How to be Human: The Ultimate Guide to Your Amazing Existence [EPUB]

How to be Human: The Ultimate Guide to Your Amazing Existence [EPUB]
How to be Human: The Ultimate Guide to Your Amazing Existence by New Scientist, edited by Jeremy Webb, Graham Lawton
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781473658707 | 43.93MB

New from New Scientist: an eye-opening, full-color exploration of the true nature of human nature.

What is it that makes us human? Is it language, imagination, morality, or is it that we cook and wear shoes? Or perhaps we are less human than we think (Neanderthal and Denisovan genes can be found within all of us!).

Once again, New Scientist have all of the fascinating and unexpected answers, and - just as they did for the universe in The Origin of (almost) Everything - in How to be Human they take us on a tour around the human body and brain, taking in everything from evolution to email, from the Stone Age to Spotify.

How do languages change the way our brains are wired? What can evolutionary theory tell us about who we are attracted to? How does your voice give away clues about your political views, your sexual allure and even your salary? Why is gossip the human version of a gorilla picking fleas from its mate? And how can you live to 100?

From the body to language , through emotions and possessions, to the most tricky questions about life and death, New Scientist's witty essays sit alongside enlightening illustrations that range from how your brain creates the illusion of 'self' to the allure of body odor.

Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone [Audiobook]

Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone [Audiobook]
Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan's Disaster Zone [Audiobook] by Richard Lloyd Parry, read by Simon Vance
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 47 mins | 214.25MB

Masterfully narrated by Simon Vance, winner of 14 Audie Awards and 61 Earphone Awards, comes the heartbreaking true story of a natural disaster and the resilience of Japan. The definitive account of what happened, why, and, above all, how it felt when catastrophe hit Japan - by the Japan correspondent of The Times (London) and author of People Who Eat Darkness.

On March 11, 2011, a powerful earthquake sent a 120-foot-high tsunami smashing into the coast of Northeast Japan. By the time the sea retreated, more than 18,000 people had been crushed, burned to death, or drowned.

It was Japan's greatest single loss of life since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. It set off a national crisis and the meltdown of a nuclear power plant. And even after the immediate emergency had abated, the trauma of the disaster continued to express itself in bizarre and mysterious ways.

Richard Lloyd Parry, an award-winning foreign correspondent, lived through the earthquake in Tokyo and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone. There he encountered stories of ghosts and hauntings and met a priest who exorcised the spirits of the dead. And he found himself drawn back again and again to a village that had suffered the greatest loss of all, a community tormented by unbearable mysteries of its own.

What really happened to the local children as they waited in the schoolyard in the moments before the tsunami? Why did their teachers not evacuate them to safety? And why was the unbearable truth being so stubbornly covered up?

Ghosts of the Tsunami is a soon-to-be classic intimate account of an epic tragedy, told through the accounts of those who lived through it. It tells the story of how a nation faced a catastrophe and the struggle to find consolation in the ruins.

Courage Is Contagious: And Other Reasons to Be Grateful for Michelle Obama [EPUB]

Courage Is Contagious: And Other Reasons to Be Grateful for Michelle Obama [EPUB]
Courage Is Contagious: And Other Reasons to Be Grateful for Michelle Obama edited by Nick Haramis
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780399592614 | 7.05MB

A collection of essays celebrating the influential former first lady, by an array of acclaimed contributors and with a foreword by Lena Dunham

Michelle Obama’s legacy transcends categorization. Mrs. Obama was not only our first black first lady; she was President Obama’s equal partner in marriage and parenthood and a tireless advocate for women’s rights, education, healthy eating, and exercise. Her genre-busting personal style encouraged others to speak, to engage, even to dress as they wished. In an extension of his popular T, The New York Times Style Magazine feature, Nick Haramis has assembled nineteen essays from prizewinning writers, Hollywood stars, and political leaders—all of whom have been moved and influenced by Mrs. Obama’s extraordinary example of grace in power.

