The Story of the Jews [EPUB]

The Story of the Jews [EPUB]
The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BCE - 1492 CE by Simon Schama
2013 | EPUB | 10.71MB

It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds.

It spans the millennia and the continents - from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings; the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and clear, from the severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain.

Within these pages, the Talmud burns in the streets of Paris, massed gibbets hang over the streets of medieval London, a Majorcan illuminator redraws the world; candles are lit, chants are sung, mules are packed, ships loaded with spice and gems founder at sea.

And a great story unfolds. Not - as often imagined - of a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians.

Which makes the story of the Jews everyone's story, too.

The Blood of Lambs [EPUB]

The Blood of Lambs [EPUB]
The Blood of Lambs: A Former Terrorist's Memoir of Death and Redemption by Kamal Saleem with Lynn Vincent
2010 | EPUB | 447.56KB

The Blood of Lambs reveals the true inside story of the life and mindset of a radical muslim terrorist who finally came to renounce his murderous mission and embrace freedom.

Some radical Muslims believe that non-Muslims who refuse to convert must die. The Blood of Lambs is the true account of the life of such a terrorist who has since renounced his deadly participation in jihad, or “holy war.” His memoir conveys an urgent message to Americans to wake up to the dangers of the terrorists who are still executing their harmful and destructive schemes.

Kamal Saleem was born under a different name into a Sunni Muslim family in Lebanon. From a young age he was taught that the loftiest accomplishment he could achieve in life was to be martyred while killing infidels, namely Christians, Jews, and Americans. At age seven, he was recruited by the Muslim Brotherhood and entered an assault camp where members of al-Assifa, the armed branch of Fatah, trained for terror missions against Israel. After years of training, Saleem operatedin successful terror campaigns funded by the Muslim Brotherhood, the Palestinian Liberation Organization, and wealthy oil sheikhs. He infiltrated the United States with the sole purpose of converting others to radical Islam.

However, a life-changing event caused him to reevaluate his worldview. Kamal came to know three kind Christian men, and through them he saw the love of God—eventually coming to know their God as well. As a result of their love andsacrificial giving, Kamal acknowledged his need for Christ as Savior. The Blood of Lambs is his riveting story that attests to the power of love and freedom.

The Shakespeare Riots [Audiobook]

The Shakespeare Riots [Audiobook]
The Shakespeare Riots: Revenge, Drama, and Death in Nineteenth-Century America [Audiobook] by Nigel Cliff, read by Nick Sullivan
2011 | MP3@48 kbps | 10 hrs 51 mins | 224.61MB

One of the bloodiest incidents in New York’s history, the so-called Astor Place Riot of May 10, 1849, was ignited by a long-simmering grudge match between the two leading Shakespearean actors of the age. Despite its unlikely origins, though, there was nothing remotely quaint about this pivotal moment in history–the unprecedented shooting by American soldiers of dozens of their fellow citizens, leading directly to the arming of American police forces.

The Shakespeare Riots recounts the story of this momentous night, its two larger-than-life protagonists, and the myriad political and cultural currents that fueled the violence. In an engrossing narrative that moves at a breakneck pace from the American frontier to the Mississippi River, to the posh theaters of London, to the hangouts of the most notorious street gangs of the day, Nigel Cliff weaves a spellbinding saga of soaring passions, huge egos, and venal corruption.

Cliff charts the course of this tragedy from its beginnings as a somewhat comical contretemps between Englishman William Charles Macready, the haughty lion of the London stage, and Edwin Forrest, the first great American star and a popular hero to millions. Equally celebrated, and equally self-centered, the two were once friends, then adversaries. Exploiting this rivalry, “nativist” agitators organized mobs of bullyboys to flex their muscle by striking a blow against the foppish Macready and the Old World’s cultural hegemony that he represented.

The moment Macready took the stage in New York, his adversaries sprang into action, first by throwing insults, then rotten eggs, then chairs. When he dared show his face again, an estimated twenty thousand packed the streets around the theater. As cobblestones from outside rained down on the audience, National Guard troops were called in to quell the riot. Finding themselves outmatched, the Guardsmen discharged their weapons at the crowd, with horrific results. When the smoke cleared, as many as thirty people lay dead, with scores more wounded.

The Shakespeare Riots is social and cultural history of the highest order. In this wondrous saga Nigel Cliff immerses readers in the bustle of mid-nineteenth-century New York, re-creating the celebrity demimonde of the day and capturing all the high drama of a violent night that robbed a nation of its innocence.

The History of Ukraine [PDF]

The History of Ukraine [PDF]
The History of Ukraine (The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations) by Paul Kubicek
2008 | PDF | 1.03MB

Ukraine's struggle for a national identity plagued this former Soviet Union state long before the Cold War shook the world. Its central location between Eastern Europe and Western Asia invited many different cultures to settle the land, ultimately populating a powerful early medieval society known as Kievan Rus. However, readers will learn how Kievan Rus's Golden Age quickly crumbled with decades of Mongol invasions, Polish-Lithuanian occupation, and Russian empirical ruling. Explore how Ukraine flirted with independence in the early 20th century, only to be quickly taken over by harsh Soviet rule in 1922. Despite its independence from the USSR in 1991, devastating consequences of the socialist rule have allowed the world to witness Ukraine's ceaseless efforts to attain a stable government, struggling through the poisoning of Viktor Yushchenko, rigged elections, and the Orange Revolution.

Kubicek's survey is comprehensive and concise-a perfect resource for high school students and undergrads, as well as general readers looking to further their knowledge of this up-and-coming nation.

Masterminds: Genius, DNA, and the Quest to Rewrite Life [EPUB]

Masterminds: Genius, DNA, and the Quest to Rewrite Life [EPUB]
Masterminds: Genius, DNA, and the Quest to Rewrite Life by David Ewing Duncan
2009 | EPUB | 570.54KB

James Watson, J. Craig Venter, Francis Collins, Cynthia Kenyon . . . you may not know them, but you should. They are the masterminds of genetics and biotechnology who want you to live to be 150 years old, to regenerate your heart and brain, to create synthetic life. For better or worse, they are about to alter life on earth forever.

Award-winning journalist David Ewing Duncan tells the remarkable stories of cutting-edge bioscientists, revealing their quirky, uniquely fascinating, sometimes vaguely unsettling personas as a means to understand their science and the astonishing implications of their work. This book seamlessly combines myth, biography, scholarship, and wit that poses the all-important question: Can we actually trust these masterminds?

Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe [TTC Video]

Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe [TTC Video]
Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe [TTC Video] by Jeffrey C Grossman
Course No 1291 | WMV, 640x360 | WMA@128 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 9.47GB

What is heat? What is temperature? What is energy? What is time? When we look beneath the surface of these everyday terms to learn how scientists understand them, we encounter a realm of fundamental processes that rule the universe.

This is the domain of thermodynamics, the branch of science that deals with the movement of heat. Nothing seems simpler, but nothing is more subtle and wide-ranging in its effects. And nothing has had a more profound impact on the development of modern civilization.

Thermodynamic processes are at the heart of everything that involves heat, energy, and work, making an understanding of them indispensable for careers in engineering, physical science, biology, meteorology, and even nutrition and culinary arts. Consider these applications of the laws of thermodynamics:

  • The Industrial Revolution in the 1700s harnessed fire and fuel to produce power, leading to new forms of manufacturing, transportation, and the breathtaking array of technologies we have today—thanks to a mastery of thermodynamics.
  • New advances in alternative energy, fresh water production, materials science, communication, computing, and a host of other fields are in the works as thermodynamic processes are being applied at scales as small as the quantum realm.
  • Thermodynamic concepts play a pivotal role in understanding the evolution and fate of the universe. The second law of thermodynamics led to the discovery of entropy, which explains the arrow of time and the unidirectionality of all processes.
  • In daily life, thermodynamics explains why salt melts ice, why conventional car engines are so inefficient, and why the cheese on a hot slice of pizza burns the roof of your mouth, but the crust at the same temperature doesn’t.

