Boltzmann's Tomb: Travels in Search of Science [EPUB]

Boltzmann's Tomb: Travels in Search of Science [EPUB]
Boltzmann's Tomb: Travels in Search of Science by Bill Green
2011 | EPUB | 1.41MB

In Boltzmann's Tomb Bill Green has written one of those delightful science history titles that welcome the general reader while offering numerous insights into topics that most of us failed to learn in school. Green, a professor of interdisciplinary studies at Miami University, has areas of interest that range from Antarctica's lakes (he's been there nearly a dozen times on field research) to the philosophies of Camus to (in his youth) the launching of model rockets. He has spent his life asking questions, seeking answers, and finding his way through the discoveries of those who inspire him. In his essays he relates all he has learned along the way and can't hide the joy that learning has brought him.

The tomb of the title refers to Austrian physicist Ludwig Boltzmann, whom Green discovered in a transformative college lecture. With his gravesite in Vienna as a goal, Green reminisces about the places and experiences that brought him there. He writes about a childhood interest in Scott Crossfield and Ray Bradbury and Popular Mechanics, which led to those model rocket experiments (they did not end well), as well as a meandering academic career that saw him venture in and out of colleges and majors until, crazily enough, he ended up doing chemistry research at McMurdo Station. No one, least of all Green, would have seen that coming, but in 1968 he headed south, and in the decades that followed continues to go back, culminating in a trip with his own college-age daughter recounted in the book's opening chapter.

Boltzmann's Tomb includes many Antarctica anecdotes, as well as stories found in cities and towns across the U.S. and Europe. Green namedrops numerous great men as he leads readers through his life, writing about Tycho Brae, Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Galileo, Newton, and Einstein. But surprisingly for a science title there is also Camus and Saul Bellow, Alexander Pope, Italo Calvino, Henry Miller, and many other historians, authors, poets, and philosophers. His enthusiasm for all of them is impossible to resist as he leaps from physics to poetry in an instant and carries the readers along on these connections, making clear that science and literature live side by side. The reader is left dazzled and also wishing that both subjects could be taught this way much more often.

In the midst of all the great ideas and discoveries, it is unexpected to come across the book's most stirring passages, which concern Green's childhood in Pittsburgh. With evocative descriptions he brings the reader to an American city that has radically changed but once was our burning heart. He writes, "In Pittsburgh, fire was all around us. You had to drive only a few miles to the nearest mill, which lay just sought of the city on the river. At night, the mills made their own sky, filled with smoke clouds and redness, and the long slag heaps to the west cast a flickering glow on the horizon. At times, you might have been standing on the plains of Mars."

As the best lecturers do, Green shares stories that weave in and out of a central narrative and manage to impart an enormous amount of wisdom. Boltzmann's Tomb is a title that stirs curiosity, prompts original thinking, and suggests, through the author's own inquisitive nature, that there is so much more to know about the world we live in. Elegant, erudite, and supremely satisfying, it is the sort of book that gets all too easily lost in the shuffle but deserves a lot more readerly attention.

Then They Started Shooting [EPUB]

Then They Started Shooting [EPUB]
Then They Started Shooting: Children of the Bosnian War and the Adults They Become by Lynne Jones
2013 | EPUB | 1.03MB

Imagine you are nine years old. Your best friend’s father is arrested, half your classmates disappear from school, and someone burns down the house across the road. Imagine you are ten years old and have to cross a snow-covered mountain range at night in order to escape the soldiers who are trying to kill you. How would you deal with these memories five, ten, or twenty years later once you are an adult?

Jones, a relief worker and child psychiatrist, interviewed over forty Serb and Muslim children who came of age during the Bosnian War and now returns, twenty years after the war began, to discover the adults they have become. A must-read for anyone interested in human rights, children’s issues, and the psychological fallout from war, this engaging book addresses the continuing debate about PTSD, the roots of ethnic identity and nationalism, the sources of global conflict, the best paths toward peacemaking and reconciliation, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Secret Lives of Great Composers [EPUB]

Secret Lives of Great Composers [EPUB]
Secret Lives of Great Composers: What Your Teachers Never Told You about the World's Musical Masters by Elizabeth Lunday
2014 | EPUB | 71.62MB

True tales of murder, riots, heartbreak, and great music.

With outrageous anecdotes about everyone from Gioachino Rossini (draft-dodging womanizer) to Johann Sebastian Bach (jailbird) to Richard Wagner (alleged cross-dresser), Secret Lives of Great Composers recounts the seamy, steamy, and gritty history behind the great masters of international music. You’ll learn that Edward Elgar dabbled with explosives; that John Cage was obsessed with fungus; that Berlioz plotted murder; and that Giacomo Puccini stole his church’s organ pipes and sold them as scrap metal so he could buy cigarettes. This is one music history lesson you’ll never forget!

See also: Secret Lives of Great Artists

Love and Liberation [EPUB]

Love and Liberation [EPUB]
Love and Liberation: Autobiographical Writings of the Tibetan Buddhist Visionary Sera Khandro by Sarah H Jacoby
2014 | EPUB | 14.66MB

Love and Liberation reads the autobiographical and biographical writings of one of the few Tibetan Buddhist women to record the story of her life. Sera Khandro Künzang Dekyong Chönyi Wangmo (also called Dewé Dorjé, 1892-1940) was extraordinary not only for achieving religious mastery as a Tibetan Buddhist visionary and guru to many lamas, monastics, and laity in the Golok region of eastern Tibet, but also for her candor. This book listens to Sera Khandro's conversations with land deities, dakinis, bodhisattvas, lamas, and fellow religious community members whose voices interweave with her own to narrate what is a story of both love between Sera Khandro and her guru, Drimé Özer, and spiritual liberation.

Sarah H. Jacoby's analysis focuses on the status of the female body in Sera Khandro's texts, the virtue of celibacy versus the expediency of sexuality for religious purposes, and the difference between profane lust and sacred love between male and female tantric partners. Her findings add new dimensions to our understanding of Tibetan Buddhist consort practices, complicating standard scriptural presentations of male subject and female aide. Sera Khandro depicts herself and Drimé Özer as inseparable embodiments of insight and method that together form the Vajrayana Buddhist vision of complete buddhahood. By advancing this complementary sacred partnership, Sera Khandro carved a place for herself as a female virtuoso in the male-dominated sphere of early twentieth-century Tibetan religion.

