Liar's Poker [Audiobook]

Liar's Poker [Audiobook]
Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street [Audiobook] by Michael Lewis, read by the Author
2007 | MP3 VBR V0 + MOBI | ~ 3 hrs | 317.3MB

It was wonderful to be young and working on Wall Street in the 1980s: never had so many twenty-four-year-olds made so much money in so little time.

In this shrewd and wickedly funny audiobook, Michael Lewis describes an astonishing era and his own rake’s progress through a powerful investment bank. From an unlikely beginning (art history at Princeton?) he rose in two short years from Salomon Brothers trainee to Geek (the lowest form of life on the trading floor) to Big Swinging Dick–a bond salesman who could turn over millions of dollars’ worth of doubtful bonds with just one call.

A born storyteller, Michael Lewis shows us how things really worked on Wall Street. The bond traders, wearing greed and ambition as badges of honor, might well have swaggered straight from the pages of Bonfire of the Vanities. But for all their outrageous behavior, they were in fact presiding over enormous changes in the world economy. Lewis’s job was to transfer money, in the form of bonds, from those outside American who saved to those inside America who consumed. In doing so, he generated tens of millions of dollars for Salomon Brothers, and earned for himself a ringside seat on the greatest financial spectacle of the decade: the leveraging of America.

Betrayed: Escape from Iraq [EPUB]

Betrayed: Escape from Iraq [EPUB]
Betrayed: Escape from Iraq (A terrifying true story of a young woman dragged back to Iraq by her parents to live under threat of death from the ancient custom of honour killing) Latifa Ali, Richard Shears
2011 | EPUB | 2.59MB

A true story of how a clash of cultures threatens a young woman’s life!

She must escape from Iraq as soon as possible or she will be forced to die for her family's honour.

No passport. No freedom. No escape.

This is the true story of Latifa Ali, raised as a westerner, but betrayed by her family and friends and left prisoner of her father in Iraq. She has no allies, no liberty as a Muslim woman and no access to any embassy.

As the war on terror rages around her, Latifa is at war with the culture and customs. Imprisoned, abused and violated, her efforts to escape Iraq fail and her death looms closer.

Working as a spy, consorting with the UN and racing for the border, Latifa has a dangerous secret that will threaten her life if exposed.

Fierce Patriot [EPUB]

Fierce Patriot [EPUB]
Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman by Robert L O'Connell
2014 | EPUB | 8.26MB

William Tecumseh Sherman was more than just one of our greatest generals. Fierce Patriot is a bold, revisionist portrait of how this iconic and enigmatic figure exerted an outsize impact on the American landscape—and the American character.

America’s first “celebrity” general, William Tecumseh Sherman was a man of many faces. Some of them were exalted in the public eye. Others were known only to intimates—his family, friends and lovers, and the soldiers under his command. In this rich and layered portrait, Robert L. O’Connell captures the man in full for the first time. From his early exploits in Florida, to his role in California at the start of the Gold Rush, through his brilliant but tempestuous generalship during the Civil War, and to his postwar career as a key player in the building of the transcontinental railroad, Sherman was, as O’Connell puts it, the “human embodiment of Manifest Destiny.”

Here is Sherman the military strategist of genius, a master of logistics whose uncanny grasp of terrain and brilliant sense of timing always seemed to land him in the right place at the most opportune moments. O’Connell shows how Sherman’s creation of an agile, improvisational fighting force—the Army of the West—helped turn the tide of the Civil War and laid the foundation for modern U.S. ground forces. Then there is “Uncle Billy,” Sherman’s public persona, a charismatic hero to his troops and quotable catnip to the newspaper writers of his day.

Here, too, is the private Sherman. He was born into one powerhouse family—his grandfather signed the Declaration of Independence—and was adopted into another. His foster father, Thomas Ewing, was an influential politician and cabinet member who helped provide key opportunities for Sherman throughout his career. But Sherman’s fraught relationship with Ewing, coupled with his appetite for women, parties, and the high life of the New York theater, certainly complicated his already turbulent marriage to his foster sister Ellen, a relationship O’Connell likens to a mix of “gunpowder and gasoline”—altogether a family triangle that might have sprung from the pages of a Victorian novel.

