The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize: A Life in Science (New Edition) [EPUB]

The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize: A Life in Science (New Edition) [EPUB]
The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize: A Life in Science (New Edition) by Peter Doherty
2014 | EPUB | 2.99MB

Is it possible to be passionate about politics, football or R&B and still be a creative scientist? In this entertaining and inspiring account, Nobel Prize winner Peter Doherty offers readers an insider's guide into discovery science and the individuals who work in it.

Starting with the story of his own career and its improbable origins in the outer suburbs of Brisbane, and its progression to a breakthrough discovery about how human immunity works. Doherty explores the realities of a life in science. How research projects are selected; how discovery science is resourced and organised; the big problems it is trying to solve; and the rewards and pitfalls of a career in scientific research: all these are explored in The Beginner's Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize.

Doherty gives readers an insight into the issues that make him tick including his belief that the mission of science is to help make the world a better place to live in. He also essays answers to some of the great questions of our age. Are Nobel Prize winners exceptional human beings or just lucky? Are GMO crops really dangerous? And why can't scientists and born-again Christians get along?

In My Humble Opinion: My So-Called Life [EPUB]

In My Humble Opinion: My So-Called Life [EPUB]
In My Humble Opinion: My So-Called Life by Soraya Roberts
2016 | EPUB | 1.15MB

A smart, engaging investigation of the show that brought real teens to TV

My So-Called Life lasted only 19 episodes from 1994 to 1995, but in that time it earned many devoted viewers, including the showrunners who would usher in the teen TV boom of the late ’90s and the new millennium. With its focus on 15-year-old Angela Chase’s search for her identity, MSCL’s realistic representation of adolescence on TV was groundbreaking; without her there would be no Buffy or Felicity, Rory Gilmore or Veronica Mars.

The series’ broadcast coincided with the arrival of third-wave feminism, the first feminist movement to make teen voices a priority, and Angela became their small-screen spokesperson. From her perspective, MSCL explored gender, identity, sexuality, race, class, body image, and other issues vital to the third wave (and the world).

To this day, passionate fans dissect everything from what Rickie Vasquez did for gay representation to what Jordan Catalano did for leaning, and Soraya Roberts makes an invaluable contribution to that conversation with In My Humble Opinion.

1,342 QI Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted [EPUB]

1,342 QI Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted [EPUB]
1,342 QI Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin
2016 | EPUB | 0.9MB

The sock-blasting, jaw-dropping, side-swiping phenomenon that is QI serves up a sparkling new selection of 1,342 facts that will leave you flabbergasted.

1,342 QI Facts coincides with more good news from QI, as Sandi Toksvig takes over the duties as presenter on the double-BAFTA nominated TV show, and the QI Elves' podcast No Such Thing As A Fish wins its second Chortle award.

  • The first pencils were used to draw on sheep.
  • More people work for Walmart than live in Slovenia.
  • The beaded lacewing stuns its prey by farting on it.
  • The allies considered dropping glue to stick Nazi troops to the ground.
  • The only life on Earth for a billion years was a thick layer of slime. Scientists call it 'the boring billion'.
  • On the anniversary of landing, the Mars Curiosity rover hummed 'Happy Birthday' to itself.
  • 'Flabbergasted' was first recorded in a 1772 list of new words alongside 'bored'.

Anselm of Canterbury: The Major Works [EPUB]

Anselm of Canterbury: The Major Works [EPUB]
Anselm of Canterbury: The Major Works edited by Brian Davies and G R Evans
1998 | EPUB | 2.16MB

Although utterly convinced of the truth of Christianity, Anselm of Canterbury struggled to make sense of his religion. He considered the doctrines of faith an invitation to question, to think, and to learn; and he devoted his life to confronting and understanding the most elusive aspects of Christianity. His writings on matters such as free will, the nature of truth, and the existence of God make Anselm one of the greatest theologians and philosophers in history, and this translation provides readers with their first opportunity to read his most important works within a single volume.

Meditations with selected correspondence by Marcus Aurelius [EPUB]

Meditations with selected correspondence by Marcus Aurelius [EPUB]
Meditations with selected correspondence by Marcus Aurelius
2011 | EPUB | 2.14MB

The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius is one of the best-known and most popular works of ancient philosophy, offering spiritual reflections on how best to understand the universe and one's place within it. In short, highly charged comments, Marcus draws on Stoic philosophy to confront challenges that he felt acutely, but which are also shared by all human beings--facing the constant presence of death, making sense of one's social role, grasping the moral significance of the universe. They bring us closer to the personality of the emperor, who is often disillusioned with his own status and with human activities in general; they are both an historical document and a remarkable spiritual diary.

This translation by Robin Hard brings out the eloquence and universality of Marcus' thoughts. The introduction and notes by Christopher Gill take account of the most recent work on Marcus and place the Meditations firmly in the ancient philosophical context. A newly translated selection of Marcus' correspondence with his tutor Fronto broadens the picture of the emperor as a person and thinker.

Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century: An Anthology (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]

Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century: An Anthology (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]
Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century: An Anthology (Oxford World's Classics) edited by Laura Otis
2009 | EPUB | 2.61MB

Although we are used to thinking of science and the humanities as separate disciplines, in the nineteenth century this division was not recognized. As the scientist John Tyndall pointed out, not only were science and literature both striving to better "man's estate", they shared a common language and cultural heritage. The quest for "origins", the nature of the relationship between society and the individual, and what it meant to be human were subjects that occupied both the writing of scientists and novelists.

This anthology brings together a generous selection of scientific and literary material to explore the exchanges and interactions between them. Fed by a common imagination, scientists and creative writers alike used stories, imagery, style, and structure to convey their meaning, and to produce works of enduring power. It includes writing by Charles Babbage, Charles Darwin, Sir Humphry Davy, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Michael Faraday, Thomas Malthus, Louis Pasteur, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Mark Twain and many others. Also included are introductions and notes to guide the reader.

Beowulf: The Fight at Finnsburh (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]

Beowulf: The Fight at Finnsburh (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]
Beowulf: The Fight at Finnsburh (Oxford World's Classics) edited by Heather O'Donoghue
2008 | EPUB | 2.02MB

Beowulf is the longest and finest literary work to have come down to us from Anglo-Saxon times, and one of the world's greatest epic poems. Set in the half-legendary, half historical Scandinavian past, it tells the story of the hero Beowulf, who comes to the aid of the Danish king Hrothgar by killing first the terrifying, demonic monster Grendel, and then Grendel's infuriated and vengeful mother. A lifetime later, Beowulf's own kingdom, Geatland, is threatened by a fiery dragon; Beowulf heroically takes on this challenge, but himself dies killing the dragon.

The poem celebrates the virtues of the heroic life, but Hrothgar and Beowulf are beacons of wisdom and courage in a dark world of feuds, violence and uncertainty, and Beowulf's selfless heroism is set against a background of ruthless power struggles, fratricide and tyranny. This acclaimed translation by Kevin Crossley-Holland is complemented by a critical introduction and substantial editorial apparatus.