On Slowness: Toward an Aesthetic of the Contemporary [EPUB]

On Slowness: Toward an Aesthetic of the Contemporary [EPUB]
On Slowness: Toward an Aesthetic of the Contemporary by Lutz Koepnick
2014 | EPUB | 26.48MB

Speed is an obvious facet of contemporary society, whereas slowness has often been dismissed as conservative and antimodern. Challenging a long tradition of thought, Lutz Koepnick instead proposes we understand slowness as a strategy of the contemporary--a decidedly modern practice that gazes firmly at and into the present's velocity.

As he engages with late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century art, photography, video, film, and literature, Koepnick explores slowness as a critical medium to intensify our temporal and spatial experiences. Slowness helps us register the multiple layers of time, history, and motion that constitute our present. It offers a timely (and untimely) mode of aesthetic perception and representation that emphasizes the openness of the future and undermines any conception of the present as a mere replay of the past. Discussing the photography and art of Janet Cardiff, Olafur Eliasson, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Michael Wesely; the films of Peter Weir and Tom Tykwer; the video installations of Douglas Gordon, Willie Doherty, and Bill Viola; and the fiction of Don DeLillo, Koepnick shows how slowness can carve out spaces within processes of acceleration that allow us to reflect on alternate temporalities and durations.

Epigenetics in the Age of Twitter [EPUB]

Epigenetics in the Age of Twitter [EPUB]
Epigenetics in the Age of Twitter: Pop Culture and Modern Science by Gerald Weissmann
2012 | EPUB | 0.7MB

Pop culture meets cutting-edge science in this one-volume introduction to the history of science and modern biology.

Epigenetics, which attempts to explain how our genes respond to our environment, is the latest twist on the historic nature vs. nurture debate. In addressing this and other controversies in contemporary science, Gerald Weissmann taps what he calls “the social network of Western Civilization,” including the many neglected women of science: from the martyred Hypatia of Alexandria, the first woman scientist, to the Nobel laureates Marie Curie, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, and Elizabeth Blackburn, among other luminaries in the field. Always instructive and often hilarious, this is a one-volume introduction to modern biology, viewed through the lens of today’s mass media and the longer historical tradition of the Scientific Revolution. Whether engaging in the healthcare debate or imagining the future prose styling of the scientific research paper in the age of Twitter, Weissmann proves to be one of our most incisive cultural critics and satirists.

Poetic Force: Poetry after Kant [EPUB]

Poetic Force: Poetry after Kant [EPUB]
Poetic Force: Poetry after Kant by Kevin Mclaughlin
2014 | EPUB | 2.14MB

This book argues that the theory of force elaborated in Immanuel Kant's aesthetics (and in particular, his theorization of the dynamic sublime) is of decisive importance to poetry in the nineteenth century and to the connection between poetry and philosophy over the last two centuries. Inspired by his deep engagement with the critical theory of Walter Benjamin, who especially developed this Kantian strain of thinking, Kevin McLaughlin uses this theory of force to illuminate the work of three of the most influential nineteenth-century writers in their respective national traditions: Friedrich Hölderlin, Charles Baudelaire, and Matthew Arnold. The result is a fine elucidation of Kantian theory and a fresh account of poetic language and its aesthetic, ethical, and political possibilities.

The Philosophy of Pornography: Contemporary Perspectives [EPUB]

The Philosophy of Pornography: Contemporary Perspectives [EPUB]
The Philosophy of Pornography: Contemporary Perspectives edited by Lindsay Coleman, Jacob M Held
2014 | EPUB | 1012.23KB

For many individuals, pornography is a troubling and problematic issue. Regardless of how the public views this topic, one thing is clear: Pornography is as prevalent and accessible as smartphones and laptop computers. Indeed, beyond traditional hardcore material, a pornographic sensibility permeates many aspects of culture—from tween and young teen fashions to television and commercially successful films. In fact, pornography is so widespread that more often than not it is taken as a given in our modern social space. However, the thought of engaging in intellectual discussions about the topic strikes many—particularly scholars—as beneath them. And yet something this impactful, this definitive of modern culture, needs to be laid open to scrutiny.

In The Philosophy of Pornography: Contemporary Perspectives, Lindsay Coleman and Jacob M. Held offer a collection of essays covering a wide range of viewpoints—from issues of free speech and porn’s role in discrimination to the impact of porn on sexuality. These essays investigate the philosophical implications of pornography as a part of how we now seek to conceive and express our sexuality in contemporary life. Contributors to this volume discuss:

  • pornography as a component of gender and sexual socialization
  • ecological understandings of sexually explicit media
  • subordination, sexualization, and speech
  • feminism and pornography
  • pornography’s depiction of love and friendship
  • black women and pornography
  • playfulness and creativity in porn

Because its subject matter—sex, gender, interpersonal relationships, and even love—is reflective of who we are and what kind of society we want to create, pornography demands serious treatment. So whether one chooses to accept pornography as a fact of modern culture or not, this collection of timely essays represents a variety of voices in the ongoing debate. As such, The Philosophy of Pornography will be of interest to not only those who are engaged in porn studies but also to an audience educated in and conversant with recent trends in philosophy.

The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film [EPUB]

The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film [EPUB]
The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film edited by Steven Sanders
2007 | EPUB | 0.3MB

The science fiction genre maintains a remarkable hold on the imagination and enthusiasm of the filmgoing public, captivating large audiences worldwide and garnering ever-larger profits. Science fiction films entertain the possibility of time travel and extraterrestrial visitation and imaginatively transport us to worlds transformed by modern science and technology. They also provide a medium through which questions about personal identity, moral agency, artificial consciousness, and other categories of experience can be addressed.

In The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film, distinguished authors explore the storylines, conflicts, and themes of fifteen science fiction film classics, from Metropolis to The Matrix. Editor Steven M. Sanders and a group of outstanding scholars in philosophy, film studies, and other fields raise science fiction film criticism to a new level by penetrating the surface of the films to expose the underlying philosophical arguments, ethical perspectives, and metaphysical views. Sanders's introduction presents an overview and evaluation of each essay and poses questions for readers to consider as they think about the films under discussion.

