The Untold History of the United States [Audiobook]

The Untold History of the United States [Audiobook]
The Untold History of the United States [Audiobook] by Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick, read by Peter Berkrot
2013 | MP3@160 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 30 hrs 56 mins | 2.07GB

The companion to the Showtime documentary series, director Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick challenge the prevailing orthodoxies of traditional history books in this thoroughly researched and rigorously analyzed look at the dark side of American history.

“At last the world knows America as the savior of the world!”—Woodrow Wilson

The notion of American exceptionalism, dating back to John Winthrop’s 1630 sermon aboard the Arbella, still warps Americans’ understanding of their nation’s role in the world. Most are loathe to admit that the United States has any imperial pretensions. But history tells a different story as filmmaker Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick reveal in this riveting account of the rise and decline of the American empire.

Aided by the latest archival findings and recently declassified documents and building on the research of the world’s best scholars, Stone and Kuznick construct an often shocking but meticulously documented “People’s History of the American Empire” that offers startling context to the Bush-Cheney policies that put us at war in two Muslim countries and show us why the Obama administration has had such a difficult time cleaving a new path.

Stone and Kuznick will introduce readers to a pantheon of heroes and villains as they show not only how far the United States has drifted from its democratic traditions, but the powerful forces that have struggled to get us back on track.

The authors reveal that:

  • The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were militarily unnecessary and morally indefensible.
  • The United States, not the Soviet Union, bore the lion’s share of responsibility for perpetuating the Cold War.
  • The U.S. love affair with right-wing dictators has gone as far as overthrowing elected leaders, arming and training murderous military officers, and forcing millions of people into poverty.
  • U.S.-funded Islamist fundamentalists, who fought against the Soviets in Afghanistan, have blown back to threaten the interests of the U.S. and its allies.
  • U.S. presidents, especially in wartime, have frequently trampled on the constitution and international law.
  • The United States has brandished nuclear threats repeatedly and come terrifyingly close to nuclear war.

American leaders often believe they are unbound by history, yet Stone and Kuznick argue that we must face our troubling history honestly and forthrightly in order to set a new course for the twenty-first century. Their conclusions will challenge even experts, but there is one question only readers can answer: Is it too late for America to change?

The Mind's Eye [Audiobook]

The Mind's Eye [Audiobook]
The Mind's Eye [Audiobook] by Oliver Sacks, read by Richard Davidson and the Author
2010 | M4A + EPUB | 8 hrs 44 mins | 942.69MB

From the author of the best-selling Musicophilia (hailed as "luminous, original, and indispensable" by The American Scholar), an exploration of vision through the case histories of six individuals - including a renowned pianist who continues to give concerts despite losing the ability to read the score, and a neurobiologist born with crossed eyes who, late in life, suddenly acquires binocular vision, and how her brain adapts to that new skill. Most dramatically, Sacks gives us a riveting account of the appearance of a tumor in his own eye, the strange visual symptoms he observed, an experience that left him unable to perceive depth.

In The Mind's Eye, Oliver Sacks explores some of the most fundamental facets of human experience: how we see in three dimensions, how we represent the world internally when our eyes are closed, and the remarkable, unpredictable ways that our brains find new ways of perceiving that create worlds as complete and rich as the no-longer-visible world.

The Mind’s Eye is a testament to the complexity of vision and the brain and to the power of creativity and adaptation. And it provides a whole new perspective on the power of language and communication, as we try to imagine what it is to see with another person’s eyes, or another person’s mind.

Honeymoon in Tehran [Audiobook]

Honeymoon in Tehran [Audiobook]
Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran [Audiobook] by Azadeh Moaveni, read by Carrington MacDuffie
2009 | M4A + EPUB | 13 hrs 34 mins | 1.51GB

Azadeh Moaveni was an American reporter in Tehran in 2005 covering the rise of Ahmadinejad when the unexpected happened - she met her soul mate, fell in love, and became pregnant. Facing an uncertain future and hiding her pregnancy from the religious authorities until she could marry, Moaveni was spied upon; her phone, tapped. Shortly after giving birth, she leaned that she would was soon to be arrested and sent to the notorious Evin prison.

This is a powerful, poignant, often funny, but ultimately harrowing, story about a young woman facing her future in a very dangerous place.

