The Dead Hand [Audiobook]

The Dead Hand [Audiobook]
The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy [Audiobook] by David E Hoffman, read by Bob Walter
2009 | MP3@64 kbps + MOBI | 20 hrs 50 mins | 587.32MB

The Dead Hand is the suspense-filled story of the people who sought to brake the speeding locomotive of the arms race, then rushed to secure the nuclear and biological weapons left behind by the collapse of the Soviet Union—a dangerous legacy that haunts us even today.

The Cold War was an epoch of massive overkill. In the last half of the twentieth century the two superpowers had perfected the science of mass destruction and possessed nuclear weapons with the combined power of a million Hiroshimas. What’s more, a Soviet biological warfare machine was ready to produce bacteria and viruses to sicken and kill millions. In The Dead Hand, a thrilling narrative history drawing on new archives and original research and interviews, David E. Hoffman reveals how presidents, scientists, diplomats, soldiers, and spies confronted the danger and changed the course of history.

The Dead Hand captures the inside story in both the United States and the Soviet Union, giving us an urgent and intimate account of the last decade of the arms race. With access to secret Kremlin documents, Hoffman chronicles Soviet internal deliberations that have long been hidden. He reveals that weapons designers in 1985 laid a massive “Star Wars” program on the desk of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to compete with President Reagan, but Gorbachev refused to build it. He unmasks the cover-up of the Soviet biological weapons program. He tells the exclusive story of one Soviet microbiologist’s quest to build a genetically engineered super-germ—it would cause a mild illness, a deceptive recovery, then a second, fatal attack. And he details the frightening history of the Doomsday Machine, known as the Dead Hand, which would launch a retaliatory nuclear strike if the Soviet leaders were wiped out.

When the Soviet Union collapsed, the dangers remained. Soon rickety trains were hauling unsecured nuclear warheads across the Russian steppe; tons of highly-enriched uranium and plutonium lay unguarded in warehouses; and microbiologists and bomb designers were scavenging for food to feed their families.

The Dead Hand offers fresh and startling insights into Reagan and Gorbachev, the two key figures of the end of the Cold War, and draws colorful, unforgettable portraits of many others who struggled, often valiantly, to save the world from the most terrifying weapons known to man.

Conquering Gotham: Building Penn Station and Its Tunnels [EPUB]

Conquering Gotham: Building Penn Station and Its Tunnels [EPUB]
Conquering Gotham: Building Penn Station and Its Tunnels by Jill Jonnes
2007 | EPUB | 1.62MB

As bestselling books like Ron Chernow's Titan and David McCullough's The Great Bridge affirm, readers are fascinated with the grand personalities and schemes that populated New York at the close of the nineteenth century. Conquering Gotham re- creates the riveting struggle waged by the great Pennsylvania Railroad to build Penn Station and the monumental system of tunnels that would connect water-bound Manhattan to the rest of the continent by rail. Historian Jill Jonnes tells a ravishing tale of snarling plutocrats, engineering feats, and backroom politicking packed with the most colorful figures of Gilded Age New York.

Conquering Gotham will be featured in an upcoming episode of PBS's American Experience.

Tears of Blood: Surviving the Holocaust, The Horrible History of the Third Reich [EPUB]

Tears of Blood: Surviving the Holocaust, The Horrible History of the Third Reich [EPUB]
Tears of Blood: Surviving the Holocaust, The Horrible History of the Third Reich by Aaron Cohen
2014 | EPUB | 1.81MB

Learn The Facts About The Holocaust, The Torture, The Hell On Earth

This is the complete history of Nazi evil. From Hitler's imprisonment where he wrote "Mein Kampf", to the rise of the Third Reich, to the horrors of the concentration camps where millions of Jews were killed faster than could be buried, to the trials at Nuremberg.

"What happened is worse than you have any idea of. And it was the indifference of mankind that let it take place."

