The Tyranny of the Meritocracy [EPUB]

The Tyranny of the Meritocracy [EPUB]
The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: Democratizing Higher Education in America by Lani Guinier
2015 | EPUB | 1.88MB

A fresh and bold argument for revamping our standards of “merit” and a clear blueprint for creating collaborative education models that strengthen our democracy rather than privileging individual elites

Standing on the foundations of America’s promise of equal opportunity, our universities purport to serve as engines of social mobility and practitioners of democracy. But as acclaimed scholar and pioneering civil rights advocate Lani Guinier argues, the merit systems that dictate the admissions practices of these institutions are functioning to select and privilege elite individuals rather than create learning communities geared to advance democratic societies. Having studied and taught at schools such as Harvard University, Yale Law School, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Guinier has spent years examining the experiences of ethnic minorities and of women at the nation’s top institutions of higher education, and here she lays bare the practices that impede the stated missions of these schools.

Goaded on by a contemporary culture that establishes value through ranking and sorting, universities assess applicants using the vocabulary of private, highly individualized merit. As a result of private merit standards and ever-increasing tuitions, our colleges and universities increasingly are failing in their mission to provide educational opportunity and to prepare students for productive and engaged citizenship.

To reclaim higher education as a cornerstone of democracy, Guinier argues that institutions of higher learning must focus on admitting and educating a class of students who will be critical thinkers, active citizens, and publicly spirited leaders. Guinier presents a plan for considering “democratic merit,” a system that measures the success of higher education not by the personal qualities of the students who enter but by the work and service performed by the graduates who leave.

Guinier goes on to offer vivid examples of communities that have developed effective learning strategies based not on an individual’s “merit” but on the collaborative strength of a group, learning and working together, supporting members, and evolving into powerful collectives. Examples are taken from across the country and include a wide range of approaches, each innovative and effective. Guinier argues for reformation, not only of the very premises of admissions practices but of the shape of higher education itself.

The Pursuit of History, 5th Edition [EPUB]

The Pursuit of History, 5th Edition [EPUB]
The Pursuit of History, 5th Edition by John Tosh
2013 | EPUB | 6.03MB

This classic introduction to the study of history invites the reader to stand back and consider some of its most fundamental questions - What is the point of studying history? How do we know about the past? Does an objective historical truth exist and can we ever access it?

In answering these central questions, John Tosh argues that, despite the impression of fragmentation created by postmodernism in recent years, history is a coherent discipline which still bears the imprint of its nineteenth-century origins. Consistently clear-sighted, he provides a lively and compelling guide to a complex and sometimes controversial subject, while making his readers vividly aware of just how far our historical knowledge is conditioned by the character of the sources and the methods of the historians who work on them.

The fifth edition has been revised and updated throughout, with the addition of new sections on:

  • Global history
  • Comparative history
  • Postcolonialism
  • Women’s and gender history
  • Oral history and memory

Lucid and engaging, this new edition retains all the user-friendly features that have helped to make this book a favourite with both students and lecturers, including marginal glosses, illustrations, suggested further reading and boxed guides to key events and people.

Understanding World War I: A Concise History [EPUB]

Understanding World War I: A Concise History [EPUB]
Understanding World War I: A Concise History by Joseph Micallef
2014 | EPUB | 30.16MB

It started with a botched murder. By the time it ended over sixteen million people had lost their lives. Seventy million men took up arms, nine million of them never returned home. More than four times that number had been wounded. It was supposed to be the "war to end all wars." Instead the Great War began a cycle of violence that would shape the twentieth century.

In this concise yet comprehensive history of World War I, the conduct of the war is reviewed; from the trenches of the Western Front to the frozen fields of the Eastern Front, from the war in the multiple theaters of the Middle East to the war in Africa, China, and the South Pacific. This was the first war fought in three dimensions, on land and sea, beneath the waves, and in the air. It heralded the beginning of air power and the emergence of submarine warfare.

It was the first war of the industrial age. It mobilized the industrial might and the scientific genius of the developed nations and galvanized their populations into total war. It redrew the map of Europe, reshuffled its colonies, and brought four great empires to an inglorious end. It heralded the rise of a new world order as millions of American dough boys crossed the Atlantic in defense of European liberty. It underscored the twilight of the old world while the new world flexed its industrial and financial power. By the end of the war, ninety percent of the world's population had chosen sides making the Great War a truly global war.

Tales from Both Sides of the Brain [EPUB]

Tales from Both Sides of the Brain [EPUB]
Tales from Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience by Michael S Gazzaniga
2015 | EPUB | 6.66MB

Michael S. Gazzaniga, one of the most important neuroscientists of the twentieth century, gives us an exciting behind-the-scenes look at his seminal work on that unlikely couple, the right and left brain. Foreword by Steven Pinker.

In the mid-twentieth century, Michael S. Gazzaniga, “the father of cognitive neuroscience,” was part of a team of pioneering neuroscientists who developed the now foundational split-brain brain theory: the notion that the right and left hemispheres of the brain can act independently from one another and have different strengths.

In Tales from Both Sides of the Brain, Gazzaniga tells the impassioned story of his life in science and his decades-long journey to understand how the separate spheres of our brains communicate and miscommunicate with their separate agendas. By turns humorous and moving, Tales from Both Sides of the Brain interweaves Gazzaniga’s scientific achievements with his reflections on the challenges and thrills of working as a scientist. In his engaging and accessible style, he paints a vivid portrait not only of his discovery of split-brain theory, but also of his comrades in arms—the many patients, friends, and family who have accompanied him on this wild ride of intellectual discovery.

