The Nixon Defense [Audiobook]

The Nixon Defense [Audiobook]
The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It [Audiobook] by John W Dean, read by Joe Barrett
2014 | MP3@64 kbps | 25 hrs 59 mins | 716.61MB

Based on Nixon’s overlooked recordings, New York Times bestselling author John W. Dean connects the dots between what we’ve come to believe about Watergate and what actually happened

Watergate forever changed American politics, and in light of the revelations about the NSA’s widespread surveillance program, the scandal has taken on new significance. Yet remarkably, four decades after Nixon was forced to resign, no one has told the full story of his involvement in Watergate.

In The Nixon Defense, former White House Counsel John W. Dean, one of the last major surviving figures of Watergate, draws on his own transcripts of almost a thousand conversations, a wealth of Nixon’s secretly recorded information, and more than 150,000 pages of documents in the National Archives and the Nixon Library to provide the definitive answer to the question: What did President Nixon know and when did he know it?

Through narrative and contemporaneous dialogue, Dean connects dots that have never been connected, including revealing how and why the Watergate break-in occurred, what was on the mysterious 18 1/2 minute gap in Nixon’s recorded conversations, and more.

In what will stand as the most authoritative account of one of America’s worst political scandals, The Nixon Defense shows how the disastrous mistakes of Watergate could have been avoided and offers a cautionary tale for our own time.

The Myths, Legends, and Lore of Ireland [EPUB]

The Myths, Legends, and Lore of Ireland [EPUB]
The Myths, Legends, and Lore of Ireland by Amy Hackney Blackwell
2010 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.98/1.01MB

More than 20 million Americans claim some sort of Irish heritage. But how much do you really know about this amazing country? Forget about shamrocks, leprechauns, and all that blarney--this book is a concise and authoritative guide that dispels the myths and tells the true stories of the Irish. Highlights include:

  • Who St. Patrick really was
  • The story behind "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
  • Scandals in the Irish church
  • Coming to America and the real gangs of New York
  • The spooky truth behind changelings, leprechauns, and fairies

Complete with an Irish language primer and pronunciation guide, this book is an informative pot of gold for everyone who loves the Irish!

Handbook of Medieval Sexuality [EPUB]

Handbook of Medieval Sexuality [EPUB]
Handbook of Medieval Sexuality by Vern L Bullough, James Brundage
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.19/23.67MB

Like specialists in other fields in humanities and social sciences, medievalists have begun to investigate and write about sex and related topics such as courtship, concubinage, divorce, marriage, prostitution, and child rearing. The scholarship in this significant volume asserts that sexual conduct formed a crucial role in the lives, thoughts, hopes and fears both of individuals and of the institutions that they created in the middle ages.

The absorbing subject of sexuality in the Middle Ages is examined in 19 original articles written specifically for this "Handbook" by the major authorities in their scholarly specialties. The study of medieval sexuality poses problems for the researcher: indices in standard sources rarely refer to sexual topics, and standard secondary sources often ignore the material or say little about it. Yet a vast amount of research is available, and the information is accessible to the student who knows where to look and what to look for. This volume is a valuable guide to the material and an indicator of what subjects are likely to yield fresh scholarly rewards.

Sex Play [EPUB]

Sex Play [EPUB]
Sex Play: Tantalizing Thrills, Passionate Positions and Mind-Blowing Moves for Crazy, Sexy Fun in Bed by Jo Hemmings
2013 | EPUB | 25.77MB

YOU’LL NEVER KNOW UNTIL YOU TRY!

Do you want better sex? Then you need more sex—more ideas, more variety, more of everything.

  • Tantalizing new positions
  • Outrageously orgasmic oral
  • Amazing anal adventures
  • Enthralling role-play scenarios
  • Sultry fetishes
  • Deliciously deviant BDSM
  • Spine-tingling masturbation

Unpredictable, uncontrollable and unbelievably hot! Expanding your sexual playbook is a surefire way to turn up the heat between the sheets. Sex Play is packed with steamy tips and tricks for the most erotic sex you’ve ever had. With this alluring book and a lust for adventure, you’ll discover exhilarating new ways to have a blast in bed. Get into a crazy position that will turn your world upside down (literally!). Don a sexy, creative costume and live out your ultimate fantasies. Play with an exciting toy for electrifying orgasms. The ultimate guide for modern couples, Sex Play will take your sex life from lovemaking to earth-shaking.

The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener [EPUB]

The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener [EPUB]
The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Food in Harmony with Nature by Tammi Hartung
2013 | EPUB | 13.45MB

This one-of-a-kind book shows you how to create a peaceful co-existence between your vegetable garden and the wildlife who consider it part of their habitat. By understanding and working with the surrounding environment – instead of continually fighting it – you’ll reap a larger harvest with much less stress and effort. Tammi Hartung explains how to start with a hardy and healthy garden, create beneficial relationships through smart planting, attract helpful insects and pollinators, intentionally create habitats for wildlife, and much more.

