The Leadership Mind Switch: Rethinking How We Lead in the New World of Work [Audiobook]

The Leadership Mind Switch: Rethinking How We Lead in the New World of Work [Audiobook]
The Leadership Mind Switch: Rethinking How We Lead in the New World of Work [Audiobook] by D A Benton, Kylie Wright-Ford, read by Caroline Miller
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 6 hrs 43 mins | 184.75MB

Lead your company to success in the new Industrial Revolution!

The world of business has completely transformed in recent years - and the pace of change will only increase in coming years. But one thing remains the same: quality leadership is the hinge on which the fate of every organization swings.

The Leadership Mind Switch provides the critical lessons you need to lead your company in a fully globalized business world where radical technologies reign supreme.

Debra Benton and Kylie Wright-Ford have helped some of today's most top executives successfully position themselves and their companies for the future. Now, in this groundbreaking leadership guide, they share their insight with you. Learn how to effectively lead a workforce that:

  • Is rich in demographic texture - representing as many as four different generations
  • Has varying - and sometimes conflicting - expectations of the company
  • Operates with different ideas about what success looks like
  • Uses, approaches, and even understands technology in different ways

The answers to these questions and many others are all here. You'll learn how to be the kind of leader who is both firm in his or her decisions but maintains an air of approachability. You'll learn how to drive high productivity while keeping your workers happy and satisfied in their jobs. And you'll learn how to embrace new technologies without sacrificing the human touch - which is the hallmark of great leadership.

It will take unprecedented levels of agility, confidence, and fearlessness to lead into the future. Make the leadership mind switch to seize the competitive edge now in order to drive profits and growth tomorrow.

The Humor Advantage: Why Some Businesses Are Laughing All the Way to the Bank [Audiobook]

The Humor Advantage: Why Some Businesses Are Laughing All the Way to the Bank [Audiobook]
The Humor Advantage: Why Some Businesses Are Laughing All the Way to the Bank [Audiobook] by Michael Kerr, read by Chris Roman
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 13 mins | 198.37MB

Energize employees and turn customers into raving, passionate fans! The Humor Advantage features businesses from around the world that have built brand advantages through humor. Packed with ideas on how you, your team, and your entire organization can put humor to work effectively in any workplace or business, this is a blueprint for creating an inspiring workplace culture that can help any business achieve outrageous results.

The book includes ideas on:

  • How to brand your business to attract employees
  • How to hire for and with humor
  • How to build a tribal culture that's a barrel of laughs
  • How to motivate employees, recognize employees, and celebrate success at work
  • How to make your workplace messages contagious and communicate more effectively
  • How humor can drive creativity and innovation at work
  • How humor lowers stress at work
  • How humor can help brand your business to attract customers
  • How humor can help you turn your long-term customers into passionate fans

As packed with ideas as it is fun to listen to, The Humor Advantage is the definitive book on the topic of humor in the workplace - a rollicking listen that can help any employee, leader, team, or organization laugh all the way to the bank!

Purpose Meets Execution: How Winning Organizations Accelerate Engagement and Drive Profits [Audiobook]

Purpose Meets Execution: How Winning Organizations Accelerate Engagement and Drive Profits [Audiobook]
Purpose Meets Execution: How Winning Organizations Accelerate Engagement and Drive Profits [Audiobook] by Louis Efron, read by Louis Efron, Timothy Danko
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF | 6 hrs 46 mins | 187.62MB

Business today is up against a myriad of complexities -- disruptive competition and technologies, volatile economic forces, and a complex and evolving work force. There is unending pressure to do more with less, deliver short-term goals while driving long-term sustainability, all while finding and retaining the top talent to get it done. Learning how to navigate these pressures is the difference between a thriving business and a dying one. To break out, businesses need to rethink the fundamental drivers for success.

In Purpose Meets Execution, Efron shows us the most powerful driver of success is a culture of purpose combined with executional excellence. Efron has developed a framework that merges the power of a purpose-driven organization with executional excellence. He applies proven diagnostics to determine if the company has a clear and meaningful sense of organizational purpose and whether that purpose is effectively aligned with business practices across functional areas. He works with each company to address gaps and create a plan for continuous improvement.

When companies understand and implement a plan and process to balance purpose and execution, they:

  • Create an unbeatable competitive advantage in the market by paving the way to find and retain the best of the current and next generation workforce
  • Delight customers
  • Deliver exceptional and sustainable results.