When Albert Einstein contemplated the laws of thermodynamics, he was awestruck. “It is the only physical theory of universal content that … will never be overthrown,” he wrote. Of the famous second law, the English scientist and novelist C. P. Snow cited it as equal to Shakespeare’s plays in its importance to the cultural literacy of every educated person.

Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe gives you an in-depth tour of this vital and fascinating science in 24 enthralling lectures that are suitable for everyone from science novices to professionals in the field who wish to review elementary concepts and formulas. Your teacher is Professor Jeffrey C. Grossman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a scientist at the forefront of research on new materials with applications in energy conversion, energy storage, and clean water.

Four Far-Reaching Laws

The four laws of thermodynamics describe how energy moves, why it changes from one form to another, and how matter is affected during these transformations. You begin with the zeroth law (so named because it is fundamental to the other laws), which defines the concept of temperature in terms of thermal equilibrium. The first law is a declaration of the conservation of energy principle. The second law explains why heat always flows from hot to cold. And the third law deals with the impossibility of reaching absolute zero.

With these laws as a launching point, you learn foundational concepts that are critical pillars of science and engineering—ideas such as entropy, chemical potential, Gibbs free energy, enthalpy, osmotic pressure, heat capacity, eutectic melting, and the Carnot cycle. These and other ideas shed light on many phenomena in the natural world, and they are the analytical tools that engineers use to create new devices and technologies.

Professor Grossman cites the cell phone as an example. Of the approximately 100 stable elements found in nature, the typical cell phone uses 64, each chosen to perform a specific function based on its thermodynamic properties, and each laboriously extracted from the earth and processed to do its job.

Seeing Is Believing!

Professor Grossman is a born educator and showman. In nearly every lecture, he puts on his lab coat and goggles and smashes, breaks, ignites, or otherwise converts energy from one form into another—showing thermodynamics in action.

Thermodynamics is also illustrated with scores of informative diagrams, animations, and simple equations that add depth and clarity to the presentation. For example, you learn how phase diagrams are a powerful tool for discovering how temperature, pressure, and other variables affect the solid, liquid, and gaseous phases of matter. Professor Grossman compares phase diagrams to the GPS unit on a car: They tell you exactly where you’re going when you apply different conditions to a material.

Intriguingly, phase diagrams reveal that water and other liquids have a “triple point,” where they can simultaneously freeze and boil. Professor Grossman demonstrates this astonishing phenomenon on camera. Some of his other eye-opening experiments include the following:

  • Work = heat: The first law of thermodynamics relates heat to mechanical motion. See how a piece of cotton can be set afire by striking a piston with a hammer, thanks to the change from work to heat, which is explained by an equation called the ideal gas law.
  • When 1+1 doesn’t equal 2: Combine 50 milliliters of water with an equal volume of ethanol and you get 97—not 100—milliliters of the combined solution. Ethanol molecules are able to fit inside open spaces between water molecules—an illustration of the thermodynamic concept of partial molar volume.
  • Alternative engines: We are all familiar with heat engines that extract power from burning fuel, such as the internal combustion engine. But there are many other ways to convert energy into work. See how engines can be built so they are powered by magnetism, phase change, entropy, and surface tension.
  • Potato battery: Insert a copper wire and a zinc wire into a potato. Connect the wires to an LED. Voila: light! Where is the electricity coming from in this demonstration of electrochemical energy? What is the role of the potato? The answers may surprise you.

You will also see a balloon resist popping while held in a flame, a hundred dollar bill set on fire without charring, and a massive 10-foot-high eruption caused by a very simple chemical reaction. Each of these experiments is designed to make the challenging concepts of thermodynamics memorable and intuitive.

At the end of Thermodynamics, Professor Grossman gives a glimpse of his own pioneering research on clean energy and water. Having come this far in the course, you will truly appreciate his excitement over innovative solar thermal fuels and desalination membranes, both based on thermodynamic principles. Best of all, you will understand how and why they work!

Lectures:

  1. Thermodynamics—What’s under the Hood
  2. Variables and the Flow of Energy
  3. Temperature—Thermodynamics’ First Force
  4. Salt, Soup, Energy, and Entropy
  5. The Ideal Gas Law and a Piston
  6. Energy Transferred and Conserved
  7. Work-Heat Equivalence
  8. Entropy—The Arrow of Time
  9. The Chemical Potential
  10. Enthalpy, Free Energy, and Equilibrium
  11. Mixing and Osmotic Pressure
  12. How Materials Hold Heat
  13. How Materials Respond to Heat
  14. Phases of Matter—Gas, Liquid, Solid
  15. Phase Diagrams—Ultimate Materials Maps
  16. Properties of Phases
  17. To Mix, or Not to Mix?
  18. Melting and Freezing of Mixtures
  19. The Carnot Engine and Limits of Efficiency
  20. More Engines—Materials at Work
  21. The Electrochemical Potential
  22. Chemical Reactions—Getting to Equilibrium
  23. The Chemical Reaction Quotient
  24. The Greatest Processes in the World

Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field [EPUB]

Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field [EPUB]
Faraday, Maxwell, and the Electromagnetic Field: How Two Men Revolutionized Physics by Nancy Forbes, Basil Mahon
2014 | EPUB | 2.43MB

The story of two brilliant nineteenth-century scientists who discovered the electromagnetic field, laying the groundwork for the amazing technological and theoretical breakthroughs of the twentieth century

Two of the boldest and most creative scientists of all time were Michael Faraday (1791-1867) and James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879). This is the story of how these two men - separated in age by forty years - discovered the existence of the electromagnetic field and devised a radically new theory which overturned the strictly mechanical view of the world that had prevailed since Newton's time.

The authors, veteran science writers with special expertise in physics and engineering, have created a lively narrative that interweaves rich biographical detail from each man's life with clear explanations of their scientific accomplishments. Faraday was an autodidact, who overcame class prejudice and a lack of mathematical training to become renowned for his acute powers of experimental observation, technological skills, and prodigious scientific imagination. James Clerk Maxwell was highly regarded as one of the most brilliant mathematical physicists of the age. He made an enormous number of advances in his own right. But when he translated Faraday's ideas into mathematical language, thus creating field theory, this unified framework of electricity, magnetism and light became the basis for much of later, 20th-century physics.

Faraday's and Maxwell's collaborative efforts gave rise to many of the technological innovations we take for granted today - from electric power generation to television, and much more. Told with panache, warmth, and clarity, this captivating story of their greatest work - in which each played an equal part - and their inspiring lives will bring new appreciation to these giants of science.

Power to Save the World [EPUB]

Power to Save the World [EPUB]
Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy by Gwyneth Cravens
2010 | EPUB | 2.43MB

An informed look at the myths and fears surrounding nuclear energy, and a practical, politically realistic solution to global warming and our energy needs. Faced by the world's oil shortages and curious about alternative energy sources, Gwyneth Cravens skeptically sets out to find the truth about nuclear energy. Her conclusion: it is a totally viable and practical solution to global warming. In the end, we see that if we are to care for subsequent generations, embracing nuclear energy is an ethical imperative.

Behavioral Economics [TTC Video]

Behavioral Economics [TTC Video]
Behavioral Economics: When Psychology and Economics Collide [TTC Video] by Scott Huettel
Course No 5532 | WMV, 640x360 | WMA,@128 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 9.99GB

Behavioral economics is the scientific study of decision making, and of the related topics of valuation, exchange, and interpersonal interactions. Drawing on methods from psychology, sociology, neurology, and economics, this remarkable discipline illuminates one of the most deeply fundamental activities of human existence: the decision process.

From the moment we wake in the morning, we are confronted with decisions—from what to buy at the supermarket or how to spend the weekend to which career path to pursue, which car to buy, or how to invest our money. Most of the time we make good decisions. But some of the time we don’t. Whether our decisions are successful or less than optimal influences how our lives unfold.

Paradoxically, although we are constantly making decisions, we rarely reflect on the actual process of decision making itself. Making decisions can seem largely intuitive—and intuitions don’t always lead to happy outcomes. But what if you could be fully aware of the process? What might life be like if you could put your hands on the gears of decision making—the specific patterns of perception and cognition that shape your choices—and turn the process to your advantage?

