America's Nazi Secret [EPUB]

America's Nazi Secret [EPUB]
America's Nazi Secret: An Insider's History by John Loftus
2010 | EPUB | 4.81MB

Fully revised and expanded, this stirring account reveals how the U.S. government permitted the illegal entry of Nazis into North America in the years following World War II. This extraordinary investigation exposes the secret section of the State Department that began, starting in 1948 and unbeknownst to Congress and the public until recently, to hire members of the puppet wartime government of Byelorussia—a region of the Soviet Union occupied by Nazi Germany. A former Justice Department investigator uncovered this stunning story in the files of several government agencies, and it is now available with a chapter previously banned from release by authorities and a foreword and afterword with recently declassified materials.

The Pope and Mussolini [Audiobook]

The Pope and Mussolini [Audiobook]
The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe [Audiobook] by David I Kertzer, read by Stefan Rudnicki
2014 | MP3@32 kbps | 14 hrs 11 mins | 195.0MB

From National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer comes the gripping story of Pope Pius XI’s secret relations with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. This groundbreaking work, based on seven years of research in the Vatican and Fascist archives, including reports from Mussolini’s spies inside the highest levels of the Church, will forever change our understanding of the Vatican’s role in the rise of Fascism in Europe.

The Pope and Mussolini tells the story of two men who came to power in 1922, and together changed the course of twentieth-century history. In most respects, they could not have been more different. One was scholarly and devout, the other thuggish and profane. Yet Pius XI and “Il Duce” had many things in common. They shared a distrust of democracy and a visceral hatred of Communism. Both were prone to sudden fits of temper and were fiercely protective of the prerogatives of their office. (“We have many interests to protect,” the Pope declared, soon after Mussolini seized control of the government in 1922.) Each relied on the other to consolidate his power and achieve his political goals.

In a challenge to the conventional history of this period, in which a heroic Church does battle with the Fascist regime, Kertzer shows how Pius XI played a crucial role in making Mussolini’s dictatorship possible and keeping him in power. In exchange for Vatican support, Mussolini restored many of the privileges the Church had lost and gave in to the pope’s demands that the police enforce Catholic morality. Yet in the last years of his life—as the Italian dictator grew ever closer to Hitler—the pontiff’s faith in this treacherous bargain started to waver. With his health failing, he began to lash out at the Duce and threatened to denounce Mussolini’s anti-Semitic racial laws before it was too late. Horrified by the threat to the Church-Fascist alliance, the Vatican’s inner circle, including the future Pope Pius XII, struggled to restrain the headstrong pope from destroying a partnership that had served both the Church and the dictator for many years.

The Pope and Mussolini brims with memorable portraits of the men who helped enable the reign of Fascism in Italy: Father Pietro Tacchi Venturi, Pius’s personal emissary to the dictator, a wily anti-Semite known as Mussolini’s Rasputin; Victor Emmanuel III, the king of Italy, an object of widespread derision who lacked the stature—literally and figuratively—to stand up to the domineering Duce; and Cardinal Secretary of State Eugenio Pacelli, whose political skills and ambition made him Mussolini’s most powerful ally inside the Vatican, and positioned him to succeed the pontiff as the controversial Pius XII, whose actions during World War II would be subject for debate for decades to come.

With the recent opening of the Vatican archives covering Pius XI’s papacy, the full story of the Pope’s complex relationship with his Fascist partner can finally be told. Vivid, dramatic, with surprises at every turn, The Pope and Mussolini is history writ large and with the lightning hand of truth.

Olde London Punishments [EPUB]

Olde London Punishments [EPUB]
Olde London Punishments by David Brandon, Alan Brooke
2010 | EPUB | 5.86MB

This book contains all manner of grim and ancient punishments from London's long and bloody history. Over the centuries, many hundreds have expired inside the capital's dank, rat-infested cells, or whilst dancing the 'Tyburn jig' at the end of a swinging rope, and many of the sites in this book have become bywords for infamy. From the Tower and Newgate prison to the Clink and the Fleet, this book explores London's criminal heritage; also including the stocks and pillories that lie, almost forgotten, in churchyards and squares across the City, and the many shocking punishments exacted inside the region's churches, workhouses and schools, it is a heart-breaking survey of our nation's penal history. Richly illustrated, and filled with victims and villains, nobles, executioners and torturers, it will delight historians, residents and visitors alike.

The Lodger Shakespeare [EPUB]

The Lodger Shakespeare [EPUB]
The Lodger Shakespeare: His Life on Silver Street by Charles Nicholl
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.25/3.81MB

A brilliantly drawn detective story with entirely new insights into Shakespeare’s life

In 1612, William Shakespeare gave evidence in a court case at Westminster and it is the only occasion on which his actual spoken words were recorded. The case seems routine—a dispute over an unpaid marriage dowry—but it opens an unexpected window into the dramatist’s famously obscure life. Using the court testimony as a springboard, acclaimed nonfiction writer Charles Nicholl examines this fascinating period in Shakespeare’s life. With evidence from a wide variety of sources, Nicholl creates a compelling, detailed account of the circumstances in which Shakespeare lived and worked during the time in which he wrote such plays as Othello, Measure for Measure, and King Lear. The case also throws new light on the puzzling story of Shakespeare’s collaboration with the hack author and violent brothel owner George Wilkins.

In The Lodger Shakespeare we see the playwright in the daily context of a street in Jacobean London: “one Mr. Shakespeare,” lodging in the room upstairs. Nicholl is one of the great historical detectives of our time and in this atmospheric and exciting book he has created a considerable rarity—something new and original about Shakespeare.

Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the 17th Century

Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the 17th Century
Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the Seventeenth Century by Geoffrey Parker
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 4.14/5.29MB

Revolutions, droughts, famines, invasions, wars, regicides, government collapses—the calamities of the mid-seventeenth century were unprecedented in both frequency and extent. The effects of what historians call the "General Crisis" extended from England to Japan, from the Russian Empire to sub-Saharan Africa. The Americas, too, did not escape the turbulence of the time.

In this meticulously researched volume, master historian Geoffrey Parker presents the firsthand testimony of men and women who saw and suffered from the sequence of political, economic, and social crises between 1618 to the late 1680s. Parker also deploys the scientific evidence of climate change during this period. His discoveries revise entirely our understanding of the General Crisis: changes in prevailing weather patterns, especially longer winters and cooler and wetter summers, disrupted growing seasons and destroyed harvests. This in turn brought hunger, malnutrition, and disease; and as material conditions worsened, wars, rebellions, and revolutions rocked the world.