BodyWise: Discovering Your Body’s Intelligence for Lifelong Health and Healing [Audiobook]

BodyWise: Discovering Your Body’s Intelligence for Lifelong Health and Healing [Audiobook]
BodyWise: Discovering Your Body’s Intelligence for Lifelong Health and Healing [Audiobook] by Rachel Carlton Abrams, read by Vanessa Daniels
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + Companion PDF | 10 hrs 16 mins | 290.31MB

Are you tired? Do you suffer from chronic pain? Do you experience depression or feel anxious? Do you have allergies or autoimmune issues? Have you lost your sex drive somewhere along the way? If you have one or more of these symptoms, you may be suffering from what Rachel Carlton Abrams, MD, calls chronic body depletion - a condition that can be related to weight gain, high blood pressure, exhaustion, and many other symptoms that leave the body drained.

In BodyWise, Dr. Abrams helps us to understand that these symptoms, uncomfortable as they may be, are actually a sign of our body's intelligence. Our bodies are trying to communicate - sometimes screaming at us to pay attention - and only when we learn to listen are we able to treat what ails us to achieve optimum healing and lifelong health. Dr. Abrams shares her customizable 28-day program, used with thousands of patients in her clinic, for healing the body both physically and emotionally. Through quizzes and detailed self-assessments, she explains how you can evaluate your own body wisdom for different areas in your life - including stress, sleep, libido, pain, anxiety, depression, allergies, and autoimmune issues.

The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone [Audiobook]

The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone [Audiobook]
The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone [Audiobook] by Brian Merchant, read by Tristan Morris
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 29 mins | 402.96MB

The secret history of the invention that changed everything - and became the most profitable product in the world.

Odds are that right now, an iPhone is within reach. But before Steve Jobs introduced us to "the one device", as he called it, a cell phone was merely what you used to make calls on the go.

How did the iPhone transform our world and turn Apple into the most valuable company ever? Veteran technology journalist Brian Merchant reveals the inside story you won't hear from Cupertino - based on his exclusive interviews with the engineers, inventors, and developers who guided every stage of the iPhone's creation.

This deep dive takes you from inside One Infinite Loop to 19th century France to WWII America, from the driest place on earth to a Kenyan pit of toxic e-waste, and even deep inside Shenzhen's notorious "suicide factories". It's a firsthand look at how the cutting-edge tech that makes the world work - touch screens, motion trackers, and even AI - made their way into our pockets.

The One Device is a road map for design and engineering genius, an anthropology of the modern age, and an unprecedented view into one of the most secretive companies in history. This is the untold account, 10 years in the making, of the device that changed everything.

Stick with It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life - for Good [Audiobook]

Stick with It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life - for Good [Audiobook]
Stick with It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life - for Good [Audiobook] by Sean D Young, read by Roger Wayne
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 56 mins | 190.96MB

An award-winning psychologist and director of the UCLA Center for Digital Behavior shows everyone how to make real, lasting change in their lives in this exciting work of popular psychology that goes beyond The Power of Habit with science and practical strategies that can alter their problem behaviors - forever.

Whether it's absent-minded mistakes at work, a weakness for junk food, a smartphone addiction, or a lack of exercise, everyone has some bad habit or behavior that they'd like to change. But wanting to change and actually doing it - and sticking with it - are two very different things.

Dr. Sean Young, an authoritative new voice in the field of behavioral science, knows a great deal about our habits - how we make them and how we can break them. Stick with It is his fascinating look at the science of behavior, filled with crucial knowledge and practical advice to help everyone successfully alter their actions and improve their lives.

As Dr. Young explains, you don't change behavior by changing the person; you do it by changing the process. Drawing on his own scientific research and that of other leading experts in the field, he explains why change can be difficult and identifies the crucial forces that combine to make transformation permanent, from the right way to create new habits to how to harness emotional meaning to motivate change. He also helps us understand how the mind often interferes with creating lasting change and how we can outsmart it, including using "neurohacks" to shortcut the brain's counterproductive instincts. In addition he provides a powerful corrective to the decades-old science of habits, offering a next-generation discussion of how habits can change behavior with the right approach.

Packed with pragmatic exercises and stories of real people who have used them successfully, Stick with It shows that it is possible to control spending, stick to a diet, become more social, exercise regularly, stop compulsively checking email, and overcome problem behaviors - forever.