Here are original testimonials from Gloria Steinem, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Alice Waters, and Charlamagne tha God, among others. Presidential biographer Jon Meacham supplies historical perspective. Actress Tracee Ellis Ross suggests that Mrs. Obama “provided an antidote to all the false representations of black women that have inundated us for centuries.” Anna Wintour and designer Jason Wu celebrate the former first lady’s impact as an international fashion icon. Two ninth-grade girls—one in training to be a boxer—talk about how Mrs. Obama has emboldened them to be themselves.

Here are some of the many facets of Michelle Obama as she continues to inspire us, a stirring reminder that the best of America once lived in the White House, embodied in one authentic, inclusive, and courageous woman.

The New Whistleblower's Handbook, 3rd Edition [EPUB]

The New Whistleblower's Handbook, 3rd Edition [EPUB]
The New Whistleblower's Handbook: A Step-By-Step Guide To Doing What's Right And Protecting Yourself, 3rd Edition by Stephen Kohn
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781493028818 | 11.5MB

An updated edition of the first-ever consumer guide to whistleblowing by the nation’s leading whistleblower attorney

The newest edition of The Whistleblower’s Handbook brings the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to exposing workplace wrongdoing up-to-date with new information on wildlife whistleblowing, auto safety whistleblowing, national security whistleblowing, and ocean pollution whistleblowing. It also includes a new “Toolkit” for international whistleblowers.

This essential guide explains nearly all federal and state laws regarding whistleblowing, and in the step-by-step bulk of the book, presents more than twenty must-follow rules for whistleblowers—from finding the best federal and state laws to the dangers of blindly trusting internal corporate “hotlines” to obtaining the proof you need to win the case.

Food Allergies: A Complete Guide for Eating When Your Life Depends on It, 2nd Edition [EPUB]

Food Allergies: A Complete Guide for Eating When Your Life Depends on It, 2nd Edition [EPUB]
Food Allergies: A Complete Guide for Eating When Your Life Depends on It, 2nd Edition by Scott H Sicherer
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781421423388 | 2.74MB

Posing the urgent questions that anyone with food allergies will think to ask―and then some―Food Allergies provides practical, sensitive, and scientific guidance on the topics that affect your life. Allergy expert Scott H. Sicherer addresses the full spectrum of food allergies, from mild to life threatening and from single foods to food families, clearing up misconceptions along the way. He explores how exposure to foods can bring about an allergic response, describes the symptoms of food allergy, and illuminates how food allergies develop.

Organized in an accessible Q&A format and illustrated with case studies, the book thoroughly explains how to prevent exposure to a known allergen at home, at school, in restaurants, and elsewhere. Dr. Sicherer also gives valuable advice about what to do if exposure occurs, including how to handle an anaphylactic emergency. Finally, he describes tests for diagnosing food allergies and chronic health problems caused by food allergies, such as eczema, hives, and respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms.

In this thoroughly updated new edition, Dr. Sicherer

  • describes new approaches to prevent food allergies
  • presents cutting-edge theories on risk factors for developing food allergies
  • describes innovative allergy tests to improve diagnosis
  • explains how to administer emergency medications for severe reactions
  • focuses on new allergens of concern, such as pink peppercorns
  • analyzes studies suggesting that resolution of an allergy might be predictable
  • talks about the role of "healthy diet"
  • lists additional resources, including allergy-related apps
  • provides revised school food allergy guidelines
  • offers insights into food allergy bullying―and advice to reduce it

Dr. Sicherer also reviews food reactions that are not allergic (such as lactose intolerance and celiac disease), advises how to get adequate nutrition when you must avoid dietary staples, and discusses whether allergies ever go away (they do―and sometimes they return).

The Simple Bites Kitchen: Nourishing Whole Food Recipes for Every Day [EPUB]

The Simple Bites Kitchen: Nourishing Whole Food Recipes for Every Day [EPUB]
The Simple Bites Kitchen: Nourishing Whole Food Recipes for Every Day by Aimee Wimbush-Bourque
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780143190516 | 261.47MB

Delicious, wholesome family-friendly recipes from the creator of the award-winning Simple Bites blog

Toasty warm in the winter and cool in the summer, Aimée’s comfortable kitchen is a place where the family gathers, cooks together, and celebrates everyday life. In The Simple Bites Kitchen, she brings her love of whole foods to the table and shares heart-warming kitchen stories and recipes that are nutritious, fairly simple to make, and utterly delicious. Aimée knows the challenges that come with feeding a family and tackles them head on by providing lunchbox inspiration, supper solutions and healthy snack options.

