Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey: 150 New Recipes Evoking the Flavours of the Far East [EPUB]

Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey: 150 New Recipes Evoking the Flavours of the Far East [EPUB]
Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey: 150 New Recipes Evoking the Flavours of the Far East by Rick Stein
2010 | EPUB | 25.93MB

Rick has visited traditional family-run restaurants, street vendors, floating markets, night markets, fishing villages, and the local cinnamon and rice farmers to learn about the authentic food of the Far East, and to sample the delicious spectrum of flavors

In Vietnam, Rick Stein tracks down the best recipe for pho, a searing soup of vegetables, shrimp, chilli and fresh mint; in Cambodia he makes kroeung, a kind of aromatic curry; and he samples jhol, a light fish stew, in Bangladesh. Traveling on through Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Indonesia, he enjoys (and shows readers how to make) an array of inspired dishes. More than 150 new recipes, divided by country, are each complemented by Rick's colorful travel anecdotes and stunning location photography. From Thailand, he offers Oyster Omelettes and Green Papaya Salad. Malaysian dishes include Malaysian Fruit Salad with Tamarind, Chili, and Palm Sugar Dressing. Sri Lankan recipes include Potato Mustard Curry and White Pumpkin Curry. This lavish and unique collection evokes the magic of bustling markets, exotic locations, and exciting flavors.

Meditate Your Weight: A 21-Day Retreat to Optimize Your Metabolism and Feel Great [Audiobook]

Meditate Your Weight: A 21-Day Retreat to Optimize Your Metabolism and Feel Great [Audiobook]
Meditate Your Weight: A 21-Day Retreat to Optimize Your Metabolism and Feel Great [Audiobook] by Tiffany Cruikshank, read by the Author
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 21 mins | 310.49MB

An international yoga teacher, a meditation expert, and a health and wellness expert, Tiffany Cruikshank shows listeners a whole new way to lighten up: using meditation to explore what's weighing them down physically, emotionally, and mentally so as to maximize metabolism and sustain a healthy weight and body image.

Meditate Your Weight is a 21-day weight-loss plan that employs a daily journaling and meditation practice to coach listeners through the various mental blocks, thoughts, habits, and behaviors that stand in their way of living in strong, healthy, well-loved bodies.

Sex from Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules [Audiobook]

Sex from Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules [Audiobook]
Sex from Scratch: Making Your Own Relationship Rules [Audiobook] by Sarah Mirk, read by Mark Peckham, Jorjeana Marie, Caitlin Davies, Julia Whelan
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 57 mins | 161.52MB

This essential, fun, insightful guide to living and loving will help you navigate the complexities of modern society's myriad nontraditional relationships.

With nearly 50 percent of marriages ending in divorce, a growing percentage of women over age 40 choosing not to have children, and more than 3 percent of the population identifying as LGBT, modern life is clearly in need of some modern relationship advice. Sex from Scratch analyzes the facets of contemporary relationships through the struggles, opinions, and experiences of a diverse group of individuals living in nontraditional relationships. Rather than telling listeners how to snag partners and find true love, it gleans real-life knowledge from people of all sexualities and genders--from individuals trying to make open relationships work to those who have opted against having children--distilling their hard-earned wisdom.

Contributions from Andi Zeisler, Stu Rasmussen, Betty Dodson, and others make this love and dating guidebook an essential, fun, and insightful resource for anyone in any type of relationship.

Imperial Triumph: The Roman World from Hadrian to Constantine [EPUB]

Imperial Triumph: The Roman World from Hadrian to Constantine [EPUB]
Imperial Triumph: The Roman World from Hadrian to Constantine by Michael Kulikowski
2016 | EPUB | 6.38MB

Imperial Triumph presents the history of Rome at the height of its imperial power. Beginning with the reign of Hadrian in Rome and ending with the death of Julian the Apostate on campaign in Persia, it offers an intimate account of the twists and often deadly turns of imperial politics in which successive emperors rose and fell with sometimes bewildering rapidity. Yet, despite this volatility, the Romans were able to see off successive attacks by Parthians, Germans, Persians and Goths and to extend and entrench their position as masters of Europe and the Mediterranean. Imperial Triumph shows how they managed to do it.

Michael Kulikowski describes the empire's cultural integration in the second century, the political crises of the third when Rome's Mediterranean world became subject to the larger forces of Eurasian history, and the remaking of Roman imperial institutions in the fourth century under Constantine and his son Constantius II. The Constantinian revolution, Professor Kulikowski argues, was the pivot on which imperial fortunes turned - the beginning of the parting of ways between the eastern and western empires.

This sweeping account of one of the world's greatest empires is incisive, readable and authoritative.

The U.S. Navy SEAL Guide to Food and Hunting Secrets [EPUB]

The U.S. Navy SEAL Guide to Food and Hunting Secrets [EPUB]
The US Navy SEAL Guide to Food and Hunting Secrets by Don Mann
2012 | EPUB | 4.27MB

Learn how to hunt and procure food from expert Don Mann. In a survival situation, you have to learn to be adaptable and take advantage of the food sources that are available. If you aren’t able to catch a fish or shoot a rabbit, consider eating edible insects, such as grasshoppers and ants. You can also eat a variety of plants, though you shouldn’t eat unknown ones without testing them first. Snakes, birds, even mice are potential food sources. Don Mann covers this and more, including harvesting edible plants, building deadfalls and snares, cooking over hot stones, and much more.

How to Build a Fire: And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew [EPUB]

How to Build a Fire: And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew [EPUB]
How to Build a Fire: And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew by Erin Bried
2010 | EPUB | 2.72MB

A HANDY GUIDE FULL OF HOW-TO TIPS AND SAGE ADVICE FROM GRANDFATHERS

As members of the Greatest Generation, our grandfathers were not only defined by the Depression but also by their heroic service to the country in World War II. Courageous, responsible, and involved, they understand sacrifice, hard work, and how to do whatever is necessary to take care of their loved ones. They also know how to have a rollicking good time.

Sensible, fun, and inspiring, How to Build a Fire offers a rare glimpse into the hearts and minds of grandfathers near and far by sharing their practical skills and sweet stories on how to be stronger, smarter, richer, and happier. Inside are more than one hundred essential step-by-step tips for fixing, leading, prospering, playing, and hosting, including how to

  • buck up and be brave in the face of adversity
  • play hard and break in a baseball mitt
  • bait a hook and catch a big fish
  • look dapper and tie a perfect tie
  • get a raise and earn more
  • write a love letter and kindle romance
  • change a flat tire and save the day
  • stand up and give a sparkling toast
  • play the harmonica and make your own music

Loaded with charming illustrations, good humor, and warm nostalgia, How to Build a Fire is the perfect handbook for guys or gals of any age. The first of its kind, this collection of our grandfathers’ hard-earned wisdom will help you build confidence and get back to what’s really important in life.

