World War I Companion [EPUB]

World War I Companion [EPUB]
World War I Companion edited by Mathias Strohn
2013 | EPUB | 4.91MB

2014 sees the centenary of the start of World War I, the Great War - the war to end all wars. This four-year conflict saw the major powers of the world commit their forces on an unparalleled scale, principally in the trenches of the Western Front, but also throughout the world from the colonies of Africa to the Chinese city of Tsingtao.

This was a period of intense development in military technology, technique, and innovation as the belligerent powers sought to break the deadlock. The rise of airpower, coronation of artillery, and development of the tank as a means of restoring mobility to the battlefield all came about in this period and have had a lasting influence through to the present day.

This study consists of separate articles by 13 respected academics focussing on different aspects of the Great War, ranging from the war at sea, through the Gallipoli campaign to the final offensives of 1918 to give a wide-ranging companion to this truly global conflict.

Killing the Poormaster: A Saga of Poverty, Corruption, and Murder in the Great Depression [EPUB]

Killing the Poormaster: A Saga of Poverty, Corruption, and Murder in the Great Depression [EPUB]
Killing the Poormaster: A Saga of Poverty, Corruption, and Murder in the Great Depression by Holly Metz
2012 | EPUB | 1.62MB

On February 25, 1938, in the early days of the welfare system, the reviled poormaster Harry Barck—wielding power over who would receive public aid—died from a paper spike thrust into his heart. Barck was murdered, the prosecution would assert, by an unemployed mason named Joe Scutellaro. In denying Scutellaro money, Barck had suggested the man’s wife prostitute herself on the streets rather than ask the city of Hoboken, New Jersey, for aid. The men scuffled. Scutellaro insisted that Barck fell on his spike; the police claimed he grabbed the spike and stabbed Barck.

News of the poormaster’s death brought national attention to the plight of ten million unemployed living in desperate circumstances. A team led by celebrated attorney Samuel Leibowitz of “Scottsboro Boys” fame worked to save Scutellaro from the electric chair, arguing that the jobless man’s struggle with the poormaster was a symbol of larger social ills. The trial became an indictment “of a system which expects a man to live, in this great democracy, under such shameful circumstances.”

We live in a time where the issues examined in Killing the Poormaster—massive unemployment, endemic poverty, and the inadequacy of public assistance—remain vital. With its insight into our social contract, Killing the Poormaster reads like today’s news.

Snow-Storm in August: The Struggle for American Freedom and Washington's Race Riot of 1835 [EPUB]

Snow-Storm in August: The Struggle for American Freedom and Washington's Race Riot of 1835 [EPUB]
Snow-Storm in August: The Struggle for American Freedom and Washington's Race Riot of 1835 by Jefferson Morley
2013 | EPUB | 6.42MB

A gripping narrative history of the explosive events that drew together Francis Scott Key, Andrew Jackson, and an 18-year-old slave on trial for attempted murder.

In 1835, the city of Washington pulsed with change. As newly freed African Americans from the South poured in, free blacks outnumbered slaves for the first time. Radical notions of abolishing slavery circulated on the city's streets, and white residents were forced to confront new ideas of what the nation's future might look like.

On the night of August 4th, Arthur Bowen, an eighteen-year-old slave, stumbled into the bedroom where his owner, Anna Thornton, slept. He had an ax in the crook of his arm. An alarm was raised, and he ran away. Word of the incident spread rapidly, and within days, Washington's first race riot exploded, as whites fearing a slave rebellion attacked the property of the free blacks. Residents dubbed the event the “Snow-Storm," in reference to the central role of Beverly Snow, a flamboyant former slave turned successful restaurateur, who became the target of the mob's rage.

In the wake of the riot came two sensational criminal trials that gripped the city. Prosecuting both cases was none other than Francis Scott Key, a politically ambitious attorney famous for writing the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” who few now remember served as the city's district attorney for eight years. Key defended slavery until the twilight's last gleaming, and pandered to racial fears by seeking capital punishment for Arthur Bowen. But in a surprise twist his prosecution was thwarted by Arthur's ostensible victim, Anna Thornton, a respected socialite who sought the help of President Andrew Jackson.

