Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style [EPUB]

Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style [EPUB]
Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style by Joseph Tychonievich
2016 | EPUB | 22.62MB

Rediscover a classic garden technique!

Rock gardening —the art of growing alpines and other miniature plants in the company of rocks in order to recreate the look of a rugged mountaintop—has been surging in popularity. Time and space constraints, chronic drought in the American West, and a trend toward architectural plants are just a few of the reasons for the increased interest. Rock Gardening brings this traditional style to a new generation of gardeners. It includes a survey of gorgeous rock gardens from around the world, the techniques and methods specific to creating and maintaining a rock garden, and profiles of the top 50 rock garden plants.

Better Homes and Gardens Make It, Don't Buy It: 300+ Recipes for Real Food Made Better [EPUB]

Better Homes and Gardens Make It, Don't Buy It: 300+ Recipes for Real Food Made Better EPUB]
Better Homes and Gardens Make It, Don't Buy It: 300+ Recipes for Real Food Made Better by Better Homes and Gardens
2016 | EPUB | 96.29MB

The complete book for the DIY kitchen: Enjoy homemade alternatives to store-bought staples including condiments, cheese, pretzels, jerky, liqueurs, marshmallows—and more.

Make It, Don’t Buy It is the complete compendium for a new generation of cooks who want to make wholesome food at home instead of purchasing mass-produced items made with artificial ingredients. From cocktail mixes to pizza sauce to beef broth, everything tastes better made at home, and allows for the ultimate in personalization. Make Sriracha with just the right heat, your own herb blends, Sweet Pickle Relish that’s not too sweet, and Garden Vegetable Soup from your backyard, not a can.

More than 300 recipes and 200 photographs cover the entire pantry—beverages, breads, candy, soups, sauces, condiments, salad dressings, cheeses, jams, basic pantry items such as flavored vinegars and oils, syrups, desserts, and vegetable blends. Learn freezing, preserving, canning, pickling, drying, and more, to be a whiz in the kitchen. Whether your aim is to capture seasonal bounty, avoid additives, or enjoy homemade food, you’ll find everything for the DIY kitchen here.

Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs [EPUB]

Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs [EPUB]
Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs by Douglas Smith
2016 | EPUB | 15.2MB

On the centenary of the death of Rasputin comes a definitive biography that will dramatically change our understanding of this fascinating figure

A hundred years after his murder, Rasputin continues to excite the popular imagination as the personification of evil. Numerous biographies, novels, and films recount his mysterious rise to power as Nicholas and Alexandra's confidant and the guardian of the sickly heir to the Russian throne. His debauchery and sinister political influence are the stuff of legend, and the downfall of the Romanov dynasty was laid at his feet.

But as the prizewinning historian Douglas Smith shows, the true story of Rasputin's life and death has remained shrouded in myth. A major new work that combines probing scholarship and powerful storytelling, Rasputin separates fact from fiction to reveal the real life of one of history's most alluring figures. Drawing on a wealth of forgotten documents from archives in seven countries, Smith presents Rasputin in all his complexity--man of God, voice of peace, loyal subject, adulterer, drunkard. Rasputin is not just a definitive biography of an extraordinary and legendary man but a fascinating portrait of the twilight of imperial Russia as it lurched toward catastrophe.

Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think [EPUB]

Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think [EPUB]
Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think by Ralph Nader
2016 | EPUB | 0.6MB

In Breaking Through Power, Nader draws from a lifetime waging--and often winning--David vs. Goliath battles against big corporations and the United States government. In this succinct, Tom Paine-style wake-up call, the iconic consumer advocate highlights the success stories of fellow Americans who organize change and work together to derail the many ways in which wealth manipulates politics, labor, media, the environment, and the quality of national life today. Nader makes an inspired case about how the nation can--and must--be democratically managed by communities guided by the United States Constitution, not by the dictates of big businesses and the wealthy few. This is classic Ralph Nader, a crystallization of the core political beliefs and commitments that have driven his lifetime of advocacy for greater democracy.

End the Insomnia Struggle: A Step-by-Step Guide to Help You Get to Sleep and Stay Asleep [EPUB]

End the Insomnia Struggle: A Step-by-Step Guide to Help You Get to Sleep and Stay Asleep [EPUB]
End the Insomnia Struggle: A Step-by-Step Guide to Help You Get to Sleep and Stay Asleep by Colleen Ehrnstrom, Alisha L. Brosse
2016 | EPUB | 2.21MB

Insomnia is all too common in our modern culture, and can be devastating to your mental and physical health. Packed with research-based strategies and practical tools, this fully customizable book will show anyone who suffers with insomnia how to get a good night’s sleep—night after night—for a better life.

Everyone struggles with sleep from time to time, but when sleepless nights and overtired days become the norm, your well-being is compromised, and frustration and worry increase—including concerns about what’s stopping you from getting the sleep you need, and what can be done about it. So, how do you stop the cycle of relentless worries and restless nights?

End the Insomnia Struggle offers a comprehensive, medication-free program that can be individually tailored for anyone who struggles with insomnia. Integrating the physiology of sleep, and proven-effective approaches from cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), this book provides step-by-step guidance for developing your own treatment plan according to your particular challenges with insomnia.

With this book, you’ll have everything you need to overcome the relentless thoughts, ruminations, and stress of insomnia. Utilizing these evidence-based strategies and easy-to-use tools, you’ll finally get to sleep, stay asleep, and wake up rested and ready to face the world as your best self, day after day.

The Norman Conquest of Southern Italy and Sicily [EPUB]

The Norman Conquest of Southern Italy and Sicily [EPUB]
The Norman Conquest of Southern Italy and Sicily by Gordon S. Brown
2002 | EPUB | 1.69MB

The Normans originally came to Italy and Sicily in the 11th and 12th centuries looking for adventure or a livelihood, but once there, found opportunity for fame and fortune. The story of the Norman conquest in Italy and Sicily is indeed one of knights and adventurers, great battles and lowly pillage, opportunism and statesmanship, and crusade and coexistence.

This rich and often dramatic study focuses on the eight sons of Tancred of Hauteville, especially Robert Guiscard, who has been called "the most dazzling military ruler between Julius Caesar and Napoleon," and his youngest brother Roger, who conquered Sicily. It discusses how they expanded their lands throughout southern Italy, and then took Sicily from its Muslim rulers. The brothers, often in conflict with each other, challenged both the Papacy and the Byzantine Empire, became the main supporters of the reformed Papacy, and founded a rich, sophisticated kingdom that lasted until the nineteenth century.

Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck [EPUB]

Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck [EPUB]
Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck by Adam Cohen
2016 | EPUB | 4.06MB

One of America’s great miscarriages of justice, the Supreme Court’s infamous 1927 Buck v. Bell ruling made government sterilization of “undesirable” citizens the law of the land

In 1927, the Supreme Court handed down a ruling so disturbing, ignorant, and cruel that it stands as one of the great injustices in American history. In Imbeciles, bestselling author Adam Cohen exposes the court’s decision to allow the sterilization of a young woman it wrongly thought to be “feebleminded” and to champion the mass eugenic sterilization of undesirable citizens for the greater good of the country. The 8–1 ruling was signed by some of the most revered figures in American law—including Chief Justice William Howard Taft, a former U.S. president; and Louis Brandeis, a progressive icon. Oliver Wendell Holmes, considered by many the greatest Supreme Court justice in history, wrote the majority opinion, including the court’s famous declaration “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”

Imbeciles is the shocking story of Buck v. Bell, a legal case that challenges our faith in American justice. A gripping courtroom drama, it pits a helpless young woman against powerful scientists, lawyers, and judges who believed that eugenic measures were necessary to save the nation from being “swamped with incompetence.” At the center was Carrie Buck, who was born into a poor family in Charlottesville, Virginia, and taken in by a foster family, until she became pregnant out of wedlock. She was then declared “feebleminded” and shipped off to the Colony for Epileptics and Feeble-Minded.

