Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction [EPUB]

Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction [EPUB]
Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction by Debby Herbenick
2009 | EPUB | 2.81MB

In our sophisticated, liberated, Sex and the City age, women are eager to enjoy sex to the fullest. But for many women, it's not quite that easy. In fact, Men's Health columnist Debby Herbenick receives thousands of letters and emails from women across the country who admit to having less than spectacular sex lives--and they're looking for advice.

Herbenick is the kind of confidante every woman longs for--a sex advisor who is as approachable as a girlfriend and as knowledgeable as a sex education professor. At the core of her advice is the belief that sex should be fun, satisfying, and intimate--but first and foremost, it should simply feel good. From enlightening lessons on female anatomy to the complicated issue of libido to an overview of sex toys and positions, Because It Feels Good informs women about every aspect of sexual function, providing the knowledge they need to have the sex lives they deserve. This is a pleasure manifesto--and your handbook to a great sex life.

The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct [EPUB]

The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct [EPUB]
The Myth of Mental Illness: Foundations of a Theory of Personal Conduct by Thomas S Szasz
2011 | EPUB | 1.41MB

50th Anniversary Edition With a New Preface and Two Bonus Essays

The most influential critique of psychiatry ever written, Thomas Szasz's classic book revolutionized thinking about the nature of the psychiatric profession and the moral implications of its practices. By diagnosing unwanted behavior as mental illness, psychiatrists, Szasz argues, absolve individuals of responsibility for their actions and instead blame their alleged illness. He also critiques Freudian psychology as a pseudoscience and warns against the dangerous overreach of psychiatry into all aspects of modern life.

Philosophy Before the Greeks: The Pursuit of Truth in Ancient Babylonia [EPUB]

Philosophy Before the Greeks: The Pursuit of Truth in Ancient Babylonia [EPUB]
Philosophy Before the Greeks: The Pursuit of Truth in Ancient Babylonia by Marc Van De Mieroop
2015 | EPUB | 2.47MB

There is a growing recognition that philosophy isn't unique to the West, that it didn't begin only with the classical Greeks, and that Greek philosophy was influenced by Near Eastern traditions. Yet even today there is a widespread assumption that what came before the Greeks was "before philosophy." In Philosophy before the Greeks, Marc Van De Mieroop, an acclaimed historian of the ancient Near East, presents a groundbreaking argument that, for three millennia before the Greeks, one Near Eastern people had a rich and sophisticated tradition of philosophy fully worthy of the name.

In the first century BC, the Greek historian Diodorus of Sicily praised the Babylonians for their devotion to philosophy. Showing the justice of Diodorus's comment, this is the first book to argue that there were Babylonian philosophers and that they studied knowledge systematically using a coherent system of logic rooted in the practices of cuneiform script. Van De Mieroop uncovers Babylonian approaches to knowledge in three areas: the study of language, which in its analysis of the written word formed the basis of all logic; the art of divination, which interpreted communications between gods and humans; and the rules of law, which confirmed that royal justice was founded on truth.

The result is an innovative intellectual history of the ancient Near Eastern world during the many centuries in which Babylonian philosophers inspired scholars throughout the region–until the first millennium BC, when the breakdown of this cosmopolitan system enabled others, including the Greeks, to develop alternative methods of philosophical reasoning.

The Theban Oracle [EPUB]

The Theban Oracle [EPUB]
The Theban Oracle: Discover the Magic of the Ancient Alphabet That Changes Lives by Greg Jenkins
2015 | EPUB | 3.0MB

Based on the ancient magical writings of 14th-century magus, Honorius of Thebes, the Theban Oracle is a codex employed for centuries as a means of devotion and divination. Used by such masters of the occult sciences as Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa, Dr. John Dee, Francis Barrett, and later Gerald Gardner, it has remained relatively obscure and elusive to the modern practitioner. Until now.

In this book, author Greg Jenkins, PhD, offers both the complete history of this medieval magical system and a working manual for the modern mage to utilize it. In these pages, you'll find:

  • How to make and care for your own set of stones.
  • A variety of methods for divination, from using just one stone to using nine stones and more.
  • How to use the Theban stones for spellcasting, including love and purification spells and Theban incense and candle magick.
  • A complete lexicon of the Theban alphabet with a who's who of Theban history along with divinatory meanings and how they relate to the modern world.
  • A quick reference to the sacred herbs and angelic orders associated with each symbol.

Prepare yourself to discover the hidden mysteries of the ancients and the magick within you.

Stranger Than We Can Imagine: An Alternative History of the 20th Century [EPUB]

Stranger Than We Can Imagine: An Alternative History of the 20th Century [EPUB]
Stranger Than We Can Imagine: An Alternative History of the 20th Century by John Higgs
2015 | EPUB | 4.46MB

The extraordinary story of the 20th century, as told from the furthest fringes of science, art and culture. For readers of Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything.

Before 1900, history was an account of great discoveries that actually made sense. People understand innovations like the steam engine, agriculture, or electricity. The twentieth century, by contrast, gave us quantum entanglement, cubism, relativity, psychedelics, postmodernism, chaos maths, and the Somme.

This is the story of that confusing century as told through the ideas produced at the furthest fringes of our sciences, arts, and culture. Its cast includes well-known geniuses such as Albert Einstein, Francis Crick, and Pablo Picasso, lesser known geniuses like Edward Lorenz, Sergey Korolyov, or Shigeru Miyamoto, and infamous but influential ne'er-do-wells like Timothy Leary, Aleister Crowley and Keith Richards. In this company we take a tour through ideas as strange as general relativity, DNA, the subconscious, Gaia theory, and Dada.

In this brilliantly written and original book, John Higgs explores, with great clarity and wit, the extremes of twentieth century thought, and in doing so shows how a world of empires became a world of individuals. You will never see the twentieth century in the same way again.

The Ultimate Slow Cooker Cookbook: 30 Slow Cooker Recipes for Easy Meals [EPUB]

The Ultimate Slow Cooker Cookbook: 30 Slow Cooker Recipes for Easy Meals [EPUB]
The Ultimate Slow Cooker Cookbook: 30 Slow Cooker Recipes for Easy Meals by Gordon Rock
2015 | EPUB | 1.92MB

Imagine entering your home and being welcomed by the aroma of a delicious roasted chicken. Best of all, you’ll be able to enjoy food with its true taste since it has been cooked thoroughly and properly.

No more long hours and tiresome meals to be made that require continuous attention. Just put in the ingredients in your slow cooker and be care-free.

The beauty of using a slow cooker is that it thoroughly cooks the ingredients and allows them to infuse over a long period of time in the cooker. This delivers great taste at the end of the day.

This slow cooker cookbook has complied 30 super delicious and mouthwatering recipes that will allow you to use your slow cooker effectively.

This cookbook has various types of recipes for you to try out. We have included slow cooker recipes for easy meals, so that you don’t have to worry too much about the cooking aspect.

The expensive dishes of a luxurious restaurant are no more just a thought, now you can prepare those dishes without any hassle at home in your slow cooker.

With time and skill on your side, you will be on your way to preparing some of the best slow cooker meals out there.

