Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity [EPUB]

Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity [EPUB]
Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity by Alan Siegel, Irene Etzkorn
2013 | EPUB | 2.46MB

For decades, Alan Siegel and Irene Etzkorn have championed simplicity as a competitive advantage and a consumer right. Consulting with businesses and organizations around the world to streamline products, services, processes and communications, they have achieved dramatic results.

In SIMPLE, the culmination of their work together, Siegel and Etzkorn show us how having empathy, striving for clarity, and distilling your message can reduce the distance between company and customer, hospital and patient, government and citizen-and increase your bottom line.

Examining the best and worst practices of an array of organizations big and small-including the IRS, Google, Philips, Trader Joe's, Chubb Insurance, and ING Direct, and many more-Siegel and Etzkorn recast simplicity as a mindset, a design aesthetic, and a writing technique.

In these illuminating pages you will discover, among other things:

  • Why the Flip camera became roadkill in the wake of the iPhone
  • What SIMPLE idea allowed the Cleveland Clinic to improve care and increase revenue
  • How OXO designed a measuring cup that sold a million units in its first 18 months on the market
  • Where Target got the idea for their "ClearRX" prescription system
  • How New York City simplified its unwieldy bureaucracy with three simple numbers

By exposing the overly complex things we encounter every day, SIMPLE reveals the reasons we allow confusion to persist, inspires us to seek clarity, and explores how social media is empowering consumers to demand simplicity.

The next big idea in business is SIMPLE.

How to Be a Bad Bitch by Amber Rose [EPUB]

How to Be a Bad Bitch by Amber Rose [EPUB]
How to Be a Bad Bitch by Amber Rose
2015 | EPUB | 34.33MB

An edgy yet accessible “bad bitch” guide to life, love, and success from Amber Rose, renowned model, entrepreneur, and pop culture personality.

Bad Bitch (n.): A self-respecting, strong female who has everything together. This consists of body, mind, finances, and attitude; a woman who gets her way by any means necessary.

Amber Rose didn’t let her early years in the tough neighborhood of South Philly keep her from achieving her star-studded goals. From the sets of music videos, to high fashion runways and magazines, to life at home with her beautiful son, Amber doesn’t hesitate to command her personal stage with confidence, edge, attitude, and her own form of grace. For the first time, this renowned model, actress, socialite, pop culture maven, and self-proclaimed “bad bitch” is sharing her secrets on how to lead a powerful life in this edgy yet accessible guide to life, love, and success. With unparalleled candor, “Muva” pulls back the curtain on her rollercoaster of a journey from a young trailblazer to a worldwide phenomenon—and it’s this evolution that has influenced her intoxicating, authoritative outlook on life and love. Filled with expert advice and personal anecdotes, How to Be a Bad Bitch covers finances, career, love, beauty, and fashion while emphasizing confidence, positive self-acceptance, and authenticity.

Above all, Amber delivers a message to all women in this fiercely fearless guide: work hard, love yourself, embrace your femininity and sexuality, and most importantly, chase the best vision of you possible.

The Gatekeepers: Inside Israel's Internal Security Agency [EPUB]

The Gatekeepers: Inside Israel's Internal Security Agency [EPUB]
The Gatekeepers: Inside Israel's Internal Security Agency by Dror Moreh
2015 | EPUB | 1.8MB

The companion to the Oscar-nominated documentary, an unparalleled look inside Israel’s security establishment.

Imagine the following situation: You have just received a tip that six suicide bombers are making their way into the heart of Israel’s major cities, each one to a different city, to set off an explosion in the most crowded centers of population. How far would you go to stop the attack? How would you sleep at night if you failed and one of the six terrorists reached his target and murdered dozens of innocent people? What would you do the next morning to extract your country from this murderous vicious cycle? For six former heads of the Shin Bet (Israel’s internal security service), these were not hypothetical questions, but the realities and tormenting way of life for decades.

In The Gatekeepers, which is based on extensive and lengthy interviews conducted to produce the award-winning film of the same name, six former heads of the Shin Bet speak with unprecedented candor on how they handled the toughest and tensest moments of their lives; on matters of life and death; on the missions they were involved in; on the historic opportunities for a better future that were missed by the leaders under whom they served, and the scars each of them bears until this very day.

The Gatekeepers is a piercing and cruel self-examination of Israel’s security establishment and of a nation that has lived by its sword for so many years but has lost its faith in its ability to lay it down.

Free Refills: A Doctor Confronts His Addiction [EPUB]

Free Refills: A Doctor Confronts His Addiction [EPUB]
Free Refills: A Doctor Confronts His Addiction by Peter Grinspoon
2015 | EPUB | 1.31MB

Free Refills is the harrowing tale of a Harvard-trained medical doctor run horribly amok through his addiction to prescription medication, and his recovery.

Dr. Peter Grinspoon seemed to be a total success: a Harvard-educated M.D. with a thriving practice; married with two great kids and a gorgeous wife; a pillar of his community. But lurking beneath the thin veneer of having it all was an addict fueled on a daily boatload of prescription meds. When the police finally came calling–after a tip from a sharp-eyed pharmacist–Grinspoon's house of cards came tumbling down fast. His professional ego turned out to be an impediment to getting clean as he cycled through recovery to relapse, his reputation, family life, and lifestyle in ruins. What finally moves him to recover and reclaim life–including working with other physicians who themselves are addicts–makes for inspiring reading.

Stolen Continents: Conquest and Resistance in the Americas [EPUB]

Stolen Continents: Conquest and Resistance in the Americas [EPUB]
Stolen Continents: Conquest and Resistance in the Americas by Ronald Wright
2015 | EPUB | 2.32MB

In many Eurocentric histories, Europe's discovery and conquest of the Americas is described as a great saga of achievement. In this seminal book, Ronald Wright tells the story of the people who already lived in the Americas at the time of the European conquest. It's a story of plague and invasion that crippled great civilizations and killed one fifth of the human race.