How to Rock Your Baby: And Other Timeless Tips for Modern Moms [EPUB]

How to Rock Your Baby: And Other Timeless Tips for Modern Moms [EPUB]
How to Rock Your Baby: And Other Timeless Tips for Modern Moms by Erin Bried
2012 | EPUB | 2.1MB

Just what every new mother needs--100 charming and useful step-by-step how-to's, advice, and stories, culled from mothers and grandmothers throughout the ages.

As a first-time mother, Erin Bried found she had countless things to worry about. She realized she didn't want to follow the latest trends—she wanted real, time-tested advice about how to calm her baby when she cries, get her to burp after she eats, and change her diapers as quickly as humanly possible.

So she sought out real experts: mothers who've raised extraordinary children and whose simple advice has stood the test of time. Women like Esther Safran Foer, mother of novelist Jonathan Safran Foer; Elaine Maddow, mother of MSNBC host Rachel Maddow; and Sunchita Tyson, mother of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, among others.

Based on what she learned from these amazing moms, Erin shares time-tested ways to calm a teething baby, make homemade baby food, knit booties, lull a baby to sleep, and so much more. Written with charm, heart, and just the right amount of sass, and filled with retro illustrations, How to Rock Your Baby is the perfect gift for new mothers everywhere.

21 Days to Resilience: How to Transcend the Daily Grind, Deal with the Tough Stuff, and Discover Your Strongest Self [Audiobook]

21 Days to Resilience: How to Transcend the Daily Grind, Deal with the Tough Stuff, and Discover Your Strongest Self [Audiobook]
21 Days to Resilience: How to Transcend the Daily Grind, Deal with the Tough Stuff, and Discover Your Strongest Self [Audiobook] by Zelana Montminy, read by Heather Henderson
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 4 hrs 12 mins | 111.64MB

A groundbreaking, practical three-week program to help you cope with life's tough moments, overcome misfortune, build habitual resiliency, and ultimately boost your overall happiness.

Truly happy and successful people share a common trait: resilience. Not only do they know how to rebound from setbacks, but they are strengthened by challenges, gaining the emotional toughness to persevere whether facing a professional crisis, a personal tragedy - or just an ordinary bad day. The good news is that with the right tools, you can train yourself to be resilient and become happier, healthier, and more successful.

In 21 Days to Resilience, Dr. Zelana Montminy gives you a practical, concrete toolkit to develop your capacity to recover quickly. Each day of her powerful program, Dr. Montmimy introduces a key concept necessary to improve resiliency and enhance well-being - such as courage, focus, positivity, self-care, and social support - then provides three quick skills to accomplish. Throughout the book she teaches you lifelong skills you can continue to practice and return to as needed to keep your resiliency muscles strong.

Combining science, real-life anecdotes, exercises, and insights from practical experience, 21 Days to Resilience provides the foundation for happiness and shows you how to achieve it - how to bounce back from any disappointment, hurdle, or misfortune - for the rest of your life.

Collaborative Intelligence: Thinking with People Who Think Differently [Audiobook]

Collaborative Intelligence: Thinking with People Who Think Differently [Audiobook]
Collaborative Intelligence: Thinking with People Who Think Differently [Audiobook] by Dawna Markova, Angie McArthur, read by Ellen Archer
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 47 mins | 232.29MB

A breakthrough book on the transformative power of collaborative thinking.

Collaborative intelligence, or CQ, is a measure of our ability to think with others on behalf of what matters to us all. It is emerging as a new professional currency at a time when the way we think, interact, and innovate is shifting. In the past, "market share" companies ruled by hierarchy and top-down leadership. Today, the new market leaders are "mind share" companies, where influence is more important than power, and success relies on collaboration and the ability to inspire.

Collaborative Intelligence is the culmination of more than 50 years of original research that draws on Dawna Markova's background in cognitive neuroscience and her most recent work, with Angie McArthur, as a "professional thinking partner" to some of the world's top CEOs and creative professionals. Markova and McArthur are experts at getting brilliant yet difficult people to think together. They have been brought in to troubleshoot for Fortune 500 leaders in crisis and managers struggling to inspire their teams.

When asked about their biggest challenges at work, Markova and McArthur's clients all cite a common problem: other people. This response reflects the way we have been taught to focus on the gulfs between us rather than valuing our intellectual diversity - that is, the ways in which each of us is uniquely gifted, how we process information and frame questions, what kind of things deplete us, and what engages and inspires us. Through a series of practices and strategies, the authors teach us how to recognize our own mind patterns and map the talents of our teams, with the goal of embarking together on an aligned course of action and influence.

Make a Choice: When You Are at the Intersection of Happiness and Despair [Audiobook]

Make a Choice: When You Are at the Intersection of Happiness and Despair [Audiobook]
Make a Choice: When You Are at the Intersection of Happiness and Despair [Audiobook] by Jeff Benedict, read by Kirby Heyborne
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 3 hours | 69.22MB

New York Times best-selling author Jeff Benedict has seen both good and bad in his career as a journalist. Some of the best are the extraordinary people he has met who have made deliberate choices to live happier lives despite the extreme hardship that each of them has faced. Although life will knock us down from time to time, this book is an important reminder that we all can make a choice to get back up, brush ourselves off, and keep pressing forward.

"Each of us will find ourselves at the intersection of happiness and despair. And when that day comes, there are choices we can make that will help us turn and walk down the street called Happiness," says the author. From choosing to forgive to choosing to serve others to choosing to pray, the seven true stories that Jeff shares illustrate the power within each of us to choose to live a happier, more abundant life.

Stories include:

  • A husband who lost his wife when a young boy inadvertently pulled the trigger of a loaded shotgun
  • A waitress who nearly drowned after being swept away in a raging flood
  • A father who lost his one-year-old son to a rare disease
  • A woman lost at sea during a harrowing storm
  • A man who was brutally beaten but who chose to forgive his attacker
  • A mother whose home was demolished by a tornado, whose husband was diagnosed with cancer, and whose nine-year-old son has undergone nearly 100 surgeries
  • A father trying to raise his family in a neighborhood often targeted by gang members

The Gift of Adversity: The Unexpected Benefits of Life's Difficulties, Setbacks, and Imperfections [Audiobook]

The Gift of Adversity: The Unexpected Benefits of Life's Difficulties, Setbacks, and Imperfections [Audiobook]
The Gift of Adversity: The Unexpected Benefits of Life's Difficulties, Setbacks, and Imperfections [Audiobook] by Norman E Rosenthal, read by Erik Synnestvedt
2013 | MP3@64 kbps | 10 hrs 21 mins | 263.81MB

The noted research psychiatrist explores how life's disappointments and difficulties provide us with the lessons we need to become better, bigger, and more resilient human beings. Adversity is an irreducible fact of life. Although we can and should learn from all experiences, both positive and negative best-selling author Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal believes that adversity is by far the best teacher most of us will ever encounter. Whether the adversity one experiences is the result of poor decision making, a desire to test one's mettle, or plain bad luck, Rosenthal believes life's most important lessons - from the value of family to the importance of occasionally cutting corners - can be best learned from it.

