Sister Aimee: The Life of Aimee Semple McPherson [EPUB]

Sister Aimee: The Life of Aimee Semple McPherson [EPUB]
Sister Aimee: The Life of Aimee Semple McPherson by Daniel Mark Epstein
2014 | EPUB | 5.0MB

Once considered the premier evangelist and faith healer of her day, Sister Aimee built a church in Los Angeles called The International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. A mixture of evangelism and the cult of personality, the church is today valued at over $300 million. Upon her death in 1944, recounts her biographer, poet and novelist Epstein, "Eulogies in the world press were lengthy, impassioned and full of praise. In death people did not hesitate to compare her to John Knox, John Wesley, Martin Luther, or Dwight Moody." Yet modern histories of Christianity do not even mention her or her church.

A sympathetic biographer who occasionally juxtaposes a personal and academic tone, Epstein is often reluctant to fault McPherson for poor judgment or zealotry. Still, his labor is exhaustive; the extensive notes, bibliography, and index he has produced should prove useful to students of early 20th-century Christianity, particularly as it flourished on the West Coast. Recommended for women's studies and religion collections.

Delphi Complete Works of Emile Zola [EPUB]

Delphi Complete Works of Emile Zola [EPUB]
Delphi Complete Works of Emile Zola (Illustrated)
2013 | EPUB | 20.48MB

For the first time in the English language, Delphi Classics is proud to present the complete fictional works of the French master Émile Zola. This monumental eBook features beautiful illustrations, informative introductions and a wealth of Delphi bonus material.

  • Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Zola’s life and works
  • Concise introductions to the novels and other works
  • The complete Rougon-Macquart cycle, as well as all the other novels and series
  • Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
  • Excellent formatting of the texts
  • Many rare novels, including the author’s scandalous first novel, appear here for the first time in digital print
  • The complete short stores, including Zola’s first book STORIES FOR NINON – first time in digital print
  • Includes Zola’s famous ‘J’ACCUSE!’, with explanatory introduction
  • Special criticism section, with essays by famous writers such as Henry James and James Joyce, evaluating Zola’s contribution to literature
  • Features a biography by Zola’s English translator – follow Zola’s literary life when fleeing France for safety in England
  • Also includes a special resources section, with the detailed listing of the Rougon-Macquart family tree, as well as an index of the main characters and locations in the twenty-novel series
  • Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
  • UPDATED with rare short stories and special alphabetical short stories list, in response to customer feedback
  • UPDATED with improved table of contents, with links to each chapter, story and section
  • UPDATED with the seminal 2nd edition Preface to THERESE RAQUIN

CONTENTS:

The Early Novels

  • CLAUDE’S CONFESSION
  • THE DEAD WOMAN’S WISH
  • THE MYSTERY OF MARSEILLE
  • THERESE RAQUIN
  • MADELEINE FERAT

The Rougon-Macquart Cycle

  • THE FORTUNE OF THE ROUGONS
  • THE KILL
  • THE FAT AND THE THIN
  • THE CONQUEST OF PLASSANS
  • ABBE MOURET’S TRANSGRESSION
  • HIS EXCELLENCY EUGENE ROUGON
  • THE DRAM SHOP
  • A LOVE EPISODE
  • NANA
  • PIPING HOT
  • THE LADIES’ PARADISE
  • THE JOY OF LIFE
  • GERMINAL
  • HIS MASTERPIECE
  • THE EARTH
  • THE DREAM
  • THE HUMAN BEAST
  • MONEY
  • THE DOWNFALL
  • DOCTOR PASCAL

The Three Cities

  • LOURDES
  • ROME
  • PARIS

The Four Gospels

  • FRUITFULNESS
  • LABOUR
  • TRUTH

The Short Stories

  • STORIES FOR NINON
  • NEW STORIES FOR NINON
  • THE ATTACK ON THE MILL
  • MISCELLANEOUS STORIES
  • LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
  • I ACCUSE…!

The Criticism

  • ÉMILE ZOLA by Henry James
  • THE ZOLA CONTROVERSY by G. K. Chesterton
  • M. ZOLA by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • An Extract from ‘MY LITERARY PASSIONS’ by William Dean Howells
  • ÉMILE ZOLA by William Dean Howells
  • ZOLA by Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • BORLASE AND SON by James Joyce

The Biography

  • WITH ZOLA IN ENGLAND by Ernest Alfred Vizetelly

Resources

  • THE ROUGON-MACQUART FAMILY TREE
  • INDEX OF CHARACTERS IN THE ROUGON-MACQUART SERIES
  • INDEX OF LOCATIONS IN THE ROUGON-MACQUART SERIES

Delphi Complete Works of L Frank Baum [EPUB]

Delphi Complete Works of L Frank Baum [EPUB]
Delphi Complete Works of L Frank Baum (Illustrated)
2013 | EPUB | 84.57MB

For the first time ever in print or digital publishing, Delphi Classics is proud to present the complete fictional works of master storyteller L. Frank Baum. This monumental eBook offers hundreds of beautiful illustrations, lost works, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material.

  • The complete Oz books and ALL fully illustrated with their original artwork
  • Concise introductions to the novels and other works
  • Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Baum’s life and works
  • Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
  • Explore the first edition colour illustrations of ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’
  • Excellent formatting of the texts
  • Many novels appear for the first time in digital print, including all of the MARY LOUISE, BOY FORTUNE HUNTERS and PHOEBE DARING novels
  • Famous works such as THE SEA-FAIRIES and SKY ISLAND are fully illustrated with their original artwork
  • Scarce poetry collections, including FATHER GOOSE’S YEAR BOOK, first time in digital print
  • Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry and short stories
  • Rare plays and musical synopses, including the original WIZARD OF OZ play.
  • Special BAUMIANA section, with articles and reviews relating to the wonderful world of Baum
  • Features the biography IN OTHER LANDS THAN OURS written by the author’s wife – discover Baum’s literary life
  • NCX toc feature allowing readers to skip to the next or previous poem, chapter or short story easily using the Kindle’s 5-way controller
  • Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

CONTENTS:

The Oz Works

  • THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ
  • THE MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ
  • THE WOGGLE-BUG BOOK
  • OZMA OF OZ
  • DOROTHY AND THE WIZARD IN OZ
  • THE ROAD TO OZ
  • THE EMERALD CITY OF OZ
  • THE PATCHWORK GIRL OF OZ
  • LITTLE WIZARD STORIES OF OZ
  • TIK-TOK OF OZ
  • THE SCARECROW OF OZ
  • RINKITINK IN OZ
  • THE LOST PRINCESS OF OZ
  • THE TIN WOODMAN OF OZ
  • THE MAGIC OF OZ
  • GLINDA OF OZ
  • THE ROYAL BOOK OF OZ BY RUTH PLUMLY THOMPSON

Other Fantasy Works

  • THE MAGICAL MONARCH OF MO
  • DOT AND TOT OF MERRYLAND
  • AMERICAN FAIRY TALES
  • THE MASTER KEY: AN ELECTRICAL FAIRY TALE
  • THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS
  • THE ENCHANTED ISLAND OF YEW
  • QUEEN ZIXI OF IX
  • JOHN DOUGH AND THE CHERUB
  • THE SEA FAIRIES
  • SKY ISLAND

Non-Fantasy Works Under Baum’s Name

  • THE DARING TWINS
  • PHOEBE DARING

The Pseudonym Works – Fantasy

  • TWINKLE AND CHUBBINS
  • POLICEMAN BLUEJAY

The Pseudonym Works – Non-Fantasy

  • AUNT JANE’S NIECES
  • AUNT JANE’S NIECES ABROAD
  • AUNT JANE’S NIECES AT MILLVILLE
  • AUNT JANE’S NIECES AT WORK
  • AUNT JANE’S NIECES IN SOCIETY
  • AUNT JANE’S NIECES AND UNCLE JOHN
  • AUNT JANE’S NIECES ON VACATION
  • AUNT JANE’S NIECES ON THE RANCH
  • AUNT JANE’S NIECES OUT WEST
  • AUNT JANE’S NIECES IN THE RED CROSS
  • THE FLYING GIRL
  • THE FLYING GIRL AND HER CHUM
  • MARY LOUISE
  • MARY LOUISE IN THE COUNTRY
  • MARY LOUISE SOLVES A MYSTERY
  • MARY LOUISE AND THE LIBERTY GIRLS
  • MARY LOUISE ADOPTS A SOLDIER
  • THE BOY FORTUNE HUNTERS IN ALASKA
  • THE BOY FORTUNE HUNTERS IN PANAMA
  • THE BOY FORTUNE HUNTERS IN EGYPT
  • THE BOY FORTUNE HUNTERS IN CHINA
  • THE BOY FORTUNE HUNTERS IN YUCATAN
  • THE BOY FORTUNE HUNTERS IN THE SOUTH SEAS
  • THE FATE OF A CROWN
  • DAUGHTERS OF DESTINY
  • TAMAWACA FOLKS: A SUMMER COMEDY
  • ANNABEL, A NOVEL FOR YOUNG FOLK
  • THE LAST EGYPTIAN

Shorter Fiction

  • OUR LANDLADY
  • MOTHER GOOSE IN PROSE
  • ANIMAL FAIRY TALES
  • UNCOLLECTED SHORT STORIES

The Short Stories

  • LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
  • LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Poetry Collections

  • BY THE CANDELABRA’S GLARE
  • FATHER GOOSE: HIS BOOK
  • THE ARMY ALPHABET
  • THE NAVY ALPHABET
  • FATHER GOOSE’S YEAR BOOK

The Poems

  • LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
  • LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Plays

  • THE MAID OF ARRAN
  • THE WIZARD OF OZ
  • THE MAID OF ATHENS
  • THE KING OF GEE-WHIZ
  • THE PIPES O’ PAN

Baumiana

  • LIST OF BAUM RELATED ARTICLES AND PIECES

The Biography

  • IN OTHER LANDS THAN OURS BY MAUD GAGE-BAUM

Delphi Works of Honoré de Balzac

Delphi Works of Honoré de Balzac
Delphi Works of Honoré de Balzac (Illustrated)
2012 | EPUB | 30.89MB

This comprehensive eBook presents the complete Human Comedy of Honoré de Balzac in English, with beautiful illustrations, concise introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material.

  • Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Balzac’s life and works
  • Concise introductions to the novels and other works
  • The COMPLETE ‘La Comédie humaine’ in English translation
  • Includes Balzac’s introduction AVANT-PROPOS
  • Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
  • Excellent formatting of the texts
  • Famous works such as FATHER GORIOT, COUSIN BETTY, THE MAGIC SKIN and many more are illustrated with their original artwork
  • Balzac’s five plays
  • Criticism section, with seven essays by writers such as Henry James and Leslie Stephen, evaluating Balzac’s contribution to literature
  • Features five biographies – discover in depth Balzac’s literary life!
  • Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
  • Special CHARACTERS resource, with information on all members of the cast ‘La Comédie humaine’, with references to the novels and stories they appear in

CONTENTS:

  • THE HUMAN COMEDY
  • THE HISTORY OF ‘LA COMÉDIE HUMAINE’
  • AVANT-PROPOS (PREFACE)
  • STUDIES OF MANNERS IN THE 19TH CENTURY

Scenes from Private Life

  • AT THE SIGN OF THE CAT AND RACKET
  • THE BALL AT SCEAUX
  • LETTERS OF TWO BRIDES
  • THE PURSE
  • MODESTE MIGNON
  • A START IN LIFE
  • ALBERT SAVARUS
  • VENDETTA
  • A SECOND HOME
  • DOMESTIC PEACE
  • MADAME FIRMIANI
  • STUDY OF A WOMAN
  • THE IMAGINARY MISTRESS
  • A DAUGHTER OF EVE
  • THE MESSAGE
  • THE GRAND BRETECHE
  • LA GRENADIERE
  • THE DESERTED WOMAN
  • HONORINE
  • BEATRIX
  • GOBSECK
  • A WOMAN OF THIRTY
  • FATHER GORIOT
  • COLONEL CHABERT
  • THE ATHEIST’S MASS
  • THE COMMISSION IN LUNACY
  • THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT
  • ANOTHER STUDY OF WOMAN

Scenes from Provincial Life

  • URSULE MIROUET
  • EUGENIE GRANDET

The Celibates

  • PIERRETTE
  • THE VICAR OF TOURS
  • THE TWO BROTHERS

Parisians in the Country

  • THE ILLUSTRIOUS GAUDISSART
  • THE MUSE OF THE DEPARTMENT

The Jealousies of a Country Town

  • THE OLD MAID
  • THE COLLECTION OF ANTIQUITIES

Lost Illusions

  • TWO POETS
  • A DISTINGUISHED PROVINCIAL AT PARIS
  • EVE AND DAVID

Scenes from Parisian Life
The Thirteen

  • FERRAGUS
  • THE DUCHESSE DE LANGEAIS
  • GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN EYES
  • RISE AND FALL OF CÉSAR BIROTTEAU
  • THE FIRM OF NUCINGEN

Scenes from a Courtesan’s Life

  • ESTHER HAPPY: HOW A COURTESAN CAN LOVE
  • WHAT LOVE COSTS AN OLD MAN
  • THE END OF EVIL WAYS
  • VAUTRIN’S LAST AVATAR
  • SECRETS OF THE PRINCESSE DE CADIGNAN
  • FACINO CANE
  • SARRASINE
  • PIERRE GRASSOU

The Poor Relations

  • COUSIN BETTY
  • COUSIN PONS
  • A MAN OF BUSINESS
  • A PRINCE OF BOHEMIA
  • GAUDISSART II
  • BUREAUCRACY
  • UNCONSCIOUS COMEDIANS
  • THE LESSER BOURGEOISIE

The Seamy Side of History

  • MADAME DE LA CHANTERIE
  • THE INITIATE

Scenes from Political Life

  • AN EPISODE UNDER THE TERROR
  • AN HISTORICAL MYSTERY

The Deputy of Arcis

  • THE ELECTION
  • LETTERS EXPLANATORY
  • MONSIEUR DE SALLENAUVE
  • Z. MARCAS

Scenes from Military Life

  • THE CHOUANS
  • A PASSION IN THE DESERT

Scenes from Country Life

  • SONS OF THE SOIL
  • THE COUNTRY DOCTOR
  • THE VILLAGE RECTOR
  • THE LILY OF THE VALLEY

PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES

  • THE MAGIC SKIN
  • CHRIST IN FLANDERS
  • MELMOTH RECONCILED
  • THE UNKNOWN MASTERPIECE
  • GAMBARA
  • MASSIMILLA DONI
  • THE ALKAHEST
  • THE HATED SON
  • FAREWELL
  • JUANA
  • THE RECRUIT
  • EL VERDUGO
  • A DRAMA ON THE SEASHORE
  • MAITRE CORNELIUS
  • THE RED INN
  • Catherine de’ Medici
  • THE CALVINIST MARTYR
  • THE SECRETS OF THE RUGGIERI
  • THE TWO DREAMS
  • THE ELIXIR OF LIFE
  • THE EXILES
  • LOUIS LAMBERT
  • SERAPHITA

ANALYTICAL STUDIES

  • PHYSIOLOGY OF MARRIAGE
  • LITTLE MISERIES OF CONJUGAL LIFE

Pathology of Social Life (only French text available)

  • TRAITÉ DE LA VIE ÉLÉGANTE
  • THÉORIE DE LA DÉMARCHE
  • TRAITÉ DES EXCITANTS MODERNES

OTHER WORKS

The Short Stories

  • DROLL STORIES
  • THE NAPOLEON OF THE PEOPLE

The Plays

  • INTRODUCTION TO BALZAC’S DRAMAS by J. Walker McSpadden
  • VAUTRIN
  • THE RESOURCES OF QUINOLA
  • PAMELA GIRAUD
  • THE STEPMOTHER
  • MERCADET

RESOURCES

The Criticism

  • HONORÉ DE BALZAC by Henry James
  • A LETTER, 1883 by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • BALZAC by John Cowper Powys
  • BALZAC’S NOVELS by Leslie Stephen
  • BALZAC by William Ernest Henley
  • BALZAC AS A DRAMATIST by Epiphanius Wilson
  • THE NOVEL by D. H. Lawrence

The Biographies

  • HONORÉ DE BALZAC by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet
  • HONORÉ DE BALZAC, HIS LIFE AND WRITINGS by Mary F. Sandars
  • BALZAC AND MADAME HANSKA by Elbert Hubbard
  • BALZAC by Frederick Lawton
  • WOMEN IN THE LIFE OF BALZAC by Juanita Helm Floyd

Glossary of Characters in ‘La Comédie humaine’

Delphi Complete Works of Herman Melville [EPUB]

Delphi Complete Works of Herman Melville [EPUB]
Delphi Complete Works of Herman Melville (Illustrated)
2012 | EPUB | 14.18MB

Herman Melville is a giant of American literature, whose novels are hailed as literary masterpieces. This eBook offers readers the complete works for the first time in digital print, as well as an array of bonus features.

Features:

  • illustrated with many images relating to Melville’s life and works
  • annotated with concise introductions to the novels and other works
  • ALL the novels, with separate contents tables
  • MOBY-DICK and other works are presented with their original illustrations
  • images of how the novels first appeared, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
  • the complete short story collections
  • rare short stories like DANIEL ORME – first time in digital print
  • the complete poetry collections
  • the scarce poetry collection WEEDS AND WILDINGS, which Melville wrote for his wife – first time in digital print
  • separate CHRONOLOGICAL and ALPHABETICAL contents tables for the poetry – find that special poem easily!
  • includes Melville’s complete essays, available nowhere else
  • bonus collection of letters by Melville – explore the writer’s personal correspondence
  • boasts a special criticism section, with essays by writers such as D.H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf examining Melville’s contribution to literature
  • features Raymond Weaver’s seminal biography on Melville, which sparked the great revival in the author
  • scholarly ordering of texts in chronological order and literary genres, allowing easy navigation around Melville’s immense oeuvre

CONTENTS:

The Novels

  • TYPEE
  • OMOO
  • MARDI
  • REDBURN
  • WHITE-JACKET
  • MOBY-DICK
  • PIERRE
  • ISLE OF THE CROSS (lost novel – information only)
  • ISRAEL POTTER
  • THE CONFIDENCE-MAN
  • BILLY BUDD, SAILOR

The Short Story Collections

  • THE PIAZZA TALES
  • THE APPLE-TREE TABLE AND OTHER SKETCHES
  • BILLY BUDD AND OTHER PROSE PIECES

The Short Stories

  • LIST OF THE SHORT STORIES

The Poetry Collections

  • BATTLE PIECES AND ASPECTS OF THE WAR
  • CLAREL: A POEM AND PILGRIMAGE IN THE HOLY LAND
  • JOHN MARR AND OTHER SAILORS
  • TIMOLEON AND OTHER VENTURES
  • WEEDS AND WILDINGS, WITH A ROSE OR TWO
  • UNCOLLECTED POEMS

The Poems

  • LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
  • LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Essays

  • FRAGMENTS FROM A WRITING DESK
  • ETCHINGS OF A WHALING CRUISE REVIEW
  • AUTHENTIC ANECDOTES OF ‘OLD ZACK’
  • MR PARKMAN’S TOUR
  • COOPER’S NEW NOVEL
  • A THOUGHT ON BOOK-BINDING
  • HAWTHORNE AND HIS MOSSES

The Letters

  • SOME PERSONAL LETTERS OF HERMAN MELVILLE BY MEADE MINNIGERODE

The Criticism

  • THE BEST SEA-STORY EVER WRITTEN BY ARCHIBALD MACMECHAN
  • HERMAN MELVILLE’S MOBY DICK BY D. H. LAWRENCE
  • HERMAN MELVILLE’S TYPEE AND OMOO BY D. H. LAWRENCE
  • HERMAN MELVILLE BY VIRGINIA WOOLF

The Biography

  • HERMAN MELVILLE: MAN, MARINER AND MYSTIC BY RAYMOND WEAVER

Delphi Complete Works of Jules Verne [EPUB]

Delphi Complete Works of Jules Verne [EPUB]
Delphi Complete Works of Jules Verne (Illustrated)
2011 | EPUB | 114.81MB

Jules Verne is a paramount literary figure, whose monumental series of science-fiction novels has entertained readers for over a hundred years. This amazing eBook offers the most complete collection ever compiled of Verne’s work in English translation.