The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan [EPUB]

The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan [EPUB]
The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan: Managing Your Wealth, Risk, and Investments by Larry E Swedroe, Kevin Grogan, Tiya Lim
2010 | EPUB | 548.69KB

From Larry Swedroe, the author of the bestselling series of "The Only Guide" investment books, with Kevin Grogan and Tiya Lim comes a step-by-step handbook that shows you how to develop a winning personal investment strategy and reveals what it takes to make that strategy part of your overall financial plan. The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan focuses on the "art" of investing and gives you the information you need to create a strategy that is tailor-made for your particular situation.

Designed for savvy investors and professional advisors, this book offers the vital information needed for developing and implementing an overall strategic financial plan. In this essential resource, Swedroe outlines the basics in asset allocation and other investment planning concepts.

  • Addresses how you can design an investment policy statement and an individual asset allocation plan
  • Examines how to maintain your portfolio's risk profile in the most cost-effective and tax-efficient manner
  • Offers insights on integrating risk management and estate planning issues into your plan

The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan offers a handy tool to help you make more informed and prudent decisions that will go a long way to ensure a secure financial future.

How to Back Up a Trailer [EPUB]

How to Back Up a Trailer [EPUB]
How to Back Up a Trailer: and 101 Other Things Every Real Guy Should Know by Kurt Anderson
2008 | EPUB | 1.38MB

Motor oil, beer, and charcoal-that's what real men are made of. A real man should be able to swap out the car's spark plugs and change its oil as his freshly caught fish smokes on open flame-all while shotgunning a beer. For how-to instructions on these and other equally manly activities, you need How to Back Up a Trailer. It's the ultimate guide to everything you better know how to do, like:

  • Rotate your car's tires and change its brake pads
  • Swing a bat like a homerun hitter
  • Build and light a campfire during a rainstorm
  • Install an electrical outlet in your home
  • Tap a keg for the perfect beer flow

Read it. Learn it. Live it. With How to Back Up a Trailer, you'll never have to stop and ask for directions again.

SoulSpace [EPUB]

SoulSpace [EPUB]
SoulSpace: Transform Your Home, Transform Your Life -- Creating a Home That Is Free of Clutter, Full of Beauty, and Inspired by You by Xorin Balbes
2011 | EPUB | 300.36KB

Xorin Balbes created his eight-stage SoulSpace process to help his clients create homes that reflect and celebrate what is essential about their inhabitants. The process works for any budget, anytime, anywhere and results in inspiration, self-discovery, and practical solutions.

Through the stages — assess, release, cleanse, dream, discover, create, elevate, and celebrate — you will explore not only the design of your abode but also your own interior: how you think, feel, and sense the world. Empowered with this self-knowledge, you will discover fresh ways to declutter, refresh, and enhance your living space. Xorin’s wonderfully unique technique will nurture and transform both your soul and your home.

Zen and the Art of Housekeeping [EPUB]

Zen and the Art of Housekeeping [EPUB]
Zen and the Art of Housekeeping: The Path to Finding Meaning in Your Cleaning by Lauren Cassel Brownell
2008 | EPUB | 437.93KB

Wash the dishes, do the laundry, mop the floors, scrub the toilets, make the beds, vacuum the rugs . . . the list goes on and on, with little time to stop, breathe, and take in your beautiful surroundings. Now you can. Learn to be at peace and attain enlightenment while doing all the "little" things around the house.

Your floors and counters will shine as you become one with your home and gain an elevated sense of being. Zen and the Art of Housekeeping challenges you to put more than elbow grease into your daily routine. You'll learn how to spirit yourself away during mundane chores as you muse over thought-provoking Zen koans like:

  • If the kitchen is the heart of the home, what is the heart of the kitchen?
  • What is the color of clean?
  • If the purpose of cleaning is to remove dirt, what is the purpose of dirt?
  • What fills empty spaces?
  • Whose footprints are on your floor?

With Zen and the Art of Housekeeping, you'll scrub your way to enlightenment-and a spotless sink.

How to Decorate [EPUB]

How to Decorate [EPUB]
How to Decorate: An Inspiring and Practical Handbook by Shannon Fricke
2013 | EPUB | 22.14MB

If you dream of decorating (or redecorating) your home but have no idea where to begin, this decorating workshop-in-a-book decodes an interior designer's thought process on creating a stylish home with vision and flow.

