The Ethicurean Cookbook [EPUB]

The Ethicurean Cookbook [EPUB]
The Ethicurean Cookbook: Recipes, Foods and Spirituous Liquors, from Our Bounteous Walled Gardens in the Several Seasons of the Year
2013 | EPUB | 17.52MB

The Ethicurean philosophy is simple: eat local, celebrate native foods, live well.The Ethicurean is quietly changing the face of modern British cooking,­ all from a walled garden in the heart of the Mendip Hills. The Ethicurean Cookbook follows a year in their magnificent kitchen and garden,­ and celebrates the greatest food, drink, and traditions of this fair land.The combinations are electric: confit rabbit is paired with lovage breadcrumbs, cured roe deer flirts with wood sorrel, and foraged nettle soup is fortified by a young Caerphilly. The salads are as fresh as a daisy: honeyed walnuts nestle amongst beetroot carpaccio, rich curd cheese is balanced by delicate cucumber. And the comfort of pies and puds—pork and juniper pie, Eccles cakes with Dorset Blue Vinny­—is only enhanced by the apple juice, cider, and beer poured in equal measure.With 120 recipes and a year of seasonal inspiration in photographs and words, Ethicureanism is a new British cooking manifesto.

Mudras for Awakening Chakras [EPUB]

Mudras for Awakening Chakras [EPUB]
Mudras for Awakening Chakras: 19 Simple Hand Gestures for Awakening and Balancing Your Chakras by Advait
2014 | EPUB | 1.23MB

The 'Universal Life energy' enters the human body at Seven (7) specific points, located along our spine.

These points are THE CHAKRAS.
Simply put, The Seven Chakras are the inlet energy taps of the human body.

All these Chakras are associated with certain Glands and Vital Organs and the energy entering the Chakras is lead to them for proper functioning and nourishment.

If a Chakra is Closed, Blocked or Un-Balanced then these Vital Organs and Glands are malnourished leading to further complications and diseases. (Both on a physical and meta-physical level)

It is possible to Awaken and Balance Your Chakras by performing Simple Hand Gestures called as 'Mudras'.

You don't believe me?? Try out for yourself.

These Mudras work wonders!!

Start A Successful Money Making Blog With 7 Simple Steps [EPUB]

Start A Successful Money Making Blog With 7 Simple Steps [EPUB]
Start A Successful Money Making Blog With 7 Simple Steps by Karena Andrews
2014 | EPUB | 1.08MB

This eBook is a straightforward, complete step-by-step guide that will show you exactly how to create a money making blog from start to finish in just 7 Simple Steps. There are no fillers, just straight to the point instructions to help you get started right away. There are also images to give you a visual of the instructions.

You will learn how to create both paid and free blogs for personal and business use. You will also learn how to monetize your blog and start earning money within the next couple of hours.

The Irish Pub Cookbook [EPUB]

The Irish Pub Cookbook [EPUB]
The Irish Pub Cookbook by Margaret M Johnson, Leigh Beisch
2005 | EPUB | 5.98MB

Talk about the luck of the Irish! One of the most beloved of Irish institutions (there are more than one thousand in Dublin alone), the traditional pub has served generations as the venue for local gossip, sporting news, a ceilidh or two, literary soirees, real estate deals, political debates, revolutionary plots, and, lest we forget, for knocking back a pint of Guinness or a "ball of malt." The food's not bad eitheras The Irish Pub Cookbook so deliciously demonstrates. It's a celebration of over 70 pub classics: thick soups and stews; savory tarts and meaty pies; big bowls of salad (times change!); and desserts of the seconds-are-always-appropriate variety. There's shepherd's pie, fish and chips, seafood chowder, and whiskey bread pudding for those with a taste for the quintessential. Contemporary specialties such as Bacon, Blue Cheese, and Courgette Soup; Salmon Cakes with Dill and Wine Sauce; Braised Lambshanks with Red Currants; and White Chocolate Terrine spotlight modern Irish cooking's richly deserved acclaim. Complete with pub photos, history, and lore, nobody leaves hungry when The Irish Pub Cookbook is in the kitchen.

Hidden in Paris: The Cookbook [EPUB]

Hidden in Paris: The Cookbook [EPUB]
Hidden in Paris: The Cookbook by Corine Gantz
2012 | EPUB | 2.73MB

By the author of Hidden in Paris, a playful cookbook filled with step-by-step recipes of the kinds of meals French people really prepare and eat at home.

Originally created for the readers of the novel Hidden in Paris, this cookbook features twenty delicious dishes described in the novel, mouth-watering photography of food (and of Paris!) excerpts from the novel, and funny stories.

The recipes in the cookbook are mostly traditional French comfort food, easy to prepare and easy to love. The cookbook is intended as an ideal download before a trip to France, especially for those whose idea of the French experience includes shopping at markets and preparing local dishes.

Sex on Earth: A Celebration of Animal Reproduction [EPUB]

Sex on Earth: A Celebration of Animal Reproduction [EPUB]
Sex on Earth: A Celebration of Animal Reproduction by Jules Howard
2014 | EPUB | 5.32MB

One thousand million years ago, a huge revolution occurred on Earth-sex happened for the first time. From that moment on, the world became ever more colorful and bizarre, ringing with elaborate songs and dances, epic battles, and rallying cries as the desires of males and females collided, generation after generation, in an unbroken chain of sex going back to the dawn of complex life on Earth.

Animal life rings, bleeds, and howls with sex. It's everywhere. Right now warring hordes are locking horns, preening feathers, rampaging lustfully across the savanna, questioning the fidelity of the ones they love. A million females choose; a billion penises ejaculate (or snap off); a trillion sperm battle, block, and tackle. Sex made planet Earth, well, sexy.

Writing in a brilliantly engaging style, biologist Jules Howard leads readers on a guided tour of the how and why of sex on Earth, in all its diversity. From sperm wars to cuckoldry, hermaphrodites, virgin births, “exploding” penises, and mallards' “booby-trapped” vaginas, Sex on Earth explores and celebrates the wonders and peculiarities of animal reproduction.

