Happiness: Positive Psychology - Habit & Willpower Mastery [Video]

Happiness: Positive Psychology - Habit & Willpower Mastery [Video]
Happiness: Positive Psychology - Habit & Willpower Mastery by Patrick Howell, Braco Pobric
MP4, AVC, 1000 kbps, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 49 Lectures | 2 hours | 430.41MB

Happiness Blueprint for Positive Change | Habits, Will Power Secrets & Positive Psychology - Break Bad Habits: Happiness

Imagine what your life will look like when you gain control over out-of-control behaviors. Picture yourself utilizing the Science of Happiness to live fully and to become truly remarkable.

Your life is way to short to live confined and small. Figuring out how to flourish is one of the most important challenges you can accept. living as your ideal self benefits you and those around you. When you are empowered and re-energized, your inspiration and enthusiasm for impacts everyone.

This course creates a bridge between the Ivory Tower and Main Street - translating rigorous research into actionable plans, so that you can live a better life.

You can make the changes you've longed for, thousands of others have, and you can to!

Everyone can achieve better health, lasting joy, and greater control over their lives.

The cornerstones of this class are rooted in principles of adult learning, and only research validated practices make up the exercises in this Habit Happiness Hacking System.

  • Discover the neuroscience of habit formation and change
  • Regain your locus of control
  • Learn how to quickly and effectively raise the bar on your own willpower
  • Rewire your brains neural pathways for sustainable happiness and lasting joy
  • Get yourself UNSTUCK

Join me as I lead you in an exciting course that will teach you secrets of a happy, fulfilled and meaningful life.

In this course you'll learn:

  • How to interrupt unhealthy, unwanted habits and create new healthy habits that help you reach your life goals.
  • Step-by-step knowledge that will enable you create lasting happiness.
  • Positive Psychology interventions that have been proven to bring happiness.
  • How to dramatically increase your willpower
  • The secrets to succeeding in your new goals
  • Strategies for avoiding the pitfalls while changing your habits

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 49 lectures and 2 hours of content!
  • Regain Control of Your Life
  • Tap Into Your Greatest Assets
  • Tiny Habits for Lasting Change
  • Design Your Own Happiness Framework
  • Develop Social Influence and Make People Like You Instantly
  • Become More Magnetic, Inspired and Driven
  • Learn how to re-wire your brain and trigger more happiness chemicals to get through "the tough times"
  • Greater Levels of Willpower
  • Develop a Mindset of Loving Yourself and Loving Others
  • Become proficient in the cornerstone principles of happiness and take "happy" to work with you
  • Learn how to choose only the habits you want - at will
  • Resist temptation and exhibit enhanced self-control towards your life goals
  • Be more joyful with your loved ones
  • Parent your children the way you promised yourself you would
  • Develop your true expression by creating the 'important' habits
  • Re-charge your life and learn to take ownership of your well-being when stressed
  • Enhance your locus of control towards your most important work and personal projects
  • Live like your ideal-self during every waking hour
  • Discover long-term fulfillment when things appear empty
  • Make dramatic shifts in your health and stay around longer
  • Improve your sense of vitality and become full and alive
  • Begin to feel like you have MORE LIFE
  • Positive Psychology
  • Willpower
  • Habits and Happiness Techniques from Braco Pobric
Happiness: Positive Psychology - Habit & Willpower Mastery [Video]

To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing [EPUB]

To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing [EPUB]
To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing by Simon Garfield
2013 | EPUB | 30.92MB

The New York Times bestselling author of Just My Type and On the Map offers an ode to letter writing and its possible salvation in the digital age.

Few things are as exciting—and potentially life-changing—as discovering an old letter. And while etiquette books still extol the practice, letter writing seems to be disappearing amid a flurry of e-mails, texting, and tweeting. The recent decline in letter writing marks a cultural shift so vast that in the future historians may divide time not between BC and AD but between the eras when people wrote letters and when they did not. So New York Times bestselling author Simon Garfield asks: Can anything be done to revive a practice that has dictated and tracked the progress of civilization for more than five hundred years?

In To the Letter, Garfield traces the fascinating history of letter writing from the love letter and the business letter to the chain letter and the letter of recommendation. He provides a tender critique of early letter-writing manuals and analyzes celebrated correspondence from Erasmus to Princess Diana. He also considers the role that letters have played as a literary device from Shakespeare to the epistolary novel, all the rage in the eighteenth century and alive and well today with bestsellers like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. At a time when the decline of letter writing appears to be irreversible, Garfield is the perfect candidate to inspire bibliophiles to put pen to paper and create “a form of expression, emotion, and tactile delight we may clasp to our heart.”

Dictionary of Lexicography [EPUB]

Dictionary of Lexicography [EPUB]
Dictionary of Lexicography by R R K Hartmann, Gregory James
2015 | EPUB | 0.7MB

Dictionaries are among the most frequently consulted books, yet we know remarkably little about them. Who makes them? Where do they come from? What do they offer? How can we evaluate them?

The Dictionary of Lexicography provides answers to all these questions and addresses a wide range of issues:

  • the traditions of dictionary-making
  • the different types of dictionaries and other reference works (such as thesaurus, encyclopedia, atlas and telephone directory)
  • the principles and concerns of lexicographers and other reference professionals
  • the standards of dictionary criticism and dictionary use.

It is both a professional handbook and an easy-to-use reference work.

This is the first time that the subject has been covered in such a comprehensive manner in the form of a reference book. All articles are self-contained, cross-referenced and uniformly structured. The whole is an up-to-date and forward-looking survey of lexicography.

The Unprofessionals: New American Writing from The Paris Review [EPUB]

The Unprofessionals: New American Writing from The Paris Review [EPUB]
The Unprofessionals: New American Writing from The Paris Review edited by Lorin Stein
2015 | EPUB | 0.4MB

An energetic collection celebrating the bold writers at the forefront of today’s literary world—featuring stories, essays, and poems from “America’s greatest literary journal” (Time)

For more than half a century, the Paris Review has launched some of the most exciting new literary voices, from Philip Roth to David Foster Wallace. But rather than trading on nostalgia, the storied journal—reconceived in 2010 by editor Lorin Stein—continues to search outside the mainstream for the most exciting emerging writers. Harmonizing a timeless literary feel with impeccable modern taste, its pages are vivid proof that the best of today’s writing more than upholds the lofty standards that built the magazine’s reputation.

The Unprofessionals collects pieces from the new iteration of the Paris Review by contemporary writers who treat their art not as a profession, but as a calling. Some, like Zadie Smith, Ben Lerner, and John Jeremiah Sullivan, are already major literary presences, while others, like Emma Cline, Benjamin Nugent, and Ottessa Moshfegh, will soon be household names. A master class in contemporary writing across genres, this collection introduces the must-know voices in the modern literary scene.

Kepler and the Universe: How One Man Revolutionized Astronomy [EPUB]

Kepler and the Universe: How One Man Revolutionized Astronomy [EPUB]
Kepler and the Universe: How One Man Revolutionized Astronomy by David K. Love
2015 | EPUB | 5.7MB

A contemporary of Galileo and a forerunner of Isaac Newton, Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) was a pioneering German scientist and a pivotal figure in the history of astronomy. This colorful, well-researched biography brings the man and his scientific discoveries to life, showing how his contributions were every bit as important as those of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton.

It was Kepler who first advocated the completely new concept of a physical force emanating from the sun that controls the motion of the planets–today we call this gravity and take it for granted. He also established that the orbits of the planets were elliptical in shape and not circular. And his three laws of planetary motion are still used by contemporary astronomers and space scientists.

The author focuses not just on these and other momentous breakthroughs but also on Kepler's arduous life, punctuated by frequent tragedy and hardships. His first wife died young, and eight of the twelve children he fathered succumbed to disease in infancy or childhood. He was frequently caught up in the religious persecutions of the day. His mother narrowly escaped death when she was accused of being a witch.

Intermingling historical and personal details of Kepler's life with lucid explanations of his scientific research, this book presents a sympathetic portrait of the man and underscores the critical importance of Kepler's discoveries in the history of astronomy.

We Have the Technology [EPUB]

We Have the Technology [EPUB]
We Have the Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and Scientists Are Transforming Human Perception, One Sense at a Time by Kara Platoni
2015 | EPUB | 1.02/3.67MB

How do we know what’s real? That’s not a trick question: sensory science is increasingly finding that we don’t perceive reality: we create it through perception. In We Have the Technology, science writer Kara Platoni guides us through the latest developments in the science of sensory perception.

We Have the Technology introduces us to researchers who are changing the way we experience the world, whether creating scents that stimulate the memories of Alzheimer’s patients, constructing virtual limbs that approximate a sense of touch, or building augmented reality labs that prepare soldiers for the battlefield. These diverse investigations not only explain previously elusive aspects of human experience, but offer tantalizing glimpses into a future when we can expand, control, and enhance our senses as never before.

A fascinating tour of human capability and scientific ingenuity, We Have the Technology offers essential insights into the nature and possibilities of human experience.

Tibet on Fire: Self-Immolations Against Chinese Rule [EPUB]

Tibet on Fire: Self-Immolations Against Chinese Rule [EPUB]
Tibet on Fire: Self-Immolations Against Chinese Rule by Tsering Woeser
2016 | EPUB | 1.9MB

Why Tibetan monks are setting themselves on fire
Since the 2008 uprising, nearly 150 Tibetan monks have set fire to themselves in protest at the Chinese occupation of their country. Most have died from their injuries. Author Tsering Woeser is a prominent voice of the Tibetan movement, and one of the few Tibetan authors to write in Chinese. Her stirring acts of resistance have led to her house arrest, where she remains under close surveillance to this day. Tibet On Fire is her account of the oppression Tibetans face and the ideals driving those who resist, both the self-immolators and other Tibetans like herself.

With a cover image designed by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, Tibet on Fire is angry and cogent: a clarion call for the world to take action.

Concussion by Jeanne Marie Laskas [EPUB]

Concussion by Jeanne Marie Laskas [EPUB]
Concussion by Jeanne Marie Laskas
2015 | EPUB | 5.62MB

Now a major motion picture starring Will Smith, Concussion is the riveting, unlikely story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the pathologist who made one of the most significant medical discoveries of the twenty-first century, a discovery that challenges the existence of America’s favorite sport and puts Omalu in the crosshairs of football’s most powerful corporation: the NFL.

Jeanne Marie Laskas first met the young forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu in 2009, while reporting a story for GQ that would go on to inspire the movie Concussion. Omalu told her about a day in September 2002, when, in a dingy morgue in downtown Pittsburgh, he picked up a scalpel and made a discovery that would rattle America in ways he’d never intended. Omalu was new to America, chasing the dream, a deeply spiritual man escaping the wounds of civil war in Nigeria. The body on the slab in front of him belonged to a fifty-year-old named Mike Webster, aka “Iron Mike,” a Hall of Fame center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of the greatest ever to play the game. After retiring in 1990, Webster had suffered a dizzyingly steep decline. Toward the end of his life, he was living out of his van, tasering himself to relieve his chronic pain, and fixing his rotting teeth with Super Glue. How did this happen?, Omalu asked himself. How did a young man like Mike Webster end up like this? The search for answers would change Omalu’s life forever and put him in the crosshairs of one of the most powerful corporations in America: the National Football League. What Omalu discovered in Webster’s brain—proof that Iron Mike’s mental deterioration was no accident but a disease caused by blows to the head that could affect everyone playing the game—was the one truth the NFL wanted to ignore.

Taut, gripping, and gorgeously told, Concussion is the stirring story of one unlikely man’s decision to stand up to a multibillion-dollar colossus, and to tell the world the truth.

The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness [EPUB]

The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness [EPUB]
The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness by Todd Rose
2015 | EPUB | 0.8MB

In this ground-breaking book perfect for readers of The Power of Habit and Quiet, Harvard scientist Todd Rose shows how our one-size-fits-all world is actually one-size-fits-none.

