The Path Redefined [EPUB]

The Path Redefined [EPUB]
The Path Redefined: Getting to the Top on Your Own Terms by Lauren Maillian Bias
2014 | EPUB | 265.27KB

Success is not about climbing over colleagues or climbing the corporate ladder; it’s about the ability to rise to your full potential and tackle challenges with enthusiasm. In today’s career climate, you have to be innovative and ambitious and capitalize on your individual talents.

The Path Redefined: Getting to the Top on Your Own Terms shows you how to achieve the highest levels of success and satisfaction in business and in life by tapping into the essence of what makes you unique. You can reach the pinnacle of your work and personal lives, faster and more independently than you ever imagined possible—on your own terms.

In The Path Redefined, serial entrepreneur Lauren Maillian Bias shares the lessons and tactics that rocketed her to the top of three completely different fields—all before she reached the age of 30. Using her extensive experience as a successful business owner, venture capitalist, and startup advisor, Lauren explains in easy-to-understand terms how to reinvent yourself and plan for success, all while embracing failure but learning from your mistakes.

Including advice and lessons from some of the nation’s most successful entrepreneurs and business executives, The Path Redefined will become an indispensable tool to maximize your full potential without compromising who you truly are.

Reading Style: A Life in Sentences [PDF]

Reading Style: A Life in Sentences [PDF]
Reading Style: A Life in Sentences by Jenny Davidson
2014 | PDF | 662.07KB

A professor, critic, and insatiable reader, Jenny Davidson investigates the passions that drive us to fall in love with certain sentences over others and the larger implications of our relationship with writing style. At once playful and serious, immersive and analytic, her book shows how style elicits particular kinds of moral judgments and subjective preferences that turn reading into a highly personal and political act.

Melding her experiences as reader and critic, Davidson opens new vistas onto works by Jane Austen, Henry James, Marcel Proust, and Thomas Pynchon; adds richer dimension to critiques of W. G. Sebald, Alan Hollinghurst, Thomas Bernhard, and Karl OveKnausgaard; and allows for a sophisticated appreciation of popular fictions by Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Lionel Shriver, George Pelecanos, and Helen DeWitt. She privileges diction, syntax, point of view, and structure over plot and character, identifying the intimate mechanics that draw us in to literature's sensual frameworks and move us to feel, identify, and relate. Davidson concludes with a reading list of her favorite titles so others can share in her literary adventures and get to know better the imprint of her own reading style.

Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies [EPUB]

Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies [EPUB]
Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite by June Casagrande
2006 | EPUB | 238.81KB

What do suicidal pandas, doped-up rock stars, and a naked Pamela Anderson have in common? They’re all a heck of a lot more interesting than reading about predicate nominatives and hyphens. June Casagrande knows this and has invented a whole new twist on the grammar book. Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies is a laugh-out-loud funny collection of anecdotes and essays on grammar and punctuation, as well as hilarious critiques of the self-appointed language experts.

Chapters include:

  • I’m Writing This While Naked—The Oh-So Steamy Predicate Nominative
  • Semicolonoscopy—Colons, Semicolons, Dashes, and Other Probing Annoyances
  • I’ll Take "I Feel Like a Moron" for $200, Alex—When to Put Punctuation Inside Quotation Marks
  • Snobbery Up with Which You Should Not Put Up—Prepositions
  • Is That a Dangler in Your Memo or Are You Just Glad to See Me?
  • Hyphens—Life-Sucking, Mom-and-Apple-Pie-Hating, Mime-Loving, Nerd-Fight-Inciting Daggers of the Damned

Casagrande delivers practical and fun language lessons not found anywhere else, demystifying the subject and taking it back from the snobs. In short, it’s a grammar book people will actually want to read—just for the fun of it.

The Fall of the Alphas [EPUB]

The Fall of the Alphas [EPUB]
The Fall of the Alphas: The New Beta Way to Connect, Collaborate, Influence---and Lead by Dana Ardi
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.6/0.4MB

The new model for business success: replace top-down Alpha management with collaboration, connection, and increased job satisfaction—the Beta model

The Fall of the Alphas explores the sweeping changes taking place in the corporate and social cultures of today's most successful organizations. Utilizing years of advising companies of all sizes, hypergrowth startups to Fortune 500 company management teams, Dana Ardi identifies a pivotal evolutionary moment: the decline of the traditional Alpha-model (the top-down, male-dominated, authoritarian, corner-office hierarchy that has ruled organizational landscapes for so long), as it is replaced by collaboration, connectivity, and the sharing of power. As Ardi persuasively demonstrates, in the new Beta organization, it is the team players, the sage advisors, the network experts, the trusted assistants, and the communications facilitators who are coming to the fore, as savvy managers learn to lead through influence and collaboration rather than authority and competition. From technology behemoths to small and medium-sized businesses, Beta has become the new paradigm for success in today's challenging market.

With insight and practical guidance, Dana Ardi shows how any business organization or team can re-organize from Alpha to Beta—and be more effective, flexible, and profitable.

Better by Mistake [EPUB]

Better by Mistake [EPUB]
Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong by Alina Tugend
2011 | EPUB | 0.4MB

A New York Times columnist delivers an eye-opening big idea: Embracing mistakes can make us smarter, healthier, and happier in every facet of our lives.

In this persuasive book, journalist Alina Tugend examines the delicate tension between what we're told-we must make mistakes in order to learn-and the reality-we often get punished for making mistakes, and therefore try to avoid them or cover them up. In Better by Mistake, Tugend shows that mistakes are everywhere, and suggests that when we acknowledge and identify them correctly, we can improve not only ourselves, but our families, our work, and the world around us.

Through fascinating research, Tugend reveals how trying to avoid mistakes can affect us from the earliest stages in our lives and shape us into adults who steer clear of risks and challenges. She takes us behind the scenes into cutting-edge behavioral studies; invites us into the high-stakes world of health care and aviation, where mistakes can cost lives, and delves into the art and science behind learning how to craft a sincere apology and accepting responsibility for mistakes.

Bold and dynamic, insightful and provocative, Better by Mistake turns our cultural wisdom on its head to illustrate the downside of striving for perfection, and the rewards of acknowledging mistakes and embracing the imperfection in all of us.

Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear [EPUB]

Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear [EPUB]
Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear by Dan Gardner
2008 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.37/0.62MB

Every day, we suffer a barrage of warnings about the threat of terrorism, war and apocalypse. The news is a parade of horrors. Anxiety is the stuff of daily life. And yet the statistics say we are the safest and healthiest humans who ever lived. How is this possible?

In this ground-breaking new book, Dan Gardner explains how we perceive risk, and examines the psychology that drives our fears. Analysing our risk perception as the combination of the brain's two simultaneous responses -- the intuitive feeling and the rational, considered response -- he throws light on our paranoia about paedophiles, chemical contamination, and suicide bombs, and explains why the significant threats to our lives are actually the mundane risks we pay little attention to.

Speaking to psychologists, economists, and scientists, Gardner reveals not only how we make judgments but how those judgments are influenced by corporations, politicians, activists and the media -- all of which have an interest in promoting irrational fear. In doing so, he explains one of the central puzzles of our time: Why are the safest and healthiest people in history living in a culture of fear?