The Compatibility Gene [EPUB]

The Compatibility Gene [EPUB]
The Compatibility Gene: How Our Bodies Fight Disease, Attract Others, and Define Our Selves by Daniel Davis
2014 | EPUB | 2.38MB

The Compatibility Gene is a scientific adventure story set in a new field of genetic discovery - that of the crucial genes that define our relationships, our health and our individuality. Here, Daniel M Davis, one of the leading scientists in the field, tells us the story of its grounbreaking developments that have the potential to change us all

We each possess a similar set of around 25,000 human genes. Yet a tiny, distinctive cluster of these genes plays a disproportionately large part in how our bodies work. These few genes, argues Daniel M. Davis, hold the key to who we are as individuals and our relationship to the world: how we combat disease, how our brains are wired, how attractive we are, even how likely we are to reproduce.

In The Compatibility Gene, one of our foremost immunologists tells the remarkable history of these genes' discovery and the unlocking of their secrets. From the British scientific pioneers who, during the Second World War, struggled to understand the mysteries of transplants and grafts, to the Swiss zoologist who devised an entirely new method of assessing potential couples' compatibility based on the smell of worn T-shirts, Davis traces what is nothing less than a scientific revolution in our understanding of the human body: a global adventure spanning some sixty years.

Davis shows how the compatibility gene is radically transforming our knowledge of the way our bodies work - and is having profound consequences for medical research and ethics. Looking to the future, he considers the startling possibilities of what these wondrous discoveries might mean for you and me.

Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle [EPUB]

Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle [EPUB]
Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle by Douglas J Emlen
2014 | EPUB | 11.62MB

The story behind the stunning, extreme weapons we see in the animal world--teeth and horns and claws--and what they can tell us about the way humans develop and use arms and other weapons

In Animal Weapons, Doug Emlen takes us outside the lab and deep into the forests and jungles where he’s been studying animal weapons in nature for years, to explain the processes behind the most intriguing and curious examples of extreme animal weapons—fish with mouths larger than their bodies and bugs whose heads are so packed with muscle they don’t have room for eyes. As singular and strange as some of the weapons we encounter on these pages are, we learn that similar factors set their evolution in motion. Emlen uses these patterns to draw parallels to the way we humans develop and employ our own weapons, and have since battle began. He looks at everything from our armor and camouflage to the evolution of the rifle and the structures human populations have built across different regions and eras to protect their homes and communities.

With stunning black and white drawings and gorgeous color illustrations of these concepts at work, Animal Weapons brings us the complete story of how weapons reach their most outsized, dramatic potential, and what the results we witness in the animal world can tell us about our own relationship with weapons of all kinds.

Biography of the Dollar [PDF]

Biography of the Dollar [PDF]
Biography of the Dollar: How the Mighty Buck Conquered the World and Why It's Under Siege by Craig Karmin
2008 | PDF | 0.6MB

Will the sun set on the greatest currency in the history of the world?

For decades the dollar has been the undisputed champ. It’s not only the currency of America but much of the world as well, the fuel of global prosperity. As the superengine of the world’s only superpower, it’s accepted everywhere. When an Asian company trades with South America, those transactions are done in dollars, the currency of international business.

But for how much longer? Economists fear America is digging a hole with an economy based on massive borrowing and huge deficits that cloud the dollar’s future. Will the buck be eclipsed by the euro or even China’s renminbi? Should Americans worry when the value of the mighty U.S. dollar sinks to par with the Canadian “loonie”?

Craig Karmin’s in-depth “biography” of the dollar explores these issues. It also examines the green-back’s history, allure, and unique role as a catalyst for globalization, and how the American buck became so almighty that $ became perhaps the most powerful symbol on earth.

Biography of the Dollar explores every aspect of its subject: the power of the Federal Reserve, the inner sanctums of foreign central banks that stockpile the currency, and the little-known circles of foreign exchange traders that determine a currency’s worth. It traces the dollar’s ascendancy, including one incredibly important duck-hunting trip and the world-changing Bretton Woods Conference.

With its watermark, color-shifting inks, and a presidential portrait that glows under ultraviolet light, the dollar has obsessed foreign governments, some of which have tried to counterfeit it. Even Saddam Hussein, who insisted on being paid in euros for oil, had $750,000 in hundred-dollar bills when captured. Yet if a worldwide currency has enabled a global economy to flourish, it’s also allowed the United States to owe unbelievable, shocking amounts of money—paying hundreds of millions of dollars every single day just in interest on foreign debt; that’s raised concerns that the dollar standard may not be sustainable.

Any threat to the dollar’s privileged status would do much more than hurt American pride. It would mean U.S. companies and citizens would not be able to borrow at the low rates they have become accustomed to. The dollar’s demise would impact the rest of the world, too, boosting the costs of trade and investment if no other currency was able to play the same crucial role. Ultimately the dollar system may weaken, but it should endure—a while longer, at least; it’s in few people’s interest to see it fail, and there is still no credible alternative.

Biography of the Dollar is must reading for anyone who wants to understand what truly makes the world go ’round—and whether it will continue to spin the way we want it to.

Open Innovation: New Product Development Essentials from the PDMA [EPUB]

Open Innovation: New Product Development Essentials from the PDMA [EPUB]
Open Innovation: New Product Development Essentials from the PDMA by Abbie Griffin, Charles Noble, Serdar Durmusoglu
2014 | EPUB | 5.71MB

A clear, practical guide to implementing Open Innovation for new product development

Open Innovation: New Product Development Essentials from the PDMA is a comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of the Open Innovation method. Written by experts from the Product Development and Management Association, the book packages a collection of Open Innovation tools in a digestible and actionable format. Real-world case studies drawn from the authors' own successes and failures illustrate the concepts presented, providing accurate representation of the opportunities and challenges of Open Innovation implementation. Key tools are presented with a focus on immediate applications for business, allowing NPD professionals to easily discern where this cutting edge development method can push innovation forward.

