Can Do Writing: The Proven Ten-Step System for Fast and Effective Business Writing [EPUB]

Can Do Writing: The Proven Ten-Step System for Fast and Effective Business Writing [EPUB]
Can Do Writing: The Proven Ten-Step System for Fast and Effective Business Writing by Daniel Graham, Judith Graham
2009 | EPUB | 0.63MB

A simple, ten-step system for mastering the art of effective, persuasive business or technical writing

You may be an expert at what you do, but if you can't communicate effectively in writing it may not matter. For scientists, businesspeople, and professionals in fields from engineering to public relations, the art of writing well can be a vital key to professional success.

Luckily, you don't need an English degree to produce top-class writing. If you're one of the millions of people who have to write clear, persuasive, understandable documents for your job, Can Do Writing is for you. Whether you're writing a business plan, a scientific paper, a press release, or anything else, this simple, straightforward guide will show you how to do it quickly, with style and confidence. You'll learn how to:

  • Understand your audience and subject matter
  • Develop a simple, five-part purpose statement to keep you on track
  • Organize your main points into a coherent, sensible order
  • Edit your work for clarity, coherence, organization, and logic
  • Economize your words to craft a concise, powerful document
  • Make your documents easily readable for any audience

Damage Control: The Essential Lessons of Crisis Management, Revised & Updated Edition [EPUB]

Damage Control: The Essential Lessons of Crisis Management, Revised & Updated Edition [EPUB]
Damage Control: The Essential Lessons of Crisis Management, Revised & Updated Edition by Eric Dezenhall, John Weber
2011 | EPUB | 0.38MB

No one knows this better than Eric Dezenhall and John Weber, who help companies, politicians, and celebrities get out of various kinds of trouble. In this brutally honest and eye-opening guide, they take you behind the scenes of some of the biggest public relations successes—and debacles—of modern business, politics, and entertainment.

You’ll discover:

  • Why the 1982 Tylenol cyanide-poisoning case is always cited as the best model for damage control, when in fact it has no relevance to the typical corporate crisis.
  • Why Audi never fully recovered from driver accusations of “sudden acceleration”—despite evidence that nothing was wrong with their cars.
  • What the crises faced by George W. Bush, Jim McGreevey, Sammy Sosa, Lance Armstrong, Martha Stewart, Coca-Cola, and the Catholic Church have in common . . . and what they don’t.

This new revised edition includes an additional chapter "Our Permanent Leakocracy" including information about WikiLeaks and what that notorious case means for business.

Breeding for Fruit Quality [EPUB]

Breeding for Fruit Quality [EPUB]
Breeding for Fruit Quality edited by Matthew A Jenks, Penelope Bebeli
2011 | EPUB | 9.39MB

The global demand for high quality fruits that are rich in nutrients and that can endure the demands of worldwide supply chains is growing rapidly. Fruits are an important component of the human diet, providing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. All of these qualities contribute to the nutritional needs and health maintenance of humans. Breeding for Fruit Quality reviews the application of modern plant breeding methods to the development of improved varieties of fruits.

Breeding for Fruit Quality opens with chapters that look at fruit biology and breeding strategies behind specific traits, including a look at traits such as organoleptic quality, nutritional value, and improved yield, among others. Subsequent chapters review breeding efforts to improve overall quality in a wide range of specific fruits.

Providing broad ranging coverage of cutting edge methods now being applied to the development of fruit crops, Breeding for Fruit Quality will be a valuable resource for fruit biologists, breeders, geneticists, and industry personnel.

Key Features:

  • Broad coverage of modern breeding technologies being implemented to improve overall fruit quality
  • Trait specific chapters explore efforts to promote traits of industrial and nutritional importance
  • Chapters in fruits, ranging from apple and grapes to tomatoes and olives, provide detailed coverage of breeding practices for economically important fruit crops

The French Resistance [PDF]

The French Resistance [PDF]
The French Resistance by Olivier Wieviorka
2016 | PDF | 13.12MB

“Whatever happens, the flame of French resistance must not and will not go out.” As Charles de Gaulle ended his radio address to the French nation in June 1940, listeners must have felt a surge of patriotism tinged with uncertainty. Who would keep the flame burning through dark years of occupation? At what cost?

