How to Get Things Really Flat [EPUB]

How to Get Things Really Flat [EPUB]
How to Get Things Really Flat: Enlightenment for Every Man on Ironing, Vacuuming and Other Household Arts by Andrew Martin
2009 | EPUB | 222.85KB

Andrew Martin is surprisingly well qualified to write a housework guide for men. Not only is he a man himself, but he does a lot around the house. On purely humanitarian grounds he recently took over some of the ironing from his wife; he then branched out into cleaning the bathroom, fairly regular vacuuming, and doing the dishes after dinner (when he wasn’t going out).

For the purposes of this book, Martin has interviewed many experts, and can thus provide answers to such burning questions as: Do I need to bother about the controls on the iron? Is dust actually dangerous? What’s all this stuff about hard and soft water? The result is a genuinely enlightening read, combining practical housework advice with touching recollections from the author’s Yorkshire childhood and hilarious scenes from the daily sit-com of family life. How to Get Things Really Flat will amuse and instruct any slobbish man forced at gunpoint to read it.

How to Booze: Exquisite Cocktails and Unsound Advice [EPUB]

How to Booze: Exquisite Cocktails and Unsound Advice [EPUB]
How to Booze: Exquisite Cocktails and Unsound Advice by Jordan Kaye, Marshall Altier
2010 | EPUB | 640.65KB

Offering exquisite cocktails and unsound advice, How to Booze by Jordan Kaye and Marshall Altier pairs the perfect cocktail with unfailingly entertaining advice for all of life’s most alcohol-inducing moments. Much more than just a guide to mixology, How to Booze is a hilarious and remarkably prescient, if somewhat degenerate, guide to life—or at least that part of life that would be greatly improved in the company of Johnny Walker or Jack Daniels.

Create the Style You Crave on a Budget You Can Afford [EPUB]

Create the Style You Crave on a Budget You Can Afford [EPUB]
Create the Style You Crave on a Budget You Can Afford: The Sweet Spot Guide to Home Decor by Desha Peacock
2014 | EPUB | 45.29MB

In this unique and hip home décor style guide, you will find the inspiration to explore your own sense of style, discover the essence of what makes your home feel good to you, and learn how to mix vintage, modern, and thrift store finds to create the eclectic look you crave on a budget you can afford.

Create the Style You Crave is different from most decorating books. While filled with visual eye candy, it also explores how creatively expressing yourself in your home and gardens helps you create the life you really want to live. No matter your budget or style, you’ll be inspired by stories of everyday women with busy lives and limited budgets who have infused personal values, meaning, and style into making their own “sweet spot” homes. Instead of feeling overwhelmed you will feel inspired as you see how other women like you have done it. You will develop your own sense of style by making a mood board and will have access to loads of resources, both online and off, so that you can create an environment that reflects who you are and what you want, so you can draw more of that into your life.

Backyard Farming: Raising Chickens [EPUB]

Backyard Farming: Raising Chickens [EPUB]
Backyard Farming: Raising Chickens: From Building Coops to Collecting Eggs and More by Kim Pezza
2013 | EPUB | 8.65MB

Your Backyard Farming Experience Begins Here!

Whether for eggs, meat, fun, or profit, chickens are the perfect addition to any new backyard grower's farm.

Backyard Farming: Raising Chickens is your guide to successfully caring for your flock. As a comprehensive primer for first-time chicken farmers, Raising Chickens includes detailed illustrations and informative photographs that help to ease new homesteaders into the world of backyard chicken farming.

Raising Chickens takes you from start to finish: from planning out your chickens' space, to hatching and raising new chicks, to keeping your birds happy, healthy, and well-fed, to enjoying your very own farm-fresh eggs and more.

With Raising Chickens, you will:

  • Find the ideal breed of bird for your needs
  • Construct a coop to minimize your workload and maximize your enjoyment
  • Gather eggs for food, profit, or to hatch your own birds to add to your flock
  • Use the freshest eggs possible in a variety of delicious recipes
  • ...and many more tips and tricks from experienced farmers to help you avoid the most common mistakes.

Raising Chickens 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: Home Harvesting [EPUB]

Backyard Farming: Home Harvesting [EPUB]
Backyard Farming: Home Harvesting: Canning and Curing, Pickling and Preserving Vegetables, Fruits and Meats by Kim Pezza
2013 | EPUB | 7.68MB

Backyard Farming: Home Harvesting is the ideal resource for the new farmer looking to make the most of his produce by preserving it for the future! Providing a comprehensive guide for preparing and preserving your hard-earned harvest, this book ensures that your backyard farm will feed you all year long!

Backyard Farming: Home Harvesting is the perfect guide for beginners looking to extend the benefits of their homestead's produce. Covering every topic from selecting and maintaining the resources needed to properly preserve your food, to the various methods of preserving and how they are done, to recipes and ideas for making the best use of your preserved bounty, Backyard Farming: Home Harvesting includes all that you need to know to get the most out of your home harvest. Including time-tested tips and tricks used by expert farmers, this invaluable resource is a must-have for anyone looking to enjoy the fruits of their labor year round!

My Prairie Cookbook [EPUB]

My Prairie Cookbook [EPUB]
My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours by Melissa Gilbert
2014 | EPUB | 23.14MB

In My Prairie Cookbook, Melissa Gilbert, star of Little House on the Prairie, offers fans comforting family recipes and childhood favorites. From prairie breakfasts and picnic lunches to treats inspired by Nellie’s restaurant, the 80 simple and delicious dishes—crispy fried chicken, pot roasts, corn bread, apple pie, and more—present Bonnet Heads (die-hard Little House fans) with the chance to eat like the Ingalls family.

Gilbert’s personal recollections and memorabilia, including behind-the-scenes stories, anecdotes, and more than 75 treasured scrapbook images, accompany the recipes. With answers to the most-asked questions from fans—on topics including the biggest bloopers, on-set romances, and what Michael Landon was really like—My Prairie Cookbook is a cherished memento for Little House fans and fans of simple prairie cooking alike.

Tea With Bea: Recipes from Bea's of Bloomsbury [EPUB]

Tea With Bea: Recipes from Bea's of Bloomsbury [EPUB]
Tea With Bea: Recipes from Bea's of Bloomsbury by Bea Vo
2014 | EPUB | 37.3MB

Bea's of Bloomsbury has been offering mouth-watering teatime treats in the heart of London since 2008. Every day the layer cakes, meringues and tiers of cupcakes in the shop window entice passers-by. Now you can enjoy Tea with Bea in your own home with these easy-to-follow recipes. Cookies & bars are made to enjoy with a cup of tea. Be it lavender shortbread or double chocolate chip cookies, there's something here to fill the tins. Imagine afternoon tea and what spring to mind are Scones & Small Cakes.