Weaving together contemporary accounts of native peoples with his own compelling historical narrative, Wright has assembled a powerful account of what he terms "a holocaust that began five centuries ago."

Posters: A Global History [EPUB]

Posters: A Global History [EPUB]
Posters: A Global History by Elizabeth E Guffey
2015 | EPUB | 56.35MB

From band posters stapled to telephone poles to the advertisements hanging at bus shelters to the inspirational prints that adorn office walls, posters surround us everywhere—but do we know how they began? Telling the story of this ephemeral art form, Elizabeth E. Guffey reexamines the poster’s roots in the nineteenth century and explores the relevance they still possess in the age of digital media. Even in our world of social media and electronic devices, she argues, few forms of graphic design can rival posters for sheer spatial presence, and they provide new opportunities to communicate across public spaces in cities around the globe.

Guffey charts the rise of the poster from the revolutionary lithographs that papered nineteenth-century London and Paris to twentieth-century works of propaganda, advertising, pop culture, and protest. Examining contemporary examples, she discusses Palestinian martyr posters and West African posters that describe voodoo activities or Internet con men, stopping along the way to uncover a rich variety of posters from the Soviet Union, China, the United States, and more. Featuring 150 stunning images, this illuminating book delivers a fresh look at the poster and offers revealing insights into the designs and practices of our twenty-first-century world.

The Heart Healers [EPUB]

The Heart Healers [EPUB]
The Heart Healers: The Misfits, Mavericks, and Rebels Who Created the Greatest Medical Breakthrough of Our Lives by James Forrester
2015 | EPUB | 3.74MB

At one time, heart disease was a death sentence. In The Heart Healers, world renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. James Forrester tells the story of the mavericks and rebels who defied the accumulated medical wisdom of the day to begin conquering heart disease. By the middle of the 20th century, heart disease was killing millions and, as with the Black Death centuries before, physicians stood helpless. Visionaries, though, had begun to make strides earlier. On Sept. 7, 1895, Ludwig Rehn successfully sutured the heart of a living man with a knife wound to the chest for the first time. Once it was deemed possible to perform surgery on the heart, others followed. In 1929, Dr. Werner Forssman inserted a cardiac catheter in his own arm and forced the x-ray technician on duty to take a photo as he successfully threaded it down the vein into his own heart...and lived. On June 6, 1944 - D-Day - another momentous event occurred far from the Normandy beaches: Dr. Dwight Harken sutured the shrapnel-injured heart of a young soldier, saved his life and the term "cardiac surgeon" born.

Dr. Forrester tells the story of these rebels and the risks they took with their own lives and the lives of others to heal the most elemental of human organs - the heart. The result is a compelling chronicle of a disease and its cure, a disease that is still with us, but one that is slowly being worn away by "The Heart Healers".

Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century [EPUB]

Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century [EPUB]
Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century by Michio Kaku
1997 | EPUB | 3.27MB

In a spellbinding narrative that skillfully weaves together cutting-edge research among today's foremost scientists, theoretical physicist Michio Kaku–author of the bestselling book Hyperspace–presents a bold, exhilarating adventure into the science of tomorrow.

In Visions, Dr. Kaku examines in vivid detail how the three scientific revolutions that profoundly reshaped the twentieth century–the quantum, biogenetic, and computer revolutions–will transform the way we live in the twenty-first century. The fundamental elements of matter and life–the particles of the atom and the nucleus of the cell–have now been decoded, closing one of the great chapters of scientific history. But this is just the preface to an even more far-reaching scientific revolution, as we make the transition from being passive observers of the mysteries of nature to becoming masters of nature, able to manipulate matter, life, and intelligence to remold the world around us.

In the first part of Visions, Dr. Kaku discusses the cyber future, when millions of microprocessors are scattered throughout our environment; when the iron principle that has ruled the computer industry, Moore's Law, finally collapses, forcing scientists to adopt startling new designs like DNA computers and quantum computers; and when artificial intelligence systems finally arrive.

In the next section, Dr. Kaku shows how the decoding of DNA will allow us to conquer devastating genetic diseases, defeat many cancers at the molecular level, synthesize new medicines using virtual reality, grow new organs, conquer aging and reshape our genetic inheritance.

Finally, he explores how quantum physicists will perfect new ways to harness the cosmic energy of the universe–from molecular machines to supermagnets that may energize a second industrial revolution, to powerful fusion engines that one day may take us to the stars.

What makes Michio Kaku's vision of the future of science so compelling and authoritative is that it is based on the groundbreaking research already underway at leading laboratories around the world. Weaving interviews with over 150 scientists–several of them Nobel laureates–into a rich, inspiring narrative, Dr. Kaku reveals the growing consensus among key scientists about how science will likely evolve through the early, middle, and late years of the twenty-first century.

An intimate, thrilling tour through the next century of science, Visions is a riveting, essential map to how scientists will reshape our future.

The History of Bhutan [EPUB]

The History of Bhutan [EPUB]
The History of Bhutan by Karma Phuntsho
2013 | EPUB | 5.95MB

In recent years, the remote kingdom of Bhutan has increasingly attracted the attention of the world. In 2008, it emerged as the world’s youngest democracy and in the same year crowned the world’s youngest monarch. This was followed by the new King’s colourful wedding in 2011. Today, it continues to enchant the rest of the world with its policy of Gross National Happiness and has become a very popular destination for travel. But, despite its growing popularity and the rising scholarly interest in the country, Bhutan remains one of the most poorly studied places on earth.

Karma Phuntsho’s The History of Bhutan is the first-ever attempt to cover the entire history of Bhutan in some detail in English, combining both traditional perspectives and modern academic analysis. Written by a leading expert on the country, the book tells the story of Bhutan in a narrative style interspersed with some analytical and topical discussion, and numerous citations and translations from earlier writings. It is primarily a historical account, but it also includes substantive discussions of Bhutan’s geography, culture and society to give the readers an incisive introduction to the country.