Each of us knows we’re different. We’re a little taller or shorter than the average, our salary is a bit higher or lower than the average, and we wonder about who it is that is buying the average-priced home. All around us, we think, are the average people—with the average height, the average salary and the average house.

But the average doesn’t just influence how we see ourselves—our entire social system has been built around this average-size-fits-all model. Schools are designed for the average student. Healthcare is designed for the average patient. Employers try to fill average job descriptions with employees on an average career trajectory. Our government implements programs and initiatives to serve the average person. For more than a century, we’ve believed that the best way to run our institutions is by focusing on the average person. But when you actually drill down into the numbers, you find an amazing fact: no one is average—which means that our society built for everyone is actually serving no one.

In the 1950s, the American Air Force found itself with a massive problem—performance in expensive, custom-made planes was suffering terribly, with crashes peaking at seventeen in a single day. Since the state-of-the-art planes they were flying had been meticulously crafted to fit the average pilot, pilot error was assumed to be at fault. Until, that is, the Air Force investigated just how many of their pilots were actually average. The shocking answer: out of thousands of active-duty pilots, exactly zero were average. Not one. This discovery led to simple solutions (like adjustable seats) that dramatically reduced accidents, improved performance, and expanded the pool of potential pilots. It also led to a huge change in thinking: planes didn’t need to be designed for everyone—they needed to be designed so they could adapt to suit the individual flying them.

The End of Average shows how success lies in customizing to our individual needs in all aspects of our lives, from the way we mark tests to the medical treatment we receive. Using principles from The Science of the Individual, it shows how we can break down the average to create individualized success that benefits everyone in the long run. It's time we stopped settling for average, and in The End of Average, Todd Rose will show you how.

Welcome to Marwencol [EPUB]

Welcome to Marwencol [EPUB]
Welcome to Marwencol by Mark E Hogancamp, Chris Shellen
2015 | EPUB | 52.15MB

In April 2000, Mark Hogancamp was beaten and left for dead outside a bar in his hometown of Kingston, NY. Waking from a nine-day coma, he had no memory of the thirty-eight prior years of his life, including his ex-wife, family, artistic talents, or military service. To reconstruct his past, Hogancamp built, in his backyard, Marwencol, an imaginary village set in World War II Belgium, where everybody is welcome—Germans, Americans, French, British, and Russians—as long as peace is kept. With 1:6 scale action figures and Barbie dolls, as well as toy armaments and meticulously built props, buildings, and clothes, Marwencol is an alternate reality, created with painstaking (and sometimes painful) realism and obsessive attention to detail.

Here, riveting wartime dramas are played out and photographed in saturated hues and unflinching detail. The emotional narrative mirrors the artist's own: through Marwencol, Hogancamp regained his cognitive facilities.

Welcome to Marwencol is an astonishing story of the redemptive power of art—of art as therapy and act of obsession.

The Flying Kangaroo [EPUB]

The Flying Kangaroo [EPUB]
The Flying Kangaroo: Great Untold Stories of Qantas the Heroic, the Hilarious and the Sometimes Just Plain Strange by Jim Eames
2016 | EPUB | 3.87MB

From its earliest days, Qantas has captured the Australian public's imagination and attracted its fair share of unique characters. These are their stories, told by a man who has Qantas running through his veins. They are full of nostalgia for a company in its prime. They are hilarious, they are heroic, they're odd. They are about the brilliant risk takers who made Qantas the safest airline in the world. They are about the craziness of flying VIPs, and the strange pecadillos of chairmen and CEOs.

There are stories about dangerous skies, the hazard of overseas postings, and the spats between flight and cabin crews. This is a warm-hearted look at the Qantas Australia love, and a reminder that despite its recent history, Qantas remains very much a part of the Australian national psyche.

The Face on Your Plate: The Truth about Food [Audiobook]

The Face on Your Plate: The Truth about Food [Audiobook]
The Face on Your Plate: The Truth about Food [Audiobook] by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, read by Fred Stella
2009 | MP3@80 kbps | 5 hrs 51 mins | 206.1MB

Somewhere in between Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, between eating at McDonald’s and killing a pig for dinner, there is a need for an audiobook that will probe more deeply and provide greater understanding and insight into the psychological factors that influence decisions about what we eat and why – and how these choices affect our lives, animals’ lives, and the environment. In this revelatory work, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, the best-selling author of When Elephants Weep, does just that, showing how food affects our moral selves, our health, and the environment.

The Face on Your Plate raises questions that make us conscious of the decisions behind every bite we take:

  • How does the health of animals affect the health of our planet and of our bodies?
  • What effect does eating animals have on our land, on our waters, and even on global warming?
  • What are the results of farming practices – debeaking chickens and separating calves from their mothers – on animals and humans?

As a psychoanalyst, Masson uniquely investigates how denial keeps us from recognizing the animal at the end of our fork – think pig, not bacon – and each culture’s distinction among animals considered food and those that are forbidden. The Face on Your Plate brings together Masson’s intellectual, psychological, and emotional expertise over the last twenty years into the pivotal book of the food revolution. Anyone who wants to be open-eyed about their food choices – vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters – will welcome this timely work.

A Little Life: A Novel [Audiobook]

A Little Life: A Novel [Audiobook]
A Little Life: A Novel [Audiobook] by Hanya Yanagihara, read by Oliver Wyman
2015 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 32 hrs 51 mins | 922.28MB

Short-listed for the Man Booker Prize

Long-listed for the National Book Award for Fiction

Brace yourself for the most astonishing, challenging, upsetting, and profoundly moving book in many a season. An epic about love and friendship in the 21st century that goes into some of the darkest places fiction has ever traveled and yet somehow, improbably, breaks through into the light.

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he'll not only be unable to overcome - but that will define his life forever.

In rich and resplendent prose, Yanagihara has fashioned a tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance.

The People in the Trees [Audiobook]

The People in the Trees [Audiobook]
The People in the Trees [Audiobook] by Hanya Yanagihara, read by Arthur Morey, William Roberts, Erin Yuen
2013 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 32 mins | 414.91MB

In 1950, a young doctor, Norton Perina, signs on with the anthropologist Paul Tallent for an expedition to the remote island of Ivu'ivu in search of a rumored lost tribe. They succeed, finding not only that tribe but also a group of forest dwellers they dub "The Dreamers," who turn out to be fantastically long-lived but progressively more senile.

Perina suspects the source of their longevity is a hard-to-find turtle; unable to resist the possibility of eternal life, he kills one and smuggles some meat back to the States. He proves his thesis, earning worldwide fame, but he soon discovers that its miraculous property comes at a terrible price. As things quickly spiral out of his control, his own demons take hold, with devastating consequences.

Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway [EPUB]

Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway [EPUB]
Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway by Michael Riedel
2015 | EPUB | 29.88MB

Broadway's most respected (and feared) commentator pulls back the curtain on its stars, its producers, and its mega-hits to reveal all the shocking drama, intrigue, and power plays that happened off stage.

Razzle Dazzle is a provocative, no-holds-barred narrative account of the people and the money and the power that re-invented an iconic quarter of New York City, turning its gritty back alleys and sex-shops into the glitzy, dazzling Great White Way-and bringing a crippled New York from the brink of bankruptcy to its glittering glory.

In the mid-1970s Times Square was the seedy symbol of New York's economic decline. Its once shining star, the renowned Shubert Organization, was losing theaters to make way for parking lots. Bernard Jacobs and Jerry Schoenfeld, two ambitious board members, saw the crumbling company was ripe for takeover and staged a coup amidst corporate intrigue, personal betrayals, and criminal investigations. Once Jacobs and Schoenfeld solidified their power, they turned a collapsed theater-owning holding company into one of the most successful entertainment empires in the world, ultimately backing many of Broadway's biggest hits, including A Chorus Line, Cats, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, and Mamma Mia! They also sparked the revitalization of Broadway and the renewal of Times Square.

Now Michael Riedel tells the stories of the Shubert Organization and the shows that re-built a city in grand style, revealing the backstage drama that often rivaled what transpired onstage, exposing bitter rivalries, unlikely alliances, and-of course-scintillating gossip. This is a great story, told with wit and passion.

Amazing Irv's Handbook of Everyday Magic [EPUB]

Amazing Irv's Handbook of Everyday Magic [EPUB]
Amazing Irv's Handbook of Everyday Magic: Tricks to Confuse, Amuse, and Entertain in Every Situation by Irv Furman
2002 | EPUB | 23.51MB

Looking for a little magic in your life? Presto! Here's Amazing Irv's Handbook of Everyday Magic–a hip, how-to guide to making magic with everyday objects in everyday situations!

With the expert guidance of Amazing Irv, you'll learn all the tricks of the conjuring trade. Using nothing more than your own two hands and the everyday items around you–cell phones, saltshakers, airsickness bags, TV remote controls, and others–you'll be mystifying family, friends, coworkers, and fellow commuters in no time flat.

More than 45 astounding tricks–complete with step-by-step instructions and detailed illustrations–are within these pages, divided into sections on magic at home, at work, on the go, and on the town. Learn to:

  • Magically Feed a Parking Meter
  • Pull a Banana Out of Thin Air
  • Use Your Calculator to Predict the Future
  • Make a Shot Glass Vanish
  • Make Time Stand Still, and more!

Be ready to create magic anytime, anyplace with this entertaining book for magicians of all ages.

Practical & Easy Magic Tricks For Everyday People [Video]

Practical & Easy Magic Tricks For Everyday People [Video]
Practical & Easy Magic Tricks For Everyday People [Video] by Chris Cheong
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 37 mins | 614.51MB

The most practical, easy and effective magic tricks anyone can learn and amaze without complicating techniques!

It is a course designed by Malaysia's Top Performing Mentalist & Magician! It is packed with easy to learn, practical and yet very powerful magic tricks for everyday people who have no prior experience in learning or performing magic tricks.

This course lesson video is straight forward, straight to the point and easy to understand.

BONUS: Learn how to levitate yourself 3 feet up the air! With other levitation techniques & variations!

We will also be constantly be updating and adding new tricks to learn.

What are the requirements?

  • No Experience Required
  • Simple and yet very powerful magic tricks
  • No complicating techniques
  • Straight to the point video lesson

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 13 lectures and 37 mins of content!
  • Learn Practical & Easy Magic Tricks With Everyday Objects
  • Gain self confidence through effective performance
  • Easily entertain and amaze anyone
  • Great ice breaker in parties
  • Levitate yourself 3 feet up the air! (Bonus)
Practical & Easy Magic Tricks For Everyday People [Video]

Make Mead Like a Viking [EPUB]

Make Mead Like a Viking [EPUB]
Make Mead Like a Viking: Traditional Techniques for Brewing Natural, Wild-Fermented, Honey-Based Wines and Beers by Jereme Zimmerman
2015 | EPUB | 19.86MB

A complete guide to using the best ingredients and minimal equipment to create fun and flavorful brews

Ancient societies brewed flavorful and healing meads, ales, and wines for millennia using only intuition, storytelling, and knowledge passed down through generations―no fancy, expensive equipment or degrees in chemistry needed. In Make Mead Like a Viking, homesteader, fermentation enthusiast, and self-described “Appalachian Yeti Viking” Jereme Zimmerman summons the bryggjemann of the ancient Norse to demonstrate how homebrewing mead―arguably the world’s oldest fermented alcoholic beverage―can be not only uncomplicated but fun.

