Learning AngularJS Training Video [Infiniteskills]

Learning AngularJS Training Video [Infiniteskills]
Learning AngularJS Training Video [Infiniteskills] with Matt Frisbie
2014-03-05 | SKU: 01905 | MP4 | 5,25 hours | 537.93MB

In this AngularJS training course, expert author Matt Frisbie teaches you all about this open-source JavaScript framework. This course is designed for the absolute beginner, meaning no prior knowledge of AngularJS is required, however you should already have a fundamental understanding of HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

You will start by setting up the application and learning about the views, controllers, and built-in directions. From there, Matt will teach you about filters, showing you tricks with filters and how to create custom filters. This video tutorial will cover topics in AngularJS including service types, directives and directive communication channels, routing and promises, and advanced scope. Finally, you will learn about interacting with servers and 3rd party libraries.

By the completion of this computer based training course, you will have gained the knowledge and experience necessary for working with the AngularJS framework. Working files are included, allowing you to follow along with the author throughout the lessons.

Instructional Design Essentials: Needs Analysis [Lynda]

Instructional Design Essentials: Needs Analysis [Lynda]
Instructional Design Essentials: Needs Analysis [Lynda] with Jeff Toister
Aug 21, 2014 | Level: Beginner | MP4 | 1 h 25 mins | 630.38MB

Need to understand the training requirements of your learners? A needs analysis is the first step of any ADDIE-aligned instructional design process. Join Jeff Toister in this installment of Instructional Design Essentials and learn the three-step process to conducting a needs analysis that will accurately capture and define the goals of your project. Jeff brings his 20+ years of instructional design experience to bear, and helps you set clear goals with project sponsors, gather data from participants quickly, and analyze the data to identify gaps in your current system and goals for your future one.

Topics include:

  • Setting project objectives
  • Identifying the target audience for training
  • Selecting data sources
  • Facilitating focus groups and interviews
  • Designing effective surveys
  • Identifying participant needs
  • Defining learning outcomes
  • Presenting results to project sponsors

GIS on the Web [Lynda]

GIS on the Web [Lynda]
GIS on the Web [Lynda] with Jason VanHorn
Aug 21, 2014 | Level: Intermediate | MP4 | 2 hrs 8 mins | 738.67MB

When graphical information systems (GIS) meet some of the world's most exciting web-mapping technology, such as Google Maps, you get richer, more interactive maps and better insights into your data. GIS on the web means using tools like Google Maps, Bing Maps, and Esri to create map mashups: multilayered visualizations that combine data from multiple sources. In this course, Jason VanHorn will show how to use these tools to analyze geodata and create interactive, mobile-ready maps that communicate your ideas better than ever before.

Topics include:

  • Understanding map mashups
  • Finding coordinates
  • Mapping with Google Drive
  • Geocoding with addresses and coordinates
  • Merging data
  • Analyzing your map
  • Adding GIS layers from services or a file
  • Working with the Google Maps, Bing Maps, and Esri APIs
  • Sharing and publishing your work

Building Adaptive Android Apps with Fragments [Lynda]

Building Adaptive Android Apps with Fragments [Lynda]
Building Adaptive Android Apps with Fragments [Lynda] with David Gassner
Aug 21, 2014 | Level: Intermediate | MP4 + Exercise Files | 2 hrs 8 mins | 632.66MB

One of the most common issues Android developers face is market fragmentation: the variations in screen size and pixel density among the thousands of phones, tablets, and even desktop computers that run Android. The Fragments API (introduced in Android 3.0) helps you deal with this issue. This course teaches Android developers how to program with the Fragments API, and build apps that work well on a wide variety of devices. David Gassner shows how to define different fragment layouts and add them to activities with XML or Java, create layouts for different screens and use a resource alias to select the right layout at runtime, and communicate between activities and fragments. He'll also show you how to make fragments work on older versions of Android, with the support library, and use fragments to display dialogs and preference screens.

Topics include:

  • Understanding fragments
  • Adding fragments to activities
  • Creating layouts for multiple screens
  • Understanding arguments and callback methods
  • Updating apps with support for fragments

Up and Running with Symfony2 for PHP [Lynda]

Up and Running with Symfony2 for PHP [Lynda]
Up and Running with Symfony2 for PHP [Lynda] with Jon Peck
Aug 21, 2014 | Level: Intermediate | MP4 + Exercise Files | 2 hrs 04 mins | 731.96MB

Build PHP applications the modern way with Symfony2, a popular PHP MVC framework. In this course, Jon Peck shows you how to install and configure Symfony and start saving time with typical development tasks, such as directing traffic, creating persistent models, and rendering content with templates. He'll also show you how to define and validate forms and debug your applications. Don't reinvent the wheel; start learning how to use Symfony to get a head start on your PHP projects.

Topics include:

  • Installing Symfony
  • Creating a bundle from the console
  • Customizing and generating database tables
  • Generating controllers
  • Creating, editing, and debugging entities
  • Displaying and debugging a form
  • Rendering content with templates

The Economist Audio Edition [August 23, 2014]

The Economist Audio Edition [August 23, 2014]
The Economist Audio Edition [August 23, 2014]
English | MP3@48 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 158.81MB

What China wants

  • After Iraq, Syria
  • The lessons from Ferguson's riots
  • Modi's first three months
  • How to crack Nigerian business
  • Where the warming went

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

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

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

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

The Weiser Field Guide to Witches [Audiobook]

The Weiser Field Guide to Witches [Audiobook]
The Weiser Field Guide to Witches: From Hexes to Hermione Granger, from Salem to the Land of Oz [Audiobook] by Judika Illes, read by Arika Escalona
2012 | M4A | 5 hrs 48 mins | 96.57MB

Witches peek from greeting cards and advertisements, and they dig twisted roots from the ground. Witches dance beneath the stars and lurk around cauldrons. Witches heal, witches scare, witches creep, and witches teach! A compendium of witches through the ages, from earliest prehistory to some of the most significant modern practitioners, The Weiser Field Guide to Witches explores who and what is a witch. From such famed historical legends as Aleister Crowley, Marie Laveau and Elizabeth Bathory to the popular literary and cinematic figures Harry Potter and The Wicked Witch of the West, Illes offers a complete range of the history of witches. Included also are the sacred—Isis, Hekate, Aradia—and the profane—the Salem Witch trials and The Burning Times.

The Weiser Field Guide to Witches is appropriate for readers of all ages and serves as an excellent and entertaining introduction for those fascinated by the topic.

Mysteries of the Middle Ages [Audiobook]

Mysteries of the Middle Ages [Audiobook]
Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe [Audiobook] by Thomas Cahill, read by John Lee
2006 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 21 mins | 284.43MB

After the long period of cultural decline known as the Dark Ages, Europe experienced a rebirth of scholarship, art, literature, philosophy, and science, and began to develop a vision of society that remains at the heart of Western civilization today.

By placing the image of the Virgin Mary at the center of their churches and their lives, medieval people exalted womanhood to a level unknown in any previous society. For the first time, men began to treat women with dignity, and women took up professions that had always been closed to them.

The communion bread, believed to be the body of Jesus, encouraged the formulation of new questions in philosophy: Could reality be so fluid that one substance could be transformed into another? Could ordinary bread become a holy reality? Could mud become gold, as the alchemists believed? These new questions pushed the minds of medieval thinkers toward what would become modern science.

Artists began to ask themselves similar questions. How can we depict human anatomy so that it looks real to the viewer? How can we depict motion in a composition that never moves? How can two dimensions appear to be three? Medieval artists (and writers, too) invented the Western tradition of realism.

On visits to the great cities of Europe - monumental Rome, the intellectually explosive Paris of Peter Abelard and Thomas Aquinas, the hotbed of scientific study that was Oxford, and the incomparable Florence of Dante and Giotto - Cahill brilliantly captures the spirit of experimentation, the colorful pageantry, and the passionate pursuit of knowledge that built the foundations for the modern world.

Plan, Create, and Deploy to Azure With Visual Studio Online [Pluralsight]

Plan, Create, and Deploy to Azure With Visual Studio Online [Pluralsight]
Plan, Create, and Deploy to Azure With Visual Studio Online [Pluralsight] with Esteban Garcia
Aug 21, 2014 | Level: Intermediate | MP4 + Exercise Files | 3 hrs 32 mins | 703.12MB

Leverage Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio Online to plan, create, and deploy your web-based applications.

This course shows you how to leverage Visual Studio Online to plan, build, deploy, and monitor Azure applications. The course walks you through a real-world scenario by taking you through different stages of software development while leveraging cloud infrastructure. You will learn about creating a product backlog, sprint planning, developing, and deploying an Azure website and Azure Services, build and deployment automation, cloud-based load testing, and DevOps with Application Insights.

Pandora's Seed [EPUB]

Pandora's Seed [EPUB]
Pandora's Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization by Spencer Wells
2010 | EPUB | 3.95MB

In The Journey of Man, renowned geneticist and anthropologist Spencer Wells traced human evolution back to our earliest ancestors, creating a remarkable and readable map of our distant past. Now, in his thrilling new book, he examines our cultural inheritance in order to find the turning point that led us to the path we are on today, one he believes we must veer from in order to survive.

Pandora’s Seed takes us on a powerful and provocative globe-trotting tour of human history, back to a seminal event roughly ten thousand years ago, when our species made a radical shift in its way of life: We became farmers rather than hunter-gatherers, setting in motion a momentous chain of events that could not have been foreseen at the time.

Although this decision to control our own food supply is what propelled us into the modern world, Wells demonstrates—using the latest genetic and anthropological data—that such a dramatic shift in lifestyle had a downside that we’re only now beginning to recognize. Growing grain crops ultimately made humans more sedentary and unhealthy and made the planet more crowded. The expanding population and the need to apportion limited resources such as water created hierarchies and inequalities. The desire to control—and no longer cooperate with—nature altered the concept of religion, making deities fewer and more influential, foreshadowing today’s fanaticisms. The proximity of humans and animals bred diseases that metastasized over time. Freedom of movement and choice were replaced by a pressure to work that is the forebear of the anxiety and depression millions feel today. Wells offers a hopeful prescription for altering a life to which we were always ill suited, recommending that we change our priorities and self-destructive appetites before it’s too late.