Bea provides the ultimate scone recipe and other sweet fingerfood, such as French macarons. When teatime calls for something special, turn to the Tarts chapter. With recipes for two types of dough, and golden whisky pecan custard pie and key lime pie, you won't be stuck for ideas. Bea's key to cake success is a handful of failsafe recipes that she can always rely on. The Cake chapter is devoted to staple recipes which can be embellished or layered to create the dazzling ideas in the Special Cakes chapter. And when only a Cheesecake will do, you'll find plenty of choice here - from the simple to the sublime.

Easy Learning Grammar and Punctuation [EPUB]

Easy Learning Grammar and Punctuation [EPUB]
Easy Learning Grammar and Punctuation by Collins
2011 | EPUB | 2.04MB

Easy Learning Grammar and Punctuation is an accessible guide to English grammar and punctuation.

With clear, concise explanations on everything from adverbs to word order, and from apostrophes to semicolons, this book is indispensable for understanding correct usage.

Easy Learning Grammar and Punctuation is a uniquely helpful guide to all areas of English grammar and punctuation, providing clear guidance through the intricacies of the English language.

Each grammatical and punctuation point is clearly described in a user-friendly format that combines explanations with examples from modern English.

Chaos Ethics [EPUB]

Chaos Ethics [EPUB]
Chaos Ethics by Chris Bateman
2014 | EPUB | 2.04MB

Balance has no meaning for a politics that is merely the continuation of war by other means. Both religious zealots and defenders of scientific fact declare a monopoly on truth and the moral law, while radicals are powerless to resist since they have lost faith that ethics can be anything but arbitrary. Meanwhile, insane bureaucracy devastates life while nations fall into dishonor as they abandon their promises of justice. If the moral law cannot save us, perhaps it is time to try moral chaos.

Chaos Ethics collides philosophers such as Kant, Nietzsche, Levinas, Mary Midgley, Alasdair MacInytre, Alain Badiou, Isabelle Stengers, and Bruno Latour with everything from cyberpunk science fiction and the fantasy novels of Michael Moorcock to Google, gay marriage, drone assassinations, and the ethics of cats and dogs. A strange and wondrous journey through morality viewed as a facet of imagination that offers a new perspective in which the diversity of ethics is a strength not a weakness, hesitation is more noble than certainty, and virtue can be expressed in both law and chaos.

The Complete Works of Aristotle [EPUB]

The Complete Works of Aristotle [EPUB]
The Complete Works of Aristotle: The Revised Oxford Translation, One-Volume Digital Edition by Aristotle, edited by Jonathan Barnes
2014 | EPUB | 3.43MB

This digital edition combines, for the first time, both volumes of The Complete Works of Aristotle: The Revised Oxford Translation, which is universally recognized as the standard English version.

The Oxford Translation of Aristotle was originally published in twelve volumes between 1912 and 1954. The revised edition contains the substance of the original translation, slightly emended in light of recent scholarship; three of the original versions have been replaced by new translations; and a new and enlarged selection of fragments has been added. The aim of the translation remains the same: to make the surviving works of Aristotle readily accessible to English-speaking readers.

The Works of Alexander Pushkin (Delphi Classics) [EPUB]

The Works of Alexander Pushkin (Delphi Classics) [EPUB]
The Works of Alexander Pushkin (Delphi Classics) by Alexander Pushkin
2012 | EPUB | 5.49MB

Russia’s Father of Literature deserves a place in all digital libraries. This comprehensive eBook presents the major works of Alexander Pushkin, with beautiful illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material.

  • Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Pushkin's life and works
  • Concise introductions to the poetry and other works
  • Images of how the books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
  • A rich selection of Pushkin’s greatest poems, many appearing for the first time in digital print
  • Excellent formatting of the texts
  • Almost the complete short fiction, including the famous 'Queen of Spades', as well as rare short stories appearing for the first time in digital print
  • Rare plays, with contents tables
  • Special criticism section, with three essays evaluating Pushkin’s contribution to literature
  • Features a bonus biography - discover Pushkin's literary life
  • Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

CONTENTS:

The Poetry

  • SHORT POEMS
  • THE FOUNTAIN OF BAKHCHISARAY
  • THE GIPSIES
  • POLTAVA
  • THE BRONZE HORSEMAN
  • RUSLAN AND LYUDMILA
  • LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Verse Novel

  • EUGENE ONEGIN

The Short Stories and Unfinished Novels

  • PETER THE GREAT’S NEGRO
  • MARIE
  • THE SHOT
  • THE SNOWSTORM
  • THE UNDERTAKER
  • THE POSTMASTER
  • MISTRESS INTO MAID
  • THE QUEEN OF SPADES
  • KIRDJALI
  • THE CAPTAIN’S DAUGHTER
  • EGYPTIAN NIGHTS
  • DUBROVSKY

The Plays

  • BORIS GODUNOV
  • THE STONE GUEST
  • MOZART AND SALIERI

The Criticism

  • THE ROMANTIC POETS: POUSHKIN by Rosa Newmarch
  • POUSHKIN: HIS WORKS by Rosa Newmarch
  • LECTURES ON RUSSIAN LITERATURE: PUSHKIN by Ivan Panin

The Biography

  • A SHORT BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICE OF ALEXANDER PUSHKIN by Henry Spalding

The Complete Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley (Delphi Poets) [EPUB]

The Complete Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley (Delphi Poets) [EPUB]
The Complete Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley [Delphi Poets] by Percy Bysshe Shelley
2012 | EPUB | 5.85MB

The Delphi Poets Series offers readers the works of literature's finest poets, with superior formatting. This volume presents the complete works of Percy Bysshe Shelley, with beautiful illustrations and the usual Delphi bonus material.

  • Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Shelley's life and works
  • Concise introductions to the poetry and other works
  • Images of how the poetry books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
  • Excellent formatting of the poems
  • Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry
  • Easily locate the poems you want to read
  • Includes Shelley's novels and essays - spend hours exploring the author’s prose works
  • Also includes Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN, which some critics believe was a collaboration between husband and wife
  • Features a bonus biography - discover Shelley's literary life
  • Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

CONTENTS:

The Poetry Collections

  • ORIGINAL POETRY BY VICTOR AND CAZIRE
  • POSTHUMOUS FRAGMENTS OF MARGARET NICHOLSON
  • POEMS FROM ST. IRVYNE; OR, THE ROSICRUCIAN.
  • THE DEVIL’S WALK: A BALLAD
  • QUEEN MAB
  • INDIVIDUAL POEMS
  • ALASTOR
  • THE REVOLT OF ISLAM
  • ROSALIND AND HELEN
  • JULIAN AND MADDALO: A CONVERSATION
  • PETER BELL THE THIRD
  • THE MASK OF ANARCHY
  • THE WITCH OF ATLAS
  • EPIPSYCHIDION
  • ADONAIS
  • THE DAEMON OF THE WORLD
  • PRINCE ATHANASE
  • LETTER TO MARIA GISBORNE
  • THE TRIUMPH OF LIFE
  • TRANSLATIONS

The Poems

  • LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
  • LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Poetic Dramas

  • THE CENCI
  • PROMETHEUS UNBOUND
  • OEDIPUS TYRANNUS
  • HELLAS
  • FRAGMENTS OF AN UNFINISHED DRAMA
  • CHARLES THE FIRST

The Novels

  • ZASTROZZI
  • ST IRVYNE; OR, THE ROSICRUCIAN
  • FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley

The Non-Fiction

  • LIST OF ESSAYS

The Biography

  • PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY by John Addington Symonds

The Complete Works of Robert Browning (Delphi Poets) [EPUB]

The Complete Works of Robert Browning (Delphi Poets) [EPUB]
The Complete Works of Robert Browning [Delphi Poets] by Robert Browning
2012 | EPUB | 5.49MB

Robert Browning's mastery of dramatic verse, as demonstrated in his famous dramatic monologues, has established his name as one of the most revered poets of the Victorian era. The Delphi Poets Series offers readers the works of literature's finest poets, with superior formatting. This volume presents the complete works of Robert Browning, with beautiful illustrations and the usual Delphi bonus material.

  • Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Browning's life and works
  • Concise introductions to the poetry and other works
  • Images of how the poetry books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
  • Excellent formatting of the poems
  • Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry
  • Easily locate the poems you want to read
  • The complete poetic plays, with rare works often missed out of collections
  • Includes Browning's letters - spend hours exploring the poet's personal correspondence with his beloved wife Elizabeth Barrett
  • Features three biographies - discover Browning's literary life
  • Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

CONTENTS:

The Poetry Collections

  • PAULINE: A FRAGMENT OF A CONFESSION
  • SORDELLO
  • BELLS AND POMEGRANATES NO. III: DRAMATIC LYRICS
  • BELLS AND POMEGRANATES NO. VII: DRAMATIC ROMANCES AND LYRICS
  • CHRISTMAS-EVE AND EASTER-DAY
  • MEN AND WOMEN
  • DRAMATIS PERSONAE
  • THE RING AND THE BOOK
  • BALAUSTION’S ADVENTURE
  • PRINCE HOHENSTIEL-SCHWANGAU, SAVIOUR OF SOCIETY
  • FIFINE AT THE FAIR
  • RED COTTON NIGHT-CAP COUNTRY
  • ARISTOPHANES’ APOLOGY
  • THE INN ALBUM
  • PACCHIAROTTO, AND HOW HE WORKED IN DISTEMPER
  • LA SAISIAZ AND THE TWO POETS OF CROISIC
  • DRAMATIC IDYLLS
  • DRAMATIC IDYLLS: SECOND SERIES
  • JOCOSERIA
  • FERISHTAH’S FANCIES
  • PARLEYINGS WITH CERTAIN PEOPLE OF IMPORTANCE IN THEIR DAY
  • ASOLANDO

The Poems

  • LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
  • LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Plays

  • PARACELSUS
  • STRAFFORD
  • BELLS AND POMEGRANATES NO. I: PIPPA PASSES
  • BELLS AND POMEGRANATES NO. II: KING VICTOR AND KING CHARLES
  • BELLS AND POMEGRANATES NO. IV: THE RETURN OF THE DRUSES
  • BELLS AND POMEGRANATES NO. V: A BLOT IN THE ‘SCUTCHEON
  • BELLS AND POMEGRANATES NO. VI: COLOMBE’S BIRTHDAY
  • BELLS AND POMEGRANATES NO. VIII: LURIA AND A SOUL’S TRAGEDY
  • HERAKLES
  • THE AGAMEMNON OF AESCHYLUS

The Letters

  • LIST OF LETTERS FROM 1845 TO 1846

The Biographies

  • ROBERT BROWNING by G.K. Chesterton
  • LIFE OF ROBERT BROWNING by William Sharp
  • LIFE AND LETTERS OF ROBERT BROWNING by Mrs. Sutherland Orr

J by Howard Jacobson [EPUB]

J by Howard Jacobson [EPUB]
J by Howard Jacobson
2014 | EPUB | 310.84KB

Finalist for the 2014 Man Booker Prize

“J is a snarling, effervescent, and ambitious philosophical work of fiction that poses unsettling questions about our sense of history, and our self-satisfied orthodoxies. Jacobson’s triumph is to craft a novel that is poignant as well as troubling from the debris.” —Independent (UK)

Man Booker Prize–winner Howard Jacobson’s brilliant and profound new novel, J, “invites comparison with George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World” (Sunday Times, London). Set in a world where collective memory has vanished and the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, J is a boldly inventive love story, both tender and terrifying.

Kevern Cohen doesn’t know why his father always drew two fingers across his lips when he said a word starting with a J. It wasn’t then, and isn’t now, the time or place to be asking questions. When the extravagantly beautiful Ailinn Solomons arrives in his village by a sea that laps no other shore, Kevern is instantly drawn to her. Although mistrustful by nature, the two become linked as if they were meant for each other. Together, they form a refuge from the commonplace brutality that is the legacy of a historic catastrophe shrouded in suspicion, denial, and apology, simply referred to as WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED. To Ailinn’s guardian, Esme Nussbaum, Ailinn and Kevern are fragile shoots of hopefulness. As this unusual pair’s actions draw them into ever-increasing danger, Esme is determined to keep them together—whatever the cost.

In this stunning, evocative, and terribly heartbreaking work, where one couple’s love affair could have shattering consequences for the human race, Howard Jacobson gathers his prodigious gifts for the crowning achievement of a remarkable career.

Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences [EPUB]

Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences [EPUB]
Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences by Cordelia Fine
2005 | EPUB + AZW3 | 0.6/0.7MB

It’s the twenty-first century, and although we tried to rear unisex children—boys who play with dolls and girls who like trucks—we failed. Even though the glass ceiling is cracked, most women stay comfortably beneath it. And everywhere we hear about vitally important “hardwired” differences between male and female brains. The neuroscience that we read about in magazines, newspaper articles, books, and sometimes even scientific journals increasingly tells a tale of two brains, and the result is more often than not a validation of the status quo. Women, it seems, are just too intuitive for math; men too focused for housework.

Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, Cordelia Fine debunks the myth of hardwired differences between men’s and women’s brains, unraveling the evidence behind such claims as men’s brains aren’t wired for empathy and women’s brains aren’t made to fix cars. She then goes one step further, offering a very different explanation of the dissimilarities between men’s and women’s behavior. Instead of a “male brain” and a “female brain,” Fine gives us a glimpse of plastic, mutable minds that are continuously influenced by cultural assumptions about gender.

Passionately argued and unfailingly astute, Delusions of Gender provides us with a much-needed corrective to the belief that men’s and women’s brains are intrinsically different—a belief that, as Fine shows with insight and humor, all too often works to the detriment of ourselves and our society.

The Great Cat Massacre [EPUB]

The Great Cat Massacre [EPUB]
The Great Cat Massacre: A History of Britain in 100 Mistakes by Gareth Rubin
2014 | EPUB | 1.34MB

In 1914 a train pulled into a provincial British railway station. The porter, a curious chap, asked the regiment of soldiers where they were from. Ross-shire, one called down, but the porter heard Russia. And so began a rumour that led to Germany losing the First World War.

Often the history we learn at school is only half the story. We hear of heroic deeds and visionary leaders, but we never hear about the people who turned up late for court and thereby changed the law, or who stood in the wrong queue at university and accidentally won a Nobel Prize. The Great Cat Massacre: A History of Britain in 100 Mistakes demonstrates that the nation is as much a product of error as design. Through chapters on religion, law, culture, war, science and politics, it reveals such things as how an edict from Pope Gregory IX helped spread the Black Death, how the sister of cricketer John Willes invented overarm bowling, and how, had a letter not been lost, Disraeli might never have become prime minister.

This book is history told through human failings, schoolboy errors, bad luck and extraordinary consequences; a history of mishearing, misdiagnosis and misinterpretation a history that you won t find in the textbooks.

F by Daniel Kehlmann [EPUB]

F by Daniel Kehlmann [EPUB]
F by Daniel Kehlmann
2014 | EPUB | 1.85MB

F is for family. F is for fortune. F is for fraud. F is for fate.

From the internationally acclaimed author of Measuring the World, here is a dazzling tragicomedy about three brothers whose father takes on the occult and both wins and loses.

Arthur is a dilettante, a wannabe writer who decides to fill an afternoon by taking his three young sons to a performance by the Great Lindemann, Master of Hypnosis. While allowing one of them to be called onto the stage and made a spectacle of, Arthur declares himself to be immune to hypnosis and a disbeliever in all magic. But the Great Lindemann knows better. He gets Arthur to tell him his deepest secrets and then tells him to make them real. That night, Arthur empties the family bank account, takes his passport, and vanishes. He’s going to become a world-famous author, a master of the mystical. (F is for fake.)

But what of the boys? Martin, painfully shy, grows up to be a Catholic priest without a vocation. (F is for faith, and lack of it.) Eric becomes a financier (F is for fraud), losing touch with reality as he faces ruin, while Ivan, destined for glory as a painter, instead becomes a forger. (F is for forgery, too.) They’ve settled into their life choices, but when the summer of the global financial crisis dawns they’re thrown together again with cataclysmic results.

Wildly funny, heartbreaking, tragic, Daniel Kehlmann’s novel about truth, family, and the terrible power of fortune is a fictional triumph.

Measuring the World [EPUB]

Measuring the World [EPUB]
Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.3/0.3MB

Measuring the World marks the debut of a glorious new talent on the international scene. Young Austrian writer Daniel Kehlmann’s brilliant comic novel revolves around the meeting of two colossal geniuses of the Enlightenment.

Late in the eighteenth century, two young Germans set out to measure the world. One of them, the aristocratic naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, negotiates jungles, voyages down the Orinoco River, tastes poisons, climbs the highest mountain known to man, counts head lice, and explores and measures every cave and hill he comes across. The other, the reclusive and barely socialized mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss, can prove that space is curved without leaving his home. Terrifyingly famous and wildly eccentric, these two polar opposites finally meet in Berlin in 1828, and are immediately embroiled in the turmoil of the post-Napolean world.

Visions of Science [PDF]

Visions of Science [PDF]
Visions of Science: Books and readers at the dawn of the Victorian age by James Secord
2014 | PDF | 8.23MB

The early 1830s witnessed an extraordinary transformation in British political, literary, and intellectual life. New scientific disciplines begin to take shape, while new concepts of the natural world were hotly debated. James Secord, Director of the Darwin Correspondence Project, captures this unique moment of change by exploring key books, including Charles Lyell's Principles of Geology, Mary Somerville's Connexion of the Physical Sciences, and Thomas Carlyle's satirical work, Sartor Resartus.

Set in the context of electoral reform and debates about the extension of education to meet the demands of the coming age of empire and industry, Secord shows how the books were published, disseminated, admired, attacked and satirized.

The Dedalus Book of British Fantasy: 19th Century [EPUB]

The Dedalus Book of British Fantasy: 19th Century [EPUB]
The Dedalus Book of British Fantasy: 19th Century edited by Brian Stableford
1991 | EPUB | 7.84MB

Beginning in 1804 with Nathan Drake's Henry Fitzowen, The Dedalus Book of British Fantasy traces the development of the genre through the stories and poems of Coleridge, Keats, Dickens, Disraeli, William Morris, Christina Rossetti, Tennyson and Vernon Lee, until the end of the century and Richard Garnett's Alexander the Ratcatcher.

The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre [EPUB]

The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre [EPUB]
The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre (Oxford World's Classics) by John Polidori, edited by Robert Morrison, Chris Baldick
2008 | EPUB | 16.38MB

`Upon her neck and breast was blood, and upon her throat were the marks of teeth having opened the vein: - to this the men pointed, crying, simultaneously struck with horror, "a Vampyre, a Vampyre!"'

John Polidori's classic tale of the vampyre was a product of the same ghost-story competition that produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Set in Italy, Greece, and London, Polidori's tales is a reaction to the dominating presence of his employer Lord Byron, and transformed the figure of the vampire from the bestial ghoul of earlier mythologies into the glamorous aristocrat whose violence and sexual allure make him literally a 'lady-killer'. Polidori's tale introduced the vampire into English fiction, and launched a vampire craze that has never subsided.

`The Vampyre' was first published in 1819 in the London New Monthly Magazine. The present volume selects thirteen other tales of the macabre first published in the leading London and Dublin magazines between 1819 and 1838, including Edward Bulwer's chilling account of the doppelganger, Letitia Landon's elegant reworking of the Gothic romance, William Carleton's terrifying description of an actual lynching, and James Hogg's ghoulish exploitation of the cholera epidemic of 1831-2.

