Joyful Wisdom [PDF]

Joyful Wisdom [PDF]
Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Eric Swanson
2010 | PDF | 13.53MB

Yongey Mingyur is one of the most celebrated among the new generation of Tibetan meditation masters, whose teachings have touched people of all faiths around the world. His first book, The Joy of Living, was a New York Times bestseller hailed as “compelling, readable, and informed” (Buddhadharma) and praised by Richard Gere, Lou Reed, and Julian Schnabel for its clarity, wit, and unique insight into the relationship between science and Buddhism.

His new book, Joyful Wisdom, addresses the timely and timeless problem of anxiety in our everyday lives. “From the 2,500-year-old perspective of Buddhism,” Yongey Mingyur writes, “every chapter in human history could be described as an ‘age of anxiety.’ The anxiety we feel now has been part of the human condition for centuries.” So what do we do? Escape or succumb? Both routes inevitably lead to more complications and problems in our lives. “Buddhism,” he says, “offers a third option. We can look directly at the disturbing emotions and other problems we experience in our lives as stepping-stones to freedom. Instead of rejecting them or surrendering to them, we can befriend them, working through them to reach an enduring authentic experience of our inherent wisdom, confidence, clarity, and joy.”

Divided into three parts like a traditional Buddhist text, Joyful Wisdom identifies the sources of our unease, describes methods of meditation that enable us to transform our experience into deeper insight, and applies these methods to common emotional, physical, and personal problems. The result is a work at once wise, anecdotal, funny, informed, and graced with the author’s irresistible charm.

The Joy of Living [Audiobook]

The Joy of Living [Audiobook]
The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness [Audiobook] by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, read by Jason Scott Campbell
2007 | MP3 VBR V2 | 6 hrs 18 mins | 382.17MB

For millennia, Buddhists have enjoyed the limitless benefits of meditation. But how does it work? And why? The principles behind this ancient practice have long eluded some of the best minds in modern science. Until now.

In this groundbreaking work, world-renowned Buddhist teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche invites us to join him in unlocking the secrets behind the practice of meditation. Working with neuroscientists at the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, Yongey Mingyur provides clear insights into modern research indicating that systematic training in meditation can enhance activity in areas of the brain associated with happiness and compassion. He has also worked with physicists across the country to develop a fresh, scientifically based interpretation of the Buddhist understanding of the nature of reality.

With an infectious joy and insatiable curiosity, Yongey Mingyur weaves together the principles of Tibetan Buddhism, neuroscience, and quantum physics in a way that will forever change the way we understand the human experience. Using the basic meditation practices he provides, we can discover paths through everyday problems, transforming obstacles into opportunities to recognize the unlimited potential of our own minds.

With a foreword by bestselling author Daniel Goleman, The Joy of Living is a stunning breakthrough, an illuminating vision of the science of Buddhism and a handbook for transforming our minds, bodies, and lives.

The Art of Significance [EPUB]

The Art of Significance [EPUB]
The Art of Significance: Achieving the Level Beyond Success by Dan Clark
2013 | EPUB | 1.02MB

What would you rather have—conventional success or a high level beyond success?

Dan Clark, one of the world’s leading inspirational speakers and leadership trainers, vehemently opposes the conventional wisdom about success. He believes it’s tragic and superficial to build our careers and per­sonal lives around getting more money, bigger houses, cooler toys, and fancier job titles.

What’s it all worth in the end? How many out­wardly successful people still feel empty inside?

Clark has spent decades traveling around the world, interviewing the famous and powerful; con­sulting with presidents and generals and sheikhs and corporate leaders; creating a multimillion-dollar business; and (before any of the above) overcoming a paralyzing injury. All those experiences have con­vinced him that the happiest people in the world don’t pursue success at all. Instead, they pursue signifi­cance—and find that success comes along as part of the package.

What’s the difference between success and significance? As you’ll learn in this powerful, myth-shattering book . . .

  • The successful get what they want; the significant want what they get.
  • The successful think wealth flows to them; the significant know that wealth flows through them, to bless those around them.
  • The successful earn financial independence, influence, and popularity; the significant earn financial independence, influence, popularity, admiration, loyalty, and respect.
  • The successful compare themselves against others; the significant compete only against themselves.
  • The successful are quickly forgotten when they die; the significant leave a long-lasting legacy.

