The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution [EPUB]

The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution [EPUB]
The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution by Micah White
2016 | EPUB | 2.64MB

Is protest broken? Micah White, co-creator of Occupy Wall Street, thinks so. Disruptive tactics have failed to halt the rise of Donald Trump. Movements ranging from Black Lives Matter to environmentalism are leaving activists frustrated. Meanwhile, recent years have witnessed the largest protests in human history. Yet these mass mobilizations no longer change society. Now activism is at a crossroads: innovation or irrelevance.

In The End of Protest Micah White heralds the future of activism. Drawing on his unique experience with Occupy Wall Street, a contagious protest that spread to eighty-two countries, White articulates a unified theory of revolution and eight principles of tactical innovation that are destined to catalyze the next generation of social movements.

Despite global challenges—catastrophic climate change, economic collapse and the decline of democracy—White finds reason for optimism: the end of protest inaugurates a new era of social change. On the horizon are increasingly sophisticated movements that will emerge in a bid to challenge elections, govern cities and reorient the way we live. Activists will reshape society by forming a global political party capable of winning elections worldwide.

In this provocative playbook, White offers three bold, revolutionary scenarios for harnessing the creativity of people from across the political spectrum. He also shows how social movements are created and how they spread, how materialism limits contemporary activism, and why we must re-conceive protest in timelines of centuries, not days.

Rigorous, original and compelling, The End of Protest is an exhilarating vision of an all-encompassing revolution of revolution.

The HP Way: How Bill Hewlett and I Built Our Company [EPUB]

The HP Way: How Bill Hewlett and I Built Our Company [EPUB]
The HP Way: How Bill Hewlett and I Built Our Company by David Packard
2013 | EPUB | 0.9MB

In the fall of 1930, David Packard left his hometown of Pueblo, Colorado, to enroll at Stanford University, where he befriended another freshman, Bill Hewlett. After graduation, Hewlett and Packard decided to throw their lots in together. They tossed a coin to decide whose name should go first on the notice of incorporation, then cast about in search of products to sell.

Today, the one-car garage in Palo Alto that housed their first workshop is a California historic landmark: the birthplace of Silicon Valley. And Hewlett-Packard has produced thousands of innovative products for millions of customers throughout the world. Their little company employs 98,400 people and boasts constantly increasing sales that reached $25 billion in 1994.

While there are many successful companies, there is only one Hewlett-Packard, because from the very beginning, Hewlett and Packard had a way of doing things that was contrary to the prevailing management strategies. In defining the objectives for their company, Packard and Hewlett wanted more than profits, revenue growth and a constant stream of new, happy customers.

Hewlett-Packard's success owes a great deal to many factors, including openness to change, an unrelenting will to win, the virtue of sustained hard work and a company-wide commitment to community involvement. As a result, HP now is universally acclaimed as the world's most admired technology company; its wildly successful approach to business has been immortalized as The HP Way.

In this book, David Packard tells the simple yet extraordinary story of his life's work and of the truly exceptional company that he and Bill Hewlett started in a garage 55 years ago.

The Strategy Of Conflict [EPUB]

The Strategy Of Conflict [EPUB]
The Strategy Of Conflict by Thomas C Schelling
2015 | EPUB | 1.63MB

A series of closely interrelated essays on game theory, this book deals with an area in which progress has been least satisfactory—the situations where there is a common interest as well as conflict between adversaries: negotiations, war and threats of war, criminal deterrence, extortion, tacit bargaining. It proposes enlightening similarities between, for instance, maneuvering in limited war and in a traffic jam; deterring the Russians and one's own children; the modern strategy of terror and the ancient institution of hostages.

Indispensable and Other Myths: Why the CEO Pay Experiment Failed and How to Fix It [EPUB]

Indispensable and Other Myths: Why the CEO Pay Experiment Failed and How to Fix It [EPUB]
Indispensable and Other Myths: Why the CEO Pay Experiment Failed and How to Fix It by Michæl Dorff
2014 | EPUB | 1.75MB

Prodded by economists in the 1970s, corporate directors began adding stock options and bonuses to the already-generous salaries of CEOs with hopes of boosting their companies’ fortunes. Guided by largely unproven assumptions, this trend continues today. So what are companies getting in return for all the extra money? Not much, according to the empirical data.

In Indispensable and Other Myths: Why the CEO Pay Experiment Failed and How to Fix It, Michael Dorff explores the consequences of this development. He shows how performance pay has not demonstrably improved corporate performance and offers studies showing that performance pay cannot improve performance on the kind of tasks companies ask of their CEOs. Moreover, CEOs of large established companies do not typically have much impact on their companies’ results. In this eye-opening exposé, Dorff argues that companies should give up on the decades-long experiment to mold compensation into a corporate governance tool and maps out a rationale for returning to the era of guaranteed salaries.

