Why You Are Who You Are: Investigations into Human Personality [TTC Audio]

Why You Are Who You Are: Investigations into Human Personality [TTC Audio]
Why You Are Who You Are: Investigations into Human Personality [TTC Audio] by Professor Mark Leary PhD
Course No 1648 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF Guidebook | 12 hrs 52 mins | 379.68MB

To understand the roots of personality is to understand motivations and influences that shape behavior, which in turn reflect how you deal with the opportunities and challenges of everyday life. That's the focus of these exciting 24 lectures, in which you examine the differences in people's personalities, where these differences come from, and how they shape our lives.

Drawing on information gleaned from psychology, neuroscience, and genetics, Professor Leary opens the door to understanding how personality works and why. Throughout his illuminating lectures, five important personality traits come into focus, traits that form the foundation of how psychologists approach the topic of personality: extraversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness.

Combining psychology with neuroscience and behavioral genetics, this exploration will open your eyes to the myriad ways our traits, motives, emotions, beliefs, and values are shaped by things like our genes, environment, experiences, and evolutionary history. Why is it so hard to change our behavior? Why do people develop different values and morals? Does personality change as we age? Is personality passed down through genes?

Designed as a fascinating, accessible scientific inquiry, these lectures will have you thinking about personality in a way that enriches your understanding of the complex psychological processes that make you who you are.

American Military History: From Colonials to Counterinsurgents [TTC Audio]

American Military History: From Colonials to Counterinsurgents [TTC Audio]
American Military History: From Colonials to Counterinsurgents [TTC Audio] by General Wesley K Clark
Course No 8706 | MP3@64 kbps + PDF Guidebook | 11 hrs 29 mins | 348.33MB

Wars have played a crucial role in defining the United States and its place in the world. No one is better equipped to analyze this subject in depth than retired US Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark - decorated combat veteran, author, Rhodes Scholar, and former NATO Supreme Commander. In this course, Gen. Clark explores the full scope of America's armed conflicts, from the French and Indian War in the mid-18th century to the Global War on Terrorism in the 21st. These 24 absorbing half-hour lectures chart the remarkable growth of the United States from a colonial backwater into the most powerful nation on Earth, thanks in large part to its talent for rising to the occasion when called to war.

Drawing on his decades of study and military experience, Gen. Clark sheds light on the tactics and strategy behind such famous battles as Yorktown, New Orleans, Gettysburg, D-Day, Inchon, and Operation Desert Storm, among many others. He also recounts his own experiences in combat during the Vietnam War, which he barely survived. This presentation is the closest most listeners will get to studying war the way military officers do - with every battle serving as a textbook for possible paths to victory.

Among the many examples, you learn that the ideal time to attack is when an opposing force is separated, distracted, and disorganized due to crossing an obstacle such as a river, as happened to British Gen. Edward Braddock's troops while fording the Monongahela River during the French and Indian War. You also learn that the fall of Fort Donelson during the Civil War was due to incoherent strategy by the Confederates, combined with brilliant tactics by Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, who went on to win the war for the North. In one of the last lectures, Gen. Clark gives insight into his own strategy for halting Serbian ethnic cleansing during Operation Allied Force in 1999, when he was the general in charge.

13.8: The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe and the Theory of Everything [Audiobook]

13.8: The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe and the Theory of Everything [Audiobook]
13_8: The Quest to Find the True Age of the Universe and the Theory of Everything [Audiobook] by John Gribbin, read by Sam Devereaux
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 16 mins | 228.26MB

A celebrated astronomer makes a powerful case for the harmony between two of physics' most important and seemingly contradictory theories.

The 20th century gave us two great theories of physics. The general theory of relativity describes the behavior of very large things, and quantum theory the behavior of very small things. In this landmark audiobook, John Gribbin - one of the best-known science writers of the past 30 years - presents his own version of the Holy Grail of physics, the search that has been going on for decades to find a unified "Theory of Everything" that combines these ideas into one mathematical package, a single equation that could be printed on a T-shirt, containing the answer to life, the universe, and everything.

With his inimitable mixture of science, history, and biography, Gribbin shows how - despite skepticism among many physicists - these two great theories are very compatible, and points to a deep truth about the nature of our existence. The answer lies, intriguingly, with the age of the universe: 13.8 billion years.

Operation Thunderbolt: The Entebbe Raid - the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History [Audiobook]

Operation Thunderbolt: The Entebbe Raid - the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History [Audiobook]
Operation Thunderbolt: The Entebbe Raid - the Most Audacious Hostage Rescue Mission in History [Audiobook] by Saul David, read by Peter Ganim
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 14 hrs 49 mins | 408.27MB

This is the true story of the greatest special forces operation of the 20th century and the first shot in the West's long war against international terrorism. It is a tale of human drama and unbearable tension in which courage, comradeship, fanaticism, incompetence and luck all play their parts.

On 3 July 1976, Israeli Special Forces carried out a daring raid to free more than 100 Israeli, French and US hostages held by German and Palestinian terrorists at Entebbe Airport, Uganda. The legacy of this mission is still felt today in the way Western governments respond to terrorist blackmail.

Codenamed Thunderbolt, the operation carried huge risks. The flight was a challenge: 2,000 miles with total radio silence over hostile territory to land in darkness at Entebbe Airport in Idi Amin's Uganda. On the ground, the Israeli commandos had just three minutes to carry out their mission. They had to evade a cordon of élite Ugandan paratroopers, storm the terminal and free more than 100 hostages.

So much could have gone wrong: the death of the hostages if the terrorists got wind of the assault or the capture of Israel's finest soldiers if their Hercules planes could not take off. Both would have been a human and a PR catastrophe. Now, with the mission largely forgotten or even unknown to many, Saul David gives the first comprehensive account of Operation Thunderbolt using classified documents from archives in four countries and interviews with key participants, including Israeli soldiers and politicians, hostages, a member of the Kenyan government and a former terrorist.

Both a thrilling listen and a major piece of historical detective work, Operation Thunderbolt shows how the outcome of Israel's most famous military operation depended on secret diplomacy, courage and luck - and was in the balance right up to the very last moment.