Vital Yoga: A Sourcebook for Students and Teachers [EPUB]

Vital Yoga: A Sourcebook for Students and Teachers [EPUB]
Vital Yoga: A Sourcebook for Students and Teachers by Meta Chaya Hirschl
2012 | EPUB | 10.51MB

From a longtime yoga teacher, this highly visual, broadly informative resource gives serious yoga practitioners a wide-ranging framework that will enrich their practice.

As any yoga student or teacher knows, there’s more to yoga than Downward Dog. Meta Chaya Hirschl’s immersive guide offers a complete vision of yoga, from its historical and spiritual roots to modern practice. Whether you are a novice yogi or an experienced instructor, Vital Yoga will help you unlock yoga’s full potential—and your own.

Focusing on the traditional eight limbs of yoga, Hirschl covers a wide range of essential topics in three sections: Before the Mat, On the Mat, and Into the World. In Before the Mat, you’ll learn about the history and philosophy of yoga, with fresh insights into:

  • Fundamental texts like the Bhagavad Gita
  • The role of vibration in yogic practice
  • Mantras for everything from health to job hunting

In On the Mat, you’ll find practical instructions for every aspect of yoga, including:

  • Breathing consciously to guide your vital energies
  • Meditating to master and heighten your senses
  • Posing with intention, strength, and balance

And finally, you’ll go Into the World. For Hirschl, the true benefits of yoga come not from perfect poses, but from using yoga every day to help yourself and others—so she covers how you can improve your confidence, health, and even your sex life with yoga, and how you can teach others to do the same.

Throughout, Vital Yoga invites you to delve into the heart of yoga with derivations of Sanskrit terms, “stealth” yoga practices you can do anywhere, wisdom from the great sages, and accounts by contemporary yogis. Its goal is to help you connect to your inner self, transcend fear and attachment to the stresses of life, and achieve bliss—and when you’ve achieved it, you’ll be able to share it.

The Baker's Four Seasons [EPUB]

The Baker's Four Seasons [EPUB]
The Baker's Four Seasons by Marcy Goldman
2014 | EPUB | 1.98MB

This cookbook is bursting with exceptional (and easy) recipes that are Marcy Goldman’s trademark. Baking, like life, starts and ends with the seasons – Over 175 recipes to enjoy the times and tastes of your life all year long - fall, winter, spring or summer.

A Whole New You [EPUB]

A Whole New You [EPUB]
A Whole New You: Six Steps to Ignite Change for Your Best Life by Brett Blumenthal
2012 | EPUB | 0.9MB

From the author of the best-selling book 52 Small Changes comes a smart, practical approach to reinventing any aspect of your life that’s not working for you. Whether you want to start eating healthy, switch careers, or improve a relationship, Brett Blumenthal’s A Whole New You will inspire you to take control of your life and live your very best.

Drawing on her own experience with personal reinvention, her professional work as a change management consultant, and her studies in the fields of psychology and human behavior, Blumenthal breaks down how to successfully reinvent your life in six steps. Each stage is comprehensively explained, with action items, tools, and resources to enable you to follow through and effect change in your life. In A Whole New You, Blumenthal will lead you through:

  • The three times in your life when you’re most ready for change, including during life transitions and after trauma
  • The symptoms--rational, emotional and physical--that indicate you need change
  • How to stay motivated by making an investment in your success
  • Finding ways to capitalize on your strengths, making change easier

A Whole New You is for anyone who wants to make a change but is not sure where to begin, or for those who’ve tried to make a life improvement in the past but have failed. With the right tools and knowledge, you’ll be able to reach your goals and live not just a good life or a better life--but your best life.

Noggintwisters: The Great Puzzles Large and Small [EPUB]

Noggintwisters: The Great Puzzles Large and Small [EPUB]
Noggintwisters: The Great Puzzles Large and Small by Christopher Burns
2012 | EPUB | 14.68MB

Take your brain out for a run. Test your wits on nearly two hundred of the best puzzles ever, from a simple one found on an ancient Egyptian scroll, to the most complex cipher standing today in the CIA courtyard. Math puzzles, word puzzles, science oddities, cannibals and missionaries, true and false, deductive reasoning, probabilities, game theory problems—they are all here. Gathered from puzzle collections going back to the Romans, Noggintwisters gives you the problem, provides a hint, and then explains how the answer is arrived at. One puzzle was written by Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman when he was in high school, another comes from Abe Lincoln, a life long puzzle addict. And another comes from Albert Einstein, who thought only 2% of people could solve it. Galileo swings weights from the local cathedral, Newton tells you when to add cream to your coffee, Eratosthenes explains how to measure the circumference of the earth, and Rousseau presents the puzzle that is at the core of every political system. Great and small, serious and funny, these are mind games to sharpen your skills, flex your imagination and help you make it in the wild. Illustrated in full color with touch screen navigation, interactive table of contents and a linked index, Noggintwisters is built for tablets and smart phones as well.

Wilson by A. Scott Berg [Audiobook]

Wilson by A. Scott Berg [Audiobook]
Wilson [Audiobook] by A Scott Berg, read by Jeremy Bobb
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 32 hrs 29 mins | 899.36MB

A hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, and one of the most enigmatic. And now, after more than a decade of research and writing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg has completed Wilson - the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the 28th President.

In addition to the hundreds of thousands of documents in the Wilson Archives, Berg was the first biographer to gain access to two recently discovered caches of papers belonging to those close to Wilson. From this material, Berg was able to add countless details - even several unknown events - that fill in missing pieces of Wilson's character and cast new light on his entire life.

