Xerxes: A Persian Life [EPUB]

Xerxes: A Persian Life [EPUB]
Xerxes: A Persian Life by Richard Stoneman
2015 | EPUB | 6.21MB

Xerxes, Great King of the Persian Empire from 486–465 B.C., has gone down in history as an angry tyrant full of insane ambition. The stand of Leonidas and the 300 against his army at Thermopylae is a byword for courage, while the failure of Xerxes’ expedition has overshadowed all the other achievements of his twenty-two-year reign.

In this lively and comprehensive new biography, Richard Stoneman shows how Xerxes, despite sympathetic treatment by the contemporary Greek writers Aeschylus and Herodotus, had his reputation destroyed by later Greek writers and by the propaganda of Alexander the Great. Stoneman draws on the latest research in Achaemenid studies and archaeology to present the ruler from the Persian perspective. This illuminating volume does not whitewash Xerxes’ failings but sets against them such triumphs as the architectural splendor of Persepolis and a consideration of Xerxes’ religious commitments. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of a man who ruled a vast and multicultural empire which the Greek communities of the West saw as the antithesis of their own values.

Nemesis: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45 [EPUB]

Nemesis: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45 [EPUB]
Nemesis: The Battle for Japan, 1944-45 by Max Hastings
2007 | EPUB | 1.25MB

A companion volume to his bestselling 'Armageddon', Max Hastings' account of the battle for Japan is a masterful military history.

Featuring the most remarkable cast of commanders the world has ever seen, the dramatic battle for Japan of 1944–45 was acted out across the vast stage of Asia: Imphal and Kohima, Leyte Gulf and Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the Soviet assault on Manchuria.

In this gripping history, Max Hastings weaves together the complex strands of an epic war, exploring the military tactics behind some of the most triumphant and most horrific scenes of the twentieth century. The result is a masterpiece that balances the story of command decisions, rivalries and follies with the experiences of soldiers, sailors and airmen of all sides as only Max Hastings can.

The History of Mexico: From Pre-Conquest to Present [EPUB]

The History of Mexico: From Pre-Conquest to Present [EPUB]
The History of Mexico: From Pre-Conquest to Present by Philip Russell
2015 | EPUB | 17.68MB

The History of Mexico: From Pre-Conquest to Present traces the last 500 years of Mexican history, from the indigenous empires that were devastated by the Spanish conquest through the election of 2006 and its aftermath. The book offers a straightforward chronological survey of Mexican history from the pre-colonial times to the present, and includes a glossary as well as numerous tables and images for comprehensive study.

In lively and engaging prose, Philip Russell guides readers through major themes that still resonate today including:

  • The role of women in society
  • Environmental change
  • The evolving status of Mexico’s indigenous people
  • African slavery and the role of race
  • Government economic policy
  • Foreign relations with the United States and others

The companion website provides many useful student tools including multiple choice questions, extra book chapters, and links to online resources, as well as digital copies of the maps from the book.

Genomic Messages: How the Evolving Science of Genetics Affects Our Health, Families, and Future [EPUB]

Genomic Messages: How the Evolving Science of Genetics Affects Our Health, Families, and Future [EPUB]
Genomic Messages: How the Evolving Science of Genetics Affects Our Health, Families, and Future by George Annas, Sherman Elias
2015 | EPUB | 2.46MB

Two leaders in the field of genetics—a bioethicist-health lawyer and an obstetrician-gynecologist geneticist—answer the most pressing questions about the application of new genetics to our universal medicine and what personalized medicine means for individual healthcare.

Breakthroughs in genetic research are changing modern medicine and pharmaceuticals. But what are these changes and how do they affect our individual care? Genomic Messages examines these groundbreaking changes and the questions they raise: What kind of specific medical innovation do we have to look forward to now and tomorrow? How will this “flood” of genetic messages change our lives, our interaction with our physicians and our healthcare system?

Groundbreaking and provocative, Genomic Messages fuses the often conflicting worlds of medicine and law to provide information and insight that will impact the health choices of every one of us, from how medicine is practiced to concepts of privacy, confidentiality, and informed consent. Ultimately, it reveals how genetic information is changing how we think about ourselves, our health, and our future.

Breaking Murphy's Law: How Optimists Get What They Want from Life [EPUB]

Breaking Murphy's Law: How Optimists Get What They Want from Life [EPUB]
Breaking Murphy's Law: How Optimists Get What They Want from Life - and Pessimists Can Too by Suzanne C Segerstrom
2006 | EPUB | 1.47MB

Pollyannas take heart, pessimists take note: Recent studies on achievement and well-being show that optimistic behavior contributes to better physical health, greater resilience in the face of life’s twists and turns, and more satisfying relationships. As psychologists Suzanne Segerstrom reveals, optimists lay groundwork for the success they envision. While the rest of us worry whether our goals are attainable, those who practice optimism try to achieve theirs.

Breaking Murphy’s Law shows you simple ways to develop the skills that natural-born optimists use to get what they want from life. Dr. Segerstrom helps you break free from the inertia of cynicism and self-doubt and encourages you to engage the world around you. “Doing optimism”–by getting involved, working hard, and enjoying your achievements–establishes a positive feedback loop that’s both personally transformative and self-perpetuating. This practical book imparts the lesson with a mix of humor and intelligence that will convince even the most hardened cynics that Murphy got it wrong.

Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy [EPUB]

Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy [EPUB]
Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy by Susan Neiman
2002 | EPUB | 2.33MB

Evil threatens human reason, for it challenges our hope that the world makes sense. For eighteenth-century Europeans, the Lisbon earthquake was manifest evil. Today we view evil as a matter of human cruelty, and Auschwitz as its extreme incarnation. Examining our understanding of evil from the Inquisition to contemporary terrorism, Susan Neiman explores who we have become in the three centuries that separate us from the early Enlightenment. In the process, she rewrites the history of modern thought and points philosophy back to the questions that originally animated it.

Whether expressed in theological or secular terms, evil poses a problem about the world's intelligibility. It confronts philosophy with fundamental questions: Can there be meaning in a world where innocents suffer? Can belief in divine power or human progress survive a cataloging of evil? Is evil profound or banal? Neiman argues that these questions impelled modern philosophy. Traditional philosophers from Leibniz to Hegel sought to defend the Creator of a world containing evil. Inevitably, their efforts–combined with those of more literary figures like Pope, Voltaire, and the Marquis de Sade–eroded belief in God's benevolence, power, and relevance, until Nietzsche claimed He had been murdered. They also yielded the distinction between natural and moral evil that we now take for granted. Neiman turns to consider philosophy's response to the Holocaust as a final moral evil, concluding that two basic stances run through modern thought. One, from Rousseau to Arendt, insists that morality demands we make evil intelligible. The other, from Voltaire to Adorno, insists that morality demands that we don't.

Beautifully written and thoroughly engaging, this book tells the history of modern philosophy as an attempt to come to terms with evil. It reintroduces philosophy to anyone interested in questions of life and death, good and evil, suffering and sense. Featuring a substantial new afterword by Neiman that raises provocative questions about Hannah Arendt’s take on Adolf Eichmann and the rationale behind the Hiroshima bombing, this Princeton Classics edition introduces a new generation of readers to this eloquent and thought-provoking meditation on good and evil, life and death, and suffering and sense.

Government Zero: No Borders, No Language, No Culture [Audiobook]

Government Zero: No Borders, No Language, No Culture [Audiobook]
Government Zero: No Borders, No Language, No Culture [Audiobook] by Michael Savage, read by Barry Baer
2015 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 22 mins | 263.97MB

From best-selling author of Stop the Coming Civil War, Michael Savage reveals the massive dangers currently leading to the demise of our government.

Michael Savage has been warning Americans for decades, and now it's here. In Government Zero: No Borders, No Language, No Culture, Savage sounds the alarm about how Progressives and radical Islamists are each unwittingly working toward similar ends: to destroy Western civilization and remake it in their own respective images. These two dark forces are transforming our once-free republic into a socialist, third world dictatorship ruled by Government Zero: absolute government and zero representation.

Combining in-depth analysis with biting commentary, Savage cuts through mainstream media propaganda to reveal an all-out attack on our borders, language, and culture by progressive travelers who have hijacked public policy, from national defense to immigration to public education.

Find out everything you need to know about this terrifying agenda to weaken the US military, cripple the American economy, subvert basic American liberties such as freedom of speech, and destroy the international world order.

There is no time to lose. The Progressive-Islamist agenda has advanced into every public space, from the White House to the military to your local public school. If America is to survive, it has to be stopped. Michael Savage has a plan. Get the inside story before it's too late.

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier [Audiobook]

Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier [Audiobook]
Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier [Audiobook] by Neil deGrasse Tyson, read by Mirron Willis
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 49 mins | 306.4MB

America's space program is at a turning point. After decades of global primacy, NASA has ended the space-shuttle program, cutting off its access to space. No astronauts will be launched in an American craft, from American soil, until the 2020s, and NASA may soon find itself eclipsed by other countries' space programs.

With his signature wit and thought-provoking insights, Neil deGrasse Tyson - one of our foremost thinkers on all things space - illuminates the past, present, and future of space exploration and brilliantly reminds us why NASA matters now as much as ever. As Tyson reveals, exploring the space frontier can profoundly enrich many aspects of our daily lives, from education systems and the economy to national security and morale. For America to maintain its status as a global leader and a technological innovator, he explains, we must regain our enthusiasm and curiosity about what lies beyond our world.

Provocative, humorous, and wonderfully listenable, Space Chronicles represents the best of Tyson's recent commentary, including a must-listen prologue on NASA and partisan politics. Reflecting on topics that range from scientific literacy to space-travel missteps, Tyson gives us an urgent, clear-eyed, and ultimately inspiring vision for the future.

Splinternet: How Geopolitics and Commerce are Fragmenting the World Wide Web [EPUB]

Splinternet: How Geopolitics and Commerce are Fragmenting the World Wide Web [EPUB]
Splinternet: How Geopolitics and Commerce are Fragmenting the World Wide Web by Scott Malcomson
2016 | EPUB | 0.3MB

There’s always been something universalizing about the Internet. The World Wide Web has seemed both inherently singular and global, a sort of ethereal United Nations. But today, as Scott Malcomson contends in this concise, brilliant investigation, the Internet is cracking apart into discrete groups no longer willing, or able, to connect. The implications of this shift are momentous.

Malcomson traces the way the Internet has been shaped by government needs since the 19th century—above all, the demands of the US military and intelligence services. From World War I cryptography and spying to weapons targeting against Hitler and then Stalin, the monolithic aspect of the digital network was largely determined by its genesis in a single, state-sponsored institution.

In the 1960s, internationalism and openness were introduced by the tech pioneers of California’s counter-culture, the seed bed for what became Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Apple. But in the last 15 years, security concerns of states and the privatizing impetus of e-commerce have come to the fore and momentum has shifted in a new direction, towards private, walled domains, each vying with the other in an increasingly fragmented system, in effect a “Splinternet.”