Vulcan 607 [Audiobook]

Vulcan 607 [Audiobook]
Vulcan 607 [Audiobook] by Rowland White, read by Roy McMillan
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 13 hrs 28 mins | 373.65MB

It was to be one of the most ambitious operations since 617 Squadron bounced their revolutionary bombs into the dams of the Ruhr Valley in 1943....

When Argentine forces invaded the Falklands in the early hours of 2 April 1982, Britain's military chiefs were faced with a real-life Mission Impossible. Its opening shot, they decided, would be Operation Black Buck: to strike a body blow at the occupying army and make them realise that nothing was safe - not even Buenos Aires....

The idea was simple: to destroy the vital landing strip at Port Stanley. The reality was more complicated. The only aircraft that could possibly do the job was three months from being scrapped, and the distance it had to travel was 4,000 miles beyond its maximum range. It would take 15 Victor tankers and 17 separate in-flight refuellings to get one Avro Vulcan B2 over the target and give its crew any chance of coming back alive.

Yet less than a month later, a formation of elderly British jets was launched from a remote island airbase to carry out the longest-range air attack in history. At the tip of the spear was a single aircraft, six men, and 21 thousand-pound bombs, facing a hornet's nest of modern weaponry: the radar-guided guns and missiles of the Argentine defences. There would be no second chances.

It was the end of an era - the last time the RAF flew heavy bombers into combat before they were replaced by their digital, fly-by-wire, laser-guided successors. There were many who believed it couldn't be done.

Drawing on extensive interviews with the combatants, Falklands residents and British High Command, and with unprecedented access to contemporary military records, Rowland White takes us, for the first time, to the beating heart of the legendary raid. Vulcan 607 is a story of ingenuity, courage and sheer bloody-mindedness that's destined to become a classic.

Getting Off: One Woman's Journey Through Sex and Porn Addiction [Audiobook]

Getting Off: One Woman's Journey Through Sex and Porn Addiction [Audiobook]
Getting Off: One Woman's Journey Through Sex and Porn Addiction [Audiobook] by Erica Garza, read by Joy Osmanski
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 52 mins | 189.11MB

A courageous account of one woman's unflinching and ultimately hopeful journey through sex and porn addiction.

A fixation on porn and orgasm, strings of failed relationships and serial hook-ups with strangers, inevitable blackouts to blunt the shame - these are not things we often hear women share publicly, and not with the candor, eloquence and introspection Erica Garza brings to Getting Off.

What sets this courageous and riveting account apart from your typical misery memoir is the absence of any precipitating trauma beyond the garden variety of hurt we've all had to endure in simply becoming a person - reckoning with family, learning to be social, integrating what it means to be sexual. Whatever tenor of violence or abuse Erica's life took on through her behavior was of her own making, fueled by fear, guilt, self-loathing, self-pity, loneliness, and the hopelessness those feelings brought on as she runs from one side of the world to the other in an effort to break her habits - from East Los Angeles to Hawaii and Southeast Asia, through the brothels of Bangkok and the yoga studios of Bali to disappointing stabs at therapy and 12-steps back home.

In this remarkable audiobook, Garza draws an evocative, studied portrait of the anxiety that fuels her obsessions as well as the exhilaration and hope she begins to feel when she suspects she might be free of them. And yet there is no false or prepackaged sense of redemption here. Even her relationship with the man she will ultimately marry seems credibly, painfully rocky as it finds its legs with several false starts. Erica's increasing sense of self-acceptance and peace by journey's end feels utterly earned and absent of recovery platitudes.

In exploring the cultural taboos surrounding sex and porn from a female perspective, Garza offers a brave and necessary voice to our evolving conversations about addiction and the impact that Internet culture has had on us all.

Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy [Audiobook]

Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy [Audiobook]
Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy [Audiobook] by Sheldon Whitehouse,‎ Melanie Wachtell Stinnett, read by Sheldon Whitehouse, Michael Bybee
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 59 mins | 247.26MB

In Captured, US senator and former federal prosecutor Sheldon Whitehouse offers an eye-opening take on what corporate influence looks like today from the Senate floor, adding a firsthand perspective to Jane Mayer's Dark Money.

Americans know something is wrong in their government. Senator Whitehouse combines history, legal scholarship, and personal experiences to provide the first hands-on, comprehensive explanation of what's gone wrong, exposing multiple avenues through which our government has been infiltrated and disabled by corporate powers. Captured reveals an original oversight by the founders and shows how and why corporate power has exploited that vulnerability: to strike fear in elected representatives who don't "get right" by threatening million-dollar "dark money" election attacks (a threat more effective and less expensive than the actual attack); to stack the judiciary - even the Supreme Court - in "business-friendly" ways; to "capture" the administrative agencies meant to regulate corporate behavior; to undermine the civil jury, the Constitution's last bastion for ordinary citizens; and to create a corporate "alternate reality" on public health and safety issues like climate change.

Captured shows that in this centuries-long struggle between corporate power and individual liberty, we can and must take our American government back into our own hands.

The Tea Party Goes to Washington [Audiobook]

The Tea Party Goes to Washington [Audiobook]
The Tea Party Goes to Washington [Audiobook] by Rand Paul, read by Ric Reitz
2011 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 2 mins | 194.1MB

If the midterm elections were a declaration of war on the status quo, Rand Paul leads the battle charge. Voters fearful of growing government and debt have found voice in the Tea Party phenomenon, and the movement continues to deliver a message that Washington, D.C., has found impossible to ignore.

In The Tea Party Goes to Washington, the newly elected senator and self-described "constitutional conservative" explains why his party has to stand by its limited government rhetoric and why the federal government must be stuffed back into its constitutional box. Given the problems our nation faces, these are not mere suggestions, but moral imperatives.

Rand Paul and those who voted for him want to stop borrowing, end the bailouts and entitlements, and the spending. In The Tea Party Goes to Washington you'll learn:

  • The history of the Tea Party and why it isn't "extreme"
  • How both parties operate outside the Constitution
  • Rand's plan for a balanced budget
  • Why the Tea Party will endure
  • Now is the time to get America back on track - this is the moment of the new revolution that will take us back to our grass roots, to the country of our founding fathers.