Camilla: Picture of Youth (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]

Camilla: Picture of Youth (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]
Camilla: Picture of Youth (Oxford World's Classics) by Frances Burney
1999 | EPUB | 2.59MB

First published in 1796, Camilla deals with the matrimonial concerns of a group of young people-Camilla Tyrold and her sisters, the daughters of a country parson, and their cousin Indiana Lynmere-and, in particular, with the love affair between Camilla herself and her eligible suitor, Edgar Mandlebert. The path of true love, however, is strewn with intrigue, contretemps and misunderstanding.

An enormously popular eighteenth-century novel, Camilla is touched at many points by the advancing spirit of romanticism. As in Evelina, Fanny Burney weaves into her novel strands of light and dark, comic episodes and gothic shudders, and creates a pattern of social and moral dilemmas which emphasize and illuminate the gap between generations.

The Prince (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]

The Prince (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]
The Prince (Oxford World's Classics) by Niccolo Machiavelli
2008 | EPUB | 2.03MB

When Machiavelli's brief treatise on Renaissance statecraft and princely power was posthumously published in 1532, it generated a debate that has raged unabated until the present day. Based upon Machiavelli's first-hand experience as an emissary of the Florentine Republic to the courts of Europe, The Prince analyses the usually violent means by which men seize, retain, and lose political power. Machiavelli added a dimension of incisive realism to one of the major philosophical and political issues of his time, especially the relationship between public deeds and private morality. His book provides a remarkably uncompromising picture of the true nature of power, no matter in what era or by whom it is exercised.

This fluent new translation is accompanied by an introduction that considers the true purpose of The Prince and dispels some of the myths associated with it. It has the most comprehensive explanatory and critical notes found in any currently available English translation and the most comprehensive bibliography in any edition of the work. It also contains a helpful Glossary of Proper Names, an Index and a map.

Critique of Judgement (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]

Critique of Judgement (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]
Critique of Judgement (Oxford World's Classics) by Immanuel Kant
2009 | EPUB | 2.25MB

In the Critique of Judgement, Kant offers a penetrating analysis of our experience of the beautiful and the sublime. He discusses the objectivity of taste, aesthetic disinterestedness, the relation of art and nature, the role of imagination, genius and originality, the limits of representation, and the connection between morality and the aesthetic. He also investigates the validity of our judgements concerning the degree in which nature has a purpose, with respect to the highest interests of reason and enlightenment.

The work profoundly influenced the artists, writers, and philosophers of the classical and romantic period, including Hegel, Schelling, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche. In addition, it has remained a landmark work in fields such as phenomenology, hermeneutics, the Frankfurt School, analytical aesthetics, and contemporary critical theory. Today it remains an essential work of philosophy, and required reading for all with an interest in aesthetics.

The Vicar of Wakefield (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]

The Vicar of Wakefield (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]
The Vicar of Wakefield (Oxford World's Classics) by Oliver Goldsmith
2008 | EPUB | 2.0MB

Oliver Goldsmith's hugely successful novel of 1766 remained for generations one of the most highly regarded and beloved works of eighteenth-century fiction. It depicts the fall and rise of the Primrose family, presided over by the benevolent vicar, the narrator of a fairy-tale plot of impersonation and deception, the abduction of a beautiful heroine and the machinations of an aristocratic villain. By turns comic and sentimental, the novel's popularity owes much to its recognizable depiction of domestic life and loving family relationships.

New to this edition is an introduction by Robert L. Mack that examines the reasons for the novels enduring popularity, as well as the critical debates over whether it is a straightforward novel of sentiment or a satire on the social and economic inequalities of the period and the very literary conventions and morality it seems to embody. This edition also includes a new, up-to-date bibliography and expanded notes, and contains reprints of Arthur Friedman's authoritative Oxford English Novels text of the corrected first edition of 1766.

The Misfortunes of Virtue and Other Early Tales (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]

The Misfortunes of Virtue and Other Early Tales (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]
The Misfortunes of Virtue and Other Early Tales (Oxford World's Classics) by Marquis de Sade
2008 | EPUB | 2.04MB

The name of the Marquis de Sade is synonymous with the blackest corners of the human soul, a byword for all that is foulest in human conduct. In his bleak, claustrophobic universe, there is no God, no morality, no human affection, and no hope. Power is given to the strong, and the strong are murderers, torturers, and tyrants. No quarter is given; compassion is the virtue of the weak.

Yet Sade was a man of savage intelligence who carried the philosophy of the French Enlightenment to its logical extreme. His writings effectively release the individual from all social and moral constraint: for many, Sade is the Great Libertarian. The Victorians considered him `Divine' and Apollinaire called him `the freest spirit'; the Surrealists recognised him as a founding father, and he is a key figure in the history of modernism and post-modernism. With Freud and Marx, Sade has been one of the crucial shaping influences on this century, and reactions to him continue to be extreme. But he has always been more talked about than read.

This selection of his early writings, some making their first appearance in this new translation, reveals the full range of Sade's sobering moods and considerable talents.

The Crimes of Love: Heroic and tragic Tales, Preceded by an Essay on Novels (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]

The Crimes of Love: Heroic and tragic Tales, Preceded by an Essay on Novels (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]
The Crimes of Love: Heroic and tragic Tales, Preceded by an Essay on Novels (Oxford World's Classics) by Marquis de Sade
2008 | EPUB | 2.11MB

Who but the Marquis de Sade would write, not of the pain, tragedy, and joy of love but of its crimes? Murder, seduction, and incest are among the cruel rewards for selfless love in his stories; tragedy, despair, and death the inevitable outcome. This new selection includes 'An Essay on Novels', Sade's penetrating survey of the novelist's art.

  • This is the fullest selection from the Marquis de Sade's four-volume collection of short stories, The Crimes of Love. David Coward's vibrant new translation captures the verve of the original, and his introduction and notes describe Sade's notorious career.
  • The stories variously depict the desperate lengths to which people are driven by passion, and feature embezzlement, abduction, murder and incest.
  • This selection includes the 'Essay on Novels', the preface to the collection and an important statement of his concept of fiction and one of the few literary manifestoes published during the Revolution.
  • Appendices include the denunciatory review of the collection that it received on publication, and Diderot's vigorous response.

Political Speeches (Oxford World's Classics) by Cicero [EPUB]

Political Speeches (Oxford World's Classics) by Cicero [EPUB]
Political Speeches (Oxford World's Classics) by Cicero
2009 | EPUB | 2.23MB

Cicero (106-43 BC) was the greatest orator of the ancient world and a leading politician of the closing era of the Roman republic. This book presents with nine of his speeches that reflect the development, variety, and drama of his political career. Among them are two speeches from his prosecution of Verres, a corrupt and cruel governor of Sicily; four speeches against the conspirator Catiline; and the Second Philippic, the famous denunciation of Mark Antony, which cost Cicero his life. Also included are On the Command of Gnaeus Pompeius, in which he praises the military successes of Pompey, and For Marcellus, a panegyric in praise of the dictator Julius Caesar.

