Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 10:01
2016 | EPUB | 8.5MB
After World War II, the American automobile industry was reeling. Having spent years building tanks and airplanes for the army, the car companies would need years more to retool their production to meet the demands of the American public, for whom they had not made any cars since 1942.
And then in stepped Preston Tucker. This salesman extraordinaire from Ypsilanti, Michigan, had built race cars before the war, and had designed prototypes for the military during it. Now, gathering a group of brilliant automotive designers, engineers, and promoters, he announced the creation of a revolutionary new car: the Tucker '48, the first car in almost a decade to be built fresh from the ground up. Tucker's car would include ingenious advances in design and engineering that other car companies could not match. With a rear engine, rear-wheel drive, a safety-glass windshielf that would pop out in case of an accident, a padded dashboard, independent suspension, and automatic transmission, it would be more attractive and aerodynamic—and safer—than any other car on the road.
But as the public eagerly awaited Tucker's car of tomorrow, powerful forces in Washington were trying to bring him down. An SEC commissioner with close ties to Detroit's Big Three automakers deliberately leaked information about an investigation the agency was conducting, suggesting that Tucker was bilking investors with a massive fraud scheme. Headlines accused him a perpetrating a hoax and claimed that his cars weren't real and his factory was a sham.
In fact, the Tucker '48 sedan was genuine, and everyone who saw it was impressed by what this upstart carmaker had achieved. But the SEC's investigation had compounded the company's financial problems and management conflicts, and a superior product was not enough to keep Tucker's dream afloat.
Here, Steve Lehto tackles the story of Tucker's amazing rise and tragic fall, relying on a huge trove of documents that has been used by no other writer to date. It is the first comprehensive, authoritative account of Tucker's magnificent car and his battles with the government. And in this book, Lehto finally answers the questions automobile aficionados have wondered about for decades: Exactly how and why was the production of such an innovative car killed?
Cities of Gold: Legendary Kingdoms, Quixotic Quests, and Fantastic New World Wealth [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 09:56
2011 | EPUB | 5.08MB
The Exploration for Real and Mythical Treasures in the Americas
For half a millennium, stories of vast treasures—El Dorado, Manoa, the Seven Cities of Cibola, the Lost Dutchman Mine—have been part of the lore of the Americas. Long before the Europeans set foot in the New World, myths and rumors of fabulous wealth in distant lands, such as the kingdom of Prester John, were told and retold so often that they were assumed to be true. When Spanish explorers first made contact with the Aztec and Inca civilizations, they found cultures that were literally dripping with gold. This evidence made it easy to believe the native stories of even greater wealth just beyond the horizon. In these uncharted lands, dreamers sought their fortunes: Francisco de Coronado ranged over the North American plains in search of the elusive Quivira; Gonzalo Pizarro, brother of the Incan conqueror, and Lope Aguirre, the “Wrath of God,” were both part of ill-fated expeditions in search of El Dorado; and Leonard Clark walked out of the Amazon after World War II with gold and claimed he had found that fabled kingdom.
In Cities of Gold: Legendary Kingdoms, Quixotic Quests, and Fantastic New World Wealth, Bill Yenne takes the reader from the rainforests and mountains of Peru, Paraguay, Brazil, and Guiana to the deserts and peaks of Mexico and the United States to tell the extraordinary, and often brutal story of how the search for mysterious New World riches fueled the exploration of an unknown hemisphere for hundreds of years. Even without finding the places they sought, during Spain’s “Siglo de Oro” in the sixteenth century, the Spanish plundered and mined thousands of tons of New World gold and silver and shipped it home where the reserves alone reached a staggering estimate of two trillion dollars. And it was not just the Spanish who were obsessed with gold: Sir Walter Raleigh made two government-backed voyages in search of Manoa, a golden city he was convinced was deep in Guiana. Discussing the many expeditions to find New World wealth and lost cities over a 500-year timeline, the author includes stories of lesser-known explorers and soldiers of fortune and their successes and failures. As he demonstrates, the desire for adventure and the insatiable lust for treasure motivated men and women in the past and continues to captivate fortune hunters today.