Strong in the Rain: Surviving Japan's Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster [EPUB]

Strong in the Rain: Surviving Japan's Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster [EPUB]
Strong in the Rain: Surviving Japan's Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster by Lucy Birmingham, David McNeill
2012 | EPUB | 1.23MB

Blending history, science, and gripping storytelling, Strong in the Rain brings the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan in 2011 and its immediate aftermath to life through the eyes of the men and women who experienced it. Following the narratives of six individuals, the book traces the shape of a disaster and the heroics it prompted, including that of David Chumreonlert, a Texan with Thai roots, trapped in his school's gymnasium with hundreds of students and teachers as it begins to flood, and Taro Watanabe, who thought nothing of returning to the Fukushima plant to fight the nuclear disaster, despite the effects that he knew would stay with him for the rest of his life. This is a beautifully written and moving account of how the Japanese experienced one of the worst earthquakes in history and endured its horrific consequences.

Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror [Audiobook]

Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror [Audiobook]
Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror [Audiobook] by Michael V Hayden, read by the Author
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 48 mins | 461.87MB

An unprecedented high-level master narrative of America's intelligence wars from the only person ever to helm both the CIA and NSA, at a time of heinous new threats and wrenching change.

For General Michael Hayden, playing to the edge means playing so close to the line that you get chalk dust on your cleats. Otherwise, by playing back, you may protect yourself, but you will be less successful in protecting America.

"Play to the edge" was Hayden's guiding principle when he ran the National Security Agency, and it remained so when he ran the CIA. In his view, many shortsighted and uninformed people are quick to criticize, and this book will give them much to chew on but little easy comfort; it is an unapologetic insider's look told from the perspective of the people who faced awesome responsibilities head on, in the moment.

How did American intelligence respond to terrorism, a major war, and the most sweeping technological revolution in the last 500 years? What was the NSA before 9/11, and how did it change in its aftermath? Why did the NSA begin the controversial terrorist surveillance program that included the acquisition of domestic phone records? What else was set in motion during this period that formed the backdrop for the infamous Snowden revelations in 2013?

As director of the CIA in the last three years of the Bush administration, Hayden had to deal with the rendition, detention, and interrogation program as bequeathed to him by his predecessors. He also had to ramp up the agency to support its role in the targeted killing program that began to dramatically increase in July 2008. This was a time of great crisis at the CIA, and some agency veterans have credited Hayden with actually saving the agency. He himself won't go that far, but he freely acknowledges that the CIA helped turn the American security establishment into the most effective killing machine in the history of armed conflict.

For 10 years, then, General Michael Hayden was a participant in some of the most telling events in the annals of American national security. General Hayden's goals in writing this book are simple and unwavering: no apologies. No excuses. Just what happened. And why. As he writes, "There is a story here that deserves to be told, without varnish and without spin. My view is my view, and others will certainly have different perspectives, but this view deserves to be told to create as complete a history as possible of these turbulent times. I bear no grudges, or at least not many, but I do want this to be a straightforward and readable history for that slice of the American population who depend on and appreciate intelligence but who do not have the time to master its many obscure characteristics."

Comeback: The Fall & Rise of the American Automobile Industry [EPUB]

Comeback: The Fall & Rise of the American Automobile Industry [EPUB]
Comeback: The Fall & Rise of the American Automobile Industry by Paul Ingrassia, Joseph B White
2013 | EPUB | 3.49MB
>In Comeback, Pulitzer Prize-winners Paul Ingrassia and Joseph B. White take us to the boardrooms, the executive offices, and the shop floors of the auto business to reconstruct, in riveting detail, how America's premier industry stumbled, fell, and picked itself up again. The story begins in 1982, when Honda started building cars in Marysville, Ohio, and the entire U.S. car industry seemed to be on the brink of extinction. It ends just over a decade later, with a remarkable turn of the tables, as Japan's car industry falters and America's Big Three emerge as formidable global competitors.

Comeback is a story propelled by larger-than-life characters -- Lee Iacocca, Henry Ford II, Don Petersen, Roger Smith, among many others -- and their greed, pride, and sheer refusal to face facts. But it is also a story full of dedicated, unlikely heroes who struggled to make the Big Three change before it was too late.

The Only Pirate at the Party [EPUB]

The Only Pirate at the Party [EPUB]
The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling, Brooke S Passey
2016 | EPUB | 31.98MB

Dancing electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling shares her unconventional journey in an inspiring memoir filled with the energy, persistence, and humor that have helped her successfully pursue a passion outside the box.

A classically trained musician gone rogue, Lindsey Stirling is the epitome of independent, millennial-defined success: after being voted off the set of America’s Got Talent, she went on to amass more than ten million social media fans, record two full-length albums, release multiple hits with billions of YouTube views, and to tour sold-out venues across the world.

Lindsey is not afraid to be herself. In fact, it’s her confidence and individuality that have propelled her into the spotlight. But the road hasn’t been easy. After being rejected by talent scouts, music reps, and eventually on national television, Lindsey forged her own path, step by step. Detailing every trial and triumph she has faced until now, Lindsey shares stories of her humble yet charmed childhood, humorous adolescence, life as a struggling musician, personal struggles with anorexia, and finally, success as a world-class entertainer. Lindsey’s magnetizing story—at once remarkable and universal—is a testimony that there is no singular recipe for success, and despite what people may say, sometimes it’s okay to be The Only Pirate at the Party.

The Crystal Bible: Volume 1 [AZW]

The Crystal Bible: Volume 1 [AZW]
The Crystal Bible: Volume 1 by Judy H Hall
2012 | AZW | 5.98MB

The Crystal Bible has become the world's favourite crystal reference guide, having sold over a million copies. The directory format enables you to find a known crystal instantly or to identify an unknown crystal. It covers the practical and esoteric properties of each stone, including spiritual, mental, psychological, emotional and physical effects, plus its use in crystal healing. Encompassing traditional and contemporary crystal lore, this book draws on Judy Hall's 35 years of experience in this field. It is an indispensable reference for crystal lovers everywhere.

