The Complete New Manager [PDF]

The Complete New Manager [PDF]
The Complete New Manager edited by John Zenger
2010 | PDF | 5.19MB

Tackle every management challenge with skill and confidence!

Managers are faced with a variety of challenges every day. There are decisions to make, conflicts to resolve, and strategies to implement, among many other responsibilities. As a new manager you need to build the skills necessary for tackling problems head-on.

The Complete New Manager is a valuable toolkit that helps you meet day-to-day challenges quickly and effectively. Filled with tips, techniques, and proven advice from renowned experts, The Complete New Manager teaches you how to:

  • Become a dynamic leader who instills confidence in both employees and upper management
  • Hire the right people and cultivate an environment that makes them want to stay
  • Develop and encourage free-flowing, two-way communication with your staff
  • Use proven techniques to deal with difficult people and problem employees
  • Successfully plan and implement business strategies large and small
  • Produce sustained, positive results that impress your bosses

The key to successful management is the ability to meet challenges as they arise. Here, in one volume, is everything you need to bolster your on-the-job skills and reach the highest levels of success.

The Secrets to Designing Great Logos [DigitalTutors]

The Secrets to Designing Great Logos [DigitalTutors]
The Secrets to Designing Great Logos [DigitalTutors] with Laura Smith Tutor Laura Smith
August 17, 2014 | MP4 + Project Files | 1 h 27 mins | 382.56MB

In this series of tutorials, we'll learn the process for creating the most effective logos. It doesn't start with a great idea, something you saw, or a suggestion. It all starts with asking the right questions and doing your research. We take the time to learn why the research is important, and what you can discover along the way.

We also learn about different types of logos as well as the situations when they are the most effective. One type of logo may be great for some companies and not so great for others.

We'll also learn about the meanings of colors and how they play in integral part in the perception of the logo. While discussing color we touch on the differences between eastern and western cultures and how these can effect the color choices of brands that are meant to be globally marketed.

We also do our own case study of putting these principles to work and creating a logo from the research, to the concept sketches, to the vector adaptation, and to the final colorized piece.

This training is for you if you find yourself feeling stuck when you sit down to design a logo. If you think the best place to start your research is by looking at other logos online then you need to watch this tutorial as soon as possible! By the end of the training, you'll have the knowledge and a roadmap for the process of creating effective and long-lasting logos.

Making Business Projections [Lynda]

Making Business Projections [Lynda]
Making Business Projections [Lynda] with Rudolph Rosenberg
Aug 18, 2014 | Level: Intermediate | MP4 | 1 h 17 mins | 211.82MB

Estimating future financial performance plays a big part in the life of start-ups and corporations large and small. By looking ahead, companies can proactively manage changes. Start-ups can use projections to build business plans and raise capital. This course is about making those financial projections: not by predicting the future, but by learning from past performance. Rudolph Rosenberg shares the techniques used by financial planning professionals to build robust financial projections using Microsoft Excel. He shows how to combine two approaches—bottom up and top down—into a well-rounded projection that will help you analyze revenue and expenses, anticipate changes, and incorporate company goals in a realistic picture of your company's future.

Topics include:

  • Forecasting vs. planning
  • Dealing with exceptional elements
  • Projecting revenue
  • Adjusting for changes and seasonality
  • Creating product-level projections
  • Estimating costs and operating expenses
  • Projecting gross margin
  • Setting up targets and goals
  • Developing worst-case scenarios

Business of Fashion Photography [CreativeLive]

Business of Fashion Photography [CreativeLive]
Business of Fashion Photography [CreativeLive] with Lindsay Adler
FLV, h264, 1280x720 | English, AAC, 2 Ch | 1 h 32 mins | 752.76MB

Breaking into the glamorous world of fashion photography requires in-depth knowledge of the industry — from the latest terminology and trends to how to work with magazines and modeling agencies. Professional fashion photographer Lindsay Adler will share her trade secrets with you in this 90-minute course on making a name for yourself as a fashion photographer. You will learn everything you need to know about industry standards, working with models, putting together a crew, and how to get land magazine spreads and fashion campaigns.

