success. So is having a good mental attitude--and the authors will tell you how to achieve that. (Even such simple mind-habits as gratitude play a big role in overall fitness, they say.)

Formula 50 [Audiobook]

Formula 50 [Audiobook]
Formula 50: A 6-Week Workout and Nutrition Plan That Will Transform Your Life [Audiobook] by 50 Cent, Jeff O'Connell, read by Cary Hite
2012 | MP3@ + EPUB | 6 hrs 46 mins | 281.08MB

Get fit like 50 Cent! The phenomenally fit superstar rapper reveals his strategic six-week workout plan for achieving a ripped body -- and developing the mental toughness to stay in shape for a lifetime.

Survival is a recurring theme of 50 Cent's lyrics and his life. That's why, with obesity rates soaring and fitness levels declining, he wants to give everyone an all-access pass to his premium plan for lifelong fitness. In Formula 50, the megasuccessful entertainer and entrepreneur unleashes the power of metabolic resistance training (MRT), the key ingredient that has helped him achieve the famously buff physique that makes his music videos sizzle.

Through MRT, 50 Cent's fitness plan breaks down the barriers between traditional weight training and cardio workouts, accelerating fat loss while building muscle and improving overall fitness. Designed for a six-week rollout for total mind-body transformation, the Formula 50 regimen builds both willpower and physical power. In addition to motivation, nutrition is another key element; listeners will discover the unique dietary combinations that fuel 50 Cent's workouts.

Coauthored with Jeff O'Connell, health journalist and editor-in-chief at Bodybuilding.com (the world's largest fitness website), the book delivers a payoff that goes beyond six-pack abs and flab-free pecs -- this is a fitness plan that boosts energy, endurance, flexibility, and mobility. The result is a body you've always dreamed of -- and the mind-set to attain the rest of your dreams.

The Men's Fitness Exercise Bible [EPUB]

The Men's Fitness Exercise Bible [EPUB]
The Men's Fitness Exercise Bible: 101 Best Workouts to Build Muscle, Burn Fat, and Sculpt Your Best Body Ever by Sean Hyson
2013 | EPUB | 39.86MB

Build muscle, burn fat, and sculpt the body you want—wherever, whenever you want—with the world’s most respected fitness experts as your personal trainers.

THERE ARE NO MORE EXCUSES

With The Men’s Fitness Exercise Bible, you will always have time to get in great shape—even if you only have no time at all. You will always have the equipment you need—even if you have no equipment at all. You will never grow bored or stop seeing progress—and your workout will never become routine.

Whether you have access to an upscale gym or just a dumbbell in your garage, whether you’re an elite athlete or a complete beginner, there’s a workout in this book—101 of them, in fact—that will get you bigger, stronger, and leaner. Discover how to accomplish in 8 minutes what most people do in 80—because top exercise pros give you only the most effective and efficient workouts in the world. The Men’s Fitness Exercise Bible gives you:

  • Routines for barbells, dumbbells, bands, machines, a suspension trainer, and body weight alone
  • Muscle and strength building full-body workouts, plus body-part-specific, and upper/lower split routines
  • Fat-burning, heart-strengthening cardio workouts for all the most popular machines—treadmill, elliptical trainer, stationary bike, rower, and more
  • Expert programming from the world’s best trainers, including explanations of how the workouts were designed to build muscle, burn fat, or increase endurance so you learn what works and why
  • Over 1000 different exercises with complete descriptions so you master perfect form
  • Complete, scientifically proven nutrition plans for muscle gain and fat loss

No matter where you are, no matter what your goals, the perfect workout is at your fingertips. The Men’s Fitness Exercise Bible will keep you burning fat, sculpting new muscle, and making great gains for life.

Discover how to make the world your gym!

The Body Book by Cameron Diaz [EPUB]

The Body Book by Cameron Diaz [EPUB]
The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body by Cameron Diaz
2013 | EPUB | 4.78MB

Cameron Diaz shares her formula for becoming happier, healthier, and stronger in this positive, essential guide that is grounded in science and inspired by personal experience.

