Law in America: A Short History [Audiobook]

Law in America: A Short History [Audiobook]
Law in America: A Short History [Audiobook] by Lawrence M Friedman, read by Alan Nebelthau
2005 | MP3@64 kbps | 6 hrs 27 mins | 337.91MB

Throughout America’s history, our laws have been a reflection of who we are, of what we value, of who has control. They embody our society’s genetic code. In the masterful hands of the subject’s greatest living historian, the story of the evolution of our laws serves to lay bare the deciding struggles over power and justice that have shaped this country from its birth pangs to the present. Law in America is a supreme example of the historian’s art, its brevity a testament to the great elegance and wit of its composition.

Hamburger: A History [Audiobook]

Hamburger: A History [Audiobook]
Hamburger: A History [Audiobook] by Josh Ozersky, read by Nick Williams
2010 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF | 3 hrs 29 mins | 97.02MB

What do Americans think of when they think of the hamburger? A robust, succulent spheroid of fresh ground beef, the birthright of red-blooded citizens? Or a Styrofoam-shrouded Big Mac, mass-produced to industrial specifications and served by wage slaves to an obese, brainwashed population? Is it cooking or commodity? An icon of freedom or the quintessence of conformity?

This fast-paced and entertaining book unfolds the immense significance of the hamburger as an American icon. Josh Ozersky shows how the history of the burger is entwined with American business and culture and, unexpectedly, how the burger's story is in many ways the story of the country that invented (and reinvented) it.

The Arrow Impossibility Theorem [EPUB]

The Arrow Impossibility Theorem [EPUB]
The Arrow Impossibility Theorem (Kenneth J. Arrow Lecture Series) by Eric Maskin, Amartya Sen
2015 | EPUB | 14.95MB

Kenneth Arrow's pathbreaking "impossibility theorem" was a watershed in the history of welfare economics, voting theory, and collective choice, demonstrating that there is no voting rule that satisfies the four desirable axioms of decisiveness, consensus, nondictatorship, and independence.

In this book, Amartya Sen and Eric Maskin explore the implications of Arrow's theorem. Sen considers its ongoing utility, exploring the theorem's value and limitations in relation to recent research on social reasoning, while Maskin discusses how to design a voting rule that gets us closer to the ideal – given that achieving the ideal is impossible. The volume also contains a contextual introduction by social choice scholar Prasanta K. Pattanaik and commentaries from Joseph E. Stiglitz and Kenneth Arrow himself, as well as essays by Sen and Maskin outlining the mathematical proof and framework behind their assertions.

The Strait Gate: Thresholds and Power in Western History [EPUB]

The Strait Gate: Thresholds and Power in Western History [EPUB]
The Strait Gate: Thresholds and Power in Western History by Daniel Jütte
2015 | EPUB | 24.01MB

Exploring a chapter not yet probed in the cultural history of the West, The Strait Gate demonstrates how doors, gates, and related technologies such as the key and the lock have shaped the way we perceive and navigate the domestic and urban spaces that surround us in our everyday lives. Jütte reveals how doors have served as sites of power, exclusion, and inclusion—and, by extension, as metaphors for salvation—in the course of Western history.

This book makes it clear that doors, more than any other parts of the house, are the objects onto which we project our ideas of and anxieties about security, privacy, and shelter. Without doors, of course, houses could not exist. But even though we each walk through doorways well over a hundred times a day, we typically pay little attention to the doors we encounter. We regard them simply as a means of entering or leaving a building or room. Yet when our doors stop working as they should—when we find that we cannot lock or open them, for instance—we react with discomfort and anxiety.

Drawing on a wide range of archival, literary, and visual sources, as well as on research literature across various disciplines and languages, Jütte pays particular attention to the history of the practices that have developed over the centuries in order to handle and control doors in everyday life.

Fallout: The True Story of the CIA's Secret War on Nuclear Trafficking [EPUB]

Fallout: The True Story of the CIA's Secret War on Nuclear Trafficking [EPUB]
Fallout: The True Story of the CIA's Secret War on Nuclear Trafficking by Douglas Frantz, Catherine Collins
2011 | EPUB | 1.88MB

More than a high-stakes espionage thriller, Fallout painstakingly examines the huge costs of the CIA’s errors and the lost opportunities to halt the spread of nuclear weapons technology long before it was made available to some of the most dangerous and reckless adversaries of the United States and its allies.

For more than a quarter of a century, while the Central Intelligence Agency turned a dismissive eye, a globe-straddling network run by Pakistani scientist A. Q. Khan sold the equipment and expertise to make nuclear weapons to a rogues’ gallery of nations. Among its known customers were Iran, Libya, and North Korea. When the United States finally took action to stop the network in late 2003, President George W. Bush declared the end of the global enterprise to be a major intelligence victory that had made the world safer.

But, as investigative journalists Catherine Collins and Douglas Frantz document masterfully, the claim that Khan’s operation had been dismantled was a classic case of too little, too late. Khan’s ring had, by then, sold Iran the technology to bring Tehran to the brink of building a nuclear weapon. It had also set loose on the world the most dangerous nuclear secrets imaginable—sophisticated weapons designs, blueprints for uranium enrichment plants, plans for warheads—all for sale to the highest bidder.

Relying on explosive new information gathered in exclusive interviews with key participants and previously undisclosed, highly confidential documents, the authors expose the truth behind the elaborate efforts by the CIA to conceal the full extent of the damage done by Khan’s network and to cover up how the profound failure to stop the atomic bazaar much earlier jeopardizes our national security today.

Saving Stalin's Imperial City: Historic Preservation in Leningrad, 1930-1950 [EPUB]

Saving Stalin's Imperial City: Historic Preservation in Leningrad, 1930-1950 [EPUB]
Saving Stalin's Imperial City: Historic Preservation in Leningrad, 1930-1950 by Steven M Maddox
2014 | EPUB | 3.97MB

Saving Stalin’s Imperial City is the history of the successes and failures in historic preservation and of Leningraders’ determination to honor the memory of the terrible siege the city had endured during World War II.

The book stresses the counterintuitive nature of Stalinist policies, which allocated scarce wartime resources to save historic monuments of the tsarist and imperial past even as the very existence of the Soviet state was being threatened, and again after the war, when housing, hospitals, and schools needed to be rebuilt. Postwar Leningrad was at the forefront of a concerted restoration effort, fueled by commemorations that glorified the city’s wartime experience, encouraged civic pride, and mobilized residents to rebuild their hometown. For Leningrad, the restoration of monuments and commemorations of the siege were intimately intertwined, served similar purposes, and were mutually reinforcing.

The Necessary War Volume 1 [EPUB]

The Necessary War Volume 1 [EPUB]
The Necessary War Volume 1 by Tim Cook
2014 | EPUB | 3.99MB

Tim Cook, Canada’s leading war historian, ventures deep into World War Two in this epic two-volume story of heroism and horror, of loss and longing, sacrifice and endurance.

Written in Cook’s compelling narrative style, this book shows in impressive detail how soldiers, airmen, and sailors fought—the evolving tactics, weapons of war, logistics, and technology. It gauges Canadian effectiveness against the skilled enemy whom they confronted in battlefields from 1939 to 1943, from the sweltering heat of Sicily to the frigid North Atlantic, and from the urban warfare of Ortona to the dark skies over Germany. The Necessary War examines the equally important factors of morale, discipline, and fortitude of the Canadian citizen-soldiers.

The war was an engine of transformation for Canada. With a population of fewer than twelve million, Canada embraced its role as an arsenal of democracy, exporting war supplies, feeding its allies, and raising a million-strong armed forces that served and fought in nearly every theatre of war. The nation was mobilized like never before in the fight to preserve the liberal democratic order. The six-year-long exertion caused disruption, provoked nationwide industrialization, ushered in changes to gender roles, exacerbated the tension between English and French, and forged a new sense of Canadian identity. Canadians were willing to bear almost any burden and to pay the ultimate price in the pursuit of victory.

As with his award-winning two-volume series on WWI, Tim Cook uses original sources, letters from soldiers, rare documents, and maps of battlefields to illustrate the contributions and sacrifices made by what is often called the greatest generation. Magisterial in its scope, The Necessary War illuminates Canada’s past as never before. From the Western Front to the home front, Canadians served many roles in a war that had to be fought and won.

Minnesota's Twentieth Century: Stories of Extraordinary Everyday People [PDF]

Minnesota's Twentieth Century: Stories of Extraordinary Everyday People [PDF]
Minnesota's Twentieth Century: Stories of Extraordinary Everyday People by D J Tice
1999 | PDF | 52.17MB

A century of change, opportunity, and turmoil: Minnesotans' lives, in their own words.

One hundred years of remarkable Minnesota stories are brought together for the first time in Minnesota's Twentieth Century. A collection of writings and interviews that originated with the popular feature "A Century of Stories" in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, this book reveals the progress of a courageous, industrious people and their changing state.

In Minnesota's Twentieth Century, we read personal stories: of the Prohibition-era cab driver selling moonshine on the streets of St. Paul; of the Hill sisters' struggle to survive the Great Depression in western Minnesota; of the effects of two generation-defining World Wars; of the "Iron Lady," influential Chisholm journalist Veda Ponikvar; of Clarence Forester of north Minneapolis, who fought in the Spanish Civil War; of the Vietnam War, and its meaning to a soldier returning home in 1968 and to a war-torn relocated Vietnamese family; and of the experiences of the state's most prominent politicians, renowned athletes, and notorious criminals.

We also read of the century's tragedies and social dramas: the Milford Mine disaster of 1924, racial discrimination and the struggle for equality, and the farm crisis of the past two decades and its continuing effect on Minnesota's rural communities.