Running counter to society's current prevailing message that "excellence" must always be aspired to, and failure or mistakes of any sort are to be avoided at all costs, Rosenthal shows that engaging with our own failures and defeats is one of the only ways we are able to live authentic and meaningful lives, and that each different type of adversity carries its own challenges and has the potential to yield its own form of wisdom.

Using stories from his own life - including his childhood in apartheid-era South Africa, his years after suffering a violent attack from a stranger, and his career as a psychiatrist - as well as case studies and discussions with well-known figures like Viktor Frankl and David Lynch, Rosenthal shows that true innovation, emotional resilience, wisdom, and dignity can only come from confronting and understanding the adversity we have experienced.

Even when life is hardest, there are meanings to be found, riches to be harvested, and gifts that can last a lifetime. Rosenthal illustrates his message through a series of compact, memorable chapters, each one drawn from episodes in the lives of his patients, colleagues, or himself, and concluded with a take-away maxim on the lesson learned.

The Last Safe Investment: Spending Now to Increase Your True Wealth Forever [Audiobook]

The Last Safe Investment: Spending Now to Increase Your True Wealth Forever [Audiobook]
The Last Safe Investment: Spending Now to Increase Your True Wealth Forever [Audiobook] by Bryan Franklin, Michael Ellsberg, read by Tim Andres Pabon
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 14 mins | 180.91MB

Michael Ellsberg and Bryan Franklin think you've been fed a lie: that if you save for decades and invest in 401(k)s, IRAs, and a home, these investments will grow steadily over decades, allowing twenty to thirty years of secure, peaceful retirement.

This might have been true at some point in the last century, but it is not true any longer. If you want to get ahead and enjoy a life of prosperity, the authors argue that you must invest in the most powerful source of wealth you'll ever know: your own earning power.

Ellsberg and Franklin reveal how investing in yourself in various ways can guarantee a return much higher than the stock market or real estate.

Boosting your skills, leadership, persuasion ability, and your network enriches the quality and meaning of your life at the same time that it enriches your wallet.

Why wouldn't you bet on yourself?

Freedom: My Book of Firsts [EPUB]

Freedom: My Book of Firsts [EPUB]
Freedom: My Book of Firsts by Jaycee Dugard
2016 | EPUB | 32.82MB

In the follow-up to her #1 bestselling memoir, A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard tells the story of her first experiences after years in captivity: the joys that accompanied her newfound freedom and the challenges of adjusting to life on her own.

When Jaycee Dugard was eleven years old, she was abducted from a school bus stop within sight of her home in South Lake Tahoe, California. She was missing for more than eighteen years, held captive by Philip and Nancy Garrido, and gave birth to two daughters during her imprisonment.

A Stolen Life, which sold nearly two million copies, told the story of Jaycee’s life from her abduction in 1991 through her reappearance in 2009. Freedom: My Book of Firsts is about everything that happened next.

“How do you rebuild a life?” Jaycee asks.

In these pages, she describes the life she never thought she would live to see: from her first sight of her mother to her first time meeting her grownup sister, her first trip to the dentist to her daughters’ first day of school, her first taste of champagne to her first hangover, her first time behind the wheel to her first speeding ticket, and her first dance at a friend’s wedding to her first thoughts about the possibility of a future relationship.

This raw and inspiring book will remind readers that there is, as Jaycee writes, “life after something tragic happens…Somehow, I still believe that we each hold the key to our own happiness and you have to grab it where you can in whatever form it might take.”

A Stolen Life: A Memoir [EPUB]

A Stolen Life: A Memoir [EPUB]
A Stolen Life: A Memoir by Jaycee Dugard
2011 | EPUB | 1.35MB

Jaycee Dugard’s New York Times bestselling memoir chronicles her raw and powerful story of being kidnapped in 1991 and held captive for more than eighteen years.

When Jaycee Dugard was eleven years old, she was abducted from a school bus stop within sight of her home in South Lake Tahoe, California. She was missing for more than eighteen years, held captive by Phillip Craig and Nancy Garrido, and gave birth to two daughters during her imprisonment. On August 26, 2009, Garrido showed up for a meeting with his parole officer; he brought Jaycee, her daughters, and his wife Nancy with him. Their unusual behavior raised suspicions and an investigation revealed the tent behind the Garridos’ home where Jaycee had been living for nearly two decades.

A Stolen Life was written by Jaycee herself and covers the period from the time of her abduction in 1991 up until the present. In her stark, compelling narrative, she opens up about what she experienced—and offers an extraordinary account of courage and resilience.

Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up [EPUB]

Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up [EPUB]
Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes, and Growing Up by Naya Rivera
2016 | EPUB | 4.73MB

Funny and deeply personal, Sorry Not Sorry recounts Glee star Naya Rivera's successes and missteps, urging young women to pursue their dreams and to refuse to let past mistakes define them.

Navigating through youth and young adulthood isn't easy, and in Sorry Not Sorry, Naya Rivera shows us that we're not alone in the highs, lows, and in-betweens. Whether it's with love and dating, career and ambition, friends, or gossip, Naya inspires us to follow our own destiny and step over--or plod through--all the crap along the way. After her rise and fall from early childhood stardom, barely eking her way through high school, a brief stint as a Hooters waitress, going through thick and thin with her mom/manager, and resurrecting her acting career as Santana Lopez on Glee, Naya emerged from these experiences with some key life lessons:

Sorry:

  • All those times I scrawled "I HATE MY MOM" in my journal. So many moms and teenage daughters don't get along--we just have to realize it's nothing personal on either side.
  • At-home highlights and DIY hair extensions. Some things are best left to the experts, and hair dye is one of them.
  • Falling in love with the idea of a person, instead of the actual person.

Not Sorry:

  • That I don't always get along with everyone. Having people not like you is a risk you have to take to be real, and I'll take that over being fake any day.
  • Laughing at the gossip instead of getting upset by it.
  • Getting my financial disasters out of the way early--before I was married or had a family--so that the only credit score that I wrecked was my own.

