Death Punch'd: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem [EPUB]

Death Punch'd: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem [EPUB]
Death Punch'd: Surviving Five Finger Death Punch's Metal Mayhem by Jeremy Spencer
2014 | EPUB | 5.15MB

A fascinating inside account of one of the most successful heavy metal bands of the past decade and a revealing personal journey through the wild highs and terrifying lows of rock 'n' roll from the cofounder of Five Finger Death Punch, Jeremy Spencer

"Everything, including success, comes with a price."

Hailed by the New York Times as "one of the most unexpectedly consistently popular bands," Five Finger Death Punch has become the heavyweight champ of the metal scene. In this soulful, inspiring, and entertaining memoir, Jeremy Spencer, the band's cofounder and drummer, takes us behind the scenes, on tour, and into the studio to tell the band's raucous story and his own.

Death Punch'd is a detailed in-depth account of the group's origins and influences. With fierce honesty and self-deprecating playfulness, Jeremy details cutting the band's first demo and hitting the road to tour the world, providing snapshots of a life fueled by sex, booze, drugs, and a thrashing metal sound. He also reveals the fighting and tensions among highly opinionated musicians that grew increasingly out of control—battles that created both intense drama and the music fans love.

In addition to pulling back the curtain on the band, Death Punch'd tells Jeremy's personal hard-charging, laugh-out-loud tale of how he left small-town Indiana with $150 in his pocket and rose to rock royalty—and how he nearly destroyed it all for a good time. Jeremy takes us back to his childhood in the eighties, introduces us to his down-to-earth family, and recalls adolescent exploits and a journey to addiction that landed him in rehab at sixteen—dangerous behavior that became bigger, bolder, and badder until Jeremy bottomed out before it was too late.

Told in his unique, darkly humorous voice, filled with Jeremy's twisted take on how his rock 'n' roll dream turned nightmare, and including dozens of photos, Death Punch'd is a lively, no-holds-barred ride as well as a sincere and inspiring cautionary tale to help anyone who is struggling to battle demons and addictions of their own.

The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide [EPUB]

The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide [EPUB]
The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide by Creek Stewart
2013 | EPUB | 25.74MB

Put the Odds in Your Favor!

Train like a Tribute before you enter the Arena using this wilderness survival guide--you don't have to live in Panem to put these survival skills to use. Experience the adventure of life in District 12 by learning and practicing the survival skills used by Katniss, Peeta, Gale and their friends.

Some of the survival skills you'll learn:

  • Building temporary shelters to protect from rain, cold, wind and sun.
  • Finding and purifying water--even when there are no streams or lakes nearby.
  • Building and using fire for cooking, signaling, warmth and making tools.
  • Identifying and cooking wild edible plants.
  • Building Gale's famous twitch-up snares.
  • Peeta's camouflage techniques.
  • Katniss's hunting and stalking skills.
  • Making your own survival bow and arrows and other tools.
  • The materials you need to create a forage bag like Katniss's.
  • Survival first aid.
  • Navigation tips and tricks for travel, rescue and evasion.

Detailed photos and step-by-step instructions will help you master each skill. The real-life skills found in The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide will help you in any wilderness or disaster survival situation. Start your training today.

Keeping Honey Bees [EPUB]

Keeping Honey Bees [EPUB]
Keeping Honey Bees: From Hive Management to Honey Harvesting and More (Backyard Farming) by Kim Pezza
2013 | EPUB | 7.12MB

Your Backyard Farming Experience Begins Here!

Make beekeeping a part of your backyard farming experience: enjoy honey, beeswax and a more fruitful garden, as your bees will work as hard as you do to make your backyard farm a success!

Backyard Farming: Keeping Honey Bees is your guide to successfully caring for your hive. As a comprehensive primer for first-time beekeepers, Keeping Honey Bees includes detailed illustrations and informative photographs that help to ease new homesteaders into the world of backyard beekeeping.

Keeping Honey Bees takes you from start to finish: from planning out your bees’ space in the yard and constructing/installing your hives, to feeding and nurturing your new colony, to enjoying your very own golden honey and more.

With Keeping Honey Bees, you will:

  • Learn the proper use of the equipment necessary to make your beekeeping a success
  • Construct the perfect apiary to minimize your workload and ensure a productive colony
  • Gather honey and beeswax for profit, or to include in your own self-sufficiency plan
  • Use the freshest, fullest honey possible in a variety of delicious recipes
  • …and many more tips and tricks from experienced farmers to help you avoid the most common pitfalls you might encounter.

Keeping Honey Bees is your first big step to joining the growing movement of homemakers and homesteaders looking to make a return to a healthier, happier way of life—and it starts right in your own backyard.

Backyard Farming is a series of easy-to-use guides to help urban, suburban, and rural dwellers turn their homes into homesteads. Whether planning to grow food for the family or for sale at the local farmers market, Backyard Farming provides simple instruction and essential information in a convenient reference.

Raising Cattle for Dairy and Beef [EPUB]

Raising Cattle for Dairy and Beef [EPUB]
Raising Cattle for Dairy and Beef (Backyard Farming) by Kim Pezza
2014 | EPUB | 7.22MB

YOUR BACKYARD FARMING EXPERIENCE BEGINS HERE!

Whether for milk or beef, cattle are among the most versatile livestock for your new homestead.

Backyard Farming: Raising Cattle is your expert guide to successfully keeping and caring for your herd.

A comprehensive primer for first-time beef and dairy cow owners, Raising Cattle includes detailed illustrations and informative photographs that help introduce these animals to your backyard farm, whether you plan to raise a single cow or bull, or an entire herd.