Olivier Wieviorka presents a comprehensive history of the French Resistance, synthesizing its social, political, and military aspects to offer fresh insights into its operation. Detailing the Resistance from the inside out, he reveals not one organization but many interlocking groups often at odds over goals, methods, and leadership. He debunks lingering myths, including the idea that the Resistance sprang up in response to the exhortations of de Gaulle’s Free French government-in-exile. The Resistance was homegrown, arising from the soil of French civil society. Resisters had to improvise in the fight against the Nazis and the collaborationist Vichy regime. They had no blueprint to follow, but resisters from all walks of life and across the political spectrum formed networks, organizing activities from printing newspapers to rescuing downed airmen to sabotage. Although the Resistance was never strong enough to fight the Germans openly, it provided the Allies invaluable intelligence, sowed havoc behind enemy lines on D-Day, and played a key role in Paris’s liberation.

Wieviorka shatters the conventional image of a united resistance with no interest in political power. But setting the record straight does not tarnish the legacy of its fighters, who braved Nazism without blinking.

The Great War Explained [EPUB]

The Great War Explained [EPUB]
The Great War Explained by Philip Stevens
2012 | EPUB | 6.87MB

This is much more than just another book to add to the thousands on The Great War. It sets out to fill a gap. Written for the layman by a layman (who is also an articulate and experienced battlefield guide) it summarizes the key events and contributions of key individuals, some well, others unknown but with a story to tell.

To get a true picture of this monumental event in history, it is necessary to grasp the fundamentals, be they military, political, social or simply human. The slaughters at Verdun, Somme and Passchendaele are no more than statistics without the stories of those that fought, drowned and died there.

It is designed to capture the imagination and feed the mind of that ever increasing number of people who seek a better understanding of The Great War.

A World From Dust: How the Periodic Table Shaped Life [PDF]

A World From Dust: How the Periodic Table Shaped Life [PDF]
A World From Dust: How the Periodic Table Shaped Life by Ben McFarland
2016 | PDF | 29.11MB

A World From Dust describes how a set of chemical rules combined with the principles of evolution in order to create an environment in which life as we know it could unfold. Beginning with simple mathematics, these predictable rules led to the advent of the planet itself, as well as cells, organs and organelles, ecosystems, and increasingly complex life forms. McFarland provides an accessible discussion of a geological history as well, describing how the inorganic matter on Earth underwent chemical reactions with air and water, allowing for life to emerge from the world's first rocks. He traces the history of life all the way to modern neuroscience, and shows how the bioelectric signals that make up the human brain were formed. Most popular science books on the topic present either the physics of how the universe formed, or the biology of how complex life came about; this book's approach would be novel in that it condenses in an engaging way the chemistry that links the two fields. This book is an accessible and multidisciplinary look at how life on our planet came to be, and how it continues to develop and change even today.

This book includes 40 illustrations by Gala Bent, print artist and studio faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts, and Mary Anderson, medical illustrator.

The Face Reader: Discover Anyone's True Personality Through Taoist Chinese Face Reading, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

The Face Reader: Discover Anyone's True Personality Through Taoist Chinese Face Reading, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
The Face Reader: Discover Anyone's True Personality Through Taoist Chinese Face Reading, Second Edition by Patrician McCarthy
2013 | EPUB | 8.97MB

Every face tells a story. Mien Shiang—Taoist Chinese Face Reading—is a 3000 year old practice that has its roots in Taoism and Chinese Medicine. It gives you the means to discover anyone’s true personality, behaviors, and character—including your own.

Wouldn’t you like to know, simply by looking at the size and angle of a person’s cheekbones, if she was the right hire for your team? What if a quick glance at your date’s chin revealed his strong character, but marks near the outer corners of his eyes hinted at issues with fidelity? Wouldn’t you like to know the inherent gifts and challenges associated with the size, shape, and placement of each of your facial features, as well as the lines, moles, scars, and blemishes on your face?

The Face Reader (Second Edition) is the definitive book for helping you to learn how face reading can enhance every aspect of your life, from the workplace, to family life, friendships, dating, and love. It is fully illustrated with nearly 200 color photos, tables, quizzes, insightful anecdotes, and suggestions on how to best use your natural gifts and challenges.

