How to Be a 3% Man [Audiobook]

How to Be a 3% Man [Audiobook]
How to Be a 3% Man [Audiobook] by Corey Wayne, read by the Author
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + AZW3 | 7 hrs 33 mins | 207.85MB

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Unlike most other books that only give you attraction and pick-up techniques, my book will teach you how to successfully pickup up women anytime, anywhere. Then it will teach you how to transition into dating, getting her to ask you to be her boyfriend, and how to maintain a long-term, healthy, and drama-free relationship, free from nagging and arguments. I guarantee it will teach you more than any other book on the subject. Period!

Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life [Audiobook]

Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life [Audiobook]
Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life [Audiobook] by Emily Nagoski, read by the Author
2015 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 1 min | 324.39MB

An essential exploration of why and how women's sexuality works - based on groundbreaking research and brain science - that will radically transform your sex life into one filled with confidence and joy.

Researchers have spent the last decade trying to develop a "pink pill" for women to function like Viagra does for men. So where is it? Well, for reasons this book makes crystal clear, that pill will never exist - but as a result of the research that's gone into it, scientists in the last few years have learned more about how women's sexuality works than we ever thought possible, and Come as You Are explains it all….

Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford [Audiobook]

Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford [Audiobook]
Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford [Audiobook] by Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin, read by George Newbern
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 14 hrs 35 mins | 399.39MB

Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his 17 years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Hill walked alongside Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era - the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard M. Nixon.

Some of his stunning, never-before-revealed anecdotes include:

  • Eisenhower's reaction at Russian Prime Minister Khrushchev's refusal to talk following the U-2 incident
  • The torture of watching himself in the Zapruder film in a Secret Service training
  • Johnson's virtual imprisonment in the White House during violent anti-Vietnam protests
  • His decision to place White House files under protection after a midnight phone call about Watergate
  • The challenges of protecting Ford after he pardoned Nixon

With a unique insider's perspective, Hill sheds new light on the characters and personalities of these five presidents, revealing their humanity in the face of grave decisions.

The King's Bed: Sex and Power in the Court of Charles II [Audiobook]

The King's Bed: Sex and Power in the Court of Charles II [Audiobook]
The King's Bed: Sex and Power in the Court of Charles II [Audiobook] by Don Jordan, Michael Walsh, read by Steve West
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 31 mins | 343.49MB

From two veteran historians comes an intelligent and spirited history of Charles II's dissolute life and surprising legacy. To refer to the private life of Charles II is to abuse the adjective. His personal life was anything but private. His amorous liaisons were largely conducted in royal palaces surrounded by friends, courtiers, and literally hundreds of servants and soldiers. Gossip radiated throughout the kingdom. Charles spent most of his wealth and his intellect on gaining and keeping the company of women, from the lowest of society such as the actress Nell Gwyn to the aristocratic Louise de Kérouaille. Some of Charles' women played their part in the affairs of state, coloring the way the nation was run.

The authors take us inside Charles' palace, where we will meet court favorites, amusing confidants, advisors jockeying for political power, mistresses past and present, as well as key figures in Charles' inner circle, including his "pimpmasters" and his personal pox doctor.

The astonishing personal life of Charles II reveals much about the man he was and why he lived and ruled as he did. The King's Bed tells the compelling story of a king ruled by his passion.

The Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the Worlds Most Terrifying Murderers [Audiobook]

The Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the Worlds Most Terrifying Murderers [Audiobook]
The Serial Killer Files: The Who, What, Where, How, and Why of the Worlds Most Terrifying Murderers [Audiobook] by Harold Schechter, read by Charles Constant
2016 | M4B@64 kbps | 18 hrs 23 mins | 500.37MB

Hollywood's make-believe maniacs like Jason, Freddy, and Hannibal Lecter can't hold a candle to real-life monsters like John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and scores of others who have terrorized, tortured, and terminated their way across civilization throughout the ages. Now, from the much-acclaimed author of Deviant, Deranged, and Depraved, comes the ultimate resource on the serial killer phenomenon.

Rigorously researched, this innovative and highly compelling compendium covers every aspect of multiple murderers, including psychology, cinema, fetishism, fan clubs, "trophies", and trading cards.

Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior [Audiobook]

Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior [Audiobook]
Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior [Audiobook] by Rorke Denver, Ellis Henican, read by Rorke Denver
2013 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 58 mins | 193.38MB

Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs - the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now. With his years of action-packed mission experience and a top training role, Lieutenant Commander Denver understands exactly how tomorrow's soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated, and deployed.

Now, Denver takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees. He recounts his experience evolving from a young SEAL hopeful pushing his way through Hell Week, into a warrior engaging in dangerous stealth missions across the globe, and finally into a lieutenant commander directing the indoctrination, requalification programs, and the "Hero or Zero" missions his SEALs undertake.

From his own SEAL training and missions overseas, Denver details how the SEALs' creative operations became front and center in America's War on Terror - and how they are altering warfare everywhere. In fourteen years as a SEAL officer, Rorke Denver tangled with drug lords in Latin America, stood up to violent mobs in Liberia, and battled terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan. Leading 200 commando missions, he earned the Bronze Star with V for valor.

Worth Dying For: A Navy Seal's Call to a Nation [Audiobook]

Worth Dying For: A Navy Seal's Call to a Nation [Audiobook]
Worth Dying For: A Navy Seal's Call to a Nation [Audiobook] by Rorke Denver, Ellis Henican, read by Rorke Denver
2016 | M4B@64 kbps | 4 hrs 50 mins | 132.01MB

In a fast-paced and action-packed narrative, Navy SEAL commander Rorke Denver tackles the questions that have emerged about America's past decade at war - from what makes a hero to why we fight and what it does to us. Heroes are not always the guys who jump on grenades. Sometimes, they are the snipers who decide to hold their fire, the wounded operators who find fresh ways to contribute, or the wives who keep the families together back home. Even a SEAL commander - especially a SEAL commander - knows that. But what's a hero, really? What do we have a right to expect from our heroes? How should we hold them accountable?

Amid all the loose talk of heroes, these questions are seldom asked. As a SEAL commander, Rorke Denver is uniquely qualified to answer questions about what makes a hero or a leader, why men kill, how best to serve your country, how battlefield experiences can elevate us, and most importantly, why we fight and what it does for and to us.

In Worth Dying For, Denver tackles many of these issues by sharing his personal experiences from the forefront of war today. Denver applies some of his SEAL-sense to nine big-picture, news-driven questions of war and peace, in a way that appeals to all sides of the public conversation. By broadening the issues, sharing his insights, and achieving what civilian political leaders have been utterly unable to, Denver eloquently shares answers to America's most burning questions about war, heroism, and what it all means for America's future.

The Chaos Imperative: How Chance and Disruption Increase Innovation, Effectiveness, and Success [Audiobook]

The Chaos Imperative: How Chance and Disruption Increase Innovation, Effectiveness, and Success [Audiobook]
The Chaos Imperative: How Chance and Disruption Increase Innovation, Effectiveness, and Success [Audiobook] by Ori Brafman, Judah Pollack, read by Drew Birdseye
2013 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 28 mins | 247.11MB

People and organizations tend to approach chaos as if it were an unruly beast - something that needs to be reined in, or avoided at all costs. But what if there's a benefit to chaos? What if it's actually crucial for inspiring industry innovation?

In The Chaos Imperative organizational thinker and best-selling author Ori Brafman and management consultant Judah Pollack dramatically demonstrate how even the best and most efficient organizations - from Fortune 500 companies to today's US Army - can become more innovative by allowing a little unstructured space and "contained chaos" into their planning and decision-making.

Through their consulting work, they realized that while structure and hierarchy are essential both in large corporations and small groups, too much of either can stifle creativity.

Weaving together stories and case studies with insights from areas as far-reaching as neuroscience, medieval history, and video gaming, Brafman and Pollack reveal how creating pockets of chaos within organizations can inspire the creative leaps that lead to new growth.

And on That Bombshell: Inside the Madness and Genius of TOP GEAR [Audiobook]

And on That Bombshell: Inside the Madness and Genius of TOP GEAR [Audiobook]
And on That Bombshell: Inside the Madness and Genius of TOP GEAR [Audiobook] by Richard Porter, read by Ben Elliot
2015 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 35 mins | 231.81MB

For 13 years, 22 series and 175 shows, Richard Porter was script editor of Top Gear, from the first faltering pilot episode in 2002 until the very last show presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in 2015.

Along the way they destroyed cars, sparked diplomatic incidents, set fire to caravans, almost killed one of the presenters, and somehow transformed Top Gear from a shabby BBC Two motoring show into an Emmy-winning, record-breaking, planet-straddling behemoth.

And on That Bombshell tells stories from behind the scenes of one of the world's most successful television programmes, taking in driving monkeys, broken bones, flying cars, angry rednecks and Jeremy Clarkson's secret.

Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting [Audiobook]

Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting [Audiobook]
Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting [Audiobook] by Lesley Stahl, read by the Author
2016 | M4A@96 kbps | 7 hrs 44 mins | 335.86MB

From one of the country's most recognizable journalists: how becoming a grandmother transforms a woman's life.

After four decades as a reporter, Lesley Stahl says the most vivid and transforming experience of her life was not covering the White House, interviewing heads of state, or any other of her stories at 60 Minutes. It was becoming a grandmother. She was hit with a jolt of joy so intense and unexpected, she wanted to "investigate" it - as though it was a news flash! And so, using her 60 Minutes skills, she explores how grandmothering changes a woman's life, interviewing her friends, like Whoopi Goldberg; her colleagues, like Diane Sawyer; and the proverbial woman next door.

On top of these personal accounts, she interviews scientists and doctors about physiological changes in women when they have grandchildren, anthropologists about why there are grandmothers in evolutionary terms, and psychiatrists about the therapeutic effects of grandchildren on both grandmothers and grandfathers.

All through the book, Stahl shares her stories about her own life now with two granddaughters, Jordan and Chloe; how her relationship with her daughter, Taylor, has changed; and how being a grandfather has affected her husband, Aaron.

In an era when baby boomers are becoming grandparents in droves, when young parents need all the help they can get with raising their children - and with a grandmother in the running to be our next US president - Stahl's book is a timely and affecting listen that redefines a cherished relationship.

The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right [Audiobook]

The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right [Audiobook]
The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right [Audiobook] by Arthur Goldwag, read by Robert Brown
2013 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 35 mins | 371.36MB

From the author of -Isms and -Ologies, here is a deeply researched, fascinating history of the role that organized hatred has played in American politics. The New Hate takes listeners on a surprising, often shocking, sometimes bizarrely amusing tour through the swamps of nativism, racism, and paranoia that have long thrived on the American fringe. Arthur Goldwag shows us the parallels between the hysteria about the Illuminati that wracked the new American Republic in the 1790s and the McCarthyism that roiled the 1950s, and he discusses the similarities between the anti-New Deal forces of the 1930s and the Tea Party movement today. He traces Henry Ford's anti-Semitism and the John Birch Society's "Insiders" back to the notorious Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and he relates white supremacist nightmares about racial pollution to nineteenth-century fears of papal plots.

Written with verve and wit, this lively history is indispensable listening for anyone who wants to understand the recent re-ascendance of extremism in American politics.

Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love [Audiobook]

Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love [Audiobook]
Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love [Audiobook] by David Talbot, read by Arthur Morey
2012 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 17 hours | 464.41MB

Season of the Witch is the first book to fully capture the dark magic of San Francisco in this breathtaking period, when the city radically changed itself - and then revolutionized the world. The cool gray city of love was the epicenter of the 1960s cultural revolution. But by the early 1970s, San Francisco's ecstatic experiment came crashing down from its starry heights. The city was rocked by savage murder sprees, mysterious terror campaigns, political assassinations, street riots, and finally a terrifying sexual epidemic. No other city endured so many calamities in such a short time span.

David Talbot takes us deep into the riveting story of his city's ascent, decline, and heroic recovery. He draws intimate portraits of San Francisco's legendary demons and saviors: Charles Manson, Patty Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army, Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, Bill Graham, Herb Caen, the Cockettes, Harvey Milk, Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple, Joe Montana and the Super Bowl 49ers. He reveals how the city emerged from the trials of this period with a new brand of "San Francisco values", including gay marriage, medical marijuana, immigration sanctuary, universal health care, recycling, renewable energy, consumer safety, and a living wage mandate. Considered radical when they were first introduced, these ideas have become the bedrock of decent society in many parts of the country, and exemplify the ways that the city now inspires us toward a live-and-let-live tolerance, a shared sense of humanity, and an openness to change.

As a new generation of activists and dreamers seeks its own path to a more enlightened future, Season of the Witch - with its epic tale of the wild and bloody birth of San Francisco values - offers both inspiration and cautionary wisdom.

The Killing of Osama Bin Laden [Audiobook]

The Killing of Osama Bin Laden [Audiobook]
The Killing of Osama Bin Laden [Audiobook] by Seymour M Hersh, read by Eric Martin
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 3 hrs 31 mins | 96.56MB

Electrifying investigation of White House lies about the assassination of Osama bin Laden

In 2011, an elite group of US Navy SEALS stormed an enclosure in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad and killed Osama bin Laden, the man the United States had begun chasing before the devastating attacks of 9/11. The news did much to boost President Obama's first term and played a major part in his reelection victory of the following year. But much of the story of that night, as presented to the world, was incomplete or a lie. The evidence of what actually went on remains hidden.

At the same time, the full story of the United States' involvement in the Syrian civil war has been kept behind a diplomatic curtain, concealed by doublespeak. It is a policy of obfuscation that has compelled the White House to turn a blind eye to Turkey's involvement in supporting ISIS and its predecessors in Syria.

This investigation, which began as a series of essays in the London Review of Books, has ignited a firestorm of controversy in the world media. In his introduction, Hersh asks what will be the legacy of Obama's time in office. Was it an era of "change we can believe in" or a season of lies and compromises that continued George W. Bush's misconceived War on Terror? How did he lose the confidence of the general in charge of America's forces, who acted in direct contradiction to the White House? What else do we not know?

Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics [Audiobook]

Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics [Audiobook]
Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics [Audiobook] by Daniel Stedman Jones, read by Ken Maxon
2012 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 15 hrs 55 mins | 432.32MB

How did American and British policymakers become so enamored with free markets, deregulation, and limited government? This book - the first comprehensive transatlantic history of the rise of neoliberal politics - presents a surprising answer. Based on archival research and interviews with leading participants in the movement, Masters of the Universe traces the ascendancy of neoliberalism from the academy of interwar Europe to supremacy under Reagan and Thatcher and in the decades since. Daniel Stedman Jones argues that there was nothing inevitable about the victory of free-market politics. Far from being the story of the simple triumph of right-wing ideas, the neoliberal breakthrough was contingent on the economic crises of the 1970s and the acceptance of the need for new policies by the political left.

Masters of the Universe describes neoliberalism's road to power, beginning in interwar Europe but shifting its center of gravity after 1945 to the United States, especially to Chicago and Virginia, where it acquired a simple clarity that was developed into an uncompromising political message. Neoliberalism was communicated through a transatlantic network of think tanks, businessmen, politicians, and journalists that was held together by Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman. After the collapse of Bretton Woods in 1971, and the "stagflation" that followed, their ideas finally began to take hold as Keynesianism appeared to self-destruct. Later, after the elections of Reagan and Thatcher, a guileless faith in free markets came to dominate politics.

Fascinating, important, and timely, this is a book for anyone who wants to understand the history behind the Anglo-American love affair with the free market, as well as the origins of the current economic crisis.

Lab Girl [Audiobook]

Lab Girl [Audiobook]
Lab Girl [Audiobook] by Hope Jahren, read by the Author
2016 | M4A@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 45 mins | 476.35MB

An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime collaboration, in work and in life; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see and think about the natural world.

Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Her first book might have been a revelatory treatise on plant life. Lab Girl is that, but it is also so much more. Because in it, Jahren also shares with us her inspiring life story, in prose that takes your breath away.

Lab Girl is a book about work, about love, and about the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren's remarkable stories: about the things she's discovered in her lab as well as how she got there; about her childhood - hours of unfettered play in her father's laboratory; about how she found a sanctuary in science and learned to perform lab work "with both the heart and the hands"; about a brilliant and wounded man named Bill, who became her loyal colleague and best friend; about their adventurous, sometimes rogue research trips, which take them from the Midwest all across the United States and over the Atlantic, from the ever-light skies of the North Pole to tropical Hawaii; and about her constant striving to do and be the best she could, never allowing personal or professional obstacles to cloud her dedication to her work.

Jahren's probing look at plants, her astonishing tenacity of spirit, and her insights on nature enliven every minute of this book. Lab Girl allows us to see with clear eyes the beautiful, sophisticated mechanisms within every leaf, blade of grass, and flower petal and the power within ourselves to face - with bravery and conviction - life's ultimate challenge: discovering who we are.

How to Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life [Audiobook]

How to Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life [Audiobook]
How to Be a Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Tudor Life [Audiobook] by Ruth Goodman, read by Heather Wilds
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 10 hrs 22 mins | 286.32MB

On the heels of her triumphant How to Be a Victorian, Ruth Goodman travels even further back in English history to the era closest to her heart, the dramatic period from the crowning of Henry VII to the death of Elizabeth I.

