The Taste of Empire: How Britain's Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World [Audiobook]

The Taste of Empire: How Britain's Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World [Audiobook]
The Taste of Empire: How Britain's Quest for Food Shaped the Modern World [Audiobook] by Lizzie Collingham, read by Jennifer M Dixon
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 12 hrs 3 mins | 332.38MB

In The Taste of Empire, acclaimed historian Lizzie Collingham tells the story of how the British Empire's quest for food shaped the modern world. Told through 20 meals over the course of 450 years, from the Far East to the New World, Collingham explains how Africans taught Americans how to grow rice, how the East India Company turned opium into tea, and how Americans became the best-fed people in the world.

In The Taste of Empire, Collingham masterfully shows that only by examining the history of Great Britain's global food system, from 16th-century Newfoundland fisheries to our present-day eating habits, can we fully understand our capitalist economy and its role in making our modern diets.

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy [Audiobook]

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy [Audiobook]
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy [Audiobook] by Ta-Nehisi Coates, read by Beresford Bennett
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 38 mins | 376.1MB

A sweeping collection of new and selected essays on the Obama era by the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me.

"We were eight years in power" was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. Now Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America's "first white president".

But the story of these present-day eight years is not just about presidential politics. This book also examines the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period - and the effects of the persistent, haunting shadow of our nation's old and unreconciled history. Coates powerfully examines the events of the Obama era from his intimate and revealing perspective - the point of view of a young writer who begins the journey in an unemployment office in Harlem and ends it in the Oval Office, interviewing a president.

We Were Eight Years in Power features Coates' iconic essays first published in The Atlantic, including "Fear of a Black President", "The Case for Reparations", and "The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration", along with eight fresh essays that revisit each year of the Obama administration through Coates' own experiences, observations, and intellectual development, capped by a bracingly original assessment of the election that fully illuminated the tragedy of the Obama era. We Were Eight Years in Power is a vital account of modern America from one of the definitive voices of this historic moment.

Autumn [Audiobook]

Autumn [Audiobook]
Autumn [Audiobook] by Karl Ove Knausgaard, read by Edoardo Ballerini
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 4 hrs 22 mins | 120.53MB

From the author of the monumental My Struggle series, Karl Ove Knausgaard, one of the masters of contemporary literature and a genius of observation and introspection, comes the first in a new autobiographical quartet based on the four seasons.

August 28. Now, as I write this, you know nothing about anything, about what awaits you, the kind of world you will be born into. And I know nothing about you. I want to show you our world as it is now: the door, the floor, the water tap and the sink, the garden chair close to the wall beneath the kitchen window, the sun, the water, the trees. You will come to see it in your own way, you will experience things for yourself and live a life of your own, so of course it is primarily for my own sake that I am doing this: Showing you the world, little one, makes my life worth living.

Autumn begins with a letter Karl Ove Knausgaard writes to his unborn daughter, showing her what to expect of the world. He writes one short piece per day, describing the material and natural world with the precision and mesmerizing intensity that have become his trademark. He describes with acute sensitivity daily life with his wife and children in rural Sweden, drawing upon memories of his own childhood to give an inimitably tender perspective on the precious and unique bond between parent and child. The sun, wasps, jellyfish, eyes, lice - the stuff of everyday life is the fodder for his art. Nothing is too small or too vast to escape his attention. This book is a personal encyclopedia on everything from chewing gum to the stars. Through close observation of the objects and phenomena around him, Knausgaard shows us how vast, unknowable, and wondrous the world is.

Roman but Not Catholic: What Remains at Stake 500 Years after the Reformation [EPUB]

Roman but Not Catholic: What Remains at Stake 500 Years after the Reformation [EPUB]
Roman but Not Catholic: What Remains at Stake 500 Years after the Reformation by Kenneth J Collins, Jerry L Walls
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780801098932 | 4.88MB

This book offers a clearly written, informative, and fair critique of Roman Catholicism in defense of the catholic faith. Two leading evangelical thinkers in church history and philosophy summarize the major points of contention between Protestants and Catholics, honestly acknowledging real differences while conveying mutual respect and charity.

The authors address key historical, theological, and philosophical issues as they consider what remains at stake five hundred years after the Reformation. They also present a hopeful way forward for future ecumenical relations, showing how Protestants and Catholics can participate in a common witness to the world.