The secret to those gorgeous interiors in the magazines lies not in the things that fill the rooms, but in the "decorating story" or point of view that the designer has applied to the space. With How to Decorate, learn how to create your own design concept and implement it with color, furniture, fabrics, lighting, accessorizing, and styling. This book also helps solve a decorator’s biggest challenges, from working around a home's existing architecture and organizing a space, to mixing patterns and editing collections.

Best of all, 150 color photographs and charming watercolor illustrations--and even a bookplate for personalizing this guide--provide inspiration that makes this book as useful as it is beautiful.

Among the insider tips is information on:

  • Finding a dedicated space where you can organize paint samples, fabric swatches, and magazine clippings
  • Choosing a sofa wisely
  • Determining appropriate wall finishes and textures
  • Identifying what fabrics are right for you
  • Styling your decor to reinvigorate your space
  • Plus, the best suppliers for rugs, linens, accessories, and more

Detroit City Is the Place to Be [EPUB]

Detroit City Is the Place to Be [EPUB]
Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis by Mark Binelli
2012 | EPUB | 1.4MB

Once America’s capitalist dream town, Detroit is our country’s greatest urban failure, having fallen the longest and the farthest. But the city’s worst crisis yet (and that’s saying something) has managed to do the unthinkable: turn the end of days into a laboratory for the future. Urban planners, land speculators, neopastoral agriculturalists, and utopian environmentalists—all have been drawn to Detroit’s baroquely decaying, nothing-left-to-lose frontier.

With an eye for both the darkly absurd and the radically new, Detroit-area native Mark Binelli has chronicled this convergence. Throughout the city’s “museum of neglect”—its swaths of abandoned buildings, its miles of urban prairie—he tracks both the blight and the signs of its repurposing, from the school for pregnant teenagers to a beleaguered UAW local; from metal scrappers and gun-toting vigilantes to artists reclaiming abandoned auto factories; from the organic farming on empty lots to GM’s risky wager on the Volt electric car; from firefighters forced by budget cuts to sleep in tents to the mayor’s realignment plan (the most ambitious on record) to move residents of half-empty neighborhoods into a viable, new urban center.

Sharp and impassioned, Detroit City Is the Place to Be is alive with the sense of possibility that comes when a city hits rock bottom. Beyond the usual portrait of crime, poverty, and ruin, we glimpse a longshot future Detroit that is smaller, less segregated, greener, economically diverse, and better functioning—what could be the boldest reimagining of a post-industrial city in our new century.

Societies beyond Oil [EPUB]

Societies beyond Oil [EPUB]
Societies beyond Oil: Oil Dregs and Social Futures by John Urry
2013 | EPUB | 747.1KB

This groundbreaking book, from a distinguished sociologist, examines the profound adjustments required to live in a world where oil is no longer an easily-available energy source. It considers what societies that are powering down would be like; what lessons can be learned from the past; will rationing systems or the market allocate scarce energy? Can virtual worlds solve energy problems? What levels of income and wellbeing would be likely?

Urry analyzes how the twentieth century created a kind of mirage of the future that is unsustainable into even the medium term and envisions the future of an oil-dependent world facing energy descent. Without a large-scale plan B, how can the energizing of society possibly be going into reverse?

Rich People Things [EPUB]

Rich People Things [EPUB]
Rich People Things: Real-Life Secrets of the Predator Class by Chris Lehmann
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.79/0.93MB

In Rich People Things, Chris Lehmann lays bare the various dogmas and delusions that prop up plutocratic rule in the post-meltdown age. It's a humorous and harrowing tale of warped populism, phony reform, and blind deference to the nation's financial elite. As the author explains, American class privilege is very much like the idea of sex in a Catholic school—it's not supposed to exist in the first place, but once it presents itself in your mind's eye, you realize that it's everywhere.

A concise and easy-to-use guide, Rich People Things catalogs the fortifications that shelter the opulent from the resentments of the hoi polloi. From ideological stanchions such as the Free Market through the castellation of media including The New York Times and Wired magazine, to gatekeepers such as David Brooks, Steve Forbes, and Alan Greenspan, Lehmann covers the vast array of comforting and comprehensive protections that allow the über-privileged to maintain their iron grip on almost half of America's wealth. With chapters on Malcolm Gladwell, the Supreme Court, the memoir, and more, no one is spared from Lehmann's pointed prose.