Ranging beyond the familiar confines of the White House and the Capitol, Snow-Storm in August delivers readers into an unknown chapter of American history with a textured and absorbing account of the racial secrets and contradictions that coursed beneath the freewheeling capital of a rising world power.

The Mission, the Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander [Audiobook]

The Mission, the Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander [Audiobook]
The Mission, the Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander [Audiobook] by Pete Blaber, read by Joe Barrett
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 56 mins | 273.67MB

As a commander of Delta Force - the most elite counter terrorist organization in the world - Pete Blaber took part in some of the most dangerous, controversial, and significant military and political events of our time. Now he takes his intimate knowledge of warfare - and the heart, mind, and spirit it takes to win - and moves his focus from the combat zone to civilian life.

As the smoke clears from exciting stories about never-before-revealed top-secret missions that were executed all over the globe, listeners will emerge wiser, more capable, and more ready for life's personal victories than they ever thought possible.

Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf [EPUB]

Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf [EPUB]
Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf by Helene Cooper
2017 | EPUB | 10.01MB

The harrowing, but triumphant story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, leader of the Liberian women’s movement, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and the first democratically elected female president in African history.

When Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won the 2005 Liberian presidential election, she demolished a barrier few thought possible, obliterating centuries of patriarchal rule to become the first female elected head of state in Africa’s history. Madame President is the inspiring, often heartbreaking story of Sirleaf’s evolution from an ordinary Liberian mother of four boys to international banking executive, from a victim of domestic violence to a political icon, from a post-war president to a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author Helene Cooper deftly weaves Sirleaf’s personal story into the larger narrative of the coming of age of Liberian women. The highs and lows of Sirleaf’s life are filled with indelible images; from imprisonment in a jail cell for standing up to Liberia’s military government to addressing the United States Congress, from reeling under the onslaught of the Ebola pandemic to signing a deal with Hillary Clinton when she was still Secretary of State that enshrined American support for Liberia’s future.

Sirleaf’s personality shines throughout this riveting biography. Ultimately, Madame President is the story of Liberia’s greatest daughter, and the universal lessons we can all learn from this “Oracle” of African women.

Theology and Poetry in Early Byzantium: The Kontakia of Romanos the Melodist [PDF]

Theology and Poetry in Early Byzantium: The Kontakia of Romanos the Melodist [PDF]
Theology and Poetry in Early Byzantium: The Kontakia of Romanos the Melodist by Sarah Gador-Whyte
2017 | PDF | 30.49MB

Theology and Poetry in Early Byzantium examines the kontakia and thought-world of Romanos the Melodist, the sixth-century hymnographer whose vibrant and engaging compositions had a far-reaching influence in the history of Byzantine liturgy. His compositions bring biblical narratives to life through dialogue, encourage a level of participation unparalleled in homiletics and push the boundaries of liturgical expression of theology.

This book provides an original analysis of Romanos' poetry, drawing attention to the coherence of his theology and the performative nature of his rhetoric. The main theological themes which emerge encourage the congregation to enact the life of Christ and anticipate the new creation: restoration of humanity to God, re-creation in the incarnation and life of Christ, and liturgical participation and transformation in that life. By analysing the rhetorical performance of theology in the kontakia, the book provides new insights into religious practice in late antiquity.

She-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women's Intimate Health. Period. [Audiobook]

She-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women's Intimate Health. Period. [Audiobook]
She-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women's Intimate Health Period [Audiobook] by Sherry A Ross MD, read by Erin Bennett
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 13 mins | 226.07MB

She-ology shines a light on the vagina, answering our most embarrassing questions with the goal of healthier and happier vaginas for women of all ages.

