White Out [EPUB]

White Out [EPUB]
White Out: The Secret Life of Heroin by Michael W Clune
2013 | EPUB | 1.76MB

An In-Depth Look into the Life and Mind of a Heroin Addict.

"Then I see a white-topped vial. Wow. I stare at it. It's the first time I've ever seen it. I know I've seen it ten thousand times before. I know it only leads to bad things. I know I've had it and touched it and used it and shaken the last particles of white from the thin deep bottom one thousand times. But there it is. And it's the first time I've ever seen it." --Excerpted from White Out

How do you describe an addiction in which the drug of choice creates a hole in your memory, a "white out," so that every time you use it is the first time--new, fascinating, and vivid? Michael W. Clune's original, edgy yet literary telling of his account of life inside the heroin underground reads like no other, as we enter the mind of the addict and navigate the world therein. After his descent into addiction, we go with him through detox, treatment, and finally into recovery as he returns to his childhood home. There his heroin-induced "white out" begins to fade.

Wilderness Secrets Revealed [EPUB]

Wilderness Secrets Revealed [EPUB]
Wilderness Secrets Revealed: Adventures of a Survivor by Andre-Francois Bourbeau
2013 | EPUB | 4.13MB

"Fire! Wake up! The shelter is on fire!"

His students affectionately call him "Doc Survival." He's Quebec's Indiana Jones in a forest setting. Searching for the treasures of the wilderness has been his life-long quest; with passion as his only guide, he has dared to penetrate the forest on its own terms, facing increasingly difficult challenges in the hope of becoming nature's confidant, of learning her secrets.

Professor emeritus André-François Bourbeau holds a Guinness World Record for voluntary wilderness survival in the boreal forest. Herein lies his path and his stories, unadulterated: gritty and often comical mistakes punctuated by inspiring successes. What remains of this lifetime of experimentation is one man's everlasting love of the wilderness and its intricacies, a rousing reflection on our own human priorities, and need for deep connection with the environment and other fellow beings.

Index Funds: The 12-Step Recovery Program for Active Investors [EPUB]

Index Funds: The 12-Step Recovery Program for Active Investors [EPUB]
Index Funds: The 12-Step Recovery Program for Active Investors by Mark T Hebner
2013 | EPUB | 11.21MB

This 2013 revised edition of Index Funds: The 12-Step Recovery Program for Active Investors provides new data, updated charts and additional information on index funds investing. This book reveals the potential land mines and pitfalls of active investing and educates readers on the benefits of passive investing with index funds. Hebner's book details the possible perils associated with stock picking, mutual fund manager picking, market timing, and other wealth depleting behaviors.

This 12-Step Program teaches the differences between active and passive investing, explains the emotional triggers that impact investment decisions, and offers an enlightening education on science-based investing that may forever change the way an investor perceives the stock market. Hebner sets forth a sound strategy that involves risk-appropriate investing that may empower investors to lead a more profitable and relaxed life.

We the People (Shorter 9th Edition) [PDF]

We the People (Shorter 9th Edition) [PDF]
We the People: An Introduction to American Politics (Shorter Ninth Edition (without policy chapters)) by Benjamin Ginsberg, Theodore J Lowi, Margaret Weir, Caroline J Tolbert
2012 | PDF | 35.49MB

Politics is relevant.

We the People is the best text for showing students that politics is relevant to their lives and that political participation matters—especially in the digital age. New coauthor Caroline Tolbert brings expertise in political behavior to deep revisions of key chapters, and new Digital Citizens boxes highlight the role of new media in politics.

The Art-Architecture Complex [EPUB]

The Art-Architecture Complex [EPUB]
The Art-Architecture Complex by Hal Foster
2011 | EPUB | 26.86MB

A leading art theorist analyses the global style in art and architecture.

Hal Foster, author of the acclaimed Design and Crime, argues that a fusion of architecture and art is a defining feature of contemporary culture. He identifies a “global style” of architecture—as practiced by Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano—analogous to the international style of Le Corbusier, Gropius and Mies.

More than any art, today’s global style conveys both the dreams and delusions of modernity. Foster demonstrates that a study of the “art-architecture complex” provides invaluable insight into broader social and economic trajectories in urgent need of analysis.

Doorway by Simon Unwin [EPUB]

Doorway by Simon Unwin [EPUB]
Doorway by Simon Unwin
2012 | EPUB | 33.38MB

Though we may take them for granted, doorways impinge on our lives in many ways. Their powers are even richer and more varied than those of the wall. They can change the ways we behave, and alter how we see our surroundings. They challenge us and protect our territories. They punctuate our experiences as we move from place to place. They set the geometry and measure of our relationship with space. They frame the ‘in-between’ and stand as crystalisations of the moment. With its many dimensions, the doorway is an essential component of what might be called ‘the common language of architecture’.

