The Index Revolution: Why Investors Should Join It Now [EPUB]

The Index Revolution: Why Investors Should Join It Now [EPUB]
The Index Revolution: Why Investors Should Join It Now by Charles D Ellis
2016 | EPUB | 1.07MB

The evidence-based approach to a more worthwhile portfolio

The Index Revolution argues that active investing is a loser's game, and that a passive approach is more profitable in today's market. By adjusting your portfolio asset weights to match a performance index, you consistently earn higher rates of returns and come out on top in the long run. This book explains why, and describes how individual investors can take advantage of indexing to make their portfolio stronger and more profitable. By indexing investment operations at a very low cost, and trusting that active professionals have set securities prices as correctly as possible, you will achieve better long-term results than those who look down on passive approaches while following outdated advice that no longer works.

"Beating the market" is much harder than it used to be, and investors who continue to approach the market with that mindset populate the rolls of market losers time and time again. This book explains why indexing is the preferred approach in the current investment climate, and destroys the popular perception of passive investing as a weak market strategy.

  • Structure your portfolio to perform better over the long term
  • Trust in the pricing and earn higher rates of return
  • Learn why a passive approach is more consistent and worthwhile
  • Ignore overblown, outdated advice that is doomed to disappoint

All great investors share a common secret to success: rational decision-making based on objective information. The Index Revolution shows you a more rational approach to the market for a more profitable portfolio.

When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain: History's Unknown Chapters [Audiobook]

When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain: History's Unknown Chapters [Audiobook]
When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain: History's Unknown Chapters [Audiobook] by Giles Milton, read by the Author
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 56 mins | 138.18MB

Obscure and addictive true tales from history told by one of our most entertaining historians, Giles Milton.

This program is read by the author, the host of the popular podcast Unknown History with Giles Milton.

The first installment in Giles Milton's outrageously entertaining series, History's Unknown Chapters: colorful and accessible, intelligent and illuminating, Milton shows his customary historical flair as he delves into the little-known stories from the past.

There's the cook aboard the Titanic who pickled himself with whiskey and survived in the icy seas where most everyone else died. There's the man who survived the atomic bombs in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And there are many, many more.

Covering everything from adventure, war, murder, and slavery to espionage, including the stories of the female Robinson Crusoe, Hitler's final hours, Japan's deadly balloon bomb, and the emperor of the United States, these tales deserve to be told.

When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History's Unknown Chapters [Audiobook]

When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History's Unknown Chapters [Audiobook]
When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank: History's Unknown Chapters [Audiobook] by Giles Milton, read by the Author
2016 | M4B@64 kbps | 5 hrs 22 mins | 146.55MB

More addictive and mind-blowing true tales from history, told by Giles Milton - one of today's most entertaining and accessible yet always intelligent and illuminating historians.

This program is read by the author, the host of the popular podcast Unknown History with Giles Milton.

In When Churchill Slaughtered Sheep and Stalin Robbed a Bank, the second installment in his outrageously entertaining series, History's Unknown Chapters, Giles Milton shows his customary historical flair as he delves into the little-known stories from history, like when Stalin was actually assassinated with poison by one of his inner circle; the Russian scientist, dubbed the "Red Frankenstein", who attempted to produce a human-ape hybrid through ethically dubious means; the family who survived 38 days at sea with almost no water or supplies after their ship was destroyed by a killer whale; and the plot that served as a template for 9/11, in which four Algerian terrorists attempted to hijack a plane and fly it into the Eiffel Tower.

Brilliance and Fire: A Biography of Diamonds [Audiobook]

Brilliance and Fire: A Biography of Diamonds [Audiobook]
Brilliance and Fire: A Biography of Diamonds [Audiobook] by Rachelle Bergstein, read by Dara Rosenberg
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 36 mins | 289.2MB

"A diamond is forever." Who among us doesn't recognize this slogan and, with it, the fascination that diamonds hold in our collective imagination as emblems of royalty, glamor, and eternal love? Rachelle Bergstein's cultural biography illuminates the enticing, often surprising story of our society's enduring obsession with diamonds - and the people who have worked tirelessly to ensure their continued allure. Whether in the gilded ballrooms of New York City at the end of the 19th century or on the red carpets of today, diamonds have retained their coveted status throughout history. Along the way, they have also become our culture's abiding symbol of true love and marriage (with more than a little help from an advertising agency, hired to accomplish just that).

