Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of her Survivors [Audiobook]
22 February 2016, 18:49
2006 | MP3@64 kbps | 17 hrs 28 mins | 482.98MB
James D. Hornfischer, acclaimed author of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, delivers an unflinching account of heroism and honor at the limit of human endurance, and of the unsung warriors who waged one of the most remarkable battles of World War II.
Renowned as FDR's favorite warship, the cruiser USS Houston was a prize target trapped in the far Pacific after Pearl Harbor. Without hope of reinforcement, her crew faced a superior Japanese force ruthlessly committed to total conquest.
Hornfischer brings to life the awesome terror of nighttime naval battles that turned decks into strobe-lit slaughterhouses, until the Houston was finally sunk and its survivors taken prisoner.
For more than three years, the war continued for the crew in the brutal privation of jungle POW camps. But the men of the Houston fought back against their dehumanization with dignity, ingenuity, sabotage, willpower, and the undying faith that their country would prevail.
Using journals and letters, rare historical documents, and the eyewitness accounts of the Houston's survivors, James Hornfischer has crafted an account of human valor so riveting and awe-inspiring, it's easy to forget that every single word of it is true.
The Wheel: Inventions and Reinventions [EPUB]
22 February 2016, 15:01
2016 | EPUB + PDF | 23.4/38.02MB
In this book, Richard W. Bulliet focuses on three major phases in the evolution of the wheel and their relationship to the needs and ambitions of human society. He begins in 4000 B.C.E. with the first wheels affixed to axles. He then follows with the innovation of wheels turning independently on their axles and concludes five thousand years later with the caster, a single rotating and pivoting wheel.
Bulliet's most interesting finding is that a simple desire to move things from place to place did not drive the wheel's development. If that were the case, the wheel could have been invented at any time almost anywhere in the world. By dividing the history of this technology into three conceptual phases and focusing on the specific men, women, and societies that brought it about, Bulliet expands the social, economic, and political significance of a tool we only partially understand. He underscores the role of gender, combat, and competition in the design and manufacture of wheels, adding vivid imagery to illustrate each stage of their development.
The Ad-Makers: How the Best TV Commercials are Produced [EPUB]
22 February 2016, 14:59
2013 | EPUB | 10.11MB
The Ad-Makers looks at the cinematic form where commerce and creativity collide most dramatically: the TV commercial. Featuring interviews from top professionals in the field, the book provides the kind of behind-the-scenes expertise that it usually takes a lifetime of professional practice to acquire.
Gathered from the disciplines of cinematography, directing, producing, and editing, the filmmakers tell the stories behind the making of some of the world’s top commercials. Each chapter includes an overview of best practice and a host of images—stills from the spots themselves and concept visuals. Exploring the creative process from conception to post-production, The Ad-Makers also covers developments within the industry precipitated by the digital age and the new challenges placed on ad-making by the explosion of social media.
With special focus on the shooting and production elements of making a television advert, this book is ideal for all filmmakers who want to build a career in advertising or even feature films.
- The stories behind some of the best-known TV commercials, as told by the people who made them
- Top producers, designers, storyboarders, directors, editors, and visual effects creatives reveal the secrets of the television advertising industry
Surviving the Ride: A Pictorial History of South African-Manufactured Armoured Vehicles [EPUB]
22 February 2016, 14:58
2015 | EPUB | 182.24MB
Mine-protected and mine-resistant, ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicles are today standard in the US, most major western armed forces and many other armies as a result of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The South African Army was already routinely using mine-protected armored personnel carriers and patrol vehicles forty years ago even if they looked primitive and ungainly. A few years later, the South African Army had reached the stage where it could deploy entire combat groups into battle zones equipped with only mine-protected vehicles, including their ambulances and supply trucks. By then the mine-protected vehicles had also become effective for use in combat, rather than just protected transport, the Casspir being the chief example.
More to the point, they saved countless soldiers and policemen from death or serious injury, and the basic concepts now live on in the various MRAP types in service today. The valuable lessons learned by the South Africans with their early designs of these combat-proven vehicles has led the country to become one of the global leaders in the design of MRAPs which are locally manufactured and exported around the world. Surviving the Ride is a fascinating pictorial account featuring more than 120 of these unique South African-developed vehicles, spanning a forty-year period, with over 280 photographs, many of which are previously unpublished.
The Boat Improvement Bible [EPUB]
22 February 2016, 14:57
2015 | EPUB | 353.59MB
The Boat Improvement Bible is the most up-to-date, user-friendly, and hands-on practical manual for boat owners who wish to improve their sailboat or motorboat. It will equip any boat owner with average DIY skills to upgrade all aspects of their boat: safety, comfort, facilities, storage, and performance on the water. Many of these projects will also help increase a boat's value.
