In the Skin of a Jihadist [EPUB]

In the Skin of a Jihadist [EPUB]
In the Skin of a Jihadist: A Young Journalist Enters the ISIS Recruitment Network by Anna Erelle, Erin Potter
2015 | EPUB | 0.45MB

A young French journalist’s riveting and unprecedented look at how today’s most ruthless terrorists use social media and technology to reach disaffected youth—witnessed through the undercover investigation that led to her deep involvement with a key member of ISIS.

On Facebook, “Melodie”—a twenty-year-old-convert to Islam living with her mother and sister in Toulouse—meets Bilel, a French-born, high-ranking militant for the Islamic State in Syria. Within days, Bilel falls in love with Melodie, Skypes her repeatedly, and adamantly urges her to come to Syria, marry him, and do jihad. The honey-tongued suitor promises the innocent, fatherless young girl a life of material comfort and spiritual purpose.

But “Melodie” is actually Anna Erelle, a Parisian based journalist investigating the recruitment channels of the Islamic state, whose digital propaganda—Jihad 2.0—constitutes one of its most formidable and frightening weapons, successfully mobilizing increasing numbers of young Europeans.

In this taut and riveting true story, Erelle chronicles her intense, month-long relationship with Bilel—who turns out to be none other than the right hand man of Abou Bakr al-Baghadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of ISIS. Impatient for Melodie to join him, Bilel tells her that, according to an imam, they are already all but married, and will be officially when she arrives in Syria. As she embarks on the final, most dangerous stage of her investigation, Melodie leaves for Amsterdam to begin her journey to the Middle East. But things go terribly wrong.

A gripping and often harrowing inquiry into the factors that motivate young people to join extremist causes, and a shocking exploration of how technology and social media are spreading radicalism, In the Skin of a Jihadist is a riveting page-turner that helps us better understand the appeal of extremism—and how an Islamic militant attempts to brainwash, seduce, and manipulate a vulnerable young woman.

Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises, 6th Edition [EPUB]

Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises, 6th Edition [EPUB]
Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises, 6th Edition by Charles P Kindleberger, Robert Z Aliber
2011 | EPUB | 0.71MB

Selected as one of the best investment books of all time by the Financial Times, Manias, Panics and Crashes puts the turbulence of the financial world in perspective. Here is a vivid and entertaining account of how reckless decisions and a poor handling of money have led to financial explosions over the centuries. Covering topics such as the history and anatomy of crises, speculative manias, and the lender of last resort, this book has been hailed as "a true classic . . . both timely and timeless."

In this new, updated sixth edition, Kindleberger and Aliber expand upon the ideas presented in the previous edition to bring the history of the financial crisis up-to-date. It now includes two new chapters that provide an in-depth analysis of the causes, consequences and policy responses to the first global crisis of the 21st century, the Financial Crisis of 2007-2008. In addition, these new chapters also cover significant crises of the last fifteen years. The authors offer valuable lessons that will allow the reader to successfully navigate the financial crises of today and ones that lie ahead.

Modern Albania: From Dictatorship to Democracy in Europe [EPUB]

Modern Albania: From Dictatorship to Democracy in Europe [EPUB]
Modern Albania: From Dictatorship to Democracy in Europe by Fred C Abrahams
2015 | EPUB | 6.36MB

In the early 1990s, Albania, arguably Europe’s most closed and repressive state, began a startling transition out of forty years of self-imposed Communist isolation. Albanians who were not allowed to practice religion, travel abroad, wear jeans, or read “decadent” Western literature began to devour the outside world. They opened cafés, companies, and newspapers. Previously banned rock music blared in the streets.

Modern Albania offers a vivid history of the Albanian Communist regime’s fall and the trials and tribulations that led the country to become the state it is today. The book provides an in-depth look at the Communists' last Politburo meetings and the first student revolts, the fall of the Stalinist regime, the outflows of refugees, the crash of the massive pyramid-loan schemes, the war in neighboring Kosovo, and Albania’s relationship with the United States. Fred Abrahams weaves together personal experience from more than twenty years of work in Albania, interviews with key Albanians and foreigners who played a role in the country’s politics since 1990—including former Politburo members, opposition leaders, intelligence agents, diplomats, and founders of the Kosovo Liberation Army—and a close examination of hundreds of previously secret government records from Albania and the United States.

A rich, narratively-driven account, Modern Albania gives readers a front-row seat to the dramatic events of the last battle of Cold War Europe.

Thinking Through Film: Doing Philosophy, Watching Movies [EPUB]

Thinking Through Film: Doing Philosophy, Watching Movies [EPUB]
Thinking Through Film: Doing Philosophy, Watching Movies by Damian Cox, Michael P Levine
2011 | EPUB + MOBI |

An introduction to philosophy through film, Thinking Through Film: Doing Philosophy, Watching Movies combines the exploration of fundamental philosophical issues with the experience of viewing films, and provides an engaging reading experience for undergraduate students, philosophy enthusiasts and film buffs alike.