The Elder Edda (Legends from the Ancient North) [EPUB]

The Elder Edda (Legends from the Ancient North) [EPUB]
The Elder Edda (Legends from the Ancient North) translated by Andy Orchard
2013 | EPUB | 0.6MB

Legends from the Ancient North: Five classics of Norse literature that inspired J. R. R. Tolkien's epic vision in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

Legendary fantasy writer J. R. R. Tolkien spent much of his life studying, translating, and teaching the ancient tales of northern Europe at Oxford and drew on them for his own writing. These epic stories, with their wizards and knights, dragons and trolls, cursed rings and magic swords, are as fascinating today as they were thousands of year ago. Reading them brings us as close as we will ever get to the magical worlds of the Vikings and the origins of their twentieth-century counterpart: Tolkien’s Middle Earth.

Compiled by an unknown scribe in Iceland around 1270, and based on sources dating centuries earlier, the heroic poems of The Elder Edda tell of gods and mortals from an ancient era: the giant-slaying Thor, the doomed Völsung family, the Hell-ride of Brynhild, and the cruelty of Atli the Hun. Eclectic and fragmented, these verses nevertheless retain their stark beauty and power to enthrall, opening a window on to the thoughts, beliefs and hopes of the Vikings and their world.

The Wanderer: Elegies, Epics, Riddles (Legends from the Ancient North) [EPUB]

The Wanderer: Elegies, Epics, Riddles (Legends from the Ancient North) [EPUB]
The Wanderer: Elegies, Epics, Riddles (Legends from the Ancient North) translated by Michael Alexander
2013 | EPUB | 0.63MB

Part of a new series Legends from the Ancient North, The Wanderer tells the classic tales that influenced JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

'So the company of men led a careless life,
All was well with them: until One began
To encompass evil, an enemy from hell.
Grendel they called this cruel spirit...'

J.R.R. Tolkien spent much of his life studying, translating and teaching the great epic stories of northern Europe, filled with heroes, dragons, trolls, dwarves and magic. He was hugely influential for his advocacy of Beowulf as a great work of literature and, even if he had never written The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, would be recognised today as a significant figure in the rediscovery of these extraordinary tales.

Legends from the Ancient North brings together from Penguin Classics five of the key works behind Tolkien's fiction.They are startling, brutal, strange pieces of writing, with an elemental power brilliantly preserved in these translations.They plunge the reader into a world of treachery, quests, chivalry, trials of strength.They are the most ancient narratives that exist from northern Europe and bring us as near as we will ever get to the origins of the magical landscape of Middle-earth (Midgard) which Tolkien remade in the 20th century.

The Great War Handbook [EPUB]

The Great War Handbook [EPUB]
The Great War Handbook: A Guide for Family Historians & Students of the Conflict by Geoff Bridger
2014 | EPUB | 11.05MB

Geoff Bridger’s The Great War Handbook answers many of the basic questions newcomers ask when confronted by this enormous and challenging subject – not only what happened and why, but what was the Great War like for ordinary soldiers who were caught up in it. He describes the conditions the soldiers endured, the deadly risks they ran, their daily routines and the small roles they played in the complex military machine they were part of. His comprehensive survey of every aspect of the soldier’s life, from recruitment and training, through the experience of battle and its appalling aftermath, is an essential guide for students, family historians, teachers and anyone who is eager to gain an all-round understanding of the nature of the conflict. His authoritative handbook gives a fascinating insight into the world of the Great War - it is a basic book that no student of the subject can afford to be without.

The Eat Your Way Healthy at Trader Joe's Cookbook [EPUB]

The Eat Your Way Healthy at Trader Joe's Cookbook [EPUB]
The Eat Your Way Healthy at Trader Joe's Cookbook: Over 75 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Every Meal by Bonnie Matthews
2016 | EPUB | 42.44MB

What you eat begins at the store. If you can make going to the grocery store and preparing foods at home, it is easier to reach and maintain a healthy diet. You will be happier and less stressed about what's going on in your body. Author Bonnie Matthews has created a book of delicious, healthy recipes chock full of the amazing ingredients exclusively found at Trader Joe's. With over 75 recipes that will definitely satisfy your taste buds, this cookbook is equipped to bring smiles to the entire family with kid-friendly snacks and date night cuisines. In addition, Bonnie caters to different diets, with vegan and vegetarian friendly options for main and side dishes.