Trouble Spot Fat Loss [EPUB]

Trouble Spot Fat Loss [EPUB]
Trouble Spot Fat Loss: Lose Weight, Build Muscle, & Say Goodbye to Problem Areas for Good by Bruce Krahn
2015 | EPUB | 3.62MB

From health and fitness expert, and author of The Fat-Fighter Diet, comes a guide to dropping the fat from your most stubborn, hard-to-lose "trouble" spots.

We are obsessed with fat. But how much do you really know about it? In Trouble Spot Fat Loss, Bruce Krahn tackles fat-loss myths, explains what fat is, how it works, and how to drop fat from trouble areas in a healthy and sustainable way. This book combines diet and fitness in an accessible manner, without being restrictive or damaging to the body as so many modern fad diets are. Trouble Spot Fat Loss tells you where to start and how to stay motivated to achieve the healthy body you've always wanted.

Contributing a foreword to the book is Vince DelMonte, the world-renowned "Skinny Guy Saviour," who developed the No-Nonsense Muscle Building program to help people live healthier, happier lives with a more satisfying body. His program has sold tens of thousands of copies across the world.

Trouble Spot Fat Loss shows you how to reshape your body in a healthy way and keep fat off those trouble spots for good.

Slouching Toward Fargo [EPUB]

Slouching Toward Fargo [EPUB]
Slouching Toward Fargo: A Two-Year Saga of Sinners and St Paul Saints at the Bottom of the Bush Leagues with Bill Murray, Darryl Strawberry, Dakota Sadie and Me by Neal Karlen
2014 | EPUB | 4.68MB

In this era of spoiled millionaire athletes and Big Business baseball, the pure, honest spirit of the Game is alive and well in America's heartland--if also a bit deranged.

In Slouching Toward Fargo, Neal Karlen describes his two-year journey with the St. Paul Saints--the most audacious bush-league ballclub ever to plumb the bottom of the pro sports barrel. A motley collection of has-beens, hopefuls, rejects and mutts who've all been ignored or banished by the majors, "Da Saints" have become a national phenomenon for playing with as much gust off the field as on, while proudly adhering to the timeless sports credo that it takes heart, skill and cheap theatrics to plant devoted butts in stadium seats.

Where else but in St. Paul could you find a 300-pound pig playing the role of a ball boy? Where else can otherwise normal fans do battle during the 7th-Inning Stretch while wearing giant sumo suits? Where else but in the Saints' ever-sold-out Midway Stadium can 6,329 die-hard fans get a back rub from a nun for $5 a pop? No gimmick is too weird for the Saints as long as it's fun--just what you'd expect from a club co-owned by comedian and team Czar Bill Murray and run by Mike Veeck, son of legendary promoter Bill Veeck and organizer of the biggest promotional disaster in the history of organized ball, Disco Demolition Night. With a small team in a small town, they've shown America that all the Bud Seligs in baseball aren't worth one pre-game Bar Mitzvah on the field.

And where but in St. Paul, just down the road from the rehab clinics of Hazelden, would you find so many second chances and even more last or only chances? Neal takes you into the dugout with the infamous Darryl Strawberry as he starts his comeback to the majors and World Series glory, and into the locker room with Jack Morris, baseball's biggest bastard and winningest pitcher in the '80s, who would one day vanish from the team without a trace. In this era of spoiled millionaire athletes and Big Business baseball, the pure, honest spirit of the Game is alive and well in America's heartland--if also a bit deranged.

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Flooring, with DVD, 3rd Edition [Video]

Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Flooring, with DVD, 3rd Edition [Video]
Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Flooring, with DVD, 3rd Edition: Updated with new Products & Techniques by Editors of Creative Publishing
DVD5 | VIDEO_TS, NTSC, 6011 kbps, 720x480 | English, AC3, 192 kbps, 2 Ch | 50 mins | + PDF | 1.86 GB

This third edition of a classic favorite includes time-honored installation methods now updated to feature new flooring styles, and adds some important new information on renewable flooring materials, such as bamboo, reclaimed floorboards, and natural stone. It also includes the latest techniques for polished and etched concrete flooring. The DVD add-on product includes 50 minutes of real-time demonstration of crucial layout and installation techniques, as well as the entire print edition in electronic form.

BurstFIT Home Fitness Program [Video]

BurstFIT Home Fitness Program [Video]
BurstFIT Home Fitness Program by Dr Josh Axe
3xDVD5 | VIDEO_TS, NTSC, 6490 kbps, 720x480 | English, AC3, 192 kbps, 2 Ch | 7x20 mins | + PDF | 8.43 GB

BurstFIT home fitness DVD program. Led by Dr. Josh Axe. The workouts were designed to burn maximum fat in a short amount of time, by applying the science behind interval training.

Are you ready to get fit, fast? BurstFit is the perfect home workout DVD program that can get you results, fast! Follow along as your personal trainer, Dr. Josh Axe, guides you through his exclusive Burst-Interval System that combines strength, cardio, and core training to blast off body fat. The package includes 3 discs and 7 intense workouts to deliver a lean and toned body.

Disc 1 - Burst Off Body Fat - Jump start your weight loss and melt away fat around the mid-section

Disc 2 - Total Body Shred - Loaded with exercises specifically designed to give you the most effective workout, in the least amount of time possible.

Disc 3 - The Bowen Butt Lift - Tighten, firm and lift your glutes with special fitness guest, Suzanne Bowen

The Negative Calorie Diet [EPUB]

The Negative Calorie Diet [EPUB]
The Negative Calorie Diet: Lose Up to 10 Pounds in 10 Days with 10 All You Can Eat Foods by Rocco DiSpirito
2015 | EPUB | 30.87MB

The #1 New York Times bestselling author, chef, and healthy living expert Rocco DiSpirito returns with a revolutionary whole foods-based diet plan and cookbook featuring more than seventy-five delicious recipes and 100 color photographs.

In The Negative Calorie Diet, Rocco DiSpirito shares how simple it is to eat wholesome, delicious foods that naturally support weight loss. He calls these foods “negative calorie foods”—foods that help you to burn body fat, lose weight, and boost your metabolism. These whole foods are packed with fiber, so not only do you tend to eat smaller portions of them naturally, but you also stay fuller, longer. These nutritious superfoods offer the essential vitamins and minerals the body needs to keep your metabolism running efficiently. Some even offer what is known as a “thermogenic effect”—effectively boosting your metabolism to increase the rate at which your body burns energy. And you can eat as much of them as you want!

Rocco begins with a ten-day cleanse designed to kick-start weight loss and detox the body, preparing it to reap the benefits of a nutrient-rich, whole foods diet. Next comes the twenty-day meal plan, with step-by-step guidance to help you achieve maximum results. To make it easy, Rocco gives you more than seventy-five recipes for meals, snacks, smoothies, and desserts that use his Top 10 Negative Calorie Foods: almonds, apples, berries, celery, citrus fruits, cruciferous vegetables (such as cauliflower and Brussels sprouts), cucumbers, leafy greens (including Swiss chard, spinach, and kale), mushrooms, and nightshade vegetables, including peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, and more.

