How Churchill Saved Civilization: The Epic Story of 13 Years That Almost Destroyed the Civilized World [EPUB]

How Churchill Saved Civilization: The Epic Story of 13 Years That Almost Destroyed the Civilized World [EPUB]
How Churchill Saved Civilization: The Epic Story of 13 Years That Almost Destroyed the Civilized World by John Harte
2017 | EPUB | 5.9MB

How Churchill Saved Civilization resolves the lingering mysteries surrounding the causes of the Second World War, and what transpired during the war to bring its end result. It proposes answers to such questions as “Why were the Allies unprepared?”, “Why did France collapse so quickly?”, “Why didn’t the British government accept Hitler’s peace proposals?” and “Why did the Germans allow Hitler to obtain life and death control over them?”

But the book’s main purpose is to provide an account of Winston Churchill’s actions and their intended consequences – as well as some of the unintended ones – for readers who are unlikely to read a military history book of 800 pages. The author has pared down the details of this at once fascinating and frightening story to an accessible length of how the world nearly ended in the 1940s. How Churchill Saved Civilization was written in honor of all those who sacrificed their lives in the War, and to caution readers that it could very easily happen again, as key factors like complacency, ignorance, and weakness continue to play a role in international diplomacy.

The Four Seasons of Pasta [EPUB]

The Four Seasons of Pasta [EPUB]
The Four Seasons of Pasta by Nancy Harmon Jenkins, Sara Jenkins
2015 | EPUB | 36.36MB

Acclaimed food writer Nancy Jenkins, teams up with her master chef daughter Sara with a unique around-the-seasons cookbook devoted to simple, everyday pasta recipes

There are few ingredients in a cook’s pantry that beat out pasta—for tastiness, for ease of preparation, for versatility, and for sheer delight. It’s irresistible to all and perfect for every occasion. In The Four Seasons of Pasta, Sara Jenkins and Nancy Harmon Jenkins celebrate the Italian native that has become a beloved American staple.

Jenkins and her mom draw on their own background in Italy, where they’ve lived, cooked, studied, and worked in Rome and Florence, and on a Tuscan olive farm for many years. Today, Sara is a highly accomplished chef and owner of Porsena and Porchetta, two restaurants in New York’s East Village while Nancy is a nationally known food journalist and authority on the Mediterranean diet, with a number of prominent cookbooks to her credit (including The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook and Flavors of Tuscany).

The Four Seasons of Pasta brings together more than 120 recipes focused on seasonal ingredients from supermarkets and farmstands across America, from the gamey meat ragus, chestnuts, and brilliant pumpkins in autumn to summer’s explosion of tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers. Nancy and Sara introduce readers to quick-and-easy weeknight dishes as well as more ambitious affairs while four-color photography brings the recipes vividly to life. Along the way, the two cooks delve into how to cook, sauce, and present pasta, how to make it by hand, and pasta’s significant place in a healthy modern diet.

The Four Seasons of Pasta is an invaluable tool for home cooks seeking to enjoy the quintessential food that’s in their pantry all year-round.

What's a Hostess to Do? [EPUB]

What's a Hostess to Do? [EPUB]
What's a Hostess to Do by Susan Spungen
2013 | EPUB | 15.16MB

In What's a Hostess to Do?, entertaining expert Susan Spungen explains everything you need to know to host a party effortlessly and with elegance. Susan shows the hostess how to make it look easy--whether the occasion is an informal brunch, a sit-down dinner, a buffet for a crowd, or an impromptu birthday celebration. It's all arranged in 313 easy-to-digest entries that take readers through every aspect of entertaining. The tips are time-saving ("Ten Great Assembled Dessets"), money-saving ("In Praise of Cheap Wine"), energy-saving ("Ten Jobs to Delegate"), and face-saving ("How to Handle Uninvited Guests"), plus there are 121 recipes to make entertaining easier than ever berfore. With helpful illustrations and full-color photographs, What's a Hostess to Do? is a stylish and instructive guide filled with expert advice from a party-throwing pro.

You Are the One: A Bold Adventure in Finding Purpose, Discovering the Real You, and Loving Fully [Audiobook]

You Are the One: A Bold Adventure in Finding Purpose, Discovering the Real You, and Loving Fully [Audiobook]
You Are the One: A Bold Adventure in Finding Purpose, Discovering the Real You, and Loving Fully [Audiobook] by Kute Blackson, read by the Author
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 6 hrs 18 mins | 172.5MB

Kute Blackson comes from a long line of spiritual leaders and works with people from all walks of life, offering his own uniquely powerful process to transform lives from the inside out. His inspirational and life-changing YouTube videos, seminars, and conferences are known throughout the world, but it's his trademark transformation experiences that sets him apart. The intensive one-on-one and one-of-a-kind transformational mother of all trips is a 14-day, 24/7 journey into such remote places as the bowels of India, where the client - armed with nothing but a backpack, a change of clothes, and a journal - works with Blackson until he discovers what he hasn't yet found.