Clark shows us how it can be done by following his Twelve Laws of Significance, which include counter­intuitive ideas such as “Patience is overrated—it allows us to never begin,” “It’s not all about team—teams lose,” and “Don’t strive for work/life balance—it’s about harmony.”

He illustrates his ideas with a wide range of powerful true stories from business, education, the military, and sports—starting with his own story of fighting his way back from a serious injury that cut short his football career. Paralyzed both physically and emotionally, Clark began his recovery only when he started to focus on purpose rather than on goals; on being whole rather than famous; on serving oth­ers rather than seeking praise. In the long run, that accident was the greatest gift he ever received, setting him on a lifelong path toward true significance.

Clark’s wisdom will stimulate your intellect, challenge your beliefs, and penetrate your heart. By following his Laws of Significance, you will learn to connect your head and heart, manage your priorities, and live an extraordinary life that matters to your family, friends, coworkers, community, and country.

Galileo's Muse [PDF]

Galileo's Muse [PDF]
Galileo's Muse: Renaissance Mathematics and the Arts by Mark Austin Peterson
2011 | PDF | 1.14MB

Mark Peterson makes an extraordinary claim in this fascinating book focused around the life and thought of Galileo: it was the mathematics of Renaissance arts, not Renaissance sciences, that became modern science. Galileo's Muse argues that painters, poets, musicians, and architects brought about a scientific revolution that eluded the philosopher-scientists of the day, steeped as they were in a medieval cosmos and its underlying philosophy.

According to Peterson, the recovery of classical science owes much to the Renaissance artists who first turned to Greek sources for inspiration and instruction. Chapters devoted to their insights into mathematics, ranging from perspective in painting to tuning in music, are interspersed with chapters about Galileo's own life and work. Himself an artist turned scientist and an avid student of Hellenistic culture, Galileo pulled together the many threads of his artistic and classical education in designing unprecedented experiments to unlock the secrets of nature.

In the last chapter, Peterson draws our attention to the Oratio de Mathematicae laudibus of 1627, delivered by one of Galileo's students. This document, Peterson argues, was penned in part by Galileo himself, as an expression of his understanding of the universality of mathematics in art and nature. It is "entirely Galilean in so many details that even if it is derivative, it must represent his thought," Peterson writes. An intellectual adventure, Galileo’s Muse offers surprising ideas that will capture the imagination of anyone—scientist, mathematician, history buff, lover of literature, or artist—who cares about the humanistic roots of modern science.

The Art of Social Media [EPUB]

The Art of Social Media [EPUB]
The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users by Guy Kawasaki, Peg Fitzpatrick
2014 | EPUB | 6.28MB

By now it's clear that whether you're promoting a business, a product, or yourself, social media is near the top of what determines your success or failure. And there are countless pundits, authors, and consultants eager to advise you.

But there’s no one quite like Guy Kawasaki, the legendary former chief evangelist for Apple and one of the pioneers of business blogging, tweeting, Facebooking, Tumbling, and much, much more. Now Guy has teamed up with Peg Fitzpatrick, who he says is the best social-media person he’s ever met, to offer The Art of Social Media—the one essential guide you need to get the most bang for your time, effort, and money.

With over one hundred practical tips, tricks, and insights, Guy and Peg present a bottom-up strategy to produce a focused, thorough, and compelling presence on the most popular social-media platforms. They guide you through steps to build your foundation, amass your digital assets, optimize your profile, attract more followers, and effectively integrate social media and blogging.

For beginners overwhelmed by too many choices as well as seasoned professionals eager to improve their game, The Art of Social Media is full of tactics that have been proven to work in the real world. Or as Guy puts it, “great stuff, no fluff.”

Mortified: Real Words. Real People. Real Pathetic [EPUB]

Mortified: Real Words. Real People. Real Pathetic [EPUB]
Mortified: Real Words, Real People, Real Pathetic by David Nadelberg
2006 | EPUB | 2.27MB

In the days before blogs, teenagers recorded their lives with a pen in top-secret notebooks, usually emblazoned with an earnest, underlined plea to parents to keep away. Since 2002, David Nadelberg has tapped that vast wellspring of adolescent anguish in the stage show Mortified, in which grown men and women confront their past with firsthand tales of their first kiss, first puff, worst prom, fights with mom, life at bible camp, worst hand job, best mall job, and reasons they deserved to marry Simon LeBon.

