The Trader's Guide to the Euro Area [PDF]

The Trader's Guide to the Euro Area [PDF]
The Trader's Guide to the Euro Area: Economic Indicators, the ECB and the Euro Crisis by David J Powell
2013 | PDF | 2.67MB

The euro area remains in a state of flux and appears to be unsustainable in its present form. The outcome of the crisis may be unknown for years and a judgement on the project’s success or failure may be out of reach for decades.

In the meantime, analysts, portfolio managers and traders will still have daily, weekly, quarterly and annual benchmarks. They will have to analyze economic developments in the euro area and their impacts on financial assets. The objective of this book is to provide a framework for that analysis that is comprehensible to most financial market participants.

The book begins with a focus on coincident and leading economic indicators for the euro area. The following section looks at euro-area institutions. The next chapter focuses on the euro crisis. It attempts to provide an explanation of its origins and a glimpse of the potential outcomes. In addition, the tools needed to analyze the crisis as it evolves are presented. The last sections provide information unique to the economies of Germany, France, the U.K., Switzerland, Sweden and Norway.

Demand-Driven Inventory Optimization and Replenishment [PDF]

Demand-Driven Inventory Optimization and Replenishment [PDF]
Demand-Driven Inventory Optimization and Replenishment: Creating a More Efficient Supply Chain by Robert A Davis
2013 | PDF | 21.73MB

What will it take to transform your complex supply chain into a more demand-driven supply chain network, especially in the current turbulent economy? How can your business leverage inventory optimization to reduce not just inventory carrying costs but also waste and working capital?

Demand-Driven Inventory Optimization and Replenishment presents the fundamentals of inventory optimization to help you as a prac-titioner attain a demand-driven supply chain, revealing why today's inventory systems don't make the most of their supply chain and how faulty replenishment processes can lead to wasted time and effort.

Drawing on his many years of experience and well-recognized expertise in the supply chain field, author Robert Davis offers the definitive look at demand-driven inventory optimization and replenishment, from a review of the most basic inventory management concepts to the more advanced, such as multi-echelon inventory management.

Demand-Driven Inventory Optimization and Replenishment includes insightful guidance, helpful suggestions, and practical examples, exploring:

  • How optimized inventory and replenishment can help overcome in-system weaknesses and deliver results
  • A historical view of the three major supply chain efforts of the last thirty years
  • The path to demand-driven supply
  • Making the shift from supply-driven to demand-driven methodologies
  • Creating islands of efficiency
  • Achieving timely and accurate responses to customer demand
  • Moving the focus away from "fast" replenishment to having the right inventory
  • How inventory optimization improves the ERP systems
  • The good, the bad, and the best of "proof of value" engagements
  • How inventory optimization works in the real world
  • Changing the playing field

Read Demand-Driven Inventory Optimization and Replenishment to prepare your business to become even more demand-driven.

The Manual of Ideas [EPUB]

The Manual of Ideas [PDF]
The Manual of Ideas: The Proven Framework for Finding the Best Value Investments by John Mihaljevic
2013 | EPUB + PDF | 2.56/3.9MB

The definitive source for value investing ideas from the brightest minds in the business

Considered an indispensable source for cutting-edge research and ideas among the world's top investment firms and money managers, the journal The Manual of Ideas boasts a list of subscribers that reads like a Who's Who of high finance. Serving as an "idea funnel" for the world's top money managers, the journal gives its subscribers a look inside the minds of the world's most successful value investors, revealing how they generate the bright ideas that lead to big profits.

Now, this book opens up The Manual of Ideas for every investor, providing a proven framework for finding, analyzing, and implementing the best value investing opportunities. Based on interviews with more than 100 top fund managers, this gold mine of wisdom gives you unique access to the thought processes of such super value investors as Warren Buffett, Glenn Greenberg, and Joel Greenblatt.

The Manual of Ideas includes:

  • Reviews of more than twenty pre-qualified investment ideas, providing an original ranking methodology to help you zero-in on the three to five most compelling investments available
  • A variety of idea-generation techniques from the wizards of value investing, such as Ben Graham's "Cigar Butt" strategy and Joel Greenblatt's "Magic Formula" technique for finding good and cheap stocks
  • Other techniques, including strategies for finding companies with hidden assets, investing in small- and micro-cap stocks, event-driven investing, equity stubs, and international value investing
  • And much more

Great ideas are the lifeblood of investing and the exclusive focus of The Manual of Ideas. Look inside and learn how to generate your own new and profitable value investing ideas.

Family Enterprise [PDF]

Family Enterprise [PDF]
Family Enterprise: Understanding Families in Business and Families of Wealth by The Family Firm Institute Inc
2013 | PDF | 16.04MB

Accounting for between 65 and 85 percent of all business worldwide, family enterprises are crucial drivers of both the prosperity of nations and the global economy as a whole. Coming in all shapes and sizes—ranging from corporate giants such as Walmart, Samsung, and Tata, to countless small to medium-sized companies—family enterprises cut across all industry sectors. And, while no two businesses are exactly alike, and each company has its unique structural, operational, and cultural nuances, when it comes to family-owned enterprises, there is an additional layer of complexity that demands a specialized knowledge and skill set from those who seek to advise and guide them.

Written for the professional who works with family enterprises, either from within or outside of their client companies, this book provides an extremely well-informed look at the complexion of the contemporary family enterprise and its unique functional and behavioral realities. Just as important, it arms readers with a set of powerful analytical, planning, and implementation tools developed by The Family Firm Institute—a global network of professionals, educators, researchers, and family business owners—that are applicable to all types of family enterprise.

With the help of numerous real-world examples, self-assessments, and high-quality graphics, the authors provide in-depth coverage of:

  • Classic family enterprise systems—family, ownership and enterprise
  • Governance in family enterprises, with a focus on family councils and ownership forums
  • Key behavioral/psychological characteristics of family enterprises
  • Important theoretical approaches to enterprise study, with an emphasis on systems theory
  • Analytical models for family enterprises, including the three-circle model, the developmental model, and the balance point model
  • Information specific to the full range of legal, finance, behavioral, and other specialists who work with family enterprises
  • Guidelines for taking a multidisciplinary team approach to the challenges and opportunities facing family enterprises in the global economy

To help you test and fine-tune your grasp of the concepts and skills outlined, the final chapter features case studies of three family enterprises, each with its own distinctive family makeup and challenges. In each case, you are tasked with resolving an issue from the perspective of your professional speciality.

Offering a powerful approach to understanding, assessing, and working with family enterprises, this is an indispensable resource for all professionals who consult and advise family-owned companies, as well as family office and fund managers.

Foreign Exchange Operations [PDF]

Foreign Exchange Operations [PDF]
Foreign Exchange Operations: Master Trading Agreements, Settlement, and Collateral by David F DeRosa
2013 | PDF | 11.16MB

The volumes traded on the international foreign exchange market are huge, exceeding $4 trillion daily, far surpassing those of all other portions of the international capital market. Yet there is surprisingly little written to help professionals who want to learn about foreign exchange and to gain proficiency in the mechanics of trading in this important market. Even less has been written to explain the mechanics of foreign exchange operations, how money flows, and how the settlement process works.

Traders, operations personnel, hedge fund managers, investment bankers, financial managers, attorneys, and financial regulators will all find this volume indispensable for understanding what happens behind the scenes between the execution of a trade and its settlement.

David DeRosa, a veteran of financial markets, explains how the foreign exchange market conducts trading and operations. He addresses the practical considerations of how market participants contract with one another to do trading and operations, conduct margin and credit, and undertake foreign exchange prime brokerage services.

DeRosa's work is immensely practical. Understanding the operations process helps control costs, minimize errors, and to some extent preclude fraud. DeRosa's explanation of operational conventions and their development also reveals the story of how the foreign exchange market grew and developed over the last four decades: a largely ignored but important corner of financial history.

Foreign Exchange Operations walks the reader through all practical aspects of foreign exchange operations, from trade execution to documentation to trade confirmation. It focuses on the processes by which foreign exchange trades are settled using real time gross settlement systems. The later chapters focus on the legal and financial superstructure of the market, including master agreements, margin and collateral practices, and foreign exchange prime brokerage. DeRosa provides concrete examples to illustrate market practice, including more than 100 exhibits that contain real-world examples of trades, confirmations, settlement instructions, and other key documents.

Some of the main topics include:

  • The structure of the foreign exchange market
  • Quotation and trading conventions
  • Currencies, exchange rates, and exchange rate controls
  • Foreign exchange deals, including spot, forward, and non-deliverable forwards
  • Foreign currency options, both vanilla and exotic options
  • How foreign exchange trades are executed and confirmed
  • Trade settlements, including payment systems, DTNS, RTGS, and CLS Bank
  • Master agreements—the primary contracts that bind counterparties
  • Uses of credit, margin, and collateral in foreign exchange trading
  • Foreign exchange prime brokerage

Breakthrough Strategies for Predicting Any Market [PDF]

Breakthrough Strategies for Predicting Any Market [PDF]
Breakthrough Strategies for Predicting Any Market: Charting Elliott Wave, Lucas, Fibonacci, Gann, and Time for Profit, 2nd Edition by Jeff Greenblatt
2013 | PDF | 14.58MB

Although it may sound counterintuitive, the ability to forget about profits and focus on an ever-changing pattern-recognition process can allow you to successfully trade almost any market.

