Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn [Audiobook]

Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn [Audiobook]
Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn [Audiobook] by Daniel Gordis, read by Fred Sanders
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 16 hrs 19 mins | 450.16MB

The first comprehensive yet accessible history of the state of Israel from its inception to present day, from Daniel Gordis, "one of the most respected Israel analysts" (The Forward) living and writing in Jerusalem.

Israel is a tiny state, and yet it has captured the world's attention, aroused its imagination, and lately, been the object of its opprobrium. Why does such a small country speak to so many global concerns? More pressingly: Why does Israel make the decisions it does? And what lies in its future?

We cannot answer these questions until we understand Israel's people and the questions and conflicts, the hopes and desires, that have animated their conversations and actions. Though Israel's history is rife with conflict, these conflicts do not fully communicate the spirit of Israel and its people: they give short shrift to the dream that gave birth to the state, and to the vision for the Jewish people that was at its core. Guiding us through the milestones of Israeli history, Gordis relays the drama of the Jewish people's story and the creation of the state. Clear-eyed and erudite, he illustrates how Israel became a cultural, economic and military powerhouse - but also explains where Israel made grave mistakes and traces the long history of Israel's deepening isolation.

With Israel, public intellectual Daniel Gordis offers us a brief but thorough account of the cultural, economic, and political history of this complex nation, from its beginnings to the present. Accessible, levelheaded, and rigorous, Israel sheds light on Israel's past so we can understand its future. The result is a vivid portrait of a people, and a nation, reborn.

Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War [Audiobook]

Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War [Audiobook]
Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War [Audiobook] by Edwin G Burrows, read by Norman Dietz
2008 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10 hrs 31 mins | 288.59MB

Between 1775 and 1783, some 200,000 Americans took up arms against the British Crown. Just over 6,800 of those men died in battle. About 25,000 became prisoners of war, most of them confined in New York City under conditions so atrocious that they perished by the thousands. Evidence suggests that at least 17,500 Americans may have died in these prisons—more than twice the number to die on the battlefield. It was in New York, not Boston or Philadelphia, where most Americans gave their lives for the cause of independence.

New York City became the jailhouse of the American Revolution because it was the principal base of the Crown’s military operations. Beginning with the bumper crop of American captives taken during the 1776 invasion of New York, captured Americans were stuffed into a hastily assembled collection of public buildings, sugar houses, and prison ships. The prisoners were shockingly overcrowded and chronically underfed—those who escaped alive told of comrades so hungry they ate their own clothes and shoes.

Despite the extraordinary number of lives lost, Forgotten Patriots is the first-ever account of what took place in these hell-holes. The result is a unique perspective on the Revolutionary War as well as a sobering commentary on how Americans have remembered our struggle for independence—and how much we have forgotten.

Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of History's Greatest Buildings [Audiobook]

Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of History's Greatest Buildings [Audiobook]
Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of History's Greatest Buildings [Audiobook] by James Crawford, read by John Lee
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 20 hrs 35 mins | 563.69MB

An inviting, fascinating compendium of 21 of history's most famous lost places, from the Tower of Babel to the Twin Towers.

Buildings are more like us than we realize. They can be born into wealth or poverty, enjoying every privilege or struggling to make ends meet. They have parents - gods, kings and emperors, governments, visionaries and madmen - as well as friends and enemies. They have duties and responsibilities. They can endure crises of faith and purpose. They can succeed or fail. They can live. And, sooner or later, they die.

In Fallen Glory, James Crawford uncovers the biographies of some of the world's most fascinating lost and ruined buildings, from the dawn of civilization to the cyber era. The lives of these iconic structures are packed with drama and intrigue. Soap operas on the grandest scale, they feature war and religion, politics and art, love and betrayal, catastrophe and hope. Frequently their afterlives have been no less dramatic - their memories used and abused down the millennia for purposes both sacred and profane. They provide the stage for a startling array of characters, including Gilgamesh, the Cretan Minotaur, Agamemnon, Nefertiti, Genghis Khan, Henry VIII, Catherine the Great, Adolf Hitler, and even Bruce Springsteen.

The 21 structures Crawford focuses on include The Tower of Babel, The Temple of Jerusalem, The Library of Alexandria, The Bastille, Kowloon Walled City, the Berlin Wall, and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Ranging from the deserts of Iraq, the banks of the Nile, and the cloud forests of Peru to the great cities of Jerusalem, Istanbul, Paris, Rome, London, and New York, Fallen Glory is a unique guide to a world of vanished architecture.

Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover Ups of 9/11 and Iraq [Audiobook]

Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover Ups of 9/11 and Iraq [Audiobook]
Extreme Prejudice: The Terrifying Story of the Patriot Act and the Cover Ups of 9/11 and Iraq [Audiobook] by Susan Lindauer, read by Rebecca Roberts
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 21 hrs 42 mins | 598.19MB

What if the government decided to invent a great lie to justify a disastrous war? What would happen to the people who know the truth? Extreme Prejudice delivers an explosive, high tension expose of the real facts surrounding the CIA's advance warning of 9/11 and an insider's look at Iraqi pre-war intelligence, told by one of the very few US assets covering Iraq before the war. It reveals the depths of deception by leaders in Washington and London to promote a successful image of their terrorism policy, and the shocking brutality to suppress the truth of their failures from Americans and the world community.

Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities [Audiobook]

Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities [Audiobook]
Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities [Audiobook] by Bettany Hughes, read by the Author
2017 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 24 hrs 39 mins | 782.07MB

Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide and crackle, where the idea is as potent as the historical fact. From the Qu'ran to Shakespeare, this city with three names - Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul - resonates as an idea and a place and overspills its boundaries - real and imagined. Standing as the gateway between the East and West, it has served as the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Empires. For much of its history, it was known simply as The City, but, as Bettany Hughes reveals, Istanbul is not just a city but a story.

In this epic new biography, Hughes takes us on a dazzling historical journey through the many incarnations of one of the world's greatest cities. As the longest-lived political entity in Europe, over the last 6,000 years Istanbul has absorbed a mosaic of microcities and cultures all gathering around the core. At the latest count, archaeologists have measured 42 human habitation layers. Phoenicians, Genoese, Venetians, Jews, Vikings and Azeris all called a patch of this earth their home.

Based on meticulous research and new archaeological evidence, this captivating portrait of the momentous life of Istanbul is visceral, immediate and scholarly narrative history at its finest.

Atomic Awakening: A New Look at the History and Future of Nuclear Power [Audiobook]

Atomic Awakening: A New Look at the History and Future of Nuclear Power [Audiobook]
Atomic Awakening: A New Look at the History and Future of Nuclear Power [Audiobook] by James Mahaffey, read by John McLain
2013 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 11 hrs 44 mins | 323.32MB

"Persuasive and based on deep research. Atomic Awakening taught me a great deal." (Nature)

The American public's introduction to nuclear technology was manifested in destruction and death. With Hiroshima and the Cold War still ringing in our ears, our perception of all things nuclear is seen through the lens of weapons development. Nuclear power is full of mind-bending theories, deep secrets, and the misdirection of public consciousness - some deliberate, some accidental. The result of this fixation on bombs and fallout is that the development of a non-polluting, renewable energy source stands frozen in time.

Outlining nuclear energy's discovery and applications throughout history, Mahaffey's brilliant and accessible book is essential to understanding the astounding phenomenon of nuclear power in an age where renewable energy and climate change have become the defining concerns of the twenty-first century.

A Nation of Nations: A Story of America After the 1965 Immigration Law [Audiobook]

A Nation of Nations: A Story of America After the 1965 Immigration Law [Audiobook]
A Nation of Nations: A Story of America After the 1965 Immigration Law [Audiobook] by Tom Gjelten, read by David Colacci
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 35 mins | 346.69MB

In 1950, Fairfax County, Virginia, was 90 percent white, 10 percent African American, with a little more than 100 families who were "other". Currently the African American percentage of the population is about the same, but the Anglo white population is less than 50 percent, and there are families of Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and Latin American origin living all over the county.

A Nation of Nations follows the lives of a few immigrants to Fairfax County over recent decades as they gradually "Americanize". Hailing from Korea, Bolivia, and Libya, these families have stories that illustrate common immigrant themes: friction between minority groups, economic competition and entrepreneurship, and racial and cultural stereotyping. It's been half a century since the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act changed the landscape of America, and no book has assessed the impact or importance of this law as this one does, with its brilliant combination of personal stories and larger demographic and political issues.

