Weimar Thought: A Contested Legacy [PDF]

Weimar Thought: A Contested Legacy [PDF]
Weimar Thought: A Contested Legacy edited by Peter E Gordon, John P McCormick
2013 | PDF | 13.83MB

During its short lifespan, the Weimar Republic (1918-33) witnessed an unprecedented flowering of achievements in many areas, including psychology, political theory, physics, philosophy, literary and cultural criticism, and the arts. Leading intellectuals, scholars, and critics--such as Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch, Bertolt Brecht, and Martin Heidegger--emerged during this time to become the foremost thinkers of the twentieth century. Even today, the Weimar era remains a vital resource for new intellectual movements. In this incomparable collection, Weimar Thought presents both the specialist and the general reader a comprehensive guide and unified portrait of the most important innovators, themes, and trends of this fascinating period.

The book is divided into four thematic sections: law, politics, and society; philosophy, theology, and science; aesthetics, literature, and film; and general cultural and social themes of the Weimar period. The volume brings together established and emerging scholars from a remarkable array of fields, and each individual essay serves as an overview for a particular discipline while offering distinctive critical engagement with relevant problems and debates.

Whether used as an introductory companion or advanced scholarly resource, Weimar Thought provides insight into the rich developments behind the intellectual foundations of modernity.

Hell Hath No Fury [EPUB]

Hell Hath No Fury [EPUB]
Hell Hath No Fury: True Stories of Women at War from Antiquity to Iraq by Rosalind Miles, Robin Cross
2008 | EPUB | 439.77KB

An engaging collection that uncovers injustices in history and overturns misconceptions about the role of women in war

When you think of war, you think of men, right? Not so fast. In Hell Hath No Fury, Rosalind Miles and Robin Cross prove that although many of their stories have been erased or forgotten, women have played an integral role in wars throughout history.

In witty and compelling biographical essays categorized and alphabetized for easy reference, Miles and Cross introduce us to war leaders (Cleopatra, Elizabeth I, Margaret Thatcher); combatants (Molly Pitcher, Lily Litvak, Tammy Duckworth); spies (Belle Boyd, Virginia Hall, Noor Inayat Khan); reporters and propagandists (Martha Gellhorn, Tokyo Rose, Anna Politkovskaya); and more. These are women who have taken action and who challenge our perceived notions of womanhood. Some will be familiar to readers, but most will not, though their deeds during wartime were every bit as important as their male contemporaries’ more heralded contributions.

Rules Without Rulers: The Possibilities and Limits of Anarchism [EPUB]

Rules Without Rulers: The Possibilities and Limits of Anarchism [EPUB]
Rules Without Rulers: The Possibilities and Limits of Anarchism by Matthew Wilson
2014 | EPUB |

This book is about the possibility of organising society without the state, but, crucially, it makes the claim, contrary to much anarchist theory, that such a life would not entail absolute freedom; rather, as the title suggests, it would mean creating new forms of social organisation which, whilst offering more freedom than state-capitalism, would nonetheless still entail certain limits to freedom. In making this argument, a secondary point is made, which highlights the book’s originality; namely, that, whilst anarchism is defended by an increasing number of radicals, the reality of what an anarchist society might look like, and the problems that such a society might encounter, are rarely discussed or acknowledged, either in academic or activist writings.

Greasy Rider [EPUB]

Greasy Rider [EPUB]
Greasy Rider: Two Dudes, One Fry-Oil-Powered Car, and a Cross-Country Search for a Greener Future by Greg Melville
2008 | EPUB | 2.16MB

Is it possible to drive coast-to-coast without stopping at a single gas pump? Journalist Greg Melville is determined to try. With his college buddy Iggy riding shotgun, this green-thinking guy—who's in love with the idea of free fuel—sets out on an enlightening road trip. The quest: to be the first people to drive cross-country in a french-fry car. Will they make it from Vermont to California in a beat-up 1985 Mercedes diesel station wagon powered on vegetable oil collected from restaurant grease Dumpsters along the way? More important, can two guys survive 192 consecutive hours together?

Their expedition on and off the road includes visits to the solar-powered Google headquarters; the National Ethanol Council; the wind turbines of southwestern Minnesota; the National Renewable Energy Lab; a visit to one of the first houses to receive platinum certification for leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED); an "eco-friendly" Wal-Mart; and the world's largest geothermal heating system.

Part adventure and part investigation of what we're doing (or not doing) to preserve the planet, Greasy Rider is upbeat, funny, and full of surprising information about sustainable measures that are within our reach.

Trafficked by Sophie Hayes [EPUB]

Trafficked by Sophie Hayes [EPUB]
Trafficked: My Story of Surviving, Escaping, and Transcending Abduction into Prostitution by Sophie Hayes
2013 | EPUB | 1.01MB

The haunting, unforgettable memoir that took the UK by storm, Trafficked is a gripping first-hand account of a young woman who survived the horrors of human trafficking.

Sophie Hayes, a young, educated English woman, was spending an idyllic weekend in Italy with her seemingly charming boyfriend. But the day of her return home, he made it clear she wasn't going anywhere. Punching and shouting at her, he threatened to kill her adored younger brothers if she didn't cooperate to help him pay off hundreds of thousands of dollars he'd racked up in debts.

Over the next six months, Sophie is forced to work as a prostitute in a country where she didn't speak the language, nobody knows her whereabouts, and escape seems impossible. She struggles to survive, constantly at the mercy of her boyfriend's violent moods and living in fear of being killed by any of her customers. When a life-threatening illness lands her in the hospital, Sophie has a chance to phone her mother and escape—if her boyfriend doesn't get to her first.

Chilling and captivating, Trafficked is one of the first memoirs to present a stunning personal look at the criminal human sex trafficking trade and bring this disturbingly widespread abuse to light.

Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery [EPUB]

Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery [EPUB]
Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery by Abby Sher
2014 | EPUB | 882.11KB

Remarkable, timely, and incredibly inspiring, Breaking Free: True Stories of Girls Who Escaped Modern Slavery, will strike a chord with all young readers as it recounts the stories of courageous young women who escaped the unspeakable abuse of sexual slavery. Instead of running from their pasts, they choose to help those still caught in the system.

Award-winning author Abby Sher tells the riveting story of three survivors of sexual slavery. These three women could easily have been voiceless victims, lost to the horrors of their own histories. Instead, they not only fought their way out of servitude, they have each become leading advocates and activists in the anti-trafficking movement.

A Checklist for Murder [EPUB]

A Checklist for Murder [EPUB]
A Checklist for Murder: The True Story of Robert John Peernoc by Anthony Flacco
2010 | EPUB | 3.18MB

The Peernocks cast the impression of being a very well-to-do and content family even after the separation of Richard and his wife. But madness was contained inside their house and one night Richard Peemock came to kill his wife and daughter, brutally beating them, force feeding them alcohol and placing them together in a car which he let drive into a wall so that it would seem like a drunk driving accident.

What Richard Peernock didn't forsee was his daughter's survival and her willingness for the first time to describe, in detail, her father's psychosis and his manipulative personality.

Once a successful whistleblower, Peernock denied his involvement in the murder, claiming a conspiracy against him on all levels. Confounding the justice system, hiring and firing lawyers, representing himself, saying everyone was against him. After numerous tense trials, Peernock was finally sentenced to life in prison, though those close to him still live in fear.

Charlie Kaufman and Hollywood's Merry Band of Pranksters, Fabulists and Dreamers [EPUB]

Charlie Kaufman and Hollywood's Merry Band of Pranksters, Fabulists and Dreamers [EPUB]
Charlie Kaufman and Hollywood's Merry Band of Pranksters, Fabulists and Dreamers: An Excursion Into the American New Wave by Derek Hill
2010 | EPUB | 1.08MB

Since the late 1990s, a subtle, subversive element has been at work within the staid confines of the Hollywood dream factory. Young filmmakers like Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Michel Gondry, David O. Russell, Richard Linklater, and Sofia Coppola rode in on the coattails of the independent film movement that blossomed in the early 1990s and have managed to wage an aesthetic campaign against imaginative cowardice of all persuasions, much like their artistic forebears -- the so-called Movie Brats Coppola, Scorsese, De Palma, Altman, and Ashby among others -- did in the 1970s. But their true pedigree can be traced back to the cinematic provocateurs of the Nouvelle Vague (Truffaut, Goddard, Chabrol, Rohmer, Rivette, et al), who in the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s liberated screens around the world with a series of films that challenged our assumptions of what the medium could offer and how stories could be told -- all of them snapping with style as much as they delivered on ideas.

Highly idiosyncratic yet intricately realised, accessible yet willing to overthrow the constraints of formal storytelling, surreal yet always grounded in human emotions, this new breed of American film captures the angst of its characters and the times in which we live, but with a wryness, imagination, earnestness, irony and stylish wit that makes the slide into existential despair a little more amusing than it should be. This book analyses and traces the origins of the pivotal films and directors in this undeclared war on the mundane.

The Good, the Bad, and Me: In My Anecdotage [EPUB]

The Good, the Bad, and Me: In My Anecdotage [EPUB]
The Good, the Bad, and Me: In My Anecdotage by Eli Wallach
2014 | EPUB | 335.62KB

The sparkling memoir of a movie icon's life in the footlights and on camera, The Good, the Bad, and Me tells the extraordinary story of Eli Wallach's many years dedicated to his craft. Beginning with his early days in Brooklyn and his college years in Texas, where he dreamed of becoming an actor, this book follows his career as one of the earliest members of the famed Actors Studio and as a Tony Award winner for his work on Broadway.

Wallach has worked with such stars as Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck, and Henry Fonda, and his many movies include The Magnificent Seven, How the West Was Won, and the iconic The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. For more than fifty years Eli Wallach held a special place in film and theater, and in a tale rich with anecdotes, wit, and remarkable insight he recounts his magical life in a world unlike any other.

The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob [EPUB]

The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob [EPUB]
The Dylanologists: Adventures in the Land of Bob by David Kinney
2014 | EPUB | 1.79MB

FAN: “You don’t know who I am, but I know who you are.”
BOB DYLAN: “Let’s keep it that way.”

Bob Dylan is the most influential songwriter of our time and, after a half century, he remains a cultural touchstone, an enigma, and the subject of endless fascination. From the moment he arrived on the music scene, he attracted an intensely fanatical cult following, and in The Dylanologists, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist David Kinney ventures deep into this eccentric subculture to answer a question: What can Dylan’s grip on his most enthusiastic listeners tell us about his towering place in American culture?

Kinney introduces us to a vibrant underground: diggers searching for unheard tapes and lost manuscripts, researchers obsessing over the facts of Dylan’s life and career, writers working to decode unyieldingly mysterious songs, road warriors who meticulously record and dissect every concert. It’s an affectionate mania, but as far as Dylan is concerned, a mania nonetheless. Over the years, the intensely private and fiercely combative musician has been frightened, annoyed, and perplexed by fans who try to peel back his layers. He has made at least one thing crystal clear: He does not wish to be known.

The story of Dylan’s followers is also a revealing portrait of the artist himself. Here, reflected in the fans he inspired and the cultural movements he helped create, is every twist and turn in a career that has swerved from lefty activist to ultra-hip spokesman for a generation to woodsy recluse, from secular storyteller to fire-breathing Christian evangelist, from punch line to elder statesman. Dylan may refuse to explain himself to his followers, but their lives have become mirrors of his, so profoundly are their stories intertwined.

