Operation Valuable Fiend [Audiobook]

Operation Valuable Fiend [Audiobook]
Operation Valuable Fiend: The CIA's First Paramilitary Strike Against the Iron Curtain [Audiobook] by Albert Lulushi, read by James Conlan
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 29 mins | 286.71MB

In 1949, a newly minted branch of the CIA (the precursor of today’s National Clandestine Service), flush with money and burning with determination to roll back the Iron Curtain, embarked on the first paramilitary operation in the history of the agency. They hatched an elaborate plan, coordinated with the British Secret Intelligence Service, to foment popular rebellion and detach Albania, the weakest of the Soviet satellites in Europe, from Moscow’s orbit. The operation resulted in dismal failure and was shut down by 1954.

In Operation Valuable Fiend, Albert Lulushi gives the first full accounting of this CIA action, based on hundreds of declassified documents, memoirs, and recollections of key participants, including Albanian exiles recruited for missions and their Communist opponents. Up till now, the story of the operation has been obfuscated and even distorted. Some blamed the Soviet mole Kim Philby for sabotaging it; the communists credited the prowess of their secret police; and CIA memoirs were heavily sanitized. Lulushi documents a range of factors that led to the failure, from inexperienced CIA case officers outsmarted in spy-vs-spy games by their ruthless Stalinist opponents; to rivalries between branches of the CIA and between the agency and friendly intelligence services; and conflicts among anti-Communist factions that included Albania’s colorful exiled leader, King Zog.

The book also shows how this operation served as the proving ground for techniques used in later CIA Cold War paramilitary actions—involving some of the same agency operatives—including the coup d’états in Iran and Guatemala and the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

Women of Intelligence [EPUB]

Women of Intelligence [EPUB]
Women of Intelligence: Winning the Second World War with Air Photos by Christine Halsall
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 3.39/3.72MB

In World War Two an ornate Victorian mansion, overlooking the River Thames at Medmenham, in Buckinghamshire, was the Headquarters of the Allied Central Interpretation Unit. It was here that the air photography, obtained by reconnaissance aircraft flying over the whole of enemy and occupied Europe, was analysed by Photographic Interpreters: the Intelligence produced from their reports influenced virtually every Allied operation planned and carried out during the war. An analytical mind, curiosity, the ability search for clues and recognise the unusual were essential qualities for the Interpreters and found in men and women from scientific and artistic backgrounds. They included a daughter of Winston Churchill. Women made up half of the work force, as every aspect of enemy activity was watched and analysed. Now the women of Medmenham, the 'Women of Intelligence', tell the story of their wartime life and work - in their own words.

Fire in the Grove: The Cocoanut Grove Tragedy and Its Aftermath [EPUB]

Fire in the Grove: The Cocoanut Grove Tragedy and Its Aftermath [EPUB]
Fire in the Grove: The Cocoanut Grove Tragedy and Its Aftermath by John C Esposito
2006 | EPUB | 2.21MB

Saturday night, November 28, 1942, Boston suffered its worst disaster ever. At the city's premier nightspot, the Cocoanut Grove, the largest nightclub fire in United States history took the lives of 492 people-nearly one of every two people on the premises. A flash of fire that started in an imitation palm tree rolled through the overcrowded club with breathtaking speed and in a mere eight minutes anyone left in the club was dead or doomed. The Grove was a classic firetrap, the product of greed and indifference on the part of the owners and the politicians who had knowingly allowed such conditions to exist.

Against the backdrop of Boston politics, cronyism, and corruption, author John C. Esposito re-creates the drama of the fire and explores the public outcry that followed. In chronicling the horrific events of one of America's most cataclysmic tragedies, Esposito has fashioned both an incomparably gripping narrative and a vibrant portrait of the era. But it is the intense, detailed narrative of the fire-harrowing yet compulsively readable-and the trials that followed that will stay with readers well after they finish this remarkable book.

Offal: A Global History [EPUB]

Offal: A Global History [EPUB]
Offal: A Global History by Nina Edwards
2013 | EPUB | 8.03MB

“Offal” has the same pronunciation as “awful”—an appropriate homophone, given that offal comprises the whole spectrum of an animal’s glands, essential organs, skin, muscle, guts, and every unmentionable in between. Yet as Nina Edwards shows in this intriguing history, offal has been consumed and enjoyed across ages and continents, often hidden by the rich variety of terms—like fois gras and sweetbread—that have evolved to veil their origins.

Edwards dissects the complicated relationship we have with offal and the extreme reactions it inspires, asking if we can enjoy a pig’s heart, a cow’s eyes, or a sheep’s brain when it reminds us so viscerally of our own flesh and blood. She explores the offal dishes that are specific to regional cuisines and holidays, such as Scottish haggis, Jewish chopped liver, and Southern states’ chitterlings. As she reveals, offal is a food of contradictions—it is high in nutrients but also dangerously high in cholesterol, and it can range from expensive haute cuisine to a cheap alternative for the impoverished. From tongue in Sichuan and gizzard stew in Rio de Janeiro to spicy cartilage in Calcutta, Offal sheds new light on the sometimes stomach-churning foods we consume.

