Optimizing Brain Fitness [TTC Video]

Optimizing Brain Fitness [TTC Video]
Optimizing Brain Fitness [TTC Video] by Richard Restak
Course No 1651 | WMV, WMV3, 640x480 | WMA, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 12x30 mins | 4.12GB

With its up to 500 trillion synaptic connections, your brain is easily the most powerful machine in the world. These connections are what create your thoughts, what drive your emotions, and what control your behaviors. Even more incredibly: This amazing machine is constantly changing through a process known as brain plasticity. And you can take advantage of this process to improve and enhance your brain's jaw-dropping powers—at any age.

Brain plasticity, the secret to optimizing your brain's fitness, is one of the most revolutionary discoveries in modern neuroscience. While it was traditionally thought that our brains were fully formed by adulthood, the truth is that our life experiences continually shape and mold our brains in fascinating ways. In fact, optimal brain fitness is the gateway to improvement in a range of areas, including

  • memory;
  • attention and focus;
  • learning and creativity; and
  • sensory acuity and fine motor skills.

Now, discover the secrets to increasing and expanding your brain's power to meet everyday challenges and enhance the quality of your life with Optimizing Brain Fitness, an engaging 12-lecture course that shows you how to take advantage of the basic principles of brain operation and build the brain you want to live with for the rest of your life. Delivered by Dr. Richard Restak, an award-winning teacher, practicing neurologist, and professor at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, these lectures are packed with vital information and research-based exercises you can perform every day to tap into your hidden mental potential.

Explore Your Brain's Most Important Functions

Optimizing Brain Fitness centers on the idea that your brain is a continual work in progress, one whose development depends on the best possible use of your brain's most important everyday functions. You explore many functions in these lectures, with a strong focus on three.

  • Attention: Optimal attention skills open the door to top-notch performance in math, reading, and auditory and visual memory. They provide you with the basis for learning what to focus on and what to ignore, and they also coordinate the brain networks that involve sensation, movement, emotions, and thought.
  • General memory: General memory facilitates the formation, activation, and retention of neurological circuits that contribute to your brain's optimal functioning. Memory is the veritable bedrock of superior brain health and serves as the basis of your personal identity.
  • Working memory: Working memory is linked with your IQ and is the first brain function to decline as you age. It is central to your ability to manipulate stored information and can easily be improved by practicing a series of simple exercises.

You'll also spend time delving into the neurology of motor skills, visual-spatial thinking, creativity, and more.

Engage in a Wealth of Delightful Exercises

Professor Restak proves that exercising your brain doesn't have to be a burden or a chore. Rather, it can be an exciting and eye-opening way to explore how the brain works and to discover your own brain's potential.

Dr. Restak has designed Optimizing Brain Fitness with a wealth of exercises, challenges, practice problems, and tests that will enhance and improve your brain's essential functions. Here is just a small sample of the enjoyable ways that you can improve your brain.

  • In one minute, name as many animals as you can without repeating them. You'll have to use your working memory to mentally eliminate animals you've already named. A desirable score is between 17 and 20 animals.
  • Close your eyes and envision the room around you, and then open them and check for accuracy. Repeat this memory-recall exercise and pay closer attention to smaller details, such as the number of magazines on a table.
  • Take a number of spices at random and set them on a table; then close your eyes and try to identify each of them by smell alone. Take this same approach by identifying spices in a meal that you're eating. Both exercises are great ways to sharpen your senses of smell and taste.

Winner of Georgetown University Medical School's Linacre Medal for Humanity and Medicine, Professor Restak is an accomplished neurologist, prolific author, frequent public lecturer for prestigious institutions, and—above all—a champion of brain fitness. Rooted in the startling new findings emerging from groundbreaking experiments and detailed research studies, his course is the perfect way to maintain or improve the health of the most important organ in your body.

Insightful, instructive, and undeniably fun, Optimizing Brain Fitness is an invaluable part of your personal tool kit for lasting health and wellness.

