The Rise of the Outsiders: How Mainstream Politics Lost its Way [EPUB]

The Rise of the Outsiders: How Mainstream Politics Lost its Way [EPUB]
The Rise of the Outsiders: How Mainstream Politics Lost its Way by Steve Richards
2017 | EPUB | 0.67MB

Something strange has been happening. All over the world, people are angry and rejecting the establishment like never before. Britain votes Brexit. Trump promises walls in America. Corbyn promises a new socialism in the UK. Tsipras in Greece. Podemos in Spain. Marine Le Pen in France. Norbert Hofer in Austria. The list goes on. Why has the mainstream lost support? Why are the outsiders flourishing on far left and far right? Do they have the answers to our problems? In this landmark book, political journalist Steve Richards provides a captivating account of the defining political phenomenon of this decade.

Telling the riveting story of how eccentrics, ideologues, and strong men are breaking the political rules, he asks why they're gaining support and examines the frightening implications of this new global rise in anti-establishment sentiment. Are we approaching a new age of populism, where democracy is eroded? The Rise of the Outsiders tackles all of these questions and more. Exploring how and if the mainstream can regain voters' trust, this is a book that no politically engaged reader can afford to miss.

Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death [Audiobook]

Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death [Audiobook]
Into the Gray Zone: A Neuroscientist Explores the Border Between Life and Death [Audiobook] by Adrian Owen, read by Steve West
2017 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 30 mins | 231.9MB

In this startling and thought-provoking book, which will remind listeners of works by Oliver Sacks and Atul Gawande, a world-renowned neuroscientist reveals his controversial, groundbreaking work with patients whose brains were previously thought vegetative or nonresponsive but turn out - in up to 20 percent of cases - to be vibrantly alive, existing in the "gray zone".

Into the Gray Zone takes listeners to the edge of a dazzling, humbling frontier in our understanding of the brain: the so-called "gray zone" between full consciousness and brain death. People in this middle place have sustained traumatic brain injuries or are the victims of stroke or degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Many are oblivious to the outside world, and their doctors believe they are incapable of thought. But a sizeable number are experiencing something different: intact minds adrift deep within damaged brains and bodies. An expert in the field, Adrian Owen led a team that, in 2006, discovered this lost population and made medical history. Scientists, physicians, and philosophers have only just begun to grapple with the implications.

Following Owen's journey of exciting medical discovery, Into the Gray Zone asks some tough and terrifying questions, such as: What is life like for these patients? What can their families and friends do to help them? What are the ethical implications for religious organizations, politicians, the right to die movement, and even insurers? And perhaps most intriguing of all: In defining what a life worth living is, are we too concerned with the physical and not giving enough emphasis to the power of thought? What truly defines a satisfying life?

This book is about the difference between a brain and a mind, a body and a person. It is about what these fascinating borderlands between life and death have taught us about being human.

Very Nice Ways to Say Very Bad Things: An Unusual Book of Euphemisms [EPUB]

Very Nice Ways to Say Very Bad Things: An Unusual Book of Euphemisms [EPUB]
Very Nice Ways to Say Very Bad Things: An Unusual Book of Euphemisms by Linda Berdoll
2007 | EPUB | 25.55MB

At a loss for words, hockey puck? You can always quote Shakespeare...

Or delve into this entertaining compendium of insults and verbal abuse, all couched in language of the most uplifting nature. Filled with common and not-so-common zingers that will both shock you and make you laugh your @$$! off.

Includes:

  • Exactly how to address individual mounds of foul, undigested lumps of donkey entrails
  • That "F"-ing word and other intensives
  • Many, many ways to refer to the part that goes over the fence last
  • More euphemisms, synonyms, phrases and descriptions than you knew existed for sexual activities, proclivities, untoward incidents, accidents of nature and the beast with two backs
  • Addressing the mentally incompetent, the cerebrally challenged, the absurdly bureaucratic, the impossibly rational and other instances of ineptitude, obfuscation or obstruction and much more!

The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny [EPUB]

The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny [EPUB]
The Best Land Under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny by Michael Wallis
2017 | EPUB | 25.92MB

Cutting through 160 years of mythmaking, best-selling historian Michael Wallis presents the ultimate cautionary tale of America’s westward expansion.

"WESTWARD HO! FOR OREGON AND CALIFORNIA!"

In the eerily warm spring of 1846, George Donner placed this advertisement in a local newspaper as he and a restless caravan prepared for what they hoped would be the most rewarding journey of a lifetime. But in eagerly pursuing what would a century later become known as the "American dream," this optimistic-yet-motley crew of emigrants was met with a chilling nightmare; in the following months, their jingoistic excitement would be replaced by desperate cries for help that would fall silent in the deadly snow-covered mountains of the Sierra Nevada.

We know these early pioneers as the Donner Party, a name that has elicited horror since the late 1840s. Now, celebrated historian Michael Wallis―beloved for his myth-busting portraits of legendary American figures―continues his life’s work of parsing fact from fiction to tell the true story of one of the most embroidered sagas in Western history.