It's a new day in Washington - as the Tea Party graduates from populist outrage to political influence, Rand Paul stands poised to become one of its greatest champions.

Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man [Audiobook]

Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man [Audiobook]
Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man [Audiobook] by Martin Corona, Tony Rafael, read by Jacob Vargas
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 4 mins | 222.15MB

The true confession of an assassin, a sicario, who rose through the ranks of the Southern California gang world to become a respected leader in an elite, cruelly efficient crew of hit men for Mexico's "most vicious drug cartel" - and eventually found a way out and a (almost) normal life.

Martin Corona, a US citizen, fell into the outlaw life at 12 and worked for a crew run by the Arellano brothers, founders of the Tijuana drug cartel that dominated the Southern California drug trade and much bloody gang warfare for decades. Corona's crew would cross into the United States from their luxurious hideout in Mexico, kill whomever needed to be killed north of the border, and return home in the afternoon. That work continued until the arrest of Javier Arellano-Félix in 2006 in a huge coordinated DEA operation. Martin Corona played a key role in the downfall of the cartel when he turned state's evidence. He confessed to multiple murders. Special Agent of the California Department of Justice Steve Duncan, who wrote the foreword, says Martin Corona is the only former cartel hit man he knows who is truly remorseful.

Martin's father was a US marine. The family had many solid middle-class advantages, including the good fortune to be posted in Hawaii for a time, during which a teenage Martin thought he might be able to turn away from the outlaw life of theft, drug dealing, gun play, and prostitution. He briefly quit drugs and held down a job, but a die had been cast. He soon returned to a gangbanging life he now deeply regrets.

How does someone become evil, a murderer who can kill without hesitation? This story is an insight into how it happened to one human being and how he now lives with himself. He is no longer a killer; he has asked for forgiveness; he has made a kind of peace for himself. He wrote letters to family members of his victims. Some of them not only wrote back but came to support him at his parole hearings. It is a cautionary tale but also one that shows that evil doesn't have to be forever.

Bounty Hunter 4/3: My Life in Combat from Marine Scout Sniper to MARSOC [Audiobook]

Bounty Hunter 4/3: My Life in Combat from Marine Scout Sniper to MARSOC [Audiobook]
Bounty Hunter 4/3: My Life in Combat from Marine Scout Sniper to MARSOC [Audiobook] by Jason Delgado, Chris Martin, read by Peter Berkrot
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 9 hrs 35 mins | 257.52MB

This program features a bonus interview with author Jason Delgado.

The memoir of Jason Delgado, a US Marine scout sniper and MARSOC's first lead sniper instructor.

The fight for Jason Delgado's life and soul began when he was just a boy. He ultimately escaped the death and drugs of a crime-riddled Bronx by way of the US Marine Corps. However, after earning his way into the esteemed ranks of the service's famed Scout Snipers, Delgado saw that old struggle reignited when he was dumped into the hell of war in Iraq.

There Delgado proved not only a participant but a warrior capable of turning the tide in several of the most harrowing and historically important battles of the evolving war. He took all the hard lessons learned in combat and, as MARSOC's original lead sniper instructor, made himself a pivotal figure in revolutionizing the way special operations snipers trained and operated. But even after accomplishing his mission in the military, Delgado still faced that original fight, struggling to understand and accept the man his experiences had transformed him into.

Bounty Hunter 4/3 is Jason Delgado's captivating firsthand account of these powerful and life-changing experiences.

Unmedicated: The Four Pillars of Natural Wellness [EPUB]

Unmedicated: The Four Pillars of Natural Wellness [EPUB]
Unmedicated: The Four Pillars of Natural Wellness by Madisyn Taylor
2018 | EPUB | 1.21MB

The cofounder of the holistic lifestyle website DailyOM presents a gentle and accessible step-by-step guide to moving from excessive reliance on medications to fundamentally healing yourself through four pillars of natural wellness.

Madisyn Taylor was plagued by depression and anxiety, suffering from chronic physical problems that left her desperate for solutions. Spending decades searching for answers, she first turned to the medical community, which put her on a rollercoaster course of numerous doctors, tests, and an unhealthy reliance on medications that left her numb and lifeless.

With her happiness and future on the line, she then made the decision to become unmedicated, reaching out to the natural, holistic health realm. And after years of practice and research, Madisyn developed an integrative wellness program that put her back in the driver’s seat of her health, and ultimately, her life.

Unmedicated is her thoughtful account of how she broke free from binding mental chains and physical ailments to be happy, healthy, and productive; it is also a guide for you to apply her practical techniques to your own healing journey. Madisyn offers a daily program of easy-to-follow actions based on four pillars that will build a lifelong foundation for health: clear your mind; strengthen your body; nurture your spirit; and find your tribe.

Whether you want to be happy and stay happy, find relief from depression and anxiety, or heal and create a healthy change, Unmedicated is a gentle, compassionate, and achievable path that empowers you to take back your life and live fully.

Cotton Capitalists: American Jewish Entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction Era [EPUB]

Cotton Capitalists: American Jewish Entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction Era [EPUB]
Cotton Capitalists: American Jewish Entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction Era by Michael R Cohen
2017 | EPUB | 41.72MB

A vivid history of the American Jewish merchants who concentrated in the nation’s most important economic sector

In the nineteenth century, Jewish merchants created a thriving niche economy in the United States’ most important industry—cotton—positioning themselves at the forefront of expansion during the Reconstruction Era. Jewish success in the cotton industry was transformative for both Jewish communities and their development, and for the broader economic restructuring of the South. Cotton Capitalists analyzes this niche economy and reveals its origins. Michael R. Cohen argues that Jewish merchants’ status as a minority fueled their success by fostering ethnic networks of trust. Trust in the nineteenth century was the cornerstone of economic transactions, and this trust was largely fostered by ethnicity. Much as money flowed along ethnic lines between Anglo-American banks, Jewish merchants in the Gulf South used their own ethnic ties with other Jewish-owned firms in New York, as well as Jewish investors across the globe, to capitalize their businesses. They relied on these family connections to direct Northern credit and goods to the war-torn South, avoiding the constraints of the anti-Jewish prejudices which had previously denied them access to credit, allowing them to survive economic downturns.