A riveting and accessible scientific detective story, Pandora’s Seed is an eye-opening book for anyone fascinated by the past and concerned about the future.

Viruses, Plagues, and History [EPUB]

Viruses, Plagues, and History [EPUB]
Viruses, Plagues, and History: Past, Present and Future by Michael B A Oldstone
2009 | EPUB | 7.41MB

The story of viruses and humanity is a story of fear and ignorance, of grief and heartbreak, and of great bravery and sacrifice. Michael Oldstone tells all these stories as he illuminates the history of the devastating diseases that have tormented humanity, focusing mostly on the most famous viruses.

Oldstone begins with smallpox, polio, and measles. Nearly 300 million people were killed by smallpox in this century alone and the author presents a vivid account of the long campaign to eradicate this lethal killer. Oldstone then describes the fascinating viruses that have captured headlines in more recent years: Ebola, Hantavirus, mad cow disease (a frightening illness made worse by government mishandling and secrecy), and, of course, AIDS. And he tells us of the many scientists watching and waiting even now for the next great plague, monitoring influenza strains to see whether the deadly variant from 1918—a viral strain that killed over 20 million people in 1918-1919—will make a comeback. For this revised edition, Oldstone includes discussions of new viruses like SARS, bird flu, virally caused cancers, chronic wasting disease, and West Nile, and fully updates the original text with new findings on particular viruses.

Viruses, Plagues, and History paints a sweeping portrait of humanity's long-standing conflict with our unseen viral enemies. Oldstone's book is a vivid history of a fascinating field, and a highly reliable dispatch from an eminent researcher on the front line of this ongoing campaign.

Leading Out Loud [Audiobook]

Leading Out Loud [Audiobook]
Leading Out Loud: A Guide for Engaging Others in Creating the Future, 3rd Edition [Audiobook] by Terry Pearce, read by George Guidall
2013 | MP3@128 kbps + PDF | 7 hrs 50 mins | 430.65MB

The newest edition of the bestselling guide to authentic leadership communication

Much has changed in the world since the original publication of Leading Out Loud, Terry Pearce's book on authentic leadership communication. Now, more than ever, the development of a leader's message is as crucial to success as the delivery of that message. In the third edition of his classic book, Terry Pearce shows leaders in all sectors how to communicate their values and vision to inspire commitment.

In this important resource, Pearce continues to broaden the application of core principles, putting the spotlight on every day, spontaneous communication. New examples, covering the range of today's multi-faceted communication, show the application of the sage advice Pearce offers. Readers will see how to develop a Personal Leadership Communication Guide that supports any venue, through any media and in multiple cultures. This completely revised and updated version of the bestselling classic is designed to meet the communication needs of today's leaders.

  • Pearce expands his exploration of the internal work necessary to create an honest and compelling vision. He emphasizes the deepening of emotional awareness necessary to inspire others
  • This edition demonstrates how readers can find their authentic voices and articulate their messages with increasing confidence and empathy
  • Some examples carry through across chapters, clarifying how one develops and strengthens the Personal Leadership Communication Guide over time
  • The work presents new models that are applicable to the multi-cultural world in which we live. Readers, leaders of any organization, and teachers at any level will find practical illustrations of how differences can be bridged with universal principles
  • Foreword by Randy Komisar, General Partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and author of The Monk and The Riddle

This new edition offers information, stories and experiences that demonstrate success in authentic leadership communication, in any technology, whatever the field or venue, local or global.

The Way of the SEAL [Audiobook]

The Way of the SEAL [Audiobook]
The Way of the SEAL: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed [Audiobook] by Mark Divine with Allyson Edelhertz Machate, read by John Pruden
2014 | M4B + EPUB | 7 hrs 50 mins | 189.5MB

In the Way of the SEAL, ex-Navy Commander Mark Divine reveals exercises, meditations and focusing techniques to train your mind for mental toughness, emotional resilience and uncanny intuition. Along the way you’ll reaffirm your ultimate purpose, define your most important goals, and take concrete steps to make them happen. A practical guide for businesspeople or anyone who wants to be an elite operator in life, this book will teach you how to:

  • Lead from the front, so that others will want to work for you
  • Practice front-sight focus, the radical ability to focus on one thing until victory is achieved
  • Think offense, all the time, to eradicate fear and indecisiveness
  • Smash the box and be an unconventional thinker so you’re never thrown off-guard by chaotic conditions
  • Access your intuition so you can make “hard right” decisions
  • Achieve twenty times more than you think you can
  • and much more

Blending the tactics he learned from America’s elite forces with lessons from the Spartans, samurai, Apache scouts, and other great warrior traditions, Divine has distilled the fundamentals of success into eight powerful principles that will transform you into the leader you always knew you could be.

Learn to think like a SEAL, and take charge of your destiny at work, home and in life.

Investment in Blood [PDF]

Investment in Blood [PDF]
Investment in Blood: The True Cost of Britain’s Afghan War by Frank Ledwidge
2013 | PDF | 35.64MB

In this follow-up to his much-praised book Losing Small Wars: British Military Failure in Iraq and Afghanistan, Frank Ledwidge argues that Britain has paid a heavy cost – both financially and in human terms – for its involvement in the Afghanistan war. Ledwidge calculates the high price paid by British soldiers and their families, taxpayers in the United Kingdom, and, most importantly, Afghan citizens, highlighting the thousands of deaths and injuries, the enormous amount of money spent bolstering a corrupt Afghan government, and the long-term damage done to the British military’s international reputation.

In this hard-hitting exposé, based on interviews, rigorous on-the-ground research, and official information obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, Ledwidge demonstrates the folly of Britain’s extended participation in an unwinnable war. Arguing that the only true beneficiaries of the conflict are development consultants, international arms dealers, and Afghan drug kingpins, he provides a powerful, eye-opening, and often heartbreaking account of military adventurism gone horribly wrong.

Big Brain: The Origins and Future of Human Intelligence [PDF]

Big Brain: The Origins and Future of Human Intelligence [PDF]
Big Brain: The Origins and Future of Human Intelligence by Gary Lynch, Richard Granger
2009 | PDF | 2.1MB

Our big brains, our language ability, and our intelligence make us uniquely human.

But barely 10,000 years ago (a mere blip in evolutionary time) human-like creatures called "Boskops" flourished in South Africa. They possessed extraordinary features: forebrains roughly 50% larger than ours, and estimated IQs to match--far surpassing our own. Many of these huge fossil skulls have been discovered over the last century, but most of us have never heard of this scientific marvel.

Prominent neuroscientists Gary Lynch and Richard Granger compare the contents of the Boskop brain and our own brains today, and arrive at startling conclusions about our intelligence and creativity. Connecting cutting-edge theories of genetics, evolution, language, memory, learning, and intelligence, Lynch and Granger show the implications of large brains for a broad array of fields, from the current state of the art in Alzheimer's and other brain disorders, to new advances in brain-based robots that see and converse with us, and the means by which neural prosthetics-- replacement parts for the brain--are being designed and tested. The authors demystify the complexities of our brains in this fascinating and accessible book, and give us tantalizing insights into our humanity--its past, and its future.

On Anarchism by Noam Chomsky [Audiobook]

On Anarchism by Noam Chomsky [Audiobook]
On Anarchism [Audiobook] by Noam Chomsky, read by Eric Martin
2014 | M4A | 4 hrs 55 mins | 81.8MB

On Anarchism provides the reasoning behind Noam Chomsky's fearless lifelong questioning of the legitimacy of entrenched power. In these essays, Chomsky redeems one of the most maligned ideologies, anarchism, and places it at the foundation of his political thinking. Chomsky's anarchism is distinctly optimistic and egalitarian. Moreover, it is a living, evolving tradition that is situated in a historical lineage; Chomsky's anarchism emphasizes the power of collective, rather than individualist, action.

The collection includes a revealing new introduction by journalist Nathan Schneider, who documented the Occupy movement for Harper's and The Nation, and who places Chomsky's ideas in the contemporary political moment. On Anarchism will be essential listening for a new generation of activists who are at the forefront of a resurgence of interest in anarchism—and for anyone who struggles with what can be done to create a more just world.

Challenge of Battle: The Real Story of the British Army in 1914 [PDF]

Challenge of Battle: The Real Story of the British Army in 1914 [PDF]
Challenge of Battle: The Real Story of the British Army in 1914 by Adrian Gilbert
2014 | PDF | 6.48MB

Winston Churchill described the opening campaign of World War I as ‘a drama never surpassed’. The titanic clash of Europe’s armies in 1914 is one the great stories of 20th-century history, and one in which the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) would play a notable part.

Previous assessments of the BEF have held to an unshakeable belief in its exceptional performance during the battles of 1914. But closer examination of the historical record reveals a force possessing some key strengths yet undermined by other, significant failings.

Within an authoritative and well-paced campaign narrative, Challenge of Battle re-evaluates the Army’s leadership, organization and tactics. It describes the problems faced by commanders, grappling with the brutal realities of 20th-century warfare, and explains how the British infantry’s famed marksmanship has to be set against the inexperience and tactical shortcomings of the BEF as a whole. But it also demonstrates the progress made by the British during 1914, concluding with the successful defense of Ypres against superior enemy forces.

The author examines the fateful decisions made by senior officers and how they affected the men under their command. Making full use of diaries, letters and other contemporary accounts, he builds a compelling picture of what it was like to fight in the battles of Mons, Le Cateau, the Aisne and Ypres.

In this thought-provoking new book, Adrian Gilbert clears away the layers of sentiment that have obscured a true historical understanding of the 1914 campaign to provide a full, unvarnished picture of the BEF at war.

The Myth of Hitler's Pope [Audiobook]

The Myth of Hitler's Pope [Audiobook]
The Myth of Hitler's Pope: Pope Pius XII And His Secret War Against Nazi Germany [Audiobook] by David G Dalin, read by Michael Floyd
2014 | M4A | 5 hrs 28 mins | 92.71MB

Was Pope Pius XII secretly in league with Adolf Hitler? No, says Rabbi David G. Dalin—but there was a cleric in league with Hitler: the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini. As Pope Pius XII worked to save Jews from the Nazis, the grand mufti became Hitler’s staunch ally and a promoter of the Holocaust, with a legacy that feeds radical Islam today. In this shocking and thoroughly documented book, Rabbi Dalin explodes the myth of Hitler’s pope and condemns the myth-makers for not only rewriting history, but for denying the testimony of Holocaust survivors, hijacking the Holocaust for unseemly political ends, and ignoring the real threat to the Jewish people.