Wallis begins the story in 1846, a momentous "year of decision" for the nation, when incredible territorial strides were being made in Texas, New Mexico, and California. Against this dramatic backdrop, an unlikely band of travelers appeared, stratified in age, wealth, education and ethnicity. At the forefront were the Donners: brothers George and Jacob, true sons of the soil determined to tame the wild land of California; and the Reeds, headed by adventurous, business-savvy patriarch James. In total, the Donner-Reed group would reach eighty-seven men, women, and children, and though personal motives varied―bachelors thirsting for adventure, parents wanting greater futures for their children―everyone was linked by the same unwavering belief that California was theirs for the taking.

Skeptical of previous accounts of how the group ended up in peril, Wallis has spent years retracing its ill-fated journey, uncovering hundreds of new documents that illuminate how a combination of greed, backbiting, and recklessness led the group to become hopelessly snowbound at the infamous Donner Pass in present-day California. Climaxing with the grim stories of how the party’s paltry rations soon gave way to unimaginable hunger, Wallis not only details the cannibalism that has in perpetuity haunted their legacy but also the heroic rescue parties that managed to reach the stranded, only to discover that just forty-eight had survived the ordeal.

An unflinching and historically invaluable account of the darkest side of Manifest Destiny, The Best Land Under Heaven offers a brilliant, revisionist examination of one of America's most calamitous and sensationalized catastrophes.

The Ten Faces of Innovation [EPUB]

The Ten Faces of Innovation [EPUB]
The Ten Faces of Innovation: IDEO's Strategies for Beating the Devil's Advocate and Driving Creativity Throughout Your Organization by Tom Kelley, Jonathan Littman
2005 | EPUB | 94.54MB

The author of the bestselling The Art of Innovation reveals the strategies IDEO, the world-famous design firm, uses to foster innovative thinking throughout an organization and overcome the naysayers who stifle creativity.

The role of the devil's advocate is nearly universal in business today. It allows individuals to step outside themselves and raise questions and concerns that effectively kill new projects and ideas, while claiming no personal responsibility. Nothing is more potent in stifling innovation.

Over the years, IDEO has developed ten roles people can play in an organization to foster innovation and new ideas while offering an effective counter to naysayers. Among these approaches are the Anthropologist—the person who goes into the field to see how customers use and respond to products, to come up with new innovations; the Cross-pollinator who mixes and matches ideas, people, and technology to create new ideas that can drive growth; and the Hurdler, who instantly looks for ways to overcome the limits and challenges to any situation.

Filled with engaging stories of how Kraft, Procter and Gamble, Safeway and the Mayo Clinic have incorporated IDEO's thinking to transform the customer experience, The Ten Faces of Innovation is an extraordinary guide to nurturing and sustaining a culture of continuous innovation and renewal.

Fire in the Belly: On Being a Man [EPUB]

Fire in the Belly: On Being a Man [EPUB]
Fire in the Belly: On Being a Man by Sam Keen
2010 | EPUB | 3.55MB

Written for both men and women, this groundbreaking book takes the reader on a journey to discover new routes to authentic manhood and create alternatives to definitions of masculinity that no longer work in today's world.

Reflections Of Our Past: How Human History Is Revealed In Our Genes [EPUB]

Reflections Of Our Past: How Human History Is Revealed In Our Genes [EPUB]
Reflections Of Our Past: How Human History Is Revealed In Our Genes by John H Relethford
2008 | EPUB | 3.52MB

The sudden rise of the multi-billion dollar ancestry testing industry points to one immutable truth about us as human beings: we want to know where we come from and who our ancestors were. John H. Relethford and Deborah A. Bolnick explore this topic and many more in this second edition of Reflections of Our Past.

Where did modern humans come from and how important are the biological differences among us? Are we descended from Neandertals? How many races of people are there? Were Native Americans the first settlers of the New World? How can we tell if Thomas Jefferson had a child with Sally Hemings? Can we see even in the Irish of today evidence of Viking rampages of a millennium ago? Through engaging examination of issues such as these, and using non-technical language, Reflections of Our Past shows how anthropologists use genetic information of many kinds to test theories and define possible answers to fundamental questions in human history. By looking at genetic variation in the world today, we can reconstruct the recent and remote events and processes that have created the variation we see, providing a fascinating reflection of our genetic past.

Titanic: Building The World's Most Famous Ship [EPUB]

Titanic: Building The World's Most Famous Ship [EPUB]
Titanic: Building The World's Most Famous Ship by Anton Gill
2013 | EPUB | 30.91MB

When she set sail on her doomed maiden voyage in April 1912, RMS Titanic was the jewel in the crown of the White Star Line, a company that American tycoon J. P. Morgan had acquired a decade earlier. The executives at White Star competed fiercely in the ocean liner market, prioritizing luxury and comfort over speed. A floating palace, Titanic was the largest and most technologically advanced moving object in the world. It spent barely five days at sea, but a skilled workforce of thousands of men and women had spent years building the ship in a remarkable feat of design and engineering.