Lavishly illustrating these recollections are indelible images-contemporary photographs of the storytellers, as well as historical views of street scenes, prohibition arrests, and landscapes-that reflect the transformations of the past one hundred years.

Minnesota's Twentieth Century is rich with the sound of Minnesota voices. It is a book for history buffs, lovers of regional lore, and anyone who is moved by vivid tales of hardship and heroism, happiness and humor-a perfect end-of-the-century memento for Minnesota readers.

Rethinking Celtic Art [EPUB]

Rethinking Celtic Art [EPUB]
Rethinking Celtic Art by Chris Gosden, Duncan Garrow, J D Hill
2008 | EPUB | 26.65MB

Early Celtic art' - typified by the iconic shields, swords, torcs and chariot gear we can see in places such as the British Museum - has been studied in isolation from the rest of the evidence from the Iron Age. This book reintegrates the art with the archaeology, placing the finds in the context of our latest ideas about Iron Age and Romano-British society. The contributions move beyond the traditional concerns with artistic styles and continental links, to consider the material nature of objects, their social effects and their role in practices such as exchange and burial. The aesthetic impact of decorated metalwork, metal composition and manufacturing, dating and regional differences within Britain all receive coverage. The book gives us a new understanding of some of the most ornate and complex objects ever found in Britain, artefacts that condense and embody many histories.

Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada [PDF]

Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada [PDF]
Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada edited by Meenal Shrivastava, Lorna Stefanick
2014 | PDF | 24.55MB

Prior to May 2015, the oil-rich jurisdiction of Alberta had, for over four decades, been a one-party state. During that time, the rule of the Progressive Conservatives essentially went unchallenged, with critiques of government policy falling on deaf ears and Alberta ranking behind other provinces in voter turnout. Given the province’s economic reliance on oil revenues, a symbiotic relationship also developed between government and the oil industry. Cross-national studies have detected a correlation between oil-dependent economies and authoritarian rule, a pattern particularly evident in Africa and the Middle East. Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada sets out to test the “oil inhibits democracy” hypothesis in the context of an industrialized nation in the Global North.

In probing the impact of Alberta’s powerful oil lobby on the health of democracy in the province, contributors to the volume engage with an ongoing discussion of the erosion of political liberalism in the West. In addition to examining energy policy and issues of government accountability in Alberta, they explore the ramifications of oil dependence in areas such as Aboriginal rights, environmental policy, labour law, women’s equity, urban social policy, and the arts. If, as they argue, reliance on oil has weakened democratic structures in Alberta, then what of Canada as whole, where the short-term priorities of the oil industry continue to shape federal policy? In Alberta, the New Democratic Party is in a position to reverse the democratic deficit that is presently fuelling political and economic inequality. The findings in this book suggest that, to revitalize democracy, provincial and federal leaders alike must find the courage to curb the influence of the oil industry on governance.

Gastropolis: Food and New York City [PDF]

Gastropolis: Food and New York City [PDF]
Gastropolis: Food and New York City edited by Annie Hauck-Lawson, Jonathan Deutsch
2008 | PDF | 5.17MB

Whether you're digging into a slice of cherry cheesecake, burning your tongue on a piece of fiery Jamaican jerk chicken, or slurping the broth from a juicy soup dumpling, eating in New York City is a culinary adventure unlike any other in the world.

An irresistible sampling of the city's rich food heritage, Gastropolis explores the personal and historical relationship between New Yorkers and food. Beginning with the origins of cuisine combinations, such as Mt. Olympus bagels and Puerto Rican lasagna, the book describes the nature of food and drink before the arrival of Europeans in 1624 and offers a history of early farming practices. Essays trace the function of place and memory in Asian cuisine, the rise of Jewish food icons, the evolution of food enterprises in Harlem, the relationship between restaurant dining and identity, and the role of peddlers and markets in guiding the ingredients of our meals. They share spice-scented recollections of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, and colorful vignettes of the avant-garde chefs, entrepreneurs, and patrons who continue to influence the way New Yorkers eat.

Touching on everything from religion, nutrition, and agriculture to economics, politics, and psychology, Gastropolis tells a story of immigration, amalgamation, and assimilation. This rich interplay between tradition and change, individual and society, and identity and community could happen only in New York.

Cave and Cosmos [EPUB]

Cave and Cosmos [EPUB]
Cave and Cosmos by Michael Harner
2013 | EPUB | 4.76MB

In 1980, Michael Harner blazed the trail for the worldwide revival of shamanism with his seminal classic The Way of the Shaman. In this long-awaited sequel, he provides new evidence of the reality of heavens.

Drawing from a lifetime of personal shamanic experiences and more than 2,500 reports of Westerners' experiences during shamanic ascension, Harner highlights the striking similarities between their discoveries, indicating that the heavens and spirits they've encountered do indeed exist. He also provides instructions on his innovative core-shamanism techniques, so that readers too can ascend to heavenly realms, seek spirit teachers, and return later at will for additional healing and advice.

Written by the leading authority on shamanism, Cave and Cosmos is a must-read not only for those interested in shamanism, but also for those interested in spirituality, comparative religion, near-death experiences, healing, consciousness, anthropology, and the nature of reality.

Head Cases: Julia Kristeva on Philosophy and Art in Depressed Times [PDF]

Head Cases: Julia Kristeva on Philosophy and Art in Depressed Times [PDF]
Head Cases: Julia Kristeva on Philosophy and Art in Depressed Times by Elaine P Miller
2015 | PDF | 1.65MB

While philosophy and psychoanalysis privilege language and conceptual distinctions and mistrust the image, the philosopher and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva recognizes the power of art and the imagination to unblock important sources of meaning. She also appreciates the process through which creative acts counteract and transform feelings of violence and depression.

Reviewing Kristeva's corpus, Elaine P. Miller considers the intellectual's "aesthetic idea" and "thought specular" in their capacity to reshape depressive thought on both the individual and cultural level. She revisits Kristeva's reading of Walter Benjamin with reference to melancholic art and the imagination's allegorical structure; her analysis of Byzantine iconoclasm in relation to Freud's psychoanalytic theory of negation and Hegel's dialectical negativity; her understanding of Proust as an exemplary practitioner of sublimation; her rereading of Kant and Arendt in terms of art as an intentional lingering with foreignness; and her argument that forgiveness is both a philosophical and psychoanalytic method of transcending a "stuck" existence. Focusing on specific artworks that illustrate Kristeva's ideas, from ancient Greek tragedy to early photography, contemporary installation art, and film, Miller positions creative acts as a form of "spiritual inoculation" against the violence of our society and its discouragement of thought and reflection.

My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine [EPUB]

My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine [EPUB]
My Paris Dream: An Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine by Kate Betts
2015 | EPUB + AZW | 4.87/6.15MB

As a young woman, Kate Betts nursed a dream of striking out on her own in a faraway place and becoming a glamorous foreign correspondent. After college—and not without trepidation—she took off for Paris, renting a room in the apartment of a young BCBG (bon chic, bon genre) family and throwing herself into the local culture. She was determined to master French slang, style, and savoir faire, and to find a job that would give her a reason to stay.

After a series of dues-paying jobs that seemed only to reinforce her outsider status, Kate’s hard work and willingness to take on any assignment paid off: Her writing and intrepid forays into la France Profonde—true France—caught the eye of John Fairchild, the mercurial fashion arbiter and publisher of Women’s Wear Daily, the industry’s bible. Kate’s earliest assignments—investigating the mineral water preferred by high society, chasing after a costumed band of wild boar hunters through the forests of Brittany—were a rough apprenticeship, but she was rewarded for her efforts and was initiated into the elite ranks of Mr. Fairchild’s trusted few who sat beside him in the front row and at private previews in the ateliers of the gods of French fashion. From a woozy yet mesmerizing Yves Saint Laurent and the mischievous and commanding Karl Lagerfeld to the riotous, brilliant young guns who were rewriting all the rules—Martin Margiela, Helmut Lang, John Galliano—Betts gives us a view of what it was like to be an American girl, learning about herself, falling in love, and finding her tribe.

Kate Betts’s captivating memoir brings to life the enchantment of France—from the nightclubs of 1980s Paris where she learned to dance Le Rock, to the lavender fields of Provence and the grand spectacle of the Cour Carrée—and magically re-creates that moment in life when a young woman discovers who she’s meant to be.

Love Style Life [EPUB]

Love Style Life [EPUB]
Love Style Life by Garance Dore
2015 | EPUB + AZW | 10.61/20.77MB

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The guardian of all style” (The New York Times Magazine) shares stories on life, love, style, and career, from Paris to New York, and inspires readers to cultivate an effortless chic that is all their own.

Garance Doré, the voice and vision behind her eponymous blog, has captivated millions of readers worldwide with her fresh and appealing approach to style through storytelling. This gorgeously illustrated book takes readers on a unique narrative journey that blends Garance’s inimitable photography and illustrations with the candid, hard-won wisdom drawn from her life and her travels. Infused with her Left Bank sensibility, the eclecticism of her adopted city of New York, and the wild, passionate spirit of her native Corsica, Love Style Life is a backstage pass behind fashion’s frontlines, peppered with French-girl-next-door wit and advice on everything from mixing J.Crew with Chanel, to falling in love, to pursuing a life and career that is the perfect reflection of you.

Barn Find Road Trip: 3 Guys, 14 Days and 1000 Lost Collector Cars Discovered [EPUB]

Barn Find Road Trip: 3 Guys, 14 Days and 1000 Lost Collector Cars Discovered [EPUB]
Barn Find Road Trip: 3 Guys, 14 Days and 1000 Lost Collector Cars Discovered by Tom Cotter
2015 | EPUB | 79.38MB

Great collector cars are still out there–just waiting to be found!

