Black Box Thinking: Why Most People Never Learn from Their Mistakes--But Some Do [EPUB]

Black Box Thinking: Why Most People Never Learn from Their Mistakes--But Some Do [EPUB]
Black Box Thinking: Why Most People Never Learn from Their Mistakes--But Some Do by Matthew Syed
2015 | EPUB | 1.54MB

What links the Mercedes Formula One team with Google?
What is the connection between Dave Brailsford's Team Sky and the aviation industry?
What links the inventor James Dyson and the basketball player Michael Jordan?

They are all Black Box Thinkers.

Whether developing a new product, honing a core skill or just trying to get a critical decision right, Black Box Thinkers aren't afraid to face up to mistakes. In fact, Black Box Thinkers see failure as the very best way to learn. Rather than denying their mistakes, blaming others, or attempting to spin their way out of trouble, these institutions and individuals interrogate errors as part of their future strategy for success.

How many of us can say that we have such a healthy relationship with failure?

Learning from failure has the status of a cliché, but this book reveals the astonishing story behind the most powerful method of learning known to mankind, and reveals the arsenal of techniques wielded by some of the world's most innovative organizations. It also reveals the dangers of failing to learn from mistakes. In healthcare, hundreds of thousands of patients die from preventable medical errors every year due to a chronic lack of Black Box Thinking

Using gripping case studies, exclusive interviews and really practical takeaways, Matthew Syed - the award-winning journalist and best-selling author of Bounce - explains how to turn failure into success, and shows us how we can all become better Black Box Thinkers.

Geology: The Story of Earth [The Modern Scholar]

Geology: The Story of Earth [The Modern Scholar]
Geology: The Story of Earth [The Modern Scholar] by Professor Kate Zeigler
2013 | MP3@64 kbps | 4 hrs 49 mins | 142.74MB

Geology is often thought of as simply the study of rocks. In reality, geology is the study of our planet on all scales, from microscopic to planet-wide, and ranging in time from almost instantaneous events, like earthquakes, to the glacially slow motion of the tectonic plates. Everything we know about our world from a geologic perspective is based on information locked into the rock record and the job of a geologist is to tease out that story through a wide variety of observations. This insightful course explores a range of topics that help to tell the story of Earth and to explain the discipline of Geology and the role of the geologist.

Individual lectures explore subjects such as minerals, the three different rock types and how they relate through the rock cycle, as well as how the interior of the earth is divided and the processes that occur there. Further lectures explore geologic time and how we sort out the history of any given sequence of rocks, how rocks deform and how plate tectonics works, and many processes related to surface water and groundwater. Geology has grown to become a very broad field with numerous areas of specialization, but this course provides a substantial overview of some of the most important features and processes that affect us as we interact with our planet and as it interacts with us.

Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America [TTC Video]

Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America [TTC Video]
Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America by Ford Cochran
Course No 1707 | MP4, AVC, 870 kbps, 856x480 | AAC, 135 kbps, 2 Ch | 36x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 7.89GB

In 1872, a wondrous region called Yellowstone was set aside as the world’s first national park, giving adventurous travelers access to a geologist’s paradise that seethes with pent-up volcanic forces. As more and more national parks were created—not just in the United States but also in Canada and Mexico—geologists were revolutionizing their field, piecing together a detailed understanding of how the world works. National parks have made these magnificent reminders of the awe-inspiring power of our planet accessible to everyone. Today, there is no better education in the remarkable forces that formed our world than a tour of the national parks of North America. These parks capture a special place in our hearts and draw millions of tourists each year.

From Yellowstone’s bubbling, steaming landscape to the great slabs of granite along Acadia’s shores, each park contributes its own chapter to the story of Earth. Most visitors get only a superficial view of these sites, guided by the informational signposts or tour books, but there is so much more to be discovered. Our national parks offer profound lessons for anyone who loves history, geology, and nature. This course provides in-depth insights, intriguing perspectives, and riveting little-known facts about these treasured places that you won’t find simply by driving through them. And the next time you do drive or hike through a national park, you’ll have a deeper appreciation for the forces—geological, historical, and otherwise—that shaped it.

You will learn how our majestic parks provide dramatic evidence of geological processes such as:

  • Colliding continents: From Maine’s Acadia National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, the rolling Appalachians are the eroded remnants of once-mighty peaks formed in the collision of ancient continents.
  • Glaciation: The magnificent valley that welcomes visitors to Yosemite National Park is the work of vanished glaciers that were nearly a mile thick. Glaciers sculpted this region and much of North America in a succession of pulses during Earth’s latest ice age.
  • Uplift and erosion: Imagine a board lifting into a buzz saw. A similar phenomenon produced the Grand Canyon and other breathtaking chasms in the American West, as the Colorado Plateau rose and fast-flowing rivers sliced through the land.
  • Volcanic Hotspots: Deep beneath Yellowstone National Park is a huge magma chamber that erupted as a supervolcano 640,000 years ago and will explode again. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park hides a tamer, fiery hotspot.

Formed just 16 years after Yellowstone was dedicated as a park, the National Geographic Society has led the way in securing protection for America’s most important natural wonders. With a connection to the national parks that stretches back all the way to the 1800s, the National Geographic Society has maintained an abiding interest in their creation and preservation, sponsoring scientific and exploratory expeditions; featuring the parks in scores of magazine articles, books, and films; and working to raise awareness and support for national parks at home and abroad. Apart from the National Park Service itself, no other organization has compiled as impressive an archive of maps and images, assembled as knowledgeable a staff, or been as committed to educating the public on the subject of these national treasures.

We are proud to join forces with this extraordinary institution to present Wonders of the National Parks: A Geology of North America, a fascinating introduction to geology that forged North America’s national parks. Beautifully illustrated, these 36 half-hour lectures take you to more than a hundred spectacular sites guided by geologist and former college professor Ford Cochran, who is currently the Director of Programming for National Geographic Expeditions. He is a storyteller and an explorer at heart who specializes in interpreting landscapes for a variety of audiences.

No previous background in geology or science is needed to experience the thrill that these lectures offer, just a sense of curiosity as you unravel the mysteries of some of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet.

Learn about Every National Park…and More

The scope of this course is truly astonishing. Professor Cochran covers every national park in the United States, together with exceptional state parks, national monuments, historical parks, marine sanctuaries, and other preserves, plus a number of outstanding parks in Canada, Mexico, and beyond. Anyone planning a trip to one or more of these sites, whether a weekend outing or a transcontinental expedition, will find their experiences immeasurably enriched by Professor Cochran’s insightful and entertaining presentation. And just staying at home watching the series is an adventure itself!

As a special bonus, three of National Geographic’s top experts appear in interview segments following many of the lectures. Photojournalist Chris Johns was the first journalist onto Mount Saint Helens after it erupted in 1980, and he recently stepped up from Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic magazine to oversee all editorial content creation at National Geographic. Biologist and wildlife documentary producer John Francis is currently National Geographic’s Vice President for Research, Conservation, and Exploration. And Kaitlin Yarnall is one of the gifted cartographers behind National Geographic’s famous maps, now serving as Executive Editor for Cartography, Art, and Graphics at National Geographic magazine as well as Director of Cartography for the Society. These three creative professionals add their fascinating perspectives to Wonders of the National Parks, rounding out the experience to provide truly enriching lessons.

The Greatest Spectacle on Earth

Many visitors to national parks never go beyond the most accessible sites, but this course shows how to experience the breathtaking diversity of these places in depth. You learn how each park fits into the geological epic of North America—a story of mountain ranges created by the collision of tectonic plates, of oceans rising and drowning the lowlands, of volcanoes raining ash and liquid fire, of glaciers growing to towering heights and scouring the terrain down to the bedrock, of desert sands burying entire regions, of earthquakes transforming the land in an instant, and of the tenacious, erosive power of flowing water. If it sounds like the greatest spectacle on Earth, it is!

Drawing on his wide experience as a field geologist and National Geographic expedition lecturer, Professor Cochran has plenty of recommendations for must-see attractions and activities. Here are just a few:

  • Driving: A National Geographic staffer once told Professor Cochran that Canada’s Icefields Parkway was “the most spectacular drive anywhere.” He took the trip and discovered why. The largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains, it stretches from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park along the Continental Divide.
  • Hiking: Among the many hikes suggested by Professor Cochran, he especially loves the West Rim Trail at Zion National Park. The awe-inspiring views of the sandstone canyons carved by the North Fork of the Virgin River are well worth the walk.
  • For the more adventurous:
  • Canoeing and kayaking: A tranquil river trip takes you through the dramatic badlands of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, retracing a portion of Lewis and Clark’s epic voyage.
  • Rock climbing: One of the oldest rivers on the continent, paradoxically called the New River, has worn a gorge into a uniquely hard form of sandstone that is a nearly perfect rock for climbers, who flock to New River Gorge National River to test their skills.

Remind Yourself: “This Is Real!”

In addition to geology, Wonders of the National Parks also touches on botany, zoology, atmospheric science, and other disciplines as they relate to specific protected areas. The course also explores the role that humans have played in these distinctive landscapes. For example:

  • Gettysburg: Gettysburg National Military Park provides a geology lesson wrapped up in a history lesson. Little Round Top, Cemetery Ridge, and other key sites in the three-day battle owe their existence to the rifting that opened the Atlantic when the supercontinent Pangaea split apart.
  • Gold rush: Wrangell–St. Elias National Park and Preserve includes gold formations mined during Alaska’s great gold rush. Just as in California’s gold fields, seafloor subduction and other tectonic forces created the right conditions to concentrate the glittering element in rocks near the surface.
  • John Wesley Powell: One of the founders of the National Geographic Society was John Wesley Powell, who led the first expeditions through the canyon country of the Colorado Plateau, including the Grand Canyon. His vivid reports brought these future parklands to public attention.
  • Ansel Adams: The world’s most revered nature photographer did his most famous work in the parks of the American West. Professor Cochran takes Adams’s classic view of Yosemite Valley and reads it like a book, pointing out the riveting geological story it tells.