The Hot One: A Memoir of Friendship, Sex, and Murder [EPUB]

The Hot One: A Memoir of Friendship, Sex, and Murder [EPUB]
The Hot One: A Memoir of Friendship, Sex, and Murder by Carolyn Murnick
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781451625813 | 1.76MB

Recommended by NPR, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, New York Post, and Bustle

A gripping memoir of friendship with a tragic twist—two childhood best friends diverge as young adults, one woman is brutally murdered and the other is determined to uncover the truth about her wild and seductive friend.

As girls growing up in rural New Jersey in the late 1980s, Ashley and Carolyn had everything in common: two outsiders who loved spending afternoons exploring the woods. Only when the girls attended different high schools did they begin to grow apart. While Carolyn struggled to fit in, Ashley quickly became a hot girl: popular, extroverted, and sexually precocious.

After high school, Carolyn entered college in New York City and Ashley ended up in Los Angeles, where she quit school to work as a stripper and an escort, dating actors and older men, and experimenting with drugs. The last time Ashley visited New York, Carolyn was shocked by how the two friends had grown apart. One year later, Ashley was stabbed to death at age twenty-two in her Hollywood home.

The man who may have murdered Ashley—an alleged serial killer—now faces trial in Los Angeles. Carolyn Murnick traveled across the country to cover the case and learn more about her magnetic and tragic friend. Part coming-of-age story, part true-crime mystery, The Hot One is a behind-the-scenes look at the drama of a trial and the poignancy of searching for the truth about a friend’s truly horrifying murder.

The Sunken Gold: A Story of World War I Espionage and the Greatest Treasure Salvage in History [EPUB]

The Sunken Gold: A Story of World War I Espionage and the Greatest Treasure Salvage in History [EPUB]
The Sunken Gold: A Story of World War I Espionage and the Greatest Treasure Salvage in History by Joseph A Williams
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781613737583 | 9.6MB

On January 25, 1917, HMS Laurentic struck two German mines off the coast of Ireland and sank. The ship was carrying 44 tons of gold bullion to the still-neutral United States via Canada in order to finance the war effort for Britain and its allies. Britain desperately needed that sunken treasure, but any salvage had to be secret since the British government dared not alert the Germans to the presence of the gold.

Lieutenant Commander Guybon Damant was the most qualified officer to head the risky mission. Wild gales battered the wreck into the shape of an accordion, turning the operation into a multiyear struggle of man versus nature. As the war raged on, Damant was called off the salvage to lead a team of covert divers to investigate and search through the contents of recently sunk U-boats for ciphers, minefield schematics, and other secrets. The information they obtained, once in the hands of British intelligence, proved critical toward Allied efforts to defeat the U-boats and win the war.

But Damant had become obsessed with completing his long-deferred mission. His team struggled for five more years as it became apparent that the work could only be accomplished by muscle, grit, and persistence. Using newly discovered sources, author Joseph A. Williams provides the first full-length account of the quest for the Laurentic’s gold. More than an incredible story about undersea diving adventure, The Sunken Gold is a story of human persistence, bravery, and patriotism.

Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life (Princeton Classics) [PDF]

Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life (Princeton Classics) [PDF]
Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle, and the Experimental Life (Princeton Classics) by Steven Shapin, Simon Schaffer
2011 | PDF | ISBN: 9780691150208 | 25.84MB

Leviathan and the Air-Pump examines the conflicts over the value and propriety of experimental methods between two major seventeenth-century thinkers: Thomas Hobbes, author of the political treatise Leviathan and vehement critic of systematic experimentation in natural philosophy, and Robert Boyle, mechanical philosopher and owner of the newly invented air-pump. The issues at stake in their disputes ranged from the physical integrity of the air-pump to the intellectual integrity of the knowledge it might yield. Both Boyle and Hobbes were looking for ways of establishing knowledge that did not decay into ad hominem attacks and political division. Boyle proposed the experiment as cure. He argued that facts should be manufactured by machines like the air-pump so that gentlemen could witness the experiments and produce knowledge that everyone agreed on. Hobbes, by contrast, looked for natural law and viewed experiments as the artificial, unreliable products of an exclusive guild.