Told with tremendous insight, intelligence, and warmth, by turns funny and affecting, The Dylanologists is ultimately a book about our universal quest for meaning. It is populated by characters both legendary and obscure, from aging hippies to idealistic twentysomethings and everyone in between—a young woman who, stirred by Dylan, attends law school and becomes a public defender; a man who crams his New York City apartment with memorabilia, transforming it into a pilgrimage spot for Dylan fanatics; a woman inspired by her hero’s redemptive music to go clean after years of drug use. Here is a joyous, soulful, and poignant exploration of the origins and meaning of fandom, the healing power of art, and the importance of embracing what moves you, whatever that may be.

The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives [EPUB]

The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives [EPUB]
The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 260.6/558.93KB

Adjectives have long suffered from bad press. For many years, English teachers have been fond of telling students that "adjectives are the enemy of nouns, and adverbs are the enemy of everything else."

While it's still advisable to heed your English teacher's advice on most other matters, The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate proves that breaking certain rules can make written and spoken language that much livelier, adding much-needed color, style, and adornment. With this addition to the popular Highly Selective series, the "golden" adjective, at last, gets the star treatment it deserves. From adventitious to zaftig, renowned lexicographer Eugene Ehrlich has collected more than 850 of the most interesting and engaging adjectives in the English language and has provided concise definitions and instructive usage examples. Whether you're a writer, a speaker, or a word buff, this compendious, trenchant, laudable, and all-around fantabulous volume will help you put panache back into your prose.

The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate [EPUB]

The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate [EPUB]
The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich
2003 | EPUB + MOBI | 193.07/429.52KB

Between TV talk shows, radio call-in programs, email and the Internet, spontaneous-talk media has skyrocketed in the '90s. People are interacting more frequently and more fervently than ever before, turning the English language into an indecipherable mess. Now, this unique and concise compendium presents the most confused and misused words in the language today -- words misused by careless speakers and writers everywhere. It defines, discerns and distinguishes the finer points of sense and meaning.

Was it fortuitous or only fortunate? Are you trying to remember, or more fully recollect? Is he uninterested or disinterested? Is it healthful or healthy, regretful or regrettable, notorious or infamous?

The answers to these and many more fascinating etymological questions can be found within the pages of this invaluable (or is it valuable?) reference.

Grammar: 1,001 Practice Questions For Dummies [PDF]

Grammar: 1,001 Practice Questions For Dummies [PDF]
Grammar: 1,001 Practice Questions For Dummies by Geraldine Woods
2014 | PDF | 3.28MB

Practice makes perfect - and helps deepen your understanding of English grammar

Establishing good grammar habits will set you up for success. From English class to writing your college essay, from corporatecommunications, to updating your social media sites, good grammar is essential and now you have 1,001 ways to deepen your understanding and practice your skills.

1,001 Grammar Practice Problems For Dummies takes you beyond the instruction offered in a typical English grammar course and offers a hands-on understanding of grammar and its principles.

  • Gives you a chance to practice and reinforce the skills you learn in a typical English grammar course
  • Helps you refine your understanding of English grammar
  • Practice problems range in difficulty and include detailed explanations and walk-throughs

Whether you’re studying grammar at the high school level or just brushing up on your grammar skills, 1,001 Grammar Practice Questions For Dummies offers an on-the-go opportunity to succeed.

A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese, 4th Edition [PDF]

A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese, 4th Edition [PDF]
A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese, Fourth Edition by Florence Sakade, Janet Ikeda
2013 | PDF | 12.25MB

This is an essential study tool for students seeking to learn Japanese and dramatically improve their ability to read and write kanji and kana.

Students have been reading and writing the Japanese language for centuries, and they build their knowledge most successfully when they rely on a trusted resource. Today's most trusted—and readily available—resource is A Guide to Reading and Writing Japanese. This classic, best-selling learning and reference work, trusted by beginning and intermediate students of Japanese is the best way to learn kanji and kana, and is now being offered as a fourth, thoroughly revised and up-to-date edition.

Having a knowledge of the full set of General Use characters is the key to mastering everyday Japanese and will allow students to read and write Japanese up to the level of a typical Japanese newspaper with ease and confidence.

Key features on this revised edition include:

  • The most recent changes prescribed by the Japanese Ministry of Education.
  • Covers all the 2,136 characters in the 'General Use' / Joyo Kanji set.
  • Special codes indicate the kanji required for the JLPT and AP exams.
  • Full range of Japanese character readings and English definitions
  • Stroke counts, sroke–order diagrams, and compounds.
  • Essential Japanese characters are presented according to the new arrangement by grade, based on their frequency of usage rather than their complexity.
  • Numerous examples are given of the kanji compounds and derivatives used to form everyday words in Japanese.

The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling [PDF]

The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling [PDF]
The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling, 3rd Edition by Charlie G Wing
2009 | PDF | 23.78MB

This enlarged, updated, and expanded third edition of the classic reference on home systems and materials includes the latest code information, new full-color drawings, and a completely new section on making your home green. The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling is an established standard reference for DIY homeowners, as well as builders, contractors, and architects. The 1,600 full-color drawings provide a clear look at every aspect of home construction and systems, enabling the reader to visualize exactly how to tackle any building project or problem. All the information is presented in straightforward language anyone can understand.

Installing Floors (Taunton's Build Like a Pro) [PDF]

Installing Floors (Taunton's Build Like a Pro) [PDF]
Installing Floors (Taunton's Build Like a Pro) by Joseph Truini
2010 | PDF | 26.31MB

There is a wide variety of flooring options available -- wood, tile and stone, laminate, resilient vinyl, bamboo, and cork -- and Installing Floors shows homeowners how to lay them all like a pro.In this new title from the successful Build Like A Pro series, contractor and experienced author Joseph Truini covers the subject in great detail; he walks readers through the process of installation -- made attainable through more than 350 step-by-step photos and illustrations -- and explains the benefits and unique properties of different materials. Like previous titles in the series, this book delivers on its promise of, "expert advice from start to finish."