See also: The Science of Fear

Entrepreneurial Finance [EPUB]

Entrepreneurial Finance [EPUB]
Entrepreneurial Finance: Finance and Business Strategies for the Serious Entrepreneur, 2nd Edition by Steven Rogers
2009 | EPUB | 4.27MB

Proven methods for starting a business today . . . and turning profits well into the future

Like all entrepreneurs, you love the rush of launching a new business and the challenge of growing it bigger and bigger. But, to be successful at it, you must diligently mind the down-and-dirty finance and business details that threaten to derail your plans.

Entrepreneurial Finance is a complete, one-stop resource for the latest strategies and techniques for minding the books of any type of business. Written by Steven Rogers, the successful founder of numerous businesses and one of the country's leading professors of entrepreneurship, this definitive guidebook shows you how to financially set up and manage a business. You'll learn everything from writing a growth business plan and compiling and understanding financial statements to making a company profitable, valuing a company, and raising additional venture capital.

Logically formatted for easy reference, Entrepreneurial Finance covers:

  • Business plans--What they are, what they can do, how to prepare one
  • Financial statements--How to develop them, how to analyze them
  • Money--Where and how to find it, techniques for maintaining positive cash flow

Working for yourself will be the toughest job you ever have, but Entrepreneurial Finance makes it easier by giving you a single resource packed with the latest research, insightful case studies, and step-by-step guidelines for what must be done, how to do it, and what to do when things go wrong.

Punishment for Sale [EPUB]

Punishment for Sale [EPUB]
Punishment for Sale: Private Prisons, Big Business, and the Incarceration Binge by Donna Selman, Paul Leighton
2010 | EPUB | 3.57MB

Punishment for Sale is the definitive modern history of private prisons, told through social, economic and political frames. The authors explore the origin of the ideas of modern privatization, the establishment of private prisons, and the efforts to keep expanding in the face of problems and bad publicity. The book provides a balanced telling of the story of private prisons and the resistance they engendered within the context of criminology, and it is intended for supplemental use in undergraduate and graduate courses in criminology, social problems, and race & ethnicity.

Where the Beast is Buried [EPUB]

Where the Beast is Buried [EPUB]
Where the Beast is Buried by Joanna Rajkowska
2013 | EPUB | 3.87MB

Rajkowska’s unique artistic vision and methodology combines subjective narratives and critical discourses with a deeply felt concern for the spaces in which her works appear and the people they touch. Instead of simply invading or occupying public spaces, she blurs the identities and hidden tensions associated with them, navigating around communal dreams and fears. Historical trauma, cultural discourse, aesthetic relevance and geopolitical references all blend in her works in ways which both distress and heal, challenge and resolve, attack and absolve. Rajkowska deals with all these issues on an intuitive level, digging for desires and myths in ways which are not spoken of directly, far from a discursive level which would disrupt the physical and emotional realms involved. Her works resist interpretations which could offer simple solutions to complex problems. Instead, they are conceived of as social utopias to be tested in practice and frameworks for individuals or communities to experience, discuss and give meaning to.

WHERE THE BEAST IS BURIED is the first English-language book about Joanna Rajkowska and her unique practice of work in public space, in extremely diverse cultures and geographies: from Konya in Anatolia, through Warsaw and Berlin up to Curitiba in Brazil. A collection of stories, essays, interviews and images covers her best-known projects. The most intimate insight into them offer her own stories, which form a dramatic enquiry into both the personal and the conceptual roots of her work.

A Frequency Dictionary of Contemporary American English [EPUB]

A Frequency Dictionary of Contemporary American English [EPUB]
A Frequency Dictionary of Contemporary American English: Word Sketches, Collocates and Thematic Lists by Mark Davies, Dee Gardner
2010 | EPUB | 2.06MB

A Frequency Dictionary of Contemporary American English: word sketches, collocates, and thematic lists is an invaluable tool for all learners of American English, providing a list of the 5,000 most frequently used words in the language.

The dictionary is based on data from a 385-million-word corpus evenly balanced between spoken English (unscripted conversation from radio and TV shows), fiction (books, short stories, movie scripts), more than 100 popular magazines, ten newspapers, and 100 academic journalsfor a total of nearly 150,000 texts. All entries in the rank frequency list feature the top 20-30 collocates (nearby words) for that word, which provide valuable insight into the meaning and usage. Alphabetical and part of speech indexes are provided for ease of use.

The dictionary also contains 31 thematically organized and frequency-ranked lists of words on a variety of topics, such as family, sports, and food. New words in the language, differences between American and British English, and grammar topics such as the most frequent phrasal verbs are also covered. A Frequency Dictionary of Contemporary American English is an engaging and efficient resource enabling students of all levels to get the most out of their study of vocabulary. It is also a rich resource for language teaching , research, curriculum design, and materials development.

The Way Hollywood Tells It [EPUB]

The Way Hollywood Tells It [EPUB]
The Way Hollywood Tells It: Story and Style in Modern Movies by David Bordwell
2006 | EPUB | 5.5MB

Hollywood moviemaking is one of the constants of American life, but how much has it changed since the glory days of the big studios? David Bordwell argues that the principles of visual storytelling created in the studio era are alive and well, even in today’s bloated blockbusters. American filmmakers have created a durable tradition—one that we should not be ashamed to call artistic, and one that survives in both mainstream entertainment and niche-marketed indie cinema. Bordwell traces the continuity of this tradition in a wide array of films made since 1960, from romantic comedies like Jerry Maguire and Love Actually to more imposing efforts like A Beautiful Mind. He also draws upon testimony from writers, directors, and editors who are acutely conscious of employing proven principles of plot and visual style. Within the limits of the "classical" approach, innovation can flourish.

Bordwell examines how imaginative filmmakers have pushed the premises of the system in films such as JFK, Memento, and Magnolia. He discusses generational, technological, and economic factors leading to stability and change in Hollywood cinema and includes close analyses of selected shots and sequences. As it ranges across four decades, examining classics like American Graffiti and The Godfather as well as recent success like The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, this book provides a vivid and engaging interpretation of how Hollywood moviemakers have created a vigorous, resourceful tradition of cinematic storytelling that continues to engage audiences around the world.

Cities of Gold: A Journey Across the American Southwest [EPUB]

Cities of Gold: A Journey Across the American Southwest [EPUB]
Cities of Gold: A Journey Across the American Southwest by Douglas Preston
2014 | EPUB | 32.37MB

The Old West’s last glimmers flicker through this piercingly beautiful adventure, an unforgettable saga in which Preston, astride his horse Popeye, traverses the desert and mountain wilderness of Arizona and New Mexico retracing the trail-blazing 1540-41 expedition of Spanish Explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado in search of the legendary Seven Cities of Gold. In place of the mythical winning of the West, Preston unfolds a harrowing tale of loss.

This new ebook edition of Cities of Gold includes for very first time over 100 never-before-published photographs taken during the author’s epic, thousand mile horseback journey across Arizona and New Mexico. It also includes many rare and extraordinary historical photographs of the Old West, Native Americans, pioneers, prospectors, Indian pueblos, and vanished landscapes.