On Limited Nuclear War in the 21st Century [EPUB]

On Limited Nuclear War in the 21st Century [EPUB]
On Limited Nuclear War in the 21st Century edited by Jeffrey A Larsen, Kerry M Kartchner
2016 | EPUB | 2.37MB

The last two decades have seen a slow but steady increase in nuclear armed states, and in the seemingly less constrained policy goals of some of the newer "rogue" states in the international system. The authors ofOn Limited Nuclear War in the 21st Century argue that a time may come when one of these states makes the conscious decision that using a nuclear weapon against the United States, its allies, or forward deployed forces in the context of a crisis or a regional conventional conflict may be in its interests. They assert that we are unprepared for these types of limited nuclear wars and that it is urgent we rethink the theory, policy, and implementation of force related to our approaches to this type of engagement.

Together they critique Cold War doctrine on limited nuclear war and consider a number of the key concepts that should govern our approach to limited nuclear conflict in the future. These include identifying the factors likely to lead to limited nuclear war, examining the geopolitics of future conflict scenarios that might lead to small-scale nuclear use, and assessing strategies for crisis management and escalation control. Finally, they consider a range of strategies and operational concepts for countering, controlling, or containing limited nuclear war.

The Practice of Art: A Classic Victorian Treatise [EPUB]

The Practice of Art: A Classic Victorian Treatise [EPUB]
The Practice of Art: A Classic Victorian Treatise by J D Harding
2016 | EPUB | 22.98MB

Originally published in 1845 as The Principles & Practice of Art: With Illustrations Drawn and Engraved by the Author, this enduring guide is the work of an English painter and lithographer. J. D. Harding wrote several popular books on art instruction, and this volume constitutes one of his finest. A comprehensive manual geared toward practicing artists, the book features 24 black-and-white plates of illustrations by Harding that elucidate his observations and instructions. Topics include:

  • Imitation as Applied to Art
  • The Distinction Between the Judgment and the Feelings with Respect to Art
  • Beauty and Form
  • Composition
  • Light and Shade
  • Color
  • Drawing from Nature

Art historians and students—especially those of nineteenth–century art—will prize this book for its philosophical theory of beauty and its abundant supply of illustrative examples, rendered in various styles of engraving and lithography.

Transformation in Anglo-Saxon Culture: Toller Lectures on Art, Archaeology and Text [EPUB]

Transformation in Anglo-Saxon Culture: Toller Lectures on Art, Archaeology and Text [EPUB]
Transformation in Anglo-Saxon Culture: Toller Lectures on Art, Archaeology and Text edited by Charles Insley, Gale R Owen-Crocker
2017 | EPUB | 13.55MB

The five authoritative papers presented here are the product of long careers of research into Anglo-Saxon culture. In detail the subject areas and approaches are very different, yet all are cross-disciplinary and the same texts and artifacts weave through several of them. Literary text is used to interpret both history and art; ecclesiastical-historical circumstances explain the adaptation of usage of a literary text; wealth and religious learning, combined with old and foreign artistic motifs are blended into the making of new books with multiple functions; religio-socio-economic circumstances are the background to changes in burial ritual. The common element is transformation, the Anglo-Saxon ability to rework older material for new times and the necessary adaptation to new circumstances. The papers originated as five recent Toller Memorial Lectures hosted by the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies (MANCASS).

Life and Death in Asia Minor in Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Times [EPUB]

Life and Death in Asia Minor in Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Times [EPUB]
Life and Death in Asia Minor in Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Times: Studies in Archaeology and Bioarchaeology edited by J Rasmus Brandt, Erika Hagelberg, Gro Bjornstad, Sven Ahrens
2017 | EPUB | 35.21MB

Life and Death in Asia Minor combines contributions in both archaeology and bioarchaeology in Asia Minor in the period ca. 200 BC - AD 1300 for the first time. The archaeology topics are wide-ranging including death and territory, death and landscape perception, death and urban transformations from pagan to Christian topography, changing tomb typologies, funerary costs, family organization, funerary rights, rituals and practices among pagans, Jews, and Christians, inhumation and Early Byzantine cremations and use and reuse of tombs. The bioarchaeology chapters use DNA, isotope and osteological analyses to discuss, both among children and adults, questions such as demography and death rates, pathology and nutrition, body actions, genetics, osteobiography, and mobility patterns and diet.

The areas covered in Asia Minor include the sites of Hierapolis, Laodikeia, Aphrodisias, Tlos, Ephesos, Priene, Kyme, Pergamon, Amorion, Gordion, Boğazkale, and Arslantepe. The theoretical and methodological approaches used make it highly relevant for people working in other geographical areas and time periods. Many of the articles could be used as case studies in teaching at schools and universities. An important objective of the publication has been to see how the different types of results emerging from archaeological and natural science studies respectively could be integrated with each other and pose new questions on ancient societies, which were far more complex than historical and social studies of the past often manage to transmit.