Aimée’s collection of 100 wholesome recipes draws on her experience as a mom and a seasoned cook and is brimming with fresh ingredients and simple instructions so that you can cook with confidence knowing you’re providing your family with healthy and great-tasting meals. You and your family will enjoy recipes from Overnight Spiced Stollen Swirl Buns and Maple-Roasted Pears with Granola for breakfast, Tequila-Lime Barbecue Chicken and Strawberry Rhubarb Pie for a fresh air feast, garden-inspired recipes like Harvest Corn Chowder and Lentil Cottage Pie with Rutabaga Mash, and family dinner favourites like Roast Chicken with Bay Leaf and Barley and Cranberry-Glazed Turkey Meatloaf with Baked Sweet Potatoes.

Filled with beautiful photography, The Simple Bites Kitchen also includes recipes to keep your preserves pantry well-stocked all year, tips, simple tutorials and inspiration and ideas for homespun hospitality.

The Dharma of Dogs: Our Best Friends as Spiritual Teachers [EPUB]

The Dharma of Dogs: Our Best Friends as Spiritual Teachers [EPUB]
The Dharma of Dogs: Our Best Friends as Spiritual Teachers edited by Tami Simon
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781622037414 | 17.5MB

We spend countless hours training our dogs, but how often do we consider what they have to teach us? “Our canine companions aren’t just our best friends,” explains Tami Simon. “Sometimes they can also be carriers of a special medicine and the wisdom lessons we most need.” The Dharma of Dogs shares the reflections of spiritual teachers and writers who have found a source of deep truth and practical wisdom beneath the furry surface of our four-legged friends.

For anyone who loves dogs—and who has learned and grown through this special relationship—these 31 essays offer humor, solace, inspiration, and insight into the life lessons our dogs make available to us, exploring such themes as unconditional love, connecting with nature, facing our fears, and much more.

Edited by Tami Simon, The Dharma of Dogs includes contributions by Alice Walker, Eckhart Tolle, Pam Houston, Mark Nepo, Roshi Joan Halifax, Adyashanti, Julie Barton, angel Kyodo williams, JP Sears, Lama Surya Das, Diane Musho Hamilton, Allan Lokos, Andrew Holecek, Bonnie Myotai Treace, Chris Grosso, Geneen Roth, Jeri Parker, Joan Ranquet, Lama Tsomo, Laura Pritchett, Mirabai Starr, Sarah C. Beasley, Stuart Davis, Susan Martin, Susanna Weiss, and His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche.

Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart [EPUB]

Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart [EPUB]
Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart by Scott Eyman
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781501102172 | 59.21MB

New York Times bestselling author Scott Eyman tells the story of the remarkable friendship of two Hollywood legends who, though different in many ways, maintained a close friendship that endured all of life’s twists and turns.

Henry Fonda and James Stewart were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood for forty years. They became friends and then roommates as stage actors in New York, and when they began making films in Hollywood, they roomed together again. Between them they made such memorable films as The Grapes of Wrath, Mister Roberts, Twelve Angry Men, and On Golden Pond; and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Destry Rides Again, The Philadelphia Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, and Rear Window.

They got along famously, with a shared interest in elaborate practical jokes and model airplanes, among other things. Fonda was a liberal Democrat, Stewart a conservative Republican, but after one memorable blow-up over politics, they agreed never to discuss that subject again. Fonda was a ladies’ man who was married five times; Stewart remained married to the same woman for forty-five years. Both men volunteered during World War II and were decorated for their service. When Stewart returned home, still unmarried, he once again moved in with Fonda, his wife, and his two children, Jane and Peter, who knew him as Uncle Jimmy.

For Hank and Jim, biographer and film historian Scott Eyman spoke with Fonda’s widow and children as well as three of Stewart’s children, plus actors and directors who had worked with the men—in addition to doing extensive archival research to get the full details of their time together. This is not another Hollywood story, but a fascinating portrait of an extraordinary friendship that lasted through war, marriages, children, careers, and everything else.