Illustrated with numerous drawings and photographs, Doorway is a stimulus to thinking about what can be done with architecture. The notebook style offers an example to student architects of how they might keep their own architecture notebooks, collecting ideas, sorting strategies, generally expanding their understanding of the potential of architecture to modify the world in practical, philosophical and poetic ways.

The Best of Grand Designs [EPUB]

The Best of Grand Designs [EPUB]
The Best of Grand Designs by Kevin McCloud
2012 | EPUB | 151.08MB

A complete celebration of Britain’s favourite architectural show.

Grand Designs is broadcast in over 130 countries and regularly gleans 5 million viewers in the UK. Its success, says Kevin, is due to 'good old-fashioned story telling; of joy and sorrow, torment and triumph, expressed tangibly in the making of a building'.

To celebrate fourteen glorious years of film-making, 100 editions of Grand Designs Magazine, 100 separate programmes and ten years of hosting the Stirling Prize, Kevin now delves into the archives to highlight his favourite projects. The Best of Grand Designs charts where domestic architecture has come from, and is moving to, in the first decade or so of a new millennium. And it places people at the centre of the stories of these buildings.

Each project is supported by beautiful photography, building plans and Kevin’s own personal analysis, together with commentary from his long-time collaborator, Isabel Allen.

From the off-grid ecological approach of woodsman Ben Law in Sussex to the quirky experimentalism of Sarah Wigglesworth and Jeremy Till’s straw bale house in London, Kevin demonstrates how Grand Designs continues to contribute to television history and why it provides an important legacy for good house design.

The Sacredness of the Person [EPUB]

The Sacredness of the Person [EPUB]
The Sacredness of the Person: A New Genealogy of Human Rights by Hans Joas
2013 | EPUB | 2.19MB

What are the origins of the idea of human rights and universal human dignity? How can we most fully understand -- and realize -- these rights going into the future? In The Sacredness of the Person, internationally renowned sociologist and social theorist Hans Joas tells a story that differs from conventional narratives by tracing the concept of human rights back to the Judeo-Christian tradition or, alternately, to the secular French Enlightenment. While drawing on sociologists such as Émile Durkheim, Max Weber, and Ernst Troeltsch, Joas sets out a new path, proposing an affirmative genealogy in which human rights are the result of a process of "sacralization" of every human being.

According to Joas, every single human being has increasingly been viewed as sacred. He discusses the abolition of torture and slavery, once common practice in the pre-18th century west, as two milestones in modern human history. The author concludes by portraying the emergence of the UN Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 as a successful process of value generalization. Joas demonstrates that the history of human rights cannot adequately be described as a history of ideas or as legal history, but as a complex transformation in which diverse cultural traditions had to be articulated, legally codified, and assimilated into practices of everyday life. The sacralization of the person and universal human rights will only be secure in the future, warns Joas, through continued support by institutions and society, vigorous discourse in their defense, and their incarnation in everyday life and practice.

The Ego Trick [EPUB]

The Ego Trick [EPUB]
The Ego Trick by Julian Baggini
2011 | EPUB | 1.16MB

Are you still the person who lived fifteen, ten or five years ago? Fifteen, ten or five minutes ago? Can you plan for your retirement if the you of thirty years hence is in some sense a different person? What and who is the real you? Does it remain constant over time and place, or is it something much more fragmented and fluid? Is it known to you, or are you as much a mystery to yourself as others are to you?

With his usual wit, infectious curiosity and bracing scepticism, Julian Baggini sets out to answer these fundamental and unsettling questions. His fascinating quest draws on not only the history of philosophy, but also anthropology, sociology, psychology and neurology; he talks to theologians, priests, allegedly reincarnated Lamas, and delves into real-life cases of lost memory, personality disorders and personal transformation; and, candidly and engagingly, he describes his own experiences. After reading The Ego Trick, you will never see yourself in the same way again.

The Little Book of Economics [EPUB]

The Little Book of Economics [EPUB]
The Little Book of Economics: How the Economy Works in the Real World by Greg Ip
2013 | EPUB | 0.75MB

Not surprisingly, regular folks suddenly are paying much closer attention to the economy than ever. But economics, with its weird technical jargon and knotty concepts and formulas, can be a tough subject to come to grips with on your own.

