Problem Solving 101 [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 09:33
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.56/2.17MB
The fun and simple problem-solving guide that took Japan by storm.
Ken Watanabe originally wrote Problem Solving 101 for Japanese schoolchildren. His goal was to help shift the focus in Japanese education from memorization to critical thinking, by adapting some of the techniques he had learned as an elite McKinsey consultant.
He was amazed to discover that adults were hungry for his fun and easy guide to problem solving and decision making. The book became a surprise Japanese bestseller, with more than 370,000 in print after six months. Now American businesspeople can also use it to master some powerful skills.
Watanabe uses sample scenarios to illustrate his techniques, which include logic trees and matrixes. A rock band figures out how to drive up concert attendance. An aspiring animator budgets for a new computer purchase. Students decide which high school they will attend.
Illustrated with diagrams and quirky drawings, the book is simple enough for a middleschooler to understand but sophisticated enough for business leaders to apply to their most challenging problems.
The Sexual Life of Catherine M. [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 09:25
2003 | EPUB | 0.19MB
Written in spare, elegant prose, The Sexual Life of Catherine M. is the autobiography of a well-known Parisian art critic who likes to spend nights in the singles clubs of Paris and in the Bois de Boulogne where she has sex with a succession of anonymous men. Unlike many contemporary women writers, there is no guilt in Millet?s narrative, no chronicles of use and abuse: on the contrary, she has no regrets about a life of energetic sexual activity. Catherine Millet?s writing is a subtle reflection on the boundaries of art and life and she uses her insights on the role of the body in modern art to set the scene for her multiple sexual encounters.
A phenomenal best-seller in France, where it has sold over 300,000 copies, and in all the other European countries in which it has been published, The Sexual Life of Catherine M. is very much a manifesto of our times - when the sexual equality of women is a reality and where love and sex have gone their own separate ways. Like The Story of O, it is a truly shocking book that captures a decisive moment in our sexual history.
How to Tie a Scarf: 33 Styles [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 09:17
2013 | EPUB | 20.78MB
From designer silk squares to chunky homemade knits, this guide is filled with inspired ways to style your scarves. Inside you'll find:
- Step-by-step tutorials for square, oblong, and embellished scarves
- Styles for the summer, fall, winter, and spring seasons
- DIY scarf accessories featuring camera straps, tote bags, necklaces and more
Wrapped in a silky cover and with a beautifully designed interior, HOW TO TIE A SCARF is the perfect gift for anyone who loves the finishing touch of a well-styled scarf.
Naughty Knots [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 09:16
2013 | EPUB | 10.26MB
Learn the ropes of erotic bondage with a discreet knot-tying guide. Follow the step-by-step illustrations and discover how to restrain your partner simply and safely. You'll also learn how to fashion a suggestive rope corset, a crop for spanking, and other bedroom tricks that will have you bound for adventure!
An Orgasm (or More) a Day [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 09:15
2012 | EPUB | 2.08MB
The definitive guide to a daily orgasm!
There is nothing quite like having a sheet-gripping, earth-shattering, body-rocking orgasm--and having one every day is even better. An Orgasm (or More) a Day is an indispensable guide to having at least one satisfying and powerful orgasm each day that will leave you trembling for more. Divided into daily entries, you'll learn tips, tricks, and orgasmic techniques sure to bring you (or a partner!) to their knees in sexual rapture. From tickling the erogenous zones and self-play to using vibrating toys and perfecting tongue-swirling oral skills, this "hands-on" manual helps you discover how to have toe-curling, back-scratching, red-hot orgasms--every day of the week!