Raising Cattle covers a broad range of ownership and care issues from selecting the right breeds and numbers for your wants and needs, housing and land requirements, breeding and raising new calves, and keeping your animals happy and healthy, to enjoying your very own farm-fresh milk, beef, and more.

With Raising Cattle, you will:

  • Learn to understand and appreciate these essential livestock investments
  • Build efficient housing for your cows to minimize your workload
  • Prepare and care for this unique herd animal, opening up new possibilities for your backyard farm
  • Learn to milk your dairy cows and prepare it for sale or personal use
  • Discover a variety of delicious homestead recipes
  • ...and many more tips and tricks from experienced farmers to help you achieve success with your cattle.

Raising Cattle is your first big step to joining the growing movement of homemakers and homesteaders looking to make a return to a healthier, happier way of life--and it starts right in your own backyard.

Backyard Farming is a series of easy-to-use guides to help urban, suburban, and rural dwellers turn their homes into homesteads. Whether planning to grow food for the family or for sale at the local farmers market, Backyard Farming provides simple instruction and essential information in a convenient reference.

How the Hot Dog Found Its Bun [PDF]

How the Hot Dog Found Its Bun [PDF]
How the Hot Dog Found Its Bun: Accidental Discoveries And Unexpected Inspirations That Shape What We Eat And Drink by Josh Chetwynd
2012 | PDF | 8.78MB

A smorgasbord of vignettes and tidbits about the quirky—and sometimes downright odd—origins of various kitchen inventions, products, and foodstuff, How the Hot Dog Found Its Bun includes seventy-five short essays that will dispel popular myths and draw lines between food facts and food fiction. Charming text combined with simple line illustrations makes this an attractive gift book and go-to source book for all food and trivia buffs.

Chili: Recipes For A Bodacious Bowl Of Red [PDF]

Chili: Recipes For A Bodacious Bowl Of Red [PDF]
Chili: Recipes For A Bodacious Bowl Of Red by A. D. Livingston
2014 | PDF | 11.64MB

Written with A. D. Livingston's signature wit and wisdom, Chili provides a wealth of recipes, expertise, and outspoken opinion on making the best, most bodacious bowl of red. A chili-head's delight, this book wrestles with the chili arguments that rage in cookoffs and home kitchens country-wide--with beans or without, tomatoes yes or no, ground meat or cubed, and more. Recipes include chili made with beef, pork, venison, fowl, elk, bison, and "what-ya-got?"; also jerky chili for camp or trail; chili dogs; regional renditions, and more. Whether you're in the mood for Crock-Pot Chili Con Carne, Easy Deer Camp Chili, Chili Meatloaf, or A.D.'s Jerky Chili, you're in for a treat.

Quick Vegetarian Pleasures [EPUB]

Quick Vegetarian Pleasures [EPUB]
Quick Vegetarian Pleasures: More than 175 Fast, Delicious, and Healthy Meatless Recipes by Jeanne Lemlin
1992 | EPUB | 3.27MB

More than 175 quick, wholesome, nutritious, and delicious recipes to be enjoyed by vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.

The Nutrition Twins' Veggie Cure [PDF]

The Nutrition Twins' Veggie Cure [PDF]
The Nutrition Twins' Veggie Cure: Expert Advice and Tantalizing Recipes for Health, Energy, and Beauty by Tammy Shames, Lyssie Lakatos
2014 | PDF | 57.37MB

Get started on the path to a happier and healthier and more energetic you! In this book the Nutrition Twins, both registered dietitian nutritionists, reveal which vegetables help specific health and beauty problems, and provide more than 100 delicious and nutritious recipes to put this "cure" into action on your plate. Each chapter starts with a goal--more energy, stronger bones, younger-looking skin, improved mood, flatter stomach, etc. In clear, conversational language the authors lay out what veggies will help you to succeed in reaching your goal, why they work, and how to reap their benefits via the delicious recipes available just pages away.

With the advent of the USDA’s new plate graphic (half the plate being fruits and vegetables) supplanting the tired old pyramid, everyone is being urged to eat substantially more vegetables. With this accessible book, readers will be motivated to tailor their menus to their own needs, while at the same time discovering a variety of delicious, easy veggie recipes that their whole family will enjoy--and benefit from. Includes an easy-to-follow menu plan for a 10-day Jumpstart to Health and Weight Loss.

Culinary Birds: The Ultimate Poultry Cookbook [EPUB]

Culinary Birds: The Ultimate Poultry Cookbook [EPUB]
Culinary Birds: The Ultimate Poultry Cookbook by John Ash
2013 | EPUB | 5.85MB

As an affordable, delicious, and nutritious protein, poultry is a staple of a modern global diet that transcends continents and cultures. Chicken Noodle Soup, Buffalo Wings, Duck à l’Orange, and Partridge Escabeche are just the beginning of a long list of exciting possibilities. From the most popular birds—chicken and turkey—to small birds like quail, pheasant, and squab, Culinary Birds offers more than 170 savory ways to enjoy poultry.

With all the options out there, choosing the healthiest, most flavorful birds can be confusing. Because it is important to know where your bird comes from, Culinary Birds provides a brief history of poultry, the rise of factory farms, and the progression of the sustainability movement. From “free range” to “pasture raised,” from “air-chilled” to “water-chilled” award-winning chef John Ash and culinary author James Fraioli determine the “best” birds you can buy for your health and for your palate.

Beautiful full-color photographs accompany many of the recipes. With information on proper handling, storage, and various preparation methods, along with helpful charts, sidebars, and how-to photographs, Culinary Birds truly is the ultimate poultry cookbook.