Throughout her career, Cameron Diaz has been a role model for millions of women. By her own candid admission, though, this fit, glamorous, but down-to-earth star was not always health-conscious. Learning about the inseparable link between nutrition and the body was just one of the life-changing lessons that has fed Cameron’s hunger to educate herself about the best ways to feed, move, and care for her body. In The Body Book, she shares what she has learned and continues to discover about nutrition, exercise, and the mind/body connection.

Grounded in science and informed by real life, The Body Book offers a comprehensive overview of the human body and mind, from the cellular level up. From demystifying and debunking the hype around food groups to explaining the value of vitamins and minerals, readers will discover why it’s so important to embrace the instinct of hunger and to satisfy it with whole, nutrient-dense foods. Cameron also explains the essential role of movement, the importance of muscle and bone strength and why we need to sweat a little every day.

The Body Book does not set goals to reach in seven days or thirty days or a year. It offers a holistic, long-term approach to making consistent choices and reaching the ultimate goal: a long, strong, happy, healthy life.

YOU: The Owner's Manual [EPUB]

YOU: The Owner's Manual [EPUB]
YOU: The Owner's Manual: An Insider's Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger, Updated and Expanded Edition by Mehmet C Oz, Michael F Roizen
2011 | EPUB | 8.3MB

Between your full-length mirror and high-school biology class, you probably think you know a lot about the human body. While it's true that we live in an age when we're as obsessed with our bodies as we are with celebrity hairstyles, the reality is that most of us know very little about what chugs, churns, and thumps throughout this miraculous, scientific, and artistic system of anatomy. Yes, you've owned your skin-covered shell for decades, but you probably know more about your cell-phone plan than you do about your own body. When it comes to your longevity and quality of life, understanding your internal systems gives you the power, authority, and ability to live a healthier, younger, and better life.

The flagship book of the YOU series, which spawned three subsequent New York Times bestsellers, has now been expanded and updated to make you understand your body even better—perhaps too well.

YOU: The Owner's Manual, Updated and Expanded Edition challenges your preconceived notions about how the human body works and ages, then takes you on a tour through all of the highways, back roads, and landmarks inside of you. In this update, the doctors have included a new chapter on the liver and pancreas, which will finally demystify the most exotic parts of our bodies; a new workout chapter that will finally get you moving; and nearly one hundred Q&As asked by you, the reader. It has also been updated throughout to give you up-to-the-minute know-how to not just understand what to do to keep fit, but also why and how.

The book opens with a quiz, "How Well Do You Know Your Body?," which sets the stage for the following chapters. After taking the quiz, you'll learn about all of your blood-pumping, food-digesting, and keys-remembering systems and organs, including the heart, brain, lungs, immune system, bones, and sensory organs. Each chapter also contains common myths of the particular body part that the authors will debunk.

Just as important, you'll get the facts and advice you need to keep your body running long and strong. You'll find out how diseases start and how they affect your body—as well as advice on how to prevent and beat conditions that threaten your quality of life. Complete with exercise tips, nutritional guidelines, simple lifestyle changes, and alternative approaches, YOU: The Owner's Manual, Updated and Expanded Edition gives you an easy, comprehensive, and life-changing how-to plan for fending off the gremlins of aging. To top it off, this new edition includes even more great-tasting and calorie-saving recipes as part of the Owner's Manual Diet—an eating plan that is designed with only one goal in mind: to help you live a younger life.

Welcome to your body. Why don't you come on in and take a look around?

Food and Addiction: A Comprehensive Handbook [EPUB]

Food and Addiction: A Comprehensive Handbook [EPUB]
Food and Addiction: A Comprehensive Handbook edited by Kelly D Brownell, Mark S Gold
2012 | EPUB | 3.72MB

Can certain foods hijack the brain in ways similar to drugs and alcohol, and is this effect sufficiently strong to contribute to major diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, and hence constitute a public health menace? Terms like "chocoholic" and "food addict" are part of popular lore, some popular diet books discuss the concept of addiction, and there are food addiction programs with names like Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous. Clinicians who work with patients often hear the language of addiction when individuals speak of irresistible cravings, withdrawal symptoms when starting a diet, and increasing intake of palatable foods over time. But what does science show, and how strong is the evidence that food and addiction is a real and important phenomenon?

