Dreams and Dead Ends: The American Gangster Film [PDF]

Dreams and Dead Ends: The American Gangster Film [PDF]
Dreams and Dead Ends: The American Gangster Film by Jack Shadoian
2003 | PDF | 5.64MB

Dreams and Dead Ends provides a compelling history of the twentieth-century American gangster film. Beginning with Little Caesar (1930) and ending with Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead (1995), Jack Shadoian adroitly analyzes twenty notable examples of the crime film genre. Moving chronologically through nearly seven decades, this volume offers illuminating readings of a select group of the classic films--including The Public Enemy, D.O.A., Bonnie and Clyde, and The Godfather--that best define and represent each period in the development of the American crime film.

Richly illustrated with more than seventy film stills, Dreams and Dead Ends details the evolution of the genre through insightful and precise considerations of cinematography, characterization, and narrative style. This updated edition includes new readings of three additional movies--Once Upon a Time in America, Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead, and Criss Cross--and brings this clear and lively discussion of the history of the gangster film to the end of the twentieth century.

American Gangster and Other Tales of New York [Audiobook]

American Gangster and Other Tales of New York [Audiobook]
American Gangster and Other Tales of New York [Audiobook] by Mark Jacobson, read by Malcolm Hillgartner
2007 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 1 min | 283.81MB

In the 1970s, Frank Lucas was the king of the Harlem drug trade, bringing in over a million dollars a day. He lived a glamorous life, hobnobbing with athletes, musicians, and politicians, but Lucas was a ruthless gangster. He was notorious for using the coffins of dead GIs to smuggle heroin into the United States, and, before being sentenced to 70 years in prison, he played a major role in the near death of New York City.

In American Gangster, Mark Jacobson's captivating account of the life of Frank Lucas joins other tales of New York City from the past 30 years. The collection features a number of Jacobson's most famous essays, as well as previously unpublished works and more recent articles. Together, they create a vibrant, many-layered portrait of the most fascinating city in the world, by one of the most acclaimed journalists of our time.

Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers [Audiobook]

Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers [Audiobook]
Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers [Audiobook] by Nick Offerman, read by the Author
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 42 mins | 331.35MB

The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the New York Times best seller Paddle Your Own Canoe returns with a second book that humorously highlights 21 figures from our nation's history, from her inception to present day - Nick's personal pantheon of "great Americans".

To millions of people, Nick Offerman is America. Both Nick and his character, Ron Swanson, are known for their humor and patriotism in equal measure.

After the great success of his autobiography Paddle Your Own Canoe, Offerman now focuses on the lives of those who inspired him. From George Washington to Willie Nelson, he describes 21 heroic figures and why they inspire in him such great meaning. He'll combine both serious history with light-hearted humor - comparing, say, George Washington's wooden teeth to his own experience as a woodworker. The subject matter will also allow Offerman to expound upon his favorite topics, which listeners love to hear - areas such as religion, politics, woodworking and handcrafting, agriculture, creativity, philosophy, fashion, and, of course, meat.

It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War [Audiobook]

It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War [Audiobook]
It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War [Audiobook] by Lynsey Addario, read by Tavia Gilbert
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 7 mins | 258.4MB

MacArthur Genius Grant winner Lynsey Addario's relentless pursuit of complex truths drive this heart-pounding and inspirational memoir of a photographer's life.

Lynsey Addario was just finding her way as a young photographer when the events of September 11, 2001, changed the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She makes a decision she would often find herself making - not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, but to set out across the world, face the chaos of crisis, and make a name for herself.

Addario finds in photography a way to travel with a purpose, and It's What I Do is the story of that singular calling - how it shapes and drives her life and how it changes the lives of others. She captures virtually every major theater of war of the twenty-first century and from it creates a historical document of truth on the international conflicts that have made, and remade, our world. She photographs the Afghan people before and after Taliban reign, the civilian casualties and misunderstood insurgents of the Iraq War, as well as the burned villages and the countless dead in Darfur. She exposes a culture of violence against women in the Congo and tells the riveting inside story of her headline-making kidnapping by pro-Qaddafi forces in the Libyan civil war.