The Heart of Love [EPUB]

The Heart of Love [EPUB]
The Heart of Love: How to Go Beyond Fantasy to Find True Relationship Fulfillment by John F Demartini
2006 | EPUB | 634.29KB

Grounded in John Demartini’s much-loved teachings, The Heart of Love helps you apply his trail-blazing philosophy and revolutionary understanding of human behavior specifically to your relationships. If you’re looking for your soul mate, want to reignite the spark in a longtime relationship; seeking to safeguard your marriage from infidelity; or are committed to creating more authentic friendships, family connections, and business relationships, then this book is for you.

This book helps you understand what really drives human behavior in romance, business, and families; and assures you that you can have the kind of relationships you’d love to have, whether they’re lasting or brief, intensely intimate or just for fun. Ultimately, this book aims to inspire you to fulfill the true purpose of your relationships: to wake you up to your own wholeness, the divine magnificence present in every human soul. It invites you into the heart of love, which transforms any relationship into one of gratitude and true fulfillment.

Exhibitionism for the Shy [EPUB]

Exhibitionism for the Shy [EPUB]
Exhibitionism for the Shy: Show Off, Dress Up and Talk Hot, 2nd Edition by Carol Queen
2009 | PDF | 846.2KB

Exhibitionism as a consensual erotic pleasure and a means to overcome shyness and body image issues. Featuring suggested exercises and discussions of erotic dress, talk, personas and roleplay, involving your partner, exhibitionism and the sex industry, and more. Interviews include Annie Sprinkle, Nina Hartley, Candye Kane, Juliet Anderson, Vanessa del Rio, Lily Burana, Shar Rednour, and others. Updated version (in press) will include a new chapter on Internet exhibitionism and new interview material with Margaret Cho, Violet Blue, Audacia Ray, and Brian Alexander.

Changing Your Game: A Man's Guide to Success with Women [EPUB]

Changing Your Game: A Man's Guide to Success with Women [EPUB]
Changing Your Game: A Man's Guide to Success with Women by Christie Hartman
2012 | EPUB | 1.72MB

Success with women is something any man can achieve. However, achieving this success isn't about tactics, games, or trolling bars to get women into the sack - it's about the right mindset. Men who succeed with women - whether for an evening or a lifetime - think differently about women and dating.

In her remarkably successful book Changing Your Game: A Man's Guide to Success with Women, psychologist and dating expert Dr. Christie Hartman offers men the research-based truth on what it takes to succeed with women. Christie shows men:

  • The #1 predictor of success with women (it's not what you think!)
  • Secrets to approaching women... without annoying them
  • The best (and worst) places to meet women
  • How to read women - even their mixed signals!

Changing Your Game also recognizes that dating in the 21st century is a whole new ballgame and covers such topics as:

  • The keys to online dating success
  • Tips for dating older women and single moms
  • How to successfully seek NSA (No Strings Attached) with women

Filled with plenty of straightforward dating advice and tips for men, along with real-life examples, Changing Your Game will change your dating life for the better.

Photographing Dogs: Techniques for Professional Digital Photographers [EPUB]

Photographing Dogs: Techniques for Professional Digital Photographers [EPUB]
Photographing Dogs: Techniques for Professional Digital Photographers by Lara Blair
2012 | EPUB | 7.33MB

Acknowledging the growing demand for professional portraits that document the beauty and unique personalities of beloved canine companions, this well-rounded guide details the ins and outs of the business-either as the sole pursuit of a photography venture or as an additional service to be offered by a general portrait photography studio. Tips for establishing a body of work that reflects one's style are presented along with techniques for acquiring and servicing paying customers. From utilizing social networking and making strong first impressions to preparing for sessions and finding effective pricing for work, this invaluable handbook covers every aspect of this niche art. Also included are sections on maintaining relationships to establish repeat clients and the benefits and realities of charitable work. Packed with charming images and practical techniques for achieving financial success, this book is a must-have for those who photograph dogs for a living.

Bill Hurter's Small Flash Photography [EPUB]

Bill Hurter's Small Flash Photography [EPUB]
Bill Hurter's Small Flash Photography by Bill Hurter
2011 | EPUB | 20.62MB

With the surge in popularity of small flash photography, this guide is a timely resource for shutterbugs looking to take full advantage of a growing trend. Studio flash systems are expensive, unwieldy, and often require the help of a hired assistant. The advent of the small flash allows working photographers to avoid large investments, gives them mobility when traveling to off-site photo shoots, and offers them functionality for illuminating small areas. Covering all aspects of the small flash, including gear selection, placement of flash units, and proper settings and communications, this helpful how-to also offers techniques and practical advice from a variety of practiced shooters who work with this illuminating medium. Professional and aspiring photographers will reap the rewards and overcome the challenges of shooting with a small flash with the help of this instructional manual.

Lighting for Product Photography [EPUB]

Lighting for Product Photography [EPUB]
Lighting for Product Photography by Allison Earnest
2013 | EPUB | 5.21MB

From magazine ads to web applications, this instructive handbook details the ever-expanding area of product photography and discusses the unique skills required to be successful. Beginning with the basics for creating professional-looking shots, the qualities of light and the rendering of color and texture are covered while the tools to be used for controlling those qualities is explained through a step-by-step lighting setup. The latter half of this guide compiles images created on actual assignments, depicting a variety of products photographed in a range of settings. Each image is accompanied by a discussion of the client's intent and the realization of those objectives. Offering procedural images, diagrams, and set-up shots to illustrate the addition and modification of light sources, problems can be identified and corrected on-set making this an invaluable tool for amateur and professional photographers alike.

Professional Commercial Photography: Techniques and Images from Master Digital Photographers [EPUB]

Professional Commercial Photography: Techniques and Images from Master Digital Photographers [EPUB]
Professional Commercial Photography: Techniques and Images from Master Digital Photographers by Lou Jacobs Jr
2010 | EPUB | 7.45MB

Presenting ideas and commentary as well as photographs, this collection offers new photographers revelations and wisdom from professionals and informs them how to achieve commercial success. Commercial photographers create images that are designed to sell products, services, political candidates, organizations, corporations, and any other marketable commodity or idea, and their clients range from advertising agencies, manufacturers, retail stores, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses. With a section focusing on each of these types of services, this reference provides a quick workshop on an area of expertise, furnishing those new to the business with a wide variety of information about each specialty. Tips for selecting the most effective equipment for each subgenre as well as technical information about each camera combine with business-savvy know-how—from marketing, bidding, budgeting, building referrals, managing the office, and more—making this a comprehensive reference for being both behind and in front of the lens.

How to Create a High-Profit Photography Business in Any Market [EPUB]

How to Create a High-Profit Photography Business in Any Market [EPUB]
How to Create a High-Profit Photography Business in Any Market, 2nd Edition by James Williams
2011 | EPUB | 20.42MB

Updated to include timely tips for navigating popular social networking sites and other internet marketing opportunities, this guide to running a successful portrait studio goes beyond the initial components of a photography business and focuses on successful customer service, networking, diversification, and business management strategies. From setting goals for a business to creating an elegant studio atmosphere that impresses clients while respecting the budget, this handbook breaks down each minute consideration in the growth of a successful business. Smart managerial decisions regarding portrait-pricing strategies, employee training, telephone skills, positive relationships with suppliers, and responsible delegation of duties are complemented by practical advice on networking within a community, creating demand for high-quality portraiture, and diversifying clientele by catering to the unique needs of each client subset.