Complete with grocery shopping lists, troubleshooting FAQs, a guide to dining out, and advice for adapting the plan for kids and families as well as vegetarian, gluten-free, and low-sugar lifestyles, The Negative Calorie Diet helps you build healthy habits to lose weight and achieve better health for a lifetime.

Return to Sender: Unanswered Letters to the President, 2001-2015 [EPUB]

Return to Sender: Unanswered Letters to the President, 2001-2015 [EPUB]
Return to Sender: Unanswered Letters to the President, 2001-2015 by Ralph Nader
2015 | EPUB | 1.61MB

In letters addressed to Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama, Ralph Nader provides incisive critiques of more than a decade of American policy decision and indecision. Each letter offers frank advice and shines light on government mishaps and missed opportunities for progress. With his signature dry wit, Nader holds these Presidents to their campaign promises. He also boldly points to the ignoble and sometimes heinous decisions made in pursuit of party platforms and misguided ideals. Covering a range of still-current topics--including the Iraq war, torture, the Crimean annexation, the minimum wage, worker's health legislation, and corporatism--these letters were wholesale ignored on receipt. Here they are reproduced to refute that fate in the spirit of true and healthy democracy.

The Best Thinking in Business Analytics [EPUB]

The Best Thinking in Business Analytics [EPUB]
The Best Thinking in Business Analytics from the Decision Sciences Institute (FT Press Analytics) edited by Merrill Warkentin
2015 | EPUB + PDF | 11.01/4.99MB

KEY ADVANCES IN ANALYTICS FOR DECISION MAKING: AUTHORITATIVE NEW RESEARCH FROM DSI, THE FIELD’S LEADING ORGANIZATION

  • 14 outstanding papers applying cutting edge analytics to optimize business decision making
  • Applications ranging from marketing to finance, supply chains to healthcare
  • For all decision makers and all decision science researchers and students

Analytics has emerged as one of the most powerful approaches to improving decision making in modern organizations. This volume brings together award-winning and award-nominated peer-reviewed papers on business analytics for decision science, as selected by the field’s leading organization, the Decision Sciences Institute.

Authored by many of the field’s most respected researchers, these papers address issues ranging from marketing to credit scoring, predicting commodity and stock prices to improving the efficiency of transportation systems and supply chains. The authors introduce innovations ranging from the advanced use of statistical process control to important new de-biasing techniques.

Each paper offers actionable insights for decision makers and analytics professionals, and identifies important new research directions in analytics and decision science.

Today, business success depends on making great decisions and making them fast. Leading organizations apply sophisticated business analytics tools and technologies to evaluate vast amounts of data, glean new insights, and increase both the speed and quality of decision making.

In The Best Thinking and Practices in Business Analytics from the Decision Sciences Institute, DSI has compiled award-winning and award-nominated contributions from its most recent conferences–papers that illuminate exceptionally high-value applications and research on analytics for decision making.

Topics covered in this collection include: predicting customer response and demand behavior; optimizing the accuracy of credit scoring; forecasting stock index and gold prices; choosing suppliers, carriers, and facility locations; implementing more efficient transportation networks; and much more.

These papers have appeared in no other DSI collection and offer exceptional value for all business, academic, and organizational professionals concerned with the science of decision making. Explore them here, and you’ll discover powerful new opportunities for competitive advantage through analytics.

  • Forecast direct marketing campaign response more accurately
  • Use proven SPC techniques to improve the quality of your data inputs
  • Mitigate anchoring biases that degrade decisions based on probabilistic data
  • Predict short-term gold price movements based on S&P and oil prices
  • Improve the performance of credit scoring algorithms by removing outliers
  • Assess and compare methods of forecasting the S&P 500 Index
  • Evaluate the efficiency impact of new airline competition and structural reforms
  • Model one-way car sharing systems to deliver smart and sustainable mobility
  • Optimize decisions about facility location, suppliers, carriers, and order allocation
  • Shape incentives to align supply chain partners and improve performance
  • Predict intermittent demand more successfully
  • Build simulations to improve patient or customer service

Where's the Next Shelter? [EPUB]

Where's the Next Shelter? [EPUB]
Where's the Next Shelter by Gary Sizer
2015 | EPUB | 0.84MB

Where's the Next Shelter? is the true story of three travelers on the Appalachian Trail, a two thousand mile hike that stretches from Georgia to Maine, told from the perspective of Gary Sizer, a seasoned backpacker and former Marine who quickly finds himself humbled by the endeavor. He teams up with Megan, a sassy college grad whose indomitable spirit eclipses her lack of experience, and Lemmy, a cartoonist from overseas whose off-kilter commentary on the wonders and frustrations of the trail keeps everyone laughing.

Sprawling through the woods and towns of the Appalachian mountains, the trail carries the trio through real and fanciful ups and downs ranging from hilarious to perilous. Much more than an orderly account of mountain tops and meals, it is an adventure about friends figuring things out as they go. It's about screw-ups and solutions, awe and inspiration.

If you long for the horizon, or to sleep under the stars, then come along for the hike of a lifetime. All you have to do is take the first step.

Available Light Glamour Photography: Professional Techniques for Digital Photographers [EPUB]

Available Light Glamour Photography: Professional Techniques for Digital Photographers [EPUB]
Available Light Glamour Photography: Professional Techniques for Digital Photographers by Joe Farace
2012 | EPUB | 6.5MB

Presenting every facet of using available light to create sumptuously stylized portraits, acclaimed photographer Joe Farace reveals the methods and striking benefits of using the inherent light of the environment. Starting with the many reasons to rely on available light—it is cheap, requiring no electric lighting equipment—this manual goes on to describe the proper exposure for different settings, ways to reinforce the naturally occurring light with the use of scrims and reflectors, and even has walkthroughs for the discreet use of speedlights. Whether interior or exterior, during day or night, ambient light presents significant challenges for photographers but the tips presented in this thorough guidebook will streamline the process so they can easily produce pictures of lush and lavish beauty.

Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting [EPUB]

Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting [EPUB]
Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting by Eilon Paz
2015 | EPUB | 79.83MB

Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting is an inside look into the world of vinyl record collectors in the most intimate of environments—their record rooms. Compelling photographic essays from photographer Eilon Paz are paired with in-depth and insightful interviews to illustrate what motivates these collectors to keep digging for more records. The reader gets an up close and personal look at a variety of well-known vinyl champions, including Gilles Peterson and King Britt, as well as a glimpse into the collections of known and unknown DJs, producers, record dealers, and everyday enthusiasts. Driven by his love for vinyl records, Paz takes us on a five-year journey unearthing the very soul of the vinyl community.

Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 22nd Edition [EPUB + Video]

Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 22nd Edition [EPUB + Video]
Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 22nd Edition by Scott Mueller
2015 | MP4, AVC, 697 kbps, 704x480 | AAC, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 3 hours | + EPUB, AZW | 1.2GB

For more than 25 years, Upgrading and Repairing PCs has been the world’s #1 guide to PC hardware: The single source for reliable information on how PCs work, troubleshooting and fixing problems, adding hardware, optimizing performance, and building new PCs. This 22nd edition offers beefed-up coverage of the newest hardware innovations and maintenance techniques, plus more than two hours of new video.

