1215 and All That: Magna Carta and King John [EPUB]

1215 and All That: Magna Carta and King John [EPUB]
1215 and All That: Magna Carta and King John by Ed West
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781510719873 | 0.52MB

1215 is one of the most famous dates in English history, and with good reason, since it marks the signing of the Magna Carta by King John and the English barons, which altered the entire course of English and world history.

John Lackland was born to King Henry II and Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitane in December, 1166; he was the youngest of five sons. However, he unexpectedly became the favored heir to his father after a failed rebellion by his older brothers in 1173. He became king in 1199, though his reign was tumultuous and short. After a brief peace with Phillip II of France, war broke out again in 1202 and King John lost most of his holdings on the continent. This, coupled with unpopular fiscal policies and treatment of nobles back home, led to conflict upon his return from battle. Buffeted from all sides, King John was pushed in 1215 to sign along with his barons the Magna Carta, a precursor to constitutional governance. But both sides failed to uphold the agreements terms and conflict quickly resumed, leading to John’s untimely death a year later to dysentery.

Pitched at newcomers to the subject, 1215 and All That will explain how King John’s rule and, in particular, his signing of the Magna Carta changed England―and the English―forever, introducing readers to the early days of medieval England. It is the third book in the acclaimed A Very, Very Short History of England series, which captures the major moments of English history with humor and bite.

The Curious Bartender's Gin Palace [EPUB]

The Curious Bartender's Gin Palace [EPUB]
The Curious Bartender's Gin Palace by Tristan Stephenson
2016 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781849757010 | 31.94MB

An innovative, captivating tour of the finest gins and distilleries the world has to offer, brought to you by bestselling author and gin connoisseur Tristan Stephenson.

The Curious Bartender’s Gin Palace is the follow-up to master mixologist Tristan Stephenson’s hugely successful books, 'The Curious Bartender' and 'The Curious Bartender: An Odyssey of Malt, Bourbon & Rye Whiskies'. Discover the extraordinary journey that gin has taken, from its origins in the Middle Ages as the herbal medicine ‘genever’ to gin’s commercialization and the dark days of the Gin Craze in mid 18th Century London, through to its partnership with tonic water—creating the most palatable and enjoyable anti-malarial medication – to the golden age that it is now experiencing. In the last few years, hundreds of distilleries and micro-distilleries are cropping up all over the world, producing superb craft products infused with remarkable new blends of botanicals.

In this book, you’ll be at the cutting-edge of the most exciting developments, uncovering the alchemy of the gin production process and the science of flavour before taking a tour through the most exciting distilleries and gins the world has to offer. Finally, put Tristan’s mixology skills into practice with a dozen spectacular cocktails including a Purl, a Rickey, and a Fruit Cup.

Ablaze: The Story of Chernobyl [EPUB]

Ablaze: The Story of Chernobyl [EPUB]
Ablaze: The Story of Chernobyl by Piers Paul Read
1993 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780436409639 | 5.64MB

On 26th April 1986 the nuclear reactor at the fourth unit of the V.I. Lenin Power Station at Chernobyl exploded: many millions suffered, and continue to suffer from the consequences.

To chronicle this disaster and its aftermath, the author interviewed the engineers and operators who were conducting the fateful test on the night of 25th April; he talked to the director of the power station, serving a ten-year sentence for negligence; and he went to the hitherto top-secret institutes once run by Beria's Ministry of Medium Machine Building - the Kurchatov Institute, Moscow's Hospital No 6 and the once-closed city of Obninsk.

He has taken advantage of the declassification of nuclear information in the former Soviet Union and the loosening of tongues that followed the failure of the coup in 1991, and also gained access to the trial transcripts, the protocol of the hitherto secret Medical Commission and other confidential reports.

This Ain't No Holiday Inn: Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel 1980–1995 [EPUB]

This Ain't No Holiday Inn: Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel 1980–1995 [EPUB]
This Ain't No Holiday Inn: Down and Out at the Chelsea Hotel 1980–1995 by James Lough
2013 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781936182527 | 1.36MB

During its heyday, the Chelsea Hotel in New York City was a home and safe haven for Bohemian artists, poets, and musicians such as Bob Dylan, Gregory Corso, Alan Ginsberg, Janis Joplin, and Dee Dee Ramone.