Enter Greg Ip and his Little Book of Economics.

Like a patient, good-natured mentor, Greg, one of today's most respected economics journalists, walks you through everything you need to know about how the economy works. Short on technical jargon and long on clear, concise, plain-English explanations of important terms, concepts, events, historical figures, and major players, this revised and updated edition of Greg's bestselling guide clues you in on what the "dismal science" is really all about and why you should care.

A fun, educational journey through the strange, sometimes counterintuitive world of economics, The Little Book of Economics delivers:

  • Indispensable insights into everything that really matters about economics and its impact on everyday life
  • Crystal clear explanations of crucial topics such as inflation, unemployment, the Federal Reserve, taxes, the budget deficit, and a lot more
  • Priceless insights into the real roots of the global financial crisis and its aftermath, and of the United States' slugglish recovery and high unemployment
  • Discussions of the dangers posed by risk-taking on Wall Street and soaring government debt
  • Thought-provoking suggestions about what policymakers should do about growth, jobs, taxes, the deficit, and regulation going forward
  • Expert analyses of globalization, the euro crisis, the sources of China's runaway growth, and why the gap between the rich and everyone else keeps getting bigger
  • Special sections in each chapter that demystify the jargon and key concepts to help you understand each subject in detail and keep track of ongoing developments

An accessible, thoroughly engaging look at how the economy really works and how it affects your everyday life, The Little Book of Economics is more than just a great source of information, it's a tool of survival in today's turbulent economic times.

The Demographic Cliff [EPUB]

The Demographic Cliff [EPUB]
The Demographic Cliff: How to Survive and Prosper During the Great Deflation of 2014-2019 by by Harry S Dent Jr
2014 | EPUB | 28.12MB

Bestselling author and financial guru Harry Dent shows why we’re facing a “great deflation” after five years of desperate stimulus — and what to do about it now.

Throughout his long career as an economic forecaster, Harry Dent has relied on a not-so-secret weapon: demographics. Studying the predictable things people do as they age is the ultimate tool for understanding trends. For instance, Dent can tell a client exactly when people will spend the most on potato chips. And he can explain why our economy has risen and fallen with the peak spending of generations, and why we now face a growing demographic cliff with the accelerating retirement of the Baby Boomers around the world.

Dent predicted the impact of the Boomers hitting their highest growth in spending in the 1990s, when most economists saw the United States declining. And he anticipated the decline of Japan in the 1990s, when economists were proclaiming it would overtake the U.S. economy.

But now, Dent argues, the fundamental demographics have turned against the United States and will hit more countries ahead. Inflation rises when a larger than usual block of younger people enter the workforce, and it wanes when large numbers of older people retire, downsize their homes, and cut their spending. The mass retirement of the Boomers won’t just hold back inflation; it and massive debt deleveraging will actually cause deflation—weakening the economy the most from 2014 into 2019.

Dent explores the implications of his controversial predictions. He offers advice on retirement planning, health care, real estate, education, investing, and business strategies. For instance . . .

  • BUSINESSES should get lean and mean now. Identify segments that you can clearly dominate and sell off or shut down others. If you don’t, the economy will do it for you, more painfully and less profitably.
  • INVESTORS should sell stocks by mid-January 2014 and look to buy them back in 2015 or later at a Dow as low as 5,800.
  • FAMILIES should wait to buy real estate in areas where home prices have gone back to where the bubble started in early 2000.
  • GOVERNMENTS need to stop the endless stimulus that creates more bubbles and kills the middle class, and should assist in restructuring the unprecedented debt bubble of 1983–2008.

Dent shows that if you take the time to understand demographic data, using it to your advantage isn’t all that difficult. By following his suggestions, readers will be able to find the upside to the downturn and learn how to survive and prosper during the most challenging years ahead.

Evolution Rx [EPUB]

Evolution Rx [EPUB]
Evolution Rx: A Practical Guide to Harnessing Our Innate Capacity for Health and Healing by William F Meller
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.42/0.4MB

A revolutionary-yet simple and practical-guide to staying fit and healthy based on evolutionary medicine.

Countless books and nutrition experts have advised modern readers to adopt the best of the "cave-man diet" that avoids processed foods and refined carbohydrates. But how and what people eat is only the beginning of what the study of human evolution can teach us about overall health and well-being. Based on the latest research in the burgeoning field of evolutionary medicine, Evolution Rx provides readers with not only an understanding of the underlying science of this discipline but with a practical means to making nutritional and lifestyle changes that address a wide range of topics from exercise and injury prevention to allergies, heart health, cancer, Alzheimer's, and more:

  • Why eating more fat, not less, can fuel weight loss
  • Why human bodies can't register fullness when eating carbohydrates-and what to do about it
  • Why getting more sun leads to better health
  • Why stretching before exercise-or after an injury- is a bad idea
  • Why children should be encouraged to get dirty

Provocative, science-based, and practical, Evolution Rx presents a new and powerful way to understand the human body and how to promote vibrant health.

