The Memory Code [Audiobook]

The Memory Code [Audiobook]
The Memory Code: The Traditional Aboriginal Memory Technique That Unlocks the Secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and Ancient Monuments the World Over [Audiobook] by Lynne Kelly, read by Louise Siverson
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 22 mins | 307.27MB

The discovery of a powerful memory technique used by our Neolithic ancestors in their monumental memory places―and how we can use their secrets to train our own minds

In ancient, pre-literate cultures across the globe, tribal elders had encyclopedic memories. They could name all the animals and plants across a landscape, identify the stars in the sky, and recite the history of their people. Yet today, most of us struggle to memorize more than a short poem.

Using traditional Aboriginal Australian songlines as the key, Lynne Kelly has identified the powerful memory technique used by indigenous people around the world. She has discovered that this ancient memory technique is the secret behind the great stone monuments like Stonehenge, which have for so long puzzled archaeologists.

The stone circles across Britain and Northern Europe, the elaborate stone houses of New Mexico, huge animal shapes in Peru, and the statues of Easter Island all serve as the most effective memory system ever invented by humans. They allowed people in nonliterate cultures to memorise the vast amounts of practical information they needed to survive.

In her fascinating audiobook, The Memory Code, Lynne Kelly shows us how we can use this ancient technique to train our memories today.

The Untold Story of the Talking Book [Audiobook]

The Untold Story of the Talking Book [Audiobook]
The Untold Story of the Talking Book [Audiobook] by Matthew Rubery, read by Jim Denison
2016 | M4B@64 kbps | 11 hrs 31 mins | 315.63MB

This is the first scholarly book to examine the significance of recorded literature from Thomas Edison's invention of the phonograph in 1877 to the present.

Histories of the book often move straight from the codex to the digital screen. Left out of that familiar account is nearly 150 years of audio recordings. Recounting the fascinating history of audio-recorded literature, Matthew Rubery traces the path of innovation from Edison's recitation of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" for his tinfoil phonograph in 1877 to the first novel-length talking books made for blinded World War I veterans to today's billion-dollar audiobook industry.

The Untold Story of the Talking Book focuses on the social impact of audiobooks, not just the technological history, in telling a story of surprising and impassioned conflicts: from controversies over which books the Library of Congress selected to become talking books - yes to Kipling, no to Flaubert - to debates about what defines a reader. Delving into the vexed relationship between spoken and printed texts, Rubery argues that storytelling can be just as engaging with the ears as with the eyes and that audiobooks deserve to be taken seriously. They are not mere derivatives of printed books but their own form of entertainment.

We have come a long way from the era of sound recorded on wax cylinders, when people imagined one day hearing entire novels on mini phonographs tucked inside their hats. Rubery tells the untold story of this incredible evolution and, in doing so, breaks from convention by treating audiobooks as a distinctively modern art form that has profoundly influenced the way we read.

The American Revolution Reborn [EPUB]

The American Revolution Reborn [EPUB]
The American Revolution Reborn edited by Patrick Spero, Michael Zuckerman
2016 | EPUB | 3.41MB

The American Revolution conjures a series of iconographic images in the contemporary American imagination. In these imagined scenes, defiant Patriots fight against British Redcoats for freedom and democracy, while a unified citizenry rallies behind them and the American cause. But the lived experience of the Revolution was a more complex matter, filled with uncertainty, fear, and discord. In The American Revolution Reborn, editors Patrick Spero and Michael Zuckerman compile essays from a new generation of multidisciplinary scholars that render the American Revolution as a time of intense ambiguity and frightening contingency.

The American Revolution Reborn parts company with the Revolution of our popular imagination and diverges from the work done by historians of the era from the past half-century. In the first section, "Civil Wars," contributors rethink the heroic terms of Revolutionary-era allegiance and refute the idea of patriotic consensus. In the following section, "Wider Horizons," essayists destabilize the historiographical inevitability of America as a nation. The studies gathered in the third section, "New Directions," present new possibilities for scholarship on the American Revolution. And the last section, titled "Legacies," collects essays that deal with the long afterlife of the Revolution and its effects on immigration, geography, and international politics. With an introduction by Spero and a conclusion by Zuckerman, this volume heralds a substantial and revelatory rebirth in the study of the American Revolution.

