The Economist Audio Edition [April 16, 2016]

The Economist Audio Edition [April 16, 2016]
The Economist Audio Edition [April 16, 2016]
MP3@48 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 190.18MB

Beautiful minds, wasted: How to deal with autism

  • Should your tax return be public?
  • Bathroom politics in America
  • Solar power comes of age
  • Putin's right-hand woman
  • Starchip enterprise: interstellar travel

INSIDE: A 14-PAGE SPECIAL REPORT ON BUSINESS IN AFRICA

The Generals: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and the Winning of World War II [Audiobook]

The Generals: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and the Winning of World War II [Audiobook]
The Generals: Patton, MacArthur, Marshall, and the Winning of World War II [Audiobook] by Winston Groom, read by Robertson Dean
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 2 mins | 444.65MB

Celebrated historian Winston Groom tells the intertwined and uniquely American tales of George Patton, Douglas MacArthur, and George Marshall - from the World War I battle that shaped them to their greatest achievement: leading the allies to victory in World War II.

These three remarkable men-of-arms, who rose from the gruesome hell of the First World War to become the finest generals of their generation during World War II, redefined America's ideas of military leadership and brought forth a new generation of American soldier. Their efforts revealed to the world the grit and determination that would become synonymous with America in the postwar years.

Virginian George Marshall led his class at the Virginia Military Institute to become the principal planner of the Battle of the Meuse-Argonne, the greatest American operation, which ended the conflict. Afterward, he rose to become the army's chief of staff, where he balanced the volatility of generals such as Patton and MacArthur for the good of the country.

Like Marshall, George Patton, who is remembered as one of the most heroic and controversial generals in American history, overcame early academic difficulties to graduate at the top of his class at West Point. He would build and command the army's burgeoning tank division, lead the successful invasion of North Africa during World War II, and die under mysterious circumstances in 1945.

Douglas MacArthur also graduated at the top of his West Point class and became known as the "bravest man in the US Army" during the First World War, where he was commissioned as the youngest general in the armed forces. He commanded in the Pacific in World War II, where his strategy famously defeated the Empire of Japan.

The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson: The Mortal Wounding of the Confederacy's Greatest Icon [EPUB]

The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson: The Mortal Wounding of the Confederacy's Greatest Icon [EPUB]
The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson: The Mortal Wounding of the Confederacy's Greatest Icon by Chris Mackowski, Kristopher White
2015 | EPUB | 19.0MB

May 1863. The Civil War was in its third spring, and Confederate Lt. Gen. Thomas Jonathan Jackson stood at the peak of his fame. He had arisen from obscurity to become “Old Stonewall,” adored across the South and feared and respected throughout the North. On the night of May 2, however, just hours after Jackson executed the most audacious maneuver of his career and delivered a crushing blow against an unsuspecting Union army at Chancellorsville, disaster struck.

The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson recounts the events of that fateful night—considered one of the most pivotal moments of the war—and the tense vigil that ensued as Jackson struggled with a foe even he could not defeat. From Guinea Station, where Jackson crosses the river to rest under the shade of the trees, the story follows Jackson’s funeral and burial, the strange story of his amputated arm, and the creation and restoration of the building where he died (now known as the Stonewall Jackson Shrine). This newly revised and expanded second edition features more than 50 pages of fresh material, including almost 200 illustrations, maps, and eye-catching photos.

New appendices allow readers to walk in Jackson’s prewar footsteps through his adopted hometown of Lexington, Virginia; consider the ways Jackson’s memory has been preserved through monuments, memorials, and myths; and explore the misconceptions behind the Civil War’s great What-If: “What if Stonewall had survived his wounds?”

With the engaging prose of master storytellers, Chris Mackowski and Kristopher White make The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson a must-read for Civil War novices and buffs alike.

The Clean in 14 Detox: The 2-Week Plan to Melt Fat, Kick Cravings, and Increase Your Natural Energy [EPUB]

The Clean in 14 Detox: The 2-Week Plan to Melt Fat, Kick Cravings, and Increase Your Natural Energy [EPUB]
The Clean in 14 Detox: The 2-Week Plan to Melt Fat, Kick Cravings, and Increase Your Natural Energy by Melissa Costello
2014 | EPUB | 27.14MB

Tony Horton, the Old Spice Man, and hundreds of others lost weight, upped their game, and healed their bodies—undeniable proof that Clean in 14 really works!