The first section, "Enigmas of Identity and Agency," deals with the nature of humanity as it is portrayed in Blade Runner, Dark City, Frankenstein, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and Total Recall. In the second section, "Extraterrestrial Visitation, Time Travel, and Artificial Intelligence," contributors discuss 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Terminator, 12 Monkeys, and The Day the Earth Stood Still and analyze the challenges of artificial intelligence, the paradoxes of time travel, and the ethics of war. The final section, "Brave Newer World: Science Fiction Futurism," looks at visions of the future in Metropolis, The Matrix, Alphaville, and screen adaptations of George Orwell's 1984.

The Philosophy of Michael Mann [EPUB]

The Philosophy of Michael Mann [EPUB]
The Philosophy of Michael Mann edited by Aeon J Skoble, Steven Sanders, R Barton Palmer
2014 | EPUB | 1.39MB

Known for restoring vitality and superior craftsmanship to the crime thriller, American filmmaker Michael Mann has long been regarded as a talented triple threat capable of moving effortlessly between television and feature films as a writer, director, and executive producer. His unique visual sense and thematic approach are evident in the Emmy Award-winning The Jericho Mile (1979), the cult favorite The Keep (1983), the American epic The Last of the Mohicans (1992), and the Academy Award-nominated The Insider (1999) as well as his most recent works -- Ali (2001), Miami Vice (2006), and Public Enemies (2009).

The Philosophy of Michael Mann provides an up-to-date and comprehensive account of the work of this highly accomplished filmmaker, exploring the director's recognizable visual style and the various on-screen and philosophical elements he has tested in his thirty-five-year career. The essays in this wide-ranging book will appeal to fans of the revolutionary filmmaker and to philosophical scholars interested in the themes and conflicts that drive his movies.

The Philosophy of Clint Eastwood [EPUB]

The Philosophy of Clint Eastwood [EPUB]
The Philosophy of Clint Eastwood edited by Richard T McClelland, Brian B Clayton
2014 | EPUB | 1.27MB

Famous for his masculine swagger and gritty roles, American cultural icon Clint Eastwood has virtually defined the archetype of the tough lawman. Beginning with his first on-screen appearance in the television series Rawhide (1959--1965) and solidified by his portrayal of the "Man with No Name" in Sergio Leone's "Dollars" trilogy (1964--1966), he rocketed to stardom and soon became one of the most recognizable actors in Hollywood. The Philosophy of Clint Eastwood examines the philosophy and psychology behind this versatile and controversial figure, exploring his roles as actor, musician, and director.

Led by editors Richard T. McClelland and Brian B. Clayton, the contributors to this timely volume discuss a variety of topics. They explore Eastwood's arresting critique and revision of the traditional western in films such as Unforgiven (1992), as well as his attitudes toward violence and the associated concept of masculinity from the Dirty Harry movies (starting in 1971) to Gran Torino (2008). The essays also chart a shift in Eastwood's thinking about the value of so-called rugged individualism, an element of many of his early films, already questioned in Play Misty for Me (1971) and decisively rejected in Million Dollar Baby (2004).

Clint Eastwood has proven to be a dynamic actor, a perceptive and daring director, as well as an intriguing public figure. Examining subjects such as the role of civil morality and community in his work, his use of themes of self-reliance and religious awareness, and his cinematic sensibility, The Philosophy of Clint Eastwood will provide readers with a deeper sense of Eastwood as an artist and illuminate the philosophical conflicts and resolutions that drive his films.

Bluets by Maggie Nelson [EPUB]

Bluets by Maggie Nelson [EPUB]
Bluets by Maggie Nelson
2009 | EPUB | 3.0MB
Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color . . .

A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue. With Bluets, Maggie Nelson has entered the pantheon of brilliant lyric essayists.

Consumed: A Novel by David Cronenberg [EPUB]

Consumed: A Novel by David Cronenberg [EPUB]
Consumed: A Novel by David Cronenberg
2014 | EPUB | 0.8MB

The exhilarating debut novel by iconic filmmaker David Cronenberg: the story of two journalists whose entanglement in a French philosopher's death becomes a surreal journey into global conspiracy.

Stylish and camera-obsessed, Naomi and Nathan thrive on the yellow journalism of the social-media age. They are lovers and competitors - nomadic freelancers in pursuit of sensation and depravity, encountering each other only in airport hotels and browser windows.

Naomi finds herself drawn to the headlines surrounding Célestine and Aristide Arosteguy, Marxist philosophers and sexual libertines. Célestine has been found dead and mutilated in her Paris apartment. Aristide has disappeared. Police suspect him of killing her and consuming parts of her body. With the help of an eccentric graduate student named Hervé Blomqvist, Naomi sets off in pursuit of Aristide. As she delves deeper into Célestine and Aristide's lives, disturbing details emerge about their sex life - which included trysts with Hervé and others. Can Naomi trust Hervé to help her?

Nathan, meanwhile, is in Budapest photographing the controversial work of an unlicensed surgeon named Zoltán Molnár, once sought by Interpol for organ trafficking. After sleeping with one of Molnár's patients, Nathan contracts a rare STD called Roiphe's. Nathan then travels to Toronto, determined to meet the man who discovered the syndrome. Dr. Barry Roiphe, Nathan learns, now studies his own adult daughter, whose bizarre behavior masks a devastating secret. These parallel narratives become entwined in a gripping, dreamlike plot that involves geopolitics, 3-D printing, North Korea, the Cannes Film Festival, cancer, and, in an incredible number of varieties, sex. Consumed is an exuberant, provocative debut novel from one of the world's leading film directors.

The Philosophy of David Cronenberg [EPUB]

The Philosophy of David Cronenberg [EPUB]
The Philosophy of David Cronenberg edited by Simon Riches
2012 | EPUB | 0.5MB

Initially regarded as a cult figure with a strong following amongst sci-fi and horror film fans, Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg emerged as a major and commercially viable film director with mainstream hits such as A History of Violence (2005) and Eastern Promises (2007). With his unique ability to present imagery that is both disturbing and provocative, Cronenberg creates striking films, noteworthy not just for their cinematic beauty but also for the philosophical questions they raise.

The Philosophy of David Cronenberg examines Cronenberg's body of work, from his breakthrough Scanners (1981) through his most recognizable films such as The Fly (1986) and more recent works. Editor Simon Riches and a collaboration of scholars introduce the filmmaker's horrific storylines and psychologically salient themes that reveal his pioneering use of the concept of "body horror," as well as his continued aim to satirize the modern misuse of science and technology. The Philosophy of David Cronenberg also explores the mutation of self, authenticity and the human mind, as well as language and worldviews. While Cronenberg's films have moved from small-market cult classics to mainstream successes, his intriguing visions of humanity and the self endure.