Optimizing Brain Fitness [TTC Video]

Churchill's Secret Warriors: The Explosive True Story of the Special Forces Desperadoes of WWII [Audiobook]

Churchill's Secret Warriors: The Explosive True Story of the Special Forces Desperadoes of WWII [Audiobook]
Churchill's Secret Warriors: The Explosive True Story of the Special Forces Desperadoes of WWII [Audiobook] by, read by
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 10 hrs 35 mins | 293.44MB

In the bleak moments after defeat on mainland Europe in winter 1939, Winston Churchill knew that Britain had to strike back hard. So Britain's wartime leader called for the lightning development of a completely new kind of warfare, recruiting a band of eccentric free-thinking warriors to become the first 'deniable' secret operatives to strike behind enemy lines, offering these volunteers nothing but the potential for glory and all-but-certain death.

Churchill's Secret Warriors tells the story of the daring victories for this small force of 'freelance pirates', undertaking devastatingly effective missions against the Nazis, often dressed in enemy uniforms and with enemy kit, breaking all previously held rules of warfare.

Master storyteller Damien Lewis brings the adventures of the secret unit to life, weaving together the stories of the soldiers' brotherhood in this compelling narrative, from the unit's earliest missions to the death of their leader just weeks before the end of the war.

A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy [Audiobook]

A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy [Audiobook]
A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy [Audiobook] by Sue Klebold, read by the Author
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 31 mins | 326.75MB

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill 12 students and a teacher and wound 24 others before taking their own lives.

For the last 16 years, Sue Klebold, Dylan's mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong? Were there subtle signs she had missed? What, if anything, could she have done differently?

These are questions that Klebold has grappled with every day since the Columbine tragedy. In A Mother's Reckoning, she chronicles with unflinching honesty her journey as a mother trying to come to terms with the incomprehensible. In the hope that the insights and understanding she has gained may help other families recognize when a child is in distress, she tells her story in full, drawing upon her personal journals, the videos and writings that Dylan left behind, and countless interviews with mental health experts.

Filled with hard-won wisdom and compassion, A Mother's Reckoning is a powerful and haunting book that sheds light on one of the most pressing issues of our time. And with fresh wounds from the recent Newtown and Charleston shootings, never has the need for understanding been more urgent.

Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion [EPUB]

Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion [EPUB]
Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion by Susan Jacoby
2016 | EPUB | 15.64MB

In a groundbreaking historical work that addresses religious conversion in the West from an uncompromisingly secular perspective, Susan Jacoby challenges the conventional narrative of conversion as a purely spiritual journey. From the transformation on the road to Damascus of the Jew Saul into the Christian evangelist Paul to a twenty-first-century “religious marketplace” in which half of Americans have changed faiths at least once, nothing has been more important in the struggle for reason than the right to believe in the God of one’s choice or to reject belief in God altogether.

Focusing on the long, tense convergence of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—each claiming possession of absolute truth—Jacoby examines conversions within a social and economic framework that includes theocratic coercion (unto torture and death) and the more friendly persuasion of political advantage, economic opportunism, and interreligious marriage. Moving through time, continents, and cultures—the triumph of Christianity over paganism in late antiquity, the Spanish Inquisition, John Calvin’s dour theocracy, Southern plantations where African slaves had to accept their masters’ religion—the narrative is punctuated by portraits of individual converts embodying the sacred and profane. The cast includes Augustine of Hippo; John Donne; the German Jew Edith Stein, whose conversion to Catholicism did not save her from Auschwitz; boxing champion Muhammad Ali; and former President George W. Bush. The story also encompasses conversions to rigid secular ideologies, notably Stalinist Communism, with their own truth claims.

Finally, Jacoby offers a powerful case for religious choice as a product of the secular Enlightenment. In a forthright and unsettling conclusion linking the present with the most violent parts of the West’s religious past, she reminds us that in the absence of Enlightenment values, radical Islamists are persecuting Christians, many other Muslims, and atheists in ways that recall the worst of the Middle Ages.