  • An in-depth yet accessible introduction to the philosophical issues raised by films, film spectatorship and film-making
  • Provides 12 self-contained, close discussions of individual films from across genres
  • Films discussed include Total Recall, Minority Report, La Promesse, Funny Games, Ikuru, The Dark Knight, Memento, AI and more
  • Explores concepts that span epistemology, metaphysics, fate, choice, robot love, time travel, personal identity, spectacle, ethics, luck, regret, consequentialism, deontology and the philosophy of film itself
  • A uniquely flexible resource for courses in philosophy and film that encourages student reflection, as well as being an engaging read for the film enthusiast

The Subject of Torture: Psychoanalysis and Biopolitics in Television and Film [EPUB]

The Subject of Torture: Psychoanalysis and Biopolitics in Television and Film [EPUB]
The Subject of Torture: Psychoanalysis and Biopolitics in Television and Film by Hilary Neroni
2015 | EPUB | 15.0MB

Considering representations of torture in such television series as 24, Alias, and Homeland; the documentaries Taxi to the Dark Side (2007), Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (2007), and Standard Operating Procedure (2008); and "torture porn" feature films from the Saw and Hostel series, Hilary Neroni unites aesthetic and theoretical analysis to provide a unique portal into theorizing biopower and its relation to the desiring subject. Her work ultimately showcases film and television studies' singular ability to expose and potentially disable the fantasies that sustain torture and the regimes that deploy it.

Hollywood Stories [EPUB]

Hollywood Stories [EPUB]
Hollywood Stories: a Book about Celebrities, Movie Stars, Gossip, Directors, Famous People, History, and more by Stephen Schochet
2010 | EPUB | 0.77MB

At high noon on a cold November day in 1974, sixty-seven-year-old John Wayne faced off with the staff of the Harvard Lampoon on the famous campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The students had issued their challenge by calling the beloved American icon a fraud. Wayne, who had his new movie McQ to promote, responded by saying he would be happy to show his film in the pseudo-intellectual swamps of Harvard Square. After the screening, without writers, the former USC footballer delivered a classic performance. When one smart young man asked where he got his phony toupee, Wayne insisted the hair was real. It wasn't his, but it was real. The appreciative underclassmen loved him and after the Q and A session, they all sat down to dinner. Later Wayne, who was suffering greatly from both gout and the after effects of lung cancer (sadly the Duke only had five years to live), said that day at Harvard was the best time he ever had.

Just when you thought you've heard everything about Hollywood comes a totally original new book -- a special blend of biography, history and lore.

Hollywood Stories is packed with wild, wonderful short tales about famous stars, movies, directors and many others who have been a part of the world's most fascinating, unpredictable industry!

What makes the book unique is that the reader can go to any page and find a completely engaging and illuminating yarn. Sometimes people won't realize that they are reading about The Three Stooges or Popeye the Sailor until they come to the end of the story. The Midwest Book Review says Hollywood Stories is, "packed from cover to cover with fascinating tales."

A professional tour guide in Hollywood, Stephen Schochet has researched and told thousands of entertaining anecdotes for over twenty years. He is also the author and narrator of two audiobooks Tales of Hollywood and Fascinating Walt Disney. Tim Sika, host of the radio show Celluloid Dreams on KSJS in San Jose has called Stephen," The best storyteller about Hollywood we have ever heard."

Full of funny moments and twist endings, Hollywood Stories features an amazing, all-star cast of legendary characters and icons and will keep you totally entertained!

If you are interested in stories about Hollywood Celebrities, Movie Stars, Movie Gossip, Directors, Famous People, and Movie History, this book is for you!

The Trouble with Truth: A Memoir [EPUB]

The Trouble with Truth: A Memoir [EPUB]
The Trouble with Truth: A Memoir by Elizabeth Kelly Stephenson
2014 | EPUB | 1.18MB

The Trouble with Truth begins when a love-starved child, thrilled with a ride in her dad's sports car on a mountain outing, discovers he has taken her on a date with one of his co-ed students while mom cleans house in her Peter Pan blouse and Ferragamo pumps back home in Burbank; or maybe it begins when she falls in love and swiftly says "I do" to her Sun Valley ski instructor, who not long after, staggers in from an overnight drunk and threatens her with a gun while she protects herself behind a bed sheet.

Beth Kelly feels trapped in a continuous cycle of destructive relationships. First there’s Roland, the handsome ski instructor who turns out to be a liar and a drunk, fully capable of threatening Beth with a gun to prevent her from leaving him.

Breaking free from Roland after she makes a failed suicide attempt, Beth meets tight-lipped Sam, who is, sadly, Roland redux. Meanwhile, Roland still calls whenever he needs money, twisting Beth’s emotions for his own gain.

