Boeing 747: A History: Delivering the Dream [EPUB]

Boeing 747: A History: Delivering the Dream [EPUB]
Boeing 747: A History: Delivering the Dream by Martin Bowman
2014 | EPUB | 22.79MB

There is perhaps no other commercial airliner as iconic as the Boeing 747. A presence in our skies for over forty years, it has transported hundreds of thousands of passengers across the world. From its introduction with Pan American Airlines in 1970, it has persevered as one of the forerunners of commercial flight. Often labeled the 'Queen of the Skies', this is an aircraft revered by passengers and aircrew alike. The first wide-body airliner ever produced, it has set new standards in air travel and opened up the air routes of the world to vast numbers of people who might otherwise have been unable to afford international air travel.

The book focusses not only on the iconic 747, but also its many variants, including the YAL-1A, which Boeing developed for the US Air Force, and the Evergreen 747 Supertanker, a 747-200, modified as an aerial application for firefighting. Across its types, the 747 carries around half the world's air freight. Accordingly, freight variants feature here too, including the 747-8.

The sheer size of the workload carried out by this craft is astounding. From the glamorous 1970s, an era of rapid expansion which saw an unprecedented boom in the tourist trade, to the various environmental and economical imperatives that impact upon modern flight, this work shows how the Boeing 747 has been developed in accordance with the changing demands of the ages. Bowman records the history of this celebrated craft in style, presenting an exciting and comprehensive account that is sure to appeal broadly.

Black Holes: The Reith Lectures [EPUB]

Black Holes: The Reith Lectures [EPUB]
Black Holes: The Reith Lectures by Stephen Hawking
2016 | EPUB | 4.36MB

“It is said that fact is sometimes stranger than fiction, and nowhere is that more true than in the case of black holes. Black holes are stranger than anything dreamed up by science fiction writers.”

In 2016 Professor Stephen Hawking delivered the BBC Reith Lectures on a subject that has fascinated him for decades – black holes.

In these flagship lectures the legendary physicist argues that if we could only understand black holes and how they challenge the very nature of space and time, we could unlock the secrets of the universe.

Fasting For Health and Long Life [EPUB]

Fasting For Health and Long Life [EPUB]
Fasting For Health and Long Life by Hereward Carrington
2016 | EPUB | 0.86MB

Fasting means many things to different people. The Mohomdans relate fasting to the holy month of Ramajan. The Christians to the month of Lent and Hindus have various fasts which can be related to weekly, monthly or annual events. But does fasting relate only to religious festivals?

Fasting is in fact a scientific method of resting and maintaining harmony in the body. The Ancients realised this and through religious practices tried to convey this to the public at large.

This booklet tries to tell us of some of the ways of using fasting to cure certain ills and create a healthy harmony in our bodies. There can be no harm in trying some of them as this will only help us to overcome some of the commoner illnesses that plague present day society. So let us try to avoid heart ailments, hyper-tension, over weight, indigestion and all the other gastric problems that cause us inconvenience from time to time by using this most natural curing system.

Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger [EPUB]

Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger [EPUB]
Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger by Jeff Wise
2009 | EPUB | 0.59MB

Ever since the phrase "fight or flight" was coined in the 1920s, the common understanding has been that the mind respond to danger in one of two ways - either fleeing in blind panic, or fighting through it. But as scientists unlock the secrets of the human brain, a more complex understanding of the fear response has emerged. It turns out that the ancient brain circuitry wired to process fear is also intricately tied to our ability to master new skills, and that the icy sensation of terror can actually enhance both our physical and our mental performance. Veteran science journalist Jeff Wise, who writes the "I'll Try Anything" column for Popular Mechanics, journeys into the heart of the primal force to find its hidden roots: Where does panic come from? How is it that some people can perform masterfully under pressure? How can we live a more courageous life?