Open Innovation assumes that companies can and should use both internal and external ideas and paths to market, permeating the boundaries between firm and environment. Innovations transfer outward and inward through purchase, licensing, joint ventures, and spin-offs, allowing companies to expand beyond their own research and dramatically improve productivity through collaboration. PDMA Essentials provides practical guidance on exploiting the Open Innovation model to these ends, with clear guidance on all aspects of the new product development process. Topics include:

  • Product platforming and idea competitions
  • Customer immersion and interaction
  • Collaborative product design and development
  • Innovation networks, rewards, and incentives

Many practitioners charged with innovation have only a vague understanding of the specific tools available for Open Innovation, and how they might be applied. As the marketplace shifts dramatically to keep pace with changing consumer behaviors, remaining relevant increasingly means ramping up innovation processes. PDMA Essentials provides the tools NPD practitioners need to implement a leading innovation method, and drive continued growth.

The Best Job in the World [EPUB]

The Best Job in the World [EPUB]
The Best Job in the World: How to Make a Living From Following Your Dreams by Ben Southall
2015 | EPUB | 4.96MB

The true story of the man with the Best Job in the World

The Best Job in the World is the story of how following your passions can lead to life-changing opportunities. Adventurer Ben Southall shares his experiences and lessons learned as the winner of the inaugural Tourism Queensland's Best Job in the World campaign, and reveals how this has led to ongoing opportunities since. Part autobiography, part insight into the power of a unique marketing campaign, this book follows Ben's journey—from leaving the UK on his own expedition around Africa to his new role as caretaker of Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef. You'll learn about the skills and experiences that shaped Ben's path, together with the inevitable pitfalls that he faced along the way to living his dream.

The sole winner of the Best Job in the World campaign, Ben's perspective is a unique one to share the serious challenges that arose from being catapulted into a high profile job in an idyllic location. Humorous and poignant, the story is as much holistic life guide as travel guide, providing a motivational and inspirational tale that may just be the push you need to:

  • Get inspired—see the opportunities around you and grab them with both hands
  • Embrace the unknown, overcome life's obstacles and challenge expectations
  • Live out your dreams and be your authentic self
  • Climb out of the rut and take part in the world around you

In The Best Job in the World, Ben Southall answers the questions everyone is asking: "What is it like? Is it really the best job in the world?" You'll learn how to transform your interests and passions into a flexible, long-term career, and how following the road less travelled can lead to living your best life. If you're dissatisfied, stuck in a rut or merely curious, The Best Job in the World is a must-read tale of aspiration, inspiration and motivation.

Co-Opetition [EPUB]

Co-Opetition [EPUB]
Co-Opetition by Adam M Brandenburger, Barry J Nalebuff
2011 | EPUB | 2.55MB

The game of business changes constantly. So should your business strategy.

When a business strategy is so new in design, a new word must be coined to capture its value. Such is the case with co-opetition, a method that goes beyond the old rules of competition and cooperation to combine the advantages of both. Co-opetition is a pioneering, high-profit means of leveraging business relationships.

The Harvard Business School's Adam M. Brandenburger and the Yale School of Management's Barry J. Nalebuff, scholars and consultants, have developed a five-part business strategy that shows how to do more than play the game of business. It shows how you can change the game of business for maximum benefit.

Though often compared to games like chess and poker, business is different. To win at chess or poker, someone has to lose. In business, long-term profitability doesn't require others to fail. And in business, people are free to change the rules, the players, the boundaries, the game itself. Intel, Nintendo, American Express, NutraSweet, American Airlines and dozens of other companies have been using the strategies of co-opetition to change the game of business to their benefit. By telling stories of these companies, and formulating strategies based on the science of game theory, Brandenburger and Nalebuff have created a book that's insightful and instructive for managers eager to move their companies into a new mindset.

Co-opetition will revolutionize the way you play the game of business.

SuperCorp [EPUB]

SuperCorp [EPUB]
SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth, and Social Good by Rosabeth Moss Kanter
2009 | EPUB | 2.41MB

Rosabeth Moss Kanter on the answer to the global crisis of business and American-style capitalism.

Out of the ashes of conventional business models arises a set of companies using their power not only for profits and sustainable growth but also social good.

If you think business corporations are doomed to be lumbering, bloated, and corrupt, think again.

Based on an extraordinary three-year investigation, interviewing more than 350 key people at major companies around the world, Rosabeth Moss Kanter provides encouraging and astounding evidence that this assumption is completely outdated. The businesses that are agile, keeping ahead of the curve in terms of market changes and customer needs, are the businesses that are also progressive, socially responsible human communities.

Take IBM. When the tsunami and earthquake struck Asia, IBM didn’ t just cut a check for relief funds and call it a day. The company used its technological expertise and skilled people to create what government and relief agencies could not: information systems to effectively track relief supplies and reunite families. While IBM did this with no commercial motive, its employees’ desire to serve people suffering during these crises stimulated innovations that later benefited the company.

Or Proctor & Gamble. Despite a decade-long commitment to research and development of a water purification product, commercial prospects were unpromising. But because it was so consistent with P&G’s statement of purpose, people within the company persevered. And when the tsunami struck, it was then able to deliver roughly a billion glasses of drinking water for the victims, earning plaudits from aid partners, the media, governments, and crucially, P&G employees.

SuperCorp captures the zeitgeist of the emerging twenty-first-century business. For example:

  • The strong potential synergy between financial performance and attention to community and social needs
  • The unique competitive advantage from embracing the values and expectations of a new generation of professionals
  • The growth opportunities that result from stressing values and supressing executive egos when seeking partners and integrating acquisitions

SuperCorp is a remarkable look at the business of the future and the management skills required to get there. IBM, Banco Real, P&G, Cemex, Omron, and other companies reported on now move with the rapidity and creativity of much smaller enterprises. These companies are not perfect, but when people are empowered and values drive decisions, everything can come together in magical “Rubik’s Cube moments” of deep satisfaction. Kanter’s compelling and inspiring stories show that people are more inclined to be creative when their company values innovation that helps the world.

