Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You... That You Need to Know [EPUB]

Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You... That You Need to Know [EPUB]
Living Well with Anxiety: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You That You Need to Know by Carolyn Chambers Clark
2009 | EPUB | 1.25MB

In a world that values excess, the pressure to succeed never ends. As a result of our fast-paced and high-stakes society, anxiety can take over our lives.

For approximately 20 million American adults a year, anxiety symptoms such as dizziness, stammering, heart palpitations, trembling, and shaking can be extremely debilitating. Unlike other books on anxiety, this book offers a holistic program that includes not only conventional psychiatric and psychological treatments, but also provides nutrition, fitness, environmental, herbal, stress reduction/healing, and relationship self-care approaches.

Living Well with Anxiety contains helpful advice for a wide range of anxiety disorders: social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and various phobias. This book provides vital help for anyone experiencing anxiety.

Hedge Fund Masters: How Top Hedge Fund Traders Set Goals, Overcome Barriers, and Achieve Peak Performance [EPUB]

Hedge Fund Masters: How Top Hedge Fund Traders Set Goals, Overcome Barriers, and Achieve Peak Performance [EPUB]
Hedge Fund Masters: How Top Hedge Fund Traders Set Goals, Overcome Barriers, and Achieve Peak Performance by Ari Kiev
2008 | EPUB | 0.3MB

After ten years and three highly acclaimed books studying the psychological aspects of trading, respected psychiatrist and trading coach Ari Kiev has seen firsthand how challenging the financial markets can be. Many of the people he deals with work in hedge funds—one of the most psychologically taxing fields of finance—where the pressure to perform and profits go hand in hand.

Whether you're a seasoned professional or an active individual trader, the psychological obstacles to success can be daunting. But they can be overcome. In Hedge Fund Masters, Ari Kiev examines the psychological principles and strategies of these innovative traders, and shows you how to use them to unlock your trading potential and achieve your financial goals. Through conversations with numerous traders—including some of the most successful hedge fund operators in the world—and real-world case studies, you'll discover how to:

  • Maintain a balance between too little and too much emotion
  • Concentrate your energy, attention, and drive on specific targets and actions
  • Find the right amount of intensity and effort so you don't burn out or lose your motivation
  • Psyche yourself up
  • Let go of the controls and allow your intuitive processes to function automatically
  • And much more

Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, Hedge Fund Masters will help you develop the right attitude and techniques for tapping your mental potential, building self-confidence, and developing skills in mental imagery, visualization, relaxation, and psychological endurance. A variety of psychological exercises are also included to help you maintain motivation, concentration, and performance during stressful circumstances.

Hedge Fund Masters offers a rare look into the mind of the successful trader. With an understanding of how your mental machinery works, you can discard negative self-concepts that support mediocrity and the status quo—and start developing a mind-set that will allow you to prosper in even the toughest of market conditions.

Chinese Literature: An Anthology from the Earliest Times to the Present Day [EPUB]

Chinese Literature: An Anthology from the Earliest Times to the Present Day [EPUB]
Chinese Literature: An Anthology from the Earliest Times to the Present Day edited by William McNaughton
2012 | EPUB | 4.1MB

Almost three thousand years of Chinese literature have been gathered together in Chinese Literature: An Anthology from the Earliest Times to the Present Day.

The earliest preserved folk songs of the peasantry; the major works of the "Golden Age" of Chinese philosophy; the "prose-songs" and the later skillful poems of the T'ang dynasty ; the short stories and plays; the novels; and the poems and stories of men who have made modern China - all these are represented in this anthology, in complete works or in excerpts.

Editor William McNaughton presents Chinese literature as an organic development, so that the student as well as the general reader can see how genre evolved into genre and form developed into form. He has based this presentationon work by Chinese critics and scholars that, until recently, has not been available outside China.

In addition to classical writings, the poems and stories by twentieth-century writers, most of which have been newly translated into English, give new insights into modern Chinese society and individuals, and make this the most complete one-volume anthology ever published.

Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe [Audiobook]

Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe [Audiobook]
Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe [Audiobook] by Mike Massimino, read by the Author
2016 | MP3@192 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 57 mins | 899.2MB

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that's about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you're about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind's chance to unlock the universe's secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman he puts you inside the suit, with all the zip and buoyancy of life in microgravity.

Massimino's childhood space dreams were born the day Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Growing up in a working-class Long Island family, he catapulted himself to Columbia and then MIT, only to flunk his first doctoral exam and be rejected three times by NASA before making it through the final round of astronaut selection. Taking us through the surreal wonder and beauty of his first spacewalk, the tragedy of losing friends in the Columbia shuttle accident, and the development of his enduring love for the Hubble Telescope - which he and his fellow astronauts were tasked with saving on his final mission - Massimino has written an ode to never giving up and the power of teamwork to make anything possible. Spaceman invites us into a rare, wonderful world where science meets the most thrilling adventure, revealing just what having "the right stuff" really means.

Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind [Audiobook]

Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind [Audiobook]
Elixir: A History of Water and Humankind [Audiobook] by Brian Fagan, read by James Langton
2011 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 19 mins | 729.48MB

Elixir spans five thousand years, from the beginnings of civilization to the parched American Sun Belt of today. It is a story of human endeavor: our present-day interaction with this most essential resource has deep roots in the remote past, and every human culture has been shaped by its relationship to water. For the earliest hunter-gatherers, knowing where to find water was a matter of life and death; the "songlines" of Australia's Aborigines define the whole landscape as a map of sacred water sources. In many agricultural societies, from Africa to the rice fields of Bali, a communal "water philosophy" surrounds the precious resource with social traditions that preserve fair access for people upstream and down.

The sweeping narrative moves from the Greeks and Romans, whose mighty acqueducts still water modern cities, to China, where emperors marshaled armies of laborers in a centuries-long struggle, still ongoing today, to tame the country's powerful rivers. Medieval Europe and then the Industrial Revolution brought ingenious new solutions to water management–-but, for the first time, turned water into a commodity to be bought, sold, and exploited rather than a natural force to be worshiped and husbanded. By the twentieth century, technology allowed the American desert to sparkle with swimming pools and lush golf courses–-with little regard for sustainability.