Hacking the User Experience: UX for Developers [Pluralsight]

Hacking the User Experience: UX for Developers [Pluralsight]
Hacking the User Experience: UX for Developers [Pluralsight] with Keith Harvey
Aug 18, 2014 | Level: Intermediate | MP4 + Exercise Files | 2 hrs 41 mins | 341.05MB

This course will teach you how to incrementally improve the user experience of your applications, by hacking your users' brains.

Understanding User Experience (UX) and how to improve it is a key skill for any modern developer. Unfortunately, many developers have a difficult time embracing UX due to its nebulous and design-focused nature. This course will give you a super-simple, crystal-clear understanding of UX and will teach you how to incrementally improve it by hacking your users' brains. In the end, you will have the knowledge necessary to make you a better developer, and make you much more valuable in this new age of user experience.

Practical iOS Concurrency [Pluralsight]

Practical iOS Concurrency [Pluralsight]
Practical iOS Concurrency [Pluralsight] with Brice Wilson
Aug 18, 2014 | Level: Intermediate | MP4 + Exercise Files | 1 h 28 mins | 273.6MB

This course demonstrates practical techniques for adding concurrency to your iOS apps in order to increase responsiveness and more fully utilize the iPhone and iPad hardware.

This course demonstrates practical techniques for adding concurrency to your iOS apps in order to increase responsiveness and more fully utilize the iPhone and iPad hardware. You'll build a solid foundation for using the concurrency APIs by learning how to create and use blocks in Objective-C. You'll learn to use a number of the functions in Apple's Grand Central Dispatch API and how to send code blocks to dispatch queues for both synchronous and concurrent execution. You'll also learn how to use operation queues and how they differ from dispatch queues and when you might choose one over the other. The last module will focus on how to create your own NSOperation subclasses to encapsulate tasks to be executed on operation queues. Performing work concurrently doesn't have to be hard and the APIs provided by Apple have made it easier than ever to take advantage of modern multi-core processors. This course will show you how.

Captivate Projects: Publishing for Mobile and the Web [Lynda]

Captivate Projects: Publishing for Mobile and the Web [Lynda]
Captivate Projects: Publishing for Mobile and the Web [Lynda] with Anastasia McCune
Aug 18, 2014 | Level: Intermediate | MP4 + Exercise Files | 2 hrs 07 mins | 734.93MB

Help your students or employees access elearning anywhere. Learn how to publish Captivate projects that work beautifully on a variety of mobile devices, on the web, or with many of the popular learning management systems (LMSs). Author Anastasia McCune will help you prep and test your responsive and nonresponsive projects before output, including adjusting appearance and settings to make them more suitable for mobile, as a video demo, or even as an app. The last chapter shows you how to target your output for an LMS like Moodle, and bundle multiple projects into a single file with the Multi SCO Packager.

An Introduction to Oil Painting [PDF]

An Introduction to Oil Painting [PDF]
An Introduction to Oil Painting by Ray Smith
1998 | PDF | 59.98MB

Whether you've taken art classes or never held a brush before, An Introduction to Oil Painting will show you everything you need to know about working in this challenging -- but rewarding -- medium. Easy-to-follow projects, shown as they were created, teach the essentials while inspiring the student to tackle increasingly complex techniques.

Fundamentals of Lightroom I: Organize Files and Boost Your Workflow [Skillshare]

Fundamentals of Lightroom I: Organize Files and Boost Your Workflow [Skillshare]
Fundamentals of Lightroom I: Organize Files and Boost Your Workflow [Skillshare] with Lotus Carroll
MP4, h264, 960x540 | English, AAC, 2 Ch | 2 hrs 18 mins | 551.07MB

Develop and put into place an organizational scheme in Lightroom

In the quest to nail the perfect shot, seasoned photographers take a high volume of images...hundreds, even thousands. This can either lead to an unruly mess of images or an organized, structured portfolio of work sorted by date, type, subject matter, quality, and other data of real use. Most of us dream of landing near the latter, but how?

It's time to get organized! Why start here? Adobe Lightroom is more affordable than Photoshop, has significant photo editing capabilities, and offers a unique system of database-driven image cataloging and organization to streamline your workflow.