The Analytics Revolution [EPUB]

The Analytics Revolution [EPUB]
The Analytics Revolution: How to Improve Your Business By Making Analytics Operational In The Big Data Era by Bill Franks
2014 | EPUB | 1.22MB

Lead your organization into the industrial revolution of analytics with The Analytics Revolution

The topics of big data and analytics continue to be among the most discussed and pursued in the business world today. While a decade ago many people still questioned whether or not data and analytics would help improve their businesses, today virtually no one questions the value that analytics brings to the table. The Analytics Revolution focuses on how this evolution has come to pass and explores the next wave of evolution that is underway. Making analytics operational involves automating and embedding analytics directly into business processes and allowing the analytics to prescribe and make decisions. It is already occurring all around us whether we know it or not.

The Analytics Revolution delves into the requirements for laying a solid technical and organizational foundation that is capable of supporting operational analytics at scale, and covers factors to consider if an organization is to succeed in making analytics operational. Along the way, you'll learn how changes in technology and the business environment have led to the necessity of both incorporating big data into analytic processes and making them operational. The book cuts straight through the considerable marketplace hype and focuses on what is really important. The book includes:

  • An overview of what operational analytics are and what trends lead us to them
  • Tips on structuring technology infrastructure and analytics organizations to succeed
  • A discussion of how to change corporate culture to enable both faster discovery of important new analytics and quicker implementation cycles of what is discovered
  • Guidance on how to justify, implement, and govern operational analytics

The Analytics Revolution gives you everything you need to implement operational analytic processes with big data.

Predicting Success [EPUB]

Predicting Success [EPUB]
Predicting Success: Evidence-Based Strategies to Hire the Right People and Build the Best Team by David Lahey
2014 | EPUB | 0.8MB

Make the right hires every time, with an analytical approach to talent

Predicting Success is a practical guide to finding the perfect member for your team. By applying the principles and tools of human analytics to the workplace, you'll avoid bad culture fits, mismatched skillsets, entitled workers, and other hiring missteps that drain the team of productivity and morale. This book provides guidance toward implementing tools like the Predictive Index, behavior analytics, hiring assessments, and other practical resources to build your best team and achieve the best outcomes. Written by a human analytics specialist who applies these principles daily, this book is the manager's guide to aligning people with business strategy to find the exact person your team is missing.

An avalanche of research describes an evolving business landscape that will soon be populated by workers in jobs that don't fit. This is bad news for both the workers and the companies, as bad hires affect outcomes on the individual and organizational level, and can potentially hinder progress long after the situation has been rectified. Predicting Success is a guide to avoiding that by integrating analytical tools into the hiring process from the start.

  • Hire without the worry of mismatched expectations
  • Apply practical analytics tools to the hiring process
  • Build the right team and avoid disconnected or dissatisfied workers
  • Stop seeing candidates as "chances," and start seeing them as opportunities

Analytics has proved to be integral in the finance, tech, marketing, and banking industries, but when applied to talent acquisition, it can build the team that takes the company to the next level. If the future will be full of unhappy workers in underperforming companies, getting out from under that weight ahead of time would confer a major advantage. Predicting Success provides evidence-based strategies that help you find precisely the talent you need.

Bold: How to Go Big, Achieve Success and Impact the World [EPUB]

Bold: How to Go Big, Achieve Success and Impact the World [EPUB]
Bold: How to Go Big, Achieve Success and Impact the World by Peter H Diamandis, Steven Kotler
2015 | EPUB + MP4, AVC, 1920x1080 | 3.29/961.32MB

From the coauthors of the New York Times bestseller Abundance comes their much anticipated follow-up: Bold—a radical, how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools to create extraordinary wealth while also positively impacting the lives of billions.

Bold unfolds in three parts. Part One focuses on the exponential technologies that are disrupting today’s Fortune 500 companies and enabling upstart entrepreneurs to go from "I’ve got an idea" to "I run a billion-dollar company" far faster than ever before. The authors provide exceptional insight into the power of 3D printing, artificial intelligence, robotics, networks and sensors, and synthetic biology. Part Two of the book focuses on the Psychology of Bold, drawing on insights from billionaire entrepreneurs Larry Page, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos. In addition, Diamandis reveals his entrepreneurial secrets garnered from building fifteen companies, including such audacious ventures as Singularity University, XPRIZE, Planetary Resources, and Human Longevity, Inc. Finally, Bold closes with a look at the best practices that allow anyone to leverage today’s hyper-connected crowd like never before. Here, the authors teach how to design and use incentive competitions, launch million-dollar crowdfunding campaigns to tap into ten’s of billions of dollars of capital, and finally how to build communities—armies of exponentially enabled individuals willing and able to help today’s entrepreneurs make their boldest dreams come true.

Bold is both a manifesto and a manual. It is today’s exponential entrepreneur’s go-to resource on the use of emerging technologies, thinking at scale, and the awesome power of crowd-powered tools.

Stock Trader's Almanac 2015 [EPUB]

Stock Trader's Almanac 2015 [EPUB]
Stock Trader's Almanac 2015 by Jeffrey A Hirsch
2014 | EPUB | 18.73MB

The most trusted source of historical stock trading trend data for over forty years

Stock Trader's Almanac is the indispensable annual resource that helps active traders and investors profit from market cycles and seasonal trends. This practical investment tool provides a roundup of the year's data—some of the cleanest in the business—and encapsulates the historical price information, patterns, seasonalities, and trends in a calendar format. Readers get daily and monthly reminders, alerts to seasonal opportunities and dangers, plus outlines of widely-followed historical patterns and proprietary theory and strategy. The new 2015 edition includes significant revisions from the famous Best Six Months switching strategy, plus details on the renowned January Barometer and the stock market strategy aligned with the election cycle.