The Little Bit Naughty Book of Blow Jobs [PDF]
12 January 2014, 09:14
2010 | PDF | 17.6MB
BLOW HIS MIND WITH THE MOST AMAZING ORAL SEX EVER:
- Tips and skills for maximizing pleasure
- Best positions for your comfort and his thrills
- The secret for making it smooth and wet
- Tricks for using your hands to heat things up
- Sexy ways to show him how much you love it
- How to go farther down--even deep throat
- Your own pleasure, 69 and dual orgasms
- Hot finishing techniques whichever way you do it
Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 08:52
2013 | EPUB | 1.6MB
Have you ever thought to yourself, “I think I might have a thyroid problem. I’m tired all the time, no matter how much I exercise, I can’t seem to lose weight, my hair’s falling out, and overall I just feel blah.” If so, it is essential that you explore the very real possibility that indeed, you do have hypothyroidism. In Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness, Dr. Steven Hotze reveals how commonly hypothyroidism is overlooked, misdiagnosed, and mistreated in women and men, and gives you just the information you need to prepare yourself to obtain help.
Too often, individuals with all the signs of low thyroid are prevented from accessing the simple, inexpensive and effective treatment for hypothyroidism. Instead, they are told their blood work is “normal.” Find out why they owe it to themselves to believe what their bodies are telling them, rather than the results of their blood tests.
Dr. Hotze has been on a mission to get this message into the hands of women and men, particularly those in midlife, for more than 20 years. The answers you will find in this book about the signs, symptoms and treatment of low thyroid conditions are no longer a part of the conventional medical approach to hypothyroidism.
Inside, you will learn:
- The historical basis for identifying and treating hypothyroidism
- Underlying causes of hypothyroidism
- Clinical signs and symptoms that may mean you have hypothyroidism
- The little-used thyroid blood test that identifies thyroid disorders in spite of a “normal” TSH
- Other individuals just like you who are now healthy, well, and thriving
- Simple at-home test you can do as a starting point towards discovering if you have low thyroid
- And more
Dr. Hotze has a saying, “If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, then you owe it to yourself to take charge of your health and get your life back.” By arming yourself with the information in this book you can take the first step towards restoring your health, transforming your life and improving your world.
Healing the Shame that Binds You [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 08:31
2005 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.94/1.98MB
This classic book, written 17 years ago but still selling more than 13,000 copies every year, has been completely updated and expanded by the author.
"I used to drink," writes John Bradshaw,"to solve the problems caused by drinking. The more I drank to relieve my shame-based loneliness and hurt, the more I felt ashamed."
Shame is the motivator behind our toxic behaviors: the compulsion, co-dependency, addiction and drive to superachieve that breaks down the family and destroys personal lives. This book has helped millions identify their personal shame, understand the underlying reasons for it, address these root causes and release themselves from the shame that binds them to their past failures.
Zen: Merging of East and West [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 08:24
2000 | EPUB | 2.67MB
In this companion volume to The Three Pillars of Zen, Kapleau establishes guidelines for Western practitioners of Zen Buddhism, offering appealing, simple answers to the questions Westerners most often ask.
Among the topics discussed in this informative, user-friendly book: "Transcendental Meditation: Who Transcends What?", "Can I Practice Zen and Be a Good Jew (or Catholic)?", "Reading About Enlightenment Is Like Scratching an Itchy Foot Through Your Shoe," and "Meditation Is an Escape--What Are You Doing to Help Society?" Kapleau's eloquence, humor, and authority make this an indispensible handbook for understanding Zen in the Western world.
The Three Pillars of Zen [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 08:22
1989 | EPUB | 6.78MB
Through explorations of the three pillars of Zen--teaching, practice, and enlightenment--Roshi Philip Kapleau presents a comprehensive overview of the history and discipline of Zen Buddhism. An established classic, this 35th anniversary edition features new illustrations and photographs, as well as a new afterword by Sensei Bodhin Kjolhede, who has succeeded Philip Kapleau as spiritual director of the Rochester Zen Center, one of the oldest and most influential Zen centers in the United States.
The Power of Meditation [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 08:05
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.72/0.93MB
This wise and delightful guide to the benefits of meditation practices will help readers cultivate a calm, peaceful, and enlightened lifestyle. Drawing from his years of experience as a teacher, spiritual leader, and avid meditator, Edward Viljoen directs readers down the path to enlightenment using wisdom such as:
- Mindfulness practices—Train yourself to become absorbed in a purposefully chosen activity.