The Fish in the Forest: Salmon and the Web of Life [EPUB]

The Fish in the Forest: Salmon and the Web of Life [EPUB]
The Fish in the Forest: Salmon and the Web of Life by Dale Stokes
2014 | EPUB | 65.25MB

The Fish in the Forest is an elegantly written, beautifully illustrated exploration of the complex web of relationships between the salmon of the Pacific Northwest and the surrounding ecosystem. Dale Stokes shows how nearly all aspects of this fragile ecosystem—from streambeds to treetops, from sea urchins to orcas to bears, from rain forests to kelp forests—are intimately linked with the biology of the Pacific salmon. Illustrated with 70 stunning color photographs by Doc White, The Fish in the Forest demonstrates how the cycling of nutrients between the ocean and the land, mediated by the life and death of the salmon, is not only key to understanding the landscape of the north Pacific coast, but is also a powerful metaphor for all of life on earth.

Extremes: Life, Death and the Limits of the Human Body [EPUB]

Extremes: Life, Death and the Limits of the Human Body [EPUB]
Extremes: Life, Death and the Limits of the Human Body by Kevin Fong
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 857.36/1016.74KB

In anaesthetist Dr Kevin Fong's television programmes he has often demonstrated the impact of extremes on the human body by using his own body as a 'guinea pig'. So Dr Fong is well placed to share his experience of the sheer audacity of medical practice at extreme physiological limits, where human life is balanced on a knife edge. Through gripping accounts of extraordinary events and pioneering medicine, Dr Fong explores how our body responds when tested by the extremes of heat and cold, vacuum and altitude, age and disease. He shows how science, technology and medicine have taken what was once lethal in the world and made it survivable.

This is not only a book about medicine, but also about exploration in its broadest sense - and about how, by probing the very limits of our biology, we may ultimately return with a better appreciation of how our bodies work, of what life is, and what it means to be human.

Extreme Medicine [Audiobook]

Extreme Medicine [Audiobook]
Extreme Medicine: How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century [Audiobook] by Kevin Fong, read by Jonathan Cowley
2014 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 37 mins | 209.5MB

Anesthesiologist, intensive care expert, and NASA adviser Kevin Fong explores how physical extremes push human limits and spawn incredible medical breakthroughs

Little more than one hundred years ago, maps of the world still boasted white space: places where no human had ever trod. Within a few short decades the most hostile of the world’s environments had all been conquered. Likewise, in the twentieth century, medicine transformed human life. Doctors took what was routinely fatal and made it survivable. As modernity brought us ever more into different kinds of extremis, doctors pushed the bounds of medical advances and human endurance. Extreme exploration challenged the body in ways that only the vanguard of science could answer. Doctors, scientists, and explorers all share a defining trait: they push on in the face of grim odds. Because of their extreme exploration we not only understand our physiology better; we have also made enormous strides in the science of healing.

Drawing on his own experience as an anesthesiologist, intensive care expert, and NASA adviser, Dr. Kevin Fong examines how cuttingedge medicine pushes the envelope of human survival by studying the human body’s response when tested by physical extremes. Extreme Medicine explores different limits of endurance and the lens each offers on one of the systems of the body. The challenges of Arctic exploration created opportunities for breakthroughs in open heart surgery; battlefield doctors pioneered techniques for skin grafts, heart surgery, and trauma care; underwater and outer space exploration have revolutionized our understanding of breathing, gravity, and much more. Avant-garde medicine is fundamentally changing our ideas about the nature of life and death.

Through astonishing accounts of extraordinary events and pioneering medicine, Fong illustrates the sheer audacity of medical practice at extreme limits, where human life is balanced on a knife’s edge. Extreme Medicine is a gripping debut about the science of healing, but also about exploration in its broadest sense—and about how, by probing the very limits of our biology, we may ultimately return with a better appreciation of how our bodies work, of what life is, and what it means to be human.

Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity [Audiobook]

Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity [Audiobook]
Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity [Audiobook] by Edward Slingerland, read by Marc Cashman
2014 | MP3 VBR + EPUB | 8 hrs 52 mins | 312.17MB

Why is it hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting? Or be charming and relaxed on a first date? In all these cases, spontaneity is elusive. What is it about a comedian whose jokes fall flat or an athlete who chokes? In Trying Not to Try, Edward Slingerland shows us how we can harness its power and become more effective.

We've long been told that the way to achieve our goals is through careful reasoning and conscious effort, but recent research suggests that many aspects of a satisfying life are best pursued indirectly. The early Chinese philosophers knew this, and they wrote extensively about how we can achieve wu-wei (ooo-way) - an effortless, spontaneous way of being in the world.

Through stories of mythical creatures and drunken cart riders, jazz musicians and Japanese motorcycle gangs, Slingerland effortlessly blends Eastern thought and cutting-edge science to show us how we can embody a spontaneous way of being and live more fulfilling lives.

Lincoln and Whitman: Parallel Lives in Civil War Washington [EPUB]

Lincoln and Whitman: Parallel Lives in Civil War Washington [EPUB]
Lincoln and Whitman: Parallel Lives in Civil War Washington by Daniel Mark Epstein
2007 | EPUB | 6.6MB

It was more than coincidence—indeed, it was all but fate—that the lives and thoughts of Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman should converge during the terrible years of the Civil War. Kindred spirits despite their profound differences in position and circumstance, Lincoln and Whitman shared a vision of the democratic character that sprang from the deepest part of their being. They had read or listened to each other’s words at crucial turning points in their lives. Both were utterly transformed by the tragedy of the war. In this radiant book, poet and biographer Daniel Mark Epstein tracks the parallel lives of these two titans from the day that Lincoln first read Leaves of Grass to the elegy Whitman composed after Lincoln’s assassination in 1865.

