The End of Money: The Story of Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and the Blockchain Revolution [Audiobook]

The End of Money: The Story of Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and the Blockchain Revolution [Audiobook]
The End of Money: The Story of Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and the Blockchain Revolution [Audiobook] by Adam Rothstein, read by Mark Elstob
2017 | M4B@64 kbps + AZW3 | 4 hrs 58 mins | 135.48MB

The End of Money is an essential introduction to cryptocurrencies and the blockchain revolution, which has been hailed as the greatest advancement since the invention of the Internet.

Murder for hire. Drug trafficking. Embezzlement. Money laundering. These might sound like plot lines of a thriller, but they are true stories from the short history of cryptocurrencies - digital currencies conceived by computer hackers and cryptographers that represent a completely new sort of financial transaction that could soon become mainstream.

The most famous - or infamous - cryptocurrency is bitcoin. But look beyond its tarnished reputation and something much shinier emerges. The technology that underlies bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies - the blockchain - is hailed as the greatest advancement since the invention of the Internet. It is now moving away from being the backbone for a digital currency and making inroads into other core concepts of society: identity, ownership and even the rule of law.

The End of Money is your essential introduction to this transformative new technology that has governments, entrepreneurs and forward-thinking people from all walks of life sitting up and taking notice.

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.

The Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge [EPUB]

The Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge [EPUB]
The Book of Circles: Visualizing Spheres of Knowledge by Manuel Lima
2017 | EPUB + PDF | ISBN: 9781616895280 | 59.77/373.8MB

In this follow-up to his hugely popular The Book of Trees and Visual Complexity, Manuel Lima takes us on a lively tour through millennia of circular information design. Three hundred detailed and colorful illustrations from around the world cover an encyclopedic array of subjects--architecture, urban planning, fine art, design, fashion, technology, religion, cartography, biology, astronomy, and physics, all based on the circle, the universal symbol of unity, perfection, movement, and infinity.

The Book of Circles juxtaposes clay trading tokens used by the ancient Sumerians with the iconic logos of twentieth-century corporations, a chart organizing seven hundred Nintendo offerings with a Victorian board game based on the travels of Nellie Bly, and a visual analysis of Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining with early celestial charts that placed the earth at the center of the universe, among a wealth of other elegant and intriguing methods for displaying information.

Lima provides an authoritative history of the circle as well as a unique taxonomy of twenty-one varieties of circle diagrams, rounding out this visual feast for infographics enthusiasts.

The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge [PDF]

The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge [PDF]
The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge by Manuel Lima
2014 | PDF | ISBN: 9781616892180 | 17.37MB

Trees are one of the most ubiquitous religious symbols across the world. From ancient Sumer to Christianity, from the Maya civilization to Buddhism, there’s hardly a human society over the ages that hasn’t associated trees with some sort of celestial and religious power.

Due to its expressive quality and natural branching scheme, trees have also become important communication tools, illustrating a variety of topics such as family ties, moral values, systems of law, domains of science, biological species, hard disk drives, database schemas, and online discussions.

The Book of Trees covers over 800 years of human culture through the lens of the tree figure, from its entrenched roots in religious medieval exegesis to its contemporary, secular digital themes. With roughly 200 images the book offers a visual evolutionary history of this universal metaphor, showing us the incremental adoption of a stylized, abstract construct, as well as a recent emergence of new visual models, many employing advanced computer-generated algorithms. Ultimately, this book makes visualization a prism through which to observe the evolution of civilization.

Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information [PDF]

Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information [PDF]
Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information by Manuel Lima
2011 | PDF | ISBN: 9781568989365 | 107.4MB

Several researchers, scientists and designers across the globe are trying to make sense of a variety of complex networks employing an innovative mix of colors, symbols, graphics, algorithms, and interactivity to clarify, and often beautify, the clutter. By doing this they are in many ways creating the syntax of a new language. This book can be seen as the first dictionary of this new lexicon.

In Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information, Manuel Lima collects and presents almost three hundred of the most compelling examples of information design — everything from representing networks of followers on Twitter and the eighty-five recorded covers of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” to depicting interconnections between members of the Al Queda network and interactions among proteins in a human cell. Lima also looks at the long tradition of mapping complex networks, offering the first book to integrate a thorough history of network vizualization with an examination of the real-life situations from which these graphics are generated.