Indoor Kitchen Gardening [PDF]

Indoor Kitchen Gardening [PDF]
Indoor Kitchen Gardening: Turn Your Home Into a Year-round Vegetable Garden - Microgreens - Sprouts - Herbs - Mushrooms - Tomatoes, Peppers & More by Elizabeth Millard
2014 | PDF | 42.94MB

It takes just a few dollars and a few days for you to start enjoying fresh, healthy produce grown indoors in your own home. Imagine serving a home-cooked meal highlighted with beet, arugula, and broccoli microgreens grown right in your kitchen, accompanied by sautéed winecap mushrooms grown in a box of sawdust in your basement. If you have never tasted microgreens, all you really need to do is envision all the flavor of an entire vegetable plant concentrated into a single tantalizing seedling. If you respond to the notion of nourishing your guests with amazing, fresh, organic produce that you've grown in your own house, condo, apartment, basement, or sunny downtown office, then you'll love exploring the expansive new world of growing and eating that can be discovered with the help of Indoor Kitchen Gardening. Inside, author and Bossy Acres CSA co-owner Elizabeth Millard teaches you how to grow microgreens, sprouts, herbs, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, and more-- all inside your own home, where you won't have to worry about seasonal changes or weather conditions.

Filled with mouthwatering photography and more than 200 pages of Do-It-Yourself in-home gardening information and projects, Indoor Kitchen Gardening is your gateway to this exciting new growing method--not just for garnishes or relishes, but wholesome, nutritious, organic edibles that will satisfy your appetite as much as your palate.

Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) [EPUB]

Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) [EPUB]
Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) (Living Free Guides) by Angela England
2012 | EPUB + PDF | 30.61/7.54MB

As food prices continue to rise, more and more people have discovered that they can create their own food supply, right on their own property, and at a fraction of the price of conventional farm food that's been shipped to their local grocery from locations unknown. By raising and harvesting their own fruits, vegetables, chickens, bees, milk-bearing animals, and more, people are growing locally, sustainably, and at a fraction of the cost. However, poor planning for needs, proper use of available space, and a lack of preparedness for preserving or selling the harvest can quickly lead to wasted time and sweat.

Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) is written by people who have planned and run a successful small-scale backyard farm. The authors guide readers through the essentials of planning a small-scale farm from a 1/4 acre all the way up to an acre and beyond. Readers will learn how to decide how large (or small) their farm should be, what they should plant or raise based on their invidual wants and needs (and available space), and how they can prevent their efforts from being wasted. Proven, sustainabile techniques will be presented to readers so they can yield the maximum benefit of their harvest through proven best practices. Readers will also learn how to raise small animals such as chickens and goats for milk, eggs, and meat, and will learn the crticial practices for successfully parenting bees, growing fruit tress, and much more.

On Guerrilla Gardening [EPUB]

On Guerrilla Gardening [EPUB]
On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook for Gardening Without Boundaries by Richard Reynolds
2008 | EPUB | 5.97MB

When Richard Reynolds began planting flowers secretly at night outside his tower block in South London he had no idea he was part of a growing global movement committed to combating the forces of neglect, land shortage and apathy towards public spaces. But his blog GuerrillaGardening.org attracted other guerrillas from around the world to share their experiences of the horticultural front line with him and become a focal point for guerrilla gardeners everywhere.

On Guerrilla Gardening is a lively colourful treatise about why people illicitly cultivate land and how to do it. From discretely beautifying corners of Montreal to striving for green communal space in Berlin and sustainable food production in San Francisco, from small gestures of fun in Zurich to bold political statements in Brazil, cultivating land beyond your boundary is a battle many different people are fighting. Unearthed along the way are the movement’s notable historic advances by seventeenth century English radicals, a nineteenth century American entrepreneur and artists in 1970s New York. Reynolds has researched the subject with guerrilla gardeners from thirty different countries and compiles their advice on what to grow, how to cope with adverse environmental conditions, how to seed bomb effectively and to use propaganda to win support.

On Guerrilla Gardening gives entertaining inspiration, practical reference and no excuses for not getting out there and gardening.

The Masters of Private Equity and Venture Capital [EPUB]

The Masters of Private Equity and Venture Capital [EPUB]
The Masters of Private Equity and Venture Capital by Robert Finkel, David Greising
2009 | EPUB | 17.96MB

Ten Leading private investors share their secrets to maximum profitability

In The Masters of Private Equity and Venture Capital, the pioneers of the industry share the investing and management wisdom they have gained by investing in and transforming their portfolio companies.

Based on original interviews conducted by the authors, this book is filled with colorful stories on the subjects that most matter to the high-level investor, such as selecting and working with management, pioneering new markets, adding value through operational improvements, applying private equity principles to non-profits, and much more.

