Do What You Love: And Other Lies About Success & Happiness [EPUB]

Do What You Love: And Other Lies About Success & Happiness [EPUB]
Do What You Love: And Other Lies About Success & Happiness by Miya Tokumitsu
2015 | EPUB | 2.39MB

The American claim that we should love and be passionate about our job may sound uplifting, or at least, harmless, but Do What You Love exposes the tangible damages such rhetoric has leveled upon contemporary society.

Virtue and capital have always been twins in the capitalist, industrialized West. Our ideas of what the “virtues” of pursuing success in capitalism have changed dramatically over time. In the past, we believed that work undertaken with an ethos of industriousness promised financial stability and basic comfort and security for our families. Now, our working life is conflated with the pursuit of pleasure. Fantastically successful—and popular—entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs and Oprah Winfrey command us. “You’ve got to love what you do,” Jobs tells an audience of college grads about to enter the workforce, while Winfrey exhorts her audience to “live your best life.” The promises made to today’s workers seem so much larger and nobler than those of previous generations. Why settle for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage and a perfectly functional eight-year-old car when you can get rich becoming your “best” self and have a blast along the way?

But workers today are doing more and more for less and less. This reality is frighteningly palpable in eroding paychecks and benefits, the rapid concentration of wealth in the hands of a tiny few, and workers’ loss of control over their labor conditions. But where is the protest and anger from workers against a system that tells them to love their work and asks them to do it for less? While winner-take-all capitalism grows ever more ruthless, the rhetoric of passion for labor proliferates.

In Do What You Love, Tokumitsu articulates and examines the sacrifices people make for a chance at loveable, self-actualizing, and, of course, wealth-generating work and the conditions facilitated by this pursuit. This book continues the conversation sparked by the author’s earlier Slate article and provides a devastating look at the state of modern America’s labor and workforce.

In the Name of Gucci: A Memoir [EPUB]

In the Name of Gucci: A Memoir [EPUB]
In the Name of Gucci: A Memoir by Patricia Gucci
2016 | EPUB | 15.59MB

The gripping family drama—and never-before-told love story—surrounding the rise and fall of the late Aldo Gucci, the man responsible for making the legendary fashion label the powerhouse it is today, as told by his daughter.

Patricia Gucci was born a secret: the lovechild whose birth could have spelled ruination for her father, Aldo Gucci. It was the early 1960s, the halcyon days for Gucci—the must-have brand of Hollywood and royalty—but also a time when having a child out of wedlock was illegal in Italy. Aldo couldn't afford a public scandal, nor could he resist his feelings for Patricia’s mother, Bruna, the paramour he met when she worked in the first Gucci store in Rome. To avoid controversy, he sent Bruna to London after she became pregnant, and then discretely whisked her back to Rome with her newborn hidden from the Italian authorities, the media, and the Gucci family.

In the Name of Gucci charts the untold love story of Patricia’s parents, relying on the author’s own memories, a collection of love letters and interviews with her mother, as well as an archive of previously unseen photos. She interweaves her parents' tempestuous narrative with that of her own relationship with her father—from an isolated little girl who lived in the shadows for the best part of a decade through her rise as Gucci's spokesperson and Aldo's youngest protégé, to the moment when Aldo’s three sons were shunned after betraying him in a notorious coup and Patricia—once considered a guilty secret—was made his sole universal heir. It is an epic tale of love and loss, treason and loyalty, sweeping across Italy, England and America during the most tumultuous period of Gucci's sixty years as a family business.

Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power [Audiobook]

Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power [Audiobook]
Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power [Audiobook] by Michael Kranish, Marc Fisher, read by Campbell Scott
2016 | MP3@56 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 14 mins | 365.62MB

A comprehensive biography of Donald Trump, the Republican front runner in the presidential election campaign.

Trump Revealed is reported by a team of award-winning Washington Post journalists and coauthored by investigative political reporter Michael Kranish and senior editor Marc Fisher.