Cholesterol Clarity [EPUB]

Cholesterol Clarity [EPUB]
Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers by Jimmy Moore, Eric C Westman
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.64/0.72MB

Are you confused by what your cholesterol levels really say about your health?

Don't you wish someone could just spell it out in simple, easy-to-understand language and tell you what, if anything, you need to do about your cholesterol? Good news! That's precisely what Cholesterol Clarity is designed to do. Jimmy Moore, a prominent and highly respected health blogger and podcaster, has teamed up with Dr. Eric Westman, a practicing internist and nutrition researcher, to bring you one of the most unique books you'll ever read on this subject, featuring exclusive interviews with twenty-nine of the world's top experts from various fields to give you the complete lowdown on cholesterol. If you're worried about any confusing medical jargon in this book, don't be—this critical information is broken down for you to grasp what is really important and what is not.

You won't find this kind of comprehensive, cutting-edge, expert-driven cholesterol information all in one place anywhere else. Has your doctor told you your total and/or LDL cholesterol is too high and thus requires you to take immediate action to lower it? Has the solution to your "high cholesterol" been to cut down on your saturated fat intake, eat more "healthy" whole grains and vegetable oils, and possibly even take a prescription medication like a statin to lower it to "desirable" levels? If so, then this is the book for you. Learn what the real deal is from some of the leading experts on the subject. Not only will Cholesterol Clarity tell you what your cholesterol tests—LDL, HDL, triglycerides, and other key cholesterol markers—really mean, but it will also arm you with nutritional guidance that will lead you to optimal health. Are you ready to find out what the HDL is wrong with your numbers?

Within the pages of this book you'll learn invaluable lessons, including:

  • Why your LDL-C and total cholesterol numbers may not be as important in determining your health as your doctor may think
  • The undeniable negative role that chronic inflammation plays in your health
  • Why cholesterol-lowering statin drugs don't necessarily solve your heart health concerns
  • Why your doctor should be testing for LDL particles and particle size when measuring cholesterol
  • Why HDL and triglycerides are far more predictive of health concerns than LDL-C and total cholesterol
  • Why consuming foods with saturated fat is good for you, and why carbohydrate-based foods can be detrimental to attaining the best cholesterol numbers
  • Why a growing number of physicians, researchers, and nutritionists believe treating cholesterol numbers is virtually irrelevant

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die [EPUB]

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die [EPUB]
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die edited by Steven Jay Schneider
2011 | EPUB | 17.8MB

With more than one million copies sold worldwide in twenty-four languages, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die celebrates the great and groundbreaking, classic and cult, must-see movies of all time and offers a treasure trove of incisive, witty and revealing insights into the world of film.

This newly revised and updated edition of 1001 Movies is illustrated with hundreds of stunning film stills, portraits and poster art, bringing together the most significant movies from all genres, from action to Western, through animation, comedy, documentary, musical, noir, romance, thriller, short and sci-fi. The selection includes movies from over 30 countries and spans more than a century of extraordinary cinema. Whether your passion is rom-com or art house, The Blue Angel or Blue Velvet, 1001 Movies is the book for you.

1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die [EPUB]

1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die [EPUB]
1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die edited by Robert Dimery
2010 | EPUB | 12.95MB

1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die is an absorbing introduction to some of the greatest songs ever recorded, by an enormous range of artists from Bessie Smith to Gnarls Barkley and from Metallica to Missy Elliott. Find out what made their songs so great - then get back to the music. The rich history of popular music is built on a foundation of classic songs. From Tin Pan Alley to the Brill Building, Bob Dylan to Kurt Cobain, and Joni Mitchell to Amy Winehouse, gifted songwriters have crafted a cherished body of music that has become part of our lives. Imagine the Fifties without the magical clamor of "Tutti Frutti" and "Hound Dog", the Seventies without the anthemic "Le Freak" and "Anarchy in the U.K.", or the Noughties without the leftfield pop of "Toxic" or "Crazy". This music mirrors the times, both reflecting society at large ("A Change is Gonna Come" and "The Message") and mapping our own personal highs ("God Only Knows") or lows ("Hurt"). And from "Saturday Night Fish Fry" to "Saturday Night Fever", it has helped us simply forget our problems and dance till dawn.