Food and Addiction: A Comprehensive Handbook brings scientific order to the issue of food and addiction, spanning multiple disciplines to create the foundation for what is a rapidly advancing field and to highlight needed advances in science and public policy. The book assembles leading scientists and policy makers from fields such as nutrition, addiction, psychology, epidemiology, and public health to explore and analyze the scientific evidence for the addictive properties of food. It provides complete and comprehensive coverage of all subjects pertinent to food and addiction, from basic background information on topics such as food intake, metabolism, and environmental risk factors for obesity, to diagnostic criteria for food addiction, the evolutionary and developmental bases of eating addictions, and behavioral and pharmacologic interventions, to the clinical, public health, and legal and policy implications of recognizing the validity of food addiction. Each chapter reviews the available science and notes needed scientific advances in the field.

Secrets of Longevity: Dr. Mao's 8-Week Program [EPUB]

Secrets of Longevity: Dr. Mao's 8-Week Program [EPUB]
Secrets of Longevity: Dr Mao's 8-Week Program: Simple Steps That Add Years to Your Life by Maoshing Ni
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.63/3.27MB

Now fans of Secrets of Longevity can incorporate Dr. Mao's sage health advice into their lives in 8 short weeks. The trick is adopting small habit-forming actions that stickwalking for 20 minutes a day, drinking a detox tea, stretching before bedall of which add up to make a big difference in the long run. Dr. Mao expertly condenses the wisdom gleaned from his family's thirty-eight generations of practicing Chinese medicine into actions that are easy to follow and satisfying to do. Anyone looking to improve and extend their lives will appreciate this book's insightful quizzes, satisfying checklists, and delicious recipes—all designed to unlock the secrets to a longer, healthier, and happier life.

Secrets of Self-Healing [EPUB]

Secrets of Self-Healing [EPUB]
Secrets of Self-Healing: Harness Nature's Power to Heal Common Ailments, Boost Your Vitality,and Achieve Optimum Wellness by Maoshing Ni
2008 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.28/3.84MB

A guide to natural healing that combines the wisdom of Eastern tradition with Western medicine and nutritional science.

Secrets of Self-Healing ranges from treating common ailments with healing foods and herbs to the all-round balancing of mind and body that is essential for vitality, wellness, and longevity.

In Part One, Dr. Mao explains that diet, exercise, self-awareness, a positive emotional life, living in harmony with the environment, and spiritual growth are crucial for vibrant, lasting health. He shows, for example, how simple self- assessments can help prevent disease, how negative emotions can make us ill, how clutter in our homes can create imbalances in our bodies, and how Eastern and Western medicine can work together to fight cancer.

Then, in Part Two, he reveals his favorite natural remedies for more than sixty-five common ailments, such as sore throat, dandruff, headaches, high blood pressure, sunburn, insect bites, indigestion, and jet lag.

Inspirational and practical, Secrets of Self-Healing will put readers on the path to a balanced and healthy life.

Mind-Body Medicine: The New Science of Optimal Health

Mind-Body Medicine: The New Science of Optimal Health
Mind-Body Medicine: The New Science of Optimal Health by Jason M Satterfield
Course No 1920 | MP3@96 kbps | ~36x30 mins | 824.69MB

In recent decades, science has revealed that the mind and body are intimately connected in ways we haven’t previously realized—and this field of knowledge is now changing our understanding of health and disease. While it’s easy to see that stress affects health and well-being, or that your blood pressure rises when you’re angry, cutting-edge research shows that the mind-body connection goes much further.

Numerous studies on the brain’s interaction with the body demonstrate that health is directly affected by our social environments, socioeconomic status, culture, behaviors, relationships, psychological states, and habits of mind, among many factors.