These American Jewish merchants reveal that ethnicity matters in the development of global capitalism. Ethnic minorities are and have frequently been at the forefront of entrepreneurship, finding innovative ways to expand narrow sectors of the economy. While this was certainly the case for Jews, it has also been true for other immigrant groups more broadly. The story of Jews in the American cotton trade is far more than the story of American Jewish success and integration—it is the story of the role of ethnicity in the development of global capitalism.

Facing the Rising Sun: African Americans, Japan, and the Rise of Afro-Asian Solidarity [EPUB]

Facing the Rising Sun: African Americans, Japan, and the Rise of Afro-Asian Solidarity [EPUB]
Facing the Rising Sun: African Americans, Japan, and the Rise of Afro-Asian Solidarity by Gerald Horne
2018 | EPUB | 0.48MB

The surprising alliance between Japan and pro-Tokyo African Americans during World War II

In November 1942 in East St. Louis, Illinois a group of African Americans engaged in military drills were eagerly awaiting a Japanese invasion of the U.S.— an invasion that they planned to join. Since the rise of Japan as a superpower less than a century earlier, African Americans across class and ideological lines had saluted the Asian nation, not least because they thought its very existence undermined the pervasive notion of “white supremacy.” The list of supporters included Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, and particularly W.E.B. Du Bois.

Facing the Rising Sun tells the story of the widespread pro-Tokyo sentiment among African Americans during World War II, arguing that the solidarity between the two groups was significantly corrosive to the U.S. war effort. Gerald Horne demonstrates that Black Nationalists of various stripes were the vanguard of this trend—including followers of Garvey and the precursor of the Nation of Islam. Indeed, many of them called themselves “Asiatic”, not African. Following World War II, Japanese-influenced “Afro-Asian” solidarity did not die, but rather foreshadowed Dr. Martin Luther King’s tie to Gandhi’s India and Black Nationalists’ post-1970s fascination with Maoist China and Ho’s Vietnam.

Based upon exhaustive research, including the trial transcripts of the pro-Tokyo African Americans who were tried during the war, congressional archives and records of the Negro press, this book also provides essential background for what many analysts consider the coming “Asian Century.” An insightful glimpse into the Black Nationalists’ struggle for global leverage and new allies, Facing the Rising Sun provides a complex, holistic perspective on a painful period in African American history, and a unique glimpse into the meaning of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

When Montezuma Met Cortés: The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History [EPUB]

When Montezuma Met Cortés: The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History [EPUB]
When Montezuma Met Cortés: The True Story of the Meeting that Changed History by Matthew Restall
2018 | EPUB | 8.22MB

A dramatic rethinking of the encounter between Montezuma and Hernando Cortés that completely overturns what we know about the Spanish conquest of the Americas

On November 8, 1519, the Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortés first met Montezuma, the Aztec emperor, at the entrance to the capital city of Tenochtitlan. This introduction—the prelude to the Spanish seizure of Mexico City and to European colonization of the mainland of the Americas—has long been the symbol of Cortés’s bold and brilliant military genius. Montezuma, on the other hand, is remembered as a coward who gave away a vast empire and touched off a wave of colonial invasions across the hemisphere.

But is this really what happened? In a departure from traditional tellings, When Montezuma Met Cortés uses “the Meeting”—as Restall dubs their first encounter—as the entry point into a comprehensive reevaluation of both Cortés and Montezuma. Drawing on rare primary sources and overlooked accounts by conquistadors and Aztecs alike, Restall explores Cortés’s and Montezuma’s posthumous reputations, their achievements and failures, and the worlds in which they lived—leading, step by step, to a dramatic inversion of the old story. As Restall takes us through this sweeping, revisionist account of a pivotal moment in modern civilization, he calls into question our view of the history of the Americas, and, indeed, of history itself.

Brokering Servitude: Migration and the Politics of Domestic Labor during the Long Nineteenth Century [EPUB]

Brokering Servitude: Migration and the Politics of Domestic Labor during the Long Nineteenth Century [EPUB]
Brokering Servitude: Migration and the Politics of Domestic Labor during the Long Nineteenth Century by Andrew Urban
2017 | EPUB | 27.73MB

The history of domestic labor markets in 19th century America

From the era of Irish Famine migration to the passage of quota restrictions in the 1920s, household domestic service was the single largest employer of women in the United States, and, in California, a pivotal occupation for male Chinese immigrants. Servants of both sexes accounted for eight percent of the total labor force – about one million people. In Brokering Servitude, Andrew Urban offers a history of these domestic servants, focusing on how Irish immigrant women, Chinese immigrant men, and American-born black women navigated the domestic labor market in the nineteenth century – a market in which they were forced to grapple with powerful racial and gendered discrimination.

Through vivid examples like how post-famine Irish immigrants were enlisted to work as servants in exchange for relief, this book examines how race, citizenship, and the performance of domestic labor relate to visions of American expansion. Because household service was undesirable work stigmatized as unfree, brokers were integral to steering and compelling women, men, and children into this labor. By the end of the nineteenth century, the federal government became a major broker of domestic labor through border controls, and immigration officials became important actors in dictating which workers were available for domestic labor and under what conditions they could be contracted.

Drawing on a range of sources – from political cartoons to immigrant case files to novels – Brokering Servitude connects Asian immigration, European immigration, and internal, black migration. The book ultimately demonstrates the ways in which employers pitted these groups against each other in competition for not only servant positions, but also certain forms of social inclusion, offering important insights into an oft-overlooked area of American history.