The Erotic Engine [EPUB]

The Erotic Engine [EPUB]
The Erotic Engine: How Pornography has Powered Mass Communication, from Gutenberg to Google by Patchen Barss
2011 | EPUB | 1.96MB

Pornography: The force for change that has been written out of the history of world culture.

From cave painting to photography to the internet, pornography has always been at the cutting edge in adopting and exploiting new developments in mass communication. And in so doing, it has helped to promote and propel those developments in ways that are rarely acknowledged. Without pornography, the internet would not have grown so quickly. The e-commerce payment systems that are now commonplace would be at a far more primitive stage security and usability. Without video streaming software developed for pornography sites, CNN would be struggling to deliver news clips. Without advertising from sex sites, Google could not have afforded YouTube.

This smart, witty and well-researched history shows how a vast secret trade has bankrolled and shaped mainstream culture and its machines.

Why Knot? [EPUB]

Why Knot? [EPUB]
Why Knot: How to Tie More than Sixty Ingenious, Useful, Beautiful, Lifesaving, and Secure Knots by Philippe Petit
2013 | EPUB | 5.46MB

On August 7, 1974, Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between the New York World Trade Center's twin towers, where he performed for nearly an hour. During this history-making walk, and many others throughout his celebrated career, knots have always been indispensable components-the guardian angels protecting his life in the sky.

After years of hands-on research, Philippe presents Why Knot?, a guide to tying his essential knots. Philippe's own practical sketches illustrate original methods and clear, clever tying instructions. Photographs in which special knots were used during spectacular high-wire walks, quirky knot trivia, personal anecdotes, helpful tips, magic tricks, and special tying challenges ensure that, if you're not already nuts for knots, Petit will transform you into a knot aficionado.

Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs [EPUB]

Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs [EPUB]
Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll
2014 | EPUB | 4.17MB

Photography is now more popular than ever thanks to the rapid development of digital cameras. Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs is for this new wave of DSLR dabblers and users of compact system, and bridge cameras. It contains no graphs, no techie diagrams and no camera club jargon. Instead, it inspires readers through iconic images and playful copy packed with hands-on tips.

Split into five sections, the book covers composition, exposure, light, lenses, and seeing. Images taken by master photographers – including Henri Cartier- Bresson, Sebastião Salgado, Fay Godwin, and Martin Parr – serve to illustrate points and encourage readers to try out new ideas.

Today's aspiring photographers want immediacy and see photography as an affordable way of expressing themselves quickly and creatively. This book answers that need, teaching readers how to take photographs using professional techniques.

Blue Mind [EPUB]

Blue Mind [EPUB]
Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do by Wallace J Nichols
2014 | EPUB | 1.08MB

A landmark book by marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols on the remarkable effects of water on our health and well-being.

Why are we drawn to the ocean each summer? Why does being near water set our minds and bodies at ease? In BLUE MIND, Wallace J. Nichols revolutionizes how we think about these questions, revealing the remarkable truth about the benefits of being in, on, under, or simply near water. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, he shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success.

BLUE MIND not only illustrates the crucial importance of our connection to water-it provides a paradigm shifting "blueprint" for a better life on this Blue Marble we call home.

The Economist Audio Edition [July 26, 2014]

The Economist Audio Edition [July 26, 2014]
The Economist Audio Edition [July 26, 2014]
English | MP3@48 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 149.48MB

A web of lies: How it entangles Vladimir Putin, Russia and the West

  • Stockmarkets and the DOG factor
  • Chinese firms struggle with the internet
  • What Jokowi means for Indonesia
  • A deadline for conquering AIDS
  • The ointlessness of pushy parenting

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

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

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

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

The Public Burning [EPUB]

The Public Burning [EPUB]
The Public Burning by Robert Coover
2014 | EPUB | 0.7MB

For quite some time after the 1977 publication of The Public Burning, it was almost impossible to find a copy. The book's own publisher seemed--no, was reluctant to admit it even existed. That's because this imaginative reconstruction of the 1953 execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, convicted for giving atom bomb secrets to the Soviets, was the first major work of modern fiction to feature a still-living historical figure as a prominent character. The book's obscurity was the publisher's attempt to avoid legal repercussions from Richard Nixon, who over the course of the book engages in a romantic interlude with Ethel Rosenberg and graphically surrenders himself to a rapacious Uncle Sam.

Now that Nixon's dead, however, readers are free to marvel at one of the few American novels to rival Joyce's Ulysses for sustained stylistic inventiveness. Snippets of speeches and articles from Time are recast in poetic form, entire scenes are presented in dramatic verse, as events in the Rosenberg case move towards their historically destined conclusion.