Surgeon General's Warning: How Politics Crippled the Nation’s Doctor [EPUB]

Surgeon General's Warning: How Politics Crippled the Nation’s Doctor [EPUB]
Surgeon General's Warning: How Politics Crippled the Nation’s Doctor by Mike Stobbe
2014 | EPUB | 4.22MB

What does it mean to be the nation's doctor? In this engaging narrative, journalist Mike Stobbe examines the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, emphasizing that it has always been unique within the federal government in its ability to influence public health. But now, in their efforts to provide leadership in public health policy, surgeons general compete with other high-profile figures such as the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Furthermore, in an era of declining budgets, when public health departments have eliminated tens of thousands of jobs, some argue that a lower-profile and ineffective surgeon general is a waste of money. By tracing stories of how surgeons general like Luther Terry, C. Everett Koop, and Joycelyn Elders created policies and confronted controversy in response to issues like smoking, AIDS, and masturbation, Stobbe highlights how this office is key to shaping the nation’s health and explailns why its decline is harming our national well-being.

Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau [EPUB]

Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau [EPUB]
Expect Great Things: The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau by Kevin Dann
2017 | EPUB | 0.9MB

To coincide with the bicentennial of Thoreau's birth in 2017, this thrilling, meticulous biography by naturalist and historian Kevin Dann fills a gap in our understanding of one modern history's most important spiritual visionaries by capturing the full arc of Thoreau's life as a mystic, spiritual seeker, and explorer in transcendental realms.

This sweeping, epic biography of Henry David Thoreau sees Thoreau's world as the mystic himself saw it: filled with wonder and mystery; Native American myths and lore; wood sylphs, nature spirits, and fairies; battles between good and evil; and heroic struggles to live as a natural being in an increasingly synthetic world.

Above all, Expect Great Things critically and authoritatively captures Thoreau's simultaneously wild and intellectually keen sense of the mystical, mythical, and supernatural.

Other historians have skipped past or undervalued these aspects of Thoreau's life. In this groundbreaking work, historian and naturalist Kevin Dann restores Thoreau's esoteric visions and explorations to their rightful place as keystones of the man himself.

Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call [EPUB]

Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call [EPUB]
Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call by Arthur Manuel
2015 | EPUB | 1.1MB

As the son of George Manuel, who served as president of the National Indian Brotherhood and founded the World Council of Indigenous Peoples in the 1970s, Arthur Manuel was born into the struggle. From his unique and personal perspective, as a Secwepemc leader and an Indigenous activist who has played a prominent role on the international stage, Arthur Manuel describes the victories and failures, the hopes and the fears of a generation of activists fighting for Aboriginal title and rights in Canada. Unsettling Canada chronicles the modern struggle for Indigenous rights covering fifty years of struggle over a wide range of historical, national, and recent international breakthroughs.

Acquainted with the Night: Excursions Through the World After Dark [EPUB]

Acquainted with the Night: Excursions Through the World After Dark [EPUB]
Acquainted with the Night: Excursions Through the World After Dark by Christopher Dewdney
2012 | EPUB | 0.5MB

Only Christopher Dewdney could mine the darkest pools of lore, legend, natural history, science, cultural history and the arts to recast the seemingly commonplace aspects of an ordinary night into a magical and exhilarating nocturnal tour. Using an original hour-by-hour structure that follows night's progression from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am, Dewdney explores and celebrates a single representative night at each point on the clock.

  • 6:00 pm: The setting sun begins Dewdney's search to discover the perfect sunset.
  • 10:00 pm: The evening rhythms of the city hit their stride, from the cop on the night beat to the backbeat of the clubs.
  • Midnight: The hour of romance and magic.
  • 3:00 am: Dewdney is wide awake at a sleep clinic.
  • 5:00 am: " The desperate hour," we enter a provocative cultural investigation of the " art of darkness."

For all those who've been wondering what they've been missing while they sleep, Acquainted with the Night is an illuminating exploration and a terrific gift book.

Piano Notes: The World of the Pianist [EPUB]

Piano Notes: The World of the Pianist [EPUB]
Piano Notes: The World of the Pianist by Charles Rosen
2002 | EPUB | 2.36MB

Charles Rosen is one of the world's most talented pianists -- and one of music's most astute commentators. Known as a performer of Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky, and Elliott Carter, he has also written highly acclaimed criticism for sophisticated students and professionals.

