The Bones of a King: Richard III Rediscovered [PDF]

The Bones of a King: Richard III Rediscovered [PDF]
The Bones of a King: Richard III Rediscovered by The Grey Friars Research Team
2015 | PDF | 11.1MB

The dramatic story of Richard III, England's last medieval king, captured the world's attention when an archaeological team led by the University of Leicester identified his remains in February 2013. Bones of a King presents the official behind-the-scenes story of the Grey Friars dig based on the research of the specialists directly involved in the discovery.

  • A behind-the-scenes look at one of the most exciting historical discoveries of our time
  • Features numerous photographs of the dig as well as the king's remains
  • Explains the scientific evidence behind his identification, including DNA retrieval and sequencing, soil samples, his wounds and his scoliosis, and what they reveal about his life, his health and even the food he ate
  • Builds an expansive view of Richard's life, death and burial, as well as accounts of the treatment of his body prior to burial, and his legacy in the public imagination from the time of his death to the present
  • The most extensive and authoritative book written for non-specialists by the team who discovered Richard III

How We Lived Then [EPUB]

How We Lived Then [EPUB]
How We Lived Then: A History of Everyday Life During the Second World War by Norman Longmate
2002 | EPUB | 4.55MB

Compiled by the historical adviser to the TV series "The 1940s House," this is an engagingly written social chronicle of wartime civilian life in England from September 1939 to August 1945—from the grandeurs of the Blitz to the miseries of dried egg powder—with numerous individual testimonies.

President Lincoln Assassinated [EPUB]

President Lincoln Assassinated [EPUB]
President Lincoln Assassinated: The Firsthand Story of the Murder, Manhunt, Trial, and Mourning by Harold Holzer
2015 | EPUB | 2.74MB

For the 150th anniversary, Harold Holzer presents an unprecedented firsthand chronicle of one of the most pivotal moments in American history.

On April 14, 1865, Good Friday, the Civil War claimed its ultimate sacrifice. President Lincoln Assassinated!! recaptures the dramatic immediacy of Lincoln’s assassination, the hunt for the conspirators and their military trial, and the nation’s mourning for the martyred president. The fateful story is told in more than eighty original documents—eyewitness reports, medical records, trial transcripts, newspaper articles, speeches, letters, diary entries, and poems—by more than seventy-five participants and observers, including the assassin John Wilkes Booth and Boston Corbett, the soldier who shot him. Courtroom testimony exposes the intricacies of the plot to kill the president; eulogies by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Wendell Phillips, and Benjamin Disraeli and poetry by Walt Whitman, Herman Melville and Julia Ward Howe give eloquent voice to grief; two emotional speeches by Frederick Douglass—one of them never before published—reveal his evolving perspective on Lincoln’s legacy. Together these voices combine to reveal the full panorama of one the most shocking and tragic events in our history.

Maxwell's Demon and the Golden Apple [EPUB]

Maxwell's Demon and the Golden Apple [EPUB]
Maxwell's Demon and the Golden Apple: Global Discord in the New Millennium by Randall L Schweller
2014 | EPUB | 16.47MB

Just what exactly will follow the American century? This is the question Randall L. Schweller explores in his provocative assessment of international politics in the twenty-first century.

Schweller considers the future of world politics, correlating our reliance on technology and our multitasking, distracted, disorganized lives with a fragmenting world order. He combines the Greek myth of the Golden Apple of Discord, which explains the start of the Trojan War, with a look at the second law of thermodynamics, or entropy.

"In the coming age," Schweller writes, "disorder will reign supreme as the world succumbs to... entropy, an irreversible process of disorganization that governs the direction of all physical changes taking place in the universe." Interweaving his theory of global disorder with issues on the world stage—coupled with a disquisition on board games and the cell phone app "Angry Birds"—Schweller’s thesis yields astonishing insights.

Maxwell’s Demon and the Golden Apple will appeal to leaders of multinational corporations and government programs as well as instructors of undergraduate courses in international relations.

Incredible Metal Detecting Discoveries [EPUB]

Incredible Metal Detecting Discoveries [EPUB]
Incredible Metal Detecting Discoveries: True Stories of Amazing Treasures Found by Everyday People by Mark D Smith
2014 | EPUB | 2.25MB

Veteran detectorist, treasure enthusiast and best selling author Mark Smith continues to provide great information to anyone interested in the great hobby of metal detecting. In his third book on the subject, he showcases the best treasures unearthed using nothing more than a metal detector. Each true story of amazing treasure discoveries will have you itching to get out there and find your very own piece of treasure. From monster gold nuggets worth millions of dollars to ancient buried hoards that consist of thousands of gold coins, the stories in this book will take your breath away!

But this book contains much more than treasure stories. Each story teaches a valuable lesson that anyone can learn from. It doesn't matter if you are interested in metal detecting or not. These stories will fascinate anyone who has even the smallest interest in treasure and adventure.