Armed with wild-yeast-bearing totem sticks, readers will learn techniques for brewing sweet, semi-sweet, and dry meads, melomels (fruit meads), metheglins (spiced meads), Ethiopian t’ej, flower and herbal meads, braggots, honey beers, country wines, and even Viking grog, opening the Mead Hall doors to further experimentation in fermentation and flavor. In addition, aspiring Vikings will explore:

  • The importance of local and unpasteurized honey for both flavor and health benefits;
  • Why modern homebrewing practices, materials, and chemicals work but aren’t necessary;
  • How to grow and harvest herbs and collect wild botanicals for use in healing, nutritious, and magical meads, beers, and wines;
  • Hops’ recent monopoly as a primary brewing ingredient and how to use botanicals other than hops for flavoring and preserving mead, ancient ales, and gruits;
  • The rituals, mysticism, and communion with nature that were integral components of ancient brewing and can be for modern homebrewers, as well;
  • Recommendations for starting a mead circle to share your wild meads with other brewers as part of the growing mead-movement subculture; and more!

Whether you’ve been intimidated by modern homebrewing’s cost or seeming complexity in the past―and its focus on the use of unnatural chemicals―or are boldly looking to expand your current brewing and fermentation practices, Zimmerman’s welcoming style and spirit will usher you into exciting new territory. Grounded in history and mythology, but―like Odin’s ever-seeking eye―focusing continually on the future of self-sufficient food culture, Make Mead Like a Viking is a practical and entertaining guide for the ages.

Hunan: A Lifetime of Secrets from Mr Peng’s Chinese Kitchen [EPUB]

Hunan: A Lifetime of Secrets from Mr Peng’s Chinese Kitchen [EPUB]
Hunan: A Lifetime of Secrets from Mr Peng’s Chinese Kitchen by Mr Peng
2015 | EPUB | 218.13MB

Founded in 1982 by Mr Peng, Hunan is a legendary London restaurant which attracts customers from all over the world.

At Hunan, diners don’t choose – they simply say what they don’t eat and how spicy they like their food. Mr Peng then does the rest, serving up small portions with the emphasis on sharing many courses. The orders are hand-written and are sent down to the kitchen by a chute and the food travels up in a dumb waiter. Mr Peng is a firm believer in simplicity.

Hunan is a landmark book that captures the essence of a unique menu from a unique character. Among the 70 must-have recipes are Mr Peng’s ‘absurdly delicious’ prawn dumplings, lettuce wraps filled with diced chicken, ‘which you just pop into your mouth and scrunch’ and mouth-melting double-cooked pork.

As Mr Peng says: 'I often say to people I've only just met: I'm a very strange person. And then I have to explain: food is my life. Despite being close to 70 I'm still in the kitchen at Hunan, on the floor almost every day doing prep, working the wok and talking to guests, most of whom have been regulars for years. The food is the only thing which has changed, and which changes almost daily. It is really about bringing out the most in the ingredients. Subtle blends of chilli and Sichuan peppercorns push enormous pearly scallops to the edge while the gentle salty miso cuts through the tenderest slivers of corn-fed chicken. It is possible because the ingredients I use are fresh and of faultless quality.

Home Made by Yvette van Boven [EPUB]

Home Made by Yvette van Boven [EPUB]
Home Made by Yvette van Boven
2011 | EPUB | 39.48MB

How do you make cheese from pantry staples? Or create an oven smoker from scratch in just two minutes? Or make ice cream without a machine? In Home Made, Yvette van Boven shows you how, complete with an irreverent voice, step-by-step photos and illustrations, and a gorgeous photo alongside every recipe. While her recipes are rooted in a natural, from-scratch cooking philosophy, van Boven is never preachy (she doesn’t use the word “organic”); she believes that this way of cooking is fun and that the dishes simply taste better. Chapters include Preserving Vegetables, Pre-Dinner Drinks, Chocolate and Cookies, After a Night Out, Ice-Cream-You-Scream, Don’t Forget the Dog!, and more. Each chapter starts with a basic dish that you can make yourself, but usually don’t because you think it’s too complicated (think again!), and includes variations—basic bread becomes focaccia with olives and rosemary, or red cherry and thyme bread. This book will inspire you to make every dish at home.

Home Made Winter [EPUB]

Home Made Winter [EPUB]
Home Made Winter by Yvette van Boven
2012 | EPUB | 8.55MB

Because I’m often headstrong, I’ve sometimes interpreted classic recipes completely in my own way, and I hope you won’t mind. Because I’m often impatient, I’ve sometimes drawn the recipes because it’s faster, and because at times, probably unnecessarily, I worry that you don’t think in the same realm as I do, I’ve also added memories and photos so you get a sense of what I mean. Just like a formally decorated table, or a beautifully arranged plate, I believe that a cookbook should exude a certain spirit that I think you should be in when you get in the mood to get going in the kitchen.” –from the Introduction

HOME MADE blew readers away with its stunning package, delicious recipes, beautiful photos, step-by-step instruction, and Yvette van Boven’s own hand-drawn artwork throughout the book. Van Boven’s passion for great food and good humor could be felt on every page in the book. Now, in the follow-up HOME MADE WINTER, van Boven’s heartfelt work is presented again, this time with recipes intended for the winter season. Inspired by her childhood in Ireland and her frequent sojourns in France, she has created a collection of recipes that will warm your heart. Chapters include Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch; Pies and Sweet Things for Tea Time; Beverages; To Start; and Dessert. She focuses on simple recipes for classic dishes such as apple cider, BBQ pulled pork, ricotta cheesecake, and more. Step-by-step, she explains how to make butter, beef sausage, and baileys. She also features her favorite winter holiday recipes. This book is sure to become the next must-have for home cooks.

Home Made Summer [EPUB]

Home Made Summer [EPUB]
Home Made Summer by Yvette van Boven
2013 | EPUB | 9.63MB

Home Made and Home Made Winter blew readers away with their stunning packages, delicious recipes, beautiful photos, step-by-step instructions, and hand-drawn artwork throughout. Now, in Home Made Summer, Yvette van Boven takes the same signature approach and presents her absolute favorite recipes for spring and summer. Inspired by her childhood in Ireland and her frequent sojourns in France, van Boven has created a collection of recipes that will truly inspire you to step into the kitchen. Using seasonal ingredients, such as freshly picked apples and berries, delicate summer lettuces and fresh herbs, she presents recipes for Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Snacks, Beverages, Appetizers, and Dessert.

The Food Of Italy [EPUB]

The Food Of Italy [EPUB]
The Food Of Italy by Claudia Roden
1998 | EPUB | 47.61MB

Claudia Roden travelled up and down Italy for a year, through every region, taking in city and countryside, to discover the local specialities on their home ground. She visited the kitchens of both professional and private cooks, watching them at work and listening to their stories. From simple and rustic to grand bravura, the recipes she collected and tested represent traditional regional dishes as they are cooked today in Italy, and as they can now be cooked in our own kitchens, with ease and delight. The food of the Italian regions - simple, unaffected but fresh and full of flavour - is the kind of food we all want to eat today.

Made up of over 300 recipes, Claudia Roden's timeless and enchanting book is set against a backdrop of the story of Italy and its people - 'a splendid history, geography and cooking lesson rolled into one'.

Le French Oven [EPUB]

Le French Oven [EPUB]
Le French Oven by Hillary Davis
2015 | EPUB | 11.38MB

The companion to French Comfort Food, Le French Oven showcases authentic, tantalizing French recipes that can be created in the cocotte―the French version of a Dutch oven―in all of its sizes and shapes, from mini to large. Using various techniques such as braising, stewing, roasting, baking, stovetop, and frying, Le French Oven will teach how to create appetizers, soups, main courses, desserts, and more.

It includes information about the major French made cocotte brands, and how to use them to create fabulous recipes such as Warm Mushroom Custards with Garlic Toast, French Carrot Rice Soup, Basque-Style Paella, Two-Hands Praying Rack of Lamb Roast, Lemony Braised Chicken with Green Olives, and Beef Pot-au-Feu. The sweet recipes include fabulous fare such as Raspberry Clafoutis and Hot Brandied Peaches Over Ice Cream.

Le French Oven fills a need for the coterie of French cookbook fans and lovers of French food. It is an amazing collection of recipes with stunning photography.

French Comfort Food [EPUB]

French Comfort Food [EPUB]
French Comfort Food by Hillary Davis
2014 | EPUB | 31.9MB

In France, people take pride in preserving the recipes of their regional heritage and deeply rooted traditions. What has remained true over time is that the French have a determined hold on their beloved regional classic dishes, the ones they grew up with that their mothers and grandmothers and grandmothers before them made—French comfort food.

Collected here are recipes from friends and acquaintances Hillary Davis has made while living in France, recipes handed down through the years as well as modern family remakes of the originals. With these resources, plus referring to her hundreds of well-worn cookbooks, Davis has brought together her favorite comfort food recipes from France, with a hope that they will inspire and charm you, showing just how fabulous good home-cooked food from France can be.

Hillary Davis , food journalist, cooking instructor, and writer and creator of the popular food blog Marche Dimanche, is a long-time food columnist and restaurant critic for New Hampshire Magazine, and her work has been featured in many national and international magazine and website articles. She is also the author of Cuisine Nicoise and has been a food and travel lecturer on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruise lines. She lives in New Hampshire.

How to Make Tea [EPUB]

How to Make Tea [EPUB]
How to Make Tea by Brian Keating, Kim Long
2015 | EPUB | 7.62MB

How do you like your tea? In How to Make Tea, tea experts Brian Keating and Kim Long will teach you everything you need to know to make your desired cup. We’ve been drinking tea for thousands of years, yet few of us realize that all tea types—from elegant lapsang to pungent pu-erh—come from the same plant. But how are there so many different styles? It comes down to science: geography, biology, chemistry, and physics; the application of heat and pressure; and the magic of time and enzymes.

How to Make Tea breaks down these elements and lays out the techniques, tools, and methods needed to brew at home. With this guide, tea lovers of all stripes will become experts on the art and science of tea. Learn to extract the best from every cup.

Wine For Dummies, 6th Edition [EPUB]

Wine For Dummies, 6th Edition [EPUB]
Wine For Dummies, 6th Edition by Ed McCarthy, Mary Ewing-Mulligan
2015 | EPUB | 3.88MB

Are you up to date on today's wine scene?
Wine For Dummies, 6th Edition reveals what's in, what's out, and what's new in wine. With new and revised content, this edition of the popular Wine For Dummies text takes you on a tour of emerging and old world wine regions, showcasing the varieties and styles you need to know to stay up to date on today's wine scene. In addition to highlighting wines themselves, this approachable resource offers insight into wine shops, supermarket wine selections, wine and food pairings, vintage charts, and price guidelines. For the aspiring wine aficionado, the text offers expert advice on buying, collecting, and rating wines—and can direct you in updating your personal collection through its thorough guidance.

Wine has, for generations, been an important part of culture and society around the world. Over time, trends in wine change—as do the ways in which it is created, celebrated, and enjoyed. Exploring today's wine trends is a great way to learn more about and appreciate different cultures—and let's be honest: educational value aside, wine tastes amazing.

  • Understand different grape varieties and varying wine styles
  • Read wine lists and labels, and understand how to use them to make the right purchases
  • Pair your wine with food in a way that will bring out the best flavors in all aspects of your meal
  • Explore how to best select, store, open, pour, and enjoy your wine

Wine For Dummies, 6th Edition provides you with the information you need to confidently navigate today's wine scene!

Wojtek the Bear: Polish War Hero [EPUB]

Wojtek the Bear: Polish War Hero [EPUB]
Wojtek the Bear: Polish War Hero by Aileen Orr
2012 | EPUB | 3.7MB

This is the inspiring true story of one of the Second World War's most unusual combatants –– a 500-pound cigarette-smoking, beer-drinking brown bear.

Originally adopted as a mascot by the Polish Army in Iran, Wojtek soon took on a more practical role, carrying heavy mortar rounds for the troops and going on to play his part as a fully enlisted ‘soldier' with his own rank and number during the Italian campaign.