Social Media and Integrated Marketing Communication [EPUB]

Social Media and Integrated Marketing Communication [EPUB]
Social Media and Integrated Marketing Communication: A Rhetorical Approach by Jeanne M Persuit
2013 | EPUB | 329.34KB

Social Media and Integrated Marketing Communication: A Rhetorical Approach explores social media in the areas of corporate identity, brand narratives, and crisis response from a rhetorical perspective. Key ideas in this text are social media as epideictic rhetoric – the rhetorical setting that deals with the present and matters of virtue and education – and how rhetorical decorum, a component of Cicero’s 3rd Canon of Style, can guide organizations and their audiences toward more ethical and effective integrated marketing communication (IMC). This strategy emphasizes changing behavior, not just attitudes.

Because social media leaves traces of communication that may be with us for the foreseeable future, Social Media and Integrated Marketing Communication frames the conversation about social media and IMC to move away from a risk/reward or a return on investment orientation and toward a focus on social media as communicative action that is attentive to this historical moment, to organizations and their audiences, and to communication ethics. Through this, Persuit asks how organizations can engage in decorum in their online IMC efforts while at the same time considering how their audiences can engage in decorum as well.

Neither romanticizing nor demonizing the areas of social media and IMC, instead, this text offers a pragmatic understanding of these areas that finds a place in the theory of the communication discipline.

Launching The Innovation Renaissance [EPUB]

Launching The Innovation Renaissance [EPUB]
Launching The Innovation Renaissance: A New Path to Bring Smart Ideas to Market Fast by Alex Tabarrok
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.32/0.54MB

Unemployment, fear, and fitful growth tell us the economy is stagnating. The recession, however, is just the tip of iceberg. We have deeper problems. Most importantly, the rate of innovation is down. Patents, which were designed to promote the progress of science and the useful arts, have instead become weapons in a war for competitive advantage with innovation as collateral damage. College, once a foundation for innovation, has been oversold. We have more students in college than ever before, for example, but fewer science majors. Regulations, passed with the best of intentions, have spread like kudzu and now impede progress to everyone's detriment. Launching the Innovation Renaissance is a fast-paced look at how we can accelerate innovation and build a solid 21st-century economy.

Stop Talking, Start Communicating [EPUB]

Stop Talking, Start Communicating [EPUB]
Stop Talking, Start Communicating: Counterintuitive Secrets to Success in Business and in Life by Geoffrey Tumlin
2013 | EPUB | 645.52KB

PLAY DUMB. BE BORING.
DON'T SOLVE PROBLEMS.
AND ABOVE ALL, DON'T BE YOURSELF.

Not exactly what you'd expect to hear from a communication expert, but these counterintuitive strategies are precisely what we need to interact productively and meaningfully in today's digital world. Our overreliance on quick, cheap, and easy means of "staying connected" is eroding our communication skills. Speed steamrolls thoughtfulness; self-expression trumps restraint. Errors and misunderstandings increase. And our relationships suffer.

With startling insights and a dash of humor, Stop Talking, Start Communicating combines scientific research with real-world strategies to deliver a proven approach to more effective communication.

"Only Geoffrey Tumlin could write a book about a serious problem--our mounting communication deficiencies--and make me laugh and learn all the way through it. Witty, smart, and 100 percent accurate, Stop Talking, Start Communicating points the way to a better conversational future." -- Tina Morris, managing director at Standard & Poor's

The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing: 2013 Edition

The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing: 2013 Edition
The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing: 2013 Edition by Jason Kelly
2012 | EPUB | 2.39MB

The essential stock market guide, now updated with even more timely and necessary information.

Now in its fifth edition, The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing has established itself as a clear, concise, and highly effective approach to stocks and investment strategy. Rooted in the principles that made it invaluable from the start, this completely revised and updated edition of The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing shares a wealth of information, including:

  • What has changed and what remains timeless as the economy recovers from the subprime crash
  • All-new insights from deep historical research showing which measurements best identify winning stocks
  • A rock-solid value averaging plan that grows 3 percent per quarter, regardless of the economic climate
  • An exclusive conversation with legendary Legg Mason portfolio manager Bill Miller, revealing what he learned from the crash and recovery
  • Thoroughly updated resources emphasizing online tools, the latest stock screeners, and analytical sites that best navigated recent trends

Accessible and intelligent, The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing is what every investor needs to keep pace in the current market.

