The Happy Life [EPUB]

The Happy Life [EPUB]
The Happy Life: The Search for Contentment in the Modern World by David Malouf
2011 | EPUB | 2.01MB

By Australia’s greatest contemporary author, an elegant, succinct meditation on what makes for a happy life.

“Happiness surely is among the simplest of human emotions and the most spontaneous,” says David Malouf. But what exactly are we looking for when we chase happiness? At this particular moment in history, privileged, industrialized nations have lessened much of what makes us unhappy: widespread poverty, illness, famine. Yet we are still unfulfilled, turning increasingly to yoga, church, Match.com, drugs, clinical therapy and retail therapy. What is at the root of our collective stress, and how can we find our way to contentment?

Drawing on mythology, philosophy, art and literature, Malouf traces our conception of happiness throughout history, distilling centuries of thought into a lucid narrative. He discusses the creation myths of ancient Greece and the philosophical schools of Athens, analyzes Thomas Jefferson’s revolutionary declaration that “the pursuit of happiness” is a right, explores the celebration of sensual delight in Rembrandt and Rubens and offers a perceptive take on a modern society growing larger and more impersonal.

In luminous prose, with ideas to savour and reflect upon, Malouf distills millennia of thought and philosophy in The Happy Life into a fascinating and tangible argument.

A Companion to German Cinema [EPUB]

A Companion to German Cinema [EPUB]
A Companion to German Cinema edited by Terri Ginsberg (Editor), Andrea Mensch
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.96/2.29MB

A Companion to German Cinema offers a wide-ranging collection of essays demonstrating state-of-play scholarship on German cinema at a time during which cinema studies as well as German cinema have once again begun to flourish.

  • Offers a careful combination of theoretical rigor, conceptual accessibility, and intellectual inclusiveness
  • Includes essays by well-known writers as well as up-and-coming scholars who take innovative critical approaches to both time-honored and emergent areas in the field, especially regarding race, gender, sexuality, and (trans)nationalism
  • Distinctive for its contemporary relevance, reorienting the field to the global twenty-first century
  • Fills critical gaps in the extant scholarship, opening the field onto new terrains of critical engagement

A Companion to Chinese Cinema [EPUB]

A Companion to Chinese Cinema [EPUB]
A Companion to Chinese Cinema edited by Yingjin Zhang
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.37/4.35MB

A Companion to Chinese Cinema is a collection of original essays written by experts in a range of disciplines that provide a comprehensive overview of the evolution and current state of Chinese cinema.

  • Represents the most comprehensive coverage of Chinese cinema to date
  • Applies a multidisciplinary approach that maps the expanding field of Chinese cinema in bold and definitive ways
  • Draws attention to previously neglected areas such as diasporic filmmaking, independent documentary, film styles and techniques, queer aesthetics, star studies, film and other arts or media
  • Features several chapters that explore China’s new market economy, government policy, and industry practice, placing the intricate relationship between film and politics in a historical and international context
  • Includes overviews of Chinese film studies in Chinese and English publications

The Economist Audio Edition [February 01, 2014]

The Economist Audio Edition [February 01, 2014]
The Economist Audio Edition [February 01, 2014]
English | MP3@48 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 149.06MB

The audio edition contains word-for-word recordings of all articles published in The Economist, read by professional broadcasters and actors. It is ideal for anyone who wants to listen to articles while travelling, exercising or just relaxing.

The Economist is an English-language weekly news and international affairs publication owned by "The Economist Newspaper Ltd" and edited in London. It has been in continuous publication since James Wilson established it in September 1843. As of summer 2007, its average circulation topped 1.2 million copies a week, about half of which are sold in North America. Consequently it is often seen as a transatlantic (as opposed to solely British) news source.

The aim of The Economist is "to take part in a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress."Subjects covered include international news, economics, politics, business, finance, science, technology, and the arts. The publication is targeted at the high-end "prestige" segment of the market and counts among its audience influential business and government decision-makers.

It takes a strongly argued editorial stance on many issues, especially its support for free trade and fiscal conservatism; it can thus be considered as a magazine which practises advocacy journalism.

Royal Babylon [EPUB]

Royal Babylon [EPUB]
Royal Babylon: The Alarming History of European Royalty by Karl Shaw
2001 | EPUB | 1.13MB

An uproarious, eye-opening history of Europe's notorious royal houses that leaves no throne unturned and will make you glad you live in a democracy.

Do you want to know which queen has the unique distinction of being the only known royal kleptomaniac? Or which empress kept her dirty underwear under lock and key? Or which czar, upon discovering his wife's infidelity, had her lover decapitated and the head, pickled in a jar, placed at her bedside?

Royally dishing on hundreds of years of dubious behavior, Royal Babylon chronicles the manifold appalling antics of Europe's famous families, behavior that rivals the characters in an Aaron Spelling television series. Here, then, are the insane kings of Spain, one of whom liked to wear sixteen pairs of gloves at one time; the psychopathic Prussian soverigns who included Frederick William and his 102-inch waist; sex-fixated French rulers such as Philip Duke D'Oreleans cavorting with more than a hundred mistresses; and, of course, the delightfully drunken and debauched Russian czars - Czar Paul, for example, who to make his soldiers goose-step without bending their legs had steel plates strapped to their knees. But whether Romanov or Windsor, Habsburg or Hanover, these extravagant lifestyles, financed as they were by the royals' badgered subjects, bred the most wonderfully offbeat and disturbingly unbelievable tales - and Karl Shaw has collected them all in this hysterically funny and compulsively readable book.

Royal Babylon is history, but not as they teach it in school, and it underlines in side-splitting fashion Queen Victoria's famous warning that it is unwise to look too deeply into the royal houses of Europe.