For cooks-on-the-go, Trader Joe's Eat Your Way Healthy Cookbook includes simple skillet meals that incorporate grains, proteins and veggies all in one! No brainers for portioning out for the week that will help you save money. Bonus sections include how to shop at Trader Joe's and read the labels with a grocery list of essential ingredients for successful healthy mindful eating.

Here's a list of some of Bonnie's yummy recipes using ingredients only at Trader Joe's

  • Encrusted barramundi (fish) with Thai lime and chili almonds
  • Pork tenderloin with blackberry pomegranate marinade
  • Brown rice pasta with sweet basil pesto chicken sausage
  • Fresh tossed pizza with sautéed vegetables and mushroom mélange
  • Green curry stir-fry with wild caught shrimp
  • Savory Paella with mahi mahi, scallops, and shrimp
  • Kalbi BBQ and vegetable stir fry over bok choy
  • Grilled panini with pastrami style Atlantic salmon

A History of Interior Design, 4th Edition [EPUB]

A History of Interior Design, 4th Edition [EPUB]
A History of Interior Design, 4th Edition by John F Pile, Judith Gura
2013 | EPUB | 140.8MB

This classic reference presents the history of interior design from prehistory to the present. Exploring a broad range of design styles and movements, this revised and expanded edition includes coverage of non-Western design and vernacular interior architecture and features 665 photographs and drawings (color and black-and-white). A History of Interior Design is an essential resource for practicing and aspiring professionals in interior design, art history, and architecture, and general readers interested in design and the decorative arts.

Jungle of Stone [Audiobook]

Jungle of Stone [Audiobook]
Jungle of Stone: The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya [Audiobook] by William Carlsen, read by Paul Michael Garcia
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 35 mins | 456.41MB

In 1839 rumors of extraordinary yet baffling stone ruins buried within the unmapped jungles of Central America reached two of the world’s most intrepid travelers. Seized by the reports, American diplomat John Lloyd Stephens and British artist Frederick Catherwood—each already celebrated for their adventures in Egypt, the Holy Land, Greece, and Rome—sailed together out of New York Harbor on an expedition into the forbidding rainforests of present-day Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. What they found would re-write the West’s understanding of human history.

In the tradition of Lost City of Z and In the Kingdom of Ice, former San Francisco Chronicle journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist William Carlsen reveals the unforgettable true story of the discovery of the ancient Maya. Enduring disease, war, and the torments of nature and terrain, Stephens and Catherwood meticulously uncovered and documented the remains of an astonishing civilization that had flourished in the Americas at the same time as classic Greece and Rome—and had been its rival in art, architecture, and power. Their remarkable book about the experience, written by Stephens and illustrated by Catherwood, became a sensation, hailed by Edgar Allen Poe as “perhaps the most interesting book of travel ever published” and recognized today as the birth of American archeology. Most importantly, Stephens and Catherwood were the first to grasp the significance of the Maya remains, recognizing that their antiquity and sophistication overturned the West’s assumptions about the development of civilization.

By the time of the flowering of classical Greece (400 B.C.), the Maya were already constructing pyramids and temples around central plazas. Within a few hundred years the structures took on a monumental scale that required millions of man-hours of labor, technical and organizational expertise. Over the next millennium dozens of city-states evolved, each governed by powerful lords, some with populations larger than any city in Europe at the time, and connected by road-like causeways of crushed stone. The Maya developed a cohesive, unified cosmology, an array of common gods, a creation story, and a shared artistic and architectural vision. They created dazzling stucco and stone monuments and bas reliefs, sculpting figures and hieroglyphs with refined artistic skill. At their peak, an estimated ten million people occupied the Maya’s heartland on the Yucatan Peninsula, a region where only half a million now live. And yet, by the time the Spanish reached the “New World,” the classic-era Maya had all but disappeared; they would remain a mystery for the next three hundred years.