Buck v. Bell unfolded against the backdrop of a nation in the thrall of eugenics, which many Americans thought would uplift the human race. Congress embraced this fervor, enacting the first laws designed to prevent immigration by Italians, Jews, and other groups charged with being genetically inferior.

Cohen shows how Buck arrived at the colony at just the wrong time, when influential scientists and politicians were looking for a “test case” to determine whether Virginia’s new eugenic sterilization law could withstand a legal challenge. A cabal of powerful men lined up against her, and no one stood up for her—not even her lawyer, who, it is now clear, was in collusion with the men who wanted her sterilized.

In the end, Buck’s case was heard by the Supreme Court, the institution established by the founders to ensure that justice would prevail. The court could have seen through the false claim that Buck was a threat to the gene pool, or it could have found that forced sterilization was a violation of her rights. Instead, Holmes, a scion of several prominent Boston Brahmin families, who was raised to believe in the superiority of his own bloodlines, wrote a vicious, haunting decision upholding Buck’s sterilization and imploring the nation to sterilize many more.

Holmes got his wish, and before the madness ended some sixty to seventy thousand Americans were sterilized. Cohen overturns cherished myths and demolishes lauded figures in relentless pursuit of the truth. With the intellectual force of a legal brief and the passion of a front-page exposй, Imbeciles is an ardent indictment of our champions of justice and our optimistic faith in progress, as well as a triumph of American legal and social history.

Deus Lo Volt!: A Chronicle of the Crusades [EPUB]

Deus Lo Volt!: A Chronicle of the Crusades [EPUB]
Deus Lo Volt: A Chronicle of the Crusades by Evan S Connell
2001 | EPUB | 2.34MB

God wills it! The year is 1095 and the most prominent leaders of the Christian World are assembled in a meadow in France. Deus lo volt! This cry is taken up, echoes forth, is carried on. The Crusades have started, and wave after wave of Christian pilgrims rush to assault the growing power of Muslims in the Holy Land. Two centuries long, it will become the defining war of the Western world.

All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor [EPUB]

All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor [EPUB]
All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor's Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor by Donald Stratton, Ken Gire
2016 | EPUB | 5.39MB

THE FIRST MEMOIR BY A USS ARIZONA SURVIVOR: Donald Stratton, one of the battleship's five living heroes, delivers a "powerful" and "intimate"* eyewitness account of Pearl Harbor and his unforgettable return to the fight

At 8:06 a.m. on December 7, 1941, Seaman First Class Donald Stratton was consumed by an inferno. A million pounds of explosives had detonated beneath his battle station aboard the USS Arizona, barely fifteen minutes into Japan’s surprise attack on American forces at Pearl Harbor. Near death and burned across two thirds of his body, Don, a nineteen-year-old Nebraskan who had been steeled by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, summoned the will to haul himself hand over hand across a rope tethered to a neighboring vessel. Forty-five feet below, the harbor’s flaming, oil-slick water boiled with enemy bullets; all around him the world tore itself apart.

In this extraordinary never-before-told eyewitness account of the Pearl Harbor attack—the only memoir ever written by a survivor of the USS Arizona—ninety-four-year-old veteran Donald Stratton finally shares his unforgettable personal tale of bravery and survival on December 7, 1941, his harrowing recovery, and his inspiring determination to return to the fight.

Don and four other sailors made it safely across the same line that morning, a small miracle on a day that claimed the lives of 1,177 of their Arizona shipmates—approximately half the American fatalaties at Pearl Harbor. Sent to military hospitals for a year, Don refused doctors’ advice to amputate his limbs and battled to relearn how to walk. The U.S. Navy gave him a medical discharge, believing he would never again be fit for service, but Don had unfinished business. In June 1944, he sailed back into the teeth of the Pacific War on a destroyer, destined for combat in the crucial battles of Leyte Gulf, Luzon, and Okinawa, thus earning the distinction of having been present for the opening shots and the final major battle of America’s Second World War.

As the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack approaches, Don, a great-grandfather of five and one of five living survivors of the Arizona, offers an unprecedentedly intimate reflection on the tragedy that drew America into the greatest armed conflict in history. All the Gallant Men is a book for the ages, one of the most remarkable—and remarkably inspiring—memoirs of any kind to appear in recent years.

Indestructible: One Man's Rescue Mission That Changed the Course of WWII [AZW3]

Indestructible: One Man's Rescue Mission That Changed the Course of WWII [AZW3]
Indestructible: One Man's Rescue Mission That Changed the Course of WWII by John R Bruning
2016 | AZW3 | 3.36MB

In this remarkable WWII story by New York Times bestselling author John R. Bruning, a renegade American pilot fights against all odds to rescue his family–imprisoned by the Japanese–and revolutionizes modern warfare along the way.

From the knife fights and smuggling runs of his youth to his fiery days as a pioneering naval aviator, Paul Irving "Pappy" Gunn played by his own set of rules and always survived on his wits and fists. But when he fell for a conservative Southern belle, her love transformed him from a wild and reckless airman to a cunning entrepreneur whose homespun engineering brilliance helped launch one of the first airlines in Asia.

Pappy was drafted into MacArthur's air force when war came to the Philippines; and while he carried out a top-secret mission to Australia, the Japanese seized his family. Separated from his beloved wife, Polly, and their four children, Pappy reverted to his lawless ways. He carried out rescue missions with an almost suicidal desperation. Even after he was shot down twice and forced to withdraw to Australia, he waged a one-man war against his many enemies–including the American high command and the Japanese–and fought to return to the Philippines to find his family.

Without adequate planes, supplies, or tactics, the U.S. Army Air Force suffered crushing defeats by the Japanese in the Pacific. Over the course of his three-year quest to find his family, Pappy became the renegade who changed all that. With a brace of pistols and small band of loyal fol,lowers, he robbed supply dumps, stole aircraft, invented new weapons, and modified bombers to hit harder, fly farther, and deliver more destruction than anything yet seen in the air. When Pappy's modified planes were finally unleashed during the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, the United States scored one of the most decisive victories of World War II.

Taking readers from the blistering skies of the Pacific to the jungles of New Guinea and the Philippines to one of the the war's most notorious prison camps, Indestructible traces one man's bare-knuckle journey to free the people he loved and the aerial revolution he sparked that continues to resonate across America's modern battlefields.

Carpentry Complete: Expert Advice from Start to Finish [EPUB]

Carpentry Complete: Expert Advice from Start to Finish [EPUB]
Carpentry Complete: Expert Advice from Start to Finish by Andrew Engel
2012 | EPUB | 21.84MB

The nuts and bolts of carpentry, all in one handy volume. Carpenter and author Andy Engel provides homeowners with a comprehensive and easy-to-use reference for covering all home carpentry projects from the most basic to the most advanced. Full of authoritative and reliable information, "Carpentry Complete" is designed to help any homeowner or DIYer tackle projects with confidence. Well organized so that information can be found quickly (including advice on how to deal with the inevitable things that can go wrong), this highly visual book makes it easy for readers to find the step-by-step advice they're looking for.

The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn [EPUB]

The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn [EPUB]
The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn by Colleen Graves, Aaron Graves
2016 | EPUB | 70.3MB

Start-to-finish, fun projects for makers of all types, ages, and skill levels!

This easy-to-follow guide features dozens of DIY, low-cost projects that will arm you with the skills necessary to dream up and build your own creations. The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn offers practical tips for beginners and open-ended challenges for advanced makers. Each project features non-technical, step-by-step instructions with photos and illustrations to ensure success and expand your imagination. You will learn recyclables hacks, smartphone tweaks, paper circuits, e-textiles, musical instruments, coding and programming, 3-D printing, and much, much more!