Analytical tools help investors and traders make investing decisions from fundamental analysis to technical analysis. Historical stock patterns have an uncanny tendency to repeat, and the proprietary data and expert analysis of Stock Trader's Almanac translates these patterns into practical information that gives market players an edge. Readers can:

  • Discover little-known market patterns and tendencies
  • Evaluate pre-Presidential election year cycles and perspectives
  • Explore the market impact of the Lame Duck year
  • Forecast market trends accurately and confidently

Representing a massive feat of data collection and analysis, this annual guide offers a host of market-ready strategies and delineated patterns. This invaluable data is not available from any other source, and the expert analysis is exclusive to this guide. For over forty years, thousands of market players have turned to the historical patterns found only in the Stock Trader's Almanac, the most trusted source for patterns, trends, and cycles.

My Year Without Matches [EPUB]

My Year Without Matches [EPUB]
My Year Without Matches: Escaping the City in Search of the Wild by Claire Dunn
2014 | EPUB | 1.89MB

Disillusioned and burnt out by her job, Claire Dunn quits a comfortable life to spend a year off the grid in a wilderness survival program. Her new forest home swings between ally and enemy as reality – and the rain – sets in.

Claire’s adventure unfolds over four seasons and in the essential order of survival: shelter, water, fire and food. She arrives in summer, buoyant with idealism, and is initially confronted with physical challenges: building a shelter, escaping the vicious insects and making fire without matches. By winter, however, her emotional landscape has become the toughest terrain of all. Can she connect with her inner spirit to guide her journey onwards?

Brimming with earthy charm and hard-won wisdom, My Year Without Matches is one woman’s quest for belonging, to the land and to herself. When Claire finally cracks life in the bush wide open, she discovers a wild heart to warm the coldest night.

Essential India Travel Guide [EPUB]

Essential India Travel Guide [EPUB]
Essential India Travel Guide: Travel Tips And Practical Information by Shalu Sharma
2014 | EPUB | 2.37MB

Are you visiting India? Do you want to know more about India before you travel? Are you looking for travel tips and unbiased information on India? Are you looking for an India travel guide but don't know which one to get? Then here's a travel guide on India that covers everything you need from places to visit to dealing with beggars and how to protect yourself while in India. The "Essential India Travel Guide: Travel Tips And Practical Information" covers everything you need to know about India.

India is a great country for holiday but it can be rough at times. Sadly, many incidences and crimes do happen and many of them are directed at foreign travelers. Many foreigners end up being ripped off their hard earned money. Most people in India working in the tourism industry do not realize that even in the West, one has to work hard for their money and do not have surplus to squander around. This India travel guide shows you how to be careful with your money, how to bargain like the locals and how to deal with beggars and have a safe and pleasurable trip to India.

True Summit [EPUB]

True Summit [EPUB]
True Summit: What Really Happened on the Legendary Ascent of Annapurna by David Roberts
2013 | EPUB | 4.3MB

In June 1950, a team of mountaineers was the first to conquer an 8,000-meter peak. Maurice Herzog, the leader of the expedition, became a national hero in France, and Annapurna, his account of the historic ascent, has long been regarded as the ultimate tale of courage and cooperation under the harshest of conditions.

In True Summit, David Roberts presents a fascinating revision of this classic tale. Using newly available documents and information gleaned from a rare interview with Herzog (the only climber on the team still living), Roberts shows that the expedition was torn by dissent. As he re-creates the actual events, Roberts lays bare Herzog's self-serving determination and bestows long-delayed credit to the most accomplished and unsung heroes.

These new revelations will inspire young adventurers and change forever the way we think about this victory in the mountains and the climbers who achieved it.

Gun Digest Shooter's Guide to Rifle Marksmanship [EPUB]

Gun Digest Shooter's Guide to Rifle Marksmanship [EPUB]
Gun Digest Shooter's Guide to Rifle Marksmanship by Peter Lessler
2013 | EPUB | 8.82MB

Whether you're a first-time rifle buyer or an experienced rifle owner looking for formal, comprehensive training, Gun Digest Shooter's Guide to Rifle Marksmanship delivers the foundational marksmanship training you need.

In this information-packed volume, you will find:

  • Complete and simple explanations that teach the fundamental skills and techniques required to perform well.
  • Practice drills with step-by-step instructions that show you how to perform the techniques properly, and help you to analyze and correct your performance.
  • Hundreds of clear, detailed photos to illustrate the techniques.
  • With the techniques in this book, you'll progress from basic competence to expert, building sound knowledge and understanding of fundamental marksmanship methods and techniques along the way.

1911: The First 100 Years [EPUB]

1911: The First 100 Years [EPUB]
1911: The First 100 Years by Patrick Sweeney
2010 | EPUB | 10.01MB

In 1911, the history of firearms changed forever with the adoption of the greatest pistol ever designed, the Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, M1911--known today simply as the 1911. Now, in one fascinating, illustrated volume, authority Patrick Sweeney celebrates the 100th anniversary of the greatest fighting handgun ever designed, John M. Brownings legendary 1911 .45.

From the predecessors of the 1911 and its contemporaries to the best of today's semi- and full-custom models, you'll find it in 1911: The First 100 Years. Lavishly illustrated with photographs collected from around the world, 1911: The First 100 Years is a fitting centennial tribute to a pistol that is today more popular than ever.

For the collector, for the shooter, for the historian--for anyone interested in big-bore handguns or the evolution of this truly American classic, this is a must-have volume.