From the South African mines where most diamonds have been sourced since the late 1890s to the companies that have fought to monopolize them; from the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Kanye West, who have dazzled in them, to the people behind the scenes who have carefully crafted our understanding of their value - Brilliance and Fire offers a glittering history of the world's most coveted gemstone and its greatest champions and most colorful enthusiasts.

Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies [Audiobook]

Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies [Audiobook]
Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies [Audiobook] by Alastair Bonnett, read by Derek Perkins
2014 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 33 mins | 206.25MB

At a time when Google Maps can take you on a virtual tour of Yosemite's remotest trails and cell phones double as navigational systems, it's hard to imagine there's any uncharted ground left on the planet. In Unruly Places, Alastair Bonnett goes to some of the most unexpected, offbeat places in the world to reinspire our geographical imagination. Bonnett's remarkable tour includes moving villages, secret cities, no man's lands, and floating islands. He explores places as disorienting as Sandy Island, an island included on maps until just two years ago despite the fact that it never existed.

An intrepid guide down the road much less traveled, Bonnett reveals that the most extraordinary places on Earth might be hidden in plain sight. Perfect for urban explorers, wilderness ramblers, and armchair travelers struck by wanderlust, Unruly Places will change the way you see the places you inhabit.

The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev's Freedom to Putin's War [Audiobook]

The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev's Freedom to Putin's War [Audiobook]
The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev's Freedom to Putin's War [Audiobook] by Arkady Ostrovsky, read by Michael Page
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 50 mins | 350.08MB

The end of Communism and breakup of the Soviet Union was a time of euphoria around the world, but Russia today is violently anti-American and dangerously nationalistic. So how did we go from the promise of those days to the autocratic police state of Putin's new Russia?

The Invention of Russia reaches back to the darkest days of the Cold War to tell the story of the fight for the soul of a nation. With the deep insight only possible for a native son, Arkady Ostrovsky introduces us to the propagandists, oligarchs, and fixers who have set Russia's course since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The Soviet Union yoked together dreamers and strongmen - those who believed in an egalitarian ideal and those who pushed for an even more powerful state. The new Russia is a cynical operation where perpetual fear and war are fueled by a web of lies. Twenty-five years after the Soviet flag came down over the Kremlin, Russia and America are again heading toward a confrontation, but this course was far from inevitable.

With this riveting account of how we got here - of the many mistakes and false promises - Ostrovsky emerges as Russia's most gifted chronicler.

The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria [Audiobook]

The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria [Audiobook]
The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria [Audiobook] by Janine di Giovanni, read by Teri Schnaubelt
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 21 mins | 145.98MB

Once in a decade comes an account of war that promises to be a classic.

Doing for Syria what Imperial Life in the Emerald City did for the war in Iraq, The Morning They Came for Us bears witness to one of the most brutal, internecine conflicts in recent history. Drawing from years of experience covering Syria for Vanity Fair, Newsweek, and the front pages of the New York Times, award-winning journalist Janine di Giovanni gives us a tour de force of war reportage, all told through the perspective of ordinary people - among them a doctor, a nun, a musician, and a student. What emerges is an extraordinary picture of the devastating human consequences of armed conflict, one that charts an apocalyptic but at times tender story of life in a jihadist war zone. Recalling celebrated works by Ryszard Kapusґcinґski, Philip Gourevitch, and Anne Applebaum, The Morning They Came for Us, through its unflinching account of a nation on the brink of disintegration, becomes an unforgettable testament to resilience in the face of nihilistic human debasement.

East West Street: On the Origins of 'Genocide' and 'Crimes Against Humanity' [Audiobook]

East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity [Audiobook]
East West Street: On the Origins of "Genocide" and "Crimes Against Humanity" [Audiobook] by Philippe Sands, read by David Rintoul, Philippe Sands
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 29 mins | 392.76MB

When human rights lawyer Philippe Sands received an invitation to deliver a lecture in the Western Ukrainian city of Lviv, he began to uncover a series of extraordinary historical coincidences. It set him on a quest that would take him halfway around the world in an exploration of the origins of international law and the pursuit of his own secret family history, beginning and ending with the last day of the Nuremberg Trials.