Today, the tables are turned: the Maya are justly famous, if sometimes misunderstood, while Stephens and Catherwood have been all but forgotten. Based on Carlsen’s rigorous research and his own 2,500-mile journey throughout the Yucatan and Central America, Jungle of Stone is equally a thrilling adventure narrative and a revelatory work of history that corrects our understanding of the Maya and the two remarkable men who set out in 1839 to find them.

Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) [Audiobook]

Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) [Audiobook]
Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) [Audiobook] by Chade-Meng Tan, read by Nick Sullivan
2015 | MP3@48 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 48 mins | 162.23MB

Early Google engineer and personal-growth pioneer Chade-Meng Tan first designed Search Inside Yourself as a popular course at Google, intended to transform the work and lives of the best and brightest behind one of the most innovative, successful, and profitable businesses in the world… and now it can do the same for you. Meng has distilled emotional intelligence into a set of practical and proven tools and skills that anyone can learn and develop.

Created in collaboration with a Zen master, a CEO, a Stanford University scientist, and Daniel Goleman (the guy who literally wrote the book on emotional intelligence), this program is grounded in science and expressed in a way that even a skeptical, compulsively pragmatic, engineering-oriented brain like Meng's can process. Whether your intention is to reduce stress and increase well-being, heighten focus and creativity, become more optimistic and resilient, build fulfilling relationships, or just be successful, the skills provided by Search Inside Yourself will prove invaluable for you. This is your guide to enhancing productivity and creativity, finding meaning and fulfillment in your work and life, and experiencing profound peace, compassion, and happiness while doing so.

Search Inside Yourself reveals how to calm your mind on demand and return it to a natural state of happiness; deepen self-awareness in a way that fosters self-confidence; harness empathy and compassion into outstanding leadership; and build highly productive collaborations based on trust and transparent communication.

In other words, Search Inside Yourself shows you how to grow inner joy while succeeding at your work. Meng writes: "Some people buy books that teach them to be liked; others buy books that teach them to be successful. This book teaches you both. You are so lucky."

HBR Guide to Leading Teams [EPUB]

HBR Guide to Leading Teams [EPUB]
HBR Guide to Leading Teams by Mary Shapiro
2015 | EPUB | 3.32MB

Great teams don’t just happen.

How often have you sat in team meetings complaining to yourself, “Why does it take forever for this group to make a simple decision? What are we even trying to achieve?” As a team leader, you have the power to improve things. It’s up to you to get people to work well together and produce results.

Written by team expert Mary Shapiro, the HBR Guide to Leading Teams will help you avoid the pitfalls you’ve experienced in the past by focusing on the often-neglected people side of teams. With practical exercises, guidelines for structured team conversations, and step-by-step advice, this guide will help you:

  • Pick the right team members
  • Set clear, smart goals
  • Foster camaraderie and cooperation
  • Hold people accountable
  • Address and correct bad behavior
  • Keep your team focused and motivated

The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations [EPUB]

The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations [EPUB]
The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations by John P Kotter, Dan S Cohen
2012 | EPUB | 0.66MB

Moving beyond the process of change

Why is change so hard? Because in order to make any transformation successful, you must change more than just the structure and operations of an organization—you need to change people’s behavior. And that is never easy.

The Heart of Change is your guide to helping people think and feel differently in order to meet your shared goals. According to bestselling author and renowned leadership expert John Kotter and coauthor Dan Cohen, this focus on connecting with people’s emotions is what will spark the behavior change and actions that lead to success. Now freshly designed, The Heart of Change is the engaging and essential complement to Kotter’s worldwide bestseller Leading Change.

Building off of Kotter’s revolutionary eight-step process, this book vividly illustrates how large-scale change can work. With real-life stories of people in organizations, the authors show how teams and individuals get motivated and activated to overcome obstacles to change—and produce spectacular results. Kotter and Cohen argue that change initiatives often fail because leaders rely too exclusively on data and analysis to get buy-in from their teams instead of creatively showing or doing something that appeals to their emotions and inspires them to spring into action. They call this the see-feel-change dynamic, and it is crucial for the success of any true organizational transformation.

Refreshingly clear and eminently practical, The Heart of Change is required reading for anyone facing the challenges inherent in leading change.