With a career at National Geographic spanning more than 20 years, plus his professional training in geology, Professor Cochran is the ideal lecturer for this course: a deeply knowledgeable scientist, an experienced and enthusiastic traveler, and a consummate storyteller who lives and breathes the Society’s mission to “inspire, illuminate, teach.”

You may even be able to detect Professor Cochran’s background in English literature, which he pursued as an undergraduate before falling in love with geology. He often peppers his lessons with quotes and stories, adding an additional dimension of elucidation. For example, in his lectures on Yosemite, he quotes the great author and naturalist John Muir, whose eloquence helped preserve Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks in the 1890s. Professor Cochran has a similar way with words, describing one of the Yosemite hikes as follows: “The soaring scale and beauty of the granite landscape from this portion of the John Muir Trail are so extraordinary that, though you’re there and seeing it—actually seeing it—you still have to remind yourself: This is real!”

The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking [TTC Video]

The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking [TTC Video]
The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking [TTC Video] by Bill Briwa
Course No 9231 | AVI, XviD, 2318 kbps, 720x540 | AC3, 1926 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x35 mins | 14.77GB

There’s a strong sense of pride and accomplishment that comes from cooking your own meals; from taking ingredients and combining them to create eye-catching and mouth-watering dishes that can please you and your family and friends. The only problem: For many of us, cooking looks so complex and frustrating that it doesn’t seem worth our time.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, all it takes to build confidence in the kitchen is a firm grasp of the basic concepts, methods, and techniques used every day by chefs. While cookbooks are pretty to look at and cooking shows are certainly entertaining, neither of them truly teaches the lost art of cooking; neither of them truly demonstrates the fundamentals and step-by-step strategies that go into creating a wide range of dishes.

With just a bit of education, you can master how to cook and forget about being anxious in the kitchen. You’ll be able to

  • transform everyday ingredients into restaurant-quality dishes,
  • create delicious meals for both casual weekday dinners and large holiday celebrations,
  • learn how to work with unique tastes and ingredients to expand your palate,
  • avoid spending money on expensive meals or unhealthy fast food, and
  • rediscover the joy of cooking and eating.

Of course, it’s rare to find a truly gifted chef who can actually show you how to cook; who can engage your mind to think about food in new ways. Now, The Great Courses has joined forces with the prestigious Culinary Institute of America to give you just that. The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking is a course of 24 highly visual and instructional lessons in which you’ll learn about and build all the foundational culinary skills you need to turn out delicious and impressive meals. Filmed on location at the CIA’s Greystone campus in Napa Valley, California, and delivered by Chef Bill Briwa—one of the CIA’s experienced instructors and a chef with more than 35 years of professional experience—these lessons show you how to cook and evaluate dishes, from starters and main courses to desserts and vegetarian meals. They also offer a master chef’s insight into tips, tricks, and secrets that will elevate any dish you make from good to great.

Master the Skills for a Great Meal

Even though cuisine changes constantly and tastes come and go, there’s a stable foundation on which all cooking rests. It is this foundation that Chef Briwa shows you how to build. To do so, he’s developed these lessons around three broad themes:

  • Working with high-quality ingredients and knowing what those ingredients can and cannot do
  • Understanding basic cooking techniques and knowing when to use them
  • Tapping into—and appreciating—the intriguing interaction between taste and flavor
  • And it all begins with a thorough introduction to building your essential kitchen. To get you more comfortable in your surroundings, Chef Briwa demonstrates how to organize your kitchen so that you can make the most of what space and cooking surfaces you have. He’ll help you become savvy with picking and using a kitchen’s most important tools, including knives, pots and pans, and cutting boards. He’ll also give you tips on managing the mess that cooking can sometimes make, preparing your ingredients in advance, and much more.

Explore a Range of Cooking Methods

From there, you’ll explore in depth each of the major cooking techniques any chef must know. You’ll follow Chef Briwa as he explains what makes each technique so different and how it can have a dramatic impact on the look and taste of your food. In each instance, you’ll make a range of delicious dishes and gain the skills to practice cooking on your own.

  • Roasting: Try your hand at this classic cooking method that uses dry heat, avoids fat, and requires just a small amount of patience. It’s an elegant art, as you’ll see by roasting a classic meal of chicken and potatoes.
  • Grilling: Traditionally reserved for summer, grilling can be done any time of the year with the right equipment. Gain insight into how to grill steak, mahi-mahi, and vegetables to get the right amount of tenderness, texture, and juiciness.
  • Poaching: A cooking method that pairs perfectly with a handsome cut of fish, poaching’s use of moist heat delivers a powerful taste payoff. In addition to poaching monkfish, you’ll discover how you can use the remaining liquid to create the perfect accompanying sauce.
  • Stir-frying: This classic Asian cooking method using hot oil in a wok is a great way to whip up a quick meal—but it demands organized preparation. Learn how to make traditional stir-fry dishes, including a Vietnamese noodle salad and Ma Pa Tofu.

What’s more, in many cases, Chef Briwa deliberately makes small mistakes to show you what happens when a technique isn’t done properly and to teach you how to avoid them in your kitchen. By comparing successful cooking methods with unsuccessful ones, you’ll become better informed about the steps involved in cooking—in a way you can’t by watching a cooking show on TV, where mistakes are often left on the editing room floor.

Learn to Handle Any Ingredient

The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking shows you how to adapt these methods to every major type of ingredient you’re likely to cook with in everyday life. With Chef Briwa’s insider tips and helpful demonstrations, you’ll find yourself able to handle with confidence these and other ingredients.

  • Broths and sauces: Offering depth of flavor and a culinary flourish, broths and sauces can take any dish to a new level. Learn how to use broths to braise and stew large cuts of meat, and whip up international sauces, including a French béchamel sauce and a Thai curry sauce.
  • Meat and seafood: Spend several lessons focusing on selecting, preparing, cooking, and serving different meats and seafood and avoiding the mistakes that can make them tough and inedible. Get recipes for everything from the perfect pork chop and hamburger to roasted fish with fennel and mussels with white wine and shallots.
  • Herbs and spices: Start making more sense of the vast range of herbs and spices available in the marketplace, and tap into the ways that many of them—including herbs de Provence, Indian spices, and saffron—can enhance your dishes in bold and subtle ways.
  • Pasta and grains: Oftentimes the perfect side dish, pasta and grains are amazingly versatile ingredients. In addition to learning how to make your own pasta, you’ll put your cooking techniques to use making pasta soups, rice pilaf, and a risotto with wild mushrooms.

Plus, you’ll see how a master chef plates dishes, pairs wine with particular flavors, and even prepares an entire three-course meal. The result of all these lessons is a comprehensive reference to everything you need to know to become the great cook you’ve always wanted to be.

Discover Lasting Confidence in the Kitchen

Whether you’re learning how to roast a medley of vegetables, make a perfect French onion soup, or poach eggs for a mouth-watering breakfast, you’ll always be engaging your senses in The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking.

Because you’re learning from one of the CIA’s best professional instructors, you’ll be getting a first-hand education in the essentials of cooking from an expert who’s not just entertaining, but trained to teach how to actually cook. Chef Briwa has devoted his entire career to showing audiences around the world the craft behind cooking, gastronomy, and flavor dynamics. A former chef at several California restaurants, he’s also spoken, presented, and judged at professional cooking conferences and competitions, including the International Association of Culinary Professionals Conference and the National Restaurant Association Show.

And since these lessons were produced in the kitchens of the CIA, you’ll be seeing this chef instructor in his natural environment, cooking right in front of your eyes. Taken all together, The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking is a masterful course that lets you peer over the shoulder of a master chef, invites you to participate in the joy of cooking, engages your senses, and leaves you with the lasting confidence you need to make the most out of every meal you cook.

Near and Distant Neighbors: A New History of Soviet Intelligence [EPUB]

Near and Distant Neighbors: A New History of Soviet Intelligence [EPUB]
Near and Distant Neighbors: A New History of Soviet Intelligence by Jonathan Haslam
2015 | EPUB | 1.51MB

A uniquely comprehensive and rich account of the Soviet intelligence services, Jonathan Haslam's Near and Distant Neighbors charts the labyrinthine story of Soviet intelligence from the October Revolution to the end of the Cold War.

Previous histories have focused on the KGB, leaving military intelligence and the special service--which focused on codes and ciphers--lurking in the shadows. Drawing on previously neglected Russian sources, Haslam reveals how both were in fact crucial to the survival of the Soviet state. This was especially true after Stalin's death in 1953, as the Cold War heated up and dedicated Communist agents the regime had relied upon--Klaus Fuchs, the Rosenbergs, Donald Maclean--were betrayed. In the wake of these failures, Nikita Khrushchev and his successors discarded ideological recruitment in favor of blackmail and bribery. The tactical turn was so successful that we can draw only one conclusion: the West ultimately triumphed despite, not because of, the espionage war.

In bringing to light the obscure inhabitants of an undercover intelligence world, Haslam offers a surprising and unprecedented portrayal of Soviet success that is not only fascinating but also essential to understanding Vladimir Putin's power today.

Crime's Strangest Cases [EPUB]

Crime's Strangest Cases [EPUB]
Crime's Strangest Cases: Extraordinary But True Tales from Over Five Centuries of Legal History by Peter Seddon
2015 | EPUB | 1.8MB

Author Peter Seddon gives life to over five centuries of bizarre, macabre and sometimes hilarious criminal cases.

You'll be gripped by tales of murder, intrigue, crime, punishment and the pursuit of justice. Despite how unbelievable the stories banged up inside these pages may seem, Crime's Strangest Cases promises to tell the truth, the whole truthand nothing but the truth about the most ludicrous criminal cases in legal history. Full of riotous and entertaining stories, this book is perfect for anyone who is doing time on a long stretch. Just don't try to steal it, or you may end up inside! Inside you'll encounter:

  • The only dead parrot ever to give evidence in a court of law
  • One of the most indigestible dilemmas - if you'd been shipwrecked 2,000 miles from home, would you have eaten Parker the cabin boy?
  • The doctor with the worst bedside manner of all time
  • The murderess who collected money from her mummified victim for 21 years

The Penguin Lessons: What I Learned from a Remarkable Bird [EPUB]

The Penguin Lessons: What I Learned from a Remarkable Bird [EPUB]
The Penguin Lessons: What I Learned from a Remarkable Bird by Tom Michell
2015 | EPUB | 5.76MB

A unique and moving real-life story of the extraordinary bond between a young teacher and a penguin, this book will delight readers who loved Marley & Me, Dewey the Library Cat, The Good Good Pig, and any book by Jon Katz.