These new translations preserve Cicero's oratorical brilliance and achieve new standards of accuracy. A general introduction outlines Cicero's public career, and separate introductions explain the political significance of each of the speeches. This edition also provides an up-to-date scholarly bibliography, glossary and two maps. Together with the companion volume of Defense Speeches, this edition provides an unparalleled sampling of Cicero's achievements.

The Republic and The Laws (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]

The Republic and The Laws (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]
The Republic and The Laws (Oxford World's Classics) by Cicero
2009 | EPUB | 2.03MB

Cicero's The Republic is an impassioned plea for responsible government written just before the civil war that ended the Roman Republic in a dialogue following Plato. Drawing on Greek political theory, the work embodies the mature reflections of a Roman ex-consul on the nature of political organization, on justice in society, and on the qualities needed in a statesman. Its sequel, The Laws, expounds the influential doctrine of Natural Law, which applies to all mankind, and sets out an ideal code for a reformed Roman Republic, already half in the realm of utopia.

This is the first complete English translation of both works for over sixty years and features a lucid Introduction, a Table of Dates, notes on the Roman constitution, and an Index of Names.

A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]

A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]
A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary (Oxford World's Classics) by Voltaire
2008 | EPUB | 2.08MB
  • One of the landmarks of European Enlightenment thought, Voltaire's Pocket Philosophical Dictionary is concerned primarily with religious dogma and intolerance and remains highly relevant today.
  • This is the only available English translation of Voltaire's original Pocket Philosophical Dictionary of 1764, expanded in successive editions until it became less coherent, and the edition that provoked widespread condemnation and controversy.
  • The only translation based on the definitive French critical edition.
  • The new translation by John Fletcher is readable and accurate and is accompanied by a contextualizing introduction by Nicholas Cronk that considers France and Europe in the 1760s, the nature of Voltaire's engagement in political debate, literary style, contemporary reaction, the lasting impact of the work and its continuing relevance to debates on religious intolerance.
  • Includes up-to-date bibliography and full notes.

Here is the only available English translation of one of the landmarks of European Enlightenment thought, Voltaire's 1764 edition of A Pocket Philosophical Dictionary. Highly entertaining and still highly relevant, the "dictionary" actually consists of a sequence of short essays, arranged in alphabetical order, covering everything from Apocalypse and Atheism to Tolerance and Tyranny. The unifying thread of these articles is Voltaire's vitriolic critique of established religion: ridicule of established dogma, attacks on superstition, and pleas for toleration. Witty and ironic, this is very much a work of combat, part of Voltaire's high-profile political struggle in the 1760s to defend the victims of religious and political intolerance.

This new translation is based on the definitive French edition of 1764 that provoked widespread controversy and condemnation. In his Introduction Nicholas Cronk considers the nature of Voltaire's engagement in political debate, literary style, contemporary reaction, the lasting impact of the work and its continuing relevance to debates on religious intolerance. The volume also includes an up-to-date bibliography and full explanatory notes.

The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]

The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]
The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals (Oxford World's Classics) by Dorothy Wordsworth
2008 | EPUB | 2.28MB

Dorothy Wordsworth's journals are a unique record of her life with her brother William, at the time when he was at the height of his poetic powers. Invaluable for the insight they give into the daily life of the poet and his friendship with Coleridge, they are also remarkable for their spontaneity and immediacy, and for the vivid descriptions of people, places, and incidents that inspired some of Wordsworth's best-loved poems. The Grasmere Journal was begun at Dove Cottage in May 1800 and kept for three years. Dorothy notes the walks and the weather, the friends, country neighbors and beggars on the roads; she sets down accounts of the garden, of Wordsworth's marriage, their concern for Coleridge, the composition of poetry. The earlier Alfoxden Journal was written during 1797-8, when the Wordsworths lived near Coleridge in Somerset. Not intended for publication, but to "give Wm Pleasure by it," both journals have a quality recognized by Wordsworth when he wrote of Dorothy that "she gave me eyes, she gave me ears."

A Vindication of the Rights of Men; A Vindication of the Rights of Woman; An Historical and Moral View of the French Revolution (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]

A Vindication of the Rights of Men; A Vindication of the Rights of Woman; An Historical and Moral View of the French Revolution (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]
A Vindication of the Rights of Men; A Vindication of the Rights of Woman; An Historical and Moral View of the French Revolution (Oxford World's Classics) by Mary Wollstonecraft
2009 | EPUB | 2.26MB
  • Introduction that illuminates the progress of Wollstonecraft's thought.
  • Shows that a reading of all three works allows Wollstonecraft to emerge as a more substantial political writer than a study of The Rights of Woman alone can reveal.
  • Reveals Wollstonecraft's developing understanding of women's involvement in the political and social life of the nation

This volume brings together the major political writings of Mary Wollstonecraft in the order in which they appeared in the revolutionary 1790s. It traces her passionate and indignant response to the excitement of the early days of the French Revolution and then her uneasiness at its later bloody phase. It reveals her developing understanding of women's involvement in the political and social life of the nation and her growing awareness of the relationship between politics and economics and between political institutions and the individual. In personal terms, the works show her struggling with a belief in the perfectibility of human nature through rational education, a doctrine that became weaker under the onslaught of her own miserable experience and the revolutionary massacres.

Janet Todd's introduction illuminates the progress of Wollstonecraft's thought, showing that a reading of all three works allows her to emerge as a more substantial political writer than a study of The Rights of Woman alone can reveal.

Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]

Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]
Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management (Oxford World's Classics) by Isabella Beeton
2000 | EPUB | 23.29MB

An almost forgotten classic though a founding text of Victorian middle-class identity,Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management is a volume of insight and common sense. Written by what one might now describe as a Victorian Martha Stewart, the book offers advice on fashion, child-care, animal husbandry, poisons, and the management of servants. To the modern reader expecting stuffy verbosity or heavy moralizing, Beeton's book is a revelation: it explores the foods of Europe and beyond, suggesting new food stuffs and techniques, mixing domestic advice with discussions of science, religion, class, industrialism and gender roles. Alternately frugal and fashionable, anxious and self confident, the book highlights the concerns of the growing Victorian middle-class at a key moment in its history. This abridged edition serves as a cookery book, while documenting a significant aspect of Victorian social and cultural history.

Oscar Wilde - The Major Works (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]

Oscar Wilde - The Major Works (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]
Oscar Wilde - The Major Works (Oxford World's Classics) by Oscar Wilde
2000 | EPUB | 2.38MB

Oscar Wilde's dramatic private life has sometimes threatened to overshadow his great literary achievements. His talent was prodigious: the author of brilliant social comedies, fairy stories, critical dialogues, poems, and a novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. In addition to Dorian Gray, this volume represents all these genres, including such works as Lady Windermere's Fan and The Importance of Being Earnest, 'The Happy Prince', 'The Critic as Artist', and 'The Ballad of Reading Gaol'.

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]

The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oxford World's Classics) by Oscar Wilde
2008 | EPUB | 2.02MB

'The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.'