The Persuaders: The Hidden Industry that Wants to Change Your Mind [EPUB]

The Persuaders: The Hidden Industry that Wants to Change Your Mind [EPUB]
The Persuaders: The Hidden Industry that Wants to Change Your Mind by James Garvey
2015 | EPUB | 1.19MB

A work of engaging pop philosophy and accessible social science [and] a boisterous dissection of the forces jellifying our minds' Sunday Times Every day, many people will try to change your mind, but they won’t reason with you. Instead, you’ll be nudged, anchored, incentivised and manipulated in barely noticeable ways. It’s a profound shift in the way we interact with one another. Philosopher James Garvey explores the hidden story of persuasion and the men and women in the business of changing our minds. From the covert PR used to start the first Gulf War to the neuromarketing of products to appeal to our unconscious minds, he reveals the dark arts practised by professional persuaders.

How did we end up with a world where beliefs are mass-produced by lobbyists and PR firms? Could Google or Facebook swing elections? Are new kinds of persuasion making us less likely to live happy, decent lives in an open, peaceful world? Is it too late, or can we learn to listen to reason again? The Persuaders is a call to think again about how we think now.

What on Earth Happened [EPUB]

What on Earth Happened [EPUB]
What on Earth Happened: The Complete Story of the Planet, Life and People from the Big Bang to the Present Day by Christopher Lloyd
2008 | EPUB | 22.31MB

A gorgeously illustrated and wholly comprehensive timeline of the earth's entire history that explains how everything is interconnected.

As comprehensive as the subtitle suggests, What on Earth Happened is a primer for Planet Earth, a giant narrative leap across time and space, one seismic change at a time. Combining the history of earth science and the history of human civilization, What on Earth Happened covers how the earth was formed, how life began, the way the ecosystem works, how species evolved, the rise of man, migration, the development of tools, language, agriculture, art, transportation, architecture, cities, religion, government, global conflicts, and medicine. In short, it shows how everything―from the mountains and flowers and the birds and the bees to the Iraq war and the oil under the Arctic―is all wonderfully, complexly interconnected.

Entertaining and accessible―and gorgeously illustrated with specially commissioned graphs, charts and maps―What on Earth Happened connects the dots of the past to tell a coherent, comprehensive, and compelling story about our very own third rock from the sun.

The Unemployed Millionaire [EPUB]

The Unemployed Millionaire [EPUB]
The Unemployed Millionaire: Escape the Rat Race, Fire Your Boss and Live Life on YOUR Terms by Matt Morris
2009 | EPUB | 1.37MB

A self-made millionaire shows you how to make millions while living life on your own terms

At just eighteen years old, Matt Morris founded his first marketing business. At twenty, he dropped out of college to pursue business full-time. At twenty-one, he was homeless and deeply in debt, living out of his car. It was then that he made a life-changing decision to re-invent himself and his career. By twenty-nine, Matt was a self-made millionaire. How did he do it?

In The Unemployed Millionaire, Morris reveals how he turned his life around and shatters the myth that it takes money to make money. Thanks to the Internet explosion and the ease of global trade, it is possible for anyone to start a business and market their products worldwide to millions of customers. Here, Morris unlocks the secrets and provides you with the specific moneymaking formula he used to turn his ideas into a fortune.

  • Equips you with a step-by-step formula for turning your great idea into a million-dollar business in as little as twelve months
  • Proves you don't have to be smart, lucky, or rich to make millions
  • Gives you the specific success principles all millionaires follow
  • Author Matt Morris is an internationally recognized speaker who selectively mentors other entrepreneurs, traveling the world, working very little, and earning millions in the process
  • With a foreword by Les Brown, motivational speaker, bestselling author, and television personality

If you're serious about earning millions without working your fingers to the bone, The Unemployed Millionaire gives you the powerful strategies needed to turn your dreams into a reality.