Parker's demonstration of the link between climate change, war, and catastrophe 350 years ago stands as an extraordinary historical achievement. And the implications of his study are equally important: are we adequately prepared—or even preparing—for the catastrophes that climate change brings?

Slumming: Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian London [EPUB]

Slumming: Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian London [EPUB]
Slumming: Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian London by Seth Koven
2006 | EPUB | 6.02MB

In the 1880s, fashionable Londoners left their elegant homes and clubs in Mayfair and Belgravia and crowded into omnibuses bound for midnight tours of the slums of East London. A new word burst into popular usage to describe these descents into the precincts of poverty to see how the poor lived: slumming. In this captivating book, Seth Koven paints a vivid portrait of the practitioners of slumming and their world: who they were, why they went, what they claimed to have found, how it changed them, and how slumming, in turn, powerfully shaped both Victorian and twentieth-century understandings of poverty and social welfare, gender relations, and sexuality.

The slums of late-Victorian London became synonymous with all that was wrong with industrial capitalist society. But for philanthropic men and women eager to free themselves from the starched conventions of bourgeois respectability and domesticity, slums were also places of personal liberation and experimentation. Slumming allowed them to act on their irresistible "attraction of repulsion" for the poor and permitted them, with society's approval, to get dirty and express their own "dirty" desires for intimacy with slum dwellers and, sometimes, with one another.

Slumming: Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian London elucidates the histories of a wide range of preoccupations about poverty and urban life, altruism and sexuality that remain central in Anglo-American culture, including the ethics of undercover investigative reporting, the connections between cross-class sympathy and same-sex desire, and the intermingling of the wish to rescue the poor with the impulse to eroticize and sexually exploit them.

By revealing the extent to which politics and erotics, social and sexual categories overflowed their boundaries and transformed one another, Koven recaptures the ethical dilemmas that men and women confronted--and continue to confront--in trying to "love thy neighbor as thyself."

Confronting the Colonies [EPUB]

Confronting the Colonies [EPUB]
Confronting the Colonies: British Intelligence and Counterinsurgency by Rory Cormac
2014 | EPUB | 1.95MB

Moving the debate beyond the place of tactical intelligence in counterinsurgency warfare, Confronting the Colonies considers the view from Whitehall, where the biggest decisions were made. It reveals the evolving impact of strategic intelligence upon government understandings of, and policy responses to, insurgent threats.

Confronting the Colonies demonstrates for the first time how, in the decades after World War Two, the intelligence agenda expanded to include non-state actors, insurgencies, and irregular warfare. It explores the challenges these emerging threats posed to intelligence assessment and how they were met with varying degrees of success. Such issues remain of vital importance today. By examining the relationship between intelligence and policy, Cormac provides original and revealing insights into government thinking in the era of decolonisation, from the origins of nationalist unrest to the projection of dwindling British power. He demonstrates how intelligence (mis-)understood the complex relationship between the Cold War, nationalism, and decolonisation; how it fuelled fierce Whitehall feuding; and how it shaped policymakers' attempts to integrate counterinsurgency into broader strategic policy.

The Bloodiest Year [EPUB]

The Bloodiest Year [EPUB]
The Bloodiest Year: British Soldiers in Northern Ireland 1972, In Their Own Words by Ken Wharton
2011 | EPUB | 5.91MB

1972 was the bloodiest year of an already bloody conflict played out on the streets of Northern Ireland. Over twelve months the country was rocked by the atrocities of Bloody Friday and the Claudy bombing, civilian casualties mounted, and the soldiers of the British Army were caught between the factions. 169 servicemen died that year, their deaths unnoticed at home except by their loved ones, fighting a forgotten war on British soil.

In The Bloodiest Year, Ken Wharton, a former soldier who did two tours of Northern Ireland, tells the story of the worst year of the Troubles through the accounts of the men who patrolled the streets of Belfast and Londonderry, who saw their comrades die and walked with death themselves. He examines almost every single death during that year, and names the men behind the violence, many of whom now hold high office in the country they tried so hard to break apart.

Hikers' and Backpackers' Guide to Treating Medical Emergencies [EPUB]

Hikers' and Backpackers' Guide to Treating Medical Emergencies [EPUB]
Hikers' and Backpackers' Guide to Treating Medical Emergencies by Patrick Brighton
2013 | EPUB | 12.47MB

Covering everything from head trauma to poison ivy, Hikers' and Backpackers' Guide to Treating Medical Emergencies presents information that will enable trekkers to recognize and treat whatever illness or injury they may encounter on the trail. Whether day hiking or backpacking, the guide is an essential tool for the trail.

Bushcraft: The Ultimate Guide to Survival in the Wilderness [EPUB]

Bushcraft: The Ultimate Guide to Survival in the Wilderness [EPUB]
Bushcraft: The Ultimate Guide to Survival in the Wilderness by Richard Graves
2013 | EPUB | 20.14MB

Many have died in the Australian bush who might have lived had they known the appropriate survival skills. Bushcraft: The Ultimate Guide to Survival in the Wilderness covers all areas of survival and camping activities: making ropes and cords, building huts, camp craft, finding food and water, making maps, starting fires, tying knots, and fashioning hunting and trapping gear—virtually every technique required to stay alive in the woods. With over 400 black-and-white illustrations and photographs, this book explains how to make use of natural materials found locally in any area, conserving instead of destroying native flora and fauna. It describes many of the skills used by primitive man, adding to these the skills necessary for modern man’s survival, such as methods for determining time and direction.

The author, who popularized the term “bushcraft,” claims its practice has many unexpected results. By developing adaptability and honing the five senses, it will also improve your self-esteem and your ability to overcome difficulties in everyday tasks. The practice of bushcraft encourages self-confidence and counters the narrowing influence of modern living by broadening your horizons. Bushcraft is a clear, accurate, and reliable resource for anyone who wishes to face nature on its own terms with just a knife and this book.