After the war, Wojtek, along with some of his Polish compatriots from II Corps, came to Berwickshire, where he became a significant member of the local community before subsequently moving to Edinburgh Zoo. Wojtek's retirement was far from quiet: a potent symbol of freedom and solidarity for Poles around the world, he attracted a huge amount of media interest that shows no sign of abating more than 45 years after his death.

In an extended introduction, journalist and historian Neal Ascherson reflects on the Polish experience in the Second World War and gives full recognition to the Poles' heroic sacrifice and the extraordinary influence they had on the countries in which they served.

Thinking about Capitalism [TTC Video]

Thinking about Capitalism [TTC Video]
Thinking about Capitalism by Jerry Z Muller
Course No 5665 | AVI, XviD, 640x480 | MP3, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 36x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 6.73GB

As the economic system under which you live, capitalism shapes the marketplaces that determine where you live and work, how much you are paid, what you can buy, what you can accumulate toward your retirement, and every other aspect of a society based on monetary exchanges for goods and services. In an era of increasing globalization, capitalism has dramatically strengthened its important role in—and its influence on—the world economy. It is the system under which a majority of the world's population lives, and it continues to strengthen the links of interdependence between the world's economies.

But capitalism's impact is about much more than money and markets. Indeed, capitalism is every bit as much a social force as an economic one. As such, its impact on noneconomic life has drawn the attention of thinkers outside of economics, as well as those inside the discipline, including some of its greatest minds.

In Thinking about Capitalism, award-winning intellectual historian and Professor Jerry Z. Muller of The Catholic University of America takes you deep inside the perspectives on this most important and pervasive force. Over 36 engaging lectures, you gain fresh insights that will strengthen your understanding of capitalism's rich history, its fascinating proponents and opponents, and its startling impact on our world.

An Exploration Beyond Economics

Drawing on his exceptional ability to frame each thinker's concerns within its historical context, Professor Muller takes you beyond economic analysis to look at how some of the greatest intellects have thought about capitalism and its moral, political, and cultural ramifications.

Covering capitalism from its 17th-century beginnings to today's era of globalization, Professor Muller explores these thinkers' insights on some wide-ranging questions:

  • What effect does capitalism have on personal development? Or on our identities as individuals, as members of a group, or even as citizens of a nation?
  • What about the seemingly unending variety of consumer goods made possible by capitalism? Have they made our culture better—or worse?
  • Do the facts support our tendency to think about capitalism as the economic system practiced in "free" countries? Or can capitalism exist in a wide variety of political systems?

As capitalism continues to expand across geographical borders, provocative questions emerge about its overall impact. What are the short- and long-term implications of globalization? How and when should we construct economic policies to strengthen or limit its growth? Can capitalism ever undermine itself?

By placing capitalism in its full societal context, Thinking about Capitalism enhances your ability to consider, discuss, and answer these and other critical questions—whatever your point of view.

Get Insights from Three Centuries of Thinkers

For almost three centuries, some of the most interesting thinkers in history have grappled with capitalism. They have explored its key features, cultural prerequisites, and human implications with excitement, caution, or even fear.

Their writings have defended capitalism, argued against it, disagreed over how to characterize it, and questioned whether the human costs incurred in its practice can be outweighed by the obvious material benefits it brings.

These are some of the great minds you encounter in these lectures:

  • Adam Smith: Although famous for The Wealth of Nations, this giant of the Enlightenment was in fact a moral philosopher and political economist whose ideas about capitalism, capitalists, and government exploded past any boundaries of "economics."
  • Joseph Schumpeter: One of capitalism's most wide-ranging thinkers, Schumpeter published four books, at least three of which are considered seminal.
  • Ferdinand Tönnies and Georg Simmel: Tönnies argued that modern history was moving away from tightly knit communities at emotional cost to the individual, while Simmel explored how capitalism offered new possibilities for individuality and community.
  • Friedrich von Hayek: After a flirtation with reformist Socialism, Hayek embraced classical Liberalism, producing influential critiques of collectivism and the welfare state, sharing a Nobel Prize in economics, and winning broad acknowledgment for his work on the coordinating function of the marketplace.

These names only scratch the surface of the grand intellects Professor Muller discusses, who include Voltaire, Rousseau, Burke, Hamilton, De Tocqueville, Hegel, Marx, Arnold, Weber, Lenin, Schmitt, Marcuse, Gellner, Buchanan, and Olson.

Their insights can prove invaluable in every area of your life. They can surface in the decisions you make about family, work, and consumption; and they can give you a more thoughtful perspective on the ideas and behaviors of commentators, corporations, and governments.

A Fascinating Journey Led by an Ideal Teacher

An intellectual historian, Professor Muller takes you from capitalism's beginnings in commercial Holland and England to the challenges of nationalism, globalization, and contemporary varieties of capitalism.

Genial and disarming, he connects the dots from idea to idea, thinker to thinker. In Thinking about Capitalism, you can finally grasp the history and the concepts of this vital economic system, as well as its importance on the global economic stage and in your own life.

Thinking about Capitalism [TTC Video]

A New History of Early Christianity [EPUB]

A New History of Early Christianity [EPUB]
A New History of Early Christianity by Charles Freeman
2009 | EPUB | 9.61MB

The relevance of Christianity is as hotly contested today as it has ever been. A New History of Early Christianity shows how our current debates are rooted in the many controversies surrounding the birth of the religion and the earliest attempts to resolve them. Charles Freeman’s meticulous historical account of Christianity from its birth in Judaea in the first century A.D. to the emergence of Western and Eastern churches by A.D. 600 reveals that it was a distinctive, vibrant, and incredibly diverse movement brought into order at the cost of intellectual and spiritual vitality. Against the conventional narrative of the inevitable “triumph” of a single distinct Christianity, Freeman shows that there was a host of competing Christianities, many of which had as much claim to authenticity as those that eventually dominated. Looking with fresh eyes at the historical record, Freeman explores the ambiguities and contradictions that underlay Christian theology and the unavoidable compromises enforced in the name of doctrine.

Tracing the astonishing transformation that the early Christian church underwent—from sporadic niches of Christian communities surviving in the wake of a horrific crucifixion to sanctioned alliance with the state—Charles Freeman shows how freedom of thought was curtailed by the development of the concept of faith. The imposition of "correct belief," religious uniformity, and an institutional framework that enforced orthodoxy were both consolidating and stifling. Uncovering the difficulties in establishing the Christian church, he examines its relationship with Judaism, Gnosticism, Greek philosophy and Greco-Roman society, and he offers dramatic new accounts of Paul, the resurrection, and the church fathers and emperors.

The Long Run by Joan Sullivan [EPUB]

The Long Run by Joan Sullivan [EPUB]
The Long Run by Joan Sullivan
2015 | EPUB | 2.34MB

On the morning of July 1, 1916, at Beaumont-Hamel, the men of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment climbed out of their trenches and advanced into no man’s land. Eric Mackenzie Robertson went over the top on that fateful day—and survived. Almost unbelievably, just four years later, Robertson would become the first born and bred Newfoundlander to compete in the Olympics. With her engaging journalistic style, Joan Sullivan—author of the award-winning In the Field—returns to tell the story of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, a lost Olympiad, and one man’s extraordinary journey through the battlefield and into history.

The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership, and High-Stakes Innovation [EPUB]

The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership, and High-Stakes Innovation [EPUB]
The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership, and High-Stakes Innovation by William Patrick, Adam Steltzner
2016 | EPUB | 0.4MB

From Adam Steltzner, who led the Entry, Descent, and Landing team in landing the Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars, comes a profound book about breakthrough innovation in the face of the impossible

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is home to some of history’s most jaw-dropping feats of engineering. When NASA needed to land Curiosity—a 2,000-pound, $2.5 billion rover—on the surface of Mars, 140 million miles away, they turned to JPL. Steltzner’s team couldn’t test their kooky solution, the Sky Crane. They were on an unmissable deadline, and the world would be watching when they succeeded—or failed.

At the helm of this effort was an unlikely rocket scientist and accidental leader, Adam Steltzner. After barely graduating from high school, he followed his curiosity to the local community college to find out why the stars moved. Soon he discovered an astonishing gift for math and physics. After getting his Ph.D. he ensconced himself within JPL, NASA’s decidedly unbureaucratic cousin, where success in a mission is the only metric that matters.

The Right Kind of Crazy is a first-person account of innovation that is relevant to any­one working in science, art, or technology. For instance, Steltzner describes:

  • How his team learned to switch from fear-based to curiosity-based decision making
  • How to escape “The Dark Room”—the creative block caused by fear, uncertainty, and the lack of a clear path forward
  • How to tell when we’re too in love with our own ideas to be objective about them—and, conversely, when to fight for them
  • How to foster mutual respect within teams while still bashing bad ideas

The Right Kind of Crazy is a book for anyone who wants to channel their craziness into creativity, balance discord and harmony, and find a signal in a flood of noise.

The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time [EPUB]

The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It. . . Every Time [EPUB]
The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It Every Time by Maria Konnikova
2016 | EPUB | 0.5MB

Think you can’t get conned? Think again. The New York Times bestselling author of Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes explains how to spot the con before they spot you.

A compelling investigation into the minds, motives, and methods of con artists—and the people who fall for their cons over and over again.

While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen, true conmen—the Bernie Madoffs, the Jim Bakkers, the Lance Armstrongs—are elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. How do they do it? Why are they successful? And what keeps us falling for it, over and over again? These are the questions that journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova tackles in her mesmerizing new book.

From multimillion-dollar Ponzi schemes to small-time frauds, Konnikova pulls together a selection of fascinating stories to demonstrate what all cons share in common, drawing on scientific, dramatic, and psychological perspectives. Insightful and gripping, the book brings readers into the world of the con, examining the relationship between artist and victim. The Confidence Game asks not only why we believe con artists, but also examines the very act of believing and how our sense of truth can be manipulated by those around us.

Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes [Audiobook]

Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes [Audiobook]
Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes [Audiobook] by Maria Konnikova, read by Karen Saltus
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 10 hours | 283.48MB

No fictional character is more renowned for his powers of thought and observation than Sherlock Holmes. But is his extraordinary intellect merely a gift of fiction, or can we learn to cultivate these abilities ourselves, to improve our lives at work and at home?

We can, says psychologist and journalist Maria Konnikova, and in Mastermind she shows us how. Beginning with the "brain attic" - Holmes's metaphor for how we store information and organize knowledge - Konnikova unpacks the mental strategies that lead to clearer thinking and deeper insights.

Drawing on 21st-century neuroscience and psychology, Mastermind explores Holmes's unique methods of ever-present mindfulness, astute observation, and logical deduction. In doing so, it shows how each of us, with some self-awareness and a little practice, can employ these same methods to sharpen our perceptions, solve difficult problems, and enhance our creative powers.

For Holmes aficionados and casual listeners alike, Konnikova reveals how the world's most keen-eyed detective can serve as an unparalleled guide to upgrading the mind.

Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President [EPUB]

Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President [EPUB]
Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President by Betty Boyd Caroli
2015 | EPUB | 59.16MB

A fresh look at Lady Bird Johnson that upends her image as a plain Jane who was married for her money and mistreated by Lyndon. This Lady Bird worked quietly behind the scenes through every campaign, every illness, and a trying presidency as a key strategist, fundraiser, barnstormer, peacemaker, and indispensable therapist.

Lady Bird grew up the daughter of a domineering father and a cultured but fragile mother. When a tall, pushy Texan named Lyndon showed up in her life, she knew what she wanted: to leave the rural Texas of her childhood and experience the world like her mother dreamed, while climbing the mountain of ambition she inherited from her father. She married Lyndon within weeks, and the bargain they struck was tacitly agreed upon in the courtship letters they exchanged: this highly gifted politician would take her away, and she would save him from his weaknesses.