Beth seems doomed to continue making self-destructive choices, both in her relationships and career, until renowned therapist and author Jean C. Jenson (Reclaiming Your Life) changes everything. Jenson helps Beth see the world truthfully, a painful process but ultimately one that liberates Beth. As Jean notes, “The truth will set you free. But first it will make you miserable.”

A true story told with a sharp sense humor skillfully blended with a clear and compassionate voice meant to smooth what could be, and was, a rather perilous journey. Beth’s tale spotlights the pitfalls of searching for love when you've never been loved, and how our self-perceptions color how we love, forgive, and live. A thoughtful mixing of setting, scene, and action with memorable characters, The Trouble with Truth is a memoir unique in style and scope. It redefines the meaning of family and everything we've ever been taught to call love. It is about domestic abuse and what that looks like minus black eyes and broken jaws. It is about shining the light on the truth. It is about how you mend a broken heart. It is a hopeful, happy story meant to spotlight a subject the author confronted not only in her own life but also daily for fifteen years as director of the Crisis Hotline in Ketchum, Idaho.

Running the Books [Audiobook]

Running the Books [Audiobook]
Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian [Audiobook] by Avi Steinberg, read by Dustin Rubin
2010 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 2 mins | 341.66MB

Avi Steinberg is stumped. After defecting from yeshiva to Harvard, he has only a senior thesis essay on Bugs Bunny to show for his effort. While his friends and classmates advance in the world, he remains stuck at a crossroads, unable to meet the lofty expectations of his Orthodox Jewish upbringing. And his romantic existence as a freelance obituary writer just isn't cutting it. Seeking direction - and dental insurance - Steinberg takes a job as a librarian in a tough Boston prison.

The prison library counter, his new post, attracts con men, minor prophets, ghosts, and an assortment of quirky regulars searching for the perfect book and a connection to the outside world. There's an amiable pimp who solicits Steinberg's help in writing a memoir. An industrious gangster who dreams of hosting a cooking show titled Thug Sizzle. A disgruntled officer who instigates a major feud over a Post-it note. An ex-stripper who asks Steinberg to orchestrate a reunion with her estranged son, himself an inmate. Over time, Steinberg is drawn into the accidental community of outcasts that has formed among his bookshelves - a drama he recounts with heartbreak and humor.

Running the Books is a trenchant personal exploration of prison culture and an entertaining tale of one young man's earnest attempt to find his place in the world while trying not to get fired in the process.

What's Not to Love: The Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer [Audiobook]

What's Not to Love: The Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer [Audiobook]
What's Not to Love: The Adventures of a Mildly Perverted Young Writer [Audiobook] by Jonathan Ames, read by the Author
2006 | M4B@64 kbps + MOBI | 8 hrs 27 mins | 235.2MB

Perhaps all of Jonathan Ames' problems, and the genesis of this hilarious audiobook, can be traced back to the late onset of his puberty. After all, it can't be easy to be 16 with a hairless penis "undistinguishable from that of a five-year-old's".

This wonderfully entertaining memoir is a touching and humorous look at life in New York City. But this is life for an author who can proclaim "my first sexual experience was rather old-fashioned: it was with a prostitute", an author who can talk about his desire to be a model for the Hair Club for Men and about meeting his son for the first time.

Often insightful, sometimes tender, always witty and self-deprecating, What's Not to Love? is an engaging memoir from one of our most funny, most daring writers.

How Dogs Love Us [Audiobook]

How Dogs Love Us [Audiobook]
How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain [Audiobook] by Gregory Berns, read by LJ Ganser
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 7 hrs 41 mins | 218.35MB

The powerful bond between humans and dogs is one that's uniquely cherished. Loyal, obedient, and affectionate, they are truly "man's best friend." But do dogs love us the way we love them? Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns had spent decades using MRI imaging technology to study how the human brain works, but a different question still nagged at him: What is my dog thinking?

After his family adopted Callie, a shy, skinny terrier mix, Berns decided that there was only one way to answer that question - use an MRI machine to scan the dog's brain. His colleagues dismissed the idea. Everyone knew that dogs needed to be restrained or sedated for MRI scans. But if the military could train dogs to operate calmly in some of the most challenging environments, surely there must be a way to train dogs to sit in an MRI scanner.

With this radical conviction, Berns and his dog would embark on a remarkable journey and be the first to glimpse the inner workings of the canine brain. Painstakingly, the two worked together to overcome the many technical, legal, and behavioral hurdles. Berns's research offers surprising results on how dogs empathize with human emotions, how they love us, and why dogs and humans share one of the most remarkable friendships in the animal kingdom.

How Dogs Love Us answers the age-old question of dog lovers everywhere and offers profound new evidence that dogs should be treated as we would treat our best human friends: with love, respect, and appreciation for their social and emotional intelligence.

Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself [Audiobook]

Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself [Audiobook]
Rescuing Riley, Saving Myself: A Man and His Dog's Struggle to Find Salvation [Audiobook] by Zachary Anderegg, Pete Nelson, read by David Marantz
2013 | MP3@56 kbps | 5 hrs 39 mins | 140.24MB

While hiking on a solo vacation in a remote, uninhabitable region of Arizona, Zachary Anderegg happened upon Riley, an emaciated puppy clinging to life, at the bottom of a 350-foot canyon. In a daring act of humanity that trumped the deliberate savagery behind Riley's presence in such a place, Zak single-handedly orchestrated a delicate rescue.

What didn't come out in the initial burst of publicity this story received is that Zak and Riley's destinies were intertwined long before they improbably found each other. For much of Zak's childhood, he was at the bottom of a veritable canyon himself - a canyon whose imprisoning depth and darkness was created by bullies who just wouldn't quit and parents who weren't capable of love. From the age of five, Zak was everyone's favorite target.

When Zak came upon Riley, the puppy's condition bespoke his abusers' handiwork - three shotgun pellets embedded beneath his skin, teeth turned permanently black from malnutrition. The meeting was one of a man and a dog singularly suited to save each other. As a former US Marine sergeant, Zak was one of only a few people with the mettle and physical wherewithal to get Riley out. And in rescuing him, Zak was also attempting to save himself, conquering the currents of cruelty that swelled beneath his early life and always threatened to drown him.

The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief [EPUB]

The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief [EPUB]
The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief: A Step-by-Step Guide to Reducing and Eliminating Chronic Pain by Nick Ortner
2015 | EPUB | 0.65MB

Over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Lower back pain alone accounts for more than $50 billion of lost work time and worker’s compensation claims annually. And let’s consider the fact that there are 600,000 knee replacement surgeries performed each year in the United States, and sadly, 20 percent of those patients end up with chronic pain after surgery.

The normal “solutions” we’ve been taught involve seeking out more doctors, surgeries, injections, and medications, all of which have a place in healing. But when it comes to chronic pain, conventional medicine isn’t getting the job done. So what can we do?

In The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief, which builds on the information contained in the New York Times bestseller The Tapping Solution, Nick Ortner presents a startling alternative. He lays out a step-by-step plan that teaches people how to use tapping, or EFT (emotional freedom techniques), to reduce or eliminate chronic pain. Looking at the scientific research surrounding pain, stress, and tapping, he opens readers eyes to just how powerful tapping can be, and then outlines tips and techniques to address pain in both the short and long term.

Nick guides readers on a journey that begins on the surface—tapping to address the pain itself—and moves to the deeper issues that often affect pain. With easy-to-follow tapping scripts and exercises to guide readers into their pasts, Nick helps them heal the emotional pain and underlying beliefs that often keep people stuck. He also addresses topics that many people don’t know are associated with chronic pain, such as:

  • Releasing the past
  • Creating personal boundaries
  • Dealing with toxic relationships
  • Clearing resistance to change
  • Understanding the power of a diagnosis
  • Working through anger

There are many different ways the brain and body can create, increase, and prolong pain. In these pages, Nick helps readers understand what is causing their pain and provides them with the tools to achieve complete and lasting pain relief. But it’s about more than just pain relief; it’s about empowering readers to take back their bodies, so they can live the life they most desire.

So why does tapping work so well to relieve pain? As I have come to realize, chronic, unremitting pain is often tied to unresolved emotional issues. As you’ll see in this book, the current medical literature supports this. We know the physical pain is real, but the physiological mechanisms that magnify and perpetuate it are exaggerated by the presence of unresolved negative emotions, which may be the result of experiences far in your past or more recent emotional turmoil. Let me explain.

On the physiological plane, there are typically two main mechanisms involved in chronic pain. First, there is chronic tension and spasm of the muscles. As these muscles tense up, there is less blood supply and lower oxygen levels in the muscle tissue, and that causes a great deal of pain. The second physiological mechanism causing chronic pain is hypersensitivity of the nerves. When people are in a chronic fight-or-flight state, stress hormones are released, and those hormones have a huge influence in sensitizing nerves. When the nerves are sensitized, everything just hurts more. The way that we think and feel about our pain can also influence the sensitization of nerves because our general anxiety leads to the release of more stress hormones, and the cycle perpetuates.

Tapping is so effective at relieving chronic pain because it helps patients release the unresolved emotions that are keeping the body in a stressed-out state. By tapping to remove the negative emotional charge from specific events and other past and current issues, the brain gets the message that it is safe to relax tense muscles and lessen nerve sensitivity. That’s when the body can heal itself—of chronic pain and other symptoms as well. Tapping is a game changer when it comes to getting relief from chronic pain, and Nick has such a wonderful way of explaining complex topics very simply and in plain English that I’m certain many will find the help they’re looking for.

This book leads you through a powerful, effective process to relieve chronic pain for good. I urge you to dive into this process, however “weird” it may seem at first, with your full commitment. It targets what is often the true source of your pain—your emotions, your stress, your traumas. Once you release those, your body’s innate ability to heal itself will take over. Like thousands of others, you’ll be blown away by the pain-relief results you experience.