- Sitting practices—Reduce the use of mental and physical resources as much as possible by sitting still and silently.
- Creative practices—Employ such devices as journaling, observing, and focusing on a favorite literary or spiritual passage.
Featuring personal anecdotes and stories from the author’s spiritual teachings, The Power of Meditation goes beyond a simple how-to book and offers a wonderful reading experience that will inspire readers to live more wise and fulfilling lives.
Guided Meditations for Self-Healing [Audiobook]
12 January 2014, 07:59
2011 | MP3@128 kbps | 1 hr 52 mins | 103.05MB
Meditations to Activate Your Capacity for Healing
Meditation brings you into a deep communion with your own body and heart, but what happens when you are sick or in pain? With Guided Meditations for Self-Healing, Jack Kornfield guides you through meditations created specifically to ease physical and emotional suffering, and activate a powerful capacity for restoring yourself to wholeness.
Join this leading meditation teacher and psychologist for three essential practices that tap the healing power of attention:
- Healing Presence—how to use the earth itself as your foundation to support you in self-diagnosis and restoration
- The Healing Temple—guided visualization to your inner sanctuary, encountering the great healer, and receiving the necessary gifts for true recovery and blessing
- The Healing Power of Love—directing the luminous spirit of lovingkindness to all the places in your body and spirit that are in need
We are conditioned to approach healing as an act of control, in which we judge what is wrong with us and impose a change. The way of awareness teaches us how to turn toward that which is injured in us with a caring and fearless attention, so we may open the door to true healing at every level of our being.
With Guided Meditations for Self-Healing, Jack Kornfield brings you three potent practices to bring compassionate energy where it is needed in your body, psyche, and spirit, and to awaken the “master healer” within you.
Men, Women, and Worthiness [Audiobook]
12 January 2014, 07:52
2012 | MP3@128 kbps | 2 hrs 14 mins | 122.76MB
We Are Enough: Engaging with the World from a Place of Worthiness
What does it take to be secure in our sense of belonging and self-worth? We may hustle to attain this security through achievements, meeting expectations, or repeating affirmations to ourselves—but Dr. Brené Brown's research has shown there is ultimately one obstacle to our sense of worthiness. “Shame is the barrier,” she teaches, “and building shame resilience is how we overcome it.” With Men, Women, and Worthiness, Dr. Brown draws upon more than 12 years of investigation to reveal how we can disarm the influence of shame to cultivate a life of greater courage, joy, and love. In this rich and heartfelt examination of this pivotal element of happiness, she invites you to explore:
- The differences and similarities between the experience of shame for men and women
- Guilt vs. shame—why one is a useful force for growth, while the other keeps us small
- The four elements of shame resilience—identifying our triggers, practicing critical awareness, sharing our story, and speaking honestly about shame
- Empathy as the primary antidote to shame
“Whether you are a man, woman, or child, every one of us has the irreducible need for love and belonging,” Dr. Brown teaches. “A sense of self-worth, unhindered by the inner voices of shame, allows us to meet that need.” With the warmth, candor, and humor that has made her a celebrated speaker, Brené Brown offers a road map for navigating the emotions that hold us back-so we can cultivate a life of authenticity and connection.
Guided Meditations for Difficult Times [Audiobook]
12 January 2014, 07:41
2010 | MP3@128 kbps | 3 hrs 15 mins | 185.49MB
Finding Guidance and Courage: A Light in Hard Times
We all face tough times. But how can we meet these difficult situations with a compassionate heart and a clear mind? “Inside each of us is an inner light that I call 'The One Who Knows,'” teaches Jack Kornfield. “Awakening to this wisdom can help us find our way through pain and suffering with grace, tenderness, and curiosity.”