Personal Finance: Turning Money into Wealth, 6th Edition

Personal Finance: Turning Money into Wealth, 6th Edition
Personal Finance: Turning Money into Wealth, 6th Edition by Arthur J Keown
2012 | PDF | 132.52MB

If anyone needed convincing that a person is better off having a solid understanding of their own finances and preparing to care for their own future, the financial downturn of the past five years should have underscored that need in bright glittering colors. Face it, you need to develop an approach to your working life and retirement more than you need to master your skill at providing yourself with entertainment. In fact one of the points of this book is that people spend more than twenty hours per week in front of their TV and asks how much time you think the average person spends each week on their personal finances and planning for the future. What do you think? Do TV and other entertainment win in your life? Don't worry, you can fix it by changing the course of your life today. And this book can really help you.

This book is not a fluffy self-help tome trying to make a few bucks teaching you a couple of simple tricks. This is a college text that asks you to think, plan, develop skills, and think seriously about your life. However, even though it is a serious book, it is not heavy or dry in any way. I found it to be energizing and exciting because it empowers you to take control of your life now and make a successful plan for your future (if you have the will and discipline to execute it). - By Craig Matteson

Art through the Ages: The Western Perspective, Volume I 14th Ed

Art through the Ages: The Western Perspective, Volume I 14th Ed
Gardner's Art through the Ages: The Western Perspective, Volume I, 14th Edition by Fred S Kleiner
2013 | PDF | 131.43MB

GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: THE WESTERN PERSPECTIVE, Fourteenth Edition, provides you with a comprehensive, beautifully illustrated tour of the world's great artistic traditions! Easy to read and understand, the fourteenth edition of the most widely-read art history book in the English language continues to evolve, providing a rich cultural backdrop for each of the covered periods and geographical locations, and incorporating new artists and art forms--all reproduced according to the highest standards of clarity and color fidelity. A complete online environment, including all images and an eBook, is also available. The unique scale feature will help you better visualize the actual size of the artworks shown in the book. Within each chapter, the "Framing the Era" overviews, a new timeline, and the chapter-ending section entitled "The Big Picture", make it easier to understand the cultural and historical forces that influenced each artwork.

Gardner's Art through the Ages: A Global History [PDF]

Gardner's Art through the Ages: A Global History [PDF]
Gardner's Art through the Ages: A Global History, Enhanced Edition by Fred S Kleiner
2010 | PDF | 233.08MB

The 13TH ENHANCED EDITION of GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: A GLOBAL HISTORY takes this brilliant bestseller to new heights in addressing the challenges of today's classroom. Over 300 additional new images are integrated into the text, and appear online as full size digital images with discussions written by the author. These bonus images are complimented complemented by groundbreaking media support for students including video study tools and a robust eBook.

Gardner's Art through the Ages: The Western Perspective, Volume II

Gardner's Art through the Ages: The Western Perspective, Volume II
Gardner's Art through the Ages: The Western Perspective, Volume II, 14th Edition by Fred S Kleiner
2013 | PDF | 131.73MB

GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: THE WESTERN PERSPECTIVE, Fourteenth Edition, provides you with a comprehensive, beautifully illustrated tour of the world's great artistic traditions, plus many great features that make it easier for you to excel in your art history course! Easy to read and understand, the latest edition of the most widely read art history book in the English language continues to evolve, incorporating new artists and art works and providing a rich cultural backdrop for each of the covered periods and geographical locations. A unique scale feature will help you better visualize the actual size of the artworks shown in the book. Within each chapter, the "Framing the Era" overviews, a new timeline, and the chapter-ending section entitled "The Big Picture" will help you review for exams.

Gardner's Art through the Ages: The Western Perspective, Volume I

Gardner's Art through the Ages: The Western Perspective, Volume I
Gardner's Art through the Ages: The Western Perspective, Volume I, 13th Edition by Fred S. Kleiner
2009 | PDF | 80.98MB

As fascinating as a real visit to the world's famous museums and architectural sites, GARDNER'S ART THROUGH THE AGES: THE WESTERN PERSPECTIVE gives you a comprehensive, beautifully illustrated tour of the world's great artistic traditions--plus all the study tools you need to excel in your art history course! Easy to read and understand, this 13th Edition of the most widely read history of art book in the English language is the only textbook that includes a unique "scale" feature (accompanying the book's photographs of paintings and other artworks) that will help you better visualize the actual size of the artworks shown in the book. Three levels of review including extended image captions, "The Big Picture" overviews at the end of every chapter, and a special global timeline will help you study for your exams.