Current mind-body science reveals facts such as these:

  • As few as eight weeks of mindfulness meditation can meaningfully boost your immune system.
  • Extreme stress and low social support increase the risk of breast cancer by a factor of 9.
  • Contact with nature is correlated with numerous positive health outcomes, including improved attention for children, reduced stress, and enhanced work performance.
  • Chronic hostility portends calcification of the coronary arteries, even in young people.
  • Expressive writing by patients is correlated with improved outcomes for both asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.

Mind-body medicine—working in tandem with traditional medical practice—makes use of a large spectrum of psychological, physical, and behavioral treatments, drawn from many disciplines, in an approach to health care that aims to treat the whole person. It provides highly effective resources for preventing and treating a wide range of medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, stress, cancer, and depression—as well as for fostering the ultimate goals of health care: truly optimal and lasting physical health, and emotional and psychological well-being.

A knowledge of this exciting field offers you critical understanding of the state of the art of health care and a significant new direction in medicine. But beyond valuable knowledge, a grounding in mind-body medicine gives you numerous practical, empowering tools for your own health care, as well as that of your family—tools that can make a profound difference for healthful, vibrant living.

In Mind-Body Medicine: The New Science of Optimal Health, you’ll study this subject in compelling depth, with the expert guidance of Professor Jason M. Satterfield of the University of California, San Francisco. These 36 eye-opening lectures offer you a comprehensive overview of the field, providing rigorous answers to the questions of what makes us sick, what makes us well, and what we can do about it.

You’ll look closely at the anatomical and biological systems through which what is “outside” in the environment gets “inside” to affect our minds and bodies. You’ll also examine recent research on subjects ranging from the impact our emotions and psychology have on health to the crucial roles that social, cultural, and behavioral factors play. And you’ll learn about effective mind-body treatments for numerous common medical conditions and diseases.

Finally, you’ll finish the course with a toolbox of ideas and interventions for your personal wellness goals, empowering you to partner more effectively with your medical providers and maximize your own health.

A Remarkable New Context for Health Care

Professor Satterfield, a highly respected professor of clinical medicine and a specialist on the intersection of psychological factors and physical health, brings to the table his deep knowledge of mind-body science and extensive clinical experience in its application.

In the course’s opening, he introduces you to the model of “biopsychosocial medicine,” which looks at the relationship between biological, psychological, and social factors in health.

In studying how the biopsychosocial model is applied in modern medicine, you delve into these core subject areas:

Biological pathways: You first investigate the anatomy and physiology of four biological systems through which the “outside” gets “in.”

  • By reviewing a detailed study of the autonomic nervous system and the neuroendocrine system, discover how the brain activates the body’s two stress-response systems, and how these systems crucially affect health and well-being.
  • Learn also about the physiology of immune function and the effects of stress on immune response and healing.
  • Study the mechanisms of genetics as well as fascinating research indicating that your behavior can alter your genetic material, for better or worse—changes that can be passed on to future generations.

Psychological factors in health: In the course of nine lectures, you look in depth at the critical ways in which psychology affects the body.

  • Learn how negative emotional states such as anger and hostility can influence both the onset and progression of disease, and how positive emotions aid substantially in healing and wellness.
  • Study how cognition—the ways in which we think and process our experiences—affects emotional states and behavior. Drawing from cognitive and other behavioral therapies, learn effective techniques for reshaping thinking, emotions, and behavior.
  • Review evidence that certain personality types may be predisposed to conditions such as cardiovascular disease and depression, and learn how we can compensate for risk-carrying personality traits by working with cognitions and emotions.
  • Investigate the neuroscience of behavior and the important effects of our behaviors on both disease and disease prevention.
  • Look at stress as an integration of biological, cognitive, and social factors, and see how we can approach stress response and coping as a developmental skill.

Social and ecological factors: You also study the important effects on health of factors such as culture, identity, socioeconomic status, social support, communities, and public health policy.