Contributors: Zara Anishanslin, Mark Boonshoft, Denver Brunsman, Katherine Carté Engel, Aaron Spencer Fogleman, Travis Glasson, Edward G. Gray, David C. Hsiung, Ned C. Landsman, Michael A. McDonnell, Kimberly Nath, Bryan Rosenblithe, David S. Shields, Patrick Spero, Matthew Spooner, Aaron Sullivan, Michael Zuckerman.

Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: How Intelligence Increases When You Think Less [EPUB]

Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: How Intelligence Increases When You Think Less [EPUB]
Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind: How Intelligence Increases When You Think Less by Guy Claxton
1999 | EPUB | 1.04MB

In these accelerated times, our decisive and businesslike ways of thinking are unprepared for ambiguity, paradox, and sleeping on it." We assume that the quick-thinking "hare brain" will beat out the slower Intuition of the "tortoise mind." However, now research in cognitive science is changing this understanding of the human mind. It suggests that patience and confusion–rather than rigor and certainty–are the essential precursors of wisdom.

With a compelling argument that the mind works best when we trust our unconscious, or "undermind," psychologist Guy Claxton makes an appeal that we be less analytical and let our creativity have free rein. He also encourages reevaluation of society's obsession with results-oriented thinking and problem-solving under pressure. Packed with Interesting anecdotes, a dozen puzzles to test your reasoning, and the latest related research, Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind is an Illuminating, uplifting, stimulating read that focuses on a new kind of well-being and cognition.

The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End [Audiobook]

The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End [Audiobook]
The Vanquished: Why the First World War Failed to End [Audiobook] by Robert Gerwarth, read by Michael Page
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 49 mins | 297.2MB

In The Vanquished, a highly original and gripping work of history, Robert Gerwarth asks us to think again about the true legacy of the First World War. In large part it was not the fighting on the Western Front that proved so ruinous to Europe's future but the devastating aftermath, as countries on both sides of the original conflict were savaged by revolutions, pogroms, mass expulsions, and further major military clashes. If the war itself had in most places been a struggle mainly between state-backed soldiers, these new conflicts were predominantly perpetrated by civilians and paramilitaries and driven by a murderous sense of injustice projected onto enemies real and imaginary. In the years immediately after the armistice, millions would die across central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe before the Soviet Union and a series of rickety and exhausted small new states would come into being. It was here, in the ruins of Europe, that extreme ideologies such as fascism would take shape.

As absorbing in its drama as it is unsettling in its analysis, The Vanquished is destined to transform our understanding of not just the First World War but the 20th century as a whole.

The Dance of Anger: A Woman's Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships [EPUB]

The Dance of Anger: A Woman's Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships [EPUB]
The Dance of Anger: A Woman's Guide to Changing the Patterns of Intimate Relationships by Harriet Lerner
1985 | EPUB | 1.2MB

The renowned classic and New York Times bestseller

Anger is something we feel. It exists for a reason and always deserves our respect and attention. We all have a right to everything we feel—and certainly our anger is no exception.

"Anger is a signal and one worth listening to," writes Dr. Harriet Lerner in her renowned classic that has transformed the lives of millions of readers. While anger deserves our attention and respect, women still learn to silence our anger, to deny it entirely, or to vent it in a way that leaves us feeling helpless and powerless. In this engaging and eminently wise book, Dr. Lerner teaches both women and men to identify the true sources of anger and to use it as a powerful vehicle for creating lasting change.

For decades, this book has helped millions of readers learn how to turn their anger into a constructive force for reshaping their lives. With a new introduction by the author, The Dance of Anger is ready to lead the next generation.

The Roman Guide to Slave Management: A Treatise by Nobleman Marcus Sidonius Falx [EPUB]

The Roman Guide to Slave Management: A Treatise by Nobleman Marcus Sidonius Falx [EPUB]
The Roman Guide to Slave Management: A Treatise by Nobleman Marcus Sidonius Falx by Jerry Toner
2014 | EPUB | 1.02MB

The sly, subversive, first-person, and uncompromising guide to the realities of slavery and servitude in ancient Rome, with a foreword by Mary Beard.