The Philosophy of Spike Lee [EPUB]

The Philosophy of Spike Lee [EPUB]
The Philosophy of Spike Lee edited by Mark T Conard
2011 | EPUB | 1.27MB

Over his twenty-plus year tenure in Hollywood, Spike Lee has produced a number of controversial films that unapologetically confront sensitive social issues, particularly those of race relations and discrimination. Through his honest portrayals of life's social obstacles, he challenges the public to reflect on the world's problems and divisions. The innovative director created a name for himself with feature films such as Do the Right Thing (1989) and Malcolm X (1992), and with documentaries such as 4 Little Girls (1997) and When the Levees Broke (2006), breaking with Hollywood's reliance on cultural stereotypes to portray African Americans in a more realistic light. The director continues to produce poignant films that address some of modern society's most important historical movements and events.

In The Philosophy of Spike Lee, editor Mark T. Conard and an impressive list of contributors delve into the rich philosophy behind this filmmaker's extensive work. Not only do they analyze the major themes of race and discrimination that permeate Lee's productions, but also examine other philosophical ideas that are found in his films, ideas such as the nature of time, transcendence, moral motivation, self-constitution, and justice. The authors specialize in a variety of academic disciplines that range from African American Studies to literary and cultural criticism and Philosophy.

The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese [EPUB]

The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese [EPUB]
The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese edited by Mark T Conard
2007 | EPUB | 1.29MB

Academy Award--winning director Martin Scorsese is one of the most significant American filmmakers in the history of cinema. Although best known for his movies about gangsters and violence, such as Mean Streets, Goodfellas, Casino, and Taxi Driver, Scorsese has addressed a much wider range of themes and topics in the four decades of his career.

In The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese, an impressive cast of contributors explores the complex themes and philosophical underpinnings of Martin Scorsese's films. The essays concerning Scorsese's films about crime and violence investigate the nature of friendship, the ethics of vigilantism, and the nature of unhappiness. The authors delve deeply into the minds of Scorsese's tortured characters and explore how the men and women he depicts grapple with moral codes and their emotions. Several of the essays explore specific themes in individual films. The authors describe how Scorsese addresses the nuances of social mores and values in The Age of Innocence, the nature of temptation and self-sacrifice in The Last Temptation of Christ and Bringing Out the Dead, and the complexities of innovation and ambition in The Aviator.

Other chapters in the collection examine larger philosophical questions. In a world where everything can be interpreted as meaningful, Scorsese at times uses his films to teach audiences about the meaning in life beyond the everyday world depicted in the cinema. For example, his films touching on religious subjects, such as Kundun and The Last Temptation of Christ, allow the director to explore spiritualism and peaceful ways of responding to the chaos in the world.Filled with penetrating insights on Scorsese's body of work, The Philosophy of Martin Scorsese shows the director engaging with many of the most basic questions about our humanity and how we relate to one another in a complex world.

Transformer: The Complete Lou Reed Story [EPUB]

Transformer: The Complete Lou Reed Story [EPUB]
Transformer: The Complete Lou Reed Story by Victor Bockris
2014 | EPUB | 7.02MB

Transformer is the only complete and comprehensive telling of the Lou Reed story.

Legendary songwriter and guitarist Lou Reed passed away on the 27th October 2013, but his musical influence is assured. Now discover the true story of the Velvet Underground pioneer in this update of Bockris’s classic biography.

Transformer: The Complete Lou Reed Story follows the great songwriter and singer through the series of transformations that define each period of his fifty year career. It opens with the teenage electroshock treatments that dominated his memories of childhood and never stops revealing layer after layer of this complex and often anguished artist and man. Transformer is based on Lou’s collaborations with the hardest and most romantic artists of his times, from John Cale, Andy Warhol, and Nico, through David Bowie, Robert Wilson, Laurie Anderson and the ghost of Edgar Alan Poe. Rippling underneath everything he did are Lou’s relationships with his various muses, from his college sweetheart to his three wives (and one drag queen).

Leading Lou Reed biographer, Victor Bockris - who knew Lou throughout the Rachel Years, from Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal to the Bells - updates his original biography in the wake of Lou’s death. Through new interviews and photos, he reveals the many transformations of this larger-than-life character, including his final shift from Rock Monster to the Prince Charming he had always wanted to be in the twenty years he spent with the love of his life, Laurie Anderson . Except with Lou, you could never really know what might happen next…

Including previously unseen photographs and contributions from Lou’s innermost circle and collaborators that include similarly esteemed artists such as Andy Warhol and David Bowie, Transformer is as captivating and vivid a read as befits an American master.

Franz Schubert and His World [EPUB]

Franz Schubert and His World [EPUB]
Franz Schubert and His World edited by Christopher H Gibbs, Morten Slavik
2014 | EPUB | 12.5MB

During his short lifetime, Franz Schubert (1797–1828) contributed to a wide variety of musical genres, from intimate songs and dances to ambitious chamber pieces, symphonies, and operas. The essays and translated documents in Franz Schubert and His World examine his compositions and ties to the Viennese cultural context, revealing surprising and overlooked aspects of his music.

Contributors explore Schubert’s youthful participation in the Nonsense Society, his circle of friends, and changing views about the composer during his life and in the century after his death. New insights are offered about the connections between Schubert’s music and the popular theater of the day, his strategies for circumventing censorship, the musical and narrative relationships linking his song settings of poems by Gotthard Ludwig Kosegarten, and musical tributes he composed to commemorate the death of Beethoven just twenty months before his own. The book also includes translations of excerpts from a literary journal produced by Schubert’s classmates and of Franz Liszt’s essay on the opera Alfonso und Estrella. In addition to the editors, the contributors are Leon Botstein, Lisa Feurzeig, John Gingerich, Kristina Muxfeldt, and Rita Steblin.

Intuition for Beginners [EPUB]

Intuition for Beginners [EPUB]
Intuition for Beginners: Easy Ways to Awaken Your Natural Abilities by Diane Brandon
2013 | EPUB | 0.6MB

Have you ever known who was calling when the phone rang? Or have you ever made a decision on an absolute whim—and later felt that you made the right choice? Perhaps you've had an immediate good or bad feeling about a person—and then had that instinct confirmed? Most people, whether they acknowledge it or not, have some degree of intuitive ability.