Everlasting Wisdom [EPUB]

Everlasting Wisdom [EPUB]
Everlasting Wisdom: Achieve True Wisdom in Business by Applying Twelve Ancient Principles by Brian Hazelgren
2013 | EPUB | 1.27MB

The twelve ancient principles taught in Everlasting Wisdom will help you unlock the treasures of a successful enterprise. At some point, each of us could use more wisdom in making decisions. Everlasting Wisdom is based on a series of choices that the most successful and powerful king of his day made, and how he eventually built a vast empire. We can all learn from the principles taught by one of the most successful ruler's in the world's history.

Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer [EPUB]

Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer [EPUB]
Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer by Alan Huffman
2013 | EPUB | 4.49MB

Tim Hetherington (1970-2011) was one of the world’s most distinguished and dedicated photojournalists, whose career was tragically cut short when he died in a mortar blast while covering the Libyan Civil War. Tim won many awards for his war reporting, and was nominated for an Academy Award for the critically acclaimed documentary, Restrepo. Hetherington’s dedication to his career led him time after time into war zones, and unlike some other journalists, he did not pack up after the story had broken.

In Here I Am, journalist and freelance writer Alan Huffman tells Hetherington’s life story, and through it analyzes what it means to be a war reporter in the twenty-first century. Huffman recounts Hetherington’s life from his first interests in photography, through his critical role in reporting the Liberian Civil War, to his tragic death in Libya. Huffman also traces Hetherington’s photographic milestones, from his iconic and prize-winning photographs of Liberian children, to the celebrated portraits of sleeping U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. Here I Am explores the risks, challenges, and thrills of war reporting, and is a testament to the unique work of people like Hetherington, who risk their lives to give a voice to people ravaged by war.

No Man's War: Irreverent Confessions of an Infantry Wife [EPUB]

No Man's War: Irreverent Confessions of an Infantry Wife [EPUB]
No Man's War: Irreverent Confessions of an Infantry Wife by Angela Ricketts
2014 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.5/0.84MB

Raised as an Army brat, Angie Ricketts thought she knew what she was in for when she eloped with Jack—then an infantry lieutenant—on the eve of his deployment to Somalia. Since that time, Jack, now a colonel, has been deployed eight times, serving four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. And Ricketts, has lived every one of those deployments intimately—distant enough to survive the years spent apart from her husband, but close enough to share a common purpose and a lifestyle they both love.

With humor, candor, and a brazen attitude, Ricketts pulls back the curtain on a subculture many readers know, but few ever will experience. Counter to the dramatized snap shot seen on Lifetime’s Army Wives, Ricketts digs into the personalities and posturing that officers’ wives must survive daily—whether navigating a social event on post, suffering through a husband’s prolonged deployment or reacting to a close friend’s death in combat.

At its core, No Man’s War is a story of sisterhood and survival.

The Way We Never Were [EPUB]

The Way We Never Were [EPUB]
The Way We Never Were: American Families And The Nostalgia Trap by Stephanie Coontz
1993 | EPUB | 3.45MB

Did you ever wonder about the historical accuracy of those "traditional family values" touted in the heated arguments that insist our cultural ills can be remedied by their return? Of course, myth is rooted in fact, and certain phenomena of the 1950s generated the Ozzie and Harriet icon. The decade proved profamily--the birthrate rose dramatically; social problems that nag--gangs, drugs, violence--weren't even on the horizon. Affluence had become almost a right; the middle class was growing. "In fact," writes Coontz, "the 'traditional' family of the 1950s was a qualitatively new phenomenon. At the end of the 1940s, all the trends characterizing the rest of the twentieth century suddenly reversed themselves." This clear-eyed, bracing, and exhaustively researched study of American families and the nostalgia trap proves--beyond the shadow of a doubt--that Leave It to Beaver was not a documentary.

Gender, too, is always on Coontz's mind. In the third chapter ("My Mother Was a Saint"), she offers an analysis of the contradictions and chasms inherent in the "traditional" division of labor. She reveals, next, how rarely the family exhibited economic and emotional self-reliance, suggesting that the shift from community to nuclear family was not healthy. Coontz combines a clear prose style with bold assertions, backed up by an astonishing fleet of researched, myth-skewing facts. The 88 pages of endnotes dramatize both her commitment to and deep knowledge of the subject. Brilliant, beautifully organized, iconoclastic, and (relentlessly) informative The Way We Never Were breathes fresh air into a too often suffocatingly "hot" and agenda-sullied subject. In the penultimate chapter, for example, a crisp reframing of the myth of black-family collapse leads to a reinterpretation of the "family crisis" in general, putting it in the larger context of social, economic, and political ills.

The book began in response to the urgent questions about the family crisis posed her by nonacademic audiences. Attempting neither to defend "tradition" in the era of family collapse, nor to liberate society from its constraints, Coontz instead cuts through the kind of sentimental, ahistorical thinking that has created unrealistic expectations of the ideal family. "I show how these myths distort the diverse experiences of other groups in America," Coontz writes, "and argue that they don't even describe most white, middle-class families accurately." The bold truth of history after all is that "there is no one family form that has ever protected people from poverty or social disruption, and no traditional arrangement that provides a workable model for how we might organize family relations in the modern world."