In this class, you'll learn how to articulate and play with your creative influences, settings, and media in ways that help you create categories. Then, with that roadmap in mind, you'll create a custom organizational system for shortcuts that sort, find, and share photos faster than ever–leaving more time to focus on your true creative work!

What You’ll Learn

  • Introduction to the Lightroom Workspace. Look around the software setup, focusing mostly on Library Mode. Learn some initial software personalization steps and get familiar with the main menu categories and contents.
  • File Handling. Learn how to import files and understand how to classify file destination, type, and structure. Learn about moving files and how to understand and handle your catalogue.
  • Detailed Information As Organization. Know how to add keywords and metadata details to photos. Learn how to identify patterns that can help with organization, and use them to create custom labels.
  • Organize Your Photos Into Collections. Learn how to use collections, smart collections, and collection sets to get your images organized.
  • Work with Organized Photos. Put the organizational fundamentals of Lightroom into practice. Learn how to set up keyword presets, metadata, and geolocation, as well as how to work with stacks,maximize shortcuts, and search your catalogue successfully. Learn how to apply fundamental editing functions to many photos at once.
  • Sort and Share Your Work. Maximize the value of Lightroom by setting up and linking your organized images with your online presence, harnessing the power of social media to build community and share your creative vision.

What You'll Do

  • Brief. Explore how to integrate Lightroom into your own workflow and creative process.
  • Deliverable. An organizational system for yourself in Lightroom.
  • Collaboration. As you go through the class, update your project and share your progress with your fellow students.
  • Specs. You will share full-width images and screenshots with the class.

By the end of the course, you'll have a system for organizing hundreds and thousands of photos into a managable library that streamlines your work and leaves more time for finding and perfecting the perfect image.

20 Retirement Decisions You Need to Make Right Now [EPUB]

20 Retirement Decisions You Need to Make Right Now [EPUB]
20 Retirement Decisions You Need to Make Right Now by Ray E LeVitre
2010 | EPUB | 20.98MB

You're in control of Your Retirement Future

Inside are twenty major financial decisions which could profoundly impact your lifestyle over the next forty years. For many retirees, these decisions come as a surprise and must be made hastily without proper consultation. But by reading the expert, commission-free advice in this book, you'll learn how to manage your assets and prepare for the best possible retirement.

  • Do I have enough money to retire now?
  • How will I cover my medical expenses during retirement?
  • When should I begin taking Social Security?
  • How much should I invest in stocks, bonds, and cash?
  • What criteria should I use to identify the best investments?
  • Should I cancel my life insurance policy?
  • Should I pay off my mortgage at retirement?

Ray E. LeVitre is a Certified Financial Planner with nearly twenty years of experience in the financial services industry, working for Fidelity, CitiCorp, Mutual of New York, and Merrill Lynch before starting his own firm. He has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Money magazine, Newsweek, and Kiplinger's. A fee-only advisor, Ray does not receive commission from any product or service he recommends.

Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate [EPUB]

Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate [EPUB]
Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate by Bob Woodward
1999 | EPUB | 6.24MB

Twenty-five years ago, after Richard Nixon resigned the presidency, Gerald Ford promised a return to normalcy. "My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over," President Ford declared.

But it was not. The Watergate scandal, and the remedies against future abuses of power, would have an enduring impact on presidents and the country. In Shadow, Bob Woodward takes us deep into the administrations of Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton to describe how each discovered that the presidency was forever altered. With special emphasis on the human toll, Woodward shows the consequences of the new ethics laws, and the emboldened Congress and media. Powerful investigations increasingly stripped away the privacy and protections once expected by the nation's chief executive.

Shadow is an authoritative, unsettling narrative of the modern, beleaguered presidency.

Crazy Rich [Audiobook]

Crazy Rich [Audiobook]
Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal, and Tragedy Inside the Johnson & Johnson Dynasty [Audiobook] by Jerry Oppenheimer, read by Michael Prichard
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 30 mins | 418.24MB

From the founders of the international health-care behemoth Johnson & Johnson in the late 1800s to the contemporary Johnsons of today, such as billionaire New York Jets owner Robert Wood "Woody" Johnson IV, all is revealed in this scrupulously researched, unauthorized biography by New York Times bestselling author Jerry Oppenheimer.