With his customary elegance and peerless scholarship, Brian Fagan illustrates that the past teaches us that technologies for solving one or another water problem are not enough. From a practical standpoint, we still live at the mercy of the natural world. To solve the water crises of the future we may need to adapt the water ethos of our ancestors.

Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life [Audiobook]

Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life [Audiobook]
Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life [Audiobook] by Peter Ackroyd, read by Gildart Jackson
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 33 mins | 290.31290.31MB

A gripping short biography of the extraordinary Alfred Hitchock, the master of suspense.

Alfred Hitchcock was a strange child. Fat, lonely, burning with fear and ambition, his childhood was an isolated one, scented with fish from his father's shop. Afraid to leave his bedroom, he would plan great voyages, using railway timetables to plot an exact imaginary route across Europe. So how did this fearful figure become one of the most respected film directors of the 20th century?

As an adult Hitch rigorously controlled the press' portrait of him, drawing certain carefully selected childhood anecdotes into full focus and blurring all others out. In this quick-witted portrait, Ackroyd reveals something more: a lugubriously jolly man fond of practical jokes, who smashes a once-used teacup every morning to remind himself of the frailty of life. Iconic film stars make cameo appearances, just as Hitch did in his own films: Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, and James Stewart despair of his detached directing style, and, perhaps most famously of all, Tippi Hedren endures cuts and bruises from a real-life fearsome flock of birds.

Alfred Hitchcock wrests the director's chair back from the master of control and discovers what lurks just out of sight, in the corner of the shot.

The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations [Audiobook]

The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations [Audiobook]
The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations [Audiobook] by Brian Fagan, read by Tavia Gilbert
2010 | MP3 VBR V6 + EPUB | 9 hrs 20 mins | 274.95MB

A breakout bestseller on how the earth’s previous global warming phase reshaped human societies from the Arctic to the Sahara—a wide-ranging history with sobering lessons for our own time.

From the tenth to the fifteenth century the earth experienced a rise in surface temperature that changed climate worldwide—a preview of today’s global warming. In some areas, including western Europe, longer summers brought bountiful harvests and population growth that led to cultural flowering. In the Arctic, Inuit and Norse sailors made cultural connections across thousands of miles as they traded precious iron goods. Polynesian sailors, riding new wind patterns, were able to settle the remotest islands on earth. But in many parts of the world, the warm centuries brought drought and famine. Elaborate societies in western and central America collapsed, and the vast building complexes of Chaco Canyon and the Mayan Yucatán were left empty. The history of the Great Warming of a half millennium ago suggests that we may yet be underestimating the power of climate change to disrupt our lives today—and our vulnerability to drought, writes Fagan, is the “silent elephant in the room.”

Anthropologist and historian Brian Fagan reveals how subtle changes in the environment during the earth’s previous global warming phase, from the tenth to the fifteenth centuries, reshaped human societies from the Arctic to the Sahara. The history of the Great Warming suggests that we may yet be underestimating the power of climate change to disrupt our lives today—and our vulnerability to drought, writes Fagan, is the “silent elephant in the room.”

Half a millennium ago, the earth experienced a rise in surface temperature that changed climate worldwide—a preview of today’s global warming. In some areas, including Western Europe, longer summers brought bountiful harvests and population growth that led to cultural flowering. In the Arctic, Inuit and Norse sailors made cultural connections across thousands of miles as they traded precious iron goods. Polynesian sailors, riding new wind patterns, were able to settle the remotest islands on earth. But in many parts of the world, the warm centuries brought drought and famine. Elaborate societies in western and central America collapsed, and the vast building complexes of Chaco Canyon and the Mayan Yucatan were left empty.

Fagan uses that natural history to show that the planet is due for its next warming phase, and explore the dramatic changes that may be in store for the human societies of today when it takes place.

Stuff White People Like: The Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions [Audiobook]

Stuff White People Like: The Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions [Audiobook]
Stuff White People Like: The Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions [Audiobook] by Christian Lander, read by
2008 | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB | 6 hours | 245.45MB

They love nothing better than sipping free-trade gourmet coffee, leafing through the Sunday New York Times, and listening to David Sedaris on NPR (ideally all at the same time). Apple products, indie music, food co-ops, and vintage T-shirts make them weak in the knees.

They believe they’re unique, yet somehow they’re all exactly the same, talking about how they “get” Sarah Silverman’s “subversive” comedy and Wes Anderson’s “droll” films. They’re also down with diversity and up on all the best microbrews, breakfast spots, foreign cinema, and authentic sushi. They’re organic, ironic, and do not own TVs.

You know who they are: They’re white people. And they’re here, and you’re gonna have to deal. Fortunately, here’s a book that investigates, explains, and offers advice for finding social success with the Caucasian persuasion. So kick back on your IKEA couch and lose yourself in the ultimate guide to the unbearable whiteness of being.

Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South [Audiobook]

Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South [Audiobook]
Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South [Audiobook] by Beth Macy, read by Suzanne Toren
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 59 mins | 299.21MB

The true story of two African American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back.

The year was 1899, and the place a sweltering tobacco farm in the Jim Crow South town of Truevine, Virginia. George and Willie Muse were two little boys born to a sharecropper family. One day a white man offered them a piece of candy, setting off events that would take them around the world and change their lives forever.

Captured into the circus, the Muse brothers performed for royalty at Buckingham Palace and headlined over a dozen sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. They were global superstars in a pre-broadcast era. But the very root of their success was in the color of their skin and in the outrageous caricatures they were forced to assume: supposed cannibals, sheep-headed freaks, even "ambassadors from Mars". Back home their mother never accepted that they were gone and spent 28 years trying to get them back.