Sadly, there is very little reality in reality TV. That wouldn't be so bad except for the fact that these shows are the only TV shows for the barn-find collector car aficionado.

Barn Find Road Trip is the antidote to all the manufactured collector "reality" shows. It's a real-world, barn-find banzai run in which auto archaeologist Tom Cotter, his car collector pal Brian Barr, and photographer Michael Alan Ross embarked on a 14-day collector-car-seeking adventure with no predetermined destinations. It's barn-find freestyle! Roaming the Southeast, they documented their day-to-day car search in photos and through stories and interviews. This trip is absolutely real and the same kind of junket any gearhead with the skills, knowledge, and time can undertake.

Cotter and company hit the road in Cotter's 1939 Ford Woody, the kind of car that opened doors and started the conversations that revealed where interesting cars were squirreled away. The result? The discovery of over 1,000 collector cars and some of the most amazing barn-find stories Cotter has yet unearthed, all accompanied by Ross' evocative photography. If you love stories of automotive adventure, this is the book for you!

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World [EPUB]

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World [EPUB]
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant
2016 | EPUB + AZW | 0.98/1.28MB

The New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take examines how people can champion new ideas—and how leaders can encourage originality in their organizations

With Give and Take, Adam Grant not only introduced a landmark new paradigm for success but also established himself as one of his generation’s most compelling and provocative thought leaders. In Originals he again addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all?

Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can fight groupthink to build cultures that welcome dissent. Learn from an entrepreneur who pitches his start-ups by highlighting the reasons not to invest, a woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, an analyst who overturned the rule of secrecy at the CIA, a billionaire financial wizard who fires employees for failing to criticize him, and a TV executive who didn’t even work in comedy but saved Seinfeld from the cutting-room floor. The payoff is a set of groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and improving the status quo.

The Power of Broke [EPUB]

The Power of Broke [EPUB]
The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage by Daymond John, Daniel Paisner
2016 | EPUB + AZW | 0.84/1.14MB

Daymond John has been practicing the power of broke ever since he started selling his home-sewn t-shirts on the streets of Queens. With no funding and a $40 budget, Daymond had to come up with out-of-the box ways to promote his products. Luckily, desperation breeds innovation, and so he hatched an idea for a creative campaign that eventually launched the FUBU brand into a $6 billion dollar global phenomenon. But it might not have happened if he hadn’t started out broke - with nothing but a heart full of hope and a ferocious drive to succeed by any means possible.

Here, the FUBU founder and star of ABC’s Shark Tank shows that, far from being a liability, broke can actually be your greatest competitive advantage as an entrepreneur. Why? Because starting a business from broke forces you to think more creatively. It forces you to use your resources more efficiently. It forces you to connect with your customers more authentically, and market your ideas more imaginatively. It forces you to be true to yourself, stay laser focused on your goals, and come up with those innovative solutions required to make a meaningful mark.

Drawing his own experiences as an entrepreneur and branding consultant, peeks behind-the scenes from the set of Shark Tank, and stories of dozens of other entrepreneurs who have hustled their way to wealth, John shows how we can all leverage the power of broke to phenomenal success. You’ll meet:

  • Steve Aoki, the electronic dance music (EDM) deejay who managed to parlay a series of $100 gigs into becoming a global superstar who has redefined the music industry
  • Gigi Butler, a cleaning lady from Nashville who built cupcake empire on the back of a family recipe, her maxed out credit cards, and a heaping dose of faith
  • 11-year old Shark Tank guest Mo Bridges who stitched together a winning clothing line with just his grandma’s sewing machine, a stash of loose fabric, and his unique sartorial flair

When your back is up against the wall, your bank account is empty, and creativity and passion are the only resources you can afford, success is your only option. Here you’ll learn how to tap into that Power of Broke to scrape, hustle, and dream your way to the top.

Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]

Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook]
Black Holes: A Very Short Introduction [Audiobook] by Katherine Blundell, read by Leila Birch
2016 | MP3 VBR V5 + EPUB + MOBI | 3 hrs 11 mins | 89.34MB

Black holes are a constant source of fascination to many due to their mysterious nature. This Very Short Introduction addresses a variety of questions, including what a black hole actually is, how they are characterized and discovered, and what would happen if you came too close to one.

Professor Katherine Blundell looks at the seemingly paradoxical, mysterious, and intriguing phenomena of black holes. Outlining their nature and characteristics, both those resulting from the spectacular collapse of heavy stars and the giant black holes found at the centres of galaxies, she separates scientific fact from science fiction and demonstrates the important role they play in the cosmos.

New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System [TTC Video]

New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System [TTC Video]
New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System by Frank Summers
Course No 1823 | AVI, XviD, 720x544 | MP3, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 3.47GB

In recent years, cutting-edge telescopes, satellite imaging, and unmanned spacecraft have led to a fascinating series of discoveries that have changed our picture of the Sun and the family of objects that orbit it—including Earth. This new perspective has grown out of many intriguing findings such as these:

  • The reclassification of Pluto as a dwarf planet, one of countless icy bodies—and not even the largest—in the outer solar system
  • The 2005 landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn's moon Titan, which revealed a bizarre world where liquid methane acts like water does on Earth: falling as rain, carving channels in the landscape, and collecting in lakes
  • One of the largest radiation and particle storms from the Sun ever recorded, which blasted interplanetary space in 2003 and offered a vivid demonstration of the ferocity of space weather
  • The detection since the 1990s of several hundred planets orbiting other stars, allowing us to compare for the first time our solar system with other planetary systems

New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System is a visually stunning and richly detailed investigation of what we know about the solar system today. Illustrated with insightful diagrams, amazing computer animations, and scores of spectacular images from telescopes and spacecraft, these 24 lectures show you a new and exciting way to view our celestial neighborhood—all under the guidance of astrophysicist and top astronomy educator, Dr. Frank Summers from the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI).

Welcome to the 21st-Century Solar System

Often cited as the most profound change in our view of the solar system, the Copernican revolution of the 16th century proposed the philosophical shift that Earth and the planets orbit the sun instead of the universe revolving around Earth, as appeared to be the case from our vantage point.

But Dr. Summers, whose work at the STScI's Office of Public Outreach presents the findings of the Hubble Space Telescope and developments in general astronomy to the public through various media and educational outlets, suggests another candidate for the biggest change in our views.

"I think the space age is the most important epoch," he says. "It brought us new ways to observe the solar system in more wavelengths with bigger telescopes, new ways to analyze with better data and faster processing, and also a new way to explore, both with robots and with our own eyes."

Remodeling the Solar System

Not only does New Frontiers allow you to see the solar system with fresh eyes, it also offers you a new model to serve as an organizing guide. Gone is the familiar diagram you find in many old reference books depicting the Sun and nine planets forming a neat, straight line. Dr. Summers provides key points as to why this perspective is so outdated:

  • A straight-line alignment of the planets occurs only every three quadrillion years—600,000 times the present age of our solar system!
  • The distances between planets and their relative sizes compared to the Sun are wildly out of scale.
  • Most importantly, there is so much more to the solar system than just these 10 objects.

You discover what Dr. Summers, an expert astrophysicist who headed the development of exhibits for the opening of the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth and Space, calls the "21st-century solar system." He suggests that, instead of a straight line, the solar system is best seen as a bulls-eye with six concentric circles, each of which represents the six families of objects in our solar system. Working outward from the center, you have the following alignment:

  • The Sun: The only star in our solar system.
  • The rocky planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. Composed of rock, they are close to the Sun and have few or no moons.
  • The asteroid belt: A band of small, mostly rocky bodies between Mars and Jupiter.
  • The giant planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Orbiting far from the Sun, these large planets have gaseous atmospheres, rings, and moons.
  • The Kuiper belt: The region beyond Neptune now known to be the reservoir of the short-period comets containing mostly icy bodies (including Pluto).
  • The Oort cloud: The reservoir of the Sun's long-period comets, located almost a quarter of the way to the nearest star.

The Usefulness of the Modern View

This modern view of the solar system is useful in many ways. Foremost, it provides you with a bigger picture of the solar system, organizing and classifying its objects based on similar characteristics and offering a better understanding of how they are grouped and structured.

In addition, it underscores the enormity of the solar system. Not only is the recently discovered Kuiper belt object Eris larger than Pluto, its orbit takes it almost twice as far from the Sun. The Oort cloud extends 500 times farther than Eris.

Another advantage to this new model is that it tells you the story of the formation and evolution of the solar system:

  • Rocky planets formed near the Sun, where it was too hot for ices and gases to condense.
  • Asteroids populate a zone where planet formation was disrupted by Jupiter's gravitational field.
  • Jupiter and the other giant planets accreted in the region beyond the "frost line," where gas, ice, and rock were all available.
  • The icy objects in the Kuiper belt and Oort cloud coalesced in the super-cold, low-density conditions beyond Neptune.

With a better grasp on this new picture of the solar system, you explore the space-age solar system as we now know it. This approach is comparative, reflecting the way that planetary science is conducted today: where the same phenomena are examined in all their variety from world to world. You consider these and other examples:

  • Craters: These are found throughout the solar system. On the moon, craters can be dated to reveal a period of bombardment following the formation of the solar system. On Earth, one recently identified crater is thought to be the smoking gun in the demise of the dinosaurs.
  • Weather: Weather on other planets can be markedly more severe than weather on Earth. Jupiter has a gigantic, centuries-old storm that could swallow several Earths, and the air temperature on Venus is more than 460° C.
  • Moons: Moons are rich worlds unto themselves. Among the seven large and 160 small moons, our moon is unusual in that it is one-quarter of the size of its planet. Computer simulations show that it probably formed when a Mars-sized body smashed into the forming Earth.