Reporting from the front lines of science, Wise takes us into labs where scientists are learning how we make decisions when confronted with physical peril, how time is perceived when the mind is on high alert, and how willpower succeeds or fails in controlling fear. Along the way, he illuminates the science with riveting stories of true-life danger and survival. We watch a woman defend herself from a mountain lion attack in a remote canyon; we witness couple desperately fighting to beat back an encircling wildfire; we see a pilot struggle to maintain control of his plane as its wing begins to detach. Full of amazing characters and cutting-edge science, Extreme Fear is an original and absorbing look at how we can raise the limits of human potential.

The Gilded Rage: A Wild Ride Through Donald Trump's America [EPUB]

The Gilded Rage: A Wild Ride Through Donald Trump's America [EPUB]
The Gilded Rage: A Wild Ride Through Donald Trump's America by Alexander Zaitchik
2016 | EPUB | 0.76MB

Selected as one of Publishers Weekly's Top Ten picks for Politics & Current Events of Fall 2016

A grippingly intimate and heart-breaking portrait of the walking wounded who make up the base of the Trump movement. Desperate and angry, these are the men and women of the vanishing industrial heartland and the depressed Appalachian coal country and the drug-running, no-man's land along the Southwestern borderlands. They have no illusions about the grandstanding billionaire and his glaring flaws. But they feel forgotten and screwed over by political, corporate and media elites...and they feel that Donald Trump, despite his flamboyant demagoguery, might well be their last chance for salvation. Part Studs Terkel, part Hunter S. Thompson, Alexander Zaitchik takes us deeper into the ravaged soul of America than any other chronicler of our times.

The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for the New Century [EPUB]

The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for the New Century [EPUB]
The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for the New Century by Sarah Leonard, Bhaskar Sunkara
2016 | EPUB | 0.43MB

A stirring blueprint for American equality, from the "breakout stars" (The New York Times) of the young new left

Democrat, Republican -- the list of presidential candidates confirms that business is proceeding pretty much as usual. The Future We Want proposes something different. In a sharp, rousing collective manifesto, ten young cultural and political critics dismantle the usual liberal solutions to America's ills and propose a pragmatic alternative.

What would finance look like without Wall Street? Or the workplace with responsibility shared by the entire workforce? From a campaign to limit work hours, to a program for full employment, to proposals for a new feminism, The Future We Want has the courage to think of alternatives that are both utopian and possible.

Brilliantly clear and provocative, The Future We Want -- edited by Jacobin magazine founder Bhaskar Sunkara and the Nation's Sarah Leonard -- harnesses the energy and creativity of an angry generation and announces the arrival of a new political left that not only protests but plans.

The Lysenko Affair [EPUB]

The Lysenko Affair [EPUB]
The Lysenko Affair by David Joravsk
2010 | EPUB | 13.78MB

The Lysenko affair was perhaps the most bizarre chapter in the history of modern science. For thirty years, until 1965, Soviet genetics was dominated by a fanatical agronomist who achieved dictatorial power over genetics and plant science as well as agronomy.

"A standard source both for Soviet specialists and for sociologists of science."—American Journal of Sociology

"Joravsky has produced . . . the most detailed and authoritative treatment of Lysenko and his view on genetics."—New York Times Book Review

Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology [EPUB]

Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology [EPUB]
Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology by Cory O'Brien
2013 | EPUB | 9.24MB

From the creator of Myths Retold comes a hilarious collection of Greek, Norse, Chinese and even Sumerian myths retold in their purest, bawdiest forms!

All our lives, we’ve been fed watered-down, PC versions of the classic myths. In reality, mythology is more screwed up than a schizophrenic shaman doing hits of unidentified…wait, it all makes sense now. In Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes, Cory O’Brien, creator of Myths RETOLD!, sets the stories straight. These are rude, crude, totally sacred texts told the way they were meant to be told: loudly, and with lots of four-letter words.

Did you know?

  • Cronus liked to eat babies.
  • Narcissus probably should have just learned to masturbate.
  • Odin got construction discounts with bestiality.
  • Isis had bad taste in jewelry.
  • Ganesh was the very definition of an unplanned pregnancy.
  • And Abraham was totally cool about stabbing his kid in the face.