Trump Revealed offers the most thorough and wide-ranging examination of Donald Trump's public and private lives to date, from his upbringing in Queens and formative years at the New York Military Academy to his turbulent careers in real estate and entertainment to his astonishing rise as the front runner for the Republican presidential nomination. The book is based on the investigative reporting of more than two dozen Post reporters and researchers who leverage their expertise in politics, business, legal affairs, sports, and other areas. The effort is guided by a team of editors headed by executive editor Martin Baron, who joined the newspaper in 2013 after his successful tenure running The Boston Globe, which included the Spotlight team's investigation of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel [Audiobook]

Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel [Audiobook]
Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers, and Reflections [Audiobook] by Patrick Smith, read by David Drummond
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 53 mins | 327.36MB

For millions of people, travel by air is a confounding, uncomfortable, and even fearful experience. Patrick Smith, airline pilot and author of the Web's popular "Ask the Pilot" column, separates fact from fallacy and tells you everything you need to know:

  • How planes fly, and a revealing look at the men and women who fly them
  • Straight talk on turbulence, pilot training, and safety
  • The real story on congestion, delays, and the dysfunction of the modern airport
  • The myths and misconceptions of cabin air and cockpit automation
  • Terrorism in perspective, and a provocative look at security
  • Airfares, seating woes, and the pitfalls of airline customer service
  • The colors and cultures of the airlines we love to hate

Cockpit Confidential covers not only the nuts and bolts of flying, but also the grand theater of air travel, from airport architecture to inflight service to the excitement of travel abroad. It's a thoughtful, funny, at times deeply personal look into the strange and misunderstood world of commercial flying.

Venomous: How Earth's Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry [Audiobook]

Venomous: How Earth's Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry [Audiobook]
Venomous: How Earth's Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry [Audiobook] by Christie Wilcox, read by Emily Rankin
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 35 mins | 181.14MB

A thrilling tale of encounters with nature's masters of biochemistry.

In Venomous, molecular biologist Christie Wilcox investigates venoms and the animals that use them, revealing how they work, what they do to the human body, and how they can revolutionize biochemistry and medicine today.

Wilcox takes us from the coast of Indonesia to the rainforests of Peru in search of the secrets of these mysterious animals. We encounter jellyfish that release microscopic venom-packed darts known to kill humans in just two minutes, a two-inch caterpillar with toxic bristles that trigger hemorrhaging throughout the body, and a stunning blue-ringed octopus with saliva capable of inducing total paralysis. How could an animal as simple as a jellyfish evolve such an intricate, deadly poison? And how can a snake possess enzymes that tear through tissue yet leave its own body unscathed?

Wilcox meets the fearless scientists who often risk their lives studying these lethal beasts to find out and puts her own life on the line to examine these species up close. Drawing on her own research on venom chemistry and evolution, she also shows how venom is helping us untangle the complex mechanisms of some of our most devastating diseases.

Venomous reveals that the animals we fear the most actually hold the keys to a deeper understanding of evolution, adaptation, and immunity. Thrilling and surprising at every turn, Venomous will change the way you think about our natural world.

Goldilocks and the Water Bears: The Search for Life in the Universe [EPUB]

Goldilocks and the Water Bears: The Search for Life in the Universe [EPUB]
Goldilocks and the Water Bears: The Search for Life in the Universe by Louisa Preston
2016 | EPUB | 3.12MB

Today we know of only a single planet that hosts life: the Earth. But across a Universe of at least 100 billion possibly habitable worlds, surely our planet isn't the only one that is just right for life? As Goldilocks was searching for the perfect bowl of porridge, astrobiologists are searching for conditions throughout the Universe that are just right for life as we currently know it to exist.

With the Earth as our guide, the search has begun for similar worlds sitting at the perfect distance from their Sun – within the aptly named 'Goldilocks Zone' – that would enable them to keep water as a liquid on their surface and therefore perhaps support a thriving biosphere.

What might life look like on other worlds? It is possible to make best-guesses using facts rooted in biology, physics and chemistry, and by studying 'extremophiles' on Earth, organisms such as the near-indestructible water bears that can survive in the harshest conditions that Earth, and even space, can offer.

Goldilocks and the Water Bears is a tale of the origins and evolution of life, and the quest to find it on other planets, on moons, in other galaxies, and throughout the Universe.

How to Write Like Tolstoy: A Journey into the Minds of Our Greatest Writers [EPUB]

How to Write Like Tolstoy: A Journey into the Minds of Our Greatest Writers [EPUB]
How to Write Like Tolstoy: A Journey into the Minds of Our Greatest Writers by Richard Cohen
2016 | EPUB | 16.38MB

What made Norman Mailer change from first person to third? Which authors borrowed plots and characters from people they knew? Why did Turgenev so envy Tolstoy, and what does that say about how fiction writers create character?

Richard Cohen takes readers on an enchanting journey into the minds, techniques, concerns, tricks and flaws of the greatest writers to have ever graced the printed page. He reveals how such literary legends as Eliot, Dickens, Woolf, Amis, King and Morrison grappled with problems, questioned themselves and occasionally changed their minds to dramatic effect as they created the stories and characters that we love. Playful and profound and brimming with insights, How to Write Like Tolstoy is a charming guide to the writer’s craft, disclosing the fascinating stories behind the finest novels we’ve ever known.