Nobody understands this better than author Jeff Greenblatt—a private trader and Director of Lucas Wave International, LLC. Now, in the Second Edition of Breakthrough Strategies for Predicting Any Market, Greenblatt returns to share his newfound insights on one of the most innovative technical trading approaches you'll ever encounter.

Remaining true to the widely acclaimed first edition's mission, this reliable resource shows how incorporating the time dimension of the markets into already established trading tools can put you in a better position to capture consistent profits. While most chapters from the previous edition—including those on Elliott wave, Candlesticks, Lucas series, and Fibonacci—have been enhanced, new chapters on Gann's square of Nine, price and time symmetry, Andrew's Pitchfork, and psychology will continue to increase the number of opportunities you can capitalize on through the recognition of important market turns.

In this latest edition, Greenblatt skillfully demonstrates some of the cutting-edge strategies he uses as leading indicators of market direction as opposed to lagging indicators implemented in conventional analysis. The idea is to build a bridge for those who want to wean themselves off lagging indicators and learn to master markets from a purely pattern-recognition perspective. Along the way, you'll gain valuable insights on understanding the bigger picture of the market and then scaling down to your individual micro trading opportunities.

No matter what markets you're involved in, the fact is there are no shortcuts to successful trading. You need patience and a lot of practice. Filled with detailed case studies and illustrative charts, the Second Edition of Breakthrough Strategies for Predicting Any Market explores an effective approach to trading that will give you a better sense of how financial markets really work and help you gain greater precision in any instrument you trade—during almost any time frame.

The Master Trader: Birinyi's Secrets to Understanding the Market [PDF]

The Master Trader: Birinyi's Secrets to Understanding the Market [PDF]
The Master Trader: Birinyi's Secrets to Understanding the Market by Laszlo Birinyi
2013 | PDF | 25.43MB

"Trading is a game," asserts veteran market analyst and industry legend Laszlo Birinyi in The Master Trader: Birinyi's Secrets to Understanding the Market. And "like all games, there are winners and losers. Hopefully, you will emerge a winner by understanding the reality of today's markets and being aware of the land mines and pitfalls."

For more than forty years, Laszlo Birinyi has been one of the financial world's leading voices—a brilliant trader, prognosticator, and unique personality unafraid to speak hard truths that rattle the cages of Wall Street. Now, in The Master Trader, this Wall $treet Week Hall of Famer gives us a frank, entertaining, and highly applicable road map to navigate a stock market riddled with potholes of misinformation.

In The Master Trader, Birinyi debunks widely accepted, but often faulty, financial advice through hard, realistic scrutiny of financial analysts, experts, academics, and even Nobel Prize winners. He emphasizes the marketing incentives that too often override truthfulness in the stock market, befuddling investors and leading to overwhelming economic strain.

With a thorough but no-nonsense tone, Birinyi exposes technical analysis and its potential for failure, demystifies the business protocol of Wall Street, and deciphers trading indicators, anecdotal data, and price gaps. Brimming with insider strategies and personal trading vignettes, The Master Trader addresses:

  • Market changes that will likely occur as Spyders adjust in pre-trading
  • Techniques for predicting the future success of a stock that reports better than expected earnings
  • Methods for determining when to buy or sell stock
  • The real function of money flows as a fundamental input instead of a technical indicator
  • How to use magazines and newspapers, which are actually databases in disguise, to your advantage
  • The futility of stock market research as an indicator of the future instead of an assessment of the past

Combining case studies and real data with Birinyi's fearless insights and trademark wit, The Master Trader is a rare window into the mind of a master. Read this book less as a cheat sheet for making money than a guide to not losing it. In today's struggling economy, that may be enough to come out on top.

The Innovator's Path [PDF]

The Innovator's Path [PDF]
The Innovator's Path: How Individuals, Teams, and Organizations Can Make Innovation Business-as-Usual by Madge M Meyer
2013 | PDF | 4.64MB

What do successful business innovators know that many do not? Why does innovative thinking flourish in some environments yet wither away in others? Discover the key disciplines for shifting today's "business-as-usual" thinking and practices onto the terrain of The Innovator's Path.

Executive and thought leader Madge Meyer has achieved an extraordinary number of game-changing and award-winning results at several high-performing global corporations. In The Innovator's Path, she shares her distinctive insights, proven practices, and an eight-discipline framework for managing the risks and rewards of change to create business value and attain a competitive advantage. You will learn the principles behind each discipline and how to instill the practices into every level of your organization. There are many exemplary innovation leaders across diverse industries who illustrate her disciplines, contributing their fascinating stories and lessons learned.

The eight disciplines of innovation move beyond conventional thinking to establish higher standards for what is meant by:

  • Listen—perceiving a hidden wealth of insight and information
  • Lead—inspiring others to achieve beyond their expectations
  • Position—defining an agile, strategic road map toward the future
  • Promote—conveying the value of your innovations and your brand
  • Connect—reaching and achieving across and beyond traditional boundaries
  • Commit—replacing fear of failure with calculated risk-taking
  • Execute—delivering customer-focused business results, quickly and measurably
  • Evolve—relentlessly accelerating the pace and challenging complacency

Read The Innovator's Path and discover how your organization can create and sustain a phenomenal journey to the future.

Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991: A History [EPUB]

Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991: A History [EPUB]
Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991: A History by Orlando Figes
2014 | EPUB | 613.82KB

From the author of A People’s Tragedy, an original reading of the Russian Revolution, examining it not as a single event but as a hundred-year cycle of violence in pursuit of utopian dreams

In this elegant and incisive account, Orlando Figes offers an illuminating new perspective on the Russian Revolution. While other historians have focused their examinations on the cataclysmic years immediately before and after 1917, Figes shows how the revolution, while it changed in form and character, nevertheless retained the same idealistic goals throughout, from its origins in the famine crisis of 1891 until its end with the collapse of the Soviet regime in 1991.

Figes traces three generational phases: Lenin and the Bolsheviks, who set the pattern of destruction and renewal until their demise in the terror of the 1930s; the Stalinist generation, promoted from the lower classes, who created the lasting structures of the Soviet regime and consolidated its legitimacy through victory in war; and the generation of 1956, shaped by the revelations of Stalin’s crimes and committed to “making the Revolution work” to remedy economic decline and mass disaffection. Until the very end of the Soviet system, its leaders believed they were carrying out the revolution Lenin had begun.

With the authority and distinctive style that have marked his magisterial histories, Figes delivers an accessible and paradigm-shifting reconsideration of one of the defining events of the twentieth century.

A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924 [PDF]

A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924 [PDF]
A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924 by Orlando Figes
1998 | PDF | 7.04MB

Written in a narrative style that captures both the scope and detail of the Russian revolution, Orlando Figes's history is certain to become one of the most important contemporary studies of Russia as it was at the beginning of the 20th century. With an almost cinematic eye, Figes captures the broad movements of war and revolution, never losing sight of the individuals whose lives make up his subject. He makes use of personal papers and personal histories to illustrate the effects the revolution wrought on a human scale, while providing a convincing and detailed understanding of the role of workers, peasants, and soldiers in the revolution. He moves deftly from topics such as the grand social forces and mass movements that made up the revolution to profiles of key personalities and representative characters.

Figes's themes of the Russian revolution as a tragedy for the Russian people as a whole and for the millions of individuals who lost their lives to the brutal forces it unleashed make sense of events for a new generation of students of Russian history. Sympathy for the charismatic leaders and ideological theorizing regarding Hegelian dialectics and Marxist economics--two hallmarks of much earlier writing on the Russian revolution--are banished from these clear-eyed, fair-minded pages of A People's Tragedy. The author's sympathy is squarely with the Russian people. That commitment, together with the benefit of historical hindsight, provides a standpoint Figes take full advantage of in this masterful history.

Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror [EPUB]

Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror [EPUB]
Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror by Robert Young Pelton
2006 | EPUB | 3.19MB

Robert Young Pelton first became aware of the phenomenon of hired guns in the War on Terror when he met a covert team of contractors on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border in the fall of 2003. Pelton soon embarked on a globe-spanning odyssey to penetrate and understand this shadowy world, ultimately delivering stunning insights into the way private soldiers are used.

Enter a blood-soaked world of South African mercenaries and tribal fighters backed by ruthless financiers. Drop into Baghdad’s Green Zone, strap on body armor, and take a daily high-speed ride with a doomed crew of security contractors who dodge car bombs and snipers just to get their charges to the airport. Share a drink in a chic hotel bar with wealthy owners of private armies who debate the best way to stay alive in war zones.