Millions of people are embracing cleansing because it rids the body of accumulated slow poisons that cause a sluggish metabolism, inflammatory and digestive issues, a host of chronic diseases, and unwanted weight gain. Clean in 14 is a vegan, whole foods, and juice-based cleanse that not only flushes the body of toxins, but frees the mind of negative patterns, allowing the entire system to reset itself to a place of balance.

From leading successful group and private cleanses, Missy Costello pulls no punches: She explains that the key to kickstarting health is to eliminate the CRAP (Caffeine, Refined Sugars, Alcohol, Processed Food) and the SAP (Sabotaging Addictive Patterns). Costello encourages readers to make the commitment, teaches them how to prep their minds and kitchens for success, and shares practical tips to make it through the first three days without cravings or withdrawals. The best part of this cleanse is the ease of use and no feelings of deprivation. A wide variety of delicious unprocessed foods are allowed and there are no diet pills or chalky shakes. Clean in 14 features a two-week mix and match meal plans and gorgeous color photographs of more than 75 irresistibly fresh and simple recipes, including baja-style fajitas, chopped salad with creamy pepita dressing, coconut yam soup, oven-baked sweet potato fries, and more.

5 Minutes to Stress Relief: How to Release Fear, Worry, and Doubt Instantly [EPUB]

5 Minutes to Stress Relief: How to Release Fear, Worry, and Doubt Instantly [EPUB]
5 Minutes to Stress Relief: How to Release Fear, Worry, and Doubt Instantly by Lauren E Miller
2013 | EPUB | 2.01MB

Stress has three main fuels: worry, fear, and doubt. They act like little serpents that crawl into the lap of your life and wreak havoc emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

But you have the ability to identify and dismiss these serpents, which are trying to hinder your ability to maintain inner calm, clarity of focus, and a motivated response to all of life.

5 Minutes to Stress Relief will give you the specific skills and tools to:

  • Acquire the mindset skills and simple techniques to identify and relieve stress
  • Access personal excellence in your thought life to create positive transformation in your physical, emotional, and spiritual experiences
  • Activate your God-given natural state of being

Stress is often called the silent killer. As someone who battled the stress of advanced cancer and divorce—simultaneously—Miller equips you with the ability to quickly and successfully handle any stressful situation—instantly.

Errol Flynn: The Life and Career [EPUB]

Errol Flynn: The Life and Career [EPUB]
Errol Flynn: The Life and Career by Thomas McNulty
2011 | EPUB | 9.09MB

Errol Flynn set the standard for the modern action hero in films like The Adventures of Robin Hood, Dodge City, and The Sea Hawk. This biography follows Flynn from his birth in Tasmania, Australia, in 1909, to his death in Vancouver, Canada, in 1959. Included is analysis of his films, discussion of the 1943 rape trial that changed his life, a survey of the FBI's infamous surveillance, and the first detailed account of his television appearances in the 1950s. First-hand interviews with Flynn's friends and colleagues are complemented by research from FBI files, correspondence, Flynn's diary, and other sources. Illustrated with rare and previously unpublished photographs, the study also gives attention to the historical backgrounds and cultural influences that contributed to Flynn's fame; the work takes an objective and analytical look at the actor's adventurous life. The study includes two appendices: the first is a collection of quotations from various celebrities, from memories of his talent and style to anecdotes about his wild pool parties. The second appendix is a filmography including all Flynn's work for film, stage, and television, with cast and crew information.

Abraham Lincoln: A Life, Volume One [Audiobook]

Abraham Lincoln: A Life, Volume One [Audiobook]
Abraham Lincoln: A Life, Volume One [Audiobook] by Michael Burlingame, read by Sean Pratt
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 49 hrs 24 mins | 1.31GB

In the first multivolume biography of Abraham Lincoln to be published in decades, Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame offers a fresh look at the life of one of America's greatest presidents. Incorporating the field notes of earlier biographers along with decades of research in multiple manuscript archives and long-neglected newspapers, this remarkable work will both alter and reinforce our current understanding of America's 16th president.