Curtain Up: Agatha Christie: A Life in the Theatre [EPUB]

Curtain Up: Agatha Christie: A Life in the Theatre [EPUB]
Curtain Up: Agatha Christie: A Life in the Theatre by Julius Green
2015 | EPUB | 4.57MB

A revealing and witty new examination of how Agatha Christie became the world’s most successful and popular female playwright, including details of never-before-published scripts and stories.

Published in celebration of Agatha Christie's 125th birthday, Curtain Up! is an essential purchase for Agatha Christie fans worldwide. Everyone knows that The Mousetrap is the world’s longest-running play, but this first ever book dedicated to Agatha Christie as a playwright tells how Christie prevailed against the male-dominated establishment to be the only woman to have three plays in the West End at the same time and became the most popular and successful female playwright in the world.

Author and theatre producer Julius Green has been given unprecedented access to archives in the UK and USA and has uncovered more than ten unpublished and unperformed plays, as well as previously unknown facts and correspondence. Agatha Christie was a skilful and accomplished stage writer, and this long-awaited book is a fascinating, funny and revealing tale that theatregoers and Agatha Christie fans won't want to miss.

Really the Blues [EPUB]

Really the Blues [EPUB]
Really the Blues by Mezz Mezzrow, Bernard Wolfe
2015 | EPUB | 1.06MB

Mezz Mezzrow was a boy from Chicago who learned to play the sax in reform school and pursued a life in music and a life of crime. He moved from Chicago to New Orleans to New York, working in brothels and bars, bootlegging, dealing drugs, getting hooked, doing time, producing records, and playing with the greats, among them Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, and Fats Waller. Really the Blues, the jive-talking memoir that Mezzrow wrote at the insistence of, and with the help of, the novelist Bernard Wolfe, is the story of an unusual and unusually American life, and a portrait of a man who moved freely across racial boundaries when few could or did, “the odyssey of an individualist . . . the saga of a guy who wanted to make friends in a jungle where everyone was too busy making money.”

A Theory of Capitalist Regulation: The US Experience [EPUB]

>A Theory of Capitalist Regulation: The US Experience [EPUB]
A Theory of Capitalist Regulation: The US Experience by Michel Aglietta
2015 | EPUB | 2.99MB

Michel Aglietta’s path-breaking book is the first attempt at a rigorous historical theory of the whole development of US capitalism, from the Civil War to the Carter presidency. A major document of the “Regulation School” of heterodox economics, it was received as the boldest book in its field since the classic studies of Paul Baran, Paul Sweezy and Harry Braverman.

This edition includes a substantial postface by Aglietta, which situates regulation theory in the context of twenty-first-century capitalism.

And the War Came: The Six Months That Tore America Apart [EPUB]

And the War Came: The Six Months That Tore America Apart [EPUB]
And the War Came: The Six Months That Tore America Apart by Jamie Malanowski
2011 | EPUB | 0.4MB

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Jamie Malanowski, lead writer of the New York Times’ highly acclaimed Disunion blog, masterfully recounts the origins of America’s greatest national tragedy in real time. Drawing on diaries, speeches, and newspaper accounts of the six months leading up to the first shots fired on Fort Sumter, "And the War Came" chronicles the events that tore the nation apart, and delves into the hearts and minds of the men and women who tried in vain to avoid a conflict on American soil.

From the controversial election of Abraham Lincoln in November 1860 and the failed Crittenden Compromise to the secession of seven Southern states and the election of Jefferson Davis, Malanowski draws indelible portraits of the politicians and soldiers who controlled the country’s destiny. And by unfolding, week by week, the major issues and emotional nuances that led to the Civil War, he sheds new light on the darkest period in American history.

