The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 22:37
2015 | EPUB | 1.79MB
One of the inspirations for the major motion picture Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley
In May 1996 a number of expeditions attempted to climb Mount Everest on the Southeast Ridge route. Crowded conditions slowed their progress and late in the day 23 men and women, including the expedition leaders, were caught in a ferocious blizzard. Disorientated and out of oxygen, climbers struggled to find their way to safety. Alone and climbing blind, Anatoli Boukreev rescued a number of climbers from certain death. This honest and gripping account includes the transcript of the Mountain Madness debriefing, recorded five days after the tragedy, as well as G. Weston de Walt's response to Jon Krakauer.
A Detroit Anthology [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 22:36
2014 | EPUB | 3.55MB
Detroit is a city of stories. In this, we are rich. We begin with abundance.
But while much is written about our city these hard days, it is typically meant to explain Detroit to those who live elsewhere. Much of this writing is brilliant, but our anthology, this anthology, is different: it is a collection of Detroit stories for Detroiters. Through essays, photographs, poetry, and art, this anthology collects the stories we tell each other over late nights at the pub and long afternoons on the porch. We share them in coffee shops, at church social hours, in living rooms, and while waiting for the bus. These are stories addressed to the rhetorical “you”—with the ratcheted up language that comes with it—and these are stories that took real legwork to investigate. We may be lifelong residents, newcomers, or former Detroiters; we may be activists, workers, teachers, artists, healers, or students. But a common undercurrent alights our work that is collected here: we are a city moving through the fire of transformation. We are afire.
Featuring essays, photographs, poetry, and art by Terry Blackhawk, Grace Lee Boggs, John Carlisle, Desiree Cooper, dream hampton, francine j. harris, Steve Hughes, Jamaal May, Tracie McMillan, Ken Mikolowski, Marsha Music, Shaka Senghor, Thomas J. Sugrue, and many others.
Getting Started Making Metal Jewelry [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 22:33
2007 | EPUB | 5.65MB
An ideal introduction, this manual details the craft of making metal jewelry by pairing expert guidance with clear, explicit photographs. Beginning with the basic tools and skills necessary to master before complex projects can be executed successfully, every stage of the metal jewelry art is discussed - from practicing proper safety to learning how to cut, solder, buff, and stamp metals. Example projects - in styles from contemporary and funky to classic and elegant - include pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings, and chains.
Complete Custom Closet: How to Make the Most of Every Space [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 22:32
2006 | EPUB | 5.14MB
No More Cluttered Closets!
How would you like to create a storage or work area that isn't just a black hole behind some doors? Using basic to intermediate carpentry and cabinetmaking skills, you can make your closets what they should be - organized, orderly and well-utilized spaces. With step-by-step photos, captions, sidebars and tips, this book shows you how you can create your own custom closets quickly and easily.
- Laundry room closet
- Kids room closet
- Sports closet
- Walk-in closet
- Home office closet
- Spare bedroom closet
- Shared master bedroom closet
- Hall closet
Learn Ultra Speed Reading & Advanced Memory From Scratch [Video]
23 January 2016, 22:29
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 4 hours | 672.55MB
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SEO That Matters: Tactics and Strategy for Entrepreneurs [Video]
23 January 2016, 22:07
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 1.5 hours | 1.71GB
Join "Wizard of Moz" Rand Fishkin for a dive into the heart of SEO. This 90-minute class shares actionable insights and tactics for optimizing your content and organically raising the online presence of your business and brand.
Bite-sized, easy-to-follow lessons cover
- crafting an SEO strategy that “moves the needle”
- granular fundamentals for content optimization
- walk-through demos auditing a full site & specific posts
This class is perfect for entrepreneurs, small business owners, startups, freelancers, junior marketers, web designers, and copywriters eager to do SEO that matters! No prior experience or skills required.
How do you know this is the class for you? The best thing about SEO is that it's not different for every type of site. The fundamentals covered in this class can be applied universally.
By the end, students are all invited to work on a project that can put all their learnings into action: sharing their own SEO strategy and optimizing a piece of content based on keyword research.
The Economist's Tale: A Consultant Encounters Hunger and the World Bank [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 21:54
2003 | EPUB + PDF | 0.99/1.18MB
What really happens when the World Bank imposes its policies on a country? This is an insider's view of one aid-made crisis. Peter Griffiths was at the interface between government and the Bank. In this day-by-day account of a mission he undertook in Sierra Leone in 1986, he tells the story of how the World Bank, obsessed with the free market, imposed a secret agreement on the government, banning all government food imports or subsidies. This is a rare and important portrait of the aid world which insiders will recognize, but of which the general public seldom gets a glimpse.
Sex Rx: Hormones, Health, and Your Best Sex Ever [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 21:52
2015 | EPUB | 1.53MB
For millions of women in America, sex isn’t always pleasurable or even possible. Instead, sex has become a low priority as they navigate marriage, motherhood, and work . . . not to mention cope with chronic stress and lack of sleep. Throw in the natural fluctuations in hormone levels that all women experience throughout their lives and it’s not surprising that sex can become, well, a little less sexy. Additionally, common gynecological problems can make sex uncomfortable, and medical issues can cause it to be downright painful.
Dr. Lauren Streicher, a leading women’s sexual health expert, offers women the courage, vocabulary, and knowledge to identify and solve problems in the bedroom, for a wide range of issues—from flagging libido, vaginal dryness, and sex after menopause, to hormone supplements and the effects of medication, Sex Rx offers a wealth of knowledge, along with a good dose of humor and plenty of encouragement, so that every woman, no matter what personal challenges she has, can make having great sex a part of their lives forever.
Bioenergy Healing: Simple Techniques for Reducing Pain and Restoring Health [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 21:50
2015 | EPUB | 8.75MB
Widely recognized as one of the most powerful healing methods that have ever been developed, bioenergy healing is relatively easy to learn. Csongor’s unique writing—as if you were listening to him live at one of his seminars—makes this comprehensive book on energy healing a light, yet very informative read. If you are a fast reader, you may learn to heal in only one day. By the end of the book, you will become a healer for a lifetime.
Csongor Daniel was one of the first officially recognized bioenergy healers in the former Yugoslavia, trained by the legendary Zdenko Domancic. While his teacher has healed more than a million people, Csongor has no such ambitions. Instead, he would like to teach more than a million of you how to become healers yourselves. Bioenergy Healing will teach you how to feel and see the energy fields of the body and how to manipulate the energy in order to induce healing. QR codes throughout the book enable readers to see the techniques demonstrated in brief videos.
Who needs Bioenergy Healing? Anyone who has ever dabbled in healing, but is still looking for the right method; people who read most books on energy healing, but are still puzzled by complicated approaches and explanations; individuals who want to learn energy healing, but are too busy to take months or years of courses; health professionals who want to add a new effective modality to their practices; parents and children who want to help their friends and family members reduce or eliminate pain and heal without drugs. In other words: everyone wanting to help others to heal.
Brain Structure and Its Origins [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 21:49
2014 | EPUB + AZW3 | 28.64/45.25MB
This introduction to the structure of the central nervous system demonstrates that the best way to learn how the brain is put together is to understand something about why. It explains why the brain is put together as it is by describing basic functions and key aspects of its evolution and development. This approach makes the structure of the brain and spinal cord more comprehensible as well as more interesting and memorable. The book offers a detailed outline of the neuroanatomy of vertebrates, especially mammals, that equips students for further explorations of the field. Gaining familiarity with neuroanatomy requires multiple exposures to the material with many incremental additions and reviews. Thus the early chapters of this book tell the story of the brain's origins in a first run-through of the entire system; this is followed by other such surveys in succeeding chapters, each from a different angle.
The book proceeds from basic aspects of nerve cells and their physiology to the evolutionary beginnings of the nervous system to differentiation and development, motor and sensory systems, and the structure and function of the main parts of the brain. Along the way, it makes enlightening connections to evolutionary history and individual development. "Brain Structure and Its Origins "can be used for advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate classes in neuroscience, biology, psychology, and related fields, or as a reference for researchers and others who want to know more about the brain.
The Sartorialist: X [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 21:45
2015 | EPUB | 422.98MB
In The Sartorialist: X, Scott Schuman pays homage to the unique style found on sidewalks and streets, as well as off the beaten path. From its start ten years ago as a New York street-style blog, The Sartorialist has become an essential part of the worldwide conversation on fashion and its place in everyday life. With stunning images of men and women who caught Scott’s eye in traditional fashion locales like New York, London, and Milan, as well as newer ones including Peru, India, Dubai, and South Africa, The Sartorialist: X celebrates the many cultures of pattern and color found across the world, making it a thrilling source of photographic inspiration.
“Scott doesn’t just take pictures, he captures emotion. He is not just a photographer. He’s a historian marking the feeling of this generation one photo at a time.” —Kanye West
A Beginner's Guide to ETFs [Video]
23 January 2016, 20:57
M4V, AVC, 1189 kbps, 706x480 | AAC, 160 kbps, 2 Ch | 1.6 hours | 1.04GB
Have you ever bought the only stock in a rocketing sector that refused to join the party? Now, you can put all of those trades behind you!
Join best-selling author and sought-after financial educator Toni Turner in this information-packed DVD. Toni will show you how trading sectors with Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) can be easier, involve lower risk, and produce higher gains than single-stock trades. You'll learn which sectors thrive in both bull and bear markets, along with the best corresponding ETFs to target when these sectors trend higher (or lower).
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Chinese Foreign Relations: Power and Policy Since the Cold War, 3rd Edition [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 20:12
2012 | EPUB + PDF | 0.6/1.51MB
China is rightly considered an emerging power in world affairs as Chinese leaders, backed by growing economic and military strength, engage in innovative diplomatic approaches that pave the way for China's international role. But this is only part of the story of China’s rise. As Robert G. Sutter shows in this meticulous and balanced assessment, the record of twists and turns in Chinese foreign relations since the end of the Cold War highlights a very different perspective. Domestic problems, nationalism, and security concerns continue to preoccupy Beijing, complicating China's influence and innovations in foreign affairs. On the international front, the actions of other powerful nations and growing dependence on the world economy complicate as well as enhance China’s advance to international prominence. Newly revised, this edition features more extensive treatment of China’s role in the international economy and greater discussion of its relations with the developing world.
Providing a comprehensive introduction to Chinese foreign relations, Sutter shows Chinese leaders exerting growing influence in world affairs but remaining far from dominant. Facing numerous contradictions and trade-offs, they move cautiously to avoid major confrontations, costly commitments, or mistakes that could undermine their one-party rule as they deal with an international environment posing numerous challenges as well as opportunities for Chinese interests.
Thirsty Dragon: China's Lust for Bordeaux and the Threat to the World's Best Wines [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 20:11
2015 | EPUB | 1.47MB
An inside view of China's quest to become a global wine power and Bordeaux's attempt to master the thirsty dragon it helped create
The wine merchants of Bordeaux and the rising entrepreneurs of China would seem to have little in common—old world versus new, tradition versus disruption, loyalty versus efficiency. And yet these two communities have found their destinies intertwined in the conquest of new markets, as Suzanne Mustacich shows in this provocative account of how China is reshaping the French wine business and how Bordeaux is making its mark on China.
Thirsty Dragon lays bare the untold story of how an influx of Chinese money rescued France's most venerable wine region from economic collapse, and how the result was a series of misunderstandings and crises that threatened the delicate infrastructure of Bordeaux's insular wine trade. The Bordelais and the Chinese do business according to different and often incompatible sets of rules, and Mustacich uncovers the competing agendas and little-known actors who are transforming the economics and culture of Bordeaux, even as its wines are finding new markets—and ever higher prices—in Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong, with Hong Kong and London traders playing a pivotal role.
At once a tale of business skullduggery and fierce cultural clashes, adventure, and ambition, Thirsty Dragon offers a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges facing the world's most famous and prestigious wines.
The Refusal of Work: The Theory and Practice of Resistance to Work [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 20:09
2015 | EPUB | 1.38MB
Paid work is absolutely central to the culture and politics of capitalist societies, yet today’s work-centred world is becoming increasingly hostile to the human need for autonomy, spontaneity and community. The grim reality of a society in which some are overworked, whilst others are condemned to intermittent work and unemployment, is progressively more difficult to tolerate.
In this thought-provoking book, David Frayne questions the central place of work in mainstream political visions of the future, laying bare the ways in which economic demands colonise our lives and priorities. Drawing on his original research into the lives of people who are actively resisting nine-to-five employment, Frayne asks what motivates these people to disconnect from work, whether or not their resistance is futile, and whether they might have the capacity to inspire an alternative form of development, based on a reduction and social redistribution of work.