Some of America's most precious myths are not only precarious, but down right perverted, and we would be fools to ignore Stephanie Coontz's clarion call.

Dogging Steinbeck [EPUB]

Dogging Steinbeck [EPUB]
Dogging Steinbeck: Discovering America and Exposing the Truth about 'Travels With Charley' by Bill Steigerwald
2014 | EPUB | 5.26MB

First journalist Bill Steigerwald took John Steinbeck's classic Travels With Charley and used it as a map for his own cross-country road trip in search of America. Then he proved Steinbeck's iconic nonfiction book was a 50-year-old literary fraud. A true story about the triumph of truth.

Bill Steigerwald had a brilliant plan for showing how much America has changed in the last half century -- or so he thought. He’d simply retrace the 10,000-mile route John Steinbeck took around the USA in 1960 for his beloved bestseller “Travels With Charley.” Then he’d compare the America he saw with the country Steinbeck described in his classic road book. But when the intrepid ex-newspaperman from Pittsburgh started researching Steinbeck’s trip he uncovered a shocking literary scoop. Steinbeck’s iconic nonfiction book was a fraud. “Travels With Charley” was not just full of fiction. It was a deceptive and dishonest account of the great novelist’s actual road trip. Steigerwald made his own road trip exactly 50 years after Steinbeck did. Chasing and fact-checking Steinbeck’s ghost for 11,276 miles and 43 days, meeting hundreds of ordinary Americans, often sleeping in the back of his car in Wal-Mart parking lots, he drove from Maine to California to Texas. Despite the Great Recession and national headlines dripping with gloom and doom, Steigerwald discovered an America along the Steinbeck Highway that was big, empty, rich, safe, clean, prosperous and friendly. He didn’t just reaffirm his faith in America to withstand the long train of abuse from Washington and Wall Street, however. He also exposed the half-century-old myths of “Travels With Charley,” ruffled the PhDs of the country’s top Steinbeck scholars and forced “Charley’s” publisher to finally tell the truth. Steigerwald is a well-traveled journalist and veteran libertarian columnist. With the spirit of a teenage driver, a dogged pursuit of the facts and a refreshing point of view about America proudly located in the heart of Flyover Country not Manhattan, he spins the story of his ride with Steinbeck’s ghost into a provocative, news-making and entertaining American road book.

Travels with Charley: In Search of America [Audiobook]

Travels with Charley: In Search of America [Audiobook]
Travels with Charley: In Search of America [Audiobook] by John Steinbeck, read by Ron McLarty
1999 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 8 hrs 11 mins | 226.05MB

In September 1960, John Steinbeck embarked on a journey across America. He felt that he might have lost touch with the country, with its speech, the smell of its grass and trees, its color and quality of light, the pulse of its people. To reassure himself, he set out on a voyage of rediscovery of the American identity, accompanied by a distinguished French poodle named Charley; and riding in a three-quarter-ton pickup truck named Rocinante.

His course took him through almost forty states: northward from Long Island to Maine; through the Midwest to Chicago; onward by way of Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana (with which he fell in love), and Idaho to Seattle, south to San Francisco and his birthplace, Salinas; eastward through the Mojave, New Mexico, Arizona, to the vast hospitality of Texas, to New Orleans and a shocking drama of desegregation; finally, on the last leg, through Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey to New York.

Travels with Charley in Search of America is an intimate look at one of America's most beloved writers in the later years of his life—a self-portrait of a man who never wrote an explicit autobiography. Written during a time of upheaval and racial tension in the South—which Steinbeck witnessed firsthand—Travels with Charley is a stunning evocation of America on the eve of a tumultuous decade.

Life in the Hotel: Hotel History [EPUB]

Life in the Hotel: Hotel History [EPUB]
Life in the Hotel: Hotel History by Jo Jean Thomas Dehony
2014 | EPUB | 2.49MB

Over 100 years of life in a Hotel. In 1900 The Chamberlins moved to "Cody", a town with few buildings and very few people. Agnes Chamberlin started a boarding house in 1904, later expanded into Hotel Chamberlin. Her ideas filled with interesting challenges, were usually quite successful. She gave her Homestead land to the City in 1935 to enlarge the Airport. In 1939 Agnes sold to George and Hattie Edwards. It was renamed Pawnee Hotel in 1941. In 1974 Edwards sold to Jo Jean DeHony. Jo Jean remodeled and operated the Pawnee Hotel for more than 31 years and sold it in 2005.

The Complete Stephen King Universe [EPUB]

The Complete Stephen King Universe [EPUB]
The Complete Stephen King Universe: A Guide to the Worlds of Stephen King by Stanley Wiater, Christopher Golden, Hank Wagner
2006 | EPUB | 1.09MB

The myriad worlds and universes King has created are, in reality, one world, one universe. Here is the guide to that universe.