Licensed to Kill: Hired Guns in the War on Terror spans four continents and three years, taking us inside the CIA’s dirty wars; the brutal contractor murders in Fallujah and the Alamo-like sieges in Najaf and Al Kut; the Deep South contractor training camps where ex–Special Operations soldiers and even small town cops learn the ropes; the contractor conventions where macho attendees swap bullet-punctuated tales and discuss upcoming gigs; and the grim Central African prison where contractors turned failed mercenaries pay a steep price.

The United States has encouraged the use of the private sector in all facets of the War on Terror, placing contractors outside the bounds of functional legal constraints. With the shocking clarity that can come only from firsthand observation, Licensed to Kill painstakingly deconstructs the most controversial events and introduces the pivotal players. Most disturbingly, it shows that there are indeed thousands of contractors—with hundreds more being produced every month—who’ve been given a license to kill, their services available to the highest bidder.

An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain [EPUB]

An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain [EPUB]
An Alchemy of Mind: The Marvel and Mystery of the Brain by Diane Ackerman 2004 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.16/0.8MB

The most ambitious and enlightening work to date from the bestselling author of A Natural History of the Senses, An Alchemy of Mind combines an artist's eye with a scientist's erudition to illuminate, as never before, the magic and mysteries of the human mind.

Long treasured by literary readers for her uncommon ability to bridge the gap between art and science, celebrated scholar-artist Diane Ackerman returns with the book she was born to write. Her dazzling new work, An Alchemy of Mind, offers an unprecedented exploration and celebration of the mental fantasia in which we spend our days -- and does for the human mind what the bestselling A Natural History of the Senses did for the physical senses.

Bringing a valuable female perspective to the topic, Diane Ackerman discusses the science of the brain as only she can: with gorgeous, immediate language and imagery that paint an unusually lucid and vibrant picture for the reader. And in addition to explaining memory, thought, emotion, dreams, and language acquisition, she reports on the latest discoveries in neuroscience and addresses controversial subjects like the effects of trauma and male versus female brains. In prose that is not simply accessible but also beautiful and electric, Ackerman distills the hard, objective truths of science in order to yield vivid, heavily anecdotal explanations about a range of existential questions regarding consciousness, human thought, memory, and the nature of identity.

Missing Microbes [EPUB]

Missing Microbes [EPUB]
Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues by Martin J Blaser
2014 | EPUB | 359.53KB

A critically important and startling look at the harmful effects of overusing antibiotics, from the field's leading expert

Tracing one scientist’s journey toward understanding the crucial importance of the microbiome, this revolutionary book will take readers to the forefront of trail-blazing research while revealing the damage that overuse of antibiotics is doing to our health: contributing to the rise of obesity, asthma, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer. In Missing Microbes, Dr. Martin Blaser invites us into the wilds of the human microbiome where for hundreds of thousands of years bacterial and human cells have existed in a peaceful symbiosis that is responsible for the health and equilibrium of our body. Now, this invisible eden is being irrevocably damaged by some of our most revered medical advances—antibiotics—threatening the extinction of our irreplaceable microbes with terrible health consequences.

Taking us into both the lab and deep into the fields where these troubling effects can be witnessed firsthand, Blaser not only provides cutting edge evidence for the adverse effects of antibiotics, he tells us what we can do to avoid even more catastrophic health problems in the future.

Fly Me to the Moon [EPUB]

Fly Me to the Moon [EPUB]
Fly Me to the Moon: An Insider's Guide to the New Science of Space Travel by Edward Belbruno
2013 | EPUB | 3.94MB

When a leaf falls on a windy day, it drifts and tumbles, tossed every which way on the breeze. This is chaos in action. In Fly Me to the Moon, Edward Belbruno shows how to harness the same principle for low-fuel space travel--or, as he puts it, "surfing the gravitational field."

Belbruno devised one of the most exciting concepts now being used in space flight, that of swinging through the cosmos on the subtle fluctuations of the planets' gravitational pulls. His idea was met with skepticism until 1991, when he used it to get a stray Japanese satellite back on course to the Moon. The successful rescue represented the first application of chaos to space travel and ushered in an emerging new field.

Part memoir, part scientific adventure story, Fly Me to the Moon gives a gripping insider's account of that mission and of Belbruno's personal struggles with the science establishment. Along the way, Belbruno introduces readers to recent breathtaking advances in American space exploration. He discusses ways to capture and redirect asteroids; presents new research on the origin of the Moon; weighs in on discoveries like 2003 UB313 (now named Eris), a dwarf planet detected in the far outer reaches of our solar system--and much more.

Grounded in Belbruno's own rigorous theoretical research but written for a general audience, Fly Me to the Moon is for anybody who has ever felt moved by the spirit of discovery.

Neuroeconomics: Decision Making and the Brain, 2nd Edition [PDF]

Neuroeconomics: Decision Making and the Brain, 2nd Edition [PDF]
Neuroeconomics: Decision Making and the Brain, 2nd Edition edited by Paul W Glimcher, Ernst Fehr
2013 | PDF | 57.12MB

In the years since it first published, Neuroeconomics: Decision Making and the Brain has become the standard reference and textbook in the burgeoning field of neuroeconomics. The second edition, a nearly complete revision of this landmark book, will set a new standard. This new edition features five sections designed to serve as both classroom-friendly introductions to each of the major subareas in neuroeconomics, and as advanced synopses of all that has been accomplished in the last two decades in this rapidly expanding academic discipline.

The first of these sections provides useful introductions to the disciplines of microeconomics, the psychology of judgment and decision, computational neuroscience, and anthropology for scholars and students seeking interdisciplinary breadth. The second section provides an overview of how human and animal preferences are represented in the mammalian nervous systems. Chapters on risk, time preferences, social preferences, emotion, pharmacology, and common neural currencies—each written by leading experts—lay out the foundations of neuroeconomic thought. The third section contains both overview and in-depth chapters on the fundamentals of reinforcement learning, value learning, and value representation. The fourth section, “The Neural Mechanisms for Choice,” integrates what is known about the decision-making architecture into state-of-the-art models of how we make choices. The final section embeds these mechanisms in a larger social context, showing how these mechanisms function during social decision-making in both humans and animals.

The book provides a historically rich exposition in each of its chapters and emphasizes both the accomplishments and the controversies in the field. A clear explanatory style and a single expository voice characterize all chapters, making core issues in economics, psychology, and neuroscience accessible to scholars from all disciplines. The volume is essential reading for anyone interested in neuroeconomics in particular or decision making in general.

  • Editors and contributing authors are among the acknowledged experts and founders in the field, making this the authoritative reference for neuroeconomics
  • Suitable as an advanced undergraduate or graduate textbook as well as a thorough reference for active researchers
  • Introductory chapters on economics, psychology, neuroscience, and anthropology provide students and scholars from any discipline with the keys to understanding this interdisciplinary field
  • Detailed chapters on subjects that include reinforcement learning, risk, inter-temporal choice, drift-diffusion models, game theory, and prospect theory make this an invaluable reference
  • Full-color presentation throughout with numerous carefully selected illustrations to highlight key concepts

Words Can Change Your Brain [EPUB]

Words Can Change Your Brain [EPUB]
Words Can Change Your Brain: 12 Conversation Strategies to Build Trust, Resolve Conflict, and Increase Intimacy by Andrew Newberg, Mark Robert Waldman
2012 | EPUB | 3.36MB

Sometimes it feels as if the more we talk, the less we are heard. But Andrew Newberg, M.D., and Mark Robert Waldman have discovered a powerful strategy called Compassionate Communication that allows two brains to work together as one.

In twelve clear steps, Compassionate Communication actually changes the brain structure of both participants in a way that helps establish a mutual bond. Free from conflict and distrust, we can communicate more effectively, listen more deeply, and collaborate without effort. Outlining the science, the strategies, and the practical application of Compassionate Communication in a range of personal and professional settings, Newberg and Waldman prove that words can change your brain.

The Brain: Big Bangs, Behaviors, and Beliefs [EPUB]

The Brain: Big Bangs, Behaviors, and Beliefs [PDF]
The Brain: Big Bangs, Behaviors, and Beliefs by Rob DeSalle, Ian Tattersall
2012 | EPUB + PDF | 7.99/4.75MB

After several million years of jostling for ecological space, only one survivor from a host of hominid species remains standing: us. Human beings are extraordinary creatures, and it is the unprecedented human brain that makes them so. In this delightfully accessible book, the authors present the first full, step-by-step account of the evolution of the brain and nervous system.

Tapping the very latest findings in evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and molecular biology, Rob DeSalle and Ian Tattersall explain how the cognitive gulf that separates us from all other living creatures could have occurred. They discuss the development and uniqueness of human consciousness, how human and nonhuman brains work, the roles of different nerve cells, the importance of memory and language in brain functions, and much more. Our brains, they conclude, are the product of a lengthy and supremely untidy history—an evolutionary process of many zigs and zags—that has accidentally resulted in a splendidly eccentric and creative product.

