The Leveller Revolution: Radical Political Organisation in England, 1640-1650 [EPUB]

The Leveller Revolution: Radical Political Organisation in England, 1640-1650 [EPUB]
The Leveller Revolution: Radical Political Organisation in England, 1640-1650 by John Rees
2016 | EPUB | 1.62MB

The gripping story of the Levellers, the radical movement at the heart of the English Revolution

The Levellers, formed out of the explosive tumult of the 1640s and the battlefields of the Civil War, are central figures in the history of democracy. In this thrilling narrative, John Rees brings to life the men—including John Lilburne, Richard Overton and Thomas Rainsborough—and women who ensured victory and became an inspiration to republicans of many nations.

From the raucous streets of London and the clattering printers’ workshops that stoked the uprising, to the rank and file of the New Model Army and the furious Putney debates where the Levellers argued with Oliver Cromwell for the future of English democracy, this story reasserts the revolutionary nature of the 1642–51 wars and the role of ordinary people in this pivotal moment in history.

In particular Rees places the Levellers at the centre of the debates of 1647 when the nation was gripped by the question of what to do with the defeated Charles I. Without the Levellers and Agitators’ fortitude and well-organised opposition history may have avoided the regicide and missed its revolutionary moment. The legacy of the Levellers can be seen in the modern struggles for freedom and democracy across the world.

Even a Stone Buddha Can Talk: The Wit and Wisdom of Japanese Proverbs [EPUB]

Even a Stone Buddha Can Talk: The Wit and Wisdom of Japanese Proverbs [EPUB]
Even a Stone Buddha Can Talk: The Wit and Wisdom of Japanese Proverbs compiled and translated by David Galef
2015 | EPUB | 12.52MB

The sequel to Even Monkeys Full from Trees offers another 100 new translations of insightful Japanese proverbs. Both instructional and fun, this collection is a perfect taste of Eastern philosophy for the Western palate.

Even Monkeys Fall From Trees: The Wit and Wisdom of Japanese Proverbs [EPUB]

Even Monkeys Fall From Trees: The Wit and Wisdom of Japanese Proverbs [EPUB]
Even Monkeys Fall From Trees: The Wit and Wisdom of Japanese Proverbs compiled and translated by David Galef
2015 | EPUB | 19.99MB

Even Monkeys Fall From Trees: The Wit and Wisdom of Japanese Proverbs, with a foreword by Edward G. Seidensticker, is a collection of the hundred most common Japanese proverbs, with direct translations and their English equivalents.

A delightful window into the heart of everyday Japan, Even Monkeys Fall From Trees is an indispensable guide for the traveler, student, or businessman—or anyone curious about the culture of Japan.

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America [Audiobook]

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America [Audiobook]
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America [Audiobook] by Michael Eric Dyson, read by the Author
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 32 mins | 152.07MB

In the wake of yet another set of police killings of black men, Michael Eric Dyson wrote a tell-it-straight, no-holds-barred piece for the NYT on Sunday, July 7: "Death in Black and White" (it was updated within a day to acknowledge the killing of police officers in Dallas). The response has been overwhelming. Beyoncé and Isabel Wilkerson tweeted it; JJ Abrams, among many other prominent people, wrote him a long fan letter. The NYT closed the comments section after 2,500 responses, and Dyson has been on NPR, BBC, and CNN nonstop since then.

Fifty years ago Malcolm X told a white woman who asked what she could do for the cause, "Nothing." Dyson believes he was wrong. In Tears We Cannot Stop, he responds to that question. If we are to make real racial progress, we must face difficult truths, including being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted. As Dyson writes, "At birth you are given a pair of binoculars that see black life from a distance, never with the texture of intimacy. Those binoculars are privilege; they are status, regardless of your class. In fact the greatest privilege that exists is for white folk to get stopped by a cop and not end up dead…. The problem is you do not want to know anything different from what you think you know…. You think we have been handed everything because we fought your selfish insistence that the world, all of it - all its resources, all its riches, all its bounty, all its grace - should be yours first and foremost, and if there's anything left, why then we can have some, but only if we ask politely and behave gratefully."

In the tradition of The Fire Next Time (Baldwin), short, emotional, literary, powerful, this is the book that all Americans who care about the current and long-burning crisis in race relations need to hear.

Idiot's Guides: Growing Marijuana [EPUB]

Idiot's Guides: Growing Marijuana [EPUB]
Idiot's Guides: Growing Marijuana by Kevin Oliver, Chadd McKeen
2016 | EPUB | 173.82MB

As marijuana laws in the United States become less restrictive, more and more people are searching for basic marijuana gardening instructions. Cultivating pot isn't like growing houseplants or vegetables, especially if you desire maximum potency and yield. It takes precision. Among other things, you need female plants, very specific temperature, humidity and lighting at different times during the plant's lifespan, special nutrients, and the correct harvesting procedures. Idiot's Guides: Growing Marijuana covers it all, in a simple, concise way– with tons of full-color photography and step-by-step instructions.