Having spent most of his life managing his servants―many of them prisoners from Rome’s military conquests―he decided to write a kind of owner’s manual for his friends and countrymen.

The result, The Roman Guide to Slave Management, is a sly, subversive guide to the realities of servitude in ancient Rome. Cambridge scholar Jerry Toner uses Falx, his fictional but true-to-life creation, to describe where and how to Romans bought slaves, how they could tell an obedient worker from a troublemaker, and even how the ruling class reacted to the inevitable slave revolts. Toner also adds commentary throughout, analyzing the callous words and casual brutality of Falx and his compatriots and putting it all in context for the modern reader.

Written with a deep knowledge of ancient culture―and the depths of its cruelty―this is the Roman Empire as you’ve never seen it before.

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old [EPUB]

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old [EPUB]
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old by Hendrik Groen
2016 | EPUB | 1.09MB

THE INTERNATIONAL PHENOMENON

'There are many laughs in this book but it's so much more than just a comedy. It's a story about how friendship, selflessness and dignity lie at the heart of the human experience. When I'm an old man, I want to be Hendrik Groen' John Boyne, author of international bestseller The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

'Another year and I still don't like old people. Me? I am 83 years old.'

Hendrik Groen may be old, but he is far from dead and isn't planning to be buried any time soon. Granted, his daily strolls are getting shorter because his legs are no longer willing and he had to visit his doctor more than he'd like. Technically speaking he is … elderly. But surely there is more to life at his age than weak tea and potted geraniums?

Hendrik sets out to write an exposé: a year in the life of his care home in Amsterdam, revealing all its ups and downs - not least his new endeavour the anarchic Old-But-Not Dead Club. And when Eefje moves in - the woman Hendrik has always longed for - he polishes his shoes (and his teeth), grooms what's left of his hair and attempts to make something of the life he has left, with hilarious, tender and devastating consequences.

The indomitable Hendrik Groen - Holland's unlikeliest hero - has become a cultural phenomenon in his native Netherlands and now he and his famously anonymous creator are conquering the globe. A major Dutch bestseller, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen will not only delight older readers with its wit and relevance, but will charm and inspire those who have years to go before their own expiry date.

Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]

Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
Tragedy: A Very Short Introduction by Adrian Poole
2005 | EPUB | 3.07MB

To your local anchorperson, the word "tragedy" brings to mind an accidental fire at a low-income apartment block, the horrors of a natural disaster, or atrocities occurring in distant lands. To a classicist however, the word brings to mind the masterpieces of Sophocles, Shakespeare, and Racine; beautiful dramas featuring romanticized torment.

What has tragedy been made to mean by dramatists, storytellers, philosophers, politicians, and journalists over the last two and a half millennia? Why do we still read, re-write, and stage these old plays? This lively and engaging work presents an entirely unique approach which shows the relevance of tragedy to today's world, and extends beyond drama and literature into visual art and everyday experience. Addressing questions about belief, blame, mourning, revenge, pain, and irony, noted scholar Adrian Poole demonstrates the age-old significance of our attempts to make sense of terrible suffering.

American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]

American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
American Political Parties and Elections: A Very Short Introduction by L Sandy Maisel
2007 | EPUB | 0.9MB

Few Americans and even fewer citizens of other nations understand the electoral process in the United States. Still fewer understand the role played by political parties in the electoral process or the ironies within the system. Participation in elections in the United States is much lower than in the vast majority of mature democracies. Perhaps this is because of the lack of competition in a country where only two parties have a true chance of winning, despite the fact that a large number of citizens claim allegiance to neither and think badly of both. Or perhaps it is because in the U.S. campaign contributions disproportionately favor incumbents in most legislative elections, or that largely unregulated groups such as the now notorious 527s have as much impact on the outcome of a campaign as do the parties or the candidates' campaign organizations. Studying these factors, you begin to get a very clear picture indeed of the problems that underlay our much trumpeted electoral system.