"There are incredible untold stories just waiting below the surface of the earth and all it takes is a metal detector to locate them. This book is loaded with some of the most incredible metal detecting stories in the world. If you are not already hooked on the idea of metal detecting, I can guarantee you will be once you are done reading these stories. Every single one of them is true. This is the reality of metal detecting. Jump right in. Dig in and prepare to be amazed!" Happy Hunting Mark Smith

Exit Berlin: How One Woman Saved Her Family from Nazi Germany [EPUB]

Exit Berlin: How One Woman Saved Her Family from Nazi Germany [EPUB]
Exit Berlin: How One Woman Saved Her Family from Nazi Germany by Charlotte R Bonelli, Natascha Bodemann
2014 | EPUB | 4.35MB

Just a week after the Kristallnacht terror in 1938, young Luzie Hatch, a German Jew, fled Berlin to resettle in New York. Her rescuer was an American-born cousin and industrialist, Arnold Hatch. Arnold spoke no German, so Luzie quickly became translator, intermediary, and advocate for family left behind. Soon an unending stream of desperate requests from German relatives made their way to Arnold’s desk.

Luzie Hatch had faithfully preserved her letters both to and from far-flung relatives during the World War II era as well as copies of letters written on their behalf. This extraordinary collection, now housed at the American Jewish Committee Archives, serves as the framework for Exit Berlin. Charlotte R. Bonelli offers a vantage point rich with historical context, from biographical information about the correspondents to background on U.S. immigration laws, conditions at the Vichy internment camps, refuge in Shanghai, and many other topics, thus transforming the letters into a riveting narrative.

Arnold’s letters reveal an unfamiliar side of Holocaust history. His are the responses of an “average” American Jew, struggling to keep his own business afloat while also assisting dozens of relatives trapped abroad—most of whom he had never met and whose deathly situation he could not fully comprehend. This book contributes importantly to historical understanding while also uncovering the dramatic story of one besieged family confronting unimaginable evil.

God, Israel, and Shiloh: Returning to the Land [EPUB]

God, Israel, and Shiloh: Returning to the Land [EPUB]
God, Israel, and Shiloh: Returning to the Land by David Rubin
2015 | EPUB | 1.35MB

“God, Israel, and Shiloh” is a true story which describes Israel ‘s difficult, yet miraculous process of return to its Biblical heartland, despite all of the barriers in its path. The story is told through the eyes of David Rubin, as one who grew up in Brooklyn as a sometimes atheist, returning as a young adult to his Jewish roots, and eventually moving to Shiloh, which was the first capital of ancient Israel, and is now on the front lines of the struggle for the Land of Israel and the war on terrorism.

This is an historical/ Biblical story of Israel’s up and down relationship with God, from the Exodus from Egypt to the present and future, all in the context of the eternal covenant between God and His people through the centuries.
We explore Israel ‘s return to its heartland from a human perspective, with a special focus on Shiloh from the inside. David tells the full story of his family’s horrifying and painful, yet miraculous and inspiring experience with terrorism and how it led to the establishment of the Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund. He examines the illogical peace plans hatched up by the politicians of Israel and the world, as well as the most recent traumatic and miraculous events in Israel.

The book also addresses the significance of Israel ‘s internal spiritual struggle, the global Islamic threat to world peace and freedom, and the growing role of evangelical Christian supporters on behalf of Israel’s heartland. All of these issues are discussed openly and honestly, with a passion for truth rarely exhibited in the plethora of books about Israel or the Middle East.

The Longest August [EPUB]

The Longest August [EPUB]
The Longest August: The Unflinching Rivalry Between India and Pakistan by Dilip Hiro
2015 | EPUB | 1.05MB

The partitioning of British India into independent Pakistan and India in August 1947 occurred in the midst of communal holocaust, with Hindus and Sikhs on one side and Muslims on the other. More than 750,000 people were butchered, and 12 million fled their homes—primarily in caravans of bullock-carts—to seek refuge across the new border: it was the largest exodus in history. Sixty-seven years later, it is as if that August never ended.

Renowned historian and journalist Dilip Hiro provides a riveting account of the relationship between India and Pakistan, tracing the landmark events that led to the division of the sub-continent and the evolution of the contentious relationship between Hindus and Muslims. To this day, a reasonable resolution to their dispute has proved elusive, and the Line of Control in Kashmir remains the most heavily fortified frontier in the world, with 400,000 soldiers arrayed on either side.

Since partition, there have been several acute crises between the neighbors, including the secession of East Pakistan to form an independent Bangladesh in 1971, and the acquisition of nuclear weapons by both sides resulting in a scarcely avoided confrontation in 1999 and again in 2002. Hiro amply demonstrates the geopolitical importance of the India-Pakistan conflict by chronicling their respective ties not only with America and the Soviet Union, but also with China, Israel, and Afghanistan.