From the scholar-President who ushered the country through its first great world war to the man of intense passion and turbulence, from the idealist determined to make the world "safe for democracy" to the stroke-crippled leader whose incapacity and the subterfuges around it were among the century's greatest secrets, the result is an intimate portrait written with a particularly contemporary point of view - a book at once magisterial and deeply emotional about the whole of Wilson's life, accomplishments, and failings. This is not just Wilson the icon - but Wilson the man.

The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women [Audiobook]

The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women [Audiobook]
The Hilliker Curse: My Pursuit of Women [Audiobook] by James Ellroy, read by the Author
2010 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 7 hrs 47 mins | 214.71MB

The legendary crime writer gives us a raw, brutally candid memoir-as high intensity and as riveting as any of his novels-about his obsessive search for "atonement in women".

The year was 1958. Jean Hilliker had divorced her fast-buck hustler husband and resurrected her maiden name. Her son, James, was 10 years old. He hated and lusted after his mother and "summoned her dead". She was murdered three months later.

The Hilliker Curse is a predator's confession, a treatise on guilt and on the power of malediction, and above all, a cri de cœur. James Ellroy unsparingly describes his shattered childhood, his delinquent teens, his writing life, his love affairs and marriages, his nervous breakdown, and the beginning of a relationship with an extraordinary woman who may just be the long-sought Her.

A layered narrative of time and place, emotion and insight, sexuality and spiritual quest, The Hilliker Curse is a brilliant, soul-baring revelation of self. It is unlike any memoir you have ever read.

All the Great Prizes [Audiobook]

All the Great Prizes [Audiobook]
All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt [Audiobook] by John Taliaferro, read by Joe Barrett
2013 | MP3@64 kbps | 22 hrs 15 mins | 619.04MB

If Henry James or Edith Wharton had written a novel describing the accomplished and glamorous life and times of John Hay, it would have been thought implausible - a novelist's fancy. Nevertheless, John Taliaferro's brilliant biography captures the extraordinary life of Hay, one of the most amazing figures in American history, and restores him to his rightful place.

John Hay was both witness and author of many of the most significant chapters in American history - from the birth of the Republican Party, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War, to the prelude to the First World War. Much of what we know about Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt comes to us through the observations Hay made while private secretary to one and secretary of state to the other. With All the Great Prizes, the first authoritative biography of Hay in 80 years, Taliaferro has turned the lens around, rendering a rich and fascinating portrait of this brilliant American and his many worlds.

Hay's friends are a who's who of the era: Mark Twain, Horace Greeley, Henry Adams, Henry James, and virtually every president, sovereign, author, artist, power broker, and robber baron of the Gilded Age. As an ambassador and statesman, he guided many of the country's major diplomatic initiatives at the turn of the 20th century: the Open Door with China, the creation of the Panama Canal, the establishment of America as a world leader.

Hay's peers esteemed him as "a perfectly cut stone" and "the greatest prime minister this republic has ever known". But for all his poise and polish, he had his secrets. His marriage to one of the wealthiest women in the country did not prevent him from pursuing the Madame X of Washington society, whose other secret suitor was Hay's best friend, Henry Adams.

With this superb work, Taliaferro brings us an epic tale.

Steppin' Razor: The Life of Peter Tosh [Audiobook]

Steppin' Razor: The Life of Peter Tosh [Audiobook]
Steppin' Razor: The Life of Peter Tosh [Audiobook] by John Masouri, read by Cary Hite
2013 | MP3@64 kbps | 23 hrs 49 mins | 661.03MB

One of reggae's most extraordinary stories, the life of Peter Tosh came to an end when he was brutally murdered in 1987. Now revered second only to Bob Marley among reggae audiences worldwide, Tosh was awarded the Order of Merit as Jamaica celebrated fifty years of independence.

Set against a backdrop of 1970s Jamaica, Steppin' Razor, the Life of Peter Tosh tells the stories behind such hits as "Legalize It," "Equal Rights," "Get Up, Stand Up," and "Johnny B. Goode."

Tosh's famous appearances at the 1978 One Love Peace Concert; and his now legendary adventures with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are documented. Tracing his recording career, we learn of his encounters with Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker and his volatile relationships with Bob Marley and Lee "Scratch" Perry.

We also see Tosh's darker side revealed in tales of the singer's fascination with the occult, and told in unprecedented detail is the story of his untimely and tragic demise.

The Proud Highway [Audiobook]

The Proud Highway [Audiobook]
The Proud Highway: Saga of a Desperate Southern Gentleman, 1955-1967 [Audiobook] by Hunter S Thompson, edited by Douglas Brinkley, read by Malcolm Hillgartner
2014 | MP3@64 kbps | 27 hrs 20 mins | 748.35MB

Here, for the first time, is the private and most intimate correspondence of one of America's most influential and incisive journalists - Hunter S. Thompson. In letters to a who's who of luminaries, from Norman Mailer to Charles Kuralt, Tom Wolfe to Lyndon Johnson, William Styron to Joan Baez - not to mention his mother, the NRA, and a chain of newspaper editors - Thompson vividly catches the tenor of the times in 1960s America and channels it all through his own razor-sharp perspective.

Passionate in their admiration, merciless in their scorn, and never anything less than fascinating, the dispatches of The Proud Highway offer an unprecedented and penetrating gaze into the evolution of the most outrageous raconteur/provocateur ever to assault a typewriter.

Don't Shoot [Audiobook]

Don't Shoot [Audiobook]
Don't Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America [Audiobook] by David M Kennedy, read by Patrick Lawlor
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 17 mins | 365.21MB

Gang- and drug-related inner-city violence, with its attendant epidemic of incarceration, is the defining crime problem in our country. In some neighborhoods in America, one out of every 200 young black men is shot to death every year, and few initiatives of government and law enforcement have made much difference. But when David Kennedy, a self-taught and then-unknown criminologist, engineered the "Boston Miracle" in the mid-1990s, he pointed the way toward what few had imagined: a solution.