Mad as Hell: America's #1 All-Night Radio Host Takes on the Dangerous World We Live In [EPUB]

Mad as Hell: America's #1 All-Night Radio Host Takes on the Dangerous World We Live In [EPUB]
Mad as Hell: America's #1 All-Night Radio Host Takes on the Dangerous World We Live In by George Noory
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780765378842 | 1.16MB

As the candidacies of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have proven, Americans are mad as hell about the problems facing our country. George Noory hears these problems every night, all night, and this is how he would deal with them. This is Mad as Hell.

I’m angry because sometimes I feel like a stranger in America. We live in a dangerous world that is sorely in need of an effective political system that deals with the ongoing destruction of the middle class, an aging population, permeable borders, technology out of control, and shocking, mindless violence and wars. But we can bring back the America that makes us proud. It will take hard work and pulling together as a society.

People are stressed because they don’t know where the world is heading or where it is taking them. With a radio show heard by millions, I consider myself not an entertainer or someone to dictate how we should live, but a facilitator who can help guide the path chosen.

I have been called a voice in the darkness. The concepts I deal with are not only on the cutting edge of science and technology, but with subjects as provocative as aliens and angels, as challenging as supervolcanos and the fire and brimstone of the End Time.

Join me by reading why I am mad . . . and maybe you will get as angry as I am about conditions in the country we love.

On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck [Audiobook]

On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck [Audiobook]
On Being Awesome: A Unified Theory of How Not to Suck [Audiobook] by Nick Riggle, read by the Author
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 9 mins | 142.72MB

A lively philosophical exploration of what it means to be awesome and not suck, and a plea for more awesomeness in our personal, social, and public lives

In this engaging, fun, and astute investigation of a thoroughly contemporary condition, philosopher and former pro skater Nick Riggle argues that our collective interest in being awesome (and not sucking) marks a new era in American culture, one that is shaped by relatively recent social, political, and technological shifts.

At the core of his work is the idea that awesome people are exemplars of social creativity. We suck when we foil their attempts at creative community building. To be down, game, chill, basic, wack, or a preference dictator are just a handful of ways we can create, respond to, or fail to take up social openings in the office, in public, or with our friends and loved ones.

What can the invention of the high five and the history of "cool" tell us about the origins of awesome? Can introverts be awesome? How do our expectations of awesome relate to race, gender, and sexuality? How is our desire for awesomeness shaping our cultural landscape - art, altruism, athletics, and public life? These are just a few of the questions Riggle explores in this accessible, philosophical road trip through the ethos of our time.

On Being Awesome articulates a singular and gripping cultural ideal and provides a new and inspiring framework for understanding friendship, success, and happiness in our everyday lives.

Bonus PDF included with awesomeness/suckiness chart

Ego Free Leadership: Ending the Unconscious Habits That Hijack Your Business [Audiobook]

Ego Free Leadership: Ending the Unconscious Habits That Hijack Your Business [Audiobook]
Ego Free Leadership: Ending the Unconscious Habits That Hijack Your Business [Audiobook] by Brandon Black, Shayne Hughes read by the Authors with Amy Anouk
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 27 mins | 205.45MB

"I've got a solution," Encore's CFO tells Brandon, "but it's unorthodox". It's 2005, and Brandon Black has just been promoted to CEO of Encore Capital, a company struggling to navigate an increasingly difficult business environment. Faced with a rapidly declining stock price and low workplace morale, Brandon knows he needs change - and fast. Following his CFO's advice, he and his executive team start working with Learning as Leadership (LaL) and its president, Shayne Hughes. Through their partnership, Encore's executive team learns to root out the unproductive ego habits that undermine collaboration and performance.

As they instill these more effective behaviors throughout the organization, Encore begins to solve problems collectively, prioritize resources without infighting, and focus on the initiatives with the greatest strategic value. When the financial crisis of 2008-09 forces 90 percent of its competitors out of business, Encore thrives, with its profits increasing by 300 percent and its stock price by 1,200 percent. Told from two lively first-person perspectives, Ego Free Leadership brings listeners along for Encore's incredible success story. They'll see a CEO overcome his unconscious resistance to modeling the change he wants in his team and discover a time-tested road map for eliminating the destructive effects of the ego in teams and organizations.