Features:

  • concise introductions to the novels and other works
  • images of how the novels first appeared, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
  • 47 novels in English and each with their own contents table
  • rare novels that appear for the first time in digital print, like CLOVIS DARDENTOR, FLIGHT TO FRANCE, FOUNDLING MICK and many more
  • FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON and other works are fully illustrated
  • many short stories, with excellent formatting, and contents tables
  • includes all three parts of Verne’s enormous non-fiction work CELEBRATED TRAVELS AND TRAVELLERS – fully illustrated
  • features the BONUS text of Edgar Allan Poe’s novel THE NARRATIVE OF ARTHUR GORDON PYM OF NANTUCKET – accompanying Verne’s sequel THE SPHINX OF THE ICE FIELDS
  • EVEN includes Verne’s French poetry, with contents table
  • packed full of images relating to Verne’s life, works, places and film adaptations
  • scholarly ordering of texts in chronological order and literary genres, allowing easy navigation around Verne’s immense oeuvre
  • UPDATED with the rare novel ARCHIPELAGO ON FIRE – first time in English translation as a digital book and fully illustrated
  • UPDATED with the novel THE WILL OF AN ECCENTRIC, first time in digital print in English
  • UPDATED with even more illustrations for the novels, including TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

CONTENTS:

The Novels

  • FIVE WEEKS IN A BALLOON
  • A JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH
  • FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON
  • THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN HATTERAS
  • THE CHILDREN OF CAPTAIN GRANT
  • AROUND THE MOON
  • TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA
  • A FLOATING CITY
  • THE ADVENTURES OF THREE ENGLISHMEN AND THREE RUSSIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA
  • THE FUR COUNTRY
  • AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS
  • THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND
  • THE SURVIVORS OF THE CHANCELLOR
  • MICHAEL STROGOFF
  • OFF ON A COMET
  • THE UNDERGROUND CITY
  • DICK SAND: A CAPTAIN AT FIFTEEN
  • THE BEGUM’S FORTUNE
  • TRIBULATIONS OF A CHINAMAN IN CHINA
  • THE STEAM HOUSE
  • EIGHT HUNDRED LEAGUES ON THE AMAZON
  • THE GREEN RAY
  • THE SCHOOL FOR ROBINSONS
  • KÉRABAN THE INFLEXIBLE
  • THE ARCHIPELAGO ON FIRE
  • THE STAR OF THE SOUTH
  • MATHIAS SANDORF
  • ROBUR THE CONQUEROR
  • THE LOTTERY TICKET
  • THE FLIGHT TO FRANCE
  • THE WRECK OF THE CYNTHIA
  • NORTH AGAINST SOUTH
  • TWO YEARS HOLIDAY
  • THE PURCHASE OF THE NORTH POLE
  • FAMILY WITHOUT A NAME
  • CÉSAR CASCABEL
  • MISTRESS BRANICAN
  • THE CARPATHIAN CASTLE
  • CLAUDIUS BOMBARNAC
  • FOUNDLING MICK
  • THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN ANTIFER
  • THE FLOATING ISLAND
  • FACING THE FLAG
  • CLOVIS DARDENTOR
  • THE SPHINX OF THE ICE FIELDS
  • THE NARRATIVE OF ARTHUR GORDON PYM OF NANTUCKET by Edgar Allan Poe
  • THE SUPER ORINOCO*
  • THE WILL OF AN ECCENTRIC
  • SECOND FATHERLAND*
  • THE VILLAGE IN THE TREETOPS*
  • YARNS OF JEAN-MARIE CABIDOULIN*
  • THE KIP BROTHERS*
  • TRAVELING SCHOLARSHIPS*
  • MASTER OF THE WORLD
  • A DRAMA IN LIVONIA*
  • INVASION OF THE SEA*
  • LIGHTHOUSE AT THE END OF THE WORLD*
  • THE GOLDEN VOLCANO*
  • THE THOMPSON AGENCY AND CO.*
  • THE CHASE OF THE GOLDEN METEOR*
  • THE DANUBE PILOT*
  • THE SURVIVORS OF THE ‘JONATHAN’*
  • THE SECRET OF WILHELM STORITZ*
  • ADVENTURES OF THE BARSAC MISSION*

The Short Stories

  • MARTIN PAZ
  • THE BLOCKADE RUNNERS
  • DR. OX AND OTHER STORIES
  • FRRITT-FLACC
  • YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW
  • A DRAMA IN MEXICO
  • THE MUTINEERS OF THE BOUNTY
  • IN THE YEAR 2889
  • AN EXPRESS OF THE FUTURE

The Poetry (in French)

  • VERNE’S POETRY
  • LISTE DES POEMES PAR ORDRE ALPHABÉTIQUE

The Plays (in French)

  • VERNE’S PLAYS
  • ONZE JOURS DE SIÈGE
  • MICHEL STROGOFF

The Non-Fiction

  • CELEBRATED TRAVELS AND TRAVELLERS
  • I. THE EXPLORATION OF THE WORLD.
  • II. THE GREAT NAVIGATORS OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
  • III. THE GREAT EXPLORERS OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY.

* these novels appear only in their original French texts, due to copyright restrictions.

Privacy in the Age of Big Data [EPUB]

Privacy in the Age of Big Data [EPUB]
Privacy in the Age of Big Data: Recognizing Threats, Defending Your Rights, and Protecting Your Family by Theresa M Payton, Ted Claypoole
2014 | EPUB | 1.58MB

Digital data collection and surveillance gets more pervasive and invasive by the day; but the best ways to protect yourself and your data are all steps you can take yourself. The devices we use to get just-in-time coupons, directions when we’re lost, and maintain connections with loved ones no matter how far away they are, also invade our privacy in ways we might not even be aware of. Our devices send and collect data about us whenever we use them, but that data is not safeguarded the way we assume it would be.

Privacy is complex and personal. Many of us do not know the full extent to which data is collected, stored, aggregated, and used. As recent revelations indicate, we are subject to a level of data collection and surveillance never before imaginable. While some of these methods may, in fact, protect us and provide us with information and services we deem to be helpful and desired, others can turn out to be insidious and over-arching.

Privacy in the Age of Big Data highlights the many positive outcomes of digital surveillance and data collection while also outlining those forms of data collection to which we may not consent, and of which we are likely unaware. Payton and Claypoole skillfully introduce readers to the many ways we are ‘watched,’ and how to adjust our behaviors and activities to recapture our privacy. The authors suggest the tools, behavior changes, and political actions we can take to regain data and identity security. Anyone who uses digital devices will want to read this book for its clear and no-nonsense approach to the world of big data and what it means for all of us.

Given Up For Dead [EPUB]

Given Up For Dead [EPUB]
Given Up For Dead: America's Heroic Stand at Wake Island by Bill Sloan
2003 | EPUB | 2.15MB

A gripping narrative of unprecedented valor and personal courage, here is the story of the first American battle of World War II: the battle for Wake Island. Based on firsthand accounts from long-lost survivors who have emerged to tell about it, this stirring tale of the "Alamo of the Pacific" will reverberate for generations to come.

On December 8, 1941, just five hours after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Japanese planes attacked a remote U.S. outpost in the westernmost reaches of the Pacific. It was the beginning of an incredible sixteen-day fight for Wake Island, a tiny but strategically valuable dot in the ocean. Unprepared for the stunning assault, the small battalion was dangerously outnumbered and outgunned. But they compensated with a surplus of bravery and perseverance, waging an extraordinary battle against all odds.

When it was over, a few hundred American Marines, sailors, and soldiers, along with a small army of heroic civilian laborers, had repulsed enemy forces several thousand strong--but it was still not enough. Among the Marines was twenty-year-old PFC Wiley Sloman. By Christmas Day, he lay semiconscious in the sand, struck by enemy fire. Another day would pass before he was found--stripped of his rifle and his uniform. Shocked to realize he hadn't awakened to victory, Sloman wondered: Had he been given up for dead--and had the Marines simply given up?

In this riveting account, veteran journalist Bill Sloan re-creates this history-making battle, the crushing surrender, and the stories of the uncommonly gutsy men who fought it. From the civilians who served as gunmen, medics, and even preachers, to the daily grind of life on an isolated island--literally at the ends of the earth--to the agony of POW camps, here we meet our heroes and confront the enemy face-to-face, bayonet to bayonet.

The Watchers [Audiobook]

The Watchers [Audiobook]
The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State [Audiobook] by Shane Harris, read by Kirby Heyborne
2010 | MP3@96 kbps | 15 hrs | 619.78MB

Our surveillance state was born in the brain of Admiral John Poindexter in 1983. Poindexter, President Ronald Reagan's national security adviser, realized that the United States might have prevented the terrorist massacre of 241 Marines in Beirut if only intelligence agencies had been able to analyze in real time data they had on the attackers. Poindexter poured government know-how and funds into his dream—a system that would sift reams of data for signs of terrorist activity. Decades later, that elusive dream still captivates Washington. After the 2001 attacks, Poindexter returned to government with a controversial program, called Total Information Awareness, to detect the next attack. Today it is a secretly funded operation that can gather personal information on every American and millions of others worldwide.

But Poindexter's dream has also become America's nightmare. Despite billions of dollars spent on this digital quest since the Reagan era, we still can't discern future threats in the vast data cloud that surrounds us all. But the government can now spy on its citizens with an ease that was impossible—and illegal—just a few years ago. Drawing on unprecedented access to the people who pioneered this high-tech spycraft, Shane Harris shows how it has shifted from the province of right-wing technocrats to a cornerstone of the Obama administration's war on terror.

Harris puts us behind the scenes and in front of the screens where twenty-first-century spycraft was born. We witness Poindexter quietly working from the private sector to get government to buy in to his programs in the early nineties. We see an army major agonize as he carries out an order to delete the vast database he's gathered on possible terror cells—and on thousands of innocent Americans—months before 9/11. We follow General Mike Hayden as he persuades the Bush administration to secretly monitor Americans based on a flawed interpretation of the law. After Congress publicly bans the Total Information Awareness program in 2003, we watch as it is covertly shifted to a ""black op,"" which protects it from public scrutiny. When the next crisis comes, our government will inevitably crack down on civil liberties, but it will be no better able to identify new dangers. This is the outcome of a dream first hatched almost three decades ago, and The Watchers is an engrossing, unnerving wake-up call.

Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon [EPUB]

Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon [EPUB]
Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon edited by Gregory Benford, James Benford
2013 | EPUB | 7.51MB

Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon is an anthology by authors from both science and fiction writing backgrounds, illustrating some of the tech and ideology behind the illustrious goal of traveling to another star within the next century. Edited by Gregory Benford, New York Times bestselling science fiction author, and James Benford, leading expert on space propulsion, Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon includes science fiction by Neal Stephenson, David Brin, Joe Haldeman, Nancy Kress, Stephen Baxter, Gregory Benford, John Cramer, Richard A. Lovett, and Allen Steele, as well as scientific articles by Stephen Hawking, Freeman Dyson, Robert Zubrin, Peter Schwartz, Martin Rees, Ian Crawford, James Benford, Geoffrey Landis, Paul Davies and Adam Crowl.

This groundbreaking anthology of science and science fiction is based on findings and discussions of the 100-Year Starship Symposium held in 2011. In it, top scientists tackle the opportunities for our long-term future in space. Alongside them, science fiction authors explore the dream and the possibilities.

The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium [EPUB]

The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium [EPUB]
The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium, 4th Edition by Jay M Pasachoff, Alex Filippenko
2013 | EPUB | 41.82MB

An exciting introduction to astronomy, the fourth edition of this book uses recent discoveries and stunning photography to inspire non-science majors about the universe and science. Written by two highly experienced and engaging instructors, each chapter has been fully updated, with more than 200 new images throughout, including recent images from space missions and the world's best observatories. Redesigned, streamlined pages highlight the breathtaking imagery.