When Dorian Gray has his portrait painted, he is captivated by his own beauty. Tempted by his world-weary, decadent friend Lord Henry Wotton, he wishes to stay forever young, and pledges his very soul to keep his good looks. Set in fin-de-siécle London, the novel traces a path from the studio of painter Basil Hallward to the opium dens of the East End. As Dorian's slide into crime and cruelty progresses he stays magically youthful, while his beautiful portrait changes, revealing the hideous corruption of moral decay.

Ever since its first publication in 1890 Wilde's only novel has remained the subject of critical controversy. Acclaimed by some as an instructive moral tale, it has been denounced by others for its implicit immorality. Combining elements of the supernatural, aestheticism, and the Gothic, The Picture of Dorian Gray is an unclassifiable and uniquely unsettling work of fiction.

The Nibelungenlied: The Lay of the Nibelungs (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]

The Nibelungenlied: The Lay of the Nibelungs (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]
The Nibelungenlied: The Lay of the Nibelungs (Oxford World's Classics) translated by Cyril Edwards
2010 | EPUB | 2.08MB

The greatest of the heroic epics to emerge from medieval Germany, the Nibelungenlied is a revenge saga of sweeping dimensions. It tells of the dragon-slayer Sivrit, the mysterious kingdom of the Nibelungs, a priceless treasure guarded by dwarves and giants, an Amazonian queen, fortune-telling water-sprites, and a cloak of invisibility. Driven by the conflict between Kriemhilt, the innocent maiden turned she-devil, and her antagonist, the stoic, indomitable Hagen, the story is one of love, jealousy, murder, and revenge, ending in slaughter on a horrific scale. Since its rediscovery in the eighteenth century, the Nibelungenlied has come to be regarded as the national epic of the Germans, and has inspired countless adaptations, including Richard Wagner's Ring cycle.

Cyril Edwards' prose translation, the first in forty years, is more accurate and accessible and captures the poem's epic qualities. Edwards also provides an introduction that discusses the poem's historical background and its status as German national epic. The volume includes an up-to-date bibliography, invaluable notes, a map, and a list of people and places.

Evolutionary Writings: Including the Autobiographies (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]

Evolutionary Writings: Including the Autobiographies (Oxford World's Classics) [EPUB]
Evolutionary Writings: Including the Autobiographies (Oxford World's Classics) by Charles Darwin
2010 | EPUB | 2.69MB

This unique anthology brings together a marvelous collection of Darwin's most accessible and significant writings, providing the most fully rounded picture of his ideas to be found in a single volume. This marvelous book presents readers with the key chapters of his most important books, including excerpts from the Journal of Researches on the Beagle voyage (1845), the Origin of Species (1859), and the Descent of Man (1871), along with the full, authoritative text of Darwin's delightful autobiography Recollections. These writings are accompanied by generous selections of responses from Darwin's nineteenth-century readers, providing a keen sense of the original controversy sparked by his ideas.

The wide-ranging Introduction by James A. Secord explores the global impact and origins of Darwin's work and the reasons for its unparalleled significance today. The book also includes a map of the Beagle's voyage, a biographical appendix identifying everyone mentioned in the texts, illustrations from the Journal of Researches, and an index. This generous collection of Darwin's finest writings will make a superb introduction to ideas that truly changed the world.

Come Together: Lennon and McCartney In The Seventies [EPUB]

Come Together: Lennon and McCartney In The Seventies [EPUB]
Come Together: Lennon and McCartney In The Seventies by Richard White
2016 | EPUB | 8.18MB

The never-before-told story of how the Beatles nearly reunited.

Although it wasn't made official until an announcement from Paul McCartney in 1970, The Beatles–the most influential rock band of the 20th century–spent most of the late 1960s breaking up. The split was marked my animosity and acrimony, with pointed conflict, in particular, between the groups two most prolific songwriters, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Lennon left the band in 1969, and the '70s were marked by public feuding as the band members embarked on solo careers.

Beatles fans know the '70s as a bitter time, with Lennon and McCartney making pointed and hurtful comments about each other, both in recorded songs (Lennon's "How Do You Sleep," is particularly nasty) and public comments. Lawsuits proliferated, as did an explosive correspondence between McCartney and his wife Linda, and Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono.

But most fans don't know that McCartney and Lennon nearly renewed their creative alliance in the aftermath of the Beatles breakup, and were close to putting aside their difference and reuniting. Come Together is a compelling account of a crucial period in post-'60s Beatles history, providing a new look at the Lennon-McCartney relationship from an entirely new perspective, emphasizing the efforts these larger-than-life rock stars made to overcome their enmity. It also offers fresh insight on the musical ambitions and personal motivations for renewing a creative alliance that so nearly happened but was thwarted by circumstances beyond their control.

Ariel: The Restored Edition [EPUB]

Ariel: The Restored Edition [EPUB]
Ariel: The Restored Edition by Sylvia Plath
2016 | EPUB | 18.18MB

Upon the publication of her posthumous volume of poetry Ariel in 1965, Sylvia Plath became a household name. Readers may be surprised to learn that the draft of Ariel left behind by Plath when she died in 1963 is different from the volume of poetry eventually published to worldwide acclaim.

This facsimile edition restores, for the first time, the selection and arrangement of the poems Sylvia Plath left at the point of her death. In addition to the facsimile pages of Sylvia Plath's manuscript, this edition also includes in facsimile the complete working drafts of the title poem 'Ariel' in order to offer a sense of Plath's creative process, as well as notes the author made for the BBC about some of the manuscript's poems, including 'Daddy' and 'Lady Lazarus'

In her insightful foreword to this volume, Frieda Hughes, Sylvia Plath's daughter, explains the reasons for the differences between the previously published edition of Ariel as edited by her father, Ted Hughes, and her mother's original version published here. With this publication, Sylvia Plath's legacy and vision will be reevaluated in the light of her original working draft.

Keith Moon: There is No Substitute [EPUB]

Keith Moon: There is No Substitute [EPUB]
Keith Moon: There is No Substitute by Ian Snowball
2016 | EPUB | 33.16MB

With an introduction by Pete Townshend, There Is No Substitute pays homage to Keith Moon, the late drummer of The Who

Keith Moon’s superb artistry on the drums catapulted him into stardom while his eccentric and self-destructive behavior kept him in the spotlight, crowning him as one of the most outrageously mischievous rock stars the world has ever seen. There Is No Substitute pulls the focus away from Moon’s antics offstage and highlights his superlative skill onstage, celebrating The Who’s unconventional drummer who put the beat into a litany of classic rock songs.

Containing a collection of both recognizable and previously unseen photographs and memories from friends and fans of Keith―a diverse cross section of drummers, musicians,fans, and writers―There Is No Substitute concentrates on Keith’s influence as a drummer and musician and the impact he has had on rock and roll. Alongside fellow drummers Kenney Jones (who took over the drums in The Who after Keith’s death in 1978), Don Powell of Slade,Mick Avory of the Kinks, and Clem Burke of Blondie,musicians and friends of Keith reminisce about the madcap genius who is remembered for his vast influence on and contribution to rock and roll.