Discover how to create:

  • Brushbot warriors, scribble machines, and balloon hovercrafts
  • Smartphone illusions, holograms, and projections
  • Paper circuits, origami, greeting cards, and pop-ups
  • Dodgeball, mazes, and other interesting Scratch games
  • Organs, guitars, and percussion instruments
  • Sewed LED bracelets, art cuffs, and Arduino stuffie
  • Makey Makey and littleBits gadgets
  • Programs for plug-and-play and Bluetooth-enabled robots
  • 3D design and printing projects and enhancements

The Old-Time Saloon: Not Wet - Not Dry, Just History [EPUB]

The Old-Time Saloon: Not Wet - Not Dry, Just History [EPUB]
The Old-Time Saloon: Not Wet - Not Dry, Just History by George Ade
2016 | EPUB | 1.54MB

Fancy a tipple? Then pull up a stool, raise a glass, and dip into this delightful paean to the grand old saloon days of yore. Written by Chicago-based journalist, playwright, and all-round wit George Ade in the waning years of Prohibition, The Old-Time Saloon is both a work of propaganda masquerading as “just history” and a hilarious exercise in nostalgia. Featuring original, vintage illustrations along with a new introduction and notes from Bill Savage, Ade's book takes us back to the long-gone men’s clubs of earlier days, when beer was a nickel, the pretzels were polished, and the sardines were free.

The Spy: A Novel [EPUB]

The Spy: A Novel [EPUB]
The Spy: A Novel by Paulo Coelho
2016 | EPUB | 3.15MB

In his new novel, Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of The Alchemist and Adultery, brings to life one of history's most enigmatic women: Mata Hari.

HER ONLY CRIME WAS TO BE AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN

When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless. Within months she was the most celebrated woman in the city.

As a dancer, she shocked and delighted audiences; as a courtesan, she bewitched the era’s richest and most powerful men.

But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari’s lifestyle brought her under suspicion. In 1917, she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs Elysees, and accused of espionage.

Told in Mata Hari’s voice through her final letter, The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and who paid the ultimate price.

The Princess Diarist [EPUB]

The Princess Diarist [EPUB]
The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
2016 | EPUB | 14.16MB

The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher’s intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Wars movie. Named a PEOPLE Magazine Best Book of Fall 2016.

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naivetй, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford.

With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes. And today, as she reprises her most iconic role for the latest Star Wars trilogy, Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.

Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth [EPUB]

Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth [EPUB]
Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth by Jane Alexander
2016 | EPUB | 120.43MB

A moving, inspiring, personal look at the vastly changing world of wildlife on planet earth as a result of human incursion, and the crucial work of animal and bird preservation across the globe being done by scientists, field biologists, zoologists, environmentalists, and conservationists. From a longtime, much-admired activist, impassioned wildlife proponent and conservationist, former chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts, four time Academy Award nominee, and Tony Award and two-time Emmy Award-winning actress.

In Wild Things, Wild Places, Jane Alexander movingly, with a clear eye and a knowing, keen grasp of the issues and on what is being done in conservation and the worlds of science to help the planet's most endangered species to stay alive and thrive, writes of her steady and fervent immersion into the worlds of wildlife conservation, of her coming to know the scientists throughout the world--to her, the prophets in the wilderness--who are steeped in this work, of her travels with them--and on her own--to the most remote and forbidding areas of the world as they try to save many species, including ourselves.

Master Low Light Photography: Create Beautiful Images from Twilight to Dawn [EPUB]

Master Low Light Photography: Create Beautiful Images from Twilight to Dawn
Master Low Light Photography: Create Beautiful Images from Twilight to Dawn by Heather Hummel
2016 | EPUB | 168.02MB

Most photographers shoot in abundant sunlight. The problem is, full sun creates harsh, unflattering shadows that undermine images. Working in low light — in early morning or at twilight or when Mother Nature cues the clouds or fans in the fog — can help photographers produce stand-out images.

Photographers will learn to analyze light and determine the best camera settings for creating captivating low-light images outdoors. Composition—the artful arrangement of all of the image elements — is detailed next. From there, Hummel provides text and illustrations to guide readers through the art of producing low-light images of sunrises and sunsets; the moon and stars; hot air balloons, city lights, and fireworks; and nature and landscape photography. Hummel then moves on to discuss how photographers can use filters and camera-stabilizing tools to enhance the technical quality of their shots. Armed with the applications outlined in this book, photographers will be able to produce outstanding shots during off-peak hours.

Listening to Type: Making Language Visible [EPUB]

Listening to Type: Making Language Visible [EPUB]
Listening to Type: Making Language Visible by Alex W White
2016 | EPUB | 81.96MB

With this visually stunning primer, designers will develop the skills and vision to produce truly innovative, eye-catching type design. All the basics of type design are covered, and in-depth information is provided on more advanced topics such as the differences between type applications, how typography creates identity, and what best inspires readers. Chapters cover:

  • The language of type
  • Space and type
  • Typographic unity
  • What makes readers respond
  • Type and identity
  • Evolving type treatments
  • Readability and legibility
  • A timeline of the evolution of writing and typography

Designer Alex W. White packs the pages with fifteen hundred images—modern and ancient, specially created and found—that illustrate typographic concepts and continue to yield more complexity and connectivity with each viewing. Listening to Type proves that type is much more than groups of letterforms on a page; it is a language with the ability to convey meaning and evoke emotions beyond the spoken words it symbolizes.

Senior Style: Fashion-Forward Photography Techniques for Studio and Location Portraits [EPUB]

Senior Style: Fashion-Forward Photography Techniques for Studio and Location Portraits EPUB]
Senior Style: Fashion-Forward Photography Techniques for Studio and Location Portraits by Tim Schooler
2016 | EPUB | 159.36MB

Teens want portraits that speak to who they are-, images in which they look their best from head to toe. So, how does a photographer go about creating trendy, “now” photos with style and substance, capturing the essence of the student, while pleasing their parents too?

Teen photography guru Tim Schooler paves the way to success as a teen photographer, showing you how to attract clients, build rapport, and plan for a session that pleases teens and parents. From there, he’ll present tips for location selection, incorporating props, and choosing flattering wardrobe options. You’ll also learn strategies for better lighting using natural light, studio lighting, and mixed lighting sources. Finally, you’ll learn how to enhance your portraits in postproduction, present your images, and close the sale. With myriad professional insights and 180 gorgeous images, readers will take away a new appreciation for the art and business of teen portrait photography.

Exploring Ultraviolet Photography: Bee Vision, Forensic Imaging, and Other Near-Ultraviolet Adventures with Your DSLR [EPUB]

Exploring Ultraviolet Photography: Bee Vision, Forensic Imaging, and Other Near-Ultraviolet Adventures with Your DSLR [EPUB]
Exploring Ultraviolet Photography: Bee Vision, Forensic Imaging, and Other Near-Ultraviolet Adventures with Your DSLR by David Prutchi
2016 | EPUB | 12.99MB

The human eye perceives only light in the visible spectrum, but with specially modified cameras, lenses, and visible-light blocking filters, photographers can record ultraviolet wavelengths.

In this book, author David Prutchi shows you how to select equipment that allows you to capture otherworldly UV images. You’ll learn how to use filters that block visible light and prevent infrared light leaks and will discover how supplementing or overpowering sunlight with artificial UV light sources can help you create stronger images. You’ll also learn postprocessing techniques designed to enhance your UV photographs.

There is much to discover about the world as seen by bees, birds, and butterflies (and other creatures). Prutchi takes you into the wild to capture UV images that show how flowers advertise their nectar with beautiful markings to attract pollinating insects and birds. You’ll also discover how butterflies that look dull in visible light burst with intricate, iridescent patterns in UV.

Finally, you’ll learn about the scientific, medical, and forensic uses of ultraviolet photography.

From start to finish, this book will educate, inspire photographic creativity, and foster a better understanding of the UV world.