Through hundreds of interviews and decades of research, Beth Macy expertly explores a central and difficult question: Where were the brothers better off? On the world stage as stars or in poverty at home? Truevine is a compelling narrative rich in historical detail and rife with implications to race relations today.

Get-It-Done-Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More [Audiobook]

Get-It-Done-Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More [Audiobook]
Get-It-Done-Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More [Audiobook] by Stever Robbins, read by the Author
2010 | MP3@128 kbps | 6 hrs 8 mins | 331.7MB

Want to conquer your e-mail inbox once and for all? Need help getting organized and staying focused? Start listening! Millions of people already benefit from the innovative, time-saving tips that Stever Robbins dispenses each week in his number-one-ranked Get-It-Done Guy podcast. Now he's come up with a nine-step plan to transform even the most overwhelmed into an overachiever. You will learn to:

  • Beat procrastination by speed dating your tasks: You'll face anything if it's just for three minutes; schedule small, finite periods of time for those tasks that seem too overwhelming to get started on.
  • Give your technology a performance review: Our smart phones, PDAs, and computers often make less work in one area while making much more work in others. Review your technology to make sure it's delivering on its promise.
  • Cut out the small talk: Small talk builds superficial relationships, which is a grand waste of time. Ask better questions to make instant connections that'll benefit you for years to come.

Written in the uniquely humorous style Stever is known for, Get-It-Done Guy's 9 Steps to Work Less and Do More will help you break the bad habits slowing you down and holding you back. Work less and do more - your free time is waiting!

The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team [Audiobook]

The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team [Audiobook]
The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team [Audiobook] by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller, read by Kirby Heyborne, John Pruden
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 20 mins | 367.32MB

It's the ultimate in fantasy baseball: You get to pick the roster, set the lineup, and decide on strategies - with real players, in a real ballpark, in a real playoff race. That's what baseball analysts Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller got to do when an independent minor-league team in California, the Sonoma Stompers, offered them the chance to run its baseball operations according to the most advanced statistics.

We tag along as Lindbergh and Miller apply their number-crunching insights to all aspects of assembling and running a team, following one cardinal rule for judging each innovation they try: It has to work. We meet colorful figures like general manager Theo Fightmaster and boundary-breakers like the first openly gay player in professional baseball. Even José Canseco makes a cameo appearance.

Will their knowledge of numbers help Lindbergh and Miller bring the Stompers a championship, or will they fall on their faces? Will the team have a competitive advantage or is the sport's folk wisdom true after all? Will the players attract the attention of big-league scouts, or are they on a fast track to oblivion?

Einstein Never Used Flash Cards [Audiobook]

Einstein Never Used Flash Cards [Audiobook]
Einstein Never Used Flash Cards: How Our Children Really Learn–and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less [Audiobook] by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta Golinkoff, read by Eliza Foss
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 30 mins | 345.35MB

Play Is Back

Reassuring to parents and educators, Einstein Never Used Flash Cards shows why - and how - to step away from the cult of achievement and toward a more nurturing home life full of imaginative play and love of learning.

Here's the message that stressed-out parents are craving to hear: It's okay to play!

In fact, it's more than just okay - it's better than drilling academics. After decades of research, scientists and child development experts have come to a clear conclusion: Play is the best way for our children to learn. Children who are prematurely pushed into regimented academic instruction display less creativity and enthusiasm for learning than their peers. Children who memorize isolated facts early in life show no better long-term retention than their peers. Children who learn through play also develop social and emotional skills, which are critical for long-term success.

Somewhere along the line, we've gotten off track by stressing academic products and programs to our preschoolers. Thankfully, Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Dr. Roberta Michnick Golinkoff have a simple remedy for our children that is based on overwhelming scientific evidence from their own studies and the collective research results of child development experts.

Einstein Never Used Flash Cards goes beyond debunking the myths spread by the accelerated-learning industry. Parents and educators will find a practical guide to introducing complex concepts through smart, simple, and loving play.

For every key area of a child's development (speech, reading, math, social skills, self-awareness, and intelligence), you'll understand how a child's mind actually learns. Then you'll discover exercises (40 in all) that will showcase emerging skills and leave your child smiling today - and prepared for tomorrow.

Capture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering [Audiobook]

Capture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering [Audiobook]
Capture: Unraveling the Mystery of Mental Suffering [Audiobook] by David A Kessler, read by Sean Pratt
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 34 mins | 263.62MB

Why do we think, feel, and act in ways we wish we did not? For decades, New York Times best-selling author Dr. David A. Kessler has studied this question with regard to tobacco, food, and drugs. Over the course of these investigations, he identified one underlying mechanism common to a broad range of human suffering. This phenomenon - capture - is the process by which our attention is hijacked and our brains commandeered by forces outside our control.

In Capture, Dr. Kessler considers some of the most profound questions we face as human beings: What are the origins of mental afflictions, from everyday unhappiness to addiction and depression, and how are they connected? Where do healing and transcendence fit in to this realm of emotional experience?

Analyzing an array of insights from psychology, medicine, neuroscience, literature, philosophy, and theology, Dr. Kessler deconstructs centuries of thinking, examining the central role of capture in mental illness and questioning traditional labels that have obscured our understanding of it. With a new basis for understanding the phenomenon of capture, he explores the concept through the emotionally resonant stories of both well-known and unknown people caught in its throes.

The closer we can come to fully comprehending the nature of capture, Dr. Kessler argues, the better the chance to alleviate its deleterious effects and successfully change our thoughts and behavior. Ultimately, Capture offers insight into how we form thoughts and emotions, manage trauma, and heal. For the first time, we can begin to understand the underpinnings of not only mental illness but also our everyday worries and anxieties. Capture is an intimate and critical exploration of the most enduring human mystery of all: the mind.