Drawing on her own adventures living in re-created Tudor conditions, Goodman serves as our intrepid guide to 16th-century living. Proceeding from daybreak to bedtime, this charming, illustrative work celebrates the ordinary lives of those who labored through the era. From sounding the "hue and cry" to alert a village to danger to malting grain for homemade ale, from the gruesome sport of bear-baiting to cuckolding and cross-dressing - the madcap habits and revealing intimacies of life in the time of Shakespeare are vividly rendered for the insatiably curious.

The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour [Audiobook]

The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour [Audiobook]
The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour [Audiobook] by Andrei Cherny, read by Jonathan Davis
2009 | M4B@56 kbps | 24 hrs 22 mins | 629.05MB

Acclaimed author Andrei Cherny tells the gripping saga of a rag-tag band of Americans - with limited resources and little hope for success - keeping West Berliners alive in the face of Soviet tyranny, winning the hearts and minds of former enemies, and giving the world a shining example of fundamental goodness.

The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World [TTC Video]

The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World [TTC Video]
The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World [TTC Video] by Ian Worthington
Course No 3310 | AVI, XviD, 640x480 | MP3, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 48x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 8.95GB

300 Spartans guarding the pass at Thermopylae. Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle engaging in a dialogue that will give birth to Western philosophy. Alexander the Great conquering nearly the entire ancient world. The military and political history of ancient Greece is famously endowed with stirring scenes such as these. But Greek history is much more than a series of gripping set pieces.

The four centuries that saw the remarkable rise of Greek civilization tell a complex story about the growth of the institutions that laid the foundations for Western civilization.

Traditions that we take for granted today—including open political debate, trial by jury, and the concept of the social contract—were born and reached a vigorous maturity during this era. Not only do the traditions of democracy, law, and empire connect the ancient world with the modern, they also tell us more about the Greeks than any other aspect of their society, including their celebrated artistic and cultural achievements.

The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World immerses you in this exciting crucible of innovation in 48 fascinating lectures that focus on Greek democracy, law, and empire, as well as the people who molded them during the Archaic and Classical periods. Taught by award-winning scholar and educator Ian Worthington of the University of Missouri–Columbia, this comprehensive course takes you from 750 to 323 B.C.—a span of history that contains the emergence of Greece at the end of the Dark Ages and the final disintegration of Greek autonomy through the Macedonian kings Philip II and Alexander the Great.

Hard-Fought Struggles

Concentrating on the city-states of mainland Greece, with a special focus on Athens, The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World takes you through some of history's most hard-fought struggles—from armed conflicts (such as the Persian Wars, the Peloponnesian War, and the campaigns of Alexander the Great) to political and social struggles (including the late 6th-century civil war in Athens that pitted nobles against the lower classes and eventually produced the first stirrings of democracy).

This course, which covers more than three centuries of rich Athenian and Greek history, is an incredibly detailed look at the birth and maturation of our modern law and democracy. As you explore innovative Athenian approaches to law and empire, you discover how these approaches served as the bedrock for ideas and practices that you live with every day. You also encounter a wealth of intriguing links to many of our own contemporary institutions and attitudes:

  • Democracy: Ancient democracy, like its modern form, was more than a matter of showing up at an assembly to cast a vote. The practice had a complex structure from the start, along with an ever-changing system of checks and balances.
  • Law: Trial by jury was an invention of Athenian lawgivers, as was arbitration and the right of appeal. According to Professor Worthington, even lawyers originated in Athens in the form of professionals who were hired to write and deliver speeches in the courts.
  • Empire: The age that produced Alexander the Great, whose sprawling empire disintegrated after his death, holds lessons about the danger of imperial overreach. By contrast, Alexander's father Philip II knew how to conquer—and how to negotiate and compromise as well.

Explore a Time of Exciting Developments

The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World begins with a strong background on the Bronze and Dark Ages, the turbulent era that led up to the Archaic and Classical periods. In the popular imagination, the Classical period is synonymous with ancient Greek culture, thanks to its memorable achievements in drama, architecture, sculpture, history, philosophy, oratory, and other fields. The Archaic period, however, evokes something backward and unsophisticated—a misunderstanding that Professor Worthington quickly clears up for you.

The Archaic period, as you discover, was instead a time of exciting political, social, and cultural developments; the period's Greek root, arche, means the start of something new. It was during this time that an innovative spirit began to transform the old world through developments such as new pottery styles, the first Olympic games, the composition of the Homeric poems, the Greek alphabet, the establishment of colonies, and especially the codification of laws and the institution of new forms of government, notably democracy.

Throughout these insightful lectures, you explore the contributions of many celebrated figures from this period such as these:

  • Pisistratus, the benevolent Athenian dictator who practiced a peaceful foreign policy and encouraged the cultivation of olives to make and export olive oil—an industry that the area surrounding Athens continues to pursue
  • Lycurgus, Sparta's mysterious lawgiver who (according to legend) instituted the city-state's rigorous and notorious system of military training
  • Cleisthenes, a reformer who eased Athens's class strife through a radical reorganization of its citizen body and who is referred to by some as the father of democracy
  • Ephialtes, who completed the political revolution begun by the lawgiver Solon and inaugurated radical democracy in Athens
  • Pericles, the Athenian statesman and general who made Athens an imperial power and sparked the outbreak of the Peloponnesian War
  • Philip II, the king who transformed Macedonia from a backwater into the era's foremost military power
  • Alexander the Great, Philip's son and one of history's most renowned military figures, who furthered his father's imperial mission and conquered most of ancient Greece (and beyond) before his death

A Scholarly Detective Who Reevaluates Traditional Views

An expert in the Archaic period, Professor Worthington knows this period of history inside and out; his consummate knowledge of ancient Greece enriches every one of these in-depth lectures. What makes The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World such a refreshing look at this critical period in human history is that Professor Worthington is never shy about questioning received opinion. Throughout the course, he constantly pauses to reevaluate traditional views and employs the instincts of a detective to explore probing questions and issues:

  • Was Dracon really draconian? A Wild West style of justice prevailed in Athens before the aristocrat Dracon took the first steps toward a rational legal system by making the administration of justice uniform. This progressive measure has been overshadowed, however, by Dracon's prescribed penalty of death for all crimes.
  • When exactly did the Classical period begin? Many historians date the beginning of the Classical period with the start of the Persian Wars. Professor Worthington reveals, however, that Classical Greeks looked back on their victory in the Persian Wars as part of a bygone golden age, not as the prelude to their own strife-filled era.
  • Was Cleon a bad strategist? The reputation of the politician and military leader Cleon has suffered at the hands of the historian Thucydides and the playwright Aristophanes. Professor Worthington argues that instead of being such a disaster for Athens during the Peloponnesian War, Cleon was correct in many of his assessments and acted in the city's best interest.
  • Just what did Alexander the Great achieve? History has long viewed Alexander the Great as an icon of military skill and leadership. But Professor Worthington argues that the legends that glorify Alexander the Great obscure the truly great accomplishments of his father, King Philip II.

In addition, Professor Worthington continually questions and analyzes hallowed ancient historical sources. Comparing the historians Thucydides and Herodotus, he observes that "Thucydides never tells us his sources or his reasons for accepting or rejecting something, merely that he is right. Although Herodotus gets things wrong, he does cite his sources. … This allows us the chance to make up our own minds."

And in presenting his alternative interpretations of history, Professor Worthington invites you to make up your own mind, as well.

What You Owe to History

An important reason to study the history of Classical and Archaic Greece is that the world the Greeks represent—and which we inherited—so clearly hung by a thread at many points during its long and thrilling evolution. By the end of Professor Worthington's final captivating lecture, you discover that there was nothing inevitable about democracy, the Western concept of justice, or any of the other traditions and institutions that now play such central roles in the politics of the modern Western world.

While our current political institutions continue to grow stronger with time, it is essential to recognize that at one point, they were fragile and haphazard, their fate uncertain. As with many eventful tales, The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World's story of how this tentative structure transformed into the firm foundation of our contemporary world is gripping, enlightening, and immensely rewarding.

The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World [TTC Video]

Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life [TTC Video]

Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life [TTC Video]
Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life [TTC Video] by Stephen Ressler
Course No 1116 | M4V, AVC, 640x360 | AAC, 256 kbps, 2 Ch | 36x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 21.86GB

Look around you. Great masterpieces of engineering are everywhere. As soon as you get out of bed in the morning, you are putting centuries of scientific and mechanical ingenuity to use. So familiar are these structures, inventions, and services that they are all but invisible. Yet they are just as remarkable as great works such as the Parthenon, the Eiffel Tower, and the Panama Canal.