  • Examine the studied correlations of income to health, education level to longevity, and ethnicity to susceptibility to disease, and consider how we can use this knowledge to benefit both individual and public health.
  • Review research linking social support to health in many medical conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, and pregnancy; and do a detailed assessment to evaluate and strengthen your own social support network.
  • Investigate how spiritual affiliations and practices have distinct physical benefits, such as reducing blood pressure, cortisol, and inflammation; improving lipid profiles and cardiovascular health; and extending life expectancy.
  • Assess how physical environments affect health, how national and local culture impacts health-related behaviors, and how public initiatives can create healthier behaviors, environments, and communities.

Tools and Strategies for Optimal Wellness

Building on the biopsychosocial model, you study mind-body treatments for common conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stress, cancer, obesity, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Here, you learn about specific practices and interventions that you can use in your own health care program, such as these.

  • Stress management: For both personal and occupational stress, learn about a spectrum of stress management approaches, from cognitive restructuring and perspective shifting to meditation, breathing techniques, relaxation training, and the learnable skill of resilience.
  • Strategies for successful behavior change: With reference to concerns such as lifestyle change, weight management, and disease prevention, study the leading models of effective behavior change, as well as specific approaches such as the strategies of motivational interviewing, the four key elements of change, and the internal skills of self-regulation.
  • Heart disease—prevention and treatment: Survey psychosocial interventions for heart disease, including a range of behavior change approaches, stress and emotion management, somatic quieting, social connection, and dramatic evidence that cardiac disease can be reversed through lifestyle change.
  • Treatment of pain: Study mind-body factors in pain experience, and learn about treatments including cognitive and behavior change, acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and biofeedback.
  • Fatigue, headaches, insomnia: Investigate the variety of medical conditions that show no clear organic cause, such as chronic fatigue, tension headaches, and sleep disorders; and review effective psychological, physical, and behavioral approaches to treatment.

Professor Satterfield’s teaching combines an extraordinary breadth of knowledge, clear and accessible explanations of the science involved, and a highly compassionate approach to patient care. He enriches the lectures with stories and case studies of patients in treatment for stress, heart conditions, insomnia, trauma, and other health challenges, showing you what mind-body medicine looks like in clinical practice and how you can integrate its lessons into your health program and daily life.

With the knowledge and tools you’ll learn in Mind-Body Medicine: The New Science of Optimal Health, you can begin your own biopsychosocial assessment, identify your strengths and challenges in partnership with your medical providers, and take authentic steps toward your fullest physical and mental wellness.

The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook [EPUB]

The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook [EPUB]
The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook: More than 175 Ultra-Tasty Recipes for Total Health and Weight Loss by Mark Hyman
2013 | EPUB | 4.02MB

In The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook, Dr. Mark Hyman shares recipes that support The Blood Sugar Solution lifestyle. In 1900, only two percent of meals in America were eaten outside the home; now it is over fifty percent. Dr. Hyman calls for readers to take back their health by taking back their kitchens. The major culprit of diabetes, obesity and heart disease is insulin imbalance.

Following Dr. Hyman's scientifically based program for rebalancing insulin and blood sugar levels, this cookbook presents 175 delectable recipes that are free of allergens and harmful inflammatory ingredients. Readers will exchange toxic factory-made foods for nutritious and easy-to-make dishes such as Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce, Mexican Shrimp Ceviche, Tuscan Zucchini Soup, Raspberry Banana Cream Pie Smoothie, Chocolate Nut Cake, and more. The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook will illuminate the inner nutritionist and chef in every reader.

The Blood Sugar Solution [EPUB]

The Blood Sugar Solution [EPUB]
The Blood Sugar Solution: The UltraHealthy Program for Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Feeling Great Now by Mark Hyman
2012 | EPUB | 5.93MB

By 2025 there will be more than 4 million people in Britain with diabetes. Every day, 400 new cases are diagnosed.