The Crystal Bible: Volume 2 [AZW]

The Crystal Bible: Volume 2 [AZW]
The Crystal Bible: Volume 2 by Judy Hall
2015 | EPUB | 6.49MB

The Crystal Bible Volume 2 provides an essential companion reference to the original bible, fully describing the properties of over 200 crystals not found in volume 1. Featuring new information on crystals for energy enhancement and healing grids, the historical use of crystals from biblical times to the present day and the latest updates on geological research, this comprehensive guide offers detailed analysis on the extensive range of new crystals on the market. This book also provides essential information on cleansing crystals, types of crystals and crystal shapes to give the reader extensive knowledge of their chosen stones.

Edvard Munch: Chronology of Paintings 1905-1920 [EPUB]

Edvard Munch: Chronology of Paintings 1905-1920 [EPUB]
Edvard Munch: Chronology of Paintings 1905-1920 by Daniel Ankele
2015 | EPUB | 58.45MB

EDVARD MUNCH: CHRONOLOGY OF PAINTINGS 1905-1920 Art Book contains 565+ HD Reproductions of Landscapes and Portraits, Nudes, Still Lifes and Genre Scenes with annotations and biography.

Edvard Munch: Chronology of Paintings 1880-1905Edvard Munch: Chronology of Paintings 1880-1905

Delphi Complete Poetical Works of Andrew Marvell [MOBI]

Delphi Complete Poetical Works of Andrew Marvell [MOBI]
Delphi Complete Poetical Works of Andrew Marvell
2014 | MOBI | 1.41MB

Andrew Marvell was a leading metaphysical poet, whose technical genius and scathing wit firmly establish him as a leading literary figure of the seventeenth century. The Delphi Poets Series offers readers the works of literature’s finest poets, with superior formatting. This volume presents Marvell’s complete poetical works, with beautiful illustrations and the usual Delphi bonus material.

Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few [Audiobook]

Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few [Audiobook]
Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few [Audiobook] by Robert B Reich, read by the Author
2015 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 19 mins | 227.74MB

In Saving Capitalism, Robert Reich reveals the entrenched cycles of power and influence that have damaged American capitalism, perpetuating a new oligarchy in which the 1 percent get ever richer and the rest - middle and working class alike - lose ever more economic agency, making for the greatest income inequality and wealth disparity since World War II. In brilliantly provocative detail, he shows how our misguided veneration of the "free market" has led us here and offers an empowering call to civic action as well as specific ideas for reform. A former White House advisor, talk show fixture, lecturer, and essayist and the star of last year's acclaimed documentary Inequality for All, Robert Reich is a beloved ambassador of progressive economics and a voice of reason in a media climate of fear mongering and finger pointing.

Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation [EPUB]

Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation [EPUB]
Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation by AnnMarie Thomas
2015 | EPUB | 6.3MB

This is a book for parents and other educators—both formal and informal, who are curious about the intersections of learning and making. Through stories, research, and data, it builds the case for why it is crucial to encourage today’s youth to be makers—to see the world as something they are actively helping to create. For those who are new to the Maker Movement, some history and introduction is given as well as practical advice for getting kids started in making. For those who are already familiar with the Maker Movement, this book provides biographical information about many of the “big names” and unsung heroes of the Maker Movement while also highlighting many of the attributes that make this a movement that so many people are passionate about.

Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott [EPUB]

Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott [EPUB]
Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott by David Marr
2014 | EPUB | 0.22MB

The essential work on Tony Abbott is now an expanded, updated short book – and a crucial election-year companion.

Australians want to know: what kind of man is Tony Abbott, and how would he perform as prime minister?

In this dramatic portrait, David Marr shows that as a young Catholic warrior at university, Abbott was already a brutally effective politician. He later led the way in defeating the republic and, as the self-proclaimed 'political love child' of John Howard, rose rapidly in the Liberal Party.

Marr shows that Abbott thrives on chaos and conflict. Part fighter and part charmer, he is deeply religious and deeply political. What happens, then, when his values clash with his need to win? This is the great puzzle of his career, but the closer he is to taking power, the more guarded he has become.

Political Animal's release as a Quarterly Essay in 2012, with its revelations of 'the punch,' triggered intense scrutiny of Abbott's character, which culminated in Gillard's memorable speech accusing him of misogyny and, soon after, Abbott's worst ever public approval rating. This significantly expanded and updated short book gives the clearest picture yet of the man Abbott is and the prime minister he would be.

The Library of Congress World War II Companion [EPUB]

The Library of Congress World War II Companion [EPUB]
The Library of Congress World War II Companion edited by David M Kennedy
2015 | EPUB + MOBI | 29.67/34.2MB

The noted historian John Keegan called World War II "the largest single event in human history." More than sixty years after it ended, that war continues to shape our world. Going far beyond accounts of the major battles, The Library of Congress World War II Companion examines, in a unique and engaging manner, this devastating conflict, its causes, conduct, and aftermath. It considers the politics that shaped the involvement of the major combatants; military leadership and the characteristics of major Allied and Axis armed services; the weaponry that resulted in the war's unprecedented destruction, as well as debates over the use of these weapons; the roles of resistance groups and underground fighters; war crimes; daily life during wartime; the uses of propaganda; and much more.

Drawn from the unparalleled collections of the institution that has been called "America's Memory," The Library of Congress World War II Companion includes excerpts from contemporary letters, journals, pamphlets, and other documents, as well as first-person accounts recorded by the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. The text is complemented by more than 150 illustrations. Organized into topical chapters (such as "The Media War," "War Crimes and the Holocaust," and two chapters on "Military Operations" that cover the important battles), the book also include readers to navigate through the rich store of information in these pages. Filled with facts and figures, information about unusual aspects of the war, and moving personal accounts, this remarkable volume will be indispensable to anyone who wishes to understand the World War II era and its continuing reverberations.

Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution [Audiobook]

Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution [Audiobook]
Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution [Audiobook] by Kathleen DuVal, read by Susan Boyce
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 14 hrs 22 mins | 396.49

A rising-star historian offers a significant new global perspective on the Revolutionary War with the story of the conflict as seen through the eyes of the outsiders of colonial society

Winner of the Journal of the American Revolution Book of the Year Award • Winner of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Jersey History Prize • Finalist for the George Washington Book Prize

Over the last decade, award-winning historian Kathleen DuVal has revitalized the study of early America’s marginalized voices. Now, in Independence Lost, she recounts an untold story as rich and significant as that of the Founding Fathers: the history of the Revolutionary Era as experienced by slaves, American Indians, women, and British loyalists living on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

While citizens of the thirteen rebelling colonies came to blows with the British Empire over tariffs and parliamentary representation, the situation on the rest of the continent was even more fraught. In the Gulf of Mexico, Spanish forces clashed with Britain’s strained army to carve up the Gulf Coast, as both sides competed for allegiances with the powerful Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek nations who inhabited the region. Meanwhile, African American slaves had little control over their own lives, but some individuals found opportunities to expand their freedoms during the war.

Independence Lost reveals that individual motives counted as much as the ideals of liberty and freedom the Founders espoused: Independence had a personal as well as national meaning, and the choices made by people living outside the colonies were of critical importance to the war’s outcome. DuVal introduces us to the Mobile slave Petit Jean, who organized militias to fight the British at sea; the Chickasaw diplomat Payamataha, who worked to keep his people out of war; New Orleans merchant Oliver Pollock and his wife, Margaret O’Brien Pollock, who risked their own wealth to organize funds and garner Spanish support for the American Revolution; the half-Scottish-Creek leader Alexander McGillivray, who fought to protect indigenous interests from European imperial encroachment; the Cajun refugee Amand Broussard, who spent a lifetime in conflict with the British; and Scottish loyalists James and Isabella Bruce, whose work on behalf of the British Empire placed them in grave danger. Their lives illuminate the fateful events that took place along the Gulf of Mexico and, in the process, changed the history of North America itself.

Adding new depth and moral complexity, Kathleen DuVal reinvigorates the story of the American Revolution. Independence Lost is a bold work that fully establishes the reputation of a historian who is already regarded as one of her generation’s best.

Behind Nazi Lines: My Father's Heroic Quest to Save 149 World War II POWs [EPUB]

Behind Nazi Lines: My Father's Heroic Quest to Save 149 World War II POWs [EPUB]
Behind Nazi Lines: My Father's Heroic Quest to Save 149 World War II POWs by Andrew Gerow Hodges Jr, Denise George
2009 | EPUB + MOBI | 7.23/7.47MB

In 1944, hundreds of Allied soldiers were trapped in POW camps in occupied France. The odds of their survival were long. The odds of escaping, even longer. But one-man had the courage to fight the odds . . .

An elite British S.A.S. operative on an assassination mission gone wrong. A Jewish New Yorker injured in a Nazi ambush. An eighteen-year-old Gary Cooper lookalike from Mobile, Alabama. These men and hundreds of other soldiers found themselves in the prisoner-of-war camps off the Atlantic coast of occupied France, fighting brutal conditions and unsympathetic captors. But, miraculously, local villagers were able to smuggle out a message from the camp, one that reached the Allies and sparked a remarkable quest by an unlikely—and truly inspiring—hero.

Andy Hodges had been excluded from military service due to a lingering shoulder injury from his college-football days. Devastated but determined, Andy refused to sit at home while his fellow Americans risked their lives, so he joined the Red Cross, volunteering for the toughest assignments on the most dangerous battlefields. In the fall of 1944, Andy was tapped for what sounded like a suicide mission: a desperate attempt to aid the Allied POWs in occupied France—alone and unarmed, matching his wits against the Nazi war machine.

Despite the likelihood of failure, Andy did far more than deliver much-needed supplies. By the end of the year, he had negotiated the release of an unprecedented 149 prisoners—leaving no one behind. This is the true story of one man’s selflessness, ingenuity, and victory in the face of impossible adversity.

Wake of the Wahoo [EPUB]

Wake of the Wahoo [EPUB]
Wake of the Wahoo: The Heroic Story of America's Most Daring WWII Submarine, USS Wahoo by Forest J Sterling
1999 | EPUB + MOBI | 1.01/0.83MB

From Pearl Harbor to her last and fatal voyage, the heroic story of America's most daring World War II submarine, as told by the only surviving member of her crew Forest J. Sterling. USS Wahoo (SS-238) was the most successful American submarine in the World War II Pacific Fleet. She was the first to penetrate an enemy harbor and sink a Japanese ship. And was the first to wipe-out an entire convoy single-handedly. In her 11 short months of life, Wahoo managed an incredible 21 kills, totaling over 60,000 tons of ships. Then, just 45 minutes before leaving Midway (island) for what would be her last and fatal patrol, Yeoman Forest Sterling was suddenly transferred to other duty.

The result is this book; Wake of the Wahoo, Sterling's fantastic yet completely authentic account of a remarkable crew, captain and the ship they lived and died for. Wahoo's captain the aggressive and brave Lieutenant Commander Dudley 'Mush' Morton was the pride of the submarine fleet. He would earn the Navy Cross at the helm of Wahoo. The sub's executive officer the daring Lieutenant Richard H. 'Dick' O'Kane. O'Kane would later receive the Medal of Honor in command of the submarine USS Tang (SS-306. Forest Sterling tells the story as no one else could Wake of the Wahoo is a true account of American submarine warfare from a man who lived it ... and live to tell about it.

Story - The Key to Writing a Best-Selling Nonfiction Book [Video]

Story - The Key to Writing a Best-Selling Nonfiction Book [Video]
Story - The Key to Writing a Best-Selling Nonfiction Book [Video] by Ian Stables
MP4, AVC, 1280x720 | AAC, 64 kbps, 2 Ch | 1.5 hours | 122.49MB

The Best Way to Engage Readers and Create Word of Mouth Advertising - The Best Book Marketing There Is

  • Create a book readers rave about to others.
  • Get lots of reviews without having to ask.
  • 'Word of mouth' is the best form of advertising there is.