Underwater Photography: A Pictorial Guide to Shooting Great Pictures [EPUB]

Underwater Photography: A Pictorial Guide to Shooting Great Pictures [EPUB]
Underwater Photography: A Pictorial Guide to Shooting Great Pictures by Larry Gates
2016 | EPUB | 22.34MB

Beginning underwater photographers may be surprised to find that there are numerous tools—from fully automated cameras, to smart phone cameras, to sophisticated DSLRs—that can be used to create incredible underwater photographs. In this book, author Larry Gates (of Aberdeen, South Dakota) “dives in” to the topic of underwater photography and teaches the skills beginning photographers need to explore saltwater and freshwater environments. Beginning with a look at the equipment used, Gates explains how to keep your camera water-tight, choose lenses and accessories, and assemble your system. You’ll learn which lenses are best for photographing large versus small creatures, reef scenes, wrecks, divers, and more. You’ll also learn how to work with a strobe, ensure sharp focus, and increase the odds of getting images with vibrant color. Finally, Gates provides strategies for managing your workflow and doing basic image editing after the dive.

With images and tips from numerous contributors, a look at innovative capture options, and interesting facts about aquatic life, divers and photo enthusiasts will learn the skills they need to embark on their first oceanic (or river, stream, or lake!) adventure.

Light and Shadow: Dynamic Lighting Design for Studio Portrait Photography [EPUB]

Light and Shadow: Dynamic Lighting Design for Studio Portrait Photography [EPUB]
Light and Shadow: Dynamic Lighting Design for Studio Portrait Photography by Tony Corbell
2016 | EPUB | 16.79MB

Studio lighting offers portrait photographers unlimited creative control. Mastering its use requires a specific skill set, however. Fortunately, portrait photography legend Tony Corbell is up to the task of showing readers how to harness its full power. He sets a foundation for mastering the use of strobes and continuous lighting sources (LEDs, tungsten lights, and fluorescent sources), creating effective lighting setups (with the aid of detailed, yet simple-to-understand diagrams), metering and adjusting the light, correcting color imbalances, softening harsh shadows, and more. He also introduces readers to the proper use of standard photographic modifiers — softboxes, umbrellas, octoboxes, beauty dishes, and other tools — so that they can sculpt their every portrait subject with incredibly flattering light.

This book is filled with over 150 inspiring and instructive images from a true master of the craft. In these pages, readers will learn step-by-step instructions for mastering the many critical concepts one must understand to gain mastery over light. Armed with simple strategies for studio lighting, readers can repeatedly re-create Corbell’s award-winning portrait lighting looks with their own clients.

Retro Glamour and Pinup Photography: Creative Techniques for Studio Photographers [EPUB]

Retro Glamour and Pinup Photography: Creative Techniques for Studio Photographers [EPUB]
Retro Glamour and Pinup Photography: Creative Techniques for Studio Photographers by Brad Barton
2016 | EPUB | 15.39MB

Today’s portrait photographers owe a debt of gratitude to old-school pin-up and glamour photographers, who knew how to entice viewers with images that ooze with a playful, come-hither sexuality. The subjects were impeccably posed, lit, attired, and directed to ensure that every portrait was evocative and gave viewers insight into the woman’s personality — whether she were a smokey-eyed siren or a girl-next-door type.

In this book, award-winning photographer Brad Barton (Fort-Worth, TX) compiles 60 memorable final portraits, behind-the-scenes shots, and image alternates that show a range of styles that duplicate (and re-invent) vintage looks his clients and portrait recipients love. Readers will learn how to connect with clients, create effective lighting setups, correct perceived flaws through posing, drum up playful prop-and-set combinations to develop a portrait theme, and more.

Readers will also find a host great tips for maximizing each image through thoughtful and efficient post-production work. Armed with the tips in this book, beginners and pros alike will find a renewed creative vision and have at hand the powerful tools required to bring their portrait ideas to life.

Mastering Infrared Photography: Capture Invisible Light with A Digital Camera [EPUB]

Mastering Infrared Photography: Capture Invisible Light with A Digital Camera [EPUB]
Mastering Infrared Photography: Capture Invisible Light with A Digital Camera by Karen Dorame
2015 | EPUB | 216.88MB

Karen Dorame teaches you what you need to know to get started in color and black & white IR capture, showing you how to test your camera for its suitability to IR conversion, detailing the process, and discussing the costs involved. You’ll learn to select and use filters for enhanced effects and will discover the way that various lenses will impact the way your IR images are rendered.

Next, you’ll delve into the heart of the matter—you’ll learn how to anticipate the way the light will impact your imagery, how various surfaces will be rendered in IR, and you will discover special post-processing strategies designed to maximize the impact of your IR images. Finally, Dorame treats you to a look at the boundary-pushing work being done by other IR practitioners in the field, providing tips and inspiration that will help you take your work to the next level.

The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry) [EPUB]

The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry) [EPUB]
The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry) by Siva Vaidhyanathan
2011 | EPUB | 1.67MB

In the beginning, the World Wide Web was exciting and open to the point of anarchy, a vast and intimidating repository of unindexed confusion. Into this creative chaos came Google with its dazzling mission—"To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible"—and its much-quoted motto, "Don’t be evil." In this provocative book, Siva Vaidhyanathan examines the ways we have used and embraced Google—and the growing resistance to its expansion across the globe. He exposes the dark side of our Google fantasies, raising red flags about issues of intellectual property and the much-touted Google Book Search. He assesses Google’s global impact, particularly in China, and explains the insidious effect of Googlization on the way we think. Finally, Vaidhyanathan proposes the construction of an Internet ecosystem designed to benefit the whole world and keep one brilliant and powerful company from falling into the "evil" it pledged to avoid.

Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World [Audiobook]

Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World [Audiobook]
Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World [Audiobook] by Katherine Zoepf, read by the Author
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 43 mins | 210.63MB

For more than a decade, Katherine Zoepf has lived in or traveled throughout the Arab world, reporting on the lives of women, whose role in the region has never been more in flux. Only a generation ago, female adolescence as we know it in the West did not exist in the Middle East. There were only children and married women. Today, young Arab women outnumber men in universities, and a few are beginning to face down religious and social tradition in order to live independently, to delay marriage, and to pursue professional goals. Hundreds of thousands of devout girls and women are attending Qur’anic schools—and using the training to argue for greater rights and freedoms from an Islamic perspective. And, in 2011, young women helped to lead antigovernment protests in the Arab Spring. But their voices have not been heard. Their stories have not been told.

In Syria, before its civil war, she documents a complex society in the midst of soul searching about its place in the world and about the role of women. In Lebanon, she documents a country that on the surface is freer than other Arab nations but whose women must balance extreme standards of self-presentation with Islamic codes of virtue. In Abu Dhabi, Zoepf reports on a generation of Arab women who’ve found freedom in work outside the home. In Saudi Arabia she chronicles driving protests and women entering the retail industry for the first time. In the aftermath of Tahrir Square, she examines the crucial role of women in Egypt's popular uprising.

Deeply informed, heartfelt, and urgent, Excellent Daughters brings us a new understanding of the changing Arab societies—from 9/11 to Tahrir Square to the rise of ISIS—and gives voice to the remarkable women at the forefront of this change.

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts [Audiobook]

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts [Audiobook]
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts [Audiobook] by Joshua Hammer, read by Paul Boehmer
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 2 mins | 249.19MB

To save precious centuries-old Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians in Timbuktu pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven.

In the 1980s, a young adventurer and collector for a government library, Abdel Kader Haidara, journeyed across the Sahara Desert and along the Niger River, tracking down and salvaging tens of thousands of ancient Islamic and secular manuscripts that had fallen into obscurity. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu tells the incredible story of how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist and historian from the legendary city of Timbuktu, later became one of the world’s greatest and most brazen smugglers.

In 2012, thousands of Al Qaeda militants from northwest Africa seized control of most of Mali, including Timbuktu. They imposed Sharia law, chopped off the hands of accused thieves, stoned to death unmarried couples, and threatened to destroy the great manuscripts. As the militants tightened their control over Timbuktu, Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak all 350,000 volumes out of the city to the safety of southern Mali.

Over the past twenty years, journalist Joshua Hammer visited Timbuktu numerous times and is uniquely qualified to tell the story of Haidara’s heroic and ultimately successful effort to outwit Al Qaeda and preserve Mali’s—and the world’s—literary patrimony. Hammer explores the city’s manuscript heritage and offers never-before-reported details about the militants’ march into northwest Africa. But above all, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu is an inspiring account of the victory of art and literature over extremism.