Here is the story of the riveters, who risked deafness from hammering millions of rivets that held together the enormous steel hull; the engineers, who had the gargantuan task of fitting engines to power the massive ship across the Atlantic at 23 knots; the electricians, who installed state-of-the-art communications systems and enormous steam driven generators, each capable of powering the equivalent of 400 modern homes; the carpenters, cabinet makers, and artisans who labored over every last detail of the opulent state rooms; and so many more. From the engine room to the ball room, here is a testament to those who designed, built, and fitted the “ship of dreams.”

City Gate, Open Up [EPUB]

City Gate, Open Up [EPUB]
City Gate, Open Up by Bei Dao
2017 | EPUB | 3.78MB

A magical, impressionistic autobiography by China’s legendary poet Bei Dao

In 2001, to visit his sick father, the exiled poet Bei Dao returned to his homeland for the first time in over twenty years. The city of his birth was totally unrecognizable. “My city that once was had vanished,” he writes: “I was a foreigner in my hometown.” The shock of this experience released a flood of memories and emotions that sparked Open Up, City Gate. In this lyrical autobiography of growing up―from the birth of the People’s Republic, through the chaotic years of the Great Leap Forward, and on into the Cultural Revolution―Bei Dao uses his extraordinary gifts as a poet and storyteller to create another Beijing, a beautiful memory palace of endless alleyways and corridors, where personal narrative mixes with the momentous history he lived through. At the center of the book are his parents and siblings, and their everyday life together through famine and festival. Open Up, City Gate is told in an episodic, fluid style that moves back and forth through the poet’s childhood, recreating the smells and sounds, the laughter and the danger, of a boy’s coming of age during a time of enormous change and upheaval.

Christian Apologetics: An Anthology of Primary Sources [EPUB]

Christian Apologetics: An Anthology of Primary Sources [EPUB]
Christian Apologetics: An Anthology of Primary Sources edited by Khaldoun A Sweis, Chad V Meister
2012 | EPUB | 6.31MB

Christian Apologetics: An Anthology of Primary Sources makes available over fifty primary source selections that address various challenges to Christian faith in the history of Christian apologetics. The compilation represents a broad Christian spectrum, ranging from early writers like Saint Paul and Saint Augustine, to Saint Teresa of Avila and Blaise Pascal, to more recent and present day apologists such as C. S. Lewis, Alvin Plantinga, William Lane Craig, Richard Swinburne and Pope Benedict XVI.

Insightful introductions, black-and-white images, concise section headings and discussion questions guide readers toward a clearer understanding of classical defenses of Christianity. Annotated reading lists, a bibliography and author and subject indices contribute to the suitability of this anthology as a textbook or supplemental reader.

Christian Apologetics: An Anthology of Primary Sources is an authoritative reference for key persons, concepts, issues and approaches in the history of Christian apologetics. It is especially useful as a supplemental textbook for students, allowing them to read great apologists and thinkers in their own words.

The Consolation of Philosophy [EPUB]

The Consolation of Philosophy [EPUB]
The Consolation of Philosophy by Ancius Boethius
1999 | EPUB | 1.85MB

The Consolation of Philosophy is perhaps unique in the nature and extent of its influence on Western thinking.

An eminent public figure under the Gothic emperor Theodoric, Boethius (c. A D 475-525) was also an exceptional Greek scholar and it was to the Greek philosophers that he turned when he fell from favour and was imprisoned in Pavia. Written in the period leading up to his brutal execution, it is a dialogue of alternating prose and verse between the ailing prisoner and his 'nurse' Philosophy, whose instruction on the nature of fortune and happiness, good and evil, fate and free will, restore his health and bring him to enlightenment.

The clarity of Boethius's thought and his breadth of vision made The Consolation of Philosophy hugely popular throughout medieval Europe and his ideas suffused the thought of Chaucer and Dante. This translation makes it accessible to the modern reader while losing nothing of Boethius's poetic artistry and philosophical brilliance.

Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook [Audiobook]

Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook [Audiobook]
Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook [Audiobook] by Tony Robbins, read by Tony Robbins, Jeremy Bobb
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + AZW3 | 7 hrs 21 mins | 202.05MB

After interviewing 50 of the world's greatest financial minds and penning the number-one New York Times best seller Money: Master the Game, Tony Robbins returns with a step-by-step playbook, taking you on a journey to transform your financial life and accelerate your path to financial freedom. No matter your salary, your stage of life, or when you started, this book will provide the tools to help you achieve your financial goals more rapidly than you ever thought possible.

Robbins, who has coached more than 50 million people from 100 countries, is the world's number-one life and business strategist. In this book he teams up with Peter Mallouk, the only man in history to be ranked the number-one financial advisor in the United States for three consecutive years by Barron's. Together they reveal how to become unshakeable - someone who can not only maintain true peace of mind in a world of immense uncertainty, economic volatility, and unprecedented change but profit from the fear that immobilizes so many. Through plain English and inspiring stories, you'll discover...

  • How to put together a simple, actionable plan that will deliver true financial freedom
  • Strategies from the world's top investors on how to protect yourself and your family and maximize profit from the inevitable crashes and corrections to come
  • How a few simple steps can add a decade or more of additional retirement income by discovering what your 401(k) provider doesn't want you to know
  • The core four principles that most of the world's greatest financial minds utilize so that you can maximize upside and minimize downside
  • The fastest way to put money back in your pocket: uncover the hidden fees and half truths of Wall Street - how the biggest firms keep you overpaying for underperformance

Master the mind-set of true wealth, and experience the fulfillment you deserve today.