Because the Internet today surrounds us so comprehensively, it’s easy to regard the way it functions as a simple given, part of the natural order of things. Only by stepping back and scrutinizing the evolution of the system can we see the Internet for what it is—a contested, protean terrain, constantly evolving as different forces intervene to drive it forward. In that vital exercise, Malcomson’s elegant, erudite account will prove invaluable.

Lincoln's Body: A Cultural History [Audiobook]

Lincoln's Body: A Cultural History [Audiobook]
Lincoln's Body: A Cultural History [Audiobook] by Richard Wightman Fox, read by Pete Larkin
2015 | MP3 VBR V8 + EPUB | 12 hrs 41 mins | 330.19MB

Even two hundred years after Abraham Lincoln's death, we, like Walt Whitman, "love the President personally."

In a stunning feat of scholarship, insight, and engaging prose, Lincoln's Body explores how a president ungainly in body and downright "ugly" of aspect came to mean so much to us.

The very roughness of Lincoln's appearance made him seem all the more common, one of us—as did his sense of humor about his own awkward physical nature. Nineteenth-century African Americans felt deep affection for their "liberator" as a "homely" man who did not hold himself apart. During Reconstruction, Southerners felt a nostalgia for the humility of Lincoln, whom they envisioned as a "conciliator." Later, teachers glorified Lincoln as a symbol of nationhood that would appeal to poor immigrants. Monument makers focused not only on the man’s gigantic body but also on his nationalist efforts to save the Union, downplaying his emancipation of the slaves.

Among both black and white liberals in the 1960s and 1970s, Lincoln was derided or fell out of fashion. More recently, Lincoln has once again been embodied (as both idealist and pragmatist, unafraid of conflict and transcending it) by outstanding historians, by self-identified Lincolnian president Barack Obama, and by actor Daniel Day-Lewis—all keeping Lincoln alive in a body of memory that speaks volumes about our nation.

Heist: The True Story of the World's Biggest Cash Robbery [Audiobook]

Heist: The True Story of the World's Biggest Cash Robbery [Audiobook]
Heist: The True Story of the World's Biggest Cash Robbery [Audiobook] by Howard Sounes, read by the Author
2015 | M4B@64 kbps | 15 hrs 50 mins | 444.72MB

On 22 February 2006, £53 million was stolen from a cash warehouse belonging to the Securitas company in Tonbridge, Kent. In terms of value, the robbery puts previous British capers, such as the Great Train Robbery, in the shade. This was a crime notable for its audacity, carried out by an unlikely crew of players that included a used car salesman, two Albanian casual workers and a roofer. Five men were convicted at the Old Bailey in January 2008, which attracted nationwide media coverage. A sixth man, Paul Allen, was sentenced in October 2009 for his part.

Having become close to the Tonbridge gang and the police during three years of research, Sounes relates a classic crime caper in irresistible, almost forensic detail. After the robbery comes the exciting, sometimes comical story of the getaway. Money is found, and arrests are made, but key characters slip out of the country, and millions of pounds are still missing.

Heist is the definitive account of these compelling events, is wildly entertaining and a must for all fans of well-written true crime. Since the book has been written, Darren Aronofsky (director of The Wrestler) has announced he will direct a British-made film.

Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X [EPUB]

Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X [EPUB]
Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X by Randy Roberts, Johnny Smith
2016 | EPUB | 7.57MB

In 1962, boxing writers and fans considered Cassius Clay an obnoxious self-promoter, and few believed that he would become the heavyweight champion of the world. But Malcolm X, the most famous minister in the Nation of Islam—a sect many white Americans deemed a hate cult—saw the potential in Clay, not just for boxing greatness, but as a means of spreading the Nation’s message. The two became fast friends, keeping their interactions secret from the press for fear of jeopardizing Clay’s career. Clay began living a double life—a patriotic “good Negro” in public, and a radical reformer behind the scenes. Soon, however, their friendship would sour, with disastrous and far-reaching consequences.

Based on previously untapped sources, from Malcolm’s personal papers to FBI records, Blood Brothers is the first book to offer an in-depth portrait of this complex bond. Acclaimed historians Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith reconstruct the worlds that shaped Malcolm and Clay, from the boxing arenas and mosques, to postwar New York and civil rights–era Miami. In an impressively detailed account, they reveal how Malcolm molded Cassius Clay into Muhammad Ali, helping him become an international symbol of black pride and black independence. Yet when Malcolm was barred from the Nation for criticizing the philandering of its leader, Elijah Muhammad, Ali turned his back on Malcolm—a choice that tragically contributed to the latter’s assassination in February 1965.

Malcolm’s death marked the end of a critical phase of the civil rights movement, but the legacy of his friendship with Ali has endured. We inhabit a new era where the roles of entertainer and activist, of sports and politics, are more entwined than ever before. Blood Brothers is the story of how Ali redefined what it means to be a black athlete in America—after Malcolm first enlightened him. An extraordinary narrative of love and deep affection, as well as deceit, betrayal, and violence, this story is a window into the public and private lives of two of our greatest national icons, and the tumultuous period in American history that they helped to shape.

How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century [EPUB]

How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century [EPUB]
How We Live Now: Redefining Home and Family in the 21st Century by Bella DePaulo
2015 | EPUB | 1.55MB

A close-up examination and exploration, How We Live Now challenges our old concepts of what it means to be a family and have a home, opening the door to the many diverse and thriving experiments of living in twenty-first century America.