In The Myth of Hitler’s Pope, you’ll learn:

  • The true history of Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust—how the Catholic Church did more than any other religious body to save Jewish lives
  • The real history of the Church and the Nazis—including the Nazi plan to kidnap the pope
  • The real agenda of the myth-makers: hijacking the Holocaust to attack the very idea of the papacy—especially the papacy of the late Pope John Paul II—as well as Christianity and traditional religion as a whole
  • Hitler’s cleric—Hajj Amin al-Husseini, who advised and assisted the Nazis in carrying out Hitler’s Final Solution
  • How Pope Pius XII rescued Jews—and deserves to be called a "righteous gentile"—while the grand mufti of Jerusalem called for their extermination

Full of shocking and irrefutable detail, The Myth of Hitler’s Pope is sure to generate controversy, and more important, to set the record straight. If you want the truth about Pope Pius XII, about the Catholic Church, the Jews, and the Holocaust, and about how the myth of Hitler’s pope plays into the culture wars of our own time—and how the fact of Hitler’s mufti is a vital source of radical Islam today—you must begin here.

Icon of Evil: Hitler's Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam [MOBI]

Icon of Evil: Hitler's Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam [MOBI]
Icon of Evil: Hitler's Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam by David G Dalin, John F Rothmann
2009 | MOBI | 1.01MB

A chilling, fascinating, and nearly forgotten historical figure is resurrected in a riveting work that links the fascism of the last century with the terrorism of our own. Written with verve and extraordinary access to primary sources in several languages, Icon of Evil is the definitive account of the man who during World War II was called “the führer of the Arab world” and whose ugly legacy lives on today.

In 1921, the beneficiary of an appointment the British would live to regret, Haj Amin al-Husseini became the mufti of Jerusalem, the most eminent and influential Islamic leader in the Middle East. For years, al-Husseini fomented violence in the region against the Jews he loathed and wished to destroy. Forced out in 1937, he eventually found his way to the country whose legions he desperately wished to join: Nazi Germany.

Here, with new and disturbing details, David G. Dalin and John F. Rothmann show how al-Husseini ingratiated himself with his hero, Adolf Hitler, becoming, with his blonde hair and blue eyes, an “honorary Aryan,” while dreaming of being installed Nazi leader of the Middle East. Al-Husseini would later recruit more than 100,000 Muslims in Europe to fight in divisions of the Waffen-SS, and obstruct negotiations with the Allies that might have allowed four thousand Jewish children to escape to Palestine. Some believe that al-Husseini even inspired Hitler to implement the Final Solution. At war’s end, al-Husseini escaped indictment at Nuremberg and was harbored in France before being given a hero’s welcome in Egypt.

Icon of Evil chronicles al-Husseini’s postwar relationships with such influential Islamic figures as the radical theoretician Sayyid Qutb and Saddam Hussein’s powerful uncle, General Khairallah Talfah, and his crucial mentoring of the young Yasser Arafat. Finally, it provides compelling evidence that al-Husseini’s actions and writings serve as inspirations today to the leaders of Hamas, Hezbollah, and other terrorist organizations pledged to destroy Israel and the United States.

Revelatory and unsettling, Icon of Evil reveals an essential character in the worst crimes of the modern era. It is an important addition to our understanding of the past, present, and future of radical Islam.

Hacking the Future [MOBI]

Hacking the Future [MOBI]
Hacking the Future: Privacy, Identity, and Anonymity on the Web by Cole Stryker
2012 | MOBI | 0.34MB

How does anonymity enable free speech - and how is it a threat? "I think anonymity on the Internet has to go away," famously said by Randi Zuckerberg (sister of Mark), has become the policy for some, while the Stop Online Piracy Act mobilized millions to write Congress in protest. Hacking the Future is a broad look at how anonymity influences politics, activism, religion, and art.

Stryker presents a strong defense of anonymity and explores some of the tools and organizations relating to this issue, especially as it has evolved with the ubiquity of the Internet. Cogent and compelling, his examination of online identities, both false and real, is an essential read for the social-networking age.

Epic Win for Anonymous [Audiobook]

Epic Win for Anonymous [Audiobook]
Epic Win for Anonymous: How 4chan's Army Conquered the Web [Audiobook] by Cole Stryker, read by Christopher Kipiniak
2011 | M4A + EPUB | 8 hrs 55 mins | 150.88MB

4chan is the "Anti-Facebook," a site that radically encourages anonymity. It spawned the hacktivist group Anonymous, which famously defended WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by bringing down MasterCard's and Visa's Web sites. Created by a 15-year-old wunderkind in 2003, it is the creative force behind "the Web's most infectious memes and catchphrases" (Wired). Today it has over 12 million monthly users, with enormous social influence to match.

Epic Win is the first book to tell 4chan's story. Longtime blogger and 4chan expert Cole Stryker writes with a voice that is engrossingly informative and approachable. Whether examining the 4chan- provoked Jessi Slaughter saga and how cyber-bullying is part of our new reality, or explaining how Sarah Palin's email account was leaked, Epic Win for Anonymous proves 4chan's transformative cultural impact, and how it has influenced--and will continue to influence-- society at large.

Plymouth: A City at War 1914-45 [EPUB]

Plymouth: A City at War 1914-45 [EPUB]
Plymouth: A City at War 1914-45 by John Van der Kiste
2014 | EPUB | 3.06MB

Home to all three armed services, Plymouth was greatly affected by both major conflicts of the twentieth century. Between 1914 and 1918, Devonport Dockyard was responsible for much routine repair and maintenance work as well as building new ships and submarines, while the marines and army battalions were active in various theatres of war overseas, and Mount Batten became one of the major stations of the newly formed Royal Air Force. During the Second World War, few cities in England suffered more devastating damage, with the heart of the old city destroyed and a death toll of 1,172.

Richly illustrated and filled with true tales of local heroism and the unbreakable spirit of the people of Plymouth during these tumultuous years, this book looks at how the city fared during the wars and played her part in victory.

Native Roots: How the Indians Enriched America [EPUB]

Native Roots: How the Indians Enriched America [EPUB]
Native Roots: How the Indians Enriched America by Jack Weatherford
2010 | EPUB | 2.82MB

Conventional American history holds that the white settlers of the New World re-created the societies they had known in England, France, and Spain. But as anthropologist Jack Weatherford, author of Indian Givers, brilliantly shows, the Europeans actually grafted their civilization onto the deep and nourishing roots of Native American customs and beliefs. Our place names, our farming and hunting techniques, our crafts, the very blood that flows in our veins--all derive from American Indians ways that we consistently fail to see.

Wisden on the Great War [EPUB]

Wisden on the Great War [EPUB]
Wisden on the Great War: The Lives of Cricket's Fallen 1914-1918 edited by Andrew Renshaw
2014 | EPUB | 18.8MB

Readers of the 1917 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack were advised by the editor, Sydney Pardon: “Its chief feature is a record of the cricketers who have fallen in the War – the Roll of Honour, so far as the national game is concerned.” By the time the conflict was over, Wisden had carried almost 1,800 obituaries. Test players like Colin Blythe were far outnumbered by men with a lesser claim to fame, as schoolboy cricketers were sent out to the battlefields fresh from their playing fields.

Amid the carnage and confusion, errors inevitably crept in: names were wrong and there were cases of mistaken identity. Some mistakes have lain buried in Wisden’s pages for a century: as this book discloses, three men outlived their obituary by many years. All the obituaries have been updated in Wisden on the Great War with new information about the subjects’ lives and deaths, their families and memorials, and ordered by the year of death. There is a listing of the 289 men who had played first-class cricket, while the 89 who did not get an obituary in Wisden are now recognised. The book also lists for the first time the 407 first-class cricketers who were decorated for gallantry, of whom 381 survived.

Among the men included is an officer who as a boy was an inspiration for J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, and one whose agonising death on the battlefield is movingly described in Robert Graves’ Goodbye to All That. These men now receive proper tribute, along with literary names that are already well-known, such as Rupert Brooke, who headed his school’s bowling averages in 1906 and received an obituary in Wisden that mentioned that, at the time of his death, he ‘had gained considerable reputation as a poet’.

The wartime Wisdens have long been cherished by families whose relatives are commemorated in them, but the originals are scarce and command a high price. Now the lives of the men are properly celebrated, enhanced by many remarkable stories of courage and coincidence. The result is a poignant insight into the cohorts of cricketers who played the ultimate game for their country.

Total War: World War II and Its Lasting Legacy [The Modern Scholar]

Total War: World War II and Its Lasting Legacy [The Modern Scholar]
Total War: World War II and Its Lasting Legacy [The Modern Scholar] by Mark R Polelle
2014 | MP3@128 kbps | 4 hrs 20 mins | 238.65MB

Mark R. Polelle of the University of Findlay examines the origins, major events, and consequences of the Second World War. Taking into account the First World War's effect on politics, economics, culture, and the international system as a whole, the course illustrates the ideologies at play as communism, fascism, and democratic capitalism came into direct conflict. Throughout these lectures, Polelle also imagines a number of "what ifs," including what would have happened if Hitler had not invaded the Soviet Union, and concludes with a consideration of the legacy of World War II.

Yokohama Yankee [EPUB]

Yokohama Yankee [EPUB]
Yokohama Yankee: My Family's Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan by Leslie Helm
2013 | EPUB | 34.15MB

Leslie Helm's decision to adopt Japanese children launches him on a personal journey through his family's 140 years in Japan, beginning with his great-grandfather, who worked as a military advisor in 1870 and defied custom to marry his Japanese mistress. The family's poignant experiences of love and war help Helm overcome his cynicism and embrace his Japanese and American heritage.

This is the first book to look at Japan across five generations, with perspective that is both from the inside and through foreign eyes. Helm draws on his great-grandfather's unpublished memoir and a wealth of primary source material to bring his family history to life.