Includes revealing insights from the literary lives of Vladimir Nabokov, Fay Weldon, Samuel Beckett, George Orwell, J. D. Salinger, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mark Twain, Kate Atkinson, Philip Roth, Emily Brontë, Ali Smith, Franz Kafka, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Agatha Christie and many more.

Elizabeth and Michael: The Queen of Hollywood and the King of Pop-A Love Story [EPUB]

Elizabeth and Michael: The Queen of Hollywood and the King of Pop-A Love Story [EPUB]
Elizabeth and Michael: The Queen of Hollywood and the King of Pop-A Love Story by Donald Bogle
2016 | EPUB | 31.96MB

One of the country’s leading authorities on popular entertainment presents an eye-opening and unique biography of two larger-than-life legends—Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson—and their unlikely yet enduring friendship.

From the moment Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson met, they were hooked on each other. He peered into her violet eyes and was transfixed; she, in turn, was dazzled by his talent, intrigued by his sweet-tempered childlike personality, and moved by the stories she had already heard about his troubled early life. Soon a deep friendship blossomed, unexpectedly unlike anything either had ever experienced. Through thick and thin, through their various emotional upheavals, through the peaks and valleys of their careers, through their personal traumas and heartaches, through the unending health issues and extreme physical pain that each experienced, and through the glare of the often merciless public spotlight, their bond held them together, and their love for each other endured.

Donald Bogle skillfully recreates the moving narrative of Taylor and Jackson’s experiences together and their intense emotional connection, without shying away from the controversies that swirled around them. Through interviews with friends and acquaintances of the two stars, as well as anonymous but credible sources, Elizabeth and Michael emerges as a tender, intimate look at this famous “odd couple” and a treasure to their millions of fans.

Lose It Right: A Brutally Honest 3-Stage Program to Help You Get Fit and Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind [EPUB]

Lose It Right: A Brutally Honest 3-Stage Program to Help You Get Fit and Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind [EPUB]
Lose It Right: A Brutally Honest 3-Stage Program to Help You Get Fit and Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind by James Fell, Margaret Yufera-Leitch
2014 | EPUB | 2.8MB

Canadian health and fitness expert James Fell shares his no-holds-barred approach to losing weight and staying in shape--based on science, straight talk and a healthy dose of humour.

Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? The tortoise--slow and steady--won the race, right? So why, when it comes to weight loss and fitness, does everyone want to be the hare, speeding toward the finish line in a desperate attempt to drop pounds in record time? In Lose It Right, fitness consultant and writer James Fell offers the cold, hard truth about what you really need to do to lose weight and get fit.

In his trademark irreverent style, Fell offers a slow, steady and science-based approach to improving health that will motivate and inspire readers. He explains the critical role of exercise in adopting healthy eating behaviours, and provides a step-by-step road map for integrating exercise and making dietary changes. Through the Virtuous Cycle, a leveled eating and exercise program, Fell shows you how to gradually transform your health, the way your body performs, and the way you look.

With its big-picture approach to lifestyle planning, and its insistence that there are no quick fixes or miracle cures, Lose It Right will appeal to readers who suspect the tortoise was right: slow and steady really does win the race.

The Experts' Guide to Doing Things Faster: 100 Ways to Make Life More Efficient [EPUB]

The Experts' Guide to Doing Things Faster: 100 Ways to Make Life More Efficient [EPUB]
The Experts' Guide to Doing Things Faster: 100 Ways to Make Life More Efficient by Samantha Ettus
2008 | EPUB | 0.62MB

It’s time to win the race against the clock. From finding a parking spot to getting in a good mood, to falling asleep or thinking on your feet, speed is often at the heart of a better life. The Experts’ Guide to Doing Things Faster provides you with straightforward and creative strategies for being more efficient in every aspect of every day—in 100 compact chapters written by 100 of the world’s leading experts, including:

  • Daily essentials, such as getting ready in the morning by Hannah Storm
  • Lifestyle lessons, such as throwing a dinner party by Colin Cowie and writing thank-you notes by Carolyne Roehm
  • Beauty basics that include styling your hair by Sally Hershberger and losing weight by Harley Pasternak
  • Romance road maps, such as making a winning first impression by Neil Strauss
  • Physical feats that include running faster by Justin Gatlin and relaxing by Rodney Yee
  • Money matters, such as selling a home by Barbara Corcoran and getting a loan by Sir Richard Branson
  • Healthy hints, such as speeding up your metabolism by Mark Hyman and overcoming guilt by Keith Ablow

Some of these experts are household names, others are industry leaders—all are at the top of their profession. From a two-time Super Bowl winner and survivor of twenty-nine operations (“How to Recover from Surgery") to New York’s most famous doorman (“Make Someone Feel Good”), from the founder of the Geek Squad (“Make Your Computer Run Faster”) to Las Vegas’s premier wedding planner (“Plan a Wedding”) and an Olympic eater (“Cure a Stomachache”), they are the authorities on their subjects.