Consider for a moment the wonders of these marvels that have likely already played an important part in your day today:

  • Residential construction: Built with common materials and simple tools, the modern house is a technological system for living. It provides protection and comfort, access to life’s necessities, and a flexible space for work and recreation.
  • Telecommunications: Able to link you to any phone in the world, the traditional phone system is miraculous enough. Even more wondrous is the array of services available through new telecommunications technologies such as cellular networks.
  • Transportation: You can get there from here, thanks to automotive engineering, petroleum drilling and refining, satellite navigation, and a road system that is fast, safe, and goes almost everywhere.
  • Water and power: Your house would be dark and bleak without connections to infrastructure systems that supply fresh water, dispose of wastewater, and furnish a power source—electricity—that provides illumination and animates most of your household appliances.

All of us use these technologies, and knowing how they work empowers us in major ways. Anyone who owns a home or is in the market for one benefits enormously from understanding how it is constructed and how the roof, insulation, plumbing, wiring, heating, and cooling systems are integrated into the building. Anyone who’s buying a car or needs to get one fixed can rest easier knowing how spark plugs, transmissions, tires, and brakes do their jobs.

And because the development and use of everyday technologies—from solar cells to cell towers—are often strongly influenced by public policy, understanding everyday engineering helps us make more informed decisions about the kinds of policy initiatives we wish to support.

Plus, the achievements of everyday engineering are worth admiring for their own sake. They represent some of the most inspired thinking of our civilization, and by looking under the hood to see how these technologies operate, you learn about basic scientific principles that apply throughout the world.

For these reasons and more, Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life is an indispensable guide to the way things work in the world around you. Conducting this eye-opening tour is Professor Stephen Ressler of the United States Military Academy at West Point, an award-winning civil engineer and a nationally honored leader in engineering education.

In 36 half-hour lectures, richly illustrated with instructive physical models, computer animations, and graphics designed by Professor Ressler himself, you start by learning how a house is put together with all its subsystems. Then you move outside to trace the origin and route of water, power, and telecommunications networks. Finally, you hit the road to discover how automobiles function and how roads and highway bridges are engineered.

Along the way, Everyday Engineering investigates power plants, dams, aqueducts, railroads, communication satellites, home energy efficiency, simple machines around the house, recycling, and many other topics. No background in science or engineering is needed to follow this riveting presentation, which gives you deep insight into the underlying simplicity of the complex systems that enhance our lives.

See Familiar Things with New Eyes

As an example of how Professor Ressler can turn everyday devices into a fascinating lesson in creative problem solving, he devotes an entire lecture to the faucet, showing how the problem of delivering hot and cold water into a sink has elicited a host of solutions—some practical, others not. We are all familiar with automatic faucets in public restrooms that defeat our initial attempts to get them to work, or two-handled faucets that lack clues about which way to turn the knobs. You’ll be surprised by the subtlety of the problem and the wide array of approaches, which is typical for issues of user-centered design.

Other intriguing insights you’ll get from the course include:

  • The genius of building codes: Houses are such complex technological entities that you might think an engineer would be needed to design each one. But building codes effectively serve as a substitute for an engineer’s judgment, specifying construction methods at a high level of detail.
  • Gone with the wind: Compared to traditional masonry and timber-framed dwellings, modern light wood frame houses are so light and sturdy that it’s possible to imagine one being lifted from its foundation by the wind and transported intact far away—as happened in the classic 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz!
  • Save money and go green: Professor Ressler has plenty of advice for enhancing the energy efficiency of your home. People in the market for a new home should know about the latest trend in efficiency: the net-zero-energy house. Thanks to passive-solar design and in-home renewable energy sources, it requires no net input of energy over the course of a year.
  • Talking torque: The key to understanding how power is transmitted from an engine to the wheels of a car is the concept of torque—the tendency of a force to cause rotation—which helps explain power, acceleration, speed, fuel economy, and why internal combustion vehicles require multiple gears.

A Field Guide to Everyday Technology

Professor Ressler notes that his approach to Everyday Engineering is inspired by a very familiar genre: “Many people, myself included, find great satisfaction in identifying stars in the night sky, in distinguishing a red-tailed hawk from a turkey vulture,” he says. “The technological world is certainly no less interesting, but lacks the guidebooks available to stargazers and birdwatchers. I hope this course will provide just such a resource by serving as a sort of field guide to everyday technology.”

With this outlook and the enlightening information in these lectures, you will be able to look at the world around you and decipher mysteries such as these:

  • The unassuming utility pole: Next time you’re stuck in traffic, savor the complexity of the common utility pole, which typically has three high-voltage power distribution feeders, three insulators, and a neutral wire; and might also carry transformers, circuit breakers, low-voltage distribution lines, and telecommunications cables.
  • Ballet of the bulldozers, scrapers, and dump trucks: Ever wonder why so many kinds of earthmoving machines are needed at a highway construction site? They’re following precisely choreographed instructions on a mass diagram, with each type of vehicle moving soil according to its optimum operating range.
  • The power outage puzzle: Sometimes electrical power goes out and then seconds later returns. What’s usually happening is that a specialized circuit breaker, called a recloser, has tripped in response to a short circuit, such as a tree falling on a power line. The device automatically restores power if the fault has cleared.
  • Mystery of the missing web page: Web pages can get stuck in the process of loading, while you stare at the spinning wait cursor on the screen. The problem is usually heavy Internet traffic, which exceeds the storage capacity of a router somewhere in the network. The overflow packets of information that comprise the web page are sometimes simply lost.

One of the pleasures of Everyday Engineering is the meticulous care that Dr. Ressler has taken in preparing over 150 working models that explain everything from an arch dam to the universal joint in a car’s drive shaft. He also delights in the unexpected: in the last lecture he switches gears by examining a famous case when technology failed during the Great Northeast Blackout of 2003. Triggered by high electrical demand during a sweltering summer day, a short circuit due to overgrown trees, and a software bug that disabled a control room alarm system, the cascading series of breakdowns produced the worst-ever electric power blackout in North America.

This incident serves as a graduation exercise for the course. Having explored the workings of the electrical power grid in previous lectures, you’ll find that you understand the crisis in perfect detail. Indeed, you’ll be ready to apply your broad understanding of everyday engineering to any technological issue that crosses your path in the future.

Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life [TTC Video]

The Age of Pericles [TTC Video]

The Age of Pericles [TTC Video]
The Age of Pericles [TTC Video] by Jeremy McInerney
Course No 3317 | MP4, AVC, 640x480 | AAC, 160 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 1.79GB

We call it the "Golden Age"—the period during the 5th century B.C. when the Greek city-state of Athens experienced a cultural flowering of extraordinary power and importance for Western culture. It is a period that still calls to us, still echoes, as we read the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, or Euripides; gaze at architectural wonders like the Parthenon; consider the wisdom passed down from Socrates and Plato; or, perhaps most of all, consider the origins of our own democracy.

The Age of Pericles uses the career of the leading Athenian politician and general from c. 450–429 B.C. as a prism through which to view this brief but remarkable era, and to ask why that echo has persisted for so long.

In the generation that followed Pericles's appearance on the public stage shortly after the Persian wars, Athens rapidly transformed the alliance of Greek states—an alliance first created as a defense against the Persians—into a true Aegean empire, dominated by the Athenians and their mighty navy.

But this dramatic increase in military power, cultural influence, and prestige was also accompanied by something unique: the growth of full participatory democracy.

This course examines the daily workings of that democracy and the whole of Athenian culture, including:

  • how Athenians were trained for citizenship
  • what Athenian democracy actually meant in practice
  • the profound role of religion in Athenian life.

Were there Stains on the "Golden Age"?

But in examining the lives of Athenian men and women, this course also confronts aspects of the "Golden Age" whose echoes are far less glorious. It asks, fo example, what freedom and autonomy really meant to a society that relied on slaves and was ruthless in its treatment of its subjects.

To answer this and other questions, the course constantly juxtaposes the striking accomplishments of Athenian culture in such fields as philosophy, tragedy, comedy, sculpture, and architecture with its equally striking flaws, including:

  • the exclusion of women from public life
  • Athenian reliance on slavery, including the abuse of those slaves
  • the cruel treatment of other Greek populations.

In following Athens from the height of its power to its defeat at the hands of the far different Greek city-state of Sparta, these lectures produce a portrait of a complex people and a complicated culture whose ties to our own civilization are not casual, but deeply meaningful.

The Living Dialogue that is History

Gandhi was once asked what he thought of Western civilization, notes Professor Jeremy McInerney. He replied that he thought it would be a ‘good idea.'

"In the world after September 11, we have come to realize that there are those who loathe and despise everything Western," says Professor McInerney. "If that is so, then it is worth asking, ‘What is valuable in Western culture?'

"The Greeks demand that we learn about our own history, the roots that connect us to the past, the avenues by which the past has become the present. If our culture has real meaning, and if notions of justice, freedom, and equality are to be a reality, then we cannot live in a vacuum in which history is forgotten. We have to be aware of the past and engage with the living dialogue that is history."

The "Right" of Freedom?