The Tao Of Poker [EPUB]

The Tao Of Poker [EPUB]
The Tao Of Poker: 285 Rules to Transform Your Game and Your Life by Larry W Phillips
2003 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.7/0.6MB

Poker is more than just a card game - it can also help you become a winner away from the gaming tables! By blending the life lessons of a time-honored spiritual practice with the strategy of this popular card game, you can create a powerful approach to successful play - and successful living. In The Tao of Poker, prize-winning poker player Larry Phillips offers more than 280 rules to bring you to new levels of personal achievement, just when and where you need them most.

Here are some of The Tao of Poker’s rules for success:

  • Take the long view
  • Once you commit to a hand, play it strong
  • Don’t throw in good money after bad
  • If you think you’re beat, get out

Try out these rules and watch your game, and your life, improve. Now you can be a winner at home, at work, and at the casino - wherever the stakes for success are high!

Deep Things out of Darkness [EPUB]

Deep Things out of Darkness [EPUB]
Deep Things out of Darkness: A History of Natural History by John G T Anderson
2012 | EPUB | 4.58MB

Natural history, the deliberate observation of the environment, is arguably the oldest science. From purely practical beginnings as a way of finding food and shelter, natural history evolved into the holistic, systematic study of plants, animals, and the landscape. Deep Things out of Darkness chronicles the rise, decline, and ultimate revival of natural history within the realms of science and public discourse.

Ecologist John G. T. Anderson focuses his account on the lives and contributions of an eclectic group of men and women, from John Ray, John Muir, Charles Darwin, and Rachel Carson, who endured remarkable hardships and privations in order to learn more about their surroundings. Written in an engaging narrative style and with an extensive bibliography of primary sources, the book charts the journey of the naturalist’s endeavor from prehistory to the present, underscoring the need for natural history in an era of dynamic environmental change.

The Exultant Ark [EPUB]

The Exultant Ark [EPUB]
The Exultant Ark: A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure by Jonathan Peter Balcombe
2011 | EPUB | 12.21MB

Nature documentaries often depict animal life as a grim struggle for survival, but this visually stunning book opens our eyes to a different, more scientifically up-to-date way of looking at the animal kingdom. In more than one hundred thirty striking images, The Exultant Ark celebrates the full range of animal experience with dramatic portraits of animal pleasure ranging from the charismatic and familiar to the obscure and bizarre. These photographs, windows onto the inner lives of pleasure seekers, show two polar bears engaged in a bout of wrestling, hoary marmots taking time for a friendly chase, Japanese macaques enjoying a soak in a hot spring, a young bull elk sticking out his tongue to catch snowflakes, and many other rewarding moments.

Biologist and best-selling author Jonathan Balcombe is our guide, interpreting the images within the scientific context of what is known about animal behavior. In the end, old attitudes fall away as we gain a heightened sense of animal individuality and of the pleasures that make life worth living for all sentient beings.

How Not to Be Eaten: The Insects Fight Back [EPUB]

How Not to Be Eaten: The Insects Fight Back [EPUB]
How Not to Be Eaten: The Insects Fight Back by Gilbert Waldbauer
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.6/0.8MB

All animals must eat. But who eats who, and why, or why not? Because insects outnumber and collectively outweigh all other animals combined, they comprise the largest amount of animal food available for potential consumption. How do they avoid being eaten? From masterful disguises to physical and chemical lures and traps, predatory insects have devised ingenious and bizarre methods of finding food. Equally ingenious are the means of hiding, mimicry, escape, and defense waged by prospective prey in order to stay alive.

This absorbing book demonstrates that the relationship between the eaten and the eater is a central—perhaps the central—aspect of what goes on in the community of organisms. By explaining the many ways in which insects avoid becoming a meal for a predator, and the ways in which predators evade their defensive strategies, Gilbert Waldbauer conveys an essential understanding of the unrelenting coevolutionary forces at work in the world around us.

The Ethical Butcher [EPUB]

The Ethical Butcher [EPUB]
The Ethical Butcher: How Thoughtful Eating Can Change Your World by Berlin Reed
2013 | EPUB | 2.86MB

America is in the midst of a meat zeitgeist. Butchers have emerged as the rock stars of the culinary world, and cozy gastropubs serving up pork belly, lamb burgers, and sweetbreads rule the restaurant scene. In New York, the humble meatball enjoys entrée status from upscale Gramercy Tavern to newcomer The Meatball Shop. Across the country in San Francisco, savvy chefs flock to hip meat markets like The Fatted Calf. If butchers are our new rock stars, then Berlin Reed is their front man.

Berlin Reed is “The Ethical Butcher,” a former self-described militant vegan punk who grudgingly took a job as a butcher's apprentice in Brooklyn when he could find no other work. Shockingly, he fell in love with the art of butchering, and a food revolution was born. Along the way he saw how corporate greed, unsustainable food practices, and outright misinformation gave birth to such falsities as the USDA label ‘organic’ and the conglomerate of eco-friendly supermarkets. Most people, even those that try to be healthy and green, are not really eating what they think they are eating. The Ethical Butcher will shine a light on these untruths and show a better way towards food justice and the sustainable living of a mindful omnivore.

Through the lens of Berlin's personal story, The Ethical Butcher educates readers about how they can improve the meat industry by participating in it. It's a memoir in cuts – and Berlin's return to eating meat illustrates for readers and foodies alike how they can change the meat industry by making better choices.

With Liberty and Dividends for All [EPUB]

With Liberty and Dividends for All [EPUB]
With Liberty and Dividends for All: How to Save Our Middle Class When Jobs Don't Pay Enough by Peter Barnes
2014 | EPUB | 2.55MB

Peter Barnes argues that because of globalization, automation, and winner-take-all capitalism, there won’t be enough high-paying jobs to sustain America’s middle class in the future. Therefore, to survive economically, our middle class needs—and deserves—a supplementary source of nonlabor income.

To meet this need, Barnes proposes to give every American a share of the wealth we own together— starting with our air and financial infrastructure. These shares would pay dividends of several thousand dollars per year—money that wouldn’t be welfare or wealth redistribution but legitimate property income.

Please Stop Helping Us [Audiobook]

Please Stop Helping Us [Audiobook]
Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed [Audiobook] by Jason L Riley, read by JD Jackson
2014 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 41 mins | 157.13MB

Why is it that so many efforts by liberals to lift the black underclass not only fail, but often harm the intended beneficiaries?

In Please Stop Helping Us, Jason L. Riley examines how well-intentioned welfare programs are in fact holding black Americans back. Minimum-wage laws may lift earnings for people who are already employed, but they price a disproportionate number of blacks out of the labor force. Affirmative action in higher education is intended to address past discrimination, but the result is fewer black college graduates than would otherwise exist. And so it goes with everything from soft-on-crime laws, which make black neighborhoods more dangerous, to policies that limit school choice out of a mistaken belief that charter schools and voucher programs harm the traditional public schools that most low-income students attend.

In theory these efforts are intended to help the poor—and poor minorities in particular. In practice they become massive barriers to moving forward.

Please Stop Helping Us lays bare these counterproductive results. People of goodwill want to see more black socioeconomic advancement, but in too many instances the current methods and approaches aren’t working. Acknowledging this is an important first step.

Modern Politics by C. L. R. James [EPUB]

Modern Politics by C. L. R. James [EPUB]
Modern Politics by C L R James
2013 | EPUB | 1.14MB

Back in print for the first time in 30 years, this volume provides a brilliant and accessible summation of the ideas of left Marxist giant C. L. R. James. Originally delivered in 1960 as a series of lectures in his native Trinidad, James’s wide-ranging erudition and enduring relevance are powerfully displayed. From his analysis of revolutionary history and the role of literature, art, and culture in society to an interrogation of the ideas and philosophy of such thinkers as Rousseau, Lenin, and Trotsky, this is a magnificent tour de force from a critically engaged thinker at the height of his powers. Still relevant to politics today and an essential introduction to an important body of work, the ideas of C. L. R. James remain as necessary and illuminating for this century as they have for the last.

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the US Surveillance State [Audiobook]

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the US Surveillance State [Audiobook]
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the US Surveillance State [Audiobook] by Glenn Greenwald, read by L J Ganser
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 49 mins | 270.04MB

In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security and information privacy. As the arguments rage on and the government considers various proposals for reform, it is clear that we have yet to see the full impact of Snowden’s disclosures.

Now for the first time, Greenwald fits all the pieces together, recounting his high-intensity ten-day trip to Hong Kong, examining the broader implications of the surveillance detailed in his reporting for The Guardian, and revealing fresh information on the NSA’s unprecedented abuse of power with never-before-seen documents entrusted to him by Snowden himself.

Going beyond NSA specifics, Greenwald also takes on the establishment media, excoriating their habitual avoidance of adversarial reporting on the government and their failure to serve the interests of the people. Finally, he asks what it means both for individuals and for a nation’s political health when a government pries so invasively into the private lives of its citizens—and considers what safeguards and forms of oversight are necessary to protect democracy in the digital age. Coming at a landmark moment in American history, No Place to Hide is a fearless, incisive, and essential contribution to our understanding of the U.S. surveillance state.

Beyond Capitalism & Socialism [EPUB]

Beyond Capitalism & Socialism [EPUB]
Beyond Capitalism & Socialism: A New Statement of an Old Ideal edited by Tobias J Lanz
2008 | EPUB | 2.79MB

Explaining the socio-economic theory of distributism, this anthology argues that political, economic, and social liberties and freedom are penalized under both socialism and capitalism. With distributism—and other "third way" alternatives to capitalism—the human person, the family, and the community take precedence over bureaucrats and barons. Society exists for man, not the other way around.

Business Adventures [Audiobook]

Business Adventures [Audiobook]
Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street [Audiobook] by John Brooks, read by Johnny Heller
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 54 mins | 464.94MB

From Wall Street to Main Street, John Brooks, longtime contributor to the New Yorker, brings to life in vivid fashion twelve classic and timeless tales of corporate and financial life in America

What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at GE and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.