Part historical detective story, part family history, part legal thriller, Philippe Sands guides us between past and present as several interconnected stories unfold in parallel. The first is the hidden story of two Nuremberg prosecutors who discover, only at the end of the trials, that the man they are prosecuting, once Hitler's personal lawyer, may be responsible for the murder of their entire families in Nazi-occupied Poland, in and around Lviv. The two prosecutors, Hersch Lauterpacht and Rafael Lemkin, were remarkable men whose efforts led to the inclusion of the terms crimes against humanity and genocide in the judgement at Nuremberg, with their different emphasis on the protection of individuals and groups. The defendant was no less compelling a character: Hans Frank, Hitler's personal lawyer, friend of Richard Strauss, collector of paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, and governor-general of Nazi-occupied Poland.

A second strand to the book is more personal, as Sands traces the events that overwhelmed his mother's family in Lviv and Vienna during the Second World War and led his grandfather to leave his wife and daughter behind as war came to Europe. At the heart of this book is an equally personal quest to understand the roots of international law and the concepts that have dominated Sands' work as a lawyer. Eventually he finds unexpected answers to his questions about his family in this powerful meditation on the way memory, crime, and guilt leave scars across generations.

Nabokov in America: On the Road to Lolita [EPUB]

Nabokov in America: On the Road to Lolita [EPUB]
Nabokov in America: On the Road to Lolita by Robert Roper
2016 | EPUB | 2.92MB

The author of the immortal Lolita and Pale Fire, born to an eminent Russian family, conjures the apotheosis of the high modernist artist: cultured, refined--as European as they come. But Vladimir Nabokov, who came to America fleeing the Nazis, came to think of his time here as the richest of his life. Indeed, Nabokov was not only happiest here, but his best work flowed from his response to this exotic land.

Robert Roper fills out this period in the writer's life with charm and insight--covering Nabokov's critical friendship with Edmund Wilson, his time at Cornell, his role at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology. But Nabokov in America finds its narrative heart in his serial sojourns into the wilds of the West, undertaken with his wife, Vera, and their son over more than a decade. Nabokov covered more than 200,000 miles as he indulged his other passion: butterfly collecting. Roper has mined fresh sources to bring detail to these journeys, and traces their significant influence in Nabokov's work: on two-lane highways and in late-'40s motels and cafйs, we feel Lolita draw near, and understand Nabokov's seductive familiarity with the American mundane. Nabokov in America is also a love letter to U.S. literature, in Nabokov's broad embrace of it from Melville to the Beats. Reading Roper, we feel anew the mountain breezes and the miles logged, the rich learning and the Romantic mind behind some of Nabokov's most beloved books.

Forever Words: The Unknown Poems [EPUB]

Forever Words: The Unknown Poems [EPUB]
Forever Words: The Unknown Poems by Johnny Cash
2016 | EPUB | 22.91MB

A collection of never-before-published poems by Johnny Cash, edited and introduced by Pulitzer-prize winning poet Paul Muldoon with a foreword by John Carter Cash. Illustrated with facsimile reproductions of Cash's own handwritten pages.

Since his first recordings in 1955, Johnny Cash was an icon in the music world. In this collection of poems and song lyrics that have never been published before, we see the world through his eyes and view his reflection on his own interior reality, his frailties and his strengths alike. In his hallmark voice, he pens verses about love, pain, freedom, and mortality, and expresses insights on culture, his family, his fame, even Christmas. Forever Words confirms Johnny Cash as a brilliant and singular American literary figure. His music is a part of our collective history, and here the depth of his artistry and talent become even more evident.

Living Large: The Skinny Guy's Guide to No-Nonsense Muscle Building [PDF]

Living Large: The Skinny Guy's Guide to No-Nonsense Muscle Building [EPUB]
Living Large: The Skinny Guy's Guide to No-Nonsense Muscle Building by Vince Del Monte
2016 | PDF | 36.88MB

SKINNY GUYS! If you’ve ever wanted to quickly build 30 pounds of rock-solid, shredded muscle without dangerous bodybuilding drugs, expensive supplements, and long hours in the gym—if you’ve ever wanted to Live Large—start reading immediately.

Let’s face it: You’re tired. Tired of filling your body with bogus supplements that only give you the most expensive pee in town. Tired of busting your ass in the gym six days a week, only to find you’re the same size you were last month and the other guys are twice as big. Tired of all the conflicting and mind-numbingly complex advice floating around in cyberspace.