In Piano Notes, he writes for a broader audience about an old friend -- the piano itself. Drawing upon a lifetime of wisdom and the accumulated lore of many great performers of the past, Rosen shows why the instrument demands such a stark combination of mental and physical prowess. Readers will gather many little-known insights -- from how pianists vary their posture, to how splicings and microphone placements can ruin recordings, to how the history of composition was dominated by the piano for two centuries. Stories of many great musicians abound. Rosen reveals Nadia Boulanger's favorite way to avoid commenting on the performances of her friends ("You know what I think," spoken with utmost earnestness), why Glenn Gould's recordings suffer from "double-strike" touches, and how even Vladimir Horowitz became enamored of splicing multiple performances into a single recording. Rosen's explanation of the piano's physical pleasures, demands, and discontents will delight and instruct anyone who has ever sat at a keyboard, as well as everyone who loves to listen to the instrument.

In the end, he strikes a contemplative note. Western music was built around the piano from the classical era until recently, and for a good part of that time the instrument was an essential acquisition for every middle-class household. Music making was part of the fabric of social life. Yet those days have ended. Fewer people learn the instrument today. The rise of recorded music has homogenized performance styles and greatly reduced the frequency of public concerts. Music will undoubtedly survive, but will the supremely physical experience of playing the piano ever be the same?

The Economist Audio Edition [January 14, 2017]

The Economist Audio Edition [January 14, 2017]
The Economist Audio Edition [January 14, 2017]
MP3@48 kbps + EPUB + AZW3 | 190.37MB

Lifelong learning: How to survive in the age of automation

  • Trump vs. the spooks
  • The stain of Guantanamo
  • Pop stars and patronage in Congo
  • Inflation's welcome return
  • Intellectual Property -- Blockchain of command
  • Renewable energy -- A greener grid
  • S&T: Power transmission -- Rise of the supergrid (UHVDC)
  • S&T: The evolution of the menopause -- A whale of a tale

SPECIAL REPORT ON LIFELONG EDUCATION

Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan [EPUB]

Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan [EPUB]
Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan by Anthony T Kronman
2016 | EPUB | 2.75MB

In this passionate and searching book, Anthony Kronman offers a third way—beyond atheism and religion—to the God of the modern world

“An astonishing, . . . epically ambitious book. . . . An intellectual adventure story based on the notion that ideas drive history, and that to dedicate yourself to them is to live a bigger, more intense life.”—David Brooks, New York Times

We live in an age of disenchantment. The number of self-professed “atheists” continues to grow. Yet many still feel an intense spiritual longing for a connection to what Aristotle called the “eternal and divine.” For those who do, but demand a God that is compatible with their modern ideals, a new theology is required. This is what Anthony Kronman offers here, in a book that leads its readers away from the inscrutable Creator of the Abrahamic religions toward a God whose inexhaustible and everlasting presence is that of the world itself. Kronman defends an ancient conception of God, deepened and transformed by Christian belief—the born-again paganism on which modern science, art, and politics all vitally depend. Brilliantly surveying centuries of Western thought—from Plato to Augustine, Aquinas, and Kant, from Spinoza to Nietzsche, Darwin, and Freud—Kronman recovers and reclaims the God we need today.

The Organization Man [EPUB]

The Organization Man [EPUB]
The Organization Man by William H Whyte
2013 | EPUB | 1.35MB

Regarded as one of the most important sociological and business commentaries of modern times, The Organization Man developed the first thorough description of the impact of mass organization on American society. During the height of the Eisenhower administration, corporations appeared to provide a blissful answer to postwar life with the marketing of new technologies—television, affordable cars, space travel, fast food—and lifestyles, such as carefully planned suburban communities centered around the nuclear family. William H. Whyte found this phenomenon alarming.

As an editor for Fortune magazine, Whyte was well placed to observe corporate America; it became clear to him that the American belief in the perfectibility of society was shifting from one of individual initiative to one that could be achieved at the expense of the individual. With its clear analysis of contemporary working and living arrangements, The Organization Man rapidly achieved bestseller status.

Since the time of the book's original publication, the American workplace has undergone massive changes. In the 1990s, the rule of large corporations seemed less relevant as small entrepreneurs made fortunes from new technologies, in the process bucking old corporate trends. In fact this "new economy" appeared to have doomed Whyte's original analysis as an artifact from a bygone day. But the recent collapse of so many startup businesses, gigantic mergers of international conglomerates, and the reality of economic globalization make The Organization Man all the more essential as background for understanding today's global market. This edition contains a new foreword by noted journalist and author Joseph Nocera. In an afterword Jenny Bell Whyte describes how The Organization Man was written.