Shooter's Bible: Guide to Rifle Ballistics [EPUB]

Shooter's Bible: Guide to Rifle Ballistics [EPUB]
Shooter's Bible: Guide to Rifle Ballistics by Wayne van Zwoll
2011 | EPUB | 12.31MB

Published annually for more than eighty years, and with over seven million copies sold worldwide, Shooter’s Bible is the most complete and sought-after reference guide for new products, specifications, and current prices on thousands of firearms and related equipment. The 103rd edition contains up-to-date handgun and rifle ballistic tables along with extensive charts of currently available bullets and projectiles for handloading, as well as a new products section. Complete with color and black and white photographs showcasing various makes and models of firearms and equipment, Shooter’s Bible is the perfect addition to the bookshelf of any beginner or experienced hunter, firearm collector, or gun enthusiast.

Big-Bore Revolvers [EPUB]

Big-Bore Revolvers [EPUB]
Big-Bore Revolvers by Max Prasac
2012 | EPUB | 9.44MB

Is bigger better? You bet it is, when it's a big-bore revolver!

Big-Bore Revolvers offers a one-stop resource for the wheelgun novice to the hardened veteran and everyone in between. With in-depth coverage of commercial and wildcat calibers and their effectiveness, theoretical and actual application of terminal ballistics and a detailed look at today's available revolver platforms, this is the most comprehensive book ever published on the topic.

Inside you'll find:

  • A one-stop resource for everything you want and need to know about big-bore revolvers
  • Foreword by Dick Casull, modern big-bore revolver pioneer and father of the cartridge that carries his name--the famous .454 Casull
  • A comprehensive look at dozens of oversized cartridges, their designers and ballistics
  • Detailed descriptions of the power-house revolvers that can handle big-bore loads--even if you can't!
  • More than 250 full-color photos, highlighting cartridge comparisons, the revolvers themselves, and the big and dangerous game that are no match for the devastating power of these firearms.
  • And much, much more!

With a special look at the pioneers behind the big-bore revolution, and hunt stories as giant as the guns and cartridges themselves, this is one book every handgun lover and hunter will want to read cover to cover. Authored by big-bore revolver aficionado Max Prasac, and with collaboration from John Parker and Jack Huntington, two of the most authoritative names in big-bore revolver circles, this compendium of facts, history and first-hand experiences behind the sights fills a long-vacant niche.

Mastering the Art of Long-Range Shooting [EPUB]

Mastering the Art of Long-Range Shooting [EPUB]
Mastering the Art of Long-Range Shooting by Wayne van Zwoll
2013 | EPUB | 21.35MB

The long shot: Art plus science equals success!

The long shot. It's a challenge that both thrills and intimidates. Now, with Wayne van Zwoll's newest Gun Digest book, Mastering the Art of Long-Range Shooting, you can tackle the shots you've always wanted to with confidence and accuracy.

Inside you'll find:

  • The rifles, ammunition, optics, and tools that make shots beyond the 500-yard mark reality.
  • Bullet trajectory and drift dissected.
  • Reading, shading, and clicking the wind.
  • Specialized schools that perfect long-distance skills.
  • And much, much more.

Beautifully told as only expert marksman and noted author Wayne van Zwoll can, and gorgeously illustrated in full color, Mastering the Art of Long-Range Shooting is the definitive volume on the subject of shots beyond the 100-yard standard. Mine the gold in these pages and take your shooting to the next level--out there, way out there!

War and Revolution: Rethinking the Twentieth Century [EPUB]

War and Revolution: Rethinking the Twentieth Century [EPUB]
War and Revolution: Rethinking the Twentieth Century by Domenico Losurdo
2015 | EPUB | 0.7MB

War and Revolution identifies and takes to task a reactionary trend among contemporary historians, one that’s grown increasingly apparent in recent years. It’s a revisionist tendency discernible in the work of authors such as Ernst Nolte, who traces the impetus behind the Holocaust to the excesses of the Russian Revolution; or François Furet, who links the Stalinist purges to an “illness” originating with the French Revolution.

The intention of these revisionists is to eradicate the revolutionary tradition. Their true motives have little to do with the quest for a greater understanding of the past, but lie in the climate of the present day and the ideological needs of the political classes, as is most clearly seen now in the work of the Anglophone imperial revivalists Paul Johnson and Niall Ferguson.

In this vigorous riposte to those who would denigrate the history of emancipatory struggle, Losurdo captivates the reader with a tour de force account of modern revolt, providing a new perspective on the English, American, French and twentieth-century revolutions.

Causes of War [EPUB]

Causes of War [EPUB]
Causes of War by Jack S Levy, William R Thompson
2010 | EPUB | 0.8MB

Written by leading scholars in the field, Causes of War provides the first comprehensive analysis of the leading theories relating to the origins of both interstate and civil wars.

  • Utilizes historical examples to illustrate individual theories throughout
  • Includes an analysis of theories of civil wars as well as interstate wars -- one of the only texts to do both
  • Written by two former International Studies Association Presidents

The Satires [Audiobook]

The Satires [Audiobook]
The Satires [Audiobook] by Juvenal, read by Charlton Griffin
2006 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 51 mins | 161.09MB

To listen to The Satires by Juvenal is to come face to face with the corruption, the debauchery, the waste, the sloth, and the mean-spirited greed of ancient Rome...or is it more like modern times?

Indeed, these masterpieces of biting social commentary could easily have been written today about any number of metropolitan areas we are all familiar with. Almost anyone who comes into contact with these vitriolic rants against the foibles of humanity will be struck by the similarities to our own times. There are many famous catch-phrases from Juvenal that listeners will immediately recognize ("One rotten apple spoils the whole barrel," among others.)