The Commanders: Civil War Generals Who Shaped the American West [EPUB]

The Commanders: Civil War Generals Who Shaped the American West [EPUB]
The Commanders: Civil War Generals Who Shaped the American West by Robert M Utley
2018 | EPUB | MB

Taking a novel approach to the military history of the post–Civil War West, distinguished historian Robert M. Utley examines the careers of seven military leaders who served as major generals for the Union in the Civil War, then as brigadier generals in command of the U.S. Army’s western departments. By examining both periods in their careers, Utley makes a unique contribution in delineating these commanders’ strengths and weaknesses.

While some of the book’s subjects—notably Generals George Crook and Nelson A. Miles—are well known, most are no longer widely remembered. Yet their actions were critical in the expansion of federal control in the West. The commanders effected the final subjugation of American Indian tribal groups, exercising direct oversight of troops in the field as they fought the wars that would bring Indians under military and government control. After introducing readers to postwar army doctrine, organization, and administration, Utley takes each general in turn, describing his background, personality, eccentricities, and command style and presenting the rudiments of the campaigns he prosecuted. Crook embodied the ideal field general, personally leading his troops in their operations, though with varying success. Christopher C. Augur and John Pope, in contrast, preferred to command from their desks in department headquarters, an approach that led both of them to victory on the battlefield. And Miles, while perhaps the frontier army’s most detestable officer, was also its most successful in the field.

Rounding out the book with an objective comparison of all eight generals’ performance records, Utley offers keen insights into their influence on the U.S. military as an institution and on the development of the American West.

Dry: Non-Alcoholic Cocktails, Cordials and Clever Concoctions [EPUB]

Dry: Non-Alcoholic Cocktails, Cordials and Clever Concoctions [EPUB]
Dry: Non-Alcoholic Cocktails, Cordials and Clever Concoctions by Clare Liardet
2017 | EPUB | 85.54MB

This book is full of the very best cocktails – the most delicious flavours, the most distinctive combinations and the most adventurous recipes. And they are all made with non-alcoholic ingredients, from exciting new mixers to rich, fragrant syrups and spirits. Most can be created with ingredients found in your kitchen or garden, and all promise an exciting new way to drink dry.

These are imaginative, grown-up, non-alcoholic alternatives for the designated driver, teetotaller, or those who are pregnant, trying dry January, losing weight or just cutting back.

Whether you’re planning a Friday night in with friends, a lazy Sunday brunch or an evening huddled around a crackling fire you can find your dry drinks here.

Lawrie Bond Microcar Man: An Illustrated History of Bond Cars [EPUB]

Lawrie Bond Microcar Man: An Illustrated History of Bond Cars [EPUB]
Lawrie Bond Microcar Man: An Illustrated History of Bond Cars by Nick Wotherspoon
2017 | EPUB | 34.23MB

Once a common sight on Britain's roads, few people today seem to have heard of the Bond Minicar not a diminutive, gadget laden conveyance for the fictional 007 character, but a popular, practical, motorcycle-engined, three-wheeler that in the post-war austerity period, gave tens of thousands of people affordable personal transport at a time when conventional vehicles were beyond the reach of the average household. Yet whilst the later, mostly imported, 'Bubble cars' have remained in the public eye, it is largely forgotten that the first of the postwar 'Microcars' to go into significant production was the British designed and built Bond.

Equally enigmatic seems to be the designer of this vehicle, Lawrence 'Lawrie' Bond a prolific automotive design genius, with a penchant for weight-saving construction techniques. He was responsible for a wide range of two, three and four wheel vehicles; from ultra-lightweight motorcycles and scooters, such as the Minibyke, Lilliput and Gazelle, as well as his other Microcars the stylish Berkeley and perhaps less-than-pretty Opperman Unicar and finally to his later work, including the innovative, but troubled Bond 875 and styling the Equipe GT sportscar.

Here the story is told in full, covering all Lawrie's innovative designs and the various vehicles that bore his name, all in prolifically illustrated detail, together with his passion for motor racing, which resulted in a number of technically acclaimed racing cars, some of which can still be seen competing is historic racing events today.

Mission to the Volga (Library of Arabic Literature) [EPUB]

Mission to the Volga (Library of Arabic Literature) [EPUB]
Mission to the Volga (Library of Arabic Literature) by Ahmad ibn Fadlān, translated by James Montgomery
2017 | EPUB | 1.35MB

Earliest surviving instance of sustained first-person travel narrative in Arabic.

A pioneering text of peerless historical and literary value. In its pages, we move north on a diplomatic mission from Baghdad to the upper reaches of the Volga River in what is now central Russia.

In this colorful documentary from the tenth century, the enigmatic Ibn Fadlan relates his experiences as part of an embassy sent by Caliph al-Muqtadir to deliver political and religious instruction to the recently-converted King of the Bulghars. During eleven months of grueling travel, Ibn Fadlan records the marvels he witnesses on his journey, including an aurora borealis and the white nights of the North. Crucially, he offers a description of the Viking Rus, including their customs, clothing, body painting, and a striking account of a ship funeral. Together, these anecdotes illuminate a vibrant world of diversity during the heyday of the Abbasid Empire, narrated with as much curiosity and zeal as they were perceived by its observant beholder.

Cryptocurrencies simply explained [AZW3]

Cryptocurrencies simply explained [AZW3]
Cryptocurrencies simply explained - by TenX Co-Founder Dr Julian Hosp: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Blockchain, ICOs, Decentralization, Mining & Co by Julian Hosp
2018 | AZW3 | 0.97MB

The easiest way into the world of blockchain, cryptocurrency, decentralization, bitcoin, icos, and co:

Have you ever asked yourself what a cryptocurrency, a blockchain, or Bitcoin is? How about the word “decentralization?”

You might have heard that “these things are coming” and “will take over the world.” No matter if you have or haven’t, “they” are right—these things are coming. And “these things” will play just as important a role as the internet has for the past 20 years.

You know who “won” with the internet? The people who started preparing for it at the beginning, using it personally or for their business before others did.

With this new technology called blockchain, a similar window of opportunity has started to open.

If you have no clue what a blockchain, a cryptocurrency, or Bitcoin is, don’t worry—most of the population doesn’t.