The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island [EPUB]

The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island [EPUB]
The Statues that Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island by Terry Hunt, Carl Lipo
2011 | EPUB | 4.61MB

The monumental statues of Easter Island, both so magisterial and so forlorn, gazing out in their imposing rows over the island’s barren landscape, have been the source of great mystery ever since the island was first discovered by Europeans on Easter Sunday 1722. How could the ancient people who inhabited this tiny speck of land, the most remote in the vast expanse of the Pacific islands, have built such monumental works? No such astonishing numbers of massive statues are found anywhere else in the Pacific. How could the islanders possibly have moved so many multi-ton monoliths from the quarry inland, where they were carved, to their posts along the coastline? And most intriguing and vexing of all, if the island once boasted a culture developed and sophisticated enough to have produced such marvelous edifices, what happened to that culture? Why was the island the Europeans encountered a sparsely populated wasteland?

The prevailing accounts of the island’s history tell a story of self-inflicted devastation: a glaring case of eco-suicide. The island was dominated by a powerful chiefdom that promulgated a cult of statue making, exercising a ruthless hold on the island’s people and rapaciously destroying the environment, cutting down a lush palm forest that once blanketed the island in order to construct contraptions for moving more and more statues, which grew larger and larger. As the population swelled in order to sustain the statue cult, growing well beyond the island’s agricultural capacity, a vicious cycle of warfare broke out between opposing groups, and the culture ultimately suffered a dramatic collapse.

When Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo began carrying out archaeological studies on the island in 2001, they fully expected to find evidence supporting these accounts. Instead, revelation after revelation uncovered a very different truth. In this lively and fascinating account of Hunt and Lipo’s definitive solution to the mystery of what really happened on the island, they introduce the striking series of archaeological discoveries they made, and the path-breaking findings of others, which led them to compelling new answers to the most perplexing questions about the history of the island. Far from irresponsible environmental destroyers, they show, the Easter Islanders were remarkably inventive environmental stewards, devising ingenious methods to enhance the island’s agricultural capacity. They did not devastate the palm forest, and the culture did not descend into brutal violence. Perhaps most surprising of all, the making and moving of their enormous statutes did not require a bloated population or tax their precious resources; their statue building was actually integral to their ability to achieve a delicate balance of sustainability. The Easter Islanders, it turns out, offer us an impressive record of masterful environmental management rich with lessons for confronting the daunting environmental challenges of our own time.

Shattering the conventional wisdom, Hunt and Lipo’s ironclad case for a radically different understanding of the story of this most mysterious place is scientific discovery at its very best.

Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism, and History [EPUB]

Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism, and History [EPUB]
Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism, and History by Vron Ware
2015 | EPUB | 8.12MB

How have ideas about white women figured in the history of racism? Vron Ware argues that they have been central, and that feminism has, in many ways, developed as a political movement within racist societies. Dissecting the different meanings of femininity and womanhood, Beyond the Pale examines the political connections between black and white women, both within contemporary racism and feminism, as well as in historical examples like the anti-slavery movement and the British campaign against lynching in the United States. Beyond the Pale is a major contribution to anti-racist work, confronting the historical meanings of whiteness as a way of overcoming the moralism that so often infuses anti-racist movements.

A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography [EPUB]

A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography [EPUB]
A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography edited by John Marincola
2010 | EPUB | 1.8MB

This two-volume Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography reflects the new directions and interpretations that have arisen in the field of ancient historiography in the past few decades.

  • Comprises a series of cutting edge articles written by recognised scholars
  • Presents broad, chronological treatments of important issues in the writing of history and antiquity
  • These are complemented by chapters on individual genres and sub-genres from the fifth century B.C.E. to the fourth century C.E.
  • Provides a series of interpretative readings on the individual historians
  • Contains essays on the neighbouring genres of tragedy, biography, and epic, among others, and their relationship to history

Escape Velocity: American Science Fiction Film, 1950–1982 [EPUB]

Escape Velocity: American Science Fiction Film, 1950–1982 [EPUB]
Escape Velocity: American Science Fiction Film, 1950–1982 by Bradley Schauer
2017 | EPUB | 7.73MB

Today, movie theaters are packed with audiences of all ages marveling to exciting science fiction blockbusters, many of which are also critically acclaimed. However, when the science fiction film genre first emerged in the 1950s, it was represented largely by exploitation horror films—lurid, culturally disreputable, and appealing to a niche audience of children and sci-fi buffs. How did the genre evolve from B-movie to blockbuster?

Escape Velocity charts the historical trajectory of American science fiction cinema, explaining how the genre transitioned from eerie low-budget horror like It Came from Outer Space to art films like Slaughterhouse-Five, and finally to the extraordinary popularity of hits like E.T. Bradley Schauer draws on primary sources such as internal studio documents, promotional materials, and film reviews to explain the process of cultural, aesthetic, and economic legitimation that occurred between the 1950s and 1980s, as pulp science fiction tropes were adapted to suit the tastes of mainstream audiences.