Whether it's about forgiveness, confronting inner demons, letting go of self-hatred or the scars of the past, those hard-earned, sweat-proof lessons Blackson instills in his clients are right here, in You Are the One.

So what are you waiting for?

For someone to save you? If so, you're not alone. But it's not going to happen. Your parents won't rescue you. Your friends won't carry you. No one's coming. Know why? Everything you are seeking is within you already. Because you're already here. You are the one.

Vajrasattva Meditation: An Illustrated Guide [EPUB]

Vajrasattva Meditation: An Illustrated Guide [EPUB]
Vajrasattva Meditation: An Illustrated Guide by Khenpo Yeshe Phuntsok
2015 | EPUB | 22.41MB

Walk step by step through the stages of this tantric ritual of purification with inspired commentary and forty full-color illustrations.

The force of our past actions makes it hard to attain our goals, including success in meditation. And so Buddhism has developed methods for purifying our past, clearing the obstacles to success and fulfillment. One of the most popular methods for karmic housekeeping, one common to all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, is the preparatory practice of visualizing the buddha Vajrasattva and reciting his hundred-syllable mantra. It is considered an essential foundation for the success of spiritual endeavor.

The practice of Vajrasattva is often the first experience practitioners have of trying to perform tantric ritual. Combining prayers, visualizations, mantra recitations, and multiple styles of meditation, it can be hard for those who did not grow up in the tradition to know how to proceed. This friendly volume by a young Tibetan lama with many followers in China lays out the practice step by step accompanied by sixty color illustrations.

The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel [EPUB]

The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel [EPUB]
The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel by William Goldbloom Bloch
2008 | EPUB | 20.49MB

"The Library of Babel" is arguably Jorge Luis Borges' best known story--memorialized along with Borges on an Argentine postage stamp. Now, in The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel, William Goldbloom Bloch takes readers on a fascinating tour of the mathematical ideas hidden within one of the classic works of modern literature.

Written in the vein of Douglas R. Hofstadter's Pulitzer Prize-winning Gödel, Escher, Bach, this original and imaginative book sheds light on one of Borges' most complex, richly layered works. Bloch begins each chapter with a mathematical idea--combinatorics, topology, geometry, information theory--followed by examples and illustrations that put flesh on the theoretical bones. In this way, he provides many fascinating insights into Borges' Library. He explains, for instance, a straightforward way to calculate how many books are in the Library--an easily notated but literally unimaginable number--and also shows that, if each book were the size of a grain of sand, the entire universe could only hold a fraction of the books in the Library. Indeed, if each book were the size of a proton, our universe would still not be big enough to hold anywhere near all the books.

Given Borges' well-known affection for mathematics, this exploration of the story through the eyes of a humanistic mathematician makes a unique and important contribution to the body of Borgesian criticism. Bloch not only illuminates one of the great short stories of modern literature but also exposes the reader--including those more inclined to the literary world--to many intriguing and entrancing mathematical ideas.

More Dynamite: Essays 1990-2012 [EPUB]

More Dynamite: Essays 1990-2012 [EPUB]
More Dynamite: Essays 1990-2012 by Craig Raine
2013 | EPUB | 1.78MB

More Dynamite anthologizes a wealth of essays by a writer with one of the keenest critical eyes of his generation. Craig Raine—poet, critic, novelist, Oxford don, and editor—turns his fearsome and unflinching gaze on subjects ranging from Kafka to Koons, Beckett to Babel. He waxes lyrical about Ron Mueck's hyperreal sculptures and reassesses the metafiction of David Foster Wallace.

For Raine, no element of cultural output is insignificant, be it cinema, fiction, poetry, or installation art. Finding solace in both literature and art alike, and finding moments of truth and beauty where others had stopped looking, More Dynamite will reinvigorate readers, challenge our perceptions of the classics, and wonderfully affirm our love of good writing, new and old. This extensive collection of essays is a crash course in 20th century artistic endeavor—nothing short of a master class in high culture from one of the most discerning minds in contemporary British letters.

My Grandmother's Glass Eye: A Look at Poetry [EPUB]

My Grandmother's Glass Eye: A Look at Poetry [EPUB]
My Grandmother's Glass Eye: A Look at Poetry by Craig Raine
2016 | EPUB | 3.46MB

'By poetry we - we the masses - mean something vague, something untrue, something uplifting, something beautiful, something so eloquent it isn't for everyday. The word "poetry" is up there with "soul". And I am against it.'