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative [Audiobook]

The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative [Audiobook]
The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative [Audiobook] by Florence Williams, read by Emily Woo Zeller
2017 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 54 mins | 226.9MB

An intrepid investigation into nature’s restorative benefits by a prize-winning author.

For centuries, poets and philosophers extolled the benefits of a walk in the woods: Beethoven drew inspiration from rocks and trees; Wordsworth composed while tromping over the heath; and Nikola Tesla conceived the electric motor while visiting a park. Intrigued by our storied renewal in the natural world, Florence Williams set out to uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain.

In this informative and entertaining account, Williams investigates cutting-edge research as she travels to fragrant cypress forests in Korea to meet the rangers who administer “forest healing programs,” to the green hills of Scotland and its “ecotherapeutic” approach to caring for the mentally ill, to a river trip in Idaho with Iraqi vets suffering from PTSD, to the West Virginia mountains where she discovers how being outside helps children with ADHD. The Nature Fix demonstrates that our connection to nature is much more important to our cognition than we think and that even small amounts of exposure to the living world can improve our creativity and enhance our mood. In prose that is incisive, witty, and urgent, Williams shows how time in nature is not a luxury but is in fact essential to our humanity. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas―and the answers they yield―are more urgent than ever.

Talking to Animals: How You Can Understand Animals and They Can Understand You [Audiobook]

Talking to Animals: How You Can Understand Animals and They Can Understand You [Audiobook]
Talking to Animals: How You Can Understand Animals and They Can Understand You [Audiobook] by Jon Katz, read by Jonathan Todd Ross
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 18 mins | 201.02MB

New York Times best-selling author Jon Katz offers us a deeper understanding of the inner and outer lives of animals and teaches us how we can more effectively communicate with them, made real by his own remarkable research and experiences with a wide array of creatures great and small.

Eighty years ago, in 1928, author and naturalist Henry Beston issued an important call in his beloved book Outermost House: Humans must develop a more intuitive understanding of animals. But despite the book's continued popularity, Beston's call was never truly answered. We seem to need animals in our disconnected lives more and more, yet we understand them less and less.

In Talking to Animals, New York Times best-selling author Jon Katz - who left his Manhattan life behind two decades ago for life on a farm where he is surrounded by dogs, cats, sheep, horses, cows, goats, and chickens - marshals his experience to offer us a deeper insight into animals and the tools needed for effectively communicating with them.

Devoting each chapter to an animal from his life, Katz tells funny and illuminating stories about his profound experiences with them, showing us how healthy engagement with animals falls into five key areas: food, movement, visualization, language, and instincts. Along the way we meet Simon the donkey, who arrives at Katz's farm near death and now serves as his Tai Chi partner. We meet Red the dog, who started out antisocial and untrained and is now a therapy dog working with veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. And we meet Winston, the dignified and brave rooster who was injured defending his hens from a hawk and who has better interpersonal skills than most humans.

Thoughtful and intelligent, lively and powerful, this book will completely change the way you think about and interact with animals.

Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres [EPUB]

Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres [EPUB]
Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres by Pam Dawling
2013 | EPUB | 22.49MB

Across North America, an agricultural renaissance is unfolding. A growing number of market gardeners are emerging to feed our appetite for organic, regional produce. But most of the available resources on food production are aimed at the backyard or hobby gardener who wants to supplement their family's diet with a few homegrown fruits and vegetables. Targeted at serious growers in every climate zone, Sustainable Market Farming is a comprehensive manual for small-scale farmers raising organic crops sustainably on a few acres.

Informed by the author's extensive experience growing a wide variety of fresh, organic vegetables and fruit to feed the approximately one hundred members of Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia, this practical guide provides:

  • Detailed profiles of a full range of crops, addressing sowing, cultivation, rotation, succession, common pests and diseases, and harvest and storage
  • Information about new, efficient techniques, season extension, and disease resistant varieties
  • Farm-specific business skills to help ensure a successful, profitable enterprise

Whether you are a beginning market grower or an established enterprise seeking to improve your skills, Sustainable Market Farming is an invaluable resource and a timely book for the maturing local agriculture movement.

The Field Guide to Chickens [EPUB]

The Field Guide to Chickens [EPUB]
The Field Guide to Chickens by Pam Percy
2011 | EPUB | 18.33MB

The story of the chicken traces the interactions of cultures around the globe. From Southeast Asia 8,000 years ago, chickens spread to ancient China and Japan, the Middle East, Europe during the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, and, from there, the world. Today, chickens fuel our poultry meat and egg industry. They also inspire the time-honored tradition of poultry exhibition and, increasingly, can be found in the backyards of folks who yearn for a simpler time.