Stories about Wall Street are infused with drama and adventure and reveal the machinations and volatile nature of the world of finance. John Brooks’s insightful reportage is so full of personality and critical detail that whether he is looking at the astounding market crash of 1962, the collapse of a well-known brokerage firm, or the bold attempt by American bankers to save the British pound, one gets the sense that history repeats itself.

Five additional stories on equally fascinating subjects round out this wonderful collection that will both entertain and inform readers . . . Business Adventures is truly financial journalism at its liveliest and best.

Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion [Audiobook]

Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion [Audiobook]
Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion [Audiobook] by David Zweig, read by Sean Pratt
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 28 mins | 260.76MB

What do fact-checkers, anesthesiologists, U.N. interpreters, and structural engineers have in common? When they do their jobs poorly, the consequences can be catastrophic for their organizations. But when they do their jobs perfectly . . . they're invisible.

For most of us, the better we perform the more attention we receive. Yet for many “Invisibles”—skilled professionals whose role is critical to whatever enterprise they’re a part of—it’s the opposite: the better they do their jobs the more they disappear. In fact, often it’s only when something goes wrong that they are noticed at all.

Millions of these Invisibles are hidden in every industry. You may be one yourself. And despite our culture’s increasing celebration of fame in our era of superstar CEOs and assorted varieties of “genius”—they’re fine with remaining anonymous.

David Zweig takes us into the behind-the-scenes worlds that Invisibles inhabit. He interviews top experts in unusual fields to reveal the quiet workers behind public successes. Combining in-depth profiles with insights from psychology, sociology, and business, Zweig uncovers how these hidden professionals reap deep fulfillment by relishing the challenges their work presents.

Zweig bypasses diplomats and joins an elite interpreter in a closed-door meeting at the U.N., where the media and public are never allowed. He ascends China’s tallest skyscraper while it’s still under construction, without the architect, guided instead by the project’s lead structural engineer. He even brings us on stage during a Radiohead concert, escorted not by a member of the band, but by their chief guitar technician.

Along the way, Zweig reveals that Invisibles have a lot to teach the rest of society about satisfaction and achievement. What has been lost amid the noise of self-promotion today is that not everyone can, or should, or even wants to be in the spotlight. This inspiring and illuminating book shows that recognition isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and invisibility can be viewed as a mark of honor and a source of a truly rich life.

Everything I Know about Marketing I Learned From Google [EPUB]

Everything I Know about Marketing I Learned From Google [EPUB]
Everything I Know about Marketing I Learned From Google by Aaron Goldman
2010 | EPUB | 2.31MB

Want Market Share? Google It!

You know you’ve hit it big when your name becomes a verb—and no one knows that better than Google. In just over 10 years, Google has become the world’s most valuable brand, consistently dominating its category and generating $6 billion in revenue per quarter.

How does Google do it? In a word: marketing.

You may not think Google does much marketing. Indeed, it doesn’t do a lot of what has traditionally been viewed as marketing. But in today’s digital world, marketing has taken new shape—and Google is at the cutting edge.

In Everything I Know about Marketing I Learned from Google, digital marketing expert Aaron Goldman offers 20 powerful lessons straight from Google’s playbook. Taking you deep into the inner workings of the Googleplex (which are simpler than you think), Goldman provides the knowledge and tools you need to build and grow your brand (which is also simpler than you think).

Along the way, he shows how Google’s tactics are being used by a wide range of successful corporations, from Apple to Zappos. Key principles include:

  • Tap into the Wisdom of Crowds: Get the signals you need directly from your customers
  • Keep It Simple, Stupid: Craft messages people can grasp in a nanosecond and pass along
  • Don’t Interrupt: Join the conversation— but avoid disrupting it
  • Act Like Content: Provide value, not sales pitches
  • Test Everything: Take no detail of your program for granted; you can always improve
  • Show Off Your Assets: Distribute your brand everywhere

The beauty of it all is that these Googley lessons can be applied to every aspect of marketing, in organizations of any size. Whether you run a PR department in a multinational corporation or serve as the sole marketer in a small business, these tactics work.

In its mission to “organize the world’s information,” Google has rewritten the book on marketing. Use Everything I Know about Marketing I Learned from Google to remake your own organization’s marketing—and engage more customers than ever.

The Bunny Book [EPUB]

The Bunny Book [EPUB]
The Bunny Book: How to Walk, Talk, Tease, and Please Like a Playboy Bunny by Deanna Brooks, Pennelope Jimenez, Serria Tawan, Annabelle Jasmin Verhoye
2007 | EPUB | 6.85MB

No longer will the girls next door have all the fun. Now, for the first time, every woman can learn to work it like a Playboy Bunny! With unprecedented candor, three professional Bunnies one a career-driven diva, one a quintessential party girl, and one happily married get together and dish on everything. And we mean everything. They share insider tricks on how to wow a first date, walk in heels, look (and feel) great naked, give an unforgettable striptease, choose the right makeup and lingerie, care for hair (down there), and so much more! The Bunny Book gives a gal everything she needs to know to refine her image and expand her repertoire.

Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me [EPUB]

Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me [EPUB]
Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, and Me by Patricia Volk
2013 | EPUB | 16.89MB

From the acclaimed author of Stuffed: an intimate, richly illustrated memoir, written with charm and panache, that juxtaposes two fascinating lives—the iconoclastic designer Elsa Schiaparelli and the author’s own mother—to explore how a girl fashions herself into a woman.

Audrey Morgen Volk, an upper-middle-class New Yorker, was a great beauty and the polished hostess at her family’s garment district restaurant. Elsa Schiaparelli—“Schiap”—the haute couture designer whose creations shocked the world, blurred the line between fashion and art, and believed that everything, even a button, has the potential to delight.

Audrey’s daughter Patricia read Schiap’s autobiography, Shocking Life, at a tender age, and was transformed by it. These two women—volatile, opinionated, and brilliant each in her own way—offered Patricia contrasting lessons about womanhood and personal style that allowed her to plot her own course.

Moving seamlessly between the Volks’ Manhattan and Florida milieux and Schiap’s life in Rome and Paris (among friends such as Dalí, Duchamp, and Picasso), Shocked weaves Audrey’s traditional notions of domesticity with Schiaparelli’s often outrageous ideas into a marvel-filled, meditation on beauty, and on being a daughter, sister, and mother, while demonstrating how a single book can change a life.

First Life: Discovering the Connections between Stars, Cells, and How Life Began [EPUB]

First Life: Discovering the Connections between Stars, Cells, and How Life Began [EPUB]
First Life: Discovering the Connections between Stars, Cells, and How Life Began by David Deamer
2011 | EPUB | 2.62MB

This pathbreaking book explores how life can begin, taking us from cosmic clouds of stardust, to volcanoes on Earth, to the modern chemistry laboratory. Seeking to understand life’s connection to the stars, David Deamer introduces astrobiology, a new scientific discipline that studies the origin and evolution of life on Earth and relates it to the birth and death of stars, planet formation, interfaces between minerals, water, and atmosphere, and the physics and chemistry of carbon compounds. Deamer argues that life began as systems of molecules that assembled into membrane-bound packages. These in turn provided an essential compartment in which more complex molecules assumed new functions required for the origin of life and the beginning of evolution.

Deamer takes us from the vivid and unpromising chaos of the Earth four billion years ago up to the present and his own laboratory, where he contemplates the prospects for generating synthetic life. Engaging and accessible, First Life describes the scientific story of astrobiology while presenting a fascinating hypothesis to explain the origin of life.

Whatever Happened to the Metric System? [EPUB]

Whatever Happened to the Metric System? [EPUB]
Whatever Happened to the Metric System: How America Kept Its Feet by John Bemelmans Marciano
2014 | EPUB | 2.76MB

The American standard system of measurement is a unique and odd thing to behold with its esoteric, inconsistent standards: twelve inches in a foot, three feet in a yard, sixteen ounces in a pound, one hundred pennies to the dollar. For something as elemental as counting and estimating the world around us, it seems like a confusing tool to use. So how did we end up with it?

Most of the rest of the world is on the metric system, and for a time in the 1970s America appeared ready to make the switch. Yet it never happened, and the reasons for that get to the root of who we think we are, just as the measurements are woven into the ways we think. John Marciano chronicles the origins of measurement systems, the kaleidoscopic array of standards throughout Europe and the thirteen American colonies, the combination of intellect and circumstance that resulted in the metric system’s creation in France in the wake of the French Revolution, and America’s stubborn adherence to the hybrid United States Customary System ever since. As much as it is a tale of quarters and tenths, it is a human drama, replete with great inventors, visionary presidents, obsessive activists, and science-loving technocrats.

Anyone who reads this inquisitive, engaging story will never read Robert Frost’s line “miles to go before I sleep” or eat a foot-long sub again without wondering, Whatever happened to the metric system?

Forensic Science: From the Crime Scene to the Crime Lab [PDF]

Forensic Science: From the Crime Scene to the Crime Lab [PDF]
Forensic Science: From the Crime Scene to the Crime Lab, 2nd Edition by Richard Saferstein
2013 | PDF | 35.75MB

Forensic Science: From the Crime Scene to the Crime Lab, Second Edition, is designed to present forensic science in a straightforward and student-friendly format. Ideal for students with limited background in the sciences, topics are arranged to integrate scientific methodology with actual forensic applications. Discussions are focused on explaining state-of-the-art technology without delving into extraneous theories that may bore or overwhelm non-science students. Only the most relevant scientific and technological concepts are presented, keeping students focused on the practical knowledge they’ll need in the field.

The Map Thief [EPUB]

The Map Thief [EPUB]
The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps by Michael Blanding
2014 | EPUB | 21.68MB

The story of an infamous crime, a revered map dealer with an unsavory secret, and the ruthless subculture that consumed him

Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers—both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects.

Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief —until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. The Map Thief delves into the untold history of this fascinating high-stakes criminal and the inside story of the industry that consumed him.

Acclaimed reporter Michael Blanding has interviewed all the key players in this stranger-than-fiction story, and shares the fascinating histories of maps that charted the New World, and how they went from being practical instruments to quirky heirlooms to highly coveted objects. Though pieces of the map theft story have been written before, Blanding is the first reporter to explore the story in full—and had the rare privilege of having access to Smiley himself after he’d gone silent in the wake of his crimes. Moreover, although Smiley swears he has admitted to all of the maps he stole, libraries claim he stole hundreds more—and offer intriguing clues to prove it. Now, through a series of exclusive interviews with Smiley and other key individuals, Blanding teases out an astonishing tale of destruction and redemption.