Behavioral economics offers just that possibility. With an incisive focus on human behavior, behavioral economics uncovers what is usually hidden from view in our decision-making process, exploring the key motivators for our decisions, such as probability, risk, reward, and the passage of time. In doing so, it sheds fascinating light on our psychology and on how our brains process information and shape our perceptions as we make decisions.

Most important, by applying its unique approach to many kinds of real-life choices, behavioral economics offers powerful, practical tools for making better and more satisfying decisions.

As a case in point, behavioral economics identifies many human biases or behavioral tendencies that influence our decisions, sometimes outside of our awareness. Behavioral economists show, for example, that our brains predispose us to see things that are familiar as being better or more valuable—making name-brand merchandise or stocks of familiar companies seem desirable. This innate human tendency can lead to bad economic decisions.

The good news, as behavioral economics clearly shows, is that our customary processes and patterns of decision making are not inevitable. By becoming aware of them and watching how they operate in our daily actions, we can open new possibilities for our own behavior and for decision making that can meaningfully improve our quality of life.

In Behavioral Economics: When Psychology and Economics Collide, award-winning Professor Scott Huettel of Duke University leads you in a penetrating look at the processes of decision making that are an integral part of human life. In 24 revealing lectures, you’ll study how behavioral economists look at decision making and explore a set of core principles that offer profound insight into how we gather information and integrate multiple factors to reach decisions. Using real-life examples and case studies, each topic builds to concrete recommendations so that you can understand the patterns of decision making, the purposes they serve, and how to use your knowledge to make more effective and beneficial decisions.

Uncover the Hidden Structures in Decision Making

Professor Huettel brings focus to intriguing and seemingly paradoxical questions regarding human behavior:

  • Why does voluntary blood donation decline steeply when people are paid for it?
  • When faced with the same medical condition, why do doctors choose objectively better treatment for their patients than they do for themselves?
  • Why do employees often fail to enroll in beneficial retirement plans, including plans requiring no financial contribution on their part?

All of these may seem counterintuitive, yet they have a deep structure that we can understand when we apply the tools of behavioral economics. In grasping the underlying factors in decision making, you’ll explore key topics such as these:

  • Simple rules: “heuristics”: Study the common internal guidelines people use to streamline decision making, or “heuristics”; observe four of the most prevalent ones, using real-life examples; and identify where heuristics are helpful and where they fail.
  • Decisions regarding probability: Learn how human beings convert objective information about probability into a subjective sense of what may happen—an approach filled with error—and grasp two methods for improving probability-based decisions.
  • Time-related decisions: Consider why decisions involving time are so challenging; study how time influences the subjective value of money; and learn key strategies for making better time-related decisions.
  • Dealing with risk: Examine the element of risk tolerance in decision making; investigate the dynamics of perceived benefits versus perceived risks in decision problems; and study principles for successfully managing risk.
  • High stakes: medical decisions: Uncover three core factors that influence how we make medical decisions, and learn how to apply the principles of behavioral economics to improve choices in this area.
  • Group decision making: Explore how the diversity of groups benefits decision making, and investigate the principles that lead to good group decisions and how to use those principles in a range of practical contexts.

Behavioral Biases: Turning Limitations into Strengths

As a central element of these lectures, Professor Huettel highlights cognitive patterns that influence our behavior, pushing us toward safety, temptation, or immediate rewards. Among these is what behavioral economists call confirmation bias—the tendency, in decision making, to intuitively seek evidence that confirms our existing beliefs, or to reinterpret evidence that argues against existing beliefs. Using clear-cut examples, you’ll learn how you can counteract or minimize this bias, leading to better-informed and wiser choices.

The course concludes with an in-depth look at two highly effective approaches to shaping decisions. “Precommitment” to a course of action involves making a binding decision in the present for benefits that will occur in the future. “Reframing” strategies alter how the facts of a decision are evaluated against some reference point, allowing critical new insights to appear. You’ll explore the powerful effects of precommitment and reframing in examples ranging from economic transactions and consumer choices to decisions regarding investment and retirement.

Practical Leverage for Empowering Choices

In Behavioral Economics: When Psychology and Economics Collide, you’ll gain a much deeper awareness of how you make decisions, and what steps you can take to make better ones. Professor Huettel illustrates each concept with meaningful stories, analogies, and case studies, relating the material directly to the decisions all of us make as a central part of living. This unique inquiry offers you important knowledge and insights for one of life’s most essential skills.

Course Lecture Titles:

  1. What Is a Good Decision?
  2. The Rise of Behavioral Economics
  3. Reference Dependence—It’s All Relative
  4. Reference Dependence—Economic Implications
  5. Range Effects—Changing the Scale
  6. Probability Weighting
  7. Risk—The Known Unknowns
  8. Ambiguity—The Unknown Unknowns
  9. Temporal Discounting—Now or Later?
  10. Comparison—Apples and Oranges
  11. Bounded Rationality—Knowing Your Limits
  12. Heuristics and Biases
  13. Randomness and Patterns
  14. How Much Evidence Do We Need?
  15. The Value of Experience
  16. Medical Decision Making
  17. Social Decisions—Competition and Coordination
  18. Group Decision Making—The Vox Populi
  19. Giving and Helping—Why Altruism?
  20. Cooperation by Individuals and in Societies
  21. When Incentives Backfire
  22. Precommitment—Setting Rationality Aside
  23. Framing—Moving to a Different Perspective
  24. Interventions, Nudges, and Decisions

The Little Money Book [EPUB]

The Little Money Book [EPUB]
The Little Money Book by David Boyle
2006 | EPUB | 3.29MB

They say money is the root of all evil. That's debatable, but one thing that's not is that money and its attendant enterprises--buying, selling, lending, borrowing, credit cards, the stock market and banking--is an inescapable component of the fabric of modern life. How did this come to be? Money and the complex system that makes it work is a man-made product that we invented and yet, like Frankenstein, it has us all in its grip. From the poorest to the wealthiest, we worry about money.

This highly accessible and easy-to-read synthesis of complex subjects asks some of the obvious questions about money and finance that few of us stop to think about.

For instance, what is the real "value" of money? Well, astonishingly, nobody agrees. But most people seem to accept that it is lent into existence by the commercial banks. When you stash money in the bank, they must keep around 8 percent of that loan on deposit--in case there's a run on the bank--but all the rest is lent out again many times over. In other words, most of our mortgages and bank loans are created as if by magic by a stroke of the pen.

That's the strange truth behind modern money. We don't mine it, we don't find it on a beach, it bears no relation to anything real, but still some people have vast amounts of it and some people have none at all. And we hardly ever talk about it.

The Myths of Innovation [EPUB]

The Myths of Innovation [EPUB]
The Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun
2010 | EPUB 5.96MB

In this new edition of the classic bestseller, you'll be taken on a hilarious, fast-paced ride through the history of ideas. Author Scott Berkun will show you how to transcend the false stories that many business experts, scientists, and much of pop culture foolishly use to guide their thinking about how ideas change the world. With four new chapters on putting the ideas in the book to work, updated references and over 50 corrections and improvements, now is the time to get past the myths, and change the world.

You'll have fun while you learn:

  • Where ideas come from
  • The true history of history
  • Why most people don't like ideas
  • How great managers make ideas thrive
  • The importance of problem finding
  • The simple plan

Since its initial publication, this classic bestseller has been discussed on NPR, MSNBC, CNBC, and at Yale University, MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, Microsoft, Apple, Intel, Google, Amazon.com, and other major media, corporations, and universities around the world. It has changed the way thousands of leaders and creators understand the world. Now in an updated and expanded edition, it's a fantastic time to explore or rediscover this powerful view of the world of ideas.