Rhythms of the Brain [EPUB]

Rhythms of the Brain [EPUB]
Rhythms of the Brain by Gyorgy Buzsaki
2006 | EPUB + PDF | 2.78/6.35MB

Studies of mechanisms in the brain that allow complicated things to happen in a coordinated fashion have produced some of the most spectacular discoveries in neuroscience. This book provides eloquent support for the idea that spontaneous neuron activity, far from being mere noise, is actually the source of our cognitive abilities. It takes a fresh look at the co-evolution of structure and function in the mammalian brain, illustrating how self-emerged oscillatory timing is the brains fundamental organizer of neuronal information. The small world-like connectivity of the cerebral cortex allows for global computation on multiple spatial and temporal scales. The perpetual interactions among the multiple network oscillators keep cortical systems in a highly sensitive metastable state and provide energy-efficient synchronizing mechanisms via weak links.

In a sequence of cycles, Gyorgy Buzsaki guides the reader from the physics of oscillations through neuronal assembly organization to complex cognitive processing and memory storage. His clear, fluid writing accessible to any reader with some scientific knowledge is supplemented by extensive footnotes and references that make it just as gratifying and instructive a read for the specialist. The coherent view of a single author who has been at the forefront of research in this exciting field, this volume is essential reading for anyone interested in our rapidly evolving understanding of the brain.

To Save Everything, Click Here [Audiobook]

To Save Everything, Click Here [Audiobook]
To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism [Audiobook] by Evgeny Morozov, read by Stephen Hoye
2013 | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB | 15 hrs 59 mins | 659.35MB

To Save Everything, Click Here, the new book by the acclaimed author of The Net Delusion, Evgeny Morozov, is a penetrating look at the shape of society in the digital age, of the direction in which the 21st Century may take us, and of the alternate paths we can still choose.

Our society is at a crossroads. Smart technology is transforming our world, making many aspects of our lives more convenient, efficient and - in some cases - fun. Better and cheaper sensors can now be embedded in almost everything, and technologies can log the products we buy and the way we use them. But, argues Evgeny Morozov, technology is having a more profound effect on us: it is changing the way we understand human society.

In the very near future, technological systems will allow us to make large-scale and sophisticated interventions into many more areas of public life. These are the discourses by which we have always defined our civilisation: politics, culture, public debate, morality, humanism. But how will these discourses be affected when we delegate much of the responsibility for them to technology? The temptation of the digital age is to fix everything - from crime to corruption to pollution to obesity - by digitally quantifying, tracking, or gamifiying behaviour. Yet when we change the motivations for our moral, ethical and civic behaviour, do we also change the very nature of that behaviour? Technology, Morozov proposes, can be a force for improvement - but only if we abandon the idea that it is necessarily revolutionary and instead genuinely interrogate why and how we are using it.

From urging us to drop outdated ideas of the internet to showing how to design more humane and democratic technological solutions, To Save Everything, Click Here is about why we should always question the way we use technology.

ADHD Does Not Exist [EPUB]

ADHD Does Not Exist [EPUB]
ADHD Does Not Exist: The Truth About Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder by Richard Saul
2014 | EPUB | 403.17KB

In this groundbreaking and controversial book, behavioral neurologist Dr. Richard Saul draws on five decades of experience treating thousands of patients labeled with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder—one of the fastest growing and widely diagnosed conditions today—to argue that ADHD is actually a cluster of symptoms stemming from over 20 other conditions and disorders.

According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 6.4 million children between the ages of four and seventeen have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. While many skeptics believe that ADHD is a fabrication of drug companies and the medical establishment, the symptoms of attention-deficit and hyperactivity are all too real for millions of individuals who often cannot function without treatment. If ADHD does not exist, then what is causing these debilitating symptoms?

Over the course of half a century, physician Richard Saul has worked with thousands of patients demonstrating symptoms of ADHD. Based on his experience, he offers a shocking conclusion: ADHD is not a condition on its own, but rather a symptom complex caused by over twenty separate conditions—from poor eyesight and giftedness to bipolar disorder and depression—each requiring its own specific treatment. Drawing on in-depth scientific research and real-life stories from his numerous patients, ADHD Does not Exist synthesizes Dr. Saul's findings, and offers and clear advice for everyone seeking answers.

Wounded: A New History of the Western Front in World War I [EPUB]

Wounded: A New History of the Western Front in World War I [EPUB]
Wounded: A New History of the Western Front in World War I by Emily Mayhew
2013 | EPUB | 2.55MB

The number of soldiers wounded in World War I is, in itself, devastating: over 21 million military wounded, and nearly 10 million killed. On the battlefield, the injuries were shocking, unlike anything those in the medical field had ever witnessed. The bullets hit fast and hard, went deep and took bits of dirty uniform and airborne soil particles in with them. Soldier after soldier came in with the most dreaded kinds of casualty: awful, deep, ragged wounds to their heads, faces and abdomens. And yet the medical personnel faced with these unimaginable injuries adapted with amazing aptitude, thinking and reacting on their feet to save millions of lives.

In Wounded: A New History of the Western Front in World War I, Emily Mayhew tells the history of the Western Front from a new perspective: the medical network that arose seemingly overnight to help sick and injured soldiers. These men and women pulled injured troops from the hellscape of trench, shell crater, and no man's land, transported them to the rear, and treated them for everything from foot rot to poison gas, venereal disease to traumatic amputation from exploding shells. Drawing on hundreds of letters and diary entries, Mayhew allows readers to peer over the shoulder of the stretcher bearer who jumped into a trench and tried unsuccessfully to get a tightly packed line of soldiers out of the way, only to find that they were all dead. She takes us into dugouts where rescue teams awoke to dirt thrown on their faces by scores of terrified moles, digging frantically to escape the earth-shaking shellfire. Mayhew moves her account along the route followed by wounded men, from stretcher to aid station, from jolting ambulance to crowded operating tent, from railway station to the ship home, exploring actual cases of casualties who recorded their experiences.

Both comprehensive and intimate, this groundbreaking book captures an often neglected aspect of the soldier's world and a transformative moment in military and medical history.

Stasi: The Untold Story Of The East German Secret Police [EPUB]

Stasi: The Untold Story Of The East German Secret Police [EPUB]
Stasi: The Untold Story Of The East German Secret Police by John O Koehler
2008 | EPUB | 11.41MB

As human rights activist Rainer Hildebrandt observed in 1948, communist East Germany resembled nothing so much as a vast "concentration camp in which only the warders and those who hand out the food can still live well." Those warders were known collectively as the Ministerium für Statessicherheit, or Stasi. As John Koehler suggests in the impressively detailed Stasi: The Untold Story of the East German Secret Police, their history is the history of totalitarian East Germany. Including informants, the Stasi at one point would number one operative for every 66 East German citizens; so ruthless and efficient were they in their efforts to squelch dissent that even the KGB found itself occasionally appalled by the Stasi's methods.

Right up to its 1990 demise, the Stasi cast a huge net of spies and agents around Europe and the rest of the world, enlisting as many as 30,000 West Germans as secret operatives, and involving more than a few American intelligence personnel in traitorous dalliances that would badly damage NATO defense capabilities during the Cold War. Koehler, a longtime foreign correspondent with Associated Press and onetime aide to president Ronald Reagan, based much of his research on the vast archive of secret Stasi documents discovered after the fall of the Berlin Wall and subsequent unification of Germany. Although this book is only the tip of the iceberg, he has provided a fascinating look into the inner workings of one of the most dangerous, but least known, organizations of the 20th century.

Proof: The Science of Booze [Audiobook]

Proof: The Science of Booze [Audiobook]
Proof: The Science of Booze [Audiobook] by Adam Rogers, read by Sean Runnette
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 45 mins | 241.41MB

A spirited narrative on the fascinating art and science of alcohol sure to inspire cocktail party chats on making booze, tasting it, and its effects on our bodies and brains.

Drinking gets a lot more interesting when you know what's actually inside your glass of microbrewed ale, single-malt whisky, or Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. All of them begin with fermentation, where a fungus called yeast binges on sugar molecules and poops out ethanol. Humans have been drinking the results for ten thousand years. Distillation is a two-thousand-year-old technology - invented by a woman - that we re still perfecting today. And the molecular codes of alcoholic flavors remain a mystery pursued by scientists with high-tech laboratories and serious funding.

In Proof: The Science of Booze, Adam Rogers reveals alcohol as a miracle of science, going deep into the pleasures of making and drinking booze - and the effects of the latter. The people who make and sell alcohol may talk about history and tradition, but alcohol production is really powered by physics, molecular biology, organic chemistry, and a bit of metallurgy - and our taste for those products is a melding of psychology and neurobiology. Proof takes readers from the whisky-making mecca of the Scottish highlands to the oenology labs at UC Davis, from Kentucky bourbon country to the most sophisticated gene-sequencing labs in the world - and to more than one bar - bringing to life the motley characters and evolving science behind the latest developments in boozy technology.