The conventional story goes that Lyndon married Lady Bird for her money, demeaned her by flaunting his many affairs, and that her legacy was protecting the nation's wildflowers. But she was actually a full political partner throughout his ascent-the one who swooped in to make the key call to a donor, to keep the team united, to campaign in hostile territory, and to jumpstart him out of his paralyzing darkness. And while others were shocked that she put up with his womanizing, she always knew she had the upper hand.

Lady Bird began the partnership by using part of her nest egg to help finance Lyndon's first political campaign. Over and over, she kept him from quitting, including the 1948 election when he was so immobilized with self-pity that she had to pick up the phone to solicit donations on his behalf. She was also the one who got him out of bed, when he was in a deep funk, to go to the 1964 Democratic nominating convention.

In Lady Bird and Lyndon, Betty Boyd Caroli restores Lady Bird to her rightful place in history, painting a vivid portrait of a marriage with complex, but familiar and identifiable overtones.

Frank Auerbach: Speaking and Painting [EPUB]

Frank Auerbach: Speaking and Painting [EPUB]
Frank Auerbach: Speaking and Painting by Catherine Lampert
2015 | EPUB | 34.11MB

In the course of a career covering more than sixty years, Frank Auerbach has established a still growing international reputation for his paintings of friends, family, and surroundings in north London, with his vigorous, precise brushwork, and for his insistence on working until the picture emerges, free of all "possible explanations."

Catherine Lampert, an art historian and the curator of a major Auerbach retrospective at the Kunstmuseum Bonn and Tate Britain, has had unique access to the artist since 1978, when she became one of his sitters. Drawing on her conversations with Auerbach and from published and archival interviews, she offers rare insight into his professional life, working methods, and philosophy, as well as the places, people, and experiences that have shaped his life. These include arriving in Britain as a seven-year-old refugee from Nazi Germany in 1939, finding his way in the London art world of the 1950s and 60s, his friendships with Leon Kossoff, Francis Bacon, and Lucian Freud, among others, and his approaches to looking and painting throughout his working life. The text is complemented by illustrations of Auerbach's paintings and drawings as well as by images from his studio and personal photographs that have never been published before.

The Santa Claus Man: The Rise and Fall of a Jazz Age Con Man [EPUB]

The Santa Claus Man: The Rise and Fall of a Jazz Age Con Man [EPUB]
The Santa Claus Man: The Rise and Fall of a Jazz Age Con Man and the Invention of Christmas in New York
2015 | EPUB | 8.09MB

Before the charismatic John Duval Gluck, Jr. came along, letters from New York City children to Santa Claus were destroyed, unopened, by the U.S. Post Office. Gluck saw an opportunity, and created the Santa Claus Association. The effort delighted the public, and for 15 years money and gifts flowed to the only group authorized to answer Santa's mail. Gluck became a Jazz Age celebrity, rubbing shoulders with the era's movie stars and politicians, and even planned to erect a vast Santa Claus monument in the center of Manhattan - until Gotham's crusading charity commissioner discovered some dark secrets in Santa's workshop.

The Last Volcano [EPUB]

The Last Volcano [EPUB]
The Last Volcano: A Man, a Romance, and the Quest to Understand Nature's Most Magnificent Fury by John Dvorak
2015 | EPUB | 2.95MB

Ranging from Yellowstone in Wyoming to Mount Pelee in the Caribbean, from Bogoslof and Pavlov in Alaska, to Sakurajima in Japan, and, finally, to the massive volcanoes of Kilauea and Mauna Loa in Hawaii―The Last Volcano reveals the incredible journey of a man on a mission to understand the awesome power of volcanic eruptions.

Volcanoes have fascinated―and terrified―people for ages. They have destroyed cities and ended civilizations. John Dvorak, the acclaimed author of Earthquake Storms, looks into the early scientific study of volcanoes and the life of the man who pioneered the field, Thomas Jaggar.

Educated at Harvard, Jaggar went to the Caribbean after Mount Pelee exploded in 1902, killing more than 26,000 people. Witnessing the destruction and learning about the horrible deaths these people had suffered, Jaggar vowed to dedicate himself to a study of volcanoes. What followed was fifty years of global travel to eruptions in Italy, Alaska, Central America, Japan and the Pacific.

In 1912, he built a small science station at the edge of a lake of molten lava at Kilauea volcano in the Hawaiian Islands, with the goal of solving the mystery of why volcanoes erupt and how they could be predicted. Jaggar found something else at Kilauea: true love.

She was Isabel Maydwell, a widowed school teacher who came to Kilauea to restart her life. For more than twenty ears, she and Jaggar ran the science station, living in a small house at the edge of a high cliff that overlooked the lava lake. Maydwell would quickly becoming one of the world’s most astute observers of volcanic activity.

Mixed with tales of myths and rituals, as well as the author’s own experiences and insight into volcanic activity, The Last Volcano reveals the lure and romance of confronting nature in its most magnificent form―the edge of a volcanic eruption.

They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group [EPUB]

They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group [EPUB]
They Called Themselves the KKK: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
2010 | EPUB | 141.25MB

Boys, let us get up a club.

With those words, six restless young men raided the linens at a friend's mansion, pulled pillowcases over their heads, hopped on horses, and cavorted through the streets of Pulaski, Tennessee in 1866. The six friends named their club the Ku Klux Klan, and, all too quickly, their club grew into the self-proclaimed Invisible Empire with secret dens spread across the South.

This is the story of how a secret terrorist group took root in America's democracy. Filled with chilling and vivid personal accounts unearthed from oral histories, congressional documents, and diaries, this account from Newbery Honor-winning author Susan Campbell Bartoletti is a book to read and remember. A YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist.

The Lovers: Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet [EPUB]

The Lovers: Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet [EPUB]
The Lovers: Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet, the True Story of How They Defied Their Families and Escaped an Honor Killing by Rod Nordland
2016 | EPUB | 4.3MB

A riveting, real-life equivalent of The Kite Runner—an astonishingly powerful and profoundly moving story of a young couple willing to risk everything for love that puts a human face on the ongoing debate about women’s rights in the Muslim world.

Zakia and Ali were from different tribes, but they grew up on neighboring farms in the hinterlands of Afghanistan. By the time they were young teenagers, Zakia, strikingly beautiful and fiercely opinionated, and Ali, shy and tender, had fallen in love. Defying their families, sectarian differences, cultural conventions, and Afghan civil and Islamic law, they ran away together only to live under constant threat from Zakia’s large and vengeful family, who have vowed to kill her to restore the family’s honor. They are still in hiding.

Despite a decade of American good intentions, women in Afghanistan are still subjected to some of the worst human rights violations in the world. Rod Nordland, then the Kabul bureau chief of the New York Times, had watched these abuses unfold for years when he came upon Zakia and Ali, and has not only chronicled their plight, but has also shepherded them from danger.

The Lovers will do for women’s rights generally what Malala’s story did for women’s education. It is an astonishing story about self-determination and the meaning of love that illustrates, as no policy book could, the limits of Western influence on fundamentalist Islamic culture and, at the same time, the need for change.

The Kite Runner [Audiobook]

The Kite Runner [Audiobook]
The Kite Runner [Audiobook] by Khaled Hosseini, read by the Author
2003 | MP3@32 kbps + MOBI | 12 hrs 6 mins | 170.11MB

The New York Times bestseller and international classic loved by millions of readers.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.

Having It All in the Belle Epoque [EPUB]

Having It All in the Belle Epoque [EPUB]
Having It All in the Belle Epoque: How French Women's Magazines Invented the Modern Woman by Rachel Mesch
2013 | EPUB + PDF | 84.07/11.42MBMB

At once deeply historical and surprisingly timely, Having it All in the Belle Epoque shows how the debates that continue to captivate high-achieving women in America and Europe can be traced back to the early 1900s in France. The first two photographic magazines aimed at women, Femina and La Vie Heureuse created a female role model who could balance age-old convention with new equalities. Often referred to simply as the "modern woman," this captivating figure embodied the hopes and dreams as well as the most pressing internal conflicts of large numbers of French women during what was a period of profound change. Full of never-before-studied images of the modern French woman in action, Having it All shows how these early magazines exploited new photographic technologies, artistic currents, and literary trends to create a powerful model of French femininity, one that has exerted a lasting influence on French expression.

This book introduces and explores the concept of Belle Epoque literary feminism, a product of the elite milieu from which the magazines emerged. Defined by its refusal of political engagement, this feminism was nevertheless preoccupied with expanding women's roles, as it worked to construct a collective fantasy of female achievement. Through an astute blend of historical research, literary criticism, and visual analysis, Mesch's study of women's magazines and the popular writers associated with them offers an original window onto a bygone era that can serve as a framework for ongoing debates about feminism, femininity, and work-life tensions.

Modern Economic Issues [TTC Video]

Modern Economic Issues [TTC Video]
Modern Economic Issues by Robert Whaples
Course No 5610 | AVI, XviD, 640x480 | MP3, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 36x30 mins | 6.64GB

How do the major economic issues that dominate today's news—questions about gross domestic product or budget deficits or trade imbalances—impact the average citizen? Why are health insurance and college tuition increasingly expensive? What can be done about soaring energy prices?

In Modern Economic Issues, Professor Robert Whaples has crafted a course designed to answer just these sorts of questions—a primer in 21st-century economics for the non-economist. He first presents the results of a survey of professional economists around the country on what they consider today's most urgent economic issues—the ones all of us most need to understand. Professor Whaples then puts his award-winning teaching skills to work to shape an accessible course, explaining not only those urgent issues but also the raw data economists use to describe their shape and impact.

The result is a course that finally makes the connection between the economics you may have studied in school and the economics of the lives we experience every day.

For example, how do you make the decisions—big and small—that make up your daily life?

What factors come into play when you're deciding whether to buy this car or that one, or even commute by bus? Mow the lawn or take a nap? Grill a burger with a bubbling slice of cheese or eat a simple salad?

Most economists will tell you that you make decisions on this personal level by acting as what they would call a "rational maximizer," comparing, whether explicitly or implicitly, what you expect to gain from your decision against what you expect to give up.

You weigh comfort and convenience against the rising cost of gasoline. The need to maintain your home's "curb appeal" against your need for sleep in a much-too-busy life. Your raw craving for that burger against the realities of an expanding waistline.

Learn to See the Tradeoffs in Every Decision We Make

And make no mistake about it: There is almost always something to give up, a tradeoff that is inherent in every decision we make in life—a concept memorably expressed by Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman's famous reminder that "there's no such thing as a free lunch."

But this same kind of personal analysis is just as applicable to the major issues of public policy, where the needs and wants of a nation and its people—whether financial security, safety from terrorism, or even an available kidney for someone desperately waiting on a transplant list—involve tradeoffs. Tradeoffs that are sometimes obvious and sometimes not.

Issue by issue, Professor Whaples explains those tradeoffs, guiding you through and then past the numbers, teasing out the full range of differing societal costs and benefits that will be part and parcel of any policy option our leaders choose to implement.

What does it mean, for example, if Wal-Mart decides to open a store in your town? Should your local government be enthusiastic, or should it be concerned? Should your own feelings be the same, or are your personal priorities different? What will the presence of the world's largest corporation really mean to you as a consumer, to smaller stores worried about competing, or to your local job market?

Whether dealing with the traditional sorts of topics most of us are used to seeing in an economics course—Social Security, inflation, unemployment, immigration, taxation, and the like—or issues perhaps surprising, such as gambling, major sports franchises, and even overeating, Professor Whaples offers a steady flow of insights about how the American economy really works, and how the consequences of policy decisions can have a longer reach than we might imagine, sometimes ironically so.

For example, Americans are having far fewer children than we used to—the so-called "birth dearth"—because the Social Security safety net removed one of the reasons cited by economic historians for having large families in the first place: the need to be supported in one's later years.