Still skeptical? Here are a few more gems to consider:

  • Zeus once stuffed an unborn fetus inside his thigh to save its life after he exploded its mother by being too good in bed.
  • The entire Egyptian universe was saved because Sekhmet just got too hammered to keep murdering everyone.
  • The Hindu universe is run by a married couple who only stop murdering in order to throw sweet dance parties…on the corpses of their enemies.
  • The Norse goddess Freyja once consented to a four-dwarf gangbang in exchange for one shiny necklace.

And there’s more dysfunctional goodness where that came from.

Soul at the White Heat: Inspiration, Obsession, and the Writing Life [EPUB]

Soul at the White Heat: Inspiration, Obsession, and the Writing Life [EPUB]
Soul at the White Heat: Inspiration, Obsession, and the Writing Life by Joyce Carol Oates
2016 | EPUB | 0.69MB

A new collection of critical and personal essays on writing, obsession, and inspiration from National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates.

"Why do we write?"

With this question, Joyce Carol Oates begins an imaginative exploration of the writing life, and all its attendant anxieties, joys, and futilities, in this collection of seminal essays and criticism. Leading her quest is a desire to understand the source of the writer’s inspiration—do subjects haunt those that might bring them back to life until the writer submits? Or does something "happen" to us, a sudden ignition of a burning flame? Can the appearance of a muse-like Other bring about a writer’s best work?

In Soul at the White Heat, Oates deploys her keenest critical faculties, conjuring contemporary and past voices whose work she deftly and creatively dissects for clues to these elusive questions. Virginia Woolf, John Updike, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, J. M. Coetzee, Margaret Atwood, Joan Didion, Zadie Smith, and many others appear as predecessors and peers—material through which Oates sifts in acting as literary detective, philosopher, and student. The book is at its most thrilling when watching the writer herself at work, and Oates provides rare insight into her own process, in candid, self-aware dispatches from the author’s own writing room. The New York Times Book Review has raved, "who better than Joyce Carol Oates . . . to explicate the craft of writing?" Longtime admirers of Joyce Carol Oates’s novels as well as her prose will discover much to be inspired by and obsess upon themselves in this inventive collection from an American master.

Lara: The Untold Love Story That Inspired Doctor Zhivago [EPUB]

Lara: The Untold Love Story That Inspired Doctor Zhivago [EPUB]
Lara: The Untold Love Story That Inspired Doctor Zhivago by Anna Pasternak
2016 | EPUB | 14.89MB

The heartbreaking story of the passionate love affair between Boris Pasternak and Olga Ivinskaya – the tragic true story that inspired Doctor Zhivago.

‘Doctor Zhivago’ has sold in its millions yet the true love story that inspired it has never been fully explored. Pasternak would often say ‘Lara exists, go and meet her’, directing his visitors to the love of his life and literary muse, Olga Ivinskaya. They met in 1946 at the literary journal where she worked. Their relationship would last for the remainder of their lives.

Olga paid an enormous price for loving ‘her Boria’. She became a pawn in a highly political game and was imprisoned twice in Siberian labour camps because of her association with him and his controversial work. Her story is one of unimaginable courage, loyalty, suffering, tragedy, drama and loss.

Drawing on both archival and family sources, Anna Pasternak’s book reveals for the first time the critical role played by Olga in Boris’s life and argues that without Olga it is likely that Doctor Zhivago would never have been completed or published.

Anna Pasternak is a writer and member of the famous Pasternak family. She is the great-granddaughter of Leonid Pasternak, the impressionist painter and Nobel Prize winning novelist Boris Pasternak was her great-uncle. She is the author of three previous books.

Doctor Zhivago [Audiobook]

Doctor Zhivago [Audiobook]
Doctor Zhivago [Audiobook] by Boris Pasternak, read by Phillip Madoc
2011 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 18 hrs 29 mins | 525.49MB

In the grand tradition of the epic novel, Boris Pasternak's masterpiece brings to life the drama and immensity of the Russian Revolution through the story of the gifted physician-poet, Zhivago; the revolutionary, Strelnikov; and Lara, the passionate woman they both love. Caught up in the great events of politics and war that eventually destroy him and millions of others, Zhivago clings to the private world of family life and love, embodied especially in the magical Lara.