Even with a successful career and a family that she loves more than anything else, Naya says, "There's still a thirteen-year-old girl inside of me making detailed lists of how I can improve, who's never sure of my own self-worth." Sorry Not Sorry is for that thirteen-year-old in all of us.

Muhammad Ali: A Memoir: My Views of the Greatest [EPUB]

Muhammad Ali: A Memoir: My Views of the Greatest [EPUB]
Muhammad Ali: A Memoir: My Views of the Greatest by Michael Parkinson
2016 | EPUB | 1.79MB

Sir Michael Parkinson interviewed Muhammad Ali four times and in this memoir you are given a ringside seat for all of the interviews.

Muhammad Ali was God's Gift to the interviewer. Funny, articulate, outspoken with a fascinating life story, unparalleled talent and controversial views. These 4 interviews charted Ali's life, revealing significant phases at different times, charting the rise and fall of this kaleidoscope of a man.

In Muhammad Ali: A Memoir Sir Michael Parkinson will bring his award-winning journalistic talents to bear on this extraordinary man. The book will mix personal recollections of the times they met with selected transcripts of the famous and, in the case of the 1974 meeting, infamous interviews all brought together and contextualised by a sober and honest assessment of the life and times of a figure that, it is certain, we will never see the like of again.

Muhammad Ali: A Memoir is a fresh, revealing and personal account of the life of the most important and enduring cultural figures of our age.

The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career [EPUB]

The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career [EPUB]
The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career by Hillary Kerr, Katherine Power
2016 | EPUB | 4.33MB

The co-founders of the hugely successful Who What Wear empire share their best career advice for smart, stylish, self-starting women of all professional levels.

In The Career Code, the third book in the smash-hit Who What Wear series, fashion and digital entrepreneurs Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr bring you the Everygirl’s guide for creating your own professional success, on every level, flawlessly. The book is filled with insightful, pragmatic “career codes” to follow, as well as all of the practical, how-to advice they’ve learned while building their company from zero employees in 2006, to the thriving, multibrand, multiplatform, multi-million dollar company it is today.

In this approachable, authoritative, and inspirational book, you will find the most useful and accessible tips and tricks to strategically build your career into exactly what you want it to be, from negotiating your salary to avoiding the biggest mistake most people make when they quit. Chapters include advice on résumé building, dressing for the job you want, and how to effectively communicate at work—even with the most difficult colleagues—all done with the Who What Wear girls’ practical and polished signature style. It gives you total insight into how you can excel at work in every arena, whether you’re just starting your very first job, contemplating switching fields, or finally a boss who’s building her own team. The Career Code also includes over 20 of Hillary and Katherine’s best “life hacks” to ensure your out-of-office life runs just as smoothly as your career.

Take your ambition to the next level and give your career the stylish edge it deserves. This is the must-have handbook for every woman at every stage of her career, no matter where she sits in the boardroom.

Storm of Steel [EPUB]

Storm of Steel [EPUB]
Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger
2016 | EPUB | 1.18MB

The memoir widely viewed as the best account ever written of fighting in WW1

A memoir of astonishing power, savagery, and ashen lyricism, Storm of Steel illuminates not only the horrors but also the fascination of total war, seen through the eyes of an ordinary German soldier. Young, tough, patriotic, but also disturbingly self-aware, Jünger exulted in the Great War, which he saw not just as a great national conflict but—more importantly—as a unique personal struggle. Leading raiding parties, defending trenches against murderous British incursions, simply enduring as shells tore his comrades apart, Jünger kept testing himself, braced for the death that will mark his failure. Published shortly after the war’s end, Storm of Steel was a worldwide bestseller and can now be rediscovered through Michael Hofmann’s brilliant new translation.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life [EPUB]

The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life [EPUB]
The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life by Bernard Roth
2015 | EPUB | 1.88MB

The co-founder of the Stanford d.School introduces the power of design thinking to help you achieve goals you never thought possible.

Achievement can be learned. It’s a muscle, and once you learn how to flex it, you’ll be able to meet life’s challenges and fulfill your goals, Bernard Roth, Academic Director at the Stanford d.school contends.

In The Achievement Habit, Roth applies the remarkable insights that stem from design thinking—previously used to solve large scale projects—to help us realize the power for positive change we all have within us. Roth leads us through a series of discussions, stories, recommendations, and exercises designed to help us create a different experience in our lives. He shares invaluable insights we can use to gain confidence to do what we’ve always wanted and overcome obstacles that hamper us from reaching our potential, including:

  • Don’t try—DO;
  • Excuses are self-defeating;
  • Believe you are a doer and achiever and you’ll become one;
  • Build resiliency by reinforcing what you do rather than what you accomplish;
  • Learn to ignore distractions that prevent you from achieving your goals;
  • Become open to learning from your own experience and from those around you;
  • And more.

The brain is complex and is always working with our egos to sabotage our best intentions. But we can be mindful; we can create habits that make our lives better. Thoughtful and powerful The Achievement Habit shows you how.

Grow a Pair: How to Stop Being a Victim and Take Back Your Life, Your Business, and Your Sanity [EPUB]

Grow a Pair: How to Stop Being a Victim and Take Back Your Life, Your Business, and Your Sanity [EPUB]
Grow a Pair: How to Stop Being a Victim and Take Back Your Life, Your Business, and Your Sanity by Larry Winget
2013 | EPUB | 3.48MB

A five-time bestselling author and one of the country’s leading business speakers, Larry has made a reputation for being the first to challenge the positive-attraction gurus and the law-of-attraction bozos with his commonsense approach to success. Larry doesn’t sugar-coat, and he isn’t afraid to make people uncomfortable, because he wants us to stop making excuses, and start getting results.

In the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Grow a Pair, Larry takes on entitlement culture, the self-help movement, political correctness, and more. We’ve all heard the phrase “grow a pair,” but Larry’s advice isn’t about anatomy—it’s about attitude. To get the success we want, we need to reject victimhood in favor of being assertive and finally taking some responsibility.

With prescriptive advice on goal achieving, career, personal finance, and more, Grow a Pair will give the readers the kick in the pants they need.

Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards [EPUB]

Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards [EPUB]
Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards by Yu-kai Chou
2015 | EPUB | 2.93MB

The new era of Gamification and Human-Focused Design optimizes for motivation and engagement over traditional Function-Focused Design. Within the industry, studies on game mechanics and behavioral psychology have become proliferate. However, few people understand how to merge the two fields into experience designs that reliably increases business metrics and generates a return on investment. Gamification Pioneer Yu-kai Chou takes reader on a journey to learn his twelve years of obsessive research in creating the Octalysis Framework, and how to apply the framework to create engaging and successful experiences in their product, workplace, marketing, and personal lives.