The Photographer's Guide to Making Money [EPUB]

The Photographer's Guide to Making Money [EPUB]
The Photographer's Guide to Making Money: 150 Ideas for Cutting Costs and Boosting Profits by Karen Dorame
2009 | EPUB | 6.71MB

With do-it-yourself projects and inspiring and instructional images, this comprehensive resource teaches photographers the tricks of the trade for creating a thriving business without breaking the bank. Drawing on the first-hand experiences of established professionals, this reference discusses opening a photography studio from the ground up, what equipment to purchase, how to make the most of marketing, and how to streamline production efforts. The simple, numbered tips cover all the necessary skills needed to become an expert marketer, an adept accountant and financial planner, a skilled sales and customer service representative, an amateur psychologist, a manager, and a designer while learning to establish the best business in the field.

2014 Photographer's Market [EPUB]

2014 Photographer's Market [EPUB]
2014 Photographer's Market: How to Sell Your Photography and Make a Living, 37th Edition edited by Mary Burzlaff Bostic
2013 | EPUB | 2.73MB

The Successful Photographer's Secret!

Thousands of successful photographers have trusted Photographer's Market as a resource for growing their businesses. This edition contains the most comprehensive and up-to-date market contacts for working photographers today: magazines, book publishers, greeting card companies, stock agencies, advertising firms, contests and more.

In addition to the more than 1,500 individually verified contacts, 2014 Photographer's Market includes:

  • Up-to-date information on how to start and run a photography business, including how to find clients, who to contact to submit your photos, what types of photos they need and how to submit both digital and film images.
  • Markets for fine art photographers, including hundreds of galleries and art fairs.
  • NEW! Informative articles on forming a business mind-set, building your financial team, and negotiating fees and rights.
  • NEW! Special features on social media and e-mail marketing, getting the most from LinkedIn, building a better website, sustainability practices, and adding video to your repertoire.
  • NEW! Inspiring and informative interviews with successful professionals, including a motion picture grip, a magazine photo buyer, and an experimental fine art photographer.

Wedding and Portrait Photographers' Legal Handbook [EPUB]

Wedding and Portrait Photographers' Legal Handbook [EPUB]
Wedding and Portrait Photographers' Legal Handbook by Norman Phillips
2005 | EPUB | 3.18MB

This guide provides insights into the legal concerns that face professional photographers. Collecting unpaid debts, securing retainers, and constructing payment terms are addressed with a focus on the difficulties that are often associated with managing a photography business. Twenty-five sample forms are provided, including model and property release forms, as well as estimates and invoices easily duplicated for use in business. Advice is also provided for copyrighting images, safely conducting a portrait session with a minor, and submitting fine art images to galleries.

Professional Portrait Photography: Techniques and Images from Master Photographers [EPUB]

Professional Portrait Photography: Techniques and Images from Master Photographers [EPUB]
Professional Portrait Photography: Techniques and Images from Master Photographers by Lou Jacobs Jr
2008 | EPUB | 25.36MB

By examining the work of 10 of today's top portrait photographers and supplementing the images with interviews, this book offers insight into the working habits, equipment selection, and business strategies of those at the top of their game. In-depth and engaging, the guide also reveals creative inspiration and technical insight it reviews 15 to 20 of each artist's most highly acclaimed images, thereby providing an understanding of the full range of portrait styles that make up the body of modern portraiture. With the hard-won advice, strategies for success, and markedly different work included in this book, photographers will quickly learn how to evoke and capture timeless expressions, modulate lighting, create stunning compositions, and more.

Master Posing Guide for Wedding Photographers [EPUB]

Master Posing Guide for Wedding Photographers [EPUB]
Master Posing Guide for Wedding Photographers by Bill Hurter
2009 | EPUB | 6.91MB

Outlining a theory that combines the refinement of traditional posing techniques with the more organic, spontaneous techniques of photojournalism, this creative and informative resource offers poses that rely on personality and interaction. These instructions from a veteran wedding photographer provide the skills needed to recognize what makes a great pose and how to subtly direct your clients to achieve the needed balance between looking great and looking comfortable. Ultimately, this grouping of modern and traditional shots offers answers to the complications faced when attempting to pose wedding parties quickly while keeping the natural look that all wedding couples desire.

Ellie Vayo's Guide to Boudoir Photography [EPUB]

Ellie Vayo's Guide to Boudoir Photography [EPUB]
Ellie Vayo's Guide to Boudoir Photography by Ellie Vayo
2009 | EPUB | 6.21MB

The secrets of boudoir photography-such as attracting clientele, setting the right mood, shooting flawless hair and gorgeous make-up, and adding subtle sex appeal-are revealed in this illustrated guide for professional photographers. The reference provides the essential steps for adding this service, as well as case studies of numerous real-life sessions. By implementing the tasteful marketing strategies and the elegant, classy style of image-making offered in this guide, photographers will vamp up not only their studio offerings but also their sales.

The Sandy Puc' Guide to Children's Portrait Photography [EPUB]

The Sandy Puc' Guide to Children's Portrait Photography [EPUB]
The Sandy Puc' Guide to Children's Portrait Photography by Sandy Puc'
2008 | EPUB | 5.36MB

Famed for her masterful children's portraits and innovative methods, industry giant Sandy Puc' presents every conceivable aspect of children's portraiture in this quintessential guidebook. As great portrait sessions begin with top-notch planning and a working knowledge of the equipment, Puc' first offers her insights regarding the benefits of being well prepared from the start, including strategies for enhancing the technical aspects of the shoot, from lighting to posing to post-capture techniques. Puc' then uses her renowned interpersonal skills to offer advice regarding working with parents as well as eliciting enthusiasm and cooperation from children of all ages, including teens. Additional tips include effective ideas for photographing parent-and-child combinations, incorporating the family pet, and working with kids who have special needs. Puc' also relays her extensive sales-savvy to help photographers with marketing, client retention, and obtaining top referrals.

The Art of Children's Portrait Photography [EPUB]

The Art of Children's Portrait Photography [EPUB]
The Art of Children's Portrait Photography by Tamara Lackey
2008 | EPUB | 7.03MB

Contemporary photographs that cleverly capture a child's mood or personality-whether that's a big, toothy grin or a teary tantrum-are easily created with the tips and techniques explored in this in-depth handbook. Often called "lifestyle photography," modern techniques such as tightly cropped close-ups, vignettes, wide angles, and shallow depths produce images that are markedly less stiff and more expressive than traditional portraitures. From capturing great expressions and body language to integrating meaningful locations into the shoot to further express the subject's personality, this guide thoroughly explains how photographers can develop their image-storytelling skills to develop stunning portraits. Advice on creating platinum and chocolate hued prints, vibrant color scenes, simple grayscale images, and utilizing unusual textures or effects is also included.

Studio Portrait Photography in Black & White [EPUB]

Studio Portrait Photography in Black & White [EPUB]
Studio Portrait Photography in Black & White by David Derex
2000 | EPUB | 3.81MB

Studio portrait photography, unlike natural light or environmental portrait photography, offers photographers unparalleled opportunities to reflect the character and individuality of their subjects. This book shows how black-and-white studio photography emphasizes this ability by removing the distractions of color. Every step is explained, showing how to create sensual beauty images, cutting-edge fashion shots, powerful images of athletes, romantic wedding portraits, sweet images of children, and emotional images of couples. Discussions on proper equipment, lighting, and development procedures make it easy for photographers to replicate or adapt the ideas in their studio.