The Civil War of 1812 [EPUB]

The Civil War of 1812 [EPUB]
The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies by Alan Taylor
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.98/4.34MB

In this deeply researched and clearly written book, the Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Alan Taylor tells the riveting story of a war that redefined North America. During the early nineteenth century, Britons and Americans renewed their struggle over the legacy of the American Revolution. Soldiers, immigrants, settlers, and Indians fought in a northern borderland to determine the fate of a continent. Would revolutionary republicanism sweep the British from Canada? Or would the British empire contain, divide, and ruin the shaky American republic?

In a world of double identities, slippery allegiances, and porous boundaries, the leaders of the republic and of the empire struggled to control their own diverse peoples. The border divided Americans—former Loyalists and Patriots—who fought on both sides in the new war, as did native peoples defending their homelands. Serving in both armies, Irish immigrants battled one another, reaping charges of rebellion and treason. And dissident Americans flirted with secession while aiding the British as smugglers and spies.

During the war, both sides struggled to sustain armies in a northern land of immense forests, vast lakes, and stark seasonal swings in the weather. In that environment, many soldiers panicked as they fought their own vivid imaginations, which cast Indians as bloodthirsty savages. After fighting each other to a standstill, the Americans and the British concluded that they could safely share the continent along a border that favored the United States at the expense of Canadians and Indians. Both sides then celebrated victory by forgetting their losses and by betraying the native peoples.

God's Secretaries [Audiobook]

God's Secretaries [Audiobook]
God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible [Audiobook] by Adam Nicolson, read by Clive Chafer
2012 | M4B + EPUB + MOBI | 08 hrs 39 mins | 238.04MB

A net of complex currents flowed across Jacobean England. This was the England of Shakespeare, Jonson and Bacon; of the Gunpowder Plot; the worst outbreak of the plague England had ever seen; Arcadian landscapes; murderous, toxic slums; and, above all, of sometimes overwhelming religious passion. Jacobean England was both more godly and less godly than it had ever been, and the entire culture was drawn taut between the polarities.

This was the world that created the King James Bible. It is the greatest work of English prose ever written, and it is no coincidence that the translation was made at the moment “Englishness” and the English language had come into its first passionate maturity. Boisterous, elegant, subtle, majestic, finely nuanced, sonorous and musical, the English of Jacobean England has a more encompassing idea of its own reach and scope than any before or since. It is a form of the language that drips with potency and sensitivity. The age, with all its conflicts, explains the book.

The sponsor and guide of the whole Bible project was the King himself, the brilliant, ugly and profoundly peace-loving James the Sixth of Scotland and First of England. Trained almost from birth to manage the rivalries of political factions at home, James saw in England the chance for a sort of irenic Eden over which the new translation of the Bible was to preside. It was to be a Bible for everyone, and as God's lieutenant on earth, he would use it to unify his kingdom. The dream of Jacobean peace, guaranteed by an elision of royal power and divine glory, lies behind a Bible of extraordinary grace and everlasting literary power.

About fifty scholars from Cambridge, Oxford and London did the work, drawing on many previous versions, and created a text which, for all its failings, has never been equaled. That is the central question of this book: How did this group of near-anonymous divines, muddled, drunk, self-serving, ambitious, ruthless, obsequious, pedantic and flawed as they were, manage to bring off this astonishing translation? How did such ordinary men make such extraordinary prose? In God's Secretaries, Adam Nicolson gives a fascinating and dramatic account of the accession and ambition of the first Stuart king; of the scholars who labored for seven years to create his Bible; of the influences that shaped their work and of the beliefs that colored their world, immersing us in an age whose greatest monument is not a painting or a building, but a book.

A History of Cambodia, 4th Edition [EPUB]

A History of Cambodia, 4th Edition [EPUB]
A History of Cambodia, 4th Edition by David Chandler
2008 | EPUB | 3.22MB

In this clear and concise volume, author David Chandler provides a timely overview of Cambodia, a small but increasingly visible Southeast Asian nation. Praised by the Journal of Asian Studies as an “original contribution, superior to any other existing work,” this acclaimed text has now been completely revised and updated to include material examining the early history of Cambodia, whose famous Angkorean ruins now attract more than one million tourists each year, the death of Pol Pot, and the revolution and final collapse of the Khmer Rouge.

The fourth edition reflects recent research by major scholars as well as Chandler’s long immersion in the subject and contains an entirely new section on the challenges facing Cambodia today, including an analysis of the current state of politics and sociology and the increasing pressures of globalization. This comprehensive overview of Cambodia will illuminate, for undergraduate students as well as general readers, the history and contemporary politics of a country long misunderstood.

I Shall Live [EPUB]

I Shall Live [EPUB]
I Shall Live: Surviving the Holocaust Against All Odds by Henry Orenstein
2010 | EPUB | 4.06MB

I Shall Live tells the gripping true story of the Orensteins, a Jewish family living in Poland during the Second World War. When Henry Orenstein and his siblings end up in a series of concentrations camps, Orenstein's bravery and quick thinking help him to save himself and his brothers from execution by playing a role in the greatest hoax ever pulled on the upper echelons of Nazi command, including Heinrich Himmler.

Orenstein's lucid prose recreates this horrific time in history and his constant struggle for survival as the Nazis move him and his brothers through five concentration camps. His description of their roles in the fake Chemical Commando sheds new light on an incredible and generally unknown event in the history of the Holocaust. This edition of I Shall Live contains new evidence about this fake Commando, including letters to and from Himmler himself.

Dance of the Reptiles [Audiobook]

Dance of the Reptiles [Audiobook]
Dance of the Reptiles: Rampaging Tourists, Marauding Pythons, Larcenous Legislators, Crazed Celebrities, and Tar-Balled Beaches: Selected Columns [Audiobook] by Carl Hiaasen, read by Arte Johnson
2014 | MP3@32 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 42 mins | 175.05MB

If you think the wildest, wackiest stories that Carl Hiaasen can tell have all made it into his hilarious, bestselling novels, think again. Dance of the Reptiles collects the best of Hiaasen’s Miami Herald columns, which lay bare the stories--large and small--that demonstrate anew that truth is far stranger than fiction.

