Homestead Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Our Hearth to Yours [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 16:56
2016 | EPUB | 160.1MB
The first cookbook from homesteaders and co-stars of Discovery’s Alaska: The Last Frontier Eve and Eivin Kilcher features appealing recipes for anyone looking to live more sustainably, healthfully, and independently, regardless of where and what they call home.
Eve and Eivin Kilcher, stars of the hit Discovery show Alaska: The Last Frontier, are experts in sustainable living. Homesteaders by choice, the couple has had to use their self-reliance skills to survive harsh winters in the Alaskan wilderness and raise a thriving family. In their debut book, the Kilchers share 85 original family recipes and advice on gardening, preserving, and foraging. The tips and techniques they have cultivated from their family and through necessity will help anyone looking to shrink their environmental footprint and become less dependent on mass-produced food and products. Stunningly photographed in and around their handmade home and farm, Homestead Kitchen illustrates that taking on small-scale sustainable projects is not only possible in a suburban/urban setting, but ultimately a more responsible and gratifying way to live.
White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 15:47
2016 | EPUB | 2.22MB
From “one of our most original writers” (Kathryn Schulz, New York magazine) comes an expansive and exacting book—firmly grounded but elegant, often hilarious, and always inquisitive—about travel, unexpected awareness, and the questions we ask when we step outside ourselves.
Geoff Dyer’s restless search—for what? is unclear, even to him—continues in this series of fascinating adventures and pilgrimages: with a tour guide who may not be a tour guide in the Forbidden City in Beijing; with friends in New Mexico, where D. H. Lawrence famously claimed to have had his “greatest experience from the outside world”; with a hitchhiker picked up on the way from White Sands; with Don Cherry (or a photo of him, at any rate) at the Watts Towers in Los Angeles.
Weaving stories about places to which he has recently traveled with images and memories that have persisted since childhood, Dyer tries “to work out what a certain place—a certain way of marking the landscape—means; what it’s trying to tell us; what we go to it for.”
The Breakthrough: Human Rights in the 1970s [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 14:30
2013 | EPUB | 1.8MB
Between the 1960s and the 1980s, the human rights movement achieved unprecedented global prominence. Amnesty International attained striking visibility with its Campaign Against Torture; Soviet dissidents attracted a worldwide audience for their heroism in facing down a totalitarian state; the Helsinki Accords were signed, incorporating a "third basket" of human rights principles; and the Carter administration formally gave the United States a human rights policy.
The Breakthrough is the first collection to examine this decisive era as a whole, tracing key developments in both Western and non-Western engagement with human rights and placing new emphasis on the role of human rights in the international history of the past century. Bringing together original essays from some of the field's leading scholars, this volume not only explores the transnational histories of international and nongovernmental human rights organizations but also analyzes the complex interplay between gender, sociology, and ideology in the making of human rights politics at the local level. Detailed case studies illuminate how a number of local movements—from the 1975 World Congress of Women in East Berlin, to antiapartheid activism in Britain, to protests in Latin America—affected international human rights discourse in the era as well as the ways these moments continue to influence current understanding of human rights history and advocacy. The global south—an area not usually treated as a scene of human rights politics—is also spotlighted in groundbreaking chapters on Biafran, South American, and Indonesian developments. In recovering the remarkable presence of global human rights talk and practice in the 1970s, The Breakthrough brings this pivotal decade to the forefront of contemporary scholarly debate.
Contributors: Carl J. Bon Tempo, Gunter Dehnert, Celia Donert, Lasse Heerten, Patrick William Kelly, Benjamin Nathans, Ned Richardson-Little, Daniel Sargent, Brad Simpson, Lynsay Skiba, Simon Stevens.
The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000-Mile Journey Through a New America [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 14:05
2017 | EPUB | 7.95MB
Discover the Real Revolution Unfolding across America
America faces huge challenges—climate change, social injustice, racist violence, economic insecurity. Journalist Sarah van Gelder suspected that there were solutions, and she went looking for them, not in the centers of power, where people are richly rewarded for their allegiance to the status quo, but off the beaten track, in rural communities, small towns, and neglected urban neighborhoods.
She bought a used pickup truck and camper and set off on a 12,000-mile journey through eighteen states, dozens of cities and towns, and five Indian reservations. From the ranches of Montana to the coalfields of Kentucky to the urban cores of Chicago and Detroit, van Gelder discovered people and communities who are remaking America from the ground up. Join her as she meets the quirky and the committed, the local heroes and the healers who, under the mass media's radar, are getting stuff done. The common thread running through their work was best summed up by a phrase she saw on a mural in Newark: “We the People LOVE This Place.” That connection we each have to our physical and ecological place, and to our human community, is where we find our power and our best hopes for a new America.