The Art Of Modern Gunfighting (The Pistol) [EPUB]

The Art Of Modern Gunfighting (The Pistol) [EPUB]
The Art Of Modern Gunfighting (The Pistol) by Scott Reitz, Brett McQueen
2012 | EPUB | 7.03MB

The “Art of Modern Gunfighting” is the newly released book written by International Tactical Training Seminars, Inc. co-founder and Head Instructor, Scott Reitz and co-founder and Director of Training, Brett McQueen. In a very short time it has become an overwhelming success and best seller because of its uniqueness and nonconformity to other gun books.

The “Art of Modern Gunfighting” is really two books in one. It covers all the elements of the Pistol in great detail with accompanying photographs as well as the aspects of gunfighting as it relates to the modern day. The book is a result of 35 years of Scott’s real life experience behind the gun. The “Art of Modern Gunfighting” covers each of his 5 Officer involved shootings in detail and shares the lessons derived from each of these. The mechanics of gunfighting, the mindset, safety, deadly force and the experiences of others are also included. The “Art of Modern Gunfighting” provides a solid, grounded, fundamental use of the pistol in an engaging and informative narrative.

Brett shares her experiences of over 21 years training individuals from all walks of life, including a special section on training women.

Retired. LAPD Chief Darryl Gates, who was the pioneer of the SWAT concept, wrote a foreward to the book and calls it “a must read for anyone using deadly force”.

America at War [EPUB]

America at War [EPUB]
America at War: Concise Histories of U.S. Military Conflicts From Lexington to Afghanistan by Terence T Finn
2014 | EPUB | 3.23MB

War—organized violence against an enemy of the state—seems part and parcel of the American journey. Indeed, the United States was established by means of violence as ordinary citizens from New Hampshire to Georgia answered George Washington’s call to arms.

Since then, war has become a staple of American history. Counting the War for Independence, the United States has fought the armed forces of other nations at least twelve times, averaging a major conflict every twenty years. In so doing, the objectives have been simple: advance the cause of freedom, protect U.S. interests, and impose America’s will upon a troubled world. More often than not, the results have been successful as America’s military has accounted itself well. Yet the cost has been high, in both blood and treasure. Americans have fought and died around the globe—on land, at sea, and in the air. Without doubt, their actions have shaped the world in which we live.

In this comprehensive collection, Terence T. Finn provides a set of narratives—each concise and readable—on the twelve major wars America has fought. He explains what happened, and why such places as Saratoga and Antietam, Manila Bay and Midway are important to an understanding of America’s past. Readers will easily be able to brush up on their history and acquaint themselves with those individuals and events that have helped define the United States of America.

Where the Domino Fell [EPUB]

Where the Domino Fell [EPUB]
Where the Domino Fell: America and Vietnam 1945-1995 by James S Olson, Randy W Roberts
2011 | EPUB | 3.22MB

Where the Domino Fell recounts the history of American involvement in Vietnam from the end of World War II, clarifying the political aims, military strategy, and social and economic factors that contributed to the participants' actions.

  • Provides an accessible, concise narrative history of the Vietnam conflict
  • A new final chapter examines Vietnam through the lens of Oliver Stone’s films and opens up a discussion of the War in popular culture
  • A chronology, a glossary, and a bibliography all serve as helpful reference points for students

The American Military: A Narrative History [EPUB]

The American Military: A Narrative History [EPUB]
The American Military: A Narrative History by Brad D Lookingbill
2014 | EPUB | 8.62MB

The American Military: A Narrative History presents a comprehensive introduction to more than four centuries of American military history. It explores the sweep of US military actions at home and abroad, from the initial clashes between militias and Native American tribes to contemporary operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. The text provides both macro- and micro- views of military history, providing historical context for each conflict as well as incorporating personal vignettes from soldiers, civilians, and others affected by instances of military action.

Chapters also explore elements of cultural, social, political, economic, and technological developments in relationship to military history, as well as topics including patterns of national service, the evolution of civil-military relations, and the advent of all-volunteer forces. Straightforward and eminently readable, The American Military offers revealing insights into the many ways in which armed conflicts have shaped the course of our nation’s history.

Straight People [EPUB]

Straight People [EPUB]
Straight People: A Spotter’s Guide to the Fascinating World of Heterosexuals by Jeffery Self
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.4/1.7MB

The runaway success of Stuff White People Like and the popular shit-people-say YouTube videos prove one thing: people love to read about and laugh at themselves. Modeled after popular bird spotters’ guides, Straight People is an affectionate and humorous guide to the varied species and subspecies of the sexual majority: the heterosexual.

In this hilarious and easy-to-use field guide, actor and author Jeffery Self compiles everything you’ve ever wanted to know about heteros including their nesting behavior, feeding and mating habits, migration patterns, key identification features, and more. Complemented with fun two-color illustrations, interactive charts, graphs, and quizzes throughout, Straight People is sure entertain readers for all walks of life.

Our Patchwork Nation [EPUB]

Our Patchwork Nation [EPUB]
Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the "Real" America by Dante Chinni, James Gimpel
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 9.39/10.57MB

A revolutionary new way to understand America's complex cultural and political landscape, with proof that local communities have a major impact on the nation's behavior-in the voting booth and beyond.

In a climate of culture wars and tremendous economic uncertainty, the media have often reduced America to a simplistic schism between red states and blue states. In response to that oversimplification, journalist Dante Chinni teamed up with political geographer James Gimpel to launch the Patchwork Nation project, using on-the-ground reporting and statistical analysis to get past generalizations and probe American communities in depth. The result is Our Patchwork Nation, a refreshing, sometimes startling, look at how America's diversities often defy conventional wisdom.

Looking at the data, they recognized that the country breaks into twelve distinct types of communities, and old categories like "soccer mom" and "working class" don't matter as much as we think. Instead, by examining Boom Towns, Evangelical Epicenters, Military Bastions, Service Worker Centers, Campus and Careers, Immigration Nation, Minority Central, Tractor Community, Mormon Outposts, Emptying Nests, Industrial Metropolises, and Monied Burbs, the authors demonstrate the subtle distinctions in how Americans vote, invest, shop, and otherwise behave, reflect what they experience on their local streets and in their daily lives. Our Patchwork Nation is a brilliant new way to debate and examine the issues that matter most to our communities, and to our nation

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The Real America [Audiobook]

The Real America [Audiobook]
The Real America: Messages from the Heart and Heartland [Audiobook] by Glenn Beck, read by the Author
2005 | MP3@160 kbps | 6 hrs 2 mins | 419.38MB

There are some things people think but don't say....