True Crime Japan: Thieves, Rascals, Killers and Dope Heads: True Stories From a Japanese Courtroom [EPUB]

True Crime Japan: Thieves, Rascals, Killers and Dope Heads: True Stories From a Japanese Courtroom [EPUB]
True Crime Japan: Thieves, Rascals, Killers and Dope Heads: True Stories From a Japanese Courtroom by Paul Murphy
2016 | EPUB | 3.4MB

A middle-aged carpenter beats his 91-year old mother to death and goes to work the following day, leaving the body for his wife to find. An 82-year old woman is jailed for 10 months for stealing fried chicken. Like nearly all defendants in Japan, they both plead guilty.

What happens between plea and sentencing is the subject of True Crime Japan. In this fascinating crime book journalist and longtime Japan resident Paul Murphy provides a glimpse of Japanese society through a year's worth of criminal court cases in Matsumoto, a city 140 miles to the west of Tokyo. The defendants in these cases range from ruthless mobsters to average citizens, often committing similar crimes in rather different ways, and for different reasons. Based on court hearings and interviews with the defendants, their families, neighbors and lawyers—Murphy explores not only the motives of offenders, but the culture of crime and punishment in Japan.

The resulting true crime book provides a lens through which to view this honor-shame based, conformist culture, and shows how, in its role within that culture, the court system reveals Japan to be, surprisingly to some, a land of true individuals.

Gravity's Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos [Audiobook]

Gravity's Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos [Audiobook]
Gravity's Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos [Audiobook] by Caleb Scharf, read by the Author
2012 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 56 mins | 216.49MB

We've long understood black holes to be the points at which the universe as we know it comes to an end. Often billions of times more massive than the Sun, they lurk in the inner sanctum of almost every galaxy of stars in the universe. They're mysterious chasms so destructive and unforgiving that not even light can escape their deadly wrath.

Recent research, however, has led to a cascade of new discoveries that have revealed an entirely different side to black holes. As the astrophysicist Caleb Scharf reveals in Gravity's Engines, these chasms in space-time don't just vacuum up everything that comes near them; they also spit out huge beams and clouds of matter. Black holes blow bubbles.

With clarity and keen intellect, Scharf masterfully explains how these bubbles profoundly rearrange the cosmos around them. Engaging with our deepest questions about the universe, he takes us on an intimate journey through the endlessly colorful place we call our galaxy and reminds us that the Milky Way sits in a special place in the cosmic zoo - a "sweet spot" of properties. Is it coincidental that we find ourselves here at this place and time? Could there be a deeper connection between the nature of black holes and their role in the universe and the phenomenon of life? We are, after all, made of the stuff of stars.

Life's Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable [EPUB]

Life's Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable [EPUB]
Life's Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable by Paul G Falkowski
2015 | EPUB | 5.0MB

For almost four billion years, microbes had the primordial oceans all to themselves. The stewards of Earth, these organisms transformed the chemistry of our planet to make it habitable for plants, animals, and us. Life's Engines takes readers deep into the microscopic world to explore how these marvelous creatures made life on Earth possible--and how human life today would cease to exist without them.

Paul Falkowski looks "under the hood" of microbes to find the engines of life, the actual working parts that do the biochemical heavy lifting for every living organism on Earth. With insight and humor, he explains how these miniature engines are built--and how they have been appropriated by and assembled like Lego sets within every creature that walks, swims, or flies. Falkowski shows how evolution works to maintain this core machinery of life, and how we and other animals are veritable conglomerations of microbes.

A vibrantly entertaining book about the microbes that support our very existence, Life's Engines will inspire wonder about these elegantly complex nanomachines that have driven life since its origin. It also issues a timely warning about the dangers of tinkering with that machinery to make it more "efficient" at meeting the ever-growing demands of humans in the coming century.

Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization [Audiobook]

Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization [Audiobook]
Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization [Audiobook] by Parag Khanna, read by Paul Boehmer
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 13 mins | 447.13MB

From the visionary bestselling author of The Second World and How to Run the World comes a bracing and authoritative guide to a future shaped less by national borders than by global supply chains, a world in which the most connected powers—and people—will win.

Connectivity is the most revolutionary force of the twenty-first century. Mankind is reengineering the planet, investing up to ten trillion dollars per year in transportation, energy, and communications infrastructure linking the world’s burgeoning megacities together. This has profound consequences for geopolitics, economics, demographics, the environment, and social identity. Connectivity, not geography, is our destiny.

In Connectography, visionary strategist Parag Khanna travels from Ukraine to Iran, Mongolia to North Korea, Pakistan to Nigeria, and across the Arctic Circle and the South China Sea to explain the rapid and unprecedented changes affecting every part of the planet. He shows how militaries are deployed to protect supply chains as much as borders, and how nations are less at war over territory than engaged in tugs-of-war over pipelines, railways, shipping lanes, and Internet cables. The new arms race is to connect to the most markets—a race China is now winning, having launched a wave of infrastructure investments to unite Eurasia around its new Silk Roads. The United States can only regain ground by fusing with its neighbors into a super-continental North American Union of shared resources and prosperity.

Connectography offers a unique and hopeful vision for the future. Khanna argues that new energy discoveries and technologies have eliminated the need for resource wars; ambitious transport corridors and power grids are unscrambling Africa’s fraught colonial borders; even the Arab world is evolving a more peaceful map as it builds resource and trade routes across its war-torn landscape. At the same time, thriving hubs such as Singapore and Dubai are injecting dynamism into young and heavily populated regions, cyber-communities empower commerce across vast distances, and the world’s ballooning financial assets are being wisely invested into building an inclusive global society. Beneath the chaos of a world that appears to be falling apart is a new foundation of connectivity pulling it together.

Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don't Know What You're Eating and What You Can Do about It [EPUB]

Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don't Know What You're Eating and What You Can Do about It [EPUB]
Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don't Know What You're Eating and What You Can Do about It by Larry Olmsted
2016 | EPUB | 1.85MB

You’ve seen the headlines: Parmesan cheese made from wood pulp. Lobster rolls containing no lobster at all. Extra-virgin olive oil that isn’t. So many fake foods are in our supermarkets, our restaurants, and our kitchen cabinets that it’s hard to know what we’re eating anymore. In Real Food / Fake Food, award-winning journalist Larry Olmsted convinces us why real food matters and empowers consumers to make smarter choices.

Olmsted brings readers into the unregulated food industry, revealing the shocking deception that extends from high-end foods like olive oil, wine, and Kobe beef to everyday staples such as coffee, honey, juice, and cheese. It’s a massive bait and switch in which counterfeiting is rampant and in which the consumer ultimately pays the price.

But Olmsted does more than show us what foods to avoid. A bona fide gourmand, he travels to the sources of the real stuff to help us recognize what to look for, eat, and savor: genuine Parmigiano-Reggiano from Italy, fresh-caught grouper from Florida, authentic port from Portugal. Real foods that are grown, raised, produced, and prepared with care by masters of their craft. Part cautionary tale, part culinary crusade, Real Food / Fake Food is addictively readable, mouthwateringly enjoyable, and utterly relevant.

Eat Well, Age Better [EPUB]

Eat Well, Age Better [EPUB]
Eat Well, Age Better: How to use diet and supplements to guard the lifelong health of your eyes, your heart, your brain, and your bones by Aileen Burford-Mason, Ursula M. Franklin, Judy Stoffman
2012 | EPUB | 1.92MB

Eat Well, Age Better shows how you can recognize your nutritional shortfalls – deficits that will increase your risk of the degenerative diseases of age, including diabetes, osteoporosis, dementia, macular degeneration, heart disease, and stroke.

Backed by the latest research, Eat Well, Age Better describes in straightforward language how to be your own nutritionist. By taking control of your diet now, and understanding how to optimize it with selected vitamins and other supplements, you can increase energy, strengthen your immune system, maintain a healthy brain, and embark upon your retirement years with vigour and vitality.

Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime [EPUB]

ughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime [EPUB]
Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime by Aubrey de Grey, Michael Rae
2008 | EPUB | 1.06MB

Must We Age?

Nearly all scientists who study the biology of aging agree that we will someday be able to substantially slow down the aging process, extending our productive, youthful lives. Dr. Aubrey de Grey is perhaps the most bullish of all such researchers. As has been reported in media outlets ranging from 60 Minutes to The New York Times, Dr. de Grey believes that the key biomedical technology required to eliminate aging-derived debilitation and death entirely―technology that would not only slow but periodically reverse age-related physiological decay, leaving us biologically young into an indefinite future―is now within reach.

In Ending Aging, Dr. de Grey and his research assistant Michael Rae describe the details of this biotechnology. They explain that the aging of the human body, just like the aging of man-made machines, results from an accumulation of various types of damage. As with man-made machines, this damage can periodically be repaired, leading to indefinite extension of the machine's fully functional lifetime, just as is routinely done with classic cars. We already know what types of damage accumulate in the human body, and we are moving rapidly toward the comprehensive development of technologies to remove that -damage. By demystifying aging and its postponement for the nonspecialist reader, de Grey and Rae systematically dismantle the fatalist presumption that aging will forever defeat the efforts of medical science.

Cracking the Aging Code: The New Science of Growing Old [Audiobook]

Cracking the Aging Code: The New Science of Growing Old [Audiobook]
Cracking the Aging Code: The New Science of Growing Old - and What It Means for Staying Young [Audiobook] by Josh Mitteldorf, Dorion Sagan, read by Stephen McLaughlin
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 12 hrs 14 mins | 336.72MB

A revolutionary examination of why we age, what it means for our health, and how we just might be able to fight it.

In Cracking the Aging Code, theoretical biologist Josh Mitteldorf and award-winning writer and ecological philosopher Dorion Sagan reveal that evolution and aging are even more complex and breathtaking than we originally thought. Using meticulous multidisciplinary science as well as reviewing the history of our understanding about evolution, this book makes the case that aging is not something that "just happens", nor is it the result of wear and tear or a genetic inevitability. Rather, aging has a fascinating evolutionary purpose: to stabilize populations and ecosystems, which are ever threatened by cyclic swings that can lead to extinction. When a population grows too fast, it can put itself at risk of a wholesale wipeout.

Aging has evolved to help us adjust our growth in a sustainable fashion as well as prevent an ecological crisis from starvation, predation, pollution, or infection. This dynamic new understanding of aging is provocative, entertaining, and pioneering and will challenge the way we understand aging, death, and just what makes us human.

Choose Your Own Misery: The Office [EPUB]

Choose Your Own Misery: The Office [EPUB]
Choose Your Own Misery: The Office by Mike MacDonald, Jilly Gagnon
2016 | EPUB | 0.6MB

You have endless choices...but few real options.

Hungover and stuck at a job you hate, will you show up for your big presentation, or duck out with Debby, the HR rep with an FDR fetish? Play the weird lump on your back for office-wide sympathy, or dive into an internet spiral that can only end in “ten kinds of cancer”? Tell someone about the weird genital-fondling that’s happening at the crystal healer’s, or just accept that this is the best substitute you’ll find for love, today...or maybe ever?

From two comedy writers and former contributors to THE ONION comes a parody of a choose-your-own-adventure tale―the story of your soul-crushing existence. Having choices is great when you’re a kid, but in the adult world, the only options are endless varieties of misery. It’s okay, though. A life of adventure would require so many uncomfortable sleeping situations. Besides, you have dental. Keep reminding yourself about the dental.

Stolen Words: The Nazi Plunder of Jewish Books [EPUB]

Stolen Words: The Nazi Plunder of Jewish Books [EPUB]
Stolen Words: The Nazi Plunder of Jewish Books by Rabbi Mark Glickman
2016 | EPUB | 3.14MB

Stolen Words is an epic story about the largest collection of Jewish books in the world—tens of millions of books that the Nazis looted from European Jewish families and institutions. Nazi soldiers and civilians emptied Jewish communal libraries, confiscated volumes from government collections, and stole from Jewish individuals, schools, and synagogues. Early in their regime the Nazis burned some books in spectacular bonfires, but most they saved, stashing the literary loot in castles, abandoned mine shafts, and warehouses throughout Europe. It was the largest and most extensive book-looting campaign in history.

After the war, Allied forces discovered these troves of stolen books but quickly found themselves facing a barrage of questions. How could the books be identified? Where should they go? Who had the authority to make such decisions? Eventually the military turned the books over to an organization of leading Jewish scholars called Jewish Cultural Reconstruction, Inc.—whose chairman was the acclaimed historian Salo Baron and whose on-the-ground director was the philosopher Hannah Arendt—with the charge of establishing restitution protocols.

Stolen Words is the story of how a free civilization decides what to do with the material remains of a world torn asunder, and how those remains connect survivors with their past. It is the story of Jews struggling to understand the new realities of their post-Holocaust world and of Western society’s gradual realization of the magnitude of devastation wrought by World War II. Most of all, it is the story of people —of Nazi leaders, ideologues, and Judaica experts; of Allied soldiers, scholars, and scoundrels; and of Jewish communities, librarians, and readers around the world.

Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World [EPUB]

Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World [EPUB]
Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson
2016 | EPUB | 100.99MB

From the New York Times–bestselling author of How We Got to Now and Where Good Ideas Come From, a look at the world-changing innovations we made while keeping ourselves entertained.

This lushly illustrated history of popular entertainment takes a long-zoom approach, contending that the pursuit of novelty and wonder is a powerful driver of world-shaping technological change. Steven Johnson argues that, throughout history, the cutting edge of innovation lies wherever people are working the hardest to keep themselves and others amused.

Johnson’s storytelling is just as delightful as the inventions he describes, full of surprising stops along the journey from simple concepts to complex modern systems. He introduces us to the colorful innovators of leisure: the explorers, proprietors, showmen, and artists who changed the trajectory of history with their luxurious wares, exotic meals, taverns, gambling tables, and magic shows.

Johnson compellingly argues that observers of technological and social trends should be looking for clues in novel amusements. You’ll find the future wherever people are having the most fun.

Who Needs the Fed? [EPUB]

Who Needs the Fed? [EPUB]
Who Needs the Fed: What Taylor Swift, Uber, and Robots Tell Us About Money, Credit, and Why We Should Abolish America's Central Bank by John Tamny
2016 | EPUB | 0.8MB

The Federal Reserve is one of the most disliked entities in the United States at present, right alongside the IRS. Americans despise the Fed, but they’re also generally a bit confused as to why they distrust our central bank.

Their animus is reasonable, though, because the Fed’s most famous function—targeting the Fed funds rate—is totally backwards. John Tamny explains this backwardness in terms of a Taylor Swift concert followed by a ride home with Uber.

In modern times, he points out, the notion of credit has been perverted, so that most people believe it’s money and that the supply of it can therefore be increased. This false notion has aggrandized the Fed with power that it can’t possibly use wisely. The contrast between the grinding poverty of Baltimore and the abundance of Silicon Valley helps illustrate the problem, along with stories about Donald Trump, Robert Downey Jr., Jim Harbaugh (the Michigan football coach), and robots.

Who Needs the Fed? makes a sober case against the Federal Reserve by explaining what credit really is, and why the Fed’s existence is inimical to its creation. Readers will come away entertained, much more knowledgeable, and prepared to argue that the Fed is merely superfluous on its best days but perilous on its worst.

How Risky Is It, Really?: Why Our Fears Don't Always Match the Facts [EPUB]

How Risky Is It, Really?: Why Our Fears Don't Always Match the Facts [EPUB]
How Risky Is It, Really: Why Our Fears Don't Always Match the Facts by David Ropeik
2010 | EPUB | 1.38MB

ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE "RIGHT" RISKS?

  • Do you worry more about radiation from nuclear power or from the sun?
  • Are you more afraid of getting cancer than heart disease?
  • Are you safer talking on your cell phone or using a hands-free device when you drive?
  • Do you think global warming is a serious threat to your health?