A crucial dissection of the work-centred nature of modern society and emerging resistance to it, The Refusal of Work is a bold call for a more humane and sustainable vision of social progress.
Beyond Human Nature: How Culture and Experience Shape the Human Mind [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 20:07
2011 | EPUB | 0.96MB
A timely and uniquely compelling plea for the importance of nurture in the ongoing nature-nurture debate.
In this era of genome projects and brain scans, it is all too easy to overestimate the role of biology in human psychology. But in this passionate corrective to the idea that DNA is destiny, Jesse Prinz focuses on the most extraordinary aspect of human nature: that nurture can supplement and supplant nature, allowing our minds to be profoundly influenced by experience and culture. Drawing on cutting-edge research in neuroscience, psychology, and anthropology, Prinz shatters the myth of human uniformity and reveals how our differing cultures and life experiences make each of us unique. Along the way he shows that we can't blame mental illness or addiction on our genes, and that societal factors shape gender differences in cognitive ability and sexual behavior. A much-needed contribution to the nature-nurture debate, Beyond Human Nature shows us that it is only through the lens of nurture that the spectrum of human diversity becomes fully and brilliantly visible.
The Name of God Is Mercy [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 20:05
2016 | EPUB | 0.47MB
In his first book published as Pope, and in conjunction with the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis here invites all humanity to an intimate and personal dialogue on the subject closest to his heart—mercy—which has long been the cornerstone of his faith and is now the central teaching of his papacy.
In this conversation with Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli, Francis explains—through memories from his youth and moving anecdotes from his experiences as a pastor—why “mercy is the first attribute of God.” God “does not want anyone to be lost. His mercy is infinitely greater than our sins,” he writes. As well, the Church cannot close the door on anyone, Francis asserts—on the contrary, its duty is to go out into the world to find its way into the consciousness of people so that they can assume responsibility for, and move away from, the bad things they have done.
The first Jesuit and the first South American to be elected Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis has traveled around the world spreading God’s message of mercy to the largest crowds in papal history. Clear and profound, The Name of God Is Mercy resonates with this desire to reach all those who are looking for meaning in life, a road to peace and reconciliation, and the healing of physical and spiritual wounds. It is being published in more than eighty countries around the world.
“The name of God is mercy. There are no situations we cannot get out of, we are not condemned to sink into quicksand.”—Pope Francis
Translated by Oonagh Stransky
The Dawning Moon of the Mind: Unlocking the Pyramid Texts [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 20:03
2015 | EPUB | 2.55MB
A stunning and original interpretation of an ancient system of poetic, religious, and philosophical thought
Buried in the Egyptian desert some 4,000 years ago, the Pyramid Texts are among the world's oldest poetry. Yet ever since the discovery of these hieroglyphs in 1881, they have been misconstrued by Western Egyptologists as a garbled collection of primitive myths and incantations, relegating to obscurity their radiant fusion of philosophy, scientific inquiry, and religion.
Now, in a seminal work, the classicist and linguist Susan Brind Morrow has recast the Pyramid Texts as a coherent work of art, arguing that they should be recognized as a formative event in the evolution of human thought. In The Dawning Moon of the Mind she explains how to read hieroglyphs, contextualizes their evocative imagery, and interprets the entire poem. The result is a magisterial religious and philosophical text revealing a profound consciousness of the world with astonishing parallels to Judeo-Christian culture, Buddhism, and Tantra.
More than twenty years in the making, The Dawning Moon of the Mind is a monumental achievement that locates one of the origins of poetic thought in Western culture. Almost before science, art, and written language, these texts set forth the relationship between time and eternity, life and death, history and ideas. In The Dawning Moon of the Mind they emerge in their original luminosity and intelligence alongside a persuasive argument for their central importance to the history of language.
The Limits of Critique [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 20:02
2015 | EPUB | 0.32MB
Why must critics unmask and demystify literary works? Why do they believe that language is always withholding some truth, that the critic’s task is to reveal the unsaid or repressed? In this book, Rita Felski examines critique, the dominant form of interpretation in literary studies, and situates it as but one method among many, a method with strong allure—but also definite limits.
Felski argues that critique is a sensibility best captured by Paul Ricoeur’s phrase “the hermeneutics of suspicion.” She shows how this suspicion toward texts forecloses many potential readings while providing no guarantee of rigorous or radical thought. Instead, she suggests, literary scholars should try what she calls “postcritical reading”: rather than looking behind a text for hidden causes and motives, literary scholars should place themselves in front of it and reflect on what it suggests and makes possible.
By bringing critique down to earth and exploring new modes of interpretation, The Limits of Critique offers a fresh approach to the relationship between artistic works and the social world.
Royal Jubilees (Shire Library) [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 20:01
2012 | EPUB | 16.82MB
In 1809, thanksgiving ceremonies and feasts across Britain ushered George III into his fiftieth year as king. This was the first British celebration of a royal jubilee and set the tone for the five that have followed since: processions, fireworks, construction of monuments, the striking of special coins and medals, and, of course, the sale of commemorative mugs. Queen Victoria marked her golden and diamond jubilees in 1887 and 1897 amid throngs of patriotic subjects from all over the world, and celebrations were also held for George V's silver jubilee in 1935. Following the festivities in 1977 and 2002, Queen Elizabeth II is the first British monarch ever to celebrate her third jubilee, as she begins her seventh decade on the throne.
Judith Millidge describes the handful of British royal jubilees across 200 years, examines how they have been commemorated, their similarities and differences, and the myriad souvenir products that have accompanied them.
Great Britain's Great War [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 20:00
2013 | EPUB + AZW3 | 1.67/1.79MB
Jeremy Paxman's magnificent history of the First World War tells the entire story of the war in one gripping narrative from the point of view of the British people.
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"He writes so well and sympathetically, and chooses his detail so deftly, that if there is one new history of the war that you might actually enjoy from the very large centennial selection this is very likely it" The Times
We may think we know about it, but what was life really like for the British people during the First World War?
The well-known images - the pointing finger of Lord Kitchener; a Tommy buried in the mud of the Western Front; the memorial poppies of remembrance day - all reinforce the idea that it was a pointless waste of life. So why did the British fight it so willingly and how did the country endure it for so long?
Using a wealth of first-hand source material, Jeremy Paxman brings vividly to life the day-to-day experience of the British over the entire course of the war, from politicians, newspapermen, campaigners and Generals, to Tommies, factory workers, nurses, wives and children, capturing the whole mood and morale of the nation. It reveals that life and identity in Britain were often dramatically different from our own, and show how both were utterly transformed - not always for the worst - by the enormous upheaval of the war.
Rich with personalities, surprises and ironies, this lively narrative history paints a picture of courage and confusion, doubts and dilemmas, and is written with Jeremy Paxman's characteristic flair for storytelling, wry humour and pithy observation.
Ten Billion Tomorrows: How Science Fiction Technology Became Reality and Shapes the Future [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 18:50
2015 | EPUB | 0.69MB
Science fiction is a vital part of popular culture, influencing the way we all look at the world. TV shows like Star Trek and movies from Forbidden Planet to Inception have influenced scientists to enter the profession and have shaped our futures. Science fiction doesn't set out to predict what will happen - it's far more about how human beings react to "What if?…" - but it is fascinating to see how science fiction and reality sometimes converge, sometimes take extraordinarily different paths.
Ten Billion Tomorrows brings to life a whole host of science fiction topics, from the virtual environment of The Matrix and the intelligent computer HAL in 2001, to force fields, ray guns and cyborgs. We discover how science fiction has excited us with possibilities, whether it is Star Trek's holodeck inspiring makers of iconic video games Doom and Quake to create the virtual interactive worlds that transformed gaming, or the strange physics that has made real cloaking devices possible. Mixing remarkable science with the imagination of our greatest science fiction writers, Ten Billion Tomorrows will delight science fiction lovers and popular science devotees alike.
The New Threat: The Past, Present, and Future of Islamic Militancy [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 18:48
2015 | EPUB | 2.1MB
Jason Burke is one of the world’s leading experts on militant Islam. He embedded with the Kurdish peshmerga (currently at war with ISIS) while still in college. He was hanging out with the Taliban in the late 1990s. He witnessed the bombing of Tora Bora in Afghanistan in 2001 firsthand.
With the current emergence of ISIS in Iraq and Syria and the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, no one is as well placed as Burke—whose previous books have been chosen as books of the year by The Economist, the Daily Telegraph, and The Independent—to explain this dramatic post–Al Qaeda phase of Islamic militancy. We are now, he argues, entering a new phase of radical violence that is very different from what has gone before, one that is going to redefine the West’s relationship with terrorism and the Middle East.
ISIS is not “medieval,” as many U.S. national security pundits claim, but, Burke explains, a group whose spectacular acts of terror are a contemporary expression of our highly digitized societies, designed to generate global publicity. In his account, radical Islamic terrorism is not an aberration or “cancer,” as some politicians assert; it is an organic part of the modern world. This book will challenge the preconceptions of many American readers and will be hotly debated in national security circles.
A Brief History of Christianity: New updated edition [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 18:45
2015 | EPUB | 2.13MB
This volume tells the story of Christianity through the individual men and women who shaped it. It is a story of colossal undertakings and spectacular successes as well as ferocious intolerance, greed and bloodshed. Bamber Gascoigne traces a clear path through a complicated history, exploring the motives, the passions, the fears and the achievements of the Christians. His approach is objective and he writes in a conversational style, focusing on moments of significant detail and a vast and varied cast of characters.
The Story of Christianity, Volume 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 18:43
2014 | EPUB | 8.87MB
In this fully revised and updated edition, the lauded church historian Justo González tells the story of Christianity from its fragile infancy to its pervasive dominance at the dawn of the Protestant Reformation. The Story of Christianity, volume 1, relates the dramatic events, the colorful characters, and the revolutionary ideas that shaped the first fifteen centuries of the church's life and thought.
From Jesus's faithful apostles to the early reformist John Wycliffe, González skillfully weaves details from the lives of prominent figures tracing core theological issues and developments within the various traditions of the church. The Story of Christianity demonstrates at each point what new challenges and opportunities faced the church and how Christians struggled with the various options open to them, thereby shaping the future direction of the church.
This new edition of The Story of Christianity incorporates recent archaeological discoveries to give us a better view of the early Christian communities. Among these are advances in the recovery of Gnostic texts that have revealed a richer diversity of "Christianities" in the first century. González also includes important research done in the past twenty-five years revealing the significant role of women throughout the history of the church.
With lively storytelling incorporating the latest research, The Story of Christianity provides a fascinating introduction to the panoramic history of Christianity.
The Story of Christianity: Volume 2: The Reformation to the Present Day [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 18:41
2014 | EPUB | 6.1MB
Beginning with the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century, this fully revised and updated second volume of The Story of Christianity continues the marvelous history of the world's largest religion. Award-winning historian Justo Gonzalez bring to life the people, dramatic events, and theological debates that have shaped Protestantism, Catholicism, and Orthodoxy. From the monk Martin Luther, who dared to stand up to a corrupt pope, to the surprising spread and growing vitality of today's church in Africa, Asia, and South America, The Story of Christianity offers a complete and up-to-date retelling of this amazing history.
With new information on the important contributions of women to church history as well as the latest information on Christianity in developing countries, Gonzalez's richly textured study discusses the changes and directions of the church up to the twenty-first century. The Story of Christianity covers such recent occurrences as the fall of the Soviet Union and the return of the Russian Orthodox Church; feminist, Africa-American, and Third-World theologies; the scandals and controversies facing the reign of Pope Benedict XVI; interfaith dialogue; and the movement toward unity of all Christian churches. This revised and updated edition of The Story of Christianity concludes with a thoughtful look at the major issues and debates facing Christianity today.
Big History and the Future of Humanity, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 18:40
2015 | EPUB |1.51MB
Reflecting the latest theories in the sciences and humanities, the new edition of Big History and the Future of Humanity presents an accessible and original overview of the entire sweep of history from the origins of the universe and life on Earth up to the present day. Placing the relatively brief period of human history within a much broader framework—one that considers everything from vast galaxy clusters to the tiniest sub-atomic particles—Big History is an innovative theoretical approach that opens up entirely new multidisciplinary research agendas. Noted historian Fred Spier reveals how a thorough examination of patterns of complexity can offer richer insights into what the future may have in store for humanity.
The second edition includes new learning features, such as highlighted scientific concepts, an illustrative timeline, and comprehensive glossary. By exploring the cumulative history from the Big Bang to the modern day, Big History and the Future of Humanity, Second Edition, sheds important historical light on where we’ve been—and offers a tantalizing glimpse of what lies ahead.