The Social Atom [EPUB]

The Social Atom [EPUB]
The Social Atom: Why the Rich Get Richer, Cheaters Get Caught, and Your Neighbor Usually Looks Like You by Mark Buchanan
2007 | EPUB | 995.48KB

The idiosyncrasies of human decision-making have confounded economists and social theorists for years. If each person makes choices for personal (and often irrational) reasons, how can people's choices be predicted by a single theory? How can any economic, social, or political theory be valid? The truth is, none of them really are.

Mark Buchanan makes the fascinating argument that the science of physics is beginning to provide a new picture of the human or "social atom," and help us understand the surprising, and often predictable, patterns that emerge when they get together. Look at patterns, not people, Buchanan argues, and rules emerge that can explain how movements form, how interest groups operate, and even why ethnic hatred persists. Using similar observations, social physicists can predict whether neighborhoods will integrate, whether stock markets will crash, and whether crime waves will continue or abate.

Brimming with mind games and provocative experiments, The Social Atom is an incisive, accessible, and comprehensive argument for a whole new way to look at human social behavior.

Ziggyology: A Brief History of Ziggy Stardust [EPUB]

Ziggyology: A Brief History of Ziggy Stardust [EPUB]
Ziggyology: A Brief History of Ziggy Stardust by Simon Goddard
2014 | EPUB | 1.77MB

From the author of the acclaimed Mozipedia, a work of supreme pop archaeology unearths every influence that brought Ziggy to life, from H. G. Wells to Holst, Kabuki to Kubrick, and Elvis to Iggy

The most ambitious and important book on Ziggy Stardust ever written, this study documents the epic drama of the Starman's short but eventful time on Planet Earth, and why Bowie eventually had to kill him. It was the greatest invention in the history of pop music—the rock god who came from the stars—which struck a young David Bowie like a lightning bolt from the heavens. When Ziggy the glam alien messiah fell to Earth, he transformed Bowie from a prodigy to a superstar who changed the face of music forever. But who was Ziggy Stardust? And where did he really come from? Beautifully packaged, this will be a must-have artifact for Bowie fans.

Queen Unseen [EPUB]

Queen Unseen [EPUB]
Queen Unseen: My Life with the Greatest Rock Band of the 20th Century by Peter Hince
2011 | EPUB | 3.26MB

Imagine being alongside one of the greatest bands in the history of rock, touring the world and being there as they perform at some of the best and biggest music venues in the world. Peter Hince didn't have to imagine: for more than a decade, he lived a life that other people can only dream of as he worked with Queen as head of their road crew. In 1973, Queen was the support act for Mott the Hoople, for whom Peter was a roadie. Back then, Queen had to content themselves with being second on the bill and the world had not yet woken up to the flamboyant talent of Freddie Mercury.

Peter started working full time for Queen just as they were making A Night at the Opera, the album which catapulted them to international stardom. In this intimate and affectionate book, Peter recalls the highlights of his years with the band. He was with Freddie when he composed 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love'; he was responsible for making sure that Freddie's stage performances went without a hitch - and was often there to witness his famed tantrums! He was also party to the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll which are invariably part of life on the road with a rock band.

Many books have been written about Queen and Freddie Mercury but this is the first real insider's story. Packed with the author's own exclusive photographs, this warm and witty book will entertain and inform. It is a must-read for any music fan.

Rock Stars Stole My Life [EPUB]

Rock Stars Stole My Life [EPUB]
Rock Stars Stole My Life: A Big Bad Love Affair With Music by Mark Ellen
2014 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.44/1.69MB

In a sodden tent at a '70s festival, the teenage Mark Ellen had a dream. He dreamt that music was a rich meadow of possibility, a liberating leap to a sparkling future, an industry of human happiness - and he wanted to be part of it. Thus began his 50-year love affair with rock and roll.

From his time at the NME and Smash Hits to Radio One, Old Grey Whistle Test, Live Aid, Q, Select, Mojo and The Word magazines, he's been at the molten core of its evolution, and watched its key figures from a unique perspective. This funny and touching personal memoir maps out his eventful journey. It tells stories and settles scores. It charts the peaks and disappointments. It flags up surprising heroes and barbecues the dull and self-deluded. It puts a chaotic world to rights and pours petrol on the embers of a glorious industry now in spiralling decline.

Horrible Histories Gruesome Guides: London [EPUB]

Horrible Histories Gruesome Guides: London [EPUB]
Horrible Histories Gruesome Guides: London by Terry Deary
2012 | EPUB | 17.15MB

A place of plague, pestilence and fire, plus the brutal Blitz and the eye-watering Great Stink. It's loathsome London as the tourists never see it - with all the hidden horrible bits! In this gruesome city guide, Terry Deary takes you on a tour of Britain's biggest city, exposing all its scurrilous secrets. Take a trip to the terrifying Tower (but try to keep your head on). Dip into London's largest toilet, the ruthless River Thames! Peer into creepy St Paul's Cathedral! It's a blood-spattered trip you simply daren't miss!

Horrible Histories Special: France [EPUB]

Horrible Histories Special: France [EPUB]
Horrible Histories Special: France by Terry Deary
2013 | EPUB | 20.25MB

Readers can discover all the foul facts about FRANCE, including which king thought he was made of glass, why French bread was once made from broken tiles and bricks and how to play hopscotch like a French highwayman. In ebook format, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans.

Horrible Histories: The Blitzed Brits [EPUB]

Horrible Histories: The Blitzed Brits [EPUB]
Horrible Histories: The Blitzed Brits by Terry Deary
2012 | EPUB | 9.49MB

Do your grandparents moan on about what life was like in the war? Want to know if they're telling the terrible truth? Read on to explore the horrible hardships the Blitzed Brits suffered while bombs dropped out of the sky! Find out what really happened in Dad's Army! See how to make a rude noise with a gas mask! Learn why the Brits ate chicken-fruit, sinkers and nutty! Faint at the thought of spending seven years without TV! Plus there's heaps of spiffing slang, foul food facts about rotten rationing, awful evacuation tales, and the terrible truth about London's bloodthirsty blackout murders! So there's plenty of gore - and much more.

Horrible Histories: The Incredible Incas [EPUB]

Horrible Histories: The Incredible Incas [EPUB]
Horrible Histories: The Incredible Incas by Terry Deary
2012 | EPUB | 12.75MB

The incredible Incas may have built South America's greatest civilisation, but they could be very icky indeed! The poor prisoners they pulled up their huge pyramids were likely to experience a very painful death. But things weren't much better for your average Inca. Find out...

  • How a bucket of stewed pee could make you beautiful
  • Why servants ate the emperor's hair
  • What happened in their legendary golden temples
  • What chilling fate awaited their child sacrifices

The Incan Empire ruled 12 million people, but was conquered by 260 Spanish invaders - and a few germs. In fact, it was the llamas who _really_ had it lucky... they got to wear earrings and drink beer! So would you rather be a lucky llama... or an incredible Inca? Erk!

The President of Vice: The Autobiography of Joe Biden [MOBI]

The President of Vice: The Autobiography of Joe Biden [MOBI]
The President of Vice: The Autobiography of Joe Biden by The Onion
2013 | MOBI | 1.48MB

The Onion is proud to present The President of Vice: The Autobiography of Joe Biden. In this scandalous memoir, America's favorite politician discusses his early years, before he became ultimate wingman to the leader of the free world. For the first time ever “Diamond” Joe discusses the formative experiences of his life, including his childhood selling hooch in Scranton, his years cruising college campuses picking up co-eds in a Del Rio, the grade-A tang he plowed in the summer of '87, and his "sweet ass gig" as Senator of Delaware.

Speaking of his own work, Vice President Biden says, "Amigo, you're just one click away from buying Uncle Joe's tell all autobiography. My sweetest guitar riffs, bustiest lays, wildest benders, and sexiest appropriation bills, it's all in there. You'll not only hear about me and my buddy Barack, but I guarantee you'll pick up some tricks that'll serve you well in the sack. Plus, I'm deep in the hole right now and really need the scratch."

Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America [EPUB]

Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America [EPUB]
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America by John Waters
2014 | EPUB | 603.54KB

A cross-country hitchhiking journey with America’s most beloved weirdo

John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads “I’m Not Psycho,” he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?

Before he leaves for this bizarre adventure, Waters fantasizes about the best and worst possible scenarios: a friendly drug dealer hands over piles of cash to finance films with no questions asked, a demolition-derby driver makes a filthy sexual request in the middle of a race, a gun-toting drunk terrorizes and holds him hostage, and a Kansas vice squad entraps and throws him in jail. So what really happens when this cult legend sticks out his thumb and faces the open road? His real-life rides include a gentle eighty-one-year-old farmer who is convinced Waters is a hobo, an indie band on tour, and the perverse filmmaker’s unexpected hero: a young, sandy-haired Republican in a Corvette.

Laced with subversive humor and warm intelligence, Carsick is an unforgettable vacation with a wickedly funny companion—and a celebration of America’s weird, astonishing, and generous citizenry.