Literally Me [EPUB]

Literally Me [EPUB]
Literally Me by Julie Houts
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781501169519 | 206.66MB

LIVE. LAUGH. LOVE. Or EXIST. SMIRK. LURK.

Julie Houts has cultivated a devoted following as “Instagram’s favorite illustrator” (Vogue) by lampooning the conflicting messages and images women consume and share with the world every day.

A collection of darkly comic illustrated essays, Literally Me chronicles the exploits of “slightly antisocial heroines” (Refinery29) in vivid, excruciatingly funny detail, including:

  • The beauty routine of a deranged bride who aspires to be “truly without flaws” on her wedding day
  • What happens when Kylie Jenner has an existential crisis and can no longer “step out”
  • A journey to Coachella by the Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse
  • The true dating confessions of a fembot
  • The terrifying description for Alice Staunch’s book How to Be a Perfect Feminist
  • The diary of Fiddle Ficus, a tree that lives inside a CÉLINE store, and much more

Literally Me marks the launch of a brilliant new social satirist. Julie’s singular voice and beautiful illustrations reveal the truth about the absurdity of life in the social media age: the line between becoming a total “Girlboss” and a twenty-first-century American Psycho is razor-thin.

The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization [Audiobook]

The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization [Audiobook]
The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization [Audiobook] by Martin Puchner, read by Arthur Morey
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 2 mins | 331.89MB

The story of how literature shaped world history, in 16 acts - from Alexander the Great and the Iliad to Don Quixote and Harry Potter

In this groundbreaking book, Martin Puchner leads us on a remarkable journey through time and around the globe to reveal the powerful role stories and literature have played in creating the world we have today. Puchner introduces us to numerous visionaries as he explores 16 foundational texts selected from more than 4,000 years of world literature and reveals how writing has inspired the rise and fall of empires and nations, the spark of philosophical and political ideas, and the birth of religious beliefs. Indeed, literature has touched the lives of generations and changed the course of history.

At the heart of this book are works, some long-lost and rediscovered, that have shaped civilization: the first written masterpiece, the Epic of Gilgamesh; Ezra's Hebrew Bible, created as Scripture; the teachings of Buddha, Confucius, Socrates, and Jesus; and the first great novel in world literature, The Tale of Genji, written by a Japanese woman known as Murasaki. Visiting Baghdad, Puchner tells of Scheherazade and the stories of One Thousand and One Nights, and in the Americas we watch the astonishing survival of the Maya epic Popol Vuh. Cervantes, who invented the modern novel, battles pirates both real (when he is taken prisoner) and literary (when a fake sequel to Don Quixote is published). We learn of Benjamin Franklin's pioneering work as a media entrepreneur, watch Goethe discover world literature in Sicily, and follow the rise in influence of The Communist Manifesto. We visit Troy, Pergamum, and China, and we speak with Nobel laureates Derek Walcott in the Caribbean and Orhan Pamuk in Istanbul as well as the wordsmiths of the oral epic Sunjata in West Africa.

Throughout The Written World, Puchner's delightful narrative also chronicles the inventions - writing technologies, the printing press, the book itself - that have shaped religion, politics, commerce, people, and history. In a book that Elaine Scarry has praised as "unique and spellbinding", Puchner shows how literature turned our planet into a written world.

The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic [Audiobook]

The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic [Audiobook]
The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic [Audiobook] by Mike Duncan, read by the Author
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 13 mins | 283.57MB

The creator of the massively popular, award-winning podcast series The History of Rome brings to life the story of the tumultuous years that set the stage for the fall of the Roman Republic.

The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, the Romans refused to allow a single leader to seize control of the state and grab absolute power. The Roman commitment to cooperative government and peaceful transfers of power was unmatched in the history of the ancient world.

But by the year 133 BCE, the republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled. Almost as soon as they had conquered the Mediterranean, Rome became engulfed in violent political conflicts and civil wars that would destroy the Republic less than a century later.