One of the main challenges for anyone trying to get familiar with these topics is the question of “Where should I start?” This is exactly what prompted me to write this book.

In the simplest way possible, I will explain all the aforementioned points so even a 10-year-old could understand them. At the same time, I will reference the details on a technical level to give you both the large scale and the detailed picture. Explaining something to a 10-year-old is in no way a commentary on anyone’s intelligence. I’m just following Albert Einstein’s advice: “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

My ultimate goal is to make people all around the world #CRYPTOFIT. I.E fit for this new wave of decentralization and blockchain.

10 things you will learn in this book that will blow your mind:

  1. What does “backed by gold” actually mean?
  2. Will cryptocurrencies replace fiat currencies?
  3. Can an internet outage destroy cryptocurrencies?
  4. Does mining really create cryptocurrencies? (Hint: It doesn’t)
  5. Is a maximum amount of Bitcoin really good for a currency?
  6. How do I get a cryptocurrency account if no one is in charge?
  7. Are cryptocurrencies better than fiat currencies?
  8. Is blockchain the only solution for decentralization?
  9. Which technology will win? (Hint: Not the best one!)
  10. Can you lose a coin? (Hint: You can NOT)

Enjoy the read – Yours, Dr. Julian Hosp

An overview of the areas covered in the book:

  1. FROM GOLD TO CRYPTO
  2. BLOCKCHAIN AND CRYPTOCURRENCY BASICS
  3. PRIVATE KEYS AND PUBLIC ADDRESSES
  4. MINING
  5. HOW ARE CRYPTOCURRENCIES CREATED?
  6. WALLETS
  7. BLOCKCHAIN FORKS AND ATTACKS
  8. DESTROYING A CRYPTOCURRENCY?
  9. PRIVACY, ANONYMITY, AND TRANSPARENCY
  10. ALTCOINS AND BITCOIN
  11. CRYPTO-INVESTING
  12. THE FUTURE OF CRYPTOCURRENCIES

BONUS CHAPTER: INITIAL COIN OFFERINGs (ICOs)

Reconcilable Differences: Connecting in a Disconnected World [Audiobook]

Reconcilable Differences: Connecting in a Disconnected World [Audiobook]
Reconcilable Differences: Connecting in a Disconnected World [Audiobook] by Dawna Markova, Angie McArthur, read by Ellen Archer
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 52 mins | 188.98MB

A remarkable new way to move beyond biases and blind spots (especially if you don't think you have any!) so you can communicate more effectively with a friend, lover, relative, or colleague.

You know what it feels like to be at odds with someone. Sometimes it seems like you are speaking completely different languages. Cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Dawna Markova and communication expert Angie McArthur have spent years developing and implementing tools to help people find common ground. In Reconcilable Differences, they provide the strategies you need to bridge the gap at the heart of your differences with others.

Each of us possesses rational intelligence: the capacity to divide information into discrete categories, processes, and logical steps. But you may not realize that the secret to building bridges between people lies hidden in your relational intelligence: the way you communicate, understand, learn, and trust. Reconcilable Differences shows you how to map mind patterns (the secret to pinpointing communication pitfalls) and identify thinking talents (the catalysts for peak performance). You will gain insights into how you learn in order to turn doubt into trust and uncertainty into productive engagement.

Brimming with anecdotes and advice not only from the authors' files but also from their own experiences as a mother- and daughter-in-law who are like night and day, Reconcilable Differences is your guidebook for making profoundly positive change with those you care about.

Raising Men: Lessons Navy SEALs Learned from Their Training and Taught to Their Sons [Audiobook]

Raising Men: Lessons Navy SEALs Learned from Their Training and Taught to Their Sons [Audiobook]
Raising Men: Lessons Navy SEALs Learned from Their Training and Taught to Their Sons [Audiobook] by Eric Davis, Dina Santorelli, read by Peter Berkrot
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 41 mins | 184.17MB

After Eric Davis spent over 16 years in the military, including a decade in the SEAL teams, his family was more than used to his absence on deployments and secret missions that could obscure his whereabouts for months at a time. Without a father figure in his own life since the age of 15, Eric was desperate to maintain the bonds he'd fought so hard to forge when his children were young - particularly with his son, Jason, because he knew how difficult it was to face the challenge of becoming a man on one's own. Unfortunately Eric learned the hard way that quality time doesn't always show up in quantity time.

Facebook, television, phones, video games, school, jobs, friends - they all got in the way of a real, meaningful father-son relationship. It was time to take action.

As a SEAL, Eric learned to innovate and push boundaries, allowing him to function at levels beyond what was expected, comfortable, ordinary, and even imaginable, and he knew that as a father he needed to do the same with his son. Meeting extreme with extreme was the only answer.

Using a unique blend of discipline, leadership, adventure, and grace, Eric and his SEAL brothers will teach you how to connect and reconnect with your sons and learn how to raise real men - the Navy SEAL way.

Rossen to the Rescue: Secrets to Avoiding Scams, Everyday Dangers, and Major Catastrophes [Audiobook]

Rossen to the Rescue: Secrets to Avoiding Scams, Everyday Dangers, and Major Catastrophes [Audiobook]
Rossen to the Rescue: Secrets to Avoiding Scams, Everyday Dangers, and Major Catastrophes [Audiobook] by Jeff Rossen, read by the Author
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 2 mins | 166.28MB

NBC national investigative correspondent and host of Rossen Reports on Today brings the ultimate handbook to life.

Do you know where to take shelter in an earthquake? How to bust a lying car mechanic? Save money at the store?

You'll know now.

Every morning millions of Americans watch Jeff Rossen explain how to solve our most harrowing problems, such as how to put out a kitchen fire, find bedbugs, and avoid rip-offs and even how to survive a plane crash. In Rossen to the Rescue, he includes daring experiments, expert advice, and game plans for handling all the wild cards in life - big and small - while sharing personal and sometimes embarrassing anecdotes that he couldn't tell on television. Overflowing with never-before-heard tips and tricks, this audiobook is filled with enough hacks to keep you and your family safe...and it just might save your life.