As he leads you through daily life in Athens, Professor McInerney not only weaves in the underlying beliefs that drove those daily events, but also draws analogies with contemporary ideas and events to reveal how we are both like and unlike those ancient Athenians.

He reveals, for example, the origins of British common law in the archives of Athens as he explores some of the legal testimony left behind by the Athenians.

He also compares our conception of the term freedom with what the Greeks understood it to be, including the role of their stunning victory over the Persians in helping to amplify that understanding.

And if you are surprised to learn that the ancient Athenians—whom so many of us idealize as the spotless source of our ideas about democracy—considered freedom to be simply a status, and not a right at all, you'll likely be even more surprised to learn what comes next, for one of the Athenians' most important philosophical justifications for slavery was penned by, of all people, Aristotle.

Equally troubling to our contemporary ears, though hardly unexpected in the ancient world, was the position occupied by women, no matter how high on the social ladder.

Much of that becomes clear in Professor McInerney's argument that Aspasia, the long-term mistress of Pericles—what we would consider his common-law wife—and mother of his son, was never a prostitute, as her origins are commonly portrayed.

Dr. McInerney uses the famous case of a woman named Neaera to show how many different forces (particularly the concerns of property and citizenship, including Pericles's own role in redefining the latter) combined to sharply limit the role of women in ancient Athens. One of the most striking examples of that came in the famous funeral oration given by Pericles to honor the fallen of the first year of the Peloponnesian War against Sparta.

In an address otherwise remembered as an expression of the ideal of moderation—and perhaps the closest thing we have to a statement of the ideology of classical Athens—Pericles also reveals that for Athenian men, a public image was a source of pride, while for women such an image was cause for shame, as it went against the idea that women should be only in the background.

A Window on Ancient Athens

This well-rounded portrait of almost every aspect of Athenian life during the Golden Age includes:

  • The different ways Athens and Sparta raised their children. Including the Spartan practice of giving girls only the lightest of garments, the idea being to inure them to the cold to make them healthy and vigorous enough to raise the next generation of Spartans.
  • The fate of Athenian girls as mothers and managers of the household. Their figures on pottery have lighter skin—evidence of a life properly spent indoors—while Athenian boys received an intensely rich education.
  • Young Pericles's role in bringing Aeschylus's masterpiece, The Persians,to the stage, what it meant to his own career, and what it said about the obligations of the very rich in Athens
  • Why did Spartans reject the aid of Athens in putting down a slave revolt? The public humiliation over the rejection later led to the 10-year banishment of Cimon, the leading politician in Athens.
  • Solon, the Athenian lawgiver, introduced reforms including an important shift to wealth—which could be acquired—rather than birth as the determining factor of one's place in Athenian society.
  • Examining Thucydides's terrifying description of the Plague's physical and social impact on Athens—including the death of Pericles—and its possible role in the ultimate defeat of Athens by Sparta.
  • Athenians organized their busy lives around two distinct calendars, secular and religious; discover the Panathenaea, an extraordinary festival and procession that honored Athena. As one scholar has described that special day, "The city would have been resounding to the bellowing of cattle being dragged off to their slaughter. The acropolis, by the end of the day, would have been drenched in blood, flowing all over the rock, from the animals that had had their throats cut."

An Obsession with Property

The Athenians were obsessed with protecting the value of a family's property, and laws about marriage and inheritance created constant legal maneuvering.

Professor McInerney outlines the detailed record of a legal case that gives us a glimpse of the actual property and real goods of a well-to-do Athenian family, and the role of slavery in sustaining those families in their wealth.

He also describes Greek ideas about death and the way to honor both ordinary citizens and fallen heroes, including mourning processions that became so overwhelming that laws had to be passed to limit their size and cost; terracotta tubes leading into a burial mound to permit blood libations to be offered to the spirits; and the possibility that the bones brought back to Athens by Cimon—which he claimed to be those of Theseus, slayer of the Minotaur—might have been those of a dinosaur.

Art in the Age of Pericles

You examine the details of how some of the greatest plays of the Athenian stage were brought to life, such as:

  • Prometheus hurling defiance at the gods after giving fire to mankind in Aeschylus's Prometheus Bound
  • the surprising interpretation Professor McInerney gives to Euripides's Medea, revealing deeper meanings than those of the traditional reading of "Hell hath no fury"
  • the vigor and openness of Athenian comedy, in which no subject and no person, no matter how powerful, was above criticism and the most pointed satire imaginable.

A "Complex, Complicated Civilization"

The Age of Pericles tells the story of a time and people to whom we are inextricably bound. As Professor McInerney notes, "the Greeks established democracy, valued the rule of law, and articulated definitions of freedom and virtue. At the same time they owned slaves, denied women a public voice, and asserted their racial superiority.

"They were a complex, complicated civilization, and we are their descendants. These lectures examine that relationship, exploring much that was good and bad in the Golden Age of Pericles. By engaging with the Greeks, we may come to understand our own world more fully."

The Age of Pericles [TTC Video]

The Fated Sky: Astrology in History [EPUB]

The Fated Sky: Astrology in History [EPUB]
The Fated Sky: Astrology in History by Benson Bobrick
2005 | EPUB | 1.11MB

In a horoscope he cast in 1647 for Charles I, William Lilly, a noted English astrologer, made the following judgment: "Luna is with Antares, a violent fixed star, which is said to denote violent death, and Mars is approaching Caput Algol, which is said to denote beheading." Two years later the king's head fell on the block. "Astrology must be right," wrote the American astrologer Evangeline Adams, a claimed descendant of President John Quincy Adams, in a challenge to skeptics in 1929. "There can be no appeal from the Infinite."

The Fated Sky explores both the history of astrology and the controversial subject of its influence in history. It is the first serious book to fully engage astrology in this way.

Astrology is the oldest of the occult sciences. It is also the origin of science itself. Astronomy, mathematics, and other disciplines arose in part to make possible the calculations necessary in casting horoscopes. For five thousand years, from the ancient Near East to the modern world, the influence of the stars has been viewed as shaping the course and destiny of human affairs. According to recent polls, at least 30 percent of the American public believes in astrology, though, as Bobrick reveals, modern astrology is also utterly different from the doctrine of the stars that won the respect and allegiance of the greatest thinkers, scientists, and writers -- Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Arab, and Persian -- of an earlier day. Statesmen, popes, and kings once embraced it, and no less a figure than St. Thomas Aquinas, the medieval theologian, thought it not incompatible with Christian faith. There are some two hundred astrological allusions in Shakespeare's plays, and not one of their astrological predictions goes unfulfilled. The great astronomers of the scientific revolution -- Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Kepler -- were adherents. Isaac Newton's appetite for mathematics was first whetted by an astrological text. In more recent times, prominent figures such as Churchill, de Gaulle, and Reagan have consulted astrologers and sometimes heeded their advice. Today universities as diverse as Oxford in England and the University of Zaragoza in Spain offer courses in the subject, fulfilling Carl Jung's prediction decades ago that astrology would again become the subject of serious discourse.

Whether astrology actually has the powers that have been ascribed to it is, of course, open to debate. But there is no doubt that it maintains an unshakeable hold on the human mind. In The Fated Sky, Benson Bobrick has written an absolutely captivating and comprehensive account of this engrossing subject and its enduring influence on history and the history of ideas.

Thus Bad Begins [EPUB]

Thus Bad Begins [EPUB]
Thus Bad Begins by Javier Marías
2016 | EPUB | 2.22MB

Award-winning author Javier Marías examines a household living in unhappy the shadow of history, and explores the cruel, tender punishments we exact on those we love

As a young man, Juan de Vere takes a job that will haunt him for the rest of his life. Eduardo Muriel is a famous film director - urbane, discreet, irreproachable - an irresistible idol to a young man. Muriel's wife Beatriz is a soft, ripe woman who slips through her husband's home like an unwanted ghost, finding solace in other beds. And on the periphery of all their lives stands Dr Jorge Van Vechten, a shadowy family friend implicated in unsavoury rumours that Muriel cannot bear to pursue himself - rumours he asks Juan to investigate instead. But as Juan draws closer to the truth, he uncovers more questions, ones his employer has not asked and would rather not answer. Why does Muriel hate Beatriz? How did Beatriz meet Van Vechten? And what happened during the war?

As Juan learns more about his employers, he begins to understand the conflicting pulls of desire, power and guilt that govern their lives - and his own. Marias presents a study of the infinitely permeable boundaries between private and public selves, between observer and participant, between the deceptions we suffer from others and those we enact upon ourselves.

Weary: King of the River [EPUB]

Weary: King of the River [EPUB]
Weary: King of the River by Sue Ebury
2010 | EPUB | 34.9MB

Thorough and noteworthy, this biography explores the life of Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop, an Australian surgeon who was held captive by the Japanese during World War II. With more than 150 images as well as never-before-published material about Dunlop’s betrayal of his captors, this comprehensive account examines the precarious moments Dunlop survived, including wartime starvation, disease, brutality, and near executions. Having selflessly worked to save lives in the notorious work and hospital camps along the Burma-Thailand railway, Dunlop, known for his courage and compassion, became an Australian legend.

Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture, 3rd Edition [EPUB]

Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture, 3rd Edition [EPUB]
Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture, Third Edition by Ernest Burden
2012 | EPUB | 67.43MB

Now in full color--a thoroughly updated edition of the premier illustrated architectural dictionary

Revised and expanded, the Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture, Third Edition, features 8,000 definitions, 4,000 illustrations, and biographies of hundreds of architects accompanied by classic examples of their work. This new, full-color edition includes terms relating to green, ecological, and sustainable architecture. Everything critically important to those in the field of architecture and design is covered, including:

  • Architectural styles
  • Details
  • Building elements
  • Architectural forms
  • Building systems
  • Green building

Meticulously written, heavily cross-referenced, and filled with more than 3,000 new and updated definitions and 1,000 new photographs, this impressive visual resource is the best way to gain a full understanding of architectural elements and the new language of green and sustainable architecture.

China Home: Inspirational Design Ideas [EPUB]

China Home: Inspirational Design Ideas [EPUB]
China Home: Inspirational Design Ideas by Michael Freeman
2012 | EPUB | 16.36MB

With rich detailed photographs and insightful commentary, this Chinese interior design book will provide you with plenty of fresh and colorful decorating ideas.

China, long dormant in the world of design and residential architecture, has recently burst onto the world stage. Like everything else in China today, contemporary Chinese design combines elegant and deep-seated traditions with the exploratory ideas of a younger generation of designers.

From revitalized hutongs in Beijing and lane houses in Shanghai to shiny new villas in Pudong and sleek urban apartments in Hong Kong, the best modern Chinese interior design blends the legacy of the past with a fresh appetite for the new. China Home explores this burgeoning phenomenon with images taken in more than 100 gorgeous homes, and will become an indispensable source book for everyone looking for ideas to create and re-work their living space.

Design topics include:

  • Designing the Contemporary Chinese Home
  • Entrances and Living Spaces
  • Dining Rooms, Kitchens and Studies
  • Bedrooms and Bathrooms
  • Furnishings and Accents
  • Courtyards, Gardens and Terraces

Meditation For Dummies, 4th Edition [EPUB]

Meditation For Dummies, 4th Edition [EPUB]
Meditation For Dummies, 4th Edition by Stephan Bodian
2016 | EPUB | 4.27MB

Take an inward journey for a happier, healthier life

Meditation has been used for centuries to reduce stress, increase energy, and enhance overall health and well-being—so it's no wonder more and more people in today's fast-paced and stress-centric world are adopting this age-old practice. If you want to achieve a greater state of calmness, physical relaxation, and psychological balance, Meditation For Dummies is your life raft. Covering the latest research on the health benefits of meditation, this new edition explains in plain English how you can put meditation into practice today and start reaping the benefits of living a more mindful life.

Whether you're new to meditation or a seasoned practitioner coming back for a refresher course, this plain-English guide provides a wealth of tips and techniques for sitting (or lying) down with your mind to meditate successfully. From preparing your body for meditation to focusing your awareness and being open to the present moment, it covers everything you need to put distractions to rest and open yourself up to a meditation practice that works for you.

  • Provides the latest research on the causes of happiness and how meditation can improve your mood
  • Includes a new chapter on the growing trend of meditation in the workplace
  • Explains how meditation and other mindfulness practices have made their way into hospitals, schools, prison, and military groups
  • Illustrates the benefits of taking time to consciously cultivate mindfulness through meditation

If you're ready to find some zen and benefit from all meditation has to offer, this friendly guide sets you up for success.

Why are Orangutans Orange? [EPUB]

Why are Orangutans Orange? [EPUB]
Why are Orangutans Orange: Science puzzles in pictures - with fascinating answers by New Scientist
2011 | EPUB | 17.37MB

Illustrated for the first time, with eighty full-colour photographs showing the beauty, complexity and mystery of the world around us, here is the next eagerly awaited volume of science questions and answers from New Scientist magazine. From ripples in glass to 'holograms' in ice, the natural world's wonders are unravelled by the magazine's knowledgeable readers.

How to Mulch: Save Water, Feed the Soil, and Suppress Weeds [EPUB]

How to Mulch: Save Water, Feed the Soil, and Suppress Weeds [EPUB]
How to Mulch: Save Water, Feed the Soil, and Suppress Weeds by Stu Campbell, Jennifer Kujawski
2015 | EPUB | 11.33MB

Mulch your way to a vibrant and healthy home landscape. Profiling a variety of techniques that include sheet mulches, feeding mulches, and living mulches, Stu Campbell and Jennifer Kujawski help you choose the best mulching strategy for your backyard, vegetable garden, or flower bed. You’ll be amazed at how properly mulching can both beautify your outdoor space and ease your gardening life by retaining moisture, keeping weeds in check, protecting young plants, and boosting production.

Herbs for Stress & Anxiety: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies to Strengthen the Nervous System [EPUB]

Herbs for Stress & Anxiety: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies to Strengthen the Nervous System [EPUB]
Herbs for Stress & Anxiety: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies to Strengthen the Nervous System by Rosemary Gladstar
2014 | EPUB | 2.69MB

Treat stress, anxiety, depression, and more with simple herbal remedies that calm your mind, build a healthy nervous system, and promote lasting peace. In this informative guide, renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar profiles 21 herbs proven to be effective at soothing common ailments like insomnia, panic attacks, skin conditions, and migraines. With simple directions for making herbal mixtures that can be used in delicious teas, tinctures, and capsules, Gladstar shows you how to harness the power of nature to achieve a more relaxed and fulfilling life.

Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within [Audiobook]

Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within [Audiobook]
Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within [Audiobook] by Chade-Meng Tan, read by Telly Leung
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 7 mins | 196.09MB

A long-awaited follow-up to the New York Times best-selling Search Inside Yourself shows us how to cultivate joy within the context of our fast-paced lives and explains why it is critical to creativity, innovation, confidence, and ultimately success in every arena.

In Joy on Demand, Chade-Meng Tan shows that you don't need to meditate for hours, days, months, or years to achieve lasting joy - you can actually get consistent access to it in as little as 15 seconds. Explaining joy and meditation as complementary things that naturally reinforce each other, Meng explains how these two skills form a virtuous cycle and, once put into motion, become a solid practice that can be sustained in daily life.

For many years, meditation has been taught and practiced in cultures where almost all meditators practice full-time for years, resulting in training programs optimized for practitioners with lots of free time and not much else to do but develop profound mastery over the mind. Seeing a disconnect between the traditional practice and the modern world, the best-selling author and Google's "Jolly Good Fellow" has developed a program, through "wise laziness", to help listeners meditate more efficiently and effectively. Meng shares the three pillars of joy (inner peace, insight, and happiness) and why joy is the secret is to success and demonstrates the practical tools anyone can use to cultivate it on demand.

How to Make Chocolate Candies [EPUB]

How to Make Chocolate Candies [EPUB]
How to Make Chocolate Candies: Dipped, Rolled, and Filled Chocolates, Barks, Fruits, Fudge, and More by Bill Collins
2014 | EPUB | 5.52MB

Whether you like your chocolate gooey and rich, creamy and smooth, or nutty and dark, this Storey BASICS guide shows you how to make your favorite sweet treats right at home. Bill Collins provides illustrated step-by-step instructions for a variety of chocolate-making techniques, including tempering, thickening, sugar boiling, mold filling, piping, and more. You’ll soon be showcasing your confectioner’s skills in decadent chocolate-dipped fruits, indulgent nut barks, and fudges that melt in your mouth.

Showing Poultry: A Complete Guide to Exhibiting Your Birds [EPUB]

Showing Poultry: A Complete Guide to Exhibiting Your Birds [EPUB]
Showing Poultry: A Complete Guide to Exhibiting Your Birds by Glenn Drowns
2016 | EPUB | 9.24MB

Expert Glenn Drowns offers all the information and guidance you need to successfully exhibit your poultry at fairs and expositions. Learn how to select the best breeds and birds for exhibition and how to raise them with the proper diet, health care, and handling so that they are at their best by showtime. Drowns includes a useful countdown to help you plan tasks, from pest prevention to cage training, as well as dozens of tips on what judges are looking for.