  • "Political correctness is the classic Great Idea Gone Wrong. All it's done is shut us up. It hasn't changed anybody's mind. It hasn't changed our hearts. It's changed our faces. It's taken every opinion we have, it's taken every joke we have, and it's forced us to conceal it and hide it and bury it. It's made us superficial."
  • "Terrorism isn't caused by poverty, poverty is caused by terrorism. Terror is a tool used by those seeking power to keep the masses in need of an answer."
  • "Too many people blame everything on everybody else, and because they do, they will expect too little from themselves and too little from their children."

Glenn Beck says all that, and more.

As one of the most listened to nationally syndicated radio talk-show hosts and the driving force behind the Rallies for America, Glenn Beck entertains, inspires, and informs millions of listeners. In The Real America, Beck continues to tell it like it really is, cutting through the fog of modern-day pundits and pontificators who have made it their mission to undermine and underestimate the greatness of America, our strength as Americans, and the power of the American spirit.

With his inimitable combination of self-effacing humor and heartfelt conviction, Glenn rails against many of the forces that keep us from our potential as a nation and as individuals -- and tells how to overcome them. His topics include:

  • Family and community
  • Politics
  • Personal responsibility
  • Race relations
  • Religion
  • Political correctness, the media, Hollywood, and celebrities
  • Abortion and the death penalty
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Why I wave the flag

Glenn Beck's compelling message in The Real America echoes the ideas he has delivered to thousands of people with his groundbreaking Rallies for America: Once we connect with our power individually, we can empower others -- and then we can be as great and as grand as we have always wanted to be as a person, as a people, and as a nation.

Breaking Bad: Critical Essays [EPUB]

Breaking Bad: Critical Essays [EPUB]
Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Contexts, Politics, Style, and Reception of the Television Series edited by David P Pierson
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.8/1.31MB

Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Contexts, Politics, Style, and Reception of the Television Series, edited by David P. Pierson, explores the contexts, politics, and style of AMC's original series Breaking Bad.

The book's first section locates and addresses the series from several contemporary social contexts, including neo-liberalism, its discourses and policies, the cultural obsession with the economy of time and its manipulation, and the epistemological principles and assumptions of Walter White's criminal alias Heisenberg.

Section two investigates how the series characterizes and intersects with current cultural politics, such as male angst and the re-emergence of hegemonic masculinity, the complex portrayal of Latinos, and the depiction of physical and mental impairment and disability. The final section takes a close look at the series' distinctive visual, aural, and narrative stylistics. Under examination are Breaking Bad's unique visual style whereby image dominates sound, the distinct role and use of beginning teaser segments to disorient and enlighten audiences, the representation of geographic space and place, the position of narrative songs to complicate viewer identification, and the integral part that emotions play as a form of dramatic action in the series.

Andrew's Brain [Audiobook]

Andrew's Brain [Audiobook]
Andrew's Brain [Audiobook] by E L Doctorow, read by the Author
2014 | MP3@160 kbps + EPUB | 3 hrs 52 mins | 265.8MB

This brilliant new novel by an American master takes us on a radical trip into the mind of a man who, more than once in his life, has been the inadvertent agent of disaster.

Speaking from an unknown place and to an unknown interlocutor, Andrew is thinking, Andrew is talking, Andrew is telling the story of his life, his loves, and the tragedies that have led him to this place and point in time. And as he confesses, peeling back the layers of his strange story, we are led to question what we know about truth and memory, brain and mind, personality and fate, about one another and ourselves.

Written with psychological depth and great lyrical precision, this suspenseful and groundbreaking novel delivers a voice for our times—funny, probing, skeptical, mischievous, profound. Andrew’s Brain is a surprising turn and a singular achievement in the canon of a writer whose prose has the power to create its own landscape, and whose great topic, in the words of Don DeLillo, is “the reach of American possibility, in which plain lives take on the cadences of history.”

The Golden Notebook [Audiobook]

The Golden Notebook [Audiobook]
The Golden Notebook [Audiobook] by Doris Lessing, read by Juliet Stevenson
2010 | MP3 VBR + EPUB + MOBI | 27 hrs 37 mins | 800.71MB

The landmark novel of the Sixties – a powerful account of a woman searching for her personal, political and professional identity while facing rejection and betrayal.

In 1950s London, novelist Anna Wulf struggles with writer’s block. Divorced with a young child, and fearful of going mad, Anna records her experiences in four coloured notebooks: black for her writing life, red for political views, yellow for emotions, blue for everyday events. But it is a fifth notebook – the golden notebook – that finally pulls these wayward strands of her life together.

Widely regarded as Doris Lessing’s masterpiece and one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, The Golden Notebook is wry and perceptive, bold and indispensable.

The Lost Girl [Audiobook]

The Lost Girl [Audiobook]
The Lost Girl [Audiobook] by D H Lawrence, read by Johanna Ward
2005 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 15 hrs 18 mins | 424.14MB

The Lost Girl (1920) by D. H. Lawrence, is the winner of the 1920 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.

In this sophisticated psychological novel, Alvina Houghton, a young Englishwoman, undergoes a journey of self-discovery, after finding herself alone in the world. Courted by several men, she does not make a final choice to commit to anyone until she finds her true love.

The Bridges of Constantine [EPUB]

The Bridges of Constantine [EPUB]
The Bridges of Constantine by Ahlem Mosteghanemi
2013 | EPUB | 634.06KB

The Bridges of Constantine is a poignant fresco of Algeria over the last 50 years, a searing love story and a hymn to a lost city. Khaled, a former revolutionary in the Algerian war of liberation has been in self-exile in Paris for two decades, disgusted by the corruption that now riddles the country he once fought for. He has become a celebrated painter, and at the opening of one of his exhibitions, Hayat, the daughter of his old revolutionary commander, unexpectedly reenters Khaled’s life. Hayat had been just a child when he last saw her, but she has now become a seductive young novelist.

Khaled is consumed with passion for her, and she comes to embody the homeland and the city he still grieves for – the city he paints over and over again in his canvases. Through Hayat, his past is breathed back into life and he at last begins to confront his feelings about Algeria. But for Hayat, as elusive as she is tender, the question of what one should yearn for is not so simple, and the choices she makes will have devastating consequences for them both.

