Blood Royal: The Wars of the Roses: 1462-1485 [EPUB]

Blood Royal: The Wars of the Roses: 1462-1485 [EPUB]
Blood Royal: The Wars of the Roses: 1462-1485 by Hugh Bicheno
2017 | EPUB | 33.99MB

The concluding volume to this rousing two-part history of the Wars of the Roses, England’s longest and bloodiest civil war, narrated by a master historian.

England, 1462.

The Yorkist Edward IV has been king for three years since his victory at Towton. The former Lancastrian King Henry VI languishes in the Tower of London. But Edward will soon alienate his backers by favoring the family of his ambitious wife, Elizabeth Woodville. And he will fall out with his chief supporter, Warwick “the Kingmaker,” with dire consequences.

Told with extraordinary authority and narrative verve, Blood Royal is the second part of a two-volume history of the dynastic wars fought between the houses of Lancaster and York for the English throne from 1450 until 1485. Hugh Bicheno tells the story of the Wars of the Roses as an enthralling, character-driven saga of interwoven families, narrating each chapter from the point of view of a key player in the wider drama.

This latest volume describes three Lancastrian attempts to overthrow the Yorkists, ending with the death of Edward's successor, Richard III, at Bosworth in 1485―and the accession of Henry VII and the rise of the Tudor dynasty.

The Search for the Japanese Fleet: USS Nautilus and the Battle of Midway [EPUB]

The Search for the Japanese Fleet: USS Nautilus and the Battle of Midway [EPUB]
The Search for the Japanese Fleet: USS Nautilus and the Battle of Midway by David W Jourdan
2015 | EPUB | 10.18MB

In The Search for the Japanese Fleet, David W. Jourdan, one of the world’s experts in undersea exploration, reconstructs the critical role one submarine played in the Battle of Midway, considered to be the turning point of the war in the Pacific. In the direct line of fire during this battle was one of the oldest boats in the navy, USS Nautilus. The actions of Lt. Cdr. William Brockman and his ninety-three-man crew during an eight-hour period rank among the most important submarine contributions to the most decisive engagement in U.S. Navy history.

Fifty-seven years later, Jourdan’s team of deep-sea explorers set out to discover the history of the Battle of Midway and find the ships that the Allied fleet sank. Key to the mystery was Nautilus and its underwater exploits. Relying on logs, diaries, chronologies, manuals, sound recordings, and interviews with veterans of the battle, including men who spent most of June 4, 1942, in the submarine conning tower, the story breathes new life into the history of this epic engagement. Woven into the tale of World War II is the modern drama of deep-sea discovery, as explorers deploy new technology three miles beneath the ocean surface to uncover history and commemorate fallen heroes.

Say Bonjour to the Lady: Parenting from Paris to New York [EPUB]

Say Bonjour to the Lady: Parenting from Paris to New York [EPUB]
Say Bonjour to the Lady: Parenting from Paris to New York by Florence Mars, Pauline Lévêque
2017 | EPUB | 55.24MB

A humorous, illustrated look at French and American parenting styles that is also equal parts love letter to two of the greatest cities in the world: Paris and New York.

Where French parents rely heavily on the word “No” and dictate what their children wear, American moms and dads talk everything out with their kids and let them choose their own clothes. French children are well-behaved and stylish; American children are self-confident and creative. Which approach is better? Both—and neither—proclaim authors Florence Mars and Pauline Lévêque, two Parisian moms raising children in New York. Beautifully and playfully illustrated by Lévêque, Say Bonjour to the Lady pokes fun at the extremes of both styles, making for an amusing look at parenting today.

Spare Parts: In Praise of Your Appendix and Other Unappreciated Organs [EPUB]

Spare Parts: In Praise of Your Appendix and Other Unappreciated Organs [EPUB]
Spare Parts: In Praise of Your Appendix and Other Unappreciated Organs by Carol Ann Rinzler
2017 | EPUB | 1.3MB

Charles Darwin considered them extraneous, but this witty book sheds moderns scientific light on the Darwin Six --appendix, tailbone, "third eyelid," wisdom teeth, external ear muscles, body hair -- once considered useless, now known to be both valuable and interesting, plus a chapter on the true "dispensables," parts with which we can indeed dispense. Along the way, best-selling author Rinzler weaves in Darwin's brilliant and ground-breaking theories of evolution and shares insights into what the human body may look like millennia from now.