Before professional fitness model Vince Del Monte became The Skinny Guy Savior, he was known as Skinny Vinny—scrawny and weak. As a “hardgainer,” he experienced firsthand the challenges of bulking up and had a difficult time putting on muscle. But with his success in developing an enviably ripped physique—and helping many others do the same with his No-Nonsense Muscle Building and Maximize Your Muscle programs—Del Monte has proved even “hardgainers” can build an awe-inspiring body. You too can have the body of your dreams when you stop listening to false advice and learn the truth about gaining weight and building lean muscle mass—the smarter way!

In Living Large, Del Monte shares his foolproof, no-nonsense plan for insane muscle gain. His revolutionary program primes your body and mind to pack on your first 30 pounds of muscle in only 30 weeks, with minimal gym time. He even includes customized, easy-to-follow meal plans to optimally fuel your specific body type, whether you’re ultra-skinny or starting off a little chubby.

In Living Large, you’ll find:

  • 5 essential training principles to gain your first 30 pounds of pure muscle
  • 5 muscle-building enemies you must avoid
  • Mass and shred meal plans at every calorie level
  • 4 simple, no-nonsense nutrition principles
  • The ultimate exercise execution demonstration guide
  • 4 supplements that actually work

Don’t waste hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars with no results. Stop limiting yourself and start Living Large.

The Yoga Way to Radiance [EPUB]

The Yoga Way to Radiance [EPUB]
The Yoga Way to Radiance: How to Follow Your Inner Guidance and Nurture Children to Do the Same by Shakta Khalsa
2016 | EPUB | 6.77MB

“In the pages of this book, I’m inviting you to step into a radiant flow of living. Here we’ll create space to explore a new vision of your relationship with these bright souls that we call children.”―Shakta Khalsa

Join author Shakta Khalsa on an experiential journey, exploring yoga-based tools to help you embrace your true self and live with wonder and joy as you care for the children in your life. The Yoga Way to Radiance has been written with the intention of helping you―whether you’re a parent, family member, teacher, therapist, or caregiver―reclaim your authentic self while also helping the children around you stay connected to their own inner radiance. With Shakta’s guidance, you’ll discover:

Fun, effective yoga exercises and meditations for children and adults Ancient wisdom and leading-edge teachings to help children be the radiant beings that they are Techniques for staying connected to your inner self while meeting challenges with children Tips for the art of deep listening and neutral, friendly talk Natural discipline that uses the magic of imagination and natural consequences How to place trust in a child’s natural self-correcting abilities

Home from the Dark Side of Utopia: A Journey through American Revolutions [EPUB]

Home from the Dark Side of Utopia: A Journey through American Revolutions [EPUB]
Home from the Dark Side of Utopia: A Journey through American Revolutions by Clifton Ross
2016 | EPUB | 0.6MB

A riveting personal memoir that shares hard-earned political insights. Ross's journey begins on Air Force bases and in small, conservative towns in the American South. We follow his political and spiritual development from an Anabaptist peace community in the 1970s, through various forms of radical and countercultural politics, to the present-day failures of "revolutions" throughout Latin America, with a particular focus on the Bolivarian process in Venezuela. The book charts a path through good intentions, projects gone awry, and the shadow side of utopian dreams—ultimately locating hope in the social movements of ordinary people who resist the imposition of states and other actors that claim to represent them.

Summer of Blood: England's First Revolution [EPUB]

Summer of Blood: England's First Revolution [EPUB]
Summer of Blood: England's First Revolution by Dan Jones
2016 | EPUB | 48.04MB

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Plantagenets and a top authority on the historical events that inspired Game of Thrones, a vivid, blood-soaked account of one of the most famous rebellions in history—the first mass uprising by the people of England against their feudal masters

In the summer of 1381, ravaged by poverty and oppressed by taxes, the people of England rose up and demanded that their voices be heard. A ragtag army, led by the mysteri­ous Wat Tyler and the visionary preacher John Ball, rose up against the fourteen-year-old Richard II and his most powerful lords and knights, who risked their property and their lives in a desperate battle to save the English crown. Dan Jones brings this incendiary moment to life and captures both the idealism and brutality of that fate­ful summer, when a brave group of men and women dared to challenge their overlords, demand that they be treated equally, and fight for freedom.

Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire [EPUB]

Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire [EPUB]
Victoria: The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire by Julia Baird
2016 | EPUB | 34.16MB

This page-turning biography reveals the real woman behind the myth: a bold, glamorous, unbreakable queen—a Victoria for our times. Drawing on previously unpublished papers, this stunning new portrait is a story of love and heartbreak, of devotion and grief, of strength and resilience.