Diane Brandon has spent the past two decades studying and intuitive development. Whether your intuition is naturally accessible or hidden, this comprehensive and approachable text offers strategies to elevate your level of conscious awareness. Dispelling the myths of intuitive and psychic knowledge, Brandon focuses on how intuition can be applied as a tool of empowerment and self-improvement. Get in touch with your inner voice to improve relationships, solve problems, make well-timed decisions, and more.

Dancing with Fire [EPUB]

Dancing with Fire [EPUB]
Dancing with Fire: A Mindful Way to Loving Relationships by John Amodeo
2013 | EPUB | 1.09MB

Winner of the 2014 Silver Independent Publisher Book Award in the relationship category and winner of the Spirituality and Practice Award as one of the best spiritual books of 2013!

The search for inner peace is often met with what seems like a conflicting path– the irresistible pull of love and connection with others to which we are drawn.

Reconciling these opposites, John Amodeo shows how spirituality and vibrant relationships are identical. He says that Buddha’s concept of the root of suffering is misunderstood. It is not desire that causes suffering; desire is the fire that springs from the basic life force. Drawing upon the science of attachment theory, Amodeo illuminates how the root of our suffering is disconnection from ourselves and others, which is fueled by clinging to what doesn't serve us.

In a conversational tone, Amodeo presents relationship as sacred experience. He teaches how to welcome desire mindfully rather than suppress it and how to overcome fear of failure in relating. He also discusses meditation as self-intimacy and holding ourselves with loving-kindness. Lastly, he explores the role of community in spiritual awakening and the issue of whom to trust—our guru or ourselves?

The Art of Learning [Audiobook]

The Art of Learning [Audiobook]
The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance [Audiobook] by Josh Waitzkin, read by the Author
2014 | MP3@96 kbps + PDF | 7 hrs 55 mins | 326.74MB

Josh Waitzkin knows what it means to be at the top of his game. A public figure since winning his first National Chess Championship at the age of nine, Waitzkin was catapulted into a media whirlwind as a teenager when his father's book Searching for Bobby Fischer was made into a major motion picture. After dominating the scholastic chess world for ten years, Waitzkin expanded his horizons, taking on the martial art Tai Chi Chuan and ultimately earning the title of World Champion. How was he able to reach the pinnacle of two disciplines that on the surface seem so different? "I've come to realize that what I am best at is not Tai Chi, and it is not chess," he says. "What I am best at is the art of learning."

The Art of Learning takes listeners through Waitzkin's unique journey to excellence. He explains in clear detail how a well-thought-out, principled approach to learning is what separates success from failure. Waitzkin believes that achievement, even at the championship level, is a function of a lifestyle that fuels a creative, resilient growth process. Rather than focusing on climactic wins, Waitzkin reveals the inner workings of his everyday method, from systematically triggering intuitive breakthroughs, to honing techniques into states of remarkable potency, to mastering the art of performance psychology.

In stories ranging from his early years taking on chess hustlers as a seven year old in New York City's Washington Square Park, to dealing with the pressures of having a film made about his life, to International Chess Championships in India, Hungary, and Brazil, to gripping battles against powerhouse fighters in Taiwan in the Push Hands World Championships, The Art of Learning encapsulates an extraordinary competitor's life lessons in a pause-resisting narrative.

Heal Yourself with Sound and Music [Audiobook]

Heal Yourself with Sound and Music [Audiobook]
Heal Yourself with Sound and Music [Audiobook] by Don Campbell
2006 | MP3@192 kbps | ~ 6 hours | 513.19MB

Learn how sound and music can help you orchestrate a healthier and more harmonious life with Heal Yourself with Sound and Music. Taught by Don Campbell, author of the national bestseller The Mozart Effect, Campbell's Heal Yourself with Sound and Music gathers together his most useful sessions on the power of sound to spark creativity, soothe our emotions, jump start learning, and even heal our bodies.

Complete with many exercises you can try yourself, here is the definitive Don Campbell collection on the phenomenal effects of sound and music on human physiology. Three bestselling titles include:

  • Healing Yourself with Your Own Voice—The original audio classic by Don Campbell on the transformative power of the human voice, including self-healing exercises
  • Healing with Great Music—Hear how the greatest music from many world traditions can profoundly influence health, learning, creativity
  • Mozart as Healer—Don Campbell reveals the full story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, not only as a musician and composer, but as a mystic and healer

Life's Greatest Lessons: 20 Things That Matter [EPUB]

Life's Greatest Lessons: 20 Things That Matter [EPUB]
Life's Greatest Lessons: 20 Things That Matter by Hal Urban
2002 | EPUB | 0.2MB

With more than a quarter million copies sold, award-winning teacher Hal Urban outlines twenty lessons that answer timeless questions about how to make the most of your life.

Life’s Greatest Lessons is a wise, wonderful book. In it, Hal Urban, a parent and an award-winning teacher, presents twenty principles that are as deeply rooted in common sense as they are in compassion. The topics, gathered from a lifetime of teaching both children and adults, span a wide range of readily understood concepts, including attitudes about money, understanding the real meaning of “success,” and the importance of having fun. The book will help you find the best—in the world, in others, and in yourself. Classic in its simplicity and enduring in its appeal, Life’s Greatest Lessons helps us all rediscover that the desire to live a good life is timeless.

Making Your Creative Mark [EPUB]

Making Your Creative Mark [EPUB]
Making Your Creative Mark: Nine Keys to Achieving Your Artistic Goals by Eric Maisel
2013 | EPUB | 1.01MB

Writers, painters, singers, filmmakers, musicians, craftspeople, and actors confront daunting challenges every day. It is hard to produce new work, find success in the marketplace, manage relationships, and keep spirits up. Many doubt that solutions to these very real problems exist, but they do, and world-famous creativity coach Eric Maisel has compiled them in this book. You will learn how to:

  • make sense of the challenges of your personality, the challenges inherent in creative work, and the challenges of culture and marketplace
  • quiet your overactive mind
  • increase motivation and avoid blocks
  • engage in practices that create and reinforce meaning
  • align self-talk with goals, avoiding negative loops that block creativity
  • identify stressors and implement stress-management techniques designed specifically for artists
  • maintain emotional intimacy and healthy relationships in the midst of the creative process
  • claim your identity as an artist
  • rekindle passion for your art and feed that flame during dark days and dry spells

Intended for professional artists and those aspiring toward professional status, this book offers the nuts and bolts of sticking to a successful and fulfilling life in the arts.