Fluent Forever [EPUB]

Fluent Forever [EPUB]
Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It by Gabriel Wyner
2014 | EPUB | 9.28MB

The ultimate rapid language-learning guide! For those who’ve despaired of ever learning a foreign language, here, finally, is a book that will make the words stick. At thirty years old, Gabriel Wyner speaks six languages fluently. He didn’t learn them in school -- who does? -- rather, he learned them in the past few years, working on his own and practicing on the subway, using simple techniques and free online resources. In Fluent Forever Wyner reveals what he’s discovered.

The greatest challenge to learning a foreign language is the challenge of memory; there are just too many words and too many rules. For every new word we learn, we seem to forget two old ones, and as a result, fluency can seem out of reach. Fluent Forever tackles this challenge head-on. With empathy for the language-challenged and abundant humor, Wyner deconstructs the learning process, revealing how to build a foreign language in your mind from the ground up.

Starting with pronunciation, you’ll learn how to rewire your ears and turn foreign sounds into familiar sounds. You'll retrain your tongue to produce those sounds accurately, using tricks from opera singers and actors. Next, you'll begin to tackle words, and connect sounds and spellings to imagery, rather than translations, which will enable you to think in a foreign language. And with the help of sophisticated spaced-repetition techniques, you'll be able to memorize hundreds of words a month in minutes every day. Soon, you'll gain the ability to learn grammar and more difficult abstract words--without the tedious drills and exercises of language classes and grammar books.

This is brain hacking at its most exciting, taking what we know about neuroscience and linguistics and using it to create the most efficient and enjoyable way to learn a foreign language in the spare minutes of your day.

Make It Stick [Audiobook]

Make It Stick [Audiobook]
Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning [Audiobook] by Peter C Brown, Henry L Roediger III, Mark A McDaniel, read by Qarie Marshall
2014 | M4B + EPUB | 8 hrs 34 mins | 156.88MB

To most of us, learning something "the hard way" implies wasted time and effort. Good teaching, we believe, should be creatively tailored to the different learning styles of students and should use strategies that make learning easier. Make It Stick turns fashionable ideas like these on their head. Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners.

Memory plays a central role in our ability to carry out complex cognitive tasks, such as applying knowledge to problems never before encountered and drawing inferences from facts already known. New insights into how memory is encoded, consolidated, and later retrieved have led to a better understanding of how we learn. Grappling with the impediments that make learning challenging leads both to more complex mastery and better retention of what was learned.

Many common study habits and practice routines turn out to be counterproductive. Underlining and highlighting, rereading, cramming, and single-minded repetition of new skills create the illusion of mastery, but gains fade quickly. More complex and durable learning come from self-testing, introducing certain difficulties in practice, waiting to re-study new material until a little forgetting has set in, and interleaving the practice of one skill or topic with another. Speaking most urgently to students, teachers, trainers, and athletes, Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning will appeal to all those interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement.

The Generosity Network [Audiobook]

The Generosity Network [Audiobook]
The Generosity Network: New Transformational Tools for Successful Fund-Raising [Audiobook] by Jennifer McCrea, Jeffrey C Walker with Karl Weber, read by Laura Smith
2013 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 38 mins | 479.27MB

The Generosity Network is the essential guide to the art of activating resources of every kind behind any worthy cause. Philanthropist Jeff Walker and fund-raising expert Jennifer McCrea offer a fresh new perspective that can make the toughest challenges of nonprofit management and development less stressful, more rewarding—and even fun.

Walker and McCrea show how traditional pre-scripted, money-centered, goal-oriented fund-raising techniques lead to anxiety and failure, while open-spirited, curiosity-driven, person-to-person connections lead to discovery, growth—and often amazing results. Through engrossing personal stories, a wealth of innovative suggestions, and inspiring examples, they show nonprofit leaders how to build a community of engaged partners who share a common passion and are eager to provide the resources needed to change the world—not just money, but also time, talents, personal networks, creative thinking, public support, and all the other forms of social capital that often seem scanty yet are really abundant, waiting to be uncovered and mobilized.

Highly practical, motivating, and thought provoking, The Generosity Network is designed to energize and empower nonprofit leaders, managers, donors, board members, and other supporters. Whether you help run a multimillion-dollar global nonprofit or raise funds for a local scout troop, PTA, or other community organization, you’ll learn new approaches that will make your work more successful and enjoyable than ever.

Strategic Relationships at Work [Audiobook]

Strategic Relationships at Work [Audiobook]
Strategic Relationships at Work: Creating Your Circle of Mentors, Sponsors, and Peers for Success in Business and Life [Audiobook] by Wendy Murphy, Kathy Kram, read by Caroline Miller
2014 | M4B | 7 hrs 24 mins | 202.84MB

For managers. For entry level. For executives. For entrepreneurs. For everyone.