In 1975, twenty-three-year-old Englishman Tom Michell follows his wanderlust to Argentina, where he becomes assistant master at a prestigious boarding school. But Michell’s adventures really begin when, on a weekend in Uruguay, he rescues a penguin covered in oil from an ocean spill, cleans the bird up, and attempts to return him to the sea. The penguin refuses to leave his rescuer’s side. “That was the moment at which he became my penguin, and whatever the future held, we’d face it together,” says Michell in this charming memoir.

Michell names the penguin Juan Salvador (“John Saved”), but Juan Salvador, as it turns out, is the one who saves Michell.

After Michell smuggles the bird back to Argentina and into his campus apartment, word spreads about the young Englishman’s unusual roommate. Juan Salvador is suddenly the center of attention—as mascot of the rugby team, confidant to the dorm housekeeper, co-host of Michell’s parties, and an unprecedented swimming coach to a shy boy. Even through the collapse of the Perónist government and amid the country’s economic and political strife, Juan Salvador brings joy to everyone around him—especially Michell, who considers the affectionate animal a compadre and kindred spirit.

Witty and heartwarming, The Penguin Lessons is a classic in the making, a story that is both absurd and wonderful, exactly like Juan Salvador.

Meaningful: The Story of Ideas That Fly [EPUB]

Meaningful: The Story of Ideas That Fly [EPUB]
Meaningful: The Story of Ideas That Fly by Bernadette Jiwa
2015 | EPUB | 1.09MB

Our new digital landscape has spawned an entrepreneurial culture and the belief that anyone with a laptop and an Internet connection has the power to change the world—to create an idea that flies. But for every groundbreaking business that started this way, a thousand others have stalled or failed. Why? What’s the secret to success? What do Khan Academy, the GoPro camera, the Dyson vacuum cleaner and Kickstarter have in common?

After years of consulting with hundreds of innovators, creatives, entrepreneurs and business leaders to help them tell the stories of their ideas, I have discovered something: every business that flies starts not with the best idea, the biggest budget or better marketing, but with the story of someone who wants to do something—and can’t.

We don’t change the world by starting with our brilliant ideas, our dreams; we change the world by helping others to live their dreams. The story of ideas that fly is the story of the people who embrace them, love them, adopt them, care about them and share them. Successful ideas are the ones that become meaningful to others—helping them to see what’s possible for them.

Our ideas fly when we show others their wings.

Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush [EPUB]

Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush [EPUB]
Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush by Jon Meacham
2015 | EPUB | 122.03MB

In this brilliant biography, Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author, chronicles the life of George Herbert Walker Bush. Drawing on President Bush’s personal diaries, on the diaries of his wife, Barbara, and on extraordinary access to the forty-first president and his family, Meacham paints an intimate and surprising portrait of an intensely private man who led the nation through tumultuous times. From the Oval Office to Camp David, from his study in the private quarters of the White House to Air Force One, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the first Gulf War to the end of Communism, Destiny and Power charts the thoughts, decisions, and emotions of a modern president who may have been the last of his kind. This is the human story of a man who was, like the nation he led, at once noble and flawed.

His was one of the great American lives. Born into a loving, privileged, and competitive family, Bush joined the navy on his eighteenth birthday and at age twenty was shot down on a combat mission over the Pacific. He married young, started a family, and resisted pressure to go to Wall Street, striking out for the adventurous world of Texas oil. Over the course of three decades, Bush would rise from the chairmanship of his county Republican Party to serve as congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, head of the Republican National Committee, envoy to China, director of Central Intelligence, vice president under Ronald Reagan, and, finally, president of the United States. In retirement he became the first president since John Adams to see his son win the ultimate prize in American politics.

With access not only to the Bush diaries but, through extensive interviews, to the former president himself, Meacham presents Bush’s candid assessments of many of the critical figures of the age, ranging from Richard Nixon to Nancy Reagan; Mao to Mikhail Gorbachev; Dick Cheney to Donald Rumsfeld; Henry Kissinger to Bill Clinton. Here is high politics as it really is but as we rarely see it.

From the Pacific to the presidency, Destiny and Power charts the vicissitudes of the life of this quietly compelling American original. Meacham sheds new light on the rise of the right wing in the Republican Party, a shift that signaled the beginning of the end of the center in American politics. Destiny and Power is an affecting portrait of a man who, driven by destiny and by duty, forever sought, ultimately, to put the country first.

The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess: Race, Religion, and DNA [EPUB]

The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess: Race, Religion, and DNA [EPUB]
The Wandering Gene and the Indian Princess: Race, Religion, and DNA by Jeff Wheelwright
2012 | EPUB | 1.93MB

A brilliant and emotionally resonant exploration of science and family history.

A vibrant young Hispano woman, Shonnie Medina, inherits a breast-cancer mutation known as BRCA1.185delAG. It is a genetic variant characteristic of Jews. The Medinas knew they were descended from Native Americans and Spanish Catholics, but they did not know that they had Jewish ancestry as well. The mutation most likely sprang from Sephardic Jews hounded by the Spanish Inquisition. The discovery of the gene leads to a fascinating investigation of cultural history and modern genetics by Dr. Harry Ostrer and other experts on the DNA of Jewish populations.

Set in the isolated San Luis Valley of Colorado, this beautiful and harrowing book tells of the Medina family’s five-hundred-year passage from medieval Spain to the American Southwest and of their surprising conversion from Catholicism to the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the 1980s. Rejecting conventional therapies in her struggle against cancer, Shonnie Medina died in 1999. Her life embodies a story that could change the way we think about race and faith.

Make an Impact with Emotionally Intelligent Leadership [Video]

Make an Impact with Emotionally Intelligent Leadership [Video]
Make an Impact with Emotionally Intelligent Leadership by Gilmore Crosby
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 2 hours | 1.89GB

Transform yourself and your organization

You will learn a practical yet truly transformational model of leadership based on decades of experience and a unique blend of theories: Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Family Systems theory, Dr. John Wallen's interpersonal communication model, Dr. Daryl Conner's change management theory, and others. The course is an engaging blend of videos and quizzes. You will be able to immediately apply your learning to having the effect you want at work and in your personal relationships.

Boost your EQ and Leadership Quickly Using:

  • Dr. Edwin Freidman's Self-Differentiated Leadership
  • Dr. John Wallen's Interpersonal Gap and Four Behavioral skills
  • The implications of neuroscience for EQ
  • Goal Alignment and other practical Organization Development methods

You must be the change you want to see in the world

Those are Gandhi's words, and he knew what he was talking about. To transform your organization you must first start with yourself. People respond to leaders who have the humility to work on themselves throughout their lives, and if you sincerely do so with quality guidance you will enhance your strengths and smooth your edges. There are many places to start, such as working on a balance of taking clear concise stands with tuning in and effectively connecting with others. By doing so you will more effectively get business results.

There are many additional benefits to increasing your emotional intelligence. Dr. Daniel Goleman has documented a long list, ranging from increased earnings, to satisfaction in personal life, to effectiveness in job performance. You can take a step down that same path through the information and advice offered in this course.

Contents and Overview

This course is challenging but relatively quick, containing 10 lectures and approximately 100 minutes of video content. There are short quizzes after each segment to drive learning home. It's designed for anyone, regardless of experience level, who is in or wishes to be in a leadership position in an organization, with the added benefit of skills that also apply to improving personal relationships.

What are the requirements?

No pre-work required

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 10 lectures and 2 hours of content!
  • Apply the principles of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership to create high performance in your organization
  • Understand and apply the Three Core Elements of Self-Differentiated Leadership
  • Understand and apply the Five Characteristics of Chronically Anxious Systems
  • Understand and apply the Three Core Skills of Emotional Intelligence
  • Understand and apply Neuroscience and its implications for EQ
  • Understand and apply The Interpersonal Gap
  • Understand and apply Dr. John Wallens Four Interpersonal Skills
  • Understand and apply the RPC three layer model of Goals
  • Understand and apply the Decision Styles model of Tannenbaum & Schmidt
  • Learn strategies for applying Emotionally Intelligent Leadership to Employee Engagement

Intermediate Go Programming: Concurrency, Methods, Interfaces, and Tools [Video]

Intermediate Go Programming: Concurrency, Methods, Interfaces, and Tools [Video]
Intermediate Go Programming: Concurrency, Methods, Interfaces, and Tools by John Graham-Cumming
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 3.3 hours | 3.69GB

Designed for programmers familiar with the basics of Go, this course is an information-rich followup to Introduction to Go Programming. After a quick review of the basic Go syntax—with an emphasis on tricky areas and less common usage—expert programmer John Graham-Cumming delves into Go's build tool and more complex uses of slices, channels, goroutines, interfaces, and methods.

The video shows how to build a simple JSON API that talks to a database, and how to build a flexible system for using goroutines to do work concurrently. Tips on how to write idiomatic Go, vendoring, and mocking for unit tests are also covered.

  • Play with Go’s build tool and do workspace layouts, test and race detection, and more
  • Learn how slices are implemented and how to think about them
  • Unravel how Go handles garbage collection and reduction
  • Deep-dive into Go’s methods, method values, and interfaces
  • Learn how Go interfaces provide powerful ways to mock parts of code for unit testing
  • Discover how to optimize code for speed by using the Go profiler
  • Review Go's packages for dealing with databases, including interfacing to SQLite

John Graham-Cumming is a computer programmer and author. He studied mathematics and computation at Oxford and has a doctorate in computer security. As a programmer, he has worked in Silicon Valley and New York, the UK, Germany, and France, and currently works at CloudFlare.

True Story: How to Combine Story and Action to Transform Your Business [EPUB]

True Story: How to Combine Story and Action to Transform Your Business [EPUB]
True Story: How to Combine Story and Action to Transform Your Business by Ty Montague
2015 | EPUB | 1021.82KB

Is your company a storyteller—or a storydoer?