Guided Meditations for Difficult Times gives us eight new practices for reconnecting to our inner guide to skillfully navigate life's storms. With his warm teaching style and gift for storytelling, Jack Kornfield invites us to discover:
- Equanimity and Peace-how to hold the sorrows and struggles of our world and our selves with balance, while seeing the great peace behind it all
- Shared Compassion-a revolutionary practice for learning to experience painful situations with understanding and care
- Forgiveness-for releasing the past and breaking down barriers to all that is closed in the heart
- Setting Your Highest Intention-a powerful guide for navigating difficulty and awakening to the shining beauty and potential of the human spirit
Our inner wisdom can light the way ahead so that we can take life in stride, teaches Kornfield. Guided Meditations for Difficult Times offers fresh insights and practices for being present, loving, and open in the midst of any life challenge.
This Year I Will [Audiobook]
12 January 2014, 07:33
2009 | MP3@64 kbps | 4 hrs 32 mins | 123.44MB
Learn the secret to making changes that stick! Every so often people get inspired (again!) to lose weight, to get organized, to start saving, or to stop worrying - but a few months later they give up, frustrated. It doesn't have to be that way.
In This Year I Will..., best-selling author M.J. Ryan offers breakthrough wisdom and coaching to help listeners make this time the time that change becomes permanent.
Why do people find it so hard to change? The secret is that everyone has their own formula for making changes that stick, but most people don't know what theirs is. They think there is one way to lose five pounds, and another way to stay on top of their e-mail, but they don't realize that for all changes, there is one system that works best for each individual.
This Year I Will... helps you lock on to your unique formula for planning, implementing, and seeing a life change through, so you can use it again and again to tackle anything else you'd like to do.
For anyone who has broken a New Year's resolution, fallen off a diet, or given up on fulfilling a dream, the ingenious strategies, inspiring stories, and sheer motivational energy of This Year I Will... will help you make a promise to yourself that you can actually keep.
The Noticer Returns [Audiobook]
12 January 2014, 07:11
2013 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 32 mins | 207.38MB
Perspective is a powerful thing.
Andy Andrews has spent the past five years doing a double take at every white-haired old man he sees, hoping to have just one more conversation with the person to whom he owes his life.
Through a chance encounter at a local bookstore, Andy is reunited with the man who changed everything for him – Jones, also known as “The Noticer.”
As the story unfolds, Jones uses his unique talent of noticing little things that make a big difference. And these “little things” grant the people of Fairhope, Alabama, a life-changing gift - perspective. Along the way, families will be united, financial opportunities will be created, and readers will be left with powerfully simple solutions to the everyday problems we all face.
Through the lens of a parenting class at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama, Jones guides a seemingly random group to ask specific questions inspired by his curious advice that “You can’t believe everything you think.” Those questions lead to answers for which people have been searching for centuries:
- How do we begin to change the culture in which we live?
- What is the key to creating a life of success and value?
- What if what we think is the end…is only the beginning?
What starts as a story of one person's everyday reality unfolds into the extraordinary principles available to anyone looking to create the life for which they were intended.
Be a People Person [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 07:10
2007 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.32/0.43MB
Being a leader means working with people, and that's not always easy! Whether in your office, church, neighborhood, or elsewhere, your interpersonal relationships can make or break you as a leader. That's why it's so important to be a "people person" and develop your skills in tapping that most precious of all resources: people.
In this powerful new book, America's leadership expert John Maxwell helps you
- discover and develop the qualities of an effective "people person"
- improve your relationships in every area of life
- understand and help difficult people
- overcome differences and personality traits that can cause friction
- inspire others to excellence and success
Loaded with life-enriching, life-changing principles for relating positively and powerfully with your family, friends, colleagues, and clients, Be a People Person is certain to help you bring out the best in others-and that's what effective leadership is all about.