The irony, of course, is that it is this very decline in births that Social Security helped bring about that has itself become a looming threat, with a dwindling number of adults in their working years now available to support the increasing number of retirees who will be dependent on the system.

Go Beyond the "What" to Explore the "Why" of Today's Most Important Economic Issues

Carefully balancing the statistical data—the "what" of each trend or issue—with insightful explorations of how those trends or issues took their present shape—the "why"—Professor Whaples repeatedly takes the numbers that have long been the bane of those intimidated by economics courses and explores their implications in very human terms.

Showing us the human side of the numbers with which economics must be unavoidably concerned is second nature to Professor Whaples, who earned degrees in both economics and history in the process of becoming an economic historian. Honored as both a scholar and a teacher, he is intimately concerned with the real-life consequences of economics for flesh-and-blood people. In fact, his 1990 doctoral dissertation on the shortening of the American workweek was written from both economic and historical perspectives, and was honored by the Economic History Association as the "Outstanding Dissertation in American Economic History" for that year.

Professor Whaples begins the course with a thorough grounding in the basics of economics and the most important measuring sticks by which professional economists gauge an economy's performance. He always moves toward the human side of the equation, letting us see the translation of basic economic forces into the realities of our own lives.

The first lecture is a typical example of his approach. Terms such as rational maximizer, marginal cost, and demand curve fall neatly into place within the real-life example of padding over to one's thermostat on a cold winter's morning to decide where to set it, gauging where the cost–benefit tradeoffs might be—a process very similar to the one being performed at the other end of this transaction, by the marketplace players that provide our heating fuel.

As Professor Whaples so brilliantly shows, tradeoffs are a fundamental part of a system of economic forces that has been in play since long before the word economics even existed, from the moment the first want had to be balanced against the first inventory of resources, forcing someone to make a choice.

Modern Economic Issues is also about the economic implications of making those choices at the level of public policy. By showing the full range of economic factors that can come into play as a result of a given policy, and how our economy works, this course can help you become an even more insightful judge of policy recommendations and of the leaders and policy makers who advocate them.

Moreover, you will understand how professional economists view the full range of tradeoffs inherent in any decision. And you may well learn to supplement your own analyses as you make the real-life economic choices each of us faces every day, becoming an even wiser consumer and manager of your own economic future.

Modern Economic Issues [TTC Video]

Men's Health 1.0 - Journey To Optimal Health [Video]

Men's Health 1.0 - Journey To Optimal Health [Video]
Men's Health 1_0 - Journey To Optimal Health by Mitchel Schwindt
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 4.5 hours | 1.63GB

Master the unique men's health needs to live optimally.

Men have unique physiology and health needs that are often neglected.

Life is short - why not live an optimized life.

When it comes to men's health care issues, there is a lot of information around, but very few authoritative sources.

Usually when someone talks about men and their bodies, they talk about big muscles, getting ripped, and getting women. There might be some people who want that, but the vast majority of my patients & clients want to understand how to achieve optimal health.

What is optimal health?

  • Healthy body weight – Getting in shape without trying to be Mr. Universe
  • Heart health – Lowering cholesterol and blood pressure without prescriptions
  • Taking supplements – Knowing which supplements work and which to skip
  • Reducing inflammation – Preventing pain in joints and illnesses caused by cellular damage
  • Better sleep – Understanding how to sleep well so you can be alert and active
  • Improving gut health – A strong immune system and easy digestion are based on healthy eating and probiotics
  • Stress management – Managing your responses so that they don't manage you
  • Hair loss – Learning the reasons for and prevention of this common problem
  • Erectile dysfunction – Why you are struggling with something you couldn't stop for decades

All of these and many more men's health issues are covered in my course, The Optimal Living Program. It's all about mind and body health leading you to optimal energy, fitness, stamina, performance, and longevity.

2,300 men have already joined the program, each getting the information they need to get healthy and stay healthy.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 46 lectures and 4.5 hours of content!
  • Understand important mens' health issues
  • Better Health and Wellness
  • Biohacking
  • Learn what pitfalls to avoid
  • Improve performance
  • Understand how low testosterone can be dangerous
  • Which supplements to take and which to skip
  • What is the target audience?
Men's Health 1.0 - Journey To Optimal Health [Video]

Wing Chun Biu Jee [Video]

Wing Chun Biu Jee [Video]
Wing Chun Biu Jee by SiFu Wong
MP4, AVC, 3719 kbps, 960x540 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 117 Lectures | 9 hours | 12.7GB

The Master Wong Bui Jee course is the complete foundation in the Master Wong Wing Chun system.

The Master Wong Bui Jee course is the complete foundation in the Master Wong Wing Chun system. This is the first of 4 Modules, each featuring over 100 EASY TO UNDERSTAND training videos GUARANTEED to teach you everything you need to Master the foundation level of this exciting Close Quarter Fighting Art. The course begins with the absolute basics. This basic level training helps you develop core skills and the discipline required to use Wing Chun. Here you learn the basic hand and leg techniques. Learning to position and move your body correctly so you can effectively apply the movements in combat. Once you have the basic skills. The next element of your training will be to develop your sensitivity and flow of your movement with the Energy Drills. The user-friendly style of this production makes Master Wong your real life personal trainer! He is with you throughout each moment, every rep, every stance and exercise helping you to complete each task. Not all Wing Chun is created equal! This is your interactive step-by-step course, provided by Master Wong, making it easy for anyone, anywhere to learn Wing Chun.

What are the requirements?

  • A good foundation in the Wing Chun Chum Kiu Course will make this easier & more effective
  • Ability to listen and follow instructions
  • nterested in Improving Fitness and Self Defense
  • An open mind and willingness to learn
  • Take your time, don’t hurry, Be Patient
  • Wear loose and comfortable clothes
  • Reasonable level of fitness

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 117 lectures and 9 hours of content!
  • Training your natural awareness to increase your perception of situations.
  • Become Combat Ready
  • Improve Rapid Response
  • Learn how to Stabilize core
  • Chi Sao Breaking Holds
  • Chi Sao Lock & Hold
  • Chi Sao Training
  • Form & Application
  • Power Training
  • Grappling Drills
  • Knife Defence
  • Instinctive responses
  • Learn to protect your family and people you care about
  • Situational awareness prevents problems before they start
  • Conditioning your body into a weapon
Wing Chun Biu Jee [Video]

Wing Chun Street Fight Advanced [Video]

Wing Chun Street Fight Advanced [Video]
Wing Chun Street Fight Advanced [Video] by SiFu Wong
MP4, AVC, 1000 kbps, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 135 Lectures | 7.5 hours | 11.18GB

The Master Wong Wing Chun Advance Street Fighting training Course is a complete guide to protecting yourself on the street. These EASY TO UNDERSTAND training videos are GUARANTEED to teach you everything you need to get yourself out of a difficult, maybe even life-threatening situation if you are attacked while you are outside the safety of your home.

Advance Street Fighting training is practical, filmed out on the street, in the environment you will encounter and works on applying techniques face to face with your partner. By practicing through a variety of scenarios and using drills to improve your reactions you will be able to act instinctively when you are under threat and do what needs to be done to protect yourself or those you care about.

Master Wong is your personal guide through the world of Street Fighting and will put himself in dangerous spots and explain how to escape and make sure your attacker can’t continue to bother you and will probably never want to bother anyone ever again.

The user-friendly style of this production makes Master Wong your real life personal trainer! He will be with you through out each scenario and training exercise to coach and guide you, helping you to complete each task. Not all Advance Street Fighting is created equal! This modern realistic approach to training provided in HD brings you the secrets of the ancient Art of War applied to dangers you are likely to face today. This is your interactive step-by-step course, provided by Master Wong, making it easy for anyone, anywhere to learn Advance Street Fighting and gain confidence and awareness when the are out on the street.

Master Wong welcomes comments and questions from students and is constantly working to improve the quality of this instructional material. New videos will be regularly updated. So if there's a scenario you would like Master Wong to cover, contact us. You may well find this scenario included in our up coming content.

What are the requirements?

  • A good foundation in the Wing Chun Biu Jee coure will make this easier & more effective
  • Ability to listen and follow instructions
  • Interested in Improving Fitness and Street Fighting
  • An open mind and willingness to learn
  • Take there time, don’t hurry, Be Patient
  • Wear loose and comfortable clothes
  • Reasonable level of fitness

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 135 lectures and 7.5 hours of content!
  • Training your natural awareness to increase your perception of situations.
  • How to deal with a variety of scenarios
  • Become Combat Ready
  • Improve Rapid Response
  • Learn hot to Finish a Fight in SECONDS
  • Understand about dynamic entry
  • Delivering devastating Strikes
  • Understanding the mindset for Street Fighting
  • Positioning the body correctly, knowing where and how to stand
  • Common attacks and how to Fight
  • Controlling your attacker
  • Understanding your power
  • Instinctive responses
  • Learn to protect your family and people you care about
  • Situational awareness prevents problems before they start
  • Attacking vulnerable points of the body
  • Conditioning your body into a weapon
Wing Chun Street Fight Advanced [Video]

The God Theory: Universes, Zero-Point Fields and What's Behind It All [Audiobook]

The God Theory: Universes, Zero-Point Fields and What's Behind It All [Audiobook]
The God Theory: Universes, Zero-Point Fields and What's Behind It All [Audiobook] by Bernard Haisch, read by Norman Dietz
2011 | MP3@128 kbps | 5 hrs 40 mins | 320.94MB

On the one hand, we have traditional science, based on the premises of materialism, reductionism, and randomness, with a belief that reality consists solely of matter and energy, that everything can be measured in the laboratory or observed by a telescope. If it can't, it doesn't exist. On the other hand, we have traditional religious dogma concerning God that fails to take into account evolution, a 4.6-billion-year-old Earth, and the conflicting claims of the world's religions.

In The God Theory, Bernard Haisch discards both these worldviews and proposes a theory that provides purpose for our lives while at the same time being completely consistent with everything we have discovered about the universe and life on Earth. To wit, Newton was right-there is a God-and wrong-this is not merely a material world.Haisch proposes that science will explain God and God will explain science. Consciousness is not a mere epiphenomenon of the brain; it is our connection to God, the source of all consciousness. Ultimately it is consciousness that creates matter and not vice versa. New discoveries in physics point to a background sea of quantum light underlying the universe. The God Theory offers a worldview that incorporates cutting-edge science and ancient mystical knowledge. This is nothing less than a revolution in our understanding.

The Platonic Tradition: Understanding Plato's Impact through the Ages [The Modern Scholar]

The Platonic Tradition: Understanding Plato's Impact through the Ages [The Modern Scholar]
The Platonic Tradition: Understanding Plato's Impact through the Ages [The Modern Scholar] by Peter Kreeft
2012 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 4 mins | 146.64MB

This engaging course of lectures begins by providing a detailed and accurate overview of Plato's philosophy and it's central idea - the idea of a transcendent reality that has popularly become known as the theory of the Forms. Professor Kreeft then takes us on a concise journey through Western Philosophical history to show how that central idea - the theory of forms - has either been built upon or reacted to by philosophers ever since. We explore not only the work of Plato, but also that of several other great voices in the Western Philosophical tradition - Aristotle, Plotinus, and Augustine - each of whom gave the forms a new metaphysical address. Later lectures explore both Christian Platonists and philosophical movements such as Positivism and Nihilism which have been anti-Platonist in their outlook. In the end we are left with a richer appreciation for Plato's work and its enduring legacy.

The Modern Novel [The Modern Scholar]

The Modern Novel [The Modern Scholar]
The Modern Novel [The Modern Scholar] by Katherine Elkins
2013 | MP3@64 kbps | 4 hrs 30 mins | 131.27MB

A recipient of the Whiting Foundation Teaching Fellowship, Katherine Elkins is also the co-director of the Integrated Program in the Humane Studies at Kenyon College. In this lecture series, Elkins examines the development of the modern novel by investigating four great modernist authors: James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Marcel Proust, and Virginia Woolf. The lectures explore the authors' most respected works and illustrate how each author's unique style and vision made a major contribution to the look and shape of the novel today.