The old way to market a business was storytelling. But in today’s world, simply communicating your brand’s story in the hope that customers will listen is no longer enough. Instead, your authentic brand must be evident in every action the organization undertakes.

Today’s most successful businesses are storydoers.

These companies create products and services that, from the very beginning, are manifestations of an authentic and meaningful story—one told primarily through action, not advertising. In True Story, creative executive Ty Montague argues that any business, regardless of size or industry, can embrace the principles of storydoing. Indeed, our best-run companies—from small start-ups to global conglomerates—organize around a coherent narrative that is then broadcast through every action they take (from product design to customer service to marketing). Montague shows why storydoing firms are nimble, more adaptive to change, and more efficiently run businesses.

Montague is a founder of the growth consultancy co:collective and the former president and CCO of J. Walter Thompson, the largest advertising agency in North America. He brings his depth of creative business experience to the book and provides a clear framework and proven process for bringing you and your customers together in the creation of your brand story.

Montague introduces five critical elements—what he calls the “the four truths and the action map”—that are the foundation of storydoing:

  • the participants (your customers, partners, and employees)
  • the protagonist (your company today)
  • the stage (the world around your business)
  • the quest (your driving ambition and contribution to the world)
  • your action map (the actions that will make your story real for participants)

The book is filled with examples of how forward-thinking organizations—including Red Bull, Shaklee, Grind, TOMS Shoes, and News Corporation—are effectively using storydoing to transform their organizations and drive extraordinary results.

Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done [EPUB]

Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done [EPUB]
Kitchen Hacks: How Clever Cooks Get Things Done by America's Test Kitchen
2015 | EPUB | 520.2MB

Innovative solutions to everyday cooking challenges from our team of test kitchen MacGyvers—the test cooks at Cook’s Illustrated magazine

A kitchen hack is an unusual, easier, and/or better way of performing a task that often saves money and time or improves the quality of the outcome. In this wacky but eminently useful collection of kitchen hacks, you will learn how to outsmart tricky tasks and face down kitchen challenges (big and small) with innovative and clever ideas from Quick Tips, the most popular feature in Cook’s Illustrated magazine (900,000 circulation). Kitchen Hacks is a beautifully designed guidebook to hacking your kitchen . . . and beyond!

Eatymology: The Dictionary of Modern Gastronomy [EPUB]

Eatymology: The Dictionary of Modern Gastronomy [EPUB]
Eatymology: The Dictionary of Modern Gastronomy by Josh Friedland
2015 | EPUB + PDF | 4.21/16.91MB

Do you like your garlic Goodfellas thin? Have you ever been part of a carrotmob? Why are bartenders fat washing their spirits (and what does that even mean?)

Eatymology demystifies the most fascinating new food words to emerge from today's professional kitchens, food science laboratories, pop culture, the Web, and more. With 100 definitions, illustrations, and fun food facts and statistics on everything from bistronomy to wine raves, Eatymology shows you why it's absolutely imperative to adopt a coffee name and what it means to be gastrosexual, and is the perfect gift for everyone from foodiots to brocavores.

Good Thinking: What You Need to Know to be Smarter, Safer, Wealthier, and Wiser [EPUB]

Good Thinking: What You Need to Know to be Smarter, Safer, Wealthier, and Wiser [EPUB]
Good Thinking: What You Need to Know to be Smarter, Safer, Wealthier, and Wiser by Guy P Harrison
2015 | EPUB | 0.92MB

Critical-thinking skills are essential for life in the 21st century. In this follow-up to his introductory guide Think, and continuing his trademark of hopeful skepticism, Guy Harrison demonstrates in a detailed fashion how to sort through bad ideas, unfounded claims, and bogus information to drill down to the most salient facts. By explaining how the human brain works, and outing its most irrational processes, this book provides the thinking tools that will help you make better decisions, ask the right questions (at the right time), know what to look for when evaluating information, and understand how your own brain subconsciously clouds your judgment.

Think you're too smart to be easily misled? Harrison summarizes scientific research showing how easily even intelligent and well-educated people can be fooled. We all suffer from cognitive biases, embellished memories, and the tendency to kowtow to authority figures or be duped by dubious 'truths' packaged in appealing stories. And as primates we are naturally status seekers, so we are prone to irrational beliefs that seem to enhance our sense of belonging and ranking. Emotional impulses and stress also all too often lead us into traps of misperception and bad judgment.

Understanding what science has discovered about the brain makes you better equipped to cope with its built-in pitfalls. Good Thinking--the book and the practice-- makes clear that with knowledge and the right thinking skills, anyone can lead a safer, wiser, more efficient, and productive life.

Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work [EPUB]

Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work [EPUB]
Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work by Whitney Johnson
2015 | EPUB | 0.38MB

Are you a high potential charting your course within your current organization, a leader trying to jumpstart innovative thinking in your company? Or are you ready to do something new?

Consider this simple yet powerful idea: disruptive companies and ideas upend markets by doing something truly different—they see a need, an empty space waiting to be filled, and they dare to create something for which a market may not yet exist. An expert in driving innovation via personal disruption, Whitney Johnson, will help you understand how the frameworks of disruptive innovation can apply to you: if you want to be successful in unexpected ways, follow your own disruptive path. Dare to innovate. Dream big dreams. Do something astonishing. Disrupt yourself. In this book, you will learn how to apply these frameworks to building a business, career—and you.

We are living in an era of accelerating disruption—those who can manage the S-curve waves of learning and maxing out will have a competitive advantage. But this is a skill set that needs to be learned. Disrupt Yourself will help people cope with the unpredictability of disruption, and use it to their competitive advantage.

How To Run Your Business On Cloud Systems [Video]

How To Run Your Business On Cloud Systems [Video]
How To Run Your Business On Cloud Systemsby Dr Matthew Dunn
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 4.5 hrs | 1.3GB

A non-technical visual explanation by a working entrepreneur and veteran CIO, step-by-step from domains to dollars.

Learn the principles and 'blueprint' to running a lean, cost-effective company on Internet-based business systems and tools, from a working entrepreneur, former CIO and professional 'explainer.'

"Cloud Computing" is more than a buzzword. All of the systems required to run a company are available now. The huge time-and-cost roadblock of old fashioned IT is gone - for the companies that grab the opportunity. This course will teach you how.

My aim in this course is to give business owners a blueprint for building and running their business on SaaS ("Software as a Service") solutions. It's not a technical course for cloud-computing IT professionals. It's a pragmatic approach to evaluating, selecting and running cloud systems for business use.

Some technical terms are unavoidable, so by design, the course materials are all visual, to help grasp the concepts and connections even if the terms are unfamiliar. When I mention specific companies and services, it's not a 'commercial endorsement' - it's my opinion, based on firsthand use.

You won't find this approach to business cloud-computing spelled out in any single book, because I haven't written it yet. I run two successful businesses this way, with a business partner and employees. We've made mistakes, refined, evaluated and learned the hard way. Watching these lessons will, I hope, save you a few years of the same challenges and let you focus on your business!

What are the requirements?

Note-taking STRONGLY suggested. A screen capture utility (or keyboard shortcut) may be helpful in grabbing selected visuals from the video.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 17 lectures and 4.5 hours of content!
  • In this course, you will learn:
  • How to set up the "Internet foundations" for your business
  • How to evaluate cloud-based software and services for short and long-term fit
  • How to make your workforce effective for both virtual (telecommuting) and mobile activity

Reverse Diabetes Naturally with the Ketogenic Diet [Video]

Reverse Diabetes Naturally with the Ketogenic Diet [Video]
Reverse Diabetes Naturally with the Ketogenic Diet by Deborah Murtagh
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 7 hours | + PDF, MP3 | 4.91GB

Your guide to balancing blood glucose & insulin through 'Nutritional Ketosis' & medicinal food!

This inspirational and revolutionary course is changing the way the world looks at diabetes! Deborah's knowledge and skills in the execution of healthy nutritional ketosis is second to none. This course will empower your to take control of your own health. Take action and enroll today. You CAN greatly improve your quality of life living with diabetes!

If you suffer with any of the following then this course is designed especially for you….

  • Pre-diabetes or insulin resistance
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Type 2 Diabetes

This program will inspire you to take control of your own health by showing you exactly how to naturally manage blood sugars, by teaching you how to induce nutritional ketosis through proper nutrition. This is a Paleo diet on steriods!

Nutritional ketosis is not only becoming a standard diet for the treatment of cancer but also in the treatment of diabetes.

Some of the benefits of a ketogenic diet may include:

  • Optimal energy levels
  • Sustained energy without highs and lows
  • Balanced blood glucose
  • Reduction in insulin for Type 1 Diabetics
  • Natural weight loss and reduction in body fat if desired
  • Mental clarity - patients describe this as the curtains opening whereby thinking becomes clearer
  • Increased memory - the ketogenic diet is also used in brain illness such a dementia, Parkinsons, epilepsy & Alzheimer's
  • Quality sleep

Within this course you will be able to download a full manual with your dietary protocol, a full recipe book, watch dozens of high quality videos demonstrating recipes, and listen to audios that answer each of your questions as you are guided through the process of embracing a ketogenic lifestyle.

There is a healthy way of inducing ketosis and an unhealthy way. To succeed on a ketogenic diet long-term it's imperative proper nutrition is optimized. Too often people lack minerals and alkalizing nutrients. This program clearly shows you how to maximize nutrition so you feel at your absolute best!

Course information includes:

  • How to keep the body alkalized with 'free' alkalizing foods
  • Macronutrients ratios & measurements. i.e carbohydrate:fats:protein ratios for optimal nutritional ketosis
  • How to include mineral rich foods that keep you feeling energized
  • How to incorporate probiotic foods into your every day diet & why this is necessary for health & longevity
  • How to include nourishing and healing fats in the right balance so reduce inflammation and increase longevity
  • How to manage dining out and eating with friends
  • What beverages to drink, alcohol and non-alcoholic

Deborah herself has spent around 70% of the last decade in nutritional ketosis and has coached thousands of people through ketogenic diets over the past 2 decades. Her ketogenic programs include nutritional ketosis for optimal weight loss, athletic performance, cancer and now diabetes.