Insulate and Weatherize: For Energy Efficiency at Home [PDF]

Insulate and Weatherize: For Energy Efficiency at Home [PDF]
Insulate and Weatherize: For Energy Efficiency at Home (Taunton's Build Like a Pro) by Bruce Harley
2012 | PDF | 52.33MB

The appliances we use…the lights we turn on…these two items alone in our homes can account for upward of 40% of total energy dollars spent. For those who want to save money (and who doesn’t?) by becoming more energy efficient—and for those who want to go a step further and embrace the latest strategies in renewable and alternative energy systems—Insulate and Weatherize is about to lead the way.

It's been 10 years since the first edition of Insulate and Weatherize was a smash hit. In this completely revised and expanded edition, the advances in science and technology shine brightly to walk homeowners through the many solutions for basic energy, air-flow problems, heating and cooling systems, appliances and lights, mixed climate issues, and alternative energy strategies that are doable and extremely efficient. With Insulate and Weatherize at hand, home energy costs won’t soar through the roof, especially if there’s a solar panel or two on it.

Siding, Roofing, and Trim (For Pros By Pros) [PDF]

Siding, Roofing, and Trim (For Pros By Pros) [PDF]
Siding, Roofing, and Trim: Completely Revised and Updated (For Pros By Pros) by Editors of Fine Homebuilding
2014 | PDF | 30.65MB

Details, details, details…they’re what make your home stand out from the crowd. And when it comes to the exterior of your home, the details big and small can make all the difference. This new edition of Siding, Roofing, and Trim—the latest installment in the For Pros by Pros series from the editors of Fine Homebuilding—provides you with all the expert advice and instruction you need to choose, install, and detail these three main aspects of your home’s exterior. The results can be beautiful! Among the many fresh design topics covered in this all-in-one resource, you’ll discover how to:

  • Safely replace a roof while keeping in mind venting and flashing for a weather-tight and long-lasting new roof
  • Repaint your home so that the final product will go the distance
  • Choose from material options including stone and vinyl
  • Apply trim details to achieve that finished look
  • Tackle trickier issues like lead safety and installing siding the proper way
  • And so much more including 5 roofs that will last a lifetime, 10 tips to paint like a pro, 10 typical roof goofs and how to fix them, plus energy-saving advice

Taunton’s For Pros by Pros series is a category leader providing DIYers with hard-to-find, practical information on the important issues that builders and homeowners face, such as siding, roofing, and trim. With 350 photographs and 50 illustrations, this indispensable guide continues to be a must-have for pros, semi-pros, and passionate amateurs.

Foundations and Concrete Work (For Pros By Pros) [PDF]

Foundations and Concrete Work (For Pros By Pros) [PDF]
Foundations and Concrete Work: Revised and Updated (For Pros By Pros) by Editors of Fine Homebuilding
2012 | PDF | 28.08MB

Building a good foundation is critical to any home. Is it glamorous work? No, but it’s vital as it provides a solid structure upon which all other work rests.Written by seasoned builders from across the country, this revised edition ofFoundations & Concrete Work features 15 new articles from Fine Homebuilding magazine, the most respected residential construction magazine in the country.

With more than 300 on-the-job photos and drawings, this resource distills decades of hands-on, builder-tested methods and techniques and places them right into your hands. Foundations & Concrete Work, with its fresh new design and completely updated content, will secure its reputation as the most respected, widely followed how-to guide for dedicated pros and passionate amateurs.

Framing Roofs (For Pros By Pros) [PDF]

Framing Roofs (For Pros By Pros) [PDF]
Framing Roofs (For Pros By Pros) by Editors of Fine Homebuilding
2010 | PDF | 23.16MB

This essential reference for pros and passionate amateurs is back with a fresh design and updated content. Written by respected builders from all over America, this extensive revision collects all the latest roof framing articles from the pages of Fine Homebuilding magazine -- from cutting rafters and framing roof valleys to building dormers and working with roof trusses. The contributors offer hardearned, job-tested advice on an impressive variety of tools, techniques, and trade secrets.

Framing Roofs shows how to work with speed and precision, and, since working on a roof is often a complicated and dangerous task, safety is always at the forefront.

Carpentry (For Pros By Pros) [PDF]

Carpentry (For Pros By Pros) [EPUB]
Carpentry (For Pros By Pros) by Editors of Fine Homebuilding
2007 | PDF | 30.11MB

Carpentry covers every important facet of residential carpentry, from framing the mudsills, walls, floors, ceilings and roof to building stairs, cabinets and other built-ins, as well as basic finish carpentry skills such as interior trim carpentry and exterior siding.

For builders and remodelers, Carpentry has the best field-tested advice, tips, techniques and instruction on the most common carpentry jobs, from basic to advanced, all worked-out and written by the country's best carpenters in the business. This biggest volume ever in Taunton's For Pros By Pros series gives builders, remodelers and homeowners hard-to-find and spot-on accurate information on all key aspects of carpentry. All written by the country's best carpenters.

The Romans and their World: A Short Introduction [EPUB]

The Romans and their World: A Short Introduction [EPUB]
The Romans and their World: A Short Introduction by Brian Campbell
2011 | EPUB | 5.14MB

This one-volume history of the Roman world begins with the early years of the republic and carries the story nearly a thousand years forward to 476, when Romulus Augustus, the last Western Roman emperor, was deposed. Brian Campbell, respected scholar and teacher, presents a fascinating and wide-ranging introduction to Rome, drawing on an array of ancient sources and covering topics of interest to readers with little prior background in Roman history as well as those already familiar with the great civilization.

Campbell explores several themes, including the fall of the republic, the impact of colorful and diverse emperors on imperial politics, the administrative structure of empire, and the Roman army and how warfare affected the Roman world. He also surveys cultural and social life, including religion and the rise of Christianity. Generously enhanced with maps and illustrations, this book is a rich and inspiring account of a mighty civilization and the citizens who made it so.

Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times [EPUB]

Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times [EPUB]
Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times, Second Edition by Thomas R Martin
2013 | EPUB | 20.21MB

In this compact yet comprehensive history of ancient Greece, Thomas R. Martin brings alive Greek civilization from its Stone Age roots to the fourth century B.C. Focusing on the development of the Greek city-state and the society, culture, and architecture of Athens in its Golden Age, Martin integrates political, military, social, and cultural history in a book that will appeal to students and general readers alike. Now in its second edition, this classic work now features new maps and illustrations, a new introduction, and updates throughout.

War and Gold: A 500-Year History of Empires, Adventures, and Debt [EPUB]

War and Gold: A 500-Year History of Empires, Adventures, and Debt [EPUB]
War and Gold: A Five-Hundred-Year History of Empires, Adventures, and Debt by Kwasi Kwarteng
2014 | EPUB | 1005.65KB

The world was wild for gold. After discovering the Americas, and under pressure to defend their vast dominion, the Habsburgs of Spain promoted gold and silver exploration in the New World with ruthless urgency. But, the great influx of wealth brought home by plundering conquistadors couldn’t compensate for the Spanish government’s extraordinary military spending, which would eventually bankrupt the country multiple times over and lead to the demise of the great empire.

Gold became synonymous with financial dependability, and following the devastating chaos of World War I, the gold standard came to express the order of the free market system. Warfare in pursuit of wealth required borrowing—a quickly compulsive dependency for many governments. And when people lost confidence in the promissory notes and paper currencies issued during wartime, governments again turned to gold.

In this captivating historical study, Kwarteng exposes a pattern of war-waging and financial debt—bedmates like April and taxes that go back hundreds of years, from the French Revolution to the emergence of modern-day China. His evidence is as rich and colorful as it is sweeping. And it starts and ends with gold.

Driving Honda: Inside the World's Most Innovative Car Company [EPUB]

Driving Honda: Inside the World's Most Innovative Car Company [EPUB]
Driving Honda: Inside the World's Most Innovative Car Company by Jeffrey Rothfeder
2014 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.27/2.89MB

For decades there have been two iconic Japanese auto companies. One has been endlessly studied and written about. The other has been generally underappreciated and misunderstood. Until now.

Since its birth as a motorcycle company in 1949, Honda has steadily grown into the world’s fifth largest automaker and top engine manufacturer, as well as one of the most beloved, most profitable, and most consistently innovative multinational corporations. What drives the company that keeps creating and improving award-winning and bestselling models like the Civic, Accord, Odyssey, CR-V, and Pilot?

According to Jeffrey Rothfeder, what truly distinguishes Honda from its competitors, especially archrival Toyota, is a deep commitment to a set of unorthodox management tenets. The Honda Way, as insiders call it, is notable for decentralization over corporate control, simplicity over complexity, experimentation over Six Sigma–driven efficiency, and unyielding cynicism toward the status quo and whatever is assumed to be the truth. Honda believes in freely borrowing from the past as a bridge to “innovative discontinuity” in the present. And those are just a few of the ideas that the company’s colorful founder, Soichiro Honda, embedded in the DNA of his start-up sixty-five years ago.

As the first journalist allowed behind Honda’s infamously private doors, Rothfeder interviewed dozens of executives, engineers, and frontline employees about its management practices and global strategy. He shows how the company has developed and maintained its unmatched culture of innovation, resilience, and flexibility—and how it exported that culture to other countries that are strikingly different from Japan, establishing locally controlled operations in each region where it lays down roots.

For instance, Rothfeder reports on life at a Honda factory in the tiny town of Lincoln, Alabama, and what happened when American workers were trained to follow the Honda Way, as a self-sufficient outpost of the global company. Could they master Honda’s three core principles:

  • Embrace Paradox: Honda encourages respectful disagreement and debate between opposing viewpoints, on matters large and small. New ideas often emerge from conflict.
  • Real Place, Real Part, Real Knowledge: Honda teaches people to argue using facts, not assumptions. One must go to the factory floor, the showroom, the parking lot, the driver’s seat, or the truck bed—whatever it takes—to get the facts and make a decision that can be supported with data.
  • Respect Individualism: Honda often hires people with unusual backgrounds and independent streaks. It promotes those who question the status quo and who would probably struggle in organizations that focus on rigid rules and systems.

Rothfeder shows how the Alabama plant became a new model for manufacturing in America. It can turn out several different types of cars on any given day and up to 300,000 vehicles and engines a year. Its flexible model enables unparalleled responsiveness to market changes and recovery from mistakes.

As Soichiro Honda himself liked to say, “Success can be achieved only through repeated failure and introspection. In fact, success represents one percent of your work, which results only from the ninety-nine percent that is called failure.”

Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking-Glass World [EPUB]

Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking-Glass World [EPUB]
Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking-Glass World by Eduardo Galeano
2014 | EPUB | 7.2MB

From the winner of the first Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom, a bitingly funny, kaleidoscopic vision of the first world through the eyes of the third

Eduardo Galeano, author of the incomparable Memory of Fire Trilogy, combines a novelist's intensity, a poet's lyricism, a journalist's fearlessness, and the strong judgments of an engaged historian. Now his talents are richly displayed in Upside Down, an eloquent, passionate, sometimes hilarious exposé of our first-world privileges and assumptions. In a series of lesson plans and a "program of study" about our beleaguered planet, Galeano takes the reader on a wild trip through the global looking glass. From a master class in "The Impunity of Power" to a seminar on "The Sacred Car"--with tips along the way on "How to Resist Useless Vices" and a declaration of "The Right to Rave"--he surveys a world unevenly divided between abundance and deprivation, carnival and torture, power and helplessness. We have accepted a reality we should reject, Galeano teaches us, one where machines are more precious than humans, people are hungry, poverty kills, and children toil from dark to dark.