Many women still suffer a long-ingrained dissociation with their own vaginas and a misunderstanding of what goes on "down there". With expertise and a dose of humor, leading ob-gyn, educator, and women's health advocate Dr. Sherry Ross addresses every urgent, confounding, culturally taboo or embarrassing question women have about vaginas, with the goal of healthier, happier lives for all. She-ology describes the state of the vagina at every age and stage of a woman's life. From first periods to postpartum to menopause, from the serious to the celebratory to the surprising, this book will make you feel a part of the vagina dialogue. Dr. Sherry - a leading ob-gyn, educator, and advocate in women's health - is equal parts best girlfriend, confidante, and skilled practitioner with over 25 years' experience in gynecology and obstetrics. With the help of many famous contributors, she answers your questions and concerns, such as:

  • Where the heck is my G-spot?
  • Since the vagina is self-cleaning, do I even need soap?
  • Can I get HPV if I don't have actual intercourse?
  • Is it too late, at 45, to have an orgasm?
  • How can I be depressed after giving birth if I've always wanted a baby?
  • Is there a such thing as a perfect vagina?
  • I enjoy swinging or S & M, does that make me a pervert?
  • What does safe sex even mean?
  • What could possibly go wrong down there, and what do I do about it?

Dr. Sherry's goal is that of healthier and happier women through a revolution of vagina information. This book will help you form, mend, or strengthen your relationship with that most commanding and complex of female organs - the vagina. Includes contributions from:

  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Brooke Shields
  • Christina Applegate
  • Jane Seymour
  • Lisa Gay Hamilton
  • Katherine McPhee
  • Ashley Benson
  • Meredith Baxter
  • And many more

Why Do I Do That?: Psychological Defense Mechanisms and the Hidden Ways They Shape Our Lives [Audiobook]

Why Do I Do That?: Psychological Defense Mechanisms and the Hidden Ways They Shape Our Lives [Audiobook]
Why Do I Do That: Psychological Defense Mechanisms and the Hidden Ways They Shape Our Lives [Audiobook] by Joseph Burgo PhD, read by John Raines
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 8 mins | 197.72MB

Why Do I Do That? is a self-help book for people who don't usually buy self-help books.

Instead of offering cognitive-behavioral techniques for dealing with anger, or affirming strategies to boost self-esteem, this self-help book adapts the basic methods of psychodynamic psychotherapy to a guided course in self-exploration, highlighting the universal role of defense mechanisms in warding off emotional pain. Even the best self-help books tend to stay on the surface, helping readers to modify their conscious thoughts and behaviors. Why Do I Do That? instead probes deeply into the unconscious.

With easy-to-understand explanations, the first part teaches you about the unconscious mind and the role of psychological defenses in excluding difficult feelings from awareness. Individual chapters in the longer middle section explore the primary defense mechanisms one by one, with exercises to help you identify your own defenses at work. The final part offers guidance for how to "disarm" your defenses and cope more effectively with the unconscious feelings behind them.

Psychological defense mechanisms are an inevitable and necessary part of the human experience; but when they become too pervasive or deeply entrenched, they may damage our personal relationships, restrict or distort our emotional lives and prevent us from behaving in ways that promote lasting self-esteem.

Why Do I Do That? promotes self-help for readers who want to improve their relationships, manage their emotional lives more effectively and develop authentic self-esteem that will last. If you find that even the best self-help books lack depth and fail to instigate lasting change, this psychodynamic self-help book may be for you.

The Leadership Challenge Sixth Edition: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations [Audiobook]

The Leadership Challenge Sixth Edition: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations [Audiobook]
The Leadership Challenge Sixth Edition: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations [Audiobook] by James M Kouzes, Barry Posner, read by Brian Holsopple
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 11 hrs 3 mins | 304.04MB

The most trusted source of leadership wisdom, updated to address today's realities.

The Leadership Challenge is the gold-standard manual for effective leadership, grounded in research and written by the premier authorities in the field. With deep insight into the complex interpersonal dynamics of the workplace, this book positions leadership both as a skill to be learned and as a relationship that must be nurtured to reach its full potential. This new sixth edition has been revised to address current challenges and includes more international examples and a laser focus on business issues; you'll learn how extraordinary leaders accomplish extraordinary things and how to develop your leadership skills and style to deliver quality results every time. Engaging stories delve into the fundamental roles that great leaders fulfill, and simple frameworks provide a primer for those who seek continuous improvement; by internalizing key insights and putting concepts into action, you'll become a more effective, more impactful leader.

