Germany Ascendant: The Eastern Front 1915 [EPUB]

Germany Ascendant: The Eastern Front 1915 [EPUB]
Germany Ascendant: The Eastern Front 1915 by Prit Buttar
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781472807953 | 24.69MB

While millions of men died in France and Belgium in 1915, battles equally as large and bloody were being fought on the Eastern Front, as Imperial Germany, Hapsburg Austria-Hungary, and Tsarist Russia clashed on a scale greater than anything seen on the Western Front. These massive offensives were shocking in their scale and intensity, and hugely important. Yet they are largely ignored in the West. Now, with the work of internationally renowned Eastern Front expert Prit Buttar, this story of the unknown side of World War I is finally being told.

In Germany Ascendant, Buttar examines the critical year of 1915, when Germany launched the great Gorlice-Tarnow Offensive, lead by Field Marshal Mackensen. The move, which started as a minor German operation to relieve their Austro-Hungarian allies, ultimately resulted in the utter collapse of Russian forces from all of Poland and Gallacia, and came tantalizingly close to knocking Russia out of the war altogether. Next the Germans led the invasion of Serbia, leading Britain and France to intervene with ground troops, an operation that ultimately failed.

Yet despite this unbroken string of successes, Germany was still hamstrung by a two-front war. Her every attempt to knock Russia out of the war--military and diplomatic--has failed. The stage was then set for the next phase of the war when Russia launched its own counter-offensive that nearly brought the Central Powers to their knees.

Hippy Days, Arabian Nights [EPUB]

Hippy Days, Arabian Nights [EPUB]
Hippy Days, Arabian Nights by Katherine Boland
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781525243035 | 1.13MB

Spanning five decades and as many continents, Hippy Days, Arabian Nights is a funny, moving, and compelling story of a woman whose extraordinary life will never be summarised by the words ‘could have’, ‘might have’, or ‘should have’. Whether it’s following her dreams pursuing what she believes in, or chasing matters of the heart, from the outset Australian artist Katherine Boland has grabbed life by the throat and jumped in feet first.

Part One: Hippy Days.

One woman’s experience of life in a hippy community that sprang up in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales as part of the counterculture movement––an overlooked and relatively untapped period in Australian modern history. In 1976, Katherine and her boyfriend John, like many idealistic young students of the time, abandon their university studies and leave Melbourne to pursue a sustainable and independent life in the bush. Their earnest quest for a Utopian life in harmony with nature is both hilarious and serious: John finds himself reviving their dying goat with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in the back of a ute while on the way to the vet; and, under the stars, alone in the bush, a pregnant and groaning Katherine goes into labour to the accompaniment of New Year’s Eve fireworks and the sympathetic mooing of a neighbour’s cow. However, as Katherine reveals, even the strongest woman is vulnerable and the noblest of dreams can perish, observing as she does that in many families ‘peace, harmony and mung beans’ can founder on the back of drug addiction with its many consequences including family violence and child neglect.

Part Two: Arabian Nights.

Prior to the Egyptian revolution in 2010, Katherine receives an invitation from the Egyptian Ministry of Culture to participate in an International Artists’ Symposium. And so begins her next fateful and totally unplanned foray into the unknown: falling head over heels in love (or is it lust!) for an Egyptian journalist 27 years her junior – at first sight. Her ideas and preconceptions about Islam and the Middle East are challenged as her relationship evolves and deepens over the next 6 years.

We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter [Audiobook]

We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter [Audiobook]
We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter [Audiobook] by Celeste Headlee, read by the Author
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 5 hrs 10 mins | 143.19MB

"We need to talk."

They are, perhaps, the most dreaded four words in the English language. But in her timely, insightful, and wonderfully practical audiobook, We Need to Talk, Celeste Headlee - who earns a living by talking on the airwaves of National Public Radio - makes the case that they are urgently needed.

Today, most of us communicate from behind electronic screens, and studies show that Americans feel less connected and more divided than ever before. The blame for some of this disconnect can be attributed to our political landscape, but the erosion of our conversational skills as a society lies with us as individuals.