Strathclyde: And the Anglo-Saxons in the Viking Age [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 09:53
2014 | EPUB | 5.21MB
This book traces the history of relations between the kingdom of Strathclyde and Anglo-Saxon England in the Viking period of the ninth to eleventh centuries AD. It puts the spotlight on the North Britons or 'Cumbrians', an ancient people whose kings ruled from a power-base at Govan on the western side of present-day Glasgow. In the tenth century, these kings extended their rule southward from Clydesdale to the southern shore of the Solway Firth, bringing their language and culture to a region that had been in English hands for more than two hundred years. They played a key role in many of the great political events of the time, whether leading their armies in battle or forging treaties to preserve a fragile peace. Their extensive realm, which was also known as 'Cumbria', was eventually conquered by the Scots, but is still remembered today in the name of an English county. How this county acquired the name of a long-vanished kingdom centred on the River Clyde is one of the topics covered in this book. It is part of a wider history that forms an important chapter in the story of how England and Scotland emerged from the early medieval period or 'Dark Ages' as the countries we know today.
Anatomy of Malice: The Enigma of the Nazi War Criminals [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 09:48
2016 | EPUB + AZW3 | 3.12/3.23MB
When the ashes had settled after World War II and the Allies convened an international war crimes trial in Nuremberg, a psychiatrist, Douglas Kelley, and a psychologist, Gustave Gilbert, tried to fathom the psychology of the Nazi leaders, using extensive psychiatric interviews, IQ tests, and Rorschach inkblot tests. Never before or since has there been such a detailed study of governmental leaders who orchestrated mass killings.
Before the war crimes trial began, it was self-evident to most people that the Nazi leaders were demonic maniacs. But when the interviews and psychological tests were completed, the answer was no longer so clear. The findings were so disconcerting that portions of the data were hidden away for decades and the research became a topic for vituperative disputes. Gilbert thought that the war criminals’ malice stemmed from depraved psychopathology. Kelley viewed them as morally flawed, ordinary men who were creatures of their environment. Who was right?
Drawing on his decades of experience as a psychiatrist and the dramatic advances within psychiatry, psychology, and neuroscience since Nuremberg, Joel E. Dimsdale looks anew at the findings and examines in detail four of the war criminals, Robert Ley, Hermann Göring, Julius Streicher, and Rudolf Hess. Using increasingly precise diagnostic tools, he discovers a remarkably broad spectrum of pathology. Anatomy of Malice takes us on a complex and troubling quest to make sense of the most extreme evil.
The Art of Chalk: Techniques and Inspiration for Creating Art with Chalk [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 09:42
2016 | EPUB | 42.78MB
Chalk, a ubiquitous and versatile implement made from limestone, is much more than a humble tool for jotting impermanent notes. With a wide range of uses in art and design, chalk is quickly becoming a favorite of artists around the world to create impressive works of art.
In The Art of Chalk, noted street painter Tracy Lee Stum takes an inspiring look at the many exciting creative applications for this easily accessible medium. With a historic overview of chalk's origins as an art medium, and how its artistic uses have evolved over the centuries, this book is a wealth of knowledge for anyone looking to get creative with this time-honored art medium.
Featuring the impressive work of some of today's most prominent artists and designers, The Art of Chalk explores helpful and inspiring techniques used in typography and lettering, fine art, and the intricate, elaborate, and mind-bending chalk designs known as street art. In the resources section, you'll even find a detailed listing of chalk festivals held around the world.
Gunpowder: Alchemy, Bombards, and Pyrotechnics: The History of the Explosive That Changed the World [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 09:41
2005 | EPUB | 1.97MB
When Chinese alchemists fashioned the first manmade explosion sometime during the tenth century, no one could have foreseen its full revolutionary potential. Invented to frighten evil spirits rather than fuel guns or bombs—neither of which had been thought of yet—their simple mixture of saltpeter, sulfur, and charcoal went on to make the modern world possible. As word of its explosive properties spread from Asia to Europe, from pyrotechnics to battleships, it paved the way for Western exploration, hastened the end of feudalism and the rise of the nation state, and greased the wheels of the Industrial Revolution.With dramatic immediacy, novelist and journalist Jack Kelly conveys both the distant time in which the “devil’s distillate” rose to conquer the world, and brings to rousing life the eclectic cast of characters who played a role in its epic story, including Michelangelo, Edward III, Vasco da Gama, Cortés, Guy Fawkes, Alfred Nobel, and E. I. DuPont. A must-read for history fans and military buffs alike, Gunpowder brings together a rich terrain of cultures and technological innovations with authoritative research and swashbuckling style.
Imperialism and Expansionism in American History [4 volumes] [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 09:33
2015 | EPUB | 31.47MB
This four-volume encyclopedia chronicles the historical roots of the United States' current military dominance, documenting its growth from continental expansionism to hemispheric hegemony to global empire.