The End of World War II in Europe [EPUB]

The End of World War II in Europe [EPUB]
The End of World War II in Europe: The History of the Final Campaigns that Led to Nazi Germany's Surrender by Charles River Editors
2015 | EPUB | 4.68MB
  • Includes pictures
  • Includes accounts of the fighting during D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, the Battle of Berlin, and more.
  • Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
  • Includes a table of contents

By the end of 1943, with Allied forces firmly established in Italy and the Soviets on the verge of turning the tide in Russia, the British and Americans began to plot the invasion that would liberate Europe from the Nazis. During the first half of 1944, the Americans and British commenced a massive buildup of men and resources in the United Kingdom, while Allied Supreme Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower and military brass planned the details of an enormous and complex amphibious invasion of Europe. Though the Allies used misinformation to try deceiving the Germans, the most obvious place for an invasion was just across the narrow English Channel, and the Germans had built coastal fortifications throughout France to protect against just such an invasion.

The invasion across the Channel came in the early morning hours of June 6, 1944. That day, forever known as D-Day, the Allies commenced Operation Overlord by staging the largest and most complex amphibious invasion in human history. The complex operation would require tightly coordinated naval and air bombardment, paratroopers, and even inflatable tanks that would be able to fire on fortifications from the coastline, all while landing over 150,000 men across nearly 70 miles of French beaches. Given the incredibly complex plan, it’s no surprise that General Eisenhower had already written a letter apologizing for the failure of the invasion, which he carried in his coat pocket throughout the day.

After the successful amphibious invasion on D-Day in June 1944, the Allies began racing east toward Germany and liberating France along the way. It was Hitler’s belief that by splitting the Allied march across Europe in their drive toward Germany, he could cause the collapse of the enemy armies and cut off their supply lines. Part of Hitler’s confidence came as a result of underestimating American resolve, but with the Soviets racing toward Berlin from the east, this final offensive would truly be the last gasp of the German war machine, and the month long campaign was fought over a large area of the Ardennes Forest, through France, Belgium and parts of Luxembourg. From an Allied point of view, the operations were commonly referred to as the Ardennes Offensive, while the German code phrase for the operation was Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein (“Operation Watch on the Rhine”), with the initial breakout going under the name of “Operation Mist.” Today, Americans know it best as the Battle of the Bulge.

After resisting the German attack, the Allied armies began advancing, and with that, the race to Berlin was truly on. In April 1945, the Allies were within sight of the German capital of Berlin, but Hitler refused to acknowledge the collapsed state of the German military effort even at this desperate stage, and he confined himself to his Berlin bunker where he met for prolonged periods only with those that professed eternal loyalty, even to the point of death. In his last weeks, Hitler continued to blame the incompetence of military officers for Germany’s apparent failings, and he even blamed the German people themselves for a lack of spirit and strength. As their leader dwelled in a state of self-pity, without remorse or mercy but near suicide, the people of Berlin were simply left to await their fate as Russians advanced from the east and the other Allies advanced from the west.

The battle would technically begin on April 16, 1945, and though it ended in a matter of weeks, it produced some of the war’s most climactic events and had profound implications on the immediate future. In the wake of the war, the European continent was devastated, leaving the Soviet Union and the United States as uncontested superpowers.

The End of World War II in the Pacific [EPUB]

The End of World War II in the Pacific [EPUB]
The End of World War II in the Pacific: The History of the Final Campaigns that Led to Imperial Japan's Surrender by Charles River Editors
2015 | EPUB | 7.24MB
  • Includes pictures
  • Includes accounts of the Philippines, the firebombing of Tokyo, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, the use of the atomic bombs, and more.
  • Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
  • Includes a table of contents

By the spring of 1943, American military planners had begun to create a plan to dislodge Japan from east and southeast Asia. To do so, parts of the Philippines were considered main strategic points in the potential Allied attack in the Pacific. The end goal of the Allied plan was an invasion of the Japanese home islands, in which heavy aerial bombardment would precede a ground assault. In order for this to occur, Allied forces would have to occupy areas surrounding Japan, with China adding to Luzon (the largest island in the Philippines) and Formosa (a large island off the coast of China) to create a triangle from which they could launch their bombers.