This oral history of the famed hotel peers behind the iconic façade and delves into the mayhem, madness, and brilliance that stemmed from the hotel in the 1980s and 1990s. Providing a window into the late Bohemia of New York during that time, countless interviews and firsthand accounts adorn this social history of one of the most celebrated and culturally significant landmarks in New York City.

The Modern Preserver: Chutneys, Pickles, Jams and More [EPUB]

The Modern Preserver: Chutneys, Pickles, Jams and More [EPUB]
The Modern Preserver: Chutneys, Pickles, Jams and More by Kylee Newton
2015 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780224101165 | 59.67MB

Preserving is an ancient technique which speaks to a modern sensibility. It puts you in step with the seasons, you can use up leftovers, and it helps you rediscover a timeless kitchen craftsmanship – all aspirations of the thoughtful modern cook.

The Modern Preserver takes you through every aspect of preserving: from classic chutneys and jams, through pickles and fermentation, to cordials and compotes. It weds age-old methods with a very contemporary feel. There are fresh flavour pairings like Raspberry and Rose Jam, and Carrot and Citrus Chutney. There are ideas from across the world like Kimchi and Japanese Pickled Ginger. And there are more than 130 creative and unique recipes, be it for Strawberry and Lavender Gin or Roasted Red Pepper Ketchup.

Kylee Newton is a passionate self-taught preserver with stalls at London’s Broadway, Maltby Street and Peckham markets under the name Newton & Pott. Here she includes both simple recipes and immersive projects, and her recipes make stylish gifts and reassuringly natural homemade treats.

Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual [EPUB]

Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual [EPUB]
Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual by Jocko Willink
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781250156945 | 11.46 MB


Jocko Willink's methods for success were born in the SEAL Teams, where he spent most of his adult life, enlisting after high school and rising through the ranks to become the commander of the most highly decorated special operations unit of the war in Iraq. In Discipline Equals Freedom, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Extreme Ownership describes how he lives that mantra: the mental and physical disciplines he imposes on himself in order to achieve freedom in all aspects of life. Many books offer advice on how to overcome obstacles and reach your goals―but that advice often misses the most critical ingredient: discipline. Without discipline, there will be no real progress. Discipline Equals Freedom covers it all, including strategies and tactics for conquering weakness, procrastination, and fear, and specific physical training presented in workouts for beginner, intermediate, and advanced athletes, and even the best sleep habits and food intake recommended to optimize performance.

Within these pages discover the keys to becoming stronger, smarter, faster, and healthier. There is only one way to achieve true freedom: The Way of Discipline. Read this book and find The Way.

Doodle Art and Lettering with Joanne Sharpe [EPUB]

Doodle Art and Lettering with Joanne Sharpe [EPUB]
Doodle Art and Lettering with Joanne Sharpe: Inspiration and Techniques for Personal Expression by Joanne Sharpe
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781440347337 | 56.14MB

Discover the Joy of Doodle Arts and Lettering and Create Your Own Exuberant Art!

Energize your soul and soothe your spirit with the fun and colorful doodle and lettering techniques inside Doodle Arts and Lettering With Joanne Sharpe. Using her popular, playful style, Joanne is back with lessons, techniques and ideas all devised to help you incorporate and elevate the humble doodle. Not only will you learn how to doodle, you will learn how to incorporate these simple techniques into your art and lettering styles. Get ready to create inspiring art no matter what your skill level!

  • This follow up to the bestselling The Art of Whimsical Lettering will provide you with inspiration on every page.
  • The basics of drawing and doodling (you'll learn the importance of pattern, line and shape)
  • 9 all new alphabets, including Sassy Serifs, Letter Liners and Coloring Book Characters
  • Dozens of drawing, painting and mixed-media techniques using simple, everyday art supplies like pens, markers and watercolor paints
  • More than 100 prompts for doodling and terrific ideas for recording and saving your doodles, like decks, journals, and banks

So grab a pen and some paper and maybe even some paint, and dabble in these friendly and fun lettering and drawing lessons!

As Joanne would say, Just Doodley Do It!

Great in Bed [EPUB]

Great in Bed [EPUB]
Great in Bed by Debby Herbenick, Grant Stoddard
2011 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780756689667 | 3.26MB

Everyone wants to have great sex. Now everyone can!