Juvenal did not like Rome, or at least not what it had become by the late first century A.D. And, in poetry crackling with cynicism, outrage, and passion, he tells us in great detail precisely what he loathes about the times he lives in. In a rough, tough, and slashing manner, Juvenal has left us 16 satires on various subjects, including woman's vanity, sexual license, avaricious courtiers, base cupidity, heartless displays of vulgar wealth, hypocrisy, despicable aristocrats, back-stabbing social climbers, and vile superstitions. Nothing escaped his penetrating gaze.

Little is known about Decimus Junius Juvenalis, the poet we know as Juvenal. He took up writing in his maturity and lived from about 60 to 140 A.D., a period that encompassed the reigns of Nero through Antoninus Pius. He is thought to have been a soldier, but all we know of him comes from his own pen. Although easily one of the greatest satirists of all time, he was practically unknown until about 200 years after his death.

Translation by R. Humphries.

The Twelve Caesars [Audiobook]

The Twelve Caesars [Audiobook]
The Twelve Caesars [Audiobook] by Suetonius, read by Charlton Griffin
2009 | MP3 VBR V9 | 14 hrs 13 mins | 181.81MB

From the dignified grace of Augustus to the cruel debauchery of Nero, this history chronicles all the vices and virtues of the first 12 rulers of Imperial Rome.

The Twelve Caesars was written based on the information of eyewitnesses and public records. It conveys a very accurate picture of court life in Rome and contains some of the raciest and most salacious material to be found in all of ancient literature.

The writing is clear, simple and easy to understand, and the numerous anecdotes of juicy scandal, bitter court intrigue, and murderous brigandage easily hold their own against the most spirited content of today's tabloids.

The History of Rome, Volume 1 [Audiobook]

The History of Rome, Volume 1 [Audiobook]
The History of Rome, Volume 1: Books 1 - 5 [Audiobook] by Titus Livy, read by Charlton Griffin
2010 | MP3@64 kbps | 18 hrs 21 mins | 511.05MB

When Livy began his epic The History of Rome, he had no idea of the fame and fortune he would eventually attain. He would go on to become the most widely read writer in the Roman Empire and was eagerly sought out and feted like a modern celebrity. And his fame continued to grow after his death. His bombastic style, his intricate and complex sentence structure, and his flair for powerfully recreating the searing drama of historical incidents made him a favorite of teachers and pupils alike. Along with Virgil and Cicero, Livy formed the Latin triumvirate of essential studies for 2,000 years.

Hardly anyone who was educated was unaware of at least some of the more famous stories of Roman myth and history as told by Titus Livius. When completed, Livy's magnificent work consisted of 142 "books" (i.e. long chapters) and covered the period from the mythical founding of Rome through the time of Augustus. Books 1 - 10 and 21 - 45 are all that have come down to us in reasonably complete form. Volume 1 consists of books 1 - 5, which takes us from the founding of Rome in the eighth century BC to its sack by the Gauls in 390 BC. The Audio Connoisseur series will eventually come to six volumes. This version was translated by Roberts.

The History of Rome, Volume 2 [Audiobook]

The History of Rome, Volume 2 [Audiobook]
The History of Rome, Volume 2: Books 6 - 10 [Audiobook] by Titus Livy, read by Charlton Griffin
2010 | MP3@64 kbps | 13 hrs 50 mins | 390.0MB

Livy continues his magnificent epic, with Rome in complete ruin after the Gallic invasion and sack of the city in 310 B.C. Led by Camillus, one of Rome's great heroic patricians, the city regains her self-confidence and once more becomes the leader of the Latin people.

Painstakingly rebuilding alliances, forging friendships, cementing relations among her own people, and fighting endless wars, Rome soon becomes the dominant power among the fractious Italic tribes on the Latin plain. For 50 years, the Romans maintain political and economic stability while pursuing an aggressive stance toward the other, more distant, warlike Italic peoples. Rome is under constant threat of invasion from many quarters and her disciplined soldiers are kept in perfect training. And they need to be.

After many decades, the Romans finally manage to conquer the Etruscans and the mighty Samnites, at last bringing most of the Italian peninsula under their control. Livy's The History of Rome continues in an additional four volumes.

The History of Rome, Volume 3 [Audiobook]

The History of Rome, Volume 3 [Audiobook]
The History of Rome, Volume 3: Books 21-25 [Audiobook] by Titus Livy, read by Charlton Griffin
2011 | MP3@64 kbps | 14 hrs 43 mins | 622.36MB

The incredible saga of Hannibal and his invasion of Italy in 218 B.C. is the subject of this third volume of Livy's magnificent history. As only Livy can describe it, we are swept into the era of the Second Punic War and given a ringside view of the leadership of both sides. The stirring account of Hannibal crossing the Alps, the brutal description of Cannae, and the relentless Roman siege of Syracuse are some of the highlights of this remarkable story.

Never has the undaunted courage of the Roman soldier been more fully accounted for, and never has the language of history been more dramatically set down as it has in the searing pages of Titus Livy. The Hannibalic War lives on in this mighty epic of ancient literary history.

Early Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy [EPUB]

Early Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy [EPUB]
Early Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy by Leonard Lawlor
2011 | EPUB | 1.65MB

Early Twentieth-Century Continental Philosophy elaborates the basic project of contemporary continental philosophy, which culminates in a movement toward the outside. Leonard Lawlor interprets key texts by major figures in the continental tradition, including Bergson, Foucault, Freud, Heidegger, Husserl, and Merleau-Ponty, to develop the broad sweep of the aims of continental philosophy. Lawlor discusses major theoretical trends in the work of these philosophers—immanence, difference, multiplicity, and the overcoming of metaphysics. His conception of continental philosophy as a unified project enables Lawlor to think beyond its European origins and envision a global sphere of philosophical inquiry that will revitalize the field.