Often compared to the Kennedy clan because of the tragedies and scandals that had befallen both wealthy and powerful families, Crazy Rich, based on scores of exclusive, candid, on-the-record interviews, reveals how the dynasty's vast fortune was both intoxicating and toxic through the generations of a family that gave the world Band-Aids and Baby Oil. At the same time, they've been termed perhaps the most dysfunctional family in the fortune 500.

The Abbess of Castro [EPUB]

The Abbess of Castro [EPUB]
The Abbess of Castro by Stendhal
2014 | EPUB | 3.03MB

The book recounts a nun's illicit liaison. A young woman is forced into a convent. However, due to her nobility she rises to be an abbess and has to deal with corruption in the church.

HENRI MARIE BEYLE (1783-1842) had a post in the Ministry of War and followed Napoleon's campaigns before retiring to Italy. There as 'Stendhal', he began writing on art, music and travel. He later wrote novels, literary criticism, and various biographical and autobiographical works.

Dangling Man [Audiobook]

Dangling Man [Audiobook]
Dangling Man [Audiobook] by Saul Bellow, read by Kirby Heyborne
2012 | MP3@64 kbps | 6 hrs 15 mins | 143.17MB

An essential masterwork by Nobel laureate Saul Bellow.

Expecting to be inducted into the army during World War II, Joseph has given up his job and carefully prepared for his departure to the battlefront. When a series of mix-ups delays his induction, he finds himself facing a year of idleness. Written in diary format, Bellow's first novel documents Joseph's psychological reaction to his inactivity while war rages around him and his uneasy insights into the nature of freedom and choice.

The Age of Innocence [Audiobook]

The Age of Innocence [Audiobook]
The Age of Innocence [Audiobook] by Edith Wharton, read by David Horovitch
2008 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 08 mins | 356.62MB

The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton's most famous novel, is a love story, written immediately after the end of the First World War. Its brilliant anatomization of the snobbery and hypocrisy of the wealthy elite of New York society in the 1870s made it an instant classic, and it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1921.

Newland Archer, Wharton's protagonist, is charming, tactful, enlightened - a thorough product of this society. He accepts its standards and abides by its rules, but he also recognizes its limitations. His engagement to the impeccable May Welland assures him of a safe and conventional future, until the arrival of May's cousin Ellen Olenska.

Independent, free-thinking, and scandalously separated from her husband, Ellen forces Archer to question the values and assumptions of his narrow world. As their love for each other grows, Archer has to decide where his ultimate loyalty lies.

The Psychology of Love [EPUB]

The Psychology of Love [EPUB]
The Psychology of Love by Sigmund Freud
2007 | EPUB | 2.02MB

This volume brings together Freud's main contributions to the psychology of love. His illuminating discussions of the ways in which sexuality is always psychosexuality - that there is no sexuality without fantasy, conscious or unconscious - have changed the ways we think about erotic life. In these papers Freud develops his now famous theories about the sexuality of childhood and the transgressive nature of human desire.

In the famous case study of the eighteen-year-old 'Dora', we see Freud at work, both putting into practice and testing his sexual theories that were to change the modern world.

Save the Date [Audiobook]

Save the Date [Audiobook]
Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest [Audiobook] by Jen Doll, read by Emily Durante
2014 | MP3@64 kbps | 9 hrs 02 mins | 248.96MB

From a fresh and exciting new voice, a hilarious and insightful examination of the search for love and the meaning of marriage in a time of anxiety, independence, and indecision.

Weddings. They’re fun, festive, and joyful, and at a time when people marry later in life—and sometimes not at all—they offer endless opportunities to reexamine love and what we want for ourselves, regardless of whether or not our aim is a walk down the aisle. In Save the Date, Jen Doll charts the course of her own perennial wedding guesthood, from the ceremony of distant family members when she was eight to the recent nuptials of a new boyfriend’s friends.

There’s the first trip home for a childhood pal’s big day, in which she learns that her first love has eloped to Hawaii. There’s the destination wedding attended with little baggage beyond a suitcase of strappy sandals and summery party dresses. Regrettably, there is a series of celebrations that mean the end to a valued friendship. There’s also the wedding that offers all the promise of new love.