The new approaches taken in Leviathan and the Air-Pump have been enormously influential on historical studies of science. Shapin and Schaffer found a moment of scientific revolution and showed how key scientific givens--facts, interpretations, experiment, truth--were fundamental to a new political order. Shapin and Schaffer were also innovative in their ethnographic approach. Attempting to understand the work habits, rituals, and social structures of a remote, unfamiliar group, they argued that politics were tied up in what scientists did, rather than what they said. Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer use the confrontation between Hobbes and Boyle as a way of understanding what was at stake in the early history of scientific experimentation. They describe the protagonists' divergent views of natural knowledge, and situate the Hobbes-Boyle disputes within contemporary debates over the role of intellectuals in public life and the problems of social order and assent in Restoration England. In a new introduction, the authors describe how science and its social context were understood when this book was first published, and how the study of the history of science has changed since then.

Plato and the Nerd: The Creative Partnership of Humans and Technology [EPUB]

Plato and the Nerd: The Creative Partnership of Humans and Technology [EPUB]
Plato and the Nerd: The Creative Partnership of Humans and Technology by Edward Ashford Lee
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780262036481 | 11.68MB

How humans and technology evolve together in a creative partnership.

In this book, Edward Ashford Lee makes a bold claim: that the creators of digital technology have an unsurpassed medium for creativity. Technology has advanced to the point where progress seems limited not by physical constraints but the human imagination. Writing for both literate technologists and numerate humanists, Lee makes a case for engineering -- creating technology -- as a deeply intellectual and fundamentally creative process. Explaining why digital technology has been so transformative and so liberating, Lee argues that the real power of technology stems from its partnership with humans.

Lee explores the ways that engineers use models and abstraction to build inventive artificial worlds and to give us things that we never dreamed of -- for example, the ability to carry in our pockets everything humans have ever published. But he also attempts to counter the runaway enthusiasm of some technology boosters who claim everything in the physical world is a computation -- that even such complex phenomena as human cognition are software operating on digital data. Lee argues that the evidence for this is weak, and the likelihood that nature has limited itself to processes that conform to today's notion of digital computation is remote.

Lee goes on to argue that artificial intelligence's goal of reproducing human cognitive functions in computers vastly underestimates the potential of computers. In his view, technology is coevolving with humans. It augments our cognitive and physical capabilities while we nurture, develop, and propagate the technology itself. Complementarity is more likely than competition.

Political Systems of East Asia: China, Korea, and Japan [PDF]

Political Systems of East Asia: China, Korea, and Japan [PDF]
Political Systems of East Asia: China, Korea, and Japan by Louis D Hayes
2009 | PDF | ISBN: 9780765617859 | 1.43MB

This innovative, interdisciplinary introduction to East Asian politics uses a thematic approach to describe the political development of China, Japan, and Koreas since the mid-nineteenth century and analyze the social, cultural, political, and economic features of each country.

Unlike standard comparative politics texts which often lack a unifying theme and employ Western conventions of the 'state', "Political Systems of East Asia" avoids these limitations and identifies a common thread running through the histories of China, Korea, and Japan. This common thread is Confucianism, which has shaped East Asian perspectives of the universe and how it operates.

The text describes and explains the ways in which each country has employed this shared tradition, and how it has affected the country's internal dynamics, responses to the outside world, and its own political development.

Ornament of Reason: The Great Commentary To Nagarjuna's Root Of The Middle Way [EPUB]

Ornament of Reason: The Great Commentary To Nagarjuna's Root Of The Middle Way [EPUB]
Ornament of Reason: The Great Commentary To Nagarjuna's Root Of The Middle Way by Mabja Jangchub Tsondru
2011 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781559393683 | 6.31MB

In the Root of the Middle Way, Nagarjuna presents a magical method of reasoning, inviting everyone who encounters these lucid and fearless contemplations to follow him on a journey to the heart of transcendent insight.