Don't forget you have a full 30 day money back guarantee! So why wait! Enroll now and transform the quality of your life today!

NOTE: Nutritional ketosis should not be confused with Ketoacidosis; these are two very different things. By naturally inducing nutritional ketosis you will be at no more risk of developing ketoacidosis, if anything the stabiliization of blood glucose and insulin will decrease your current risk of ketoacidosis.

What are the requirements?

Nothing! This course will give you the tools to master a ketogenic diet!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 73 lectures and 7 hours of content!
  • Know how to prepare delicious ketogenic meals
  • Master how to eat a ketogenic diet
  • Understand the difference between Nutritional Ketosis & Ketoacidosis
  • Understand how to balance glucose and insulin naturally
  • Avoid energy lulls in the day
  • Know how to choose healthy carbohydrates that won't cause blood sugar spikes and lows
  • Just how much protein, carbohydrate & fats your body requires to be healthy
  • Choose the right fats so that this program is also anti-inflammatory & anti-ageing

Better Business Marketing for More Enquiries and More Sales [Video]

Better Business Marketing for More Enquiries and More Sales [Video]
Better Business Marketing for More Enquiries and More Sales [Video] by Mr Simon Turner
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 2.5 hrs | + PDF | 1.6GB

How to build an effective customer acquisition and retention system for your business

If you own your own business or manage the marketing for a business, this course will be invaluable to you. So many marketing campaigns disappoint with poor results but often it isn't clear why. This course will look at why your campaigns might not be bringing in the level of new business you hoped for and will show you exactly what to do to put it right so that your marketing stops being a drain on resources and, instead, becomes a profitable investment and a supercharged engine for business growth.

The course will show you that there are 5 vital stages of marketing any business, and that you will be missing out on huge amounts of untapped profits if any of these stages are missing or implemented poorly. I'll show you how to identify the gaps and fill them in so that all your marketing spend can start to work harder at bring in new business.

In just a few hours, you'll acquire some expert knowledge allowing you to analyze your current marketing and put it right - a process that would cost you thousands if you were to hire a marketing professional to do all this for you.

You'll learn how to perform every one of these marketing stages better than the vast majority of your competitors who simply won't have a clue, helping you to make your business more successful and more secure.

The course includes 66 lectures covering:

  • Over 60 lectures, downloads and quizzes
  • 2.5 hours of video instruction
  • Examples of good and bad marketing
  • Worksheets to help you learn and implement the techniques
  • Quizzes to test your understanding

Creativity - Get Better Ideas Faster and Make Them Reliable [Video]

Creativity - Get Better Ideas Faster and Make Them Reliable [Video]
Creativity - Get Better Ideas Faster and Make Them Reliable by Michèl Keller
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 1 hrs | 273.46MB

A Quick and Easy Guide to Master Your Productivity and Creativity Skills.

So, why do you want to learn more about having better ideas faster?

You might be thinking that you are neither TALENTED nor creative? Or you doubt as to whether creativity can be learned at all? Or you are looking for INNOVATION for your new product or service? Or you are stuck in PROBLEM SOLVING?

For many people, creativity and creative thoughts are associated with FEARS and ANXIETIES. Do you feel the same way?

If you said YES to some of the questions, you have come to the right place!

Experience

Based on my many years of dealing with this topic, and the work I have done with thousands of people and organizations I know that you can be creative, too!

Latest Research

You will have access to the results of latest scientific research and practical tools, and you will be able to test your creativity. Various exercises will support you in your intentions. The exercises are proven to work and helped people and organizations to rediscover their creative sources.

Learn 6 easy Proven Steps

Learn how to easily follow 6 Proven Steps to make sure that your thoughts and ideas are not one-day wonders. You will learn how to implement and test them as well as turn them into innovations – if you like.

Therefore, I wish you much fun, enjoyment and the real new brain storm with the most satisfying activity by being creative!

What are the requirements?

No special equipment or knowledge is necessary before taking this course. Just come with an open mind and a willingness to explore your hidden potentials.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 16 lectures and 1 hour of content!
  • 9 Exercises will Deepen your Learning Curve
  • 7 Additional Resources and Documents help you Enhance your Understanding
  • Know How to Get Better Ideas Faster
  • Apply the 6 Essential Steps from Creating Ideas to Implementing Them
  • Know How to Optimize Your Thought Process
  • Generate Creative Ideas Fast End Easy
  • Know the Difference Between Ideas and Innovations
  • Find Creative Solutions to Problems Quickly
  • Understand Your Thought Process and Therefore Work Brain-Friendly
  • Increase Your Problem Solving Skills
  • Know Why It Is so Important Asking the Right Questions
  • Avoid the Most Common Mistake While Brainstorming
  • Find More Joy and Fulfillment in Life
  • Use Proven Techniques Like Decision Making to Come up with Ideas
  • Maximize Your Creativity and Productivity
  • Eliminate Procrastination

Master Emotions - Declare Happiness And Satisfaction In Life [Video]

Master Emotions - Declare Happiness And Satisfaction In Life [Video]
Master Emotions - Declare Happiness And Satisfaction In Life by Thushyanthan A
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 4.5 hrs | + MP3, PDF | 2.25 GB

Create A "Hoped For" Future In Your Life By Mastering Emotions, Language And The Body From A Leadership Life Coach

Emotions are a vast area of learning and emotions have the UNIQUE power to shift how you show up in all of your interactions, situations, events and conversations in your life. When you learn to harness the power of emotions, you can CHOOSE how to show up in conversations and learn to declare satisfaction and happiness in your life!

Use the generative power of language and work with your emotions to help you declare satisfaction and happiness with the outcomes and results of your interactions in life.

  • Understand the foundation of emotions.
  • Learn what it means to interpret emotions
  • Discover the stories and narratives around emotions that cause you to take certain actions.
  • Apply linguistic skills to get to the heart of your emotions

Discover a 3-Step Framework of working with the whole human being you are by exploring the connections between Body, Emotions and Language!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 64 lectures and 4.5 hours of content!
  • Understand the linguistic foundations of ALL emotions to take charge of how you interpret emotions to declare satisfaction and happiness in your life
  • Learn briefly about the B-E-L models used in Ontological Coaching
  • Learn briefly about the O-A-R models used in Ontological Coaching
  • Explore the difference between "moods" and "emotions" and how they can be beneficial in your life
  • Increase your ability to gain emotional stability by understanding the linguistic foundation of emotions
  • Learn "who" "what" and "when" helped to create that framework of belief for your unique observer
  • Learn to master emotions and take control of conversations
  • Discover the power of declarations to determine satisfaction in your conversations

The 4th Revolution: How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality [Audiobook]

The 4th Revolution: How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality [Audiobook]
The 4th Revolution: How the Infosphere is Reshaping Human Reality [Audiobook] by Luciano Floridi, read by Brian Holsopple
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 10 mins | 257MB

Who are we, and how do we relate to each other? Luciano Floridi, one of the leading figures in contemporary philosophy, argues that the explosive developments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are changing the answer to these fundamental human questions.

As the boundaries between life online and offline break down, and we become seamlessly connected to each other and surrounded by smart, responsive objects, we are all becoming integrated into an "infosphere". Personas we adopt in social media, for example, feed into our 'real' lives so that we begin to live, as Floridi puts in, "onlife". Following those led by Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud, this metaphysical shift represents nothing less than a fourth revolution.

"Onlife" defines more and more of our daily activity - the way we shop, work, learn, care for our health, entertain ourselves, conduct our relationships; the way we interact with the worlds of law, finance, and politics; even the way we conduct war. In every department of life, ICTs have become environmental forces which are creating and transforming our realities. How can we ensure that we shall reap their benefits? What are the implicit risks? Are our technologies going to enable and empower us, or constrain us? Floridi argues that we must expand our ecological and ethical approach to cover both natural and man-made realities, putting the 'e' in an environmentalism that can deal successfully with the new challenges posed by our digital technologies and information society.

Saigon Has Fallen [EPUB]

Saigon Has Fallen [EPUB]
Saigon Has Fallen by Peter Arnett
2015 | EPUB | 4.94MB

In this intimate and exclusive remembrance on the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, celebrated Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Peter Arnett tells the story of his role covering the controversial Vietnam War for The Associated Press from 1962 to its end on April 30, 1975. Arnett’s clear-eyed coverage incurred the wrath of President Lyndon Johnson and officials on all sides of the conflict. Writing candidly and vividly about his risks and triumphs, Arnett also shares his fears and fights in reporting against the backdrop of war.

Arnett places readers at the historic pivot-points of Vietnam: covering Marine landings, mountaintop battles, Saigon’s decline and fall, and the safe evacuation of a planeload of 57 infants in the midst of chaos. Peter Arnett’s sweeping view and his frank, descriptive, and dramatic writing brings the Vietnam War to life in a uniquely insightful way for this year’s 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon.

Arnett won the Pulitzer Prize in 1966 for his Vietnam coverage. He later went on to TV-reporting fame covering the Gulf War for CNN.

Includes 21 dramatic photographs from the AP Archive and the personal collection of Peter Arnett.

The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine Third Edition [EPUB]

The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine Third Edition [EPUB]
The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine Third Edition by Michael T Murray, Joseph Pizzorno
2012 | EPUB | 3.52MB

THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE AND PRACTICAL GUIDE AVAILABLE TO THE EXTRAORDINARY HEALING POWERS OF NATURAL MEDICINE

From the world-renowned naturopathic doctors and bestselling authors of The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods comes the authoritative third edition of the classic reference work, revised and expanded to include the latest cutting-edge natural therapies for the most common ailments. Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno focus on promoting health and treating disease with nontoxic, natural therapies. This groundbreaking book—the leader in its field—shows you how to improve your health through a positive mental attitude, a healthy lifestyle, a health-promoting diet, and supplements, along with plenty of practical tips.