Maintaining Small-Farm Equipment: How to Keep Tractors and Implements Running Well [EPUB]

Maintaining Small-Farm Equipment: How to Keep Tractors and Implements Running Well [EPUB]
Maintaining Small-Farm Equipment: How to Keep Tractors and Implements Running Well by Steve Hansen, Ann Larkin Hansen
2015 | EPUB | 5.45MB

This Storey BASICS title offers exactly what you need to know to keep your small farm’s equipment in good working order. Long-time farmers Steve and Ann Larkin Hansen cover everything from tractors and mowers to trimmers, tillers, ATVs, plows, discs, drills, planters, cultivators, mechanical rakes, and balers, showing you how to care for your equipment to prevent problems and how to diagnose and fix the things that do go wrong.

How to Build a Fence: Plan and Build Basic Fences and Gates [EPUB]

How to Build a Fence: Plan and Build Basic Fences and Gates [EPUB]
How to Build a Fence: Plan and Build Basic Fences and Gates by Jeff Beneke
2015 | EPUB | 10.44MB

Whether you want to protect your garden, provide a safe enclosure for pets, or add privacy, this Storey BASICS guide covers you everything you need to know to build the perfect fence. Offering clear step-by-step instructions, Jeff Beneke shows you how to construct a variety of fences from wood, vinyl, and chain link. With designs that are easily adaptable to all types of yards, you’ll soon be putting up a functional and beautiful fence that works with your landscape.

How to Make Maple Syrup: From Gathering Sap to Marketing Your Own Syrup [EPUB]

How to Make Maple Syrup: From Gathering Sap to Marketing Your Own Syrup [EPUB]
How to Make Maple Syrup: From Gathering Sap to Marketing Your Own Syrup by Steven Anderson, Alison Anderson
2014 | EPUB | 6.28MB

From managing a sugar bush to slathering your pancakes, this Storey BASICS guide covers everything you need to know to make and enjoy your own maple syrup. Third-generation syrup makers Alison and Steven Anderson show you how to collect sap using a tree-friendly tubing system and then cook, package, and even market your own syrup. With expert advice for first-time bottlers, the Andersons share their passion with a contagious excitement that is as inspiring as a bowl of sugar on snow.

Managing Manure: How to Store, Compost, and Use Organic Livestock Wastes [EPUB]

Managing Manure: How to Store, Compost, and Use Organic Livestock Wastes [EPUB]
Managing Manure: How to Store, Compost, and Use Organic Livestock Wastes by Mark Kopecky
2015 | EPUB | 6.73MB

Anyone who raises livestock or keeps horses must deal with manure. This Storey BASICS guide shows you how to make this process manageable, useful, and even profitable. Organic dairy farmer and soil scientist Mark Kopecky explains the fundamentals of storing, composting, and spreading manure; the nutritional content of manure from various animals; and how to handle, transport, and market manure for additional income. You’ll soon discover that your farm’s waste may be its biggest asset.

Growing Healthy Houseplants: Choose the Right Plant, Water Wisely, and Control Pests [EPUB]

Growing Healthy Houseplants: Choose the Right Plant, Water Wisely, and Control Pests [EPUB]
Growing Healthy Houseplants: Choose the Right Plant, Water Wisely, and Control Pests by Ellen Zachos
2014 | EPUB | 6.75MB

This concise Storey BASICS guide teaches novice gardeners how to successfully keep indoor plants beautiful and healthy. Learn how to choose the best plants for your home and what each species needs in terms of location, water, sunlight, and fertilizer. Covering the basics of repotting, pruning, and dealing with pests, Ellen Zachos shows you how to keep your houseplants looking vibrant for years to come. Soon, you’ll be watching over a collection of thriving plants that add a lively dose of color to your home.

Strange Foods: Bush Meat, Bats, and Butterflies; An Epicurean Adventure Around the World [EPUB]

Strange Foods: Bush Meat, Bats, and Butterflies; An Epicurean Adventure Around the World [EPUB]
Strange Foods: Bush Meat, Bats, and Butterflies; An Epicurean Adventure Around the World by Jerry Hopkins
2014 | EPUB | 21.28MB

This gastrological romp shares tales of gustatory tidbits from six continents.

Weaving history and autobiography, author Jerry Hopkins regales with an array of startling facts about the world's eating habits.

Strange Foods begins with rat tales from the Roman Empire and imperial China and continues on to stories form locales where rat remains a mouth-watering hors d'oeuvre or hearty entrée today. There are at least 40 serving suggestions for crocodile alone!

And there are more than 250 photographs from acclaimed photographer Michael Freeman, whose aim is true and who eats what he shoots. This is gonzo food writing that's sure to change your mind, if not your palate.

Saving Vegetable Seeds: Harvest, Clean, Store, and Plant Seeds from Your Garden [PDF]

Saving Vegetable Seeds: Harvest, Clean, Store, and Plant Seeds from Your Garden [PDF]
Saving Vegetable Seeds: Harvest, Clean, Store, and Plant Seeds from Your Garden by Fern Marshall Bradley
2014 | PDF | 2.43MB

This illustrated, step-by-step guide shows you how to save seeds from 20 of the most popular vegetable garden plants, including beans, carrots, peas, peppers, and tomatoes. You'll learn how each plant is pollinated (key to determining how the seed should be saved), how to select the seeds to collect, and how to process and store collected seeds. Grow the varieties you love, year after year!

Growing Christmas Trees: Select the Right Species, Raise the Best Trees, Market for the Holidays [EPUB]

Growing Christmas Trees: Select the Right Species, Raise the Best Trees, Market for the Holidays [EPUB]
Growing Christmas Trees: Select the Right Species, Raise the Best Trees, Market for the Holidays by Patrick White, Lewis Hill
2015 | EPUB | 19.65MB

Growing beautiful Christmas trees is a great way to generate off-season farm income and make better use of your land. From selecting a site and planting the right species to marketing and selling trees, this Storey BASICS guide shows you how to build and maintain your own small tree nursery. Including handy tips for making handcrafted kissing balls and holiday wreaths, Growing Christmas Trees covers everything you need to know to successfully cultivate stunning evergreens that will provide income and bring holiday cheer.

Making Hay: How to Cut, Dry, Rake, Gather, and Store a Nourishing Crop [EPUB]

Making Hay: How to Cut, Dry, Rake, Gather, and Store a Nourishing Crop [EPUB]
Making Hay: How to Cut, Dry, Rake, Gather, and Store a Nourishing Crop by Ann Larkin Hansen
2014 | EPUB | 8.36MB

From cutting, drying, and raking to baling and storing, this Storey BASICS guide covers all you need to know to successfully make your own hay. Ann Larkin Hansen offers expert advice on everything from scythes to disc mowers, and details the pros and cons of using horse power or tractors. You’ll learn how to choose the right species for your soil, judge hay quality to buy or sell, and determine how many bales your animals need to stay happy, healthy, and energetic.

Making & Using Vinegar: Recipes That Celebrate Vinegar's Versatility [EPUB]

Making & Using Vinegar: Recipes That Celebrate Vinegar's Versatility [EPUB]
Making & Using Vinegar: Recipes That Celebrate Vinegar's Versatility by Bill Collins
2014 | EPUB | 4.47MB

Brighten your meals with the tasty tang of homemade vinegar. Chef Bill Collins shows you how to make your own vinegars, including wine, apple cider, malt, white, and rice vinegars, and then flavor them with herbs for exactly the taste you want. You’ll also learn how to use your custom-made vinegars in everything from a basic Italian salad dressing to Asian coleslaw, sweet potato salad, caponata, sauerbraten, caprese sliders, pickles, chutneys, and even chocolate chip cookies.

How to Spin: From Choosing a Spinning Wheel to Making Yarn [EPUB]

How to Spin: From Choosing a Spinning Wheel to Making Yarn [EPUB]
How to Spin: From Choosing a Spinning Wheel to Making Yarn by Beth Smith
2016 | EPUB | 7.74MB

Expert Beth Smith teaches you everything you need to know to spin your own yarn, from choosing a spinning wheel to every stage of preparing your fiber, plying, winding off, and finishing. Fully illustrated step-by-step instructions make it simple and easy!

How to Make Curtains: Measuring and Making the Perfect Window Coverings for Every Room in Your Home [EPUB]

How to Make Curtains: Measuring and Making the Perfect Window Coverings for Every Room in Your Home [EPUB]
How to Make Curtains: Measuring and Making the Perfect Window Coverings for Every Room in Your Home by Rebecca Yaker
2015 | EPUB | 9.71MB

Rebecca Yaker, co-author of the best-selling One-Yard Wonders, offers this complete introduction to making your own curtains, covering everything from measuring to calculating yardage, choosing the best fabrics, sewing your curtains, adding linings, and selecting the right fixtures and hardware for hanging. She includes step-by-step instructions for making five different curtain styles: pleats, eyelets, tab tops, tie tops, and rod pockets.