GET THE FACTS BEHIND YOUR FEARS—AND DISCOVER . . . HOW RISKY IS IT, REALLY?

International risk expert David Ropeik takes an in-depth look at our perceptions of risk and explains the hidden factors that make us unnecessarily afraid of relatively small threats and not afraid enough of some really big ones. This read is a comprehensive, accessible, and entertaining mixture of what's been discovered about how and why we fear—too much or too little. It brings into focus the danger of The Perception Gap: when our fears don’t match the facts, and we make choices that create additional risks.

This book will not decide for you what is really risky and what isn't. That's up to you. HOW RISKY IS IT, REALLY? will tell you how you make those decisions. Understanding how we perceive risk is the first step toward making wiser and healthier choices for ourselves as individuals and for society as a whole.

TEST YOUR OWN "RISK RESPONSE" IN DOZENS OF SELF-QUIZZES!

Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets [EPUB]

Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets [EPUB]
Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets by Tyler Nordgren
2016 | EPUB | 3.44MB

On August 21, 2017, more than ten million Americans will experience an awe-inspiring phenomenon: the first total eclipse of the sun in America in almost forty years. In Sun Moon Earth, astronomer Tyler Nordgren illustrates how this most seemingly unnatural of natural phenomena was transformed from a fearsome omen to a tourist attraction. From the astrologers of ancient China and Babylon to the high priests of the Maya, Sun Moon Earth takes us around the world to show how different cultures interpreted these dramatic events. Greek philosophers discovered eclipses’ cause and used them to measure their world and the cosmos beyond. Victorian-era scientists mounted eclipse expeditions during the age of globe-spanning empires. And modern-day physicists continue to use eclipses to confirm Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Beautifully illustrated and lyrically written, Sun Moon Earth is the ideal guide for all eclipse watchers and star gazers alike.

Pensionless: The 10-Step Solution for a Stress-Free Retirement [EPUB]

Pensionless: The 10-Step Solution for a Stress-Free Retirement [EPUB]
Pensionless: The 10-Step Solution for a Stress-Free Retirement by Emily Brandon
2016 | EPUB | 0.4MB

Get the most out of your retirement!

If you're one of the millions of Americans without a pension plan, your retirement years might seem like a huge financial question mark. Pensionless, by U.S. News Senior Editor for Retirement Emily Brandon, addresses the retirement benefits that are available to you, how to use them correctly, and how to avoid potential pitfalls. Learn how to avoid surcharges on your Medicare benefits, how to increase Social Security and employer-sponsored benefits to help pay for retirement, and how to minimize costs and boost the value of your existing retirement benefits. And you'll learn how to tweak your lifestyle now so that you can live well in retirement without the security of a pension.

Inside you'll find ideas on how to get more Social Security by claiming benefits twice, ways to minimize fees and avoid penalties on retirement accounts, and how to inflate 401(k) balances. Featuring an analysis of the significant changes made to Social Security in the recent federal budget, Pensionless will help you enjoy those retirement years you've worked so hard for.

Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations [EPUB]

Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations [EPUB]
Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations by Dan Ariely
2016 | EPUB | 10.27MB

Bestselling author Dan Ariely reveals fascinating new insights into motivation—showing that the subject is far more complex than we ever imagined.

Every day we work hard to motivate ourselves, the people we live with, the people who work for and do business with us. In this way, much of what we do can be defined as being “motivators.” From the boardroom to the living room, our role as motivators is complex, and the more we try to motivate partners and children, friends and coworkers, the clearer it becomes that the story of motivation is far more intricate and fascinating than we’ve assumed.

Payoff investigates the true nature of motivation, our partial blindness to the way it works, and how we can bridge this gap. With studies that range from Intel to a kindergarten classroom, Ariely digs deep to find the root of motivation—how it works and how we can use this knowledge to approach important choices in our own lives. Along the way, he explores intriguing questions such as: Can giving employees bonuses harm productivity? Why is trust so crucial for successful motivation? What are our misconceptions about how to value our work? How does your sense of your mortality impact your motivation?

The Diary of a Rapist: A Novel [EPUB]

The Diary of a Rapist: A Novel [EPUB]
The Diary of a Rapist: A Novel by Evan Connell
2016 | EPUB | 0.4MB

The story begins with the unhappy marriage of junior clerk Earl Summerfield to the much older Bianca. Feeling victimized by his cold wife and mocking superiors at work, Earl decides to keep a diary, a chronicle of his apparently crumbling marital relations, the paranoia and abuses he is seemingly forced to tolerate at work, and the world around him going to pieces in 1960’s San Francisco. What he sees, what he says, what he wants to say – everything swarms his head and consciousness, inciting and fueling fantasies of love, ambition, and avenging the violent crimes with which he was become obsessed. His angry and unstable mind alternates between feelings of apprehension and disgust, and exploring his own violent, sexual fantasies, and Earl takes action first by breaking into other peoples’ houses and then fixating on various women, before settling with utmost and troubling certainty on the local beauty queen, Mara St. John’s.

This unnerving work is a contemplation of the middle-class existence in a changing world, narrated by an unstable man held hostage by his deteriorating mental state.

The Complete Book of Pork: Butchering, Smoking, Curing, Sausage Making, and Cooking [EPUB]

The Complete Book of Pork: Butchering, Smoking, Curing, Sausage Making, and Cooking [EPUB]
The Complete Book of Pork: Butchering, Smoking, Curing, Sausage Making, and Cooking by Philip Hasheider
2016 | EPUB | 14.3MB

From nose to tail, there's a right and a wrong way to dress and cook a pig. Learn the right way.

Pork is the most consumed meat in the world. It's inexpensive and versatile, yet relatively few home cooks feel comfortable moving beyond pork chops. And the vast majority never dream of making chorizo or curing their own hams or bacon. The Complete Book of Pork Butchering, Smoking, Curing, Sausage Making, and Cooking changes all that.

For the home cook who wants to step up to the butcher block, this bookis the perfect guide. Equal parts butchering handbook, cookbook, and food history book, The Complete Book of Pork Butchering, Smoking, Curing, Sausage Making, and Cooking allows food lovers to take on culinary challenges, such as making their own sausage varieties or breaking down an entire pig, start to finish. Knowing that a single, butchered market hog can produce 371 servings of pork, there's a lot of opportunity for anyone lucky enough to get their hands on a whole hog. Even the folks who buy their meat in more manageable quantities can tackle new recipes and techniques in this book.

The book offers recipes, photographs, and illustrations to turn average cooks into nose-to-tail butchering enthusiasts. It also includes information about the history of pigs, meat storage and preservation techniques, and advice on how to best use every part of the pig to its most flavorful effect.

There's only one way to enjoy this book: Pig out!

When Tigers Ruled the Sky: The Flying Tigers: American Outlaw Pilots over China in World War II [EPUB]

When Tigers Ruled the Sky: The Flying Tigers: American Outlaw Pilots over China in World War II [EPUB]
When Tigers Ruled the Sky: The Flying Tigers: American Outlaw Pilots over China in World War II by Bill Yenne
2016 | EPUB | 7.21MB

From the acclaimed author of Hit the Target and Big Week, an in-depth account of the legendary World War II combat group, the Flying Tigers.

In 1940, Pearl Harbor had not yet happened, and America was not yet at war with Japan. But China had been trying to stave off Japanese aggression for three years—and was desperate for aircraft and trained combat pilots.

General Chiang Kai-shek sent military aviation advisor Claire Chennault to Washington, where President Roosevelt was sympathetic, but knew he could not intervene overtly. Instead, he quietly helped Chennault put together a group of American volunteer pilots.

This was how the 1st American Volunteer Group—more commonly known as the Flying Tigers—was born.