“A crisp, sparkling account of the extraordinary woman whose reign was as long as her legacy is vast.”—Stacy Schiff

When Victoria was born, in 1819, the world was a very different place. Revolution would threaten many of Europe’s monarchies in the coming decades. In Britain, a generation of royals had indulged their whims at the public’s expense, and republican sentiment was growing. The Industrial Revolution was transforming the landscape, and the British Empire was commanding ever larger tracts of the globe. In a world where women were often powerless, during a century roiling with change, Victoria went on to rule the most powerful country on earth with a decisive hand.

Fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth, Victoria was an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role. As a girl, she defied her mother’s meddling and an adviser’s bullying, forging an iron will of her own. As a teenage queen, she eagerly grasped the crown and relished the freedom it brought her. At twenty, she fell passionately in love with Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, eventually giving birth to nine children. She loved sex and delighted in power. She was outspoken with her ministers, overstepping conventional boundaries and asserting her opinions. After the death of her adored Albert, she began a controversial, intimate relationship with her servant John Brown. She survived eight assassination attempts over the course of her lifetime. And as science, technology, and democracy were dramatically reshaping the world, Victoria was a symbol of steadfastness and security—queen of a quarter of the world’s population at the height of the British Empire’s reach.

Drawing on sources that include fresh revelations about Victoria’s relationship with John Brown, Julia Baird brings vividly to life the fascinating story of a woman who struggled with so many of the things we do today: balancing work and family, raising children, navigating marital strife, losing parents, combating anxiety and self-doubt, finding an identity, searching for meaning.

The Experience of Architecture [EPUB]

The Experience of Architecture [EPUB]
The Experience of Architecture by Henry Plummer
2016 | EPUB | 25.63MB

A thought-provoking consideration of how architecture, from a doorknob to a city plan, can influence human behavior

How does the experience of turning a door handle, opening a door from one space into another, affect us? It is no wonder that the door, one of the most elemental architectural forms, has such metaphorical richness. But even on a purely physical human level, the cold touch of a brass handle or the swish of a sliding screen gives rise to an emotional reaction, sometimes modest, occasionally profound.

This book aims to understand how these everyday acts are influenced by architectural form, a concept that is vital for all architects to grasp. It considers how specifically built elements and volumes, taken from a wide array of buildings and settings around the world, can affect our powers of decision. From hand-carved stairs in Greek villages to free-floating catwalks, from the elegant processional steps of Renaissance Italy to Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterly manipulation of form, all provide very different experiences of stepping from one level to the next, and all affect our experience of that space.

Seamlessly integrating text and image, each chapter focuses on a different aspect of our daily interactions with architecture, looking at stairs, floors and paths, moving interior spaces, perception and perspective, transparency and the relationship between a building and its setting. This book is not just for architects and designers engaged in the production of space, but for all those who seek a richer understanding of their place in the built world.

The New Space: Movement and Experience in Viennese Modern Architecture [EPUB]

The New Space: Movement and Experience in Viennese Modern Architecture [EPUB]
The New Space: Movement and Experience in Viennese Modern Architecture by Christopher Long
2016 | EPUB | 11.06MB

Scholars have long stressed the problem of ornament and expression when considering Viennese modernism. By the first decade of the 20th century, however, the avant-garde had shifted its focus from the surface to the interior. Adolf Loos (1870–1933), together with Josef Frank (1885–1967) and Oskar Strnad (1879–1935), led this generation of architects to interpret modernism through culture and lifestyle. They were interested in the experience of architectural space: how it could be navigated, inhabited, and designed to reflect the modern way of life while also offering respite from it.

The New Space traces the theoretical conversation about space carried out in the writings and built works of Loos, Frank, and Strnad over four decades. The three ultimately explored what Le Corbusier would later—independently—term the architectural promenade. Lavishly illustrated with new photography and architectural plans, this important book enhances our understanding of the development of modernism and of architectural theory and practice.

When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time [EPUB]

When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time [EPUB]
When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time by Michael J Benton
2015 | EPUB | 21.45MB

Today it is common knowledge that the dinosaurs were wiped out by a meteorite impact 65 million years ago that killed half of all species then living. It is far less widely understood that a much greater catastrophe took place at the end of the Permian period 251 million years ago: at least ninety percent of life on earth was destroyed.