Across America and around the world, in cities and suburbs and small towns, people from all walks of life are redefining our “lifespaces”—the way we live and who we live with. The traditional nuclear family in their single-family home on a suburban lot has lost its place of prominence in contemporary life. Today, Americans have more choices than ever before in creating new ways to live and meet their personal needs and desires.

Social scientist, researcher, and writer Bella DePaulo has traveled across America to interview people experimenting with the paradigm of how we live. In How We Live Now, she explores everything from multi-generational homes to cohousing communities where one’s “family” is made up of friends and neighbors to couples “living apart together” to single-living, and ultimately uncovers a pioneering landscape for living that throws the old blueprint out the window.

Through personal interviews and stories, media accounts, and in-depth research, How We Live Now explores thriving lifespaces, and offers the reader choices that are freer, more diverse, and more attuned to our modern needs for the twenty-first century and beyond.

Outside the Gates of Eden: The Dream of America from Hiroshima to Now [EPUB]

Outside the Gates of Eden: The Dream of America from Hiroshima to Now [EPUB]
Outside the Gates of Eden: The Dream of America from Hiroshima to Now by Peter Bacon Hales
2014 | EPUB | 45.46MB

Exhilaration and anxiety, the yearning for community and the quest for identity: these shared, contradictory feelings course through Outside the Gates of Eden, Peter Bacon Hales’s ambitious and intoxicating new history of America from the atomic age to the virtual age.

Born under the shadow of the bomb, with little security but the cold comfort of duck-and-cover, the postwar generations lived through—and led—some of the most momentous changes in all of American history. Hales explores those decades through perceptive accounts of a succession of resonant moments, spaces, and artifacts of everyday life—drawing unexpected connections and tracing the intertwined undercurrents of promise and peril. From sharp analyses of newsreels of the first atomic bomb tests and the invention of a new ideal American life in Levittown; from the music emerging from the Brill Building and the Beach Boys, and a brilliant account of Bob Dylan’s transformations; from the painful failures of communes and the breathtaking utopian potential of the early days of the digital age, Hales reveals a nation, and a dream, in transition, as a new generation began to make its mark on the world it was inheriting.

Full of richly drawn set-pieces and countless stories of unforgettable moments, Outside the Gates of Eden is the most comprehensive account yet of the baby boomers, their parents, and their children, as seen through the places they built, the music and movies and shows they loved, and the battles they fought to define their nation, their culture, and their place in what remains a fragile and dangerous world.

The Bastard of Fort Stikine [EPUB]

The Bastard of Fort Stikine [EPUB]
The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson's Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin Jr by Debra Komar
2015 | EPUB | 1.53MB

Is it possible to reach back in time and solve an unsolved murder, more than 170 years after it was committed?

Just after midnight on April 21, 1842, John McLoughlin, Jr. — the chief trader for the Hudson's Bay Company at Fort Stikine, in the northwest corner of the territory that would later become British Columbia — was shot to death by his own men. They claimed it was an act of self-defence, their only means of stopping the violent rampage of their drunk and abusive leader. Sir George Simpson, the HBC's Overseas Governor, took the men of Stikine at their word, and the Company closed the book on the matter. The case never saw the inside of a courtroom, and no one was ever charged or punished for the crime. To this day, the killing remains the Honourable Company's dirtiest unaired laundry and one of the darkest pages in the annals of our nation's history. Now, exhaustive archival research and modern forensic science — including ballistics, virtual autopsy, and crime scene reconstruction — unlock the mystery of what really happened the night McLoughlin died.

Using her formidable talents as a writer, researcher, and forensic scientist, Debra Komar weaves a tale that could almost be fiction, with larger-than-life characters and dramatic tension. In telling the story of John McLoughlin, Jr., Komar also tells the story of Canada's north and its connection to the Hudson's Bay Company.

Project Arcade: Build Your Own Arcade Machine, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

Project Arcade: Build Your Own Arcade Machine, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
Project Arcade: Build Your Own Arcade Machine, 2nd Edition by John St. Clair
2011 | EPUB | 45.74MB

The bestseller returns—completely updated to include the newest hardware, software, and techniques for building your own arcade
Interest in classical arcade games remains on the rise, and with a little money, older computer hardware, and a little effort, you can relive your arcade experiences by building your own arcade machine. The hands-on guide begins with a description of the various types of projects that you can undertake. It then progresses to a review of the audio and video options that are available and looks at the selection of game software and cabinet artwork. Ultimately, you’ll learn essential troubleshooting tips and discover how to build arcade controllers and machines that you can enjoy at home with your PC.

  • Serves as a soup-to-nuts guide for building your own arcade machine, from the sheets of wood to the finished product
  • Addresses the variety of arcade controls, including joysticks, buttons, spinners, trackballs, flight yokes, and guns
  • Explains how to interface arcade controls to a computer
  • Shares troubleshooting tips as well as online resources for help and inspiration

Project Arcade, Second Edition helps you recapture the enjoyment of your youth that was spent playing arcade games by walking you through the exciting endeavor of building your own full arcade machine.

The New York Times 1000 Gardening Questions and Answers [EPUB]

The New York Times 1000 Gardening Questions and Answers [EPUB]
The New York Times 1000 Gardening Questions and Answers: Based on the New York Times Column "Garden Q & A." by Dora Galitzki, Leslie Land, Linda Yang, Garden Editors of the New York Times
2002 | EPUB + MOBI | 9.68/9.67MB

Authoritative, accessible, and engaging, here is a new reference from The New York Times, a comprehensive, nearly 700-page bible of all the garden news that's fit to print. Based on "Gardeners Q&A." the enormously popular syndicated column, 1000 Gardening Questions and Answers is like a passionate conversation between gardeners and gardening experts. Every week readers from around the country send in their most vexing problems–how to divide perennials, prune raspberry canes, grow basil that really tastes like basil, get rid of earwigs, find long-lost varieties of flowers, keep honeysuckle under control–and every week, the authorities at the Times write a column full of answers.