The Complete Stephen King Universe is the only definitive reference work that examines all of Stephen King's novels, short stories, motion pictures, miniseries, and teleplays, and deciphers the threads that exist in all of his work. This ultimate resource includes in-depth story analyses, character breakdowns, little-known facts, and startling revelations on how the plots, themes, characters, and conflicts intertwine.

After discovering The Complete Stephen King Universe, you will never read Stephen King the same way again.

The Secret History of Star Wars [Audiobook]

The Secret History of Star Wars [Audiobook]
The Secret History of Star Wars: The Art of Storytelling and the Making of a Modern Epic [Audiobook] by Michael Kaminski, read by Josh Robert Thompson
2014 | MP3@96 kbps + PDF | 24 hrs 59 mins | 1.01GB

Star Wars is one of the most important cultural phenomena of the Western world. The tale of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and the fall and redemption of Anakin Skywalker has become modern myth, an epic tragedy of the corruption of a young man in love into darkness, the rise of evil, and the power of good triumphing in the end.

But it didn’t start out that way.

In this thorough account of one of cinema’s most lasting works, Michael Kaminski presents the true history of how Star Wars was written, from its beginnings as a science fiction fairy tale to its development over three decades into the epic we now know, chronicling the methods, techniques, thought processes, and struggles of its creator. For this unauthorized account, he has pored through over four hundred sources, from interviews to original scripts, to track how the most powerful modern epic in the world was created, expanded, and finalized into the tale an entire generation has grown up with.

The Screenwriter's Bible, 6th Edition [EPUB]

The Screenwriter's Bible, 6th Edition [EPUB]
The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script, 6th Edition by David Trottier
2014 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.77/2.87MB

The 20th anniversary edition of one of the most popular, authoritative, and useful books on screenwriting. A standard by which other screenwriting books are measured, it has sold over 200,000 copies in its twenty-year life. Always up-to-date and reliable, it contains everything that both the budding and working screenwriter need under one cover five books in one!

  • A Screenwriting Primer that provides a concise course in screenwriting basics;
  • A Screenwriting Workbook that walks you through the complete writing process, from nascent ideas through final revisions;
  • A Formatting Guide that thoroughly covers today s correct formats for screenplays and TV scripts;
  • A Spec Writing Guide that demonstrates today s spec style through sample scenes and analysis, with an emphasis on grabbing the reader s interest in the first ten pages;
  • A Sales and Marketing Guide that presents proven strategies to help you create a laser-sharp marketing plan.

Among this book s wealth of practical information are sample query letters, useful worksheets and checklists, hundreds of examples, sample scenes, and straightforward explanations of screenwriting fundamentals. The sixth edition is chock-full of new examples, the latest practices, and new material on non-traditional screenplay outlets.

The Psychology of the Simpsons: D'oh [EPUB]

The Psychology of the Simpsons: D'oh [EPUB]
The Psychology of the Simpsons: D'oh edited by Alan S Brown, Chris Logan
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.54/0.67MB

Psychologists turn their attention to The Simpsons, one of America’s most popular and beloved shows, in these essays that explore the function and dysfunctions of the show’s characters. Designed to appeal to both fans of the show and students of psychology, this unique blend of science and pop culture consists of essays by professional psychologists drawn from schools and clinical practices across the country.

Each essay is designed to be accessible, thoughtful, and entertaining, while providing the reader with insights into both The Simpsons and the latest in psychological thought. Every major area of psychology is covered, from clinical psychology and cognition to abnormal and evolutionary psychology, while fresh views on eclectic show topics such as gambling addiction, Pavlovian conditioning, family therapy, and lobotomies are explored.

Wanna Cook?: The Complete, Unofficial Companion to Breaking Bad [EPUB]

Wanna Cook?: The Complete, Unofficial Companion to Breaking Bad [EPUB]
Wanna Cook: The Complete, Unofficial Companion to Breaking Bad by Ensley F Guffey, K Dale Koontz
2014 | EPUB | 20.55MB

An accessible and in-depth guide to all five seasons of Breaking Bad

“I am not in danger . . . I am the danger.” With those words, Breaking Bad’s Walter White solidified himself as TV’s greatest antihero.

Wanna Cook? explores the most critically lauded series on television with analyses of the individual episodes and ongoing storylines. From details like stark settings, intricate camerawork, and jarring music to the larger themes, including the roles of violence, place, self-change, legal ethics, and fan reactions, this companion book is perfect for those diehards who have watched the Emmy Award–winning series multiple times as well as for new viewers. Wanna Cook? elucidates without spoiling, and illuminates without nit-picking. A must-have for any fan’s collection.