Celts and Germans: The Enduring Heritage of the European Northlands [The Modern Scholar]

Celts and Germans: The Enduring Heritage of the European Northlands [The Modern Scholar]
Celts and Germans: The Enduring Heritage of the European Northlands [The Modern Scholar] by Timothy B Shutt
2012 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 21 mins | 153.97MB

One of the Modern Scholar's most popular lecturers, Professor Timothy B. Shutt of Kenyon College examines the contributions of the peoples of northern Europe through their vibrant literary legacy. As Professor Shutt's textual analysis reveals, Celtic and Germanic values shine through these works, exhibiting such characteristics as courage, self-control, and respect for women. As listeners will find, the legacy of the European Northlands formed a cultural pattern that continues to this day.

The Seashell on the Mountaintop [Audiobook]

The Seashell on the Mountaintop [Audiobook]
The Seashell on the Mountaintop: A Story of Science Sainthood and the Humble Genius Who Discovered a New History of the Earth [Audiobook] by, read by
2003 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 39 mins | 160.16MB

This is the story of a seventeenth-century scientist-turned-priest who forever changed our understanding of the Earth and created a new field of science.

It was a puzzle that stymied history's greatest minds: Why were the fossils of seashells found far inland, sometimes high up into the mountains? Seventeenth century, scholars calculated the age of the earth to be only six thousand years - not enough time for the fossils to form.

The brilliant and enigmatic Nicholas Steno - the man whom Stephen Jay Gould called "the founder of geology" - explored beyond the pages of the Bible, to look directly at the clues left in the layers of the Earth. Steno challenged the religious and scientific thinking of his own time, and set the stage for the modern science that came after him. As the groundbreaking ideas gains acceptance, Steno entered the priesthood and rose to become a bishop, ultimately becoming venerated as a saint.

A thrilling scientific investigation and the portrait of an extraordinary genius, The Seashell on the Mountaintop gives us new insight into our planet, revealing how we learned to read the story told to us by the Earth itself, written in rock and stone.

The Pampered Chef: The Story of One of America's Most Beloved Companies [Audiobook]

The Pampered Chef: The Story of One of America's Most Beloved Companies [Audiobook]
The Pampered Chef: The Story of One of America's Most Beloved Companies [Audiobook] by Doris Christopher, read by the Author
2015 | MP3@128 kbps | 4.5 hrs | 284.1MB

THE PAMPERED CHEF is Doris Christopher’s extraordinary account of how she turned an innovative concept and $3,000 investment into a business with annual sales approaching the billion-dollar mark. It is packed with real-life lessons and inspiring insights for small-business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

In 1980 Doris Christopher, a former home economist and teacher, was itching to get back into the workforce after an eight-year hiatus as a stay-at-home mom. Drawing on her personal and professional expertise, and determined to make cooking easier and more convenient for families, she started selling high-quality kitchen tools through cooking demonstrations to groups of women in their homes. Today, the company she started in her basement, The Pampered Chef, is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary and has grown into a corporation with tens of thousands of independent kitchen consultants. Now owned by Berkshire Hathaway, The Pampered Chef’s Kitchen Consultants present more than a million Kitchen Shows a year, attended by more than 12 million people.

THE PAMPERED CHEF is the story of the vision, energy, hard work, and chutzpah that drove Christopher and her company to the height of success. She describes her early days as a “one-woman show,” chronicles the company’s gradual expansion, its challenges and growing popularity, and the process, offers invaluable advice and sound strategies on how to found and grow a business, including:

  • Hard learned lessons for start-up entrepreneurs
  • How to create a business concept and set your priorities
  • Knowing when to expand and when to slow growth so that demand doesn’t overwhelm your operations or supplies
  • How to counter the naysayers and deal with adversity

Today, as at the company’s founding, achieving a better balance between work and family remains central to The Pampered Chef’s mission. THE PAMPERED CHEF brings Christopher’s recipe for success to women, and men, everywhere.

Germany: Memories of a Nation [Audiobook]

Germany: Memories of a Nation [Audiobook]
Germany: Memories of a Nation [Audiobook] by Neil MacGregor, read by the Author
2014 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 51 mins | 192.69MB

A series from the makers of A History of the World In 100 Objects, exploring the fascinating and complex history of Germany from the origins of the Holy Roman Empire right up to the present day. Written and presented by Neil MacGregor, it is produced by BBC Radio 4, in partnership with the British Museum.

Whilst Germany's past is too often seen through the prism of the two World Wars, this series investigates a wider 600-year-old history of the nation through its objects. It examines the key moments that have defined Germany's past - its great, world-changing achievements and its devastating tragedies - and it explores the profound influence that Germany's history, culture and inventiveness have had across Europe.

The objects featured in the radio series range from large sculptures to small individual artefacts and items that are prosaic, iconic and symbolic. Each has a story to tell, a memory to invoke.

My Outdoor Life [Audiobook]

My Outdoor Life [Audiobook]
My Outdoor Life [Audiobook] by Ray Mears, read by the Author and Simon Shepherd
2014 | M4B@64 kbps | 10 hrs 25 mins | 284.0

Ray Mears is a household name through his television series Tracks, World of Survival, Bushcraft Survival, The Real Heroes of Telemark, and many more.

He is a private individual who shuns publicity whenever possible and would prefer to let his many skills tell their own tale - until now.

In My Outdoor Life, Ray tells of his childhood and the formative years when he first developed a passion for both bushcraft and the martial arts skills that are central to his life. Having travelled the world several times over, he is no stranger to risk and has had more than his fair share of dangerous and life-threatening encounters to share with his listeners. But his life is so much more than a tale of derring-do. Shortly after he returned to England having narrowly survived a serious helicopter crash, his father died. Just a year later, he had to face the death of his first wife, Rachel. The book conveys the many sides of Ray Mears, taking us up to the present day - including the previously untold story of his involvement in the man-hunt for murderer Raoul Moat. My Outdoor Life gives us all a chance to share a life story as rich and as inspirational as a walk in woods with the man himself, Ray Mears.

Underground London: Travels Beneath the City Streets [Audiobook]

Underground London: Travels Beneath the City Streets [Audiobook]
Underground London: Travels Beneath the City Streets [Audiobook] by, read by
2010 | M4B@64 kbps | 12 hrs 6 mins | 328.52MB

What is visible to the naked eye has been exhaustively raked over; in Underground London, acclaimed travel writer Stephen Smith provides an alternative guide and history of the capital. It's a journey through the passages and tunnels of the city, the bunkers and tunnels, crypts and shadows. As well as being a contemporary tour of underground London, it's also an exploration through time: Queen Boudicca lies beneath Platform 10 at King's Cross (legend has it); Dick Turpin fled the Bow Street Runners along secret passages leading from the cellar of the Spaniards pub in North London; the remains of a pre-Christian Mithraic temple have been found near the Bank of England; on the platforms of the now defunct King William Street Underground, posters still warn that 'Careless talk costs lives'.

Stephen Smith uncovers the secrets of the city by walking through sewers, tunnels under such places as Hampton Court, ghost tube stations, and long lost rivers such as the Fleet and the Tyburn. This is 'alternative' history at its best.

The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939 - 1945 [Audiobook]

The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939 - 1945 [Audiobook]
The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939 - 1945 [Audiobook] by Max Hastings, read by Steven Crossley
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 30 hrs 39 mins | 867.28MB

Examining the espionage and intelligence stories in World War II on a global basis, bringing together the British, American, German, Russian and Japanese histories.

In The Secret War, Max Hastings examines the espionage and intelligence machines of all sides in World War II and the impact of spies, code breakers and partisan operations on events.

Written on a global scale, the book brings together accounts from British, American, German, Russian and Japanese sources to tell the story of a secret war waged unceasingly by men and women often far from the battlefields but whose actions profoundly influenced the outcome.

Returning to the Second World War for the first time since his best-selling All Hell Let Loose, Hastings weaves into a 'big picture' framework the human stories of spies and intelligence officers who served their respective masters.

Told through a series of snapshots of key moments, the book looks closely at Soviet espionage operations which dwarfed those of every other belligerent in scale as well as the code-breaking operation at Bletchley Park - the greatest intelligence achievement of the conflict - with many more surprising and unfamiliar tales of treachery, deception, betrayal and incompetence by spies of Axis, Allied or indeterminate loyalty.

All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-1945 [Audiobook]

All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-1945 [Audiobook]
All Hell Let Loose: The World at War 1939-1945 [Audiobook] by Max Hastings, read by Cameron Stewart
2012 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 32 hrs 16 mins | 879.79MB

The complete magisterial history of the greatest and most terrible event in history, from one of the finest historians of the Second World War. This shows the impact of war upon hundreds of millions of people around the world - soldiers, sailors and airmen; housewives, farm workers and children.

Reflecting Max Hastings's 35 years of research on World War II, All Hell Let Loose describes the course of events, but focuses chiefly upon human experience. There are vivid descriptions of the tragedies and triumphs of a host of ordinary people, in uniform and out of it, in an 'everyman's story'.

This is now the entire audiobook, not in two parts.

A Brief History of Fighting Ships [Audiobook]

A Brief History of Fighting Ships [Audiobook]
A Brief History of Fighting Ships [Audiobook] by David Davies, read by the Author
2013 | M4B@64 kbps | 6 hrs 37 mins | 186.03MB

This introduction to the years of the Napoleonic Wars (1793 to 1815) tells the story of one of the keys to that great conflict, the ship of the line - the deadly battleships that played such a vital role in the battles. The author describes the ships' construction and armaments, the daily life of the men who served, and the problems faced by commanders of the time in battles that include the Glorious First of June, the Battle of the Nile and Trafalgar.

Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914 [Audiobook]

Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914 [Audiobook]
Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914 [Audiobook] by Max Hastings, read by Nigel Harrington
2015 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 28 hrs 58 mins | 789.39MB

The Amazon History Book of the Year 2013 is a magisterial chronicle of the calamity that befell Europe in 1914 as the continent shifted from the glamour of the Edwardian era to the tragedy of total war.

Nineteen fourteen was a year of unparalleled change. The year that diplomacy failed, imperial Europe was thrown into its first modernised warfare and white-gloved soldiers rode in their masses across pastoral landscapes into the blaze of machine guns. What followed were the costliest days of the entire war. But how had it happened?

In Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914, Max Hastings, best-selling author of the acclaimed All Hell Let Loose, answers at last how World War I could ever have begun.

Ranging across Europe, from Paris to St. Petersberg, from Kings to corporals, Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914 traces how tensions across the continent kindled into a blaze of battles - not the stalemates of later trench-warfare but battles of movement and dash where Napoleonic tactics met with weapons from a newly industrialised age. A searing analysis of the power brokering, vanity and bluff in the diplomatic maelstrom reveals who was responsible for the birth of this catastrophic world in arms. Mingling the experiences of humbler folk with the statesmen on whom their lives depended, Hastings asks: whose actions were justified? From the outbreak of war through to its terrible making and the bloody gambles in Sarajevo and Mons, Le Cateau, Marne and Tannenberg, this is the international story of World War I in its most severe and influential period.

Published to coincide with its 100th Anniversary, Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914 explains how and why this war, which shattered and changed the Western world for ever, was fought.

Tommy's War: The Western Front in Soldiers' Words [Audiobook]

Tommy's War: The Western Front in Soldiers' Words [Audiobook]
Tommy's War: The Western Front in Soldiers' Words [Audiobook] by Richard van Emden, read by Richard Dadd
2014 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 23 mins | 364.67MB

Conventional histories of the Great War have tended to focus on the terrible attritional battles of Ypres, of Arras and of the Somme. What they do not tell us is what life was like for the ordinary soldier, what mattered to him, and how he survived, both physically and mentally.