The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 14:01
2017 | EPUB | 31.02MB
A look deep inside the new Silicon Valley, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Everything Store
Ten years ago, the idea of getting into a stranger's car, or a walking into a stranger's home, would have seemed bizarre and dangerous, but today it's as common as ordering a book online. Uber and Airbnb have ushered in a new era: redefining neighborhoods, challenging the way governments regulate business, and changing the way we travel.
In the spirit of iconic Silicon Valley renegades like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, another generation of entrepreneurs is using technology to upend convention and disrupt entire industries. These are the upstarts, idiosyncratic founders with limitless drive and an abundance of self-confidence. Led by such visionaries as Travis Kalanick of Uber and Brian Chesky of Airbnb, they are rewriting the rules of business and often sidestepping serious ethical and legal obstacles in the process.
The Upstarts is the definitive story of two new titans of business and a dawning age of tenacity, conflict and wealth. In Brad Stone's riveting account of the most radical companies of the new Silicon Valley, we discover how it all happened and what it took to change the world.
How to Love a Woman: On Intimacy and the Erotic Lives of Women [Audiobook]
02 February 2017, 13:41
2009 | MP3@64 kbps | 2 hrs 53 mins | 79.61MB
For all men and women who thirst to love and be loved by a woman, these words and stories of guidance from Clarissa Pinkola Estés are aqua vitae, the water of life for the soul.
Dr. Estés teaches that in love relationships, each partner challenges, nourishes, and transforms the other. To achieve this lifelong love requires an understanding of the mysterious internal cycles that fuel relationships.
Through irresistible storytelling, How to Love a Woman shows how every relationship fades and expires, only to be reborn in a fresh and strengthened form.
Erasmus, Man of Letters: The Construction of Charisma in Print [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 11:21
2015 | EPUB | 24.31MB
The name Erasmus of Rotterdam conjures up a golden age of scholarly integrity and the disinterested pursuit of knowledge, when learning could command public admiration without the need for authorial self-promotion. Lisa Jardine, however, shows that Erasmus self-consciously created his own reputation as the central figure of the European intellectual world. Erasmus himself–the historical as opposed to the figural individual–was a brilliant, maverick innovator, who achieved little formal academic recognition in his own lifetime. What Jardine offers here is not only a fascinating study of Erasmus but also a bold account of a key moment in Western history, a time when it first became possible to believe in the existence of something that could be designated "European thought."
Innovation: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 10:56
2010 | EPUB | 3.09MB
What is innovation? How important is innovation in business? How can we use it to succeed? In the last 150 years our world has been transformed–largely due to innovation. Our parents were born into a world where television had yet to be invented, and there was no penicillin or frozen food. Our great grandparents began life in a world with no light bulbs, cars, telephones, or airplanes.
This Very Short Introduction looks at what innovation is and why it can affect us so profoundly. It examines how it occurs, who stimulates it, how it is pursued, and what its outcomes are, both positive and negative. The book shows that innovation is hugely challenging and failure is common, yet it is essential to our social and economic progress. Mark Dodgson and David Gann also consider the extent to which our understanding of innovation has developed over the past century and how it might be used to interpret the global economy we all face in the future.
Epidemiology: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 10:53
2010 | EPUB | 3.39MB
What is epidemiology? What are the causes of a new disease? How can pandemics be prevented?
Epidemiology is the study of the changing patterns of disease and its main aim is to improve the health of populations. It's a vital field, central to the health of society, to the identification of causes of disease, and to their management and prevention.
Epidemiology has had an impact on many areas of medicine; from discovering the relationship between tobacco smoking and lung cancer, to the origin and spread of new epidemics. However, it is often poorly understood, largely due to misrepresentations in the media.
In this Very Short Introduction Rodolfo Saracci dispels some of the myths surrounding the study of epidemiology. He provides a general explanation of the principles behind clinical trials, and explains the nature of basic statistics concerning disease. He also looks at the ethical and political issues related to obtaining and using information concerning patients, and trials involving placebos.
Neoliberalism: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 10:51
2010 | EPUB | 3.53MB
Anchored in the principles of the free-market economics, 'neoliberalism' has been associated with such different political leaders as Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Augusto Pinochet, and Junichiro Koizumi.