Volume 1 covers Lincoln's early childhood, his experiences as a farm boy in Indiana and Illinois, his legal training, and the political ambition that led to a term in Congress in the 1840s. In Volume 2, Burlingame examines Lincoln's life during his presidency and the Civil War, narrating in fascinating detail the crisis over Fort Sumter and Lincoln's own battles with relentless office seekers, hostile newspaper editors, and incompetent field commanders. Burlingame also offers new interpretations of Lincoln's private life, discussing his marriage to Mary Todd and the untimely deaths of two sons to disease. But through it all - his difficult childhood, his contentious political career, a fratricidal war, and tragic personal losses - Lincoln preserved a keen sense of humor and acquired a psychological maturity that proved to be the North's most valuable asset in winning the Civil War.

This landmark audiobook establishes Burlingame as the most assiduous Lincoln biographer of recent memory and brings Lincoln alive as never before.

Abraham Lincoln: A Life, Volume Two [Audiobook]

Abraham Lincoln: A Life, Volume Two [Audiobook]
Abraham Lincoln: A Life, Volume Two [Audiobook] by Michael Burlingame, read by Sean Pratt
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 53 hrs 45 mins | 1.43 GB

In the first multivolume biography of Abraham Lincoln to be published in decades, Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame offers a fresh look at the life of one of America's greatest presidents. Incorporating the field notes of earlier biographers along with decades of research in multiple manuscript archives and long-neglected newspapers, this remarkable work will both alter and reinforce our current understanding of America's 16th president.

In volume 2, Burlingame examines Lincoln's presidency and the trials of the Civil War. He supplies fascinating details on the crisis over Fort Sumter and the relentless office seekers who plagued Lincoln. He introduces listeners to the president's battles with hostile newspaper editors and his quarrels with incompetent field commanders. Burlingame also interprets Lincoln's private life, discussing his marriage to Mary Todd, the untimely death of his son, Willie, to disease in 1862, and his recurrent anguish over the enormous human costs of the war.

Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer [EPUB]

Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer [EPUB]
Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer by Fred Kaplan
2009 | EPUB | 0.6MB

Whether he was composing love letters, speeches, or legal arguments, words mattered to Abraham Lincoln. An admirer and avid reader of Byron, Burns, and Shakespeare, Lincoln was the most literary of our presidents. His views on love, liberty and human nature were all shaped by his reading and knowledge of literature.

Kaplan explores Lincoln's life through his use of language as a vehicle for complex ideas and feelings and as an instrument of persuasion and empowerment. Like the other great canonical writers of American literature - a status he is gradually attaining - Lincoln had a literary career that is inseparable from his life story.

Kaplan focuses on the elements that shaped the form of Lincoln's mental and imaginative world: how his use of language molded his identity, relationships, and career; and how it simultaneously generated both the distinctive political figure he became and the public discourse of the nation.

Since Lincoln, no president has written his own words and addressed his audience with equal and enduring effectiveness. Kaplan's unique account of Lincoln's life and career highlights the shortcomings of the modern presidency and reminds us that the effective and honest use of language is a necessity for a successful democracy.

5 Steps to Rapid Employment: The Job You Want at the Pay You Deserve [EPUB]

5 Steps to Rapid Employment: The Job You Want at the Pay You Deserve [EPUB]
5 Steps to Rapid Employment: The Job You Want at the Pay You Deserve by Jay A Block
2014 | EPUB | 2.68MB

Sporadically responding to job openings is not the way to find lucrative employment. In today's job market, you have to separate yourself from the competition with crystal clarity—which means approaching your job campaign strategically.

In 5 Steps to Rapid Employment, veteran career expert Jay Block reveals his proven system for fi nding and getting the job you want, whether you're just out of college or transitioning into a new career. Follow Block's simple process to:

  • Manage fear and negative emotions that impede success
  • Define clear job and career goals
  • Create high-impact self-marketing tools
  • Develop strategic action plans that will become the job seeker's GPS to the next job
  • Take action and master self-marketing skills

Probiotics For Dummies [EPUB]

Probiotics For Dummies [EPUB]
Probiotics For Dummies by Shekhar Challa
2012 | EPUB | 1.79MB

Discover the pros of probiotics

Probiotics are beneficial, live microorganisms (in most cases, bacteria) that are similar to those found naturally in the human intestine. Also known as "friendly" or "good" bacteria, probiotics are the cornerstone of any successful health program because they restore a healthy balance between friendly and bad bacteria in the intestinal tract, a balance that is critical for the health of the entire body. Probiotics are associated with treating everything from IBS to certain forms of cancer, allergies, eczema, and even the effects of aging.