Chronicling the years 133-80 BCE, The Storm Before the Storm is a rollicking deep dive into the bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama that defined a dangerous new political environment - a stark warning for modern listeners about what happens to a civilization driven by increasing economic inequality, political polarization, and ruthless ambition.

The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition [Audiobook]

The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition [Audiobook]
The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition [Audiobook] by Linda Gordon, read by Jo Anna Perrin
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 43 mins | 212.82MB

By legitimizing bigotry and redefining so-called American values, a revived Klan in the 1920s left a toxic legacy that demands reexamination today.

Boasting four to six million members, the reassembled Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s dramatically challenged our preconceptions of hooded Klansmen, who through violence and lynching had established a Jim Crow racial hierarchy in the 1870s South.

Responding to the "emergency" posed by the flood of immigrant "hordes" - Pope-worshipping Irish and Italians, "self-centered Hebrews," and "sly Orientals" - this "second Klan," as award-winning historian Linda Gordon vividly chronicles, spread principally above the Mason-Dixon Line in states like Indiana, Michigan, and Oregon. Condemning "urban" vices like liquor, prostitution, movies, and jazz as Catholic and Jewish "plots" to subvert American values, the rejuvenated Klan became entirely mainstream, attracting middle-class men and women through its elaborate secret rituals and mass "Klonvocations" before collapsing amid revelations of sordid sexual scandals, financial embezzlement, and Ponzi-like schemes. The Klan's brilliant melding of Christian values with racial bigotry and its lightning-like accretion of political power now becomes a sobering parable for the 21st century.

The Pentagon's Wars: The Military's Undeclared War Against America's Presidents [Audiobook]

The Pentagon's Wars: The Military's Undeclared War Against America's Presidents [Audiobook]
The Pentagon's Wars: The Military's Undeclared War Against America's Presidents [Audiobook] by Mark Perry, read by Ron Butler
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 14 hrs 10 mins | 390.25MB

A gripping insider account of the clash between America's civilian and military leadership

The Pentagon's Wars is a dramatic account of the deep and divisive debates between America's civilian leaders and its military officers. Renowned military expert Mark Perry investigates these internal wars and sheds new light on the US military - the most powerful and influential lobby in Washington. He reveals explosive stories, from the secret history of Clinton's "don't ask, don't tell" policy to how the military plotted to undermine Barack Obama's strategy in Afghanistan, to show how internal strife and deep civilian-military animus shapes America's policy abroad, often to the nation's detriment.

Drawing on three decades of high-profile interviews, both on and off the record, Perry yields sobering judgments on the tenures of our nation's most important military leaders. The Pentagon's Wars is essential listening for anyone seeking to understand the inner workings of the making of America's foreign policy.

The Lost Founding Father: John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics [Audiobook]

The Lost Founding Father: John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics [Audiobook]
The Lost Founding Father: John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics [Audiobook] by William J Cooper, read by Richard Poe
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 16 hrs 37 mins | 457.91MB

Why has John Quincy Adams been largely written out of American history when he is, in fact, our lost Founding Father?

Overshadowed by both his brilliant father and the brash and bold Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams has long been dismissed as hyper-intellectual. Viciously assailed by Jackson and his populist mobs for being both slippery and effete, Adams nevertheless recovered from the malodorous 1828 presidential election to lead the nation as a lonely Massachusetts congressman in the fight against slavery. Now, award-winning historian William J. Cooper insightfully demonstrates that Adams should be considered our lost Founding Father, his moral and political vision the final link to the great visionaries who created our nation.

With his heroic arguments in the Amistad trial forever memorialized, a fearless Adams stood strong against the Jacksonian tide, the Gag Rule, and the expansion of slavery that would send the nation hurtling into war. This game-changing biography reveals Adams to be one of the most battered but courageous and inspirational politicians in American history.