Carefully selected, updated, and expanded by Leslie Land, one of the column's two authors, here are 1,000 Q&As that add up to an informal encyclopedia of gardening knowledge. The book covers flowers, trees, shrubs, the lawn, vegetables, herbs, fruit, indoor plants, soil, pests, and troublemakers. It addresses problems and provides answers to difficulties in every North American zone. Hundreds of line drawings illustrate the book, providing botanical identification and demonstrating how-to gardening techniques. In addition, sidebars throughout supply supplemental information–"Dos and Don'ts of Deadheading," "Annuals that Beat the Heat," "To Prune or Not to Prune: The Clematis Question," "Air Layering," "Windowsill Bonsai"–plus quirky facts, trivia, lore, and myth. It's big, it's got heft, it's filled to the brim with information. And it's so lively, it reads like a novel–and belongs on every gardener's potting bench and bedside table.

The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land [EPUB]

The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land [EPUB]
The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land by Curtis Allen Stone
2015 | EPUB | 9.5MB

There are twenty million acres of lawns in North America. In their current form, these unproductive expanses of grass represent a significant financial and environmental cost. However, viewed through a different lens, they can also be seen as a tremendous source of opportunity. Access to land is a major barrier for many people who want to enter the agricultural sector, and urban and suburban yards have huge potential for would-be farmers wanting to become part of this growing movement.

The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help you learn the techniques and business strategies you need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in your own backyard (or someone else's). Major benefits include:

  • Low capital investment and overhead costs
  • Reduced need for expensive infrastructure
  • Easy access to markets

Growing food in the city means that fresh crops may travel only a few blocks from field to table, making this innovative approach the next logical step in the local food movement. Based on a scalable, easily reproduced business model, The Urban Farmer is your complete guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces.

The Urban Homestead, Expanded & Revised Edition [EPUB]

The Urban Homestead, Expanded & Revised Edition [EPUB]
The Urban Homestead (Expanded & Revised Edition): Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City by Kelly Coyne, Erik Knutzen
2010 | EPUB + AZW | 2.15/2.17MB

This celebrated, essential handbook shows how to grow and preserve your own food, clean your house without toxins, raise chickens, gain energy independence, and more. Step-by-step projects, tips, and anecdotes will help get you started homesteading immediately. The Urban Homestead is also a guidebook to the larger movement and will point you to the best books and Internet resources on self-sufficiency topics.

Written by city dwellers for city dwellers, this copiously illustrated, two-color instruction book proposes a paradigm shift that will improve our lives, our community, and our planet. By growing our own food and harnessing natural energy, we are planting seeds for the future of our cities.

Learn how to:

  • Grow food on a patio or balcony
  • Preserve or ferment food and make yogurt and cheese
  • Compost with worms
  • Keep city chickens
  • Divert your grey water to your garden
  • Clean your house without toxins
  • Guerilla garden in public spaces
  • Create the modern homestead of your dreams

Lost Recipes of Prohibition: Notes from a Bootlegger's Manual [EPUB]

Lost Recipes of Prohibition: Notes from a Bootlegger's Manual [EPUB]
Lost Recipes of Prohibition: Notes from a Bootlegger's Manual by Matthew Rowley
2015 | EPUB | 22.07MB

Prompted by a found notebook of illicit booze recipes, here are more than 100 secret and forgotten formulas for cordials, bitters, spirits, and cocktails, gorgeously illustrated and explained.

American Prohibition was far from watertight. If you knew the right people, or the right place to be, you could get a drink―most likely a variation of the real thing, made by blending smuggled, industrial alcohol or homemade moonshines with extracts, herbs, and oils to imitate the aroma and taste of familiar spirits. Most of the illegal recipes were written out by hand and secretly shared. The “lost recipes” in this book come from one such compilation, a journal hidden within an antique book of poetry, with 300 entries on making liquors, cordials, absinthe, bitters, and wine.

Lost Recipes of Prohibition features more than 70 pages from this notebook, with explanations and descriptions for real and faked spirits. Readers will also find historic and modern cocktails from some of today's leading bartenders, including rum shrubs, DIY summer cups, sugar-frosted "ice" cordials, 19th- and 21st-century cinnamon whiskeys, homemade creme de menthe, absinthe-spiked cocktail onions, caramel lemonade, and more.

Artificial Lighting for Food Photography [Video]

Artificial Lighting for Food Photography [Video]
Artificial Lighting for Food Photography [Video]
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 1.5 hours | 1015MB

Learn how to take beautiful photographs of food using artificial lighting sources.

This course is designed to help beginner photographers get comfortable using artificial lighting for their photographs. In the course, I introduce you to two different options for photography lights and show you three different ways to use them to light your shots.

Artificial Lighting for Food Photography [Video]

Lucky Rice: Stories and Recipes from Night Markets, Feasts, and Family Tables [EPUB]

Lucky Rice: Stories and Recipes from Night Markets, Feasts, and Family Tables [EPUB]
Lucky Rice: Stories and Recipes from Night Markets, Feasts, and Family Tables by Danielle Chang
2016 | EPUB | 182.65MB

In Lucky Rice, Danielle Chang, founder of the festival of the same name—which brings night markets, grand feasts, and dumpling-making sessions to America's biggest cities—feeds our obsession for innovative Asian cuisine through 100 recipes inspired by a range of cultures.