With job mobility increasing, globalization expanding, and technology advancing, you need more than a steady job and a solid network to keep your career on track. You need mentors--to learn and to grow--whether you're just starting out, are firmly established, or at the top of your profession. Everyone has something to learn, and everyone has something to teach.

Introducing Strategic Relationships at Work: the first comprehensive mentoring guide written specifically for 21st-century career building, this entrepreneurial approach to work relationships addresses the key issues of our time:

  • Job Mobility: How to make personal connections you can transfer from job to job
  • Globalization: What you can learn from new mentors in a larger global context
  • Technology: How to engage with the latest advances in social media and technology
  • Pace of Change: What you can do to keep up--with a little help from your friends

Using simple tools and proven strategies, this essential guide shows you how to leverage the relationships you already have to map out a new developmental network that grows with your career. You'll learn the secrets of companies with excellent developmental cultures, including IBM, Procter & Gamble, Sodexo, and KPMG. You'll discover the most effective ways to develop new talent in your workplace through formal programs that leverage mentors, sponsors, coaches, reverse mentors, and mentoring circles. You'll learn how leaders create work cultures where both formal and informal mentoring thrive. And you'll find handy charts and checklists to assess your work, your relationships, and your career path.

MENTORING FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM

Whether you plan to move in and out of the workforce, make lateral or nontraditional career moves, or simply want to learn or teach new skills, Strategic Relationships at Work will help you take control of your destiny--and build the career or company that you envision.

This powerful guide helps you leverage your interpersonal skills using the most effective tools available. You'll find ready-to-use checklists and worksheets, self-assessments, refl ective exercises, graphs, charts, and other visual tools to map out your own personal network of developers inside and outside of work. This is how you build a career that grows along with you. This is Strategic Relationships at Work.

The First Family Detail [Audiobook]

The First Family Detail [Audiobook]
The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents [Audiobook] by Ronald Kessler, read by Michael Bybee
2014 | MP3@64 kbps | 6 hrs 52 mins | 189.26MB

Since publication of his New York Times bestselling book In the President’s Secret Service, award-winning investigative reporter Ronald Kessler has continued to penetrate the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U.S. Secret Service, breaking the story that Secret Service agents who were to protect President Obama hired prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia and revealing that the Secret Service allowed a third uninvited guest to crash a White House state dinner.

Now in The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents, Kessler presents far bigger and more consequential stories that will make headlines about our nation’s leaders and the agency sworn to protect them. Kessler widens his scope to include presidential candidates and former presidents after they leave the White House. In particular, he focuses on first ladies and their children and their relationships with the presidents.

From seeing reckless behavior that threatens the country’s safety, to overhearing First Lady Michelle Obama’s admonitions to the president, to watching their own agency take risks that could result in an assassination, Secret Service agents know a hidden world that Ronald Kessler exposes in The First Family Detail.

River-Horse: A Voyage Across America [EPUB]

River-Horse: A Voyage Across America [EPUB]
River-Horse: A Voyage Across America by William Least Heat-Moon
2013 | EPUB | 16.49MB

Since hitting the American roads in Blue Highways nearly 20 years ago, William Least Heat-Moon has been following another calling--to traverse America by its rivers. "I wanted to see those secret parts hidden from road travelers," he writes. And from the waterways of his 5,000-mile voyage, Least Heat-Moon shares a sharp and stirring vision of America. Filling a small bottle with brine from the Atlantic Ocean, Least Heat-Moon and his wise companion, whom he calls "Pilotis," start up the Hudson River in a 22-foot C-Dory that Least Heat-Moon has named Nikawa--from the Osage words ni for river and kawa for horse. The voyage--from New York harbor to the Pacific Ocean--packs surprises, wisdom, regrets, mishaps, candor, and conversations that readers who savored Blue Highways and PrairyErth will delight in.

The impetus for River Horse is one of intrigue--less urgent than the departure in Blue Highways--and the narrative possesses a captivating pull as it courses westward through the strongest currents and pauses in the back eddies of contemporary American life. Least Heat-Moon is in his element. Written in short thematic chapters, River Horse plies canals, greets the Missouri's many moods, and challenges chaotic waves. Indeed, the turbulent and placid waters of America flow throughout this well-told story. When Nikawa finally reaches the Pacific Ocean, Least Heat-Moon has discovered a new America in the country he knows so well. He ponders the command that rivers hold on him and celebrates the national treasures that they are. Exceeding 500 pages, River Horse may be a long journey, but when traveling by rivers, America is a larger country. A triumphant book all the way to the salty Pacific.

Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road [EPUB]

Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road [EPUB]
Here, There, Elsewhere: Stories from the Road by William Least Heat-Moon
2013 | EPUB | 9.38MB

Here, There, Elsewhere draws together for the first time William Least Heat-Moon's greatest short-form travel writing. Personally selected by the writer, these pieces take us from Japan, England, Italy, and Mexico to Long Island, Oregon, Arizona, from small towns to big cities, ocean shores and inland mysteries.