This Very Short Introduction introduces the reader to these issues and more, providing an insider's view of how the system actually works while shining a light on some of its flaws. As we enter what is sure to be yet another highly contested election year, it is more important than ever that Americans take the time to learn the system that puts so many in power.

The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]

The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
The History of Medicine: A Very Short Introduction by William Bynum
2008 | EPUB | 3.29MB

Against the backdrop of unprecedented concern for the future of health care, this Very Short Introduction surveys the history of medicine from classical times, through the scholastic medieval tradition and the Enlightenment to the present day. Taking a thematic rather than strictly chronological approach, W.F. Bynum, explores the key turning points in the history of Western medicine-such as the first surgical procedures, the advent of hospitals, the introduction of anesthesia, X-Rays, vaccinations, and many other innovations, as well as the rise of experimental medicine.

The book also explores Western medicine's encounters with Chinese and Indian medicine, as well as nontraditional treatments such as homeopathy, chiropractic, and other alternative medicines. Covering a vast amount of information, this Very Short Introduction sheds new light on medicine's past, while at the same time engaging with contemporary issues, discoveries, and controversies, such as the spiraling costs of health care, lack of health insurance for millions, breakthrough treatments, and much more. For readers who wish to understand the how we have arrived at our current state of medical practice and knowledge, this book is essential reading.

Marquis de Sade: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]

Marquis de Sade: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
Marquis de Sade: A Very Short Introduction by John Phillips
2005 | EPUB | 4.04MB

This book introduces the Marquis de Sade as writer and philosopher to new readers, offering concise but comprehensive surveys of his most controversial works, based on contemporary theoretical approaches. The style is lively and accessible without sacrificing detail or depth.

An introductory chapter discusses Sade's life and the links between that and his work. Relying on the many letters he wrote to his wife and lawyer from prison and on other authentic, contemporary evidence, it attempts to disentangle this life from the various myths that Sade's demonic reputation has engendered throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This initial chapter also reviews the critical corpus or reception of the work since Sade's times up to the present, and reassesses his status as an extra-canonical writer. The following six chapters provide broad coverage of Sade's main intellectual and creative activities, showing how all can be seen as the expression of a veritable cult of the body, a veneration of the physical, and the sexual as channels of transcendence.

Kafka: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]

Kafka: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
Kafka: A Very Short Introduction by Ritchie Robertson
2005 | EPUB | 2.17MB

Franz Kafka is among the most intriguing and influential writers of the last century. During his lifetime he worked as a civil servant and published only a handful of short stories, the best known being The Transformation. His other three novels, published after his death, helped to found his reputation as a uniquely perceptive interpreter of the twentieth century.

Discussing both Kafka's crisis-ridden life and the subtleties of his art, Ritchie Robertson provides an intriguing and accessible look at the life of this fascinating author. Using Metamorphosis as a recurring example, Robertson shows how Kafka's work explores such characteristically modern themes as the place of the body in culture, the power of institutions over people, and the possibility of religion after Nietzsche had proclaimed "the death of God."

Beauty: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]

Beauty: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
Beauty: A Very Short Introduction by Roger Scruton
2011 | EPUB | 17.19MB

Beauty can be consoling, disturbing, sacred, profane; it can be exhilarating, appealing, inspiring, chilling. It can affect us in an unlimited variety of ways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference.

In this Very Short Introduction the renowned philosopher Roger Scruton explores the concept of beauty, asking what makes an object - either in art, in nature, or the human form - beautiful, and examining how we can compare differing judgements of beauty when it is evident all around us that our tastes vary so widely. Is there a right judgement to be made about beauty? Is it right to say there is more beauty in a classical temple than a concrete office block, more in a Rembrandt than in last year's Turner Prize winner?

Forthright and thought-provoking, and as accessible as it is intellectually rigorous, this introduction to the philosophy of beauty draws conclusions that some may find controversial, but, as Scruton shows, help us to find greater sense of meaning in the beautiful objects that fill our lives.