The Field Guide to Chickens provides a wealth of information on the sixty-one chicken breeds recognized by the American Poultry Association. From utilitarian egg layers to exotic show birds, from tiny bantams to large fowl, Pam Percy enlightens readers on the wonderful world of poultry. Essential for tyro fowl fans as well as longtime chicken breeders, this handy pocket-sized field guide includes a glossary, resources, and chapters describing the chicken’s history, behavior, eggs and chicks, and ""everything but the cluck."" Indispensable and easy-to-use, this guide gives readers an ""egg up"" on the wonderful world of chickens.

The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World [Audiobook]

The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World [Audiobook]
The Fuzzy and the Techie: Why the Liberal Arts Will Rule the Digital World [Audiobook] by Scott Hartley, read by Scott Merriman
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 35 mins | 235.94MB

A finalist for the 2016 Financial Times/McKinsey Bracken Bower Prize

A leading venture capitalist offers surprising revelations on who is going to be driving innovation in the years to come.

Scott Hartley first heard the terms fuzzy and techie while studying political science at Stanford University. If you majored in the humanities or social sciences, you were a fuzzy. If you majored in the computer sciences, you were a techie. This informal division has quietly found its way into a default assumption that has misled the business world for decades: that it's the techies who drive innovation.

But in this brilliantly contrarian book, Hartley reveals the counterintuitive reality of business today: it's actually the fuzzies - not the techies - who are playing the key roles in developing the most creative and successful new business ideas. They are often the ones who understand the life issues that need solving and offer the best approaches for doing so. It is they who are bringing context to code, and ethics to algorithms. They also bring the management and communication skills, the soft skills that are so vital to spurring growth.

Hartley looks inside some of today's most dynamic new companies, reveals breakthrough fuzzy-techie collaborations, and explores how such collaborations are at the center of innovation in business, education, and government, and why liberal arts are still relevant in our techie world.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking [EPUB]

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking [EPUB]
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat
2017 | EPUB | 116.39MB

A visionary new master class in cooking that distills decades of professional experience into just four simple elements, from the woman declared “America’s next great cooking teacher” by Alice Waters.

In the tradition of The Joy of Cooking and How to Cook Everything comes Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, an ambitious new approach to cooking by a major new culinary voice. Chef and writer Samin Nosrat has taught everyone from professional chefs to middle school kids to author Michael Pollan to cook using her revolutionary, yet simple, philosophy. Master the use of just four elements—Salt, which enhances flavor; Fat, which delivers flavor and generates texture; Acid, which balances flavor; and Heat, which ultimately determines the texture of food—and anything you cook will be delicious. By explaining the hows and whys of good cooking, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat will teach and inspire a new generation of cooks how to confidently make better decisions in the kitchen and cook delicious meals with any ingredients, anywhere, at any time.

Echoing Samin’s own journey from culinary novice to award-winning chef, Salt, Fat Acid, Heat immediately bridges the gap between home and professional kitchens. With charming narrative, illustrated walkthroughs, and a lighthearted approach to kitchen science, Samin demystifies the four elements of good cooking for everyone. Refer to the canon of 100 essential recipes—and dozens of variations—to put the lessons into practice and make bright, balanced vinaigrettes, perfectly caramelized roast vegetables, tender braised meats, and light, flaky pastry doughs.

Featuring 150 illustrations and infographics that reveal an atlas to the world of flavor by renowned illustrator Wendy MacNaughton, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat will be your compass in the kitchen. Destined to be a classic, it just might be the last cookbook you’ll ever need.

With a foreword by Michael Pollan.

The Ground Beneath Us: From the Oldest Cities to the Last Wilderness, What Dirt Tells Us About Who We Are [EPUB]

The Ground Beneath Us: From the Oldest Cities to the Last Wilderness, What Dirt Tells Us About Who We Are [EPUB]
The Ground Beneath Us: From the Oldest Cities to the Last Wilderness, What Dirt Tells Us About Who We Are by Paul Bogard
2017 | EPUB | 25.27MB

Our most compelling resource just might be the ground beneath our feet.

When a teaspoon of soil contains millions of species, and when we pave over the earth on a daily basis, what does that mean for our future? What is the risk to our food supply, the planet's wildlife, the soil on which every life-form depends? How much undeveloped, untrodden ground do we even have left?

Paul Bogard set out to answer these questions in The Ground Beneath Us, and what he discovered is astounding.

From New York (where more than 118,000,000 tons of human development rest on top of Manhattan Island) to Mexico City (which sinks inches each year into the Aztec ruins beneath it), Bogard shows us the weight of our cities' footprints. And as we see hallowed ground coughing up bullets at a Civil War battlefield; long-hidden remains emerging from below the sites of concentration camps; the dangerous, alluring power of fracking; the fragility of the giant redwoods, our planet's oldest living things; the surprises hidden under a Major League ballpark's grass; and the sublime beauty of our few remaining wildest places, one truth becomes blazingly clear: The ground is the easiest resource to forget, and the last we should.

Bogard's The Ground Beneath Us is deeply transporting reading that introduces farmers, geologists, ecologists, cartographers, and others in a quest to understand the importance of something too many of us take for granted: dirt. From growth and life to death and loss, and from the subsurface technologies that run our cities to the dwindling number of idyllic Edens that remain, this is the fascinating story of the ground beneath our feet.