The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia [EPUB]

The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia [EPUB]
The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia edited by Amy Pastan
2014 | EPUB | 71.93MB

Which president holds the record for the most vetoes? Which president had the largest shoe size? Who was the only president to serve in both World War I and World War II? Who was the tallest president? These questions and many, many more are answered in The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia.

Divided into 11 chapters, The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia looks at every aspect of our heads of state and presidential history: Citizens, Officers, Heroes, and Saviors; Stumping: From Front Porch to Facebook; The Pledge and the Parties; Inside the Oval Office; The Perpetual Podium; Home, Hotel, Parlor, Playground; First Families; Impeachment, Controversy, Shame; Assassination; Death, and National Mourning; Presidents in the Popular Imagination; and The Quotable President.

Many of the questions are accompanied with photographs of artifacts from the Smithsonian's collections. The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia is sure to puzzle the trivia buff and presidential expert alike!

Green Hell [Audiobook]

Green Hell [Audiobook]
Green Hell: How Environmentalists Plan to Control Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop Them [Audiobook] by Steven Milloy, read by Robertson Dean
2009 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 21 mins | 202.0MB

Big Brother Has Turned Green
The environmental movement has cultivated a warm and fuzzy public image, but behind the smiley-face rhetoric of "sustainability" and "conservation" lies a dark agenda. The Greens aim to regulate your behavior, downsize your lifestyle, and invade the most intimate aspects of your personal life.

In this stunning exposé, Steve Milloy unveils the authoritarian impulse underlying the Green crusade. Whether they're demanding that you turn down your thermostat, stop driving your car, or engage in some other senseless act of self-denial, the Greens are envisioning a grim future for you marked by endless privation.

Steamrolling nearly all opposition with its apocalyptic predictions of environmental doom, the Green movement has gained influence throughout American society--from schools and local planning boards to the biggest corporations in the country. And their plans are much more ambitious than you think, says Milloy. What the Greens really seek, with increasing success, is to dictate the very parameters of your daily life--where you can live, what transportation you can use, what you can eat, and even how many children you can have.

Citing the tactics and goals of Green groups as explained by their own activists and leaders, Green Hell demonstrates:

  • How Green pressure campaigns threaten the safety of your home and your car, and public health overall
  • Why the election of President Obama portends a giant leap forward for coercive Green policies
  • Why Greens obstruct the use of all forms of energy--even the renewable sources they tout to the public
  • How wealthy Green elites stand to profit fabulously from the restrictions and regulations they seek to impose on the rest of us
  • How Green pressure campaigns are hamstringing the military and endangering our national security
  • Why big business is not only knuckling under to the Greens, but is aggressively promoting the green agenda to the detriment of its own stockholders
  • What you can do to help stop the great Green machine

A one-of-a-kind, comprehensive takedown of the entire environmental movement, Green Hell will open your eyes to a looming threat to our economy, our civil liberties, and the entire American way of life.

The Domestic Sources of American Foreign Policy [EPUB]

The Domestic Sources of American Foreign Policy [EPUB]
The Domestic Sources of American Foreign Policy: Insights and Evidence, 6th Edition edited by James M McCormick
2012 | EPUB | 1.49MB

The new edition of this leading reader for courses in American foreign policy offers students an up-to-date, highly accessible introduction to the broad array of domestic factors influencing U.S. policymakers. Editor James M. McCormick has carefully selected two dozen current insightful and sometimes controversial essays by a distinguished group of leading experts— scholars, journalists and public officials—including 11 new and 7 updated contributions.

In his introduction, McCormick evaluates the challenges facing U.S. foreign policy makers in recent years and assesses the Obama Administration’s successes and failures in its efforts to pursue a new direction in American foreign policy. The volume is then divided into three major parts with an opening essay by the editor to place each part in context and then a selection of essays that analyzes the topic in that part in more detail.

Part I, "The Societal Environment," contains a series of articles on the position of interest groups, the impact of military experience, the effect of public opinion, and the role of elections and political parties on foreign policy. Part II, "The Institutional Setting," examines how various political institutions, such as Congress, the presidency, and various bureaucracies (e.g., the National Security Council, the intelligence community) shape American foreign policy. Part III, "Decision makers and Their Policymaking Positions," provides various case analyses over several administrations to illustrate how individuals and bureaucracies affect the foreign policy decision making at the highest levels of government.

Following the Leader: Ruling China [EPUB]

Following the Leader: Ruling China [EPUB]
Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping by David M Lampton
2014 | EPUB | 8.58MB

“This book is a gift for those seeking to understand in all of its complexities the preeminent issue of our times—the rise of China and the implications for the rest of us. With data-rich analysis, it captures the sweeping political, economic, and social changes of China’s last forty years and, without being alarmist, delineates persuasively the things that both we and the Chinese should genuinely worry about. It is an important guide to both scholars and policy makers.”
John McLaughlin, Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence at Johns Hopkins University and former deputy director of the CIA

“The best book on contemporary China today, Following the Leader is a true insider’s account of how the Chinese think about the world and how the world should think about China. A compelling and engaging read for first-time China travelers, seasoned China watchers, and anyone else interested in understanding the emergence of this global power.”
Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

With unique access to Chinese leaders at all levels of the party and government, best-selling author David M. Lampton tells the story of China’s political elites from their own perspectives. Based on over five hundred interviews, Following the Leader offers a rare glimpse into how the attitudes and ideas of those at the top have evolved over the past four decades. Here China’s rulers explain their strategies and ideas for moving the nation forward, share their reflections on matters of leadership and policy, and discuss the challenges that keep them awake at night.

As the Chinese Communist Party installs its new president, Xi Jinping, for a presumably ten-year term, questions abound. How will the country move forward as its explosive rate of economic growth begins to slow? How does it plan to deal with domestic and international calls for political reform and to cope with an aging population, not to mention an increasingly fragmented bureaucracy and society? In this insightful book we learn how China’s leaders see the nation’s political future, as well as about its global strategic influence.

When America First Met China [Audiobook]

When America First Met China [Audiobook]
When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail [Audiobook] by Eric Jay Dolin, read by A T Chandler
2013 | MP3@64 kbps | 10 hrs 28 mins | 287.64MB

Ancient China collides with newfangled America in this epic tale of opium smugglers, sea pirates, and dueling clipper ships.

Brilliantly illuminating one of the least-understood areas of American history, best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin now traces our fraught relationship with China back to its roots: the unforgiving nineteenth-century seas that separated a brash, rising naval power from a battered ancient empire. It is a prescient fable for our time, one that surprisingly continues to shed light on our modern relationship with China. Indeed, the furious trade in furs, opium, and bêche-de-mer--a rare sea cucumber delicacy--might have catalyzed America's emerging economy, but it also sparked an ecological and human rights catastrophe of such epic proportions that the reverberations can still be felt today.

Peopled with fascinating characters--from the "Financier of the Revolution" Robert Morris to the Chinese emperor Qianlong, who considered foreigners inferior beings--this page-turning saga of pirates and politicians, coolies and concubines becomes a must-read for any fan of Nathaniel Philbrick's Mayflower or Mark Kurlansky's Cod.

Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America [Audiobook]

Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America [Audiobook]
Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America [Audiobook] by Eric Jay Dolin, read by James Boles
2007 | MP3@96 kbps | 16 hrs 02 mins | 659.1MB

This is the epic history of the "iron men in wooden boats" who built an industrial empire through the pursuit of whales.

"To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme," Herman Melville proclaimed, and this absorbing history demonstrates that few things can capture the sheer danger and desperation of men on the deep sea as dramatically as whaling.

Eric Jay Dolin begins his vivid narrative with Captain John Smith's botched whaling expedition to the New World in 1614. He then chronicles the rise of a burgeoning industry, from its brutal struggles during the Revolutionary period to its golden age in the mid-1800s, when a fleet of more than 700 ships hunted the seas and American whale oil lit the world, to its decline as the 20th century dawned. This sweeping social and economic history provides rich and often fantastic accounts of the men themselves, who mutinied, murdered, rioted, deserted, drank, scrimshawed, and recorded their experiences in journals and memoirs. Containing a wealth of naturalistic detail on whales, Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America is the most original and stirring history of American whaling in many decades.

Made to Be Seen [EPUB]

Made to Be Seen [EPUB]
Made to Be Seen: Perspectives on the History of Visual Anthropology edited by Marcus Banks, Jay Ruby
2011 | EPUB | 14.62MB

Made to be Seen brings together leading scholars of visual anthropology to examine the historical development of this multifaceted and growing field. Expanding the definition of visual anthropology beyond more limited notions, the contributors to Made to be Seen reflect on the role of the visual in all areas of life. Different essays critically examine a range of topics: art, dress and body adornment, photography, the built environment, digital forms of visual anthropology, indigenous media, the body as a cultural phenomenon, the relationship between experimental and ethnographic film, and more.