Hiro weaves these threads into a lucid narrative, enlivened with colorful biographies of leaders, vivid descriptions of wars, sensational assassinations, gross violations of human rights—and cultural signifiers like cricket matches. The Longest August is incomparable in its scope and presents the first definitive history of one of the world’s longest-running and most intractable conflicts.

Antony and Cleopatra by Adrian Goldsworthy [EPUB]

Antony and Cleopatra by Adrian Goldsworthy [EPUB]
Antony and Cleopatra by Adrian Goldsworthy
2010 | EPUB | 2.71MB

A masterfully told—and deeply human—story of love, politics, and ambition, Adrian Goldsworthy's Antony and Cleopatra delivers a compelling reassessment of a major episode in ancient history.

In this remarkable dual biography of the two great lovers of the ancient world, Goldsworthy goes beyond myth and romance to create a nuanced and historically acute portrayal of his subjects, set against the political backdrop of their time. A history of lives lived intensely at a time when the world was changing profoundly, the book takes readers on a journey that crosses cultures and boundaries from ancient Greece and ancient Egypt to the Roman Empire.

Drawing on his prodigious knowledge of the ancient world and his keen sense of the period's military and political history, Goldsworthy creates a singular portrait of the iconic lovers. "Antony and Cleopatra were first and foremost political animals," explains Goldsworthy, who places politics and ideology at the heart of their storied romance. Undertaking a close analysis of ancient sources and archaeological evidence, Goldsworthy bridges the gaps of current scholarship and dispels misconceptions that have entered the popular consciousness. He explains why Cleopatra was consistently portrayed by Hollywood as an Egyptian, even though she was really Greek, and argues that Antony had far less military experience than anyone would suspect from reading Shakespeare and other literature. Goldsworthy makes an important case for understanding Antony as a powerful Roman senator and political force in his own right.

The Forgotten Chapters: My Journey into the Past [EPUB]

The Forgotten Chapters: My Journey into the Past [EPUB]
The Forgotten Chapters: My Journey into the Past by Katherine Dimancescu
2013 | EPUB | 5.37MB

Katherine Dimancescu's debut narrative offers readers a window into the lives of some of her well-known and also little known maternal ancestors who helped shape the New England communities they called home. Her narrative shares unexpected discoveries that arose when researching her colonial American roots.

These discoveries include Mayflower passengers John Alden and his future wife Priscilla Mullins, ancestral homesteads from the 1600s, veterans of The Pequot War (1637) and King Philip's War (1675-76), slave-owning ancestors in New England, 17th and 18th century diary keepers whose original diaries are in archives, persecuted Quakers including Mrs. Mary (Barrett) Dyer (wife and mother of six children) who was hanged on Boston Common, signers of The Flushing Remonstrance, an ancestor accused of manslaughter, and another forced to wear a scarlet "D". Ms. Dimancescu hopes to inspire readers to enjoy often overlooked chapters of New England's rich colonial history and researching their own family roots.

The Development of European Civilization [TTC Video]

The Development of European Civilization [TTC Video]
The Development of European Civilization [TTC Video] by Kenneth R Bartlett
Course No 8215 | MKV, x264, 1193 kbps, 960x720 | English, AAC, 2 Ch | 48x30 mins | 12.9 GB

For anyone living in the Western world, Europe is so much more than just a varied mix of travel destinations, an inspiring example of different cultures living side by side, and a set of historical events that forever altered the history of Western civilization. Europe is, in fact, as much an idea as it is a place.

Understanding how Europe evolved is essential for anyone seeking an in-depth grasp of both the history of Western civilization—and its future—for a variety of reasons:

  • Almost all of the West's important political, social, cultural, and economic institutions and ideologies either came from Europe or evolved in reaction to it.
  • To witness how European civilization developed is to understand why and how the entire Western world became who and what it is.
  • Finally, such an understanding is essential if you are to have a nuanced grasp of the important events that dominate the daily news.

In short, and in almost every way that matters, historical Europe was the laboratory in which the world you now live in was conceived and tested. And you'll be living with the consequences of those experiments for the rest of your life.

The Development of European Civilization leads you through the doors of that laboratory and guides you through the development of Europe from the late Middle Ages through the eve of World War II. In these 48 lectures delivered by University of Toronto Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett, whose award-winning teaching skills have been evident in the classroom, in books, and through video lectures for more than 30 years—you'll finally grasp the amazing results of that European laboratory over more than 600 years of history.