Don't Shoot tells the story of Kennedy's long journey. Riding with beat cops, hanging with gang members, and stoop-sitting with grandmothers, Kennedy found that all parties misunderstood each other, caught in a spiral of racialized anger and distrust. He envisioned an approach in which everyone - gang members, cops, and community members - comes together in what is essentially a huge intervention. Offenders are told that the violence must stop, that even the cops want them to stay alive and out of prison, and that even their families support swift law enforcement if the violence continues. In city after city, the same miracle has followed: Violence plummets, drug markets dry up, and the relationship between the police and the community is reset.

This is a landmark book, chronicling a paradigm shift in how we address one of America's most shameful social problems. A riveting, pause-resisting listen, it combines the street vérité of The Wire, the social science of Gang Leader for a Day, and the moral urgency and personal journey of Fist Stick Knife Gun. But unlike anybody else, Kennedy shows that there could be an end in sight.

Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship [CBC Massey Lectures]

Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship [CBC Massey Lectures]
Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship [CBC Massey Lectures] by Adrienne Clarkson
2014 | M4A@256 kbps | 7 hours | 821.28MB

What does it mean to belong? And how do we belong? Who do we belong to?

Never before has the world experienced greater movement of peoples between countries and continents. These seismic shifts in populations have created immense challenges for all societies. They also offer new possibilities for different social models. Can belonging encompass differences, dependence, and dislikes, while upholding fundamental human rights? What's the significance of the Canadian model, which emphasizes values, immigration, parliamentary democracy, and the rule of law?

These timely and controversial subjects are at the heart of former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson's 2014 CBC Massey Lectures, Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship. Clarkson masterfully chronicles the evolution of citizenship throughout the ages from Aristotle and the Greeks to the present day. In her provocative essays, she explains why we can be both part of Canada as a country, and part of every other person who shares our land, our values and our history.

On the Grid [Audiobook]

On the Grid [Audiobook]
On the Grid: A Plot of Land, An Average Neighborhood, and the Systems that Make Our World Work [Audiobook] by Scott Huler, read by Bronson Pinchot
2014 | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 40 mins | 238.51MB

A lively, captivating investigation into the infrastructure that makes society possible

In our daily lives, we're surrounded by wires, pipes, utility poles, cell phone towers, and myriad other infrastructure that facilitates almost everything we do. Even though these systems are essential, when was the last time you gave them much thought? In On the Grid, Scott Huler sets out to understand all of the systems that shape our society - from transportation, water, and garbage to the Internet coming through our cable lines.

A mesmerizing and hilarious narrative, On the Grid is filled with amazing insights, interviews, and stories that bring an overlooked but indispensable subject to life. You'll never look at your day the same way again.

On Practice and Contradiction [Audiobook]

On Practice and Contradiction [Audiobook]
On Practice and Contradiction (Revolutions Series): Slavoj Zizek presents Mao [Audiobook] by Mao Zedong, read by Matt Bates
2011 | MP3 VBR V2 | 9 hrs 2 mins | 356.39MB

The writings that underpinned the Chinese revolution, introduced by Slavoj Žižek.

These early philosophical writings underpinned the Chinese revolutions and their clarion calls to insurrection remain some of the most stirring of all time. Drawing on a dizzying array of references from contemporary culture and politics, Zizek's firecracker commentary reaches unsettling conclusions about the place of Mao's thought in the revolutionary canon.

I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That [Audiobook]

I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That [Audiobook]
I Think You'll Find It's a Bit More Complicated Than That [Audiobook] by Ben Goldacre, read by the Author and Jot Davies
2014 | MP3@32 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 45 mins | 180.53MB

The very best journalism from one of Britain’s most admired and outspoken science writers, author of the bestselling Bad Science and Bad Pharma.

In ‘Bad Science’, Ben Goldacre hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science. In ‘Bad Pharma’, he put the $600 billion global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. Now the pick of the journalism by one of our wittiiest, most indignant and most fearless commentators on the worlds of medicine and science is collected in one volume.

Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect [Audiobook]

Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect [Audiobook]
Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect [Audiobook] by Matthew D Lieberman
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 17 mins | 319.48MB

We are profoundly social creatures – more than we know.

In Social, renowned psychologist Matthew Lieberman explores groundbreaking research in social neuroscience revealing that our need to connect with other people is even more fundamental, more basic, than our need for food or shelter. Because of this, our brain uses its spare time to learn about the social world – other people and our relation to them. It is believed that we must commit 10,000 hours to master a skill. According to Lieberman, each of us has spent 10,000 hours learning to make sense of people and groups by the time we are ten.

Social argues that our need to reach out to and connect with others is a primary driver behind our behavior. We believe that pain and pleasure alone guide our actions. Yet, new research using fMRI – including a great deal of original research conducted by Lieberman and his UCLA lab -- shows that our brains react to social pain and pleasure in much the same way as they do to physical pain and pleasure. Fortunately, the brain has evolved sophisticated mechanisms for securing our place in the social world. We have a unique ability to read other people’s minds, to figure out their hopes, fears, and motivations, allowing us to effectively coordinate our lives with one another. And our most private sense of who we are is intimately linked to the important people and groups in our lives. This wiring often leads us to restrain our selfish impulses for the greater good. These mechanisms lead to behavior that might seem irrational, but is really just the result of our deep social wiring and necessary for our success as a species.

Based on the latest cutting edge research, the findings in Social have important real-world implications. Our schools and businesses, for example, attempt to minimalize social distractions. But this is exactly the wrong thing to do to encourage engagement and learning, and literally shuts down the social brain, leaving powerful neuro-cognitive resources untapped. The insights revealed in this pioneering book suggest ways to improve learning in schools, make the workplace more productive, and improve our overall well-being.

