Dreaming in Code [Audiobook]

Dreaming in Code [EPUB]
Dreaming in Code: Two Dozen Programmers, Three Years, 4,732 Bugs, and One Quest for Transcendent Software [Audiobook] by Scott Rosenberg, read by Kyle McCarley
2012 | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 02 mins | 413.41MB

Their story takes us through a maze of dead ends and exhilarating breakthroughs as they and their colleagues wrestle not only with the abstraction of code but with the unpredictability of human behavior, especially their own. Along the way, we encounter black holes, turtles, snakes, dragons, axe-sharpening, and yak-shaving - and take a guided tour through the theories and methods, both brilliant and misguided, that litter the history of software development, from the famous "mythical man-month" to Extreme Programming.

Not just for technophiles but for anyone captivated by the drama of invention, Dreaming in Code offers a window into both the information age and the workings of the human mind.

What French Women Know [EPUB]

What French Women Know [EPUB]
What French Women Know: About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind by Debra Ollivier
2010 | EPUB | 0.43MB

The Los Angeles Times bestseller! "A Gallic prescription for living a life that is richer, more sensual, messier, and a lot more fun" (Boston Globe)

It's not the shoes, the scarves, or the lipstick that gives French women their allure. It's this: French women don't give a damn. They don't expect men to understand them. They don't care about being liked or being like everyone else. They accept the passage of time, celebrate the immediacy of pleasure, embrace ambiguity and imperfection, and prefer having a life to making a living.

In What French Women Know, Debra Ollivier goes beyond stale ooh- la-la stereotypes, challenging ingrained notions about sex, love, marriage, motherhood, and everything in between. With savvy, provocative thinking from French mistresses and maidens alike, Ollivier presents a refreshing counterpoint to the tired love dogma of our times, and offers realistic, liberating alternatives from the land that knows how to love.

Men with Balls [EPUB]

Men with Balls [EPUB]
Men with Balls: The Professional Athlete's Handbook by Drew Magary
2008 | EPUB | 1.6MB

This will be the very last book you ever read. Because after you have read this book, you, Good Sir, will know how to be a pro athlete. And pro athletes don't need books. Or strong family bonds. Or any of that stupid crap. Not when they have ready access to millions of dollars and scores of smoking hot chicks with questionable judgment.

This book will be all you require to cast aside your boring life as some jackass who cruises around bookstores hoping to score grad-school trim. With Men with Balls, you will learn how to:

  • Showboat using classical pantomime techniques
  • Figure out whether or not a stripper actually fancies you
  • Emotionally cope from the emotional fallout of rookie year hazing games
  • Find out which free locker room amphetamines will give you a shot of energy, and which will cause you to run down terrified schoolchildren with your Escalade (NOTE: Some do both)
  • Avoid media scrutiny by directing beat writers and columnists to the nearest hot buffet

So grab your balls, bookboy. You're about to become a home-run hitting, steroid-injecting, angry-orgy-having Turbostud. They're gonna need a whole ocean just to wash your jock.

By All Means Necessary [EPUB]

By All Means Necessary [EPUB]
By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest is Changing the World by Elizabeth Economy, Michael Levi
2014 | EPUB | 2.34MB

In the past thirty years, China has transformed from an impoverished country where peasants comprised the largest portion of the populace to an economic power with an expanding middle class and more megacities than anywhere else on earth. This remarkable transformation has required, and will continue to demand, massive quantities of resources. Like every other major power in modern history, China is looking outward to find them.

In By All Means Necessary, Elizabeth C. Economy and Michael Levi explore the unrivaled expansion of the Chinese economy and the global effects of its meteoric growth. China is now engaged in a far-flung quest, hunting around the world for fuel, ores, water, and land for farming, and deploying whatever it needs in the economic, political, and military spheres to secure the resources it requires. Chinese traders and investors buy commodities, with consequences for economies, people, and the environment around the world. Meanwhile the Chinese military aspires to secure sea lanes, and Chinese diplomats struggle to protect the country's interests abroad. And just as surely as China's pursuit of natural resources is changing the world--restructuring markets, pushing up commodity prices, transforming resource-rich economies through investment and trade--it is also changing China itself. As Chinese corporations increasingly venture abroad, they must navigate various political regimes, participate in international markets, and adopt foreign standards and practices, which can lead to wide-reaching social and political ramifications at home.

Clear, authoritative, and provocative, By All Means Necessary is a sweeping account of where China's pursuit of raw materials may take the country in the coming years and what the consequences will be--not just for China, but for the whole world.

The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism [EPUB]

The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism [EPUB]
The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism by Robert E Buswell, Donald S Lopez
2014 | EPUB | 9.65MB

With more than 5,000 entries totaling over a million words, this is the most comprehensive and authoritative dictionary of Buddhism ever produced in English. It is also the first to cover terms from all of the canonical Buddhist languages and traditions: Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Unlike reference works that focus on a single Buddhist language or school, The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism bridges the major Buddhist traditions to provide encyclopedic coverage of the most important terms, concepts, texts, authors, deities, schools, monasteries, and geographical sites from across the history of Buddhism. The main entries offer both a brief definition and a substantial short essay on the broader meaning and significance of the term covered. Extensive cross-references allow readers to find related terms and concepts. An appendix of Buddhist lists (for example, the four noble truths and the thirty-two marks of the Buddha), a timeline, six maps, and two diagrams are also included.

Written and edited by two of today's most eminent scholars of Buddhism, and more than a decade in the making, this landmark work is an essential reference for every student, scholar, or practitioner of Buddhism and for anyone else interested in Asian religion, history, or philosophy.

  • The most comprehensive dictionary of Buddhism ever produced in English
  • More than 5,000 entries totaling over a million words
  • The first dictionary to cover terms from all of the canonical Buddhist languages and traditions--Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean
  • Detailed entries on the most important terms, concepts, texts, authors, deities, schools, monasteries, and geographical sites in the history of Buddhism
  • Cross-references and appendixes that allow readers to find related terms and look up equivalent terms in multiple Buddhist languages
  • Includes a list of Buddhist lists, a timeline, and maps
  • Also contains selected terms and names in Thai, Burmese, Vietnamese, Lao, Khmer, Sinhalese, Newar, and Mongolian

Freemium Economics [EPUB]

Freemium Economics [EPUB]
Freemium Economics: Leveraging Analytics and User Segmentation to Drive Revenue by Eric Benjamin Seufert
2014 | EPUB | 2.84MB

Freemium Economics presents a practical, instructive approach to successfully implementing the freemium model into your software products by building analytics into product design from the earliest stages of development.

Your freemium product generates vast volumes of data, but using that data to maximize conversion, boost retention, and deliver revenue can be challenging if you don't fully understand the impact that small changes can have on revenue. In this book, author Eric Seufert provides clear guidelines for using data and analytics through all stages of development to optimize your implementation of the freemium model. Freemium Economics de-mystifies the freemium model through an exploration of its core, data-oriented tenets, so that you can apply it methodically rather than hoping that conversion and revenue will naturally follow product launch.

By reading Freemium Economics, you will:

  • Learn how to apply data science and big data principles in freemium product design and development to maximize conversion, boost retention, and deliver revenue
  • Gain a broad introduction to the conceptual economic pillars of freemium and a complete understanding of the unique approaches needed to acquire users and convert them from free to paying customers
  • Get practical tips and analytical guidance to successfully implement the freemium model
  • Understand the metrics and infrastructure required to measure the success of a freemium product and improve it post-launch
  • Includes a detailed explanation of the lifetime customer value (LCV) calculation and step-by-step instructions for implementing key performance indicators in a simple, universally-accessible tool like Excel

Twelve Who Ruled [EPUB]

Twelve Who Ruled [EPUB]
Twelve Who Ruled: The Year of the Terror in the French Revolution by R R Palmer
2005 | EPUB | 3.46MB

In its fifth year (1793-1794), the French Revolution faced a multifaceted crisis that threatened to overwhelm the Republic. In response the government instituted a revolutionary dictatorship and a "reign of terror," with a Committee of Public Safety at its head. R. R. Palmer's fascinating narrative follows the Committee's deputies individually and collectively, recounting and assessing their tumultuous struggles in Paris and their repressive missions in the provinces. A new foreword by Isser Woloch explains why this book has been, and deserves to remain, an enduring classic in French revolutionary studies.