Diet Rehab [Audiobook]
12 January 2014, 06:57
2012 | MP3@96 kbps | 6 hrs 32 mins | 269.75MB
In March 2010, The Scripps Research Institute released a study showing that rats on a junk-food diet had just as difficult a time - if not more so - giving up excess fat and sugar as the rats who were struggling to recover from cocaine dependence. The results showed that certain foods actually alter the brain's chemistry, making our consumption of these foods less like an indulgence and more like an addiction.
Our brains require two key neurotransmitters to maintain proper mood and function: serotonin and dopamine. We get a rush of the two when we eat junk food, but the converse is also true: If we stop eating them cold turkey, we go through serotonin and dopamine withdrawal. This is what causes so many dieters to ultimately fail.
In order to successfully lose weight, explains Dr. Mike Dow, dieters should be sensitive both to their emotional and physical needs. Dr. Dow, a psychologist who specializes in addictive behavior and eating disorders, introduces a four-week program for breaking the hold that food has over the body, mind, and spirit by gradually decreasing the amount of "bad" foods while increasing activities and foods that boost serotonin and dopamine levels.
Sensible and uniquely effective, Diet Rehab eliminates the withdrawal pains of most diet plans and provides the structure for a sustainable, healthy, and happy lifestyle.
The DASH Diet Action Plan [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 06:35
2011 | EPUB | 3.1MB
The DASH diet isn't just for healthy living anymore-- now it's for healthy weight loss, too. Using the key elements of the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet and proven, never-before-published NIH research, bestselling author, foremost DASH dietitian, and leading nutrition expert Marla Heller has created the most effective diet for quick-- and lasting-- weight loss. Based on the diet rated the #1 Best Overall Diet by Us News & World Report, this effective and easy New York Times bestselling program includes menu plans, recipes, shopping lists, and more. Everything you need to lose weight and get healthy!
With a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, low-fat and nonfat dairy, lean meats, fish and poultry, nuts, beans and seeds, heart-healthy fats, and whole grains, you will drop pounds and revolutionize your health while eating foods you love. In just two weeks you'll experience:
- Faster metabolism
- Lower body fat
- Improved strength and cardiovascular fitness
- Lower cholesterol and blood pressure without medication, and without counting calories!
As effective as the original DASH is for heart health, the program is now formulated for weight loss!
Coming to Our Senses [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 06:30
2010 | EPUB | 3.08MB
From the bestselling author and renowned mindfulness teacher, scientist, and educator . . . a guide to living a meaningful life.
This follow-up to the widely praised national bestseller Wherever You Go, There You Are is yet another revolutionary offering from Jon Kabat-Zinn, showing readers how the power of mindfulness can bring radical change to their lives.
In the national bestseller Wherever You Go, There You Are, Jon Kabat-Zinn struck a chord in contemporary society that continues to reverberate to this day. It has been embraced by politicians, business leaders, and celebrities and endures as a classic with readers. In his groundbreaking new book, Dr. Kabat-Zinn teaches us how to harness the power of mindfulness to effect profound change in our personal lives and in the world.
As s stress continues to exact a toll on everyday life, people are increasingly turning to ancient, meditative methods, which have been tested by science, to relieve the ill effects and become more focused, healthy, and proactive. Kabat-Zinn has been for decades at the forefront of this mind/body movement and the revolution in medicine and health care it has spawned, demystifying it and bringing it into the mainstream. In Coming to Our Senses, he shares how every human has the capacity to mobilize deep, innate resources for continual learning, growing, healing, and transformation through mindfulness.
Woven into eight parts, Coming to Our Senses uses anecdotes and stories from Kabat-Zinn's own life experiences and work in his clinic to illustrate healing possibilities. At its core, the book offers remarkable insight into how to use the five senses—touch, hearing, sight, taste, and smell, plus awareness itself—as a path to a healthier, saner, and more meaningful life.
This is the definitive book for our time on the connection between mindfulness, health, and our physical and spiritual well-being.