The Pain Antidote [EPUB]

The Pain Antidote [EPUB]
The Pain Antidote: The Proven Program to Help You Stop Suffering from Chronic Pain, Avoid Addiction to Painkillers--and Reclaim Your Life by Mel Pohl, Katherine Ketcham
2015 | EPUB | 13.61MB

If you are one of the 100 million people who suffer from chronic pain, you may be feeling hopeless and helpless, relying on endless medications that don't work, feeling worse and worse. But there is hope—and help. The innovative program at the acclaimed Las Vegas Recovery Center, at which Dr. Mel Pohl is Medical Director, has helped thousands of sufferers to reduce chronic pain without the use of painkillers. The Pain Antidote shares this program's concrete tools and strategies, offering:

  • Cutting-edge research on how pain affects your brain
  • How your emotions affect your experience of pain
  • A comprehensive program, including a four-week Jump Start plan
  • Pain-reducing gentle exercises and health-supporting foods
  • And much more.

The Science of Natural Healing [TTC Video]

The Science of Natural Healing [TTC Video]
The Science of Natural Healing [TTC Video] by Professor Mimi Guarneri
Course No 1986 | MP4, MPEG4, 846 kbps, 426x320 | English, AAC, 96 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | 4.69 GB

In the 21st century, the Western paradigm for healthcare is changing. Notwithstanding the great strengths of medical science, many people now have concerns about key features of our health-care system—among them, the widespread use of medical drugs and a relative deemphasis on preventive care.

But traditional Western medicine is not the only healing system rooted in science. Medical systems from other cultures, including those of India and China, have used natural treatments for centuries, some of which are now directly influencing our own health-care professions. These approaches not only emphasize healing with natural substances, but devote considerable attention to illness prevention and healthful living by considering the whole person rather than just targeting a condition.

What is the most effective way to nurture your own optimal health? Are there sound alternatives to the drugs so common in our health-care system, which can carry unwanted consequences and side effects? What about the range of natural methods, such as herbal medications, micronutrients, and the use of food itself as medicine? Are these approaches valid? And, if so, can we integrate the best of Western medicine with the best natural treatments to enjoy prime health and longevity?

In The Science of Natural Healing, board-certified cardiologist Dr. Mimi Guarneri, founder of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, leads you in a compelling and practical exploration of holistic approaches to healthcare, introducing you to the many nature-based treatments and methods that are both clinically proven and readily available to you. In 24 incisive and revealing lectures, you look deeply into the science behind natural treatments and preventive healthcare, including how medical conditions ranging from high blood pressure to heart disease and diabetes can be treated naturally with remarkable effectiveness.

You also discover, perhaps surprisingly, that a large number of ailments and illnesses that we usually accept as part of life are in fact directly linked to lifestyle factors—and that positive changes in lifestyle, diet, and physical activity can have a major effect in both preventing and treating illness.

By probing the underlying causes for common medical conditions such as inflammation, high cholesterol, arthritis, and migraines, and the range of natural ways to treat them—including the use of improved nutrition, plant substances, supplements, and stress-reduction techniques—The Science of Natural Healing leaves you with a rich spectrum of choices and possibilities for your own healthcare, as well as practical tools for creating a truly healthful lifestyle.

Healing the Whole Human Being

As a guiding context for your study of natural healing, you learn about a new paradigm for healthcare, as embodied in the field of integrative holistic medicine. (“Holistic” simply means “whole.”) Integrative holistic medicine takes a large view, focusing on the whole person—aiming to prevent and treat illness through a full-spectrum approach that looks deeply at the factors of your genetic makeup, environment, lifestyle, nutrition, physical activity, and psychology.

Integrative holistic medicine is thoroughly grounded in traditional Western medical practice but also incorporates the use of proven natural substances and healing methods, looking for the underlying causes of illness and dedicated to caring for body, mind, and spirit.

The Promise of Nature-Based Healthcare

In this far-ranging inquiry, you delve into core subjects such as these:

  • The power of food in healing: By studying fundamental principles of nutrition, food sensitivity, and the impact of foods on the genome, discover the remarkable ways in which you can both prevent and treat numerous illnesses by what you eat.
  • Micronutrients and natural supplements: Investigate the healing properties of natural substances, including probiotics, selenium, and the hormone vitamin D, and their effectiveness in treating and preventing ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, and cancer.
  • Clinically proven herbal medicines: Study the medicinal uses of aloe, ginger, and licorice for the GI tract, cranberry and saw palmetto for urogenital conditions, and herbal treatments for migraines.
  • Natural treatments for common medical conditions: Apply the integrative treatment model and its many tools to specific conditions, including inflammation, cholesterol abnormalities, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
  • The mind-body connection in healing:

    Review substantial research on the mind’s effect on the body, including an in-depth study of stress, and learn about the use of guided imagery, yoga, meditation, and other mind-body modalities to treat physical illness.
  • Natural approaches to mental and spiritual health: Explore eye-opening data ranging from the effects of micronutrients and herbs on depression to studies showing the correlation between spiritual practices and longevity. Learn practical techniques for deepening an affirmative mental outlook and feeling state.