The Thief Taker [EPUB]

The Thief Taker [EPUB]
The Thief Taker by C S Quinn
2014 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.5/0.6MB

The year is 1665. Black Death ravages London. A killer stalks the streets in a plague doctor’s hood and mask...

When a girl is gruesomely murdered, thief taker Charlie Tuesday reluctantly agrees to take on the case. But the horrific remains tell him this is no isolated death. The killer’s mad appetites are part of a master plan that could destroy London – and reveal the dark secrets of Charlie’s own past.

Now the thief taker must find this murderous mastermind before the plague obliterates the evidence street by street. This terrifying pursuit will take Charlie deep into the black underbelly of old London, where alchemy, witchcraft and blood-spells collide.

In a city drowned in darkness, death could be the most powerful magic of all.

The Dover Anthology of American Literature, Volume I [EPUB]

The Dover Anthology of American Literature, Volume I [EPUB]
The Dover Anthology of American Literature, Volume I: From the Origins to the Civil War edited by Bob Blaisdell
2014 | EPUB | 1.08MB

Ranging from colonial times to the mid-19th century, this compact and inexpensive anthology offers a fascinating overview of early American literature. The authoritative texts are supplemented with informative introductory notes and suggestions for further reading.

Starting with Cherokee creation myths and Powhatan's moving speech, "Why Should You Destroy Us, Who Have Provided You with Food," the 18th-century selections include the writings of poets Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley; preacher Jonathan Edwards; statesmen Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, and others. From the early and mid-19th century come excerpts from the journals of Lewis and Clark; stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, and Louisa May Alcott; the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Walt Whitman; and essays, speeches, verse, and memoirs by other prominent Americans.

The Dover Anthology of American Literature, Volume II [EPUB]

The Dover Anthology of American Literature, Volume II [EPUB]
The Dover Anthology of American Literature, Volume II: From 1865 to 1922 edited by Bob Blaisdell
2014 | EPUB | 1.01MB

At the end of the Civil War, another long and arduous struggle began as the nation attempted to reunite. Literature offered a path toward solidarity, and this concise anthology surveys the writings of major American authors from the war's end to the dawn of the Jazz Age.

Featured works include those of Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, and other poets. Mark Twain is prominently represented among the storytellers, along with Ambrose Bierce, Stephen Crane, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Three short novels appear in their entirety: Daisy Miller by Henry James, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, and Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. Speeches by Sitting Bull and Theodore Roosevelt, memoirs by Booker T. Washington and Helen Keller, and many other selections recapture a vibrant era in American literature. Informative introductory notes supplement the authoritative texts.

First Papers [EPUB]

First Papers [EPUB]
First Papers by Laura Z Hobson
2011 | EPUB | 1.2MB

For Stefan and Alexandra Ivarin, who moved from Russia to America nearly twenty years ago, becoming “American” is a lifelong project

Stefan and Alexandra Ivarin emigrated to America at the end of the nineteenth century. Russian Jewish socialists, the Ivarins are now established in a Long Island home designed, somewhat haphazardly, by Stefan. Despite their attempts at assimilation, the Ivarins find themselves still struggling to find a balance between their Russian roots and their American lives, between their past and their future—and those of their children.

Based in part upon Hobson’s own childhood, First Papers is a tender portrait of the tension between embracing a foreign culture full of opportunity while longing for a lost homeland.

The Complete Works of Alexander Pope (Delphi Poets) [EPUB]

The Complete Works of Alexander Pope (Delphi Poets) [EPUB]
The Complete Works of Alexander Pope [Delphi Poets] by Alexander Pope
2013 | EPUB | 5.95MB

The greatest poet of the eighteenth century deserves a place in the digital library of all lovers of poetry. Delphi Poets Series offers readers the works of literature's finest poets, with superior formatting. This volume presents the complete poetical works of Alexander Pope, with beautiful illustrations and the usual Delphi bonus material.

  • Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Pope's life and works
  • Concise introductions to the poetry and other works
  • Images of how the poetry books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
  • Excellent formatting of the poems
  • Features all three versions of the major text THE DUNCIAD, appearing for the first time in digital print
  • Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry
  • Easily locate the poems you want to read
  • Includes Pope's rare play
  • Features three biographies - discover Pope's literary life
  • Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
  • Updated with full version of The Odyssey

CONTENTS:

The Poetry Collections

  • EARLY POEMS
  • PASTORALS
  • WINDSOR FOREST
  • AN ESSAY ON CRITICISM
  • POEMS, 1708–17
  • THE RAPE OF THE LOCK
  • ELOISA TO ABELARD
  • POEMS: 1718–27
  • THE CURLL MISCELLANIES
  • POEMS SUGGESTED BY GULLIVER
  • LATER POEMS
  • EPIGRAMS AND EPITAPHS
  • AN ESSAY ON MAN
  • MORAL ESSAYS
  • SATIRES
  • THE DUNCIAD
  • THE ILIAD
  • THE ODYSSEY

The Poems

  • LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
  • LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Play

  • THREE HOURS AFTER MARRIAGE by John Gay, Alexander Pope and John Arbuthnot

The Biographies

  • ALEXANDER POPE by Leslie Stephen
  • THE AGE OF POPE by John Dennis
  • BRIEF LIFE OF POPE by Thomas De Quincey

The Complete Poetical Works of John Donne (Delphi Poets) [EPUB]

The Complete Poetical Works of John Donne (Delphi Poets) [EPUB]
The Complete Poetical Works of John Donne [Delphi Poets] by John Donne
2012 | EPUB | 3.73MB

John Donne is widely regarded as the pre-eminent metaphysical poet, whose works are celebrated for their sensual style, vibrant language and inventive genius. The Delphi Poets Series offers readers the works of literature's finest poets, with superior formatting. This volume presents the Donne's complete poetical works, with rare texts, beautiful illustrations and the usual Delphi bonus material.

  • Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Donne's life and works
  • Concise introductions to the poetry and other works
  • Images of how the poetry books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
  • Excellent formatting of the poems
  • Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry
  • Easily locate the poems you want to read
  • Almost the complete prose, with rare texts like Donne’s study of suicide BIATHANATOS, appearing for the first time in digital print
  • Includes Donne's letters - spend hours exploring the poet's personal correspondence
  • Features three biographies, including Izaak Walton’s famous contemporary memoir - discover Donne's literary life in detail!
  • Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

CONTENTS:

The Poetry Collections

  • SONGS AND SONNETS
  • ELEGIES
  • DIVINE POEMS
  • HOLY SONNETS
  • OTHER DIVINE POEMS
  • SATIRES
  • MARRIAGE SONGS
  • VERSE LETTERS
  • EPICEDES AND OBSEQUIES
  • EPIGRAMS
  • INFINITATI SACRUM
  • THE ANNIVERSARIES
  • LATIN POEMS
  • DOUBTFUL VERSES

The Poems

  • LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
  • LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Prose

  • BIATHANATOS
  • IGNATIUS HIS CONCLAVE
  • DEVOTIONS UPON EMERGENT OCCASIONS
  • PARADOXES
  • PROBLEMS

The Letters

  • LIST OF LETTERS

The Biographies

  • THE LIFE OF DR. JOHN DONNE by Izaak Walton
  • JOHN DONNE by Arthur Symons
  • JOHN DONNE by Robert Lynd

The Complete Works of Lord Byron (Delphi Poets) [EPUB]

The Complete Works of Lord Byron (Delphi Poets) [EPUB]
The Complete Works of Lord Byron [Delphi Poets] by Lord Byron
2014 | EPUB | 7.47MB

"Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know", Lord Byron was a leading figure of the Romantic movement, infamous for his flamboyant lifestyle, yet incredibly influential in the diverse range of his accomplished verse. The Delphi Poets Series offers readers the works of literature's finest poets, with superior formatting. This volume presents the complete works of Lord Byron, with beautiful illustrations and the usual Delphi bonus material.

  • Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Byron's life and works
  • Concise introductions to the poetry and other works
  • Images of how the poetry books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
  • Excellent formatting of the poems
  • Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry
  • Easily locate the poems you want to read
  • Rare minor poems section
  • Byron’s vampire short story, appearing for the first time in digital print
  • Includes Byron's journals and letters - spend hours exploring the poet's personal correspondence
  • Features the first ever biography on Lord Byron by John Galt - discover the poet’s literary life
  • Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

CONTENTS:

The Poetry Collections

  • HOURS OF IDLENESS
  • CHILDE HAROLD’S PILGRIMAGE
  • HEBREW MELODIES
  • STANZAS FOR MUSIC
  • OCCASIONAL PIECES, 1807-1824
  • DOMESTIC PIECES, 1816
  • SATIRES
  • TALES
  • DRAMAS
  • BEPPO
  • DON JUAN
  • MINOR POEMS

The Poems

  • LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
  • LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Short Story

  • FRAGMENT OF A NOVEL

The Letters

  • THE LETTERS AND JOURNALS OF LORD BYRON

The Biography

  • THE LIFE OF LORD BYRON by John Galt

The Rise & Fall of Great Powers [Audiobook]

The Rise & Fall of Great Powers [Audiobook]
The Rise & Fall of Great Powers [Audiobook] by Tom Rachman, read by Penelope Rawlins
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 50 mins | 407.84MB

For fans of Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, and Donna Tartt—the brilliant, intricately woven new novel by Tom Rachman, author of The Imperfectionists

NAMED ONE OF KIRKUS REVIEWS’ “NEW BOOKS DESTINED TO BECOME CLASSICS”

Following one of the most critically acclaimed fiction debuts in years, New York Times bestselling author Tom Rachman returns with a brilliant, intricately woven novel about a young woman who travels the world to make sense of her puzzling past.

Tooly Zylberberg, the American owner of an isolated bookshop in the Welsh countryside, conducts a life full of reading, but with few human beings. Books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about her life. She prefers never to mention the strange events of her youth, which mystify and worry her still.

Taken from home as a girl, Tooly found herself spirited away by a group of seductive outsiders, implicated in capers from Asia to Europe to the United States. But who were her abductors? Why did they take her? What did they really want? There was Humphrey, the curmudgeonly Russian with a passion for reading; there was the charming but tempestuous Sarah, who sowed chaos in her wake; and there was Venn, the charismatic leader whose worldview transformed Tooly forever. Until, quite suddenly, he disappeared.

Years later, Tooly believes she will never understand the true story of her own life. Then startling news arrives from a long-lost boyfriend in New York, raising old mysteries and propelling her on a quest around the world in search of answers.

Tom Rachman—an author celebrated for humanity, humor, and wonderful characters—has produced a stunning novel that reveals the tale not just of one woman but of the past quarter-century as well, from the end of the Cold War to the dominance of American empire to the digital revolution of today. Leaping between decades, and from Bangkok to Brooklyn, this is a breathtaking novel about long-buried secrets and how we must choose to make our own place in the world. It will confirm Rachman’s reputation as one of the most exciting young writers we have.

Abnormal: Lectures at the Collége de France, 1974–1975 [PDF]

Abnormal: Lectures at the Collége de France, 1974–1975 [PDF]
Abnormal: Lectures at the Collége de France, 1974–1975 by Michel Foucault
2003 | PDF | 22.29MB

Challenging all thought that came before him, Michel Foucault remains the essential philosopher of the modern world.

Michel Foucault remains one of the towering intellectual figures of the last half-century. His works on sexuality, madness, the prison, and medicine are classics; his example continues to challenge and inspire. From 1971 until his death in 1984, Foucault gave public lectures at the world-famous Collège de France. These lectures were seminal events. Attended by thousands, they created benchmarks for contemporary social enquiry. The lectures comprising Abnormal begin by examining the role of psychiatry in modern criminal justice, and its method of categorizing individuals who “resemble their crime before they commit it.”

Building on the themes of societal self-defense developed in earlier works, Foucault shows how and why defining “abnormality” and “normality” were prerogatives of power in the nineteenth century, shaping the institutions—from the prison system to the family—meant to deal in particular with “monstrosity”, whether sexual, physical, or spiritual. The Collège de France lectures add immeasurably to our appreciation of Foucault’s thought and offer a unique window into his thinking.

Ignorance by Michèle Roberts [EPUB]

Ignorance by Michèle Roberts [EPUB]
Ignorance by Michèle Roberts
2013 | EPUB | 566.81KB

In every war there are stories that do not surface. You can try to forget, but sometimes the past can return: in the scent of a bar of soap, in whispers darting through a village after mass, in the color of an undelivered letter.

Jeanne Nerin and Marie-Angèle Baudry grow up side by side in the Catholic village of Ste. Madeleine, but their worlds could not be more different. Marie-Angèle is the grocer's daughter, inflated with ideas of her own piety and rightful place in society. Jeanne's mother washes clothes for a living. She used to be a Jew until this became too dangerous. Jeanne does not think twice about stealing food when she is hungry, nor about grasping the slender chances life throws at her. Marie-Angèle does not grasp; she aspires to a life of comfort and influence. When war falls out of the sky, the forces that divide the two girls threaten to overwhelm those that bind them together. In this dizzying new order, the truth can be buried under a pyramid of recriminations.

Michèle Roberts's new novel is a mesmerizing exploration of guilt, faith, desire, and judgment, bringing to life a people at war in a way that is at once lyrical and shocking.