Wedding experiences come in as varied an assortment as the gowns at any bridal shop, and Doll turns a keen eye to each, delivering a heartfelt exploration of contemporary relationships. Funny, honest, and affecting, Save the Date is a fresh and spirited look at the many ways in which we connect to one another.

Beer-Can Chicken [EPUB]

Beer-Can Chicken [EPUB]
Beer-Can Chicken: And 74 Other Offbeat Recipes for the Grill by Steven Raichlen
2002 | EPUB | 14.3MB

Chicken on a beer can? You bet! When Steven Raichlen, America's barbecue guru, says it's the best grilled chicken he's ever tasted, cooks stop and listen.

An essential addition to every grill jockey's library, Beer-Can Chicken presents 75 must-try beer-can variations and other offbeat recipes for the grill. Recipes such as Saigon Chicken with Lacquered Skin and Spicy Peanut Sauce, Root Beer Game Hens, Beer-Can Turkey (uses the 32-ounce Foster's), Stoned Chicken (it's grilled under a brick), Dirty Steak, Fish on a Board (Salmon with Brown Sugar Glaze), Mussels Eclade-grilled under pine needles, Grilled Eggs, Wacky Rumaki, Rotisseried Garlic Rolls-even Grilled Yellow Pepper Soup will have your mouth-watering. Whether on a can, on a stick, under a brick, in a leaf, on a plank, or in the embers, each grilling technique is explained in easy-to-follow steps, with recipes that guarantee no matter how crazy the technique, the results are always outstanding. So pop a cold one and have fun.

Love and War [Audiobook]

Love and War [Audiobook]
Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home [Audiobook] by James Carville, Mary Matalin, read by the Authors
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 19 mins | 284.4MB

For twenty years, James Carville and Mary Matalin have held the mantle of the nation’s most politically opposed, ideologically mismatched, and intensely opinionated couple. In this follow-up to their groundbreaking All’s Fair: Love, War, and Running for President, Carville and Matalin take a look at how they—and America—have changed in the last two decades. If nothing else, this new collaboration proves that after twenty years of marriage they can still manage to agree on a few things.

Love & War traces, in their two distinct voices, James and Mary’s story from the end of the 1992 presidential campaign—where he managed Bill Clinton’s electoral triumph while she suffered defeat as George H. W. Bush’s key strategist—till now. Mary focuses on issues of family, faith, and foreign enemies and offers insights from her kitchen table as well as the White House Cabinet Room, while James’s concentration is politics and love—the triumphant and troubled Clinton era, George W. Bush’s complicated presidency, the election of Barack Obama, the rise of the corrosive partisanship that dominates political life in Washington today, and the overriding abiding romance he holds for his native Louisiana and his wife and children. Together, the Carville-Matalins reflect on raising two daughters in the pressure cooker of the nation’s capital, and their momentous 2008 decision to leave D.C. and move their family to New Orleans. Post-Katrina, James and Mary’s efforts to rebuild and promote that city have become a central part of their lives—and a poignant metaphor for moving the nation forward.

A fascinating look at the last two decades in American politics and an intimate, quick-witted primer on grown-up relationships and values, Love & War provides unprecedented insight into one of our nation’s most intriguing and powerful couples. With their natural charm and sharp intelligence, Carville and Matalin have written undoubtedly the most spirited memoir of the year.

The Two Faces of Islam [EPUB]

The Two Faces of Islam [EPUB]
The Two Faces of Islam: Saudi Fundamentalism and Its Role in Terrorism by Stephen Schwartz
2003 | EPUB | 2.02MB

Since its formation in 1932, Saudi Arabia has been ruled by two interdependent families. The Al Sa’uds control politics and the descendants of Ibn Abd al-Wahhab impose Wahhabism—a violent, fanatical perversion of the pluralistic Islam practiced by most Muslims. Stephen Schwartz argues that Wahhabism, vigorously exported with the help of Saudi oil money, is what incites Palestinian suicide bombers, Osama bin Laden, and other Islamic terrorists throughout the world.