Following the same formula that has made the live show a beloved cult hit, Mortified the book takes real childhood journals and documents and edits the entries into captivating, comedic, and cathartic stories, introduced by their now older (and allegedly wiser) authors. From letters begging rescue from a hellish summer camp to catty locker notes about stuck-up classmates to obsessive love that borders on stalking, Mortified gives voice to the real -- and really pathetic -- hopes, fears, desires, and creative urgings that have united adolescents for generations.

A Complete French Grammar for Reference and Practice [EPUB]

A Complete French Grammar for Reference and Practice [EPUB]
A Complete French Grammar for Reference and Practice by Trudie Maria Booth
2009 | EPUB | 8.51MB

This comprehensive manual thoroughly covers every aspect of French grammar, from the basic to the most advanced level, and illustrates the grammatical structures with useful, practical and interesting examples. Up-to-date language and usage both on the formal and on the informal level is paired with cultural information about France, making the study of grammar a pleasant experience. The book offers its users clear and detailed explanations, as well as the opportunity to practice their reading, writing and speaking skills in numerous oral and written exercises, which include translations, suggestions for communicative activities with a partner, and topics for written composition.

A Complete French Grammar for Reference and Practice can be used as a classroom text in intermediate and advanced courses, as well as for reference and self-study. It is a reliable source of information for teachers and students alike, and addresses all those learners who want to speak and write French correctly.

Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar [EPUB]

Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar [EPUB]
Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar by J H Allen, J B Greenough
2013 | EPUB | 25.3MB

A venerable resource for more than a century, Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar is still regarded by students and teachers as the finest Latin reference grammar available. Concise, comprehensive, and well organized, it is unrivaled in depth and clarity, placing a wealth of advice on usage, vocabulary, diction, composition, and syntax within easy reach of Latin scholars at all levels.

This sourcebook's three-part treatment starts with words and forms, covering parts of speech, declensions, and conjugations. The second part, syntax, explores cases, moods, and tenses. The concluding section offers information on archaic usages, Latin verse, and prose composition, among other subjects. Extensive appendixes feature a glossary of terms and indexes. Students of history, religion, and literature will find lasting value in this modestly priced edition of a classic guide to Latin.

Introduction to Latin, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

Introduction to Latin, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
Introduction to Latin, 2nd Edition by Susan C Shelmerdine
2013 | PDF | 4.43MB

Introduction to Latin, Second Edition is an introductory Latin textbook designed with a streamlined flow that allows it to be completed in one year. Its concise and uncluttered approach gives students what they need to master the material. Grammar is integrated within the context of reading fluency. Innovative exercises provide translation practice as well as build “instinctive skills” that prepare students for reading authentic Latin works.

Features:

  • Concise, streamlined presentation focuses on what students need to know, allowing the material to be covered in a year, even for courses which meet only three days a week
  • Innovative exercises that go beyond the usual translation practice, engaging students with the mechanisms of the language and developing “more instinctive” skills
  • Succinct grammatical explanations that don’t overwhelm the students with superfluous detail while also providing help for students with little or no understanding of English grammar
  • Latin readings from ancient sources in the form of both sentences and short passages allow for students to connect with authentic Latin
  • Practical instructions often overlooked by other textbooks, including reading a dictionary entry, reading strategies, sentence patterns, gapping, and expectations

New to the Second Edition

  • Revised order of presentation that spreads material out more evenly between the first and second halves of the book
  • Derivatives exercises added at the end of each chapter providing practice connecting English words with their Latin roots
  • Bridge to next level: final three chapters provide review and include longer narrative readings with minimal editing to bridge students to the next level of Latin
  • Revised selection of readings for more appropriate level of difficulty

Art of War by Niccolò Machiavelli [EPUB]

Art of War by Niccolò Machiavelli [EPUB]
Art of War by Niccolò Machiavelli
2003 | EPUB + PDF | 3.8/2.88MB

Niccolò Machiavelli's Art of War is one of the world's great classics of military and political theory. Praised by the finest military minds in history and said to have influenced no lesser lights than Frederick the Great and Napoleon, the Art of War is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the history and theory of war in the West—and for readers of The Prince and Discourse on Livy who seek to explore more fully the connection between war and politics in Machiavelli's thought.