Drawing on the rich trove of personal and newspaper accounts, diary records, and lore that has accumulated around both the president and the poet, Epstein structures his double portrait in a series of dramatic, atmospheric scenes. Whitman, though initially skeptical of the Illinois Republican, became enthralled when Lincoln stopped in New York on the way to his first inauguration. During the war years, after Whitman moved to Washington to minister to wounded soldiers, the poet’s devotion to the president developed into a passion bordering on obsession. “Lincoln is particularly my man, and by the same token, I am Lincoln’s man.”

As Epstein shows, the influence and reverence flowed both ways. Lincoln had been deeply immersed in Whitman’s verse when he wrote his incendiary “House Divided” speech, and Whitman remained an influence during the darkest years of the war. But their mutual impact went beyond the intellectual. Epstein brings to life the many friends and contacts his heroes shared—Lincoln’s debonair private secretary John Hay, the fiery abolitionist senator Charles Sumner, the mysterious and possibly dangerous Polish Count Gurowski—as he unfolds the story of their legendary encounters in New York City and especially Washington during the war years.

Blending history, biography, and a deeply informed appreciation of Whitman’s verse and Lincoln’s rhetoric, Epstein has written a masterful and original portrait of two great men and the era they shaped through the vision they held in common.

The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage [Audiobook]

The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage [Audiobook]
The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage [Audiobook] by Daniel Mark Epstein, read by Adam Grupper
2008 | MP3 VBR ~ 56 kbps | 21 hrs 31 mins | 542.35MB

Although the private lives of political couples have in our era become front-page news, the true story of this extraordinary and tragic first family has never been fully told. The Lincolns eclipses earlier accounts with riveting new information that makes husband and wife, president and first lady, come alive in all their proud accomplishments and earthy humanity. Award-winning biographer and poet Daniel Mark Epstein gives a fresh close-up view of the couple’s life in Springfield, Illinois (of their twenty-two years of marriage, all but six were spent there), and dramatizes with stunning immediacy how the Lincolns’ ascent to the White House brought both dazzling power and the slow, secret unraveling of the couple’s unique bond.

The first full-length portrait of the marriage of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln in more than fifty years, The Lincolns is written with enormous sweep and striking imagery. Daniel Mark Epstein makes two immortal American figures seem as real and human as the rest of us.

Stand Firm Ye Boys from Maine [AZW3]

Stand Firm Ye Boys from Maine [AZW3]
Stand Firm Ye Boys from Maine: The 20th Maine and the Gettysburg Campaign by Thomas A Desjardin
2001 | AZW3 | 4.07MB

Fought amid rocks and trees, in thick blinding smoke, and under exceedingly stressful conditions, the battle for the southern slope of Little Round Top on July 2, 1863 stands among the most famous and crucial military actions in American history, one of the key engagements that led to the North's victory at Gettysburg.

In this powerfully narrated history, Maine historian Tom Desjardin tells the story of the 20th Maine Regiment, the soldiers who fought and won the battle of Little Round Top. This engaging work is the culmination of years of detailed research on the experiences of the soldiers in that regiment, telling the complete story of the unit in the Gettysburg Campaign, from June 21 through July 10, 1863. Desjardin uses more than seventy first-hand accounts to tell the story of this campaign in critical detail. He brings the personal experiences of the soldiers to life, relating the story from both sides and revealing the actions and feelings of the men from Alabama who tried, in vain, to seize Little Round Top. Indeed, ranging from the lowest ranking private to the highest officers, this book explores the terrible experiences of war and their tragic effect. Following the regiment through the campaign enables readers to understand fully the soldiers' feelings towards the enemy, towards citizens of both North and South, and towards the commanders of the two armies. In addition, this book traces the development of the legend of Gettysburg, as veterans of the fight struggle to remember, grasp, and memorialize their part in the largest battle ever fought on the continent.

With a new preface and updated maps and illustrations, Stand Firm Ye Boys of Maine offers a compelling account of one of the most crucial small engagements of the Civil War.

These Honored Dead [Audiobook]

These Honored Dead [Audiobook]
These Honored Dead: How the Story of Gettysburg Shaped American Memory [Audiobook] by Thomas A Desjardin, read by Lewis Grenville
2010 | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 15 mins | 241.64MB

Ever since the guns of Gettysburg fell silent, and Lincoln delivered his famous two-minute speech four months after the battle, the story of this three-day conflict has become an American legend. We remember Gettysburg as, perhaps, the biggest, bloodiest, and most important battle ever fought-the defining conflict in American history. But how much truth is behind the legend?

In These Honored Dead, Thomas A. Desjardin, a prominent Civil War historian and a perceptive cultural observer, demonstrates how flawed our knowledge of this enormous event has become, and why. He examines how Americans, for seven score years, have shaped, used, altered, and sanctified our national memory, fashioning the story of Gettysburg as a reflection of, and testimony to, our culture and our nation.

Dr. Mutter's Marvels [EPUB]

Dr. Mutter's Marvels [EPUB]
Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
2014 | EPUB | 17.5MB

A mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities

Imagine undergoing an operation without anesthesia performed by a surgeon who refuses to sterilize his tools—or even wash his hands. This was the world of medicine when Thomas Dent Mütter began his trailblazing career as a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia during the middle of the nineteenth century.