Brand Luther [Audiobook]

Brand Luther [Audiobook]
Brand Luther: How an Unheralded Young Minister Turned His Small German Town into a Center of Publishing, Made Himself the Most Famous Man in Europe - and Started the Protestant Reformation [Audiobook] by Andrew Pettegree, read by Paul Hecht
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 21 mins | 312.67MB

A revolutionary look at Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the birth of publishing on the eve of the Reformation's 500th anniversary.

When an obscure monk named Martin Luther tacked his theses on the door of the Wittenberg church in 1517, protesting corrupt practices, he was virtually unknown. Within months his ideas spread across Germany then all of Europe; within years their author was not just famous but infamous, responsible for catalyzing the violent wave of religious reform that would come to be known as the Protestant Reformation and engulfing Europe in decades of bloody war. Luther came of age with the printing press, and the path to glory of neither one was obvious to the casual observer of the time.

Andrew Pettegree is perhaps our most distinguished living historian of the print revolution, but he launched his career as a historian of the Reformation. That double vision positions him to comprehend this epic event not simply as a religious story but also as a story about how ideas were carried and spread in new ways by new things - things called mass-produced books. Printing was and is a risky business - the questions were how to know how much to print and how to get there before the competition. Pettegree illustrates Luther's great gift not simply as a theologian but as a communicator - indeed, as the world's first mass-media figure, its first brand. He recognized in printing the power of pamphlets, written in the colloquial German of everyday people, to win the battle of ideas. But that wasn't enough - not just words but the medium itself was the message.

Fatefully, Luther had a partner in Wittenberg in the form of artist and businessman Lucas Cranach, who, together with Wittenberg's printers, created the look of Luther's pamphlets, which included the distinct highlighting of the words "Martin Luther of Wittenberg" on the title page. Cranach also created the iconic portraits of Luther that made the reformer such a familiar figure to his fellow Germans. Together Luther and Cranach created a product that spread like wildfire - it was both incredibly successful and widely imitated. Soon Germany was overwhelmed by a blizzard of pamphlets, with Wittenberg at its heart; the Reformation itself would blaze on for more than a hundred years.

Publishing in advance of the Reformation's 500th anniversary, Brand Luther fuses the history of religion, of printing, and of capitalism - the literal marketplace of ideas - into one enthralling story, revolutionizing our understanding of one of the pivotal figures and eras in all of human history.

Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War [Audiobook]

Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War [Audiobook]
Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War [Audiobook] by Evan Wright, read by Patrick Lawlor
2008 | MP3@128 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 21 mins | 734.83MB

Generation Kill is about the young men sent to fight their nation's first open-ended war since Vietnam. Despite the flurry of media images to come of the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, you have never really met any of these people, who serve as front-line troops. For whatever reason, the media simply doesn't get them. As we all know, news accounts of the last two wars focused almost exclusively on battlefield imagery of high-tech weapons wreaking astounding destruction, comply with analysis from retired army grandees and other experts, punctuated by the odd heart-warming patriotic sound-bite. The troops themselves play a role in the media's presentation of recent wars rather like extras in The Triumph of the Will. They are everywhere yet somehow invisible. When they speak you get the sense that what they are saying has been carefully scripted. Now Generation Kill tells the soldiers' story in their own words.

The narrative focuses on a platoon of 23 marines, many of them veterans of Afghanistan, whose elite reconnaissance unit spearheaded the blitzkrieg on Iraq. This is the story of young men that have been trained to become ruthless killers. It's about surviving death. It's about taking part in a war many questioned before it even began.

Evan Wright was the only reporter with First Recon, which operated well ahead of most other forces, usually behind enemy lines. They were among the first marines sent into the fight and one of the last units still engaged on the outskirts of Iraq, even after the city centre fell. Generation Kill is not just a combat chronicle but an inside look at how people fighting in war actually experience it. It is both an action narrative like Black Hawk Down and a detailed portrait of a generation at war along the lines of Band of Brothers. It is not a book you are going to forget in a hurry…

Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea [Audiobook]

Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea [Audiobook]
Give Me a Fast Ship: The Continental Navy and America's Revolution at Sea [Audiobook] by Tim McGrath, read by Don Hagen
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 19 hrs 54 mins | 547.19MB

America in 1775 was on the verge of revolution - or, more likely, disastrous defeat. After the bloodshed at Lexington and Concord, England's King George sent hundreds of ships westward to bottle up American harbors and prey on American shipping. Colonists had no force to defend their coastline and waterways until John Adams of Massachusetts proposed a bold solution: The Continental Congress should raise a navy.

The idea was mad. The Royal Navy was the mightiest floating arsenal in history, with a seemingly endless supply of vessels. More than a hundred of these were massive "ships of the line," bristling with up to a hundred high-powered cannon that could level a city. The British were confident that His Majesty's warships would quickly bring the rebellious colonials to their knees.

They were wrong. Beginning with five converted merchantmen, America's sailors became formidable warriors, matching their wits, skills, and courage against the best of the British fleet. Victories off American shores gave the patriots hope - victories led by captains such as John Barry, the fiery Irish-born giant; fearless Nicholas Biddle, who stared down an armed mutineer; and James Nicholson, the underachiever who finally redeemed himself with an inspiring display of coolness and bravery. Meanwhile, along the British coastline, daring raids by handsome, cocksure John Paul Jones and the "Dunkirk Pirate," Gustavus Conyngham - who was captured and sentenced to hang but tunneled under his cell and escaped to fight again - sent fear throughout England. The adventures of these men and others on both sides of the struggle rival anything from Horatio Hornblower or Lucky Jack Aubrey.

Meticulously researched and masterfully told, Give Me a Fast Ship is a rousing, epic tale of war on the high seas - and the definitive history of the American Navy during the Revolutionary War.

Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865 [Audiobook]

Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865 [Audiobook]
Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865 [Audiobook] by James B Conroy, read by
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 26 mins | 341.86MB

Our One Common Country explores the most critical meeting of the Civil War. Given short shrift or overlooked by many historians, the Hampton Roads Conference of 1865 was a crucial turning point in the War between the States. In this well written and highly documented book, James B. Conroy describes in fascinating detail what happened when leaders from both sides came together to try to end the hostilities. The meeting was meant to end the fighting on peaceful terms. It failed, however, and the war dragged on for two more bloody, destructive months.