Probiotics For Dummies reveals how taking the right probiotics—in the form of food and supplements— as part of a total health program benefits one's overall health, as well as improving specific conditions. This hands-on, essential guide features 20 probiotic recipes and gives you a step-by-step plan for infusing probiotics into your diet to improve the health of the GI tract, alleviate allergies and asthma, restore reproductive and urinary tracts, bolster the immune system against disease, enhance weight loss, and more.

  • Advice on how to ingest the right probiotics
  • 20 probiotic recipes from breakfast to dessert
  • Information on naturally occurring probiotic compounds as well as the effectiveness of supplements

Probiotics For Dummies gives you everything you need to make informed decisions about adding probiotics to your daily diet.

Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire and the Birth of Europe [EPUB]

Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire and the Birth of Europe [EPUB]
Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire and the Birth of Europe by William Rosen
2007 | EPUB | 1.61MB

In the middle of the sixth century, the world's smallest organism collided with the world's mightiest empire. With the death of twenty-five million people, the Roman Empire, under her last great emperor, Justinian, was decimated. Before Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that carries bubonic plague, was finished, both the Roman and Persian empires were easy pickings for the armies of Muhammad on their conquering march out of Arabia. In its wake, the plague - history's first pandemic - marked the transition from the age of Mediterranean empires to the age of European nation-states - from antiquity to the medieval world.

A narrative history that melds contemporary sources with modern disciplines, Justinian's Flea is a unique account of one of history's great turning points - the summer of 542 - revealed through the experiences of the remarkable individuals whose lives are a window onto a remarkable age: Justinian, his general Belisarius, the greatest soldier between Caesar and Saladin; his architect, Anthemius who built Constantinople's Hagia Sophia (and whose brother, Alexander, was the great physician of the plague years); Tribonian, the jurist who created the Justinianic Code; and, finally, his empress Theodora, the one-time prostitute who became co-ruler of the empire, the most politically powerful woman in European history until Elizabeth I.

Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern [EPUB]

Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern [EPUB]
Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern by Joshua Zeitz
2009 | EPUB | 5.24MBMB

Blithely flinging aside the Victorian manners that kept her disapproving mother corseted, the New Woman of the 1920s puffed cigarettes, snuck gin, hiked her hemlines, danced the Charleston, and necked in roadsters. More important, she earned her own keep, controlled her own destiny, and secured liberties that modern women take for granted. Her newfound freedom heralded a radical change in American culture.

Whisking us from the Alabama country club where Zelda Sayre first caught the eye of F. Scott Fitzgerald to Muncie, Indiana, where would-be flappers begged their mothers for silk stockings, to the Manhattan speakeasies where patrons partied till daybreak, historian Joshua Zeitz brings the era to exhilarating life. This is the story of America’s first sexual revolution, its first merchants of cool, its first celebrities, and its most sparkling advertisement for the right to pursue happiness.

The men and women who made the flapper were a diverse lot.

There was Coco Chanel, the French orphan who redefined the feminine form and silhouette, helping to free women from the torturous corsets and crinolines that had served as tools of social control.

Three thousand miles away, Lois Long, the daughter of a Connecticut clergyman, christened herself “Lipstick” and gave New Yorker readers a thrilling entrée into Manhattan’s extravagant Jazz Age nightlife.

In California, where orange groves gave way to studio lots and fairytale mansions, three of America’s first celebrities—Clara Bow, Colleen Moore, and Louise Brooks, Hollywood’s great flapper triumvirate—fired the imaginations of millions of filmgoers.

Dallas-born fashion artist Gordon Conway and Utah-born cartoonist John Held crafted magazine covers that captured the electricity of the social revolution sweeping the United States.

Bruce Barton and Edward Bernays, pioneers of advertising and public relations, taught big business how to harness the dreams and anxieties of a newly industrial America—and a nation of consumers was born.