How to Win Games and Beat People [EPUB]

How to Win Games and Beat People [EPUB]
How to Win Games and Beat People: Demolish Your Family and Friends at over 30 Classic Games with Advice from an International Array of Experts by Tom Whipple
2015 | EPUB | 5.23MB

Destroy the competition on game night with this seriously funny guide packed with handy strategy, tricks, and tips from the experts

Games are way more fun to play when you win—especially when you crush your friends and family! In How to Win Games and Beat People, Times science editor Tom Whipple explores inside tips, strategy, and advice from a ridiculously overqualified array of experts that will help you dominate the competition when playing a wide range of classic games—from Hangman to Risk to Trivial Pursuit and more.

A mathematician explains how to approach Connect 4; a racecar driver guides you through the corners in slot car racing; a mime shares trade secrets for performing the best Charades; a Scrabble champion reveals his secret strategies; and a game theorist teaches you to become a real estate magnate, recommending the Monopoly properties to acquire that will bankrupt and embarrass your opponents (sorry, Mom and Dad).

Funny, smart, and endlessly useful, this is a must-read for anyone who takes games too seriously, and the bible for sore losers everywhere.

Smart Fat: Eat More Fat, Lose More Weight, Get Healthy Now [EPUB]

Smart Fat: Eat More Fat, Lose More Weight, Get Healthy Now [EPUB]
Smart Fat: Eat More Fat, Lose More Weight, Get Healthy Now by Steven Masley, Jonny Bowden
2016 | EPUB | 0.56MB

The innovative guide that reveals how eating more fat—the smart kind—is the key to health, longevity, and permanent weight loss.

For years experts have told us that eating fat is bad. But by banning fat from our diets, we’ve deprived ourselves of considerable health benefits—and have actually sabotaged our own efforts to lose weight.

Though they originally came from vastly different schools of thought about diet and weight loss, renowned nutritionist Jonny Bowden and well-respected physician Steven Masley independently came to the same conclusion about why so many people continually fail to shed pounds and get healthy. It all comes back to a distinction far more important than calories vs. carbs or paleo vs. plant-based: smart fat vs. dumb fat.

In Smart Fat, they explain the amazing properties of healthy fat, including its ability to balance hormones for increased energy and appetite control, and its incredible anti-inflammatory benefits. The solution for slimming down—and keeping the pounds off for life—is to “smart-fat” your meals, incorporating smart fats with fiber, protein, and most importantly, flavor. Bowden and Masley identify smart fats, explain what not to eat, and provide a thirty-day meal plan and fifty recipes based on the magic formula of fat, fiber, protein, and flavor.

It’s time to unlearn what we think we know about food. Getting smart about fat—and everything you eat—and learning to smart-fat your meals is the only solution you'll ever need.

The Culinary Herbal: Growing and Preserving 97 Flavorful Herbs [PDF]

The Culinary Herbal: Growing and Preserving 97 Flavorful Herbs [PDF]
The Culinary Herbal: Growing and Preserving 97 Flavorful Herbs by Arthur O Tucker, Susan Belsinger
2016 | PDF | 42.45MB

Good cooks know that when it comes to herbs, there is nothing better than those that are clipped fresh from the garden. The Culinary Herbal highlights 97 delicious varieties—like black cumin, fenugreek, lemon balm, and sassafras—that every food lover will want to add to their kitchen garden. In this gorgeously photographed guide, home cooks will learn which herbs offer the most flavor, how to grow them at home, and how to put them to use. Plant profiles are organized alphabetically by herb type and include basic growing information, flavor notes, and culinary uses. Additional information includes step-by-step instructions for harvesting, preserving, and storing, along with techniques for making pastes, syrups, vinegars, and butters.