Through meticulous research of both primary and secondary sources, Conroy tells the story of the doomed peace negotiations through the characters who lived it. With a fresh and immediate perspective, Our One Common Country offers a thrilling and eye-opening look into the inability of our nation's leaders to find a peaceful solution. The failure of the Hampton Roads Conference shaped the course of American history and the future of America's wars to come.

Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph [Audiobook]

Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph [Audiobook]
Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph [Audiobook] by Dennis Prager, read by Erik Bergman
2012 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 15 hrs 33 mins | 427.01MB

In this visionary book, Dennis Prager, one of America's most original thinkers, contends that humanity confronts a monumental choice. The whole world must decide between American values and its two oppositional alternatives: Islamism and European-style democratic socialism.

Prager - a bestselling author, columnist, and nationally syndicated radio talk show host who is read and heard by millions of people in America and abroad - makes the case for the American value system as the most viable program ever devised to produce a good society. Those values are explained here more clearly and persuasively than ever before.

Still the Best Hope deals with three huge themes: The first is perhaps the most persuasive explanation for why Leftism has been and will always be a moral failure, despite its acknowledged appeal to many people of goodwill. The second explains why fundamentalist Islam, despite its historic and growing appeal, cannot make a good society. But Prager holds out hope for an open and tolerant Islam and explains why it will emerge from faithful American Muslims. The third is a singularly persuasive defense and explanation of what Prager calls the "American Trinity": liberty, values rooted in the Creator, and the melting-pot ideal. These values are inscribed on every American coin as "Liberty," "In God We Trust," and "E Pluribus Unum," and they are the reasons for America's greatness. Without them, America will cease to be an exceptional nation, and therefore cease to be America.

Prager shows why these values can and must be adopted by every nation and culture in the world, why Americans must relearn and recommit to these values, and why America must vigorously export them. For if the world does not adopt American values, the result will be chaos and barbarism on an unprecedented scale.

Anger: Taming a Powerful Emotion [EPUB]

Anger: Taming a Powerful Emotion [EPUB]
Anger: Taming a Powerful Emotion by Gary Chapman
2016 | EPUB | 2.56MB

Help for anger management — from NYT bestselling author Gary Chapman

Anger is a cruel master. If you struggle even a little with anger, you know how it feels to get mad too easily. To lash out at someone you love. To hold onto frustration. You might even notice others seem uneasy around you.

You know anger is hurting your life, but you don’t know how to fix it.

There is hope. When you understand why you get angry and what to do about it, you can change the course of your life for the better. In Anger: Taming a Powerful Emotion, counselor Gary Chapman shares surprising insights about anger, its effect on relationships, and how to overcome it. His advice and real-life examples will help you:

  • Understand yourself better
  • Overcome shame, denial, and bitterness
  • Discern good anger from bad anger
  • Manage anger and conflict constructively
  • Make positive life changes
  • Let go of your grudges and resentment
  • Help others (like your children) deal with anger
  • and more

Whether your anger is quiet or explosive, if it’s clouding your judgment and hurting your relationships, it needs to go. Learn to handle anger in healthy ways, starting today. Gary Chapman is wise and empathetic, and he'll help you turn over a new leaf.

The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China [PDF]

The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China [PDF]
The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China edited by Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
2016 | PDF | 1.4GB

This lavishly illustrated volume explores the history of China during a period of dramatic shifts and surprising transformations, from the founding of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) through to the present day.

The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China promises to be essential reading for anyone who wants to understand this rising superpower on the verge of what promises to be the 'Chinese century', introducing readers to important but often overlooked events in China's past, such as the bloody Taiping Civil War (1850-1864), which had a death toll far higher than the roughly contemporaneous American Civil War. It also helps readers see more familiar landmarks in Chinese history in new ways, such as the Opium War (1839-1842), the Boxer Uprising of 1900, the rise to power of the Chinese Communist Party in 1949, and the Tiananmen protests and Beijing Massacre of 1989.

This is one of the first major efforts - and in many ways the most ambitious to date - to come to terms with the broad sweep of modern Chinese history, taking readers from the origins of modern China right up through the dramatic events of the last few years (the Beijing Games, the financial crisis, and China's rise to global economic pre-eminence) which have so fundamentally altered Western views of China and China's place in the world.

Pure Soapmaking: How to Create Nourishing, Natural Skin Care Soaps [PDF]

Pure Soapmaking: How to Create Nourishing, Natural Skin Care Soaps [PDF]
Pure Soapmaking: How to Create Nourishing, Natural Skin Care Soaps by Anne-Marie Faiola
2016 | PDF | 40.27MB
The pure luxury of soaps made with coconut butter, almond oil, aloe vera, oatmeal, and green tea is one of life’s little pleasures. And with the help of author Anne-Marie Faiola, it’s easy to make luscious, all-natural soaps right in your own kitchen. This collection of 32 recipes ranges from simple castile bars to intricate swirls, embeds, and marbled and layered looks. Begin with a combination of skin-nourishing oils and then add blueberry puree, dandelion-infused water, almond milk, coffee grounds, mango and avocado butters, black tea, or other delicious ingredients — and then scent your soap with pure essential oils. Step-by-step photography guides you through every stage of cold-process soapmaking.

Your Complete Healthy Eating Guide: Eat Great and Lose Weight in 2016 [EPUB]

Your Complete Healthy Eating Guide: Eat Great and Lose Weight in 2016 [EPUB]
Your Complete Healthy Eating Guide: Eat Great and Lose Weight in 2016 (Cooking Light) by The Editors Of Cooking Light
2016 | EPUB | 43.32MB

New Year, New You – or, at least that’s what you tell yourself each year. After trying the latest diet trend, you give up after a month and you’re back to ground zero. The solution is not another diet, but rather a guide to eating healthier. Cut the calories without cutting the flavor with satisfying recipes that will help you look and feel better.