1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die picks through nearly a century of music to bring you an inspiring selection of some of the greatest recordings ever made. Each entry in this wonderfully browsable book tells the story of a great song. Find out what inspired the songwriter, what makes the track so enduring, which songs it influenced in turn, and which cover version to listen out for. You'll also pick up a wealth of fascinating trivia along the way. What links Lead Belly, Lonnie Donegan, and Black Betty? Whose gravestone inspired Phil Spector's first hit? And when did Christina Aguilera join forces with The Moon People? Read on and find out.

Bossa Nova: The Story of the Brazilian Music [EPUB]

Bossa Nova: The Story of the Brazilian Music [EPUB]
Bossa Nova: The Story of the Brazilian Music That Seduced the World by by Ruy Castro
2000 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.55/1.97MB

Bossa nova is one of the most popular musical genres in the world. Songs such as 'The Girl from Ipanema' (the fifth-most-played song in the world), 'The Waters of March', and 'Desafinado' are known from one end of the earth to the other. This book, the one and only, definitive account of the history of bossa nova, relives the culture of Rio during its heyday. Based on extensive interviews with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto, and all the major musicians and their friends, Bossa Nova is full of passion and betrayal, love and hate, comedy and tragedy.

Vikings: A History [EPUB]

Vikings: A History [EPUB]
Vikings: A History by Neil Oliver
2013 | EPUB | 36.49MB

An archaeologist goes beyond the Vikings’ bloody reputation to search for the truth, in a new and groundbreaking history

An archaeologist goes beyond the Vikings’ bloody reputation to search for the truth, in a new and groundbreaking history.

The Vikings famously took no prisoners, relished cruel retribution, and prided themselves on their bloodthirsty skills as warriors. But their prowess in battle is only a small part of their story, which stretches from their Scandinavian origins to America in the West and as far as Baghdad in the East. As the Vikings did not write their own history, we have to discover it for ourselves; and that discovery, as Neil Oliver reveals, tells an extraordinary story of a people who, from the brink of destruction, reached a quarter of the way around the globe and built an empire that lasted nearly two hundred years.

Drawing on the latest discoveries that have only recently come to light, Scottish archaeologist Neil Oliver goes on the trail of the real Vikings. Where did they emerge from? How did they really live? And just what drove them to embark on such extraordinary voyages of discovery over 1,000 years ago? The Vikings: A History explores many of those questions for the first time in an epic story of one of the world's great empires of conquest.

Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures [EPUB]

Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures [EPUB]
Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures edited by Peggy J Kleinplatz, Charles Moser
2006 | EPUB | 0.75MB

A book that dispels the myths about those who prefer to go beyond “vanilla” sex
Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures is a comprehensive exploration of the entire sexual subculture that lies on the cutting edge of society. The mental health professions and society have marginalized people who practice sadomasochism (SM).

This interdisciplinary collection dispels myths surrounding SM, bringing together leading scholars from the fields of sexology, psychology, sociology, and medicine, alongside queer studies and sexual minority advocacy. Experts such as Thomas S. Weinberg, PhD, Susan Wright, MA, Margaret Nichols, PhD, Odd Reiersol, PhD, Svein Skeid, Rebecca F. Plante, PhD, Niklas Nordling, MPsych, and N. Kenneth Sandnabba, PhD, among other stellar authorities, reveal research findings, clinical data, and critical thinking about sexuality that lies beyond “vanilla.”

To gain a broader understanding of human sexuality, the study of SM is crucial for what it reveals about us as sexual beings. The text discusses the results of research into practitioners’ behaviors and perspectives, the prevalence of SM behaviors in today’s culture, and stresses the need for greater tolerance and understanding. The realization of SM desires and their acceptance are explored in detail. This unflinching look at the world and the people of SM will guide scholars and lay people alike into a more sensitive, sex-friendly viewpoint of the people society calls “kinky.”

Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures answers questions such as:

  • What is the nature of SM relationships?
  • What are the values and motives of SM participants?
  • How do mental health professionals regard and treat SM practitioners?
  • Should sadomasochism continue to be classified as a mental illness?
  • What is the legal status of SM and what are the consequences of discrimination against SM practitioners?
  • Does increasing visibility of SM imagery decrease stigma or create added problems?
  • What can ordinary lovers learn from those we have marginalized about the farther reaches of human erotic potential?