Teaching of Rare Scope and Vision

Revealing both an extraordinary depth of knowledge and a passionate investigative spirit, Dr. Guarneri points you to numerous empowering avenues and alternatives for healthful living. You study the many benefits of the Mediterranean diet and how to choose specific foods for your own optimal health. You observe the critical importance of exercise in both illness prevention and treatment, and you learn a range of methods (including the use of your own breathing) to disarm stress and deepen the experience of well-being.

Dr. Guarneri enlivens these lectures with unusual and often astonishing facts and stories, inviting you to challenge common assumptions and habitual thinking about health. You learn that

  • 75 to 90 percent of all visits to health-care providers result from stress-related disorders;
  • plant substances such as garlic and wakame seaweed substantially reduce systolic blood pressure; and
  • debilitating conditions such as arthritis and migraines can be triggered by simple sensitivity to foods.

In a penetrating exploration of the mind-body connection, Dr. Guarneri makes it clear that the health of the body is intimately related to the health of the mind and spirit.

  • You review hard-nosed research demonstrating the role of healthy relationships in positive health outcomes.
  • You learn why chronic anger increases the risk of heart attack by 230 percent.
  • You track the medical consequences of depression and hopelessness, and studies linking positive emotions and strong social bonds to markedly lower incidence of illness.

You’ll also see the integrative paradigm in action in real-life case studies, including the profile of a woman with diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, and depression. Then, observe how an integrative treatment plan for her includes dietary changes, specific micronutrients, exercise, stress-reduction techniques, and renewed social connection.

In presenting the case studies, Dr. Guarneri demonstrates, with great compassion and discernment, how the integrative physician can guide patients through the emotional challenges of difficult illness and recovery so that they retain their spirit and identity.

Your Health: A New Possibility

No matter what kind of life you’re living, optimal health is one of the greatest assets you can have. In The Science of Natural Healing, Dr. Guarneri offers you the opportunity to take a highly proactive and informed role in your own healthcare—to make use of the best of nature-based medicine, to live a truly nurturing lifestyle, and to care for your own well-being in the most comprehensive and far-reaching way. In speaking deeply to a truly integrative approach to healing, these lectures can make a profound difference in your health now and in the future and help you live your life to the absolute fullest.

Lectures:

  1. Shifting the Health-Care Paradigm
  2. Understanding Holistic Integrative Medicine
  3. You Are More Than Your Genes
  4. Food Matters
  5. Not All Foods Are Created Equal
  6. Natural Approaches to Inflammation
  7. Food Sensitivity and the Elimination Diet
  8. Vitamins and Supplements
  9. Herbal Remedies
  10. Lowering Cholesterol Naturally
  11. Treating High Blood Pressure Naturally
  12. Treating Diabetes Naturally
  13. Stress and the Mind-Body Connection
  14. Turning Stress into Strength
  15. Meditation, Yoga, and Guided Imagery
  16. Natural Approaches to Mental Health
  17. Biofield Therapies
  18. The Power of Love
  19. Spirituality in Health
  20. Components of Spiritual Wellness
  21. Applying the Lessons of Natural Healing
  22. Ecology and Health
  23. Healthy People, Healthy Planet
  24. You Are Your Own Best Medicine

Healing with Nature [Audiobook]

Healing with Nature [Audiobook]
Healing with Nature [Audiobook] by Susan S Scott, read by Elizabeth Jasicki
2013 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 12 mins | 205.97MB

One only needs to look at the twisted trunks of trees to understand that nature knows how to heal, which is what psychotherapist Susan S. Scott did after a devastating back injury forced her to walk with her clients rather than sitting, in order to avoid pain. Calmly narrated by renowned English stage actress Elizabeth Jasicki, these tales of strolls through the woods, and the introspective discoveries Scott made while in the process of self-healing, make up Healing with Nature. Throughout, Jasicki's performance is soothing and understated, allowing listeners to fully relax as they follow the path of Scott's healing process through inspiring bucolic settings.

Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out [EPUB]

Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out [EPUB]
Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out by Marc Ecko
2013 | EPUB | 44.68MB

As instructive as it is innovative, Unlabel will empower you to channel your creativity, find the courage to defy convention, and summon the confidence to act and compete in any environment.

This visual blueprint will teach you how to grow both creatively and commercially by testing your personal brand against the principles of the Authenticity Formula.

Marc Ecko shares the bruising mistakes and remarkable triumphs that reveal the truth behind his success, growing from a misfit kid airbrushing T-shirts in his parents’ garage to the bold creator of two hugely successful branded platforms—Ecko Unltd. and Complex Media. As Ecko explains, it’s not enough to simply merge your inner artist with business savvy, you must understand the anatomy of a brand, starting with its authentic spine.