How to Knit Socks That Fit: Techniques for Toe-Up and Cuff-Down Styles [EPUB]

How to Knit Socks That Fit: Techniques for Toe-Up and Cuff-Down Styles [EPUB]
How to Knit Socks That Fit: Techniques for Toe-Up and Cuff-Down Styles by Donna Druchunas
2015 | EPUB | 8.6MB

Whether you’re working socks from the toe up or from the cuff down, designer Donna Druchunas’s complete, step-by-step instructions make sock knitting easy, enjoyable, and successful. You’ll learn several approaches for getting started, and you’ll also discover how to shape comfortable toes, create heels that fit, and ensure stretchy cuffs that can be counted on to keep your socks up. Druchunas’s useful tips and tricks include working confidently with double-pointed needles, knitting socks on one or two circular needles, and even knitting two socks at the same time. Once you’ve mastered these basic techniques, you can adapt them to create your own custom sock designs.

Just Before Dark: Collected Nonfiction [EPUB]

Just Before Dark: Collected Nonfiction [EPUB]
Just Before Dark: Collected Nonfiction by Jim Harrison
2016 | EPUB | 0.81MB

The New York Times bestselling author of thirty-nine books of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry—Jim Harrison was one of our most beloved and acclaimed writers, adored by both readers and critics. In Just Before Dark, Harrison’s essays and articles have been selected from twenty-five years of work, from venues as diverse as Playboy, The Nation, Outside, and the American Poetry Review. They explore the passions and concerns of a classic American writer—from ice fishing to bar pool, nouvelle cuisine and night walks—with keen insight and great humanity. It is an exceptional reminder of why Harrison was one of our most cherished and important writers.

Chinese Porcelain [PDF]

Chinese Porcelain [PDF]
Chinese Porcelain by O du Sartel
2014 | PDF | 28.5MB

The art of porcelain manufacturing is linked closely to China and its history, appearing in the 7th century when it became an important symbol of royalty or high status. The masterpieces of the genre featured in this book range from simple tea bowls and fantastic vases to hair ornaments, figurines and snuff boxes with intricate, multi-coloured designs. The presentations of these fragile objects are accompanied by an informative outline of the history of Chinese porcelain. This delicate material attracted and continues to attract the attention of art lovers throughout the world.

How to Make Frozen Yogurt: 56 Delicious Flavors You Can Make at Home [EPUB]

How to Make Frozen Yogurt: 56 Delicious Flavors You Can Make at Home [EPUB]
How to Make Frozen Yogurt: 56 Delicious Flavors You Can Make at Home by Nicole Weston
2014 | EPUB | 4.19MB

Don’t forget the sprinkles as you get ready to spin out your own homemade creamy, soft-serve style frozen yogurt. In this Storey BASICS guide, Nicole Weston shares her unique technique for making smooth and delicious frozen yogurt using a simple meringue and an ice cream maker. With recipes for 56 irresistible flavors, Weston will inspire you to go beyond vanilla and chocolate and try your hand at making tropical coconut, dulce de leche, spiced pumpkin, candy cane, and many more frozen yogurt delights.

Beaded Jewelry: Wirework Techniques [EPUB]

Beaded Jewelry: Wirework Techniques [EPUB]
Beaded Jewelry: Wirework Techniques: Skills, Tools, and Materials for Making Handcrafted Jewelry by Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans, Kate Feld
2015 | EPUB | 6.68MB

Show your style with handcrafted jewelry. Beaded Jewelry: Wirework Techniques has all the tips and tricks you need to make your own professional-looking jewelry using wirework techniques. Step-by-step instructions teach you how to select the best wire and tools for your project, while clear illustrations show you exactly how to bend, twist, and shape your way to beautiful loops, hoops, and head pins. You’ll soon be designing and creating unique and personal earrings, bracelets, and pendants.

Beaded Jewelry: Stringing Techniques [EPUB]

Beaded Jewelry: Stringing Techniques [EPUB]
Beaded Jewelry: Stringing Techniques: Skills, Tools, and Materials for Making Handcrafted Jewelry by Carson Eddy, Rachael Evans, Kate Feld
2015 | EPUB | 4.54MB

Create beaded necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelry with a professional look and finish. This delightful beginner’s guide presents step-by-step instructions and helpful illustrations that walk you through the basics of making beaded jewelry. You’ll learn how to use various pliers, crimpers, and wire cutters, and choose the perfect beads and string for your projects. In no time at all, you’ll be stringing together your own pieces, complete with clasps, rings, and cones.

Public Sphere and Experience: Toward an Analysis of the Bourgeois and Proletarian Public Sphere [EPUB]

Public Sphere and Experience: Toward an Analysis of the Bourgeois and Proletarian Public Sphere [EPUB]
Public Sphere and Experience: Toward an Analysis of the Bourgeois and Proletarian Public Sphere by Oskar Negt, Alexander Kluge
2016 | EPUB | 0.53MB

The “public sphere” is a key concept in political discourse, designating a space for political action. But is this a single authoritative and universal space in which various positions compete for recognition, or does it consist of multiple local spaces spread over diverse collectivities? In Kluge and Negt’s groundbreaking book they examine the material conditions of experience in an arena that had previously figured only as an abstract term: the media of mass and consumer culture.

With a new, up-to-date introduction from Alexander Kluge.

Mark Twain's Guide to Diet, Exercise, Beauty, Fashion, Investment, Romance, Health and Happiness [EPUB]

Mark Twain's Guide to Diet, Exercise, Beauty, Fashion, Investment, Romance, Health and Happiness [EPUB]
Mark Twain's Guide to Diet, Exercise, Beauty, Fashion, Investment, Romance, Health and Happiness collected and edited by Mark Dawidziak
2015 | EPUB | 3.51MB

A SATIRICAL SELF-HELP GUIDE SHOWCASING MARK TWAIN’S WITTIEST QUOTES ABOUT THE LIFE WELL LIVED.

This collection of Mark Twain quotes presents the best of the curmudgeonly writer's thoughts on diet, exercise, medicine, smoking, drinking, romance, parenting, old age, fashion, finances, politics, and stress management. Curated by a well-known Twain expert and mining lesser-known texts, speeches, and notebooks, it's the perfect gift for anyone who's had enough of Gwyneth's self-righteous advice and the ramblings of the blogosphere.

"Be respectful to your superiors, if you have any."—from an April 15, 1882 speech

"Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education."—from Pudd'nhead Wilson

"The less a man knows the bigger the noise he makes and the higher the salary he commands."—from "How I Edited an Agricultural Paper"

Plato's Styles and Characters: Between Literature and Philosophy [EPUB]

Plato's Styles and Characters: Between Literature and Philosophy [EPUB]
Plato's Styles and Characters: Between Literature and Philosophy edited by Gabriele Cornelli
2016 | EPUB | 1.68MB

The significance of Plato's literary style to the content of his ideas is one of the central problems in the study of Plato. This volume presents some of the most recent scholarship on the wide range of issues related to Plato's dialogue form. The essays address general questions concerning Plato's literary style, the relation of his style to other genres and traditions in Ancient Greece, and Plato's characters and his purpose in using them.

The O Manuscript: The Seer, The Magdalene, The Grail [EPUB]

The O Manuscript: The Seer, The Magdalene, The Grail [EPUB]
The O Manuscript: The Seer, The Magdalene, The Grail by Lars Muhl
2013 | EPUB | 14.84MB

The O Manuscript, a real-life Gnostic thriller, has sold over 60,000 copies in Denmark, the equivalent of 3 million in the United States, since it was first published in 2000. Lars Muhl was for many years a successful pop star who studied the world’s religions and esoteric knowledge between gigs and recording sessions.

When a nervous-system illness sidelined him in the mid-1990s, he turned in desperation to a spiritual healer who was able to get him back on his feet after a single phone call. Intrigued by this mysterious man, Muhl traveled to southern France to become his apprentice. Together, Muhl and the healer, who is known in the book simply as “The Seer,” embark on an adventure that is part history lesson, part Jedi-style initiation.

“My work with The Seer began on Montségur, the holiest site of the Cathars, the medieval French religious sect that was persecuted by the Roman Catholic Church,” notes Muhl.” It was the middle of summer and the hike up the mountain is pretty strenuous. At the same time that The Seer was testing my physical endurance, he was breaking down my emotional resistance. He taught me how to let go of the burdens from my past.”

Towards the end of his apprenticeship, after years of searching for Montségur’s secret cave, Muhl finally stumbles upon it. Inside he finds himself in the presence of “O,” the Messenger of Light; the source of all things; the symbol of ecstatic union. O tells Muhl, “Everything mankind longs for is, and has always been, within his reach. If he would only acknowledge this there wouldn’t be anything else to look for. When this happens mankind will step out of his self-made prison and into reality.

The O Manuscript is not another book about positive thinking. Throughout his initiation, Muhl was forced to confront his dark side, the shadows that kept him from true health and wellness. “This is my journey,” says Muhl. “Every word of it is true and really happened to me, but it is also meant to be a kind of allegory. The lessons I learned are universal.”