Brought to you by the editors of Cooking Light, Your Complete Healthy Eating Guide features 98 satisfying recipes that will help you eat great and lose weight. Cooking Light is committed to helping you achieve healthier eating habits and provides with you fun, fast, and budget-friendly recipes. Some of our favorites include Everyday Frittata, Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Bacon and Sage, Balsamic and Dijon-Glazed Chicken Breasts, Roasted Garlic Mac and Cheese, and Quick Banana and Milk Chocolate S’mores. Lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle by reducing saturated fats, sodium, and caloric intake while increasing fruit and vegetable intake. Embrace a balanced diet, eat clean, and at the end of the day, you will have not only conquering your New Year’s Resolution, but you’ll feel great, too.

Cooking Light Global Kitchen: The World's Most Delicious Food Made Easy [EPUB]

Cooking Light Global Kitchen: The World's Most Delicious Food Made Easy [EPUB]
Cooking Light Global Kitchen: The World's Most Delicious Food Made Easy by David Joachim
2014 | EPUB | 94.61MB

Cooking Light Global Kitchen brings a world of flavor, texture, and enticing aromas to your everyday meals. In this book, the sometimes intimidating topic of preparing your favorite ethnic-inspired dishes is made easy, approachable, and, most importantly, doable for home cooks of any skill level, by using ethnic ingredients easy-to-find in your local grocery store!

New York Times Bestselling author David Joachim, shares fascinating stories behind the world's most loved dishes as well as tips and techniques from 15 notable chefs and experts such as Rick Bayless, Marc Vetri, Michael Solomonov, Lidia Bastianich, Marcus Samuelsson, Jose Garces, Mark Bittman, and many more.

We'll show you how to create Mexican chile rellenos, homemade pasta in the Italian tradition, Thai sticky rice, Egyptian koshari, and many other dishes without venturing further than the supermarket.

You'll get a taste of the world without ever leaving home.

  • More than 150 recipes from around the world provide adventurous eaters with plenty of options to keep their palates pleased
  • Features melting pot recipes blending the flavors of multiple cuisines, appealing to America's love of fusion dishes
  • All the recipes are prepared with easy-to-find ingredients, making each deliciously doable
  • Full-color images of each recipe brings each dish to life
  • A complete nutrition analysis shows readers they can makeonce-in-awhile favorites into everyday options
  • Ingredients: Detailed information about the easy-to-find ingredients that are the basis of many of these international favorites, where to find them (mostly at the regular grocery store these days), and how to know you're picking the best.

What the #@&% Is That?: The Saga Anthology of the Monstrous and the Macabre [EPUB]

What the #@&% Is That?: The Saga Anthology of the Monstrous and the Macabre [EPUB]
What the #@&% Is That: The Saga Anthology of the Monstrous and the Macabre edited by John Joseph Adams, Douglas Cohen
2016 | EPUB | 3.42MB

The Saga book of all contain the line "What the @#&% is That?"—is often humorous, sometimes terrifying, but always incredibly entertaining.

Ranging from irreverent humor to straight out horror, What the @#&% Is That? grew from a meme on Twitter when iconic comic book artist Mike Mignola painted a monster. Nobody knew what the F it was, but they loved it.

Renowned editors John Joseph Adams and Doug Cohen then asked some of the best writers in the fantasy, horror, and thriller genres including Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuire, Christopher Golden, and Scott Sigler to create a monster story that included the line "WTF is that?" This anthology is a feast for the imagination for anyone who loves monsters.

Includes stories by Laird Barron, Amanda Downum, Scott Sigler, Simon R. Green, Desirina Boskovich, Isabel Yap, Maria Dahvana Headley, Christopher Golden, John Langan, D. Thomas Minton, Seanan McGuire, Grady Hendrix, Jonathan Maberry, Gemma Files, Nancy Holder, Adam-Troy Castro, Terence Taylor, Tim Pratt, An Owomoyela & Rachel Swirsky, and Alan Dean Foster.

I. Asimov: A Memoir [EPUB]

I. Asimov: A Memoir [EPUB]
I, Asimov: A Memoir by Isaac Asimov
2009 | EPUB | 2.9MB

Arguably the greatest science fiction writer who ever lived, Isaac Asimov also possessed one of the most brilliant and original minds of our time. His accessible style and far-reaching interests in subjects ranging from science to humor to history earned him the nickname "the Great Explainer." I. Asimov is his personal story--vivid, open, and honest--as only Asimov himself could tell it.

Here is the story of the paradoxical genius who wrote of travel to the stars yet refused to fly in airplanes; who imagined alien universes and vast galactic civilizations while staying home to write; who compulsively authored more than 470 books yet still found the time to share his ideas with some of the great minds of our century. Here are his wide-ranging thoughts and sharp-eyed observations on everything from religion to politics, love and divorce, friendship and Hollywood, fame and mortality. Here, too, is a riveting behind-the-scenes look at the varied personalities--Campbell, Ellison, Heinlein, Clarke, del Rey, Silverberg, and others--who along with Asimov helped shape science fiction.

As unique and irrepressible as the man himself, I. Asimov is the candid memoir of an incomparable talent who entertained readers for nearly half a century and whose work will surely endure into the future he so vividly envisioned.

The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster [EPUB]

The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster [EPUB]
The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster by Jonathan M Katz
2013 | EPUB | 3.07MB

On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck the nation least prepared to handle one. Jonathan M. Katz, the only full-time American news correspondent in Haiti, was inside his house when it buckled along with hundreds of thousands of others. In this visceral first-hand account, Katz takes readers inside the terror of that day, the devastation visited on ordinary Haitians, and through the monumental--yet misbegotten--rescue effort that followed.