Sadomasochism: Powerful Pleasures is valuable, insightful reading for mental health professionals, students, sex educators, sex counselors, sex therapists, sex researchers, sexual health workers, sociologists, sexual minority groups, and anyone interested in learning more about the sexual pleasures that lie beyond the traditional.

A Philosophy of Pain [PDF]

A Philosophy of Pain [PDF]
A Philosophy of Pain by Arne Vetlesen
2009 | PDF | 1.13MB

“Living involves being exposed to pain every second—not necessarily as an insistent reality, but always as a possibility,” writes Arne Vetlesen in A Philosophy of Pain, a thought-provoking look at an inevitable and essential aspect of the human condition. Here, Vetlesen addresses pain in many forms, including the pain inflicted during torture; the pain suffered in disease; the pain accompanying anxiety, grief, and depression; and the pain brought by violence. He examines the dual nature of pain: how we attempt to avoid it as much as possible in our daily lives, and yet conversely, we obtain a thrill from seeking it.

Vetlesen’s analysis of pain is revealing, plumbing the very center of many of our most intense and complicated emotions. He looks at pain within different arenas of modern life such as family and work, and he specifically probes at a very common modern phenomenon, the idea of pushing oneself to the limit. Engaging throughout with the ideas of thinkers such as Søren Kierkegaard, Sigmund Freud, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Alice Miller, Susan Sontag, and Melanie Klein, A Philosophy of Pain asks which came first, thinking or feeling, and explores the concept and possibility of empathy.

Vetlesen offers an original and insightful perspective on something that all of us suffer and endure—from a sprained ankle to a broken heart. Although pain is in itself unpleasant, our ability to feel it reminds us that we are alive.

A Philosophy of Fear [PDF]

A Philosophy of Fear [PDF]
A Philosophy of Fear by Lars Svendsen
2007 | PDF | 1.1MB

Surveillance cameras. Airport security lines. Barred store windows. We see manifestations of societal fears everyday, and daily news reports on the latest household danger or raised terror threat level continually stoke our sense of impending doom. In A Philosophy of Fear, Lars Svendsen now explores the underlying ideas and issues behind this powerful emotion, as he investigates how and why fear has insinuated itself into every aspect of modern life.

Svendsen delves into science, politics, sociology, and literature to explore the nature of fear. He examines the biology behind the emotion, from the neuroscience underlying our “fight or flight” instinct to how fear induces us to take irrational actions in our attempts to minimize risk. The book then turns to the political and social realms, investigating the role of fear in the philosophies of Machiavelli and Hobbes, the rise of the modern “risk society,” and how fear has eroded social trust. Entertainment such as the television show “Fear Factor,” competition in extreme sports, and the political use of fear in the ongoing “War on Terror” all come under Svendsen’s probing gaze, as he investigates whether we can ever disentangle ourselves from the continual state of alarm that defines our age.

Svendsen ultimately argues for the possibility of a brighter, less fearful future that is marked by a triumph of humanist optimism. An incisive and thought-provoking meditation, A Philosophy of Fear pulls back the curtain that shrouds dangers imagined and real, forcing us to confront our fears and why we hold to them.

The 'Sacred History' of Euhemerus of Messene [PDF]

The Sacred History of Euhemerus of Messene [PDF]
The "Sacred History" of Euhemerus of Messene by Marek Winiarczyk
2013 | PDF | 1.45MB

The book is a first comprehensive study of the life and work of Euhemerus of Messene. Winiarczyk takes into consideration all scholarly works since the first half of the 19th century to the present day. Euhemerus' utopian novel Sacred history describes the travel to the island Panchaia in the Indian Ocean. According to Euhemerus, in the temple of Zeus Triphylius there was a stele which presented the Olympian gods as deified kings. Winiarczyk's book studies the sources of the theological views and of the description of the Panchaian society. The book will be for many decades the most authoritative monograph on Euhemerus.

The Abacus and the Cross [EPUB]

The Abacus and the Cross [EPUB]
The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages by Nancy Marie Brown
2010 | EPUB | 4.12MB

The medieval Catholic Church, widely considered a source of intolerance and inquisitorial fervor, was not anti-science during the Dark Ages—in fact, the pope in the year 1000 was the leading mathematician and astronomer of his day. Called “The Scientist Pope,” Gerbert of Aurillac rose from peasant beginnings to lead the church. By turns a teacher, traitor, kingmaker, and visionary, Gerbert is the first Christian known to teach math using the nine Arabic numerals and zero.

In The Abacus and the Cross, Nancy Marie Brown skillfully explores the new learning Gerbert brought to Europe. A fascinating narrative of one remarkable math teacher, The Abacus and the Cross will captivate readers of history, science, and religion alike.