My Grandmother's Glass Eye deploys its considerable learning, its intelligent expertise, wittily, memorably. It is an exercise in demystification and clarity. If you want to know how poetry works on the page, here are sure-footed accounts of particular poems. There is something Johnsonian in Craig Raine's common sense - an elegant wrecking ball used with precision and delicacy to pick off the pretentious, the platitudinous, the over-promoted. Here, poetry is well read, attentively read, by a practitioner whose range runs from Bion to John Lennon, from Bishop to Balanchine.

We Love Food: Family Recipes from the Garden [EPUB]

We Love Food: Family Recipes from the Garden [EPUB]
We Love Food: Family Recipes from the Garden by Kirsty Manning-Wilcox, Peta Heine
2010 | EPUB | 8.29MB

These days, more and more people are turning to growing their own veggies, to ensure the produce is organic, to enjoy eating what you've grown and also to save money - and this book will show you how to do it.

Through a Sparkling Glass: An A-Z of the Wonderland of Wine [EPUB]

Through a Sparkling Glass: An A-Z of the Wonderland of Wine [EPUB]
Through a Sparkling Glass: An A-Z of the Wonderland of Wine by Andrea Frost
2014 | EPUB | 0.8MB

Be educated on and entertained with the wonder and joy of wine and its place in our lives and culture. Come on a ramble through Wine Wonderland with Andrea as she points out the delights of wine, the importance we place on it, and the wisdom it can shine on the rest of life. Whether contemplating the importance of aging (in wine and people) or personifying the characters of different cuvees, Andrea is a charming raconteur and droll observer.

From Epicurus to Ernest Hemingway, restrained wines to release dates and tasting notes, everything we need to know for authentic wine happiness can be found in this delightful guide to the glass in your hand. Entertaining and educational, entries cover aspects of wine production, varieties, history and myth, tradition and custom, modern manners, the philosophy of life, and celebrating the mystery of wine. A delight to dip into, Through a Sparkling Glass is an alphabet of wine wisdom and the most important things in life.

The Last Diet: Cook Yourself Thin With Dr Eva [EPUB]

The Last Diet: Cook Yourself Thin With Dr Eva [EPUB]
The Last Diet: Cook Yourself Thin With Dr Eva by Eva Orsmond
2012 | EPUB | 15.92MB

This is the last diet you’ll ever need. Why? Because Dr Eva Orsmond, at last, gives you the truth about healthy weight loss for life.

Eva has helped thousands of people lose weight through her clinics and on RTÉ’s Operation Transformation. Now you can benefit from her easy-to-follow weight-loss steps, tasty recipes and sound advice, which will guide you on your way to achieving your healthy weight – and staying there.

The Last Diet is flexible, balanced and realistic. It shows you how to:

  • Change your behaviour: replace the bad habits with good ones
  • Prepare for the plan with a 10-step guide
  • Change your life with Eva’s 4-phase plan
  • Address your emotional issues with food
  • Cook easy, healthy, low calorie meals with 90 recipes included

This book will educate you about food and food choices. It will show you how to create a lifestyle change that is based on a healthy eating routine. Most of all, it will offer you a real chance at achieving healthy weight loss for life.

Sex and Bacon: Why I Love Things That Are Very, Very Bad for Me [EPUB]

Sex and Bacon: Why I Love Things That Are Very, Very Bad for Me [EPUB]
Sex and Bacon: Why I Love Things That Are Very, Very Bad for Me by Sarah Katherine Lewis
2008 | EPUB | 2.43MB

It’s said that how we eat is reflective of our appetite in bed. Food and sex: two universal experiences that can easily become addictive and all consuming. You don’t need to look far—The Food Network, billboards, TV spots to name just a few—to witness firsthand the explosive combination of food and sex.

In Sex and Bacon: Why I Love Things That Are Very, Very Bad for Me, Sarah Katherine Lewis is a seductress whose observations about the interplay between food and sex are unusually delightful, sometimes raunchy, and always absorbing. Sex and Bacon is a unique type of lovefest, and Lewis is not your run-of-the-mill food writer.

A lusty eater who’s spent the better part of her adult life as a sex worker, Lewis is as reckless as she is adventurous. She writes of eating whale and bone marrow as challenges she was incapable of resisting. With chapters that hone in on the categorically simple—fat, sugar, meat—Lewis infuses even the most quotidian meals and food memories with sensual observations and decadence worthy of savoring. Sex and Bacon is exuberant—a celebration that honors the rawness and base needs that are central to our experiences of both food and sex.