With Unlabel, you will learn how to discover your own voice by overcoming fear and taking action, what it means to deliver on your promises, why failure is essential, how to understand how your product or service makes people feel, and how to recognize if your nostalgia for the past is hampering your ability to envision your future.

Unlabel is a bold and honest approach to building an authentic personal brand, growing a bootstrap start-up into a sustainable business.

The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time [EPUB]

The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time [EPUB]
The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time by Judith Shulevitz
2010 | EPUB | 2.03MB

“Everyone curls up inside a Sabbath at some point or other. Religion need not be involved.”

The Sabbath is not just the holy day of rest. It’s also a utopian idea about a less pressured, more sociable, purer world. Where did this notion come from? Is there value in withdrawing from the world one day in seven, despite its obvious inconvenience in an age of convenience? And what will be lost if the Sabbath goes away?

In this erudite, elegantly written book, critic Judith Shulevitz weaves together histories of the Jewish and Christian sabbaths, speculations on the nature of time, and a rueful account of her personal struggle with the day. Shulevitz has found insights into the Sabbath in both cultural and contemporary sources—the Torah, the Gospels, the Talmud, and the writings of the Apostolic Fathers, as well as in the poetry of William Wordsworth, the life of Sigmund Freud, and the science of neuropsychology. She tells stories of martyrdom by Jews who died en masse rather than fight on the Sabbath and describes the feverish Sabbatarianism of the American Puritans. And she counterposes the tyranny of religious law with the equally oppressive tyranny of the clock. Can we really flourish under the yoke of communal discipline, as preachers and rabbis like to tell us? What about being free to live as we please? Can we preserve what the Sabbath gives us—a time outside time—without following its rules?

Whatever our faith or lack thereof, this rich and resonant meditation on the day of rest will remind us of the danger of letting time drive us heedlessly forward without ever stopping to reflect.

Cultivating the Empty Field [EPUB]

Cultivating the Empty Field [EPUB]
Cultivating the Empty Field: The Silent Illumination of Zen Master Hongzhi by by Taigen Dan Leighton
2014 | EPUB | 1.45MB

Cultivating the Empty Field is a modern translation of the core of Chinese Ch'an master Hongzhi's Extensive Record.

First to articulate the meditation method known to contemporary Zen practitioners as shikantaza ("just sitting") Chinese Zen master Hongzhi is one of the most influential poets in all of Zen literature. This translation of Hongzhi's poetry, the only such volume available in English, treats readers to his profound wisdom and beautiful literary gift. In addition to dozens of Hongshi's religious poems, translator Daniel Leighton offers an extended introduction, placing the master's work in its historical context , as well as lineage charts and other information about the Chinese influence on Japanese Soto Zen.

Both spiritual literature and medication instruction, Cultivating the Empty Field is sure to inspire and delight.

True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives [EPUB]

True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives [EPUB]
True Tales from the Edgar Cayce Archives: Lives Touched and Lessons Learned from the Sleeping Prophet by Sidney Kirkpatrick, Nancy Kirkpatrick
2015 | EPUB | 5.7MB

There is perhaps no modern psychic more fascinating than Edgar Cayce, and no better authors to explore the intricate details and eye-opening stories of the people who received his readings than Sidney and Nancy Kirkpatrick. The Kirkpatricks, with decades of experience and research, take us on a journey into the archives and history of these psychic passages, finding the most interesting case studies and exploring the most astounding results of the Cayce work in so many people's lives. Their findings are presented in a way that reads like a whodunit that you can t put down!

Overlay: A Tale of One Girl's Life in 1970s Las Vegas [Audiobook]

Overlay: A Tale of One Girl's Life in 1970s Las Vegas [Audiobook]
Overlay: A Tale of One Girl's Life in 1970s Las Vegas [Audiobook] by Marlayna Glynn Brown, read by Abby Elvidge
2014 | MP3 VBR V5 | 12 hrs 16 mins | 410.38MB

Set in glamorous 1970s Las Vegas, Overlay is the fighting-to-come-of-age story of a resilient child born into an ongoing cycle of alcoholism and abandonment. Marlayna develops a powerful sense of self-preservation in contrast to the fallen adults entrusted with her care. Her profound story explores the characters and events populating her life as she moves from home to home, parent to parent, family to family, ultimately becoming homeless at the age of fourteen.

Out of the resources of her remarkable childhood emerges an inner strength that will charm and captivate listeners and remain in their consciousness long after the last page of her story has been turned.

Bloomsbury's Outsider: A Life of David Garnett [EPUB]

Bloomsbury's Outsider: A Life of David Garnett [EPUB]
Bloomsbury's Outsider: A Life of David Garnett by Sarah Knights
2015 | EPUB | 4.36MB

Literary Sensation, Lover, Libertine, Family Man

Award-winning novelist and towering figure of the 20th century British literary landscape, David Garnett was a Bloomsbury insider ultimately pushed to the margins. In this, the first biography of Garnett, (known as Bunny), author Sarah Knights – who has had unprecedented access to Garnett's papers – goes beyond stereotype and myth to present a clear sighted account of this often contradictory figure.