The Accidental President: Harry S Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World [Audiobook]

The Accidental President: Harry S Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World [Audiobook]
The Accidental President: Harry S Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World [Audiobook] by A J Baime, read by Tony Messano
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 21 mins | 395.92MB

The dramatic, pulse-pounding story of Harry Truman's first four months in office, when this unlikely president had to take on Germany, Japan, Stalin, and the atomic bomb, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

Heroes are often defined as ordinary characters who get thrust into extraordinary circumstances and, through courage and a dash of luck, cement their places in history. Chosen as FDR's fourth-term vice president for his well-praised work ethic, good judgment, and lack of enemies, Harry S. Truman - a Midwesterner who had no college degree and had never had the money to buy his own home - was the prototypical ordinary man. That is, until he was shockingly thrust in over his head after FDR's sudden death.

During the climactic months of the Second World War, Truman had to play judge and jury, pulling America to the forefront of the global stage. The first four months of Truman's administration saw the founding of the United Nations, the fall of Berlin, victory at Okinawa, firebombings of Tokyo, the first atomic explosion, the Nazi surrender, the liberation of concentration camps, the mass starvation of Europe, the Potsdam Conference, the controversial decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the surrender of Imperial Japan, and, finally, the end of World War II and the rise of the Cold War. No other president had ever faced so much in such a short period of time.

Tightly focused, meticulously researched, rendered with vivid detail and narrative verve, The Accidental President escorts listeners into the situation room with Truman during this tumultuous, history-making 120 days, when the stakes were high and the challenge even higher. The result is narrative history of the highest order and a compelling look at a presidency with great relevance to our times.

One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported [Audiobook]

One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported [Audiobook]
One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported [Audiobook] by E J Dionne, Norman J Ornstein, Thomas E Mann, read by the Authors
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 12 mins | 280.75MB

A call to action from three of Washington's premier political scholar-journalists, One Nation After Trump offers the definitive work on the threat posed by the Trump presidency and how to counter it.

American democracy was never supposed to give the nation a president like Donald Trump. We have never had a president who gave rise to such widespread alarm about his lack of commitment to the institutions of self-government, to the norms democracy requires, and to the need for basic knowledge about how government works. We have never had a president who raises profound questions about his basic competence and his psychological capacity to take on the most challenging political office in the world.

Yet if Trump is both a threat to our democracy and a product of its weaknesses, the citizen activism he has inspired is the antidote. The reaction to the crisis created by Trump's presidency can provide the foundation for an era of democratic renewal and vindicate our long experiment in self-rule.

The award-winning authors of One Nation After Trump explain Trump's rise and the danger his administration poses to our free institutions. They also offer encouragement to the millions of Americans now experiencing a new sense of citizenship and engagement and argue that our nation needs a unifying alternative to Trump's dark and divisive brand of politics - an alternative rooted in a new economy, a new patriotism, a new civil society, and a new democracy. One Nation After Trump is the essential audiobook for our era, an unsparing assessment of the perils facing the United States and an inspiring road map for how we can reclaim the future.

Marshall and His Generals: US Army Commanders in World War II [Audiobook]

Marshall and His Generals: US Army Commanders in World War II [Audiobook]
Marshall and His Generals: US Army Commanders in World War II [Audiobook] by Stephen R Taaffe, read by James Anderson Foster
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 17 hrs 1 min | 468.6MB

General George C. Marshall, chief of staff of the US Army during World War II, faced the daunting task not only of overseeing two theaters of a global conflict but also of selecting the best generals to carry out American grand strategy. Marshall and His Generals is the first and only book to focus entirely on that selection process and the performances, both stellar and disappointing, that followed from it.

Stephen Taaffe explores how and why Marshall selected the Army's commanders. Among Marshall's chief criteria were character (including "unselfish and devoted purpose"), education (whether at West Point, Fort Leavenworth, or the Army War College), and striking a balance between experience and relative youth in a war that required both wisdom and great physical stamina. As the war unfolded, Marshall also factored into his calculations the combat leadership his generals demonstrated and the opinions of his theater commanders.

Delving deeper than other studies, this path-breaking work produces a seamless analysis of Marshall's selection process of operational-level commanders. Taaffe also critiques the performance of these generals during the war and reveals the extent to which their actions served as stepping stones to advancement.