Organic Gardening by John Mason [PDF]

Organic Gardening by John Mason [PDF]
Organic Gardening by John Mason
2012 | PDF | 10.85MB

For decades farmers have relied upon chemicals to control pests and diseases in order to produce saleable crops. In the ornamental, vegetable and fruit gardens, reliance on chemical controls has also been the mainstay for many gardeners. Unfortunately, it is only recently that we have become aware that many of these chemicals are dangerous to humans, let alone the environment. Natural gardening has therefore increased in popularity in recent years due to the conscious awareness of safety in the garden, the protection of the environment, plus the desire to produce uncontaminated crops that are healthy to eat. This eBook will show you how to grow your own.

Margaret Fulton Favourites: The Much-Loved, Essential Recipes From A Lifetime Of Cooking [EPUB]

Margaret Fulton Favourites: The Much-Loved, Essential Recipes From A Lifetime Of Cooking [EPUB]
Margaret Fulton Favourites: The Much-Loved, Essential Recipes From A Lifetime Of Cooking by Margaret Fulton
2013 | EPUB | 16.36MB

From a well-known and much-loved cooking writer comes this collection of essential recipes

Containing recipes you will love to cook over and over again from the woman who taught Australia to cook, this is a brilliant cookbook that belongs in every kitchen. The recipes are triple-tested to ensure a complete success every time and are easy to follow, making them ideal for beginning cooks. Recipes include classics such as French Onion Soup, Risotto Alla Milanese, and Beef Stroganoff, alongside modern dishes such as Wonton Soup, Salt and Pepper Calamari, and Tandoori Chicken. There are also plenty of delicious sweet recipes such as Pavlova, Sticky Date Pudding, and Pears in Red Wine. Recipes also include variations as well as plenty of hints and tips. There are introductions for each recipe, where Margaret vividly recalls the people, events, and travel that have influenced her cooking. Includes a conversion chart.

Knife: The Cult, Craft and Culture of the Cook's Knife [EPUB]

Knife: The Cult, Craft and Culture of the Cook's Knife [EPUB]
Knife: The Cult, Craft and Culture of the Cook's Knife by Tim Hayward
2016 | EPUB | 44.93MB

Knife is a love-letter to this essential culinary tool - its form, history and creation. The knife can be the most functional utensil or the most exquisite piece of design - avid collectors pay jaw-dropping sums for a piece of Japanese hand-crafted steel, made according to traditions that date back thousands of years. Through interviews with knife-makers, chefs and collectors, acclaimed food writer Tim Hayward explores how the relationship between cook and blade has shaped the both the knife itself, and the ways we prepare and eat food all over the world.

From Damascus blades to Chinese cleavers and sushi knives, at the heart of Knife is a fascinating guide to 40 different types of knife, each with its own unique story, detailed description and stunning photographs. Lavishly illustrated and designed, and as cool, personal and desirable as the most intricately crafted deba, Knife opens up the world of this most covetable of culinary implements.

Radicalization: Why Some People Choose the Path of Violence [EPUB]

Radicalization: Why Some People Choose the Path of Violence [EPUB]
Radicalization: Why Some People Choose the Path of Violence by Farhad Khosrokhavar
2017 | EPUB | 1.86MB

In the wake of the Paris, Beirut, and San Bernardino terrorist attacks, fears over “homegrown terrorism” have surfaced to a degree not seen since September 11, 2001—especially following the news that all of the perpetrators in Paris were European citizens. A sought-after commentator in France and a widely respected international scholar of radical Islam, Farhad Khosrokhavar has spent years studying the path towards radicalization, focusing particularly on the key role of prisons—based on interviews with dozens of Islamic radicals—as incubators of a particular brand of outrage that has yielded so many attacks over the past decade.

Khosrokhavar argues that the root problem of radicalization is not a particular ideology but rather a set of steps that young men and women follow, steps he distills clearly in this deeply researched account, one that spans both Europe and the United States. With insights that apply equally to far-right terrorists and Islamic radicals, Khosrokhavar argues that our security-focused solutions are pruning the branches rather than attacking the roots—which lie in the breakdown of social institutions, the expansion of prisons, and the rise of joblessness, which create disaffected communities with a sharp sense of grievance against the mainstream.

Ladies Drawing Night: Make Art, Get Inspired, Join the Party [EPUB]

Ladies Drawing Night: Make Art, Get Inspired, Join the Party [EPUB]
Ladies Drawing Night: Make Art, Get Inspired, Join the Party by Julia Rothman, Leah Goren, Rachael Cole
2016 | EPUB | 31.66MB

Speaking directly to today's explosion of creativity, Ladies Drawing Night is for women looking to deepen their creative connections and expressions. Join rock star illustrators Julia Rothman, Leah Goren, and Rachael Cole for ten evenings of fun and art-making. The nights are led by two talented guest artists and themed around a particular topic, from large-scale ink painting to making art with kids. Samantha Hahn, Mary Kate McDevitt, Joana Avillez, and many more share their expertise. Each chapter includes loads of exciting artwork, insights about drawing, and instructions for that night's project. A rare peek into the minds and sketchbooks of some of the best female illustrators working today, this inspiring volume is an irresistible invitation to host your own Ladies Drawing Night!