Churchill: A Biography by Roy Jenkins [EPUB]

Churchill: A Biography by Roy Jenkins [EPUB]
Churchill: A Biography by Roy Jenkins
2002 | EPUB | 4.05MB

From the admiralty to the miner's strike, from the Battle of Britain to the Nobel Prize, Churchill oversaw some of the most important events the World has ever seen. Roy Jenkins faithfully presents these events, while also managing to convey the contradictions and quirks in Churchill's character.

In depth analysis and brilliant historical research make this a magnificent one-volume biography of an extraordinary life. In some ways a companion piece to his excellent biography of Gladstone, Churchill is packed with insights that only a fellow politician could convey.

Drugs: A Novel [EPUB]

Drugs: A Novel [EPUB]
Drugs: A Novel by J R Helton
2012 | EPUB | 2.66MB

Drugs is a story about Jake Stewart, a middle-class American from Texas who uses drugs and likes them. More importantly, he lives with them.

In author J. R. Helton's hilarious prose, Jake inimitably narrates the ups and downs of being a functional user of marijuana, cocaine, MDMA, alcohol, nicotine, brand name hydrocodone, and countless other drugs readily available and commonly partaken of in modern America. We follow Jake on car rides with his coke dealer to menace connections in supermarket parking lots, buying prescription opiates from a megacorporate health and beauty clinic, falling in love with his wife while on a series of mushroom trips through San Antonio and Austin, binging on nitrous oxide canisters to spectral visions of Julianne Moore whispering his name. Along the way, Jake explains the effects of the drugs he's done--not only on his body but on his soul--and at the same time lampoons an America that pretends, against all reason, that drug use is the province of the weak and the socially outcast, while simultaneously getting high and profiting off of it: an America in which drug use is not just a part of the American mainstream, but may be one of the only sane responses to the American mainstream.

The contemporary heir of William S. Burroughs's classic Junky, J. R. Helton's novel Drugs shows us--through sly wit, deceptively powerful prose, and the unmistakable ring of truth--a side of America that most of us allow to remain hidden in plain sight.

James Joyce's 'Work in Progress': Pre-Book Publications of Finnegans Wake Fragments [EPUB]

James Joyce's 'Work in Progress': Pre-Book Publications of Finnegans Wake Fragments [EPUB]
James Joyce's 'Work in Progress': Pre-Book Publications of Finnegans Wake Fragments by Dirk Van Hulle
2016 | EPUB | 4.61MB

The text of Finnegans Wake is not as monolithic as it might seem. It grew out of a set of short vignettes, sections and fragments. Several of these sections, which James Joyce confidently claimed would "fuse of themselves", are still recognizable in the text of Finnegans Wake. And while they are undeniably integrated very skillfully, they also function separately. In this publication history, Dirk Van Hulle examines the interaction between the private composition process and the public life of Joyce's 'Work in Progress', from the creation of the separate sections through their publication in periodicals and as separately published sections. Van Hulle highlights the beautifully crafted editions published by fine arts presses and Joyce's encouragement of his daughter's creative talents, even as his own creative process was slowing down in the 1930s. All of these pre-book publications were "alive" in both bibliographic and textual terms, as Joyce continually changed the texts in order to prepare the book publication of Finnegans Wake. Van Hulle's book offers a fresh perspective on these texts, showing that they are not just preparatory versions of Finnegans Wake but a 'Work in Progress' in their own right.

Baroque Art by Victoria Charles, Klaus Carl [EPUB]

Baroque Art by Victoria Charles, Klaus Carl [EPUB]
Baroque Art by Victoria Charles, Klaus Carl
2015 | EPUB | 7.46MB

The Baroque period lasted from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the middle of the eighteenth century. Baroque art was artists’ response to the Catholic Church’s demand for solemn grandeur following the Council of Trent, and through its monumentality and grandiloquence it seduced the great European courts. Amongst the Baroque arts, architecture has, without doubt, left the greatest mark in Europe: the continent is dotted with magnificent Baroque churches and palaces, commissioned by patrons at the height of their power. The works of Gian Lorenzo Bernini of the Southern School and Peter Paul Rubens of the Northern School alone show the importance of this artistic period. Rich in images encompassing the arts of painting, sculpture and architecture, this work offers a complete insight into this passionate period in the history of art.