The Hand of Compassion [EPUB]

The Hand of Compassion [EPUB]
The Hand of Compassion: Portraits of Moral Choice during the Holocaust by Kristen Renwick Monroe
2005 | EPUB | 2.36MB

Through moving interviews with five ordinary people who rescued Jews during the Holocaust, Kristen Monroe casts new light on a question at the heart of ethics: Why do people risk their lives for strangers and what drives such moral choice? Monroe's analysis points not to traditional explanations--such as religion or reason--but to identity. The rescuers' perceptions of themselves in relation to others made their extraordinary acts spontaneous and left the rescuers no choice but to act. To turn away Jews was, for them, literally unimaginable. In the words of one German Czech rescuer, "The hand of compassion was faster than the calculus of reason."

At the heart of this unusual book are interviews with the rescuers, complex human beings from all parts of the Third Reich and all walks of life: Margot, a wealthy German who saved Jews while in exile in Holland; Otto, a German living in Prague who saved more than 100 Jews and provides surprising information about the plot to kill Hitler; John, a Dutchman on the Gestapo's "Most Wanted List"; Irene, a Polish student who hid eighteen Jews in the home of the German major for whom she was keeping house; and Knud, a Danish wartime policeman who took part in the extraordinary rescue of 85 percent of his country's Jews.

We listen as the rescuers themselves tell the stories of their lives and their efforts to save Jews. Monroe's analysis of these stories draws on philosophy, ethics, and political psychology to suggest why and how identity constrains our choices, both cognitively and ethically. Her work offers a powerful counterpoint to conventional arguments about rational choice and a valuable addition to the literature on ethics and moral psychology. It is a dramatic illumination of the power of identity to shape our most basic political acts, including our treatment of others.

But always Monroe returns us to the rescuers, to their strong voices, reminding us that the Holocaust need not have happened and revealing the minds of the ethically exemplary as they negotiated the moral quicksand that was the Holocaust.

Flatland: An Edition with Notes and Commentary [PDF]

Flatland: An Edition with Notes and Commentary [PDF]
Flatland: An Edition with Notes and Commentary by Edwin A Abbott
2009 | PDF | 3.73MB

Flatland, Edwin Abbott's story of a two-dimensional universe, as told by one of its inhabitants who is introduced to the mysteries of three-dimensional space, has enjoyed an enduring popularity from the time of its publication in 1884.

This fully annotated edition enables the modern-day reader to understand and appreciate the many 'dimensions' of this classic satire. Mathematical notes and illustrations enhance the usefulness of Flatland as an elementary introduction to higher-dimensional geometry. Historical notes show connections to late-Victorian England and to classical Greece. Citations from Abbott's other writings as well as the works of Plato and Aristotle serve to interpret the text. Commentary on language and literary style includes numerous definitions of obscure words. An appendix gives a comprehensive account of the life and work of Flatland's remarkable author.

Storytelling for Lawyers [EPUB]

Storytelling for Lawyers [EPUB]
Storytelling for Lawyers by Philip Meyer
2014 | EPUB | 2.14MB

Good lawyers have an ability to tell stories. Whether they are arguing a murder case or a complex financial securities case, they can capably explain a chain of events to judges and juries so that they understand them. The best lawyers are also able to construct narratives that have an emotional impact on their intended audiences. But what is a narrative, and how can lawyers go about constructing one? How does one transform a cold presentation of facts into a seamless story that clearly and compellingly takes readers not only from point A to point B, but to points C, D, E, F, and G as well?

In Storytelling for Lawyers, Phil Meyer explains how. He begins with a pragmatic theory of the narrative foundations of litigation practice and then applies it to a range of practical illustrative examples: briefs, judicial opinions and oral arguments. Intended for legal practitioners, teachers, law students, and even interdisciplinary academics, the book offers a basic yet comprehensive explanation of the central role of narrative in litigation.

The book also offers a narrative tool kit that supplements the analytical skills traditionally emphasized in law school as well as practical tips for practicing attorneys that will help them craft their own legal stories.

Catching the Wolf of Wall Street [Audiobook]

Catching the Wolf of Wall Street [Audiobook]
Catching the Wolf of Wall Street: More Incredible True Stories of Fortunes, Schemes, Parties, and Prison [Audiobook] by Jordan Belfort, read by Ray Porter
2009 | MP3@32 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 37 mins | 228.79MB

In the go-go nineties Jordan Belfort proved to Wall Street that you didn’t need to be on Wall Street to make a fortune in the stock market. But his company, Stratton Oakmont, worked differently. His young Long Island wannabes didn’t know from turnaround plans or fiduciary trust. Instead, they knew how to separate wealthy investors from their cash, and spend it as fast as it came in--on hookers, yachts, and drugs. But when Jordan’s empire crashed, the man who had become legend was cornered into a five-year stint cooperating with the feds. This continuation of his Wall Street Journal bestseller, The Wolf of Wall Street, tells the true story of his spectacular flameout and imprisonment for stock fraud.

In this astounding account, Wall Street’s notorious bad boy--and original million-dollar-a-month stock chopper--leads us through a drama worthy of The Sopranos, from his early rise to power to the FBI raid on his estate to the endless indictments at his arrest, to his deal with a bloodthirsty prosecutor to rat out his oldest friends and colleagues--while they were doing the same. With his kingdom in ruin, not to mention his marriage, the Wolf faced his greatest challenge yet: how to navigate a gauntlet of judges and lawyers, hold on to his kids and his enraged model wife--and possibly salvage his self-respect. It wasn’t going to be easy. In fact, for a man with an unprecedented appetite for excess, it was going to be hell.

From a wired conversation at an Italian restaurant, where Jordan’s conscience finally kicks in, to a helicopter ride with an underage knockout that will become his ultimate undoing, here is the tale of a young genius on a roller coaster of harrowing highs--and more harrowing lows. But as the countdown to his moment in court begins, after one last crazy bout with a madcap Russian beauty queen, the man at the center of one of the most outrageous scandals in financial history sees the light of what matters most: his sobriety, and his future as a father and a man. Will a prison term be his first step toward redemption?

The Wolf of Wall Street [EPUB]

The Wolf of Wall Street [EPUB]
The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort
2007 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.58/0.89MB

By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids waiting at home, and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king and did his bidding, here, in his own inimitable words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called . . .

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

In the 1990s Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of the canyons of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. Now, in this astounding and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess that no one could invent.

Reputedly the prototype for the film Boiler Room, Stratton Oakmont turned microcap investing into a wickedly lucrative game as Belfort’s hyped-up, coked-out brokers browbeat clients into stock buys that were guaranteed to earn obscene profits—for the house. But an insatiable appetite for debauchery, questionable tactics, and a fateful partnership with a breakout shoe designer named Steve Madden would land Belfort on both sides of the law and into a harrowing darkness all his own.

From the stormy relationship Belfort shared with his model-wife as they ran a madcap household that included two young children, a full-time staff of twenty-two, a pair of bodyguards, and hidden cameras everywhere—even as the SEC and FBI zeroed in on them—to the unbridled hedonism of his office life, here is the extraordinary story of an ordinary guy who went from hustling Italian ices at sixteen to making hundreds of millions. Until it all came crashing down . . .

In the Shadow of the Bomb [EPUB]

In the Shadow of the Bomb [EPUB]
In the Shadow of the Bomb: Oppenheimer, Bethe, and the Moral Responsibility of the Scientist by Silvan S Schweber
2000 | EPUB | 2.23MB

In the Shadow of the Bomb narrates how two charismatic, exceptionally talented physicists--J. Robert Oppenheimer and Hans A. Bethe--came to terms with the nuclear weapons they helped to create. In 1945, the United States dropped the bomb, and physicists were forced to contemplate disquieting questions about their roles and responsibilities. When the Cold War followed, they were confronted with political demands for their loyalty and McCarthyism's threats to academic freedom. By examining how Oppenheimer and Bethe--two men with similar backgrounds but divergent aspirations and characters--struggled with these moral dilemmas, one of our foremost historians of physics tells the story of modern physics, the development of atomic weapons, and the Cold War.

Oppenheimer and Bethe led parallel lives. Both received liberal educations that emphasized moral as well as intellectual growth. Both were outstanding theoreticians who worked on the atom bomb at Los Alamos. Both advised the government on nuclear issues, and both resisted the development of the hydrogen bomb. Both were, in their youth, sympathetic to liberal causes, and both were later called to defend the United States against Soviet communism and colleagues against anti-Communist crusaders. Finally, both prized scientific community as a salve to the apparent failure of Enlightenment values.

Yet, their responses to the use of the atom bomb, the testing of the hydrogen bomb, and the treachery of domestic politics differed markedly. Bethe, who drew confidence from scientific achievement and integration into the physics community, preserved a deep integrity. By accepting a modest role, he continued to influence policy and contributed to the nuclear test ban treaty of 1963. In contrast, Oppenheimer first embodied a new scientific persona--the scientist who creates knowledge and technology affecting all humanity and boldly addresses their impact--and then could not carry its burden. His desire to retain insider status, combined with his isolation from creative work and collegial scientific community, led him to compromise principles and, ironically, to lose prestige and fall victim to other insiders.