Menstruation and Procreation in Early Modern France [EPUB]

Menstruation and Procreation in Early Modern France [EPUB]
Menstruation and Procreation in Early Modern France by Cathy McClive
2015 | EPUB | 2.6MB

Early modern bodies, particularly menstruating and pregnant bodies, were not stable signifiers. Menstruation and Procreation in Early Modern France presents the first full-length discussion of menstruation and its uncertain connections with embodied sex, gender and reproduction in early modern France. Attitudes to menstruation are explored in three inter-linked arenas: medicine, moral theology and law across the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Drawing on a wide range of diverse sources, including court records and private documents, the author uses case studies to explore the relationship between the exceptional corporeality of individuals and attempts to construct menstrual norms, reflecting on how early modern individuals, lay or otherwise, grappled with the enigma of menstruation. She analyzes how early modern men and women accounted for the function, recurrence and appearance of menstruation, from its role in maintaining health to the link between other physiological and bodily processes, including those found in both male and female bodies. She questions the assumption that menstruation was exclusively associated with women by the second half of the eighteenth century, arguing that whilst sex-related, menstruation was not sex-specific even at the turn of the nineteenth. Menstruation remains a contentious topic today.

This book is not, therefore, simply a study of periods in early modern France, but is also of necessity an exploration about the nature and constitution of historical evidence, particularly bodily evidence and how historians use this evidence. It raises important questions about the concept of certainty and about the value of observation, testimony, expertise, the nature of language and the construction of bodily truths - about the body as witness and the body as evidence.

Jack and Norman: A State-Raised Convict and the Legacy of Norman Mailer's 'The Executioner's Song' [EPUB]

Jack and Norman: A State-Raised Convict and the Legacy of Norman Mailer's The Executioner's Song [EPUB]
Jack and Norman: A State-Raised Convict and the Legacy of Norman Mailer's "The Executioner's Song" by Jerome Loving
2017 | EPUB | 7.62MB

This is the story of an author and his apprentice. It is the story of literary influence and tragedy. It is also the story of incarceration in America.

Norman Mailer was writing The Executioner’s Song, his novel about condemned killer Gary Gilmore, when he struck up a correspondence with Jack Henry Abbott, Federal Prisoner 87098-132. Over time, Abbott convinced the famous author that he was a talented writer who deserved another chance at freedom. With letters of support from Mailer and other literary elites of the day, Abbott was released on parole in 1981.

With Mailer’s help, Abbott quickly became the literary “it boy” of New York City. But in a shocking turn of events, the day before a rave review of Abbott’s book, In the Belly of the Beast, appeared in The New York Times, Abbott murdered a New York City waiter and fled to Mexico. Eerily, like Gary Gilmore in Mailer’s true-life novel, Abbott killed within six weeks of his release from prison.

Now Jerome Loving explores the history of two of the most infamous books of the past 50 years, a fascinating story that has never before been told.

A Grammar of Cinepoiesis: Poetic Cameras of Italian Cinema [EPUB]

A Grammar of Cinepoiesis: Poetic Cameras of Italian Cinema [EPUB]
A Grammar of Cinepoiesis: Poetic Cameras of Italian Cinema by Silvia Carlorosi
2015 | EPUB | 1.33MB

Cinepoiesis, or cinema of poetry, strikes us as a strange combination, a phrase we initially read as an oxymoron. Poetry is often associated with the abstract and the evocative, while cinema suggests the concrete and the visible. Yet, various visual media use strong and often contradictory images, whose symbolic force and visual impact stimulate the public’s attention. Abstract and emblematic images surround us, and the poetic nature of these images lies in the way they speak beyond their apparent limits and stimulate connections on a subjective level. A prosaic world like the contemporary one, though, no longer seems to hold a place for poetry. We are inundated by the need to tell and to be told, the need to build our lives through narratives. But it is precisely here, in this contemporary landscape, that the cinema of poetry attempts to establish a space for itself, exchanging the productive and industrial apparatus for the poetic stimulus of a sensory experience.

A Grammar of Cinepoiesis is a theoretical and practical guide to the cinema of poetry, to its tools and forms. It examines how the language of a “cinema of poetry” works both in its theoretical foundations and in its modes of representation, and how it takes shape in the exemplary practice of Italian authors such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, and the more recent Franco Piavoli and Matteo Garrone.