The Annotated Godfather [EPUB]

The Annotated Godfather [EPUB]
The Annotated Godfather: The Complete Screenplay with Commentary on Every Scene, Interviews, and Little-Known Facts by Jenny M Jones
2009 | EPUB | 10.8MB

This fully authorized, annotated, and illustrated edition of the complete screenplay of The Godfather presents all the little-known details and behind-the-scenes intrigue surrounding the landmark film.

The Godfather is considered by many to be the greatest movie ever made, from its brilliant cinematic innovations and its memorable, oft-quoted script to it magnificent cast, including Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan, and others who are now among the most celebrated actors of our time. And yet, the history of its making is so colorful, so chaotic, that one cannot help but marvel at the seemingly insurmountable odds it overcame to become a true cinematic masterpiece, a film that continues to captivate us decades after its release.

Now, thirty-five years after The Godfather's highly anticipated debut, comes this fully authorized, annotated, and illustrated edition of the complete screenplay. Virtually every scene is examined including:

  • Fascinating commentary on technical details about the filming and shooting locations
  • Tales from the set, including the arguments, the accidents, and the practical jokes
  • Profiles of the actors and stories of how they were cast
  • Deleted scenes that never made the final cut
  • Goofs and gaffes that did

Fascinating facts from behind-the-scenes of The Annotated Godfather:

  • Actor Richard Castellano (Clemenza) actually ad-libbed the now-famous line, "Leave the gun, take the cannoli."
  • Nearly 750 extras were bussed to a location on Staten Island where the wedding scene was shot, along with thousands of cookies, yard-wide trays of lasagna, barrels of beer, gallons of wine, and a six-foot-high wedding cake. The food had to be replenished every day for four days.
  • Marlon Brando was crowned best prankster on the set and awarded a heavyweight-style belt emblazoned with the title "Moon Champion," in reference to his favorite type of prank.
  • In order to help actor Al Martino (Johnny Fontane) express emotion in his scene with Don Corleone, Marlon Brando surprised him by whacking him across the face just before the cameras started to roll.
  • The woman who kisses newborn Michael Rizzi on the church steps is Italia Coppola, Francis's mom.

Interviews with former Paramount executives, cast and crew members—from the producer to the makeup artist—and director Francis Ford Coppola round out the commentary and shed new light on everything you thought you knew about this most influential film. The more than 200 photographs from the film, from behind-the-scenes, and from the cutting room floor make this a visual feast for every Godfather fan.

Final Cuts: The Last Films of 50 Great Directors [EPUB]

Final Cuts: The Last Films of 50 Great Directors [EPUB]
Final Cuts: The Last Films of 50 Great Directors by Nat Segaloff
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.7/4.29MB

Critic-producer Nat Segaloff was granted access to private papers, production records, never-before-published interviews, and specialized archives in reconstructing the colorful, touching, and sometimes scandalous stories behind the making of the last films of some of Hollywood’s top directors. Winningly readable and yet meticulously researched, its substantial entries range from Robert Aldrich and Robert Altman to Peter Yates and Fred Zinnemann, and John Ford and Howard Hawks to Otto Preminger and Richard Brooks.

Certain to attract controversy because of whom it ignores as well as whom it includes, Final Cuts presents fifty widely varied chronicles of success and failure, inspiration and ennui, elation and heartache, and every other emotion enjoyed or endured by the greatest filmmakers that Hollywood ever knew.

The Murder of Marilyn Monroe: Case Closed [EPUB]

The Murder of Marilyn Monroe: Case Closed [EPUB]
The Murder of Marilyn Monroe: Case Closed by Jay Margolis, Richard Buskin
2014 | EPUB | 5.03MB

Marilyn Monroe died under suspicious circumstances on the night of August 4, 1962. In The Murder of Marilyn Monroe: Case Closed, renowned MM expert Jay Margolis and New York Times bestselling author Richard Buskin finally lay to rest more than fifty years of wild speculation and misguided assertions by actually naming the screen goddess's killer. At the same time, they use the testimony of eyewitnesses to describe exactly what took place inside her house on Fifth Helena Drive in Los Angeles's Brentwood neighborhood.

Implicating Bobby Kennedy in the commission of Monroe's murder, this is the first book to name the LAPD officers who accompanied the Attorney General to her home, provide details about how the Kennedys used bribes to silence one of the ambulance drivers, and specify how the subsequent cover-up was aided by a noted pathologist's outrageous lies. This blockbuster volume blows the lid off the world's most notorious and talked-about celebrity death, and in the process also exposes the third gunman in the pantry who delivered the fatal bullet to the back of RFK's head -- and the third gunman's female accomplice who, until now, has only been known to the LAPD and the FBI as "the girl in the polka-dot dress."