Richard Bandler's Guide to Trance-Formation [EPUB]

Richard Bandler's Guide to Trance-Formation [EPUB]
Richard Bandler's Guide to Trance-Formation: Make Your Life Great by Richard Bandler
2010 | EPUB | 4.6MB

You were born to be great, to succeed – to be a powerful, confident, happy person. If you don't feel like that right now it's time to get back on track. Richard Bandler, the man who inspired Paul McKenna to greatness, will change your life in a matter of minutes with his incredible, potent NLP exercises and free you to unleash your full potential.

Richard Bandler, the world-famous co-creator of NLP, has helped millions of people around the world turnaround their lives and find success in whatever they want to achieve. This incredible book is his master work and packed with all of the simple, potent exercises that he has developed over the last 37 years to help people transform their lives. It also explains how he has developed and refined his techniques and why they work.

Make Your Life Great is an absolute must for anyone who wants to be freed from whatever is holding them back – be it fear, self-doubt, an unhappy past, bad habits or lack of focus – and become a strong, happy, successful person.

The Korean Way In Business [EPUB]

The Korean Way In Business [EPUB]
The Korean Way In Business: Understanding and Dealing with the South Koreans in Business by Boye Lafayette De Mente
2014 | EPUB | 1.9MB

South Korean companies and technology have suddenly conquered the world. Samsung, Hyundai and LG are industry leaders and the global brands. Korean culture in the form of K-Pop music videos and "Korean Wave" films and TV dramas are watched everywhere from Tel Aviv to Singapore to Rio. Korean gourmet food trucks ply the streets of New York and LA, and kimchi has found a place on the shelves of well-stocked supermarkets around the world.

With just a fraction of Japan's land area, less than half its population, and no natural resources—how have Korean companies managed to conquer the world in such a short period of time? What is the "secret sauce" of Korean business practices and companies that makes them so successful?

To find out, readers need more than statistics and company profiles. Learning the basics about Korean culture, about Korean social etiquette and Korean business culture, will enable you to understand for the first time how Koreans think and why they work so effectively to achieve their goals. This understanding will enhance your own effectiveness in doing business with Koreans, or in competing with them—whether in Korea or elsewhere. The Korean Way in Business is a must-read for business professionals who wish to know the secrets underlying the commercial practices and business success of modern-day Koreans.

Our Common Wealth [EPUB]

Our Common Wealth [EPUB]
Our Common Wealth: The Hidden Economy That Makes Everything Else Work by Jonathan Rowe, edited by Peter Barnes
2013 | EPUB | 1.95MB

Why We Need the Commons

A huge part of our economy is invisible, invaluable, and under siege. This is “the commons,” a term that denotes everything we share. Some parts of the commons are gifts of nature: the air and oceans, the web of species, wilderness, and watersheds. Others are the product of human creativity and endeavor: sidewalks and public spaces, the Internet, our languages, cultures, and technologies.

Jonathan Rowe illuminates the scale and value of the commons, its symbiotic relationship with the rest of our economy, its importance to our personal and planetary well-being, and how it is threatened by privatization and neglect. He unifies many seemingly disparate struggles—against pollution, excessive development, corporate marketing to children, and more—with the force of this powerful idea. And he calls for new institutions that create a durable balance between the commons and the profit-seeking side of our economy.

Utopia or Bust: A Guide to the Present Crisis [EPUB]

Utopia or Bust: A Guide to the Present Crisis [EPUB]
Utopia or Bust: A Guide to the Present Crisis by Benjamin Kunkel
2014 | EPUB | 1.89MB

After the financial crash and the great recession, the media rediscovered Karl marx, socialist theory, and the very idea that capitalism can be questioned.

But in spite of the publicity, the main paths of contemporary critical thought have gone unexplored outside of the academy. Benjamin Kunkel’s Utopia or Bust leads readers — whether politically committed or simply curious — through the most important critical theory today. Written with the wit and verve of Kunkel’s best-selling novel, Indecision, this introduction to contemporary Leftist thinkers engages with the revolutionary philosophy of Slavoj Žižek, the economic analyses of David Graeber and David Harvey, and the cultural diagnoses of Fredric Jameson.

Discussing the ongoing crisis of capitalism in light of ideas of full employment, debt forgiveness, and “fictitious capital,” Utopia or Bust is a tour through the world of Marxist thought and an examination of the basis of Western society today.

The Muslims Are Coming! [EPUB]

The Muslims Are Coming! [EPUB]
The Muslims Are Coming: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani
2014 | EPUB | 2.28MB

Death came instantly to Imam Luqman, as four FBI agents fired semiautomatic rifles at him from a few feet away. Another sixty officers surrounded the building on that October morning, the culmination of a two-year undercover investigation that had infiltrated the imam’s Detroit mosque. The FBI quickly claimed that Luqman Abdullah was “the leader of a domestic terrorist group.” And yet, caught on tape, he had refused to help “do something” violent, as it might injure innocents, and no terrorism charges were ever lodged against him.

Jameel Scott thought he was exercising his rights when he went to challenge an Israeli official’s lecture at Manchester University. But the teenager’s presence at the protest with fellow socialists made him the subject of police surveillance for the next two years. Counterterrorism agents visited his parents, his relatives, his school. They asked him for activists’ names and told him not to attend demonstrations. They called his mother and told her to move the family to another neighborhood. Although he doesn’t identify as Muslim, Jameel had become another face of the presumed homegrown terrorist.

The new front in the War on Terror is the “homegrown enemy,” domestic terrorists who have become the focus of sprawling counterterrorism structures of policing and surveillance in the United States and across Europe. Domestic surveillance has mushroomed—at least 100,000 Muslims in America have been secretly under scrutiny. British police compiled a secret suspect list of more than 8,000 al-Qaeda “sympathizers,” and in another operation included almost 300 children fifteen and under among the potential extremists investigated. MI5 doubled in size in just five years.

Based on several years of research and reportage, in locations as disparate as Texas, New York, and Yorkshire, and written in engrossing, precise prose, this is the first comprehensive critique of counterradicalization strategies. The new policy and policing campaigns have been backed by an industry of freshly minted experts and liberal commentators. The Muslims Are Coming! looks at the way these debates have been transformed by the embrace of a narrowly configured and ill-conceived antiextremism.

The Next America [EPUB]

The Next America [EPUB]
The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown by Paul Taylor
2014 | EPUB | 5.83MB

The America of the near future will look nothing like the America of the recent past.

America is in the throes of a demographic overhaul. Huge generation gaps have opened up in our political and social values, our economic well-being, our family structure, our racial and ethnic identity, our gender norms, our religious affiliation, and our technology use.

Today’s Millennials—well-educated, tech savvy, underemployed twenty-somethings—are at risk of becoming the first generation in American history to have a lower standard of living than their parents. Meantime, more than 10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring every single day, most of them not as well prepared financially as they’d hoped. This graying of our population has helped polarize our politics, put stresses on our social safety net, and presented our elected leaders with a daunting challenge: How to keep faith with the old without bankrupting the young and starving the future.

Every aspect of our demography is being fundamentally transformed. By mid-century, the population of the United States will be majority non-white and our median age will edge above 40—both unprecedented milestones. But other rapidly-aging economic powers like China, Germany, and Japan will have populations that are much older. With our heavy immigration flows, the US is poised to remain relatively young. If we can get our spending priorities and generational equities in order, we can keep our economy second to none. But doing so means we have to rebalance the social compact that binds young and old. In tomorrow’s world, yesterday’s math will not add up.

Drawing on Pew Research Center’s extensive archive of public opinion surveys and demographic data, The Next America is a rich portrait of where we are as a nation and where we’re headed—toward a future marked by the most striking social, racial, and economic shifts the country has seen in a century.

Sovereign Wealth Funds [EPUB]

Sovereign Wealth Funds [EPUB]
Sovereign Wealth Funds: Legitimacy, Governance, and Global Power by Gordon L Clark, Adam D Dixon, Ashby H B Monk
2013 | EPUB | 2.22MB

The worldwide rise of sovereign wealth funds is emblematic of the ongoing transformation of nation-state economic prospects. Sovereign Wealth Funds maps the global footprints of these financial institutions, examining their governance and investment management, and issues of domestic and international legitimacy. Through a variety of case studies--from the China Investment Corporation to the funds of several Gulf states--the authors show that the forces propelling the adoption and development of sovereign wealth funds vary by country. The authors also show that many of these investment institutions have identifiable commonalities of form and function that match the core institutions of Western financial markets.