Graphic Design Theory [EPUB]

Graphic Design Theory [EPUB]
Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the Field edited by Helen Armstrong
2009 | EPUB | 38.99MB

The titles in our best-selling Design Brief series are highly praised by graphic design students, educators, and professionals worldwide as invaluable resources. Each beautifully designed, affordable volume offers a concise overview of a design fundamentalthe hows of design. But as most seasoned designers will tell you, a comprehensive education also requires an understanding of the whys of design practice. Graphic Design Theory presents groundbreaking, primary texts from the most important historical and contemporary designthinkers. From Aleksandr Rodchenko's "Who We Are: Manifesto of the Constructivist Group" to Kenya Hara's "Computer Technology and Design," this essential volume provides the necessary foundation for contemporary critical vocabulary and thought.

Graphic Design Theory is organized in three sections: "Creating the Field" traces the evolution of graphic design over the course of the early 1900s, including influential avant-garde ideas of futurism, constructivism, and the Bauhaus; "Building on Success" covers the mid- to late twentieth century and considers the International Style, modernism, and postmodernism; and "Mapping the Future" opens at the end of the last century and includes current discussions on legibility, social responsibility, and new media. Striking color images illustrate each of the movements discussed and demonstrate the ongoing relationship between theory and practice. A brief commentary prefaces each text, providing a cultural and historical framework through which the work can be evaluated.

Authors include such influential designers as Herbert Bayer, Lszl Moholy-Nagy, Karl Gerstner, Katherine McCoy, Michael Rock, Lev Manovich, Ellen Lupton, and Lorraine Wild. Additional features include a timeline, glossary, and bibliography for further reading. A must-have survey for graduate and undergraduate courses in design history, theory, and contemporary issues, Graphic Design Theory invites designers and interested readers of all levels to plunge into the world of design discourse.

On Vision and Colors, Color Sphere [EPUB]

On Vision and Colors, Color Sphere [EPUB]
On Vision and Colors, Color Sphere by Arthur Schopenhauer, Philipp Otto Runge, translated by Georg Stahl
2010 | EPUB + PDF | 1.7/4.86MB

During the first two decades of the nineteenth century, two of the most significant theoretical works on color since Leonardo da Vinci's Trattato della Pittura were written and published in Germany: Arthur Schopenhauer's On Vision and Colors and Philipp Otto Runge's Color Sphere. For Schopenhauer, vision iswholly subjective in nature and characterized by processes that cross over into the territory of philosophy. Runge's Color Sphere and essay "The Duality of Color" contained one of the first attempts to depict a comprehensive and harmonious color system in three dimensions. Runge intended his color sphere to be understood not as a product of art, but rather as a "mathematical figure of various philosophical reflections."

By bringing these two visionary color theories together within a broad theoretical context—philosophy, art, architecture, and design—this volume uncovers their enduring influence on our own perception of color and the visual world around us.

Kansas City Lightning [Audiobook]

Kansas City Lightning [Audiobook]
Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker [Audiobook] by Stanley Crouch, read by Kevin Kenerly
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 55 mins | 273.63MB

Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker is the first installment in the long-awaited portrait of one of the most talented and influential musicians of the twentieth century, from Stanley Crouch, one of the foremost authorities on jazz and culture in America.

Throughout his life, Charlie Parker personified the tortured American artist: a revolutionary performer who used his alto saxophone to create a new music known as bebop even as he wrestled with a drug addiction that would lead to his death at the age of thirty-four. Drawing on interviews with peers, collaborators, and family members, Kansas City Lightning re-creates Parker's Depression-era childhood; his early days navigating the Kansas City nightlife, inspired by lions like Lester Young and Count Basie; and on to New York, where he began to transcend the music he had mastered. Crouch reveals an ambitious young man torn between music and drugs, between his domineering mother and his impressionable young wife, whose teenage romance with Charlie lies at the bittersweet heart of this story.