As a woman photojournalist determined to be taken as seriously as her male peers, Addario fights her way into a boys' club of a profession. Rather than choose between her personal life and profession, Addario learns to strike a necessary balance. In the man who will become her husband, she finds at last a real love to complement her work, not take away from it, and as a new mother, she gains an even more intensely personal understanding of the fragility of life.

Watching uprisings unfold and people fight to the death for their freedom, Addario understands she is documenting not only news but also the fate of society.

It's What I Do is more than just a snapshot of life on the front lines - it is witness to the human cost of war.

How We'll Live on Mars [EPUB]

How We'll Live on Mars [EPUB]
How We'll Live on Mars by Stephen Petranek
2015 | EPUB | 63.16MB

Award-winning journalist Stephen Petranek says humans will live on Mars by 2034. Now he makes the case that living on Mars is not just plausible, but inevitable.

It sounds like science fiction, but Stephen Petranek considers it fact: Within twenty years, humans will live on Mars. We’ll need to. In this sweeping, provocative book that mixes business, science, and human reporting, Petranek makes the case that living on Mars is an essential back-up plan for humanity and explains in fascinating detail just how it will happen.

The race is on. Private companies, driven by iconoclastic entrepreneurs, such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Paul Allen, and Sir Richard Branson; Dutch reality show and space mission Mars One; NASA; and the Chinese government are among the many groups competing to plant the first stake on Mars and open the door for human habitation. Why go to Mars? Life on Mars has potential life-saving possibilities for everyone on earth. Depleting water supplies, overwhelming climate change, and a host of other disasters—from terrorist attacks to meteor strikes—all loom large. We must become a space-faring species to survive. We have the technology not only to get humans to Mars, but to convert Mars into another habitable planet. It will likely take 300 years to “terraform” Mars, as the jargon goes, but we can turn it into a veritable second Garden of Eden. And we can live there, in specially designed habitations, within the next twenty years.

In this exciting chronicle, Petranek introduces the circus of lively characters all engaged in a dramatic effort to be the first to settle the Red Planet. How We’ll Live on Mars brings firsthand reporting, interviews with key participants, and extensive research to bear on the question of how we can expect to see life on Mars within the next twenty years.

The Triumph & Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years [EPUB]

The Triumph & Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years [EPUB]
The Triumph & Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years by Joseph A Califano
2014 | EPUB | 9.36MB

From Lyndon Johnson’s closest domestic adviser during the White House years comes a book in which “Johnson leaps out of the pages in all his raw and earthy glory” (The New York Times Book Review) that’s been called “a joy to read” (Stephen Ambrose, The Washington Post Book World). And now, a new introductory essay brings the reader up to date on Johnson’s impact on America today.

Califano takes us into the Oval Office as the decisions that irrevocably changed the United States were being crafted to create Johnson’s ambitious Great Society. He shows us LBJ’s commitment to economic and social revolution, and his willingness to do whatever it took to achieve his goals. Califano uncorks LBJ’s legislative genius and reveals the political guile it took to pass the laws in civil rights, poverty, immigration reform, health, education, environmental protection, consumer protection, the arts, and communications.

President Lyndon Johnson was bigger than life—and no one who worked for him or was subjected to the “Johnson treatment” ever forgot it. As Johnson’s “Deputy President of Domestic Affairs” (The New York Times), Joseph A. Califano’s unique relationship with the president greatly enriches our understanding of our thirty-sixth president, whose historical significance continues to be felt throughout every corner of America to this day.

A no-holds-barred account of Johnson’s presidency, The Triumph & Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson is an intimate portrait of a President whose towering ambition for his country and himself reshaped America—and ultimately led to his decision to withdraw from the political arena in which he fought so hard.

Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice [EPUB]

Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice [EPUB]
Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice by Adam Benforado
2015 | EPUB | 2.18MB

A child is gunned down by a police officer; an investigator ignores critical clues in a case; an innocent man confesses to a crime he did not commit; a jury acquits a killer. The evidence is all around us: Our system of justice is fundamentally broken.

But it’s not for the reasons we tend to think, as law professor Adam Benforado argues in this eye-opening, galvanizing book. Even if the system operated exactly as it was designed to, we would still end up with wrongful convictions, trampled rights, and unequal treatment. This is because the roots of injustice lie not inside the dark hearts of racist police officers or dishonest prosecutors, but within the minds of each and every one of us.

This is difficult to accept. Our nation is founded on the idea that the law is impartial, that legal cases are won or lost on the basis of evidence, careful reasoning and nuanced argument. But they may, in fact, turn on the camera angle of a defendant’s taped confession, the number of photos in a mug shot book, or a simple word choice during a cross-examination. In Unfair, Benforado shines a light on this troubling new field of research, showing, for example, that people with certain facial features receive longer sentences and that judges are far more likely to grant parole first thing in the morning.

Over the last two decades, psychologists and neuroscientists have uncovered many cognitive forces that operate beyond our conscious awareness. Until we address these hidden biases head-on, Benforado argues, the social inequality we see now will only widen, as powerful players and institutions find ways to exploit the weaknesses of our legal system.

Weaving together historical examples, scientific studies, and compelling court cases—from the border collie put on trial in Kentucky to the five teenagers who falsely confessed in the Central Park Jogger case—Benforado shows how our judicial processes fail to uphold our values and protect society’s weakest members. With clarity and passion, he lays out the scope of the legal system’s dysfunction and proposes a wealth of practical reforms that could prevent injustice and help us achieve true fairness and equality before the law.

The Runes of Evolution [EPUB]

The Runes of Evolution [EPUB]
The Runes of Evolution: How the Universe became Self-Aware by Simon Conway Morris
2015 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.17/3.34MB

How did human beings acquire imaginations that can conjure up untrue possibilities? How did the Universe become self-aware? In The Runes of Evolution, Simon Conway Morris revitalizes the study of evolution from the perspective of convergence, providing us with compelling new evidence to support the mounting scientific view that the history of life is far more predictable than once thought.

A leading evolutionary biologist at the University of Cambridge, Conway Morris came into international prominence for his work on the Cambrian explosion (especially fossils of the Burgess Shale) and evolutionary convergence, which is the process whereby organisms not closely related (not monophyletic), independently evolve similar traits as a result of having to adapt to similar environments or ecological niches.

In The Runes of Evolution, he illustrates how the ubiquity of convergence hints at an underlying framework whereby many outcomes, not least brains and intelligence, are virtually guaranteed on any Earth-like planet. Conway Morris also emphasizes how much of the complexity of advanced biological systems is inherent in microbial forms.

By casting a wider net, The Runes of Evolution explores many neglected evolutionary questions. Some are remarkably general. Why, for example, are convergences such as parasitism, carnivory, and nitrogen fixation in plants concentrated in particular taxonomic hot spots? Why do certain groups have a particular propensity to evolve toward particular states?

Some questions lead to unexpected evolutionary insights: If bees sleep (as they do), do they dream? Why is that insect copulating with an orchid? Why have sponges evolved a system of fiber optics? What do mantis shrimps and submarines have in common? If dinosaurs had not gone extinct what would have happened next? Will a saber-toothed cat ever re-evolve?

Cona Morris observes: “Even amongst the mammals, let alone the entire tree of life, humans represent one minute twig of a vast (and largely fossilized) arborescence. Every living species is a linear descendant of an immense string of now-vanished ancestors, but evolution itself is the very reverse of linear. Rather it is endlessly exploratory, probing the vast spaces of biological hyperspace. Indeed this book is a celebration of how our world is (and was) populated by a riot of forms, a coruscating tapestry of life.”