The Map Thief interweaves Smiley’s escapades with the stories of the explorers and mapmakers he knew better than anyone. Tracking a series of thefts as brazen as the art heists in Provenance and a subculture as obsessive as the oenophiles in The Billionaire’s Vinegar, Blanding has pieced together an unforgettable story of high-stakes crime.

My Garden, the City and Me [EPUB]

My Garden, the City and Me [EPUB]
My Garden, the City and Me: Rooftop Adventures in the Wilds of London by Helen Babbs
2011 | EPUB | 2.99MB

Helen Babbs is a self-proclaimed city girl who lives on the second floor of a flat in a chaotic corner of London. An urge to find more green in the city and a stronger connection to the natural world leads her to create her first garden, an organic edible garden on her rooftop. This year-long adventure is the story behind My Garden, the City and Me.

The journey begins in the dark of winter, where Babbs finds herself at a seed swap on a February morning, seduced more by packaging than by any true understanding of the plants. As the year progresses, Babbs revels in failures, like waking up bleary eyed and stomping on her seed starts, and triumphs like her summer-ending dinner party made with homegrown produce. Along the way she discovers “that I like gardening in my pajamas and that growing something from seed, watching it develop and then eating its fruits is truly joyful. I’ve daydreamed out there and entertained out there. It’s the force behind new friendships that I’ve forged. The garden has opened my eyes to a whole new side of London and urban living.”

My Garden, the City and Me is a lyrical narrative about a twenty-something in search for a bit of wild in her city. The journey is charming, honest, and steeped in the lore of London, a city equally known for its gardens and its grit. In the end Babbs has achieved a new perspective on what it means to live green in the city she loves.

Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out [EPUB]

Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out [EPUB]
Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out by John Calipari, Michael Sokolove
2014 | EPUB | 12.71MB
"If you are a college basketball fan like I am, you’ll understand why I’ve long admired John Calipari’s leadership style. While no coach treasures a win more than John, this terrific book reveals his greater purpose—to lead his young players to better lives, and then challenge them to give back to others." —President William J. Clinton

In Players First, John Calipari relates for the first time anywhere his experiences over his first four years coaching the Kentucky Wildcats, college basketball’s most fabled program, from the doldrums to a national championship, drawing lessons about leadership, character, and the path to personal and collective victory.

At its core, Calipari’s coaching philosophy centers on keeping his focus on the players—what they need to get the best out of themselves and one another. He is beloved by his players for being utterly honest with them and making promises that he always keeps, no matter what. He knows that in this age, they come to Kentucky to prepare for the NBA; every year he gets players who in a previous era would have gone directly into the pros from high school but now have to play college basketball for one year. Calipari has fought against this system, but he has to play within it, and so he does, better than anyone.

The result is an extraordinary leadership challenge: every year Coach Cal gets a handful of eighteen-year-old kids who have been in a bubble for the previous four years at least, filled with hype about their own greatness, and they come to Kentucky feeling sure that they will play for their coach only for seven months before they go on to greater glory. Every year, he has to reinvent his team. After his 2012 NCAA championship, it was particularly dramatic; he lost his first six players in the first round, meaning that someone who couldn’t even start for Kentucky was a first-round draft pick.

The overall record at Kentucky, and for his career, puts Calipari in the pantheon of the greatest coaches in the history of the game. Bold, funny, and truthful, like Coach Calipari himself, Players First is truly the first deep reckoning with the meaning of his experiences and the gifts of insight they offer.

Mind Calm [EPUB]

Mind Calm [EPUB]
Mind Calm: The Modern-Day Meditation Technique that Proves the Secret to Success is Stillness by Sandy Newbigging
2014 | EPUB + PDF | 0.8/0.9MB

Welcome to the meditation technique that you've been looking for. With Mind Calm you will learn how to let go of the constant chatter in your mind, gain clarity, perform at your best, worry less, heal faster, sleep better, improve relationships, and feel more calm, confident and content - whenever you want.

In this remarkable book, Sandy C. Newbigging gives you a masterclass in the mind and how to meditate using his highly effective and enjoyable Mind Calm meditation. He reveals the eye-opening insights that sit at the heart of his approach; including the main hidden causes of a busy mind, the 'peace with mind' miracle, why there's more to life than you think, and how there is a silent solution to any problem - all brought together brilliantly with a 10-part programme that ultimately proves that the secret to success is stillness. Discover first-hand the peaceful presence of your own being, feel the power of the present moment, and be amazed by how still your mind can be.

Heart Yoga: The Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism [EPUB]

Heart Yoga: The Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism [EPUB]
Heart Yoga: The Sacred Marriage of Yoga and Mysticism by Andrew Harvey, Karuna Erickson
2010 | EPUB | 6.33MB

In Heart Yoga, renowned spiritual writer and Sacred Activist Andrew Harvey and longtime yoga teacher Karuna Erickson present a vision of hatha yoga practice that links ancient spiritual traditions to contemporary life. Including excerpts of poetic sacred writing from mystical sages through the ages, the book reminds readers that the purpose of yoga is not to improve one's physical health or even to achieve peace of mind (although these results may be achieved along the way), but to reach a state of unity with the divine, the goal of mystics from all traditions.

With detailed descriptions and photographs of fifty yoga poses and their alchemical effects on the body and consciousness, Heart Yoga presents yoga as a simple meditative practice that enables the practitioner to dwell in the heart and experience the bliss of union with the sacred power underlying all of life. The book explains how to prepare for Heart Yoga and describes the “Five Great Joys” that are part of the path. Included are the authors' own compelling stories of their individual journeys along the path of yoga: stories of suffering, transcendence, and joy that both inspire and enlighten.

The Best in Tent Camping: Kentucky [EPUB]

The Best in Tent Camping: Kentucky [EPUB]
The Best in Tent Camping: Kentucky: A Guide for Car Campers Who Hate RVs, Concrete Slabs, and Loud Portable Stereos by Johnny Molloy
2006 | EPUB | 13.02MB

Packed with lakes, rolling hills, and rugged bluffs, The Best in Tent Camping: Kentucky profiles the best campgrounds in the Bluegrass State. Whether it's camping in well-known destinations such as Mammoth Cave or the Daniel Boone National Forest or enjoying hidden gems such as the campsites at Wax, the scenery will not fail to please the eye. From Kingdom Come State Park with its incredible mountain views to Land Between the Lakes, a national recreation area, Kentucky spells paradise for tent campers.

Moon California Hiking [EPUB]

Moon California Hiking [EPUB]
Moon California Hiking: The Complete Guide to 1,000 of the Best Hikes in the Golden State (Moon Outdoors) by Tom Stienstra, Ann Marie Brown
2012 | EPUB | 13.32MB

Seasoned outdoors authors Tom Stienstra and Ann Marie Brown know the best hiking trails in the Golden State, from breathtaking coastal walks north of Los Angeles to challenging backcountry treks in the Sierra Nevadas. Including 21 new hikes and unique "best-of" lists—including Best Hikes to Waterfalls and Best Hikes to See Wildlife—Moon California Hiking leads beginner and expert hikers alike to the best trails the state has to offer. Complete with detailed regional maps, hiking tips, difficulty and quality ratings for each hike, Moon California Hiking provides hikers with all the necessary tools to head outdoors.

The World's Beaches: A Global Guide to the Science of the Shoreline [EPUB]

The World's Beaches: A Global Guide to the Science of the Shoreline [EPUB]
The World's Beaches: A Global Guide to the Science of the Shoreline by Orrin H Pilkey, William J Neal, James Andrew Graham Cooper, Joseph T Kelley
2011 | EPUB | 10.93MB

Take this book to the beach; it will open up a whole new world. Illustrated throughout with color photographs, maps, and graphics, it explores one of the planet’s most dynamic environments—from tourist beaches to Arctic beaches strewn with ice chunks to steaming hot tropical shores.

The World’s Beaches tells how beaches work, explains why they vary so much, and shows how dramatic changes can occur on them in a matter of hours. It discusses tides, waves, and wind; the patterns of dunes, washover fans, and wrack lines; and the shape of berms, bars, shell lags, cusps, ripples, and blisters.

What is the world’s longest beach? Why do some beaches sing when you walk on them? Why do some have dark rings on their surface and tiny holes scattered far and wide? This fascinating, comprehensive guide also considers the future of beaches, and explains how extensively people have affected them—from coastal engineering to pollution, oil spills, and rising sea levels.

Bird Brains: Inside The Strange Minds Of Our Fine Feathered Friends [EPUB]

Bird Brains: Inside The Strange Minds Of Our Fine Feathered Friends [EPUB]
Bird Brains: Inside The Strange Minds Of Our Fine Feathered Friends by Budd Titlow
2013 | EPUB | 7.63MB

Through a hundred short vignettes accompanied by stunning avian portraits, Bird Brains takes a look at the antics, behaviors, and idiosyncrasies of wild birds from the viewpoint of a professional wildlife biologist and award-winning wildlife photographer. Titlow understands the often wild and wacky lives of birders--those who are always ready and willing to drop everything at a moment’s notice and "twitch off" to some exotic locations just to add another checkmark to their life lists. His engaging stories, complemented by vivid images, provide a fascinating compendium of wild bird lore perfectly suited to the 65-million-plus birders across the United States.

Secrets of Sound: Studying the Calls and Songs of Whales, Elephants, and Birds [EPUB]

Secrets of Sound: Studying the Calls and Songs of Whales, Elephants, and Birds [EPUB]
Secrets of Sound: Studying the Calls and Songs of Whales, Elephants, and Birds by April Pulley Sayre
2006 | EPUB | 9.78MB

Can whales communicate across miles of vast ocean? Can elephants talk to one another with sounds we cannot hear? These are the kinds of questions that drive the work of acoustic biologists. Follow three creative scientists—Christopher W., Clark, Katy Payne, and Bill Evans—as they research why and how animals communicate. Through remarkable photographs and stories about all sorts of animals, this book celebrates the challenges of lab work and fieldwork and the thrill of discovery.