More than half of American adults gave money for Haiti, part of a global response that reached $16.3 billion in pledges. But three years later the effort has foundered. Its most important promises--to rebuild safer cities, alleviate severe poverty, and strengthen Haiti to face future disasters--remain unfulfilled. How did so much generosity amount to so little? What went wrong?

The Big Truck That Went By presents a hard hitting investigation into international aid, finding that the way wealthy countries give today makes poor countries seem irredeemably hopeless, while trapping millions in cycles of privation and catastrophe. Katz follows the money to uncover startling truths about how good intentions go wrong, and what can be done to make aid "smarter."

Reporting at the side of Bill Clinton, Wyclef Jean, Sean Penn, Haiti's leaders and people, Katz also creates a complex, darkly funny, and unexpected portrait of one of the world's most fascinating countries. The Big Truck That Went By is not only a definitive account of Haiti's earthquake, but of the world we live in today.

Trust-Based Selling: Finding and Keeping Customers for Life [EPUB]

Trust-Based Selling: Finding and Keeping Customers for Life [EPUB]
Trust-Based Selling: Finding and Keeping Customers for Life by David A Monty
2015 | EPUB | 1.27MB

The first year of developing a new sales territory or establishing new customers is a daunting task—especially in dog-eat-dog industries. The traditional advice is to train quickly on products, grab a customer list, start calling for appointments, discover opportunities, and close deals. In fact, almost every sales model out there is based on nothing more than "opportunity" management. But jumping straight to opportunity will leave salespeople chasing their tails and coming up short on payday.

With an emphasis on basic sales skills that have been refreshed for today's generation of buyers, Trust-Based Selling shows there is a significant problem you must overcome when opening up new accounts and territories. No matter what you are selling, your prospect already has a trusted relationship with an incumbent vendor and will continue to buy from that vendor even when you have the better solution. The playing field is not level—and you’re on the wrong side. So how can you compete to win?

"Trust is the grease that makes business sales effortless," writes sales pro and trainer Dave Monty in this quick-read book. Opportunity metrics are important, but trust—and a few sharp insider tactics Monty reveals—is the guidepost that leads to success. Trust-Based Selling—an abridgement of Monty's Sales Hunting—helps you start establishing trust before you step foot in a prospect’s door, and it shows you the tactics necessary to penetrate new accounts. It also explains:

  • The new basic sales skills as taught by master salesman Dave Monty
  • Why trust-based relationships enable you to get and keep customers for life
  • How to get in step with the customer’s buying cycle
  • How to establish trust-based and traditional sales metrics to guide your efforts

With advice based on Monty’s twenty years of IT sales and sales management experience—along with principles confirmed by academic research—Trust-Based Selling is a fast read that is packed with real-life examples and prescriptions for achieving sales success. It will prove a lifesaver for any new salesperson, as well as sales veterans needing to develop new skills and rekindle the zeal required to succeed in sales.

What you’ll learn

  • Why traditional sales models do not work for new account acquisition.
  • Why long-term sales success is now built on developing a trusted relationship with the customer.
  • The best methods for achieving first meetings.
  • The best solutions to lead with.
  • How to qualify customers and opportunities.
  • Where to best spend your time.
  • How to measure and track your success.

Who this book is for

Salespeople and sales managers who need to expand their customer base.

Brindisa: The True Food of Spain [EPUB]

Brindisa: The True Food of Spain [EPUB]
Brindisa: The True Food of Spain by Monika Linton
2016 | EPUB | 206.95MB

A major book on classic Spanish ingredients and home cooking.

Brindisa, the renowned Spanish fine food import company, has become a byword for excellent Spanish food. Brindisa:The True Food of Spain is the ultimate in contemporary Spanish cooking, including classic regional recipes, tapas dishes and information about the very best ingredients and food producers.

Monika Linton founded Brindisa in 1988. After the arrival of the ground-breaking shop in Borough Market, the first Brindisa tapas restaurant opened in Borough Market in 2004, and Brindisa has since grown to include five London restaurants and another in Barcelona. Ranging from the most unusual artisan dishes to the classics of Spanish cooking, this recipe collection draws on Brindisa's specialist knowledge to introduce you to delights such as jamon iberico de bellota, chorizo, cured ham and fish, fumet (rich Catalan fish stock), farmhouse cheeses, prepared pulses, olive oils and vinegars, sweet treats and storecupboard basics that are essential for Spanish and Mediterranean cooking.

Covering the unique way good food is integral to everyday Spanish life, ranging from traditional breakfasts to substantial lunches, small plates of Spanish food and very simple suppers for during the week, to big family get-togethers at the weekend, this is not just a book about recipes, but a true celebration of Spain, its food and people, countryside and producers.

The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry [EPUB]

The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry [EPUB]
The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry edited by Robert Chandler, Boris Dralyuk, Irina Mashinski
2015 | EPUB | 1.1MB

An enchanting collection of the very best of Russian poetry, edited by acclaimed translator Robert Chandler together with poets Boris Dralyuk and Irina Mashinski.

In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, poetry's pre-eminence in Russia was unchallenged, with Pushkin and his contemporaries ushering in the 'Golden Age' of Russian literature. Prose briefly gained the high ground in the second half of the nineteenth century, but poetry again became dominant in the 'Silver Age' (the early twentieth century), when belief in reason and progress yielded once more to a more magical view of the world. During the Soviet era, poetry became a dangerous, subversive activity; nevertheless, poets such as Osip Mandelstam and Anna Akhmatova continued to defy the censors. This anthology traces Russian poetry from its Golden Age to the modern era, including work by several great poets - Georgy Ivanov and Varlam Shalamov among them - in captivating modern translations by Robert Chandler and others. The volume also includes a general introduction, chronology and individual introductions to each poet.

Beatles '66: The Revolutionary Year [EPUB]

Beatles '66: The Revolutionary Year [EPUB]
Beatles '66: The Revolutionary Year by Steve Turner
2016 | EPUB | 9.81MB

A riveting look at the transformative year in the lives and careers of the legendary group whose groundbreaking legacy would forever change music and popular culture.