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World [Audiobook]

Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World [Audiobook]
Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World [Audiobook] by General Stanley McChrystal, Tantum Collins, David Silverman, Chris Fussell read by Paul Michael
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 6 mins | 332.63MB

The retired four-star general and best-selling author of My Share of the Task shares a powerful new leadership model

Former general Stanley McChrystal held a key position for much of the War on Terror, as head of the Joint Special Operations Command. In Iraq he found that despite the vastly superior resources, manpower, and training of the US military, Al Qaeda had an advantage because of its structure as a loose network of small, independent cells. Those cells wreaked havoc by always staying one step ahead, sharing knowledge with each other via high-tech communications.

To defeat such an agile enemy, JSOC had to change its focus from efficiency to adaptability. McChrystal led the transformation of his forces into a network that combined robust centralized communication ("shared consciousness") with decentralized managerial authority ("empowered execution").

Now he shows not only how the military made that transition but also how similar shifts are possible in all kinds of organizations, from large companies to startups to charities to government agencies. In a world of rapid change, the best organizations think and act like a team of teams, embracing small groups that combine the freedom to experiment with a relentless drive to share what they've learned.

McChrystal and his colleagues explain their process for helping organizations embrace this model. They also share fascinating research and examples from settings as diverse as emergency rooms and NASA's mission control center.

Read by Paul Michael. Introduction and recaps read by General Stanley McChrystal.

The Think Big Movement: Grow Your Business Big. Very Big! [Audiobook]

The Think Big Movement: Grow Your Business Big. Very Big! [Audiobook]
The Think Big Movement: Grow Your Business Big Very Big [Audiobook] by Jon Dwoskin, A J Reilly, read by Joe Formichella
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 5 mins | 223.85MB

The Think Big Movement is a business book filled with invaluable insight on how to grow your business. It gives you the tools, best practices, and step-by-step guidance you've been craving to move your business forward, at any stage in its growth. The result? Your business soars to new heights.

Follow Jacob, the main character in this business book told as a fable, as he experiences the ups and downs of business like most business owners. He discovers a mentor in Marc Gardner, a wildly successful, humble man who built a thriving dental practice using true grit and tenacity. He takes Jacob under his wing and leads him down the path of not only what success means, but how to achieve it, maintain it, and grow it. As Jacob grows as a business man and as a human being, he begins to realize that the one thing he never realized is the secret sauce of every company in the world. Marc and Jacob, as well as the other characters, are reflections of not only the listener, but all businesspeople everywhere.

Many businesspeople experience the obstacles of inconsistency and understand the compound, negative effect they have on their business. The Think Big Movement teaches you, inspires you, and structures your mindset to dramatically shift your paradigm. By crushing the obstacles holding you back and re-learning the value of consistency, you will see, feel, and experience big results in your business. Like Jacob, you will have your own incredible epiphanies about growing your business big. Very big!

Get ready to start small, take action and think big!

Lose Your Final 15: Dr. Ro's Plan to Eat 15 Servings A Day & Lose 15 Pounds at a Time [Audiobook]

Lose Your Final 15: Dr. Ro's Plan to Eat 15 Servings A Day & Lose 15 Pounds at a Time [Audiobook]
Lose Your Final 15: Dr Ro's Plan to Eat 15 Servings A Day & Lose 15 Pounds at a Time [Audiobook] by Rovenia M Brock, read by the Author
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 34 mins | 216.03MB

Dr. Rovenia Brock is the nutrition coach who helped Sherri Shepherd of The View lose more than 40 pounds and viewers of The Dr. Oz Show shed more than five million pounds. In Lose Your Final 15, she reveals her best-ever program to help you lose 15 pounds in 15 days by eating 15 servings a day.

Dr. Ro's plan is divided into three 15-day phases. In each phase you'll enjoy 15 servings of food per day while learning to identify foods by their real serving sizes. You will then choose your 15 daily servings from 45 mouthwatering recipes like black bean pasta with shrimp in red curry sauce and melon and prosciutto breakfast salad with fried egg, all developed by Dr. Ro to keep you satisfied and on track. Also included are easy, delicious 15-minute meals for those extra-busy days.