Scott Mueller delivers practical answers about PC processors, mother-boards, buses, BIOSes, memory, SSD and HDD storage, video, audio, networks, Internet connectivity, power, and much more. You’ll find the industry’s best coverage of diagnostics, testing, and repair—plus cutting-edge discussions of improving PC performance via overclocking and other techniques.

Mueller has taught thousands of professionals in person and millions more through his books and videos—nobody knows more about keeping PCs running perfectly. Whether you’re a professional technician, a small business owner trying to save money, or a home PC enthusiast, this is the only PC hardware book you need!

NEW IN THIS EDITION

  • The newest processors, including Intel’s latest Core i Haswell processors and AMD’s Kaveri core processors.
  • Everything you need to know about the latest GPU technology from NVIDIA and AMD, including developments in OpenGL, DirectX, and Mantle.
  • New firmware innovations like the InSyde BIOS, Back to BIOS buttons, and all the updated settings available for the newest processors and chipsets.
  • The latest in updated home networking standards, from blazing fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi to HomeGrid and G.hn powerline networking.
  • Ever larger storage, thanks to new technologies like helium-filled hard disks, shingled magnetic recording, and Cfast and XQD for flash memory.
  • Emerging interfaces such as mSATA, USB 3.1, and M.2
  • Updated coverage of building PCs from scratch—from choosing and assembling hardware through BIOS setup and troubleshooting

ON THE DVD

  • Get 3 hours of up-to-the minute, studio-quality how-to videos—all playable on your DVD player or computer! In this edition, Scott Mueller delivers a complete seminar on PC troubleshooting, teaching you how to identify and resolve an array of common and not-so-common PC problems.
  • From detailed explanations on all the tools that should be a basic part of any PC toolkit, to all the critical rules you should follow to safely operate on your PC’s internal components, in these videos Scott Mueller ensures you are equipped with everything you need to know to successfully resolve your PC’s problems.
  • From there, Scott takes you through a complete disassembly of an All-in-One (AiO) system, showing just what you can do to keep these specialized systems running smoothly. Finally, there is a detailed look at today’s ultra-fast solid state disk drives (SSD) and the benefits they bring to modern systems.

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome [Audiobook]

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome [Audiobook]
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome [Audiobook] by Mary Beard, read by Phyllida Nash
2015 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 18 hrs 30 mins | 524.49MB

A sweeping, revisionist history of the Roman Empire from one of our foremost classicists.

Ancient Rome was an imposing city even by modern standards, a sprawling imperial metropolis of more than a million inhabitants, a "mixture of luxury and filth, liberty and exploitation, civic pride and murderous civil war" that served as the seat of power for an empire that spanned from Spain to Syria. Yet how did all this emerge from what was once an insignificant village in central Italy? In S.P.Q.R., world-renowned classicist Mary Beard narrates the unprecedented rise of a civilization that even two thousand years later still shapes many of our most fundamental assumptions about power, citizenship, responsibility, political violence, empire, luxury, and beauty.

From the foundational myth of Romulus and Remus to 212 ce―nearly a thousand years later―when the emperor Caracalla gave Roman citizenship to every free inhabitant of the empire, S.P.Q.R. (the abbreviation of "The Senate and People of Rome") examines not just how we think of ancient Rome but challenges the comfortable historical perspectives that have existed for centuries by exploring how the Romans thought of themselves: how they challenged the idea of imperial rule, how they responded to terrorism and revolution, and how they invented a new idea of citizenship and nation.

Opening the book in 63 bce with the famous clash between the populist aristocrat Catiline and Cicero, the renowned politician and orator, Beard animates this “terrorist conspiracy,” which was aimed at the very heart of the Republic, demonstrating how this singular event would presage the struggle between democracy and autocracy that would come to define much of Rome’s subsequent history. Illustrating how a classical democracy yielded to a self-confident and self-critical empire, S.P.Q.R. reintroduces us, though in a wholly different way, to famous and familiar characters―Hannibal, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Augustus, and Nero, among others―while expanding the historical aperture to include those overlooked in traditional histories: the women, the slaves and ex-slaves, conspirators, and those on the losing side of Rome’s glorious conquests.

Like the best detectives, Beard sifts fact from fiction, myth and propaganda from historical record, refusing either simple admiration or blanket condemnation. Far from being frozen in marble, Roman history, she shows, is constantly being revised and rewritten as our knowledge expands. Indeed, our perceptions of ancient Rome have changed dramatically over the last fifty years, and S.P.Q.R., with its nuanced attention to class inequality, democratic struggles, and the lives of entire groups of people omitted from the historical narrative for centuries, promises to shape our view of Roman history for decades to come.

The FT Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

The FT Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
The FT Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan: How to win backing to start up or grow your business, 2nd Edition by Vaughan Evans
2015 | EPUB + PDF | 5.53/8.25MB

In one engaging, outcome-oriented book, The FT Essential Guide to Writing a Business Plan gives you:

  • The essential knowledge you need to write a winning business plan – quickly and without fuss
  • Guidance on how to focus throughout on the plan’s purpose – to win backing
  • Samples of what a good plan looks like, so you can benchmark your own as you write it
  • Checklists, tips, examples and milestones to ensure you’re on target
  • Prompts to reflect on, evaluate and learn from your experience

With advice that’s instantly applicable, whether your business is a start-up or a more established company looking to grow, this is the one guide you need to create a credible and persuasive plan.

FT Guide to Bond and Money Markets [EPUB]

FT Guide to Bond and Money Markets [EPUB]
FT Guide to Bond and Money Markets by Glen Arnold
2015 | EPUB + PDF | 10.84/16.49MB

This jargon-busting book describes how the bond and money markets work and how they impact on everyday life. It assumes no specialised prior knowledge of finance theory and provides an authoritative and comprehensive run-down of the workings of the modern financial system.

It’s in the money markets where money, or the value of money, can be bought and sold. It’s the place where Treasury bills, deposits, repurchase agreements, short-lived mortgages etc, can be traded. These are crucial to the global economy because they provide liquidity funding for the global financial system.

Bond markets operate in the same way but are financial markets where participants can issue new debt or buy and sell existing debt – known as bonds. As with money markets, bond markets are key because they provide money where no money previously existed (think of your mortgage).

Using real world examples from media such as the Financial Times, bestselling author Glen Arnold gives an international perspective on these markets.

  • Understand key bond and money market terms and banking products
  • Explore the wide variety of types of markets and their functions eg. LIBOR, gilts, government debt
  • Gain insight into the main factors influencing prices in the financial markets
  • Learn how fluctuations in the money markets can affect you and your own money strategies

The Truth About Inflation [EPUB]

The Truth About Inflation [EPUB]
The Truth About Inflation by Paul Donovan
2015 | EPUB | 8.41MB

Inflation is a simple topic, in that the basic concepts are something that everyone can understand. However, inflation is not a simplistic topic. The composition of inflation and what the different inflation measures try to represent cannot be summarised with a single line on a chart or a casual reference to a solitary data point. Investors very often fail to understand the detail behind inflation, and end up making bad investment decisions as a result.