Sergei Eisenstein: A Life in Conflict [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 18:34
2016 | EPUB | 31.25MB
Now back in print, this acclaimed biography reassesses a titan of early cinema based on new material released after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Sergei Eisenstein: A Life in Conflict tells the dramatic story of one of world cinema’s towering geniuses and principal theorists. Ronald Bergan details Eisenstein’s life from his precocious childhood to his explosion onto the avant-garde scene in revolutionary Russia, through his groundbreaking film career, his relationships with authors and artists such as James Joyce and Walt Disney, and his untimely death at age fifty. Eisenstein’s landmark films, including The Battleship Potemkin and Ivan the Terrible, are still watched, admired, and taught throughout the world.
Drawing upon material recently released from the Soviet archives after the breakup of the USSR and from Eisenstein’s personal letters, diaries, and sketches, Bergan shines a new light on the influence of Eisenstein’s early life on his work, his homosexuality, and his keen interest in the West. This book is the definitive biography of an influential director who saw film as the synthesis of all the arts and whose work displayed a passionate and profound grasp of art, science, philosophy, and religion.
Bright Earth: The Invention of Colour [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 18:33
2008 | EPUB | 3.31MB
Colour in art - as in life - is both inspiring and uplifting, but where does it come from? How have artists found new hues, and how have these influenced their work? Beginning with the ancients - when just a handful of pigments made up the artist's palette - and charting the discoveries and developments that have led to the many splendoured rainbow of modern paints, "Bright Earth" brings the story of colour spectacularly alive. Packed with anecdotes about lucky accidents and hapless misfortunes in the quests for new colours, it provides an entertaining and fascinating new perspective on the science of art.
The Art of Centuries [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 17:55
2015 | EPUB | 1.59MB
A century has always had a special resonance, in all walks of life, and none more so than in cricket. Scoring one hundred runs is the ultimate for a batsman. As former England captain Andrew Strauss admits, it's incredibly hard to do; for Ricky Ponting, it's a transformational moment in the career of a cricketer. Or in the words of Geoffrey Boycott, 'a century has its own magic'.
In The Art of Centuries, Steve James applies his award-winning forensic insight to the very heart of batting. Through interviews with the leading run-scorers in cricket history and his own experiences, Steve discovers what mental and physical efforts are required to reach those magical three figures. Despite his own haul of 47 first-class tons, he himself felt at times that he was poorly equipped for the task.
So working out how to score centuries is an art. And bowlers might not agree, but there really is no better feeling in cricket.
Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 17:40
2016 | EPUB | 0.53MB
The author of the acclaimed Stringer: A Reporter’s Journey in the Congo now moves on to Rwanda for a gripping look at a country caught still in political and social unrest, years after the genocide that shocked the world.
Bad News is the story of Anjan Sundaram's time running a journalist's training program out of Kigali, the capital city of one of Africa's most densely populated countries, Rwanda. President Kagame’s regime, which seized power after the genocide that ravaged its population in 1994, is often held up as a beacon for progress and modernity in Central Africa and is the recipient of billions of dollars each year in aid from Western governments and international organizations. Lurking underneath this shining vision of a modern, orderly state, however, is the powerful climate of fear springing from the government's brutal treatment of any voice of dissent. "You can't look and write," a policeman ominously tells Sundaram, as he takes notes at a political rally. In Rwanda, the testimony of the individual—the evidence of one's own experience—is crushed by the pensée unique: the single way of thinking and speaking, proscribed by those in power.
A vivid portrait of a country at an extraordinary and dangerous place in its history, Bad News is a brilliant and urgent parable on freedom of expression, and what happens when that power is seized.
Doomed to Succeed: The US-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama [Audiobook]
23 January 2016, 17:39
2015 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 18 hrs 56 mins | 529.56MB
A necessary and unprecedented account of America's changing relationship with Israel.
When it comes to Israel, US policy has always emphasized the unbreakable bond between the two countries and our ironclad commitment to Israel's security. Today, our ties to Israel are close - so close that when there are differences, they tend to make the news. But it was not always this way.
Dennis Ross has been a direct participant in shaping US policy toward the Middle East, and Israel specifically, for nearly 30 years. He served in senior roles, including as Bill Clinton's envoy for Arab-Israeli peace, and was an active player in the debates over how Israel fit into the region and what should guide our policies.In Doomed to Succeed, he takes us through every administration from Truman to Obama, throwing into dramatic relief each president's attitudes toward Israel and the region, the often tumultuous debates between key advisers, and the events that drove the policies and at times led to a shift in approach. Ross points out how rarely lessons were learned and how distancing the United States from Israel in the Eisenhower, Nixon, Bush, and Obama administrations never yielded any benefits and why that lesson has never been learned.
Doomed to Succeed offers compelling advice for how to understand the priorities of Arab leaders and how future administrations might best shape US policy in that light.
The Invitation-Only Zone: The True Story of North Korea's Abduction Project [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 17:37
2016 | EPUB | 2.33MB
For decades, North Korea denied any part in the disappearance of dozens of Japanese citizens from Japan’s coastal towns and cities in the late 1970s. But in 2002, with his country on the brink of collapse, Kim Jong-il admitted to the kidnapping of thirteen people and returned five of them in hopes of receiving Japanese aid. As part of a global espionage project, the regime had attempted to reeducate these abductees and make them spy on its behalf. When the scheme faltered, the captives were forced to teach Japanese to North Korean spies and make lives for themselves, marrying, having children, and posing as North Korean civilians in guarded communities known as “Invitation-Only Zones”—the fiction being that they were exclusive enclaves, not prisons.
From the moment Robert S. Boynton saw a photograph of these men and women, he became obsessed with their story. Torn from their homes as young adults, living for a quarter century in a strange and hostile country, they were returned with little more than an apology from the secretive regime.
In The Invitation-Only Zone, Boynton untangles the bizarre logic behind the abductions. Drawing on extensive interviews with the abductees, Boynton reconstructs the story of their lives inside North Korea and ponders the existential toll the episode has had on them, and on Japan itself. He speaks with nationalists, spies, defectors, diplomats, abductees, and even crab fishermen, exploring the cultural and racial tensions between Korea and Japan that have festered for more than a century.
A deeply reported, thoroughly researched book, The Invitation-Only Zone is a riveting story of East Asian politics and of the tragic human consequences of North Korea’s zealous attempt to remain relevant in the modern world.
Shades of the Past: Indiscreet Tales of Japan [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 17:35
1972 | EPUB + MOBI | 2.75/1.96MB
Prowling among these stories about Japan one finds riffraff and gentlemen, pirates and warriors, saints and sinners, smugglers and legitimate businessmen.
All those, in fact, who made up the foreign communities of Japan in the early days. Harold S. Williams tells about them with the same inimitable humor, irony, drama and whimsy that made his earlier Tales of the Foreign Settlements such a popular success. With due regard for historical accuracy he recreates those fantastic days and the furor and fun with which they were filled.
Here you can enjoy the privileged social status of belonging to the Victorian Volunteer Steam Fire Engine Company of Yokohama; you can join those Japanese pirates who were the first to meet Englishmen; arbitrate Japan's first labor dispute, involving foreigners, of course; witness the massacre of forty thousand Japanese Christians; revel in Nagasaki when it was the Paris of the Far East; travel over the Tokaido when it was the most picturesque and colorful of the world's highways; watch at close range each gruesome detail of an act of harakiri; dive for sunken treasures; watch the world's largest wooden vessel burn to the water line; marvel at one of the greatest advertising feats of all time.
The Southerner's Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 17:34
2015 | EPUB | 34.1MB
From Garden & Gun—the magazine that features the best of Southern cooking, dining, cocktails, and customs—comes an heirloom-quality guide to the traditions and innovations that define today’s Southern food culture, with more than 100 recipes and 4-color photography throughout.
From well-loved classics like biscuits and fried chicken to uniquely regional dishes such as sonker (Piedmont, North Carolina’s take on cobbler) or Minorcan chowder (Florida’s version of clam chowder), each recipe in The Southerner’s Cookbook tells a story about Southern food and its origins. With contributions from some of the South’s finest chefs, a glossary of cooking terms, and essays from many of the magazine’s most beloved writers, The Southerner’s Cookbook is much more than simply a collection of recipes: it is a true reflection of the South’s culinary past, present, and future.
Always Pack a Party Dress: And Other Lessons Learned From a (Half) Life in Fashion [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 17:33
2015 | EPUB | 52.56MB
An authentic voice in the world of style and how-to books, Amanda Brooks, with her unique and enviable yet accessible style, has inspired thousands of women – of all ages – to find their own personal look and explore their identity through the clothes they love to wear.
In the past twenty years Brooks has worked as a photo assistant for Patrick Demarchelier, a “gallerina” at the Gagosian Gallery, and at various fashion posts, before finding her dream job as fashion director for Barneys New York. Along the way—and wearing more than a few of the kinds of outfits we’ve all regretted at one point or another—Brooks has discovered the key to creating her personal style, combining influences as wide-ranging as childhood prep school, Grateful Dead concerts, contemporary artists, pop culture, and her current home outside of the fashion bubble, a farm where she lives with her family (and a host of animals) in England.
In Always Pack a Party Dress, Brooks recalls her early career aspirations and explores the evolution of her own personal style in stories of successes and failures alike, and offers fashion and beauty tips and inspiring photographs throughout. Always Pack a Party Dress is a must-read for high fashion or street style aficionados, and gorgeously produced gift book, Brooks’ shares her expertise and insider view with warm, candid and often witty prose.
Bowie Style [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 17:31
2000 | EPUB | 44.03MB
A richly illustrated 160-page chronicle of pop's greatest exponent of style. This visual examination of a celebrated multi-faceted career documents the impact of David Bowie on twentieth-century fashion and culture, brilliantly capturing his spatial odyssey from dedicated follower to supreme arbiter of rock chic. As the book says, 'Bowie's "style" has always amounted to more than clothes, hair and cosmetics. Style, for Bowie, is inextricable from art…it is less a flight from reality than an entire way of life.' The range of photographs is staggering. From his humble Brixton beginnings to the classy pop icon in the last quarter of the old millennium (every year from 1962 to 1999 is amply represented), the book shows a changing glamour gallery of Bowies down the years, all different and yet somehow all unified by an unerring grasp of Style with a capital S. Whether it's on-stage with The King Bees in the Sixties, off-stage at Haddon Hall in the Seventies, on-stage (again) with Iggy Pop in the Eighties, or back-stage with Morrissey in the Nineties, Steve Pafford, editor of the UK's 'Crankin' Out' Bowie fan club magazine (PO Box 3268, London NW6 4NH), has unearthed some fascinating pix. There are close to 500 images in BowieStyle, an all-time high, and around 40% are guaranteed previously unseen.
There's also an exclusive two-page interview with photographer Mick Rock, contributions from ex-manager Ken Pitt, as well as previously unpublished extracts of Crankin' Out's interviews with collaborator Tony Visconti, clothes designer Natasha Kornilof and Manish Boy Bob Solly. The informed, incisive text and picture captions are also littered with quotes from David himself, compiled from various media interviews conducted over the years, as well as his chats with Crankin' Out, which appear in print for the very first time.
Strange Fascination: David Bowie: The Definitive Story [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 17:30
2005 | EPUB | 2.1MB
David Bowie was arguably the most influential artist of his time, reinventing himself again and again, transforming music, style and art for over five decades.
David Buckley's unique approach to unravelling the Bowie enigma, via interviews with many of the singer's closest associates, biography and academic analysis, makes this unrivalled biography a classic for Bowie fans old and new. This revised edition of Strange Fascination captures exclusive details about the tours, the making of the albums, the arguments, the split-ups, the music and, most importantly, the man himself. Also including exclusive photographic material, Strange Fascination is the most complete account of David Bowie and his impact on pop culture ever written.
From Jack Johnson to LeBron James: Sports, Media, and the Color Line [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 17:29
2016 | EPUB + PDF | 0.87/4.44MB
The campaign for racial equality in sports has both reflected and affected the campaign for racial equality in the United States. Some of the most significant and publicized stories in this campaign in the twentieth century have happened in sports, including, of course, Jackie Robinson in baseball; Jesse Owens, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos in track; Arthur Ashe in tennis; and Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, and Muhammad Ali in boxing. Long after the full integration of college and professional athletics, race continues to play a major role in sports. Not long ago, sportswriters and sportscasters ignored racial issues. They now contribute to the public’s evolving racial attitudes on issues both on and off the field, ranging from integration to self-determination to masculinity.