Inspired by the Buddha's teachings on profound emptiness in the Prajnaparamita Sutras, Nagarjuna sets out to probe what appears to be the most fundamental facts of the world, challenging us to question even our most deeply ingrained ideas and what seem to be self-evident facts. In a series of unassuming and penetrating investigations, he asks basic questions such as: "What does it mean for something to occur? What is meant by 'going' or by 'coming'? Does the eye see? Does fire burn fuel? What is an example of being right? What does it mean to be wrong? Nagarjuna extends an invitation to open-minded and unprejudiced inquiry, and from his reader he asks for nothing more and nothing less than sincere and honest answers. Yet where are our answers? Once we begin to follow Nagarjuna's clear and direct steps, the gateway to the inconceivable emerges—perhaps unexpectedly.

The present work contains Nagarjuna's verses on the Middle Way accompanied by Mabja Jangchub Tsöndrü's famed commentary, the Ornament of Reason. Active in the twelfth century, Mabja was among the first Tibetans to rely on the works of the Indian master Candrakirti, and his account of the Middle Way exercised a deep and lasting influence on the development of Madhyamaka philosophy in all four schools of Buddhism in Tibet.

Sharp, concise, and yet comprehensive, the Ornament of Reason has been cherished by generations of scholar-practitioners. The late Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen Rinpoche, a renowned authority on the subject, often referred to this commentary as "the best there is." A visual outline of the commentary has been added that clearly shows the structure of each chapter and makes the arguments easier to follow.

Nicomachean Ethics (Focus Philosophical Library Series) [EPUB]

Nicomachean Ethics (Focus Philosophical Library Series) [EPUB]
Nicomachean Ethics (Focus Philosophical Library Series) by Aristotle, translated by Joe Sach
2002 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781585100354 | 0.43MB

Focus Philosophical Library's edition of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics is a lucid and useful translation of one of Aristotle's major works for the student of undergraduate philosophy, as well as for the general reader interested in the major works of western civilization. This edition includes notes and a glossary, intending to provide the reader with some sense of the terms and the concepts as they were understood by Aristotle’s immediate audience.

Focus Philosophical Library books are distinguished by their commitment to faithful, clear, and consistent translations of texts and the rich world part and parcel of those texts.

Fierce at Four Foot Two [EPUB]

Fierce at Four Foot Two [EPUB]
Fierce at Four Foot Two by Terra Jolé
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781682614617 | 11.43MB

In this frank, unflinching, hilarious and—at times—heartbreaking memoir, Terra Jolé, beloved star of reality television’s Little Women: LA and Terra’s Little Family, shares her never-before-told story of what it takes to overcome small-mindedness and make it as a little person in Hollywood.

With little more than a dream in her heart, the passion in her soul, and two hundred dollars in her pocket, Terra Jolé burst onto the Hollywood scene with a fierce determination to make her mark on the entertainment industry. But she quickly learned that while she may have been ready for Hollywood, Hollywood wasn't necessarily ready for her. At four foot two, Terra was born with achondroplasia, a form of short-limbed dwarfism, and because of her diminutive stature she often faced unimaginable prejudice and bigotry.

After spending time in the trenches, as an evil elf on Ozzie Osbourne's Merry Mayhem Tour and later as a dancer on Miley Cyrus's Bangerz Tour, Terra struck out on her own and carved out a career for herself as a mini-Britney and mini-Gaga impersonator. But with her larger than life optimism and absolute belief in herself, Terra was determined not to be a "mini-anything" for long and she ultimately captured the hearts of reality TV fans around the world as the star and executive producer of the groundbreaking A+E Network's Lifetime television show Little Women: LA.

The Atlas of Beauty: Women of the World in 500 Portraits [EPUB]

The Atlas of Beauty: Women of the World in 500 Portraits [EPUB]
The Atlas of Beauty: Women of the World in 500 Portraits by Mihaela Noroc
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780399579950 | 298.39MB

Based on the author's online photography project, this stunning collection features portraits of 500 women from more than 50 countries, accompanied by revelatory captions that capture their personal stories.

Since 2013 photographer Mihaela Noroc has traveled the world with her backpack and camera taking photos of everyday women to showcase the diversity of beauty all around us. The Atlas of Beauty is a collection of her photographs celebrating women from all corners of the world, revealing that beauty is everywhere, and that it comes in many different sizes and colors. Noroc's colorful and moving portraits feature women in their local communities, ranging from the Amazon rainforest to London city streets, and from markets in India to parks in Harlem, visually juxtaposing the varied physical and social worlds these women inhabit. Packaged as a gift-worthy, hardcover book, The Atlas of Beauty presents a fresh perspective on the global lives of women today.