Insatiable: Porn - A Love Story [Audiobook]

Insatiable: Porn - A Love Story [Audiobook]
Insatiable: Porn - A Love Story [Audiobook] by Asa Akira, read by the Author
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 31 mins | 156.79MB

Asa Akira (28) has already had an extremely unusual life. Educated at the United Nations International School in Manhattan, she soon was earning a good living by stripping and working as a dominatrix at a sex dungeon. Akira has now built up a reputation for being of the most popular, hardworking, and extreme actors in the business, winning dozens of awards for her 330+ movies, including her number-one best-selling adult film series Asa Akira Is Insatiable.

In Insatiable, Akira recounts her extraordinary life in chapters that are hilarious, shocking, and touching. In a wry, conversational tone, she talks about her experiences shoplifting and doing drugs while in school, her relationships with other porn stars (she is married to one) and with the industry at large, and her beliefs about women and sexuality. Insatiable is filled with Akira's unusual and often highly amusing anecdotes, including her visit to a New Hampshire sex shop run by a mother and son.

In a world where porn is increasingly becoming part of the mainstream, Akira is one of very few articulate voices writing from the inside. She has something important, controversial, and astonishingly interesting to say about sex and its central role in our lives and culture.

The Great Beanie Baby Bubble [EPUB]

The Great Beanie Baby Bubble [EPUB]
The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute by Zac Bissonnette
2015 | EPUB | 2.83MB

A bestselling journalist delivers the never-before-told story of the plush animal craze that became the tulip mania of the 1990s

In the annals of consumer crazes, nothing compares to Beanie Babies. In just three years, collectors who saw the toys as a means of speculation made creator Ty Warner, an eccentric college dropout, a billionaire--without advertising or big-box distribution. Beanie Babies were ten percent of eBay's sales in its early days, with an average selling price of $30--six times the retail price. At the peak of the bubble in 1999, Warner reported a personal income of $662 million--more than Hasbro and Mattel combined.

The end of the craze was swift and devastating, with "rare" Beanie Babies deemed worthless as quickly as they'd once been deemed priceless.

Bissonnette draws on hundreds of interviews (including a visit to a man who lives with his 40,000 Ty products and an in-prison interview with a guy who killed a coworker over a Beanie Baby debt) for the first book on the strangest speculative mania of all time.

Eat, Drink, and Be Wary [EPUB]

Eat, Drink, and Be Wary [EPUB]
Eat, Drink, and Be Wary: How Unsafe Is Our Food by Charles M. Duncan
2015 | EPUB | 0.4MB

Food safety has fast become one of the nation’s top issues. Three thousand people die each year in the U.S. from foodborne illnesses. Another 48 million are sickened annually and our government fails to protect us. Many foods and additives that we eat every day have been banned for years in other countries. Our government food safety agencies move in reverse--cutting back on inspections, allowing food producers to inspect themselves, and permitting the vast majority of potentially adulterated foods to enter this country without benefit of any testing or inspection.

How, in a country so advanced in most areas, could we have descended to this alarming state of food safety? One answer: Budget cuts and bureaucrats. Eat, Drink, and Be Wary examines the multitude of dangers in food production, transportation, storing, and preparation that result in this shocking number of preventable illnesses and deaths. It takes a broad and detailed look, in all food groups, at the problems and potential solutions in food safety practices, inspections, and enforcements.

This book answers the questions and concerns of millions of Americans who have reached new levels of serious doubts about the safety of our food. Charles Duncan points readers to the dangers to look for in deli foods, raw milk, seafood, poultry, eggs, beef, and others. For consumers who care about the food they eat, this book details the dangers, offers direction for choosing safe foods, and provides a critique of our current system that suggests ways it can be fixed, or at least improved.

Unbeatable Mind [EPUB]

Unbeatable Mind [EPUB]
Unbeatable Mind: Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level by Mark Divine
2015 | EPUB | 1.21MB

In this revised and updated third edition of Unbeatable Mind, Mark Divine offers his philosophy and methods for developing maximum potential through integrated warrior development. This work was created through trial and error proving to thousands of clients that they are capable of twenty times more than what they believe.

The powerful principles for forging deep character, mental toughness and an elite team provided in this book are the foundation of the

Unbeatable Mind

'working in' program of Divine's SEALFIT Academies and renowned Kokoro Camp. They are being employed by a growing number of coaches, professors, therapists, doctors and business professionals worldwide.

Commander Divine is a retired Navy SEAL and human performance expert who works with elite military, sport and corporate teams, SEAL / SOF candidates and others seeking to maximize their potential, leading to more balanced success and happiness. The training is leading to breakthroughs in all walks of life and and cultivating a robust community of practitioners.

This book will specifically help you develop:

  • Mental clarity- to make better decisions while under pressure.
  • Concentration - to focus on the mission until victory is assured.
  • Awareness - to be more sensitive to your internal and external radar.
  • Leadership authenticity - to be a heart-centered leader and service oriented teammate.
  • Intuition - to learn to trust your gut and use mental imagery to your advantage.
  • Offensive "sheepdog" mindset - to avoid danger and stay one step ahead of the competition or enemy.
  • Warrior spirit - to deepen your willpower, intention and connection with your spiritual self.

Why Acting Matters [EPUB]

Why Acting Matters [EPUB]
Why Acting Matters by David Thomson
2015 | EPUB | 2.44MB

Does acting matter? David Thomson, one of our most respected and insightful writers on movies and theater, answers this question with intelligence and wit. In this fresh and thought-provoking essay, Thomson tackles this most elusive of subjects, examining the allure of the performing arts for both the artist and the audience member while addressing the paradoxes inherent in acting itself. He reflects on the casting process, on stage versus film acting, and on the cult of celebrity. The art and considerable craft of such gifted artists as Meryl Streep, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Daniel Day-Lewis, and others are scrupulously appraised here, as are notions of "good" and "bad" acting.

Thomson's exploration is at once a meditation on and a celebration of a unique and much beloved, often misunderstood, and occasionally derided art form.