Effective gamification is a combination of game design, game dynamics, behavioral economics, motivational psychology, UX/UI (User Experience and User Interface), neurobiology, technology platforms, as well as ROI-driving business implementations. This book explores the interplay between these disciplines to capture the core principles that contribute to good gamification design.

The goal for this book is to become a strategy guide to help readers master the games that truly make a difference in their lives. Readers who absorb the contents of this book will have literally obtained what many companies pay tens of thousands of dollars to acquire. The ultimate aim is to enable the widespread adoption of good gamification and human-focused design in all types of industries.

The Cheat Code: Going off Script to Get More, Go Faster, and Shortcut Your Way to Success [Audiobook]

The Cheat Code: Going off Script to Get More, Go Faster, and Shortcut Your Way to Success [Audiobook]
The Cheat Code: Going off Script to Get More, Go Faster, and Shortcut Your Way to Success [Audiobook] by Brian Wong, read by the Author
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hours | 137.83MB

Have you ever noticed that there are certain people who seem to get ahead just a bit faster than everyone else? You know, the types who always seem to be a bit ahead of the curve, to get noticed a bit more, and to achieve their goals a bit more quickly than the rest of the pack? And have you ever noticed how much this small edge can matter, and the outsized impact it can have on the trajectory of their careers?

Twenty-four year old entrepreneur Brian Wong is one of these people, having graduated from college by age 18, having raised $24 million in venture capital to start his own company before he turned 25, and having grown that company into a global mobile advertising giant in just 4 years. His secret? The Cheat Code.

Wong believes that most people – even creative people – have a tendency to follow a script; to do things the way others do them simply because that way works. But therein lies the secret at the heart of the Cheat Code: anyone can easily shortcut his or her way to success, simply by going slightly off script; by doing things just a little differently from everyone else. Here, Wong unlocks the power of the Cheat Code through 71 bite-sized and virtually effortless short-cuts to get a leg up on the competition, garner attention for ourselves and our ideas, and accelerate our success. For example:

  • Cheat #7: Don't Ask – Announce
  • Cheat #16: Know Your Superpower!
  • Cheat #32: Make Boldness Your Genius
  • Cheat #47: Know Who's the Boss
  • Cheat #49: Get a Trademark Haircut
  • Cheat #51: Use Exclamation Points
  • Cheat #55: Focus on What Won't Change
  • Cheat #71: Imagine, What If?

No matter where you aspire to go in your life or career, THE CHEAT CODE will help get you there - faster.

Success Under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive When the Pressure's On [Audiobook]

Success Under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive When the Pressure's On [Audiobook]
Success Under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive When the Pressure's On [Audiobook] by Sharon Melnick, read by Karen Saltus
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 57 mins | 180.62MB

From overflowing priority lists to power-hungry colleagues to nagging parental guilt, stress is the defining characteristic of most of our lives. Real help is here - an all-encompassing, stress-busting tool kit that goes far beyond breathing exercises and visualization techniques. Such one-size-fits-all methods are no match for the stressors we experience daily in our overcomplicated lives.

Whether you have too many projects, your confidence is flagging, or you are clashing with a coworker, Success Under Stress provides a flexible array of strategies. You will learn how to:

  • Adjust your perspective to see opportunity instead of obstacles
  • Alter your physiology to get focused when overwhelmed, energized when exhausted, and calm when wired
  • Change the problem to prevent the stress from returning

All in all, Success Under Stress offers a veritable arsenal of "magic bullet" solutions - hundreds of situation-specific, quick-acting tips for defusing stress and boosting productivity. Complete with quizzes, examples, exercises, and more, this practical audiobook helps you gain control, exude calmness and confidence amid everyday chaos, and achieve the success you richly deserve.

The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level [Audiobook]

The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level [Audiobook]
The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level [Audiobook] by Gay Hendricks, read by the Author
2009 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 27 mins | 150.19MB

In The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks, the New York Times bestselling author of Five Wishes, demonstrates how to eliminate the barriers to success by overcoming false fears and beliefs. Fans of Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and The Secret will find useful, effective tips for breaking down the walls to a better life in The Big Leap.

The Three Tensions: Winning the Struggle to Perform Without Compromise [Audiobook]

The Three Tensions: Winning the Struggle to Perform Without Compromise [Audiobook]
The Three Tensions: Winning the Struggle to Perform Without Compromise [Audiobook] by Dominic Todd, Ken Favaro, read by Lloyd James
2007 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 41 mins | 187.75MB

A manager argued that he could either increase his business unit's margins or its sales, but not both. His chief executive reminded him of the time when people lived in mud huts and faced the stark choice between light and heat: punch a hole in the side of your hut and you let the daylight in but also the cold, or block up all the openings and you stay warm but sit in darkness. The invention of glass made it possible to overcome the dilemma—to let in the light but not the cold. How then, he asked his manager, will you resolve your dilemma between no sales or no margin improvement? Where is the glass?

Sex Object: A Memoir [Audiobook]

Sex Object: A Memoir [Audiobook]
Sex Object: A Memoir [Audiobook] by Jessica Valenti, read by the Author
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 6 mins | 114.52MB

Author and Guardian US columnist Jessica Valenti has been leading the national conversation on gender and politics for over a decade. Now, in a darkly funny and bracing memoir, Valenti explores the toll that sexism takes, from the everyday to the existential.

Sex Object explores the painful, funny, embarrassing, and sometimes illegal moments that shaped Valenti's adolescence and young adulthood in New York City, revealing a much shakier inner life than the confident persona she has cultivated as one of the most recognizable feminists of her generation.

In the tradition of writers like Joan Didion and Mary Karr, this literary memoir is sure to shock those already familiar with Valenti's work and enthrall those who are just finding it.

The Art of the Pimp: One Man's Search for Love, Sex, and Money [Audiobook]

The Art of the Pimp: One Man's Search for Love, Sex, and Money [Audiobook]
The Art of the Pimp: One Man's Search for Love, Sex, and Money [Audiobook] by Dennis Hof, read by Kevin Stillwell
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hours | 275.88MB

Dennis Hof, proprietor of the world-famous Moonlite BunnyRanch brothel and the P.T. Barnum of prostitution, charts his path to fame and infamy, while dispensing homespun wisdom about sex, sales, money, and how to live as the country’s most recognizable pimp.