A good leader gets things done; a great leader aspires, inspires, and achieves more. This book highlights the differences between good and great, and shows you how to bridge the chasm between getting things done and making things happen.

  • Gain deep insight into leadership's critical role in organizational health
  • Navigate the shift toward team-oriented work relationships
  • Motivate and inspire to break through the pervasive new cynicism
  • Leverage the electronic global village to deliver better results

Business is evolving at an increasingly rapid rate, and leaders must keep pace with the changes or risk stagnation. People work differently, are motivated differently, and have different expectations today - business as usual is quickly losing its effectiveness. The Leadership Challenge helps you stay current, relevant, and effective in the modern workplace.

How Your Brain Works: Inside the Most Complicated Object in the Known Universe [Audiobook]

How Your Brain Works: Inside the Most Complicated Object in the Known Universe [Audiobook]
How Your Brain Works: Inside the Most Complicated Object in the Known Universe [Audiobook] by New Scientist, read by Mark Elstob
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 5 hrs 8 mins | 142.13MB

In How Your Brain Works, leading neuroscientists and New Scientist introduce the evolution and anatomy of the brain viewed through traits such as memory, emotions, sleep, sensing and perception.

Ever wondered what's going on inside your head? You are your brain. Everything that makes you you, and all your experiences of the world, are somehow conjured up by 1.4 kilograms of grey matter inside your skull. That might seem impossible, but science has advanced so much that we now understand not just its structures and inner workings but also how it can give rise to perception, consciousness, emotions, memories, intelligence, sleep and more.

How Your Brain Works explores the amazing world inside your head. Discover the evolution and anatomy of the brain. Learn how we can peer inside it and watch it at work and how the latest technology can allow us to control our minds and those of others.

New Scientist Instant Expert books are definitive and accessible entry points to the most important subjects in science - subjects that challenge, attract debate, invite controversy and engage the most enquiring minds. Designed for curious listeners who want to know how things work and why, the Instant Expert series explores the topics that really matter and their impact on individuals, society and the planet, translating the scientific complexities around us into language that's open to everyone and putting new ideas and discoveries into perspective and context.

Radicals Chasing Utopia: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World [EPUB]

Radicals Chasing Utopia: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World [EPUB]
Radicals Chasing Utopia: Inside the Rogue Movements Trying to Change the World by Jamie Bartlett
2017 | EPUB | 3.01MB

"It's the hubris of every generation to think that they have arrived at the best way of living. But all the things we now take for granted, all the modern wisdoms we hold to be self-evident, were once derided as dangerous or foolish radical thinking."-From the Prologue

In Radicals Chasing Utopia, Jamie Bartlett, one of the world's leading thinkers on radical politics and technology, takes readers inside the strange and exciting worlds of the innovators, disrupters, idealists, and extremists who think we can do better-and believe they know how. Bartlett introduces us to some of the most influential movements today: techno-futurists questing for immortality, far-right groups seeking to close borders, militant environmentalists striving to save the planet by any means necessary, and psychedelic pioneers attempting to heal society with the help of powerful hallucinogens.

The success of democratic societies hinges on our ability to listen to-and in some cases learn from-the radical movements in our midst. Their methods may be extreme, but in chasing utopia, these groups are challenging what is possible and previewing the world to come.

The Trial of Adolf Hitler: The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany [Audiobook]

The Trial of Adolf Hitler: The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany [Audiobook]
The Trial of Adolf Hitler: The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany [Audiobook] by David King, read by Jeff Harding
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 12 mins | 339.27MB

The never-before-told story of the scandalous courtroom drama that paved the way for the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.

On the evening of November 8, 1923, the thirty-four-year-old Adolf Hitler stormed into a beer hall in Munich, fired his pistol in the air, and proclaimed a revolution. Seventeen hours later, all that remained of his bold move was a trail of destruction. Hitler was on the run from the police. His career seemed to be over.