Schwartz reveals the hypocrisy of the Saudi regime, whose moderate facade conceals state-sponsored repression and terrorism. He also raises troubling questions about Wahhabi infiltration of America’s Islamic community and about U.S. oil companies sanitizing Saudi Arabia’s image for the West. This sharp analysis and eye-opening expose illuminates the background to the September 11th terrorist attacks and offers new approaches for U.S. policy toward its closest ally in the Middle East.

The Arab-Israeli Conflict: An Introduction and Documentary Reader [PDF]

The Arab-Israeli Conflict: An Introduction and Documentary Reader [PDF]
The Arab-Israeli Conflict: An Introduction and Documentary Reader by Gregory S Mahler, Alden R W Mahler
2010 | PDF | 2.02MB

The Arab-Israeli conflict has been one of the most protracted and contentious disputes in the Middle East. This wide-ranging textbook examines the diplomatic and historical setting within which the conflict developed, from both the Israeli and Palestinian perspectives, and gives a comprehensive overview of the peace process.

Enabling students to easily access and study original documents through the supportive framework of a textbook, The Arab-Israeli Conflict:

  • presents the seventy most important and widely cited documents in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • presents these documents in an edited form to highlight key elements
  • includes an introductory chapter which sets the context for the study of the history of the area
  • covers a comprehensive historical period, ranging from the 19th Century to the present day
  • incorporates a wide range of pedagogical aids: original documents, maps and boxed sections.

This important textbook is an essential aid for courses on the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Middle East peace process, and will be an invaluable reference tool for all students of political science, Middle East studies and history.

The Case for Peace [Audiobook]

The Case for Peace [Audiobook]
The Case for Peace: How the Arab-Israeli Conflict Can be Resolved [Audiobook] by Alan M Dershowitz, read by the Author
2005 | M4B | 6 hrs 22 mins | 307.4MB

In The Case for Peace, Dershowitz identifies twelve geopolitical barriers to peace between Israel and Palestine–and explains how to move around them and push the process forward. From the division of Jerusalem and Israeli counterterrorism measures to the security fence and the Iranian nuclear threat, his analyses are clear-headed, well-argued, and sure to be controversial. According to Dershowitz, achieving a lasting peace will require more than tough-minded negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. In academia, Europe, the UN, and the Arab world, Israel-bashing and anti-Semitism have reached new heights, despite the recent Israeli-Palestinian movement toward peace. Surveying this outpouring of vilification, Dershowitz deconstructs the smear tactics used by Israel-haters and shows how this kind of anti-Israel McCarthyism is aimed at scuttling any real chance of peace.

Mark Twain's Other Woman [EPUB]

Mark Twain's Other Woman [EPUB]
Mark Twain's Other Woman: The Hidden Story of His Final Years by Laura Skandera Trombley
2010 | EPUB | 6.63MB

An enduring mystery in Mark Twain’s life concerns the events of his last decade, from 1900 to 1910.

Despite many Twain biographies, no one has ever determined exactly what took place during those final years after the death of Twain’s wife of thirty-four years and how those experiences affected him, personally and professionally. For nearly a century, it was believed that Twain went to his death a beloved, wisecracking iconoclastic American (“I am not an American,” Twain wrote; “I am the American”), undeterred by life’s sorrows and challenges.

Laura Skandera Trombley, the preeminent Twain scholar at work today, suspected that there had to be more to the story than the cultivated, carefully constructed version that had been intact for so long. Trombley went in search of the one woman whom she suspected had played the largest role in Twain’s life during those final years and who possibly held the answers to her questions about Twain’s life and writings.

Now, in Mark Twain’s Other Woman, after sixteen years of research, uncovering never-before-read papers and personal letters, Trombley tells the full story through Isabel Lyon’s meticulous daily journals, the only detailed record of Twain’s last years that exists, journals overlooked by Twain’s previous biographers.

For one hundred years, Isabel Van Kleek Lyon has been the mystery woman in Mark Twain’s life. Twain spent the bulk of his last six years in the company of Isabel, who was responsible for overseeing his schedule and finances, nursing him through several illnesses, managing his increasingly unmanageable daughters, running his household, arranging amusements, as well as presiding over the construction of his final residence. Isabel Lyon also served as Twain’s adoring audience (she called him “the King”), listening attentively as he read aloud to her what he’d written that day. She was Twain’s gatekeeper to an enthralled public.