Machiavelli scholar Christopher Lynch offers a sensitive and entirely new translation of the Art of War, faithful to the original but rendered in modern, idiomatic English. Lynch's fluid translation helps readers appreciate anew Machiavelli's brilliant treatments of the relationships between war and politics, civilians and the military, and technology and tactics. Clearly laying out the fundamentals of military organization and strategy, Machiavelli marshals a veritable armory of precepts, prescriptions, and examples about such topics as how to motivate your soldiers and demoralize the enemy's, avoid ambushes, and gain the tactical and strategic advantage in countless circumstances.

To help readers better appreciate the Art of War, Lynch provides an insightful introduction that covers its historical and political context, sources, influence, and contemporary relevance. He also includes a substantial interpretive essay discussing the military, political, and philosophical aspects of the work, as well as maps, an index of names, and a glossary.

The Other Brain [Audiobook]

The Other Brain [Audiobook]
The Other Brain: From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries about the Brain Are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science [Audiobook] by R Douglas Fields, read by Victor Bevine
2010 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 54 mins | 368.13MB

Despite everything that has been written about the brain, a potentially critical part of this vital organ has been overlooked—until now. The Other Brain examines the growing importance of glia, which make up approximately 85 percent of the cells in the brain, and the role they play in how the brain functions, malfunctions, and heals itself.

Long neglected as little more than cerebral packing material, glia (meaning “glue”) are now known to regulate the flow of information between neurons and to repair the brain and spinal cord after injury and stroke. But scientists are also discovering that diseased and damaged glia play a significant role in psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression, and in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Diseased glia cause brain cancer and multiple sclerosis and are linked to infectious diseases such as HIV and prion disease (mad cow disease, for example) and to chronic pain. The more we learn about these cells that make up the “other” brain, the more important they seem to be.

Written by a neuroscientist who is a leader in the research to reveal the secrets of these brain cells, The Other Brain offers a firsthand account of science in action. It takes us into the laboratories where important discoveries are being made, and it explains how scientists are learning that glial cells come in different types, with different capabilities. It tells the story of glia research from its origins to the most recent discoveries and gives readers a much more complete understanding of how the brain works and where the next breakthroughs in brain science and medicine are likely to come.

Curiosity's Cats: Writers on Research [EPUB]

Curiosity's Cats: Writers on Research [EPUB]
Curiosity's Cats: Writers on Research edited by Bruce J Miller
2014 | EPUB | 5.53MB
“Each morning I would strike out for this temple of learning in the crisp autumn air . . . with a sense of purpose and the conviction that this was where I belonged.”—Marilyn Stasio from “My Research Project”

Inspired partly by Richard Altick’s The Scholar Adventurers, the thirteen writers in Curiosity’s Cats offer powerful arguments for the value of hands-on research, be it chasing documents, cracking mysteries, interviewing long-lost subjects, or visiting exotic and not-so-exotic locales.

Alberto Martinez explains how diligence with dates can provide clues to unlock the most difficult historical puzzles. Jan Reid explores the difference between research for an epic novel and research to write the epic biography of a friend. Margot Livesey suspects that she continues to write novels simply to do the research. But every essay testifies to the fact that research is valuable not only because of the product that may result from it, but because the process itself fulfills a basic human need.

Contributors include: Philip J. Anderson, Annette Kolodny, Theodore Kornweibel Jr., Margot Livesey, Alberto A. Martinez, Bruce Joshua Miller, Katherine Hall Page, Jan Reid, Ali Selim, Marilyn Stasio, Ned Stuckey-French, Bruce White, and Steve Yates.