Marilyn Monroe: A Life of the Actress [EPUB]

Marilyn Monroe: A Life of the Actress [EPUB]
Marilyn Monroe: A Life of the Actress, Revised and Updated by Carl Rollyson
2014 | EPUB | 4.08MB

In American popular culture, Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) has evolved in stature from movie superstar to American icon. Monroe's own understanding of her place in the American imagination and her effort to perfect her talent as an actress are explored with great sensitivity in Carl Rollyson's engaging narrative. He shows how movies became crucial events in the shaping of Monroe's identity. He regards her enduring gifts as a creative artist, discussing how her smaller roles in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve established the context for her career, while in-depth chapters on her more important roles in Bus Stop, Some Like It Hot, and The Misfits provide the centerpiece of his examination of her life and career.

Through extensive interviews with many of Monroe's colleagues, close friends, and other biographers, and a careful rethinking of the literature written about her, Rollyson is able to describe her use of Method acting and her studies with Michael Chekhov and Lee Strasberg, head of the Actors' Studio in New York. The author also analyzes several of Monroe's own drawings, diary notes, and letters that have recently become available. With over thirty black and white photographs (some published for the first time), a new foreword, and a new afterword, this volume brings Rollyson's 1986 book up to date.

From this comprehensive, yet critically measured wealth of material, Rollyson offers a distinctive and insightful portrait of Marilyn Monroe, highlighted by new perspectives that depict the central importance of acting to the authentic aspects of her being.

The Blonde by Anna Godbersen [EPUB]

The Blonde by Anna Godbersen [EPUB]
The Blonde by Anna Godbersen
2014 | EPUB | 0.4MB

It’s early spring 1959, and the word desire is synonymous with America’s most famous blonde: Marilyn Monroe. She’s at the height of her fame, the object of a whole world’s worth of want and projection. Being desired is her drug, her kryptonite, the very definition of who she is. It’s so much a part of her identity that her own wants and needs have become fleeting at best, as if she’s seen herself through others’ eyes so often that she’s forgotten what she looks like through her own. But the deepest needs always surface, and there is one thing Marilyn wishes for beyond all else—to meet her real father.

That’s the part you already know, the legend—but here’s the part that’s never been told.

Ten years earlier a man named Alexei Lazarey met Marilyn before she was Marilyn, starving and alone at Schwab’s in Los Angeles. Before the day was out, he got her signed to the William Morris Agency and eventually transformed her from a poor, failed actress to America’s most famous sex symbol.

Now that Marilyn has reached her pinnacle, Alexei comes back for his repayment. When she hesitates, he plays his trump card: pulling out a photo of her estranged father with a promise to reunite them. The next day, Marilyn’s on a plane to Chicago with Alexei’s instructions ringing in her ear: John F. Kennedy is the favorite for next year’s Democratic presidential nomination. Find out something about him that no one else knows.

At first, Marilyn is almost bored by the thought of yet again using a man’s attraction to get what she needs. But once she meets the magnetic Jack Kennedy for the first time, she has a feeling that this isn’t going to be a simple game—for her or Alexei. As she gets herself in deeper and deeper Marilyn discovers that there’s something much more sinister at play. What started as the simple desire to meet her father now has grave consequences for her, for the bright young Kennedy, and for the entire nation.

Part biography, part spy thriller, and part love story, THE BLONDE is a whip-smart reimagining of history that reads like a chillingly true account. With a voice that explodes off the page, this novel is a massive ice cream sundae of American celebrity, sex, love, violence, power, and paranoia.

Economics: Making Sense of the Modern Economy [Audiobook]

Economics: Making Sense of the Modern Economy [Audiobook]
Economics: Making Sense of the Modern Economy [Audiobook] edited by Saugato Datta, read by David Thorpe
2013 | MP3@64 kbps | 12 hrs 49 mins | 352.56MB

An updated edition of the authoritative resource on the realities of the modern economy

People have always had an interest in how the economy works, and that interest has only been magnified as a result of the Great Recession. Economics, Third Edition: Making Sense of the Modern Economy takes complex concepts and makes them easy to understand, presenting the concepts in the context of today's economic environment.

  • Details the sources of economic growth, and the role of central banks
  • Explains both macro and microeconomics
  • Analyzes why the recession of 2008 happened and how it was dealt with, as well as its short- and long-term effects

Free of jargon and with few charts or tables to sort through and pore over, Economics, Third Edition helps everyone from students to statesmen quickly and easily grasp how the economy really works in the real world, and how it affects our daily lives.

You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think [EPUB]

You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think [EPUB]
You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think by Wes Moss
2014 | EPUB | 1.91MB

If you think you need to win the lottery or work until you’re 75 to retire with financial stability, Money Matters host Wes Moss has very good news for you. You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think reveals the secrets for ensuring a successful retirement—sooner rather than later.

After conducting an intensive study of happy retirees to learn the financial practices they hold in common, Moss discovered that it doesn't take financial genius, millions of dollars, or sophisticated investment skills to ensure a safe, solid retirement. All it takes is five best practices:

  1. Determine what you want and need your retirement money for
  2. Figure out how much you need to save
  3. Create a plan to pay off your mortgage in as little as five years
  4. Develop an income stream from multiple sources
  5. Become an income investor

Getting on the fast track to a great retirement is a lot simpler than the retirement professionals would have you believe. You Can Retire Sooner Than You Think provides the proven-effective, five-step formula for creating the retirement of your dreams.