The authors suggest that the international legitimacy of sovereign wealth funds is based on the degree to which their design and governance match Western expectations about investment management. Undercutting commonplace assumptions about the emerging world of the twenty-first century, the authors demonstrate that even small countries with large and globally oriented sovereign wealth funds are likely to play a significant role in international relations.

Sovereign Wealth Funds considers how such financial organizations have altered not only the face of finance, but also the international geopolitical landscape.

Negotiating Globally, 3rd Edition [EPUB]

Negotiating Globally, 3rd Edition [EPUB]
Negotiating Globally: How to Negotiate Deals, Resolve Disputes, and Make Decisions Across Cultural Boundaries, 3rd Edition by Jeanne M Brett
2014 | EPUB | 1.45MB

A framework for anticipating and managing cultural differences at the negotiating table

In today's global environment, negotiators who understand cultural differences and negotiation fundamentals have a decided advantage at the bargaining table. This thoroughly revised and updated edition of Negotiating Globally explains how culture affects negotiators' assumptions about when and how to negotiate, their interests and priorities, and their strategies. It explains how confrontation, motivation, influence, and information strategies shift due to culture. It provides strategic advice for negotiators whose deals, disputes, and decisions cross cultural boundaries, and shows how to anticipate cultural differences and then manage them when they appear at the negotiating table. It challenges negotiators to expand their repertoire of strategies, so that they are prepared to negotiate deals, resolve disputes, and make decisions regardless of the culture in which they find themselves.

  • Includes a review of the various contexts and building blocks of negotiation strategy
  • Explains how and why negotiation may be practiced differently in different cultures and how to modify strategy when confronted with different cultural approaches
  • Explores the three primary cultural prototypes negotiators should understand

Negotiating Globally is ideal for those relatively new to negotiation, particularly in the global arena, and offers an overview of the various contexts and tactics of negotiation strategy. Written by an award-winning negotiation expert, this book provides an ideal framework for any and all global negotiations.

How To Buy Property at Auction [EPUB]

How To Buy Property at Auction [EPUB]
How To Buy Property at Auction: The Essential Guide to Winning Property and Buy-to-Let Bargain by Samantha Collett
2014 | EPUB | 3.19MB

Buying property at auction is nerve-wracking, exhilarating and can be hugely profitable - as long as you know the pitfalls to avoid. In this step-by-step guide you will learn why so many successful developers and investors buy at auction - and how you can buy and profit from property auctions.

Offering expert tips and guidance you will be walked through the property auction process from start to finish - and be equipped with the knowledge you need to profit from property auctions.

Comprehensive and easy to follow, the guide is packed full of case studies, expert tips and watch points for the novice property auction buyer. The guide features: how to find auction property; tips for viewing; preparation checklist; how to calculate your bid price; research the market; raise finance; costs works; check legal paperwork; auction sale day; after the auction; real tales of auction buys; and, a directory of auction houses.

Starting an Online Business For Dummies, 7th Edition [EPUB]

Starting an Online Business For Dummies, 7th Edition [EPUB]
Starting an Online Business For Dummies, 7th Edition by Greg Holden
2013 | EPUB | 16.46MB

Mind your business with this updated edition of the bestselling online business how-to guide

Have a computer, an Internet connection, and a dream? Then, you're already on your way to starting your very own online business. This fun and friendly guide can help you turn your big idea into big bucks whether you're expanding your real-world storefront online or creating your own virtual startup. Starting an Online Business For Dummies, 7th Edition will show you how to identify a market need, choose a web hosting service, implement security and privacy measures, open up shop, and start promoting to the world.

Learn to:

  • Improve your website's visibility to attract repeat customers
  • Research your target audience and enhance customer service
  • Track your site's performance with updated marketing and analytics tools
  • Conduct business securely on mobile devices

Get down to business! Here's what it takes to succeed in the world of e-commerce.

Now's the perfect time to launch your online business, and this book is loaded with the information you need. From how to think like an entrepreneur to choosing a web host, designing a compelling website, taking advantage of social media marketing, and keeping your business legal, this updated guide will help you make your business dream a reality.

  • The right mindset — learn how to think like a business person and plan for success
  • Tools of the trade — find out what software and hardware you need as well as how to choose a web host and domain name
  • Think mobile — expand your reach and engage your customers on the go with a mobile-friendly website
  • Spread the word — market your business with e-newsletters, discussion groups, mailing lists, and contests
  • Socialize — boost business visibility with Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and other social networking sites
  • Optimize — improve both your catalog listings and your website so your business ranks highly with search engines
  • Beyond eBay — open new opportunities with online storefronts and specialty marketplaces
  • Legal stuff — protect your business identity, know and follow local regulations, and choose the right accounting method

Open the book and find:

  • Ten essential steps for starting your business
  • Ways to make your website more customer-friendly
  • How to build loyalty with great customer service
  • Payment options to consider
  • Case studies that showcase business success
  • Cost-effective marketing strategies
  • Efficient ways to manage multiple storefronts
  • Services for mobile merchants

The Hard Thing About Hard Things [Audiobook]

The Hard Thing About Hard Things [Audiobook]
The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers [Audiobook] by Ben Horowitz, read by Kevin Kenerly
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 7 hrs 57 mins | 219.6MB

A lot of people talk about how great it is to start a business, but only Ben Horowitz is brutally honest about how hard it is to run one.

In The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, draws on his own story of founding, running, selling, buying, managing, and investing in technology companies to offer essential advice and practical wisdom for navigating the toughest problems business schools don't cover. His blog has garnered a devoted following of millions of readers who have come to rely on him to help them run their businesses. A lifelong rap fan, Horowitz amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs and tells it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, from cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in.

His advice is grounded in anecdotes from his own hard-earned rise—from cofounding the early cloud service provider Loudcloud to building the phenomenally successful Andreessen Horowitz venture capital firm, both with fellow tech superstar Marc Andreessen (inventor of Mosaic, the Internet's first popular Web browser). This is no polished victory lap; he analyzes issues with no easy answers through his trials, including

  • demoting (or firing) a loyal friend;
  • whether you should incorporate titles and promotions, and how to handle them;
  • if it's OK to hire people from your friend's company;
  • how to manage your own psychology, while the whole company is relying on you;
  • what to do when smart people are bad employees;
  • why Andreessen Horowitz prefers founder CEOs, and how to become one;
  • whether you should sell your company, and how to do it.

Filled with Horowitz's trademark humor and straight talk, and drawing from his personal and often humbling experiences, The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures.

The Fortune Cookie Principle [EPUB]

The Fortune Cookie Principle [EPUB]
The Fortune Cookie Principle: The 20 keys to a great brand story and why your business needs one by Bernadette Jiwa
2013 | EPUB | 3.38MB

It's not how good you are. It's how well you tell your story.

Big corporations might have huge marketing and advertising budgets but you’ve got a story. Your brand story isn't just what you tell people. It's what they believe about you based on the signals your brand sends. The Fortune Cookie Principle is a brand building framework and communication strategy consisting of 20 keys that enable you to begin telling your brand’s story from the inside out. It’s the foundation upon which you can differentiate your brand and make emotional connections with the kind of clients and customers you want to serve.

The most successful brands in the world don’t behave like commodities and neither should you. A great brand story will make you stand out, increase brand awareness, create customer loyalty and power profits. Isn't it time to gave your customers a story to tell? The Fortune Cookie Principle will show you how.

Difference by Bernadette Jiwa [EPUB]

Difference by Bernadette Jiwa [EPUB]
Difference: The one-page method for reimagining your business and reinventing your marketing by Bernadette Jiwa
2014 | EPUB | 3.09MB

MARKETING IS NOT A DEPARTMENT—IT'S THE STORY OF HOW YOU CREATE DIFFERENCE FOR YOUR CUSTOMERS.