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New Frontiers is illustrated with the many exhilarating views of the solar system afforded to us by continued advances in space technology. Indeed, there is no better guide for this visually rich journey than Dr. Summers, whose own work with scientific imagery (in the Academy Award–nominated IMAX film Cosmic Voyage and the IMAX short film Hubble: Galaxies Across Space and Time) reflects a deep understanding of and passion for the role that visualizations play in comprehending our universe.

From the celebrated rovers on Mars and the Galileo probe orbiting Jupiter or Cassini at Saturn to the lesser-known missions studying asteroids and comets, the pictures taken from ground-based observatories, space telescopes, and satellite missions help give you a clearer idea of just how critical the technological advancements of the space age have affected our views of the solar system. They also reflect the profoundly sublime nature of its diverse characteristics.

Fittingly enough, the course ends with a stunning movie from the Messenger spacecraft as it left Earth on its mission to Mercury—a movie that captures our slowly rotating planet growing ever smaller and that demonstrates a truly breathtaking new perspective on our solar system.

It is a perspective that continues to evolve as astronomers peer further into our galaxy and continue to explore the hundreds of planetary systems discovered around other stars. The stunning point of view on display in New Frontiers shows you just how much more there is to uncover about your true place among the stars.

following alignment:

  • The Sun: The only star in our solar system.
  • The rocky planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars. Composed of rock, they are close to the Sun and have few or no moons.
  • The asteroid belt: A band of small, mostly rocky bodies between Mars and Jupiter.
  • The giant planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Orbiting far from the Sun, these large planets have gaseous atmospheres, rings, and moons.
  • The Kuiper belt: The region beyond Neptune now known to be the reservoir of the short-period comets containing mostly icy bodies (including Pluto).
  • The Oort cloud: The reservoir of the Sun's long-period comets, located almost a quarter of the way to the nearest star.

The Usefulness of the Modern View

This modern view provides you with a bigger picture of the solar system, detailing the story of the formation and evolution of the solar system and organizing and classifying its objects based on similar characteristics, offering a better understanding of how they are grouped and structured:

  • Rocky planets formed near the Sun, where it was too hot for ices and gases to condense.
  • Asteroids populate a zone where planet formation was disrupted by Jupiter's gravitational field.
  • Jupiter and the other giant planets accreted in the region beyond the "frost line," where gas, ice, and rock were all available.
  • The icy objects in the Kuiper belt and Oort cloud coalesced in the super-cold, low-density conditions beyond Neptune.

Get Breathtaking Views

New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System is a visually stunning and richly detailed investigation of what we know about the solar system today. Illustrated with insightful diagrams, amazing computer animations, and scores of spectacular images from telescopes and spacecraft, these 24 half-hour lectures help give you a clearer idea of just how critical the technological advancements of the space age have affected our views of the solar system. The stunning point of view on display in New Frontiers shows you just how much more there is to uncover about your true place among the stars.

New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System [TTC Video]

Real Leaders Don't Follow: Being Extraordinary in the Age of the Entrepreneur [EPUB]

Real Leaders Don't Follow: Being Extraordinary in the Age of the Entrepreneur [EPUB]
Real Leaders Don't Follow: Being Extraordinary in the Age of the Entrepreneur by Steve Tobak
2015 | EPUB + AZW | 0.54/0.79MB

Leaders Lead. Followers Follow. You Can't Do Both.

Acknowledging the great irony that most of today's inspiring entrepreneurs are following the crowd instead of doing what innovative leaders like Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, and Elon Musk did to become successful, Silicon Valley management consultant Steve Tobak delivers some truth:

Nobody ever made it big by doing what everyone else is doing.

Drawing upon decades of personal experience with hundreds of accomplished entrepreneurs, CEOs, and venture capitalists, Tobak provides a unique perspective on today's technology revolution, exposes popular myths that masquerade as common wisdom and shows you what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur and an exceptional business leaders in today's highly competitive world.

Japan: The Precarious Future (Possible Futures) [PDF]

Japan: The Precarious Future (Possible Futures) [PDF]
Japan: The Precarious Future (Possible Futures) edited by Frank Baldwin, Anne Allison
2015 | PDF | 4.29MB

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 earthquake off Japan’s northeast coast triggered a tsunami that killed more than 20,000 people, displaced 600,000, and caused billions of dollars in damage as well as a nuclear meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Japan, the world’s third largest economy, was already grappling with recovery from both its own economic recession of the 1990s and the global recession following the US-driven financial crisis of 2008 when the disaster hit, changing its fortunes yet again. This small, populous Asian nation—once thought to be a contender for the role of the world’s number one power—now faces a world of uncertainty. Japan’s economy has shrunk, China has challenged its borders, and it faces perilous demographic adjustments from decreased fertility and an aging populace, with the country’s population expected to drop to less than 100 million by 2048.

In Japan: The Precarious Future, a group of distinguished scholars of Japanese economics, politics, law, and society examine the various roads that might lie ahead. Will Japan face a continued erosion of global economic and political power, particularly as China’s outlook improves exponentially? Or will it find a way to protect its status as an important player in global affairs? Contributors explore issues such as national security, political leadership, manufacturing prowess, diplomacy, population decline, and gender equality in politics and the workforce, all in an effort to chart the possible futures for Japan. Both a roadmap for change and a look at how Japan arrived at its present situation, this collection of thought-provoking analyses will be essential for understanding the current landscape and future prospects of this world power.

Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami [EPUB]

Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami [EPUB]
Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami by Gretel Ehrlich
2013 | EPUB | 2.43MB

A passionate student of Japanese poetry, theater, and art for much of her life, Gretel Ehrlich felt compelled to return to the earthquake-and-tsunami-devastated Tohoku coast to bear witness, listen to survivors, and experience their terror and exhilaration in villages and towns where all shelter and hope seemed lost. In an eloquent narrative that blends strong reportage, poetic observation, and deeply felt reflection, she takes us into the upside-down world of northeastern Japan, where nothing is certain and where the boundaries between living and dying have been erased by water.

The stories of rice farmers, monks, and wanderers; of fishermen who drove their boats up the steep wall of the wave; and of an eighty-four-year-old geisha who survived the tsunami to hand down a song that only she still remembered are both harrowing and inspirational. Facing death, facing life, and coming to terms with impermanence are equally compelling in a landscape of surreal desolation, as the ghostly specter of Fukushima Daiichi, the nuclear power complex, spews radiation into the ocean and air. Facing the Wave is a testament to the buoyancy, spirit, humor, and strong-mindedness of those who must find their way in a suddenly shattered world.

Austerity Ecology & the Collapse-Porn Addicts [EPUB]

Austerity Ecology & the Collapse-Porn Addicts [EPUB]
Austerity Ecology & the Collapse-Porn Addicts: A Defence of Growth, Progress, Industry and Stuff by Leigh Phillips
2015 | EPUB | 2.03MB

Modernity is not the cause of our ecological woes. Only through a deepening of our modernity can we save the planet.

Economic growth, progress, industry and, erm, stuff have all come in for a sharp kicking from the green left and beyond in recent years. Everyone from black-hoodied Starbucks window-smashers to farmers’ market heirloom-tomato-mongers to Prince Charles himself seem to be embracing ‘degrowth’ and anti-consumerism, which is nothing less than a form of ecological austerity. Meanwhile, the back-to-the-land ideology and aesthetic of locally-woven organic carrot-pants, pathogen-encrusted compost toilets and civilisational collapse is hegemonic.

Yet modernity is not the cause of climate change and the wider biocrisis. It is indeed capitalism that is the source of our environmental woes, but capitalism as a mode of production, not the fuzzy understanding of capitalism of Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Derrick Jensen, Paul Kingsnorth and their anarcho-liberal epigones as a sort of globalist corporate malfeasance.

Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism [EPUB]

Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism [EPUB]
Enjoying It: Candy Crush and Capitalism by Alfie Bown
2015 | EPUB | 1.96MB

This book is a study of enjoyment and of the enjoyment of studying. It asks what enjoyment says about us and what we say about enjoyment, and why.

Using a range of ‘case studies’ from Critical Theory to Candy Crush, ‘Gangnam Style’ to Game of Thrones and Football Manager to Hieronymus Bosch, this book argues that we need to rethink our enjoyment. Inspired by psychoanalysis, the book offers a new way of thinking about how we talk about what we enjoy and how we enjoy what we talk about.

Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day [EPUB]

Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day [EPUB]
Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Baking Revolution Continues with 90 New, Delicious and Easy Recipes Made with Gluten-Free Flours by Jeff Hertzberg, Zoë François
2014 | EPUB | 20.21MB

The bestselling authors of the groundbreaking Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day bring you a new cookbook with 90 delicious, entirely gluten-free bread recipes made from easy-to-find ingredients.

With more than half a million copies of their books in print, Jeff Hertzberg, MD and Zoë François have proven that people want to bake their own bread, so long as they can do it quickly and easily. But what about people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity? They want to eat well too, but gluten is everywhere: in cakes, pastas, desserts, gravy―even in beer and Scotch whiskey. But the thing they miss most? Bread.

Based on overwhelming requests from their readers, Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François have returned to their test kitchens to create an entirely gluten-free bread cookbook―most of the recipes that readers loved in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day appear here in a gluten-free version. In just five minutes a day of active preparation time, you can create delectable, gluten-free Sandwich loaves. European Peasant Bread, 100% Whole Grain Loaves, French Baguettes, Crock Pot Bread, Caraway "Rye" Bread, Challah, and even fabulous dessert breads like Brioche, Doughnuts, and Sticky Pecan Caramel Rolls.

Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day extends their revolutionary stored-dough method to yeasted and unleavened breads made without wheat, barley, or rye. With 90 recipes―plus 100 black-and-white instructional photos and 40 gorgeous color images―the authors adopt the rich palette of world breads to their unique method. With this revolutionary approach, you CAN have mouthwatering gluten-free artisan bread in just five minutes a day!

The Future of Post-Human Culinary Art [PDF]

The Future of Post-Human Culinary Art [PDF]
The Future of Post-Human Culinary Art: Towards a New Theory of Ingredients and Techniques by Peter Baofu
2012 | PDF | 4.27MB

Is culinary art really so exact that, as Delia Smith once wrote, “cooking is an exact art and not some casual game”? (BQ 2012) This exact view of cooking can be contrasted with an opposing observation by Tom Jaine, when he argued that, “if cooking becomes an art form rather than a means of providing a reasonable diet, then something is clearly wrong.” (BQ 2012a)

Contrary to these opposing views (and other ones as will be discussed in the book), culinary art, in relation to both ingredients and techniques, is neither possible or impossible, nor desirable or undesirable, to the extent that the respective ideologues on different sides would like us to believe.

Needless to say, this challenge to the opposing views of cooking does not mean that culinary art has no practical value, or that those interdisciplinary fields (related to culinary art) like food science, nutritional economics, food chemistry, food aesthetics, the ethics of killing for food, molecular gastronomy, food rheology, food photography, Shechita, the science of aphrodisiacs, and so on, are unimportant. Of course, neither of these extreme views is reasonable.

Rather, this book offers an alternative, better way to understand the future of culinary art, especially in the dialectic context of ingredients and techniques—while learning from different approaches in the literature but without favoring any one of them or integrating them, since they are not necessarily compatible with each other. More specifically, this book offers a new theory (that is, the inquisitive theory of culinary art) to go beyond the existing approaches in a novel way.

If successful, this seminal project is to fundamentally change the way that we think about culinary art in relation to ingredients and techniques from the combined perspectives of the mind, nature, society, and culture, with enormous implications for the human future and what the author originally called its “post-human” fate.

Steal the Show [Audiobook]

Steal the Show [Audiobook]
Steal the Show: From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches, How to Guarantee a Standing Ovation for All the Performances in Your Life [Audiobook] by Michael Port, read by the author
2015 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 38 mins | 209.03MB

An inspiring program full of essential advice for spotlight lovers and wallflowers alike that will teach listeners how to bring any crowd to its feet

Every day there are moments when you must persuade, inform, and motivate others effectively. Each of those moments requires you, in some way, to play a role, to heighten the impact of your words, and to manage your emotions and nerves. Every interaction is a performance, whether you're speaking up in a meeting, pitching a client, or walking into a job interview.

In Steal the Show, New York Times bestselling author Michael Port draws on his experience as an actor and as a highly successful corporate speaker and trainer to teach listeners how to make the most of every presentation and interaction. He demonstrates how the methods of successful actors can help you connect with, inspire, and persuade any audience. His key strategies for commanding an audience's attention include developing a clear focus for every performance, making sure you engage with your listeners, and finding the best role for yourself in order to convey your message with maximum impact.

Michael Port is one of the most in-demand corporate speakers working today. His presentations are always powerful, engaging, and inspirational. And yes, audiences always give him a standing ovation.

Face Yoga Method - Take five years Off your face in months [Video]

Face Yoga Method - Take five years Off your face in months [Video]
Face Yoga Method - Take five years Off your face in months by Fumiko Takatsu
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 3 hours | 1.51GB

Firm up your jawline, banish droopy eyelids, decrease a double chin, diminish crow's feet and smooth nasolabial folds

  • Is a few minutes of your time worth a glowing, younger looking face?
  • Would you like to see improvements on your face in the next 28 days?
  • Would you like to turn back the hands of time?
  • Would you like to feel better about your face's appearance?

Face yoga has already won devotees among the forever-young-looking celebrity crowd. Celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston are said to be big fans of Face Yoga.

I am going to teach you the exact exercises you need to know in order to master face yoga and take years off your face. The great news is you only need to spare less than 10 minutes a day and I will even show you how to do a mini-facelift in less than 10 minutes. No prior experience is required.

Now you can get a stronger, happier face.

Like a strength-training workout at the gym, exercising the muscles of your face will give you the same toned, sculpted effect that exudes youthfulness and radiance.Look better and feel great at any age with the Face Yoga Method.

What are the requirements?

  • A willingness to spend a minute or more each day to reverse the effects of gravity and make you look more youthful and radiant
  • Everything you need is in the course. Each exercise is broken down one by one so you can learn proper form and foundation. Once you have learned how to perform the exercises you can then put them together in our easy to follow routines including the hands free versions.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 80 lectures and 3 hours of content!
  • Tighten and firm your full face - train your muscles and stop unwanted, wrinkle causing facial movements
  • Learn the 5 minute mini facelift for an instant boost
  • Decrease forehead wrinkles - learn to relax and smooth out your forehead wrinkles and cease all those line causing movements.
  • Diminish crow's feet - firm and strengthen the eye area while smoothing out crow's feet
  • Smooth out nasolabial lines with hands free exercises that you can practice while driving
  • Diminish vertical lip lines - smooth and strengthn the area around the mouth
  • Get rid of a double chin - strengthen and tone the neckline, redefine and sculpt the jawline
  • Reduce under eye puffiness - tone the under eye bags and reduce eye puffiness
  • Erase the 11 lines - learn to diminish those 11 lines in the forehead between the brows
Face Yoga Method - Take five years Off your face in months [Video]

The Complete Story of Civilization [EPUB]

The Complete Story of Civilization [EPUB]
The Complete Story of Civilization by Will Durant
2015 | EPUB | 128.85MB

The Complete Story of Civilization by Will Durant represents the most comprehensive attempt in our times to embrace the vast panorama of man’s history and culture. This eleven volume set includes:

  • Volume One: Our Oriental Heritage;
  • Volume Two: The Life of Greece;
  • Volume Three: Caesar and Christ;
  • Volume Four: The Age of Faith;
  • Volume Five: The Renaissance;
  • Volume Six: The Reformation;
  • Volume Seven: The Age of Reason Begins;
  • Volume Eight: The Age of Louis XIV;
  • Volume Nine: The Age of Voltaire;
  • Volume Ten: Rousseau and Revolution;
  • Volume Eleven: The Age of Napoleon

Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume 1 [Audiobook]

Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume 1 [Audiobook]
Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume 1 [Audiobook] by Will Durant, read by Robin Field
2013 | MP3 VBR V5 | 50 hrs 16 mins | 1.58GB

The first volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume I chronicles the early history of Egypt, the Middle East, and Asia. In this masterful work, readers will encounter:

  • Sumeria, birthplace of the first cities and written laws
  • the Egyptians, who perfected monumental architecture, medicine, and mummification more than 3,500 years ago
  • the Babylonians, who developed astronomy and physics, and planted the seeds of Western mythology
  • the Judeans, who preserved their culture forever in the immortal books of the Old Testament
  • the Persians, who ruled the largest empire in recorded history before Rome
  • Indian philosophy, Chinese philosophers, and Japanese Samurais

The Life of Greece: The Story of Civilization, Volume 2 [Audiobook]

The Life of Greece: The Story of Civilization, Volume 2 [Audiobook]
The Life of Greece: The Story of Civilization, Volume 2 [Audiobook] by Will Durant, read by Stefan Rudnicki
2013 | MP3 VBR V5 | 32 hrs 42mins | 1.27GB

The second volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize - winning series The Story of Civilization. Volume 2 chronicles the history of ancient Greek civilization. Here Durant tells the whole story of Greece from the days of Crete's vast Aegean empire to the final extirpation of the last remnants of Greek liberty, crushed under the heel of an implacably forward-marching Rome. The dry minutiae of battles and sieges, of tortuous statecraft of tyrant and king, get minor emphasis in what is preeminently a vivid recreation of Greek culture, brought to the listener through the medium of supple, vigorous prose.

In this masterful work, listeners will learn about:

  • The siege of Troy
  • The great city-states of Athens and Sparta
  • The heroes of Homer's epics
  • The gods and lesser deities of Mount Olympus
  • The teachings of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle
  • The empire of Alexander the Great

Caesar and Christ: The Story of Civilization, Volume 3 [Audiobook]

Caesar and Christ: The Story of Civilization, Volume 3 [Audiobook]
Caesar and Christ: The Story of Civilization, Volume 3 [Audiobook] by Will Durant, read by Grover Gardner
2014 | MP3 ~ 100 kbps | 36 hrs 31 mins | 1.54GB

The third volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Caesar and Christ chronicles the history of Roman civilization and of Christianity from their beginnings to A.D. 325. In this masterful work, listeners will learn about:

  • The Etruscan civilization of ancient Italy
  • The birth of the Roman Republic and the beginnings of Roman law
  • The great reigns of Caesar and Antony
  • The people of Rome - the artisans, tradesmen, and scientists
  • The places of Rome's great empire
  • The beginnings of Christianity and its growth
  • The rise of Constantine and the fall of the empire

Converts to Judaism: Stories from Biblical Times to Today [EPUB]

Converts to Judaism: Stories from Biblical Times to Today [EPUB]
Converts to Judaism: Stories from Biblical Times to Today by Lawrence J Epstein
2015 | EPUB + PDF | 0.8/1.0MB

From the biblical story of Ruth to the star conversion of Elizabeth Taylor, Converts to Judaism tells the stories of people who have converted to Judaism throughout history. The book introduces readers to origins of Judaism and shares the first conversion stories of the people who helped the early Jewish faith grow.