Cleared for Takeoff: The Ultimate Book of Flight [EPUB]

Cleared for Takeoff: The Ultimate Book of Flight [EPUB]
Cleared for Takeoff: The Ultimate Book of Flight by Rowland White
2016 | EPUB | 29.42MB

All of aviation's dangerous, exciting, and most courageous moments are featured within this stunning compendium on flight. Packed with stories of heroic and innovative pioneers, fascinating profiles of remarkable planes from Spitfires to space shuttles, and how-to instructions for making everything from origami helicopters to bottle rockets—all accompanied by sensational photographs, illustrations, and diagrams—Cleared for Takeoff promises to astonish, entertain, and fire the imaginations of everyone with their head in the clouds.

The Crimes of Elagabalus: The Life and Legacy of Rome's Decadent Boy Emperor [EPUB]

The Crimes of Elagabalus: The Life and Legacy of Rome's Decadent Boy Emperor [EPUB]
The Crimes of Elagabalus: The Life and Legacy of Rome's Decadent Boy Emperor by Martijn Icks
2011 | EPUB | 1.1MB

The four short years of Elagabalus’s rule have generated nearly two millennia of sustained attention, from salacious rumor to scholarly analysis to novels that cast him as a gay hero avant la lettre. Here, Martijn Icks succeeds in distinguishing the reality of the emperor’s brief life from the myth that clouds it—and in tracing the meaning of the myth itself to the present day.

In 219 ce, when the fourteen-year-old Syrian arrived in Rome to assume the throne, he brought with him a conical black stone, which he declared was the earthly form of the sun god El-Gabal, who gave Elagabalus his name and lifelong office as high priest. Shoving Jupiter aside, the new emperor did the unthinkable, installing El-Gabal at the head of the Roman pantheon and marrying a vestal virgin. Whether for these offenses, his neglect of the empire, or weariness from watching the emperor dance at the elaborate daily sacrifices, the imperial guards murdered Elagabalus and put El-Gabal in a packing crate.

Sifting through later accounts of the emperor’s outrageous behavior, Icks finds the invented Elagabalus as compelling as the historical figure. In literature, art, and music from the fifteenth century on, Elagabalus appears in many guises, from evil tyrant to anarchist rebel, from mystical androgyne to modern gay teenager, from decadent sensualist to pop star. These many reincarnations reveal as much about the ages that produced them, Icks shows, as they do about the bad-boy emperor himself.

The Wisdom of the Middle Ages [EPUB]

The Wisdom of the Middle Ages [EPUB]
The Wisdom of the Middle Ages by Michael K Kellogg
2016 | EPUB | 1.58MB

This engaging survey of important works from late antiquity to the beginning of the Renaissance reveals the depth of thought and the diversity of expression that characterized the Middle Ages. Michael Kellogg demonstrates that medieval thought owes far more to ancient philosophy than is generally supposed; that poets of this era were as sophisticated and nuanced as their ancient counterparts; and that writers of this time anticipated most of the lines of inquiry that gave rise to the Renaissance.

The author examines philosophical treatises, memoirs, letters, tales, romances, and epics, documenting the unique array of evolving concerns that drove the medieval search for wisdom. Among the authors and works discussed are Augustine's Confessions; Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy; Beowulf; the writings of Abelard and Heloise, Francis of Assisi, and Thomas Aquinas; the Song of Roland; the Arthurian romances of Chrétien de Troyes; Dante's Divine Comedy; and the tales of Boccaccio and Chaucer.

Written for the lay reader, this lively overview of a flourishing era, often devalued in our time as a benighted period of history, will bring a new appreciation to the many accomplishments of the Middle Ages.

Looking Out for #1: How to Get from Where You Are Now to Where You Want to Be in Life [EPUB]

Looking Out for #1: How to Get from Where You Are Now to Where You Want to Be in Life [EPUB]
Looking Out for #1: How to Get from Where You Are Now to Where You Want to Be in Life by Robert Ringer
2013 | EPUB | 3.29MB

In this timeless classic, Robert Ringer, “the mentor to mentors,” guides you on the most exciting and rewarding journey of your life with his life-changing ideas, strategies, and insights. Whether it be your business or personal life, Ringer helps you understand the realities of how the world really works as opposed to how others might like you to believe it works so they can use you to get what they want.