Written by Dr. Debby Herbenick and Grant Stoddard, two of the world's most highly esteemed sex experts, Great in Bed is a guide to fantastic sex that takes a "he said/she said" point of view, so couples can learn how to properly communicate their desires with their partner.

Perfect for a couple just getting together, or one who's been together for years, Great in Bed teaches sexual confidence, positive self-image, and multiple skills so readers can learn how to bring their bedroom escapades to the next level.

Oil & Acrylic Workshop: Classic and contemporary techniques for painting expressive works of art [EPUB]

Oil & Acrylic Workshop: Classic and contemporary techniques for painting expressive works of art [EPUB]
Oil & Acrylic Workshop: Classic and contemporary techniques for painting expressive works of art by Kimberly Adams
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781633222809 | 29.72MB

Create contemporary and colorful works of art using a variety of traditional and unique painting techniques with Oil & Acrylic Workshop.

Break out the art supplies because it's time to discover how to create beautifully textured, vibrant, and colorful works of fine art. Oil & Acrylic Workshop guides you through harnessing both traditional and unique painting tools when putting media to canvas in new and surprising ways.

Whether you're an aspiring or established artist, you will relish setting aside the paintbrush in exchange for the palette knife, sponges, and even your fingers to create colorful, contemporary works of art. This guide book comes packed with techniques for working with oil and acrylic, as well as color theory and approachable step-by-step projects.

Don't miss these featured projects, including the art of creating landscapes, mastering animals, creating delicate flowers, and much more. Budding artists will become masters of new and engaging painting techniques in almost no time.

Painting Urban and Cityscapes [EPUB]

Painting Urban and Cityscapes [EPUB]
Painting Urban and Cityscapes by Hashim Akib
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781785002687 | 53.51MB

Cities provide endless exciting scenes for the artist, from sun-baked cafes, rain-soaked streets, illuminated nightscapes and busy squares to quiet, atmospheric corners. This practical book explains how to paint these scenes using water-based painting materials and new techniques.

With invaluable tips and advice throughout, it encourages a looser, more colourful approach to painting and shares a range of ideas for style and intepretation. Includes a guide to water-based mediums including acrylic, watercolour and mixed media, with advice on drawing, creative colour mixing and perspective.

With step-by-step instruction to techniques, including tackling a street scene, and creating and capturing the movement of people, this inspirational book will help you capture the colour and movement of urban scenes and develop your own creative style of painting. Will appeal to all artists, architects, urban sketchers, interior designers and building companies.Superbly illustrated with 190 colour images.

Street Spirit: The Power of Protest and Mischief [EPUB]

Street Spirit: The Power of Protest and Mischief [EPUB]
Street Spirit: The Power of Protest and Mischief by Steve Crawshaw
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781910552308 | 41.95MB

Street Spirit is a celebration of 50 extraordinary protests and demonstrations from around the world that have used humor, courage, absurdity and creativity to make their mark. Among the many instances of imaginative defiance within, you’ll discover the surprising impact of Lego figures in Siberia, red-hatted dwarves in Poland, and a donkey holding a press conference in Azerbaijan—not to mention the story of how Darth Vader helped to effect a global arms treaty.

With over 100 photographs and accompanying commentary on the power of non-violent protest from human rights campaigner Steve Crawshaw, who has been an eye-witness to some of the most dramatic demonstrations of recent years, Street Spirit is a unique visual guide that will inspire, enlighten and entertain.

QI: The Third Book of General Ignorance [EPUB]

QI: The Third Book of General Ignorance [EPUB]
QI: The Third Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd
2015 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780571308989 | 8.28MB

The Third Book of General Ignorance gathers together 180 questions, both new and previously featured on the QI's popular 'General Ignorance' round. For the past decade, the QI team have been patiently correcting the myths, misunderstandings and misplaced certainties that go to make up 'general knowledge'.

The first Book of General Ignorance, published in 2006, became an instant international bestseller and has been translated into 29 languages. The Second Book of General Ignorance in 2010 set the record straight on hundreds more areas of everyday wrongness. Now, the QI team returns to complete the trilogy.