From Jack Johnson to LeBron James examines the intersection of sports, race, and the media in the twentieth century and beyond. The essays are linked by a number of questions, including: How did the black and white media differ in content and context in their reporting of these stories? How did the media acknowledge race in their stories? Did the media recognize these stories as historically significant? Considering how media coverage has evolved over the years, the essays begin with the racially charged reporting of Jack Johnson’s reign as heavyweight champion and carry up to the present, covering the media narratives surrounding the Michael Vick dogfighting case in a supposedly post-racial era and the media’s handling of LeBron James’s announcement to leave Cleveland for Miami.
Redskins: Insult and Brand [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 17:27
2016 | EPUB + PDF | 1.47/2.18MB
The Washington Redskins franchise remains one of the most valuable in professional sports, in part because of its easily recognizable, popular, and profitable brand.
And yet “redskins” is a derogatory name for American Indians.
The number of grassroots campaigns to change the name has risen in recent years despite the current team owner’s assertion that the team will never do so. Franchise owners counter criticism by arguing that the team name is positive and a term of respect and honor that many American Indians embrace. The NFL, for its part, actively defends the name and supports it in court.
Prominent journalists, politicians, and former players have publicly spoken out against the use of “Redskins” as the name of the team. Sportscaster Bob Costas denounced the name as a racial slur during a halftime show in 2013. U.S. Representative Betty McCollum marched outside the stadium with other protesters––among them former Minnesota Vikings player Joey Browner––urging that the name be changed.
Redskins: Insult and Brand examines how the ongoing struggle over the team name raises important questions about how white Americans perceive American Indians, about the cultural power of consumer brands, and about continuing obstacles to inclusion and equality. C. Richard King examines the history of the team’s name, the evolution of the term “redskin,” and the various ways in which people both support and oppose its use today. King’s hard-hitting approach to the team’s logo and mascot exposes the disturbing history of a moniker’s association with the NFL—a multibillion-dollar entity that accepts public funds—as well as popular attitudes toward Native Americans today.
Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel [Audiobook]
23 January 2016, 15:20
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 15 hrs 23 mins | 435.41MB
The next best thing to having a room key to the Chelsea Hotel during each of its famous - and infamous - decades The Chelsea Hotel, since its founding by a visionary French architect in 1884, has been an icon of American invention: a cultural dynamo and haven for the counterculture, all in one astonishing building. Sherill Tippins, author of the acclaimed February House, delivers a masterful and endlessly entertaining history of the Chelsea and of the successive generations of artists who have cohabited and created there, among them John Sloan, Edgar Lee Masters, Thomas Wolfe, Dylan Thomas, Arthur Miller, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Sam Shepard, Sid Vicious, and Dee Dee Ramone. Now as legendary as the artists it has housed and the countless creative collaborations it has sparked, the Chelsea has always stood as a mystery as well: Why and how did this hotel become the largest and longest-lived artists' community in the known world? Inside the Dream Palace is the intimate and definitive story.
Today the Chelsea stands poised in limbo between two futures: Will this symbol of New York's artistic invention be converted to a profit-driven business catering to the top one percent? Or will the Chelsea be given a rebirth through painstaking effort by the community that loves it? Set against these two competing possibilities, Inside the Dream Palace could not be more fascinating or timely.
Smokin' Joe: The Autobiography of a Heavyweight Champion of the World [Audiobook]
23 January 2016, 13:42
2013 | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 39 mins | 254.1MB
When boxing was bold, bright, and glamorous and the fights were the hottest sporting events of the year, Joe Frazier was king as the Heavyweight Champion of the World. From 1970 to 1973 he reigned. With a career record of 32-4-1 with twenty-seven knockouts and an Olympic gold medal, Frazier leaves little question that he was one of the greatest fighters of all time.
Well-known, loved, and revered as a gentleman and a fierce competitor in the ring, Joe Frazier speaks his mind in Smokin' Joe - about growing up poor and fighting in the first $2.5million bout; about the early days of his friendship with Muhammad Ali and how their relationship changed; and about the often corrupt world of boxing and what really went on inside and outside the ring.
Personable, good-natured, and funny, Frazier's story is a real delight.
Start a Classifieds Website From Scratch [Video]
23 January 2016, 13:42
MP4, AVC, 1000 kbps, 1280x720 | English, AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 38 Lectures | 4.5 hours | 775.31MB
The course consists of the five main sections:
1. Before starting your empire
General view introducing to the world of classifieds sites including: main definitions, examples of the successful websites, first steps to your website (target audience, costs, revenues, mobile devices, domain name, hosting, software)
2. Getting Started
Differences between a self-hosted software and a hosted solution. Installing a self-hosted software.
3. First steps
Basics items to adding and managing: Categories, Location, Ads, Texts, Currency etc.
4. Advanced Features
Additional items to improve your site: Comments, Terms, Widgets, Social Auth, Custom fields, Newsletters etc.
Good to know tips: Data Backup, Password Security, Email Marketing
The course includes the list of short, rich in content, 38 videos explaining step by step the main issues and the Open Classifieds Full User Guide in PDF (nearly 150 pages).
Everything what you should know at the beginning in a nutshell!
Don't allow your ideas go astray, let's get started in making your successful business a reality!
What are the requirements?
- Internet Connection
- PC or Laptop
- Chrome browser
- Domain name & Hosting (instructions how to get this provided in the course)
What am I going to get from this course?
- Over 38 lectures and 4.5 hours of content!
- Set up and manage a classifieds website for free
- Understanding of the idea of a classifieds sites and their way of operating
- Insight into the business models, revenue, niches, Online Marketing tools
- Understanding the basic, technical knowledge
- Help in choosing the appropriate tools and adjusting available options to the specifics of user’s business
A Brief History of British Kings and Queens: British Royal History from Alfred the Great to the Present [Audiobook]
23 January 2016, 13:08
2013 | M4B@64 kbps + PDF | 14 hrs 40 mins | 400.18MB
Here is the whole of recorded British royal history, from the legendary King Alfred the Great onwards, including the monarchies of England, Scotland, Wales and the United Kingdom for over a thousand years. Fascinating portraits are expertly woven into a history of division and eventual union of the British Isles - even royals we think most familiar are revealed in a new and sometimes surprising light.
This revised and shortened edition of The Mammoth Book of British Kings & Queens includes biographies of the royals of recorded British history, plus an overview of the semi-legendary figures of pre-history and the Dark Ages - an accessible source for students and general readers.
Business Management - Influential Manager Training [Video]
23 January 2016, 13:03
MP4, AVC, 1000 kbps, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 24 Lectures | 2 hours | 1.55GB
What You Will Learn
- In this course you will learn what an influential manager is.
- You will learn how an influential manager communicates.
- And you will also learn how an influential manager achieves their goals and succeeds in their objectives.
What are the requirements?
- You will need to be willing to learn some new skills
- You will need access to the internet
What am I going to get from this course?
- Over 24 lectures and 2 hours of content!
- You will learn how to become a manager that influences those around you, including your team, your colleagues and your own managers and bosses
- You will learn how to influence people around you in a positive way
- You will learn how to avoid common mistakes that managers make interacting with people
- You will understand the secrets of influential management practice
The Hotpants Workout [Video]
23 January 2016, 12:58
DVD5 | ISO, VIDEO_TS, PAL, 7500 kbps, 720x576 | AC3, 224 kbps, 2 Ch | 1.2 hours | 3.56GB
For the first few minutes of The Hotpants Workout you might think you've tuned into Top of the Pops, as female dancers in skimpy, shimmery–yep you guessed it–hotpants dance around. Choreographer to the stars Dan Karaty maintains that Kylie and Britney have fantastic bodies thanks to dance. But the opening case study of a real dancer who had to get her figure back after a period of inactivity due to illness is unnecessary. It's only once the charming Karaty goes into the workout that there is no doubt he knows how to put across his point: dance is indeed a fun way to get a good body.
The session is divided into six sections which target legs, thighs, burning fat, waist, abs and glutes. "Bounce" features a sexy bounce move, "Slide" is based on a sexy slide from leg to leg, "Rush" is a fast fun section, and by the time you reach the slower "Groove" section you might kid yourself that you're just steps away from looking like Karaty's confident back-up dancers. "Two Step" is the hardest of the six sections in terms of coordination, but it's not impossible. The only disappointing section is the final cooldown. It's not as fun as the rest, and the addition of abs and glutes might complete the fitness aspect but doesn't gel with the rest of the up-beat funky workout. Not for serious fitness fanatics but undeniably fun–and it'll do wonders for your dance-floor cred.
Business Management - Data Driven Manager Training [Video]
23 January 2016, 12:56
MP4, AVC, 1000 kbps, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 23 Lectures | 2 hours | 1.17GB
Business Management Training - Be A Better Manager
Learn how to use Data to improve your management skills
Improve Your Management Skills - Data Driven Manager
Do you want to learn how to learn how to improve your management skills and career by becoming a Data Driven Manager?
Data driven managers are managers that get results.
By becoming a data driven manager, you can increase your department’s productivity, improve profits and get yourself recognised as a manager that can get results and progress in your management career.
A Manager's Job
A manager's job is hard, especially if your systems and processes are now working for you and showing you in a bad light.
But if you can learn to become a data driven manager and learn how to create and manage systems and processes, then you can climb the path to a successful career in management in rapid time.
A Leading UK Expert
Myself and Stephen Mather, a leading UK management consultant and managing director of the revolutionary ProPeC system of business improvement, have collaborated to bring you this course on being a data driven manager from the “Be A Better Manager” series of training courses.
What You Will Learn
- In this course you will learn what a data driven manager is.
- You will learn how a data driven manager thinks and behaves.
- And you will also learn how a data driven manager achieves their goals and succeeds in their objectives.
What am I going to get from this course?
- Over 23 lectures and 2 hours of content!
- You will learn how to become a manager that makes decisions based on clear data
- You will understand the importance of Data in management
- You will learn how to choose and interpret Data
- You will learn how to balance your selection of Data
Roanoke: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 12:50
2015 | EPUB | 0.9MB
November 1587. A report reaches London that Sir Walter Raleigh’s expedition, which left England months before to land the first English settlers in America, has foundered. On Roanoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina, a tragedy is unfolding. Something has gone very wrong, and the colony—115 men, women, and children, among them the first English child born in the New World, Virginia Dare—is in trouble. But there will be no rescue. Before help can reach them, all will vanish with barely a trace.
The Lost Colony is America’s oldest unsolved mystery. In this remarkable example of historical detective work, Lee Miller goes back to the original evidence and offers a fresh solution to the enduring legend. She establishes beyond doubt that the tragedy of the Lost Colony did not begin on the shores of Roanoke but within the walls of Westminster, in the inner circle of Queen Elizabeth’s government. As Miller detects, powerful men had reason to want Raleigh’s mission to fail. Furthermore, Miller shows what must have become of the settlers, left to face a hostile world that was itself suffering the upheavals of an alien invasion. Narrating a thrilling tale of court intrigue, spy rings, treachery, sabotage, Native American politics, and colonial power, Miller has finally shed light on a four-hundred-year-old unsolved mystery.
Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 12:49
2015 | EPUB | 3.42MB
In the bestselling tradition of Why Nations Fail and The Revenge of Geography, an award-winning journalist uses ten maps of crucial regions to explain the geo-political strategies of the world powers.
All leaders of nations are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas, and concrete. To understand world events, news organizations and other authorities often focus on people, ideas, and political movements, but without geography, we never have the full picture. Now, in the relevant and timely Prisoners of Geography, seasoned journalist Tim Marshall examines Russia, China, the USA, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan and Korea, and Greenland and the Arctic—their weather, seas, mountains, rivers, deserts, and borders—to provide a context often missing from our political reportage: how the physical characteristics of these countries affect their strengths and vulnerabilities and the decisions made by their leaders.
In ten, up-to-date maps of each region, Marshall explains in clear and engaging prose the complex geo-political strategies of these key parts of the globe. What does it mean that Russia must have a navy, but also has frozen ports six months a year? How does this affect Putin’s treatment of the Ukraine? How is China’s future constrained by its geography? Why will Europe never be united? Why will America never be invaded? Shining a light on the unavoidable physical realities that shape all of our aspirations and endeavors, Prisoners of Geography is the critical guide to one of the major (and most often overlooked) determining factors in world history.
Farewell to the World: A History of Suicide [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 12:48
2015 | EPUB + PDF | 8.2/7.67MB
What drives a person to take his or her own life? Why would an individual be willing to strap a bomb to himself and walk into a crowded marketplace, blowing himself up at the same time as he kills and maims the people around him? Does suicide or 'voluntary death' have the same meaning today as it had in earlier centuries, and does it have the same significance in China, India and the Middle East as it has in the West? How should we understand this distressing, often puzzling phenomenon and how can we explain its patterns and variations over time?