Experience the Mosaic of European History

As you follow Professor Bartlett through the dramatic story of European history, you'll learn

  • the major ideologies and "isms" that bubbled forth from Europe's constantly fermenting cauldron of debate and conflict, including absolutism, scientism, rationalism, capitalism, nationalism, liberalism, and totalitarianism;
  • the forces that intermingled to create the Industrial Revolution and the accompanying economic and social upheavals that would, in turn, create so many more;
  • the changing technologies of communication and transportation that would spread the European experience and ideas far and wide;
  • the European ideologies of government, including the rule of law, the concept of "the consent of the governed," taxation, an independent judiciary, and other concepts;
  • the new roles for religion in European life, from the end of the traditional union of altar and throne to great upheavals such as the Protestant Reformation and the Great Schism; and
  • the evolution of the European class system, which influenced the social forces that swirled around it just as much as it was influenced by them.

With The Development of European Civilization, one important idea will become crystal clear to you: Although history may well be made up of events taking place over time, the true meaning of history can never be discerned through a linear recitation of those events. That's because history, as every lecture of this remarkable course proves, is a mosaic—and to grasp that mosaic's meaning is to learn to see history in its entirety; to understand the ways in which ideas, institutions, and social forces have interacted to paint each tile, set it among the others, and, when necessary, shatter them into fragments to replace them with others.

Change the Way You Understand History

To learn to see history in this way requires a course designed to teach it this way, and Professor Bartlett's lectures take an unusual and profoundly thoughtful approach that make The Development of European Civilization an ideal complement to more traditional presentations of European history.

Rather than offering you a laundry list of dates, events, and famous individuals, Professor Bartlett leaves you instead with an understanding of historical and social causality and a stronger appreciation of just why events took place. You'll learn why and how institutions evolved as they did, and what the ideas, culture, and institutions born in Europe have meant—and will continue to mean—to the rest of the Western world. More important: You'll experience Europe's development from a European perspective, further enhancing your existing understanding of both modern Europe and Western nations outside Europe, whose own traditions and institutions have drawn so much from the European experiment.

Although key events and individuals are included in these lectures, they take their importance in this course from their impact on the ideas of their time and the roles that they played in bringing about the key ideas and forces of the events that were yet to come. You'll learn how to see names like Diderot, Calvin, Darwin, Marx, Luther, Mill, Newton, Robespierre, Hitler, Mussolini, Wilson, and so many others in startling new ways. These and other figures, you'll discover, are not only participants in history's great pageant but characters created by forces beyond themselves—forces whose resonances would echo well into our own time.

Witness History in the Making

Each lecture focuses on a particular moment in time and analyzes the circumstances that would drive the evolution of the ideas, forces, and institutions that created European history.

  • The Crusades: These fierce medieval wars were far more than a series of religious conflicts. They were perhaps the single most important cause of the shift away from a manorial economy to a money-based economy. Moving knights to the Holy Land required massive concentrations of capital, the establishment of trading cities, and the mobilization of vast numbers of skilled people. None of this could have happened without reliable coinage and systems of commercial law.
  • The Industrial Revolution: The consequences of the Industrial Revolution in England reached into almost every aspect of life. This period's great gears meshed not only with the machinery of the economic world but also with that of urbanizing populations, the flow of information, changing beliefs about social justice, new religious freedoms that made practical and scientific information available to nonconformists, and new laws designed to enhance this unprecedented explosion of progress.
  • The Dreyfus Affair: The unjust accusation of Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer in the French army, for selling secrets to the Germans in 1894 was a defining moment in the history of modern France. In this single case of military justice gone awry, you see the intersection of forces such as anti-Semitism, military insularity, religion in public life, and support for monarchism.

An Accomplished Professor, a Masterful Historian

One of Professor Bartlett's greatest accomplishments in crafting The Development of European Civilization lies in his ability to sustain his focus on ideas, institutions, social forces, and other abstract concepts without ever being dry, and without losing sight of the human beings around whom those abstractions swirled.

A terrific storyteller, he teaches with great enthusiasm and flow, making his lectures a pleasure to watch or listen to and making it plainly evident why his teaching skills have won him numerous awards and accolades, including the 3M National Teaching Fellowship from the Canadian Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and the President's Teaching Award from the University of Toronto. Moreover, as he effortlessly leads you through general historical trends and specific defining events, Professor Bartlett never leaves you stretching for understanding.

Simply put, Professor Bartlett is an accomplished teacher and a masterful historian. With The Development of European Civilization, this popular Great Courses professor has crafted an extraordinarily integrated learning experience that is sure to be one of the most pleasurable and informative experiences of historical learning you'll ever have.