The Star Wars Heresies: Interpreting the Themes, Symbols and Philosophies of Episodes I, II and III [EPUB]

The Star Wars Heresies: Interpreting the Themes, Symbols and Philosophies of Episodes I, II and III [EPUB]
The Star Wars Heresies: Interpreting the Themes, Symbols and Philosophies of Episodes I, II and III by Paul F. McDonald
2013 | EPUB | 0.4MB

Despite the insatiable public appetite for all things Star Wars, the more analytical side of the saga is all too often ignored. This book offers a new way of seeing George Lucas' space opera–particularly the prequel trilogy, a series never given a fair chance because of constant comparisons to the iconic originals. In the classic style of Joseph Campbell, the trilogy is viewed through the lens of myth and metaphor, revealing a body of work not only worthy of scholarly study but perhaps destined to find therein its home.

A wide variety of philosophical and mythological themes are presented and expounded upon, drawing from a rich source of scholars, thinkers, writers, and poets from East and West alike. Heretical or not, the Star Wars prequels are a surprisingly rich source of insight into the saga–as well as the human drama–as a whole.

A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order [Audiobook]

A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order [Audiobook]
A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order [Audiobook] by Richard Haass, read by
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 53 mins | 244.63MB

An examination of a world increasingly defined by disorder and a United States unable to shape the world in its image, from the president of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold. The rules, policies, and institutions that have guided the world since World War II have largely run their course. Respect for sovereignty alone cannot uphold order in an age defined by global challenges from terrorism and the spread of nuclear weapons to climate change and cyberspace. Meanwhile, great power rivalry is returning. Weak states pose problems just as confounding as strong ones. The United States remains the world's strongest country, but American foreign policy has at times made matters worse, both by what the US has done and by what it has failed to do. The Middle East is in chaos; Asia is threatened by China's rise and a reckless North Korea; and Europe, for decades the world's most stable region, is now anything but. The unexpected vote for "Brexit" signals that many in modern democracies reject important aspects of globalization, including borders open to trade and immigrants.

In A World in Disarray, Richard Haass argues for an updated global operating system - call it world order 2.0 - that reflects the reality that power is widely distributed and that borders count for less. One critical element of this adjustment will be adopting a new approach to sovereignty, one that embraces its obligations and responsibilities as well as its rights and protections. Haass also details how the US should act toward China and Russia as well as in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. He suggests, too, what the country should do to address its dysfunctional politics, mounting debt, and lack of agreement on the nature of its relationship with the world.

A World in Disarray is a wise examination, one rich in history, of the current world along with how we got here and what needs doing. Haass shows that the world cannot have stability or prosperity without the United States, but the United States cannot be a force for global stability and prosperity without its politicians and citizens reaching a new understanding.

Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan to Save America [AZW3]

Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan to Save America [AZW3]
Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan to Save America by David Horowitz
2017 | AZW3 | 0.3MB

Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 election was more than a historic upset. It was the beginning of a major political, economic, and social revolution that will change America — and the world.

One of the nation’s foremost conservative commentators, New York Times bestselling author, and a mentor to many of Donald Trump’s key advisers, David Horowitz presents a White House battle plan to halt the Democrats’ march to extinguish the values America holds dear.

Big Agenda details President Trump’s likely moves, including his:

  • First wave of executive orders — restoring Guantanamo, Keystone XL, nixing amnesty
  • Surprising judicial appointments — Supreme Court and the federal judiciary
  • Radical changes to federal rules & regulations — Obamacare, EPA overreach, and a New Deal for black America

With the White House and Senate in GOP hands, and a Supreme Court soon to follow, President Trump will have a greater opportunity than even Ronald Reagan had to reshape the American political landscape while securing the nation’s vital security interests abroad.

“No president since FDR and his famed ‘100 Days’ has the chance Donald Trump has,” Horowitz argues.

But he writes that the GOP and Trump must recognize they are not fighting policy ideas, but an ideology — a progressive one with a radical agenda to stop Trump in an effort to reduce America’s power and greatness.

Big Agenda is a rallying cry and indispensable guide for how to claim ultimate victory for the conservative cause.

Horowitz writes, “One battle is over, but there are many more to come. This book is a guide to fighting the opponents of the conservative restoration. It identifies who the adversaries are — their methods and their motivations.

It describes their agenda — not merely the particular issues with which they advance their goal, but the destructive goal itself. And it lays out a strategy that can defeat them.”