The Copernican Question [EPUB]

The Copernican Question [EPUB]
The Copernican Question: Prognostication, Skepticism, and Celestial by Robert Westman
2011 | EPUB | 6.89MB

In 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus publicly defended his hypothesis that the earth is a planet and the sun a body resting near the center of a finite universe. But why did Copernicus make this bold proposal? And why did it matter? The Copernican Question reframes this pivotal moment in the history of science, centering the story on a conflict over the credibility of astrology that erupted in Italy just as Copernicus arrived in 1496. Copernicus engendered enormous resistance when he sought to protect astrology by reconstituting its astronomical foundations. Robert S. Westman shows that efforts to answer the astrological skeptics became a crucial unifying theme of the early modern scientific movement. His interpretation of this "long sixteenth century," from the 1490s to the 1610s, offers a new framework for understanding the great transformations in natural philosophy in the century that followed.

The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History [TTC Video]

The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History [TTC Video]
The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History [TTC Video] by Craig R Koester
Course No 6433 | M4V, AVC, 1500 kbps, 640x480 | English, AAC, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 8.75 GB

Exiled to the island of Patmos over 1,900 years ago, a prophet named John wrote a remarkable letter to fellow Christians. That letter is the Apocalypse of John, also known as the book of Revelation, and Christians and non-Christians alike have been debating its message ever since.

The meaning of the Greek word for apocalypse is “disclosure,” and John’s book discloses dimensions of two age-old mysteries: the character of evil and the nature of hope. So influential was Revelation in the early Christian church that it was placed as the final text in the New Testament, and its popularity has intensified in the centuries since.

As a result, its rich language and symbolism pervade Western culture, often in ways not recognized as coming from this unparalleled biblical work:

  • The details of heaven in the popular imagination, with its pearly gates, streets of gold, divine throne, and tree and river of life, are taken from the vision of the New Jerusalem at the end of Revelation.
  • Paintings and sculptures of the Virgin Mary since the Renaissance typically portray her as Revelation’s “woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.”
  • Revelation contributes some of the best-loved lyrics in Handel’s Messiah, including the “Hallelujah Chorus,” which takes singers and listeners to a realm of sublime mystery, just as John’s text does.
  • The words and images of many popular hymns were inspired by Revelation, including the “grapes of wrath” in “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and the lyrics from “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Revelation is also a touchstone for hopes and fears about the resurrection of the dead and the Last Judgment. And its many baffling images have been studied for clues about the end of the world. The Apocalypse is both a terrifying vision of evil and a celebration of God’s ultimate victory over the forces of darkness. It has inspired great thoughts and great misunderstanding.

What are we to make of such a book? The Apocalypse: Controversies and Meaning in Western History is your guide to this extraordinary work in 24 thought-provoking and enlightening half-hour lectures, divided into three parts:

  • The historical and intellectual background of the Apocalypse
  • A close reading of John’s text, focusing on the meaning of its images
  • The wide-ranging impact of the book on Christian and Western history

Your professor is a preeminent scholar and teacher of the Apocalypse, Professor Craig R. Koester of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Koester—who has translated the book of Revelation from its original Greek—draws on years of experience with students, pastors, and lay groups to engage you directly with Revelation, examining its meaning in John’s day and how it continues to be meaningful to contemporary readers.

Book of Predictions? Or Work of Literature?

Professor Koester notes that many of the questions people ask him about the Apocalypse are sparked by sensationalistic interpretations that see it as a book of predictions. Explaining that Revelation follows a literary genre with roots in the apocalyptic writings of the Hebrew prophets, Professor Koester discusses the reasoning behind the futurist perspective and why it is problematic. For example:

  • The Antichrist: The word “antichrist” does not appear in Revelation. Instead, it is a term taken from First and Second John in the New Testament, where it refers to those who have left the Christian community, not to any individual tyrant.
  • The Rapture: The idea that true Christians will ascend to heaven while others will be left behind to be ruled by the Antichrist occurs nowhere in Revelation. It is a mix of literal and symbolic readings of passages from other books of the Bible.
  • Number of the Beast: Today’s Internet continues a centuries-old search for the name encoded in 666, the number of the beast in Revelation. But the context of John’s passage and an ancient puzzle technique give the likely answer: the emperor Nero.
  • Armageddon: Now understood as a world-destroying conflict, the battle of Armageddon has a different meaning in Revelation. Instead of missiles and tanks, the only weapon is the sword from Christ’s mouth, symbolizing the power of his word.

Throughout these lectures, Professor Koester focuses on what John actually wrote in the Apocalypse, what his situation tells us about his meaning, how that meaning can be applied to our own lives, and how contemporary biblical scholars relate Revelation to the modern world.

Great Minds Struggling with a Great Book

Professor Koester also introduces major figures in history who have been powerfully drawn to the Apocalypse, among them:

  • St. Augustine: Writing in the 5th century in his magnum opus, The City of God, St. Augustine popularized a reading of Christ’s thousand-year reign from Revelation that sees it as timeless and symbolic rather than literal.
  • Martin Luther: Luther’s attitude toward the Apocalypse shifted from dismissing it to decoding it and finally reaching a remarkable theological insight. In his translation of the Bible, he included Dürer-inspired illustrations of Revelation that critiqued the papacy of his day.
  • William Miller: A former Deist, Miller rigorously analyzed the Bible, concluding from passages in Daniel and Revelation that the world would end in 1844. His ideas created a sensation in 19th-century America and sparked the Adventist movement.
  • Sojourner Truth: The African American social reformer Sojourner Truth was also a lay preacher, inspired by Revelation’s vision of a holy city to work tirelessly for women’s rights and the abolition of slavery.

Isaac Newton pored over the mysteries of Revelation even as he revolutionized the study of science. D. H. Lawrence’s struggle was so intense that at the end of his life he wrote his own Apocalypse.

The Real Revelation

Describing the Apocalypse as a roller coaster that hurtles you down into the abyss amid scenes of monsters and plagues, only to send you flying upward toward views of pure light, Professor Koester stresses that if you are reading Revelation and want to despair, then you’ve stopped reading too soon; you’re still in the abyss. You need to turn the page and look to the next chapter, because there will be a wonderful message of hope waiting for you.