Lectures:

  1. Idea and Place of Europe
  2. Feudalism and the Medieval World
  3. Three Orders of Medieval Society
  4. Manorial Economy
  5. Growth of Trade and Towns
  6. Humanism and the Italian Renaissance
  7. Crisis in the Church
  8. Christian Humanism
  9. Ottoman Threat to Europe
  10. Expansion of Europe
  11. Continental Reformation. Luther
  12. Continental Reformation. Calvin
  13. Wars of Religion
  14. English Reformation
  15. English Civil War
  16. Thirty Years' War
  17. Absolute Monarchy
  18. Scientific Revolution
  19. The Enlightenment, Part 1
  20. The Enlightenment, Part 2
  21. France in 1789
  22. French Revolution
  23. Age of Napoleon
  24. Congress of Vienna
  25. Industrial Revolution
  26. Industrial Working Class
  27. Capitalism and European Society
  28. The Middle 'Class'
  29. Liberals and Liberalism
  30. Liberal Government
  31. Science and Progress
  32. 19th-Century Optimism
  33. Nationalism and 1848
  34. Unifications of Germany and Italy
  35. Darwin and Darwinism
  36. Social Darwinism
  37. Socialism and Utopianism
  38. Marx and Marxism
  39. Reactions to Rationalism
  40. Fin de Siècle
  41. World War I
  42. Treaty of Versailles
  43. Disintegration of the Established Order
  44. Bolshevik Revolution
  45. Fascism in Italy
  46. Nazi Regime in Germany
  47. Europe between the Wars
  48. The New Europe

Lost Worlds of South America [TTC Video]

Lost Worlds of South America [TTC Video]
Lost Worlds of South America [TTC Video] by Edwin Barnhart
Course No 3120 | MKV, x264, 1247 kbps, 960x720 | English, AAC, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 7.61GB

The dramatic terrain of South America is one of the great and thrilling frontiers of archaeology. Buried by the centuries on soaring mountain slopes and beneath arid deserts and lush jungles, the remains of extraordinary, majestic civilizations—many completely unknown until recent decades—are now coming to light and raising tantalizing questions about what else may be awaiting discovery.

These newly uncovered sites, as well as previously known ones such as Cuzco and Machu Picchu, are by no means those of simple, “primitive” cultures, but show astonishing sophistication in large-scale architecture, agricultural systems, art, and urban organization, together with technological ingenuity that dazzles the imagination.

As one of only six places on earth where civilization arose spontaneously, this region offers a fresh and revelatory look at how human societies formed, from the earliest organized communities to cultures of huge complexity. They paralleled, yet were absolutely different from, the ancient cultures of Greece, Egypt, and others that we know so much better. In these sites you witness, with vivid clarity, the unfolding of one of the true cradles of civilization.

Now, in Lost Worlds of South America, Professor Edwin Barnhart, director of the Maya Exploration Center, leads you on an adventurous trek of discovery through the wilds of South America to the great, mysterious civilizations of the ancients. In 24 eye-opening lectures, you’ll take an in-depth look at the emerging finds and archaeological knowledge of more than 12 seminal civilizations, giving you rich insight into the creative vision and monumental achievements of these wellsprings of human life.

A Startling New Glimpse of the Ancient World

The ancient South Americans show us striking models of how societies can function and organize themselves. The technologies and social structures seen here were wholly invented, using no preexisting models, as these dynamic peoples struggled to tame their environment and carve out societies and empires.

Recently unearthed marvels include

  • elaborately prepared and adorned mummies that predate Egypt’s by 2000 years;
  • imposing palaces, solar observatories, and dramatically decorated pyramids;
  • massive irrigation systems, aquaducts, and canals;
  • brilliantly engineered road systems covering thousands of kilometers;
  • stunning art objects in gold, turquoise, lapis lazuli, and ceramic; and
  • evidence of huge urban civilizations in the Amazon.

In their amazing sophistication and scale, the sites reveal some of the most remarkable ancient artifacts found anywhere in the world. These cultures rank among the greatest early civilizations, providing an extraordinary window on the development of human societies—and we’ve seen only the beginnings of these archaeological discoveries.

Encounter an Astounding Legacy of History and Culture

In many cases, the finds you investigate are so new that the only way to follow them is through primary sources: the archaeologists and scholars working in the field, and the materials they have brought to light. As an archaeologist, explorer, and passionate advocate for these cultures, Professor Barnhart invites you to join him at the latest excavation sites and to discover this hugely exciting field.