Schweber draws on his vast knowledge of science and its history--in addition to his unique access to the personalities involved--to tell a tale of two men that will enthrall readers interested in science, history, and the lives and minds of great thinkers.

When Computers Were Human [EPUB]

When Computers Were Human [EPUB]
When Computers Were Human by When Computers Were Human
2005 | EPUB | 3.98MB

Before Palm Pilots and iPods, PCs and laptops, the term "computer" referred to the people who did scientific calculations by hand. These workers were neither calculating geniuses nor idiot savants but knowledgeable people who, in other circumstances, might have become scientists in their own right. When Computers Were Human represents the first in-depth account of this little-known, 200-year epoch in the history of science and technology.

Beginning with the story of his own grandmother, who was trained as a human computer, David Alan Grier provides a poignant introduction to the wider world of women and men who did the hard computational labor of science. His grandmother's casual remark, "I wish I'd used my calculus," hinted at a career deferred and an education forgotten, a secret life unappreciated; like many highly educated women of her generation, she studied to become a human computer because nothing else would offer her a place in the scientific world.

The book begins with the return of Halley's comet in 1758 and the effort of three French astronomers to compute its orbit. It ends four cycles later, with a UNIVAC electronic computer projecting the 1986 orbit. In between, Grier tells us about the surveyors of the French Revolution, describes the calculating machines of Charles Babbage, and guides the reader through the Great Depression to marvel at the giant computing room of the Works Progress Administration.

When Computers Were Human is the sad but lyrical story of workers who gladly did the hard labor of research calculation in the hope that they might be part of the scientific community. In the end, they were rewarded by a new electronic machine that took the place and the name of those who were, once, the computers.

Braintrust [EPUB]

Braintrust [EPUB]
Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us about Morality by Patricia S Churchland
2011 | EPUB | 1.4MB

What is morality? Where does it come from? And why do most of us heed its call most of the time? In Braintrust, neurophilosophy pioneer Patricia Churchland argues that morality originates in the biology of the brain. She describes the "neurobiological platform of bonding" that, modified by evolutionary pressures and cultural values, has led to human styles of moral behavior. The result is a provocative genealogy of morals that asks us to reevaluate the priority given to religion, absolute rules, and pure reason in accounting for the basis of morality.

Moral values, Churchland argues, are rooted in a behavior common to all mammals--the caring for offspring. The evolved structure, processes, and chemistry of the brain incline humans to strive not only for self-preservation but for the well-being of allied selves--first offspring, then mates, kin, and so on, in wider and wider "caring" circles. Separation and exclusion cause pain, and the company of loved ones causes pleasure; responding to feelings of social pain and pleasure, brains adjust their circuitry to local customs. In this way, caring is apportioned, conscience molded, and moral intuitions instilled. A key part of the story is oxytocin, an ancient body-and-brain molecule that, by decreasing the stress response, allows humans to develop the trust in one another necessary for the development of close-knit ties, social institutions, and morality.

A major new account of what really makes us moral, Braintrust challenges us to reconsider the origins of some of our most cherished values.

Human Memory: A Constructivist View [EPUB]

Human Memory: A Constructivist View [EPUB]
Human Memory: A Constructivist View by Mary B Howes, Geoffrey O'Shea
2014 | EPUB | 2.42MB

While memory research has recently focused on brain images and neurological underpinnings of transmitters, Human Memory: A Constructivist View assesses how our individual identity affects what we remember, why and how. This book brings memory back to the constructivist questions of how all the experiences of an individual, up to the point of new memory input, help to determine what that person pays attention to, how that information is interpreted, and how all that ultimately affects what goes into memory and how it is stored. This also affects what can be recalled later and what kind of memory distortions are likely to occur.

The authors describe constructionist theories of memory, what they predict, how this is borne out in research findings, presenting everyday life examples for better understanding of the material and interest. Intended for memory researchers and graduate level courses, this book is an excellent summary of human memory research from the constructivist perspective.

  • Defines constructivist theory in memory research
  • Assesses research findings relative to constructivist predictions
  • Identifies how personal experience dictates attention, interpretation, and storage
  • Integrates constructivist based findings with cognitive neuroscience

The Origin of Ideas [EPUB]

The Origin of Ideas [EPUB]
The Origin of Ideas: Blending, Creativity, and the Human Spark by Mark Turner
2014 | EPUB | 3.33MB

What makes human beings so innovative, so adept at rapid, creative thinking? Where do new ideas come from, and once we have them, how can we carry them mentally into new situations? What allows our thinking to range easily over time, space, causation, and agency-so easily that we take this truly remarkable ability for granted?

In The Origin of Ideas, Mark Turner offers a provocative new theory to answer these and many other questions. While other species do what we cannot-fly, run amazingly fast, see in the dark-only human beings can innovate so rapidly and widely. Turner argues that this distinctively human spark was an evolutionary advance that developed from a particular kind of mental operation, which he calls "blending": our ability to take two or more ideas and create a new idea in the "blend." Turner begins by looking at the "lionman," a 32,000-year-old ivory figurine, one of the earliest examples of blending. Here, the concepts "lion" and "man" are merged into a new figure, the "lionman." Turner argues that at some stage during the Paleolithic Age, humans reached a tipping point. Before that, we were a bunch of large, unimaginative mammals. After that, we were poised to take over the world. Once biological evolution hit upon making brains that could do advanced blending, we possessed the capacity to invent and maintain culture. Cultural innovation could then progress by leaps and bounds over biological evolution itself, leading to the highest forms of human cognition and creativity.

For anyone interested in how and why our minds work the way they do, The Origin of Ideas offers a wealth of original insights-and is itself a brilliant example of the innovative thinking it describes.

Playing at the World [EPUB]

Playing at the World [EPUB]
Playing at the World by Jon Peterson
2012 | EPUB | 5.63MB

Explore the conceptual origins of wargames and role-playing games in this unprecedented history of simulating the real and the impossible. From a vast survey of primary sources ranging from eighteenth-century strategists to modern hobbyists, Playing at the World distills the story of how gamers first decided fictional battles with boards and dice, and how they moved from simulating wars to simulating people. The invention of role-playing games serves as a touchstone for exploring the ways that the literary concept of character, the lure of fantastic adventure and the principles of gaming combined into the signature cultural innovation of the late twentieth century.

Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Vols 1-3) [EPUB]

Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Vols 1-3) [EPUB]
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: The Modern Library Collection (Complete and Unabridged) [Vols 1-3] by Edward Gibbon
2013 | EPUB | 48.8MB

Edward Gibbon’s magnum opus narrates the history of the Roman Empire from the second century A.D. to its collapse in the west in the fifth century and in the east in the fifteenth century. Alongside the magnificent narrative lies the author’s wit and sweeping irony, exemplified by Gibbon’s famous definition of history as “little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.”

An epic chronicle of uncommon literary distinction, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is widely considered the greatest work of history ever written. This unabridged eBook bundle of the celebrated text edited by Professor J. B. Bury, considered a classic since it first appeared in 1896, includes Gibbon’s own exhaustive notes, Bury’s original Introduction and index, as well as a modern appraisal of Gibbon in an Introduction from Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Daniel J. Boorstin.

Does This Plug into That? [EPUB]

Does This Plug into That? [EPUB]
Does This Plug into That: Simplify Your Electronic Life by Eric Taub
2014 | EPUB | 2.12MB

The first really easy-to-use consumer guide to buying, installing, and using electronic gadgetry including HDTVs and home networks, tablets, smart phones, MP3 players, GPS systems, car electronics and more, for you and me, not geeks!

Smartphone, router, Blu-ray, LED—America’s use of electronics has gotten increasingly more challenging since the invention of the light bulb. If you don’t know how many pixels your HDTV should contain for maximum viewing pleasure, or if you are ready to throw your hands up when you hear that you have to configure your Internet router using the WPA-PSK (TKIP) or WPA-PSK (TKIP) + WPA2-PSK (AES) security protocols, then you need Eric Taub’s Does This Plug Into That?

Taub ignores the jargon and demystifies the technology that can make our lives easier, but usually leaves us bewildered, flummoxed, and defeated—especially after consulting the manufacturer’s installation and usage instructions. Does This Plug into That? cracks the geek code and offers practical advice and directions for everything from purchasing a new TV, to setting up a Web connection, installing a home network, and more. Does This Plug Into That? is the all-inclusive resource that will make you smarter than your smartphone while enhancing your gadgetry and electronic prowess.