When Admiral Chester Nimitz was directed to capture an island in the Bonin group, Iwo Jima stood out for its importance in making progress against the mainland, with three airfields that would allow American air forces to attack the Japanese mainland. But the Japanese were also well aware of how important Iwo Jima was, and they fought desperately in bunkers and tunnels that required the Americans to carefully clear them out gradually. Less than 5% of the Japanese soldiers on Iwo Jima were taken alive, and American casualties were estimated at 26,000, with 6,800 killed or captured. A month later at Okinawa, which lasted from April-June, the Americans suffered an estimated 62,000 casualties, with 12,000 Americans killed or captured. These deadly campaigns came after widely-held predictions that taking these islands would amount to no more than a brief footnote in the overall theater. However, the national character of the Empire was equally misunderstood. Following the month of Iwo Jima, “commentator after commentator in the Anglo-American camp agreed that the Japanese were more despised than the Germans…uncommonly treacherous and savage…alluding to their remarkable tenacity…refused to give up any territory and incurred thousands of losses daily without any possibility of surrender.”

Near the end of 1944, as Allied forces were pushing across the Pacific and edging ever closer to Japan, plans were drawn up to invade the Ryuku islands, the most prominent of them being Okinawa. Military planners anticipated that an amphibious campaign would last a week, but instead of facing 60,000 Japanese defenders as estimated, there were closer to 120,000 on the island at the beginning of the campaign in April 1945. The Battle of Okinawa was the largest amphibious operation in the Pacific theater, and it would last nearly 3 months and wind up being the fiercest in the Pacific theater during the war, with nearly 60,000 American casualties and over 100,000 Japanese soldiers killed. In addition, the battle resulted in an estimated 40,000-150,000 Japanese civilian casualties.

Given the horrific nature of the combat, and the fact that it was incessant for several weeks, it’s no surprise that Okinawa had a profound psychological effect on the men who fought, but it also greatly influenced the thinking of military leaders who were planning subsequent campaigns, including a potential invasion of the Japanese mainland. The casualty tolls at Okinawa ultimately helped compel President Truman to use the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in an effort to end the war before having to attempt such an invasion.

The End of World War II in the Pacific: The History of the Final Campaigns that Led to Imperial Japan’s Surrender chronicles the background leading up to the final fighting of World War II. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the end of World War II in the Pacific like never before.

Nazi Germany's Conquest of Western Europe [EPUB]

Nazi Germany's Conquest of Western Europe [EPUB]
Nazi Germany's Conquest of Western Europe: The Negotiations and Campaigns that Let Hitler Conquer the Continent Before and During World War II by Charles River Editors
2015 | EPUB | 4.93MB
  • Includes pictures
  • Includes accounts of the negotiations and fighting
  • Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
  • Includes a table of contents

One of the most famous people in the world came to tour the city of Paris for the first time on June 28, 1940. Over the next three hours, he rode through the city's streets, stopping to tour L'Opéra Paris. He rode down the Champs-Élysées toward the Trocadero and the Eiffel Tower, where he had his picture taken. After passing through the Arc de Triomphe, he toured the Pantheon and old medieval churches, though he did not manage to see the Louvre or the Palace of Justice. Heading back to the airport, he told his staff, "It was the dream of my life to be permitted to see Paris. I cannot say how happy I am to have that dream fulfilled today." Four years after his tour, Adolf Hitler would order the city's garrison commander, General Dietrich von Choltitz, to destroy Paris, warning his subordinate that the city "must not fall into the enemy's hand except lying in complete debris."

The fact that Hitler set foot in Paris in June 1940 was remarkable in its own right and the culmination of Nazi Germany's lightning advance across most of Western Europe, beginning even before the war with the annexations of lands, some of which was made possible by the now widely reviled Munich agreement. Other negotiations with the Soviet Union allowed Germany to invade Poland with few consequences in September 1939, and the military superiority built up over the two decades between the world wars made it possible for the Germans to push aside their opponents when they found them.