Most important, this legendary author writes from the vantage point of someone who has been in the tribulation trenches and not only survived, but prospered. And in his trademark, satirical style, he does it in a way that is not only practical, but both entertaining and easy to understand.

Simply put, there has never been a single source of workable wisdom to equal that contained in Looking Out for #1. And because human nature and universal laws never change, Robert Ringer’s philosophy is as relevant today as it was when this landmark book was first published.

Read Looking Out for #1 today and join the millions of people in all walks of life who have discovered the true path to purpose, prosperity, and peace of mind by tapping into Robert Ringer’s treasure chest of profound knowledge and wisdom.

The Japanese Art of Sex: How to Tease, Seduce, and Pleasure the Samurai in Your Bedroom [EPUB]

The Japanese Art of Sex: How to Tease, Seduce, and Pleasure the Samurai in Your Bedroom [EPUB]
The Japanese Art of Sex: How to Tease, Seduce, and Pleasure the Samurai in Your Bedroom by Jina Bacarr
2004 | EPUB | 3.67MB

Attention to detail, small gestures with profound meaning, brilliantly intuitive . . . these are the hallmarks of Japanese art, and they apply equally to the Japanese art of sex. Here for the first time is a practical guide that shows you how to use the ancient and modern Japanese sexual practices of court ladies, courtesans, and geisha to spark romance and deliver an erotic "floating world" of pleasure to you and your partner.

Japanese sex is not about the orgasm. In Japan, honest and healthy sex is at one with a love of nature and purity. But it is often the woman who knows more and cares more about extending passion into the realm of spirituality, using all of the senses. In The Japanese Art of Sex you’ll practice aromatherapy, bathing and erotic meditation for calming; explore the art of conversation to stimulate the mind and expose the heart, roleplay to fulfill your fantasies; and, finally, use your fingers and tongue to tease and caress before choosing a position to make love.

Chapters with titles like "The Nine Points of Beauty," "Iki: The Art of Cool," and "Bathhouse Games and Sexy Cuisine" lead you step by step through over a thousand years of Japanese explorations into sex and love. While explicit, the discussions are tasteful and resolutely nonexploitive.

For like-minded modern Western women, eager to explore new ways of lovemaking and pleasure-giving, this book will be a welcome respite from all the other manuals that emphasize technique over the art of sex.

International Communism and the Cult of the Individual [PDF]

International Communism and the Cult of the Individual [PDF]
International Communism and the Cult of the Individual: Leaders, Tribunes and Martyrs under Lenin and Stalin by Kevin Morgan
2017 | PDF | 4.92MB

This book explores how the communist cult of the individual was not just a Soviet phenomenon but an international one. When Stalin died in 1953, the communists of all countries united in mourning the figure that was the incarnation of their cause. Though its international character was one of the distinguishing features of the communist cult of personality, this is the first extended study to approach the phenomenon over the longer period of its development in a truly transnational and comparative perspective. Crucially it is concerned with the internationalisation of the Soviet cults of Lenin and Stalin. But it also ranges across different periods and national cases to consider a wider cast of bureaucrats, tribunes, heroes and martyrs who symbolised both resistance to oppression and the tyranny of the party-state.

Through studying the disparate ways in which the cults were manifested, Kevin Morgan not only takes in many of the leading personalities of the communist movement, but also some of the cultural luminaries like Picasso and Barbusse who sought to represent them. The cult of the individual was one of the most fascinating, troubling and revealing features of Stalinist communism, and as reconstructed here it offers new insight into one of the defining political movements of the twentieth century.

Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop [EPUB]

Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop [EPUB]
Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop by Marc Myers
2016 | EPUB | 8.81MB

Every great song has a fascinating backstory. In Anatomy of a Song, based on the ongoing Wall Street Journal column, writer and music historian Marc Myers brings to life five decades of music through oral histories of forty-five transformative songs woven from interviews with the artists who created them.

Bringing readers inside the making of a hit, Anatomy of a Song includes the Isley Brothers' memorable song "Shout," Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz," and R.E.M's "Losing My Religion." After receiving his discharge from the army in 1968, John Fogerty does a handstand and reworks Beethoven's Fifth Symphony to come up with "Proud Mary." Joni Mitchell remembers living in a cave on Crete with the "mean old daddy" who inspired her 1971 hit "Carey." Elvis Costello talks about writing "(The Angels Wanna War My) Red Shoes" in ten minutes on the train to Liverpool. And Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart, the Clash, Jimmy Cliff, Roger Waters, Stevie Wonder, Keith Richards, Cyndi Lauper, and many other leading artists reveal the emotions, inspirations, and techniques behind their influential works. Anatomy of a Song is a love letter to the songs that have defined generations of listeners.

Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley [EPUB]

Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley [EPUB]
Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley by Jeffrey Spivak
2010 | EPUB | 6.84MB

Characterized by grandiose song-and-dance numbers featuring ornate geometric patterns and mimicked in many modern films, Busby Berkeley's unique artistry is as recognizable and striking as ever. From his years on Broadway to the director's chair, Berkeley is notorious for his inventiveness and signature style. Through sensational films like 42nd Street (1933), Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), Footlight Parade (1933), and Dames (1934), Berkeley sought to distract audiences from the troubles of the Great Depression. Although his bold technique is familiar to millions of moviegoers, Berkeley's life remains a mystery.

Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley is a telling portrait of the filmmaker who revolutionized the musical and changed the world of choreography. Berkeley pioneered many conventions still in use today, including the famous "parade of faces" technique, which lends an identity to each anonymous performer in a close-up. Carefully arranging dancers in complex and beautiful formations, Berkeley captured perspectives never seen before.

Jeffrey Spivak's meticulous research magnifies the career and personal life of this beloved filmmaker. Employing personal letters, interviews, studio memoranda, and Berkeley's private memoirs, Spivak unveils the colorful life of one of cinema's greatest artists.

Five Against One: The Pearl Jam Story [EPUB]

Five Against One: The Pearl Jam Story [EPUB]
Five Against One: The Pearl Jam Story by Kim Neely
1998 | EPUB | 0.6MB

More than any other band, Pearl Jam embodies the alternative style that dominates rock today. From their early days as fame-ducking grunge pioneers, through their headline-making battle with Ticketmaster, to their current status as self-assured survivors, Five Against One brings to life Pearl Jam's tumultuous ascent to superstardom in rich detail. A compelling portrait of the band's elusive leader Eddie Vedder and family photos never seen before by the public make this a must-have for every Pearl Jam fan.

Extreme Domesticity: A View from the Margins [EPUB]

Extreme Domesticity: A View from the Margins [EPUB]
Extreme Domesticity: A View from the Margins by Susan Fraiman
2017 | EPUB | 6.25MB

Domesticity gets a bad rap. We associate it with stasis, bourgeois accumulation, banality, and conservative family values. Yet in Extreme Domesticity, Susan Fraiman reminds us that keeping house is just as likely to involve dislocation, economic insecurity, creative improvisation, and queered notions of family. Her book links terms often seen as antithetical: domestic knowledge coinciding with female masculinity, feminism, and divorce; domestic routines elaborated in the context of Victorian poverty, twentieth-century immigration, and new millennial homelessness. Far from being exclusively middle-class, domestic concerns are shown to be all the more urgent and ongoing when shelter is precarious.

Fraiman's reformulation frees domesticity from associations with conformity and sentimentality. Ranging across periods and genres, and diversifying the archive of domestic depictions, Fraiman's readings include novels by Elizabeth Gaskell, Sandra Cisneros, Jamaica Kincaid, Leslie Feinberg, and Lois-Ann Yamanaka; Edith Wharton's classic decorating guide; popular women's magazines; and ethnographic studies of homeless subcultures. Recognizing the labor and know-how needed to produce the space we call "home," Extreme Domesticity vindicates domestic practices and appreciates their centrality to everyday life. At the same time, it remains well aware of domesticity's dark side. Neither a romance of artisanal housewifery nor an apology for conservative notions of home, Extreme Domesticity stresses the heterogeneity of households and probes the multiplicity of domestic meanings.

A Half-Century of Greatness: The Creative Imagination of Europe, 1848-1884 [EPUB]

A Half-Century of Greatness: The Creative Imagination of Europe, 1848-1884 [EPUB]
A Half-Century of Greatness: The Creative Imagination of Europe, 1848-1884 by Frederic Ewen
2007 | EPUB | 3.02MB

A Half-Century of Greatness paints a vivid and dramatic picture of the creative thought of mid- to late nineteenth century Europe and the influence of the unsuccessful revolutions of 1848. It reveals often unexpected links between novelists, poets, and philosophers from England, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Russia, and Ukraine—especially Dickens, Carlyle, Mill, the Brontës, and George Eliot; Hegel, Strauss, Feuerbach, Marx, Engels, Wagner, and several German poets; the Hungarian poet Sándor Petöfi; Gogol, Dostoevsky, Bakunin, and Herzen in Russia, and the great Ukrainian poet Shevchenko. Ewen goes on to trace the transition from Romanticism to Victorianism, or what he calls “the Victorian compromise”—the ascendancy of the middle class.