As he peels away the layers of the Sherman persona, O’Connell dispels a number of common misperceptions about his subject. He sheds new light on Sherman’s relationship with Ulysses S. Grant, and also on his struggle against Nathan Bedford Forrest and the insurgency that was the other half of the Civil War along the Mississippi. Later he reveals Sherman’s fabled march from Atlanta to the sea not as a campaign of unmitigated destruction, as it is often portrayed, but the careful execution of a necessary piece of strategy calculated to scare the South back into the Union. O’Connell’s Sherman is no Attila, but a complicated soldier/statesman—perhaps the quintessential nineteenth-century American.

Warrior, family man, American icon, William Tecumseh Sherman has finally found a biographer worthy of his protean gifts. A masterful character study whose myriad insights are leavened with its author’s trademark wit, Fierce Patriot will stand as the essential book on Sherman for decades to come.

A People's History of Scotland [EPUB]

A People's History of Scotland [EPUB]
A People's History of Scotland by Chris Bambery
2014 | EPUB | 1.62MB

In September 2014, the people of Scotland will decide whether - after 407 years of British rule - they want to be an independent country. Chris Bambery, a leading figure in the Scottish Independence campaign, seizes the opportunity to delve into the real and oft-forgotten history of Scotland.

A People's History of Scotland looks beyond the kings and queens, the battles and bloody defeats of the past. It captures the history that matters today, stories of freedom fighters, suffragettes, the workers of Red Clydeside, and the hardship and protest of the treacherous Thatcher era.

With riveting storytelling, Chris Bambery recounts the struggles for nationhood. He charts the lives of Scots who changed the world, as well as those who fought for the cause of ordinary people at home, from the poets Robbie Burns and Hugh MacDiarmid to campaigners such as John Maclean and Helen Crawfurd.

This is a passionate cry for more than just independence but also for a nation based on social justice.

Australia and the Vietnam War [EPUB]

Australia and the Vietnam War [EPUB]
Australia and the Vietnam War by Peter Edwards
2014 | EPUB | 10.79MB

In this landmark book, award-winning historian Peter Edwards skillfully unravels the complexities of the global Cold War, decolonization in Southeast Asia, and Australian domestic politics.

The Vietnam War was Australia’s longest and most controversial military commitment of the 20th century, ending in humiliation for the United States and its allies with the downfall of South Vietnam. The war provoked deep divisions in Australian society and politics, particularly because for the first time young men were conscripted for overseas service in a highly contentious ballot system. The Vietnam era is still identified with diplomatic, military, and political failure.

Was Vietnam a case of Australia fighting “other people’s wars”? Were we really “all the way” with the United States? How valid was the “domino theory”? Did the Australian forces develop new tactical methods in earlier Southeast Asian conflicts, and just how successful were they against the unyielding enemy in Vietnam? This book provides new, often surprising, answers to these questions.

Beyond White Guilt [EPUB]

Beyond White Guilt [EPUB]
Beyond White Guilt: The Real Challenge for Black-White Relations in Australia by Sarah Maddison
2011 | EPUB | 1.07MB

A deeply provocative call for white Australians to take personal responsibility for the ongoing impact of colonization on Aboriginal Australians, Sarah Maddison's bold and original take on the running sore of black-white relations offers a genuinely constructive alternative when so many other approaches have failed.

Deep in our hearts, Australians know that our nation was built on land that does not belong to us. Some of us now assert that Aboriginal people should simply take advantage of opportunities offered by white society. But many others feel guilt, often turning this guilt inwards, feeling helpless in the face of the appalling conditions in which many of the original inhabitants of this country now live. Successive government policies of obliteration, assimilation, cultural maintenance and intervention have manifestly failed to bridge the gulf between black and white Australians, and to improve the lives of many Aboriginal Australians. Efforts at reconciliation have stalled. In many ways, we are stuck.

Sarah Maddison argues that there is no point in looking again to governments for a solution to these challenges. Rather, it is up to us, all of us. We need to acknowledge our collective responsibility, change at a deep level, and develop a revitalized view of our national self. Only then will we develop policies and practical solutions that work.

Operation Paperclip [Audiobook]

Operation Paperclip [Audiobook]
Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America [Audiobook] by Annie Jacobsen, read by the Author
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 19 hrs 26 mins | 533.99MB

In the chaos following World War II, the U.S. government faced many difficult decisions, including what to do with the Third Reich's scientific minds. These were the brains behind the Nazis' once-indomitable war machine. So began Operation Paperclip, a decades-long, covert project to bring Hitler's scientists and their families to the United States.

Many of these men were accused of war crimes, and others had stood trial at Nuremberg; one was convicted of mass murder and slavery. They were also directly responsible for major advances in rocketry, medical treatments, and the U.S. space program. Was Operation Paperclip a moral outrage, or did it help America win the Cold War?