Conversational Capacity [EPUB]

Conversational Capacity [EPUB]
Conversational Capacity: The Secret to Building Successful Teams That Perform When the Pressure Is On by Craig Weber
2013 | EPUB + PDF | 1.1/1.54MB

OPEN, BALANCED DIALOGUE--THE KEY TO PEAK TEAM PERFORMANCE

In a world of rapid-fire change, it's more important than ever to build teams that work well when the pressure is on—and quality communication can mean the difference between success and failure.

Conversational Capacity provides the communication tools you need to ensure that your team remains on track even when dealing with its most troublesome issues, that it responds to tough challenges with agility and skill, and performs brilliantly in circumstances that would incapacitate less disciplined teams.

The Six-Figure Second Income [EPUB]

The Six-Figure Second Income [EPUB]
The Six-Figure Second Income: How To Start and Grow A Successful Online Business Without Quitting Your Day Job by David Lindahl, Jonathan Rozek
2010 | EPUB | 1.0MB

Proven methods for building an online income stream

Maybe you dream of making money with an online business, but haven't tried so far because you'd have to quit your current job and enter the risky world of Internet startups. Or because you think you need lots of capital and way too much time. Or you think the field is maxed out and overcrowded. Or that you need to be age twenty-four—with an amazing invention to sell. Or just because the economy's too bad right now.

If these reasons sound familiar, Dave Lindahl and Jon Rozek beg to differ. Having done so themselves, they know you can create a very significant side income online, and their new go-to guide The Six-Figure Second Income shows you exactly how!

Filled with common-sense advice and proven tips, this book supplies you with a complete toolbox to take the things you know or do best and sell them online for a profit—all in your spare time, working at your speed. You'll get a no-nonsense approach to creating and selling simple, effective information products that will, with time and work, produce a sizable income stream. You'll also discover:

  • Ten false barriers on your road to onlinebusiness success
  • Six very real dangers to your successReady-made ideas for quick andprofitable productsHelpful tips for creating saleable contentquickly and easily
  • Seven building blocks of a good Web site
  • Common marketing mistakes and their fixesHow to use Google tools and other online resources to discover new trends and markets
  • Secrets to creating an upward profit spiral

If for some reason you object to making money, don't read this book. Otherwise, pick up The Six-Figure Second Income and start building a rewarding and growing stream of online profits today!

Investing in Real Estate, 7th Edition [EPUB]

Investing in Real Estate, 7th Edition [EPUB]
Investing in Real Estate, 7th Edition by Gary W Eldred

The bestselling guide to real estate, newly revised for today's investors

More than ever, investing in property today will set you on track to conquer financial uncertainty and build your long-term net worth. Investing in Real Estate, Seventh Edition offers dozens of experience- proven methods to convert these challenging times into the best of times.

Whether you want to fix and sell or buy, improve, and hold, market savvy real estate investor Gary W. Eldred shows you how to achieve your goals. He provides time-tested ways to grow a profitable portfolio and shows you how property investing can deliver twenty-two sources of financial return. You'll learn how to negotiate like a pro, read market trends, and choose from multiple possibilities to finance your properties. This timely new edition also includes:

  • Historical context to emphasize how bargain prices and near record low interest rates now combine to offer unprecedented potential for short- and long-term profits
  • Successfully navigate and meet today's loan underwriting standards
  • How to obtain discounted property prices from banks, underwater owners, and government agencies
  • How to value properties accurately—and, when necessary, intelligently challenge poorly prepared lender appraisals
  • Effective techniques to acquire REOs and short sales on favorable terms within reasonable time frames
  • How to market and manage your properties to outperform other investors
  • And much more!

Join the pros who are profiting from today's market. All you need is the knowledge edge provided by Investing in Real Estate, Seventh Edition—the most favored and reliable guide to gaining the rewards that real estate offers.

Real Estate Investing (The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course) [EPUB]

Real Estate Investing (The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course) [EPUB]
Real Estate Investing (The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course), 2nd Edition by Jack Cummings
2010 | EPUB | 3.15MB

A complete curriculum for profiting in today's tough market!

Opportunities abound in the real estate market. In order to find the best investments, though, you need to understand the changes brought on by the turbulence of recent years. Bringing you completely up to date on today's market, The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course: Real Estate Investing offers a fast-paced but thorough and well-rounded education on profiting in real estate.

Revealing secrets previously reserved for industry insiders, veteran Jack Cummings offers the knowledge you need to get moving right away. This three-day "crash course" provides checklists and proven insider tips on how to:

  • spot the hot properties of tomorrow
  • calculate potential profits before investing
  • increase property values
  • make offers and counteroffers
  • find the best sources of financing

Get tips and advice from a true industry insider and start building your fortune now with The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course: Real Estate Investing.