Including Heat-Moon's reflections on writing these pieces, Here, There, Elsewhere is much more than the usual collection of amber; it is a coupled summation of craft and memory. A perfect treasury of prose and provocation for readers old and new, Heat-Moon's most recent work reveals his absolute mastery across pages many and few.

Blue Highways: A Journey into America [EPUB]

Blue Highways: A Journey into America [EPUB]
Blue Highways: A Journey into America by William Least Heat-Moon
2012 | EPUB | 4.21MB

First published in 1982, William Least Heat-Moon's account of his journey along the back roads of the United States (marked with the color blue on old highway maps) has become something of a classic. When he loses his job and his wife on the same cold February day, he is struck by inspiration: "A man who couldn't make things go right could at least go. He could quit trying to get out of the way of life. Chuck routine. Live the real jeopardy of circumstance. It was a question of dignity."

Driving cross-country in a van named Ghost Dancing, Heat-Moon (the name the Sioux give to the moon of midsummer nights) meets up with all manner of folk, from a man in Grayville, Illinois, "whose cap told me what fertilizer he used" to Scott Chisholm, "a Canadian citizen ... [who] had lived in this country longer than in Canada and liked the United States but wouldn't admit it for fear of having to pay off bets he made years earlier when he first 'came over' that the U.S. is a place no Canadian could ever love." Accompanied by his photographs, Heat-Moon's literary portraits of ordinary Americans should not be merely read, but savored.

The Rough Guide to Europe On A Budget [EPUB]

The Rough Guide to Europe On A Budget [EPUB]
The Rough Guide to Europe On A Budget, 2nd Edition
2010 | EPUB | 30.54MB

The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget is the ultimate guide to exploring this fascinating continent on a shoestring, with coverage of all the top sights, the clearest mapping of any guide and handy hints on how to save money. Discover the highlights of Europe, from the vibrant capitals of London, Paris and Rome to the great outdoors, whether skiing in the Alps, hiking in the Tatras or surfing on the Portuguese coast. Read about Europe's great attractions from the Sistine Chapel in Rome to the Aya Sofia in Istanbul. And with coverage of four new countries - Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Bosnia-Hercegovina.

The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget is more comprehensive than ever before. Find practical advice on travelling around Europe, whether by InterRail, Eurail or bus, and what to see and do in each country. With up-to-date descriptions of the best hostels and budget hotels in Europe, bars in Europe, cafés, cheap restaurants, and European shopping and festivals this guide is the budget-conscious traveller's must have item for European trips.

Essentials of Psychological Testing [EPUB]

Essentials of Psychological Testing [EPUB]
Essentials of Psychological Testing, 2nd Edition by Susana Urbina
2014 | EPUB | 0.86MB

An easy-to-understand overview of the key concepts of psychological testing

Fully updated and revised, the second edition of Essentials of Psychological Testing surveys the basic principles of psychometrics, succinctly presents the information needed to understand and evaluate tests, and introduces readers to the major contemporary reference works in the field.

This engaging, practical overview of the most relevant psychometric concepts and techniques provides the foundation necessary for advanced study in the field of psychological assessment. Each clear, well-organized chapter includes new examples and references, featuring callout boxes highlighting key concepts, bulleted points, and extensive illustrative material, as well as “Test Yourself” questions that help gauge and reinforce readers’ grasp of the information covered. The author’s extensive experience and deep understanding of the concepts presented are evident throughout the book, particularly when readers are reminded that tests are tools and that, like all tools, they have limitations.

Starting with a basic introduction to psychological tests, their historical development, and their uses, the book also covers the statistical procedures most frequently used in testing, the frames of reference for score interpretation, reliability, validity and test item considerations, as well as the latest guidelines for test selection, administration, scoring and reporting test results. Whether as an orientation for those new to the field, a refresher for those already acquainted with it, or as reference for seasoned clinicians, this book is an invaluable resource.

47 Ronin [Audiobook]

47 Ronin [Audiobook]
47 Ronin [Audiobook] by John Allyn, read by David Shih
2013 | MP3 VBR V8 + EPUB | 7 hrs 34 mins | 158.92MB

For those looking for the real story behind the fictionalized movie account of the 47 Ronin story, this is the definitive, fascinating account of this unforgettable tale of a band of samurai who defied the Emperor to avenge the disgrace and death of their master, and faced certain death as a result. It led to one of the bloodiest episodes in Japanese history, and in the process, created a new set of heroes in Japan.

In 1701, young Lord Asano is goaded into attacking a corrupt official at the Japanese Court. Although the wound Asano inflicts is minimal, the Emperor's punishment is harsh: Lord Asano is ordered to commit seppuku, or ritual suicide. His lands are confiscated and his family is dishonored and exiled. His samurai retainers now become ronin, or masterless, and are dispersed.