The Illustrated Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living [AZW3]

The Illustrated Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living [AZW3]
The Illustrated Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living by Russ Harris
2014 | AZW3 | 20.99MB

The life-changing practice of applied mindfulness called ACT is made even more accessible in this fun and easy-to-understand volume that illustrates all the principles with entertaining cartoons.

There’s this idea going around that we’re always supposed to be happy—and it’s making us miserable. The good news is, if you can learn to let go of that impossible expectation, your life will be a whole lot happier. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a simple, self-administered therapy that uses mindfulness to enable you to do just that. This fun, illustrated guide to the method that’s made life better for millions is the easiest way yet to learn how to escape the happiness trap and start living a life that’s far richer, fuller, and more meaningful.

With ACT you’ll learn to:

  • Reduce stress and worry
  • Handle painful feelings and thoughts more effectively
  • Break self-defeating habits
  • Overcome insecurity and self-doubt
  • Recognize and treasure the whole range of emotions that make up a satisfying life

Shrinking the Technosphere: Getting a Grip on Technologies that Limit our Autonomy, Self-Sufficiency and Freedom [EPUB]

Shrinking the Technosphere: Getting a Grip on Technologies that Limit our Autonomy, Self-Sufficiency and Freedom [EPUB]
Shrinking the Technosphere: Getting a Grip on Technologies that Limit our Autonomy, Self-Sufficiency and Freedom by Dmitry Orlov
2016 | EPUB | 1.09MB

Over the past two centuries we have witnessed a wholesale replacement of most of the previous methods of conducting both business and daily life with new, technologically advanced, more efficient methods.

What exactly is progressive or efficient about this new arrangement is hardly ever examined in depth: if the new ways of doing things are so much better, then we must all be leading relaxed, stress-free, enjoyable lives with plenty of free time to devote to art and leisure activities. But a more careful look at these changes shows us that many of these advances are not weighing favourably in a harm/benefit comparison. The harm to the environment, society, and even to our own personalities, on an individual level, is plain to see, but is brushed off with hollow claims about efficiency and progress.

Shrinking the Technosphere guides readers through the process of bringing technology down to a manageable number of carefully chosen, essential, well-understood and controllable elements. It is about regaining the freedom to use technology for our own benefit, and is critical reading for all who seek to get back to a point where technologies assist us rather than control us.

The Joy of Cheesemaking [EPUB]

The Joy of Cheesemaking [EPUB]
The Joy of Cheesemaking by Jody M Farnham, Marc Druart
2011 | EPUB | 35.43MB

Here is an easy-to-understand, beautifully illustrated guide to making cheese. It includes a basic overview of cheese manufacturing and aging, from the raw ingredients to the final product, and much more. With clear instructions, gorgeous photographs, and a glossary, this comprehensive guide will allow the reader to learn all about cheese, from making it, to choosing it, to pairing it with the right wines.

Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body [Audiobook]

Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body [Audiobook]
Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body [Audiobook] by Jo Marchant, read by Genevieve Swallow
2016 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 48 mins | 318.88MB

The field of mind-body medicine is plagued by wild claims that mislead patients and instil false hope. But as scientists in a range of fields uncover solid evidence that our minds influence our bodies quite profoundly, there is now great promise, too.

Jo Marchant attempts to use scientific research to find out if alternative medicines work; if our thoughts, beliefs and emotions influence our physical health; and if we can train our brains to heal our bodies.

G.I. Joe & Lillie: Remembering a Life of Love and Loyalty [EPUB]

G.I. Joe & Lillie: Remembering a Life of Love and Loyalty [EPUB]
GI Joe & Lillie: Remembering a Life of Love and Loyalty by Joseph S Bonsall
2003 | EPUB | 0.5MB

In the early morning hours of June 6, tens of thousands of boys from the shores of Maine, the rivers of Mississippi, and the lakes of Minnesota were taking a boat ride that would go down in history. With the ocean spray in their faces and hearts practically beating out of their chests, American G.I.s peers through the mist and saw the beaches of France. The Allied invasion of Hitlers Europe was on!

A skinny kid from Philly checked his rifle for the umpteenth time and swallowed hard. A strip of beach code named Utah lay just ahead....