The Third Book of General ignorance gathers together 180 more questions to which the answers all seem perfectly obvious. Some have appeared in the BBC TV programme's 'General Ignorance' round, but many appear here for the first time. What they prove, beyond all reasonable doubt, is that none of us know anything at all.

The largest pyramid isn't in Egypt, The Nile isn't the world's longest river, The Himalayas aren't the longest mountain range, 'Jingle Bells' wasn't written for Christmas, Whalebone isn't made of whale bone, Most deserts aren't made from sand, The ozone layer isn't made of ozone, Cowboys didn't wear Stetsons, All snakes are venomous, and, Not all fish live in water.

The Age of Spectacle: Adventures in Architecture and the 21st-Century City [EPUB]

The Age of Spectacle: Adventures in Architecture and the 21st-Century City [EPUB]
The Age of Spectacle: Adventures in Architecture and the 21st-Century City by Tom Dyckhoff
2017 | EPUB | ISBN: 9781847946522 | 13.72MB

In Dubai, a luxury apartment block is built in the shape of a giant iPod. In China, President Xi Jinping denounces the trend of constructing ‘bizarre’ new buildings in wacky shapes and colours. In Cincinnati, celebrity architect Zaha Hadid is paid millions to design a single ‘iconic’ structure – with the hope of single-handedly transforming the region’s ailing fortunes. These incidents are all part of the same story: the rise of the age of spectacle.

Over the last fifty years, there has been a revolution in how our cities operate. In The Age of Spectacle, Tom Dyckhoff tells the story of how architecture became obsessed with the flashy, the monumental and the ostentatious – and how we all have to live with the consequences. Exploring cityscapes from New York to Beijing, and from Bilbao to Portsmouth, Dyckhoff shows that we are not just witnessing a new kind of building: we are living through a fundamental transformation in how our urban spaces work. The corporate explosion of the last few decades has fundamentally shifted the relationship between architects, politicians and cities’ inhabitants, fostering innovative new kinds of engineering and design, but also facilitating ill-conceived vanity projects and commercial power-grabs.

Timely, passionate and bursting with new ideas, The Age of Spectacle is both an examination of how twenty-first century cities work, and a manifesto for a radically new kind of urbanism. Our cities, Dyckhoff shows, can thrive in the age of spectacle – but only if they engage us not just with dazzling structures, but by responding to the needs of the people who inhabit them.

Whole Grain Baking Made Easy [EPUB]

Whole Grain Baking Made Easy [EPUB]
Whole Grain Baking Made Easy: Craft Delicious, Healthful Breads, Pastries, Desserts, and More - Including a Comprehensive Guide to Grinding Grains by Tabitha Alterman
2015 | EPUB | ISBN: 9780760345986 | 46.16MB

Take control of the grains you eat. Written by Mother Earth Living food editor Tabitha Alterman, Whole Grain Baking Made Easy is a guide for bakers who want to maximize the nutritional value of their breads and desserts while experimenting with delicious new flavors of many different whole grains.

Alterman includes recipes for a wide array of flours and flour blends - from amaranth to millet to teff - as well as guidance on all aspects of home milling, such as choosing a mill and properly storing your grain and flour. With straightforward instructions and full-color photography, Alterman teaches home bakers age-old methods for making deliciously tender breads and cakes out of whole-grain flours.

So whether you want to bake low-gluten goodies, maximize the nutrition in your baked goods, become more self-reliant, or experiment with heirloom or heritage grains, Whole Grain Baking Made Easy puts you in charge of the grains in your diet from start to finish.

Masterclass - Garry Kasparov Teaches Chess [Video]

Masterclass - Garry Kasparov Teaches Chess [Video]
Masterclass - Garry Kasparov Teaches Chess
MP4, AVC, 600 kbps, 1280x720 | AAC, 160 kbps, 2 Ch | 7 hours | + PDF Class Workbook | 2.52GB

Elevate your game

At age 22, Garry Kasparov became the youngest world chess champion. After beating Bobby Fischer’s peak rating, he outranked his fiercest competitors for over twenty years. Now, Garry is ready to share what made him a six-time World Chess Champion. Through detailed lessons, including his favorite openings and advanced tactics, you will develop the instincts and philosophy to become a stronger player.

Masterclass - Garry Kasparov Teaches Chess [Video]