Step Up: Unpacking Steps 1-3 with Someone Who's Been There (Step In To Recovery) [EPUB]

Step Up: Unpacking Steps 1-3 with Someone Who's Been There (Step In To Recovery) [EPUB]
Step Up: Unpacking Steps 1-3 with Someone Who's Been There (Step In To Recovery) by Michael Graubart
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781616497460 | 0.57MB

Twelve Step programs can sometimes be intimidating. Before you walk into that meeting, you want to know the scoop and what it’s really like to work a Twelve Step recovery program. Michael Graubart is here to tell you.

If you’re ready to take the first steps in a new direction, you don’t have to walk them alone. Step up to your best life, alongside the millions of people who have embraced Twelve Step programs as a way to gratefully recover from their substance use, alcoholism, and addictions.

In Step Up: Unpacking Steps One, Two, and Three with Someone Who’s Been There, the first book in Hazelden Publishing’s Step In to Recovery Series, Michael Graubart provides straightforward explanations on working a Twelve Step program, starting with the first three Steps.

Graubart honestly addresses the most common questions about the Twelve Step fellowship. As someone who’s been where you are today, he shows you what it’s like to not only maintain sobriety, but to find a different way of life through a Twelve Step program.

501 Spanish Verbs, 8th Edition [EPUB]

501 Spanish Verbs, 8th Edition [EPUB]
501 Spanish Verbs, 8th Edition by Christopher Kendris, Theodore Kendris
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781438009162 | 2.62MB

The world’s bestselling Spanish verbs reference book has just gotten better!

The authors focus directly on a command of Spanish verbs―and fluency in Spanish starts with knowledge of verbs. This new eighth edition shows students and travelers exactly how to use the 501 most common and useful Spanish verbs in all 15 tenses and moods. Each verb is alphabetically listed in easy-to-follow chart form, one verb per page with its English translation.

Bonus Online Component: includes a link to online content that presents language-learning aids and audio files that review the formation and usage of Spanish verb forms.

Helpful features include―

  • Formation and usage of Spanish verb tenses and moods summarized as they relate to their English equivalents
  • The 55 most essential Spanish verbs used in context
  • Another 2,200 regular verbs conjugated like the book’s 501 model verbs
  • Verbs in idiomatic phrases
  • Passive and active voice formations
  • Updated sentences demonstrating Spanish verb usage in all tenses
  • Exercises in Spanish verb usage with answers
  • Even more entries in the English-Spanish verb index
  • Information covering impersonal verbs, weather expressions, and more

Her Name Was Dolores: The Jenn I Knew [EPUB]

Her Name Was Dolores: The Jenn I Knew [EPUB]
Her Name Was Dolores: The Jenn I Knew by Pete Salgado, Gabriel Vazquez
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780718096434 | 1.71MB

This book will take us behind-the-scenes of her stardom and inside the music business. Jenni Rivera, a gentle woman often filled with doubt. A spiritual woman who lived in faith. A woman who gave of herself deeply to the community. A woman who wanted nothing more than to be loved, but who could only find it onstage. Told through Pete Salgado’s and Gabriel Vazquez perspectives, both were Jenn’s managers, and they share stories about the life of Dolores that no one knew and did not see on stage…

Led Zeppelin: All the Albums, All the Songs [EPUB]

Led Zeppelin: All the Albums, All the Songs [EPUB]
Led Zeppelin: All the Albums, All the Songs by Martin Popoff
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780760352113 | 35.5MB

Formed by the unlikely alliance of two ace London studio musicians and two bar-band bumpkins, Led Zeppelin went on to create the template for the marauding modern rock ’n’ roll band. Often described as "heavy," any true fan will tell you that the band’s 9 studio albums and 81 tracks thereon are actually a complex amalgam of blues, psychedelia, rock, folk, and country that reveal the influences of Led Zeppelin’s four members.

Veteran music journalist Martin Popoff picks apart each of these 81 tracks in exquisite detail, and for the first time ever, you can come along for the ride. Popoff analyzes the circumstances that led to their creation, the recording processes, the historical contexts, and more.