Fearless Growth: The New Rules to Stay Competitive, Foster Innovation, and Dominate Your Markets [Audiobook]

Fearless Growth: The New Rules to Stay Competitive, Foster Innovation, and Dominate Your Markets [Audiobook]
Fearless Growth: The New Rules to Stay Competitive, Foster Innovation, and Dominate Your Markets [Audiobook] by Amanda Setili, read by Teri Schnaubelt
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 2 mins | 194.13MB

Customer behaviors, business models, technologies, and regulations are evolving quickly, and many of the strategic rules we formerly lived by have become obsolete.

To be able to respond quickly and intelligently to the fast pace of change, we need all levels and functions in our businesses to be creative and responsive. We need both courage and speed.

Fearless Growth provides new rules to enable your company to adapt faster, move faster, and grow faster. You will learn how to:

  • Capitalize on uncertainties in your market, rather than letting them slow you down.
  • Leverage the talent, assets, technology, and data that exist outside your company.
  • Get in sync with customers, gain early insight into changing needs, and bring the right solutions to market.
  • Open the floodgates of employee creativity, empowering employees to respond quickly and effectively to emerging opportunities.
  • Continually build your company's capabilities and knowledge through constant experimentation.
  • Build a high degree of trust within your company and with the entities outside your company.

Fearless Growth provides a proactive approach, with practical examples, tools, frameworks, and guidance for adapting to and succeeding in our volatile world.

Communication Rx: Transforming Healthcare Through Relationship-Centered Communication [Audiobook]

Communication Rx: Transforming Healthcare Through Relationship-Centered Communication [Audiobook]
Communication Rx: Transforming Healthcare Through Relationship-Centered Communication [Audiobook] by Calvin Chou, Laura Cooley, read by Neal Vickers
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 52 mins | 217.52MB

A proven prescription for effective communication that will empower health professionals to deliver the highest quality care - from the Academy of Communication in Healthcare

Research shows that nothing impacts patient experiences more than the quality of communication. While beneficial, the latest in cutting-edge technology and techniques aren't enough to ensure the best possible care for patients. The key to better healthcare outcomes is communication.

Over the past four decades, the Academy of Communication in Healthcare has worked tirelessly with health systems, teaching communication skills that put relationships - between patients and providers, as well as among providers - at the center of care. Now, for the first time, ACH's proven and effective methodology is detailed in this invaluable step-by-step guide. You'll learn communication skills that will enable you to:

  • Provide more accurate diagnoses and effective treatments - and improve patient outcomes
  • Boost patient adherence and lower hospital readmission rates
  • Make fewer errors and reduce malpractice risks
  • Increase patient satisfaction and build teamwork among providers
  • Further develop your communication skill set - and help others do the same

In this practical - and potentially life-saving - volume, you'll discover special sections on teamwork, coaching, shared decision-making, feedback, conflict engagement, diversity, and communicating through hierarchy. The book also provides institutional initiatives to help you implement change in your organization and outlines a field-tested blueprint for healthier communication across the entire industry.

To create effective communication and meaningful connections in healthcare, trust ACH. Communication is literally its middle name.

Cells Are the New Cure: The Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs That Are Transforming Our Health [Audiobook]

Cells Are the New Cure: The Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs That Are Transforming Our Health [Audiobook]
Cells Are the New Cure: The Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs That Are Transforming Our Health [Audiobook] by Max Gomez, Robin L Smith, read by Randye Kaye
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 35 mins | 237.45MB

Promising treatments now in more than 35,000 clinical trials could have dramatic impacts on cancer, autoimmune diseases, organ replacement, heart disease, and even aging itself. These treatments, which are saving the lives of patients in the trials, will soon be rolled to the medical community at large.

The key to these breakthroughs is the use of living cells as medicine instead of traditional drugs. Research has found that our bodies are virtual treasure troves of adult cells that act as agents of remarkable healing and repair. These cells have been called adult stem cells because they resemble embryonic cells in their ability to transform into many other cell types but without the ethical and moral concerns of embryonic cells.

Adult cells can reprogram cells to work more efficiently. They can also carry edited genetic code to repair mistakes, and deliver targeted therapies, allowing them to address and even cure many diseases affecting children and adults.