- Overviews the history of American imperialism through chronologically arranged entries that are multidisciplinary, incisively written, and informed by the latest scholarship
- Covers issues ranging from the fur trade of the frontier era to today's complex engagement in the Middle East and Africa
- Shares key insights on the intersection of popular culture with the projection of U.S. military power
- Includes background material and an extensive selection of primary documents that will help students practice critical reading, thinking, and writing skills
- Features numerous photos, illustrations, and sidebars that enliven the text and engage students in participatory learning
Casino Craps: Strategies for Reducing the Odds against You [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 08:34
2016 | EPUB | 1.77MB
Learn the ins and outs of craps to beat the casinos and win more money.
Of all the games in the casino, only one allows the player to engage the house in a fair fight. Craps, when played intelligently and prudently, reduces the house advantage to a miniscule .6 percent, a margin that can be overcome with smart betting and simple money management.
How could casinos afford to offer such a winnable game? What’s the catch? For players willing to devote a little time and patience learning the ins and outs, there is no catch!
Here is the most comprehensive, expert, and reader-friendly guide to casino craps ever written. Robert R. Roto, a documented lifetime winner, has dissected the odds like a surgeon and formulated several systems of variable risk and aggressiveness—all guaranteed to maximize the player’s chances of winning. Whether you are betting with $5 or $1,000 chips, whether you play “right” or “wrong,” whether your strategy is to come in on the Pass line and then switch to Don’t Pass, or you employ the “just did—do that” session rule, Roto will teach you how to milk the casino odds for every percentage point possible.
Too many players refuse to learn the nuances of the game, insisting instead on fattening the casino’s bankroll. Wouldn’t you rather join the author in the winners’ club?
Louis: The French Prince Who Invaded England [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 08:30
2016 | EPUB | 3.78MB
In 1215 a group of English barons, dissatisfied with the weak and despicable King John, decided that they needed a new monarch. They wanted a strong, experienced man, of royal blood, and they found him on the other side of the Channel: astonishingly, the most attractive candidate for the crown of England was Louis, eldest son and heir of the king of France.
In this fascinating biography of England’s least-known “king”—and the first to be written in English—Catherine Hanley explores the life and times of “Louis the Lion” before, during, and beyond his quest for the English throne. She illuminates the national and international context of his 1216 invasion, and explains why and how after sixteen fruitless months he failed to make himself King Louis I of England. Hanley also explores Louis’s subsequent reign over France until his untimely death on the Albigensian Crusade. Published eight centuries after the creation of Magna Carta and on the 800th anniversary of Louis’s proclamation as king, this fascinating story is a colorful tale of national culture, power, and politics that brings a long-forgotten life out of the shadows of history.
The Complete U.S. Army Survival Guide to Foraging Skills, Tactics, and Techniques [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 08:28
2016 | EPUB | 26.24MB
Here in this critical guide is all the important foraging techniques that you’ll need to know in order to survive in just about any situation. From selecting edible berries to trapping small game, The Complete U.S. Army Survival Guide to Foraging Skills, Tactics, and Techniques has got you covered. Within these pages, you’ll find:
- The proper procedure to construct a water distillery
- How to discern the difference between poisonous and deadly plants.
- A step-by-step guide to expertly skinning and cooking a squirrel.
- And hundreds more critical foraging techniques.
With dozens of photographs and illustrations demonstrating these medical techniques and procedures first-hand, this guide is an essential read for every outdoorsman—from the novice weekend camper to the most seasoned survivalist. If you can’t find it in The Complete U.S. Army Survival Guide to Foraging Skills, Tactics, and Techniques, then you don’t really need it.
Beyond the Battleground: Classic Strategies from the Yijing and Baguazhang for Managing Crisis Situations [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 08:24
2016 | EPUB | 24.69MB
Life is Strategy!
Beyond the Battlefield: Classic Strategies from the Yijing and Baguazhang for Managing Crises Situations is a fascinating discourse on the application of strategy to all facets of human interaction. Of equal interest to the martial artist, business person, military theorist, or anyone negotiating the uncertainties of the changing world.
How do you achieve success and prevail in a chaotic world? Chinese strategists have grappled with this fundamental question for centuries. Chinese thought advocates understanding the natural order of the world in order to harmonize and flow with it. One of the key ideas that permeates both the military and the I Ching (Yi Jing: the Classic of Change) is that success is achieved by blending with and adapting to the constant change manifesting around us. By aligning oneself with the changing circumstances, opportunity and success unfold naturally.