Hiaasen offers his commentary—indignant, disbelieving, sometimes righteously angry, and frequently hilarious—on burning issues like animal welfare, polluted rivers, and the broken criminal justice system as well as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Bernie Madoff's trial, and the shenanigans of the recent presidential elections. Whether or not you have read Carl Hiaasen before, you are in for a wild ride.

All in a Don's Day [EPUB]

All in a Don's Day [EPUB]
All in a Don's Day by Mary Beard
2012 | EPUB | 3.31MB

These observational essays stretch from the politics of academia to comparisons of modern and ancient warfare and what to do with a pig that won't fit in your freezer, without apology for offence. Part of the charm of these blogs is that, in a media world dominated by bolshy commentariat, Beard manages to be controversial without the grandstanding.

A classic of the type is the piece “Bedding Down in the Library”. Writing about a debate at which she was asked to defend real libraries, as opposed to digital ones, Beard took an unexpected line. As well as a space to think, the library has another function, she posits: as a place to practise the “pleasure of transgression”; to “eat, drink, smoke substances legal and illegal, have sex”.

Beard has a loyal following of commenters on her blog and, as a nod to this community, includes the best of their remarks – either the most illuminating or the most eccentric. One of these commenters notes that smoking never started a fire in a library, though the sprinkler systems have damaged a fair few books. Another says that for having sex in a library there are rules: you may not disturb your fellow readers, damage the collections, or take your socks off.

If one were to find a theme of All in a Don's Day, it is a love of transgression. In a piece about the potential failure of UCL to punish the students who staged a sit-in over university cuts and tuition fees, Beard's argument was that, even though she broadly supported the students, such actions have to be classed as transgressions otherwise they are meaningless. And that they must therefore carry a punishment.

Beard knows a little about transgression herself. She arrived in the public arena when she wrote a response to the 9/11 attacks saying that the US had it coming. That's the crude version, and one of Beard's interests in this book is in the things that cause a big public reaction. She backs Terence Kealey, the Vice-Chanceller of Buckingham, who wrote a piece saying that sex with female students was a “perk” of the job for lecturers, something Beard argues was clearly satire in the spirit of Juvenal, and distorted by the literal media. She also stands up for David Starkey who said, in a Newsnight debate with David Lammy, the black MP for Tottenham, at the time of last summer's riots, that he sounded white. Lammy responded that Starkey should stick to Tudor history, and Beard gently points out that history and views cannot be erased.

All in a Don's Day is a real treat for those who miss their own brilliant university lecturer bringing modern relevance to dry subjects. There are two fantastic blog entries in the collection: one on how the Romans dealt with civilian casualties from warfare that also reflects on reports of deaths in Afghanistan; the second on the rise of the technocrat leader in Greece and Italy during the eurozone crisis, in which Beard points out that the Romans did the same, appointing a “dictator”, from whence the term emerged.

The Little Book of Safe Money [EPUB]

The Little Book of Safe Money [EPUB]
The Little Book of Safe Money: How to Conquer Killer Markets, Con Artists, and Yourself by Jason Zweig
2010 | EPUB | 364.6KB

One of today's most influential financial commentators offers his advice on keeping your money safe in an uncertain world

The Little Book of Safe Money acts as a guide for those trying to make their way through today's down markets. The topics covered include everything from investing behavior-why our minds come with their own set of biases that often prove harmful-to the use of financial advisors. But this timely book goes one step further than the rest by questioning an investor's true appetite for risk.

The Little Book of Safe Money also contradicts many of the myths that whirl around Wall Street with chapters like "Why Ultra-ETFs Are Mega-Dangerous" and "Hedge-Fund Hooey." Writing in the classic Little Book style, author Jason Zweig peels away layer after layer of buzz words, emotion, and myths to reveal what's really going on in today's financial markets.

  • Outlines strategies for satisfying our ever-changing investment appetites while focusing on a long-term financial plan
  • Author Jason Zweig is a trusted voice in the financial community and his straightforward style resonates with investors
  • Offers practical guidance, tools, and tips for surviving and thriving in a down market

If you're serious about succeeding in today's turbulent markets, then The Little Book of Safe Money is what you should be reading.

Disciplined Entrepreneurship [EPUB]

Disciplined Entrepreneurship [EPUB]
Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup by Bill Aulet
2013 | EPUB + PDF | 14.38/21.46MB

24 Steps to Success!

Disciplined Entrepreneurship will change the way you think about starting a company. Many believe that entrepreneurship cannot be taught, but great entrepreneurs aren’t born with something special – they simply make great products. This book will show you how to create a successful startup through developing an innovative product. It breaks down the necessary processes into an integrated, comprehensive, and proven 24-step framework that any industrious person can learn and apply.

You will learn:

  • Why the “F” word – focus – is crucial to a startup’s success
  • Common obstacles that entrepreneurs face – and how to overcome them
  • How to use innovation to stand out in the crowd – it’s not just about technology

Whether you’re a first-time or repeat entrepreneur, Disciplined Entrepreneurship gives you the tools you need to improve your odds of making a product people want.

Author Bill Aulet is the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship as well as a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

The Hands-Off Manager [EPUB]

The Hands-Off Manager [EPUB]
The Hands-Off Manager: How to Mentor People and Allow Them to Be Successful by Steve Chandler, Duane Black
2012 | EPUB | 2.08MB

The #1 reason cited in exit interviews for an employee quitting is "my manager." Most managers and executives not only aren't aware of this obvious problem, but probably wouldn't know what to do about it if they did.

Today's employees do not respond to the old hands-on, militaristic management styles. They are highly independent, individual professionals with their own fully developed ideas. Leaders and managers who try to micro-manage them will inevitably confront wide-spread disgruntlement, absenteeism, and turnover...and increase their own and their employees' stress levels.