Doug Box's Guide to Posing for Portrait Photographers [EPUB]

Doug Box's Guide to Posing for Portrait Photographers [EPUB]
Doug Box's Guide to Posing for Portrait Photographers by Douglas Allen Box
2009 | EPUB | 7.42MB

Often overshadowed by complicated lighting techniques or advanced postproduction tips, this resource seeks to remind the professional photographer of the fundamental importance of a subject's pose. Conveniently designed in two-page spreads-a striking portrait on one side, a comprehensive how-to of the strategies used on the other-this reference includes countless techniques for studio sessions as well as outdoor and location shoots, with individuals or groups, male or female clients, and in sitting, standing, or lying poses. With advice from a well-known and respected professional, it covers all the basics, showing how to emphasize a client's assets and downplay perceived flaws, how to create a cohesive, engaging group photo, how to use natural elements on location to enhance an image, and how to ensure that the result flatters the subject and adds the essential professional polish to an image.

500 Poses for Photographing Women [EPUB]

500 Poses for Photographing Women [EPUB]
500 Poses for Photographing Women: A Visual Sourcebook for Portrait Photographers by Michelle Perkins
2009 | EPUB | 18.41MB

Next to lighting, posing is the most challenging aspect of photography-with so many body parts to capture, the possibilities are endless, and it's all too easy to make a wrong turn. This illustrated reference provides both amateur shutterbugs and seasoned pros with the perfect place to turn when in need of quick posing strategies and fresh ideas. Containing 500 contemporary images by leading photographers, this indispensable manual explains posing fundamentals as well as how to create a flattering, feature-specific photograph-one that focuses on the head, shoulders, arms, torso, or feet-in different levels of close-ups, from head-shots to full-lengths.

The Best of Family Portrait Photography [EPUB]

The Best of Family Portrait Photography [EPUB]
The Best of Family Portrait Photography: Professional Techniques and Images by Bill Hurter
2006 | EPUB | 5.08MB

Artwork from 30 of the industry's top photographers is used to highlight both clear-cut shooting strategies and colorful, cutting-edge approaches to family portraiture in this handbook intended for idea gathering and inspiration. Advice on focal length, perspective, and maximizing the potential of digital equipment highlights the technical aspects of family portraiture while group posing strategies demonstrate how best to flatter each subject and convey a sense of family unity. A lengthy discussion of lighting-the backbone of portraiture-and the manipulation of shadows and highlights instructs photographers on how to create mood and interest in a variety of lighting scenarios, both indoors and out. Specifics on adjusting body lines, colors, and shapes, working with young children, and creating a comfortable atmosphere ensure that the photographer captures the unique personality of each family with dynamic and attractive images.

Professional Portrait Posing [EPUB]

Professional Portrait Posing [EPUB]
Professional Portrait Posing: Techniques and Images from Master Photographers by Michelle Perkins
2007 | EPUB | 18.76MB

A brief introduction to the basic principles of creating a flattering pose accompanies chapters devoted to 12 acclaimed photographers who present and discuss their favorite, most successful, and most challenging photos. Widely regarded for their flattering, inventive, and cutting-edge posing techniques, these professionals cover why the pose was selected, how it complemented the subject and the scene, and how it works to make the subject look his or her best. The special challenge of group portraits is also covered by many of the contributors. Additional topics of discussion include personalized tips for learning the art of posing, common problems they see in portraits and their solutions, and suggestions and ideas for researching poses.

Master Guide for Photographing High School Seniors [EPUB]

Master Guide for Photographing High School Seniors [EPUB]
Master Guide for Photographing High School Seniors by Dave Wacker, Jean Wacker
2009 | EPUB | 48.68MB

In this instructive resource, seasoned photographers illustrate how to become an elite senior-portrait photographer. Whether the student wants a simple headshot for the yearbook, classic studio portraits, or fashion-oriented images shot on location, this resource outlines every phase of the process—from selecting the right equipment, poses, and light to generating great expressions and using the computer to retouch the face. An emphasis to stay ahead of the competition in terms of style, technology, customer service, and advertising offers photographers no-nonsense ideas for shooting better images and providing more variety within the often very limited time constraints of a senior-portrait session. Packed with before-and-after images, sequential illustrations that show posing variations, sample marketing materials, and much more, this is a must have book for those entering the market—or those seeking to chisel out a bigger share.

Streetcars of America [EPUB]

Streetcars of America [EPUB]
Streetcars of America by Brian Solomon, John Gruber
2014 | EPUB | 22.18MB

The handsome multi-colored streetcar is a nostalgic icon of the some of the most romantic and heritage-rich locales in America, including San Francisco, New Orleans and Chicago, immortalized on stage and screen in classics including Meet Me In St. Louis and A Streetcar Named Desire. Streetcars of America chronicles these vehicles from the earliest animal-drawn carriages to the height of their popularity in the 1920s, when there were more than 1,200 street railways, to the turning of the tide in the mid-twentieth century when congestion and attacks from the automobile industry eventually removed streetcars from most urban landscapes. It also looks at the recent efforts to revive vintage streetcars as hip and environmentally-friendly daily commuter service, as well as tourist attractions, in more than thirty cities including Memphis and Washington, D.C.

Firearms: An Illustrated History [PDF]

Firearms: An Illustrated History [PDF]
Firearms: An Illustrated History by DK Publishing
2014 | PDF | 82.41MB

Published in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution, Firearms: An Illustrated History charts the evolution of the gun, from the pistol and rifle, to the machine gun and revolver.

Detailed catalogs profile more than 300 firearms spanning over 700 years. With virtual tours detailing the most intricate details of key weaponry and photographic features on the world's iconic gun makers, including Colt, Smith & Wesson, Maxim, and Kalashnikov, Firearms: An Illustrated History is the perfect gift for gun, weapon, and military history enthusiasts.

Man of War: My Adventures in the World of Historical Reenactment [EPUB]

Man of War: My Adventures in the World of Historical Reenactment [EPUB]
Man of War: My Adventures in the World of Historical Reenactment by Charlie Schroeder
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 515.92/708.8KB

It’s the middle of a heat wave, and Charlie Schroeder is dressed in heavy clothing and struggling to row a replica eighteenth-century bateau down the St. Lawrence River. Why? Months earlier, Schroeder realized he knew almost nothing about history. But he wanted to learn, so the actor—best known for his role as Mr. Pussy on Sex and the City—spent a year reenacting it.

Man of War is Schroeder’s hilarious account of the time he spent chasing Celts in Arkansas, raiding a Viet Cong village in Virginia, and flirting with frostbite en route to “Stalingrad” in Colorado. Along the way, he illuminates just how much the past can teach us about the present.

Front-End Web Development Quick Start With HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS [Pluralsight]

Front-End Web Development Quick Start With HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS [Pluralsight]
Front-End Web Development Quick Start With HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS [Pluralsight] with Shawn Wildermuth
Aug 22, 2014 | Level: Beginner | MP4 + Exercise Files | 3 hrs 4 mins | 559.38MB

For the beginner, starting to learn web development can be daunting. In this course, Shawn Wildermuth shows you step-by-step how to use client-side web development techniques to create immersive web sites.