Sex: Woman First [EPUB]

Sex: Woman First [EPUB]
Sex Woman First: How to teach him You come First - Guide to Female Orgasm by Jean-Claude Carvill
2012 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.67/2.92MB

From the One Who Made Squirt Hundred of Hollywood Goddesses. Prepare to become a Sexual Goddess Forever. Don’t try to understand my advices but follow them. I promise you will reach your sexual nirvana. You will discover your most secret erogenous zones. You will learn to let go and have the best Orgasm ever.

This book will teach you to have your first vaginal orgasm. If you are a Man, this book will teach you how to never miss her G-spot, make her squirt and soak the bed every time you have sex. It will teach you the perfect oral Sex technique. She will always wonder how you learn about “analingus” her biggest secret pleasure. She will know that you are the one even before you enter in the bedroom. It will teach you how to Penetrate her and drive her crazy. She will wonder how you discover the ultimate sexual power of her A spot or U spot. You will learn about the two vibrators that you absolutely need to drive her insane and how to use them. If you are a Woman it will give you the secret to welcome Sex anytime. It will teach you how to talk about sex and your desire before to enter in the bedroom.

This is the only sex book you will ever need. To men and women those secrets will change your entire sex life forever.

Be Honest--You're Not That Into Him Either [EPUB]

Be Honest--You're Not That Into Him Either [EPUB]
Be Honest--You're Not That Into Him Either: Raise Your Standards and Reach for the Love You Deserve by Ian Kerner
2006 | EPUB | 0.6MB

Avoid the booty call blues and get the love -- and sex -- you deserve!

Come on. Admit it. He may not be that into you, but were you ever really that into him? He was never "the one," but you lowered your standards and dated him in the meantime. Why? For any number of reasons: you were lonely, you were horny, you thought dating him was better than being alone, all your friends are getting married -- you name it. And before you knew it, you got hung up on the jerk. Go figure.

The world is full of sensational women, but in today's market there are too few good men to go around (or so it appears). Now Dr. Ian Kerner, clinical sexologist and author of the smash hit She Comes First, explores the battlefield of sex, hook ups, go-nowhere relationships, and the dismal dating treadmill, simultaneously arming women with a sharper set of insights and the tools for change. With humor and sincerity, Kerner shows women how to break the cycle of dating defeat and use the power of sex to find love, "with a great guy who is into you." So raise your standards -- and reach for the love you deserve!

He Comes Next [EPUB]

He Comes Next [EPUB]
He Comes Next: The Thinking Woman's Guide to Pleasuring a Man by Ian Kerner
2006 | EPUB | 0.3MB

The companion book to Ian Kerner's smash success She Comes First, He Comes Next offers women his sometimes radical, always expert advice on everything from the nature of male desire to sex-techniques that work.

While women everywhere benefited from Ian Kerner's sexual philosophy of female pleasure in She Comes First, now it's time to learn all about what turns men on and makes them stay on. In He Comes Next, Kerner covers every angle of male sexuality, illuminates the most common sex-life ruts, and offers practical, knowledgeable answers to women's most frequently asked questions. In his role as a sex therapist, Kerner has spoken with countless men not only about the best sex they ever had, but also perhaps more important about the best sex they never had -- experiences they always desired and fantasized about, but were afraid to share with their partners. In the spirit of "full exposure," He Comes Next is the closest you'll ever come to waking up in a guy's skin and knowing what truly makes him sexually tick.

Sexual pleasure goes beyond tips and tactics, however. Our sexual identities -- and the expression, gratification, and growth of these identities -- is fundamental to the success of our intimate relationships. With step-by-step and -- yes -- blow-by-blow detail, Kerner provides a clear, concise, achievable vision of sexual pleasure, one in which each technique forwards the action and where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Written in the same witty, insightful, and utterly readable voice that has made She Comes First and Be Honest -- You're Not That Into Him Either so popular, He Comes Next is the thinking woman's guide to enjoying sex to the fullest and ensuring that he does the same.

She Comes First [Audiobook]

She Comes First [Audiobook]
She Comes First: The Thinking Man's Guide to Pleasuring a Woman [Audiobook] by Ian Kerner, read by the Author
2005 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF | 4 hrs 38 mins | 126.2MB

As women everywhere will attest, when it comes to understanding female sexuality, most guys know more about what's under the hood of a car than under the hood of a clitoris. And while it seems that men have struggled valiantly since the dawn of time to find ways to reliably elicit the female orgasm, rare is the guy who has the modesty to ask: "What do I do?" Ironically, the answer has always been right there on the tip of his tongue.

Welcome to the world of She Comes First, where the mystery of female satisfaction is solved and the tongue is proven mightier than the sword. According to Ian Kerner, clinical sexologist and evangelist of the female orgasm, oral sex has long been deemed an optional aspect of foreplay, but, in fact, it's coreplay: simply the best way for leading a woman through the entire process of sexual response.

Fun, informative, and easy to read, She Comes First is a virtual encyclopedia of female pleasure, detailing dozens of tried-and-true techniques for consistently satisfying a woman and step-by-step instructions to ensure success. These simple methods represent a new era in sexual intimacy, one in which the exchange of pleasure occurs on a level playing field and fulfillment is mutual.

She Comes First exuberantly offers a fresh new sexual philosophy that inspires every man to make a mantra of Rhett Butler's infamous line to Scarlett O'Hara, "You should be kissed, and often, and by someone who knows how."

The Yoga Body Diet [EPUB]

The Yoga Body Diet [EPUB]
The Yoga Body Diet: Slim and Sexy in 4 Weeks (Without the Stress) by Kristen Schultz-Dollard, John Douillard
2012 | EPUB | 7.67MB

A YOGA BODY IS THE ONE YOU HAVE NOW, ONLY HEALTHIER.

This book is your complete guide to how to get it. And the benefits don't stop at your appearance. At the end of 4 short weeks, you'll feel better, you'll think more clearly, and you'll find it's much easier to keep a positive mindset and roll with life's inevitable punches. It's not as difficult as you might think! Here's how it works. The newest research has demonstrated beyond the shadow of a doubt that active relaxation triggers better blood flow to your organs, improving digestion and immune function. Yoga also puts you more in touch with your body, decreases stress and blood pressure, and regulates your nervous system, cultivating balance in the body. And it pulls muscle toward bone, creating a lithe and lean frame rather than gym-built bulk. The Yoga Body Diet shows you exactly how to eat well, shop wisely, and stretch yourself slim.