Olympus: An Indian Retelling of the Greek Myths [EPUB]

Olympus: An Indian Retelling of the Greek Myths [EPUB]
Olympus: An Indian Retelling of the Greek Myths by Devdutt Pattanaik
2016 | EPUB | 18.21MB
  • Olympus is the home of the Greek gods, much like Amravati of the Hindu devas.
  • Zeus, leader of Olympians, wields a thunderbolt like Indra, and rides an eagle like Vishnu.
  • The feats of the Greek hero Heracles, known to Romans as Hercules, reminded many of Krishna, as did his name, ‘Hari-kula-esha’ or lord of the Hari clan.
  • he Greek epic of a husband sailing across the sea with a thousand ships to bring his wife, Helen, back from Troy seems strikingly similar to the story of Ram rescuing Sita from Lanka.

Is there a connection between Greek and Hindu mythology then? Does it have something to do with a common Indo-European root? Or maybe an exchange of ideas in the centuries that followed the arrival of Alexander the Great, when Greek emissaries travelled to the kingdoms of Mathura and Magadha?

In this book, mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik turns his attention to ancient Greek tales, and explores a new world of stories. Long have Europeans and Americans retold Indic mythologies. It is time for Indians to reverse the gaze.

Your Chinese Horoscope for Each and Every Year [EPUB]

Your Chinese Horoscope for Each and Every Year [EPUB]
Your Chinese Horoscope for Each and Every Year by Neil Somerville
2017 | EPUB | 4.65MB

Your Chinese Horoscope for Each and Every Year is a helpful and informative guide on Chinese horoscopes. Built on the long-standing success of Your Chinese Horoscope, this new book gives insights into each of the Chinese signs as well as special success tips to help readers make the most of their sign. The book also contains inspirational quotes for each sign as well as a section in each chapter concerning relationships and how signs relate to one another. However a key feature of the book will be the detailed horoscopes given for each sign and covering each of the Chinese years. The horoscopes will highlight trends for the year, giving indications of how readers can make the most of the year as well as areas which could prove problematic. Each horoscope ends with some special tips for the year. In the many years Neil Somerville has written Your Chinese Horoscope, he has built a reputation for the advice and helpfulness given in his books. Your Chinese Horoscope for Each and Every Year is a book designed for the long-term and one of lasting value.

Good Housekeeping The Baker's Book of Essential Recipes: Good Food Guaranteed [EPUB]

Good Housekeeping The Baker's Book of Essential Recipes: Good Food Guaranteed [EPUB]
Good Housekeeping The Baker's Book of Essential Recipes: Good Food Guaranteed by Susan Westmoreland
2014 | EPUB | 33.99MB

With everything from Cheesecake Swirl Brownies and Buttery Blueberry Pie to Puff Pastry Cheese Straws and Lemon-Ricotta Muffins, this comprehensive cookbook from the famed Good Housekeeping test kitchens is a baker's delight. It features 390 classic, triple-tested recipes for cookies, cakes, pies, puddings, pastries, and breads, all illustrated with how-to photos and mouthwatering shots of the finished treats. Tips, techniques, and an overview of essential ingredients and tools will help even inexperienced bakers enjoy success.

Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art [EPUB]

Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art [EPUB]
Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art by Ian McLean
2016 | EPUB | 70.31MB

Large, bold, and colorful, Indigenous Australian art—sometimes known as Aboriginal art—has impressed itself on the contemporary art scene, becoming one of the most popular arts in the world. In this book, Ian McLean tells the improbable story of how a culture once viewed as one of the most primitive in the world invented its own distinct forms of modernism and conquered the contemporary art world.

Beginning with its collision with modernity in the late eighteenth century, McLean looks at Indigenous Australian art as a complex practice that brought the world’s oldest aesthetic traditions into the modern era. Taking readers beyond hype, cliché, and political correctness, he explores the different regional variations, styles, materials, and approaches, examining artists as wide-ranging as the Wanjina ancestors and anonymous rock artists of the early colonial period to the stars of the contemporary art scene such as Emily Kngwarreye and Gordon Bennett. Beautifully illustrated, this book offers not just a stunning introduction to this rich artistic tradition but a way of rethinking modern and contemporary art writ large.

Power from the Sun: A Practical Guide to Solar Electricity, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

Power from the Sun: A Practical Guide to Solar Electricity, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
Power from the Sun: A Practical Guide to Solar Electricity, 2nd Edition by Dan Chiras
2016 | EPUB | 16.99MB

Written for the layman, this is the fully revised and updated guide for individuals and businesses interested in generating their own electricity using the Sun. Practical and accessible, it provides a basic understanding of electricity, wiring, and solar energy, and guides the reader through site assessment and determining the type of system needed, providing a solid understanding of grid-tied and off-grid systems, along with important guidelines on installation.