These ronin are not trusted by their enemies and live under the watchful eyes of spies for months. They appear to adapt to their new circumstances by becoming tradesmen and teachers. But the ronin only seem to accept their fate. They are in fact making careful plans for revenge, biding their time until the moment to strike is right! Their deeds became Japan's most celebrated example of bravery, cunning, and loyalty in an age when samurai were heroes, and honor was worth dying for.

John Allyn's masterful retelling of 47 Ronin has long been considered the definitive version of these dramatic historical events.

The Mad Sculptor [Audiobook]

The Mad Sculptor [Audiobook]
The Mad Sculptor: The Maniac, the Model, and the Murder that Shook the Nation [Audiobook] by Harold Schechter, read by Peter Berkrot
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 51 mins | 319.53MB

Beekman Place, once one of the most exclusive addresses in Manhattan, had a curious way of making it into the tabloids in the 1930s: “SKYSCRAPER SLAYER,” “BEAUTY SLAIN IN BATHTUB” read the headlines. On Easter Sunday in 1937, the discovery of a grisly triple homicide at Beekman Place would rock the neighborhood yet again—and enthrall the nation. The young man who committed the murders would come to be known in the annals of American crime as the Mad Sculptor.

Caught up in the Easter Sunday slayings was a bizarre and sensationalistic cast of characters, seemingly cooked up in a tabloid editor’s overheated imagination. The charismatic perpetrator, Roger Irwin, was a brilliant young sculptor who had studied with some of the masters of the era. But with his genius also came a deeply disturbed psyche; Irwin was obsessed with sexual self-mutilation and was frequently overcome by outbursts of violent rage.

Irwin’s primary victim, Veronica Gedeon, was a figure from the world of pulp fantasy—a stunning photographer's model whose scandalous seminude pinups would titillate the public for weeks after her death. Irwin’s defense attorney, Samuel Leibowitz, was a courtroom celebrity with an unmatched record of acquittals and clients ranging from Al Capone to the Scottsboro Boys. And Dr. Fredric Wertham, psychiatrist and forensic scientist, befriended Irwin years before the murders and had predicted them in a public lecture months before the crime.

Based on extensive research and archival records, The Mad Sculptor recounts the chilling story of the Easter Sunday murders—a case that sparked a nationwide manhunt and endures as one of the most engrossing American crime dramas of the twentieth century. Harold Schechter’s masterful prose evokes the faded glory of post-depression New York and the singular madness of a brilliant mind turned against itself. It will keep you riveted until the very last page.

Trace Evidence [EPUB]

Trace Evidence [EPUB]
Trace Evidence: The Hunt for the I-5 Serial Killer by Bruce Henderson
2014 | EPUB | 1.66MB

Some books about serial killers are dramatic and emotional. Trace Evidence, by contrast, has a steady relentlessness that allows the reader to become fascinated by the characters of the investigators and the facts of how the evidence was assembled. This killer specialized in picking up his victims along Interstate 5, near Sacramento, California, and he had an odd penchant for snipping at their clothes with scissors. As deaths of young women in several different jurisdictions began to form a pattern, a few detectives with contrasting approaches (excitable and given to hunches vs. cool and logical) formed a team. Author Bruce Henderson relates how they followed through on a bewildering number of leads, how they ranked their potential suspects on a point system that proved remarkably effective, and how, finally, a trace evidence expert spent many long hours looking through a microscope to cinch the case with analysis of fibers.

Trace Evidence is skillfully structured, emphasizing the investigation rather than the trial, and includes crisp photographs of the key evidence. It would have been a better book if the author had included a timeline of the crimes and a map of the area, but that is a small nitpick about an excellent work of journalism.

The Breakthrough Experience [EPUB]

The Breakthrough Experience [EPUB]
The Breakthrough Experience: A Revolutionary New Approach to Personal Transformation by John F Demartini
2002 | EPUB | 1.14MB

This book is about breaking through the barriers that keep us from experiencing our true nature as light. It presents inspiring science and philosophy in a way that is completely accessible to anyone, to reveal and explore the universal laws and principles that underlie our very existence. Those principles are set forth in extraordinary but true stories of ordinary people having astonishing and moving life experiences, and they make the most profound concepts easily understood. Most important, it is an extremely real and practical manual for understanding why we live the way we do, and how to transform our lives into our highest vision.

You will learn a formula to manifest your dreams, discover the secrets of opening your heart beyond anything you have imagined, find out how to increase love and appreciation for every aspect of your life, receive profound insights on how to create more fulfilling and caring relationships, reawaken your birthright as a true genius, transcend the fears and illusions surrounding the myth of death, and reconnect with your true mission and purpose on Earth. That is all true, but mainly, this book will deeply touch and inspire you with respect to your own greatness and potential—and the magnificence of every single human soul.