And as you read, you will find that the Apocalypse you’ve heard about pales beside the real one. “People tell me time and time again,” says Professor Koester, “that when they actually read the book, study the book, reflect on the book, it really doesn’t look much like all of the impressions that are generated by the popular media, the Internet, the contemporary discussions. You find something much more life-giving.”

Lectures:

  1. Revelation and the Apocalyptic Tradition
  2. Apocalyptic Worldview in Judaism
  3. Apocalyptic Dimension of Early Christianity
  4. Origins of the Book of Revelation
  5. Issues Facing Revelation's First Readers
  6. God, the Lamb, and the Seven Seals
  7. Seven Trumpets, Temple, and Celebration
  8. The Dragon and the Problem of Evil
  9. The Beasts and Evil in the Political Sphere
  10. The Harlot and the Imperial Economy
  11. The Battle, the Kingdom, and Last Judgment
  12. New Creation and New Jerusalem
  13. Antichrist and the Millennium
  14. Revelation's Place in the Christian Bible
  15. The Apocalypse and Spiritual Life
  16. The Key to the Meaning of History
  17. Apocalyptic Fervor in the Late Middle Ages
  18. Luther, Radicals, and Roman Catholics
  19. Revelation Takes Musical Form
  20. Revelation in African American Culture
  21. The Apocalypse and Social Progress
  22. Awaiting the End in 1844 and Beyond
  23. Rapture, Tribulation, and Armageddon
  24. The Modern Apocalyptic Renaissance

Information Doesn't Want to Be Free [Audiobook]

Information Doesn't Want to Be Free [Audiobook]
Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age [Audiobook] by Cory Doctorow, read by Will Wheaton
2014 | MP3@256 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 5 hours | 577.27MB

In sharply argued, fast-moving chapters, Cory Doctorow's Information Doesn't Want to Be Free takes on the state of copyright and creative success in the digital age. Can small artists still thrive in the Internet era? Can giant record labels avoid alienating their audiences? This is a book about the pitfalls and the opportunities that creative industries (and individuals) are confronting today. An essential read for anyone with a stake in the future of the arts, Information Doesn't Want to Be Free offers a vivid guide to the ways creativity and the Internet interact today, and to what might be coming next.

How to Ruin a Queen [Audiobook]

How to Ruin a Queen [Audiobook]
How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Affair [Audiobook] by Jonathan Beckman, read by Michael Page
2014 | M4B@64 kbps | 12 hrs 15 mins | 361.12MB

In 1785, a sensational trial began in Paris that would divide the country and captivate Europe. A leading Catholic cardinal and scion of one of the most distinguished families in France stood accused of forging the queen’s signature to obtain the most expensive piece of jewelry in Europe: a 2,800-carat diamond necklace. Where were the diamonds? Was the cardinal innocent? Was, for that matter, the queen? The revelations from the trial would bedevil the French monarchy as the country descended into a bloody revolution.

Unlikely Allies [Audiobook]

Unlikely Allies [Audiobook]
Unlikely Allies: How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution [Audiobook] by Joel Richard Paul, read by Arthur Morey
2010 | M4B@64 kbps | 10 hrs 57 mins | 314.26MB

Unlikely Allies is the story of three remarkable historical figures. Silas Deane was a Connecticut merchant and delegate to the Continental Congress as the American colonies struggled to break with England. Caron de Beaumarchais was a successful playwright who wrote The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. And the flamboyant and mysterious Chevalier d'Eon—officer, diplomat, and sometime spy—was the talk of London and Paris. Is the Chevalier a man or a woman?

When Deane is sent to France to convince the French government to support the revolutionary cause, he enlists the help of Beaumarchais. Together, they successfully smuggle weapons, ammunition, and supplies to New England just in time for the crucial Battle of Saratoga, which turned the tide of the American Revolution. And the catalyst for Louis XVI's support of the Americans against England was the Chevalier d'Eon, whose decision to declare herself a woman helped to lead to the Franco-American alliance. These three people spin a fascinating web of political intrigue and international politics that stretches across oceans as they ricochet from Versailles to Georgian London to the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia. Each man has his own reasons for wanting to see America triumph over the British, and each contends daily with the certainty that no one is what they seem. The line between friends and enemies is blurred, spies lurk in every corner, and the only way to survive is to trust no one.

An edge-of-your-seat story full of fascinating characters and lavish with period detail and sense of place, Unlikely Allies is Revolutionary history in all of its juicy, lurid glory.

Munich, 1938: Appeasement and World War II [Audiobook]

Munich, 1938: Appeasement and World War II [Audiobook]
Munich, 1938: Appeasement and World War II [Audiobook] by David Faber, read by Arthur Morey
2009 | M4B@64 kbps | 19 hrs 9 mins | 548.69 MB

On September 30, 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain flew back to London from his meeting at Munich with the German chancellor Adolf Hitler and was greeted with a hero's welcome. As he paused on the aircraft steps, he held aloft the piece of paper, bearing both his and the Fuhrer's signatures, that contained the promise that Britain and Germany would never go to war with each other again. Later that evening, from his upstairs window at 10 Downing Street, he told the ecstatic and thankful crowd that he had returned bringing "Peace with honor---Peace for our time."

In this important reappraisal of the extraordinary events of 70 years ago, acclaimed historian David Faber traces the key incidents leading up to the meeting at Munich and its immediate aftermath. He describes Lord Halifax's ill-fated visit to Hitler; Chamberlain's secret negotiations with Mussolini, followed by the resignation of Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden; and the Berlin scandal that rocked Hitler's regime. Faber takes us to Vienna for the Nazi Anschluss; to the Sudentenland, the mountainous border region of Czechoslovakia, where Hitler's puppets attempted to provide him with a pretext for war by inciting the minority German population to rebellion; and to Prague, where the Czechoslovak government desperately tried to head off the Fuhrer's warlike intentions. In Berlin, we witness Hitler inexorably preparing for war, even in the face of opposition from his own generals; and in London, we watch helplessly as Chamberlain seizes executive control from his own cabinet and makes one supreme effort after another to appease Hitler, culminating in his three remarkable flights to Germany.