We spent $500 billion globally on advertising in 2013. Every year we're spending more money, to interrupt more people, more often, with messages they don't care about and don't pay attention to. We've come to believe that the way to succeed is to have an advantage—by being different or better, more visible, or just plain louder.

What if, instead of finding ways to be one step ahead of your competition, you could build and market your business to give people a reason to choose you? What if you could completely reinvent a category or experience? What if you could stop trying to beat the competition, and become the competition?

'Difference' lifts the lid on how brands like Airbnb, Uber and Apple have succeeded by creating difference and gives you a new one-page method for reimagining your business and reinventing your marketing. It helps you to recognise opportunities that create value, to develop products and services that people want, and to matter to your customers.

Hacking Leadership [EPUB]

Hacking Leadership [EPUB]
Hacking Leadership: The 11 Gaps Every Business Needs to Close and the Secrets to Closing Them Quickly by Mike Myatt
2013 | EPUB | 3.0MB

Hacking Leadership is Mike Myatt's latest leadership book written for leaders at every level. Leadership isn't broken, but how it's currently being practiced certainly is. Everyone has blind spots. The purpose of Hacking Leadership is to equip leaders at every level with an actionable framework to identify blind spots and close leadership gaps. The bulk of the book is based on actionable, topical leadership and management hacks to bridge eleven gaps every business needs to cross in order to create a culture of leadership: leadership, purpose, future, mediocrity, culture, talent, knowledge, innovation, expectation, complexity, and failure. Each chapter:

  • Gives readers specific techniques to identify, understand, and most importantly, implement individual, team and organizational leadership hacks.
  • Addresses blind spots and leverage points most leaders and managers haven’t thought about, which left unaddressed, will adversely impact growth, development, and performance. All leaders have blind-spots (gaps), which often go undetected for years or decades, and sadly, even when identified the methods for dealing with them are outdated and ineffective – they need to be hacked.

Showcases case studies from the author’s consulting practice, serving as a confidant with more than 150 public company CEOs. Some of those corporate clients include: AT&T, Bank of America, Deloitte, EMC, Humana, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, Merrill Lynch, PepsiCo, and other leading global brands.

Hacking Leadership offers a fresh perspective that makes it easy for leaders to create a roadmap to identify, refine, develop, and achieve their leadership potential--and to create a more effective business that is financially solvent and professionally desirable.

Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams [EPUB]

Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams [EPUB]
Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams: How You and Your Team Get Unstuck to Get Results by Roger M Schwarz
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.15/1.24MB

A proven approach for helping leaders and teams work together to achieve better decisions, greater commitment, and stronger results

More than ever, effective leadership requires us to work as a team, but many leaders struggle to get the results they need. When stakes are high, you can't get great results by just changing what you do. You also need to change how you think. Organizational psychologist and leadership consultant Roger Schwarz applies his 30+ years of experience working with leadership teams to reveal how leaders can drastically improve results by changing their individual and team mindset.

  • Provides practical guidance to help teams increase decision quality, decrease implementation time, foster innovation, get commitment, reduce costs and increase trust
  • Outlines 5 core values leadership teams can adopt to exponentially improve results

Get the results you and your team need. Start by applying the practical wisdom of Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams.

Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology [EPUB]

Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology [EPUB]
Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology by by Peter Lucas, Joe Ballay, Mickey McManus
2012 | EPUB | 2.8MB

We are facing a future of unbounded complexity. Whether that complexity is harnessed to build a world that is safe, pleasant, humane and profitable, or whether it causes us to careen off a cliff into an abyss of mind-numbing junk is an open question. The challenges and opportunities--technical, business, and human--that this technological sea change will bring are without precedent. Entire industries will be born and others will be laid to ruin as our society navigates this journey.

There are already many more computing devices in the world than there are people. In a few more years, their number will climb into the trillions. We put microprocessors into nearly every significant thing that we manufacture, and the cost of routine computing and storage is rapidly becoming negligible. We have literally permeated our world with computation. But more significant than mere numbers is the fact we are quickly figuring out how to make those processors communicate with each other, and with us. We are about to be faced, not with a trillion isolated devices, but with a trillion-node network: a network whose scale and complexity will dwarf that of today’s Internet. And, unlike the Internet, this will be a network not of computation that we use, but of computation that we live in.

Written by the leaders of one of America’s leading pervasive computing design firms, this book gives a no-holds-barred insiders’ account of both the promise and the risks of the age of Trillions. It is also a cautionary tale of the head-in-the-sand attitude with which many of today’s thought-leaders are at present approaching these issues. Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology is a field guide to the future--designed to help businesses and their customers prepare to prosper, in the information.

Cyber War Will Not Take Place [EPUB]

Cyber War Will Not Take Place [EPUB]
Cyber War Will Not Take Place by Thomas Rid
2013 | EPUB | 1.94MB

"Cyber war is coming," announced a land-mark RAND report in 1993. In 2005, the U.S. Air Force boasted it would now fly, fight, and win in cyberspace, the "fifth domain" of warfare. This book takes stock, twenty years on: is cyber war really coming? Has war indeed entered the fifth domain?

Cyber War Will Not Take Place cuts through the hype and takes a fresh look at cyber security. Thomas Rid argues that the focus on war and winning distracts from the real challenge of cyberspace: non-violent confrontation that may rival or even replace violence in surprising ways.

The threat consists of three different vectors: espionage, sabotage, and subversion. The author traces the most significant hacks and attacks, exploring the full spectrum of case studies from the shadowy world of computer espionage and weaponised code. With a mix of technical detail and rigorous political analysis, the book explores some key questions: What are cyber weapons? How have they changed the meaning of violence? How likely and how dangerous is crowd-sourced subversive activity? Why has there never been a lethal cyber attack against a country's critical infrastructure? How serious is the threat of "pure" cyber espionage, of exfiltrating data without infiltrating humans first? And who is most vulnerable: which countries, industries, individuals?

The Language of Life [Audiobook]

The Language of Life [Audiobook]
The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine [Audiobook] by Francis S Collins, read by Greg Itzin
2010 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 44 mins | 295.63MB

From New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned doctor and geneticist Francis Collins, a book that will forever change how you think about your body, your health, and the future of medicine.

A scientific and medical revolution has crept up on us, based on study after study, from hundreds of laboratories around the world. It is no longer just a theoretical shift: every one of us will be touched by it, and many of us already have been. The meaning of disease, our understanding of the human body, and crucial decisions about what we all need to know and what choices we make about our health are at stake. Welcome to the new world of personalized medicine.

Twenty-one million Americans are affected by 6,000 so-called rare and orphan diseases, many of which are primarily attributable to misspelled genes. And virtually all diseases have a significant hereditary component. There have been many stories in the media about women who are testing to see if they have a mutation that leads to breast cancer, or family members who are strongly at risk for heart disease or Huntington's disease. Yet the revolution is much more fundamental than this: diabetes, heart disease, the common cancers, mental illness, asthma, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and more—all of these diseases are having their secrets unlocked. Now, with a simple home test, costing a few hundred dollars, you can learn the secrets of your own DNA.

Francis Collins has been at the forefront of this revolution. He was, for fifteen years, the head of the international Human Genome Project, and he now serves as the Director of the National Institutes of Health. He knows, better than anyone, how widespread are the misperceptions about human genetics. Just in the past decade, most of what you think you know about DNA has been overturned. Much of the advice given routinely by health care providers is ill informed, so you need to educate yourself about this rapidly moving area of medicine. You are guaranteed to face some surprises, and some difficult choices about personal knowledge, treatment, and family risk.

Yet this book is overwhelmingly hopeful and inspiring, offering helpful advice in every chapter. Nearly every day, diseases that were barely understood, or completely misunderstood, are being redefined. Families that faced common problems, without hope, are now discovering a new world of understanding, treatment, and prevention. You owe it to yourself to learn about your DNA: how it works, what it reveals, and the benefits and limits of this new knowledge.