Reinventing Retirement [EPUB]

Reinventing Retirement [EPUB]
Reinventing Retirement: 389 Bright Ideas About Family, Friends, Health, What to Do, and Where to Live by Miriam Goodman
2008 | EPUB | 1.33MB

With 76 million baby boomers on the cusp of retirement in the U.S. alone, it's time to look beyond finances and examine how ending traditional, full-time work impacts every aspect of life.

Author Miriam Goodman has interviewed hundreds of retirees on the subjects of home, marriage, family, friends, hobbies, health, and even on going back to part- or full-time work. Their insights will help readers create their personalized strategy for an active and fulfilling retirementwhether that means sailing around the world, starting a new business, or moving to be closer to grandchildren. A workbook format with tabbed sections makes it easy to access the highly practical information that makes Reinventing Retirement an essential guide to this exciting new phase of life.

The Real Estate Math Handbook [EPUB]

The Real Estate Math Handbook [EPUB]
The Real Estate Math Handbook: Simplified Solutions For The Real Estate Investor by Jamaine Burrell
2008 | EPUB | 5.9MB

Real estate math skills are an integral part of becoming a truly successful investor. You need a competitive edge, and, by building your real estate math skills, this book will give it to you.

These math skills are easily explained, and in no time you will be calculating such things as real estate investment analysis, valuation of income property, valuation of commercial real estate, vacancy loss projections, pay back period, time value of money, amortization schedule calculations, mortgage pay off, cash flow, net income/loss, option pricing, conversions, markup/discount, lease vs. buy analysis, evaluate tax sales, project income potential and cash flow, using Excel and other financial software programs, master the art of property valuation, and other financial calculations and tools.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Out of Debt [EPUB]

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Out of Debt [EPUB]
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting Out of Debt by Ken Clark
2009 | EPUB | 1.08MB

Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul?

The American economy is dragging, with unemployment rates rising and consumer debt hitting $2.5 trillion. Many people are in deep and need help. Here, a Certified Financial Planner explains the mathematics of debt; strategies to deal with credit card, mortgage, student, and other loans; why debt consolidation and taking loans from a 401(k) can lead to problems; truths about bankruptcy; and how to use debt while eliminating it.

  • Includes essential resources and websites, sample letters and forms, loan forgiveness programs, bankruptcy resources
  • Author a Certified Financial Planner
  • Covers every kind of debt, mortgages to credit cards to student loans
  • National credit card debt is growing exponentially

Investing in an Uncertain Economy For Dummies [EPUB]

Investing in an Uncertain Economy For Dummies [EPUB]
Investing in an Uncertain Economy For Dummies by Sheryl Garrett
2008 | EPUB | 1.68MB

Protect and strengthen your financial holdings during troubled economic times

Want to make the right investment decisions in an uncertain market? This concise, practical guide gives you smart, actionable strategies for saving your money and meeting both your short- and long-term financial goals. You'll see how to safely accumulate wealth, consolidate and protect gains, and make the best investment allocations in troubling times.

  • Get your finances in shape — manage debt, assess your insurance, improve your credit score, and create a safety net
  • Understand investment vehicles and accounts — from money markets and annuities to mutual and exchange-traded funds to stocks, bonds, commodities, IRAs, and more
  • Make effective asset allocation decisions — know your risk tolerance, diversify your holdings, and rebalance your assets
  • Save for retirement — provide for potential long-term care expenses, allocate your assets, and minimize your portfolio risk
  • Live on your investment earnings — make Social Security work for you, get the most from your pension, take stock of your IRAs, use your taxable investments, and more
  • Take care of others — help adult children or elderly parents with large expenses and see how to preserve your assets to pass on to your heirs

Open the book and find:

  • 80 strategies from top independent financial advisors
  • Focused, individualized investment strategies that work during the good times and the bad
  • Guidance on building a conservative, moderate, or aggressive portfolio
  • Ways to reduce your investment risk
  • Advice on rebalancing your assets
  • Tips for acquiring undervalued investments
  • Methods to make your money last throughout your retirement, even in the face of economic turmoil

Estate Planning For Dummies [EPUB]

Estate Planning For Dummies [EPUB]
Estate Planning For Dummies by N Brian Caverly, Jordan S Simon
2003 | EPUB | 2.73MB

If you’re like most people, you want to be sure that, once you’ve passed on, no more of your property and money will be lost to the government than is absolutely necessary. You want to know that you’ll be leaving your heirs your assets and not your debts. You want to be absolutely certain that your will is ship-shape, your insurance policies are structured properly, and that every conceivable hole in your estate plan has been filled. And most of all, you’d like to do all of this without driving yourself crazy trying to make sense of the complicated jargon, jumble of paperwork, and welter of state and federal laws involved in the estate planning process.

Written by two estate planning pros, this simple, easy-to-use guide takes the pain out of planning for your ultimate financial future. In plain English, the authors walk you step-by-step through everything you need to know to:

  • Put your estate into order
  • Minimize estate taxes
  • Write a proper will
  • Deal with probate
  • Set up trusts
  • Make sure your insurance policies are structured properly
  • Plan for special situations, like becoming incompetent and pet care
  • Craft a solid estate plan and keep it up-to-date

Don’t leave the final disposition of your estate up to chance and the whims of bureaucrats. Estate Planning For Dummies gives you the complete lowdown on:

  • Figuring out what you're really worth
  • Mastering the basics of wills and probate
  • Using will substitutes and dodging probate taxes
  • Setting up protective trusts, charitable trusts, living trusts and more
  • Making sense of state and federal inheritance taxes
  • Avoiding the generation skipping transfer tax
  • Minimizing all your estate-related taxes
  • Estate planning for family businesses
  • Creating a comprehensive estate plan

Straightforward, reader-friendly, easy-to-use, Estate Planning For Dummies is the ultimate guide to planning your family’s future.

The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half [EPUB]

The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half [EPUB]
The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half: The Strategic Shopping Method Proven to Slash Food and Drugstore Costs by Stephanie Nelson
2009 | EPUB | 1.6MB

Americans are hungry for bargains these days, but one woman has developed the ultimate strategy for enjoying a feast of savings. Taking the nation by storm, with appearances ranging from The Oprah Winfrey Show Stephanie Nelson has shown countless women and men how to save thousands of dollars by becoming savvy coupon clippers-without sacrificing nutrition or quality. Now, in The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half, Nelson demonstrates all of the tricks of the trade-beyond coupons and tailor-made for a variety of shopper lifestyles. Whether you're a "busy" shopper and have only a small amount of time each week to devote to finding the best deal; a "rookie" shopper who is ready to put more effort into cutting bills; or a seasoned "varsity" shopper who is looking for new ways to get the deepest discounts possible, this book offers techniques thatw ill make it easy to save money at any level and on any timetable.

Extending her Strategic Shopping protocols to mass merchandisers, wholesale clubs, natural-food stores, drugstores, and other retailers, Nelson proves that value and variety can go hand in hand. With meal- planning tips, recipes, and cost-comparison guides, as well as inspiring real-life stories from the phenomenal Coupon Mom movement, this is a priceless guide to turning the checkout lane into a road of riches.

Make Money, Not Excuses [EPUB]

Make Money, Not Excuses [EPUB]
Make Money, Not Excuses: Wake Up, Take Charge, and Overcome Your Financial Fears Forever by Jean Chatzky
2008 | EPUB | 606.1KB

Get Rich, Don't Bitch

Today, more than ever before, wealth is something every woman has the power to create. Yet Jean Chatzky constantly hears all the excuses why women can’t and don’t master their money. Now, she reveals the secrets and the strategies she created to take control of her own money–strategies through which she gained her “money confidence.” It’s time for you to find yours!

In Make Money, Not Excuses Jean shares these valuable lessons:

  • Where to start
  • How to get over your “I’m not smart enough to deal with money” feelings
  • Why being a “good-enough investor” will make more money for you in
  • the long-term (while trying to be a “great investor” will drive you crazy)
  • How (and where) to save your money
  • Why women make better investors––and higher returns––than men
  • How to track where you’re overspending
  • How to pay off your debt

Jean is unsurpassed in her ability to explain money and investing in simple, straightforward ways. Here she breaks down the scariest parts of dealing with money–from investing in stocks to saving for your retirement–and makes them practical, easy, empowering, and, yes, even enjoyable. This is your road map to real wealth.