Guts: The Anatomy of The Walking Dead [Audiobook]

Guts: The Anatomy of The Walking Dead [Audiobook]
Guts: The Anatomy of The Walking Dead [Audiobook] by Paul Vigna, read by Graham Halstead
2017 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8 hrs 49 mins | 243.03MB

In this first and only guide to AMC's exceptional hit series The Walking Dead, the Wall Street Journal's Walking Dead columnist celebrates the show and its storylines, characters, and development and examines its popularity and cultural resonance.

From its first episode, The Walking Dead took fans in the United States and across the world by storm, becoming the highest-rated series in the history of cable television. After each episode airs, Paul Vigna writes a widely read column in which he breaks down the stories and considers what works and what doesn't and tries to discern the small details that will become larger plot points.

So how did a basic cable television show based on a graphic comic series, set in an apocalyptic dog-eat-dog world filled with flesh-eating zombies and even scarier human beings, become a ratings juggernaut and cultural phenomenon? Why is the show such a massive hit? In this playful yet comprehensive guide, Vigna dissects every aspect of The Walking Dead to assess its extraordinary success.

Vigna digs into the show's guts, exploring its roots, storyline, relevance for fans and the wider popular culture, and more. He explores how the changing nature of television and media have contributed to the show's success and goes deep into the zombie genre, delineating why it's different from vampires, werewolves, and other monsters. He considers why people have found in zombies a mirror for their own fears and explains how this connection is important to the show's popularity. He interviews the cast and crew, who share behind-the-scenes tales, and introduces a cross section of its diverse and rabid viewership, from fantasy nerds to NFL stars. Guts is a must-have for every Walking Dead fan.

Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater [Audiobook]

Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater [Audiobook]
Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater [Audiobook] by Michael Sokolove, read by Mark Deakins
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 10 hours | 275.23MB

Soon to be a television series titled Rise, starring Josh Radnor, Auli'i Cravalho, and Rosie Perez - the incredible and true story of an extraordinary drama teacher who has changed the lives of thousands of students and inspired a town.

Why would the multimillionaire producer of Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, and Miss Saigon take his limo from Manhattan to the struggling former steel town of Levittown, Pennsylvania, to see a high school production of Les Misérables?

To see the show performed by the astoundingly successful theater company at Harry S Truman High School, run by its legendary director, Lou Volpe. Broadway turns to Truman High when trying out controversial shows such as Rent and Spring Awakening before they move on to high school theater programs across the nation. Volpe's students from this blue-collar town go on to become Emmy-winning producers, entertainment executives, newscasters, and community-theater founders.

Michael Sokolove, a Levittown native and former student of Volpe's, chronicles the drama director's last school years and follows a group of student actors as they work through riveting dramas both on and off the stage. This is a story of an economically depressed but proud town finding hope in a gifted teacher and the magic of theater.

Loving Robert Lowell [Audiobook]

Loving Robert Lowell [Audiobook]
Loving Robert Lowell [Audiobook] by Sandra Hochman, read by Dawn Harvey
2017 | MP3@64 kbps | 7 hrs 26 mins | 204.92MB

When asked in 1976 by a reporter from People magazine if her first two novels were autobiographical, Sandra Hochman replied, "My real life is much more fabulous than the books. One day I plan to write about it - men, Paris, and women's liberation. It will probably be called Unreal Life."

Hochman first met Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet Robert Lowell in 1961 at the Russian Tea Room in New York. She was to interview him for Encounter magazine. Hochman was 25 and had recently returned from Paris, where she had lived with her husband for four years. They were now separated. Lowell was 43, with plans to leave his wife. Hochman remembers it as the day that changed her life. The two poets fell in love instantly, and before the night was over, they had vowed to stay together forever. In Hochman's first literary work in almost 40 years, she writes in startling detail about the torrid, violent, and doomed affair that would follow.

Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome [Audiobook]

Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome [Audiobook]
Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief Beginners Welcome [Audiobook] by Rebecca Soffer, Gabrielle Birkner, read by Josh Bloomberg, Meredith Mitchell
2018 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 7 hrs 40 mins | 211.14MB

Inspired by the website that the New York Times hailed as "redefining mourning", this book is a fresh and irreverent examination into navigating grief and resilience in the age of social media, offering comfort and community for coping with the mess of loss through candid original essays from a variety of voices.

At a time when we mourn public figures and national tragedies with hashtags, where intimate posts about loss go viral and we receive automated birthday reminders for dead friends, it's clear we are navigating new terrain without a road map.

Let's face it: Most of us have always had a difficult time talking about death and sharing our grief. We're awkward and uncertain; we avoid, ignore, or even deny feelings of sadness; we offer platitudes; we send sympathy bouquets whittled out of fruit.

Enter Rebecca Soffer and Gabrielle Birkner, who can help us do better. Each having lost parents as young adults, they cofounded Modern Loss, responding to a need to change the dialogue around the messy experience of grief. Now, in this wise and often funny book, they offer the insights of the Modern Loss community to help us cry, laugh, grieve, identify, and - above all - empathize.

Soffer and Birkner, along with 40 guest contributors including Lucy Kalanithi, singer Amanda Palmer, and CNN's Brian Stelter, reveal their own stories on a wide range of topics including triggers, sex, secrets, and inheritance. Each contribution provides a unique perspective on loss as well as a remarkable life-affirming message.

Brutally honest and inspiring, Modern Loss invites us to talk intimately and humorously about grief, helping us confront the humanity (and mortality) we all share. Beginners welcome.

North of Crazy: A Memoir [Audiobook]

North of Crazy: A Memoir [Audiobook]
North of Crazy: A Memoir [Audiobook] by Neltje, read by Patricia Kalember
2016 | MP3@64 kbps | 12 hrs 24 mins | 340.9MB

Imagine a world of Gatsby-esque glamor, opulence, and cultural prestige, of exclusive parties and elegant dinners, of literary luminaries including Somerset Maugham, Daphne du Maurier, Irving Stone, and Theodore Roethke, of Manhattan townhouses and country estates. This is a world where children are raised by nannies, tutors, chauffeurs, gardeners, butlers, maids, and assorted staff, sent off to private schools - and largely ignored by their parents.