If you've never experienced client-side web development, learning the plethora of technologies can be difficult. Trying to get started in a quick fashion can be daunting. But by learning the basics and how they work together, you can get up to speed quickly. In this course, Shawn Wildermuth will walk you through the basics of client-side web development by showing you the basics of how to build web pages with HTML, Cascading Style Sheets, JavaScript, and jQuery. This course is set up to be the starting point of learning web development.

Harold and Jack: The Remarkable Friendship of Prime Minister Macmillan and President Kennedy [EPUB]

Harold and Jack: The Remarkable Friendship of Prime Minister Macmillan and President Kennedy [EPUB]
Harold and Jack: The Remarkable Friendship of Prime Minister Macmillan and President Kennedy by Christopher Sandford
2014 | EPUB | 4.89MB

Acclaimed biographer Christopher Sandford tells the engrossing story of the unlikely friendship between British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and President John F. Kennedy, a crucial political and personal relationship during the most dangerous days of the Cold War.

This is the story of the many-layered relationship between two iconic leaders of the mid-twentieth century--British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and American President John F. Kennedy. Based on previously unquoted papers and private letters between both the leaders themselves and their families, more than half of which are available for the first time, critically acclaimed biographer Christopher Sandford reveals a host of new insights into the ways these two very different men managed to bring order out of chaos in an age of precarious nuclear balance.

Sandford traces the emotional undercurrents that linked Macmillan and JFK--and sometimes estranged them. The author's personalized narrative delves into the maneuverings behind the scenes of major political events: dealing with the disastrous Bay of Pigs episode in Cuba, responding to the provocative Soviet act of building the Berlin Wall, the tense back-and-forth consultations during the Cuban missile crisis, and the serious disagreement between the two allies over the Skybolt nuclear deterrent, which almost caused a major rift in US-British relations. Also presented are vivid portraits of the two first ladies and many extracts from personal papers that reveal the human factor rarely glimpsed by the public.

With a wealth of new information in an engaging narrative, this book offers a vividly told historical account of two key figures of twentieth-century history, whose legacy helped shape our world today.

Music: A Very Short Introduction [MOBI]

Music: A Very Short Introduction [MOBI]
Music: A Very Short Introduction by Nicholas Cook
2000 | MOBI | 1.0MB

What is music? How is it constructed? How is it consumed? Why do you enjoy it at all? In Music: A Very Short plays Introduction, Nicholas Cook invites us to really think about music and the role it plays in our lives and our ears. Drawing on a number of accessible examples, the author prompts us to call on our own musical experiences in order to think more critically about the roles of the performers and the listener, about music as a commodity and an experience, what it means to understand music, and the values we ascribe to it.

This very short introduction, written with both humor and flair, begins with a sampling of music as human activity and then goes on to consider the slippery phenomenon of how music has become an object of thought. Covering not only Western and classical music, Cook touches on all types from rock to Indonesian music and beyond. Incorporating musical forms from every continent, Music will make enjoyable reading for beginner and expert alike.

The Story of Music: From Babylon to the Beatles [EPUB]

The Story of Music: From Babylon to the Beatles [EPUB]
The Story of Music: From Babylon to the Beatles - How Music Has Shaped Civilization by Howard Goodall
2014 | EPUB | 1.08MB

Music is an intrinsic part of everyday life, and yet the history of its development from single notes to multi-layered orchestration can seem bewilderingly complex.

In his dynamic tour through 40,000 years of music, from prehistoric instruments to modern-day pop, Howard Goodall leads us through the story of music as it happened, idea by idea, so that each musical innovation—harmony, notation, sung theater, the orchestra, dance music, recording—strikes us with its original force. Along the way, he also gives refreshingly clear descriptions of what music is and how it works: what scales are all about, why some chords sound discordant, and what all post-war pop songs have in common.

The story of music is the story of our urge to invent, connect, rebel—and entertain. Goodall’s beautifully clear and compelling account is both a hymn to human endeavor and a groundbreaking map of our musical journey.

The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo that Ended World War II [EPUB]

The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo that Ended World War II [EPUB]
The Kissing Sailor: The Mystery Behind the Photo that Ended World War II by Lawrence Verria, George Galdorisi
2012 | EPUB | 2.69MB

On August 14, 1945, Alfred Eisenstaedt took a picture of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square, minutes after they heard of Japan's surrender to the United States. Two weeks later LIFE magazine published that image. It became one of the most famous WWII photographs in history (and the most celebrated photograph ever published in the world's dominant photo-journal), a cherished reminder of what it felt like for the war to finally be over. Everyone who saw the picture wanted to know more about the nurse and sailor, but Eisenstaedt had no information and a search for the mysterious couple's identity took on a dimension of its own. In 1979 Eisenstaedt thought he had found the long lost nurse. And as far as almost everyone could determine, he had. For the next thirty years Edith Shain was known as the woman in the photo of V-J Day, 1945, Times Square. In 1980 LIFE attempted to determine the sailor's identity . Many aging warriors stepped forward with claims, and experts weighed in to support one candidate over another. Chaos ensued.

For almost two decades Lawrence Verria and George Galdorisi were intrigued by the controversy surrounding the identity of the two principals in Eisenstaedt's most famous photograph and collected evidence that began to shed light on this mystery. Unraveling years of misinformation and controversy, their findings propelled one claimant's case far ahead of the others and, at the same time, dethroned the supposed kissed nurse when another candidate's claim proved more credible. With this book, the authors solve the 67-year-old mystery by providing irrefutable proof to identify the couple in Eisenstaedt's photo. It is the first time the whole truth behind the celebrated picture has been revealed.

The authors also bring to light the couple's and the photographer's brushes with death that nearly prevented their famous spontaneous Times Square meeting in the first place. The sailor, part of Bull Halsey's famous task force, survived the deadly typhoon that took the lives of hundreds of other sailors. The nurse, an Austrian Jew who lost her mother and father in the Holocaust, barely managed to escape to the United States. Eisenstaedt, a World War I German soldier, was nearly killed at Flanders.

Americans Against the City [PDF]

Americans Against the City [PDF]
Americans Against the City: Anti-Urbanism in the Twentieth Century by Steven Conn
2014 | PDF | 10.85MB

It is a paradox of American life that we are a highly urbanized nation filled with people deeply ambivalent about urban life. An aversion to urban density and all that it contributes to urban life, and a perception that the city was the place where "big government" first took root in America fostered what historian Steven Conn terms the "anti-urban impulse." In response, anti-urbanists called for the decentralization of the city, and rejected the role of government in American life in favor of a return to the pioneer virtues of independence and self-sufficiency.

In this provocative and sweeping book, Conn explores the anti-urban impulse across the 20th century, examining how the ideas born of it have shaped both the places in which Americans live and work, and the anti-government politics so strong today. Beginning in the booming industrial cities of the Progressive era at the turn of the 20th century, where debate surrounding these questions first arose, Conn examines the progression of anti-urban movements. He describes the decentralist movement of the 1930s, the attempt to revive the American small town in the mid-century, the anti-urban basis of urban renewal in the 1950s and '60s, and the Nixon administration's program of building new towns as a response to the urban crisis, illustrating how, by the middle of the 20th century, anti-urbanism was at the center of the politics of the New Right.