Shadow of the Silk Road [Audiobook]

Shadow of the Silk Road [Audiobook]
Shadow of the Silk Road [Audiobook] by Colin Thubron
2007 | MP3 VBR + EPUB | 13 hrs 53 mins | 304.89MB

Shadow of the Silk Road records a journey along the greatest land route on earth. Out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran and into Kurdish Turkey, Colin Thubron covers some seven thousand miles in eight months. Making his way by local bus, truck, car, donkey cart and camel, he travels from the tomb of the Yellow Emperor, the mythic progenitor of the Chinese people, to the ancient port of Antioch—in perhaps the most difficult and ambitious journey he has undertaken in forty years of travel.

The Silk Road is a huge network of arteries splitting and converging across the breadth of Asia. To travel it is to trace the passage not only of trade and armies but also of ideas, religions and inventions. But alongside this rich and astonishing past, Shadow of the Silk Road is also about Asia today: a continent of upheaval.

One of the trademarks of Colin Thubron's travel writing is the beauty of his prose; another is his gift for talking to people and getting them to talk to him. Shadow of the Silk Road encounters Islamic countries in many forms. It is about changes in China, transformed since the Cultural Revolution. It is about false nationalisms and the world's discontented margins, where the true boundaries are not political borders but the frontiers of tribe, ethnicity, language and religion. It is a magnificent and important account of an ancient world in modern ferment.

Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People [Audiobook]

Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People [Audiobook]
Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People [Audiobook] by Jonathan Dimbleby, read by the Author
2009 | MP3@48 kbps | 19 hrs 44 mins | 411.89MB

Russia is a country in transition. It is a land of exotic treasures with a culture rich in world-famous artists, writers and musicians. It is a swiftly modernizing economy yet still a place of corruption, suppression, and secrecy, shaking off its recent, bloody past of Communist dictatorship.

Russia may no longer be seen to rival America, but with control over a huge portion of the world’s remaining non-renewable energy resources, it is a rapidly rising energy super-power. Yet, shrouded in myth and ice, it is little understood by the rest of world.

Travelling thousands of miles, Jonathan journeys from Kaliningrad in the west to Provideniya in the east to discover modern Russia. Passing through some of the most extreme landscape on earth, several climates and across seven time zones, he visits places “spectacular, infamous, secret” that witnessed defining moments in Russia’s extraordinary history.

The people that inhabit this vast landmass are as fascinating and diverse as the landscape. Caught between Asia and Europe, they are a mix of ethnicities, a product of Russian expansionism and their turbulent past. In this book and the groundbreaking television series it accompanies, Jonathan looks at how Russia’s past has shaped her current identity and investigates what modern Russia means to her people now.

Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World's Fair [EPUB]

Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World's Fair [EPUB]
Tomorrow-Land: The 1964-65 World's Fair and the Transformation of America by Joseph Tirella
2014 | EPUB | 2.79MB

Motivated by potentially turning Flushing Meadows, literally a land of refuse, into his greatest public park, Robert Moses--New York's "Master Builder"--brought the World’s Fair to the Big Apple for 1964 and ’65. Though considered a financial failure, the 1964-65 World’s Fair was a Sixties flashpoint in areas from politics to pop culture, technology to urban planning, and civil rights to violent crime.

In an epic narrative, Tomorrow-Land shows the astonishing pivots taken by New York City, America, and the world during the Fair. It fetched Disney’s empire from California and Michelangelo’s La Pieta from Europe; and displayed flickers of innovation from Ford, GM, and NASA--from undersea and outerspace colonies to personal computers. It housed the controversial work of Warhol (until Governor Rockefeller had it removed); and lured Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. Meanwhile, the Fair--and its house band, Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians--sat in the musical shadows of the Beatles and Bob Dylan, who changed rock-and-roll right there in Queens. And as Southern civil rights efforts turned deadly, and violent protests also occurred in and around the Fair, Harlem-based Malcolm X predicted a frightening future of inner-city racial conflict.

World’s Fairs have always been collisions of eras, cultures, nations, technologies, ideas, and art. But the trippy, turbulent, Technicolor, Disney, corporate, and often misguided 1964-65 Fair was truly exceptional.

The Capitalist Mode of Power [PDF]

The Capitalist Mode of Power [PDF]
The Capitalist Mode of Power: Critical Engagements with the Power Theory of Value edited Tim Di Muzio
2014 | PDF | 3.84MB

This edited volume offers the first critical engagement with one of the most provocative and controversial theories in political economy: the thesis that capital can be theorized as power and that capital is finance and only finance. The book also includes a detailed introduction to this novel thesis first put forward by Nitzan and Bichler in their Capital as Power.