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine [EPUB]

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine [EPUB]
Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781101874370 | 60.03MB

The first and only biography of Jann Wenner, the iconic founder of Rolling Stone magazine, and a romp through the hothouses of rock and roll, politics, media, and Hollywood, from the Summer of Love to the Internet age.

Lennon. Dylan. Jagger. Belushi. Leibovitz. The story of Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone's founder, editor, and publisher, is an insider's trip through the backstages of storied concert venues, rock-star hotel rooms, and the political ups and downs of the latter half of the Twentieth Century, right up through the digital age: connecting the counterculture of Haight Ashbury to the "straight world."

Supplemented by a cache of extraordinary documents and letters from Wenner's personal archives, Sticky Fingers is the story of a mercurial, wide-eyed rock and roll fan of ambiguous sexuality but unambiguous ambition who reinvents youth culture, marketing the libertine world of the late sixties counterculture in a stylish, glossy package that would stand for decades as a testament to the cultural power of American youth. Joe Hagan captures in stunning detail the extraordinary lives constellated around a magazine that began as a scrappy rebellion and became a locus of power, influence, and access--using hundreds of hours of reporting and exclusive interviews.

The result is a fascinating and complex portrait of Jann Wenner that is also a biography of popular culture, celebrity, music, and politics in America over the last fifty years.

An Introduction to Indian Philosophy [EPUB]

An Introduction to Indian Philosophy [EPUB]
An Introduction to Indian Philosophy by Roy W Perrett
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780521853569 | 0.95MB

This wide-ranging introduction to classical Indian philosophy is philosophically rigorous without being too technical for beginners. Through detailed explorations of the full range of Indian philosophical concerns, including some metaphilosophical issues, it provides readers with non-Western perspectives on central areas of philosophy, including epistemology, logic, metaphysics, ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of religion. Chapters are structured thematically, with each including suggestions for further reading. This provides readers with an informed overview whilst enabling them to focus on particular topics if needed.

Translated Sanskrit texts are accompanied by authorial explanations and contextualisations, giving the reader an understanding of the argumentative context and philosophical style of Indian texts. A detailed glossary and a guide to Sanskrit pronunciation equip readers with the tools needed for reading and understanding Sanskrit terms and names. The book will be an essential resource for both beginners and advanced students of philosophy and Asian studies.

Not In The Club: An Executive Woman’s Journey Through the Biased World of Business [EPUB]

Not In The Club: An Executive Woman’s Journey Through the Biased World of Business [EPUB]
Not In The Club: An Executive Woman’s Journey Through the Biased World of Business by Janet Pucino
2013 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780985902711 | 0.82MB

While a number of women have risen to top levels in corporate US-based organizations, statistically they are exceptions at the executive levels and in boardrooms. Even when women reach the uppermost echelons in business, they seldom become a member of The Club to which their male counterparts belong. Not in the Club provides an insightful look at the unique experiences of women in the workplace as they advance toward executive positions, while revealing candid, real-life experiences that expose biases and barriers.

Pucino shares her executive expertise with the reader, and includes insights from dozens of professional men and women, as well as leading scholars in behavioral science, sociology and economics in order to prepare women for leadership roles, define critical elements of success for women at any point in their career, illustrate why companies should care about including women on their senior leadership teams, and raise awareness in both men and women about biases and behaviors that limit women's contributions.

A Path to Peace: A Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East [EPUB]

A Path to Peace: A Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East [EPUB]
A Path to Peace: A Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East by George J Mitchell, Alon Sachar
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781501153914 | 7.1MB

The “illuminating” (Los Angeles Times) answer to why Israel and Palestine’s attempts at negotiation have failed and a practical, “admirably measured” (The New York Times) roadmap for bringing peace to the Middle East—by an impartial American diplomat experienced in solving international conflicts.

George Mitchell knows how to bring peace to troubled regions. He was the primary architect of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement for peace in Northern Ireland. But when he served as US Special Envoy for Middle East Peace from 2009 to 2011—working to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—diplomacy did not prevail. Now, for the first time, Mitchell offers his insider account of how the Israelis and the Palestinians have progressed (and regressed) in their negotiations through the years and outlines the specific concessions each side must make to finally achieve lasting peace.