The applications of these cellular therapies are broad and growing. Regenerative medicine allows doctors to repair injured and aging tissues and, incredibly, to create artificial body parts and organs in the lab.

100 Amazing Facts About the Negro [Audiobook]

100 Amazing Facts About the Negro [Audiobook]
100 Amazing Facts About the Negro [Audiobook] by Henry Louis Gates Jr., read by Dominic Hoffman
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 26 mins | MB

The first edition of Joel Augustus Rogers' now legendary 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro with Complete Proof, published in 1957, was billed as "A Negro 'Believe It or Not'". Rogers' little book was priceless because he was delivering enlightenment and pride, steeped in historical research, to a people too long starved on the lie that they were worth nothing. For African Americans of the Jim Crow era, Rogers' was their first black history teacher. But Rogers was not always shy about embellishing the "facts" and minimizing ambiguity; neither was he above shock journalism now and then.

With élan and erudition - and with winning enthusiasm - Henry Louis Gates Jr. gives us a corrective yet loving homage to Rogers' work. Relying on the latest scholarship, Gates leads us on a romp through African, diasporic, and African American history in question-and-answer format. Among the 100 questions: Who were Africa's first ambassadors to Europe? Who was the first black president in North America? Did Lincoln really free the slaves? Who was history's wealthiest person? What percentage of white Americans have recent African ancestry? Why did free black people living in the South before the end of the Civil War stay there? Who was the first black head of state in modern Western history? Where was the first Underground Railroad? Who was the first black American woman to be a self-made millionaire? Which black man made many of our favorite household products better?

Here is a surprising, inspiring, sometimes boldly mischievous - all the while highly instructive and entertaining - compendium of historical curiosities intended to illuminate the sheer complexity and diversity of being "Negro" in the world.

A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor [Audiobook]

A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor [Audiobook]
A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor [Audiobook] by Joe Starita, read by Carrington MacDuffie
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 8 hrs 48 mins | 242.32MB

On March 14, 1889, Susan La Flesche received her medical degree - becoming the first Native American doctor in US history. She earned her degree 31 years before women could vote and 35 years before Indians could become citizens in their own country.

By age 26, this fragile but indomitable Indian woman became the doctor to her tribe. Overnight, she acquired 1,244 patients scattered across 1,350 square miles of rolling countryside with few roads. Her patients often were desperately poor and desperately sick with tuberculosis, small pox, measles, and influenza, with their families scattered miles apart, and whose last hope was a young woman who spoke their language and knew their customs.

This is the story of an Indian woman who effectively became the chief of an entrenched patriarchal tribe, the story of a woman who crashed through thick walls of ethnic, racial, and gender prejudice and then spent the rest of her life using a unique bicultural identity to improve the lot of her people - physically, emotionally, politically, and spiritually.

A Warrior of the People is the moving biography of Susan La Flesche's inspirational life, the subject of the PBS documentary Medicine Woman, and it will finally shine a light on her numerous accomplishments.

Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation [Audiobook]

Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation [Audiobook]
Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation [Audiobook] by Kyo Maclear, read by Laurel Lefkow
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 50 mins | 133.36MB

A writer's search for inspiration, beauty, and solace leads her to birds in this intimate and exuberant meditation on creativity and life - a field guide to things small and significant.

When it comes to birds, Kyo Maclear isn't seeking the exotic. Rather she discovers joy in the seasonal birds that find their way into view in city parks and harbors, along eaves and on wires. In a world that values big and fast, Maclear looks to the small, the steady, the slow accumulations of knowledge, and the lulls that leave room for contemplation.

A distilled, crystal-like companion to H is for Hawk, Birds Art Life celebrates the particular madness of chasing after birds in the urban environment and explores what happens when the core lessons of birding are applied to other aspects of art and life. Moving with ease between the granular and the grand, peering into the inner landscape as much as the outer one, this is a deeply personal year-long inquiry into big themes: love, waiting, regrets, endings. If Birds Art Life was sprung from Maclear's sense of disconnection, her passions faltering under the strain of daily existence, this book is ultimately about the value of reconnection - and how the act of seeking engagement and beauty in small ways can lead us to discover our most satisfying and meaningful lives.