Of course, Paris was not destroyed before the Allies liberated it, but it would take more than 4 years for them to wrest control of France from Nazi Germany after they took the country by storm in about a month in 1940. That said, it's widely overlooked today given how history played out that as the power of Nazi Germany grew alarmingly during the 1930s, the French sought means to defend their territory against the rising menace of the Thousand-Year Reich. As architects of the most punitive measures in the Treaty of Versailles following World War I, France was a natural target for Teutonic retribution, so the Maginot Line, a series of interconnected strongpoints and fortifications running along much of France's eastern border, helped allay French fears of invasion.

The true flaw in French military strategy during the opening days of World War II lay not in reliance on the Maginot fortifications but in the army's neglect to exploit the military opportunities the Line created. In other words, the border defense performed as envisioned, but the other military arms supported it insufficiently to halt the Germans. The French Army squandered the opportunity not because the Maginot Line existed but because they failed to utilize their own defensive plan properly; the biggest problem was that the Germans simply skirted past the intricate defensive fortifications by invading neutral Belgium and swinging south, thereby avoiding the Maginot Line for the most part.

Nazi Germany's Conquest of Western Europe: The Negotiations and Campaigns that Let Hitler Conquer the Continent Before and During World War II chronicles the background leading up to World War II and Germany's quick success in the first year of it. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Nazi Germany's conquest of Western Europe like never before, in no time at all.

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success [Audiobook]

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success [Audiobook]
Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success [Audiobook] by Adam M. Grant, read by Brian Keith Lewis
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 11 hrs 50 mins | 298.99MB

An innovative, groundbreaking book that will captivate listeners of Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Pink, The Power of Habit, and Quiet

For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

Using his own pioneering research as Wharton's youngest tenured professor, Grant shows that these styles have a surprising impact on success. Although some givers get exploited and burn out, the rest achieve extraordinary results across a wide range of industries. Combining cutting-edge evidence with captivating stories, this landmark book shows how one of America's best networkers developed his connections, why the creative genius behind one of the most popular shows in television history toiled for years in anonymity, how a basketball executive responsible for multiple draft busts transformed his franchise into a winner, and how we could have anticipated Enron's demise four years before the company collapsed - without ever looking at a single number.

Praised by best-selling authors such as Dan Pink, Tony Hsieh, Dan Ariely, Susan Cain, Dan Gilbert, Gretchen Rubin, Bob Sutton, David Allen, Robert Cialdini, and Seth Godin - as well as senior leaders from Google, McKinsey, Merck, Estée Lauder, Nike, and NASA - Give and Take highlights what effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation, and leadership skills have in common. This landmark book opens up an approach to success that has the power to transform not just individuals and groups, but entire organizations and communities.

Washington: The Making of the American Capital [Audiobook]

Washington: The Making of the American Capital [Audiobook]
Washington: The Making of the American Capital [Audiobook] by Fergus M. Bordewich, read by Richard Allen
2008 | MP3@64 kbps | 12 hrs 50 mins | 363MB

Washington, D.C., is home to the most influential power brokers in the world. But how did we come to call D.C.—a place one contemporary observer called a mere swamp "producing nothing except myriads of toads and frogs (of enormous size)," a district that was strategically indefensible, captive to the politics of slavery, and a target of unbridled land speculation—our nation's capital? In Washington, award-winning author Fergus M. Bordewich turns his eye to the backroom deal making and shifting alliances among our Founding Fathers and in so doing pulls back the curtain on the lives of the slaves who actually built the city. The answers revealed in this eye-opening and well-researched book are not only surprising and exciting but also illuminate a story of unexpected triumph over a multitude of political and financial obstacles, including fraudulent real estate speculation, overextended financiers, and management more apt for a "banana republic" than an emerging world power.

In an engrossing work that reveals the hidden and unsavery side of the nation's beginnings, Bordewich once again brings his novelist's sensibility to a little-known chapter in American history.