Beyond the Battlefield examines military strategy in connection with the I-Ching and the internal martial art Ba Gua Zhang (Eight Diagram Palm). Ba Gua Zhang is a self-defense art and health preservation system whose physical movements and combat strategies stem from the I Ching and the ancient book of strategy: By understanding patterns of change, one can understand how to function in crises situations or in times of upheaval and change. Therefore, the trigrams and hexagrams of the I Ching can be understood, not as symbols for divination, but instead as coded representations of specific but fluid situations in which unwise actions can undermine favorable circumstances, while wise actions can salvage seemingly hopeless ones.
Drawing on ideas from classical military strategy, the Yijing (Book of Changes), and Chinese martial arts theory, Tom Bisio presents a unique and exciting exploration of how insights from these sources can be deployed to manage crisis situations in all aspects of our daily lives. Suggesting approaches for cultivating a strategic mindset that can be applied to one's relationships, work, and personal self-fulfillment, Beyond the Battleground offers methods of adapting to circumstances, conserving one's own resources, and avoiding or dissolving conflict that will aid any reader navigating the uncertainties of the changing world, including the business person, military theorist, or martial artist.
Deftly interweaving his background in East Asian philosophy and history and his career in traditional Chinese medicine with his lifelong interest in the martial arts and military science, Bisio also presents examples of successful strategies from history's great commanders such as Sunzi, Hannibal, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, and Mao Zedong.
Beyond the Battlefield was originally published as Strategy and Change: An Examination of Military Strategy, the I-Ching and Ba Gua Zhang. In Beyond the Battlefield, Tom Bisio has added more then 50 pages of new text including a an exciting new chapter on applying principles of strategy and change to daily life.
How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet [MOBI]
23 July 2016, 08:06
2016 | MOBI | 4.03MB
Between 1959 and 1989, Soviet scientists and officials made numerous attempts to network their nation -- to construct a nationwide computer network. None of these attempts succeeded, and the enterprise had been abandoned by the time the Soviet Union fell apart. Meanwhile, ARPANET, the American precursor to the Internet, went online in 1969. Why did the Soviet network, with top-level scientists and patriotic incentives, fail while the American network succeeded? In How Not to Network a Nation, Benjamin Peters reverses the usual cold war dualities and argues that the American ARPANET took shape thanks to well-managed state subsidies and collaborative research environments and the Soviet network projects stumbled because of unregulated competition among self-interested institutions, bureaucrats, and others. The capitalists behaved like socialists while the socialists behaved like capitalists.
After examining the midcentury rise of cybernetics, the science of self-governing systems, and the emergence in the Soviet Union of economic cybernetics, Peters complicates this uneasy role reversal while chronicling the various Soviet attempts to build a "unified information network." Drawing on previously unknown archival and historical materials, he focuses on the final, and most ambitious of these projects, the All-State Automated System of Management (OGAS), and its principal promoter, Viktor M. Glushkov. Peters describes the rise and fall of OGAS -- its theoretical and practical reach, its vision of a national economy managed by network, the bureaucratic obstacles it encountered, and the institutional stalemate that killed it. Finally, he considers the implications of the Soviet experience for today's networked world.
Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 08:01
2016 | EPUB | 1.03MB
What is the reality of policing in the United States? Do the police keep anyone safe and secure other than the very wealthy? How do recent police killings of young black people in the United States fit into the historical and global context of anti-blackness?
This collection of reports and essays (the first collaboration between Truthout and Haymarket Books) explores police violence against black, brown, indigenous and other marginalized communities, miscarriages of justice, and failures of token accountability and reform measures. It also makes a compelling and provocative argument against calling the police.
Contributions cover a broad range of issues including the killing by police of black men and women, police violence against Latino and indigenous communities, law enforcement's treatment of pregnant people and those with mental illness, and the impact of racist police violence on parenting, as well as specific stories such as a Detroit police conspiracy to slap murder convictions on young black men using police informant and the failure of Chicago's much-touted Independent Police Review Authority, the body supposedly responsible for investigating police misconduct. The title Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? is no mere provocation: the book also explores alternatives for keeping communities safe.Contributors include William C. Anderson, Candice Bernd, Aaron Cantú, Thandi Chimurenga, Ejeris Dixon, Adam Hudson, Victoria Law, Mike Ludwig, Sarah Macaraeg, and Roberto Rodriguez.
The Quantum Moment: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg Taught Us to Love Uncertainty [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 07:56
2014 | EPUB | 3.62MB
The fascinating story of how quantum mechanics went mainstream.
The discovery of the quantum—the idea, born in the early 1900s in a remote corner of physics, that energy comes in finite packets instead of infinitely divisible quantities—planted a rich set of metaphors in the popular imagination.