In its heyday during the late 1990s, neoliberalism emerged as the world's dominant economic paradigm stretching from the Anglo-American heartlands of capitalism to the former communist bloc all the way to the developing regions of the global South. At the dawn of the new century, however, neoliberalism has been discredited as the global economy, built on its principles, has been shaken to its core by a financial calamity not seen since the dark years of the 1930s.
So is neoliberalism doomed or will it regain its former glory? Will reform-minded G-20 leaders embark on a genuine new course or try to claw their way back to the neoliberal glory days of the Roaring Nineties? Is there a viable alternative to neoliberalism?
Exploring the origins, core claims, and considerable variations of neoliberalism, this Very Short Introduction offers a concise and accessible introduction to one of the most debated 'isms' of our time.
Fashion: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 10:48
2009 | EPUB | 2.68MB
Fashion is a dynamic global industry that plays an important role in the economic, political, cultural, and social lives of an international audience. It spans high art and popular culture, and plays a significant role in material and visual culture. This book introduces fashion's myriad influences and manifestations. Fashion is explored as a creative force, a business, and a means of communication. From Karl Lagerfeld's creative reinventions of Chanel's iconic style to the multicultural reference points of Indian designer Manish Arora, from the spectacular fashion shows held in nineteenth century department stores to the mix-and-match styles of Japanese youth, the book examines the ways that fashion both reflects and shapes contemporary culture. Using historical and contemporary examples, it gives a clear understanding of how fashion has developed since the renaissance, while raising questions about its status, ethical credibility, and influence on consumers.
The book provides insight into the structure of the fashion industry and how fashions are designed, promoted and consumed, in relation to relevant historical, social and cultural contexts. It is structured thematically, to look at the role and development of designers, the growth of shopping and the different businesses involved in making and selling fashionable clothes. Fashion's relationship to the wider culture is also explored, by considering its representation in art and collaborations between designers and artists, the moral controversies surrounding fashion, and attempts to produce ethical clothing, and the effects of globalisation on the fashion trade.
The New Testament as Literature: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 10:46
2008 | EPUB | 2.07MB
The words, phrases, and stories of the New Testament permeate the English language. Indeed, this relatively small group of twenty-seven works, written during the height of the Roman Empire, not only helped create and sustain a vast world religion, but also have been integral to the larger cultural dynamics of the West, above and beyond particular religious expressions.
Looking at the New Testament through the lens of literary study, Kyle Keefer offers an engrossing exploration of this revered religious text as a work of literature, but also keeps in focus its theological ramifications. Unique among books that examine the Bible as literature, this brilliantly compact introduction offers an intriguing double-edged look at this universal text–a religiously informed literary analysis. The book first explores the major sections of the New Testament–the gospels, Paul's letters, and Revelation–as individual literary documents. Keefer shows how, in such familiar stories as the parable of the Good Samaritan, a literary analysis can uncover an unexpected complexity to what seems a simple, straightforward tale. At the conclusion of the book, Keefer steps back and asks questions about the New Testament as a whole. He reveals that whether read as a single document or as a collection of works, the New Testament presents readers with a wide variety of forms and viewpoints, and a literary exploration helps bring this richness to light.
A fascinating investigation of the New Testament as a classic literary work, this Very Short Introduction uses a literary framework–plot, character, narrative arc, genre–to illuminate the language, structure, and the crafting of this venerable text.
Feminism: A Very Short Introduction [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 10:43
2006 | EPUB | 3.05MB
How much have women's lives really changed? In the West women still come up against the 'glass ceiling' at work, most earning considerably less than their male counterparts. What are we to make of the now commonplace insistence that feminism deprives men of their rights and dignities? And how does one tackle the issue of female emancipation in different cultural and economic environments - in, for example, the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent, and Africa?
This book provides an historical account of feminism, exploring its earliest roots as well as key issues including voting rights, the liberation of the sixties, and its relevance today. Margaret Walters touches on the difficulties and inequities that women still face more than forty years after the 'new wave' of 1960s feminism, such as how successful women are at combining domesticity, motherhood, and work outside the house. She brings the subject completely up to date by providing an analysis of the current situation of women across the globe, from Europe and the United States to Third World countries.
The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 10:27
2016 | EPUB | 32.29MB
Widely acknowledged as one of the most important English writers of the last century, Angela Carter's work stands out for its bawdiness and linguistic zest, its hospitality to the fantastical and the absurd, and its extraordinary inventiveness and range.