Drawing on exclusive interviews with dozens of Paperclip family members, colleagues, and interrogators, and with access to German archival documents (including previously unseen papers made available by direct descendants of the Third Reich's ranking members), files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and dossiers discovered in government archives and at Harvard University, Annie Jacobsen follows more than a dozen German scientists through their postwar lives and into a startling, complex, nefarious, and jealously guarded government secret of the twentieth century.

In this definitive, controversial look at one of America's most strategic, and disturbing, government programs, Jacobsen shows just how dark government can get in the name of national security.

Inside British Intelligence: 100 Years of MI5 and MI6 [EPUB]

Inside British Intelligence: 100 Years of MI5 and MI6 [EPUB]
Inside British Intelligence: 100 Years of MI5 and MI6 by Gordon Thomas
2013 | EPUB |

100 years old in August 2009, this is a complete and up-to-date account of the two oldest and still the most powerful, secretive intelligence services in the world: MI5, the security service, and MI6, the secret intelligence service. This is a story of spectacular triumphs, treachery, their frigid relationship, their untold work with the CIA, Mossad and the spy services of Europe, and their part in the fight against terror.

It is also the story of two agencies led by men who are enigmatic, eccentric and controversial and who ruthlessly control their spies. From the unique partnership between Mossad and MI6, how MI5 and MI6 became a breeding ground for Soviet spies post-war, their exploitation of the collapse of the Soviet Union and their role in biological warfare, and including how both services monitor the spies of every nation based in London, it reads like fiction. But it’s not. Based on prodigious research and interviews with significant players Inside British Intelligence is packed with new and startling information.

Reconstructing Russia [EPUB]

Reconstructing Russia [EPUB]
Reconstructing Russia: US Policy in Revolutionary Russia, 1917-1922 by Leo J Bacino
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.1/1.23MB

In an original and stimulating manner, Reconstructing Russia focuses on the Wilson administration's efforts to find some way to provide economic support to Russian Siberia as a counterpoint to German economic influence. The connection between the Wilson administration's efforts to provide economic assistance in Siberia and the Marshall Plan becomes even more significant at the close of the twentieth century as contemporary debates are waged over the issue of economic assistance to the former Soviet Union.

Bacino places Wilson's Russian policy in a new light and examines it from a government-wide perspective. The author analyzes several significant issues and gives a fresh look at one of the most confusing episodes in Wilsonian foreign policy.

Revolt on the Right [EPUB]

Revolt on the Right [EPUB]
Revolt on the Right: Explaining Support for the Radical Right in Britain by Robert Ford, Matthew J Goodwin
2014 | EPUB | 4.77MB

Since 2010, the UK Independence Party (UKIP) has become the most successful challenger to the three main parties in postwar English politics. Yet important questions about this political insurgency, and support for the radical right more generally, remain unanswered.

  • What trends have made the rise of UKIP possible?
  • How has the party sought to connect with voters in terms of strategy and ideological appeals?
  • Who is voting for the party, why, and what do these changing political loyalties tell us about the current state of British politics and society?
  • To what extent, if at all, are these supporters the ‘mirror image’ of radical right voters elsewhere in Europe?
  • And how far can UKIP go in a political system that is stacked against smaller parties?

Drawing on an unprecedented amount of data, from large-scale surveys of UKIP voters to extensive interviews with party insiders, Robert Ford and Matthew Goodwin take readers inside this political revolt and put its support under the microscope. The result is a data-rich but accessible account that is essential reading for anyone who is interested in British politics, the radical right and electoral behaviour.

One Nation Under Goods [EPUB]

One Nation Under Goods [EPUB]
One Nation Under Goods: Malls and the Seductions of American Shopping by James J Farrell
2014 | EPUB | 7.83MB

Loved and hated, visited and avoided, seemingly everywhere yet endlessly the same, malls occupy a special place in American life. What, then, is this invention that evokes such strong and contradictory emotions in Americans? In many ways malls represent the apotheosis of American consumerism, and this synthetic and wide-ranging investigation is an eye-popping tour of American culture's values and beliefs.