Considering the inescapable dominance of today’s effects-driven blockbusters, Escape Velocity not only charts the history of science fiction film, but also gives an account of the origins of contemporary Hollywood.

The Poetics and Politics of the American Gothic: Gender and Slavery in Nineteenth-Century American Literature [EPUB]

The Poetics and Politics of the American Gothic: Gender and Slavery in Nineteenth-Century American Literature [EPUB]
The Poetics and Politics of the American Gothic: Gender and Slavery in Nineteenth-Century American Literature by Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet
2016 | EPUB | 1.04MB

Taking as its point of departure recent insights about the performative nature of genre, The Poetics and Politics of the American Gothic challenges the critical tendency to accept at face value that gothic literature is mainly about fear. Instead, Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet argues that the American Gothic, and gothic literature in general, is also about judgment: how to judge and what happens when judgment is confronted with situations that defy its limits. Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Gilman, and James all shared a concern with the political and ideological debates of their time, but tended to approach these debates indirectly.

Thus, Monnet suggests, while slavery and race are not the explicit subject matter of antebellum works by Poe and Hawthorne, they nevertheless permeate it through suggestive analogies and tacit references. Similarly, Melville, Gilman, and James use the gothic to explore the categories of gender and sexuality that were being renegotiated during the latter half of the century. Focusing on "The Fall of the House of Usher," The Marble Faun, Pierre, The Turn of the Screw, and "The Yellow Wallpaper," Monnet brings to bear minor texts by the same authors that further enrich her innovative readings of these canonical works.

At the same time, her study persuasively argues that the Gothic's endurance and ubiquity are in large part related to its being uniquely adapted to rehearse questions about judgment and justice that continue to fascinate and disturb.

Narrow But Endlessly Deep: The Struggle for Memorialisation in Chile since the Transition to Democracy [EPUB]

Narrow But Endlessly Deep: The Struggle for Memorialisation in Chile since the Transition to Democracy [EPUB]
Narrow But Endlessly Deep: The Struggle for Memorialisation in Chile since the Transition to Democracy by Peter Read, Marivic Wyndham
2016 | EPUB | 4.47MB

On 11 September 1973, the Chilean Chief of the Armed Forces Augusto Pinochet overthrew the Popular Unity government of Salvador Allende and installed a military dictatorship. Yet this is a book not of parties or ideologies but public history. It focuses on the memorials and memorialisers at seven sites of torture, extermination, and disappearance in Santiago, engaging with worldwide debates about why and how deeds of violence inflicted by the state on its own citizens should be remembered, and by whom.

The sites investigated — including the infamous National Stadium — are among the most iconic of more than 1,000 such sites throughout the country.

The study grants a glimpse of the depth of feeling that survivors and the families of the detained-disappeared and the politically executed bring to each of the sites. The book traces their struggle to memorialise each one, and so unfolds their idealism and hope, courage and frustration, their hatred, excitement, resentment, sadness, fear, division and disillusionment.

Centrifugal Empire: Central–Local Relations in China [EPUB]

Centrifugal Empire: Central–Local Relations in China [EPUB]
Centrifugal Empire: Central–Local Relations in China by Jae Ho Chung
2016 | EPUB | 1.52MB

Despite the destabilizing potential of governing of a vast territory and a large multicultural population, the centralized government of the People's Republic of China has held together for decades, resisting efforts at local autonomy. By analyzing Beijing's strategies for maintaining control even in the reformist post-Mao era, Centrifugal Empire reveals the unique thinking behind China's approach to local governance, its historical roots, and its deflection of divergent interests.

Centrifugal Empire examines the logic, mode, and instrument of local governance established by the People's Republic, and then compares the current system to the practices of its dynastic predecessors. The result is an expansive portrait of Chinese leaders' attitudes toward regional autonomy and local challenges, one concerned with territory-specific preoccupations and manifesting in constant searches for an optimal design of control. Jae Ho Chung reveals how current communist instruments of local governance echo imperial institutions, while exposing the Leninist regime's savvy adaptation to contemporary issues and its need for more sophisticated inter-local networks to keep its unitary rule intact. He casts the challenges to China's central–local relations as perennial, since the dilution of the system's "socialist" or "Communist" character will only accentuate its fundamentally Chinese―or centrifugal―nature.

Measure Yourself Against the Earth: Essays [EPUB]

Measure Yourself Against the Earth: Essays [EPUB]
Measure Yourself Against the Earth: Essays by Mark Kingwell
2015 | EPUB | 0.8MB

Mark Kingwell is as at home discussing Battlestar Galactica as he is civility, can find the Plato in popular culture, and sees in idleness a deeply revolutionary gesture. In Measure Yourself Against the Earth, he brings his heady mixture of critical intelligence and infectious enthusiasm to bear on film, aesthetics, politics, leisure, literature and much more, showing us how each can help us to imagine and achieve the society we want. The concept of "the gift" unites many of these essays: it is in this idea, Kingwell argues persuasively, in which we may be able to refashion the real world of democracy. "An activist, fugitive democracy. A living democracy that is no opaque demand but a real thing—a society. Democracy: the gift we keep on giving each other."