Although he died at just forty-eight, Mütter was an audacious medical innovator who pioneered the use of ether as anesthesia, the sterilization of surgical tools, and a compassion-based vision for helping the severely deformed, which clashed spectacularly with the sentiments of his time.

Brilliant, outspoken, and brazenly handsome, Mütter was flamboyant in every aspect of his life. He wore pink silk suits to perform surgery, added an umlaut to his last name just because he could, and amassed an immense collection of medical oddities that would later form the basis of Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum.

Award-winning writer Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz vividly chronicles how Mütter’s efforts helped establish Philadelphia as a global mecca for medical innovation—despite intense resistance from his numerous rivals. (Foremost among them: Charles D. Meigs, an influential obstetrician who loathed Mütter’s "overly" modern medical opinions.) In the narrative spirit of The Devil in the White City, Dr. Mütter’s Marvels interweaves an eye-opening portrait of nineteenth-century medicine with the riveting biography of a man once described as the "P. T. Barnum of the surgery room."

Leon Trotsky and the Organizational Principles of the Revolutionary Party [EPUB]

Leon Trotsky and the Organizational Principles of the Revolutionary Party [EPUB]
Leon Trotsky and the Organizational Principles of the Revolutionary Party by Dianne Feeley, Paul Le Blanc, Thomas Twiss
2014 | EPUB | 370.9KB

This is the first comprehensive examination of Leon Trotsky's view on revolutionary organizational principles, and the dynamic interplay of democratic initiative and principled centralism. Mostly in his own words, these writings are grounded in Trotsky's experience in Russia's revolutionary movement, as a leader of the International Left Opposition and Fourth International.

Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom [EPUB]

Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom [EPUB]
Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom (1940-1945) by James MacGregor Burns
2012 | EPUB | 2.33MB

Burns’s Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning history of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s final years

The second entry in James Macgregor Burns’s definitive two-volume biography of Roosevelt begins with the president’s precedent-breaking third term election in 1940, just as Americans were beginning to face the likelihood of war. Here, Burns examines Roosevelt’s skillful wartime leadership as well as his vision for post-war peace. Hailed by William Shirer as “the definitive book on Roosevelt in the war years,” and by bestselling author Barbara Tuchman as “engrossing, informative, endlessly readable,” The Soldier of Freedom is a moving profile of a leader gifted with rare political talent in an era of extraordinary challenges, sacrifices, heroism, and hardship.

The Remarkable Life and Career of Ellen Swallow Richards [EPUB]

The Remarkable Life and Career of Ellen Swallow Richards [EPUB]
The Remarkable Life and Career of Ellen Swallow Richards: Pioneer in Science and Technology by Pamela Curtis Swallow
2014 | EPUB | 7.66MB

This biography highlights the achievements of America's first professional degreed female scientist, Ellen Swallow Richards (1842--1911). The book takes the reader from Richards's childhood on a Massachusetts farm where she was schooled at home, to her internationally renowned successes in multiple branches of science.

  • Schools, colleges, and libraries are searching for more books about remarkable, successful women. Richards paved the way for women to enter numerous fields of science previously believed to be the domain of men.
  • Currently there is much emphasis on nutrition; Richards pioneered in this field, teaching the American public about fats, carbohydrates, proteins and calories at a time when scarcely anyone knew of their importance.
  • Ellen Swallow Richards pioneered multiple fields of science and technology, opening doors for women to become chemists, biologists, geologists, ecologists, nutritionists, dietitians, science teachers, professors, and home economists.
  • Richards began the ecology movement, particularly relevant in today's world as more and more attention is being paid to the health of our planet.

Brown Girl Dreaming [EPUB]

Brown Girl Dreaming [EPUB]
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
2014 | EPUB | 4.03MB

Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

Casino Gamble Talk [EPUB]

Casino Gamble Talk [EPUB]
Casino Gamble Talk: The Language Of Gambling And The New Casino Game by Victor H Royer
2014 | EPUB | 637.2KB

Discover The Gambling Secrets That Every Pro Knows

The 21st-century casino is a high-tech, fast-paced world complete with its own peculiar language and rules. Do you know the difference between a “boxman” and “boxcars”? How about when to “scratch” and when to “stand,” and what a “puck” is? (Hint: it has nothing to do with hockey.)

In this updated, indispensable guide, gambling columnist and consultant Victor H. Royer reveals everything you need to know about modern gambling—from the terminology and slang that’s integral to casino play to profiles of the new table games, slots, progressives, multi-link, multi-game, and video poker machines. Casino Gamble Talk provides all the tools you need to maximize your gaming enjoyment—and increase the odds in your favor. Discover:

  • How to parlay like a pro
  • New games and eTable games
  • Valuable tips on novelty table games such as Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker, and Caribbean Stud
  • How to get “comps” (free rooms, food, and tickets to shows)
  • Which games offer the best odds—and how to play them to your best advantage
  • Insider secrets of classic casino games, such as Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Mini-Baccarat, and Big Board Keno
  • And much, much more

Here is an essential gambling resource that shows you how to have the most fun for the least amount of risk, and walk out a winner every time.

The Great Fragmentation: And Why the Future of All Business is Small [EPUB]

The Great Fragmentation: And Why the Future of All Business is Small [EPUB]
The Great Fragmentation: And Why the Future of All Business is Small by Steve Sammartino
2014 | EPUB | 775.07KB

Doing business in the digital age

The Great Fragmentation: And Why the Future of All Business is Small is a business survival manifesto for the technology revolution. As the world moves from the industrial era to the digital age, power is shifting and fragmenting. Power is no longer about might and ownership; power in a digital world is about access. Existing businesses need to understand this shift and position themselves to survive and thrive in an environment where entrepreneurs and start-ups enabled by access to technology are genuine threats.