Concluding with an exploration of the New Urbanist experiments at the turn of the 21st century, Conn demonstrates the full breadth of the anti-urban impulse, from its inception to the present day. Engagingly written, thoroughly researched, and forcefully argued, Americans Against the City is important reading for anyone who cares not just about the history of our cities, but about their future as well.

Making David into Goliath [EPUB]

Making David into Goliath [EPUB]
Making David into Goliath: How the World Turned Against Israel by Joshua Muravchik
2014 | EPUB | 627.98MB

During the Six Day War of 1967, polls showed that Americans favored the Israelis over the Arabs by overwhelming margins. In Europe, support for Israel ran even higher. In the United Nations Security Council, a British resolution essentially gave Israel the terms of peace it sought and when the Arabs and their Soviet supporters tried to override the resolution in the General Assembly, they fell short of the necessary votes.

Fast forward 40 years and Israel has become perhaps the most reviled country in the world. Although Americans have remained constant in their sympathy for the Jewish state, almost all of the rest of the world treats Israel as a pariah.

What caused this remarkable turnabout? Making David into Goliath traces the process by which material pressures and intellectual fashions reshaped world opinion of Israel. Initially, terrorism, oil blackmail, and the sheer size of Arab and Muslim populations gave the world powerful inducements to back the Arab cause. Then, a prevalent new paradigm of leftist orthodoxy, in which class struggle was supplanted by the noble struggles of people of color, created a lexicon of rationales for taking sides against Israel. Thus, nations can behave cravenly while striking a high-minded pose in aligning themselves on the Middle East conflict.

State of Failure [EPUB]

State of Failure [EPUB]
State of Failure: Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State by Jonathan Schanzer
2013 | EPUB | 570.97KB

The biggest obstacle to Palestinian statehood may not be Israel

In September 2011, president Mahmoud Abbas stood before the United Nations General Assembly and dramatically announced his intention to achieve recognition of Palestinian statehood. The United States roundly opposed the move then, but two years later, Washington revived dreams for Palestinian statehood through bilateral diplomacy with Israel. But are the Palestinians prepared for the next step? In State of Failure, Middle East expert Jonathan Schanzer argues that the reasons behind Palestine’s inertia are far more complex than we realize. Despite broad international support, Palestinian independence is stalling because of internal mismanagement, not necessarily because of Israeli intransigence.

Drawing on exclusive sources, the author shows how the PLO under Yasser Arafat was ill prepared for the task of statebuilding. Arafat's successor, Mahmoud Abbas, used President George W. Bush’s support to catapult himself into the presidency. But the aging leader, now four years past the end of his elected term, has not only failed to implement much needed reforms but huge sums of international aid continue to be squandered, and the Palestinian people stand to lose everything as a result. Supporters of Palestine and Israel alike will find Schanzer’s narrative compelling at this critical juncture in Middle Eastern politics.

Anglomania: A European Love Affair [EPUB]

Anglomania: A European Love Affair [EPUB]
Anglomania: A European Love Affair by Ian Buruma
2012 | EPUB | 1.89MB

Voltaire, says Ian Buruma, was the ultimate Anglophile: liberal, humorous, enlightened, and ultimately humane. In that respect, he's not unlike Buruma himself, whose delightful Anglomania weaves a compelling story, from Voltaire onward, of the ways in which European exiles and émigrés have fallen under the spell of the intangible mix of snobbery, liberalism, xenophobia, and tolerance which make up the English character.

Buruma's roll call of Anglophiles is impressive. Wonderful sections on Voltaire are followed by chapters on Goethe's Bardolatry, a marvelously vivid account of frustrated revolutionary exiles in Victorian London (including Marx and Mazzini), and Theodor Herzl's vision of a Jewish state based on his admiration of the English aristocracy. The book concludes with sketches of two of the most influential Anglophiles of 20th-century English culture: Nikolaus Pevsner and Isaiah Berlin. But Buruma never loses sight of the darker side of national belonging, interweaving his own complex family history into the narrative, as well as some subtle and perceptive accounts of the state of the nation as Buruma views it from the office of The Spectator and the Conservative Party Conference in post-Thatcherite Britain. A marvelous book about belonging and Englishness: witty, erudite, subtle, and above all humane.

Ask Me Why I Hurt [EPUB]

Ask Me Why I Hurt [EPUB]
Ask Me Why I Hurt: The Kids Nobody Wants and the Doctor Who Heals Them by Randy Christensen
2011 | EPUB | 2.12MB

The unforgettable inspiring memoir of one extraordinary doctor who is saving lives in a most unconventional way Ask Me Why I Hurt is the touching and revealing first-person account of the remarkable work of Dr. Randy Christensen. Trained as a pediatrician, he works not in a typical hospital setting but, rather, in a 38-foot Winnebago that has been refitted as a doctor’s office on wheels. His patients are the city’s homeless adolescents and children.

In the shadow of one affluent American city, Dr. Christensen has dedicated his life to caring for society's throwaway kids—the often-abused, unloved children who live on the streets without access to proper health care, all the while fending off constant threats from thugs, gangs, pimps, and other predators. With the Winnebago as his moveable medical center, Christensen and his team travel around the outskirts of Phoenix, attending to the children and teens who need him most.

With tenderness and humor, Dr. Christensen chronicles everything from the struggles of the van’s early beginnings, to the support system it became for the kids, and the ultimate recognition it has achieved over the years. Along with his immense professional challenges, he also describes the trials and joys he faces while raising a growing family with his wife Amy. By turns poignant, heartbreaking, and charming, Dr. Christensen's story is a gripping and rich memoir of his work and family, one of those rare books that stays with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

The Soundtrack of My Life [Audiobook]

The Soundtrack of My Life [Audiobook]
The Soundtrack of My Life [Audiobook] by Clive Davis, read by Dennis Boutsikaris
2013 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 22 hrs 37 mins | 1.25GB

In The Soundtrack of My Life, music legend Clive Davis recounts an extraordinary five-decade career in the music business, while also telling a remarkable personal story of triumphs, disappointments, and encounters with some of the greatest musical artists of our time, from Bob Dylan and Paul Simon to Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys.

Orphaned and impoverished in his teens, Davis overcame early hardships, earning a full scholarship to New York University and then one to Harvard Law School. As general counsel at Columbia Records, Davis quickly distinguished himself and capitalized on a lucky break to catapult to the presidency of the company. More surprisingly, he was to learn he had “ears,” a rare ability to spot talent and create hit records. Those ears contributed to the fabled success of three companies—Columbia, Arista, and J—where Davis discovered and developed more unique artists than anyone in the history of the music industry.

What began on the grass at the Monterey Pop Festival with the signing of Janis Joplin has evolved into a lifelong passion and calling, spanning the years and genres, including rock, pop, R&B, country, jazz fusion, and hip-hop. Through it all, Davis has discovered a pantheon of all-time greats: Bruce Springsteen; Billy Joel; Aerosmith; Carlos Santana; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Chicago; Earth, Wind and Fire; Barry Manilow; Patti Smith; Whitney Houston; Kenny G.; and Alicia Keys. In addition, he has championed and played a vital part in the careers of Simon and Garfunkel, Miles Davis, the Kinks, the Grateful Dead, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Annie Lennox, Carly Simon, Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn, Jennifer Hudson, and Rod Stewart. His is the imprimatur that has helped shape contemporary music and our popular culture for the past forty-five years.