A work of fire and charm, Upside Down makes us see the world anew and even glimpse how it might be set right.

Trading Economics [PDF]

Trading Economics [PDF]
Trading Economics: A Guide to Economic Statistics for Practitioners and Students by Trevor Williams, Victoria Turton
2014 | PDF | 12.37MB

A practical guide to understanding how key economic and market statistics drive financial market trends

The recent global financial crisis stressed the need for economists who understand how key economic and market statistics drive financial market trends and how to mitigate the risks for businesses that those trends affect. Trading Economics provides guidance for navigating key market figures in a convenient and practical format. Emphasizing the link between economic data and market movements, this book analyzes surveys, economic growth statistics, inflation, labor markets, international trade, monetary and fiscal indicators, and their relevance in financial markets. It bypasses complex terminology to offer a hands-on, accessible introduction to financial statistics and how to profit from them.

  • Offers clear illustrations and an easy-to-read layout to teach you how to trade profitably in financial markets and minimizes risk for your business
  • Written by Trevor Williams and Victoria Turton, authoritative public figures with experience working on the New York Stock Exchange
  • Includes a website featuring a blog and new surveys as they develop accompanies the book

Complete with worked examples and updated information, Trading Economics is an essential, comprehensive guide to understanding every aspect of financial market trends and how to navigate them to your advantage.

Christopher Grey's Lighting Techniques for Beauty and Glamour Photography [EPUB]

Christopher Grey's Lighting Techniques for Beauty and Glamour Photography [EPUB]
Christopher Grey's Lighting Techniques for Beauty and Glamour Photography by Christopher Grey
2010 | EPUB | 18.12MB

Incorporating several categories of beauty photography-maternity, fitness, boudoir, Maxim style, Goth glamour, and fetish glamour-this guide describes the artistic and technical nuances of each genre while teaching posing and compositional techniques. Explaining how to choose popular lights and modifiers, the guide helps novice and professional photographers create stunning portraits with mood and personality that highlight the most desirable aspects of the subject. A series of case studies from portrait sessions and detailed diagrams for recreating the shots are also included.

Garage Glamour: Digital Nude and Beauty Photography Made Simple [EPUB]

Garage Glamour: Digital Nude and Beauty Photography Made Simple [EPUB]
Garage Glamour: Digital Nude and Beauty Photography Made Simple by Rolando Gomez
2006 | EPUB | 18.49MB

Nude and beauty photographers can find the invaluable high-impact techniques in this exhaustively illustrated manual that covers everything from compositional tips for clothing, accessories, and poses to more technical challenges such as lighting, lens selection, and exposure, demonstrating how to produce stunning, world-class images using minimal equipment without accruing a burdening investment. Beginning with the Four S's of glamour photography (sexiness, sultriness, sensuality, and seductiveness), amateurs and professionals alike are shown new ways to achieve beautiful shots, with additional tips on working with models that include methods for accentuating assets while minimizing flaws and initiating comfortable working relationships.

Photographers are also shown how to turn their hobby into a successful career, or enhance the productivity and income of an existing business by honing marketing and advertising skills and mastering the art of generating business by referral. Based on the author's popular website, this guide offers helpful instruction to creating glamorous, sexy images like those seen in Playboy, Maxim, and other men's magazines.

Improve Your Wildlife Photography [EPUB]

Improve Your Wildlife Photography [EPUB]
Improve Your Wildlife Photography by Jim Harmer
2010 | EPUB | 1.51MB

In the wake of his first two fast-selling photography books, award-winning photographer and author Jim Harmer releases "Improve Your Wildlife Photography." This book is targeted to beginning and intermediate wildlife photographers who are interested in increasing the impact and drama in their wildlife photography. The book is written with a casual style that is easily scannable to find quick tips.

Ernest Gellner: An Intellectual Biography [EPUB]

Ernest Gellner: An Intellectual Biography [EPUB]
Ernest Gellner: An Intellectual Biography by John A Hall
2012 | EPUB | 986.42KB

A remarkable account of the life and thoughts of the philosopher and linguist.

Ernest Gellner was a multilingual polymath who set the agenda in the study of nationalism and the sociology of Islam for an entire generation of academics and students. This definitive biography follows his trajectory from his early years in Prague, Paris and England to international success as a philosopher and public intellectual. Known both for his highly integrated philosophy of modernity and for combining a respect for nationalism with an appreciation for science, Gellner was passionate in his defence of reason against every for of relativism.

Tap Dancing to Work [EPUB]

Tap Dancing to Work [EPUB]
Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything, 1966-2012: A Fortune Magazine Book by Carol J Loomis
2012 | EPUB | 1.29MB

Warren Buffett built Berkshire Hathaway into something remarkable— and Fortune journalist Carol Loomis had a front-row seat for it all.

When Carol Loomis first mentioned a little-known Omaha hedge fund manager in a 1966 Fortune article, she didn’t dream that Warren Buffett would one day be considered the world’s greatest investor—nor that she and Buffett would quickly become close personal friends. As Buf­fett’s fortune and reputation grew over time, Loomis used her unique insight into Buffett’s thinking to chronicle his work for Fortune, writ­ing and proposing scores of stories that tracked his many accomplishments—and also his occa­sional mistakes.

Now Loomis has collected and updated the best Buffett articles Fortune published between 1966 and 2012, including thirteen cover stories and a dozen pieces authored by Buffett himself. Loomis has provided commentary about each major arti­cle that supplies context and her own informed point of view. Readers will gain fresh insights into Buffett’s investment strategies and his thinking on management, philanthropy, public policy, and even parenting. Some of the highlights include:

  • The 1966 A. W. Jones story in which Fortune first mentioned Buffett.
  • The first piece Buffett wrote for the magazine, 1977’s “How Inf lation Swindles the Equity Investor.”
  • Andrew Tobias’s 1983 article “Letters from Chairman Buffett,” the first review of his Berk­shire Hathaway shareholder letters.
  • Buffett’s stunningly prescient 2003 piece about derivatives, “Avoiding a Mega-Catastrophe.”
  • His unconventional thoughts on inheritance and philanthropy, including his intention to leave his kids “enough money so they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they could do nothing.”
  • Bill Gates’s 1996 article describing his early impressions of Buffett as they struck up their close friendship.