Smart, engaged, and wide ranging, Mark Kingwell's Measure Yourself Against the Earth confirms its author as among our leading cultural theorists and philosophers.

From the Elephant's Back: Collected Essays & Travel Writings [EPUB]

From the Elephant's Back: Collected Essays & Travel Writings [EPUB]
From the Elephant's Back: Collected Essays & Travel Writings by Lawrence Durrell
2015 | EPUB | 1.6MB

"This collection has a straightforward ambition: to redirect the interpretive perspective that readers bring to Lawrence Durrell's literary works by returning their attention to his short prose." - From the Introduction

Best known for his novels and travel writing, Lawrence Durrell defied easy classification within twentieth-century modernism. His anti-authoritarian tendencies put him at odds with many contemporaries-aesthetically and politically. However, thanks to a compelling recontextualization by editor James Gifford, these 38 previously unpublished or out-of-print essays and letters reveal that Durrell's maturation as an artist was rich, complex, and subtle. This edition promises to open up new approaches to interpreting his more famous works. Durrell fans will treasure this selection of rare nonfiction, while scholars of Durrell, Modernist literature, anti-authoritarian artists, and the Personalist movement will also appreciate Gifford's fine editorial work.

Indica: A Deep Natural History of the Indian Subcontinent [EPUB]

Indica: A Deep Natural History of the Indian Subcontinent [EPUB]
Indica: A Deep Natural History of the Indian Subcontinent by Pranay Lal
2016 | EPUB | 324.83MB

Few places have been as influential as the Indian subcontinent in shaping the course of life on Earth. Yet its evolution has remained largely unchronicled. Indica: A Deep Natural History of the Indian Subcontinent fills this gap. From the oldest rocks, formed three billion years ago in Karnataka, to the arrival of our ancestors 50,000 years ago on the banks of the Indus, the author meticulously sifts through wideranging scientific disciplines and through the layers of earth to tell us the story of India, filled with a variety of fierce reptiles, fantastic dinosaurs, gargantuan mammals and amazing plants.

Beautifully produced in full colour, with a rare collection of images, illustrations and maps, Indica is full of fascinating, lesser-known facts. It shows us how every piece of rock and inch of soil is a virtual museum, and how, over billions of years, millions of spectacular creatures have reproduced, walked and lived over and under it.

Escaping Hitler: A Jewish Boy's Quest for Freedom and His Future [EPUB]

Escaping Hitler: A Jewish Boy's Quest for Freedom and His Future [EPUB]
Escaping Hitler: A Jewish Boy's Quest for Freedom and His Future by Phyllida Scrivens
2017 | EPUB | 8.53MB

The story of a young boy who escaped Hitler and the Holocaust—and lived happily ever after.

Escaping Hitler is the true story, covering ninety years, of Günter Stern who, at fourteen, when Adolf Hitler threatened his family, education, and future, resolved to escape from his rural village of Nickenich in the German Rhineland. In July 1939, Günter boarded a bus to the border of Luxembourg, illegally crossed the river, and walked alone for seven days through Belgium and into Holland. He was intent on catching a ferry to England and freedom, but the outcome of his journey was not exactly as he had planned.

Scrivens gathered her information through interviews with Günter, now known as Joe Stirling, and with those closest to him. During an emotional ‘foot-stepping’ journey in September 2013, Scrivens also visited Günter’s birthplace, met with a school friend, discovered the apartment in Koblenz where he fled following Kristallnacht in 1938, drove the route of Günter’s walk through Europe, and retraced the final steps of his parents prior to their deportation to a Nazi death camp in Poland during 1942.

The Secret of the Temple: Earth Energies, Sacred Geometry, and the Lost Keys of Freemasonry [EPUB]

The Secret of the Temple: Earth Energies, Sacred Geometry, and the Lost Keys of Freemasonry [EPUB]
The Secret of the Temple: Earth Energies, Sacred Geometry, and the Lost Keys of Freemasonry by John Michael Greer
2016 | EPUB | 5.5MB

Over thousands of years, the priests and sages of the ancient world discovered that the design and location of certain structures had beneficial effects on the crops that sustained life. A body of traditional lore evolved, using architecture and ceremonies that made use of these wholly natural but mysterious effects. In The Secret of the Temple, John Michael Greer painstakingly rebuilds a body of lost knowledge that has been used to accumulate and direct energy throughout history, and can be used again today.