With the wisdom of a jazz scholar, the cultural insights of an acclaimed social critic, and the narrative skill of a literary novelist, Stanley Crouch illuminates this American master as never before.

Music Quickens Time [EPUB]

Music Quickens Time [EPUB]
Music Quickens Time by Daniel Barenboim
2009 | EPUB | 366.03KB

In this powerful new book, Daniel Barenboim draws on his profound and uniquely influential engagement with music to argue for its central importance in our everyday lives. While we may sometimes think of personal, social and political issues as existing independently of each other, Barenboim shows how music teaches that this is impossible.

Drawing on his own involvement with Palestine, he examines the transformative power of music in the world, from his own performances of Wagner in Israel to his foundation, with Edward Said, of the internationally acclaimed West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Music Quickens Time reveals how the sheer power and eloquence of music offers us a way to explore and shed light on how we live, and to illuminate and resolve some of the most intractable issues of our time.

John [Audiobook]

John [Audiobook]
John [Audiobook] by Cynthia Lennon, read by the Author
2005 | MP3@160 kbps + EPUB | 4 CDs | 340.91MB

The Extraordinary Story of a Man, a Legend and a Marriage

When she was eighteen years old, a girl named Cynthia Powell met a boy named John Lennon and they fell in love. Their ten-year relationship coincided with the start of the Beatles phenomenon—from Liverpool’s dockside clubs to the dizzying worldwide fame that followed. And Cynthia Lennon, John’s first wife, was an integral part of the swirl of events that are now an indelible part of the history of rock and roll.

In John, Cynthia recalls those times with the loving honesty of an insider, offering new and fascinating insights into the life of John Lennon and the early days of the Beatles. And with the perspective only years can provide she also tells the compelling story of her marriage to a man who was to become a music legend, a cultural hero and a defining figure of the twentieth century.

Cynthia has seldom talked in any detail about her marriage and the painful events that followed John’s tragic assassination in 1980. Now she candidly reveals the good and the bad, the loving and the cruel sides of John. She tells of the breakdown of their marriage and the beginning of his relationship with Yoko Ono in more detail than has ever been disclosed before and documents the difficulties estrangement from John—and his subsequent death—brought for herself and their son, Julian.

In John, Cynthia Lennon has created a vivid portrait of the 1960s, the Beatles and the man she never stopped loving.

The Ballad of Bob Dylan [Audiobook]

The Ballad of Bob Dylan [Audiobook]
The Ballad of Bob Dylan: A Portrait [Audiobook] by Daniel Mark Epstein, read by Bronson Pinchot
2011 | MP3@56 kbps + EPUB | 15 hrs 29 mins | 371.5MB

The Ballad of Bob Dylan is a vivid, full-bodied portrait of one of the most influential artists of the 20th centurya man widely regarded as the most important lyricist America has ever produced. Acclaimed poet and biographer Daniel Mark Epstein frames Dylan against the backdrop of four seminal concertsall of which he attended: Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 1963; Madison Square Garden, New York City, 1974; Tanglewood, Massachusetts, 1997; Aberdeen, Maryland, 2009. Recreating each performance song by song, Epstein places them within the larger context of Dylans life, from his meteoric rise as a young folk singer through his reemergence in the 1990s and his role as the éminence grise of rock-and-roll today. He explores the stars private side, including marriage and fatherhood, and his struggle to overcome substance abuse.

Epstein also traces the influences that shaped Dylans career and offers a thoughtful analysis of his work and fresh interpretations of his lyrics. Here, too, are anecdotes and insights from those closest to the man, including D. A. Pennebaker, Allen Ginsberg, Nora Guthrie, Ramblin Jack Elliot, and Dylans sidemen throughout the years.

Six-String Heroes [EPUB]

Six-String Heroes [EPUB]
Six-String Heroes: Photographs of Great Guitarists by Neil Zlozower
2012 | EPUB | 51.84MB

In a career spanning more than 40 years, legendary rock photographer Neil Zlozower has documented an amazing who's-who of the most influential and dynamic guitarists from the late 1960s to today. Six-String Heroes collects live, candid, and studio shots of 150 of the greatest guitar players in rock, metal, punk, blues, and beyond, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Ritchie Blackmore, Slash, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Zakk Wylde, Dimebag Darrell, Tom Morello, Carlos Santana, Les Paul, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Pat Metheny, Al Di Meola, Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, Edward Van Halen, Angus Young, and many more.