Northwest Herb Lover's Handbook: A Guide To Growing Herbs for Cooking, Crafts, and Home Remedies [EPUB]

Northwest Herb Lover's Handbook: A Guide To Growing Herbs for Cooking, Crafts, and Home Remedies [EPUB]
Northwest Herb Lover's Handbook: A Guide To Growing Herbs for Cooking, Crafts, and Home Remedies by Mary Preus
2011 | EPUB | 6.48MB

The soothing smell of lavender, rosemary's piney flavor, the bright colors of nasturtiums . . . herbs are wonderful things! In this handsome volume, Mary Preus provides a delightful entree into the world of herbs with detailed instructions on how to grow 50 of the most popular herbs and create an herbal lifestyle. Easy and delicious recipes, herbal crafts and gifts, landscaping with herbs, traditional and modern medicinal use, aromatherapy--it's all here in The Northwest Herb Lover's Handbook.

Secrets of Meditation Revised Edition: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace and Personal Transformation [EPUB]

Secrets of Meditation Revised Edition: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace and Personal Transformation [EPUB]
Secrets of Meditation Revised Edition: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace and Personal Transformation by davidji
2017 | EPUB | 2.25MB

Updated with new resources, techniques, and research, davidji’s revised Secrets of Meditation shares the wisdom of the ages in order to help you unlock your own personal journey with meditation, powerful intentions, and practical rituals for your everyday life. Whether you are new to meditation, a crisis meditator, or someone who has been meditating for years, Secrets of Meditation will take your practice, and your life, to the next level.

In this insightful guide, davidji shares his own meditative path to awakening and explores the impact meditation can have on your physical health, relationships, emotional well-being, and spiritual life. By demystifying rigid commandments and revealing the five greatest myths of meditation, davidji will have you meditating in minutes and living a happier, easier, and more fulfilling life.

Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism [Audiobook]

Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism [Audiobook]
Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism [Audiobook] by Fumio Sasaki, read by Keith Szarabajka
2017 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 31 mins | 123.83MB

Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert or organizing guru like Marie Kondo - he's just a regular guy who was stressed out and constantly comparing himself to others, until one day he decided to change his life by saying goodbye to everything he didn't absolutely need. The effects were remarkable: Sasaki gained true freedom, new focus, and a real sense of gratitude for everything around him. In Goodbye, Things Sasaki modestly shares his personal minimalist experience, offering specific tips on the minimizing process and revealing how the new minimalist movement can not only transform your space but truly enrich your life. The benefits of a minimalist life can be realized by anyone, and Sasaki's humble vision of true happiness will open your eyes to minimalism's potential.

The New Psycho-Cybernetics [Audiobook]

The New Psycho-Cybernetics [Audiobook]
The New Psycho-Cybernetics [Audiobook] by Maxwell Maltz, read by Paul Michael
2002 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 47 mins | 319.51MB

Positive wisdom and helpful insights on how to be a successful person

Happiness and success are habits. So are failure and misery. But negative habits can be changed--and Psycho-Cybernetics shows you how!

This is your personal audio guide to the amazing power of Psycho-Cybernetics--a program based on one of the world’s classic self-help books, a multimillion-copy bestseller proven effective by readers worldwide. Presenting positive attitude as a means for change, Maltz’s teaching has the ring of common sense.

Psycho-Cybernetics is the original text that defined the mind/body connection—the concept that paved the way for most of today’s personal empowerment programs. Turn crises into creative opportunities, dehypnotize yourself from false beliefs, and celebrate new freedom from fear and guilt.

Testimonials and stories are interspersed with advice from Maltz, as well as techniques for relaxation and visualization. Dr. Maxwell Maltz teaches you his techniques of “emotional surgery”--the path to a dynamic new self-image and self-esteem and to achieving the success and happiness you deserve!

The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding [EPUB]

The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding [EPUB]
The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding by Kimberly Seals Allers
2017 | EPUB | 0.46MB

Pediatricians say you should but it's okay if you don't. The hospital says, "Breast is best," but sends you home with formula "just in case." Your sister-in-law says, "Of course you should!" Your mother says, "I didn't, and you turned out just fine." Celebrities are photographed nursing in public, yet breastfeeding mothers are asked to cover up in malls and on airplanes. Breastfeeding is a private act, yet everyone has an opinion about it. How did feeding our babies get so complicated?

Journalist and infant health advocate Kimberly Seals Allers breaks breastfeeding out of the realm of "personal choice" and shows our broader connection to an industrialized food system that begins at birth, the fallout of feminist ideals, and the federal policies that are far from family friendly. The Big Letdown uncovers the multibillion-dollar forces battling to replace mothers' milk and the failure of the medical establishment to protect infant health. Weaving together research and personal stories with original reporting on medicine, big pharma, and hospitals, Kimberly Seals Allers shows how mothers and babies have been abandoned by all the forces that should be supporting families from the start--and what we can do to help.