Drawing on a wealth of original archival material, including diaries and notes taken by Hitler and Chamberlain's translator, Faber's sweeping reassessment of the events of 1938 resonates with an insider's feel for the political infighting he uncovers.

The Rising Sun [Audiobook]

The Rising Sun [Audiobook]
The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945 [Audiobook] by John Toland, read by Tom Weiner
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 41 hrs 8 mins | 1.14 GB

This Pulitzer Prize-winning history of World War II chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of the Japanese empire, from the invasion of Manchuria and China to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Told from the Japanese perspective, The Rising Sun is, in the author's words, "a factual saga of people caught up in the flood of the most overwhelming war of mankind, told as it happened - muddled, ennobling, disgraceful, frustrating, full of paradox."

In weaving together the historical facts and human drama leading up to and culminating in the war in the Pacific, Toland crafts a riveting and unbiased narrative history.

Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest For Nutritional Perfection [EPUB]

Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest For Nutritional Perfection [EPUB]
Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest For Nutritional Perfection by Catherine Price
2015 | EPUB | 0.5MB

Most of us know nothing about vitamins. What’s more, what we think we know is harming both our personal nutrition and our national health. By focusing on vitamins at the expense of everything else, we’ve become blind to the bigger picture: despite our belief that vitamins are an absolute good—and the more of them, the better—vitamins are actually small and surprisingly mysterious pieces of a much larger nutritional puzzle. In Vitamania, award-winning journalist Catherine Price offers a lucid and lively journey through our cherished yet misguided beliefs about vitamins, and reveals a straightforward, blessedly anxiety-free path to enjoyable eating and good health.

When vitamins were discovered a mere century ago, they changed the destiny of the human species by preventing and curing many terrifying diseases. Yet it wasn’t long before vitamins spread from labs of scientists into the realm of food marketers and began to take on a life of their own. By the end of the Second World War, vitamins were available in forms never before seen in nature—vitamin gum, vitamin doughnuts, even vitamin beer—and their success showed food manufacturers that adding synthetic vitamins to otherwise nutritionally empty products could convince consumers that they were healthy. The era of “vitamania,” as one 1940s journalist called it, had begun.

Though we’ve gained much from our embrace of vitamins, what we’ve lost is a crucial sense of perspective. Vitamins may be essential to our lives, but they are not the only important substances in food. By buying into a century of hype and advertising, we have accepted the false idea that particular dietary chemicals can be used as shortcuts to health—whether they be antioxidants or omega-3s or, yes, vitamins. And it’s our vitamin-inspired desire for effortless shortcuts that created today’s dietary supplement industry, a veritable Wild West of overpromising “miracle” substances that can be legally sold without any proof that they are effective or safe.

For the countless individuals seeking to maximize their health and who consider vitamins to be the keys to well-being, Price’s Vitamania will be a game-changing look into the roots of America’s ongoing nutritional confusion. Her travels to vitamin manufacturers and food laboratories and military testing kitchens—along with her deep dive into the history of nutritional science— provide a witty and dynamic narrative arc that binds Vitamania together. The result is a page-turning exploration of the history, science, hype, and future of nutrition. And her ultimate message is both inspiring and straightforward: given all that we don’t know about vitamins and nutrition, the best way to decide what to eat is to stop obsessing and simply embrace this uncertainty head-on.

By exposing our extraordinary psychological rela¬tionship with vitamins and challenging us to question our beliefs, Vitamania won’t just change the way we think about vitamins. It will change the way we think about food.

Mind Science: Meditation Training for Practical People [PDF]

Mind Science: Meditation Training for Practical People [PDF]
Mind Science: Meditation Training for Practical People by Charles T Tart
2012 | PDF | 1.5MB

Rich with lucid instructions and practical insights, Mind Science dispels the metaphysical haze that all too often surrounds the subject of meditation. Based on a lively workshop with fellow scientists, this book shows how the pragmatic and scientifically-inclined among us can bring mindfulness into everyday life without religious baggage, while clearly explaining its many spiritual and health benefits. This concise yet densely informative book includes many question-and-answer exchanges between students and teacher, clarifying many of the puzzles and quandaries that meditation practice presents to beginners.

The Economist Audio Edition [March 7, 2015]

The Economist Audio Edition [March 7, 2015]
The Economist Audio Edition [March 7, 2015]
MP3@48 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 191.01MB

The new nuclear age: Why the risks of conflict are rising

  • Russia after Nemtsov
  • British politicians outfoxed
  • Warren Buffet's confused message
  • The end of the global bank
  • Boys: the weaker sex

INSIDE THIS WEEK: TECHNOLOGY QUARTERLY

The audio edition contains word-for-word recordings of all articles published in The Economist, read by professional broadcasters and actors. It is ideal for anyone who wants to listen to articles while travelling, exercising or just relaxing.

The Economist is an English-language weekly news and international affairs publication owned by "The Economist Newspaper Ltd" and edited in London. It has been in continuous publication since James Wilson established it in September 1843. As of summer 2007, its average circulation topped 1.2 million copies a week, about half of which are sold in North America. Consequently it is often seen as a transatlantic (as opposed to solely British) news source.

The aim of The Economist is "to take part in a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress."Subjects covered include international news, economics, politics, business, finance, science, technology, and the arts. The publication is targeted at the high-end "prestige" segment of the market and counts among its audience influential business and government decision-makers.

It takes a strongly argued editorial stance on many issues, especially its support for free trade and fiscal conservatism; it can thus be considered as a magazine which practises advocacy journalism.