David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet [EPUB]

David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet [EPUB]
David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet by Thomas Dilworth
2017 | EPUB | 104.03MB

Among the revolutions of the last century, none was more important or potentially more lasting than the one in the arts called “Modernism”. Among the giants of that movement were writers who changed our conceptions of poetry and prose forever. Now, well into the new century, we can look back to admire and reflect on figures from that period. Last year saw biographies of two monumental poets of Modernism: Robert Crawford’s first volume on T. S. Eliot, and David Moody’s concluding third volume on the life of Ezra Pound.

We are excited to announce the first full-length critical biography of the third member, too often overlooked, of that extraordinary group. The beautifully illustrated David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet by Thomas Dilworth will stand for generations as the great biography this wonderful artist deserves.

Jones (1895-1974) was a painter, a wood- and copper-engraver and maker of painted inscriptions, but it was as a poet that he left his most lasting mark. Eliot called him “one of the most distinguished writers of my generation” and Dylan Thomas said he “would like to have done anything as good as David Jones has done.” Auden praised his poem In Parenthesis as “the greatest book [ever] about the Great War”, and The Anathemata as one of the “truly great poems in Western Literature.” His work, the whole of it, enables him to stand alongside Eliot, Pound, and James Joyce as an incomparable figure in literary Modernism.

The Cult of the Modern: Trans-Mediterranean France and the Construction of French Modernity [EPUB]

The Cult of the Modern: Trans-Mediterranean France and the Construction of French Modernity [EPUB]
The Cult of the Modern: Trans-Mediterranean France and the Construction of French Modernity by Gavin Murray-Miller
2017 | EPUB | 2.36MB

The Cult of the Modern focuses on nineteenth-century France and Algeria and examines the role that ideas of modernity and modernization played in both national and colonial programs during the years of the Second Empire and the early Third Republic. Gavin Murray-Miller rethinks the subject by examining the idiomatic use of modernity in French cultural and political discourse. The Cult of the Modern argues that the modern French republic is a product of nineteenth-century colonialism rather than a creation of the Enlightenment or the French Revolution. This analysis contests the predominant Parisian and metropolitan contexts that have traditionally framed French modernity studies, noting the important role that colonial Algeria and the administration of Muslim subjects played in shaping understandings of modern identity and governance among nineteenth-century politicians and intellectuals.

In synthesizing the narratives of continental France and colonial North Africa, Murray-Miller proposes a new framework for nineteenth-century French political and cultural history, bringing into sharp relief the diverse ways in which the French nation was imagined and represented throughout the country’s turbulent postrevolutionary history, as well as the implications for prevailing understandings of France today.

Foundations of Drawing: A Practical Guide to Art History, Tools, Techniques, and Styles [EPUB]

Foundations of Drawing: A Practical Guide to Art History, Tools, Techniques, and Styles [EPUB]
Foundations of Drawing: A Practical Guide to Art History, Tools, Techniques, and Styles by Al Gury
2017 | EPUB | 169.18MB

From a leading art instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, a complete survey of drawing as an art form covering its history, materials, and key techniques, alongside step-by-step demonstrations.

Foundations of Drawing is a comprehensive and authoritative overview of the history, aesthetics, methods, and materials of the drawing medium. Throughout, clearly defined demonstrations provide easy access to the practice of drawing as well as the history and development of core drawing techniques. Richly illustrated, the book contains reproductions of the finest master drawings from the fifteenth century to the present. Unlike other drawing instruction books that focus on step-by-step lessons exclusively, Foundations of Drawing provides readers with the context and background to help understand just why these materials and methods are so vital for successful drawing.

Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish: Essays [EPUB]

Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish: Essays [EPUB]
Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish: Essays by Tom McCarthy
2017 | EPUB | 1.38MB

Essays on literature, pop culture, and more from the cult novelist and critic Tom McCarthy

Fifteen brilliant essays written over as many years provide a map of the sensibility and critical intelligence of Tom McCarthy, one of the most original and challenging novelists at work today. Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish explores a wide range of subjects, from the weather considered as a form of media, to the paintings of Gerhard Richter and the movies of David Lynch, to Patty Hearst as revolutionary sex goddess, to the still-radical implications of established masterpieces such as Ulysses (how do you write after it?), Tristram Shandy, and the unsung junky genius Alexander Trocchi’s darkly beautiful Cain’s Book. The longer “Recessional” examines the place of time in writing—how writing makes a new time of its own, a time apart from institutional time—while the startling “Nothing Will Have Taken Place” moves from Mallarmé and Don DeLillo to the ball mastery of Zidane to look at how art, whether that of a poet, novelist, or athlete, destroys given codes of meaning and behavior, returning them to play. Certain points of reference recur with dreamlike insistence—among them the artist Ed Ruscha’s Royal Road Test, a photographic documentation of the roadside debris of a Royal typewriter hurled from the window of a traveling car; the great blooms of jellyfish that are filling the oceans and gumming up the machinery of commerce and military domination—and the question throughout is: How can art explode the restraining conventions of so-called realism, whether aesthetic or political, to engage in the active reinvention of the world?