Scores of Buffett books have been written, but none can claim this work’s combination of trust between two friends, the writer’s deep under­standing of Buffett’s world, and a very long-term perspective.

Messi by Guillem Balague [EPUB]

Messi by Guillem Balague [EPUB]
Messi by Guillem Balague
2014 | EPUB | 3.36MB

A rare glimpse into the life and career of Lionel Messi, one of the greatest soccer players of all time

On May 1, 2005, 17-year-old Lionel Messi scored his first goal for FC Barcelona, becoming, at the time, the youngest player ever to score in a league match for the Catalan club. Since then, his story has been one of meteoric—and seemingly limitless—success. Now, this compelling and perceptive biography by respected soccer journalist Guillem Balague gets to the heart of the mystery and genius that is Messi. From that first, league-winning season to the present, this chronicle details Messi’s historic feats, analyzing the reasons behind his barely comprehensible success. It examines the integral role he played during the 2008–2009 season, during which Barcelona won the league, the domestic cup, and the Champion’s League, as well as the drive and determination that saw him score an astonishing 91 goals in 2012, becoming—at the age of 25—Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, and win four consecutive FIFA World Player of the Year awards.

This account also examines Messi’s international career, during which, after a slow start, he has become Argentina’s second top scorer of all time. This is the story of one of the finest players to ever grace the sport of soccer, the diminutive Argentine who has been named by Diego Maradona himself as his successor and who always plays with a smile on his face at one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary [PDF]

Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary [PDF]
Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary by Linus Torvalds, David Diamond
2002 | PDF | 12.37MB

Most 31-year olds can't boast of being the instigator of a revolution. But then again, the world's leading promoter of open source software and creator of the operating system Linux does humbly call himself an accidental revolutionary--accidental being the operative word here. Just for Fun is the quirky story of how Linus Torvalds went from being a penniless, introverted code writer in Helsinki in the early 1990s to being the unwitting (and rather less than penniless) leader of a radical shift in computer programming by the end of the decade.

OK, perhaps "story" in the traditional sense of the term is stretching it a bit. This whole book is more like a series of e-mails, an exercise in textual communication for someone more used to code language than conversation: choppy sentences packed into short paragraphs, and sometimes just one-liners. The pace is fast, but the quippy tone can get somewhat tiring, though it definitely suits the portrayal of a computer-dominated life. And like an e-mail conversation, the tense often changes, the topics jump back and forth, and the narrators occasionally change, mostly alternating between the Linux man himself and Red Herring executive editor David Diamond, who convinced the difficult-to-pin-down Torvalds to write his story (or at least allow Diamond to poke, prod, and pull it out of him, all the while giving his own impressions and interpretations). But Torvald's tale contains enough informative and entertaining tidbits--on growing up in dark, strangely silent but communication-gadget-obsessed Finland (which boasts more cell phones per capita than anywhere else), on what makes passionate code writers tick, on making the transition from unknown computer geek to world-famous computer geek, on the convergence of technology and ideology, on his work for Transmeta and involvement (or lack thereof) with all the players worth mentioning in Silicon Valley - to keep more than just computer programmers engrossed in his story. For the latter, of course, Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary will be required reading.

If you pick up this book as a geek's guide to the meaning of life (which, believe it or not, Torvalds does ramble on about at the beginning and the end), then you're in for a bit of a shallow take on the whole thing. But if you're interested in the idea of technological development as a global team sport, and how a nerdy Finnish transplant to California got the whole game going in the first place, check out Linus's story... just for fun, of course.

The Good Son: The Life of Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini [EPUB]

The Good Son: The Life of Ray Boom Boom Mancini [EPUB]
The Good Son: The Life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini by Mark Kriegel
2012 | EPUB | 6.17MB

FRANK SINATRA FAWNED OVER HIM. WARREN ZEVON WROTE A TRIBUTE SONG. Sylvester Stallone produced his life story as a movie of the week. In the 1980s, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini wasn’t merely the lightweight champ. An adoring public considered him a national hero, the real Rocky.

From the mobbed-up steel city of Youngstown, Ohio, Mancini was cast as the savior of a sport: a righteous kid in a corrupt game, symbolically potent and demographically perfect, the last white ethnic. He fought for those left behind in busted-out mill towns across America. But most of all, he fought for his father. Lenny Mancini—the original Boom Boom, as he was called—had been a lightweight contender himself. But the elder Mancini’s dream ended on a battlefield in November 1944, when fragments from a German mortar shell nearly killed him. Almost four decades later, Ray promised to win the title his father could not. What came of that vow was a feel-good fable for network television.

But it all came apart November 13, 1982, in a brutal battle at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Mancini’s obscure Korean challenger, Duk Koo Kim, went down in the 14th round and never regained consciousness. Three months later, Kim’s despondent mother took her own life. The deaths would haunt Ray and ruin his carefully crafted image, suddenly transforming boxing’s All-American Boy into a pariah.

Now, thirty years after that nationally televised bout, Mark Kriegel finally uncovers the story’s full dimensions. In tracking the Mancini and Kim families across generations, Kriegel exacts confessions and excavates mysteries—from the killing of Mancini’s brother to the fate of Kim’s son. In scenes both brutal and tender, the narrative moves from Youngstown to New York, Vegas to Seoul, Reno to Hollywood, where the inevitably romantic idea of a fighter comes up against reality.

With the vivid style and deep reporting that have earned him renown as a biographer, Kriegel has written a fast-paced epic. The Good Son is an intimate history, a saga of fathers and fighters, loss and redemption.