When Life Nearly Died documents not only what happened during this gigantic mass extinction but also the recent renewal of the idea of catastrophism: the theory that changes in the earth’s crust were brought about suddenly in the past by phenomena that cannot be observed today. Was the end-Permian event caused by the impact of a huge meteorite or comet, or by prolonged volcanic eruption in Siberia? The evidence has been accumulating, and Michael J. Benton gives his verdict at the end of the volume.

The new edition brings the study of the greatest mass extinction of all time thoroughly up-to-date. In the twelve years since the book was originally published, hundreds of geologists and paleontologists have been investigating all aspects of how life could be driven to the brink of annihilation, and especially how life recovered afterwards, providing the foundations of modern ecosystems.

The Strange History of Buckingham Palace [EPUB]

The Strange History of Buckingham Palace [EPUB]
The Strange History of Buckingham Palace by Patricia Wright
2009 | EPUB | 4.28MB

Buckingham Palace is one of the most familiar buildings in the world, but who knows the real tales hidden behind its ceremonial gates? Who was the witch that once lived in the royal courtyard? How could courtesans once have plied their trade in front of the present royal windows? How dare a prime minister call the palace a monstrous insult to the nation? This text presents a detailed exploration of the ordinary and sometimes extraordinary people who owned or lived on the land now occupied by the Palace, and of the royal occupants who later inhabited it. The book reveals how Buckingham Palace came to be the place it is today, from the time when it probably formed the escape route from a Roman battle nearly 2,000 years ago, to the establishment of the first gentleman's house there in the 17th century, and on into a checkered royal history, which includes an ambitious Saxon queen and James I's plan to found an English silk industry in the Palace gardens.

Nature's Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests [EPUB]

Nature's Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests [EPUB]
Nature's Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests by Joan Maloof
2016 | EPUB | 8.31MB

Gain a better understanding of old-growth forests and why they matter!

An old-growth forest is one that has formed naturally over a long period of time with little or no disturbance from humankind. They are increasingly rare and largely misunderstood. In Nature’s Temples, Joan Maloof, the director of the Old-Growth Forest Network, makes a heartfelt and passionate case for their importance. This evocative and accessible narrative defines old-growth and provides a brief history of forests. It offers a rare view into how the life-forms in an ancient, undisturbed forest—including not only its majestic trees but also its insects, plant life, fungi, and mammals—differ from the life-forms in a forest manipulated by humans. What emerges is a portrait of a beautiful, intricate, and fragile ecosystem that now exists only in scattered fragments. Black-and-white illustrations by Andrew Joslin help clarify scientific concepts and capture the beauty of ancient trees.

We Are Not Such Things: The Murder of a Young American, a South African Township, and the Search for Truth and Reconciliation [Audiobook]

We Are Not Such Things: The Murder of a Young American, a South African Township, and the Search for Truth and Reconciliation [Audiobook]
We Are Not Such Things: The Murder of a Young American, a South African Township, and the Search for Truth and Reconciliation [Audiobook] by Justine van der Leun, read by Erin Bennett
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 19 hrs 19 mins | 526.39MB

Justine van der Leun reopens the murder of a young American woman in South Africa, an iconic case that calls into question our understanding of truth and reconciliation, loyalty, justice, race, and class.

The story of Amy Biehl is well known in South Africa. The 26-year-old white American Fulbright scholar was brutally murdered on August 25, 1993, during the final, fiery days of apartheid by a mob of young black men in a township outside Cape Town. Her parents' forgiveness of two of her killers became a symbol of the truth and reconciliation process in South Africa. Justine van der Leun decided to introduce the story to an American audience. But as she delved into the case, the prevailing narrative started to unravel. Why didn't the eyewitness reports agree on who killed Amy Biehl? Were the men convicted of the murder actually responsible for her death? And then Van der Leun discovered another brutal crime committed on the same day, in the very same area. The true story of Amy Biehl's death, it turned out, was not only a story of forgiveness, but also a reflection of the complicated history of a troubled country.

We Are Not Such Things is the result of Van der Leun's four-year investigation into this strange, knotted tale of injustice, violence, and compassion. The bizarre twists and turns of this case and its aftermath - and the story that emerges of what happened on that fateful day in 1993 and in the decades that followed - come together in an unsparing account of life in South Africa today. Van der Leun immerses herself in the lives of her subjects and paints a stark, moving portrait of a township and its residents. We come to understand that the issues at the heart of her investigation are universal in scope and powerful in resonance.

We Are Not Such Things reveals how reconciliation is impossible without an acknowledgment of the past, a lesson as relevant to America today as to a South Africa still struggling with the long shadow of its history.