Included as a special bonus, he also offers an introductory essay on each of the band’s nine studio albums, and sidebar features that explore influences on the band as well as song details, such as running time, instruments played, engineers, and studios.

Personality Cult of Stalin in Soviet posters, 1929–1953: Archetypes, Inventions and Fabrications [EPUB]

Personality Cult of Stalin in Soviet posters, 1929–1953: Archetypes, Inventions and Fabrications [EPUB]
Personality Cult of Stalin in Soviet posters, 1929–1953: Archetypes, Inventions and Fabrications by Anita Pisch
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781760460624 | 20.35MB

From 1929 until 1953, Iosif Stalin’s image became a central symbol in Soviet propaganda. Touched up images of an omniscient Stalin appeared everywhere: emblazoned across buildings and lining the streets; carried in parades and woven into carpets; and saturating the media of socialist realist painting, statuary, monumental architecture, friezes, banners, and posters. From the beginning of the Soviet regime, posters were seen as a vitally important medium for communicating with the population of the vast territories of the USSR. Stalin’s image became a symbol of Bolshevik values and the personification of a revolutionary new type of society. The persona created for Stalin in propaganda posters reflects how the state saw itself or, at the very least, how it wished to appear in the eyes of the people.

The ‘Stalin’ who was celebrated in posters bore but scant resemblance to the man Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, whose humble origins, criminal past, penchant for violent solutions and unprepossessing appearance made him an unlikely recipient of uncritical charismatic adulation. The Bolsheviks needed a wise, nurturing and authoritative figure to embody their revolutionary vision and to legitimate their hold on power. This leader would come to embody the sacred and archetypal qualities of the wise Teacher, the Father of the nation, the great Warrior and military strategist, and the Saviour of first the Russian land, and then the whole world.

This book is the first dedicated study on the marketing of Stalin in Soviet propaganda posters. Drawing on the archives of libraries and museums throughout Russia, hundreds of previously unpublished posters are examined, with more than 130 reproduced in full colour. The personality cult of Stalin in Soviet posters, 1929–1953 is a unique and valuable contribution to the discourse in Stalinist studies across a number of disciplines.

Saga Land [EPUB]

Saga Land [EPUB]
Saga Land by Richard Fidler, Kari Gislason
2017 | EPUB | ASIN: B0722MZNGF | 9.23MB

A gripping blend of family mystery, contemporary stories and the beautiful and bloody Viking tales, set against the starkly stunning landscape of Iceland.

Broadcaster Richard Fidler and author Kari Gíslason are good friends. They share a deep attachment to the sagas of Iceland - the true stories of the first Viking families who settled on that remote island in the Middle Ages.These are tales of blood feuds, of dangerous women, and people who are compelled to kill the ones they love the most. The sagas are among the greatest stories ever written, but the identity of their authors is largely unknown.

Together, Richard and Kari travel across Iceland, to the places where the sagas unfolded a thousand years ago. They cross fields, streams and fjords to immerse themselves in the folklore of this fiercely beautiful island. And there is another mission: to resolve a longstanding family mystery - a gift from Kari's Icelandic father that might connect him to the greatest of the saga authors.

A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial [EPUB]

A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial [EPUB]
A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial by James Reston Jr
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781628728569 | 10.72MB

A Distinguished and Bestselling Historian and Army Veteran Revisits the Culture War that Raged around the Selection of Maya Lin's Design for the Vietnam Memorial

A Rift in the Earth tells the remarkable story of the ferocious "art war" that raged between 1979 and 1984 over what kind of memorial should be built to honor the men and women who died in the Vietnam War. The story intertwines art, politics, historical memory, patriotism, racism, and a fascinating set of characters, from those who fought in the conflict and those who resisted it to politicians at the highest level. At its center are two enduring figures: Maya Lin, a young, Asian-American architecture student at Yale whose abstract design won the international competition but triggered a fierce backlash among powerful figures; and Frederick Hart, an innovative sculptor of humble origins on the cusp of stardom.