What is it the top echelon best-sellers have?

Dale Carnegie provided the answer in his book, The Quick And Easy Way To Effective Speaking. He said that all the key points of How to Win Friends and Influence People could be written down on two sheets of paper. The other more than two hundred pages were filled with stories and anecdotes.

Look at any of the top best-sellers. I don't mean the ones that sell well for a short time. I mean the ones that have withstood the test of time. You will find they are all filled with stories.

Are these stories just added to increase the page count? Absolutely not.

Stories are one of the most persuasive forms of communication known to mankind.

If you produce a book just containing facts, you will end up with a sort of textbook. Facts are dry and most readers don't like textbooks. I hated textbooks at school.

Stories bring facts to life and allow them to effortlessly enter the mind.

The lessons I remembered most at school were the ones where we were told stories. I always remember the story about the Vikings. I learned more about them in this lesson than in all the textbooks I had read.

I have had my share of best-sellers on Amazon. However, I used to look in awe at the best-selling books at the top of the tree. Titles like Mindset, The Gifts of Imperfection, Influence, and How to Win Friends and Influence People. These books continue to outsell most others, year after year. They have thousands of reviews and people recommend others to buy them. What if I could do that? I concluded that these books sell well because of 'word of mouth'. What made all these books great is that they teach and persuade readers by way of stories.

Although I haven't produced a book that ranks alongside How to Win Friends and Influence People, the books I have used stories in have generated a lot of sales. Not only that, reviews poured in where readers have said how much they enjoyed reading.

If done correctly, stories allow you to…

  • Teach in a way where readers will understand and remember better.
  • Demonstrate any idea, method, step, or anything you want.
  • Warn readers so they take notice.
  • Persuade people to do what you want them to.
  • Get readers to believe, like, and trust you.

In this course, you will discover…

  • Why stories are the best thing to use in your nonfiction books.
  • How to use stories to teach.
  • How to use stories to demonstrate.
  • How to use stories to warn.
  • How to use stories to persuade.
  • How to use stories to get readers to believe what you say and trust you.
  • The easiest way to come up with a huge list of stories you can use in your books.
  • The easiest way to write them.
  • A technique for giving your readers that 'Ah Ha' moment.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 24 lectures and 1.5 hours of content!
  • Create quality books that readers tell others about.
  • Get loads of reviews without having to ask.
  • Teach people in the best way possible.
  • Demonstrate anything so anyone can understand.
  • Warn readers in a way that has the most impact.
  • Persuade people to agree with you or do what you want them to.
  • Get readers to like and trust you.
Story - The Key to Writing a Best-Selling Nonfiction Book [Video]

Science in the 20th Century: A Social-Intellectual Survey [TTC Video]

Science in the 20th Century: A Social-Intellectual Survey [TTC Video]
Science in the 20th Century: A Social-Intellectual Survey [TTC Video] by
Course No 1220 | AVI, XviD, 640x464 | MP3, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 36x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 6.17GB

As the 19th century drew to a close, the age-old quest to understand the physical world appeared to be complete except for a few minor details. "It seems probable that most of the grand underlying principles have been firmly established," said Albert Michelson, the first American scientist to win a Nobel Prize.

But when Michelson made that prediction, he never dreamed that one of the "details"—his own curious discovery that the speed of light is constant no matter how fast an observer is moving—would soon be explained by a revolutionary theory that redefined the very concepts of space, time, matter, and energy.

The author of that theory, called relativity, was Albert Einstein. He would also lay the foundation for a strange new picture of the atom, which would eventually lead to quantum mechanics and a succession of startling discoveries driving physicists to ever more bizarre theories of the ultimate nature of the universe.

Imagine Today's Science from a Turn-of-the Century Perspective

Scientists in 1900 had no inkling of the other mind-boggling developments that lay in wait: plate tectonics, genetic engineering, space probes, nanotechnology, Big Bang theory, electronic computers, nuclear weapons, artificial intelligence, and many other astounding products of the human mind.

Indeed, by the end of the 20th century, nearly every 19th-century theory of natural and social phenomena would be overthrown or superseded.

A philosopher and historian of science, Professor Goldman (Ph.D., Boston University) has been researching the growing power and influence of science in modern society for nearly 40 years.

"For me," he says, "there's tremendous intellectual satisfaction from seeing how the ideas of 19th-century science were transformed in the 20th century into new kinds of theories that have much greater explanatory power, predictive power, and control power."

A Course in Ideas

"Transformation" is key—because 20th-century science is less revolutionary than evolutionary, in the sense that it built on crucial 19th-century concepts such as energy, natural selection, atoms, fields, and waves.

Professor Goldman is fascinated with such connections, which makes this more than a traditional history course.

Einstein himself was drawing on the known principles of waves and fields to reach the unexpected conclusions of the theory of relativity.

Throughout these 36 lectures, you learn the distinctive ideas that characterize 20th-century science, among them:

  • Science is a unity that encompasses the "hard" sciences of physics and chemistry, and the "soft" sciences, such as economics and sociology.
  • Modern science is a cultural phenomenon that has an inside, intellectual dimension, and an outside, social relationship dimension.
  • Concepts change: The terms space, time, matter, energy, the universe, Earth, gene, language, economy, culture, and society no longer mean what they did a century ago.
  • Reality is ultimately describable in terms of information, relationships, and processes.

The course is organized into five major themes: matter and energy, the universe, Earth, life, and humanity. The last theme, humanity, encompasses the social sciences, an area that is often omitted from histories of science.

Professor Goldman remedies that oversight to bring you the most significant ideas in anthropology, archaeology, history, linguistics, sociology, political science, economics, psychology, and cognitive science—alongside the major developments in physics, chemistry, mathematics, earth science, and biology. Capstone of a 4,000-Year Quest for Knowledge

This course represents the capstone of a 4,000-year quest for knowledge that originated in the ancient Near East and is covered in The Teaching Company Courses, The History of Science: Antiquity to 1700 and The History of Science: 1700 to 1900.