In The Art of the Pimp, Dennis Hof offers a hilarious, insightful, behind-the-scenes look at life as the proprietor of The Moonlight BunnyRanch, the world’s most famous legal brothel, and recounts his chaotic life as the king of America’s sex industry. Hof, the star of HBO’s critically lauded series Cathouse, reveals the tricks of turning tricks, the secrets of his outrageous marketing stunts, and scandalous details of his friendships with porn stars, prostitutes, and politicians. Readers will learn how Hof’s “girls” negotiate the highest prices for sex, the dirty little secrets of getting men to fall in love with them, and the inside tales of “The Girlfriend Experience,” the #1 requested menu item. The Art of the Pimp will take readers on a wild ride through his countless sexual conquests, romantic failures, and business successes.

A Diamond in the Desert: Behind the Scenes in Abu Dhabi, the World's Richest City [EPUB]

A Diamond in the Desert: Behind the Scenes in Abu Dhabi, the World's Richest City [EPUB]
A Diamond in the Desert: Behind the Scenes in Abu Dhabi, the World's Richest City by Jo Tatchell
2012 | EPUB | 16.82MB

Jo Tatchell first arrived in the city of Abu Dhabi as a child in 1974, when the discovery of oil was quickly turning a small fishing town into a growing international community. More than thirty years later, change has reached breakneck pace: Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is becoming a dizzying metropolis of ten-lane highways and overlapping languages, and its riches and emphasis on cultural development have thrust it into the international spotlight. In A Diamond in the Desert, Tatchell returns to Abu Dhabi and goes on the hunt for the story behind the headlines—retracing old steps, planting new ones, and searching for clues to mysteries that have never left her. She finds more than she bargained for—a glimpse into a city that, before it meets a patiently waiting world, must first better get to know itself.

Abu Dhabi has a story to hide, and life there carries countless contradictions. The city is a tolerant melting-pot of cultures and faiths, but less than 7,000 of its 800,000 native residents are deemed eligible to vote by the ruling class and the nation's president holds absolute veto power over his advisory boards and councils. The Emirates boast one of the world's highest GDP per capita, but the poor distribution of wealth in its cities is staggering. Abu Dhabi's royal family, worth an estimated $500 billion, lives off the sweat of the city's migrant workers, who subject themselves to danger and poverty under barely-observed labor laws. But now, the city is making an international splash with a showy investment in tourism, arts and culture, perhaps signaling a change to a more open, tolerant state. A new film studio is sprouting up in Abu Dhabi, and the year 2013 will bring a new branch of the Louvre and a Guggenheim museum designed by Frank Gehry.

But can Abu Dhabi truly commit to a new era of liberty after so many years of control? As this sparkling city surges into the future, it devotes just as much energy to concealing its past. Tatchell's exploration of Abu Dhabi's history takes her to the edge of the Empty Quarter and on a wild goose chase around the city she once thought she knew, and her often-fruitless visits to newspaper archives in search of coverage of an old story reveal the city's desperation to hush up bad news. She seeks out friends old and new, local and expat, and discovers that word of mouth delivers more of the picture than do scattered news clippings. Along the way, she probes unknown aspects of Abu Dhabian history and culture—its ancient system of tribal organization, the condition of the city's million foreign workers, the emergence of women in Emirati society—that might somehow explain the complexity and contradiction of life there.

But Tatchell's journey is nothing if not personal. Every turn she makes in the present conjures experiences from her past: the news that the offshore Saadiyat Island will house the city's new museums evokes childhood camping trips there, while a reunion with a friend reminds her of their younger days partying in nightclubs and apartments dripping with riches. Memories of a young girl's disappearance and a local's gruesome death haunt her, but both mysteries have gone unsolved. Where Abu Dhabi wants to hide its scars, Tatchell can't help but uncover them.

Tatchell takes us on a tour of the city with an outlook that's part native, part critic, part wide-eyed traveler. The result is a truly original collage of perspectives and images, from a regal expatriate whose husband was one of the first Brits to settle in Abu Dhabi to young Emirati artists celebrating their newfound freedom of expression. A compelling piece of history told with an intimate narrative voice, A Diamond in the Desert is an eye-opening and often haunting perspective on just how much this fascinating city has changed—and, for better or for worse, how much it has stayed the same.

The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life [Audiobook]

The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life [Audiobook]
The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life [Audiobook] by Rosamund Stone Zander, Benjamin Zander, read by the Authors
2011 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 42 mins | 182.63MB

Presenting 12 breakthrough practices for bringing creativity into all human endeavors, The Art of Possibility is the dynamic product of an extraordinary partnership. The Art of Possibility combines Benjamin Zander's experience as conductor of the Boston Philharmonic and his talent as a teacher and communicator with psychotherapist Rosamund Stone Zander's genius for designing innovative paradigms for personal and professional fulfillment.

The authors' harmoniously interwoven perspectives provide a deep sense of the powerful role that the notion of possibility can play in every aspect of life. Through uplifting stories, parables, and personal anecdotes, the Zanders invite us to become passionate communicators, leaders, and performers whose lives radiate possibility into the world.

Operation Happiness: The 3-Step Plan to Creating a Life of Lasting Joy, Abundant Energy, and Radical Bliss [Audiobook]

Operation Happiness: The 3-Step Plan to Creating a Life of Lasting Joy, Abundant Energy, and Radical Bliss [Audiobook]
Operation Happiness: The 3-Step Plan to Creating a Life of Lasting Joy, Abundant Energy, and Radical Bliss [Audiobook] by Kristi Ling, read by the Author
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 52 mins | 215.19MB

In Operation Happiness, happiness strategist and life coach Kristi Ling teaches you how to create immediate, positive shifts in your life by proving that happiness is a skill that can be cultivated, learned, and mastered - much like playing an instrument.

After experiencing a long-term illness, a divorce, and the sudden deaths of loved ones, Ling spent years studying the science of happiness. She focused on identifying and testing specific emotional support tools. During this process, she discovered something that goes against everything we've been lead to believe about happiness: it isn't just something you feel, it's something you do. Based on this discovery, Ling outlines the three foundational principles that lead to a life of joy: change your view, make over your mornings, and create new habits.

Part memoir and part how-to guide, Operation Happiness combines compelling personal stories, inspiring perspective shifts, and clear actionable steps to help you create a solid foundation for sustainable happiness that will propel you into a new, light-filled way of living.

Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion [Audiobook]

Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion [Audiobook]
Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion [Audiobook] by Paul Bloom, read by Karen Cass
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 30 mins | 206.3MB

A controversial call to arms, Against Empathy argues that the natural impulse to share the feelings of others can lead to immoral choices in both public policy and in our intimate relationships with friends and family.

Most people, including many policy makers, activists, scientists, and philosophers, have encouraged us to be more empathetic - to feel the pain and pleasure of others. Yale researcher and author Paul Bloom argues that this is a mistake. Far from leading us to improve the lives of others, empathy is a capricious and irrational emotion that appeals to our narrow prejudices. It muddles our judgment and often leads to cruelty. We are at our best when we are smart enough not to rely on it and draw upon a more distanced compassion.