Beyond just a diet, Lose Your Final 15 includes 15-minute meditation guides and exercise plans that fit into any schedule. With Dr. Ro as your guide, you'll experience newfound vibrancy, health, and happiness.

How Can I Get Better?: An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme & Chronic Disease [Audiobook]

How Can I Get Better?: An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme & Chronic Disease [Audiobook]
How Can I Get Better: An Action Plan for Treating Resistant Lyme & Chronic Disease [Audiobook] by Richard I Horowitz MD, read by Barry Abrams
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 15 mins | 448.09MB

AN INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER!

“Horowitz is one of the most prominent ‘Lyme literate’ physicians…patients wait for months to see him, and several told me that he had essentially cured them of a disease that nobody else seemed able to treat.” ―The New Yorker

“If you have suffered from unexplained, chronic or hard-to-treat illness, this book is your pathway to health.” ―Mark Hyman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Blood Sugar Solution on Why Can’t I Get Better?

From Dr. Richard I. Horowitz, one of the country's foremost doctors, comes a ground-breaking book about diagnosing, treating and healing Lyme, and peeling away the layers that lead to chronic disease.

Are you sick, but can’t find any answers why? Do you have a seemingly unconnected collection of symptoms that leave doctors guessing? Or have you been diagnosed, but found that none of the treatments seems to make a difference? You may have Lyme disease and not even know it. Known as “the great imitator,” Lyme disease and its associated co-infections can mimic the symptoms of and often be misdiagnosed as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and even depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and psychosis.

In his landmark book, Why Can’t I Get Better?: Solving the Mystery of Lyme & Chronic Disease, renowned internist and leading world expert Dr. Horowitz introduced his revolutionary plan for treating Lyme disease, and chronic diseases in general. Now, in this new handbook How Can I Get Better?, Dr. Horowitz updates his research and offers a direct, actionable step-by-step plan for implementing his 16 MSIDS Diagnostic Map.

You will find:

  • The latest pertinent information on the most important scientific discoveries
  • Emerging research on bacterial “persisters”―bacteria that can survive antibiotics―and new therapies to get rid of them
  • A seven-step action plan that patients and doctors can follow to ensure better health.

A World Made for Money: Economy, Geography, and the Way We Live Today [Audiobook]

A World Made for Money: Economy, Geography, and the Way We Live Today [Audiobook]
A World Made for Money: Economy, Geography, and the Way We Live Today [Audiobook] by Bret Wallach, read by Paul Dandridge
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 16 hrs 32 mins | 455.46MB

A spirited and incisive survey of economic geography, A World Made for Money begins with the author stopped at a red light in Norman, Oklahoma. Observing the landscape of drugstores and banks, and for that matter the stoplight and roads themselves, Bret Wallach observes, "Everything I see has been built to make money" or, at the very least, to facilitate making money. This, he argues, is a global phenomenon that nonetheless has occurred only within the past hundred years or so.

A World Made for Money provides a compelling, condensed tour of our world. From Silicon Valley to Sri Lanka, from post-Soviet Russia to post-apartheid South Africa, Wallach looks at how human beings are buying, manufacturing, working, growing, and shipping food, and accessing the natural resources to fuel it all. These essential facets of daily life, propelled by the profit motive, represent a transnational force shaping our surroundings and environment in ways that may not always be beautiful (or even healthy) but that are fundamental to understanding how the world works in the 21st century. Wallach examines the relationship between acquisitiveness and landscape, reveals surprising contradictions and nuances, and provides fresh perspective on politically charged topics such as sprawl, deindustrialization, and agribusiness.

A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century [Audiobook]

A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century [Audiobook]
A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century [Audiobook] by Paul Kengor, read by James Anderson Foster
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 23 hrs 19 mins | 643.09MB

Even as historians credit Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II with hastening the end of the Cold War, they have failed to recognize the depth or significance of the bond that developed between the two leaders.

Acclaimed scholar and best-selling author Paul Kengor changes that. In this fascinating book, he reveals a singular bond - which included a spiritual connection between the Catholic pope and the Protestant president - that drove the two men to confront what they knew to be the great evil of the 20th century: Soviet communism.