Her life was as vigorously modern and unconventional as anything in her fiction. This is the story of how Angela Carter invented herself - as a new kind of woman and a new kind of writer - and how she came to write such seductive and distinctive masterworks as The Bloody Chamber, Nights at the Circus, and Wise Children. Because its subject so powerfully embodied the spirit of the times, the book also provides a fresh perspective on Britain's social and cultural history in the second half of the twentieth century. It examines such topics as the 1960s counterculture, the social and imaginative conditions of the nuclear age, and the advent of second wave feminism.
Author Edmund Gordon has followed in Angela Carter's footsteps - travelling to the places she lived in Britain, Japan, and the USA - to uncover a life rich in adventure and incident. With unrestricted access to her manuscripts, letters, and journals, and informed by interviews with Carter's friends and family, Gordon offers an unrivalled portrait of one of the twentieth century's most dazzlingly original writers.
Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette [Audiobook]
02 February 2017, 10:18
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 25 hrs 10 mins | 690.53MB
A scandalously talented stage performer, a practiced seductress of both men and women, and the flamboyant author of some of the greatest works of 20th-century literature, Colette was our first true superstar. Now, in Judith Thurman's Secrets of the Flesh, Colette at last has a biography worthy of her dazzling reputation.
Having spent her childhood in the shadow of an overpowering mother, Colette escaped at age 20 into a turbulent marriage with the sexy, unscrupulous Willy - a literary charlatan who took credit for her best-selling Claudine novels. Weary of Willy's sexual domination, Colette pursued an extremely public lesbian love affair with a niece of Napoleon's. At 40 she gave birth to a daughter who bored her, at 47 she seduced her teenage stepson, and in her 70s she flirted with the Nazi occupiers of Paris, even though her beloved third husband, a Jew, had been arrested by the Gestapo. And all the while, this incomparable woman poured forth a torrent of masterpieces, including Gigi, Sido, Cheri, and Break of Day.
Judith Thurman, author of the National Book Award-winning biography of Isak Dinesen, portrays Colette as a thoroughly modern woman: frank in her desires, fierce in her passions, forever reinventing herself. Rich with delicious gossip and intimate revelations, shimmering with grace and intelligence, Secrets of the Flesh is one of the great biographies of our time.
Lean in 15: the Shape Plan: 15-Minute Meals and Workouts to Build a Strong, Lean Body [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 03:19
2016 | EPUB | 45.35MB
EAT MORE. BUILD MUSCLE. BURN FAT.
Lean in 15: The Shape Plan introduces a new way of eating and training to build lean muscle and burn more fat. Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, has helped hundreds of thousands of people transform their bodies and feel amazing. In the Shape Plan, he shares 100 delicious recipes and four new workouts to take your fitness to the next level.
Are you ready to start your transformation and get Lean in 15?
Turner Classic Movies: Movie Night Menus: Dinner and Drink Recipes Inspired by the Films We Love [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 03:15
2016 | EPUB | 46.76MB
Looking for a great idea for date night or to entertain friends? Why not cue up Casablanca with some French 75s and a Moroccan-themed spread? Turner Classic Movies: Movie Night Menus spotlights thirty crowd-pleasing films from the 1930s through the '80s, paired with signatures drinks and dishes that appear in, or are inspired by, each film's setting and stars. Filled with entertaining tips and background on each film, dish, and cocktail, the book offers a unique culinary tour of movie history, including menus inspired by The Thin Man, The Philadelphia Story, Sunset Boulevard, Some Like It Hot, American Graffiti, Moonstruck, and many more.
Fully illustrated with luscious food photography and evocative film stills, Movie Night Menus provides the perfect accompaniments and conversation pieces to round out a fun-filled evening.
The Hungry Love Cookbook: 30 Steamy Stories, 120 Mouthwatering Recipes [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 03:12
2016 | EPUB | 27.62MB
What are you hungry for? The Hungry Love Cookbook: 30 Steamy, Scintillating Stories; 100 Titillating, Mouthwatering Recipes is a collection of romantic parody vignettes interwoven with luscious recipes that are easy to follow and require the least amount of work for the maximum flavor. The amorous escapades contained within will whet your appetite for more than just food. The Hungry Love Cookbook will supercharge your love life with irresistible, aphrodisiac-laden menus and infuse your cooking experience with romance, intrigue, and a giggle.
Each of the thirty chapters includes a scintillating escapade along with three or four recipes that delight the story’s characters and a beautiful photographs of the recipes and ingredients. The Hungry Love Cookbook’s suggestive stories will inspire the reader to re-create the recipes and magic within. Its sexy approach will make cooking more fun than ever before. Even readers with the most basic culinary skills will be able to follow the simplified steps to creating impressive, succulent dishes.