And the only way forward, says Headlee, is to start talking to each other. In We Need to Talk, she outlines the strategies that have made her a better conversationalist - and offers simple tools that can improve anyone's communication. For example:

  • Be there or go elsewhere. Human beings are incapable of multitasking, and this is especially true of tasks that involve language. Think you can type up a few emails while on a business call or hold a conversation with your child while texting your spouse? Think again.
  • Check your bias. The belief that your intelligence protects you from erroneous assumptions can end up making you more vulnerable to them. We all have blind spots that affect the way we view others. Check your bias before you judge someone else.
  • Hide your phone. Don't just put down your phone; put it away. New research suggests that the mere presence of a cell phone can negatively impact the quality of a conversation.

Whether you're struggling to communicate with your kid's teacher at school, an employee at work, or the people you love the most, Headlee offers smart strategies that can help us all have conversations that matter.

Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others [Audiobook]

Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others [Audiobook]
Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others [Audiobook] by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, Connie Burk, read by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF | 8 hrs 37 mins | 238.36MB

Offers those who care for others and the planet a way to stay engaged, hopeful, balanced, and healthy when dealing with hardship, suffering, and trauma

  • Deepens readers’ understanding of the many ways they and their organizations may be impacted by dealing with trauma and suffering
  • Uses moving first-person interviews and even cartoons to illuminate the idea of trauma stewardship

Working to make the world a more hopeful and sustainable place often means having to confront pain, suffering, crisis, and trauma head-on, day in and day out. Over months and years this takes an enormous emotional, psychological, and physical toll, one that we’re often not even fully aware of until the day we feel like we just can’t go on anymore. And our well-being and the work we’re doing are too important to risk that happening.

This book is for all those who notice that they are not the people they once were or who are being told that by their families, friends, colleagues, or pets. Laura van Dernoot Lipsky takes a deep and sympathetic look at the many ways the stress of dealing with trauma manifests itself: feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, diminished creativity, chronic exhaustion, cynicism, and a dozen more.

To keep from being overwhelmed, we need to respond to suffering in a thoughtful, intentional way—not by hardening our hearts or by internalizing others’ struggles as our own but by developing a quality of compassionate presence. This is trauma stewardship. To help achieve this, Lipsky offers a variety of simple and profound practices, drawn from modern psychology and a range of spiritual traditions, that enable us to look carefully at our reactions and motivations and discover new sources of energy and renewal. She includes interviews with successful trauma stewards from different walks of life and even uses New Yorker cartoons to illustrate her points.

“We can do meaningful work in a way that works for us and for those we serve,” Lipsky writes. “Taking care of ourselves while taking care of others allows us to contribute to our societies with such impact that we will leave a legacy informed by our deepest wisdom and greatest gifts instead of burdened by our struggles and despair.”

The Third Screen: The Ultimate Guide to Mobile Marketing [Audiobook]

The Third Screen: The Ultimate Guide to Mobile Marketing [Audiobook]
The Third Screen: The Ultimate Guide to Mobile Marketing [Audiobook] by Chuck Martin, read by John Chancer
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 59 mins | 247.55 MB

With the 'first screen' - the television - companies sent ads directly into consumers' living rooms, reaching millions with one campaign. The 'second screen' - the personal computer - increased interaction between companies and consumers and allowed for immediate customer feedback. Now, the 'third screen' - the mobile device - changed the game in an even more revolutionary way.

The Third Screen: The Ultimate Guide to Mobile Marketing defines the implications, strategies, and tactics used to thrive in business during the mobile revolution. This edition links technological developments to behavioural changes, reveals the unexpected forces of the changes in mobile, and equips marketers and businesses for the future.

The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World [Audiobook]

The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World [Audiobook]
The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World [Audiobook] by Jenn Granneman, read by Susie Berneis
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 51 mins | 216.17MB

Is there a hidden part of you that no one else sees? Do you have a vivid inner world of thoughts and emotions that your peers and loved ones can't seem to access? Have you ever been told you're too quiet, shy, boring, or awkward? Are your habits and comfort zones questioned by a society that doesn't seem to get you? If so, you might be an introvert.