Based on groundbreaking scientific findings, Against Empathy makes the case that some of the worst decisions that individuals and nations make - who to give money to, when to go to war, how to respond to climate change, and who to put in prison - are too often motivated by honest yet misplaced emotions. With clear and witty prose, Bloom demonstrates how empathy distorts our judgment in every aspect of our lives, from philanthropy and charity to the justice system; from culture and education to foreign policy and war. Without empathy, Bloom insists, our decisions would be clearer, fairer, and ultimately more moral.

Bound to be controversial, Against Empathy shows us that when it comes to major policy decisions and the choices we make in our everyday lives, limiting our empathetic emotions is often the most compassionate choice we can make.

Everything You Need You Have: How to Be at Home in Your Self [Audiobook]

Everything You Need You Have: How to Be at Home in Your Self [Audiobook]
Everything You Need You Have: How to Be at Home in Your Self [Audiobook] by Gerad Kite, read by Peter Noble
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 4 hrs 50 mins | 127.05MB

Gerad Kite - founder of the renowned Kite Clinic in London - believes that the way we are living today is making us ill. For all the choices we have, for all the improvements in our material lifestyle, people are more unhappy than ever - because we have lost the ability to tap in to our inner selves.

In this inspiring, revelatory audiobook, Kite shows us how to look at things from a different perspective and to uncover the truth: that everything we need to be happy and well, we already have inside.

Drawing on the principles of ancient Chinese philosophy and his extensive experience with helping people of all ages and from all walks of life, Kite offers a life-changing promise - a route to a state of being that is more authentic, expansive and liberating than anything most people can currently find in either their thoughts or the world around them.

Nutrition Made Clear [TTC Video]

Nutrition Made Clear [TTC Video]
Nutrition Made Clear [TTC Video] by Roberta H Anding
Course No 1950 | MP4, MPEG4, 640x480 | AAC, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 36x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 7.77GB

Making smart eating choices is essential to living a healthy, happy, and successful life. Yet all too often, we're exposed to information and techniques that promise quick and easy results but can be harmful to your overall health: crash diets, experimental medications, ever-changing studies on what you should eat more or less of, and more. It can be confusing to dig through the mass of hype, myth, and misconceptions about good nutrition habits. So in the face of potentially misleading information and aids, where can you find the key to nutritional success?

The answer: in understanding the concepts, practices, and science behind good nutrition. Once you master the intricate—and undeniably captivating—interaction between what you eat and its effect on your body and mind, you unlock a powerful and scientifically proven tool to use in the quest for maintaining or improving your personal health.

Nutrition Made Clear is your opportunity to finally sort through nutrition misconceptions and replace them with hard science you can understand. In 36 in-depth lectures taught by dietitian and award-winning Professor Roberta H. Anding, you explore the fundamentals of good nutrition and get a practical and personal guide to applying these fundamentals to your unique lifestyle. Designed to appeal to anyone at any age, this course is an invaluable source of medically backed, statistically proven information about the guidelines for healthy eating and living.

Your Prescription for Good Nutrition

As scientific knowledge and technology have rapidly advanced, we now know that everything you eat and drink has an effect on your mind and body. The essential elements and nutrients contained in food help you in a host of ways, including

  • strengthening your immune system,
  • optimizing the function of your brain,
  • protecting you from illness and disease,
  • and much more.

Because of this invaluable knowledge, you now have the ability to achieve lasting personal health and wellness—more so than at any point in history. By eating right, increasing your physical activity, reducing the risk of chronic illness through wise personal choices, and more, you can stay healthy and active throughout the majority of your life.

Nutrition is an applied science, which means that its power lies not just in grasping the concepts behind it, but in applying those concepts to daily living. In the organized lectures of Nutrition Made Clear, you

  • discover the relatively recent history of nutrition science;
  • learn where to find authoritative—and how to avoid unsafe—nutrition information;
  • master the science behind digestion, protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals, calories, fiber, and other concepts;
  • uncover where you can find nutrients in the foods you eat and the distinct role they play in good health;
  • recognize what your personal daily requirements of each nutrient should be;
  • examine what happens when you get too little—or too much—of a nutrient in your diet; and
  • find out how smarter nutritional choices can radically reduce your risk of developing serious health issues such as diabetes, obesity, cancer, and digestive disorders.

Professor Anding also brings nutrition into your own life and home, with lectures that teach you how to make wise eating choices a daily part of your life and how to ensure lasting health. You learn

  • how to correctly read a food label to make sure you're getting the nutrients you need,
  • how to build your own distinct exercise regimen,
  • how to safely integrate herbal therapies and remedies into your diet, and
  • how to recognize when you should eat organic foods instead of conventional foods.

Nutrition on a Personal Level

Every lecture of Nutrition Made Clear starts with one of Professor Anding's personal anecdotes from more than 25 years of experience as a practicing dietitian. After detailing the science behind the particular topic, she concludes each lecture with a brief Frequently Asked Questions section, in which she addresses practical questions with important bearings on your everyday life, such as:

  • Is drinking tea in the morning better for you than drinking coffee?
  • Which fiber-rich foods can you choose when you're eating in a restaurant?
  • Does taking a Vitamin C supplement affect other medications or supplements you might be taking?
  • Do herbal therapies used to treat medical issues actually work?

Similarly, the course concludes with an entire lecture devoted to answering questions about good nutrition you've always wanted to know but didn't know where to find the answers. Or whom to ask.

Invaluable Tips for Everyday Eating

Even as Professor Anding details the science behind healthy eating and exercise habits, she always makes each lecture of Nutrition Made Clear both practical and personal. As you learn about calories, carbohydrates, and more, you frequently discover a wealth of invaluable—and sometimes even surprising—tips you can easily apply to your own eating habits, including these:

  • Drink your cereal milk: Many of us discard the milk at the bottom of our cereal bowls. However, since many important vitamins and minerals are sprayed on cereal, you miss out on essential nutrients washed off by the milk when you do so.
  • Control your calories: Contrary to popular belief, it is calorie counting and not dieting that is the lifelong solution to losing weight—and maintaining that loss.
  • Watch out for "the shine": When eating out, watch out for salads, pastas, meats, and other dishes that appear to "shine." This usually means the food contains extra—and unnecessary—fats and oils.
  • Pay attention to portion size: When reading nutrition labels, make sure to do so with portion sizes in mind, as what may appear to be low in calories may have an incredibly small serving size.

Professor Anding also teaches you how to calculate your own dietary needs, how to create your own nutrition and exercise plans, how to recognize that a product or service is really a health fraud, and more.