In this wide-ranging comparative study, Barbagli examines suicide as a socio-cultural, religious and political phenomenon, exploring the reasons that underlie it and the meanings it has acquired in different cultures throughout the world. Drawing on a vast body of research carried out by historians, anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists and psychologists, Barbagli shows that a satisfactory theory of suicide cannot limit itself to considering the two causes that were highlighted by the great French sociologist Emile Durkheim - namely, social integration and regulation. Barbagli proposes a new account of suicide that links the motives for and significance attributed to individual actions with the people for whom and against whom individuals take their lives.
This new study of suicide sheds fresh light on the cultural differences between East and West and greatly increases our understanding of an often-misunderstood act. It will be the definitive history of suicide for many years to come.
The Victorians and Edwardians at Work [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 12:46
2011 | EPUB | 26.58MB
A picture can say a thousand words and the images caught on camera during the Victorian and Edwardian periods provide a fascinating insight into the lives of Britons during this time. Take a step back between 1840 and 1910 and explore the world of work and working conditions experienced by the Victorians and Edwardians through the rich variety of photographs and vintage postcards in this beautiful album.
A world we usually see in monochrome or sepia, is presented here in vivid color, bringing the Victorian and Edwardian people a little closer to us. 128 pages are packed with images of shipyards, factories, bakeries, and life in the forces. We see the men and women who made cutlery in Sheffield, the women who gutted and packed the herring in the east coast fishing ports, and the women who worked the coal screens in Lancashire's many collieries, as well as some 'tongue in cheek' Victorian images of domestic life, visiting the dentist, and many other themes and subjects, all of which tell the story of working life 100 to 160 years ago. Go on, take a look!
Tractors 1880s to 1980s [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 12:45
2010 | EPUB | 19.79MB
Of all motor vehicles the farm tractor has proved to be among the most beneficial. It has freed hundreds of thousands of laborers and horses from backbreaking toil on the land in all weathers and it has stabilized the cost of food.
Starting with steam power in the middle of the nineteenth century, the agricultural tractor became motorized in the early years of the twentieth century. From vast prairie types, lighter, one-man machines arrived in time to avert famine in the First World War. Mass production followed, which brought the price of tractors within reach of the average farmer. Meanwhile tractors changed from being simple substitutes for draught animals to highly sophisticated machines, with power takeoffs and hydraulically mounted implements. Pneumatic tires and diesel engines revolutionized the 1930s market, after which draught control and then inexpensive four-wheel-drive made sure that fuel and time went into crop production rather than wheelspin. This marked the end of the widespread use of tracked crawlers, as powerful and efficient wheeled tractors took their place, incorporating the latest multi-range transmission technology.
All the key developments and significant tractor makers are described in this book, from the beginning of the tractor's development to the 1970s. Illustrated by period views of machines at work and in contemporary sales literature, this is a nostalgic history of the machine that has been at the center of agricultural life since before World War II.
The Golden Age of Train Travel [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 12:44
2014 | EPUB | 23.23MB
For the century after 1865 all the largest railroad companies had flagship luxury trains, spectacularly appointed steamliners offering unrivaled standards of service and thoughtful amenities including ladies' perfume and carnations for gentlemen. These luxury trains transported well-heeled passengers in grand style across spectacular American landscapes in an atmosphere of privilege and elegance. Including the iconic Super Chief of the Sante Fe Railway and New York Central System's fabled 20th Century Limited, they became legends in their day and for decades after their last runs. This beautifully illustrated book allows readers to experience the exhilarating journeys, the exquisitely designed train cars and the vintage advertisements and posters that together made up the passenger's experience during this golden age of train travel – an age still remembered and celebrated today.
The Art of Stone Carving [Video]
23 January 2016, 12:41
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 20 lectures | 2.5 hours | 2.77GB
Simple & step by step guide for creating amazing stone murals
Stone Carving is one of the oldest form of representational art. In this form of sculpture, light weight cement blocks are carved by removing in a pre determined way to achieve the desired design.
Master the Ancient Art of Sculpting in Simple and Easy steps
- Sketching or Tracing the design
- Line work and Cross Cutting Techniques
- Marking & Roughing out Levels
- Refining Design Stage
- Finishing & Polishing the Mural
- Coloring & Glazing Stage
This course teaches you to carve a stone with simple household tools like knife cutters and chisels through easy to digest video modules. You will learn crucial carving techniques that will enable you to create numerous beautiful stone murals. If you are an art enthusiast and keen to learn a new and unique art form then this is the course for you. Lets get started!
What are the requirements?
- AAC block - 8x12 inches
- Flat Chisel - 1/4 inch and 3/4 inch
- Artists oil color - ochre yellow or similar
- Flat paint brush - 1 inch
- White wall paint with glossy finish
- White Glue
- Carbon paper
- Kitchen knife
- Sand paper
- Clear Epoxy Lacquer spray
- Face mask and apron
What am I going to get from this course?
- Over 20 lectures and 2.5 hours of content!
- Master the skills of sculpting
- Mark and create levels on stone
- Refine and polish the mural
- Apply color and give finishing touches to the design
London's Royal Parks [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 12:32
2014 | EPUB | 40.67MB
This book tells the history of London's royal parks and how they have evolved from private hunting grounds and gardens into public spaces and venues for great events. In some cases, the parks were royally owned as long ago as the Norman conquest, and several of them were acquired by Henry VIII during the Reformation. At this time they were kept private and there was no public access, but during the eighteenth century most of the parks were opened to the public. Landscaping work was undertaken to keep up with trends, and the parks became fashionable places to be seen out and about - witness Rotten Row in Hyde Park. The parks, Hyde Park in particular, has been used to host major events such as the Great Exhibition and various jubilee and entertainment events. It tells the story of each of the nine royal parks from their acquisition by the monarchy through to the present day, outlining their use and management and the major historical moments associated with them.
London's Statues and Monuments [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 12:31
2012 | EPUB | 49.84MB
The streets and public spaces of London are rich with statues and monuments commemorating the great people of history. From the monumental Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square and Sir Christopher Wren's Great Fire Monument to the charming Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens, and the bronze of Paddington Bear on the lawn of the railway station that gave him his name, the range of London's statues and monuments is huge. Some commemorate events, while others celebrate people, real and fictional. Some take the form of small reliefs, while others are huge pedimented bronzes, larger than life size. Executed in stone, bronze and a range of other materials, London's statues and monuments include work by some of the greatest sculptors.
Shire first published a book on this subject in 1968, and for forty years it was a stalwart of the list, opening the eyes of countless Londoners and visitors to the capital to the sculptural splendour of the city. Peter Matthews has now produced an entirely new book on the subject, reorganised, rewritten, and reillustrated with a completely new set of specially taken photographs. Over 500 statues and monuments feature in this indispensible guide, and fascinating information about the sculptors and the stories behind the monuments make this book a uniquely useful resource for anyone wanting to gain a deeper insight into these wonderful adornments to the streets of the capital.
Almost Homemade Cookbook [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 12:29
2015 | EPUB | 8.88MB
The taste of homemade in just minutes! Over 200 recipes using ready-made ingredients like biscuit baking mix, canned soups and refrigerated dough. You'll love recipes like wake-up fruit salad, Italian egg rolls, cheese-stuffed meatloaf and mandarin orange cake. Almost Homemade cookbook has clever tips and handy party planning tips.
The Bay Tree Home Deli Recipes [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 12:28
2015 | EPUB | 84.25MB
Emma MacDonald, a trained chef and founder of The Bay Tree, shares her celebrated culinary secrets for the first time. Since she first started making jams and chutneys at her mother's kitchen table, her fame has grown, as has her artistry. Now she shows you how to create deli feasts such as Pastrami with Sweet Cucumber Relish, Sticky Redcurrant & Clove Glazed Ham, Sizzling Beef with Korean Vegetable Pickle, and Chocolate Risotto with Cherries in Kirsch. The beauty of Emma's book is that you can mix and match, using deli treats you've prepared yourself, along with deli-bought items. Discover how to make buttermilk, for example, and use it to make a heart-warming Buttermilk-roasted Chicken. Or splash out on pomegranate molasses, and use them to transform a Chargrilled Halloumi Salad. Here you'll find all the recipes, techniques and tips you need to create gorgeous deli feasts.
Fundamental Beauty & Contouring Technique [Video]
23 January 2016, 10:49
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 1.5 hours | 755.3MB
Danessa Myricks teaches the art of Face Contouring, using the 4 Core Concepts and extensive step-by-step demonstration.
FACE CONTOURING the Non-Surgical Facelift!
Danessa Myricks brings the incredible techniques of Face Contouring and Fundamental Beauty together in this comprehensive course, which includes extensive Step-by-Step Demonstrations on how to contour your face while working with various skin tones and face shapes.
Learn how to use Tone and Texture to create flawless, natural finishes.
Perfect how you strategically use foundations and powder to completely transform the face.
This face contouring course provides information on how to select the right tools and build a solid contouring kit and Danessa makes the principles of contouring and fundamental beauty dynamic and engaging with Quick Tips, Before and After Images and Excerpts from her Power of Contouring Book.
You will learn how to reshape, recreate and enhance any face for any occasion!
What are the requirements?
Access to a makeup kit or set of foundations or powders is beneficial
What am I going to get from this course?
- Over 21 lectures and 1.5 hours of content!
- By the end of this course you will be able to sculpt and reshape faces
- Create flawless, natural finishes on the skin
- Use tone and texture to enhance features or diminish imperfection
- You will learn how to choose the perfect foundation tones for your client
- You will learn how to select and use contouring brushes and how to use powders when contouring
The Colored Pencil Drawing Course [Video]
23 January 2016, 10:47
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 22 lectures | 5 hours | 5.18GB
Draw Like a Pro With Colored Pencils
The Colored Pencil Course is a comprehensive learning experience designed to guide absolute beginners and intermediate artists to a level of producing professional quality colored pencil drawings through concise and “easy to digest” modules that include HD videos and Ebooks. This course is for anyone wanting to improve their drawing skills, particularly with colored pencils. This course is designed to maximize learning by including ebooks with each module. Each ebook corresponds with the video from the module ensuring that all learning styles are addressed. A total of over 5 hours of video instruction, 21 downloadable ebooks, and photo references are all included.
- Over 22 lectures and 5 hours of content!
- Learn how to become a pro with colored pencils
- Mix colors and understand color theory
- Be familiar with common colored pencil surfaces and colored pencil types
- Apply various colored pencil techniques to produce a variety of effects
- Draw accurate portraits with colored pencils
- Draw landscapes with colored pencils
- Transfer drawings
- Mix watercolor applications with colored pencils
- Apply watercolor pencils effectively
- Create accurate textures with colored pencils
- Create aesthetic compositions
- Create representational reflections and transparency with colored pencil
How to Draw Manga Faces and Hair [Video]
23 January 2016, 10:43
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 5.5 hours | 1.18GB
Learn to draw Manga and Anime faces like a pro
Hey, a friend of mine asked me to teach him how to draw manga or anime. I told him the best place to get started is with manga faces and hair, as this is the most different aspect of manga from comics.
That spawned this awesome course just waiting for you to check out. The first few lessons are free, so you can see if you like the teaching style, and to see if you learn anything.
I'm sure you will not only learn something but love the free preview lessons enough to buy the course to learn the rest.
Once finished, in about five hours, you will fully understand how to draw manga or anime faces and hair, from eyes, to noses, to mouths, and even expressions/emotions.
So, if like my friend, you have a passion to learn how to draw manga or anime, then check out the free preview lessons.
The course is structured with video lessons that actually teach you methods for drawing manga faces and hair and emotions. This isn't your typical type of drawing tutorials you might find elsewhere.
These lessons will actually teach you and improve your skills. You will learn to draw manga faces, guaranteed or your money back.
You can take the whole course with just pencil and paper, although, I mostly draw on a Wacom Cintiq with Manga Studio 5. However, this is not required. Just watch the first few videos and it will make perfect sense why you only need a pencil and paper, and perhaps an eraser. :)
What are the requirements?
- At least pencil and paper, and perhaps an eraser.
- Not required, but if you wish, a Wacom tablet and Manga Studio 5.
- A desire to learn to draw manga
What am I going to get from this course?
- Over 18 lectures and 5.5 hours of content!
- Learn the basics of the manga head
- Learn to draw the facial features, eyes, nose, mouth, hair
- Learn to add emotions to your faces
- By the end of this course, you will be drawing manga faces that talk and seem to move on the page
- What is the target audience?