The Complete Works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (Delphi Poets) [EPUB]

The Complete Works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (Delphi Poets) [EPUB]
The Complete Works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson [Delphi Poets] by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
2013 | EPUB | 4.05MB

The greatest poet of the Victorian era deserves a place in the digital library of all lovers of poetry. The Delphi Poets Series offers the works of literature's finest poets, with superior formatting. This volume presents the complete works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, with beautiful illustrations and the usual Delphi bonus material.

  • Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Tennyson's life and works
  • Concise introductions to the poetry and other works
  • Images of how the poetry books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
  • Features Tennyson’s first poetry collection, which he wrote with his brother, appearing here for the first time in digital print
  • Includes other rare collections often missed out of editions
  • Illustrated with Waterhouse's famous 'Lady of Shallott' paintings
  • Excellent formatting of the poems
  • Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry
  • Also includes the complete poetic dramas
  • Easily locate the poems you want to read
  • Includes the collection of memoirs edited by Tennyson's son - spend hours exploring the poet's letters and anecdotes written by close friends and literary figures
  • Features two bonus biographies - discover Tennyson's literary life
  • Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
  • UPDATED with corrected formatting of lines in 'In Memoriam'

CONTENTS:

The Poetry Collections

  • POEMS, BY TWO BROTHERS
  • TIMBUCTOO : A POEM
  • POEMS, CHIEFLY LYRICAL
  • POEMS, 1832
  • THE LOVER’S TALE. A FRAGMENT.
  • POEMS, 1842
  • MISCELLANEOUS CONTRIBUTIONS TO PERIODICALS, 1831-1868
  • THE PRINCESS: A MEDLEY
  • IN MEMORIAM A. H. H.
  • MAUD, AND OTHER POEMS
  • IDYLLS OF THE KING
  • ENOCH ARDEN AND OTHER POEMS
  • BALLADS AND OTHER POEMS
  • TIRESIAS AND OTHER POEMS
  • LOCKSLEY HALL SIXTY YEARS AFTER, ETC.
  • DEMETER AND OTHER POEMS
  • THE DEATH OF ONONE, AND OTHER POEMS

The Poems

  • LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
  • LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Plays

  • QUEEN MARY: A DRAMA
  • HAROLD: A DRAMA
  • BECKET
  • THE CUP: A TRAGEDY
  • THE FALCON
  • THE PROMISE OF MAY
  • THE FORESTERS: ROBIN HOOD AND MAID MARIAN

The Biographies

  • TENNYSON AND HIS FRIENDS by Hallam, Lord Tennyson
  • ALFRED TENNYSON by Andrew Lang
  • TENNYSON’S LIFE AND POETRY by Eugene Parsons

Discrete Algorithmic Mathematics, Third Edition [EPUB]

Discrete Algorithmic Mathematics, Third Edition [EPUB]
Discrete Algorithmic Mathematics, Third Edition by Stephen B Maurer, Anthony Ralston
2005 | EPUB | 3.94MB

Thoroughly revised for a one-semester course, this well-known and highly regarded book is an outstanding text for undergraduate discrete mathematics. It has been updated with new or extended discussions of order notation, generating functions, chaos, aspects of statistics, and computational biology. Written in a lively, clear style that talks to the reader, the book is unique for its emphasis on algorithmics and the inductive and recursive paradigms as central mathematical themes. It includes a broad variety of applications, not just to mathematics and computer science, but to natural and social science as well.

A manual of selected solutions is available for sale to students; see sidebar. A complete solution manual is available free to instructors who have adopted the book as a required text.

I Am Gifted, So Are You [EPUB]

I Am Gifted, So Are You [EPUB]
I Am Gifted, So Are You by Adam Khoo
2014 | EPUB + PDF | 33.19/5.14MB

Every student can achieve and excel if given the opportunity! This book will inspire legions of students to stretch and realize their potential. It tells the inspiring story of an underachieving 13-year-old’s rise to become among the top 1% of students in the National University of Singapore, and earn a place on the Dean’s List every consecutive year for outstanding academic achievements.

The author shares the "secrets" of his success with readers in simple and clear terms, with exercises to help train others in his techniques. It takes the reader on an exhilarating journey of self-discover and it is not just about learning, but stretching and realising one's potential.

It is the perfect book for students, parents, educators and anyone who wants to enhance his or her brainpower.

If you want to be "gifted" in superior learning and thinking strategies, this is the book for you!

Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind [Audiobook]

Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind [Audiobook]
Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind [Audiobook] by Gary Marcus, read by Stephen Hoye
2008 | MP3 VBR ~ 80 kbps | 6 hrs 37 mins | 236.99MB

Are we "noble in reason"? Perfect, in God's image? Far from it, says New York University psychologist Gary Marcus. In this lucid and revealing book, Marcus argues that the mind is not an elegantly designed organ but a "kluge," a clumsy, cobbled-together contraption. He unveils a fundamentally new way of looking at the human mind—think duct tape, not supercomputer—that sheds light on some of the most mysterious aspects of human nature.

Taking us on a tour of the fundamental areas of human experience—memory, belief, decision making, language, and happiness—Marcus reveals the myriad ways our minds fall short. He examines why people often vote against their own interests, why money can't buy happiness, why leaders often stick to bad decisions, and why a sentence like "people people left left" ties us into knots even though it's only four words long.

He also offers surprisingly effective ways to outwit our inner kluge—for example, always consider alternative explanations, make contingency plans, and beware the vivid, personal anecdote. Throughout, he shows how only evolution—haphazard and undirected—could have produced the minds we humans have, while making a brilliant case for the power and usefulness of imperfection.

What Stays in Vegas [EPUB]

What Stays in Vegas [EPUB]
What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data—Lifeblood of Big Business—and the End of Privacy as We Know It by Adam Tanner
2014 | EPUB | 3.52MB

In What Stays in Vegas, journalist Adam Tanner exposes the greatest threat to privacy today. It’s not the NSA, but good-old American companies. Internet giants, leading retailers and other firms are gathering data behind the scenes with little oversight from anyone. “This is the information age, and information is power!” screamed DocuSearch, “America’s Premier Resource for Private Investigator Searches & Lookups” in 1996—and they were right.

In Las Vegas, no company knows this mantra better than Caesars Entertainment. Despite the fact that its Vegas casinos are decades old and can’t boast their rivals’ singing gondoliers or fountains exploding in a choreographed dance, many thousands of enthusiastic clients continue to pour through the ever-open doors of Caesars hotels. The secret to the company’s success lies in their one unrivaled asset: they are able to track the activities of the overwhelming majority of gamblers who walk in. They know exactly what games we like to play, what foods we enjoy for breakfast, when we prefer to visit, who our favorite hostess might be and exactly how to keep us coming back for more.