Subsequent chapters trace the trajectory of Judaism through the ages while highlighting the stories of converts both well-known and lesser-known and how they shaped the tradition. The book includes not only the story of Warder Cresson, who was put on trial for insanity after converting to Judaism, but also famous celebrities who became Jewish such as Marilyn Monroe and Sammy Davis, Jr.

Written by a noted expert on the conversion process, Converts to Judaism serves as a unique resource to people considering the challenging path of conversion and an illustration of the important, and sometimes surprising, role Jewish converts have always played in Jewish life."

A Contemporary Cuba Reader: The Revolution under Raúl Castro, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

A Contemporary Cuba Reader: The Revolution under Raúl Castro, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
A Contemporary Cuba Reader: The Revolution under Raúl Castro, 2nd Edition edited by Philip Brenner, Marguerite Rose Jiménez, John M Kirk, William M LeoGrande
2015 | EPUB | 1.22MB

Cuba has undergone dramatic changes since the collapse of European communism. The loss of economic aid and preferential trade with the Soviet Union and other Eastern bloc countries forced the Cuban government to search out new ways of organizing the domestic economy and new commercial relations in an international system dominated by market economies. The resulting economic reforms have reverberated through Cuban society and politics, recreating social inequalities unknown since the 1950s and confronting the political system with unprecedented new challenges. The resulting ferment is increasingly evident in Cuban cultural expression, and the responses to adversity and scarcity have reshaped Cuban social relations.

This completely revised and updated edition focuses on Cuba since Raúl Castro took over the country’s leadership in 2006. A Contemporary Cuba Reader brings together the best recent scholarship and writing on Cuban politics, economics, foreign relations, society, and culture in present-day Cuba. Ideally suited for students and general readers seeking to understand this still-contentious and controversial island, the book includes a substantive introduction setting the historical context, as well as part introductions and a chronology.

Contributions by: Carlos Alzugaray Treto, Denise Blum, Philip Brenner, Michael J. Bustamante, Mariela Castro, Soraya M. Castro Mariño, María Auxiliadora César, Armando Chaguaceda, Margaret E. Crahan, Simon C. Darnell, Antonio Aja Díaz, Jorge I. Domínguez, María Isabel Domínguez, Tracey Eaton, H. Michael Erisman, Richard E. Feinberg, Reina Fleitas Ruiz, Edmundo García, Graciela González Olmedo, Conner Gorry, Katrin Hansing, Adrian H. Hearn, Ted A. Henken, Rafael Hernández, Monica Hirst, Robert Huish, Marguerite Rose Jiménez, Antoni Kapcia, C. William Keck, Emily J. Kirk, John M. Kirk, Hal Klepak, Sinan Koont, Par Kumaraswami, Saul Landau, William M. LeoGrande, Sandra Levinson, Esteban Morales, Nancy Morejón, Blanca Múnster Infante, Armando Nova González, Manuel Orozco, Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Omar Everleny Pérez Villanueva, Philip Peters, Camila Piñeiro Harnecker, Clotilde Proveyer Cervantes, Archibald Ritter, Ana M. Ruiz Aguirre, Daniel Salas González, Jorge Mario Sánchez Egozcue, Ann Marie Stock, Julia E. Sweig, Carlos Varela, Sjamme van de Voort, and María del Carmen Zabala Argüelles.

Aestheticism in Art (Temporis) [EPUB]

Aestheticism in Art (Temporis) [EPUB]
Aestheticism in Art (Temporis) by William Hogarth
2015 | EPUB | 13.72MB

William Hogarth wrote his Analysis of Beauty in 1753, during the Age of Enlightenment. Through this captivating text, he tends to define the notion of beauty in painting and states that it is linked, per se, to the use of the serpentine lines in pictorial compositions. He calls it the line of beauty . His essay is thus dedicated to the study of the composition of paintings, depending on the correct use of the pictorial lines, light, colour, and the figure's attitudes. These timeless concepts have been applied by several artists through the centuries. Paintings from every period have here been chosen to support this demonstration. They allow us to explore the various manners in which beauty can be expressed in painting.

Vincent Van Gogh by Vincent Van Gogh [EPUB]

Vincent Van Gogh by Vincent Van Gogh [EPUB]
Vincent Van Gogh by Vincent Van Gogh, Victoria Charles
2015 | EPUB | 33.97MB

The incarnation of the myth of a cursed artist, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) is a legend who became a reference for modern art. An Expressionist during the Post-Impressionist movement, his art was misunderstood during his lifetime. In Holland, he partook in the Dutch realist painting movement by studying peasant characters. Anxious and depressed, Vincent van Gogh produced more than 2000 artworks, yet sold only one in his lifetime. A self-made artist, his work is known for its rough and emotional beauty and is amongst the most popular in the art market today.

Pascin (Mega Square) [PDF]

Pascin (Mega Square) [PDF]
Pascin (Mega Square) by Alexandre Dupouy
2014 | PDF | 28.2MB

Julius Mordecai Pincas (1885–1930) was a Bulgarian who set out on a wild and adventurous journey to Vienna, the Habsburg capital. After art school, he set off for Munich and Berlin before settling down in Paris in 1905 and painting under the name of Pascin. Over 1907 to 1930, Pascin exhibited in Berlin, Paris, and New York at fairs such as the 1911 Berlin Secession in 1911 and the 1913 Indepéndants and Autumn salons as well as at Bernheim and other leading private galleries. Indeed, he spent most of his time travelling across Algeria, Cuba, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, and the USA where he gained citizenship in 1920. He hanged himself on June 2, 1930, only a year before major retrospective exhibitions of his works in New York and Paris.

Today, Pascin still stands out as a “bad boy”. His canvases are as turbulent as his lifestyle; full of parties and places the affluent patronize but never mention in polite society – those brothels and cabarets where scantily clad ladies hosted the pillars of society. Pascin was as brilliant at the easel as the drawing board but was all too easily overlooked, perhaps because he lived in the shadow of contemporaries Picasso, Modigliani, and many, many more.

Beauty of the Beast (Mega Square) [PDF]

Beauty of the Beast (Mega Square) [PDF]
Beauty of the Beast (Mega Square) by John Bascom
2014 | PDF | 37.56MB

Throughout time, artists have maintained a close relationship with the animal world, which has proved to be an inexhaustible source of inspiration. First, they received inspiration directly from their environment. Next, animals were used in art for their status as domestic friends, symbols of an intimate and familial life, held in particularly high esteem during the Renaissance. Later, in Orientalism, animal art followed the discovery of exotic fauna which appealed to contemporary artists. The animal and its wild beauty are depicted here through works of art from Albrecht Dürer, Pieter Bruegel, Leonardo da Vinci, Katsushika Hokusai, Henri Rousseau, and Paul Klee.

Body language for politics [Video]

Body language for politics [Video]
Body language for politics by Matthew Kane
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 2.5 hours | 2.47GB

This course focuses on the body language of door knocking & teaches how to read constituents body language to drive GOTV

Door knocking is perhaps the most important aspect of any political campaign. The interaction you will have with constituents allows you to develop a better understanding of the community's pulse, not only for what they wish to see government do, but also how they are likely to vote. Political parties spend a vast amount of time during elections door knocking, yet non-verbal communication is often overlooked by politicians and campaigners despite making up between 55% and 66% of what we communicate during typical door knocking interactions.

This course is suitable for all those who are on the campaign trail with seasoned politicians, new candidates, volunteers and campaign staff all finding value in this course, and applies to elections at all levels of government! No prior knowledge of body language of deception detection is needed as we cover all of this in this course!

This course will teach you

  • The importance of non-verbal communication in door knocking
  • How to use your body language to maximize your message while door knocking.
  • How to detect deception in constituents resulting in better data for your campaign driving your GOTV efforts.
  • How to recognize emotional deception through micro-expressions.
  • How to use culturally normative body language practices to engage with minority populations in your riding!
  • How to use verbal and non-verbal cues in conjunction to manage conversations and create the proper power dynamics for D2D interactions.
  • How to use a variety to psychological principles to create report with constituents.
  • This course includes
  • 49 videos including examples of key non-verbal and deceptive gestures you are likely to see while door knocking.
  • Approximately two and a half hours of condensed material so you can get out and use this information on the campaign trail without delay!
Body language for politics [Video]

Art in Europe: Museums and Masterworks [EPUB]

Art in Europe: Museums and Masterworks [EPUB]
Art in Europe: Museums and Masterworks by Victoria Charles
2012 | EPUB | 16.89MB

The European continent gathers together, without a doubt, the most famous works of art, evidence of the history of Western art. The cultural capitals and their emblematic museums contain paintings, sculptures, or rather works of art, devised by the great artists, representative of European culture. From Madrid to London, passing through Prague, the major works of the old continent are presented here. Thanks to detailed information about the museums and their collections, you, too, can explore and discover Europe's fascinating cultural heritage.

Alphonse Mucha (Best of) [EPUB]

Alphonse Mucha (Best of) [EPUB]
Alphonse Mucha (Best of) by Victoria Charles, Patrick Bade
2013 | EPUB | 11.2MB

Born in 1860 in a small Czech town, Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) was an artist on the forefront of Art Nouveau, the modernist movement that swept Paris in the 1910s, marking a return to the simplicity of natural forms, and changing the world of art and design forever. In fact, Art Nouveau was known to insiders as the “Mucha style” for the legions of imitators who adapted the master's celebrated tableaux. Today, his distinctive depictions of lithe young women in classical dress have become a pop cultural touchstone, inspiring album covers, comic books, and everything in between. Patrick Bade and Victoria Charles offer readers an inspiring survey of Mucha's career, illustrated with over one hundred lustrous images, from early Parisian advertisements and posters for Sandra Bernhardt, to the famous historical murals painted just before his death, at the age of 78, in 1939.