The Digital Turn in Architecture 1992-2010 [EPUB]

The Digital Turn in Architecture 1992-2010 [EPUB]
The Digital Turn in Architecture 1992-2010: AD Reader, 2nd Edition by Mario Carpo
2012 | EPUB | 31.25MB

Now almost 20 years old, the digital turn in architecture has already gone through several stages and phases. "Architectural Design" ("AD") has captured them all - from folding to cyberspace, nonlinearity and hypersurfaces, from versioning to scripting, emergence, information modelling and parametricism. It has recorded and interpreted the spirit of the times with vivid documentary precision, fostering and often anticipating crucial architectural and theoretical developments.

This anthology of "AD"'s most salient articles is chronologically and thematically arranged to provide a complete historical timeline of the recent rise to pre-eminence of computer-based design and production. Mario Carpo provides an astute overview of the recent history of digital design in his comprehensive introductory essay and in his leaders to each original text. A much needed pedagogical and research tool for students and scholars, this synopsis also relates the present state of digitality in architecture to the history and theory of its recent development and trends, and raises issues of crucial importance for the contemporary practice of the design professions.

A comprehensive anthology on digital architecture edited by one of its most eminent scholars in this field, Mario Carpo.Includes seminal texts by Bernard Cache, Peter Eisenman, John Frazer, Charles Jencks, Greg Lynn, Achim Menges and Patrik Schumacher.Features key works by FOA, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Ali Rahim, Lars Spuybroek/NOX, Kas Oosterhuis and SHoP.

Human Thought Modeling [EPUB]

Human Thought Modeling [EPUB]
Human Thought Modeling: Blueprint for a Human Mind by Lawrence Byng
2014 | EPUB | 2.93MB

This book is a collection of original, independent and ground-breaking pure research performed by the author in the field of artificial intelligence.

The author has successfully reverse-engineered natural language to unlock the secrets of the mind. These are put forward in a thesis and documented in precise detail in this book. The author has also invented multiple fractal computers, Patent Pending. These function in two dimensions, like the human mind, or any other higher dimension.

The thesis starts from first principles and builds these to form advanced concepts that can be used to create powerful fractal machines. The work encompasses learning contexts, expert contexts, fuzzy sets, spirals, double helix structures, sequencing, pairs, concurrence, interfaces, transformation and normalization. How do all of these combine to form intelligent machines? You will need to read the book.

What are the similarities with DNA? Is the higher level organizing principle of a thought meme the double helix? Are these the blueprints for a real working artificial human brain? Please read the book to find out. Specific examples are included.

The author has worked extensively in software engineering and currently architects and engineers mission critical virtual machine systems in the US.

Conversations with David Foster Wallace [EPUB]

Conversations with David Foster Wallace [EPUB]
Conversations with David Foster Wallace edited by Stephen J Burn
2012 | EPUB | 2.44MB

Across two decades of intense creativity, David Foster Wallace (1962-2008) crafted a remarkable body of work that ranged from unclassifiable essays, to a book about transfinite mathematics, to vertiginous fictions. Whether through essay volumes (A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Consider the Lobster), short story collections (Girl with Curious Hair, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Oblivion), or his novels (Infinite Jest, The Broom of the System), the luminous qualities of Wallace's work recalibrated our measures of modern literary achievement. Conversations with David Foster Wallace gathers twenty-two interviews and profiles that trace the arc of Wallace's career, shedding light on his omnivorous talent.

Jonathan Franzen has argued that, for Wallace, an interview provided a formal enclosure in which the writer "could safely draw on his enormous native store of kindness and wisdom and expertise." Wallace's interviews create a wormhole in which an author's private theorizing about art spill into the public record. Wallace's best interviews are vital extra-literary documents, in which we catch him thinking aloud about his signature concerns--irony's magnetic hold on contemporary language, the pale last days of postmodernism, the delicate exchange that exists between reader and writer. At the same time, his acute focus moves across MFA programs, his negotiations with religious belief, the role of footnotes in his writing, and his multifaceted conception of his work's architecture. Conversations with David Foster Wallace includes a previously unpublished interview from 2005, and a version of Larry McCaffery's influential Review of Contemporary Fiction interview with Wallace that has been expanded with new material drawn from the original raw transcript.