A Temporary Refuge: Fourteen Seasons with Wild Summer Steelhead [EPUB]

A Temporary Refuge: Fourteen Seasons with Wild Summer Steelhead [EPUB]
A Temporary Refuge: Fourteen Seasons with Wild Summer Steelhead by Lee Spencer
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781938340673 | 3.84MB

As featured in the documentary, DamNation (Patagonia, 2014). During his first summer, Spencer built a sheltered viewing platform, a place to sit with Sis and his notebook, and observe the denizens of the pool for months, and, finally, years on end. Shortly before setting up camp during his first season, Spencer cut the points off the hooks of all his steelhead flies, freeing himself to see more deeply the beauty of his surroundings. As the predatory urge faded, a kind of blindness went with it, and Spencer’s eyes and mind became figurative hooks, enabling him to capture the stunning lives and behaviors of these charismatic wild creatures with an intimacy that has rarely been offered before.

A distillation of fourteen years of detailed observations, in this surprisingly engaging almanac, Spencer records a natural history teeming with fish, water, vegetation, birds, mammals, insects, reptiles, and amphibians, seasonal changes, and interesting events and stories. Spencer is a modern-day Thoreau, and the steelhead pool is his Walden Pond.

The Energy Wise Home: Practical Ideas for Saving Energy, Money, and the Planet [EPUB]

The Energy Wise Home: Practical Ideas for Saving Energy, Money, and the Planet [EPUB]
The Energy Wise Home: Practical Ideas for Saving Energy, Money, and the Planet by Jeff Dondero
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781442279476 | 7.3MB

When picking out a home, there are a number of aspects to keep in mind: location, size, and layout. One issue that many people neglect is energy conservation, which is quickly becoming one of the most important aspects of modern life. How do make your home energy wise? Where do you start? What aspects of home living can affect, and be affected by, our energy choices? This task can be momentous and intimidating.

The Energy Wise Home: Practical Ideas for Saving Energy, Money, and the Planet makes it easy. Jeff Dondero walks you through your home’s walls, doors, windows, and roof, room by room and appliance by appliance, breaking them down into simple terms so that you can make the smartest energy and resource choices possible. He even covers gardens and garages, explaining what household items cost to run, how to conserve energy when using them, giving guidance on what’s sustainable and what isn’t. This encyclopedic manual is very helpful for understanding the machine that is your house, and how to keep it maintained and running well and “green” while saving you money.

This guide is a great fit to make sure that you make the best of your home and the resources that power and run it. Conservation in the home is something that you owe to yourself, your family, and your planet.

Life Is a Joke: 100 Life Lessons (with Punch Lines) [EPUB]

Life Is a Joke: 100 Life Lessons (with Punch Lines) [EPUB]
Life Is a Joke: 100 Life Lessons (with Punch Lines) by Gordon Javna, John Javna
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781523500079 | 0.54MB

It’s the perfect marriage of wisdom and wit—here are 100 valuable lessons on how to live, drawn from 100 hilarious and unforgettable jokes.

A really good joke, like a great poem, memorable song lyric, razor-sharp anecdote, or Zen koan, is a portal of discovery—it can get a meaningful message across in a way that’s clear, humorous, and practical.

It’s the secret weapon of every great comedian—there’s the joke, and then there’s the subtext of the joke, and that can mean serious business.

A funny, funny joke about a therapist and his patient conveys, for example, an important lesson on the power of communication. A surprising joke about a tribal shaman and the weather service turns into a necessary critique on how we should view experts.

All-Out for Victory: Magazine Advertising and the World War II Home Front [PDF]

All-Out for Victory: Magazine Advertising and the World War II Home Front [PDF]
All-Out for Victory: Magazine Advertising and the World War II Home Front by John Bush Jones
2009 | PDF | ISBN: 9781584657682 | 173.1MB

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor and the entry of the United States into World War II, many commercial advertisers and their Madison Avenue ad agencies instantly switched from selling products and services to selling the home front on ways to support the war. Ads by major manufacturers showcased how their factories had turned to war production, demonstrating their participation in the war and helping people understand, for instance, that they couldn’t buy a new washing machine because the company was making munitions. Other ads helped civilians cope with wartime rationing and shortages by offering advice on how to make leftovers tasty, make shoes last, and keep a car in good working order. Ads also encouraged Victory Gardens, scrap collecting, giving blood, and (most important) buying War Bonds.