Projects include installing a heating system, installing hot water and a shower, increasing water tank size, making the heads electric, installing air conditioning or better ventilation, setting up solar- or wind-power charging for the batteries, fitting a generator, adding a gas alarm, installing interior lighting, adding a bathing platform or boarding ladder, plus much, much more.
Packed with exploded diagrams, helpful step-by-step photographs, and detailed guidance, The Boat Improvement Bible provides a wealth of DIY expertise and advice to enable anyone to improve their yacht or motorboat.
With this book in hand, you'll never need to call in the experts!
Black & Decker The Complete Guide to Contemporary Sheds [EPUB]
22 February 2016, 14:55
2008 | EPUB | 87.76MB
A modern guide to classic outdoor structures.
Sheds and other landscape shelters have never been out of style, but they are now seeing a remarkable surge in popularity, and are being used in creative new ways. The common garden shed is now just as likely to serve as a workshop for an artist to pursue his or her hobby; or may be used as a writerÆs retreat; or may even be equipped with a satellite dish, high definition television, recliners, and used as a meeting spot for Sunday afternoon football parties. In many parts of the country, spacious sheds are being fully appointed with furnishings and used as detached rooms for everyday living or as backyard offices.
This book offers readers fuel for their aspirations but also provides practical information for planning and building sheds of all types. Although the basics of stick-building are covered, the book focuses more on the most common consumer option: ordering and buying a kit shed, working from blueprint plans, and customizing the shed to individual needs.
- Features a planning and design section to help readers create unique shed projects
- General technique chapter provides an in-depth overview of each step in shed construction
- Includes easy-to-follow plans and directions for 12 sheds covering all design options
- Bonus appendix includes a dozen advanced shed plans that can be special-ordered
- More than three times as many complete plans than any other sheds book
The Prepper's Complete Book of Disaster Readiness [EPUB]
22 February 2016, 14:54
2013 | EPUB | 1.53MB
PREPARE. SURVIVE. THRIVE.
Is your survival plan complete from A to Z? Are you truly 100 percent prepared? Because if you overlook one vital area, fail to stock one critical supply or underestimate one potential danger, your whole plan could come crashing down. The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness guarantees you won’t miss a thing as you prepare for the most important moment in your life. This bible of prepping shows each and every life-saving step necessary to keep your family alive and well when the world around you is in chaos, including how to:
- Efficiently store water and acquire additional fresh water after a collapse
- Build a shelf-stable food stock and supplement it by harvesting edible wild plants
- Strengthen the security of your home as well as have a back-up bug-out plan
- Treat illness and stay healthy when there are no doctors or hospitals
- Build a safe and secure survival retreat that allows for long-term off-the-grid living
Prepper's Home Defense: Security Strategies to Protect Your Family by Any Means Necessary [EPUB]
22 February 2016, 14:53
2012 | EPUB | 3.35MB
Does your disaster preparation plan include security measures? When civilization fails and the desperate masses begin looting, they will come for your food, water and life-sustaining supplies. To protect these, as well as your family and home, you must be able to neutralize the threat.
This book shows you how to implement a complete plan for operational security and physical defense, including:
- Perimeter Security Systems and Traps
- House Fortifications and Safe Rooms
- Secured and Hidden Storage
- Firearms and Defensive Combat Techniques
- Gathering Intelligence and Forming Alliances
You Can Sleep Well: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life [EPUB]
22 February 2016, 14:51
2015 | EPUB | 0.48MB
You Can Sleep Well is the indispensable "open sesame" to the secrets of sleep. By showing us how to combat tiredness, insomnia, nightmares, snoring and children's sleeping difficulties by using a wealth of practical exercises and techniques, the renowned sleep expert Chris Idzikowski sets us on a sure path to a good night's rest, leading to greater energy at home, at work and at play.
The book begins with brief yet wholly accessible explanations of what sleep actually is and why it is so important. These are then followed by a wealth of practical exercises, handy tips and proven strategies for finding sleep in any given situation. Your environment is essential in dictating the quality of your sleep—whether this is finding peace and quiet, practicing feng shui in the bedroom or clapping out trapped qi. However, your peace of mind is also key to gaining the sleep you need. Exercises included in the book assist you in banishing any worries, using meditation to induce sleep, defining and tackling insomnia and overcoming the potential terrors of deep sleep. Whether you have difficulty in getting to sleep, suffer from nightmares or simply want to indulge in some hard-earned relaxation, You Can Sleep Well offers the perfect toolkit, enabling you to perform better during the daytime and to fully appreciate the nighttime.