Wool Appliqué the Piece O' Cake Way [EPUB]

Wool Appliqué the Piece O' Cake Way [EPUB]
Wool Appliqué the Piece O' Cake Way: 12 Cheerful Projects • Mix Wool with Cotton & Linen by Becky Goldsmith, Linda Jenkins
2015 | EPUB | 16.74MB

Get luscious colors and textures in your quilts with 12 all-new projects from Piece O'Cake Designs. Best-selling authors Becky Goldsmith and Linda Jenkins add felted wool appliqué to crisp cottons and linens for added dimension on quilts and home decor. Easy to stitch and easier to love, wool appliqué has no edges to turn under, making it ideal for beginners and experienced quilters! Learn about the best supplies, hand stitching methods, and quilt finishing tips.

Traditional Stickmaking [EPUB]

Traditional Stickmaking [EPUB]
Traditional Stickmaking by Charlie Walker
2016 | EPUB | 22.74MB

Stickmaking is an age-old craft that is just as absorbing and rewarding today as ever. This beautifully illustrated book describes some of the customs and practices used in traditional stickmaking. It encourages beginners to get started with a simple staff or thumb stick, but also explains advanced techniques, such as making sheep and cow horn handles, for the more experienced. Written with careful attention to detail by a prize-winning stickmaker, it is an essential guide to this fascinating craft.

The book contains ideas and inspiration on types and styles of stick, a guide to timber, storing and straightening shanks, and jointing shanks onto handles. Also, there are step-by-step instructions on making a variety of sticks and handles including wood, antler, buffalo and sheep horn, and detailed techniques on bulking and dressing sheep horn to make a classic shepherd's crook, with further advice on decorating wood and buffalo horn handles. It will be of great interest to stickmakers, woodworkers, farmers, shepherds and fishermen. This ideal resource for all stickmakers is beautifully illustrated with 121 colour photographs.

Top-Down Crochet Sweaters: Fabulous Patterns with Perfect Fit [EPUB]

Top-Down Crochet Sweaters: Fabulous Patterns with Perfect Fit [EPUB]
Top-Down Crochet Sweaters: Fabulous Patterns with Perfect Fit by Dora Ohrenstein
2016 | EPUB | 23.2MB

Welcome to the new era of crochet. Making garments from the top down is a favorite knitting technique that allows knitters to test and adjust the fit as they go. Now, thanks to designer Dora Ohrenstein, crocheters will benefit for the first time from a pattern book featuring the same beloved approach. These 14 fashionable patterns are sure to flatter bodies of all shapes and sizes. Show-stopping original photography, an extensive discussion of the benefits of top-down construction, and detailed instructions on how and why to adjust the patterns to ensure an exquisite customized fit will have crocheters tying themselves in knots to start strutting their stuff!

The Art of Boutis: 20 French Quilting Projects [EPUB]

The Art of Boutis: 20 French Quilting Projects [EPUB]
The Art of Boutis: 20 French Quilting Projects by Kumiko Nakayama-Geraerts
2016 | EPUB | 19.19MB

If you can sew, you can do boutis, a classic style of embroidery practiced in southern France since the seventeenth century. In this book, you'll find 20 projects featuring classic boutis designs for handbags and cases, pillows, baby clothes, placemats, photo album covers, and more. Also included are a basic boutis lesson, with step-by-step instructions for every part of the process, and full-size patterns for every project. Create sophisticated, traditional handmade gifts perfect for baby showers, weddings, housewarmings, and anniversaries--or treat yourself to a beautiful new accessory or bag.

Melissa Leapman's Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters [EPUB]

Melissa Leapman's Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters [EPUB]
Melissa Leapman's Indispensable Stitch Collection for Crocheters: 200 Stitch Patterns in Words and Symbols by Melissa Leapman
2016 | EPUB | 60.83MB

Anyone who loves to crochet needs to have this book on their bookshelf!

Crochet diva Melissa Leapman divulges 200 of her favorite crochet stitch patterns in this book--enough designs to keep you busy stitching for years! Many of the patterns included are original designs, and others are garnered from Leapman's years of experience in the industry. The book is geared toward crocheters of all skill levels and is formatted in a way that encourages readers to learn and grow as they sample from the patterns.

The beginning of Melissa Leapman Stitch Collection fearures a pattern library with a full explanation of stitch multiples and how they work. Suggestions are offered about how to design basic projects, including afghans, pillows, hats, and more. The book's second section offers stitch patterns arranged by type--from lace to cables to colorwork and beyond. Each stitch pattern is accompanied by easy-to-read instructions, stitch diagrams using international symbols, and a clear photo. If the reverse side of the fabric is interesting for a given pattern, both sides will be presented. A unique icon is used to mark these special patterns, making them easy to seek out for versatile scarves and blankets, which must look attractive on both sides.

Readers will want to make hats, scarves, shawls, and more for themselves and friends. The patterns just beg to be stitched.

No one can deny it--this book is off the hook.