Stalin's Englishman: Guy Burgess, the Cold War, and the Cambridge Spy Ring [EPUB]

Stalin's Englishman: Guy Burgess, the Cold War, and the Cambridge Spy Ring [EPUB]
Stalin's Englishman: Guy Burgess, the Cold War, and the Cambridge Spy Ring by Andrew Lownie
2016 | EPUB | 7.58MB

Guy Burgess was the most important, complex, and fascinating of "The Cambridge Spies"―Maclean, Philby, Blunt―brilliant young men recruited in the 1930s to betray their country to the Soviet Union. An engaging and charming companion to many, an unappealing, utterly ruthless manipulator to others, Burgess rose through academia, the BBC, the Foreign Office, MI5 and MI6, gaining access to thousands of highly sensitive secret documents which he passed to his Russian handlers.

In this first full biography, Andrew Lownie shows us how even Burgess's chaotic personal life of drunken philandering did nothing to stop his penetration and betrayal of the British Intelligence Service. Even when he was under suspicion, the fabled charm which had enabled many close personal relationships with influential Establishment figures (including Winston Churchill) prevented his exposure as a spy for many years.

Through interviews with more than a hundred people who knew Burgess personally, many of whom have never spoken about him before, and the discovery of hitherto secret files, Stalin's Englishman brilliantly unravels the many lives of Guy Burgess in all their intriguing, chilling, colorful, tragi-comic wonder.

The Heroic Gangster: The Story of Monk Eastman, from the Streets of New York to the Battlefields of Europe and Back [EPUB]

The Heroic Gangster: The Story of Monk Eastman, from the Streets of New York to the Battlefields of Europe and Back [EPUB]
The Heroic Gangster: The Story of Monk Eastman, from the Streets of New York to the Battlefields of Europe and Back by Neil Hanson
2013 | EPUB | 4,6MB

An intimate biography as well as an epic history, Monk Eastman vividly recounts the life and times of old New York’s most infamous gangster-cum-soldier as he made his way from the sooty streets and dingy saloons of the Lower East Side to the battlefields of the Western Front.

Born in 1873 to a respectable New York family, Monk was running wild in Manhattan’s rough Lower East Side by the age of eighteen. He found work as a bouncer—when the saloon owner first turned him down because he had two bouncers already, Monk beat them both up and was promptly hired in their place. He soon developed a loyal following of immigrant toughs, and by 1900, he was the most feared gang leader in lower Manhattan, protected by corrupt politicians and crooked cops, and commanding an army of two thousand pickpockets, thieves, prostitutes, and thugs.

But changing neighborhood demographics and shifting political fortunes colluded against Monk: after a pitched battle with Pinkerton detectives, he was sent to Sing Sing on a ten-year sentence, and his territory quickly slipped from his grasp. In 1917, no longer safe from the law—or from rival gangs—Monk joined the New York National Guard. As a gangster, he’d been the equivalent of a general; as an enlisted man, Monk was just another private.

After several months of combat training, Monk’s division of Brooklyn recruits was thrown headlong into the bitter trench warfare in Europe. His experience in gangland combat served him well: he was repeatedly cited by his superiors for his bravery and he received a hero’s welcome back in New York and an offical pardon from the governor. But Monk’s gangland past was not so easily erased and caught up with him in the end.

In Neil Hanson’s able hands, Monk’s unique and compelling story becomes an emblem of a time of upheaval—for New York and for the nation.

Economism: Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality [Audiobook]

Economism: Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality [Audiobook]
Economism: Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality [Audiobook] by James Kwak, read by Mark Bramhall
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 14 mins | 199.43MB

Here is a bracing deconstruction of the framework for understanding the world that is learned as gospel in Economics 101, regardless of its imaginary assumptions and misleading half truths.

Economism: an ideology that distorts the valid principles and tools of introductory college economics, propagated by self-styled experts, zealous lobbyists, clueless politicians, and ignorant pundits.

In order to illuminate the fallacies of economism, James Kwak first offers a primer on supply and demand, market equilibrium, and social welfare: the underpinnings of most popular economic arguments. Then he provides a historical account of how economism became a prevalent mode of thought in the United States - focusing on the people who packaged Econ 101 into sound bites that were then repeated until they took on the aura of truth. He shows us how issues of moment in contemporary American society - labor markets, taxes, finance, health care, and international trade, among others - are shaped by economism, demonstrating in each case with clarity and élan how, because of its failure to reflect the complexities of our world, economism has had a deleterious influence on policies that affect hundreds of millions of Americans.