Publishing magnate Nelson Doubleday's daughter, Neltje, was raised to assume her place as a society matron. But beneath a seemingly idyllic childhood, darker currents ran: a colorful but alcoholic father whose absences left holes, a mother incapable of love, a family divided by money and power struggles, and a secret that drove the young woman into emotional isolation.

North of Crazy is her story - written with the same fierce passion, wit, and emotion that drove her off the conventional path to reconstruct her life from base zero. She became an artist, a cattle rancher, and an entrepreneur.

The prologue of this program is read by the author.

Strong Is the New Beautiful: Embrace Your Natural Beauty, Eat Clean, and Harness Your Power [Audiobook]

Strong Is the New Beautiful: Embrace Your Natural Beauty, Eat Clean, and Harness Your Power [Audiobook]
Strong Is the New Beautiful: Embrace Your Natural Beauty, Eat Clean, and Harness Your Power [Audiobook] by Lindsey Vonn, read by Teri Schnaubelt
2016 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 4 hrs 5 mins | 112.83MB

Lessons in strength, fitness, food, and attitude from the popular world-champion skier and beauty icon - Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn.

Olympic Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn wants women to stop thinking about "losing weight fast" and instead focus on loving their bodies for what they are and what they can do. Lindsey is a small-town Minnesota girl at heart turned world-champion skier, but that didn't come without hard work. In Strong Is the New Beautiful, Lindsey lays out the never-before-seen training routines and her overall philosophy that have helped her become the best female skier in the world - tailored for women of all shapes and sizes. Lindsey backs up her fitness program with advice on what to eat and how to work out and kicks listeners into high gear, helping bolster their self-confidence and build a better body image with the tips and tricks she's learned as a pro.

This is Lindsey's regimen, and she encourages people to take from it what will work for them. She bounced back from injury not by doing every single thing a trainer said but instead by thinking about the fitness plan that would work for her and eating the right foods that would make her feel and get healthy. In Strong Is the New Beautiful, she interweaves her training and diet regimen with compelling stories of her life growing up in the heartland, her love of skiing, the challenges she's faced - including injuries, illness, and depression - and her secrets to wellness, fitness, and recovery.

Supported by cutting-edge science and the latest studies on health and exercise and filled with routines even those hitting the bunny hill of working out can master, Strong Is the New Beautiful will inspire and motivate you - whether you're an aspiring athlete, want to get back into shape, or are eager to up your game - to make your body stronger than ever before, inside and out.

Business and Society: A Critical Introduction [EPUB]

Business and Society: A Critical Introduction [EPUB]
Business and Society: A Critical Introduction by Sonya Scott, Alberto Salazar, Doctor Kean Birch, Mark Peacock, Richard Wellen, Caroline Hossein
2018 | EPUB | 1.86MB

Corporations dominate our societies. They employ us, sell to us and influence how we think and who we vote for, while their economic interests dictate local, national and global agendas.

Written in clear and accessible terms, this much-needed textbook provides critical perspectives on all aspects of the relationship between business and society: from an historical analysis of the spread of capitalism as the foundation of the 'corporate' revolution in the late nineteenth century to the regulation, ethics and exclusionary implications of business in contemporary society. Furthermore, it examines how corporate power and capitalism might be resisted, outlining a range of alternatives, from the social economy through to new forms of open access or commons ownership.

Beneath the Killing Fields: Exploring the Subterranean Landscapes of the Western Front [EPUB]

Beneath the Killing Fields: Exploring the Subterranean Landscapes of the Western Front [EPUB]
Beneath the Killing Fields: Exploring the Subterranean Landscapes of the Western Front (Modern Conflict Archaeology) by Matthew Leonard
2017 | EPUB | 32.24MB

Beneath the Killing Fields of the Western Front still lies a hidden landscape of industrialized conflict virtually untouched since 1918. This subterranean world is an ambiguous environment filled with material culture that that objectifies the scope and depth of human interaction with the diverse conflict landscapes of modern war.

Covering the military reasoning for taking the war underground, as well as exploring the way that human beings interacted with these extraordinary alien environments, this book provides a more all-encompassing overview of the Western Front. The underground war was intrinsic to trench warfare and involved far more than simply trying to destroy the enemy’s trenches from below. It also served as a home to thousands of men, protecting them from the metallic landscapes of the surface.

With the aid of cutting edge fieldwork conducted by the author in these subterranean locales, this book combines military history, archaeology and anthropology together with primary data and unique imagery of British, French, German and American underground defenses in order to explore the realities of subterranean warfare on the Western Front, and the effects on the human body and mind that living and fighting underground inevitably entailed.

The Burden of White Supremacy: Containing Asian Migration in the British Empire and the United States [EPUB]

The Burden of White Supremacy: Containing Asian Migration in the British Empire and the United States [EPUB]
The Burden of White Supremacy: Containing Asian Migration in the British Empire and the United States by David C Atkinson
2017 | EPUB | 0.9MB

From 1896 to 1924, motivated by fears of an irresistible wave of Asian migration and the possibility that whites might be ousted from their position of global domination, British colonists and white Americans instituted stringent legislative controls on Chinese, Japanese, and South Asian immigration. Historians of these efforts typically stress similarity and collaboration between these movements, but in this compelling study, David C. Atkinson highlights the differences in these campaigns and argues that the main factor unifying these otherwise distinctive drives was the constant tensions they caused. Drawing on documentary evidence from the United States, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and New Zealand, Atkinson traces how these exclusionary regimes drew inspiration from similar racial, economic, and strategic anxieties, but nevertheless developed idiosyncratically in the first decades of the twentieth century.

Arguing that the so-called white man's burden was often white supremacy itself, Atkinson demonstrates how the tenets of absolute exclusion--meant to foster white racial, political, and economic supremacy--only inflamed dangerous tensions that threatened to undermine the British Empire, American foreign relations, and the new framework of international cooperation that followed the First World War.