Building Your Own Drones: A Beginners' Guide to Drones, UAVs, and ROVs [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 09:48
2015 | EPUB + PDF | 26.89/22.13MB
Absolutely no experience needed!
Build your drone, step-by-step, with this full-color, hands-on guide!
You’ve heard about drones. You’ve seen drones. Now, build your own—it’s a lot easier than you think!
Drones are the newest frontier for the DIY/maker community, and you don’t need to be a technical expert to build one. John Baichtal, the #1 author of hardware hacking books for beginners, will teach you all the skills you need.
First, Baichtal shows you the amazing drones others have built. Then, he walks you through several complete projects: quadcopters, UAVs, ROVs, and more. Not ready to start from scratch? No problem: Baichtal helps you choose from today’s best new kits.
- Hundreds of full-color step-by-step photos teach you every step, every skill. When you’re ready for more advanced concepts, Baichtal explains them in plain English.
- Discover what drones are and why they’re so exciting
- Explore today’s most imaginative projects, from 3D-printed mini quadcopters to floating robot armies
- Compare kits, from $200 up: Parallax ELEV-8, DJI Phantom 2 Vision+, OpenROV, Actobotics Nomad, Brooklyn Aerodrome Flack, and more
- Create your own practical Drone Builder’s Workbench
- Build complete rocket, blimp, waterborne, and automotive drones
- Construct both fully autonomous and radio-controlled drones
- Choose and assemble your chassis (airframe), motor, props, flight control, power system, accessories, and software
- Integrate Arduino to make radio-controlled drones operate autonomously
- Teach a drone to navigate via RFID tags
- Learn all the basic electronics and programming you’ll need
The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 09:46
2015 | EPUB | 4.57MB
When Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address in 1863, he had broader aims than simply rallying a war-weary nation. Lincoln realized that the Civil War had taken on a wider significance—that all of Europe and Latin America was watching to see whether the United States, a beleaguered model of democracy, would indeed “perish from the earth.”
In The Cause of All Nations, distinguished historian Don H. Doyle explains that the Civil War was viewed abroad as part of a much larger struggle for democracy that spanned the Atlantic Ocean, and had begun with the American and French Revolutions. While battles raged at Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg, a parallel contest took place abroad, both in the marbled courts of power and in the public square. Foreign observers held widely divergent views on the war—from radicals such as Karl Marx and Giuseppe Garibaldi who called on the North to fight for liberty and equality, to aristocratic monarchists, who hoped that the collapse of the Union would strike a death blow against democratic movements on both sides of the Atlantic. Nowhere were these monarchist dreams more ominous than in Mexico, where Napoleon III sought to implement his Grand Design for a Latin Catholic empire that would thwart the spread of Anglo-Saxon democracy and use the Confederacy as a buffer state.
Hoping to capitalize on public sympathies abroad, both the Union and the Confederacy sent diplomats and special agents overseas: the South to seek recognition and support, and the North to keep European powers from interfering. Confederate agents appealed to those conservative elements who wanted the South to serve as a bulwark against radical egalitarianism. Lincoln and his Union agents overseas learned to appeal to many foreigners by embracing emancipation and casting the Union as the embattled defender of universal republican ideals, the “last best hope of earth.”
A bold account of the international dimensions of America’s defining conflict, The Cause of All Nations frames the Civil War as a pivotal moment in a global struggle that would decide the survival of democracy.
What is Life: How Chemistry Becomes Biology [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 09:45
2012 | EPUB | 1.95MB
Seventy years ago, Erwin Schrodinger posed a profound question: 'What is life, and how did it emerge from non-life?' This problem has puzzled biologists and physical scientists ever since.
Living things are hugely complex and have unique properties, such as self-maintenance and apparently purposeful behaviour which we do not see in inert matter. So how does chemistry give rise to biology? What could have led the first replicating molecules up such a path? Now, developments in the emerging field of 'systems chemistry' are unlocking the problem. Addy Pross shows how the different kind of stability that operates among replicating molecules results in a tendency for chemical systems to become more complex and acquire the properties of life. Strikingly, he demonstrates that Darwinian evolution is the biological expression of a deeper, well-defined chemical concept: the whole story from replicating molecules to complex life is one continuous process governed by an underlying physical principle. The gulf between biology and the physical sciences is finally becoming bridged.
Algebra II For Dummies, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 09:43
2015 | EPUB | 6.66MB
Your complete guide to acing Algebra II
Do quadratic equations make you queasy? Does the mere thought of logarithms make you feel lethargic? You're not alone! Algebra can induce anxiety in the best of us, especially for the masses that have never counted math as their forte. But here's the good news: you no longer have to suffer through statistics, sequences, and series alone. Algebra II For Dummies takes the fear out of this math course and gives you easy-to-follow, friendly guidance on everything you'll encounter in the classroom and arms you with the skills and confidence you need to score high at exam time.
Gone are the days that Algebra II is a subject that only the serious 'math' students need to worry about. Now, as the concepts and material covered in a typical Algebra II course are consistently popping up on standardized tests like the SAT and ACT, the demand for advanced guidance on this subject has never been more urgent. Thankfully, this new edition of Algebra II For Dummies answers the call with a friendly and accessible approach to this often-intimidating subject, offering you a closer look at exponentials, graphing inequalities, and other topics in a way you can understand.
- Examine exponentials like a pro
- Find out how to graph inequalities
- Go beyond your Algebra I knowledge
- Ace your Algebra II exams with ease
Whether you're looking to increase your score on a standardized test or simply succeed in your Algebra II course, this friendly guide makes it possible.
Research Methods in Psychology For Dummies [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 09:41
2015 | EPUB | 4.58MB
Your hands-on introduction to research methods in psychology Looking for an easily accessible overview of research methods in psychology? This is the book for you! Whether you need to get ahead in class, you're pressed for time, or you just want a take on a topic that's not covered in your textbook, Research Methods in Psychology For Dummies has you covered.
Written in plain English and packed with easy-to-follow instruction, this friendly guide takes the intimidation out of the subject and tackles the fundamentals of psychology research in a way that makes it approachable and comprehensible, no matter your background. Inside, you'll find expert coverage of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including surveys, case studies, laboratory observations, tests and experiments—and much more.
- Serves as an excellent supplement to course textbooks
- Provides a clear introduction to the scientific method
- Presents the methodologies and techniques used in psychology research
If you're a first or second year psychology student and want to supplement your doorstop-sized psychology textbook—and boost your chances of scoring higher at exam time—this hands-on guide breaks down the subject into easily digestible bits and propels you towards success.
The Machine: A Radical Approach to the Design of the Sales Function [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 09:40
2015 | EPUB | 2.01MB
A silent revolution in sales
In The Machine, Justin Roff-Marsh shows readers how to follow the intrepid executives on three continents who have implemented his ideas over the last 15 years, building ridiculously efficient sales functions--and market-dominating enterprises--as a consequence.
Roff-Marsh calls these executives his silent revolutionaries.
This revolution has been brewing for a long time. For the last 20 years, organizations' ability to produce has overtaken their ability to sell, and, for at least as long, customers have unfailingly embraced every opportunity to avoid interacting with traditional field salespeople.
Applying the division of labor to sales might not seem controversial, but this innocent-sounding idea decimates the sales management orthodoxy and replaces it with a strange new world where sales is primarily an inside activity, where salespeople earn fixed salaries and focus their attention exclusively on selling conversations, where regional sales offices become redundant, and where marketing and engineering become seamlessly integrated with sales.
The Machine is a field guide for the executive who's prepared to wrestle sales away from autonomous field-based artisans in favor of a tightly synchronized team of specialists. Readers will embrace The Machine either to exploit the new sales order or to avoid falling victim to it.
Solving Problems that Matter (and Getting Paid for It) [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 09:38
2015 | EPUB | 12.0MB
Do you want to harness the power of science, technology, and innovation to change the world? Do you want to channel your passion and education to pursue a life-long career improving the human condition?
- Regardless of where you are in your career today, what should be your next step?
- Sign up for Peace Corps? Pursue graduate school? Take on a corporate job?
- Join a nonprofit? Launch your own social enterprise?
- Should you focus on energy, health or food security?
- Should you stay in New York or move to Nairobi?
The number of choices is daunting!
Solving Problems That Matter (and Getting Paid for It) stitches together a mosaic of perspectives, experiences, and actionable insights to illuminate the smorgasbord of career pathways in social innovation and global sustainable development.
54 expert briefs penned by leaders from USAID, Peace Corps, MIT, Engineers Without Borders, FHI 360, and other organizations offer practical insights into a myriad of topics such as:
- How do different kinds of organizations work?
- How do you find your first impact-focused job?
- What are the pros and cons of PhD, MBA, MPH and MPA degrees?
- How do salaries and benefits work when placed in a developing country?
100 STEM innovators from the World Bank, UNICEF, Gates Foundation, Google, and dozens of social ventures, government agencies, nonprofits, academia, and corporations share their career profiles with you. Turn to any page to read an enlightening and inspiring inside story of a social innovator's role and responsibilities, career trajectory, and lessons learned along the way.
Read Solving Problems That Matter (and Getting Paid for It) to let 165 of today's most inspiring game-changers help you find your passion, make informed career decisions, and propel you into the exciting world of social innovation and global sustainable development.
Sales Management For Dummies [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 09:37
2015 | EPUB | 3.4MB
Guide your sales force to its fullest potential
With a proven sales management and execution process, Sales Management For Dummies aids organizations and individuals in reaching the highest levels of success. Although selling products or services is a central part of any sales job, there's much more to it. With this fun and accessible guide, you'll go beyond the basics of sales to learn how to anticipate clients' needs, develop psychologist-like insight, and so much more.
Because few people go to school to earn degrees in selling, sales talent is developed in the field. Unfortunately, most training efforts fail to reach their objectives, in large part because of the absence of any kind of reinforcement or coaching. This book is your one-stop guide to managing an existing or start-up sales force to succeed in every area of sales—from prospecting to closing.
- Shows you how to reach your fullest potential in sales
- Helps you effectively inspire great performance form any sales force
- Demonstrates how to prospect, recruit, and increase your organization's income and success
- Teaches you how to manage sales teams to greatness
If you're one of the millions of salespeople or sales managers worldwide looking for a fast, easy, and effective way to get the most out of your sales force, the tried-and-true guidance presented inside sets you up for success.
Frederic Church: The Art and Science of Detail [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 09:35
2015 | EPUB | 20.44MB
Frederic Church (1826–1900), the most celebrated painter in the United States during the mid-19th century, created monumental landscapes of North and South America, the Arctic, and the Middle East. These paintings were unsurpassed in their attention to detail, yet the significance of this pictorial approach has remained largely unexplored. In this important reconsideration of Church’s works, Jennifer Raab offers the first sustained examination of the aesthetics of detail that fundamentally shaped 19th-century American landscape painting. Moving between historical context and close readings of famous canvases—including Niagara, The Heart of the Andes, and The Icebergs—Raab argues that Church’s art challenged an earlier model of painting based on symbolic unity, revealing a representation of nature with surprising connections to scientific discourses of the time.
The book traces Church’s movement away from working in oil on canvas to shaping the physical landscape of Olana, his self-designed estate on the Hudson River, a move that allowed the artist to rethink scale and process while also engaging with pressing ecological questions. Beautifully illustrated with dramatic spreads and striking details of Church’s works, Frederic Church: The Art and Science of Detail offers a profoundly new understanding of this canonical artist.
Zooburbia: Meditations on the Wild Animals Among Us [Audiobook]
23 January 2016, 09:32
2015 | MP3@64 kbps | 4 hrs 51 mins | 137.37MB
Every animal has a story.
A lively blend of memoir, natural history, and mindfulness, Zooburbia is an inspirational collection of stories of the wildlife with whom we coexist.
In Zooburbia, urban naturalist Tai Moses explores the "extraordinary, unruly, half-wild realm where human and animal lives overlap." The author's woodsy backyard at the base of the Oakland hills becomes a laboratory for encounters with a variety of animals, from deer, raccoons, and squirrels to birds, lizards, and feral cats. The more Moses learns about their natural histories, the more curious she becomes about their stories and recognizes our intimate connection to the animals among us.
Each chapter focuses on a different animal encounter: an octopus in a pet shop, a goat stuck in a fence, or the author's pet dog. Each encounter invites the reader to think about the wildness of city life and the meaning of our relationship to the animals that live with and around us.
This beautifully written and heartfelt memoir is sure to delight animal lovers, urban farmers and gardeners, and people who love the outdoors.
Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 08:32
2004 | EPUB | 3.4MB
Shortly after America’s entry into World War II, Adolf Hitler ordered an extensive sabotage campaign against the United States to disrupt the production of tanks and airplanes and blow up bridges and railroads. Eight German saboteurs were dispatched across the Atlantic by U-boat, one team landing in Amagansett, Long Island, the other near Jacksonville, Florida. They brought with them enough money and explosives for a two-year operation and traveled inland to explore potential targets.
The full story of this audacious endeavor is a remarkable account of a terrorist threat against America. Michael Dobbs describes the saboteurs’ training in Nazi Germany, their claustrophobic three-week voyage in submarines, and their infiltration into American life. He explores the reasons each volunteered, and their links to a network of Nazi sympathizers in the United States. He paints a portrait of the group’s leaders: George Dasch, a onetime waiter who dreamed of leaving his personal mark on history, and Edward Kerling, a fanatic Nazi caught between his love for his mistress and his love for his wife. And he shows how the FBI might never have captured the saboteurs had one of them not helped J. Edgar Hoover transform a hapless manhunt into one of his proudest accomplishments. A military tribunal, a historic Supreme Court session, and one of the largest mass executions in American history provide a stunning climax to a dangerous but failed mission.
The Summer of 1787 [Audiobook]
23 January 2016, 08:31
2008 | MP3@64 kbps | 10 hrs 48 mins | 371.23MB
The Summer of 1787 takes us into the sweltering room in which the founding fathers struggled for four months to produce the Constitution: the flawed but enduring document that would define the nation—then and now.
George Washington presided, James Madison kept the notes, Benjamin Franklin offered wisdom and humor at crucial times. The Summer of 1787 traces the struggles within the Philadelphia Convention as the delegates hammered out the charter for the world’s first constitutional democracy. Relying on the words of the delegates themselves to explore the Convention’s sharp conflicts and hard bargaining, David O. Stewart lays out the passions and contradictions of the, often, painful process of writing the Constitution.
It was a desperate balancing act. Revolutionary principles required that the people have power, but could the people be trusted? Would a stronger central government leave room for the states? Would the small states accept a Congress in which seats were allotted according to population rather than to each sovereign state? And what of slavery? The supercharged debates over America’s original sin led to the most creative and most disappointing political deals of the Convention.
The room was crowded with colorful and passionate characters, some known—Alexander Hamilton, Gouverneur Morris, Edmund Randolph—and others largely forgotten. At different points during that sultry summer, more than half of the delegates threatened to walk out, and some actually did, but Washington’s quiet leadership and the delegates’ inspired compromises held the Convention together.
In a country continually arguing over the document’s original intent, it is fascinating to watch these powerful characters struggle toward consensus—often reluctantly—to write a flawed but living and breathing document that could evolve with the nation.
An Innocent Abroad: Life-changing Trips from 35 Great Writers [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 08:26
2015 | EPUB | 1.4MB
More than 20 well-known writers and celebrities share the travel experiences that shaped their personalities and changed their lives. Contributors include Dave Eggers, Richard Ford, Pico Iyer, John Berendt, Alexander McCall Smith and Jane Smiley.
Becoming Frozen: Memoir of a First Year in Alaska [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 08:25
2015 | EPUB | 1.66MB
Jill Homer was just another naive young woman who followed a man to the Last Frontier — but it was Alaska that won her heart. This memoir is a love story about the wonderful, humorous, and sometimes harrowing experiences that await when a woman throws her heart to the wind just to see where it lands. After taking a job at a weekly newspaper in Homer, Alaska, Jill and her partner forge a new life in a town where artists and sport fishermen drive the local economy, grizzly bears roam through back yards, social outings feature death-defying ski trips or kayaking rough seas in freezing rain, and business attire means wearing three sweaters to an unheated office. As Jill adapts to Homer's idiosyncrasies, she finds her own quirky hobby — riding a bike on snow. Despite having little in the way of an athletic background or talent, Jill signs up for a hundred-mile race across frozen wilderness. As the harsh Alaskan winter sets in, she launches a tenacious training routine that takes her far out of her comfort zone. Here, under the Northern Lights, battling exhaustion and extreme cold, Jill discovers the heart of Alaska. And there's no going back.
Build Your Own Home Office Furniture [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 08:24
2001 | EPUB | 5.44MB
Build your own home office furniture!
You want the best for your home office, from practical workstations to stylish bookcases. Danny Proulx shows you how to transform any room into the perfect workspace, offering invaluable tips and advice, plus 13 fresh, functional, fun-to-build projects packed with detailed photographs and step-by-step instructions.
Designs range from simple storage modules to a computer desk/workstation, so whatever your level of skill, you'll find plenty of woodshop excitement. It's the kind of furniture that makes the office of your dreams…a reality.
- File and Storage Drawer Module
- Lateral File Cabinet
- Basic Workstation
- Executive Work Center
- Credenza and Bookcase Hutch
- Armoire Work Center
- Office Bookcase
- Desktop Organizer
- Media Storage Center
- Closet Work Center
- Stand-Up Desk
- Writing Desk
- Laminate Tabletop Construction
Honey Crafting [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 08:23
2015 | EPUB | 1.98MB
From the satisfying taste of fresh honey butter to the blissful aroma of a beeswax candle, Honey Crafting celebrates everything the hive has to offer. Inside, you'll find a variety of sweet crafts for around the home, including Molded Beeswax Ornaments, Oatmeal and Honey Scrub Bar, Honey Gorgonzola Toasts, and Cocoa Lavender Lip Balm. Whether you're interested in creating delicious meals that highlight honey’s robust taste, developing all-natural beauty products, or preparing home remedies that will soothe any ailment, this book makes it easy for anyone to savor the simple pleasures that come from harvesting the golden nectar.
With step-by-step instructions and plenty of buzz-worthy wisdom, Honey Crafting will help you sweeten up your day with all the goodness that honeybees bring.
Clay Creation Workshop [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 08:21
2014 | EPUB | 29.71MB
Make all kinds of fantastic clay creations with lightweight, air-dry clay.
With Clay Creation Workshop's simple to follow instructions, you'll have a whole world of fun! Using super lightweight, air-dry clay (and focusing on a handful of simple shapes), you'll create an entire world of people, animals, scenes and more. From well-dressed dolls to mermaids and fairies, from cute kittens to prideful lions, from cupcakes to beads and bling, you'll create to your heart's content!
- 20+ step-by-step clay projects for figures, such as mermaids, fairies and dolls, and dress them up with dozens of outfits, crazy and creative hairstyles and accessories.
- 20+ step-by-step clay projects for animals, ranging from the everyday cats and dogs to exotic penguins and giraffes.
- Uses inexpensive lightweight, air-dry clay that is easy to maintain and comes in a wide variety of colors.
Sage Living: Decorate for the Life You Want [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 07:29
2015 | EPUB | 12.12MB
Perfectly named style maven and City Sage blogger Anne Sage knows a wise truth: decorating our living spaces for our goals is the first step in making them happen. In Sage Living, she opens the door to covetable dwellings designed to boost the dreams of their occupants, from the sunny, open-air kitchen of a holistic nutritionist to the eclectic living room of a world traveler ready to put down roots. With page after page of stunning interiors, engagingly written home stories, and hundreds of design tips for every room, Sage Living goes beneath the stylized surface to help readers decorate for the lives they truly want.
kate spade new york: all in good taste [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 07:28
2015 | EPUB | 5.53MB
In this charming guide to entertaining, kate spade new york throws rigid rules out the door and shares unpretentious ideas for the modern-day hostess that are easy, festive, authentic, and always with an air of deliberate polish.
filled with how-tos, personal essays, anecdotes, recipes, and a liberal dash of style, all in good taste will transform you into the hostess everyone wants an invitation from. the book covers the essential lost arts—how to shuck an oyster, curate a vibrant guest list, guide a dinner-table discussion—right alongside modern conundrums such as Instagram etiquette at dinner. whether you entertain a little or a lot, or just love being the person everyone wants to sit next to at dinner, all in good taste is the modern classic you’ll treasure for years.
Disclaimer: The wine stain on the cover of the book is a design element and is intentional.
The Ultimate Survival Manual: 333 Skills that Will Get You Out Alive [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 07:25
2012 | EPUB | 8.97MB
Whether you’re lost in the woods, facing an armed insurrection, or preparing for a hurricane, the experts at Outdoor Life magazine are the people you want on your side. This book is the one you need if you want to protect your family, save yourself, and prevail over any danger.
Your Go-To Guide for Surviving Anything
GET READY, GET SET, SURVIVE!
You're lost in the woods without food or water. Confronted by an armed assailant in the dead of night. Forced to outrun a deadly tornado. Don't worry - The Ultimate Survival Manual has you covered.
Out in the Wild From navigating with a compass to fending off a mountain lion, learn to prevail in the forests, deserts, and open oceans like an expert outdoorsman.
During a Disaster Whether it's a towering tsunami or a blazing wildfire, bad things happen every day. Know what to do when the going gets tough.
In an Urban Crisis Arm yourself with the latest self-defense moves, weapons tips, and home-protection tactics, plus crucial strategies for handling bad guys and bad situations at home and abroad.
Emergency War Surgery: The Survivalist's Medical Desk [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 07:24
2015 | EPUB | 2.37MB
Military surgeons must assume a leadership role in combat casualty care in circumstances that are far less than ideal. This handbook provides much of the information needed to tackle these issues and features state-of-the-art principles and practices of forward trauma surgery as used by military physicians in far flung locations around the globe. Featuring nearly 200 illustrations demonstrating proper techniques, Emergency War Surgery is the most trusted and up-to-date manual offered by the Department of Defense for military medical personnel in the field.
The Prepper's Cookbook [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 07:21
2013 | EPUB | 7.25MB
Build an emergency food supply for your family with nutritious, low-cost recipes with the handy Preppers Cookbook.
Prepping your own food–choosing the right ingredients, in the right quantities, with the right methods–is the best way to ensure that you and your family will be ready for any disaster. This is the ultimate prepper's cookbook for preparing in a safe and smart way.
With the help of The Preppers Cookbook you'll be able to:
- Get started with handy checklists and instructions to begin preparing immediately
- Use The Preppers Cookbook to quickly learn and start using different food-preservation methods such as canning, pickling, and dehydrating
- Choose from delicious recipes from the The Preppers Cookbook for every meal and situation, including breakfast, dessert, and snacks
- Keep track of your calories, water supply, and macronutrients using proper guidelines
- Easily organize your disaster response with helpful tips and suggestions from The Preppers Cookbook
- Regardless of what reality TV would have you believe, most preppers are real-world people just like you, who simply want to be prepared to survive any emergency that may arise.
Advance preparation will be crucial to making it through a disaster, even if it's for only a few days. With dozens of useful recipes, and with tutorials on crucial topics such as alternate food sources, reliable cooking methods, and water purification, The Preppers Cookbook will help get your family prepared for any situation.
The Skinny Bread Machine Recipe Book [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 07:19
2013 | EPUB | 0.53MB
70 Simple, Lower Calorie, Healthy Breads… Baked To Perfection In Your Bread Maker.
We all love bread, yet increasingly people are feeling that it is becoming difficult to eat as part of a healthy diet.
With The Skinny Bread Machine Recipe Book, home baked bread can still be a healthier part of your diet.
For each of our skinny bread machine recipes we have taken traditional ingredients such as full fat butter, milk & cheese and, where possible, replaced them with alternatives which are either lower in calories, sugar, salt or saturated fats.
Each of the recipes have been tried and tested to make perfect homemade bread in your bread machine. The freshly baked bread you make will look and taste great and you’ll be happy you’ve done your best to bake a better loaf for you and your family.
- Traditional White & Wholemeal Breads
- Tarragon & Mozzarella Cheese Bread
- Red Pesto Bread
- Cranberry Bread
- White Spiced Butternut Squash Bread
- Pink Beetroot Bread
- Sun-dried Tomato Bread Olive Bread
- Indian Spiced Bread
- Triple Seed Bread
- Granary & Stout Loaf
- Festive Apple Bread
- Dried Cherry Loaf
Plus a selection of gluten free bread recipes.
The Treats Truck Baking Book: Cookies, Brownies & Goodies Galore [PDF]
23 January 2016, 07:19
2011 | PDF | 33.75MB
Entrepreneurial baking queen Kim Ima invites you to climb aboard her famous Treats Truck, “Sugar,” for an unforgettable tour of the world of cookies, cakes, pies, and all manner of scrumptious desserts. In The Treats Truck Baking Book, Kim shares dozens of mouthwatering recipes from the remarkable mobile bakery that has taken New York City by storm—while she tells the fascinating story of “Sugar,” her chicly retro, clean-burning repository of deliciousness. This beautifully full-color illustrated cookbook is a sweet treat for home bakers everywhere.