Girl Sex 101 [PDF]

Girl Sex 101 [PDF]
Girl Sex 101 by Allison Moon
2016 | PDF | 25.52MB

Girl Sex 101 is a sex-ed book like no other, offering helpful info for ladies and lady-lovers of all genders and identities, playful and informative illustrations on each page, and over 100 distinct voices, plus a hot narrative that shows you how to put the info to good use!

Learn how to navigate the twists and turns of female sexuality, with special guidance from thirteen guest sex educators including Nina Hartley, Sex Nerd Sandra, Jiz Lee, Tristan Taormino, Julia Serano, Reid Mihalko, Kelly Shibari, and more!

Girl Sex 101 will teach you...

  • The bits and pieces that make up female sexual anatomy
  • Simple ways to communicate in the heat of the moment
  • How to build a Road Map of your partner s pleasure
  • Essential moves for cunnilingus, strap-ons, hand sex and more!
  • Positions to avoid fatigue and generate the power you need to rock your girl's world!

You'll gain confidence to please your girl, no matter what your hands-on experience. Buckle your seat belt and get ready to ride!

Additional contributors include: Claudia Astorino, Tobi Hill-Meyer, Tina Horn, Megan Andelloux, Ignacio Rivera, Sophia St. James, Carol Queen, and Ducky Doolittle

Topics include: Safer Sex, STIs, Cunnilingus, Strap-on sex, Trans Women, Intersex, Sex and Disability, Gender Identity, Coming Out, Menopause, Pregnancy, Dyke Drama, Relationship Skills, Flirting, Vibrators and Other Toys, Lesbian Identity, Bisexual and Pansexual Identity, and much more!

Photographing Women: Posing, Lighting, and Shooting Techniques for Portrait and Fashion Photography [EPUB]

Photographing Women: Posing, Lighting, and Shooting Techniques for Portrait and Fashion Photography [EPUB]
Photographing Women: Posing, Lighting, and Shooting Techniques for Portrait and Fashion Photography by Jeff Rojas
2016 | EPUB | 12.59MB

Following up on the success of his first book, Photographing Men, photographer and author Jeff Rojas has created a companion book that covers everything you need to know about photographing women. Unlike so many other books on the market that focus on photographing women―which are often just a collection of images that show different posing and lighting setups―in Photographing Women: Posing, Lighting, and Shooting Techniques for Portrait and Fashion, Jeff actually teaches you what you need to know in order to create great images.

In the book, Jeff first discusses the variety of face shapes and body types you’ll work with when photographing women. He then dives deeply into teaching you the posing, styling, and lighting techniques that will flatter your subjects and convey your intended message. In Photographing Women, you’ll learn:

  • How to identify different face shapes, and how to decide on makeup and lighting choices based on those shapes
  • The different body types that most women have―diamond, hourglass, rectangle, apple, etc.―and how best to flatter them
  • All about “perceived flaws”―such as love handles and double chins―and what to do about them
  • The difference between posing and directing your subjects
  • How to style your subject appropriately, depending on the type of shoot (portrait, boudoir, commercial, etc.)
  • How to pose your subject for standing, sitting, and lying poses
  • The lighting techniques you need to know in order to create beautiful, flattering light in your photos
  • And much more!

In the final section of the book, covering lighting, Jeff brings it all together and provides 21 unique lighting setups, working through a series of shoots that cover portrait, commercial, and fashion photography.

Photographing Men: Posing, Lighting, and Shooting Techniques for Portrait and Fashion Photography [AZW3]

Photographing Men: Posing, Lighting, and Shooting Techniques for Portrait and Fashion Photography [AZW3]
Photographing Men: Posing, Lighting, and Shooting Techniques for Portrait and Fashion Photography by Jeff Rojas
2016 | AZW3 | 20.22MB

More and more men are seeking out great portrait, commercial, or fashion photography. For working photographers, photographing men may be one of today's greatest new opportunities. But, while there are dozens of books, guides, and workshops on photographing women, there's been practically nothing comparable for men… until now!

Jeff Rojas's Photographing Men is today's definitive full-color guide to every aspect of modern male photography. Rojas builds on his unique in-person course, which has made him Google's #1 go-to search result for knowledge on photographing males. Rojas covers posing, styling, posing, lighting, post-production, and more, showing how to achieve outstanding results and maximum creative expression. You'll discover how to:

  • Make male clients look natural, masculine, and confident
  • Skillfully document your male clients' best attributes, physical and emotional
  • Define every man's face shapes, body shapes, and other features
  • Compensate for flaws and perceived flaws, including acne, baldness, double chins, gray hair, wrinkles, and large features
  • Overcome the challenges of styling male subjects, including big, skinny, and short men
  • Understand how a suit should really fit your subject - and what to do if suits are out of the question
  • Properly light all shapes and sizes of men for portraits, fashion, and commercial images (with complete lighting diagrams, behind-the-scenes images, and gear lists)
  • Get detailed examples and tips for portraits, 3/4 poses, and full-length poses
  • Photograph entrepreneurs, managers, prosperous men, innovators, "classic" and "handsome" men, athletes, muscle men, underwear models, and even movie stars
  • Complement every man's features in post-production techniques
  • And much more

Macrophotography: Create Larger-Than-Life Photographs of Nature's Smallest Subjects [EPUB]

Macrophotography: Create Larger-Than-Life Photographs of Nature's Smallest Subjects [EPUB]
Macrophotography: Create Larger-Than-Life Photographs of Nature's Smallest Subjects by Dennis Quinn
2016 | EPUB | 18.21MB

Macrophotography allows for the capture of small photographic subjects in life size or larger magnification, allowing viewers to experience the world around them in a way that is simple not possible with the naked eye. With a magnified view, we can see the distinctive make-up of an insect, animal, or flow

er--its texture, details, and subject features that we might otherwise be completely unaware of.

In this unique book, Dennis Quinn turns his macro lenses upon the natural world and teaches readers to choose and use the tools they need to capture magical images of all manner of bugs, flowers, reptiles, and more. In each of the 60 sections in this beautifully illustrated book, Quinn details the tricks of the trade. You'll learn where to find your subjects, how to make sure that the background adds to the overall impact of the image, how to track insects in flight, and other skills that will increase your odds of capturing technically strong, visually rewarding shots. In each section, you'll see 1 to 3 images of a unique subject and will get detailed instruction as to how Quinn shot the image--including the equipment used, settings chosen, the camera angle, and more.

There's more to this book than instructional photographic text. In each of the 60 discrete sections, Quinn provides fascinating tidbits about each animate object--describing the life cycle, feeding habits, mating rituals, breeding, and much more--or characteristics of botanical subjects.

This book provides an inspiring and enlightening blend of photographic technique and fascinating science lessons. It is perfect for serious amateur photographers, wildlife/landscape photography enthusiasts, and even those whose "bread and butter" shots are in another genre completely. The book is sure to impress.