In The Hands-Off Manager, Chandler and Black offer a new vision for all managers. With stories, examples, and vibrant activities for the reader to practice, this book shows any manager--new or seasoned--how to coach and mentor employees rather than hover over their shoulders and goad them into action.

In this system, each employee's strengths are honored and honed in a climate of partnership and mutual goal-setting. Chandler, whose 100 Ways to Motivate Others is a best-selling favorite with small and large businesses alike, has called The Hands-Off Manager "my most original work to date" because it finally solves the age-old problem of getting the best performance out of people without frustrating yourself and them.

The Hands-Off Manager and its breakthrough content will take its place beside In Search of Excellence, The One Minute Manager, and Who Moved My Cheese? as an instant classic that will forever change the way we lead and manage.

Thinking in Time [EPUB]

Thinking in Time [EPUB]
Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision-Makers by Richard E Neustadt, Ernest R May
1986 | EPUB | 3.53MB

For generations Americans have described and deplored the ignorance of history displayed by policymakers or, what is worse, the misuse of historical analogies. Since the 1950s Professors Neustadt and May have been working individually through their writing and consulting on this subject; in the past decade they have been collaborators in a course at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government focusing explicitly on "using history."

This excellent book is a product of that course: case histories from both domestic and foreign policy areas and a set of precepts-what to ask about history and how to ask it. Professional historians, enjoying the luxury of unhurried reflection, might say that the book's "method" is no more than a systematic and common-sense statement of the obvious-but the authors demonstrate that the "obvious" has too often been ignored, with unfortunate results.

The Extreme Future [EPUB]

The Extreme Future [EPUB]
The Extreme Future: The Top Trends That Will Reshape the World in the Next 20 Years by James Canton
2006 | EPUB |

A renowned global futurist prepares businesses and individuals for the radical changes on the horizon

An advisor to three presidents spanning over thirty years, Dr. James Canton identifies probable outcomes and future trends in business, technology, environment, terrorism, population, and medicine to help companies and individuals prepare for the coming complex and volatile global changes, including:

  • How climate change and energy trends will reshape the planet
  • How astounding medicine trends will enhance people?s lives
  • How the rise of China will bring on a new global power struggle

In the tradition of Future Shock, Megatrends, and The Tipping Point, The Extreme Future is the essential forecasting handbook for navigating the twenty-first century.

When Government Helped [EPUB]

When Government Helped [EPUB]
When Government Helped: Learning from the Successes and Failures of the New Deal edited by Sheila Collins, Gertrude Goldberg
2014 | EPUB | 4.06MB

The global financial crisis of 2007-2008 was the most severe since the Great Depression. This book is a systematic evaluation of the parallels between the Great Depression and the 2007-2008 global economic meltdown. Although many books have been written on this topic, the unique aspect of this book is the analysis of the positive and negative lessons for contemporary policy-making of the New Deal response to the crisis, through viewing both the New Deal and the recent economic crisis in combination with the environmental crises of both eras.

Integrating a unique blend of disciplines, this volume introduces some possible ways of escaping our malaise, approaches that were begun but never fully realized in the 1930s, some that were raised as possibilities by popular movements but never allowed onto the political agenda, or approaches to problems that were simply unforeseen in an earlier era. Thus, the book presents a set of guideposts, some beneficial, some cautionary, for the future.

This New Yet Unapproachable America [EPUB]

This New Yet Unapproachable America [EPUB]
This New Yet Unapproachable America: Lectures after Emerson after Wittgenstein (Frederick Ives Carpenter Lectures) by Stanley Cavell
2013 | EPUB | 1.59MB

Stanley Cavell is a titan of the academic world; his work in aesthetics and philosophy has shaped both fields in the United States over the past forty years. In this brief yet enlightening collection of lectures, Cavell investigates the work of two of his most tried-and-true subjects: Emerson and Wittgenstein.

Beginning with an introductory essay that places his own work in a philosophical and historical context, Cavell guides his reader through his thought process when composing and editing his lectures while making larger claims about the influence of institutions on philosophers, and the idea of progress within the discipline of philosophy.

In “Declining Decline,” Cavell explains how language modifies human existence, looking specifically at the culture of Wittgenstein’s writings. He draws on Emerson, Thoreau, and many others to make his case that Wittgenstein can indeed be viewed as a “philosopher of culture.”

In his final lecture, “Finding as Founding,” Cavell writes in response to Emerson’s “Experience,” and explores the tension between the philosopher and language—that he or she must embrace language as his or her “form of life,” while at the same time surpassing its restrictions. He compares finding new ideas to discovering a previously unknown land in an essay that unabashedly celebrates the power and joy of philosophical thought.

Bodyguard: My Life on the Front Line [EPUB]

Bodyguard: My Life on the Front Line [EPUB]
Bodyguard: My Life on the Front Line by Craig Summers
2012 | EPUB | 2.47MB

Craig Summers had one of the most dangerous jobs in television. His task? Keeping adventurous celebrities alive. Summers was the BBC’s security advisor through some of its most turbulent years. His job took him to war zones, scenes of natural disaster and big international sporting events – as well as on undercover operations involving child trafficking, football hooliganism and narcotics.

Using his extensive military experience – he served with the British forces in both the Falklands War in 1982 and the Balkans conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina – he has been the right-hand man, confidant and enforcer to many adventurous celebrities, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Gary Lineker, John Simpson and Matthew Pinsent. In Bodyguard Summers talks extensively about these relationships, demonstrating how his knowledge and experience have been vital in keeping BBC casualties to a minimum.

From Kabul, to Gaza, to Zimbabwe, Summers has escorted and protected some of our biggest stars through testing and hazardous conditions. These are the stories of some of the key events of our time, from the inside out.