Edward Hopper by Gerry Souter [EPUB]

Edward Hopper by Gerry Souter [EPUB]
Edward Hopper by Gerry Souter
2012 | EPUB | 4.79MB

In his works, Hopper poetically expressed the solitude of man confronted to the American way of life as it developed in the 1920s. Inspired by the movies and particularly by the various camera angles and attitudes of characters, his paintings expose the alienation of mass culture. Done in cold colours and inhabited by anonymous characters, Hopper's paintings also symbolically reflect the Great Depression. Through a series of different reproductions (etchings, watercolours, and oil-on-canvas paintings), as well as thematic and artistic analysis, the author sheds new light on the enigmatic and tortured world of this outstanding figure.

Auguste Rodin by Rainer Maria Rilke [EPUB]

Auguste Rodin by Rainer Maria Rilke [EPUB]
Auguste Rodin by Rainer Maria Rilke
2012 | EPUB | 5.59MB

Influenced by the masters of Antiquity, the genius of Michelangelo and Baroque sculpture, particularly of Bernini, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) is one of the most renowned artists in history. Though Rodin is considered a founder of modern sculpture, he did not set out to critique past classical traditions. Many of his sculptures were criticised and considered controversial because of their sensuality or hyperrealist qualities. His most original works departed from traditional themes of mythology and allegory, and embraced the human body, celebrating individualism and physicality. This book uncovers the life and career of this highly acclaimed artist by exploring his most famous works of art, such as the Gates of Hell, The Thinker and the infamous The Kiss.

Egon Schiele by Esther Selsdon, Jeanette Zwingenberger [EPUB]

Egon Schiele by Esther Selsdon, Jeanette Zwingenberger [EPUB]
Egon Schiele by Esther Selsdon, Jeanette Zwingenberger
2012 | EPUB | 5.07MB

Egon Schiele (1890-1918) is one of the great Expressionist painters. He was taught by Gustav Klimt, and at a very early age, like his Viennese Secession predecessors broke with the traditions of official Austrian art. His numerous self portraits and nude models remained consistent throughout his career in keeping with his erotic, sensual and tormented visions of art. The paintings and text included in this book bring the extraordinary talent of this artist who, sadly, died of Spanish influenza at the age of 28 in Vienna.

Dalí by Eric Shanes [EPUB]

Dalí by Eric Shanes [EPUB]
Dalí by Eric Shanes
2014 | EPUB | 2.41MB

Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) is best known for his unique and striking style with an extraordinary repertoire reaching out across film, painting, photography, and sculpture. Whilst his name may be most commonly associated with Surrealism, Dalí consummately displayed mastery over such broad genres as classical, modernist, and Cubist styles. A crucial figure in art history, Dalí has inspired countless literary works and this edifying Best Of volume gives readers a fascinating insight into the life and career highlights of one of art’s most controversial and exciting pioneers.

Building Today's Green Home: Practical, Cost-Effective and Eco-Responsible Homebuilding [EPUB]

Building Today's Green Home: Practical, Cost-Effective and Eco-Responsible Homebuilding [EPUB]
Building Today's Green Home: Practical, Cost-Effective and Eco-Responsible Homebuilding by Art Smith
2009 | EPUB | 22.02MB

The modern dream home is practical, but doesn't sacrifice quality, and uses sustainable and easily maintained building materials. Building the right-sized green home involves making eco-smart decisions. In Building Today's Green Home, you'll learn all you need to know in order to make your green home a reality, including:

  • How to choose the correct location of your building lot and what is the optimum placement of your house to take advantage of solar energy
  • How to design the right-sized home for your needs now and in the future
  • What are the best sustainable construction materials to use for building your home
  • About the newest insulation materials and techniques
  • What HVAC units are the most efficient and are the best at saving energy
  • How to grade the building lot for natural sustainability

The decisions you make today will have a huge impact on your future and the future of your children. Plus, building the right-sized energy-efficient home will free up investment capital for your retirement years. What are you waiting for? Learn how to build your green home today!

Read Again without Glasses [PDF]

Read Again without Glasses [PDF]
Read Again without Glasses by Leo Angart
2014 | PDF | 1.82MB

Leo Angart is a business consultant, author and trainer. Having worn glasses for more than 25 years he writes from personal experience. It has now been more than 19 years since he threw away his glasses. In this follow up to Improve Your Eyesight Naturally, Leo concentrates on curing presbyopia, the inability to focus on near objects. He explains what presbyopia is and how you can tone your eye muscles, release tension and build up energy in order to regain your natural eyesight. Vision Training is based on the presupposition that clear vision is a natural state and you can achieve natural clear vision via simple exercises.