James Reston, Jr., a veteran who lost a close friend in the war and has written incisively about the conflict's bitter aftermath, explores how the debate reignited passions around Vietnam long after the war's end and raised questions about how best to honor those who fought and sacrificed in an ill-advised war. Richly illustrated with photographs from the era and design entries from the memorial competition, A Rift in the Earth is timed to appear alongside Ken Burns's eagerly anticipated PBS documentary, The Vietnam War. "The memorial appears as a rift in the earth, a long polished black stone wall, emerging from and receding into the earth." —Maya Lin

Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology [Audiobook]

Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology [Audiobook]
Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology [Audiobook] by Ellen Ullman, read by the Author
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9 hrs 54 mins | 272.05MB

This program is read by the author. The never-more-necessary return of one of our most vital and eloquent voices on technology and culture, the author of the seminal Close to the Machine.

The last 20 years have brought us the rise of the Internet, the development of artificial intelligence, the ubiquity of once unimaginably powerful computers, and the thorough transformation of our economy and society. Through it all, Ellen Ullman lived and worked inside that rising culture of technology, and in Life in Code she tells the continuing story of the changes it wrought with a unique, expert perspective.

When Ellen Ullman moved to San Francisco in the early 1970s and went on to become a computer programmer, she was joining a small, idealistic, and almost exclusively male cadre that aspired to genuinely change the world. In 1997, Ullman wrote Close to the Machine, the now classic and still definitive account of life as a coder at the birth of what would be a sweeping technological, cultural, and financial revolution.

Twenty years later, the story Ullman recounts is neither one of unbridled triumph nor a nostalgic denial of progress. It is necessarily the story of digital technology's loss of innocence as it entered the cultural mainstream, and it is a personal reckoning with all that has changed, and so much that hasn't. Life in Code is an essential audiobook toward our understanding of the last 20 years - and the next 20.

The Vietnam War: An Intimate History [Audiobook]

The Vietnam War: An Intimate History [Audiobook]
The Vietnam War: An Intimate History [Audiobook] by Geoffrey C Ward, Ken Burns, read by Ken Burns, Fred Sanders, Brian Corrigan
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 31 hrs 14 mins | 860.26MB

From the award-winning historian and filmmakers of The Civil War, Baseball, The War, The Roosevelts, and others: a vivid, uniquely powerful history of the conflict that tore America apart - the companion volume to the major multipart PBS film to be aired in September 2017.

More than 40 years after it ended, the Vietnam War continues to haunt our country. We still argue over why we were there, whether we could have won, and who was right and wrong in their response to the conflict. When the war divided the country, it created deep political fault lines that continue to divide us today. Now, continuing in the tradition of their critically acclaimed collaborations, the authors draw on dozens and dozens of interviews in America and Vietnam to give us the perspectives of people involved at all levels of the war: US and Vietnamese soldiers and their families, high-level officials in America and Vietnam, antiwar protestors, POWs, and many more. The book plunges us into the chaos and intensity of combat, even as it explains the rationale that got us into Vietnam and kept us there for so many years. Rather than taking sides, the book seeks to understand why the war happened the way it did and to clarify its complicated legacy. Beautifully written, this is a tour de force that is certain to launch a new national conversation.

My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness [Audiobook]

My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness [Audiobook]
My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness [Audiobook] by Howard Jones, read by James Patrick Cronin
2017 | M4B@64 kbps + PDF | 17 hrs 2 mins | 476.73MB

On the early morning of March 16, 1968, American soldiers from three platoons of Charlie Company entered a group of hamlets located in the Son Tinh district of South Vietnam, located near the Demilitarized Zone and known as "Pinkville" because of the high level of Vietcong infiltration. The soldiers, many still teenagers who had been in the country for three months, were on a "search and destroy" mission. Three hours after the GIs entered the hamlets, more than 500 unarmed villagers lay dead, killed in cold blood. The atrocity took its name from one of the hamlets, known by the Americans as My Lai Four.

Military authorities attempted to suppress the news of My Lai until some who had been there, in particular a helicopter pilot named Hugh Thompson and a door gunner named Lawrence Colburn, spoke up about what they had seen. The official line was that the villagers had been killed by artillery and gunship fire rather than by small arms. That line soon began to fray. Lieutenant William Calley, one of the platoon leaders, admitted to shooting the villagers but insisted that he had acted upon orders. An exposé of the massacre and cover-up by journalist Seymour Hersh incited international outrage, and Congressional and US Army inquiries began.