Wherever You Go, There You Are [Audiobook]
12 January 2014, 06:28
2001 | MP3@160 kbps + EPUB | 3 hrs 12 mins | 220.55MB
Stop Trying to get somewhere. Be where you are already. Think the grass is always greener somewhere else or life is better in someone else's shoes? If so, life will constantly disappoint you. True contentment comes from within- and you can uncover the spiritual treasure buried within you through meditation.
Blending Western thought and Eastern practice, Wherever you go, there you are is the book that introduced meditation to America. Now you too can learn the simple practice of breathing and focus to keep yourself in the present. You'll discover how to let stress wash over you rather than try to shut it out. You'll find strength where you least expect it and even take charge of your health by adjusting your perspective.
Join the nearly one million Americans whose lives have been changed by this book and the empowering practice of meditation.
Asian Pickles: Japan [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 06:05
2012 | EPUB | 3.64MB
A DIY guide to making the salty, sweet, tangy, and sometimes spicy pickles of Japan, featuring 16 recipes for traditional tsukemono as well as new favorites with innovative ingredients and techniques.
For Asian food aficionados and preservers and picklers looking for new frontiers, the natural standout is Japan's diverse array of pickled products and innovative flavor pairings that wow the palate. In Asian Pickles: Japan, respected cookbook author and culinary project maven Karen Solomon introduces readers to the unique ingredients used in Japanese pickle-making, such as koji rice, fermented rice bran, shiso leaf, miso, soy sauce, and numerous other techniques beyond the basic vinegar brine. And for the novice pickler, Solomon also includes a vast array of quick pickles with easily-accessible ingredients. Featuring the most sought-after Japanese pickle recipes--including Pickled Ginger, Umeboshi, and more--plus beautiful photography, Asian Pickles: Japan will help you explore a new preserving horizon with fail-proof instructions and additional resources.
Asian Pickles: China [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 05:59
2013 | EPUB | 4.4MB
A DIY guide to making the salty, sweet, and pungent pickles of China, featuring 15 recipes with innovative ingredients and new techniques.
Cooks are looking for new pickling frontiers, and the natural standout is Asia, with its diverse array of pickled products and flavors that wow the palate. Asian Pickles: China introduces techniques for creating authentic and creative Chinese pickled foods such as Preserved Mustard Greens, Radish in Chile Oil, Sour Celery and Red Pepper, and Szechuan Cucumbers with Orange and Almond. This title also includes some essential condiments that elevate Chinese food at home, such as XO Sauce and fire-spiked Chile Oil. The Asian Pickles series targets the eager audience of DIY food enthusiasts, backyard farmers, armchair foragers, and pickle fans who have cut their teeth on putting food into jars, pantries, and freezers and who are now hungry for the next course of culinary challenges and kitchen inspiration.
The Pound a Day Diet [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 05:55
2014 | EPUB | 75.95MB
THE POUND A DAY DIET is an accelerated program designed to help dieters lose up to five pounds every five days-- without frustrating plateaus-- while enjoying all their favorite foods. It rewrites every carb/fat/calorie rule in the book!
This delicious, easy-to-use, plan is specifically formulated as a Mediterranean-style diet that is carb and calorie corrected to turbocharge metabolism and weight loss. Complete with menus for 28 days (four five-day plans and four weekend plans), dieters first follow the five-day plan, switch over to the weekend plan, return to the five-day plan for the second week, and continue with the weekend plan-alternating like this right down to their goal weight.
To help readers, Rocco has created 50 all-new lightning-quick 5 ingredient recipes, as well as ready-made suggestions for those who simply cannot find the time to cook; a primer on healthy and fast cooking techniques; calorie-calibrated menus and shopping lists; and a lifestyle plan for maintaining a lean, healthy body for life.
Now Eat This! [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 05:50
2010 | EPUB | 8.95MB
Fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, brownies, and 147 other favorite recipies under 350 calories.