After the Grizzly [EPUB]

After the Grizzly [EPUB]
After the Grizzly: Endangered Species and the Politics of Place in California by Peter S Alagona
2013 | EPUB | 3.29MB

Thoroughly researched and finely crafted, After the Grizzly traces the history of endangered species and habitat in California, from the time of the Gold Rush to the present. Peter S. Alagona shows how scientists and conservationists came to view the fates of endangered species as inextricable from ecological conditions and human activities in the places where those species lived.

Focusing on the stories of four high-profile endangered species—the California condor, desert tortoise, Delta smelt, and San Joaquin kit fox—Alagona offers an absorbing account of how Americans developed a political system capable of producing and sustaining debates in which imperiled species serve as proxies for broader conflicts about the politics of place. The challenge for conservationists in the twenty-first century, this book claims, will be to redefine habitat conservation beyond protected wildlands to build more diverse and sustainable landscapes.

Reckless: The Racehorse Who Became a Marine Corps Hero [EPUB]

Reckless: The Racehorse Who Became a Marine Corps Hero [EPUB]
Reckless: The Racehorse Who Became a Marine Corps Hero by Tom Clavin
2014 | EPUB | 9.9MB

From the racetracks of Seoul to the battlegrounds of the Korean War, Reckless was a horse whose strength, tenacity, and relentless spirit made her a hero amongst a regiment of U.S. Marines fighting for their lives on the front lines.

Her Korean name was Ah-Chim-Hai—Flame-of-the-Morning. A four-year-old chestnut-colored Mongolian racehorse with a white blaze down her face and three white stockings, she once amazed the crowds in Seoul with her remarkable speed. But when war shut down the tracks, the star racer was soon sold to an American Marine and trained to carry heavy loads of artillery shells up and down steep hills under a barrage of bullets and bombs. The Marines renamed her Reckless.

Reckless soon proved fearless under fire, boldly marching alone through the fiery gauntlet, exposed to explosions and shrapnel. For months, her drive and determination kept the Marines’ guns blazing, while inspiring them with her singular charm. During one day of battle alone, she made fifty-one trips up and down a crucial hill, covering at least thirty-five miles in the heat of combat. On some of her uphill treks, Reckless shielded human reinforcements. The Chinese, soon discovering the unique bravery of this magnificent animal, made a special effort to kill her. But Reckless never slowed. As months passed and the enemy grew bolder, the men came to appreciate her not just as a horse but as a weapon, and eventually, as a fellow Marine.

In Reckless, Tom Clavin, New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Heart of Everything That Is, tells the unlikely story of a racehorse who truly became a war hero, beloved by the Marine Corps and decorated for bravery. A moving reminder of the unbreakable bond between people and animals, Reckless is a powerful tale of courage, survival, and even love in the face of overwhelming odds.

The Amen Solution [DVDRip]

The Amen Solution [DVDRip]
The Amen Solution: Use Your Brain to Be Thinner, Smarter and Happier [DVDRip] by Daniel G Amen
MP4, isom, 720x404 | English, AAC, 2 Ch | 2 hrs 10 mins | + EPUB | 1.78GB

In The Amen Solution: Use Your Brain to Be Thinner, Smarter and Happier, award winning psychiatrist and bestselling author Dr. Daniel Amen gives you 10 very simple steps that will help you:

  • Lose weight,
  • Boost your memory, and
  • Improve your mood.

Based on his brain-imaging work at the Amen Clinics with tens of thousands of patients from 90 different countries over the last 20 years he has discovered two of the major secrets why most diets don’t work. And contrary to what you might think, they have nothing to do with your lack of desire to lose weight or your willpower. In fact, he shows you that for some people the harder they try to lose weight the worse it gets.

The first secret is that most weight problems occur between your ears … So stapling your stomach, may in fact be working on the wrong organ. It is your brain that pushes you away from the table telling you that you’ve had enough … or it is your brain that gives you permission to have that second bowl of ice cream, making you look and feel like a blob.

If you want a better body the first place to always start is by having a better brain.

The second secret is that there is not one brain pattern associated with being overweight. There are at least five different patterns. And knowing about your own specific brain will make losing weight and keeping it off a whole lot easier. Dr. Amen discusses each of these five types throughout the show.

In this 3 part special, Dr. Amen gives you 10 steps to get thinner, smarter and happier.

  • Step 1. Boost your brain to avoid the dinosaur syndrome. Brain health is key to a better body.
  • Step 2. Know your motivation. Know the reasons you must get healthy today.
  • Step 3. It’s not magic, it’s simple mathematics.
  • Step 4. Journaling to prevent calorie amnesia.
  • Step 5. Get your cravings under control. 5 simple steps.
  • Step 6. Eat right to think right.
  • Step 7. Know your type. Understand each of the 5 types of being overweight.
  • Step 8. Use brain specific supplements to boost your body
  • Step 9. End emotional overeating.
  • Step 10. Influence others to be thinner, smarter and happier too.

Dr. Amen’s other four national public television specials have already helped millions of viewers embrace a brain healthy life. The Amen Solution is the highly anticipated program that will inspire audiences to explore the many ways they, their family and friends, can boost their brains to improve their health.

This DVD plus bonus materials contains a long question and answer period with the audience. In addition, there are two great interviews with Dr. Amen’s personal trainer Brad Davidson about physical exercise to boost your brain and with Dr. Amen’s wife Tana, about creating brain healthy families.

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life [DVDRip]

Change Your Brain, Change Your Life [DVDRip]
Change Your Brain, Change Your Life [DVDRip] by Daniel G Amen
AVI, MP42, 640x480 | English, MP3@128 kbps, 2Ch | ~ 1 hour | + Audiobook + PDF | 576.04MB

Through his brain imaging work at the Amen Clinics with tens of thousands of patients from 68 countries over the last two decades Dr. Daniel Amen has come to understand that you can literally change your brain and change your life.

This is one of the most exciting breakthroughs in medicine, because with a better brain, always comes a better life.

CHANGE YOUR BRAIN, CHANGE YOUR LIFE DVD is an extended version of the breakthrough Public Television special. It is packed with helpful tips and practical brain science including:

  • Dr. Amen's SEVEN simple principles to change your brain and change your life.
  • The ONE question you should ask yourself everyday if you really want to be successful in your life.
  • Tips on how to be happier, more focused, less anxious and less depressed by balancing three important brain systems.
  • A sneaky "brain based strategy" to deal with the most difficult people in your life.
  • Clear, concise and effective strategies to make your brain great.
  • TWELVE brain-healthy foods everyone should include in their diet.
  • Things you can do NOW to prevent Alzheimer's disease. (and he's not kidding)

The good news is no matter how bad you've been to your brain up to this point in your life, you CAN make it better - and Dr. Amen will show you how.

What the Apothecary Ordered [EPUB]

What the Apothecary Ordered [EPUB]
What the Apothecary Ordered: Questionable Cures Through the Ages (Old House) by Caroline Rance
2014 | EPUB | 57.92MB

Troubled by toothache? Dogged by dipsomania? Perhaps you have been poisoned or find yourself with a bottle stuck up your bottom? This compendium of tried and tested (and terrifying) historical remedies is your go-to guide for how not to seek medical relief.

From smearing mouse-dung on your teeth to drinking sulphuric acid, and from mechanical chin-reducing contraptions to 'super-super-excellent' quack medicines, here are to be found the most bizarre and alarming remedies of the last two thousand years. Spanning Ancient Greece and twentieth-century Britain and America, What the Apothecary Ordered is full of the dangerous ministrations of 'healers' of yore. Everyday illnesses, beauty, surgery, sexual performance and madness whatever the nature of the malady, within these pages the reader will find a cautionary tale about entrusting its treatment to the experts.

The Amasis Painter and His World [PDF]

The Amasis Painter and His World [PDF]
The Amasis Painter and His World: Vase Painting in Sixth-Century BC Athens
1985 | PDF | 141.97MB

The Amasis Painter was one of ancient Greece’s greatest vase painters, yet his own name has not been recorded, and he is known today only by the name of the potter whose works he most often decorated. A true individualist in the history of Athenian painting, he produced work distinguished by its delicacy, precision, and wit.

When the Amasis Painter began his artistic career around 560 B.C., Attic black-figure vase-painting was already fully established and about to overtake Corinthian pottery in the competition for the Etruscan market. Toward the end of his extraordinarily long career—around 515 B.C. —the red-figure technique had been invented and was rapidly supplanting black-figure in fashion. By tracing the Amasis Painter’s stylistic development from his earliest vases to his latest, this book offers a survey of Attic black-figure technique at the peak of its perfection.

The book was prepared to accompany an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1985-1986. The exhibition is the first ever to be devoted to the work of a single artist from ancient Greece, and twenty-two museums and private collectors have lent the vases on display.

Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers [EPUB]

Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers [EPUB]
Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works by Phil G Goulding
2011 | EPUB | 3.99MB

MAKE A SOUND INVESTMENT IN CLASSICAL MUSIC

Who are the ten most important classical composers? Who in the world was Palestrina? Why did Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" cause a riot? Which five of each important composer's works should you buy? What is a concerto and how does it differ from a sonata?

Maybe you don't know the answers to these questions; author Phil Goulding certainly didn't. When Goulding first tried to learn about classical music, he found himself buried in an avalanche of technical terms and complicated jargon--so he decided to write the book he couldn't find.

The result is a complete classical music education in one volume. Comprehensive, discriminating, and delightfully irreverent, Classical Music provides such essential information as:

  • Rankings of the top 50 composers (Bach is #1. Borodin is #50)
  • A detailed and anecdotal look at each composer's life and work
  • The five primary works of each composer and specific recommended CDs for each.
  • Further great works of each composer--if you really like him
  • Concise explanations of musical terminology, forms, and periods
  • A guide to the parts and history of the symphony orchestra

One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band [Audiobook]

One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band [Audiobook]
One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band [Audiobook] by Alan Paul, read by Dan Miller
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 04 mins | 305.98MB

Now an instant New York Times bestseller, One Way Out is the powerful biography of The Allman Brothers Band, an oral history written with the band’s participation and filled with original, never-before-published interviews as well as personal letters and correspondence. This is the most in-depth look at a legendary American rock band that has meant so much to so many for so long.