The Truth About Inflation does not set out to forecast inflation, but to help improve its understanding, so that investors can make better decisions to achieve the real returns that they need. Starting with a summary of long history of inflation, the drivers of price change are considered. Many of the "urban myths" that have built up about inflation are shown to be a consequence of irrational judgement or political scaremongering. Some behaviour, like the unhealthy veneration of gold as a means of inflation protection, is shown to be the result of historical accident. In the modern era of lower nominal investment returns, inflation inequality (whereby some groups experience persistently higher inflation than others) is a very important consideration.

This book sets out the realities of price changes in the modern investing environment, without using economic equations or jargon. It gives investors the framework they need to think about inflation and how to protect themselves against it, whether the aggregate inflation of the future rises or falls from current levels.

A History of Political Murder in Latin America: Killing the Messengers of Change [EPUB]

A History of Political Murder in Latin America: Killing the Messengers of Change [EPUB]
A History of Political Murder in Latin America: Killing the Messengers of Change (SUNY Series in Global Modernity) by W. John Green
2015 | EPUB + PDF | 0.9/5.01MB

A sweeping study of political murder in Latin America.

This expansive history depicts Latin America’s pan-regional culture of political murder. Unlike typical studies of the region, which often focus on the issues or trends of individual countries, this work focuses thematically on the nature of political murder itself, comparing and contrasting its uses and practices throughout the region. W. John Green examines the entire system of political murder: the methods and justifications the perpetrators employ, the victims, and the consequences for Latin American societies. Green demonstrates that elite and state actors have been responsible for most political murders, assassinating the leaders of popular movements and other messengers of change. Latin American elites have also often targeted the potential audience for these messages through the region’s various “dirty wars.” In spite of regional differences, elites across the region have displayed considerable uniformity in justifying their use of murder, imagining themselves in a class war with democratic forces. While the United States has often been complicit in such violence, Green notes that this has not been universally true, with US support waxing and waning. A detailed appendix, exploring political murder country by country, provides an additional resource for readers.

Borges: The Passion of an Endless Quotation [EPUB]

Borges: The Passion of an Endless Quotation [EPUB]
Borges: The Passion of an Endless Quotation (Suny Series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture) by Lisa Block De Behar
2014 | EPUB | 2.46MB

Expanded edition with new chapters and updates to the translation and bibliography.

Borges cites innumerable authors in the pages making up his life's work, and innumerable authors have cited and continue to cite him. More than a figure, then, the quotation is an integral part of the fabric of his writing, a fabric made anew by each reading and each re-citation it undergoes, in the never-ending throes of a work-in-progress. Block de Behar makes of this reading a plea for the very art of communication; a practice that takes community not in the totalized and totalizable soil of pre-established definitions or essences, but on the ineluctable repetitions that constitute language as such, and that guarantee the expansiveness—through etymological coincidences of meaning, through historical contagions, through translinguistic sharings of particular experiences—of a certain index of universality. This edition includes a new introduction by the author and three entirely new chapters, as well as updated images and corrections to the original translation.

Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent [EPUB]

Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent [EPUB]
Immigrant Protest: Politics, Aesthetics, and Everyday Dissent (Suny Series, Praxis: Theory in Action) by Katarzyna Marciniak, Imogen Tyler
2015 | EPUB + PDF | 11.79/12.08MB

Explores how political activism, art, and popular culture challenge the discrimination and injustice faced by “illegal” and displaced peoples.

The last decade has witnessed a global explosion of immigrant protests, political mobilizations by irregular migrants and pro-migrant activists. This volume considers the implications of these struggles for critical understandings of citizenship and borders. Scholars, visual and performance artists, and activists explore the ways in which political activism, art, and popular culture can work to challenge the multiple forms of discrimination and injustice faced by “illegal” and displaced peoples. They focus on a wide range of topics, including desire and neo-colonial violence in film, visibility and representation, pedagogical function of protest, and the role of the arts and artists in the explosion of political protests that challenge the precarious nature of migrant life in the Global North. They also examine shifting practices of boundary making and boundary taking, changing meanings and lived experiences of citizenship, arguing for a noborder politics enacted through a “noborder scholarship.”

Life Streams: Alberto Rey's Cuban and American Art [EPUB]

Life Streams: Alberto Rey's Cuban and American Art [EPUB]
Life Streams: Alberto Rey's Cuban and American Art by Lynette M F Bosch, Mark Denaci
2014 | EPUB | 14.01MB

Incisive exploration of the work of Cuban-American artist Alberto Rey.

Life Streams explores the paintings, videos, sculptures, and installations of Alberto Rey, an artist whose work addresses issues of identity, cultural diversity, environmental studies, and global sustainability. As a Cuban-born artist living in western New York State, Rey’s current work emphasizes his involvement with his community and its local landscape, especially its trout streams and their surrounding environment. Through Rey’s travels from his home in the upstate New York village of Fredonia to the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and to almost every state in the United States, he has gained an understanding of people, places, flora, and fauna.

This book provides biographical information about Rey and a contextual study of his work. The contributors have written about Rey’s work from perspectives based on cultural studies, identity studies, literary studies, and philosophical studies. Interest in his Cuban and American identities are linked to his interest in global culture and his recent study of fish species and environmental issues. As such, this book reflects current approaches that focus attention on connected cultural issues and contemporary concerns about the environment, conservation, restoration, and preservation. Rey’s work provides a new perspective on these topics as he combines art with activism on a local, regional, national, and international level.

Analytical Psychology in Exile: The Correspondence of C G Jung and Erich Neumann [EPUB]

Analytical Psychology in Exile: The Correspondence of C G Jung and Erich Neumann [EPUB]
Analytical Psychology in Exile: The Correspondence of C G Jung and Erich Neumann by C G Jung, Erich Neumann
2015 | EPUB + PDF | 9.2/4.86MB

C. G. Jung and Erich Neumann first met in 1933, at a seminar Jung was conducting in Berlin. Jung was fifty-seven years old and internationally acclaimed for his own brand of psychotherapy. Neumann, twenty-eight, had just finished his studies in medicine. The two men struck up a correspondence that would continue until Neumann's death in 1960. A lifelong Zionist, Neumann fled Nazi Germany with his family and settled in Palestine in 1934, where he would become the founding father of analytical psychology in the future state of Israel.

Presented here in English for the first time are letters that provide a rare look at the development of Jung's psychological theories from the 1930s onward as well as the emerging self-confidence of another towering twentieth-century intellectual who was often described as Jung's most talented student. Neumann was one of the few correspondence partners of Jung's who was able to challenge him intellectually and personally. These letters shed light on not only Jung's political attitude toward Nazi Germany, his alleged anti-Semitism, and his psychological theory of fascism, but also his understanding of Jewish psychology and mysticism. They affirm Neumann's importance as a leading psychologist of his time and paint a fascinating picture of the psychological impact of immigration on the German Jewish intellectuals who settled in Palestine and helped to create the state of Israel.