The 1944 D-Day landings preserved freedom all over the world and affected countless individual lives including G.I. Joe and his wife, Lillie.

After the war, G.I. Joe and Lillie settled into a life that included two children. Old wounds, though, never quite let G.I. Joe leave France. Nightmares and crippling injuries left him with only one true friend, but she was all he'd ever need.

Lillie embarked on a decades-long love affair, from the moment she saw that skinny boy from Philly in an army hospital. Five days of courtship and 55 years of marriage strengthened by faith saw to that. Lillie prayed daily for her husband and children in the difficult years ahead. Together, they made it all the way home.

In Lillie's America, it was sacrifice that preserved cherished freedoms, and loyalty kept families united and strong. Lillie's steadfast faith and heartfelt devotion is a lesson for our time.

This story of patriotism, bravery abroad and at home, and most of all, deep commitment, sets in a gold frame the very essence of America. The story of G.I. Joe and Lillie helps us all remember that true love never, ever dies.

The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care [EPUB]

The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care [EPUB]
The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care by Sally Fallon Morell, Thomas S Cowan
2013 | EPUB | 1.1MB

The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care makes the principles of traditional nutrition available to modern parents. The book provides holistic advice for pregnancy and newborn interventions, vaccinations, breastfeeding and child development, as well as a compendium of natural treatments for childhood illnesses, from autism to whooping cough. The work of Rudulf Steiner supports the book's emphasis on the child's spiritual requirement for imaginative play.

The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice [EPUB]

The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice [EPUB]
The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice by Zak Ebrahim, Jeff Giles
2014 | EPUB | 4.34MB

An extraordinary story, never before told: The intimate, behind-the-scenes life of an American boy raised by his terrorist father—the man who planned the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

What is it like to grow up with a terrorist in your home? Zak Ebrahim was only seven years old when, on November 5th, 1990, his father El-Sayyid Nosair shot and killed the leader of the Jewish Defense League. While in prison, Nosair helped plan the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. In one of his infamous video messages, Osama bin Laden urged the world to “Remember El-Sayyid Nosair.”

For Zak Ebrahim, a childhood amongst terrorism was all he knew. After his father’s incarceration, his family moved often, and as the perpetual new kid in class, he faced constant teasing and exclusion. Yet, though his radicalized father and uncles modeled fanatical beliefs, to Ebrahim something never felt right. To the shy, awkward boy, something about the hateful feelings just felt unnatural.

In this book, Ebrahim dispels the myth that terrorism is a foregone conclusion for people trained to hate. Based on his own remarkable journey, he shows that hate is always a choice—but so is tolerance. Though Ebrahim was subjected to a violent, intolerant ideology throughout his childhood, he did not become radicalized. Ebrahim argues that people conditioned to be terrorists are actually well positioned to combat terrorism, because of their ability to bring seemingly incompatible ideologies together in conversation and advocate in the fight for peace. Ebrahim argues that everyone, regardless of their upbringing or circumstances, can learn to tap into their inherent empathy and embrace tolerance over hatred. His original, urgent message is fresh, groundbreaking, and essential to the current discussion about terrorism.

The Art of Being Free: How Alexis de Tocqueville Can Save Us from Ourselves

The Art of Being Free: How Alexis de Tocqueville Can Save Us from Ourselves
The Art of Being Free: How Alexis de Tocqueville Can Save Us from Ourselves by James Poulos
2017 | EPUB | 0.6MB

Most of us probably don’t learn about Alexis de Tocqueville in school anymore, but his masterpiece, Democracy in America, is still surprisingly resonant. When he came to America in 1831 to study our great political experiment, he puzzled over our strange struggles with religion and politics, work and money, sex and gender, and love and death. Clearly we haven’t come as far as one might hope. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom―and it isn’t now. Tocqueville didn’t just catalog our problems; he provided a manual on how to flourish despite them. In The Art of Being Free, journalist and scholar James Poulos puts Tocqueville’s advice to work for a contemporary audience, showing us how to live sane, healthy, and happy lives amid our hectic, shifting world.