The text is organized as a series of stories, each presenting the history of the field, the observations made and how they fit within the process of science, our current understanding, and what future observations are planned. Math is provided in boxes and easily read around, making the book suitable for courses taking either mathematical or qualitative approaches. New discussion questions encourage students to think widely about astronomy and the role science plays in our everyday lives and podcasts for each chapter aid studying and comprehension.

Stonehenge: A New Understanding [EPUB]

Stonehenge: A New Understanding [EPUB]
Stonehenge - A New Understanding: Solving the Mysteries of the Greatest Stone Age Monument by Mike Parker Pearson
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 5.12/6.95MB

Despite its being one of prehistory’s most alluring landmarks, before the Stonehenge Riverside Project led by noted archeologist Mike Parker Pearson, only half of Stonehenge itself—and far less of its surroundings—had ever been investigated, and many records from previous digs are inaccurate or incomplete.

With fresh evidence based on seven years of unprecedented access to the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, this excavation replaces centuries of speculation about even the most fundamental mysteries of Stonehenge with hard proof. Stonehenge: A New Understanding changes the way we think about the site, correcting previously erroneous dating, filling gaps in our knowledge about its builders and how they lived, clarifying the monument’s significance both celestially and as a burial ground, and contextualizing Stonehenge—which sits at the center of one of the densest prehistoric settlements in history—within the broader landscape of the Neolithic Age.

The Return of Sacred Architecture [EPUB]

The Return of Sacred Architecture [EPUB]
The Return of Sacred Architecture: The Golden Ratio and the End of Modernism by Herbert Bangs
2006 | EPUB + MOBI | 5.64/7.68MB

An inspirational call for a return to the tenets of traditional architecture as a remedy for the dehumanizing standards of modern architecture

  • Explains how modern architecture is emblematic of our current estrangement from the spiritual principles that shaped humanity’s greatest civilizations
  • Reveals how the ancient laws of sacred proportion and harmony can be restored

The ugly buildings that characterize the modern landscape are inferior not only to the great cathedrals of medieval Europe and the temples of ancient Egypt and Greece, but even to lesser buildings of the more recent past. The great masterworks of our ancestors spoke to humanity’s higher nature. Architect Herbert Bangs reveals how today’s dysfunctional buildings bring out the worst in humanity, reinforcing that which is most base within us. He shows how, through the ancient laws of proportion and number, architecture once expressed the harmonious relationship between man and the cosmos. In early times, the architect worked within a sacred and esoteric tradition of creating structures through which human beings could gain insight into the nature of the divine reality. Today, that tradition has been abandoned in favor of narrowly defined utilitarian principles of efficiency and economy.

In The Return of Sacred Architecture, Bangs provides the key to freeing architecture from the crude functionality of the twentieth century: the architects of the modern human landscape must find the deep-felt connection to the cosmos that guided the inner lives of those who built the temples of the past. The form of their buildings will then reflect the sacred patterns of geometry and proportion and bring forth greater harmony in the world.

Stillness and Light [EPUB]

Stillness and Light [EPUB]
Stillness and Light: The Silent Eloquence of Shaker Architecture by Henry Plummer
2009 | EPUB | 25.22MB

Shaker buildings have long been admired for their simplicity of design and sturdy craftsmanship, with form always following function. Over the years, their distinctive physical characteristics have invited as much study as imitation. Their clean, unadorned lines have been said to reflect core Shaker beliefs such as honesty, integrity, purity, and perfection.

In this book, Henry Plummer focuses on the use of natural light in Shaker architecture, noting that Shaker builders manipulated light not only for practical reasons of illumination but also to sculpt a deliberately spiritual, visual presence within their space. Stillness and Light celebrates this subtly beautiful aspect of Shaker innovation and construction, captured in more than 100 stunning photographs.

How to Avoid Making Art [EPUB]

How to Avoid Making Art [EPUB]
How to Avoid Making Art (or Anything Else You Enjoy) by Julia Cameron
2005 | EPUB | 6.08MB

In How to Avoid Making Art, the bestselling author of The Artist's Way delivers a (tongue-in-cheek!) guide to doing anything and everything you possibly can to avoid making art. Anyone who is engaged in a creative pursuit will no doubt identify with these wonderful cartoons by award-winning artist Elizabeth Cameron of creative wannabes doing everything except actually getting down to work.

"For most people creativity is a serious business," says Julia Cameron. "They forget the telling phrase 'the play of ideas' and think that they need to knuckle down and work more. Often, the reverse is true. They need to play." Ultimately, the characters in this book show us how we can turn our procrastination into play and our play into great work. With this delightful volume, Julia Cameron once again hits the nail on the head on the subject of creativity.

Divas, Dames & Daredevils [EPUB]

Divas, Dames & Daredevils [EPUB]
Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics by Mike Madrid
2013 | EPUB | 47.32MB

Wonder Woman, Mary Marvel, and Sheena, Queen of the Jungle ruled the pages of comic books in the 1940s, but many other heroines of the WWII era have been forgotten. Through twenty-eight full reproductions of vintage Golden Age comics, Divas, Dames & Daredevils reintroduces their ingenious abilities to mete out justice to Nazis, aliens, and evildoers of all kinds.

Each spine-tingling chapter opens with Mike Madrid’s insightful commentary about heroines at the dawn of the comic book industry and reveals a universe populated by extraordinary women—superheroes, reporters, galactic warriors, daring detectives, and ace fighter pilots—who protected America and the world with wit and guile.

In these pages, fans will also meet heroines with striking similarities to more modern superheroes, including The Spider Queen, who deployed web shooters twenty years before Spider Man, and Marga the Panther Woman, whose feral instincts and sharp claws tore up the bad guys long before Wolverine. These women may have been overlooked in the annals of history, but their influence on popular culture, and the heroes we’re passionate about today, is unmistakable.

Manga for the Beginner Midnight Monsters [EPUB]

Manga for the Beginner Midnight Monsters [EPUB]
Manga for the Beginner Midnight Monsters: How to Draw Zombies, Vampires, and Other Delightfully Devious Characters of Japanese Comics by Christopher Hart
2013 | EPUB | 19.16MB

Using step-by-step instruction on how to draw Japanese manga and anime zombies, vampires, and monsters, best-selling author Christopher Hart teaches artists how they can create their own spooky manga characters.

With the occult running rampant in today's television, movies, and other media, it's no wonder that the scary, monstrous, and dark characters of manga have become so popular. From drawing monster eyes to goth boys, Manga for the Beginner Midnight Monsters teaches artists how to draw these creepy and mysterious characters that they just can't get enough of.

Packed with expert tips on drawing:

  • Zombies
  • Vampires
  • Werewolves
  • Goths
  • Witches
  • Sorcerers
  • And so much more!

Basic Anatomy for the Manga Artist [EPUB]

Basic Anatomy for the Manga Artist [EPUB]
Basic Anatomy for the Manga Artist: Everything You Need to Start Drawing Authentic Manga Characters by Christopher Hart
2011 | EPUB | 24.6MB

Manga Anatomy Like You've Never Seen It!

You know that manga faces are different from those of regular, American-style comic book characters. But did you know that manga bodies are also different? Well, they are, and Christopher Hart is here, once again, to tell you all about it in his signature accessible style.

This book is loaded with clear step-by-step instructions and illustrations, anatomical charts and information, and before-and-after comparisons you won’t find anywhere else—all tailored to creating authentic Japanese-style manga. And in addition to the breakdowns of the various sections of the body, you’ll also learn how all the different elements—including faces and costumes—come together to form complete characters. Basic Anatomy for the Manga Artist contains everything you need to know.

No aspiring mangaka (manga artist) should be without it.

100 Ways to Create Fantasy Figures [EPUB]

100 Ways to Create Fantasy Figures [EPUB]
100 Ways to Create Fantasy Figures by Francis Tsai
2008 | EPUB | 5.44MB

100 Ingenious techniques for designing and creating amazing fantasy figures

Concept designer Francis Tsai presents an exciting range of imaginative figures, with clear guidance on how to draw and paint your own.

Here you will discover how to research and render a successful character, create mood using costumes, props and backdrops, and use design strategy to communicate successfully with your audience.

Each technique is accompanied by striking images, artist's tips and practical bite-sized information to inspire you on your path to becoming a successful fantasy artist.

The Harder They Fall [EPUB]

The Harder They Fall [EPUB]
The Harder They Fall: Celebrities Tell Their Real Life Stories of Addiction and Recovery by Gary Stromberg, Jane Merrill
2007 | EPUB | 4.74MB

The heady, drug-induced decades of the sixties and seventies provide the backdrop for this all-star account of addiction and recovery.

Comedians Richard Pryor and Richard Lewis, musicians Grace Slick, Dr. John, and Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), actors Malcolm McDowell and Mariette Hartley, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Franz Wright, writer Anne Lamott, and athletes Doc Ellis and Gerry Cooney are among the many celebrities interviewed for this inside look at what can happen when fame and fortune meet the recklessness and ruin of addiction.

While the stories are as unique and vibrant as the individual celebrities who tell them, the irrefutable collective message is that addiction knows no boundaries. The disease strikes and topples even those who are seemingly on top of the world. Still, The Harder They Fall is a book of hope. In this modern-day version of the 1980s New York Times best-seller The Courage to Change, the famous people profiled have climbed out from the devastation of addiction to lead lives of extraordinary accomplishment.

Surrounded by Enemies [EPUB]

Surrounded by Enemies [EPUB]
Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas by Bryce Zabel
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.63/1.87MB

What if President John F. Kennedy had survived the assassination attempt on November 22, 1963 -- and then set out to solve the attempted-murder mystery of who really tried to kill him?

That's the provocative premise of Bryce Zabel's controversial new novel, Surrounded by Enemies: What if Kennedy Survived Dallas? In time for the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination, the award-winning Hollywood screenwriter/producer cleverly imagines the twists that history would have taken if the shots missed -- and JFK (and his attorney-general brother Bobby) fought back against the forces out to destroy him.

In Zabel's smart, fast-paced, meticulously researched "alternate history" of the Sixties, the charismatic Kennedy's dark personal and political secrets lead to shocking but plausible plot surprises. The novel's iconic cast of characters includes the Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Cassius Clay and even Lenny Bruce, all in a world that never was but might have been.