Murray and Pizzorno present an evidence-based approach to wellness, based on firm scientific findings. They aim to dispel the notion that natural medicine isn’t “real medicine,” offering examples and studies that show the efficacy of a holistic approach to patient care. This book grounds the reader in the seven major tenets of natural medicine and covers important topics in health care today, including cancer prevention, detoxification, and internal cleansing. Written in an easy-to-follow A–Z format, The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine offers holistic approaches for treating more than 80 common ailments, including diabetes, celiac disease, endometriosis, and more. Furthermore, it gives you:

  • Ways to prevent disease through enhancing key body systems
  • The major causes and symptoms of each condition
  • The therapeutic considerations you need to be aware of
  • Detailed treatment summaries that include the most effective nutritional supplements and botanical medicines
  • And much more

This groundbreaking text is a perfect introduction to the world of natural medicine, providing clear guidance in the use of the best natural remedies for all kinds of illnesses, big and small. The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine is a valuable health reference and essential reading for anyone seeking to better their health.

The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods [EPUB]

The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods [EPUB]
The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael T Murray, Joseph Pizzorno, Lara Pizzorno
2010 | EPUB | 4.48MB

From the bestselling authors of The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, the most comprehensive and practical guide available to the nutritional benefits and medicinal properties of virtually everything edible

As countless studies have affirmed, diet plays a major role in both provoking and preventing a wide range of diseases. But just what is a healthy diet? What does the body need to stay strong and get well? In The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, Michael T. Murray, N.D., and Joseph Pizzorno, N.D., two of the world¹s foremost authorities on nutrition and wellness, draw on an abundant harvest of research to present the best guide available to healthy eating.

Make healthy eating a lifetime habit.

Let The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods teach you how to:

  • design a safe diet
  • use foods to stimulate the body¹s natural ability to rejuvenate and heal
  • discover the role that fiber, enzymes, fatty acids, and other dietary components
  • have in helping us live healthfully
  • understand which food prescriptions will help you safely treat more than 70 specific ailments, including acne, Alzheimer¹s disease, immune system depression, insomnia, migraine headaches, PMS, and rheumatoid arthritis
  • prepare foods safely in order to prevent illness and maximize health benefits
  • select, store, and prepare all kinds of healthful foods

Providing the best natural remedies for everyday aches and pains, as well as potent protection against serious diseases, The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods is a required daily health reference.

How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease [Audiobook]

How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease [Audiobook]
How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease [Audiobook] by Michael Greger, read by the Author
2015 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 17 hrs 10 mins | 481.73MB

The vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. In How Not to Die, Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of NutritionFacts.org, examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America ― heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson's, high blood pressure, and more ― and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, freeing us to live healthier lives.

The simple truth is that most doctors are good at treating acute illnesses but bad at preventing chronic disease. The fifteen leading causes of death claim the lives of 1.6 million Americans annually. This doesn't have to be the case. By following Dr. Greger's advice, all of it backed up by strong scientific evidence, you will learn which foods to eat and which lifestyle changes to make to live longer.

History of prostate cancer in your family? Put down that glass of milk and add flaxseed to your diet whenever you can. Have high blood pressure? Hibiscus tea can work better than a leading hypertensive drug-and without the side effects. Fighting off liver disease? Drinking coffee can reduce liver inflammation. Battling breast cancer? Consuming soy is associated with prolonged survival. Worried about heart disease (the number 1 killer in the United States)? Switch to a whole-food, plant-based diet, which has been repeatedly shown not just to prevent the disease but often stop it in its tracks.

In addition to showing what to eat to help treat the top fifteen causes of death, How Not to Die includes Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen ― a checklist of the twelve foods we should consume every day. Full of practical, actionable advice and surprising, cutting edge nutritional science, these doctor's orders are just what we need to live longer, healthier lives.

Exquisite Modular Origami [EPUB]

Exquisite Modular Origami [EPUB]
Exquisite Modular Origami by Meenakshi Mukerji
2011 | EPUB | 5.02MB

This is a step by step how-to book for making modular origami models based on polyhedra. You will be amazed that these stunning models are made out of something as ordinary paper. Author Meenakshi Mukerji is the winner of Origami USA’s 2005 Florence Temko Award. You are bound to love this book if you love origami, polyhedra, symmetry, geometry, and mathematics. Or you will simply love it. The models presented here are proven favorites, the diagrams having been wanted by fans worldwide. Expect hours of enjoyment folding over a dozen models and learn about polyhedra while you enjoy.

Unscrewed: Salvage and Reuse Motors, Gears, Switches, and More from Your Old Electronics [EPUB]

Unscrewed: Salvage and Reuse Motors, Gears, Switches, and More from Your Old Electronics [EPUB]
Unscrewed: Salvage and Reuse Motors, Gears, Switches, and More from Your Old Electronics by Ed Sobey
2011 | EPUB | 11.73MB

Perfect for the do-it-yourselfer, this handy guide to household electronics gives the weekend workbench enthusiast a multitude of ideas on how to salvage valuable parts from old electronics and turn them into useful gadgets once more. This handbook is loaded with information and helpful tips for disassembling old and broken electronics. Each of the more than 50 deconstruction projects includes a “treasures cache” of the components to be found, a required tools list, and step-by-step instructions with photos on how to safely extract the working components. Projects include building a desk lamp from an old flatbed scanner, a barbeque supercharger from a Dustbuster impeller, and a robot from the gears, rollers, and stepper motor found in an ink-jet printer. Now, old VHS players and fax machines will find new life with these fun ideas.

A Field Guide to Household Technology [EPUB]

A Field Guide to Household Technology [EPUB]
A Field Guide to Household Technology by Ed Sobey
2006 | EPUB | 7.41MB

Illustrating how a fire alarm detects smoke and what the “plasma” is in a plasma screen television, this fascinating handbook explains how everyday household devices function and operate. More than 180 different household technologies are covered, including gadgets unique to apartment buildings and houseboats. Devices are grouped according to their "habitats"—the living room, family room, den, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and basement—and feature a detailed description of what the device does and how it works, as well as a photograph for easy identification. With helpful sidebars describing related technical issues, such as why a cheap dimmer switch can interfere with radio reception, this handbook for curious readers provides carefully detailed descriptions and the history behind many of the older household technologies like toasters and faucets to newer technologies like motion detectors, TiVo, and satellite radio.

Making Space Happen: Private Space Ventures and the Visionaries Behind Them [EPUB]

Making Space Happen: Private Space Ventures and the Visionaries Behind Them [EPUB]
Making Space Happen: Private Space Ventures and the Visionaries Behind Them by Paula Berinstein
2002 | EPUB | 1.49MB

Most Americans equate space exploration with NASA, but the general public is largely unaware that hundreds of passionate individuals and private organizations are working to allow ordinary people the opportunity to tour near space and to create permanent human settlements on Mars and other celestial bodies. Through a series of fascinating interviews, this book introduces the scientists, astronauts, engineers, and entrepreneurs behind the private space movement and offers a clear-eyed assessment of their prospects for success. The legal, ethical, and political challenges facing the exploitation of space resources are also explored, and issues such as environmental responsibility, safety, law enforcement, property rights, patents, and government policy are discussed.

The Biscuit Girls: Love, Life and Hardship in a Northern Factory [EPUB]

The Biscuit Girls: Love, Life and Hardship in a Northern Factory [EPUB]
The Biscuit Girls: Love, Life and Hardship in a Northern Factory by Hunter Davies
2014 | EPUB | 1.84MB

Ivy, Dulcie, Barbara, Ann, Dorothy and Jean all had different reasons for applying to work at Carr’s biscuits, but once they had put on their overalls and walked through the factory gates they discovered a community full of life, laughter and friendship.

To those who didn’t know, the biscuit factory that towered over Carlisle might look like just another slice of the industrial North, a noisy and chaotic place with workers trooping in and out at all hours. For the biscuit girls it was a place where they worked hard, but also where they gossiped, got into scrapes and made lifelong friends. Outside the factory walls there might be difficult husbands or demanding kids, and sometimes even heartbreak and tragedy, but they knew there would always be an escape from their troubles at Carr's.

Some, like Barbara, only applied because she needed the extra cash, until things got a bit easier at home. Her supervisor cross examined her about who would be looking after the kids while she was at work, but let her have the job. Like many of the women who joined up ‘temporary’ Barbara went on to stay at Carrs for 32 years.

Beginning in the 1940s, these heartwarming and vividly-remembered stories have all been told by the women themselves to Hunter Davies.

Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth [Audiobook]

Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth [Audiobook]
Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventure to Every Country on Earth [Audiobook] by Albert Podell, read by Tom Perkins
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 56 mins | 366.32MB

This is the inspiring story of an ordinary guy who achieved two great goals that others had told him were impossible. First, he set a record for the longest automobile journey ever made around the world, during the course of which he blasted his way out of minefields, survived a serious accident atop the Peak of Death, came within seconds of being lynched in Pakistan, and lost three of the five men who started with him, two to disease, one to the Vietcong.

After that-although it took him forty-seven more years-Albert Podell set another record by going to every country on Earth. He achieved this by surviving riots, revolutions, civil wars, trigger-happy child soldiers, voodoo priests, robbers, pickpockets, corrupt cops, and Cape buffalo. He went around, under, or through every kind of earthquake, cyclone, tsunami, volcanic eruption, snowstorm, and sandstorm that nature threw at him. He ate everything from old camel meat and rats to dung beetles and the brain of a live monkey. And he overcame attacks by crocodiles, hippos, anacondas, giant leeches, flying crabs-and several beautiful girlfriends who insisted that he stop this nonsense and marry them.

Albert Podell's Around the World in 50 Years is a remarkable and meaningful tale of quiet courage, dogged persistence, undying determination, and an uncanny ability to escape from one perilous situation after another-and return with some of the most memorable, frightening, and hilarious adventure stories you have ever read.