Wealth & Wisdom: Timeless Quotations and Comments About Money and Investing [EPUB]

Wealth & Wisdom: Timeless Quotations and Comments About Money and Investing [EPUB]
Wealth & Wisdom: Timeless Quotations and Comments About Money and Investing by George B McAuliffe III
2014 | EPUB | 0.3MB

Wealth & Wisdom is for sensible people interested in wealth, appreciative of good quotations, and seeking clear commentary and advice. There are no graphs, formulas, higher mathematics, or shortcuts; just common sense, for that is all you really need to wisely invest.

“There has not been a concise, effective and well thought out book on investing and building wealth in quite some time. Wealth & Wisdom is that book. In a well-managed and unique structure, the reader not only receives a complete history of the time-tested, emotional platforms the market demands for success on the topic but at the same time, a process to de-mystify the art and science of investing.” —Michael W. Williams, Genesis Asset Management

"Much more than a handy cheat sheet for the board room or the coffee table, these timeless maxims woven together will keep you healthy, wealthy... and witty." —François Picard, anchor, France24.

"Long before Twitter capped the maximum length of a tweet at 140 characters, wise people with pens and styluses were jotting down adages. 'Buy low, sell high,' one of their number said. The unnamed author of this aphorism did more than proffer the best and simplest item of investment advice ever recorded. He or she also wrote an 18-character guide for living. Between these covers is collected some of the best and wittiest of the world’s short-form financial wisdom. The ancients and the moderns take turns advising us when to buy, when to sell (if at all) and how to think." —from the Foreword by James Grant, author of Money of the Mind and Mr. Market Miscalculates and editor of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer.

The Perpetual Paycheck [EPUB]

The Perpetual Paycheck [EPUB]
The Perpetual Paycheck: 5 Secrets to Getting a Job, Keeping a Job, and Earning Income for Life in the Loyalty-Free Workplace by Lori B Rassas
2015 | EPUB | 3.86MB

Right now is the perfect time to be looking for a job, because there are more opportunities for employees than ever before.

That may seem hard to believe… but it’s true.

Few people recognize what’s happening in today’s job market. Even fewer people have the tools they need to access those rewards. Today’s workplace may be loyalty-free, but this environment can propel employees to assert their workplace independence and use this unprecedented flexibility to truly soar.

The Perpetual Paycheck: 5 Secrets to Getting a Job, Keeping a Job, and Earning Income for Life in the Loyalty-Free Workplace is a nuts-and-bolts guide you can use to not only survive, but thrive. Offering a contrarian approach backed up by actual current workplace experiences, author Lori Rassas provides practical, accessible job-finding secrets for those looking for a new job, those looking to solidify their current position, those looking to advance their position, and those looking to change careers or industries.

Don’t you deserve a good job with benefits that provides you with the economic security to live a full life? The answer is a resounding yes, and there has never been a better time to achieve that than now. Improved material benefits are within everyone’s reach—and by adopting the five attitudes and approaches outlined in this book, you’ll be that much closer to having them in your grasp.

Common Sense Customer Service [EPUB]

Common Sense Customer Service [EPUB]
Common Sense Customer Service - Improve Your Job Skills & Provide A Great Customer Experience by Victoria Wells
2013 | EPUB | 5.8MB

A Must Have Resource For Anyone In The Customer Service Field

For Job Seekers

Common Sense Customer Service helps job seekers that are looking for a career in customer service. This book gives them a good grounding in what is involved in delivering truly excellent customer service. It also explains how being an amazing customer service representatives benefits themselves, the customer and the company. The job seeker can be certain that they have the skills that are required for such a position and can effectively communicate that when applying for a career in customer service.

For Customer Service Training

Common Sense Customer Service is a must-have book to add to any customer service training program. It's great for large or small companies since it is general enough for any industry but in-depth enough to be truly useful.

Victoria Wells talks from a wealth of customer service experiences in a non-threatening, chatty style that most people find easy to read and easy to absorb.

This book can be the basis of a training program, an addition to a training program and a reference guide.