For twenty-five years, Alan Paul has covered and written about The Allman Brothers Band, conducting hundreds of interviews, riding the buses with them, attending rehearsals and countless shows. He has interviewed every living band member for this book as well as managers, roadies, and contemporaries, including: Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Jaimoe, Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, the late Allen Woody, Jimmy Herring, Eric Clapton, Bob Weir, and many others.

Tracking the band's career from their 1969 formation to today, One Way Out is filled with musical and cultural insights, riveting tales of sometimes violent personality conflicts and betrayals, drug and alcohol use, murder allegations and exoneration, tragic early deaths, road stories, and much more, including the most in-depth look at the acrimonious 2000 parting with founding guitarist Dickey Betts and behind-the-scenes information on the recording of At Fillmore East, Layla, Eat A Peach, Brothers and Sisters, and other classic albums.

Big in China [EPUB]

Big in China [EPUB]
Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues, and Becoming a Star in Beijing by Alan Paul
2011 | EPUB | 676.11KB

Alan Paul, award–winning author of the Wall Street Journal’s online column “The Expat Life,” gives his engaging, inspiring, and unforgettable memoir of blues and new beginnings in Beijing. Paul’s three-and-a-half-year journey reinventing himself as an American expat—while raising a family and starting the revolutionary blues band Woodie Alan, voted Beijing Band of the Year in the 2008—is a must-read adventure for anyone who has lived abroad, and for everyone who dreams of rewriting the story of their own future.

Food: A Dictionary of Literal and Nonliteral Terms [PDF]

Food: A Dictionary of Literal and Nonliteral Terms [PDF]
Food: A Dictionary of Literal and Nonliteral Terms by Robert Palmatier
2000 | PDF | 2.6MB

Each of the more than seven hundred entries in the dictionary contains a description of the historical background of each of the two types of language, literal and nonliteral, and provides an explanation for the relationship between them. Wherever possible, dates of first record in English are provided, along with the bibliographical sources of these dates; and all of the works that record those terms and expressions are given in coded form as listed in the Key to Works Cited.

A Guide to Reading the Entries illustrates the typical form of an entry by analyzing an example from the dictionary that introduces five nonliteral expressions, cites thirteen bibliographical sources, and refers the reader to three other relevant entries by means of cross-references. Following the dictionary proper is a Classification of Terms According to Source, in which nearly three hundred nonliteral terms and expressions are listed under the more than four hundred literal categories from which they derive.

Food, Inc.: Mendel to Monsanto [EPUB]

Food, Inc.: Mendel to Monsanto [EPUB]
Food, Inc: Mendel to Monsanto--The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest by Peter Pringle
2010 | EPUB | 1.81MB

For most people, the global war over genetically modified foods is a distant and confusing one. The battles are conducted in the mystifying language of genetics.

A handful of corporate "life science" giants, such as Monsanto, are pitted against a worldwide network of anticorporate ecowarriors like Greenpeace. And yet the possible benefits of biotech agriculture to our food supply are too vital to be left to either partisan.

The companies claim to be leading a new agricultural revolution that will save the world with crops modified to survive frost, drought, pests, and plague. The greens warn that "playing God" with plant genes is dangerous. It could create new allergies, upset ecosystems, destroy biodiversity, and produce uncontrollable mutations. Worst of all, the antibiotech forces say, a single food conglomerate could end up telling us what to eat.

In Food, Inc., acclaimed journalist Peter Pringle shows how both sides in this overheated conflict have made false promises, engaged in propaganda science, and indulged in fear-mongering. In this urgent dispatch, he suggests that a fertile partnership between consumers, corporations, scientists, and farmers could still allow the biotech harvest to reach its full potential in helping to overcome the problem of world hunger, providing nutritious food and keeping the environment healthy.

Appalachian Home Cooking [EPUB]

Appalachian Home Cooking [EPUB]
Appalachian Home Cooking: History, Culture, and Recipes by Mark F Sohn
2012 | EPUB | 2.19MB

Mark F. Sohn's classic book, Mountain Country Cooking, was a James Beard Award nominee in 1997. In Appalachian Home Cooking, Sohn expands and improves upon his earlier work by using his extensive knowledge of cooking to uncover the romantic secrets of Appalachian food, both within and beyond the kitchen. Shedding new light on Appalachia's food, history, and culture, Sohn offers over eighty classic recipes, as well as photographs, poetry, mail-order sources, information on Appalachian food festivals, a glossary of Appalachian and cooking terms, menus for holidays and seasons, and lists of the top Appalachian foods. Appalachian Home Cooking celebrates mountain food at its best.

The Great Meat Cookbook [EPUB]

The Great Meat Cookbook [EPUB]
The Great Meat Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Buy and Cook Today's Meat by Bruce Aidells
2012 | EPUB | 23.72MB

In the last decade since the publication of Bruce Aidells's hugely successful The Complete Meat Cookbook, called by the Washington Post "authoritative" and "all-encompassing," the world of meat cookery has changed radically. With the rise of small farmers and the Internet, a more diverse supply is available— not only of beef, pork, lamb, and veal, but also of bison, venison, and goat. Today's shopper confronts a host of bewildering, often misleading labels: "certified organic," "humanely raised," "vegetarian diet," and many more.

Whether the cook shops at the local farmers' market or the supermarket, The Great Meat Cookbook is the definitive guide to the new landscape. In sidebars illustrated with color photographs of each cut, Aidells shows how to pick the best steaks, chop, roasts, and ribs. With hundreds of recipes, including "Great Meat Dishes of the World" like Beef Fillet stuffed with Parmesan and Proscuitto; budget-friendly dishes like Melt-in-Your-Mouth Pork Shoulder; speedy dinners like Mushroom-Stuffed T Bone Lamb Chops, and charcuterie and sausage selections, Aidells provides all the information needed for juicy results every time.

Bruce Aidells's Complete Sausage Book [EPUB]

Bruce Aidells's Complete Sausage Book [EPUB]
Bruce Aidells's Complete Sausage Book : Recipes from America's Premium Sausage Maker by Bruce Aidells, Denis Kelly
2000 | EPUB | 2.0MB

Fans of Aidells sausages know there's a whole world beyond kielbasa, and it starts with Bruce Aidells gourmet sausages. In BRUCE AIDELLS' COMPLETE SAUSAGE BOOK, the king of the links defines each type of sausage, explains its origin, teaches us how to make sausages, and treats us to his favorite recipes for cooking with them. Hundreds of related tips and essays on Aidells' never-ending quest for yet another great sausage round out the collection, which includes color photos of 16 of the most mouth-watering dishes. With the COMPLETE SAUSAGE BOOK in hand, you'll be ready to add this most versatile, hearty, and satisfying ingredient to your gourmet cooking repertoire.

The Daily Vegan Planner [EPUB]

The Daily Vegan Planner [EPUB]
The Daily Vegan Planner: Twelve Weeks to a Complete Vegan Diet Transition by Jolinda Hackett
2011 | EPUB | 5.51MB

Eating nutritionally balanced, all-vegan meals can be a tough task—after all, broccoli doesn't come with food labels. Now, vegan readers don't have to question how wholesome their healthy food really is or how they'll add sufficient protein to their diet. The Daily Vegan Planner pairs twelve weeks of meal plans with journaling space to help new vegans follow a clear-cut strategy as they transition into their new lifestyle. Each day, readers will:

  • eat four practical, nutritious, and tasty vegan meals;
  • track essential nutrients—from carbs and protein, to calcium and B12;
  • record types of food they ate on a vegan food pyramid;
  • and journal about food discoveries, daily challenges, and kitchen notes.

From the moment they write their vegan mission statement to the time they debrief themselves on Week 12, readers will find themselves fully engaged in making a difference in their lives—and the world—one meal at a time.

Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire [PDF]

Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire [PDF]
Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire by Tony Federico, James William Phelan
2014 | PDF | 17.62MB

The Paleo diet is all about getting back to the basics; eating food in its most simple, unprocessed form, just like our ancestors. What could be more primal than cooking meat over a fire?

This book, from Tony Federico and Chef James Phelan, features more than 100 recipes for grilling, smoking, and searing natural, locally farmed beef, chicken, pork, and wild game over fire. Paleo Grilling will help you to choose the best meats for any meal, and offers both innovative new recipes as well as internationally inspired dishes, including desserts and sides, suitable for the modern caveman.

Business Plans For Dummies, 3rd Edition [EPUB]

Business Plans For Dummies, 3rd Edition [EPUB]
Business Plans For Dummies, 3rd Edition by Paul Tiffany, Steven D. Peterson, Colin Barrow
2012 | EPUB | 6.09MB

Your one-stop guide to creating a winning business plan from scratch

Whether you're starting a new business or growing an established one, you'll need a solid business plan to get you where you want to go. Revised for today's rocky economic climate, this edition of the UK's bestselling business plan guide gives you what you need to map out your business strategy and stay on course – including a complete sample plan that you can easily adapt for your business!

  • Chart your course – assess the current state of your business and where you'd like to take it, and establish clear, achievable objectives
  • Get to know your customers – learn the latest techniques for getting a better idea of who your customers are and what they want
  • Scope out the competition – find out who your competitors are and what it'll take to get your share of the market pie (and theirs)
  • Sort out your finances – construct a value chain, examine your cash flow and calculate a sensible budget
  • Enter the Dragons' Den – convince bankers, investors, venture capitalists and other funding sources your business is a good investment
  • Read the tea leaves – learn to decipher changing cultural, political and technological trends and to alter your strategies as needed

Open the book and find:

  • Tips on developing a sure-fire business strategy
  • How to set realistic objectives
  • Forecasting and budgeting strategies
  • Keys to writing a motivational mission statement
  • How to decipher the latest consumer trends
  • Advice on building your brand and brand loyalty
  • Tips for seeing and seizing opportunities before the competition
  • Ways to adapt your plan to economic change

Learn to:

  • Prepare a watertight business strategy
  • Assess the marketplace
  • Devise a sensible forecast and budget