This is not just a book, it is what the title implies—an Experience—and it is impossible to go through it without being moved, challenged, and changed. Welcome to . . . The Breakthrough Experience.

You Can Have An Amazing Life [EPUB]

You Can Have An Amazing Life [EPUB]
You Can Have An Amazing Life: In Just 60 Days by John F Demartini
2005 | EPUB | 1.12MB

Everyone desires to be, do, or have more in life and to live an amazing life. Who can honestly say they don’t desire greater fulfillment? Although everyone desires such an amazing life, not everyone knows how to obtain it. Well, Dr. John F. Demartini has written You Can Have an Amazing Life . . . in Just 60 Days! with this purpose in mind—with the objective of giving you some universal laws you can begin applying to live a fulfilling and wondrous life. An amazing life is one where you’re doing what you love, loving what you do.

What you will find in this book are 60 inspiring laws that will show you how to live an amazing life.

The Riches Within [EPUB]

The Riches Within [EPUB]
The Riches Within: Your Seven Secret Treasures by John F Demartini
2008 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.6/0.86MB

We all possess seven secret treasures. What’s more, we can all have access to them—and to a more fulfilling life—simply by reading this book and following the clear steps it provides.

In The Riches Within, Dr. John F. Demartini reacquaints you with the power you already have within you. . . with respect to spirit, intellect, career, finances, relationships, and your physical body. You’ll learn how to maximize your potential for overall health and well-being, have more fulfilling relationships and create more love in your life, see the power you already possess as a natural leader, discover how to build your financial wealth, and realize that everybody deserves prosperity, experience awe at the wonders around you every day, reveal your professional power—do what you love and love what you do, and awaken to your own immortality and live a life of greatness.

Each chapter gives you several actionable items and helps you stay on track. You’ll see how simple it really is to make things happen as you follow these steps. It’s time to discover . . . the riches within!

The Science of Enlightenment [Audiobook]

The Science of Enlightenment [Audiobook]
The Science of Enlightenment: Teachings and Meditations for Awakening Through Self-Investigation [Audiobook] by Shinzen Young, read by the Author
2005 | MP3@64 kbps | 17 hrs 20 mins | 479.61MB

What is enlightenment? Is it a myth or is it real? On The Science of Enlightenment, you will learn that the liberated state is as real as the sensations you are having right now. For it is through the investigation of your own thoughts and feelings that you can awaken to clear insight and a happiness independent of conditions: the state of enlightenment.

Through his expertise in both science and spirituality, meditation teacher Shinzen Young demystifies the principles of awakening hidden within the world's great spiritual traditions and shows you how to use them in your own life.

Here, in an unequaled 14-CD course covering traditional teachings, scientific insights, and practical instructions, you will test for yourself the discoveries of the great wisdom traditions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Jewish mysticism, Sufism, Hinduism, shamanism, and many others.

Why is single-pointed concentration so highly regarded on every contemplative path? How do you move beyond emotional/intellectual blocks and into a state of highest presence? Where do psychic powers and other mystical phenomena fit in the architecture of enlightenment? How do you know if your meditation practice is working?

On The Science of Enlightenment, Shinzen Young elucidates these questions with precision and intelligence, demonstrating why he is regarded as one of the Western world's most articulate and understandable teachers of classical mystical experience.

The search for awakening is not limited to a chosen few. It is a field open for you to investigate—once you possess the inner technologies to do so. Now you can begin that investigation with The Science of Enlightenment. Includes six complete guided meditation sessions.

Learn More About:

  • Six common traps on the path to awakening - and how to avoid them
  • Ancient mystical teachings in clear, modern language
  • Fascinating research about meditation and your brain-wave states, perceptual acuity, oxygen levels, and aging
  • How meditation enhances your learning, athletic performance, relationships, and emotional life
  • Why your body is the greatest mystical teacher
  • How to digest harmful mental blockages through inner work
  • Samadhi—your inner microscope for self-understanding
  • Inner healing techniques you won't learn in psychotherapy
  • What to do if you lack discipline
  • An expansive survey of awakening practices from their tribal roots to the Information Age

The Tao of Beauty [EPUB]

The Tao of Beauty [EPUB]
The Tao of Beauty: Chinese Herbal Secrets to Feeling Good and Looking Great by Helen Lee
2014 | EPUB | 4.44MB

The Tao of Beauty proves that the latest beauty secrets are 5,000 years old. Ford fashion model Helen Lee comes from a long line of Chinese herbal practitioners, and when she found that Western beauty solutions were not helping her remedy the stress of a full-time modeling career, she turned back to the Chinese herbal therapies her mother had taught her. In The Tao of Beauty, Lee demystifies for you the use of food and herbs for inner health and outer beauty with:

  • A concise overview of Chinese medicine and Chinese herbology's basic elements
  • The "Beauty-Wellness Test," which identifies your energy type--yang (hot), yin/yang (balanced), and yin (cold)
  • Prescriptive advice for acne, dry skin, wrinkles, insomnia, fatigue, allergies, and much more
  • Five chapters devoted exclusively to remedies and tips for skin, hair, nails, eyes, and make-up
  • Herbal and dietary recommendations and recipes for optimal weight and health, with ingredients easily available in local supermarkets and health food stores
  • Specific advice for women at different stages of life, including pregnancy and menopause
  • Exercise, toning, and relaxation techniques based on Chi Kung

More and more Western women are coming to see that beauty and wellness are inextricably linked, but there are few resources that explain the relationship and offer practical advice. The Tao of Beauty is the guide you've been seeking. Let it unlock the beauty in you.

The Tao of Beauty now makes these therapies available to everyone.

Based on the philosophy that beauty and health are inextricably linked, The Tao of Beauty presents a total program for restoring the body's natural yin-yang balance. Using ingredients available at local supermarkets and health-food stores, Lee provides solutions for a head-to-toe range of problems, including insomnia, allergies, fatigue, wrinkles, dry skin, and obesity, with chapters on skin, hair, nails, eyes, and make-up. The Tao of Beauty also features exercise, toning, and relaxation techniques.

Helen Lee's day spa has become a mecca for thousands who have discovered the soothing, customized "prescriptions" of Eastern herbal wisdom. With The Tao of Beauty, Lee's doors are open to all.

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction [EPUB]

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction [EPUB]
Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction, 6th Edition by John Storey
2012 | EPUB + PDF | 1.28/2.3MB

In this 6th edition of his successful Cultural Theory and Popular Culture: An Introduction, John Storey has extensively revised the text throughout. As before, the book presents a clear and critical survey of competing theories of and various approaches to popular culture. Its breadth and theoretical unity, exemplified through popular culture, means that it can be flexibly and relevantly applied across a number of disciplines. Also retaining the accessible approach of previous editions, and using appropriate examples from the texts and practices of popular culture, this new edition remains a key introduction to the area.

New to this edition:

  • Extensively revised, rewritten and updated
  • Improved and expanded content throughout
  • new sections on The English Marxism of William Morris, Post-Feminism, and Whiteness

The new edition remains essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students of cultural studies, media studies, communication studies, the sociology of culture, popular culture and other related subjects.

The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis [EPUB]

The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis [EPUB]
The Pot Book: A Complete Guide to Cannabis, Its Role in Medicine, Politics, Science, and Culture by Julie Holland
2010 | EPUB | 2.68MB

Leading experts on the science, history, politics, medicine, and potential of America’s most popular recreational drug

  • With contributions by Andrew Weil, Michael Pollan, Lester Grinspoon, Allen St. Pierre (NORML), Tommy Chong, and others
  • Covers marijuana’s physiological and psychological effects, its medicinal uses, the complex politics of cannabis law, pot and parenting, its role in creativity, business, and spirituality, and much more

Exploring the role of cannabis in medicine, politics, history, and society, The Pot Book offers a compendium of the most up-to-date information and scientific research on marijuana from leading experts, including Lester Grinspoon, M.D., Rick Doblin, Ph.D., Allen St. Pierre (NORML), and Raphael Mechoulam. Also included are interviews with Michael Pollan, Andrew Weil, M.D., and Tommy Chong as well as a pot dealer and a farmer who grows for the U.S. Government.

Encompassing the broad spectrum of marijuana knowledge from stoner customs to scientific research, this book investigates the top ten myths of marijuana; its physiological and psychological effects; its risks; why joints are better than water pipes and other harm-reduction tips for users; how humanity and cannabis have co-evolved for millennia; the brain’s cannabis-based neurochemistry; the complex politics of cannabis law; its potential medicinal uses for cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and other illnesses; its role in creativity, business, and spirituality; and the complicated world of pot and parenting. As legalization becomes a reality, this book candidly offers necessary facts and authoritative opinions in a society full of marijuana myths, misconceptions, and stereotypes.

Topos Theory [EPUB]

Topos Theory [EPUB]
Topos Theory by P T Johnstone
2013 | EPUB | 29.11MB

One of the best books on a relatively new branch of mathematics, this text is the work of a leading authority in the field of topos theory. Suitable for advanced undergraduates and graduate students of mathematics, the treatment focuses on how topos theory integrates geometric and logical ideas into the foundations of mathematics and theoretical computer science.

After a brief overview, the approach begins with elementary toposes and advances to internal category theory, topologies and sheaves, geometric morphisms, and logical aspects of topos theory. Additional topics include natural number objects, theorems of Deligne and Barr, cohomology, and set theory. Each chapter concludes with a series of exercises, and an appendix and indexes supplement the text.