The Political Theory of Aristophanes [PDF]

The Political Theory of Aristophanes [PDF]
The Political Theory of Aristophanes: Explorations in Poetic Wisdom edited by Jeremy J Mhire, Bryan-Paul Frost
2014 | PDF | 5.47MB

Examines the political dimensions of Aristophanes’ comic poetry.

This original and wide-ranging collection of essays offers, for the first time, a comprehensive examination of the political dimensions of that madcap comic poet Aristophanes. Rejecting the claim that Aristophanes is little more than a mere comedian, the contributors to this fascinating volume demonstrate that Aristophanes deserves to be placed in the ranks of the greatest Greek political thinkers. As these essays reveal, all of Aristophanes’ plays treat issues of fundamental political importance, from war and peace, poverty and wealth, the relation between the sexes, demagoguery and democracy to the role of philosophy and poetry in political society.

Accessible to students as well as scholars, The Political Theory of Aristophanes can be utilized easily in the classroom, but at the same time serve as a valuable source for those conducting more advanced research. Whether the field is political philosophy, classical studies, history, or literary criticism, this work will make it necessary to reconceptualize how we understand this great Athenian poet and force us to recognize the political ramifications and underpinnings of his uproarious comedies.

Delphi Complete Works of Julius Caesar [EPUB]

Delphi Complete Works of Julius Caesar [EPUB]
Delphi Complete Works of Julius Caesar
2013 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.86/4.29MB

The Ancient Classics series provides eReaders with the wisdom of the Classical world, with both English translations and the original Latin and Greek texts. This comprehensive eBook presents the complete works of Julius Caesar, with beautiful illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material.

  • Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Caesar's life and works
  • Features the complete works of Caesar, in both English translation and the original Latin
  • Concise introductions to the commentaries and other works
  • Provides a special dual English and Latin section, allowing readers to compare Caesar’s complete works paragraph by paragraph – ideal for study
  • Special campaign maps to complement the text, originally appearing in the Loeb Classical Library editions
  • Includes McDevitte’s celebrated translations
  • Images of famous paintings and sculptures inspired by Caesar’s life
  • Excellent formatting of the texts
  • Easily locate the sections or books you want to read with individual contents tables
  • Includes Caesar's rare spurious works
  • Features two bonus biographies - discover Caesar's ancient world
  • Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

CONTENTS:

The Translations

  • THE GALLIC WARS
  • THE CIVIL WAR
  • ON THE ALEXANDRINE WAR
  • ON THE AFRICAN WAR
  • ON THE HISPANIC WAR

Dual Latin and English Texts

  • LIST OF DUAL TEXTS

The Latin Texts

  • LIST OF LATIN TEXTS

The Biographies

  • THE LIFE OF JULIUS CAESAR by Suetonius
  • THE HISTORY OF JULIUS CAESAR by Jacob Abbott

Delphi Complete Works of Aristophanes [EPUB]

Delphi Complete Works of Aristophanes [EPUB]
Delphi Complete Works of Aristophanes
2013 | EPUB | 2.85MB

The Ancient Classics series provides eReaders with the wisdom of the Classical world, with both English translations and the original Latin and Greek texts. This comprehensive eBook presents the complete works of the Athenian playwright Aristophanes, with beautiful illustrations, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material.

  • Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Aristophanes’ life and works
  • Features the complete extant plays of Aristophanes, in both English translation and the original Greek
  • Concise introductions to the comedies
  • Images of contemporary Greek art that have been inspired by Aristophanes’ works
  • Excellent formatting of the texts
  • Easily locate the plays or works you want to read with individual contents tables
  • Features two bonus biographies - discover Aristophanes’ ancient world
  • Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

The Translations

  • THE ACHARNIANS
  • THE KNIGHTS
  • THE CLOUDS
  • THE WASPS
  • PEACE
  • THE BIRDS
  • LYSISTRATA
  • THE WOMEN CELEBRATING THE THESMOPHORIA
  • THE FROGS
  • THE ASSEMBLYWOMEN
  • WEALTH

The Greek Texts

  • LIST OF GREEK TEXTS

The Biographies

  • INTRODUCTION TO ARISTOPHANES by John Williams White
  • ARISTOPHANES by T. W. Lumb

Stuck Up: 100 Objects Inserted and Ingested in Places They Shouldn't Be [EPUB]

Stuck Up: 100 Objects Inserted and Ingested in Places They Shouldn't Be [EPUB]
Stuck Up: 100 Objects Inserted and Ingested in Places They Shouldn't Be by Rich E Dreben, Murdoc Knight, Marty A Sindhian
2011 | EPUB | 2.09MB

A very funny collection of 100 X-ray images showing foreign objects ingested or inserted into human bodies, accidentally or on purpose. The human imagination truly knows no limits. Without it, there would be no great art, no advances in science and technology, and no extreme sports. Without it, we’d also be deprived of the many insights into human nature that we get out of witnessing other people do shockingly imprudent things and then try to rationalize them. Stuck Up! capitalizes on this human capability of coming up with creative applications for everyday (and not-so everyday) items way beyond their designated uses, and features 100 X-ray images of foreign objects inserted into human bodies, accidentally or on purpose. “It was a million-to-one shot, Doc.” “My hands were full.” “I fell.”

These and many other ludicrous excuses are what emergency room doctors hear every day from patients who check in with various items inserted where the sun don’t shine, stuck in various orifices, or ingested in other ways. How exactly did that cell phone end up there? Was it on vibrate? And is the rectum truly the best place to store your bronzed baby shoes? It is at least somewhat understandable to find a rectal thermometer in its intended place, but how about your six-year-old daughter’s Barbie doll?

Start browsing this hilarious collection of images – you’ll be surprised at the patients’ creativity and the medical information provided. And: Don’t try this at home.