Author Steve Sammartino is widely regarded as a thought leader on the subject of technology and business, and helps companies transition from industrial-era thinking to the mindset and processes required to compete in today's digital marketplace. The Great Fragmentation shows how technological changes such as Big Data, gamification, crowdfunding, Bitcoin, 3D printing, social media, mashup culture and artisanal production will forever change business and the way we live our lives.

  • Examine how the digital era has altered where we work, how we work, where we live and what we do
  • Discover how the digital era has impacted social and economic structures, including educational systems, financial systems and government policy
  • Understand that the social media and collecting 'friends' is just the tip of the iceberg in a digital business environment

Weaving together insights from business, technology and anthropology, The Great Fragmentation provides both corporations and entrepreneurs with a playbook for the future of work, life and business in the digital era.

The Responsible Entrepreneur [EPUB]

The Responsible Entrepreneur [EPUB]
The Responsible Entrepreneur: Four Game-Changing Archetypes for Founders, Leaders, and Impact Investors by Carol Sanford
2014 | EPUB | 709.09KB
"Individuals, acting on deeply held beliefs and passion, are boldly imagining and bringing into existence a different world... Whether you're a business entrepreneur, a social entrepreneur, an investment entrepreneur, or an academic, artistic, or civil servant entrepreneur, devour this important and wise book."—From the Foreword by John Fullerton

Responsible entrepreneurs are a special breed, seeking to transform industries and even society itself. They challenge and refine cultural assumptions, laws, regulations, and even the processes of governance. This requires them to do and think far beyond what is usually required of business leaders.

The Responsible Entrepreneur offers a blueprint for this new kind of business leadership, describing the means by which any entrepreneur can pursue a higher order of work. In it, Carol Sanford, one of the most trusted names in responsible business development, brings her vast expertise in helping executives and corporations to the entrepreneur looking to launch and scale a venture. She maps this journey through four archetypes:

  • The Realizing Entrepreneur: Industry Game-Changer
  • The Reconnection Entrepreneur: Society Game-Changer
  • The Reciprocity Entrepreneur: Culture Game-Changer
  • The Regenerative Entrepreneur: Governance Game-Changer
  • By understanding the archetype most aligned with their goals, entrepreneurs will learn how to grow their business into a powerful platform that can leverage change, and even change the foundations that create our most pressing problems and issues. To illustrate these principles in action, The Responsible Entrepreneur features case studies based on long-term work and in-depth interviews with Google Innovation Labs, Indigenous Designs (the primary supplier for Eileen Fisher), FishPeople (who supply Costco and Google with gourmet seafood entrees), and many more.

For entrepreneurs seeking to pursue world-changing results, or impact investors looking to align their capital with their values, The Responsible Entrepreneur provides the frameworks to build a business and to evaluate and direct investments to create the greatest benefit for all stakeholders.

For anyone who wants to make a difference in the way businesses affect the world, The Responsible Entrepreneur lays out ways to make that aspiration focused and doable.

Profit + Purpose: How Social Innovation Is Transforming Business for Good [EPUB]

Profit + Purpose: How Social Innovation Is Transforming Business for Good [EPUB]
Profit + Purpose: How Social Innovation Is Transforming Business for Good by Kyle Westaway
2014 | EPUB | 417.64KB

World-changing ideas become reality with practical, effective planning

Profit + Purpose: How Social Innovation Is Transforming Business for Good is a practical step-by step guide to creating a successful socially-oriented business venture. With practical, actionable guidance for all stages of social entrepreneurship, the book provides a roadmap from concept, through implementation, to measurement. The companion website includes video to complement the text, as well as sample legal forms, documents, and business plans, to provide readers with the essential catalyst that helps transform world-changing dreams into reality.

Some of the hottest, most innovative companies in the modern marketplace are changing the face of business by explicitly operating as much for social and environmental impact as for profit. Profit + Purpose highlights this changing dynamic within the global economy by providing a behind-the-scenes look at the journey from idea to successful business. By following successful social entrepreneurs through their challenges, successes, missed opportunities, hard work, and big breaks, readers gain valuable insight into the real-world process of social enterprise. Topics include:

  • Structure—create synergy by putting the right people in the right places
  • Funding—expand opportunities with smart money moves and financial savvy
  • Running—ensure sustainability with effective operations and accurate measurement
  • Experience—gain the insight of those who have been there and have come out on top

What Stays in Vegas [Audiobook]

What Stays in Vegas [Audiobook]
What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data—Lifeblood of Big Business—and the End of Privacy as We Know It [Audiobook] by Adam Tanner, read by John McLain
2014 | MP3 VBR V9 | 9 hrs 9 mins | 132.16MB

The greatest threat to privacy today is not the NSA, but good-old American companies. Internet giants, leading retailers, and other firms are voraciously gathering data with little oversight from anyone.

In Las Vegas, no company knows the value of data better than Caesars Entertainment. Many thousands of enthusiastic clients pour through the ever-open doors of their casinos. The secret to the company’s success lies in their one unrivaled asset: they know their clients intimately by tracking the activities of the overwhelming majority of gamblers. They know exactly what games they like to play, what foods they enjoy for breakfast, when they prefer to visit, who their favorite hostess might be, and exactly how to keep them coming back for more.