Guilt, Shame, and Anxiety [EPUB]

Guilt, Shame, and Anxiety [EPUB]
Guilt, Shame, and Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Emotions by Peter R Breggin
2014 | EPUB | 1.6MB

With the first unified theory of guilt, shame, and anxiety, this pioneering psychiatrist and critic of psychiatric diagnoses and drugs examines the causes and effects of psychological and emotional suffering from the perspective of biological evolution, child development, and mature adult decision-making. Drawing on evolution, neuroscience, and decades of clinical experience, Dr. Breggin analyzes what he calls our negative legacy emotions—the painful emotional heritage that encumbers all human beings. The author marshals evidence that we evolved as the most violent and yet most empathic creatures on Earth. Evolution dealt with this species-threatening conflict between our violence and our close-knit social life by building guilt, shame, and anxiety into our genes. These inhibiting emotions were needed prehistorically to control our self-assertiveness and aggression within intimate family and clan relationships.

Dr. Breggin shows how guilt, shame, and anxiety eventually became self-defeating and demoralizing legacies from our primitive past that no longer play any useful or positive role in mature adult life. He then guides the reader through the Three Steps to Emotional Freedom, starting with how to identify negative legacy emotions and then how to reject their control over us. Finally, he describes how to triumph over and transcend guilt, shame, and anxiety on the way to greater emotional freedom and a more rational, loving, and productive life.

Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature [EPUB]

Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature [EPUB]
Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature by Lynn Margulis, Dorion Sagan
2007 | EPUB | 1.67MB

At the crossroads of philosophy and science, the sometimes-dry topics of evolution and ecology come alive in this new collection of essays--many never before anthologized. Learn how technology may be a sort of second nature, how the systemic human fungus Candida albicans can lead to cravings for carrot cake and beer, how the presence of life may be why there's water on Earth, and many other fascinating facts.

The essay "Metametazoa" presents perspectives on biology in a philosophical context, demonstrating how the intellectual librarian, pornographer, and political agitator Georges Bataille was influenced by Russian mineralogist Vladimir Vernadsky and how this led to his notion of the absence of meaning in the face of the sun--which later influenced Jacques Derrida, thereby establishing a causal chain of influence from the hard sciences to topics as abstract as deconstruction and post-modernism.

In "Spirochetes Awake" the bizarre connection between syphilis and genius in the life of Friedrich Nietzsche is traced. The astonishing similarities of the Acquired-Immune-Deficiency-Syndrome symptoms with those of chronic spirochete infection, it is argued, contrast sharply with the lack of evidence that "HIV is the cause of AIDS". Throughout these readings we are dazzled by the intimacy and necessity of relationships between us and our other planetmates. In our ignorance as "civilized" people we dismiss, disdain, and deny our kinship with the only productive life forms that sustain this living planet.

Intimate Lives of the Ancient Greeks [PDF]

Intimate Lives of the Ancient Greeks [PDF]
Intimate Lives of the Ancient Greeks (Intimate Lives of the Ancient Peoples) by Stephanie Lynn Budin
2013 | PDF | 6.32MB

This work explores various aspects of ancient Greek personal and emotional lives, beginning with their understandings of their own bodies, individual and personal relationships, and ending with their feelings about religion and the afterlife. It covers ancient Greek culture from the early Archaic period in the 8th century BCE through the Late Classical period in the 4th century BCE. Readers will be fascinated to learn what the Greeks thought about the gods, physical deformity, citizenship, nymphs, goats, hospitality, and sexual relations that would be considered incest by modern standards.

The content of the book provides an intimate sense of what the ancient Greeks were actually like, connecting ancient experiences to present-day culture. The chapters span a wide range of topics, including the human body, family and societal relationships, city life, the world as they knew it, and religious belief. The author draws extensively on primary sources to allow the reader to "hear" the Greeks speak for themselves and presents evidence from literature, art, and architecture in order to depict the ancient Greeks as living, breathing, thinking, and feeling people.

Abramovich: The Billionaire from Nowhere [EPUB]

Abramovich: The Billionaire from Nowhere [EPUB]
Abramovich: The Billionaire from Nowhere by Dominic Midgley, Chris Hutchins
2005 | EPUB | 4.83MB

Roman Abramovich, the billionaire owner of Chelsea FC, was a penniless orphan who rose from the ashes of Soviet Russia to become one of the richest and most powerful men in the world. His fascinating life story has been shrouded in mystery -- until now.