Towering above all were Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, whose swift ascent and spectacular fall embodied the glamour and excess of the era that would come to an abrupt end on Black Tuesday, when the stock market collapsed and rendered the age of abundance and frivolity instantly obsolete.

With its heady cocktail of storytelling and big ideas, Flapper is a dazzling look at the women who launched the first truly modern decade.

Trump: The Good, The Bad & The Quotable [EPUB]

Trump: The Good, The Bad & The Quotable [EPUB]
Trump: The Good, The Bad & The Quotable by Beyond Books Editors
2015 | EPUB | 2.62MBMB

Only one man stands above the herd this election season, but who is he? What does he stand for? Here in this ultimate collection of his best quotes we meet the billionaire, mogul, TV star, and (possibly) the next President of the United States of America—Donald Trump.

Trump: The Good, the Bad, and the Quotable is the ultimate collection of Donald Trump's best lines on everything he loves to talk about: women he loves, women he hates, the American Dream, immigrants he hates, the power of money, and most important of all: himself. With over two hundred of his wittiest, most humorous quotes, plus a shrink's exclusive psychological diagnosis of Trump, this collection shows us the real Trump—who we just can't get enough of. Or, as Trump once put in an interview with Playboy, "The show is Trump. And it is sold-out performances everywhere." So get your ticket today.

The Book of Satoshi: The Collected Writings of Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto [Audiobook]

The Book of Satoshi: The Collected Writings of Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto [Audiobook]
The Book of Satoshi: The Collected Writings of Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto [Audiobook] by Phil Champagne, read by Stephanie Murphy
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + AZW3 | 7 hrs 32 mins | 102.9MB

Have you, like the rest of the world, speculated as to the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, anonymous creator of Bitcoin?

The world’s first cryptocurrency, Bitcoin went online in 2009 and has since revolutionized our concepts of currency and money. Not supported by any government or central bank, completely electronic, Bitcoin is a virtual currency based on advanced cryptographic systems.

Like the currency he created, the identity of Bitcoin’s creator Satoshi Nakamoto is virtual, existing only online. The Nakamoto persona, which may represent an individual or a group, exists only in the online publications that introduced and explained Bitcoin during its earliest days. Here, collected and professionally published for the first time are the essential writings that detail Bitcoin’s creation.

The Book of Satoshi provides a convenient way to parse through what Bitcoin’s creator wrote over the span of the two years that constituted his “public life" before he disappeared from the Internet . . . at least under the name Satoshi Nakamoto. Beginning on November 1st 2009 with the publication of the seminal paper describing Bitcoin, this public life ends at about the time PC World speculated as to a possible link between Bitcoin and WikiLeaks, the infamous website that publishes leaked classified materials. Was there a connection? You be the judge.

Nakamoto’s true identity may never be known. Therefore the writings reproduced here are probably all the world will ever hear from him concerning Bitcoin’s creation, workings, and theoretical basis. Want to learn more about Bitcoin? Go directly to the source—the writings of the creator himself, Satoshi Nakamoto!

Out of Your Mind: Essential Listening from the Alan Watts Audio Archives

Out of Your Mind: Essential Listening from the Alan Watts Audio Archives
Out of Your Mind: Essential Listening from the Alan Watts Audio Archives [Audiobook] by Alan Watts
2015 | MP3 VBR V0 | 14 hrs 21 mins | 849.22MB

In order to come to your senses, Alan Watts often said, you sometimes need to go out of your mind. Perhaps more than any other teacher in the West, this celebrated author, former Anglican priest, and self-described spiritual entertainer was responsible for igniting the passion of countless wisdom seekers to the spiritual and philosophical delights of Asia and India.

Now, with Out of Your Mind: Essential Listening from the Alan Watts Audio Archives, you are invited to immerse yourself in 12 of this legendary thinker's pinnacle teaching sessions about how to break through the limits of the rational mind and begin expanding your awareness and appreciation for the Great Game unfolding all around us.

Whether you're completely new to Alan Watts or familiar with his work, here is a rare opportunity to experience him at his best, improvising brilliantly before a live audience on Out of Your Mind: Essential Listening from the Alan Watts Audio Archives.