Some of the key figures you discuss are household names: Albert Einstein, Watson and Crick, Sigmund Freud, and Stephen Hawking.

Many are less well known: Franz Boas was a major influence on all of the social sciences in the first half of the 20th century; John Maynard Keynes is arguably the Einstein of economics; and an American geologist named Harry Hess came up with the theory of seafloor spreading, which led to plate tectonics.

Many other influential investigators are featured, including:

  • Philosopher-mathematician Bertrand Russell who, in the early 20th century, refuted the long-standing project of Gottlob Frege to reduce all of arithmetic to logic by posing a famous paradox.
  • Astronomer Fred Hoyle who, in the 1950s, ridiculed the hypothesis that the universe expanded from an infinitely dense point by labeling it the "big bang" theory. The name stuck—and the theory ultimately triumphed.
  • Physicist Leon Lederman, who was encountered by Professor Goldman in 1978, moments after a telegram confirmed Lederman's historic discovery of the top quark. Goldman asked him, "Do you think quarks are real, or is this another intellectual construct?" Lederman replied, "Well, when [Murray] Gell-Mann thought there were three, I thought they were real. When he said there were four, that was also okay. If I'm right and there are five, then there have to be six. Six are too many, so there must be something more fundamental than quarks." Goldman adds, "I don't think he has that opinion today."

A Grand Tour of the Sciences

Professor Goldman discusses many different aspects of science, among them:

  • Science and society: A turning point in the growth of U.S. science came in 1862, when Congress passed the Merrill Land Grant Act, giving large tracts of federal land to any state that would create an engineering college. This created an academic community that would later help spawn the unparalleled scientific advances of the 20th century
  • Physics: In developing the special theory of relativity, Einstein was driven by a profoundly simple question: what does it mean to say that two events happen at the same time?
  • Mathematics: Mathematicians live with a peculiar, unresolved problem: what is the nature of mathematical objects? Do they exist independently of the human mind?
  • Psychology: The Stanford-Binet IQ test was developed during World War I to screen out recruits who were not intellectually capable of functioning in the U.S. Army. It was not intended to be an index for ranking intelligence at all levels. Nonetheless, it became the basis for what is still a preoccupation with testing.
  • Cosmology: In the 1950s, most scientists were sympathetic to the steady state theory that held the universe has always existed. For science, absolute beginnings are a problem.
  • Telecommunications: Today, fiber optic cables and communications satellites make long distance phone calls routine. However, at the time of Sputnik in 1957 there was just one undersea telephone cable connecting the U.S. with Europe, carrying a grand total of 36 simultaneous calls.
  • Meteorology: The atmosphere transports insects, seeds, pollutants, sand, bacteria, and viruses between continents. Sand from the Chinese desert routinely rains down on the west coast of the U.S. bringing microbes with it.
  • Archaeology: Archaeologists increasingly use techniques borrowed from other disciplines. Recently, textile experts were able to identify Celtic weaving patterns in cloth discovered in western China, dating from 2000 B.C.E. This establishes a heretofore-unknown ancient link between Europe and Asia.

You will find this course filled with ideas, anecdotes, and insights. As Professor Goldman says at the outset of the first lecture, "Welcome to an intellectual odyssey that I hope will be as fantastic and exciting to you as Homer's Odyssey, without keeping you away from home for 20 years."

Science in the 20th Century: A Social-Intellectual Survey [TTC Video]

Drawing for Beginners - Learn to Draw Amazing Drawings [Video]

Drawing for Beginners - Learn to Draw Amazing Drawings [Video]
Drawing for Beginners - Learn to Draw Amazing Drawings [Video] by Jon Seals
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Learn artistic drawing techniques to bring your drawings and art to the next level. Learn to draw today!

Welcome! In this course, you'll learn how to draw more effectively and confidently by using artistic techniques and drawing methods including

  • timed gesture drawing
  • timed contour drawing
  • drawing from touch
  • drawing as response to music
  • continuous line drawing
  • 1-point and 2-point linear perspective
  • reductive charcoal method
  • drawing ellipses to show angle and depth
  • still life drawing

You'll understand how to add value or lighting and tonality to your drawings, including using blending, stippling, hatching, and cross-hatching. You'll also learn how to add depth to drawings using various techniques. You can then post photos or scans of your drawings and post them to the discussion forum for critique.

This course is taught by Jon Seals, an accomplished artist who has had work exhibited in various venues, has curated various visual art shows, and has taught visual art at the high school and university levels. Jon Seals has an MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design and an MAR from Yale University.

Basic supplies needed to follow along include pencils for most lessons, as well as charcoal drawing tools for a few lessons. A sample drawing kit is shown and described in the lecture on materials.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 26 lectures and 4 hours of content!
  • Draw more confidently and effectively.
  • Use various drawing methods to create interesting drawings.
  • Apply creativity and drawing techniques to create interesting drawings.
Drawing for Beginners - Learn to Draw Amazing Drawings [Video]

The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship [Audiobook]

The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship [Audiobook]
The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice [Audiobook] by Patricia Bell-Scott, read by Karen Chilton
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 14 hrs 26 mins | 396.89MB

An important, groundbreaking book - two decades in work - that tells the story of the unlikely but history-changing 28-year bond forged between Pauli Murray (granddaughter of a mulatto slave who, against all odds, as a lesbian black woman, became a lawyer, civil rights pioneer, Episcopal priest, poet, and activist) and Eleanor Roosevelt (first lady of the United States from 1933 to 1948 and human rights internationalist) that critically shaped Eleanor Roosevelt's, and therefore FDR's, view of race and racism in America.