In this delectable cookbook, award-winning chef Rocco DiSpirito transforms America’s favorite comfort foods into deliciously healthy dishes—all with zero bad carbs, zero bad fats, zero sugar, and maximum flavor. What’s more, Rocco provides time-saving shortcuts, helpful personal advice, and nutritional breakdowns for each recipe from a board-certified nutritionist. So prepare your favorite foods without the guilt. Finally, a world-class chef has made healthy food taste great!
In Europe: Travels Through the Twentieth Century [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 04:37
2007 | EPUB | 4.1MB
Geert Mak spent the year of 1999 criss-crossing the continent, tracing the history of Europe from Verdun to Berlin, Saint Petersburg to Auschwitz, Kiev to Srebrenica. He set off in search of evidence and witnesses, looking to define the condition of Europe at the verge of a new millennium. The result is mesmerizing: Mak’s rare double talent as a sharp-eyed journalist and a hugely imaginative historian makes In Europe a dazzling account of that journey, full of diaries, newspaper reports and memoirs, and the voices of prominent figures and unknown players; from the grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II to Adrinana Warno in Poland, with her job at the gates of the camp at Birkenau.
But Mak is above all an observer. He describes what he sees at places that have become Europe’s wellsprings of memory, where history is written into the landscape. At Ypres, he hears the blast of munitions from the Great War that are still detonated there twice a day. In Warsaw, he finds the point where the tram rails that led to the Jewish ghetto come to a dead end in a city park. And in an abandoned nursery school near Chernobyl, where tiny pairs of shoes still stand in neat rows, he is transported back to the moment time stood still in the dying days of the Soviet Union.
Mak combines the larger story of twentieth-century Europe with details that give it a face, a taste and a smell. His unique approach makes the reader an eyewitness to a half-forgotten past, full of unknown peculiarities, sudden insights and touching encounters. In Europe is a masterpiece; it reads like the epic novel of Europe’s most extraordinary century.
The War That Ended Peace [Audiobook]
12 January 2014, 04:34
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 31 hrs 57 mins | 867.65MB
From the bestselling and award-winning author of Paris 1919 comes a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, a fascinating portrait of Europe from 1900 up to the outbreak of World War I.
The century since the end of the Napoleonic wars had been the most peaceful era Europe had known since the fall of the Roman Empire. In the first years of the twentieth century, Europe believed it was marching to a golden, happy, and prosperous future. But instead, complex personalities and rivalries, colonialism and ethnic nationalisms, and shifting alliances helped to bring about the failure of the long peace and the outbreak of a war that transformed Europe and the world.
The War That Ended Peace brings vividly to life the military leaders, politicians, diplomats, bankers, and the extended, interrelated family of crowned heads across Europe who failed to stop the descent into war: in Germany, the mercurial Kaiser Wilhelm II and the chief of the German general staff, Von Moltke the Younger; in Austria-Hungary, Emperor Franz Joseph, a man who tried, through sheer hard work, to stave off the coming chaos in his empire; in Russia, Tsar Nicholas II and his wife; in Britain, King Edward VII, Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, and British admiral Jacky Fisher, the fierce advocate of naval reform who entered into the arms race with Germany that pushed the continent toward confrontation on land and sea.
There are the would-be peacemakers as well, among them prophets of the horrors of future wars whose warnings went unheeded: Alfred Nobel, who donated his fortune to the cause of international understanding, and Bertha von Suttner, a writer and activist who was the first woman awarded Nobel’s new Peace Prize. Here too we meet the urbane and cosmopolitan Count Harry Kessler, who noticed many of the early signs that something was stirring in Europe; the young Winston Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty and a rising figure in British politics; Madame Caillaux, who shot a man who might have been a force for peace; and more. With indelible portraits, MacMillan shows how the fateful decisions of a few powerful people changed the course of history.
Taut, suspenseful, and impossible to put down, The War That Ended Peace is also a wise cautionary reminder of how wars happen in spite of the near-universal desire to keep the peace. Destined to become a classic in the tradition of Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August, The War That Ended Peace enriches our understanding of one of the defining periods and events of the twentieth century.