Quantum imagery and language now bombard us like an endless stream of photons. Phrases such as multiverses, quantum leaps, alternate universes, the uncertainty principle, and Schrödinger's cat get reinvented continually in cartoons and movies, coffee mugs and T-shirts, and fiction and philosophy, reinterpreted by each new generation of artists and writers.
Is a "quantum leap" big or small? How uncertain is the uncertainty principle? Is this barrage of quantum vocabulary pretentious and wacky, or a fundamental shift in the way we think?
All the above, say Robert P. Crease and Alfred Scharff Goldhaber in this pathbreaking book. The authors—one a philosopher, the other a physicist—draw on their training and six years of co-teaching to dramatize the quantum’s rocky path from scientific theory to public understanding. Together, they and their students explored missteps and mistranslations, jokes and gibberish, of public discussion about the quantum. Their book explores the quantum’s manifestations in everything from art and sculpture to the prose of John Updike and David Foster Wallace. The authors reveal the quantum’s implications for knowledge, metaphor, intellectual exchange, and the contemporary world. Understanding and appreciating quantum language and imagery, and recognizing its misuse, is part of what it means to be an educated person today.
The result is a celebration of language at the interface of physics and culture, perfect for anyone drawn to the infinite variety of ideas.
Restless Continent: Wealth, Rivalry and Asia's New Geopolitics [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 07:53
2016 | EPUB | 1.02MB
The world has never seen economic development as rapid or significant as Asia’s during recent decades. Home to three-fifths of humanity, this restless continent will soon produce more than half of the world’s economic output and consume more energy than the rest of the world combined. All but three of the planet’s current and nascent nuclear powers are Asian, and it has the greatest growth in weapons spending of any other region.
Surprisingly little hard thinking has been done about the future of Asia. Restless Continent is the first book to examine the economic, social, political and strategic trends across the world’s largest continent and present a road-map for thinking about Asia’s future-and the world.
It looks at the psychology of countries becoming newly rich and powerful. It explores the ‘corridors of blood’—the geography and politics of conflict. And it makes a case about how to avert a plunge into dispute, or even war.
Written for general reader and policy specialist alike, Restless Continent is an agenda-shaping book about the shape of international affairs in the twenty-first century.
The Big Think Book: Discover Philosophy Through 99 Perplexing Problems [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 07:49
2015 | EPUB | 9.06MB
Peter Cave’s bestselling trio of humorous philosophy titles – What’s Wrong With Eating People?, Can a Robot be Human?, and Do Llamas Fall in Love? – brought together in one big book.
- What makes me, me – and you, you?
- What is this thing called ‘love’?
- Does life have a point?
- Is ‘no’ the right answer to this question?
Philosophy transports us from the wonderful to the weird, from the funny to the very serious indeed. With the aid of tall stories, jokes, fascinating insights and common sense, Peter Cave offers a comprehensive survey of all areas of philosophy, addressing the big puzzles in ethics and politics, metaphysics and knowledge, religion and the emotions, aesthetics and logic. Replete with a smorgasbord of amusing and mind-boggling examples, The Big Think Book is perfect for anyone who delights in life’s conundrums.
Homeopathy for Today's World: Discovering Your Animal, Mineral, or Plant Nature [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 07:45
2011 | EPUB | 1.05MB
Discover the “inner song” that triggers your ailments and underlies your fundamental nature and response to stress
- Reveals the 7 levels of experience and how to apply them to reach the core experience behind our physical and mental symptoms
- Explains how to decode the ways we describe our pain and emotions to determine what animal, plant, or mineral is “singing” within
- Shows how awareness of the “inner song” can reduce its negative impact on our emotions, dreams, ambitions, careers, and relationships
The most important development in homeopathy since its discovery in the late 18th century by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, the Sensation Method of diagnosis developed by Dr. Rajan Sankaran explains that our experience and perceptions of life’s stresses are shaped by an inner pattern, or “song,” connected to one of the three kingdoms in nature--animal, plant, or mineral. Revealing itself as a constant underlying sensation felt in both the mind and the body and expressed through illness and chronic ailments, this inner song of reoccurring reactive patterns--be it that of a competitive lion, a sensitive daisy, or structured phosphorus--drives our emotions, dreams, ambitions, careers, and relationships and is the underlying factor behind why stress affects each of us so differently.
Explaining that there are 7 levels to our experiences, Dr. Sankaran provides techniques to decode the words and gestures we use to describe our pain, emotions, and health conditions, allowing us to probe deeper into our experiences of stress and illness to determine what animal, plant, or mineral is “singing” within us. Showing how this core identity can be used by homeopathic physicians to treat our problems at their source, he reveals how becoming aware of our inner song can reduce the intensity of its negative effects, leading to less stress, better health, and more harmony in our lives.