The Trial of Adolf Hitler tells the true story of the monumental criminal proceeding that followed when Hitler and nine other suspects were charged with high treason. Reporters from as far away as Argentina and Australia flocked to Munich for the sensational four-week spectacle. By its end, Hitler would transform the fiasco of the beer hall putsch into a stunning victory for the fledgling Nazi Party. It was this trial that thrust Hitler into the limelight, provided him with an unprecedented stage for his demagoguery, and set him on his improbable path to power.

Based on trial transcripts, police files, and many other new sources, including some five hundred documents recently discovered from the Landsberg Prison record office, The Trial of Adolf Hitler is a gripping true story of crime and punishment―and a haunting failure of justice with catastrophic consequences.

If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? [Audiobook]

If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? [Audiobook]
If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face: Relating to and Communicating with Others, from the Boardroom to the Bedroom [Audiobook] by Alan Alda, read by the Author
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 13 mins | 171.05MB

From iconic actor and best-selling author Alan Alda, an indispensable guide to communicating better - based on his experience with acting, improv, science, and storytelling.

The beloved actor shares fascinating and powerful lessons from the science of communication and teaches listeners to improve the way they relate to others using improv games, storytelling, and their own innate mind-reading abilities. With his trademark humor and frankness, Alan Alda explains what makes the out-of-the-box techniques he developed after his years as the host of Scientific American Frontiers so effective. This book reveals what it means to be a true communicator and how we can communicate better in every aspect of our lives - with our friends, lovers, and families; with our doctors; in business settings; and beyond.

Communism for Kids [EPUB]

Communism for Kids [EPUB]
Communism for Kids by Bini Adamczak
2017 | EPUB | 2.61MB

Once upon a time, people yearned to be free of the misery of capitalism. How could their dreams come true? This little book proposes a different kind of communism, one that is true to its ideals and free from authoritarianism. Offering relief for many who have been numbed by Marxist exegesis and given headaches by the earnest pompousness of socialist politics, it presents political theory in the simple terms of a children's story, accompanied by illustrations of lovable little revolutionaries experiencing their political awakening.

It all unfolds like a story, with jealous princesses, fancy swords, displaced peasants, mean bosses, and tired workers--not to mention a Ouija board, a talking chair, and a big pot called "the state." Before they know it, readers are learning about the economic history of feudalism, class struggles in capitalism, different ideas of communism, and more. Finally, competition between two factories leads to a crisis that the workers attempt to solve in six different ways (most of them borrowed from historic models of communist or socialist change). Each attempt fails, since true communism is not so easy after all. But it's also not that hard. At last, the people take everything into their own hands and decide for themselves how to continue. Happy ending? Only the future will tell. With an epilogue that goes deeper into the theoretical issues behind the story, this book is perfect for all ages and all who desire a better world.

Kebabs: 75 Recipes for Grilling [EPUB]

Kebabs: 75 Recipes for Grilling [EPUB]
Kebabs: 75 Recipes for Grilling by Sabrina Baksh, Derrick Riches
2017 | EPUB | 15.09MB

Everyone loves grilling up kebabs, but it’s easy to fall into the mushroom, pepper, chicken/beef rut. In Kebabs, Derrick Riches and Sabrina Baksh take this quick and easy grilling method for a brand new spin.

They traveled the backroads of the Barbecue Belt and studied street-food stalls where skewered, grilled foods are most famous, like Greece, Turkey and the Middle East, India, and even Japan (yakitori) and France (brochettes).

There are ample recipes for beef, chicken, fish and seafood, vegetables, and even fruit, plus vegan substitutions are included for meat recipes. Kebabs includes plenty of technique guidance, too. Are metal or wood skewers better for grilling? Do you really need to soak wooden skewers before cooking?

Not to mention a myriad of rubs, sauces, and mops that make kebabs optimally flavorful and moist, Kebabs makes backyard grilling more globally adventuresome, and flavorful, than it's been before -- all with minimal prep time and effort.