As a key point of the course, the professor elucidates how the iconic Inca civilization was only the tail end of a long, unfolding progression of cultures, and that the Inca stood on the shoulders of other great civilizations such as the Nazca, Moche, Wari, and Chimú. Your journey covers numerous illuminating facets of these cultures and ways of life, including these:

  • Earliest cities in the Americas: Explore the first urban complexes in the New World, dating to 3000 B.C.—their remarkable architectural features of platform mounds, sunken plazas, great pyramid-like structures, and irrigation channels, and the means by which these cultures supported large populations.
  • Wonders of ancient technology: Throughout the series, grapple with the amazing technological innovations of the early South Americans, including the astronomical observatories of Chankillo, the complex hydraulic engineering of the Nazca, the anti-seismic architecture of the Wari, the “raised field” agriculture of Tiwanaku—and the Inca’s technique, centuries ahead of its time, of freeze-drying vegetables.
  • Mummies, headhunting, and fanged deities: In cultures from the Paracas and Wari to the Inca, discover the religious underpinnings, cosmology, and significance of cultural practices such as mummification, ancestor worship, severed heads, human sacrifice, and ancient “brain surgery.”
  • The great Moche civilization: In three lectures on this visionary people, reckon with their towering pyramids, adorned with brilliant color murals; their fabulous tombs—the richest and most lavish in the New World—and their elaborate practices of shamanic healing.
  • Glories of Andean art: Drawing from the many cultures you visit, witness the mastery of metallurgy, textiles, and ceramics, and the rich iconography seen in sumptuous ritual objects, jewelry, clothing, and personal adornment.
  • The magnificent Inca: In six lectures, learn how the Inca forged an empire of 10 million people, organized it through a system of “labor taxation,” ended hunger in their world, and built the glittering city of Cuzco—laid out in the shape of a crouching puma and boasting grand avenues, fountains, palaces, and temples with walls of hammered gold.

A Richly Colorful Journey

Professor Barnhart enhances the history with stories of his own adventures and firsthand accounts of the sites and regions in question. You join him by video at the site of the fascinating Nazca geoglyphs to learn how the Nazca people etched vast geometric designs into the earth. You hear of hair-raising incidents pitting archaeologists against daring looters, and of Professor Barnhart’s own work of attempting to penetrate the enigma of the Inca’s “impossibly” perfect stonework.

The ancient cultures come alive through hundreds of original photographs, taken by Professor Barnhart and other archaeologists working in the field, illuminating the architecture, artifacts, and artworks, as well as 3-D models that vividly reveal the sites themselves.

A Story beyond Imagining

Armed with a probing investigative spirit, Professor Barnhart takes you deeply into the mysteries of these civilizations, raising compelling questions about how these peoples lived, worked, prayed, and thought.

He leads you on an investigation of cryptic iconography on Moche ceramics and imagery suggesting that Moche priests incarnated or “channeled” the culture’s creator deity. With his expert guidance, you’ll probe what may have underlain the mass sacrifice of young women in the Sican culture. And you’ll trace startling connections between the ways of life of the ancients and those of present-day peoples in South America.

You’ll be riveted as you delve into one of the last unbroken ancient codes—the system of writing in knotted strings called “khipu”—and learn how the early South Americans shared meals with their mummified ancestors. And you’ll be amazed as you track huge canal systems, mounds, raised causeways, and fish farms indicating wide-scale civilization in the “untamable” jungles, all made possible by recent dramatic discoveries in the Amazon.

In Lost Worlds of South America, the breathtaking valleys, mountains, and deserts reveal wonders that rival anything we know of the ancient world. Travel with us to a lost and splendorous past—a fountainhead of civilization that speaks unforgettably of human striving, vision, and the indomitable will to endure.

Lectures:

  1. South America's Lost Cradle of Civilization
  2. Discovering Peru's Earliest Cities
  3. South America's First People
  4. Ceramics, Textiles, and Organized States
  5. Chavín and the Rise of Religious Authority
  6. Cupisnique to Salinar. Elite Rulers and War
  7. Paracas. Mummies, Shamans, and Severed Heads
  8. Nazca Lines and Underground Channels
  9. Moche. Pyramids, Gold, and Warriors
  10. Moche. Richest Tombs in the New World
  11. Moche. Drugs, Sex, Music, and Puppies
  12. Enigmatic Tiwanaku by Lake Titicaca
  13. Amazon. Civilization Lost in the Jungle
  14. Wari. Foundations of the Inca Empire?
  15. Chimú. Empire of the Northern Coast
  16. Sican. Goldsmiths of the Northern Coast
  17. Inca Origins. Mythology vs Archaeology
  18. Cuzco and the Tawantinsuyu Empire
  19. Inca. From Raiders to Empire
  20. Inca. Gifts of the Empire
  21. Khipu. Language Hidden in Knots
  22. Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley
  23. Spanish Contact. Pizarro Conquers the Inca
  24. Remnants of the Past. Andean Culture Today

The Circle of Profit [EPUB]

The Circle of Profit [EPUB]
The Circle of Profit: How To Turn Your Passion Into $1 Million by Anik Singal
2015 | EPUB | 1.94MB

Learn the secrets that allow anyone in the world to turn their passion into $1 Million using a simple online business model. You don’t need any experience or any prior knowledge. Anik Singal takes you through the entire step-by-step process that he has perfected over the last 10 years!