Caesars’ dogged data-gathering methods have been so successful that they have grown to become the world’s largest casino operator, and have inspired companies of all kinds to ramp up their own data mining in the hopes of boosting their targeted marketing efforts. Some do this themselves. Some rely on data brokers. Others clearly enter a moral gray zone that should make American consumers deeply uncomfortable.

We live in an age when our personal information is harvested and aggregated whether we like it or not. And it is growing ever more difficult for those businesses that choose not to engage in more intrusive data gathering to compete with those that do. Tanner’s timely warning resounds: Yes, there are many benefits to the free flow of all this data, but there is a dark, unregulated, and destructive netherworld as well.

A Little History of Philosophy [EPUB]

A Little History of Philosophy [EPUB]
A Little History of Philosophy by Nigel Warburton
2011 | EPUB | 1.33MB

Philosophy begins with questions about the nature of reality and how we should live. These were the concerns of Socrates, who spent his days in the ancient Athenian marketplace asking awkward questions, disconcerting the people he met by showing them how little they genuinely understood. This engaging book introduces the great thinkers in Western philosophy and explores their most compelling ideas about the world and how best to live in it.

In forty brief chapters, Nigel Warburton guides us on a chronological tour of the major ideas in the history of philosophy. He provides interesting and often quirky stories of the lives and deaths of thought-provoking philosophers from Socrates, who chose to die by hemlock poisoning rather than live on without the freedom to think for himself, to Peter Singer, who asks the disquieting philosophical and ethical questions that haunt our own times.

Warburton not only makes philosophy accessible, he offers inspiration to think, argue, reason, and ask in the tradition of Socrates. A Little History of Philosophy presents the grand sweep of humanity's search for philosophical understanding and invites all to join in the discussion.

A Living Spirit of Revolt: The Infrapolitics of Anarchism [AZW3]

A Living Spirit of Revolt: The Infrapolitics of Anarchism [AZW3]
A Living Spirit of Revolt: The Infrapolitics of Anarchism by Ziga Vodovnik
2013 | AZW3 | 1021.42KB

Dissecting anarchist history from classic examples through contemporary occurrences, and even tying it to everyday life, this exploration collects many disparate movements into a cohesive whole to better understand anarchy in theory and praxis.

The book posits modern anarchy as not only the most revolutionary, but as the only antisystem movement left—a seclusion that is occurring for the first time in history. Chronicling anarchy with a discerning eye, this study provides a greater understanding of anarchist thought, including how it applies in current tumultuous times, and reveals how many movements have been forgotten—contributing to a misconception of anarchy’s essence. Further insight into American philosophies, such as New England Transcendentalism, is also included.

The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America [EPUB]

The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America [EPUB]
The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America by Naomi Murakawa
2014 | EPUB | 13.52MB

The explosive rise in the U.S. incarceration rate in the second half of the twentieth century, and the racial transformation of the prison population from mostly white at mid-century to sixty-five percent black and Latino in the present day, is a trend that cannot easily be ignored. Many believe that this shift began with the "tough on crime" policies advocated by Republicans and southern Democrats beginning in the late 1960s, which sought longer prison sentences, more frequent use of the death penalty, and the explicit or implicit targeting of politically marginalized people. In The First Civil Right, Naomi Murakawa inverts the conventional wisdom by arguing that the expansion of the federal carceral state-a system that disproportionately imprisons blacks and Latinos-was, in fact, rooted in the civil-rights liberalism of the 1940s and early 1960s, not in the period after.

Murakawa traces the development of the modern American prison system through several presidencies, both Republican and Democrat. Responding to calls to end the lawlessness and violence against blacks at the state and local levels, the Truman administration expanded the scope of what was previously a weak federal system. Later administrations from Johnson to Clinton expanded the federal presence even more. Ironically, these steps laid the groundwork for the creation of the vast penal archipelago that now exists in the United States. What began as a liberal initiative to curb the mob violence and police brutality that had deprived racial minorities of their 'first civil right-physical safety-eventually evolved into the federal correctional system that now deprives them, in unjustly large numbers, of another important right: freedom. The First Civil Right is a groundbreaking analysis of root of the conflicts that lie at the intersection of race and the legal system in America.

This Book is About Travel: A Modern Manual [EPUB]

This Book is About Travel: A Modern Manual [EPUB]
This Book is About Travel: A Modern Manual - 15 Countries With 15 Things by Andrew Hyde
2012 | EPUB | 1.63MB
"If you have been dreaming about getting out of your routine and into the big world, this book is for you. If you have already been out in the big world and you enjoy the considerate observations that often come from travel, this book is for you. If you just can't get away, but hearing about someone else's adventures can take you there, this book is for you." -Lindsay LaShell

2 years on the road. 1 backpack. 15 countries. Banned from one. Stories about Nepal, Colombia, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, Kenya, Qatar, UAE, Panama and more. This book is about the days, people, stories, ethics and philosophy that bridged the trip. What is modern travel? Why are you not on the road?

Thunder Below [Audiobook]

Thunder Below [Audiobook]
Thunder Below: The USS Barb Revolutionizes Submarine Warfare in World War II [Audiobook] by Eugene B Fluckey, read by Corey Snow
2013 | MP3@64 kbps | 15 hrs 27 mins | 442.9MB

The thunderous roar of exploding depth charges was a familiar and comforting sound to the crew members of the USS Barb, who frequently found themselves somewhere between enemy fire and Davy Jones's locker. Under the leadership of her fearless skipper, Captain Gene Fluckey, the Barb sank the greatest tonnage of any American sub in World War II. At the same time, the Barb did far more than merely sink ships-she changed forever the way submarines stalk and kill their prey.