Although endorsing the capital as power argument to varying extents, contributors to this volume agree that a new understanding of capital that radically departs from Marxist and Neoclassical theories cannot be ignored. Offering the first application and appraisal of Nitzan and Bichler’s theory, chapters examine the thesis in the context of energy and global capitalization, US Investment Banks, trade and investment agreements between Canada, the US and Mexico, and multinational corporations in Apartheid South Africa. Balancing theory, methodology and empirical analysis throughout, this book is accessible to new readers, whilst contextualising and advancing the original theoretical debate.

The Green Scorecard [EPUB]

The Green Scorecard [EPUB]
The Green Scorecard: Measuring the Return on Investment in Sustainability Initiatives by Patricia Pulliam Phillips, Jack J Phillips
2011 | EPUB | 3.95MB

From solar panels to company-wide recycling programs to supply chain decisions, green is here to stay. And with today’s emphasis on green investment, no longer is a company’s reputational gain enough reward. For organizations making major investments in green projects, a measurement system showing return on investment—a scorecard that brings ultimate accountability—is imperative. Yet until this point, no clear, reputable methodology has been available.

The Green Scorecard brings the authors’ patented ROI methodology to this growing area of business, describing a systematic process with proven success across a variety of functions within the private and public sectors. The Green Scorecard provides companies and organizations with a clear and direct plan for when and how to move forward—or not—with any green initiative.

Billion Dollar Lessons [Audiobook]

Billion Dollar Lessons [Audiobook]
Billion Dollar Lessons: What You Can Learn from the Most Inexcusable Business Failures of the Last 25 Years [Audiobook] by Paul B Carroll, Chunka Mui, read by Jim Bond
2008 | MP3@80 kbps | 10 hrs 59 mins | 377.44MB

Welcome to Business Failure 101

In the 1960s, IBM CEO Tom Watson called an executive into his office after his venture lost $10 million. Watson asked the man if he knew why he’d been called in. The man said he assumed he was being fired. Watson told him, “Fired? Hell, I spent $10 million educating you. I just want to be sure you learned the right lessons.”

In Billion-Dollar Lessons, Paul Carroll and Chunka Mui draw on research into more than 750 business failures to reveal the misguided tactics that mire companies again and again. There are thousands of books about successful companies but virtually none about the lessons to be learned from those that crash and burn.

Lesson One: The Cold Hard Facts

Between 1981 and 2006, 423 major publicly held U.S. companies with combined assets totaling $1.5 trillion filed for bankruptcy. Hundreds more took huge write-offs, discontinued major operations, or were acquired under duress. Again and again, companies follow the same wrong-headed strategies that brought down businesses in the past. The sub-prime mortgage crisis that cost companies tens of billions of dollars in 2007 and 2008 echoes the ill-conceived strategies that pushed Green Tree Financial and Conseco into bankruptcy years earlier. Tom Watson’s executive’s $10 million lesson seems cheap by comparison.

Lesson Two: Failure Patterns

Carroll and Mui found that the number one cause of failure was misguided strategy—not sloppy execution, poor leadership, or bad luck. These strategic errors fall into seven categories, including:

  • Pursuing nonexistent synergies: Quaker Oats’ purchase of Snapple was supposed to capitalize on distribution synergies but instead led to a $1.7 billion write-off.
  • Moving into an “adjacent” market that isn’t really adjacent: Avon decided its “culture of caring” qualified it to operate retirement homes. Subsequent write-offs totaled $545 million.
  • Buying more problems than efficiencies through misguided consolidation: Despite pioneering the discount department store years before Sam Walton came along, Ames Department Stores flubbed consolidation efforts, landing in bankruptcy twice before eventually liquidating.

Lesson Three: Avoid Making the Same Mistakes

But there’s light at the end of the tunnel: Billion-Dollar Lessons provides proven methods that managers, boards, and even investors can adopt to avoid making the same mistakes. While there’s no way to guarantee success, this book draws on vivid, off-the-beaten-track examples to help you avoid failure by showing you how to thoroughly assess potentially disastrous strategies before they bring your company down.

Required Reading

Think of Billion-Dollar Lessons as the flip side of Good to Great, but just as eye- opening and essential as that business classic. There’s enormous value in learning from companies that lost millions (if not billions) in pursuit of strategies that led to spectacular flameouts. Everyone makes mistakes, but why make the same mistakes over and over?