The Temple of Solomon was only one of many ancient structures that drew on the temple tradition. The insights of this tradition have been passed down through those in society tasked with protecting ancient wisdom, secret societies like the Knights Templar and the Freemasons. But over time, as cultures and technologies changed, the meaning of these cryptic symbols and rituals became obscured . . . until now. This book explores the esoteric body of knowledge that shaped the world of our forebears, gave rise to the world’s most awe-inspiring temples and cathedrals, and continues to fuel speculation about powerful forces at work in our world.

The Nine Waves of Creation: Quantum Physics, Holographic Evolution, and the Destiny of Humanity [EPUB]

The Nine Waves of Creation: Quantum Physics, Holographic Evolution, and the Destiny of Humanity [EPUB]
The Nine Waves of Creation: Quantum Physics, Holographic Evolution, and the Destiny of Humanity by Carl Johan Calleman
2016 | EPUB | 7.86MB

A guide to aligning your life with the frequencies of the Nine Waves of Creation

  • Explains the quantum physics behind the Waves of the Mayan Calendar system and how their holograms shape the human mind
  • Shows how throughout history each revolution in human consciousness has been driven by the activation of one of the Nine Waves of Creation
  • Reveals how we can consciously work to deactivate the negative patterns of the Sixth Wave and manifest the unity consciousness of the Ninth Wave

In the past few years the world has witnessed changes in social consciousness whose sudden development the ruling scientific paradigm has not been able to explain. These changes correspond with the activation of new Waves of Creation emanating from the center of the universe that influence human thinking. From the Big Bang to the present, these Waves guide the evolution of the universe and, through their holographic resonance with the human mind, profoundly shape revolutions in religion, technology, economy, and social consciousness.

Presenting a quantum-holographic perspective on world history and human consciousness, Carl Calleman explains the quantum physics behind the Waves of the Mayan Calendar system and how these Waves allow us to understand the shifting eras on Earth as well as the possibilities of the future. He describes how, prior to the activation of the 6th Wave in 3115 BCE, our social systems were based on a unified cosmic order, but the hologram of this Wave shifted society to an all-consuming focus on Good and Evil, leading to the rise of patriarchal religious structures, slavery, and warfare. He explores how later Waves and their new holograms helped humanity survive the negative effects of the 6th Wave, such as the Industrial Revolution of the 7th Wave and the Digital Revolution of the 8th Wave. In 2011, the 9th Wave was activated, bringing with it an accelerated push for a more egalitarian world, a rising awareness of unity consciousness, and access to the full power of all Nine Waves of Creation.

Calleman explains how our individual resonance with each Wave plays a role in the quality of our lives and how we must consciously work to resonate with the higher Waves. Revealing how we can become quantum activists in a holographic world by aligning with the 9th Wave, the author shows how we each can help manifest the destiny of humanity hinted at in ancient texts.

Explorers of the Black Box: The Search for the Cellular Basis of Memory [EPUB]

Explorers of the Black Box: The Search for the Cellular Basis of Memory [EPUB]
Explorers of the Black Box: The Search for the Cellular Basis of Memory by Susan Allport
2016 | EPUB | 0.3MB

Explorers of the Black Box is a scientific adventure story. The “Black Box” is the brain. The “Explorers” are neuroscientists in search of how nerve cells record memories, and they are as ruthless and dauntless as any soldiers of fortune. The book centers around the early, often-controversial research Nobel Prize–winner Eric Kandel. It takes readers behind the scenes of laboratories at Woods Hole, Columbia, Yale, and Princeton to create an absorbing account of how the brain works and of how science itself works.

What is Consciousness?: Three Sages Look Behind the Veil [EPUB]

What is Consciousness?: Three Sages Look Behind the Veil [EPUB]
What is Consciousness: Three Sages Look Behind the Veil by Ervin Laszlo, Jean Houston, Larry Dossey
2016 | EPUB | 0.6MB

In this profound collaboration, three world-renowned thinkers examine our commonly held assumptions about consciousness and reality in three revelatory essays. Together they will change the way we see ourselves and our universe.

What is Consciousness? Conventional thinking tells us it consists of the images, sensations, thoughts, and feelings produced by the brain. When the neurons in the brain stop firing, consciousness ceases to be. But does it?

In this profound book, eminent thinkers and scholars Ervin Laszlo, Jean Houston, and Larry Dossey look behind the veil of our commonly held assumptions about consciousness to examine its true nature in three revelatory essays. Laszlo makes a compelling case that consciousness is a phenomenon that transcends our physical beings. Houston examines consciousness and its place in what she calls the “quantum field of the cosmos.” Dossey offers a trenchant, erudite takedown of the materialist view of the human mind.