The Soundtrack of My Life is an essential book for anyone interested in the story of popular music, the workings of the music business, the alchemy of hits, and the dramatic life of a brilliant leader . . . and listener.

Dave Bing: A Life of Challenge [PDF]

Dave Bing: A Life of Challenge [PDF]
Dave Bing: A Life of Challenge by Drew Sharp
2012 | PDf | 8.43MB

What kind of person loses sight in one eye and then through dedicated practice and honed skills becomes one of the top 50 NBA players of all time? What kind of person, with limited business experience, builds a start-up company into a thriving corporation and is recognized as one of the world’s most successful black executives? What kind of person, while running a $350 million business, takes the time to reach out to black youths lacking father figures and provides counsel and support? And what kind of person, instead of enjoying a well-deserved luxurious retirement, chooses to become mayor of a large city that many long ago had written off as dead? Dave Bing, that’s who.

In Dave Bing: A Life of Challenge, Detroit Free Press sports columnist Drew Sharp chronicles the compelling story of a figure whose sheer will to succeed, refusal to make excuses for setbacks, and efforts to contribute to society set him apart as an anomaly—a man of virtues so rarely found in recent history. His path from Washington D.C. to Syracuse to Detroit is sometimes tumultuous, blazed by hard work, perseverance, and savvy. Much more than the stereotypical tale of celebrity ex-jock who does good, this is a story about a black male who, even as a youngster, determined to conquer whatever challenges came his way.

And now, as mayor of Detroit, Bing encounters perhaps his greatest test of all. Faced with entrenched and power-hungry political foes, a series of failed and corrupt predecessors, a work force ill prepared for today’s job market, a staggering city debt, and recent health problems, Bing would appear to have little chance of surviving his office. Both the naysayers and optimists would do well to read the book.

Darwin: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]

Darwin: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
Darwin: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan Howard
2001 | EPUB | 456.36KB

Darwin's theory that man's ancestors were apes caused an uproar within the scientific world, as well as public frenzy when The Origin of Species was published in 1859.

Arguments still rage about the implications of his evolutionary theory, and skepticism about the value of Darwin's contribution to knowledge is widespread. In this analysis of Darwin's major insights and arguments, Jonathan Howard reasserts the importance of Darwin's work for the development of modern biology. He offers a stimulating view of the famous scientist in a concise, handy format, making it a masterpiece for all Darwinians as well as for all general readers of popular science.

Charles Darwin in Cambridge [PDF]

Charles Darwin in Cambridge [PDF]
Charles Darwin in Cambridge: The Most Joyful Years by John van Wyhe
2014 | PDF | 47.05MB

Charles Darwin's years as a student at the University of Cambridge were some of the most important and formative of his life. Thereafter he always felt a particular affection for Cambridge. For a time he even considered a Cambridge professorship as a career and sent three of his sons there to be educated. Unfortunately the remaining traces of what Darwin actually did and experienced in Cambridge have long remained undiscovered. Consequently his day-to-day life there has remained unknown and misunderstood.

This book is based on new research, including newly discovered manuscripts and Darwin publications, and gathers together recollections of those who knew Darwin as a student. This book therefore reveals Darwin's time in Cambridge in unprecedented detail.

The Intel Trinity [EPUB]

The Intel Trinity [EPUB]
The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World's Most Important Company by Michael S Malone
2014 | EPUB | 3.21MB

Based on unprecedented access to the corporation’s archives, The Intel Trinity is the first full history of Intel Corporation—the essential company of the digital age— told through the lives of the three most important figures in the company’s history: Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove.

Often hailed the “most important company in the world,” Intel remains, more than four decades after its inception, a defining company of the global digital economy. The legendary inventors of the microprocessor-the single most important product in the modern world-Intel today builds the tiny “engines” that power almost every intelligent electronic device on the planet.

But the true story of Intel is the human story of the trio of geniuses behind it. Michael S. Malone reveals how each brought different things to Intel, and at different times. Noyce, the most respected high tech figure of his generation, brought credibility (and money) to the company’s founding; Moore made Intel the world’s technological leader; and Grove, has relentlessly driven the company to ever-higher levels of success and competitiveness. Without any one of these figures, Intel would never have achieved its historic success; with them, Intel made possible the personal computer, Internet, telecommunications, and the personal electronics revolutions.

The Intel Trinity is not just the story of Intel’s legendary past; it also offers an analysis of the formidable challenges that lie ahead as the company struggles to maintain its dominance, its culture, and its legacy.

Hot Wheels Classics: The Redline Era [EPUB]

Hot Wheels Classics: The Redline Era [EPUB]
Hot Wheels Classics: The Redline Era by Angelo Von Bogart
2009 | EPUB | 9.67MB

Combining candy-colored paint jobs with muscle car attitudes and southern California coo, Hot Wheels cars changed the toy world forever in 1968. For the next 10 years as millions of kids discovered the joy of these miniature marvels, one small characteristic came to define this radical die-cast era: the thin red line on the cars tires.

Hot Wheels Classics: The Redline Era proudly showcases more than 500 spectacular color photos (so come of the finest cars of this groundbreaking time.) Sprinkled throughout the visual and historical feast, you'll enjoy the commentary from legendary car designer Larry Wood and other Mattel designers.

More than 40 years of introduction, Hot Wheels cars have experienced a multitude of changes, incredible success, trials and tribulations, and ultimately crafted one of the greatest American toy stories of all time. Yet is one single feature from decades past that skill defines for many their greatest: the Redline.

Brand Bible [PDF]

Brand Bible [PDF]
Brand Bible: The Complete Guide to Building, Designing, and Sustaining Brands by Debbie Millman
2012 | PDF | 37.88MB

Brand Bible is a comprehensive resource on brand design fundamentals. It looks at the influences of modern design going back through time, delivering a short anatomical overview and examines brand treatments and movements in design. You'll learn the steps necessary to develop a successful brand system from defining the brand attributes and assessing the competition, to working with materials and vendors, and all the steps in between. The author, who is the president of the design group at Sterling Brands, has overseen the design/redesign of major brands including Pepsi, Burger King, Tropicana, Kleenex, and many more.

Family Photography: Modern Storytelling [CreativeLive]

Family Photography: Modern Storytelling [CreativeLive]
Family Photography: Modern Storytelling [CreativeLive] with Kirsten Lewis
MP4, h264, 976x548 | English, AAC, 2 Ch | 3.37GB

Learn how to capture genuine, emotional images of families. In Family Photography: Modern Storytelling, Kirsten Lewis will teach you how to take meaningful documentary-style family photographs.

Kirsten Lewis takes a unique approach to family photography, leaving posing techniques and studio light at the door to capture real moments, as they are lived. In this class Kirsten will share her techniques for creating the relationships and environments that help her subjects feel at ease and open-up in an authentic way while she shoots. You’ll revisit the art of storytelling through still images and how to bring storytelling into your work with families. Kirsten will teach you the steps to developing client relationships that allow you to honestly document a family, from birth onward, while nurturing your business. You’ll learn new ways to approach composition and editing so your final product is both beautiful and true to reality.

If you want to deepen your relationships with the subjects you shoot and deliver photographs that are joyful and authentic, join Kirsten for this in-depth class on documentary-style family photography.