The Cure for Money Madness [EPUB]

The Cure for Money Madness [EPUB]
The Cure for Money Madness: Break Your Bad Money Habits, Live Without Financial Stress--and Make More Money by Spencer Sherman
2009 | EPUB | 4.13MB

The Cure for Money Madness makes a golden promise: stress-free prosperity and a lifetime of financial peace.

When financial advisor Spencer Sherman found himself crossing a police line to retrieve his work files from a burning office building, he realized he had money madness. He noticed it in his clients, too: those irrational feelings about money that make otherwise rational adults behave foolishly—buying high, selling low, overspending, lying to their spouses, equating their self-worth with their net worth. Money madness stresses us out, poisons our relationships, and keeps us from making as much money as we can. So Spencer invented the cure. Now, in The Cure for Money Madness, he gives us the tools that have helped thousands of people find greater peace of mind—and make more money.

Money madness, Spencer shows us, comes from unproductive messages that we received long ago. “It takes money to make money.” “Paying rent is just throwing money down the drain.” “Don’t talk about money.” When you challenge the messages, you can transform all aspects of your money life: earning, spending, saving, investing, giving, borrowing. More money will flow to you. Your relationships will improve. You’ll enjoy your money more. And you’ll be more generous, too.

In The Cure for Money Madness, you’ll discover:

  • How much your money madness has been costing you
  • How wealthy you truly are, by using the revolutionary Actual Net WorthTM statement
  • How “small and boring” can help you outperform the top investors—without watching the market
  • How to communicate about money in ways that create deeper connections with your spouse, parents, children, friends, and colleagues
  • How to know what is truly enough

Money madness keeps us from living as richly as we might and enjoying the wealth we have. In these tough economic times, The Cure for Money Madness transforms fear and stress into prosperity and peace.

Every Twelve Seconds [EPUB]

Every Twelve Seconds [EPUB]
Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight by Timothy Pachirat
2011 | EPUB | 2.42MB

This is an account of industrialized killing from a participant’s point of view. The author, political scientist Timothy Pachirat, was employed undercover for five months in a Great Plains slaughterhouse where 2,500 cattle were killed per day—one every twelve seconds. Working in the cooler as a liver hanger, in the chutes as a cattle driver, and on the kill floor as a food-safety quality-control worker, Pachirat experienced firsthand the realities of the work of killing in modern society. He uses those experiences to explore not only the slaughter industry but also how, as a society, we facilitate violent labor and hide away that which is too repugnant to contemplate.

Through his vivid narrative and ethnographic approach, Pachirat brings to life massive, routine killing from the perspective of those who take part in it. He shows how surveillance and sequestration operate within the slaughterhouse and in its interactions with the community at large. He also considers how society is organized to distance and hide uncomfortable realities from view. With much to say about issues ranging from the sociology of violence and modern food production to animal rights and welfare, Every Twelve Seconds is an important and disturbing work.

King of Capital [EPUB]

King of Capital [EPUB]
King of Capital: The Remarkable Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone by David Carey, John E Morris
2012 | EPUB | 2.15MB

Strippers and Flippers . . . or a New Positive Force Helping to Drive the Economy . . .

The untold story of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone, the financier and his financial powerhouse that avoided the self-destructive tendencies of Wall Street. David Carey and John Morris show how Blackstone (and other private equity firms) transformed themselves from gamblers, hostile-takeover artists, and ‘barbarians at the gate’ into disciplined, risk-conscious investors.

The financial establishment—banks and investment bankers such as Citigroup, Bear Stearns, Lehman, UBS, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley—were the cowboys, recklessly assuming risks, leveraging up to astronomical levels and driving the economy to the brink of disaster.

Blackstone is now ready to break out once again since it is sitting on billions of dollars that can be invested at a time when the market is starved for capital.

The story of a financial revolution—the greatest untold success story on Wall Street: Not only have Blackstone and a small coterie of competitors wrested control of corporations around the globe, but they have emerged as a major force on Wall Street, challenging the likes of Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley for dominance.

Great human interest story: How Blackstone went from two guys and a secretary to being one of Wall Street’s most powerful institutions, far outgrowing its much older rival KKR; and how Steve Schwarzman, with a pay packet one year of $398 million and $684 million from the Blackstone IPO, came to epitomize the spectacular new financial fortunes amassed in the 2000s.

Controversial: Analyzes the controversies surrounding Blackstone and whether it and other private equity firms suck the lifeblood out of companies to enrich themselves—or whether they are a force that helps make the companies they own stronger and thereby better competitors.

The story by two insiders with access: Insightful and hard-hitting, filled with never-before-revealed details about the workings of a heretofore secretive company that was the personal fiefdom of Schwarzman and Peter Peterson.

Forward-looking: How Blackstone and private equity will drive the economy and provide a model for how financing will work.

The Hypomanic Edge [EPUB]

The Hypomanic Edge [EPUB]
The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between (A Little) Craziness and (A Lot of) Success in America by John D Gartner
2005 | EPUB | 464.67KB

Why is America so rich and powerful? The answer lies in our genes, according to psychologist John Gartner.

Hypomania, a genetically based mild form of mania, endows many of us with unusual energy, creativity, enthusiasm, and a propensity for taking risks. America has an extraordinarily high number of hypomanics -- grandiose types who leap on every wacky idea that occurs to them, utterly convinced it will change the world. Market bubbles and ill-considered messianic crusades can be the downside. But there is an enormous upside in terms of spectacular entrepreneurial zeal, drive for innovation, and material success. Americans may have a lot of crazy ideas, but some of them lead to brilliant inventions.

Why is America so hypomanic? It is populated primarily by immigrants. This self-selection process is the boldest natural experiment ever conducted. Those who had the will, optimism, and daring to take the leap into the unknown have passed those traits on to their descendants.

Bringing his audacious and persuasive thesis to life, Gartner offers case histories of some famous Americans who represent this phenomenon of hypomania. These are the real stories you never learned in school about some of those men who made America: Columbus, who discovered the continent, thought he was the messiah. John Winthrop, who settled and defined it, believed Americans were God's new chosen people. Alexander Hamilton, the indispensable founder who envisioned America's economic future, self-destructed because of pride and impulsive behavior. Andrew Carnegie, who began America's industrial revolution, was sure that he was destined personally to speed up human evolution and bring world peace. The Mayer and Selznick families helped create the peculiarly American art form of the Hollywood film, but familial bipolar disorders led to the fall of their empires. Craig Venter decoded the human genome, yet his arrogance made him despised by most of his scientific colleagues, even as he spurred them on to make great discoveries.

While these men are extraordinary examples, Gartner argues that many Americans have inherited the genes that have made them the most successful citizens in the world.

Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality [EPUB]

Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality [EPUB]
Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality by Darrel W Ray
2012 | EPUB | 799.41KB

Why are all the major religions consumed with sex? What makes sex so important whether Buddhism or Islam, Christianity or Mormonism? What is the impact of religion on human sexuality. This book explores this and more. It ventures into territory that has never been examined. You will be surprised at how much religion has influenced your sexuality, who you marry, the pleasure you get or don't get from sex and what you can do about it.

The God Virus [Audiobook]

The God Virus [Audiobook]
The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture [Audiobook] by Darrel W Ray, read by the Author
2012 | MP3@80 kbps + PDF | 7 hrs 22 mins | 253.3MB

What makes religion so powerful? How does it weave its way into our political system? Why do people believe and follow obvious religious charlatans? What makes people profess deep faith even as they act in ways that betray that faith? What makes people blind to the irrationalities of their religion yet clearly see those of others?

If these questions interest you, this book will give you the tools to understand religion and its power in you, your family and your culture. For thousands of years, religion has woven its way through societies and people as if it were part and parcel to that society or person. In large measure it was left unexplained and unchallenged, it simply existed. Those who attempted to challenge and expose religion were often persecuted, excommunicated, shunned, or even executed. It could be fatal to explain that which the church, priest or imam said was unexplainable. Before the germ, viral and parasite theory of disease, physicians had no tools to understand disease and its propagation. Priests told people disease was a result of sin, Satan, evil spirits, etc. With the discovery of microbial actors, scientists gained new tools to study how it spreads.

They could study infection strategies, immunity, epidemiology and much more. Suddenly the terrible diseases of the past were understandable. The plagues of Europe, yellow fever, small pox, pneumonia, tuberculosis, syphilis, etc. were now removed from the divine and placed squarely in the natural world. This book owes a great deal to Richard Dawkins concept of viruses of the mind, but it seeks to go a step further to personalize the concept of religion as a virus and show how these revolutionary ideas work in everyday life. The paradigm can explain the fundamentalism of your Uncle Ned, the sexual behavior of a fallen mega church minister, the child rearing practices of a Pentecostal neighbor, why 19 men flew planes into the World Trade Center or what motivates a woman to blow herself up in the crowded markets of Baghdad. Learn how religion influences sexuality for its own purposes, how and why it protects pedofile priests and wayward ministers and how it uses survivor guilt to propagate and influence and how it might influence a person's IQ.