Also featuring a foreword by Steve Vai, and including text from unpublished interviews with the guitarists throughout by music journalist Steven Rosen, Six-String Heroes is a celebration of the music, the players, and the instrument.

American Honor Killings [EPUB]

American Honor Killings [EPUB]
American Honor Killings: Desire and Rage Among Men by David McConnell
2013 | EPUB | 415.8KB

In American Honor Killings, straight and gay guys cross paths, and the result is murder. But what really happened? What role did hatred play? What were the men involved really like, and what was going on between them when the murder occurred? American Honor Killings explores the truth behind squeamish reporting and uninformed political rants of the far right or fringe left. David McConnell, a New York–based novelist, researched cases from small-town Alabama to San Quentin's death row. The book recounts some of the most notorious crimes of our era.

Beginning in 1999 and lasting until the 2011 conviction of a youth in Queens, New York, the book shows how some murderers think they're cleaning up society. Surprisingly, other killings feel almost preordained, not a matter of the victim's personality or actions so much as a twisted display of a young man's will to compete or dominate. We want to think these stories involve simple sexual conflict, either the killer's internal struggle over his own identity or a fatally miscalculated proposition. They're almost never that simple.

Together, the cases form a secret American history of rage and desire. McConnell cuts through cant and political special pleading to turn these cases into enduring literature. In each story, victims, murderers, friends, and relatives come breathtakingly alive. The result is more soulful, more sensitive, more artful than the sort of “true crime” writing the book was modeled on. A wealth of new detail has been woven into old cases, while new cases are plumbed for the first time. The resulting stories play out exactly as they happened, an inexorable sequence of events—grisly, touching, disturbing, sometimes even with moments of levity.

Smashed in the USSR [EPUB]

Smashed in the USSR [EPUB]
Smashed in the USSR: Fear, Loathing and Vodka on the Steppes by Caroline Walton, Ivan Petrov
2013 | EPUB | 1.77MB

For forty years Ivan Petrov careered, stumbled, staggered and rampaged all over the vast Soviet empire. Homeless (an illegal condition in the communist utopia), in and out of prison camps, almost always drunk, and with a gift for hilariously sending up the tragic absurdities of Soviet life, Ivan was a real-life Svejk. This is his unforgettable story, as told to Caroline Walton just before his death. The text is complemented by twelve original illustrations by Natalia Vetrova.

Fascist Scotland [EPUB]

Fascist Scotland [EPUB]
Fascist Scotland: Caledonia and the Far Right by Gavin Bowd
2013 | EPUB | 2.3MB

On 10 May 1941, Rudolf Hess, Deputy Fuhrer of the Third Reich, entered Scottish airspace in an ill-fated attempt to discuss peace with the Duke of Hamilton. For the Nazis, Hess was the victim of 'tragic hallucinations'. But how far had Hess really flown from reality?

Although Fascism in Britain is normally associated with England, and especially the East End of London, and even then dismissed as a marginal political phenomenon, Fascism did find support in Scottish society. Scotland has provided its own cohort of idealists, fanatics and traitors for extreme racist, nationalist and authoritarian politics. From Dumfries to Alness, one of the main ideologies of the first half of the twentieth century found its standard-bearers. But when Fascism crossed the Cheviots, it found itself in a restless part of a multi-nation state, riven by sectarian hatreds. Rudolf Hess felt the natives looked at him 'in a compassionate way', but Scottish Fascism had to carve out a niche in a crowded market for bigotry.

In this book Gavin Bowd relates a fascinating and little-known part of our history which reveals some uncomfortable truths which are bound to stimulate debate even now.

Coronation Everest [EPUB]

Coronation Everest [EPUB]
Coronation Everest by Jan Morris
2010 | EPUB | 917.59

In 1953 two historical events coincided - the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and the conquest of Mount Everest by John Hunt's British expedition. The news of the success, which broke in London on the morning of the coronation, was published in "The Times", and all round the world the coincidence of the two happenings is remembered still as a moment of high historical romance. This account is by Jan Morris who, before a change of sexual role, was James Morris, and was the "Times" reporter who accompanied the expedition and got the story back to Britain.