Ancient Cuzco: Heartland of the Inca [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 04:33
2004 | EPUB | 12.63MB
The Cuzco Valley of Peru was both the sacred and the political center of the largest state in the prehistoric Americas—the Inca Empire. From the city of Cuzco, the Incas ruled at least eight million people in a realm that stretched from modern-day Colombia to Chile. Yet, despite its great importance in the cultural development of the Americas, the Cuzco Valley has only recently received the same kind of systematic archaeological survey long since conducted at other New World centers of civilization.
Drawing on the results of the Cuzco Valley Archaeological Project that Brian Bauer directed from 1994 to 2000, this landmark book undertakes the first general overview of the prehistory of the Cuzco region from the arrival of the first hunter-gatherers (ca. 7000 B.C.) to the fall of the Inca Empire in A.D. 1532. Combining archaeological survey and excavation data with historical records, the book addresses both the specific patterns of settlement in the Cuzco Valley and the larger processes of cultural development. With its wealth of new information, this book will become the baseline for research on the Inca and the Cuzco Valley for years to come.
Defending Constantine [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 04:27
2010 | EPUB | 1.91MB
We know that Constantine
- issued the Edict of Milan in 313
- outlawed paganism and made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire
- manipulated the Council of Nicea in 325
- exercised absolute authority over the church, co-opting it for the aims of empire
And if Constantine the emperor were not problem enough, we all know that Constantinianism has been very bad for the church. Or do we know these things? Peter Leithart weighs these claims and finds them wanting. And what's more, in focusing on these historical mirages we have failed to notice the true significance of Constantine and Rome baptized. For beneath the surface of this contested story there emerges a deeper narrative of the end of Roman sacrifice--a tectonic shift in the political theology of an empire--and with far-reaching implications. In this probing and informative book Peter Leithart examines the real Constantine, weighs the charges against Constantinianism, and sets the terms for a new conversation about this pivotal emperor and the Christendom that emerged.
The Terror of History [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 04:04
2011 | EPUB | 531.7KB
This book reflects on Western humanity's efforts to escape from history and its terrors--from the existential condition and natural disasters to the endless succession of wars and other man-made catastrophes. Drawing on historical episodes ranging from antiquity to the recent past, and combining them with literary examples and personal reflections, Teofilo Ruiz explores the embrace of religious experiences, the pursuit of worldly success and pleasures, and the quest for beauty and knowledge as three primary responses to the individual and collective nightmares of history. The result is a profound meditation on how men and women in Western society sought (and still seek) to make meaning of the world and its disturbing history.
In chapters that range widely across Western history and culture, The Terror of History takes up religion, the material world, and the world of art and knowledge. "Religion and the World to Come" examines orthodox and heterodox forms of spirituality, apocalyptic movements, mysticism, supernatural beliefs, and many forms of esotericism, including magic, alchemy, astrology, and witchcraft. "The World of Matter and the Senses" considers material riches, festivals and carnivals, sports, sex, and utopian communities. Finally, "The Lure of Beauty and Knowledge" looks at cultural productions of all sorts, from art to scholarship.
Combining astonishing historical breadth with a personal and accessible narrative style, The Terror of History is a moving testimony to the incredibly diverse ways humans have sought to cope with their frightening history.
A History of Ancient Egypt [EPUB]
12 January 2014, 04:03
2010 | EPUB | 3.61MB
Outlining the major political and cultural events, A History of Ancient Egypt is an authoritative and accessible introduction to this fascinating ancient culture.
- An accessible chronological narrative that draws on a range of historical sources
- Offers an up-to-date survey of ancient Egypt’s history from its origins to its domination by the Roman Empire
- Considers social and economic life and the rich culture of ancient Egypt
- Places Egypt’s history within its regional context, detailing interactions with Asia and Africa
- Engages students with various perspectives on a range of critical issues with the Key Debate section included in each chapter
- Makes the latest discoveries and scholarship accessible to a wide audience