The first novel in an award-winning, bestselling trilogy that spans Algeria’s tumultuous recent history, The Bridges of Constantine is a lyrical and heartrending love story about loss and remembrance, exile and belonging.

Delphi Complete Works Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [EPUB]

Delphi Complete Works Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [EPUB]
Delphi Complete Works Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 19.14/26.37MB

Not only the creator of the immortal Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle produced a diverse and entertaining oeuvre of works, which you can now enjoy with ease on your eReader. This comprehensive eBooks offers the complete works of Conan Doyle, with beautiful illustrations and bonus texts.

  • annotated with concise introductions to the novels and other texts
  • illustrated with the original Sherlock Holmes images
  • images of how the books first appeared, giving your kindle a taste of the Victorian texts
  • ALL of the Sherlock Holmes stories – even the rare and unfinished “THE ADVENTURE OF THE TALL MAN”
  • ALL of the Challenger and Gerard stories
  • the rare comic opera Conan Doyle collaborated on with Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie
  • ALL of the short stories and short story collections have their own unique contents tables – choose from a vast range of amazing and rare short stories
  • ALL of the ‘lost’ tales only found in recent years
  • many images relating to Conan Doyle, his life and works
  • rare spiritualist non-fiction texts
  • Conan Doyle’s historic war treatises with maps
  • scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
  • BONUS text – Conan Doyle’s rare autobiography MEMORIES AND ADVENTURES – first time in digital print
  • includes rare plays by Conan Doyle, including SHERLOCK HOLMES – explore the Great Man’s theatrical talents
  • scarce non-fiction works, appearing for the first time in digital print

CONTENTS:

The Sherlock Holmes Works

  • A STUDY IN SCARLET
  • THE SIGN OF THE FOUR
  • THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
  • THE MEMOIRS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
  • THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
  • THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
  • THE VALLEY OF FEAR
  • HIS LAST BOW
  • THE FIELD BAZAAR
  • HOW WATSON LEARNT THE TRICK
  • THE ADVENTURE OF THE TALL MAN
  • THE CASE-BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
  • LIST OF THE SHERLOCK HOLMES SHORT STORIES

The Challenger Stories

  • THE LOST WORLD
  • THE POISON BELT
  • THE LAND OF MIST
  • WHEN THE WORLD SCREAMED
  • THE DISINTEGRATION MACHINE

Historical Novels

  • MICAH CLARKE
  • THE WHITE COMPANY
  • THE GREAT SHADOW
  • THE REFUGEES
  • RODNEY STONE
  • UNCLE BERNAC
  • SIR NIGEL

Other Novels and Novellas

  • THE MYSTERY OF CLOOMBER
  • THE FIRM OF GIRDLESTONE
  • THE DOINGS OF RAFFLES HAW
  • BEYOND THE CITY
  • THE PARASITE
  • THE STARK MUNRO LETTERS
  • THE TRAGEDY OF THE KOROSKO
  • A DUET
  • THE MARACOT DEEP

The Short Story Collections

  • THE CAPTAIN OF THE POLESTAR AND OTHER TALES.
  • THE GREAT KEINPLATZ EXPERIMENT AND OTHER TALES OF TWILIGHT AND THE UNSEEN
  • MY FRIEND THE MURDERER AND OTHER MYSTERIES AND ADVENTURES
  • ROUND THE RED LAMP
  • THE GREEN FLAG AND OTHER STORIES
  • THE EXPLOITS OF BRIGADIER GERARD
  • THE ADVENTURES OF GERARD
  • ROUND THE FIRE STORIES
  • THE LAST GALLEY
  • DANGER! AND OTHER STORIES
  • TALES OF TERROR AND MYSTERY
  • THE DEALINGS OF CAPTAIN SHARKEY AND OTHER TALES OF PIRATES
  • THE MAN FROM ARCHANGEL AND OTHER TALES OF ADVENTURE

The Short Stories

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

The Opera

  • JANE ANNIE, OR THE GOOD CONDUCT PRIZE

The Plays

  • WATERLOO
  • SHERLOCK HOLMES
  • THE SPECKLED BAND
  • THE CROWN DIAMOND
  • THE JOURNEY

The Poetry

  • SONGS OF ACTION
  • SONGS OF THE ROAD
  • THE GUARDS CAME THROUGH

Non Fiction Works

  • THE GREAT BOER WAR
  • THE WAR IN SOUTH AFRICA
  • THROUGH THE MAGIC DOOR
  • THE CRIME OF THE CONGO
  • THE BRITISH CAMPAIGN IN FRANCE AND FLANDERS VOLUME I
  • THE BRITISH CAMPAIGN IN FRANCE AND FLANDERS VOLUME IV
  • THE CASE OF MR. GEORGE EDALJI
  • THE CASE OF MR. OSCAR SLATER
  • THE NEW REVELATION
  • THE VITAL MESSAGE
  • THE WANDERINGS OF A SPIRITUALIST
  • THE COMING OF THE FAIRIES
  • THE HISTORY OF SPIRITUALISM
  • THE EDGE OF THE UNKNOWN

The Biography

  • MEMORIES AND ADVENTURES

The Free: A Novel [EPUB]

The Free: A Novel [EPUB]
The Free: A Novel by Willy Vlautin
2014 | EPUB | 287.13KB

Willy Vlautin demonstrates his extraordinary talent for confronting issues facing modern America, illuminated through the lives of three memorable characters who are looking for a way out of their financial, familial, and existential crises in The Free.

While serving in Iraq, veteran Leroy Kervin suffered a traumatic brain injury. Frustrated by the simplest daily routines, and unable to form new memories, he eventually attempts suicide. Lying in a coma, he retreats deep inside the memories locked in his mind. Freddie McCall works two jobs and still can't make ends meet. He's lost his wife and kids, and the house is next. Medical bills have buried him in debt, a situation that propels him to consider a lucrative—and dangerous—proposition. Pauline Hawkins is a nurse at the local hospital. Though she attends to others' needs with practical yet firm kindness, including her mentally ill elderly father, she remains emotionally removed. But a new patient, a young runaway, touches something deep and unexpected inside her.