The process of turning your passion into $1 Million is broken down into 2 phases. The goal of this book is to have you turning profits as soon as possible. Many students of this book have reported seeing profits within the first week!

The Circle of Profit is a cutting-edge approach that has simplified the process of launching your own digital publishing business. Using this system, you can turn your passion, hobby or professional expertise into a lifetime of profits! Your entire business will be centered around delivering content using specific tools available on the Internet.

Phase 1: Building Your Audience & Creating Profit

You will learn how to build an Email list of subscribers who quickly view you as a true expert in your chose topic. From there, you will learn how to write perfect Emails that help you build a strong relationship with your reader (even if you almost failed English in school). Last but not least, Anik Singal shows you exactly how to use your new subscribers to start generating fast profits right from your computer!

Phase 2: Using Digital Products To Create $1 Million

In this phase, Anik Singal guides you on the exact steps to take to create your own digital content product. You will then get a model to follow to market this product online. The entire model will show you how to automatically scale this business to generating your first $1 Million online!

If you’re ready to really live the life of your dreams, this book is the perfect vehicle to get you there. The Circle of Profit has taken over a decade to come together, it’s already changed thousands of lives around the world!

Close the Interaction Gap [EPUB]

Close the Interaction Gap [EPUB]
Close the Interaction Gap by Max Isaac, Anton McBurnie
2015 | EPUB | 1.53MB

Effectiveness in today's workplace relies on how well people can pool their talents, resources, and knowledge to achieve results. It is their daily interactions that determine the ultimate success of a strategy or how well it is executed. Data from the authors demonstrate there is a big gap between what people and groups actually achieve and what they could achieve if they could interact more effectively. This book discusses how to close these interaction gaps.

Unfortunately, most interventions aimed at improving teamwork or collaboration have a superficial impact at best. In this book, Max Isaac and Anton McBurnie explain the four fatal flaws that doom such efforts, including the failure to account for the emotional component of interaction and the over-reliance on classroom training to solve real world problems.

A longer-lasting solution is based on an integration of what the authors label as fun, mundane, and tricky approaches. The fun work allows people and groups to understand what strengths they have to work with and what weaknesses they have to manage (not overcome). The mundane work helps them eliminate the enormous waste associated with poor meetings and misunderstandings. The tricky approaches teach them how to benefit from differences rather than get sidetracked into unproductive conflict.

Learning to close interaction gaps is like greasing the cogs in a gear: it makes the whole assembly run smoothly. You'll see improvements in everything from communication and decisions to alignment and group dynamics.

MKTG 8, 8th Edition [PDF]

MKTG 8, 8th Edition [PDF]
MKTG 8, 8th Edition by Charles W Lamb, Joe F Hair, Carl McDaniel
2014 | PDF | 44.31MB

Created by the continuous feedback of a "student-tested, faculty-approved" process, MKTG 8 delivers a visually appealing, succinct print component, tear-out review cards for students and instructors and a consistent online offering with Enhanced CourseMate that includes an eBook in addition to a set of interactive digital tools such as animated figures, video cases, games, career tools, timely blog on marketing concepts, and more - all at a value-based price and proven to increase retention and outcomes.

Double Agent by Peter Duffy [EPUB]

Double Agent by Peter Duffy [EPUB]
Double Agent: The First Hero of World War II and How the FBI Outwitted and Destroyed a Nazi Spy Ring by Peter Duffy
2014 | EPUB | 13.24MB

The never-before-told tale of the German-American who spearheaded a covert mission to infiltrate New York’s Nazi underground in the days leading up to World War II—the most successful counterespionage operation in US history.

From the time Adolf Hitler came into power in 1933, German spies were active in New York. In 1937, a German national living in Queens stole the blueprints for the country’s most precious secret, the Norden Bombsight, delivering them to the German military two years before World War II started in Europe and four years before the US joined the fight. When the FBI uncovered a ring of Nazi spies in the city, President Franklin Roosevelt formally declared J. Edgar Hoover as America’s spymaster with responsibility for overseeing all investigations. As war began in Europe in 1939, a naturalized German-American was recruited by the Nazis to set up a radio transmitter and collect messages from spies active in the city to send back to Nazi spymasters in Hamburg. This German-American, William G. Sebold, approached the FBI and became the first double agent in the Bureau’s history, the center of a sixteen-month investigation that led to the arrest of a colorful cast of thirty-three enemy agents, among them a South African adventurer with an exotic accent and a monocle and a Jewish femme fatale, Lilly Stein, who escaped Nazi Vienna by offering to seduce US military men into whispering secrets into her ear.

A riveting, meticulously researched, and fast-moving story, Double Agent details the largest and most important espionage bust in American history.