The Dudes Abide: The Coen Brothers and the Making of The Big Lebowski [EPUB]

The Dudes Abide: The Coen Brothers and the Making of The Big Lebowski [EPUB]
The Dudes Abide: The Coen Brothers and the Making of The Big Lebowski by Alex Belth
2014 | EPUB | 232.43KB

In the autumn of 1996, Joel and Ethan Coen were a few months from filming their seventh feature film, The Big Lebowski. Their sixth, Fargo, was released that March to acclaim; awards would follow. Alex Belth, a 25-year-old aspiring filmmaker, landed a job as their personal assistant on Lebowski — and for the next year, was the fly on the wall as the Coens created the movie that would become an enduring movie classic. First as their personal assistant and then as an assistant film editor, Belth observed everything from the pre-production work of location scouting, casting, and rehearsals, all the way through filming and post-production. Belth witnessed when Jeff Bridges and John Goodman met for the first time and rehearsed their iconic roles as The Dude and Walter; when a private screening was held for Alan Klein, the Rolling Stones' notorious former business manager; and long editing sessions with the Coen brothers in the editing room, as they tied their movie together.

The Dudes Abide is the first behind-the-scenes account of the making of a Coen Brothers movie, and offers an intimate, first-hand narrative of the making of The Big Lebowski — including never-before-revealed details about the making of the film, and insight into the inner workings of the Coen Brothers' genius.

Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search for Love and Art [EPUB]

Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search for Love and Art [EPUB]
Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search for Love and Art by Gene Wilder
2006 | EPUB | 769.82KB

Gene Wilder defined film comedy in the 1970s and '80s. But this is no traditional autobiography, rather it's an intelligent, quirky, humorous account of key events that have affected him in search for love and art.

In this very personal, fascinating book, Wilder gives a great insight into the creative process on stage and screen. He discusses his experiences of working with the very best of movie talent, including Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Sidney Poitier and Richard Pryor, and tells how he developed his own unique style from his early days at The Actors' Studio with Lee Strasberg.

Amongst other incidents, he describes his time in the UK, which he has great fondness for, studying at the Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol. During this period he came top of his class at fencing and doorstepped Sir John Geilgud to ask him to explain the use of iambic pentametre.

Wilder also talks amusingly about his failed love life off-screen (including 4 marriages) and is candid about much darker times such as the death of his third wife, comedienne Gilda Radner, from cancer. He also reveals his own recent battle with the disease, which he's now come through, and which changed his perspective on life.

This isn't a traditional celebrity 'tell all' but an insight into the life and mind of a great comic actor who has a rare ability to write as well as he performs.

Lincoln [Audiobook]

Lincoln [Audiobook]
Lincoln [Audiobook] by David Herbert Donald, read by Dick Estell
2012 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 30 hrs 27 mins | 830.18MB

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Herbert Donald offers a new classic in American history and biography - a masterly account of how one man's extraordinary political acumen steered the Union to victory in the Civil War, and of how his soaring rhetoric gave meaning to that agonizing struggle for nationhood and equality.

Donald spent 50 years studying Lincoln, tracing his rise from humble origins to the pinnacle of the presidency. He reveals the development of the future president's character and shows how Lincoln's enormous capacity for growth enabled one of the least experienced men ever elected to high office to become a giant in the annals of American politics. And he depicts a man who was basically passive by nature, yet ambitious enough to take enormous risks and overcome repeated defeats.

Much more than a political biography, Lincoln seats us behind the desk of a president who was both a master of ambiguity and expediency and a great moral leader, as he makes the decisions that preserved the Union and shaped modern America.

Kissinger: A Biography [Audiobook]

Kissinger: A Biography [Audiobook]
Kissinger: A Biography [Audiobook] by Walter Isaacson, read by Malcolm Hillgartner
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 34 hrs 29 mins | 947.87MB

By the time Henry Kissinger was made secretary of state in 1973, he had become, according to the Gallup Poll, the most admired person in America and one of the most unlikely celebrities ever to capture the world's imagination. Yet Kissinger was also reviled by large segments of the American public, ranging from liberal intellectuals to conservative activists.

Kissinger: A Biography explores the relationship between this complex man's personality and the foreign policy he pursued. Drawing on extensive interviews with Kissinger as well as 150 other sources, including U.S. presidents and his business clients, this first full-length biography makes use of many of Kissinger's private papers and classified memos to tell his uniquely American story.

The result is an intimate narrative, filled with surprising revelations, that takes this grandly colorful statesman from his childhood as a persecuted Jew in Nazi Germany, through his tortured relationship with Richard Nixon, to his later years as a globe-trotting business consultant.

The Curse of Canaan: A Demonology of History [PDF]

The Curse of Canaan: A Demonology of History [PDF]
The Curse of Canaan: A Demonology of History by Eustace Mullins
1987 | PDF | 1.8MB

Eustace Mullins was introduced to 'the conspiracy' by his mentor and promoter Ezra Pound who hinted to investigate the Federal Reserve System, which resulted in the book "The Secrets of the Federal Reserve" first published in 1952 by Kasper and Horton, New York. It was the start for Mullins to find out who and what was behind this. In my opinion Mullins got the whole picture right with the publication of "The Curse Canaan" in 1987, starting in Old Babylon and arriving at todays "Menace of Communism" and ending with a Promise of what will happen if America will not stop being deceived by the "Satanic Masonic Order of Canaanites". Since 1987 many bad things have happened and America still is being deceived to this very day. Many know they are being fooled but have no clue by whom. Eustace Mullins hands you the answers in a concise and efficient way. References are mentioned inside the text which are easy to find on Internet and amazon. Fair enough, Mullins should have created space on the bottom of the pages to make footnotes of these.

Curse of Canaan is here tagged as anti-semitic but that is a error as any reader of his book is a human being of Adamite descent. - from Aazon customer