Here, comfort foods marry ancient traditions with simple techniques and fresh flavors—and include a few new classics as well: chicken wings marinated in hot Sichuan seasonings; sweet Vietnamese coffee frozen into pops; and one-hour homemade kimchi that transforms pancakes, tacos, and even Bloody Marys. With a foreword by Lisa Ling, this lushly photographed cookbook brings the fun and flavors of modern Asian cooking to your kitchen.

Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking [EPUB]

Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking [EPUB]
Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking by Madhur Jaffrey
2015 | EPUB | 176.48MB

No one knows Indian food like Madhur Jaffrey. For more than forty years, the "godmother of Indian cooking" (The Independent on Sunday) has introduced Western home cooks to the vibrant cuisines of her homeland. Now, in Vegetarian India: A Journey Through the Best of Indian Home Cooking, the seven-time James Beard Award–winning author shares the delectable, healthful, vegetable- and grain-based foods enjoyed around the Indian subcontinent.

Vegetarian cooking is a way of life for more than 300 million Indians. Jaffrey travels from north to south, and from the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal, collecting recipes for the very tastiest dishes along the way. She visits the homes and businesses of shopkeepers, writers, designers, farmers, doctors, weavers, and more, gathering their stories and uncovering the secrets of their most delicious family specialties. From a sweet, sour, hot, salty Kodava Mushroom Curry with Coconut originating in the forested regions of South Karnataka to simple, crisp Okra Fries dusted with chili powder, turmeric, and chickpea flour; and from Stir-Fried Spinach, Andhra Style (with ginger, coriander, and cumin) to the mung bean pancakes she snacks on at a roadside stand, here Jaffrey brings together the very best of vegetable-centric Indian cuisine and explains how home cooks can easily replicate these dishes–and many more for beans, grains, and breads–in their own kitchens.

With more than two hundred recipes, beautifully illustrated throughout, and including personal photographs from Jaffrey's own travels, Vegetarian India is a kitchen essential for vegetable enthusiasts and home cooks everywhere.

The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook [EPUB]

The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook [EPUB]
The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook: A Balance of Raw and Lightly-Cooked, Gluten-Free Plant-Based Meals for Healthy Living by Emily von Euw
2015 | EPUB + AZW | 9.73/9.79MB

Be Happy and Healthy with Scrumptious, Wholesome Plant-Based Meals

Emily von Euw is back and better than ever, this time with mouthwatering raw and lightly-cooked savory recipes to delight any palate, whether you’re vegetarian, a raw vegan or just looking for something healthy, interesting and delicious to add to your dining. The wide selection of stunning main dishes are easy to make and so tasty, you’ll be celebrating veggies instead of missing meat and dairy.

With her spectacular photography and witty banter, Emily envelops all of your senses with this collection of over 80 enticing recipes, each paired with a beautiful photo. Choose the raw chapter for light, hydrating and colorful meals including Rawsome Pizza, Epic Portobello Yam Burgers and Zucchini Noodle Lasagna. Or choose the lightly-cooked chapter for hearty, nourishing and grounding dishes like Mac + Cheeze, Freedom Falafel and Pumpkin Soup. Emily’s comforting, creative and phenomenal eats will wow your taste buds, and make you feel energized and nourished from the inside out.

Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland - and How to Thwart Them [Audiobook]

Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland - and How to Thwart Them [Audiobook]
Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland - and How to Thwart Them [Audiobook] by Michael McCaul, read by Jonathan Yen
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 10 hrs 12 mins | 280.63MB

From the Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, a gripping look at the most dangerous and unexpected threats to our national security—and the actions needed to protect us.

America is overwrought with fear. Serial killers, terrorist groups, nuclear attacks, deadly pandemics - every day a new headline hits, warning of the next inevitable catastrophe that will bring the country to ruins. The media fans embers of threats into fires that stir the entire nation into terror. But little do the American people know that the most real and imminent dangers to the country are the ones we've heard about the least and are doing the least about.

Congressman and Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security Michael McCaul has spent years in Washington watching the administration turn a blind eye to the most pressing possible threats to the country. Now, in Failures of Imagination, McCaul turns away from the over-sensationalized, unrealistic fears circulated through the media in order to expose the most legitimate and looming national security threats, which have long been swept under the rug by the administration.

In his book, McCaul details the most pressing threats to our country based on his deep knowledge of our national security readiness, and advocates for the action needed to protect us from them. In stunning detail, he depicts the truth behind these hazards that are closer than we realize - from well-researched patterns that depict the issue's growing urgency, to the past responses (or lack thereof) from the administration - and provides potential solutions for the government to take in order to keep Americans safe. As the 2016 presidential election quickly approaches, Americans must turn their attention to these real and present dangers, and demand an administration that will combat them with the seriousness and urgency they require.

12 Weeks to Clean Eating Without Losing Your Mind [Video]

12 Weeks to Clean Eating Without Losing Your Mind [Video]
12 Weeks to Clean Eating Without Losing Your Mind by Emeroy Bernardo
MP4, AVC, 1000 kbps, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 62 Lectures | 5 hours | 5.79GB

Learn the simple step my clients use to lose weight without overwhelming their busy lives.

Learn how to eat clean and lose at least 30+ pounds in 12 weeks!

  • Are you frustrated of starting over whenever losing weight?
  • Sick and tired of trying to stay motivated?
  • Do you feel like you'll never be as fit as you want to be?

I get how you feel because I've been there...