Back to the Garden [EPUB]

Back to the Garden [EPUB]
Back to the Garden: Nature and the Mediterranean World from Prehistory to the Present by James H S McGregor
2015 | EPUB | 3.96MB

The garden was the cultural foundation of the early Mediterranean peoples; they acknowledged their reliance on and kinship to the land, and they understood nature through the lens of their diversely cultivated landscape. Their image of the garden underwrote the biblical book of Genesis and the region’s three major religions.

In this important melding of cultural and ecological histories, James H. S. McGregor suggests that the environmental crisis the world faces today is a result of Western society’s abandonment of the “First Nature” principle--of the harmonious interrelationship of human communities and the natural world. The author demonstrates how this relationship, which persisted for millennia, effectively came to an end in the late eighteenth century, when “nature” came to be equated with untamed landscape devoid of human intervention. McGregor’s essential work offers a new understanding of environmental accountability while proposing that recovering the original vision of ourselves, not as antagonists of nature but as cultivators of a biological world to which we innately belong, is possible through proven techniques of the past.

And Man Created God [EPUB]

And Man Created God [EPUB]
And Man Created God: Kings, Cults and Conquests at the Time of Jesus by Selina O'Grady
2012 | EPUB | 2.71MB

At the time of Jesus's birth, the world was in ferment. Across Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia - societies rife with gods and messiahs, priests and warriors - the old certainties of family, village and tribe were being overturned. Religion was becoming the source of order and stability.

And Man Created God takes the reader on a dazzling journey across the empires of the ancient world to reveal how emperors and kings manipulated religion to consolidate their power. In Rome, Augustus was deified by his brilliant spin doctors; in what is now Sudan, the warrior queen Amanirenas exploited her godlike status to inspire her armies to face, and defeat, Rome; while in China, the usurper Wang Mang won and lost the throne over his obsession with Confucianism.

In this riveting account of the interplay of faith and power, Selina O'Grady answers the most urgent question of all: how did the tiny Jesus cult triumph over more popular religions - the goddess Isis, the miracle worker Apollonius, even the cult of Augustus - to become the world's dominant faith?

Is Shame Necessary? [EPUB]

Is Shame Necessary? [EPUB]
Is Shame Necessary: New Uses for an Old Tool by Jennifer Jacquet
2015 | EPUB | 4.27MB

An urgent, illuminating exploration of the social nature of shame and of how it might be used to promote large-scale political change and social reform.

In cultures that champion the individual, guilt is advertised as the cornerstone of conscience. But while guilt holds individuals to personal standards, it is powerless in the face of corrupt institutions. In recent years, we as consumers have sought to assuage our guilt about flawed social and environmental practices and policies by, for example, buying organic foods or fair-trade products. Unless nearly everyone participates, however, the impact of individual consumer consciousness is ineffective.

Is Shame Necessary? presents us with a trenchant case for public shaming as a nonviolent form of resistance that can challenge corporations and even governments to change policies and behaviors that are detrimental to the environment. Jennifer Jacquet argues that public shaming, when it has been retrofitted for the age of social media and aimed in the proper direction, can help compensate for the limitations of guilt in a globalized world. Jacquet leaves us with a new understanding of how public shame, when applied in the right way and at the right time, has the capacity to keep us from failing other species in life’s fabric and, ultimately, from failing ourselves.

Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain [EPUB]

Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain [EPUB]
Free Country: A Penniless Adventure the Length of Britain by George Mahood
2013 | EPUB | 1.31MB

The plan is simple. George and Ben have three weeks to cycle 1000 miles from the bottom of England to the top of Scotland. There is just one small problem… they have no bikes, no clothes, no food and no money. Setting off in just a pair of Union Jack boxer shorts, they attempt to rely on the generosity of the British public for everything from food to accommodation, clothes to shoes, and bikes to beer.

During the most hilarious adventure, George and Ben encounter some of Great Britain's most eccentric and extraordinary characters and find themselves in the most ridiculous situations. Free Country is guaranteed to make you laugh (you may even shed a tear). It will restore your faith in humanity and leave you with a big smile on your face and a warm feeling inside.

Geometry from Euclid to Knots [EPUB]

Geometry from Euclid to Knots [EPUB]
Geometry from Euclid to Knots by Saul Stahl
2012 | EPUB | 22.86MB

Designed to inform readers about the formal development of Euclidean geometry and to prepare prospective high school mathematics instructors to teach Euclidean geometry, this text closely follows Euclid's classic, Elements. The text augments Euclid's statements with appropriate historical commentary and many exercises — more than 1,000 practice exercises provide readers with hands-on experience in solving geometrical problems.

In addition to providing a historical perspective on plane geometry, this text covers non-Euclidean geometries, allowing students to cultivate an appreciation of axiomatic systems. Additional topics include circles and regular polygons, projective geometry, symmetries, inversions, knots and links, graphs, surfaces, and informal topology. This republication of a popular text is substantially less expensive than prior editions and offers a new Preface by the author.