Caesars’ dogged data-gathering methods have been so successful that they grew to become the world’s largest casino operator, and they have inspired companies from across industries 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 would make American consumers deeply uncomfortable.

Even if you’ve never set foot in a casino or signed up for an airline’s frequent flier program, companies little-known to the public like Acxiom are still gathering information on you at every turn. And there are those, such as PeopleSmart and Instant Checkmate, that will sell your dossier to anyone for cash.

The reality is that we live in an age where 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 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 side as well. With societal and legal boundaries on the use of personal data still largely undefined, the potential for abuse looms large.

And, as to what stays in Vegas? The answer: almost nothing…

How to Get Any Job: Life Launch and Re-Launch for Everyone Under 30 [EPUB]

How to Get Any Job: Life Launch and Re-Launch for Everyone Under 30 [EPUB]
How to Get Any Job: Life Launch and Re-Launch for Everyone Under 30 (or How to Avoid Living in Your Parents' Basement), 2nd Edition by Donald Asher
2011 | EPUB | 2.08MB

Donald Asher, America's career guru, believes that success comes from an alignment of passion and preparation. First tip: Your college major has very little to do with your job options. In fact, you can get to virtually any life-goal destination from virtually any starting point. Stephen Colbert was a philosophy major. Chad Hurley, billionaire founder of YouTube, was an art major. And while we're at it, Albert Einstein was a high-school drop-out. Still think your college major will determine your life path? Think again.

How to Get Any Job is the first book that definitively answers the following questions, and many more:

  • What is "life launch" and how is it different from getting a job?
  • Why do employers hire people like you?
  • Which skills do employers value most? (They're not what you think!)
  • How do non-tech people get hired and thrive in tech companies?
  • How do you set yourself up to get promoted?
  • How do you prove you have skills that don't show up on your transcripts?
  • How do you get experience if you can't get a job, or have the "wrong" major?
  • How can you get famous and influential people to help you?
  • How do you hit restart if you get stuck in a dead-end job out of college?
  • What should you do if you're a graduate and living in your parents' basement?
  • What should you do if you're a junior to make sure you don't end up in that basement?

Whether you're twenty and still in college or twenty-nine and still wondering how to start your life, How to Get Any Job offers the most creative and innovative thinking on life launch to date. It is used by college career centers nationwide.

Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business [Audiobook]

Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business [Audiobook]
Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business [Audiobook] by Matt Blumberg, read by William Michael Redman
2013 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 48 mins | 706.52MB

Whatever industry you may be involved in—whether it be architecture, medicine, or technology—scaling up your business can be one of the most difficult endeavors you may ever face. And in most cases, as the company grows, so will your role in it. Being a CEO is an incredibly complex job at any size company, but it can be especially challenging if you're part of a startup. In this case, you really don't have the luxury of making costly mistakes while learning on the job.

Back in 1999, author Matt Blumberg, a technology and marketing entrepreneur started a company called Return Path that later became the driving force behind the creation of his blog, OnlyOnce—because "you're only a first-time CEO once." Now, with Startup CEO—the third book in the Startup Revolution series—Blumberg shares his experiences that led up to that point and discusses the details of this extremely difficult and unique job. Whether you're currently the CEO of your own company, an aspiring entrepreneur, or thinking about your own career development, the insights found here will put you in a better position to succeed.

Divided into five comprehensive parts, this reliable resource skillfully puts the essential elements of this endeavor in perspective—from the startup stage, through the revenue stage, and into the growth stage. Along the way, you'll gain valuable knowledge on:

  • Part I: defining your vision of the startup and effectively communicating it to all stakeholders
  • Part II: running the people side of your company, from creating a culture and the full cycle of employment—recruiting, hiring, and retaining or firing—to the growing challenge of managing remote employees
  • Part III: the key elements of execution, including the specifics of financing the company and budgeting, running great meetings, and setting goals
  • Part IV: the main aspects of managing a board, from recruiting members to working with them on potentially thorny topics like their performance or your compensation
  • Part V: managing yourself so you can manage others, including creating your own operating system; working with an executive assistant, executive coach, and a peer group; and balancing family and work life

Startup CEO puts an emphasis on practical application. To that end, this book provides readers with exclusive access to a companion website filled with supplementary materials, allowing you to continue to learn in a hands-on fashion long after closing the book.

Being a startup CEO is one of the hardest jobs you'll ever have. But if you're motivated, creative, and enjoy building things, it's also the best job in the world. Startup CEO will show you what it takes to make it in this position—and while it may not have all the answers, it can help you figure out the questions you should always be asking.

1421: The Year China Discovered America [Audiobook]

1421: The Year China Discovered America [Audiobook]
1421: The Year China Discovered America [Audiobook] by Gavin Menzies, read by Simon Vance
2008 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 59 mins | 714.34MB

The incredible true story of the discovery of America before Columbus was even born. Gavin Menzies's extraordinary findings rewrite history.

On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen sailed from its base in China. The ships, huge junks nearly five hundred feet long and built from the finest teak, were under the command of Emperor Zhu Di's loyal eunuch admirals. Their mission was "to proceed all the way to the end of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas" and unite the whole world in Confucian harmony. Their journey would last more than two years and circle the globe.

When they returned in October 1423, the emperor had fallen, leaving China in political and economic chaos. The great ships, now considered frivolous, were left to rot at their moorings and the records of their journeys were destroyed. Lost in China's long, self-imposed isolation that followed was the knowledge that Chinese ships had reached America seventy years before Columbus and circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan. Also concealed were how the Chinese colonized America before the Europeans and transplanted to America, Australia, New Zealand and South America the principal economic crops that have fed and clothed the world.

Now, in a landmark historical journey, Gavin Menzies, who spent fifteen years tracing the astonishing voyages of the Chinese fleet, shares the remarkable account of his discoveries and the incontrovertible evidence to support them. His compelling narrative pulls together ancient maps, precise navigational knowledge, astronomy and the surviving accounts of Chinese explorers and the later European navigators to prove that the Chinese had also discovered Antarctica, reached Australia three hundred and fifty years before Cook and solved the problem of longitude three hundred years ahead of the Europeans. 1421 describes the artifacts and inscribed stones left behind by the emperor's fleet, the evidence of wrecked junks along its route -- discovered in locations ranging from the middle of the Mississippi River to tributaries of the Amazon -- and the ornate votive offerings left by the Chinese sailors wherever they landed, in honor of Shao Lin, goddess of the sea.

1421: The Year China Discovered America is the story of a remarkable journey of discovery that rewrites our understanding of history. Our knowledge of world exploration as it has been commonly accepted for centuries must now be reconceived due to this classic work of historical detection.