Featuring Martin Liebscher's authoritative introduction and annotations, this volume documents one of the most important intellectual relationships in the history of analytical psychology.

The Devil Wins: A History of Lying from the Garden of Eden to the Enlightenment [EPUB]

The Devil Wins: A History of Lying from the Garden of Eden to the Enlightenment [EPUB]
The Devil Wins: A History of Lying from the Garden of Eden to the Enlightenment by Dallas G Denery
2015 | EPUB + PDF | 0.83/2.58MB

Is it ever acceptable to lie? This question plays a surprisingly important role in the story of Europe's transition from medieval to modern society. According to many historians, Europe became modern when Europeans began to lie–that is, when they began to argue that it is sometimes acceptable to lie. This popular account offers a clear trajectory of historical progression from a medieval world of faith, in which every lie is sinful, to a more worldly early modern society in which lying becomes a permissible strategy for self-defense and self-advancement. Unfortunately, this story is wrong.

For medieval and early modern Christians, the problem of the lie was the problem of human existence itself. To ask "Is it ever acceptable to lie?" was to ask how we, as sinners, should live in a fallen world. As it turns out, the answer to that question depended on who did the asking. The Devil Wins uncovers the complicated history of lying from the early days of the Catholic Church to the Enlightenment, revealing the diversity of attitudes about lying by considering the question from the perspectives of five representative voices–the Devil, God, theologians, courtiers, and women. Examining works by Augustine, Bonaventure, Martin Luther, Madeleine de Scudéry, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and a host of others, Dallas G. Denery II shows how the lie, long thought to be the source of worldly corruption, eventually became the very basis of social cohesion and peace.

The Enlightenment: History of an Idea [EPUB]

The Enlightenment: History of an Idea [EPUB]
The Enlightenment: History of an Idea by Vincenzo Ferrone
2015 | EPUB | 2.08MB

In this concise and powerful book, one of the world's leading historians of the Enlightenment provides a bracing and clarifying new interpretation of this watershed period. Arguing that philosophical and historical views of the era have long been hopelessly confused, Vincenzo Ferrone makes the case that it is only by separating these views and taking an approach grounded in social and cultural history that we can begin to grasp what the Enlightenment was–and why it is still relevant today.

Examining Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Horkheimer, Adorno, Foucault, and Pope Benedict XVI, Ferrone shows how transhistorical, philosophical interpretations of the Enlightenment have diverged from ones based on careful historical reconstructions of the ideas, practices, and institutions of eighteenth-century Europe. He then offers a new reading of the Enlightenment, arguing that it was "the laboratory of modernity," a profound and wide-ranging cultural revolution that reshaped Western identity, reformed politics through the invention of human rights, and redefined knowledge by creating a critical culture. Not confined to a group of radical elites, these new ways of thinking gave birth to new values that spread throughout society and changed how everyday life was lived and thought of.

Original and provocative, The Enlightenment provides a compelling reevaluation of the true nature and legacy of one of the most important and contested periods in Western history. And, in a new afterword, Ferrone describes how his argument challenges the work of Anglophone interpreters of the Enlightenment, including Jonathan Israel.

Cultures in Motion [EPUB]

Cultures in Motion [EPUB]
Cultures in Motion edited by Daniel T Rodgers, Bhavani Raman, Helmut Reimitz
2013 | EPUB | 8.75MB

In the wide-ranging and innovative essays of Cultures in Motion, a dozen distinguished historians offer new conceptual vocabularies for understanding how cultures have trespassed across geography and social space. From the transformations of the meanings and practices of charity during late antiquity and the transit of medical knowledge between early modern China and Europe, to the fusion of Irish and African dance forms in early nineteenth-century New York, these essays follow a wide array of cultural practices through the lens of motion, translation, itinerancy, and exchange, extending the insights of transnational and translocal history.

Cultures in Motion challenges the premise of fixed, stable cultural systems by showing that cultural practices have always been moving, crossing borders and locations with often surprising effect. The essays offer striking examples from early to modern times of intrusion, translation, resistance, and adaptation. These are histories where nothing–dance rhythms, alchemical formulas, musical practices, feminist aspirations, sewing machines, streamlined metals, or labor networks–remains stationary.

In addition to the editors, the contributors are Celia Applegate, Peter Brown, Harold Cook, April Masten, Mae Ngai, Jocelyn Olcott, Mimi Sheller, Pamela Smith, and Nira Wickramasinghe.

Told Again: Old Tales Told Again [EPUB]

Told Again: Old Tales Told Again [EPUB]
Told Again: Old Tales Told Again (Oddly Modern Fairy Tales) by Walter De La Mare
2014 | EPUB + PDF | 6.41/18.82MB

Originally published in 1927, Told Again is an enchanting collection of elegant fairy tales, showcasing the formidable talents of a writer who used magical realism before the term had even been invented. Walter de la Mare (1873-1956) was one of the most celebrated writers of children's literature during the first half of the twentieth century–so much so that W. H. Auden edited a selection of his poems and British children could recite de la Mare's verses by heart. His abundant literary gifts can be savored once more in this new edition. With marvelous black and white illustrations by A. H. Watson, this volume includes a splendid introduction by Philip Pullman, the contemporary master of fantasy literature.

The significance of the nineteen adapted classics in Told Again lies in de la Mare's poetic insights and graceful prose, which–as Pullman indicates in his introduction–soften and sweeten the originals, making these tales appropriate for younger readers. In "The Four Brothers," the siblings allow the princess to choose her own husband rather than argue over her; and in "Rapunzel," de la Mare discreetly leaves out details of the prince's tortured, blind search for his love. Familiar stories, such as "Little Red Riding-Hood," "Rumplestiltskin," and "The Sleeping Beauty" are also made new through de la Mare's expansive, descriptive, and lyrical prose. Pullman covers important details about de la Mare's life and captures the stylistic intention behind the rewriting of these wonderful favorites.

Reviving the work of a writer who exemplified a romantic vision and imagination, Told Again is a remarkable retelling of fairy tales touched by mystery and magic.

The Wellness Syndrome [EPUB]

The Wellness Syndrome [EPUB]
The Wellness Syndrome by Carl Cederström, Andre Spicer
2015 | EPUB | 0.6MB

Not exercising as much as you should? Counting your calories in your sleep? Feeling ashamed for not being happier? You may be a victim of the wellness syndrome.

In this ground-breaking new book, Carl Cederström and André Spicer argue that the ever-present pressure to maximize our wellness has started to work against us, making us feel worse and provoking us to withdraw into ourselves. The Wellness Syndrome follows health freaks who go to extremes to find the perfect diet, corporate athletes who start the day with a dance party, and the self-trackers who monitor everything, including their own toilet habits. This is a world where feeling good has become indistinguishable from being good. Visions of social change have been reduced to dreams of individual transformation, political debate has been replaced by insipid moralising, and scientific evidence has been traded for new-age delusions. A lively and humorous diagnosis of the cult of wellness, this book is an indispensable guide for everyone suspicious of our relentless quest to be happier and healthier.