  • I know what it's like having to restrict myself from certain foods that I enjoy only to end up feeling guilty about eating them later.
  • I know what it's like to go from workout program to workout program only to end up starting at square one.
  • I know what it feels like to feel like I'll never lose my weight.

If you feel like you're stuck or frustrated, it's not your fault...

The "12 Week Lean and Fit Nutrition Program" is your opportunity to take on your health goals head on without feeling overwhelmed.

All you have to do is do one simple action step a week.

Let's face it, many of us have busy lives and trying to figure out what to eat every single second can be time consuming.

My philosophy is simple: simplicity and consistency breeds success.

Once I simplified the whole process by doing small action steps at a time, I lost about 20 pounds and went from 20% body fat to 9.9% body fat!

And a lot of my clients have been achieving similar results!

Imagine...

  • No longer having from program to program
  • Not having to worry about staying motivated
  • No more yo-yoing.
  • Not having to start over any more.
  • Not having to worry about what you're eating every single second.

Join The Course If You...

  • Want to achieve your health and fat loss goals
  • Want to be pushed beyond your comfort zone
  • Want to follow a simple format in losing weight.
  • Want to be held accountable for your goals.

Don't Join The Course If You...

  • Aren't committed to your health and fat loss goals.
  • Are satisfied with where you're currently at with your health.
  • Are not ready to take your health to the next level.
  • Don't see the value in investing in yourself.
  • Are not committed to completing your goals
  • Are not ready to be held accountable

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 62 lectures and 5 hours of content!
  • Learn how to eat clean and lose weight simply
  • Learn how their mindset affects their results
  • Learn how to exercise effectively
  • 12-Week Simple, Step-By-Step Action Steps
12 Weeks to Clean Eating Without Losing Your Mind [Video]

The Russian Revolution: From Tsarism to Bolshevism [The Modern Scholar]

The Russian Revolution: From Tsarism to Bolshevism [The Modern Scholar]
The Russian Revolution: From Tsarism to Bolshevism [The Modern Scholar] by Jonathan D Smele
2009 | MP3@128 kbps + PDF | 6 hrs 47 mins | 332.65MB

The Russian Revolution of 1917 was a key turning point in the history of modern Europe and the world. For much of the 20th century, politics were defined by attitudes to what had taken place in Russia in 1917. To understand the Russian Revolution, then, is to understand a key building block of modern history and the contemporary world.

Senior lecturer and renowned Russian researcher Dr. Jonathan Smele sheds new light on the many forces that came to bear in tsarist Russia, from the emancipation of the serfs in the mid-19th century to the climactic revolutions of the early 20th century that brought the small Bolshevik party to power.

Resolute Determination: Napoleon and the French Empire [The Modern Scholar]

Resolute Determination: Napoleon and the French Empire [The Modern Scholar]
Resolute Determination: Napoleon and the French Empire [The Modern Scholar] by Donald M G Sutherland
2009 | MP3@121 kbps + PDF | 7 hrs 31 mins | 391.59MB

In these lectures, Professor Donald M.G. Sutherland explores the life and times of Napoleon, one of history's most brilliant strategic thinkers. But despite his inarguable brilliance, Napoleon has also been denounced as unscrupulously ambitious and as alone responsible for the wars that bear his name. With his scholarly eye, Professor Sutherland imparts a fuller understanding of this polarizing figure and deftly shows how Napoleon fit into the sweep of history - and how he helped to define it.

The Quest: The Historians' Search for Jesus and Muhammad [The Modern Scholar]

The Quest: The Historians' Search for Jesus and Muhammad [The Modern Scholar]
The Quest: The Historians' Search for Jesus and Muhammad [The Modern Scholar] by F E Peters, read by
2009 | MP3@96 kbps + PDF | 7 hrs 51 mins | 334.92MB

Esteemed professor emeritus F. E. Peters compares the similarities and differences in the dual searches for the historical Jesus and the historical Muhammad. These quests have been the focus of considerable effort since the lifetime of each of these venerated figures. Using the primary tools of historical inquiry and the evidence discovered by both believers and unbelievers in the faiths established by Jesus and Muhammad, Professor Peters provides an insightful look into the results thus far found and the surprising truths uncovered.

The Four Purposes of Life [Audiobook]

The Four Purposes of Life [Audiobook]
The Four Purposes of Life [Audiobook] by Dan Millman, read by the Author
2011 | M4B@64 kbps | 3 hrs 43 mins | 100.71MB

The Four Purposes of Life was born from Dan Millman's decades-long search to make sense of life. He distills decades of experience into a concise map of the journey - the full scope of what we're each here to accomplish here on planet Earth.

It puts together, for the first time, essential elements from the "peaceful warrior teachings" in their full and proper context –- providing a burst of clarity to bring our lives into sharper focus. This backstage tour of life begins with the proposition that we are here to fulfill (not one but) four purposes:

  1. Learning Life's Lessons
  2. Finding Your Career and Calling
  3. Fulfilling Your Hidden Life Path
  4. Attending to This Arising Moment

A few highlights include:

  • the higher purpose of daily life
  • twelve required lessons in the school of life
  • how to make better decisions in career and relationships
  • the qualities of leadership no matter who you are
  • a mysterious system to clarifying your hidden calling
  • keys to mastering the most important purpose of all

A Brief History of the Third Reich: The Rise and Fall of the Nazis [Audiobook]

A Brief History of the Third Reich: The Rise and Fall of the Nazis [Audiobook]
A Brief History of the Third Reich: The Rise and Fall of the Nazis [Audiobook] by Martyn Whittock, read by Sean Barrett
2014 | M4B@64 kbps | 12 hrs 4 mins | 329.07MB

Beginning in the broken aftermath of the First World War and the Treaty of Versailles, which made German recovery almost impossible, Whittock tells not just the account of the men who rose to the fore in the dangerous days of the Weimar republic, circling around the cult of personality generated by Adolf Hitler, but also a convincing and personality-driven overview of how ordinary Germans became seduced by the dreams of a new world order, the Third Reich. The book also gives a fascinating insight into the everyday life in Germany during the Second World War and explores key questions such as how much did the Germans know about the Holocaust and why did the regime eventually fail so disastrously?