The first attempt to present a comprehensive overview of the many aspects of an anthropological approach to the study of visual and pictorial culture, Made to be Seen will be the standard reference on the subject for years to come. Students and scholars in anthropology, sociology, visual studies, and cultural studies will greatly benefit from this pioneering look at the way the visual is inextricably threaded through most, if not all, areas of human activity.

The King and the Cowboy [Audiobook]

The King and the Cowboy [Audiobook]
The King and the Cowboy: Theodore Roosevelt and Edward the Seventh, Secret Partners [Audiobook] by David Fromkin, read by Paul Boehmer
2008 | M4A | ~ 6 hrs | 632.52MB

The story of the unlikely friendship between King Edward the Seventh of England and President Theodore Roosevelt, which became the catalyst for an international power shift and the beginning of the American century.

In The King and the Cowboy, renowned historian David Fromkin - author of Europe's Last Summer - reveals how two unlikely world leaders—Edward the Seventh of England and Theodore Roosevelt—recast themselves as respected political players and established a friendship that would shape the course of the twentieth century in ways never anticipated.

In 1901, these two colorful public figures inherited the leadership of the English-speaking countries. Following the death of his mother, Queen Victoria, Edward ascended the throne. A lover of fine food, drink, beautiful women, and the pleasure-seeking culture of Paris, Edward had previously been regarded as a bon vivant. The public—even Queen Victoria herself—doubted Edward’s ability to rule the British Empire. Yet Edward would surprise the world with his leadership and his canny understanding of the fragility of the British Empire at the apex of its global power.

Across the Atlantic, Vice President Roosevelt—the aristocrat from Manhattan who fashioned his own legend, going west to become a cowboy—succeeded to the presidency after President McKinley’s 1901 assassination. Rising above criticism, Roosevelt became one of the nation’s most beloved presidents.

The King and the Cowboy provides new perspective on both Edward and Roosevelt, revealing how, at the oft-forgotten Algeciras conference of 1906, they worked together to dispel the shadow cast over world affairs by Edward’s ill-tempered, power-hungry nephew, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany. At Algeciras, the U.S and major European powers allied with Britain in protest of Germany’s bid for Moroccan independence. In an unlikely turn of events, the conference served to isolate Germany and set the groundwork for the forging of the Allied forces.

The King and the Cowboy is an intimate study of two extraordinary statesmen who—in part because of their alliance at Algeciras—would become lauded international figures. Focusing in particular on Edward the Seventh’s and Theodore Roosevelt’s influence on twentieth-century foreign affairs, Fromkin’s character-driven history sheds new light on the early events that determined the course of the century.

Roosevelt's Secret War: FDR and World War II Espionage [EPUB]

Roosevelt's Secret War: FDR and World War II Espionage [EPUB]
Roosevelt's Secret War: FDR and World War II Espionage by Joseph E Persico
2001 | EPUB | 1.91MB

Despite all that has already been written on Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Joseph Persico has uncovered a hitherto overlooked dimension of FDR's wartime leadership: his involvement in intelligence and espionage operations.

Roosevelt's Secret War is crowded with remarkable revelations:

  • FDR wanted to bomb Tokyo before Pearl Harbor
  • A defector from Hitler's inner circle reported directly to the Oval Office
  • Roosevelt knew before any other world leader of Hitler's plan to invade Russia
  • Roosevelt and Churchill concealed a disaster costing hundreds of British soldiers' lives in order to protect Ultra, the British codebreaking secret
  • An unwitting Japanese diplomat provided the President with a direct pipeline into Hitler's councils

Roosevelt's Secret War: FDR and World War II Espionage also describes how much FDR had been told--before the Holocaust--about the coming fate of Europe's Jews. And Persico also provides a definitive answer to the perennial question Did FDR know in advance about the attack on Pearl Harbor?

By temperament and character, no American president was better suited for secret warfare than FDR. He manipulated, compartmentalized, dissembled, and misled, demonstrating a spymaster's talent for intrigue. He once remarked, "I never let my right hand know what my left hand does." Not only did Roosevelt create America's first central intelligence agency, the OSS, under "Wild Bill" Donovan, but he ran spy rings directly from the Oval Office, enlisting well-placed socialite friends.

FDR was also spied against. Roosevelt's Secret War presents evidence that the Soviet Union had a source inside the Roosevelt White House; that British agents fed FDR total fabrications to draw the United States into war; and that Roosevelt, by yielding to Churchill's demand that British scientists be allowed to work on the Manhattan Project, enabled the secrets of the bomb to be stolen. And these are only a few of the scores of revelations in this constantly surprising story of Roosevelt's hidden role in World War II.

25 April 1915: The Day the Anzac Legend was Born [PDF]

25 April 1915: The Day the Anzac Legend was Born [PDF]
25 April 1915: The Day the Anzac Legend was Born by David W Cameron
2007 | PDF | 17.38MB

A detailed account of what happened to the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish troops on the beaches and hills of the Gallipoli peninsula on that fateful day - the day the ANZAC legend was born.

On the 25th of April 1915 Australian troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in what is now called Anzac Cove. They rushed from the beach up to Plugge's Plateau into Australian military history suffering many casualties on the way. Just after midday troops from New Zealand landed at Gallipoli and together the Australians and New Zealanders created the Anzac legend. It was the events of this first day that set the course of the whole battle leading to the evacuation of the Anzac troops in December 1915.

This is the story of that day telling the Australian, New Zealand and Turkish side of what was to become a tragedy for all three countries and an ultimate triumph for Turkey. It concludes with the visit of Charles Bean, the official Australian war correspondent, to the peninsula in 1919 as part of the Australian Historical mission to organise the burial of the dead that had lain exposed to the elements for the last four years, and to the formation of the cemeteries that are today visited by thousands.

The Kaiser's Army [PDF]

The Kaiser's Army [PDF]
The Kaiser's Army: The Politics of Military Technology in Germany during the Machine Age, 1870-1918 by Eric Dorn Brose
2001 | PDF | 4.41MB

This volume covers a fascinating period in the history of the German army, a time in which machine guns, airplanes, and weapons of mass destruction were first developed and used. Eric Brose traces the industrial development of machinery and its application to infantry, cavalry, and artillery tactics. He examines the modernity versus anti-modernity debate that raged after the Franco-Prussian war, arguing that the residue of years of resistance to technological change seriously undermined the German army during World War I.

With Our Backs to the Wall: Victory and Defeat in 1918 [MOBI]

With Our Backs to the Wall: Victory and Defeat in 1918 [MOBI]
With Our Backs to the Wall: Victory and Defeat in 1918 by David Stevenson
2011 | MOBI | 7.83MB

With so much at stake and so much already lost, why did World War I end with a whimper-an arrangement between two weary opponents to suspend hostilities? After more than four years of desperate fighting, with victories sometimes measured in feet and inches, why did the Allies reject the option of advancing into Germany in 1918 and taking Berlin? Most histories of the Great War focus on the avoidability of its beginning. This book brings a laser-like focus to its ominous end-the Allies' incomplete victory, and the tragic ramifications for world peace just two decades later.

In the most comprehensive account to date of the conflict's endgame, David Stevenson approaches the events of 1918 from a truly international perspective, examining the positions and perspectives of combatants on both sides, as well as the impact of the Russian Revolution. Stevenson pays close attention to America's effort in its first twentieth-century war, including its naval and military contribution, army recruitment, industrial mobilization, and home-front politics. Alongside military and political developments, he adds new information about the crucial role of economics and logistics.

The Allies' eventual success, Stevenson shows, was due to new organizational methods of managing men and materiel and to increased combat effectiveness resulting partly from technological innovation. These factors, combined with Germany's disastrous military offensive in spring 1918, ensured an Allied victory-but not a conclusive German defeat.

1914-1918: The History of the First World War [EPUB]

1914-1918: The History of the First World War [EPUB]
1914-1918: The History of the First World War by David Stevenson
2005 | EPUB | 10.41MB

1914-1918: The History of the First World War, David Stevenson's history of the First World War, has been acclaimed as the definitive one-volume account of the conflict

In the summer of 1914 Europe exploded into a frenzy of mass violence. The war that followed had global repercussions, destroying four empires and costing millions of lives. Even the victorious countries were scarred for a generation, and we still today remain within the conflict's shadow. In this major analysis David Stevenson re-examines the causes, course and impact of this 'war to end war', placing it in the context of its era and exposing its underlying dynamics.

His book provides a wide-ranging international history, drawing on insights from the latest research. It offers compelling answers to the key questions about how this terrible struggle unfolded: questions that remain disturbingly relevant for our own time.

First World War: Still No End in Sight [PDF]

First World War: Still No End in Sight [PDF]
First World War: Still No End in Sight by Frank Furedi
2014 | PDF | 1.52MB

That the conflicts unleashed by Great War did not end in 1918 is well known. World War II and the Cold War clearly constitute key moments in the drama that began in August 1914. This book argues that the battle of ideas which crystallised during the course of the Great War continue to the present. It claims that the disputes about lifestyles and identity – the Culture Wars of today –are only the latest expressions of a century long conflict.