Journalists Dominic Midgley and Chris Hutchins get to grips with the Russian boss of Chelsea FC, who has revolutionised English football since he bought the club in the summer of 2003, since when it has won two Premiership titles. Every aspect of his past, present and future is examined -- his upbringing, including his Jewish background, the friendships that helped him break into the top ranks of the Kremlin, his leading role in the rise of the oligarchs in Russia, the business deals that made him a fortune in less than ten years, and the ambition that promises to make him as big a name in the West as in his homeland. Using exhaustive primary research, the authors uncover the exclusive stories behind the billions Ambramovich made in Russia as Western-style capitalism was introduced by President Putin.

They also investigate his reasons for investing part of it in a fashionable London football club. The rise of Roman Abramovich from provincial orphan to one of the most powerful men in Russia is a story that has all the ingredients of a thriller: risk-taking, courage, shrewdness, ruthlessness and, above all, a subtle and manipulative charm.

The Sex Myth: Why Everything We're Told is Wrong [EPUB]

The Sex Myth: Why Everything We're Told is Wrong [EPUB]
The Sex Myth: Why Everything We're Told is Wrong by Brooke Magnanti
2012 | EPUB | 0.4MB

Is there any truth to the epidemic of sex addiction? Are our children really getting sexualised younger? Are men the only ones who like porn? Brooke Magnanti looks at all these questions and more - and proves that perhaps we've all been taking the answers for granted.

Brooke Magnanti is no stranger to controversy. As Belle de Jour she enthralled and outraged the nation in equal measure. Now her real identity is out in the open, Brooke's background as a scientist and a researcher can come to bear in her fascinating investigation into the truth behind the headlines, scandals and moral outrage that fill the media (and our minds) when it comes to sex.

Using her entertaining and informed voice, Brooke strips away the hype and looks at the science behind sex and the panic behind public policy. Unlike so many media column inches, Brooke uses verifiable academic research. This is fact not fiction; science not supposition.

So sit back, open your mind and prepare to be shocked ...

Alcatraz: History and Design of a Landmark [EPUB]

Alcatraz: History and Design of a Landmark [EPUB]
Alcatraz: History and Design of a Landmark by Donald MacDonald, Ira Nadel
2012 | EPUB + PDF | 6.57/38.17MB

Shrouded in mystery and rich with history, Alcatraz draws over a million visitors each year. This enlightening volume provides the first complete history of Alcatraz told through its architecture. In friendly illustrations and accessible text, authors Donald MacDonald and Ira Nadel reveal the design decisions that have shaped the island from its first brick and masonry fortress to the infamous concrete cellblock, to the landscape design of its contemporary gardens and bird sanctuaries. Packed with intriguing facts throughout, this little treasure allows an unprecedented glimpse into the life of the island. In a lovely cloth-bound package, this is an eminently giftable book and an entertaining look at one of the nation's most visited destinations.

The Explainer [PDF]

The Explainer [PDF]
The Explainer: From Déjà Vu to Why the Sky Is Blue, and Other Conundrums by The Conversation
2013 | PDF | 3.86MB

Ever wondered how vaccines work, why whales strand themselves or if luck exists? The Explainer: From Déjà Vu to Why the Sky Is Blue, and Other Conundrums is a collection of the best of The Conversation’s "The Explainer" and "Monday’s Medical Myths" articles. The book answers questions on everyone’s mind about a diverse range of topics, abstract concepts, and popular and hard core science. Sections include: animals and agriculture, body, climate and energy, medical myths, mind and brain, research and technology, and more.

Expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable. This book is for the curious, those with a thirst for answers, and those with a fascination of how phenomena, new technologies and current issues in our daily lives work.

Features:

  • Authored by prominent experts in their field, such as university professors, professionals and researchers in industry, academic institutions and societies
  • Written accessibly for a general audience, addressing the curious, those with a hunger for knowledge and those wishing to impress at dinner parties
  • The perfect way to get ahead in all the current topics quickly. Expert authors combine facts, analysis, new ideas and enthusiasm to make often challenging topics highly readable
  • A collection of around 100 of the best articles published in "The Explainer" and "Monday’s Medical Myths" sections of The Conversation