For Managers/Owners

Every manager/owner should have a copy of this book for themselves, too. The Extra Chapter is targeted specifically at managers/owners and includes some valuable insights.
Managers/owners will come away with a new appreciation and understanding of their role in attaining company wide, exceptional customer service, as well as ideas on how to effectively reward, or constructively criticize, their customer service personnel.

Launch Your Business [EPUB]

Launch Your Business [EPUB]
Launch Your Business: The 5 Step Solution to Do What You Love, Quit Your Job and Have the Freedom to Travel and Live Life on Your Own Terms by Rosetta Thurman
2015 | EPUB | 0.38MB

Do you ever lie awake in bed on Sunday night, dreading another Monday at your job? Have you been dreaming of being your own boss and having the freedom to travel and work whenever and wherever you want? Maybe at this point in your life, you're craving more fun, excitement and a life of purpose on YOUR terms. Well, here’s the #1 challenge to creating the lifestyle you truly want:

Getting Started.

Rosetta has built a thriving 6-figure business as an author, speaker, mentor and coach. Along the way, she has traveled all over the world, built an incredible tribe and helped thousands of women transform their lives.

The journey from being a 9-to-5 nonprofit employee to making a big difference helping others and working for herself full-time hinged on just one decision: Getting Started.

Now it’s your turn!

The BEST job Interview Advice Book

The BEST job Interview Advice Book
The BEST job Interview Advice Book by Devay Campbell
2015 | EPUB | 1.25MB

Can you benefit from 210 years’ of interviewing advice covering what to say and do before, during and after the job interview? The BEST Job Interview Advice Book will give readers a candid look at what they need to say and do to impress recruiters and hiring managers. The book provides valuable “must-have” tips relating to the entire interview process including:

  • How to protect and improve your personal brand
  • How to answer tough interview questions
  • Networking
  • Types of interview questions
  • Handling job offer negotiations

This book is an invaluable resource for relevant, easy to implement advice that can be implemented immediately to nail your interview in the future! Whether you are looking for your first, next or last job, you need to read The BEST Job Interview Advice Book.

A History of Japanese Literature: From the Manyoshu to Modern Times [EPUB]

A History of Japanese Literature: From the Manyoshu to Modern Times [EPUB]
A History of Japanese Literature: From the Manyoshu to Modern Times by Shuichi Kato
1997 | EPUB | 2.78MB

A new simplified edition translated by Don Sanderson. The original three-volume work, first published in 1979, has been revised specially as a single volume paperback which concentrates on the development of Japanese literature.

Folk Legends from Tono [EPUB]

Folk Legends from Tono [EPUB]
Folk Legends from Tono: Japan's Spirits, Deities, and Phantastic Creatures collected by Yanagita Kunio, Sasaki Kizen
2015 | EPUB | 7.64MB

Boldly illustrated and superbly translated, Folk Legends from Tono captures the spirit of Japanese peasant culture undergoing rapid transformation into the modern era. This is the first time these 299 tales have been published in English. Morse’s insightful interpretation of the tales, his rich cultural annotations, and the evocative original illustrations make this book unforgettable.

In 2008, a companion volume of 118 tales was published by Rowman & Littlefield as the The Legends of Tono. Taken together, these two books have the same content (417 tales) as the Japanese language book Tono monogatari.

Reminiscent of Japanese woodblocks, the ink illustrations commissioned for the Folk Legends from Tono, mirror the imagery that Japanese villagers envisioned as they listened to a storyteller recite the tales.The stories capture the extraordinary experiences of real people in a singular folk community. The tales read like fiction but touch the core of human emotion and social psychology. Thus, the reader is taken on a magical tour through the psychic landscape of the Japanese “spirit world” that was a part of its oral folk tradition for hundreds of years.

All of this is made possible by the translator’s insightful interpretation of the tales, his sensitive cultural annotations, and the visual charm of the book’s illustrations. The cast of characters is rich and varied, as we encounter yokai monsters, shape-shifting foxes, witches, grave robbers, ghosts, heavenly princesses, roaming priests, shamans, quasi-human mountain spirits, murderers, and much more.