Jerky Everything: Foolproof and Flavorful Recipes for Beef, Pork, Poultry, Game, Fish, Fruit, and Even Vegetables [EPUB]

Jerky Everything: Foolproof and Flavorful Recipes for Beef, Pork, Poultry, Game, Fish, Fruit, and Even Vegetables [EPUB]
Jerky Everything: Foolproof and Flavorful Recipes for Beef, Pork, Poultry, Game, Fish, Fruit, and Even Vegetables (Countryman Know How) by Pamela Braun
2015 | EPUB | 54.89MB

Try a variety of tasty jerky treats made with meat, veggies, tofu, and more!

Jerky has been a vital source of sustenance for centuries. But what started out as an important food for travelers and a way to safely preserve meat in the days before refrigeration has become the health nut's favorite snack, the hiker and sportsman's manna, the dieter's delight, and a boon for gourmet food sellers.

But why stop at beef, or even meat? Jerky Everything encompasses not only a variety of dried meat snacks but also veggie and fruit jerkies. Forget the ho-hum beef sticks of the past, Jerky Everything offers tasty dried treats for every palate, with flavors that range from orange beef to cheddar bacon to pina colada. Yes, you heard it here first―you can make yummy pineapple jerky at home! Recipes for meat jerkies make low-calorie, high-protein treats that curb hunger pangs. Recipes for fruit and veggie jerkies make wholesome treats that will help pick you up when your energy is waning. Homemade jerky is a thing apart from its store-bought equivalents; most of these recipes are even compatible with paleo, Atkins, and low-fat eating regimens.

Become a SuperLearner 2: Learn Speed Reading & Boost Memory [Video]

Become a SuperLearner 2: Learn Speed Reading & Boost Memory [Video]
Become a SuperLearner 2: Learn Speed Reading & Boost Memory by Jonathan Levi, Dr Lev Goldentouch, Prof Anna Goldentouch
MP4, AVC, 1920x1080 | AAC, 76 kbps, 2 Ch | 5 hours | 4.23GB

Learn faster & more effectively by harnessing the skills of the world's fastest readers & memory record-holders. NEW V2!

After over 50,000 satisfied students in our original course, Become a SuperLearner has been updated, upgraded, and improved from the ground up for 2016.

This course will teach you how to hack your learning, reading, and memory skills, empowering you to learn anything and everything faster and more effectively.

Whether you're a student, a professional, or simply embarking on a new hobby, you are forced to grapple with an every-increasing amount of information and knowledge. In fact, it's believed that one week's worth of the New York Times contains more information than people 100 years ago encountered in their entire lives. We've all experienced the frustration of an ever-growing reading list, struggling to learn a new language, or forgetting things you learned in even your favorite subjects.

Anyone can develop Super-Learning skills!

This course is about improving your ability to learn new skills or information quickly and effectively. We go far beyond the kinds of "speed-reading" (or glorified skimming) you may have been exposed to, diving into the actual cognitive and neurological factors that make learning easier and more successful. We also give you advanced memory techniques to grapple with the huge loads of information you'll be able to process.

You'll learn how to input and retain information in a whole new way - a faster, better way

The core of this SuperLearning course involves 3 "Super Skills":

  • Speed-reading with high (80%+) comprehension and understanding
  • Memory techniques for storing and recalling vast amounts of information quickly and accurately
  • Developing the cognitive infrastructure to support this flood of new information long-term

However, the SuperLearning skills you'll learn in this course are applicable to many aspects of your every day life, from remembering phone numbers to acquiring new skills or even speaking new languages.

How this new course will change your life and triple your learning speed:

The sad irony is that in order to learn most of these superlearning skills and memory techniques in the past, you had to read dozens of books and psychological journals. Or, you had to hire an expensive private tutor who specializes in superlearning. That's what I did. And it changed my life.

Fortunately, my instructors (experts in the fields of superlearning, memory techniques, and speed-reading) agreed to help me transform their materials into the first ever digital course. That course, Become a SuperLearner 1.0, took the internet by storm, becoming one of the top courses in the history of Udemy, and resulting in a bestselling book and top-ranking podcast.

How is it different from SuperLearner 1.0?