Undoing Depression [Audiobook]

Undoing Depression [Audiobook]
Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give You [Audiobook] by Richard O'Connor
2012 | MP3@128 kbps | 14 hrs 28 mins | 796.53MB

Like heart disease, says psychotherapist Richard O'Connor, depression is fueled by complex and interrelated factors: genetic, biochemical, environmental. In this refreshingly sensible book, O'Connor focuses on an additional factor often overlooked: our own habits. Unwittingly we get good at depression. We learn how to hide it, how to work around it. We may even achieve great things, but with constant struggle rather than satisfaction. Relying on these methods to make it through each day, we deprive ourselves of true recovery, of deep joy and healthy emotion.

Undoing Depression teaches us how to replace depressive patterns with a new and more effective set of skills. We already know how to "do" depression - and we can learn how to undo it. With a truly holistic approach that synthesizes the best of the many schools of thought about this painful disease, O'Connor offers new hope - and new life -f or sufferers of depression.

Byleveld: Dossier of a Serial Sleuth [EPUB]

Byleveld: Dossier of a Serial Sleuth [EPUB]
Byleveld: Dossier of a Serial Sleuth by Hanlie Retief
2012 | EPUB | 7.21MB

Former Brigadier Piet Byleveld is recognised worldwide as one of the best detectives of our time. If you commit murder and Piet Byl is called in, your place in jail is booked. If you harmed children anf he's on your case, you’ve sealed your own fate. And if you’re a serial killer on the loose, he will not stop before you are behind bars.

This book reopens the dockets of numerous murders that this courteous detective has solved over the years. Gruesome, tragic, exciting – and with the satisfaction that justice had prevailed.

In-between we get the measure of the man Byleveld: how he matured in the tough world of the Brixton Murder and Robbery Squad; how he prevailed over deep personal setbacks; and the values this farm boy carried with him to make an unprecedented success of society’s grimmest job.

The Facts: A Novelist's Autobiography [Audiobook]

The Facts: A Novelist's Autobiography [Audiobook]
The Facts: A Novelist's Autobiography [Audiobook] by Philip Roth, read by Mel Foster
2011 | MP3 VBR | 6 hrs 38 mins | 253.16MB

The Facts is the unconventional autobiography of a writer who has reshaped our idea of fiction - a work of compelling candor and inventiveness, instructive particularly in its revelation of the interplay between life and art.

Philip Roth concentrates on five episodes from his life: his secure city childhood in the '30s and '40s; his education in American life at a conventional college in the '50s; his passionate entanglement, as an ambitious young man, with the angriest person he ever met (the "girl of my dreams" Roth calls her); his clash, as a fledgling writer, with a Jewish establishment outraged by Goodbye, Columbus; and his discovery, in the excesses of the '60s, of an unmined side to his talent that led him to write Portnoy's Complaint.

The audiobook concludes surprisingly - in true Rothian fashion - with a sustained assault by the novelist against his proficiencies as an autobiographer.

The Pete Seeger Reader [EPUB]

The Pete Seeger Reader [EPUB]
The Pete Seeger Reader (Readers on American Musicians) edited by Ronald D Cohen, James Capaldi
2014 | EPUB | 4.62MB

Perhaps the most widely recognized figure in folk music and one of the most well-known figures in American political activism, Pete Seeger now belongs among the icons of 20th-century American culture. The road to his current status as activist and respected voice of folk music was long and often rough, starting from the moment he dropped out of Harvard in the late 1930s and picked up a banjo. Editors Ronald Cohen and James Capaldi trace Seeger's long and storied career, focusing on his work as not only a singer, but also on his substantial contributions as an educator, songwriter, organizer, publisher, and journalist. The son of musicians, Seeger began his musical career before World War II and became well-known in the 1950s as a member of the commercially popular Weavers, only to be blacklisted by much of the mainstream media in the 1960s because of his progressive politics, and to return to the music scene in subsequent decades as a tireless educator and activist.

The Pete Seeger Reader gathers writings from numerous sources, mixing Seeger's own work with that of the many people who have, over the years, written about him. Many of the pieces have never before been republished, and cover his entire career. A figure of amazing productivity, influence, and longevity, Seeger is author of a life that has been both cast in heroic terms and vilified. The selections in this book draw from a full range of these perspectives and will inform as they entertain, bringing into focus the life and contributions of one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century.

Singing Out [EPUB]

Singing Out [EPUB]
Singing Out: An Oral History of America's Folk Music Revivals by David King Dunaway, Molly Beer
2010 | EPUB | 2.09MB

Intimate, anecdotal, and spell-binding, Singing Out offers a fascinating oral history of the North American folk music revivals and folk music. Culled from more than 150 interviews recorded from 1976 to 2006, this captivating story spans seven decades and cuts across a wide swath of generations and perspectives, shedding light on the musical, political, and social aspects of this movement.

The narrators highlight many of the major folk revival figures, including Pete Seeger, Bernice Reagon, Phil Ochs, Mary Travers, Don McLean, Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie, Ry Cooder, and Holly Near. Together they tell the stories of such musical groups as the Composers' Collective, the Almanac Singers, People's Songs, the Weavers, the New Lost City Ramblers, and the Freedom Singers. Folklorists, musicians, musicologists, writers, activists, and aficionados reveal not only what happened during the folk revivals, but what it meant to those personally and passionately involved.

For everyone who ever picked up a guitar, fiddle, or banjo, this will be a book to give and cherish. Extensive notes, bibliography, and discography, plus a photo section.

Angelo by David Macaulay [EPUB]

Angelo by David Macaulay [EPUB]
Angelo by David Macaulay
2002 | EPUB | 49.39MB

Angelo is an old Italian craftsman who restores facades of Roman buildings. Sweeping away feathers and twigs left "by generations of thoughtless pigeons" one day, Angelo comes face to beak with his nemesis. This pigeon isn't looking so good, though, and in spite of himself, Angelo takes her home and brings her back to health, grumpily commenting, "Mamma mia! I restore walls, not pigeons." It's not long before this lonely old man grows attached to the bird, though, and makes a touching, lasting gesture to her in the final hours before his death.