Women Heroes of World War II [EPUB]

Women Heroes of World War II [EPUB]
Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue by Kathryn J Atwood
2011 | EPUB | 2.19MB

Noor Inayat Khan was the first female radio operator sent into occupied France and transferred crucial messages. Johtje Vos, a Dutch housewife, hid Jews in her home and repeatedly outsmarted the Gestapo. Law student Hannie Schaft became involved in the most dangerous resistance work--sabotage, weapons transference, and assassinations. In these pages, readers will meet these and many other similarly courageous women and girls who risked their lives to help defeat the Nazis.

Twenty-six engaging and suspense-filled stories unfold from across Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, and the United States, providing an inspiring reminder of women and girls’ refusal to sit on the sidelines around the world and throughout history.

An overview of World War II and summaries of each country’s entrance and involvement in the war provide a framework for better understanding each woman’s unique circumstances, and resources for further learning follow each profile. Women Heroes of World War II is an invaluable addition to any student’s or history buff’s bookshelf.

Home Front Girl [EPUB]

Home Front Girl [EPUB]
Home Front Girl: A Diary of Love, Literature, and Growing Up in Wartime America by Joan Wehlen Morrison, edited by Susan Signe Morrison
2012 | EPUB | 1.97MB
Wednesday, December 10, 1941
“Hitler speaks to Reichstag tomorrow. We just heard the first casualty lists over the radio. . . . Lots of boys from Michigan and Illinois. Oh my God! . . . Life goes on though. We read our books in the library and eat lunch, bridge, etc. Phy. Sci. and Calculus. Darn Descartes. Reading Walt Whitman now.”

This diary of a smart, astute, and funny teenager provides a fascinating record of what an everyday American girl felt and thought during the Depression and the lead-up to World War II. Young Chicagoan Joan Wehlen describes her daily life growing up in the city and ruminates about the impending war, daily headlines, and major touchstones of the era—FDR’s radio addresses, the Lindbergh kidnapping, Goodbye Mr. Chips and Citizen Kane, Churchill and Hitler, war work and Red Cross meetings. Included are Joan’s charming doodles of her latest dress or haircut reflective of the era. Home Front Girl is not only an entertaining and delightful read but an important primary source—a vivid account of a real American girl’s lived experiences.

Assault Crossing: The River Seine 1944 [EPUB]

Assault Crossing: The River Seine 1944 [EPUB]
Assault Crossing: The River Seine 1944 by Ken Ford
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 6.69/7.76MB

The assault crossing of the River Seine by the British 43rd (Wessex) Division in August 1944 remains one of the most important operations of the closing stages of the Second World War. Once the obstacle of the great river had been overcome, General Horrocks unleashed the armor of XXX Corps on their historic dash across northern France and Belgium.

Assault Crossing: The River Seine 1944 – Ken Ford’s classic account of this critical battle - is the story of one British division pitted against one German division. On one side, a fully equipped, battle-hardened unit made up of soldiers from the ancient Kingdom of Wessex, backed by some of the best artillery in the world and supported by tanks. On the other side, a much-depleted, second-rate, static division of men of various nationalities conscripted to fight a war for Germany that was already lost. On paper the British were assured of success, but between the two opposing armies lay the Seine – 680 feet of open water, overlooked by high chalk cliffs riddle with defensive strong points. The Germans were waiting.

In hindsight, the battle was described as an epic operation and used as an example to train future generations of soldiers. In reality, as with most battles, it was something of a shambles, lurching from crisis to crisis until the eventual bridgehead was secured.

In his graphic narrative Ken Ford gives a fascinating insight into the planning of the operation and the confusion of the battlefield, and he records, using eyewitness testimony, what the battle was really like for the soldiers who were there.

Forgotten Voices of D-Day [EPUB]

Forgotten Voices of D-Day [EPUB]
Forgotten Voices of D-Day: A Powerful New History of the Normandy Landings in the Words of Those Who Were There by Roderick Bailey
2010 | EPUB | 5.55MB

6 June 1944: the day Allied forces crossed the Channel and began fighting their way into Nazi-occupied Northwest Europe. Initiated by airborne units and covered by air and naval bombardment, the Normandy landings were the most ambitious combined airborne and amphibious assault ever attempted. Their success marked the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany.

Drawing on thousands of hours of eyewitness testimony recorded by the Imperial War Museum, Forgotten Voices of D-Day tells the compelling story of this turning point in World War 2. Hearing from paratroopers and commandos, glider pilots and landing craft crewmen, airmen and naval personnel, we learn first-hand what it was like as men waited to go in, as they neared the beaches and drop zones, and as they landed and met the enemy. Accounts range from memories of the daring capture of 'Pegasus' bridge by British glider-bourn troops to recollections of brutal fighting as the assault forces stormed the beaches.

Featuring a mass of previously unpublished material, Forgotten Voices of D-Day is a powerful and important new record of a defining moment in modern history.

Valor in Vietnam [EPUB]

Valor in Vietnam [EPUB]
Valor in Vietnam: Chronicles of Honor, Courage and Sacrifice: 1963 - 1977 by Allen Clark
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 6.62/6.85MB

Every war continues to dwell in the lives it touched, in the lives of those living through that time, and in those absorbed by its historical significance. The Vietnam War lives on—famously or infamously, depending on political points of view—but those who have “been there, done that” have a highly personalized window on their time of that history. Valor in Vietnam focuses on nineteen stories of Vietnam, stories of celebrated figures in the veteran community, compelling war narratives, vignettes of battles, and the emotional impact on the combatants. It is replete with leadership lessons and valuable insights that are just as applicable today as they were forty years ago.

This is an anecdotal history of America’s war in Vietnam composed of firsthand narratives by Vietnam War veterans presented in chronological order. They are intense, emotional, and highly personal stories. Connecting each of them is a brief historical commentary of that period of the war, the geography of the story, and the contemporary strategy written by Lewis Sorley, West Point class of 1956, and author of A Better War and Westmoreland.

With a foreword by Lt. Gen. Dave R. Palmer, US Army (Ret.), Valor in Vietnam presents an overview of the war through the eyes of participants in each branch of service and throughout the entire course of the war. Simply put, their stories serve to reflect the commitment, honor, and dedication with which America’s veterans performed their service.

Shake Hands with the Devil [EPUB]

Shake Hands with the Devil [EPUB]
Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by by Romeo Dallaire
2008 | EPUB | 2.26MB

When Lieutenant General Roméo Dallaire received the call to serve as force commander of the UN mission to Rwanda, he thought he was heading off to Africa to help two warring parties achieve a peace both sides wanted. Instead, he and members of his small international force were caught up in a vortex of civil war and genocide. Dallaire left Rwanda a broken man; disillusioned, suicidal, and determined to tell his story.

An award-winning international sensation, Shake Hands with the Devil is a landmark contribution to the literature of war: a remarkable tale of a soldier's courage and an unforgettable portrait of modern warfare. It is also a stinging indictment of the petty bureaucrats who refused to give Dallaire the men and the operational freedom he needed to stop the killing. 'I know there is a God,' Dallaire writes, 'because in Rwanda I shook hands with the devil. I have seen him, I have smelled him and I have touched him. I know the devil exists and therefore I know there is a God.'

The Fate of Africa [Audiobook]

The Fate of Africa [Audiobook]
The Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence [Audiobook] by Martin Meredith, read by Fleet Cooper
2014 | MP3@32 kbps + EPUB | 29 hrs 21 mins | 403.88MB

First published in 2005, The Fate of Africa was hailed by reviewers as “A masterpiece. . . The nonfiction book of the year” (The New York Post); “a magnificent achievement” (Weekly Standard); “a joy,” (Wall Street Journal) and “one of the decade’s most important works on Africa” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

Now Martin Meredith has revised this classic history to incorporate important recent developments, including the Darfur crisis in Sudan, Robert Mugabe’s continued destructive rule in Zimbabwe, controversies over Western aid and exploitation of Africa’s resources, the growing importance and influence of China, and the democratic movement roiling the North African countries of Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan.