Improve Your Eyesight Naturally: See Results Quickly [EPUB]

Improve Your Eyesight Naturally: See Results Quickly [EPUB]
Improve Your Eyesight Naturally: See Results Quickly by Leo Angart
2012 | EPUB | 4.15MB

This book details strategies designed to improve your eyesight by literally exercising your ability to see. Leo's approach is very specific and targets each degree of vision problem. He explains how you can tone your eye-muscles, release tension and build up energy in order to regain your natural eyesight. Improve Your Eyesight Naturally includes simple vision tests that you can use yourself to verify your level of vision and monitor your improvements.

Crusading as an Act of Vengeance, 1095-1216 [EPUB]

Crusading as an Act of Vengeance, 1095-1216 [EPUB]
Crusading as an Act of Vengeance, 1095-1216 by Susanna A Throop
2011 | EPUB | 2.39MB

Only recently have historians of the crusades begun to seriously investigate the presence of the idea of crusading as an act of vengeance, despite its frequent appearance in crusading sources. Understandably, many historians have primarily concentrated on non-ecclesiastical phenomena such as feuding, purportedly a component of "secular" culture and the interpersonal obligations inherent in medieval society. This has led scholars to several assumptions regarding the nature of medieval vengeance and the role that various cultures of vengeance played in the crusading movement. This monograph revises those assumptions and posits a new understanding of how crusading was conceived as an act of vengeance in the context of the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries.

Through textual analysis of specific medieval vocabulary it has been possible to clarify the changing course of the concept of vengeance in general as well as the more specific idea of crusading as an act of vengeance. The concept of vengeance was intimately connected with the ideas of justice and punishment. It was perceived as an expression of power, embedded in a series of commonly understood emotional responses, and also as an expression of orthodox Christian values. There was furthermore a strong link between religious zeal, righteous anger, and the vocabulary of vengeance. By looking at these concepts in detail, and in the context of current crusading methodologies, fresh vistas are revealed that allow for a better understanding of the crusading movement and those who "took the cross," with broader implications for the study of crusading ideology and twelfth-century spirituality in general.

Perfume: A Century of Scents [EPUB]

Perfume: A Century of Scents [EPUB]
Perfume: A Century of Scents by Lizzie Ostrom
2016 | EPUB | 5.01MB

The incredible stories of 100 perfumes from a whole century of scents.

Signature scents and now lost masterpieces; the visionaries who conceived them; the wild and wonderful campaigns that launched them; the women and men who wore them – every perfume has a tale to tell.

Join Lizzie Ostrom, dubbed ‘the Heston Blumenthal of perfume’ (Daily Mail), on an olfactory adventure as she explores the trends and crazes that have shaped the way we’ve spritzed.

The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invented Modern America [EPUB]

The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invented Modern America [EPUB]
The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invented Modern America by Maury Klein
2008 | EPUB | 1.02MB

Maury Klein is one of America's most acclaimed historians of business and society. In The Power Makers, he offers an epic narrative of his greatest subject yet - the "power revolution" that transformed American life in the course of the nineteenth century. The steam engine; the incandescent bulb; the electric motor-inventions such as these replaced backbreaking toil with machine labor and changed every aspect of daily life in the span of a few generations.

The cast of characters includes inventors like James Watt, Elihu Thomson, and Nikola Tesla; entrepreneurs like George Westinghouse; savvy businessmen like J.P. Morgan, Samuel Insull, and Charles Coffin of General Electric. Striding among them like a colossus is the figure of Thomas Edison, who was creative genius and business visionary at once. With consummate skill, Klein recreates their discoveries, their stunning triumphs and frequent failures, and their unceasing, bare-knuckled battles in the marketplace.

In Klein's hands, their personalities and discoveries leap off the page. The Power Makers is a dazzling saga of inspired invention, dogged persistence, and business competition at its most naked and cutthroat--a biography of America in its most astonishing decades.