With the trademark smiling shark jaws on their P-40 fighters, these Army, Navy and Marine pilots became a sensation as they fought for the Chinese. Those who initially doubted them were eventually in awe as they persevered over Rangoon despite being outnumbered 14-1 by Japanese aircraft; as they were described by Madame Chiang Kai-shek as her “little angels” and by a Chinese foreign minister as “the soundest investment China ever made”; and as they ultimately destroyed hundreds of Japanese planes while losing only a dozen of their own in combat. Two of their veterans would later earn the Medal of Honor—and as a group, the Flying Tigers managed to rack up a better record than any other air wing in the Pacific theater. When Tigers Ruled the Sky is a thrilling and triumphant account of their courage and their legacy.

Israel Eats by Steven Rothfeld [EPUB]

Israel Eats by Steven Rothfeld [EPUB]
Israel Eats by Steven Rothfeld
2016 | EPUB | 36.49MB

Steven Rothfeld, a world-class photographer, spent several months traveling through Israel to explore the vibrant food scene. The locals guided him from one great restaurant to another, and to growers and producers of fine foods as well. This book is a delicious compilation of stories, recipes, and stunning photographs of Israel’s food culture today. From north to south, Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, chefs and food growers have branched out from a vast array of cultural influences and traditions in Israel’s history to create fresh, contemporary fusions and flavors. Rothfeld’s friend Nancy Silverton contributes a dozen dishes inspired by the delicious fusion styles that are taking the Israeli culinary community by storm.

Lindell's List: Saving American and British Women at Ravensbrück [EPUB]

Lindell's List: Saving American and British Women at Ravensbrück [EPUB]
Lindell's List: Saving American and British Women at Ravensbrück by Peter Hore
2016 | EPUB | 2.84MB

Already a decorated heroine of the First World War, British-born Mary Lindell, Comtesse de Milleville, was one of the most colourful and courageous agents of the Second World War, yet her story has almost been forgotten.

Evoking the spirit of Edith Cavell, and taking the German occupation of Paris in 1940 as a personal affront, she led an escape line for patriotic Frenchmen and British soldiers. After imprisonment, escape to England, a secret return to France and another arrest, she began to witness the horrors of German-run prisons and concentration camps

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In April 1945, a score of British and American women emerged from the Women’s Hell – Ravensbrück concentration camp – who had been kept alive by the willpower and the strength of one woman, Mary Lindell. She combined a passion for adventure with blunt speech and persistently displayed the greatest personal bravery in the face of great adversity. To counter German claims that they had no British or American prisoners, Mary smuggled out a plea for rescue and produced her list from her pinafore pocket, compiled in secret from the camp records. This vital list contained the names of captured women, many of whom were agents of British Military Intelligence, the Special Operations Executive or the French Resistance.

Poignantly supported by first-hand testimony, Lindell’s List tells the moving story of Mary Lindell’s heroic leadership and the endurance of a group of women who defied the Nazis in the Second World War.

DIY Bitters: Reviving the Forgotten Flavor [EPUB]

DIY Bitters: Reviving the Forgotten Flavor [EPUB]
DIY Bitters: Reviving the Forgotten Flavor - A Guide to Making Your Own Bitters for Bartenders, Cocktail Enthusiasts, Herbalists, and More by Jovial King, Guido Mase
2016 | EPUB | 73.68MB

Make your own bitters at home to enhance your medicine cabinet, and your bar!

Used since the Middle Ages, bitters are made by combining various plant botanicals and/or spices with 100-proof alcohol and letting them sit until the bitter and medicinal qualities have been extracted. Just a small amount of the resulting liquid can then be used to stimulate the digestive system and promote healthy digestion. This is why "apertifs" and "digestifs" are so popular--both then and now!

DIY Bitters is a how-to guide that explores the history and health benefits of bitters, and shows you how to make your own bitters at home, to be used alone or in cocktails, tonics, and even main meals.

Herbalists Jovial King and Guido Mase, owners of the bitters company Urban Moonshine, teach you how to make recipes for classic bitters like orange and angostura, or explore more innovative bitters like elderflower-echinacea-honey and chocolate love tonic. You can even find a guide for creating your own unique flavors from the plants and ingredients you have on hand.

Whether enjoyed as an apertif, digestif, or as a remedy to settle an upset stomach, bitters are back!

On the Eve: The Jews of Europe Before the Second World War [EPUB]

On the Eve: The Jews of Europe Before the Second World War [EPUB]
On the Eve: The Jews of Europe Before the Second World War by Bernard Wasserstein
2012 | EPUB | 4.79MB

On the Eve is the portrait of a world on the eve of its destruction. Bernard Wasserstein’s original and provocative book presents a new and disturbing interpretation of the collapse of European Jewish civilization even before the Nazi onslaught.

On the Eve is the portrait of a world on the brink of annihilation. In this provocative book, Bernard Wasserstein presents a new and disturbing interpretation of the collapse of European Jewish civilization even before the Nazi onslaught.

In the 1930s, as Europe spiraled toward the Second World War, the continent’s Jews faced an existential crisis. The harsh realities of the age—anti-Semitic persecution, economic discrimination, and an ominous climate of violence—devastated Jewish communities and shattered the lives of individuals.

The Jewish crisis was as much the result of internal decay as of external attack. Demographic collapse, social disintegration, and cultural dissolution were all taking their toll. The problem was not just Nazism: In the summer of 1939 more Jews were behind barbed wire outside the Third Reich than within it, and not only in police states but even in the liberal democracies of the West. The greater part of Europe was being transformed into a giant concentration camp for Jews. Unlike most previous accounts, On the Eve focuses not on the anti-Semites but on the Jews. Wasserstein refutes the common misconception that they were unaware of the gathering forces of their enemies. He demonstrates that there was a growing and widespread recognition among Jews that they stood on the edge of an abyss.

On the Eve recaptures the agonizing sorrows and the effervescent cultural glories of this last phase in the history of the European Jews. It explores their hopes, anxieties, and ambitions, their family ties, social relations, and intellectual creativity—everything that made life meaningful and bearable for them.

Wasserstein introduces a diverse array of characters: holy men and hucksters, beggars and bankers, politicians and poets, housewives and harlots, and, in an especially poignant chapter, children without a future. The geographical range also is vast: from Vilna (the “Jerusalem of the North”) to Amsterdam, Vienna, Warsaw, and Paris, from the Judeo-Espagnol-speaking stevedores of Salonica to the Yiddish-language collective farms of Soviet Ukraine and Crimea.

Wasserstein’s aim is to “breathe life into dry bones.” Based on comprehensive research, rendered with compassion and empathy, and brought alive by telling anecdotes and dry wit, On the Eve offers a vivid and enlightening picture of the European Jews in their final hour.

Canning for a New Generation: Updated and Expanded Edition [EPUB]

Canning for a New Generation: Updated and Expanded Edition [EPUB]
Canning for a New Generation: Updated and Expanded Edition: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry by Liana Krissoff
2016 | EPUB | 26.02MB

The revised and expanded edition of the bestselling resource for canning and preserving, with 50 new recipes plus all-new sidebars and tips.

In Liana Krissoff’s breakout success, Canning for a New Generation, home cooks were introduced to a hip, modern guide to canning, chock-full of approachable, time-tested, and accurate recipes, as well as intriguing new flavor pairings. In this Updated and Expanded Edition, Krissoff includes 50 new recipes for food preservation in addition to her favorites, including:

  • Brandied Cherries
  • Peach Salsa
  • Strawberry Jam
  • Honeyed Bread and Butter Pickles

Organized by season, Krissoff’s recipes illustrate fresh ways to preserve the harvest throughout the year, employing techniques like water-bath canning that are safe and easy to follow. The recipes are all created with small-batch yields in mind, which will appeal to beginner canners and expert homesteaders alike. Krissoff addresses special diet concerns with recipes for low-sugar or sugar-free preserves, as well as methods for canning jams and preserves without pectin. In addition to canning recipes, there are old-style fermenting recipes, new freezing techniques, and recipes on how to use your canned goods to make delicious meals once you’ve put them up.

With 250 tried and tested recipes, Canning for a New Generation: Updated and Expanded Edition is a must-own, essential reference guide for casual canners, modern home preservers, and traditional food preservationists.