In The Blood Sugar Solution, Dr Mark Hyman reveals that the secret solution to losing weight and preventing diabetes - as well as heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer - is balanced insulin levels. Dr. Hyman gives us the tools to achieve this with his revolutionary six-week healthy-living programme and the seven keys to achieving wellness - nutrition, hormones, inflammation, digestion, detoxification, energy metabolism, and a calm mind. With advice on diet, exercise, supplements and medication, and options to personalise the plan for optimal results, The Blood Sugar Solution teaches readers how to maintain lifelong health. Groundbreaking and timely, The Blood Sugar Solution is the fastest way to lose weight, prevent disease, and feel better than ever.

Who Are You Meant to Be? [EPUB]

Who Are You Meant to Be? [EPUB]
Who Are You Meant to Be: A Groundbreaking Step-by-Step Process for Discovering and Fulfilling Your True Potential by Anne Dranitsaris, Heather Dranitsaris-Hilliard
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.27/2.55MB

Who Are You Meant to Be? is an energetic, step-by-step program that helps you move from surviving to thriving. Integrating recent breakthroughs in brain science with a fresh take on how your personality affects your behavior, this book provides a clear roadmap, based on your brain, to break patterns of behavior that get in your way.

This Book:

  • Provides insight into how you can use the abilities you were born with to achieve what you were born for.
  • Discusses eight personality Styles through highly entertaining and transformative stories.
  • Allows you to identify which Style is truest to you, and how it influences your behavior

Too many of us live on autopilot, just trying to make it through the day. Who Are You Meant to Be? offers a way to put us in the driver's seat of our lives, providing a brand-new approach to living authentically and achieving our potential. It's a must have for anyone wanting to understand themselves and others in order to live a more satisfying, fulfilling life.

The Way of the Champion [EPUB]

The Way of the Champion [EPUB]
The Way of the Champion: Lessons from Sun Tzu's The art of War and other Tao Wisdom for Sports & Life by Jerry Lynch, Chungliang Al Huang
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.84/1.02MB

Martial artists, great warriors, coaches, generals, and successful corporate CEOs effectively use the strategies for winning found in Sun Tzu's Art of War. Authors Jerry Lynch and Chungliang Al Huang, using lessons from the The Art of War, as well as other ancient Taoist books such as the I Ching and Tao Te Ching, teach readers to develop the capacities and qualities that make a champion-such as high self-esteem, courage, fortitude, determination, perseverance, tenacity, self-awareness, integrity, the ability to take risks, and the ability to learn from failure. The emphasis on self-awareness, tactical positioning, and strategic advantage means that practitioners win through inner growth and self-improvement-giving them a universal competitive edge.

The Rise and Fall of the Murdoch Empire [EPUB]

The Rise and Fall of the Murdoch Empire [EPUB]
The Rise and Fall of the Murdoch Empire by John Lisners
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.69/1.8MB

Rupert Murdoch - ruthless visionary, empire builder and business genius. He has created a global media network which has made him one of the most powerful and influential figures in the world. So potent was the force of his empire that he was even on first-name terms with presidents and prime ministers - superpowers were only a telephone call away. But just recently, rather than controlling the news, Murdoch has instead become the front-page story as the world had been gripped by the unfolding drama of the News International phone hacking scandal.

Within days of achieving his final and most ambitious goal - outright ownership of the £1 billion-a-year profit-making BSkyB satellite television station - Murdoch was forced to concede as his prize look set to disintegrate before his eyes. Always a winner in the past, the devastating events that overtook News Coporation with tsunami speed shocked the 82-year-old founder - particularly as the most hurtful arrows were fired from the very institution which he had carefully cultivated for so many years.

Freelance journalist John Lisners tells the fascinating story of Murdoch's amazing rise and fall. He uncovers how Murdoch beat Maxwell to the News of the World, Murdoch’s role in the sacking of a Prime Minister, the bungled attempt to kidnap his wife and how the biggest News International exposes were done.

This revealing and compelling book tells the complete story of the man who changed the face of the world’s media forever.