A Brief History of How the Industrial Revolution Changed the World [Audiobook]

A Brief History of How the Industrial Revolution Changed the World [Audiobook]
A Brief History of How the Industrial Revolution Changed the World [Audiobook] by Thomas Crump, read by Philip Bird
2014 | M4B@64 kbps | 9 hrs 57 mins | 271.39MB

From the beginning of the eighteenth century to the high water mark of the Victorian era, the world was transformed by a technological revolution the like of which had never been seen before. Inventors, businessmen, scientists, explorers all had their part to play in the story of the Industrial Revolution and in this Brief History Thomas Crump brings their story to life, and shows why it is a chapter in English history that can not be ignored.

A Brief History of the Wars of the Roses [Audiobook]

A Brief History of the Wars of the Roses [Audiobook]
A Brief History of the Wars of the Roses [Audiobook] by Desmond Seward, read by Mark Elstob
2013 | MP3@81 kbps | 13 hrs 38 mins | 492.93MB

A classic account of the bloody rivalry between the dynasties of York and Lancaster for the throne of England. During the 15th century England was split in a bloody conflict between the Houses of York and Lancaster over who should claim the crown. The civil wars consumed the whole nation in a series of battles that eventually saw the Tudor dynasty take power.

In A Brief History of the Wars of the Roses, Desmond Seward tells the story of this complex and dangerous period of history through the lives of five men and women who experienced the conflict firsthand. In a gripping narrative the personal trials of the principal characters interweave with the major events and personalities of one of the most significant turning points in British history.

A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages [Audiobook]

A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages [Audiobook]
A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages [Audiobook] by Martyn Whittock, read by John Telfer
2013 | M4B@64 kbps | 10 hrs 58 mins | 299.0MB

A fascinating new portrait of Medieval Britain that brings together the everyday and the extraordinary. Using wide-ranging evidence, Martyn Whittock shines a light on Britain in the Middle Ages, bringing it vividly to life. Thus we glimpse 11th century rural society through a conversation between a ploughman and his master. The life of Dick Whittington illuminates the rise of the urban elite. The stories of Roger 'The Raker' who drowned in his own sewage, a 'merman' imprisoned in Orford Castle, and the sufferings of the Jews of Bristol reveal the extraordinary diversity of medieval society.

Through these characters and events - and using the latest discoveries and research - the dynamic and engaging panorama of medieval England is revealed.

Martyn Whittock is Head of Humanities and History at Kingdown School, Warminster. He is a lecturer in local history and has written numerous textbooks for the educational market. He has been a consultant for the BBC, English Heritage, and the National Trust and has written for Medieval History magazine and archaeological journals.

The Stone Reader: Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments [Audiobook]

The Stone Reader: Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments [Audiobook]
The Stone Reader: Modern Philosophy in 133 Arguments [Audiobook] edited by Peter Catapano, Simon Critchley, read by Sean Pratt, Marguerite Gavin
2015 | MP3 VBR V5 | 26 hrs 35 mins | 593.97MB

The Stone Reader provides an unparalleled overview of contemporary philosophy.

Once solely the province of ivory-tower professors and college classrooms, contemporary philosophy was finally emancipated from its academic closet in 2010, when "The Stone" was launched in The New York Times. First appearing as an online series, the column quickly attracted millions of readers through its accessible examination of universal topics like the nature of science, consciousness, and morality while also probing more contemporary issues such as the morality of drones, gun control, and the gender divide.

The Stone Reader presents 133 meaningful and influential essays from the series, placing nearly the entirety of modern philosophical discourse in the listener's reach. The audiobook, divided into four broad sections - philosophy, science, religion and morals, and society - opens with a series of questions about the scope, history, and identity of philosophy: What are the practical uses of philosophy? Does the discipline, begun in the West in ancient Greece with Socrates, favor men and exclude women? Does the history and study of philosophy betray a racial bias against nonwhite thinkers or geographical bias toward the West?

These questions and others form a foundation for listeners as the audiobook moves to the second section, science, where some of our most urgent contemporary philosophical debates are taking place. Will artificial intelligence compromise our morality? Does neuroscience undermine our free will? Is there a legitimate place for the humanities in a world where science and technology appear to rule? Should the evidence for global warming change the way we live or die?

In the book's third section, religion and morals, we find philosophy where it is often at its best, sharpest, and most disturbing - working through the arguments provoked by competing moral theories in the face of real-life issues and rigorously addressing familiar ethical dilemmas in a new light. Can we have a true moral life without belief in God? What are the dangers of moral relativism?

In its final part, society, The Stone Reader returns to its origins as a forum to encourage philosophers who are willing to engage closely, critically, and analytically with the affairs of the day, including economic inequality, technology, and racial discrimination. In directly confronting events like the September 11 attacks, the killing of Trayvon Martin, and the Sandy Hook School massacre, the essays here reveal the power of philosophy to help shape our viewpoints on nearly every issue we face today.