There are many influences that contributed to the outbreak of World War One. One significant influence was the cultural tension and unease that disposed significant numbers of artists, intellectuals and young people to regard the War as an opportunity give meaning to their existence. Later these tensions merged with social unrest and expressed themselves through the new ideologies of the Left and the Right. While these ideologies have become exhausted the conflicts of culture persist to this date. That is why there is Still No End In Sight for the battle of ideas set in motion in August 1914.

Modern wars did not only lead to the loss of millions of lives. Wars also played a significant role in changing attitudes towards the political ideals of modern time. The Great War called into question the future of liberal democracy. It led to the emergence of radical ideologies, which were in turn discredited through the experience of the Second World War and the Cold War. The current Culture Wars have significantly eroded the status of the values associated with modernity.

Through exploring the battle of ideas set in motion in August 1914 – First World War: Still No End In Sight – provides a framework for understanding the changing focus of political conflict from ideology to culture.

Hard Choices: A Memoir [EPUB]

Hard Choices: A Memoir [EPUB]
Hard Choices: A Memoir by Hillary Rodham Clinton
2014 | EPUB | 11.16MB

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.

“All of us face hard choices in our lives,” Hillary Rodham Clinton writes at the start of this personal chronicle of years at the center of world events. “Life is about making such choices. Our choices and how we handle them shape the people we become.”

In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate. To her surprise, her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination, newly elected President Barack Obama, asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed, and the hard choices that she and her colleagues confronted.

Secretary Clinton and President Obama had to decide how to repair fractured alliances, wind down two wars, and address a global financial crisis. They faced a rising competitor in China, growing threats from Iran and North Korea, and revolutions across the Middle East. Along the way, they grappled with some of the toughest dilemmas of US foreign policy, especially the decision to send Americans into harm’s way, from Afghanistan to Libya to the hunt for Osama bin Laden.

By the end of her tenure, Secretary Clinton had visited 112 countries, traveled nearly one million miles, and gained a truly global perspective on many of the major trends reshaping the landscape of the twenty-first century, from economic inequality to climate change to revolutions in energy, communications, and health. Drawing on conversations with numerous leaders and experts, Secretary Clinton offers her views on what it will take for the United States to compete and thrive in an interdependent world. She makes a passionate case for human rights and the full participation in society of women, youth, and LGBT people. An astute eyewitness to decades of social change, she distinguishes the trendlines from the headlines and describes the progress occurring throughout the world, day after day.

Secretary Clinton’s descriptions of diplomatic conversations at the highest levels offer readers a master class in international relations, as does her analysis of how we can best use “smart power” to deliver security and prosperity in a rapidly changing world—one in which America remains the indispensable nation.

Scipio Africanus: Greater Than Napoleon [EPUB]

Scipio Africanus: Greater Than Napoleon [EPUB]
Scipio Africanus: Greater Than Napoleon by B H Liddell Hart
2004 | EPUB + MOBI | 849.15/879.19KB

Scipio Africanus is not the general one usually associates with Rome, but after reading Hart's biography of him, I am convinced that he was Rome's greatest captain. Hart's analysis is clear and concise, and he covers all the aspects of Africanus' genius in detail. Not only was Scipio an unrivalled military genius, but also a skilled diplomat, and a man of vision. Undefeated in battle, Scipio not only conquered Rome's enemies, but through dimplomacy was able to gain powerful allies, and fulfill his vision, of an acient world dominated, but not controlled, by Rome. Unfortunately, his high moral character did not allow him to play the game of politics and therefore, he was cheated out of his rightful place in history.

Hart, after presenting a strong case for Scipio's sumpremacy, moves on to compare him to other great captains. I believe he convincingly shows that no other general in history achieved Scipio's understanding of the breadth of war, and it's ultimate goal of creating a lasting peace. For this reason, Hart concludes that Scipio is the greatest captain of all time. This book is a must read for anyone who wants to read about the greatest general they never heard of! - By T. Parry

The Origins of the British: The New Prehistory of Britain [EPUB]

The Origins of the British: The New Prehistory of Britain [EPUB]
The Origins of the British: The New Prehistory of Britain by Stephen Oppenheimer
2007 | EPUB | 3.74MB

Stephen Oppenheimer's extraordinary scientific detective story combining genetics, linguistics, archaeology and historical record shatters the myths we have come to live by. It demonstrates that the Anglo-Saxon invasions contributed just a tiny fraction (5%) to the English gene pool. Two thirds of the English people reveal an unbroken line of genetic descent from south-western Europeans arriving long before the first farmers. The bulk of the remaining third arrived between 7,000 and 3,000 years ago as part of long-term north-west European trade and immigration, especially from Scandinavia - and may have brought with them the earliest forms of English language.As for the Celts - the Irish, Scots and Welsh - history has traditionally placed their origins in Iron Age Central Europe. Oppenheimer's genetic synthesis shows them to have arrived via the Atlantic coastal route from Ice Age refuges including the Basque country; with the modern languages we call Celtic arriving later.

There is indeed a deep divide between the English and the rest of the British. But as this book reveals the division is many thousands of years older than previously thought.

The Romanov Sisters [EPUB]

The Romanov Sisters [EPUB]
The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport
2014 | EPUB | 1.35MB

They were the Princess Dianas of their day—perhaps the most photographed and talked about young royals of the early twentieth century. The four captivating Russian Grand Duchesses—Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov—were much admired for their happy dispositions, their looks, the clothes they wore and their privileged lifestyle.

Over the years, the story of the four Romanov sisters and their tragic end in a basement at Ekaterinburg in 1918 has clouded our view of them, leading to a mass of sentimental and idealized hagiography. With this treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family, we learn that they were intelligent, sensitive and perceptive witnesses to the dark turmoil within their immediate family and the ominous approach of the Russian Revolution, the nightmare that would sweep their world away, and them along with it.

The Romanov Sisters sets out to capture the joy as well as the insecurities and poignancy of those young lives against the backdrop of the dying days of late Imperial Russia, World War I and the Russian Revolution. Helen Rappaport aims to present a new and challenging take on the story, drawing extensively on previously unseen or unpublished letters, diaries and archival sources, as well as private collections. It is a book that will surprise people, even aficionados.

Also look at this: The Last Days of the Romanovs: Tragedy at Ekaterinburg

Worse than Slavery [EPUB]

Worse than Slavery [EPUB]
Worse than Slavery: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice by David M Oshinsky
2008 | EPUB | 4.89MB

Prisons in the deep South, with chain gangs, shotguns, and bloodhounds, have been immortalized in movies, blues music, and fiction. Mississippi's Parchman State Penitentiary was the grandfather of them all, a hellhole where conditions were brutal. This epic history fills the gap between slavery and the civil rights era, showing how Parchman and Jim Crow justice proved that there could be something worse than slavery. of photos.

Everyday Tao Te Ching [EPUB]

Everyday Tao Te Ching [EPUB]
Everyday Tao Te Ching: A Renegade's Practical Guide to Happiness Today: The Tao for the Rest of Us by Pat O'Bryan, edited by Craig Burdett
2013 | EPUB | 8.5MB

Originally written some 2,500 years ago Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching endures as a powerful and relevant guide—for kings, princes, and captains—yet modern translations remain difficult to read.

In Everyday Tao Te Ching, Texas artist and musician Pat O'Bryan updates the Tao for the twenty-first century. Shedding high-brow language and archaic cautions, Pat offers a Tao Te Ching that would be comfortable in blue jeans and a t-shirt. Simple, yet thought-provoking, chapters paired with powerful photographs create an imminently accessible Everyday Tao Te Ching—the Tao for the rest of us.

Internal Time [EPUB]

Internal Time [EPUB]
Internal Time: Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You're So Tire by Till Roenneberg
2012 | EPUB | 1.8MB

Early birds and night owls are born, not made. Sleep patterns may be the most obvious manifestation of the highly individualized biological clocks we inherit, but these clocks also regulate bodily functions from digestion to hormone levels to cognition. Living at odds with our internal timepieces, Till Roenneberg shows, can make us chronically sleep deprived and more likely to smoke, gain weight, feel depressed, fall ill, and fail geometry. By understanding and respecting our internal time, we can live better.

Internal Time combines storytelling with accessible science tutorials to explain how our internal clocks work-for example, why morning classes are so unpopular and why "lazy" adolescents are wise to avoid them. We learn why the constant twilight of our largely indoor lives makes us dependent on alarm clocks and tired, and why social demands and work schedules lead to a social jet lag that compromises our daily functioning.

Many of the factors that make us early or late "chronotypes" are beyond our control, but that doesn't make us powerless. Roenneberg recommends that the best way to sync our internal time with our external environment and feel better is to get more sunlight. Such simple steps as cycling to work and eating breakfast outside may be the tickets to a good night's sleep, better overall health, and less grouchiness in the morning.