After the Camera: Digital Transformations for Conceptual Nude & Portrait Photography [EPUB]

After the Camera: Digital Transformations for Conceptual Nude & Portrait Photography [EPUB]
After the Camera: Digital Transformations for Conceptual Nude & Portrait Photography by Thom Rouse
2016 | EPUB | 19.56MB

Thom Rouse seems to have an unbridled artistic sensibility. In this book, he offers up for review sixty of his favorite fine-art images. Rouse takes photographers behind the scenes of his creative process, showing the starting point—always a portrait, captured by him—and then details the Photoshop tools and techniques he used and, sometimes, some “accessory” images that he adds into the mix, to create a dramatically different work of art. While the components and tone of each image vary from page to page, Rouse strictly maintains that his creative process is based on the idea that each work of art must, at its core, remain photographic. In other words, his fine-art works are enhanced, stylized portraits that transcend the limits typically self-imposed by portrait artists. His goal in creating the book is to educate and inspire other photographers—or, in the words of the artist—to “show you something you haven’t seen before.”

This book features a collection of beautiful portraits that collide with a strange collections of elements—one portrait, entitled Shhhh, is coupled with ornamental wooden fish, goose wings, and parts of an aircraft; another, called Andromeda, uses complex Photoshop blending techniques and texture layers to create a Gustav Klimt-inspired feel in the photograph—to create a storytelling piece that elevates the portrait to a fine art category. On page after page, you’ll discover how Rouse conceptualized the featured work of art, the steps he took to bring the concept to life, and the curiously beautiful artistic portrait result.

Japanese Modern Architecture 1920-2015: Developments and Dialogues [EPUB]

Japanese Modern Architecture 1920-2015: Developments and Dialogues [EPUB]
Japanese Modern Architecture 1920-2015: Developments and Dialogues by Ari Seligmann
2016 | EPUB | 9.21MB

Japanese Modern Architecture 1920-2015 uses a series of thematic lenses to explain the rich history of Japanese architectural developments from the 1920s foundation of modern architecture to contemporary permutations of modern and post-modern architecture. The book introduces the diversity of Japanese architecture and traces the evolution of Japanese architecture in the context of domestic and international developments. It examines the relationship between architecture and nature, and explores various approaches to craft and material. Finally, this new book considers tensions between refinement and ostentation in architectural expression.

Guns in the Hands of Artists [EPUB]

Guns in the Hands of Artists [EPUB]
Guns in the Hands of Artists by Jonathan Ferrara
2016 | EPUB | 21.1MB

In the 1990s, the New Orleans murder rate exploded. In 1996, 350 people were killed―the highest number in the city’s history, and the highest rate in the nation. In response to this crisis, gallery owner and artist Jonathan Ferrara and artist Brian Borrello, launched a powerful project: Guns in the Hands of Artists. Over sixty artists, including painters, glass artists, sculptors, photographers, and poets, used decommissioned guns taken off the city streets via a gun buyback program to express a thought, make a statement, open a discussion, and to stimulate thinking about guns and gun violence in America.

As gun violence continues to devastate the nation on a daily basis, Guns in the Hands of Artists reemerged in 2012 as a community-based social activist art project that has since traveled to six cities across the US. Using art as a mirror for life and interweaving the works of thirty diverse artists with the voices of seventeen national thought leaders, this book is an important outgrowth of the exhibition and an extension of its efforts to employ art as a vehicle for dialogue, as a call to action, and―ultimately―as an agent of change.

Essays by: Walter Isaacson, Senator Tim Kaine, Lupe Fiasco, Richard Ford, Joe Nocera, Trymaine Lee, Lolis Eric Elie, John M. Barry, Dan Cameron, Lucia McBath, Harry Shearer, Jonathan Ferrara, Brian Borrello, Maria Cuomo Cole, Michael Waldman, E. Ethelbert Miller, Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly.

Graphic Design in Urban Environments [EPUB]

Graphic Design in Urban Environments [EPUB]
Graphic Design in Urban Environments by Robert Harland
2014 | EPUB | 6.02MB

Graphic Design in Urban Environments introduces the idea of a category of designed graphic objects that significantly contribute to the functioning of urban systems. These elements, smaller than buildings, are generally understood by urban designers to comprise such phenomena as sculpture, clock towers, banners, signs, large screens, the portrayal of images on buildings through “smart screens,” and other examples of what urban designers call “urban objects.”The graphic object as it is defined here also refers to a range of familiar things invariably named in the literature as maps, street numbers, route signs, bus placards, signs, architectural communication, commercial vernacular, outdoor publicity, lettering, banners, screens, traffic and direction signs and street furniture. One can also add markings of a sports pitch, lighting, bollards, even red carpets or well dressings.

By looking at the environment, and design and deconstructing form and context relationships, the defining properties and configurational patterns that make up graphic objects are shown in this book to link the smallest graphic detail (e.g. the number 16) to larger symbolic statements (e.g. the Empire State Building). From a professional design practice perspective, a cross section through type, typographic, graphic and urban design will provide a framework for considering the design transition between alphabets, writing systems, images (in the broadest sense) and environments.

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone [Audiobook]

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone [Audiobook]
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone [Audiobook] by Olivia Laing, read by Susan Lyons
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 55 mins | 223.9MB

An expertly crafted work of reportage, memoir and biography on the subject of loneliness told through the lives of iconic artists, by the acclaimed author of The Trip to Echo Spring

What does it mean to be lonely? How do we live, if we're not intimately engaged with another human being? How do we connect with other people? Does technology draw us closer together or trap us behind screens?

When Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her mid-thirties, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Increasingly fascinated by this most shameful of experiences, she began to explore the lonely city by way of art. Moving fluidly between works and lives - from Edward Hopper's Nighthawks to Andy Warhol's Time Capsules, from Henry Darger's hoarding to the depredations of the AIDS crisis - Laing conducts an electric, dazzling investigation into what it means to be alone, illuminating not only the causes of loneliness but also how it might be resisted and redeemed.

Humane, provocative and deeply moving, The Lonely City is about the spaces between people and the things that draw them together, about sexuality, mortality and the magical possibilities of art. It's a celebration of a strange and lovely state, adrift from the larger continent of human experience, but intrinsic to the very act of being alive.

What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves [Audiobook]

What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves [Audiobook]
What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves [Audiobook] by Benjamin K Bergen, read by the Author
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 45 mins | 238.84MB

Nearly everyone swears - whether it's over a few too many drinks, in reaction to a stubbed toe, or in flagrante delicto. And yet, we sit idly by as words are banned from television and censored in books. We insist that people excise profanity from their vocabularies, and we punish children for yelling the very same dirty words that we'll mutter in relief seconds after they fall asleep. Swearing, it seems, is an intimate part of us that we have decided to selectively deny.

That's a damn shame.

Swearing is useful. It can be funny, cathartic, or emotionally arousing. As linguist and cognitive scientist Benjamin K. Bergen shows us, it also opens a new window onto how our brains process language and why languages vary around the world and over time.