The Sacred Science of Ancient Japan [EPUB]

The Sacred Science of Ancient Japan [EPUB]
The Sacred Science of Ancient Japan: Lost Chronicles of the Age of the Gods by Avery Morrow
2014 | EPUB | 2.14MB

The first English translation and examination of secret Japanese writings dating from the paleolithic to classical eras

  • Examines four suppressed and secret texts to discover the deeper truths beneath Japanese mythology
  • Introduces evidence of ancient civilizations in Japan, the sacred geometry of primitive times, and claims of a non-Earthly origin of the Emperors
  • Explores how these texts convey the sacred spiritual science of Japan’s Golden Age with parallels in ancient India, Europe, and Egypt

In Japan there are roughly two dozen secret manuscripts originally dating back to the paleolithic era, the age of heroes and gods, that have been handed down by the ruling families for centuries. Rejected by orthodox Japanese scholars and never before translated into English, these documents speak of primeval alphabets, lost languages, forgotten technologies, and the sacred spiritual science. Some even refer to UFOs, Atlantis, and Jesus coming to Japan.

Translating directly from the original Japanese, Avery Morrow explores four of these manuscripts in full as well as reviewing the key stories of the other Golden Age chronicles. In the Kujiki manuscript Morrow uncovers the secret symbolism of a Buddhist saint and the origin of a modern prophecy of apocalypse. In the Hotsuma Tsutaye manuscript he reveals the exploits of a noble tribe who defeated a million-strong army without violence. In the Takenouchi Documents he shows us how the first Japanese emperor came from another world and ruled at a time when Atlantis and Mu still existed. And in the Katakamuna Documents the author unveils the sacred geometries of the universe from the symbolic songs of the 10,000-year-old Ashiya tribe. He also discusses the lost scripts known as the Kamiyo Moji and the magic spiritual science that underlies all of these texts, which enabled initiates to ascend to higher emotional states and increase their life force.

Taking a spiritual approach à la Julius Evola to these “parahistorical” chronicles, Morrow shows how they access a higher order of knowledge and demonstrate direct parallels to many ancient texts of India, Europe, and Egypt.

Point of Origin: Gobekli Tepe and the Spiritual Matrix for the World's Cosmologies [EPUB]

Point of Origin: Gobekli Tepe and the Spiritual Matrix for the World's Cosmologies [EPUB]
Point of Origin: Gobekli Tepe and the Spiritual Matrix for the World's Cosmologies by Laird Scranton
2015 | EPUB | 1.17MB

Reveals Gobekli Tepe as a center of civilizing knowledge for the ancient world

  • Details how symbolic elements at Gobekli Tepe link a pre-Vedic cult in India to cosmological myths and traditions in Africa, Egypt, Tibet, and China
  • Discusses how carved animal images at Gobekli Tepe relate to stages of creation and provide an archaic foundation for symbolic written language
  • Defines how classical elements of ancient Egyptian myth and religion characterize an archaic cosmological tradition that links ancestrally back to Gobekli Tepe

How could multiple ancient cultures, spanning both years and geography, have strikingly similar creation myths and cosmologies? Why do the Dogon of Africa and the civilizations of ancient Egypt, India, Tibet, and China share sacred words and symbols? Revealing the existence of a long-forgotten primal culture and the world’s first center of higher learning, Laird Scranton shows how the sophisticated complex at Gobekli Tepe in Turkey is the definitive point of origin from which all the great civilizations of the past inherited their cosmology, esoteric teachings, and civilizing skills, such as agriculture, metallurgy, and stone masonry, fully developed.

Scranton explains how the carved images on Gobekli Tepe’s stone pillars were the precursors to the sacred symbols of the Dogon, Egyptians, Tibetans, and Chinese as well as the matriarchal Sakti cult of ancient Iran and India. He identifies Gobekli Tepe as a remote mountain sanctuary of higher knowledge alluded to in Sakti myth, named like an important temple in Egypt, and defined in ancient Buddhist tradition as Vulture Peak. Scranton reveals how Gobekli Tepe’s enigmatic “H” carvings and animal symbolism, symbolic of stages of creation, was presented as a kind of prototype of written language accessible to the hunter-gathers who inhabited the region. He shows how the myths and deities of many ancient cultures are connected linguistically, extending even to the name of Gobekli Tepe and the Egyptian concept of Zep Tepi, the mythical age of the “First Time.”

Identifying Gobekli Tepe not only as the first university but also as the first temple, perhaps built as a civilizing exercise, Scranton definitively places this enigmatic archaeological site at the point of origin of civilization, religion, and ancient science.

Practical Theology: Spiritual Direction from St. Thomas Aquinas [EPUB]

Practical Theology: Spiritual Direction from St. Thomas Aquinas [EPUB]
Practical Theology: Spiritual Direction from St Thomas Aquinas by Peter Kreeft
2014 | EPUB + MOBI | 0.88/0.95MB

From a lifetime of studying the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, popular author Peter Kreeft says that his amazement has continually increased not only at Aquinas' theoretical, philosophical brilliance and sanity, but also at his personal, practical wisdom, his "existential bite." Yet this second dimension of St. Thomas has usually been eclipsed by the other. Kreeft wrote this book to help bring that sun out from its eclipse. He provides easily digestible samples of the religious wisdom of Aquinas.

Here are 359 pieces of wisdom from St. Thomas's masterpiece, the Summa Theologiae , which Kreeft says "are literally more valuable than all the kingdoms of this world because they will help you to attain 'the one thing needful,' or 'the greatest good' ", the ultimate end and purpose and meaning of life. Three of its names are "being a saint," "beatitude" ("supreme happiness") and "union with God." That was the principle for Kreeft in choosing which passages to use: do they help you to attain your ultimate end - sanctity, happiness, union with God? St. Thomas would have agreed with writer Leon Bloy, who often wrote that in the end "there is only one tragedy in life: not to have been a saint".

These 359 gold nuggets have helped Kreeft in the struggles of real life, to live in the real world, to grow closer to the Lord, and he hopes they will do the same for his readers. After each passage directly from Aquinas, Kreeft provides brief spiritual commentary to help explain it and apply it - practical, personal, existential, "livable" thoughts.

He has framed these readings as answers to questions that people actually ask their spiritual directors. Each answer is taken word for word from Aquinas.

Among the many topics Aquinas and Kreeft cover here include:

  • The problem of evil
  • Interpreting the Bible
  • Love vs. knowledge
  • Reconciling justice and mercy
  • Human freedom and divine grace
  • Angels and demons
  • The need for theology
  • Predestination and free will
  • Three kinds of goods

But Enough About Me: A Memoir [EPUB]

But Enough About Me: A Memoir [EPUB]
But Enough About Me: A Memoir by Burt Reynolds, Jon Winokur
2015 | EPUB | 6.57MB

Scandalous, sentimental, frank, and sincere—the ultimate inside account of a television and film icon.

Burt Reynolds has been a Hollywood leading man for six decades, known for his legendary performances, sex-symbol status, and storied Hollywood romances. In his long career of stardom, during which he was number one at the box office for five years in a row, Reynolds has seen it all. But Enough About Me will tell his story through the people he’s encountered on his amazing journey. In his words, he plans to “call out the assholes,” try to make amends for “being the asshole myself on too many occasions,” and pay homage to the many heroes he has come to love and respect.

Beginning with Reynolds’s adolescence as a notable football player and the devastating car accident that ended his sports career, But Enough About Me takes readers from the Broadway stages where Reynolds got his start to his subsequent rise to fame. From Oscar nominations, to the spread in Cosmopolitan magazine that remains a notorious pop-cultural touchstone to this day, to the financial decisions that took him from rich to poor and back again, Reynolds shares the wisdom that has come from his many highs and lows. He is also ready, now more than ever, to dish. Reynolds famously romanced Dinah Shore, Sally Field, and Loni Anderson, to name only the top few; batted eyes at Bette Davis, Greta Garbo, Goldie Hawn, Farrah Fawcett, Marilyn Monroe, Candice Bergen, and so many more; went a few rounds (or more) with the likes of Donald Trump and Helen Gurley Brown; and rubbed elbows with Jon Voight, Clark Gable, Clint Eastwood, Frank Sinatra, Orson Welles, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, and Johnny Carson, among many others. Through it all, Reynolds reflects on his personal pitfalls and recoveries and refocuses his attention on his legacy as a father and an acting teacher, leaving readers with a classic from one of Hollywood’s most enduring and treasured stars.

From the Big Bang to Your Cells: The Remarkable Story of Minerals [EPUB]

From the Big Bang to Your Cells: The Remarkable Story of Minerals [EPUB]
From the Big Bang to Your Cells: The Remarkable Story of Minerals by Ryan Kane
2015 | EPUB | 2.07MB

In this exciting new book, Ryan Kane takes the reader on an incredible journey that breaks new ground into our understanding of minerals. From the creation of the universe to the cells of all living organisms, minerals have been around for billions of years and are responsible for almost every aspect of life's existence.

In this fascinating account, From the Big Bang to your Cells: The Remarkable Story of Minerals describes in striking detail how the minerals that were present during the original nebula that collected to form the planets are the same minerals that are found today scattered throughout our soils and are present in our cells.Regardless if you subscribe to the theory of evolution or creation, minerals were involved in the physical development of our bodies.

Whether we evolved from lower forms of life or God put forth his hand into clay, minerals are the building blocks of all living organisms.This book explains how minerals not only dominate the landscape of the universe, but more importantly how plant and human cells rely upon them for their continuation and survival.

While the 20th Century was spent identifying which minerals are essential to plants and humans, undoubtedly the 21st Century should be spent identifying the optimal form the minerals must be in that will provide the most benefit. Kane breaks new ground when he suggests how minerals can only reach their full potential in the human body if they are in the same form as that found in plants: ions.

From astronomy to nutrition, just about every branch of science studies some aspect of minerals. Here, they all converge into a powerful, pioneering new book that expands our current understanding, shatters old myths, raises controversy, and revolutionizes the way we look at ourselves and our universe. It is time to look at minerals from an entirely new perspective.