Packed with funny, surprising, and incredibly clever advice, The Experts’ Guide to Doing Things Faster teaches you how to lead your life more efficiently, leaving you with more time to enjoy its pleasures.

Whiskey Words & a Shovel II [EPUB]

Whiskey Words & a Shovel II [EPUB]
Whiskey Words & a Shovel II by r h Sin
2016 | EPUB | 0.48MB

R.H. Sin’s second volume continues the passion and vigor of his previous publication. His stanzas inspire strength through the pure emotional energy and the vulnerability of his poems. Relationships, love, pain, and fortitude are powerfully rendered in his poetry, and his message of perseverance in the face of emotional turmoil cuts to the heart of modern-day life.

R.H. Sin’s poems are often only a few lines long, and yet the emotional punch of his language gives these words an enduring power beyond the short page. He doesn't back away from the pains and struggles of life and love, and yet his determined, unapologetic voice provides a measure of comfort and a message of perseverance that is at once realistic and indomitable. This blend of determination and painful vulnerability gives his poetry a distinctive, engaging flavor.

Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory [EPUB]

Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory [EPUB]
Inside Charlie's Chocolate Factory: The Complete Story of Willy Wonka, the Golden Ticket, and Roald Dahl's Most Famous Creation by Lucy Mangan
2014 | EPUB | 74.83MB

Celebrate the 50 years of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with this scrumdiddlyumptious book about the iconic novel and author!

Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory explores the unique appeal and lasting cultural impact of Roald Dahl’s beloved classic. This non-fiction book looks at the development of the original story and charaters, its social history, and the varying film and stage adaptations. With never-before-seen material from the archives, full-color photos and illustrations throughout, and quotes from Roald Dahl enthusiasts this gorgeously produced gift book is a great way for fans to celebrate Charlie, Wonka, and Roald Dahl!

Tong Wars: The Untold Story of Vice, Money, and Murder in New York's Chinatown [EPUB]

Tong Wars: The Untold Story of Vice, Money, and Murder in New York's Chinatown [EPUB]
Tong Wars: The Untold Story of Vice, Money, and Murder in New York's Chinatown by Scott D Seligman
2016 | EPUB | 20.69MB

A mesmerizing true story of money, murder, gambling, prostitution, and opium: the Chinese gang wars that engulfed New York’s Chinatown from the 1890s through the 1930s.

Nothing had worked. Not threats or negotiations, not shutting down the betting parlors or opium dens, not house-to-house searches or throwing Chinese offenders into prison. Not even executing them. The New York DA was running out of ideas and more people were dying every day as the weapons of choice evolved from hatchets and meat cleavers to pistols, automatic weapons, and even bombs. Welcome to New York City’s Chinatown in 1925.

The Chinese in turn-of-the-last-century New York were mostly immigrant peasants and shopkeepers who worked as laundrymen, cigar makers, and domestics. They gravitated to lower Manhattan and lived as Chinese an existence as possible, their few diversions—gambling, opium, and prostitution—available but, sadly, illegal. It didn’t take long before one resourceful merchant saw a golden opportunity to feather his nest by positioning himself squarely between the vice dens and the police charged with shutting them down.

Tong Wars is historical true crime set against the perfect landscape: Tammany-era New York City. Representatives of rival tongs (secret societies) corner the various markets of sin using admirably creative strategies. The city government was already corrupt from top to bottom, so once one tong began taxing the gambling dens and paying off the authorities, a rival, jealously eyeing its lucrative franchise, co-opted a local reformist group to help eliminate it. Pretty soon Chinese were slaughtering one another in the streets, inaugurating a succession of wars that raged for the next thirty years.

Scott D. Seligman’s account roars through three decades of turmoil, with characters ranging from gangsters and drug lords to reformers and do-gooders to judges, prosecutors, cops, and pols of every stripe and color. A true story set in Prohibition-era Manhattan a generation after Gangs of New York, but fought on the very same turf.