David Macaulay's unusual story is funny and touching, if jarring at times, as when the narrative makes inexplicable leaps with no transition. He uses his familiar illustrative style to greatest effect in depicting the clutter of Roman rooftops and close-ups of crumbling walls and sculpture's toes.

The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography [EPUB]

The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography [EPUB]
The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography by Tetsu Saiwai
2010 | EPUB | 31.88MB

A new way of getting to know one of the world's most beloved spiritual leaders.

Featuring a charmingly illustrated format that will appeal to readers of all ages, this unique biography is an ideal introduction to the leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile. Born in 1935 to a peasant family in a small village, Tenzin Gyatso was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. In 1950, His Holiness assumed full political power when China invade Tibet-a tragedy that forever changed him and shaped his efforts on behalf of world peace, for which he was award the Nobel Peace Prize. This graphic novel is an appealing and approachable depiction of the life and personality of an iconic figure.

When Things Fall Apart [EPUB]

When Things Fall Apart [EPUB]
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chodron
2010 | EPUB | 1.09MB

Pema Chödrön reveals the vast potential for happiness, wisdom and courage even in the most painful circumstances.

Pema Chödrön teaches that there is a fundamental opportunity for happiness right within our reach, yet we usually miss it – ironically, while we are caught up in attempt to escape pain and suffering.

This accessible guide to compassionate living shows us how we can use painful emotions to cultivate wisdom, compassion and courage, ways of communication that lead to openness and true intimacy with others, practices for reversing our negative habitual patterns, methods for working with chaotic situations and ways to cultivate compassionate, energetic social action.

Pema Chödrön is a spiritual teacher for anyone – whether they have a spiritual path or not. Her heartfelt advice and wisdom (developed in her 20 years of practice as a Tibetan Buddhist nun as well as her years previously as a normal ‘housewife and mother’) give her a wide appeal. This advice strikes just the right note, offering us comfort and challenging us to live deeply and contribute to creating a more loving world.

The End of Night [EPUB]

The End of Night [EPUB]
The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.6/3.14MB

Streetlamps, neon signs – an ever-present glow that has changed the natural world and adversely affected our health; Paul Bogard illuminates the problems caused by a lack of darkness.

We live awash in artificial light. But night’s natural darkness has always been invaluable for our spiritual health and the health of the natural world, and every living creature suffers from its loss.

Paul Bogard investigates what we mean when we talk about darkness. He travels between the intensely lit cities – from glittering Las Vegas to the gas-lit streets of Westminster – and the sites where real darkness still remains, such as the Brecon Beacons and the island of Sark. Encountering scientists, physicians, activists and writers, Bogard discusses how light is negatively affecting the natural world; how our well-being is significantly influenced by darkness or its lack; and how it’s not a matter of using light at night or not, but rather when and where, how and how much.

A beautiful invocation of our constant companion, the night, which returns every day of our lives, this book reminds us of the power and mystery of the dark.

De Niro: A Biography [EPUB]

De Niro: A Biography [EPUB]
De Niro: A Biography by John Baxter
2013 | EPUB | 413.69KB

The life of Hollywood’s number one movie actor, the elusive Robert De Niro, who shuns the limelight and rarely gives interviews, written by the leading film critic and biographer of Spielberg, Kubrick, Woody Allen and George Lucas.

Robert De Niro is the pre-eminent Hollywood character performer of our time: film portraits like the young Don Vito Corleone in THE GODFATHER II, Jake La Motta in RAGING BULL and Travis Bickle in TAXI DRIVER are some of the most vivid ever put on celluloid. De Niro cannot be cast to type, prefers to work for old friends like Martin Scorsese, and (apart from FRANKENSTEIN) has never played anything but 20th-century roles.

John Baxter calls him ‘the archetypal empty bottle which only becomes visible when it’s filled by a role’: which makes him such a tempting subject for one of Hollywood’s finest historian/biographers.

As well as his film roles, Baxter examines De Niro’s often controversial private life, his collaborations with directors like Martin Scorsese and performers like Harvey Keitel and Meryl Streep, and his increasingly ambitious off-screen activities.

Hockey Dreams [EPUB]

Hockey Dreams [EPUB]
Hockey Dreams by David Adams Richards
2001 | EPUB | 1.92MB

With a voice as Canadian as winter, David Adams Richards reflects on the place of hockey in the Canadian soul.

The lyrical narrative of Hockey Dreams flows from Richards' boyhood games on the Miramichi to heated debates with university professors who dare to back the wrong team. It examines the globalization of hockey, and how Canadians react to the threat of foreigners beating us at "our" game.

Part memoir, part essay on national identity, part hockey history, Hockey Dreams is a meditation by one of Canada's finest writers on the essence of the game that helps define our nation.

The World's Best Thin Books [EPUB]

The World's Best Thin Books [EPUB]
The World's Best Thin Books: What to Read When Your Book Report is Due Tomorrow by Joni Richards Bodart
2000 | EPUB | 1.05MB

The book report is due and panic sets in. A THIN book is the ticket. But perhaps a THINNER book? Or the THINNEST book of all? And how to pick one (quickly) that will be interesting?

Students, teachers, and librarians will love this handy little volume that describes 100 titles recommended for middle and high school students. Readable, attention-grabbing—all are less than 200 pages. Each entry lists title and author, provides information on characters, plot, and action, and even suggests topics to cover in a book report. Librarians and teachers will appreciate the inclusion of curricular areas and readability indexes, and students will find the appendix on approaches to writing a book report or booktalk a real gold mine.