What is Consciousness? will change the way you see yourself, your mind, and the universe.

The New Russia by Mikhail Gorbachev [EPUB]

The New Russia by Mikhail Gorbachev [EPUB]
The New Russia by Mikhail Gorbachev
2016 | EPUB | 4.27MB

After years of rapprochement, the relationship between Russia and the West is more strained now than it has ever been in the past 25 years. Putin's motives, his reasons for seeking confrontation with the West, remain for many a mystery. Not for Mikhail Gorbachev. In this new work, Russia's elder statesman draws on his wealth of knowledge and experience to reveal the development of Putin's regime and the intentions behind it. He argues that in order to further his own personal power, Putin has corrupted the achievements of perestroika and created a system which offers no future for Russia. Faced with this, Gorbachev advocates a radical reform of politics and new fostering of pluralism and social democracy.

Gorbachev's insightful analysis moves beyond internal politics to address wider problems in the region, including the Ukraine conflict, as well as the global challenges of poverty and climate change. Above all else, he insists that solutions are to be found by returning to the atmosphere of dialogue and cooperation which was so instrumental in ending the Cold War.

This book represents the summation of Gorbachev's thinking on the course that Russia has taken since 1991 and stands as a testament to one of the greatest and most influential statesmen of the 20th century.

What Doesn't Kill Us [Audiobook]

What Doesn't Kill Us [Audiobook]
What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength [Audiobook] by Scott Carney, read by the Author
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 37 mins | 263.75MB

What Doesn't Kill Us traces our evolutionary journey back to a time when survival depended on how well we adapted to the environment around us. Our ancestors crossed the Alps in animal skins and colonized the New World in loin cloths. They evaded predators and built civilizations with just their raw brainpower and inner grit. But things have changed, and now comfort is king. Today we live in the thrall of constant climate control and exercise only when our office schedules permit. The technologies that we use to make us comfortable are so all-encompassing that they sever the biological link to a changing environment. Now we hate the cold and the heat. We suffer from autoimmune diseases. And many of us are chronically overweight. Most of us don't even realize that natural variation - sweating and shivering - is actually good for us.

What Doesn't Kill Us uncovers how just about anyone can reclaim a measure of our species' evolutionary strength by tapping in to the things that feel uncomfortable. When we slightly reimagine how our bodies fit into the world, we can condition ourselves to find resilience in unfamiliar environments.

The feeling that something is missing from our daily routines is growing and has spawned a movement. Every year millions of people forgo traditional gyms and push the limits of human endurance by doing boot camp-style workouts in raw conditions. These extreme athletes train in CrossFit boxes, compete in Tough Mudders, and challenge themselves in Spartan races. They are connecting with their environment and, whether they realize it or not, are changing their bodies.

No one exemplifies this better than Dutch fitness guru Wim Hof, whose remarkable ability to control his body temperature in extreme cold has sparked a whirlwind of scientific study. Because of him scientists in the United States and Europe are just beginning to understand how cold adaptation might help combat autoimmune diseases and chronic pain and, in some cases, even reverse diabetes.

Award-winning investigative journalist Scott Carney dives into the fundamental philosophy at the root of this movement in three interlocking narratives. His own journey culminates in a record-bending 28-hour climb up to the snowy peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro wearing nothing but a pair of running shorts and sneakers.

The Age of Bowie [Audiobook]

The Age of Bowie [Audiobook]
The Age of Bowie [Audiobook] by Paul Morley, read by the Author
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 15 hrs 28 mins | 427.58MB

"A handsome six footer with a warm and engaging personality, Davie Jones has all it takes to get to the show business heights including...talent." (David Bowie at 17 in May 1964, writing his own press biography)

Respected arts commentator Paul Morley, one of the team who curated the highly successful retrospective exhibition for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, David Bowie Is..., constructs the definitive story of Bowie that explores how he worked, played, aged, structured his ideas, invented the future, and entered history as someone who could and would never be forgotten. Morley captures the greatest moments of Bowie's career, from the recording studio with the likes of Brian Eno and Tony Visconti to iconic live performances from the 1970s, '80s, and '90s as well as the various encounters and artistic relationships he developed with rock luminaries John Lennon, Lou Reed, and Iggy Pop. And of course discuss in detail his much-heralded and critically acclaimed comeback with the release of Black Star just days before his shocking death in New York.

Morley will offer a startling biographical critique of David Bowie's legacy, showing how he never stayed still even when he withdrew from the spotlight, how he always knew his own worth, and how he released a dazzling plethora of mobile Bowies into the world with a bloody-minded determination and a voluptuous imagination to create something amazing that was not there before.