Trombley writes about what happened between them that resulted in the dramatic breakup of their relationship; about how, in Twain’s final months, he gave bitter, angry press conferences denouncing her; how he ranted in personal letters that she had injured him, calling her, “a liar, a forger, a thief, a hypocrite, a drunkard, a sneak, a humbug, a traitor, a conspirator, a filthy-minded & salacious slut pining for seduction.” Trombley writes that Twain’s invective bordered on obsession (he wrote about Isabel for hours every day, even while suffering from angina pains and gout attacks) and about how, despite the inordinate attention he gave her before his death, Isabel Lyon has remained a friendless ghost haunting the margins of Twain’s biography.

For decades, biographers deliberately omitted her from the official Twain story. Her potentially destructive power was so great that Twain’s handpicked hagiographer, Albert Bigelow Paine, allowed only one timorous reference to her in his massive three-volume work, Mark Twain: A Biography (1912).

Isabel Lyon was a forgotten woman, “so private,” she wrote in her journal, “that the very mention of me [was] with held from the world. . .”

This riveting, dark story that “the King” determined no one would ever tell is now revealed at last.

The Big New York Sandwich Book [EPUB]

The Big New York Sandwich Book [EPUB]
The Big New York Sandwich Book: 99 Delicious Creations from the City's Greatest Restaurants and Chefs by Sara Reistad-Long, Jean Tang
2011 | EPUB | 6.68MB

What better way to celebrate the Golden Age of the Sandwich than with the Big New York Sandwich Book. A gorgeous collection of more than 99 delicious sandwich recipes from a "who's who" of talented chefs, such as Dan Barber, Daniel Boulud, Jean-Georges Vongherichten, Mario Batali, and beloved restaurants in New York City, it is a virtual map--in sandwiches--of New York's diversity. From the classic deli-style sandwich to the exotic haute sandwiches, there is a sandwich for everyone.

Heavily illustrated with images of the chefs and restaurants as well as beautiful full-color photographs of the sandwiches themselves, this book is a keepsake as well as a practical recipe book for big New York sandwiches.

Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War [EPUB]

Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War [EPUB]
Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War by Helen Thorpe
2014 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.53/0.76MB

From an award-winning, “meticulously observant” (The New Yorker), and “masterful” (Booklist) writer comes a groundbreaking account of three women deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, and how their military service affected their friendship, their personal lives, and their families.

America has been continuously at war since the fall of 2001. This has been a matter of bitter political debate, of course, but what is uncontestable is that a sizeable percentage of American soldiers sent overseas in this era have been women. The experience in the American military is, it’s safe to say, quite different from that of men. Surrounded and far outnumbered by men, imbedded in a male culture, looked upon as both alien and desirable, women have experiences of special interest.

In Soldier Girls, Helen Thorpe follows the lives of three women over twelve years on their paths to the military, overseas to combat, and back home…and then overseas again for two of them. These women, who are quite different in every way, become friends, and we watch their interaction and also what happens when they are separated. We see their families, their lovers, their spouses, their children. We see them work extremely hard, deal with the attentions of men on base and in war zones, and struggle to stay connected to their families back home. We see some of them drink too much, have illicit affairs, and react to the deaths of fellow soldiers. And we see what happens to one of them when the truck she is driving hits an explosive in the road, blowing it up. She survives, but her life may never be the same again.

Deeply reported, beautifully written, and powerfully moving, Soldier Girls is truly groundbreaking.

Strange and Obscure Stories of the Civil War [EPUB]

Strange and Obscure Stories of the Civil War [EPUB]
Strange and Obscure Stories of the Civil War by Tim Rowland
2011 | EPUB | 0.72MB

Strange and Obscure Stories of the Civil War is an entertaining look at the Civil War stories that don’t get told, and the misadventures you haven’t read about in history books. Share in all the humorous and strange events that took place behind the scenes of some of the most famous Civil War moments. Picture a pedestal in a public park with no statue on top; Rowland’s book explains that when the members of the New York Monument Commission went to hire a sculptor to finish the statue, they were shocked to discover that there was no money left in the agency’s accounts to pay for the project. The money for the statue of Dan Sickles had been stolen—stolen by former monument committee chairman Dan Sickles!