On behalf of those who have long been misunderstood, rejected, or ignored, fellow introvert Jenn Granneman writes a compassionate vindication - exploring, discovering, and celebrating the secret inner world of introverts. Drawing on scientific research, in-depth interviews with experts and other introverts, and her own personal story, Granneman reveals the clockwork behind the introvert's mind - and why so many people get it wrong.

So whether you're a bona fide introvert, an extrovert anxious to learn how introverts tick, or a curious ambivert, this empowering manifesto will answer questions you've always had.

A History of the United States in Five Crashes: Stock Market Meltdowns That Defined a Nation [Audiobook]

A History of the United States in Five Crashes: Stock Market Meltdowns That Defined a Nation [Audiobook]
A History of the United States in Five Crashes: Stock Market Meltdowns That Defined a Nation [Audiobook] by Scott Nations, read by Christopher Grove
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 12 hrs 32 mins | 345.31MB

In this absorbing, smart, and accessible blend of economic and cultural history in the vein of the works of Michael Lewis and Andrew Ross Sorkin, a financial executive and CNBC contributor examines the five most significant stock market crashes in the United States over the past century, revealing how they have defined the nation today.

The Panic of 1907; Black Tuesday (1929); Black Monday (1987); the Great Recession (2008); the Flash Crash (2010): Each of these financial implosions that caused a catastrophic drop in the American stock market is a remarkable story in its own right. But taken together, they offer a unique financial history of the American century. In A History of the United States in Five Crashes, financial executive and CNBC contributor Scott Nations examines these precipitous dips, revealing how each played a role in America's political and cultural fabric, one building upon the next to create the nation we know today.

Scott Nations identifies the factors behind the disastrous runs on banks that led to the Panic of 1907, the first great scare of the 20th century. He explains why 1920s America adopted investment trusts - a practice that helped post-World War I Britain - and how they were a primary catalyst of the 1929 crash. He explores America's love affair with an expanding stock market in the 1980s - which spawned the birth of portfolio insurance that significantly contributed to the 1987 crash. And he examines the factors that led to the 2008 global meltdown and the rise of algorithmic trading, the modern financial technology that sparked the 2010 Flash Crash when American stocks lost a trillion dollars in minutes.

A History of the United States in Five Crashes clearly and compellingly illustrates the connections between these financial collapses and examines the solid, clear-cut lessons they offer for preventing the next one.

The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse & Betrayal [Audiobook]

The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse & Betrayal [Audiobook]
The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse & Betrayal [Audiobook] by Nick Bryant, read by the Author
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 20 hrs 51 mins | 573.02MB

A chilling exposé of corporate corruption and government cover-ups, this account of a nationwide child-trafficking and pedophilia ring in the United States tells a sordid tale of corruption in high places.

The scandal originally surfaced during an investigation into Omaha, Nebraska's failed Franklin Federal Credit Union that went beyond the Midwest, ultimately to Washington, DC. Implicating businessmen, senators, major media corporations, the CIA, and even the venerable Boys Town organization, this extensively researched report includes firsthand interviews with key witnesses and explores a controversy that has received scant media attention.

Jews, God, and History [Audiobook]

Jews, God, and History [Audiobook]
Jews, God, and History [Audiobook] by Max I Dimont, read by Anna Fields
2010 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 17 hrs 54 mins | 492.2MB

Vitality floods its pages. Philosophers and kings, warriors and merchants, poets and financiers come alive as the story ranges across time and the globe. From ancient Palestine through Europe and the Orient, to America and modern Israel, Max Dimont shows how the saga of the Jews is interwoven with the history of virtually every nation on earth.

Brilliantly narrated in a thousand and one episodes, this newly revised and updated edition tells the story of a people escaping annihilation and cultural death, fighting, falling back, advancing. Infused with an almost miraculous life force, they have survived the death of civilizations and have triumphantly contributed to man's spiritual and intellectual heritage for some four thousand years.