The Man's Manual [EPUB]

The Man's Manual [EPUB]
The Man's Manual: Poker Secrets, Beer Lore, Waitress Hypnosis, and Much, Much More by Gregg Stebben
2008 | EPUB | 3.08MB

Every man needs to know how to flirt with a waitress, right? And how to make sure beer is part of every meal, not just breakfast? And how to work out to actually get a workout? Now all this information, and less "manly" but no less essential tips, can be found in one place.

The only book a man needs to lead a well-rounded life, The Man's Manual provides instruction on "inspirational sex," urban tenting, what to do to with your thumb after you whack it with a hammer, and much, much more. Here are succinct, step-by-step directions for impersonating a smart person, and landing an airplane safely. Learn to tie a bowtie, fight cancer (consume green tea and tomatoes, but not necessarily at the same time), and organize a poker game. Determine how exactly to become a sex object, how to talk lingerie, and how to make love like a pro. There is material on baking brownies, cooking geese, and even hunting down your own venison. The sheer amount of information contained in this friendly, accessible book will enchant even the most discriminating reader.

Stuff Every Woman Should Know [EPUB]

Stuff Every Woman Should Know [EPUB]
Stuff Every Woman Should Know by Alanna Kalb
2010 | EPUB | 2.48MB

This companion features everything a woman should know including:

  • How to Ask for a Raise
  • Ten Stylish Pieces Every Woman Should Own
  • How to Throw a Football
  • Good Responses to Bad Pick-Up Lines
  • How to Host a Cocktail Party
  • How to Parallel Park

Plus advice on etiquette and social situations, entertaining and cooking tips, do-it-yourself instructions, health information, self-defense techniques, and much, much more!

Anime Explosion! [EPUB]

Anime Explosion! [EPUB]
Anime Explosion: The What Why and Wow of Japanese Animation, Revised and Updated Edition by Patrick Drazen
2014 | EPUB | 1.2MB

For fans, culture watchers, and perplexed outsiders, this expanded edition offers an engaging tour of the anime megaverse, from older artistic traditions to the works of modern creators like Hayao Miyazaki, Katsuhiro Otomo, Satoshi Kon, and CLAMP. Examined are all of anime's major themes, styles, and conventions, plus the familiar tropes of giant robots, samurai, furry beasts, high school heroines, and gay/girl/fanboy love. Concluding are fifteen essays on favorite anime, including Evangelion, Escaflowne, Sailor Moon, Patlabor, and Fullmetal Alchemist.

The Smart Consumer's Guide to Good Credit [EPUB]

The Smart Consumer's Guide to Good Credit [EPUB]
The Smart Consumer's Guide to Good Credit: How to Earn Good Credit in a Bad Economy by John Ulzheimer
2012 | EPUB | 647.27KB

Most credit books promise quick fixes and easy solutions to bad credit, but the truth is there is no quick fix when it comes to credit. Your best strategy as a smart consumer is to understand your credit inside and out. Credit expert John Ulzheimer can give you all the tools you need to master the world of credit, before or after you get into trouble, and take the power back into your own hands.

Topics covered include:

  • The difference between a credit score and a credit report
  • The best way to deal with collection agencies
  • How to monitor your credit report
  • Protecting yourself from identity theft
  • The impact of student loans on your credit score
  • How to opt out of unwanted credit card offers

The Smart Consumer’s Guide to Good Credit answers all of your questions about credit (including the ones you didn’t even know you should be asking!) and yes, even explains the best ways to work toward improving a bad credit score.

Bank On Yourself [EPUB]

Bank On Yourself [EPUB]
Bank On Yourself: The Life-Changing Secret to Protecting Your Financial Future by Pamela Yellen
2009 | EPUB | 440.02KB

Bank On Yourself: The Life-Changing Secret to Growing and Protecting Your Financial Future reveals the secrets to taking back control of your financial future that Wall Street, banks, and credit card companies don't want you to know. You'll discover how to:

  • Have a rock-solid financial plan and a predictable retirement income that can last as long as you do – with no luck, skill, or guesswork required
  • Turn your back on the stomach-churning twists and turns of the stock and real estate markets
  • Get back every penny you pay for your cars, vacations, home repairs, business equipment, a college education, and other major purchases, so you can enjoy more of life's luxuries today without robbing your nest-egg! (The average family could increase their lifetime wealth by $500,000 to $1,000,000 or more using this method, without the risk or volatility of stocks and real estate)
  • Become your own source of financing and recapture the interest you pay to banks and finance companies – reduce or eliminate the control those institutions have over you

Can you imagine what it would be like to look forward to opening your account statements because they always have good news and never any ugly surprises?

More than 100,000 Americans of all ages, incomes, and backgrounds are already using Bank On Yourself to grow a nest-egg they can predict and count on, even when stocks, real estate, and other investments tumble. You'll meet some of them and hear their stories of how Bank On Yourself has helped them reach a wide variety of short-term and long-term personal and financial goals and dreams in this book.

Money 911 [EPUB]

Money 911 [EPUB]
Money 911: Your Most Pressing Money Questions Answered, Your Money Emergencies Solved by Jean Chatzky
2009 | EPUB | 0.65MB

The popular TODAY financial editor Jean Chatzky helps you navigate through the critical challenges and potential catastrophes of personal finance.

You've just lost your job. You've got a baby on the way. Your parent has had a stroke. Most people seek financial help not because they're planning for the future but because they need it . . . right now! If you have money problems or are seeking immediate help to solve a dire, unanticipated financial emergency, then you need Money 911. In this invaluable guidebook, financial expert Jean Chatzky provides answers to today's most pressing financial questions and concerns, including:

  • How do I get out of debt?
  • How do I avoid foreclosure?
  • How do I set up a monthly budget?
  • How can I improve my credit score?
  • How do I get my health insurance to pay a claim?
  • What should I do when I lose a parent?

With Money 911, you can prepare for retirement, buy or sell a home, pick up the pieces of your personal finances, and get back on your feet—and stay there!

Pay It Down! [EPUB]

Pay It Down! [EPUB]
Pay It Down: Debt-Free on $10 a Day by Jean Chatzky
2009 | EPUB | 0.51MB

Jean Chatzky has been working with viewers of NBC’s Today show for a series on how to get out of debt once and for all. Her method, both on TV and in this book, is simple yet powerful: the key is saving just $10 a day that you currently waste. It doesn’t sound like much—a movie ticket or lunch for two at McDonald’s— but $10 really can take you from debt to wealth in just a few years. And because it doesn’t feel like an impossible goal, people are more likely to stick with Chatzky’s plan than an extreme regimen of spending cutbacks.

Chatzky is focusing on debt because it’s the single biggest threat to our financial health. The average American family has sixteen credit cards and high-rate debt of more than $8000, not even counting car loans and mortgages. They pay more than $1000 a year in interest alone. Debt makes people feel depressed and overwhelmed, leaving them without enough money for the truly important things in life—education, retirement, owning a home, feeling secure.

Chatzky, one of America’s most popular personal finance experts, writes in down- to- earth, woman-next-door language about how to get started right away, without giving up the things that truly give you pleasure. She offers practical, accessible strategies to help readers find the money to pay off their bills, lower their interest rates, and improve their credit scores. Featuring real-life examples of people featured on her Today show series, Pay It Down can transform debtors into future millionaires.

Save Big [EPUB]

Save Big [EPUB]
Save Big: Cut Your Top 5 Costs and Save Thousands by Elisabeth Leamy
2010 | EPUB | 2.53MB

Good Morning America correspondent and ABC News columnist reveals tips for achieving unbelievable savings

In this battered economy, saving money matters more to consumers than ever before. But most people are tired of hearing about all the small stuff, like skipping their morning latte. They tried that, and it didn't work. Americans want fresh, bold ideas and Save Big: Cut Your Top 5 Costs and Save Thousands has them. In fresh, engaging prose, Elisabeth Leamy shows consumers how to save big on life's most important and costly items. Filled with actionable advice and the insider secrets readers are hungering for, Save Big

  • Details how to save a lot of money on a few things rather than merely saving a little on a bunch of small items
  • Reveals the keys to saving money and the challenges consumers face
  • Educates consumers on how to save thousands on the five things most people spend the most money on: houses, cars, credit, groceries, and healthcare

After the turbulent economic events of the recent past, more and more consumers are focusing on budgeting and creative ways to save money. Save Big can help.