Retirement: Different by Design [EPUB]
22 February 2016, 14:50
2015 | EPUB | 2.95MB
Transforming Retirement One Building Block at a Time
Retirement is more than the absence of work—it’s a different way of life requiring new vision, new purpose, and new life perspectives. You see, retirement is too important to leave to luck or circumstance; we have to plan and make them happen—our way.
Retirement: Different By Design, your bridge to the “other side of work,” presents two dynamic and innovative templates for moving seamlessly into retirement and beyond—“Retirement’s Ages and Stages” and “Retirement’s Six Fundamental Building Blocks.” Providing practical strategies and answers, not more questions, each chapter delivers insights, tools, narratives, and models for making retirement the best years of the rest of our lives. And, it’s not always about the money.
Indeed, we all can live socially rich, emotionally balanced, intellectually nourishing, healthful, and physically active retirements no matter the size of our bank accounts—this is the new retirement reality that Retirement: Different By Design offers the soon-to-be and the already retired.
RETIREMENT’S SIX FUNDAMENTAL BUILDING BLOCKS
- Physical and Emotional Health and Well-Being
- Financial Security and Continuity
- Life Transition and Acceptance
- Intergenerational Life Engagement
- Intellectual and Physical Pursuits, Interests, and Activities
- Spirituality, Meaning, Family, and Legacy
How to Thrive in the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow's World Today [EPUB]
22 February 2016, 14:49
2015 | EPUB | 1.68MB
Are there practical solutions to the many global challenges—climate change, poverty, insufficient healthcare—that threaten our way of life?
Author John Thackara has spent a lifetime roving the globe in search of design that serves human needs. In this clear-eyed but ultimately optimistic book, he argues that, in our eagerness to find big technological solutions, we have all too often ignored the astonishing creativity generated when people work together and in harmony with the world around them.
Drawing on an inspiring range of examples, from a temple-led water management system in Bali that dates back hundreds of years to an innovative e-bike collective in Vienna, Thackara shows that below the radar of the mainstream media there are global communities creating a replacement economy—one that nurtures the earth and its inhabitants rather than jeopardizing its future—from the ground up. Each chapter is devoted to a concern all humans share—land and water management, housing, what we eat, what we wear, our health, how and why we travel—and demonstrates that it is possible to live a rich and fulfilling life based on stewardship rather than exploitation of the natural environment.
Fischer Black and the Revolutionary Idea of Finance [EPUB]
22 February 2016, 14:47
2012 | EPUB | 1.03MB
The definitive story of Fischer Black, one of the greatest financial minds of all time
Besides revolutionizing finance with the Black-Scholes option pricing model, Fischer Black forever changed Wall Street by developing what is now known as quantitative finance. Fischer Black and the Revolutionary Idea of Finance explores Black's intellectual journey from Harvard to the offices of ADL, from the University of Chicago to MIT, and then to Goldman Sachs. This poignant book tells the story of one man's intellectual adventure at the very center of modern finance, fully describing the birth of quantitative finance and financial engineering along the way.
- Years of research and interviews with Black's business and academic associates, as well as family and friends, are distilled into a scholarly yet personal story of the formation and development of the extraordinary mind and unique character of this unassuming renegade
- Black deciphered the universe of modern finance in ways that went underappreciated for many years and would have won the Nobel Prize in Economics, if not for his untimely death in 1995
- Author Perry Mehrling weaves Black's personal story with the birth of modern finance into a vignette-based business biography that captures the essence of this extraordinary man, explaining, for the first time, the ground-breaking impact Fischer Black had on the worlds of money and finance as well as world markets
This compelling biography of the "Einstein of Finance" follows Fischer Black through his incredible career, from his transition from academia to one of the most elite of firms on Wall Street—Goldman Sachs—where he developed quantitative models that tens of thousands of professionals still use today. Fischer Black and the Revolutionary Idea of Finance demystifies this genius of finance and provides an engaging and entertaining look at a man whose life's work encapsulates modern financial theory.
Red-Blooded Risk: The Secret History of Wall Street [EPUB]
22 February 2016, 14:46
2012 | EPUB | 6.17MB
An innovative guide that identifies what distinguishes the best financial risk takers from the rest
From 1987 to 1992, a small group of Wall Street quants invented an entirely new way of managing risk to maximize success: risk management for risk-takers. This is the secret that lets tiny quantitative edges create hedge fund billionaires, and defines the powerful modern global derivatives economy. The same practical techniques are still used today by risk-takers in finance as well as many other fields. Red-Blooded Risk examines this approach and offers valuable advice for the calculated risk-takers who need precise quantitative guidance that will help separate them from the rest of the pack.