This is a gripping adventure chock-full of "you-are-there" moments. Fluckey has drawn on logs, reports, letters, interviews, and a recently discovered illegal diary kept by one of his torpedomen. And in a fascinating twist, he uses archival documents from the Japanese Navy to give its version of events. The unique story of the Barb begins with its men, who had the confidence to become unbeatable. Each team helped develop innovative ideas, new tactics, and new strategies. All strove for personal excellence, and success became contagious. Instead of lying in wait under the waves, the USS Barb pursued enemy ships on the surface, attacking in the swift and precise style of torpedo boats. She was the first sub to use rocket missiles and to creep up on enemy convoys at night, joining the flank escort line from astern, darting in and out as she sank ships up the column. Surface-cruising, diving only to escape, "Luckey Fluckey" relentlessly patrolled the Pacific, driving his boat and crew to their limits. There can be no greater contrast to modern warfare's long-distance, video game style of battle than the exploits of the captain and crew of the USS Barb, where the sub, out of ammunition, actually rammed an enemy ship until it sank. Thunder Below! is a first-rate, true-life, inspirational story of the courage and heroism of ordinary men under fire.

A People's History of World War II [EPUB]

A People's History of World War II [EPUB]
A People's History of World War II: The World's Most Destructive Conflict, As Told By the People Who Lived Through It by Marc Favreau
2011 | EPUB | 0.9MB

The most destructive war in human history, World War II continues to generate an astonishingly rich trove of historical material, writings, and first-person recollections, which are essential to any appreciation of this most pivotal of historical events.

A People's History of World War II brings the full range of human experience during World War II to life through some of the most vivid accounts and images available anywhere. This concise and accessible volume includes first-person interviews by Studs Terkel; rare archival photographs from the Office of War Information collection; propaganda comics from Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss); narratives of wartime experiences from writers including historian Howard Zinn, civil rights activist Robert L. Carter, and celebrated French author Marguerite Duras; and selections from the writings of some of the world’s leading historians of the war, including John Dower, Philippe Burrin, David Wyman, and Eric Hobsbawm.

A Comparative History of World Philosophy [EPUB]

A Comparative History of World Philosophy [EPUB]
A Comparative History of World Philosophy: From the Upanishads to Kant by Ben-Ami Scharfstein
1998 | EPUB | 1.42MB

A Comparative History of World Philosophy presents a personal yet balanced guide through what the author argues to be the three great philosophical traditions: Chinese, European, and Indian. The book breaks through the cultural barriers between these traditions, proving that despite their considerable differences, fundamental resemblances exist in their abstract principles.

Ben-Ami Scharfstein argues that Western students of philosophy will profit considerably if they study Indian and Chinese philosophy from the very beginning, along with their own. Written with clarity and infused with an engaging narrative voice, this book is organized thematically, presenting in virtually every chapter characteristic views from each tradition that represent similar positions in the core areas of metaphysics and epistemology.

At the same time, Scharfstein develops each tradition historically as the chapters unfold. He presents a great variety of philosophical positions fairly, avoiding the relativism and ethnocentrism that could easily plague a comparative presentation of Western and non-Western philosophies.

Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three [Audiobook]

Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three [Audiobook]
Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three [Audiobook] by Mara Leveritt, read by Lorna Raver
2011 | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB | 15 hrs 46 mins | 663.09MB

The West Memphis Three. Accused, convicted…and set free. Do you know their story?

In 2011, one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American legal history was set right when Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley were released after eighteen years in prison. Award-winning journalist Mara Leveritt’s The Devil’s Knot remains the most comprehensive, insightful reporting ever done on the investigation, trials, and convictions of three teenage boys who became known as the West Memphis Three.

For weeks in 1993, after the murders of three eight-year-old boys, police in West Memphis, Arkansas seemed stymied. Then suddenly, detectives charged three teenagers—alleged members of a satanic cult—with the killings. Despite the witch-hunt atmosphere of the trials, and a case which included stunning investigative blunders, a confession riddled with errors, and an absence of physical evidence linking any of the accused to the crime, the teenagers were convicted. Jurors sentenced Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley to life in prison and Damien Echols, the accused ringleader, to death. The guilty verdicts were popular in their home state—even upheld on appeal—and all three remained in prison until their unprecedented release in August 2011.

With close-up views of its key participants, this award-winning account unravels the many tangled knots of this endlessly shocking case, one which will shape the American legal landscape for years to come.

Serial Killer Investigations [EPUB]

Serial Killer Investigations [EPUB]
Serial Killer Investigations: The Story of Forensics and Profiling Through the Hunt for the World's Worst Murderers by Colin Wilson
2007 | EPUB | 29.96Mb

In this fascinating, in-depth account of the hunt for serial killers, Colin Wilson, one of the world's leading authorities on the subject, examines the ways they can be tracked down and caught, from the tried-and-true methods of the early 20th century to the high-tech processes in use today.

Wilson examines such areas as psychological profiling, genetic fingerprinting, and the launch of the Behavioural Science Unit. He delves into the importance of fantasy to serial killers, the urge to keep on killing, the desire to become notorious, and murder as an addictive drug. He includes his own correspondence with serial killers and follows the career of FBI Special Agent Robert Ressler, the man who coined the term 'serial killer' in 1977.

Including the worst murderers in Britain and America such as Peter Sutcliffe, Fred and Rosemary West, Jeffrey Dahmer and Paul Bernardo, this book is an essential read for true crime enthusiasts. It is for all of us morbidly fascinated by these gruesome murders but especially by the techniques used to bring those responsible to justice.