The Smart Woman's Guide to Planning for Retirement [EPUB]

The Smart Woman's Guide to Planning for Retirement [EPUB]
The Smart Woman's Guide to Planning for Retirement: How to Save for Your Future Today by Mary Hunt
2013 | EPUB | 1.44MB

What does a woman want to do when she retires? Travel? Pursue hobbies? Spend time with friends and family? We all have dreams about what those days will be like. But when it comes to turning those dreams into reality, women's retirement confidence and know-how is low. According to a 2012 survey, 92 percent of women of all ages in this country don't feel they're educated enough to reach their retirement savings goals. For the woman who doesn't know where to start or would like a knowledgeable guide who speaks her language, financial expert Mary Hunt offers a comprehensive but approachable resource for saving and planning for retirement.

Whether she feels entitled to retire at age 65, hopes she'll be able to stop working someday, or is convinced she'll never be able to retire, every woman will find real help in these pages. With her signature no-nonsense, energetic style, Hunt assures women that it's only too late if they don't start now. She clearly covers every aspect of retirement planning during every season of a woman's life, giving women the confidence they need to shape their futures.

The Pursuit of the Millennium [EPUB]

The Pursuit of the Millennium [EPUB]
The Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Millenarians and Mystical Anarchists of the Middle Ages, Revised and Expanded Edition by Norman Cohn
1970 | EPUB | 1.21MB

The end of the millennium has always held the world in fear of earthquakes, plague, and the catastrophic destruction of the world. At the dawn of the 21st millennium the world is still experiencing these anxieties, as seen by the onslaught of fantasies of renewal, doomsday predictions, and New Age prophecies.

This fascinating book explores the millenarianism that flourished in western Europe between the eleventh and sixteenth centuries. Covering the full range of revolutionary and anarchic sects and movements in medieval Europe, Cohn demonstrates how prophecies of a final struggle between the hosts of Christ and Antichrist melded with the rootless poor's desire to improve their own material conditions, resulting in a flourishing of millenarian fantasies.

The only overall study of medieval millenarian movements, The Pursuit of the Millennium offers an excellent interpretation of how, again and again, in situations of anxiety and unrest, traditional beliefs come to serve as vehicles for social aspirations and animosities.

The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia [PDF]

The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia [PDF]
The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia edited by Cliff Eisen, Simon P Keefe
2006 | PDF | 4.65MB

Mozart's enduring popularity, among music lovers as a composer and among music historians as a subject for continued study, lies at the heart of The Cambridge Mozart Encyclopedia. This reference book functions both as a starting point for information on specific works, people, places and concepts as well as a summation of current thinking about Mozart. The extended articles on genres reflect the latest in scholarship and new ways of thinking about the works while the articles on people and places provide historical framework, as well as interpretation.

Left of the Dial [EPUB]

Left of the Dial [EPUB]
Left of the Dial: Conversations with Punk Icons by David Ensminger
2013 | EPUB | 3.69MB

Featuring interviews with leading figures of the punk underground, including Ian MacKaye, from Minor Threat and Fugazi; Jello Biafra, from Dead Kennedys; and Dave Dictor, from MDC, this book probes the legacy of punk's sometimes fuzzy political ideology, its homegrown traditions, and its rupturing of social norms. Passionate, far-reaching, and fresh, these conversations illuminate punk’s oral history with candor and humor by focusing on the history of ideologies and values as understood by performers, instead of as represented by discographies or gig memories.

The book also features rare photographs shot during the heyday of punk and hardcore, and a massive punk flyer collection that celebrates a visual history of the bands represented.

Manskills [EPUB]

Manskills [EPUB]
Manskills: How to Avoid Embarrassing Yourself and Impress Everyone Else by Chris Peterson
2011 | EPUB | 14.88MB

Using a light but practical tone, Manskills covers everything a man needs to know in today's world. You'll find essential tips on home repair, car repair, electronics, cleaning, personal grooming, fine dining, traveling, etiquette, outdoor skills and the fine art of conversation. It's your comprehensive guide to impressing the masses!

Building with Secondhand Stuff [PDF]

Building with Secondhand Stuff [PDF]
Building with Secondhand Stuff by Chris Peterson
2011 | PDF | 83.43MB

Building with Secondhand Stuff takes green remodeling and construction practices to new extremes. From deconstruction methods and salvaging tips to plotting efficient cutting plans and devising creative new uses for everyday items, it is packed with clever ways to obtain low-cost materials (and reduce landfilling in the process).

This book contains the answer to a question most of us have wondered about at some point: Is that pile of used maple flooring I saw on Craigslist worth taking? From plywood to hardwood flooring, to windows, doors, carpeting and more, salvaging building materials can save you thousands of dollars (and is about as green as you can get). This book is a hands-on, do-it-yourselfer's guide that shows you how to identify materials that can be salvaged efficiently and then gives you step-by-step instructions on how to go about doing it. Plus, it provides over one dozen complete plans featuring clever ideas for putting salvaged materials to good use as useful home furnishings.

New Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant [EPUB]

New Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant [EPUB]
New Recipes from Moosewood Restaurant by Moosewood Collective
2000 | EPUB | 2.21MB

For almost 30 years, Moosewood Restaurant in Ithaca, New York, has been at the epicenter of America's evolving vegetarian cuisine. These 200 classic dishes are as sophisticated and eclectic as the first time the innovative cooks of the Moosewood Collective served them. Bon Appetit named Moosewood Restaurant one of the 13 most revolutionary restaurants since the beginning of the 20th century. From soups and sandwiches to main dishes, this spirited collection of creative and accessible recipes will liven up your table.

Gillian McKeith's Food Bible [EPUB]

Gillian McKeith's Food Bible [EPUB]
Gillian McKeith's Food Bible: How to Use Food to Cure What Ails You by Gillian McKeith
2009 | EPUB | 12.53MB

The celebrated clinical nutritionist, author of the internationally bestselling You Are What You Eat, and host of the BBC America show of the same name offers a comprehensive and fully illustrated guide to the health effects, uses, and benefits of the foods we eat and how nutrition affects our general health, aging, ability to fight disease, and quality of life. Gillian McKeith’s Food Bible is as user-friendly as it is thorough, featuring food based treatments for common illnesses and diseases, from arthritis to diabetes and chronic fatigue syndrome to migraines. For example:

  • Almonds can assist in weight loss.
  • Wild yams help promote fertility.
  • Berries, spinach, romaine lettuce and broccoli combat dry skin by stimulating oil and collagen production.
  • Tomatoes contain an antioxidant that can help prevent cancer.

Gillian provides cutting-edge Food Action Plan Prescriptions incorporating the right foods, herbs and quick tips for over 100 everyday ailments. The solutions in this book are tried and tested and based on more than 15 years of consulting with clients in private practice. Gillian McKeith’s Food Bible will completely change the way you think about food.

You Are What You Eat [EPUB]

You Are What You Eat [EPUB]
You Are What You Eat: This Plan Will Change Your Life by Gillian McKeith
2007 | EPUB | 7.14MB
"Slimmer, healthier, and happier . . . that’s my promise to you."
—Dr. Gillian McKeith

In this record-breaking international bestseller, Dr. Gillian McKeith, "the world’s most acclaimed nutritionist" (Daily Mail, UK), offers a simple yet revolutionary plan to break bad eating habits and improve your heath and appearance in no time.

Dr. Gillian McKeith is known the world over for her ability to turn around even the very worst eaters, and set dieters on the path of living healthier, happier, and slimmer lives. Discover her fabulous diet secrets and get ready to meet the new you.

  • Take the food IQ test and find out what your diet is doing to you.
  • Banish your cravings.
  • Discover how small changes are going to make a big difference
  • Eat more, not less

Follow Dr. McKeith’s simple advice and seven-day jumpstart plan and you’ll look and feel fantastic. You’ll be amazed at the difference a few changes can make, and how easy it can be.

Just give it a try and see…

The Ultimate Soups & Stews Book [EPUB]

The Ultimate Soups & Stews Book [EPUB]
The Ultimate Soups & Stews Book: More than 400 Satisfying Meals in a Bowl by Better Homes and Gardens
2013 | EPUB | 132.75MB

You'll never run out of delicious soups and stews with this extensive, photo-filled collection of recipes

This new addition to the Ultimate series features enough incredible soups and stews to try a new recipe every day of the year! It's all here, from timeless classics like potato chowder to intriguing new flavors like minted watermelon soup. Perfect for any day and any season, these recipes cover every course, from appetizers to desserts (believe it or not!) and every season, from hearty winter comfort foods to light and chilled summer refreshers.