Written in the Ashes [EPUB]

Written in the Ashes [EPUB]
Written in the Ashes by K Hollan Van Zandt
2016 | EPUB | 2.77MB

In the bloody clash between Christians and pagans in fifth-century Alexandria, a slave girl becomes the last hope for preserving peace in this evocative and thrilling tale reminiscent of The Mists of Avalon. A blend of history, adventure, religion, romance, and mysticism, this shares the untold story of the events that led to the burning of the Great Library of Alexandria.

After she is abducted from her home in the mountains of Sinai, Hannah is enslaved and taken to Alexandria, where she becomes the property of Alizar, an alchemist and pagan secretly working to preserve his culture. Revered for her beautiful singing voice, the young slave is invited to perform at the city's Great Library, where she becomes friends with the revered mathematician and philosopher, Hypatia, as well as other pagans who curate its magnificent collections. Determined to help them uphold pagan culture and traditions, Hannah embarks on a dangerous quest to unite the fractured pieces of the Emerald Tablet—the last hope to save the pagans and create peace.

On this odyssey that leads her to the lost oracles of Delfi and Amun-Ra and to rediscovered ancient cities and rituals, Hannah will experience forbidden loves, painful betrayals, and poignant reunions. But her efforts may be in vain. Returning to Alexandria, Hannah finds a city engulfed in violence, even as her own romantic entanglements come to a head. Now, it's not only her future, but the fate of all Alexandria that is at stake.

I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual [EPUB]

I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual [EPUB]
I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi
2016 | EPUB | 0.65MB

Comedian, activist, and hugely popular culture blogger at AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Luvvie Ajayi, serves up necessary advice for the masses in this hilarious book of essays

With over 500,000 readers a month at her enormously popular blog, AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Luvvie Ajayi is a go-to source for smart takes on pop culture. I'm Judging You is her debut book of humorous essays that dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives—from the importance of the newest Shonda Rhimes television drama to serious discussions of race and media representation to what to do about your fool cousin sharing casket pictures from Grandma's wake on Facebook.

With a lighthearted, razor sharp wit and a unique perspective, I'm Judging You is the handbook the world needs, doling out the hard truths and a road map for bringing some "act right" into our lives, social media, and popular culture. It is the Do-Better Manual.

How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time [EPUB]

How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time [EPUB]
How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time by Kara Jesella, Marisa Meltzer
2007 | EPUB | 0.8MB

For a generation of teenage girls, Sassy magazine was nothing short of revolutionary—so much so that its audience, which stretched from tweens to twentysomething women, remains obsessed with it to this day and back issues are sold for hefty sums on the Internet. For its brief but brilliant run from 1988 to 1994, Sassy was the arbiter of all that was hip and cool, inspiring a dogged devotion from its readers while almost single-handedly bringing the idea of girl culture to the mainstream. In the process, Sassy changed the face of teen magazines in the United States, paved the way for the unedited voice of blogs, and influenced the current crop of smart women's zines, such as Bust and Bitch, that currently hold sway.

How Sassy Changed My Life will present for the first time the inside story of the magazine's rise and fall while celebrating its unique vision and lasting impact. Through interviews with the staff, columnists, and favorite personalities we are brought behind the scenes from its launch to its final issue and witness its unique fusion of feminism and femininity, its frank commentary on taboo topics like teen sex and suicide, its battles with advertisers and the religious right, and the ascension of its writers from anonymous staffers to celebrities in their own right.

Zac Versus Sadiq: The fight to become London Mayor [AZW3]

Zac Versus Sadiq: The fight to become London Mayor [AZW3]
Zac Versus Sadiq: The fight to become London Mayor by Dave Hill
2016 | AZW3 | 0.4MB

Some thought it would be a dull affair. But the contest between multi-millionaire Conservative Zac Goldsmith and Labour’s council estate-raised Sadiq Khan to become London’s new mayor in May 2016 was never that. Instead, it became a fierce, sometimes bitter and yet illuminating one set amid the British capital’s stubborn poverty, towering wealth, triumphant growth and nagging fears about Islamist terror.