In this groundbreaking yet ebullient romp through the linguistic muck, Bergen answers intriguing questions: How can patients left otherwise speechless after a stroke still shout "Goddamn!" when they get upset? When did a cock grow to be more than merely a rooster? Why is crap vulgar when poo is just childish? Do slurs make you treat people differently? Why is the first word that Samoan children say not mommy but eat shit? And why do we extend a middle finger to flip someone the bird?

Smart as hell and funny as f–k, What the F is mandatory listening for anyone who wants to know how and why we swear.

In Europe's Shadow: Two Cold Wars and a Thirty-Year Journey Through Romania and Beyond [Audiobook]

In Europe's Shadow: Two Cold Wars and a Thirty-Year Journey Through Romania and Beyond [Audiobook]
In Europe's Shadow: Two Cold Wars and a Thirty-Year Journey Through Romania and Beyond [Audiobook] by Robert D Kaplan, read by Paul Boehmer
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 52 mins | 296.27MB

In Bucharest, Romania's capital, Kaplan discovered that few Westerners were reporting on the country - one of the darkest corners of Europe during the Cold War. In an intense and cinematic travelogue, Kaplan explores the history and culture of the only country in the West where the leading intellectuals have been right-wing rather than left-wing; a country that gave rise to the dictator Ion Antonescu, Hitler's chief foreign accomplice during WWII; a country where the Latin West mixes with the Greek East, producing a fascinating fusion of cultures.

In Europe's Shadow is a deep and vivid immersion into one place, a country that is a metaphor for Europe's current challenge in confronting Vladimir Putin's Russia. With the brilliant, insightful Kaplan as our narrator and eyewitness, this book is a shorthand masterpiece about imperialism and a country critical to our understanding of the last century in Europe.

Irena's Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto [Audiobook]

Irena's Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto [Audiobook]
Irena's Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto [Audiobook] by Tilar J Mazzeo, read by Amanda Carlin
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 31 mins | 289.1MB

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot comes an extraordinary and gripping account of Irena Sendler—the “female Oskar Schindler”—who took staggering risks to save 2,500 children from death and deportation in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II.

In 1942, one young social worker, Irena Sendler, was granted access to the Warsaw ghetto as a public health specialist. While there, she reached out to the trapped Jewish families, going from door to door and asking the parents to trust her with their young children. She started smuggling them out of the walled district, convincing her friends and neighbors to hide them. Driven to extreme measures and with the help of a network of local tradesmen, ghetto residents, and her star-crossed lover in the Jewish resistance, Irena ultimately smuggled thousands of children past the Nazis. She made dangerous trips through the city’s sewers, hid children in coffins, snuck them under overcoats at checkpoints, and slipped them through secret passages in abandoned buildings.

But Irena did something even more astonishing at immense personal risk: she kept secret lists buried in bottles under an old apple tree in a friend’s back garden. On them were the names and true identities of those Jewish children, recorded with the hope that their relatives could find them after the war. She could not have known that more than ninety percent of their families would perish.

In Irena’s Children, Tilar Mazzeo tells the incredible story of this courageous and brave woman who risked her life to save innocent children from the Holocaust—a truly heroic tale of survival, resilience, and redemption.

The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father and Finding the Zodiac Killer [Audiobook]

The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father and Finding the Zodiac Killer [Audiobook]
The Most Dangerous Animal of All: Searching for My Father and Finding the Zodiac Killer [Audiobook] by Gary L Stewart, Susan Mustafa, read by Gary L Stewart
2014 | MP3 VBR V5 + EPUB | 10 hrs 52 mins | 541.82MB

Soon after his birthmother contacted him for the first time at the age of thirty-nine, adoptee Gary L. Stewart decided to search for his biological father. His quest would lead him to a horrifying truth and force him to reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself and his world.

Written with award-winning author and journalist Susan Mustafa, The Most Dangerous Animal of All tells the story of Stewart's decade-long hunt. While combing through government records and news reports and tracking down relatives and friends, Stewart turns up a host of clues-including forensic evidence-that conclusively identify his father as the Zodiac Killer, one of the most notorious and elusive serial murderers in history.

For decades, the Zodiac Killer has captivated America's imagination. His ability to evade capture while taunting authorities made him infamous. The vicious specificity of his crimes terrified Californians before the Manson murders and after, and shocked a culture enamored with the ideals of the dawning Age of Aquarius. To this day, his ciphers have baffled detectives and amateur sleuths, and his identity remains one of the twentieth century's great unsolved mysteries.

The Most Dangerous Animal of All reveals the name of the Zodiac for the very first time. Mustafa and Stewart construct a chilling psychological profile of Stewart's father: as a boy with disturbing fixations, a frustrated intellectual with pretensions to high culture, and an inappropriate suitor and then jilted lover unable to process his rage. At last, all the questions that have surrounded the case for almost fifty years are answered in this riveting narrative. The result is a singular work of true crime at its finest-a compelling, unbelievable true story told with the pacing of a page-turning novel-as well as a sensational and powerful memoir.

Titan II: A History of a Cold War Missile [Audiobook]

Titan II: A History of a Cold War Missile [Audiobook]
Titan II: A History of a Cold War Missile [Audiobook] by David Stumpf, read by Douglas R Pratt
2014 | MP3@56 kbps | 12 hrs 5 mins | 332.8MB

A comprehensive study of the missile system that formed a critical component of the United States' nuclear arsenal.

The Titan II ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) program was developed by the United States military to bolster the size, strength, and speed of the nation's strategic weapons arsenal in the 1950s and 1960s. Each missile carried a single warhead - the largest in U.S. inventory - used liquid fuel propellants, and was stored and launched from hardened underground silos. The missiles were deployed at basing facilities in Arkansas, Arizona, and Kansas and remained in active service for over 20 years. Since military deactivation in the early 1980s, the Titan II has served as a reliable satellite launch vehicle.

Titan II will be welcomed by professionals and laymen, and by the many civilian and Air Force personnel who were involved in the program - a deterrent weapons system that proved to be successful in defending America from nuclear attack.

The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars [Audiobook]

The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars [Audiobook]
The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars [Audiobook] by Paul Collins, read by William Dufris
2011 | MP3@96 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 43 mins | 398.4MB

In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime were turning up all over New York, but the police were baffled: There were no witnesses, no motives, no suspects.

The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most perplexing murder. Seized upon by battling media moguls Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst, the case became a publicity circus. Re-creations of the murder were staged in Times Square, armed reporters lurked in the streets of Hell's Kitchen in pursuit of suspects, and an unlikely trio - an anxious cop, a cub reporter, and an eccentric professor - all raced to solve the crime. What emerged was a sensational love triangle and an even more sensational trial: an unprecedented capital case hinging on circumstantial evidence around a victim that the police couldn't identify with certainty - and that the defense claimed wasn't even dead.

The Murder of the Century is a rollicking tale - a rich evocation of America during the Gilded Age and a colorful re-creation of the tabloid wars that have dominated media to this day.