Now for the first time, one of Britain's leading military historians, Richard van Emden tells the story of the Great War exclusively through the words and images of soldiers on the ground.

In Tommy's War, he gathers some of the very best first-hand material written about the War, some of it published at the time and forgotten, some of it previously unpublished, but all of it wonderfully descriptive and immediate, and often wickedly funny. Tommy humor, frequently very dark, played a vital part in men's mental survival, particularly in times of great stress. Until now its critical role in victory has been overlooked. Richard van Emden restores the balance, giving weight to the soldiers' natural inclination to laugh during their darkest moments.

Illustrating these eyewitness accounts with soldiers' own photographs taken on privately owned cameras, often tiny Vest Pocket Kodaks - the smart phones of their day - van Emden has created an entirely new and fresh history of the Great War, giving us a glimpse of 'Tommy Atkins' as he has never been seen before.

One Man's War: The WWII Saga of Tommy LaMore [Audiobook]

One Man's War: The WWII Saga of Tommy LaMore [Audiobook]
One Man's War: The WWII Saga of Tommy LaMore [Audiobook] by Tommy LaMore, Dan A Baker, read by Patrick G Lawlor
2005 | M4B@64 kbps | 9 hrs 35 mins | 268.94MB

Escaping certain death, not once but several times, lies at the core of this riveting, real-life story of an American soldier during World War II. In One Man's War: The WW II Saga of Tommy LaMore, a B-17 airman vividly details his experiences in war-ravaged Europe, from the horrific to the romantic and beyond.

He tells what it was like to be among the first airmen in the B-17s, to prepare oneself for long missions over enemy territory, to be in heavy aerial bombardment by German fighters, to be shot down, finding oneself first in friendly hands and then in enemy hands, to be at the mercy of merciless German guards, to be one of the few American to enter, much less escape, an infamous death camp.

He tells of the relationships formed, not only with fellow crewmen but also with French Resistance fighters, with Polish prisoners, with a young and pretty survivor of a women's camp, and, surprisingly, with a bigger-than-life Russian officer with a heart set on revenge. There are fascinating descriptions of the bloodthirsty Mongols on horseback who accompanied the Russians and who struck fear into the hearts of even the most hardened German SS men.

Balancing the tales of despair and loneliness are images of a girl with an orange on a train, an intuitively companionable little dog, and brilliant scenes of Paris overflowing with flowers, food, love, and exuberance in the first weeks after the war.

The listener ends up thinking it would have been a pleasure to have known this man, Tommy LaMore, and humbly certain that the West's freedom was assured by the sacrifices of men like him.

Intrigue, passion, and sacrifice imbue One Man's War in a compelling story not only for history aficionados and WWII scholars but also for those who are fascinated by the bittersweet nature of love in times of war.

Life and Death in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries [Audiobook]

Life and Death in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries [Audiobook]
Life and Death in the Andes: On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes, and Revolutionaries [Audiobook] by Kim MacQuarrie, read by Jonathan Yen
2015 | MP3@64 kbps | 16 hrs 49 mins | 477.17MB

The Andes Mountains are the world's longest mountain chain, linking most of the countries in South America. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and author Kim MacQuarrie takes us on a historical journey through this unique region, bringing fresh insight and contemporary connections to such fabled characters as Charles Darwin, Pablo Escobar, Che Guevara, and many others. He introduces us to a Patagonian woman who is the last living speaker of her language as he explores the disappearance and sometimes surprising resiliency of indigenous cultures throughout the Andes. He meets a man whose grandfather witnessed Butch Cassidy's last days in Bolivia and tracks down the ballet dancer who once hid the leader of the brutal Shining Path in her home.

Through the stories he shares, MacQuarrie raises such questions as: Where did the people of South America come from? Did they create or import their cultures? What makes South America different from other continents - and what makes the cultures of the Andes different from other cultures in South America? Deeply observed and beautifully written, Life and Death in the Andes shows us this land as no one has before.

The Boy Who Played with Fusion [Audiobook]

The Boy Who Played with Fusion [Audiobook]
The Boy Who Played with Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting, and How to Make a Star [Audiobook] by Tom Clynes, read by P J Ochlan
2015 | MP3@64 kbps | 12 hrs 27 mins | 339.73MB

This is the story of how an American teenager became the youngest person ever to build a working nuclear fusion reactor.

By the age of nine, Taylor Wilson had mastered the science of rocket propulsion. At 11 his grandmother's cancer diagnosis drove him to investigate new ways to produce medical isotopes. And by 14 Wilson had built a 500-million-degree reactor and become the youngest person in history to achieve nuclear fusion. How could someone so young achieve so much, and what can Wilson's story teach parents and teachers about how to support high-achieving kids?

In The Boy Who Played with Fusion, science journalist Tom Clynes narrates Taylor's extraordinary journey - from his Arkansas home, where his parents fully supported his intellectual passions; to a unique Reno, Nevada, public high school just for academic superstars; to the present, when now 19-year-old Wilson is winning international science competitions with devices designed to prevent terrorists from shipping radioactive material into the country. Along the way Clynes reveals how our education system shortchanges gifted students - and what we can do to fix it.

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win [Audiobook]

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win [Audiobook]
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win [Audiobook] by Jocko Willink, Leif Babin, read by the Authors
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 15 mins | 234.29MB

In Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin share hard-hitting Navy SEAL combat stories that translate into lessons for business and life. With riveting firsthand accounts of making high-pressure decisions as Navy SEAL battlefield leaders, this audiobook is equally gripping for leaders who seek to dominate other arenas.

Jocko and Leif served together in SEAL Task Unit Bruiser, the most highly decorated Special Operations unit from the war in Iraq. Their efforts contributed to the historic triumph for US forces in Ramadi. Through those difficult months of sustained combat, Jocko, Leif, and their SEAL brothers learned that leadership - at every level - is the most important thing on the battlefield. They started Echelon Front to teach these same leadership principles to companies across industries throughout the business world that want to build their own high-performance, winning teams.

This audiobook explains the SEAL leadership concepts crucial to accomplishing the most difficult missions in combat and how to apply them to any group, team, or organization. It provides the listener with Jocko and Leif's formula for success: the mind-set and guiding principles that enable SEAL combat units to achieve extraordinary results. It demonstrates how to apply these directly to business and life to likewise achieve victory.

Advanced Investments [TTC Video]

Advanced Investments [TTC Video]
Advanced Investments [TTC Video] by Steve L Slezak
Course No 5751 | .WMV, WMV3, 2000 kbps, 640x360 | WMA, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 9.1GB

You’ve worked hard. You’ve saved. You’ve put your savings to work so that it will increase in value over time. In other words, you’ve invested. But are you earning the best return on your investments? Are you meeting your goals? Are you comfortable with your level of risk? How liquid are your investments?

Investing can be a valuable part of being able to achieve your hopes and dreams. It can help build a secure retirement. It can contribute toward paying for the education of your children and grandchildren. Income from your investments can help you build a legacy for family members or to support a cause you hold dear. In short, your investment decisions are some of the most important choices you make. Shouldn’t these be educated choices, supported by the best information, reasoning, and analytical techniques?

Whether you are starting out in your career, in your prime earning years, or retired, it is essential that you understand your investment choices in great detail—something that is not easy amid the flood of sure-fire strategies offered by books, television programs, online brokers, and professional wealth managers.

Consider the following decisions that face any investor in the market:

  • Active or passive? An active investing strategy takes advantage of mispriced securities that can be traded for a profit. A passive approach seeks to build a well-diversified portfolio that can be put on automatic pilot. Many investors combine these strategies.
  • What kind of securities? Securities are tradable assets, notably stocks and bonds. But they also include derivatives such as options, which are useful for hedging against losses. All securities are tools that work well under certain circumstances but not others.
  • Can you spot opportunities? How do you distinguish an opportunity from a pitfall? It’s crucial to know the most common mistakes that investors make and be familiar with the analytical tools that allow you to gauge a potential opening for financial gain.
  • Can you manage risk? Risk may be the most misunderstood factor in investing. Contrary to much financial advice, increasing your chance of success does not require increased risk. However, it does require measuring and managing risk effectively.

Advanced Investments puts you on the road to a thorough grasp of cutting-edge investment principles and practices, presented in 24 informative lectures by Professor Steve L. Slezak of the University of Cincinnati. Professor Slezak is Director of the university’s Carl H. Lindner III Center for Insurance and Risk Management, and the winner of multiple teaching awards for the clarity, excitement, and rigor of his instruction.

Master the Art of Investing

In Advanced Investments, you learn practical techniques for analyzing the central problem of investing: how to determine if a potential investment is a good deal. Using concepts from probability and statistics, you learn how to measure risk accurately. Then you explore methods for determining if a security will generate returns that compensate for its risk. Throughout the course, you constantly weigh the relative advantages of active and passive strategies, gaining an appreciation for how you can take active and passive positions in different securities.

Professor Slezak carefully explains the mathematics as he walks you through a rich range of problems and examples. You need not work out the solutions yourself, but it is vital that you have an intuitive grasp of how investors use formulas. You will learn the financial meaning of terms such as expected value, variance, covariance, and standard deviation. Unlike most other investment courses, Advanced Investments immerses you in the actual technical vocabulary and procedures used by professionals.

The video versions of the course have dozens of charts, diagrams, and on-screen equations that help you follow Professor Slezak’s many case studies and sample problems. The guidebook that accompanies the course also includes these graphics to aid those who choose the audio versions of the course.

A Course for the Serious Investor

Those who will benefit from the detailed information in this course include

  • anyone who holds a portfolio of stocks, bonds, or other securities, or wishes to start one;
  • those responsible for safeguarding an inheritance, endowment, or other substantial fund;
  • retirees and people approaching retirement;
  • new investors and students of finance who want to learn the best set of tools for building a portfolio;
  • industry professionals who wish to see financial quantitative analysis in action;
  • corporate employees who want greater insight into their firm’s financial operation; and
  • anyone interested in how the economy works—and sometimes doesn’t work, as in the financial crisis of 2008.

If you delegate the management of your investments to a professional, this course will give you the indispensible background to communicate your goals and monitor the performance of your portfolio. Professor Slezak stresses that “bad managers are out there!” Even managers who outperform the market over many periods may do so out of chance or because they have shifted to a low-risk strategy to protect their long-term ranking.

“Do Your Homework”

Some of Professor Slezak’s investment tips include these essentials:

  • Don’t act on hunches: Part of knowing is knowing when you don’t know. If you don’t have information that justifies an active position, then it’s better to be passive.
  • Think in terms of net present value (NPV): If you manage a business, NPV is the key measure for evaluating proposed projects. It also guides you in everyday decisions about the firm.
  • Variability by itself is not risk: Risk is often thought of as the variability in the return on a security. However, you can combine securities and actually control the risk.
  • Do your homework: Before you follow an active strategy, realize that with active management you are making bets. That realization should focus your mind on the kind of analysis you need to do.

When he was faculty advisor to the student-managed fund at the University of Cincinnati, Professor Slezak developed a framework that allowed students to actively manage their joint portfolio but that also tolerated a degree of benign neglect, due to the students’ busy lives. The same time constraints apply to many other investors, and you will find the professor’s framework a judicious mix of active investment strategies overlaid on a passive, well-diversified portfolio.

Professor Slezak enlivens his presentation with colorful anecdotes, allusions to his hobby of fine cooking, and object lessons from the recent history of Wall Street. His parting suggestion: “Don’t be afraid of the market.” Nothing is a sure thing, but the market has performed consistently over the long term. With Advanced Investments, you will build a solid foundation and hone the analytical skills that let you make judicious use of the market’s marvelous opportunities.

Advanced Investments [TTC Video]