Antoni Gaudí (Temporis Collection) [EPUB]

Antoni Gaudí (Temporis Collection) [EPUB]
Antoni Gaudí (Temporis Collection) by Jeremy Roe
2009 | EPUB | 16.05MB

The book undertakes a critical survey of the architecture of Antoni Gaudí, drawing on the latest academic research and accompanied by documentary illustrations and a photographic essay of his work. The opening two chapters provide an introduction to Gaudí's biography and the social and cultural context of Barcelona amidst which he developed his remarkable and original architecture. Following this his work is examined in four detailed chapters.

The first two chapters provide a survey of Gaudí's development as an architect by tracing the contribution he made to two areas of architecture; firstly his secular, domestic architecture, including the remarkable Casa Milá; and secondly his designs and completed buildings for the Church, such as the Episcopal palace in Astorga.

The final two chapters also provide a survey of that spans much of Gaudí's life, but concentrated on the one hand on the buildings constructed for his patron Eusebio Güell and on the other the monumental and world renowned church of the Sagrada Familia. Critical analysis is offered of each of his buildings with the aim to identify the development of his original architectural style.

Off Track Planet's Brooklyn Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke [PDF]

Off Track Planet's Brooklyn Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke [PDF]
Off Track Planet's Brooklyn Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke by Freddie Pivovsky, Anna Starostinetskya
2015 | PDF | 14.48MB

Following in the successful footsteps of Off Track Planet's Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke, this brand-new book in the Off Track Planet series will focus entirely on Brooklyn, a huge destination spot for the 20s and 30s crowd. In recent years, Brooklyn has boomed in popularity and people visit from all over the world to explore the restaurant scene, bars, and culture that thrive in this popular city.

This edgy reference book is divided into two parts. The first part covers what to expect in Brooklyn including fashion, health and safety, budgeting, and where to stay. The second part is organized by neighborhood and what to do for fun including bars and partying, places to visit, shopping, eating, festivals, tattoo shops, sightseeing, and more. Complete with predeparture suggestions as well as OTP tips and fun facts, this comprehensive travel guide also includes 200+ photos and illustrated maps for each neighborhood and is the only go-to guide to Brooklyn you'll need.

Always Hungry: Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently [EPUB]

Always Hungry: Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently [EPUB]
Always Hungry: Conquer Cravings, Retrain Your Fat Cells, and Lose Weight Permanently by David Ludwig
2015 | EPUB | 1.73MB

Leading Harvard Medical School expert and "obesity warrior" (TIME magazine) rewrites the rules on weight loss, diet, and health.

Forget everything you've been taught about dieting. In the New York Times bestseller ALWAYS HUNGRY?, renowned endocrinologist Dr. David Ludwig explains why traditional diets don't work, and presents a radical new plan to help you lose weight without hunger, improve your health, and feel great.

For over two decades, Dr. Ludwig has been at the forefront of research into weight control. His groundbreaking studies show that overeating doesn't make you fat; the process of getting fat makes you overeat. That's because fat cells play a key role in determining how much weight you gain or lose. Low-fat diets work against you, by triggering fat cells to hoard more calories for themselves, leaving too few for the rest of the body. This "hungry fat" sets off a dangerous chain reaction that leaves you feeling ravenous as your metabolism slows down. Cutting calories only makes the situation worse-creating a battle between mind and metabolism that we're destined to lose. You gain more weight, even as you struggle to eat less food.

ALWAYS HUNGRY? turns dieting on its head with a three-phase program that ignores calories and targets fat cells directly. The recipes and meal plan include luscious high fat foods (like nuts and nut butters, full fat dairy, avocados, and dark chocolate), savory proteins, and natural carbohydrates. The result? Fat cells release their excess calories and you lose weight-and inches-without battling cravings and constant hunger. This is dieting without deprivation.

Forget calories. Forget cravings. Forget dieting. ALWAYS HUNGRY? reveals a liberating new way to tame hunger and lose weight . . . for good.

An Improbable Friendship [EPUB]

An Improbable Friendship [EPUB]
An Improbable Friendship: The Remarkable Lives of Israeli Ruth Dayan and Palestinian Raymonda Tawil and Their Forty-Year Peace Mission by Anthony David
2015 | EPUB | 3.3MB

An Improbable Friendship is the dual biography of Israeli Ruth Dayan, now ninety-eight, who was Moshe Dayan’s wife for thirty-seven years, and Palestinian journalist Raymonda Tawil, Yasser Arafat’s mother-in-law, now seventy-four. It reveals for the first time the two women’s surprising and secret forty-year friendship and delivers the story of their extraordinary and turbulent lives growing up in a war-torn country.

Based on personal interviews, diaries, and journals drawn from both women—Ruth lives today in Tel Aviv, Raymonda in Malta—author Anthony David delivers a fast-paced, fascinating narrative that is a beautiful story of reconciliation and hope in a climate of endless conflict. By experiencing their stories and following their budding relationship, which began after the Six-Day War in 1967, we learn the behind-the-scenes, undisclosed history of the Middle East’s most influential leaders from two prominent women on either side of the ongoing conflict.

An award-winning biographer and historian, Anthony David brings us the story of unexpected friendship while he discovers the true pasts of two outstanding women. Their story gives voice to Israelis and Palestinians caught in the Middle East conflict and holds a persistent faith in a future of peace.

Global Catastrophic Risks [EPUB]

Global Catastrophic Risks [EPUB]
Global Catastrophic Risks edited by Nick Bostrom, Milan M. Æirkoviæ
2008 | EPUB | 4.44MB

A global catastrophic risk is a risk that has the potential to inflict serious damage to human well-being on a global scale. This text focuses on global catastrophic risks arising from natural catastrophes, nuclear war, terrorism, biological weapons, advanced nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and social collapse.

  • Chapters from leading experts and thinkers covering some of the biggest risks facing the world today
  • Covers astronomical and Earth-based natural catastrophes, nuclear war, terrorism, biological weapons, totalitarianism, advanced nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and social collapse
  • Highly topical area with frequent media coverage
  • Addresses the key methodological, ethical, and policy issues arising from the study of Global Catastrophic Risks
  • Includes a comprehensive introductory section

Separate and Dominate: Feminism and Racism after the War on Terror [EPUB]

Separate and Dominate: Feminism and Racism after the War on Terror [EPUB]
Separate and Dominate: Feminism and Racism after the War on Terror by Christine Delphy
2015 | EPUB | 1.84MB

An examination of how mainstream feminism has been mobilized in support of racist measures

Feminist Christine Delphy co-founded the journal Nouvelles questions féministes with Simone de Beauvoir in the 1970s and became one of the most influential figures in French feminism. Today, Delphy remains a prominent and controversial feminist thinker, a rare public voice denouncing the racist motivations of the government’s 2011 ban of the Muslim veil. Castigating humanitarian liberals for demanding the cultural assimilation of the women they are purporting to “save,” Delphy shows how criminalizing Islam in the name of feminism is fundamentally paradoxical.

Separate and Dominate is Delphy’s manifesto, lambasting liberal hypocrisy and calling for a fluid understanding of political identity that does not place different political struggles in a false opposition. She dismantles the absurd claim that Afghanistan was invaded to save women, and that homosexuals and immigrants alike should reserve their self-expression for private settings. She calls for a true universalism that sacrifices no one at the expense of others. In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, her arguments appear more prescient and pressing than ever.

Walter Benjamin's Archive: Images, Texts, Signs [EPUB]

Walter Benjamin's Archive: Images, Texts, Signs [EPUB]
Walter Benjamin's Archive: Images, Texts, Signs edited by Ursula Marx, Gudrun Schwarz, Michael Schwarz, and Erdmut Wizisla
2015 | EPUB | 45.82MB

An absorbing selection of Walter Benjamin’s personal manuscripts, images, and documents.

The work of the great literary and cultural critic Walter Benjamin is an audacious plotting of history, art, and thought; a reservoir of texts, commentaries, scraps, and fragments of everyday life, art, and dreams. Throughout his life, Benjamin gathered together all kinds of artifacts, assortments of images, texts, and signs, themselves representing experiences, ideas, and hopes, each of which was enthusiastically logged, systematized, and analyzed by their author. In this way, Benjamin laid the groundwork for the salvaging of his own legacy.

Intricate and intimate, Walter Benjamin’s Archive leads readers to the heart of his intellectual world, yielding a rich and detailed portrait of its author.

The Fire in the Stone: Prehistoric Fiction from Charles Darwin to Jean M Auel [EPUB]

The Fire in the Stone: Prehistoric Fiction from Charles Darwin to Jean M Auel [EPUB]
The Fire in the Stone: Prehistoric Fiction from Charles Darwin to Jean M Auel by Nicholas Ruddick
2015 | EPUB | 4.34MB

The genre of prehistoric fiction contains a surprisingly large and diverse group of fictional works by American, British, and French writers from the late nineteenth century to the present that describe prehistoric humans. Nicholas Ruddick explains why prehistoric fiction could not come into being until after the acceptance of Charles Darwin’s theories, and argues that many early prehistoric fiction works are still worth reading even though the science upon which they are based is now outdated. Exploring the history and evolution of the genre, Ruddick shows how prehistoric fiction can offer fascinating insights into the possible origins of human nature, sexuality, racial distinctions, language, religion, and art.