Like your favorite mall, One Nation under Goods is a browser's paradise, and in order to understand America's culture of consumption you need to make a trip to the mall with Farrell. This lively, fast-paced history of the hidden secrets of the shopping mall explains how retail designers make shopping and goods "irresistible." Architects, chain stores, and mall owners relax and beguile us into shopping through water fountains, ficus trees, mirrors, and covert security cameras. From food courts and fountains to Santa and security, Farrell explains how malls control their patrons and convince us that shopping is always an enjoyable activity. And most importantly, One Nation Under Goods shows why the mall's ultimate promise of happiness through consumption is largely an illusion. It's all here--for one low price, of course.

Value-Based Pricing [EPUB]

Value-Based Pricing [EPUB]
Value-Based Pricing: Drive Sales and Boost Your Bottom Line by Creating, Communicating and Capturing Customer Value by Harry Macdivitt, Mike Wilkinson
2011 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.58/3.95MB

A Groundbreaking Pricing Model for the New Business Landscape

Why would any customer choose Brand X over Brand Y, regardless of price? In a word: Value.

When customers feel they are getting good value from your product or service, they are more than happy to pay more—which is good news for you and your business. Even in today’s global market—with its aggressive competitors, low-cost commodities, savvy consumers, and intangible digital offerings—you can outsell and outperform the rest using Value-Based Pricing. Done correctly, this method of pricing and selling helps you:

  • Understand your customers’ wants and needs
  • Focus on what makes your company different
  • Quantify your differences and build a value-based strategy
  • Communicate your value directly to your customers

Now more than ever, it is essential for you to reexamine the reality of the value you offer customers—and this step-by-step program shows you how.

Developed by global consultants Harry Macdivitt and Mike Wilkinson, Value-Based Pricing identifies three basic elements of the Value Triad: revenue gain, cost reduction, and emotional contribution. By delivering these core values to your customers—through marketing, selling, negotiation, and pricing—you can expect an increase in profits, productivity, and consumer goodwill. These are the same value-based strategies used by major companies such as Philips, Alstom, Siemens, and Virgin Mobile. And when it comes to today’s more intangible markets—such as consulting services or digital properties like e-books and music files—these value-based strategies are more important than ever.

So forget about your old pricing methods based on costs and competition. Once you know your own value—and how to communicate it to others—everybody profits.

A Billion Wicked Thoughts [EPUB]

A Billion Wicked Thoughts [EPUB]
A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the Internet Tells Us About Sexual Relationships by Ogi Ogas, Sai Gaddam
2011 | EPUB | 1.08MB

Two maverick neuroscientists use the world's largest psychology experiment-the Internet-to study the private activities of millions of men and women around the world, unveiling a revolutionary and shocking new vision of human desire that overturns conventional thinking.

For his groundbreaking sexual research, Alfred Kinsey and his team interviewed 18,000 people, relying on them to honestly report their most intimate experiences. Using the Internet, the neuroscientists Ogas and Gaddam quietly observed the raw sexual behaviors of half a billion people. By combining their observations with neuroscience and animal research, these two young neuroscientists finally answer the long-disputed question: what do people really like? Ogas and Gaddam's findings are transforming the way scientists and therapists think about sexual desire.

In their startling book, Ogas and Gaddam analyze a "billion wicked thoughts" on the Internet: a billion Web searches, a million individual search histories, a million erotic stories, a half-million erotic videos, a million Web sites, millions of online personal ads, and many other enormous sources of sexual data in order to understand the true differences between male and female desires, including:

  • Men and women have hardwired sexual cues analogous to our hardwired tastes-there are sexual versions of sweet, sour, salty, savory, and bitter. But men and women are wired with different sets of cues.
  • The male sexual brain resembles a reckless hunter, while the female sexual brain resembles a cautious detective agency.
  • Men form their sexual interests during adolescence and rarely change. Women's sexual interests are plastic and change frequently.
  • The male sexual brain is an "or gate": A single stimulus can arouse it. The female sexual brain is an "and gate": It requires many simultaneous stimuli to arouse it.
  • When it comes to sexual arousal, men prefer overweight women to underweight women, and a significant number of men seek out erotic images of women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s.
  • Women enjoy writing and sharing erotic stories with other women. The fastest growing genre of erotic stories for women are stories about two heterosexual men having sex.
  • Though the male sexual brain is much more different from the female sexual brain than is commonly believed, the sexual brain of gay men is virtually identical to that of straight men.

Featuring cutting-edge, jaw-dropping science, this wildly entertaining and controversial book helps readers understand their partner's sexual desires with a depth of knowledge unavailable from any other source. Its fascinating and occasionally disturbing findings will rock our modern understanding of sexuality, just as Kinsey's reports did sixty years ago.