Reluctant Genius [EPUB]

Reluctant Genius [EPUB]
Reluctant Genius: Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention by Charlotte Gray
2011 | EPUB | 2.73MB

The popular image of Alexander Graham Bell is that of an elderly American patriarch, memorable only for his paunch, his Santa Claus beard, and the invention of the telephone. In this magisterial reassessment based on thorough new research, acclaimed biographer Charlotte Gray reveals Bell’s wide-ranging passion for invention and delves into the private life that supported his genius. The child of a speech therapist and a deaf mother, and possessed of superbly acute hearing, Bell developed an early interest in sound. His understanding of how sound waves might relate to electrical waves enabled him to invent the “talking telegraph” be- fore his rivals, even as he undertook a tempestuous courtship of the woman who would become his wife and mainstay.

In an intensely competitive age, Bell seemed to shun fame and fortune. Yet many of his innovations—electric heating, using light to transmit sound, electronic mail, composting toilets, the artificial lung—were far ahead of their time. His pioneering ideas about sound, flight, genetics, and even the engineering of complex structures such as stadium roofs still resonate today. This is an essential portrait of an American giant whose innovations revolutionized the modern world.

Card Manipulations [EPUB]

Card Manipulations [EPUB]
Card Manipulations by Jean Hugard
1973 | EPUB | 4.43MB

Over 100 tricks that can be done with any pack of cards — in their best professional versions. This rich collection has taught thousands of magicians how to perform dozens of eye-catching, yet really workable tricks. Over 200 illustrations.

The Art of Chess Combination [EPUB]

The Art of Chess Combination [EPUB]
The Art of Chess Combination by Eugene Znosko-Borovsky
2010 | EPUB | 35.73MB

Among the most satisfying and successful chess maneuvers, the combination usually involves surprise and sacrifice to achieve a sudden advantage. This essential work explains principles, varieties, and techniques, plus the ideas behind them. Examples from the games of master players provide helpful illustrations. Suitable for players at all levels. 200 diagrams.

Fry's English Delight: Word Games [Audiobook]

Fry's English Delight: Word Games [Audiobook]
Fry's English Delight: Word Games [Audiobook] by Stephen Fry
2011 | MP3@128 kbps | 49 mins | 45.47MB

Is English an innately playful language? Are word games good for you? Do we divide into number and word players? And could Scrabble have been invented in any other language?

In this special programme, Stephen examines many word games, and we'll hear some familiar voices playing unfamiliar games - Sheila Dillon from 'The Food Programme' plays 'Font or Cheese' against miscellanist Ben Schott. Phill Juptitus talks about his personal word game habits, and we'll remember the late Humphrey Lyttelton's scurrilous account of Una Stubbs on 'I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue'. We'll travel deep inside the mind of puzzle-setter Chris Maslanka and visit the Comedy Store in London to experience the lightning reflexes of some top word-athletes. Plus, we'll examine an extraordinary claim - which the fashion for increasingly cryptic crosswords helped to defeat Hitler.

Stephen Fry celebrates the fun side of the English language in this exclusive extended edition of a BBC Radio 4 special.

Teach Yourself Chinese [EPUB]

Teach Yourself Chinese [EPUB]
Teach Yourself Chinese: A Practical Guide to Attaining a Good Working Knowledge of Both the Written and Spoken Language by Priti Mehta
2013 | EPUB | 5.78MB

Teach Yourself Chinese has been specifically designed for tourists, businessmen and students who do not know the language, as well as those who would like to improve their existing knowledge of the language. Importance has been given to everyday common situations which occur in day-to-day dealings with Chinese speaking people.

Since the book is aimed at imparting basic communication skills in spoken language, preference has been given to the colloquial form of words and expressions generally used by the Chinese.

This book has been designed keeping in mind the growing interaction with the Chinese speaking people around the world.

Japanese Katakana for Beginners [EPUB]

Japanese Katakana for Beginners [EPUB]
Japanese Katakana for Beginners: First Steps to Mastering the Japanese Writing System by Timothy G Stout
2007 | EPUB | 13.65MB

This is a user–friendly guide to learning Japanese Katakana and includes a set of 46 flash cards

Japanese Katakana for Beginners makes learning of katakana fast and effective by using memorable picture mnemonics, along with clear explanations, examples and lots of fun exercises—a method that has helped thousands of students lean katakana successfully in the United States and Japan. Picture mnemonics enhance memory by associating the shape and sound f each katakana character with combinations of images and English words already familiar to students. This book is organized into three main sections:

  • The first introduces the basic 46 katakana characters along with writing tips and opportunities to practice writing them.
  • The second teachers the usage rules that allow students to write all Japanese sounds, providing more opportunities for practice.
  • The third strengthens students' skills through a wide range of exercises (word searches, crossword puzzles, fill in the blanks, visual discrimination, timed recognition quizzes, etc) designed to both increase the knowledge of the Japanese language and reinforce newly acquired writing skills

A set of flash cards printed on perforated cardstock and a list of suggested flash card activities, are also provided at the end of the book. Each of these cards introduces a katakana character along with the picture mnemonic that helps to recognize and remember it.

The Sugar Season [EPUB]

The Sugar Season [EPUB]
The Sugar Season: A Year in the Life of Maple Syrup, and One Family’s Quest for the Sweetest Harvest by Douglas Whynott
2014 | EPUB | 2.23MB

A year in the life of one New England family as they work to preserve an ancient, lucrative, and threatened agricultural art--the sweetest harvest, maple syrup...

How has one of America's oldest agricultural crafts evolved from a quaint enterprise with "sugar parties" and the delicacy "sugar on snow" to a modern industry?

At a sugarhouse owned by maple syrup entrepreneur Bruce Bascom, 80,000 gallons of sap are processed daily during winter's end. In The Sugar Season, Douglas Whynott follows Bascom through one tumultuous season, taking us deep into the sugarbush, where sunlight and sap are intimately related and the sound of the taps gives the woods a rhythm and a ring. Along the way, he reveals the inner workings of the multimillion-dollar maple sugar industry. Make no mistake, it's big business--complete with a Maple Hall of Fame, a black market, a major syrup heist monitored by Homeland Security, a Canadian organization called The Federation, and a Global Strategic Reserve that's comparable to OPEC (fitting, since a barrel of maple syrup is worth more than a barrel of oil).

Whynott brings us to sugarhouses, were we learn the myriad subtle flavors of syrup and how it's assigned a grade. He examines the unusual biology of the maple tree that makes syrup possible and explores the maples'--and the industry's--chances for survival, highlighting a hot-button issue: how global warming is threatening our food supply. Experts predict that, by the end of this century, maple syrup production in the United States may suffer a drastic decline.

As buckets and wooden spouts give way to vacuum pumps and tubing, we see that even the best technology can't overcome warm nights in the middle of a season--and that only determined men like Bascom can continue to make a sweet like off of rugged land.

The Shining Mountain [MOBI]

The Shining Mountain [MOBI]
The Shining Mountain by Peter Boardman
2013 | MOBI | 1.14MB

Peter Boardman, (now dead from a subsequent mountaineering accident), in this book relates his successful 1976 two-man climb with Joe Tasker up the west wall of Changabang in the Garhwal Himalaya. The hardships of an Alpine-type assualt on this monster mountain are related, as are the doubts and fears he experiences, along with the disciplined mental state he cultivates to banish them.

The most curiously attractive thing about the book is the young author's thinking: clear, intelligent, and able to remain focused on each task at hand under the most extraordinary circumstances. The reader follows PB through each portion of the ascent and descent as he and Joe Tasker face and eliminate seemingly impossible obstacles one by one. The rhythm of the tale told feels right. It moves forward at a careful and deliberate pace, never puffed up or pedantic.

An emotional epilogue by climber Chris Bonington underscores Boardman's achievements both on the mountain, as a climber, and off, as a gentle human being.

Sacred Summits [MOBI]

Sacred Summits [MOBI]
Sacred Summits by Peter Boardman
2013 | MOBI | 1.29MB

This book describes Boardman's climbs between December 1978 and November 1979 including the Carstensz Pyramid in New Guinea, the impressive first ascent of Kangchenjunga North Ridge, and the first ascent of the South Summit of Gauri Shankar. The photos are very good. The cover photo is the west ridge of Gauri Shankar.

Pete uses his diaries to tell his inner feelings, and spins a captivating story of the trek to base camp, his silly accident, and the personalities of Doug, Joe and Georges Bettembourg. Boardman, Joe Tasker and Doug Scott made it to the Kangchenjunga summit on May 15, 1979.

Earlier in 1979 an American/Nepalese expedition led by Al Read made the first ascent of the North Summit of Gauri Shankar, with John Roskelley and Dorje Sherpa reaching the summit on May 8, 1979. Boardman then chose to try the West Ridge to the South Summit. This was as long, fine and intricate a ridge climb as has ever been done in the Himalaya, exposed for long sections and demanding sustained care. Boardman, Tim Leach, Guy Neidhardt, and Pemba Lama made it to the summit on November 8, 1979. "The ridge was a cutting edge between light and shade. A mighty barrier, it divided winds and snowstorms, cultures and countries. Also, it was our only delicate support between earth and sky."

Pete Boardman and Joe Tasker disappeared in March 1982 climbing the North East Ridge of Everest. The Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature was established in their memory.

Savage Arena [MOBI]

Savage Arena [MOBI]
Savage Arena by Joe Tasker
2013 | MOBI | 2.03MB

The story of Tasker's climbing, to a compelling story of K2 is a must read. Told in an understated way, it nevertheless provides deep insights into what drove him to return again and again to the high mountains.

The Chomolungma Diaries [MOBI]

The Chomolungma Diaries [MOBI]
The Chomolungma Diaries: What a commercial Everest expedition is really like by Mark Horrell
2012 | MOBI | 1.24MB

Are you tired of reading mountaineering disaster stories which tarnish the reputation of Everest by focusing on all that's negative about climbing it?

Are you longing to read an account that more accurately reflects what a commercial expedition to climb Everest is really like?

You might be forgiven for thinking that Everest has become the playground of glamorous celebrities and multimillionaire businessmen who have difficulty climbing the stairs, never mind a mountain. Many books and news stories about mountaineering disasters leave you thinking that anyone can climb Everest if they pay enough money, and that Sherpas will carry you up if necessary. They conclude that if you put enough of these rich fools together, then tragedy is inevitable, and they take great delight in telling you all about it.

This is not one of those stories, and it aims to dispel those popular myths surrounding Everest. It does so by telling the true story of an ordinary climber on an ordinary commercial expedition to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain.

The reality is that most Everest climbers are not rich at all. They are normal people who have saved up over many years, climbed many mountains, and made career sacrifices and lifestyle choices along the way.

The Chomolungma Diaries is the journal of Mark Horrell's expedition to climb Everest from the north side in 2012, a year when there were many fatalities on the south side. While the world's media were working themselves into a frenzy about the queues of commercial climbers and the personal tragedies taking place on the other side of the mountain, Mark's team were quietly getting on with the job of preparing to summit from the north. It follows the hopes and the disappointments, the excitement and the boredom, the banter and the arguments of a team of ordinary people preparing for the biggest day of their lives; and it highlights the superhuman efforts of the Sherpas in helping them to achieve their dream.