Trained as a scientist, Garnett worked as a novelist and wrote exquisite prose. Lady into Fox was made into a Rambert ballet and Aspects of Love into an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. In the First World War, he was a conscientious objector whereas in the Second he worked for British intelligence. A free love enthusiast, he nevertheless married. He loathed literary criticism but became a leading literary critic.

Born into the Victorian period, Garnett's life spanned two World Wars, the Swinging Sixties and beyond. From pre-Revolutionary Russia, by way of Indian Nationalists in London and carefree Neo-Paganism, Garnett's early life was packed with adventure. Propelled by a desire to be constantly in love, he dazzled men and women, believing the person mattered, irrespective of gender. An overnight literary sensation in the 1920s he was at the centre of literary London. Confidante and mentor of many writers, T. E. Lawrence, Rupert Brooke, D. H. Lawrence, Joseph Conrad and H. G. Wells, were among his friends. Garnett felt most at home with the Bloomsbury Group, in particular with Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, his lover, with whom he lived during the First World War. Their long friendship was threatened, however, when Garnett's cradle-side prophecy to marry their daughter Angelica came true.

Einstein: His Space and Times [EPUB]

Einstein: His Space and Times [EPUB]
Einstein: His Space and Times by Steven Gimbe

The commonly held view of Albert Einstein is of an eccentric genius for whom the pursuit of science was everything. But in actuality, the brilliant innovator whose Theory of Relativity forever reshaped our understanding of time was a man of his times, always politically engaged and driven by strong moral principles. An avowed pacifist, Einstein’s mistrust of authority and outspoken social and scientific views earned him death threats from Nazi sympathizers in the years preceding World War II. To him, science provided not only a means for understanding the behavior of the universe, but a foundation for considering the deeper questions of life and a way for the worldwide Jewish community to gain confidence and pride in itself.

Steven Gimbel’s biography presents Einstein in the context of the world he lived in, offering a fascinating portrait of a remarkable individual who remained actively engaged in international affairs throughout his life. This revealing work not only explains Einstein’s theories in understandable terms, it demonstrates how they directly emerged from the realities of his times and helped create the world we live in today.

Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary's Life [EPUB]

Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary's Life [EPUB]
Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary's Life by Joshua Rubenstein
2011 | EPUB | 2.22MB

Born Lev Davidovich Bronstein in southern Ukraine, Trotsky was both a world-class intellectual and a man capable of the most narrow-minded ideological dogmatism. He was an effective military strategist and an adept diplomat, who staked the fate of the Bolshevik revolution on the meager foundation of a Europe-wide Communist upheaval. He was a master politician who played his cards badly in the momentous struggle for power against Stalin in the 1920s. And he was an assimilated, indifferent Jew who was among the first to foresee that Hitler’s triumph would mean disaster for his fellow European Jews, and that Stalin would attempt to forge an alliance with Hitler if Soviet overtures to the Western democracies failed.

Here, Trotsky emerges as a brilliant and brilliantly flawed man. Rubenstein offers us a Trotsky who is mentally acute and impatient with others, one of the finest students of contemporary politics who refused to engage in the nitty-gritty of party organization in the 1920s, when Stalin was maneuvering, inexorably, toward Trotsky’s own political oblivion.

As Joshua Rubenstein writes in his preface, “Leon Trotsky haunts our historical memory. A preeminent revolutionary figure and a masterful writer, Trotsky led an upheaval that helped to define the contours of twentieth-century politics.” In this lucid and judicious evocation of Trotsky’s life, Joshua Rubenstein gives us an interpretation for the twenty-first century.

The American Military Frontiers [Audiobook]

The American Military Frontiers [Audiobook]
The American Military Frontiers: The United States Army in the West, 1783-1900 [Audiobook] by Robert Wooster, read by Jack Chekijian
2013 | MP3 VBR ~ 90 kbps | 11 hrs 16 mins | 452.57MB

As the fledgling nation looked west to the land beyond the Appalachian Mountains, it turned to the army to advance and defend its national interests. Clashing with Spain, Britain, France, Mexico, the Confederacy, and Indians in this pursuit of expansion, the army's failures and successes alternately delayed and hastened western migration. Roads, river improvements, and railroads, often constructed or facilitated by the army, further solidified the nation's presence as it reached the Pacific Ocean and expanded north and south to the borders of Canada and Mexico. Western military experiences thus illustrate the dual role played by the United States Army in insuring national security and fostering national development.

Robert Wooster's study examines the fundamental importance of military affairs to social, economic, and political life throughout the borderlands and western frontiers. Integrating the work of other military historians as well as tapping into a broad array of primary materials, Wooster offers a multifaceted narrative that will shape our understanding of the frontier military experience, its relationship with broader concerns of national politics, and its connection to major themes and events in American history.