Myth in Human History [TTC Video]

Myth in Human History [TTC Video]
Myth in Human History [TTC Video] by Professor Grant L Voth PhD
Course No 2332 | AVI, XviD, 855 kbps, 640x480 | English, MP3, 128 kbps | 36x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 7.81 GB

A warrior embarks on a voyage to retrieve a mysterious fleece. A man lassoes the sun to lengthen the day. A giant boar raises the earth from the sea with its enormous tusks.

These are just a few of the thousands of myths from around the world. They are tales of powerful gods, fearless heroes, frightening monsters, ingenious tricks, and epic battles.

But more important: These stories are the keys to truly grasping the ways that principles, rituals, codes, and taboos are woven into the fabric of a particular society or civilization. It's through myths that we can answer these and other fundamental questions:

  • How was the universe created, and why?
  • What is the purpose of evil?
  • Why is society organized the way it is?
  • How did natural features like rivers, mountains, and oceans emerge?

Grasping the deep-seeded truths behind myths is an illuminating and rewarding journey that reveals provocative new insights into the ways that beliefs are passed on from generation to generation.

And it's a journey you can experience and own with Myth in Human History. This entertaining and illuminating course, delivered by engaging storyteller and award-winning Professor Grant L. Voth of Monterey Peninsula College, plunges you into the world's greatest myths. Taking you from ancient Greece and Japan to North America and Africa to New Zealand and Great Britain, these 36 lectures survey some of the world's most enduring myths and the cultures behind them. By the close of the final lecture, you'll find yourself looking at and understanding world mythology in startling new ways.

Explore Hundreds of Captivating Stories ...

Surveying the greatest myths may seem like an impossible task. So to make learning about world mythology all the more accessible, Myth in Human History is structured into five units.

  • Myths about creation and destruction
  • Myths about gods and goddesses
  • Myths about heroes
  • Myths about tricksters
  • Myths about sacred places

By approaching myths in this way, you'll be better able to understand mythology's profound importance in shaping nearly every aspect of culture. You'll also discover the hidden connections between them-a comparative approach that emphasizes the universality of myths across cultures.

... and Meet a Wealth of Fascinating Characters

Along with the stories themselves, you'll encounter fascinating characters, including

  • Herakles, the ancient Greek hero whose life illustrates the idea that all heroic stories have a similar structure;
  • Loki, the shape-shifting trickster who introduces the concept of time into the Norse realm of Asgard; and
  • King Arthur, the Celtic lord and founder of the Knights of the Round Table.

An Engaging Tour, a Master Storyteller

A veteran Great Courses instructor, Professor Voth draws you into each myth, and, in doing so, celebrates the same enchanting oral tradition that helped to spread so many of them. With almost every myth in the course, he first tells it as a story to be listened to and savored. Then he explains how different readings and interpretations shed meaning on the myth's role in larger culture. And finally, he invites you to develop your own interpretations of these age-old tales, as well as to ponder the role that myths-both ancient and everyday-play in your own life.

Myths, according to Professor Voth, are "gifts from the ancestors to be cherished." Myth in Human History is the perfect way for you to celebrate these cherished gifts, to learn more about them than you ever thought possible, and to discover how mythology has the power to shape human history.

Lectures:

  1. Myth and Meaning
  2. The Continuing Importance of Myth
  3. Creation Myths
  4. Mesopotamian Creation—Enuma Elish
  5. Hebrew Creation Myths
  6. Emergence and World-Parent Creation Myths
  7. Cosmic Egg and Ex Nihilo Creation Myths
  8. Earth-Diver and Dismembered God Creation Myths
  9. Mesopotamian and Hebrew Flood Myths
  10. Other Flood Myths
  11. Myths of Cosmic Destruction
  12. Greek and Norse Pantheons
  13. The Great Goddess Remembered?
  14. The Goddess—Inanna and Dumuzi
  15. The Goddess—Isis and Osiris
  16. The Eclipse of the Goddess
  17. Shamans and Vegetation Gods
  18. Sky Gods and Earth Goddesses
  19. Creator Gods
  20. Gods and Goddesses of India
  21. Hero Myths
  22. Mythic Heroes—Gilgamesh
  23. Mythic Heroes—King Arthur
  24. Mythic Heroes—Jason and the Argonauts
  25. The Monomyths of Rank and Campbell
  26. Mythic Heroes—Mwindo
  27. Female Heroes—Demeter and Hester Prynne
  28. Female Heroes—Psyche and Beauty
  29. The Trickster in Mythology
  30. Tricksters from around the World
  31. Native American Tricksters
  32. African Tricksters
  33. Mythic Tricksters—Eshu and Legba
  34. The Places of Myth—Rocks and Lakes
  35. The Places of Myth—Mountains
  36. The Places of Myth—Sacred Trees