But nothing about Everest is ordinary, and there's more than enough excitement when your life is clipped into a narrow line of cord five miles above the Earth. Those who think Everest is easy have never been up onto the Northeast Ridge and experienced the world's most terrifying ridge walk. This diary will bring you just a little bit closer to that experience.

Ordinary people doing something extraordinary - if you loved Into Thin Air then you will hate this diary!

God Bless America [Audiobook]

God Bless America [Audiobook]
God Bless America: Strange and Unusual Religious Beliefs and Practices in the United States [Audiobook] by Karen Stollznow, read by the Author
2014 | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 35 mins | 236.17MB

God Bless America lifts the veil on strange and unusual religious beliefs and practices in the modern-day United States. Do Satanists really sacrifice babies? Do exorcisms involve swearing and spinning heads? Are the Amish allowed to drive cars and use computers? Offering a close look at snake handling, new age spirituality, Santeria spells, and satanic rituals, this book offers more than mere armchair research. It takes you to an exorcism, a Charismatic church, and a Fundamentalist Mormon polygamist compound.

You will sit among the beards and bonnets in a Mennonite church, hear the sounds of silence at a Quaker meeting, and listen to L. Ron Hubbard's sci-fi stories told as sermons during a Scientology service. From the Amish to Voodoo, the beliefs and practices explored in this book may be unorthodox, and often dangerous, but they are always fascinating. Some of them are dying out, while others are gaining popularity with a modern audience, but all offer insight into the past, present, and future of religion in the United States.

The Hawk and the Dove [EPUB]

The Hawk and the Dove [EPUB]
The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War by Nicholas Thompson
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.49/0.91MB

A brilliant and revealing biography of the two most important Americans during the Cold War era—written by the grandson of one of them

Only two Americans held positions of great influence throughout the Cold War; ironically, they were the chief advocates for the opposing strategies for winning—and surviving—that harrowing conflict. Both men came to power during World War II, reached their professional peaks during the Cold War’s most frightening moments, and fought epic political battles that spanned decades. Yet despite their very different views, Paul Nitze and George Kennan dined together, attended the weddings of each other’s children, and remained good friends all their lives.

In this masterly double biography, Nicholas Thompson brings Nitze and Kennan to vivid life. Nitze—the hawk—was a consummate insider who believed that the best way to avoid a nuclear clash was to prepare to win one. More than any other American, he was responsible for the arms race. Kennan—the dove—was a diplomat turned academic whose famous “X article” persuasively argued that we should contain the Soviet Union while waiting for it to collapse from within. For forty years, he exercised more influence on foreign affairs than any other private citizen.

As he weaves a fascinating narrative that follows these two rivals and friends from the beginning of the Cold War to its end, Thompson accomplishes something remarkable: he tells the story of our nation during the most dangerous half century in history.

Dismantling the Empire [EPUB]

Dismantling the Empire [EPUB]
Dismantling the Empire: America's Last Best Hope by Chalmers Johnson
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.21/0.33MB

In his prophetic book Blowback, published before 9/11, Chalmers Johnson warned that our secret operations in Iraq and elsewhere around the globe would exact a price at home. Now, in a brilliant series of essays written over the last three years, Johnson measures that price and the resulting dangers America faces. Our reliance on Pentagon economics, a global empire of bases, and war without end is, he declares, nothing short of "a suicide option."

Dismantling the Empire explores the subjects for which Johnson is now famous, from the origins of blowback to Barack Obama's Afghanistan conundrum, including our inept spies, our bad behavior in other countries, our ill-fought wars, and our capitulation to a military that has taken ever more control of the federal budget. There is, he proposes, only one way out: President Obama must begin to dismantle the empire before the Pentagon dismantles the American Dream. If we do not learn from the fates of past empires, he suggests, our decline and fall are foreordained. This is Johnson at his best: delivering both a warning and an urgent prescription for a remedy.

The Betrayal of American Prosperity [Audiobook]

The Betrayal of American Prosperity [Audiobook]
The Betrayal of American Prosperity: Free Market Delusions, America's Decline, and How We Must Compete in the Post-Dollar Era [Audiobook] by Clyde Prestowitz, read by Erik Synnestvedt
2010 | MP3@64 kbps | 13 hrs 04 mins | 359.8MB

CONSIDER THIS SHOCKING FACT: while China’s number one export to the United States is $46 billion of computer equipment, the number one export from the U.S. to China is waste—$7.6 billion of waste paper and scrap metal.

Bestselling author Clyde Prestowitz reveals the astonishing extent of the erosion of the fundamental pillars of American economic might—beginning well before the 2008 financial crisis—and the great challenge we face for the future in competing with the economic juggernaut of China and the other fast-rising economies. As the arresting facts he introduces show, the U.S. is rapidly losing the basis of its wealth and power, as well as its freedom of action and independence. If we do not make dramatic changes quickly, we will confront a painful permanent slide in our standard of living; the dollar will no longer be the world’s currency; our military strength will be whittled away; and we will be increasingly subject to the will of China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and various malcontents.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. As Prestowitz shows in a masterful account of how we’ve come to this fateful juncture, we have inflicted our economic decline on ourselves—we abandoned the extraordinary approach to growth that drove the country’s remarkable rise to superpower status from the early days of the republic up through World War II. For most of our history, we supported our home industries, protected our market against unfair trade, made the world’s finest products—leading the way in technological innovation—and we were strong savers. But in the post-WWII era, we reversed course as our leadership embraced a set of simplistically attractive but disastrously false ideas—that consumption rather than production should drive our economy; that free trade is always a win-win; that all globalization is good; that the market is always right and government regulation or intervention in the economy always causes more harm than good; and that it didn’t matter that our factories were fleeing overseas because we were moving to the "higher ground" of services. In a devastating account, Prestowitz shows just how flawed this orthodoxy is and how it has gutted the American economy. The 2008 financial crisis was only its most blatant and recent consequence.

It is time to abandon these false doctrines and to get back to the American way of growth that brought us to world leadership; Prestowitz presents a deeply researched and powerful set of highly practical steps that we can begin implementing immediately to reverse course and restore our economic leadership and excellence.

The Betrayal of American Prosperity is vital listening for all Americans concerned about the future of the economy and of our power in the coming era.

The Secret to Peak Productivity [Audiobook]

The Secret to Peak Productivity [Audiobook]
The Secret to Peak Productivity: A Simple Guide to Reaching Your Personal Best [Audiobook] by Tamara Myles, read by Cyndee Maxwell
2014 | M4B | 5 hrs 42 mins | 160.63MB

In this constantly-connected, do-more-with-less world, being able to increase your productivity is a real advantage. Certified Professional Organizer (CPO) and productivity expert Tamara Myles has developed a simple model—the Productivity Pyramid—which provides an actionable framework for anyone to achieve better results. Based on a sequence of steps leading to peak performance, the author’s easily adapt able system consists of five levels:

  • Physical Organization: from decluttering to filing—fool-proof strategies for handling incoming papers and ensuring information remains accessible
  • Electronic Organization: from dealing with email to electronic file management options such as cloud computing
  • Time Management: mastering the three P’s—Plan, Prioritize, and Perform
  • Activity-Goal Alignment: breaking objectives into specific, relevant, and measurable daily tasks
  • Possibility: identifying new life and business goals that will help you reach your greatest potential

Since no single solution will work for everyone, The Secret to Peak Productivity helps you tailor your own personal plan. First, a quick assessment determines your strengths and weaknesses and pinpoints where to focus for immediate results. Then, as you reach each productivity level, you will find a range of potential strategies—allowing you to choose the ones that are right for you for truly remarkable results.

Tame the Primitive Brain [Audiobook]

Tame the Primitive Brain [Audiobook]
Tame the Primitive Brain: 28 Ways in 28 Days to Manage the Most Impulsive Behaviors at Work [Audiobook] by Mark Bowden, read by Erik Synnestvedt
2013 | M4B + EPUB | 7 hrs 36 mins | 159.72MB

A number one anxiety in business is dealing with problem people. Unfortunately, try as you might, you can't fix others—but you can manage your reactions to their behavior. When you tame your most impulsive, primitive reactions to the crazy situations you face every day, you'll help others do the same.

Tame the Primitive Brain offers a new and simple system to understanding and controlling the behavior of others. Noted body language, behavior, and communication expert Mark Bowden explains the fastest and most effective ways to understand why someone acts toward you the way they do; why you react to their behavior in the way you do; and most important, what exactly to do to achieve the right outcomes. With these proven tools and tricks, you'll gain enhanced confidence to deal with tricky behaviors and effectively manage relationships at any level in an organization.

Over the course of 28 days, you can learn how to become more influential and persuasive in every situation, giving you a competitive advantage in navigating a myriad of difficult behaviors. Bolstered by the latest evolutionary behavioral theory and neuroscientific evidence, Tame the Primitive Brain details a step-by-step system for understanding the behavior of others and the best tools to manage them, including:

  • How your primitive brain quickly categorizes new people and how this affects your interactions with them
  • How to go beyond more comfortable one-on-one relationships to establish connections with a group of team members
  • How to identify tribal behaviors and change a problematic tribal reputation
  • How asserting organizational values can direct team members' behavior better than simply laying out a set of rules

Your instincts will never change, but you can learn to manage your impulses better, and in effect, manage the knee-jerk reactions of others. Tame the Primitive Brain dives deep into our reptilian brain and shows you how.

The First 90 Days [Audiobook]

The First 90 Days [Audiobook]
The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels [Audiobook] by Michael Watkins, read by Kevin T Norris
2006 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 39 mins | 308.84MB

You've just been promoted to a new leadership position. You're not yet sure of the challenges ahead or how you will meet them. All you know is that you have three months to get on top of the job and move forward, or fail.

This audiobook is your road map for taking charge quickly and effectively during critical career transition periods, whether you're a first-time manager or a new CEO. Written by noted leadership transition expert Michael Watkins, The First 90 Days outlines proven strategies that will dramatically shorten the time it takes to reach what Watkins calls the "breakeven point": the point at which your organization needs you as much as you need the job.

Whether you are charged with launching a start-up, leading a turnaround, orchestrating a realignment, or sustaining a high-performing unit, The First 90 Days will help you to develop a transition acceleration plan that is tailored to your situation, your level of seniority and expertise, and the condition of your organization.

Refuting the pervasive belief that new leaders should be left to "sink or swim", here is a proactive planning approach that can make your career and ensure your organization's future.

Uganda Be Kidding Me [EPUB]

Uganda Be Kidding Me [EPUB]
Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler
2014 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.58/2.83MB

Wherever Chelsea Handler travels, one thing is certain: she always ends up in the land of the ridiculous. Now, in this uproarious collection, she sneaks her sharp wit through airport security and delivers her most absurd and hilarious stories ever.