While most commentators say that the last financial crisis proved it's time to follow risk-minimizing techniques, they're wrong. The only way to succeed at anything is to manage true risk, which includes the chance of loss. Red-Blooded Risk presents specific, actionable strategies that will allow you to be a practical risk-taker in even the most dynamic markets.
- Contains a secret history of Wall Street, the parts all the other books leave out
- Includes an intellectually rigorous narrative addressing what it takes to really make it in any risky activity, on or off Wall Street
- Addresses essential issues ranging from the way you think about chance to economics, politics, finance, and life
- Written by Aaron Brown, one of the most calculated and successful risk takers in the world of finance, who was an active participant in the creation of modern risk management and had a front-row seat to the last meltdown
- Written in an engaging but rigorous style, with no equations
Investing 101: From Stocks and Bonds to ETFs and IPOs, an Essential Primer on Building a Profitable Portfolio [EPUB]
22 February 2016, 14:44
2016 | EPUB | 3.04MB
A crash course in managing personal wealth!
Too often, textbooks turn the noteworthy details of investing into tedious discourse that would put even Warren Buffett to sleep. Investing 101 cuts out the boring explanations, and instead provides a hands-on lesson that keeps you engaged as you learn how to build a portfolio and expand your savings. From value investing to short selling to risk tolerance, this primer is packed with hundreds of entertaining tidbits and concepts that you won't be able to get anywhere else.
So whether you're looking to master the major principles of investing, or just want to learn more about stocks and bonds, Investing 101 has all the answers--even the ones you didn't know you were looking for.
Personal Finance: An Encyclopedia of Modern Money Management [EPUB]
22 February 2016, 14:42
2015 | EPUB + PDF | 0.8/2.6MB
This jargon-free resource explains the who, what, why, and where of contemporary personal finance in simple, easy-to-grasp language, covering the key people, events, terms, tools, policies, and products that make up modern money management.
- Supplies accessible, comprehensive financial information that explains complex topics in simple language
- Shows the relationship between personal finance and everyday life, from renting an apartment to saving for retirement
- Answers a wide variety of personal finance questions
- Provides a resource suitable for both personal and scholarly use
Money Mindset: Formulating a Wealth Strategy in the 21st Century [EPUB]
22 February 2016, 14:40
2015 | EPUB | 0.3MB
Harness the power of your money with a 21st century mindset
The speed at which the world is evolving is compounding exponentially each day, leaving individual investors wondering how to appropriately plan for their financial future. The financial norms that helped prior generations retire with grace are quickly evaporating or have already been replaced with new difficult realities.
Money Mindset is an expert-led guide to growing your wealth, protecting your wealth, and transferring your wealth to future generations. Written by a third generation financial planner who is also an adjunct finance professor at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, Money Mindset helps readers understand important financial concepts and theories of the 21st century.
- The science and psychology of money
- The 'WHY' of personal financial management
- The rule of 72, asset allocation, dollar cost averaging, and the erosive effects of inflation
- How to manage a diverse investment portfolio to minimize macroeconomic vulnerability
- How to create a legacy through proper estate planning
Money Mindset explores the idea that money can be looked at as an energy source. In order to truly harness its powers, one must acquire and maintain a certain money mindset.
Everyone wants financial independence—having enough money to consistently fuel their everyday life. Money Mindset clears a path through the increasingly convoluted and ever-changing world to show how to finally become financially secure.
A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides [Audiobook]
22 February 2016, 12:54
2010 | M4B@64 kbps | 11 hrs 1 min | 302.53MB
The compelling and insightful account of a New York Times reporter's abduction by the Taliban, and his wife's struggle to free him.
Invited to an interview by a Taliban commander, New York Times reporter David Rohde and two Afghan colleagues were kidnapped in November 2008 and spirited to the tribal areas of Pakistan. For the next seven months, they lived in an alternate reality, ruled by jihadists, in which paranoia, conspiracy theories, and shifting alliances abounded. Held in bustling towns, they found that Pakistan's powerful military turned a blind eye to a sprawling Taliban ministate that trained suicide bombers, plotted terrorist attacks, and helped shelter Osama bin Laden.
In New York, David's wife of two months, Kristen Mulvihill, his family, and The New York Times struggled to navigate the labyrinth of issues that confront the relatives of hostages. Their methodical, Western approach made little impact on the complex mix of cruelty, irrationality, and criminality that characterized the militant Islam espoused by David's captors.
In the end, a stolen piece of rope and a prayer ended the captivity. The experience tested and strengthened Mulvihill and Rohde's relationship and exposed the failures of American effort in the region. The tale of those seven months is at once a love story and a reflection of the great cultural divide - and challenge - of our time.