Life of the Party: The Remarkable Story of How Brownie Wise Built, and Lost, a Tupperware Party Empire EPUB]

Life of the Party: The Remarkable Story of How Brownie Wise Built, and Lost, a Tupperware Party Empire EPUB]
Life of the Party: The Remarkable Story of How Brownie Wise Built, and Lost, a Tupperware Party Empire by Bob Kealing
2016 | EPUB | 21.98MB

The incredible story of Brownie Wise, the Southern single mother—and postwar #Girlboss—who built, and lost, a Tupperware home-party empire

Before Mary Kay, Martha Stewart, and Joy Mangano, there was Brownie Wise, the charismatic Tupperware executive who converted postwar optimism into a record-breaking sales engine powered by American housewives. In Life of the Party, Bob Kealing offers the definitive portrait of Wise, a plucky businesswoman who divorced her alcoholic husband, started her own successful business, and eventually caught the eye of Tupperware inventor, Earl Tupper, whose plastic containers were collecting dust on store shelves.

The Tupperware Party that Wise popularized, a master-class in the soft sell, drove Tupperware's sales to soaring heights. It also gave minimally educated and economically invisible postwar women, including some African-American women, an acceptable outlet for making their own money for their families—and for being rewarded for their efforts. With the people skills of Dale Carnegie, the looks of Doris Day, and the magnetism of Eva Peron, Wise was as popular among her many devoted followers as she was among the press, and she become the first woman to appear on the cover of BusinessWeek in 1954. Then, at the height of her success, Wise's ascent ended as quickly as it began. Earl Tupper fired her under mysterious circumstances, wrote her out of Tupperware's success story, and left her with a pittance. He walked away with a fortune and she disappeared—until now.

Originally published as Tupperware Unsealed by the University Press of Florida in 2008—and optioned by Sony Pictures, with Sandra Bullock attached to star—this revised and updated edition is perfectly timed to take advantage of renewed interest in this long-overlooked American business icon.

Staking Claims to a Continent: John A Macdonald, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and the Making of North America [EPUB]

Staking Claims to a Continent: John A Macdonald, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and the Making of North America [EPUB]
Staking Claims to a Continent: John A Macdonald, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and the Making of North America by James Laxer
2016 | EPUB | 1.26MB

Three political leaders presided over the reshaping of the North American continent during the fiery 1860s. Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln were both born in Kentucky, Davis in June 1808 and Lincoln the following February. John A. Macdonald was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 1815. All were Protestants; none came from a wealthy family. In an earlier era, such men would not have risen to political heights. They personified an age of social and economic transformation, thrust to the top by the very forces that tore the continent apart.

Davis tried to create a country by ripping the South out of the United States and establishing the Confederate States of America. Lincoln’s crusade to save the Union honed the industrial-military power that would one day dominate the world. Macdonald led the drive to shepherd the diverse British North American provinces into a federal state that would secure the northern half of the continent and keep Canada out of American hands.

In a high stakes game, these three national projects competed to create viable nation states. And the success or failure of the projects would have consequences — not only for the long-term future of the continent but for the entire global order.

Battle At Sea: From Man-of-War to Submarine [EPUB]

Battle At Sea: From Man-of-War to Submarine [EPUB]
Battle At Sea: From Man-of-War to Submarine by John Keegan
2011 | EPUB | 3.22MB

In Battle at Sea, Sir John Keegan applies to maritime warfare the technique that he put to such brilliant effect in his classic of war on land, The Face of Battle. He concentrates on four key conflicts: Trafalgar, Jutland, Midway and the Battle of the Atlantic. He takes us into the very heart of the fighting while providing a remarkable panoramic view of naval warfare through the centuries.

The Price Of Admiralty: War at Sea from Man of War to Submarine [EPUB]

The Price Of Admiralty: War at Sea from Man of War to Submarine [EPUB]
The Price Of Admiralty: War at Sea from Man of War to Submarine by John Keegan
2011 | EPUB | 2.34MB

John Keegan's new book applies to maritime warfare the technique he put to such dazzling effect in his classic of war on land, The Face of Battle. His analysis concentrates on four key battles - Trafalgar, Jutland, Midway and the Battle of the Atlantic.

The result not only illustrates the development of naval warfare through the sailing warship, the battleship, the aircraft carrier and the submarine, thereby giving a panoramic view, but takes the reader into the heart of the fighting, reminding us that the price of battle, whether on sea or land, is measuring in men's lives.

The Economist Audio Edition [September 3, 2016]

The Economist Audio Edition [September 3, 2016]
The Economist Audio Edition [September 3, 2016]
MP3@48 kbps + EPUB + MOBI | 155.13MB

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