The ultimate handbook for both new cooks and those hoping to expand their culinary skills, The Hungry Love Cookbook is peppered with culinary words of wisdom and indispensable aphrodisiac secrets. No other cookbook will make readers this hungry.
Ziggy Marley and Family Cookbook [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 03:09
2016 | EPUB | 119.69MB
As the oldest son of Bob and Rita Marley, Ziggy was raised with both traditional Jamaican food and the more natural and healthy "ital" food of the family's Rastafari culture. The fifty-four recipes included in the book, inspired by Ziggy's youth and accompanied by beautiful photos, are contributed by Ziggy, his wife Orly, his sister Karen, as well as renowned chefs Bruce Sherman (Coconut Carrot Curry), Ben Ford (Escabeche, Escovitch), and Leonie McDonald (Caribbean Salsa). Many of the recipes are vegetarian, vegan, and/or gluten-free.
Spiralize and Thrive: 100 Vibrant Vegetable-Based Recipes for Starters, Salads, Soups, Suppers, and More [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 03:06
2016 | EPUB | 35.37MB
The spiralizer is about to become your best friend—long used by chefs to create beautiful presentations, spiralizers have now found their way into the kitchens of everyday families.
Available at most cooking, department, and home stores, the spiralizer is quickly becoming a kitchen essential. Just about any vegetable can be spiralized—simply insert your choice veggie, crank the handle, and watch beautiful, evenly shaped ribbons of carrot, zucchini, and peppers come out the other end. Any of these can be combined to create a variety of delicious, low carb, healthy meals, many of which fit right into a paleo or gluten-free lifestyle.
With Spiralize and Thrive, the options are endless: use strands of carrots and cabbage for salads, or to create the most beautiful coleslaw you’ve ever seen; spiralized potatoes can be cooked with a bit of oil and are an amazing substitute to French fries; zucchini noodles paired with your favorite sauce makes a shockingly great spaghetti.
Dalila Tarhuni offers healthy, made-from-scratch recipes that are simple to follow and will make your mouth water. Recipes include:
- Mushroom and celeriac au gratin
- Beet, orange, and dandelion salad
- Roasted pepper and garlic soup with summer squash noodles and avocado
- Rosemary-orange chicken with spiralized ratatouille
This cookbook will be a great addition to your cookbook collection, no matter which cuisine you prefer. What are you waiting for!?
Winter Stews & One-Pot Dinners: Tasty Recipes that Fill Your Belly and Warm Your Heart [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 03:02
2016 | EPUB | 84.44MB
Warm up with easy make-ahead casseroles and no-fuss stovetop meals
Winter stews and casseroles don’t have to be boring. Here are 50 surprisingly simple updates on classic recipes, most of which can be prepared ahead of time and cooked when you’re ready to eat. After all, the last thing you want to do after a long day of chilly weather is shop for hard-to-find ingredients in order to prepare an elaborate dinner. Forget about that! Feed the whole family in no time with these stick-to-your-bones dishes, including:
- Creamy Chicken Casserole
- Beef Stroganoff
- Sausage and Spiral Pasta Bake
- Cajun-Style Chicken Stew
- Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
These hearty eats will hit the spot, and bonus: There will be plenty of leftovers for lunch, snacks, or another quick dinner.
Best Holiday Sweets & Treats: Good and Simple Family Favorites to Bake and Share [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 02:58
2016 | EPUB | 33.41MB
Embrace the spirit of the season with the sweet scents and decadent tastes of your favorite holiday treats.
The holidays can be stressful, but baking a batch of cookies, fudge, or bars for your family doesn’t have to be. With classic ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, Best Holiday Sweets & Treats has something for even the busiest holiday baker. Entertain your guests or get cozy with family with amazingly simple and delicious recipes:
- Snickerdoodles for Santa
- Soft Glazed Gingerbread
- Rocky Road Christmas Crunch Bars
- Peppermint Chocolate Bark
Whether it’s traditional holiday fare or something with a little more flare, nothing brings loved ones together faster than the smell of sugar cookies baking in the oven. You won’t just be making cookies―you’ll be making memories.
Acorns & Cattails: A Modern Foraging Cookbook of Forest, Farm & Field [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 02:53
2016 | EPUB | 44.42MB
The culinary do-it-yourself era is in full swing! Many chefs and cooks are seeking a deeper connection with their food through foraging, farming, and hunting, leading many to cast aside the casserole for modern spins on familiar foods.