The lives of these characters intersect as they look for meaning in desperate times. Heartbreaking and hopeful, The Free is a testament to the resiliency of the human heart.

Tales of the German Imagination [EPUB]

Tales of the German Imagination [EPUB]
Tales of the German Imagination from the Brothers Grimm to Ingeborg Bachmann selected, edited and translated by Peter Wortsman
2013 | EPUB | 467.0KB

Spanning the Brothers Grimm to Kafka and beyond, a new collection of the most strange and fantastical German stories from the past 200 years

Franz Kafka posthumously cornered the nightmare market in the twentieth century. Yet in our adulation of Kafka's wonderfully bizarre prose, English-language readers tend to overlook the fact that he was not spawned Athena-like from the cranium of German literature. Kafka had his precursors among the German Romantics, as well as his contemporaries working in kindred veins and his heirs in post–World War II Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. This rich and varied anthology gathers together many haunting stories, from the dark fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, to Kafka's own chilling satire "In the Penal Colony," to the surreal fantasies of Kurt Schwitter in "The Onion."

From the Tree to the Labyrinth [EPUB]

From the Tree to the Labyrinth [EPUB]
From the Tree to the Labyrinth: Historical Studies on the Sign and Interpretation by Umberto Eco
2014 | EPUB | 1.68MB

The way we create and organize knowledge is the theme of From the Tree to the Labyrinth, a major achievement by one of the world's foremost thinkers on language and interpretation. Umberto Eco begins by arguing that our familiar system of classification by genus and species derives from the Neo-Platonist idea of a "tree of knowledge." He then moves to the idea of the dictionary, which--like a tree whose trunk anchors a great hierarchy of branching categories--orders knowledge into a matrix of definitions. In Eco's view, though, the dictionary is too rigid: it turns knowledge into a closed system. A more flexible organizational scheme is the encyclopedia, which­--instead of resembling a tree with finite branches--offers a labyrinth of never-ending pathways. Presenting knowledge as a network of interlinked relationships, the encyclopedia sacrifices humankind's dream of possessing absolute knowledge, but in compensation we gain the freedom to pursue an infinity of new connections and meanings.

Moving effortlessly from analyses of Aristotle and James Joyce to the philosophical difficulties of telling dogs from cats, Eco demonstrates time and again his inimitable ability to bridge ancient, medieval, and modern modes of thought. From the Tree to the Labyrinth is a brilliant illustration of Eco's longstanding argument that problems of interpretation can be solved only in historical context.

Why We Read Fiction [Audiobook]

Why We Read Fiction [Audiobook]
Why We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel [Audiobook] by Lisa Zunshine, read by Rosemary Benson
2013 | MP3@32 kbps | 8 hrs 40 mins | 119.25MB

Why We Read Fiction offers a lucid overview of the most exciting area of research in contemporary cognitive psychology known as "Theory of Mind" and discusses its implications for literary studies. It covers a broad range of fictional narratives, from Richardson's Clarissa, Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, and Austen's Pride and Prejudice to Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, Nabokov's Lolita, and Hammett's The Maltese Falcon.

Zunshine's surprising new interpretations of well-known literary texts and popular cultural representations constantly prod her listeners to rethink their own interest in fictional narrative. Written for a general audience, this study provides a jargon-free introduction to the rapidly growing interdisciplinary field known as cognitive approaches to literature and culture.

Kama Sutra: A Position A Day [PDF]

Kama Sutra: A Position A Day [PDF]
Kama Sutra: A Position A Day 365 Days a Year by DK Publishing
2013 | PDF | 46.3MB

For couples looking to spice up their sex life or just looking to have a bit of fun, Kama Sutra: A Position a Day is packed with tips and erotic know-how about how to perfect and enjoy each position.

I Never Knew That About the English [EPUB]

I Never Knew That About the English [EPUB]
I Never Knew That About the English by Christopher Winn
2009 | EPUB | 6.63MB

This wonderful book takes an affectionate, entertaining and perceptive look at the English people. Here are their traditions, foibles, quirks, customs, humour and achievements, triumphs and failures, peccadilloes and passions. Travel through England from coast to coast and learn how every county contributes in unique and different ways to the distinct English personality. Marvel at crooked black and white halls in Cheshire and soft golden stone cottages in Midland villages. Go cheese rolling in Gloucestershire, discover the origins of cricket in Hampshire, savour a hot pot in Lancashire and a pudding in Yorkshire. Gasp at the glories of stately homes and the families that create them, upstairs and down, enjoy a pint. Listen to the memories and tales of ordinary folk from every walk of life and find out from them what it means to be English. This irresistible book is packed with fascinating trivia and amusing stories that will entertain and inform for hours on end.

The Atoms of Language [EPUB]

The Atoms of Language [EPUB]
The Atoms of Language: The Mind's Hidden Rules of Grammar by Mark C Baker
2002 | EPUB | 1.43MB

Whether all human languages are fundamentally the same or different has been a subject of debate for ages. This problem has deep philosophical implications: If languages are all the same, it implies a fundamental commonality--and thus mutual intelligibility--of human thought.We are now on the verge of solving this problem. Using a twenty-year-old theory proposed by the world's greatest living linguist, Noam Chomsky, researchers have found that the similarities among languages are more profound than the differences. Languages whose grammars seem completely incompatible may in fact be structurally almost identical, except for a difference in one simple rule.

The discovery of these rules and how they may vary promises to yield a linguistic equivalent of the Periodic Table of the Elements: a single framework by which we can understand the fundamental structure of all human language. This is a landmark breakthrough both within linguistics, which will herewith finally become a full-fledged science, and in our understanding of the human mind.

The First Human [Audiobook]

The First Human [Audiobook]
The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors [Audiobook] by Ann Gibbons, read by Renee Raudman
2006 | MP3@32 kbps | 9 hrs 56 mins | 136.19MB

This dynamic chronicle of the race to find the “missing links” between humans and apes transports readers into the highly competitive world of fossil hunting and into the lives of the ambitious scientists intent on pinpointing the dawn of humankind.

The quest to find where and when the earliest human ancestors first appeared is one of the most exciting and challenging of all scientific pursuits. The First Human is the story of four international teams obsessed with solving the mystery of human evolution and of the intense rivalries that propel them.