Violence and Community: Law, Space and Identity in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean World [EPUB]

Violence and Community: Law, Space and Identity in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean World [EPUB]
Violence and Community: Law, Space and Identity in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean World edited by Ioannis K Xydopoulos, Kostas Vlassopoulos, Eleni Tounta
2016 | EPUB | 2.01MB

Violence and community were intimately linked in the ancient world. While various aspects of violence have been long studied on their own (warfare, revolution, murder, theft, piracy), there has been little effort so far to study violence as a unified field and explore its role in community formation.

This volume aims to construct such an agenda by exploring the historiography of the study of violence in antiquity, and highlighting a number of important paradoxes of ancient violence. It explores the forceful nexus between wealth, power and the passions by focusing on three major aspects that link violence and community: the attempts of communities to regulate and canalise violence through law, the constitutive role of violence in communal identities, and the ways in which communities dealt with violence in regards to private and public space, landscapes and territories.

The contributions to this volume range widely in both time and space: temporally, they cover the full span from the archaic to the Roman imperial period, while spatially they extend from Athens and Sparta through Crete, Arcadia and Macedonia to Egypt and Israel.

C. Wright Mills and the Cuban Revolution: An Exercise in the Art of Sociological Imagination [EPUB]

C. Wright Mills and the Cuban Revolution: An Exercise in the Art of Sociological Imagination [EPUB]
C Wright Mills and the Cuban Revolution: An Exercise in the Art of Sociological Imagination by A Javier Treviño
2017 | EPUB | 18.7MB

In C. Wright Mills and the Cuban Revolution, A. Javier Trevino reconsiders the opinions, perspectives, and insights of the Cubans that Mills interviewed during his visit to the island in 1960. On returning to the United States, the esteemed and controversial sociologist wrote a small paperback on much of what he had heard and seen, which he published as Listen, Yankee: The Revolution in Cuba.

Those interviews--now transcribed and translated--are interwoven here with extensive annotations to explain and contextualize their content. Readers will be able to "hear" Mills as an expert interviewer and ascertain how he used what he learned from his informants. Trevino also recounts the experiences of four central figures whose lives became inextricably intertwined during that fateful summer of 1960: C. Wright Mills, Fidel Castro, Juan Arcocha, and Jean-Paul Sartre. The singular event that compelled their biographies to intersect at a decisive moment in the history of Cold War geopolitics--with its attendant animosities and intrigues--was the Cuban Revolution.

The Land Is Full: Addressing Overpopulation in Israel [EPUB]

The Land Is Full: Addressing Overpopulation in Israel [EPUB]
The Land Is Full: Addressing Overpopulation in Israel by Alon Tal
2016 | EPUB | 8.62MB

An assessment of how Israel’s extraordinary population growth undermines the country’s environment, social equity, and quality of life—and what must be done about it

During the past sixty-eight years, Israel’s population has increased from one to eight million people. Such exponential growth has produced acute environmental and social crises in this tiny country. Alon Tal, one of Israel’s foremost environmentalists, considers the ramifications of the extraordinary demographic shift, from burgeoning pollution and dwindling natural resources to overburdened infrastructure and overcrowding. Based on extensive fieldwork and interviews, the book examines the origins of Israel’s population policies and how they must change to support a sustainable future.

Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health [EPUB]

Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health [EPUB]
Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health by Emily Monosson
2017 | EPUB | 2.14MB

For more than a century, we have relied on chemical cures to keep our bodies free from disease and our farms free from bugs and weeds. We rarely consider human and agricultural health together, but both are based on the same ecology, and both are being threatened by organisms that have evolved to resist our antibiotics and pesticides. Patients suffer from C.diff, a painful, potentially lethal gut infection associated with multiple rounds of antibiotics; orange groves rot from insect-borne bacteria; and the blight responsible for the Irish potato famine outmaneuvers fungicides. Our chemicals are failing us.