American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work [Audiobook]

American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work [Audiobook]
American-Made: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA: When FDR Put the Nation to Work [Audiobook] by Nick Taylor, read by James Boles
2008 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 20 hrs 13 mins |

When President Roosevelt took the oath of office in March 1933, he was facing a devastated nation. Four years into the Great Depression, a staggering 13 million American workers were jobless, and many millions more of their family members were equally in need. Desperation ruled the land.

What people wanted were jobs, not handouts - the pride of earning a paycheck. And in 1935, after a variety of temporary relief measures, a permanent nationwide jobs program was created. This was the Works Progress Administration (WPA), and it would forever change the physical landscape and the social policies of the United States.

The WPA lasted for eight years, spent $11 billion, employed 8.5 million men and women, and gave the country not only a renewed spirit but a fresh face. Under its colorful head, Harry Hopkins, the agency's remarkable accomplishment was to combine the urgency of putting people back to work with its vision of physically rebuilding America. Its workers laid roads and erected dams, bridges, tunnels, and airports. They stocked rivers, made toys, sewed clothes, and served millions of hot school lunches. When disasters struck, they were there by the thousands to rescue the stranded. And all across the country the WPA's arts programs performed concerts, staged plays, painted murals, delighted children with circuses, and created invaluable guidebooks. Even today, more than 60 years after the WPA ceased to exist, there is almost no area in America that does not bear some visible mark of its presence.

Politically controversial, the WPA was staffed by passionate believers and hated by conservatives; its critics called its projects make-work, and wags said WPA stood for "We Piddle Around". The contrary was true. We have only to look about us today to discover its lasting presence.

The Way of Men [Audiobook]

The Way of Men [Audiobook]
The Way of Men [Audiobook] by Jack Donovan, read by the Author
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 4 mins | 143.65MB

What is masculinity? Ask 10 men, and you'll get ten vague, conflicting answers. Unlike any book of its kind, The Way of Men offers a simple, straightforward answer - without getting bogged down in religion, morality, or politics. It's a guide for understanding who men have been and the challenges men face today. The Way of Men captures the silent, stifling rage of men everywhere who find themselves at odds with the overregulated, overcivilized, politically correct modern world. If you've ever closed your eyes and wished for one day as a lion, this book is for you.

Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish American Gangster [EPUB]

Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish American Gangster [EPUB]
Paddy Whacked: The Untold Story of the Irish American Gangster by T J English
2009 | EPUB | 0.6MB

Here is the shocking true saga of the Irish American mob. In Paddy Whacked, bestselling author and organized crime expert T. J. English brings to life nearly two centuries of Irish American gangsterism, which spawned such unforgettable characters as Mike "King Mike" McDonald, Chicago's subterranean godfather; Big Bill Dwyer, New York's most notorious rumrunner during Prohibition; Mickey Featherstone, troubled Vietnam vet turned Westies gang leader; and James "Whitey" Bulger, the ruthless and untouchable Southie legend. Stretching from the earliest New York and New Orleans street wars through decades of bootlegging scams, union strikes, gang wars, and FBI investigations, Paddy Whacked is a riveting tour de force that restores the Irish American gangster to his rightful preeminent place in our criminal history -- and penetrates to the heart of the American experience.