The best part? NO YOGA EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! On this easy, 4-week plan, you will eat, move, and think according to your natural rhythms. You'll relax your systems rather than stressing them out, so that you won't experience the intense hunger pangs that often come when the body is in overdrive. In 4 short weeks, The Yoga Body Diet shows you how to de-stress your life, balance your system, and get the yoga body you've always wanted . . . for life.

Younger Brain, Sharper Mind [EPUB]

Younger Brain, Sharper Mind [EPUB]
Younger Brain, Sharper Mind: A 6-Step Plan for Preserving and Improving Memory and Attention at Any Age from America's Brain Doctor by Eric R Braverman
2013 | EPUB | 1.41MB

While gray hair and wrinkles may be unwelcome if inevitable signs of the passing years, the memory loss, intellectual impairment, and mood swings that come with an aging brain can be truly devastating.

According to bestselling author and anti-aging expert Dr. Eric Braverman, getting older does not have to mean becoming forgetful, clueless, or depressed—quite the opposite, in fact. Distilling his 35 years of research and clinical experience into an easy-to-follow protocol, Dr. Braverman explains how men and women can actually build new brain cells, becoming younger and smarter as they age. Readers will learn what to eat to stay focused, when to exercise to sharpen their memory, and how to organize their lifestyle to improve problem-solving skills—and discover the revolutionary hormone therapies and medications available to treat cognitive decline.

Having helped thousands take control of their hormones to maintain the physical and sexual vitality of their twenties and thirties, Dr. Braverman now presents Younger Brain, Sharper Mind, a simple plan to help them protect and enhance youth’s most prized possession: a vigorous, capable mind.

Obesity: The Biography [EPUB]

Obesity: The Biography [EPUB]
Obesity: The Biography by Sander L Gilman
2010 | EPUB | 4.19MB

According to the World Health Organization we are in the midst of a global obesity crisis. Is obesity a disease itself or a symptom of underlying physiological or psychological illnesses? Is it a sign of social excess and therefore not a disease in the medical sense at all? Is it really 'new'?

Sander L. Gilman, a leading authority in the social and cultural history of the body, presents a fascinating account of the history of obesity, looking at the changing attitudes towards the body, from regarding it as 'God's temple' to more mechanical and practical concerns from the Enlightenment onwards. In the eighteenth century obesity was understood as a problem of the affluent; today the affluent are more likely to have a personal trainer and a healthier diet, and it is the poorer classes who are more likely to be overweight. Gilman considers obesity in many contexts - including a chapter on obesity in China and the impact of modernization and Westernization on this very different culture.

Taking the issue up to the present day, Gilman examines the wider political and social implications obesity raises, considering whether obesity should be cured by diet or surgery, by psychotherapy or economic improvement, by healthier food choices or by social relocation.

Ace on the River: An Advanced Poker Guide [EPUB]

Ace on the River: An Advanced Poker Guide [EPUB]
Ace on the River: An Advanced Poker Guide by Barry Greenstein
2006 | EPUB + MOBI | 4.71/7.12MB

Ace on the River is designed to improve the play of everyone from beginners to seasoned professionals. The unique play-by-play section will challenge readers to think beyond simple starting hands and make better decisions on other streets.

Ace on the River addresses elements of the game that are unfamiliar to many players. Included are chapters on the poker society, money management, family matters and even sex. This complilation of philosophies and real-table scenarios provides a rare chance to see the poker world through the eyes of someone who lives it.

An Introduction to Essential Algebraic Structures [PDF]

An Introduction to Essential Algebraic Structures [PDF]
An Introduction to Essential Algebraic Structures by Martyn R Dixon, Leonid A Kurdachenko, Igor Ya Subbotin
2014 | PDF | 1.63MB

A reader-friendly introduction to modern algebra with important examples from various areas of mathematics

Featuring a clear and concise approach, An Introduction to Essential Algebraic Structures presents an integrated approach to basic concepts of modern algebra and highlights topics that play a central role in various branches of mathematics. The authors discuss key topics of abstract and modern algebra including sets, number systems, groups, rings, and fields. The book begins with an exposition of the elements of set theory and moves on to cover the main ideas and branches of abstract algebra. In addition, the book includes:

  • Numerous examples throughout to deepen readers’ knowledge of the presented material
  • An exercise set after each chapter section in an effort to build a deeper understanding of the subject and improve knowledge retention
  • Hints and answers to select exercises at the end of the book
  • A supplementary website with an Instructors Solutions manual

An Introduction to Essential Algebraic Structures is an excellent textbook for introductory courses in abstract algebra as well as an ideal reference for anyone who would like to be more familiar with the basic topics of abstract algebra.

Trigonometry Refresher [EPUB]

Trigonometry Refresher [EPUB]
Trigonometry Refresher by A Albert Klaf
2005 | EPUB | 26.76MB

This classic text encompasses the most important aspects of plane and spherical trigonometry in a question-and-answer format. Its 913 specially selected questions appear with detailed answers that help readers refresh their trigonometry skills or clear up difficulties in particular areas. Questions and answers in the first part discuss plane trigonometry, proceeding to examinations of special problems in navigation, surveying, elasticity, architecture, and various fields of engineering. The final section explores spherical trigonometry and the solution of spherical triangles, with applications to terrestrial and astronomical problems. Readers can test their progress with 1,738 problems, many of which feature solutions. 1946 edition. 494 figures.

Real Variables with Basic Metric Space Topology [EPUB]

Real Variables with Basic Metric Space Topology [EPUB]
Real Variables with Basic Metric Space Topology by Robert B Ash
2009 | EPUB | 21.63MB

Designed for a first course in real variables, this text presents the fundamentals for more advanced mathematical work, particularly in the areas of complex variables, measure theory, differential equations, functional analysis, and probability. Geared toward advanced undergraduate and graduate students of mathematics, it is also appropriate for students of engineering, physics, and economics who seek an understanding of real analysis.