The book was reconstructed and edited by Dr. Jeffrey Wollock from Ewen’s final manuscript. It includes the author's own reference citations throughout, a reconstructed bibliography, and an updated “further reading” list.

This is Ewen’s last work, the long-lost companion to his Heroic Imagination. Together, these books present a panorama of the social, political, and artistic aspects of European Romanticism, especially foreshadowing and complementing recent work on the relation of Marxism to romanticism. Anyone interested in what Lukacs called “Romantic anticapitalism,”; who appreciates such books as Marshall Berman's Adventures in Marxism or E.P. Thompson's The Romantics (1997), will find Ewen’s work a welcome addition.

Impossible to Ignore: Creating Memorable Content to Influence Decisions [Audiobook]

Impossible to Ignore: Creating Memorable Content to Influence Decisions [Audiobook]
Impossible to Ignore: Creating Memorable Content to Influence Decisions [Audiobook] by Carmen Simon, read by Barbara Hawkins-Scott
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 28 mins | 233.41MB

A groundbreaking approach to creating memorable messages that are easy to process, hard to forget, and impossible to ignore - using the latest in brain science.

Audiences forget up to 90% of what you communicate. How can your employees and customers decide to act on your message if they only remember a 10th of it? How do you know which 10th they'll remember? How will you stay on their minds long enough to spark the action you need?

Many experts have offered techniques on how to improve your own memory, but not how to influence other people's memory - and impact their decisions. Drawing on the latest research in neuroscience and cognitive psychology, Carmen Simon, PhD, reveals how to avoid the hazards of random recall and deliver just the right amount of content. No more redundant meetings, rambling emails, or anemic presentations. In Impossible to Ignore, she shows you how to execute a proven three-step plan for persuasion:

  1. Create cues that attract attention and connect with your audience's needs
  2. Use memory-influencing variables to control what your audience remembers
  3. Turn today's intentions into tomorrow's actions

This practical guide is filled with case studies, examples, and a checklist to help you put the power of cognitive science to work for your business. Whether you're giving a presentation, conducting a meeting, delivering training, making a sales pitch, or creating a marketing campaign, these field-tested techniques will help you develop content that speaks to people's hearts, stays in their heads, and influences their decisions. It's not just memorable - it's Impossible to Ignore.

Critical Excess: Overreading in Derrida, Deleuze, Levinas, Žižek and Cavell [EPUB]

Critical Excess: Overreading in Derrida, Deleuze, Levinas, Žižek and Cavell [EPUB]
Critical Excess: Overreading in Derrida, Deleuze, Levinas, Žižek and Cavell by Colin Davis
2010 | EPUB | 1.82MB

The "ancient quarrel" between philosophy and literature seems to have been resolved once and for all with the recognition that philosophy and the arts may be allies instead of enemies. Critical Excess examines in detail the work of five thinkers who have had a huge, ongoing impact on the study of literature and film: Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Emmanuel Levinas, Slavoj Žižek, and Stanley Cavell. Their approaches are very different from one another, but they each make unexpected interpretive leaps that render their readings exhilarating and unnerving.

But do they go too far? Does a scribbled note left behind by Nietzsche really tell us about the nature of textuality? Can Hitchcock truly tell you "everything you always wanted to know about Lacan"? Does the blanket hung up in a motel room invoke the Kantian divide between the knowable phenomenal world and the unknowable things in themselves? Contextualizing the work of the five thinkers in the intellectual debates to which they contribute, this book analyzes the stakes and advantages of "overreading."

Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance--and Why They Fall [EPUB]

Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance--and Why They Fall [EPUB]
Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance--and Why They Fall by Amy Chua
2008 | EPUB | 2.33MB

In this sweeping history, bestselling author Amy Chua explains how globally dominant empires—or hyperpowers—rise and why they fall. In a series of brilliant chapter-length studies, she examines the most powerful cultures in history—from the ancient empires of Persia and China to the recent global empires of England and the United States—and reveals the reasons behind their success, as well as the roots of their ultimate demise.

Chua's analysis uncovers a fascinating historical pattern: while policies of tolerance and assimilation toward conquered peoples are essential for an empire to succeed, the multicultural society that results introduces new tensions and instabilities, threatening to pull the empire apart from within. What this means for the United States' uncertain future is the subject of Chua's provocative and surprising conclusion.

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion [Audiobook]

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion [Audiobook]
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion [Audiobook] by Robert B. Cialdini, read by George Newbern
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 6 mins | 278.22MB

Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say yes - and how to apply these understandings.

Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His 35 years of rigorous, evidence-based research, along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior, has resulted in this highly acclaimed book.

You'll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader - and how to defend yourself against them. Perfect for people in all walks of life, the principles of Influence will move you toward profound personal change and act as a driving force for your success.