An award-winning science writer, Ann Gibbons introduces the various maverick fossil hunters and describes their most significant discoveries in Africa. There is Tim White, the irreverent and brilliant Californian whose team discovered the partial skeleton of a primate that lived more than 4.4 million years ago in Ethiopia. If White can prove that it was hominid—an ancestor of humans and not of chimpanzees or other great apes—he can lay claim to discovering the oldest known member of the human family. As White painstakingly prepares the bones, the French paleontologist Michel Brunet comes forth with another, even more startling find. Well known for his work in the most remote and hostile locations, Brunet and his team uncover a stunning skull in Chad that could set the date of the beginnings of humankind to almost seven million years ago. Two other groups—one led by the zoologist Meave Leakey, the other by the British geologist Martin Pickford and his partner, Brigitte Senut, a French paleontologist—enter the race with landmark discoveries of other fossils vying for the status of the first human ancestor.

Through scrupulous research and vivid first-person reporting, The First Human takes readers behind the scenes to reveal the intense challenges of fossil hunting on a grand competitive scale.

Me, Myself, and Why [EPUB]

Me, Myself, and Why [EPUB]
Me, Myself, and Why: Searching for the Science of Self by Jennifer Ouellette
2014 | EPUB | 1.11MB

A fascinating tour through the science behind who we are and how we got this way—from the author of The Calculus Diaries

As diverse as people appear to be, all of our genes and brains are nearly identical. In Me, Myself, and Why, Jennifer Ouellette dives into the miniscule ranges of variation to understand just what sets us apart. She draws on cutting-edge research in genetics, neuroscience, and psychology—enlivened as always with her signature sense of humor—to explore the mysteries of human identity and behavior. Readers follow her own surprising journey of self-discovery as she has her genome sequenced, her brain mapped, her personality typed, and even samples a popular hallucinogen. Bringing together everything from Mendel’s famous pea plant experiments and mutations in The X-Men to our taste for cilantro and our relationships with virtual avatars, Ouellette takes us on an endlessly thrilling and illuminating trip into the science of ourselves.

The Calculus Diaries [EPUB]

The Calculus Diaries [EPUB]
The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.08/1.54MB

Jennifer Ouellette never took math in college, mostly because she-like most people-assumed that she wouldn't need it in real life. But then the English-major-turned-award-winning-science-writer had a change of heart and decided to revisit the equations and formulas that had haunted her for years. The Calculus Diaries is the fun and fascinating account of her year spent confronting her math phobia head on. With wit and verve, Ouellette shows how she learned to apply calculus to everything from gas mileage to dieting, from the rides at Disneyland to shooting craps in Vegas-proving that even the mathematically challenged can learn the fundamentals of the universal language.

The Creative Thinker’s Toolkit [TTC Video]

The Creative Thinker’s Toolkit [TTC Video]
The Creative Thinker’s Toolkit [TTC Video] by Gerard Puccio
Course No 5955 | WMV, VC1, 419x563 | WMA@128 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 10.55GB

People are born creative geniuses, right? With a special gene that endows them with inventiveness the rest of us only wish we had? According to the latest scientific research, that’s hardly the case at all. In turns out anyone can be creative. You just have to know how to think creatively.

In today’s hyperactive world—where bold new challenges can seem to bring about the same stale answers—creative thinking is more important than ever. And it’s about more than just writing a novel or composing a piece of music. Creative thinking involves taking a broader, more imaginative approach to analyzing and solving the everyday challenges we all face, whether in the office or at home.

By training yourself to become a more creative thinker, you can

  • develop and bring to fruition new answers to problems that once seemed daunting or unsolvable;
  • become more persuasive in how you present and sell your ideas;
  • avoid tired solutions in favor of novel ones with the potential for even greater success;
  • strengthen your ability to lead teams and organizations; and
  • reach new levels of satisfaction and fulfillment in your daily life.

Because creativity is a set of skills that anyone can improve, you can learn how to wield the same research-based tools and techniques that today’s creative people use in their own work. All you need is an open mind, a determination to succeed, and The Creative Thinker’s Toolkit. Award-winning Professor Gerard Puccio of Buffalo State–The State University of New York—an expert in creative thinking and a consultant to individual clients and large companies—has crafted 24 lectures that take you step-by-step through the creative-thinking process and that use real-world scenarios to show you this vital skill in action.

Whether you want to overcome writer’s block, look at your career with a fresh perspective, solve a complex business problem, introduce a new idea to the marketplace, or figure out the best way to resolve a tense argument, Professor Puccio’s course will give you everything you need so that when other people are dodging life’s challenges, you’re uncovering the potentially successful opportunities they’ll have missed.

Explore the Creative Problem-Solving Process

It doesn’t matter if you’re a Nobel Prize-winning writer, a Fortune 500 CEO, or a high school student; the stages of thought you move through to close the gap between what you have and what you want are the same. And the most reliable way to do so is with creative problem solving, the model that Professor Puccio uses as the backbone of The Creative Thinker’s Toolkit.

Creative problem solving is delightfully intuitive, building on the natural creative process in all of us instead of replacing it. It’s also the most widely researched deliberate creative process model in existence—and one of the most effective methods used in creativity training in organizations and universities around the world.

With this series, you’ll get a solid introduction to the four major stages of this process. Each stage, as you’ll learn, involves a different way of thinking and a different set of tools to facilitate greater creativity. And all of them can be adapted to fit the demands of your own particular challenge.

  • Clarify: Once you’ve determined your problem and your goal, you need to identify the challenges (both obvious and hidden) you’ll have to address and overcome to achieve the results you want.
  • Ideate: This stage is about generating ideas: good ones, bad ones, ugly ones. It’s also where tools like brainstorming, brainwriting, forced connections, and even borrowing from others can lead you to out-of-the-box solutions.
  • Develop: Now you need to focus on development, which involves taking your ideas, evaluating them, determining which ones are workable, and transforming them into solutions.
  • Implement: Last comes the most tactical part of the process, in which you move the solutions from your own head into reality, using a plan that includes specific, measurable steps.

Learn the Tools of the Creative Trade

According to Professor Puccio, creative problem solving is a toolbox. As such, his fascinating lectures are packed with tools you can pick up and carry with you any time you find yourself in a situation that demands a more creative approach. You’ll learn how each stage of the creative-thinking process comes with its own set of equipment designed to maximize your creativity and increase your ability to solve problems and achieve your desired goals.