Poulos reveals what Tocqueville’s beloved study tells us about everything from our relationship to technology and our obsession with appearances to our workaholism, our listlessness, and our ways of coping with stress. He explores how our uniquely American malaise can be alleviated―not by the next wellness fad or self-help craze, but by the kind of fearless inventory-taking that has fallen out of fashion.

Idiot's Guides: Krav Maga [EPUB]

Idiot's Guides: Krav Maga [EPUB]
Idiot's Guides: Krav Maga by Kevin Lewis, David Michael Gilbertson
2016 | EPUB | 138.73MB

Krav Maga, which means "contact combat" in Hebrew, is an easy-to-understand/remember aggressive system of self-defense. Idiot's Guides: Krav Maga will not only define what it is, but also review the principles and systems of techniques and training to ensure survival. Combining in-depth information and easy-to-understand illustrated instructions, this guide will be a wonderful tool to help train both men and women on how to protect themselves, deal with threatening situations, and reverse dangerous situations where they're at a disadvantage. Idiot's Guides: Krav Maga covers:

  • The origination of Krav Maga: its history, birthplace, philosophy, and why it was created.
  • The core essentials of Krav Maga's theory and practice.
  • A review of how to condition the body and mind to outside threats and violence.
  • An understanding of not only the physical aspect of Krav Maga, but how it is part of the bigger picture of personal protection.
  • The thought process of the attacker and how to avoid potentially dangerous situations, if possible.
  • How Krav Maga differs from martial arts in terms of not following handed down fighting rules and techniques.
  • A breakdown of the belts in Krav Maga (yellow, orange, green, blue, brown, black), what it takes to attain them, and the differences between them.
  • Step-by-step illustrated directions on the popular stances, positions, movements, kick/punch strikes, falls, joint locks, deflections, and techniques from the basics to advanced moves.
  • How to use body weight, your most powerful muscles, and momentum to defeat an attacker.
  • Instruction on protecting the body and weapons defense, in addition to mastering escapes.

Tom Kerridge's Dopamine Diet: My low-carb, stay-happy way to lose weight [EPUB]

Tom Kerridge's Dopamine Diet: My low-carb, stay-happy way to lose weight [EPUB]
Tom Kerridge's Dopamine Diet: My low-carb, stay-happy way to lose weight by Tom Kerridge
2017 | EPUB | 96.74MB

Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge explains how to diet by keeping all of the good stuff and none of the boring stuff.

Tom Kerridge has positively transformed his life over the past year: he shed over one hundred and forty pounds and got his weight firmly under control. How has he done it? Not via 'clean eating', nor by denying himself some of his favorite foods. He has cut down on carbs and booze, and has increased his intake of protein, fruit and vegetables, whilst retaining his signature flavors and big, bold, hearty dishes.

This book reveals Tom's story, his five-step program, and his go-to recipes that help with weight loss in a no-compromise, no-nonsense way. Think warm salads, sumptuous steaks (with no fries), delicious dark chocolate desserts and lots more . . . It's win-win!

Time Management and Productivity: Better Focus, Change Habit, More Motivation, Less Procrastination [Audiobook]

Time Management and Productivity: Better Focus, Change Habit, More Motivation, Less Procrastination [Audiobook]
Time Management and Productivity: Better Focus, Change Habit, More Motivation, Less Procrastination [Audiobook] by Knight Writer, read by the Author
2017 | M4B@64 kbps | 5 hrs 8 mins | 140.2MB

Have you ever waited until the last possible minute to start a project? Do you ever find yourself staring at a blank word document, just waiting for those first couple of words to come? Do you stress when you have too many to-dos and too little time? If so, you can finally relax.

Time Management & Productivity is guaranteed to break you of these habits and kick you into overdrive. You will learn the strategies that work, the strategies that don't work, how technology has changed our ability to concentrate, and how to sustain an ultra-high level of productivity...permanently. We will examine 15 of the greatest books ever written on the topic, and summarize them in a way that makes everything easy to understand. You will learn all of the popular time management and productivity strategies known today. You will find certain patterns and similarities among nearly every strategy, but also find some differences. Ultimately you will possess all of the information you need to select the plan of action that is perfect for you.