Run Your Ass Off: The Complete No-Nonsense Beginner's Guide To Running [EPUB]

Run Your Ass Off: The Complete No-Nonsense Beginner's Guide To Running [EPUB]
Run Your Ass Off: The Complete No-Nonsense Beginner's Guide To Running by Kevin Hill
2015 | EPUB | 0.85MB

Run Your Ass Off - Your Go-To Guide to Using it and Losing It

The straight-talking, no-nonsense beginner’s guide to running. Features everything you need to start running towards a more active, slimmer, happier you.

It will take you from your very first steps out the door to your first 5k race and beyond, as well as give you the encouragement and necessary tools to Run Your Ass Off in both a physical and literal sense. All you need is a pair of trainers to get started.

So if you want to get fit, drop pounds, lose that ass, and see running as a means to achieve that, there are only two steps you need to take…. read this and run your ass off!

GSP Rushfit: 8 Week Training Program [Video]

GSP Rushfit: 8 Week Training Program [Video]
GSP Rushfit: 8 Week Training Program by Georges St-Pierre
MP4, AVC, 1700 kbps, 704x400 | AAC, 192 kbps, 2 Ch | 9.7 hours | + PDF | 4.51 GB

RUSHFIT is an innovative training program that has quickly become a top selling fitness series all over the world. Get ready to train with GSP and find out why RUSHFIT gets results:

The workouts are fast - about 45 minutes each - providing the maximum amount of training in the shortest possible time. Get your workout done and get on with your day.

Calorie afterburn! The unique blend of intense intervals and metabolic conditioning will burn calories long after your workout.

It's functional fitness designed for everyone, and the 5 five minute rounds of intense exercise simula.

Minimal equipment - All you need is a small assortment of hand weights or dumbbells, between 5 - 30 lbs. That's it!

You won't get bored or plateau - RUSHFIT is designed so you can increase the difficulty as your strength and conditioning improves.

You will burn fat AND build muscle - most exercise programs are all conditioning or all weight training - RUSHFIT provides both!

GSP does every exercise right along with you! When you're suffering, so is he. Now that's real motivation.

WHAT YOU GET:

RUSHFIT Workouts on Six DVDs: (1) Strength and Endurance, (2) Abdominal Strength & Core Conditioning, (3) The Fight Conditioning Workout, (4) Explosive Power Training, (5) Full Body Strength & Conditioning, and (6) The 2 Bonus Workouts - Balance & Agility and Stretching For Flexibility

3 Different 8 Week Training Calendars - Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced

RUSHFIT Nutrition Guide - A comprehensive guide on how to fuel your to maximize results

RUSHFIT Workout Guide - Step by step preparation and tips for your 8 week program

Cash in a Flash: Fast Money in Slow Times [Video]

Cash in a Flash: Fast Money in Slow Times [Video]
Cash in a Flash: Fast Money in Slow Times by Mark Victor Hansen, Robert G Allen
MP4/FLV, MPEG4, 1000 kbps, 720x406 | English, AAC/MP3, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 7.2 hours | + EPUB | 6.23GB

Bestselling authors Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G. Allen are back following their mega-hit The One Minute Millionaire with new strategies to generate cash quickly.

Right now, everyone needs trusted, proven, practical advice and techniques for making money fast. In Cash in a Flash, two of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country show readers how to use the skills and resources they already have to generate permanent and recurring streams of income-all in 90 days or less.

Using their bestselling "two-books-in-one" formula, Hansen and Allen combine prescriptive information for developing the millionaire mindset and building wealth on left-hand pages, with the continuation of the inspiring fictional story of Michelle from The One Minute Millionaire on the right-hand pages.

In this much-anticipated and timely sequel, Hansen and Allen provide a revolutionary approach to financial freedom-now.

1946: The Making of the Modern World [EPUB]

1946: The Making of the Modern World [EPUB]
1946: The Making of the Modern World by Victor Sebestyen
2015 | EPUB | 29.79MB

From the author of Twelve Days: The Story of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire comes a powerful, revelatory book about the year that would signal the beginning of the Cold War, the end of the British Empire, and the beginning of the rivalry between the United States and the USSR. Victor Sebestyen reveals the events of 1946 by chronologically framing what was taking place in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, with seminal decisions made by heads of state that would profoundly change the old order forever. Whether it was the July 22 bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, the July 25 Bikini Atoll underwater atomic bomb test, or the August 16 Great Calcutta Killings in India, 1946 was a year of seismic and dramatic events.

Sebestyen begins with the Moscow Foreign Ministers’ Conference the week before Christmas 1945, when Stalin announced that the USSR would not withdraw its troops from Iran by March 1946, and ends with the morning of November 3, 1946, when Emperor Hirohito officially unveiled Japan’s new constitution before the National Diet. The year 1946 would see the map of Eastern Europe redrawn, Chinese communists gaining decisive victories in their fight for power, and the birth of Israel.

Though Truman, Stalin, Churchill, MacArthur, Ben-Gurion, Hirohito, and Menachem Begin are part of the story, Sebestyen also writes about the enormous suffering and ongoing persecution of civilians in the aftermath of the war: the pillaging and rape; the ethnic cleansing of the German population from Czechoslovakia and Poland; the rise of a violent new anti-Semitism; the civil wars in China and Greece; the mass starvation in Japan, Eastern Europe, and Germany on a scale not seen since the Middle Ages; the spread of diseases such as tuberculosis and diphtheria; and such total desolation that schools, government, and transportation were nonexistent and currency was worthless.

Drawing on personal testimonies and new archival research, Sebestyen has written a vivid and compelling narrative that brilliantly evokes the beginning of the Cold War set against a devastated landscape of dystopian horrors.

Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire [Audiobook]

Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire [Audiobook]
Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire [Audiobook] by Victor Sebestyen, read by Paul Hecht
2009 | M4A@64 kbps + EPUB | 18 hrs 40 mins | 525.7MB

At the start of 1989, six European nations were Soviet vassal states. By year’s end, they had all declared national independence, embarking on the road to democracy. How did it happen so quickly? Why did the USSR capitulate so readily? Victor Sebestyen, who was on the scene reporting for the London Evening Standard at the time, draws on his firsthand knowledge of the events of 1989, on scores of interviews with other witnesses and participants, and on newly uncovered archival material to answer these questions in unprecedented depth.

Sebestyen tells the story through the eyes of ordinary men and women, some of whom found themselves almost miraculously transformed: the furnace stoker who became the Czech foreign minister; the Romanian poet who, just freed from jail, was made vice president of the newly liberated nation. He shows how power was wielded or ceded by Mikhail Gorbachev, George H. W. Bush, Lech Walesa, Václav Havel, and Margaret Thatcher, among others; how the KGB helped bring down former allied regimes; how the United States tried to slow the process; and why the collapse of the Iron Curtain was the catalyst for the fall of the entire Soviet empire.

Authoritative, riveting in both its broad political sweep and its abundance of personal detail, this is an essential addition to the annals of contemporary history.