  • Brainwriting: Traditional brainstorming sessions not fruitful enough? Try this silent method, in which participants write their ideas and swap papers with one another, using cross-fertilization to build on already written ideas or add entirely new ones.
  • Solution enactment: A kind of dress rehearsal often used by tech developers, this tool involves acting out a proposed solution to see how it could be improved. It can also help you more effectively communicate abstract ideas and processes.
  • Stakeholder analysis: To determine who can support (or hinder) the success of your plan of action, analyze the positions of those individuals who have a stake in your plan. Then, devise a set of specific actions aimed at gaining their support.
  • How-How diagram: Designed to help move your solution forward, this webbing tool forces you to be more concrete by repeatedly asking yourself, “How do I achieve this solution?” in order to shift your perspective into concrete action steps.

Using simple exercises, in-studio demonstrations, hypothetical scenarios, and the real-world experiences and successes of creative giants in business, science, and the arts, Professor Puccio teaches you how to wield these and other fascinating tools. He also shows you how to select the tools that work best for your unique situation, and invites you to take a step back and see how the lessons of creative thinking can help you become a better leader and live a more creative life.

Learn from an Inspirational Master of Creative Thinking

As you explore the creative-thinking process in great detail, you’ll gain more than just a framework with which to tackle tomorrow’s professional and personal challenges. You’ll also discover a little more about yourself.

The Creative Thinker’s Toolkit comes complete with access to FourSight, a short self-evaluation measure developed by Professor Puccio that can help determine what kind of creative thinker you are. Are you an ideator who thrives on playing with possibilities? Or are you more of a developer; someone who can quickly spot ways to enhance and improve an idea?

Whatever kind of creative thinker you are, you’ll find yourself in the hands of a master educator who has devoted his entire career to researching and instructing others about creative thinking as the road to success. Professor Puccio’s outstanding work as a scholar has won him The State University of New York’s Research and Scholarship Award and the Buffalo State President’s Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creativity. He’s also delivered training programs and keynote speeches on creativity to major corporations, universities, and school districts.

But what you’ll likely find most enjoyable about learning with Professor Puccio is his inspiration and encouragement. Throughout these lectures, he proves that with a little hard work, anyone can become a more creative thinker.

“If you wish to see change, you have to model the way for others to see,” he says. “I encourage you to embrace your creativity, model it for others, and be a creative force in your work. And all that you do.”

Course Lecture Titles:

  1. The Creative Person—Practice and Passion
  2. Lateral Thinking Is a Survival Skill
  3. Creative Styles—Adaptors and Innovators
  4. Combining Opposites—Diverge, Then Converge
  5. Principles for Unleashing Your Imagination
  6. Principles for Converging on the Best Ideas
  7. Stages of the Creative Process—and You
  8. Clarifying the Challenge
  9. Clarify Even More—Webbing and Storyboarding
  10. Classic Brainstorming and Brainwriting
  11. Tools for Enhanced Brainstorming
  12. Borrowing and Modifying Ideas
  13. Systemic Tools to Generate New Ideas
  14. Developing Ideas—Toward Great Solutions
  15. Prototypes—How Designers Test Ideas
  16. Evaluating Creative Solutions and Making Decisions
  17. Giving Ideas Legs—Implementation Planning
  18. Persuasion and the Selling of New Ideas
  19. Tools for Bringing It All Together
  20. Lifting the Emotional Lid on Creativity
  21. The Environment—Physical and Psychological
  22. Creative Leadership—Regardless of Title
  23. Overcoming Blocks and Barriers
  24. Living a Creative Life

Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto [EPUB]

Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto [EPUB]
Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto by David Kushner
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.39/0.56MB

Inside the making of a videogame that defined a generation: Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto is one of the biggest and most controversial videogame franchises of all time. Since its first release in 1997, GTA has pioneered the use of everything from 3D graphics to the voices of top Hollywood actors and repeatedly transformed the world of gaming. Despite its incredible innovations in the $75 billion game industry, it has also been a lightning rod of debate, spawning accusations of ethnic and sexual discrimination, glamorizing violence, and inciting real-life crimes. Jacked tells the turbulent and mostly unknown story of GTA's wildly ambitious creators, Rockstar Games, the invention and evolution of the franchise, and the cultural and political backlash it has provoked.

  • Explains how British prep school brothers Sam and Dan Houser took their dream of fame, fortune, and the glamor of American pop culture and transformed it into a worldwide videogame blockbuster
  • Written by David Kushner, author of Masters of Doom and a top journalist on gaming, and drawn from over ten years of interviews and research, including firsthand knowledge of Grand Theft Auto's creators and detractors
  • Offers inside details on key episodes in the development of the series, including the financial turmoil of Rockstar games, the infamous ""Hot Coffee"" sex mini-game incident, and more

Whether you love Grand Theft Auto or hate it, or just want to understand the defining entertainment product of a generation, you'll want to read Jacked and get the real story behind this boundary-pushing game.

Classic Video Games: The Golden Age 1971-1984 [MOBI]

Classic Video Games: The Golden Age 1971-1984 [MOBI]
Classic Video Games: The Golden Age 1971-1984 by Brian R Eddy
2012 | MOBI | 11.03MB

In the early 1970s, video arcade games sprung to life with the advent of Pong and other coin-operated games. Within just a few short years, if you had a quarter, you could go to the video arcade and play Space Invaders, Asteroids, or Pac-Man. If you were lucky enough to have an Atari system hooked up to your television, you could play Frogger or Galaga at home. By the early 1980s, arcade and video games were entrenched as a pop culture phenomenon, with players spending hours in arcades racking up as many points as possible. Arcade games were everywhere: restaurants, bowling alleys, department stores, grocery stores--anywhere that could accommodate a three-foot by five-foot machine. But, just as soon as the phenomenon began, it morphed into something else with the advent of hand-held games and more sophisticated home-gaming systems.

Brian Eddy, former executive director, producer, and programmer for Midway Games, traces the evolution of arcade video games in Classic Video Games, giving readers an inside look at the stratospheric rise--and collapse--of the industry. Readers will reminisce about their favorite games, such as Centipede, Ms. Pac-Man, Tron, and Star Wars as they relive the glory days of the classic video game rage of the 1970s and 1980s.