Brig. Gen. Philip Kearny was the son of a New York tycoon who had helped found the New York Stock Exchange, and who groomed his boy to be a force on Wall Street. The younger Kearny decided his call was to be a force on the field of battle, so despite a law degree and an inheritance of better than $1 million, he joined the U.S. Army and studied cavalry tactics in France. His dashing figure in the saddle earned him the name of Kearny the Magnificent, probably because Kearny rode with a pistol in one hand and a sword in the other while holding the horse’s reins in his teeth. This habit proved useful after he lost his left arm in the Mexican War, because he was able to continue to wave his sword with all the menace to which he was accustomed while still guiding his horse.

My Share of the Task [EPUB}

My Share of the Task [EPUB}
My Share of the Task: A Memoir by Stanley McChrystal
2014 | EPUB | 17.4MB

In early March 2010, General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding officer of all U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, walked with President Hamid Karzai through a small rural bazaar. As Afghan townspeo­ple crowded around them, a Taliban rocket loudly thudded into the ground some distance away. Karzai looked to McChrystal, who shrugged. The two leaders continued greeting the townspeople and listening to their views.

That trip was typical of McChrystal’s entire career, from his first day as a West Point plebe to his last day as a four-star general. The values he has come to be widely admired for were evident: a hunger to know the truth on the ground, the courage to find it, and the humility to listen to those around him. Even as a senior commander, McChrystal stationed him­self forward, and frequently went on patrols with his troops to experience their challenges firsthand.

In this illuminating memoir, McChrystal frankly explores the major episodes and controversies of his eventful career. He delves candidly into the intersection of history, leadership, and his own experience to produce a book of enduring value.

Joining the troubled post-Vietnam army as a young officer, McChrystal witnessed and participated in some of our military’s most difficult struggles. He describes the many outstanding leaders he served with and the handful of bad leaders he learned not to emulate. He paints a vivid portrait of the traditional military establishment that turned itself, in one gen­eration, into the adaptive, resilient force that would soon be tested in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the wider War on Terror.

McChrystal spent much of his early career in the world of special operations, at a time when these elite forces became increasingly effective—and necessary. He writes of a fight waged in the shadows by the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which he led from 2003 to 2008. JSOC became one of our most effective counterterrorism weapons, facing off against Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Over time, JSOC gathered staggering amounts of intelligence in order to find and remove the most influential and dangerous terrorists, including the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The hunt for Zarqawi drives some of the most grip­ping scenes in this book, as McChrystal’s team grappled with tricky interrogations, advanced but scarce technology, weeks of unbroken surveillance, and agonizing decisions.

McChrystal brought the same energy to the war in Afghanistan, where the challenges loomed even larger. His revealing account draws on his close relationships with Afghan leaders, giving readers a unique window into the war and the country.

Ultimately, My Share of the Task is about much more than war and peace, terrorism and counterin­surgency. As McChrystal writes, “More by luck than design, I’d been a part of some events, organizations, and efforts that will loom large in history, and more that will not. I saw selfless commitment, petty politics, unspeakable cruelty, and quiet courage in places and quantities that I’d never have imagined. But what I will remember most are the leaders.”

The Future of the Gun [PDF]

The Future of the Gun [PDF]
The Future of the Gun by Frank Miniter
2014 | PDF | 3.43MB

The history of the American gun is intricately entwined with the history of America itself. Promising developments in gun technology could change not only America's future, but the future of the world. Unfortunately, the radical anti-gun lobby is standing between innovation and the American people.

Bestselling author Frank Miniter details the amazing breakthroughs waiting to happen in gun technology that could make today's firearms exponentially safer and smarter—if the anti-gun lobby weren't halting progress in its tracks.

In The Future of the Gun, you will learn:

  • Why anti-gun groups often oppose gun safety
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  • How guns—and gun education for young people—cut crime
  • How federalism could save your gun rights
  • New trends in gun technology that will make guns safer and more effective
  • Why most talk about “assault rifles” is bogus
  • How military and civilian gun technology have always advanced in tandem—for the benefit of soldiers and private citizens
  • What guns could look like in just a few years

Want to know about the future of guns? There is no better place to start than here.