The Japanese in War and Peace, 1942-48 [PDF]

The Japanese in War and Peace, 1942-48 [PDF]
The Japanese in War and Peace, 1942-48: Selected Documents from a Translator's In-tray by London School of Economics Ian Nish
2010 | PDF | 56.44MB

The author was a member of the British Occupation Force in Japan as part of the Allied occupation following the Asia-Pacific War. During the years he was there, 1946-48, he collected a number of documents which throw light on the attitudes of the Japanese people in the last two critical years of the war and the equally critical first two years of the peace. Following the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, never has a nation been forced to switch so abruptly from the extreme views of resistance in early 1945 to the need for accommodation with the occupying United States armies. These materials, some reproduced in facsimile, which include a miscellaneous assortment of personal documents, propaganda material, military memoranda and teaching aids, cover a wide spectrum of Japanese thinking. Since the writers are generally drawn from the lower rungs of society they provide an insight into the attitudes of citizens who are often neglected in accounts of the Allied Occupation thereby providing scholars, researchers and those with a general interest in Occupation history with a valuable new dimension to our understanding of this period and its impact on the Japanese nation.

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World [EPUB]

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World [EPUB]
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
2016 | EPUB | 0.76MB

Many modern knowledge workers now spend most of their brain power battling distraction and interruption, whether because of the incessant pinging of devices, noisy open-plan offices or the difficulty of deciding what deserves your attention the most.

When Cal Newport coined the term 'deep work' on his popular blog, Study Hacks, in 2012, he found the concept quickly hit a nerve. Most of us, after all, are excruciatingly familiar with shallow work instead - distractedly skimming the surface of our workload and never getting to the important part. Newport began exploring the methods and mindset that foster a practice of distraction-free productivity at work, and now, in DEEP WORK, he shows how anyone can achieve this elusive state.

Through revealing portraits of both historical and modern-day thinkers, academics and leaders in the fields of technology, science and culture, and their deep work habits, Newport shares an inspiring collection of tools to wring every last drop of value out of your intellectual capacity. He explains why mastering this shift in work practices is crucial for anyone who intends to stay ahead in a complex information economy, and how to systematically train the mind to focus. Put simply: developing and cultivating a deep work practice is one of the best decisions we can make in an increasingly distracted world.

Isn't That Rich: Life Among the 1 Percent [EPUB]

Isn't That Rich: Life Among the 1 Percent [EPUB]
Isn't That Rich: Life Among the 1 Percent by Richard Kirshenbaum
2015 | EPUB | 0.71MB

Celebrated ad man Richard Kirshenbaum, the original New York observer, reveals the fashions, foibles, and outrageous extravagances of the private-jet set

Paid friends. Pot dealers draped in Dolce. Divorce settlements that include the Birkins at their current retail price. Air kisses, landing strips, and lounge-chair bribery.

For most of us, the idea of life inside the golden triad of Park Avenue, Sagaponack, and St. Barths is just as exotic as the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle. Luckily, Richard Kirshenbaum has a VIP pass to the Upper East Side and is willing to share the wealth—of gossip. His New York Observer column on uptown social life provides a fascinating glimpse behind the gilded curtain into the swanky restaurants and eye-popping vacation destinations where the 1 percent gathers.

Isn’t That Rich? features highlights from Kirshenbaum’s monthly column as well as several brand-new essays. From cash-strapped blue bloods willing to trade their good names for a taste of nouveau riche treasure to the fine art of donning a cashmere sweater in Capri, our intrepid correspondent exposes the preoccupations of the posh. His insider sources may be anonymous—Our Lady of the East River wouldn’t have it any other way—but the light he shines on their world is dazzling and fabulously fun.

Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager [EPUB]

Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager [EPUB]
Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager by Kory Kogon, Suzette Blakemore, James Wood
2015 | EPUB + AZW | 1.08/1.38MB

No project management training? No problem!

In today’s workplace, employees are routinely expected to coordinate and manage projects. Yet, chances are, you aren’t formally trained in managing projects—you’re an unofficial project manager.

FranklinCovey experts Kory Kogon, Suzette Blakemore, and James Wood understand the importance of leadership in project completion and explain that people are crucial in the formula for success.

Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager offers practical, real-world insights for effective project management and guides you through the essentials of the people and project management process:

  • Initiate
  • Plan
  • Execute
  • Monitor/Control
  • Close

Unofficial project managers in any arena will benefit from the accessible, engaging real-life anecdotes, memorable “Project Management Proverbs,” and quick reviews at the end of each chapter.

If you’re struggling to keep your projects organized, this book is for you. If you manage projects without the benefit of a team, this book is also for you. Change the way you think about project management—"project manager" may not be your official title or necessarily your dream job, but with the right strategies, you can excel.

Sold Out by Michelle Malkin [EPUB]

Sold Out by Michelle Malkin [EPUB]
Sold Out: How High-Tech Billionaires & Bipartisan Beltway Crapweasels Are Screwing America's Best & Brightest Workers by Michelle Malkin, John Miano
2015 | EPUB + AZW | 2.02/3.12MB

The #1 New York Times bestselling author and firebrand syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin sets her sights on the corrupt businessmen, politicians, and lobbyists flooding our borders and selling out America’s best and brightest workers.

In Sold Out, Michelle Malkin and John Miano reveal the worst perpetrators screwing America’s high-skilled workers, how and why they’re doing it—and what we must do to stop them. In this book, they will name names and expose the lies of those who pretend to champion the middle class, while aiding and abetting massive layoffs of highly skilled American workers in favor of cheap foreign labor. Malkin and Miano will explode some of the most commonly told myths spread in the media like these:

  • Lie #1: America is suffering from an apocalyptic “shortage” of science, technology, engineering, and math workers.
  • Lie #2: US companies cannot function without an unlimited injection of the most “highly skilled” and “highly educated” foreign workers, who offer intellectual capital and entrepreneurial energy that American workers can’t match.
  • Lie #3: America’s best and brightest talents are protected because employers are required to demonstrate that they’ve made every effort to hire American citizens before resorting to foreign labor.

For too long, open-borders tech billionaires and their political enablers have escaped tough public scrutiny of their means and motives. Sold Out is an indictment of not only political corruption in Washington, but also the journalistic malpractice that enables it. It’s time to trade the whitewash for solvent. American workers deserve better and the public deserves the unvarnished truth.

Smarter Investing (Financial Times) [EPUB]

Smarter Investing (Financial Times) [EPUB]
Smarter Investing: Simpler Decisions for Better Results (Financial Times) by Tim Hale
2014 | EPUB | 2.57MB

Simple yet effective advice for anyone who wants their money to work harder than they do.

Most investment books offer a bewildering array of complex strategies for how best to invest your money. But often the chances of success are remote and the rules are impossible to follow in practice.

Smarter Investing introduces you to a simple and powerful set of rules for successful investing, helping you to build an investment portfolio that suits your needs, stays the course when markets get rough and quietly gets on with the job of generating better results. Smarter Investing will help you:

  • Establish what you want your money to do for you
  • Avoid the mistakes that generations of investors have made
  • Build a balanced portfolio that’s right for you, using a simple set of understandable and accessible building blocks
  • Select robust and transparent investment products easily and effectively

Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy [EPUB]

Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy [EPUB]
Creating Climate Wealth: Unlocking the Impact Economy by Jigar Shah
2013 | EPUB | 502.29KB

Creating Climate Wealth is about how climate change - the biggest challenge of our time –can be turned into a $10 trillion dollar wealth-creating opportunity. Author Jigar Shah, internationally recognized for revolutionizing the now multi-billion-dollar solar energy industry, outlines how entrepreneurs and investors can unlock the massive potential that climate change represents. Shah argues that, while new technical innovation is valuable, deployment of existing technologies are the key to reaching our near-term climate targets.

Rather than waiting for yet to be developed technology, business model innovation is the key to attract mainstream capital and unlock transformational change. Shah makes a compelling case for reaching our 2020 climate change goals through 100,000 companies worldwide, each generating $100 million in sales. Unlocking our next economy will be driven by thousands of companies deploying existing clean and resource-efficient technologies in electricity-supply (like solar), transportation, building materials, industry, forestry, waste, and agriculture. Shah is not alone; according to the International Energy Agency, and others, $10 trillion can be invested profitably—today—in the world’s existing technologies, making Shah’s plan of 100,000 companies each generating $100 million in sales a reality in catalyzing a new economy in the process.

Creating Climate Wealth is also the personal story of Shah’s journey through the solar industry and the founding of SunEdison, the world’s largest solar energy company. Through business model innovations, SunEdison helped trigger the multi-billion dollar solar energy services industry. Shah’s revolutionary approach has been emulated throughout the solar industry. But perhaps more important, it is also being adapted for other industrial sectors like agriculture and transportation – unlocking incredible new revenue streams, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, and positively transforming the planet on a global level.

This implementation of business-based solutions to solve complex social problems represents a new economic movement; driven by “Impact Investments.” Impact Investments are changing the world for the better, promoting development and economic growth, and encouraging local entrepreneurship. Unlocking these opportunities represent the largest wealth creation opportunity of our generation.

Whether you are interested in climate change, poverty alleviation, or just promoting projects that make financial sense, this book is for you. Jigar Shah provides a proven roadmap to understanding the Impact Economy, and creating the lasting changes that will improve our world for future generations.

FT Guide to Exchange Traded Funds and Index Funds [EPUB]

FT Guide to Exchange Traded Funds and Index Funds [EPUB]
FT Guide to Exchange Traded Funds and Index Funds: How to Use Tracker Funds in Your Investment Portfolio (Financial Times Series) by David Stevenson
2012 | EPUB | 3.88MB

Since the first edition of The Financial Times Guide to ETFs was published in 2009, the number of ETFs in issue has doubled and ETFs are now common both on investor platforms and increasingly amongst financial advisors. This massive increase in demand has highlighted an urgent debate - just how dangerous are ETFs and how much do investors and advisers understand about the structure of the index tracker? The second edition of this book attempts to answer this debate and is the indispensable bible on trackers for professional advisers and serious private investors. This new edition also features a chapter based around the theme of Due Diligence and a new chapter on How to use ETFs and Index Funds for theLong-term, as well as a new Jargon busting section and a-new appendix looking at new ideas beginning to emerge.

The Economist Audio Edition [January 16, 2016]

The Economist Audio Edition [January 16, 2016]
The Economist Audio Edition [January 16, 2016]
MP3@48 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 161.67MB

Everything's under control: China, the yuan and the markets

  • Migrant men and European women
  • The myth of common-law marriage
  • Free food and misery: the life of a techie
  • The scramble for lithium
  • Starman Johnes: oddity and hero