Nearly 500 pages in length and packed with full-color photographs and hundreds of inventive recipes, The Ultimate Soups and Stews Book is a great deal at an unbeatable price.

  • Includes 400 recipes covering every meal, every season, and virtually any occasion
  • 250 full-color photos will keep you inspired when it's time to fire up the stewpot
  • Features more than 100 recipes that are perfect for fuss-free preparation in your slow cooker
  • Packed with tips and helpful pointers, including information on ingredients, how to make your own stock, and much more

Whether you're full-time soup lover or just love a meal that's simple and easy to prepare, this is the ultimate soup cookbook for you.

Nothing Is Hidden [EPUB]

Nothing Is Hidden [EPUB]
Nothing Is Hidden: The Psychology of Zen Koans by Barry Magid
2013 | EPUB | 0.64MB

We all face two challenges in accepting who we truly are. The first challenge is to accept our vulnerabilities and all those parts of our self about which we have grown up feeling ashamed and guilty, and about which we may be in denial. The second challenge is in facing the paradox of our perfection amid a life of suffering. Western psychotherapy has traditionally been focused on the first challenge, Buddhist practice on the second. While each has found ways of engaging with both sides of our nature, therapy typically runs the risk of seeing our flaws, symptoms or deficits as central, while Zen fore-grounds the realization of perfection, reaching down into the deep well of no-self, to a place beyond loss and gain—running the risk of emotional bypass.

Koans show us the path to oneness in the midst of the fragmentation of everyday life as well as offer a way to embrace all those aspects of ourselves we typically experience in opposition to each other, and which effectively cut off our emotional from our spiritual life. We cannot be open to the whole of our life without simultaneously becoming open to the whole of our self.

Magid’s many years of experience as a psychoanalyst and as a Zen teacher have fostered a dialectic of mutual engagement and mutual influence between these two vantage points. As a Zen teacher, he reminds us that, at the most essential level, nothing is missing—and nothing is hidden. Meanwhile, as a psychoanalyst he explores the unresolved conflicts that lurk in the shadows cast by the light of realization.

227 Ways to Unleash the Sex Goddess Within [EPUB]

227 Ways to Unleash the Sex Goddess Within [EPUB]
227 Ways to Unleash the Sex Goddess Within by Olivia St Claire
1996 | EPUB | 1.81MB

From the author of the phenomenally successful 203 Ways to Drive a Man Wild in Bed comes a dazzling new guide filled with artful, erotic, and playfully inventive ways for women to revel in the secrets of female sexuality while exploring their own hot-blooded imaginations.

Sex Mudras [EPUB]

Sex Mudras [EPUB]
Sex Mudras: Energy Movement Exercises for Sexual Vitality by Serge Villecroix
2013 | EPUB | 245.48KB

Sacred gestures of the hands and body to energize the sexual organs, increase libido, enhance pleasure, and improve overall health

  • Includes exercises for men and women to tone the genitals, improve endurance, and reach orgasm without ejaculation
  • Details shared exercises for couples to harmonize male and female energies
  • Explains how these exercises can treat sexual problems caused by tobacco, psychotropic drugs, and alcohol

Mudras have been used for thousands of years in Hinduism and Buddhism to channel the movement of energy in the body for physical enhancement and spiritual enrichment. These sacred gestures of the hands and body create a tangible link between body and mind, conscious and unconscious, and can be used to strengthen and invigorate specific organs or bodily systems.

Exploring the mudras of sexual vitality, Serge Villecroix illustrates energy movement exercises for men and women to tone the genitals, increase libido, improve endurance, and enhance pleasure. He reveals mudras for men to reach orgasm without ejaculation and details shared exercises for couples to harmonize male and female energies. He explains how these exercises can treat sexual dysfunction, such as impotence, as well as overcome sexual problems caused by tobacco, psychotropic drugs, alcohol, and other substances. Providing a complete guide to the sex mudras, Villecroix shows how strengthening your sexual energies also improves cardiac and respiratory health and overall vitality.

Managing Your Depression [EPUB]

Managing Your Depression [EPUB]
Managing Your Depression: What You Can Do to Feel Better (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book) by Susan J Noonan
2013 | EPUB | 2.6MB

As a physician who personally suffers from depression, Susan J. Noonan draws on her own expertise and empathy to create a guide for people who suffer from the disease. Explaining the basics of mental health—including sleep hygiene, diet and nutrition, exercise, routine and structure, and avoiding isolation— Managing Your Depression empowers people to participate in their own care, offering them a better chance of getting, and staying, well. Noonan’s depression management strategies draw on the best available educational resources, psychoeducational programs, seminars, expert health care providers, and patient experiences.

The book is specifically designed to be highly readable for people who are finding it difficult to focus and concentrate during an episode of depression. Cognitive exercises and daily worksheets help track progress and response to therapy and provide valuable information for making treatment decisions. A relapsing and remitting condition, depression affects nearly 15 percent of people in the United States. Managing Your Depression will bring depression management strategies to people who do not have access to mental health programs or who want to learn new skills.

The Terror Factory [EPUB]

The Terror Factory [EPUB]
The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism by Trevor Aaronson
2013 | EPUB | 256.05KB

A groundbreaking work of investigative journalism, The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism exposes how the FBI has, under the guise of engaging in counterterrorism since 9/11, built a network of more than 15,000 informants whose primary purpose is to infiltrate Muslim communities to create and facilitate phony terrorist plots so that the Bureau can then claim it is winning the war on terror.

An outgrowth of Trevor Aaronson's work as an investigative reporting fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, which culminated in an award-winning cover story in Mother Jones magazine, The Terror Factory reveals shocking information about the criminals, con men, and liars the FBI uses as paid informants--including the story of an accused murderer who has become one of the Bureau's most prolific terrorism snitches--as well as documenting the extreme methods the FBI uses to ensnare Muslims in terrorist plots, which are in reality conceived and financed by the FBI.

The book also offers unprecedented detail into how the FBI has transformed from a reactive law enforcement agency to a proactive counterterrorism organization that traps hapless individuals in manufactured terrorist plots in order to justify the $3 billion it spends every year fighting terrorism.

Capone: A Photographic Portrait [EPUB]

Capone: A Photographic Portrait [EPUB]
Capone: A Photographic Portrait of America's Most Notorious Gangster by Chicago Tribune Staff
2012 | EPUB | 10.69MB

A visual retelling of the rise and eventual fall of Chicago's most notorious gangster: Alphonse "Scarface" Capone. Comprised of many never-before-published photographs from the Chicago Tribune's vast archives, Al Capone is a look back in time to the Roaring Twenties and the early days of organized crime. This collection of historical photos—taken from 1926 to 1952—focus on Capone and those connected to him, including his family, mob rivals, and targets.

Many of these photographs have never been seen outside of Chicago's Tribune Tower, but all of them are high-quality scans of original glass-plate negatives, making them historically significant to both photography buffs and readers interested in Capone. The introduction by the Chicago Tribune's associate managing photo/video editor details this process in an illuminating, fascinating fashion.

Al Capone's first section gives readers a look inside Capone's luxurious and illicit gangster lifestyle—vacation homes, mob funerals, gun-toting arrests—up to the time of the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre in 1929. The second part follows Capone's 1931 indictment, trial, and sentencing on charges of defrauding the government and violating prohibition. The third section introduces readers to a mob target who evaded assassination for decades, and one who was not so lucky. The fourth part follows up with Al Capone's brother, Ralph, and the fifth part focuses on Capone's death.

Beyond Bad [Audiobook]

Beyond Bad [Audiobook]
Beyond Bad [Audiobook] by Sandra Lee, read by Kate Hood
2012 | MP3@96 kbps | 10 hrs 59 mins | 457.17MB

Swinging from a meat-hook, his entire skin was in one piece including his hair, face, ears, nose, mouth and genitals. Slashes and stab holes tore through the human pelt, a testimony to the wounds he suffered before dying. Cruel and evil, Katherine Knight showed no mercy when she butchered her de facto in a crime that put her behind bars in an Australian prison for a record life sentence.

Beyond Bad is the shocking true story of Knight and her crimes - the ritual slaying and skinning of her de facto for a cannibal feast. Knight, a 44-year-old abattoir worker, stabbed father-of-three John Price 37 times, skinned his body, cooked his head, and served him up as a meal for his children. Drawing on first-hand accounts, Beyond Bad tells what motivated Knight to commit such a heinous act and how it rocked the small town she lived in. This is a horrifying story of love, lust, revenge and murder - all the more shocking because it really happened in Australia.