Spice for Life: Delicious Recipes Using Everyday Healing Spices [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 06:25
2016 | EPUB | 21.54MB
Spices not only add a flavorful kick to meals, they also have some amazing benefits to improve certain ailments and improve overall health. Rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, spices and herbs like turmeric, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, cloves, coriander, and sage can fight inflammation, protect against chronic conditions, and can even help with losing weight.
Featuring dozens of recipes for meals and beauty remedies, Healing Spices is a great tool for anyone looking to add more flavor to their diet and cut out unhealthy seasonings like salt, sugar, and fatty oils. You’ll find great recipes like:
- Chickpea and carrot tangine
- Sweet potato and coconut soup
- Probiotic ginger beer
- Chicken tikka masala with turmeric rice
- Lemon-garlic sorbet
- Cayenne toasts
- Orange, fig, and sage chutney
- Mexican hot chocolate cupcakes
- And much more
There are also remedies for burns, problem skin and hair, losing your voice, toothaches, and a guide detailing the benefits of each spice and herb. Healing Spices is the ultimate compendium for anyone wishing to cook with healthier seasonings.
I'm Just a Person: My year of death, cancer and epiphany [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 06:24
2016 | EPUB | 7.43MB
In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C. diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Hit with this devastating barrage, Tig took her grief onstage. Days after receiving her cancer diagnosis, she broke new comedic ground, opening an unvarnished set with the words: 'Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everybody having a good time? I have cancer.' The set instantly went viral, and was ultimately released as Tig's sophomore album, Live, which sold one hundred thousand units in just six weeks and was later nominated for a Grammy.
Now, the wildly popular star takes stock of that no good, very bad year - a difficult yet astonishing period in which tragedy turned into absurdity and despair transformed into joy. An inspired combination of the deadpan silliness of her comedy and the open-hearted vulnerability that has emerged in the wake of that dire time, I'm Just a Person is a moving and often hilarious look at this very brave, very funny woman's journey into the darkness and her thrilling return from it.
Beach House Brunch: 100 Delicious Ways to Start Your Long Summer Days [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 06:22
2016 | EPUB | 29.62MB
Sweet and Savory Brunch Recipes Inspired by Life at the Beach
Though she is the busy owner and chef of the celebrated Sugar Blossom Bake Shop in San Clemente, California, chef Lei makes sure to find time to bake and cook mouthwatering dishes at her beach house as often as possible.
In Beach House Brunch, she shares more than one hundred recipes for brunch dishes that she creates and serves to her beach-house guests—everything from beverages, sweet pastries, and egg dishes to grab-n-go breakfast options for avid surfers. Recipes include:
- Roasted Beet Bloody Marys
- Jumbo Morning Glory Muffins
- Blueberry Zucchini Bread
- Shrimp n’ Grits
- Boiled, Deviled, and Perfectly Poached Eggs
- Cranberry Walnut French Toast
- Bananas Foster Pancakes
- Salted Cashew Scotchies
- And more!
Few cookbooks, if any, can transport the home cook to such a wonderful place the way Beach House Brunch can. This book is an absolute must-have for summer enthusiasts, beach lovers, beachgoers, beach dreamers, and beach-house owners everywhere.
Parallel Journeys [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 06:21
2015 | EPUB | 4.31MB
She was a young German Jew. He was an ardent member of the Hitler Youth. This is the story of their pareallel journey through World War II. Helen Waterford and Alfons Heck were born just a few miles from each other in the German Rhineland. But their lives took radically different courses: Helen's to the Auschwitz extermination camp; Alfons to a high rank in the Hitler Youth.
While Helen was hiding in Amserdam, Alfons was a fanatic believer in Hitler's "master race." While she was crammed in a cattle car bound for the death camp Aushchwitz, he was a tennage commander of frontline troopes, ready to fight and die for the glory of Hitler and the Fatherland. This book tells both of their stories, side-by-side, in an overwhelming account of the nightmare that was WWII. The riveting stories of these two remarkable people must stand as a powerful lesson to us all.