Reagan and John Paul II almost didn't have the opportunity to forge this relationship: just six weeks apart in the spring of 1981, they took bullets from would-be assassins. But their strikingly similar near-death experiences brought them close together - to Moscow's dismay.

A Pope and a President is the product of years of research. Based on Kengor's tireless archival digging and his unique access to Reagan insiders, this book reveals captivating new details on a relationship that changed history.

The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands [Audiobook]

The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands [Audiobook]
The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands [Audiobook] by Chris Turner, read by Stephen Graybill
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 1 mins | 386.61MB

Bestselling author Chris Turner brings readers onto the streets of Fort McMurray, showing the myriad ways the oilsands impact our lives and demanding that we ask the question: To both fuel the world and to save it, what do we do about the Patch?

The Patch is the story of Fort McMurray and the oilsands in northern Alberta, the world's second largest proven reserve of oil. But this is no conventional story about the oil business. Rather, it is a portrait of the lifecycle of the Patch, showing just how deeply it continues to impact the lives of everyone around the world.

In its heyday, the oilsands represented an industrial triumph and the culmination of a century of innovation, experiment, engineering, policy, and finance. Fort McMurray was a boomtown, the centre of a new gold rush, and the oilsands were reshaping the global energy, political, and financial landscapes. But in 2008, a new narrative emerged. As financial markets collapsed and the cold, hard, scientific reality of the Patch's effect on the environment became clear, the region turned into a boogeyman and a lightning rod for the global movement combating climate change. Suddenly, the streets of Fort McMurray were the front line of a high-stakes collision between two conflicting worldviews -- one of industrial triumph and another of environmental stewardship -- each backed by major players on the world stage.

The Patch is a narrative-driven account of this ongoing conflict. It follows a select group of key characters whose experiences in and with the oilsands overlap in concentric narrative arcs. Through this insightful combination of global perspective and on-the-ground action, The Patch will show how the reach of the oilsands extends to all of us. From Fort Mac to the Bakken shale country of North Dakota, from Houston to London, from Saudi Arabia to the shores of Brazil, the whole world is connected in this enterprise. And it demands that we ask the question: In order to both fuel the world and to save it, what do we do about the Patch?

Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order [Audiobook]

Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order [Audiobook]
Making the Unipolar Moment: US Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order [Audiobook] by Hal Brands, read by Cory Schaeffer
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 20 mins | 451.29MB

In the late 1970s, the United States often seemed to be a superpower in decline. Battered by crises and setbacks around the globe, its post–World War II international leadership appeared to be draining steadily away. Yet just over a decade later, by the early 1990s, America's global primacy had been reasserted in dramatic fashion. The Cold War had ended with Washington and its allies triumphant; democracy and free markets were spreading like never before. The United States was now enjoying its "unipolar moment"―an era in which Washington faced no near-term rivals for global power and influence, and one in which the defining feature of international politics was American dominance. How did this remarkable turnaround occur, and what role did U.S. foreign policy play in causing it? In this important book, Hal Brands uses recently declassified archival materials to tell the story of American resurgence.

Brands weaves together the key threads of global change and U.S. policy from the late 1970s through the early 1990s, examining the Cold War struggle with Moscow, the rise of a more integrated and globalized world economy, the rapid advance of human rights and democracy, and the emergence of new global challenges like Islamic extremism and international terrorism. Brands reveals how deep structural changes in the international system interacted with strategies pursued by Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush to usher in an era of reinvigorated and in many ways unprecedented American primacy. Making the Unipolar Moment provides an indispensable account of how the post–Cold War order that we still inhabit came to be.

How to Own Your Own Mind [Audiobook]

How to Own Your Own Mind [Audiobook]
How to Own Your Own Mind [Audiobook] by Napoleon Hill, read by Robertson Dean
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 45 mins | 213.5MB

Locked in a vault since 1941, here is Napoleon Hill's definitive lesson on how to organize your thinking to attain success!

In How to Own Your Own Mind, you receive a one-of-a-kind master class in how to think for success from motivational pioneer and author of Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill. In three compelling chapters, Hill demonstrates how to organize, prioritize, and act on information so it translates into opportunity.

Knowledge is not power. Only applied knowledge is power. This book teaches you how to use what you know, and how to know what's worth knowing.