Maintain and Improve Your Well-Being

What makes Nutrition Made Clear so unique is that it recognizes just how personal your own nutritional needs can be, and it outlines direct steps to show you how to customize the lessons you learn in these lectures to your lifestyle. This is due in great part to Professor Anding's wealth of experience as a health educator both inside and outside the academic world.

For more than 25 years, she has educated adults of all ages about the merits of good nutrition in her role as teacher and lecturer at both the Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University. In addition, outside of a university setting, Professor Anding is a registered dietitian in Texas, a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association, a certified diabetes educator, a certified specialist in sports dietetics, and the dietitian for the Houston Texans NFL franchise.

Her research and teaching is continually focused on finding ways to improve the health and well-being of Americans, and it is this passion that forms the core of this fascinating course. Crafted with the needs of individual people in mind, Nutrition Made Clear is both a fascinating learning experience and the perfect investment in your personal health—one that will educate you, motivate you, and reward you for the rest of your life.

Nutrition Made Clear [TTC Video]

Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle [TTC Video]

Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle [TTC Video]
Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle [TTC Video] by Robert C Bartlett
Course No 4460 | AVI, XviD, 640x480 | MP3, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 36x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 4.56GB

For more than two millennia, philosophers have grappled with life's most profound issues. It is easy to forget, however, that these "eternal" questions are not eternal at all; rather, they once had to be asked for the first time. It was the Athenian citizen and philosopher Socrates who first asked these questions in the 5th century B.C. "Socrates," notes award-winning Professor Robert C. Bartlett, "was responsible for a fundamentally new way of philosophizing": trying to understand the world by reason.

Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle, a 36-lecture course taught by Professor Bartlett, provides you with a detailed analysis of the golden age of Athenian philosophy and the philosophical consequences that occurred when Socrates—followed first by his student Plato and then by Plato's own student Aristotle—permanently altered our approach to the most important questions humanity can pose.

What Was the "Socratic Turn"?

The Socratic break with earlier philosophy was a shift in thought that led to some of the most important and intellectually exciting concepts in all of philosophy. Socrates' influence on a new generation of philosophers, most importantly, Plato and Aristotle, ensured that his ideas would change the face of philosophy.

Prior to Socrates' new approach, philosophy was concerned primarily with the project of "natural philosophy": a prescientific study of nature and the physical world. Professor Bartlett begins the course with a discussion of how Socrates came to the "Socratic turn" that veered away from the study of natural science and toward the scrutiny of moral opinion. You recognize how crucial this turn was because it became the fulcrum around which a new era of philosophy turne. Never again could philosophers return to their ancient role of merely attempting to grasp the natural order of a world previously ascribed to the planning or whimsy of the gods.

The new arguments that Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle posed were intended not for other philosophers but for anyone seeking to live a thoughtful and attentive life. Throughout the course, you come to see how their inquiries about the fundamental meanings and implications of ideas like justice, virtue, and happiness pushed their fellow citizens to ponder the roles such ideas played in their daily lives and in society. They even asked their peers to consider whether these and other questions were ones that anyone could hope to answer.

See Socrates through Plato's Eyes

Unfortunately, the thinker who forever altered the course of philosophy never actually wrote down his words. So how can we hope to know what Socrates, whom many believe to be the foundational thinker of Western philosophy, really believed?

The answer, Professor Bartlett shows, lies in the fact that much of Socrates' philosophy is captured in the writings of his contemporaries and followers. As a means of leading you to a sharper picture of the real Socrates, the course introduces you to the writings of three key figures:

  • Xenophon: the great thinker and military commander who wrote a series of Socratic sayings that survives to this day
  • Aristophanes: whose comic play Clouds is both a send-up and a thoughtful critique of Socrates that is crucial to understanding his philosophical evolution
  • Plato: a brilliant young man from a wealthy and politically active family who became Socrates' best student and whose works, written in the form of dialogues between two or more persons, feature Socrates as the protagonist

Plato, in particular, is an essential source of information about Socrates. Over the course of a dozen lectures, you explore the wide variety of Plato's brilliant dialogues and how they reflect the core of Socrates' philosophy of morality and justice:

  • Alcibiades I, which depicts Socrates' reasoning why the young Alcibiades needs him
  • Symposium, in which seven partiers discuss the nature of love
  • Republic, perhaps Plato's best-known work, which focuses on the definition and nature of justice
  • Protagoras, in which Socrates and Protagoras argue whether virtue can be taught
  • Gorgias, which depicts an argument over who is more important, the philosopher or the rhetorician
  • Meno, which seeks to come to a general definition of virtue

Professor Bartlett then turns the discussion to those Platonic dialogues that cover the well-known trial and execution of Socrates at the hands of the Athenian state. By examining Euthyphro, Apology of Socrates, and Crito as a whole, you develop a deeper understanding of the defense strategy Socrates chose, why he chose it, and how it ultimately failed him. You also review whether Plato's sympathetic defense of his teacher was successful in the long run.

Aristotle's Philosophy of Human Affairs

Throughout Masters of Greek Thought, Professor Bartlett guides you deep into nuanced philosophical discussions while keeping the thread of the arguments both clear and exhilarating. This becomes especially important when you focus on the third iconic philosopher this course covers: Aristotle.

A student of Plato's famed Academy, Aristotle did more than anyone to establish a comprehensive system of philosophy in the West. His work encompassed the fields of morality, politics, aesthetics, logic, science, rhetoric, theology, metaphysics, and more. Scholars today believe that only about a third of his work survives.

In keeping with the theme of the course, Professor Bartlett, who has translated selected works by Xenophon and Plato from the original Greek, focuses your attention on Aristotle's work on the philosophy of human affairs. You delve into two of the philosopher's major writings:

  • Nicomachean Ethics, which is a stunning approach to questions of virtue and moral character
  • Politics, which continues the ideas of individual and interpersonal ethics first developed in Nichomachean Ethics and discusses their logical extension into the governance of the city-state

Learn from Socrates and His Heirs

A distinguished teacher and translator and the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including an award for excellence in teaching in the social sciences from Emory University's Center for Teaching and Curriculum, Professor Bartlett keeps his presentation of these three great thinkers not only clear but also accessible, unintimidating, and relevant to each of us today.

The insights Masters of Greek Thought offers into the minds of these three foundational figures of Western philosophy and the care with which Professor Bartlett unpacks their words bring the ideas of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle into sharp focus for you. More than 2,000 years later, you find their questions on the nature of justice, virtue, and happiness pushing you to ponder the roles such ideas play in your daily life and in the life of your society.

Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates, and Aristotle [TTC Video]