Euphoria Tapestry Quilts: 40 Appliqué Motifs & 17 Flowering Projects [EPUB]

Euphoria Tapestry Quilts: 40 Appliqué Motifs & 17 Flowering Projects [EPUB]
Euphoria Tapestry Quilts: 40 Appliqué Motifs & 17 Flowering Projects by Deborah Kemball
2016 | EPUB | 48.41MB

Create a quilted tapestry of sumptuous flowers with the best-selling author of Beautiful Botanicals. Appliqué 40 realistic flowers and 17 sophisticated projects like pillows, table runners, wallhangings, and bed quilts. Hand stitch motifs from Deborah Kemball's award-winning Euphoria quilt, or mix and match flowers to create your own gorgeously detailed masterpiece. With clear instructions and helpful photos, this collection includes a pattern pullout to photocopy, plus a free download of full-size designs you can print.

Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin & Free [Audiobook]

Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin & Free [Audiobook]
Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin & Free [Audiobook] by Susan Peirce Thompson, read by Susan Peirce Thompson, Tanya Eby, Mel Foster, Emily Sutton-Smith, John Robbins
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 7 mins | 251.81MB

In this book, Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D. shares the groundbreaking weight-loss solution based on her highly acclaimed Bright Line Eating Boot Camps. Rooted in cutting-edge neuroscience, psychology, and biology, Bright Line Eating explains why people who are desperate to lose weight fail again and again:

It's because the brain blocks weight loss.

Bright Line Eating (BLE) is a simple approach designed to reverse that process. By working with four "Bright Lines" - clear, unambiguous, boundaries - Susan Peirce Thompson shows us how to heal our brain and shift it into a mode where it is ready to shed pounds, release cravings, and stop sabotaging our weight loss goals.

Best of all, it is a program that understands that willpower cannot be relied on, and sets us up to be successful anyway.

Through the lens of Susan's own moving story, and those of her Bright Lifers, you'll discover firsthand why traditional diet and exercise plans have failed in the past. You'll also learn about the role addictive susceptibility plays in your personal weight-loss journey, where cravings come from, how to rewire your brain so they disappear, and more. Susan guides you through the phases of Bright Line Eating-from weight loss to maintenance and beyond-and offers a dynamic food plan that will work for anyone, whether you're vegan, gluten-free, paleo, or none of the above.

Bright Line Eating frees us from the obesity cycle and introduces a radical plan for sustainable weight loss. It's a game changer in a game that desperately needs changing.

Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating [EPUB]

Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating [EPUB]
Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating by Charles Spence
2017 | EPUB | 14.56MB

The science behind a good meal: all the sounds, sights, and tastes that make us like what we're eating—and want to eat more.

Why do we consume 35 percent more food when eating with one other person, and 75 percent more when dining with three? How do we explain the fact that people who like strong coffee drink more of it under bright lighting? And why does green ketchup just not work?

The answer is gastrophysics, the new area of sensory science pioneered by Oxford professor Charles Spence. Now he's stepping out of his lab to lift the lid on the entire eating experience—how the taste, the aroma, and our overall enjoyment of food are influenced by all of our senses, as well as by our mood and expectations.

The pleasures of food lie mostly in the mind, not in the mouth. Get that straight and you can start to understand what really makes food enjoyable, stimulating, and, most important, memorable. Spence reveals in amusing detail the importance of all the “off the plate” elements of a meal: the weight of cutlery, the color of the plate, the background music, and much more. Whether we’re dining alone or at a dinner party, on a plane or in front of the TV, he reveals how to understand what we’re tasting and influence what others experience.

This is accessible science at its best, fascinating to anyone in possession of an appetite. Crammed with discoveries about our everyday sensory lives, Gastrophysics is a book guaranteed to make you look at your plate in a whole new way.

The Science of Selling: Proven Strategies to Make Your Pitch, Influence Decisions, and Close the Deal [Audiobook]

The Science of Selling: Proven Strategies to Make Your Pitch, Influence Decisions, and Close the Deal [Audiobook]
The Science of Selling: Proven Strategies to Make Your Pitch, Influence Decisions, and Close the Deal [Audiobook] by David Hoffeld, read by the Author
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 57 mins | 216.64 MB

The revolutionary sales approach scientifically proven to dramatically improve your sales and business success.

Did you know that nearly half of salespeople fail to meet their quotas every year? Or that many of the most common sales behaviors drive down sales performance? In today's fiercely competitive marketplace, you can't afford to lose sales that should be yours. But with so much conflicting advice from self-proclaimed "gurus", how do you know which sales strategies actually work?

Leading sales trainer, researcher, and CEO of Hoffeld Group David Hoffeld has the answer. Blending cutting-edge research in social psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics, The Science of Selling shows you how to align the way you sell with how our brains naturally form buying decisions, dramatically increasing your ability to earn more sales. Unlike other sales books, which primarily rely on anecdotal evidence and unproven advice, Hoffeld's evidence-based approach connects the dots between science and situations salespeople and business leaders face every day to help you consistently succeed, including proven ways to:

  • Engage buyers' emotions to increase their receptiveness to you and your ideas
  • Ask questions that line up with how the brain discloses information
  • Lock in the incremental commitments that lead to a sale
  • Create positive influence and reduce the sway of competitors
  • Discover the underlying causes of objections and neutralize them
  • Guide buyers through the necessary mental steps to make purchasing decisions

Packed with advice and anecdotes, The Science of Selling is an essential resource for anyone looking to succeed in today's cutthroat selling environment, advance their business goals, or boost their ability to influence others.