In Acorns & Cattails, nationally acclaimed chef Rob Connoley offers more than one hundred recipes featuring ingredients that any home cook can forage, grow, or hunt. Each recipe shares modern flavor and texture pairings that will excite professional chef and home cook alike. The comforting mesquite chocolate chip cookie, the indulgent pork belly poppers, and the haute hackberry rabbit paté launch homespun do-it-yourself dishes into modern classics.
In addition to learning to cook foraged and farmed foods, readers will explore the basics of wild plant harvesting (including identification and ethical best practices) while enjoying humorous anecdotes from Connoley’s years of remote gathering. Photographer Jay Hemphill also presents stunning images that capture the bounty of North America.
2084: The End of the World [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 02:50
2017 | EPUB | 1.22MB
A tribute to George Orwell's 1984 and a cry of protest against totalitarianism of all kinds, Sansal's 2084 tells the story of a near future in which religious extremists have established an oppressive caliphate where autonomus thought is forbidden.
It is the year 2084. In the kingdom of Abistan—named after the prophet Abi, earthly messenger of the god Yolah—citizens submit to a single god, demonstrating their devotion by kneeling in prayer nine times a day. Autonomous thought has been banned, remembering is forbidden, and an omnipresent surveillance system instantly informs the authorities of every deviant act, thought, or idea. The kingdom is blessed and its citizens are happy, filled with a sense of purpose and piety. Those who are not—the heretics—are put to death by stoning or beheading in city squares. But Ati has met people who think differently; in ghettos and caves, hidden from the authorities, exist the last living heretics and free-thinkers of Abistan. Under their influence, Ati begins to doubt. He begins to think. Now, he will have to defend his thoughts with his life.
"[In 2084] Sansal dared to go much further than I did," said Michel Houellebecq, the controversial novelist most recently of Submission. 2084 is a cry of freedom, a call to rebellion, a gripping satirical novel of ideas, and an indictment of the religious fundamentalism that, with its hypocrisy and closed-mindedness, threatens our modern democracies and the ideals on which they are founded.
Killing the Bismarck: Destroying the Pride of Hitler's Fleet [Audiobook]
02 February 2017, 02:14
2017 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 30 mins | 313.78MB
In May 1941 the German battleship Bismarck, accompanied by heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, broke out into the Atlantic to attack Allied shipping. The Royal Navy's pursuit and subsequent destruction of the Bismarck was an epic of naval warfare. In this new account of those dramatic events at the height of the Second World War, Iain Ballantyne draws extensively on the graphic eyewitness testimony of veterans to construct a thrilling story, mainly from the point of view of the British battleships, cruisers, and destroyers involved.
He describes the tense atmosphere as cruisers play a lethal cat-and-mouse game, shadowing the Bismarck in the icy Denmark Strait. We witness the shocking destruction of the British battle cruiser HMS Hood, in which all but three of her ship's complement were killed, an event that fueled pursuing Royal Navy warships, including the battered battleship Prince of Wales, with a thirst for revenge. While Swordfish torpedo bombers try desperately to cripple the Bismarck, we sail in destroyers on their own daring torpedo attacks, battling mountainous seas. Finally the author takes us into the last showdown, as battleships Rodney and King George V, supported by cruisers Norfolk and Dorsetshire, destroy the pride of Hitler's fleet.
This vivid, superbly researched account portrays this epic saga through the eyes of so-called ordinary sailors caught up in extraordinary events. Killing the Bismarck is an outstanding book, conveying the horror and majesty of war at sea in all its cold brutality and awesome power.
The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story [EPUB]
02 February 2017, 01:40
2016 | EPUB | 1.69MB
A writer may have a story to tell, a sense of plot, and strong characters, but for all of these to come together some key questions must be answered. What form should the narrator take? An omniscient, invisible force, or one–or more–of the characters? But in what voice, and from what vantage point? How to decide?
Avoiding prescriptive instructions or arbitrary rules, Christopher Castellani brilliantly examines the various ways writers have solved the crucial point-of-view problem. By unpacking the narrative strategies at play in the work of writers as different as E. M. Forster, Grace Paley, and Tayeb Salih, among many others, he illustrates how the author's careful manipulation of distance between narrator and character drives the story. An insightful work by an award-winning novelist and the artistic director of GrubStreet, The Art of Perspective is a fascinating discussion on a subject of perpetual interest to any writer.