Air: The Excellent Canopy [PDF]

Air: The Excellent Canopy [PDF]
Air: The Excellent Canopy by Frank Fahy
2009 | PDF | 42.7MB

We take it for granted, but without it we perish and if we continue to abuse it, it may kill us in the end. This fascinating text provides an understanding and appreciation of the role that air plays in our environment and its importance in relation to human life and technology. Aimed at those who are scientifically curious but who have no specialist training, it contains no mathematical equations and relies upon the qualitative descriptions and analogies to explain the more technical parts of the text together with simple home experiments to illustrate a range of air-based phenomena. Liberally illustrated with a range of line drawings and photographs, it recommends further reading for those who are motivated to learn more. This book offers invaluable background reading for both physics teachers and students.

Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So [EPUB]

Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So [EPUB]
Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So by Ian Stewart
2008 | EPUB | 2.83MB

In 1884, an amiably eccentric clergyman and literary scholar named Edwin Abbott Abbott published an odd philosophical novel called Flatland, in which he explored such things as four-dimensional mathematics and gently satirized some of the orthodoxies of his time. The book went on to be a bestseller in Victorian England, and it has remained in print ever since.

With Flatterland, Ian Stewart, an amiable professor of mathematics at the University of Warwick, updates the science of Flatland, adding literally countless dimensions to Abbott's scheme of things ("Your world has not just four dimensions," one of his characters proclaims, "but five, fifty, a million, or even an infinity of them! And none of them need be time. Space of a hundred and one dimensions is just as real as a space of three dimensions"). Along his fictional path, Stewart touches on Feynman diagrams, superstring theory, time travel, quantum mechanics, and black holes, among many other topics. And, in Abbott's spirit, Stewart pokes fun at our own assumptions, including our quest for a Theory of Everything.

You can't help but be charmed by a book with characters named Superpaws, the Hawk King, the Projective Lion, and the Space Hopper and dotted with doggerel such as "You ain't nothin' but a hadron / nucleifyin' all the time" and "I can't get no / more momentum." And, best of all, you can learn a thing or two about modern mathematics while being roundly entertained. That's no small accomplishment, and one for which Stewart deserves applause.

Chase Your Shadow: The Trials of Oscar Pistorius [EPUB]

Chase Your Shadow: The Trials of Oscar Pistorius [EPUB]
Chase Your Shadow: The Trials of Oscar Pistorius by John Carlin
2014 | EPUB | 0.7MB

The definitive account of the rise and fall of South African Olympic and Gold Medal-winning Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, from his personal and athletic success to the murder charge that rocked the world and put both the man, and post-Apartheid South Africa, on trial.

Oscar Pistorius made history as the first amputee to compete against able-bodied runners at the 2012 London Olympics. A hero in his native South Africa, the “Blade Runner” as he is known for his futuristic prosthetic legs, became a global icon of resilience and determination.

But less than a year later, Pistorius rocked the world once again when he shot his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, through a closed bathroom door in the early hours of February14, 2013. Charged with murder, he claimed self-defense, contending that he had acted in a blind panic, imagining an intruder had broken in. But as the investigation moved to trial—during which the prosecution sought to prove that he killed her in a rage after an argument—a picture emerged of a traumatized individual fascinated with guns and assailed, behind the heroic facade, by anguish and self-doubt.

Acclaimed journalist John Carlin follows the trials of this fallen champion, detailing his fraught upbringing, his almost superhuman rise to athletic glory, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding Steenkamp’s death. At the center of Pistorius’s story is South Africa—a young democracy stained by a history of racial disparity and levels of criminal violence that are among the highest in the world.

Thoughtful and probing, Chase Your Shadow offers a piercing look at this intriguing modern tragedy, bringing to life a complex figure and the troubled land that shaped him.

Murder in Amsterdam [EPUB]

Murder in Amsterdam [EPUB]
Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance by Ian Buruma
2006 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.31/0.7MB

Ian Buruma returns to his native land to explore the great dilemma of our time through the story of the brutal murder of controversial Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh at the hands of an Islamic extremist.

It was the emblematic crime of our moment: On a cold November day in Amsterdam, an angry young Muslim man, Mohammed Bouyeri, the son of Moroccan immigrants, shot and killed the celebrated and controversial Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, great-grandnephew of Vincent and iconic European provocateur, for making a movie with the vocally anti-Islam Somali-born Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali that "blasphemed" Islam. After Bouyeri shot van Gogh, he calmly stood over the body and cut his throat with a curved machete, as if performing a ritual sacrifice, which in a very real sense he was.

The murder horrified quiet, complacent, prosperous Holland, a country that prides itself on being a bastion of tolerance, and sent shock waves across Europe and around the world. Shortly thereafter, Ian Buruma returned to his native country to try to make sense of it all and to see what larger meaning should and shouldn't be drawn from this story. The result is Buruma's masterpiece: a book with the intimacy and narrative control of a true-crime page-turner and the intellectual resonance we've come to expect from one of the most well-regarded journalists and thinkers of our time. Ian Buruma's entire life has led him to this narrative: In his hands, it is the exemplary tale of our age, the story of what happens when political Islam collides with the secular West and tolerance finds its limits.

The Islamist Phoenix [EPUB]

The Islamist Phoenix [EPUB]
The Islamist Phoenix: The Islamic State and the Redrawing of the Middle East by Loretta Napoleoni
2014 | EPUB | 0.6MB

From its birth in the late 1990s as the jihadist dream of terrorist leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the Islamic State (known by a variety of names, including ISIS, ISIL, and al Qaeda in Iraq) has grown into a massive enterprise, redrawing national borders across the Middle East and subjecting an area larger than the United Kingdom to its own vicious brand of Sharia law.

In The Islamist Phoenix, world-renowned terrorism expert Loretta Napoleoni takes us beyond the headlines, demonstrating that while Western media portrays the Islamic State as little more than a gang of thugs on a winning streak, the organization is proposing a new model for nation building. Waging a traditional war of conquest to carve out the 21st-century version of the original Caliphate, IS uses modern technology to recruit and fundraise while engaging the local population in the day-to-day running of the new state. Rising from the ashes of failing jihadist enterprises, the Islamic State has shown a deep understanding of Middle Eastern politics, fully exploiting proxy war and shell-state tactics. This is not another terrorist network but a formidable enemy in tune with the new modernity of the current world disorder. As Napoleoni writes, “Ignoring these facts is more than misleading and superficial, it is dangerous. ‘Know your enemy’ remains the most important adage in the fight against terrorism.”