In this book, Jones examines hundreds of ads from ten large-circulation news and general-interest magazines of the period. He discusses motivational war ads, ads about industrial and agricultural support of the war, ads directed at uplifting the morale of civilians and GIs, and ads promoting home front efficiency, conservation, and volunteerism. Jones also includes ads praising women in war work and the armed forces and ads aimed at recruiting more women. Taken together, war ads in national magazines did their part to create the most efficient home front possible in order to support the war effort.

We're Going to Run This City: Winnipeg's Political Left after the General Strike [EPUB]

We're Going to Run This City: Winnipeg's Political Left after the General Strike [EPUB]
We're Going to Run This City: Winnipeg's Political Left after the General Strike by Stefan Epp-Koop
2015 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780887557842 | 2.26MB

Stefan Epp-Koop’s We’re Going to Run This City: Winnipeg’s Political Left After the General Strike explores the dynamic political movement that came out of the largest labor protest in Canadian history and the ramifications for Winnipeg throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Few have studied the political Left at the municipal level—even though it was at this grassroots level that many people participated in political activities and it was at this time the struggles between Left and Right were played out.

Winnipeg was divided between the political descendants of the General Strike's Citizen’s Committee of 1000, the conservative business elite who advocated for minimal government and low taxes, and parties on the political left. The Independent Labour Party and the Communist Party of Canada had numerous ties to the 1919 strikers and, although they were often in conflict with each other, both put forward platforms focused on the city’s working class.

The political strength of the Left would ebb and flow throughout the 1920s and 1930s but peaked in the mid-1930s when the ILP’s John Queen became mayor and the two parties on the Left combined to hold a majority of council seats. Astonishingly, Winnipeg was governed by a mayor who had served jail time for his role in the General Strike.

Say What?: 670 Quotes That Should Never Have Been Said [EPUB]

Say What?: 670 Quotes That Should Never Have Been Said [EPUB]
Say What: 670 Quotes That Should Never Have Been Said by Doreen Chila-Jones
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781946064042 | 1.24MB

Say What? is a compilation of 670 of the most memorable things that should never have been said. You’ll find, of course, quotes from dictators, drug lords, and murderers, but much more shocking are the entries by Nobel Prize winners, religious leaders, and beloved icons.

Doreen Chila-Jones has collected hundreds of extraordinary quotes, and everyone is fair game—even Mother Teresa: “I think it is very beautiful for the poor to accept their lot, to share it with the passion of the Christ. I think the world is being much helped by the suffering of the poor people.” Say what?

Pencil Art Workshop: Techniques, Ideas, and Inspiration for Drawing and Designing with Pencil [EPUB]

Pencil Art Workshop: Techniques, Ideas, and Inspiration for Drawing and Designing with Pencil [EPUB]
Pencil Art Workshop: Techniques, Ideas, and Inspiration for Drawing and Designing with Pencil by Matt Rota
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781631592690 | 32.97MB

The humble pencil is the world’s most flexible and forgiving drawing material. And in Pencil Art Workshop artist and educator Matt Rota (author of The Art of Ballpoint) explores the pencil’s phenomenal range.

Turn to any chapter--drawing with line, drawing with tone, drawing quickly, photorealism, adding color--and you’ll discover, through step-by-step instructions and illustrations, how to choose the right pencil and use it to its fullest in every drawing style. Each chapter also includes a gallery of edgy and inspiring works by contemporary pencil artists to enjoy, and to give inspiration.

Running the City: Why Public Art Matters [EPUB]

Running the City: Why Public Art Matters [EPUB]
Running the City: Why Public Art Matters by Felicity Fenner
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781742235332 | 4.82MB

Leading Australian curator Felicity Fenner profiles activity-based and pop-up contemporary public art projects from Australia and around the globe. Running the City explores art projects that bring together diverse disciplines and cultures – including running, cycling, architecture, and guerilla gardening.

From runners taking to the streets of Sydney’s CBD in Runscape to Work No. 850, where athletes sprinted through the corridors of Tate Britain, the book surveys recent art projects that utilise the city both as subject matter and a site for art. Participatory, temporary, and permanent community-driven art projects reveal how public space can be activated in ways that are original, subversive, fun, and unexpected. The theme of running – both in the context of athleticism and agency – underscores the artworks here.

More than just site-specific public art, the art projects examined in Running the City change the way we think about and inhabit our cities.