Fortunately, scientists are finding new solutions that work with, rather than against, nature. Emily Monosson explores science’s most innovative strategies, from high-tech gene editing to the ancient practice of fecal transplants. There are viruses that infect and bust apart bacteria; vaccines engineered to better provoke our natural defenses; and insect pheromones that throw crop-destroying moths into a misguided sexual frenzy. Some technologies will ultimately fizzle; others may hold the key to abundant food and unprecedented health. Each represents a growing understanding of how to employ ecology for our own protection.

Monosson gives readers a peek into the fascinating and hopeful world of natural defenses. Her book is full of optimism, not simply for particular cures, but for a sustainable approach to human welfare that will benefit generations to come.

The Politics and Philosophy of Chinese Power: The Timeless and the Timely [EPUB]

The Politics and Philosophy of Chinese Power: The Timeless and the Timely [EPUB]
The Politics and Philosophy of Chinese Power: The Timeless and the Timely by R James Ferguson, Rosita Dellios
2016 | EPUB | 0.58MB

This book provides a timely analysis of the politics, philosophy, and history of Chinese power, focusing on social, strategic, and diplomatic trends that have shaped China for over three thousand years. Chinese elites have used the past to inform the present, but have also mobilized new ideas to address the country’s rapid transition to global power. China’s intellectual world can draw on a surprisingly pluralist legacy. When Chinese thinkers assess “power,” they bring to bear their classical legacy, the military classics, Chinese socialism, and Western political thought. There are also a number of intriguing formulations that give shape to the exercise of Chinese power. Among these are comprehensive national strength, stability preservation, soft power, asymmetric conflict, and counter-intervention strategies.

This book looks at key periods in Chinese history when attitudes to power evolved and at their current expressions. These include China’s expanded use of think tanks to chart the future, efforts at creating an eco-civilization to balance growth, and an extended set of security and information capabilities. From observing the centrality of power in today’s international affairs, the book moves to the foundational concepts of Chinese governance: its belief in a strategic configuration of power—as understood in military contexts—as well as its growing diplomatic and maritime engagement abroad.

This analysis culminates in new ideas of functional multipolarity. Power is also deployed internally: China’s use of nationalism as a major tool for state-building and cohesion, the ongoing role of socialism, and the People’s Liberation Army are all examined in this light. China’s current strategic culture has shaped President Xi Jinping’s search for a new model of power for China in the twenty-first century, an endeavor that will have serious implications for the future global order. This book provides an alternative perspective on China’s trajectory towards a revised international system.

Einstein's Masterwork: 1915 and the General Theory of Relativity [EPUB]

Einstein's Masterwork: 1915 and the General Theory of Relativity [EPUB]
Einstein's Masterwork: 1915 and the General Theory of Relativity by John Gribbin
2016 | EPUB | 1.61MB

One of the world's most celebrated science writers reveals the origins of Einstein's General Theory―and provides a greater understanding of who Einstein was at the time of this pivotal achievement.

In 1915, Albert Einstein presented his masterwork to the Prussian Academy of Sciences―a theory of gravity, matter, space and time: the General Theory of Relativity. Einstein himself said it was “the most valuable theory of my life,” and “of incomparable beauty.” It describes the evolution of the universe, black holes, the behavior of orbiting neutron stars, and why clocks run slower on the surface of the earth than in space. It even suggests the possibility of time travel.

And yet when we think of Einstein's breakthrough year, we think instead of 1905, the year of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity and his equation E=mc2, as his annus mirabilis, even though the Special Theory has a narrower focus.

Today the General Theory is overshadowed by these achievements, regarded as 'too difficult' for ordinary mortals to comprehend. In Einstein's Masterwork, John Gribbin puts Einstein's astonishing breakthrough in the context of his life and work, and makes it clear why his greatest year was indeed 1915 and his General Theory his true masterpiece.

Jane Welsh Carlyle and Her Victorian World: A Story of Love, Work, Marriage, and Friendship [EPUB]

Jane Welsh Carlyle and Her Victorian World: A Story of Love, Work, Marriage, and Friendship [EPUB]
Jane Welsh Carlyle and Her Victorian World: A Story of Love, Work, Marriage, and Friendship by Kathy Chamberlain
2017 | EPUB | 6.97MB

The untold story of Jane Welsh Carlyle, the wife of the renowned Thomas Carlyle with literary aspirations of her own.

Hailed by Virginia Woolf as one of the all-time great letter writers, Jane Welsh Carlyle, wife of Victorian literary celebrity Thomas Carlyle, has been much overlooked. In this compelling new biography, Kathy Chamberlain brings Jane out of her husband’s shadow, focusing on Carlyle as a remarkable woman and writer in her own right.