It was a decades-long friendship - tender, moving, prodding, inspiring - sustained primarily through correspondence and characterized by brutal honesty, mutual admiration, and respect, revealing the generational and political differences each had to overcome in order to support one another's life. Of the two extraordinary women, one was at the center of world power, the other an outsider ostracized for the color of her skin, fighting with heart, soul, and intellect to push the world forward (she did!) and to become the figure for change she knew she was meant to be. The two were alike in many ways: losing both parents as children, being reared by elderly kin; each was a devoted Episcopalian with an abiding compassion for the helpless; each was possessed of boundless energy and fortitude yet susceptible to low spirits and anxiety; each was in a battle against shyness, learning to be outspoken; each was at her best when engaged in meaningful, important work. And each in her own society was sidelined as a woman and determined to upend the centuries-old social constriction….

A riveting portrait that shows how their friendship deepened and endured in the face of enormous social barriers and that makes clear how Pauli Murray, foremother of the modern-day black and feminist movements, crucially influenced Eleanor Roosevelt's progressive stance on civil and human rights, challenging her to take a stand for justice and freedom ("If some of our statements are bitter these days," Pauli Murray wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt in a postscript from a 1942 letter, "you must remember that truth is our only sword"). This is a book that reveals as well the profound impact of Eleanor Roosevelt's friendship on the shape of Murray's life as an activist, a lawyer, cofounder of the National Organization for Women, the principal strategist in the fight to preserve Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and the first African American woman to be ordained as an Episcopal priest.

Fresh & Simple Cooking with Yuppiechef [Video]

Fresh & Simple Cooking with Yuppiechef [Video]
Fresh & Simple Cooking with Yuppiechef [Video] by Sarah Graham
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Discover fun, imaginative ways to combine light and wholesome ingredients for easy, everyday meals with author and fresh food enthusiast, Sarah Graham.

In this course you’ll learn the tips, tricks and techniques needed to keep it fresh and simple with speedy salads, soups, smoothies, wraps and crunchy homemade granola.

Sarah Graham started her food blog in May 2010, and later that year was the first South African food blogger to be awarded a book contract. Since then, Sarah has gone on to author her cookbooks, ‘Bitten’ and ‘Smitten,’ and her own TV show.

Up your game in the kitchen with Yuppiechef's online cooking courses. Learn at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home. Why not get the kids involved too?

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 7 lectures and 1 hour of content!
  • Stock your pantry and cupboards with Sarah's recommendations for quick and easy cooking
  • Make tasty homemade mayonnaise that will impress your guests
  • Assemble delicious wraps and bake your own quick flatbread
  • Know the ins and outs of simply, heart salads
  • Whip up quick and easy salad dressings
  • Make showstopping gourmet salads
  • Craft perfect pesto
  • Get out of your soup comfort zone with Thai soup with chicken dunplings
  • Have healthy homemade snacks in your cupboard - granola with berry compote and oat bars
  • Work with blended fruit and conquer homemade sorbet
Fresh & Simple Cooking with Yuppiechef [Video]

Easy Entertaining at Home with Yuppiechef [Video]

Easy Entertaining at Home with Yuppiechef [Video]
Easy Entertaining at Home with Yuppiechef [Video] by Franck Dangereux
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Learn how to wow your guests with scalable recipes and simple techniques for chef-quality home cooking

Up your game in the kitchen with Yuppiechef's online cooking courses.

Join accomplished chef and restauranteur Franck Dangereux as he shares his passion and flair for entertaining at home using recipes for chef-quality canapés, desserts, dips, mains and vegetable dishes.

Learn how to wow your guests with scalable recipes and simple techniques, and gain the skills and know-how needed to tackle crowd favourites like mini baguettes, cocktails, cruditées, baba ghanoush, Ratatouille and more.

Handy course features:

  • Easy-to-follow video tutorials
  • In-depth theory notes and useful troubleshooting guides
  • Lesson quizzes to test your knowledge
  • An online Q&A forum where you can interact with fellow classmates

If you’re looking for a truly authentic French chef, look no further than Franck Dangereux. Hailing from the South of France, Franck grew up in Nice where his 29-year love affair with food began. Formerly the head chef of the award-winning La Colombe resturant, he now co-owns The Foodbarn restaurant and deli, which focuses on cooking real food that embraces sustainability both on land and at sea. As well as winning numerous food awards, Franck has published two cookbooks: ‘Feast’ and ‘Feast at home.’

What are the requirements?

Most home kitchens and pantries will have what is required to tackle a number of the recipes and principles, but each section comes with downloadable lists of ingredients and tools needed.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 7 lectures and 1.5 hours of content!
  • 24 downloadable recipes and course note documents for you to print at home and follow the videos
  • Know how to shop for the right ingredients and equip a kitchen
  • Test your knowledge with a quiz at the end of each section
  • Tips and tricks for flair-filled canapés
  • Mini baguette, croque madame and chicken wing recipes
  • The ins and outs of homemade sauces and dips
  • How to make flop-proof mayonnaise
  • Time-saving tips for sauces and dips
  • Baba ghanoush and mayonnaise recipes
  • Top tips for brilliant ratatouille
  • How to buy vegetables intelligently
  • How to scale up recipes and save time when entertaining
  • How to make basmati rice
  • Spicy lamb meatball and prawn pad Thai recipes
  • Praline ice cream and tarte tatin recipes
  • An ice cream troubleshooting guide
  • Three superb drinks in a few simple steps
  • Tips for styling and presenting your drinks
Easy Entertaining at Home with Yuppiechef [Video]

The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan [Audiobook]

The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan [Audiobook]
The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan [Audiobook] by Kim Barker, read by Kirsten Potter
2011 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 9 hrs 53 mins | 271.98MB

Now a Major Motion Picture titled Whiskey Tango Foxtrot starring Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, and Billy Bob Thornton.

From tea with warlords in the countryside to parties with drunken foreign correspondents in the "dry" city of Kabul, journalist Kim Barker captures the humor and heartbreak of life in post-9/11 Afghanistan and Pakistan in this profound and darkly comic memoir. As Barker grows from awkward newbie to seasoned reporter, she offers an insider's account of the region's "forgotten war" at a time when all eyes were turned to Iraq. Candid, self-deprecating, and laugh-out-loud funny, Barker shares both her affection for the absurdities of these two hapless countries and her fear for their future stability.