Over the last 2 years and 50,000+ students, we’ve had tens of thousands of data points and pieces of feedback, helping us improve both our methodology and our teaching practices. This new course has more (and better) content than ever before, including:

  • Completely re-written lectures emphasizing clarity and engagement!
  • All-new lectures on topics never before covered!
  • Hands-on demonstration videos for every major concept
  • Dramatically improved video and audio quality
  • Interactive worksheets to print and complete
  • Even MORE supplemental resources!

We can confidently say that this is the best, most comprehensive accelerated learning product we’ve ever released on Udemy.

The course will require 2-3 hours of memory and speed-reading practice and training per week, and last roughly 7-9 weeks. It won't be easy - but if you put in the work, you are guaranteed to succeed.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 60 lectures and 5 hours of content!
  • An additional 1.5 Hours of Supplementary Video
  • Our proven methodology, completely upgraded for 2016
  • All, new, never-before seen content based on tens of thousands of data points from students like you
  • Regular homework assignments, games, worksheets, and other supplementary materials
  • By the end of this course, you will be able to read at least 3 times the speed of an average college graduate, with above-average comprehension and retention
  • You will also learn the exact same skills that win World Championships in Memorization - skills that can teach you to memorize thousands of data points in order
  • You will learn how to process and internalize information in a highly-effective way, and how to apply this teaching to any skill you wish to learn
  • The ultimate goal of this course is to give you the tools to learn anything more quickly and effectively
Become a SuperLearner 2: Learn Speed Reading & Boost Memory [Video]

Brazil: The Troubled Rise of a Global Power [Audiobook]

Brazil: The Troubled Rise of a Global Power [Audiobook]
Brazil: The Troubled Rise of a Global Power [Audiobook] by Michael Reid, read by Michael Healy
2016 | MP3 VBR V5 | 16 hrs 38 mins | 486.66 MB

Experts believe that Brazil, the world's fifth largest country and its seventh largest economy, will be one of the most important global powers by the year 2030. Yet far more attention has been paid to the other rising behemoths: Russia, India, and China. Often ignored and underappreciated, Brazil, according to renowned, award-winning journalist Michael Reid, has finally begun to live up to its potential but faces important challenges before it becomes a nation of substantial global significance.

After decades of military rule, the fourth most populous democracy enjoyed effective reformist leadership that tamed inflation, opened the country up to trade, and addressed poverty and other social issues, enabling Brazil to become more of an essential participant in global affairs. But as it prepares to host the 2016 Olympics, Brazil has been rocked by mass protest.

Guts 'N Gunships: What It Was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam [Audiobook]

Guts 'N Gunships: What It Was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam [Audiobook]
Guts 'N Gunships: What It Was Really Like to Fly Combat Helicopters in Vietnam [Audiobook] by Mark Garrison, read by Eric Martin
2015 | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 30 mins | 234.34MB

In the summer of 1967, Mark Garrison had dropped out of college at Southern Illinois University just before entering his third year. He had run out of money and had to work for a while. These were the days before the lottery and the draft soon came calling. In order to somewhat control his own future, he enlisted in the US Army's helicopter flight school program. Little did he know that this adventure would be the most profound experience of his life.

Garrison flew hundreds of missions for the 119th AHC, stationed in the Central Highlands at Camp Holloway in Pleiku, Vietnam. He was awarded 25 Air Medals, four campaign Bronze Stars, and The Distinguished Flying Cross, among numerous other awards. His narrative takes you through the whole process, from basic training, flight school, flying combat in Vietnam, and his return to the United States. His description includes many incidents in combat flight, including being hit by rocket propelled grenades and being on fire in the air, over hundreds if not thousands of enemy troops. But this is not all. He elaborates on the daily lives, emotions, and nuances of the pilots and what they considered their mission to be.

Guts 'N Gunships is a must listen if you are to have a realistic understanding of what flying helicopters in Vietnam combat was all about.