See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 05:52
2003 | EPUB | 3.89MB
See No Evil is the astonishing and controversial memoir from one of the CIA's top field officers of the past quarter century. Robert Baer recounts his career as a ground soldier in the CIA's war on terrorism, running agents in the back alleys of the Middle East, with blistering honesty. He paints a chilling picture of how terrorism works on the inside and provides compelling evidence about how Washington sabotaged the CIA's efforts to root out the world's deadliest terrorists. See No Evil is an unprecedented examination of the roots of modern terrorism and the CIA's failure to acknowledge and neutralise the growing fundamentalist threat, and an engrossing memoir of Baer's education as an intelligence operative.
See No Evil includes revelations about the strategic alliance Osama bin Laden forged with Iran in 1996 to mastermind terrorist attacks on the United States and elsewhere, about the planned coup d'etat against Saddam Hussein and how it was aborted by the National Security Council, and about the CIA's disastrous decision in 1991 to shut down its operations in Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, ignoring the fundamentalists working in those countries.
An extraordinary testimony that has become even more vital and damning since the events of 9/11 and the subsequent War on Iraq.
Introduction to the Bible (The Open Yale Courses Series) [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 05:51
2012 | EPUB | 2.84MB
This book examines the small library of 24 books common to all Jewish and Christian Bibles—books that preserve the efforts of diverse writers over a span of many centuries to make sense of their personal experiences and those of their people, the ancient Israelites. Professor Christine Hayes guides her readers through the complexities of this polyphonous literature that has served as a foundational pillar of Western civilization, underscoring the variety and even disparities among the voices that speak in the biblical texts.
Delphi Complete Works of Leo Tolstoy [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 05:49
2011 | EPUB | 12.56MB
- ALL 12 novels with professional formatting
- Plus the RARE unfinished novel 'The Decembrists' which Tolstoy intended to be a sequel to the great 'War and Peace'
- Plus the other rare unfinished novel 'Morning of a Landed Proprietor'
- Brief but informative introductions to all of the novels
- Attractive images relating to Tolstoy's life and works throughout the eBook
- ALL the short stories that have been translated into English
- features a bonus selection of non-fiction texts, including Tolstoy's Journal
- ALL of the plays
- special Main Character pages for 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina' to aid reading these large novels
- improved translations of the short stories, in response to a customer review
- includes contents tables for each novel and play, allowing easy navigation around the massive file
- UPDATED with a special literary criticism section, with 9 different essays examining Tolstoy's contribution to literature, with works by writers such as Virginia Woolf and William Lyon Phelps
- UPDATED with BONUS texts of two biographies on Tolstoy, by his wife and son
- UPDATED with the rare play LIVE CORPSE, unpublished in Tolstoy's lifetime
Believed by many to be the greatest novelist the world has known, the Russian Master's work is of paramount importance. This definitive Edition of Tolstoy's oeuvre has every translated novel, short story, novella and play written by Leo Tolstoy. One of our most popular eBooks - now you can own the great Master of Realist fiction.
There is also a front no-nonsense contents table, allowing easy navigation around the enormous file. As with all Delphi Classics, the texts are arranged in chronological order, allowing a scholarly reading and appreciation of Tolstoy's works.
Nobody's Perfect: Writings from The New Yorker [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 05:47
2009 | EPUB | 2.57MB
Anthony Lane on Con Air—
“Advance word on Con Air said that it was all about an airplane with an unusually dangerous and potentially lethal load. Big deal. You should try the lunches they serve out of Newark. Compared with the chicken napalm I ate on my last flight, the men in Con Air are about as dangerous as balloons.”
Anthony Lane on The Bridges of Madison County—
“I got my copy at the airport, behind a guy who was buying Playboy’s Book of Lingerie, and I think he had the better deal. He certainly looked happy with his purchase, whereas I had to ask for a paper bag.”
Anthony Lane on Martha Stewart—
“Super-skilled, free of fear, the last word in human efficiency, Martha Stewart is the woman who convinced a million Americans that they have the time, the means, the right, and—damn it—the duty to pipe a little squirt of soft cheese into the middle of a snow pea, and to continue piping until there are ‘fifty to sixty’ stuffed peas raring to go.”
For ten years, Anthony Lane has delighted New Yorker readers with his film reviews, book reviews, and profiles that range from Buster Keaton to Vladimir Nabokov to Ernest Shackleton. Nobody’s Perfect is an unforgettable collection of Lane’s trademark wit, satire, and insight that will satisfy both the long addicted and the not so familiar.
Rude Mechanicals: An account of Tank Maturity during the Second World War [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 05:46
1989 | EPUB | 17.74MB
In this sequel to "An New Excalibur", which examined the development of the tank during World War I and after, Smithers examines the role played by tanks in World War II. At the beginning of the war only the Germans and the Russians had realized the full power of the tank. The British and the Americans were forced to try to catch up. One difficulty was fundamentally a matter of finding the right tool for the right job. In the last year of the war, the Germans relied on the immense King Tigers, which lacked speed and manoeuvrability; while the Allies were confined to Shermans, Cromwells and Churchills, which were incapable of making a heavyweight impact. Each side had some envy for the other.