The Tyranny of Experts [EPUB]

The Tyranny of Experts [EPUB]
The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor by William Easterly
2014 | EPUB | 1.21MB

Over the last century, global poverty has largely been viewed as a technical problem that merely requires the right “expert” solutions. Yet all too often, experts recommend solutions that fix immediate problems without addressing the systemic political factors that created them in the first place. Further, they produce an accidental collusion with “benevolent autocrats,” leaving dictators with yet more power to violate the rights of the poor.

In The Tyranny of Experts, economist William Easterly, bestselling author of The White Man’s Burden, traces the history of the fight against global poverty, showing not only how these tactics have trampled the individual freedom of the world’s poor, but how in doing so have suppressed a vital debate about an alternative approach to solving poverty: freedom. Presenting a wealth of cutting-edge economic research, Easterly argues that only a new model of development—one predicated on respect for the individual rights of people in developing countries, that understands that unchecked state power is the problem and not the solution —will be capable of ending global poverty once and for all.

Aid on the Edge of Chaos [EPUB]

Aid on the Edge of Chaos [EPUB]
Aid on the Edge of Chaos: Rethinking International Cooperation in a Complex World by Ben Ramalingam
2014 | EPUB + MOBI | 6.36/5.97MB

It is widely recognised that the foreign aid system - of which every country in the world is a part - is in need of drastic overhaul. There are conflicting opinions as to what should be done. Some call for dramatic increases to achieve longstanding promises. Others bang the drum for cutting it altogether, and suggest putting the fate of poor and vulnerable people in the hands of markets or business. A few argue that what is needed is creative, innovative transformation. The arguments in Aid on the Edge of Chaos are firmly in the third of these categories.

In this ground-breaking book, Ben Ramalingam shows that the linear, mechanistic models and assumptions that foreign aid is built on are more at home in early twentieth century industry than in the dynamic, complex world we face today.

The reality is that economies and societies are less like machines and more like ecosystems. Aid on the Edge of Chaos explores how thinkers and practitioners in economics, business, and public policy have started to embrace new, ecologically literate approaches to thinking and acting, informed by the ideas of complex adaptive systems research. It showcases insights, experiences, and dramatic results of a growing network of practitioners, researchers, and policy makers who are applying a complexity-informed approach to aid challenges.

From transforming approaches to child malnutrition, to rethinking process of macroeconomic growth, from rural Vietnam to urban Columbia, Aid on the Edge of Chaos shows how embracing the ideas of complex systems thinking can help make foreign aid more relevant, more appropriate, more innovative, and more catalytic. It argues that taking on these ideas will be a vital part of the transformation of aid, from a post-WW2 mechanism of resource transfer, to a truly innovative and dynamic form of global cooperation fit for the twenty-first century.

The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter [EPUB]

The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter [EPUB]
The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter: A Portrait of Descartes by Steven Nadler
2013 | EPUB | 5.18MB

In the Louvre museum hangs a portrait of a middle-aged man with long dark hair, a mustache, and heavy-lidded eyes, and he is dressed in the starched white collar and black coat of the typical Dutch burgher. The painting is now the iconic image of René Descartes, the great seventeenth-century French philosopher. And the painter of the work? The Dutch master Frans Hals--or so it was long believed, until the work was downgraded to a copy of an original. But where, then, is the authentic version located, and who painted it? Is the man in the painting--and in its original--really Descartes?

A unique combination of philosophy, biography, and art history, The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter investigates the remarkable individuals and circumstances behind a small portrait. Through this image--and the intersecting lives of a brilliant philosopher, a Catholic priest, and a gifted painter--Steven Nadler opens up a fascinating portal into Descartes's life and times, skillfully presenting an accessible introduction to Descartes's philosophical and scientific ideas, and an illuminating tour of the volatile political and religious environment of the Dutch Golden Age. As Nadler shows, Descartes's innovative ideas about the world, about human nature and knowledge, and about philosophy itself, stirred great controversy. Philosophical and theological critics vigorously opposed his views, and civil and ecclesiastic authorities condemned his writings. Nevertheless, Descartes's thought came to dominate the philosophical world of the period, and can rightly be called the philosophy of the seventeenth century.

Shedding light on a well-known image, The Philosopher, the Priest, and the Painter offers an engaging exploration of a celebrated philosopher's world and work.

People, Parasites, and Plowshares [EPUB]

People, Parasites, and Plowshares [EPUB]
People, Parasites, and Plowshares: Learning From Our Body's Most Terrifying Invaders by Dickson D Despommier
2013 | EPUB | 12.4MB

Dickson D. Despommier's vivid, visceral account of the biology, behavior, and history of parasites follows the interplay between these fascinating life forms and human society over thousands of years. Despommier focuses on long-term host-parasite associations, which have evolved to avoid or even subvert the human immune system. Some parasites do great damage to their hosts, while others have signed a kind of "peace treaty" in exchange for their long lives within them. Many parasites also practice clever survival strategies that medical scientists hope to mimic as they search for treatments for Crohn's disease, food allergies, type 1 diabetes, organ transplantation, and other medical challenges.

Despommier concentrates on particularly remarkable and often highly pathogenic organisms, describing their lifecycles and the mechanisms they use to avoid elimination. He details their attack and survival plans and the nature of the illnesses they cause in general terms, enabling readers of all backgrounds to steal a glimpse into the secret work of such effective invaders. He also points to the cultural contexts in which these parasites thrive and reviews the current treatments available to defeat them. Encouraging scientists to continue to study these organisms even if their threat is largely contained, Despommier shows how closer dissection of the substances parasites produce to alter our response to them could help unravel some of our most complex medical conundrums.

Innovation Generation [EPUB]

Innovation Generation [EPUB]
Innovation Generation: How to Produce Creative and Useful Scientific Ideas by Roberta B Ness
2012 | EPUB | 2.16MB

Whether you are a student or an established scientist, researcher, or engineer, you can learn to be more innovative. In Innovation Generation, internationally renowned physician and scientist Roberta Ness provides all the tools you need to cast aside your habitual ways of navigating the every-day world and to think "outside the box."

Based on an extraordinarily successful program at the University of Texas, this book provides proven techniques to expand your ability to generate original ideas. These tools include analogy, expanding assumptions, pulling questions apart, changing your point of view, reversing your thinking, and getting the most out of multidisciplinary groups, to name a few. Woven into the discussion are engaging stories of famous scientists who found fresh paths to innovation, including groundbreaking primate scientist Jane Goodall, father of lead research Herb Needleman, and physician Ignaz Semmelweis, whose discovery of infection control saved millions.

Finally, the book shows how to combine your newly acquired skills in innovative thinking with the normal process of scientific thinking, so that your new abilities are more than playthings. Innovation will power your science.

The Oligarchs [Audiobook]

The Oligarchs [Audiobook]
The Oligarchs: Wealth And Power In The New Russia [Audiobook] by David E Hoffman, read by Steve Coulter
2014 | MP3@32 kbps + EPUB | 22 hrs 50 mins | 314.0MB

A brilliant investigative marrative: How six average Soviet men rose to the pinnacle of Russia's battered economy. David Hoffman, former Moscow bureau chief for The Washington Post, sheds light onto the hidden lives of Russia's most feared power brokers: the oligarchs. Focusing on six of these ruthless men Hoffman reveals how a few players managed to take over Russia's cash-strapped economy and then divvy it up in loans-for-shares deals. Before perestroika, these men were normal Soviet citizens, stuck in a dead-end system, claustrophobic apartments, and long bread lines. But as Communism loosened, they found gaps in the economy and reaped huge fortunes by getting their hands on fast money. They were entrepreneurs. As the government weakened and their businesses flourished, they grew greedier. Now the stakes were higher. The state was auctioning off its own assets to the highest bidder.

The tycoons go on wild borrowing sprees, taking billions of dollars from gullible western lenders. Meanwhile, Russia is building up a debt bomb. When the ruble finally collapses and Russia defaults, the tycoons try to save themselves by hiding their assets and running for cover. They turn against one another as each one faces a stark choice - annihilate or be annihilated. The story of the old Russia was spies, dissidents, and missiles. This is the new Russia, where civil society and the rule of law have little or no meaning.