They started off as hysteria-inducing pop stars playing to audiences of screaming teenage fans and ended up as musical sages considered responsible for ushering in a new era.

The year that changed everything for the Beatles was 1966—the year of their last concert and their first album, Revolver, that was created to be listened to rather than performed. This was the year the Beatles risked their popularity by retiring from live performances, recording songs that explored alternative states of consciousness, experimenting with avant-garde ideas, and speaking their minds on issues of politics, war, and religion. It was the year their records were burned in America after John’s explosive claim that the group was "more popular than Jesus," the year they were hounded out of the Philippines for "snubbing" its First Lady, the year John met Yoko Ono, and the year Paul conceived the idea for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

On the fiftieth anniversary of this seminal year, music journalist and Beatles expert Steve Turner slows down the action to investigate in detail the enormous changes that took place in the Beatles’ lives and work during 1966. He looks at the historical events that had an impact on the group, the music they made that in turn profoundly affected the culture around them, and the vision that allowed four young men from Liverpool to transform popular music and serve as pioneers for artists from Coldplay to David Bowie, Jay-Z to U2.

By talking to those close to the group and by drawing on his past interviews with key figures such as George Martin, Timothy Leary, and Ravi Shankar—and the Beatles themselves—Turner gives us the compelling, definitive account of the twelve months that contained everything the Beatles had been and anticipated everything they would still become.

The Five Dollar Smile: And Other Stories [EPUB]

The Five Dollar Smile: And Other Stories [EPUB]
The Five Dollar Smile: And Other Stories by Shashi Tharoor
2014 | EPUB | 1.08MB

This touching and funny collection of stories showcases Tharoor’s daunting literary acumen, as well as the keen sensitivity that informs his ability to write profoundly and entertainingly on themes ranging from family conflict to death. In the title story—written in a lonely hotel room in Geneva soon after the author began his work with the United Nations—a young Indian orphan is on his way to visit America for the first time, and his anguish and longing in the airplane seem hardly different from those of any American child.

Tharoor’s admiration for P. G. Wodehouse makes “How Bobby Chatterjee Turned to Drink” a delightful homage, while “The Temple Thief,” “The Simple Man,” and “The Political Murder” bring to mind O. Henry and Maupassant. His three college stories, “Friends,” “The Pyre,” and “The Professor’s Daughter,” are full of youthful high jinks, naïve infatuations, and ingenious wordplay. “The Solitude of the Short-Story Writer” is a smart, self-aware, Woody Allen-esque exploration of a writer’s conflicted relationship with his psychiatrist.

Applied Minds: How Engineers Think [EPUB]

Applied Minds: How Engineers Think [EPUB]
Applied Minds: How Engineers Think by Guru Madhavan
2016 | EPUB | 0.6MB

Dubai's Burj Khalifa―the world’s tallest building―looks nothing like Microsoft’s Office Suite, and digital surround sound doesn’t work like a citywide telecommunication grid. Yet these engineering feats have much in common.

Applied Minds explores the unique visions and mental tools of engineers to reveal the enormous―and often understated―influence they wield in transforming problems into opportunities. The resulting account pairs the innovators of modern history―Thomas Edison, the Wright brothers, Steve Jobs―with everything from ATMs and the ZIP code system to the disposable diaper.

An engineer himself, Guru Madhavan introduces a flexible intellectual tool kit called modular systems thinking as he explains the discipline's penchant for seeing structure where there is none. The creations that result from this process express the engineer's answers to the fundamental questions of design: usefulness, functionality, reliability, and user friendliness.

Through narratives and case studies spanning the brilliant history of engineering, Madhavan shows how the concepts of prototyping, efficiency, reliability, standards, optimization, and feedback are put to use in fields as diverse as transportation, retail, health care, and entertainment.

Equal parts personal, practical, and profound, Applied Minds charts a path to a future where we apply strategies borrowed from engineering to create useful and inspired solutions to our most pressing challenges.

The Wealth of Nature: How Mainstream Economics Has Failed the Environment [EPUB]

The Wealth of Nature: How Mainstream Economics Has Failed the Environment [EPUB]
The Wealth of Nature: How Mainstream Economics Has Failed the Environment by Robert L Nadeau
2003 | EPUB | 0.9MB

Virtually all large-scale damage to the global environment is caused by economic activities, and the vast majority of economic planners in both business and government coordinate these activities on the basis of guidelines and prescriptions from neoclassical economic theory. In this hard-hitting book, Robert Nadeau demonstrates that the claim that neoclassical economics is a science comparable to the physical sciences is totally bogus and that our failure to recognize and deal with this fact constitutes the greatest single barrier to the timely resolution of the crisis in the global environment.

Neoclassical economic theory is premised on the belief that the "invisible hand"— Adam Smith’s metaphor for forces associated with the operation of the "natural laws of economics"—regulates the workings of market economies. Nadeau reveals that Smith’s understanding of these laws was predicated on assumptions from eighteenth-century metaphysics and that the creators of neoclassical economics incorporated this view of the "lawful" mechanisms of free-market systems into a mathematical formalism borrowed wholesale from mid-nineteenth-century physics. The strategy used by these economists, all of whom had been trained as engineers, was as simple as it was absurd—they substituted economic variables for the physical variables in the equations of this physics. Strangely enough, this claim was widely accepted and the fact that neoclassical economics originated in a bastardization of mid-nineteenth-century physics was soon forgotten.

Nadeau makes a convincing case that the myth that neoclassical economic theory is a science has blinded us to the fact that there is absolutely no basis in this theory for accounting for the environmental impacts of economic activities or for positing viable economic solutions to environmental problems. The unfortunate result is that the manner in which we are now coordinating global economic activities is a program for ecological disaster, and we may soon arrive at the point where massive changes in the global environment will threaten the lives of billions of people. To avoid this prospect, Nadeau argues that we must develop and implement an environmentally responsible economic theory and describes how this can be accomplished.