The Runes of Evolution is the most definitive synthesis of evolutionary convergence to be published to date.

Self Defense Tips and Tricks [EPUB]

Self Defense Tips and Tricks [EPUB]
Self Defense Tips and Tricks: Practical Self Defense Solutions for the Street, Home, Workplace and Travel by Sammy Franco
2014 | EPUB | 3.93MB

Self-Defense Tips and Tricks Anyone Can Use!

Self-Defense Tips and Tricks: Practical Self-Defense Solutions for the Street, Home Workplace and Travel offers hundreds of simple and practical ideas and suggestions to protect yourself and your family from all types of violent crime. In this practical, no-nonsense book, self-defense expert Sammy Franco calls upon his 30+ years of experience as a reality based self-defense expert to prepare you and your family against violent crime.

Get inside the Criminal's Mind!

This personal safety and self-defense book takes you inside the criminal’s mind and arms you with his tactics and techniques allowing you to beat him at his own game by stopping him dead in his tracks.

Easy to Use Format

Self-Defense Tips and Tricks is written in an easy-to-use format that allows you to quickly apply these life-saving skills into your daily activities. This unique book is divided into six essential chapters:

  1. Street Smart Safety
  2. Home Defense and Protection
  3. Workplace Safety
  4. Child Safety
  5. Travel Safety
  6. Fighting Back

Includes Bonus Self-Defense Solutions

Self-Defense Tips and Tricks also includes a broad range of self-defense solutions, including:

  • self-defense awareness
  • surviving an active shooter situation
  • airline security
  • hotel safety
  • how to deal with bullies
  • avoiding hassles overseas
  • sexual assault prevention
  • automobile safety
  • avoiding ambush zones
  • self-defense do's and don'ts
  • safety when working out
  • what to do when kidnapped
  • using self-defense weapons
  • dealing with stalkers
  • the best ways to safeguard your home
  • self-defense for seniors
  • self-defense for women
  • and much more!

A Goldmine of Information

If you have ever considered protecting yourself or your family from crime but feared you didn't have the knowledge or skills to do it, you must read this book. Self-Defense Tips and Tricks is a goldmine of information for anyone who wants to take responsibility for their own personal safety at home, on the streets or abroad.

The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence [EPUB]

The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence [EPUB]
The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence by Victor Marchetti, John D Marks
1980 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.58/4.53MB

What is the CIA really up to? What does it do and why? No other element of the U.S. government is so lapped in mystery, no other is quite so plainly self-willed and independently powerful. And in the end, no other represents quite such a threat to our long-treasured democratic principles. Never before had there been a book about the CIA that laid bare the facts so explicitly and with such absolute anthority. Victor Marchetti spent 14 years in the CIA, much of the time as a high-ranking officer. Co-author John Marks learned about the agency and intelligence procedures while working in the State Department. Their experience and knowledge give this book its authenticity and make incontestable its basic thesis: that an obsession with clandestine operations - illegal, even immoral interference in the internal affairs of other countries (and in some cases our own) - has largely supplanted the agency's original and proper mission of supervising, coordinating, and processing of intelligence. Many of the details reported for the first time in this book will surprise and probably shock. What surprises remain hidden in the sections censored out? Nevertheless, the real significance of The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence lies not in these startling revelations, but in the wholly convincing picture it gives of a giant, costly organization running wild, altogether free from supervision and accountability. Soberly, comprehensively, the authors anatomize the Agency - its structure, its huge budgets, its functions and personnel - and show how it has, shielded by self-serving (and frequently self-invented) rules of secrecy, built for itself a covert empire capable of stifling, with depressing efficiency, every serious attempt at outside control: by Congress, by various Presidents (who admittedly found the agency useful as a kind of private army, and still do), and by the press. There can be only one reason why the CIA tried to censor this book: it tells the truth about the CIA.