Terror of History: Mystics, Heretics, and Witches in the Western Tradition [TTC Video]

Terror of History: Mystics, Heretics, and Witches in the Western Tradition [TTC Video]
Terror of History: Mystics, Heretics, and Witches in the Western Tradition [TTC Video] by Teofilo F Ruiz
Course No 893 | AVI, XviD, 336x224 | MP3, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | 4.1GB

Western civilization is closely associated with reason and science, and with exceptional accomplishment in art, architecture, music, and literature. Yet it has also been characterized by widespread belief in the supernatural and the irrational—with mystics who have visions of the divine, and with entire movements of people who wait in fervent anticipation of the apocalypse.

In addition, Western culture has been the setting for repeated acts of barbarism: persecutions of certain groups such as Jews, or accused heretics and witches.

Why has this been the case?

This two-part series invites you to consider what might be called the "underbelly" of Western society, a complex mixture of deeply embedded beliefs and unsettling social forces that has given rise to our greatest saints and our most shameful acts. The "terror of history," according to Professor Teofilo F. Ruiz, is a deeply held belief—dating from the ancient Greeks to Nietzsche and beyond—that the world is essentially about disorder and emptiness, and that human beings live constantly on the edge of doom.

We see history as terrifying, so we try to escape it. One strategy is to withdraw through transcendental experiences. Another, unfortunately, is to shift our fears onto scapegoats such as lepers, nonconformists, and other outsiders whom we choose to blame for "the catastrophe of our existence," as Professor Ruiz puts it.

The Renaissance as a Time of Magic and Astrology

This course explores the concept of the terror of history through a study of mysticism, heresy, apocalyptic movements, and the witch hunting craze in Europe between 1000 and 1700. You will examine new sources and think in new ways about events in the centuries from the late medieval period to early modern Europe.

You will be introduced to texts with which you may not be familiar, such as the Zohar, the Book of Splendor, the text of Jewish Kabbalistic mysticism. Or the Malleus Maleficarum, The Hammer of Witches, a handbook for identifying, interrogating, and trying witches.

You will view the Renaissance not from the perspective that it was the beginning of modernity but that it was a time when many among the educated were fascinated by alchemy and magic, when the Pope depended on his astrologer, when the learned considered the Corpus Hermeticum—a mixture of magic and astrology believed to date from the time of Moses—to be a more valuable text than Plato's Symposium.

You will consider how social, economic, political, and religious climates—especially during times of change and stress—exerted tremendous influence on the prevalence of irrational attitudes and persecutions. For example, between 1000 and 1700, periods of economic trouble were highly correlated with a rise in apocalyptic fervor. Similarly, religious wars coincided with the persecution of witches.

This course is presented by a teacher who displays both exceptional mastery over, and endless enthusiasm for, his subject matter. Professor Ruiz has been named one of four Outstanding Teachers of the Year in the United States by the Carnegie Foundation.

Particularly valuable is his willingness to add his own perspective, both professional and personal, to his lectures. Whether discussing aspects of ancient mystical practices that were common in Cuba during his boyhood, or offering an opinion on whether witchcraft has ever truly existed, Professor Ruiz makes clear that history is a living thing.

Why Witches and Heretics Were Persecuted

Much of The Terror of History has to do with the concept of the "other"—those who are seen by society as different—often by virtue of their sex, economic status, or beliefs—and are frequently persecuted.

These lectures examine the concept of otherness in a variety of ways and examine how certain groups came to be seen as other. Often, this involved the creation of boundaries, either real or imaginary, between people.

For example, the enclosure movement of the 15th century fenced peasants off their land, and the Reformation created a new religious boundary between Catholic and Protestant. This made it easier to accuse those who were poor, or of the wrong faith, of being heretics or witches.

The witch craze provides a way to view the concept of other as women's history. Misogynistic attitudes and a growing antipathy toward the poor created a kind of profiling of witches. A witch was identified as someone who was a woman, past childbearing age, poor, lived on the edge of town, and often had certain kinds of esoteric knowledge, such as the use of herbal medicines. In Essex, England, 278 of 291 people accused of witchcraft were women, and all were over 40 years old.

You will also consider how authority—frequently an alliance of secular government and the church—used others for its benefit. The Inquisition and witchhunting were a means to create a sense of community and identity for the populations of emerging nations and to enforce orthodoxy.

Methods of execution, such as hanging, drowning, and burning at the stake, provided multiple benefits: spectacle and entertainment, a sense of shared public purpose, and powerful lessons about the fate of those who deviated from accepted norms.

Have we outgrown the terror of history? Is it behind us?

Professor Ruiz suggests that Western culture can be seen as a pendulum swinging between periods of rational thinking and periods of superstition and irrationality. If we look at the 20th century, it was certainly a time of enormous scientific and technological achievements. On the other hand, it was also the most violent century in history.

The pendulum swings. And the terror of history continues.

The Personal MBA Business Crash Course [Video]

The Personal MBA Business Crash Course [Video]
The Personal MBA Business Crash Course by Josh Kaufman
M4V, AVC, 1500 kbps, 480x270 | AAC, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | + MP3 | 20+ hours | 9.37GB

The Personal MBA Business Crash Course is a 12-week program designed to teach you the fundamentals of how businesses, people, and systems really work. This course will help you learn the essentials of sound business practice quickly and efficiently, so you can spend more time doing work that matters.

If you want to master the art of business, you don’t need to go to business school. You do need to learn the fundamentals of modern business practice:

  • How to make good business decisions.
  • How to maximize your personal productivity.
  • How to manage uncertainty and ambiguity.
  • How to conduct intelligent experiments to improve your results.

The Personal MBA is designed to help learn the art of business on your own terms. Instead of mortgaging your life to go to business school, it’s possible to dramatically increase your knowledge of business on your own time and with little cost – without setting foot inside a classroom.

With a little time and effort, you can easily learn these skills on your own, without eye-popping tuition and student loans.

Understanding the fundamental principles of business will give you essential tools you can rely on to make good decisions. If you learn these critical concepts, you’ll be in the top 0.01% of the human population when it comes to knowing:

  • How businesses actually work – in practice, not theory.
  • How to evaluate new business ideas: what really matters, and what doesn’t.
  • How to start a new business from scratch.
  • How to improve any existing business, whether it’s a solo venture or a Fortune 500 corporation.
  • How to use business-related skills to accomplish your personal goals.

The Personal MBA explains fundamental, universal business concepts like:

  • The Iron Law of the Market: Why every business is limited by the size and quality of the market it attempts to serve – and how to find hungry markets just waiting to be served...
  • 10 Ways to Evaluate a Market: Some business ideas are better than others. Before you quit your job and invest your life savings, you should know how to evaluate new business ideas before you begin. There are ten critical factors you need to consider...
  • The 12 Standard Forms of Value: There’s more to business than products and services. There are actually twelve different ways to create value for your customers. The most successful businesses combine several...
  • The Pricing Uncertainty Principle: All prices are malleable. Raising your prices is the best way to dramatically increase your business’ profitability - if you know how to support the price you’re asking...
  • 4 Methods to Increase Revenue: There are only four ways for a business to bring in more money. Do you know what they are?

True leaders aren’t made by business schools — they make themselves, seeking out the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to succeed.