I Didn't Know My Slow Cooker Could Do That [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 07:18
2015 | EPUB | 64.79MB
More than 150 delicious and innovative recipes that shatter preconceived notions about what can be made in a slow cooker
Elevating slow cooker meals beyond the basics, this smart book includes 150 innovative, delicious recipes for family dinners, creative desserts, holiday meals, and effortless entertaining. More than 100 gorgeous photos accompany the foolproof recipes and techniques.
Recipes include slow-cooker stalwarts such as soups, stews, and roasts, but go beyond to dishes not thought of as slow-cooker fare, including cheesecake, lasagna, yogurt, party mix, and steel-cut oats. Each chapter contains clever tips, features, and secrets for getting the most from this favorite kitchen appliance, such as how to layer food and flavors for ideal doneness and taste. Special chapters on entertaining and holiday cooking show party hosts how to use the slow cooker to simplify food prep for special gatherings.
NeuroLogic: The Brain's Hidden Rationale Behind Our Irrational Behavior [Audiobook]
23 January 2016, 07:17
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 10 hrs 18 mins | 291.81MB
A groundbreaking investigation of the brain's hidden logic behind our strangest behaviors and of how conscious and unconscious systems interact in order to create our experience and preserve our sense of self.
From bizarre dreams and hallucinations to schizophrenia and multiple personalities, the human brain is responsible for a diverse spectrum of strange thoughts and behaviors. When observed from the outside, these phenomena are often written off as being just "crazy", but what if they were actually planned and logical?
NeuroLogic explores the brain's internal system of reasoning, from its unconscious depths to conscious decision making, and illuminates how it explains our most outlandish as well as our most stereotyped behaviors. From sleepwalking murderers, contagious yawning, and the brains of sports fans to false memories, subliminal messages, and the secret of ticklishness, Dr. Eliezer Sternberg shows that there are patterns to the way the brain interprets the world - patterns that fit the brain's unique logic. Unraveling these patterns and the various ways they can be disturbed will not only alter our view of mental illness and supernatural experience but will also shed light on the hidden parts of ourselves.
Paleo Desserts For Dummies [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 07:16
2015 | EPUB | 8.56MB
More than 125 simple and sweet recipes for Paleo-friendly desserts
Following a Paleo Diet doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite desserts and treats. Paleo Desserts For Dummies offers up more than 125 tasty and delectable dessert recipes that you can enjoy while staying true to the Paleo lifestyle. From chocolate cake and blueberry muffins to maple-walnut ice cream and cookie dough Oreo cookies—there's something to please every palate in this collection of Paleo-friendly desserts.
The Paleo diet is one of the hottest diet and healthy-eating approaches around, as more and more people discover an appealing and sustainable alternative to the restrictive diets that can lead to burnout and failed weight loss efforts. Using natural foods to achieve great health and a perfect physique, the Paleo diet can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, and markers of inflammation, as well as help promote weight loss and optimal health. Plus, it has become a lifesaver for the millions of Americans with celiac disease who benefit from eating natural and gluten-free foods.
- Provides recipes that are all made with nourishing, whole foods with no added refined sugars, gluten, grains, or soy
- Includes Paleo recipes for holiday treats, like chocolate pumpkin pie, Halloween ghost truffles, and a fudgy peppermint bark
- Gives you access to a handful of additional Paleo dessert recipes on dummies.com
- Helps you discover the healthy alternatives to sugar and chemical-laden junk food
With the satisfying recipes in Paleo Desserts For Dummies, you'll soon discover how sweet it is to give in to primal cravings!
Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen [EPUB]
23 January 2016, 07:14
2013 | EPUB | 7.66MB
Writing a cookbook for people who love good food has been a lifelong dream for me—and I’m so happy to be sharing some of our family’s favorite recipes with you! In this book you’ll find everything from Jase’s Favorite Sweet Potato Pie to Phil’s own special recipes, like his scrumptious Crawfish Fettuccine. There’s “girly” food for a gathering of your best girlfriends, like Aunt Judy’s Cranberry Salad, as well as dishes straight from the hunt like Boiled Squirrel and Dumplings.
In addition to more than one hundred specially chosen recipes, I’ve included old family snapshots of the days before the Duck Dynasty series on A&E® and stories of our family and how we live. The dinner table has long been one of our favorite places for telling stories, and there’s always competition to see who can dish out the wildest story. We believe that food and cooking bring people together—it’s brought our family together for generations, and it can do the same for yours. Gather your family around the table and serve up delicious home-cooked meals with recipes like . . .
- Willie’s Famous Chicken Strips
- Melt-in-Your-Mouth Biscuits
- Cheesy Corn Casserole
- Fresh Strawberry Pie
- Best Brisket Ever
- Crawfish Balls
- Creamy Green Grape Salad
- Papaw Phil’s Homemade Ice Cream
Join with our family as we create lasting family traditions that will warm the hearts and bellies of those you love. Let’s do it together.
Seriously Bitter Sweet: The Ultimate Dessert Maker's Guide to Chocolate [PDF]
23 January 2016, 07:11
2013 | PDF | 8.58MB
These days, people are accustomed to seeing chocolate labeled 54%, 61%, or 72% on grocery store shelves, but some bakers are still confused by what the labeling means and how to use it. In Seriously Bitter Sweet, Alice Medrich presents 150 meticulously tested, seriously delicious recipes―both savory and sweet―for a wide range of percentage chocolates. “Chocolate notes” appear alongside, so readers can further adapt any recipe using the percentage chocolate on hand.
The book is a complete revision of Alice’s 2003 Bittersweet, which was named the 2004 IACP Cookbook of the Year. Since 2003, the world of chocolate has grown exponentially and terms like “bittersweet” and “semisweet” no longer suffice as chocolatiers everywhere are making chocolates that are labeled with specific percentages of cocoa.Alice clearly outlines the qualities of different chocolates as she explains how to cook with them. With tricks, techniques, and answers to every chocolate question, Seriously Bitter Sweet will appeal to a whole new audience of chocolate lovers.
How to Read and Understand Shakespeare [TTC Video]
23 January 2016, 07:08
Course No 2711 | MKV, AVC, 1069 kbps, 960x720 | AAC, 96 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 6.16GB
Shakespeare—perhaps the greatest literary artist in history—presents a fundamental paradox to his audience. No other Western writer is so celebrated and revered. His plays are seen, read, and studied throughout the world as models of high culture and timeless art. His best-known characters have become mythic symbols in our culture. His poetry and turns of phrase permeate our spoken language. Shakespeare enjoys near-universal agreement among scholars as well as the general public that his works are among the greatest of humanity’s cultural expressions, and that we all should know and understand them.
But appreciating this greatest of writers does not come easily. Simply put, Shakespeare is difficult. His language and culture—those of Elizabethan England, 400 years ago—are greatly different from our own, and his poetry, thick with metaphorical imagery and double meanings, can be hard to penetrate. His theater and the tools of stagecraft available to him can seem quite distant to us. The motives of his characters and the meanings of his philosophical reflections on politics, religion, society, and human relationships are often complex and challenging to reckon with.
Yet, perhaps surprisingly, the keys to understanding Shakespeare are written into the plays themselves. If you can learn to recognize Shakespeare’s own directions to you as a reader and theatergoer—the clues that allow you to engage meaningfully with the playwright’s language, to follow the plot structures and themes that drive his plays, and to track the development of his characters—the plays reveal themselves and become yours for a lifetime of pleasure and meaning.
How, then, do you find these keys to Shakespeare? What are the clues that allow you to truly “get” his great plays—to intimately appreciate their sublime poetry, deeper meanings, and human greatness?
How to Read and Understand Shakespeare, taught by award-winning Professor Marc C. Conner of Washington and Lee University, offers compelling answers to these questions and more, guiding you in an innovative and penetrating exploration of Shakespeare’s plays. He shows you in clear, practical terms how to enter Shakespeare’s dramatic world, to grasp what’s happening in any of his plays, and to enjoy them fully both on the page and the stage.
Interpreting Dramatic Genius
Under Professor Conner’s expert guidance, shaped by decades of studying and performing Shakespeare, you learn a set of interpretive tools, drawn from the texts themselves, that give you direct, immediate insight into Shakespeare’s plays. These guiding principles allow you to follow the narratives of the plays as they unfold, with a clear understanding of how the plays function and fit together. Among them, you learn that Shakespeare’s comedies follow a three-part structure, beginning with a block to love, followed by an escape and a testing of the characters, and ending with a return and reconciliation.
You learn corresponding principles and tools for appreciating his tragedies, histories, and late romances, in an inquiry covering two-thirds of Shakespeare’s dramatic work, including a detailed study of 12 of his greatest plays.
The rewards of the course are both immediate and lifelong—empowering you to grasp the richness and subtlety of Shakespeare’s glorious language, the astounding power of his storytelling, the unforgettable characters that populate the plays, and his visionary insight into the human heart and spirit. These 24 revealing lectures provide the tools that allow you to understand and mine the riches of any Shakespeare play.
Discover the Keys to Shakespeare’s World
Across the span of the lectures, you learn more than 40 interpretive tools that illuminate different aspects of the plays, including these:
- The Words, Words, Words tool: The most fundamental tool for appreciating Shakespeare. Study the text of Romeo and Juliet, as well as major speeches from many other plays, to uncover and appreciate Shakespeare’s “registers” of language, his use of poetic forms, and his richly metaphorical and symbolic use of English.
- The Double-Plot tool: In examples ranging from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry IV, Part 1 to The Tempest, see how Shakespeare—in virtually every play—uses the theatrical device of a high (upper-class) plot, contrasted with a low (lower-class) storyline that mirrors or comments on the high plot.
- The Appearance versus Reality tool: A vital principle for all of Shakespeare’s plays. Highlighting figures including Viola in Twelfth Night, Angelo in Measure for Measure,and Macbeth, Professor Conner shows how Shakespeare’s character-driven narratives hinge on the need to distinguish external appearance from internal reality.
- The Drama of Ideas tool: Throughout the course, witness how Shakespeare’s plays are filled with serious contemplation of the great questions of philosophy, religion, and politics, as seen in the core theological issues at work in Hamlet, or the ways in which Richard II questions the nature of kingship.
- The Decisive Third Act tool: As a highly useful structural key, learn to pay close attention to the decisive third act of a Shakespeare play, and see, in The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, and others, how the third act functions as a pivot point on which the action shifts decisively and the play’s direction is determined.
- The Arc of Character tool: Observe how Shakespeare’s main characters, from Portia and Hamlet to Falstaff and Lady Macbeth, follow a line of development over the course of a play, such as a movement from ignorance to knowledge, a psychological rise or fall, or an altering of the character’s external role within the story.
Engage with Shakespeare’s Deepest Meanings
As a core strength of Professor Conner’s approach, the interpretive tools bring you into direct contact with the ultimate ends that the plays serve. Critically, you find that one of Shakespeare’s most seminal, underlying themes is that of self-transformation—that while his great comic characters reveal the capacity to reformulate their identities and to balance extreme desires, his tragic plays concern the failure to achieve balance and wisdom.
Through an in-depth study of Measure for Measure, you contemplate Shakespeare’s “problem plays”—those that seem to be neither comedies nor true tragedies—and the significance of these unusual works in his dramatic cycle. Finally, with The Tempest you discover the world of the playwright’s “late romances,” which poignantly reveal his thematic concern with forgiveness, reconciliation, and regeneration.
Drawing on nearly 20 years of teaching Shakespeare, including both literature and drama courses, as well as extensive experience in directing and acting Shakespeare, Professor Conner also reveals fascinating details of the playwright’s era, which shed further light on the plays and on the way his audiences perceived them—aided by archival illustrations, paintings, and maps of Elizabethan London. You learn about the colorful, raucous world of the theater in Shakespeare’s time, how his contemporaries conceived of history, and about the surprising Elizabethan customs of courtship and marriage that help explain Shakespeare’s comic plots.
Enjoy These Great Plays for a Lifetime
For over 400 years, Shakespeare’s plays have enthralled, moved, and enriched each new generation of readers and theatergoers. How to Read and Understand Shakespeare builds the skills that allow you to reach your own understanding of the plays—to deeply comprehend Shakespeare’s transcendent poetic language, the spellbinding world of his great characters and stories, and his revelatory reflections on human experience. The tools you learn are yours for years of enjoyment of these monumental treasures of our culture.