The Stephen King Companion: Four Decades of Fear from the Master of Horror [Audiobook]

The Stephen King Companion: Four Decades of Fear from the Master of Horror [Audiobook]
The Stephen King Companion: Four Decades of Fear from the Master of Horror [Audiobook] by George Beahm, read by Fleet Cooper, Claire Christie
2015 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 24 hrs 22 mins | 664.0MB

The Stephen King Companion is an authoritative look at horror author King's personal life and professional career, from Carrie to The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.

King expert George Beahm, who has published extensively about Maine's main author, is your seasoned guide to the imaginative world of Stephen King, covering his varied and prodigious output: juvenalia, short fiction, limited edition books, best-selling novels, and film adaptations.

Supplemented with interviews with friends, colleagues, and mentors who knew King well, this book looks at his formative years in Durham, when he began writing fiction as a young teen; his college years in the turbulent '60s; his struggles with early poverty; working full time as an English teacher while writing part time; the long road to the publication of his first novel, Carrie; and the dozens of best-selling books and major screen adaptations that followed.

For fans old and new, The Stephen King Companion is a comprehensive look at America's best-loved bogeyman.

I, Mammal: The Story of What Makes Us Mammals [Audiobook]

I, Mammal: The Story of What Makes Us Mammals [Audiobook]
I, Mammal: The Story of What Makes Us Mammals [Audiobook] by Liam Drew, read by Neil Gardner
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 11 hrs 26 mins | 314.9MB

Humans are mammals. Most of us appreciate that at some level. But what does it mean for us to have more in common with a horse and an elephant than we do with a parrot, snake or frog?

After a misdirected football left new father Liam Drew clutching a uniquely mammalian part of his anatomy, he decided to find out more. Considering himself as a mammal first and a human second, Liam delves into ancient biological history to understand what it means to be mammalian.

In his humorous and engaging style, Liam explores the different characteristics that distinguish mammals from other types of animals. He charts the evolution of milk, warm blood and burgeoning brains, and examines the emergence of sophisticated teeth, exquisite ears, and elaborate reproductive biology, plus a host of other mammalian innovations. Entwined are tales of zoological peculiarities and reflections on how being a mammal has shaped the author's life.

I, Mammal is a history of mammals and their ancestors and of how science came to grasp mammalian evolution. And in celebrating our mammalian-ness, Liam Drew binds us a little more tightly to the five and a half thousand other species of mammal on this planet and reveals the deep roots of many traits humans hold dear.

After Lincoln: How the North Won the Civil War and Lost the Peace [Audiobook]

After Lincoln: How the North Won the Civil War and Lost the Peace [Audiobook]
After Lincoln: How the North Won the Civil War and Lost the Peace [Audiobook] by A J Langguth, read by Tom Perkins
2014 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 29 mins | 370.91MB

With Abraham Lincoln's assassination, his "team of rivals" was left adrift. President Andrew Johnson, a former slave owner from Tennessee, was challenged by Northern Congressmen, Radical Republicans led by Thaddeus Stephens and Charles Sumner, who wanted to punish the defeated South. When Johnson's policies placated the rebels at the expense of the freed black men, radicals in the House impeached him for trying to fire Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. Johnson was saved from removal by one vote in the Senate trial, presided over by Salmon Chase. Even William Seward, Lincoln's closest ally in his cabinet, seemed to waver.

By the 1868 election, united Republicans nominated Ulysses Grant, Lincoln's winning Union general. His attempts to reconcile Southerners with the Union and to quash the rising Ku Klux Klan were undercut by postwar greed and corruption during his two terms. Reconstruction died unofficially in 1887 when Republican Rutherford Hayes joined with the Democrats in a deal that removed the last federal troops from South Carolina and Louisiana. In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed a bill with protections first proposed in 1872 by Charles Sumner, the Radical senator from Massachusetts.