The Cage: The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers [Audiobook]

The Cage: The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers [Audiobook]
The Cage: The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers [Audiobook] by Gordon Weiss, read by James Adams
2014 | M4B@64 kbps + MOBI | 13 hrs 12 mins | 359.63MB

In the closing days of the 30-year Sri Lankan civil war, tens of thousands of civilians were killed, according to UN estimates, as government forces hemmed in the last remaining Tamil Tiger rebels on a tiny sand spit, dubbed "The Cage". Gordon Weiss, a journalist and UN spokesperson in Sri Lanka during the final years of the war, pulls back the curtain of government misinformation to tell the full story for the first time. Tracing the role of foreign influence as it converged with a history of radical Buddhism and ethnic conflict, The Cage is a harrowing portrait of an island paradise torn apart by war and the root causes and catastrophic consequences of a revolutionary uprising caught in the crossfire of international power jockeying.

Gordon Weiss has lived in New York and worked in numerous conflict and natural disaster zones including Bosnia, Afghanistan, Darfur, Pakistan, Congo, and Haiti. Employed by the United Nations for over 12 years, Weiss is now a writer, speaker, and analyst of international affairs as well as a founding advisor to the International Crimes Evidence Project, currently investigating war crimes.

Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney: Slavery, Secession and the President's War Powers [Audiobook]

Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney: Slavery, Secession and the President's War Powers [Audiobook]
Lincoln and Chief Justice Taney: Slavery, Secession and the President's War Powers [Audiobook] by James F Simon, read by Richard Allen
2006 | MP3@64 kbps | 11 hrs 26 mins | 314.8MB
The clashes between President Abraham Lincoln and Chief Justice Roger B. Taney over slavery, secession, and Lincoln's constitutional war powers went to the heart of Lincoln's presidency. Lincoln and Taney's bitter disagreements began with Taney's Dred Scott opinion in 1857, when the chief justice declared that the Constitution did not grant the black man any rights that the white man was bound to honor. Lincoln attacked the opinion as a warped judicial interpretation of the Framers' intent and accused Taney of being a member of a pro-slavery national conspiracy. In his first inaugural address, Lincoln insisted that the South had no legal right to secede. Taney, who administered the oath of office to Lincoln, believed that the South's secession was legal and in the best interests of both sections of the country. Once the war began, Lincoln broadly interpreted his constitutional powers as commander-in-chief to prosecute the war, suspending habeas corpus, censoring the press, and allowing military courts to try civilians for treason. Taney vociferously disagreed, accusing Lincoln of assuming dictatorial powers in violation of the Constitution. Lincoln ignored Taney's protests and exercised his presidential authority fearlessly, determined that he would preserve the Union. James F. Simon skillfully brings to life this compelling story of the momentous tug-of-war between the president and the chief justice during the worst crisis in the nation's history.

Ancient Aliens: The Official Companion Book [Audiobook]

Ancient Aliens: The Official Companion Book [Audiobook]
Ancient Aliens: The Official Companion Book [Audiobook] by The Producers of Ancient Aliens, read by Giorgio A Tsoukalos, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Robert Clotworthy, Kevin Burns
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 10 mins | 142.6MB

The first official companion book to History network's hit series Ancient Aliens: a powerful journey through human history that explores fascinating unanswered questions about the origins of our civilizations. With a foreword by series creator Kevin Burns.

Millions of people around the world believe we have been visited in the past by extraterrestrial beings. What if it were true? And if so, what if there were clues left behind? Each week hundreds of thousands of viewers tune in to the wildly popular Ancient Aliens television series to seek insight into those very questions - and to become part of a thrilling, probing exploration of the mysteries at the heart of world civilizations.

The first official companion book to the hit show Ancient Aliens takes listeners even deeper into the mysteries that have made the show a pop culture phenomenon. Filled with exciting insights and behind-the-scenes stories from the show's creators and leading experts in ancient alien theory, the book explores the key questions at the heart of the series:

  • Who were they?
  • Why did they come?
  • What did they leave behind?
  • Where did they go?
  • Will they return?

Transporting listeners around the globe, Ancient Aliens explores the fascinating enigmas and mysterious artifacts our ancestors left behind, from incredible objects to amazingly accurate ancient maps; from the Great Pyramid of Giza and stone megaliths at Gobekli Tepe to the Nazca Plains and mysterious structures of Puma Punku.

Both the ultimate fan book and the perfect gift for listeners new to the show, Ancient Aliens is a compelling journey through the mysteries of our ancient civilizations and the possibility of alien influence on our cultures.

Get It Together: Why We Deserve Better Politics [Audiobook]

Get It Together: Why We Deserve Better Politics [Audiobook]
Get It Together: Why We Deserve Better Politics [Audiobook] by Zoe Williams, read by Lisa Coleman
2015 | MP3@48 kbps | 8 hrs 42 mins | 179.34MB

A rousing call to arms for a fairer society from the well-loved Guardian political journalist Zoe Williams.

Whether we have children or not, we all want the future to be fairer and happier, and Zoe Williams believes we need to make that happen collectively. Get It Together is a rousing call to arms for us all to play our parts in creating a more equal society. Zoe believes it's not enough to sit back and watch as our NHS slides away from us, as the young and low earners are forced out of London, as hundreds of thousands of people nationally drift into poverty, as education becomes increasingly divided, and as the wealthiest five people in Britain earn more than the poorest 20 percent.

Zoe will address key questions including: Has the NHS had its day? Has an immigrant stolen your job? Have you ever wondered why you can't afford a house? And who got us into this mess anyway? She will then offer up, in answer, a combination of fact, opinion, and debate that will be as inspiring as it is important.

Zoe Williams brings together here all the arguments that occupy the current political landscape and shows us that on all levels, it's lunacy to be anything other than left wing unless you're actually already an oligarch. She offers us the debate in a truly entertaining way - she's pacey, conversational, and funny.

The Ghosts of K2: The Epic Saga of the First Ascent [Audiobook]

The Ghosts of K2: The Epic Saga of the First Ascent [Audiobook]
The Ghosts of K2: The Epic Saga of the First Ascent [Audiobook] by Mick Conefrey, read by
2015 | MP3@32 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 16 mins | 167.65MB

At 28,251 feet, K2 might be almost 800 feet shorter than Everest, but it's a far harder climb. It will kill you on the way up and the way down.

Mick Conefrey guides us through the early story of the legendary mountain and the extraordinary attempts that led up to its first ascent in 1954 - these are tales of riveting drama and unimaginable tragedy.

Starting with the ill-fated attempts of the drug-addicted occultist Aleister Crowley and the wealthy Italian Duke of Abruzzi, the book then focusses on the three dramatic expeditions of 1939, 1953 and 1954.

The thread joining them together is the American Charlie Houston - a brilliant but tortured expedition leader who dreamed of being the first man to make it all the way to the top.

Based on exclusive interviews with surviving team members and their families and access to diaries and letters that have been archived around the world, this is a narrative that evokes the true atmosphere of the 'Savage Mountain' and explores the complicated legacy of the first ascent.

Wrought with tension and populated by tragic heroes and eccentric dreamers, Ghosts of K2 is a masterpiece of mountaineering literature.