Caught between her own literary aspirations and Victorian society’s oppression of women, Jane Welsh Carlyle hoped to move beyond domestic life and become a respected published writer. As she and her husband moved in exclusive London literary circles, mingling with noted authors, poets, and European revolutionaries, Carlyle created and reported to her correspondents on her rich, rewarding life in her Chelsea home―until her husband’s infatuation with a wealthy, imposing aristocratic society hostess threw her life into chaos.

Through dedicated research and unparalleled access to Jane Welsh Carlyle’s private correspondence, Kathy Chamberlain presents an elegant portrait of an extraordinary woman writer.

A Written Republic: Cicero's Philosophical Politics [EPUB]

A Written Republic: Cicero's Philosophical Politics [EPUB]
A Written Republic: Cicero's Philosophical Politics by Yelena Baraz
2012 | EPUB | 1.46MB

In the 40s BCE, during his forced retirement from politics under Caesar's dictatorship, Cicero turned to philosophy, producing a massive and important body of work. As he was acutely aware, this was an unusual undertaking for a Roman statesman because Romans were often hostile to philosophy, perceiving it as foreign and incompatible with fulfilling one's duty as a citizen. How, then, are we to understand Cicero's decision to pursue philosophy in the context of the political, intellectual, and cultural life of the late Roman republic? In A Written Republic, Yelena Baraz takes up this question and makes the case that philosophy for Cicero was not a retreat from politics but a continuation of politics by other means, an alternative way of living a political life and serving the state under newly restricted conditions.

Baraz examines the rhetorical battle that Cicero stages in his philosophical prefaces--a battle between the forces that would oppose or support his project. He presents his philosophy as intimately connected to the new political circumstances and his exclusion from politics. His goal--to benefit the state by providing new moral resources for the Roman elite--was traditional, even if his method of translating Greek philosophical knowledge into Latin and combining Greek sources with Roman heritage was unorthodox.

A Written Republic provides a new perspective on Cicero's conception of his philosophical project while also adding to the broader picture of late-Roman political, intellectual, and cultural life.

Introduction to Symbolic Logic and Its Applications [EPUB]

Introduction to Symbolic Logic and Its Applications [EPUB]
Introduction to Symbolic Logic and Its Applications by Rudolf Carnap
2011 | EPUB | 3.24MB

This book is one of the clearest, most comprehensive and rigorous introductions to modern symbolic logic available in any language. Professor Carnap, a world authority on symbolic logic, develops the subject from elementary concepts and simple exercises through the construction and analysis of a number of relatively complex logical languages. He then considers, in great detail, the application of symbolic logic to the clarification and axiomatization of various theories in mathematics, physics, and biology.

Such topics as the nature and use of constants and variables, predicates, sentential connectives, truth-tables, universal and existential sentences, definitions, identity, isomorphism, syntactical and semantical systems and the relations between them, the system of types, varieties of relations, linear order, special operators, structures and cardinal numbers, descriptions, finite and infinite concepts, continuity, thing languages, coordinate languages, axiom systems for set theory, arithmetic, geometry, space-time topology, biological concepts, and many other subjects, are covered in detail. The logic of relations is given a particularly extensive treatment. Hundreds of problems, examples, and exercises are included to give students practice in the techniques of symbolic logic and their usage.

The Complete Francis of Assisi: His Life, The Complete Writings, and The Little Flowers [EPUB]

The Complete Francis of Assisi: His Life, The Complete Writings, and The Little Flowers [EPUB]
The Complete Francis of Assisi: His Life, The Complete Writings, and The Little Flowers edited by Jon M Sweeney
2015 | EPUB | 1.97MB

There are many editions of the writings of Francis, and biographies about him, but here in one volume are both, plus the complete text of the late medieval work The Little Flowers, which did more to establish the legend of the man than any other work. This “Paraclete Giants” edition includes the complete Road to Assisi, Paul Sabatier’s groundbreaking biography of Francis, first published in French in 1894 and re-issued and annotated in English translation in 2002; the complete Francis in His Own Words: The Essential Writings; and The Little Flowers, thus offering the best introduction to St. Francis yet available.

"It is not simply that Francis’s ideals are worth recounting, but that his life was so extraordinary. He was fully human—like each of us in our awkwardness, insecurities, and fear—but he was also perhaps the purest example we have seen of a person striving to do what Jesus taught his disciples.”—Jon M. Sweeney, from this book