On safari in Africa, it's anyone's guess as to what's more dangerous: the wildlife or Chelsea. But whether she's fumbling the seduction of a guide by not knowing where tigers live (Asia, duh) or wearing a bathrobe into the bush because her clothes stopped fitting seven margaritas ago, she's always game for the next misadventure.

The situation gets down and dirty as she defiles a kayak in the Bahamas, and outright sweaty as she escapes from a German hospital on crutches. When things get truly scary, like finding herself stuck next to a passenger with bad breath, she knows she can rely on her family to make matters even worse. Thank goodness she has the devoted Chunk by her side-except for the time she loses him in Telluride.

Complete with answers to the most frequently asked traveler's questions, hot travel trips, and travel etiquette, none of which should be believed, Uganda Be Kidding Me has Chelsea taking on the world, one laugh-out-loud incident at a time.

Our First Revolution [Audiobook]

Our First Revolution [Audiobook]
Our First Revolution: The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America's Founding Fathers [Audiobook] by Michael Barone, read by Stephen Hoye
2007 | MP3@64 kbps | 10 hrs 07 mins | 277.94MB

The ideals of freedom and individual rights that inspired America's Founding Fathers did not spring from a vacuum. Along with many other defining principles of our national character, they can be traced directly back to one of the most pivotal events in British history: the late-17th-century uprising known as the Glorious Revolution.

In a work of popular history that stands with recent favorites such as David McCullough's 1776 and Joseph J. Ellis' Founding Brothers, Michael Barone brings the story of this unlikely and largely bloodless revolt to American readers and reveals that, without the Glorious Revolution, the American Revolution may never have happened.

Unfolding in 1688-89, Britain's Glorious Revolution resulted in the hallmarks of representative government, guaranteed liberties, the foundations of global capitalism, and a foreign policy of opposing aggressive foreign powers. But as Barone shows, there was nothing inevitable about the Glorious Revolution. It sprang from the character of the English people and depended on the talents, audacity, and good luck of two men: William of Orange (later William III of England), who launched history's last successful cross-channel invasion, and John Churchill, an ancestor of Winston, who commanded the forces of the deposed James II but crossed over to support William one fateful November night.

The story of the Glorious Revolution is a rich and riveting saga of palace intrigue, loyalty, and shocking betrayal, and bold political and military strategizing. With narrative drive, a sure command of historical events, and unforgettable portraits of kings, queens, soldiers, parliamentarians, and a large cast of full-blooded characters, Barone takes an episode that has fallen into unjustified obscurity and restores it to the prominence it deserves. Especially now, as we face enemies who wish to rid the world of the lasting legacies of the Glorious Revolution—democracy, individual rights, and capitalism among them—it is vitally important that we understand the origins of these blessings.

The Sugar Girls [Audiobook]

The Sugar Girls [Audiobook]
The Sugar Girls: Tales of Hardship, Love and Happiness in Tate & Lyle's East End [Audiobook] by Duncan Barrett, Nuala Calvi, read by Penny McDonald
2012 | MP3@48 kbps | 9 hrs 9 mins | 188.95MB

‘On an autumn day in 1944, Ethel Alleyne walked the short distance from her house to Tate & Lyle’s refinery on the shining curve of the Thames. Looking up at the giant gates, Ethel felt like she had been preparing for this moment all her life. She smoothed down her frizzy hair, scraped a bit of dirt off the corner of her shoe and strode through.

She was quite unprepared for the sight that met her eyes …’

In the years leading up to and after the Second World War thousands of women left school at fourteen to work in the bustling factories of London’s East End. Despite long hours, hard and often hazardous work, factory life afforded exciting opportunities for independence, friendship and romance. Of all the factories that lined the docks, it was at Tate and Lyle’s where you could earn the most generous wages and enjoy the best social life, and it was here where The Sugar Girls worked.

Through the Blitz and on through the years of rationing The Sugar Girls kept Britain sweet. The work was back-breakingly hard, but Tate & Lyle was more than just a factory, it was a community, a calling, a place of love and support and an uproarious, tribal part of the East End. From young Ethel to love-worn Lillian, irrepressible Gladys to Miss Smith who tries to keep a workforce of flirtatious young men and women on the straight and narrow, this is an evocative, moving story of hunger, hardship and happiness.

Tales of adversity, resilience and youthful high spirits are woven together to provide a moving insight into a lost way of life, as well as a timeless testament to the experience of being young and female.

The End of the Suburbs [EPUB]

The End of the Suburbs [EPUB]
The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream Is Moving by Leigh Gallagher
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.78/3.06MB
“The government in the past created one American Dream at the expense of almost all others: the dream of a house, a lawn, a picket fence, two children, and a car. But there is no single American Dream anymore.”

For nearly 70 years, the suburbs were as American as apple pie. As the middle class ballooned and single-family homes and cars became more affordable, we flocked to pre-fabricated communities in the suburbs, a place where open air and solitude offered a retreat from our dense, polluted cities. Before long, success became synonymous with a private home in a bedroom community complete with a yard, a two-car garage and a commute to the office, and subdivisions quickly blanketed our landscape.

But in recent years things have started to change. An epic housing crisis revealed existing problems with this unique pattern of development, while the steady pull of long-simmering economic, societal and demographic forces has culminated in a Perfect Storm that has led to a profound shift in the way we desire to live.

In The End of the Suburbs journalist Leigh Gallagher traces the rise and fall of American suburbia from the stately railroad suburbs that sprung up outside American cities in the 19th and early 20th centuries to current-day sprawling exurbs where residents spend as much as four hours each day commuting. Along the way she shows why suburbia was unsustainable from the start and explores the hundreds of new, alternative communities that are springing up around the country and promise to reshape our way of life for the better.

Not all suburbs are going to vanish, of course, but Gallagher’s research and reporting show the trends are undeniable. Consider some of the forces at work:

  • The nuclear family is no more: Our marriage and birth rates are steadily declining, while the single-person households are on the rise. Thus, the good schools and family-friendly lifestyle the suburbs promised are increasingly unnecessary.
  • We want out of our cars: As the price of oil continues to rise, the hours long commutes forced on us by sprawl have become unaffordable for many. Meanwhile, today’s younger generation has expressed a perplexing indifference toward cars and driving. Both shifts have fueled demand for denser, pedestrian-friendly communities.
  • Cities are booming. Once abandoned by the wealthy, cities are experiencing a renaissance, especially among younger generations and families with young children. At the same time, suburbs across the country have had to confront never-before-seen rates of poverty and crime.

Blending powerful data with vivid on the ground reporting, Gallagher introduces us to a fascinating cast of characters, including the charismatic leader of the anti-sprawl movement; a mild-mannered Minnesotan who quit his job to convince the world that the suburbs are a financial Ponzi scheme; and the disaffected residents of suburbia, like the teacher whose punishing commute entailed leaving home at 4 a.m. and sleeping under her desk in her classroom.

Along the way, she explains why understanding the shifts taking place is imperative to any discussion about the future of our housing landscape and of our society itself—and why that future will bring us stronger, healthier, happier and more diverse communities for everyone.

The Plots Against the President [EPUB]

The Plots Against the President [EPUB]
The Plots Against the President: FDR, A Nation in Crisis, and the Rise of the American Right by Sally Denton
2012 | EPUB | 1.57MB

In March 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt finally became the nation's thirty-second president. The man swept in by a landslide four months earlier now took charge of a country in the grip of panic brought on by economic catastrophe. Though no one yet knew it-not even Roosevelt-it was a radical moment in America. And with all of its unmistakable resonance with events of today, it is a cautionary tale.

The Plots Against the President follows Roosevelt as he struggled to right the teetering nation, armed with little more than indomitable optimism and the courage to try anything. His bold New Deal experiments provoked a backlash from both extremes of the political spectrum. Wall Street bankers threatened by FDR's policies made common cause with populist demagogues like Huey Long and Charles Coughlin. But just how far FDR's enemies were willing to go to thwart him has never been fully explored.

Two startling events that have been largely ignored by historians frame Sally Denton's swift, tense narrative of a year of fear: anarchist Giuseppe Zangara's assassination attempt on Roosevelt, and a plutocrats' plot to overthrow the government that would come to be known as the Wall Street Putsch. The Plots Against the President throws light on the darkest chapter of the Depression and the moments when the fate of the American republic hung in the balance.

Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel [MOBI]

Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel [MOBI]
Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel by Peter L Winkler
2011 | MOBI | 4.05MB

One of America's most intriguing show-business luminaries and true rebels, Dennis Hopper's amazing life was a roller-coaster series of triumphs and failures. Always intent on proving his genius and leaving a legacy, the Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated Hopper acted in more than 115 movies and four TV series, directed seven films, and passionately pursued an artist's life as a photographer and creator and collector of modern art, embracing the work of artists like Warhol and Lichtenstein before the label "pop art" was even coined. Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel explores Hopper's life from his lonely childhood in Kansas, where he became determined to win the affection of others by becoming a great artist, to his often drug-fueled days and nights in Hollywood and his spiritual home in Taos, New Mexico.

Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel unsparingly documents Hopper's journey from a self-destructive bad boy to a reformed member of the Hollywood establishment and iconic survivor of the counterculture, providing a revealing look at his early days in Hollywood, when he had an affair with sixteen-year-old Natalie Wood and took acting lessons from James Dean, the making of Easy Rider, the crushing failure of The Last Movie and Hopper's lost years in Taos, and his recovery and political right turn in the late 1980s. The book also delves into Hopper's tumultuous personal life, including his dramatic attempt to divorce his wife while he battled terminal cancer.

This is the first book to cover the entire life and career of the man who hung out with James Dean, Elvis Presley, and Jack Nicholson, costarred in and directed Easy Rider, and came back big in Blue Velvet, overcoming years of alcoholism and drug addiction. Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel is a must-read for Hopper's fans, film buffs, and readers hooked on celebrity scandals.

The Economist Audio Edition [March 08, 2014]

The Economist Audio Edition [March 08, 2014]
The Economist Audio Edition [March 08, 2014]
English | MP3@48 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 202.29MB

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.

The Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame [EPUB]

The Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame [EPUB]
The Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame by David Blacker
2013 | EPUB | 1.99MB

The current neoliberal mutation of capitalism has evolved beyond the days when the wholesale exploitation of labor underwrote the world system’s expansion. While “normal” business profits plummet and theft-by-finance rises, capitalism now shifts into a mode of elimination that targets most of us—along with our environment—as waste products awaiting managed disposal. The education system is caught in the throes of this eliminationism across a number of fronts: crushing student debt, impatience with student expression, the looting of vestigial public institutions and, finally, as coup de grâce, an abandonment of the historic ideal of universal education. “Education reform” is powerless against eliminationism and is at best a mirage that diverts oppositional energies. The very idea of education activism becomes a comforting fiction. Educational institutions are strapped into the eliminationist project—the neoliberal endgame—in a way that admits no escape, even despite the heroic gestures of a few. The school systems that capitalism has built and directed over the last two centuries are fated to go down with the ship. It is rational therefore for educators to cultivate a certain pessimism. Should we despair? Why, yes, we should—but cheerfully, as confronting elimination, mortality, is after all our common fate. There is nothing and everything to do in order to prepare.

Greening the Red, White, and Blue [PDF]

Greening the Red, White, and Blue [PDF]
Greening the Red, White, and Blue: The Bomb, Big Business, and Consumer Resistance in Postwar America by Thomas Jundt
2014 | PDF | 1.34MB

In popular imagination, environmentalism is often linked to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring and the political activism of the 1960s and '70s that moved increasing numbers of Americans to insist on a better quality of life-open spaces, clean air and water, beautification campaigns. But these interpretations have obscured the significant origins of environmentalism as a moral and intellectual broadside against the growing power of corporate capitalism, both domestically and in the postwar liberal international order the United States was enacting abroad.

In Greening the Red, White, and Blue, Thomas Jundt shows how many Americans came to view powerful corporations and a federal government bent on economic growth as threats to human health and the environment. Fallout from atomic testing, air and water pollution, the proliferation of pesticides and herbicides-all connected to the growing dominance of technology and corporate capitalism in American life-led a variety of constituencies to seek solutions in what came to be known as environmentalism. In addition to political and legal campaigns to effect change, an alternative form of civic participation emerged beginning in the late-1940s as growing numbers of citizens turned to what they deemed environmentally friendly consumption practices. The goal of this politically charged consumption was not only to protect themselves and their families from harm, but also to achieve social change at a time when many believed the government was placing the desires of business before the needs of its citizens. Politicians responded to the growing environmental concerns of middle class Americans, but, in the end, continual political compromises with corporate power meant weak laws and lax enforcement. Many citizens sought refuge in an alternative "green" marketplace-including organic foods, natural-fiber clothing, alternative energy, and everyday products designed to have minimal environmental impact. In doing so, they attempted to create a community for those who shared their concerns and frustrations, as well as their vision for a different American Way.

Thomas Jundt's work highlights the intertwining of consumerism and environmentalism amidst the growing power of corporate capitalism and government in postwar America.

A Sense of the Enemy [EPUB]

A Sense of the Enemy [EPUB]
A Sense of the Enemy: The High Stakes History of Reading Your Rival's Mind by Zachary Shore
2014 | EPUB | 1.89MB

More than two thousand years ago the Chinese strategist Sun Tzu advised us to know our enemies. The question has always been how. In A Sense of the Enemy, the historian Zachary Shore demonstrates that leaders can best understand an opponent not simply from his pattern of past behavior, but from his behavior at pattern breaks. Meaningful pattern breaks occur during dramatic deviations from the routine, when the enemy imposes costs upon himself. It's at these unexpected moments, Shore explains, that successful leaders can learn what makes their rivals truly tick.

Shore presents a uniquely revealing history of twentieth-century conflict. With vivid, suspenseful prose, he takes us into the minds of statesmen, to see how they in turn tried to enter the minds of others. In the process, he shows how this type of mind-reading, which he calls "strategic empathy," shaped matters of war and peace. Mahatma Gandhi, for instance, was an excellent strategic empath. In the wake of a British massacre of unarmed Indian civilians, how did Gandhi know that nonviolence could ever be effective? And what of Gustav Stresemann, the 21-year-old Wunderkind Ph.D., who rose from lobbyist for chocolate makers to Chancellor of Germany. How did he manage to resurrect his nation to great power status after its humiliating loss in World War One? And then there is Le Duan, the shadowy Marxist manipulator who was actually running North Vietnam during the 1960s, as opposed to Ho Chi Minh. How did this rigid ideologue so skillfully discern America's underlying constraints? And, armed with this awareness, how did he construct a grand strategy to defeat the United States? One key to all these leaders' triumphs came from the enemy's behavior at pattern breaks.

Drawing on research from the cognitive sciences, and tapping multilingual, multinational sources, Shore has crafted an innovative history of the last century's most pivotal moments, when lives and nations were on the line. Through this curious study of strategic empathy, we gain surprising insights into how great leaders think.

Death to Tyrants! [EPUB]

Death to Tyrants! [EPUB]
Death to Tyrants: Ancient Greek Democracy and the Struggle against Tyranny by David A Teegarden
2013 | EPUB | 2.59MB

Death to Tyrants! is the first comprehensive study of ancient Greek tyrant-killing legislation--laws that explicitly gave individuals incentives to "kill a tyrant." David Teegarden demonstrates that the ancient Greeks promulgated these laws to harness the dynamics of mass uprisings and preserve popular democratic rule in the face of anti-democratic threats. He presents detailed historical and sociopolitical analyses of each law and considers a variety of issues: What is the nature of an anti-democratic threat? How would various provisions of the laws help pro-democrats counter those threats? And did the laws work?

Teegarden argues that tyrant-killing legislation facilitated pro-democracy mobilization both by encouraging brave individuals to strike the first blow against a nondemocratic regime and by convincing others that it was safe to follow the tyrant killer's lead. Such legislation thus deterred anti-democrats from staging a coup by ensuring that they would be overwhelmed by their numerically superior opponents. Drawing on modern social science models, Teegarden looks at how the institution of public law affects the behavior of individuals and groups, thereby exploring the foundation of democracy's persistence in the ancient Greek world. He also provides the first English translation of the tyrant-killing laws from Eretria and Ilion.

By analyzing crucial ancient Greek tyrant-killing legislation, Death to Tyrants! explains how certain laws enabled citizens to draw on collective strength in order to defend and preserve their democracy in the face of motivated opposition.

The Everything World War II Book, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

The Everything World War II Book, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
The Everything World War II Book: People, Places, Battles, and All the Key Events, 2nd Edition by David White, Daniel P Murphy
2007 | EPUB | 5.04MB

From Germany's invasion of Poland in 1939 to the official end of World War II on September 2, 1945, The Everything World War II Book, 2nd Edition, provides you with detailed information about the war that left no nation untouched. Read about the Nazi invasion of Poland, Pearl Harbor, D-Day, and the only atomic weapons ever used during military conflict. Learn the facts about the Holocaust, internment camps in the United States, and the resistance movements across Europe. Clear maps and vivid photographs bring this war to life and illustrate the major battles in the European, Pacific, and African theaters. The Everything World War II Book, 2nd Edition is packed with exhaustively researched information, including:

  • Profiles of major leaders, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, and Douglas MacArthur
  • Military strategy and weaponry of World War II
  • Insights into women's contributions-both at home and on the battlefront
  • The controversial War Crimes trials

Revised and updated by two experienced historians, this engrossing reference contains new information on the United Nations, World War II memorials, and a timeline of important dates. There's no need to search through stacks of history books--The Everything World War II Book, 2nd Edition, has all you need to learn about this fascinating time in American history.

EPUB From the Ground Up [EPUB]

EPUB From the Ground Up [EPUB]
EPUB From the Ground Up: A Hands-On Guide to EPUB 2 and EPUB 3 by Jarret Buse
2013 | EPUB | 13.38MB

CREATE PERFECTLY FORMATTED E-BOOKS WITH EPUB!

EPUB from the Ground Up shows you, step by step, how to develop state-of-the-art electronic publications with one of the most widely used standards in the industry. This practical guide walks you through the basicsof HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS, and JavaScript. No prior experience with markup languages or programming is needed!

You'll learn how to set up your EPUB file, select fonts, add images, and even incorporate audio, video, interactivity, and more features with EPUB 3. The book explains how to convert your file for use on various devices, including the Kindle. The most popular free software for EPUB creation, such as Sigil and Calibre, is also discussed. Detailed examples help you understand the concepts covered in this hands-on resource.

  • Learn how to use XML, HTML, and XHTML to code your EPUB file
  • Enhance the visual quality of your e-book with CSS
  • Change fonts and add colors and images
  • Create the table of contents and manage reading order using Navigation Center eXtended (NCX) and Open Packaging Format (OPF) files
  • Convert your EPUB file to Kindle and other formats
  • Discover how digital rights management (DRM) and signatures protect e-books and how to secure embedded fonts with font obfuscation
  • Learn to use EPUB 3 enhancements, including support for audio, video, and Flash files, Mathematics Markup Language (MathML), Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL), and more
  • Create interactive e-books using JavaScript

The Snowden Files [EPUB]

The Snowden Files [EPUB]
The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding
2014 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.62/2.39MB

It began with a tantalising, anonymous email: "I am a senior member of the intelligence community..." No name, no job title, no further details. What followed was the most spectacular intelligence breach in history: leaking highly sensitive secrets from the heart of US power.

The Snowden Files is about how a 29-year-old contractor working for the top secret National Security Agency became the world's most wanted man. It is about the journalists who stumbled into the story of their lives and published against the odds.

Moving between Hong Kong and Hawaii, London to New York, the NSA and GCHQ, award-winning Guardian journalist Luke Harding spins a high-octane account of secrets and defiance, integrity and intrigue.

Branded a traitor and hailed a hero, infuriating some and inspiring others, Snowden took extraordinary risks to reveal what he knew. It shocked the world and sparked global debate . This is the story they didn't want you to hear.

NSA Secrets: Government Spying in the Internet Age [EPUB]

NSA Secrets: Government Spying in the Internet Age [EPUB]
NSA Secrets: Government Spying in the Internet Age by The Washington Post
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.71/1.29MB

The NSA's extensive surveillance program has riveted America as the public questions the threats to their privacy. As reported by The Washington Post, NSA SECRETS delves into the shadowy world of information gathering, and exposes how data about you is being gathered every day.

From his earliest encrypted exchanges with reporters, Edward Snowden knew he was a man in danger. Sitting on a mountain of incriminating evidence about the NSA surveillance programs, Snowden was prepared to risk his freedom, and his very life, to let the world know about the perceived overreach of the NSA and the massive collection of personal information that was carried out in the name of national security by the U.S. government.

The Washington Post’s complete coverage of the NSA spying scandal, which it helped break, is now collected in one place to give as comprehensive a view of the story as is known. From the first contact with Snowden to the latest revelations in worldwide cellphone tracking, the award-winning reporters at the Post have vigorously reported on the scope of the NSA’s surveillance. Snowden called the internet “a TV that watches you,” and accused the government of "abusing [it] in secret to extend their powers beyond what is necessary and appropriate." Here, the secrets are revealed of those who tried in vain to remain in the shadows.