Walking Free [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 05:44
2014 | EPUB | 8.18MB
In 1999, Munjed Al Muderis was a young surgical resident working in Baghdad when a squad of Military Police marched into the operating theatre and ordered the surgical team to mutilate the ears of three busloads of army deserters. When the head of surgery refused, he was executed in front of his staff. Munjed's choices were stark-comply and breach the medical oath 'do no harm', refuse and face certain death, or flee.
That day, Munjed's life changed forever. He escaped to Indonesia, where he boarded a filthy, overcrowded refugee boat, bound for Australia.
Like his fellow passengers, he hoped for a new life, free from fear and oppression, but for ten months he was incarcerated in what became known as the worst of the refugee camps, Curtin Detention Centre in Western Australia. There he was known only by a number, locked in solitary confinement and repeatedly told to go back to Iraq.
On 26 August 2000, Munjed was finally freed. Now, fourteen years later, he is one of the world's leading osseointegration surgeons, transforming the lives of amputees with a pioneering technique that allows them to walk again.
Walking Free is Munjed's extraordinary account of his journey from the brutality of Saddam Hussein's Iraq to a new life in Australia and a remarkable career at the forefront of medicine.
The Camper Van Bible: Live, Eat, Sleep [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 05:43
2016 | EPUB | 176.55MB
The Camper Van Bible is THE definitive glovebox bible for anyone who owns or 'would die for' a camper van. In this book Martin Dorey, acknowledged camper van expert and presenter of BBC2's 'One Man and His Campervan', delves headfirst into the nitty gritty of camping and camper vans.
The book covers all aspects of the camper van life, including:
- Owning and living day to day with a camper van (LIVE)
- Cooking and eating in your camper (EAT)
- Sleeping in your camper (SLEEP)
- Keeping you and your van going (REPEAT)
Packed with stunning photography, and oodles of vital, definitive and authoritative information, plus some tasty recipes too, this book will be essential for both dreamers and do-ers alike. It will appeal to all areas of the market, from the Classic VW owners and the owners of modern VWs to owners of all makes of camper vans, smaller motorhomes, and the tented camper markets too.
Heed the advice, drool over the pictures.
Then go and do it.
War at the End of the World [EPUB]
23 July 2016, 05:41
2016 | EPUB | 15.72MB
A harrowing account of an epic, yet nearly forgotten, battle of World War II—General Douglas MacArthur's four-year assault on the Pacific War's most hostile battleground: the mountainous, jungle-cloaked island of New Guinea.
One American soldier called it “a green hell on earth.” Monsoon-soaked wilderness, debilitating heat, impassable mountains, torrential rivers, and disease-infested swamps—New Guinea was a battleground far more deadly than the most fanatical of enemy troops. Japanese forces numbering some 600,000 men began landing in January 1942, determined to seize the island as a cornerstone of the Empire’s strategy to knock Australia out of the war. Allied Commander-in-Chief General Douglas MacArthur committed 340,000 Americans, as well as tens of thousands of Australian, Dutch, and New Guinea troops, to retake New Guinea at all costs.
What followed was a four-year campaign that involved some of the most horrific warfare in history. At first emboldened by easy victories throughout the Pacific, the Japanese soon encountered in New Guinea a roadblock akin to the Germans’ disastrous attempt to take Moscow, a catastrophic setback to their war machine. For the Americans, victory in New Guinea was the first essential step in the long march towards the Japanese home islands and the ultimate destruction of Hirohito’s empire. Winning the war in New Guinea was of critical importance to MacArthur. His avowed “I shall return” to the Philippines could only be accomplished after taking the island.
In this gripping narrative, historian James P. Duffy chronicles the most ruthless combat of the Pacific War, a fight complicated by rampant tropical disease, violent rainstorms, and unforgiving terrain that punished both Axis and Allied forces alike. Drawing on primary sources, War at the End of the World fills in a crucial gap in the history of World War II while offering readers a narrative of the first rank.
The Economist Audio Edition [July, 23, 2016]
23 July 2016, 05:11
MP3@48 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 153.88MB
Erdogan's Revenge: The coup and the crackdown
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- Six of the best economic ideas
- The industrial internet of things
- Economics brief: Information asymmetry (Secrets & agents)