Five indexes make locating the perfect title a breeze.The genre index guides you to the kind of book you want to read. The subject index lists dozens of subjects, from adoption to writing, divorce to time travel. The readability index guides you to the "quick reads" or "thoughtful novels." If you have a favorite author or already know of a novel you want to read, there is the author or title index. Finally, the curriculum index allows you to look for a book for a particular class.

Murder in Brentwood [Audiobook]

Murder in Brentwood [Audiobook]
Murder in Brentwood [Audiobook] by Mark Fuhrman, read by Jeff Riggenbach
2012 | MP3@96 kbps | 11 hrs 01 min | 458.25MB

He was the first investigator on the bloody scene. He was the first guy to take the fall. Now, he is the first to tell the whole truth -- and nothing but the truth.

For O. J. Simpson to get away with murder, an innocent cop had to be destroyed -- that was the strategy of the Simpson defense. But as certainty about Simpson's guilt grew, so did outrage about the scapegoating of Detective Mark Fuhrman. Fuhrman knew how the police mishandled and overlooked key evidence. He knew where the prosecutors went wrong. Now the former LAPD detective tells his side of the story in this damning exposé.

In this blockbuster book, Fuhrman takes listeners on a detective's journey through the crucial first twenty-four hours of the investigation. We uncover not only the bloody glove but explosive new evidence recorded by Fuhrman and his partner at the scene but astonishingly never presented at the trial. Fuhrman's own hand-drawn maps of the crime scene and his reconstruction of the murders leave no doubt about what really happened at South Bundy Drive on June 12, 1994. These new revelations about the incompetence and corruption that pervaded the ''trial of the century'' set the record straight.

How I Helped O. J. Get Away with Murder [Audiobook]

How I Helped O. J. Get Away with Murder [Audiobook]
How I Helped O J Get Away with Murder: The Shocking Inside Story [Audiobook] by Mike Gilbert, read by Mel Foster
2008 | MP3@128 kbps | 7 hrs 16 mins | 400.18MB

The shocking tale told in How I Helped O. J. Get Away With Murder is unlike anything you've read before; it isn't Mike Gilbert's "version" of what happened—it's the unvarnished truth: the truth about O. J., the murders, and the infamous trial. Not as Gilbert imagined or would like it to be, but how it actually was. Gilbert doesn't spare anyone, not even himself—he helped deceive the jury and feels deeply responsible for the "Not Guilty" verdict.

So why is Gilbert speaking out now? Has he gone from sinner to saint? Is he making a play for sympathy or looking to make a quick buck? No. (Proceeds from this book are going to March of Dimes and other selected charities.) Gilbert has written this book because he regrets what he did for his adored childhood idol. He can no longer find any excuse for how he has shielded O. J. Simpson, and he is determined to tell the full truth, including:

  • O. J.'s late-night confession to Gilbert
  • How Gilbert was responsible for O. J.'s hand not fitting the murder glove
  • Why O. J. murdered Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman (it was more than jealousy)
  • Why Gilbert defended O. J. for so long—and what finally convinced him he could do so no longer
  • How O. J. ignored his financial obligations to the Goldman family and milked the tabloids for money
  • The real reason why an armed O. J. burst in on the memorabilia collectors in Las Vegas (Gilbert had what O. J. was looking for)

Told with searing candor, no one comes out of this book with his reputation intact—including Gilbert's own. But he casts a glaring light on how celebrity can corrupt, how power can mislead, and how friendship and loyalty can be perverted. His book is meant to set the record straight, to lay to rest the ghosts of that dreadful night that have haunted him ever since, and to now play what little part he can to forward the process of justice.

The Body Toxic [EPUB]

The Body Toxic [EPUB]
The Body Toxic: How the Hazardous Chemistry of Everyday Things Threatens Our Health and Well-being by Nena Baker
2008 | EPUB | 269.96KB

We are running a collective chemical fever that we cannot break. Everyone everywhere now carries a dizzying array of chemical contaminants, the by-products of modern industry and innovation that contribute to a host of developmental deficits and health problems in ways just now being understood. These toxic substances, unknown to our grandparents, accumulate in our fat, bones, blood, and organs as a consequence of womb-to-tomb exposure to industrial substances as common as the products that contain them. Almost everything we encounter—from soap to soup cans and computers to clothing—contributes to a chemical load unique to each of us.

Scientists studying the phenomenon refer to it as “chemical body burden,” and in The Body Toxic, the investigative journalist Nena Baker explores the many factors that have given rise to this condition—from manufacturing breakthroughs to policy decisions to political pressure to the demands of popular culture. While chemical advances have helped raise our standard of living, making our lives easier and safer in many ways, there are costs to these conveniences that chemical companies would rather consumers never knew about. Baker draws back the curtain on this untold impact and assesses where we go from here.

The Dream Encyclopedia [EPUB]

The Dream Encyclopedia [EPUB]
The Dream Encyclopedia [2nd Edition] by James R Lewis, Evelyn Dorothy Oliver
2009 | EPUB | 7.28MB

Exploring the fascinating world of dreams, this comprehensive reference examines more than 250 dreamrelated topics, from art to history to science, including how factors such as selfhealing, ESP, literature, religion, sex, cognition and memory, and medical conditions can all have an effect on dreams. Dream symbolism and interpretation is examined in historical, cultural, and psychological detail, while a dictionary—updated with 1,000 symbols and explanations—offers further insights. Dreaming about teeth, for instance, can indicate control issues, and dreaming of a zoo can indicate that the dreamer needs to tidy up some situation. Examining these concepts and more, this is the ultimate dreamer's companion.

Why Him? Why Her? [EPUB]

Why Him? Why Her? [EPUB]
Why Him, Why Her: Finding Real Love By Understanding Your Personality Type by Helen Fisher
2009 | EPUB | 1.44MB

A groundbreaking book about how your personality type determines who you love

Why do you fall in love with one person rather than another? In this fascinating and informative book, Helen Fisher, one of the world’s leading experts on romantic love, unlocks the hidden code of desire and attachment. Each of us, it turns out, primarily expresses one of four broad personality types—Explorer, Builder, Director, or Negotiator—and each of these types is governed by different chemical systems in the brain. Driven by this biology, we are attracted to partners who both mirror and complement our own personality type.