The book includes discussions of well-known prehistoric fiction by H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, J.-H. Rosny Aîné, Jack London, William Golding, Arthur C. Clarke, and Jean M. Auel and reminds us of some unjustly forgotten landmarks of prehistoric fiction. It also briefly covers such topics as the recent boom in prehistoric romance, notable prehistoric fiction for children and young adults, and the most entertaining movies featuring prehistoric humans. The book includes illustrations that trace the changing popular images of cave men and women over the past 150 years.

Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men [EPUB]

Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men [EPUB]
Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men by Leonard Sax
2009 | EPUB | 0.53MB

Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, American boys are, on average, less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere twenty years ago. The gender gap in college attendance and graduation rates has widened dramatically. While Emily is working hard at school and getting A’s, her brother Justin is goofing off. He’s more concerned about getting to the next level in his videogame than about finishing his homework.

Now, Dr. Leonard Sax delves into the scientific literature and draws on more than twenty years of clinical experience to explain why boys and young men are failing in school and disengaged at home. He shows how social, cultural, and biological factors have created an environment that is literally toxic to boys. He also presents practical solutions, sharing strategies which educators have found effective in re-engaging these boys at school, as well as handy tips for parents about everything from homework, to videogames, to medication.

A World History of Rubber: Empire, Industry, and the Everyday [EPUB]

A World History of Rubber: Empire, Industry, and the Everyday [EPUB]
A World History of Rubber: Empire, Industry, and the Everyday by Stephen L Harp
2016 | EPUB | 5.35MB

A World History of Rubber helps readers understand and gain new insights into the social and cultural contexts of global production and consumption, from the nineteenth century to today, through the fascinating story of one commodity.

  • Divides the coverage into themes of race, migration, and labor; gender on plantations and in factories; demand and everyday consumption; World Wars and nationalism; and resistance and independence
  • Highlights the interrelatedness of our world long before the age of globalization and the global social inequalities that persist today
  • Discusses key concepts of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including imperialism, industrialization, racism, and inequality, through the lens of rubber
  • Provides an engaging and accessible narrative for all levels that is filled with archival research, illustrations, and maps

Hair: A Human History [EPUB]

Hair: A Human History [EPUB]
Hair: A Human History by Kurt Stenn
2016 | EPUB | 22.91MB

A microhistory in the vein of Salt and Cod exploring the biological, evolutionary, and cultural history of one of the world's most fascinating fibers.

Most people don't give a second thought to the stuff on their head, but hair has played a crucial role in in fashion, the arts, sports, commerce, forensics, and industry. In Hair, Kurt Stenn ― one of the world's foremost hair follicle experts ― takes readers on global journey through history, from fur merchant associations and sheep farms to medical clinics and patient support groups, to show the remarkable impact hair has had on human life.

From a completely bald beauty queen with alopecia to the famed hair-hang circus act, Stenn weaves the history of hair through a variety of captivating examples, with sources varying from renaissance merchants’ diaries to interviews with wig makers, modern barbers, and more. In addition to expelling the biological basis and the evolutionary history of hair, the fiber is put into context: hair in history (as tied to textile mills and merchant associations), hair as a construct for cultural and self-identity, hair in the arts (as the material for artist's brushes and musical instruments), hair as commodity (used for everything from the inner lining of tennis balls to an absorbent to clean up oil spills), and hair as evidence in criminology.

Perfect for fans of Mark Kurlansky, Hair is a compelling read based solidly in historical and scientific research that will delight any reader who wants to know more about the world around them.

Vegetarian Comfort Foods [EPUB]

Vegetarian Comfort Foods [EPUB]
Vegetarian Comfort Foods: The Happy Healthy Gut Guide to Delicious Plant-Based Cooking by Jennifer Browne
2015 | EPUB | 22.23MB

The Happy Healthy Gut Guide to Delicious Plant-Based Cooking

More than seventy-five recipes to nourish your body and soul

Food is the mind and body’s single-most important form of nourishment. Our bodies’ capacity for growth and repair directly correlates to the fuel we put into it, and food is that fuel. By eating mindfully, we can not only steer the course of our health to reach its peak, but enjoy the ride along the way. After a decade-long struggle with IBS, Jennifer Brown discovered that the path to health is no further than the walk to the refrigerator. Vegetarian Comfort Foods couples the healing power of whole, plant-based, mindfully-chosen food with creative recipes to please our palates and diminish our ailments. Starting with the necessary kitchen tools, pantry prerequisites, and cleansing instructions, the foundation is set for more than seventy-five recipes, such as:

  • Berry-Rhubarb Smoothie
  • Banana Walnut Pancakes
  • Roasted Squash with Apple and Eggplant
  • Warm Steamed Green Salad
  • Tangy Lentil Salad
  • Thai Red Curry
  • Sweet & Sour Tofu Stir-Fry
  • Pink Salt Brownies
  • Chocolate Chia Pudding
  • And many more!

101 Sandwiches: A Collection of the Finest Sandwich Recipes from Around the World [EPUB]

101 Sandwiches: A Collection of the Finest Sandwich Recipes from Around the World [EPUB]
101 Sandwiches: A Collection of the Finest Sandwich Recipes from Around the World by Helen Graves
2013 | EPUB | 4.88MB

101 mouthwatering recipes to spread on your bread. From the humble cheese and tomato sandwich to an enormous meatball sub, the sandwich is the most versatile type of food imaginable. Whether you want a simple snack to stick in your lunchbox or something more substantial to see away a Sunday morning hangover, 101 Sandwiches has delicious recipes from around the world involving the key ingredient, bread, to make paninis, burgers, hogies, boccadillos, tartines, and more. So if you want to learn how to make a delicious caramel pork banh mi baguette from Vietnam, a Shrimp po' boy from Louisiana, a Japanese fried noodle sandwich, or a French croque monsieur, buy this book now. Also included are recreations of historical sandwiches such as the Queen Alexandra, variations to pimp up your average BLT, and random sandwich-based facts that are guaranteed to improve your life.

Baking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet [EPUB]

Baking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet [EPUB]
Baking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet: 100 Grain-Free, Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free Recipes by Kathryn Anible
2015 | EPUB + AZW | 0.5/0.7MB

DELICIOUS BAKED GOODS THAT SOOTH GLUTEN INTOLERANCE, CELIAC DISEASE, IBD, IBS, CROHN'S, ULCERATIVE COLITIS, DIABETES AND FOOD ALLERGIES

Whether you or a loved one suffer from gluten intolerance, celiac disease, IBD, IBS, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis or food allergies, the SCD-friendly recipes in this book will be sure to satisfy any craving.

BREADS

  • Bacon Cheddar Bread
  • Banana Bread
  • Cinnamon Raisin Bread

COOKIES

  • Peanut Butter Cookies
  • Vanilla Shortbread Cookies
  • Oatmeal" Raisin Cookies

BARS

  • Black Bean “Brownies"
  • Fruit and Nut Energy Bars
  • Lemon Bars

CAKES

  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Frosted Carrot Cake
  • Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

SAVORIES

  • Pizza Margherita
  • Chicken Pot Pie
  • Jalapeño Cheddar Muffins

PIES

  • Rustic Berry Tart
  • Lemon Meringue Pie
  • Pumpkin Pie

Incredibly Decadent Desserts: Over 100 Divine Treats with 300 Calories or Less [EPUB]

Incredibly Decadent Desserts: Over 100 Divine Treats with 300 Calories or Less [EPUB]
Incredibly Decadent Desserts: Over 100 Divine Treats with 300 Calories or Less by Deb Wise
2015 | EPUB | 168.34MB

If you've ever skipped dessert because you didn't want to indulge, Cooking Light has the solution: guilt-free versions of your favorite recipes that cut calories without sacrificing flavor. The secret? Deb Wise, an experienced baker who has perfected the art of healthy baking and dessert-making.

In Incredibly Decadent Desserts, Deb shares 100 amazingly tasty recipes - from show-stopping cakes and mile-high cupcakes to rich cream pies and delicious cookies and bars - all for under 300 calories. You'll learn Deb's brilliant tips and tricks for creating lightened-up treats, from ingenious ingredient swaps to smart test kitchen techniques. Straightforward instructions paired with step-by-step photographs ensure sweet success for everyday home cooks. And with ingredient lists that favor whole grains over processed foods, these irresistible dishes prove that healthy desserts aren't just pie in the sky.

The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms [EPUB]

The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms [EPUB]
The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms: Helpful Tips for Mushrooming in the Field by Pelle Holmberg, Hans Marklund
2013 | EPUB | 17.27MB

When you’re in the wild and you spot a nice-looking mushroom, how do you know if it is safe to eat? Question no more with the The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms. This tiny companion is the perfect book to bring along when foraging for delectable fungi. Inside its neatly arranged pages are fifty-two edible mushrooms as well as the mushrooms with which they are often confused, whether edible or toxic.

Beautiful photographs adorn the pages with mushrooms in the wild as well as picked, showing them from a multitude of angles. Study these photographs and you will become adept at recognizing edible and safe mushrooms. Even those who are unfamiliar with the mushroom forest can make a start at foraging with this instructional work, and, with the help of The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms, can become experts in no time.

Using practical symbol systems, distribution maps, and tips on picking, cleaning, cooking, and canning, the reader will also become familiar with a wide variety of wild mushrooms, including morels, black trumpets, chanterelles, sheep polypore, porcini, a variety of boletes, and many more. Grabbing this guide on the way out to go hunt for mushrooms will ensure a successful foraging experience.