Power from the Sun – 2nd Edition discusses types of PVs and PV systems, and includes comprehensive information on recent changes and improvements in PV modules, charge controllers, inverters, batteries, generators, and net metering policies. It offers an excellent overview of the many options available, allowing the reader to make the best choices for their individual situation during the design, installation, and operation of a solar electric system.

The definitive guide for homeowners, business owners, installers, architects, and just about anyone interested in lowering energy bills while achieving greater energy independence.

Make Up: The Ultimate Guide to Cosmetics [EPUB]

Make Up: The Ultimate Guide to Cosmetics [EPUB]
Make Up: The Ultimate Guide to Cosmetics by Eve Oxberry
2016 | EPUB | 17.74MB

An inspirational guide to modern make up artistry, with tips and tricks from professional artists to help readers master essential techniques and create edgy looks. It explores the influences of fashion, celebrity, music and culture on current styles and covers the top products and professionals shaping the scene.

Oppose Any Foe: The Rise of America’s Special Operations Forces [EPUB]

Oppose Any Foe: The Rise of America’s Special Operations Forces [EPUB]
Oppose Any Foe: The Rise of America’s Special Operations Forces by Mark Moyar
2017 | EPUB | 1.33MB

Oppose Any Foe is the epic story of America's most elite warriors: the Special Operations Forces. Born as small appendages to the conventional armies of World War II, the Special Operations Forces have grown into a behemoth of 70,000 troops, including Navy SEALs, Army Special Forces, Special Operations Marines, Rangers, and Delta Force. Weaving together their triumphs and tribulations, acclaimed historian Mark Moyar introduces a colorful cast of military men, brimming with exceptional talent, courage and selflessness.

In a nation where the military is the most popular institution, America's Special Operations Forces have become the most popular members of the military. Through nighttime raids on enemy compounds and combat advising of resistance movements, special operators have etched their names into the nation's registry of heroes. Yet the public knows little of the journey that they took to reach these heights, a journey that was neither easy nor glamorous.

Fighting an uphill battle for most of their seventy-five year history, the Special Operations Forces slipped on many an occasion, and fell far on several. Presidents from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama have enthusiastically championed Special Operations Forces, but their enthusiasm has often surpassed their understanding, resulting in misuse or overuse of the troops. Lacking clearly defined missions, Special Operations Forces have had to reinvent themselves time and again to prove their value in the face of fierce critics-many of them from the conventional military, which from the start opposed the segregation of talent in special units.

Highlighting both the heroism of America's most elite soldiers and the controversies surrounding their meteoric growth, Oppose Any Foe presents the first comprehensive history of these special warriors and their daring missions. It is essential reading for anyone interested in America's military history-and the future of warfare.

Heaven's Wind: The Life and Teachings of Nakamura Tempu - A Mind-Body Integration Pioneer

Heaven's Wind: The Life and Teachings of Nakamura Tempu - A Mind-Body Integration Pioneer
Heaven's Wind: The Life and Teachings of Nakamura Tempu - A Mind-Body Integration Pioneer by Stephen Earle
2017 | EPUB | 16.79MB

For the first time in English, Stephen Earle tells the epic story of Nakamura Tempu, one of Japan’s most inspirational twentieth-century thinkers and teachers, whose mind-body approach to personal transformation influenced hundreds of thousands, including prominent leaders in government, industry, and the arts. Earle chronicles Tempu’s origins in the samurai tradition, his genius for martial arts, and his work in Manchuria as a spy during the Russo-Japan War of 1904–1905. He relates how, after escaping a Russian firing squad, Tempu contracted tuberculosis; how he embarked on a search for a cure that led to the halls of Columbia University, the salons of Paris, and the foothills of the Himalayas, where he practiced yoga under the tutelage of an Indian guru; and how he not only regained his health but also underwent a spiritual transformation.

This transformation laid the groundwork for the secular and practical methodology for self-realization and the cultivation of will that Tempu developed and disseminated to the sick and socially disenfranchised, as well as to princes and prime ministers. Over the course of nine decades, Tempu’s philosophy of mind-body unification has charted a clear and accessible path to mastery over hardship and the ability to meet life’s challenges head-on. Yet, the man, his story, his teachings, and his legacy remain almost unknown outside of Japan—until now.

In addition to demonstrating how Tempu’s teachings were significant to Japan’s reconstruction and economic rise following the devastation of World War II, Heaven’s Wind is also an engaging historical narrative, an account of personal transformation, and a clear guide to the practical philosophy of mind-body unity.