Until now the search for love has been blind, but Fisher pulls back the curtain and reveals how we unconsciously go about finding the right match. Drawing on her unique study of 40,000 men and women, she explores each personality type in detail and shows you how to identify your own type. Then she explains why some types match up well, whereas others are problematic. (Note to Explorers: be prepared for a wild ride when you hitch your star to a fellow Explorer!) Ultimately, Fisher’s investigation into the complex nature of romance and attachment leads to astonishing new insights into the essence of dating, love, and marriage.

Based on entirely new research—including a detailed questionnaire completed by seven million people in thirty-three countries—Why Him? Why Her? will change your understanding of why you love him (or her) and help you use nature’s chemistry to find and keep your life partner.

Why We Love? [EPUB]

Why We Love? [EPUB]
Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love
2005 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.47/0.78MB

A groundbreaking exploration of our most complex and mysterious emotion.

Elation, mood swings, sleeplessness, and obsession—these are the tell-tale signs of someone in the throes of romantic passion. In this revealing new book, renowned anthropologist Helen Fisher explains why this experience—which cuts across time, geography, and gender—is a force as powerful as the need for food or sleep.

Why We Love? begins by presenting the results of a scientific study in which Fisher scanned the brains of people who had just fallen madly in love. She proves, at last, what researchers had only suspected: when you fall in love, primordial areas of the brain “light up” with increased blood flow, creating romantic passion. Fisher uses this new research to show exactly what you experience when you fall in love, why you choose one person rather than another, and how romantic love affects your sex drive and your feelings of attachment to a partner. She argues that all animals feel romantic attraction, that love at first sight comes out of nature, and that human romance evolved for crucial reasons of survival. Lastly, she offers concrete suggestions on how to control this ancient passion, and she optimistically explores the future of romantic love in our chaotic modern world.

Provocative, enlightening, and persuasive, Why We Love? offers radical new answers to the age-old question of what love is and thus provides invaluable new insights into keeping love alive.

Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy [EPUB]

Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy [EPUB]
Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating by Walter C. Willett
2005 | EPUB | 3.08MB

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Pyramid is one of the most recognizable icons in America today, seen everywhere from the backs of cereal boxes to elementary school displays to graduate school textbooks. Millions of Americans try to eat six to eleven servings of grains daily, three servings of milk or cheese, and so on. You may be one of them.

Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy tells you why the pyramid is wrong. Not merely wrong, but wildly wrong. And not just wildly wrong, but even dangerous. Most important, the book provides a new one in its place, a new food pyramid derived from decades of research by Harvard Medical School and Harvard's School of Public Health. In Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy, Dr. Walter Willett, one of the world's most distinguished experts on nutrition, tells you why eggs are not the poison the public has been taught, and why some margarines are a lot worse than you thought. He tells you why the oil in a potato chip can be better for you than the potato, tells you what is good about nuts and bad about too much milk. Dr. Willett builds a general set of dietary guidelines that makes sense out of the welter of conflicting nutritional advice bombarding us daily -- not merely from the USDA, but from books and physicians preaching everything from banishing carbohydrates to ultra lowfat diets. He shows how none of this nutritional advice has prevented an epidemic of obesity in America today.

Based on research gleaned from the world-famous Nurses' Health Study, the Physicians' Health Study, and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study -- studies that tracked hundreds of thousands of people for more than twenty years -- and supported by dozens of other surveysand investigations, Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy offers eye-opening new research on the healthiest forms of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and the relative importance of various food groups and supplements. You'll learn why weight control is the single most important nutritional factor and what the three other critical factors of healthy eating are. You'll find out how to choose wisely between different types of fats, which combinations of fruits and vegetables provide the best health insurance, and how to integrate these into your daily diet. You'll even find specific advice for diabetics, people with hypertension, pregnant women, and nursing mothers. And all of it is translated into simple menu plans and more than fifty tasty recipes that make utilizing the new food pyramid a pleasure.

Unique and authoritative, Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy will teach everyone a new and fun way to eat.

The Hardness Factor [Audiobook]

The Hardness Factor [Audiobook]
The Hardness Factor [Audiobook] by Steven Lamm, read by the Author
2005 | MP3@320 kbps | 3 hrs 33 mins | 486.93MB

Hard is good, harder is better -- for your health, your libido, your life. Such is the provocative premise behind Dr. Steven Lamm's The Hardness Factor, a groundbreaking book that will change the way men live and love. The Hardness Factor measures male health through the quality of an erection -- perhaps the greatest male motivator for better living (more so than fear of cancer, heart attack, or stroke). The Hardness Factor asks, Can men be hard and in shape for sex their entire lives? The answer is, absolutely. Here for the first time are scientific, evidence-based regimens -- emphasizing nutrition, supplements, and exercise -- to increase erectile quality. By following the programs in The Hardness Factor, you will

  • improve overall health;
  • produce stronger, harder, and longer-lasting erections;
  • increase strength, fitness, flexibility, and vitality;
  • restore self-confidence; and
  • achieve maximum sexual gratification with your partner.

A renowned New York clinician, bestselling author, and a favorite expert on the television show The View, Dr. Lamm offers straight talk for men of all ages in "The Four-Day Insurance Policy," which can provide a quick fix for that upcoming Saturday night (or any other dating emergency), and the more detailed "Six-Week Hardness Factor Program," which will improve a man's sex drive, stamina, hardness, and, most of all, health. This comprehensive guide also includes numerous recipes created by acclaimed chef Waldy Malouf, aimed at promoting nutritional health and jump-starting the libido.

After following The Hardness Factor, you will not only achieve optimal health and sexual fitness but also understand why the penis is the best barometer of a man's health.